Monday, January 9, 2017

I Am Meant For Service

I AM MEANT FOR MORE! Sermon Series: Royal Priesthood - Service

1.       Responsibilities of the Priesthood
a.       Lead by Example
                                                               i.      Lev. 10:9 “Drink no wine or strong drink, you or your sons with you, when you go into the tent of meeting, lest you die. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations.”
b.       Discern
                                                               i.      Lev. 10:10 “You are to distinguish between the holy and the common, and between the unclean and the clean”
                                                             ii.      In what way? Is it leprosy? Lev. 13
c.       Teach
                                                               i.      Lev. 10:11 “and you are to teach the people of Israel all the statutes that the Lord has spoken to them by Moses.”
d.       Lead Worship
                                                               i.      1 Chron. 15:16 “David also commanded the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their brothers as the singers who should play loudly on musical instruments, on harps and lyres and cymbals, to raise sounds of joy.”
e.       Sacrifice
                                                               i.      Lev. 9:7 “Then Moses said to Aaron, “Draw near to the altar and offer your sin offering and your burnt offering and make atonement for yourself and for the people, and bring the offering of the people and make atonement for them, as the Lord has commanded.”
Numbers 18:7 “And you and your sons with you shall guard your priesthood for all that concerns the altar and that is within the veil; and you shall serve. I give your priesthood as a gift, and any outsider who comes near shall be put to death.”
2.       Connection With Today
a.       1 Peter 2:5 “you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” This passage helps us to clarify our understanding of what direction Peter is pointing to when it comes to being a priesthood. Primarily he is talking about the issue of service and of sacrifice.
3.       Types of Sacrifice
a.       Good
                                                               i.      Lev. 9
                                                             ii.      Recognizes that God is real and alive and deserving of all praise
                                                           iii.      Recognizes that we are broken and undeserving of relationship with God
b.       Bad
                                                               i.      Lev. 10 Nadab and Abihu
                                                             ii.      Walmart Sacrifice: I want something at the store and walmart don’t care who I am or what I look like as long as I can pay.
                                                           iii.      Belief that God doesn’t care about the state of our heart when we bring the sacrifice
c.       Ugly
                                                               i.      Malachi 1:6-9  “6 “A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am a father, where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is my fear? says the Lord of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. But you say, ‘How have we despised your name?’ 7 By offering polluted food upon my altar. But you say, ‘How have we polluted you?’ By saying that the Lord's table may be despised. 8 When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil? Present that to your governor; will he accept you or show you favor? says the Lord of hosts. 9 And now entreat the favor of God, that he may be gracious to us. With such a gift from your hand, will he show favor to any of you? says the Lord of hosts.”
                                                             ii.      Lev. 22:19-20 “19 you must present a male without defect from the cattle, sheep or goats in order that it may be accepted on your behalf. 20 Do not bring anything with a defect, because it will not be accepted on your behalf.”
                                                           iii.      Soda machine sacrifice: Soda machine don’t care how ugly your quarters are, as long as you have enough.
                                                           iv.      Belief that God doesn’t care about the state of your sacrifice. “Its good enough” attitude.
4.       ROYAL Priesthood
a.       Serve God and REIGN with him

                                                               i.      Rev. 5:9-10 “9And they sang a new song: “Worthy are You to take the scroll and open its seals, because You were slain, and by Your blood You purchased for God those from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. 10You have made them into a kingdom, priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”

Saturday, January 7, 2017

I Am Meant For More - Sermon Series

1 Peter 2;9 says,

"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light."

Sometimes I think we get so caught up in the past that we fail to remember that God has so much more in store for us as Christians. I love this passage it says that we are a chosen race, pointing toward the love that God has for us. We should live in that love. We are a royal priesthood. The priesthood was designed to serve God and the temple. When they had problems it was because they failed to do the service they were called to. The New Testament has the same expectation of service of the believer today. We need to find fulfillment in the service we are called to. We are also a holy nation and this points toward the expectation of obedience. The nation of Israel was only promised blessing as long as they were obedient to God. Jesus later said that if we love him we will prove it by obedience. Lastly we are a people for his own possession. This implies that we are set apart. It's the whole idea of something being holy. The vessels in the temple were holy and they were only intended to be used in a single purpose. Trouble fell upon those who used them in a vulgar manner. Just read Daniel 5 to see what happens to king who used them to party. We, as Christians, are not designed to fit in but to stand apart. Lastly, we have a new purpose as Christians. We are to "proclaim the excellencies of him who called [us] out of darkness into his marvelous light." A pretty awesome calling!

Monday, January 2, 2017

I Am Meant For Love

I AM MEANT FOR MORE! Sermon Series: Chosen Race - LOVE

Sermon Series Introduction: Today we are going to begin our new sermon series I Am Meant For More. An idea that begins in 1 Pt. 2:9.

Opening Illustration: Use the picture of Karis that I have on my phone background right now. Talk about how that picture illustrates so many of her qualities that get her in trouble, but I made it my background on my phone because it just reminded me of how much I love her.

Transition: For so many people the big holdup is how they consider themselves. They didn’t think they held any value or they didn’t think they were loved by anyone. Today I want you to see that you are loved and in that you can flourish and grow in 2017.

1.   1. Look at the story of the Israelite and the incident of the Gold Calf in Exodus 32
a.       Lay down the guidelines: Exodus 19:3-6
b.       Fear of the mountain and fear of God
c.       Memory of God’s power just immediately before
d.       Great sin committed attributing to some piece of metal the works of God in freeing       the people from Egypt.
e.       God calls them a stiff necked people and his anger burns against them
f.        But then Moses recalls the promises God made to Abraham.
g.       The consequences of their sin.
                                                           i.      Grind up the idol and drink the water
                                                           ii.      Killed about 3000 in the camp by sword
                                                           iii.      God sends a plague
h.       Then chapter 34 happens and God renews the covenant with his people

2.    2. Look at how this idea connects to us today.
a.       Race – genos (Greek) meaning offspring or descendant
b.       Gen. 12:1-3 Promise to give many descendants to Abraham
c.       Deut. 1:10 fulfillment of promise to Abraham to make him a nation
d.       John 1:11-13 We can become one of his children
e.       Gal. 3:7-9 Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. 8And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, "In you all the nations shall be blessed." 9So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.

3.     3. Application:
a.       God’s plan to love you has been in the works since the beginning of time
b.       We don’t have to live in continual shame
                                                          i.      Phil 3:13-14

c.       It’s God’s love for us that makes it work not the other way around