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Sunday Rewind

Posted: October 4, 2012 in thoughts, Upcoming lessons

Gang,

Thanks for the discussion/participation Sunday!

We looked at the lesson “God’s Law for Life” and saw how God adopted the nation of Israel into His family.  They had been enslaved in Egypt over 400 years and they were accustomed to Egyptian culture…used to a quasi-God in Pharaoh, and needed a new identity.  It was very similar to a baby from a third world orphanage coming to America and receiving a new identity here.  Just as a family here would introduce new rules, values, guidelines, etc—-God did the same with Israel.  And we saw that we learn about the character of God in His giving the law.  God’s law is rooted in His character–He is holy; thus His law is holy.  God is love, and he expects obedience b/c He loves us.

So don’t just look at the law as a set of rules.  Sure, some have passed (sacrificial and dietary laws), but God’s moral law continues.  And it is no longer about externals/actions, but is a matter of the heart (see the Sermon on the Mount).  We don’t become God’s child by keeping the law—Exodus 20:1 says that the people brought out of Egypt already belonged to God.  He then gave them the law out of His love for them, to show them how to be in relationship with Him.  Also, Galatians says the law was added b/c of transgressions.  What was it added to?  It was added to the covenant God made with Abraham.  And Abraham was justified by faith—not by works (law).  We discussed how God doesn’t recommend or suggest partial obedience, but total obedience.  We cannot do that–but Christ has done what we cannot.  And that power to obey is present within us.  And that is why we desparately need His grace.  As Tullian Tchividjian says, “The law is like a set of railroad tracks.  The tracks provide no power for the train but the train must stay on the tracks in order to function.  The law never gives any power to do what it commands.  Only the gospel has power, as it were, to move the train.“—-what a quote!!

Please look at lesson 6…”Numb to the Word” for Sunday.  This is the last lesson looking at man’s fallen response to God’s Word.  Remember the Gospel Project breaks the units into God/Man/Christ/Response.

See you Sunday!

God Is Not Hiding

Posted: September 11, 2012 in thoughts

Sunday in class we looked at the concept of general revelation.  Psalm 19:1-6 teaches us several things.  Verses 1&2 say “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.  Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.”  So God’s revelation of Himself and His glory never stops…it is day after day and night after night.  There is no pause button.  His revealing Himself to us through creation is always on “play”!  Awesome!!!  We discussed in class that the “noise” of life can distract us from paying attention to the glory of God through His creation.  In addition, people can flat out deny the God of creation b/c their hearts are hard and their spiritual eyes are blind.  Most importantly we see in verse four that this general revelation goes through all the earth.

We also looked at Romans 1:20 and see that His attributes can be seen through His creation.  The glory (worth, weightiness) of God is the sum of His attributes.  Just a few of His attributes we see in creation is power (see Isaiah 40:26), wisdom (Psalm 104:24), love (common grace–rain, food, happiness fall on the sinners and saints).

While general revelation is a great blessing and a points us to a gracious God, it has its limits.  It is enough to make all men responsible and without excuse (Romans 1:20), but not enough to save.  People are saved by responding to the gospel of Jesus Christ.  This should move us.  There are people everywhere who have seen the glory of God…but either have suppressed it, or are waiting for someone to articulate the gospel to them.

 

Sunday Rewind

Posted: September 5, 2012 in thoughts

Gang,

Check out http://www.lynwoodbc.org/media  if you missed Mark’s sermon Sunday, or if you want to listen again.  I missed it while doing security, and will be listening soon.  Brandi said it was really good.  I did step in to hear Cindy Morgan….I mean Heather Mayhew, as she knocked it out with Praise the King.

We started The Gospel Project on Sunday.  For the next few weeks we are going to look at the doctrine of revelation.  I feel like I did not communicate well Sunday, so here is a brief summary:

Our God speaks.  That is what you find in the opening words of Genesis.  We see the power of God in that His spoken word brings forth life and all creation.  Someone on twitter puts it well, “If we are God’s creation shouldn’t we approach God on His terms and not ours?”  Because He created us, we are His….He owns us and has the right to lead us….the right to rule and be in charge of us.

Moses started Genesis with the desire to show the Israelites that their God was the one true God amongst a land of idols and false gods.  We can easily be deceived in America and think no idol exists in our lives, when in reality, we may be worshiping not the God of the Bible, but a God that we create….a God that is more in line with our own desires.  Ultimately, we may be worshiping oursevles!

The greatness of the gospel is that we serve a holy and righteous God who created us for Him.  We messed up big time in rejecting His creator rights over us.  And in His great mercy and grace, He has spoken to us through creation (general revelation) and the Word of God (special revelation).  2 Corinthians 4:6 says “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”  Don’t miss it…God said “Let light shine out of darkness” is Genesis 1:3.  Out of darkness and chaos, God sent light which led to order and beauty.  Our hearts were once dark and our lives chaotic, but He has revealed Himself to us in His Son Jesus Christ.

We should view Scripture as our highest authority b/c it is God speaking to us.  What does it say about us if we are not spending time in the Word?  How can we know how to bring glory to God if we are not in the Word?  How can we know what He has tasked us with if are not daily meeting with Him through the pages of Scripture?  So here is the challenge….Get in the Word—daily for the month of September.  Get a good study bible and read John….read James….read 1 John….read Ephesians…read Galatians….read it and write down how God is speaking to you.

Ok….that was not brief.  Sorry.

Looking forward to hearing how God is speaking to you…b/c we serve a God who speaks.

mg

The Gospel Project

Posted: August 28, 2012 in thoughts, Upcoming lessons

Gang,

Grab your personal study guide this week as we begin the The Gospel Project Sunday.

For each week, you will find two devotional readings to prepare you before we meet for the lesson.  Then you will find the lesson.  Write down any questions you have as you read the lesson…or points that you find meaningful/significant.  After the lesson, go home and read the devotional lesson that will tie everything together.

For the next several weeks, we will look at the doctrine of revelation….as it relates to God (The God Who Speaks), man (Our Fallen Response to God’s Word), Christ (Christ’s Perfect Response to God’s Word), and response (Our Redeemed Response to God’s Word).  Do you see the gospel there?  God—man—Christ—response.

Our time in class studying this can be great if we all committ to reading/reveiwing the lessons each week and thinking about them, being challenged by them, and then coming together to learn and share.

Here is a bit from lesson one:  The fact that God speaks is a demonstration of His power, grace, and authority….b/c of this, there is nothing more important in life than hearing  God and obeying His voice.  We are relational beings and we were made for words…for hearing and for speaking….more teasers to come this week.

Get The Gospel Project out!  Open it!  Read it!

mg

This Momentary Marriage

Posted: August 24, 2012 in Men Stuff, thoughts, Women Stuff

Just bought another case of This Momentary Marriage.  If you did not get one, let me know, and when they come in, I will be sure to get you a copy.  Please read it.  Read it as a couple.  It will benefit your marriage.  If it blesses you, buy a copy and give it to someone else.  Or buy a case and give them away.  Here is a video that is related to the book.  Watch it.  It will bless you.

Sunday Rewind

Posted: August 22, 2012 in Community, thoughts

Gang

Romans 12:1-2 is one of my favorite places in all of Scripture.  There is a lot there in just two verses.  You can go to http://www.lynwoodbc.org/media to check out Mark’s sermon.  If it is not up now, it should be soon.   This is a great passage to live by—to present oursevles to God, to not be conformed to this world….and not stop there, but go further and be transformed by the renewal of our minds.  Transformed in the Greek is metamorphoo.  It is where we get the word metamorphosis, which speaks to change.  So let’s all ask ourselves this question…”Are we being changed?”  “Am I being changed?”  “Are you being changed?”  Renewing our minds means we must act.  We have to get in the Word…we have to read…we have to pray…we have to be filled with the Spirit.  It is not a passive process.  So let’s dig in!

In class we talked about marriage—looking specifically at headship, submission, and sex.  Here were the highlights:

Headship is leadership.  Leadership is manifested as protecting your family—physically and spiritually (pray for your family, lead in what is watched/not watched on TV, lead in what is listened to, lead in what your daughter is wearing, lead in reconcilliation w/ your wife).  Leadership is also manifested as providing for your family—physically and spiritually (family devos, taking family to church, reading the Bible as a family, discussing moral issues).  It may seem overwhelming, but men, it is our calling.  God will not call us to do something he will not empower us to do.

We discussed submission by mainly looking at what submission is not:  (1 Peter 3:1-6 is a great text for this)

1) Submission does not mean agreeing w/ everything your husband says (implied in verse 1)

2) Submission does not mean leaving your brain or your will at the wedding altar—she thought for herself and responded to the gospel; which this man did not do.  She acted.

3) Submission does not mean avoiding every effort to change a husband—submission is sometimes a strategy for changing him; not “taking a husband the way he is and not trying to change him”

4) Submission does not mean putting the will of the husband before the will of Christ

5) Submission does not mean that a wife gets her personal, spiritual strength primarily through her husband; this passage actually speaks to getting depth and strength not from her husband but for her husband

6) Submission does not mean that a wife is to act out of fear

We had a little bit of time to talk about sex.  The take home message is that sex is a great thing…it is not just to produce children.  It can be a pleasurable thing between a husband and wife.  See Proverbs 5:18-19, see the Song of Solomon.  Also, sex can be tool used against Satan—see 1 Cor 7:3-5.

In summary….

When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden and God came to call them to account, it didn’t matter that Eve had sinned first.  God said, “Adam, where are you?” (Gen 3:9)—That is God’s word to the family today.  If Jesus comes knocking at your home b/c of an issue, he will be looking for the husband.

Because of the curse, there will be tension in wives submitting.  Genesis 3 says their desire will be for their husband—means they will want to manage him

A married couple gives a severe blow to the head of that ancient serpent when they aim to give as much sexual satisfaction to each other as possible

Men—-remember that you have the Holy Spirit in you to help/equip you to lead!

Women—-remember the tension within you from Gen 3:16 and the same Holy Spirit is in you to help you submit.

Finally, remember that it is great read about sex—-better to practice it!

mg

Sunday Rewind

Posted: July 18, 2012 in thoughts

Gang,

I encourage you to go to http://www.lynwoodbc.org/media and listen to Mark’s sermon from 1 John 5:1-5 about overcoming.  Even if you were there Sunday, it is worth a “re-listen”.

We overcome by faith….sounds so easy yet can be a challenge.

Overcome (some translations will use conquer) is from the Greek work nikao….looks like Nike right?  It is an awesome title in the NT to be called an overcomer or a conqueror.  In Romans 8:37, Paul says that we are more than conquerors….we overwhelmingly conquer.  In Latin, it can mean that we are supermen/superwomen….all because Jesus has overcome the world (John 16:33).

So let’s not live defeated lives.  1 John 2:16 tells us how Satan operates—he appeals to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride in possessions.  So let’s not take the bait before us (James 1).  Let’s have faith in who Christ is and that He alone is all satisfying.

A key way that our faith is made strong is through being in the Word!  John says in 1 Jn 1:14 that they were strong b/c the word of God was in them, and they had overcome the evil one.  You see it?—-the Word made them strong and John says they were overcomers!

Dig in….have faith…overcome.

mg