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June 1, 2022 12:30 am
Today Pastor Russ Andrews continues his sermon in the book of Luke and answers 3 questions: "What are the characteristics of an effective church, what was the main purpose of Jesus's ministry, and what was His strategy?"
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Do you feel like your efforts to reach God. Find God, and please God do you feel like your faith is dead or alive today.
Pastor Russ Andrews will walk us through Scripture to answer these questions join us on finding purpose, glorifying God by helping men find their purpose for living.
For more information and to connect with Russ Andrews and finding purpose could visit us email@example.com connect with us on Facebook. Now let's listen to Russ Andrews as he teaches us how to be a Christian without being religious. This work, it was for the best years of my life but I knew that he was calling me.
I just didn't know what to do this right now I got to go there.
I got a throw away all my suits us tolerant and put on blue jeans and a Lacoste and a backpack and show up 45 years ago and I was older than some of the professors is the problem today many men and women were never called.
God didn't appoint him or send for them so wildly in the pulpit.
Men and women because they chose this is nothing. Be good to get a similar usually administers really the most.
This is the pastor of a church with them is how to respect each person a community that's probably the case today.
Yesterday is a very respectable position just been a doctoral lawyer so that that's what I chose today. The prophet Jeremiah warns about keeping the minister, who were never summoned by Jesus you read Jeremiah 23 carefully just to get a couple key versus Jeremiah 23 verses 30 and 32 says therefore declares the Lord, gives the false prophets.
They tell you about dreams and lead my people astray with their reckless lot. This is God speaking to prophets and priests and preachers yet.
I did not send them upon them, and they do not benefit these people in the least declares the Lord. This one is a declaration God makes it so Jesus some of the toil and he commanded them to go. Why is God the father is Jesus volunteer but he got a file eventually summoned the sun and said don't you go to earth. Jesus submitted to us have the father's will and got cinnamon to the world on a divine rescue mission was mission was to save us from our sins. John 317 says for God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him, don't you love that he did not come to condemn anybody think about the woman, and it would offer no condemnation what he restored her the truth he called her to himself.
One of the well same thing.
This was Jesus all purpose in life to save us to rescue us as if that was his purpose was a strategy is what is a strategy to go out and preach to the masses. However, he poured himself, and how many men the 12 and then according to Mark he sent them out to, but wanted to send them out to about two nothing for two reasons.
First of all you in a court of law, the testimony of two sites you got to men going out whose lives have been changed as easiest, ordinary fishermen and they start preaching with power and authority, but there inside the you got the testimony of two. They support each other was a gosh to him. I believe it, but he also wore nothing them to support each other and hold each other accountable. That's what lots of times you know you know when you get a mission. They do not go by yourself. You go with somebody else. So Jesus strategy this issue serve as a model for ministries and this is why I'm so excited to have my brother Jim Briggs – warriors to come on board.
Jim felt God's call to come to the ministry and he felt God's call to come to this ministry. Thank goodness in one of his main desires is to pour into our leaders to develop them into regulators was that called discipleship. That's another mark of an effective ministry or church directly discipling people unless the great command go out and not a congressman might want make disciples of all men. Number two. Jesus did not just send that his disciples to get them power and authority we sent them just in telling God he gave him he he he poured into them power and authority. In other words, he and no one of them.
In this case for two special things preaching. Do you know what, if you listen to preaching and it is not been anointed by God.
It carries no power and no authority and nothing will happen just hot air but you can take somebody like I remember read about when Charles Spurgeon was was going to church leaders about 16. It was snowing.
He could get his church so to this other church and the Pritikin job is too much snow, so this deacon who is not educated did have a similar degree stood at least one verses which says nothing is Isaiah 22 something that says look unto me all you ends of the earth and the Savior. He said it's not too hard understand.
Look look look at him on the cross. Look at him, sweating blood of tears look what you say, to me, all he is the earthy, look at this man is a young man you look miserable. You need cover Jesus's Charles Spurgeon was a great sermon.
No, the likes of you here then a battle for country preacher, but is endued with power and authority transforms the life of someone like Charles Spurgeon. The second thing they don't do us this supernatural miracle, specifically driving out demons and healing the sick. So once again we have a model here for what an effective church of ministry should do preaching to catch this in supernatural miracles before you think I jumped on board the healing platform. I'm not endorsing at all. Kenneth Hayden or Vinnie Hinn because I was rather false teachers but I do believe that God still performs supernatural miracles, but was the greatest supernatural miracle he ever performs your salvation. Think about it he rescues you from the committed dominion of darkness and brings into the kingdom of light into the kingdom of the son… The greatest miracle there is and what you say it using a supernatural miracle. But I also believe, listen the reason that they did supernatural miracles back then the toil is to affirm their message because they do not have the written word of God there listen to an oral message is or to confirm that this is a true anointed prophet. The toil they will preach in order God. He affirmed their ministry with miracles the same way he affirmed Moses with miracles.
This is my man look at his miracles. This verse of confirm. Jesus said if you don't believe what I say let's play the miracles miracles affirmed the anointing of someone so why do we not have a lot of miracles in America think of still physical miracles, but in the not many.
You why we don't need them to affirm the message.
While not got about 75 I was in my office there Bibles galore in America there's preaching on the radio there Churchill Everest record.
Although most of the windows it with a lot of good churches out there. We don't need miracles sit for the miracle change hearts and change lives.
Would you go somewhere like Iraq or Iran or Pakistan or Ukraine.
I guarantee this in physical miracles. There are no fools that fact that they're seeing the appearance of Christ in the flesh. This supernatural miracle. Why they don't have access to the written word of God, like we do so in those circumstances I believe that God does supernatural things to affirm his message" for purpose to make to draw people to this jacket is a healer, no. So the people believe and be saved.
Jesus nor the 12 with power and authority to do what to preach the good news about the kingdom of God. Why is this what he did this he poured into toil and he said that did the same thing he was doing the very first thing that you see John the Baptist and Jesus taught his preach the message of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Mark 114 15 says after John was put in prison.
Jesus wanted to gallantly proclaim the good news of God, the Thomas Kelly said the kingdom is at hand repent and believe the good news was last anywhere that message in your church. You think I'm down the chortle, but I am but not on the true church. Okay I'm up for true churches and get got one in a very dark world. Now is time to record repertoire to recognize what is truly what is false and what you do that is you study God's word so she can discern the truth from error.
You're the last chapter of Mark.
So Jesus began his ministry, preaching a message of repentance for the salvation of sins knows the gospel, the good news. That's the last thing he said to the disciples before he ascended, Mark 16, the last chapter of Mark, Jesus said these are the last words before he ascended going to all the world. 12 and preach the good news to all creation.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved to baptisms and save you because with just a follow use your salvation is the evidence that you can say, but who does not believe will be condemned at the Lord Jesus had spoken to them. He was taken up into heaven. He said the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere in the Lord working with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it. He confirmed his word.
Number three. Notice that Jesus of them out with the command go out into all the world to his another mark of an effective church of ministry is a sending church is since missionaries out into the city added to the estate out across the world. This would a lot of this was really good. Some residue on the city commissioners, all of the world in effective church of measure must do the same thing preach the good news to all creation. So what is the good news is the gospel of Jesus Christ who came to save men from their sins that they might have eternal life enhancing about that the gift of eternal life of the world on a plate and all you have to do is eat it, receive it. This is why Jesus said you must be what born again another phrase you never hear in church rarely number four Jesus commanded his disciples to take nothing with them. Look at verse four. Jesus told them, take nothing for the journey, the staff, no bag, no bread, no money and no extra turning I got this phone I go on a trip. My bag was more than 75 pounds regular report as I don't leave anything out that I might need to want to Jesus in the mountain without nothing or anything is suggested to get them to rely on him and him alone in 1825 yes allele for the store was a famous door shortly after getting out of prison. George Mueller placed his trust in Jesus Christ. And then he later married and he settled down in Bristol, England, where he he I should begin to grow his faith begin to notice all over London.
All the children home is true that will run around wow it did have much clothing they will begging for food and money facility. Some of the ninth 1835 at a public hearing.
He present a plan for an orphanage, God put the desire to build an orphanage in his heart, and after he present the plan contributions begin to pour in.
Shortly after. After his first orphanage opened, and they took him 26 children since the beginning of his orphanage ministry. That lesson from that.
This is what I admire about new from the beginning. He never asked for money so we are going to restaurant you practice that will that's another sermon. This nonmarket site. You never went around telling about the ministry needs which is what I was on duty Lebanon while doing so, you believe in praying earnestly and trusting the Lord to provide in the Lord did, although sometimes the last moment. One morning, all the children. This one orphanage were down and they had all the plates and utensils in the glasses and it was nothing to eat and is nothing to drink and George Miller said let us bow ahead. He said Lord.
He says the Lord.
Forgive us this day our daily bread is a knock on the door and the matador was a baker. He said Mr. Miller, I can sleep last night somehow I felt he didn't have bread for breakfast. I got up at 2 AM and break thanks and first grade you need any. If there was a second knock development was drive along and he lost the steering in his truck and it just careened off the road, run from the office, so he had. It was loaded down with eggs and milk and cheese and what not. Illinois said look I got a truck full of eggs and milk, and cheese. And I don't explore. Do you need it about that. I call that a supernatural miracle stories like this, became the norm for his work and during the course of his 99 years Mueller house more than 10,000 orphans prayed in millions of dollars travel to scores of countries preach the gospel and recorded 50,000 answers to prayer. What we pray more, you wonder why you have not, why have not because we asked not in Matthew 625 and 33. Jesus is therefore tell you, do not worry about your life what you eat or drink about your body, what you will wear. But seek first his kingdom man in all these things will be given to you as well. Right now the couple.
I told you about your and Sergey and their two little children. She sent me a picture yesterday morning, Sunday morning as I asked him. I asked are you still alive going to hurt from a couple days.
She said yes and she said I like to see a picture where you are and by the way, do you any money we can get some money sent to first nauseous anything said we have food right now, I'm ashamed to even ask you for money. You gotta be kidding me ashamed to ask us for money and we have some women rolling in dough over here. A lot of us in the end, and it would have a luxury we should be just pouring money into the Ukraine are now much like Samaritan's purse and others that are getting out there giving you no it about bow if anybody wants an orphanage to support one of our guys at our church. Jim Young shared about orphanage that you send money to city wall that Simmon email sent to you with dishes and a picture of her two children in the bomb shelter where they are they going to bomb start their hockey the places been pummeled with bombs and all it was was that day that militant look totally at ease and smaller.
Thanks, and they had no slack in a basement in your in your house and had a low rack of a with food and other items in the computer and resting a bit. I'm sure the air is communicating me with sick forces kingdom man all these things will be given you as well. The mythologies authorize them to share the truth and then to move on.
Look at verses for this. Is this an interesting command is what whatever how she stay there until you leave that town. People do not welcome you leader town shook the dust off their feet as a testimony against them. Why Jesus saved us is what he did. If you got someone that you return the gospel was for 30 years after and got rated I'll never do it that I can order your shake the dust off our feet and get what else can I say to you for something to shake the dust off is a menu just dessert them know what it means is you handing them over to God and leaving them him in God's care and I would advise you to keep praying. I believe that God will answer the prayer your prayers if you pray for somebody to be saved, pray, keep praying. See the movie pneumonia leaving them all that place in the hands of God see some people is Jesus. It will be ever hearing but never believing and never understanding turn this people of God. She praying one is coming about these non-versus Herod was confused about who Jesus is. Just like many people today who confused you confused, do you know and understand exactly Jesus is given for ever hearing but never really understanding. Seek your faith is believing your belief in your mind is not enough to know the facts are all about. George washed out literature about my George Washington division inevitably will be out. I get to know Lynn, but I know Jesus. Jesus is rambling about Jesus dilatory possible options. Usually the Lord, liar, a lunatic, if he is not who claim to be and he knows it is the greatest heretic several while this earth is the greatest liar is ever existed. How if he thought he was God and yet he was not Denny's crazy reminisce with the people said about him. He's out of his mommy's family said he's out of his mind.
But listen, if I believe that his miracles, in particular the resurrection prudently is we claim to be. Therefore, I don't believe is a lunatic.
I don't believe is a liar. Probably he's Lord. Question is, is he your Lord also contend that most people I don't really care what was so consumed with wealth and pleasure that we just don't temple got too busy. Who Jesus is really no big deal to a lot of people.
But what about you. You say Jesus is the retailer Jesus is Jesus God in the flesh.
He's the great I am. He's the promised Messiah of the Old Testament he's alive, the world. He's the bread of life is the true vine she remain attached to him.
You have power and authority piece the door of the sheet you enter through the door to get to heaven. He's the good Shepherd and he will guide you and protect you. He's the way in the truth in life and listen. No one will ever come to the father except through the Jesus is the only way Lynn see the leg how to know he was into her tight was a great English evangelist who lived from 1882 to 1975 and Billy Graham used to quote them. He was still preaching the gospel in his 90s time and what fruit leg said this about Jesus.
There are as many pastor Christ is our feet to tread them. Think about that.
There are as many pastor Christ.
Is there a fleet of trips or anything in the world about your feet to Airbus got past Jesus. Everybody but is only one path to God and us through Jesus. John Newton, the converted slave trader said this about Jesus from his deathbed, he said. I remember two things, great center, Jesus, the great savior. That's what I want my tombstone of the Sgt. I told you I was sick. This brings us to the last section. I'm almost done, and L about it, but I do want to say this, all of Jesus. Physical murder miracles, including the fee of 5000 point to a greater spiritual reality and that is the most important thing that you can learn from this miracle of feeding the 5000 is about salvation, our own personal salvation is us. It is the greatest miracle of us will ever witness. So we Jesus fed the 5000 pieces. They all ate until they had their place were flowing. I had more food I could eat there were 12 baskets full scraps left over towards the spiritual truth that we learn from this story. Jesus did not come permanent defeat of physical hunger. He came to feed our souls that is taking to give his life eternal life and really abundant life, not material prosperity, but prosperity of your soul. This, the only prosperity God by believing this was the prosperity of your soul. If the other comes with it. That's up to God. John 1010 says the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come Jesus as they may have life and have it abundantly. Jesus told the woman of the will to his blessing a prostitute. Listen carefully what he said she was trying to get the war of the whale everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again but over drinks the water I give him whenever thirsty. Never be thirsty.
Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life. Do you come tonight empty. You thirsty for this living water. Jesus is come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I'll give you what risky time at rest for your souls.
You won't have rest for you. So come to Jesus. Jesus is the living water drink is water in your never be thirsty again. The sisters of the world will never satisfy.
He's the only true cistern Joe. The Bible ends with one last invitation. Revelation 2217 says listen carefully – I think they're 22 and 23 verses in Revelation 22 ability.
Remember some way that verse 17 and Revelation 22 says the Spirit and the bride say, let him hear us say come whoever's thirsty, and whoever wishes them take the free gift of the water of life. Being a Christian is not about being religious but about having a dynamic alive relationship with Jesus Christ you been listening to finding purpose with pastor Russ Sanders glorifying God by helping men and their purpose for living.
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