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Ask – Week 2 – Is Faith Enough? – 1/12/2020

Hebrews 11:1  Now faith is the reality[a] of what is hoped for, the proof[b] of what is not seen.

How are we supposed to just live by faith?  What is faith?

Three questions about things that carry your faith beyond Sunday morning and actually impact the way you make your decisions about your everyday life:

  1. What do you place your hope in?  Humanity? Science?

  2. What is the foundation for your faith?  But even in that, beyond the science and the reason, it’s really based on that person’s ability to understand science and reason – so your faith is still based on you!

  3. What do you do with Jesus?

Hebrew 11:6 – Now without faith it is impossible to please God, since the one who draws near to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Faith is a significant part of what God called His people to live by.  Google the stories of Abraham, and Noah, and the rest of the people recorded in Hebrews chapter 11, and you will begin to see a common thread that connects them.

  1. They studied the playbook and said yes!  God doesn’t want you to walk through life getting hurt.  He wants you to know the steps to take to find healing, freedom and restoration.

  2. Live for what’s next, not for what’s now!

Ask – Week 1 – Communion – 1/5/2020

Luke 22:14-20

14 When the hour came, he reclined at the table, and the apostles with him. 15 Then he said to them, “I have fervently desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again[b] until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 17 Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks, he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. 18 For I tell you, from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”

19 And he took bread, gave thanks, broke it, gave it to them, and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

20 In the same way he also took the cup after supper and said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.[c]

Communion:

  1. Is an opportunity to be refreshed, if your walk/relationship with Jesus feels stagnant or stale.

  2. Brings a new joy to your life.  It can remind you of the day you were saved, the significance it had and what it meant.

  3. Can help us leave this place with the weight lifted.

The Passover meal has been observed by the Jews for thousands of years, but Jesus says that they are observing the fulfillment of the Passover.  The difference is that Jesus is the lamb that rose again, giving us victory over sin/death, so that we can have life in Him!  And for us communion is a memorial for believers to be reminded of HOW JESUS FREED US from the power of sin and death.

  1. Who can take communion? Communion is for those who have a relationship with Jesus or those who want to start one.

  2. What am I supposed to do?  1 Corinthians 11:28 – “Let a person examine himself; in this way let him eat the bread and drink from the cup. 29 For whoever eats and drinks without recognizing the body,[i] eats and drinks judgment on himself.” God’s desire is we not make a mockery of the death of His Son! Communion is our opportunity to examine ourselves and our lives, to confess sin and repent from it, so that we can walk in the freedom that Jesus died to give me and to give to you. 

 

 

 

Restore – The Gift of Forgiveness – 12/28/2019

Matthew 18:

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

21 Then Peter approached him and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? As many as seven times?”

22 “I tell you, not as many as seven,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven.[o]

23 “For this reason, the kingdom of heaven can be compared to a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 When he began to settle accounts, one who owed ten thousand talents[p] was brought before him. 25 Since he did not have the money to pay it back, his master commanded that he, his wife, his children, and everything he had be sold to pay the debt.

26 “At this, the servant fell facedown before him and said, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you everything’ 27 Then the master of that servant had compassion, released him, and forgave him the loan.

28 “That servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii.[q] He grabbed him, started choking him, and said, ‘Pay what you owe!’

29 “At this, his fellow servant fell down[r] and began begging him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’ 30 But he wasn’t willing. Instead, he went and threw him into prison until he could pay what was owed. 31 When the other servants saw what had taken place, they were deeply distressed and went and reported to their master everything that had happened. 32 Then, after he had summoned him, his master said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. 33 Shouldn’t you also have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ 34 And because he was angry, his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured until he could pay everything that was owed. 35 So also my heavenly Father will do to you unless every one of you forgives his brother or sister[s] from your[t] heart.”

When someone truly sins against us:

  1. Are they a Christian?  Unsaved people act unsaved! If they are unsaved, you have a gospel conversation about the forgiveness of their sins, not just this particular one against you.

  2. Have they really sinned against you?  Know the difference between personal preference and sin.

  3. The end game is forgiveness and reconciliation.  The point of reconciliation is not winner or loser.

This is how to do it:

  1. Talk one on one.

  2. If they don’t listen to you, get godly counsel to be present so that you can pursue reconciliation.

  3. Tell the church.

We should forgive others as many times as God has forgiven us! Forgiven people forgive people.

Things to keep in mind:

  1. Forgiveness is a choice!  It’s a willful, conscious decision.

  2. Forgiveness is not about fairness.

  3. Forgiveness is a process.

  4. Forgive and remember that we forgave.

  5. Forgiveness is not reconciliation.  Forgiveness is extending that right hand to reconcile, but it takes another to extend back to reconcile.