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Greetings FaithPoint,

Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:

The text for this sermon comes from John 5:1-9. The title of this sermon is: Do You Want to be Healed? This is week 2 in our series: FaithPoint Goes to the Beach.

John 5:1-9

I like car shows. Particularly the ones where an old car is brought into the shop and it doesn’t work anymore. It may or may not have all of its parts. Most of the paint is gone. The upholstery is usually torn or shredded. The tires are old and rotted. Rust has taken over and eaten away at parts of the car. It is no longer the pristine, powerful muscle car that it was designed to be. It is now just a rusted, shell of what it used to be.

Then the professionals step in. They have an image in their mind and then they draw that out on paper so that everyone can see what the car is supposed to look like. They get to work. They pound out panels and they weld new pieces together. The car is sandblasted to remove all old paint and they get to see what they are really working with. Who better to work on a car like this than people who know the intricate details of how a car is supposed to go together? This is not a job for the backyard mechanic and this goes way beyond a car wash and oil change. A new engine, new pistons, new transmission, new upholstery, new tires, and new paint. There is no sign of rust anywhere. The chrome sparkles. The engine starts. The exhaust roars. The car has been restored. It is no longer the rusted, heap that it used to be.

We are told in John 1 that Jesus is the Creator of the universe. He knows every intricate detail of everything that he has designed and created. He knows how it is supposed to work because he designed and created it.

In John 5, we find Jesus at the pool of Bethesda. John makes it clear to us that there are many people here who are invalids. He says that there are people here who are blind, lame, and paralyzed.  People come here because once a year, the water in the pool is stirred and the first person in the water is healed of whatever condition has caused them to be an invalid.

These people are here in this place because something is not working the way it is supposed to be. Eyes, arms, legs, their body is just not working.

Jesus walks into this place and no one notices that he is there. Jesus is in the midst of all of these people and no one knows it is Jesus. When is the last time you really met with Jesus? They may have missed Jesus because they are more focused on their condition than they are Jesus who is right there with them.

Jesus approaches a man. This is not a random man. This man was made in the image of his Creator. He just didn’t realize that his Creator is standing in front of him.

How many times have you read the Bible, gone to a conference, been in a church service, sang worship songs and you have totally missed the fact that Jesus was there?

Jesus has told us that He is with us always. He is with us at conferences, at our church gatherings, when we praise and worship, when we read the Bible, when we have our best day or worst day. He is with us at work, when we are at home, he is with us in our marriage or as we are parenting our children. Jesus has promised that he will never leave you or forsake you.

The man has been there for a long time. Jesus already knew that. Jesus asks the man a question: Do you want to be healed?

Why would Jesus ask that?

Could it be that the man has had this condition for so long that he just assumed this was the way it was going to be for the rest of his life? Maybe he was so focused on his condition that he could not see his Creator. This problem had been in his life for so long that he lost hope. He did not expect that things were ever going to get better for him.

I believe that there are areas of sin, areas of unbelief, or inconsistencies in your life that are keeping you from being who Jesus has created you to be. Because of this sin, unbelief, or inconsistencies, you are not fulfilling your calling. You are not accomplishing the works that Jesus created you to accomplish before the foundations of the world. Only you and the Holy Spirit know what that is? Only you and the Holy Spirit know the areas of your life where you have let sin reign. Only you and the Holy Spirit know where you are in rebellion to Scripture. Only you and the Holy Spirit know the areas of your life you are only partially obedient – inconsistent. Partial obedience is still disobedience.

And Jesus asks you the same question: Do you want to be healed?

Then the man answers. I wouldn’t even call it an answer. He doesn’t really answer Jesus as much as he starts making excuses.

When you read the Bible or you hear a sermon and you know that you have been called to do something, you know when the Holy Spirit is prodding you or telling you that there is an area of your life that doesn’t conform to the image of Jesus. You need to repent, respond, or take action in what you know that you are already supposed to be doing. However, you just make excuses for why you can’t do what Jesus has created you to do.

That is the wrong way to think.

Stop thinking about what you can’t do and focus on what Jesus can do!

Jesus wants to do work in you and through you.

Stop thinking you can’t.

Stop thinking that it’s not for you.

Stop thinking that it’s somebody else’s job.

Stop thinking that you were not meant to be discipled or make disciples.

Stop focusing on what you can’t do and focus on what Jesus can do!

Then Jesus told him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.”

He wasn’t healed because he was obedient. He was obedient because he was healed.

The man was living in the house of mercy and goodness showed up in Jesus.

Jesus in his grace looks past the man’s inabilities. He looks past the man’s affliction. He doesn’t see the man as he is but as who Jesus created him to be.

Just like the car. The restorers don’t see the car as a rusted heap. They see the car as what it could be.

Jesus heals the man – the man didn’t ask to be healed, the man did not expect to be healed, the man was healed by Jesus – amazing grace.

The man was given a new opportunity to live the way that Jesus created him to live (mercy) and he was obedient.

Psalm 23:6 – Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.

If you belong to Jesus, you are followed by goodness and mercy. There is never a day where goodness and mercy is not there.

Jesus pours out his goodness and grace in your life on a daily basis. You are covered by mercy on a daily basis. Every. Single. Day. The goodness and mercy of Jesus is at work in your life.

The only response to goodness and mercy is thankfulness and obedience. You should be humbled by the fact that goodness and mercy is at work in your life daily and as a result, you want to do everything that Jesus has created you to do.

Jesus asks the question again: Do you want to be healed?

You don’t have time to think about it?

Do you want to be healed?

Today?

Right now?

Jesus wants to heal you of what does not conform you to his image. Why waste another day?

Let Jesus work in you so he can do work through you.

Sermon Notes for FaithPoint

Greetings FaithPoint!

Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:

The text for this sermon comes from 1 John 2:3-6. The title of this sermon is: United With Christ.

We have all seen marriages that by law were united but the husband and wife did not live as one. They lived as separate individuals. Instead of dying to themselves, and serving the other, they remained selfish and wanted to be served rather than to serve. They wanted to receive but not give. Our hearts ache when we see a marriage end. However, our hearts rejoice when we see a husband and wife that love Jesus and they serve each other and give to each other rather than receive. They put each other’s needs above their own. They make decisions as one. They parent as one. They are one.

We have all seen sports teams that have completely fallen apart because the players were not united as a team. When a team plays as individuals rather than a team, it doesn’t matter that they wear the same color of jersey. A team moves together. They are one. Offense and defense. They act as one. They think as one. They are one. They lose as one. They win as one.

United: Made one. Combined. To act as a single entity.

John is writing to the church. Nowhere in the Bible does it ever say that just because you said a prayer or that you attend church – you are a Christian. It doesn’t say it nor does it allude to it. John presents a text that is challenging. It pushes back against what some might believe. It pushes back against what you might have been taught.

1 John 2:6

If you are in Christ, than you do your best to walk as Christ walked. You do not do this in your own power or your own strength. You do this in Christ.

John Murray, in his book Redemption Accomplished and Applied says this,

“Union with Christ has its source in the election of God the Father before the foundation of world and has its fruition in the glorification of the sons of God. The perspective of God’s people is not narrow; it is broad and it is long. It is not confined to space and time; it has the expanse of eternity. Its orbit has two foci, one the electing love of God the Father in the counsels of eternity, the other glorification with Christ in the manifestation of his glory. The former has no beginning, the latter has no end…Why does the believer entertain the thought of God’s determinate counsel with such joy? Why can he have patience in the perplexities and adversities of the present? Why can he have confident assurance with reference to the future and rejoice in hope of the glory of God? It is because he cannot think of past, present, or future apart from union with Christ.”

Being united with Christ indicates four different aspects that we need to understand.

  • We are in Christ
  • Christ is in us
  • We are like Christ
  • We are with Christ

God chose you in Christ before the foundation of the world – Ephesians 1:4

In eternity past, God chose you and at the same time thought of you as belonging to Christ so we have been given the right to share in the blessings of Christ’s work.

Jesus was our perfect representative on earth. So, whatever, Jesus did as our representative, God counted it as something that we did too. This seems strange at first because how is this possible since we were not alive when Jesus was here on earth?  

We were present with Jesus only in God’s thoughts. God thought of us being present in Jesus and going through what Jesus went through because he was our representative. Jesus perfectly obeyed God for his whole life. God thought of us as being obedient too.

Romans 5:19 – For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.

1 Corinthians 1:30 – He (God) is the source of your life in Christ Jesus whom God made our wisdom, and our righteousness and sanctification and redemption.

God considers us dying with Christ and being raised with Christ. Because Jesus is currently seated at the right hand of God, in him we are also with him. We groan or long while we are still here because we know that we belong to Jesus and we want to be with Jesus.

Baptism is the symbol for how we show the world that we have died with Christ and was buried with him and then we were raised to live a new life.

All of our actions can be done in Christ. If your actions are done in the power of the Holy Spirit and are honoring to God then your actions are in Christ.

This also means that as you are being sanctified, all of you is going through a process of change. Your thoughts can be in Christ. Your decisions can be in Christ. Your actions can be in Christ.

  • You rejoice in Christ
  • You listen to and apply Scripture in Christ
  • You worship in Christ
  • You walk by faith in Christ
  • You love your neighbor as yourself in Christ
  • You stand firm and are as bold as a lion in Christ
  • You are obedient in Christ

We are in Christ and Christ is in us.

Galatians 2:20 – I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself up for me.

The Bible makes it clear that the Spirit of Jesus dwells in all Christians. This means that he is in us and remains in us through faith.

To overlook this truth or to neglect it is to continue to walk in unbelief. This unbelief causes us to fail to realize that we have Jesus as our great source of spiritual strength. Unbelief also causes us to fail to believe that we are who Jesus says we are. That means the longer you continue walking in unbelief the longer you will have a crisis of identity.

Because of the truths we have heard today – We are in Christ, and Christ is in us – this leads us to know that We are Like Christ.

We are imitators of Jesus.

1 Corinthians 11:1 – Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

The Bible gives us plenty of ways to be like Jesus:

  • Husbands love your wives as Christ loves the church Ephesians 5:25
  • Welcome one another, therefore, as Christ has welcomed you Romans 15:7
  • As the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive Colossians 3:13

There are many more examples. We know what the Bible says, we just need to do what the Bible says.

You don’t walk in your own power or strength. You don’t act on your own selfish lusts and thoughts. Christ is Your Life.

Disobedience shows your arrogance and your unwillingness to obey. This means that Jesus will hold you in contempt.

Your disobedience says that you disregard and disrespect Jesus and what he has said to us through the Bible.

Your disobedience says that you would rather walk in foolishness rather than wisdom. Fools that continue in their foolishness are considered worthless.

God did create you to walk in disobedience.

1 John 2:3-6 – And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may be sure that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

You either are or are not united with Christ.

If you have no desire to see lost people come to know Jesus

If you have no desire to share the gospel or your story with others

If you have no desire to be discipled or to disciple others

If you have no desire to progress in sanctification to be more like Jesus

If you have no desire to bear the fruit of righteousness

If you have no desire to obey God….you are not united with Christ

God did not create you for disobedience.

God chose you in Christ before the foundation of the world.

Christ is your life!

Live the life that Jesus has created you to live.

Notes for FaithPoint

Greetings FaithPoint,

Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:

The text for this sermon comes from Titus 1:6-16 and Titus 2:1-6 The title of this sermon is: Rooted and Grounded – Sound in the faith. This is week 10 in our Doctrine and Devotion series.

Last week, we saw that God is not pleased with a Christian who is just passive and lazy. Sanctification is a progressive work that involves both God and man. God will work in and through us but we have to trust him and depend on him. However, that is not enough. He expects that we will walk in obedience to his commands. Trust and obey.

We are going to piggyback on last week’s sermon on sanctification. If you have not seen it, I encourage you to do so.

We have to understand sanctification to understand the importance of being sound in the faith. I believe that most Christians are fine with trusting or being dependent on God and then they settle for mediocrity in obeying God. They want to pick and choose in what areas of their lives they are obedient and think that God might just forgive them for overlooking the rest.

Being sound in the faith means that we live a life that accords with sound doctrine.

Sound, or “healthy,” doctrine provides a pattern that, when followed, promotes healthy faith and love. Sound doctrine is a valuable heritage that is to be treasured in this generation and faithfully transmitted to the next.

Holy Scripture is the source and norm of sound doctrine (2 Tim. 3:16; see Mark 7:7–8). Doctrine is drawn from Holy Scripture as from a fountain. Doctrine is measured by Holy Scripture as by a rule. Furthermore, doctrine leads us back to Scripture by equipping us to become better readers. Indeed, those “untaught” in sound doctrine are most prone to twisting the Scriptures “to their own destruction” (2 peter 3:16).

Doctrine teaches us to see God as the one from whom and through whom and to whom all things exist, and doctrine directs our lives to this God’s glory (Rom. 11:36; 1 Cor. 8:6).

As the title of our series suggests, the more we learn from sound doctrine, the more we fall in love with God and become devoted to God.

Sound doctrine is not just for pastors, authors, professors, or authors. It is for every Christian so that they can be like the tree in Psalm 1.

Colossians 2:6-7 – Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

Ephesians 3:14-19

Titus 1:6-16

Titus 2:1-6

Why do we strive for excellence in other areas of our lives but we settle for mediocrity in our spiritual growth?

You can’t be mediocre in your obedience to God and then say, “It is well with my soul.”

I implore you to not let this be so in your lives.

We need broken hearts for lost people.

We need men who listen and talk with their pastor, and are willing to learn and read so they can disciple their wives and children and disciple younger men out of their love for their wives and kids and these younger men because they are rooted and grounded in love.

We need women who will pour into the next generation of women.

Rooted and Grounded in love is not negligent. It is not passive. It is not lazy.

Rooted and Grounded in love is Lionhearted:

  • Bold
  • Strong
  • Courageous
  • Tough and Gentle
  • Kind
  • Patient
  • Forgiving

My prayer for you is that you cling to the Holy Scriptures and that you are rooted and grounded in them. Lay your foundation on the solid Word of God and let your life be fruitful.