BE PERFECT | The Two of You

BE PERFECT | The Two of You

I. The Two of you

A. When you are born you are born into Adam

1 Corinthians 15:21-22 So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man. 22 Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life.

The bible also refers to this nature as the flesh. It is your inner desire toward sin. The natural propensity to sin.

B. The new nature is given to you the moment you accept Christ

The new nature is new life and new power

It is not your conscience; your conscience is a mental and emotional thing and can be manipulated, seared and affected by circumstances and belief systems.

One of the most crucial aspects of growth in our lives is learning to trust God concerning our two natures. 

BE PERFECT | Sanctification + You

BE PERFECT | Sanctification + You
But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:48, NLT)

Scripture defines sanctification as, “The act of being set apart once for all to be holy” (1 Cor 6:11). To be sanctified means to be set apart.

In the Old Testament it was most often the places and objects of worship that were called “set apart” for God’s honor and use:

  • Holy priest (Ex 28:41)
  • Holy garments (Ex 29:21)
  • A holy altar (Ex 30:10)
  • The Holy Land (Lev 27:21)

As you turn the page to the New Testament, we discover that we, the body of Christ, are the temple of God and it is us--you and I--who are “set apart” for God’s honor and use.

AN UNEXPECTED CHRISTMAS | Promise Keeper

AN UNEXPECTED CHRISTMAS | Promise Keeper
Matthew 1:1-6 - This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham: Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar. Perez was the father of Hezron. Hezron was the father of Ram. Ram was the father of Amminadab. Amminadab was the father of Nahshon. Nahshon was the father of Salmon. Salmon was the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse, 6 and Jesse the father of King David. David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife.

I. Matthew goes out of his way to point out David’s failure... "Whose mother had been Uriah’s wife."

A. Why not “David the Warrior”? “David the giant slayer, David the Fundraiser”? “David the Writer”? David the musician and singer.

  • When a great leader, politician, a pastor, who may be a great dad or great mom. When this person, someone you trust someone who is an anchor to your life fails you it's so destructive.

AN UNEXPECTED CHRISTMAS | Label Makers

AN UNEXPECTED CHRISTMAS | Label Makers
Matthew 1:1-5 - This is a record of the ancestors of Jesus the Messiah, a descendant of David and of Abraham: 2 Abraham was the father of Isaac. Isaac was the father of Jacob. Jacob was the father of Judah and his brothers. 3 Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar. Perez was the father of Hezron. Hezron was the father of Ram. 4 Ram was the father of Amminadab. Amminadab was the father of Nahshon. Nahshon was the father of Salmon. 5 Salmon was the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab.

I. Rahab the …

A.  This is the second time he pauses to point out who someone’s mother was.

B. She has a title.

  • Rahab has a very unflattering title: Rahab the Harlot.

AN UNEXPECTED CHRISTMAS | An Unlikely Candidate

AN UNEXPECTED CHRISTMAS | An Unlikely Candidate

I. Judah

Matthew 1:1 This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham: 2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers...

A. What do you know about Judah?

  • They didn’t make up Broadway musicals for Judah, but they did for his brother. Joseph and the technicolor dream coat.
  • Judah was one of the 12 sons of Jacob whose name changed to Israel.

B. Judah Was not the famous son and he was not the oldest son

  • God decided that Jesus the Messiah would come from the line of Judah.

Judah’s story begins in Genesis 37. He just plays a supporting role in the story of his younger brother Joseph which sets the stage for Judah’s problems.

Thanksgiving 2017

Thanksgiving 2017
“Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — WILLIAM ARTHUR WARD

In our consumer-driven culture, it is so easy to become fixated on all that we feel we lack.

  • Nearly 1/2 of the world’s population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty — less than $1.25 a day. 80% of the world population lives on less than $10 a day.
  • 1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty.
  • 805 million people worldwide do not have enough food to eat.
  • More than 750 million people lack adequate access to clean drinking water. Diarrhea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation, and hand hygiene kills an estimated 842,000 people every year globally, or approximately 2,300 people per day.
  • 1/4 of all humans live without electricity
  • Oxfam estimates that it would take $60 billion annually to end extreme global poverty. Americans spent $655.8 billion on Black Friday last year. This Friday, estimated sales are expected to reach $682.0 billion.

It’s only in America that we can have a day set aside to celebrate all that we have and then run out after dinner to stand in line to buy things we don’t.

Today, I want to help remind us how rich we really are and how much we have to be thankful for.

I WANT TO BELIEVE, BUT... | Heartless God

I WANT TO BELIEVE, BUT... | Heartless God

I. The question is deeper than does God exist. It’s the question behind the question.

A. If God exists and doesn’t care… Who cares?  If God is indifferent, what difference does it make?

  • Truthfully, whether God exists is really irrelevant. The true question, the deeper question, what really matters is Does he care? Why does he seem so heartless?
  • We have all asked the question. How can God allow this to happen? It’s a fair question. On a personal level if you ever have a crisis and call out to God and he seems to be absent sometimes when we don’t know who God is we project motives on him that really come from the human heart and God isn’t human.
  • Is it possible that suffering is our fault and God does exist? And he is broken hearted for our choices?