June 21, 2020

It Won't Always Be Like This

It Won't Always Be Like This

Luke 6:21 ESV 

Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.  

Main Sermon Points 

1. The blessing in the text is not regulated to the reality of the hearers' experiences but revealed through relationship with the Teacher; the blessing is in the Person, Jesus.  In other words, Jesus is letting these hungry and weeping hearers know that their change is connected to accessing the words He is giving them.   

2. There is nothing wrong with admitting that we are hungry and craving a change in our situation.  Settling is never an option.  I want GOD to fill me with GOD's goodness over the evil I encounter.  Being empty means there is room for GOD to fill us.   

3. Lamenting today will allow me to appreciate laughter tomorrow.  

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OVERVIEW
Publish Date:

September 18, 2020

RESOURCES
PAST SERIES MESSAGES

Sermon 1 in this series will tackle the Lucan Beatitudes with the goal of bringing these words of blessing back to earth a bit. I do not know about anyone else, but I desire to know that the blessings of the Lord, the fulfillment of the Lord and the goodness of the Lord are not just regulated to the great by and by, but that as a citizen of the realm of GOD I can access the blessed life even while passing through this rocky world.

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In Christ, we are blessed by association because having a relationship with Christ is based on the authenticity of our faith. We have a shared identity with the Redeemer, and because of this we are blessed with both eternal provision. 

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Don't drown in the shallow-end of believing our own hype and press because your temporary resource supply appears to be limitless. 

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We are called to move from a premise of revenge to operating as agents of restoration which is difficult and counter to our natural inclinations of paying others back for the wrong they have done toward us.

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There are 2 critical things we need to do to ensure we are caring for ourselves during this radically challenging season:1. Practice holistic self-care 2. Invest in and care for others

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As disciples we have a personal responsibility to inspect what we produce.

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These are the ways I prepare for the floods of life: 1. I have to have a relationship with Jesus that surpasses flattery and is founded on a resilient faith - yes there are many of us who specialize in religious language but do not yield to a redemptive relationship with Jesus.

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