THY WAY O LORD IS IN THE SANCTUARY: WHO IS SO GREAT A GOD A GOD AS OUR GOD? PSALMS 77:13
KNOWLEDGE: LUCIFER’S COUP D’ETAT
ADAM & EVE:
INTELLIGENT DECISION: FACTS
NOAH: GENESIS 6:7 [FLOOD]
MISSION RESCUE PLAN
KNOWLEDGE: RELATIONSHIP NOT A RESUME
NOAH: GENESIS 6:7, 9, 14
INFORMATION WITHOUT INTIMACY…
KNOWLEDGE: RIGHTEOUSNESS NOT REBELLION
1 SAMUEL 15:23
FOR REBELLION IS AS THE SIN OF WITHCRAFT AND STUBBORNESS IS AS INIQUITY AND IDOLATRY ….
DA, p. 309--Thus they second the deceptions of the great adversary, and cast dishonor upon God.
NEBUCHADNEZZAR: DANIEL 4
EATING TO GRAZING
PALACE TO PRAIRIE
FINGER & TOE NAILS TO EAGLES CLAWS
HUMAN HAIR TO EAGLES FEATHERS
PRIDE TO HUMILITY [APPEARANCE BUT AN ATTITUDE]
HAILED TO OSTRACIZED
SOMEBODY TO NOBODY
CIVILITY TO SAVAGERY
HIMSELF! [DANIEL 4:34]
… CONNECTED TO JES US: LIFE SUPPORT!
JONAH 1:2 [HIGHWAY: JOPPA]
DOWN TO JOPPA [JONAH 1:3]
DOWN INTO THE BOAT [VS.3]
DOWN INTO THE SIDE OF THE BOAT [JONAH 1:5]
DOWN INTO THE SEA [JONAH 1:15]
DOWN INTO THE FISH BELLY [JONAH 1:17]
DOWN INTO THE MIDST OF THE SEA [JONAH 2:3]
DOWN TO…BOTTOM OF THE MOUNTAIN [JONAH 2:6] BARS
LUKE 17:26, 27
And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark , and the flood came, and destroyed them all .
GENESIS 6: 2 [: SONS OF GOD & DAUGHTERS OF MEN]
O.T--N.T: DEVIL IS IN DISGUISE!
And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way? But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who [should be] the greatest . And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, [the same] shall be last of all, and servant of all . And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them, Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me .
FOC US : US NOT JES US
And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us : and we forbad him, because he followeth not us .
Membership: Captives free [Luke 4:18, 19]
DA p. 437—The disciples were defending their own personal interest.
R & H, Mar. 24, 1891--There are moral icebergs in our churches.
THE EMPOWERED CHURCH
1. CASTLE MENTALITY
TRADITION OVERIDES TRUTH
FOC US : INWARD
PRESERVATION…STATUS QUO: PARAMOUNT
LEADS TO INSTITUTIONALISM [JEWISH LEADERS: PHARI SEE S]
2. RESORT MENTALITY
FOC US: LARGE CROWDS
DE-EMPHASIS OF DISTINCTIVE ADVENTIST TRUTHS
FOC US LEADS: ENTERTAINMENT INSTEAD OF WORSHIP
COMPROMISE TRUTH FOR THE SAKE OF POPULARITY
TOLERATE SIN FOR THE SAKE OF UNITY
BANNER: “ PLEASE AT ANY COST .”
THE EMPOWERED CHURCH
3. SEEK AND SAVE MENTALITY
CHURCH EXISTS: SAVE SOULS & REVEAL GOD’S CHARACTER
EVANGELISM: FOCUS OF THE CHURCH
UNDERSTANDS: MESSAGE AND MISSION
FOCUS: CONVERSIONS NOT BAPTISMS
EVERY MEMBER: SOUL WINNING [TRAINING AND EQUIPPING: LAY-MEMBERS]
BANNER: “ TO SAVE AT ANY COST .”
JOHN--DISCIPLES: MARK 9:38 “ CHOSEN ”
ASSETS TO INVEST
ORGANIZATION TO RUN
NAME: DEFEND [MONUMENT NOT MOVEMENT]
LEADERSHIP ISSUES: NITPICK
MARTIN LUTHER: “AS IT IS THE BUSINESS OF TAILORS TO MAKE CLOTHES, SO IT IS THE BUSINESS OF CHRISTIANS TO PRAY.”
CHRIST--IAN=I AM NOTHING! )
JOHN--DISCIPLES: CRISIS OF IDENTITY
SDA: PIONEERS<>DENOMINATIONS<>SOLA SCRIPTURA…?
HYRAM EDSON: METHODIST MINISTER
BIBLICAL & CHURCH: SANCTUARY…AFTER 1844.
RECEIVED: TWO SECOND ADVENT VISIONS…HE WAS A BAPTIST MINISTER STUDYING FOR THE EPISCOPAL MINISTRY.
ELLEN HAMMON [METHODIST]: MRS. WHITE ON AUGUST 30, 1846…NEITHER OF THEM HELD MEMBERSHIP…THEY WERE MARRIED NOT IN CHURCH, BUT AT THE JUSTICE OF PEACE.
REFORM NOT REPLACE
REVIVAL & REFORMATION…?
DEVIL: SPIN DOCTOR’S<>VOCABULARY
DEAF: HEARING IMPAIRED
HANDICAP: SPECIAL CARE
DUMB: SPEECH IMPEDIMENT
BLIND: VISUALLY IMPAIRED
INSTEAD OF THE CHURCH FOLLOWING JESUS, JESUS…
DISCIPLES’ FOC US: MISSION AND IDENTITY
CONFUSION: WORLD [GC, p. 461-462 “MODERN REVIVALS”]
WHAT DO YOU DO?
WHO ARE YOU? IDENTITY
WHAT DO YOU DO? MISSION
HE’ NOT ONE OF US …!
CHRISTIANITY: IDENTITY<>ADVENTISM: MISSION
JESUS RESPONDS: MARK 9:39, 40
… Forbid him not : for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is on our part .
QUESTION: WHY DID THOSE DISCIPLES FORBAD…?
MARK 9:14-18 [Earlier Discourse]
And when he came to [his] disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them. And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to [him] saluted him. And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them? And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit ; And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not .
SPIRIT: ENVY & JEALOUSY
GENE IN A BOTTLE
JESUS: LORD OF ALL [JOHN 3:16]
DISCIPLES: “ ON-THE-JOB-TRAINING !”
LUKE 9:51-55 [EMISSARIES]
And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. And they did not receive him , because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw [this ], they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them , even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them , and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of .
DISCIPLES: RIGHT THINGS…WRONG SPIRIT
JESUS: PRIVATE COLLECTION!
SPIRITUAL…NOT BE SPIRIT-FILLED
POSITION: DISPOSITION-- Testimonies to Ministers, pp. 356, 357 “But the position does not make the man.”
BAPTISMS: LOVING/NURTURING BELIEVERS
INCLUSIVE BUT DISTINCT [BIBLE STANDARDS]
ECONOMY: PRAYER NOT POLARIZATION
QUESTION: HOW CAN…TRUE CHURCH…DISCIPLES?
… No prophet is accepted in his own country . But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias,…when great famine was throughout all the land; But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta,…a woman [that was] a widow. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian. And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath ,…
… and rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong . … -WHO DENIED…MEMBERSHIP? -WHO BETRAYED JESUS? -WHO CRUCIFIED JESUS? -WHO EVICTED JESUS…? ROMANS 2:24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written . CHURH: CHARACTER OF JESUS! TESTIMONIES, Vol. 2, p. 36—It is not the abundance of your meetings that God accepts. It is not the numerous prayers , but the rightdoing, doing the right thing and at the right time.
CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: SAVIOUR
JESUS: THE HEAD
DON’T BE LIKE THE SEVENTY ELDERS!
LUKE 10:17-20 [PRIDE AND POMP]
And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name . And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy : and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not , that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven .
And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know ; but who are ye?
DEVIL: THREE THINGS
DISCIPLES: [MERCENARIES]—JOHN 10
MARK 9:38 [DEVIL: JOHN<>ACCESS…?
… and [I know] the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but [are] the synagogue of Satan .
DEVIL: PROFESS NOT POSSESS
2 TIMOTHY 3:5
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
DEVIL: CHRIST’ IDENTITY MATT 24:5; 2 COR 11:13-15
APOSTLE OF CHRIST/ANGEL OF LIGHT
MINISTER OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
DEVIL THRIVES: CREDIBILITY
GENESIS 3:4, 5
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die : For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods , knowing good and evil .
TEST: CHRISTIANITY<>[ MARK 9:41]
FEED: HUNGRY<>THIRSTY: WATER
HOME: STRANGER/FOREIGNER<>NAKED: STRIPPED
SO WHAT’S THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS…?
IMMOR T AL<>WOR L D
GOD NEVER CALLS THOSE WHO ARE QUALIFIED. HE QUALIFIES THOSE WHO ARE CALLED.
MOSES: 80 YEARS
DAVID: SON OF JESSE<>KING [1 SAMUEL 16:6-13]
PAUL: RESUME<>PHILIPPIANS 3:5-8
SO WHAT LESSONS…MARK 9…?
TWO TYPES: MAKING A LIVING IS A PART-TIME POSITION. WHEREAS, LEARNING TO LIVE IS A LIFE-LONG PROCESSION. VS.39
2. PEOPLE DON’T CARE HOW MUCH YOU KNOW…!
JOHN 18: JUDAS
PHILLIPIANS 1:15, 18
Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife ; and some also of good will: What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence , or in truth , Christ is preached ; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.
CHURCH: JESUS CHRIST<> SERVANTS NOT SUPERSTARS
MATTHEW 23:8 [RABBI—BRETHREN]
JESUS: IDOL/ PEACE: NOBEL
RECORD: GUINESS/ WEIGHT: STRONGMAN’S
MUSIC: GRAMMY/BEST ACTOR: OSCAR
TWO GROUPS: PASSENGERS IN TRANSIT
COMPLY VERSUS SURRENDER: LORDSHIP?
Behold, I stand at the door , and knock : if any man hear my voice , and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
TRUTH: BETTER OR BITTER
MEEKER OR MEANER
WHO EVICTED HIM?
LUKE 4:28, 29--And all they in the synagogue , when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, And rose up, and thrust him out of the city,…
WHO DENIED ONE [MARK 9:38] ACCESS TO JES US …?
BETTER THAT JOHN IS LATE, THAN TO MORN OVER THE LATE JOHN.
JOHN THE BELOVED
GOODNEWS: JOHN-- US<>JESUS
TEN THINGS GOD WON’T ASK YOU ON THAT DAY: BEGIN WITH, “ GOD WON’T ASK YOU… ”
WHAT KIND OF CAR YOU DROVE. HE’LL ASK HOW MANY PEOPLE YOU DROVE WHO DIDN’T HAVE TRANSPORTATION.
THE SQUARE FOOTAGE OF YOUR HOUSE. HE’LL ASK HOW MANY PEOPLE YOU WELCOME INTO YOUR HOME.
ABOUT THE CLOTHES YOU HAD IN YOUR CLOSET. HE’LL ASK HOW MANY YOU HELPED TO CLOTHE.
WHAT YOUR HIGHEST SALARY WAS. HE’LL ASK IF YOU SPENT A BIT FOR HIS GLORY.
WHAT YOUR JOB TITLE WAS. HE’LL ASK IF YOU PERFORMED YOUR JOB THE BEST OF YOUR GIFT AND ABILITIES.
WHAT NEIGHBORHOOD YOU LIVED, HE’LL ASK HOW YOU TREATED YOUR NEIGHBORS.
WHAT ABOUT THE COLOR OF YOUR SKIN. HE’LL ASK ABOUT THE CONTENT OF YOUR CHARACTER.
HOW MANY FRIENDS YOU HAD. HE’LL ASK HOW MANY PEOPLE TO WHOM YOU WERE A FRIEND.
WHY IT TOOK YOU SO LONG TO SEEK SALVATION. HE’LL LOVINGLY TAKE YOU TO YOUR MANSION IN HEAVEN.
HOW MANY PEOPLE YOU WITNESS TO; HE ALREADY KNOWS WHETHER OR NOT YOU ARE ASHAMED OF YOUR FAITH.