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City of Refuge Fellowship
Building Bridges Through Prayer
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January 31, 2018 09:25 AM PST

Text: John 6:16-21

Description:
We have a bit of a romantic notion about being led by the Holy Spirit. We sing “where He leads me I will follow” but in our minds, we often picture the Spirit leading us to where we want to be, to where we expect God to take us. We fail to remember that you only need to be led if you don’t know the way or you don’t want to go. “Lead me” is a powerful but dangerous prayer, it is a prayer of dependence and surrender, of trust and reliance, it is a prayer, but it is also a promise, the request for leadership must also be a promise to relinquish control. We cannot control our lives and follow the Holy Spirit’s leadership at the same time. In today’s text we find the disciples in difficulty while Jesus was in prayer, He was not with them but they were where He had sent them. They followed His leadership and found themselves in the midst of a storm, they were not where they wanted to be, but even more, Jesus was not where they believed they needed Him to be. Today my hope is that we will discover that the Holy Spirit drives us to some difficult places. If we are following Jesus we will face some seasons and situations in our lives that we have not expected and do not enjoy, but even when we cannot see Him, His eyes are on us and when we feel it is impossible to get to Him He will show us that He is always with us. I pray that we will learn to trust the Holy Spirit’s leadership in and not just out of the difficult seasons of our lives and that we will be willing to see Jesus in places we didn’t expect to be found by Him.

January 31, 2018 09:23 AM PST

Text: John 6:1-14

Description: Six months after Jesus had declared that God was His Father and He was God’s Son, He took His next steps to reveal it. John the Baptist had been executed, Jesus had moved from Jerusalem to the other side of the Sea of Galilee and the Passover was approaching. News of Jesus’ miracles, of the healing of diseases and the casting out of demons was spreading throughout the country so there was a curiosity about Jesus. When we add to that curiosity, the uncertainty and grief that the nation was experiencing after the death of John, the first prophet in over 300 years, we can understand why multitudes, literally thousands of people decided to go and find Jesus. Before we dive into the text it’s important that we understand that, according to Matthew’s account of this story, Jesus was trying to get away, to be alone with His disciples, possibly to process John’s death and to prepare for the fact that His own death was only about a year away. Jesus was not building a crowd, but the Father was working in the hearts of the entire nation to bring a crowd to Jesus. This event allows us to see a test of the disciple’s faith but also the faithfulness of Jesus’ heart.

January 31, 2018 09:21 AM PST

Text: I Peter 3:15

Description: Following Jesus often appears questionable. Following Jesus raises more questions than it provides answers for those who are watching how we live. Trusting God requires faith and faith believes in what it cannot see because it is confident in the character of the one who leads. Following Jesus is and always has been questionable. It is supposed to raise questions. Henry Blackaby says “Obedience is costly to you and those around you.” What if the cost of obedience is questions from those around us? This morning I pray that we would see that the work of God creates questions, but we are not responsible for the answers. We are called to live in a way that stirs up questions and makes people uncomfortable so that God can begin providing them with His answers.

December 26, 2017 08:54 AM PST

Text: Isaiah 7:14

Description: This past Sunday we celebrated Christmas Eve together by concentrating on the themes of two Christmas carols. After singing the first hymn, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”, Abie shared about the theme of the hymn, Israel’s longing for the Messiah and then we had a time of intercession, praying for that longing to return to Israel, that God’s people would long for His Son. We then sang “O Holy Night” and Abie shared the reality that at the birth of Christ hope literally exploded to the world. And we closed by praying together for the “thrill of hope” found in the birth of Christ to be realized “to the Jew first” and to every nation and heart on the earth.

December 26, 2017 08:52 AM PST

Text: Isaiah 7:14

Description: This past Sunday we celebrated Christmas Eve together by concentrating on the themes of two Christmas carols. After singing the first hymn, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”, Abie shared about the theme of the hymn, Israel’s longing for the Messiah and then we had a time of intercession, praying for that longing to return to Israel, that God’s people would long for His Son. We then sang “O Holy Night” and Abie shared the reality that at the birth of Christ hope literally exploded to the world. And we closed by praying together for the “thrill of hope” found in the birth of Christ to be realized “to the Jew first” and to every nation and heart on the earth.

December 26, 2017 08:49 AM PST

Text: Romans 12:1-2

Description: This past Sunday we had the pleasure of having Kevin Flowers, from Refuge Ministries, as our guest speaker. We pray that your hearts would be open to surrendering to his challenge of making an enemy a friend as he shares with us that we are meant to illuminate the rooms God places us in because God is shaping and molding us so that we can affect the people around us.

December 26, 2017 08:47 AM PST

Text: Genesis 2:1-7

Description: This past Sunday we had the pleasure of having Paul Zazzo as our guest speaker. We pray that his sermon would open up your hearts to see God both as the powerful, awesome God who spoke all of creation into existence (Elohim) and the close and personal God (Yahweh) who is a loving Father that put His hands into the dirt to create man.

December 26, 2017 08:46 AM PST

Text: John 5:31-47

Description: Ten years ago, when Lebron James was making his first trip to the NBA finals, Nike launched a new advertising slogan that simply said, “We are all witnesses”. The point was that we were all watching something historic, something that was important to see because it would, at some point, be important to tell. That’s what a witness is, it’s not just someone who observes but it’s someone who watches closely so that what they have seen can be reported to those who have not been able to see it for themselves. The thing I’ve always wondered about Nike’s campaign was if they knew that they had stolen it from the first sermon ever preached in the church era. In Acts 2, when the Holy Spirit filled the first 120 members of the church, Peter stood up to preach and as he neared the end of his sermon, in verse 32 he said, “God has raised this Jesus to life and we are all witnesses of it.” Peter in that first sermon reminded us of something that God had been teaching from the very beginning, there is power and importance in our witness. In John 5, Jesus was being judged by the religious leaders of the Jews. He had healed a disabled man on the Sabbath and then, in their minds, caused that man to sin by telling him to pick up his bed and walk. They persecuted Him for that but then, when He answered their questions, judgment and persecution by saying “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working” they moved from judgment to condemnation, they were ready to kill Him. While it was not in a courtroom and it was not formal, it helps us to understand this passage if we realize that Jesus was on trial. Jesus, in all His kindness, patience and humility offered grace to those that are judging Him. He didn’t lash out, fight back or even defend Himself, rather, He worked to reveal the character of the Father and His own identity as their Redeemer. In today’s text Jesus points to the witnesses of His identity, rather than defending Himself, He calls on the witnesses of John the Baptist, the works the Father called and empowered Him to do, the voice of God and the Word of God. Jesus is not anxious or angry about being judged, He’s content to know that the Father has provided the witnesses for His defense. This morning I hope that we can see that God always has a witness, I pray that we will search our lives, backward and forward and allow the Holy Spirit to point out all the times when we thought we were alone but God had a witness to testify to His presence, when we thought that we had blown it, lost it all or been out of God’s will, but the Father made sure there was a witness of His restoring power, when we went our own way only to remember our Father’s house and be led back to the One who doesn’t change His character even when we succumb to our calamity. I have been praying that we would see the witnesses in our lives but also, that we would realize that we have now become the witnesses in the lives of those who live around us. God has not just called us to be witnesses, He has created us to needed witnesses. May the Spirit and the Scriptures reveal to us today the power of our witness.

November 27, 2017 09:31 AM PST

Text: John 5:19-30

Description: Nobody likes to be judged. We defend ourselves, protect ourselves, make excuses and explanations for ourselves. We quote Jesus out of context saying, “Judge not that you be not judged” or make ridiculous statements such as “Only God can judge me.” We bristle against the idea of being judged. In John 5, the Pharisees have judged Jesus. If you recall, Jesus healed a man that had been disabled for 38 years and then told him to pick up his bed and walk. The problem was that Jesus did all this on the Sabbath, He used His power to heal and then He commanded the man to carry his bed, in the minds of the religious Jews He broke the Sabbath himself and then He caused someone else to break it. The good news of the miracle got lost in the need to pass judgment. We read the passage and are excited about the miracle, the Pharisees heard about it and were angered at what they saw as Jesus’ blatant disregard for God’s law and their self-appointed job to make sure the law was followed as they believed it should be. Jesus, in His kindness and generosity didn’t disregard the objections and judgment of the Pharisees, but instead He answered them saying, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.” Jesus was graciously trying to show them that they didn’t rightly understand the law because they didn’t fully know the Father. He was pointing out that the Law didn’t belong to them, so they weren’t the ones who could control it. He was showing them that the only way to keep the Law was to know the Judge. He was working to take them from the letter of the law to the spirit of the law. He was, as we talk about so often, trying to change their perspective by offending their senses. Jesus healed on the Sabbath on purpose, He told the man to carry his bed on purpose, He was creating an opportunity for the religious Jews to judge Him so that He could show them the power of His mercy in the midst of their judgment. This is what God does, He breaks the walls of the boxes that we place Him in, He enlarges our small ways of thinking, He expands our very limited understanding so that He can teach us that when the Judge loves you, His judgments are all covered in mercy. This passage of Scripture takes us from Jesus being judged to revealing that He Himself is the Judge. It doesn’t just call us to life it reveals that we are in fact dead and it teaches us that in the heart and character of God judgement leads to mercy. I pray today that we will embrace the judgment of God in our lives so that we can live from the mercy we have received rather than living like the Pharisees, in fear of the judgement that could come.

November 27, 2017 09:29 AM PST

Text: Matthew 25:31-46

Description: As we talk about often, the Bible is God’s gift to reveal His character, not to give our instructions. It is the written Word that reveals the Living Word. When we approach any Scripture and every Scripture it must be to see who God is. We tend to look at this parable, the parable of the sheep and the goats, for conviction of what we haven’t done or motivation for what we need to do, today I want us to look at it for revelation, to allow it to give us yet another view of who God is.

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