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Change Is Part Of Life

Message Notes

Only Jesus stays the same!
(Hebrews 13:8 NIV) Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

1.Change – (repent) = meta-noia – “change the mind”
-John the Baptist
(Matthew 3:2 NIV) and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

– Jesus
(Matthew 4:17 NIV) From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

– Peter
(Acts 3:19 WEB) “Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, so that there may come times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord,

2.Change – Metamorphosis – Caterpillar to butterfly
-sperm and egg to human – beautiful!
(Romans 12:1-2 MSG) So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

-Don’t BE conformed … by the world
-BUT BE transformed (metamorphosis) … by The Holy Spirit in you!
(2 Corinthians 3:17-18 NIV) Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

3.How – renewal – anakainosis
– kainós – properly, new in quality (innovation), fresh in development or opportunity – because “not found exactly like this before.”

*We’ve never been here before’.
(Titus 3:5) he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,

Living according to your Word
(Psalm 119:9) How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.

Knowing purpose in your life
(Proverbs 29:18) Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.

Worship
(2 Corinthians 3:17-18 NIV) Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Receive The “Power” and Give The “Power”

Message Notes

(1 Timothy 4:12 NLT) Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.

1、What Is Church…
(Matthew 18:20 NLT) For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.

(Acts 2:42-43 NLT) All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. (43) A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders.

(‭‭Acts‬ ‭2:46‬ ‭ERV‬‬) The believers shared a common purpose, and every day they spent much of their time together in the Temple area. They also ate together in their homes. They were happy to share their food and ate with joyful hearts.

2、Empowering People
(Romans 1:12 NLT) When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.

(Hebrews 3:13 ERV) But encourage each other every day, while you still have something called “today. ” Help each other so that none of you will be fooled by sin and become too hard to change.

3、We Need God
(Romans 7:15-17 NLT) I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. (16) But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. (17) So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

(John 3:16 NLT) “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

Touching Jesus

Message Notes

(John 3:16 NIV) For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

(John 1:14 MSG) The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.

(John 3:17 NIV) For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

(Mark 5:24-34 NIV) So Jesus went with him. A large crowd followed and pressed around him. (25) And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. (26) She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. (27) When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, (28) because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” (29) Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. (30) At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” (31) “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ” (32) But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. (33) Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. (34) He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

1.Woman healed physically – it was private, personal..
2.Woman healed emotionally -it was open – love, acceptance
3.Woman healed relationally – going home to a new future

Helmet Of Salvation

Message Notes

(Ephesians 6:13-17a NLT) Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. (14) Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. (15) For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. (16) In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. (17) Put on salvation as your helmet..

(Rom 10:9-10 NLT) If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (10) For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.

We Need To Protect Our Minds!
(Proverbs 4:23 NLT) Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

(Proverbs 4:23 ERV) Above all, be careful what you think because your thoughts control your life.

(Romans 12:2 NLT) “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

Recognize The Enemy
(John 10:10 NLT) The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

Listen To The Right Voice
(John 8:44b) He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.

(Philippians 4:7) Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

That’s My Daddy (Praying Like Sons And Daughters)

Message Notes

(Luke 11:1-4) One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” (2) He said to them, “When you pray, say: “ ‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. (3) Give us each day our daily bread. (4) Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’”

Our Father in heaven ….
-Praise
-Purpose
-Provision
-Peace
-Protection

1.God as “Father” Foreshadowed in OT 15 times
(Isaiah 9:6) For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

(1 Chronicles 29: 10) David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, “Praise be to you, Lord, the God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.

(Isaiah 64:8) Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.

(Malachi 2:10) Do we not all have one Father ? Did not one God create us? Why do we profane the covenant of our ancestors by being unfaithful to one another?

(John 5:17-18) In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” 18For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

2.Invited into close relationship in NT by Jesus.
Jesus uses ‘The father” 120 times in John.
Over 30 times Jesus describes self as “Son of God’ or ‘the son’ 30 times.

(John 5:17-18) In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” 18For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

3.Paul invites us into in praying as sons
(Romans 8:14-17) For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” (16) The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. (17) Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

My prayer journey…
1.First Simple and personal
2.Then Complex and mystical
3.Then Long and disheartening; or Early and impossible.
4.Finally confident in Simple and personal (again). Start your prayer with “My father in heaven …”

-Achievable
-Sustainable
-Powerful

From Gift To Band

Message Notes

(Romans 12:6a NIV) We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.

1. Find The Gift
(Matthew 7:7-8 NIV) Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

2. Use The Gift – Be United
(Ephesians 1:23 NLT) And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.

(1 Corinthians 12:14-22 ERV) And a person’s body has more than one part. It has many parts. (15)The foot might say, “I am not a hand, so I don’t belong to the body.” But saying this would not stop the foot from being a part of the body. (16)The ear might say, “I am not an eye, so I don’t belong to the body.” But saying this would not make the ear stop being a part of the body. (17)If the whole body were an eye, it would not be able to hear. If the whole body were an ear, it would not be able to smell anything. (18-19)If each part of the body were the same part, there would be no body. But as it is, God put the parts in the body as he wanted them. He made a place for each one. If each part of the body were the same part, there would be no body. But as it is, God put the parts in the body as he wanted them. He made a place for each one. (20)So there are many parts, but only one body. (21)The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the foot, “I don’t need you!” (22)No, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are actually very important.

3. Know Your Gift By Knowing Jesus
(Psalms 139:13-16 NLT) You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. (14)Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. (15)You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. (16)You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

(Revelation 3:20 NLT) “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.

Motion︎

Message Notes

Newton’s second law = Law of motion = law of inertia
f=ma f-force, m-mass, a-acceleration

1. Set In Motion!
(Acts 16:6-8 MSG) They went to Phrygia, and then on through the region of Galatia. Their plan was to turn west into Asia province, but the Holy Spirit blocked that route. So they went to Mysia and tried to go north to Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus wouldn’t let them go there either. Proceeding on through Mysia, they went down to the seaport Troas.

(Acts 16:9-10 MSG) That night Paul had a dream: A Macedonian stood on the far shore and called across the sea, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” The dream gave Paul his map. We went to work at once getting things ready to cross over to Macedonia. All the pieces had come together. We knew now for sure that God had called us to preach the good news to the Europeans.

3. Keep It Moving
(Acts 16: 25-26 MSG) Along about midnight, Paul and Silas were at prayer and singing a robust hymn to God. The other prisoners couldn’t believe their ears. Then, without warning, a huge earthquake! The jailhouse tottered, every door flew open, all the prisoners were loose.

4. See The Miracle
(Acts 16:15 MSG) After she was baptized, along with everyone in her household, she said in a surge of hospitality, “If you’re confident that I’m in this with you and believe in the Master truly, come home with me and be my guests.” We hesitated, but she wouldn’t take no for an answer.

(Acts 16:32-34 MSG) They went on to spell out in detail the story of the Master—the entire family got in on this part. They never did get to bed that night. The jailer made them feel at home, dressed their wounds, and then—he couldn’t wait till morning!—was baptized, he and everyone in his family. There in his home, he had food set out for a festive meal. It was a night to remember: He and his entire family had put their trust in God; everyone in the house was in on the celebration.

– Obedience is up to us it’s our responsibility but the outcome is up to God

Connect Group Questions & Prayer
1. What is God speaking to you about?
2. How can you be obedient?
3. Let’s pray!

Hold Up The Shield Of Faith And Go Forward

Message Notes

(Ephesians 6:13-17 NLT) “Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. (14)Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. (15)For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. (16) In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. (17) Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

(Ephesians 6:12 ERV) “Our fight is not against people on earth. We are fighting against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness. We are fighting against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly places.”

1. The Fiery Arrows Of The Devil
(John 10:10 NLT) The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

(1 Peter 5:8 NLT) Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

2. Shield of Faith To Stop The Fiery Of Arrows
(Hebrews 11:1 NLT) Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.

(Romans 10:17 NLT) So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.

3. Go Forward
(Hebrews 12:1 NLT) Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

Pay Attention to the Good News

Message Notes

(Philippians 1:27 ERV) Just be sure you live as God’s people in a way that honors the Good News of Christ. Then if I come and visit you or if I am away from you, I will hear good things about you. I will know that you stand together with the same purpose and that you work together like a team to help others believe the Good News.

1. Jesus Loves You
(Romans 5:7-8 ERV) Very few people will die to save the life of someone else, even if it is for a good person. Someone might be willing to die for an especially good person. (8)But Christ died for us while we were still sinners, and by this God showed how much he loves us.

(1 John 4:10-11 ERV) True love is God’s love for us, not our love for God. He sent his Son as the way to take away our sins. (11)That is how much God loved us, dear friends! So we also must love each other.

2. Jesus Died And Rose From The Dead For You
(Romans 6:4-8 ERV) So when we were baptized, we were buried with Christ and took part in his death. And just as Christ was raised from death by the wonderful power of the Father, so we can now live a new life. (5)Christ died, and we have been joined with him by dying too. So we will also be joined with him by rising from death as he did. (6)We know that our old life was put to death on the cross with Christ. This happened so that our sinful selves would have no power over us. Then we would not be slaves to sin. (7)Anyone who has died is made free from sin’s control. (8)If we died with Christ, we know that we will also live with him.

(Romans 6:10-11 ERV) Yes, when Christ died, he died to defeat the power of sin one time—enough for all time. He now has a new life, and his new life is with God. In the same way, you should see yourselves as being dead to the power of sin and alive for God through Christ Jesus.

3. Know With Your Heart And Live With Your Heart
(John 17:3 ERV) And this is eternal life: that people can know you, the only true God, and that they can know Jesus Christ, the one you sent.

(1 John 2:15-17 ERV) Don’t love this evil world or the things in it. If you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. (16)This is all there is in the world: wanting to please our sinful selves, wanting the sinful things we see, and being too proud of what we have. But none of these comes from the Father. They come from the world. (17)The world is passing away, and all the things that people want in the world are passing away. But whoever does what God wants will live forever.

(Romans 1:17 ERV) The Good News shows how God makes people right with himself. God’s way of making people right begins and ends with faith. As the Scriptures say, “The one who is right with God by faith will live forever.”

Connect Group Questions & Prayers
1. What are you thankful about the Good News?
2. How can we live in a way that honors the Good News?
3. Let’s pray for his grace to help us.

Ya-Bible!

Message Notes

(John 10:10 NLT) The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

Gives Vision
(John 14:6) Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

It’s Powerful!
(2 Timothy 3:16 NLT) All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

We Love Jesus
(John 14:15) If you love me, obey my commandments.