Encounter - 911 #4
Scripture: Luke 9:28-36 & John 5:19-21
R.E.A.C.H - Raising Eternal And Community Hope
II Corinthians 10:13b “…but will boast (celebrate, glory in) only with regard to the area of influence God assigned to us, to reach even to you.”
Recognize our area of influence.
To Reach those who we were assigned.
GOAL: I believe God has called everyone of you to lead someone to Christ in 2017.
- We can ignite nations. Ignite - to set afire or to cause to blaze with flames.
- We can impact a 4 state area.
Impact - the force of impression from one thing on another; a significant or major affect.
- We can, We will, We must influence culture in a 20 mile radius of TWBC.
Influence - Change Culture
God wants to have “Encounters” with you.
Encounter - a face to face meeting; He wants to see you and for you to see Him.
28 Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white. 30 And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, 31 who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32 Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, but when they became fully awake they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 33 And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said. 34 As he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!” 36 And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen.
19 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel.
I want to take a moment to clarify where were are headed and what we are doing. Since Super Sunday we have intentionally not brought up the New Facility.
Mark 2:27 “27 And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.”
The same principle applies. The new facility is made for the people, the people are not made for the facility.
As we go into this Encounter Series, we are also going to be laying out the plans to get started on the new facility.
Why a new facility? This is what “Encounter” is all about. All through the scriptures God created a place to have an “Encounter” with his people.
The earth was place created for people that God could come and have a real Encounter with them.
The Tabernacle in the Wilderness was a place created for God to have a real Encounter with people.
The Temple was a place created for God to have a real Encounter with his people.
The New Covenant was created for God to have a real Encounter with Us!
The only purpose for the New Facility is this… a place for You to have a real Encounter with God.
Authentic Relationships: By creating an environment for divine connection, we develop quality relationships and experience life in Christ together. (First Core Value/DNA)
- The Facility isn't an Idol or a Holy Shrine it is a Tool.
- The Facility isn't a Christian Retirement Home or Country Club. It is designed to be a training environment to equip and send out. We are Kingdom Expanders and not Kingdom Squatters.
- This is not about a personal space but making “a Place” for everyone.
Construction Documents - $165,000 before the end of the year.
Break Ground when we have a 1/3 of the cost in savings, Goal Sept. 2018
Paid off by the time we move in, our 2020 Vision.
Forced Faith or Purposed Faith
II Chronicles 2:1 “Now Solomon purposed to build a temple for the name of the Lord…”
When is the last time you “purposed” to do something?
Many of us live in “Forced or Crisis Faith”. We do not stand in faith or go before God until the crisis hits.
Illustration: 911 Faith - 911 What is your emergency?
The Test at School, The Ticket for Speeding, etc… “Oh God, if you just get me out of this I’ll never do it again. Notice I’m keeping it G-Rated.
Living in Forced Faith only gets you Rescued Results.
Once you get out of the problem you go back to your old way of living.
Exodus 21:14 says that the horns on the altar are a place of refuge.
In a time of rebellion, I Kings 1:50-53, Adonijah was caught in his sin and fled to the horns of the Altar for refuge from judgment of the King. Solomon showed mercy and gave him a chance to prove himself.
I Kings 2:28-33 - Joab rebelled and fled to the horns of the Altar; and received no mercy..
To one man the Altar meant life and to another man the Altar meant death.
How does this relate to the Cross? Do you remember on Calvary there was a sinner on each side of Jesus? One man encountered death at the Cross or Altar the other man encountered life at the Cross or Altar.
Forced Faith may get you to the Altar but Purposed Faith will get you to the Presence.
Purposed Faith will get you Promised Results. The Take Away - Do It On Purpose
Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
Jeremiah 29:13-14b “13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, declares the Lord,…”
What are you seeking, Him or His Toys? The whole purpose is to find Him.
To many times the “Him”, God Himself, is just a benefits package to the Church and not the central focus of the church.
God’s Promised results are Himself!
Purposed Faith will get you into the Presence.
II Chronicles 5:11-13 “11 And when the priests came out of the Holy Place (for all the priests who were present had consecrated themselves, without regard to their divisions, 12 and all the Levitical singers, Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun, their sons and kinsmen, arrayed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps, and lyres, stood east of the altar with 120 priests who were trumpeters; 13 and it was the duty of the trumpeters and singers to make themselves heard in unison in praise and thanksgiving to the LORD), and when the song was raised, with trumpets and cymbals and other musical instruments, in praise to the LORD, “For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever,” the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud, 14 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God.
The Cloud represents God. Now watch how close this correlates to the fulfillment of Pentecost in Acts 2.
They set themselves apart - The Upper Room
Offering up Worship - Offering up Prayers
120 - 120
Unison - In One Accord
The Glory came and they couldn't minister - The Glory came and they “could” minister.
Both Houses we filled.
Faith for the Presence brings the Fire.
II Chronicles 7:1-3 “1 As soon as Solomon finished his prayer, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. 2 And the priests could not enter the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord filled the Lord’s house. 3 When all the people of Israel saw the fire come down and the glory of the Lord on the temple, they bowed down with their faces to the ground on the pavement and worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord, saying, “For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.”
Many people want to go from the Altar to the Fire.
If you skip the Cloud you get unauthorized fire.
Numbers 26:61 “But Nadab and Abihu died when they made an offering before the LORD with unauthorized fire.”
The Take Away - Do It On Purpose
References to the Cloud and the Fire.
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