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July 12, 2021 6:45 am
David continues with our study of the Gospel of John, as he outlines the power that each of us has in our call to spread the Gospel to the world. Part 1.
Still in his followers that message to spread all over the world because compared to spending hell forever.
So the father. Everything else is so that is again the urgent and primary task of the church are really only 6° of separation between us and anyone in the world welcome to moments of help with David's leader in today's broadcast statement continues with our study of the Gospel of John. At first he has a special word of encouragement to all of the power each child in our call to spread the gospel to all the world where the in the 1960s study was God says that we are 6° away from influencing anybody and everybody in the world and in the study showed the enter conductivity of the human race. And again, how we are just six relationships away from influencing somebody else. I can remember when Marilyn started praying for the Sudan to God. Her heart for that and interestingly, God did open the door for me to raise about half $1 million to take what we call sex of hope over to the Sudan and held the door for eye refugees, who, being persecuted just simply because of the color of your skin. They were black Muslims and the lighter skinned Muslims felt like it was necessary to show prejudice against them killed almost a million of them you prejudice folks is a condition of the human heart.
It has no national boundaries.
It's in systemic inward problem of the human heart. We saw in the Sudan among Muslims and like skin Muslims hated darker skinned Muslims. They especially hated darker skinned Christians and so therefore that's what gave them permission to kill almost a million of the door for eye people and then the refugees fled for their lives.
We bought those acts of hope over there and it was so amazing the person or the difference was amended Kenny Isaacs to work work Samaritans purse and then Kinney knew the president of the Sudan funding salvage here so it was so interesting that while we were there we distributed the sex boat. Then we went to Juba and the newly formed South Sudan government and Kinney arrange for us to actually go meet the president of South Sudan and to be in his presidential palace and to pray for him. I couldn't help but think there were some years earlier, Marilyn just feeling a burden to pray for the Sudan area that door opening up through another contact that I had been Kinney Isaac stepping into the picture and then before we knew it we were praying for the president of South Sudan, somewhat. The miracle began print some years earlier, again emphasizing the fact that we were only 6° of separation from again.
That study in the 1960s, from any person in the world. So if that's true, we all need to recognize the power of us sharing the gospel with somebody else. Amidst all the turmoil that's happened in our nation over these past days, weeks, months, even the past year plus we need to remind ourselves as a church not to fall prey to the social calls upon all of us to do whatever it were followers of Jesus. We must resist those things becoming primary in our following of Jesus. What is primary is the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ. That is the call of the church. So if the church is to remain faithful during these tumultuous times. We got to remain faithful to the urgent and primary task of the church and that is the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ up.
Why is that so important because Jesus was the one who taught us in the Scripture of the reality of hell, of the reality of eternal separation from the father and that's why Jesus came to rescue us from our sin to bring us the message of the good news on eternal life. Then he instilled within his followers that message to spread all over the world because compared to spending hell forever separated from the father. Everything else is secondary. So that is again the urgent and primary task of the church. So as we move into the gospel of John we see that John was the consulate evangelist in John 20 verse 31. John says that I wrote this gospel in order that you may believe in Jesus Christ may have an eternal relationship with him.
That's what John said in John 20 verse 31.
He knew that the primary task that he'd been given. In fact, his nickname in the early church was John the evangelist was to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. So other things like racial reconciliation and feeding the hungry and giving clean water to the thirsty and visiting the prisoners. All of those things are very important, but they're not the major task of the church. The major task of the church is the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Then, once people come to faith in him. The proof of the following Jesus is desirous racial reconciliation working hard for that feeding the hungry, giving clean water to the thirsty, visiting the prisoners. All of the evidences of that true faith in Jesus. But again, when you take those things in place them against the reality of spending eternity separated from Jesus all those things are secondary in comparison to the primary task of preaching the gospel helping people know Jesus personally so they will spend eternity separated from him so with that as a backdrop, we move now into John I chapter starting with verse 35 Marty seen Jesus is in the great prologue of Jesus.the word became flesh. Jesus became one of us is amazing to think that the God of this universe pursued us of the we can have an eternal relationship with him and we saw last week. This introduction of this major character: John the baptizer I he is Jesus cousin I he is about six months older than Jesus is. They grew up together, they most certainly knew one another. And as we look at this passage today we see John the baptizer beginning to take again a central focal point in this narrative and then showing us the importance of sharing the gospel with other people and how that then is shared with other people and how that's shared with other people and that over time in this 6th° of influence idea the whole world comes to know Jesus, so was the first person to really come to faith in Jesus. Now we don't know for sure, but in my heart I really believe it was John the baptizer. I think he knew who Jesus was, early on in her Jesus in his own development. At the age of 12 in the story of him being in the temple and confounding religious leaders with all of his wisdom about God. I think Jesus messianic consciousness was there at a very early age and I think John the Baptist and Jesus spent a lot of time together was and a love between them and interestingly John the baptizer must've spent time with Jesus and learned about who he wants in several different ways. First of all, through his mom and dad, Zachariah and Elizabeth. Surely they told the story of the angel Gabriel appearing to Zechariah and the miraculous birth of John the Baptist do Zachariah and Elizabeth at their later stages of life in barrenness. What a miracle that was and surely John the baptizer heard from Mary, Jesus, mother, and also how that experience with Mary and Elizabeth occurred where when Mary walked in the room room John the Baptist in Elizabeth's room left for joy is surely heard about them than more, so surely he spent time with Jesus.
Growing up, and when he finally felt that call upon his life to go into the wilderness and take on the form of a kind of Elijah -like profit in a wild hair and wearing a vest of camels here and just eating locusts and wild honey. He hears John the baptizer proclaiming this message of repent, repent, and people been convicted their sins by his message came out to listen to a priest by the hundreds, maybe the thousands, and he started baptizing them. Washing away their sins to a new life in Jesus comes into the water and John actually baptized him, not because Jesus needed to be baptized. He was sinless, but as an example for all of us that we need to be baptized from our sin.
If we truly follow Jesus. We need to follow his example as well, but also at that moment the inauguration of God's call on John the baptizer is like was now being placed on Jesus life, the kingdom of God. Think powerfully now placed upon the life of Jesus, the Holy Spirit descending from heaven, and the father speaking to Jesus and all those who can hear this is my beloved son in whom I will please do now again shifting of the call upon John the baptizer as Elijah, the forerunner proclaiming Messiah's appearance to know Jesus the Messiah taking the kingdom of God and narrating it and living that out in his next 3 1/2 years of ministry. So we moved to John I chapter and we start with verse 35. After after Jesus had been baptized by John. Look at verse 29 of 35 skews me the next day. Again, John was standing with two of his disciples and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, behold the Lamb of God, that's so interesting because any Jew would've known what John was saying he was calling Jesus the Messiah, the anointed one, the Christ, and he was looking at him saying that's the Lamb of God. That's the Passover lamb when when God freed the Jews from the Egyptian captivity. The angel of death would pass over any door of the Jews that had blood of a perfect unblemished lamb across like fashion on the doorpost of each home with the angel of death would pass over that whole and would not give death to the firstborn son, and annually the Jews celebrated that the Passover celebration Yom Kippur, the day of atonement. So here is John the baptizer, knowing who Jesus was. He was the first to come to really understand that this is the Christ the son of the living God and as he is with two of his disciples. Jesus walked by after John had baptized Jesus any points to him and says behold the Lamb of God that that's the Passover lamb.
That's in the land the perfect unblemished Lamb of God who is come into this world to forgive us of our sins, he looks of the Mrs., behold the Lamb of God, folks. That is all our passion as well as followers of Jesus we should point people to Jesus and sake.
Behold, that's the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Because here's the truth. When people die. That would appear before the father and are going to appear as either forgiven or unforgiving. If there forgiven they are entered into eternal life with the father forever if there unforgiving at their sins persist. The father must reject him from his presence as the perfect pure father, the University must reject them from his presence of Jesus is the Lamb of God who forgives us of our sins and took all of our sins upon himself on the cross and for gave us of those is by grace through faith, not by works, so John the Baptist withdrew his disciples points to Jesus and says behold the Lamb of God, not the two disciples in verse 37 heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.this is extraordinary. We men need to be more like John the baptizer not we should go into the wilderness and eat only locusts and wild honey and have strange attire. We just need to be godly. We need to be sold out men of God. We also need to be humble men remember in last week's message. I John said about Jesus. I'm not worthy to tie and untie his samples. I'm not even worthy to be the most menial servant with Jesus. He is the greatest of all, he existed before I ever existed even in eternity.
He points to Jesus being the second person of the Godhead.
And so here John is also shown to be humble.
He has followers of his own. He has two great disciples were very close to him yet.
He points to Jesus and said this is the Lamb of God, and they started to follow Jesus. John the baptizer was interested in the number of followers he had on social media. He wasn't interested in the number of people came to hear him preach. That was not his eye.
His eye was the point people to Jesus. That's all.
And even if it meant risking to his best followers and they left John the baptizer and began to follow Jesus in verse 38 Jesus turned and saw them following and send them where you seeking and they said to him, Rabbi, which means teacher. So it's a Jesus must have some kind of her medical training in that day of people with oftentimes hear someone teaching and would choose to follow him because of the way they loved his teaching, so they had heard Jesus teach probably.
That's why they called him Rabbi where are you staying they ask.
He said to them, and you will see.
So they came and saw where Jesus was staying, and they stayed with him that day for it was about the 10th hour so.
So they went and they sat with Jesus probably ate with Jesus until 4 o'clock in the afternoon.
Jesus just simply invited them to come sit with him.
Listen to him talk with him. No pressure. You guys just come and see. So as we have John the Baptist, the one who says behold the Lamb of God. That's one way you can point people to Jesus. Another way just to save people come and see to just come and see who you come to worship service, listen to some of the things that some of our teachers a moment of hope church of talk come read some of David's blogs every week and we have something that's available now online where you can have access to all the things I'm writing and teaching maybe send that to people just come and see explore for yourself. Take your time. That's what happened with these two disciples. We know one of them will see the second thing was Andrew, the other was probably John the disciple whom Jesus loved throughout the gospel of John.
John seldom ever mentions his name he just reversed himself as the disciple of Jesus love, and here we have John mentioning his name either, but he most surely is one of the first couple disciples to come and follow Jesus.
Verse 41 of these two who heard John speak, and follow Jesus, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, verse 41 he first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, we have found the Messiah, which means Christ, and he brought him to Jesus. Jesus look at him and said you are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas, which means Peter which means the rock now this is so interesting because right after Andrew starts to follow Jesus and sits and listens to him until 4 o'clock in the afternoon. The first person he wants to meet Jesus's brother Simon Peter and hears family evangelism folks young in this 6° of separation we all have family and friends and acquaintances who we know, and if we really love Jesus.
Often we want our family members to know him first so here is Andrew who comes and knows Jesus then goes immediately to his brother Simon Peter says we found him.
We found the Christ, the anointed one, the Messiah, and so interestingly Peter comes to Jesus through Andrew and endlessly throughout the gospel of John and was constantly bringing people to Jesus. He gives this whole idea of evangelism being the urgent and primary task of the church and so Jesus looks him in the eye and says you know you're Simon Simon bar Jonah is what his name is in another place in the Scripture that means son of Joan, but the word Jonah can also mean your kind son of the God Jesus look at them as a younger name is Simon you're the son of wishy-washy because of you ever seen a dog fly dart back and forth and everywhere he says you your pretty wishy-washy guy right now.
Simon, that's your name right now but after you really come to know me later on your names going to be rocky, you know is this is like to be WWFI turning in a strong new fighter for me and people got a nickname. You rock your initial rocky of all times in your gonna be the one on whom I really build my entire church or faith in your testimony you think the meat is going to be so strong that it built upon you other people who believe. Why do you believe as well into moments of David's bank coming out. David joins me in a conversation about how praising God. Part of having an intimate personal relationship with him will be right back. This is the ministry meant focusing on ministries that have a positive impact on our community by Mark McManus and here's Jim Noble with the dream Center, Charlotte hello my name is Jimbo so and Bowen directive events in a minute tell you guys. Thank you mama supposed David and Marilyn Chadwick all of you there being no development, for us, you been there since 08 starting Kings get an grew into the dream Center. The meals we had the last eight weeks, probably exceeding 55,000 analogous wears them greatly made such an impact in the city of reason and of those things that is what the work that with the meals of them going out about the relation in JC Williams and Thomas were remarkably new doors that never amount is what is going on is the meals and then we just know the first collimated side go this route and provide you all the resounding yes everything you and not only that you dream is this week started with his meals. There is a restaurant of dreams and with which the goblins we just returned. See Stan, thanks for listening today. Joining me in the CDM is our Pastor David David, thank you so much for being with us today.
It's great being with you Jim, thank you for all you do to help make this program will in your morning interventions even writing about developing a personal and intimate relationship with God.
And recently, one of the devotions was about making phrase personal. I'd love to hear more of what you had to say about that.
Well, as we looked at over the last several weeks. The number of places in the Psalms were King David referred to God as my personal like string and refuge and strong tower rock etc. and one of the places where David calls God by a personal name is found in Psalm 71 verse six when he refers to God as my praise. Now, that's absolutely fascinating when you think about it Jen, you know, whatever we praise someone we are lifting them up for something. Well done and we love to keep preys on people that we love but also who done something extraordinary in their lives or something good that's affected us as well. So when you stop and think about King David calling God my praise. I think what he's doing is saying in everything in our lives. We need to stop and pause and say to God. Good job. You really did well in your creation of this universe in your ordering of my life are the ways you oversee all that goes on around me and in me. I'm just going to keep preys on you God because you are worthy of that praise.
You are my personal praise. So we call God, my strength, my hope, my rock, we also call God my praise God is worthy of my praise because I recognize everything that I have comes from him this world that I live in that he created is an extraordinary masterpiece.
I spent all day long, applauding God for his glory that he has revealed to me.
I know that anything and everything I accomplish in life is only because he has given me the strength to do so.
Therefore God is worthy of my constant abiding crates. God is my praise so I think all who are listening right now need to ask the question, do you continually praise God. Is it something that forever flows from your lips at the beginning and the end of each day do you sit down and simply say you're worthy of my praise God you are my personal living praise everything I have comes from you.
If not, you should because God is worthy of that praise and let's begin right now, everybody offer your praise to God say to him. Daddy Lord God of the universe are so good. Everything I have comes from you everything I am so blessed so favored to be filled with your power and your grace I'm saved by your name. The greatest gift of all done totally by your work given to me by grace through faith. Therefore, I'm going to praise you today, and forever you're worthy of that praise. I'm going to praise without ceasing. When you do folks you praise like that you know God as my personal praise and send guide think he semi-stated yeah and you know the opposite of it. Jen is to be hopeless and despairing.
So why not choose to believe that God is my praise and everyone if you'd like to receive this daily moment of hope that I offer to you go to moments of hope, church.org, you can subscribe there every morning at 7 AM it will arrive in your inbox.
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