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Father’s Discipline Is First Painful – Then Fruitful!

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Audio – Full Message: 38min

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Bible Verses: John 14   Hebrews 12  2 Cor 5


Living Into This Challenging Christian Life With Jesus!

Introduction:

The Christian Life is living out and manifesting the reality of our union and communion with Jesus Christ. Our purpose in life is to be close to The Father! Even in our weakness, the Lord will strengthen us in this relationship as we trust Him! When our Lord Jesus Christ reappears gloriously, we too will be glorified and blameless in Him! Until Jesus’ reappearing, the Christian life is a challenging life – lived out only in union and communion with the Father, through the Son and in the Holy Spirit!

“Progress in Christ is possible, even major progress.” – Bishop Todd Hunter


 

Theological Theme:

At times God [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] has to ask: “Have you forgotten who I am? Be encouraged! I AM Your Father, the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ!” You are my children! I sent my one and only Son to put my life in you! Your children may escape rebuke and correction but my children don’t! Who loves children more, the one who lets them walk right into harm’s way with no consequence, or the One who openly rebukes them, trains them, disciplines them, and makes them free in Christ? Open rebuke is better than secret love!”

Christ Connection:

Jesus is God’s purpose for all creation, therefore, what Jesus did, mankind can now do by His Grace in The Holy Spirit. Our worldview should be the Person of Jesus Christ as mediated to us by the Holy Spirit and met in Holy Scripture. The scripture proclaims that Jesus is the one man for all men and women. Jesus is the One Human Substituting for and Representing all humans. What Jesus did, mankind can do in the Spirit after Jesus! Jesus didn’t do what he did in response to the Father so that you wouldn’t have to do it – Jesus did what he did so you and I could do it too, in participation with Him. Jesus calls out to us:  “Fix your eyes on me and do what I did and still do in you!”

“All of grace means all of man, for the fullness of grace creatively includes the fullness and completeness of our human response in the equation.”  – T.F Torrance

Missional Application:

The Holy Spirit does proclaim to us personally and individually – “You’re included”, but that is not the only word of the gospel. The Holy Spirit also proclaims and moves in us to “Go and Make Disciples!” Salvation, forgiveness, redemption, etc. are not just words to proclaim or thoughts to think individually but actions in relationship to be lived out!

“We’re being discipled and bearing fruit, and therefore we’re being disciplined that we might bear more fruit!” – pastor Timothy Brassell


 

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JESUS Is THE Way, THE Truth, And THE Life! Part 3

JESUS Is THE Way, THE Truth, And THE Life! Part 2

JESUS Is THE Way, THE Truth, And THE Life! Part 1

JESUS Is THE Way, THE Truth, And THE Life! Part 3

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Audio – Part 3A: 25min

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Audio – Part 3B: 22min

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Audio – Full Message: 

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Bible Verses: John 14:6   Hebrews 12


Living Into This Challenging Christian Life With Jesus!

 

Introduction:

The Christian Life is living out and manifesting the reality of our union and communion with Jesus Christ. Our purpose in life is to be close to The Father! Even in our weakness, the Lord will strengthen us in this relationship as we trust Him! When our Lord Jesus Christ reappears gloriously, we too will be glorified and blameless in Him! Until Jesus’ reappearing, the Christian life is a challenging life – lived out only in union and communion with the Father, through the Son and in the Holy Spirit!

“Jesus is the only significance. Beside Jesus nothing has any significance. He alone matters.”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

 


 

Theological Theme:

The Father-Son-and-Spirit-God never commands us to be or do something that He doesn’t first do for us, in our place and on our behalf, so that we can participate with Him in His doing of it!

Christ Connection:

Jesus is the Revelation of Who God is in, for and toward man, AND the Revelation of Who Man is in union, communion and response to God!

Jesus is the WAY God desires a human Being to live and act!

Jesus is the TRUTH God desires for a human being!

Jesus is the LIFE of what God wills for human living!

Missional Application:

“You’re included” is not the only word of the gospel at this time. Along with it is “Go and Make Disciples!”

“Salvation”, “Forgiveness”, “Redemption”, etc. are not just words to proclaim or thoughts to think but are also actions in relationship to be lived out with and for others! The Self-giving, Other-centered Love of the Father, sent through Jesus, is the only Way the Holy Spirit is going to lead us!


 

JESUS Is THE Way, THE Truth, And THE Life! Part 2

JESUS Is THE Way, THE Truth, And THE Life! Part 1

JESUS Is THE Way, THE Truth, And THE Life! Part 2

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Audio – Part 2A: 24min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/19.9.08-jesus-is-the-way-truth-and-life-part-2a-1-cor-3-5-john-14.6-tah-1.mp3”

Audio – Part 2B: 25min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/19.9.08-jesus-is-the-way-truth-and-life-part-2b-1-cor-3-5-john-14.6-tah-1.mp3”

Audio – Full Message: 

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Bible Verses: John 14:6   1Corinthians 3-5


 

Living Into This Challenging Christian Life With Jesus!

Introduction:

“The Christian Life is living out and manifesting the reality of our union with Jesus Christ.” Our purpose in life is to be close to The Father. Even in our weakness, The Lord will strengthen us as we trust Him so that when He returns we will be blameless in our Lord Jesus Christ. But the Christian life is a challenging life – lived out only in the Spirit!

“To be called to a life of extraordinary quality, to live up to it, and yet to be unconscious of it is indeed a narrow way. To confess and testify to the truth as it is in Jesus, and at the same time to love the enemies of that truth, his enemies and ours, and to love them with the infinite love of Jesus Christ, is indeed a narrow way. To believe the promise of Jesus that his followers shall possess the earth, and at the same time to face our enemies unarmed and defenceless, preferring to incur injustice rather than to do wrong ourselves, is indeed a narrow way. To see the weakness and wrong in others, and at the same time refrain from judging them; to deliver the gospel message without casting pearls before swine, is indeed a narrow way. The way is unutterably hard, and at every moment we are in danger of straying from it. If we regard this way as one we follow in obedience to an external command, if we are afraid of ourselves all the time, it is indeed an impossible way. But if we behold Jesus Christ going on before step by step, we shall not go astray.”

― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

For Christians – CHRIST is the WAY. CHRIST is the TRUTH. CHRIST is the LIFE. Jesus Christ is our human behavior. Jesus Christ is our human ethic. JESUS CHRIST is our RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. JESUS CHRIST is our RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR NEIGHBORS and what that looks like. JESUS is HOW our human relating should GLORIFY HIS FATHER. Knowing Who Jesus is also causes us to see more clearly what doesn’t glorify THE FATHER-SON-AND-SPIRIT-GOD.


Theological Theme:

Jesus Christ IS HIMSELF the FINISHED work of God [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit]. There is nothing we add or contribute to it. In Jesus Christ, it really has been completed what God has planned for man.

Christ Connection:

If you/we are to be His disciples, then we are to love Him more than others. The only way we can properly love each other, to have His love for others is to realize that He demands our full allegiance. You are being called to give more and more of yourself wholly and fully to Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ wants all of you –every single bit of you at every point of your life – the whole you – with no part of you left out of submission to Him, our loving Lord who is with us always.

“Yes, we are to exhibit deep affections for our closest earthly kin, but Jesus is saying we must love even them less than we do him if we would prove to be genuine disciples. Of course, it’s also true that I will love my family and friends well in direct proportion to the depth of my love for Jesus.” -Jeff Robinson

Missional Application:

The Word comes to us now by The Holy Spirit so we live it out. Because the Word has been completed in Jesus Christ, there is something to participate in – there is something to act out – there is something to live as well as to speak and to think. In Jesus, we can be more of a faithful witness of Him to others that they too may know and trust Him.

We are gathered as the Church because of what happened at Pentecost. The Holy Spirit has come upon us – we have received His Holy Spirit. We’re relying now, through The Holy Spirit, on JESUS CHRIST, seeking to give glory to His Father, as we participate with Jesus in His words and in His deeds, and mission outward toward those who are not yet believers.


JESUS IS The Way, The Truth, And The Life! Part 1

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Audio – Full Message: 37min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/19.9.01-jesus-is-the-way-truth-and-lifepart1-1-cor-3-5-john-14.6-tah.mp3”


Bible Verses: John 14:6   1Corinthians 3-5


 

Living Into This Challenging Christian Life With Jesus!

Introduction:

“The Christian Life is living out and manifesting the reality of our union with Jesus Christ.” Our purpose in life is to be close to The Father. Even in our weakness, The Lord will strengthen us as we trust Him so that when He returns we will be blameless in our Lord Jesus Christ. But the Christian life is a challenging life!

“To be called to a life of extraordinary quality, to live up to it, and yet to be unconscious of it is indeed a narrow way. To confess and testify to the truth as it is in Jesus, and at the same time to love the enemies of that truth, his enemies and ours, and to love them with the infinite love of Jesus Christ, is indeed a narrow way. To believe the promise of Jesus that his followers shall possess the earth, and at the same time to face our enemies unarmed and defenceless, preferring to incur injustice rather than to do wrong ourselves, is indeed a narrow way. To see the weakness and wrong in others, and at the same time refrain from judging them; to deliver the gospel message without casting pearls before swine, is indeed a narrow way. The way is unutterably hard, and at every moment we are in danger of straying from it. If we regard this way as one we follow in obedience to an external command, if we are afraid of ourselves all the time, it is indeed an impossible way. But if we behold Jesus Christ going on before step by step, we shall not go astray.”

― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship


Theological Theme:

God ― Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, is faithful! THE FATHER IS FAITHFUL TO YOU THROUGH THE SON AND IN THE HOLY SPIRIT! He has called you into fellowship with His Son in The Spirit and, even when you are faithless, He remains faithful to you, and to the world, and to His plan in Jesus Christ for the world. God who is The Father and the Son and The Holy Spirit is Love and God loves you, and every single person, unconditionally while you/we were yet sinners!

Christ Connection:

“We are united to Christ who is bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh, and participate in the risen Humanity of Christ so that we are bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh.”

― T.F. Torrance

JESUS CHRIST IS WHO AND WHAT GOD THE FATHER ALWAYS PLANNED FOR OUR LIVES and what He planned our humanity to be like and look like and to act like. Jesus came to give us fulness of life – His life. Jesus is the Christ of Life! We as Christians are called to participate in, LIVE INTO, Someone Who is already there for us, and as we live into Him, He bears fruit because it is the fruit of Him! Being a Christian means being united INTO the life of Jesus Christ. We are called to continue to live as those united to Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is the way of our human being and therefore he is the truth of what real humanity is in God’s mind and eyes. JESUS is the WAY the TRUTH and the LIFE!

Missional Application:

2000 years ago, The Father through Jesus Christ sent us The Holy Spirit so that we could be in union with Jesus Christ and participate with Jesus in His relationship with The Father. That is what true worship is. Participating with Jesus Christ in His relationship with His Father.

What Jesus did for and does for us, The Holy Spirit comes and works out in us SO THAT WE MIGHT SHARE The Son’s life WITH OTHERS, worshiping God in witnessing to this God revealed in Jesus Christ. So, we can say the Holy Spirit humanizes us by making us share in the glorified humanity of Christ.

 “The Holy Spirit is “for all” in just the same way that Jesus Christ is for everyone who was created through him. The Father sends the Spirit for the same purpose as he sent the Son. But the Spirit is able to be present in a range of ways…

…as the Holy Spirit works, we become like Christ, exhibiting the spiritual fruit of his perfected humanity. The primary center of that fruit, as Paul describes it, is love….

The Holy Spirit shares with us the sanctified humanity of Jesus, which makes us fully human, more completely human, more personal, filling us up with the fruit of the Spirit. True spirituality is mature humanity in full and right relationship with God.” – Guidelines to an Understanding of the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit, by Dr. Gary Deddo

 

Why Women Participate Fully In Jesus’ Ministry!

 

Galatians 3.28 - 5

Audio – Part A: 21 min

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/19.5.19-why-women-participate-fully-in-jesus-ministry-here-part-a-gal-3.28-tah.mp3”

Audio – Part B: 21 min

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/19.5.19-why-women-participate-fully-in-jesus-ministry-here-part-b-gal-3.28-tah.mp3”

Audio – Full Message:

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/19.5.19-why-women-participate-fully-in-jesus-ministry-here-gal-3.28-tah.mp3”


Bible Verses: Galatians 3:28


 This is a message preached on our yearly “Women’s Day”

Theological Theme:

In Lavish Love The Father sent the Son into human flesh, in the Spirit, to be the One for the Many, or the One Person for every Human Person.

Christ Connection:

When the Son of God became human he was bringing his relationship with His Father into our human nature and being that which is common to all human beings, men and women alike. The Incarnation is not primarily about Jesus’ maleness as much as it is about his being the One True Human Being for All Human Beings. In One Body Jesus was God in perfect relationship with everything it means to be human. In One Body he was also being Man, responding properly to God in relationship with all it means to be a True Human Being before God, glorify God.

Missional Application:

Because we are united to Jesus and his Father in the Love and Communion of the Holy Spirit, we go with him to all persons, inviting them to receive their identity in Jesus and turn from receiving their identity in secondary or relative things such as gender, color, sex, culture, creed etc. ! We don’t ignore or deny people’s distinct differences such as race, gender, sex, culture, etc. – we celebrate them! – but these things are radically relativized and secondary to the most important thing common to all – our human nature and being! Men and women together are the image of Christ!

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The Risen King And The Doubter

 

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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

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