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FAQ - Abortion and LGBTQ

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FAQ - 20190630 - EP 06

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SUNDAY JUNE 30 - FAQ BIO

Do you ever sit around wondering about certain spiritual questions like…

  • “Is it wrong to go dancing?”

  • “Should a Christian get a tattoo?” 

  • “Will we be married in heaven?”

  • “Do people turn into angels in heaven?” 

  • “Is it wrong to trust in horoscopes?”

  • “Is it OK to spank your kids?” 

  • “What’s up with the whole dinosaur stuff?”

  • “Is there ‘for real’ an unforgiveable sin?”

You’ve got questions? The Bible has the answers. And where the text is unclear, we will give you our opinions and what has formed them. Some of life’s most fun, most interesting, most shocking, and most trivial questions will be discussed with real questions from real people.

Q&A RULES:

  • The Bible is the STANDARD OF TRUTH

  • Wherever the BIBLE SPEAKS CLEARLY, I will stand with it and will not waiver a bit

  • Where the BIBLE DOESN’T SPEAK DIRECTLY to an issue, I will look for PRINCIPLES TO APPLY

  • If I CAN’T FIND PRINCIPLES that apply, I will give MY OPINION

  • Let’s do it all with a SPIRIT OF GRACE, compassion, empathy and shared experiences. Nobody is a “STUPID IDIOT!”

1 PETER 3:15 NIV Always be PREPARED TO GIVE AN ANSWER to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with GENTLENESS and RESPECT.

2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17 NIV All SCRIPTURE is God-breathed and is useful for TEACHING, REBUKING, CORRECTING and TRAINING in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

 

TOPICS IN FAQ SERIES - FOUR CATEGORIZED TOPICS

  1. God’s Love, Salvation & Eternity

  2. Bible Interpretation, Faith & Science

  3. Church Community & Relationships with Unbelievers

  4. Moral Behavior & Sexuality

TODAYS MESSAGE - MORAL BEHAVIOR

1 - MORALITY & ETHICS - What is morality?

 

DEFINITION

Principles concerning the distinction

between right and wrong or good and bad behavior.

 

TWO CATEGORIC VIEWS OF MORALITY

1.   MORAL RELATIVISM

2.   MORAL ABSOLUTISM

 

MORAL RELATIVISM:

The view that moral standards and judgments

are only relative to the subject opinion of the individual

and that no standpoint is privileged over all others.

 

MORAL ABSOLUTISM:

The view that there are

absolute standards and judgments that

universally apply to all people and cultures.

 

BOOK – CHRISTIAN ETHICS – NORMAN GEISLER

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2 - MORALITY & ETHICS - Can I participate in things that AREN’T EXPLICITLY “CHRISTIAN?”

JAMES 4:4 NLT … Don't you realize that FRIENDSHIP with the WORLD makes you an enemy of God?

JAMES 4:17 ESV So whoever KNOWS THE RIGHT THING to do and FAILS TO DO IT, for him it is SIN.

 

8 FILTER QUESTIONS 

  1. Does God clearly say you should or should not participate?

  2. Is it congruent with your values and life vision?

  3. Does it emotionally dysregulate you or diminish your love for Jesus?

  4. Does it infringe upon your conscience?

  5. Does it diminish your own story in Jesus?

  6. Does it compel “secrets” with those you trust?

  7. Does it open you to moral vulnerabilities?

  8. Would you like to see your Pastor/Pastor’s wife doing it?

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3 - SANTA CLAUS – What should I tell my kids about Santa?

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4 -  CURSING – What determines whether something is a curse word, since nowhere in the bible is there a list found of inappropriate words?

MATTHEW 15:18-20 NKJV [Jesus said] But those things which proceed out of the MOUTH COME FROM the HEART, and they DEFILE a man. 19 For OUT OF THE HEART proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.

EPHESIANS 5:4 NIV [Paul said] Nor should there be OBSCENITY, FOOLISH TALK or COARSE JOKING, which are out of place, BUT RATHER THANKSGIVING.

EPHESIANS 4:29 NKJV [Paul said] Let NO CORRUPT WORD proceed out of your mouth, but what is GOOD for necessary EDIFICATION, that it may impart GRACE TO THE HEARERS.

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5 - DEMON MOVIES - Is watching a show or movie with demons in it a sin.

PROVERBS 4:23 NIV Above all else, GUARD your HEART, for everything you do flows from it.

2 PETER 2:7-8 NKJV [God] delivered righteous Lot, [who was] oppressed [VEXED] BY THE FILTHY CONDUCT of the wicked 8 (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, TORMENTED [HIS] RIGHTEOUS SOUL from day to day by seeing and hearing [their] lawless deeds)--

EPHESIANS 5:8-12 NIV For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have NOTHING TO DO with the fruitless deeds of DARKNESS, but rather expose them. 12 It is SHAMEFUL EVEN TO MENTION what the DISOBEDIENT DO IN SECRET.

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6 - NATIONAL LAWS - Is it a sin to break NATIONAL LAWS LIKE SPEEDING?

ROMANS 13:1-5 NKJV Let every soul be subject to the GOVERNING AUTHORITIES. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever RESISTS THE AUTHORITY resists the ORDINANCE OF GOD, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be UNAFRAID OF THE AUTHORITY? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God's minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God's minister, an avenger to [execute] wrath on him who practices evil. 5 Therefore [you] must be subject, not only because of wrath but also FOR CONSCIENCE' SAKE.

 

QUESTIONS

  1. Does God care if I drive 56 MPH in a 55 SPEED ZONE?

  2. Does God care if I park for 1 MINUTE over my paid PARKING METER TIME?

  3. Does God care if eat 3 SAMPLE GRAPES at the grocery store, or are the 2 EXTRA “THEFT”?

 

FILTER QUESTIONS

  1. Is my heart in an ATTITUDE OF SUBMISSION?

  2. Am I predisposed to PAY THE PENALTY?

  3. Does it violate OTHER PEOPLE’S RIGHTS?

  4. Does it put OTHER PEOPLE IN DANGER?

  5. Does it VIOLATE “LOVE” with anyone, including police officers?

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7 - DEPRESSION & MEDICATION - Is it wrong to take medication for depression/anxiety as a Christian?

PROVERBS 17:22 NKJV A merry heart does good, [like] medicine…

Science of Freedom Workshop

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8 – YOGA & KARATE - Is it wrong to for a Christian to participate in yoga or martial arts?

ROMANS 14:14 NIV As one who is in the Lord Jesus, I am fully convinced that NO FOOD is UNCLEAN IN ITSELF. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then FOR HIM it is UNCLEAN.

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9 - HOROSCOPES – Is it wrong for a Christian to read their HOROSCOPES or to go to PSYCHICS?

ISAIAH 47:13-15 NIV…Let your ASTROLOGERS come forward, those STARGAZERS who make predictions MONTH BY MONTH…Surely they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up…Each of them goes on in his ERROR

DEUTERONOMY 18:10-12 NIV Let no one be found among who… who practices DIVINATION or SORCERY, interprets OMENS, engages in WITCHCRAFT, or CASTS SPELLS, or who is a MEDIUM or SPIRITIST or who CONSULTS THE DEAD. Anyone who does these things is DETESTABLE TO THE LORD

ISAIAH 8:19 NIV When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists…SHOULD NOT A PEOPLE INQUIRE OF THEIR GOD?

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SUNDAY JUNE 23 - FAQ BIO

Do you ever sit around wondering about certain spiritual questions like…

  • “Is it wrong to go dancing?”

  • “Should a Christian get a tattoo?” 

  • “Will we be married in heaven?”

  • “Do people turn into angels in heaven?” 

  • “Is it wrong to trust in horoscopes?”

  • “Is it OK to spank your kids?” 

  • “What’s up with the whole dinosaur stuff?”

  • “Is there ‘for real’ an unforgiveable sin?”

You’ve got questions? The Bible has the answers. And where the text is unclear, we will give you our opinions and what has formed them. Some of life’s most fun, most interesting, most shocking, and most trivial questions will be discussed with real questions from real people.

Q&A RULES:

  • The Bible is the STANDARD OF TRUTH

  • Wherever the BIBLE SPEAKS CLEARLY, I will stand with it and will not waiver a bit

  • Where the BIBLE DOESN’T SPEAK DIRECTLY to an issue, I will look for PRINCIPLES TO APPLY

  • If I CAN’T FIND PRINCIPLES that apply, I will give MY OPINION

  • Let’s do it all with a SPIRIT OF GRACE, compassion, empathy and shared experiences. Nobody is a “STUPID IDIOT!”

1 PETER 3:15 NIV Always be PREPARED TO GIVE AN ANSWER to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with GENTLENESS and RESPECT.

2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17 NIV All SCRIPTURE is God-breathed and is useful for TEACHING, REBUKING, CORRECTING and TRAINING in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

 

TOPICS IN FAQ SERIES - FOUR CATEGORIZED TOPICS

  1. God’s Love, Salvation & Eternity

  2. Bible Interpretation, Faith & Science

  3. Church Community & Relationships with Unbelievers

  4. Moral Behavior & Sexuality

TODAYS MESSAGE - BIBLE INTERPRETATION, CHURCH COMMUNITY & RELATIONSHIPS WITH UNBELIEVERS

QUESTIONS ABOUT WOMEN & LEADERSHIP

  1. Can WOMEN LEAD in church (over men)?

  2. Can WOMEN TEACH in church (to men)?

  3. Can WOMEN be PASTORS?

 

1 CORINTHIANS 14:34-35 NKJV Let your WOMEN keep SILENT in the churches, for they are NOT PERMITTED TO SPEAK; but [they are] to be SUBMISSIVE, as the law also says. 35 And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is SHAMEFUL FOR WOMEN TO SPEAK in church.

1 TIMOTHY 2:11 NKJV Let a WOMAN LEARN IN SILENCE with all SUBMISSION. 12 And I DO NOT PERMIT a WOMAN to TEACH or to HAVE AUTHORITY OVER a man, but to BE IN SILENCE.

 

RELIGIOUS ASSUMPTIONS

  • WOMEN must SUBMIT to ALL men!

  • WOMEN can’t LEAD in CHURCH over men!

  • WOMEN can’t TEACH in CHURCH to men!

  • WOMEN must keep SILENT in the CHURCH!

 

  • WOMEN must SUBMIT to ALL men!

    • Only CHRISTIAN men?

    • What if the man VIOLATES BOUNDARIES?

    • What if TWO men want CONFLICTING THINGS?

  • WOMEN can’t LEAD in CHURCH over men!

    • Can they INFLUENCE?

    • Can they LEAD SONS at HOME or even CHURCH?

    • Is sharing CREATIVITY or ADMINISTRATION LEADING?

  • WOMEN can’t TEACH in CHURCH to men!

    • Can they TEACH NON-RELIGIOUS things?

    • Can they outside the CHURCH PROPERTY LINES?

    • Can they teach KIDS CHURCH… to BOYS… and what if MEN are serving on the KIDS TEAM too?

    • Can they be MISSIONARIES?

  • WOMEN must keep SILENT in the CHURCH!

    • Can they GREET, PARK CARS, or KIDS CHURCH?

    • Can they say “HI” to friends… even in the LOBBY?

    • Can they SING during WORSHIP, or on STAGE, or PRAY?

    • Can they LAUGH at the PASTOR’S JOKES?

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VIOLATED THE PRINCIPLE - WHAT ABOUT….

  • DEBORAH (OT Prophet, Judge & Military Leader)

  • MIRIAM (OT Prophet to lead Israel out of Egypt)

  • HULDAH (OT Prophet & authorized Scripture)

  • PHEOBE (NT Deacon)

  • PRISCILLA (NT Teacher)

  • JUNIA (NT Apostle)

  • JEZEBEL (NT called herself a “Prophet” to seduce…)

  • NOADIAH, ANNA, RUTH, ESHTER, RIZPAH, FOUR DAUGHTERS OF PHILIP, RACHEL, HANNAH, ABIGAIL, ELISABETH, and MARY  

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THE MAKING OF MISOGYNY

  • INTERNATIONAL HISTORY OF OPPRESSION

  • DIFFICULT SCRIPTURE TEXTS (PATRIARCHAL)

  • JEWISH TALMUD – BABYLON CAPTIVITY

  • JEWISH RABBINIC CULTURE (QUOTES)

  • CHURCH LEADER & JUDIAZER CULTURE (QUOTES) 

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JESUS LEADS THE CHANGE

  • MARY & MARTHA

  • “BLESSED RATHER ARE THEY THAT HEAR THE WORD”

  • WOMAN AT THE WELL

  • WOMEN SUPPORTERS OF JESUS

  • JESUS REVEALED HIMSELF TO WOMEN FIRST (REZ)

  • NEW COVENANT EQUALITY

  • BEGINNING OF THE CHURCH AGE

  • LAUNCH OF WOMEN LEADERS & TEACHERS

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UNRAVELING THE DIFFICULT TEXTS

1 CORINTHIANS 14:34-35 NKJV Let your WOMEN keep SILENT in the churches, for they are NOT PERMITTED TO SPEAK; but [they are] to be SUBMISSIVE, as the law also says. 35 And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is SHAMEFUL FOR WOMEN TO SPEAK in church.

 

“NOW CONCERNING…” 1 CORINTHIANS

  • 7:1 NKJV NOW CONCERNING THE THINGS OF WHICH YOU WROTE TO ME: [It is] good for a man not to touch a woman.

  • 7:25 NKJV NOW CONCERNING virgins…

  • 8:1 NKJV NOW CONCERNING things offered to idols…

  • 12:1 NKJV NOW CONCERNING spiritual [gifts]…

  • 16:1 NKJV NOW CONCERNING the collection for the saints…

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1 TIMOTHY 2:9-12 NKJV I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting; 9 in like manner also, that the WOMEN adorn themselves in MODEST APPAREL, with PROPRIETY and MODERATION, not with BRAIDED HAIR or GOLD or PEARLS or COSTLY CLOTHING, 10 but, which is proper for WOMEN PROFESSING GODLINESS, with GOOD WORKS. 11 Let a WOMAN LEARN IN SILENCE with all SUBMISSION. 12 And I DO NOT PERMIT a WOMAN to TEACH or to HAVE AUTHORITY OVER a man, but to BE IN SILENCE.

1 TIMOTHY INTERPRETATION

  • JUDIAZERS (Law and Jewish tradition first)

  • GNOSTICS (Claimed secret knowledge)

  • APHRODITE (CORINTH) & DIANA (EPHESUS)

  • UNLEARNED & UNSKILLED IN THE WORD (1:1 & 2:11)

  • SOME WERE NOT BELIEVERS (2:15 & 6:21)

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WOMEN PASTORS???

1 TIMOTHY 3:2 NKJV A bishop then must be blameless, the HUSBAND OF ONE WIFE, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach;

TITUS 1:5-7 NKJV …you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city … THE HUSBAND OF ONE WIFE 

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BOOK RECOMMENDATION

WHO SAID WOMEN CAN’T TEACH – CHARLES TROMBLEY

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FAQ BIO

Do you ever sit around wondering about certain spiritual questions like…

  • “Is it wrong to go dancing?”

  • “Should a Christian get a tattoo?” 

  • “Will we be married in heaven?”

  • “Do people turn into angels in heaven?” 

  • “Is it wrong to trust in horoscopes?”

  • “Is it OK to spank your kids?” 

  • “What’s up with the whole dinosaur stuff?”

  • “Is there ‘for real’ an unforgiveable sin?”

You’ve got questions? The Bible has the answers. And where the text is unclear, we will give you our opinions and what has formed them. Some of life’s most fun, most interesting, most shocking, and most trivial questions will be discussed with real questions from real people.

Q&A RULES:

  • The Bible is the STANDARD OF TRUTH

  • Wherever the BIBLE SPEAKS CLEARLY, I will stand with it and will not waiver a bit

  • Where the BIBLE DOESN’T SPEAK DIRECTLY to an issue, I will look for PRINCIPLES TO APPLY

  • If I CAN’T FIND PRINCIPLES that apply, I will give MY OPINION

  • Let’s do it all with a SPIRIT OF GRACE, compassion, empathy and shared experiences. Nobody is a “STUPID IDIOT!”

1 PETER 3:15 NIV Always be PREPARED TO GIVE AN ANSWER to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with GENTLENESS and RESPECT.

2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17 NIV All SCRIPTURE is God-breathed and is useful for TEACHING, REBUKING, CORRECTING and TRAINING in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

 

TOPICS IN FAQ SERIES - FOUR CATEGORIZED TOPICS

  1. God’s Love, Salvation & Eternity

  2. Bible Interpretation, Faith & Science

  3. Church Community & Relationships with Unbelievers

  4. Moral Behavior & Sexuality

TODAYS MESSAGE - BIBLE INTERPRETATION, CHURCH COMMUNITY & RELATIONSHIPS WITH UNBELIEVERS

1.  HEARING FROM GOD

 How do you know if something is really GOD’S LEADING or just YOUR OWN THOUGHTS?

 

FLUX CAPACITER FOR GUIDANCE

  1. Scriptural Authority

  2. “Seeking” Attitude

  3. Shepherd’s Counsel

  4. Stages:  Ways, Paths & Steps

  5. Screen Promptings

 

CHECK IT OUT!

  

2.  PENTECOSTAL

LifePointe says it's a "non-denominational Christian Church," and yet it is PENTECOSTAL. What does this mean, and why does it play an important role at our church?

ACTS 2:1-4 KJV And when the DAY OF PENTECOST was fully come… 4 And they were all FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, and began to SPEAK WITH OTHER TONGUES, as the SPIRIT GAVE THEM UTTERANCE.  

1 CORINTHIANS 12:1, 31 NKJV Now concerning SPIRITUAL [gifts] (things pertaining to and of the Holy Spirit), brethren, I do not want you to be IGNORANT: ... 31 But EARNESTLY DESIRE the best gifts…

1 CORINTHIANS 14:39-40 NKJV Therefore, brethren, DESIRE EARNESTLY to PROPHESY, and DO NOT FORBID to SPEAK WITH TONGUES. 40 Let all things be done DECENTLY and in ORDER.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

  • We are commanded to DESIRE HOLY SPIRIT GIFTS

  • Not one SCRIPTURE implies ANY MIRACLE GIFTS passed away, including DEVOTIONAL “TONGUES”

  • Church history is FILLED with the CONTINUATION of “TONGUES”

  • The HOLY SPIRIT and HIS GIFTS have radically impacted my EXPERIENCE with Christ

 

CHECK IT OUT

 

3.  MIRACLES

Why don’t we see more Bible-type spectacular MIRACLES today?

 

JOHN 14:12 NKJV [Jesus said] Most assuredly, I say to you, he who BELIEVES in Me, the WORKS THAT I DO HE WILL DO ALSO; and GREATER [WORKS] than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 

MARK 16:17-18, 20 NKJV [Jesus said] And these SIGNS will follow those who believe: IN MY NAME they will CAST OUT DEMONS; they will speak with NEW TONGUES; 18 they will TAKE UP SERPENTS; and if they DRINK ANYTHING DEADLY, it will by no means hurt them; they will LAY HANDS ON THE SICK, and they will recover. ... 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the LORD WORKING WITH [THEM] and CONFIRMING THE WORD through the accompanying SIGNS. Amen.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

  • UNBELIEF (Ignorance & Rebellious Attitudes)

  • This generation is LESS INTENTIONAL

  • We are MEDICINE DEPENDENT

  • There is great CHRISTIAN SKEPTICISM/OPPOSITION

  • EMOTIONAL DYSFUNCTION/STRESS = 90% of disease

 

4.  HEALING

Is it appropriate to refer to a person’s DEATH as their ULTIMATE HEALING?

 

CONSIDERATIONS

  • EVERY “HEALING” PROMISE in both the Old and New Testaments clearly refer to physical recovery

  • JESUS performed and spoke of “HEALING” MIRACLES, yet NEVER is DEATH referred to as “HEALING”

  • APOSTLES performed and spoke of “HEALING” MIRACLES, yet NEVER is DEATH referred to as “HEALING”

UPCOMING WEEKS IN FAQ 

  • JUNE 23

  • WOMEN PREACHERS AND FEMINISM

  • PEOPLE LEAVING CHURCHES

  • INTOLERANCE, YET EMBRACING A BELIEF

  • SOUL TIES

  • DATING AND HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

 

  • JUNE 30 / JULY 7 & 14

  • END TIMES

  • CHRISTIAN / PUBLIC SCHOOLS

  • DEMON MOVIES

  • BREAKING CIVIL LAWS

  • HOROSCOPES

  • ALCOHOL

  • DE-SENSITIZED BY CULTURE

  • MARIJUANA & CBD

  • DEPRESSION MEDICATION

  • PREMARITAL SEX

  • DIVORCE

  • DEATH PENALTY

  • ABORTION (WILL NOT BE LIVE-STREAMED OR RECORDED FOR PUBLIC VIEWING)

  • LGBTQ (WILL NOT BE LIVE-STREAMED OR RECORDED FOR PUBLIC VIEWING)

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FAQ BIO

Do you ever sit around wondering about certain spiritual questions like…

  • “Is it wrong to go dancing?”

  • “Should a Christian get a tattoo?” 

  • “Will we be married in heaven?”

  • “Do people turn into angels in heaven?” 

  • “Is it wrong to trust in horoscopes?”

  • “Is it OK to spank your kids?” 

  • “What’s up with the whole dinosaur stuff?”

  • “Is there ‘for real’ an unforgiveable sin?”

You’ve got questions? The Bible has the answers. And where the text is unclear, we will give you our opinions and what has formed them. Some of life’s most fun, most interesting, most shocking, and most trivial questions will be discussed with real questions from real people.

Q&A RULES:

  • The Bible is the STANDARD OF TRUTH

  • Wherever the BIBLE SPEAKS CLEARLY, I will stand with it and will not waiver a bit

  • Where the BIBLE DOESN’T SPEAK DIRECTLY to an issue, I will look for PRINCIPLES TO APPLY

  • If I CAN’T FIND PRINCIPLES that apply, I will give MY OPINION

  • Let’s do it all with a SPIRIT OF GRACE, compassion, empathy and shared experiences. Nobody is a “STUPID IDIOT!”

1 PETER 3:15 NIV Always be PREPARED TO GIVE AN ANSWER to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with GENTLENESS and RESPECT.

2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17 NIV All SCRIPTURE is God-breathed and is useful for TEACHING, REBUKING, CORRECTING and TRAINING in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

 

TOPICS IN FAQ SERIES - FOUR CATEGORIZED TOPICS

  1. God’s Love, Salvation & Eternity

  2. Bible Interpretation, Faith & Science

  3. Church Community & Relationships with Unbelievers

  4. Moral Behavior & Sexuality

TODAYS MESSAGE - BIBLE INTERPRETATION, FAITH AND SCIENCE

 

1.  CREATION & EVOLUTION

  • How OLD is the EARTH?

  • How LONG were the 6 days of CREATION?

  • Is there any validity to EVOLUTION?

  • Where did DINOSAURS come from?

5 VIEWS OF CREATION

  1. Biblical-Poetic Symbolism

  2. Young-Earth Biblical Literalists

  3. Old-Earth Biblical Literalists

  4. Naturalistic & Mythological

  5. Old-Earth Gap Theorists

GENESIS 1:1-2 NIV  “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was (became) FORMLESS and EMPTY (Tohu), DARKNESS was over the surface of the deep…”

ISAIAH 45:18 NIV “…God Himself that formed the earth and made it;  He…created it NOT IN VAIN (Tohu)…”

 

ISAIAH 14:12-16 KJV How art thou FALLEN FROM HEAVEN, O Lucifer, … which didst weaken the NATIONS!

EZEKIEL 28:11-19 KJV Thou [art] the ANOINTED CHERUB that COVERETH; … 16 By the multitude of thy MERCHANDISE they have filled the midst of thee with violence, …therefore I will CAST THEE AS PROFANE OUT OF THE MOUNTAIN OF GOD:

 

GENESIS 1:28 KJV And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and REPLENISH the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

 

MICRO VERSUS MACRO

  • MICRO – Variations WITHIN the Biblical KIND

  • MACRO – Changing FROM one KIND to ANOTHER (All organisms descend from common ancestral form)

  

2.  ALIENS - Are ALIENS real?

UFO POLLS

  • 50% of all adult Americans believe

  • 6-12% claim to have seen one

  • 90-95% are natural phenomena, hoaxes or      man-made crafts

  • 5-10% defy such explanations

 

RESPONSE

  • IRRELEVANT to Christian truth

  • IMPROBABLE for unqualified intelligent life to exist

  • THEY ARE PROBABLY angels and demons 

3.  TITHING – Are we supposed to TITHE (10% Giving) from our GROSS income or our NET income?

 

4.  BLESS YOU – Is it okay to say, “BLESS YOU” when someone SNEEZES?

LUKE 6:28 NKJV [Jesus said] BLESS those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.

5.  WHAT IS SUCCESS – What does SUCCESS look like for a CHRISTIAN versus the SECULAR definition?

MATTHEW 25:21 NKJV [Jesus said] "His lord said to him, 'Well [done], good and FAITHFUL servant; you were FAITHFUL over a few things, I will make you RULER over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.'

FAITHFUL isn’t PERFORMANCE;

it is PARTNERSHIP-DEPENDENCE

to do everything in life with God.

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FAQ BIO

Do you ever sit around wondering about certain spiritual questions like…

  • “Is it wrong to go dancing?”

  • “Should a Christian get a tattoo?” 

  • “Will we be married in heaven?”

  • “Do people turn into angels in heaven?” 

  • “Is it wrong to trust in horoscopes?”

  • “Is it OK to spank your kids?” 

  • “What’s up with the whole dinosaur stuff?”

  • “Is there ‘for real’ an unforgiveable sin?”

You’ve got questions? The Bible has the answers. And where the text is unclear, we will give you our opinions and what has formed them. Some of life’s most fun, most interesting, most shocking, and most trivial questions will be discussed with real questions from real people.

Q&A RULES:

  • The Bible is the STANDARD OF TRUTH

  • Wherever the BIBLE SPEAKS CLEARLY, I will stand with it and will not waiver a bit

  • Where the BIBLE DOESN’T SPEAK DIRECTLY to an issue, I will look for PRINCIPLES TO APPLY

  • If I CAN’T FIND PRINCIPLES that apply, I will give MY OPINION

  • Let’s do it all with a SPIRIT OF GRACE, compassion, empathy and shared experiences. Nobody is a “STUPID IDIOT!”

1 PETER 3:15 NIV Always be PREPARED TO GIVE AN ANSWER to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with GENTLENESS and RESPECT.

2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17 NIV All SCRIPTURE is God-breathed and is useful for TEACHING, REBUKING, CORRECTING and TRAINING in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

 

TOPICS IN FAQ SERIES - FOUR CATEGORIZED TOPICS

  1. God’s Love, Salvation & Eternity

  2. Bible Interpretation, Faith & Science

  3. Church Community & Relationships with Unbelievers

  4. Moral Behavior & Sexuality

TODAYS MESSAGE - BIBLE INTERPRETATION, FAITH AND SCIENCE

 

1.  BIBLE – Why do Christians believe the BIBLE is INSPIRED, INERRANT or INFALLIBLE? Should the BIBLE be taken LITERALLY? 

  • DEFINITIONS

    • INSPIRED – “God divinely influenced writers”

    • INERRANT – “Without error”

    • INFALLIBLE – “Incapable of teaching any error”

  • WHAT INERRANCY DOESN’T MEAN

    • Everything in the Bible is TRUE

    • There are no PERCEIVED contradictions

    • That all extra copies and all translations ARE

2 TIMOTHY 3:16 NKJV All Scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness…

  • REASONS I BELIEVE

    • JESUS believed the Bible as authoritative

    • PROPHESIES of OT & NT Fulfillment

    • Jesus DISCIPLES treated Bible as authoritative

    • It has CHANGED MY LIFE

     

2.  BIBLE INTERPRETATION – Is there a good system to INTERPRET the BIBLE?

While the BIBLE is inspired and authoritative,

a person’s INTERPRETATION is NOT!

  • METHODS OF GOOD INTERPRETATION

    • Jesus & Redemption is our greatest revelation of God

    • History (culture & background)

    • Grammar (nuances of Hebrew & Greek)

    • Context (person speaking, speaking to, before & after)

    • Scripture to Interpret Scripture

 

3.  JOB – Does God still TEST OUR FAITH as He did JOB, where He STEPS BACK and ALLOWS THE ENEMY a free hand to TORMENT us?

JOB 1:8-12 NKJV Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job, that [there is] none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?" 9 So Satan answered the LORD and said, "Does Job fear God for nothing? 10 "Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 "But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!" 12 And the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has [is] in your power; only do not lay a hand on his [person]." So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.

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FAQ BIO

Do you ever sit around wondering about certain spiritual questions like…

  • “Is it wrong to go dancing?”

  • “Should a Christian get a tattoo?” 

  • “Will we be married in heaven?”

  • “Do people turn into angels in heaven?” 

  • “Is it wrong to trust in horoscopes?”

  • “Is it OK to spank your kids?” 

  • “What’s up with the whole dinosaur stuff?”

  • “Is there ‘for real’ an unforgiveable sin?”

You’ve got questions? The Bible has the answers. And where the text is unclear, we will give you our opinions and what has formed them. Some of life’s most fun, most interesting, most shocking, and most trivial questions will be discussed with real questions from real people.

Q&A RULES:

  • The Bible is the STANDARD OF TRUTH

  • Wherever the BIBLE SPEAKS CLEARLY, I will stand with it and will not waiver a bit

  • Where the BIBLE DOESN’T SPEAK DIRECTLY to an issue, I will look for PRINCIPLES TO APPLY

  • If I CAN’T FIND PRINCIPLES that apply, I will give MY OPINION

  • Let’s do it all with a SPIRIT OF GRACE, compassion, empathy and shared experiences. Nobody is a “STUPID IDIOT!”

1 PETER 3:15 NIV Always be PREPARED TO GIVE AN ANSWER to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with GENTLENESS and RESPECT.

2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17 NIV All SCRIPTURE is God-breathed and is useful for TEACHING, REBUKING, CORRECTING and TRAINING in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

 

TOPICS IN FAQ SERIES - FOUR CATEGORIZED TOPICS

  1. God’s Love, Salvation & Eternity

  2. Bible Interpretation, Faith & Science

  3. Church Community & Relationships with Unbelievers

  4. Moral Behavior & Sexuality

TODAYS MESSAGE - GOD’S LOVE, SALVATION & ETERNITY

  1. When a Christian COMMITS SUICIDE do they still go to heaven?

    ROMANS 5:1-2 NIV Therefore, since we have been JUSTIFIED THROUGH FAITH, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom WE HAVE GAINED ACCESS BY FAITH INTO THIS GRACE in which we now stand.

  2. Will our PETS be in HEAVEN with us?

    ISAIAH 11:6-8 NIV The WOLF will live with the LAMB, the LEOPARD will lie down with the GOAT, the CALF and the LION and the YEARLING together; and a little child will lead them. 7 The COW will feed with the BEAR, their young will lie down together, and the LION will eat straw like the OX. 8 The infant will play near the hole of the COBRA, and the young child put his hand into the VIPER'S nest.

     

  3. Do our Christian FAMILY MEMBERS who have PASSED WATCH what we are doing?

    HEBREWS 12:1 NIV Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great CLOUD OF WITNESSES, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…

     

  4. Will we be able to RECOGNIZE PEOPLE, FRIENDS and FAMILY in heaven?

    LUKE 16:23 NIV In hades, where (the rich man) was in torment, he looked up and saw ABRAHAM far away, with LAZARUS by his side.

     

  5. What AGE will we be in HEAVEN?

    1 JOHN 3:2 NIV Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that WHEN HE (JESUS) APPEARS,  WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM, for we shall see him as he is.

     

  6. Will we be MARRIED in HEAVEN?

    MATTHEW 22:30 NIV At the resurrection people will NEITHER MARRY NOR BE GIVEN IN MARRIAGE

     

  7. Will we have “RELATIONS” in HEAVEN?

     

  8. Do we become ANGELS in heaven?

    HEBREWS 12:22-23 NIV But you have come to Mount Zion, to the HEAVENLY JERUSALEM, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of ANGELS in joyful assembly, 23 to the CHURCH of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to THE SPIRITS OF RIGHTEOUS MEN MADE PERFECT…

     

  9. Can we PRAY to our LOVED ONES who have ALREADY PASSED?

    LEVITICUS 20:6 NLT I will also turn against those who commit SPIRITUAL PROSTITUTION by putting their trust in MEDIUMS or in those who consult the SPIRITS OF THE DEAD. I will cut them off from the community.

     

  10. When do people become GHOSTS?

     

  11. Is it permitted to be CREMATED when we die?

    GENESIS 3:19 NIV …for dust you are and to DUST you will RETURN.

     

  12. Is belief in JESUS as SAVIOR the ONLY WAY to get to HEAVEN?

    JOHN 14:6 NIV Jesus answered, "I am THE WAY and THE TRUTH and THE LIFE. NO ONE comes to the Father EXCEPT THROUGH ME.”

    1 JOHN 4:9 NLT God showed how much he loved us by sending HIS ONE AND ONLY SON into the world SO THAT WE MIGHT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE through HIM.

4 WAYS GOD COMMUNICATES

  1. Creation

  2. Conscience

  3. Holy Spirit

  4. Human Conversations

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BLANKS

Do you have self-imposed contingencies to really believe God? Do you first require a scientific understanding, a profound experience, an undeniable miracle, to feel a certain way, to enjoy a series of unobstructed successes, or _______ ? Whatever you require to be put in the BLANK as the precursor to your faith elevates the BLANK as a supreme idol. These stipulated BLANKS will disrupt the depths of your heart, torment the narratives of your mind and create chaos in your closeness to God. Because trust is never about the BLANK first; it’s about the choice to believe first. God cares about BLANKS, but only after He sits alone on the throne of your heart. History is filled with the stories of people who were stuck as slaves to BLANKS; that is until they broke allegiance to the BLANK to trust God completely. Then real encounters with God, and even miracles happened! If you are stuck, or know someone who is, join us for a powerful, insightful and encouraging series called BLANKS.

TODAY’S EPISODE

BIG QUESTION

What are the BLANKS

You REQUIRE

BEFORE you BELIEVE?

 

BIG IDEA

Whatever you REQUIRE FIRST

– the BLANK –

reveals where your REAL DEVOTION LIES!

 

WHAT/WHO IS ON THE THRONE?

The REAL AUTHORITY over your life

is whatever lies in your BLANK!

 

FIRST?

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO…

SEE FIRST

UNDERSTAND FIRST

VERIFY SCIENCE FIRST

HAVE THE AFFIRMATION OF YOUR GROUP FIRST

YOU CAN SIMPLY CHOOSE GOD FIRST!

 

A BIG BLANK

“I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH FAITH,

THEREFORE I CAN’T BELIEVE

GOD’S PROMISE!”

 

ROMANS 12:3 NKJV [Paul said] For I say… to everyone who is among you… GOD HAS DEALT to EACH ONE a MEASURE OF FAITH.

ACTS 10:34 KJV [Peter said] Of a truth I perceive that GOD IS NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS.

 

THE FAITH ADVANTAGE – IF HE RESPECTS PEOPLE

  1. WISDOM:  JAMES 1:5-8 NKJV If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 [he is] a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

  2. VICTORY:  1 JOHN 5:4 NKJV For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith.

  3. MOVE MOUNTAINS:  MARK 11:22-23 NKJV So Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God. 23 "For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

  4. ANSWERED PRAYER:  MARK 11:22-24 NKJV So Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God. … 24 "Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive [them], and you will have [them].

  5. PEACE:  ISAIAH 26:3 NKJV You will keep [him] in perfect peace, [Whose] mind [is] stayed [on You], Because he trusts in You.

  6. PHYSICAL HEALING:  Mark 5:25-34 NKJV 30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, "Who touched My clothes?" … 34 And He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction."

  7. SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY:  1 PETER 5:8-9 NKJV Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, …

  8. WORD OF GOD - POWER:  Hebrews 4:2 NKJV For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard [it].

  9. DEEP REST:  HEBREWS 4:3 NKJV For we who have believed do enter that rest

  10. HAPPINESS:  PROVERBS 16:20 NKJV He who heeds the word wisely will find good, And whoever trusts in the LORD, happy [is] he.

  11. RICH PRESENCE OF GOD:  JOHN 11:40 NKJV Jesus said to her, "Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?"

  12. PLEASE GOD:  HEBREWS 11:6 NKJV But without faith [it is] impossible to please [Him], for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and [that] He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. 

MARK 9:21-27 NLT "How long has this been happening?" Jesus asked the boy's father. He replied, "Since he was a little boy. 22 The spirit often throws him into the fire or into water, trying to kill him. Have mercy on us and help us, IF YOU CAN." 23 "WHAT DO YOU MEAN, 'IF I CAN'?" Jesus asked. "Anything is possible if a person believes." 24 The father instantly cried out, "I do believe, but help me overcome my UNBELIEF!” 25 When Jesus saw that the crowd of onlookers was growing, he rebuked the evil spirit.

HEBREWS 4:1-2, 6 NKJV - 1 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. 2 For indeed the GOSPEL WAS PREACHED to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, NOT BEING MIXED WITH FAITH in those who heard [it]. ... 6 Since therefore it remains that some [must] enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of DISOBEDIENCE (UNBELIEF – KJV)…

  

2 KINDS OF UNBELIEF

  1. BASED ON IGNORANCE

  2. A REBELLIOUS ATTITUDE

 

ROMANS 10:17 NKJV So then faith [comes] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

 

If you have God’s Word for something…you have faith for it!

 

SIMPLE CHOICE

Faith is activated by a choice,

and everyone has the ability to freely choose!

 

CALL TO ACTION

Out of everything we talked about today,

what is your ONE NEXT STEP that you need to take?  

ASSESS WHAT ARE YOUR BLANKS

CHOOSE TO RE-SURRENDER TO GOD FIRST

PUT GOD’S WORD AS YOUR FIRST AND FINAL

 

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EASTER  |  MY CHAMPION

 

Do you ever need someone to be your champion? Maybe you need someone greater than you to have your back. Somehow it is hard to stretch your mind to believe that someone would choose to champion you. Shame screams. Injustice steams. Fear reams. Who will carry your victory? Who will raise you to glory? Who will conquer for you? This Easter we will find out the greatest truth ever made known:  Jesus defeated his own death so He could be present in your life. He has become the energy behind your ability to “faith”. He has become your hope in days of darkness. Striving can cease. He is about to crown you with holy confidence. The Resurrection proves it all!

 

You are MY CHAMPION,

Giants fall when you stand undefeated

Every battle you’ve won

I am who you say i am

You crown me with confidence

I am seated - in the heavenly place

Undefeated - with the one who has conquered it all

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WHERE ARE YOU?

Believe and HOPE

Believe but WISH

GIVEN UP on believing

 

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ACTS 5:29-32 TPT [Peter said] …You had Jesus arrested and killed by CRUCIFIXION, but the God of our forefathers has RAISED HIM UP. He’s the one God has exalted and SEATED AT HIS RIGHT HAND as our SAVIOR and CHAMPION.

 

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MARY MAGDALENE

&

THE OTHER WOMEN

 

The RESURRECTION means that even

greater things are in your future!

 

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PETER

 

The RESURRECTION means that even

after you have believed, then failed,

that God has a purpose for your life!

 

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TWO DISCIPLES

&

THE ELEVEN APOSTLES

 

The RESURRECTION means that even

when you are disillusioned

and try to walk away,

that God will pursue you!

 

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Believe and HOPE

Believe but WISH

GIVEN UP on believing

 

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ACTS 5:29-32 TPT [Peter said] …You had Jesus arrested and killed by CRUCIFIXION, but the God of our forefathers has RAISED HIM UP. He’s the one God has exalted and SEATED AT HIS RIGHT HAND as our SAVIOR and CHAMPION. He is the provider of GRACE as the REDEEMER of Israel. We are witnesses of these things, and so is the HOLY SPIRIT, whom GOD FREELY GIVES to all WHO BELIEVE IN HIM.

 

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ACTIVATION

 

Out of everything we talked about today,

what is your ONE NEXT STEP that you need to take?

 

Pull out your phone and email it to yourself right now. NAME THEM!

 

ACCEPT GOD’S GRACE GIFT

BE EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT

TAKE YOUR SEAT AT GOD’S RIGHT HAND

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BLANKS

Do you have self-imposed contingencies to really believe God? Do you first require a scientific understanding, a profound experience, an undeniable miracle, to feel a certain way, to enjoy a series of unobstructed successes, or _______ ? Whatever you require to be put in the BLANK as the precursor to your faith elevates the BLANK as a supreme idol. These stipulated BLANKS will disrupt the depths of your heart, torment the narratives of your mind and create chaos in your closeness to God. Because trust is never about the BLANK first; it’s about the choice to believe first. God cares about BLANKS, but only after He sits alone on the throne of your heart. History is filled with the stories of people who were stuck as slaves to BLANKS; that is until they broke allegiance to the BLANK to trust God completely. Then real encounters with God, and even miracles happened! If you are stuck, or know someone who is, join us for a powerful, insightful and encouraging series called BLANKS.

TODAY’S EPISODE

BIG QUESTION

What are the BLANKS

You REQUIRE

BEFORE you BELIEVE?

 

BIG IDEA

Whatever you REQUIRE FIRST

– the BLANK –

Reveals where your REAL DEVOTION LIES!

 

WHAT/WHO IS ON THE THRONE?

The REAL AUTHORITY over your life

is whatever lies in your BLANK!  

 

JOHN 20:24-29 NKJV The other disciples therefore said to Thomas, "We have seen the Lord." So he [Thomas] said to them, "UNLESS I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I WILL NOT BELIEVE." …27 Then Jesus said to Thomas, "Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand [here], and put [it] into My side. DO NOT BE UNBELIEVING, BUT BELIEVING."

 

FIRST?

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO…

SEE FIRST

UNDERSTAND FIRST

VERIFY SCIENCE FIRST

HAVE THE AFFIRMATION OF YOUR GROUP FIRST

CHOOSE GOD FIRST!

 

2 CORINTHIANS 12:1-2, 4, 7 NKJV [Paul said] … I will come to VISIONS and REVELATIONS of the Lord: 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago--whether IN THE BODY I do not know, or whether OUT OF THE BODY I do not know, God knows--such a one was caught up TO THE THIRD HEAVEN. ... 4 how he was caught up into Paradise and heard INEXPRESSIBLE WORDS, which it is NOT LAWFUL FOR A MAN TO UTTER. ... 7 And lest I should be EXALTED ABOVE MEASURE by the ABUNDANCE OF THE REVELATIONS, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be EXALTED ABOVE MEASURE.

EPHESIANS 3:17-19 AMP [Paul prayed] … that Christ may dwell in your hearts THROUGH your FAITH. And may you, having been [deeply] rooted and [securely] grounded in love, 18 be fully capable of comprehending with all the saints (God’s people) the width and length and height and depth of His love [fully EXPERIENCING that amazing, endless love]; 19 and [that you may come] to know [practically, through personal EXPERIENCE] the LOVE OF CHRIST which far surpasses [mere] knowledge [without EXPERIENCE]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the FULLNESS OF GOD [may have the RICHEST MEASURE of the DIVINE PRESENCE, and become A BODY WHOLLY filled and flooded with GOD HIMSELF]!

 

EXPERIENCE IS

  • The INVOLVEMENT IN what is happening, rather than abstract reflection on an event.

  • The CONSCIOUS AWARENESS of time, space, thought, imagination, emotion, sensation, environment, relationships, memories and purpose.

 

1 CORINTHIANS 2:7, 9-10, 13-14 NKJV [Paul said] But we speak the WISDOM OF GOD in a mystery, the hidden [wisdom] which God ordained before the ages for our glory, ... 9 But as it is written: "EYE has not seen, nor EAR heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him." 10 But GOD HAS REVEALED [them] to us through His SPIRIT. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. ... 13 These things we also speak, not in words which MAN'S WISDOM teaches but which the HOLY SPIRIT TEACHES, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the NATURAL MAN does not RECEIVE the things of the Spirit of God, for they are FOOLISHNESS to him; NOR CAN HE KNOW [THEM], because they are SPIRITUALLY DISCERNED.

 

KNOWLEDGE???

Apologetics, Christian philosophy

and the sciences give comfort,

BUT CANNOT GIVE FAITH!

 

ROMANS 10:17 NKJV So then FAITH [comes] by HEARING, and HEARING by the WORD OF GOD.

  

SIMPLE CHOICE

FAITH is activated by a CHOICE,

and EVERYONE has the ABILITY

to FREELY CHOOSE!

 

HEBREWS 4:1-2, 6 NKJV Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. 2 For indeed the GOSPEL WAS PREACHED to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, NOT BEING MIXED WITH FAITH in those who heard [it]. ... 6 Since therefore it remains that some [must] enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of DISOBEDIENCE (UNBELIEF – KJV)…

 

CALL TO ACTION

Out of everything we talked about today,

what is your ONE NEXT STEP that you need to take?

Pull out your phone and email it to yourself right now. NAME THEM!

ASSESS WHAT ARE YOUR PRESENT BLANKS

CHOOSE TO RE-SURRENDER TO GOD FIRST

PUT GOD’S WORD AS YOUR FIRST AND FINAL

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BLANKS

Do you have self-imposed contingencies to really believe God? Do you first require a scientific understanding, a profound experience, an undeniable miracle, to feel a certain way, to enjoy a series of unobstructed successes, or _______ ? Whatever you require to be put in the BLANK as the precursor to your faith elevates the BLANK as a supreme idol. These stipulated BLANKS will disrupt the depths of your heart, torment the narratives of your mind and create chaos in your closeness to God. Because trust is never about the BLANK first; it’s about the choice to believe first. God cares about BLANKS, but only after He sits alone on the throne of your heart. History is filled with the stories of people who were stuck as slaves to BLANKS; that is until they broke allegiance to the BLANK to trust God completely. Then real encounters with God, and even miracles happened! If you are stuck, or know someone who is, join us for a powerful, insightful and encouraging series called BLANKS.

TODAY’S EPISODE

BIG QUESTION

What are the BLANKS

You REQUIRE

BEFORE you BELIEVE?

 

BIG IDEA

Whatever you REQUIRE FIRST

– the BLANK –

Reveals where your REAL DEVOTION LIES!

 

JOHN 20:24-29 NKJV Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said to him, "We have seen the Lord." So he [Thomas] said to them, "UNLESS I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I WILL NOT BELIEVE." 26 And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, "Peace to you!" 27 Then He said to Thomas, "Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand [here], and put [it] into My side. DO NOT BE UNBELIEVING, BUT BELIEVING." 28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!" 29 Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. BLESSED [are] those who have not seen and [yet] have believed."

  

  FIRST?

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO…

SEE FIRST

UNDERSTAND FIRST

VERIFY SCIENCE FIRST

HAVE THE AFFIRMATION OF YOUR GROUP FIRST

SIMPLY CHOOSE GOD FIRST!

 

PROVERBS 3:5 NKJV [Solomon said] TRUST in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING

HEBREWS 11:1 AMPC Now FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, [a]the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the PROOF OF THINGS [WE] DO NOT SEE and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is NOT REVEALED TO THE SENSES]. … 3 By FAITH we UNDERSTAND

 

FAITH is the

ACCESS POINT

to greater

UNDERSTANDING and WISDOM!

NATURAL UNDERSTANDING

and NATURAL WISDOM

IS NOT

the ACCESS POINT

to GREATER FAITH!

 

PSALM 111:10 NKJV [The Psalmist said] The FEAR of the LORD [is] the BEGINNING OF WISDOM; a GOOD UNDERSTANDING have all those who DO [His commandments]. 

PROVERBS 9:10 NKJV [Solomon said] The FEAR of the LORD [is] the BEGINNING OF WISDOM, and the KNOWLEDGE of the Holy One [is] UNDERSTANDING.

PSALM 119:104-105 NKJV [The Psalmist said] THROUGH YOUR PRECEPTS I get UNDERSTANDING; … 105 Your word [is] a LAMP to my feet and a LIGHT to my path.

PSALM 119:130 NKJV [The Psalmist said] The entrance of YOUR WORDS gives LIGHT; It gives UNDERSTANDING to the SIMPLE

JAMES 3:15 AMP [James said] This [superficial] WISDOM is NOT that which comes down FROM ABOVE, but is EARTHLY (secular), natural (SENSUAL) (unspiritual), even DEMONIC.

1 CORINTHIANS 2:7, 9-10, 13-14 NKJV [Paul said] But we speak the WISDOM OF GOD in a mystery, the hidden [wisdom] which God ordained before the ages for our glory, ... 9 But as it is written: "EYE has not seen, nor EAR heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him." 10 But GOD HAS REVEALED [them] to us through His SPIRIT. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. ... 13 These things we also speak, not in words which MAN'S WISDOM teaches but which the HOLY SPIRIT TEACHES, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the NATURAL MAN does not RECEIVE the things of the Spirit of God, for they are FOOLISHNESS to him; NOR CAN HE KNOW [THEM], because they are SPIRITUALLY DISCERNED.

 

CALL TO ACTION

Out of everything we talked about today,

what is your ONE NEXT STEP that you need to take?

Pull out your phone and email it to yourself right now. NAME THEM!

ASSESS WHAT IS REQUIRED FIRST

RE-SURRENDER TO GOD’S TRUTH

PUT GOD ON THE THRONE OF YOUR HEART


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TODAY’S EPISODE

CURT THOMPSON ON SHAME 

"Shame is the emotional weapon that evil uses to..."

  1. "Corrupt our relationship with God and each other (includes our kids)"

  2. "Disintegrate (separate, decay, destroy) any and all gifts of vocational vision and creativity"

 

THE STORY SHAME IS TRYING TO TELL…

SOME VERSION OF…

  • "I am not enough"  

  • "I am powerless to change my circumstances"  

  • "I’m a prisoner to this story"

  • "I don’t have what it takes to tolerate this moment or circumstance"

  • "There is something wrong with me"

 

STORY OF REDEMPTION

HEBREWS 12:1-3 AMP Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who by faith have testified to the truth of God’s absolute faithfulness], stripping off every unnecessary weight and the sin which so easily and cleverly entangles us, let us run with endurance and active persistence the race that is set before us, 2 [looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, DISREGARDING THE SHAME, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work]. 3 Just consider and meditate on Him…

PASSION TRANSLATION 2 …Because his heart was focused on the joy of knowing that you would be his, he endured the agony of the cross and conquered its humiliation, and now sits exalted at the right hand of the throne of God!

 

LETTING GO OF THE OLD STORY

EMBRACING THE NEW STORY

DISREGARDING THE SHAME

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