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“God Reveals The Way To Healing!”

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Part 1a: 22min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/2017-07-02-god-reveals-the-way-to-healing-pt1a-2kings5-1-19-guest-marra-tah.mp3”

Part 1b: 21min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/2017-07-02-god-reveals-the-way-to-healing-pt1b-2kings5-1-19-guest-marra-tah.mp3”

Full Message: 43min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/2017-07-02-god-reveals-the-way-to-healing-2kings5-1-19-guest-marra-tah.mp3”

Main Passage: 2 Kings 5:1-19a

The prophet Elisha healed a foreigner named Naaman. This story gives us a beautiful illustration of our need for salvation and healing from God as well as the humility required to receive that healing. Unless we are humble enough to receive God’s salvation in the way He has planned, we will not be healed of our spiritual disease. Once we humbly receive His grace, however, we are then set free to testify to His goodness and reflect glory back to Him through our obedience.- The Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

Unless we are humble enough to receive God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit’s salvation in the way He has planned, we will not be healed of our spiritual disease.

Christ Connection:

Naaman was sick with a skin problem, and his disease went away only after he obeyed God’s instruction to wash in the river. All people are sick with a sin problem and in need of healing. God calls us to humbly repent and believe in Jesus as our Lord and Savior so that our sin can be washed away.

Missional Application:

Like the servant girl in this story, we (through The Holy Spirit) are to point others to the place where their disease can be washed away.

No amount of effort, resources, or human connection can rescue us from the deadly prognosis of our moral infection. Left to ourselves, we will die in our trespasses and sins despite our attempts to the contrary. Apart from the compassionate interruption of the cross, our lives spiral toward certain death and judgment (Rom. 1:18-19).

The good news is that Jesus Christ bore the leprosy of our soul by sacrificing Himself for us (Isa. 53:4). Jesus is not the best hope we have; He is the only hope we have. Receiving the grace of God through His Son in no way diminishes the offense of our fallen existence. If anything, Christ’s insistence that He must do for us what we cannot do for ourselves reinforces how painfully wicked we are apart from God’s rescue.- The Gospel Project

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Job And The Dilemma Of Suffering!

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Part 1a: 25min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2017-05-21-job-and-the-dilemma-of-suffering-1a-job1-6-22-guest-marra-tah.mp3”

Part 1b: 31min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2017-05-21-job-and-the-dilemma-of-suffering-pt1b-job1-6-22-guest-marra-tah.mp3”

Full Message: 56min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2017-05-21-job-and-the-dilemma-of-suffering-job1-6-22-guest-marra-tah.mp3”

Main Passages

Job 1:6-1220-22

Job 16:1-518-22

Job 40:1-5 42:7-9

“The story of Job confronts us with the question “Why do good people suffer?” And the story offers us insight into right and wrong ways to pursue the answer to this question. The suffering of Job points us forward to the ultimate answer to the problem of evil—the redemptive suffering of Jesus Christ and the promise of a world made new. And as Jesus’ followers, we seek to alleviate suffering as we walk alongside others.” – The Gospel Project

Theological Theme

God- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, does not give us the answer to why we go through suffering, but He does give us Himself.

Christ Connection

In his time of suffering, Job yearned for a mediator—someone to stand between him and God. Jesus is the mediator who suffered, even though He had never sinned, in order to pay the price for human sin and to put an end to suffering on earth.

Missional Application

God, through His Holy Spirit, calls us to comfort people going through a time of suffering, not by answering every question but by assuring them of God’s great love.

“Jesus does not give recipes that show the way to God as other teachers of religion do. He is Himself the way” 
― Karl Barth

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The King Who Befriends

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Main Passages: 
1 Samuel 18:1-3
1 Samuel 19:1-7
1 Samuel 23:15-18

Part 1a: 19min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/2017-02-19-the-king-who-befriends-part1a-1samuel18-1-3-tah-guest-marra.mp3”

Part 1b: 22 min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/2017-02-19-the-king-who-befriends-part1b-1samuel18-1-3-tah-guest-marra.mp3”

Full Message: 41 min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/2017-02-19-the-king-who-befriends-1samuel18-1-3-tah-guest-marra.mp3”

“One of the greatest examples of friendship in the Bible is in the relationship between David and Jonathan. Jonathan shows us what it means to be a true friend by being utterly committed to David’s well-being, by risking his own welfare for the sake of David, and by strengthening him in his faith. The example of Jonathan points forward to the truest and best friend of all—Jesus Christ Himself, who redefines friendship and transforms us into the kind of people who can be true friends to our brothers and sisters in Christ.” – the Gospel Project

Theological Theme:
God – Father, Son and Spirit’s people need godly friendships.

Christ Connection
The story of David and Jonathan gives us an example of true friendship and offers us a picture of God’s covenantal love for people. Because of Jesus’ commitment to us, His sacrificial love, and His strengthening grace, we are called the “friends of God.”

Missional Application
God calls us to befriend others in the way He has befriended us: by committing to one another, sacrificing for one another, and strengthening one another through the power of the cross –  by participating, literally, with Jesus through the Holy Spirit.

“I have called you friends.”John 15:15 – It is a friendship based on the new life created in us which has no affinity with our old life but only with the life of God. It is unutterably humble, unsulliedly pure, and absolutely devoted to God.” – WISDOM FROM OSWALD CHAMBERS – My Utmost For His Highest

“[Spiritual friendship] is eagerly helping one another know, serve, love, and resemble God in deeper and deeper ways.” – Timothy J. Keller

 

 

A Glimpse Of God’s Love

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Part 1a, 21min: “https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/2017-01-15-a-glimpse-of-gods-love-pt1a-ruth-1-4-tah-guest-marra.mp3”

Part 1b, 21 min: “https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/2017-01-15-a-glimpse-of-gods-love-pt1b-ruth-1-4-tah-guest-marra.mp3”

Full Message, 42min: “https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/2017-01-15-a-glimpse-of-gods-love-ruth-1-4-tah-guest-marra.mp3”

Main Passages

Ruth 1:1-9,16-18, Ruth 2:1-3,8-12, Ruth 4:13-17

Theological Theme

The steadfast love of God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is seen in the love of Ruth for Naomi and in Boaz’s kindness to redeem his family.

Christ Connection

Boaz was a family redeemer who showed undeserved kindness to Ruth, a foreigner. In a similar manner, Jesus is our Redeemer who has shown unmerited kindness to us and adopted us into His family.

Missional Application

God, through The Holy Spirit in us, calls us to respond to His love toward us by extending the same kind of unyielding, welcoming and redeeming love to others.

In Light Of God’s Salvation

Joshua 24 Gospel Project 2017

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/16-11-20-in-light-of-gods-salvation-joshua-24-tah-guest-marra.mp3”

Theological Theme: Our best efforts at obedience are bound to fail unless we have first experienced God – Father, Son and Spirit’s salvation through Jesus.

Christ Connection: Joshua was God’s chosen servant to bring the Israelites into the promised land. His story points forward to Jesus Christ, God’s chosen servant who will bring God’s people to their eternal inheritance.

Missional Application: God our Father, through Jesus, and in the Spirit, calls us to put away our idols, participating with Him and displaying for the world a new way of living, made possible only through Jesus, our Salvation.

Jesus is the Ultimate Atonement and Sacrifice, Part 2

Jesus is the ultimate Atonement

Part 1: “https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/16-09-23-jesus-is-the-ultimate-atonement-and-sacrifice-part-a-leviticus-5-hebrews-9-13-tah-guest-marra.mp3”

Part 2: “https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/16-09-23-jesus-is-the-ultimate-atonement-and-sacrifice-part-b-leviticus-5-hebrews-9-13-tah-guest-marra.mp3”

Full Sermon: “https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/16-09-23-jesus-is-the-ultimate-atonement-and-sacrifice-part-2-leviticus-5-hebrews-9-13-tah-guest-marra.mp3”

Theological Theme: The sin offering represented the purification of the people before Our Father. The restitution offering addressed the damage of depriving others of their rightful due, and it served to cleanse the offender’s conscience.

Christ Connection: These offerings point forward to Christ, whose work purifies our hearts, cleanses our consciences, and frees us to do good deeds for His glory.

Missional Application: God the Holy Spirit calls us to offer others the hope of purification and cleansing that comes only through trusting in Jesus Christ.

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Rebellion Against The Redeemer

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https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/07-24-16-rebellion-against-the-redeemer-exo-32-1-14-tah-guest-marra.mp3”

Theological Them: Idolatry is putting something or someone in the place of God – Father, Son and Spirit.

Christ Connection: The children of Israel needed a mediator to intercede on their behalf. Jesus Christ is the mediator between God and sinful humanity; He intercedes on behalf of His people.

Missional Application: God calls us to intercede for people who need Him, appealing to His character and His will as we pray for their salvation.

*photo courtesy of av1611.org

The Redeemer Reveals His Glory

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https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/06-22-16-the-redeemer-reveals-his-glory-exodus-5-7-tah-guest-marra.mp3”

Theological Theme: God is God alone, and He demonstrates His glory by comforting His people and confronting those who oppose Him.

Christ Connection: Jesus Christ is the sovereign King who promises to return, rescue His people, and put an end to all suffering and oppression.

Missional Application: God calls us to war against the principalities and powers of this world that keep people in bondage to sin and suffering.

The Covenant-making Triune God Tests Abraham

God will provide - Gen 22

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/16-03-20-the-covenant-making-triune-god-tests-abraham-gen-22-tah-guest-marra1.mp3”

Theological Theme: Faith is trusting in God to keep His promise to provide salvation.

Christ Connection: Isaac’s question “Where is the lamb for the sacrifice?” echoes through the pages of the Old Testament and is ultimately answered at the beginning of the New Testament when John the Baptist sees Jesus of Nazareth and declares, “Behold the Lamb!”

Missional Application: God calls us to be people of faith who, like Abraham, are so filled with confidence in God’s resurrection power that we are willing to sacrifice for His mission.

 

Identity Christus!

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https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/01-15-22-08-identity-christus-eph-2-1-10-john-3-14-21-tony-marra.mp3

On this 5th Sunday of Lent, Pastor Tony Marra of  New Life Fellowship of Baltimore, Proclaims the Good News of the God revealed in Jesus and shows through  Ephesians 2: 1-10 and John 3: 14-21, that our TRUE identity is in JESUS CHRIST! God’s will is that ALL would come to know him through Jesus Christ and that our identity Crisis is something that needed to be overcome and accomplished ONLY through Jesus Christ!

Hear in this message that:

  • God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. We are FREE in CHRIST!
  • We no longer find our identity in the dead life of sin and darkness. God the Father sent His one and only Son to rescue us from our false identity inherited from Satan the father of lies.
  • We were blind to our identity until our Triune God of love broke through our darkness and revealed our true identity in Christ. Through Jesus and the Spirit we now know who our real Father is and are raised up to our eternal home where we were always meant to be.
  • The whole world needs an “Identity Christus“. In Christ we find our true identity as beloved children of God seated at the right hand of the Father and in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.

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