Filled I - "Spiritual Holding Pattern"


July 15, 2018 • Paul Barnard

Filled I Filled I “Spiritual Holding Pattern” Intro: Intro to the series and the movement of our faith- You’ve got to start somewhere if you want movement Act 1:6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” Act 1:7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. Act 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Act 1:9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. Act 1:10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, Act 1:11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” _*Things that cause a holding pattern:*_ 1. * Thinking in our vicinity Vs 6-7* -We tend to live in a rut because we don’t think big enough -They expected their world to be changed not “the” world -We too often are about our lives and not the lives of others or the kingdom * Mat 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. * Php 2:4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. * Php 2:21 For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ -Ways to tell: Sharing only your story when asked what God is doing. Comparing to others -ILLUS- Proud of church stories or disgusted with church stories *2. Underestimating God’s Spirit and its power Vs 8* -God is sending us Himself in the form of a power that changes things -It: * empowers-Spiritual gifts * guides-You have to know what His voice sounds like * convicts-Response ensures obedience -in the same way prophets of old-Gideon, Isaiah, Jonah -This does not depend on your ability (the difference between humility and condemnation) *3. Being fixed on an event Vs 9-11* -Sometimes we can get stuck on an event that we saw God do. There is so much more!!!! * Num 21:9 So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live. * 2Ki 18:4 He removed the high places and broke the pillars and cut down the Asherah. And he broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until those days the people of Israel had made offerings to it (it was called Nehushtan). -They worshipped something God had done -It is a temptation to our flesh to worship the manifestations of God instead of God Himself -Sometimes we get stuck in tragedy. *Conclusion-* What are you waiting for? The things you fear? The things you question? Unable to move on? Your life starts when you are ready! How to live an empowered life.

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War XI - "Neighbor"

August 9, 2020 • Paul Barnard

Neighbor *Luk 10:25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Luk 10:26 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?”* *Luk 10:27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”* *Luk 10:28 And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”* *Luk 10:29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”* *Luk 10:30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead.* *Luk 10:31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side.* *Luk 10:32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.* *Luk 10:33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion.* *Luk 10:34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him.* *Luk 10:35 And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’* *Luk 10:36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?”* *Luk 10:37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”* First dude- Priest- Busy busy busy with church work Second dude- Levite- Judged him- “prolly deserved it, wrong side of town” Third dude- Samaritan- Crossed racial and cultural lines, took time away from business and cared for his neighbor. We have been given a mandate to be the hands and feet of Jesus This mandate does not come with exceptions *Mat 16:19 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.”* We have been given the keys to the kingdom not the church This is why people have become so disillusioned with the church No action to words. *1Jn 3:18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.* *1Jn 3:19 By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him;* *We have to change our posture before people will receive what we proclaim.*

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