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“Bleep of Faith” Week 1 Sermon

Bleep of FaithThis week we began a new series about the danger of censoring out the power of our faith in Christ.  The unbelieving society will naturally censor out the name of Jesus.  As Christians we need to be careful to not do the same.

You can click RIGHT HERE to watch the video.

Here are my sermon notes for anyone who wants to follow along…

Censorship is the suppression of speech, public communication or other information which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, politically incorrect or inconvenient as determined by governments, media outlets, authorities or other groups or institutions.  (Wikipedia)

Sometimes it works great and is necessary … It protects us from nastiness

Other times they blow it and it can make things funny

Censorship can be dangerous when it comes to limiting the ability of People to make their own choices and decisions

We see it almost every day in our society when it comes to our Christianity

The subtext of our faith gets censored out by the world

This has been going on since the beginning of mankind

Look at what Paul said to the Church of Corinth more than 2000 years ago…

2 Corinthians 2 : 15  Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God.  But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing. 16  To those who are perishing, we are a dreadful smell of death and doom.  But to those who are being saved, we are a life-giving perfume.  And who is adequate for such a task as this?

Throughout history one phrase has caused more distention than any other

“You need Jesus” 

No one is good enough to earn salvation without Jesus

Nothing seems to separate people like the name of Jesus…

Not the Duke / UNC Rivalry, Not the debate of Coke of Pepsi

***Not even the arguments over the color of this dress***

This is the Foundational offensive truth of the Gospel … Without Jesus we are separated from God and All forms of Spiritual Growth

This is the same offense that has been taken place for thousands of years…

1 Corinthians 1 : 18  The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction!  But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. 19  As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.”  20  So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters?  God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish. 21  Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe. 22  It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven.  And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom. 23  So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense. 24  But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25  This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.

It’s easy to understand why an Unbeliever and Skeptic can try to censor the truth of the Gospel

–The Gospel forces the selfish to become selfless

–The Gospel forces the independent to become dependent

–The Gospel is all about Jesus and Nothing about Human Ability

Scholars, Educated, and Strong Willed people struggle to give up the idea that is forced on us in our society…

The idea that “We can make it ourselves if we commit and work harder”

BUT this truth is also offensive to the Religious World

The Gospel challenges “Church” Folks who want some credit…

Romans 9 :  30  What does all this mean?  Even though the Gentiles were not trying to follow God’s standards, they were made right with God.  And it was by faith that this took place. 31  But the people of Israel, who tried so hard to get right with God by keeping the law, never succeeded. 32  Why not?  Because they were trying to get right with God by keeping the law instead of by trusting in him.  They stumbled over the great rock in their path. 33  God warned them of this in the Scriptures when he said, “I am placing a stone in Jerusalem that makes people stumble, a rock that makes them fall.  But anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.”

Jesus is a stumbling block to both the religious and the Unbeliever

–The danger for the unbeliever to Censor out the name of Jesus is an eternity separated from God

–The Danger of the believer censoring the name of Jesus is that we mute our faith of all the power that is available to us!

The name of Jesus causes some sort of reaction in every person on earth

When we mention Following Jesus then people are forced to make a decision

The name of Jesus has Power!

And the man named Jesus changed the Course of History

To accept Jesus as the Savior of the world means that we have to Reject all other paths to Heaven or a Spiritual Enlightenment

The Christian Gospel can be very offensive … 

But Christians should not be Offensive!

When we claim the name of Jesus and we claim that we are pure, holy, clean and forgiven because of Jesus…

The world wants to Censor our faith and call us closed minded

We have been called to be Salt and Light to this world that rejects our faith

Christians are not called to bully and be proud…We are called to love and be love

–Christians are not better than non-Christians

–Christians are better than their former selves

You are not better because of Jesus …

–You are forgiven because of Jesus

–You are covered and Sanctified because of Jesus

–You are a sinner saved by the grace of Jesus

Jesus does not make Christians better than non-Christians…

Jesus alone is better!

Just because you become a Christian doesn’t mean you stop needing Jesus

We need the grace and forgiveness of our Savior everyday…

His mercies are new every morning because our sin nature is new every morning

The transformational love of Jesus that you personally experienced is now the transformational love of the Church to the world  

The unbelieving world wants to Censor out the statement that could change the eternity of all who choose to believe and follow Christ…

1 Corinthians 1 : 18  The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction!  But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.

Christian’s need to be very careful to not Censor out the call that Jesus gave us

–Go and Make Disciples

–Love others as much as you love yourselves

–Be a Witness to the power of the death and resurrection to the unbelieving world

–Share the Hope that you have found in following Jesus Christ

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“The Greatest Love” (Week 4 Sermon)

Greatest Love LogoThis is the fourth and final week of this awesome series for our church.  We looked at what the Scripture teaches about how to love in our everyday relationships.

How do we follow Jesus’ instructions to Love others the way that He loved us?

You can Click Here to watch the Video.

Here are my sermon notes:

—God showed us how much He loved us by sending His son as our Savior

This was the greatest love the world has ever seen

—He then invited us to experience His love and allow it to give us strength and joy through what Jesus did for us on the cross

Ephesians 3 : 17  Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him.  Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18  And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19  May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

—Experiencing the Love of God comes from Loving God and staying connected to Him through his commandments and His plan for our lives…

And Loving Others the way that Christ has Loved us

Loving others with the Love of God will cost you something

It means being willing to sacrifice and not expecting anything in return

Today I want to look at scriptures that are specific to our daily relationships

I don’t know that I have a lot of input … I Just want to lean in to the Scriptures 

Let’s start with the most difficult one and get it out of the way…

Loving Our Enemies and the people that don’t always love us back…

Matt 5 : 43  “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. 44  But I say, love your enemies!  Pray for those who persecute you! 45  In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven.  For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. 46  If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that?  Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. 47  If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else?  Even pagans do that.

Persecution in those days meant torture and death!

Jesus told them to pray for and love the people who wanted to kill them

That doesn’t seem very fair does it???

If He instructed them to love the people who wanted to murder them …

then that definitely covers all the people who say mean things, take us for granted, abuse our generosity, try to destroy our families, make up lies about us, cut us off in traffic, and post mean things on facebook about us … 

even if they didn’t say our name we know they were talking about us.

He went a step further and said that loving the people that love us back is what pagans and sinners do…

Followers of Jesus must go the extra mile and selflessly LOVE our enemies

This is Agape Love … Giving Love and expecting nothing in return

Let me help you out here … 

It does not say we have to enjoy it or spend all our time around these people!

But it does say that we must Love the People that want to Persecute us

This means that we can’t avoid them, return fire with our words, or stoop to their level

James 1 : 19  Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20  Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.

Our Goal is to Grow Closer to God…Don’t let People distract your Progress

Speaking of Enemies What about your boss and your coworkers

What does Scripture say about the Love of Christ in Our Work Relationships

Ephesians 6 : 5  Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear.  Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. 6  Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you.  As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart. 7  Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. 8  Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do, whether we are slaves or free. 9  Masters, treat your slaves in the same way.  Don’t threaten them; remember, you both have the same Master in heaven, and he has no favorites.

The principle of Slaves and Masters applies to your Job!

–Work with enthusiasm as though you are working for the Lord

–Do your job unto the Lord … Not just unto the man or woman you work for

How much would that change your attitude about your job?

How would that affect your work flow and effort on your job?

Let’s look at how God intended Love to play out in Our Marriage

Ephesians 5 : 21  And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22  For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23  For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church.  He is the Savior of his body, the church. 24  As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything.

Submit … What a dangerous word to use in 2015 with all of you self sustaining, strong willed, independent women out there!

“I don’t need a man … I am woman, hear me roar”

Let’s look at that word “Submit” and break it down

1.  accept or yield to a superior force or to the authority or will of another person.

(That’s the part of the definition that could get us in trouble!)

2.  subject to a particular process, treatment, or condition.

3.  agree to refer a matter to a third party for decision or adjudication.

The Original language meant to Obey or Support

The wife is the support system and helper of the husband

Wives are to Submit to the Man who is supposed to be the Spiritual Head

I want to point out that Verse 23 fits together with verse 25 Perfectly…

25  For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church.  He gave up his life for her 26  to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. 27  He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish.  Instead, she will be holy and without fault. 28  In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies.  For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. 29  No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church.

33  So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

To be a man is to be a Spiritual Leader of your Household

To Love your wife Sacrificially and Expecting nothing in return

God intended marriage to be a partnership of Accountability & Spiritual Growth

Each partner’s goal is to help the other become more like Christ

That Love translates to how we raise our kids and love our family

Ephesians 6 : 1  Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. 2  “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise:  3  If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.” 4  Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them.  Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.

We never out grow the command to Obey and Respect our Parents…

The Promise of a long and fulfilled life continues all of our Adult days

Parents…We never have the right to provoke or respond in Anger to our Kids

This doesn’t mean that we don’t discipline and lead them in the right direction

Proverbs 13 : 24  Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children.  Those who love their children care enough to discipline them.

We train them up when they are young so that their future is focused on God

Proverbs 22 : 6  Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.

All of these Relationships in our life have One thing in common when we connect them together with the Love of God…

We are to love everyone in our Life as much as God loved us and Love them the way that we trying to show love for God

Stop looking at the Person you are trying to Love… 

and start seeing the hope and potential that God sees in the relationship.

Aren’t you Glad that God saw past your issues and flaws and loved you like the person He knew you could become?

That is the way we are to Love others… And our love can help them see all the promise that God has in store for them.

Awestruck Podcasto is on the Air

This is the first installment of the new Awestruck Podcasto.  Just a little teaser of things to come.  Enjoy!