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The Most Important Priority For Everyone Everywhere! Part 3 (Our Christian/Biblical Worldview)

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Bible Verses: Colossians 1: 15 – 29 Colossians 3: 5


Introduction: Developing, then living out an ethic that is God-centered rather than human-centered is a great challenge. Why? Because the worldview (mindset) prevalent in our modern/postmodern West is fundamentally human-centered, leading to an ethic that is largely pragmatic, utilitarian and even hedonistic. So how do we as Christians, in this cultural setting, develop, then live out a truly theological ethic?

In this sermon we draw on scripture and insights from theologian Dr. Gary Deddo as a help in considering the crucial issues at play regarding our participation with Jesus in worshipping His Father in the Spirit!

Theological Theme:

According to Jesus, these two commands summarize the will of God for humankind as presented in Holy Scripture:

“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matt. 22:35-40, NRSV)

Christ Connection:

Jesus came to seek worshipers of the Father (see John 4, the account of the woman at the well). He came so that we could share in his true worship of the Father in Spirit and Truth (see the book of Hebrews). That meant he came so that we might love God as He loved God, with all he had and all he was — heart, soul, mind and strength. That worship included Jesus absolutely trusting in and lovingly obeying the Father — in our place and on our behalf. We are to serve no other Master, Jesus tells us. He came to take us to the Father and to send us his Spirit.
As Jesus tells us, eternal life is to know the Father through him (John 17:3). Jesus’ central mission was to reconcile God’s own sons and daughters to him through his atoning death and to destroy the source of all rivalry to the worship of God alone. Evil is represented by the Satan, the deceiver. Jesus is our great High priest, our Leitourgos (leader of liturgy/worship), our one true worship leader. He came to enable us to be true worshipers of the Father in the Spirit through him, the Son.

Missional Application:

In participation with Jesus we share the Gospel in word and deed with our neighbors, teaching them what Jesus is teaching us:

Though Jesus speaks of two great commandments, they are not equal. One cannot be collapsed into the other, especially the first into the second. Why? Because God is not my neighbor and my neighbor is not God. The command to love God is unique, applying to no one and nothing else. We are to love God with all that we are and all that we have — body and soul, mind and heart. There is nothing that is a part of a human’s existence that is not to be devoted to loving God.

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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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The Method: Missionaries

Acts 13 Missionaries Sent By God

Audio – Part A: 23 min

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/19.11.17-the-method-missionaries-part-1-acts-13.1-3-14.8-28-tah-andrews.mp3”

Audio – Part B: 21 min

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/19.11.17-the-method-missionaries-part-2-acts-13.1-3-14.8-28-tah-andrews.mp3”

Audio – Full message:

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/19.11.17-the-method-missionaries-acts-13.1-3-14.8-28-tah-andrews.mp3”


Bible Verses:  Acts 13:1-3, Acts 14:8-28


Introduction:

God sent out some of the first missionaries through His Church. These missionaries were committed to following Jesus wherever He led them, even if that meant facing opposition to and suffering for the gospel message they proclaimed. God used these missionaries not only to bring others into His family but also to strengthen and encourage the church itself as they saw God at work.

Theological Theme:

God’s kingdom expands through mission to the unreached.

Christ Connection:

Jesus told His disciples that the gates of hell would not prevail against His church. This image helps us see God’s people as “on offense,” taking the powerful and good news of Jesus to places of deep spiritual darkness with full confidence that Jesus will build His church.

Missional Application:

God-Father-Son-and-Spirit calls His Church to send and support missionaries to those who have never heard the gospel.

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Jesus The Savior Is Crucified!

 

Vector illustration of Jesus Christ crucifixion silhouette, Good Friday.

Audio – Part 1a: 20 min

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/19.2.10-jesus-the-savior-is-crucified-part-1-matt-27.11-51-tah.mp3.mp3”

Audio – Part 1b: 21 min

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/19.2.10-jesus-the-savior-is-crucified-part-2-matt-27.11-51-tah.mp3”

Audio – Full Message:

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/19.2.10-jesus-the-savior-is-crucified-matt-27.11-51-tah.mp3.mp3”


Bible Verses: Matthew 27:11-51


The crucifixion of Jesus was brutal and unjust, and yet, He willingly laid His life down in obedience to the Father and for the salvation of sinners. As the substitute sacrifice, Jesus died in our place and on our behalf. As the crucified King, He demonstrated the true wisdom and power of God. And as the forsaken Son, He endured the punishment of our sin, absorbing all of our transgressions and putting them to death so we could become the righteousness of God in Him.

Theological Theme:

Jesus is the King who willingly took upon Himself the judgment for sin.

Christ Connection:

Unjustly condemned to death, Jesus willingly took up His cross and suffered the judgment our sins deserve. At the moment He died, the curtain in the temple sanctuary was torn in two, signifying the truth that sinners have access to God through the blood of Christ. The crucifixion of Jesus is the center of history, revealing God’s holiness and justice, our sinfulness and unrighteousness, and Christ’s humility and love.

Christ Our Substitute “At the heart of the atonement is Jesus Christ substituting Himself for sinners as He died on the cross. This truth is seen against the backdrop of the Old Testament sacrificial system, which provided a picture of humanity’s need for sin to be covered and guilt to be removed by an innocent sacrifice. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with humankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross, He made provision for the redemption of humanity from sin.” – The Gospel Project

Missional Application:

God the Father calls us to proclaim by the Spirit not only that Jesus died on the cross but also why He died and what it reveals about the Father’s heart and his going to the uttermost that we might be saved and participate in his love!

“He lost his own life in order to gain life for all; he preferred to be conquered in himself in order to be the victor in everyone.” – Maximus of Turin (circa 380-465)

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Jesus Demonstrates The Way Through Human Suffering!

 

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Audio – Part 1a: 27 min

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/19.2.03-jesus-demonstrates-the-way-through-human-suffering-part-a-matt-26.31-68-tah.mp3.mp3”

Audio – Part 1b: 26 min

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/19.2.03-jesus-demonstrates-the-way-through-human-suffering-part-b-matt-26.31-68-tah.mp3.mp3”

Audio – Full Message:

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/19.2.03-jesus-demonstrates-the-way-through-human-suffering-matt-26.31-68-tah.mp3.mp3”


Bible Verses: Matthew 26:31-68


Jesus, the Son of God and the Son of Man, chose to obey His Father and drink the full cup of suffering and wrath in order to purchase eternal life for believers. Even though He would be betrayed and endure false accusations, mockery, physical abuse, and death, Jesus accepted the foretold plan of His Father and fulfilled His identity as the promised Messiah sent as the Savior of the world.

Theological Theme:

Jesus is the Son of God and the Son of Man, sent by His Father to Be God for Man, and to be Man for God, being God’s Judgment on our sin.

Christ Connection:

In the garden of Eden, Adam failed to resist the serpent and chose instead to follow His way over God’s. In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus, the second Adam, submitted fully to His Father’s purpose and plan. He willingly submitted to death upon the cross. Jesus demonstrated His identity as the Son of God through both His words and actions as He was betrayed, arrested, and put on trial.

“By saying then, ‘If it be possible, let it pass from me,’ he showed his true humanity. But by saying, ‘Nevertheless not as I will, but as you will,’ he showed his virtue and self-command. This too teaches us, even when nature pulls us back, to follow God.” –John Chrysostom (circa 347-407)

Missional Application:

God the Father calls us to embrace suffering willingly as we participate in the Life of His Son, our Savior, whose mission was to seek and save the lost, in the Spirit.

“All the oracles of God, all the scriptures both of the Old Testament and the New, describe so many scenes of divine providence…Those who bear this on their minds will easily perceive that the inspired writers never lose sight of it but preserve one unbroken, connected chain from the beginning to the end. All over that wonderful Book as life and immortality (immortal life) is gradually brought to light so is Immanuel, God with us, and His kingdom ruling over all.” 8 –John Wesley (1703-1791)

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Jesus Christ Transforms Our Fallen Expectations!

Jesus being praised by children

Audio – Part 1a: 34 min

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/08/19.1.20-jesus-christ-transforms-our-fallen-expectations-part-a-matthew-21.1-21-tah.mp3”

Audio – Part 1b: 34 min

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/08/19.1.20-jesus-christ-transforms-our-fallen-expectations-part-b-matthew-21.1-21-tah.mp3.mp3”

Audio – Full Message:

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/08/19.1.20-jesus-christ-transforms-our-fallen-expectations-matthew-21.1-21-tah.mp3”


Bible Verses: Matthew 21:1-21


Matthew 21 contains three scenes that occurred on the day Jesus entered Jerusalem during the week prior to His crucifixion. Jesus’ entry into the city was welcomed with great fanfare, even though He approached in humility while sitting on a donkey. He cleansed the temple of those there to take advantage of the worshipers. And as the true Son of David, He permitted and welcomed the praise of children. In these events, Jesus fulfilled Old Testament expectations and longings for the Messiah, who would redeem His people, restore true worship, and receive all praise.

Theological Theme:

Jesus is the Messiah who cleanses the temple and welcomes the unworthy into God’s presence.

Christ Connection:

By entering Jerusalem on a donkey, Jesus fulfilled an Old Testament prophecy about the coming Messiah. Through His actions in the temple, Jesus conveyed His judgment toward those who would misuse God’s house for exclusionary and greedy purposes. For the sins of His people, Jesus offered His own body as a temple to be destroyed and then raised again.

“Only the redeeming, all-powerful, transforming grace of God can raise our sin-besotted heart from the dead, give us eternal life, and set our gaze on Jesus, our blessed hope.” –Gloria Furman

Missional Application:

God calls us to put away hypocritical and hollow worship and to exalt Jesus as Savior of the world.

“Let his coming in the name of the Lord be mentioned with strong affections, to our comfort, and joyful acclamations, to his glory. Well may we say, Blessed is he; for it is in him that we are blessed. Well may we follow him with our blessings, who meets us with his.” – Matthew Henry (1662-1714)

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Jesus, The Christ, Raises Lazarus From Death!

Jesus is the Resurrection 1

Audio – Part 1a: 36 min

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/08/18.12.30-jesus-the-christ-raises-lazarus-from-death-part-1a-john-11.1-44-tah.mp3”

Audio – Part 1b: 36 min

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/08/18.12.30-jesus-the-christ-raises-lazarus-from-death-part-1b-john-11.1-44-tah.mp3”

Audio – Full Message:

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/08/18.12.30-jesus-the-christ-raises-lazarus-from-death-john-11.1-44-tah.mp3”


Bible Verses: Mark 2:1-12


Jesus demonstrated His power over death by raising his friend, Lazarus, from the dead. This miracle story reveals the goodness and sovereignty of God, the curse of death and the power of resurrection, as well as Christ’s compassion toward those in pain. As we trust in Jesus—our powerful Friend who conquers death—we bring glory to Him in the midst of terrible circumstances.

Theological Theme:

The Son of God grieves the reality of death and overturns its power.

“A quaint Puritan writer said that if Jesus had not named Lazarus when He shouted, He would have emptied the whole cemetery!” 9 –Warren W. Wiersbe

Christ Connection:

When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He showed that He has power over death. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.” Because Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, we have full assurance that Jesus will one day defeat death forever and resurrect us from the dead.

“He leads her [Mary] to the knowledge of higher truths. Even though she had been inquiring only about the resurrection of Lazarus, he tells her of a resurrection in which both she and those with her would share.” 5 –John Chrysostom (circa 347-407)

Missional Application:

God calls us to glorify Him in sickness and death, trusting in His power to raise us from the dead.

“Jesus could have prevented Lazarus’ sickness or even healed it from where he was; but he chose not to. He saw in this sickness an opportunity to glorify the Father. It is not important that we Christians are comfortable, but it is important that we glorify God in all that we do.” 3 –Warren W. Wiersbe

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Contending For The Faith Delivered To The Saints! – Part 12

Contending for the Faith

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fCnlbFY-m0

Audio: Part 12a: 32 min

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Audio: Part 12b:  30 min

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Audio: Full Message:

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/18.12.12-contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-part-12-john-4.1-42-tah.mp3”


Main Passages: Jude 1  John 4 


This Specific Message Concludes the Series of 12 messages addressing 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.

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The Greater Miracle Of Forgiveness!

Forgive 2 (Eph 4-32)

Audio – Part 1: 30min

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/18.12.09-the-greater-miracle-of-forgiveness-part-a-mark-2.1-12-tah-guest-andrews.mp3”

Audio – Part 2: 30min

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/18.12.09-the-greater-miracle-of-forgiveness-part-b-mark-2.1-12-tah-guest-andrews.mp3”

Audio – Full Message:

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/18.12.09-the-greater-miracle-of-forgiveness-mark-2.1-12-tah-guest-andrews.mp3”


Bible Verses: Mark 2:1-12


True faith seeks Jesus not only for physical healing but also spiritual healing. Jesus is not only able to heal the sick physically but, being fully God, He is also able to forgive us for our sins and heal us spiritually. The gospel of Jesus Christ is able to heal sinners completely and make them whole.

Theological Theme:

Humanity’s greatest need is forgiveness and spiritual restoration.

“Come, and see the victories of the cross… Christ’s wounds are thy healing, his agonies thy repose, his conflicts thy conquests, his groans thy songs, his pains thine ease, his shame thy glory, his death thy life, His sufferings thy salvation.” –Matthew Henry (1662-1714)

Christ Connection:

Through His healing of the paralyzed man, Jesus demonstrated His authority over human suffering and His authority to forgive sins. By claiming to forgive sins, Jesus was putting Himself on par with God—the only One who can command disease and wipe away our wickedness.

“Often we think we know what our greatest need is, but really we are only focusing on our circumstances. In reality the problem you are facing today is not your spouse, children, or parents. It is not your job, boss, or coworkers. It is not your lack of resources, shortage of time, or insufficient income. Just like this young man, your greatest need is for the Messiah Himself. Jesus saw everything clearly—far more clearly than we do. He used this teachable moment to make the point concerning our greatest need in this life or the life to come! Jesus forgives the sins of all who come to Him in faith.”  –Daniel L. Akin

Missional Application:

God calls us to be active in bringing people to Jesus—the only One who has the power to heal our physical infirmities and forgive our sins.

“The announcement [of forgiveness] and presentation of radical healing to a man in his entire person was a sign of the Kingdom of God drawn near. The paralytic experienced the fulfillment of God’s promise that the lame would share in the joy of the coming salvation.” –William L. Lane

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Contending For The Faith Delivered To The Saints! – Part 10

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Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X08EByCsRQg

Audio: Part 10a: 31min

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Audio: Part 10b:  26min

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Audio: Full Message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/2018-11-11-contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-part-10-gen-1-2-jude-john2-tah.mp3”


Main Passages: Jude 1  John 4   Gen 1-2


This Specific Message in the Series Points to the Truth in Christ that: To be made in the image of God in Christ is to be male and female, to be in union, distinction, and with equality. This message points to the clarity we can have regarding love gender, marriage and sex because of being made in the image of Jesus (The true Image of God).

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.

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