NEW ERA

Matthew 3:1 IN THOSE days there appeared John the Baptist, preaching in the Wilderness (Desert) of Judea 2 And saying, Repent (think differently; change your mind, regretting your sins and changing your conduct), for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. AMP

Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, crying out, Repent (change your mind for the better, heartily amend your ways, with abhorrence of your past sins), for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. AMP

    1. Repent - change your mind - for the better

    2. Regretting your sins - abhor you past sins

    3. Change your conduct - amend your ways

            • Mounce Greek Dictionary: to undergo a change in frame of mind and feeling; to repent; to make a change of principle and practice; to reform

Primary Reason for Needed Change

    1. The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand

    2. The Kingdom of Heaven has come near

    3. The Kingdom of Heaven is touchable

    4. God’s way of doing things is attainable

Philippians 3:12   Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. NKJV

    1. Paul was speaking to the Church at Philippi from a perspective of where he was going…not where he had arrived.

    2. Paul had a goal, a target, a mindset that was always forward.

    3. Paul said he forgot things that were behind.

Note: One of the hardest things for the Church and Christians to do is let go of the past and move toward the future. Move from what God “has done” to what God “is doing”.

Horizon

Romans 8:29   For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. KJV

    • Set a fixed point on the horizon

    • A place to move toward 

Point of Demarcation

Acts 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. KJV

    • To be sent out from a point demarcatioN

Churches Attitude:

    • Always moving the horizon

    • Always looking for something more

    • Never feeling they have come to a point of demarcation 

Colossians 1:19 For it has pleased [the Father] that all the divine fullness (the sum total of the divine perfection, powers, and attributes) should dwell in Him permanently. AMP

Colossians 2:9 For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature].  10 And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power]. AMP

FAMILIAR FAITH

NUMBERS 20:1-13 1 In the first month the whole Israelite community arrived at the Desert of Zin, and they stayed at Kadesh. There Miriam died and was buried.

2 Now there was no water for the community, and the people gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron. 

3 They quarreled with Moses and said, “If only we had died when our brothers fell dead before the Lord! 

4 Why did you bring the Lord’s community into this wilderness, that we and our livestock should die here? 

5 Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to this terrible place? It has no grain or figs, grapevines or pomegranates. And there is no water to drink!”

6 Moses and Aaron went from the assembly to the entrance to the tent of meeting and fell facedown, and the glory of the Lord appeared to them. 

7 The Lord said to Moses, 

8 “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.”

9 So Moses took the staff from the Lord’s presence, just as he commanded him. 

10 He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” 

11 Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank.

12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.”

13 These were the waters of Meribah, where the Israelites quarreled with the Lord and where he was proved holy among them.

THE INFLUENCE OF EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL TENSIONS

EFFECT OF HOW WE REACT/RESPOND 

NUMBERS 20:2-5 

2 Now there was no water for the community, and the people gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron. 

3 They quarreled with Moses and said, “If only we had died when our brothers fell dead before the Lord! 

4 Why did you bring the Lord’s community into this wilderness, that we and our livestock should die here? 

5 Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to this terrible place? It has no grain or figs, grapevines or pomegranates. And there is no water to drink!”

6 Moses and Aaron went from the assembly to the entrance to the tent of meeting and fell facedown, and the glory of the Lord appeared to them. 

WHATEVER YOUR FACING - TAKE IT TO THE LORD

7 The Lord said to Moses, 

8 “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.”

9 So Moses took the staff from the Lord’s presence, just as he commanded him. 

10 He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” 

REBELS - CONTENTIOUS, DISOBEDIENT, BITTER

11 Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank.

HOW OFTEN DO WE FORGET FAITH IN FAVOR OF WHAT’S FAMILIAR

WHAT WAS IN HIS HEART WAS MORE POWERFUL THAN WHAT WAS IN HIS HAND

12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.”

HEBREWS 3:19 So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief. UNBELIEF

DEUTERONOMY 34:7 Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone.

FAITH + FAMILY IV

FAITH + FAM IV

INTRO

JOSHUA 1:1-9

1 After the death of Moses the Lord’s servant, the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant. He said, 

2 “Moses my servant is dead. Therefore, the time has come for you to lead these people, the Israelites, across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them. 

3 I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you—

 4 from the Negev wilderness in the south to the Lebanon mountains in the north, from the Euphrates River in the east to the Mediterranean Sea in the west, including all the land of the Hittites.’ 

5 No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.

6 “Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. 

7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. 

8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. 

9 This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

IN LAW, A LEGACY IS SOMETHING ACQUIRED BY INHERITANCE, OR BY A WILL

IN HISTORICAL TERMS, A LEGACY IS SOMETHING THAT IS HANDED SOWN FROM ONE PERIOD OF TIME TO ANOTHER PERIOD OF TIME. 

FROM ANCESTOR TO DESCENDANT

FROM PREDECESSOR TO SUCCESSOR 

LEGACY

“THE ALLOTMENT OF A LIVABLE PORTION OF LAND TO EACH HOUSEHOLD, AS A STEWARDSHIP TRUST. THE ALLOTMENT IS THEN PASSED DOWN FROM FATHER TO SON. JOSHUA DISTRIBUTED IT TO EACH TRIBE, WHO DIVIDED IT AMONG THEIR CLANS, FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUAL HOUSEHOLDS.” NLT ILLUSTRATED STUDY BIBLE

“OCCUPATION OVER ESCAPISM” - PASTOR OBED

“DREAMS BECOME REAL ESTATE GOD OCCUPIES” BILL JOHNSON

HEBREWS 4

JOSHUA 24:14-15 “Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

FAITH + FAMILY III

FAITH & FAM III

INTRO

1 CHRONICLES 22:2 - 10 

2 So David gave orders to call together the foreigners living in Israel, and he assigned them the task of preparing finished stone for building the Temple of God. 

3 David provided large amounts of iron for the nails that would be needed for the doors in the gates and for the clamps, and he gave more bronze than could be weighed. 

4 He also provided innumerable cedar logs, for the men of Tyre and Sidon had brought vast amounts of cedar to David.

5 David said, “My son Solomon is still young and inexperienced. And since the Temple to be built for the Lord must be a magnificent structure, famous and glorious throughout the world, I will begin making preparations for it now.” So David collected vast amounts of building materials before his death.

6 Then David sent for his son Solomon and instructed him to build a Temple for the Lord, the God of Israel. 

7 “My son, I wanted to build a Temple to honor the name of the Lord my God,” David told him. 

8 “But the Lord said to me, ‘You have killed many men in the battles you have fought. And since you have shed so much blood in my sight, you will not be the one to build a Temple to honor my name. 

9 But you will have a son who will be a man of peace. I will give him peace with his enemies in all the surrounding lands. His name will be Solomon,[a] and I will give peace and quiet to Israel during his reign. 

10 He is the one who will build a Temple to honor my name. He will be my son, and I will be his father. And I will secure the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’

11 “Now, my son, may the Lord be with you and give you success as you follow his directions in building the Temple of the Lord your God. 

12 And may the Lord give you wisdom and understanding, that you may obey the Law of the Lord your God as you rule over Israel. 

13 For you will be successful if you carefully obey the decrees and regulations that the Lord gave to Israel through Moses. Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid or lose heart!

14 “I have worked hard to provide materials for building the Temple of the Lord—nearly 4,000 tons of gold, 40,000 tons of silver, and so much iron and bronze that it cannot be weighed. I have also gathered timber and stone for the walls, though you may need to add more. 

15 You have a large number of skilled stonemasons and carpenters and craftsmen of every kind. 

16 You have expert goldsmiths and silversmiths and workers of bronze and iron. Now begin the work, and may the Lord be with you!”

17 Then David ordered all the leaders of Israel to assist Solomon in this project. 

18 “The Lord your God is with you,” he declared. “He has given you peace with the surrounding nations. He has handed them over to me, and they are now subject to the Lord and his people. 

19 Now seek the Lord your God with all your heart and soul. Build the sanctuary of the Lord God so that you can bring the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant and the holy vessels of God into the Temple built to honor the Lord’s name.”

  • PREPARATIONS 

EXCELLENCE

CEDARS OF LEBANON, GOLD, SILVER

FINEST CRAFTSMAN AND SKILLED LABOR

SACRIFICE

“Those that are aged and experienced should consider those that are young and tender, and provide them what help they can, that they may make the work of God as easy to them as possible.” MATTHEW HENRY

HUMILITY

DAVID - AN EXAMPLE OF A FATHER’S HEART

· David gathered and prepared materials for the temple

· David won the peace with surrounding nations that Israel needed to build the temple.

· David found and purchased the site to build the temple.

· David established the plans for the temple.

· David organized and commanded the administration and servants of the temple.

No one calls it “David’s temple.”

  • PLANS

“Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope.”  REINHOLD NIEBUHR

HOPE - JOYFUL EXPECTATION A GOOD OUTCOME

JOEL 2:28b Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions.

  • PEOPLE

DAVID WAS A DREAMER

DREAMS DO COME TRUE, BUT RARELY W/ OUT PARTNERSHIP

#TEAMWORKDREAMWORK

GOD CAN USE YOUR HISTORY AND HEART AS AN INHERITANCE

ACTS 13:22 “MAN AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART”

WHAT GOD WANTED

A TEMPLE BUILT IN THE HEARTS OF PEOPLE

I CORINTHIANS 6:19 - TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT - BOUGHT W/ PRICE

EPHESIANS 1:18 - GOD’S GLORIOUS INHERITANCE IN HIS HOLY PEOPLE 

FAITH + FAMILY II

THE PROVIDING CHARACTER OF GOD

PLANNING FROM RESTORATION

FAITH + STEWARDSHIP

JAMES 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

ISAIAH 61:3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.

1 PETER 4:10-11 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

FAITH + FAMILY I

COLOSSIANS 3:15-25 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 

16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 

17 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.

18 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.

20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

21 Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.

22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 

23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 

24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 

25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.

BIG IDEA: PRIORITIES

COLOSSIANS 3:18-22 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.

20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

21 Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.

22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.

COVENANT KIDS & CAREERS

GENESIS 1

MAN - WOMAN - CHILDREN - WORK

  • COVENANT 

I PETER 3:7 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.

“Stewarding affluence and influence is to speak up for those that don’t have your same level affluence or influence”  RICK WARREN

THE ANSWER CULTURE IS LOOKING FOR FOUND IN GOD’S ORDER

STRONG FAMILIES MAKE STRONG CHURCHES

STRONG CHURCHES MAKE THE KINGDOM STRONG

A STRONG KINGDOM MAKES EARTH LOOK MORE LIKE HEAVEN

AN INVITATION LET PEACE RULE & CHRIST MESSAGE DWELL

RULE - PHILIPPIANS 4:7 (PEACE OF GOD, GUARD YOUR HEARTS)

GREEK - UMPIRE (OLYMPIC GAMES)

MATTHEW 11:30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

PRIORITIES ARE DETERMINED BY YOUR VISION, BUT DEMONSTRATED BY YOUR HEART

WHERE YOU SET YOUR MIND YOUR HEART SOON FOLLOWS

COLOSSIANS 3:17 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.

ROMANS 8:28 - WHAT EVER BRINGS GOD GLORY BRING US GOOD



VISION + VALUES V

 HOW TO RESTORE LOST VISION?

ACTS 9:1-19 Meanwhile, Saul was uttering threats with every breath and was eager to kill the Lord’s followers. So he went to the high priest. 

2 He requested letters addressed to the synagogues in Damascus, asking for their cooperation in the arrest of any followers of the Way he found there. He wanted to bring them—both men and women—back to Jerusalem in chains.

3 As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. 

4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?”

5 “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked.

And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! 

6 Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

7 The men with Saul stood speechless, for they heard the sound of someone’s voice but saw no one! 

8 Saul picked himself up off the ground, but when he opened his eyes he was blind. So his companions led him by the hand to Damascus. 

9 He remained there blind for three days and did not eat or drink.

10 Now there was a believer in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling, “Ananias!”

“Yes, Lord!” he replied.

11 The Lord said, “Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you get there, ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying to me right now. 

12 I have shown him a vision of a man named Ananias coming in and laying hands on him so he can see again.”

13 “But Lord,” exclaimed Ananias, “I’ve heard many people talk about the terrible things this man has done to the believers in Jerusalem! 

14 And he is authorized by the leading priests to arrest everyone who calls upon your name.”

15 But the Lord said, “Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel. 

16 And I will show him how much he must suffer for my name’s sake.”

17 So Ananias went and found Saul. He laid his hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you might regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 

18 Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized. 

19 Afterward he ate some food and regained his strength.

  • TWO THINGS YOU NEED IF YOU’VE LOST YOUR VISION

    • SAME TWO THINGS APOSTLE PAUL NEEDED

  1. JESUS

  2. SUPPORT SYSTEM

NEW IDENTITY

NEW FOCUS

NEW MISSION

I CORINTHIANS 1:1-2 When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.

2 For I decided to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 

    • YOUR VISION DETERMINES YOUR DIRECTION

      • MISSION IS THE BYPRODUCT OF VISION

VISION + VALUES IV

VALUES + VISION

Ephesians 4:10  He who descended is the very one who  

ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe

1. The Object of the Father

2. The Value of Everything

The value of everything in the eyes of the Father – is determined by the measure of Christ in it

God is looking for a people where Christ is their all - and where His presence is being manifested

Matthew 3:17 (Amp) This is My Beloved Son, in Whom I delight

John 15:5  I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you caN do nothing.

3. Declaration of Divine Purpose

Romans 8:28-29 (CEV) We know that God is always at work for the good of everyone who loves Him.  They are the ones God has chosen for His purpose, and He has always known who His chosen ones would be.  He had decided to let them become like His own Son, so that His Son would be the first of many children.

The work of the Holy Spirit is to show us what we are to know and be - spiritually in Christ

4. The Dwelling Place of Christ

Ephesians 3:17  So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith

5. Hindrances to Spiritual Growth 

2 Corinthians 3:18  So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord.  And the Lord - who is the Spirit - makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image.

Appreciation and love for Jesus gets rid of the anxiety of spiritual growth

Spiritual growth comes from being occupied with Jesus – giving Him His place in everything

Ephesians 4:13  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.

6. God’s Vision – The Church 

John Wesley said, “There is no such thing as a solitary Christian.”

Christianity is an individual faith - but a collective fellowship

 7. Church is a Place to Belong

8. Jesus Died for the Church

Acts 20:28  …His Church, purchased with His own blood

9. The Power of the Church

Matthew 16:18 I will build My Church, and the gates of Hell will not overpower it. 

1 Peter 2:10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the 

people of God

Matthew 5:14  …the light of the world.  A City on a Hill…

Ephesians 1:22-23  God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made Him head over all things for the benefit of the church.  23) And the church is His body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with Himself.

VISION + VALUES III

ALIGNING WITH VISION

ISAIAH 43:18-19 “Forget the former things do not dwell on the past. 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.

PSALMS 69:9-11

You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it. You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops. You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance.

HEBREWS 12:1

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us

-Worldview 

-Sin nature

-Patience

-Clarity

Faith is always for whats to come.

VISION & VALUES II

ISAIAH 6:1-9

It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple. 

2 Attending him were mighty seraphim, each having six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. 

3 They were calling out to each other, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies! The whole earth is filled with his glory!”

4 Their voices shook the Temple to its foundations, and the entire building was filled with smoke.

5 Then I said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”

6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. 

7 He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.”

8 Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.”

9 And he said, “Yes, go, and say to this people,…

HOW DO WE GET A VISION FOR OUR LIFE?

ISAIAH 6:1 It was in the year King Uzziah died 

  • VISION IS FOR NOW
  • VISION IS IN THE PRESENCE

ISAIAH 6:1-3 It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple. 

2 Attending him were mighty seraphim, each having six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. 

3 They were calling out to each other, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies! The whole earth is filled with his glory!”

THE MANIFEST PRESENCE OF GOD REVEALS HIS VOICE

  • VISION WILL SHAKE EVERYTHING AROUND YOU

ISAIAH 6:4 Their voices shook the Temple to its foundations, and the entire building was filled with smoke.

 IT’S NOT VISION IF IT DOESN’T CHALLENGE YOUR STATUS QUO

  • VISION WILL HUMBLE YOU 

ISAIAH 6:5 Then I said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”

THE END RESULT OF CONVICTION IS FOR

    PREPARATION

ISAIAH 6:6-7 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. 

7 He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.”

PREPARATION MOVES YOU INTO POSITION

ISAIAH 6:8 Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?”

POSITION YOURSELF CLOSE ENOUGH TO OVERHEAR THE SECRET CONVERSATIONS OF THE LORD -- THEN RESPOND WITH A ‘YES!’

ISAIAH 6:8 Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?”I said, “Here I am. Send me.”

  • VISION IS THE PRODUCT OF YOUR PREPARATION AND YOUR POSITION

YOUR POSITION WILL DETERMINE YOUR COMMISSION

ISAIAH 6:9 And he said, “Yes, go, and say to this people,     

VISION & VALUES I

HABAKKUK 2:2-3

“Write the vision And make it plain on tablets,

That he may run who reads it.

For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.

Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.”

INSPIRATION VS MOTIVATION

    INTERNAL VS EXTERNAL

    PASSION VS DUTY

 INSPIRATION --  “IN SPIRIT”

    EPHESIANS 4 GIFTING TO DEVELOP LEADERS/MATURITY

 

SEE IT — SAY IT — DO IT

 

SEE IT

PROVERBS 29:19 Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.

“MY REACH EXCEEDS MY GRASP”

VISION PUSHES US PAST THE LIMITS OF OUR OWN ABILITIES

PHILIPPIANS 3:12-14 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

VISION IS PARTNERING WITH GOD’S FUTURE

 

SAY IT

ROMANS 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God

“I AM WHO GOD SAYS I AM.”

HABAKKUK 2:2-3

“Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it.

    YOUR LIFE CAN ACCELERATE THE LIFE OF OTHERS

    KINGDOM VISION REQUIRES

        TIME — RESOURCES — LIKE MINDED PEOPLE — GOD

 

 

DO IT

HABAKKUK 2:3

For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.”

PATIENT BUT PERSISTENT

VISION IS AS MUCH TIMING AS SEEING AND SAYING

WHEN THE APPOINTED TIME DOES COME, IT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT YOUR EXPECTATION - MATTHEW HENRY

“(VISION) IS NOT WHERE WE ARE TRYING TO GO - WE CAN EASILY GET CONSENSUS ON THE GOAL. IT IS WHAT ARE WE WILLING TO LEAVE BEHIND TO GET THERE?” TD JAKES

 

HAVING A VISION FOR YOUR LIFE IN CHRIST WILL NOT MAKE ALL YOUR PROBLEMS DISAPPEAR, 

    BUT IT WILL GIVE YOUR LIFE PURPOSE. 

        AND WHEN YOUR LIFE HAS PURPOSE

            YOU CAN PUSH THROUGH ANY LEVEL OF PAIN.

TRANSFORMATION

James 5:9-11

9 Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!

10 Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophetswho spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

Judges 6:6-12

6 Midian so impoverished the Israelites that they cried out to the Lord for help.

7 When the Israelites cried out to the Lord because of Midian, 8 he sent them a prophet, who said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I brought you up out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 9 I rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians. And I delivered you from the hand of all your oppressors; I drove them out before you and gave you their land. 10 I said to you, ‘I am the Lord your God; do not worship the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you live.’ But you have not listened to me.”

11 The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joashthe Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. 12 When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you,mighty warrior.”

The book of judges reveals the heart of our JUDGE

ENCOUNTER

WEAKNESS

IDENTITY 

GROWING GARDENS

Genesis 1:28-29

And God Blessed them. And God Said to them, “Be fruitful and multiple and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth. And God Said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.”

Genesis 2:8-9; 15-16

8 And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying “you may surely eat of every tree of the Garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day you eat of it you shall surely die.”

We all have Gardens to Grow, whether you like it or not you’re already growing a Garden

    • But there’s Good news
    • God did not leave us without a clue

Genesis 1 – 3 is an image of God’s original design(BLUEPRINT). Creation, Eden, Man. Fellowship in the cool of the day. Most theologians believe if you want to know God’s plan go to the Garden.

THE PLAN (GARDEN BLUEPRINT) 

Our Call

Our Scripture tells that the Lord Spoke 

    • The Word of God is Truth. 
    • The word of God Never returns void 
      • No matter what the world around us says; the Word of God is what it really is. 
    • The first thing He spoke to man, “Be Fruitful.” “Fill the Earth”. “Take Dominion.” 
      • Not a suggestion; it was a charge. 
      • A commission 

Genesis 2 says that He formed Adam; then created the garden; then placed Adam in the garden

    • He told Adam before Adam was ever in the garden what Adam was supposed to do. 
      • Plant seed.

BEFORE ADAM WAS EVER IN HIS PLACE ADAM HAD A CALL

He told Adam what he was capable of doing and what God said he would be able to do; then God gave him the tools to do it. 

He showed Adam all the things that he had to work with to accomplish this, he said here’s plants here’s seed here’s animals, and then he put Adam in the Garden.

We as a church have been going through a season of change

    • God has been reshaping us, telling us what He expects from us, what we’d be able to do and how to do it
      • Giving us a new identity 
      • He has called, He has Equipped and now we’re in our Garden, and we’re being given a Charge – To be Seen and known as Disciples of Jesus Christ and Guess what he already planted the Garden
    • He already gave us tools to keep it cultivated
      • Like keep your love on, Creatively worship, Authentically Display Christ
      • All Seeds
    • He’s giving us a Charge – To Be Fruitful, Fill the Southside, Fill the City, Take Dominion

THE TOOLS (TREES AND SEEDS)

He said “plant seeds in this Garden I’m giving you…”

Seeds represent life

SOMETIMES WHAT WE CALL BEING FRUITFUL PRODUCES THE WRONG KIND OF FRUIT

SCRIPTURE

And God Said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.”

God not only gives you plants that produce seed to grow the garden but also gives it for your benefit. 

Its good for food. 

Its good for you or you can sit there and stare at the most tempting fruit in the garden the whole time

The more of one kind of seed you plant in your Garden, the more of that fruit you’re going to have

WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH THE SEED?

WHICH SEED ARE YOU PLANTING?

The Trees in the Garden

Just like there were two Trees in the Garden

Genesis 2:8-9

8 And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil

The positive and the negative

The fruit promised knowledge of Good and Evil

    • Intimacy with Good and Evil
    • Adam was already given intimacy with Good, because God is Good 
    • He would spend time with Adam in the cool of the day, 
    • God gave Adam all the things that he created and said were good,
    • Intimacy with evil came from staring at a forbidden fruit for too long

We were designed to learn intimacy with God through God Himself

    • Not through a piece of Counterfeit fruit and we were never designed to have intimacy with evil because in God there is no evil

Evil grows so easily but Righteousness must be cultivated – Pastor Jeremy Burk

The tree of Life on the other hand

Everlasting life, goodness

1 Peter 1:23 Says since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;

I believe That the Jesus is the Tree of Life and has given us seed that will never die 

    • When we partake in Jesus we are given everlasting life
    • Seed that never withers and all we have to do is plant it 
    • Our life in Christ is a life that is imperishable, and it is seed to grow into something that is unexplainable – in our life; in someone else’s life 
    • It’s the size of a mustard seed and grows into the biggest tree of all. 
    • The seed of Jesus, the Seed of the kingdom of God

Genesis 1:28-29

And God Blessed them. And God Said to them, “Be fruitful and multiple and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth. And God Said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.”

Genesis 2:15-16

The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying “you may surely eat of every tree of the Garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day you eat of it you shall surely die.”

GOOD FOR EATING

But if every tree that bore fruit with seed in it was good for eating – then I propose to you that the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and evil never had seed in its fruit because we were charged not to eat it.

It says in our scripture that all the plants that yielded seed were good for eating, 

Man was supposed to totally overwhelm the earth with the good things that could reproduce and give life

IT TAKES A WHILE FOR SEED TO GROW

PERSEVERE AND NOT GROW WEARY

James 1:3-4 New King James Version (NKJV)

3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

SUDDENLY

So much Good fruit starts growing that the things that we aren’t supposed to look at, to eat, to partake in become totally drowned out by the kingdom of God

SUDDENLY

PLANT POSITIVITY; FIND FREEDOM.

We could eat from the Tree of Life and all the other trees produced from the seed of the Tree of Life and we would live forever in our Garden… 

But you have Choice 

THE CHARGE (GROW GARDENS) 

You see we have a Garden that God has set up for us and we have two trees; 

YOU WILL NEVER BE FRUITFUL IF YOU DO NOT SOW GOOD SEED

God has set up our personal Garden, and then when we come together God has given us a Garden called City on a Hill.

And you have a choice.

To plant the good seed or plant the bad seed

Or you can put the seed in your pocket for later…

You can give The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil more credit and time than it deserves… like that serpent did.

Don’t react to circumstances but responded with What God said about us – so know the Things God says about you

Replaced our labels that we give ourselves or what the enemy calls us with how God sees us

Realized that every time we pray for someone, every time we encourage someone, every time we hug, take out to eat, help financially, we have not only sowed a seed in our Garden but theirs - Or if we Worship more or work hard (Remember work the garden and keep it) doing all things as unto the Lord, Prefer others 

What if every person that walks through those doors is just waiting to see some good fruit in your life to realize that Jesus is the Truth, the Light and way. How will they ever know if you don’t show them.

A SEEDLESS TREE CAN ONLY LAST SO LONG IN A GARDEN OF GOOD FRUIT

 

THE BLUEPRINT

EPHESIANS 1:1-14

From Paul, one of King Jesus’s apostles through God’s purpose, to the holy ones in Ephesus who are also loyal believers in King Jesus: 2 may God our father and the Lord Jesus, the king, give you grace and peace! 3 Let us bless God, the father of our Lord Jesus, the king! He has blessed us in the king with every spirit-inspired blessing in the heavenly realm. 4 He chose us in him before the world was made, so as to be holy and irreproachable before him in love. 5 He foreordained us for himself, to be adopted as sons and daughters through Jesus the king. That’s  how he wanted it, and that’s what gave him delight, 6 so that the glory of his grace, the grace he poured on us in his beloved one, might receive its due praise. 7 In the king, and through his blood, we have deliverance — that is, our sins have been forgiven — through the wealth of his grace 8 which he levied on us. yes, with all wisdom and insight 9 he has made known to us the secret of his purpose, just as he wanted it to be and set it forward in him 10 as a blueprint for when the time was ripe. His plan was to sum up the whole cosmos in the king — yes, everything I heaven and on earth, in him. 11 In him we have received in inheritance! We were foreordained to this, according to the intention of the one who does all things in accordance with the counsel of his purpose.           12 This was so that we, we who first hoped in the king, might live for the praise of his glory.         13 In him you too, who heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed it — in him you were marked out with the spirit of promise, the Holy One.  14 The spirit is the guarantee of our inheritance, until the time when the people who are God’s special possession are finally reclaimed and freed. This, too, is for the praise of his glory. 

pre·des·ti·na·tion

prēˌdestəˈnāSH(ə)n/

noun

noun: predestination; noun: pre-destination

  1. (as a doctrine in Christian theology) the divine foreordaining of all that will happen, especially with regard to the salvation of some and not others.

PREDESTINED, FOREORDAINED, CHOSEN

KAIROS - GOD’S TIMING

“IT’S NOT A GUARANTEE, IT’S AN OPPORTUNITY” DUTCH SHEETS

OLAM EL - THE EVERLASTING GOD - SEES END FROM BEGINNING - GENESIS 21:33

“SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME IN THE LIFETIME OF THE OPPORTUNITY” LEONARD RAVENHILL 

PREDESTINED TO SONSHIP

    APPOINTED PURPOSE, NOT APPOINTED SALVATION

EPHESIANS 1:7-10 

In the king, and through his blood, we have deliverance — that is, our sins have been forgiven — through the wealth of his grace 8 which he levied on us. yes, with all wisdom and insight 9 he has made known to us the secret of his purpose, just as he wanted it to be and set it forward in him. 10 as a blueprint for when the time was ripe. His plan was to sum up the whole cosmos in the king — yes, everything I heaven and on earth, in him.

PLAN - PROCESS - PURPOSE

blue·print

ˈblo͞oˌprint/

1 n something intended as a guide for making something else

“a blueprint for a house”

a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished

make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form

 

PLAN

GOD’S BLUEPRINT FOR US IS FOR TRANSFORMATION.
“SOMETHING INTENDED AS A GUIDE FOR MAKING SOMETHING ELSE”

2 CORINTHIANS 5:17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

PROCESS

“A SERIES OF STEPS TO BE CARRIED OUT OR GOALS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED”

SANCTIFICATION - "set apart for particular use in a special purpose or work”

PURPOSE

GOD’S PLAN AND PROCESS (BLUEPRINT) IS TO BUILD US INTO OUR PURPOSE

EPHESIANS 1:9-10 he has made known to us the secret of his purpose, just as he wanted it to be and set it forward in him

10 as a blueprint for when the time was ripe. His plan was to sum up the whole cosmos in the king — yes, everything I heaven and on earth, in him.

GOD SEES YOU AS THE FINISHED PRODUCT

 

DON’T GIVE UP

GALATIANS 6:9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

PSALM 1:3 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.

TRUST GOD FOR TOMORROW

 

2 Corinthians 8:10-14 (MSG)  So here’s what I think: The best thing you can do right now is to finish what you started last year and not let those good intentions grow stale.  Your heart’s been in the right place all along. You’ve got what it takes to finish it up, so go to it.  Once the commitment is clear, you do what you can, not what you can’t.  The heart regulates the hands.  This isn’t so others can take it easy while you sweat it out.  No, you’re shoulder to shoulder with them all the way, your surplus matching their deficit, their surplus matching your deficit.  In the end you come out even.

Philippians 3:13-14  Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.  But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press toward the goal… 

We need to - Set Our Face to the Future.

Our future is a Future in God

We are His People – His Children – His Heirs.

1) The Church’s Responsibility                                                                                                          The spiritual level of a nation is determined by the Church – If our nation is getting worse – it is because the Church is doing less

2) Our Promised Destiny

3) God’s Promised to Build His Church

“Pour out His Spirit on all the people on the Southside.”  Joel 2:28 (LMV)

4) Our Hope Is Built on Jesus

5) You Can Trust God for Tomorrow
Human tendency is to trust in God’s instruments of provision, rather than in God Himself.

Proverbs 18:10-11  "The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.  The wealth of the rich is their fortified city, and they imagine it to be an un-scalable wall.

WHAT’S IN A NAME IV

PHILIPPIANS 2:1-11 Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? 

2 Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.

3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 

4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

6 Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.

7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form,

8 he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names,

10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

"Serve like a son." LOU ENGLE 

JESUS SERVED LIKE A SON

    HE WAS ELEVATED & RENAMED

    LEXICON - AUTHORITY (FUNCTION)

MATTHEW 16:18 — JESUS RENAMES PETER

JESUS UNDERSTOOD HUMILITY AND SERVITUDE

    SERVING ELEVATES YOU

CARPENTER - TEKTON - ONE THAT USES VARIOUS MATERIALS IN BUILDING - WOOD, STONE AND METAL        

JESUS CAME TO BUILD US FROM THE GROUND UP

        INSIDE — OUT

BUILDING IS RARELY AN OVERNIGHT PROCESS

THREE BUILDING MATERIALS JESUS NEEDS TO BUILD A NEW TEMPLE 

I CORINTHIANS 6:19

PAST PRESENT FUTURE

HEBREWS 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

JER 29:11 GIVES US A FUTURE AND A HOPE

HE IS BUILDING US AND NAMING US ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE

ROMANS 8:28 And 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.

JESUS TAKES OUR PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE AND BUILDS SOMETHING GOOD

 

WHAT'S IN A NAME? III

EZRA 3:1, 3-4, 10-13 When the seventh month came and the Israelites had settled in their towns, the people assembled together as one in Jerusalem. 3 Despite their fear of the peoples around them, they built the altar on its foundation and sacrificed burnt offerings on it to the Lord, both the morning and evening sacrifices.  4 Then in accordance with what is written, they celebrated the Festival of Tabernacles with the required number of burnt offerings prescribed for each day. 

10 When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests in their vestments and with trumpets, and the Levites (the sons of Asaph) with cymbals, took their places to praise the Lord, as prescribed by David king of Israel.  11 With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord: “He is good; his love toward Israel endures forever.” And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.  12 But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy.  13 No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.

“AS ONE MAN”  

EZRA 3:10-11 When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests in their vestments and with trumpets, and the Levites (the sons of Asaph) with cymbals, took their places to praise the Lord, as prescribed by David king of Israel. 

11 With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord:

“He is good;

    his love toward Israel endures forever.”

And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. 

  • THE TEMPLE

THE TEMPLE REPRESENTS WHERE HEAVEN AND EARTH MEET    

    HEAVEN LOOKS LIKE FAMILY

    FATHER - FAITH - FAMILY  

PSALM 22:3

MATTHEW 18:20

IT’S NOT JUST WHERE WE GATHER — BUT WHO WE GATHER AROUND

12 But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. 

THERE WILL ALWAYS BE THOSE WHO CAN’T CELEBRATE THE PRESENT BECAUSE THEY HAVE THEIR HEAD BURIED IN THE PAST

“GO WITH THE ONES GOING WITH YOU” PASTOR JIM H. 

GOD IS LAYING A NEW FOUNDATION

13 No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO LEAVE BEHIND SO YOU CAN MOVE FORWARD?

 

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WHAT'S IN A NAME II

ZECHARIAH 8:1-5

1-2 And then these Messages from God-of-the-Angel-Armies: A Message from God-of-the-Angel-Armies: “I am zealous for Zion—I care! I’m angry about Zion—I’m involved!”

God’s Message:

3 “I’ve come back to Zion, I’ve moved back to Jerusalem. Jerusalem’s new names will be Truth City, and Mountain of God-of-the-Angel-Armies, and Mount Holiness.”

4-5 A Message from God-of-the-Angel-Armies:

“Old men and old women will come back to Jerusalem, sit on benches on the streets and spin tales, move around safely with their canes—a good city to grow old in. And boys and girls will fill the public parks, laughing and playing—a good city to grow up in.”

EVERYONE HAS A PLACE

        BOTH YOUNG AND OLD

A PLACE TO GROW UP — A PLACE TO GROW OLD

OLD - PROMISE OF GOD

JOEL 2:28-29  “And afterward I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams,  your young men will see visions. 29 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.

“I HAVE FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT, FINISHED THE RACE, KEPT THE FAITH”

YOUNG - PLANS OF GOD

    GOD HAS PLANS  

JEREMIAH 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 

THE PROMISES OF SCRIPTURE BECOME PERSONAL WHEN WE ARE CONNECTED TO HIS PEOPLE (THRU CHRIST)

OLD AND YOUNG

    PUT ON DISPLAY

        MATTHEW 14 - BURNING SHINING LAMPS

    TESTIMONY OF FATHER’S PASSION AND FAITHFULNESS

EPHESIANS 2:14-22 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. 19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

FAITH — FATHER — FAMILY

WHAT'S IN A NAME?

WHAT’S IN A NAME

ISAIAH 62

For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not be quiet, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch. 2 The nations shall see your righteousness, and all the kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give. 3 You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. 4 You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate, but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married. 5 For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your sons marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you. 

WE CAN BE IN CHURCH —

REDEEMED FROM EXILE

RENAMED IN COVENANT CONNECTION

REPURPOSED FOR KINGDOM MISSION

AND FEEL TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY ALONE —

GOD IS REMINDING THEM (AND US) ABOUT HIS HEART FOR HIS PEOPLE

ISAIAH 62:1 For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not be quiet, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch.

EPHESIANS 3:6 The secret is this: that, through the Gospel, the Gentiles are to share Israel’s inheritance. They are to become fellow members of the body, along with them, and fellow sharers of the promise in King Jesus.

SCRIPTURAL PROPHECIES ARE NOT PERSONAL PROMISES

    UNTIL YOU BECOME A PART OF A PEOPLE 

ISAIAH 62:2 The nations shall see your righteousness, and all the kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give.

NEW NAME

“Names in the Bible are seen as expressing a person’s essential character, and a renaming reflects a significant change of character.”  

    ABRAM BECOMES ABRAHAM (Genesis 17:5) 

    JACOB BECOMES ISRAEL (Genesis 32:28) 

    SIMON BECOMES PETER (Matthew 16:18) 

    SAUL BECOMES PAUL (Acts 13:9)

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” 

Juliet, William Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet

NEW NAME = NEW AUTHORITY AND NEW STATUS

ISAIAH 62:3 You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

WE ARE WHO HE SAYS WE ARE

GOD RENAMES US ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE FOR US (V2)

ISAIAH 62:4 You shall no more be termed Forsaken (ALONE), and your land shall no more be termed Desolate (POOR), but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married.

    REDEEMED (BOUGHT W/ A PRICE)

    RENAMED (MARRIAGE COVENANT)

    REPURPOSED (SEEN AND KNOWN — AS A LIGHT, HIS GLORY)

EPHESIANS 3:14-19

For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.  16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,  17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,  18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,  19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

    EVERYTHING WHEN GOD IS DOING THE RENAMING

        IDENTITY

        AUTHORITY

        BEAUTY

        PURPOSE

ISAIAH 62:5 For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your sons marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.

INSIDERS AND OUTSIDERS (CON'T)

LUKE 5:27-39 

27-28 After this he went out and saw a man named Levi at his work collecting taxes. Jesus said, “Come along with me.” And he did—walked away from everything and went with him.

29-30 Levi gave a large dinner at his home for Jesus. Everybody was there, tax men and other disreputable characters as guests at the dinner. The Pharisees and their religion scholars came to his disciples greatly offended. “What is he doing eating and drinking with crooks and ‘sinners’?”

31-32 Jesus heard about it and spoke up, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? I’m here inviting outsiders, not insiders—an invitation to a changed life, changed inside and out.”

33 They asked him, “John’s disciples are well-known for keeping fasts and saying prayers. Also the Pharisees. But you seem to spend most of your time at parties. Why?”

34-35 Jesus said, “When you’re celebrating a wedding, you don’t skimp on the cake and wine. You feast. Later you may need to pull in your belt, but this isn’t the time. As long as the bride and groom are with you, you have a good time. When the groom is gone, the fasting can begin. No one throws cold water on a friendly bonfire. This is Kingdom Come!

36-39 “No one cuts up a fine silk scarf to patch old work clothes; you want fabrics that match. And you don’t put wine in old, cracked bottles; you get strong, clean bottles for your fresh vintage wine. And no one who has ever tasted fine aged wine prefers un-aged wine.”

JESUS SHOWS UP AND IMMEDIATELY DOES EVERYTHING DIFFERENT

    THE KINGDOM ISN’T NATURAL — SUPERNATURAL

LEARNING WHAT THE BUSINESS OF THE KINGDOM TRULY IS 

LUKE 5:31-32 Jesus heard about it and spoke up, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? I’m here inviting outsiders, not insiders—an invitation to a changed life, changed inside and out.”

THE PHARISEES AND RELIGIOUS LEADERS CAN’T RECOGNIZE WHAT JESUS IS ABOUT — IT DOESN’T FIT INTO THEIR BUSINESS MODEL

RELIGION MAKES CONNECTION ABOUT COMPETITION

KINGDOM MAKES CONNECTION ABOUT COVENANT

JESUS IS THE LIFE OF THE PARTY AND THAT OFFENDS PEOPLE WHO DON’T UNDERSTAND LIFE

JESUS SAYS THE KINGDOM IS LIKE A WEDDING

    MARRIAGE IS COVENANT

JESUS IS THE FRIEND OF SINNERS

    IF THE ONLY PEOPLE WE HAVE RELATIONSHIP ARE INSIDERS

    HOW ARE WE ABOUT DOING JESUS’ BUSINESS?

OUR BUSINESS HAS TO BE JESUS’ BUSINESS

LUKE 2:49 “about my Father’s business”

LUKE 19:10 “seek and save the lost”

“JESUS IS WHAT GOD HAS TO SAY” Brian Zahnd 

LUKE 5:36-39 “No one cuts up a fine silk scarf to patch old work clothes; you want fabrics that match. And you don’t put wine in old, cracked bottles; you get strong, clean bottles for your fresh vintage wine. And no one who has ever tasted fine aged wine prefers un-aged wine.

WINESKIN IS NOT A STYLE, IT’S A LIFESTYLE

And no one who has ever tasted fine aged wine prefers un-aged wine.”

IT’S NOT ABOUT PREFERENCE

HOW DO YOU CHANGE?

    HOW DO YOU…

    ACCEPT THE NEW — ADAPT — RECOGNIZE TRUE PURPOSE

LUKE 5:32 AMP I did not come to call the [self-proclaimed] righteous [who see no need to repent], but sinners to repentance [to change their old way of thinking, to turn from sin and to seek God and His righteousness].”

    CHANGE HAPPENS FROM INSIDE > OUT

NEW AND IMPROVED (WINE)

“NEW AGE (ERA) NEW POWER, NEW POSSIBILITIES, NEW HOPE, NEW ENERGY” NT Wright

REPENT

BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE WHO JESUS MAKES YOU