Worshiping Created Things

Worshiper Series – Part 2

 “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,  5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.  6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!"  7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.  8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods. 9 But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more?”

- Galatians 4:4-9

The True Worshiper

Worshiper Series - Part 1

“And [Jesus] had to pass through Samaria.  5 So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.  6 Jacob's well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.  7 There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink."  8 (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.)  9 The Samaritan woman said to him, "How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?" ( For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)  10 Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water."  11 The woman said to him, "Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?  12 Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock."  13 Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again,  14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty forever. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."  15 The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water."  16 Jesus said to her, "Go, call your husband, and come here."  17 The woman answered him, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, "You are right in saying, 'I have no husband';  18 for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true."  19 The woman said to him, "Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet.  20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship."  21 Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.  22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.  23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.  24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth."  25 The woman said to him, "I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things."  26 Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am he."

- John 4:4-26

Everyone Needs Community

Stand Alone Message

“Then the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.  2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.  3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them.  4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.  5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven.  6 And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language.”
- Acts 2:1-6 

“So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.  42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.  43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.  44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common.  45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.  46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,  47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
- Acts 2:41-47

Beyond This Life

Abraham Series - Part 13

“Sarah lived 127 years; these were the years of the life of Sarah.  2 And Sarah died at Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went in to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her.  3 And Abraham rose up from before his dead and said to the Hittites,  4 "I am a sojourner and foreigner among you; give me property among you for a burying place, that I may bury my dead out of my sight…. 19 After this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Mach-pelah east of Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan.  20 The field and the cave that is in it were made over to Abraham as property for a burying place by the Hittites."
- Genesis 23:1-4, 19-20 

“Abraham gave all he had to Isaac.  6 But to the sons of his concubines Abraham gave gifts, and while he was still living he sent them away from his son Isaac, eastward to the east country.  7 These are the days of the years of Abraham's life, 175 years.  8 Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people.  9 Isaac and Ishmael his sons buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, east of Mamre,  10 the field that Abraham purchased from the Hittites. There Abraham was buried, with Sarah his wife.”
- Genesis 25:5-10  

13 These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.  14 For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.  15 If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return.  16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.”
- Hebrews 11:13-16

The Promise-Driven Life Part 2

“Abraham” Series - Part 12b

“Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years. And the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.  2 And Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household, who had charge of all that he had, "Put your hand under my thigh,  3 that I may make you swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell,  4 but will go to my country and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac."  5 The servant said to him, "Perhaps the woman may not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I then take your son back to the land from which you came?"  6 Abraham said to him, "See to it that you do not take my son back there.  7 The LORD, the God of heaven, who took me from my father's house and from the land of my kindred, and who spoke to me and swore to me, 'To your offspring I will give this land,' he will send his angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there.  8 But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be free from this oath of mine; only you must not take my son back there."  9 So the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master and swore to him concerning this matter.  10 Then the servant took ten of his master's camels and departed, taking all sorts of choice gifts from his master; and he arose and went to Mesopotamia to the city of Nahor.  11 And he made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water at the time of evening, the time when women go out to draw water.  12 And he said, "O LORD, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham.  13 Behold, I am standing by the spring of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water.  14 Let the young woman to whom I shall say, 'Please let down your jar that I may drink,' and who shall say, 'Drink, and I will water your camels'- let her be the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac. By this I shall know that you have shown steadfast love to my master."  15 Before he had finished speaking, behold, Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel the son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, came out with her water jar on her shoulder.  16 The young woman was very attractive in appearance, a maiden whom no man had known. She went down to the spring and filled her jar and came up.  17 Then the servant ran to meet her and said, "Please give me a little water to drink from your jar."  18 She said, "Drink, my lord." And she quickly let down her jar upon her hand and gave him a drink.  19 When she had finished giving him a drink, she said, "I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished drinking."  20 So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough and ran again to the well to draw water, and she drew for all his camels.  21 The man gazed at her in silence to learn whether the LORD had prospered his journey or not.  22 When the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold ring weighing a half shekel, and two bracelets for her arms weighing ten gold shekels,  23 and said, "Please tell me whose daughter you are. Is there room in your father's house for us to spend the night?"  24 She said to him, "I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor."  25 She added, "We have plenty of both straw and fodder, and room to spend the night."  26 The man bowed his head and worshiped the LORD  27 and said, "Blessed be the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken his steadfast love and his faithfulness toward my master. As for me, the LORD has led me in the way to the house of my master's kinsmen."

Genesis 24:1-27

“Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, "The thing has come from the LORD; we cannot speak to you bad or good.  51 Behold, Rebekah is before you; take her and go, and let her be the wife of your master's son, as the LORD has spoken."  52 When Abraham's servant heard their words, he bowed himself to the earth before the LORD.  53 And the servant brought out jewelry of silver and of gold, and garments, and gave them to Rebekah. He also gave to her brother and to her mother costly ornaments.  54 And he and the men who were with him ate and drank, and they spent the night there. When they arose in the morning, he said, "Send me away to my master."  55 Her brother and her mother said, "Let the young woman remain with us a while, at least ten days; after that she may go."  56 But he said to them, "Do not delay me, since the LORD has prospered my way. Send me away that I may go to my master."  57 They said, "Let us call the young woman and ask her."  58 And they called Rebekah and said to her, "Will you go with this man?" She said, "I will go."  59 So they sent away Rebekah their sister and her nurse, and Abraham's servant and his men.  60 And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, "Our sister, may you become thousands of ten thousands, and may your offspring possess the gate of those who hate them!"  61 Then Rebekah and her young women arose and rode on the camels and followed the man. Thus the servant took Rebekah and went his way.  62 Now Isaac had returned from Beer-lahai-roi and was dwelling in the Negeb.  63 And Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening. And he lifted up his eyes and saw, and behold, there were camels coming.  64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she dismounted from the camel  65 and said to the servant, "Who is that man, walking in the field to meet us?" The servant said, "It is my master." So she took her veil and covered herself.  66 And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done.  67 Then Isaac brought her into the tent of Sarah his mother and took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.”

Genesis 24:50-67

The Promise-Driven Life Part 1

“Abraham” Series - Part 12a

“Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years. And the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.  2 And Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household, who had charge of all that he had, "Put your hand under my thigh,  3 that I may make you swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell,  4 but will go to my country and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac."  5 The servant said to him, "Perhaps the woman may not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I then take your son back to the land from which you came?"  6 Abraham said to him, "See to it that you do not take my son back there.  7 The LORD, the God of heaven, who took me from my father's house and from the land of my kindred, and who spoke to me and swore to me, 'To your offspring I will give this land,' he will send his angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there.  8 But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be free from this oath of mine; only you must not take my son back there."  9 So the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master and swore to him concerning this matter.  10 Then the servant took ten of his master's camels and departed, taking all sorts of choice gifts from his master; and he arose and went to Mesopotamia to the city of Nahor.  11 And he made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water at the time of evening, the time when women go out to draw water.  12 And he said, "O LORD, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham.  13 Behold, I am standing by the spring of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water.  14 Let the young woman to whom I shall say, 'Please let down your jar that I may drink,' and who shall say, 'Drink, and I will water your camels'- let her be the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac. By this I shall know that you have shown steadfast love to my master."  15 Before he had finished speaking, behold, Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel the son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, came out with her water jar on her shoulder.  16 The young woman was very attractive in appearance, a maiden whom no man had known. She went down to the spring and filled her jar and came up.  17 Then the servant ran to meet her and said, "Please give me a little water to drink from your jar."  18 She said, "Drink, my lord." And she quickly let down her jar upon her hand and gave him a drink.  19 When she had finished giving him a drink, she said, "I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished drinking."  20 So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough and ran again to the well to draw water, and she drew for all his camels.  21 The man gazed at her in silence to learn whether the LORD had prospered his journey or not.  22 When the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold ring weighing a half shekel, and two bracelets for her arms weighing ten gold shekels,  23 and said, "Please tell me whose daughter you are. Is there room in your father's house for us to spend the night?"  24 She said to him, "I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor."  25 She added, "We have plenty of both straw and fodder, and room to spend the night."  26 The man bowed his head and worshiped the LORD  27 and said, "Blessed be the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken his steadfast love and his faithfulness toward my master. As for me, the LORD has led me in the way to the house of my master's kinsmen."

Genesis 24:1-27

“Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, "The thing has come from the LORD; we cannot speak to you bad or good.  51 Behold, Rebekah is before you; take her and go, and let her be the wife of your master's son, as the LORD has spoken."  52 When Abraham's servant heard their words, he bowed himself to the earth before the LORD.  53 And the servant brought out jewelry of silver and of gold, and garments, and gave them to Rebekah. He also gave to her brother and to her mother costly ornaments.  54 And he and the men who were with him ate and drank, and they spent the night there. When they arose in the morning, he said, "Send me away to my master."  55 Her brother and her mother said, "Let the young woman remain with us a while, at least ten days; after that she may go."  56 But he said to them, "Do not delay me, since the LORD has prospered my way. Send me away that I may go to my master."  57 They said, "Let us call the young woman and ask her."  58 And they called Rebekah and said to her, "Will you go with this man?" She said, "I will go."  59 So they sent away Rebekah their sister and her nurse, and Abraham's servant and his men.  60 And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, "Our sister, may you become thousands of ten thousands, and may your offspring possess the gate of those who hate them!"  61 Then Rebekah and her young women arose and rode on the camels and followed the man. Thus the servant took Rebekah and went his way.  62 Now Isaac had returned from Beer-lahai-roi and was dwelling in the Negeb.  63 And Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening. And he lifted up his eyes and saw, and behold, there were camels coming.  64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she dismounted from the camel  65 and said to the servant, "Who is that man, walking in the field to meet us?" The servant said, "It is my master." So she took her veil and covered herself.  66 And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done.  67 Then Isaac brought her into the tent of Sarah his mother and took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.”

Genesis 24:50-67

The Greatest Sacrifice

Abraham Series - Part 11

“After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, "Abraham!" And he said, "Here am I."  2 He said, "Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you."  3 So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.  4 On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar.  5 Then Abraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you."  6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together.  7 And Isaac said to his father Abraham, "My father!" And he said, "Here am I, my son." He said, "Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?"  8 Abraham said, "God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son." So they went both of them together.  9 When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.  10 Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son.  11 But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" And he said, "Here am I."  12 He said, "Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me."  13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son.  14 So Abraham called the name of that place, "The LORD will provide"; as it is said to this day, "On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided."  15 And the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven  16 and said, "By myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son,  17 I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies,  18 and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.”

- Genesis 22:1-18

Spiritual Versus Natural

“Abraham” Series - Part 10

“The LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did to Sarah as he had promised.  2 And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him.  3 Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore him, Isaac.  4 And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him.  5 Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.  6 And Sarah said, "God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh over me."  7 And she said, "Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age."  8 And the child grew and was weaned. And Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned.  9 But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, laughing.  10 So she said to Abraham, "Cast out this slave woman with her son, for the son of this slave woman shall not be heir with my son Isaac."  11 And the thing was very displeasing to Abraham on account of his son.  12 But God said to Abraham, "Be not displeased because of the boy and because of your slave woman. Whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for through Isaac shall your offspring be named.  13 And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also, because he is your offspring."  14 So Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a skin of water and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed and wandered in the wilderness of Beer-sheba.  15 When the water in the skin was gone, she put the child under one of the bushes.  16 Then she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot, for she said, "Let me not look on the death of the child." And as she sat opposite him, she lifted up her voice and wept.  17 And God heard the voice of the boy, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, "What troubles you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is.  18 Up! Lift up the boy, and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make him into a great nation."  19 Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. And she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink.  20 And God was with the boy, and he grew up. He lived in the wilderness and became an expert with the bow.  21 He lived in the wilderness of Paran, and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.”
Genesis 21:1-21