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November 23, 2021 7:00 am
Jesus is not just the final word on John's word on agencies. Dr. Tony Evans is everything we need to know about God can be found in Jesus celebrating faithfulness. This is the alternative Dr. Tony Evans, author, senior pastor of Oakland Bible Fellowship in Dallas Texas and president of the urban alternative.
The Bible says Jesus Christ being eternal is no beginning and no end but it also says Jesus is the beginning and the end will find out what that means is we join Dr. Evans for today's lesson when you went to preschool and elementary school. The first thing that teachers wanted to instruct you on was the alphabet they wanted you to learn ABC DEF GH I JKPQRSTUVW X, Y, and Z.
They wanted you to know because they know that the rest of your life would be banking what ABC to us in the English language, Alpha and Omega is in the Greek language is the first letter of the Greek alphabet is the last letter of the Greek what Jesus Christ lived in a Greek speaking world, and so they would not be talking about they would be talking about Alpha toolmaker because that would be the lettering of the world in which they live.
Spoke road and read 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 what you when Jesus says I am the Alpha and Omega clamoring that he himself is the complete knowledge base for all of life. And Jesus said I'm not just talking about 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 comprehensive with base comprehensive revelation base of Almighty God, rather than the person of Jesus Christ back first Corinthians chapter 15 verses 27, 28, all of life. All life revolves around Jesus Christ. Every part of your life is to be connected to sink into not God the father 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. He was 12 versus 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 start and finish and stuff Alpha and Omega. He says the offer 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 follow in the faith, but who may not be running the race for running the race.
Those folks want you to change your focus, focus, the regrettable focus means to stare at or to or to look with a penetrating he says I want you to focus on Jesus says in verse number number two fixing sets focus become fixated with fixated with Jesus because if we only know his name is author and finisher of Alpha and Omega, beginning in June 2 fixated on him now signal something then that means that you have to stop being fixated also, did you get you KB fixated on multiple things at the same time, you can look them over the record same, but you KB fixated on some things at the same time commitment to zeroing in on okay this is I want you to fix your eyes on Jesus, which means I will do to stop fixating on you. I want to leave you for. I want to stop fixating on your policy.
I want to stop fixating on your friend would stop that signal when everybody else thinks I want you to fixate on Jesus Christ greatand this is Matthew chapter 14 verse 20 to 31 because this is an Jesus walking on water women.
Jesus and his disciples out into a store and it comes to them walking on the problem of the problem is that is the problem Jesus sentimental storm and is coming to him on the same storm that he sent them or well get rid of the store so what I'm trying to say just in that much is that young 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, walking to them on the stone. My body has long been leader, if you give me an okay good I'm looking at you and say what you if you tell me.
Okay, take the risk and honest about the bow. You see, if you fixated on the circumstances that will take the rest. Step up about fixated on Jesus and he bids you, telling you to take a faith risk in a difficult situation. So that's about, and his walking on the problem, not mine. Do we still in the side of change but now walking and not being consumed by but the Bible says in Matthew 1421 that while he was walking all the stone he took his eyes off of Jesus and when he took his eyes off of Jesus and said he began the sink began the circumstances to go the start of the stances had changed his psyche.
Looking Jesus in the same circumstance of the medical was walking started the sake what was going on. Hey, remember Jesus and his as he looked back up to Jesus and said God saved me then reached down and pulled them out.
I don't want you to miss this. Say stop them from seeking. Sometimes we go on Honda and we want to know where is God… Oh well, what are you focused on what are you looking when they remember to read focus on Jesus reached down and say to and they walked to.
But now that wanting to gather and there are other people walking alongside us as we go through the tough times of life. Dr. Evans will tell us about them when he continues her message just a moment right now though. I want to tell you that what you're hearing today as part of a series of lessons called encountering Jesus names most of us a name is just a label but in the Bible, especially when referring to Jesus, it's much more how much more you'll find out as Tony translates in-depth Scripture research into clear, relevant insights into what it means to be the Lamb of God, the great high priest, and more right now would like to send you a copy of all 11 of these full-length messages on CD or as digital downloads is our gift when you make a donation to help support Tony's worker on the air, and around the world. This offer is only available for limited time, but if we hear from you right away.
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Everyone in your home theater child helping them discover plan for their potential for a lifetime. The following learned about the complete line of kids email@example.com right now. Let's get back to Dr. Evans for part two of today's teaching 16 which says God will welcome plaintiff day Jesus cries that those Omega business. If you come to him in the house. Got mixed up along the way. The 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 line. Now watch this since we have so great a cloud of witnesses witnesses the testimony of witnesses. Somebody who testified when boxes with boxing championships to find a way off, particularly for the heavyweight bout you know what they do, they bring in previous champions folks have already been in this ring and come out and negotiate the hand of both parties will get ready to fight. And the reason they bring the men 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 is no doubt it's a winnable well God knows we have a struggle with focusing on him and so he brought some witnesses some folks to testify, testimony service is the whole chapter of Hebrews chapter 11 chapter 12 is one since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses talk about all lined up.
Chapter 11 the heroes of the Chapter 11 God made it pulls in that house was some issue chapter Moses was about Moses what life but when he got back in the right direction at the let my people go, God was able to redirect him and telecom business purpose, so you'll find him in chapter 11. I don't know how Jacob got in chapter 11 Jacob as 12 children by four different women… Can I God and with them all night still make a great nation of my promise and I got in chapter but when he got straight with God based on some one I got right with God. The Scriptures that God still called a man after my own Samson did not hear Don Watanabe all apply, but when it got right like that cost him his life. God let them see him again and God graduated him to the Hall of Fame when I'm trying to say that no matter how well how long you if you Jesus.
You have a look at the Olympics and rollers and the role of the board. In this way, but their role in my desk, but the goal in this way about his weight explain is looking when they go and look at me where you going okay. Just follow the dictates of my rolling now that we need to go say life is too uncertain things come from too many directions. We only know that's not but that is how Omega knows where Rigali we will focus on where enclosed. It was 1992 it was Barcelona Spain and it was the summer it was the 400 m race.
The race was a British one the leading runner for that race and his name was Derek.
Derek Redman got the starting blocks and took off and he was ahead of the pack 100 m from the finish line for his hamstring, an excruciatingly painful thing took him to the ground. He lay there crying and in excruciating pain and loss of the writings that have been training for all. If you remember those sports plans. Remember to drag himself along just to try to get a spot as he could file but it was too much pain. But that's when a gentleman from the top of the audience worked his way down came down to the track. The man's name was Jim that was Derek's daddy. Daddy came from the top of the stands made his way down. Derek said that it is a lot like this to finish the race. That's when Jim Redman helped Erica put his shoulder and he said we don't finish this race together on the finish line. You may be brought down, you may be flawed. You may have failed, you may have said you may have disregarded the truth of God.
But the Bible said the wrong anyway. On the right hand side of God say, who are fixated on the stands. You and you give glory to the beginning and begin sometimes it's hard to grasp the idea that we are 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 to 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 sibling 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 do the forgiving that you desperately desire. He promises he will forgive you give you eternal life, and offer you a free gift of salvation. I don't care how big your basket of sins are carried of the Jesus is ready to empty them for you. Find out more about what it means to be a real Christian is Tony ever start Oregon follow the link that says Jesus there. 20 will explain everything you need to know you'll find some free resources to get your new life started right.
That's 2011 start or and while you're there, you can take advantage of that special offer. I mentioned earlier you get 20s beautiful and informative photo book experiencing Israel along with all 11 full-length messages in his current teaching series encountering Jesus names yours with our thanks when you make a contribution to help us continue to bring this program to you and other listeners each day. Just visit Tony Evans.org to get the details and make the arrangements. You can also get some in person help from a member of our resource team.
When you call 1-800-800-3222 anytime of the day or night. That's 1-800-800-3222. We love the idea of having a Savior rescuer, a friend in high places, but her ruler, not so much tomorrow. Dr. Evans will remind us that Jesus, the gentle Shepherd is also the King of Kings. I hope will be with the alternative with Dr. Tony celebrating 40 years of faithfulness, thanks to the generous contributions listeners like you