January 29, 2017 • Jason Smith
Title: UNCONVENTIONAL FRIEND JOHN 15:15 “I do not call you slaves anymore, because a slave doesn’t know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have heard from My Father.” Mark 2:1-12 “When He entered Capernaum again after some days, it was reported that He was at home. So many people gathered together that there was no more room, not even in the doorway, and He was speaking the message to them. Then they came to Him bringing a paralytic, carried by four men. Since they were not able to bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above where He was. And when they had broken through, they lowered the mat on which the paralytic was lying. Seeing their faith, Jesus told the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” But some of the scribes were sitting there, thinking to themselves: “Why does He speak like this? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone? ” Right away Jesus understood in His spirit that they were thinking like this within themselves and said to them, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, pick up your mat, and walk’? But so you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,” He told the paralytic, “I tell you: get up, pick up your mat, and go home.” Immediately he got up, picked up the mat, and went out in front of everyone. As a result, they were all astounded and gave glory to God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this! ”” SYMPATHY EMPATHY DARING DETERMINED How do we become an unconventional friend? #1: We have to have an INNOVATIVE FAITH "Faith unaccompanied by action was never alive." (David Jeremiah) A workless faith is a WORTHLESS faith. James 1:22-25 “But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. Because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his own face in a mirror. For he looks at himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but one who does good works — this person will be blessed in what he does.” If your walk does not match your talk, then stop talking! 1 John 3:16-18 “This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear.” #2: UNCONVENTIONAL MANEUVER Mark 2:4 “Since they were not able to bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above where He was. And when they had broken through, they lowered the mat on which the paralytic was lying.” "A faith that does not demonstrate itself in action is not genuine"
January 15, 2017 • Jason Smith
Title: UNCONVENTIONAL CHOICE "God uses unlikely people, to accomplish unlikely tasks, in unconventional ways!" Are YOU His next UNCONVENTIONAL CHOICE? John 15:16. “You did not choose Me, but I chose you. I appointed you that you should go out and produce fruit and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you.” 2 Timothy 2:20-23 “Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver bowls, but also those of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. So if anyone purifies himself from anything dishonorable, he will be a special instrument, set apart, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. Flee from youthful passions, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. But reject foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they breed quarrels.” Is there such a thing as an almost Christian? -Someone who is almost saved -almost living for Christ Almost will- not put you in right standing with God. Almost will- allow you to miss the greatest transformation of your life. Almost will-prevent you from being the Unconventional Choice that God desires to use. How to become an UNCONVENTIONAL CHOICE for God to use: #1: We SEPARATE ourselves. V. 21- “So if anyone purifies himself from anything dishonorable, he will be a special instrument, set apart, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.” Romans 16:17- “Now I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause dissensions and obstacles contrary to the doctrine you have learned. Avoid them,” 2 Timothy 3:1-5. "But know this: Difficult times will come in the last days. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, without love for what is good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to the form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid these people!” Ephesians 5:11 “Don’t participate in the fruitless works of darkness, but instead expose them.” How will the world know we are an unconventional choice for God, if we are no different than the world? #2: We GROW up V. 22 “Flee from youthful passions, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” 1 Corinthians 13:11 “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put aside childish things.” #3: IGNORE Ignorance V. 23 “But reject foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they breed quarrels.” "Ignore the stuff and ignore the people that does not benefit your qualifications."
The "UN" factor
January 8, 2017 • Jason Smith
Title: The "UN" factor Unconventional: not conforming to what is generally done. Unorthodox, irregular, uncommon Conventional: based on what is generally done or accepted. Normal, typical, tradition and common "UN" means NOT. What makes up an "UN" conventional follower of Jesus? #1: Someone who is UNABLE Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness because they will be filled. They recognize their inability to satisfy the spiritual hunger that God has placed inside of them, in and of their own doings. Romans 3:10 As it is written, there is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who seeks God. #2: Someone who is an UNHINDERED worshiper John 4:23-24 But an hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. Yes, the Father wants such people to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. An UNHINDERED worshiper enters the presence of God, by faith, and there praises and worships Him. 1 Timothy 2:8 "I want every man in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or argument." When a holy heart tells your holy hands to lift during UNHINDERED worship, it means that you are surrendering your will to God's ways. You are declaring that you are UNABLE!! Holy hands lifted means that you are embracing the assistance in which you are requesting. What hinders our worship? -unconfessed sin -having a problem with another brother or sister -worrying about who is watching you or what others might say #3: Someone who has an UNDEFILED heart How do you have an undefiled heart? -Repent of your sins -Ask God to change your heart, soften your heart, cleanse your heart Psalm 119:9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping your Word. Romans 12:2- Do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. John 15- Jesus says to remain in Me.... #4: Someone who is UNWAVERING in their walk. 1 Corinthians 15:58 "Therefore my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord's work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." Galatians 5:1 "Christ has liberated us into Freedom. Therefore, stand firm and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery."
January 1, 2017 • Jason Smith
Philippians 3:12 “Not that I have already reached the goal or am already fully mature, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus.” #1: A quick GLIMPSE of 2016 Verse 3- Boast in Christ Jesus, and do not put confidence in the flesh. Verse 10- My goal is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings. "Goals are always ahead of you, not what has been left behind you. " In other words- Your past holds no goals for you. Our goal is NOT: -in what used to be -or in how we did it last year -or having a sense of being arrived -or a sense of perfection -or getting used to the way things are Verse 13: Paul says, "forgetting what's behind and REACHING forward to what is ahead." Ask: What do you need to forget about from 2016? "Your past is your greatest HINDRANCE for you to rewrite HISTORY!" Stop letting your past play the lead role for your future. It's time you replace the star!!!! Psalm 150 “Hallelujah! Praise God in His sanctuary. Praise Him in His mighty heavens. Praise Him for His powerful acts; praise Him for His abundant greatness. Praise Him with trumpet blast; praise Him with harp and lyre. Praise Him with tambourine and dance; praise Him with flute and strings. Praise Him with resounding cymbals; praise Him with clashing cymbals. Let everything that breathes praise the Lord. Hallelujah!” When you only take a GLIMPSE of your past, it will propel you to praise God for your future. #2: Take a GAZE into 2017 Our goal as a church and for your life, lies: -in front of us -in what will be -in the expectancy of a move of God -in the continued begging, and seeking and asking and remaining in a position of unable on our own strength -in recognizing that tons of lives are at stake -time is running out Verse 14- "I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God's heavenly call in Christ Jesus." Isaiah 43:18-19 “Do not remember the past events, pay no attention to things of old. Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.” Philippians 3:12-16. "I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.”