Recent Sermon 2017-03-20T11:36:30+00:00

Rich

INTRO:

Easter review – 78 new kids checked in to kids ministry and heard the gospel, Over 75 people made decisions for Jesus and took a bible on their way out! 175 baptisms – 75 of those people made the decision on the spot to get baptized!  We witnessed God move in people’s lives. I don’t ever want to treat the incredible move of God casually. May we never lose our excitement at seeing the work of God! I pray that we will continue to celebrate one salvation like it’s a thousand. That we would always throw heavens party here when if even just one person is baptized.  That we would never lose our passion to see our neighbors, friends, and family find and follow Jesus.  We are not just doing church, we are seeing a move of God in our generation!

What if I told you Jesus wants every christian to be rich? Would you believe me?

Jesus wants every christian to be rich… on the inside.

John 10:10   The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. life to the full, starts on the inside. Spiritual disciplines are the ways through which Jesus invests into us.

2 Corinthians 8:9 – For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty you might become rich.

Did Jesus become poor to make us rich externally?

Jesus speaks to the church in Laodicea in Revelation 3:17-18 – 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

Having everything outside doesn’t translate to anything on the inside. Just because you have your life together on the outside, doesn’t mean it’s together on the inside.

Your day is going fine and then something little makes you snap?

External circumstance draw on our internal wealth.

God wants to make deposits into your spiritual bank accounts.

I was blown away by how the often the bible talks about internal riches.

Romans 10:12 – For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile – the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him.

Ephesians 3:16-17 – 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.

Colossians 2:2-3—  My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Jesus = all the treasures

Knowing Jesus makes you richer

Patrick Henry (who famously said give me liberty or give me death) uttered this on his deathbed “I have now disposed of all my property to my family. There is one thing more I wish I could give them and that is faith in Jesus Christ. If they had that and I had not given them a single shilling, they would have been rich; and if they had not that, and I had given them all the world, they would be poor indeed.”

Would it be that people see you and say “what a rich soul”. Many times you and I settle for operating on a limited spiritual budget when the full resources of heaven are freely at our disposal!

When Jesus died on the cross he crossed out our debt and when he opened the grave and walked out he opened all of heavens resources to our disposal!

 

  • Enriched through the WORD

 

The temptation of Jesus – Matthew 4:1-4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[a] by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The temptercame to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Broad picture is this – on the outside he was weak, inside he was strong because of the word.

His word enriches us –

Jeremiah 15:16 – When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, LORD God Almighty.

Luke 11:28 – Jesus replied, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.”

Psalm 119:105 – Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Bible reading plan –

Our high school students took this challenge and grew a ton! Our guys were text each other whenever they read.

  1. Enriched through PRAYER

How did you learn to talk?

Your parents talked to you! They invested huge amounts of time, speaking words of love and life into little baby you, even when they knew you wouldn’t respond for over a year. The enriched your brain and your heart, and the end result is your ability to speak which lets you communicate, learn, read, write, and grow.

Now, your parents continue to invest words into you, but so do teachers, friends, life group leaders, pastor joe, and more. But it’s not one sided, you can engage in the discussion, which makes the experience all the richer! Guys don’t talk very good, until they like a girl.  Suddenly they become articulate and interesting. My first conversation with my wife. I was hooked. Can you imagine a world without conversation. — MIMING —It’s a gift form God!

This is a gift from God, a conversing God, a speaking God, a listening God, a God who wants to enrich your soul with his words. A God who has bent low to lend you his ear.

God said let there be light, and there was light! When God speaks, change happens!

Prayer is an honest, simple conversation with God where we speak and he speaks.

How important is prayer?!?

1 Thessalonians 5:17 – Pray continually

Philippians 4:6-7 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.There is a promise connected to prayer!

James 5:16 – 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

Prayer opens our hearts to the conversation of heaven.

  1. Pray simply Matthew 6:7-8 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Everyday language. Pray to the father, the son, or holy spirit. God is trinity.

  1. Pray specifically Philippians 4:6-7 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

If you don’t pray specifically, you won’t know how God answers.

  1. Pray selflessly James 5:16 – 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
  2. Pray with pauses1 Samuel 3:10 – The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

Enriched through silence and solitude

Matthew 4:1-11- Jesus goes into the desert for 40 days ALONE

If Jesus inaugurated his ministry with 40 days of silence and solitude, do you think it’s important?

Psalm 46:10 – 10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth.”

Ecclesiastes 3:7 – a time to be silent and a time to speak,

External barriers – Most of us hardly have even a few minutes to ourselves. Finding time to be alone and silent before Jesus is hard! I get up in the mornings, but it seems like no matter how much earlier I get up, my 20 month old son Paxton decides he wants to get up that early too!

Internal Barriers – It’s hard to find time because most of us are scared of silence and solitude. We might have to face our loneliness, inadequacies, and fears.

An inner solitude and silence that sets us free from loneliness and fear. Jesus calls us from loneliness to solitude. Loneliness is inner emptiness. Solitude and silence lead to inner fulfillment.

Why? – John 10:10 – the fullness of our lives – Here to here (whiteboard) expand.

Thomas Merton (An American Franciscan monk): Solitude and silence teach me to love my brothers for what they are, not for what they say.

Soul Map – White Board

Basketball, My Wife, My Son,Homework, A game I really want, Relational Strain, Worry about future

Illustration: Two woodsmen chopping down trees all day, one takes breaks.

When we practice Silence and solitude, it makes our words more meaningful, relationships more focused, and faith more deeply rooted.

Pausing for silence and solitude is powerful.

2 Corinthians 8:9 – For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty you might become rich.

As a christian, I hope you walk out of here saying this:

All I have is because of Jesus. He paid the highest ransom, emptying himself to fill me up.

When Jesus died on the cross he crossed out my debt and when he opened the grave and walked out he opened all of heavens resources to my disposal! As a person who believes in Jesus I am rich in his Promises. I am rich in his Mercy! Grace! Forgiveness! Victory! Glory! Joy! Favor! Righteousness! Hope! Love!

Even if I’m poor on the outside, I’m rich on the inside. Even if i’m weak in the eyes of man, God is making me strong. Even if my friends betray me, I am rich in Jesus friendship. Even if my family leaves me, I am richly blessed as his child. Even if it seems all hell is colluding against me, I know Christ is for me and I am rich. in. his. love! Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear now evil for You are with me, I am rich in your presence.

Jesus wants us to have life to the FULL!  Are you putting yourself into a position to receive from God? Are you allowing him to enrich you through his word, prayer, and pausing?  

Would you stand with me? This is my prayer for us: I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen us with power through his Spirit in our inner being, so that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith. And I pray that we, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that we may be filled to the measure of all the fulness of God. 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, to him be glory in this church and in Christ Jesus through all generations, for ever and ever amen.

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