RESULTS OF CHANNEL SURFING

I. WHAT IS / HOW SHOULD WE WORSHIP?

A QUICK LOOK AT UZZIAH

    • He was king for fifty-two years.
    • He was a military genius.
    • He was a great builder.
    • He was a beloved leader.

    • Louis St. Laurent
    • John Diefenbaker
    • Lester B. Pearson
    • Pierre Trudeau
    • Joe Clark
    • Pierre Trudeau (2nd time)
    • John N. Turner
    • Brian Mulroney
    • Kim Campbell
    • Jean Chretien
    • Paul Martin
    • Cam Dailly

 

1.  Authentic worship is our first response when our “Uzziah’s” die.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

What do you do when your Uzziah dies?
Where do you look when the bottom falls out of your world?

2.  Authentic worship helps us see God.

3.  Authentic worship honours God’s ‘holiness.”

Isaiah 6:2-4

4.  Authentic worship sets aside all distractions.

5.  Authentic worship is costly.

6.  Authentic worship is never casual or half-hearted.

7.  Authentic worship is both communal and personal.

 

Holy Holy Holy

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and Mighty
God in three persons, Blessed Trinity

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea
Cherubim and Seraphim falling down before Thee,
Which wert and art and evermore shalt be

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide Thee
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see
Only Thou art Holy; there is none beside Thee
Perfect in power in love and purity

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy name in earth and sky and sea
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and Mighty
God in three persons, Blessed Trinity

 

II. HOW SHOULD WE SEE OURSELVES?

 

1.  Authentic worship shows us who and how we really are.

Isaiah 6:5-7

 

2.  Authentic worship is painful.

James 4:8-10

Psalm 51:8

1 John 1:8-9

 

III. HOW SHOULD WE RESPOND?

1.  Authentic worship reveals God’s mission / our responsibility.

Isaiah 6:8

2.  Authentic worship moves us to obedient action.

Isaiah 49:6

Isaiah 56:3

Acts 8:26-39

Mark 11:17

 

PERSONAL REFLECTION

How is God calling you to share his love with others?

Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. (Matthew 14:22-24)

The disciples are down on the Sea of Galilee in a storm and in darkness; they are in the place of peril. What a picture this is of our own day. Our Lord has gone on to the Father and is seated at the Father’s right hand. We today are down here on a storm-tossed sea in the place of peril.

unto them, walking on the sea. (v. 25)

The fourth watch is the morning watch, from three in the morning until daylight. This is the time the Lord walked on the sea, going to His disciples. And I think that will be the watch in which He will come for us at the Rapture. Christ is the bright and morning star for the church, and He will take the church out of the world. We don’t know the date of His coming. There are men who would have us believe that they know the time, but they don’t know. However, I believe that we are in the fourth watch of the night.

And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, 

This is the picture: Our Lord is up there on the mountain, and He sees the disciples in the storm, toiling and rowing, as Mark’s record has it. Then He comes to them in the fourth watch. When they see Him, they say, “It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.” Somebody is going to say, “Well, they were superstitious.” Yes, there may have been a certain amount of superstition in them, but what would you think if a man came to you walking on the water? Many years ago over in Tennessee a fellow said, “I didn’t believe in ghosts either until I saw one!” And that is the position of the disciples. They had never seen a spirit before, but they think they are seeing one now! “But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid” (v. 25). Immediately He reassured them that He was no ghost!

And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. (v. 28)

Peter has certainly been criticized for this. They say that he should not have asked to walk on water. Well, I rather admire the man. William Carey said, “Expect great things of God, and attempt great things for God.” Certainly Peter did that! I am afraid that most of us are satisfied with little things from God. Notice that Jesus did not rebuke Peter for asking:

Review

This series is an of our study on parenting and discipleship.

Spiritual parenting and discipleship are a to a focus on the original decree: be fruitful and .

In sum, God wants, lots of them.

One of the things that distinguishes other creatures is how much baby humans require compared to other .

While most baby mammals become in a relatively short period of time, it takes to

This accentuates the need of .

God designed humans in such a way that sustained care from theirmothers and fathers is.

This is no less true about parenting.

Natural parenting is spiritual parenting. A natural parent’s spiritual children just happen to be biologically assigned to them.

In the end, spiritual parenting is really what matters because the bond between a natural child and parent is only . The relationship between a spiritual parent and child is . (John 8:43-44)

Satan children. This is why we must be born again (John 3:3).

This is also why people without children are still responsible for parenting and why the natural and spiritual unit, as prescribed by Scripture, is vital.

The essential necessary to thrive in life natural and spiritually are given to us by our natural and spiritual parents.

This is why we’ve been emphatically addressing patterns of human behavior that exceed the scope of God’s boundaries for activity.

God created these holy to preserve human flourishing and to extend his to his offspring.

Jesus’ account of marriage in Matthew rules out , marriage, adultery and as things that God originally from the beginning.

There were three individuals whose hope was not only deferred,

  1. Mary Magdalene was desperate, 20:1,2. (page 89 in pew Bible) and she helped prepare the body for burial, but they weren’t finished and had to wait until Sabbath was over. So she comes at dawn on that first day to finish the job but His body is gone! Here’s a woman whom Jesus had cast 7 demons out of her. She has come to show her last act of love and
    1. Thomas, Jesus’ disciple doubted- Haven’t there been times when you have doubted? You have doubted yourself. Doubted what others believed. Jesus appeared to the disciples that evening but Thomas wasn’t there.  Thomas is like the Eeyore of the disciples.  When Jesus wanted to go into Jerusalem when they were threatening to kill him, Thomas said, (Slide) “Let us also go, so that we may die with Him.” John 11:12.  Now when they told him that Jesus was alive, he doubts them, John 20:25.
    2. But it’s Peter the disciple who publicly and repeatedly denied the Lord.  Let me ask you a question, “Have you ever lied?”  Of course you have! We’ve all told lies- to our family, to our friends, to others, to ourselves.  We kid ourselves to think that our lies will never catch up with us, but they do. God hears us in our lies.  Peter denied the Lord and it was killing him. (Slide) “Before a rooster crows today, you will deny Me three times.” Luke 22:61.

Introduction

that said it so well, (Slide) “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12. Maybe you

Maybe At School-  

Or on a Trip- Are we there yet? Kids and parents say this! 

Or a Visit- How many more days until your Mother leaves? 

  1. Hope deferred, (Slide) Mahshak- When it is drawn out too long many simply lose hope.Colombian Newspaper,  April 3; 42% of Clark County 12th graders reported feeling sad or hopeless for at least two weeks in the past year, 38% of 10th Hope deferred.
    • in 10th and 12th grades reported they considered suicide in the past year.18% of 8th graders did the same. Hope that is drawn out
    • 16% of 12th graders made a suicide plan this past year, 15% of respondents in 8th and 10th grade made suicide plans. Hope that is stretched and dragged out.
    • 9% of 10th graders attempted suicide in the past year! Hopeless! Suicide was the leading cause of death for Washington teens 15-19 years old in the past year. 
  1. This morning we want to , but maybe this Easter your hope is deferred, drawn out, dragged out, Mashak! It certainly was that first Easter.
    • (The struggles of life lead to hope deferred. The difficulties we face, the disappointments we have, the trials, failures and losses we endure causes us to lose hope, to despair, to want to give up.)

There were three individuals whose hope was not only deferred, their hope was lost.

    • was desperate, 20:1,2. (page 89 in pew Bible) Jesus died on the cross and she helped prepare the body for burial, but they weren’t finished and had to wait until Sabbath was over. So she comes at dawn on that first day to finish the job but His body is gone! Here’s a woman whom Jesus had cast 7 demons out of her. She has come to show her last act of love and now, she believes, someone has snatched His body. Hope deferred, hope lost.
    • , Jesus’ disciple doubted- Haven’t there been times when you have doubted? You have doubted yourself. Doubted what others believed. Jesus appeared to the disciples that evening but Thomas wasn’t there. Thomas is like the Eeyore of the disciples.  When Jesus wanted to go into Jerusalem when they were threatening to kill him, Thomas said, (Slide) “Let us also go, so that we may die with Him.” John 11:12.  Now when they told him that Jesus was alive, he doubts them, John 20:25.
    • But it’s who publicly and repeatedly denied the Lord. Let me ask you a question, “Have you ever lied?”  Of course you have! We’ve all told lies- to our family, to our friends, to others, to ourselves.  We kid ourselves to think that our lies will never catch up with us, but they do. God hears us in our lies.  Peter denied the Lord and it was killing him. (Slide) “Before a rooster crows today, you will deny Me three times.” Luke 22:61. The same thing happens to you when you lie, when you fail, when you choose to do things on your own.

Transition: Do you see?

(Slide) The struggles of life lead to hope deferred. The difficulties you face, the disappointments you have, the trials, the failures and losses you endure causes you to lose hope, to despair, to want to give up.

  1. Maybe you have despaired- Grieving the loss of a friendship, a job, or a loved one. The disappointment of not measuring up, of not being included. When people lose hope, they lose their ability to dream for the future. Despair replaces joy. Fear replaces faith. Insecurity replaces confidence. Tomorrow’s dreams are replaced by nightmares. It’s a lousy way to live. Mary despaired. Have you?
  2. Maybe you have doubted- Many of us live with doubt; we doubt ourselves, we question the motive of our friends, family and others who seek to speak into our lives. Mashak- hope deferred, drawn out, to the point of hopelessness.
  3. Maybe you have denied and lied- We lie to others and we lie to ourselves. We lie to avoid getting in trouble, we lie to look good.  We lie and think that none of it will matter.  But it’s in the quiet moments of our life when we turn off the noise and the lights that our thoughts begin to haunt us. Why did I say that? What’s going to happen now? Who am I?  Peter was in denial and it haunted him.

  1. (Slide) But Easter is about hope realized. Here’s the good news; Jesus came to be our living Hope!
  2. (Slide) When you realize that your Savior lives it turns despair to joy, John 20:16-18.
    1. Mary went from despair to joy. Those times of despair and even hopelessness become the very place where your story becomes part of God’s greater story.
  1. – The loss of a job you thought was God punishing you but it actually set your life in a different direction; a place where your skills, your personality and gifting made this new career a perfect fit. Your best friend moved away but God brought other people in your life that impacted you in ways you would never have known.  The death of a loved one was when you heard that God loves you and sent His Son, Jesus, who died on the cross to pay the penalty for your sins and that if you surrender and believe in Him, you, like your loved one, will have eternal life.
  1. (Slide) When you realize that your Savior lives it turns your doubt to belief.
    1. For a week Thomas is doubting the other disciples, and then on the eighth day, 20:26-29. From doubt to belief. From hesitation to hope, from “I don’t believe you” to “My Lord and My God.”
  1. We all have times of doubt. Doubts are the stepping stones to greater understanding and belief.  Doubts cause us to look at ourselves, to look at life and examine what is true and what is not.  For some of you, you’ve been living with a doubt about Jesus.  – We have a copy of A Case For Easter.  For those who have doubted, make sure you grab a copy on the way out.

Transition

He turns despair into hope, He turns doubt to belief, but what will God do when you fail?

What will happen when your lies are exposed?

  1. (Slide) When you realize that your Savior lives it turns denial into your living hope. (With Builds, below) Peter leaves Jerusalem and heads home to Galilee to go fishing and takes some disciples with him. 21:5-7. Jesus rose from the dead and He shows up, not to condemn but to restore. Peter has fled in shame, Jesus pursue with love. He comes to Peter, blesses Peter with a huge catch of fish and invites Peter to breakfast. Do you see how Jesus is our living hope? He’s our living hope in …
    1. (Slide) That your past can be forgiven. Appl.- The whole message of the Bible is this idea of God wanting to bring about the restoration of relationship with people like you and me. As someone has said, (Slide) “The Bible starts out right, it ends right, but the middle of it is about God at work to make things right.” We are flawed, we are frail, and we all fail. Yet God loves us and sent His Son to make us right with Him. He wants to make wrong things right. He comes to show your past can be forgiven.
  1. (Slide) That your problems can be solved. Jesus is not finished restoring Peter, 21:13,14. They are eating fish but there’s an elephant in the room. Food loses flavor when there is unfinished stuff going on, right? What will Jesus do with failure?  He shows that your past can be forgiven and that your problems can be solved, vs.15. Jesus isn’t rubbing His nose in his failure, He’s helping him see that his failure isn’t final, it’s forgiven.  Notice how he restores Peter publicly and repeatedly so the disciples hear and know what Jesus thinks, vs.16,17. Love Me? Tend (feed) My lambs. Love Me? Shepherd My sheep. Love Me? Tend My sheep.  Peter, who denied, is forgiven and made the leader in establishing God’s church. Appl.- Failure isn’t final, it’s rarely fatal, unless you choose to give up. We’ve all failed, that’s why God sent His Son, to forgive us and set us free from sin so we can have life with Him forever.  He’s our living hope.

Transition:

Your past can be forgiven, your problems can be solved…

  1. (Slide) Your future can be secured, 21:18,19.
    1. Jesus prophecies about Peter’s future. A time of freedom to minister as he pleases, a time when he would be looking and asking others to help him, and a time when he would be taken away by force. Peter will not only be the future leader of the church, where others will help him, but also how he will die. Like Jesus, Peter was arrested and crucified, but according to tradition, Peter requested to be crucified upside down for he didn’t feel himself worthy to be crucified in the same way as the Lord.
  1. And you would think that this would humble Peter and shut him up. But you would be wrong! He now wants to know about John the disciple, “What about Him”? Jesus repeats Himself to make sure Peter gets it, 21:21,22. Follow Jesus! Don’t worry about what God is going to do with John or anyone else, Peter, you follow Me. That’s what Jesus is saying to you today. Appl.- Don’t compare yourself with others, don’t envy them, don’t focus on them but follow Jesus and do what God wants you to do.  Jesus wants to be your Living Hope if you will believe and follow Him.

Conclusion

  1. Each of us has a story worth telling but has your story crossed paths with God’s greater story?
  2. Jesus can be your living hope by turning your sorry to hope, your doubts to belief and your failures to forgiveness. How? By embracing this truth that your Savior lives. I’s as easy as A,B.C.
  3. Refer to the comment cards. The ushers will come in just a moment.  How can we help you?  Want to know more? Committing? Renewing? Baptism? Discovery Class.
  4. As you mark your cards the ushers are coming forward to collect them. Listen to Cindy as she shares her Living Hope story

Review

This series is an of our study on parenting and discipleship.

Spiritual parenting and discipleship are a to a focus on the original decree: be fruitful and .

In sum, God wants, lots of them.

One of the things that distinguishes humans from other creatures is how much baby humans require compared to other .

While most baby mammals become in a relatively short period of time, it takes to parent a human child into an adult.

This accentuates the need of .

God designed humans in such a way that sustained care from theirmothers and fathers is.

This is no less true about parenting.

Natural parenting is spiritual parenting. A natural parent’s spiritual children just happen to be biologically assigned to them.

In the end, spiritual parenting is really what matters because the bond between a natural child and parent is only . The relationship between a spiritual parent and child is . (John 8:43-44)

Satan children. This is why we must be born again (John 3:3).

This is also why people without children are still responsible for parenting and why the natural and spiritual unit, as prescribed by Scripture, is vital.

The essential necessary to thrive in life natural and spiritually are given to us by our natural and spiritual parents.

This is why we’ve been emphatically addressing patterns of human behavior that exceed the scope of God’s boundaries for activity.

God created these holy to preserve human flourishing and to extend his to his offspring.

Jesus’ account of marriage in Matthew rules out , marriage, adultery and as things that God originally from the beginning.

God Raises the Dead

Acts 26:19-27

Introduction

~1mo ago in SS we wtchd DTS Tbl Podcast on Nicene Creed Darrel Bock&Scott Horrell

Nicene Creed written AD325 to affirm Christian belief in trinity, partic deity of JS

Bock sd off handedly, we don’t gv enuf emphasis to role of God the Father in res of JS

JFS Easter/Resurrection Messages from 1991 to 2018 – I have not had one!!!

Today, I would like to look at the role of God the Father in the resurrection of JS

I. Research

A. Banter with Pastor Lucid, survey commentaries,

=> very little on the role of the Father in the resurrection of Jesus Christ

B. So I did a word study, consisting of all the words used w/r to the resurrection

Rise, risen, raise, raised, raising, rose, resurrection, brought up [fm the dead]

II. Results

A. JS died, he was buried in a tomb, rose on the third day 1Co15:1-6

B. JS spoke of His death and rising in all 4gospels: Mt16:21; Mk9:31; Lk9:22; J2:19

C. all 4gospels record resurrection encounters: Mt 28:6; Mk16:8; Lk24:6,7,34; J20:9

D. Jesus and the Holy Spirit are mentioned w/r to Jesus rising from the dead

Jesus – J2:19 and 10:17,18

Holy Spirit – Ro8:11 and 1Pt3:18

I fnd othr vss cited 2spprt JS and the Holy Spirit rol in JS res, bt context not spprt

E. ~38vss state that God the Father raised Jesus from the dead

  • ~26vss, 100%clear – including Ac224 1731 Ro424 1Co614 Ga11 1Pt121 Hb1320
  • 6vss, Nearly Certn, implied by passiv voice – including M16211Co1512Mk1428
  • 6vss, High Probable fm context –including J2114 Ro69 1Co1515 1Pt321

F. Almst all th refrncs in th NT indicat God th Father raised Jesus the Son from the dead

3 passages in the OT note raising the dead is divine prerogative Dt3239 1SM26 2Kn57

III. God the Father Raises Jesus From The Dead In Acts

A. Th gospels have many references but Acts has the most direct refs To Father raise Son

B. Ac 2:24,32 – Peter’s Pentecost sermon

C. Ac3:15,26 – Peter and John healing of lame man in temple and witnessing after

D. Ac13:30,33,34,37 – Paul at Pisidian Antioch, evangelistic sermon

E. Ac 17:31,32 – Paul at Mars Hill evangelistic sermon

F. Ac 26:8, 23 – Paul B4 Agrippa and Festus at Caesarea shortly before P sent to Rome

1. Festus hears P and Jews, P appealed to Caesar 25:11

2. Festus Presents the Case of Paul to Agrippa 25:13-22

3. Festus Explanation to Agrippa and Assembly 25:23-27

4. Paul’s Defense 26:1-23, note ref to God raise the dead v8

5. Festus and Agrippa’s response to Paul’s Defense

Festus – You’re mad, 24-26 1Co 1:23,24

Agrippa – You almost persuade me to become a Christian, 27,28

IV. What Are Some Things That Come With God The Father Raising Jesus from the Dead

A. I have tried to show you there is a major emphasis of God the Father in raising JS

B. Now this is obvious and yet I and many others hv not given this the proper emphasis

C. Let me share a few of th practicl and import implications that come fm this emphasis

1. Assurnc tht in th Day of Jdgmnt, th rghtsness of JS blngs 2blvrs. Ac1731 Ro424

2. We should walk with newness of life, enthusiasm for life with God center not

preoccupied with death and dying. Ro64,8,11-12

3. Hvng bn rsd w Christ, we shld set our minds on hvnly and eternal things Co31,2

4. We shld have a living hope. Hope that comes through in everyday living. 1Pt13

5. The precs blood of th Lamb spilt and raised is th fndn of ur faith&hope 1Pt321

6. We are works of God in progress and we need to do works with God’s will in

mind Hb1320,21

7. U ar not ‘mad’ 2blv in the resurrection. Words of truth and reason Ac26:23-25