Archive for the ‘Perichoresis’ Category

Contending For The Faith Delivered To The Saints! – Part 1

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Part 1a: 29min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/2018-06-24-Contending-For-The-Faith-Delivered-To-The-Saints-Pt1-Jude-John4-Part1a-TAH.mp3”

Part 1b: 30min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/2018-06-24-Contending-For-The-Faith-Delivered-To-The-Saints-Pt1-Jude-John4-Part1b-TAH.mp3”

Full Message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/2018-06-24-Contending-For-The-Faith-Delivered-To-The-Saints-Pt1-Jude-John4-Full-Message-TAH.mp3”


Main Passages: Jude 1  John 4


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 and 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, of course, see that the Church (maybe your local congregation!), especially in the United States, faces these same issues in general, and also be helped by WHO 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 witnessing to the Father and Son through the Christian faith.

Foundational to this message is the urgent call for us to contend for the Christian faith (in which we participate in with Jesus Christ!) primarily by continuing to ask for and receive together from our Father – His Holy Spirit! He is WHO the Father most desires to pour out upon his human children! Even so, come Holy Spirit of the Father and Son, come!

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How The Triune God Encounters Ordinary People!

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Part 1a: 25min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/2018-06-10-how-the-triune-god-encounters-odinary-people-part1a-john-41-42-tah.mp3”

Part 1b: 41min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/2018-06-10-how-the-triune-god-encounters-odinary-people-part1b-john-41-42-tah.mp3”

Full Message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/2018-06-10-how-the-triune-god-encounters-odinary-people-full-message-john-41-42-tah.mp3”


Main Passage: John 4:1-42


“Jesus had a conversation with a Samaritan woman He met at the well of Jacob. In their discussion, Jesus claimed to have the living water that will satisfy the soul, and He revealed the truth that God seeks people to worship Him in Spirit and truth. As Jesus’ followers, we resemble the Samaritan woman as we exalt Jesus for who He is and then tell others about the living water He offers.” – The Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

God- [Father, Son, and Spirit], is seeking true worshipers who worship Him in Spirit and truth.

Christ Connection:

Jesus told the Samaritan woman that a day was coming when worshipers would not focus on the physical location of Jerusalem or the mountain but worshipers would worship in Spirit and truth. Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and ascension, our worship is no longer confined by geography. We worship Jesus as the Savior of the whole world.

Missional Application:

God, in the Holy Spirit, calls us to open our eyes to see the harvest of people across the world who need the living water that only Jesus Christ can provide.

“How does The Triune God encounter ordinary people? The Father, Son and Spirit God encounters us as one who, when we’re trapped in immorality, when we’re social outcasts, when we have no direction in our life and when we’re “EEKING” out in an ordinary mundane routine day after day life, HE IS THE ONE who can come in – and so often does – and turns our life around and may even make us like He did this woman. He made this immoral woman the first evangelist in her hometown and saw many people come to faith. Don’t you give up on anybody let alone yourself, for The Lord God- Father, Son, and Spirit is pulling off the impossible!

He [Jesus] has not allowed ANYTHING He cannot redeem, so receive Him, come, ask Him for a drink and He’ll put in you living waters that will flow out of you into eternal life. Meaning, you’ll have a relationship eternally with His Father in The Holy Spirit and with everyone else.” – Pastor Timothy Brassell

 

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Jesus Calls The First Disciples!

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Part1a: 20min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-05-13-jesus-calls-the-first-disciples-part1a-matt417-22-matt99-13-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”

Part1b: 25min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-05-13-jesus-calls-the-first-disciples-part1b-matt417-22matt99-13-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”

Full Message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-05-13-jesus-calls-the-first-disciples-full-message-matt417-22-matt99-13-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”


Main Passages: Matthew 4:17-22   Matthew 9:9-13


“Jesus extended a call to repentance to unlikely and unexpected people. Instead of ignoring the call, the first disciples abandoned their old way of life and received Christ’s invitation to follow Him. Now, as believers in Christ, we have the privilege of answering God’s call to discipleship and then extending the same call to those who need to repent and believe” – the Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

Discipleship is faithfully following  The son of God, Jesus, as Savior and Lord, through The Spirit’s power, and to the Father glory.

“We cannot come thinking we are someone special or a person of privilege. We come with the understanding that we are nothing without Him…We bow before the Master because godliness demands submission.” –Ted Traylor

Christ Connection:

In choosing 12 disciples (representative of 12 tribes), Jesus was forming a reconstituted Israel, not around the Law of Moses but around Himself as Savior and King. Through His death and resurrection, Jesus saves us and calls us to follow Him in obedience.

“Here they proved that they were true sons of Abraham, because by a similar pattern they followed the Savior on hearing God’s voice. For they immediately gave up hope of material advantage that they might seek eternal rewards.” –Chromatius

Missional Application:

God, through His Holy Spirit, calls us to follow Jesus and to join His mission of telling others the good news of salvation with unlikely, unpopular, and unexpected people.

“Today, Jesus is calling people from every walk of life to leave their selfish pursuits and follow Him. It takes wisdom to understand the nature of God’s particular call on your life. It may not require that you walk away from your family business or sell all your belongings. But it will definitely require you to give up the idea that you command your own destiny. It will mean you give up any trace of selfish ambition that affects your life decisions. God’s kingdom must be first. The call to follow Jesus is the call to submit to Him as King and Lord. On this side of the cross, we know that Jesus has purchased us with His blood (Rom. 3:24-25). We belong to Him. He owns us. That’s why we ask God to remove the remaining selfishness in our hearts and replace our desires with His heart for the world and His plan for our lives (Ps. 37:4). As we submit to God, He does amazing things through us. The beauty of God’s call to repentance is that He brings together people from various backgrounds and groups in order to highlight His glorious work of redemption. He calls people you’d least expect. He does things you would never predict. He doesn’t just call “the cream of the crop” to be His spokespeople but unlikely people whose life-change will demonstrate the glory of His work.” – The Gospel Project

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What Jesus Christ Being Tempted Means For Us!

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Part 1a: 22min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-05-06-what-jesus-christ-being-tempted-means-for-us-part1a-matt41-11-tah.mp3”

Part 1b: 29min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-05-06-what-jesus-christ-being-tempted-means-for-us-part1b-matt41-11-tah.mp3”

Full Message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-05-06-what-jesus-christ-being-tempted-means-for-us-full-message-matt41-11-tah.mp3”


Main Passages: Matthew 4:1-11   Luke 2:42


“Jesus demonstrated faithfulness in the wilderness of temptation. Unlike Adam and Eve in the garden and unlike the children of Israel in the wilderness, Jesus refused to gratify His desires apart from God’s will or to test God and His promises. Instead of taking the path of earthly exaltation, Jesus fixed His eyes on the cross and triumphed over the temptations of the Evil One. As Christians, we can resist temptation by trusting in the Savior who overcame temptation in our place. ” The Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

In the wilderness, Jesus, relating intimately with His Father, and in the Holy Spirit’s power, triumphs over temptation at the point that Adam, and Israel, and all of us have failed.

Christ Connection:

In order to undo the consequences of Adam’s sin, Jesus steps into our world and overcomes the temptation to which Adam succumbed. In order to fulfill the purpose of His people, Israel, who doubted God in the wilderness, Jesus overcomes temptation on behalf of His people. Jesus’ temptation is connected to His cross, the place where He conquered sin as our Savior.

Missional Application:

God, through His Holy Spirit, calls us to resist temptation by resting in our identity in Christ, the One who overcame temptation in our place.

“In each of the three neverto-be-forgotten pictures which our Lord has given us, the temptation of Satan centers round this point—‘You are the Son of God, then do God’s work in Your own way; assert Your prerogative of Sonship.’ Jesus deliberately rejected the suggested ‘short cut’ and chose the ‘long, long trail,’ evading none of the suffering involved.” – Oswald Chambers

“The first Adam sinned by eating. Christ prevailed by self-control. He thus teaches that there is no need for us to stay far away from God.”  –Theodore of Heraclea

“The wilderness temptation represents an all-out assault on the identity of Jesus, which was revealed at His baptism. It was a threefold attack. First, Satan sought to tempt Jesus to satisfy His desires apart from the will of God. The temptation was to make Him rely on Himself apart from the Father in sustaining His own life with physical bread. Jesus triumphed when He spoke of relying on the word of God for life. Second, Satan sought to tempt Jesus to doubt God’s protection and to test that promise by jumping from the roof of the temple. Once more, Jesus displayed His total trust in the Father. Third, the Devil tempted Jesus to abandon the identity the Father bestowed upon Him at the Jordan, the radical identification with the world that would finally lead Him to the cross. Jesus’ final triumph in the wilderness occurred when He determined to serve and worship the Father alone and triumphed over the temptation of Satan. This is not simply an ancient story of a struggle between good and evil. It is a battle plan for those who long to remain obedient to God. Jesus’ victory in the wilderness matters because it is a foretaste of the victory He will achieve for the world on the cross. He is always the pattern and the paradigm. We have failed to engage or understand this narrative if we have not realized that His victory can be echoed in our own experience. His victory is ours! In light of Christ’s work, our appropriate response is following His pattern of obedience as worship.” – The Gospel Project

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The Father Loves And Likes You Celebration 2018 Messages!

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THEME: “Where God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit Is Our Main Event and Activity!”


Full Video Playlist Of Messages on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjILC4-exBRb9leV1gqy0qGWnYAkXTK1R


Thursday, October 11th, 2018 

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by Timothy Brassell – Lead Pastor, New Life Baltimore MD.

“The Heart Of Christian Faith Is God – Father, Son, and Spirit Himself!” Part1

Main Bible Passages: John 14 – 16

WatchVideo on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHtpZBe3umw

Audio:

Full message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-10-11-the-heart-of-christian-faith-is-god-father-son-and-spirit-himself-john14-16-part1-full-message-tah.mp3”

Part1a: 37min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-10-11-the-heart-of-christian-faith-is-god-father-son-and-spirit-himself-john14-16-part1-part1a-tah.mp3”

Part 1b: 33min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-10-11-the-heart-of-christian-faith-is-god-father-son-and-spirit-himself-john14-16-part1-part1b-tah.mp3”

” The most basic thing in Christianity is God – Father, Son and Spirit, who is the main event and the main activity. Since God is God – Father, Son, and Spirit, this means that at the center of everything is a relationship!…

He came into our flesh and he placed inside of our actual flesh His own relationship as Father, Son and holy Spirit. …..We are empty apart from God. We have our own natural life as he created. We have our natural relationships but those arn’t love because God is love and God has to be intimate with you in order for you to share in God’s actual love and life. So God had to come inside our humanity in Jesus Christ to place His love and life inside of our humanity so that we can actually taste of God’s real life and love…

Now we know what salvation is…..sharing in the life and love of The Father, Son and Holy Spirit, being in an actual relationship with God.

The good life is built with good relationships and that is because you come from a relational God – Father Son and Holy Spirit. I encourage you to take a few dates with Him instead of screen time. Talk with your mate, or whomever else is in your room or  whomever you’re spending time with…..Talk about this God because He is the main event and activity. He is where you’ve come from and He is where you’re heading whether you like it or not  but he has placed it into Jesus for you to be able to like it and not just to like it but to love it” – Pastor Timothy Brassell


Friday, October 12th, 2018

 by Timothy Brassell – Lead Pastor, New Life Baltimore MD.

Breakout: “Gospel Coaching In Courageous Conversation” Part 1 & 2

Questions and Responses

Main Bible Passages: Mal 3: 16-18

Watch Video On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxhzdKpNeIQ&t=44s

Audio:

Full message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-10-12-breakout-gospel-coaching-in-courageous-conversationpt-1-2-full-message-mal-310-13.mp3”

Part1a: 34min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-10-12-breakout-gospel-coaching-in-courageous-conversationpt-1-1-part1a-mal-310-13.mp3”

Part 1b: 24min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-10-12-breakout-gospel-coaching-in-courageous-conversationpt-1-2-part1b-mal-310-13.mp3”

Part 1c: 26min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-10-12-breakout-gospel-coaching-in-courageous-conversationpt-1-2-part1c-mal-310-13.mp3”

Part 1d: 24min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-10-12-breakout-gospel-coaching-in-courageous-conversationpt-1-2-part1d-mal-310-13.mp3”

Part1e: 27min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-10-12-breakout-gospel-coaching-in-courageous-conversationpt-1-2-part1e-mal-310-13.mp3”

 


Friday, October 12th, 2018

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by Ann Vinson – Assistant Pastor New Life Baltimore MD.

“You Are Not a Grasshopper!”

Main Bible Passages: Numbers 13: 33

Watch On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MkczqlHqaE&t=7s

Audio:

Full message: 35min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-10-12-you-are-not-a-grasshopper-numbers-13,33-vinson-tah.mp3”

“We are children of the most high God. There is no higher honor than that. You have been drawn by God. What report do you have? What did God say? He has prepared a place for you. He loves you. He has you in His arms. You are His children. Go take the land. It is flowing with milk and honey. It’s yours. May the grace of God fill your hearts as we share this good news with all that we meet.” – Pastor Ann Vinson


Friday, October 12th, 2018

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by Calvin Simon – Lead Pastor New Creation Community Church – VA.

“Goodness Gracious Lord!”

Main Bible Passages: Col 1: 15-23

Watch On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MkczqlHqaE&t=7s

Audio: 

Full message: 31min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-10-12-goodness-gracious-lord-col-115-23-simon-tah.mp3”

“God’s greatest desire for us is for us to enjoy Him. Romans 12. This is how good God is….He knows that us trying to struggle to do things for Him is not going to lead us to life, but He says, if you will just take a minute and look at the things I have done for you, that will give you that praise that you want to have in you. This God wants you to know that He has been good and He has been faithful and He has been just all your life and without Him, you never would have made it.” – Pastor Calvin Simon


Saturday, October 13th, 2018

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by Richard Andrews – Assistant Pastor New Life Baltimore MD.

“Living The Contented Life In Christ!”

Main Bible Passages: Phil 4: 1-13

Watch On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NERjMQzKsKM

Audio: 

Full message: 50min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-10-13-living-the-contented-life-in-christ-full-message-phil-4-10-13-andrews-tah.mp3”

Part1a: 25min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-10-13-living-the-contented-life-in-christ-phil-4-10-13-part1a-andrews-tah.mp3”

Part 1b: 25min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-10-13-living-the-contented-life-in-christ-phil-4-10-13-part1b-andrews-tah.mp3”

“For those of us who want to live contented lives, we do so by fellowshipping with God’s people (Gen 1-26). God – Father, Son, and Spirit has always existed in perfect relationship for eternity. So when they say, “let us make man in our image”, it is let us make them to relate like us…….

I need you because, I was created to need you, so when I’m looking at some other thing and I am not looking at Jesus, I need you to say, “look at Jesus”. When I am struggling with abandonment issues and my self-worth before the father and wondering what’s going on with me, I need my brother to come tell me “look at Jesus” …..

We need each other because we are created in God’s image. We were created to relate to one another because that is how God is. He is the relational God.

If you want to live the ultimate life. If you want to live a contented life, stay connected to the source of life” – Pastor Richard Andrews


 Sunday, October 14th, 2018 

by Timothy Brassell – Lead Pastor, New Life Baltimore MD.

“The Heart Of Christian Faith Is God – Father, Son, and Spirit Himself!” Part2

Main Bible Passages: John 14 – 16

Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PO7qxlse4Fo&t=2s

Audio:

Full message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-10-14-the-heart-of-christian-faith-is-god-father-son-and-spirit-himself-pt2-full-message-john-14-16-tah.mp3”

Part1a: 35min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-10-14-the-heart-of-christian-faith-is-god-father-son-and-spirit-himself-pt2-part1a-john-14-16-tah.mp3”

Part 1b: 40min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-10-14-the-heart-of-christian-faith-is-god-father-son-and-spirit-himself-pt2-part1b-john-14-16-tah.mp3”

“The way the Christian life works is that we begin to have a central focus on Jesus because God The Father has chosen that we won’t even see Him except in the face of Jesus! So Jesus ought to be coming out of our lips, out of our teachings, out of all that we say and do. The life of God has been centered in flesh in the person of Jesus!” Pastor Timothy Brassell

“At the centre of the New Testament stands, not our religious experience, but a unique relationship between Jesus and the Father. No one knows the Son except the Father and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him (Matt. 11.27; John 1.18, 17.25-26). This unique relationship is vividly described as one of mutual love, mutual self-giving, mutual testifying, mutual glorifying. Indeed, there is a oneness of mind between the Father and the Son, revealed supremely in the Cross, ‘to bring many sons to glory’ (Heb. 2.10), ‘that we might receive the adoption of sons’ (Gal. 4.5ff)—that we might be drawn by the Spirit into that unique life of shared communion.”—James F. Torrance

“Worship is the gift of participating through the Spirit in the incarnate Son’s communion with the Father.—James B. Torrance, Worship, Community and the Triune God of Grace

The prime purpose of the incarnation, in the love of God, is to lift us up into a life of communion, of participation in the very triune life of God.—James B. Torrance

Jesus In His Father’s House!

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Part 1a: 26min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-04-22-jesus-in-his-fathers-house-part1a-luke-2-40-52-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”

Part 1b: 27min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-04-22-jesus-in-his-fathers-house-part1b-luke-2-40-52-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”

Full Message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-04-22-jesus-in-his-fathers-house-full-message-luke-2-40-52-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”


Main Passage: Luke 2:40-5


“Jesus has a zealous love for God’s Word. As a young boy visiting the temple, Jesus asked questions and gave answers to the religious leaders. In response to His parents, who misunderstood Him, Jesus declared that He was involved in His Father’s work. Here we see Jesus as a fully human boy yet totally devoted to His Father and submissive to His earthly parents. As we join Jesus in being about His Father’s work, we too are called to grow in wisdom and obedience as we showcase His glory.” – The Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

As a boy, Jesus demonstrated His commitment to God- Father, Son and Spirit’s law and to the mission His Father gave Him.

Christ Connection:

As Jesus grew, He increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and with people. His life prepared Him step by step to implement the eternal mission He was given by His Father—to die on the cross for our sins and rise again in victory.

Missional Application:

God, through His Holy Spirit, calls us to grow in wisdom and obedience as we join Jesus in being about the Father’s work.

“God’s Word to us in the person of Jesus Christ is a reference point, a source of equilibrium, a message of grace, the promise of forgiveness and healing that stands forever, in spite of our failures and sin and brokenness.”  –Marva Dawn

“When we walk with the Lord In the light of His Word, What a glory He sheds on our way! Let us do His good will; He abides with us still, And with all who will trust and obey. Not a burden we bear, Not a sorrow we share, But our toil He doth richly repay; Not a grief or a loss, Not a frown or a cross But is blest if we trust and obey.
Then in fellowship sweet We will sit at His feet, Or we’ll walk by His side in the way; What He says we will do, Where He sends we will go; Never fear, only trust and obey. Trust and obey, For there’s no other way To be happy in Jesus, But to trust and obey.
–John H. Sammis

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Mary Praises The Covenant-Keeping God!

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Part 1a: 16min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/2018-03-18-mary-praises-the-covenant-keeping-god-luke1-26-38-46-55-part1a-guest-vinson-tah.mp3”

Part 1b: 18min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/2018-03-18-mary-praises-the-covenant-keeping-god-luke1-26-38-46-55-part1b-guest-vinson-tah.mp3”

Full Message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/2018-03-18-mary-praises-the-covenant-keeping-god-luke1-26-38-46-55-full-message-guest-vinson-tah.mp3”


Main Passages: Luke 1:26-38 Luke 1:46-55


“Mary’s first experience of God’s remarkable call on her life was to be the mother of Jesus the Messiah. A young woman, probably still in her teens, Mary was confronted by the angel Gabriel with the news that God intended to use her to fulfill the greatest promise of His covenant. Mary’s response as “the servant of the Lord” becomes an example for all Christian obedience. In our own lives, we must recognize that God calls us to obedience, even when it is costly. Like Mary, we magnify the Lord through our obedience as servants of God and followers of Christ.” – The Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

From the Father, Jesus was conceived by the Spirit’s power and was born of a virgin.

Christ Connection:

In submitting to God’s plan for her life, even though it would bring suffering and heartache, Mary chose to magnify God. As a result, her faithfulness is an example to us. Likewise, Jesus magnified His Father through His obedient life, and He submitted to God’s plan, even to death on a cross, so that we could be saved.

Missional Application:

God through His Holy Spirit calls us to magnify the Lord in times of suffering so that others will see He is our treasure.

“When you find the real Mary of Scripture, the Mary of the first century, you’ll discover that she’ll be talking about Jesus and pointing us all to Jesus.”  –Scot McKnight

“Mary responded with faith. She declared herself to be the slave of the Lord, her Master. This was her identity. After all, slaves have no choices; they surrender them all to their masters. Even though there was so much that she did not know, Mary had a deep-rooted faith and trust, and that was where her submissive spirit came from. She was ready to submit to God’s difficult plan for her life. The stories of church history reveal that following Jesus costs His disciples everything. With the exception of John, Jesus’ closest followers experienced execution as the ultimate price for their faithfulness. Even now, more Christians are dying for Christ than at any time in the history of the church. We should question the trend in American Christianity that casts our faith as something easy, something that solves all our earthly problems.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German martyr, famously wrote: “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” As we listen to the Gospels, we should be ready to have our expectations challenged and values overturned. New life in Christ is not intended to be easy. Jesus never promised earthly security. His call is to “take up [your] cross, and follow me” (Matt. 16:24). And here, at the start of Jesus’ story in the New Testament, we see a young woman of faith who boldly accepted the difficult call of God on her life.” – The Gospel Project

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Ezra Read “The Law”. We Read “Jesus!”, pt.1

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Part 1a: 24min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/18-2-25-ezra-read-the-law-we-read-jesus-pt1a-nehemiah-8-1-12-tah.mp3”

Part 1b: 20min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/18-2-25-ezra-read-the-law-we-read-jesus-pt-1b-nehemiah-8-1-12-tah.mp3”

Full Message: 44min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/18-2-25-ezra-read-the-law-we-read-jesus-full-message-nehemiah-8-1-12-tah.mp3”


Main Passage: Nehemiah 8:1-12


“God’s people are to be shaped by God’s Word. As Ezra proclaimed God’s word, the people honored the voice of God and responded with repentance and were renewed. Likewise, biblical fellowship must be centered on God’s Word. As we gather together to listen to God speak to us through the Scriptures, we are challenged to repent, strengthened in our fellowship, and empowered for our mission.” – The Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

Biblical community must be centered on God-Father, Son and Spirit’s Word.

Christ Connection:

Like the returning exiles, when we read God’s Word, we are reminded of our heritage, God’s faithfulness, and His saving work. Most of all, in reading God’s Word, we are encountered by God and reminded by Him of His master plan to bring salvation to the world through Jesus Christ and his cross.

Missional Application:

Through His Holy Spirit, the Father is always pointing us to Christ, and Christ is always pointing us to others.

“When we discipline ourselves to gather together to hear God’s Word, we can expect the Word to impact the way we think and view the world around us. We will develop a deeper burden to know God more intimately. We will grow in our desire to share the gospel with those who don’t know God and are not pursuing Him. Let’s be the kind of people who are passionate for Christ, whose churches are centered on Scripture-reading and preaching, and who delight in the revival God may send our way. He did so in Nehemiah 8. Who’s to say He won’t do it again?” – The Gospel Project

“Understanding the words of God was [is!] the gateway to understanding God himself, leading to delight.”  –Augustine Pagolu

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Rebuilding The Wall!

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Part 1a: 22min

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Part 1b: 22min

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Full Message:

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Main Passages: Nehemiah 4:7-14;  5:1-13;  6:15-16


“The Book of Nehemiah is the story of God restoring His people in the promised land and their reorganization as His covenant people. As we continue Nehemiah’s story, we see that God’s people are faced with conflict from the outside and inside. However, because they persevere in repentance and faith, they accomplish God’s will in spite of their circumstances. From Nehemiah we learn that God calls us to do the right thing in the right way and then give Him glory for success. We also learn that God is glorified not only in our fulfillment of a task but also in the way we fulfill that task.” – the Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,  is glorified not only in our fulfillment of a task but also in the way we fulfill that task.

Christ Connection:

In Nehemiah’s day, the people joined together to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem and protect the city from their enemies. Jesus later prophesied the destruction of Jerusalem, but through His death and resurrection, He made a way for His people to be protected from the enemies of sin and death.

Missional Application:

God, through the Holy Spirit, calls us to participate with Jesus in doing the right thing in the right way! This glorifies Him and is a great blessing for us and all creation!

“Christian history is full of examples of God’s people triumphing despite their inability and the circumstances in which they found themselves (consider Moses before Pharaoh; the reformers before the Catholic Church; the growing church in communist China). The church itself is an example of God’s triumph despite the frequent failures of God’s people and the opposition from the societies and cultures that they inhabit.

If you look around your own church, you will be struck by the fact that it is only by the power of God that so many different people from different backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, and interests can be so closely bound in love for one another (e.g., Gal. 3:28). There are no worldly explanations adequate for such things. Only God can do this!

It’s important to remember that God has a purpose in all that He does. There are no random acts that come from the hand of the sovereign God of redemptive history. During the time of Nehemiah, God was restoring His people in the promised land and reorganizing them as His covenant people. God is working just the same in our day.” – The Gospel Project

 

Nehemiah Prays!

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Part 1a: 23min

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Part 1b: 24min

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Full Message:

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Main Passage: [Nehemiah’s Prayer] Nehemiah 1:1–2:8


Nehemiah cried out to God in prayer on behalf of his people for God to restore them in the promised land. As we read the story of Nehemiah, we are reminded that we follow a God who forgives and redeems and who supplies whatever we need to accomplish His purposes. As Christians, we believe God will bring His kingdom and restore our world, and we pray and act with confidence in His promise. –  The Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

Prayer is motivated by concern for God – Father, Son and Spirit’s glory and care for His people.

Christ Connection:

Nehemiah believed God would keep His promise to bring His people back home, and this is why he prayed and took action the way he did. As Christians, we believe God will keep His promise to restore the world as a home for His people. Jesus is the One who prays to the Father on our behalf, and He is the only way to salvation. He IS our Salvation!

“As Jesus prays for those the Father has given him, he is fulfilling the will of his Father (John 17). Our prayers, too, are part of the great sweep of God’s plan for his people. God’s sovereignty does not rob history of significance; to the contrary, it is God’s plan that gives human history meaning. We do not know how to pray as we should, in the light of God’s purposes. But for that very reason his Spirit who dwells in us makes intercession according to the will of God (Rom. 8:27).”

Missional Application:

Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, and in participation with him, calls us to embrace the burden of seeking our Father’s glory and caring for God’s people and then to pray and take action as we engage in His mission.

Have you ever wondered why Jesus told the disciples to pray for their needs, after He told them that God knew all their needs before they even asked? This sounds strange unless you understand that in prayer God enlists us as participants in the work He is doing, as a part of the outworking of His sovereign providence in creation. Sam Storms puts it well, “Never be deceived into thinking that God will give you apart from prayer what He has promised to give you only through prayer.”  Prayer is the means to accomplish God’s will. God has designed the universe in such a way that He will act and intervene when we ask according to His will. Through prayer, we become an instrument to bring about God’s appointed end. The chief end of God is to display His glory to all of creation. When we pray, we join Him in that mission. For this reason, all prayer should be motivated by a concern for God’s glory and care for His people. – The Gospel Project

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