Saturday, October 25, 2008
S-sin that I need to confess, repent of
P-promise that I can embrace today
E-example that I need to follow or not follow
C-command that I need to obey
T-thanksgiving or praise that I need to give to God
Today in my QT, I read Luke 11, where Jesus tells the disciples, "You can say some pretty nasty stuff against the Son of Man (Jesus), and you will be forgiven for that; but don't talk bad about the Spirit -- that's blasphemy! because that will never be forgiven." (this is a Parisphrase)
The unforgiveable sin is blasphemy against the Spirit. That is the only one! Blasphemy against the Spirit is a rejection of His power or a disregard for His work. Part of Hs work is conviction of sin. Therefore, the only unforgiveable sin is to reject the promptings of the Holy Spirit in your life. I believe Jesus is also not talking about all of the times that we blow through HS stop signs. He is talking about the future before the angels in this passage. I believe Jesus is saying that a rejection of the HS here sets you up for judgment there. SO, do not blaspheme and if you do, confess it quickly!
Listening to the HS,
Monday, October 20, 2008
1. A place established according to the Word of God. (20:1-2; cf. Num. 35:6-34)
* Our goals, purposes and agendas must be Biblical and aligned to the Word.
* Ministry to people must be our priority.
2. A place to come when there is trouble in your life. (20:3-4)
* Our church must be accessible and open to all who need to come.
* Our reputation “on the street” should be positive.
3. A place where someone will listen and give Biblical advice. (20:4-6)
* Our counsel must be Biblical.
* All sin must end with us.
* Godly resolution, reconciliation and restoration must be part of our vocabulary.
4. A place filled with people who have a “rescue” story. (20:6)
* The miracle of escape from the avenger must be proclaimed often.
* Our own rescue should make us more willing to be “bound” to this ministry.
5. A place networked with others built on the same principles. (20:7-9)
* Our congregation should be strategically located.
* Our congregation should be well named and true to its calling.
Wyoming Baptist Church must be a place where broken people can find refuge and rescue from their life of running.
1. What are we willing to pay to be this kind of church? It will cost us to minister to hurting people! (Think beyond finances)
2. What might happen (positively) if we gave all to this kind of position in the community?
3. How does Luke 11:41 (from the Sunday PM service) fit with this concept of "city of refuge"?
4. Are we willing to do whatever God calls us to do even if we are criticized by others? by brothers? Are we ready to embrace the socially active aspects of the faith that we claim/proclaim?
5. If you could rename our church, what would the name to live by be? Would you include the name Baptist?
I want to offer a place of refuge to a running world,
Monday, October 13, 2008
Here is the outline of the message that I shared last night:
Any great spiritual awakening results from God’s initiative:
1. He is revealing His character
patience, longsuffering (1:4)
2. He is building our character (the backdrop of the exile)
3. He is equipping us to do His will (1:4-7)
4. He is stirring our spirit, inviting us to respond (1:1, 5)
All great spiritual harvests are the result of a response to God’s initiative:
1. Discover and delight in His character
a. worshiping Him
i. re-establishing the sacrificial system (3:1-7) and festivals (6:19)
ii. rejoicing over successes (3:11; 6:22)
b. proclaiming that knowledge to others –
i. Ezra made it his “job” to tell others about God (7:10)
ii. How does Cyrus know what he does about God? Perhaps by Ezra’s ministry to him? (7:27-28)
2. Appreciate His ongoing, intentional work in our lives
a. acknowledging His righteousness and justice (9:5-15)
b. growing through it (6:19-22; 10:1-3)
3. Move forward in His revealed will (both general and specific)
what He has shown us and equipped us to do (2:1; 3:8; 6:15; 7:21, 23)
4. Invite others to do the same (7:28)
- Is God stirring your spirit today?
- Are you awake now? How will you stay spiritually awake?
- Will you respond to His gracious initiatives?
- What has God uniquely outfitted and called you to do today?
- Will you go make a difference in His field?
I am ready, here I am,
Saturday, October 11, 2008
"Sound Bible exposition is an imperative must in the Church of the Living God. Without it no church can be a New Testament church in any strict meaning of that term. But exposition may be carried on in such a way as to leave the hearers devoid of any true spiritual nourishment whatever. For it is not mere words that nourish the soul, but God himself, and unless and until the hearers find God in a personal experience they are not better for having heard the truth. The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge fo God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts."
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Monday, October 06, 2008
- If the lights were lit, you wouldn't think of hiding them or their radiance. Instead you would elevate them in a prominent location so that they would help people to see as they entered your house. (v.33)
- If your eyes are messed up, it really doesn't matter whether there is good light or not. The solution is not to curse the darkness or ignore the fact that you can't see. the solution is to cure the eye and allow the light to penetrate your body. (v.34)
- If the lights are not on, or if you haven't allowed them inside the house, it's no use pretending that they are. (v.35)
- If the lights are on inside, every nook and cranny of the room will be lit up for all to see. Anyone coming inside will immediately be bathed in the light. (v.36)
- Hide it under a basket? NO! "Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." (v.33)
- Ask for cured, restored, renewed, or focused eyesight spiritually. Ask the Spirit to illuminate you as to the understanding of the text and truth. Allow it to penetrate your life. (v.34)
- Forget about pretending to have spiritual insight and illumination. Go back to #2 above! (v.35)
- Invite friends into your life (inside your house) so that they will immediately be bathed in the light. (v.36)