Sunday, June 25, 2017

Glendale Outreach June 24, 2017

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:1-10 (ESV)

It's easy to say that salvation is a free gift of God, but often we show a lack of faith by contradicting that Scripture with our words.  We imply that one won't be saved until they repent and have faith, missing that the Bible declares that if they are saved, the evidence of that salvation will be that they will repent and have faith.  In a new believer, both of those (salvation and repentance) may happen at the same moment, and that often fuels our misunderstanding.

While this may sound like mere semantics (a chicken and egg problem), consider the two positions carefully: one says that it's my work of repentance and faith plus Christ's work on the cross that saved me (I accepted Jesus and then I was saved) vs. the other which says that I have faith and repent (both ongoing, btw!) because God graciously chose to save me, justifying me through the work of His Son on the cross.  This is a far larger topic than we can discuss here, but with Bible in hand please consider this article from 2013 on Why Is Faith Not a Work?

Glendale - June 24th, 2017

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Outreach June 17, 2017

Why do you say, O Jacob,
     and speak, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the LORD,
     and my right is disregarded by my God”?
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
     the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
     his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
     and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
     and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
     they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
     they shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40:27-31

Burbank - June 17th, 2017

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Pictures (June 10, 2017)

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

John 3:1-8 (ESV)

Listen as this gentleman with Appalachia Cry in West Virginia explains what it means to be born again in an example of clean, straightforward, and Biblical street evangelism: Open Air: Update 6/5/17 at Glen Elk.  (scroll to the end of the page for the video)

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Burbank - June 10th, 2017

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Pictures (June 3, 2017)

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Romans 12:9-21 (ESV)

All sin against God (and all sin is against God) will be paid in full - either the Father's wrath has already been drunk by Christ for those who are in Him, or by the unbeliever who will drink it for eternity.  Read/watch this (old) reminder from John Piper to let God be the avenger of wrong.  Do Not Avenge Yourselves, but Give Place to Wrath

Burbank - June 3rd, 2017

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