Archive for the ‘Scripture Paraphrases’ Category

Take Up Your Cross!

cross2

Audio – Part A: 25 min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2020/03/2019.6.30-take-up-your-cross-part-a-acts-6-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”

Audio – Part B: 20 min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2020/03/2019.6.30-take-up-your-cross-part-b-acts-6-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”

Audio – Full Message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2020/03/2019.6.30-take-up-your-cross-acts-6-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”


Bible Verses: Acts 6:8-15; 7:44-60


“In this session, we will see how God’s Holy Spirit empowers the followers of Christ to endure suffering for the sake of Christ. Whether that suffering takes the form of false accusations, death, or other variations, our faithful witness in the midst of suffering is a testimony to Jesus Christ, who came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets and to save us from our sin. When we suffer in faith, we are following in the footsteps of our Savior and bearing witness to His worth above all things, even our very lives.”- The Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit strengthens his people to testify to Jesus Christ in persecution and death.

Christ Connection:

In his death as the first martyr, Stephen followed in the footsteps of His Savior. Both Jesus and Stephen were falsely accused and charged for blasphemy. Both Jesus and Stephen prayed for their executioners. Both Jesus and Stephen entrusted their spirits to God as they died. As a follower of Jesus Christ, Stephen reflected His Master, in life and in death.

Missional Application:

God the Father, through His Holy Spirit, calls us to bear witness to the greatness of Jesus Christ, even when we are maligned or persecuted for our faith.

“The history of the church is rich with stories of Christians who, emboldened by the Spirit, faced suffering and death while testifying to Jesus. Missionaries have died while going to share the gospel with hostile people. Countless martyrs the world over and through ages past have faced torture and death for their faith in the risen Savior…..

The persecution of the church and the martyring of its people is like the pruning of a plant. It grows stronger, richer, and more deeply rooted as a result…..

As we face ridicule and persecution for our faith, we are following in the faithful steps of these martyrs, just as they were following in the trailblazing steps of the Savior. He gave Himself for us—may it be our joy to give ourselves for the glory of His name.” – The Gospel Project

Photo Compliments: https://holyghostandmore.com/

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!

‬‬

Photo Compliments: pinterest.com

The Risen King And The Doubter

 

Doubter

Audio – Full Message:

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/12/19.4.14-the-risen-king-and-the-doubter-john-20.24-29-tah-guest-vinson.mp3”


Bible Verses: John 20:24-29


At first reading it looks like Thomas was more unbelieving than the other disciples, but this was not necessarily the case. They do not seem to have believed Mary Magdalene when she said she had seen the Lord—it was not until Jesus appeared to them that they were filled with joy (v. 20). Earlier references to Thomas reveal one who was dogged in his commitment to Jesus (11:16) and honest about his doubts (14:5). He refused to believe that Jesus had risen from the dead unless he actually saw the prints of the nails and spear wound for himself. By the way, this shows that the disciples and the evangelist were talking about a bodily resurrection of Jesus, not some spiritual survival beyond death.”  – Colin F. Kruse

Theological Theme:

Faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.

Christ Connection:

Although Thomas doubted the testimony of the other disciples, he was blessed to encounter the risen Jesus for himself. He saw Jesus in His resurrected and glorified body and placed his hands in the scars from the cross, the signs of Christ’s unfailing love for His people. Though we have not seen Jesus with our eyes, with Thomas we confess by faith that Jesus Christ is our Lord and our God.

“Christ demonstrates his victory over death, not by feats of strength, not by more and more spectacular miracles, but by wounds: nail holes, spear marks. Behold, the lamb who was slain.” – Mark Buchanan

Missional Application:

God the Father calls us to be patient with doubters as we bear witness to His Son, whom we have seen only with the eyes of faith, in the Spirit.

“But do thou, when thou seest the unbelief of the disciple, consider the lovingkindness of the Lord, how for the sake of a single soul He showed Himself with His wounds, and cometh in order to save even the one.” 17 –John Chrysostom (circa 347-407)

Faith Biblical faith is the resting, or trusting, in Christ alone for salvation (John 3:16-21). More than being simply a mental agreement of historical facts, genuine faith begins with a recognition and confession of the truth of the gospel (1 John 4:13-16), followed by a receiving of Christ as Lord and Savior of one’s life (John 1:10-13). Biblical faith is not blind faith, for it rests on the historical life, death, and resurrection of Christ. – The Gospel Project

Photo Compliments: slideshare.net

Contending For The Faith Delivered To The Saints! – Part 7

contending 5

Part 7a: 25min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/2018-09-30-contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-part7a-jude1-john4-gen1-2-tah.mp3”

Part 7b: 27min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/2018-09-30-contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-part7b-jude1-john4-gen1-2-tah.mp3”

Full Message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/2018-09-30-contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-part7-jude1-john4-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.

 

The Father Of Two Lost Sons!

sons2

Part 1a: 23 min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/2018.08.26-the-father-of-two-lost-sons-mark4.1-9-mark4.14-20-part1a-guest-marra-tah.mp3”

Part 1b: 18 min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/2018.08.26-the-father-of-two-lost-sons-mark4.1-9-mark4.14-20-part1b-guest-marra-tah.mp3”

Full Message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/2018.08.26-the-father-of-two-lost-sons-mark4.1-9-mark4.14-20-guest-marra-tah.mp3”


Main Passage: Luke 15:11-32


“Jesus told a famous parable of a loving father with two lost sons. In the characters’ attitudes and actions, we see a picture of human sinfulness, the grace-filled posture of God, and the deadliness of self-righteousness. Like the original listeners of this parable, we are called not to resent God’s grace but to celebrate God’s goodness in embracing any sinner who repents. ” – The Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

God- Father, Son, and Spirit, rejoices whenever a sinner returns to Him in repentance.

Christ Connection:

The Pharisees and scribes criticized Jesus for His practice of welcoming and dining with sinners. The stories He told in response to their criticism focused on God’s joy over sinners coming to repentance. The God who seeks and saves the lost is Jesus, the Savior whose search-and-rescue mission is accomplished at great personal cost to Himself.

Missional Application:

God, through His Holy Spirit, calls us not to resent His grace toward others but to celebrate the Father’s goodness in welcoming any repentant sinner home.

“A banquet of great joy is provided by this waiting [Father], who is none other than the waiting, running, embracing, partying, and kissing God. The parable describes God’s goodness, grace, boundless mercy and abundant love.”  –Paul John Isaak

“Whoever departs from the Word of God hungers… Whoever leaves treasure lacks. Whoever departs from wisdom is stupefied. Whoever departs from virtue is destroyed. It was fitting that he begin to be in need, because he abandoned the treasures of wisdom and the knowledge of God.” –Ambrose (circa 339-397)

Photo Compliments: Yesterday’s Prophecy, Today’s News 

How Jesus Helps Us Fight Our Lions!

daniel

Part 1a: 29min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/2018-01-07-how-jesus-helps-us-fight-our-lions-daniel-6-pt1a-tah.mp3”

Part1b: 33min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/2018-01-07-how-jesus-helps-us-fight-our-lions-daniel-6-pt1b-tah.mp3”

Full Message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/2018-01-07-how-jesus-helps-us-fight-our-lions-daniel-6-full-message-tah.mp3”

“In Daniel 6, we encounter a real story about a real man who by supernatural protection escaped the claws and teeth of real lions so that the nations would know that the God of Daniel “is the living God, and He endures forever; His kingdom will never be destroyed, and His dominion has no end” (v. 26). As God’s people, we are to show courage as we trust in God and obey Him, no matter what. Our courageous witness of faith is a sign to the world that Jesus is the world’s true King.” The Gospel Project


Main Passages: Daniel 6, 1Peter 5: 8-12


Theological Theme: God – Father, Son and Spirit,  glorifies Himself through the rescue of those who trust Him.

Christ Connection: God showed His power to rescue Daniel from death. In the fullness of time, God showed His power to save His people from their sins and give them eternal life through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Missional Application: God, through His Holy Spirit, sometimes calls us to civil disobedience when it is a matter of obeying Him.

“Our trust in God should fill us with the courage to live for Him.”  –Bryan Chapell

*picture courtesy of www.thecharmofhome.blogspot.com

After Worship, The Spirit Sent Them Off! Part 2

Acts 13 (Paul and Barnabas)

Part 1: 40 mins

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/17-12-03-after-worship-the-holy-spirit-sent-them-off-part-1-acts-13-2-1-cor-14-tah.mp3”

Part 1: 38 mins

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/17-12-03-after-worship-the-holy-spirit-sent-them-off-part-2-acts-13-2-1-cor-14-tah.mp3”

Full Message

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/17-12-03-after-worship-the-holy-spirit-sent-them-off-part-2-full-message-acts-13-2-1-cor-14-tah.mp3”


Acts 13:1-5  After Worship, The Holy Spirit Sent Them Off!


This message was a reminder and refresher on some of the mission specifics of our local congregation in participation with God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. You may download the following document and follow along if you want:

NLF Organic Disciple-Making Strategy

As the Father sent Jesus that he might Love and Worship God and Witness to Him as a real man, on our behalf and in our place, so Jesus the God/Man sends us the Holy Spirit that believers might participate with Jesus, loving and worshiping God – Father, Son and Spirit and witnessing about Him to people in all the world – in word and deed!

*picture courtesy of freebibleimages.org

God (And Jeremiah) Prophesies A New Covenant

holy spirit

Part1a:  30min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/2017-10-08-god-and-jeremiah-prophesies-a-new-covenant-pt1a-jeremiah17-jeremiah-31-tah.mp3”

Part 1b: 34min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/2017-10-08-god-and-jeremiah-prophesies-a-new-covenant-pt1b-jeremiah17-jeremiah-31-tah.mp3”

Full Message: 64min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/2017-10-08-god-and-jeremiah-prophesies-a-new-covenant-jeremiah17-jeremiah-31-tah.mp3”

Main Passages: Jeremiah 17:1-10 Jeremiah 31:31-34

The heart of humanity is desperately wicked and in need of replacement. Because no one is able to perfectly obey the law, God promised a new covenant, one not written on stone or parchment but written instead on the hearts of His people. This is a promise concerning the coming day of Jesus, fulfilled in the gospel. In the gospel, God not only writes His law on our hearts but also gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit, who indwells every believer. – The Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

In the new covenant, we are indwelled by the Holy Spirit, who enables us to obey God’s [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] law.

Christ Connection:

The problem in Jeremiah’s day was the people had God’s law but were unable to obey Him due to the sinfulness of their hearts. Jeremiah prophesied about a coming day when God would forgive sin and write His law on the hearts of His people. This prophecy is fulfilled in the gospel. Through Jesus, God offers us forgiveness. Through the Holy Spirit, God enables us to obey His commands.

Missional Application:

God calls us to rely on the Holy Spirit as we obey God’s commands and live on mission for His kingdom.

“A new heart [is] compelled by the Spirit to obedience. It is a voluntary obedience springing from a heart that has been transformed and captivated by the Redeemer.”  –Timothy Lane and Paul David Tripp

God Pursues Disobedient Prophets and People in Christ!

jonah

Part 1a:  24min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/2017-08-27-god-pursues-disobedient-prophets-and-people-in-christ-pt1a-jonah-1-4-tah.mp3”

Part 1b: 23min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/2017-08-27-god-pursues-disobedient-prophets-and-people-in-christ-pt-1b-jonah-1-4-tah.mp3”

Full Message: 47min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/2017-08-27-god-pursues-disobedient-prophets-and-people-in-christ-jonah-1-4-tah.mp3”

Main Passage: Jonah 1-4

“God [Father, Son and Spirit] goes to great lengths to pursue people, even when they have no interest in being found. God pursues sinners of all kinds in order to bring them to Himself. Jonah was a prophet who rejected God’s call and ran away from his enemies. Unlike Jonah, Jesus heard God’s call and ran toward His enemies. While we were still sinners, He died for us, and now He commissions us as His people to pursue others with the good news of His love.” – The Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

Salvation belongs to God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

Christ Connection:

Jonah was a prophet who rejected God’s call and ran away from his enemies. Jesus heard God’s call and ran toward His enemies. While we were still sinners, He died for us.

Missional Application:

God through His Holy Spirit, calls us to put aside our tribal attitudes and break down walls as we share the news that forgiveness is possible through repentance and faith.

“God breaks down walls and leads His people out into the world with good news: forgiveness is possible through repentance and faith. Tribal attitudes melt away when constantly exposed to the warm embrace of our missionary God.” –Trevin Wax

Photo Compliments: http://wildwoodstudents.com/

God Pursues Israel!

God pursues

Part 1a: 22min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/2017-08-06-god-pursues-israel-pt1a-hosea1-3-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”

Part 1b: 21min 

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/2017-08-06-god-pursues-israel-pt1b-hosea1-3-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”

Full Message: 43min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/2017-08-06-god-pursues-israel-hosea1-3-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”

“The life and, in particular, the marriage of God’s prophet Hosea shows us the great lengths that God goes to in order to pursue the people He loves. Despite our unfaithfulness, God loves us still and is willing to take on the personal cost and sacrifice of bringing us into and keeping us in right relationship with Him. Because of His love, God continually goes after unfaithful people like us, and in this pursuit, He provides a model for how we are to pursue others with the good news of His love.” – The Gospel Project

“The ultimate happiness in life is the conviction that one is loved; loved for oneself—better still loved in spite of oneself.” – Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Main Passages: Hosea 1:2-9; 2:14-23; 3:1-5

Theological Theme

The initiative for our salvation is in the loving heart of God- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

“He lifts us up out of ourselves to participate in the very life and communion of the Godhead, that life of communion for which we were created.” – J.B. Torrance, Worship Community and the Triune God of Grace. (Pg. 22)

Christ Connection:

Hosea’s relationship with Gomer reminds us of God’s relationship with the people of Israel, and with us. Even though God’s people are unfaithful and love other things more than God, God still loves us. It was because of His love that God sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sin and bring us back to Him.

“He [Jesus] does not appease an angry God to condition Him into being gracious, but in perfect acknowledgment of the holy love of the Father for a sinful world, seals God’s covenant purposes for all humanity by His blood.” – J.B. Torrance, Worship Community and the Triune God of Grace(Pg. 49)

Missional Application:

God through His Holy Spirit calls us to pursue others with the good news about the God who pursues us at great cost to Himself.

 

%d bloggers like this: