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Jesus Turns Water Into Wine!

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Part 1a: 26min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/2018-10-21-jesus-turns-water-into-wine-john2.1-12-part-1a-guest-marra-tah.mp3”

Part 1b: 30min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/2018-10-21-jesus-turns-water-into-wine-john2.1-12-part-1b-guest-marra-tah.mp3”

Full Message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/2018-10-21-jesus-turns-water-into-wine-john2.1-12-guest-marra-tah.mp3”


Main Passage: John 2:1-12 NLT


“John did not recount the story of Jesus turning water into wine for our entertainment; by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he intentionally presented the truth that Jesus’ miracles reveal God the Father. Through the details of this miracle, we see Jesus’ compassion for our needs, a glimpse of His identity, and His ability to reveal God in all He does.” – The Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

The miracles of Jesus were part of His purpose in bringing glory to God. – [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit]

“With [Jesus], nothing is incomplete or done at the wrong time, just as with the Father there is nothing haphazard.” –Irenaeus

Christ Connection:

Sin has disrupted our relationship with God, leading to spiritual barrenness and sorrow in our lives. Christ’s miracles are a sign that joyful reconciliation with God is possible again through faith in Jesus’ glorious life, death, and resurrection.

Missional Application:

God, through His Holy Spirit, calls us to do whatever Jesus tells us to do as we seek to display His glory and lead others to faith.

“Now this transformation of the water from its own substance into another, testified to the powerful presence of the Creator. Only he who had made it out of nothing could change water into something whose use was quite different.” –Maximus of Turin

By this first sign, Jesus revealed His glory, ‘the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth’ (1:14). His glory would be revealed in greatest measure in his cross, resurrection and exaltation, but every step along the course of his ministry was an adumbration of that glory.” –D. A. Carson

 “So what does this have to do with me?” you might ask. “Jesus is not on earth anymore; I don’t get to see His miracles.” Correct. But you are a miracle of Jesus, pointing others to God.

“Me?” you might ask, “I’m a sinner saved by grace.” Exactly. And when you tell others how Jesus won your heart, called you by name, and changed you from the inside out, you are just as amazing and awe-inspiring to unbelievers as the turning of water into wine.

Just as Jesus considered His purpose before each miracle, we should consider our purpose before each conversation, each lunch meeting, each relationship, and each trial: Am I reflecting Christ? Do I point others to Him? Can others tell by my words and actions that Jesus is King of kings, Lord of lords, and the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world?The Gospel Project

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Contending For The Faith Delivered To The Saints! – Part 8

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Part 8a: 32min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/2018.10.07.contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-part-8a-jude-gen1-2-tah.mp3”

Part 8b: 26min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/2018.10.07.contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-part-8b-jude-gen1-2-tah.mp3”

Full Message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/2018.10.07.contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-part-8-jude-gen1-2-tah.mp3”


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 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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Contending For The Faith Delivered To The Saints! – Part 7

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Part 7a: 25min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/2018-09-30-contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-part7a-jude1-john4-gen1-2-tah.mp3”

Part 7b: 27min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/2018-09-30-contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-part7b-jude1-john4-gen1-2-tah.mp3”

Full Message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/2018-09-30-contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-part7-jude1-john4-gen1-2-tah.mp3”


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 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.

 

The Wicked Tenants!

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Part 1a: 19min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/2018.09.16.-the-wicked-tenants-part1a-matthew-21.33-46-guest-stonesifer-tah.mp3”

Part 1b: 21min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/2018.09.16.-the-wicked-tenants-part-1b-matthew-21.33-46-guest-stonesifer-tah.mp3”

Full Message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/2018.09.16.-the-wicked-tenants-matthew-21.33-46-guest-stonesifer-tah.mp3”


Main Passage: Matthew 21:33-46


“One of Jesus’ most famous parables about judgment was the parable of the wicked tenants. In this story we see the privilege and responsibility that comes with God’s calling on our lives. We also see the grace of God in His warnings to sinners and the judgment of God in His retribution toward those who reject His Son. This parable’s stark imagery reminds us that we are called to bear the fruit of repentance and mission and thus fulfill our purpose as God’s people.” -The Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

Judgment comes on those who reject the commands, warnings, and Christ, The Son of God- [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit].

Christ Connection:

Jesus’ parable of the wicked tenants is one of the clearest denunciations of the religious leaders in His day. The story implies that God is the vineyard owner, Jesus is the owner’s son, and the religious leaders are the ones who have rejected God’s Word. Applying Psalm 118 to Himself, Jesus saw Himself as the cornerstone—the person in whom God’s judgment and salvation come together.

Missional Application:

God, through His Holy Spirit, calls us to bear the fruit of repentance and mission, fulfilling our purpose as His people.

“Jesus teaches that seemingly endless patience of God is extended toward those who oppose him. But when this patience ends at the rejection of his Son, God’s swift retribution is sure to follow.” –Simon J. Kistemaker

“The portrait of a mild Jesus who spoke only of grace and never of judgment is a figment of the imagination. We serve a Savior whose scandalous grace was matched with the ferocious roar of judgment. In this parable, we see a glimpse of God’s patience but also His swift retribution. Let this story from Jesus shock your senses and lead you to see yourself as a steward of His blessings” -The Gospel Project

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The Pharisee and the Tax Collector!

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Part 1a: 29min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/2018.09.09.the-pharisee-and-the-tax-collector-part1a-luke-18.9-14-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”

Part 1b: 29min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/2018.09.09.the-pharisee-and-the-tax-collector-part1b-luke-18.9-14-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”

Full Message: 

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/2018.09.09.the-pharisee-and-the-tax-collector-luke-18.9-14-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”


Main Passage: Luke 18:9-14


“In Jesus’ parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector, we see the danger of self-righteousness, our human need for mercy, and what it means to be justified by faith. God calls us to recognize our sinfulness and our need for His mercy and in humility to proclaim the gospel of grace to those who trust in themselves. “-The Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, exalts the humble and humbles the exalted.

Christ Connection:

The tax collector’s cry was for God to turn away His wrath from a sinner. Through His life and sacrificial death as our substitute, Jesus was the Wrath of God that our sins deserved. Like the tax collector, we too can cry out to God to have mercy on us! We can receive Jesus as the Wrath of God Who absorbed and put our sin to death in his suffering and death! We can also receive the forgiveness he grants full and free in his abundant grace!

Missional Application:

God, through His Holy Spirit, calls us not to look down on others but to look up to Him for salvation so that our participation with Him in humility and grace would be attractive to those who are still trusting in themselves.

“All the worst pleasures are purely spiritual: the pleasure of putting other people in the wrong, of bossing and patronizing and spoiling sport, and backbiting; the pleasures of power, of hatred…A cold, self-righteous prig who goes regularly to church may be far nearer to hell than a prostitute.” –C. S. Lewis 

 

“Self-righteousness wears many disguises. The scary thing about self-righteousness is that we usually don’t recognize it in ourselves. We think because of our religious practices that we are okay with God. We think because of how we pray that we are trusting in Him, not in ourselves. We think because of how we live that we are doing better than the people around us. Self-righteousness stinks; unfortunately, we are the last to smell it on ourselves….

But even when our self-righteousness is cloaked in words of gratitude or manifested in actions that, on the surface, appear to be done out of a desire for God’s glory, self-righteousness is still self-justification. It is misplaced trust that leads to misplaced judgment. As it has been said, “We judge others by their actions and ourselves by our intentions.” We judge people around us more harshly than we would dare judge ourselves….

The parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector gives us a vivid portrait of pride versus humility, of justification by works versus justification by faith. As Darrell Bock comments:

Pride preaches merit; humility pleads for compassion. Pride negotiates as an equal; humility approaches in need. Pride separates by putting down others; humility identifies with others, recognizing we all have the same need. Pride destroys through its alienating self-service; humility opens doors with its power to sympathize with the struggle we share. Pride turns up its nose; humility offers an open and lifted-up hand.

According to the gospel, we are to trust in God alone for our salvation, and we trust in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness,” the old hymn goes. The gospel cuts to the heart of our tendency to trust in ourselves and in our own righteousness. The gospel also shatters the sense of superiority we may feel toward others. As long as you are looking up to God for salvation, you can’t look down on anyone else. Once you know how much you need the mercy of God, how in the world can you look down your nose on someone else in need of the same mercy?” -The Gospel Project

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

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Part 6a: 30 min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/2018.09.02-contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-part-6a-jude-john-4-gen-1-2-tah.mp3”

Part 6b: 26min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/2018.09.02-contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-part-6b-jude-john-4-gen-1-2-tah.mp3”

Full Message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/2018.09.02-contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-part-6-jude-john-4-gen-1-2-tah.mp3”


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 Christian God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

 

The Father Of Two Lost Sons!

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Part 1a: 23 min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/2018.08.26-the-father-of-two-lost-sons-mark4.1-9-mark4.14-20-part1a-guest-marra-tah.mp3”

Part 1b: 18 min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/2018.08.26-the-father-of-two-lost-sons-mark4.1-9-mark4.14-20-part1b-guest-marra-tah.mp3”

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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God Brings His People Home!

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Part 1a: 24 min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/17-12-31-god-brings-his-people-home-part1a-ezra1-1-13-tah-guest-marra.mp3”

Part 1b: 21 min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/17-12-31-god-brings-his-people-home-part1b-ezra1-1-13-tah-guest-marra.mp3”

Full Message

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/17-12-31-god-brings-his-people-home-full-message-ezra1-1-13-tah-guest-marra.mp3”


Main Passages: Ezra 1:1-8 3:1-13


 

“God kept His promise to bring His people out of exile and back to the promised land. As God’s people gathered in Jerusalem, they made their worship of God their first priority and proclaimed God’s faithfulness through their actions. As Christians, we celebrate and give thanks to God for bringing us out of our exile to sin and death. In our worship, we proclaim the goodness of the Lord so that others might taste and see that He is good.” – The Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

Worshiping God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit should be the first priority of His people.

Christ Connection:

God kept His promise to bring His people out of exile in Babylon and restore their freedom to worship Him. Since Adam and Eve sinned, all humans have been in exile from the garden and are in need of deliverance. Jesus came to end this exile, bring His people home, and restore our freedom to worship.

“It is only when we grasp God’s unyielding desire to be with us that we begin to see the ultimate purpose of the cross. It is more than a vehicle to rescue us from death; it transports us into the arms of Life.” –Skye Jethani

Missional Application:

God The Holy Spirit calls us to make worship our first priority so others will see the goodness of the Lord.

“The primary reason the church gathers is to glorify God. We gather together for corporate worship to ascribe unto God the worship that is due Him.” –Matt Boswell

 

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Anticipating Jesus – Our Soon Coming King!

Jesus Christ King of Kings

Part 1a: 32 min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/17-12-24-anticipating-jesus-our-soon-coming-king-part1a-isaiah-11-tah.mp3”

Part 1b: 25 min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/17-12-24-anticipating-jesus-our-soon-coming-king-part1b-isaiah-11-tah.mp3”

Full Message

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/17-12-24-anticipating-jesus-our-soon-coming-king-full-message-isaiah-11-tah.mp3”


Main Passage:  Isaiah 11:1-10


“One of the prophecies from Isaiah, written around seven hundred years before the time of Christ, was written to the Jewish people in Judah to inform them of a future King. This unlikely King from the line of David would be filled with the Spirit and would bring God’s justice and redemption to the world. In seeing Isaiah’s vision of the coming King, we understand our need for God’s salvation and the reason we are incorporated into God’s people, who exist for His mission.” – The Gospel Project

Theological Theme:
The Old Testament foretells the birth of King Jesus, sent by the Father as Jesus Revealed in the biblical New Testament.

Christ Connection:
Isaiah and many of the other prophets in the Old Testament prophesied about the coming King who will establish David’s throne forever. Jesus of Nazareth, the Father’s Son in flesh, is the King who fulfills these ancient prophecies.

Missional Application:
God The Holy Spirit calls us to anticipate the second coming of King Jesus by declaring His message of redemption and demonstrating His love in His Grace and Power.

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Questions And Responses!

Questions and Responses

Part 1: 25min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/17-12-10-questions-and-responses-part-1-pt1-john-14-6-tah.mp3”

Part 2: 25min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/17-12-10-questions-and-responses-part-1-pt-2-john-14-6-tah.mp3”

Full Message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/17-12-10-questions-and-responses-part-1-full-message-john-14-6-tah.mp3”


Main Passage: John 14: 6


 

Who and What is The Gospel? And how does knowing the Gospel help us in responses to many of our questions? In other words, How can we know where we are going? and “How can we know the way?”

Jesus responds to this question unequivocally in John 14:6 ” I am the way, the truth, and the life.”, and FOLLOWED BY…”No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will also know my Father…”

How does taking what Jesus says, seriously, help us in getting answers not only to where we’re going and the way to get there, but also to these two questions asked by members of the congregation?:

Question 1: Why do we baptize people and take the Lord’s Supper as The Church? Matthew 28: 16 – 20

Question 2: How can Jesus be God and yet not know when His Father is going to send Him back? Matthew 24: 36

 

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