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Christ-Centered Clarity On Sex And Marriage! Part 3 (Our Christian Response)

Audio Part 3A:

Audio Part 3B:

Full Message:


Bible Verses: John 14: 6 Ephesians 4-6


This Message Series:

Living Into This Challenging Christian Life With Jesus!

Introduction:

This series reinforces that the Christian Life is living out and manifesting the reality of our union and communion with the Father, through Jesus (the Son), and in the Holy Spirit in every part of our humanity! Our purpose in life is to be one with God! Despite our sin and weaknesses, the Lord strengthens us in our relationship with Him by the Spirit as we trust Him for it! When our Lord Jesus Christ reappears gloriously, we too will be glorified and fully blameless in Him! Until Jesus’ reappearing, the Christian life is a challenging life —lived out only in union and communion with the Father, through the Son and in the Holy Spirit!

“The Christian life is thus about living in dependence upon the Triune God of grace, and it has largely to do with the work the Holy Spirit does to unite us to and conform us to Christ through  the “spiritual union.” It is through this union (our relationship with God) that we have access to and are able to possess all the blessings of grace. We trust Jesus to give us these blessings through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Moved by the Spirit, we receive these blessings through repentance and faith. Though never earned or deserved, we receive them deliberately, using whatever capacities we have at our disposal (capacities that differ from person to person). Because our transformation (sanctification, maturation, growth) is God’s gracious work in us, it follows God’s timetable, and God is not anxious or impatient about the pace.”

“To understand the Christian life, we must account for the New Testament teaching that, as believers, we do not yet have the fullness of the Holy Spirit. As we receive and respond to the Spirit, living in fellowship with the Spirit, we must regularly be “filled with the Spirit” (Eph. 5:18). In this life we are given the “first fruits” (Rom. 8:23) or “deposit” (Eph. 1:14, also translated “down payment” or “earnest”) of the Spirit, having been “sealed” (Eph. 4:30) for a greater future with the Spirit yet to be unsealed. We thus understand that our relationship with the Spirit is not fixed, static, mechanical or impersonal. It is dynamic and personal.” – Clarifying Our Theological Vision, by Gary Deddo

Theological Theme:

The Christian’s calling is the highest of all, and so sets the highest standard. God-[Father-Son-Holy-Spirit] has predestined you before the foundation of the world to be seated in the heavenly places and to be adopted in Jesus Christ. The plan and will for your life is Jesus Christ! In this series, this calling has been proclaimed in Ephesians 1-3, and is essentially a calling to the body of Christ. God has predestined you as a human being to be a glorious human being sharing in the son’s relationship with The Father in The Spirit! Marriage, for some, is included in this calling.

Christ Connection:

Beneath and behind all the troubles of this world, God the Father has predestined you to be adopted as His sons and daughters and to share in His relationship with His Son – Jesus Christ, in the Holy Spirit. That is what your job is about, that is what marriage is about, that is what sex is about, and that is what singleness is about. The Father is working to make you a son or a daughter sharing in the Sonship of Jesus!

Missional Application:

Marriage has been ordained not just for Christians but for mankind. Because, in Jesus, we are all destined to go from dust to glorified humanity , the call goes out to all marriages to particpate with Jesus by placing their faith in Him, and receiving His empowerment in the Spirit!

As Christians we are to live in our marriages worthy of this calling we have received such that we witness to the Love of the Fther, Son and Spirit as His lights in this world.

Eph 4:1 beckons us all to think God’s thoughts along with Jesus Christ. “to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” – Ephesians 5: 15 —“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,” We are to be “filled with the Spirit.”— Ephesians 5:18

Be imitators of God, “submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.” — Ephesians 5: 21

“22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord…..25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her….. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church”—Ephesians 5: 22-29

 “for we are members of His body.”(The Body Of Christ) —Ephesians 5:30

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” – Ephesians 6: 1-3

“18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” —Ephesians 6: 18

Conclusion:

“Our personal response (or lack thereof) to God cannot undo the fact that Jesus is and remains Lord and Savior of all. The character and purpose, mind and heart of God remain just as they have been revealed in Christ. The finished work of Christ is never undone—God remains, in Christ, reconciled to all people, no matter their response. He has and holds out forgiveness for them, is ready to receive them back into fellowship with him, and in that sense accepts them. However, while God accepts them, he does not accept their rejection, their sin, their rebellion, but accepts them in order to do away with what is against them and against their participation in the reconciliation accomplished for them in Christ. Nothing changes that reconciliation (with all it means), not even a person’s complete or partial rejection of God’s gift. However, our personal response (participation) does affect the quality of our lived relationship with God and thus our personal experiencing of the benefits of Christ.” Gary Deddo

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Father’s Gracious New Covenant Warnings and Exhortations!, Part 2

Warnings because of God's Love

Audio – Part A: 27 min

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/19.11.24-fathers-gracious-new-covenant-warnings-and-exhortations-part-2a-john-14.6-heb-12-13-tah.mp3”

Audio – Part B: 30 min

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/19.11.24-fathers-gracious-new-covenant-warnings-and-exhortations-part-2b-john-14.6-heb-12-13-tah.mp3”

Full Message: 

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/19.11.24-fathers-gracious-new-covenant-warnings-and-exhortations-part-2-john-14.6-heb-12-13-tah.mp3”


Bible Verses: John 14 – 6   Hebrews 12  Hebrews 13


Living Into This Challenging Christian Life With Jesus!

Introduction:

The Christian Life is living out and manifesting the reality of our union and communion with the Father, through Jesus (the Son), and in the Holy Spirit! Our purpose in life is to be one with God! Despite our sin and weaknesses, the Lord strengthens us in our relationship with Him as we trust Him for it! When our Lord Jesus Christ reappears gloriously, we too will be glorified and fully blameless in Him! Until Jesus’ reappearing, the Christian life is a challenging life – lived out only in union and communion with the Father, through the Son and in the Holy Spirit!

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'” – John 14:6


 

Theological Theme:

How are we to understand our Father’s strong warning and exhortations in scripture?? Only in the Light of God’s Story, the Gospel!

Story of the Gospel: The Father is the great fountain of love and of every blessing, which he has always bestowed upon his Son in the Holy Spirit in covenant – in an unconditional pledge to love the other! The Son has always received the Father’s unconditional Love and returned it equally in response, in the Holy Spirit!

Christ Connection:

In lavish love that overflows, God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit desired to share Himself with others so others could know it too and so He thought of the first and most important thing to create: Jesus Christ our King! “He chose us in him before the foundation of the world!” “Jesus is the radiance of God’s glory, and the exact expression of his nature (IMAGE) IN FLESH, sustaining all things by his powerful Word!”. Jesus is God’s purpose for all creation, therefore, what Jesus did, mankind can participate in by Grace in The Holy Spirit. And so The Father, Son and Spirit made humanity in Jesus’ image (Gen 1:27,28): as male and female! He blessed us and gave us the task of being fruitful and multiplying together, in covenant, and gave us, together, dominion over all living things!

“Jesus was God spelling himself out in language humanity could understand.” – S.D. Gordon

Missional Application:

We are to look forward to living with Jesus in Heaven ON EARTH, so we invite everyone, everywhere, to repent, believe and receive relationship with the Father, through Jesus, in the Holy Spirit RIGHT NOW! Because this present evil age and world is not our home and will soon perish, we warn people not to place their trust in the world against Jesus but to turn from it, submitting only to Jesus and His Loving Lordship!

 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16


 

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Father’s Gracious New Covenant Warnings and Exhortations!, Part 1

Jesus Is Risen! So Go…Make Disciples! Part 4

Disciple Making Logo

Audio – Part 4a: 27 min

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/19.6.02-jesus-is-risen-so-go-make-disciples-part-4a-8-matt-28-1-cor-15-tah.mp3”

Audio – Part 4b: 30 min

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/19.6.02-jesus-is-risen-so-go-make-disciples-part-4b-8-matt-28-1-cor-15-tah.mp3”

Audio – Full Message:

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/19.6.02-jesus-is-risen-so-go-make-disciples-part-4-8-matt-28-1-cor-15-tah.mp3”


Bible Verses: Matthew 28


 This Good News series is about Jesus’ Believers and Disciples “GO”ing in Active Participation with Him, Wherever He Says to “Go!…” AND MAKING DISCIPLES WHO CAN MAKE DISCIPLES!

Theological Theme:

Christian Disciples are those who willingly, by grace through faith, and in loving obedience, participate with Jesus in offering their total humanity in allegiance to the Father, through the Son and in the Spirit! Christian Disciples participate with Jesus in his repentance and baptism, being incorporated into his body, the Church. Christian Disciples become fully committed to making disciples of Jesus who can make disciples of Jesus that make disciples of Jesus – in the Spirit, through the Son and to the Glory of our Father!

Christ Connection:

“When the people of Jesus follow the way of Jesus, their stories will begin to look like his story (which is beautiful but it also comes with a cost).” – The Gospel Project

We have been drawn into the self-giving, other centered, self-sacrificing and generous, loving compassion of the Father, Son and Spirit God, through Jesus Christ. And though it comes at great cost, it also comes with great joy!

Missional Application:

*Don’t just “Bring a Friend” (everyone needs Jesus!), more than that, bring a pre-disciple of Jesus to the community of the Church Body.

*Start with one person (and only more if Father has made it obvious!) When rejected, go elsewhere. Feel free to look everywhere! Talk to disciples more about Jesus than something called Christianity. Talk more about Jesus than his Church!

*Don’t worry too much about bringing others to Church at first (think relationship, home, small group first!)! A person genuinely called by Jesus will be drawn to his Body, the Bible, prayer, the Father, the Spirit and loving all people.

*Remember that life is short and death is sure and people are living under the sentence of death! Physical death and spiritual death are real but now is a day of salvation.

*We must not be lax in discipleship because of past  and poor teachings  but we must be renewed at the living voice of Jesus Christ! “Can these bones live??? You know Oh, Lord!”

You received Christ though the proclamation and discipleship of his Church! Now is not the time to put down the Church but to lift up and be the Church and pray for the Church! God is not limited to the Church but in his oversight of this world Jesus is building his Church (and his Church is called to participate with him and to go and make disciples of all nations).

For the purposes of discipleship: There is a “them” and an “us”! We must never confuse who Jesus is on behalf of all, and who we are as individuals distinct from him and each other! There are some of us who are knowing, loving and trusting Jesus as he draws us to himself, and some who aren’t knowing, loving or trusting Jesus as he draws them to himself!

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Why Women Participate Fully In Jesus’ Ministry!

 

Galatians 3.28 - 5

Audio – Part A: 21 min

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/19.5.19-why-women-participate-fully-in-jesus-ministry-here-part-a-gal-3.28-tah.mp3”

Audio – Part B: 21 min

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/19.5.19-why-women-participate-fully-in-jesus-ministry-here-part-b-gal-3.28-tah.mp3”

Audio – Full Message:

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/19.5.19-why-women-participate-fully-in-jesus-ministry-here-gal-3.28-tah.mp3”


Bible Verses: Galatians 3:28


 This is a message preached on our yearly “Women’s Day”

Theological Theme:

In Lavish Love The Father sent the Son into human flesh, in the Spirit, to be the One for the Many, or the One Person for every Human Person.

Christ Connection:

When the Son of God became human he was bringing his relationship with His Father into our human nature and being that which is common to all human beings, men and women alike. The Incarnation is not primarily about Jesus’ maleness as much as it is about his being the One True Human Being for All Human Beings. In One Body Jesus was God in perfect relationship with everything it means to be human. In One Body he was also being Man, responding properly to God in relationship with all it means to be a True Human Being before God, glorify God.

Missional Application:

Because we are united to Jesus and his Father in the Love and Communion of the Holy Spirit, we go with him to all persons, inviting them to receive their identity in Jesus and turn from receiving their identity in secondary or relative things such as gender, color, sex, culture, creed etc. ! We don’t ignore or deny people’s distinct differences such as race, gender, sex, culture, etc. – we celebrate them! – but these things are radically relativized and secondary to the most important thing common to all – our human nature and being! Men and women together are the image of Christ!

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Contending For The Faith Delivered To The Saints! – Part 12

Contending for the Faith

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fCnlbFY-m0

Audio: Part 12a: 32 min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/18.12.12-contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-part-12a-john-4.1-42-tah.mp3”

Audio: Part 12b:  30 min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/18.12.12-contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-part-12b-john-4.1-42-tah.mp3”

Audio: Full Message:

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/18.12.12-contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-part-12-john-4.1-42-tah.mp3”


Main Passages: Jude 1  John 4 


This Specific Message Concludes the Series of 12 messages addressing today’s big questions regarding relationships, race, marriage, love, gender/sexual identity, politics, and worship and witness as it relates to the Christian God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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Contending For The Faith Delivered To The Saints! – Part 8

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Part 8a: 32min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/2018.10.07.contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-part-8a-jude-gen1-2-tah.mp3”

Part 8b: 26min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/2018.10.07.contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-part-8b-jude-gen1-2-tah.mp3”

Full Message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/2018.10.07.contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-part-8-jude-gen1-2-tah.mp3”


Main Passages: Jude 1  John 4   Gen 1-2


This message of God’s Good News urges believers to contend FOR the faith once delivered to the Church, in participation with Jesus Christ!, and AGAINST the ungodly cultural pressures and influences of our current times!

This is a Gospel message to a specific congregation of our times facing issues similar to congregations in other times as seen in the scriptures, particularly the Books of Jude and John. In this series, we make Christ-centered comparisons with the congregation in Jude and the Samaritan woman of Jesus’ time in John 4 to our particular congregation. You may see that the Church in general (especially if in the United States!), faces these same issues and also be helped by WHO and HOW He is proclaimed!

In the light of Jesus and the God revealed in Him (and over the course of 12 messages), we address today’s big questions regarding relationships, race, marriage, love, gender/sexual identity, politics, and worship and witness as it relates to the Christian God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

 

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The Wicked Tenants!

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Part 1a: 19min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/2018.09.16.-the-wicked-tenants-part1a-matthew-21.33-46-guest-stonesifer-tah.mp3”

Part 1b: 21min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/2018.09.16.-the-wicked-tenants-part-1b-matthew-21.33-46-guest-stonesifer-tah.mp3”

Full Message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/2018.09.16.-the-wicked-tenants-matthew-21.33-46-guest-stonesifer-tah.mp3”


Main Passage: Matthew 21:33-46


“One of Jesus’ most famous parables about judgment was the parable of the wicked tenants. In this story we see the privilege and responsibility that comes with God’s calling on our lives. We also see the grace of God in His warnings to sinners and the judgment of God in His retribution toward those who reject His Son. This parable’s stark imagery reminds us that we are called to bear the fruit of repentance and mission and thus fulfill our purpose as God’s people.” -The Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

Judgment comes on those who reject the commands, warnings, and Christ, The Son of God- [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit].

Christ Connection:

Jesus’ parable of the wicked tenants is one of the clearest denunciations of the religious leaders in His day. The story implies that God is the vineyard owner, Jesus is the owner’s son, and the religious leaders are the ones who have rejected God’s Word. Applying Psalm 118 to Himself, Jesus saw Himself as the cornerstone—the person in whom God’s judgment and salvation come together.

Missional Application:

God, through His Holy Spirit, calls us to bear the fruit of repentance and mission, fulfilling our purpose as His people.

“Jesus teaches that seemingly endless patience of God is extended toward those who oppose him. But when this patience ends at the rejection of his Son, God’s swift retribution is sure to follow.” –Simon J. Kistemaker

“The portrait of a mild Jesus who spoke only of grace and never of judgment is a figment of the imagination. We serve a Savior whose scandalous grace was matched with the ferocious roar of judgment. In this parable, we see a glimpse of God’s patience but also His swift retribution. Let this story from Jesus shock your senses and lead you to see yourself as a steward of His blessings” -The Gospel Project

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The Father Loves And Likes You Fest 2017!

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Thursday, October 12th Good News Event

Opening Good News Message: GCI National Intern Development Coordinator Anthony Mullins

“Contentment And The Big Ask!”

Part1a: 25min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2017-10-12-thursday-contentment-and-the-big-ask-anthony-mullins-pt1a-tah.mp3”

Part 1b: 28min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2017-10-12-thursday-contentment-and-the-big-ask-anthony-mullins-pt1b-tah.mp3”

Full Message: 53min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2017-10-12-thursday-contentment-and-the-big-ask-anthony-mullins-tah.mp3”

 

Friday, October 13th Good News Events

Introduction to Break-Out Sessions and Prayer – 5 min

Pastor Timothy Brassell – Lead Pastor GCI Baltimore MD.

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2017-10-13-intro-to-breakout-sessions-prayers-timothy-brassell-tah.mp3”

  • Session 1) Anthony Mullins – GCI National Intern Development Coordinator

“Life Together: The Overflow Of Community!” – 50min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2017-10-13-life-together-the-overflow-of-community-anthony-mullins-tah.mp3”

  • Session 2) Timothy Brassell – Lead Pastor GCI Baltimore, MD.

“Discerning The Signs Of Our Current GCI Times!” – 65min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2017-10-13-discerningnthe-signs-of-our-current-gci-times-timothy-brassell-tah.mp3”

  • Session 3) Bill Winn – Lead Pastor GCI Richmond, VA.

“Participating In Jesus’ Generosity!” – 38min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2017-10-13-participating-in-jesus-generosity-bill-winn-tah.mp3”

 

Evening Good News Messages

  •  1) Ann Vinson – Pastor GCI Baltimore MD.

“Are You Overflowing With The Holy Spirit?”

John 7: 37- 39 –  39min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2017-friday-good-news-message-john7-37-39-ann-vinson-tah.mp3”

  • 2) Richard Andrews – Pastor GCI Baltimore MD.

“It’s Good News: Jesus Is Life!” John 6- 63 –  32min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2017-10-13-it-is-good-news-jesus-is-life-john3-63-richard-andrews-tah.mp3”

 

Saturday, October 14th Good News Messages

  •  1) Calvin Simon – Lead Pastor GCI Norfolk, VA.

“Jesus Is All We Need Despite Our Feelings!” Matthew 11: 27-30 NIV – 28min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2017-10-14-jesus-is-all-we-need-despite-our-feelings-matt11-27-30-calvin-simon-tah.mp3”

  • 2) Bill Winn: Lead Pastor GCI Richmond, VA.

“Can You Here Me?” – 30min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2017-10-14-can-you-here-me-bill-winn-tah.mp3”

 

Sunday, October 15th Concluding Good News Message 

Timothy Brassell: Lead Pastor GCI Baltimore, MD.

“Return to Jesus – Your Pastor and Guardian!” 

Part 1a: 36min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2017-10-15-return-to-jesus-your-pastor-and-guardian-pt1a-matt9-35-timothy-brassell-tah.mp3”

Part 1b: 44min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2017-10-15-return-to-jesus-your-pastor-and-guardian-pt1b-matt9-35-timothy-brassell-tah.mp3”

Full Message: 80min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2017-10-15-return-to-jesus-your-pastor-and-guardian-matt9-35-timothy-brassell-tah.mp3”

 

God’s Word To Us Going Forward – 34sec

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/gods-word-to-us-t-brassell.mp3”

“It was clear to us what God’s WORD was to us and that is – I’ve redeemed you! and I am going to redeem you! It’s OK…and You don’t have to be afraid to be vulnerable because I have redeemed that and I am with you now to see things restored and reconciled…..and there are ways for us to begin to participate as he shares the Spirit with us so really we have nothing but a reason to say THANK YOU to God, and in the Psalms it says – ‘Clap your Hands'” – TJBrassell

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

 

 

How Jesus Transforms The Downfall Of Israel’s First King

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Part 1a – 26min:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/2017-02-05-how-jesus-transforms-the-downfall-of-israels-first-king-part1a-1samuel-15-10-31-tah.mp3”

Part 1b – 31min:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/2017-02-05-how-jesus-transforms-the-downfall-of-israels-first-king-part1b-1samuel-15-10-31-tah.mp3”

Full Message – 57min:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/2017-02-05-how-jesus-transforms-the-downfall-of-israels-first-king-1samuel-15-10-31-tah.mp3”

Main Passage: 1Samuel 15: 10-31NIV

Theological Theme: God- Father, Son, and Spirit, requires total obedience to all of His commands. “In King Saul’s story, we see the failure to obey God completely leads us to rationalize and justify our obedience, a sin that is compounded by the desire for human approval rather than divine grace. Halfhearted obedience is just another form of disobedience, and so, God-Father, Son and Spirit calls us to renounce our hypocritical displays of righteousness and to submit fully to his purpose and plan.” The Gospel Project

Christ Connection: Saul’s kingship could not last because he rejected God’s word. Israel needed a lasting kingdom ruled by Someone who would obey God fully. Through the perfect obedience of Jesus, God would establish His rule over His humanity forever. “Jesus is standing in for you representing you as one before God even when you’re not obeying. One who is making a great and awesome decision for God even when you are not making a great and awesome decision for God”…..”In light of who Jesus is – The Vicarious Man – and who we are in Him, we can see that the downfall of man (and sometimes YOUR downfall in life) is your failure to obey God COMPLETELY!” TJBrassell

Missional Application: God the Holy Spirit calls and empowers us to renounce our hypocritical displays of righteousness and to submit fully to His purpose and plan in Jesus so that the world will see God’s redemption. “The gracious call of Jesus now becomes a stern command: Do this! Give up that! Leave the ship and come to me! When a man says he cannot obey the call of Jesus because he believes, or because he does not believe, Jesus says: “First obey, perform the external work, renounce your attachments, give up the obstacles which separate you from the will of God. Do not say you have not got faith. You will not have it so long as you persist in disobedience and refuse to take the first step.  Neither must you say that you have faith, and therefore there is no need for you to take the first step. You have not got faith so long as and because you will not take the first step but become hardened in your unbelief under the guise of humble faith.” It is…malicious…to argue like this, a sure sign of lack of faith, which leads in its turn to a lack of obedience. This is the disobedience of the “believers”; when they are asked to obey, they simply confess their unbelief and leave it at that (Mark 9.24). You are trifling with the subject. If you believe, take the first step, it leads to Jesus Christ. If you don’t believe, take the first step all the same, for you are bidden to take it. No one wants to know about your faith or unbelief, your orders are to perform the act of obedience on the spot. Then you will find yourself in the situation where faith becomes possible and where faith exists in the true sense of the word.” –Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship, 73-74

 

 

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