For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve... (Mark 10:45)
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“And when Jesus saw great multitudes about Him, He gave a command to depart to the other side. Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” Then another of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”” — Matthew 8:18-22 NKJV
If you missed the Teach The Word Conference last Saturday or would like to access the resources referenced by David Guzik, The City Gates Church has made the media available online!
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David Guzik, Bible commentator with Blue Letter Bible and Enduring Word - David Guzik, is teaching today for the Teach the Word Conference at The City Gates Church! We’re blessed by his instruction for deeply loving the word of God and teaching it to others with wisdom and clarity.
Every time we sow the word of God by speaking it and living it in front of others, know that God has set aside an individual who will hear it and respond. We don't have to consume our minds with the response. God is sovereign over who He chooses to come and be a part of His family. It's not up to us to decide who does and doesn't enter in.
“Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.”
Acts 13:48 NKJV
Jesus said to them, “Why do you not understand my speech?” Was it because He didn’t have ample evidence for what He was saying? Was it because His power wasn’t demonstrated to them over and over again through the miraculous? “Because you are not able to listen to My word.” He worked diligently with them to show them they did not truly believe. He did it with patience, and with compassion, and He spoke the truth in love. Remember the heart of the Lord is He desires none to perish. He’s not arguing with them for the sake of arguing, but He wants them to know whether or not their profession of faith in Him is true. It’s important. If we just start assuming that every person we run into is a believer and not do what Jesus did, are we observing all the things He commanded us? I think not.
Excerpt from the sermon titled “The Gospel Response Pt. 1” given by Pastor Sean Adinig on 4/8/2018. References: Acts 13:42-52, John 8:12-58
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.”
2 Timothy 2:15 NASB
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Jesus didn't want someone to walk away with a false assurance of something they did not truly possess. He had a vested interest personally that the statement that they said would be true. This is why he goes to such lengths to discuss it with them and let them see if what they said matched what He saw in their hearts.
“But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me.”
John 8:45 NASB
It's not about lack of evidence. It's about an unwillingness to believe. As great as we may be able to defend the faith, and point people to all these things, only God can open up the understanding and the heart of a man, woman, or child and help them get that understanding. It is a gift. It wasn't until God opened my eyes after the umpteenth time of hearing this same truth again and again, that I came to the realization of who Jesus was, and not before then. I'm saying that to you to encourage you, so you don't grow weary in sharing and showing people who Jesus is. So that you don't grow tired and think, "nobody believes me, why should I keep doing this?" But so that you might be encouraged and have faith and believe that yes, God honors His word, and in due time at the perfect time, God reveals His Son to the lives of men and women and children. Our part is simply to declare it; God's part is to open the eyes and save. Let's never confuse the two.
He didn't just die for those of us who would be strong in the faith, for those who would grow and become fruitful at a rapid pace. He also died for those among us who would be weak, who would struggle in their walk with God, who would find the challenges of this world and living for Christ to be very difficult to overcome. He came to die for them, too.
- Sean Adinig, from the sermon “The Foundations of the Gospel pt. IV” preached on 3/25/18. Catch up on the foundations and response to the gospel as we go through the book of Acts with our podcast!
It’s through faith, not in faith. Many make the mistake today of thinking, “I just have to have faith” as if faith were the object. No, faith is the vehicle. It has to be pointed toward something! That faith is in the Son of God; that faith is in Jesus Christ.
“For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.” But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.” Yet the law is not of faith, but “the man who does them shall live by them.” Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
Galatians 3:10-14 NKJV
[04/14/18] Local friends.... consider joining us tomorrow (4/15) at 10 a.m. as we'll be joined by guest worship leaders Phil Wieser and Euvon and Janet Jones. While Pastor Sean is at a pastors' conference in Haiti, Michael Garnier will bring a message about ways to grow strong in times of trial and suffering. Hope to see many of you there!
How does the testing of our love reveal our need for the gospel? Not just for salvation, but also for our sanctification. We need the gospel to be saved from our sin, hell and death. That is certain. But the gospel doesn't end there. The effects of the gospel go far beyond our salvation. It goes toward our sanctification. That is, us being set apart from the world and its ways and being set apart toward God and His ways.
Jesus is saying to us, "I want you to trust Me. I am walking you through situations with relationships, circumstances—life—where you need to see that you can't trust your heart, feelings and emotions. Neither can you trust in men to deliver you, but you need to see that I am sufficient to deliver you in this situation, and that I am worthy of your trust. I demonstrated it towards the children of Israel for 450 years; I can demonstrate it toward you. I had patience toward them, I didn't give up on them and I'm not going to give up on you." He's worthy of our trust. That's why He calls us to trust Him with all of our heart.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and then away from evil. It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.”
“The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying.”
Matthew 28:5-6 NASB
Blessed Resurrection Day!
We joyfully invite you to join us this Sunday at 10 am to worship and celebrate our resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, and his ultimate work on the cross to atone for our sins and reconcile sinners to God. Come hear the Word of God preached by Pastor Sean and enjoy an authentic and sincere time of worship and communion.
We’re located at 1950 Isaac Newton Square W, in Reston, VA...right across the street from the Wiehle Metro station.
A clear understanding of the gospel is essential to grow in a relationship with Him. How can we have a relationship with somebody if we don't have an accurate understanding of who they are? It's from knowledge that we grow in a relationship. How much more, then, for God? He already knows everything about us. How much do we know of Him?
If you've missed it, or just want to be blessed by listening again, parts one through three of Pastor Sean's Acts 13 sermon series on the foundations of the gospel are available on the iTunes Podcast app or the CCRS website!
”Jesus Christ was not Plan B for God the Father. He didn't see them in the garden and say, 'Oh my goodness, I can't believe they just did that.' He already knew they were going to blow it before He set before them the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. That's why He would choose us before the foundation of the world; He would promise us eternal life before time began. This speaks volumes on the character of God."
If you missed Pastor Sean’s sermon, “Sent Out by the Holy Spirit,” it is up on iTunes Podcasts or on the website.
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