Looking forward to seeing you tonight. I hope that you have thought about the idea that was presented Sunday. Tonight, you have an opportunity to contribute to this discussion. Here is a recap:
Would you like to have more video teaching? Teachings, video discussions, devotions, or Bible studies would all be via Facebook Live broadcasted from my page. What this would mean is there would be three Wednesday nights where we did Facebook Live teachings and if you miss it, you can go back and watch it anytime that you want. You will also have the opportunity to like, comment, or share the video. There would only be one Wednesday night where we would meet at my house. This one Wednesday a month would be a time of fellowship and teaching but the other three would be for video teaching. I look forward to what you have to say this evening.
If you are unable to make it tonight, please head over to my Facebook page and share your thoughts. I will make a decision based on those who contribute to the conversation.
Here are the sermon notes from Sunday:
The text for this sermon comes from 1 Samuel 1-4 and Isaiah 64. The title of this sermon is: The Reluctant Christian. This is week 4 in our Superheroes2 series.
Most people are familiar with Superman. He is the original iconic superhero. His symbol of the “S” or as he calls it, his family crest, is known all over the world.
Superman is one of the most powerful superheroes in all of the comic book world. However, when he comes into the vicinity of kryptonite or a red sun, he loses his powers. He becomes useless. Powerless. He becomes like an ordinary man. He is in no shape to fight bad guys. He can’t fly. None of his powers work. The longer he is exposed, to the kryptonite or the red sun, the longer it takes for him to regain his powers. A powerless Superman is ineffective.
Do you know what is worse than a superhero that lost their powers?
A superhero that has powers but won’t use them.
You may not know her but Jessica Jones is a woman that has super powers but she is reluctant to use them. She doesn’t want people to know that she has super powers and she is not going to voluntarily tell people that she has these powers.
She doesn’t rush to help people in need. She doesn’t fly in and save the day. She doesn’t go out of her way to stop bad guys. She is not the kind of hero that you would want to depend on. She just wants to be left alone.
Know any Christians like that?
A reluctant Christian?
Google says that the definition of reluctant is: unwilling and hesitant, disinclined, unenthusiastic, resistant, opposed.
Follow me: We are going to do an overview of 1 Samuel 1-4
Chapter 1: We are introduced to Elkanah and his two wives. Let’s not talk about how big of an idiot Elkanah is. Hannah wanted to have a baby boy but she couldn’t.
1 Samuel 1:6-8 Her rival. Polygamy never works in the Bible. God designed marriage to be monogamous between one man and one woman. Polygamy always ends up bad. A man that has more than one wife always proves what an idiot he is.
Peninnah would make fun of Hannah because she could have children and Hannah could not.
So Hannah goes to church and kneels at the altar and pours her heart out to God. Then we are introduced to Eli. He is a moron of a pastor.
Eli sees her praying to God at the altar, tears streaming down her face. Eli is shocked. Apparently, that sort of thing is not normal. Eli thinks she is drunk.
Chapter 2: We are introduced to Eli’s sons. Verse 12 says that they are worthless and they do not know the Lord. What kind of crap is that? It is evident that Eli does not respect God. He does not take God seriously. He doesn’t care about God’s Word and he definitely does not care about the church. He lets his sons who are not saved work in the church. Idiot.
Eli gets word that his sons are robbing people of their offerings and they are having sex with women in the lobby of the church. Eli does not even confront them. He says something but his sons do not listen to him.
Chapter 3: Samuel hears from the Lord. The Lord tells Samuel that he is going to kill Eli’s sons and Eli. 3:11-14 He begs Samuel to tell him what the Lord said. Samuel does. Eli is not repentant. Vs 18.
Chapter 4: Eli’s sons take the ark of the covenant into battle. Eli’s sons are both killed and the ark of the covenant is captured by the Philistines. Eli gets news from a messenger that his sons are both dead. He falls out dead.
Eli’s daughter in law is pregnant. She hears that her husband and father-in-law are both dead. So, she names her son – Ichabod. How sad? Look at what this poor kid’s name means.
4:21 – “The glory has departed from Israel?”
How many Christians need to have Ichabod tattooed on their forehead?
The glory of the Lord had departed from this life.
“The glory of the Lord” is a technical way of saying the manifest presence of God. How many Christians are just going through their life and they are blind to the realization that they are no longer surrounded by the presence of God?
Why should they care?
Romans 8 says that the same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you. That is power. Power that is in the life of every believer.
Is Unbelief sticking its head out yet? Is it bowing up trying to stand its ground right now?
A Christian that does not believe that they have this power inside of them is not concerned with walking by faith, being immersed in the Bible or obedient to their Redeemer King.
They are reluctant.
- Unwilling to have their minds transformed by the Bible
- Hesitant to submit to God completely
- Disinclined to give or serve
- Unenthusiastic in their worship
- Resistant – They push back against sharing their story or the gospel with others
- They are opposed to obeying the Bible as their highest authority
And these same people want to call themselves Christians.
Colossians 2:6, “As you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him.”
Look at what James 2:17 says, “So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”
Works are not necessary to have faith. Works are the evidence that you do have faith.
- Faith without submission to God – dead
- Faith without giving or serving – dead
- Faith without worship – dead
- Faith without trusting the Holy Spirit to lead you, guide you, convict you of sin and conform you to the image of Jesus – dead
- Faith without sharing the gospel, sharing your story, or simply inviting people into tour life or to church – dead
- Faith without obeying Scripture as their highest authority – dead
The power and presence of God may seem absent from your life because you are bent on living your life like you don’t need it.
The Holy Spirit does reside in a Christian but the way you live might have put him to sleep.
- How is he supposed to convict you of sin if you don’t want to repent?
- How is he supposed to lead and guide you if you don’t want to follow?
- How is he supposed to conform you to the image of Jesus if you don’t want to listen?
The longer that you are reluctant, walk in unbelief, or just flat out deny the power that the Bible says is in you, the longer you will be miserable.
We need to be consumed by the fire of our God. Hebrews 12:29
We need to be immersed in it. Saturated by it.
We need to be changed by it.
We need to repent and call out to God. Isaiah 64:1
“Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at your presence!”
This is where change starts.
This is where revival starts.
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