I was reminded this morning of how big our God is and wanted to encourage you all. No matter how big our problems seem, our God is bigger. There is nothing he can not do. No obstacle He can’t overcome, no sickness he can’t heal, no storm that he can’t calm. If you find yourself in a place of worry today, stop and remember how big our God is.
20Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
Romans 12:1-2 MSG
1-2So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
3I’m speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.
James 4:7 Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Hypotassō (Hoop a taso)
This word was a Greek military term meaning “to arrange [troop divisions] in a military fashion under the command of a leader”. In non-military use, it was “a voluntary attitude of giving in, cooperating, assuming responsibility, and carrying a burden”.
Anthistēmi (an this tay me)
to set one’s self against, to withstand, resist, oppose
Pheugō (Few Go)
to flee away, seek safety by flight
to be saved by flight, to escape safely out of danger
As men of God we want to advance his kingdom. The enemy wants to do all he can to stand in our way. However, when we submit to God voluntarily, cooperate with him, assume responsibility and carry His burden we are on the offensive with the enemy. It says when we are submitted to Him and actively stand against and oppose the enemy he must flee. The enemy is in danger in this scenario. The definition of flee used here is “to be saved by flight, to escape safely out of danger” The enemy is on the defensive. Guys lets make sure we are daily submitting to Him so that we can advance his kingdom and keep the enemy in a defensive stance.
Our goal as Christian Men should be to look more and more like Jesus as we walk with Him. This morning He reminded me that there are multiple aspects to this. Not only should we look more and more like Him in how we act, and carry ourselves, but also in how we LOOK and see the world around us. We need to LOOK more like Him. Where we see hurt, He sees need for healing. Where we see defeat, He sees victory. Where we see difficulty, He sees opportunity. As we walk with Him and grow more and more like Him we need to LOOK more like Him. We need to have His eyes and see things the way He sees them. Then we can respond with clear vision in all situations and act in accordance with His heart.
33But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34″So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Just a reminder that we don’t have to worry, or figure it all out. Worrying is a waste of time, and it’s only accomplishment is to rob us of our joy. Jesus is our savior, our problem solver, our planner, our deliverer, and our joy. If we seek Him first. Seek His kingdom, and His righteousness all we need will be added unto us. He knows all that we need, and is a loving father that wants to give those things to us. Not what we want, but all that we need. If you find yourself in a rough patch remember this. Seek Him, and don’t allow worry to steal your joy!
Hey all. Several guys asked me to post my notes from the message I shared on Discipleship at the last Grubfest. Here they are. Sorry for the delay. It was great to hang out with you all.
Let’s start by talking about what a disciple is. I found two words in the Bible for disciple.
It’s a noun and its definition is…
a learner, pupil, disciple
The other is
This one is a verb and its definition is…
to be a disciple of one
1. to follow his precepts and instructions
to make a disciple
1. to teach, instruct
Now let’s look at who is responsible for Discipleship. In Eph 4:11-12 is says this…
Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.
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So it’s the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers jobs right. Well, hold on a minute. Let’s read verse 12 again…
12Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.
So to equip God’s people, that’s all of us right.. To do His work and build up the church the body of Christ.
To do his work… What is his work? Well in part it is The Great Commission
18And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19Go therefore and make disciples (mathēteuō,teach,instruct)of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
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Notice it just says Go. Not apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers go. The great commission is for all of us. To make disciples of all nations. To teach/ to instruct others of God. A good start is within our body.
Now let’s go back to Ephesians for a minute and pick up where we left off. Verse 13
13This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.
14Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 16He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.
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He wants us to be mature, be able to discern God’s truth from lies, speak that truth in love, and do our own special work to help the other parts of the body grow. He wants us all to be disciples, and make disciples. He wants us to do our own special work to help the other parts of the body grow into maturity and be more like Him.
We have all been tasked with this. This is not something only for the 5 fold ministry. These “gifts to the church” are offices not activities. All apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers are disciples, but not all disciples hold the office of an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor or teacher. However you don’t need to hold an office to operate in a gifting. You don’t have to be a prophet to prophecy or an evangelist to evangelize. We are all called to teach others and operate in the gifts that He decides to give us. Each of us has something to contribute no matter where we are in our walk. If you have walked with the Lord a long time you likely have many things you could teach another brother. Likewise if you have only known the Lord a short time you still have something to offer. The Lord may have shown you or given you revelation of something that another brother has never seen. Or perhaps you will ask a question that another brother can’t answer. In that situation there is opportunity for both to grow. There are several things we can do to be a better disciples, both students and teachers.
1. Spending time with Jesus
We need to all be spending time with Jesus, building our relationship with Him. Being filled up by Him. If we are full, then we can pour out and into others. We can’t give others something we don’t have. We can’t be running around on empty. If we are full to overflowing from spending time with him then pouring into others becomes a natural occurrence.
2. Spending time in His word
We need to be spending time in his word. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17 It says…
16All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
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3. Ask for and practice operating in the gifts of the spirit.
These gifts are part of the equipping for the work of ministry and building of the church that we are all called too.
7But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; 9to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. 11But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.
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Acts 1:8 Says this…
but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
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We will receive power when the Holy spirit has come upon us…. We need this power to do His work. I don’t see this as optional. Jesus told the disciples to wait for it…
Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me; 5for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
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The gifts of the spirit are needed to do his work. To disciple his people, to share His good news… Jesus said it was better that He should go so that the Holy Spirit should come. We all need these gifts and to be effective at operating in them.
So, If we are building our relationship with Him, spending time in His word being ” trained in righteousness“, and “equipped for every good work“, empowered with the gifts of the spirit, we can do these things he has called us too. Not in our own strength, or wisdom, or power, but partnered with Christ. With His strength and His wisdom, and His power.
Let’s be quick to challenge, encourage, and pour into each other. We are in this together and each of us has something to bring to the table. As Iron Sharpens Iron so one man sharpens another. We all need to be spending time with Jesus, spending time in His word, growing in Him, being filled by our source, and then helping to sharpen and encourage each other to do the same. Let’s all be good disciples both Students and Teachers amen!
Never under estimate the power of a simple word or prayer. People desperately need to know how much God loves them. For some it needs to be revealed to them, for others a reminder. Be bold my brothers! When it comes to sharing Gods love don’t do it sparingly, but in excess. Be bold and share the love of our King Jesus for His people. His saved and His lost.
If you haven’t been studying in James as we go along though our current sermon series I encourage you to do so. There is some powerful and challenging stuff in there. Not a feel good book, but the words within are truth. Dig in and let the Lord challenge and stretch you a bit.
Hey guys, we have a combined Men’s Breakfast coming up in December. We will be meeting at Radiance Church in Commerce City. Men from Radiance, Redemption City, and other relating churches will all be there. Tyrone Daniel will be sharing with us, so you won’t want to miss it. See all the details on the event calendar or check out our Facebook. Hope to see you all there!!