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The Triune God Of Grace Who Whispers! Pt. 2

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Part 1a: 28min

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Part 1b: 30min

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Full Message: 58min

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Main Passage

1 Kings 19:1-18

“After the events on Mount Carmel, the prophet Elijah succumbed to discouragement and despair. In response to Elijah’s circumstances, God revealed Himself. The God who sent down fire from heaven in a bold and spectacular display of His power is the same God who whispered to Elijah in a quiet moment of sustaining grace. God strengthens us in our despair, challenges the lies we believe, and then ministers to us through His Word and through His people. As the recipients of God’s grace, we, in turn, rely on His power to deliver His message of comfort.“- The Gospel Project

“What God The Father has revealed about Himself through Jesus and in The Scriptures and by The Holy Spirit is that He both shouts and whispers” – Pastor Timothy Brassell

Theological Theme

God- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, is gracious to reveal Himself to His people.

Christ Connection

Elijah was a prophet who faced persecution and opposition from those who rejected God. His example points forward to Jesus, the greatest prophet, who endured opposition for delivering God’s Word.

Missional Application

God- through His Holy Spirit, calls us to rely on Him for the strength we need to deliver His message.

Not being reconciled to the fact of sin— not recognizing it and refusing to deal with it— produces all the disasters in life. You may talk about the lofty virtues of human nature, but there is something in human nature that will mockingly laugh in the face of every principle you have. If you refuse to agree with the fact that there is wickedness and selfishness, something downright hateful and wrong, in human beings, when it attacks your life, instead of reconciling yourself to it, you will compromise with it and say that it is of no use to battle against it. Have you taken this “hour, and the power of darkness” into account, or do you have a view of yourself which includes no recognition of sin whatsoever? In your human relationships and friendships, have you reconciled yourself to the fact of sin? If not, just around the next corner you will find yourself trapped and you will compromise with it. But if you will reconcile yourself to the fact of sin, you will realize the danger immediately and say, “Yes, I see what this sin would mean.” The recognition of sin does not destroy the basis of friendship— it simply establishes a mutual respect for the fact that the basis of sinful life is disastrous. Always beware of any assessment of life which does not recognize the fact that there is sin.

Jesus Christ never trusted human nature, yet He was never cynical nor suspicious because He had absolute trust in what He could do for human nature. The pure man or woman is the one who is shielded from harm, not the innocent person. The so-called innocent man or woman is never safe. Men and women have no business trying to be innocent; God demands that they be pure and virtuous. Innocence is the characteristic of a child. Any person is deserving of blame if he is unwilling to reconcile himself to the fact of sin.”- Oswald Chambers

“God is calling us to be pure and virtuous….we are being called right now to recognize that even though this Great Grace is upon us and it’s all true that Christ still stands in for us  and we are perfect in Him…it [also] means our participation, and that participation isn’t false….it is just by faith. It is the obedience of faith……God is calling us to think more out of this and really live and participate and not be so run over by this world and so accommodating to it, and to trust Him to be God. “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Galatians 6: 10   ” -Pastor Timothy Brassell.

The Triune God Of Grace who Whispers Pt1

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The Triune God Of Grace who Whispers!

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Part 1a: 28min

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Part 1b: 30min

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Full Message: 58min

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Main Passage

1 Kings 19:1-18

“After the events on Mount Carmel, the prophet Elijah succumbed to discouragement and despair. In response to Elijah’s circumstances, God revealed Himself. The God who sent down fire from heaven in a bold and spectacular display of His power is the same God who whispered to Elijah in a quiet moment of sustaining grace. God strengthens us in our despair, challenges the lies we believe, and then ministers to us through His Word and through His people. As the recipients of God’s grace, we, in turn, rely on His power to deliver His message of comfort.“- The Gospel Project

Theological Theme

God- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, is gracious to reveal Himself to His people.

Christ Connection

Elijah was a prophet who faced persecution and opposition from those who rejected God. His example points forward to Jesus, the greatest prophet, who endured opposition for delivering God’s Word.

Missional Application

God- through His Holy Spirit, calls us to rely on Him for the strength we need to deliver His message.

“Life is often not as straightforward as we would like it to be. In the midst of such a period of life, Elijah forgot the truth of God’s power over Jezebel. Like many of us, he responded to his threatening circumstance by running away…..Everyone faces the disappointing sting of failure in some way or another. We do not need to beat ourselves up for our moments of despair, nor deny them. Yet we cannot stay in them forever…Depression can skew how we see truth, and we are extremely vulnerable to this when under duress and fatigue. 

I’ve found that it is good to allow myself room for disappointment but also not to forget to allow God room to minister to me. I need to remember what God has done for me: in large ways, such as offering the gift of salvation and giving me hope in Jesus Christ; in small ways, such as caring for and ministering to me daily. 

As the body of Christ, we must be available to minister to one another in these times. We must encourage people to draw closer to the body of Christ, but sometimes we must take time away in solitude with God and His Word, so the Lord Himself may minister to us. Our example here is Jesus, who frequently drew away from the crowds to pray and be alone with God.

Whether Elijah fled his situation out of fatigue, fear, lack of faith, or disappointment, he still ran. But even in his despair and running, God was still there, ministering in truth and love.”- The Gospel Project

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The God Who Answers With Fire!

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Part 1a: 21min

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Part 1b: 22min

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Full Message: 43min

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Main Passage

1 Kings 18:17-39

“On Mount Carmel, the prophet Elijah demonstrated the stark contrast between the demand placed on our lives by pursuing false idols and the resources God provides for us to pursue our relationship with Him. In the end, one pursuit leaves us bled out and used up; the other pursuit builds us back up and ministers to us so we can minister to others.” – The Gospel Project

Theological Theme

False gods demand strenuous effort and sacrifice, but the true God- Father, Son and Holy Spirit,  is known by His grace and power.

Christ Connection

The prophets of Baal danced and slashed themselves before the altar, thinking they must bleed in order to express their devotion. But the true God is different than false gods like Baal. He expressed His devotion to us by sending His Son—Jesus Christ—who bled and died for us so that we could receive His grace through faith.

Missional Application

God- Through His Holy Spirit, calls us not to hesitate or be hindered by idolatry but to join in His mission of turning people’s hearts back to Him.

“The god who answers with fire will challenge the source of your faith. God has started a work in you that He is faithful to complete.” – Pastor Richard Andrews

 

Celebrating God’s Songs, Word, Work, and Return!

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Part 1a: 25min

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Part 1b: 33min

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Full Message: 58min

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Main Passages:

Psalm 1, Psalm 100, Psalm 110

“Psalm 1 sets the stage for all the psalms, showing us a vision of God’s people who delight in God’s Word. Psalm 100 shows how the Psalms call us to celebrate who God is and give thanks for what He has done. Psalm 110 points forward to the coming Messiah, who will make all things right. As we read and pray and sing the psalms, we identify with the people of God who offer our lives in worship for His great name.” – The Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

Worship is bringing glory to God- Father, Son and Holy Spirit for His Word, His works, and His promise.

“The most valuable thing the Psalms do for me is to express that same delight in God which made David dance.” –C. S. Lewis

Christ Connection:

The psalms cover the spectrum of life. We praise God for His goodness and grace, we confess our sin, and we lament the brokenness of this world. When Jesus came, He stepped into the pain and brokenness of this world and sang these psalms with His people. But Jesus not only sings the psalms; He is the King whom these psalms are ultimately about.

“The more deeply we grow into the psalms and the more often we pray them as our own, the more simple and rich will our prayer become.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Missional Application:

God, through His Holy Spirit, calls us to join all of creation in praising Him for who He is and what He has done and to point others to the Messiah that they might join in worshiping the King.

“The delightful study of the Psalms has yielded me boundless profit and ever-growing pleasure; common gratitude constrains me to communicate to others a portion of the benefit, with the prayer that it may induce them to search further for themselves.”
― Charles Spurgeon, in his preface to The Treasury of David

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Why I am Sure Jesus Loves to Dance

For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities -all things have been created through Him and for Him.  He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. ~ Colossians 1:16-17

Because, based on this verse, there is no sacred/secular divide!  Inside, I’ve always known this, and primarily through music and dancing. Whether it was watching my God-loving, fiery-evangelist dad boxing and jumping rope to KC and the Sunshine Band’s song “Shake Your Booty”, or listening to Chicago’s “If You Leave me Now” at my 92 year old grandfather’s funeral, I’ve always known the presence of God in it all! In fact, when it comes to songs around major relational memories in my life, the songs that come to my mind are an even mix of both “secular” and “spiritual”.

In fact, and to be honest, I had to be told by the deacons at Church not to “do that dance, or sing that song here” in order to begin believing there was some kind of sacred/secular divide! Interestingly enough, the deaconesses never seemed to have a problem with it and were often encouraging of it!

Fortunately, and because of Jesus, His Father and the Holy Spirit encountering me and my Church with Himself and with more clarity about Who He is as the Creator and Sustainer of all things, I no longer divide life up like that anymore. In fact, thinking back on it, I can see how hypocritical and ridiculous it is to do that kind of thing. Never was I encouraged to only admire Christian trees or wear Christian shoes. No one urged me to avoid the secular sun and only swim in Christian water under a Christian sky. I am also pretty sure that no one I’ve ever known, Christian or otherwise, has questioned whether or not their home was made of secular vs. sacred wood! I’m sure you are getting the point.

And, lately, because of experiencing the godly freedom that comes from holding the sacred and secular together as they are in the Person of Jesus (God as a fully creaturely, human being!), I am helping my local congregation to experience this freedom, and boy is it fun! We always begin our services with a 5 minute dance that includes music from yesterday and today, including everything from Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” to Frank Sinatra’s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, to Kirk Franklin’s “I Smile”! You can be sure that the future of our dancing music will include Country, Island, the Blues and other wonderful varieties!

End result? What a multi-cultural/generational and congregational bonding experience it is to sing and dance to all of those varieties of songs; especially in a culture where we constantly proclaim the Inclusion and Adoption of all humanity into the relationship of the Father, Son and Spirit! How fantastic to PARTICIPATE IN AND OBSERVE IN LIVING, DANCING ACTION that everyone REALLY loves to dance to those songs anyway – we’ve just been pressured to hide it but are now pleasantly and joyfully EXPOSED! Ha-Ha!

Drop in and visit us anytime you are near New Life Fellowship, and bring your “dancing shoes” (which is “code” for any pair of shoes you feel free to dance in that won’t put you in jeopardy of twisting your ankle and breaking your neck!) As an aside, even though we play all kinds and styles of music, the ONLY music we try to avoid is that music which has lyrics that don’t line up with who humanity is in Jesus (and that means we have to exclude even MANY types of “Christian” songs from our dancing!)

See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete. ~ Colossians 2:8-10

~ Timothy J. Brassell

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