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The Joy and Power of Authentic Community [Part 2]

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June 30, 2020 6:00 am

The Joy and Power of Authentic Community [Part 2]

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June 30, 2020 6:00 am

Your deepest, truest identity is not rooted in what you do or how you love others—it’s rooted in what Christ has done and how He loves you. You are God’s beloved.

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Pastor author and Bible teacher Alan Wright God's love for you can be unconditional because you have been through your simple faith in Christ been found to be in Christ and therefore you are recommended with the righteousness of Christ. You are such God's unmerited is agape. That's Pastor Alan Wright open to another message of abuse that will help you see your life in a whole new life, I'm deliberate excited for you to hear the teaching today. In the series. Unspeakable joy is presented at renewal the church in North Carolina. If you're not able to stay with us throughout the entire program I want to make sure you know how to get our special resource right now. It can be yours for your donation this month to Alan Wright Ministry as you listen to today's message go deeper as we send you today's special offer. Contact us at pastoralan.org or call 877-544-4860 that's 877-544-4860.

More on that later in the program but now let's get started with today's teaching here is Alan Ryan we been duped by this message that says greater joy comes the less committed you are, what a lie from the pit of hell. As I look back over the course of my life. I have to just bear this testimony, the things that I've been most committed to things he calls me most joy that I might get some of the hardest things but my marriage of over 31 years has been absolutely great if you so what make what's what was the greatest blessing say my my marriage and in an ace. I will will what if you sacrifice more to be doing as a prima marriage are raising their kids in any parent can tell you this I mean is, you can even you came sit down and write down the number of sacrifices you make for your kids and you just do it. But if you say was also the greatest cause of joy where where is your where is your blessing in your life was Russia's WebKit ministry fits into this. I love love. Pastoral love Michelle of riding on Teachout for I make a lot of sacrifices, but is so much fulfillment so much a purpose and that friendships real friendships that you stay committed to it it it just means something that I've loved that the Lord's allowed me to be here of the 20 years. This note November and there's some value in sticking around somewhere. I'm not saying that every pastor needs to do that and please don't ever let me wear out my welcome, but I just I love you and I tell you, there's something beautiful about that.

I like being in one community for a long time.

I know that's not possible for everybody. But I'm just saying that what I have found in life is that the things that I've been most committed to have actually brought me the most joy in that seem to be running exactly opposite of that of the spirit of the age and the message of this culture and what Paul is doing is here is very open, very transparent, very passionate, very affectionate is writing to the Philippians is all about our relationships as a cause and beloved nomination Greek world. There were several words for love our language.

In English we miss out by only having the word love. It doesn't tell the story and in the ancient Greek.

They had a word for the romantic, passionate tie below called Aeros and in the paganism of that ancient Greek world. The confusion over arrows not understanding it's it's it's beauty and and the wonder of what God has created with this kind of romantic love for husband and wife would also become confused with a kind of a a idolatrous yearning for intoxication led to cultic prostitution. All of this and this this this word comes into the Scriptures and a beautiful picture of the love between a man and a woman, a covenant relationship and there's a word also in ancient Greek for a friendship type love for Lane it so word when you receive that word to fill that will route like Philadelphia, city of brotherly love. That's where it's coming from and there was a concept, also called agape and this preceded the New Testament and agape interestingly came from his Greek idea from a word it meant to breeze like longing for and it actually had an ancient Greek idea being preferred is interesting thought that the word that comes into the New Testament for love that unconditional love of God that we so cherish that Paul calls and throughout the New Testament. The agape of God really comes from an older concept about being preferred and I think in so many ways this makes sense as I'll try to explain today for a lot of people have a hard time ever believing or receiving or experiencing and feeling the love of God, I think so much of the answer. This will be unveiled today as we talk about what it really means to be accepted in Christ himself. And so there is a way in which this love is set apart and distinct from every other form of love because it seated and choice, and I just talk about this a lot, but a covenantal type of love is absolutely different because what it means is that you love someone because you're in a committed relationship because you're in a posture of choosing them is like a parent who loves his or her own baby is it's weird you start loving your child before the child is born, or if you adopt to start loving the child before you've adopted the child and is because it's your child and this is the nature of this love agape more to say about that in a few moments. So the word for beloved is agape toasts is just a noun form of agape loved ones beloved ones and is beautiful. One of the things is so beautiful about being God's beloved, and the beautiful thing about calling someone else. Beloved is that this is a definition of your life that isn't really about any characteristic intrinsic to you is not really about any of your particular good or bad qualities and is certainly not about any of your accomplishments for the label someone beloved is not so much to say something about who they are intrinsically but it is to say something about the one who loves them. In other words, you can be beloved, and you could be unaware of it, whether you know it or not, the prodigal son when he was in a faraway land amongst the pigs and the prostitute was his father's beloved and so I love this that if you wake up in the morning and you have had a hard time and you have begun to have those feelings about yourself where I'm see in my my worst traits and you're wondering where you're going to find your sense of worth, the answer is not really so much to start believing yourself by trying to rehearse to yourself the things that are good about you all, there's nothing wrong with that. The answer really is a say on beloved, and the fact the matter is that once you know yourself. Beloved it changes everything else in your life. I noticed that as I go through the Scriptures and look at the references of the love something jumped out at me that often times this word beloved was used in conjunction with a moral imperative was some exhortation, some instruction, some correction or some warning. Often times the word beloved would be used in connection with such exhortation. For example, Romans 1219. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves. First Corinthians 414 I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons.

I warn you.

First Corinthians 1014 therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. First rent is 15, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord's anger within seven beloved beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all the filthiness of the flash Ephesians 51B therefore imitators of God as beloved children. My beloved is you've always obeyed, work out your salvation with fear and trembling. Paul says therefore James as my beloved brothers, that every man be swift to hear and slow to speak, beloved, I entreat you peters as a strangers and sojourners abstain from fleshly lust is not just that I think God calls us beloved before he has something hard to say to us, although that's tender and beautiful. I think it's that the order of this is essential for us to ever live a godly life is that you are not called, beloved, because you're living a godly life. Your call. Beloved, because your beloved, but being the love is the fuel for you to live a godly life. So whenever God wants to talk to you about steering you down the right path correcting you from wrongdoing bringing about a conviction of sin in your life exhorting you or even warning your even bring a correction in your life God calms you and essentially cause you beloved is the tender expression of a father to his children.

It is, it is that it is the love of God that is expressed to you Sam before you hear anything else and I got to say to you about how you need to live your life. I want to understand this. First and foremost, your beloved, and if you know your beloved is going to empower you is important to understand yourself as beloved, and it begins with knowing this, and this is the central theological point and this changes everything.

And this is how you can move more deeply into the experience of God's love is dwell on this meditate on this Christ is the beloved one. We are beloved in Christ, we are blessed in Christ we are chosen in Christ were favored in Christ at his baptism.

There was a voice from heaven said this is my beloved son this is the father speaking of Jesus. This is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased. After one of us as were Jesus performs mighty miracles.

The word here quotes Isaiah in Matthew 12 and says behold my servant, whom I've chosen my beloved, with whom my soul is well pleased. And then this pivotal moment of the Transfiguration, where we read about Matthew 17, he was still speaking when behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them. This is this is Jesus he's appear transparent with Moses and Elijah in the bright cloud overshadowed and a voice from the cloud said this is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased that JAlan Wright will have more teaching moment. Today's important series is not actually right reserved for those who have no problems or have you ever assume that some people are just born with a joyful personality.

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He is the beloved one. Okay, so Jesus is the elect one. He is he is love with the perfect eternal love of father son and Holy Spirit. There was love before there was a world that was love before there were stars in the sky. There was love before you and I are any other human being ever walked on this earth. Love is not something that came about because humanity came about. Humanity came about because there was love love preceded all things love for faded all things.

Love is from everlasting to everlasting God is love and the sun is live perfectly by the father. He is the beloved. He is the one who is loved.

He is the one who is who is in the father's bosom. He is one with the father and so what Paul understood by revelation from the Holy Spirit in Ephesians chapter 1 verse six is it we are accepted in the beloved. It means that in Christ where accepted by God. It means that in Christ we have been chosen before the foundation of the world. It means that there is unmerited favor that is poured out upon your life because of your simple childlike faith in Jesus. This is the gospel that though there was a great gulf of our sin between us and God and we could never reach God. He came and died for us so that the punishment that we deserved was put upon him, and anyone who would simply believe this and trust in him. Anybody would trust in his name.

I would trust in Christ, you are thereby accepted unto God 100% all your sins forgiven and your accepted. How in the beloved one.

You are blessed in the beloved one is is so powerful.

This week we had 13, 1400 freshmen coming into Wake Forest University judges this year near adjacent to our campus welcomed all the students and last week I guess it was.

I got a call from lady that I grew up next door to his childhood friend marries Simon her name now Mary shot grow and she called and said Alan said got and talk to her in years.

We called up a little bit on the phone. She said I got a dear friend here in Connecticut and to bring in her sundown freshmen that Wake Forest and just so want everything to you know if it would be comfortable. I remember you know so well like that. We just took Bennett back for his senior year at Baylor and I remember this. It goes like that. I remember the day of dropping him off in Waco Texas. There was a little cookout or something. They had were the families are together and are to be on some ice cream or something and you're supposed to enjoy this warm time together and then say goodbye and the freshmen all go in one direction and the parents go off in the other direction and it was kind of their way of saying that parents get out of the way and so I'll never forget that we're just sitting out there. We eat our hotdogs and this just about silent. Nobody is talking about anything is less like there's something pending moment were all counted, dreading, and so we got a the hotdogs in silence and thereby not wanting deserved, stared each other was it all just going out there you know it is him and is just as terrible as I we we we we knew of one one person some friends had a relative in Waco. We met with her because you just want to have somebody right just some I am in one of his car breaks down.

I may need a trusted mechanic. But what if what if what if you need a referral to a doctor that you can't find WHAT WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO YOU KNOW SO YOU JUST WANT SOMEBODY THOUGH.

MY FRIEND MIRRORS BECAUSE THEY WOULD YOU JUST YOU REACH OUT TO THEM. SO AS I WAS SURE NOW. SO I'VE BEEN TEXT AND THAT MOM TEXT AND THAT THAT YOUNG MAN AND I LET OUR COLLEGE MINISTER KNOW TO REACH OUT TO THEM AS WELL AND AND SO THERE'S THERE'S A THERE'S A GUY THAT'S BEEN ON MY HEART THIS WEEK WILL WHY IS BECAUSE HE'S MORE LIKABLE THAN THE OTHER FRESHMEN AND BENEFIT HIS GUYS USE TO BETTER STUDENT ARE SMARTER NOW. IS IT BECAUSE OF SOMETHING THEY JUST ATTRACT YOU TO HIM AND YOU WANTED TO TAKE CARE OF YOU AND NO NO NO NO. WHY ELSE MARY MASON CALLED ME ASKED ME DOING AND I GREW UP NEXT TO HER AND SO YOU KNOW IT'S WHAT I'M SAYING IS I DON'T KNOW THE YOU HAVE. IT SEEMS SO ARBITRARY, BUT THIS IS THE WAY IT WORKS IS THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE THAT YOU HAVE AFFECTION FOR, OR THAT YOU SET APART IN YOUR HEART IN SOME WAY, AND ONE BECAUSE THAT PERSON IS BECAUSE THEY WERE YOU CONNECTED SOME OTHER MEANS. SO IN OTHER WORDS, THIS, THIS YOUNG STUDENT BEEN PRAYING FOR, BECAUSE HE WAS IN MARY IS IS IS SO IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND BELOVED, IF YOU WONDER HOW GOD COULD LOVE YOU SO JUST IMAGINE THE LOVE THAT IS FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING FATHER SON AND HOLY SPIRIT BEFORE ANY OF THIS EVER EXISTED IS THE NATURE OF GOD AND THAT WE HAVE MADE ALL THESE MISTAKES WE'VE HAD SO MUCH SIN IN OUR LIVES AND THAT WE WILL LOOK AT YOUR LIVES. A MAP MADE A MESS OF THINGS OR WHATEVER MIGHT BE AND THAT YOUR DAYS ARE YOUR DARKEST AND MOST FRUSTRATING YOU CAN JUST SIMPLY UNDERSTAND THIS ABOUT WHO GOD IS, IS GOD'S LOVE FOR YOU CAN BE UNCONDITIONAL BECAUSE YOU HAVE BEEN THROUGH YOUR SIMPLE FAITH IN CHRIST BEEN FOUND TO BE IN CHRIST AND THEREFORE YOU ARE RECOMMEND WITH THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST AND YOU ARE SHOWN IN THE VERY BEST SENSE OF THE WORD GOD'S UNMERITED FAVOR IS AGAPE.

CHARLES SPURGEON SAID IT SO POWERFULLY.

CHRIST WAS THUS CHOSEN BOTH IN THE DIVINE AND HUMAN NATURES. SO ARE ALL HIS PEOPLE CHOSEN CHOSEN IN HIM BLESSED FACT THE SAME REGISTER WHICH INCLUDES CHRIST AS FIRSTBORN INCLUDES ALL THE BROTHERS AND SISTERS, AND UNTIL THE FLAMES OF HELL CAN CONSUME THE RECORD WHICH CERTIFIES CHRIST AS THE SON OF GOD, OUR SON SHIP IN CHRIST TOWARDS GOD MUST REMAIN SAFE FROM ALL THE ATTACKS OF SATANIC CRAP DISPROVE CHRIST SON SHIP AND YOU DISPROVE OUR PROVE THE UNION OF CHRIST WITH GOD AS HIS SON. SINCE CHRIST, PEOPLE ARE IN HIM YOU PROVE THEIR SON SHIP TO COOL DOWN THE RED ROLE WHICH GOD WROTE WITH HIS ETERNAL FINGER. ACCORDING TO THE COUNSEL OF HIS WILL AND YOU SEE THE NAMES OF ALL THOSE WHO WILL ENTER INTO ETERNAL LIFE. THEY ARE ALL THERE SECURED BECAUSE THE FIRST ONE IS SECURE AND UNTIL THE PIT OF HELL CAN RUN THROUGH THE FIRST ONE IN THE CATALOG SHALL NEVER BE ABLE TO RUN THROUGH ANY OF THE OTHERS FOR THEIR STAY IN THE NAMES OF ALL THE ELECT COVERED, PROTECTED AND DEFENDED BY THE NAME OF CHRIST, WHICH STANDS AT THE HEAD. WE ARE IN THAT BOOK, WHICH IS SEALED WITH SEVEN SEALS WHICH NONE BUT THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH PREVAILED TO OPEN. THIS IS GOOD NEWS. YOU'RE THE BELOVED CREATURE IN THE BELOVED ONE AND THE NATURE OF THIS LAW AS IT IS ETERNAL AND THAT IT SPILLS OVER AND SO THAT LOVE NEEDS A PLACE TO WORK ITSELF OUT AND IT WORKS ITSELF OUT IN OUR RELATIONSHIPS. WE DO THAT HERE THROUGH COMMUNITY GROUPS. LONELINESS IS A CORNY SOCIOLOGIST EPIDEMIC AND IT NEED NOT BE, WE CANNOT BE HEALTHY HUMAN BEINGS WITHOUT PRACTICING THE LOVE OF GOD TOWARD ONE ANOTHER.

WE CAN'T, THERE'S A GROWING DISPUTE AND BODY OF RESEARCH ABOUT THE PRACTICE OF SOLITARY CONFINEMENT FOR PRISONERS IS SO INTERESTING THAT SOME OF THE MOST HARDENED CRIMINALS WHO SIN SEEM TO BE SO SOCIOPATHIC THAT THEY ACT AS THOUGH THEY WOULD NEVER WANT TO BE AROUND ANOTHER HUMAN BEING THAT NONETHELESS FINE IF THEY ARE PUT IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT AND FOR 23 HOURS A DAY DON'T SEE ANYONE GET ONE HOUR OF ISOLATED RECREATION AND BACKEND.

THEY FIND IT TO BE INTOLERABLE IN A FIGHT WITH A SOCIOLOGIST ARE SAYING AS I OFTEN BECOME HAVING HALLUCINATIONS AND BECOME EXTREMELY ENRAGED.

THEY RATHER BE BEATEN OR TORTURED IN OTHER WAYS. I'M JUST SAYING AS A STARK IMAGE BUT THE DEVIL WANTS TO KEEP US IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT. THE WOLF LOVES THE LOAN SHEEP. THE WOLF WANTS TO ATTACK THE LOAN SHEEP GETS ISOLATED AND IN THE BODY OF CHRIST. IT MUST NOT BE SO. IT MUST NOT BE SO. IT DOESN'T MEAN YOU NEED TO GET INTO A GROUP IN THE FIRST NIGHT YOU GET IN THERE YOU BARE YOUR SOUL OF EVERY SINGLE THING THAT'S EVER GONE YOUR LIFE. THAT'S NOT WHAT IT MEANS BUT IT DOES MEAN YOU START PRACTICING THE LOVE OF CHRIST. YOU'RE THE BELOVED AND IN COMMUNITY WE ARE ABLE TO DEMONSTRATE THAT FOR OTHERS, AND THAT THE GOSPEL RIGHT IN THE CONCLUSION, NOT ONLY OF THE TEACHING. THE JOY AND POWER OF AUTHENTIC COMMUNITY BUT WERE HERE AT THE END OF UNSPEAKABLE JOY AND WHAT A GREAT SERIES. ALLEN IS BACK IN A MOMENT WITH ADDITIONAL INSIGHT ON THIS FOR YOUR LIFE IN A FINAL WORD.

PLEASE STAY WITH US KNOW SO THAT SERIOUSLY AND CONSTANTLY DESIRES TO LABEL THE RIGHTS. JULIE IS AN ELUSIVE DREAM RESERVE FOR SELECT WHO HAVE NO PROBLEMS OR FOR THOSE WHO WERE BORN WITH A JOYFUL DISPOSITION ACTUALLY JOINS THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT AVAILABLE TO ALL IN CHRIST, NO MATTER WHAT YOU'RE FACING. YOU CAN HAVE THE JOY OF THE LORD IN THE MIDST THE APOSTLE PAUL.EVEN HIS EPISTLE TO THE PHILIPPIANS MYLAN PRAISING JULIE 16 KAREN EHRENREICH'S NEWEST ALBUM, THE SECRETIVE AND SPEAKABLE JULIE CHAPTER BY CHAPTER HOUSE EXPLANATION OF THE SECRETIVE JOY WHEN YOU MAKE A GIFT TO DATA SHARING AND RIGHT WILL BE DELIGHTED WITH THE NEW SCENE I COME APART AND DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF UNSPEAKABLE JOY. WE ARE HAPPY TO SEND THIS TO YOU AS I THANKED HIM ALLEN NIGHT MINISTRIES TODAY IS THE LAST DAY. THIS SPECIAL OFFER IS AVAILABLE TO YOU. CALL US AT 877-544-4860 877-544-4861 COME TO OUR WEBSITE PAST ROWAN.LIKE SALAD. I'M REMINDED OF A QUOTE FROM JOHN WESLEY THAT SAYS IF YOUR HEART IS IS MY HARD GIVE ME THY HAND IN THIS ESSAY, YOU KNOW WHAT WE DON'T HAVE TO AGREE ON EVERYTHING, BUT IF WE'RE IN COMMUNITY UNDER THE NAME OF JESUS. THAT'S POWERFUL AND IT BRINGS A JOY THAT REALLY PASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING.

AND AS WE HAVE OF THIS TITLE HERE.

IT'S IN UNSPEAKABLE JOY. IT IS AS STARK AS THIS STATEMENT THAT THE CHRISTIAN GOSPEL DOESN'T JUST SAVE YOU, LET YOU OUT OF SOLITARY CONFINEMENT, IT MEANS YOU'RE NO LONGER ALONE.

WE AS CHRISTIANS ARE NO LONGER HIDING AND WERE NO LONGER DISCONNECTED AND SOME TO BE BELOVED IS TO BE BELOVED IN CHRIST TOGETHER AND THAT FELLOWSHIP IS SO POWERFUL IT CANNOT BE TORN DOWN AND YOU CANNOT REMOVE IT FROM THE FACE OF THIS EARTH TRY TO FORGET IT. THEN PEOPLE FIND UNDERGROUND HOUSES IN WHICH TO ME BECAUSE WE ARE MADE, NOT JUST FOR GOD, BUT FOR ONE ANOTHER FITTING CONCLUSION TO THIS POWERFUL EPISTLE OF PAUL'S AMOUNT UNSPEAKABLE JOY. THERE IS ONLY GOING TO BE JOY. WE HAVE AUTHENTIC COMMUNITY.

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