What Are You Looking At? Compel Pastor Jonathan O’Reilly, Sep 29, 2013

Matt. 27:38-44 (ESV)
Numbers 21:4-9
John 3:14-15
1. Complaining is draining – it will cause you to fail to see God’s hand at work – a complaining spirit will blind you
  – it bolinds you to the miracle in process
  – we must pull on past vistories – past victories are your weapon to that complaining spirit
2. They looked and they lived (Rom. 8:3)
  – they had to stop looking at the wounds and start looking at the cure
  – Isa. 45:22
  – in roder to save us eternally, Jesus refused to save Himself momentarily
  – Heb. 12:2
  – what you lift up is what you look at; and what you look at, you will look like

Refreshment, Sep 22, 2013

Acts 3:17-19
– Repent – to change one’s mind; to change one’s midn for better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one’s past sins
– “Repentance involves a turning with contrition from sin to God; the repentant sinner is in the proper condition to accept the divine forgiveness.” F.F. Bruce
– convertede: to turn
– refreshing: a cooling, refreshing
– one precedes the other. No repentance – no conversion – no refreshment
Matt. 3:1-2, 11:20-21, 12:38-41, Mark 6:7-12, Luke 13:1-5, 15:1-7, Acts 17:28-31
– to the church in Ephesus (Rev. 2:3-5)
– to the church in Pergamum (Rev. 2:14-16)
– to the church in Thyatira (Rev. 3:18-20)
Eph. 4:17-24
– repentance is taking in God’s point of view; looking at it His way
– the urgency of repentance – Isa. 55:6-7, Rom. 2:4, Acts 17:30, James 5:19-20, Rev. 3:3

– repentance is not “sorrow” 2 Cor. 7:9-10 shows that repentance is an outcome of sorrow; sorrow leads to repentance; sorrow itself is not repentance
– repentance is not “a changed life” – some understand that repentance is a converted life but Acts 3:19 reveals that repentance and conversion are two separate things. First sorrow, then repentance, finally a changed life
– worldly sorrow is a selfish kind of sorrow – sorry they got caught and looked bad
– godly sorrow is drected toward God – sorry because their actions are sins against a Holy God (Ps. 51:4)
– repent -> be converted -> refreshment comes

How Engaged Are The People In The Church? Kirk Pankratz Guest Speaker Sep 15, 2013

Luke 10:27 (MSG) – passion comes from the core of who you are
– taking hold of the heart for what God has for me
– “I don’t have time” really means “I don’t have enough energy and passion”
– it’s passion and energy that will change things
– muscle – how? volunteer labor, skills – love your neighbor with money, material, and muscle
– intelligence – our mental capacity and focus “set your mind on things above”
– who’s the person I’m going to share Jesus with today? Or invite to church?
– love your neighbor – Gal. 6:10 (AMP) – be mindful to be a blessing
– without a vision, people are paralyzed; wtih a vision, people are energized.
– Nothing creates more passion and energy, more prayer life and spiritual hunger, more willingness to serve and to volunteer, more generosity in advancing the Kingdom of God than a person who will chase their dream.
– Often times people think, “I can’t engage God at those levels. I can’t dream like that. I’m too old now. I’m past age to do that.” or “I regret it, but my time has passed.” or “I’m too young, I’m not ready to engage God that way. I’m not ready to be used at this season of my life.”
– It’s never too late to dream again. It’s never too late to engage what God is doing now.

You Carry A Treasure, Sep 8, 2013

2 Cor. 4:7 (NKJV, NIV, NLT)
2 Cor. 3:15-18 – where the Spirit is Lord
2 Cor. 4:1-18
– We often lose heart because we do not consider how great a calling God has given us in Jesus.
– The idea behind the Greek word for lose heart is the “faint-hearted coward.”  The Greek word has the idea of not only a lack of courage but of bad behavior and evil conduct.
– Craftiness speaks of “a cunning readiness to adopt any device or trickery for the achievement of ends which are anything but altruistic.” (Hughes)
– There is a higher scrutiny than that of the human conscience: it is to God that every minister of the gospel is ultimately and eternally answerable.” (Hughes)
– “The blindness of unbelievers in no way detracts from the clearness of the gospel for the sun is no less resplendent because the blind do not perceive its light.” (Calvin)
– John 3:19 – “The god of this world is able only to blind the minds of the unbelieving … Refusal to believe is the secret and reason of the blindness that happens to men.” (Morgan)
Acts 9:1-19, Ps. 44:3, 78:14

Your Body, His Temple, Sep 1, 2013

2 Chron. 7:1-3
– the temple in the new testament
John 2:18-21 – Jesus referring to His own body
Eph. 2:18-22 – the church is the temple
Acts 7:44-49 – God says He doesn’t dwell in the things people make. Everything on earth is merely a foot stool to God
1 Cor. 3:9 – my body is God’s field and building. God speaks through family, friends, co-workers, and all who are in Christ
1 Cor. 3:16 – God dwells in those who receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior
– Jesus taught more in the synagoge where people assembled than in the temple
– we collectively are the temple of God
– do you not know you are not your own, it’s God’s body, God’s car, God’s home, God’s clothes, etc.
– 5 ways to worship God in your body
  1. a place of dedication – how dedicated to God are you?
  2. a place of devotion – how devoted are you? How can I worship God with my body?
  3. a place of duty – we need to understand our duty/responsibility
  4. a place of death – a daily place of sacrifice – deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Jesus
  5. a place of display – where the glory of God is on display