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Prayer Makes All Things Possible

Servant of All Message Series

September 8, 2019 • Lead Pastor Tim Moen

Text: Mark 9:14-29 23b “All things are possible for one who believes.” Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Question: What is FAITH? Answer: Faith simply means believing that something is true, and then committing our lives to it. In the Bible, “faith” means believing in God, and in what Christ has done for us to make our salvation possible–and then committing ourselves to Him. FAITH is a choice! Acts 16:31 “And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” I choose to believe in Jesus Christ... that He died for my sins... that by believing in Him... my sins will be forgiven. I NEED faith to become a Christian. Ephesians 2:8-9 8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” FAITH is taking action upon things.... Things... • That are not seen • That are not tangible • That are not visibly there 2 Corinthians 5:7 “We walk by faith, not by sight.” Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” • We trust in a God .... But we cannot see Him • We trust in a Christ ... But we cannot see Him • We trust in an Holy Spirit ... But that we cannot see Him • We embrace a death and resurrection... That we have not seen • We believe in a justification ... That we haven not seen • We believe in a heaven ... That we have not seen Prayer Makes All Things Possible 1 Peter 1:8-9 8 “Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” We are not talking of a blind faith... It is faith based on evidence! For us today... That evidence IS God’s Word... God’s Word anchors our FAITH! Romans 10:17 “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Prayer Makes All Things Possible Mark 9:14-29 14 “And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them. 15 And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him. 16 And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” 17 And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. 18 And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” 19 And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” 20 And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21 And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22 And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” 25 And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” 26 And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. 28 And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” 29 And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.” In Mark 6:7-13... Jesus gave authority to the disciples to cast out demons. They had done it before... It wasn’t anything new to them.. But this time was different. Jesus... Is teaching them a lesson.... A lesson about their great faith... in themselves. He was teaching them... How powerless they really are. Mark 9:28-29 And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” 29 And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.” Two Quick points today... Jesus’ answer... reveals to them how much faith they had in themselves... how self-reliant they were. Matthew 17:20...”He said to them, ‘Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.’” Phlippians 3:3 “For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put NO confidence in the flesh.” Romans 10:17 “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Mark 9:29 “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”

Day Fifteen

Surrendered and Focused Forward • January 20, 2020

Day Fifteen Luke 9:57-62 Surrendered and Focused Forward “As they were going along the road, someone said to Him, " I will follow you wherever you go." And Jesus said to him, " foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head." To another He said  "follow me." But he said, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father.   "And Jesus said to him,  "leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God. "Yet another said, " I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home." Jesus said to him, "no one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God." In this account, Luke is telling us three men it seems, could not meet the conditions Jesus laid down to enter the kingdom of God, and journey on with Jesus. This was a tough word to three would-be disciples. Are you surprised at Jesus' response to these three men? I'm sure they, and the "large crowd" they were part of were as well. We can gain some insight concerning the nature of God's Kingdom, and the truth of what it means to be a Christian by this interaction with Jesus. These three potentials were members of a crowd following Jesus. They obviously enjoyed being part of the movement, but Jesus knew they had a fundamental ignorance to what was required to enter the kingdom and journey on. They had a false enthusiasm as most did who followed him because they lacked understanding. (John6:66) Jesus knew this, and I'm sure they had good intentions but, He knew their hearts were looking for the physical blessings that He was providing and that they were not yet committed followers. He knows us better than we know ourselves. Jesus seems to be discouraging them. How Jesus handled this, seems so contrary to what we see in the church of today, and what we are accustomed to. We are accustomed to the church doing everything they can to attract people. We have made it so easy for people to think they've entered the kingdom. Just say a prayer and you're in. But Jesus, seems to be doing the exact opposite, and I'm sure all were caught off guard. Why did Jesus handle these men in the manner He did? Why did He seem so unsympathetic and harsh with his three responses? What did Jesus mean when He said, no one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God?" Why was He turning potential ploughman away, when, just two versus later, He says "the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few"?(Lk 10:2) Let`s take a look! Profession is easy! Jesus knew their hearts. Their minds lacked understanding therefore, their hearts had the wrong motive to enter in. I'm sure they were sincere in their thinking, but they exhibited the wrong motives. He rebuked them because He wanted them to know exactly what they were doing. He wanted them to know that committing to Him is more than a prayer. He wanted them to realize they needed to surrender all that would hinder their relationship with Him. He was trying to teach them and all who had ears to hear! Keeping in context, many healings and miracles have recently taken place. Jesus had recently taught His followers about self-denial, cross-bearing and losing one's life. (v23-24) Jesus had announced twice to the disciples His forthcoming rejection and death. (v:22+24) and He had just steadfastly set His face towards Jerusalem. (V:51) ...He had His game face on. He was trying to make them understand the seriousness and the consequences of not understanding what was soon to take place. He was going to die for them.  When Jesus talks of putting one's hand on the plough and turning back, He is saying, the disciple must fix his eyes on Jesus and His mission. He must "seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness."(Mt6:33) A disciples consuming purpose is to FIRST KNOW JESUS, and then, MAKE HIM KNOWN, which is the most important thing in this life. Are there things of this world hindering you from being fit for the kingdom of God? Family? Work? The gym? Your bank account? Are you ashamed? Too tired? The reality is One doesn’t fit Jesus into their schedule, they fit their schedule into Jesus’. Is Jesus the focal point of your life? He deserves you full time, not when you have the time! I enjoy Jesus' agricultural analogies, they're so applicable. In this case, He uses a plough. A symbol of work. To plough a straight furrow, the ploughman focuses on a point ahead, he needs two hands on the plough to strike a straight furrow. This can't be done if he's looking back. In like manner, looking back at former desires and ways, will distract you from the mission and lead to temptations of this world. Jesus knew these three men had a divided loyalty. They wanted to be with Jesus, but they didn't want to surrender all the world was offering. To Journey with Jesus and receive His blessings and joy requires leaving worldly values with a clean sever and immediate separation from the pride of life! "For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart."(Hebrews 4:12) "Love not the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love for the father is not in them."(1Jn2:15) Jesus gave the warning, "remember Lot's wife, whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it."(Luke17:32-33) I can't help but wonder if she was longing for the former life as she looked back. Her life was apparently pretty good there. She probably knew it was wrong, but she liked it. (We have the same problem, Paul says he dies to self daily) Apparently, she was hesitant to surrender all and looked back with longing eyes, in disobedience, and died instantly. Since the only way to really Journey with Jesus is with unconditional commitment. We need to ask ourselves, am I keeping one foot in the world just in case? Am I committed to Jesus Christ unconditionally? Am I ready for the high cost of discipleship? Have I counted the cost? Because if you are following Jesus the way he intends you to, it's going to cost you things you enjoy if it hasn't, you need to reassess your life. Jesus wants you to understand what discipleship in His kingdom requires because He loves you. He wants you on the right train because it's a one-way ticket. After all, because of His supernatural love for us, He paid the ultimate cost for our redemption so we would not face God's wrath. Praise God! " the cross is laid on every Christian. The first Christ-suffering which every man must experience is the call to abandon the attachments of this world. It is that dying of the old man which is the result of his encounter with Christ." Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Greatest Team Ever!

We are the Church. • January 19, 2020 • Lead Pastor Tim Moen

Matthew 16:18-19 18 “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” References: Isaiah 22:22 Revelation 1:8 Revelation 3:7 Luke 11:52 Acts 2:14-40 Matthew 6:10 10 ““Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Luke 12:48 48 “Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.” Romans 10:9-10 9 “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Acts 3:5-8 5 “And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. 6 But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” 7 And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. 8 And leaping up, he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.” Acts 2:42-47 42 “And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. #WE ARE THE CHURCH... The GREATEST TEAM EVER! God has given us the authority to open and shut the doors of heaven. Romans 10:14-15 14 “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Proverbs 11:30 30 “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who wins souls is wise.”

Day Fourteen

Answering the Call • January 19, 2020

Answering the Call   Matthew 4:19 19 And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” In this verse, Jesus is asking them to follow the plans he has for them. He has “Asked” each of us to follow Him. The real decision that is awaiting each of us every day is …. What will our answer be? In the Lord's sample prayer for the apostles He says when you pray, “Give us this day our daily bread”. There is an insinuation that we come back and pray for: today’s joy, today’s peace, today’s perseverance, today’s love, today’s forgiveness, today’s strength, today’s mercy and today’s needed amount of Love. All these portioned for the need of His day for us. Being Asked requires a response. At the ask, we are all left a choice (free will) of the reply required by the ask. Matthew 4:20  20 Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. Their reply to Him is both active and geographical. They had to “let go of the net”, the very thing that occupied a large part of their lives. To experience Breakthrough in 2020 we need to let go of our net. The very things that consume large amounts of time and make relational withdrawals from our heavenly relationship with our God and stymie the extraordinary purposes He has chosen us for and the very people He has designated us to reach and impact. What will be our answer…..today? The secret of following God’s will is wrapped in rejecting the “GOOD”... for “GOD’S BEST”. K.P. Yohannon