Responding to God’s Pursuit…

A Message from October 15, 2017 – Message starts at 30:00.

 

Know Tom Brady? Met Lord vs. Know the Lord… Salvation is a beginning…

Philippians 3:10 (NIV) “I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,”

Longings of the Heart – Love / Acceptance.  Image Bearers with Capacity for Relationship

Our Pursuit, which is the Pursuit of God, is the pursuit of a Person [priority, time Q&Q, communication]

Our Pursuit – a Response to His Pursuit – don’t ignore the signs… Man heard a flood was coming, so He prayed… Protect/Preserve me! caught in flood prayed for rescue [boat, helicopter, drown – “Where were you?”  I sent the warning, boat, helicopter]

God is always at work in our lives…

Sometimes it’s behind the scenes…. Esther.

Psalm 139:13–14, 16 (NIV) “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well… 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

“Watch to see where God is working and join Him in His work.” – Henry Blackaby“

Ephesians 1:11 (NIV)  “… the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will“

Philippians 1:6 (NIV)  “…he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

God must do everything for us. Our part is to yield and trust” ― A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God

Our effort is always dependent on His “working”, therefore pursuing God as in “working out our salvation” is more about staying connected to Him, than Working for Him…

Philippians 2:12–13 (NIV) “…continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”

Are we ignoring the obvious movement of God? Like ignoring road signs… God is speaking and working all the time via our circumstances… Look for Him… [Esther] David…

A Story from 2 Samuel 11 – 12 [vs. God conscious Joseph]. See God in the Signs…

Warning Sign #1. Resting on your laurels. Coming off a victory: 2 Samuel 10 “David Defeats the Ammonites”

Warning Sign #2. Stay on Duty: “when Kings go to war”

Warning Sign #3. The Voice of Another: Servant – isn’t this Uriah’s wife…

Warning Sign #4. The Life of Another:  Uriah – better drunk than King sober…

Warning Sign #5. Your Strategy Isn’t Working:

Warning Sign #6. Your Conscience Convicts You: Psalm 32:4 (NIV84) For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.

Psalm 32:8–9 (NLT) The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.  I will advise you and watch over you. 9 Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”

“For Dummies” Books?  150 million!  With Internet, Windows, PCs topping the all time list…

  1. Ipad For Dummies
  2. French , Spanish, Italian…
  3. Small Business For Dummies
  4. Guitar For Dummies

“Responding to God’s Pursuit for Dummies”… Nathan…   [Confess, Accept via Worship, Fruit of Repentance – Comforted Bathsheba]

 

Our Pursuit – a Reordering of our Lives – Adjusting our lives so as to create opportunities to discern His voice, His movement, His pursuit…

How do I develop an intimate walk with God? Chuck Swindoll focuses on four practical actions that will draw you closer to God:

Simplicity, Silence, Solitude, and Surrender : Slow Down, Quiet down, Get Alone, Live for God.

Simplicity – Slow Down.  Producing the BEST Fruit is about reduction, streamlining… Eliminate the competition – Fox, Good is enemy of Best.

Simplicity: Reordering Our Lives [make space] for Him – worship, service [Fruit! Abiding, Pruning – fox=busyness of Martha?]. Abide [John 15], fruit inspection – best fruit.  Love, Joy, Peace, Forbearance/Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self Control [over desires/actions].

 

 

 

Silence – Quiet Down, Silence and Solitude: Essentials for Intimacy [Get alone and get quiet] – Scripture meditation, Prayer,

 

Solitude – Get Alone, wrestle with God. Job/Jacob – “Heard, now I’ve seen”, “Lord is in the place”

Surrender – Live for God. Wave the white flag, say “uncle”. Abraham had everything, but he possessed nothing. Not even his son of promise. If God asks, what would you put on the Altar?

Luke 9:23 (NIV) Then Jesus said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.

Surrender / Submission and Service: Intimacy Requires Letting Go [Fruit inspection, best fruit, Gal 5]. Manifests itself in Love for others, Every Member a Minister – manifestation, +1,

The persistent Widow – Luke 18. Paul press on. Peter out of boat x 2; woman w/ issue of blood. Jacob/Job and the Persistent Widow.  Means of Grace: Prayer [Widow], Worship [David], Love Others [David, “least of these”], Serve [+1, Duty – David], Seek, knock, ask… Pursuing God. Prodigal Son. Matt 18 child. We knock too (friend midnight). When we love others we love God, what are the ways we pursue God is to pursue others. We are a hospital yes but we also are home in a health Club.

Our Pursuit – a Relationship with the Living God by way of the “Habits of Grace” . Tuning our ear to His voice by way of the 3 of the means by which He speaks to us: His Word, His Spirit, His People…

Habits of Grace – David Mathis

Pursuit of God – AW Tozer

Intimacy with the Almighty – Chuck Swindoll

Habits of Grace – David Mathis [Means of Grace, Spiritual Disciplines]

  • Word & Prayer – Acts 6:4 (ESV) “…we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”

HEAR HIS VOICE (WORD) – God speaks, communion requires communication – thus listening. God not only spoke, He speaks.

Reading, Meditation [praying the Word; Face to Face: Praying the Scriptures by Kenneth Boa], Memorization

HAVE HIS EAR (PRAYER) –

ACTS – Enhance your Intimacy with Journaling and Fasting –

 

  • Family Life – living the “One Another” instructions… BCC: Building into OA. Pray for, Love, Serve, Accept, Forgive, Encourage, Confess [+1]

BELONG TO HIS BODY (FELLOWSHIP) +1

Worship, Teaching, Serving, A test of your love for God is to examine your love for others. -Henry Blackaby

Communion – Meditation, Recalibrating, Remembering…

Podcast Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/our-pursuit-minister-gary-coiro-series-pursuit/id916382610?i=1000393638849&mt=2

 

 

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God Pursues Lost Things

Message by Gary Coiro on October 8, 2017 at Bridgeway Community Church

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Message begins at the 43 minute mark….

Pursuit

God Pursues – We are His pursuit

  1. As Creator, God Pursues

Genesis 1:26a (NIV) Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness…

Genesis 2:7 (NIV) Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

Genesis 3:8–9 (NIV) 8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?”

  1. As Savior, God Pursues

Romans 10:20 [NIV] “I was found by those who did not seek me; I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me.”

Romans 3:11–12 (NIV) “…there is no one who seeks God. 12 All have turned away…”

1 John 4:19 (NIV) “We love because he first loved us.”

Colossians 2:13 (NIV) “When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins”

  1. As Groom, God Pursues

Song of Solomon 2:14 (NIV) “My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.”

Song of Solomon 2:15 (NIV) “Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.”

  1. As Shepherd, God Pursues

Psalm 23:6a [NLT] “Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life,”

Luke 15:4 (NLT) “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it?”

Psalm 23:3 (LEB) “He restores my life. He leads me in correct paths for the sake of his name.

Luke 15: Lost things.  Lost Lamb, Lost Coin, Lost Child

Hosea 2:14–15 (NIV) “Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her. 15 There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. There she will respond [sing] as in the days of her youth.”

A Story from 1 Samuel 11 – 12

God Awaits Our Response – In the living room, at the door, on the porch

An Appropriate Response –

  1. Awe and Gratitude
  2. Come out of Hiding
  3. Make a Move
  4. Go fox hunting with Him

Podcast at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/his-pursuit-minister-gary-coiro-series-pursuit/id916382610?i=1000393638848&mt=2

 

 

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500 years after the Reformation

To express his concerns about practices and beliefs in the church, Martin Luther nailed written works, known as The 95 Theses, on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany on October 31, 1517. In doing this, he started the Reformation – some 500 years ago.  His goal was to reform the church, but alas his efforts were not successful; and thus, a new branch of protesters [Protestants] was formed…

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The Strongest Christian is…

The Strongest Christian is…

By Dr. David Anderson [Pastor David is my Senior Pastor at Bridgeway Community Church, Columbia, MD]

 

The strongest Christian is the one who is mature enough to accept those who are weaker. According to Romans 14 the believers who have a difficult time eating certain foods due to spiritual or ceremonial concerns were seen by the Apostle Paul as “weaker”. Those who were not liberated to worship on particular days or had a problem with special holy days were also seen as “weaker”.

Whatever the case, whether eating, drinking, celebrating special holidays or a myriad of other disputable matters among believers, the call to unity could not be more clear then when Paul said, “Accept him whose faith is weak without passing judgment on disputable matters.” (Romans 14:1)

We are commanded to accept others without three prevailing attitudes.

First, accept others without casting judgment. (Romans 14:1) In Romans 14:3 Paul teaches that we must not “look down“ on others. That means, secondly, we are to accept others without criticizing them with contempt. And third, he goes on to say that we must not “condemn” others who have a different perspective on a matter as well. (Romans 14:3b) His reasoning is that “God has accepted him.” (Romans 12:3c)

Therefore, if God accepts someone else who holds a different view than I do on matters of conscience, matters of preference and matters of conviction, then surely I must do same. In fact, accepting others without judging them is a demonstration of spiritual maturity. The burden of unity falls on the one who is more spiritually mature. This means that the one who is less mature may not strive for unity or peace, but will work to divide, not even thinking about how divisive he or she is being.

We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.” (Romans 15:1)  This is a tall order for the stronger believer! So let me ask you, how strong in the Lord are you?

If you want to test your spiritual maturity, try a different and less traditional test that doesn’t focus on how many hours you have studied the scriptures or prayed to God. Let’s not test your maturity by how much you serve or give. All of these things can be measures of our maturity, but the test below is seldom added into the mix. Let’s measure ourselves by the judgment/acceptance test.

 

  1. Do I pass judgment on other people because of their theological views by talking behind their backs or speaking about them negatively on social media?

 

  1. Do I criticize how others do ministry because it doesn’t fit my preference?

 

  1. If God has accepted a certain group of people, then why am I having such a hard time accepting them as He does?

 

  1. Is my Christianity about pleasing others to build them up (Romans 15:2) or pleasing myself to build me up? (Romans 15:1)

 

  1. Am I more concerned about promoting my preference and opinion than seeking peace, mutual edification, endurance, encouragement and hope? (Romans 14:19; 15:4-5, 15:13)

Sometimes it seems like the strongest Christians are the ones who are the loudest, proudest, and most vocal. But from these passages it seems to me that the strongest Christians are the ones who actually seek a spirit of unity, build bridges of peace, and tend to offer words that encourage others for their good. To me I am discovering that the strongest Christians are the ones who judge less, seek peace more, extend hope, and accept others because they themselves have been accepted by God.

At the end of the book of Romans, we are reminded and urged by Paul to “watch out for those who cause divisions” and even to “keep away from them.” (Romans 16:17) Maybe Paul knew that negativity is contagious and we might catch a critical spirit from others who cause divisions. He says that such people are “not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites.” (Romans 16:18)

We don’t need to worry about those who cause divisions. We simply need to be aware of them and wise in how we interact with them. The bottom line is that our ultimate unity is found in Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. The ultimate divider, Satan, seeks to kill, steal, and destroy. In the end, however, “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under his feet.” (Romans 16:20) Notice how Paul describes God? The God of peace.

Where will God crush Satan? Under his feet. When we stand in the armor of God we stand on what? The gospel “shoes of peace” (Ephesians 6:15) In other words, as God’s children we are to walk in peace with the Prince of peace, doing our best to keep the peace (Romans 14:19; Ephesians 4:3) without dividing over disputable matters of conscience.

Therefore, ask God to strengthen you by helping you accept others and leave the judging to Him. (Romans 14:12)

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God of Second Chances…

I’m so grateful that God offers “do overs”… Or, second chances…

We see so many examples in the Bible – such as Peter after his three denials; or, how about Paul after persecuting Christians; or, Moses, after fleeing as a murderer; or, David, after committing adultery and having a man left out to hang and be killed.

I can add myself to that list, how about you?  I’m in a second chance marriage, a second chance ministry, and also, a second chance athletic endeavor.

16 months ago, I broke my leg and had surgery – on a tennis court.  And, just this weekend, I competed in the USTA 55+ Sectionals in Norfolk, VA – winning all 4 of my matches.  A second chance comeback.  Something that makes me say, “Thank you Lord, for grace…”

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The Priorities of Jesus

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Just Jesus is our 2017 summer series…

  • Power of Jesus
  • Prayers of Jesus
  • Problems of Jesus
  • Priorities of Jesus – 7/16/2017

 

Robust Subject – Who He Is…. What He Did…. How He Lived…

 

Infinite God man, YES [John 1:1,14]; John 1:1,14 (NIV84)

1      In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

 

Savior, YES….1 John 4:14

“We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.”

Matthew 1:21 “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

We could talk about either of these: Who He Is… What He Did… But also: How He Lived…

But, there is more – He is our example… 1 John 2:6.

 

Jesus is the infinite God man, YES!  Jesus is Savior, YES!  And, in addition, Jesus is our great example of how to live life.  Let us learn of Him, who modeled and taught us how to live. 

WWJD?  Who here claims to live in Him?

Let us learn what it means to “walk as Jesus did” because we read in 1 John 2:6 “Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.”

1 John 2:6 (NIV84) “Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.”

 

 

Today’s focus – PRIORITIES = “the thing that you think is most important and that needs attention before anything else”

 

Intro… Your priorities? Show me checkbook n calendar…

  • Checkbook – where treasure is, your heart will follow… Own stuff, then stuff owns you – your time, your treasure… [Kayaks – compelled to use them…]  Hoard stuff vs. share it. Ben – write in Family Bible… “we use things and love people, we don’t love stuff and use people”

Matthew 6:19–21 (NIV) 19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

 

  • Calendar – Governed by your priorities – if you don’t control it, others will… Schedule your priorities. In College, advisor – no time for quiet time.  Advisor at College – too busy for quiet time… you’ll give your time to what is important to you.  Urgent / Important [unfelt need] “apart from me, you can do nothing…”

Just not enough time in a day for everything, must choose!

 

Will of Father, Glorify God, Enjoy Him Forever…  Westminster Shorter Catechism

“What is the chief end of man? A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God,[1] and to enjoy him forever.”

Mega Rock?

When we seek to be an authentic representation of Jesus, we glorify God –  Hebrews 1:3 (NIV84) “ The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”

John 17:4 (NIV)  I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.

 

In John 7, Jesus, by His own admission, came to earth “seeking the glory of the One who sent Him “.

 

.. world needs less of me.  More of Christ in me

Christ in me… Jeremy Camp.

So come and empty me
So that it’s you I breathe
I want my life to be
Only Christ in me

So Long Self, Mercy Me

Believe it or not but life is not apparently
About me anyways
But I have met the One who really is worthy
So let me say

So long, self

Well, it’s been fun, but I have found somebody else
So long, self
There’s just no room for two
So you are gonna have to move
So long, self

 

Now, let’s transition from our “chief end” to how we live out our “chief end” by way of priorities – the things we give our time, passion, energy, resources to…  Options: Work, Family, God, Friends, Recreation, Learning, Health, Money, Career, Hobbies…

Big Rocks… focus on your Big Rocks first – major on majors, minor on minors.

What is your besetting sin from Hebrews mine was Athletics [testimony re Tennis as God] and Possessions. Ben writing in the Family Bible. We don’t use people and love things but instead we love people and use things.

 

7/16, Priorities of Jesus.   Luke 6:12-19 Up, In, Out

God’s Goal for you?  Phil 1:6, Rom 8:28,29

Philippians 1:6 (NLT)  And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

Big Idea of Romans 8:28,29 is that “God is working in all things that we would be conformed to the likeness of his Son”

Means  of Growth… Word, Spirit (experience God), People, Circumstances/Trials.

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Living in Relationship – IN John 13:1–20

  • John 13
  • Commit to Others – “Better Together” Who is in your top 3? Thank them… “Doing life with you makes me better, makes my life richer, thanks”
  • Cover Others –
  • Serve Others – Mark 10:45 Did not come to be served by to serve, give life as ransom… Never more like Jesus than when you’re serving others. Focus of Jesus’ at last supper? Not betrayal and denial… Service and Prayer for…

 

Ask for a Towel, not a Title… Luke 22 “Greatest argument at table”

Mark 14:13 sent 2 ahead to prepare…

John 13:1–5 (NIV84) 1 It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. 2 The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

What if I were there… A doubter like Thomas?  A denier like Peter? A betrayer like Judas?

Who is the back stabbing person who acts like they don’t even know me that needs a foot washing?  That God is calling me to Cover them, Serve them?

friends cause problems but worth it.

 

    • Influence via Relationship – Impress from afar, Impact up close…

 

    • Better Together – Eccl 4, 50+ OA commands

 

Ecclesiastes 4:9–12 (NIV)

Two are better than one,

because they have a good return for their labor:

10 If either of them falls down,

one can help the other up.

But pity anyone who falls

and has no one to help them up.

11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.

But how can one keep warm alone?

12 Though one may be overpowered,

two can defend themselves.

A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

 

Right on my calendar, Ministry is people. People matter people count God loves people Matt r 18

Matthew 22:36–39 (NIV)

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

A Call to Covering :  ‘One Another’ Imperatives [50+, Love One Another is greatest… Matt. 22. Jesus’ was about Loving God and thus Others…]  Matthew 22:36–39 (NIV)36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

 

Love, BCC mission… Evangelistic Implications. More of Him, less of us. John 17:23 “…that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”

Forgive – Ephesians 4:32 (NIV84)”Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

Bear With – Ephesians 4:2 (NIV84)”Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”

Bear Burdens – Galatians 6:1–2 (NIV84)” Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

= Pick up, Bear, Carry, Share, Support…

*Covering Others [forgive = see verses for Life Jesus study]

Bible Words Translated “Cover”

  • Hebrew – haksh = to forgive.

Ps 85:2 “You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins.”

Prov 17:9 “He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.”

  • Greek – epikalyptō = to forgive.

Rom 4:7 “Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.”

*Serving Others – Who is the backstabbing betrayer I need to wash feet? Mark 10:45

Leaning on God – UP Matthew 26:30, 36–46 Garden of Gethsemane.  Desperately Dependent or Independently Desperate.  Apart from Me, Nothing!

  • Matthew 26
  • Go to God – Keep praying… 3 times. Where do you go when life gets tough? Pain in Vain?

James 1:2–5 (NIV84)

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

  • Be Honest
  • Surrender to His will

 

Matthew 26:36–46 (NIV84) 36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him [BOB… 12/3(garden, transfiguration)], and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” 40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter.  41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” 42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” 43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time [Luke 18 – The Parable of the Persistent Widow], saying the same thing. 45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise, let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

What if I were there…

Psalm 18:2 “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

Psalm 62:5–8 (NIV)

5 Yes, my soul, find rest in God;

my hope comes from him.

6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation;

he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.

7 My salvation and my honor depend on God;

he is my mighty rock, my refuge.

8 Trust in him at all times, you people;

pour out your hearts to him,

for God is our refuge.

1 Peter 5:7  (KJV)  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Luke 6 Jesus UP IN OUT… Luke 6:12 (NIV) One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.

 

Matthew 3:13-17

  • Trinity Present

 

Preparation –  Jesus Grew! Luke 2:52 “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.”

Leading for Legacy – OUT Matthew 28:18-20.

  • Matthew 28
  • Have a Mission
  • Invite Others
  • Stay with Them

 

Leave a Legacy, Invest in something bigger than you, that will outlive you… All believers are called to a greater mission… Rom 1:7  What makes life worth living?  Makes it fulfilling?  Love and Calling [Relationship {God, Others} AND Purpose]

Matthew 28:18–20 (NIV84)  18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

What if I were there…

 

 

mathēteuō: vb.; ≡ Str 3100; TDNT 4.461—1. LN 36.31 follow, be a disciple, be a committed student (Mt 27:57; Ac 14:21+); 2. LN 36.37 make followers

Give away yourself – learning, experiences. Make Disciples, who Make Disciples – mature things reproduce!

2 Timothy 2:2 “and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.”

God is writing a Story, and it is your life… 2 Corinthians 1:3–4 (NIV)  3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

 

 

Control Calendar, Set reminders [tennis balls], develop a strategy… Admit Growth Area, Ask for Help, Choose Wisely…

 

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