Jan 6, 2019
1-6-2019 All Things New #1: God For Us – Brian Wilson
God's posture is FOR us.
 
It changes us when we know someone is FOR us.
 
Luke 15:1-2  Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus.  But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” People who were nothing like Jesus liked Jesus.
Luke 15:11-12 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons.  The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.”
 
I. The lostness of the younger brother
 
Luke 15:13-17 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.  After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.  So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.  “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!  I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.  I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’
 
II. The heart of the Father
 
Luke 15:20-24 So he got up and went to his father.“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.  “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.  Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate.  For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
 
III. The response of the older brother
 
Luke 15:25-32 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing.  So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on.  ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’  “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends.  But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!“  ‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ ”
 
Application: Ask God to help you reflect his heart to those around you this week.
 
God's posture is FOR us.
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  • Jan 6, 20191-6-2019 All Things New #1: God For Us – Brian Wilson
    Jan 6, 2019
    1-6-2019 All Things New #1: God For Us – Brian Wilson
    God's posture is FOR us.
     
    It changes us when we know someone is FOR us.
     
    Luke 15:1-2  Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus.  But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” People who were nothing like Jesus liked Jesus.
    Luke 15:11-12 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons.  The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.”
     
    I. The lostness of the younger brother
     
    Luke 15:13-17 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.  After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.  So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.  “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!  I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.  I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’
     
    II. The heart of the Father
     
    Luke 15:20-24 So he got up and went to his father.“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.  “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.  Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate.  For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
     
    III. The response of the older brother
     
    Luke 15:25-32 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing.  So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on.  ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’  “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends.  But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!“  ‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ ”
     
    Application: Ask God to help you reflect his heart to those around you this week.
     
    God's posture is FOR us.
  • Dec 30, 2018The Presents/Presence of God #6 – Opening the Gift – Chris Payne
    Dec 30, 2018
    The Presents/Presence of God #6 – Opening the Gift – Chris Payne
    Mark 7: 31-35. Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis. There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk and they begged Jesus to place his hand on him. After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, Ephphatha, which means, “Be opened!” At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly. What we do with the gift determines it's value in our lives. Ephesians 2:4-10. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
    Make 2019 the year that you take your next steps toward Jesus.
  • Dec 24, 2018The Presents/Presence of God #5 – God With Us – Chad Ulrich
    Dec 24, 2018
    The Presents/Presence of God #5 – God With Us – Chad Ulrich
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  • Dec 23, 2018The Presents/Presence of God #4 – The Outsiders – Chad Ulrich
    Dec 23, 2018
    The Presents/Presence of God #4 – The Outsiders – Chad Ulrich
    The Presence of God Wise Men: The Outsiders Matthew 2:1-12, Series idea: God’s presence in our lives is the greatest present in our lives. Message Idea: God’s presence is for all who seek His face.
    1. 1)  The outsiders are the ones seeking God (Matthew 2:1-12)
      1. Wise Men
      2. Chief priests and teachers of the law
    2. 2)  The outside became the insiders. (Isaiah 56:1-11)
      1. We become insiders in Christ
      2. WARNING!! 2nd Generation cultural Christianity
    3. 3)  What is your desire
    a. God doesn’t long turn away those who earnestly seek him. The question is; “Do you want to find him
  • Dec 16, 2018The Presents/Presence of God #3 – The Outcasts – Chris Payne
    Dec 16, 2018
    The Presents/Presence of God #3 – The Outcasts – Chris Payne
    Luke 2:8:20
     
    Matthew 19:13-15
     
    Mark 2:13-17
  • Dec 9, 2018The Presents/Presence of God #2 – The Unlikely – Chris Payne
    Dec 9, 2018
    The Presents/Presence of God #2 – The Unlikely – Chris Payne
    Luke 2:26-37 John 4:28-30
    Mark 16:1-8
    Mark 16:9-11
    Theotokos = theos + tokos = God Bringer
    Luke 1: 38
  • Dec 2, 2018The Presents/Presence of God #1 – The Privileged – Chad Ulrich
    Dec 2, 2018
    The Presents/Presence of God #1 – The Privileged – Chad Ulrich
     
  • Nov 25, 2018This is How We Do it #5 – Give Thanks – Chad Ulrich
    Nov 25, 2018
    This is How We Do it #5 – Give Thanks – Chad Ulrich
    This Is How We Do It Thanksgiving
    Philippians 4:4-13
    Series Idea: Through all the ways we worship God, He makes himself known, the gospel is re-presented, our identification is found and we are sent on mission.
    Message Idea: Worship doesn’t exist without gratitude. Rejoice in the Lord [Phl 4:4-7 NIV] 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
     
     
    Think good thoughts [Phl 4:8-9 NIV] 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me--put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
     
     
    Be content [Phl 4:10-12 NIV] 10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
     
     
    Give God the glory [Phl 4:13 NIV] 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
  • Nov 18, 2018This Is How We Do It #4 – Serve – Richard Crockett
    Nov 18, 2018
    This Is How We Do It #4 – Serve – Richard Crockett
    Big Idea: Followers of Jesus make a difference by SERVING.
     
    What Jesus taught us about this meal is so important… -Only miracle in all four Gospels. -Matthew 14:13-21 -Luke 9:10-17 -Mark 6:30-44 -John 6:1-15
    - Luke 9:10-17 (NIV)
     
    When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida, but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing. Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.” He replied, “You give them something to eat.” They answered, “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.”  (About five thousand men were there.) But he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” The disciples did so, and everyone sat down. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.
     
    1. When Jesus want to solve a problem, HE SENDS A SERVANT.
    -Mark 6:34 - When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
    -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.” -Richard Foster – There’s a difference between choosing TO SERVE and choosing to be A SERVANT. When I choose to serve, I retain control about who I serve, and when I serve, and when I serve, and how I serve. But when I choose to be a servant, I have given up all rights and controls.
     
    2. When you agree to serve with Jesus, He will provide.
    -As a Christ follower, you get to make a difference in this world through serving… particularly in serving the NEXT GENERATION like the child in this story.
    -If you don’t serve – you should not expect that you will ever experience the joy, peace, sense of purpose and significance that comes when you make a difference…which is NORMAL for people who serve.
    -A lot of people never serve with the gifts God has given them because of fear.
    -Courage to serve is not the absence of fear, it is the absence of self.
     
    3. When we choose to serve…Jesus make an IMPACT through us.
    I = IDENTIFY your gift. M = MAKE a commitment to use it! P = PRACTICE to optimize your gift. A = ASK for feedback. C = CONSIDER the opportunities T = TEAM up with other people
     
    -If Jesus were here today, He would say: YOU serve, and we will make a difference.
  • Nov 11, 2018This is How We Do It #3 – Tithes and Offerings – Chris Payne
    Nov 11, 2018
    This is How We Do It #3 – Tithes and Offerings – Chris Payne