Small steps in faith

Sunday, September 18, 2011

"John 7:40-46"

Sept 18
These are my notes from Rob's sermon this am
Loved seeing Kristen Paulick on the screen talking about her mission for human trafficking. She will be starting a business to help prostitutes and women make money so they don't have to sell themselves or their daughters.
Beautiful worship music with 1000 + voices singing their hearts out
The last few verses of the last sermon are Jesus talking about being living water.
Disciples of Christ often get static for their beliefs...even in their own family ...just as Jesus does

3 Reactions to what Jesus has said

1. Division about Jesus (40-43)
Some say he is a prophet and some say he is the Christ
It's not the same thing

Deuteronomy 18:15
Talks about another prophet "like Moses" Some thought he was this prophet

Christ=messiah=predicted to come and make all injustice right
Micah 5:2 This audience has no idea is from Bethlehem as predicted. They think he doesn't fit the description

Allegiance to Jesus will foster questions "I think Jesus is......"
This is ok

2. Antagonism against Jesus (44-45)
Nobody is threatened by his miracles..they are threatened by his claims
He is the living water

Scapegoat=transfer of sin to "living goat" Christ
When Jesus is crucified and his side is punctured, there is blood and water that flowed

3. Disarmament of Jesus
The temple officers are disarmed by Jesus' words
We've never heard words like this
Are Jesus' words the soundtrack we operate by? at work? in the world?

When you experience oppostion because of allegiance to Jesus

1. Don't be surprised...scripture reminds us this will happen
2. Be thankful...God will use it to mature us
3. Don't demonize
4. Pray...pray for those who persecute you
5. Serve...through actions
6. Expose...share the gospel


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