RISING: A Spirit of Joy

Romans 15:13

Joy is found in the presence of the Lord.
Psalm 16:11

Joy is something God produces when we abide in him.
Galatians 5:22-23
John 15:5

Joy is rooted in righteousness.
Proverbs 10:28

Joy is an awareness of God’s grace.
Chara (khah- ra’) = joy (properly: the awareness of grace).

Joy is receiving salvation through Christ.
1 Peter 1:8-9

Joy is the result of living for the cause of Christ and the sake of the gospel.
Hebrews 12:1-3

Joy is the result of living for the cause of Christ and the sake of the gospel.
1 Thessalonians 2:19-20.

We must choose to embrace joy.

James 1:2

Philippians 4:4-9

Are you willing to let go of the things that prevent you from embracing genuine joy?

RISING: A Passion for Spiritual Things

Luke 24:13-35 text
What exactly do we mean by “spiritual things?”

These slides should be all one (point with subpoints and references) if possible. Only need the Bible text where noted.

The God of the Bible.
Isaiah 44:6 John 14:6 John 14:16-17 Acts 4:12

God as the Creator/Sustainer of the Natural Realm
Colossians 1:15-17

God as the Creator/Sustainer of the Spiritual Realm.
Colossians 1:13-14

The Church:
(Worship, Serving, Giving, Community, Sharing, Growing)
Colossians 1:18

Power of Prayer
James 5:16 Ephesians 6:18 Mark 11:24 John 14:13-14

Truth of Scripture
Psalm 18:30 John 17:17

Godly Character and Moral Standards
(Righteousness. Justice. Compassion. Mercy. Humility. Obedience. Faithfulness. Love. Etc.)
Romans 12:1-2

Building His kingdom.
Matthew 28:18-20 and Matthew 10:22 

Are we embracing all of what he has called us to, and who he has called us to be?

Romans 12:11 text

zéō = fervent. Literally: to bubble over because hot enough to boil. Figuratively: to show great zeal; be enthusiastically passionate (literally “boiling” with interest or desire); to set one’s heart on (something or someone).

RISING: A Relentless Pursuit of Jesus

To restore our awe of God, Jesus first replaces the shallow familiarity with God that causes us to mistakenly think we know Him. ~ B B Warfield

Matthew 13:53-58

1. We must move beyond shallow familiarity with Jesus.

And also, Jesus replaces the vain confidence in ourselves that causes us to mistakenly think we know better than Him. ~ B B Warfield

2. We must get rid of our vain confidence in ourselves.

Jeremiah 2:13
Forsaken means “left alone, abandoned, neglected, rejected.”
John 7:37-39

3. We must do whatever it takes to pursue Jesus.

Luke 19:1-10

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 (9): Is This What Revival Looks Like?

Revival (defn) 1) an improvement in the condition or strength of something. 2) an instance of something becoming popular, active, or important again.

“Revival is the awakening or quickening of God’s people to their true nature and purpose.” Robert Coleman

Nehemiah 9:1-3
They hear God’s word.
They ask God’s forgiveness.
They cry out in worship.

Nehemiah 9:4-25
Acknowledging God’s goodness.
Nehemiah 9:26-30
Acknowledging God’s discipline.
Nehemiah 9:31
Acknowledging God’s mercy.
Nehemiah 9:32-35
Acknowledging God’s righteousness/faithfulness.
Nehemiah 9:36-37
Acknowledging their need for the Lord.

They hear God’s word, they ask God’s forgiveness, and they worship Him. They start to acknowledge him for who he truly is.