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September 17, 2020 3:00 pm
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Welcome to Crossroads connection is the show all about having conversation surrounding life, ministry and culture is a quick think you are friends of the Truth Network for airing this program and truly thank you for taking time out of your day to join us and to listen, I'm Tyler and I'm joined by Jamie Jamie. It's great to see how you yeah good great to see Andy, who as always is joining us. That's right, good to see both of you and again welcomes everybody who are listening right now wherever you're listening from is always our joy and privilege to. As we say, bring a little bit of joy little hope, laughter, and also some good solid biblical foundations and encouragement as well. At the same time so I great see both you and you know this is now working back into the rhythm of being in studio together at the same time feels good. I miss that it is. It's kinda nice to see you not been noticing that on the drive in in the morning over the last several weeks, even months as we drive in in the morning your stay more more traffic. Once a little town the other night after I got my daughter offer Bible once his little town center. Been there, you'll nearby Raleigh and I was amazed at home if you brought about in the clouds feels normal, a lot and were back and fallen. So whatever your view is on sports at least some sports are up and running and still kinda confusing as the what's happening all around but you know fall is here. Sports are coming back in. You know you start to feel like member. This feeling of this feeling close to what you might expect when fall comes: right. So it's kinda good and at the same time you know were were moving forward.
I think we've all been talking even before we start going on here were talking about the mission of the church and the mission, not just of the church, but for those you listening if you are a Christian you have a mission, and I think that when you combine the commandment that we have to love God and love people and combine that with the mission we have to go to the world.
We still have purpose, no matter what's happening in the world around us. The matter what's going on in the wee election coming up. Oh joy to. That's all that that comes with. We still have covert stuff is still happening figure in school out in jobs and and racial tension. Not all in.
And of course all her own stuff on top of that it could be real easy to feel a little overwhelmed. Can Jamie ceric and really, really can't but if you pick your head up long enough to realize in the middle of this, we still have a mission to do and there still some that were supposed be doing. I guess I was reminded of this as we were walking through recently were walking through the major prophets and all the minor prophets here crosses fellowship and guess what, we're in the year of transformation. It started January and it's been 17 years that we are still in know it's been not even a year yet we been in this transformation read through Scripture together.
By the way, I was asked the other day hospitals you this question to some asked me the other day. What is, what have you done has gotten you through to this point spiritually with God You grounded You centered and without even thinking, my first response was because my church and I are going to the Bible together is the true general statement on like that's out as a pastor I love the say some real like big I've had these visions and this all sometimes know it's just time to trouble… Nice to be reading through Scripture together in an hour. But you guys were but with you I think this will be a kind of a classic worship pastor answer for me. Just some really good personal times off of you know the platform off the stage of worshiping through some of the songs been a lot of good music that is been released recently that has been really good for me to come just be singing in my heart and my spirit to kind of keep me grounded in and give me hope and perspective on everything, or walking through a pajama spot what you go to summer now my go to songwriter were now one that has been really been speaking to me is a song called, probably to have really been enjoying some us of the maverick city music is been doing okay. There's two there is promises which we've done here recently at at our church and another one is his manager word to those you guys are FEMA there that what what God said. He said he is using his word and he when he when he promises something even to do it so it's been really good for me to have rest and that truth, I think early on everybody's go to was Carrie Job's blessed life. You're right yes yeah yeah give the blessing and a will is a powerful powerful one. I know our church dumped on that early on, you really saw God at work when they wrote that before all this happened and it comes out when this started disliking very very high. What you Jamie you done to keep you centered. So during like so yes, being in his word, but also the extreme additional amount of time I had to just spend with him. There was a season during quarantine where I even told my kit I needed to be distraction free and there would be some days I like to spend hours with him and there was a little season right on the kid. My closet is my prayer class at Amazon. I'm telling you because I need to not be drafted but there will be time certain days like to spend hours and in his presence, whether it was worshiping when there is in his artery when there is just impact, and unlike anything before my life where when we have that amount of time and uninterrupted time to just admit himself. There were some days during quarantine that if it was really hard and overwhelming. Emotionally processing what we were going through that I might just spend nearly the full day just with them and sound that was huge and we made our we make a list of my son, along with the blessing and yes so you know if your listening right now. I hope that you find a little encouragement and even in the middle of all this that we can find centeredness and get back to who we are in Christ and sometimes just gone back to the fundamentals it's your prayer closet. Just pray over the Bible and just read it now supports music and just listen to it is amazing how those sometimes come across as very simple, but a very very powerful and very deep not to lose sight of that. So as we were walking through Scripture. One of the things that has really been I think you know everything in God's timing that the reason why we started this transformation journey as a church and were reading. I'll think it's any accident that were reading through Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel. During this time right now. And of course you got a lot of Jeremiah the weeping prophet and Lamentations a book of weeping and Ezekiel captive priest and prophet whose prophesying, but the reality is here.
These guys are and they are in a captive state and there see in their nation basely being invaded and taken away and their writing at the same time, the writing the hardships that they're going through the writing, the captivity, you know, I mean, just think about what they did. So the Babylonians would come in and they would take people that were you know a young up-and-coming strong whatever had potential and they would take them to their land, and indoctrinate them with their teachings and their ways and that's what's happening.
So the taking. This captive group. Ezekiel's one of him and Daniels, one of them and take some Dana goes at age 16, Ezekiel 1230 and the goat indoctrinate them. But you see both Ezekiel and Daniel and even before Jeremiah is watching the city struggle that at the same time that they are spelling out the realities of what's happening at the very same time there are very hopeful what God still has promise were, got promises before it's rich pretty wonderful that as you read through the Old Testament God is continually going back to hey I remember I told you I promised you land I promised you that I'll be your God and you'd be my people. I promised you that I'll keep you safe and give you peace but you gotta do your part, which is simply follow my ways walk in my statutes, and obey me you do that, I'll do my part you dear principal when we see we see we see the Hebrew people just like us falling from that there sin that enters there's corruption that comes in and so God there's judgment, right, there's captivity. There's judgment. There's consequences. But then there's redemption and this beautiful book of redemption is what were experiencing right now. I think in many ways it on the amount thrown the prophetic hat on or it's just like that, but right now, many ways were feeling a lot of that were feeling were seeing the hopelessness were seeing the businesses go under. People have hardships you people losing their jobs.
Churches are struggling and your families are struggling kids are struggling in your see in all that. I guess what I want to do is bring us up to the next level. So, yeah, but in the middle of this.
There's still hope in the middle of this there still a job for us to do in the middle of this there still calling on what we are nearly that's what we been doing walking through that and nothing longer. I preached a message that I was very passionate about all the way can revive and really the heart of this awaken revive comes out of Ezekiel and it's really Ezekiel as we study the Ezekiel and the Valley of the dry bones and the whole thing.
There were listen to some of that here in just a moment, but I wanted to read a quick paragraph in Christianity today. And then when Glenn was in the part of the sermon that I think sets up the reasoning for this in the problem or facing now so here we go from Christianity today says the main problem with the contemporary church is not that some are saying God is dead, nor that the redemptive thrust of the gospel has been dulled by overemphasis on social action, or even that theologians, ministers, or people in the pews are hanging on create the problem is that the person in the pew has lost interest in doing anything about the main challenges confronting the church. That's a good statement and that here we go here's the church's weakest link. Those who confess Christ and then do nothing form to me that is the front that's the bigger problem is that is that the bigger problem is not all the external stuff happening around us is that the Christian church is doing about it and got a bunch of people who are confessing Christ that say that there follow Christ, but there do nothing form and at the end of the message I hit it really hard with comparing two passages, one in second Timothy and one of first Corinthians, but I want to listen to it though because I think the I think the passion that came out in this message is worth listening to. And so yes so we can revive soever you are. Hope that you can get excited and and can I have that awakening and revival spirit that God's not done with us yet. Hi Sam, I can't wait to hear this quick clip from a week and revives that, let's hear a word from our sponsor and will get an perhaps you've asked yourself this question.
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Can God do the impossible and understeer remind you that we serve a God that specializes in the impossibly men church come on somebody can God do the impossible to do the impossible in your life. We serve a God that specializes in creating something absolutely amazing out of nothing by just speaking it into existence. I sometimes lose the all the wonder of this God they can do the impossible.
We look at our own lives and we say will maybe can't do it in my life. Maybe due to some else's life. I'll tell you God can do the impossible. God can restore your marriage and restore your life restore your hope in your grace and your mercy. All the things your life that God can do the impossible and again I just wonder we forget sometimes that as the church is the bride of Christ that we serve a God that Nellie specializes in it belongs to do it belongs to do miracles in our life belongs to bring dead things back to life on church women. So is about time you get here and get about Sonny leave here this morning. He does the impossible and, hopefully, like Ezekiel here just to remind you of that is maybe lost sight of that. Maybe in all of your stuff every Stuff we all stuff compounded by all the stuff were being shelled by the media all the stuff happening this season. They sometimes lose sight of the fact that God does the impossible that God can still do the impossible that our life doesn't have to be dead and disgraced in dry. I think that one of the things that is affecting the American Christian church.
Quite honestly are just a bunch of Christians that look alive on the outside but are dead on the inside which brings a point number two which is this which is an awakening and awakening is what happens as a result of speaking the word of God. Just watch. This is the first thing that Ezekiel is pose of these poses the question, can these bones live in Ezekiel's response is a great response. I don't know. Only you know God's will and God do something amazing is is okay Ezekiel that I want you to speak to catch this guy didn't need Ezekiel speak God shows Ezekiel to speak and to speak his word.
Ezekiel 37 verse forces.
Then he said to be prophesy over these bones and say to them dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God of these bones. Behold, I will cause breath to enter you and you will live I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you and cover you with skin and put breath in you and you will live and you will know that I am the Lord your God, so a little about this is that Ezekiel is challenged with sharing the word of God. Just sharing God's word, just speak. Ezekiel what I've told you to speak and stand back and watch what I can do the speaking of the word of God and God the something amazing his breath.
The ruler the Hebrew word ruler is an amazing word not only stands for the breath of human life of our life. It also represents the spiritual breath that enters people the spiritual breath that gives life and power from God. In other words, is an active word. It's an active breath its active arts error motion is not just this this word that speaks of falls off the edges like a spiritual worth is that God's breath is entering mankind, not just to come alive, but to truly live. I'm just here to tell you that if you want to truly live. It's not enough just to know about God is not enough just to be a good moral person. If you want to truly live you got allow that rule that spirit of God to answer your life to give you life.
Come on church. This is what we need if we was the transformation happened in you and your family in the city. It is gotta be by the power of the spirit, not just because you're a good person, not just because you can argue, well, not just because your persuasive but because you are awoken to the Holy Spirit fire and power inside of you. And that's how this world changes. Reminds me of Scripture in Hebrews 412 it talks about this word right here that we have in our hand this word it says it this way that the word of God is living and its active this Bible in my hand that you have. This is the word of God and I just can't help but think that God is saying the same thing to us. Hey could you speak this word.
Could you just give the Scripture cares give somebody a good news gospel message where you are now make the gospel vanity of the gospel crossroads of the gospel in your name but under God's powerful man that this message we trust this message to be powerful.
Listen, this word will there hand. This is the power it says it cuts to the joints and the marrow's it cuts deep into our souls and to our mind. It's this word right here the word that we have the same or that Ezekiel spoke from God.
Ezekiel spoke this so what would happen. Just think what would happen for a moment if you and I would preach the gospel message and not our message. If we wouldn't take it and twisted it would make it fit what we feel is true if we would lower emotions to dictate our doctrine and our theology.
But if you just simply stand on God's word and preach his word and not apologize for this and there's way too many Christians in this world that's apologizing for calling since said how ridiculous is this apologizing for saying this is what God says is said I'm sorry can't bend you will guess what the gospel's offensive. It is true and instead what happens is you want just software. Listen, I know a I know we should live this way but listen, it's okay because God loves you. It's okay.
You can choose the lifestyle you want to choose, even if it's against the Scripture well because you know God can forgive you and he loves you right with the great, the forgiveness part in the mercy part love it all day long. Before too long. We just allow people people in our workplace in our lives.
People in our own families were so afraid to offend somebody that is so to speak, in truth in love. By the way, listen. Let's call that right.
One of the greatest commandments we have is the love God and love people doesn't mean to be a jerk to somebody because her sitting right is our second yell at somebody and hit him upside the head. But if were just so afraid were so afraid to offend were so afraid offend culture. We call this cancel culture happening around us. We walk on eggshells. We don't have to if you want to go sell me because I'm preaching the gospel to let him get upset doesn't mean I hate people doesn't mean you hate somebody doesn't mean it back to me as you love. If we love somebody why when we preach truth tool.
What we tell them that the path around is said to get deeper and as soon as you lead them astray doesn't have to be a fight.
It doesn't have to be an argument but of people going to woke up to their spiritual condition. It's got a come from this word of God is gotta come from us, which leaves number three is this the third point awakening of God's Spirit leads always to revival to revival and not just revival but revival into a great army. Ezekiel 37/7. Ezekiel does with the Lord says it says I prophesied as I was commanded love that were commanded.
Guess what, there's a commandment that you and I need to follow in the commandment is this love the Lord your God with your heart, soul, mind and love your neighbor as yourself. Yet we want to argue over all this other stuff we can to be the first and most important one rights. We have a commandment. You gotta love people. We have a commission which is the go. What happens we put those two things together that were commission to go where a commission to go to fight were commission to go to love.
It's amazing what would happen as I prophesied, and there was a sound and a rattling and bones came together, bone to its bone. I looked to be colder sinews on the flesh had come upon them and skin had covered them watch this, though there was no breath in them that he said he prophesied of the breath say to the breath come from the four winds breathe in, breathe on the sleigh that they may live. So I prophesied as he commanded me in the breath came into them, and they lived and they stood to their feet and exceedingly great army. One of forces that capture our attention is even though they look like they were alive they were not allotments of the breath of God unto them, they were alive and so God's breath under them, they looked alive. You can imagine that scene. By the way having that vision. We saw all these bones coming together, and tendons come on and skin come on him and also there there but there still lay under their still dead.
There's no breath.
There's no life.
But then again, God said, prophesied of my progress my living active breath would answer them and we did that, they stood up a vast army can imagine that site. The hope that we came back to this priest and this prompted St. Israel is not lost hope is not lost as his God's breath enter them.
I want to show you this into New Testament passages that I I think is paid to say a wonderful picture. What I'm trying to communicate this morning in second Timothy chapter 3 verse 1 to 5 I think is one of the best right now passages in the New Testament to meet this this describes what's going on right now in real time goes like this. Understand this in the last days there will come times of difficulty people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud and arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, on a peaceable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving, good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God as a sound anything like were going through right now I washer/verse/verse two summarizes the whole harpy behind when trying to communicate.
Having the appearance of godliness but be not denying its power. Listen, I'm Tony right now that one of the greatest enemies right now in the church in the contemporary church of America.
Is that right there. There are way too many people who claim to know Christ and have a form of godliness but no power.
There is no power, good moral people living a good moral life with no power. You know how we see revival happen. You and I walking power. That's how we see it happen. You know how to transform the triangle in the world.
The Senators argue was somebody you go across the hallway you a heads up so that sick and you pray for them I got is a miracle in heels of the office place. That's how you see revival happen soon as you want to revival your hallway. Don't try to blend in and merge and just become a norm like everybody else. You stand up for Christ. You preach the gospel to your friends your school to revival happen because her celebrations happening in public high schools. That's always a revival.
Listen to this verse and the contrast with first Corinthians 1st Corinthians chapter 2, verse 1 to 5 says it this way, this is Paul writing among all theologians will majority the New Testament brilliant man. I want to listen to the words of the rights just just watch this he says when I came to you. I do not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom of the verse essay with persuasive words.
He said I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified and I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling in my speech and my message were not with plausible words of wisdom or persuasive words, but in demonstration of the Spirit and power, that your faith might not rest the men, but in God.
I'm telling you this is what will transform it are hope I don't care what side you're on your hope is not your political party. Your hope is not your boss, your hope is not your finances, your hope is not even the person next to you, the hope that will change if we want to see change happen. If we want to see transformation happen, it will not happen by Christians arguing on social media. It will not happen by you just try to be smarter than everybody else and have a better argument that there breath as not all change web not important. It's good. I'm not saying we don't use our voice but again, if you want to see true change happen which know anybody in this room, that wouldn't say that something's gotta change this world is getting worse and worse and worse sinners.
Rabbits and yet the giant sleeps because were afraid to offend. The church is beautiful, wonderful bride of Christ is set up showing the world how beautiful she is, we hide in the dark because were afraid to get ridiculed church would happen we flip that what would happen if you and I left here today if we left here today proclaiming the good news of Jesus key for joining and listening to our program today and thank you to Crossroads Fellowship and the Truth Network for making this show possible.
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