For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve... (Mark 10:45)
[08/28/19] Please join us on Sunday evening, September 1, for a special evening of worship, with music by an array of guests from around the region. (Starts at 6 p.m.) Consider bringing or inviting a friend!
A beautiful and crisp fall day for men to hike and enjoy God's creation at Difficult Run/Great Falls Park.
“And when Jesus saw great multitudes about Him, He gave a command to depart to the other side. Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” Then another of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”” — Matthew 8:18-22 NKJV
Looking forward to a special time this Sunday (8/26) at 10 a.m. with guest worship leader Euvon Jones. (More than 30 years ago, Euvon moved east from southern California with his wife, Janet, to form our church's first worship team.) Come join us for a joyful time of musical praise!
“But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.” — James 1:14-15
“Now when they had fulfilled all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the tree and laid Him in a tomb. But God raised Him from the dead. He was seen for many days by those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are His witnesses to the people. And we declare to you glad tidings— that promise which was made to the fathers. God has fulfilled this for us their children, in that He has raised up Jesus. As it is also written in the second Psalm: ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.’ And that He raised Him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, He has spoken thus: ‘I will give you the sure mercies of David.’ Therefore He also says in another Psalm: ‘You will not allow Your Holy One to see corruption.’ “For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption; but He whom God raised up saw no corruption. Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses. Beware therefore, lest what has been spoken in the prophets come upon you: ‘Behold, you despisers, Marvel and perish! For I work a work in your days, A work which you will by no means believe, Though one were to declare it to you.’” — Acts 13:29-41 NKJV
“Therefore, when they had gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” For he knew that they had handed Him over because of envy.”
“On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God. But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy; and contradicting and blaspheming, they opposed the things spoken by Paul.”
“And the word of the Lord was being spread throughout all the region.”
“And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
2 Timothy 2:2
We don't stop. We go to whom God is sending us. For the Lord has done what?—Not recommended, not suggested, not given us the option to do, but He says, "for the Lord has commanded us." When we call Jesus "Lord," what He commands us to do, we do.
“For so the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have set you as a light to the Gentiles, That you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.’”
“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?”
“So when the Jews went out of the synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath. Now when the congregation had broken up, many of the Jews and devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God.”
“Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.”
I Peter 2:1-3
“So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD.”
If you missed the Teach The Word Conference last Saturday or would like to access the resources referenced by David Guzik, The City Gates Church has made the media available online!
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David Guzik, Bible commentator with Blue Letter Bible and Enduring Word - David Guzik, is teaching today for the Teach the Word Conference at The City Gates Church! We’re blessed by his instruction for deeply loving the word of God and teaching it to others with wisdom and clarity.
Every time we sow the word of God by speaking it and living it in front of others, know that God has set aside an individual who will hear it and respond. We don't have to consume our minds with the response. God is sovereign over who He chooses to come and be a part of His family. It's not up to us to decide who does and doesn't enter in.
“Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.”
Acts 13:48 NKJV
“On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God. But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy; and contradicting and blaspheming, they opposed the things spoken by Paul. Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles. For so the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have set you as a light to the Gentiles, That you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.’ ” Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed. And the word of the Lord was being spread throughout all the region. But the Jews stirred up the devout and prominent women and the chief men of the city, raised up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region. But they shook off the dust from their feet against them, and came to Iconium. And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.”
Acts 13:44-52 NKJV
Jesus said to them, “Why do you not understand my speech?” Was it because He didn’t have ample evidence for what He was saying? Was it because His power wasn’t demonstrated to them over and over again through the miraculous? “Because you are not able to listen to My word.” He worked diligently with them to show them they did not truly believe. He did it with patience, and with compassion, and He spoke the truth in love. Remember the heart of the Lord is He desires none to perish. He’s not arguing with them for the sake of arguing, but He wants them to know whether or not their profession of faith in Him is true. It’s important. If we just start assuming that every person we run into is a believer and not do what Jesus did, are we observing all the things He commanded us? I think not.
Excerpt from the sermon titled “The Gospel Response Pt. 1” given by Pastor Sean Adinig on 4/8/2018. References: Acts 13:42-52, John 8:12-58
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.”
2 Timothy 2:15 NASB
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“Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me. Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word. You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me.”
John 8:42-45 NASB
When you share Christ with somebody and that person seems on initial hearing of it to believe, don't just stop there. Follow the example of Christ. He asked things. He made statements that would cause them to have to reconsider whether they genuinely meant what they said. This is written for our exhortation. That's why clarification is needed, and why you need to go a bit deeper than just the initial profession of the Gospel to somebody.
Jesus didn't want someone to walk away with a false assurance of something they did not truly possess. He had a vested interest personally that the statement that they said would be true. This is why he goes to such lengths to discuss it with them and let them see if what they said matched what He saw in their hearts.
“But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me.”
John 8:45 NASB
The gospel does not end with just seeing people get saved. Do you read the words that are written in the great commission? The gospel does not end simply with the declaration of how a person can be forgiven of their sin and come into faith in a relationship with Christ. There is more to it than that (Matthew 28:19). Invest your life in someone else and encourage them as you walk along side them by your example, by the word of God. Both by your teaching and by your living. What are we to teach them? Not just the next good thing. “Teach them to observe all things that I have commanded you.” What is implied is that we understand what is commanded. That means that there needs to be a familiarity, and a growing one, with the scriptures. This is the great commission.
“And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."”
Matthew 28:18-20 NASB
It's not about lack of evidence. It's about an unwillingness to believe. As great as we may be able to defend the faith, and point people to all these things, only God can open up the understanding and the heart of a man, woman, or child and help them get that understanding. It is a gift. It wasn't until God opened my eyes after the umpteenth time of hearing this same truth again and again, that I came to the realization of who Jesus was, and not before then. I'm saying that to you to encourage you, so you don't grow weary in sharing and showing people who Jesus is. So that you don't grow tired and think, "nobody believes me, why should I keep doing this?" But so that you might be encouraged and have faith and believe that yes, God honors His word, and in due time at the perfect time, God reveals His Son to the lives of men and women and children. Our part is simply to declare it; God's part is to open the eyes and save. Let's never confuse the two.
“For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the cleverness of the clever I will set aside." Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, "Let him who boasts, boast in the LORD."”
1 Corinthians 1:18-31 NASB
He didn't just die for those of us who would be strong in the faith, for those who would grow and become fruitful at a rapid pace. He also died for those among us who would be weak, who would struggle in their walk with God, who would find the challenges of this world and living for Christ to be very difficult to overcome. He came to die for them, too.
- Sean Adinig, from the sermon “The Foundations of the Gospel pt. IV” preached on 3/25/18. Catch up on the foundations and response to the gospel as we go through the book of Acts with our podcast!
We sing because He is worthy. Whether there is one person in here, or the room is packed to the hallway, He is worthy of our worship. We don't sing those songs to entertain ourselves. Those songs are for Him. Those words are to Him. God forbid that we would ever cause worship to be something less than that. If it ever descends to the point where it's about entertaining somebody, that's an abomination.
It’s through faith, not in faith. Many make the mistake today of thinking, “I just have to have faith” as if faith were the object. No, faith is the vehicle. It has to be pointed toward something! That faith is in the Son of God; that faith is in Jesus Christ.
“For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.” But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.” Yet the law is not of faith, but “the man who does them shall live by them.” Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
Galatians 3:10-14 NKJV
[04/14/18] Local friends.... consider joining us tomorrow (4/15) at 10 a.m. as we'll be joined by guest worship leaders Phil Wieser and Euvon and Janet Jones. While Pastor Sean is at a pastors' conference in Haiti, Michael Garnier will bring a message about ways to grow strong in times of trial and suffering. Hope to see many of you there!
How does the testing of our love reveal our need for the gospel? Not just for salvation, but also for our sanctification. We need the gospel to be saved from our sin, hell and death. That is certain. But the gospel doesn't end there. The effects of the gospel go far beyond our salvation. It goes toward our sanctification. That is, us being set apart from the world and its ways and being set apart toward God and His ways.
Jesus is saying to us, "I want you to trust Me. I am walking you through situations with relationships, circumstances—life—where you need to see that you can't trust your heart, feelings and emotions. Neither can you trust in men to deliver you, but you need to see that I am sufficient to deliver you in this situation, and that I am worthy of your trust. I demonstrated it towards the children of Israel for 450 years; I can demonstrate it toward you. I had patience toward them, I didn't give up on them and I'm not going to give up on you." He's worthy of our trust. That's why He calls us to trust Him with all of our heart.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and then away from evil. It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.”
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