Why we do what we do in our Sunday morning service

Worship is not a means to an end. It is not a time filler so everyone is settled before the preaching, it is not an opening act or entertainment.  It is not a way to prepare our hearts to hear the Word of God taught.  If that were the reason for worship we would be placing “learning the Bible” above honoring and worshiping Jesus. Worship, ascribing worth to God,  whether it is personal or corporate, is the end goal, the ultimate, reason enough in itself because of WHO we worship (Psalm 18:3; Revelation 4:11;5:9; 5:12).  We were created to bring glory to God in all we do(1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 3:17)   We gather on Sunday mornings to worship together in song, prayer, and proclamation of the Word of God.  We start with worship in song because He is the reason we gather.  We proclaim the Gospel of grace to gain a greater understanding of His character and we respond to what we have learned by the power of the Holy Spirit through worship. In doing this we receive the blessing of the Spirit of God doing a deeper work in our hearts as we respond to and meditate on the truths we have learned from His Word.

During the second set of worship songs, the response time to the truths learned, we encourage worshipers to come forward and ask for prayer, to kneel, get on your face before God on the carpets, take communion, pray with those around you stand or sit as the Lord leads you to respond.

Our “service” or “gathering”  begins at 9:30am.  Worship is not a spectator event so please come on time with hearts prepared to engage the living God.

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THE DOCTRINE OF GOD

THE TRIUNE NATURE OF GOD

 

 

Three distinct persons-Fully God and equal

Importance

The trinity, what is it?  What does it mean?  The trinity is a term that it is believed to be first used by a theologian (Tertullian) in the late 2nd century, to reference the totality of what the Bible teaches about who God is.  The word trinity is not found in the Bible but the concept clearly isDoes the idea of the trinity really matter?  What difference does it make?  The trinity is central to all that we believe.  Without the trinity there is no salvation.  It is an important concept to understand for several reasons:

1) We were created in His image-our longings for a sense of belonging, relationships, the basics of order and roles all come out of the trinity.  It is how we were designed to express ourselves;

2) It affects the way we understand and relate to our God.  We cannot have a full appreciation and love for God without knowing who He is.  We are not talking about some concept, some theological debate.  We are talking about God, His nature who He is; and

3) It is how He revealed Himself to us.  It is how He wants us to know Him.  When some one shares something about themselves with you it is because they want you to know them better, to be at a deeper level with you.  The same is true with your relationship with God. He wants you to understand as much as you can about the richness of your relationship with Him and His love for you;

4) God by His very nature expresses to us the value of relationships, the value of community and what that looks like.  Ephesians 4:2-6 2 “with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, 3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,  6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.”  There are three distinct persons, but one God acting in perfect unity, clearly demonstrating oneness with diversity within the trinity.  Another example, Philippians 2:1-10 “1 Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, 2 make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. 3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” A clear example of God’s design for the church reflected in the triune Godhead.  The church is to operate as a community, diverse, with individual roles, different levels of authority, like a family (parents and children), none being more important than the other subjecting ourselves to each other.  Unity is not we are all the same, believe exactly the same dress the same.  Unity is keeping our eyes fixed on the same God, same purpose, the same hope, subjecting ourselves one to another.

God is one.

So as we talk about three distinct persons we are not talking about three Gods or God expressing Himself in three ways.  We are looking at three distinct persons, with three distinct roles in perfect unity.   When I say  person I do not mean in the sense of arms and legs but a person having intellect, can speak, has feelings and a will.  Each person being fully God, meaning each has all the attributes of God, those that we covered a moment ago, eternal, all-powerful, all knowing etc.  Each being equal, meaning one is not more God than another, but each having a distinct role working in perfect unity.  So here is how we will break it down.  We will look at the Word of God to see how God Himself weaves the divinity of all three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit throughout scriptures, Old and New Testament.  A triune understanding of God is absolutely necessary to understanding how we are created, His love, His eternality and our salvation.  It is who God is and it is how He has revealed Himself to us.  We will not attempt to compare Him in substance to water, egg, an avocado or any other fruit.  But we will look at how the Trinitarian relationship is a part of His nature

Father Most people accept the fact that the Father is God and is referred to as God throughout His Word.

John 6:27 “Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.”

John 17:3 “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

1 Corinthians 8:6 “yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.”

(2 Corinthians 1:3 Ephesians 1:3)

Jesus  is clearly called God throughout the Scriptures.

Matthew 28:9 “And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him.”  Jesus received worship.  Only God is to be worshipped (Deuteronomy 17:1-7; Acts 10:25-26)

John 1:1-4; 1:14     In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 14. And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

 

(John 5:17 John 12:37:41 Isaiah 6:9-11; 20:28-29 Hebrews 1:8 1 Corinthians 8:4-6)

Jesus claimed to be God and that is why they wanted to kill Him.  (Mathew 26:63-65; John 5:17-23;John 10:30-39)

Jesus was also fully human (Isaiah 7:14; 9:16; Romans 8:3; 1John 4:2)

Holy Spirit– The Holy Spirit is also called God throughout the Scriptures.  In the OT He is associated with God’s power (an attribute only attributed to God) Micah 3:8; Acts 1:8; Romans 15:13, 19.  He is eternal, Hebrews 9:14, He is all knowing, Isaiah 40:13-14; 1 Corinthians 2:10. He is creator, GEN 1:2; Psalm 104:30.  He is all-present, Psalm 139:7.  In the New Testament Acts 5:3-4; John 14:16; 2Corinthians 3:16-18

Acts 5:3 “Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land?  4 Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied to men but to God.”

Just begin to look at scripture through the lens of the triune God.  You will see how it unfolds in a beautiful way.  Look at the triune God like a dance that weaves in and out in rhythm to music.  If you look at God as one and one dimensional you miss out on all the depth and richness He has for us.  (one dimensional vs 3D CGI)

References to the triune God

Matthew 3:16-17

After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”

Mathew 28:18-20

Go therefore and make  disciples of all the nations, baptizing  them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the  end of the age.”

Romans 14:17-18

for the kingdom of God is  not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace  and joy  in the Holy Spirit. For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.

More references

Genesis 1:26

Isaiah 48:16

Romans 15:16

1 Corinthians 6:11

1 Corinthians 12:4-6

2 Corinthians 13:14

Ephesians 2:18

Ephesians 3:16-17

Ephesians 4:4-6

Colossians 1:6-8

1 Thessalonians 1:3-5

2 Thessalonians 2:13

Trinity in Gospel Summary

Redemption

Jesus the second person of the trinity, God, took on human flesh without giving up His deity and in this form bore our sins as a perfect sacrifice for the father.  Through this we received new life through the Spirit.

Creation and Restoration

Triune nature of God allowed God to create Man. Because God had a perfect relationship within the trinity there was no need to create man for His need to use us but purely out of His will pleasure and love.  The triune nature of God allows Him to love.

God can be eternal and personal because of His triune nature.  Can there be an eternal God that is personal who existed by Himself for an infinite amount of time? Because of His triune nature He is love who perfectly existed three persons diverse yet in harmony.

Triune Nature of God Revealed in Scriptures

OT

Genesis 1:26 – Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

The plural “let Us..” and the plural pronoun “in our…”

Gen 3:22 – Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever–”

Same concept, “..become like us…”

Gen 11:7 – “Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.”

Again the same concept

Psalm 110:1  David said “The Lord says to my Lord…”

See Matthew 22:41-46

Isaiah 63:10- God’s people grieved the Holy spirit. Indicating He is separate from and able to be grieved, emotional characteristic indicating a distinct person

See also Isaiah 61:6

Trinity in the New Testament

Mat 3:16  – And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him;

 

Mat 3:17  – and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

Mathew 28:19

2 Corinthians 13:14 – The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

1Peter 1:2 similar verse mentioning all three persons of Trinity

Summary:-God is three persons-Each person is fully God-There is one God

Each person of the godhead is fully God but God is not fully God without each person.

 

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The Gospel, the good news of God’s grace cannot stop with us.  It cannot terminate with us. The Gospel REQUIRES more. If the Gospel ends with us then it is about us and not Jesus. If the attitude or perspective is… “I got saved, I got Jesus and now I’m good”, then its about you and not the Gospel, not Jesus. That makes it NOT the Gospel, NOT Jesus.

That is why this season of Community Groups (fall 2012-2013) as we discuss the spread of the Gospel by early church through the power of the Holy Spirit as recorded in the Book of Acts we will be living out what we learn in our own communities, near and far, through The Philip Project.  The Philip Project is taken from the account of Philip in Acts 8.  Philip came out of  community  described in Acts 4 and 2 and was sent on mission by God. The church was living in community in Jerusalem and probably would have stayed there if God had not shaken things up through the beginning of persecution.  The church was scattered and so was the Gospel.  Philip was one who was scattered and took the Gospel to Samaria and to an Ethiopian.

The Philip Project is a seven month focus on mission.  Some simple handles will be provided monthly that will help us keep on mission in the coming year through a passionate pursuit of Jesus, personal accountability, prayer, sharing and encouragement.   The primary place for this will be in and through community groups.

The Philip Project implementation will be explained by community group leaders and supported through the groups.  The hope and prayer of Remedy leadership is that the focus The Philip Project brings will  help each one of us, as members of a young church, to turn our attention off ourselves and onto the community to which God has called us.  To systematically and prayerfully begin to reach out to Lodi and surrounding areas with the love of Jesus.  Although the habits, the perspective and the change of hearts will continue The Philip Project will culminate on Easter Sunday with a great outdoor gathering celebrating the great news of our Risen Savior.

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Sharing the Gospel

 

Acts 4:31 – And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.

After Peter and John were threatened by the religious authorities for sharing the good news of the resurrection of Christ they went to their friends and shared what had happened. Together they prayed.  In that prayer they acknowledged God’s sovereignty over all creation, His sovereignty over future and present day rulers and people.  They did not pray against their enemies but for boldness to speak the word and for confirmation or fruit from that preaching.  God answered that prayer by filling them with the Holy Spirit and they continued to speak the word of God with boldness.

How do we start to share the Gospel?

1.  Be with Jesus

  • The apostles were perceived as common men and uneducated but they spoke with boldness and authority.  The religious leaders wondered at this and then concluded, “these men have been with Jesus”.  The apostles had  encountered the life changing, resurrected Jesus, believed on Him and received the power of the Holy Spirit.  They were not speaking from the flesh but of the Spirit who empowered them.   Ministry flows from intimacy. We first must encounter Jesus, believe on His name and that alone.  Jesus had changed the apostle’s life.  We don’t change our lives Jesus changes us from the inside out.Has He changed yours? Now you have something to share.  (Acts 4:13)

2.  Pray

  • Acknowledge God’s sovereignty-As the apostles and others prayed they acknowledged that God had moved through the rulers and people to accomplish His purpose.  Jesus is the one who works in a person’s heart. It is He who calls and saves (Ephesians 1:3-14) It is not up to us to produce the fruit.  We are to be faithful to what He calls us to do. Peter was walking on the beach with Jesus after His resurrection.  They had a conversation and in that conversation Jesus had told Peter that he would suffer.  Peter saw John walking on the beach and said “What about him?”  Jesus in essence said, Peter don’t worry about him be faithful to what I have called you to do, to love me.  It is out of that love obedience and ministry flow.
  • Ask for boldness (Acts 4:29; 1 Thessalonians. 2:2; Ephesians 6:19-20)  We will suffer as a our savior suffered so we pray for boldness in he face of opposition.

3.  Be led by the Spirit

  • Salvation is not an act of intellectual ascent or emotional response but a divine intervention of grace. The Spirit of God will lead you to the right time and place.  God prepares hearts to receive His word. Read he story of Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch in Acts 8

4.  Act in faith

  • Even after the threats the apostles continued to proclaim the Gospel boldly and without compromise and many were added to their numbers.   (Acts 4:31)

Throughout the Book of Acts Jesus’ mission continues as He establishes His church through His people by the power of the Holy Spirit.  The word of God is proclaimed, Jesus exalted, the Spirit of God moves and salvation comes to the glory of God.  It is His work, but by His divine will he calls us to be a part of what He is already doing. He allows us to be a part of this work for His glory and our blessing.  We get to see the greatness of His love and grace over and over as He works through our human weaknesses by the power of His Spirit.  Would you like to see Jesus move in your neighborhood, workplace, school, gym, etc?  Be with Jesus, pray, submit to the Spirit of God and then act in faith.

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