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Sunday, January 31, 2016

"Battle Plan: Engage" by Sergio Arguello



Battle Plan: Engage


Engage: (verb—action word) To become involved, to join in, to latch on, to hitch, to get on a track or path and stick to it; to commit to do something.

God wants us and expects us as His people to be fully engaged with Him and this kingdom life He has called us to (in prayer and holiness).

1 Timothy 2:1-10 
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles.
Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing. I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, 10 but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.

There’s a battle we need to engage in, but let the enemy not be us, be on the right side of the battle

Luke 6:41-42
41 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

He doesn’t want us to be arm chair quarterbacks, but to be in the ball game!  To quit criticizing those fully engaged and get in the game!!  Be an inspiring force.


1.  God’s Chosen


Genesis 18:18-19
18 Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him.[a] 19 For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”
·     God chose Abraham and had a plan for him to become great
·     Abraham’s path was laid out by God
·     God’s path for Abraham included many blessings and promises along the way (as well as sacrifice and pain—garden of Gethsemane—humble surrender in prayer)—Kingdom attitude
·     Abraham had to engage as God’s chosen by keeping the way of the Lord, doing what is right and just, directing his children and his household.

·     The promises of God were contingent upon Abraham engaging in and embracing his chosen status
·     How does this apply to us?

2 Chronicles 16:9a
For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”
·     God is looking for His chosen people to be fully committed to Him
·     
The humble (posture of prayer / surrender)
·     Those are the ones He strengthens
·     He wants us to be those people, He chose us to be those people
·     Our families and our kids need us to raise up and lead (from our knees)
·     The world needs for us to be great examples


John 12:23-26
23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

·     It takes dying to self and our sinful desires (dying to self / humility--produces fruit.  We can get so caught up in our life, loving our life and caught up in our own thing that we have no time to die to self let alone live a whole life devoted to Christ, devoted in prayer and humble servitude.
·     Email to singles I wrote this week about relationships and poorly attended events
·     Humble surrender to the kingdom life

2.  Sin Grieves
·     God
·     People

Genesis 18:20-22
20 Then the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous 21 that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.”
22 The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the Lord.[b]

·     Think about the damage that sin has caused in your life (your own sin and the sin of others)
·     Think of how much sin hurts God (He gave His son so we can have a relationship with Him)
·     Rebelliousness is the biggest cause of sin—mankind wants to do what they want to do

Matthew 23:37-39
37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. 38 Look, your house is left to you desolate. 39 For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’[a]”

·     God longs to have a relationship with all of us
·     Most people are not willing
·     Man is not inherently good, but evil

Genesis 6:5
The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.

3.  Boldly Speaking To The Lord



Proverbs 28:1
The wicked flee though no one pursues,
    but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.


Genesis 18:23-33
23 Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare[c] the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? 25 Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
26 The Lord said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”
27 Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, 28 what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five people?”
“If I find forty-five there,” he said, “I will not destroy it.”
29 Once again he spoke to him, “What if only forty are found there?”
He said, “For the sake of forty, I will not do it.”
30 Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak. What if only thirty can be found there?”
He answered, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.”
31 Abraham said, “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty can be found there?”
He said, “For the sake of twenty, I will not destroy it.”
32 Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?”
He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.”
33 When the Lord had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home.

·     Abraham had a close walk with God
·     What he was asking fell in the area of God’s will that as many people be saved as possible
·     Not a selfish, but a Godly desire on Abraham’s part

Psalm 34:15-19
15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
    and his ears are attentive to their cry;
16 but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
    to blot out their name from the earth.
17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
    he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
19 The righteous person may have many troubles,

    but the Lord delivers him from them all;

Sunday, January 24, 2016

"Impossible Mission Force" by Mike Rock






Impossible Mission Force


Matthew 28:16-20 (NIV)
16  Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17  When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 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."

1.             Desperate Mission.

Matthew 9:35-38 (NIV)
35  Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36  When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37  Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."

Matthew 23:37-39 (NIV)
37  "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. 38  Look, your house is left to you desolate. 39  For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'"

2.             Impossible Mission.

Matthew 4:1-17 (NIV)
1  Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2  After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3  The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread." 4  Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" 5  Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6  "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down. For it is written: "'He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'" 7  Jesus answered him, "It is also written: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'" 8  Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9  "All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me." 10  Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'" 11  Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. 12  When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he returned to Galilee. 13  Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali-- 14  to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah: 15  "Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, along the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles-- 16  the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned." 17  From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near."



Matthew 17:14-20 (NIV)
14  When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. 15  "Lord, have mercy on my son," he said. "He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16  I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him." 17  "O unbelieving and perverse generation," Jesus replied, "how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me." 18  Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that moment.
19  Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, "Why couldn't we drive it out?" 20  He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.

3.             Final Mission.

Matthew 26:10-13 (NIV)
10  Aware of this, Jesus said to them, "Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 11  The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. 12  When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 13  I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her."

Matthew 26:36-39 (NIV)
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, 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."

John 17:1-5 (NIV)
1  After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: "Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2  For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3  Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4  I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. 5  And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

John 17:20-23 (NIV)
20  "My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21  that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22  I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: 23  I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

John 21:15-17 (NIV)
15  When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?" "Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my lambs." 16  Again Jesus said, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me?" He answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Take care of my sheep." 17  The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my sheep.