Nov. 6th, 2012

chiefofsinners: (roses)
Note: When I study a passage, my  notes usually consist of verses that stood out to me as well as any personal observations (if any) I might have.

Chapter 1
v.3 Jesus is the focus of all three: establishes standard for Christian service, in glorifying God.

v. 5 "For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance..." NKJV

v. 6 Leading by example.

v. 7-9 Being a witness through godly living: The people the Thessalonican church came in contact with gave testimony of their godly living; not just their neighbours, but also travellers passing through.

Chapter 2
v. 4 "...even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts." NKJV

v. 11-12 "...we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory." NKJV

v. 19-20 "For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? For you are our glory and joy." NKJV

chiefofsinners: (desert)
MessageAddicted to God
SpeakerPastor Drew Shih
ChurchJubilee Church
ScriptureActs 13:2-3
"As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, "Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away."

Above all else, God wants us to know Him and depend on Him.

Fasting helps God's people to depend on Him more.
-Taking away something that mankind usually depends on for survival, in order to depend on God more.

Fasting for intimacy with God.

Psalm 46:1
"God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble."

God wants to be our refuge, our coping mechanism.
-The first place we go

What have you made your refuge?

Internet addiction
  • Robs us of focus
  • Robs us of deepening
  • Robs us of time building relationships with people
  • Robs us of the finer things of life
God is the only addiction that is worthwhile, that sets us free.

All sermons I post from Jubillee Church in Seoul can be found HERE.
chiefofsinners: (gerbera)
Matthew 1
Some of the 'great' people of the histories are in Jesus' lineage.

Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Boaz, David, Solomon, Josiah, Zerubbabel, Rahab, Ruth...

Jesus= God Saves
Immanuel= God With Us

Matthew 3
John the Baptist, Elizabeth's son

Preparing the way for Jesus.

v.8 "Therefore, bear fruits worthy of repentance..."

v.10 "And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire."

v.11 "He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire."

Jesus is baptized by John.
  • Why? He is blameless and Holy. Why is he taking part in an act that we know of as an outward symbol of the death of the sin nature? Is he simply leading by example?
"Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." What the heck does that even mean?

The Message: "Do it. God's work, putting things right all these centuries, is coming together right now in this baptism." But WHY??? D:

John's miniature sermon to the Pharisees and Saducees:
Talking about right living being more important than going through the motions of religion.

Their lives are either: Green (bearing fruit) or Dead (firewood)

Talks about how Jesus is coming to make things right, to turn our lives upside down to make us Holy like Him. He will change our hearts, which will in turn change us into new beings. Changing us from the inside out. (The renewing of our mind, as in Romans 12:2?)

The true and genuine things find their place alongside God, and the false things go to the rubbish heap.

v. 17 "This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

Matthew 4
He's led into the desert by the Holy Spirit (?)
-Fasted for over a month

Had to have been physically and psychologically weary from not eating and being in prayer out by himself in the wilderness. This would have left anyone else extremely susceptible to Satan's temptation.

{The enemy always plays on our greatest weaknesses first. Jesus was no exception}

Counters the temptations with Scripture:
  • Deuteronomy 8:3 Reference to Israel's time in the desert [[Physical hunger isn't the only kind we suffer from]]
  • Deuteronomy 6:16 [[We are not to toe the line, to try and test God's limits]]
  • Deuteronomy 6:13 "Worship the Lord your God, and only Him. Serve him with absolute single-heartedness" The Message            [[God should be the only one that we worship, with our whole heart]]
Matthew 5
v. 8 "Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God." NKJV

"You're blessed when you get your inside world ̶  your mind and heart ̶  put right. Then you can see God in the outside world." The Message

vv.13-14 Salt of the earth metaphor
Light on a hill
-Being light for the world

v.v 27-28 Adultery in the Heart
"But don't think you've preserved your virtue simply by staying out of bed. Your heart can be corrupted by lust even quicker than your body. Those leering looks you think nobody notices ̶  they also corrupt." The Message

vv. 43-47 "I'm telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst... If all you do is love the loveable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that." The Message

v. 48 "In a word, what I'm saying is, Grow up. You're kingdom subjects. Now live like it." The Message
Oh snap...

Matthew 6
A warning against play-acting your faith in a melodramatic way just to get a pat on the back for being "so pious."
  • Go about your daily relationship with God like normal.
  • Pray in secret when you're having your quiet time. Don't announce the fact that OMG, YOU'RE TALKING TO GOD. LIKE, RIGHT NOW. YEP. TALKING TO HIM. RIGHT NAO... T__T
  • Don't make a big production out of your bouts of fasting, but go about your daily business, just like you normally do.
Don't pray according to some formula, like repeating a phrase that's been formulated to get God to respond if you repeat it a prescribed number of times.

It's kind of ironic that "Our Father..." has become a repetitious and formulaic prayer in the Catholic church, when it's part of the passage that talks about 'vain repetitions'...

vv. 22-23 What you look at winds up taking over who you are. And it's a very difficult process to reverse. Once damage has been done, it's very hard to repair.

v. 24 Sitting on the fence is spiritually impossible.

vv. 25-34 Worrying just gets you all worked up for nothing. There is no point to it. It just sucks away your joy.

Matthew 7
Deal with your own shortcomings before you try to deal with those of others. Your own issues blind you and make it difficult to be an impartial judge. And morally, you have no right to be pointing fingers anyway...

Pealrs before swine illustration- note to self: ask about that

God delights in giving good gifts to His children.

If you want others to treat you well, treat them well first.

Your actions and words reflect the place of your heart. If you delight in bad things and fill your mind with bad things, it will be evident in the way you live.

vv. 21-23 Doing the work of God apart from actual intimacy with Him. DON'T DO IT.

vv. 24-27 We can know the Scriptures backwards and forwards, but if we don't put them into action, we are ultimately foolish, and the lives we've built in such a way will come crashing down around us.

Jesus gives the absolute basics of living a moral life in the Sermon on the Mount.

Matthew 8
vv. 2-3 The leper who comes to Jesus
"Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean."
Jesus' reply:
"I am willing; be cleansed."
Wow... ;__;

The centurion's faith:
He believed that Jesus could heal his servant without any visual proof, and knew that His power was so great that He didn't even have to be in the same room as the servant for healing to take place. The centurion recognised Jesus' authority.
Since when have I believed in Him that way?

v. 11 "And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom."
Prophecy of the building of the community of believers. [Revelation 7:9-10]

vv. 19-22 Be willing to leave it all behind

The story of the Gadarene demoniacs
He freed two men who had been the terror of the countryside, and what do the townspeople do? They ask him to leave. What the heck?! T____T

chiefofsinners: (birch wood) God must, from time to time, and sometimes very insistently, disrupt our lives so that we release our grasping of life here and now. Usually through pain. God is asking us to let go of the things we love and have given our hearts to, so that we can give our hearts even more fully to him. He thwarts us in our attempts to make life work so that our efforts fail, and we must face the fact that we don't really look to God for life.

We see God as a means to an end, rather than the end itself. God as the assistant to our life versus God as our life.

It's not that God doesn't want us to be happy. He does. It's just that he knows that until we are holy, we cannot really be happy. Until God has become our all, and we are fully his, we will continue to make idols of the good things he gives us.

We are so committed to arranging for a happy little life that God has to thwart us to bring us back to himself.

But pain does come, and what will we do with it? What does it reveal? What might God be up to? How might he redeem our pain? Those are questions worth asking. Don't waste your pain.

I know I'm not alone in having a hard time believing in the love of God for me (we think he loves everyone else)...

We cannot base our convictions on whether or not we are feeling or experiencing the truth of what God says. It is an arrogant posture, to let our immediate state of being be the judge of whether the Scripture is true for us.

chiefofsinners: (desert)

This is my prayer in the desert
When all that's within me feels dry
This is my prayer in my hunger and need
My God is the God who provides

And this is my prayer in the fire
In weakness or trial or pain
There is a faith proved of more worth than gold
So refine me Lord through the flame

I will bring praise
I will bring praise
No weapon formed against me shall remain
I will rejoice
I will declare
God is my victory and He is Here

This is my prayer in the battle
When triumph is still on its way
I am a conqueror and co-heir with Christ
So firm on His promise I'll stand

I will bring praise
I will bring praise
No weapon formed against me shall remain
I will rejoice
I will declare
God is my victory and He is Here

All of my life, in every season
You are still God and I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship
All of my life, in every season
You are still God and I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship

I will bring praise
I will bring praise
No weapon formed against me shall remain
I will rejoice
I will declare
God is my victory and He is Here

This is my prayer in the harvest
When favour and providence flow
I know I'm filled to be emptied again
The seeds I've received I will sow

chiefofsinners: (hands)

Message: Know Your Enemy
Speaker: Pastor Rob Ramirez

Church: Spirit of Life Church of God

Who is Satan?
What does the Bible say about him?

Changes tactics- changes characteristics

Matthew 4:1-10
The Temptation of Jesus
-Attacks when He's at His weakest
-Studies us and comes to know our weaknesses

  • Attacks Jesus' physical being
  • Messes with His head
  • Attacks his greed
John 8:44
"You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it."
If we aren't serving God, we're serving the devil.

II Corinthians 4:4
"...whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them."
The devil's blinded the eyes of unbelievers.

James 4:7
"Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you."

Ephesians 4:26-27
"Be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil."
If he gets us in one small area, he can get the rest of us.

What you are like in your personality reveals how you are tempted.
The temptation is tailor-made to the tempted.

chiefofsinners: (palette)
Message: Over the Sun
Speaker: Pastor Dave Hwang
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 1:1-11
"The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
'Vanity of vanities,' says the Preacher;
'Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.'

What profit has a man from all his labor
In which he toils under the sun?
One generation passes away, and another generation comes;
But the earth abides forever.
The sun also rises, and the sun goes down,
And hastens to the place where it arose.
The wind goes toward the south,
And turns around to the north;
The wind whirls about continually,
And comes again on its circuit.
All the rivers run into the sea,
Yet the sea is not full;
To the place from which the rivers come,
There they return again.
All things are full of labor;
Man cannot express it.
The eye is not satisfied with seeing,
Nor the ear filled with hearing.

That which has been is what will be,
That which is done is what will be done,
And there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there anything of which it may be said,
'See, this is new'?
It has already been in ancient times before us.
There is no remembrance of former things,
Nor will there be any remembrance of things that are to come
By those who will come after."

Solomon doesn't refer to himself by his given name, but by his title: The One who Addresses the Assembly

Assembler of the people into the presence of God
  • Pastor
  • Minister
A John the Baptist kind of book
  • Cleansing
  • Repentance
  • Purging
Solomon inherited a kingdom of peace and prosperity
Written in the context of abundance

Feast of Tabernacles
-Celebrating God's provision

Risk of forgetting God in times of plenty

If there is a separation between the Blesser and the blessing, we are in dire straits.

The false Gospel results
-The risk for this is high, especiall in times of plenty.

God becomes the means to getting what we want.

To know and value what's really valuable: A relationship with God

He has put eternity in our hearts.

If we separate any part of ourselves from God, we are left holding Death.

Religion taken out of context is Vanity.
We were made to intrinsically value the more valuable things.
-So we will seek after Him - He is the most valuable

Satan keeps filling our lives with things of 'value' outside of God.
We buy right into it.

Hunger for invaluable things because we think they're valuable.

Ecclesiastes cuts through the noise of Satan's deceptions.

A reminder of what's really valuable

Go to the Source
-Why accept counterfeit junk?
-We have access to the real deal

Why do we want goods when we can have God?

Where your heart is, there will your treasure be also.

All sermons I post from Jubillee Church in Seoul can be found HERE.

chiefofsinners: (yarn)
vv. 3-16 A lesson in submission

While woman must submit to man, man must also submit to God.
-So God is the ultimate authority
We shouldn't be so focussed on who follows who, but on following God and submitting to His commands.

A man who speaks to God without respect shames both himself and Christ.
A woman who speaks to God without respect shames both herself and her husband.
[If single, does it follow the same pattern as a man?] Yes. Woman submits to God, whether or not she has a husband.

vv. 20-34 Giving Christ the respect He deserves.

Greed and one-up-manship in the Corinthian church resulted in sickness and death. Paul was trying to realign them with the Truth and called them out on their gluttony and greed. He reminded them of what the Lord's Supper symbolised, and how what they were doing was showing Him the gravest disrespect.
He also wanted to get these things worked out in this life so that judgement wouldn't come later on.

Get your house in order.
chiefofsinners: (waterhouse)
Ephesians 1
Paul reminds them of their spiritual heritage.
-This includes background of how it all started

v. 3 Through Christ, we receive all sorts of blessings for the benefit of our souls.

v.9 God is willing to reveal His will to us.

God predestiines- vv.4-5
We hear the Truth and trust in Him- v. 13
We are redeemed and forgiven- v.7
We obtain an inheritance- v.11
We are sealed with the Holy Spirit- v. 13
We are gathered to Him- v. 10

vv. 9-10 "He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans He took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in Him..." The Message

Christ is in charge of everything, authority given Him by God.
v. 23 "At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church." The Message

Ephesians 2
We were taken out of death and alienation to be part of God's family.

We now have life and a citizenship.

If God gave us the option to work for our salvation, we'd just wind up taking all the credit.

The Law has been fulfilled and is no longer applicable in its former form. It's been revamped.

He has united two separate groups of people; his chosen ones and the rest of the world.
-Jews and Gentiles
We are now equals, with the same rights and privileges.

No longer exiles. No longer wandering aimlessly. We have a place to go, and we have a purpose.

With Christ as the crux of everything, the one that holds it all together, we're being made into God's dwelling place. Each person has a part in it.

Ephesians 3
The mystery of God has now been revealed that people who were raised in faith, and the ones who are total newbies are on equal footing.

Paul considers himself the least out of everyone to be doing this.

Christ's strength isn't just a "powering through" kind of strength. It's a fortifying inner strength, that comes as Christ lives within us.
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