1) We've fallen asleep (Isaiah 29:10) ** The Jews were asleep spiritually so God let them sleep on. ** Remember when the 3 disciples slept in the Garden of Gethsemane - Jesus came the second time and let them sleep. ** Because of this they were startled awake by the enemy and grabbed the wrong weapon. ** In this story and in Isaiah God was bringing an enemy - it would be the thunder-clap to wake them up. ** When you're asleep you're alive but oblivious to what's going on around you. ** When you're asleep you're not concerned with what's going on around you. ** When you're asleep you can't do anything about what's going on around you. ** When you're asleep you don't want to do anything about what's going on around you. ** How do you fall asleep? ** Prov 23:21 - when you indulge the appetite you fall asleep, and the fact you indulged it is proof that you aren't relating with God. ** How do we know we're asleep? 2) When relationship has turned into religion (Galatians 4:16) ** Routine has replaced vibrancy. ** We don't long for God like a child longs for his daddy (Abba). ** How do we know our relationship is just religion? By what we desire (indulging the appetite)
What's Plaguing the Church?
Two things that cause great turmoil among believers
September 25, 2014 • Benham Brothers
The Foundations of Church
How God planned to reconnect with man • January 15, 2013 • Benham Brothers
* Covenant with Noah (8:20) * Covenant with Abe (Gen 12) * Description of Covenant (Gen 15) 15 years later he had Isaac 1000 years later Moses came 2000 years later Jesus came Gen 9 - Civil Govt Gen 9:20-24 - Covering Nakedness * Ham - cursed because he didn't cover Noah (father of Canaanites) * Shem - father of Israelites * Japheth - father of Gentiles Gen 12 - First thing's first * The first thing Abe did when he came into a land was build an altar to show honor to the maker of the Covenant * When Abe told Sarah to lie he had not yet built the altar - he failed to do it first!
The Church is meant to go "out" • January 10, 2014 • Benham Brothers
God's command was to multiply and fill the earth, but the people wanted to huddle up God's plan was for us to possess and take dominion, and we can't do that in a crowd They also wanted to build something that would make their names memorable They wanted to build something so tall they couldn't be flooded out again God confused their language, which was the opposite thing He did on Pentacost God waited until they spent a lot of time and money before He busted it up - He gave them time to repent Our natural tendency will be to huddle in a comfortable group and not go into all the world (our neighborhood)
The Cost of the Covenant
The Church was built on covenant • January 12, 2017 • Benham Brothers
* When God made a covenant with Abraham He required Abraham to honor it. * It was going to cost Abraham something in order to enter the covenant. * For him, he had to cut his junk. * He had to remove the needless skin from his unit. * Can you imagine this? He was 99 years old at this time. * The first blessing from God to man was procreation. * Now, the sign of the covenant required pain to enter it. * If Abe didn’t want the pain he didn’t get the covenant. * For us, to be in covenant with God it cost Jesus His life. * The price we have to pay is the same - to give up our lives. * But to remain in the covenant we have to endure the pain. * Are you willing to pay that price?