We are on a journey of faith through- Mk 5/6.
2Cor 4:6-7 (treasure- Col 1:27- Christ in you)
In man we have the coming together of the natural and the eternal.
The hope is that the …
eternal that is within us (through our faith)
would break through the veil of our flesh and
touch the world around us.
As the church- we must learn how to walk/talk in faith
1 Cor 3:1-3 MSG Bible
Does not this define our current Christian culture …
deal unspiritually with each other/God
grab for what makes us feel good/important
content only when everything’s going our way
God is calling us up to a higher standard of faith.
Mk 6:33-34 Feeding of the 5000
What motivated Jesus to help people? Compassion!
Jesus frequently was moved by the plight of the multitudes and the suffering of individual people.
Human need appeals to God’s heart and His power stands ready to minister to those needs.
Heb 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. NASU
Sympathize- to suffer w/another, to be affected similarly
Consider the story of the prodigal son …
Lk 15:20 "So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. NASU
As the father ran to his son, Jesus reaches out to us.
If love motivated Jesus, should not love motivate us.
Mtt 9:36-38 (harvest plentiful, workers few)
Love determines …
how we respond to others and
whether we respond at all to needs around us.
1 Jn 4:10-11, 19
Our ability to love others- proportional to how much revelation we have concerning God’s love for us.
This is why it is so important to build a secret history with God- many do not believe God loves them.
Mk 6:35 A Desolate Place
Life often leads us into desert places.
A desert place is where we are shut up w/faith/God.
If we are Christians a desert places shuts us up w/faith
It is a place where we can turn to him alone for help.
The lion’s den for Daniel was a desert place- his only hope of survival was his faith in God.
It is hear that we find food to eat the world knows nothing about …
Jn 4:32, 34
32 But He said to them, "I have food to eat that you do not know about." NASU
34 Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work. NASU
Mk 6:36-38 Human Reason/Faith Tested
Human reason- send them away so they can go and help themselves by buying food/drink.
Send the hungry away from the Bread of Life and the thirsty away from the Fountain of Living Water.
So often we turn to natural resources instead of God.
2 Chr 16:7-9, 12 Consider Asa, King of Judah
Where else is there help for us, but in Christ?
Jesus was testing their level of faith, but more.
He was taking them beyond what they could do w/natural resources.
Disciples focused on what little they had- no way!
But Jesus can take a little and do much with it.
He can take our small lives/talents- do much w/them.
In the church- many want to push the responsibility to help someone off onto someone more qualified.
Some even have the attitude-
I can do so little, therefore it is not worth my while trying to do anything.
Mk 6:39-44 Order in the Kingdom/Structure
Sometimes we have this attitude that God cannot work through structure, that structures hinders.
Everything has to open/loose for the HS to come.
The problem is not the structure- it is the heart.
Mk 6:45-47 Alone With God
After much time w/people, Jesus pulled away w/God.
To be fruitful with people He had to draw strength from God.
Through prayer, as we draw away to be with God …
receive strength to- avoid/overcome temptation
learn to live in His Presence.
Video clip- Circle of Life
Lion King- talked about the circle of life.
There is as well a rhythm to the Christian life.
The Christian life is a continuous going into the presence of God from the presence of men and coming out into the presence of men from the presence of God (William Barclay).
Two dangers in the Christian life …
constant activity without rest
too much withdrawing without work.
Real prayer will result in real labor for God.
Real labor for God comes out of real prayer.
Fellowship with God, or drawing away with God, is never to avoid fellowship or labor among men.
Mk 6:47-52 Hardened Hearts
Hardened- petrified, callous.
Insensitive, dull, to the things of God, unable to see spiritually, mind unrenewed,
Act 9:1-20 Road to Damascus- veil
Lk 24:13-32 Emmaus Road- eyes opened
God wants to remove callousness/insensitivity.
There are three categories of people in this age … Jew, Gentile, member of God’s Church (believer).
We have made a fourth category- unbelieving believer
One who professes Christ but does not live the life.
Mtt 23:28 "So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. NASU
Hypocrisy- inner man is not in alignment w/outer man
Lawlessness- not fully submitted our lives to God.
Submit- come under the mission of another.
Everybody is submitted to something- what about us?
1 Cor 16:8-9
8 But I will remain in Ephesus until Pentecost; 9 for a wide door for effective service has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.
There is a OPEN door in heaven, it is WIDE, and it is EFFECTIVE for service.
There are many adversaries, but we must not look at the adversaries, but look at what God has said.
We must boldly declare to be true what God has already spoken over us as citizens of His Kingdom
We need to speak like we have already received.
God’s Word in our mouths is just as powerful as God’s Word in His mouth (Clyde Oliver).
The creation must respond to God’s Word.
Rom 8:19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. NASU
The issue is unbelief- there are no non-believers- everyone believes something.
What we must battle with is unbelief in the message of the Kingdom of God (Heb 3/4).
Sean Bolz Word for Church on the Rock
October 20, 2006
Watch and see what the Lord is doing there because they are in a transition where the move of God is about to come, to start, in their church.
Watch and see those of you from Church on the Rock.
There’s been the faithful that have been there, and have been there storming the gates in prayer over their church and over their mandates.