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Prodigal: What’s Your Why?

Prodigal: What’s Your Why?

May 22, 2019

10 years ago Simon Sinek shared a 15-minute talk in a regional TED talk, that would go on to be viewed on Youtube 20 million times. Earned him a multi-book deal and created millions of dollars in income for himself.

The talk “How Great Leaders Inspire Action”…

What’s your why?

  • Why > What
  • Purpose > Practice

Jonah 4 1 This change of plans greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry. 2 So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. 3 Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”
4 The Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry about this?”
5 Then Jonah went out to the east side of the city and made a shelter to sit under as he waited to see what would happen to the city. 6 And the Lord God arranged for a leafy plant to grow there, and soon it spread its broad leaves over Jonah’s head, shading him from the sun. This eased his discomfort, and Jonah was very grateful for the plant.
7 But God also arranged for a worm! The next morning at dawn the worm ate through the stem of the plant so that it withered away. 8 And as the sun grew hot, God arranged for a scorching east wind to blow on Jonah. The sun beat down on his head until he grew faint and wished to die. “Death is certainly better than living like this!” he exclaimed.
9 Then God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry because the plant died?”
“Yes,” Jonah retorted, “even angry enough to die!”
10 Then the Lord said, “You feel sorry about the plant, though you did nothing to put it there. It came quickly and died quickly. 11 But Nineveh has more than 120,000 people living in spiritual darkness, not to mention all the animals. Shouldn’t I feel sorry for such a great city?”

Jonah’s “why” is revenge - God’s “why” is restoration

We see the immaturity of Jonah on full display:

  • Change of plans greatly upset Jonah, - Spiritual Temper Tantrum
  • Jonah said mean things using nice words (Systematic Theology 101 Class)
  • Jonah shrinks when God questions or challenges him.
  • Jonah’s disobedience (initially it was with his feet, later it was his heart) opened the door for Satan to move (Satan is like a lion crouching at the door)
  • God finishes Jonah putting up a mirror to Jonah and his motives. Selfish Motives of Jonah (Plant - brought shade) vs Selfless motive of God (120k people of Ninevah)

“The last act is the greatest treason. To do the right deed for the wrong reason.” - TS Eliot “Murder in the Cathedral”

The sinful heart’s “why” is revenge (God is your Hitman) The prodigal heart’s “why” is restoration (God is the Healer)

Am I Jonah? “God has my head & hands, but not my heart”

Jonah reveals 4 heart motives that drive towards revenge and away from restoration:

  1. Salary - “Grace is my paycheck for my good works.”
  2. Selfish - “Grace is for Me and Not We.”
  3. Segregated “If you won’t destroy them, destroy me”
  4. Shifty “Hey Jonah, I’m talking to YOU!”

Ultimately it’s a story about a Prodigal God…
Prodigal: Extravagant Reckless

“Victory begins with the name of Jesus on your lips; but it will not be consummated until the nature of Jesus is in your heart.” Francis Frangipane - “3 Battlegrounds”

Prodigal: Is I’m Sorry Enough?

Prodigal: Is I’m Sorry Enough?

May 14, 2019

The most used phrase on Mother’s Day will not be “I love you”, but “I’m sorry”. How many of you have used a Mother’s Day card to apologize to your mother?

Is “I’m Sorry” enough?
Jonah 3:1-3 Then the Lord spoke to Jonah a second time: 2 “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh, and deliver the message I have given you.”
3 This time Jonah obeyed the Lord’s command and went to Nineveh, a city so large that it took three days to see it all.

The words “I'm sorry” can be incredible, even life-altering. But our “I’m sorry” will soon fall flat if our actions don’t also say “I’m sorry”.

Repentance releases God’s power in our life.

“One act of obedience is better than 100 sermons.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Our obedience leads us into “enemy territory”.

  • PLACES OF FEAR
  • PLACES OF HATE
  • PLACES OF PAIN
  • PLACES OF INSECURITY
  • PLACES OF IGNORANCE

Matthew 5:43-45 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 
Ephesians 6:12 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Jonah 3:4-10 4 On the day Jonah entered the city, he shouted to the crowds: “Forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed!” 5 The people of Nineveh believed God’s message, and from the greatest to the least, they declared a fast and put on burlap to show their sorrow. 6 When the king of Nineveh heard what Jonah was saying, he stepped down from his throne and took off his royal robes. He dressed himself in burlap and sat on a heap of ashes. 7 Then the king and his nobles sent this decree throughout the city:
“No one, not even the animals from your herds and flocks, may eat or drink anything at all. 8 People and animals alike must wear garments of mourning, and everyone must pray earnestly to God. They must turn from their evil ways and stop all their violence. 9 Who can tell? Perhaps even yet God will change his mind and hold back his fierce anger from destroying us.” 10 When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, he changed his mind and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened.

Our obedience fuels opportunities for others’ repentance.

  • Individual obedience has community benefits
  • Individual disobedience has community consequences.

Why do we repent?

  • Social
  • Natural
  • Emotional
  • Relational
  • Financial
  • Spiritual

Repentance releases God’s power in their life.

Prodigal: Is Mercy Enough?

Prodigal: Is Mercy Enough?

May 7, 2019

PRODIGAL: Reckless; Extravagant

Is mercy enough?
Jonah 2:1 Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from inside the fish.
2 He said, “I cried out to the Lord in my great trouble, and he answered me.
I called to you from the land of the dead, and Lord, you heard me!
3 You threw me into the ocean depths, and I sank down to the heart of the sea.
The mighty waters engulfed me; I was buried beneath your wild and stormy waves.
4 Then I said, ‘O Lord, you have driven me from your presence. Yet I will look once more toward your holy Temple.’
5 “I sank beneath the waves, and the waters closed over me. Seaweed wrapped itself around my head.
6 I sank down to the very roots of the mountains. I was imprisoned in the earth, whose gates lock shut forever. But you, O Lord my God, snatched me from the jaws of death!
7 As my life was slipping away, I remembered the Lord. And my earnest prayer went out to you in your holy Temple.
8 Those who worship false gods turn their backs on all God’s mercies.
9 But I will offer sacrifices to you with songs of praise, and I will fulfill all my vows. For my salvation comes from the Lord alone.”
10 Then the Lord ordered the fish to spit Jonah out onto the beach.

“There are no atheists in foxholes”

Jonah’s Blow-hole Conversion

Jonah’s freedom began in the fish; not on the beach.

Repentance is in response to God’s extravagant, reckless mercy

Romans 2:4 Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?

Repentance is a u-turn in our journey.

Repentance is a mile-marker on our journey, & not the destination.

Is mercy enough?
Psalm 40:1-3
I waited patiently for the Lord to help me,
    and he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the pit of despair,
    out of the mud and the mire.
He set my feet on solid ground
    and steadied me as I walked along.
3 He has given me a new song to sing,
    a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see what he has done and be amazed.
    They will put their trust in the Lord.

Prodigal: Judgement Or Mercy

Prodigal: Judgement Or Mercy

April 29, 2019

Setting: Assyria is crumbling some due to civil unrest (Nineveh), and Israel is actually growing in political power, but regressing in spiritual power (God sent Hosea and Amos). Jeroboam II is the king. Jonah is politically affiliated prophet in the nation that God has just called a prostitute.

Timothy Keller’s Breakdown of Jonah: (Prodigal Prophet)

 

PRODIGAL: Reckless; Extravagant

 

Good People = Mercy  &  Bad People (Prodigals) = Judgment

Jonah 1:1 The Lord gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.”

 

God’s “Arise & Go” became Jonah’s “Arise & No”.

 

This is a story of a prodigal God  & a sinful world.

 

But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord. He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the Lord by sailing to Tarshish.

But the Lord hurled a powerful wind over the sea, causing a violent storm that threatened to break the ship apart. Fearing for their lives, the desperate sailors shouted to their gods for help and threw the cargo overboard to lighten the ship.

But all this time Jonah was sound asleep down in the hold. So the captain went down after him. “How can you sleep at a time like this?” he shouted. “Get up and pray to your god! Maybe he will pay attention to us and spare our lives.”

Then the crew cast lots to see which of them had offended the gods and caused the terrible storm. When they did this, the lots identified Jonah as the culprit.“Why has this awful storm come down on us?” they demanded. “Who are you? What is your line of work? What country are you from? What is your nationality?”

Jonah answered, “I am a Hebrew, and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the land.”

10 The sailors were terrified when they heard this, for he had already told them he was running away from the Lord. “Oh, why did you do it?” they groaned. 11 And since the storm was getting worse all the time, they asked him, “What should we do to you to stop this storm?”

12 “Throw me into the sea,” Jonah said, “and it will become calm again. I know that this terrible storm is all my fault.”

13 Instead, the sailors rowed even harder to get the ship to the land. But the stormy sea was too violent for them, and they couldn’t make it. 14 Then they cried out to the Lord, Jonah’s God. “O Lord,” they pleaded, “don’t make us die for this man’s sin. And don’t hold us responsible for his death. O Lord, you have sent this storm upon him for your own good reasons.”

15 Then the sailors picked Jonah up and threw him into the raging sea, and the storm stopped at once! 16 The sailors were awestruck by the Lord’s great power, and they offered him a sacrifice and vowed to serve him.

17 Now the Lord had arranged for a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights.

 

Is Jonah a story of judgment or a story of mercy?

 

God’s mercy is a raging sea.

God’s mercy is a warning.

God’s mercy is a question.

God’s mercy is failed effort.

God’s mercy is a calmed sea.

 

Is the fish God’s extravagant, reckless mercy, or is it punishment for Jonah’s extravagant, reckless sin?

Passion Week 2019: The Stone Has Been Rolled Away

Passion Week 2019: The Stone Has Been Rolled Away

April 22, 2019

            For many Easter marks a day of celebration, but that wasn’t the case for Jesus’ friends and loved on the first Easter morning. Jesus’ friends didn’t wake up anticipating his resurrection, they woke up dreading his death.

 

In Mark 16 we find three women headed to the tomb where Jesus’ body had been laid. 1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb 3 and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”

 

You don’t buy burial spices unless you’re sure in your mind that the person you’re buying the spices for is in fact dead. Just like the women many of us carry burial spices with us. We look at our dreams, hopes, and purpose and see no other option than death. Death seems to final to us.

 

But, just because it seems final does not mean that God is finished. Your situation may seem bleak or hopeless, but God is not done working on you yet. There’s a new reality on the other side of that stone.

 

As the women walked toward the tomb they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away?” Who will remove the barrier between where we are and where want to go? Who will roll away the stone of doubt, indecision, guilt, and condemnation?

 

The stone has been rolled away!

 

None of these barriers could contain the resurrection life that lay inside that tomb. The very thing that stood between you and God was set aside that Easter morning.

 

4: “But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.

 

So often we’re scared of what will happen if the stone is rolled away. But God’s goodness will always exceed our expectations.

 

We now have the opportunity to have a real-time encounter with resurrection life.

But that encounter doesn’t end with you. An encounter with God will always produces a sending out and speaking out of what we have seen and heard.

 

7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you. 8 Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone because they were afraid.

 

What will you do with what you have seen and heard?

 

“Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29

Passion Week 2019: Good Friday

Passion Week 2019: Good Friday

April 20, 2019

Sermon Notes: 

Mark 15:33-34
At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock.  Then at three o’clock Jesus called out with a loud voice, 
“Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?”
 which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”

Gut-wrenching Loneliness. He was on full display surrounded by crowds but felt utterly abandoned and alone. We have experienced this:

  • Addiction
  • Divorce
  • Grief
  • Pain

Sin had officially separated, isolated, and now was on the verge of destroying him. How did we get here?

How did we get here? 

  • Triumphal Entry
  • Temple Cleansing
  • Judas
  • Trial

Conflict always comes to a head.

Jesus brings conflict.

Mark 15:37-38
Then Jesus uttered another loud cry and breathed his last. 

Conflict had led to separation, isolation, & the destruction of Jesus…or had it.

Conflict is essential for reconciliation.

And the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.

The Cross IS a symbol of reconciliation.
It’s not religious action, prayer, compassion, kindness, joy, repentance…it all begins at a cross.

Multiply: What is your Entrance song?

Multiply: What is your Entrance song?

April 15, 2019

 

“Expectations are resentments under construction.”

― Anne Lamott

The crowds were expecting Jesus to save them from their political bondage to the Roman empire shouting "Save us today!" as He passed them on the streets. 

Jesus' response was to offer them reconciliation to the Father and salvation from the debt of their sin. He was going to die for them.

Mark 11:1-11 New Living Translation (NLT)

Jesus’ Triumphant Entry

11 As Jesus and his disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the towns of Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead.“Go into that village over there,” he told them. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks, ‘What are you doing?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs it and will return it soon.’”

The two disciples left and found the colt standing in the street, tied outside the front door. As they were untying it, some bystanders demanded, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” They said what Jesus had told them to say, and they were permitted to take it. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it, and he sat on it.

Many in the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others spread leafy branches they had cut in the fields. Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting,

“Praise God![a]
    Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
10 Blessings on the coming Kingdom of our ancestor David!
    Praise God in highest heaven!”[b]

11 So Jesus came to Jerusalem and went into the Temple. After looking around carefully at everything, he left because it was late in the afternoon. Then he returned to Bethany with the twelve disciples.

Multiply: 3 Kingdom Relationships

Multiply: 3 Kingdom Relationships

April 8, 2019

Matthew 6:10 “May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”

Definition of Kingdom of God: Wherever God Reigns

3 Kingdom Relationships:

Marriage Covenant

Mk 10:2-12
2 Some Pharisees came and tried to trap him with this question: “Should a man be allowed to divorce his wife?” 3 Jesus answered them with a question: “What did Moses say in the law about divorce?”
4 “Well, he permitted it,” they replied. “He said a man can give his wife a written notice of divorce and send her away.” 5 But Jesus responded, “He wrote this commandment only as a concession to your hard hearts. 6 But ‘God made them male and female’ from the beginning of creation. 7 ‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, 8 and the two are united into one.’ Since they are no longer two but one, 9 let no one split apart what God has joined together.”
10 Later, when he was alone with his disciples in the house, they brought up the subject again. 11 He told them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. 12 And if a woman divorces her husband and marries someone else, she commits adultery.”

Relationships of Compassion 

Mk 10:13-16
13 One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him.
14 When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. 15 I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” 16 Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.

Relationship w/ Wealth 

Mk 10:17-25
17 As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good. 19 But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. You must not cheat anyone. Honor your father and mother.’”
20 “Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.”
21 Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
22 At this, the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.
23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!” 24 This amazed them. But Jesus said again, “Dear children, it is very hard to enter the Kingdom of God. 25 In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”

26 The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked.

3 Terrible Saviors

  • Spouse
  • Kids/Yourself
  • Wealth

27 Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.”

1 True Savior

  • Jesus is the Bridegroom
  • Jesus is the Son of God filled w/ Compassion
  • Jesus is the true Rich Young Ruler

28 Then Peter began to speak up. “We’ve given up everything to follow you,” he said.29 “Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, 30 will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life. 31 But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.”

Multiply: Faith is a Rollercoaster

Multiply: Faith is a Rollercoaster

April 2, 2019

Sermon Notes for Multiply: Faith is a Rollercoaster

“Jesus Christ is the same today, yesterday and forever.” - Hebrews 13:8

People 1:1 - “We are not the same yesterday, today or forever. Heck, we aren’t the same from 8 am to 8 pm.”

Our Faith journey is a rollercoaster.

Jesus: “But who do you say I am?”

Peter, was ready for this pop quiz.

Peter had uprooted his family.

Peter had paid attention

Peter had watched Jesus do a ton, teach a ton. He was ready for Jesus to simply ask the question:

Peter: “You are the Messiah.” (Connect Mark 1:1 - Messiah Claim)

Top of the Rollercoaster…

CONFIDENCE

click. click. click. click. click. click.

31 Then Jesus began to tell them that the Son of Man must suffer many terrible things and be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but three days later he would rise from the dead.32 As he talked about this openly with his disciples, Peter took him aside and began to reprimand him for saying such things.

33 Jesus turned around and looked at his disciples, then reprimanded Peter. “Get away from me, Satan!” he said. “You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”

ARROGANCE

Who is discipling Peter?

Satan’s 3 favorite statements:

  1. Faith shouldn’t be too hard.
    1. Jesus' Response: “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.35 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.
  2. Faith shouldn’t be too costly.
    1. Jesus' Response: 36 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? 37 Is anything worth more than your soul?
  3. Faith shouldn’t be too consuming.
    1. Jesus' Response: 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

Mark 9:1-5a Jesus went on to say, “I tell you the truth, some standing here right now will not die before they see the Kingdom of God arrive in great power!” Six days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone. As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed,and his clothes became dazzling white, far whiter than any earthly bleach could ever make them. Then Elijah and Moses appeared and began talking with Jesus. Peter exclaimed, “Rabbi, it’s wonderful for us to be here!

Clarity

Let’s make three shelters as memorials—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He said this because he didn’t really know what else to say, for they were all terrified.

CONFUSION-fear

Because God is Constant, Confusion is a Great Catalyst of Faith.

Then a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my dearly loved Son. Listen to him.” Suddenly, when they looked around, Moses and Elijah were gone, and they saw only Jesus with them.

“Jesus Christ is the same today, yesterday and forever.” - Hebrews 13:8

Multiply: Inside-Out Faith

Multiply: Inside-Out Faith

March 25, 2019

Have you heard the phrase “Controlling the Narrative”?

We hear about in politics. Infamous scandals. It is also a driving theme in Mark.  The Gospel of Mark is this continual struggle for control over the narrative of God. (custody battle)

Mark 7:1 “One day some Pharisees and teachers of religious law arrived from Jerusalem to see Jesus.”

  • “Come to intimidate Jesus”.
  • “Come to shut up Jesus”.
  • “Come to interrogate Jesus”.
  • “Come to regain control over God."

5 So the Pharisees and teachers of religious law asked him, “Why don’t your disciples follow our age-old tradition? They eat without first performing the hand-washing ceremony.”
6 Jesus replied, “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote,
‘These people honor me with their lips,
    but their hearts are far from me.
7 Their worship is a farce,
    for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.’
8 For you ignore God’s law and substitute your own tradition.”
9 Then he said, “You skillfully sidestep God’s law in order to hold on to your own tradition. 10 For instance, Moses gave you this law from God: ‘Honor your father and mother,’ and ‘Anyone who speaks disrespectfully of father or mother must be put to death.’ 11 But you say it is all right for people to say to their parents, ‘Sorry, I can’t help you. For I have vowed to give to God what I would have given to you.’ 12 In this way, you let them disregard their needy parents. 13 And so you cancel the word of God in order to hand down your own tradition. And this is only one example among many others.”
14 Then Jesus called to the crowd to come and hear. “All of you listen,” he said, “and try to understand. 15 It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart.”

Inside-Out Faith vs. Outside-In “Faith”

  • Who controls Jesus?
  • Who controls worship/practice?
  • Who controls Scripture?
    • “You skillfully sidestep God’s law in order to hold on to your own tradition.

Example of Outside-In “faith”:

  • Pharisees - Jesus compares them to the non-kosher food

Example of Inside-Out faith Jesus gives:

  • Gentile Women
  • A deaf person unable to speak.

Who are we? Am I inside out or Outside in?

  • Do you fight the light?
  • Who controls how I worship?
    • Religion can be Idol Worship
    • Religious words can be taking God’s name in vain
  • Do you read the meaning into the Scripture, or does the Scripture read meaning into you?

The truth will ultimately control the narrative.

Luke 8:17 all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all. 
John 8:31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
John 14:6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.