Aug 12, 2018
Our House: The Closet – Chris Payne
Series: Our House
John 4: 7-30 MSG
A woman, a Samaritan, came to draw water. Jesus said, “Would you give me a drink of water?” (His disciples had gone to the village to buy food for lunch.) The Samaritan woman, taken aback, asked, “How come you, a Jew, are asking me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?” (Jews in those days wouldn’t be caught dead talking to Samaritans.)

Jesus answered, “If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water.” The woman said, “Sir, you don’t even have a bucket to draw with, and this well is deep. So how are you going to get this ‘living water’? Are you a better man than our ancestor Jacob, who dug this well and drank from it, he and his sons and livestock, and passed it down to us?”
Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst – not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.”
 
The woman said, “Sir, give me this water so I won’t ever get thirsty, won’t have to come back to this well again!”
 
He said, “Go call your husband and then come back.” “I have no husband,” she said. “That’s nicely put: ‘I have no husband’. You’ve had five husbands, and the man you’re living with isn’t even your husband. You spoke the truth there, sure enough.”
 
“Oh, you’re a prophet! Well, tell me this: Our ancestors worshiped God at this mountain, but you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place worship, right?” “Believe me, woman, the time is coming when you Samaritans will worship the Father neither here at this mountain nor there in Jerusalem. You worship guessing in the dark; we Jews worship in the clear light of day. God’s way of salvation is made available through the Jews.
But the time is coming – it has, in fact, come- when what you’re called will not matter and where you go to worship will not matter. “It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship.”
 
“God is sheer being itself – Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.”
 
“The woman said, “I don’t know about that. I do know that the Messiah is coming. When he arrives, we’ll get the whole story.” “I am he,” said Jesus. “You don’t have to wait any longer or look any further.”

Just then his disciples came back. They were shocked. They couldn’t believe he was talking with that kind of a woman. No one said what they were all thinking, but their faces showed it. The woman took the hint and left. IN her confusion she left her water pot. Back in the village she told the people, “Come see a man who knew all about the things I did, who knows me inside and out. Do you think this could be the Messiah?” And they went out to see for themselves.
 
Matthew 6:14. NIV For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
 
I am the Creator and you are my creation. I breathed into your nostrils the breath of life (Genesis 2:7) I created you in my own image (Genesis 1:27) My eyes saw your unformed substance (Psalm 139:16). I knit you together in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13). I know the number of hairs on your head, and before a word is on your tongue I know it (Matthew 10:30, Psalm 139:4) You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).
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  • Aug 12, 2018Our House: The Closet – Chris Payne
    Aug 12, 2018
    Our House: The Closet – Chris Payne
    Series: Our House
    John 4: 7-30 MSG
    A woman, a Samaritan, came to draw water. Jesus said, “Would you give me a drink of water?” (His disciples had gone to the village to buy food for lunch.) The Samaritan woman, taken aback, asked, “How come you, a Jew, are asking me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?” (Jews in those days wouldn’t be caught dead talking to Samaritans.)

    Jesus answered, “If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water.” The woman said, “Sir, you don’t even have a bucket to draw with, and this well is deep. So how are you going to get this ‘living water’? Are you a better man than our ancestor Jacob, who dug this well and drank from it, he and his sons and livestock, and passed it down to us?”
    Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst – not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.”
     
    The woman said, “Sir, give me this water so I won’t ever get thirsty, won’t have to come back to this well again!”
     
    He said, “Go call your husband and then come back.” “I have no husband,” she said. “That’s nicely put: ‘I have no husband’. You’ve had five husbands, and the man you’re living with isn’t even your husband. You spoke the truth there, sure enough.”
     
    “Oh, you’re a prophet! Well, tell me this: Our ancestors worshiped God at this mountain, but you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place worship, right?” “Believe me, woman, the time is coming when you Samaritans will worship the Father neither here at this mountain nor there in Jerusalem. You worship guessing in the dark; we Jews worship in the clear light of day. God’s way of salvation is made available through the Jews.
    But the time is coming – it has, in fact, come- when what you’re called will not matter and where you go to worship will not matter. “It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship.”
     
    “God is sheer being itself – Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.”
     
    “The woman said, “I don’t know about that. I do know that the Messiah is coming. When he arrives, we’ll get the whole story.” “I am he,” said Jesus. “You don’t have to wait any longer or look any further.”

    Just then his disciples came back. They were shocked. They couldn’t believe he was talking with that kind of a woman. No one said what they were all thinking, but their faces showed it. The woman took the hint and left. IN her confusion she left her water pot. Back in the village she told the people, “Come see a man who knew all about the things I did, who knows me inside and out. Do you think this could be the Messiah?” And they went out to see for themselves.
     
    Matthew 6:14. NIV For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
     
    I am the Creator and you are my creation. I breathed into your nostrils the breath of life (Genesis 2:7) I created you in my own image (Genesis 1:27) My eyes saw your unformed substance (Psalm 139:16). I knit you together in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13). I know the number of hairs on your head, and before a word is on your tongue I know it (Matthew 10:30, Psalm 139:4) You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).
  • Aug 5, 2018Our House: The Garage – Chad Ulrich
    Aug 5, 2018
    Our House: The Garage – Chad Ulrich
    Series: Our House
    Our House: The Garage
    Ecc. 2:1-11, Col. 3:23, Mark 2:23-28
    Series main idea: Renovating the spaces in our lives to build beautiful relationships
    Message idea: Renovating our hiding places to allow community to grow us
    When you leave the garage, are you more or less Christ like?
     
    1) Our garage is the place we run to, order to hide from the things we don’t want to deal with. Ecc. 2:1-11
    a.  Examples
    b.  What causes us to run
         i.  Pride
         ii.  Fear
         iii.  Laziness
         iv.  Rebellion
    c.  Consequences
         i.  Disconnects us from God
         ii.  Disconnects us from others
     
    2)  How do we Sabbath well?
    a.  We need to work well by taking care of the responsibilities that God has given us Col. 3:23
         i.  Our faith
         ii.  Our relationships
         iii.  Our jobs
    b.  We understand our Sabbath/garage time prepares us for our work. Mark 2:23-28
         i.  Jesus is Lord of the work day
         ii.  Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath
         iii.  Jesus was our example by abiding, not unplugging
    c.  Sabbath should lead us to greater community
         i.  The two greatest commandments
              1.  Love God
              2.  Love others
         ii.  Are you more Christ like?
  • Jul 29, 2018Our House: The Bedroom – Chris & Jenny Payne
    Jul 29, 2018
    Our House: The Bedroom – Chris & Jenny Payne
    Series: Our House
    Serving your spouse makes you the best you.
     
    Mark 10:45 - For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
     
    Song of Solomon 4:3-4: Your lips are like a scarlet ribbon; your mouth is lovely. Your temples behind your veil are like the halves of a pomegranate. Your neck is like the tower of David, built with courses of stone; on it hang a thousand shields, all of them shields of warriors.
     
    Shalom - Wholeness, completeness, fullness and harmony.
     
    God's vision for sex in our lives is that it would contribute to our wholeness.
     
    Complete love is defined in 1 Corinthians 13.
     
    I Corinthians 13:4-7 - Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
     
    The focus moves from my needs to the promise I made.
    1. My needs don't need to be fulfilled for me to be satisfied
    2. I don't have to feel love from my spouse to give love to my spouse.
     
    God designed the sexual experience to be amazing and desirable.
    Ephesians 5: 21-35 -
    Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
    Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
    Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
    In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
     
    Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
     
    Romans 12:1-2 - Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
  • Jul 22, 2018Our House: The Kids Room – Forum
    Jul 22, 2018
    Our House: The Kids Room – Forum
    Series: Our House
    Here's the link to the service video:
    https://www.meridix.com/event/136968
     
  • Jul 15, 2018Our House: The Yard – Andy Rodriguez
    Jul 15, 2018
    Our House: The Yard – Andy Rodriguez
    Series: Our House
    Andy Rodriguez from Mustard Seed Ministry in Japan brings the message this morning. 
     
    The link for the video recording of Saturday service:
    https://www.meridix.com/event/136730
     
     
  • Jul 8, 2018Our House: The Dining Room – Chris Payne
    Jul 8, 2018
    Our House: The Dining Room – Chris Payne
    Series: Our House
    The link to the service video:  https://www.meridix.com/event/136596
  • Jul 1, 2018Our House: Renovating the Front Door – Chad Ulrich
    Jul 1, 2018
    Our House: Renovating the Front Door – Chad Ulrich
    Series: Our House
    The link to the video recording of June, 30th, Saturday evening service:
    https://www.meridix.com/event/136381