Jesus At The Center

Loving Our Enemies

September 6, 2020 • Mike Tatlock

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August 30, 2020 • Jake Schwein

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Kingship (Part 2)

August 9, 2020 • Mike Tatlock • Romans 16:17, Luke 9:20, Romans 8:9

Rule Determines Realm Mark 12:13-15 Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words. They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not? Should we pay or shouldn’t we?” But Jesus knew their hypocrisy. “Why are you trying to trap me?”  Romans 16:17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. The political theater is playing out in front of us and it’s a twisted game of seducing your allegiance There is a difference between placing your vote and placing your hope Nationalism: ideology based on the idea that the individual’s loyalty and devotion to the nation surpasses other individual or group interests 1 Peter 2:11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Believers "must cultivate the mindset of exiles. What this does mainly is sober us up and wake us up so that we don't drift with the world” -John Piper Jeremiah 17:5 NLT This is what the Lord says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord. 1 Samuel 8:3 But his sons did not follow his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice. 1 Samuel 8:4,5 So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.” 1 Samuel 8:6-8 But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you.” 1 Samuel 8:19,20 But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.” Luke 9:20 NLT Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Peter replied, “You are the Messiah sent from God!” Luke 9:21 Jesus warned his disciples not to tell anyone who he was. Luke 9:22 NLT “The Son of Man must suffer many terrible things,” he said. “He will be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He will be killed, but on the third day he will be raised from the dead.” John 18:36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” You can legislate morality but you cannot legislate heart transformation 1 John 3:4 …sin is lawlessness. We need to be a Kingdom activator more than a political activist Romans 8:9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. John 16:8,9 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me John 16:13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. Questions: 1. In whom are you putting your hope, your trust? Are you putting it in Jesus, in a leader, in a system, in yourself, etc? 2. Read 1 Samuel 8:3-22. What was the heart stance of the people? In what were they putting their hope? How did Samuel respond? How did God respond? What was the result? How do we sit in that same heart stance today? In what area of your life are you asking for a king?

Kingship (Part 1)

August 2, 2020 • Mike Tatlock • John, John 1:4–5

There is a battle for: Peace Truth Hope Wisdom Remedy Biblical Justice Life Freedom Education Souls Church John 16:33 "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 1:4,5 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. If we are not careful, here are three tragic outcomes: We live defeated rather than victorious (POW/KIA) We live ineffective and not on mission (AWOL) We become spiritual traitors and join the enemy’s militia (Mutiny) Matthew 12:30 NLT “Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.” Matthew 16:13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” Matthew 16:14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” Matthew 16:15   “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Matthew 16:16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Messiah: Anointed One, King, and Deliverer Who do you say I am? Who is Jesus to you? We take Jesus’ Kingship lightly… Jesus is less a king and more a consideration Philippians 3:18,19 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. 1 Corinthians 4:20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. His Kingship is bigger than our hardship Deuteronomy 20:1-4 When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you. When you are about to go into battle, the priest shall come forward and address the army. He shall say: “Hear, Israel: Today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not panic or be terrified by them. For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.” War - Milechamah = Lecham Bread = Lechem Battle (Lecham) = Bread (Lechem) Exodus 14:13,14 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 15:2,3 “The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. The Lord is a warrior” Warrior - Lecham Exodus 16:4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions. Exodus 16:3 NLT …they moaned. “There we sat around pots filled with meat and ate all the bread we wanted. But now you have brought us into this wilderness to starve us all to death.” When Jesus is KING we put our hope in His FAITHFUL CHARACTER not in our FAMILIAR CIRCUMSTANCES.


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