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Being Set Apart By The King

In Matthew 28:16-20, we come to the end of a journey with Jesus – birth, life, death, burial and resurrection. These five verses are called the Great Commission. What does it mean to be great? Great seems to be a shallow word because it’s used so regularly. Great game, great food, great wedding, great product. The Great Commission speaks to the fact that no other mission is more significant than this one. It is the greatest commission. To go to the ends of the earth to declare the Kingship of Jesus.

Scripture: Matthew 28:16-20

The Great Reversal

The main point of this passage → It’s not that poor people go to heaven while rich people go to hell. The point is that people who live, love and trust in the things of this world will find that heaven is not their destiny, while those who live, love and trust in heavenly things, namely, Jesus, will find that heaven is their home.

Scripture: Luke 16:19-31

Lost, Found, Joy

Jesus tells a story about a lost sheep and the shepherd who searches for it, and brings it home with joy. He tells a story about a lost coin and the woman who sweeps her house for it and when she finds it, she celebrates! Then Jesus says He’s not talking about a sheep or a coin, a shepherd or a woman. He’s talking about people who are lost, the God who cares for them, loves them and searches for them, and when He finds the lost, He brings you all the way with great joy. Jesus’ story is meant to convict the “insiders” about their lack of love and concern for lost people, and comfort people who are lost, that no matter how far you may feel you are from God, He loves you enough to seek you out until He finds you and brings you home!

Scripture: Luke 15:1-10

Hearing Rightly Is The Key To Life

Jesus often used the power of stories to point those He encountered to a new reality of God’s goodness and grace. That’s because He understood that people connected easily with stories. His stories of truth and transformation literally changed the world. Everyone has a story. Our stories, our lives, need to be woven into the rich narrative of the greatest story of all.

Scripture: Luke 8:4-15

What Did Jesus Just Say?!? (Part 2)

Jesus says the people who are eager to judge/condemn others should take a long look in the mirror and evaluate themselves before they consider going to someone else. No one gives mercy better than the individual who is convinced that they need grace/mercy.

Jesus isn’t saying put your head in the sand regarding people’s action but you/I need to become convinced of our own sin and our need for mercy/grace… when we do that we’ll be a great candidate to speak into someone else’s life.

Scripture: Matthew 7:1-12

Jesus Taught His Disciple (Part 2)

Jesus taught His disciples (those who were committed to following Him) what it meant to be His disciple. He gives a series of “blessed’s” or promises that will fully come to fruition when Jesus returns for the people of God. But these blessed’s/promises will certainly alter the lives of those who are following King Jesus while here on earth. It will alter their life in four ways based on Matthew 5:7-12. Those who are following Jesus will be merciful. They will be pure in heart. They will be peacemakers. They will indirectly be persecuted because of their faithfulness in obedience to King Jesus.

Scripture: Matthew 5:7-12

 

Jesus Taught His Disciples (Part 1)

Jesus taught His disciples (those who were committed to following Him) what it meant to be His disciple. He gives a series of “blessed’s” or promises that will fully come to fruition when Jesus returns for the people of God. But these blessed’s/promises will certainly alter the life of those who are following King Jesus while here on earth. It will alter their life in four ways based on Matthew 5:1-6. Those who are following Jesus will be poor in spirit. They will mourn over their sins and the sins of others. They will exude a meek posture towards others. They will urgently desire to pursue righteousness.

Scripture: Matthew 5:1-6

You are Blessed

New leadership always brings a new set of values. Jesus chose His 12 Apostles, and from the start He lets them know that there are some values they will need to give up and new values they must pick up. There are things about life they will have to unlearn. Jesus’ coming is the handwriting on the wall for the kingdom of the world. He is bringing in a new kingdom and it’s values are completely counter to the way the world seems to work. If we are going to follow Jesus, then we have to recognize that what looks like the blessed life in this world may in reality be a curse.

Scripture: Luke 6:17-26; Daniel 5; Col. 1:13, 3:2-3

God’s Heart for the Nations

The Bible is a collection of 66 books that tell a single story from Genesis to Revelation. You can follow that story through four acts: Creation, Fall, Redemption and Restoration. In Isaiah 49 you see through the eyes of one of God’s Old Testament Prophets that God’s heart for the nations beats throughout those four acts, is centered on the sending of the Messiah, the Son of God, Jesus and is not separate from what God has called us to be and do through the Great Commission.

Scripture: Isaiah 49

Turning Everyday Conversations into Gospel Conversations

We all know what it means to feel compassion – we feel it for our children or grandchildren when they’re hurting or in need. But how do we express compassion for the people around us who need Jesus? Sharing the good news of Jesus is the most compassionate thing we can do. But how?

Start where you are – at home, at work, with a neighbor or friend.
Use what you have – you have multiple conversations everyday.
Do what you can – we all have relationships and conversations – share what you can, when you can.

Scripture: Mark 6:34-44