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People attend Easter services for a variety of reasons. For some it's tradition, for others it's an opportunity to reconnect with God, but for some it's a desperate need to find solutions to their problems. Unfortunately, the church doesn't offer the kind of solutions that most of them seek. What it does offer, however, is enough to change everything—a right understanding of reality and a deeper fellowship than most people have ever known. Mt 4:18-22; Mt 26:17ff; Acts 4:5-13
We are called to live in light of the living God. In our second sermon in the series "The Answer: The Same Yesterday, Today and Forever", we are faced with two problems, two battles, and two victories that unfold in the life of David, and are fulfilled in the greater David, Jesus Christ.
In his teaching, "Preaching the Gospel From the Center of the Evangelical World" (from 2008's Text and Context boot camp), Matt Chandler recounts the story of an ex-con visiting his church and smoking cigarettes on the church steps, and the reactions of several church-goers. Before you get too angry, listen to the whole clip as Matt talks about the love of the Father for the Older Brother.
Matt Carter spoke on "Mission and the Surge," at the Phoenix Boot Camp in 2010. Matt Carter shares the story of how he grew up understanding the Christian life, and how now, in America, those in the pew are restless and no longer are content with showing up and paying others to do ministry – they want the challenge themselves. “This generation of 18-30 year olds is... not OK sitting on the sidelines of ministry… they are hard wired to want to be a part of something bigger than themselves.”
There are problems that we simply cannot hope to fix on our own. These include the national debt, foreign affairs, and the cultural breakdown of the family. On issues of this magnitude, we hold very little influence or power. And yet, there is someone who does. God holds power over all things. We know this. Yet, we often fail to recognize the incredibly important role that prayer plays in influencing God and bringing his power to bear on our world. 2Chron 20:1-7; Gen 32-33; 2Kings 20:1-7; Luke 18:1-6; 1John 5:14-15
The key to successfully climbing life's mountains doesn’t actually have to do with the difficulty of the mountain or the skill of the climber. God is bigger than our biggest problem and his is not limited by our weaknesses. When we believe that, it doesn’t matter how high the mountain or how weak the climber. If we focus on God instead of our troubles and shortcomings, we can do whatever it is God has called us to do.
Israel was in trouble, the forces of the Philistines had once again gathered against them and they were afraid. They cried out to Samuel to pray for them. Samuel walked with God and did indeed pray for God's deliverance. The deliverance was so decisive that the Philistines never entered the land as long as Samuel was alive. This is just one instance of what God can do when His people cooperate with Him through Spirit directed prayer. This message illustrates the powerful potential of prayer in eight different circumstances of our Christian life.
A lot of people are angry. Many of them are angry with God. Often, this anger can be traced to some major crisis or disappointment in their lives. This has led them to question God's goodness or even his existence. What they don't realize is that to ask the wrong question is to get the wrong answer. When we begin to truly understand how things stand between God and man, the right question emerges. So does the right answer. Lk 18:19; Ps 53:1-3; 1John 1:8; Rom 6:23; 2Pet 3:8; 1Cor 7; Matt 5:45; Gal 6:7-8; Lk 13:1-9
Depend fully on God, do not seek to take care of problems by yourself. The Father is always in control and as long as you let Him deal with the issues, you can experience peace even in the midst of great tempests.
We must prepare for victory long before we do battle for victory. Private success at home propels us to public success. Most of our defeat is due to spiritual rebellion. Learn from Gideon how to prepare for victory in your own life.