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Making an oath and following through with an oath are two different things. May we be reminded that the proof of the oath is in the follow-through.
Jesus started His mission by saying “Come follow...” and ended it by saying “Now go...”. The three years in between were spent showing us how life is meant to be lived. Paul and the apostles in Acts 14 are living this kind of life out. Taking risks, facing opposition – all for Jesus. How about us? How do we live life? Are we cursed with convenience or off the couch living life the way Christ intended?
Rebuilding the temple was important to the Jews so that they could have worship that was well crafted and moved through the different elements.
All of life is worship. If you are breathing, then you are worshipping. In this message, we discover that the mercies of God, the reality of sacrifice, and the renewal of our mInd are three truths that lead us to a greater understanding of all of life as worship.
Robert uses Luke 17 to show how Jesus describes faiths power. The fuel of our powerful faith is sacrifice. In Genesis 12 and 22, we see God blessing Abraham's life and and asking for sacrifices to the point of even sacrificing his long awaited son. But of course God is always faithful. When He provides the offering of the ram in Isaac's stead, we see His love is the source of our faith. Robert reminds us to remember God's faithfulness, by praying continually and giving thanks in all circumstances.
When the Jews returned from exile the first thing they did was restore the Altar and begin to sacrifice again. How do we bring our sacrifices of worship today in the 21st Century
One thing I am sure about Jesus is that He ALWAYS had the "real world" in mind when He spoke.
We begin to look at this man named Job - who is he, what does he do, where is he from. We want to know this man of whom God ordained to have a whole book written. Why was he is the position he was - and how does he respond when times are good and bad? Most of all, we begin to look at God, and His part in this great and tragic story.
Jesus' influence is beginning to be known in the halls of political power and Mark wants us to see in the death of John the Baptist, the coming passion of Jesus in Jerusalem. While the world may see a tragic story of drunk politicians and their military buddies watching a dancing girl and murdering a prophet....God's people can see the cost of following Jesus and also the reality of a better Kingdom than those of this world.