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Dents in the Darkness: Use Your Time

Romans 10: 8-11, 13-14, 17
Matthew 5:14-16
Ephesians 2:8-10
“Faith that Doesn’t Do Good is No Good.” ~Andy Stanley
Psalm 82:3-4

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.

Hebrews 10:23-25

Paroxusmos (par-ox-oos-mos’) a provocation which literally jabs (cuts) someone so they “must” respond.

RISING: A Sense Of Awe And Wonder

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
Luke 5:27-32
We acknowledge the greatness of Jesus’ sacrifice.
Hebrews 9:11-28
We acknowledge the height of his love.
Romans 5:6-11
Ephesians 3:14, 17-19

Live Is Rising (Easter)

Note: This message has been re-recorded the day after our worship gathering as the live broadcast had technical issues.

Mark 8:31-32
Mark 9:31
Mark 10:33-34
Matthew 27:62-66

Luke 24:1-16
Luke 24:28-46
John 21:1-14
Luke 24:50-53

Five signs that LOVE IS RISING:
sense of awe
pursuit of Jesus
spiritual passion
heart of worship spirit of joy

Is there a love for Jesus rising in you?

Nehemiah (12-13) In the End, Everything Falls Apart

Nehemiah 12:27-47
Nehemiah 13:1-31

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

Genesis 6:5

Nehemiah (10-11): Making Deals With God

Nehemiah: 10-11
Nehemiah 9:36-38
First term: no foreign women
Deuteronomy 7:1-4
1 Kings 11:4-8
Second term: keep the sabbath
Exodus 20:8-11
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.”

Nehemiah (1B): What’s Your First Response?

Nehemiah 1:4
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 1:5-11

Nehemiah 1:5
Nehemiah Praises God

Nehemiah 1:6-7
Nehemiah confesses disobedience and corruption against God

Nehemiah 1:8-10
Nehemiah calls on God to be God.

Deuteronomy 4:33

Nehemiah 1:11a
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.