What is seen verses what is unseen.

Message: The gospel according to Luke

Text: Luke 11:37-44

Vs 39-41, Caring more about what people see than what they can’t see.

Vs 42, organizational/relational; measurable/immeasurable; impersonal/personal; distant/close; Easy to write a check/harder to hold a hand, say a prayer…

Vs 43-44, you love how others see you, but they aren’t seeing the real you.

Real change can only start in private, never in public. Changing the real you:

~Two people always see you?

~Honest when no one is watching

~Holy when no one is watching

~Always the same everywhere

A.W. Tozer, "If you can find what I think about when I am free to think about whatever I will, you will find the real me."

Generations

~A generation’s opportunity.

Judgment according to opportunity. Generations respond differently to the gospel.

~A generation’s potential.

Why do you think God made you?

Whatever it is you are doing, is it what God made you for?

Do you think there is more potential in you than what you are seeing right now?

What do you think God could do with you if you really opened your life to Him and let Him have His way?

This is time sensitive, whatever you’re going to do you must do it before your generation ends.

Winston Churchill on becoming Prime Minister, "At last I had authority to give directions over the whole scene.I felt as if I were walking with destiny, and that all my past life had been but a preparation for this hour and for this trial."

Worship, The Word, Prayer(Part 3)

Message: The gospel according to Luke

Text: Luke 11:24-26

Ephesians 5:18

“…be filled with the Spirit.”

The disciplines of:

Worship

The Word

Prayer

Prayer:

The devil loves empty.

Jesus loves full.

The devil loves to look back.

Jesus loves to look ahead

Romans 8:26 We learn to pray by praying. A big part of prayer is God doing for us what we can’t do.

Tom Elliff, "The needs of our lives today are part of God's plan to keep us praying."

Therese of Liseux, "Prayer arises, if at all, from incompetence, otherwise there is no need for it."

Worship, The Word, Prayer(Part 2)

Message: The gospel according to Luke

Text: Luke 11:24-26

Ephesians 5:18 “…be filled with the Spirit.”

The disciplines of:

Worship

The Word

Prayer

The Word:

2 Timothy 3:16

Romans 15:1-5 There is an Author behind the author.

Hebrews 11, “By faith ______...”

John Stott, "We must never divorce what God has married, namely His Word and His Spirit. The Word of God is the Spirit's sword. The Spirit without the Word is weaponless; the Word without the Spirit is powerless…Christians who neglect the Bible simply do not mature."

Worship, The Word, Prayer(Part1)

Message: The gospel according to Luke

Text: Luke 11:24-26

We want to be master of ourselves and we may deceive ourselves that it is possible, but it is not. The fastest growing religion in the world is religion-less…none.

Removal is not reformation.

Rehabilitation is not regeneration.

A million “I don’ts” won’t make one “I do.” We’re still empty inside.

 

Ephesians 5:18 “…be filled with the Spirit.” The disciplines of:

Worship

The Word

Prayer

 

Worship: I see who Jesus is. I see who I am. And I see the difference.

It is about giving; adoration; praise…

We come intending to give and we then receive in the worship process. We give to Jesus and we give to each other.

Crying Stones, Luke 19:37-40

Two reasons to not worship: 1) You’re ashamed 2) You have forgotten what Jesus has done for you. You no longer see it. Others do, but you don’t.

A House Divided

Message: The gospel according to Luke

Text: Luke 11:13-23

Jesus did not conquer Satan by dividing his house, Colossians 2:13-15. Dividing-opposite of unity-is a trick Satan has to play to gain anything.

Ephesians 6:12

The problem with all my relationships is always __________.

The problem with all my relationships is always __________.

“The Heavenly Father will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

A Parable of Contrasts.

Message: The gospel according to Luke

Text: Luke 11:5-13

A parable of contrasts. The comparison is in the contrast.

Contrast the person:

~It’s never midnight for God, there is no bad time because for Him there is no time.

~God is never troubled by you.

~He is never too busy with other people and other things.

~So God never needs to change His mind about answering you.

Contrast the request:

Stone/bread; serpent/fish; scorpion/egg

Thank God He gives what we need, not just what we ask for!

What we really need in this world to have real life is the Holy Spirit!

Teach Us To Pray

Message: The gospel according to Luke

Text: Luke 11:1-4

 

Spirituality is contagious  (but almost everything is)

Jesus’ shortened version of The Lord’s Prayer recorded by Luke:

Praise

Need for today

Forgive me & help me to forgive

Help with my tendency to sin

 

Practice teaches you how to pray.

Need teaches you to pray.

One of our greatest needs is to see our need.

Oswald Chambers, "Be yourself before God and present your problems, the things you know you have come to your wits' end over.  As long as you are self-sufficient, you do not need to ask God for anything."

 Dr. Ole Hallesby, "Only he who is helpless can truly pray."

Eugene H. Peterson, "A religion without miracles has only marginal worth; why bother with religion if you can do it all yourself anyway?"

Priorities

Message: The gospel according to Luke

Text: Luke 10:38-42

~This is the same Mary & Martha who had a brother, Lazarus

~Like many followers of Jesus, the sisters aren’t facing an issue of right & wrong, but priority. Which is actually harder to discern sometimes. The issues are service or worship/discipleship (sitting at Jesus’ feet and listening to Him)

~The reason they have to deal with priority is because of time…Jesus has only a limited amount of time to be in their home. We have only a limited amount of time so we are continually having to prioritize…choosing.

~Never make petty the priority. But petty never seems petty to us until compared to something much more important. Pettiness is always pulling us downward, worship is always drawing us upward.

~All of us are steadily heading toward a point in our future where time stops and eternity begins…where time meets eternity. That’s when we meet Jesus face to face. What is more important than that?

Which side of the "road" are you traveling?

Message: The gospel according to Luke

Text: Luke 10:25-37

30-37 The Good Samaritan, part 2

Cast of characters

Neighbor: we know nothing about him, who the lawyer thought would be the star of the story

Priest: from the family of Aaron. Ordained, anointed, sanctified. Publicly stands between God and the people.

Levite: helper to the priests. Maintains the temple and helps with sacrifices. A public worker.

Samaritan: a half breed Jew. Hated by the Jews and a hater of the Jews.

"Who is my neighbor?"

Message: The gospel according to Luke

Text: Luke 10:25-37

25-29 The Good Samaritan, part 1

~The lawyer was not serious about wanting an answer. He thought he was the smartest person in the room.

~Jesus never directly answers the lawyer’s questions.

~The lawyer asks a question he already knows the answer to. He didn’t have a problem knowing, he had a problem doing.

~So, this parable stems from the question from a smart alec lawyer who only wants to justify his lack of love by asking, “who is my neighbor?”

~Again, Jesus never answers his question. This parable is called The Good Samaritan, not, The Man Who Was Thrown In A Ditch.

~Rom 5:8 God doesn’t love you for who you are, but for who He is (1 Jn 4:19) Our love for others does not stem from who they are, but from who we are. Love that is performance based is not Godly love, it’s not real love at all. If that’s who we are, all we have left is to try and somehow justify ourselves.

God Revealed

Message: The gospel according to Luke

Text: Luke 10:20-24 (22)

Revealed, a parable:

1) Some care, some don’t. This is for those who want to see. Jer 29:13

2) Revealed, not unveiled. Time is the issue.

3) Someone has to see it first. Then:

a) Announcing to others may help them see too. b) but don’t be frustrated that some can’t see it right now. Again, time is the issue.

4) At some point everyone can see. Some: a) Don’t care b) Are pretending they can’t see. Denying what they know. Why?

5) If you’re straining to see what God has for you, it will be revealed in time. The journey is as important as the destination. Why did I reveal the painting as slowly as I did? What was I doing as I revealed the painting?

Beware of "Success"

Message: The gospel according to Luke

Text: Luke 10:17-24

Vs 20 is one of the most important verses in the Bible for disciples of Jesus.

Beware of “success in excess”

Don’t let your lows get too low, and don’t let your highs get too high.

Almost every success or problem we encounter is a temporal one. Ours successes and our problems are important, but don’t lose eternal perspective.

Philip Yancey, "My goal for growing older, for preparing to die, is to care less about how others view me and more about how God views me. We'll have much longer together, after all."

Henry Blackaby, "Paul said that despite their most valiant efforts, the athlete's successes and prizes are eventually forgotten. Even the greatest athletic achievements have not affected eternity."

Kingdom of Heaven

Message: The gospel according to Luke

Text: Luke 10:10-16

The Kingdom of God is here…and it is there. It is now…and it will be. The Kingdom of God is always only one breath away. It is always near you.

Sodom Chorazin

Tyre Bethsaida

Sidon Capernaum

The Day of Judgment is about being held accountable for the opportunities we had

Jesus’ message is to:

1) The person who is sent/speaking

2) The person who is listening

Time is short, repent while there is time. The time to spread the gospel is now. The time to respond to the gospel is now.

Are you "waiting" instead of "doing"?

Message: The gospel according to Luke

Text: Luke 10:1-11

Vs 1-3

Sometimes we are the answer to our own prayer. Instead of looking out, look within.

Vs 4-11

~Be careful about becoming weighed down by too many things. God has not called anyone to accumulate stuff.

~Learn to live off what God is giving, what you are receiving...make do with what you have.

Henri J. M Nouwen, "We often live as if our happiness depended on having. But I don't know anyone who is really happy because of what he or she has."

“Happy is the man who is already happy with what he already has.”

~Minister to people wherever you go. Our encounters with people are not coincidence.

~None of us have much time left, and many people we try to reach will have nothing to do with Jesus. Move on to someone else knowing that the Holy Spirit may use a worker coming behind you. There were workers before you, there are workers coming after you.

Always forward, never backward!

Allies and Enemies

Message: The gospel according to Luke

Text: Luke 9:49-56

 Allies:

“I have some of the truth, not all of the truth.”

There is one path to the Father, many paths to Jesus.

Worship Night In Trumann, Sunday night, September 30

Enemies:

If we love Jesus we must learn to love each other as Jesus does.

We can’t love at arm’s length.

 C.S. Lewis, "To love at all is to be vulnerable…if you want to make sure of keeping your heart intact, you must give your to heart to no one.  Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket of your selfishness. But in that casket--safe, dark, motionless, airless--it will change. It will not be broken--it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable…the only place outside of heaven where you can be perfectly safe from the danger of love is hell."

Filling Your Role

Message: Sailors, Soldiers and Prisoners

Text: Acts 27:20-32

Roles of a father:

Leader; protector; provider; present; dependable; worthy of admiration…

(How do your children see you?)

Who else is ready to step in and fill the role:

Wives; mothers; grandparents; teachers; coaches; pastors; cousins; friends (peers); movies/sports; social media…

"The 7 Deadly Sins of Parental Responsibility,” 1) Replacement of parental authority with peer subculture. 2) Decision making based on consensus rather than principle. 3) Establishment of routines in which children spend more time with each other than with an adult. 4) Educational practices that focus more on emotions and self-esteem than character and intellect. 5) Dismissing as unimportant lapses in tact, propriety, and orderliness. 6) Gravitation of the media toward gruesome and prurient themes. 7) Viewing prescription drugs as a cure-all for problems of behavior and character."

Wait?

Message: The gospel according to Luke

Text: Luke 9:49-10:1

~You think you will follow Jesus until your comfort zone is tested.

~He was concerned about caring for his father until he died. Wait.

~Wait

Every excuse is reasonable.

Have you noticed that God usually calls those who are working to work for Him, people who are busy to be busy for Him? He calls you from something to something else, to leave in order to go.

Have you noticed that Jesus asks things of people that they won’t do?

Jesus does not want part of you but all of you!

 

A mission board executive wrote to David Livingstone in Africa asking if there was a good road to his remote outpost.  "If so," he said, "we have a couple of men who would like to come and help you."  The famous missionary wrote back,  "If they need a good road, don't send them.  I need men who can come, road or no road."

 

“If the devil can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.”