August 2, 2020

It's Not A Question of If, But When

It's Not A Question of If, But When

Luke 6: 46-49, ESV
 

Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.


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.

2. I have to dare to listen to Jesus and then demonstrate active listening by lived obedience - many hear, but everyone is not a doer.

3. I have to be willing to accept the reality of flooding by building beyond the norm; other folks might not build this sort of foundation, but I want to be built to withstand what I know is coming. 

4. I have to trust that when the waters come I will get wet, worn and weary, but I will stand!  Because I have a foundation founded upon a rock.

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OVERVIEW
Publish Date:

August 2, 2020

RESOURCES
PAST SERIES MESSAGES

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

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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