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Jesus the Alpha and Omega

The Urban Alternative / Tony Evans, PhD
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July 29, 2020 8:00 am

Jesus the Alpha and Omega

The Urban Alternative / Tony Evans, PhD

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July 29, 2020 8:00 am

The Bible says that, being eternal, Jesus Christ has no beginning and no end. But it also says that Jesus is the beginning and the end. In this lesson, we'll find out what that means as Dr. Tony Evans explains why everything we need to know about God is found in Jesus Christ.

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Jesus is not the final word on charts that were on a deceased Dr. Tony Evans is everything we need to know about God can be found in Jesus.

This is the alternative Dr. Tony Potter speaker senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Dallas, Texas, president of the urban alternative. The Bible says that being eternal.

Jesus Christ is no beginning and no end but it also says Jesus is the beginning and began will find out what that means is we join Dr. Evans for today's lesson when you went to preschool, elementary school, the first thing that teachers wanted to instruct you on was the alphabet they wanted you to learn ABC DEF GH I JKLPQRSTUVW X, Y, and Z. They wanted you to know because they knew that the rest of your life would be banking on it what ABC ought to us in the English line Alpha and Omega is in the Greek language for is the first letter of the Greek alphabet is the last letter of the Greek alphabet, while Jesus Christ lived in a Greek speaking world, and so they would not be talking about A-to-Z, they would be talking about alpha toolmaker because that would be the lettering of the world in which they live. Spoke wrote and read it and see if the completeness of communication, understanding, and now, for all of your life from the time you get up in the morning till the time you go to bed at night you are banking on the fact that those letters are not changing when you when Jesus says I am the Alpha and Omega.

He is clamoring that he himself is the complete knowledge base for all of life. And Jesus says I'm not just talking about an alphabet I'm talking about me because he says if you want to know one of my main alpha and omega and so the name of Alpha and Omega is a name that identifies the comprehensive knowledge base.

The comprehensive with base.

The comprehensive revelation base of Almighty God in the person of Jesus Christ and back first Corinthians chapter 15 versus 2728 says all life all life revolves around Jesus Christ. Every part of your life is to be connected into sink into not God, Jesus Christ, because he is the revelation of God from heaven to earth.

His job is to bring it from there down here so we get it. That is why what Jesus says about the subject and he is the basis of the full revelation of God is the final word on the subject. Hebrews chapter 12 verses one. Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and I sat down at the right hand of the throne of God for consider him who has endured such hostility by sinners against himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

I know that this day I am talking to some people who are tired because of being weary of losing and so if you are tired. This passage is for you because he wants you to keep going. He says don't quit his rough right now. He says I understand that but there is a race that I want you to finish referring to the Christian writings of living your life for the glory of God and the good of others. There is a race.

I want you to finish because there is somebody who spots and finishing stuff. Alpha and Omega.

He says the that is the originator and the finisher that is the complete of your faith, so we must make an assumption as I make these critical points.

The assumption is that you are a Christian. If you have trusted Jesus Christ as your personal savior for your eternal life and the forgiveness of your sins, then that means you have entered the faith, but it is possible to enter the faith, but not be running the race so it wants to talk to folks in the faith, but who may not be running the race for running the race where those folks. I want you to change your focus, focus, the regrettable focus means to stare at or two or two with a penetrating he says I want you to focus on Jesus says in verse number number two fixing our sets focus become fixated with fixated with Jesus because if we only know his name is off and finisher Alpha and Omega, beginning and end says I need you to fixate on him now if fixate know something, then that means that you have to stop being fixated also, can you get.

You can be fixated on multiple things at the same you can look in multiple direct things, but you can be fixated on some things at the same time commitment zeroing in on business.

I want you to fix your eyes on Jesus, which means I will just fixating on you want to leave you for. I will just not fixate know your posse. I want to stop fixate on your friend would stop fixate north when everybody else think fixate on Jesus Christ greatand this is Matthew chapter 14 verse 20 to 31 because this is Jesus walking on water women. Jesus and his disciples out into a store and it comes to them walking on the problem. The problem is that is the problem Jesus sentimental stone and is coming to him on the same storm that he sent the more well get rid of the so what I'm trying to say just in that much is that your mass billows the wind blowing you all over the place might be just the right space to see Jesus walking on the ballot thing that's not too terrified to leave again talking to them on the stall about three big media, if you give me an okay I'm looking at you and say what you if you tell me. Okay, take the risk and honest about the you see if you fixated on the circumstance that will take the rest fixated on Jason's bid you, telling you to take a faith risk in a difficult situation. So about his walking on the problem. Not, mind you, we still hadn't changed but he now walking and not being consumed by but the Bible says in Matthew 1421 he was walking all the he took his eyes off of Jesus and when he took his eyes off of Jesus and said he began the say hey began the gold that stances to go stances had changed his psyche. He's not looking at Jesus and the same circumstance of the medical was walking he started to say what was going on he remembered Jesus and his as he looked back to Jesus and says God saved me then reached down and pulled them out legitimate say stop them from seeking.

Sometimes we go on. We want to know where is God didn't go well.

Where are you looking when remembered. Jesus didn't reach out and say to and may want to but now that wanting to gather there are other people walking alongside his go through the tough times of life.

Dr. Evans will tell us about them when he continues her message just a moment first so I want to remind you briefly about Tony's follow-up book picks up where current series leaves off is called the power of Jesus names and addicts even deeper into the meaning behind the many ways the Lord is referred to in the Bible chapter by chapter, you discovered that each description has something important to say about the situations and circumstances of your life. You also gain a fresh understanding of how God wants to relate with you as you face them. If you contact us right away will send you a copy of the power of Jesus names as a thank you gift when you make a contribution to help us keep Tony's teaching coming your way on the station along with it will send an interactive study guide that's perfect for anything from personal devotions to Sunday school classes are small groups. There's even a companion DVD full of custom content from Dr. Evans for each lesson recorded on location in Israel. And if that wasn't enough, will even include all 11 lessons in this popular sermon series encountering Jesus names time runs out.

Monday on the special quadruple offer one of the biggest we've ever made, so don't wait make the arrangements today by visiting Tony or call her 24 hour resource Center at 1-800-800-3222 were team members are standing by to help you. That's 1-800-800-3222 will get back to our teaching time right after this small group at church and we been wanting to get into discussions and pray with people but I never went to Bible college or anything friend from another church told me about Tony's training center. While they have all these courses on and there's so much packed into you can go through on your own pace so I just did what I could each stamped work. They gave me all the background, discussion questions and lots of extra teaching from Tony Evans that goes even deeper than his servants. And if someone in my group had a question. I couldn't handle I posted in the discussion section and got the answers I need.

I told my group where I got all these great resources and one couple volunteered to lead Explorer growing list of courses covering many of the most concept in Christianity Tony Evans training center discovery where one would says God will welcome plaintiff day Jesus cried Omega if you can't make him in the house. Got mixed up along the way beautiful thing about it that you can rearrange letters and create new beginning and you will focus on him. He can still take you to the finish now since we have so great a cloud of witnesses witnesses the testimony of witnesses. Somebody who testified when boxes would have heavy weight boxing championship 25 get ready to squeal, particularly for the heavyweight bout what they do, they bring in previous champions folks have already been in this ring and come out and go shake the hand of both parties will get ready to fight. And the reason they bring the men is to bring in somebody who been here before. The bumps and bruises and still came out a winner even though they got beat up in the process and that both of these five is no battle.

It's a winnable well know that we have a struggle with focusing on him and so he brought some witnesses some folks to testify to cough our testimonies are is a whole chapter of Hebrews chapter 11 chapter 12 verse one we are surrounded by so great a kind of witnesses all lined up in Chapter 11 the heroes of the faith in Chapter 11 God made it will come as you and that Moses was about Moses what, but when he got back in the right direction at the burning bush. You let my people go, God was able to redirect him and still accomplish his purpose in chapter 11. I don't know how Jacob got in chapter 11 Jacob as 12 children by four different women got on God and with them all make a great nation of adult, but when he got straight with God based on 51 and got right with God. The Scriptures that God still called a man after my own here… All I got right now is like God not see him again and God graduated him to the Hall of Fame that while you if you fix your look at if you have a look at the Olympics and you see the rollers and the role of the going this way, but their role in my death, but the goal in this way about is called explain and look at when a government and look at me where you going, because your case will not dictate my rolling now where we need to go see the light once or things come from too many directions. We only know that's not but that is all makeup and clothes. It was 1992 it was possible in the spring and it was the summer it was the 400 m race and the race was a British one the leading runner for that race and his name was Derek. Derek Redman got the starting blocks any talk off and he was ahead 100 m from the finish line for his hamstring and excruciating painful thing took him to the ground. He lay there crying and excruciating pain. Pain at the end ring and lost the writings that have been training for all.

If you remember those sports plans. Remember to drag himself along just to try to get as far as he could file but it was too much pain and he just cried out because he was from the floor, but that's when a gentleman from the audience.

What is way down came down to the track. The man's name was Jim written that was Derek that it came from the top of the stain made his way down. Derek said that it I don't want to go out like this. I will finish the race. That's when Jim Redman put his will be sold around the race.

He said we don't finish this race together on the finish line.

You may be brought down, you may be flawed man, you may have said you may have disregarded the truth of God. But the Bible says with all on the right hand side of God fixated on you and me getting an hard to grasp the idea that were never too far gone for faith.

But if you're still struggling with guilt and regret. Dr. Evans is back right now with an encouraging invitation for you to feel like into sinful to flawed to rebellious you fail too much for God to ever forgive you. Guess what you are a perfect candidate for salvation. Jesus said that he didn't come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance and salvation. Some of your pink seven you got a bigger Savior. If you go to Jesus Christ. Now carry the boatload of sins with you to the cross acknowledged him to be your savior, acknowledge your sins needing to be forgiven and trust him to the forgiving you desperately desire. He promises he will forgive you and give you eternal life, and offer you a free gift of salvation. I don't care how big your basket of sins are carried in the Jesus is ready to empty them for you. Find out more about what it means to be a real Christian.

Mr. Tony and follow the link that says Jesus there. Tony will explain everything you need to know and you find some free resources to get your new life started right. That's Tony and while you're there, don't forget to take advantage of our current quadruple offer Tony's book the power of Jesus names, complete with a companion study guide and resource DVD plus his current 11 CD teaching series encountering Jesus names.

As I mentioned, they're all yours with our thanks for your donation to keep this listener supported program coming your way. This special offer runs out on Monday so don't wait visit Tony today to make the arrangements or call our resource Center at 1-800-800-3222 anytime of the day or night. That's 1-800-800-3222.

We love the idea of having a Savior rescue were a friend in high places, but a ruler, not so much tomorrow. Dr. Evans will remind us that Jesus, the gentle Shepherd is also the King of King I hope will be with the alternative with Dr. Tony Irvin alternative is made possible by the generous confusion of listeners like

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