November 7, 2021: A People of the Resurrection Euangelion.
- THE FALSE GOSPEL OF HUMANISM: King Asa, 1 Kings 15:11; 2 Chronicles 16
- 16:1: King Baasha—built Ramah, a threat to King Asa
- Asa paid for the support of King Ben-hadad of Damascus
- Used the silver and gold from the LORDs treasury
- Baasha stopped building Ramah.
- 16:5-6: This accomplished the thing Asa desired.
- Often, we can accomplish the things in our hearts with human strength, wisdom, and power.
- They are things that seem good.
- Are they of the LORD?
- When Asa depended on the LORD, a greater army victory was given to him.
- The Spirit of the LORD is looking for those whose hearts are wholeheartedly devoted
- Looking to human strength & wisdom is NOT wholehearted devotion
- 16:12: Asa’s faith was not renewed.
- Just like David.
- “Humanitas meant the development of human virtue, in all its forms, to its fullest extent. The term thus implied not only such qualities as are associated with the modern word humanity—understanding, benevolence, compassion, mercy—but also such more assertive characteristics as fortitude, judgment, prudence, eloquence, and even love of honour.“(https://www.britannica.com/topic/humanism)
- The purview of Renaissance humanism included not only the education of the young but also the guidance of adults (including rulers) via philosophical poetry and strategic rhetoric. It included not only realistic social criticism but also utopian hypotheses, not only painstaking reassessments of history but also bold reshapings of the future. In short, humanism called for the comprehensive reform of culture, the transfiguration of what humanists termed the passive and ignorant society of the “dark” ages into a new order that would reflect and encourage the grandest human potentialities. Humanism had an evangelical dimension: it sought to project humanitas from the individual into the state at large. (https://www.britannica.com/topic/humanism)
- Humanism says that if we engage ourselves with the right materials (ancient Greek and Roman philosophical writings), then we will be able to democratically discuss our ways into the greatest possible future of humanity. In humanism, the wisdom and strength of humanity will lead to human salvation on every level.
Asa was counted as wholeheartedly dedicated to the LORD his whole life, and yet he is brought a word of admonishment for not being wholeheartedly dedicated to the LORD. The core of who he was—he was dedicated to the LORD…but he looked to humanity for his salvation in a few things.
When we have success in the LORD in a certain area, we are encouraged for greater success in the future.
There were certain areas of Asa’s life that he did not submit wholeheartedly to the LORD and he suffered in those areas.
When we grip those things, we withhold from God the opportunity to work in us and through us.
THE GOSPEL OF THE RESURRECTION
- Euangelion: The message of victory.
- Luke 24:1-10: He is not Here!!!
- Romans 6
- Jesus’ loving invitation:
- Luke 14:25-33: There is a Cost
- Matthew 10:39: Find Life
- Matthew 11:28-30: It is not burdensome
- The strong Ox
- We still labor, but the hard work is done on our behalf
- “Do you trust me?” (Aladdin)
- Philippians 2:12-13
- Fear and Trembling
- Psalm 16:11: Pleasures forevermore
- 1 Chronicles 16:9
October 24, 2021: The “SOMA” and “EKKLESIA” of Christ
October 17, 2021: Our Shared Adoption
Opening: The Velveteen Rabbit, being real.
We are family because we have all been adopted
- Chosen before the foundation of the world
- To be holy and blameless
- Ben Hur, slavery to son
The Toy on the Shelf (Museum)
- Verse 4: Holy
- Verse 13: Sealed, unchanging, in a glass case—some of us stop there. That’s enough for us, to have the seal of the Holy Spirit.
- Comfort is in what is known, normal, not venturing out, not changing, stagnate
- Enjoys being seen, looked at
- Revelation 2:1-6
The Mechanical Toys
- Verse 11: we believe it. We believe God has a purpose and a will. We want to work toward it.
- Unloved, not yet real
- When the batteries run out…
- Mary: Luke 10:38-42
- 1 Corinthians 13:1-7
The toy that is loved
- It is Real
- It is patient
- John 17:3
- The Apostle Paul
- Persecutor, mechanical
- Revelation of Christ
- Then filled with the Spirit: Ananias; Paul is chosen to bring Gospel to the Gentiles
- Acts 13:1-3, after teaching and other ministries, including bringing care to other churches, Paul & Barnabus are called out.
- AD 44-48 Paul in Antioch
- Ephesians 3:7-11
- Philippians 1:21-26- To live is Christ
- Disciples were with Jesus three years plus
September 26, 2021: Crazy Wins
What is something you remember—a work of art such as a movie, play, symphony; an event; a book you read—that was mind-blowing, awe-inspiring, mind-numbing, introducing you to something so different you remember it to this day? That is what’s happening here.
Jesus was followed by large crowds, and called twelve to follow him as his closest disciples. This was a “Crazy Assembly”. Assembling disciples was not uncommon, and so Jesus used a familiar method, but his tactic of assembling people of low esteem instead of appealing to the wealthy, influential, those who would offer Jesus greater prestige through associate or endowment…this was a paradigm shift of mind-blowing proportions.
Several of these twelve were natural enemies:
1. A tax collector who was aligned with the Roman empire, a foreign oppressor
2. Fisherman (whose taxes were likely collected by that same tax collector)
3. A “zealot” whose purpose was to throw off the oppressive Roman government; 4. A man who would betray Jesus
5. Several who were known for action prior to giving thought. None were highly esteemed.
While an ethic of “doing unto others,” is found in other religions, Jesus’ ethic of even putting others before yourself is on display in this passage. This is a “Crazy Ethic.”
Though Jesus’ family had determined he was “out of his mind,” and they would soon come to try and remove him from the situation as we read on, his brothers and mother are with his closest followers after Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. “Crazy Wins.”
When is the last time we exercised our faith or love in such a way that those around us could not understand it…but it led to God being glorified because the “impossible” was done?
References: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; Philippians 2:1-11; Acts 1:14. The Twilight Zone, Five Characters In Search of an Exit.