Sermon Notes- 01.26.20, Pastor Rafael: In You and Through You
Pastor Jason shared a message with us last week titled “A Heart For The House.”
• He shared how grateful he is for you, the Good News family. He is grateful for your faithfulness to this house, as well as your commitment and devotion to the Lord.
• He challenged us by looking at the zeal Jesus had for the Father’s house. Jesus created a space for the poor and the outsider to worship God!
• He encouraged us to move things out of the way so that people can encounter Jesus.
• He challenged us not to step OVER the need in order to do what we want to do.
• He shared with us that God’s preference many times is not ours. When this happens our response must be “YES LORD”!
PJ made two other statements I want to highlight today:
1. “You can’t just exist.”
How many know that there’s a difference between EXISTING and LIVING?
Which one are you?
God gave you existence in Genesis 1, but He gave you LIFE in Luke 2! POWERFUL!
He created mankind in Genesis 1, but it was in Luke 2 that LIFE came to humanity!
2. “The Bible reflects His (God’s) desire to bring transformation through you.”
Transformation in you and through you!
- Mark Twain said, “Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.”
- Warren Wiersbe writes, “Perhaps the thing most annoying about a good example is its inability to accomplish the same achievements in our own lives. Admiration for a great person can inspire us, but it cannot enable us. Unless the person can enter into our own lives and share his skills, we cannot attain to his (her) heights of accomplishment. It takes more than an example on the outside; it takes power on the inside.”
How do we get more power on the inside?
- In the book of Philippians, Paul sets Jesus as the example, but we know that Jesus didn’t JUST provide an example but He left so that we may have POWER on the inside.
- This may seem unattainable, after all, who can attain perfection other than Jesus? God has not called us to perfection, but reflection. To REFLECT the image of Jesus.
- God has called us to become more and more like Jesus! To be conformed to the image of Christ. How does this even happen? It begins by what God does IN us, and because of what HE does WE DO. Then we REFLECT Him. How do we reflect Christ?
Philippians 2:12-18NLT 12- “Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power TO DO what pleases him.
14 Do everything without complaining and arguing, 15 so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. 16 Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless. 17 But I will rejoice even if I lose my life, pouring it out like a liquid offering to God, just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to share that joy. 18 Yes, you should rejoice, and I will share your joy.
Look at your life, when people look at you are you reflecting Christ or yourself?
Every one of us who has history with God, everyone one of us who has made a decision to follow Christ, knows that there are things that only He can do.
13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power TO DO what pleases him.”
- God is working in YOU!
- This is so significant! He is WORKING. It doesn’t say He WORKED in you. It says God is WORKING!
- That means HE IS STILL working in you. That means He has not stopped. That means He is not done with you. This is POWERFUL AGAIN!
- That means He is at work in you in every moment of your life. When you are happy He’s working. When you are sad He’s working. When you are angry He’s working. When you are rejoicing He’s working. When you’re annoyed, when you’re disappointed, when you feel like a failure, when you reach the end of your road HE IS WORKING!
Talk about the work God is doing in the lives of those in your small group, encourage one another.
- Paul adds that when God is working in you He is giving you the desire and the power TO DO what pleases him.
- This is important because sometimes, as Pentecostals, we may know He gives us the power. We can quote Acts 1:8, but we may not realize He gives us the desire to please Him as well.
You know God is working IN YOU when you are bothered by actions, thoughts and patterns of behavior that you know do not please Him.
- You may not be ACTING in a way that pleases Him, but you desire to.
- It reminds me of my relationship with our kids.
- They may not do what’s pleasing to mom and dad, but they are in such of internal turmoil because their desire is to please mom and dad.
Share an example in your life when you felt the conviction and recognized that God is actually working in you because you never felt that conviction before. This is exciting!
- Your actions may not match your desire TO DO what pleases Him, and that’s where the power TO DO what pleases Him comes in.
- As He is WORKING IN us He begins by giving us the desire to please Him, and then He gives us the POWER to do so!
I believe the problem is not that there’s lack of power, I believe the problem is that we are unaware of the magnitude of His power.
- The Spirit convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8)
- Guides us into all truth (John 16:13)
- Sanctifies us (2 Thess. 2:13; 1 Pet. 1:2; Rom. 5:16)
- Leads us (Rom. 8:14; Gal. 5:18; Matt. 4:1; Luke 4:1)
- Regenerates us (John 3:5-8; Titus 3:5)
- Empowers us (Luke 4:14; 24:49; Rom. 15:19; Acts 1:8)
- Reveals Christ to us and in us (John 16:14-15)
Imagine someone who has lived all their life off the grid. They have never experienced electricity. The only way they know to get light is by starting a fire.
You can put that individual in this room, and they would not know what to do with a light switch. They may begin a fire right here.
Are you trying to start fire on your own when there’s power available to you?
You have the POWER to please Him!
Once you realize He is working in YOU and you begin doing what pleases Him, then it’s OUR TURN!
We have to do our part. What WORK is God calling you to do?
- V12- Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear.
Tommie Barnett story – Pastor comes to him after a conference, wanting to be like him and asking what he needs to do. Tommie’s response was, “WORK!”
Erwing McManus – “There are some things you can’t pray into existence, you actually have to act them into reality”
- Here Paul is telling the church in Philippi, “WORK!”
- Not only to work, but to work hard! To show the RESULTS of your salvation.
- When God is working in you, there will be RESULTS!
- Work hard so that those results will show.
- Work hard so that those around you can see love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
- I understand that these are the fruits of the Spirit.
- Every one of us has to work harder at one of those fruits more than the other.
- We know that Paul said that “People are not counted righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners.”- Romans 4:5
- Does this mean he is contradicting himself? Not at all. The only way for humanity to be made right with God is to have faith in Christ.
- As you mature in your faith, you SHOULD begin to DO things you were previously not able to do, nor aware of.
Are you seeing evidence of this in your life?
We will discuss this tension of faith vs. works in the coming weeks as we begin our series on the book of James.
- As some translations read in v12: “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling”
- This has the connotation that doing this is VERY important, and that we should be diligent in doing so.
- Why is this important? It is because the RESULTS of your SALVATION have to be seen by others in order for God to bring transformation through you.
- Working out your faith is a PROCESS!
- Paul adds another component to this working out your own Salvation: 14 Do everything without complaining and arguing.
- Now, if you were not convicted before, you should be now. I know I am!
- Frank Thielman (The NIV Application Commentary)
- The term that is translated as “complaining” (gongysmon) occurs rarely in the New Testament, and this is its only appearance in Paul’s letters.
- However, it occurs frequently in the narratives of the Greek Bible that describe Israel’s desert wanderings, where the Israelites “complained” against Moses. Moses made clear to them that they were complaining not against him but against God. (Ex.16:2–9)
- Paul using this word is significant because Philippians were gentiles. This meant they were not Jews, and therefore not considered to be part of God’s people.
- By using this word “complaining” (gongysmon) Paul could be pointing to the fact that NOW Philippians are part of God’s people. He is also showing them an example of what not to do. VERY INTERESTING!
- Israel suffered great punishment when wandering in the desert due to their complaining.
Why are we arguing and complaining? Search your heart, and then ask for forgiveness.
- There is a purpose in all of this.
- When God is working in you and you work out your faith. 14 “Do everything without complaining and arguing, 15 so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people”.
- We are to be shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.
- It is after we allow God to work in us, and we work out our salvation with fear and trembling, that we become bright lights!
You don’t have to be perfect to shine! Remember that God is looking for us to reflect His Son.
- God wants to reveal His light through you.
- He wants to reveal Himself to this crooked and perverse generation, and He wants to do it through YOU!
Jesus said this in Matthew 5:14-16 (ESV): “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
- Jesus says, “YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD”
- Let that sink in for a moment.
- There’s darkness all around us and God says, “I’m going to use YOU to bring light”
- “I’m going to use you to solve the problem”
Do you realize that wherever you find yourself there CAN NOT be darkness?
What does God want you to do, what has God sparked in you?
- You are a city set on a hill. You are the lamp on a stand.
- He wants to put your LIFE on display.
- He wants you on display, so that others may realize they can LIVE and not merely EXIST.
- He wants you on display, so that others may know that His power is available to transform!
Don’t dismiss yourselves!
Do you think Jesus didn’t know your flaws before He said, “You are the light of the world”? He knew every single one of them. POWERFUL!
DO YOU BELIEVE IT?!
Good News family, there’s work to be done AND we are going to BE ABOUT IT!
How many of you have been changed by church people, or by something that happened at church?
As many of you know, we are part of WithinReach. It is a group of over 30 churches in the Omaha and surrounding area who believe our city is within reach.
• Recently these churches have gotten together to write a book to use as a tool to reach our city.
• The book has 32 stories of transformed lives in our city. On Chapter 4 you will find the story of our very own Tim and Jen Bowes.
Work of Holy Spirit in our lives:
1. The Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8).
2. The Spirit guides us into all truth (John 16:13).
3. The Spirit regenerates us (John 3:5-8; Titus 3:5).
4. The Spirit glorifies and testifies of Christ (John 15:26; 16:14).
5. The Spirit reveals Christ to us and in us (John 16:14-15).
6. The Spirit leads us (Rom. 8:14; Gal. 5:18; Matt. 4:1; Luke 4:1).
7. The Spirit sanctifies us (2 Thess. 2:13; 1 Pet. 1:2; Rom. 5:16).
8. The Spirit empowers us (Luke 4:14; 24:49; Rom. 15:19; Acts 1:8).
9. The Spirit fills us (Eph. 5:18; Acts 2:4; 4:8, 31; 9:17).
10. The Spirit teaches us to pray (Rom. 8:26-27; Jude 1:20).
11. The Spirit bears witness in us that we are children of God (Rom. 8:16).
12. The Spirit produces in us the fruit or evidence of His work and presence (Gal. 5:22-23).
13. The Spirit distributes spiritual gifts and manifestations (the outshining) of His presence to and through the body (1 Cor. 12:4, 8-10; Heb. 2:4).
14. The Spirit anoints us for ministry (Luke 4:18; Acts 10:38).
15. The Spirit washes and renews us (Titus 3:5).
16. The Spirit brings unity and oneness to the body (Eph. 4:3; 2:14-18).
17. The Spirit is our guarantee and deposit of the future resurrection (2 Cor. 1:22; 2 Cor. 5:5).
18. The Spirit seals us unto the day of redemption (Eph. 1:13; 4:30).
19. The Spirit sets us free from the law of sin and death (Rom. 8:2).
20. The Spirit quickens our mortal bodies (Rom. 8:11).
21. The Spirit reveals the deep things of God to us (1 Cor. 2:10).
22. The Spirit reveals what has been given to us from God (1 Cor. 2:12).
23. The Spirit dwells in us (Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 3:16; 2 Tim. 1:14; John 14:17).
24. The Spirit speaks to, in, and through us (1 Cor. 12:3; 1 Tim. 4:1; Rev. 2:11; Heb 3:7; Matt. 10:20; Acts 2:4; 8:29; 10:19; 11:12, 28; 13:2; 16:6,7; 21:4,11).
25. The Spirit is the agent by which we are baptized into the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13).
26. The Spirit brings liberty (2 Cor. 3:17).
27. The Spirit transforms us into the image of Christ (2 Cor. 3:18).
28. The Spirit cries in our hearts, “Abba, Father” (Gal. 4:6).
29. The Spirit enables us to wait (Gal. 5:5).
30. The Spirit supplies us with Christ (Phil. 1:19, KJV).
31. The Spirit grants everlasting life (Gal. 6:8).
32. The Spirit gives us access to God the Father (Eph. 2:18).
33. The Spirit makes us (corporately) God’s habitation (Eph. 2:22).
34. The Spirit reveals the mystery of God to us (Eph. 3:5).
35. The Spirit strengthens our spirits (Eph. 3:16).
36. The Spirit enables us to obey the truth (1 Pet. 1:22).
37. The Spirit enables us to know that Jesus abides in us (1 John 3:24; 4:13).
38. The Spirit confesses that Jesus came in the flesh (1 John 4:2).
39. The Spirit says “Come, Lord Jesus” along with the bride (Rev. 22:17).
40. The Spirit dispenses God’s love into our hearts (Rom. 5:5).
41. The Spirit bears witness to the truth in our conscience (Rom. 9:1).
42. The Spirit teaches us (1 Cor. 2:13; John 14:26).
43. The Spirit gives us joy (1 Thess. 1:6).
44. The Spirit enables some to preach the gospel (1 Pet. 1:12).
45. The Spirit moves us (2 Pet. 1:21).
46. The Spirit knows the things of God (1 Cor. 2:11).
47. The Spirit casts out demons (Matt. 12:28).
48. The Spirit brings things to our remembrance (John 14:26).
49. The Spirit comforts us (Acts 9:31).
50. The Spirit makes some overseers in the church and sends some out to the work of church planting [through the body] (Acts 20:28; 13:2)