Living in the FOG (Favor of God)

Message Notes

Psalm 5:12 NIV
[12] Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

God is Good!

Psalm 106:1 NIV
[1] Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

With Jesus We Are Winners

Colossians 2:13-15 NIV
[13] When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,
[14] having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.
[15] And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

God Will Give You Double for Your Trouble

Job 42:10,12,15 NIV
[10] After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.
[12] The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part…
[15] Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers.

How Can I Live in the FOG?

1.Start Your Relationship with Jesus
John 3:16 NIV
[16] For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

2.Surround Yourself With People Who Will En-Courage You

Proverbs 27:17 NIV
[17] As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

1 Corinthians 14:3 NIV
[3] But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.

3.Keep a Clean Heart

Ephesians 4:26-27 NIV
[26] “In your anger do not sin” : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,
[27] and do not give the devil a foothold.

Matthew 18:21-22 NIV
[21] Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” [22] Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

30, 60 or 100?

Message Notes

Matthew 13:3-9 (NIV)
3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

Putting Down Roots Produces Long Lasting Fruit

Matthew 13:20-21 (NIV)
20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.
21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.

Psalm 1:3 (NIV)
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.

Being In Good Soil Brings Favor With God and People

Mark 4:26-29 (NIV)
26 He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground.
27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.
28 All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.
29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”

Proverbs 3:1-4 (NIV)
3 My son, do not forget my teaching,but keep my commands in your heart,
2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.
3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.

What Happens Inside Determines Whether You Will be 30, 60 or 100 times

More Fruitful – Not What Happens Outside

Matthew 13:23 (NIV)
23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

How Can I Develop My Soil?

1. Get in a Sharpening Environment

Proverbs 27:17 (NIV)
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

2. Get Outside Your Comfort Zone

Mark 4:23-24 (NIV)
23 If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.”
24 “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more.

Proverbs 11:24 (MSG)
24 The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.

3. Stay Planted and Stay Fresh

Psalm 92:12-14 (NIV)
12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
13 planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green,

Get Your Feet Wet

Blog, Message Notes

Joshua 1:1-3 (NIV)
1 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide:
2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites.
3 I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses.
Getting Our Feet Wet Brings the Miracle

Joshua 3:5-8 (NIV)
5 Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”
6 Joshua said to the priests, “Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on ahead of the people.” So they took it up and went ahead of them.
7 And the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses.
8 Tell the priestswho carry the ark of the covenant: ‘When you reach the edge of the Jordan’s waters, go and stand in the river.’”

12 Now then, choose twelve menfrom the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe.
13 And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the Lord—the Lord of all the earth—set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap.”

15 Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge,
16 the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho.
17 The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stopped in the middle of the Jordan and stood on dry ground, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.

Getting Our Feet Wet Gets Us Closer to Jesus

Matthew 14:22-34 (NIV)
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd.
23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone,
24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.
26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.
33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
34 When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret.
35 And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him
36 and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.

Getting Our Feet Wet Makes Us Righteous

John 13:4-9 (NIV)
4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.
5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

How Can I Get My Feet Wet?

Get a Dream and Starting Praying For it

Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,
Don’t Worry, Pray!

Philippians 4:6 (NIV)
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Stay Close To Jesus

1 John 1:9 (NIV)
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Get Your Feet Wet

Message Notes

Joshua 1:1-3 (NIV)
1 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide:
2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites.
3 I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses.
Getting Our Feet Wet Brings the Miracle

Joshua 3:5-7 (NIV)
5 Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”
6 Joshua said to the priests, “Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on ahead of the people.” So they took it up and went ahead of them.
7 And the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses.
8 Tell the priestswho carry the ark of the covenant: ‘When you reach the edge of the Jordan’s waters, go and stand in the river.'”

12 Now then, choose twelve menfrom the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe.
13 And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the Lord—the Lord of all the earth—set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap.”

15 Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge,
16 the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho.
17 The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stopped in the middle of the Jordan and stood on dry ground, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.
Getting Our Feet Wet Gets Us Closer to Jesus

Matthew 14:22-34 (NIV)
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd.
23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone,
24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.
26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.
33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
34 When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret.
35 And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him
36 and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.
Getting Our Feet Wet Makes Us Righteous

John 13:4-9 (NIV)
4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.
5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

Get Your Feet Wet

Joshua 1:1-3 (NIV)
1 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide:
2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites.
3 I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses.
Getting Our Feet Wet Brings the Miracle

Joshua 3:5-7 (NIV)
5 Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”
6 Joshua said to the priests, “Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on ahead of the people.” So they took it up and went ahead of them.
7 And the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses.
8 Tell the priestswho carry the ark of the covenant: ‘When you reach the edge of the Jordan’s waters, go and stand in the river.’”

12 Now then, choose twelve menfrom the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe.
13 And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the Lord—the Lord of all the earth—set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap.”

15 Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge,
16 the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho.
17 The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stopped in the middle of the Jordan and stood on dry ground, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.

Getting Our Feet Wet Gets Us Closer to Jesus

Matthew 14:22-34 (NIV)
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd.
23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone,
24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.
26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.
33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
34 When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret.
35 And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him
36 and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.

Getting Our Feet Wet Makes Us Righteous

John 13:4-9 (NIV)
4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.
5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

How Can I Get My Feet Wet?

Get a Dream and Starting Praying For it

Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,
Don’t Worry, Pray!

Philippians 4:6 (NIV)
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Stay Close To Jesus

1 John 1:9 (NIV)
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

What Does the Voice of God Sound Like?

Message Notes

(Matthew 4:4 NKJV) But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”

1. The Voice of a Father
(Matthew 3:16-17 NKJV) When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

2.The Voice that knows your name, in your language

(I Samuel 3:10 NKJV) Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”

3. The Voice that Lifts, ‘strengthening, encouragement and comfort.’

(I Corinthians 14:1-3 NKJV) Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. (2)For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. (3)But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.

4. The Voice that Loves, forgives, accepts

“Woman, who condemns you? Go and sin no more.”

(John 8:10-11 NKJV) When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” (11)She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

5. The Voice that draws us into a better future

(John 1:42 NKJV) And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.

How do I grow in this?

1. Journaling. The word of God is close

(2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV) All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, (17)that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2. Prayer
I waited

(Habakkuk 2:1 NKJV) I will stand my watch And set myself on the rampart, And watch to see what He will say to me, And what I will answer when I am corrected.

3. Decides to love what God loves

(Psalms 122:1 NKJV) I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord .”

4. Prophecy – See it, Hear it, Speak the obvious

(Acts 2:17-18 NKJV) ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy.

(Genesis 15:5-6 NKJV) Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” (6)And he believed in the Lord , and He accounted it to him for righteousness

Abraham – stars
PsViv – Wave Vision

5. Grow Course and Gift Assesment

Serve in Your Passion Area

(Romans 12:6-8 NKJV) Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Let’s Make Jesus Jump for Joy!

Message Notes

(Luke 10:21 NKJV) In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.

– Background story

– 72 others

(Luke 10:1-2,9 NKJV) After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. (2) Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. (9) And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’

(Luke 10:17-20 NKJV) Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” (18) And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. (19) Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (20) Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”
– “At that very hour, Jesus full of joy through the Holy Spirit …” praised (without reservation – openly and joyfully, no holding back, to celebrate)

– What is this “jump for joy”?

  (84x OT , 16 NT agalliao)

more + jump, more + springing up (inside and outside)

David loved to ‘jump and sing’ (Psalms: 57x)

(Psalm 100:2 NKJV) Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.

(Psalm 118:24 NKJV) This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.

(Psalm 126:5-6 NKJV) Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy. (6) He who continually goes forth weeping, Bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him.

Peter

(Acts 2:26 NKJV) Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad; Moreover my flesh also will rest in hope.

-quoting Ps 16

Philippian Jailor

(Acts 16:34 NKJV) Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.

Heaven

(Revelation 19:7 NKJV) Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.

– Why did Jesus ‘jump for joy?”

1.Jesus is like that!

(Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (23) gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

2.72 more disciples joined in the mission. People were blessed. And came back to Jesus excited!z

(Matthew 16:18 NKJV) And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

3.God is actively unveiling truth to hungry people

We Are Called

Blog, Message Notes

(Ephesians 1:3-4 NKJV) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, (4) just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,

My calling

(Isaiah 42:6 NKJV) I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness, And will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the Gentiles,

(called – OT – 800 times and NT – 225 times)

1.God chooses to choose people

a. A King: David’s story:

(1 Samuel 16:6-13 Voice) When they came, he noticed the eldest son, Eliab.
Samuel (to himself): Surely this is the one the Eternal One will anoint. Eternal One (to Samuel): (7) Take no notice of his looks or his height. He is not the one, for the Eternal One does not pay attention to what humans value. Humans only care about the external appearance, but the Eternal considers the inner character. (8) Jesse called his son Abinadab and brought him to Samuel. Samuel looked at him. Samuel: The Eternal has not chosen him either. (9) Then Jesse brought his son Shammah in front of Samuel. Samuel: The Eternal has not chosen him either. (10) Jesse walked seven of his sons in front of Samuel, and each time, Samuel refused them because the Eternal One had chosen none of them. Samuel (to Jesse): (11) Are all your sons here?
Jesse: All but the youngest. He is off keeping the sheep. Samuel: Send for him, and bring him here. We will not sit down until he arrives. (12) Jesse sent for the youngest son, David, and he came in front of Samuel. He was a handsome boy, with a healthy complexion and bright eyes. Eternal One: Rise and anoint him, because this is the one. (13) Then Samuel took the horn filled with olive oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and the Spirit of the Eternal fell strongly on David and remained from that day on. Samuel then left for Ramah.

b. A skilled artist: Bezalel’s story

(Exodus 31:1-5 Voice) Eternal One: (2) Look, I have a special calling upon one of the sons of Judah. His name is Bezalel (the son of Uri, son of Hur). (3) I have filled him with God’s Spirit, gifted him with wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and skills with a variety of crafts. (4) He is an expert designer and works well with gold, silver, and bronze. (5) He is able to cut and set gems, work with wood, and skillfully perform any craft needed to help construct the congregation tent and its furnishings.

c.12 ordinary guys’ story

(Luke 6:13 NKJV) And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles:

d. Our story:

(John 15:16 NIV) You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.

(1 Corinthians 1:26-31 NET) Think about the circumstances of your call, brothers and sisters. Not many were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were born to a privileged position. (27) But God chose what the world thinks foolish to shame the wise, and God chose what the world thinks weak to shame the strong. (28) God chose what is low and despised in the world, what is regarded as nothing, to set aside what is regarded as something, (29) so that no one can boast in his presence. (30) He is the reason you have a relationship with Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, (31) so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

2.Q&A: Why does God choose??? …He is God, that’s why!

(Romans 9:15-16 NIV) For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” (16) It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.

(Romans 9:20-21 NIV) But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?'” (21) Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?

3.What should we do?

(Romans 12:1-2 NIV) Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. (2) Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

-Say yes to God’s call

-Change your thinking

-Know his Will and do it

We Are Better Together

Message Notes

(Luke 10:33-37 NIV) But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. (34) He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. (35) The next day he took out two denariie and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ (36) “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” (37) The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

1.Who is the Samaritan?
a.It is us? (“maybe …. I have done it sometimes ….I wish I could do more though”).
b.Is it Jesus? “(of course it’s Jesus – but he calls us into his plan to bless people”).
c.The local church (“the only sustainable example of Jesus’ love is the local church”).
“There is nothing like the local church when the local church is working right.” —Bill Hybels.

2.We Can’t do it all ourselves
-we need to be part of a team bigger than us.
-and we want to be a contributor to the plan!
(Romans 12:3-5 NKJV) For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.(4)For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function,(5)so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.

3.So what’s my part?
(Romans 12:6-8 NKJV) Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; (7)or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; (8)he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

-Grow course and gift assessment (especially the 7 motivational gifts).
prophecy, serving, teaching, encouraging, giving, leading, mercy

The Samaritan story today

1.Travelling along life and seeing need – all gifts needed. (workplace, uni, family, connect group).

2.Having compassion – all gifts needed

3.Went over to him – 1st responders – all gifts needed. (encouragers of hope).

4.bandaged – serving, mercy.

5.gave oil and wine to heal – serving, givers, mercy

6.put on his donkey – serving, giving, leadership,

7.brought to inn and gave instructions – leadership

8.gave generously – giving

9.offered to follow-up – encouragement, prophecy,

10… and teaching? Well, that’s what I’m doing right now. Let’s do it, plan it, teach it, spread it.

(Luke 10:37b NKJV) Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

(Ephesians 1:22-23 NKJV) And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, (23)which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Your Next Step

Message Notes

Ephesians 4:11-15 (NIV)
11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,
12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christmay be built up
13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.
15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.

Next Steps Take You From Elementary to Maturity
Hebrews 6:1-2 (NIV)
1 Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God,
2 instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.

Next Steps Take You From ‘Baka’ to Strength
Psalm 84:5-7 (NIV)
5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
6 As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools.
7 They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.

3 Barriers To Taking Next Steps

Our Past
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Our Perspective
Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Our Doubt
Jeremiah 1:4-7 (NIV)
4 The word of the Lord came to me, saying,
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
6 “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”
7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.

What Is Your Next Step?

Getting Planted in the Local Church
Sunday Attendance

Solidifying Your Faith
Baptism

Putting God First
Tithing

Iron Sharpening Iron
Connect Group

Discovering Your Gifts
Grow Course

Make a Difference
Dream Team

Helping Others Grow
Leadership

Jesus – Lord Over Sickness and Evil In our Lives 

Message Notes

全ての病や悪に勝る王イエス
Jesus is the healer イエスは癒し主
(1500 years before Jesus – ‘Jehovah Rapha’) (イエスが来る1500年前 – ジェホバ・ラファ)
(Exodus 15:26 NKJV) and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.”
(出エジプト 15:26 新改訳)そして、仰せられた。「もし、あなたがあなたの神、主の声に確かに聞き従い、主が正しいと見られることを行ない、またその命令に耳を傾け、そのおきてをことごとく守るなら、わたしはエジプトに下したような病気を何一つあなたの上に下さない。わたしは主、あなたをいやす者である。」
Matthew 8 – Our healing foretold マタイ 8 – 私たちの癒しが予告されている
“I desire it, be cleansed” 「わたしの心だ。きよくなれ。」
(Matthew 8:3 NKJV) Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
(マタイ 8:3 新改訳)イエスは手を伸ばして、彼にさわり、「わたしの心だ。きよくなれ。」と言われた。すると、すぐに彼のらい病はきよめられた。
“I will come and heal him” 「行って、直してあげよう。」
(Matthew 8:7 NKJV) And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”
(マタイ 8:7 新改訳)イエスは彼に言われた。「行って、直してあげよう。」
“as you have believed, let it be done for you!” 「あなたの信じたとおりになるように。」
(Matthew 8:13 NKJV) Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.
(マタイ 8:13 新改訳)それから、イエスは百人隊長に言われた。「さあ行きなさい。あなたの信じたとおりになるように。」すると、ちょうどその時、そのしもべはいやされた。
Jesus took our internal pain and our sicknesses イエスは私たちの内側の痛みや病も取ってくれた
(Matthew 8:16-17 NKJV) When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, (17) that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses.”
(マタイ 8:16-17 新改訳)夕方になると、人々は悪霊につかれた者を大ぜい、みもとに連れて来た。そこで、イエスはみことばをもって霊どもを追い出し、また病気の人々をみなお直しになった。(17)これは、預言者イザヤを通して言われた事が成就するためであった。「彼が私たちのわずらいを身に引き受け、私たちの病を背負った。」
600 years before Jesus イエスが来る600年前
(Isaiah 53:4-5 NKJV) Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. (5) But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
(イザヤ 53:4-5 新改訳)まことに、彼は私たちの病を負い、私たちの痛みをになった。だが、私たちは思った。彼は罰せられ、神に打たれ、苦しめられたのだと。(5)しかし、彼は、私たちのそむきの罪のために刺し通され、私たちの咎のために砕かれた。彼への懲らしめが私たちに平安をもたらし、彼の打ち傷によって、私たちはいやされた。

Question: What are ‘the stripes’? 質問:打ち傷とは?
Answer: The day of the cross 2 things happened. 答え:十字架にかかった日、2つのことが起きた
1.The whipping (the stripes) むち打ち(打ち傷)
(John 19:1-4 NKJV) So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him. (2) And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe. (3) Then they said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they struck Him with their hands. (4) Pilate then went out again, and said to them, “Behold, I am bringing Him out to you, that you may know that I find no fault in Him.”
(ヨハネ 19:1-4 新改訳)そこで、ピラトはイエスを捕えて、むち打ちにした。(2)また、兵士たちは、いばらで冠を編んで、イエスの頭にかぶらせ、紫色の着物を着せた。(3)彼らは、イエスに近寄っては、「ユダヤ人の王さま。ばんざい。」と言い、またイエスの顔を平手で打った。(4)ピラトは、もう一度外に出て来て、彼らに言った。「よく聞きなさい。あなたがたのところにあの人を連れ出して来ます。あの人に何の罪も見られないということを、あなたがたに知らせるためです。」
2.The cross 十字架
(John 19: 13-16 NKJV) When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus out and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called The Pavement, but in Hebrew, Gabbatha. (14) Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover, and about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” (15) But they cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him! Crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar!” (16) Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus and led Him away.
(ヨハネ 19:13-16 新改訳)そこでピラトは、これらのことばを聞いたとき、イエスを外に引き出し、敷石(ヘブル語でガバタ)と呼ばれる場所で、裁判の席に着いた。(14)その日は過越の備え日で、時は六時ごろであった。ピラトはユダヤ人たちに言った。「さあ、あなたがたの王です。」(15)彼らは激しく叫んだ。「除け。除け。十字架につけろ。」ピラトは彼らに言った。「あなたがたの王を私が十字架につけるのですか。」祭司長たちは答えた。「カイザルのほかには、私たちに王はありません。」 (16)そこでピラトは、そのとき、イエスを、十字架につけるため彼らに引き渡した。
So…Let’s celebrate The Lord’s Supper and thank Jesus for healing 聖餐式を祝い、イエスに癒しを感謝しましょう
(1 Corinthians 11:23-30 NKJV) For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; (24) and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” (25) In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” (26) For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes. (27) Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. (28) But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. (29) For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. (30) For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.
(1 コリント 11:23-30 新改訳)私は主から受けたことを、あなたがたに伝えたのです。すなわち、主イエスは、渡される夜、パンを取り、(24)感謝をささげて後、それを裂き、こう言われました。「これはあなたがたのための、わたしのからだです。わたしを覚えて、これを行ないなさい。」(25)夕食の後、杯をも同じようにして言われました。「この杯は、わたしの血による新しい契約です。これを飲むたびに、わたしを覚えて、これを行ないなさい。」(26)ですから、あなたがたは、このパンを食べ、この杯を飲むたびに、主が来られるまで、主の死を告げ知らせるのです。(27)したがって、もし、ふさわしくないままでパンを食べ、主の杯を飲む者があれば、主のからだと血に対して罪を犯すことになります。(28)ですから、ひとりひとりが自分を吟味して、そのうえでパンを食べ、杯を飲みなさい。(29)みからだをわきまえないで、飲み食いするならば、その飲み食いが自分をさばくことになります。(30)そのために、あなたがたの中に、弱い者や病人が多くなり、死んだ者が大ぜいいます。