Genesis 2:18 (ESV) – Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”

Big Thought: Because Jesus reconciles us to God and to one another, destroying our hostilities, we belong to God and to one another.

1. Jesus us.

a. How – the .

b. To .

Romans 8:7-8 (ESV) – For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

Romans 5:1 (ESV) – Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

c. To one .

Genesis 3:15 (ESV) – I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.

 

2. We belong…

a. To God’s .

1 Peter 2:9 (ESV) – 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.

b. To God’s .

2 Peter 1:3-4 (ESV) – His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence, by which He has granted to us His precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.

c. In God’s .

d. In God’s .

Hebrews 4:14-16 (ESV) – Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

e. In God’s .

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (ESV) – Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Big Thought: Because of the hope and the through the Gospel, the Resurrection life is one of ongoing .

1. The Resurrection life is one of .

a. defined.

:  A free and fearless confidence, cheerful courage; unreservedness in speech.

Acts 4:13 (ESV) – Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.

b. A whole new kind of .

Exodus 34:29-35 (ESV) – When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. Aaron and all the people of Israel saw Moses, and behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him. But Moses called to them, and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses talked with them. Afterward all the people of Israel came near, and he commanded them, all that the LORD had spoken with him on Mount Sinai. And when Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face. Whenever Moses went in before the LORD to speak with Him, he would remove the veil, until he came out. And when he came out and told the people of Israel what he was commended, the people of Israel would see the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face was shining. And Moses would put the veil over his face again, until he went in to speak with him.

i. Our is rooted in a that never ends.

ii. Our is rooted in a that transcends our life.

2. The Resurrection life is one of .

a. comes through the .

Matthew 27:50-51a (ESV) – And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up His spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.

2 Corinthians 4:6 (ESV) – For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

b. comes from understanding the Gospel.

Acts 4:18-20 (ESV) – So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Pater and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.”

3. The Resurrection life is one of .

a. We are to reflect .

1 John 4:12 (ESV) – No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and His love is perfected in us.

b. Because we have the .

4. The Resurrection life has as its goal like Christ.

a. God is transforming each of us towards an .

Romans 8:28-29 (ESV) – And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, in order that Hi might be the firstborn among many brothers.

b. God transforms us one at a time.

Romans 12:1-2 (ESV) – I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Big Thought: Because of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, we have the absolute and assurance of .

1. What is ?

a. To from something.

Hebrews 12:2b (HCSB) – …Let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and run with endurance the race that is set before us.

2 Timothy 2:3-4 (HCSB) – Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. To please the recruiter, no one serving as a soldier gets entangled in the concerns of everyday life.

b. To put away or ; .

Psalm 103:12 (ESV) – As far as the east is from the west, so far does He remove our transgressions from us.

Colossians 2:13-14 (ESV) – And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by cancelling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This He set aside, nailing it to the cross.

John 1:29 (ESV) – The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

1 John 2:12 (ESV) – I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for His name’s sake.

c. God also us.

Ephesians 1:7 (ESV) – In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.

Hebrews 9:22 (ESV) – Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin.

The Resurrection life is about living in a state of .

2. We have hope because of the of forgiveness.

a. of our sin.

Colossians 2:13 (ESV) – And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,

b. All of our .

c. We’re to not only forgiveness but to it.

Ephesians 4:32 (HCSB) – And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.

3. We have hope because of we are forgiven.

a. We are forgiven because of God’s .

Psalm 89:24a (ESV) – My faithfulness and My steadfast love will be with him…

Isaiah 55:3 (ESV) – Incline your ear, and come to Me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.

b. We are forgiven because our God is .

Romans 2:2, 6-8 (ESV) – We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who do such things… He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, He will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.

2 Corinthians 5:21 (ESV) – For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.

Romans 3:26 (ESV) – It was to show His righteousness at the present time, so that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

1 Peter 3:18 (ESV) – For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.

c. We are forgiven because of .

Big Thought: Because Jesus is risen and , we can have real hope that rings , , and .

I. The resurrection hope brings us .

 

II. The resurrection hope brings us .

a. Because we .

So why do we believe in the resurrection?

1. The Word of God to the resurrection.

a. In the Testament.  

Psalm 16:10 (ESV) – For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let Your holy One see corruption.

Acts 2:31-32 (ESV) – He foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that He was not abandoned to Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption. This Jesus God raised up, and of that we are all witnesses.

Isaiah 53:9-10 (ESV) – And they made His grave with the wicked and with a rich man in His death, although He had done no violence, and there was no deceit in His mouth. Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush Him; He has put Him to grief; when His soul makes an offering for guilt, He shall see His offspring; He shall prolong His days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.

b. In own words.

Matthew 17:22-23 (ESV) – As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and He will be raised on the third day.” And they were greatly distressed.

c. In the words of New Testament writers.

1 Corinthians 15:3-6 (ESV) – For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then He appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of who are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.

1 Peter 1:3 (ESV) – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 

2. evidence.

a. The many attempts to explain the tomb.

Matthew 28:11-15 (ESV) – While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.

b. The and otherwise growth of Christianity.

c. writings evidence.

d. The evidence of the apostles’ and .

3. The of changed lives through the centuries.

b. The assurance of beyond .

III. The resurrection brings .

a. Because Jesus is , He has promised to .

John 14:2-3 (ESV) – In My Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, I would have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also.

b. Because Jesus is , His return will be .

Matthew 24:40-42 (ESV) – Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.

c. Because Jesus is , we are to live with a sense of .

i. In living our lives to Jesus.

ii. In sharing this news with others.

Romans 6:23 (ESV) – For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 10:9 (ESV) – Because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Big Thought: Build your life on the of Jesus, the only that will empower your .

Deuteronomy 18:15, 18-19 (ESV) – The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers – it is to Him you shall listen… “I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. And whoever will not listen to My words that He shall speak in My name, I Myself will require it of Him.”

1. do I build my life on Jesus?

a. the Word.

b. the Word.

James 1:22 (ESV) – But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

Psalm 1:2-3 (ESV) – But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

2. should I build my life on Jesus?

a. Life is filled with the .

James 4:13-14a (ESV) – Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit” – yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring.

b. Occasionally, take place.

Luke 13:4a (ESV) – Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them…

c. We all face battles.

Ephesians 6:12 (ESV) – For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

d. We want our lives to .

Hebrews 10:35-36 (ESV) – Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.

 

3. The of building on foundations.

1 Corinthians 3:10-15 (ESV) – According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

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Big Thought: The fruit you bear reveals your true .

1. You have two that each have very specific and definite .

a. The gate leads to .

i. This way is .

ii. There are that travel this road.

b. The gate leads to .

i. This way is .

ii. There are only a who travel this road.

2. Are you a or are you a ?

a. are always used by Jesus to identify His people.

John 10:7, 14, 27 (ESV) – So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep… I am the Good Shepherd. I know My own and My own know Me… My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”

b. devoured the .

i. False prophets are .

ii. But they seek to appear as .

iii. Not all false prophets to be false.

c. The answer to the question comes by examining your .

Genesis 3:18 (ESV) – Thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field.

3. What kind of are you?

a. There are trees.

i. They produce fruit.

ii. They cannot produce fruit.

iii. The fruit reveals the .

b. There are trees.

i. They produce fruit.

ii. They cannot produce fruit.

iii. The fruit reveals the .

iv. These trees are cut down and thrown into the fire.

4. Conclusions from Jesus’ .

a. There are many “falsely ” Christians.

b. In appearance, false Christians look to real Christians.

c. For most, the fact they are false Christians will come as a complete .

Four Traits of the Christian:

1. No true with Jesus.

2. .

3. Outwardly religious, but inwardly .

4. Because they have a faulty , their commitment to Christ falls apart in the of life.

One of the greatest tests of the genuineness of your faith is .

Questions:

1. Is a follower of Christ not supposed to judge others?

2. What is the warning in this text and how do we avoid the consequences of it?

3. What steps do we take as followers of Christ to be sure we are in line with Him and in reconciliation with fellow believers?

Matthew 23:27-28 (ESV)

Matthew 18:15-17 (ESV)

1 John 4:1 (ESV)

Galatians 2:11-14 (ESV)

1 Corinthians 2:14-16 (ESV)

Matthew 7:2 (ESV)

Romans 2:1-5 (ESV)

Matthew 7:3-4 (ESV)

John 13:35 (ESV)

Galatians 6:1-2 (ESV)

Matthew 7:5 (ESV)

Matthew 7:6 (ESV)

Titus 3:10 (ESV)

Matthew 18:17 (ESV)

When you think about suffering, what comes to mind? Do you envision bedraggled children with distended stomachs, a hospital patient hooked up to life-sustaining medical equipment, or a courageous veteran dealing with the aftermath of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Adversity seems to be a common denominator to human existence, but what does the Bible have to say about suffering?

Jesus spoke to His disciples about suffering. One of the most well-known verses reads, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24 ESV). The Greek word for cross in this verse is staurós. It refers to the crossbeam which the lowest criminals carried as they trudged toward their execution. The cross symbolized degradation and indescribable pain as well as sacrifice.

While the invitation to eternal life is free, it comes at a price–certain suffering.

“Expect great things from God, Attempt great things for God.” – William Carey

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Big Thought: Healthy churches plant healthy churches by sending out missionaries to the harvest fields.

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Acts 13:1-3 (ESV) – “Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.”

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I. The Holy Spirit has prepared His church for the mission. 

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II. By God’s grace, Canaan will have the distinction of being a church that plants churches and sends out missionaries.

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III. A key part of our going, is our giving.

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Big Thought: Followers of Jesus live out the beatitudes of being and instead of seeking .

Matthew 5:7, 9 (ESV) – Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy… Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

I. Followers of Jesus willingly lay down their .

a. We don’t practice .

Exodus 21:23-25 (ESV) – But if there is harm, then you shall pay life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.

Exodus 21:1 (NKJV) – Now these are the judgments which you shall set before them.

b. We don’t evil authorities – at least .

II. Followers of Jesus no matter what.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (ESV) – Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

a. This love demonstrates that God is our .

b. This love results in us for our enemies.

Luke 6:27-28 (ESV) – But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.

Romans 12:14 (ESV) – Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.

c. This love without acts like .

                   1. God gives to all.

                   2. God gives to all.

d. This love sets us for the world to see.

1. To hate those who love you is .

2. To love those who love you is .

3. To love those who hate you is .

 e. This love is .

 1. The power of the rule.

 2. The ease of loving .

 3. The difficulty of loving as you love .

 Leviticus 19:18b (ESV) – … but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.

 Matthew 22:39 (ESV) – And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

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