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Contending For The Faith Delivered To The Saints! – Part 6

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Part 6a: 30 min

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Part 6b: 26min

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Full Message:

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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 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 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 the Christian God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

 

The Father Of Two Lost Sons!

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Part 1a: 23 min

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Part 1b: 18 min

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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)

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The Unmerciful Servant!

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Part 1a: 21 min
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Part 1b: 22 min

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Full Message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/2018.08.19-the-unmerciful-servant-matt18.21-35-guest-vinson-tah.mp3”


Main Passage: Matthew 18:21-35


“Jesus taught on forgiveness through the parable of the unmerciful servant. Jesus’ followers are invited to forgive others because they have been forgiven a much greater debt. Forgiveness of others is an overflow of God’s good news, not simply an occasional act when it feels appropriate. To follow Jesus means to remember we are forgiven and to extend that forgiveness to others.” – The Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

Those who receive forgiveness of God- Father, Son, and Spirit, must, in turn, extend forgiveness.

Christ Connection:

Though our debt before God was too great to be paid through our good works or effort, we have received forgiveness through the grace of Jesus Christ, who paid our debt through His death on the cross. God has wiped the slate clean with the blood of His Son.

Missional Application:

God, through His Holy Spirit, calls us to model forgiveness in our relationships in order to put on display the nature of God’s forgiving heart.

“We reveal the true condition of our hearts by the way we treat others. When our hearts are humble and repentant, we will gladly forgive our brothers. But where there is pride and a desire for revenge, there can be no true repentance, and this means God cannot forgive.”  –Warren W. Wiersbe

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The Sower And The Soils!

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Full Message:

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Main Passages: Mark 4:1-914-20


“Jesus taught His disciples about how God’s kingdom actually comes. Jesus’ message is spread liberally, like the casting of seed by a sower, but people’s responses are not determined by the content of the message but by the condition of their hearts. Jesus’ parable of the sower and the soils helps us understand why, as we share the gospel, some people respond in faith and others do not.” – The Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

People respond in different ways to the message of the gospel of God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

Christ Connection:

Jesus is the Sower who scattered the seed (God’s Word) through His ministry on earth. Today, He continues to proclaim the gospel through His disciples, and the gospel continues to bear fruit among those who receive the message.

Missional Application:

God, through His Holy Spirit, calls us to sow the seed of His Word with reckless abandon, trusting that the Lord of the harvest will bring fruit from the gospel.

“I would put it to you, my dear hearer, have you been fruitful? Have you been fruitful with your wealth? Have you been fruitful with your talent? Have you been fruitful with your time? What are you doing for Jesus now? Salvation is not by doings, you are saved by grace, but if you are so saved, prove it by your devoted life. Consecrate yourself anew this day wholly to your Master’s service. You are not your own, but bought with a price, and if you would not be like these thorn-choked seeds, live while you live, with all-consuming zeal.” –Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)

“The seed of God’s Word does not bounce off the surface of this heart. It does not momentarily flourish only to shrivel under adversity. It is not divided by its competing desires and strangled. It is a heart that allows God’s Word to take deep root in it. It produces first a harvest of character: ‘But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law’ (Gal. 5:22-23). Then it produces a harvest of good works (Eph. 2:10).”  –R. Kent Hughes

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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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The Father From Whom We All Are Named!

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Part 1a: 24min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/2018-06-17-The-Father-From-Whom-We-All-Are-Named-Part1a-Eph-315-TAH.mp3”

Part 1b: 24min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/2018-06-17-The-Father-From-Whom-We-All-Are-Named-Part1b-Eph-315-TAH.mp3”

Full Message:

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Main Bible Passage: Ephesians 3: 15


“Fathers, are you are struggling as a father? Then…demand time with your Heavenly Father! “…say “no!” to some stuff and demand time with your Heavenly Father because, what do you have to give them (your family!) if you haven’t been spending time with The Heavenly Father, so as to allow your Father to rub off on you so you can actually participate in HIS Fathering?!” – Pastor Timothy Brassell

 

“Let me emphasize that we are not called to honor our parents on our own power. Instead, enabled by the Holy Spirit, we see them in the light of Christ—the light of what our Lord intends for them. In that light, we are able to honor our parents because we know that Jesus, as Mediator, stands between us and them—he is Lord and Savior of that relationship. We also know and trust that Jesus’ purposes for us cannot be thwarted by bad parenting. Through him and by him we have a heavenly Father who graciously rules over all earthly fathers (and mothers).

Giving honor to a parent is not mere emotion—it’s an attitude that comes from faith, hope and love in God through Christ and by the Spirit. Also, giving honor does not require a positive relationship (in some cases, a face-to-face relationship with a badly abusive parent is not possible). Nevertheless, Jesus calls upon us to rise above the bad relationship to extend honor, even if from afar. We do so by focusing on our relationship with Jesus, who enables us to grow into his maturity, including his ability to love the unlovely. We do so remembering how Jesus showed incredible honor toward us when we were completely dishonorable.

One last thought: When children see parents honoring their parents, they will likely imitate that behavior. Despite the challenges, honoring others is a healthy activity for others as well as for ourselves.

Happy Father’s Day,”

Joseph Tkach, GCI President – https://update.gci.org/2018/06/honoring-our-parents/?format=printable&date=2018-06-13

 

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

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Full Message:

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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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Nicodemus And The New Birth!

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Part 1a: 24min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/2018-05-20-nicodemus-and-the-new-birth-part1a-john31-21-guest-marra-tah.mp3”

Part 1b: 28min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/2018-05-20-nicodemus-and-the-new-birth-part1b-john31-21-guest-marra-tah.mp3”

Full Message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/2018-05-20-nicodemus-and-the-new-birth-full-message-john31-21-guest-marra-tah.mp3”


Main Passage: John 3:1-21


“In Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus, Jesus taught this religious leader about the mystery of regeneration, what He described as being “born again.” As Christians, we have been born again by the Spirit of God through faith in God’s Son. The new birth is the basis of our confidence that God is at work transforming us and all who believe in the gospel.” – The Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

Regeneration is God’s [Father, Son, and Spirit] supernatural transformation of believers IN THE PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST.

Christ Connection:

Nicodemus was a religious man who was interested in Jesus’ teaching. Jesus told him that he needed new life, not more religious activities. Jesus’ teaching on the new birth reminds us that there is no spiritual life apart from Jesus. God loved the world in this way: He gave His Son so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.

Missional Application:

God, through His Holy Spirit, calls us to trust in His power to supernaturally transform us and those with whom we share the gospel.

“The work of regeneration is a supernatural work of God, not the natural work of man. Nevertheless, the responsibility of getting the message of the gospel out is the work God has called every believer to participate in. We should never assume that because people are familiar with religion, Christianity, or even the church that they know Jesus as their Savior. God has called every believer to trust in His power as we are transformed by the Holy Spirit.” – The Gospel Project

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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

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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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