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An Urgent Hope

Servant of All Message Series

December 1, 2019 • Lead Pastor Tim Moen

Text: Mark 10:46-52 46 “And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.” 50 And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51 And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” 52 And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.” References: Mathew 20:29-34 Luke 18:35-43. Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,” Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” References: John 10:36 John 20:16 Three KEY Observations from the story of Bartimaeus #1 Bartimaeus Had Persistence Bartimaeus displayed persistence even though everyone around him was trying to silence him. Matthew 7:7-8 7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. ASK. SEEK. KNOCK. If you will do these three things.... You will... • RECEIVE • FIND • The Door Will OPEN #2 Bartimaeus Had Faith Bartimaeus was healed... Because of his faith! Jesus said in verse 52... “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” We see the exact same thing in Mark 5:34 with the woman with the issue of blood... Jesus said to her... “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease." Bartimaeus and the Woman with the issue of blood... show us three key things of faith Their Faith Is In Jesus 1 John 5:14-15 14 “And this is the confidence that we have toward HIM, that if we ask anteing according to his will he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.” Isaiah 40:31 but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Faith is very intentionally taking action by... • Calling on God • Waiting on God • Following God • Obeying God • Trusting God • Believe in ourselves • Dream big • You can do it if you put your mind to it Philippians 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.” John 6:63 “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” 2 Their Faith Cried Out Bartimaeus had the kind of faith that speaks up and acts out. Luke 11:19 "And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” 3 Their Faith Took Initiative Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Gratitude Bartimaeus followed Jesus and glorified god!

Focus

Rooted Next Level • February 23, 2020 • Pastor Tim Cruz

2 Corinthians 4: 16-18 NIV→ ​ “​16 ​Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.​ ​ 17 ​For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.​ ​ 18 ​So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” Focus on God and He will take care of the rest. Focus means: - a center of activity, attraction, or attention - a point of concentration 2 Corinthians 4:1 NIV→​ ​ “​Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.“ Ephesians 2: 4-5 NIV→ ​“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” What holds us back from going to the next level in our focus? Fear We are scared of the outcome or what it might do. Laziness We are not willing to do what it takes to go Next Level because we are comfortable where we are so we become lazy and stay put. Comparison Everybody compares themselves to someone, the difference is do I try to be them or do I try to be who God created me to be? Shame The painful feeling arising from the consciousness of something dishonorable We all have done things we are not proud of. We can be held back by our own chains Guilt The feeling of remorse, guilt, or responsibility for something that had happened. Jesus Christ is who sets us free from: Fear, laziness, comparison, shame, guilt, and so much more... To move forward to the Next Level you need to→ ​Fix your focus... #1. Renew your Focus 2 Corinthians 4:16→ ​“​16 ​Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” Ephesians 3:16 NIV→ “​16 ​I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,” 2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV​ → “18 ​And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” #2. Remember your purpose 2 Corinthians 4:17 NIV→ ​“​17 ​For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” Romans 8:17-18 NIV→​ “​17 ​Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.​18 ​I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Ephesians 6: 10-18 NIV→​ 10 ​"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. ​11 ​Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. ​ 12 ​For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. ​ 13 ​Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. ​14 ​Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, ​15 ​and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. ​16 ​In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. ​ 17 ​Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. ​ 18 ​And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” #3. Re-focus on what matters 2 Corinthians 4: 18 NIV→​ “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” References: 2 Corinthians 4 ● Renouncing secret and shameful ways (4:2) ● Fighting deception and distortion (4:2) ● Preaching for God's glory, and not his own (4:5) ● And becoming light in his culture's darkness (4:6) ● In other writings, Paul confesses his ongoing battle with temptation (Romans 7), his loneliness (2 Timothy 4:9-13), and his failing health (2 Cor. 4:16) Philippians 3:15-16 The Message (MSG)​-->​“15-16 ​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.” Isaiah 35:10 NIV→ ​“and those the Lord has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.”

One Big Vision

Missions Weekend • February 17, 2020 • Guest Speaker Doug Sayers

It’s a Big Deal

Rooted Next Level • February 9, 2020 • Lead Pastor Tim Moen

Luke 12:48b “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.” Genesis 1:27-29 27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” Romans 14:12 “So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.” Luke 16:10 “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.” Genesis 3:1-11 1 “Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. 8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 "The man said, ‘The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.’” 13 “Then the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this that you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.’” 1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” James 2:26 “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” James 1:27 “ Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” Matthew 25:35-36 35 “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Colossians 3:22 “Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God.” Matthew 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”