Small steps in faith

Sunday, October 17, 2010

"Courage in the Crisis"

These are my notes from last week. We went to visit Kristen and Todd at the plant church where they lead worship.

1John 4:4, 5:4
Jeremiah 29:11
John 10:10

Faith determines your future
Feelings lie to you
You must become what you already are. See yourself through the eyes of God if you choose to fulfill your destiny
God is the hope, substance, and evidence of our faith

Your faith determines your attitude in the face of a crisis
Your faith will determine your inspiration
The Bible is the key to your life. It never runs out of gas and has your best destination in mind.
God doesn't have an opinion of you..He knows who you are.
Your faith determines your toughness
Your faith will give you hope
future,attitude,inspiration,toughness,hope =faith
Faith..believing what God has said and speak it
Be careful of your words
God spoke words and life and creation began
God said we were very good.
Romans 12:2 renew your mind
Psalm 91:1 abide in the shadow.don't fear the shadow
Daniel 3
Old Covenant..promises from God
God always provides the needed sacrifice

"The Water"

My notes from Oct 2 sermon by Rob at Apex

Challenge: Relevance can create an can take the focus off what is important
The gathering was never meant for the people's for the God we serve

Collision between our identity and that of Jesus..Jesus always takes over.

Last week we talked about the we talk about the water

John 4:10-15

Jesus came into her world. Samaritans were from the other side of the tracks

Incarnate Jesus..get involved in people's lives who are undesirable

He challenges her religious assumptions about God
Samaritans intermarried among's not's theological..they adopted idolatry.
They rejected parts of the Old Testament
Everybody has assumptions about God. We need to be willing to get involved in their world and correct assumptions.

He exposes her sin

The well in this passage is still there today. It's 100 ft deep. It has a spring that feeds it.
She has a cavern of emptiness that she is filling with fear of being alone and has gone from man to man
She tries to change the subject..this usually means that there is something to hide
When someone comes back with the line "That's your interpretation..." they want to stay in that sin.
He exposed her sin
Her water was deadly
He offered himself

The water of Jesus
is a gift
is ever satisfying
is an eternal and external spring

The living water of Jesus causes:
1. Repentance.v28..the woman left her water jar
2.Confession..with no shame
3. A new identity..a revival in the village God uses her even with the people whose life she destroyed

We are a well and springs to provide water to others
Come and see....go and tell