March 18, 2009
17″But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues; 18and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. 19″But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. 20″For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.” (Matthew 10:17-20)
Do you depend on God as fully as a child depends on his father?
We spoke yesterday about the need to be innocent as the dove in our dependence on God as we move through Jesus’ teaching on how to go out into the world which we started here. This scripture is really a great relief! He tells us that we do not need to worry about what to say when we find ourselves in a critical situation representing our Messiah. The Holy Spirit will step in and speak for us. Read the rest of this entry »
March 13, 2009
Jesus’ calling was remarkably consistent during His ministry.
Head knowledge is found in books but true knowledge is found in living it out
I might be tempted to think that since He is the living embodiment of God, He would be super complex, but that’s not what we see. I didn’t mention Matthew’s overview of Jesus ministry in Mt 9 Pt 1 or in Part 2, but Mt 9:35 sums up His whole 3 year ministry prior to the cross. In this chapter, He begins to involve His disciples in His work and again His message is simple and direct. Today we’ll talk about these three primary instructions that He gives His disciples before sending them out to represent Him to the people.
It’s interesting to note that Matthew shows us in the end of Ch.9, Jesus doing these things and here in in Ch.10, Jesus is sending off the disciples to do what He had shown them and what He was teaching them to do. We’ve spoken before about knowing vs. doing. The western Church has a very broken model of discipleship where the Body comes to church on Sunday (or maybe twice a week) and listens to someone else talk about the spiritual life. This is an intellectual exercise that does not usually empower the congregants to live the Gospel. Jesus taught His disciples by first showing them (doing), and then pushing them out into the world to be what they had seen Him be (do). This was not head knowledge He was teaching, but knowledge through action
Jesus was sent to the Jews. This might surprise most people…Gentile (all Non-Jews) and Jew alike, but He was the promised Messiah to God’s chosen people. He was the fulfillment of the Law and the prophets that they had been studying and following for centuries.
“Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel.” (Mt 10:5-6) Read the rest of this entry »
February 10, 2009
Matthew 5 – 7
I’ve been staring at this “Sermon on the Mount” for quite a while not sure what to do with it. On one hand, much of it may not seem to be directly tied to Calling & Stewardship, which is what we endeavor to uncover in the scriptures in this study. However, it is so foundational and incredibly important that all other understanding is built upon these things and thus can’t be ignored. It spans three chapters which makes it difficult to cover in the format that we’re using. I’ve decided to use this post to give an overview of the sermon on the mount. We’ll spend the next several days after this diving into what Jesus is teaching us here. He is basically laying out the fundamental principles of living the spiritual life that He came to call us to. This is what He calls “the Kingdom of Heaven” (or Kingdom of God in the other gospels). He will use this sermon to begin to differentiate between Man’s faulty understanding of God and how we should live with Him, and the true Kingdom which He came to introduce to our world. Read the rest of this entry »