You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?
Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people's faces.
On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, ‘Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’ The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.
Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
…zeal for your house consumes me…
For God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whoever believes in him would not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through him might be saved.
I am concerned we have made our vision our God. We worship the accomplishment of the dreams God gave us rather than worshipping Him.
One day Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian. He led the flock far into the wilderness and came to Sinai, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the middle of a bush. Moses stared in amazement. Though the bush was engulfed in flames, it didn’t burn up. “This is amazing,” Moses said to himself. “Why isn’t that bush burning up? I must go see it.” When the Lord saw Moses coming to take a closer look, God called to him from the middle of the bush, “Moses! Moses!” “Here I am!” Moses replied. Do not come any closer,” the Lord warned. “Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground. I am the God of your father - the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” When Moses heard this, he covered his face because he was afraid to look at God. Then the Lord told him, “I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries of distress because of their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them out of Egypt into their own fertile and spacious land. It is a land flowing with milk and honey - the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live. Look! The cry of the people of Israel has reached me, and I have seen how harshly the Egyptians abuse them. Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.”
Fulfilling our vision is not synonymous with living a godly life.
God cares more about who we are becoming than where we are headed. Don’t let your destination become your god.
We make the assumption that we can create our own burning bush moments.
Are we concerned with God’s will or only his approval of our will.
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
It’s not about where we are going. It’s about who we are becoming.
Key Question: How does God see us?
Key Idea: I believe all people are loved by God and need Jesus Christ as their Savior
Key Verse: God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
“I believe all people are loved by God…
You are a whoever…so is everyone else.
We need to see people the way God sees them.
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (1 John 4:11)
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. (James 3:9)
There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)
…and need Jesus Christ as their savior”
If people don’t believe in Jesus nothing else really matters.
You don’t need to clean up to come in; you come in to clean up.
Come as you are, knowing God has no intention of keeping you there.
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Question: What is the image of God that is hanging your mental gallery?
“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”
KEY QUESTION: DOES GOD CARE ABOUT ME?
Big Idea: I believe God is involved in and cares about my daily life.
THE TWO MOVEMENTS OF GENESIS 16: FIRST GOD SEES HAGAR AND SECOND, HAGAR SEES GOD.
The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. And he said, “Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?” Genesis 16:7
GOD SEES HAGAR BY FINDING HER.
GOD SEES HAGAR BY CALLING HER BY NAME.
GOD SEES HAGAR BY ENGAGING THE DETAILS OF HER LIFE.
to your mistress and submit to her.”
10 The angel added, “I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count.”
11 The angel of the Lord also said to her:
“You are now pregnant
and you will give birth to a son.
You shall name him Ishmael,[a]
for the Lord has heard of your misery.
She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.”
I lift up my eyes to the mountains -
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2
MOVE #1: FIRST GOD SEES ME.
Transcendence: God is up above everything. He is independent of and superior to the rest of the universe.
MOVE #2: THEN I SEE GOD.
What is the ultimate image of God that Jesus is seeking to paint in the gallery of our hearts? Abba
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? Matthew 6:26-27
Immanence: God is present and active in nature and history. Quite simply God is near.
First, God sees you.
In what area of your life are you on Broken Boulevard? Where do you need to just admit you are lost and need found?
How can you be still this week and listen for God to speak your name?
How can you be more open to and aware of God’s involvement in your life?
Then, you see God.
What warped images of God do you need to let go of?
How is the image of God in your heart too small?
How is the image of God in your heart too distant?
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Key Question: Not, Is there a God?...but, Who is God?
Proof there is a God is found in creation. (Ps. 19:1-4; Romans 1:20)
Key Idea: I believe the God of the Bible is the only true God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
God’s proof is his promises kept and his power unleashed. (Joshua 24; 1 Kings 18:16-40, Acts 17:16-34)
What Do You Believe?
God proved he was your God when kept his promise to you by providing the way back to him through Jesus Christ.
God proved he was your God when he unleashed his power and raised Jesus from the dead.
Who do you believe is the only true God?
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