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Together: Follow Jesus





“Powerful things happen when God’s people come together." 


Following Jesus 

Matthew 7:13–14 (NIV) 13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

The Real Jesus. (Gal 1, 2 Cor 11)

Luke 14:25–33 (NIV) 25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.  
28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’  
31 “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace.  
33 In the same way, 
those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.

Requirements to Following Jesus
Luke 9:23–26 (NIV)23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 

“Following Jesus is not a prayer that we pray it’s a life that we live!”

24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. 25 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? 26 
Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels

 The Cost of Following Jesus is the same for every person. 

1. Come to him.
“You cant follow him without Him.”
Matthew 11:27–30 (NIV) 27 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

2. Trust Him
Salvation begins at the point of trust.

3. Loving/Obeying Him
John 14:15(NIV) If you love me, keep my commands.
1 John 5:2–3 (NIV) 2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3 In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,

  • Putting the Kingdom First.
  • Extending compassion.  Caring for the needyThe that are less fortunate, putting others before yourself. 
  • Even those that are against us.
  • Putting others first
  • Walking in forgiveness.
  • Maintaining a Christ like posture.

Philippians 2:1–9 (NIV) 2 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name.

Together: We





Family: We follow Jesus together.

Genesis 2:15–18 (NLT) 15 The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it.… 18 Then the Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone.

Hebrews 10:24–25 (NLT) 24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

A command with benefits.
Psalm 133:1–3 (NIV)1 How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity! 2 It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron's beard, down on the collar of his robe. 3 It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.
  • -Bestow: tsavah(savah); to lay charge(upon), give charge(to), command, order.
  • -The together life is the blessed life!

Acts 2:1 (NIV) 2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.

"Powerful things happen when God's people come together." 
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We are called...
Ekklesia- "a called-out assembly"

1. Called out by the Father. 
  • God doesn't call you out to punish you but to redeem you.
Luke 14:16–24 (NIV) 16 Jesus replied: "A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. 17 At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, 'Come, for everything is now ready.' 18 "But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, 'I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.' 19 "Another said, 'I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I'm on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.' 20 "Still another said, 'I just got married, so I can't come.' 
21 "The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, 
'Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.' 22 "'Sir,' the servant said, 'what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.' 23 "Then the master told his servant, 'Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. 24 I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.'"

The Father does the calling!
John 6:44 (NIV) "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them…

Jeremiah 31:3 (NIV) "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness."

2. Called into Family
The calling out is a calling in.

Ephesians 2:19 (NIV) You are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God's people and also members of his household.

We belong to one another.
Romans 12:3–5 (NIV) 3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

It's a great big selfie world. 
"
There is nothing more toxic than being self-absorbed."

2 Timothy 3:1(NIV) There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves….
Self-centeredness i
s contrary to the message of Jesus. 
"Self-importance is nothing more than narcissism masquerading itself as virtuous." 

3. Called up to a new life.
Ephesians 4:1–6 (NIV) 4 I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

  • The call of Jesus is not better yourself it's die to yourself.

Romans 8:28–29 (NLT)28 We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son.

Forgiving What’s Hard to Forget





John 13:34

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

John 13:1-5

Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.”

John 13:12-15 When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.

You may want justice and vengeance, but those are God’s job. Our job to take care of our hearts.

Why is it so easy for us to receive a clean slate while we make a list of all the wrong doing of others?

1- Look at your heart
Psalm 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, o God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Hebrews 12:15 See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled.

2-Find the root

3 Choose to forgive
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this, that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.

When we remember all Jesus forgave us of we cannot go on in bitterness and not forgive. We must choose to be like Him and love fully!

4- Continue to walk out forgiveness
Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
John 13:15 For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.

When walking out forgiveness gets hard:
-Ask God to see the person who hurt you as He does.
-Remember Jesus died for them too.

Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

Further reading on forgiving others:
-Matthew 6:14
-Mark 11:25
-Matthew 18:21-22
-Colossians 3:12-13

Our Father- Praying In The Spirit





The Holy Spirit is the gift that keeps on giving.


John 14:16–20 (NIV)

16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another 
advocate to help you and be with you forever—17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.

Acts 1:4–5 (NIV)
4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for 
the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."

 Praying in The Spirit.
1 Corinthians 14:14 (NIV) For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays…

Questions about tongues
1. What are tongues? 
Acts 2:4 (NIV) All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
"Tongues are a language that the Holy Spirit gives."

2. Aren't tongues a little…weird?

3. Are tongues for everyone?
Mark 16:17 (NIV) These signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues.

3 Kinds of tongues:
  • A foreign language.
  • A prophetic utterance( 1 Cor 12)
  • A prayer language

4. Should tongues be in a church service?
1 Corinthians 14:12–19 (NIV)
12 So it is with you. Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church. 13 For this reason the one 
who speaks in a tongue should pray that they may interpret what they say. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. 15 So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding. 16 Otherwise when you are praising God in the Spirit, how can someone else, who is now put in the position of an inquirer, say "Amen" to your thanksgiving, since they do not know what you are saying? 17 You are giving thanks well enough, but no one else is edified. 
18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. 19 But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.

4. What are the benefits of praying in tongues?
Ephesians 6:18 (NIV) Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people.

1. Builds us up
Jude 20 (NIV) But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 14:4 (NIV) Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves.

2. Leads us in prayer
Romans 8:26–27 (NIV) 26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God's people in accordance with the will of God.

He is the ultimate prayer partner!

3. We are praying the will of God.
Romans 8:27 (NIV) …The Spirit intercedes for God's people in accordance with the will of God.

4. Intimate private language

5. It's convenient

Pentecost Sunday






Pentecost speaks of a second experience.

Acts 2:1–4 (NIV)
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

1.Power
Acts 1:8 You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.

2.Courage & boldness

 Acts 4:31 They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. (See also Acts 4:12)

3.Language


How to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit 
Luke 11:9-13 (NIV)
9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

 
1- Open your heart
2- Ask, Seek & Knock!
  Luke 11:13 Your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!
3- Receive
Psalms 81:10 Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it…


Refilling?
Ephesians 5:18 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Our Father- Intercessors






Intercessors
Intercessor: A Person who intervenes on behalf of another.

The priest:
Hebrews 5:1 (NLT) Every high priest is a man chosen to represent other people in their dealings with God. He presents their gifts to God and offers sacrifices for their sins.

Jesus the High Priest
Matthew 27:50–51 (NLT) 50 Jesus shouted out again, and he released his spirit. 51 At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart.

Jesus replaced the priesthood system and became The last high priest.
1 Timothy 2:5–6 (NLT) 5 There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. 6 He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone….

Hebrews 5:9–10 (NLT) 9 God qualified him as a perfect High Priest, and he became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him. 10 And God designated him to be a High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.

The King-Priest: “The Order of Melchizedek”
Hebrews 7:1–3 (NLT) This Melchizedek was king of the city of Salem and also a priest of God Most High. When Abraham was returning home after winning a great battle against the kings, Melchizedek met him and blessed him. 2 Then Abraham took a tenth of all he had captured in battle and gave it to Melchizedek. The name Melchizedek means “king of justice,” and king of Salem means “king of peace.” 3 There is no record of his father or mother or any of his ancestors—no beginning or end to his life. He remains a priest forever, resembling the Son of God.
* Genesis 14:18-20

Melchizedek:
#1. King
#2. Priest
#3. He gives 
bread and wine
#4. He blesses.

Jesus is our King-High Priest 
Order of Melchizedek: Jesus is the eternal mediator between God and man and the final authority as reigning king.

Hebrews 6:19–20 (NLT) 19 This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. 20 Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek. 

#1. He is approachable.
Hebrews 4:15–16 (NLT) 15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. 16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

#2. He Intercedes for us
Romans 8:34 (NIV) Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

“Satan is pointing at our sin and deeming us shamed, Jesus is pointing to the cross and declaring us redeemed.

#3. He puts Intercession in us
  • He gave full access to heaven by becoming the high priest and anointing everyone who follows him the new priesthood. 
1 Peter 2:9–12 (NLT) You are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. 10 “Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. 
Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.” 
11 Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. 12 Be careful to
 live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.

The Ministry of Intercession
2 Corinthians 5:19–20 (NIV) He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us…

1. Prayer & Fasting. 

“Brokenness won’t by simply being socially and politically active we must be spiritually persistent!”

2. Representing Jesus well.
We are ambassadors!

3. The message we bring.
Romans 10:14 (NLT) 14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?

We need to be winsome
1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.


4. The power we function in.
Between The Ling and The Dead
Numbers 16:46–48 (NLT) 46 And Moses said to Aaron, “Quick, take an incense burner and place burning coals on it from the altar. Lay incense on it, and carry it out among the people to purify them and make them right with the Lord. The Lord’s anger is blazing against them—the plague has already begun.” 47 Aaron did as Moses told him and ran out among the people. The plague had already begun to strike down the people, but Aaron burned the incense and purified the people. 48 He stood between the dead and the living, and the plague stopped.