Jul 22, 2018
Come Near
Series: Beloved
Ephesians 2:11-22:
BEloved – “Come Near”
               Picture a 4-year-old, standing on their tip toes, peering onto the kitchen counter, and eyeing the cookie jar that lies just beyond their fingertips. Now picture the favorite aunt that comes by and moves the jar just close enough that the child can reach it on their own. She doesn’t just hand the child the cookie but she has removed the barrier. So too, there is no longer anything that separates us from one another or from God. Christ has removed the barrier for us and God calls us to “come near.”

Second Reading: Ephesians 2:11-22

11Remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called “the uncircumcision” by those who are called “the circumcision”—a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands—12remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. 15He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, 16and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. 17So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; 18for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, 20built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. 21In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; 22in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.
 
WatchNotesDownloadDateTitle
  • Jul 22, 2018Come Near
    Jul 22, 2018
    Come Near
    Series: Beloved
    Ephesians 2:11-22:
    BEloved – “Come Near”
                   Picture a 4-year-old, standing on their tip toes, peering onto the kitchen counter, and eyeing the cookie jar that lies just beyond their fingertips. Now picture the favorite aunt that comes by and moves the jar just close enough that the child can reach it on their own. She doesn’t just hand the child the cookie but she has removed the barrier. So too, there is no longer anything that separates us from one another or from God. Christ has removed the barrier for us and God calls us to “come near.”

    Second Reading: Ephesians 2:11-22

    11Remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called “the uncircumcision” by those who are called “the circumcision”—a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands—12remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. 15He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, 16and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. 17So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; 18for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, 20built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. 21In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; 22in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.
     
  • Jul 8, 2018#SufficientGrace
    Jul 8, 2018
    #SufficientGrace
    Series: #WakeUpCall
    #WakeupCall #SufficientGrace
                   Do we believe that God’s grace is sufficient? If God’s grace is sufficient it doesn’t matter if I live or die. It doesn’t matter if my loved one lives or dies. This isn’t pain free. It’s not Pollyanna. If God’s grace is sufficient then we will be taken care of no matter what we face. Wakeup! The worst thing that can happen to you will never be the last. God’s grace is sufficient!
     

    Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:2-10

    2I know a person in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows. 3And I know that such a person—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows—4was caught up into Paradise and heard things that are not to be told, that no mortal is permitted to repeat. 5On behalf of such a one I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses. 6But if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I will be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think better of me than what is seen in me or heard from me, 7even considering the exceptional character of the revelations. Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated. 8Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, 9but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.
  • Jun 25, 2018#LiveGenerously
    Jun 25, 2018
    #LiveGenerously
    Series: #WakeUpCall
    #WakeupCall #LiveGenerously                Paul comes right out to the Corinthians with a clear message, “you were the first to give. Now finish the work!” What does it look like for us to live generous lives with our money? What does it take for us to finish the work of giving? We cannot deny that how we spend our money demonstrates what is important to us. Now Paul gives us a wakeup call. Let’s finish this work of living generously together!

    Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 8:7-15

    Paul encourages the Corinthians to honor their commitment to participate in the collection his churches are organizing for the Christians in Jerusalem. He presents Jesus as an example of selfless stewardship and reminds them that Christians have received abundantly so that they can share abundantly. 7Now as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you—so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking. 8I do not say this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love against the earnestness of others. 9For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. 10And in this matter I am giving my advice: it is appropriate for you who began last year not only to do something but even to desire to do something—11now finish doing it, so that your eagerness may be matched by completing it according to your means. 12For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has—not according to what one does not have. 13I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between 14your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance. 15As it is written, “The one who had much did not have too much, and the one who had little did not have too little.”
  • Jun 17, 2018#NewCreation
    Jun 17, 2018
    #NewCreation
    Series: #WakeUpCall
    #WakeupCall #NewCreation
                   “We are a New Creation” – No, Really! You are not the same as you once were. But old habits die hard and we fall back into our first selves. The Corinthians were dealing with the same issues. How do we let the change take hold? How do we move ourselves beyond our old habits that led to death? How do we live into our new creation to be led to life?
     

     

    Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, 14-17

    Paul encourages believers to live by faith and not by sight. We do not consider Jesus from a human perspective but through the eyes of faith, believing he died for all and was raised. All who are in Christ are now in God’s new creation. 6So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord—7for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 10For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil. 14For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. 15And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them. 16From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. 17So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
  • Jun 10, 2018#WakeupCall #Unseen
    Jun 10, 2018
    #WakeupCall #Unseen
    Series: #WakeUpCall
    “Fix our eyes on what is unseen” – The best part of any pirate movie is when the guy in the crow’s nest calls out “Land Ho!” The job of the crow’s nest? Constantly fix their eyes on what no one else can see. Stare at the horizon – into what at times would seem like nothingness – trusting that eventually a path would be revealed. We need a wakeup call so that we don’t get discouraged even if we can’t see the destination yet.
     

    scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:13--5:1

    Life in the present is transitory and cannot compare with the eternal home God has prepared for us. So we do not despair no matter what life might bring because we know that as God raised Jesus from the dead, God promises to bring us into eternal life. 13Just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—”I believed, and so I spoke”—we also believe, and so we speak, 14because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. 15Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. 16So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. 17For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, 18because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal. 5:1For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.