Christ’s - Mass.
You cant be a True Christian without the True Christ.
John 1:1-14, 9-14 (NIV) 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
9 The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God-- 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God. 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Incarnation: “the act of being made flesh.”
Jesus is both fully human and fully divine(God), that there is no mixture or dilution of either nature, forever
Accounts for the circumvention (bypass) of the the sin nature and allowed the eternal God to become a perfect man.
“You are not defined, destroyed or distanced, by your temptations.”
Matthew 1:18-21 (NIV) 18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. 20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."
Jesus came on a rescue mission.
Jesus Savior, Deliverer
Christ Messiah, Anointed One.
Jesus brought heavens agenda.
“TO SAVE PEOPLE…FROM THEIR SIN”
Romans 3:23 (NIV) For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Hamartia, “missing the mark.”
Romans 3:22-25 (NLT) 22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. 23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. 25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.
Luke 19:10 (NIV) For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost."
Jesus came seeking…
Seek-To seek after that which one desires.
“We don’t seek to find God, we seek him because God found us.”
...to Save the lost.
1. He’s the only one that could.
2. He’s the only one that would
Romans 5:6 (NIV) 6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
3. He is the only one who did
Romans 5:17 (NIV) For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.
Jesus is the only one who made a way.
Jesus Paid the Ransom
Matthew 20:28 (NLT) For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Gratitude will shift the culture.
Romans 1:21 (NLT) Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.
Luke 7:36-50 (NLT) 36 One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to have dinner with him, so Jesus went to his home and sat down to eat. 37 When a certain immoral woman from that city heard he was eating there, she brought a beautiful alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume. 38 Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them. 39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She’s a sinner!” 40 Then Jesus answered his thoughts. “Simon,” he said to the Pharisee, “I have something to say to you.” “Go ahead, Teacher,” Simon replied. 41 Then Jesus told him this story: “A man loaned money to two people—500 pieces of silver to one and 50 pieces to the other. 42 But neither of them could repay him, so he kindly forgave them both, canceling their debts. Who do you suppose loved him more after that?” 43 Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the larger debt.” “That’s right,” Jesus said. 44 Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Look at this woman kneeling here. When I entered your home, you didn’t offer me water to wash the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair.
45 You didn’t greet me with a kiss, but from the time I first came in, she has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You neglected the courtesy of olive oil to anoint my head, but she has anointed my feet with rare perfume. 47 “I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” 48 Then Jesus said to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 The men at the table said among themselves, “Who is this man, that he goes around forgiving sins?” 50 And Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
The peace governed life.
Philippians 4:4-7 (NIV) 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Postures that stifle gratitude.
“Negativity comes out of those who have not nurtured an internal culture of gratefulness.”
“What you are entitled to is so much less than what God promises you!”
3. Poverty Mindset
“Money promises what only God can provide!”
5. Offense/ unforgiveness
“Offense is the posture of those in bondage.”
Practicing the posture of gratitude.
“The economy of our heart is revealed in the posture of our gratitude”
Colossians 3:15-17(NIV) Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
1. Absorb: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly!
What does he say about you?
2. Adore: Giving praise & thanks.
1 Thessalonians 5:18(NIV) Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
Find the melody in the moment.
3. Apply: The attitude of Gratitude.
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.
- GOD IS GOOD! This is our anthem.
Romans 12:9-21 (NIV) 9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
“Your ability to honor other speaks about your character not always the one you are honoring.”
“Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less.” -C.S. Lewis
Romans 12:3 (NIV) For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought.
4. Celebrate with people (Rejoice & Weep)
5. Forgiveness/ Un-offend-able
Campaign 7 Days of Gratefulness.
#1. Everyday complete the following statements:
Today I am thankful that God is ___________(an attribute of God)
Today I am grateful for_________(someone or something in your life)
#2. Record the statements
#3. Avoid grumbling, complaining, or whining.
#4. Share your list with loved ones while gathering on Thanksgiving day.
2 Corinthians 9:10-11 (NLT) God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous.
“God’s part is providing our part is planting.”
- Energy- (Talents & Abilities )
The Macedonian church, Poor Rich people.
2 Corinthians 8:1-3, 7-9 (NLT) 1 Now I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, what God in his kindness has done through the churches in Macedonia. 2 They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity. 3 For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will…
7 Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us—I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving. 8 I am not commanding you to do this. But I am testing how genuine your love is by comparing it with the eagerness of the other churches. 9 You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.
We want to be generous….
- Because we want to be like God.
- Because we are royalty.
- Because we are extremely grateful
“In the Kingdom wealth is measure by generosity and poverty by greed.”
Excelling in the grace of giving.
2 Corinthians 9:6-11 (NLT) Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous.
- “You must Decide”“
- “Not Reluctantly”
- “Nor Under Pressure”
2 Corinthians 9:11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous.
1 Corinthians 16:2 (NLT) On the first day of each week, you should each put aside a portion of the money you have earned.
Jesus on tithing: (Luke 11:42, Luke 20:20)
2 Corinthians 8:3 (NLT) They gave not only what they could afford, but far more.
“In generosity sacrifices are more pleasurable than painful!”
In Sacrifice God changes us.
ill The Ring Note.
Developing a Generous Spirit.
- Give Thanks
- Give Something
- Give Sacrificially
- Give Consistently
- Give Now (From this day forward.)
Deuteronomy 6:12 (NIV) Be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
Joshua 3:15-16 (NLT) 15 It was the harvest season, and the Jordan was overflowing its banks. But as soon as the feet of the priests who were carrying the Ark touched the water at the river’s edge, 16 the water above that point began backing up a great distance away at a town called Adam.
Joshua 4:1-10 (NLT) 1 When all the people had crossed the Jordan, the LORD said to Joshua, 2 Now choose twelve men, one from each tribe. 3 Tell them, ‘Take twelve stones from the very place where the priests are standing in the middle of the Jordan. Carry them out and pile them up at the place where you will camp tonight.’” 4 So Joshua called together the twelve men he had chosen—one from each of the tribes of Israel. 5 He told them, “Go into the middle of the Jordan, in front of the Ark of the LORD your God. Each of you must pick up one stone and carry it out on your shoulder—twelve stones in all, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel. 6 We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future your children will ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 7 Then you can tell them, ‘They remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing when the Ark of the LORD’s Covenant went across.’ These stones will stand as a memorial among the people of Israel forever.” 8 So the men did as Joshua had commanded them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan River, one for each tribe, just as the LORD had told Joshua. They carried them to the place where they camped for the night and constructed the memorial there. 9 Joshua also set up another pile of twelve stones in the middle of the Jordan, at the place where the priests who carried the Ark of the Covenant were standing. And they are there to this day. 10 The priests who were carrying the Ark stood in the middle of the river until all of the LORD’s commands that Moses had given to Joshua were carried out. Meanwhile, the people hurried across the riverbed.
The Ark of the Covenant/Testimony Hebrews 9:4-5
1. God Presence- Mercy Seat.
2. God Precepts- The Ten Commandments
3. Gods Provision- Jar of Manna
4. Gods Power- Aarons budded shepherds rod-
5. God’s Promotion- Monument.
Isaiah 46:8-9 (NIV) 8 "Remember this, fix it in mind, take it to heart, you rebels. 9 Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me
Developing Healthy Markers…
1. Burn the bridges of regret
2 Corinthians 7:10 (NIV) Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
“Regret will hold you in bondage to the past.”
“God is destroying the monuments of regret & shame replacing them with hope and victory.”
“If the past doesn’t inspire you to move forward its not a monument its an Idol.”
Monuments become idols when they hinder progress.
2. Don’t live in the “Good ol’ days”
Ecclesiastes 7:10 (NIV) Do not say, "Why were the old days better than these?" For it is not wise to ask such questions.
3. Develop your story.
1- Start today
2- Don’t bail in the process
3- Win some Battles
“Your investment in the struggle now will be your inspiration in the future.”
4- Celebrate little things.
5. Capture Moments
4. Share your story.
“The more you tell what God has done the less likely you are to forget it.”
Revelation 12:11 (NIV) They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…
1. Honors the past.
2. Gives courage in the present
3. Inspires hope for the future
Luke 22:19 (NIV) He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”