What Tha?!

What Tha Part 1 Evil and Suffering

(Isaiah 55:8-9 NLT) “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

The Theodicy Question

  • God is infinite.

(I John 3:20 CSB) whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows all things.
(Psalm 115:3) Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him.
(Psalm 139:7) Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?

  • God is sovereign.

(Ephesians 1:11 CSB) In him we have also received an inheritance, because we were predestined according to the plan of the one who works out everything in agreement with the purpose of his will,
(Daniel 4:35) All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?”

  • God is good.

(Romans 5:12 TPT) When Adam sinned, the entire world was affected. Sin entered human experience, and death was the result. And so death followed this sin, casting its shadow over all humanity, because all have sinned.


Alternatives Beliefs for Suffering

1. Hinduism – Suffering is ultimately a product of karma, your evil actions or deeds.

2. Buddhism – Suffering is conquered through detachment. Distinguish desire and you no longer long for anything.

3. Islam – Suffering is caused by a god, submit to his will, and detach yourself from its effects.

4. New Age – Deny or minimize the existence of evil. Positive thinking is the key to defeating evil and suffering.

5. Atheism and Naturalism – Suffering is random and ultimately has no meaning.

All scripture is from the NIV unless otherwise noted

Our Favorite Verse

Celebration Church- Our Favorite Verse

For God so Loved the world, that he gave his only son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life- John 3:16 ESV

1. The Danger- Should Not Perish

Why do all deserve to perish? We all have sinned 19  And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.  20  For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.  21  But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”- John 19-21 ESV (Romans 3:23)

What is perishing?

Condemnation (John 3:17-18) -Guilty, Sentence to Punishment
Wrath (John 3:36, Revelations 14:10) -Torment, Anger
Forever (Revelations 4:11)

2. The Design- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son

How can He have a Son and who is the Son?

He is the Word (John 1:1, 14)
He is the Heir and God (Hebrews 1:1-3, John 1:1)
He is the Way (John 14:6, Galatians 4:4-7, John 14:21)

Why did God give His Son? To Die as a Sacrifice

31  Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out.  32  And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”  33  He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die. -John 12:31-33 ESV

3. The Duty- The whoever believes in Him

36  Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. - John 3:36 ESV

What Does Believing Mean?

Believing is Present Tense (John 3:16)
Believing is Abiding in his Word (John 8:31-32)
Believing is Receiving Christ as who he says he is (John 1:11-12)
Believing is Giving and Trusting our life to Christ (Rmns 10:9-10)

4. The Destiny- But have eternal life

What is eternal life?

It comes through the Word (John 6:68; 17:20) -Found in the Word
Gift from God (John 6:44) -God grants us the opportunity
Present (John 5:24) -It is still happening
Can’t be interrupted (John 11:25-26) -Death does not stop it
Forever (John 3:16) -and ever and ever and ever

Grace Driven Effort

Grace Driven Effort

(I Corinthians 15:9-10 NLT) For I am the least of all the apostles. In fact, I’m not even worthy to be called an apostle after the way I persecuted God’s church. But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me—and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace.

Response.

(II Corinthians 5:14-15 TPT) For it is Christ’s love that fuels our passion and motivates us, because we are absolutely convinced that he has given his life for all of us. This means all died with him, so that those who live should no longer live self- absorbed lives but lives that are poured out for him—the one who died for us and now lives again.

(Colossians 3:5 NLT) So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.

Re-affirms.

(James 2:14-22) What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.

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Grace Driven Effort

Relationship.

(Romans 5:1-11 CSB) Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have also obtained access through him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For while we were still helpless, at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly. For rarely will someone die for a just person—though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die. But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. How much more then, since we have now been declared righteous by his blood, will we be saved through him from wrath. For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received this reconciliation.

(I John 4:9-10) This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

Whatcha Got?

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Whatcha Got?

(Matthew 24:14-30 NASB)

1. What we have is not truly ours.

(Matthew 25:14 NASB) For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them.

(Psalm 24:1) The earth is the LORD’s and everything in it, the world and all who live in it.

2. What we have we must use.

(Matthew 25:16-18 NASB) Immediately the one had received five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents. In the same manner the one who had received the two talents gained two more. But he who received the one talent went away and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

(Matthew 25:28 NASB) Therefor take away the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents.

3. What we do with what we have will be determined by our view of the Master.

(Matthew 25:24-25 NASB) And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, “Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed. And I was afraid and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.”

(Matthew 25:20-23 NASB) The one who received the five talents came up and brought five more talents saying, “Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See I have gained five more talents.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” Also the one who had received the two talents came up and said, “Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more talents.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.”

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Practical Next Steps

1. Get plugged into the body.

2. Find out what your gifting is.

3. Start small and start now.

4. Be consistent and keep going!

(Galatians 6:9 NASB) Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.

Puzzled

Celebration Church – Tupelo, Ms.

LOVE-SERVE-REACH Puzzled6/23/19

CHURCH

1. How you define something determines how you react to it.

2. The story of our kids and ‘church,’ ‘buildings,’ and ‘service.’

3. Not about the BUILDING or the SERVCE

4. It is about the gathering of the people, or the people that are gathered

Matthew 16:18 (NIV) “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church…

Ekklesia-gathering, gathering of the Christians

CHURCH – the local body, the gathered people

CHURCH and PUZZLES

  • What does church and puzzles have in common?

    • Love, hate relationship with puzzles

    • I HATE to put them together and then take them apart.

      • Kelli and I putting together a puzzle

    • I LOVE what they can teach about the CHURCH and the BODY OF CHRIST.

  • A puzzle needs ALL the pieces to be complete.

    • Take some time here to explain the significance.

  • Every piece of the puzzle is needed

  • Every piece of the puzzle is important

CHURCH – THE BODY OF CHRIST

1 Corinthians 12:1 (NIV) “Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed.”

1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (NIV) There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service (ministries), but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

1 Corinthians 12:11 (NIV) All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

  • I had nothing to do with determining what I got.

  • I am not responsible for the gifts (talents, ministry, ability) I don’t have.

  • I am responsible for the gifts (talents, ministry, ability) that I do have.

1 Corinthians 12:12 (NIV) Just as one body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. (the body of Christ, or ‘the church’)

Puzzle, Physical Body, Church (The Body of Christ) all have in common.

“All parts of Christ’s body must work together for the body to function properly.”


Ephesians 4:16 (NLT) He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

You were called to give to others. You were called to be a producing part of the body of Christ.

GOD’S DESIGN IS FOR YOU TO DO FOR OTHERS, WITH OTHERS

  • The three challenges we all face

    • We do FOR OTHERS but forget to be WITH OTHERS.

    • We are WITH OTHERS but forget to do FOR OTHERS.

      • We see church wrong; you end up taking and never giving.

      • Second reason, we don’t think we have anything to offer.

WHAT TO DO:

  • See church as the body of Christ and that you are needed.

  • Attend Growth Track

    • Learn your personality and spiritual gifts and where you fit into ministry

    • (S)

    • 80% don’t know

  • Embrace the uniqueness that God gave you.

    • Every piece of the piece is needed and significant

    • “Well, I am not a preacher or teacher, or anything like that.”

  • Use what you have learned.

    • Every person that you see serving is using a gift.

    • Don’t let all the Pastors have all the fun

    • It is a lot easier to steer a moving car

  • Be willing to do things that are outside your normal comfort zone for a season.

    • Uncommon things don’t get built by common people.

Absent Dad, The Omnipresent True Father


2 Chronicles 29:1-10

  1. Ahaz contributed to Hezekiah’s walk with the Lord by showing him what not to be.

  2. He did what was right in the sight of the Lord. (29:1-2)

  3. He opened the temple and repaired it. (29:3)

  4. He confronted his father’s mistakes and confessed his wickedness . (29:6)

  5. Instead of blaming his father, he took responsibility and bore the burden of his father’s mistakes. (29:10)

  6. Instead of leading others away from God, he called the people of God to reject temptation and return to God. (30:6-8)

The Fathers promises to His children:

Romans 8:14-17

  1. The Spirit lives in you to remind you that you are no longer an orphan anymore. (Romans 8:15)

  2. IF you are a child of God you are also an heir with Christ and you will also be glorified with Him. (Romans 8:16)

  3. We were once alone, spiritually dead, and fatherless. But now in Christ, we have infinite inheritance, unimaginable glory and the Father of all Fathers. (Romans 8:17)

  4. Your heavenly Father will never leave you. (Hebrews 13:5, John 14:16-18)

  5. Your heavenly Father will protect you. (Isaiah 43:2-3)

  6. He knows what you need . (Psalm 50:10)

  7. Your heavenly Father takes delight in you. (Isaiah 43:4, Zephaniah 3:17)

  8. He loves you despite of you. (Romans 5:6-8)

The G Word | Part 2

The G Word | Part 2

(Romans 6:1-4, 6, 14) What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

Salvation Is Here | Part 3

Salvation Is Here | Part 3

(1 Corinthians 15:16-19) For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

iDisciple // Part 3


iDisciple Part 3 – His Last Words, Our First Priority

(Matthew 28:18-20 CSB) Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. 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, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

The Great Commission

It’s not merely…

  • Converts.

  • Decisions.

  • Christians.

But rather…

  • Disciples.

It’s not…

  • Come and see.

But rather…

  • Go and tell.

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Why Do I Need to Live on Mission?

1. It’s a command.

(Matthew 28:19-20 TPT) Now go in my authority and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. And teach them to faithfully follow all that I have commanded you. And never forget that I am with you every day, even to the completion of this age.”

(Matthew 28:20 CSB) teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

2. It’s your calling.

(Acts 1:8 AMP) But you will receive power and ability when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be My witnesses [to tell people about Me] both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth.”

(I Peter 2:9 CSB) But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

3. It cultivates intimacy.

(Matthew 28:20 CSB) teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

The Goal: His last words shouldn’t be just another ministry in our church, but should be the ministry of our church.

All scripture is from the NIV unless otherwise noted


Why Do You need community?

1. To grow.

(Acts 2:44-45 TPT) All the believers were in fellowship as one body, and they shared with one another whatever they had. Out of generosity they even sold their assets to distribute the proceeds to those who were in need among them.

(Acts 4:32) All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.

2. To heal.

(I Corinthians 12:26) If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

3. To multiply.

(Acts 1:8 CSB) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

(Acts 2:42, 46-47) Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and signs were being performed through the apostles. Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple, and broke bread from house to house. They ate their food with joyful and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. Every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

All scripture is from the NIV unless otherwise noted

iDisciple // Part 2


iDisciple Part 2 – Community

(Acts 2:42-43 CSB) They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and signs were being performed through the apostles. Now all the believers were together and held all things in common. They sold their possessions and property and distributed the proceeds to all, as any had need.

Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple, and broke bread from house to house. They ate their food with joyful and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. Every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

Whole Hearted Devotion

  • Apostles teaching.

(John 5:39) You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me,

  • Fellowship.

(I John 1:6-7) If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

  • Breaking of bread.

(Acts 2:46-47) Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

  • Prayer.

(Acts 2:42 CSB) They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer.


Why Do You need community?

1. To grow.

(Acts 2:44-45 TPT) All the believers were in fellowship as one body, and they shared with one another whatever they had. Out of generosity they even sold their assets to distribute the proceeds to those who were in need among them.

(Acts 4:32) All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.

2. To heal.

(I Corinthians 12:26) If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

3. To multiply.

(Acts 1:8 CSB) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

(Acts 2:42, 46-47) Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and signs were being performed through the apostles. Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple, and broke bread from house to house. They ate their food with joyful and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. Every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

All scripture is from the NIV unless otherwise noted

iDisciple // Part 1


iDisciple Part 1 – Why Church?

(I Corinthians 12:12-19 CSB) For just as the body is one and has many parts, and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body—so also is Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and we were all given one Spirit to drink. Indeed, the body is not one part but many. If the foot should say, “Because I’m not a hand, I don’t belong to the body,” it is not for that reason any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I’m not an eye, I don’t belong to the body,” it is not for that reason any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, here would the hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God has arranged each one of the parts in the body just as he wanted. And if they were all the same part, where would the body be?

Why the Church needs you?

  • You are important.

  • You are unique.

  • You are called.

(I Corinthians 12:27-28 AMP) Now you [collectively] are Christ’s body, and individually [you are] members of it [each with his own special purpose and function]. So God has appointed and placed in the church [for His own use]: first apostles [chosen by Christ], second prophets [those who foretell the future, those who speak a new message from God to the people], third teachers, then those who work miracles, then those with the gifts of healings, the helpers, the administrators, and speakers in various kinds of [unknown] tongues.

God’s perfect design for your Christian walk is not for you to date the church, but rather be whole heartedly dedicated to it.


Why You Need The Church?

1. The church provides community.

(I Corinthians 12:-13 CSB) For just as the body is one and has many parts, and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body—so also is Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and we were all given one Spirit to drink.

2. The church helps you mature.

(Ephesians 4:13-16 NIV) until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

3. The church helps us refocus.

(Colossians 3) gathering together helps you stay on mission, helps you stay on track

All scripture is from the NIV unless otherwise noted

Relationship Goals // Part 3

Marriage: A display of Christ and the church

Colossians 2:13-15, 3:12-19

What marriage is:

Marriage is the doing of God , He created it (Gen 2:24)

  • Mark 10:6-9

Marriage is for the display of God’s glory

  • Ephesians 5:31-32

Marriage is a model of Christ and the Church

  • This lifts marriage out of the cultural sewer

  • This gives marriage a solid foundation in grace

  • This shows headship and submission are crucial and crucified

Marriage is a covenant between man and a woman not a contract.

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How we walk it out: Living vertically in His grace and bending out horizontally forgiveness, and justification.

We showcase it by resting in His grace

We live hour by hour in dependence on God’s forgiveness, justification, and promised future grace.

As the Lord has forgiven me, I must forgive my spouse.

Christ always forgives more and endures more than we do.

Take the vertical grace of forgiveness and justification and bend them out horizontally to your spouse - this is a display of Christ’s covenant keeping grace.

In our marriages we need daily:

  • The power of the Holy Spirit

  • Prayer

  • Meditation on God’s word

  • Counsel of wise friends

  • The church body