Posts Tagged 'relationships'

The Gospel Challenge ~ The Price of Mistaken Identity

The Gospel Challenge ~ The Price of Mistaken Identity Sermon Audio Here

On America’s Got Talent, little 5 year old girl Heavenly Joy is told she’s got Shirley Temple inside; she replies, “Not Shirley Temple; Jesus!”

People are Prone to Misunderstand Jesus

Lack of Relationship Leads to Confusion About Christ

Mark 6:14-29

  • v14 recognition of power – know what Jesus can do
  • v15 recognition of position – know who Jesus is supposed to be
  • v16/17 reaction of panic – remember their own misdeeds
  • v18/29 revulsion against purity – confronted sin not always repented

Knowing about Jesus is not the same as following Him. Jesus is too important to merely know about: He wants you to trust in, cling to, and rely upon Him.

The Gospel Challenge ~ Get Your House In Order

The Gospel Challenge ~ Get Your House In Order Sermon Audio Here


Mark 3:20-35

There is a Greek word often associated with the Gospel: kergyma – it means “to proclaim”. It has come to stand for the core or the foundation of the Gospel. This sermon begins a new series looking at the core components of the Gospel, as Jesus demonstrated in the book of Mark.

Jesus teaches the Danger and the Demand of the Gospel

The Danger: Misunderstanding of Mission
Mark 3:20-27

  • v20/21 confusion of family
  • v22/23 answer your critics
  • v24/26 look for illogic
  • v27 remind about the mission

The Demand: Membership in the Mission
Mark 3:28-35

  • v28/30 blasphemy=denial of God
  • v31/33 fitness for faith family
  • v34/35 calling eclipses connection

The Cost of the Call is Jesus First, Christ in Command. He is LORD; we don’t get to dictate terms; that’s HIS job.

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.


Pastor Ed Backell

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