July 8, 2018: Idolatry (Rich Merkouris)

Idolatry

  • 2:42 Jeremiah 2:13 - for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.
  • Jeremiah 2:11 - Has a nation changed its gods, even though they are no gods? But my people have changed their glory for that which does not profit.
  • 4:40 Idolatry is giving honor to someone or something other than God, and expecting that which only God can give.
  • 6:05 Jeremiah 2:18 - And now what do you gain by going to Egypt to drink the waters of the Nile? Or what do you gain by going to Assyria to drink the waters of the Euphrates?
  • 11:40 Romans 1:28-31 - And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.
  • The root of the problem is idolatry.
  • To break idolatry we need to go back to God. 
  • How do we encounter the living God? Through the Word of God.
  • 18:30 For principles to think about when reading the Old Testament
    • It's not about you
    • What is God making known about himself and His purposes?
    • Who and why?
    • There's different genres of writing.
  • 27:50 The worst deal of all time is when we give up the Glory of God for a temporary good thing.
    • How do we overcome it? 
      • By making the greatest deal of all time: 2 Corinthians 5:21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

June 24, 2018: Giving (Rich Merkouris)

Giving

Luke 21

  • 4:30 What we cling to is revealed in what we give. 
  • 5:33 Luke 20:45-47 - And in the hearing of all the people he said to his disciples, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.
    • The religious leaders were giving to show rather than giving to glory. This reveals something about their hearts.
  • 6:40 Matthew 15:7-9 - You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: "‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’”
    • God is interested in your heart because he knows if he gets your heart he gets everything else. 
  • 8:30 Giving is an act of worship. It brings honor to God.
  • 9:40 Genesis 14
    • The tithe is a response to the work of God. 
    • You can't give enough to garner favor with God because God has already shown the highest favor by giving you his son Jesus Christ.
  • 12:00 Genesis 28:20-22 - Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my father's house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God's house. And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you.”
  • 13:00 Leviticus 27
    • What made it Holy is that it was dedicated to the Lord. Not the quantity.
  • 15:00 Matthew 23:23 - “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.
  • 17:10 2 Corinthians 9:7 - Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
    • God wants you to bring a tithe because your heart wants to bring the tithe.
  • 19:20 Everything that we have is Gods. 
  • 20:22 God doesn't work from a position of shame. 
  • 21:13 God does not look down upon you by the size or the quantity or ability. He looks on you with favor already because of his son Jesus Christ.
  • Questions:
    • Do I give if I'm in debt? 
      • In the Bible we find a command to give first to God. 
    • How should we give if we are not on the same page as husband and wife?
      • Get to a place of understanding. 
      • Ask each other questions.
    • Does the whole tithe go to the Church?
      • Opinion: No
  • Questions to reflect on yourself: 
    • Why am I giving what I am giving?
    • Am I taking Jesus as His Word?
    • Is the gift you're bringing honoring of the recipient (God)?
  • 34:30 Does God have your heart?
  • 34:50 Are you clinging to God, or is your wallet controlling you?

June 17, 2018: Reverence & Awe

Fear God: Reverence and Awe

  • 1:17 - A life of wisdom and boldness requires the fear of the Lord.
  • 3:13 - Deuteronomy 4:9-10 “Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children's children— how on the day that you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, the Lord said to me, ‘Gather the people to me, that I may let them hear my words, so that they may learn to fear me all the days that they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children so.’"
  • 4:13 - Psalm 33:8 Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!
  • 5:26 - Acts 9:31 So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied.
  • 6:39 - Why is it that fear is necessary for impact?
    • Because if you do not fear the Lord the fear of humanity is going to rob you of impact.
  • 8:00 - 1 Peter 1:17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one's deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile.
  • 11:35 - Admiration and awe for power at the same time as love and desire for the one that has the power.
  • 12:18 - The fear of God is a natural response.
  • 12:40 - Hebrews 12:18 -  For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest.
  • 14:40 - Hebrews 12:28 Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.
  • 15:45 - Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
  • 16:20 - Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
  • 19:15 - You know you've encountered the Living God when there's reverence and awe. 
  • 24:42 - Are you casual in your internal heart? Is your internal heart flippant about God?
  • 26:45 - God is big and we are not.

June 10, 2018: Micah 6:1-8

The sermon began with a recap of our City Love Teams. The following video will give you a glimpse into this area of ministry at KOG> 

 

Hear what the Lord says: Arise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice. Hear, you mountains, the indictment of the Lord, and you enduring foundations of the earth, for the Lord has an indictment against his people, and he will contend with Israel. “O my people, what have I done to you? How have I wearied you? Answer me! For I brought you up from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. O my people, remember what Balak king of Moab devised, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him, and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the righteous acts of the Lord.” “With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:1-8 (ESV)

  • 14:53 As followers of Jesus Christ we have a call to be serious about that what God is serious about. 
    • If I claim the name of Jesus I am also claiming the name of justice.
    • In the manger you saw the face of God because you saw Jesus. Jesus is the face of God. God is a God of justice.
  • 20:02 Loving kindness - (mercy) Inner covenant of compassion, ever lasting love.
    • Where do we see this loving kindness? Jesus
  • 25:00 God wants his people to be about justice.
  • 25:32 If you love God you love people. If you worship God, you're going to be about justice.
  • 27:18 You are a follower of Jesus Christ because of the Grace of God.
  • 27:24 We do not do justice to get right with God. We do justice because God has made us right with himself.

 

May 27, 2018: Joy (Rich Merkouris)

Joy

  • 1:14 – 5:05 Michael Jr. “Know your Why” Video (Video available below)
  • 5:19 - Jesus does not say obey me because it’s the right thing to do.
  • 5:37 - John 15:11 - These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. (ESV)
    • Why does Jesus want you to obey him? Because Jesus wants you to have joy.
    • Happiness drives us.
  • 8:34 – Psalm 67:4 - Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. (ESV)
  • 9:14 - Psalm 100:1-2 - Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! (ESV)
  • 10:08 – Matthew 25:21 - His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master. (ESV)
  • 10:34 – Hebrews 12:1b-2 - let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (ESV)
    • Why was Jesus willing to go through the pain of the Cross? Joy. Jesus was perusing joy.
    • Joy is essential for us as Christians.
  • 14:30 – God desires for us to have a deep sustained gladness.
    • Happiness is an emotional momentary feeling.
    • Joy is deep sustained gladness.
  • 18:00 – John 15:4 - Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. (ESV)
    • Abide (or remain) is a command to us.
    • How do we have joy? We remain in Jesus.
  • 20:39 - How do we abide in Jesus?
    • Abide is not belief.
    • You can believe in Jesus and not abide in Jesus.
  • 22:42 – It’s not WWJD, it’s HIJL (How Is Jesus Leading)
  • 25:58 – How can you abide in Jesus?
    • Acknowledge the authority of Jesus in your life.
    • Step out into reliance upon Jesus. (Faith)
    • Engage with Jesus people.
  • 34:03 - If you’re following Jesus, no matter what you are facing, your joy is increasing not decreasing because you are entering the presence of God and with God there is gladness. This is the why.

Here is the video shown at the beginning of the sermon. 

April 22, 2018: Luke 6:27-36 (Rich Merkouris)

Love Your Enemies

27 “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. 30 Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. 31 And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

32 “If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. 35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. 36 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.

 

  • there are different people than us
  • There are people who are opposed to us
  • We are to love all humanity 
  • Are you going to take Jesus seriously?
  • Focus on the character of God
  • Understand your own relation to God
  • How can you love your enemies? Understand you were an enemy of God at one time.
  • Dispense God’s love regardless of what you feel

April 8, 2018: John 17:1-5 (Rich Merkouris)

The High Priestly Prayer

17 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you,2 since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4 I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.

  • 6:09 Jesus is concerned about the Glory of God so he is concerned about the people.
  • 7:47 what does God ultimately say about people?
  • 9:16 Many of us switch between the Dir and God complex
    • Dirt - I am nothing
    • God - I am God
  • 10:15 for those of you that can't love yourself
    • Psalm 8:5 We were made just a little lower than the Heavenly Beings
    • You Are Not Dirt!
    • You are the crown jewel of God's creation. Every person is.
  • 18:12 for those of you that a divine complex. The "I'm in charge mentality"
    • We have to acknowledge of someone else who has the final say
    • You are the crown of God's creation, but you are not God
  • 24:40 God's worth states that Christians should be the ones who care for humanity.
    • We should be caring for the elderly
    • We should be caring for the unborn child
  • 25:39 To be created in the image of God means you have responsibility
    • You have a responsibility to work
    • We should be first in line
  • 31:07 Dow we (you) have a correct image of humanity?

April 1, 2018 {Easter}: 1 Peter 1:3-9 (Rich Merkouris)

Born Again to a Living Hope

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

March 25, 2018: John 12:12-26 (Rich Merkouris)

The Triumphal Entry

12 The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” 14 And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,

15 “Fear not, daughter of Zion;
behold, your king is coming,
    sitting on a donkey's colt!”

16 His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him. 17 The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness.18 The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.”

Some Greeks Seek Jesus

20 Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks.21 So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23 And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.25 Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

March 18, 2018: Galations 5:16-26 (Rich Merkouris)

 

Galatians 5:16-26

16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

  • 1:00 Have you asked for Help?
  • 4:40 Spiritual life necessitates health
  • 7:12 The Holy Spirit is necessary, present and available
  • 8:00 Jesus says it's better for us that he is not here and that the Holy Spirit is
  • 10:15 What is the Holy Spirit
    • Third member of the trinity
    • Is a being
    • The Holy Spirit is with us
    • Is necessary for us
  • 13:17 What is our responsibility then? Maybe we have misunderstood?
  • 14:26 God desires to produce within us spiritual growth
  • 15:38 If you have no conflict in your life about any conduct that's a big red flag that somehting isn't quite right.
  • 18:07 Spirtual growth isn't immediate, it is slow production. It is conflict.
  • 18:43 Spiritual growth is dependence and direction from the Holy Spirit
  • 19:53 We are dependint on the Holy Spirit for the fruit in our lives
  • 20:05 Walk after the Holy Spirit. We have responsibility to follow the Holy Spirit.
  • 22:33 How do I live by the Holy Spirit and have growth
    • Acknowledge the Holy Spirit's presence
    • Submit the foreign presence of the Holy Spirit
      • Example: Someone calls you an idiot.
  • 31:26 God is concerned is about how you do stuff
    • How are you working where you work?
    • How are you living where you live?
  • 31:54 God has given us the ability to be who we need to be by giving us the gift of the Holy Spirit

March 11, 2018: Matthew 23:25-36 (Rich Merkouris)

Matthew 23:25-36

25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.

27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people's bones and all uncleanness. 28 So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous, 30 saying, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 31 Thus you witness against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers.33 You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell? 34 Therefore I send you prophets and wise men and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and persecute from town to town, 35 so that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah the son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. 36 Truly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.

 

  • What's in your junk drawer?
  • 4:00 What's lost inside of you?
  • 5:16 Does the inside of my life reflect the image of God?
  • 7:03 Be renewed in the image of God. God is in the transformation business.
  • 7:51 God sees through outward goodness and inward evil
  • Truths on what God has revealed
    • We need to have honest acknowledgement of the sin in our lives
      • Sin is ever present with us. 
      • Be honest to yourself
    • It's not about will power
      • Ask someone for help
    • You become what you behold
      • A deeper knowledge of sin, allows for a more joyful heart towards grace

March 4, 2018: Matthew 23:1-24 (Rich Merkouris)

Matthew 23:1-24

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat, 3 so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice. 4 They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. 5 They do all their deeds to be seen by others. For they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long, 6 and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues 7 and greetings in the marketplaces and being called rabbi by others. 8 But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. 10 Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Christ. 11 The greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people's faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in. 15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.

16 “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it is nothing, but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.’17 You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that has made the gold sacred? 18 And you say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it is nothing, but if anyone swears by the gift that is on the altar, he is bound by his oath.’ 19 You blind men! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift sacred? 20 So whoever swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. 21 And whoever swears by the temple swears by it and by him who dwells in it. 22 And whoever swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and by him who sits upon it.

23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. 24 You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!

February 18, 2018: Colossians 3:12-17 (Doyle Burnside)

Colossians 3:12-17 English Standard Version (ESV)

12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

February 11, 2018: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 (Rich Merkouris)

Flee Sexual Immorality

12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.13 “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never!16 Or do you not know that he who is joined[a] to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.”17 But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin[b] a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

February 4, 2018: (Rich Merkouris)

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Luke 15:1-10 Parable of the Lost Sheep

  • 1:44 When you start helping others, sometimes you begin to realize how unhealthy we are.
  • 3:30 What's coming out every single day when you are interacting with others? 
  • 4:03 What does it mean to be healthy?
    • It doesn't mean perfection
  • 5:30 God elevates humanity different than other created things. We are a reflection of him.
  • 8:55 To be healthy, is to love God with our whole being.
  • 10:44 Two things rob us of our health
    • At some point in your life, you are hurt by someone or something. We end up having bitterness. This leads to separation from others and God as we know it does not match with God. However, at the heart of the Lord's prayer is forgiveness.
    • Many of struggle with never dealing with our grief. Often we just try to replace it with something else.
  • 22:47 How do we pursue health?
    • Meditation - To meditate is to reflect and remember the Word of God. Do you know the promises? Remember the truth.
    • Confession - The purpose of confession - It's to be reminded of what he has done. 
      • When is the last time you confessed a sin to someone else?
      • We confess to remind us that Jesus forgives you
    • Celebration - Christians have more to celebrate than anyone else. Christians are horrible at this. We have to celebrate more. When we do not celebrate, we tell God this is not enough.
    • Which habit do you need to begin with?
  • 37:00 Are you willing to start some new habits? Are you willing to improve your health?

January 28, 2018: Luke 15:1-10 (Rich Merkouris)

Luke 15:1-10 Parable of the Lost Sheep

1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”

3 So he told them this parable: 4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

The Parable of the Lost Coin

8 “Or what woman, having ten silver coins,[a] if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

  • 3:09 Most of us don't want to be reckless, but God is asking us to be reckless with the ones in our path
  • 5:11 God pursues the lost. God is a reckless lover of people
  • 6:50 God likens the Shepard to be reckless in pursuing the one over the 99
  • 7:50 God celebrates the one who recklessly chases the one who is doing the work of Christ
  • 9:19 the "Lost" is separated from God
  • 14:24 What do I do when I notice the one? You can listen to last weeks message for more information.
    • Pray for an opportunity
    • Engage with people around you
      • How can I pray for you?
      • What is your stress level this week?
    • Followup. This isn't a one and done deal
  • 19:30 Stories of someone engaging the one
  • 25:10 Take the time to ask the question with those around you