Deny Yourself

Luke 9:23-25

It’s the first step to following Jesus… BUT IT DOESN’T END THERE

“Let us measure ourselves by our Master, and not by our fellow servants, then pride will be impossible.”

Charles Spurgeon

“God opposes the proud” (James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5)
Who did Jesus oppose?


Jesus says “DENY yourself”

He used this word later at another time.

  • To affirm that one has no acquaintance or connection with someone

Humility says…

  • God is more important, other people are more important
  • I need God and I need other other people

Matthew 20:25-28


Jesus was the embodiment of humility
And as His followers, we should be too.


Matthew 23:12

There is power in humility.

The First Thing

“Simon says”

The secret is distinguishing between what should be followed and shouldn’t be.

What is your life authority? For a Christian it has to be Jesus.


THE FIRST THING JESUS SAID

Luke 2:49

Who says that?


Covid-19 has impacted how we are obeying

So, what is Our Father’s business, His things?

  • PEOPLE
  • SACRIFICE
  • EXAMPLE

Sacrifice is simply living like there is something bigger than yourself!

Online

Why online?

Luke 5:1-3

Matthew 28:20

  • Do everything possible to reach everyone possible!
  • Ministry 24/7!
  • Responding to a new normal
  • An awesome way to get the salt out of the shaker!
  • Half the world’s population is online
  • Online is not going away

How-tos of an online campus:
Like, share and comment
Watch videos
Send songs and videos to specific friends who need it
Respond and take surveys

Decide to be ALL IN!
This was a series about a new location, a new venue, a new normal!
Pray this along with me: God, fund what You want us to do!
Give something and do something!

Leaving a Legacy

Hebrews 11:4

That’s the kind of legacy I want to leave, that I believed in God and was a righteous man!

I don’t want someone else to be the example, to show my family what a Godly dad and grandad looks like.

Exodus 20:6

It’s hard to go back to normal when normal disappeared.
Carey Nieuwhof

Ephesians 6:12

And no place needs more warriors than our children and teens!

I would be scared to death to raise kids these days without regular influence of the church!

You may love kids but don’t feel you can serve IN kids.
You can still SERVE kids!

One of my goals, and I hope it’s yours too, is to build a church that our kids and grandkids will want to be a part of!

The Coffee Shop

Why a coffee shop?

To Help Get Your Light on a Tall Pole!

Matthew 5:13-16

How effective is salt in a shaker?

Reach People in the “New Normal”!

“But the biggest mistake most leaders will make is the emotional rush to get back into a facility, to see everyone again, to assemble their teams and get back to ‘normal’, they’ll re-embrace a model of ministry designed to reach a world that no longer exists.”

Carey Nieuwhof

Back to Basics

Where are you most likely to invite someone to meet you?

Make This Building About the 167!

“If we bought this building to be about Sunday morning, we bought the wrong building.”

Make a Well!

“Jesus didn’t just hang out in the synagogue – he hung out at wells. Wells were natural gathering places in ancient culture. Coffee houses are modern wells.”

Mark Batterson

John 4

Because It’s Time to Be ALL IN!

Esther 4:14

All In – A New Building

Let’s begin with the scripture that describes what a church building is supposed to look like.

God gave specifics on the ark Noah built, Genesis 6:14-18,
the tabernacle during Moses’ day, Exodus 26,
the temple Solomon built, Exodus 25:10-22,
even the ark of the covenant, 1 Chronicles 28:19.

But nothing about a church building!

  • ekklesia was the word Jesus used for the church in Matthew 16:18 which means a gathering or assembly
  • kirche began to be used in Europe, sometime around the 4th century, emphasizing a building, denoting a place for Christian worship

Romans 16:3, 5

The church is not a building. It might meet in a building, but isn’t limited to buildings for worship.

John 4:21

The building is nothing more than a tool.
– It is not the holy of holies.
– It is not more holy than a civic center.
– It is not venerable.
– It is not to be idolized, honored nor receive our undying devotion.
– It does not need protection from other activities.

   It’s just a building!

What makes a building special is the way the building is used by the church!

How 29:11 will utilize this building…

Rules

Matthew 23:1-7

The defining characteristic of man’s religion? An overabundance of rules!

But let me be very direct! Rules are good, beneficial, required, etc

But rules are elementary steps or stages of relationships.

1, We need to mature past just doing things because of rules

2, And no one wants a relationship that has devolved into a list of rules!

Spiritual disciplines:
Bible
Prayer & Fasting
Worship, Gratitude
Fellowship, Gathering
Stewardship


Asking what is the least I can do to get to heaven isn’t a relationship, it’s a religion of rules!


Imagine your spouse is away for a week. But they leave you notes, send texts and make phone calls but you ignore them, put off reading or answering.

       1, we miss help to make our lives better

       2, we seriously damage our relationship with God

In the movie Castaway, Tom Hanks didn’t find even one Bible in all those boxes!

1, without the Bible I have to work harder to maintain my relationship with God!

2, the Bible helps my relationship with God get deeper, stronger!


So don’t read, pray, gather, worship and give because it’s a rule. Read, pray, gather, worship and give because it’s who we are and it deepens our relationship with God!

Real or Religion

If there is a God that’s out there, and He’s the kind of God who wants to be reached and wants us to reach Him, it’s not going to be by our own methods.

Jesus didn’t come to start another religion. He came to breakdown the barriers between us and God. Not to make up a new way for us to work our way to God, but make the door wide open between us and Him.
Hebrews 10:19-20

Religion has failed a lot of people. Jesus never has.

The Golden Calf – Exodus 32:1-8
(The people prepared for Moses to go up the mountain in Exodus 19)

We would never make an idol to worship instead of God?
But have we?

The problem wasn’t that they made a cow. The problem was they wanted to reshape God to fit into their box.

Instead of waiting on what was real, they settled for just religion.

Are we guilty of this too?
– Wanting a god we can carry around, but when he becomes inconvenient we can leave him behind.
– A god we can visit once a week and proclaim how awesome he is, and then walk around the rest of the week like we’re the center of the universe.
– A god we can use to intimidate opponents, but can be easily ignored after the fight is over.
– A god that can speak against other people, but can be silent whenever it’s time to talk about how we fall short
– A god we can learn about and maybe even understand, but never truly know.

In a world as fast-paced, and self-centered as our own, it’s so easy to settle for religion.

We can’t formulate our faith. We must maintain that connection to heart of our

What do you have? Something that’s real or just religion?

The default mode of the human heart is religion. What’s the solution?

“Revivals and renewals are necessary because the default mode of the human heart is works-righteousness.”

Tim Keller

Moses was the only one invited up the mountain,
But Jesus’ cross changes things.

Romans 3:21-24

We’re all invited up the mountain.
We’re all invited into the cloud of God’s presence.
We’re all invited into a relationship with God.

Loopholes

Religious people use loopholes to both get out of laws/rules we don’t agree with, (ex. That’s the Old Testament, or Jesus didn’t really say or mean that) as well as hold others to a standard we don’t hold ourselves to.

Jesus called the Pharisees out for this. – Matthew 15:1-9

When we understand that Jesus didn’t use any loopholes when it came to forgiving us, we realize we can’t use them against others. Instead Jesus challenges us to repay this “debt of love”. Pay all that you owe, whether it is taxes and fees or respect and honor.

Romans 13:7-9

Matthew 22:34-40

In light of these scriptures that lay out love being the lenses we see God’s law through, our question is no longer, “How much do I have to do?” But rather, “What does love require of me today?” How can I repay the debt of love that I e received?