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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

It's Complicated - David Nasser

Overview: 

In this week’s message, Pastor David spoke about honor, relationships, and revival. Tonight’s message was a message of conviction, confession and personal revival. 

Is salvation free? Yes. But is revival free? No.

It costs brokenness, humility and the admittance that it’s not enough to just be a Christian anymore rather the desire to be a victorious Christian. It is allowing God to strip away the things in you that repel the presence of God and foster the things that attract the special presence of God. 
Opening with a remembrance of his trip to Rwanda, Pastor David shared the story of the genocide that occurred there. Neighbors were killing neighbors in the most violent ways imaginable because of hatred between tribes. The result of exposure to the overt racism seen in the Rwandan genocide is anger and outrage. But the Lord begins to convict about the subtle racism in your own life. You begin to search your own heart and realize the same evil seen there can also be seen in you. While visiting a church and memorial site he met a woman who watched her family be butchered in front of her. When asked who attends the church now, which tribe, she replied she didn’t know. When asked how she could be around people who murdered her family she replied, “Since they are expensive to God, they are expensive to me”. She honored the potential the Lord had for each one of them not just the shame of their depravity. 

 

Verses:

Romans 12:10

“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor” 

1 Peter 2:17

“Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king” 

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” 

Psalm 119:105

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” 

 Matthew 10:16

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves, so be as wise as serpents and as gentle as doves.”

 2 Chronicles 7:14

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” 

 

8 Convictions:
1. I should never deny someone the dignity that God has afforded them.

2. Honor is not a response. Honor is a conviction. An eye for an eye is a natural response, turning the other cheek is supernatural.

3. True honor must be a work of the Holy Spirit or it will quickly turn into fabricated honor. Flattery for example is fake honor, which is in fact, dishonor. 

4. My interactions with someone are important. My interactions about someone are even more important. Honor must be given in both presence and absence. 

5. There is something broken in me if I enjoy the art of shamming. If I enjoy the “burn” of the broken.

6. We honor God when we battle vain imagination & choose to give people the benefit of the doubt. 

7. Never miss a great opportunity to shut up! Clarifying, critique and accountability can be honorable, but contempt never is. 

8. The image of God exists in every human being. Christian and non-Christian. This can drive the way we view the matters that matter. 

Abortion is an honor issue, for the mother and the baby. 

Pornography is an honor issue. 

The immigrant crises is an honor issue. 

Orphan work is an honor issue.

Global Missions is an honor issue. Love this country enough to not make an idol out of it.

If we want revival it will come at a cost. 
We are either on the verge of revival or retreat. 
Let’s say God doesn’t bring a campus wide revival to LU because the truly honorable are the exception and not the norm but at the very least, I am postured for personal revival.

 

Quotes:

Responsibility for a Christian is our response to His ability - Adrian Rodgers 

I don't want to just live a Christian life but a victorious Christian life

Honor is not a suggestion, it is a command.

Honor is the ability to see people in their full value and worth. Both their shame and their glory. Both their pitfalls and potential.

Flattery is motivated by selfish ambition, honor is seeing dignity in people and extending grace. You’re either demonically driven or you’re Christ-like.

It takes no courage to bow up and fight back, it is not weakness to turn the other cheek it is meekness. 

Unlock your imagination to see honorable things in others rather than assuming the worst.

This message was about a passionate pursuit for more of God in your own life.

If people are expensive to God, then they are expensive to me.

We devalue the power of the cross if I look at it as enough to save me but not enough to change me

I am responsible for my own heart, my own mouth, and my own thumbs!

 

Questions:

1) When you step into a new conversation with someone, are you quick to see potential or pitfalls?

2) How do we move to seeing people more clearly?

3) Do you sometimes confuse venting or prayer requests with gossip? Do you truly honor others behind their back? What does a genuine prayer request look like? 

4) How does pride repel the special presence of God?

5) We as Christians have a dual citizenship? What efforts can we take to live more through citizenship of the kingdom of God?

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

It's Complicated - John Mark Comer

Overview:

In this week’s message, guest John Mark Comer spoke on going back into your past in order to move forward in healthy relationships.

The journey to healing is not done alone but in community. Opening up in Mark 5, we see the story of a woman healed of a wound of 12 years' time. John Mark theorized that because the wound was so deep, she needed Jesus and she needed a community to know her wound and her healing. The practice of community in this day and age is challenged with connectivity and chemistry. Connectivity is mistaken for the community thanks to Instagram, Facebook, and other social media, but it does not replace the face-to-face we need with a dear friend. Chemistry is another obstacle we face, because while we may have chemistry with other we may not have community with them. Community is deeper than connectivity and chemistry. It’s the commonality as followers of Jesus to live life together in exposure and encouragement to develop who you are becoming in Christ.

John Mark reminded us of vulnerability and accountability. The center point of following Jesus is not the pulpit, but the body and blood of Jesus. Where we come before God and each other and lay our souls bare before Him. With vulnerability comes accountability. Freedom and breakthrough will happen when we confess our sins with one another and are vulnerable in our relationships.

We were designed and wired for relationships. Our adult relational patterns are set by the patterns of our parental relationships. Avoidant, Anxious, Scattered, and Secure attachment styles all affect our relationships with one another and with God. Following Jesus is being adopted into his family and about God the Father reparenting us. It means putting off the unhealthy ways and patterns we picked up early on and putting on the new way of love in the family of God. And the way God does this is through the community.

 

Verses:

Mark 5: 24-34

24 And he went with him. And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. 25 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” 29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 And he looked around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

 

Quotes:

“Face to capacity for empathy. It’s where we experience ace conversation is the most human – and humanizing – thing we do. Fully present to one another, we learn to listen. It’s where we develop the joy of being heard, of being understood.” 

Sherry Turkle (2015) Reclaiming Conversation

“The root of all friendship is, ‘You too?’”  C.S. Lewis

Latin word was communitas is “to share in common”.

“If you decide you want to become a person of love in the way of Jesus… don’t start by trying to love somebody close to you… start by trying to love somebody you don’t know very well… a co-worker on the other side of the office, a neighbor one street over… because the closer we are to someone, the harder it is to love! We see through the illusion to who they really are… and they see through the illusion to who we really are…” 

Dallas Willard, American Philosopher, and Author

“love-drenched accountability.” David Brooks’ Manifesto

“What does loneliness tell us about ourselves? Be it chronic or acute, slight or significant, loneliness is proof of our relational design. At the core of our being is this truth – we are designed for and defined by our relationships. We were born with a relentless longing to participate in the lives of others. Fundamentally, we are relational souls. We cannot, not be relational.”

“The Relational Soul” by Richard Plass and James Cofield

 

Questions:

1) What is THAT thing (past or present) that you need to reach out to Jesus and be healed from?
2) What are some areas in which you can give up “connectivity” in order to pursue community?
3) What are practical ways you can embrace the community the Lord has placed around you and not just connect with those who are like you?
4) What is the sin in your life that you have yet to verbally confess before your community?
5) What type of attachment style do you believe is most applicable to you (i.e. avoidant, anxious, scattered, secure)? Why? How has this affected your current relationships or how you interact with others? 
6) What steps do you think you need to take to build a healthy attachment style and authentic community? 

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

It's Complicated - Ben Stuart

Overview: 

In this week's message, Pastor Ben Stuart taught how we can evaluate a good dating relationship.

Good dating relationships can be characterized by many things. A good dating relationship contains the excitement, especially concerning character. Instead of focusing on physical attraction, we should focus on whether or not the person has good character, particularly kindness. Healthy community around us will help us evaluate a person's character. A good relationship will also result in our improvement in our lives, including our own character and skills. The other person should challenge and push us to be God's version of us. A good relationship will also endure difficult conflict and be characterized by good, honest communication.


Pastor Stuart also reminded us of the importance of taking our time in healthy relationship building.

Healthy dating relationships are formed in community, where we are guarded against temptation and receive feedback on the healthy and unhealthy aspects of our relationships. He also reminded us that it is important for us to get our relationship with the Lord right before we get our dating relationships right.

 

Verses:

Song of Solomon 1:1-4

1 The song of songs, which is Solomon’s.

The [a]Shulamite

2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—For [b]your love is better than wine. 3 Because of the fragrance of your good ointments, Your name is ointment poured forth; Therefore the virgins love you. 4 Draw me away!

 

Song of Solomon 2:8-16

The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes Leaping upon the mountains, Skipping upon the hills. 9 My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Behold, he stands behind our wall;
He is looking through the windows, Gazing through the lattice. 10 My beloved spoke, and said to me: “Rise up, my love, my fair one, And come away. 11 For lo, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone. 12 The flowers appear on the earth; The time of singing has come, And the voice of the turtledove Is heard in our land. 13 The fig tree puts forth her green figs, And the vines with the tender grapes Give a good smell. Rise up, my love, my fair one, And come away!

14 “O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, In the secret places of the cliff, Let me see your [c]face,
Let me hear your voice; For your voice is sweet, And your face is lovely.”

Her Brothers

15 Catch us the foxes, The little foxes that spoil the vines, For our vines have tender grapes.

The Shulamite

16 My beloved is mine, and I am his. He feeds his flock among the lilies.

 

Quotes:

“One of the first things that attracted the Shulamite woman was the strong reputation of the man’s character."

"You know you're ready to pursue marriage with someone when you're excited about them, but excited about the right things."

"You should not only enjoy their company, but be improved by their company."

"The right person at the wrong time is the wrong person."

"The process of courtship is a deepening of trust and a deepening of vulnerability."

"Confession is a binding thing and when you bond through confession, you will be tempted to act out physically. You need your community to help you in this. If you don't find mercy from the person you have confessed with, then good riddance because they are not like Jesus."

"Don't expedite a romance that can't go anywhere."

"Half claim is not a claim."

“What should attract you is the character and kindness of the person”.

“If you can’t work through conflict with clarity of communication, it is not going to work”.

“The closer you knit your hearts together emotionally, the more you’ll want to knit your bodies together physically”.

 

Questions:

1) When your name is spoken how do others react?

2) What is most important to you when looking for a potential date?

3) What is/was your motivation behind choosing to step into a relationship?

4) How has dating shaped who you are and how you view members of the opposite sex?

5) Is there such a thing as spiritual boundaries when it comes to a dating relationship?

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

It's Complicated - Jon Tyson

Overview:

Paul has written a letter to the early church in Ephesus, which was a godless society. He took their godless vision on marriage and showed them how it is completely changed with Jesus. Women were not respected in the culture of that time. Paul was taking the view of women in society and transforming it. Marriage is a mutual submission between husband and wife. Paul is showing men not how to rule their wives but love them sacrificially as Christ loved the Church. Husbands have to submit themselves to the Holy Spirit and to their wives by sacrificially loving their partner. We have to submit our own needs for personal satisfaction to God. Paul emphasizes that men are not greater than women and women don’t have to submit to all men but only to their own husband. Men need to guard, be gentle, tender, and love like Jesus. Lead and love so well that your wife wants to be under your leadership. You have to have realistic and biblical expectations. Passionate love is a flame that burns out. Companionate love is a vision of two vines that are intertwined over time. Don’t believe what the world tells you is better than God’s standards.

Verses:

Ephesians 5:21-33

 

Quotes:

“Eve was not taken out of Adam's head to top him, neither out of his feet to be

trampled on by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be

protected by him, and near his heart to be loved by him.”

- Matthew Henry

“Our marriages should preach the gospel of relational reconciliation to a culture of relational fracture”

- Jon Tyson

“An engagement period that is preparing for a marriage and not planning for an event”

- Jon Tyson

 

Questions:

1) Culture and experiences can easily become our framework for marriage. What was your parents’ marriage like growing up?

2) Where will you get your vision of marriage from?

3) What are some unbiblical expectations you are placing in finding a future spouse and in marriage?

4) Why do you want to get married?

5) How is your marriage going to reflect the Gospel?

6) How does the world’s idea of submission differ from the Bible’s teaching on submission?

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

It's Complicated - David Nasser

Overview:

The image of a triune God is the image of a relationship. Tonight at Campus Community, we kicked off our series “It’s Complicated”. During the series, we will be covering the various family backgrounds and context and how they affect who we are. For the first installment of the series, Pastor David highlighted the most important relationship in our lives, our relationship with God. Our horizontal relationships are usually a reflection of the health of our vertical relationship with God. We often have misconceptions that would cause us to put unfair expectations on others that can only be fulfilled by God. While there are different kinds of love, they all come up short without the divine agape love God gives. Completeness cannot be obtained through behavior modification. True completeness can only be obtained through God himself. However, we can cheapen the cross when it makes it about change. God wants us to exchange who we are and become a new creation in Him. Pastor David closed out the message with a great illustration about being in a Hilton in Greenville but realizing he was in the wrong Greenville.  Sometimes it can appear that we are in the right place. Especially when it appears we are doing all of the right things. But when we take a closer look, are we truly where were are supposed to be. Are we sure we are right with God through Christ?

Verse:

2 Corinthians 13:5

Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you.

2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here

 

Quotes:
The image of a triune God is the image of a relationship. 
"Holy Holy Holy- Lord God almighty. God in 3 persons, blessed trinity"

If you try to find intimacy with another person before achieving a sense of wholeness on your own, all your relationships become an attempt to complete yourselfî (Dr. Les Parrott)

"Life is all about whose hands you are in."

"Our Compulsion for completion can only be satisfied in God."

There are 7.5 billion people in this world yet none of them have the power to complete you. If that's true, then why let 1 of them ruin your life?

It is unfair and unhealthy to expect anyone to fulfill a void that can only be filled with God. 
Only in the fullness of God are relationships fully healthy.

We cheapen the cross of Christ if we make it about change & not exchange.
The changed life is behavior modification
The exchanged life is an identity transformation.

 

Questions:
1) Why is it so tempting to look toward someone else to find completion for yourself?

2) Why is it unfair to expect someone else to complete you?

3) Why is it important to make sure our relationship with God is healthy before we can expect horizontal relationships to be healthy?

4) What is the difference between trying to change yourself for God and exchanging your sinfulness for Christ's righteousness?

5) How is your relationship with God?  Are you sure that you have a relationship with God through Christ?  If so, what kind?  He is Lord?  Does He have all of you?

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Campus Community - Travis Greene

God moved in a big way tonight! Instead of our normal questions and discussion time, take time to keep the movement going within your community groups, confessing to one another, praying for one another and continuing to lift up all those we prayed for in the room tonight.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Broken Vessels Week 7 - David Nasser

Broken Vessels: Shattered Pieces Put Together to Tell a Better Story 

Overview: 

If the Gospel truly lands on your heart it should change you in a major way, not just a slight change.? 

Stop letting it just be behavior modification because Christ is ready to change everything. 

You can't rededicate something that you never truly gave to God in the first place. 

The gospel does not shift a few things it results in a complete trajectory change. 

 

Verses: 

Isaiah 6:1-9- ESV 

1 In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said: 

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; 
the whole earth is full of his glory!” 

4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” 

6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.” 

8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” 9 And he said, “Go, and say to this people: 

“‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; 
keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ 

 

Questions: 

1) What's a time in your life where you saw the Lord do something new through you? 

2) When you think of God do you view Him the way Isaiah described Him?? 

3) When was the moment your trajectory changed, or has it? 

4) Have you simplified your view of God to make yourself more comfortable? 

5) Have you ever had an encounter with God so real that it wrecked you to the point that you have never been the same? 

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Broken Vessels Week 6 - David Nasser

God Uses Broken Vessels to Deliver the Beautiful Gospel

Overview:

God chose Mary as a broken vessel who was not pure, not perfect but was willing to be obedient even though it cost her reputation and more.  She knew God would provide the way for her to accomplish what He set out for her to do through her. Mary’s response was “behold I am the Lord’s servant, let it be according to Your word."

Favor is costly but is worth it.  God wants us to be his servant, He isn’t looking for perfection but pursuit, faith, and obedience. God wants available people that are willing to be poured out as an offering.  

·         Favor is Costly (reputation)

·         Favor is worth it (glory)

·         God will never give you Vision without provision

·         God is looking for servants of faith not celebrities of fame

·         God uses Broken Vessels to deliver the beautiful gospel

 

Scripture:

Luke 1:26-38 ESV

In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed[a] to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”[b] 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”[c]

35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born[d] will be called holy—the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant[e] of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

 

Luke 1:26-27

·         There are hundreds of prophecies of old just came into fruition in these verses - God is the original promise keeper, and He keeps it

·         The lineage of Jesus is a pretty jacked up lineage - Jesus did not come from a lineage of perfection

Luke 1:28 "Greetings"

·         God sent an angel and He spoke to Mary. This actually happened.

·         God is the same God who sent that angel.

Luke 1:28 "… Oh favored one."

·         If it were us we would question what if was for and how would it play out for us.

·         Mary responds differently

Luke 1:29 "And she is greatly troubled…"

·         Mary understood the big difference between favor from God and favors from God

·         Mary was confused

Luke 1:30-31

·         The favor God gave Mary was in pregnancy and she is a virgin

Luke 1:32-34

·         The child God gives to Mary is the SAVIOR OF THE WORLD - all the prophecies you grew up learning its that

·         Mary knows these prophecies, she knows that this baby is not hers but it will be crushed for the sins of this world.

Luke 1:38

·         Mary accepted the fact that she is the Lord’s servant and is willing

 

Questions:  

1) Looking beyond color, does your sphere of influence look like heaven? If not, have you asked the Holy Spirit for that?

2) Share with your group some of the broken vessels within your lineage. How has the Lord blessed you despite that lineage?

3) What are the costs (Reputation, comfort, relationships, etc.) in your life for following Jesus and being fully available to be used by Him?

4) What does hearing from the Holy Spirit look like in your life?

5) Name a place or situation you’re praying the Lord never asks you to serve. How can you remain open to be used by God in that place or situation?

6) What is the mark of a true servant?

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Break Up or Break Down - Rich Wilkerson Jr.

Overview: 

Break Up or Break Down  

God has created us for relationships. Our relationship with Him is the foundation of our life. However, God wants to use our horizontal relationships to transform us too. These relationships take work. We grow in our horizontal relationships when we let the Holy Spirit work in our hearts. John 15:1-4 calls believers to abide in the Lord. In our abiding, God prunes us. To prune is to cut. This means, as we abide in Him we grow as He removes sin from our hearts. To have a healthy relationship, we have to break up with ungodliness or else those things will break us down. We have to break up with Fairy Tales, Feelings, Fate, and Failure. 

 

Scripture:

John 15:1-4 

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

2     a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3     a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
4     a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5     a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6     a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7     a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8     a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

Proverbs 29:18 

Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint;
    but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  

Galatians 5:22-25 

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

 

Quotes: 

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” - C.S Lewis 

"Whoever you married is going to be your greatest asset or your greatest liability" - Rich Wilkerson Jr.  

"If you don’t figure out what hurt you, you will bleed on people who never hurt you" - Rich Wilkerson Jr. 

 

Questions: 

1) In John 15, Jesus talks about pruning. What in your life is God trying to prune? “You can’t produce if you aren’t pruned,” what is God trying to produce in your life? 

2) ?Tonight, we heard “chose your spouse based on their patterns.” ?What patterns are you looking for in a person and why? 

3) 1 Corinthians 13 talks about love. Read the description then practically describe what each one looks like in a relationship? 

4) What does it mean to break up with failure as it relates to relationships? “If you are tired of starting over, stop quitting,” what does it look like fleshed out? 

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Broken Vessels Week 5 - David Nasser

The Rich Young Ruler

Overview: 

Continuing our conversation about broken vessels, we pick up with the story of the Rich Young Ruler. Although this story does not seem to have a positive ending, there is actually hope. The Rich Young Ruler did not reject Jesus outright. The passage tells us that he walked away and his heart was grieved. The fact that his heart was broken tells us that it hurt him to know that he wasn’t in the place to be able to follow Jesus whole-heartedly. Another interesting aspect of this story is that we have a description of this man but no name. This man has the trifecta of desire: to be prosperous, pretty and powerful and yet we do not know his name…why? Likely because this man was so obsessed with his own name rather than the name of Jesus. Nevertheless, he humbled himself and initiates a conversation with Jesus, even to the point that he comes and bows before Jesus. The only thing that could bring him to this place is an incessant void within his heart that tells him that, in spite of all that he has, there is still a void in his heart. There is still something missing from within. 

 

Verses:

Mark 10:17-22

17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.”

20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”

21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

 

Quotes:

“Three Reponses when confronted by Jesus: Submission, Rejection, Polite Indifference”

"Jesus annihilates his perception of success by taking what he saw as horizontal and turning it vertical” (Tim Keller)

“Jesus loves him even though he knows that this is not going to end well”.

“The Rich Young Ruler was willing to put Jesus on the top shelf but Jesus wants to be on the throne”.

“One way to have a life worthy of imitation is to not be self-absorbed”.

“We have horizontal ideas to gain favor, Jesus says, “it’s about the vertical submission to what He’s already done””.

 

Questions:

1) When is the last time that you actually ran to Jesus to hear from Jesus as opposed to running to someone else (favorite author, pastor, speaker, etc.) to tell you what Jesus said to them?

2) With whom do you tend to compare yourself?

3) What do you “own” that actually “owns” you?

4) What is your ONE thing? What is the one thing that is keeping you from being a true follower of Jesus?

5) Are you willing to move beyond the invitation to salvation into the invitation to give up everything in order to follow Jesus?

6) Have you surrounded yourself with people who love you enough to tell you the truth, even when it’s a hard truth?

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Broken Vessels Week 4 - David Nasser

Jesus the broken vessel

Verses:

1 Corinthians 10:16 

“The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? 17 Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.” 
Important Reminders:
The communion table brings us to remember our:

Union with Christ 
Union with Christ’s people on earth 
Union with Christ’s people in heaven 


Quotes:

“The union that we enjoy at the Lord’s table is independent of distance and independent of date. Simply, what Jesus offers us is the meeting point of all who are in Him, in the past, the present and the future” 
Alistair Begg 

Questions:

1) Did you learn something new about communion tonight?
2) Are there areas that you have unbelief about your union with Christ?
3) Do you have difficulty believing the truth that God is with you in trails (fire) in your life?
4) How can you move forward in surrendering these over to the Lord?
5) What scripture(s) can you look to help you in your unbelief?

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Campus Community - Francis Chan

Overview:

Over the years, the American church has become consumer driven. 
We find ourselves preoccupied with the things that do not matter in place of the One who does matter: Jesus. 
The church should be solely concerned with whether or not we are talking about our love for Him. 
We should have an obsessive love for Christ to the point that our focus is only on Him. 
What God wants from His church is devoted worshipers; a generation of people who long for His presence wherever they are and whomever they are with. 
He desires people who, out of love for Him, will love each other and be unified. 
God desires for His church to be unified and have intimacy with each other in the same way He and Jesus have intimacy.
It is through this intimacy and unity that the world will know that Jesus is the Messiah. 
When we have intimacy with each other, the power of the Holy Spirit will manifest. 
We will find ourselves transformed into the people God wants us to be; going to the ends of the earth to be witnesses for Him. 
God’s desire for His church is that we would be obsessed only with Him and nothing and no one else.

Verses:

Revelation 4:8

“And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, "Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!"

Philippians 1:27-28

“Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God.”

Ephesians 4:11-14

“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.”

1 John 3:4-10

“Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.”

Ephesians 3:14-21

“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

Quotes:
“Father we thank You, we are, by our very nature, objects of wrath. Where would we be without Your mercy and Grace, God?”
“Lord may there be an unstoppable force of Your Spirit within these students that drives them to be more like You”   
“You know when someone is in love, it is all they can talk about. My concern is I don’t hear people talking about their love for Jesus that way.”
“Can we seriously just have a posture of surrender to Jesus.”
“God desires that we the Church are in complete unity so that the World will believe that Jesus is the Messiah” 
“Our unity is a sure sign to the lost, of their destruction and our salvation.” 
“What if it was all up to us (Liberty) to reach every lost person in the world, what would our lives look like?”
“When we talk about being the Church of the Bible, know that there will be suffering but isn’t that what you want, to follow Jesus with everything in you?”
“I am not working for anything less than what God wants, He is going to be back soon.”

Questions:
1) How do you know the Holy Spirit is moving in your life? 
2) [Explain life jacket analogy] What has been a temporary life jacket for you? 
3) What things would you consider essential within the church you chose to serve? 
4) What does urgency for the gospel look like where you live? 
5) What is the Lord specifically calling you to sacrifice in order to love others?

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Broken Vessels Week 3 - David Nasser

 

Overview:

Ezra, a prophet in exile in Babylon, loved God and he lived in a broken world. Ezra finds out of what is happening in his world and is so affected by what is affecting his God that he tears his robe. 49 times in this passage, Ezra takes ownership (his usage of our or we) of what is happening around him. Although Ezra was not the one committing the sin, his prayer was, “God forgive us.” If our world is broken and it breaks the heart of God then it should break us. It has to be bigger than the people, the effects, and the symptoms, it has to be about God.

It’s one thing for brokenness to be caused by broken people but it is another thing when those who claim to be believers contribute to the brokenness. Those who should have known better weren’t speaking up against the brokenness.

What does it look like for you tonight to become a defendant of the defenseless? When do we get to the point where if it breaks God’s heart, then it breaks mine.

God looks upon this world and says, “I am so broken about this world that I will break my Son over it”

We live in a broken world.

We live in a broken world that is breaking the heart of God.

What breaks the heart of God should break the heart of his people.

 

Statistics

HOMLESSNESS

500,00 homeless in the us

7,000 homeless in Virginia

680 homeless in Lynchburg

ABORTION

56 million abortions/year worldwide

25% of all pregnancies end in abortions

3,000 abortions every day in the US

50 million aborted in the US since roe v. Wade 1973

90K abortions in the US in 2017

ABUSE

3.6 million children abused every year in US

300K victims of rape & sexual assault each year in the US

15 million adolescent girls worldwide have experienced forced sex

about 18 million women have been the victims of rape since 1998 in the US

A person with a disability 2 times more likely to be a victim of sexual assault or rape than a person without a disability.

DEATH

17k murdered this year in the US

1 million people commit suicide every year

RACISM

8000 Recorded Victims of Racial or Religious Hate Crime in the US / Year

DISPLACED

68.5 million refugees worldwide

SLAVERY

40 million slaves worldwide, most are women and girls.

10 million child slaves worldwide

20 million people are trafficked

4.5K cases of human trafficking in the United States this year

60 thousand slaves in USA right now

TERRORISM

25K people died of terrorist attacks this year

PERSECUTION

215 million Christians are persecuted

3K Christians were killed; 1.2K were abducted; 1K were raped or sexually harassed; and 793 churches were attacked in 2018

 

Verses:

Ezra 9:1-15 NIV

After these things had been done, the officials approached me and said, “The people of Israel and the priests and the Levites have not separated themselves from the peoples of the lands with their abominations, from the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites. 2 For they have taken some of their daughters to be wives for themselves and for their sons, so that the holy race[a] has mixed itself with the peoples of the lands. And in this faithlessness the hand of the officials and chief men has been foremost.” 3 As soon as I heard this, I tore my garment and my cloak and pulled hair from my head and beard and sat appalled. 4 Then all who trembled at the words of the God of Israel, because of the faithlessness of the returned exiles, gathered around me while I sat appalled until the evening sacrifice.5 And at the evening sacrifice I rose from my fasting, with my garment and my cloak torn, and fell upon my knees and spread out my hands to the Lord my God,6 saying:

“O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift my face to you, my God, for our iniquities have risen higher than our heads, and our guilt has mounted up to the heavens. 7 From the days of our fathers to this day we have been in great guilt. And for our iniquities we, our kings, and our priests have been given into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, to plundering, and to utter shame, as it is today. 8 But now for a brief moment favor has been shown by the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant and to give us a secure hold[b] within his holy place, that our God may brighten our eyes and grant us a little reviving in our slavery. 9 For we are slaves. Yet our God has not forsaken us in our slavery, but has extended to us his steadfast love before the kings of Persia, to grant us some reviving to set up the house of our God, to repair its ruins, and to give us protection[c] in Judea and Jerusalem.

10 “And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? For we have forsaken your commandments, 11 which you commanded by your servants the prophets, saying, ‘The land that you are entering, to take possession of it, is a land impure with the impurity of the peoples of the lands, with their abominations that have filled it from end to end with their uncleanness. 12 Therefore do not give your daughters to their sons, neither take their daughters for your sons, and never seek their peace or prosperity, that you may be strong and eat the good of the land and leave it for an inheritance to your children forever.’ 13 And after all that has come upon us for our evil deeds and for our great guilt, seeing that you, our God, have punished us less than our iniquities deserved and have given us such a remnant as this, 14 shall we break your commandments again and intermarry with the peoples who practice these abominations? Would you not be angry with us until you consumed us, so that there should be no remnant, nor any to escape? 15 O Lord, the God of Israel, you are just, for we are left a remnant that has escaped, as it is today. Behold, we are before you in our guilt, for none can stand before you because of this.”

 

Quotes: 

Sometimes statistics are just another number emotionally but it becomes something that breaks our hearts when we know someone who is a part of that statistic.

It has to go beyond a statistic, it has to become reality for us!

Time, Talent, and Treasure. These are three of our resources that we can bring to the table to help the brokenness in this world.

 

Questions:

1) We are living in a broken world which breaks the heart of God. We all have experienced this brokenness. From your life journey share how you have seen God redeem this brokenness.

2) What actions can we take as sons and daughters of Jesus to combat the evil that we see in the world around us?

3) Taking time in prayer, seek God and ask Him to reveal to you what may be keeping you from seeing brokenness as God does. Can you share what he is saying to you. Is he calling you to action, repentance?

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Broken Vessels Week 2 - David Nasser

Overview

Broken Vessels -Temptation: Moses-Jesus

God uses our brokenness to create a beautiful picture of who He is and most importantly, His love. God takes the broken pieces of our lives to create a beautiful masterpiece. Pastor David explained that temptation is when a rightful desire is baited to find its satisfaction in the wrong fulfillment. Do we truly use God to satisfy the hunger pains in our life? Instead of suppressing these desires, go to God to fulfill them. Temptation is both a test and an opportunity. Temptation is not a sin, acting in the enticed temptation is a sin. Temptation can cause us to stretch, learn and advance. Jesus uses "It is written over 63 times."  Jesus knew to override the temptation in the moment by the Word of God to fight temptation.

Verses:

Deuteronomy 6:13 (ESV)

13 It is the Lord your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear.

Deuteronomy 6:16

16 “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test, as you tested him at Massah.

Deuteronomy 8:3

3 And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word[a] that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

Psalm 119:11

I have hidden your word in my heart, so that I will not sin against you.

Mathew 4:1-11

1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 

2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 

3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’

5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 

6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you and they will lift you up in their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.

8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 

9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.

11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

Quotes:

Defining & Describing Temptation:

Temptation is when a rightful desire is baited to find its satisfaction in the wrong fulfillment.

Temptation is not a sin but a test and opportunity.

"It is written"- 63 times in the Bible

Temptation points: cracks/ chinks in armor/ fault lines/ vulnerabilities

Spurgeon: Provision, Protection, Pride, Power and Pleasure 

Cs Lewis: materialism, hedonism, and fantism

Mike Breen: appetite, ambition and approval 

Ravi Zacharias: intellect, will and imagination 

"When you're hungry for God, you're not a food critic for what He puts in front of you"- Pastor David

"Priority to acquire the Word of God so you can see the warning signs"- Pastor David

 

**Before getting into tonight's questions, please take the time to pray for those in Sebring, Florida. Today a gunman shot and killed at least 5 people in a SunTrust Bank. Please pray for the victims and families affected by this tragedy. 

 

Questions:

1) God created us as creatures with an "appetite." Are you hungering for things that cause separation from Him or draw you closer to Him?

2) Temptation is something we battle every single day. Are there areas in your life where you are making it easy to fall into it? How can you fight falling into temptation?

3) God has given us the strategy of fighting temptation by declaring truth from His Word. What does the Word of God say about the areas you struggle in?  How can you apply these truths to your life? (And not just tonight- but every day?) 

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Broken Vessels Week 1 - David Nasser

Overview

Tonight in Campus Community, we began our series Broken Vessels. For the first installment, Pastor David unpacks verses 20 -22 in the 9th chapter of Acts. In this passage of scripture, we see a newly converted Paul preaching in the synagogues. We see in the previous chapters, that Paul was completely against the mission of the church and playing for the other team. However, Jesus changed Paul’s life, and just four days after being saved, he begins preaching. Pastor David emphasized that this is still happening in today’s church in China.  Chinese converts are told to think of 5 people who are not Christians and told to share the gospel with those people.  This method appears to be “Un-American” and counter-cultural to western believers, however, Pastor David challenged us to seriously consider why we are not sharing the gospel. God uses broken vessels, like Paul and like you and me.

Verses

Acts 9:20-22

20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. 21 All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?”22 Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah.

Quotes

After Paul’s conversion, at once he began to preach the gospel. The takeaway — the proclamation of the gospel is not for the mature in the faith. 

New believers can share the gospel with others because they have the power of God’s Word and the power of their testimony.  They do not need polish.

Paul always caused havoc! He stopped casting havoc against God and stated causing havoc for God.

Without The Gospel God’s gifts can become a curse. With The Gospel, God’s gifts become a blessing.

Whatever gift God has given you, that is the vehicle that he has given you to share the gospel with others. 

When we are wrecked by the gospel, we become a wrecking ball for the gospel. 

 

Questions

1) At times, we know that the path we are on leads to destruction, yet we have too much pride to switch teams. Is there anything holding you back from being allegiant to Christ?

2) Who are five people in your life that need to hear the gospel?  How can you share the gospel with them?

3) Do you know the gospel well enough to share it with someone else?  Do you see the power of your own testimony?  What holds you back from sharing the gospel?

4) How can a gift become either a blessing for God’s glory or a curse, causing havoc against God?  (Intellect, athleticism, beauty, humor, etc)

5) What gifts in your life could you be using to share the gospel with others?

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Seven, Laodicea - David Nasser

Overview:

In our final week of Campus Community, we are wrapping up the Seven series by studying the church of Laodicea. The church of Laodicea was a church who amongst their wealth and prosperity was actually found to be desperate and bankrupt. There is a difference between being lost and having lost your way.  Laodicea was not lost. They just were not fully in love with Jesus.  At first glance they were decadent but the reality is that they were desperate. What made them desperate was the fact that they were self-sufficient. By sufficient, they thought they could contribute in some way shape or form to their own sanctification. We think works work. Works do work. But it is not ours! Praise God His works do! The Lord does not desire half-desperate faith, He desires fully committed, fully dependent followers.  We pray the Lord would deliver us from this self-focused way of thinking, that He would deliver us from ourselves, that we would cease trying to earn it and, in the end, plead Christ's righteousness rather than ours.

Quotes:

"The lukewarm person is not one who is mildly passionate about God. Rather, the lukewarm person is one who has lost his dependence on God. In his arrogance, he believes he has no need of Christ's righteousness because he has enough of his own."

- Timothy Keller

"Your Heart is addicted to salvation by works.' As a result, we often wear out good deeds like spiritual merit badges on preening chests, thinking we can impress God with our righteous acts. We pride ourselves that we are not like other men. After all, we are not engaging in the perversity of our culture. Instead, we fast, tithe, read our Bibles and serve in the church. Yet, we must realize that arrogant, self-sufficiency results in disgusting works, no matter what these work may be."

- Walter Marshall

Verses:

Revelation 3:14 - 22

“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:

These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!  So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.  You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.  I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

Matthew 5:3

"Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

Questions:

1) Are there moments in your life where you don’t question your salvation but question how you got to the place of depending on your self-more than you depend on God?
2) Do you have areas in your life that you are hesitant to surrender to God which then results in a lack of commitment?
3) Do we choose self-sufficiency over Christ dependency? If so, when?
4) What lies do I believe to convince myself I am closer to God than I actually am?

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Campus Community - Ed Young

Overview: 

Tonight Pastor Ed talked about commitment and how we have a huge problem with quitting. Society and culture make it okay to quit, but we have to get past what they say and stay committed. The three ways to be committed are spiritually, relationally, and vocationally. One way to keep these commitments is by declaring it to others and surrounding ourselves with other committed people. No matter what we commit our life to we are always going to face a quitting point. That quitting point can be overcome by allowing Jesus to walk beside us. Jesus wants to take us all the way to the finish line by not allowing us to quit.  

Verses: 

Proverbs 16:3

"Commit your work to the Lord,
    and your plans will be established."

 

Psalm 37:5-6

"Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in him, and he will act.
  He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
    and your justice as the noonday." 

 

 

2 Corinthians 6:14 

"Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?"

 

1 Corinthians 10:8

"We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day."

Questions: 

1) Whatever we commit our life to we will "Hit the Wall." What does that mean, and what does it look like in the spiritual realm? 

2) God is a God of commitment. Life is made up of commitments. God is the first one who has made commitments. What about you, what type of Spiritual Commitments have you made?  

3) Relational Commitment, surrounding yourself with the right people, who can speak truth into your life is imperative. Look at your present inner circle of friends, is this true for you? Why or why not? Are there changes that must take place?  

4) Have you made a declaration of your commitment to God? Take time in prayer, asking God to reveal areas in your life you have not surrendered to him, lay them before him. Have someone pray with you as you make your declaration.  

 

***Who has the Lord placed on your heart, that needs salvation? Together with others in your group pray that God would tender their hearts, to receive Jesus.  

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Seven, Philadelphia - David Nasser

Overview: 

This week, we are discussing the letter to the church in Philadelphia. As a city, Philadelphia had a good relationship with Rome until an earthquake ruined it. Once Philadephia could no longer produce, Rome lost interest in it. In the same way, the church had a good relationship with the synagogue because of their Jewish heritage. Once the church began to teach about Christ as the Messiah and His resurrection and convert Gentiles, the synagogue shut them out.
The church ultimately was excluded by both Rome and their Jewish heritage. However, in the face of these betrayals, God remained faithful to the church. Because of God's faithfulness to them, the church, though small, remained faithful to God. Their spiritual backbone, courage, and unwavering security were founded in confidence that God is faithful.

Verses:

7 “To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:

These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. 8 I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. 9 I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. 10 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.

11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. 12 The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them my new name. 13 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Quotes:

"In the economy of this world, everything is conditional. In the economy of God, He is faithful to the end."
"God is not asking for us to be faithful to Him without first being faithful to us. He never asks anything that He is not first willing to model."
"It's not about the size of the church but about the health of the church."
"If the light lives in you then the light shines through you."

Questions:

1) What earthquake in your life has Satan used to try and make you spiritually pull your vines (uproot your faith)?
2) Share a story of how God has shown His unfailing faithfulness.
3) What does true faithfulness look like in the everyday life of a believer?
4) Are you apart of a church that is spiritually healthy? How do you know?
5) What is hindering you from being bold in your faith ("letting your life shine")?
6) How can the group pray for you (right now) concerning boldness in your faith?

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Seven, Sardis - David Nasser

Overview:
This week in our series “Seven,” Pastor Nasser covered the church of Sardis. The church of Sardis was a busy church located in a busy city. This church seemed like they were thriving, however, their works were incomplete according to The Lord. Jesus warns this church that their deeds are dead because they are of the flesh and not of The Spirit. Pastor David highlighted seven truths about the Holy Spirit; the person, part, promise, power, protection, purpose, and projection. It is important that we are not caught up in the deeds but desperate for The Spirit. Let our deeds be Spirit-led and empowered by the promised Spirit of God.
 
Verses:
Revelation 3:1-6: “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars.“‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead.2 Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. 3 Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you. 4 Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. 5 The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. 6 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

Isaiah 11:2: "And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord."
 
Seven truths about the Holy Spirit:
Person - The Holy Spirit is a personal being, not an impersonal thing. 
Scripture uses the pronoun “He” not “ it” over and over again when referring to the Holy Spirit.
John 15:26: "But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. "

Part - The Holy Spirit is one of the 3 persons of our triune God. We have one God in 3 persons.
Matthew 28:19-20: "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, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Promised - The Holy Spirit is promised to every believer at the point of salvation.
Acts 2:38: "And Peter said to them, 'Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'"

Power - The Holy Spirit is the source of power both in and through our lives. 
Acts 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.”

Protects - the Holy Spirit protects and seals us in eternal hope.
Ephesians 1:13-14: "In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory."

Purpose - God accomplishes His purpose through the person of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 2:9-11: "However, as it is written: 'What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” the things God has prepared for those who love him— these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except for their own spirit within them? In the same way, no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.'"

Projects - The Holy Spirit projects attention to Christ
John 16:13-15: "When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you."

The Holy Spirit testifies as Christ.

You know revival has come to Liberty when all we are talking about, singing about, dreaming about, and obsessing about is Jesus.

Questions:
1) “Social Work” is about getting stuff done, “Gospel work” is activated through worship to get something done. Do you find yourself participating more in “Social Work” or “Gospel work?”

2) As a believer, it can be easy to be masked by “good works” with the absence of the Spirit of God. What truly motivates your “good works?” How can you be more intentional in participating in Gospel work and having the right intentions behind it?

3) We have one God in 3 Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Do you feel that you ignore one of these Persons within this Trinity? How come?

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Global Missions - David Nasser

Overview

Worship Service

Tonight's service is a simple message as to why we do CSER hours, why we ask you to go to on LU Send Now trips, why we do half a million hours of service in the city of Lynchburg, and why we partner with others in doing good. This reflects the Why and the How Jesus did ministry. Jesus met a need to connect people to eternity.

The words that Jesus used in John 6:35 cost Him His blood. 140,000 people will lose their lives because of what they believe. These are fighting words.

Jesus declares that He is the Bread of Life. Everything in this world will leave your soul hungry except for Jesus. Everything in this world is temporary and will leave you wanting. Everything in the world will leave you unsatisfied and unstable.

Jesus claims that He is The Light, The Door, The Great I Am, and The Answer to every question your soul ever had.

Context: Jesus says he is the Bread of Life the day after the feeding of the masses. The miracles were pointing to Jesus. Jesus was making God claims and doing things that only God could do to prove it. 15,000 people were hungry and one child brought lunch. Most of the people there wanted to see the show not to know Jesus. They wanted Him to be the bread-giver, not the Bread. They wanted "favors from God, not the favor of God."

The one boy gave what he had in obedience to God. Jesus doesn't need it but He lets the boy in on the miracle. Our job isn't to have enough, but bring the little we have to God and He will multiply it. Everyone ate and there were baskets left over. Jesus served everyone equally and 12 baskets were leftover for the disciples.

The people come around to Jesus the day after He had met their temporary need and told them He was the Bread of Life. The people have an eternal need for the bread of life.

We are called to worship in service of others to earn the right to speak the gospel to the lost.

Jesus meets the immediate need first, showing His kindness and earning the right to share the truth of redemption. We meet the need and we earn the right to speak the truth.

We are connecting people with the REDEMPTIVE TRUTH through our acts of worship.

Jesus met the woman at the well and told her to "go and sin no more" but first He met her need to have a friend and someone who is not ashamed to be with her in public. Jesus was willing to risk His reputation to meet her need and to earn the right to share the redemptive truth with her. The way of Jesus is to meet the need and share the redemptive truth.

Show up and be nice in order to win the right to share the gospel with others. Remember kindness leads to repentance. If your doctrine doesn't make you nicer, you are reading the Bible wrong. The deeper you get into Scripture, the nicer you should get. Kindness is a fruit of the Spirit and the evidence of Jesus in our lives.

Verses:

John 6:1-14, 35

1 Sometime after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), 2 and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. 3 Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. 4 The Jewish Passover Festival was near.

5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, "Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?" 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.

7 Philip answered him, "It would take more than half a year's wages[a] to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!"

8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, spoke up, 9 "Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?"

10 Jesus said, "Have the people sit down." There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.

12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, "Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted." 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.

14 After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, "Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world."

35 Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty."

Quotes:

"These people always came unprepared. They always showed up wondering who brought lunch. These people don't believe Jesus is the bread of life. They're there because they want to see a show. They want Jesus to be the bread-giver, not the bread of life. They want His hand, not His life."

"Your job isn't to have enough. Your job is to bring what you have to Jesus and ask Him to do what only He can do with it. The boy brought what he had to God and God multiplied it. We have to bring what we have to God."

"Jesus wrapped the Gospel into a 'fish filet sandwich'."

"Jesus meets these needs because not everybody may have a financial, physical, or other need, but everybody has a need that only Jesus can meet."

Questions:

1. What have you built your life on?
2. What has following Christ cost you? What are you willing to lose for the sake of Christ?
3. Are you seeking God's hand (what he can give) or God's heart (who he is)?
4. How can you meet a need (physical, or emotional) in order to share the redemptive truth with someone?
5. How are you allowing the Spirit to interrupt your day in order for you to show kindness toward someone else?
6. Share what you've given or can give over to Jesus so that He can multiply it for the Gospel.

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