Gospel Roots

Summary

Scripture Reference: Ephesians 4:11-16; John 15

Insight

God expects his children to grow in Christ and grow in maturity.

Ephesians 4:15 mentions “speaking the truth in love”. Maturity comes as we all learn to speak the gospel into each others lives.

What is the gospel?

  • Who is Jesus?

    • A perfect man, lived a perfect life, the God-man, the promised Messiah sent to savers from sin and death, crucified, buried, raised on the third day.

  • What did Jesus do on the cross?

    • He exchanged His righteousness on the cross for our sin because we deserved death.

    • He rose from the dead to show HIs power over sin and death.

  • What must we do? What is the action of the gospel?

    • Repent, believe, put our trust and dependence in what Jesus has done for us.

    • Follow in baptism; the act of obedience publicly expressing our faith to the world.

  • What happens after we repent and believe?

    • 2 Corinthians 5:17

    • Romans 8:29

    • We receive the Holy Spirit

    • We are adopted into God’s family

    • We are commissioned with God’s authority to make disciples of Jesus

  • If we believe in the gospel, how do we grow in it?

    • John 15:1-11

      • “abide”

        • free from the penalty of sin (positionally justified)

        • free from the power of sin (continually being sanctified)

        • we are not free from the presence of sin, but we should abide in Him and in His Word.

          • “if you abide”; “if you keep my commandments”

  • I John 4

    • “this is love”; “this is the gospel”

  • Colossians 3:5-10

    • “put to death”

The essence of sin is unbelief in the gospel and in who God is.

  • If we are sinning we:

    • don’t believe His greatness

    • don’t believe His glory

    • don’t believe His goodness

    • don’t believe His grace

 

 

 

 

 

Fear, Faith, and the Vision of God

Summary

Scripture Reference: Acts 4-10

Insight

What does the vision of God look like for the church? What we want is what God wants for us.

Fear is at the heart of rejection of the undeniable truth(s).

ACTS 4:32-35

  • The people had great faith, were of one heart and soul, helped each other, embraced others needs and helped them to meet those needs.

ACTS 5:1-10

  • Ananias & Sapphira

    • They had deception in their hearts

    • They lied

    • They held back from God

ACTS 5:11-20

  • The apostles were imprisoned because of the fear of what happened with Ananias and Sapphira.

ACTS 6:8-7

  • Stephen was stoned because he spoke the word of God and there was fear among the people because of what he taught.

  • Stephen responded in faith and continued to speak God’s word among the people.

ACTS 8-9 - Fear and Faith Collide

  • Saul meets Jesus on the road to Damascus.

  • The invitation to catch a new vision was given to Saul.

    • Every opportunity is the chance to step out in faith or recoil in fear and do nothing or just stay comfortable.

    • Any act of disobedience is death to the vision God has given you; a vision of what might have been.

ACTS 10

  • God’s vision for Cornelius; a God-seeker

    • Cornelius was a centurion with power, standing, and influence.

    • Cornelius was a “devout man”; “feared God with his household”.

      • Cornelius had a feeling of conflict and a sense of fear regarding what he was to do,

        • He had a need

        • He called out to God

        • God heard Cornelius

        • Cornelius stepped through the fear

          • Fear is being overwhelmed with God and stepping out in faith and obedience.

      • The people had a fear of association because of who Cornelius was.

    • God’s vision for this “gospel seeker” was that He sent a “gospel speaker”.

ACTS 10:9

  • Peter

    • Peter had a fear of being made unclean by association.

      • Galatians 2:11

    • (v 20-21) Peter obeyed God and stepped out in faith and through the fear.

      • Romans 10 - Don’t let any fear of association or discomfort keep us from doing as God has asked us to do.

SO WHAT? WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR US?

  • We are people desperately in need of a Savior.

  • There are people waiting and wanting to hear the gospel that we know and have.

  • We should go without misgivings or hesitation.

  • God is not one to show partiality.

  • Give them Jesus.

  • We should reflect the diversity of our field.

    • Genesis 22:18

    • Acts 3:25

    • Acts 10:34-35

    • Revelation 5:9

 

 

 

 

 

Undeniable & Unavoidable

Summary

Scripture Reference: Acts 4:1-31

Insight

CONFESSION/CONFRONTATION

  • Our confession with centered on Jesus will lead to confrontation

  • Confession

    • To speak in the name of Jesus is intolerable to those in a secular worldview

    • Sadducees were greatly disturbed because of the reaction of the people to the miracle

    • When you can’t deny the evidence of truth you begin deny the existence of truth

  • Confrontation

    • “if you are upset about the good done to this lame beggar. . . “

    • Jesus exposes

      • They were concerned about their power and their prosperity

    • Causes a reaction that is undeniable; you have to do something with Jesus

    • Confession —> Jesus Saves

    • Our anchor of hope is the stone of stumbling for the world

    • A Jesus worldview will always cause a negative reaction with the secular worldview

CONSIDERATION/CONFLICT

  • The testimony of Jesus Christ is not dependent on education, but by association with Jesus

    • The considered what they saw and they couldn’t deny what had happened

    • The considered how to respond

    • What is undeniable is now intolerable

      • They felt compelled to silence it and tried to silence them from speaking in the name of Jesus (v 16-18)

COMMUNITY/CONFESSION

  • (v11-12) Jesus is exclusive

  • (v 23) The response fro the community

    • They stepped into the confession . . . they still proclaimed that it was in the name of Jesus that the signs and wonders took place

    • The only thing that keeps us silent is our own disobedience

       

 

 

 

 

 

Sharing What We Have Part II

Summary

Scripture Reference: Acts 3:11-26

Insight

 

MISPLACED WONDER (11-12)

  • No denial of the healing

  • Wrong attribution of its source

    • We are never the hero of the story; JESUS is!

CORRECTED WITNESS (13-16)

  • (v 13) Glorified by the Father . . . Delivered Up and disowned by the people

  • (v14) Disowned righteous one . . Embraced Murderer (gave preference to)

    • You killed him . . . God raised him

    • THIS IS JESUS

      • (v 15) “but put to death the prince of life”

      • Jesus allowed himself to be nailed to the cross, but it doesn’t take away the responsibility of the ones who nailed him to the cross

      • (v 16) “faith in the one you rejected has healed the man”

        • curiosity and amazement in the lame beggar and the healing brought the people to a reality of who Jesus is

TRANSFORMED WORSHIP (17-26)

  • Repent and return (v 19)

  • Be cleansed and refreshed (v 19)

    • God told you beforehand and He has confirmed it before you

    • What are you prepared to do with this Jesus? What are you prepared to do with what you now know?

    • Be blessed and be a blessing (v 25-26) 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharing What We Have Part I

Summary

Scripture Reference: Acts 2:37-3:11

Insight

 

SETTING THE STAGE (v1-2)

  • The Place

    • Beautiful Gate - overlaid with Corinthian bronze; different from the other 9 gates; massive and heavy

  • The People

    • Peter (spokesman); John (witness); Lame Beggar (lame from birth; set down OUTSIDE the gate); Crowd

  • The Precedent

    • Lives changed attesting to the truth of the Word being preached

SHARING THE WEALTH (v3-5)

  • Beggar asked for money

    • How they respond

      • captured his attention

      • focused on his real need (they fixed their eyes on him) "extend with their eyes"

      • "Look at me"

    • What they shared

      • what they had/shared the power of God - "In the name of Jesus"; "what I have I give to you"; healing in the name of Jesus

      • they pulled him up

        • he stood up and walked

        • he entered the temple with them

          • no one who was lame, unclean, or having a blemish was allowed into the temple

        • he found physical healing

        • he was redeemed and accepted

  • It's not about what we don't have; it's about sharing what we do have - JESUS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comfort My People . . . Here is Your God Part II

Summary

Scripture Reference: Isaiah 40

Insight

Background/Context

  • Jerusalem - threat of violence and fear from other nations building up around them
  • Follows Babylonian captivity (V2) "comfort my people . . ."

WHO HAS MORE POWER THAN GOD?

  • (v12-20) His immensity/Omniscience/Omnipresence/Omnipotence
    • (v12) "measured"; "marked off"; "calculated"; "weighed"
      • His understanding 
    • (v13-14) "directed"; "consult"; "taught"; "informed"
      • He requires of no one or from no thing
  • (v15-17) His Significance
    • "drop from a bucket"; "speck of dust"' "fine dust"; "not enough to burn"; "nothing"; "less than nothing and meaningless"

WHO HAS MORE AUTHORITY THAN GOD?

  • Sovereign over rulers (v21)
    • No one has a higher seating or authority than God
  • Sovereign over idols (v18-20)
  • Sovereign over all of creation (v21-26)
    • He maintains everything and holds it all in course

WHO HAS MORE COMPASSION THAN GOD? 

  • (v27) He sees you
    • He knows your pain, fear, and circumstances
  • (v28-29) He strengthens you
  • (v30) He sustains you
    • THIS IS YOUR GOD!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comfort My People . . Here is Your God Part I

 

 

 

 

Comfort, O comfort my people...

 

His word of comfort begins with this...look at vv. 1-2

 

 1 “Comfort, O comfort My people,” says your God.

 2 “Speak kindly to Jerusalem;

And call out to her, that her warfare has ended,

That her iniquity has been removed,

That she has received of the Lord’s hand

Double for all her sins.”

 

 

3 "kî" statements - 3 subordinate clauses beginning with "that'

 

A.  ...her warfare has ended

 

B.  ...her iniquity has been removed...God's compassionate forgiveness will be an act of divine grace that will bring comfort to His people.

 

C.  ...she has received of the Lord's hand double for all her sins

 

The idea here is not that Jerusalem has received twice the punishment for her sins...

 

Two views...kiplayim...

1.  perfect match or equivalency...folded sheet of paper

2.  double portion of grace...idea is not with a set of scales...but over and abundantly

 3 voices and a message of comfort...

Two points...

Jerusalem's comfort, your comfort...v. 9...Here is your God!

ill. "my Children"...no longer fear or withdrawal...a longing for presence

This is "your" God

Jerusalem's call, your call...v.31...Wait(hope, trust in) for the Lord

Look with great expectation for your God...Wait on Him...Trust in Him...He will sustain and strengthen you and you will not fall or fail...you will soar

3 Voices...three statements of expectation and hope...

II.  Your God has promised to return - vv. 3-5

 3 A voice is calling,

“Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness;

Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.

 4 “Let every valley be lifted up,

And every mountain and hill be made low;

And let the rough ground become a plain,

And the rugged terrain a broad valley;

 5 Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed,

And all flesh will see it together;

For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

 

A.  There are no obstacles that will stop Him...this is the picture of a triumphal procession...

It will be straight, level, and free of obstacles...in short...He will arrive without fail, without difficulty, without delay.

 

B.  His Glory will be revealed

He will unveil His glory...all will see...all will see it together

 

C.  it is His promise...because "the mouth of the Lord has spoken"

 

III.  Your God's word is sure - vv. 6-8

 

 6 A voice says, “Call out.”

Then he answered, “What shall I call out?”

All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.

 7 The grass withers, the flower fades,

When the breath of the Lord blows upon it;

Surely the people are grass.

 8 The grass withers, the flower fades,

But the word of our God stands forever.

 

A.  Man is transient and unreliable

1.  Momentary beauty withers and fades

2.  God is sovereign over the days...the Spirit (rûah, breath) of the Lord blows upon it.

 

Current fad

Current fame

Current standing

Current power...

It is all passing...transient and unreliable...

 

BUT

 

B.  The Word of our God stands forever...sure and reliable

And what is it He has said... v. 5

"the glory of the Lord will be revealed,

And all flesh will see it together;

For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

 

Your God has promised to return...His glory will be revealed

Your God's word is sure...

 

How will He return...how will He be revealed?

vv. 9-11

 

IV.  Your God is the Mighty Shepherd - vv. 9-11

 

 9 Get yourself up on a high mountain,

O Zion, bearer of good news,

Lift up your voice mightily,

O Jerusalem, bearer of good news;

Lift it up, do not fear.

Say to the cities of Judah,

“Here is your God!”

 10 Behold, the Lord God will come with might,

With His arm ruling for Him.

Behold, His reward is with Him

And His recompense before Him.

 11 Like a shepherd He will tend His flock,

In His arm He will gather the lambs

And carry them in His bosom;

He will gently lead the nursing ewes.

 

A.  This is the good news..."here is your God" - v. 9

 

B.  He comes with... v. 10

Might...

Right...

Reward...

Recompence...

 

Isa 62:11 Behold, the Lord has proclaimed to the end of the earth,

Say to the daughter of Zion, “Lo, your salvation comes;

Behold His reward is with Him, and His recompense before Him.”

 12 And they will call them, “The holy people,

The redeemed of the Lord”;

And you will be called, “Sought out, a city not forsaken.”

 

Rev 22:12 “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.

 

C.  He will gently care for you... v. 11

 

Like a shepherd He will tend His flock,

In His arm He will gather the lambs

And carry them in His bosom;

He will gently lead the nursing ewes.

 

1. tend...feed...lead to pasture

2. gather...

3. carry...lift, lift up, raise, maintain...where?  In His bosom...

4. lead...escort, transport, move on further

 

Your God has promised to return...His glory will be revealed

Your God's word is sure...

Your God is the Mighty Shepherd...

 

V.  Application/Conclusion

 

Comfort, O comfort my people...Here is your God

 

Living in between the already and the not yet

 

Jerusalem's comfort, your comfort...v. 9...Here is your God!

 

ill. "my Children"...no longer fear or withdrawal...a longing for presence

 

This is "your" God

 

Jerusalem's call, your call...v.31...Wait (hope, trust in) for the Lord

Look with great expectation for your God...Wait on Him...Trust in Him...He will sustain and strengthen you and you will not fall or fail...you will soar

 

Taste and See

Summary

Scripture Reference: Psalms 34; Psalms 19

Insight

Marks of a God-centered Leisure and Rest:

  • Attitude of rest, joy, freedom, and celebration
  • Deliberate about having regular times of rest; Rhythm of rest and work
  • Strengthening/growth; striving for growth, not exhaustion
  • Enjoyment of life in creation

CONSIDER YOUR APPETITE FOR GOD'S WORD

  • Psalms 119:103
  • Hebrews 6:5
  • Proverbs 24:13-14 - Do you hunger for God's Word?
  • I Peter 2:1-3

REASONS FOR NO DESIRE OR LACK OF HUNGER FOR GOD'S WORD

  • Haven't tasted it
  • Forgotten the Sweetness
    • As a whole the church today suffers from distraction

CREATE AN APPETITE FOR GOD'S WORD

  • Taste then experience
  • Must be exposed to the Word and apply the Word
  • "taste" --> savor; perceive
  • See; experience - I Corinthians 3:2; I Peter 2:1-3; Hebrews 5:12-14

SO WHAT?

IF YOU HUNGER FOR THE WORD OF GOD, HOW ARE YOU FEEDING THAT HUNGER?

  • Psalms 19:7-14

 

 

 

 

 

Come Away

Summary

Scripture Reference: Mark 6:30; Ezekiel 20:12

Insight

Do you fear a day of rest?

"By forgetting to stop, we forget God."

Forgetting to stop "robs God of glory and His significance in my life."

"Humans were created on the sixth day; their first day was a day of rest."

"Your fear of stopping might be evidence of what you're really worshipping."

If you cannot come away and rest, your end will be idolatry and disobedience.

COME AWAY TO REST (Mark 6:30-32)

  • From the Issues of Life
  • Rest for Awhile

COME AWAY TO RELEASE

  • Matthew 11:28-30
    • Come to release the burdens of life
      • Come to "Me"
      • Who? "all who are weary and heavy laden. . ."
  • Matthew 11:25-27
    • The proud will choose to carry their own burden and be crushed by it
    • Recognize our inability and His total ability

COME AWAY TO RENEW

  • Isaiah 40:27-31
    • Your strength
      • You've been made to soar!

COME AWAY TO RESTORE (YOUR RIGHT VIEW OF GOD)

  • Psalms 46:10
    • "slack" --> let go; leisure; rest
    • "cease" -->stop
      • to know that "I Am God"

 

 

 

 

 

The Way

Summary

Scripture Reference: John 14:1-6

Insight

ETERNITY

  • The Longing of Every Soul
    • For transcendence; something beyond us
  • The Pursuit of Every Life (Ecclesiastes 3)
  • Exclusivity (Acts 4:10)
    • "but" . . . "except" 
    • There is only one name that saves . . . JESUS
    • I Timothy 2:5 "one"
      • I Am The Way
      • I Am The Truth
      • I Am The Life
    • Eternity is found exclusively in Jesus

OPPORTUNITY

  • Matthew 11:28
  • 2 Peter 3:9
  • The Invitation is Open (John 3:16)
  • God has Revealed the Way (Romans 10:12-13)

 

 

 

 

 

Who's In Charge?

Summary

Scripture Reference: Isaiah 46:8-11

Insight

How do you deal with powers or circumstances when they seem to be out of control?

FORMER THINGS REMEMBERED (v. 8,9)

  • Brings to mind who God is
    • Assurance; stand firm
  • Confront the trials or bad memories with who God is
  • Recall for conviction
    • "Call to mind"; take to heart; turn back to the reality that you know about who God is

FOREVER THINGS DECLARED (v. 10,11)

  • Recall eternal things about God
    • "I AM God"
      • There is only one God
      • There is only one sovereign Lord
        • One who declares
        • One who establishes
        • One who orchestrates
        • One who fulfills
  • There is nothing outside the control of God
  • Remember how God showed Himself to you in the past and the present

FAITHFUL THINGS APPLIED (v. 12, 13)

  • Jesus is God
  • Jesus is the friend of sinners

 

 

 

 

 

The Question

Summary

Scripture Reference: Matthew 16:13-18

Insight

THE QUESTIONS

  • Who Do People Say That I Am?
  • Who Do You Say That I Am?

PEOPLE SAY (FRIENDLY; FAMILIAR)

  • John the Baptist (Matthew 14:1)
  • Elijah (Fire and Intensity)
  • Jeremiah (Lament and Grief)
  • A Prophet
    • In each instance the people saw Him to be a forerunner of the Messiah

YOU SAY (INSPIRED; INTIMATE)

  • Peter
    • The Christ
    • The Son of the Living God

(He is the divine provision to man's greatest need!)

  • Results
    • Blessing
      • Because of Revelation
      • Because of Identity
    • We see who we are apart from Him and who we are in Him
      • Because of Transformation
      • Because of Purpose
      • Because of Victory

 

 

 

 

 

The Intent to Rebuild

Summary

Scripture Reference: Haggai 1-2

Insight

  • The People Had the Intent to Rebuild
    • They began work on the temple, but quit to start work on their own homes, even using materials designated for the temple.
  • The People Were Discouraged
    • The temple wasn't anything like the former temple.
    • Discouragement set in because they were comparing their new work to the former temple,
      • We have a habit of comparing our start to everyone else's finish.
    • Discouragement set in because there was a lack of progress.
      • The people were not satisfied with their progress and decided the task wasn't worth completing.
  • (2:4) "Take Courage". . . "Be Strong"
    • Be consistent with what God has told/called you to do
    • Galatians 6:9 - "Let us not grow weary. . ."

Serve Well (Deacon Ordination)

Summary

Scripture Reference: Acts 6:1-7; I Timothy 3:8-13

Insight

CONCEPT OF DEACONS

  • Priority of Ministry and Prayer

CHOICE OF DEACONS

  • Determination of the Congregation
    • Good Reputation
    • Full of the Spirit
    • Full of Wisdom

CREDENTIALS FOR A DEACON

Deacons

  • Men of Dignity
  • Worthy of Respect
  • Not Double Tongued
  • Do Not Spread Rumors
  • Do Not Stir Up Dissention
  • Not Addicted to Much Wine
  • Not Materialistic, But Generous
  • Proper Doctrinal and Moral Response to the Word and Christ's Teachings
  • Tested; Beyond Reproach
  • Husband of One Wife; Good Manager of Their Children and Household
    • Verse 13: High Standing

      Speak and Serve Well

      Relationships

      Humility

      Faithfulness to God's Word, Family, Church

      Diligent

      Strive to Serve Well

Deacon's Wife

  • Dignified
  • Good Reputation
  • Not a Malicious Gossip

 

 

 

Living Hope . . . Leading By Example

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Summary

Series: Living Hope

Scripture Reference: I Peter 5:1-4

Insight

THE PUSH TO LEADERSHIP

  • Peter's Exhortation

"Exhort" - Appeal, Urge, Implore, Call or Summon

  • Peter's Qualification

Fellow Elder - Co-leader, Witness of Christ's sufferings, a Martyr himself, Partaker of glory to be revealed

THE PRACTICE OF LEADERSHIP

  • 3 Comparisons

1. "Elder" - Old Man, Maturity, Experience

2. "Shepherd" - Feed, Care For, Tend to Needs of the Sheep

3. "Overseer" - Watch Over, To See

John 10 - "I Am the Good Shepherd"

Lays Down His Life for Us

Doesn't Flee

Selfless Love for the Sheep

Our Care is His Concern -  He knows my needs, desires, and wants

  • 3 Contrasts

Not Compulsion but Voluntarily Drawn

Not Greed but with Eagerness

Not Lording but by Example

THE PRIZE

  • Unfading Crown of Glory

SO WHAT?

  • Pray for the Elders of the Church
  • Pray for the Pastor of the Church