Walking in Two Worlds: Love in Action

Walking in Two Worlds: Love in Action Sermon Audio Here


1 John 3:16-24

This Sunday is our congregation’s Youth Sunday. Our teens are providing all of the ministry functions in the service, from Lay Leader to leading music in worship, taking the offering, and running the Fellowship Hour. Three of our students – Isabelle W., Wyatt N., and Elizabeth B. were challenged to share their thoughts about Love in Action from today’s Scripture.

The difference between TALKING about love and WALKING in love

We Are Called To Walk
verses 16-17, from Isabelle W.

  • v16 talking about love and what Jesus SHOWED us it means
  • v17 are being called to do to WALK in the love he gave us
  • cf. 1 Thess. 5:11-14 (encourage one another)
  • cf. 1 Cor. 13:3 (without love we gain nothing);
  • cf. Eph. 4:21-32 ( being made new);
  • cf. 1 John 4-20 (summary on loving one another)

We Are Called To Truth
verses 18-20, from Wyatt N.

  • v18 can’t just say you’re Christian; you must uphold God’s word
  • v19 if we’re saved, we must pursue The Father
  • v20 we must lift up the Father higher than we hold our selves

We Are Called To Believe
verses 21-23, from Elizabeth B.

  • v21 share w/ Christ freely about what is on our heart
  • v22 when we ask in God’s will, we receive more than we know
  • v23 invest our love in each other


We Are Called By The Spirit
verse 24, from Pastor Ed

  • v24 We don’t carry out God’s commands in OUR strength alone.
  • cf. II Cor. 12:9 – powerful ability in weakness is completed;

the presence of the Spirit makes this possible

Walking in Two Worlds: Chipping Away

Walking in Two Worlds: Chipping Away Sermon Audio Here


1 John 3:1-7

In a Youtube video (scroll to the bottom) presented by two actors known as the Skit Guys, they present “God’s Chisel”. It is a great reminder that God is the Master Sculptor, and is bringing about the image of Christ in us.

During Our Journey Together,
God is working on us
1 John 3:1-2 (we are in process)

  • v1a God calls us in love
  • 1b realize our new identity
  • v2a we *are*, AND *will become*
  • 2b shaped to be like Jesus

We are working WITH God
1 John 3:3-7 (we participate in the process)

  • v3 we share in God’s shaping
  • v4/5 Jesus carries away our rubble
  • v6 consistently choosing sin over Christ? Not His!
  • v7 the righteous DO right BECAUSE Jesus is at work

His righteousness works its way out in us when we cooperate with it; when we live as identifying Christ at work in us, we see God at work in us, and join Him in it – and that work is making us to be more like Jesus.

Walking in Two Worlds: Where Do You Walk

Walking in Two Worlds: Where Do You Walk Sermon Audio Here


1 John 1:1-2:2

    Phil Keaggy – Walking in Two Worlds

When you walk in two worlds
Hold your head up high
When you walk in two worlds
Keep your sights to the sky.

Remember you’re in this place
But of another race
You move to a different pace
The drumbeat of the sky
Walking in two worlds.

As We Journey Together,

Start from a Place of Life
1 John 1:1-4

  • v1 we are eyewitnesses
  • v2 of eternal life
  • v3 which brings us into fellowship with God and each other
  • v4 complete=play-ro-oo=CRAMMED FULL

Continue in a Way of Light
1 John 1:5-2:2

  • v5/6 light is truth
  • v7 walk in the open
  • v8 “if we lay out that we are not sinners”
  • v9 when we lay claim to our sin, it no longer defines us
  • v10 but we NEED to admit our sin
  • v1/2 Jesus has paid for our sin – for ALL sin

There is POWER in confession – when we admit that we do NOT have it all together, we also have to admit that the only thing which gets us through the journey is the grace of Christ in us – and it’s available for EVERYONE.

Up From The Grave He Arose!

Up From The Grave He Arose! Sermon Audio Here

Isaiah 25:6-9; John 20:19-31

For many children, the highlight of Easter morning is the Easter Basket. For many parents, the choices on what to put IN the Easter Basket are overwhelming. While retailers put pastel colored candy and toys front and center, other voices advocate for different choices: art supplies instead of candy; vegan alternatives to eggs; even replacing the basket itself with a backpack or canvas storage container.

All of this attention on what’s in the Easter basket begs the question:

What Does God Give Us on Easter?

The Promise of Restoration ~ Isa. 25:6-9

  • v7 we are shrouded- covering of death
  • v8 we WILL be restored- tears wiped away
  • v9 let us rejoice- our intentional response

The Peace in Reception ~ John 20:19-23

  • v19 we can choose to live in fear
  • v20 we can choose to look at the Lord instead
  • v21/22/23 we can have peace when we receive what Jesus gives

The Principle of Reliance ~ John 20:24-31

  • v24/25 we tend to rely on ourselves
  • v26/27 Jesus knows our tendency for self-reliance
  • v28/29 reliance upon God is a blessing
  • v30/31 reliance upon God gives us life-removes the shroud

Are you living under a shroud? Is your self-reliance keeping you from life? Jesus rolled away the stone and left His shroud behind; He can do it for YOU, too!

Covenant Concepts ~ Congregation: Respond in Rejoicing

Covenant Concepts ~ Congregation: Responds in Rejoicing Sermon Audio Here


Isaiah 50:4-9a; John 12:12-16

As we consider the ancient practices of covenant, we are reminded that the stronger party would force the weaker party to walk a blood-soaked path. However, on Palm Sunday, we see a reverse picture of covenant; Jesus in the middle of the crowd (stronger party going through weaker party).

God Frames Relationships With Covenant Concepts

Respond to the Mission of the Master
Isa. 50:4-9a ~ Song of the Suffering Servant

  • v4/5 Listen to the Lord
  • v6/7 Find Resolve in Faith
  • v8/9 Presume the Presence of God (remember that God is always close)

Rejoice in Recognition of the Redeemer
John 12:12-16 ~ Song for the Sacrificial Savior

  • v12/13 Hosanna – plea to save! Blessed is he… pilgrims coming to temple SO…
  • Approach Worship with Anticipation
  • v14/15 donkey=peace; SO….
  • Recognize the Value of Peace (Zech. 9:9-10)
  • v16 peace through payment: Jesus came as a worshiper AND as the sacrifice; SO…
  • Realize Your Redemption

We are redeemed because of the obedience of Christ; HIS response and submission to God’s will makes possible OUR response and submission to God’s will. Jesus made it possible for us to be brought to life; is it any wonder that we still cry “Hosanna”?

Covenant Concepts ~ Jeremiah: God Emphasizes Relationship

Covenant Concepts ~ Jeremiah: God Emphasizes Relationship

Jer. 31:31-34 / Heb. 5:5-10

Nut Tree development in Vacaville, CA, around since 1921, was closed a while ago. Last week, its iconic sign was taken down, and residents mourn the loss of identity of their cherished space.

God Frames Relationships With Covenant Concepts

Written On The Inside
Jer. 31:31-34

  • v33 God puts His terms in our hearts
  • v34 we don’t teach; we encourage to listen to God

Worn Upon The Outside

Heb. 5:5-10

  • v5/6 Christ is appointed as our representative
  • v7/8 Jesus reinforces relationship (submission/obedience)
  • v9 perfect/completed the story “author of salvation”
  • v10 called/named: recognition of existing relationship

What is YOUR name? How do YOU refer to yourself?
Do you know how God refers to you?
Adored,
Blood-bought;
Child-of-God,
Dearest,
Elected,
Faithful,
Gifted,
Holy,
Innocent,
all because of Jesus.

Covenant Concepts ~ Israel: God Rescues from Rebellion

Covenant Concepts ~ Israel: God Rescues from Rebellion

Ephesians 2:1-10

In the Old Testament reading, Numbers 21:4-9, Israel rebels against God, and pays the penalty. But God also provides a rescue from that penalty, if Israel will only choose to use it.

God Frames Relationships With Covenant Concepts

Rebellion Results in Wrath
Ephesians 2:1-3

  • v1/2 spiritual death the result of following the wrong ruler
  • v3 following our flesh responsible for penalty
  •      (if we trespass, we are held liable; if we go into debt, it must be paid)

Relationship Results in Rescue
Ephesians 2:4-10

  • v4/5 God brings us to life; we don’t choose it
  • v6/7 God raises us in life; He doesn’t leave us in our sin
  • v8/9 Grace is God’s choice; faith is God’s means of delivery; we receive it as a gift, not a payment
  • v10 CATCH THIS: “to/in/with good works” is indirect object ~ receives the action;
    that means that we aren’t created to DO the good works near as much as we are to EXPERIENCE the good works;
    peripatéō, to walk around in them with God

God rescues us from our Rebellion WITH HIS PRESENCE; look to the Cross and LIVE.


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