Ã¢â‚¬Â¦At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! 17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:16-17 NLT
WHY DONÃ¢â‚¬â„¢T WE FEEL NEW?
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ OUR _______________.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ OUR _______________.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ OUR _______________.
HOW AM I MADE NEW IN CHRIST?
1) WE ARE _______________ FROM OUR _______________.
In [Christ] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace... Ephesians 1:7
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1
2) WE ARE _______________ FROM OUR _______________.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¦(The Lord) has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisonersÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ Isaiah 61:1
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
3) WE ARE _______________ FROM OUR _______________.
Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like GodÃ¢â‚¬â€truly righteous and holy.
Ephesians 4:21-24 NLT
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36
Don't lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. 10 Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. Colossians 3:9-10 NLT
WITH ALL MY MIND
Mk 12:30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
Why Should I Read God’s Word?
1.) You will know God’s _______________!
Jer 33:3 ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’
Ro 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Ro 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
2.) You will be _______________!
Jos 1:8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
3.) You will experience _______________!
Lk 23:55 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. Lk 23:56 Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.
Phil 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
WITH ALL MY HEART
Mk 12:30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
He Wants All of Us
1.) If I am ____________ connected I will be _______________ connected.
Mt 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
2.) My ____________ declares my ______________.
Mt 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.
3.) God’s not trying to take ______________ from me, but rather pour out ______________ on me!
Pr 3:9 Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; Pr 3:10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
2Co 9:6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 2Co 9:7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Mal 3:10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. 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.
- Am I surrendering my _______________ to God?
- Am I thankful for the _______________?
- What do I _______________to?
- Where is my _______________?
1. Listen. "I will stand at my watch an dstation myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he (God) will say to me...Habakkuk2:1
2. Write it Down. "Then the Lord replied: "Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets..." Habakkuk 2:2
3. Wait. "For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks fo the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for or it; it will certainly come and will not delay." Habakkuk 2:3
"But these things I plan won't happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time apporaches when the vision will be fulfulled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!" Habakkuk 2:3
God's delays are not God's denials.
If it's not God's time, you can't force it!
When it is God's time, you can't stop it!
See, the enemy is puffed up; his desires are not upright - but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness. " Habakkuk 2
"But the Lord is in his holy temple." Habakkuk 2:20
MEANING, PURPOSE, AND SIGNIFICANCE ARE FOUND ONLY BY ALIGNING OUR LIVES WITH GOD’S PURPOSES, IN LIVES COMMITTED TO FOLLOWING JESUS CHRIST!
SEEING THE _______________ THROUGH THE _______________
Mt 9:35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. Mt 9:36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Mt 9:37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.
GOD CREATED YOU _______________
Mt 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
WHY THE CHURCH _______________
Mt 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Mt 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Mt 28:20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
If we are not _______________ _______________ in God’s great mission in the world, then we have missed the very thing He created us to do!
WHY SHOULD I FOLLOW HIM?
- God ____________ you to join Him in changing the world
- God has a dream for this world that Jesus called the ______________________________
- God created you to play an important role in His kingdom ______________
- You will never find your deepest _______________ in life until you find your place in _______________ God’s kingdom
Jn 20:21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. - 1 Corinthians 13:12 NLT
How Do We Live in the ____________, Trusting God for the ____________?
When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples 3 to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” 4 Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. 6 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” - Matthew 11:2-6
Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist...” - Matthew 11:11
In the Doubts of ____________, We Will Trust in God’s ____________!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” - Jeremiah 29:11
Our Faith is in ____________, Not in the ____________ We Want.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. - Ephesians 3:20-21
THE GREATEST ___________ IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND
Jn 19:30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
THE SALVATION OF GOD CAN ONLY BEGIN WHEN OUR HUMAN _______________ ENDS
Mt 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Mt 16:25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. Mt 16:26 What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?
CHRISTIANITY IS NOT SPELLED “D-O” or “D-O-N-‘-T”…IT IS SPELLED “___-___-___-___”
TETELESTAI (te-tel-les’-ty): to end, _______________, finish, discharge a debt.
• A Servant returning to his master, “I have ________.”
• A Merchant declaring, “The debt is _________ in full.”
• A Priest examining a lamb for sacrifice, “It is ______.”
Col 2:13 When you were dead in your sins…God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, Col 2:14 having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. Col 2:15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
Jn 19:28 Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” Jn 19:29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips.
• THERE IS A SPIRITUAL _______________ ALL AROUND US.
Lk 19:41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it Lk 19:42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.
• EVERYWHERE JESUS _______________, HE _______________ ON PURPOSE.
Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
Ps 69:21 They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar for my thirst.
Ps 49:15 But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself.
• WE THRIST AND ARE _______________ BECAUSE WE DRINK FROM THE WRONG WELL.
Jn 4:10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”Jn 4:11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?
• IN HIS _______________, JESUS RELEASED THE GREATEST ANOINTING OF HIS LIFE.
Heb 12:1 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. Heb 12:2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
THEY WILL KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD
Ex 13:17 When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” Ex 13:18 So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt armed for battle.
• GOD’S WAY IS THE ____________ WAY
Ex 14:1 Then the LORD said to Moses, Ex 14:2 “Tell the Israelites to turn back and encamp near Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea. They are to encamp by the sea, directly opposite Baal Zephon. Ex 14:3 Pharaoh will think, ‘The Israelites are wandering around the land in confusion, hemmed in by the desert.’ Ex 14:4 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD.” So the Israelites did this.
• GOD’S WAY IS THE ____________ WAY
Ex 14:13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. Ex 14:14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Ex 14:15 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.
• FAITH IS ABOUT ____________ ____________ YOUR HAND
Ex 14:16 Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. Ex 14:17 I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. Ex 14:17 I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. Ex 14:18 The Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen.”
• FAITH IS TRUSTING THAT GOD’S GOT ________ __________
Ex 14:19 Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, Ex 14:20 coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.