Archive for the ‘Active Participation With Jesus’ Tag

Acting Out Jesus’ Faith Through Love!

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Bible Verses: James 2: 1-13 Jude 1: 20-25  Galatians 3:26  


Introduction:

God has called us to a life of holiness—to be a people set apart for the glory of God. [“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith,” –Galatians 3:26 ], However, we were not saved to separate ourselves and settle around those with whom we are most comfortable. God’s kingdom will be filled with people from every tribe, tongue, and nation. The sounds of our eternal home will be permeated with beautiful, joyous voices of diversity. What better place to get ready for that glorious day than in our churches now?

“When the gospel enables us to live in love, even though we may have nothing else in common save Christ, it is a testimony to its power to transform a group of sinful, self-centered people into a loving community united by a common relationship with Jesus Christ.” –Mark Dever and Paul Alexander

Theological Theme:

God [Father-Son and Holy Spirit] has called Christians to speak and act as those who will be judged by the law of freedom.

It should be inconceivable for a Christ-follower to treat someone differently depending on his appearance as it is inconsistent with the character of the God whom we serve and to whom we bear witness. Romans 2:11 tells us that God shows no partiality. As image-bearers of God, salt and light to the world around us, our treatment of people should never depend on how they look, what they do or don’t believe, or what they can or can’t do for us.

Christ Connection:

We are to be set apart through our Christlike character, our mission-minded actions, and our biblical beliefs—all of which should drive us toward those who need Christ, regardless of their skin color, economic status, or political beliefs. Our individual lives are meant to be satellites of God’s glory to all people, reflecting the hope of the gospel and the message of mercy we ourselves have experienced.

When the early church was showing favoritism, James reminded believers of their identity in light of God’s mercy and judgment. The way we show our faith in Jesus Christ is by keeping the royal law and heralding His mercy over judgment, a mercy seen most clearly in the death of Jesus in our place. Because God has shown mercy to us through Jesus Christ, we are to show mercy to others.

Missional Application:

God, through his Holy Spirit calls us to show mercy, not partiality, by remembering that we are people who will be judged by God.

You and I are ambassadors of Christ—His representatives. And though there is great diversity within the global kingdom of God, there should be consistency within every family member of God. You, I, and the Christian halfway around the world ought to have the likeness of Christ in us, visible to a watching world. As the Spirit of God works within us to bring forth the fruit of our salvation, we bear the brand and “flavor” of our Savior. When we flesh out the work of the gospel—the internal transformation of our heart—our external attitudes and actions begin to bear the mark of a true Christian. The inward realities of our newfound righteousness become more and more apparent to those around us. And the more people see Jesus in us, the more He receives glory through our lives.

Conclusion:

Our existence, both now and for eternity, is to display the splendor and majesty of our King. But so many Christians are missing out on the opportunity to spread His fame to every soul around us, regardless of what they look like or act like. Let’s ready ourselves to spread the hope of Christ to all who cross our paths. Let’s let go of our sinful ways and instead embrace the impartiality of God. May we herald the holiness of our God through actions and attitudes laced with mercy and grace to the lost and dying world around us.

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The Plot Against Paul!

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Bible Verse: Acts 23: 1-24


Introduction:

While in Jerusalem on a mission of mercy, Paul was judged for his resurrection hope, strengthened by Christ’s presence in prison, and preserved through a surprising plot twist. Even in prison, God was faithful to provide for Paul and lead His servant to be used where and how He desired. Paul demonstrated boldness, courage, and conviction because resurrection hope gives God’s people confidence to share the gospel no matter the consequences.

Theological Theme:

Resurrection hope through God [The Father-Son-Holy-Spirit] is the source of Christian courage.

Christ Connection:

Paul’s confidence in the midst of trying circumstances came from his belief that the God of his fathers was the God who had revealed His glory in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Paul believed that the faithfulness of God that was shown through the cross and resurrection of Jesus would sustain him through persecution and trial.

Missional Application:

God, through His Holy Spirit calls us to courageously testify to the gospel, even when the cost of telling the truth is high.

Conclusion:

What a difference the resurrection makes! It distinguishes Christians from non-Christians in every culture and context as it refurbishes our life pursuits, changes our old attitudes, and gives us hope to continue running the race even in the midst of despair. Because of the resurrection, Christians are thrice-born creatures: 1) we are born; 2) we are born again (John 3:7); and 3) one day, we will be born again, again. Our third birth will be just as physical as our first. That’s why archeologists will never discover Jesus’ skeleton. As the angel told Mary, “He is not here, but he has risen!” (Luke 24:6). And we will rise too (Rom. 8:11). Until then, let the resurrection become a source of courage and confidence as we live knowing one day “we will be like him” (1 John 3:2), and for all eternity we will see the Savior “face to face” (1 Cor. 13:12).

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Toward Love In Action!

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Main Bible Verse: 1 John3: 10-18


Introduction:

We cannot evade the God-Father-Son-Holy-Spirit’s command through the Bible to love. It comes through loud and clear, running throughout the pages of Scripture, in both the Old and New Testaments. As those who have been rescued from our sin, we now have been given a new identity and the fruit of love will be evident in our lives. This love is not something kept within us; it will naturally be shown through our actions.

Theological Theme:

Love for the Father-Son-Holy-Spirit-God and love for others is the fruit of true Christianity.

Christ Connection:

In teaching the church about the nature of true love, the apostle John reminded Christians that love is
not merely a matter of feelings or words but of action. Love was demonstrated and defined most clearly
by God the Son’s action of clothing Himself with human flesh as the Lord Jesus and laying down His life for His people.

Missional Application:

God-Father-Son-Holy-Spirit calls us to participate with Jesus in the opening of our eyes to see who is in need and what we can give as a demonstration of His love in the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Jesus Is Risen! So Go…Meet Jesus!

Meet-the-Real-Jesus

 

Audio – Full Message – 20mins:

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/19.3.3-jesus-is-risen-so-go-meet-jesus-matt-28-tah.mp3”


Bible Verses: Matthew 28


 This Good News series is about Jesus’ Believers and Disciples Going in Active Participation with Him, Wherever He Says to “Go!…”

Theological Theme:

As Christians called to Christ and in Union with him, Jesus sends the Spirit so that we can be transformed and begin to Organize and Execute our Lives Around the Father with him and his priorities! We no longer live trying to fit Jesus in to our schedules. Believers have died that death in Jesus and now we live unto Christ! The Father’s schedule is our schedule, and is scheduled first! It’s amazing how much Father helps us fit in or put out of our schedules when we are spending time with him and his Son.

Christ Connection:

Immediately following his Resurrection, Jesus began to meet with his disciples, directing them to “Go” in the Spirit.  In this message his disciples are encouraged to go to his disciples, encouraging them to meet up with him and be built up in his faith, hope and love!

Missional Application:

God the Father calls us to embrace a life of participation with His Son, our Savior and Lord, whose mission was only to seek and to do what his Father was doing, in the Spirit.

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Jesus Is Risen! So Go…Tell Others!

Proclaim the Gospel

Audio – Part 1a: 25 min

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/19.2.24-jesus-is-risen-now-go-tell-others-part-1a-matt-28-1-cor-15-tah.mp3”

Audio – Part 1b: 26 min

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/19.2.24-jesus-is-risen-now-go-tell-others-part-1b-matt-28-1-cor-15-tah.mp3”

Audio – Full Message:

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/19.2.24-jesus-is-risen-now-go-tell-others-matt-28-1-cor-15-tah.mp3”


Bible Verses: Matthew 28


 This Good News series is about Jesus’ Believers and Disciples Going in Active Participation with Him, Wherever He Says to Go!

Theological Theme:

As Christians called to Christ and in Union with him, Jesus sends the Spirit so that we can be transformed and begin to Organize and Execute our Lives Around the Father with him and his priorities! We no longer live trying to fit Jesus in to our schedules. Believers have died that death in Jesus and now we live unto Christ! The Father’s schedule is our schedule, and is scheduled first! It’s amazing how much Father helps us fit in or put out of our schedules when we are spending time with him and his Son.

Christ Connection:

Immediately following his Resurrection, Jesus began to meet with his disciples, directing them to “Go” in the Spirit,  in various ways that are still directive and instructive for believers today as they participate with Jesus in his Self-giving!

Missional Application:

God the Father calls us to embrace a life of participation with His Son, our Savior and Lord, whose mission was only to seek and to do what his Father was doing, in the Spirit.

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