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Sunday, August 30, 2015

"The World Was Not Worthy of Them" by Mike Rock

"Straight Outta the Bible" by Sergio Arguello

1.     Menace to Society

Matthew 12:1-14
Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath
At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.”
He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests. Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent? I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’[a] you would not have condemned the innocent. For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, 10 and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus, they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”
11 He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”
13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.

  • ·     The way that the disciples lived and worshipped was contradictory to the religious culture around them.
  • ·     They were considered a menace to society, so much so that the religious leaders of the day sought to kill Jesus
  • ·     We must understand that following Jesus means that we are going to be considered menaces to our society and it’s religious culture.  Let’s make sure we are not trying to fit in to that culture and buying in to the show quality of the Christianity we see advertised.  Let’s make sure our Christianity is straight outta the bible.
  • ·     Remember that many of Jesus’ followers in the first century died at the hands of religious people.
  • ·     If we are truly living as Jesus modeled, we are going to shake things up for the religious majority.

2.     Mi Vida Loca / My Crazy Life

Matthew 12:22-29
Jesus and Beelzebul
22 Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. 23 All the people were astonished and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”
24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.”
25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? 27 And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 28 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
29 “Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house.

  • ·     People had never witnessed the type of miracles Jesus was doing!
  • ·     This was so far out of their realm that it was craziness to them.  They thought Jesus was possessed by demons!
  • ·     They had never truly seen the power of God at work
  • ·     Time I was invited to a charismatic church:  questions about Halloween and people having a drink or speaking in tongues, yet people in the church were living in sin with their boyfriends or girlfriends and having children out of marriage.
  • ·     I was asked to not come back—almost started a riot
  • ·     One of those leaders is now studying to become a disciple (12 years later)—said my studies with him and the love of the disciples involved in his life impacted him and he remembered that throughout all of his time in his troubled marriage.  He’s now divorced, out of the church he was in and seeing his true need for God.  To be a true follower of Jesus.
  • ·     It seemed crazy at the time to live as Jesus had called him to live.  He bought into the lie that living a religious life that is acceptable to others as normal is pleasing to Jesus even though not fully committed.
  • ·     Now he is really ready to live the vida loca.

3.     Mi Familia / My Family

Matthew 12:46-50
Jesus’ Mother and Brothers
46 While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. 47 Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.”
48 He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 49 Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

  • ·     Jesus family were the disciples and those who wanted to do the will of God.  Those who will be his family in heaven.
  • ·     Jesus was willing to leave his blood family outside and stay with the disciples
  • ·     Most of his family would later go on to be disciples.
  • ·     He had to lead the way and not give in to sentimentality and not confuse it with respect.

Luke 14:25-27
The Cost of Being a Disciple
25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

"Faith:The Race for Your Soul" by Sergio Arguello

Hebrews 12:1-3
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

1.     Get in the Race

Hebrews 12:1 
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us
·       Lighten your load!  Let go of all the temporary things that weigh you down, that stuff that hinders you from being in the race.
·       The Christian life is like a race.  You cannot compete if you don’t wear the appropriate gear, or at least you won’t be able to finish
·       You gotta consider if the stuff that hinders your walk is worth giving up or risking your salvation for.  As this scripture points, we can lose heart, we can grow tired, we can lose focus.  Sin is deceitful and takes many people out.

1 Peter 2:11-17
11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. 17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.

·       God has marked out this race for us and determined how it should be run.  The tools he gives us and the instructions are often uncomfortable to us if we look at it to make sense to us from a human perspective.
·       When we decide to trust God and live faithful lives—leaving everything else behind, it frees us up to live unhindered and really run the race and not just pretend to run.
·       We’d like to believe everyone is going to make it to heaven because we live in a society that rewards even the smallest effort.  We don’t keep score in sports, we don’t want our kids to experience losing, we live in a society that gives out trophies for just participating.  We don’t want anyone to miss out, even when it is their own choice to not play by the rules or follow directions.
·       God means business when it comes to sin and salvation.  This means God means business when he says to throw off everything that hinders.
·       You can do it, it is not impossible.  With God’s spirit God has made it possible for us to be saved, but you must make a choice (the world or God)

2.     Listen to Coach: Jesus and Others

Hebrews 12:3
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

·       Look to Jesus, follow His lead, He’s broken ground for us.
·       He suffered because He thought we were worth the suffering.  He loves us that much.
·       No Pain No Gain—He suffered because He knew the reward would be worth it.
·       Surgery on my painful elbow and messed up hand.  I knew it would be worth it.
·       Jesus is with God in heaven urging us to persevere and endure suffering (it’s not unnatural to suffer as a Christian, it’s normal).  It’s actually abnormal to not suffer.  We will reap a great reward if we fix our eyes on Jesus and follow His example.

1 Corinthians 11:1
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.

·       We may have a difficult time or feel like it is impossible to follow Jesus’ example.  I tell you that examples of Christ are everywhere here for you to imitate.
·       None of us are perfect, but we all have different parts of us that are very much like Christ and that we could imitate.  Many of you are super loving, some are extremely generous, some of you are pure hearted, some of you are bold, many of you are gentle, some of you are driven.
·       We have so many people that are great examples of Jesus in different areas, though we all need to grow in areas of weakness.  None of us has it all figured out.  This is why we valued discipling so much.
·       Many resent discipling because often we expect someone to be the reincarnation of Jesus in order for us to respect them spiritually.  Remember you are looking to Jesus not to people only.  Look to those parts of people that are like Jesus and imitate those, learn how to put those into practice in your life.

Isagani (integrity in giving to God what is God’s)

3.     Finish the Race

Joanne Baker and Lanita Johnson

2 Timothy 4:7-8
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

Hebrews 12:3
Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

·      You are going to get opposition from people.  “you are dumb, why are you doing this?  Why are you so committed?  You don’t have to live like that to be saved.  (remember what it is to have true faith)
·      How do I keep from growing weary? 
·      Train and put God’s Word into practice (trust what He said)

1 Corinthians 9:25-27
25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

Matthew 7:21-27
True and False Disciples
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
The Wise and Foolish Builders
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Get in the race
Listen to coach

Finish the race

Sunday, August 2, 2015

"Being Chosen, Free Will, and Faith" by Sergio Arguello

Chosen by God (God calls—He wants you-persistently goes after people—he values you greatly—you are of great worth to God).  We never lose our worth to God.  $20 bill experiment.  God sees our great worth even when we or others see nothing but rubbish.  He has chosen you, he has called you, you are here for a reason and it is not an accident, you are not an accident.  No matter what you are going through, what you’ve gone through or what you’ve done you are of great worth to God.

Personal choice (free will—God gives you a choice to follow or not to follow Him)

Following in faith (means giving up our rights or freedoms and understanding that choosing God will include many inherent blessings but also much suffering and pain which God expects us to embrace—in faith)

Hebrews 11:23-29
23 By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. They saw his great worth)
24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.
29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.

1.      Chosen and Called Out

Exodus 2:11-25
Moses Flees to Midian
11 One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. 12 Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?”
14 The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.”
15 When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well. 16 Now a priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came to draw water and fill the troughs to water their father’s flock. 17 Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue and watered their flock.
18 When the girls returned to Reuel their father, he asked them, “Why have you returned so early today?”
19 They answered, “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds. He even drew water for us and watered the flock.”
20 “And where is he?” Reuel asked his daughters. “Why did you leave him? Invite him to have something to eat.”
21 Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage. 22 Zipporah gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom,[a] saying, “I have become a foreigner in a foreign land.”
23 During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. 24 God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. 25 So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.

·       From early on Moses had a high sense of justice
·       His approach to dealing with this particular situation was sinful.  Committing murder is serious!  Moses had a crazy past!
We all have a past!
·       Moses chose to leave everything behind (perhaps mostly because of his sin and fear of being killed).
·       He was running, yet God was starting to guide him / drive him to Him.
·       It was becoming more obvious that God was shaping his path
·       I’m sure he became disillusioned with life and what people typically go after (comfort and riches)—he saw that it will inevitably cost him his soul.
·       As I look back at my life I can see how God was working in my life even decades before I became a Christian.
·       God was guiding my path and it would become more obvious as I got older that God had chosen me for a special purpose.
·       God had chosen Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.
·       As God has chosen Moses, He has chosen you.
·       Open your eyes and see that God has a purpose for your life.  He has a mission for you.  He has been guiding you all along.

2.      Choosing to Answer the Call

Exodus 3:1-22
Moses and the Burning Bush
Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”
When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
And Moses said, “Here I am.”
“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Then he said, “I am the God of your father,[a] the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you[b] will worship God on this mountain.”
13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”
14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.[c] This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”
15 God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord,[d] the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’
“This is my name forever,
    the name you shall call me
    from generation to generation.
16 “Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt. 17 And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—a land flowing with milk and honey.’
18 “The elders of Israel will listen to you. Then you and the elders are to go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. Let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God.’ 19 But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand compels him. 20 So I will stretch out my hand and strike the Egyptians with all the wonders that I will perform among them. After that, he will let you go.
21 “And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed. 22 Every woman is to ask her neighbor and any woman living in her house for articles of silver and gold and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters. And so you will plunder the Egyptians.”

Exodus 4:1-17
Signs for Moses
Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?”
Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?”
“A staff,” he replied.
The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.”
Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. Then the Lord said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand. “This,” said the Lord, “is so that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has appeared to you.”
Then the Lord said, “Put your hand inside your cloak.” So Moses put his hand into his cloak, and when he took it out, the skin was leprous[a]—it had become as white as snow.
“Now put it back into your cloak,” he said. So Moses put his hand back into his cloak, and when he took it out, it was restored, like the rest of his flesh.
Then the Lord said, “If they do not believe you or pay attention to the first sign, they may believe the second. But if they do not believe these two signs or listen to you, take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground. The water you take from the river will become blood on the ground.”
10 Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”
11 The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
13 But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”
14 Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you. 15 You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. 16 He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him. 17 But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it.”