KINGS AND KINGDOMS - WHY DECLARATIONS MATTER

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KINGS AND KINGDOMS - WHY DECLARATIONS MATTER

KINGS AND KINGDOMS

Why do bad things happen to good people? If God is loving, why is human suffering possible? Does the weight of a great life fall on God’s sovereign control, or are there human factors involved too? In this preaching series, KINGS AND KINGDOMS, we will explore how God has delegated to individual believers a kingship, with responsibility to understand the principles that make the kingdom thrive. We will learn how to engage spiritual authority, how to defuse the emotional shame that drives a king to live like an indigent, and ultimately how to live like God’s royal people. If you have ever had questions of why “God let this happen,” you will find nurture, freedom and a deep sense of security from this series.

 

TODAY’S SERMON NOTES

  

ROMANS 5:17 AMP For if because of one man’s trespass (Adam’s original lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God’s] overflowing GRACE (unmerited favor) and the free GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS [putting them into right standing with Himself] REIGN AS KINGS IN LIFE through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

 

CONSIDER THE QUESTION:

If God delegated His rule on earth to His people,

and His people are delinquent to those responsibilities,

how much pain and sorrow have we unduly endured?

How much of our understanding of God has been skewed?

 

WHAT IS SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY?

The responsibility to rightfully govern and enforce justice.

 

WHAT DO WE HAVE AUTHORITY OVER? 

Ask the question, “What did Jesus demonstrate authority over?”

  • DEMONS

  • SICKNESS & DISEASE

  • NATURAL RESOURCES (BREAD, FISH, WINE, FINANCES)

  • INANIMATE OJBECTS (FIG TREE)

  • PHYSICAL THREATS (TERROR, NATURAL DISASTERS)

  • ANYTHING WE ARE REDEEMED FROM (DUET 28)

PREVIOUS WEEKS:

  1. God’s Practical Sovereignty (Sept 8)

  2. The Origins of Evil (Sept 15)

  3. The Nature of Process Laws (Sept 22)

  4. Activating Spiritual Authority (Sept 29)

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TODAY:

WHY AFFIRMATIONS, DECLARATIONS AND DECREES MATTER

 

QUESTION: 

ARE WE JUST SAYING POSITIVE THINGS, OR IS THERE MORE TO IT?

 

WHEN GOD AFFIRMS – DECLARES – DECREES

PSALM 148:1-6 NKJV Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights! 2 Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts! 3 Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all you stars of light! 4 Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, and you waters above the heavens! 5 Let them praise the name of the Lord, for He COMMANDED and they were CREATED. 6 He also ESTABLISHED them forever and ever; He made a DECREE which shall not pass away.

 

GOD’S DECLARATIONS ARE ACTIVATORS

HEBREWS 11:3 NKJV By FAITH we understand that the WORLDS WERE FRAMED by the WORD OF GOD, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

  • Gen 1:3 AND GOD SAID, Let there be light: (KJV)

  • Gen 1:6 AND GOD SAID, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters (KJV)

  • Gen 1:9 AND GOD SAID, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together (KJV)

  • Gen 1:11 AND GOD SAID, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed (KJV)

  • Gen 1:14 AND GOD SAID, Let there be lights in the firmament of the (KJV)

  • Gen 1:20 AND GOD SAID, Let the waters bring forth…the moving creature (KJV)

  • Gen 1:24 AND GOD SAID, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind (KJV)

  • Gen 1:26 AND GOD SAID, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness (KJV)

  • Gen 1:28 AND GOD SAID unto them, Be fruitful, multiply, and replenish the earth (KJV)

  • Gen 1:29 AND GOD SAID, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed (KJV) 

JOHN 1:1, 14 NKJV In the beginning was THE WORD, and THE WORD was with God, and THE WORD WAS GOD. ... 14 And THE WORD BECAME FLESH and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

 

GOD’S THRONE – GOD’S WORD

PSALM 103:19-22 NKJV The Lord has ESTABLISHED HIS THRONE in heaven, and HIS KINGDOM RULES over ALL. 20 Bless the Lord, you His ANGELS, Who excel in strength, WHO DO HIS WORD, heeding the VOICE OF HIS WORD. 21 Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, you [angel] ministers of His, who do His pleasure. 22 Bless the Lord, all His works, in all PLACES OF HIS DOMINION.

 

GOD’S WORD IN HUMAN MOUTHS

JEREMIAH 1:4-12 NKJV Then the WORD OF THE LORD came to me, saying:  5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” 6 Then said I: “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.” 7 But the Lord said to me: “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and WHATEVER I COMMAND YOU, YOU SHALL SPEAK. 8 Do not be afraid of their faces, for I am with you to DELIVER YOU,” says the Lord.9 Then the Lord put forth His hand and TOUCHED MY MOUTH, and the Lord said to me:  “Behold, I have put MY WORDS IN YOUR MOUTH. 10 See, I have this day set you OVER THE NATIONS and OVER THE KINGDOMS, to ROOT OUT and to PULL DOWN, to DESTROY and to THROW DOWN, to BUILD and to PLANT.” …12 Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to PERFORM MY WORD.”

  • AMPLIFIED VERSION - Then said the Lord to me, You have seen well, for I AM ALERT AND ACTIVE, WATCHING OVER MY WORD TO PERFORM IT.

 

OTHER EXAMPLES:

  • MOSES – “I will be with your mouth…” (Ex 4:10-17)

  • EZEKIEL – “Eat this scroll… speak with my words…” (Ez 3:1-27)

  • ISAIAH – “I have put my words in your mouth…” (Is 51:15-16)

  • JESUS – “I will put my words in his mouth…” (Deut 18:18-19)

  • PROPHETS – “God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets…” (Acts 3:18-21)

 

RESISTING GOD’S SPIRIT

ACTS 7:51 NKJV [Stephen said] (You) STIFF-NECKED and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always RESIST THE HOLY SPIRIT; as your fathers [did], so [do] you.

 

ACTIVATING SALVATION

ROMANS 10:8-17 NKJV But what does it say? "THE WORD is near you, in YOUR MOUTH and in your heart" (that is, THE WORD of faith which we preach): 9 that if you CONFESS with YOUR MOUTH the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be SAVED.

 

CONFIRMING THE WORD 

MARK 16:15-20 NKJV And He (Jesus) said to them, "GO into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature… 17 "And THESE SIGNS will follow those who believe… 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the LORD WORKING WITH [THEM] and CONFIRMING THE WORD through the accompanying SIGNS.

 

WHAT IF… THE NEXT 21 DAYS…

DECLARATIONS PDF DOWNLOAD

https://app.box.com/v/declare

 

SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY WORKSHOP

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KINGS AND KINGDOMS - ACTIVATING SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY

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KINGS AND KINGDOMS - ACTIVATING SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY

KINGS AND KINGDOMS

Why do bad things happen to good people? If God is loving, why is human suffering possible? Does the weight of a great life fall on God’s sovereign control, or are there human factors involved too? In this preaching series, KINGS AND KINGDOMS, we will explore how God has delegated to individual believers a kingship, with responsibility to understand the principles that make the kingdom thrive. We will learn how to engage spiritual authority, how to defuse the emotional shame that drives a king to live like an indigent, and ultimately how to live like God’s royal people. If you have ever had questions of why “God let this happen,” you will find nurture, freedom and a deep sense of security from this series.

 

TODAY’S SERMON NOTES

 

HOW TO ACTIVATE

SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY

 

ROMANS 5:17 AMP For if because of one man’s trespass (Adam’s original lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God’s] overflowing GRACE (unmerited favor) and the free GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS [putting them into right standing with Himself] REIGN AS KINGS IN LIFE through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

 

IF GOD IS

ALL-GOOD & ALL-POWERFUL,

AND WE ARE KINGS,

WHY _____________?

 

LAST WEEK:

WHY DOESN’T

GOD INTERVENE???

 

THE ANSWER COMES BY UNDERSTANDING

  1. God’s Practical Sovereignty

  2. The Origins of Evil

  3. God’s Process Laws

  

WHAT ARE PROCESS LAWS?

A series of events that takes place in any

given circumstance with unvarying uniformity.

 

PROCESS LAWS

  • Gravity

  • Lift

  • Electromagnetism

  • Thermodynamics

  • Biogenesis

  • Chemistry

  • Planetary Motion

  • Mathematics

  • Logic

  • Uniformity of Nature

 

INTELLIGENT DESIGN & PROCESS LAWS

  • Organized

  • Structured

  • Systematic

  • Ordered

  • Harmonized

  • Standardized

  • Precise

  • Interpretive

  • Methodic

  • Predictable

  • Accurate

  • Definite

  • Concrete

  • Observable

  • Analytical

  • Scientific

 

BUT… WHY DOESN’T GOD INTERVENE???

  1. God designed the universe so that even DIVINE MIRACLES WOULD BE EXPERIENCED through the predictable and organized execution, or management, of SPIRITUAL PROCESS LAWS

  2. FREE CREATURES are FREE to be IGNORANT, DISREGARD or FAIL TO ACCURATELY EXECUTE spiritual process laws, removing the probability of miracle-intervention

  3. Miracle interventions are therefore CATEGORICALLY IMPERSONAL and INDEPENDENT of any INTERPRETATION OF GOD’S ACTUAL WILL and LOVE for His free creatures, removing the possibility of God’s negligence

  4. The GODHEAD is CATEGORICALLY PERSONAL, providing HELP, GUIDANCE & SUPPORT for human execution of miracle interventions

 

SPIRITUAL PROCESS LAWS

  • Unresolved Sin

  • Low Word Feeding

  • Pride

  • Unforgiveness

  • Bitterness

  • Wrong Motives

  • Bad Attitudes

  • Rage / Criticism

  • Lack of Honor (Spouses)

  • Sowing / Reaping (Sparing)

  • Disobedience to Generosity (Tithe – 10%)

  • Inattention to God's Spirit

  • Lack of Serving God's Kingdom

  • Lack Seeking God's Kingdom

  • 5-Sense Domination

  • Unbelieving Talk

HOW TO ACTIVATE SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY

1.  HEART

2.   BELIEVE

3.  DECLARE

 

MATTERS OF THE HEART

PROVERBS 4:23 AMP KEEP and GUARD your HEART with all vigilance and above all that you guard, FOR OUT OF IT FLOW THE SPRINGS OF LIFE.

 

FAITH IS A RECEIVER

MARK 11:22-24 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. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, BELIEVE that you RECEIVE [them], and you will have [them].’” 

JAMES 1:5-7 NKJV If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally … and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in FAITH, with no doubting, ... 7 For let not that man suppose that he will RECEIVE anything from the Lord;

  • “[Blood flow] Daughter, your FAITH has made you well.” (MARK 5:34)

  • “[Lepers], your FAITH has made you well.” (LUKE 17:19)

  • “[Bartemeaus], your FAITH has made you well.” (MARK 10:52)

  • “[Blind] According to your FAITH let it be to you.” (MATTHEW 9:29)

  • “[Paralyzed] When Jesus saw their FAITH…” (LUKE 5:20)

  • “[Epilepsy] If you can BELIEVE, all things are possible...” (MARK 9:23)

  • “[Paralyzed] As you have BELIEVED, so be it done to you.” (MATTHEW 8:13)

  • “[Son Died] The man BELIEVED the word that Jesus spoke...” (MARK 5:34)

  • “[Sick] The prayer of FAITH will save the sick, and … will raise him up.” (JAMES 5:14)

  • “[Failed Deliverance] Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, ‘WHY COULD WE NOT CAST IT OUT?’ 20 So Jesus said to them, ‘BECAUSE OF YOUR UNBELIEF.’”

  • “[Fear of Storm] But Jesus said to them, "WHERE IS YOUR FAITH?" And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, "Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!” (LUKE 8:25 NKJV)

  • “Now JESUS COULD DO NO MIGHTY (MIRACLE) WORK THERE, except that He laid His hands on A FEW SICK people and HEALED [THEM]. 6 And He marveled because of their UNBELIEF.” [“Jesus did not many might (miracle) works there BECAUSE of their UNBELIEF”] (MARK 6:5-6 NKJV; MATTHEW 13:58)

DECLARATIONS ARE ACTIVATORS

MARK 11:22-24 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. 24 THEREFORE I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, BELIEVE that you RECEIVE [them], and you will have [them].’”

2 CORINTHIANS 4:13 NKJV And since we have the same SPIRIT OF FAITH, according to what is written, "I BELIEVED and therefore I SPOKE," we also BELIEVE and therefore SPEAK

HEBREWS 11:3 NKJV By FAITH we understand that the WORLDS WERE FRAMED by the WORD OF GOD, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

 

DECLARATIONS ARE ACTIVATORS

  • Gen 1:3 AND GOD SAID, Let there be light: (KJV)

  • Gen 1:6 AND GOD SAID, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters (KJV)

  • Gen 1:9 AND GOD SAID, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together (KJV)

  • Gen 1:11 AND GOD SAID, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed (KJV)

  • Gen 1:14 AND GOD SAID, Let there be lights in the firmament of the (KJV)

  • Gen 1:20 AND GOD SAID, Let the waters bring forth…the moving creature (KJV)

  • Gen 1:24 AND GOD SAID, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind (KJV)

  • Gen 1:26 AND GOD SAID, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness (KJV)

  • Gen 1:28 AND GOD SAID unto them, Be fruitful, multiply, and replenish the earth (KJV)

  • Gen 1:29 AND GOD SAID, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed (KJV)

 

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KINGS AND KINGDOMS

Why do bad things happen to good people? If God is loving, why is human suffering possible? Does the weight of a great life fall on God’s sovereign control, or are there human factors involved too? In this preaching series, KINGS AND KINGDOMS, we will explore how God has delegated to individual believers a kingship, with responsibility to understand the principles that make the kingdom thrive. We will learn how to engage spiritual authority, how to defuse the emotional shame that drives a king to live like an indigent, and ultimately how to live like God’s royal people. If you have ever had questions of why “God let this happen,” you will find nurture, freedom and a deep sense of security from this series.

 

TODAY’S SERMON NOTES

ROMANS 5:17 AMP For if because of one man’s trespass (Adam’s original lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God’s] overflowing GRACE (unmerited favor) and the free GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS [putting them into right standing with Himself] REIGN AS KINGS IN LIFE through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

 

IF GOD IS SOVEREIGN,

 AND WE ARE KINGS,

WHY…?

 

THE ANSWER COMES UNDERSTANDING TWO THINGS

  1. God’s Sovereignty (Last Week)

  2. The Origins of Evil (Today)

 

BUT…

WHY DOESN’T

GOD INTERVENE???

 

PROBLEM TO OVERCOME

  1. God CAN intervene (All-Powerful)

  2. God SHOULD intervene (Redemption)

  3. YET, miracle prayer is many times WITHOUT A MIRACLE

 

CREATION & PROCESS LAWS

GENESIS 1:1 NKJV In the beginning God created the HEAVENS and the EARTH.

ROMANS 1:20 NLT For ever since the world was created, people have seen the EARTH and SKY. Through everything God made, they can CLEARLY SEE his invisible QUALITIES--his eternal power and divine nature. So they have NO EXCUSE for NOT KNOWING GOD.

 

NATURAL (GENERAL) REVELATION

Knowledge about God and spiritual matters, discovered through natural means, such as observation of nature (the physical universe), philosophy and reasoning.

 

SPECIFIC REVELATION

Knowledge of God discovered through the highest authority and inerrancy of divine scriptures. 

 

ALL TRUTH IS GOD’S TRUTH

“I hold to the classical Christian view of the relationship between GENERAL revelation and SPECIAL revelation, and the thesis that no truth of any kind can be discovered apart from God’s revelation. With Augustine, Aquinas, and all of orthodox Christianity, I believe that all truth is God’s truth.”

Dr. R.C. Sproul, Reformed Theologian and Philosopher

 

WHAT IS A PROCESS LAW?

A series of events that takes place

in any given circumstance with unvarying uniformity.

  • Gravity

  • Lift

  • Electromagnetism

  • Thermodynamics

  • Biogenesis

  • Chemistry

  • Planetary Motion

  • Mathematics

  • Logic

  • Uniformity of Nature

 

INTELLIGENT DESIGN & PROCESS LAWS

  • Organized

  • Structured

  • Systematic

  • Ordered

  • Harmonized

  • Standardized

  • Precise

  • Interpretive

  • Methodic

  • Predictable

  • Accurate

  • Definite

  • Concrete

  • Observable

  • Analytical

  • Scientific

 

"The greatest scientists have been struck by how strange this is. There is no logical necessity for a universe that obeys rules, let alone one that abides by the rules of mathematics. This astonishment springs from the recognition that the universe doesn't have to behave this way. It is easy to imagine a universe in which conditions change unpredictably from instant to instant, or even a universe in which things pop in and out of existence.”

Dinesh D'Souza, What's So Great about Christianity

 

”A law of physics is a pattern that nature obeys without exception."

Sean Carroll, Cosmologist at California Institute of Technology, quoted by the New York Times, nytimes.com; 2007

 

"Why nature is mathematical is a mystery...The fact that there are rules at all is a kind of miracle."

Richard Feynman, The Meaning of It All: Thoughts of a Citizen-Scientist, Nobel Prize winner for quantum electrodynamics

 

"...to be a scientist, you had to have faith that the universe is governed by dependable, immutable, absolute, universal, mathematical laws of an unspecified origin. You've got to believe that these laws won't fail, that we won't wake up tomorrow to find heat flowing from cold to hot, or the speed of light changing by the hour. Over the years I have often asked my physicist colleagues why the laws of physics are what they are? ...The favorite reply is, 'There is no reason they are what they are--they just are.'"

Paul C. Davies, Physicist, Cosmologist, & astrobiologist at Arizona State University, quoted in edge.org/3rd_culture/davies07/davies07_index.html 

 

THE EARTH & PROCESS LAWS

  • Sized Smaller – Atmosphere Impossible

  • Sized Larger – Atmosphere contain free hydrogen

  • Fractionally Further from Sun – We would freeze

  • Fractionally Closer to Sun – We would burn up

  • Moon’s Perfect Distance – Gravitational pull

  • Earth Rotations – Predictably every 24 hours

 

"One of the most important numbers in physics, the proton-electron mass ratio, is the same in a galaxy six billion light years away as it is here on Earth, according to new research, laying to rest debate about whether the laws of nature vary in different places in the Universe."

Dr. Emily Baldwin, Earth's Laws Still Apply in Distant Universe

 

HUMAN EYE - The eye distinguishes over 7 million colors. It automatically focuses on over 1.5 million messages. 

DNA - DNA is made up of four chemicals that scientists abbreviate as A, T, G, and C. They are arranged in the human cell like this: CGTGTGACTCGCTCCTGAT and so on. There are three billion of these letters in every human cell. DNA is a three-billion-lettered program telling the cell to act in a certain way. It is a full instruction manual.

 

BUT…

WHY DOESN’T

GOD INTERVENE???

 

  1. God designed the the universe so that even DIVINE MIRACLES WOULD BE EXPERIENCED through the predictable and organized execution, or management, of SPIRITUAL PROCESS LAWS

  2. FREE CREATURES are FREE to be IGNORANT, DISREGARD or FAIL TO ACCURATELY EXECUTE spiritual process laws, removing the probability of miracle-intervention

  3. Miracle interventions are therefore CATEGORICALLY IMPERSONAL and INDEPENDENT of any INTERPRETATION OF GOD’S ACTUAL WILL and LOVE for His free creatures, removing the possibility of God’s negligence

  4. The GODHEAD is CATEGORICALLY PERSONAL, providing HELP, GUIDANCE & SUPPORT for human execution of miracle interventions

 

TRUTH & PROCESS LAWS

JOHN 8:32 NKJV And you shall KNOW the TRUTH, and the TRUTH shall MAKE you FREE.

 

SPIRITUAL PROCESS LAWS

  • Unresolved Sin

  • Low Word Feeding

  • Pride

  • Unforgiveness

  • Bitterness

  • Wrong Motives

  • Bad Attitudes

  • Rage / Criticism

  • Lack of Honor (Spouses)

  • Sowing / Reaping (Sparing)

  • Disobedience to Generosity (Tithe – 10%)

  • Inattention to God's Spirit

  • Lack of Serving God's Kingdom

  • Lack Seeking God's Kingdom

  • 5-Sense Domination

  • Unbelieving Talk

  • Etc.

 

WHAT ARE SOME

SCRIPTURE EXAMPLES OF

SPIRITUAL PROCESS LAWS?

 

CHURCH TITHING – 10% GIVING

MALACHI 3:9-12 NIV You are under a curse-the whole nation of you-because YOU ARE ROBBING ME. 10 Bring the whole TITHE into the storehouse…Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that YOU WILL NOT HAVE ROOM ENOUGH FOR IT. 11 I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit," says the LORD Almighty.

 

CHURCH MATERIAL GENEROSITY

2 CORINTHIANS 9:6-8 NIV [Remember] this: he who SOWS SPARINGLY and grudgingly will also REAP SPARINGLY and grudgingly, and he who SOWS GENEROUSLY that blessings may come to someone] will also REAP GENEROUSLY and with blessings. …8 And God is able to make ALL GRACE (EVERY FAVOR and EARTHLY BLESSING) come to you in ABUNDANCE, so that you may ALWAYS and under ALL circumstances and WHATEVER the need be SELF-SUFFICIENT

 

IGNORANCE OF GOD’S WORD

HOSEA 4:6 NKJV MY people are DESTROYED for LACK OF KNOWLEDGE.  Because you have REJECTED KNOWLEDGE

 

BINGEING IN GOD’S WORD

JOHN 8:31-32 NKJV Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you ABIDE in MY WORD, you are My disciples indeed.  32 And you shall KNOW THE TRUTH, and the TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE."

 

DISHONORING SPOUSES

1 PETER 3:7 AMP In the same way you MARRIED MEN should live CONSIDERATELY WITH [YOUR WIVES], with an intelligent recognition [of the marriage relation], HONORING THE WOMAN as [physically] the weaker, but [realizing that you] are joint heirs of the grace (God's unmerited favor) of life, IN ORDER THAT YOUR PRAYERS MAY NOT BE HINDERED AND CUT OFF. [Otherwise you cannot pray effectively.] 

 

IT’S NOT ABOUT PERFORMANCE,

OR MERITS, BEFORE GOD;

IT IS ABOUT PROCESS LAWS!

 

WHAT WILL YOU ALLOW?

MATTHEW 18:18 CEV [Jesus said] I promise you that GOD in heaven WILL ALLOW WHATEVER YOU ALLOW on earth, but HE WILL NOT ALLOW anything YOU DON'T ALLOW.

 

WHAT ABOUT THE SCRIPTURES

WHERE GOD IS CURSING PEOPLE WITH SUFFERING?

PERMISSIVE VERBS

DEUTERONOMY 28:15, 20, 22 KJV But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God …that all these CURSES shall come upon thee, and overtake thee: ... 20 The LORD SHALL SEND upon thee CURSING, VEXATION, and REBUKE, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, UNTIL THOU BE DESTROYED…; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me. ... 22 The LORD shall SMITE thee with a CONSUMPTION, and with a FEVER, … they shall pursue thee UNTIL THOU PERISH.

 

WHAT NOW???

  1. EVALUATE your trust in God

  2. ACKNOWLEDGE your relationship to spiritual process laws

  3. ACTIVATE to God’s process laws

 

NEXT SUNDAY MORNING!

HOW TO ACTIVATE

SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY

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KINGS AND KINGDOMS - THE ORIGINS OF EVIL

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KINGS AND KINGDOMS - THE ORIGINS OF EVIL

KINGS AND KINGDOMS

Why do bad things happen to good people? If God is loving, why is human suffering possible? Does the weight of a great life fall on God’s sovereign control, or are there human factors involved too? In this preaching series, KINGS AND KINGDOMS, we will explore how God has delegated to individual believers a kingship, with responsibility to understand the principles that make the kingdom thrive. We will learn how to engage spiritual authority, how to defuse the emotional shame that drives a king to live like an indigent, and ultimately how to live like God’s royal people. If you have ever had questions of why “God let this happen,” you will find nurture, freedom and a deep sense of security from this series.

 

TODAY’S SERMON NOTES

 

ROMANS 5:17 AMP For if because of one man’s trespass (Adam’s original lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God’s] overflowing GRACE (unmerited favor) and the free GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS [putting them into right standing with Himself] REIGN AS KINGS IN LIFE through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

 

IF GOD IS SOVEREIGN,

 AND WE ARE KINGS,

WHY…?

 

THE ANSWER COMES UNDERSTANDING TWO THINGS

  1. God’s Sovereignty (Last Week)

  2. The Origins of Evil (Today)

 

CHARLES TEMPLETON

After reading an issue of LIFE magazine and seeing a photo of an anguished mother clutching her dead infant in drought-ravaged Africa.

“I thought, ‘Is it possible to believe that there is a loving or caring Creator when all this woman needed was rain?’ How could a loving God do this to that woman? Who runs the rain? I don’t; you don’t. HE does – or that’s what I thought. But when I saw that photograph, I immediately knew it is not possible for this to happen and for there to be a loving God. There was no way. Who else but a fiend could destroy a baby and virtually kill its’ mother with agony – when all that was needed was rain?...and I began…considering the plagues that sweep across parts of the planet and indiscriminately kill…and it just became crystal clear to me that it is not possible for an intelligent person to believe that there is a deity who loves.” (Page 42, Case for Faith – Lee Strobel)

 

WHEN WE BELIEVE GOD IS CULPABLE

  • Erodes EMOTIONAL ATTACHMENT & personal closeness to God

  • Wires you with REACTIVE ANGER towards God, causing you to FIGHT God, AVOID God or simply SHUT DOWN in your relationship with God

  • Position you as an EMOTIONAL VICTIM in life, DISEMPOWERING your ability to move forward. [If God is against you, or allowing the enemy to thrive, what hope do you have?]

  • Compel you to DECONSTRUCT your belief in God altogether

WHY WOULD WE PROFILE GOD AS PUNITIVE?

  1. We are emotional beings with survival instincts

  2. Our brains try to make sense of suffering

  3. Placing blame gives an illusion of power to protect

  4. God is the most convenient target of blame, others are second

  5. We hope discovering the purposed-meaning will make us whole again

  6. We have been taught bad theology, so it is what it is

  7. We don’t know how to deal with problem Scripture texts

 

THE ORIGIN OF EVIL – PROBLEM TO OVERCOME

  1. God CAN destroy evil (All-Powerful)

  2. God SHOULD destroy evil (Loving & Good)

  3. YET, evil IS in this world

 

THE ORIGIN OF EVIL – HOW IT HAPPENED

  1. God is absolutely perfect! (Matt 5:48)

  2. God created only perfect creatures! (Gen 1:26-31)

  3. One of the perfections God gave some of His creatures was the power of free choice! (Gen 2:15-17)

  4. Some of these creatures freely chose to do evil! (Gen 3)

  5. Therefore, a perfect creature caused evil! (Rom 5:12)

 

HOW FREE WILL CAUSES EVIL

  • Some of our suffering is brought on DIRECTLY by our own free choice. The choice to abuse my body can result in sickness.

  • Some of our suffering is brought on INDIRECTLY by our own free choice. The choice to be lazy can result in poverty.

  • Some physical EVIL TO OTHERS can result DIRECTLY from our free choice, as in the case of spouse or child abuse.

  • Others suffer INDIRECTLY because of our free choice. Alcoholism can lead to poverty of one’s children.

  • Some NATURAL-PHYSICAL evil may be a NECESSARY BY-PRODUCT of a good process. Rain, hot air, & cool air are all necessary for food and life, but a by-product of these forces is a tornado. (Also consider, the earth fell under a curse at Adam and Eve’s disobedient “free choice” which gave rise to natural disasters)

 

WHY DOESN’T GOD DESTROY EVIL? 

  1. God cannot do what is actually self-contradictory (Round squares, colorless color, rock too big to move, cease to self-exist, make good into evil, cannot lie, cannot change, cannot make mistakes or do something stupid… like make a round square)

  2. It is contradictory to destroy evil without destroying free choice

  3. But free choice is necessary to a moral universe

  4. God cannot destroy evil without destroying this good moral universe

 

IF GOD KNEW, THEN WHY…

  1. God wanted a personal relationship with His created beings

  2. A free world where no one sins may be conceivable but may not be achievable

  3. Yet, at the end of all things God will have a free moral world where beings have chosen to surrender to  Jesus and God’s Kingdom

 

MATTHEW 18:18 CEV [Jesus said] I promise you that GOD in heaven WILL ALLOW WHATEVER YOU ALLOW on earth, but HE WILL NOT ALLOW anything YOU DON'T ALLOW.

WHAT NOW??? 

  1. EVALUATE your trust in God

  2. ACKNOWLEDGE your emotional resistance

  3. SURRENDER to the REAL JESUS and GOD’S GOODNESS

 

NEXT SUNDAY MORNING!

WHY DOESN’T GOD MIRACULOUSLY INTERVENE IN HUMAN SUFFERING?

Seek to know God’s organization, systems and process laws!

 

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KINGS AND KINGDOMS - SOVEREIGNTY

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KINGS AND KINGDOMS

Why do bad things happen to good people? If God is loving, why is human suffering possible? Does the weight of a great life fall on God’s sovereign control, or are there human factors involved too? In this preaching series, KINGS AND KINGDOMS, we will explore how God has delegated to individual believers a kingship, with responsibility to understand the principles that make the kingdom thrive. We will learn how to engage spiritual authority, how to defuse the emotional shame that drives a king to live like an indigent, and ultimately how to live like God’s royal people. If you have ever had questions of why “God let this happen,” you will find nurture, freedom and a deep sense of security from this series.

TODAY’S SERMON NOTES

ROMANS 5:17 AMP For if because of one man’s trespass (Adam’s original lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God’s] overflowing GRACE (unmerited favor) and the free GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS [putting them into right standing with Himself] REIGN AS KINGS IN LIFE through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

 

IF GOD IS SOVEREIGN,

 AND WE ARE KINGS,

WHY…?

 

THE ANSWER COMES UNDERSTANDING TWO THINGS

1.     God’s Sovereignty

2.     The Nature of Evil

 

1 TIMOTHY 6:14-15 AMP [Timothy said] Keep all His precepts unsullied and flawless, irreproachable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Anointed One), Which [appearing] will be shown forth in His own proper time by the blessed, only SOVEREIGN (Ruler), the KING OF KINGS and the LORD OF LORDS…”

JOHN 8:32 NKJV [Jesus said] And you shall KNOW THE TRUTH, and the TRUTH shall MAKE YOU FREE.

 

THE POWER OF AN UNTRUTH

1.       The truth you believe will make you free!

2.       Partial truth is an untruth!

3.       The untruths you believe will keep you bound!

 

STERILIZE THESE PARTIAL TRUTHS

  1. God’s Sovereignty

  2. The Nature of Evil

 

WHAT IS SOVEREIGNTY?

Above or superior to all others;

independent of all others;

under no rule or law outside Himself.

        

GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY IS FIXED

WITH FINALITY IN REDEMPTION!

 

GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY IS EXPRESSED

WITH FINALITY IN GOD’S WORD!

 

PSALM 89:34 NKJV [God said] My COVENANT I will NOT BREAK, NOR ALTER the WORD that has gone out of My lips.

MALACHI 3:6 NKJV [God said] For I [am] the LORD, I DO NOT CHANGE.

 

ERRATIC SOVEREIGNTY

VERSUS

PREDICTABLE SOVEREIGNTY

 

GOD IS ONLY IN CONTROL

OF THE PART OF YOUR LIFE

YOU GIVE HIM CONTROL OF!!!!

 

DEUTERONOMY 30:19 NKJV [God said] I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, [that] I have SET BEFORE YOU life and death, BLESSING and CURSING; therefore CHOOSE LIFE, that both you and your descendants may live;

DEUTERONOMY 28:1-2 NKJV [God said] IF YOU diligently OBEY the voice of the LORD your God, to OBSERVE CAREFULLY all His COMMANDMENTS which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. 2 and all these BLESSINGS shall come upon you and overtake you, BECAUSE YOU OBEY the voice of the LORD your God:

DEUTERONOMY 28:15 NKJV BUT it shall come to pass, if you DO NOT OBEY the voice of the LORD your God, to OBSERVE CAREFULLY all His COMMANDMENTS and His statutes which I command you today, that all these CURSES will come upon you and overtake you:

 

HOW MARGINAL AND LOOSE

CAN WE GET

BEFORE WE GO TOO FAR?

 

MATTHEW 18:18 CEV [Jesus said] I promise you that God in heaven will ALLOW WHATEVER YOU ALLOW on earth, but HE WILL NOT ALLOW anything YOU DON'T ALLOW.

  • JOSHUA 24:15 CHOOSE YOU this day who you are going to serve…

  • ISAIAH 66:3 THEY HAVE CHOSEN their own ways…

  • MATTHEW 16:24, 25 If any man WILL come after me…

  • 2 PETER 3:5 They deliberately [WILLFULLY] FORGET [what God said]…

  • JOHN 5:40 And you WILL NOT come to me, that you might have life. 

 

IT’S NOT PERSONAL

AND GOD IS NOT TARGETING YOU.

IT’S SPIRITUAL LAW!

 

NEXT WEEK

HOW EVIL HAPPENS!

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FAQ - Abortion and LGBTQ

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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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FAQ - 20190623 - EP 05

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FAQ - 20190623 - EP 05

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 - 20190609 - EP 04

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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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