Romans 10: 8-11, 13-14, 17
“Faith that Doesn’t Do Good is No Good.” ~Andy Stanley
4 ways everyone could be involved: (progressive)
Give. Pray. Attend. Invite.
Obstacles are inevitable.
Sometimes the biggest obstacle we face is us getting past ourselves.
Paroxusmos (par-ox-oos-mos’) a provocation which literally jabs (cuts) someone so they “must” respond.
There is a Darkness. But There is a Light.
Light Dispels Darkness
Light Exposes Things Hidden in the Darkness
Light Illuminates Everything
Remedy Drive Quote
You are meant to be a light (luminary)
How do we get back our sense of awe and wonder?
The resurrection restores astonishment.
We recover awe when we acknowledge the greatness of Jesus’ sacrifice, the depth of our sin, and the height of his love — all in the person of Christ. ~ Jonathan K Dodson
We acknowledge the depth of our sin.
Romans 3: 10-18
We acknowledge the greatness of Jesus’ sacrifice.
We acknowledge the height of his love.
Ephesians 3:14, 17-19
Note: This message has been re-recorded the day after our worship gathering as the live broadcast had technical issues.
Five signs that LOVE IS RISING:
sense of awe
pursuit of Jesus
heart of worship spirit of joy
Is there a love for Jesus rising in you?
People are terrible, and God’s people (sometimes) are the worst!
We’re not that different from the people in Nehemiah’s day
“Man is of his own nature, fleshly and carnal, corrupt, sinful and disobedient to God without any spark of goodness in him, without any virtuous or Godly motion; only given to evil thoughts and deeds.”
~ Scott Baker
Many years have gone by since man failed to obey. Unable to help ourselves, though we try, for by one man, all have gone astray; The goodness of man? Still a lie. Depravity then; corruption today.
This world lies in darkness with no lasting satisfaction. Chasing after the wind and every form of vile distraction; never considering the end of the chase. ~DW
First term: no foreign women
1 Kings 11:4-8
Second term: keep the sabbath
Third term: give tithes and offerings
2 Corinthians 8:7
2 Corinthians 9:7
The terms of their “deal with God”:
We’ll honor You in our relationships.
We’ll honor You in our time.
We’ll honor You in our finances.
We can’t really make deals with God.
Acts 17:24-25, 28 NIV
“God, I will do whatever you want me to, no matter the result.”
Risk: Seize the Opportunity
Request: Ask for What is Needed
Whatever our opportunity is, our King has UNLIMITED resources to provide us.
Philippians 4: 19-20
Response: Fast and Pray
Reasons a person might fast:
To express sorrow.
To express repentance.
To express humility.
To express concern.
To express worship.
Nehemiah Praises God
Nehemiah confesses disobedience and corruption against God
Nehemiah calls on God to be God.
Nehemiah asks God to give him favor.
Matthew 6:5-8, Matthew 6:16-18
Prayer and fasting should be our first response, not our last resort.
Challenge: fast and pray 3 times this week.
Personal: for an area of need.
Community: for our outreach efforts.
Kingdom: for unbelievers.