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End Times Living

Delivered on: 07/07/13

Series: Doctrine & Practice: A Study of 1st & 2nd Peter

Preacher: Ben Adkison

Scripture: 1 Peter 4:7-11

Description:  If we knew that Jesus was coming back tomorrow, how would we live today?  This sort of question seems to be what the Apostle Peter had in mind when he penned 1 Peter 4:7-11.  He begins verse 7 by reminding his readers that they are living in the end times. In the scope of redemptive history, they’re living near the end, and we are too.  Jesus could return at any moment.  And since this is the case, how then should we live?  Surprisingly, Peter’s instruction doesn’t seem that out of the ordinary.  He says we should pray intentionally, love one another deeply, be hospitable, and serve one another with our spiritual gifts.   Pretty basic Christianity.  And yet, if we really did these things, wouldn’t it be radical?

Discussion Questions: none

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Worship Gatherings in July – Schedule

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July’s Worship Gathering Schedule

  • Sunday, July 7th – Music + 1 Peter 4:7-11 + Eating Out
  • Sunday, July 14th – Lillian St. Clean Up (Upper Lillian) + Potluck + Prayer
  • Sunday, July 21st – Music + 1 Peter 4:12-19 + Eating Out
  • Sunday, July 28th – Neighborhood Party Sunday Afternoon

Notice

You’ll notice that we are continuing our pattern of every-other-week.  One week is devoted to study and worship (what might be considered a more traditional worship gathering), and the next week is devoted to a service project or outreach opportunity.  We’re doing this to emphasize that church is not a gathering or a building, but a people on mission in the world.  We want to be the church, not just go to church.

  • More details to follow as each week approaches.
  • Location:  1232 Lillian St. (unless otherwise indicated)
  • Time:  10AM (unless otherwise indicated)

 

Arm Yourselves to Think Like Jesus

Delivered on: 06/23/13

Series: Doctrine & Practice: A Study of 1st & 2nd Peter

Preacher: Ben Adkison

Scripture: 1 Peter 4:1-6

Description:  There is one overriding command in this set of verses:   “arm yourselves.” Jesus thought about life with such crystal clear clarity, that when the opportunity to suffer for the sake of the gospel presented itself, He did not hesitate to suffer.  Jesus gave up fleeting pleasure for ultimate pleasure.  In 1 Peter 4, the Apostle Peter commands us to arm ourselves, to think about life the way that Jesus thought about life.  If we do so, Peter explains that we have made a clean break with sin, and we make it clear that we are truly living out our calling as disciples.  So what does it practically mean for us to arm ourselves in the way that Peter is describing?  This sermon aims to answer that exact question.

Discussion Questions: none

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Using Communion to Speak the Gospel Over One Another

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Jesus Life & Death

This past weekend at Soma One Day, Jeff Vanderstelt explained how the people of his church use the sacrament of communion to speak the gospel over one another in specific and personal ways.  Here’s how it works, the two elements in communion are the bread and the wine.  The bread represents Jesus’ body and life, and the wine represents His blood & death.  Jesus gave us both things:  His life and His death.  He didn’t just pay the penalty for our sins by dying for us, He also gave us His perfect life, a perfect life that we could never achieve on our own.  Both of these are gifts to us.  The Apostle Paul explained it this way:

Romans 5:9-10
Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

Notice the two sides that Paul mentions:

  • We have been justified (declared legally righteous) by Jesus’ blood
  • We will be saved (in the future, at the final judgment) by Jesus’ life

John Piper explains it this way:

” . . . Christ has become our substitute in two senses:  in his suffering and death he becomes our curse and condemnation (Galatians 3:13; Romans 8:3).  And in his suffering and life he becomes our perfection (2 Corinthians 5:21)” (John Piper, Counted Righteous in Christ, 41).

Will we be judged based on Jesus’ work or our work?

The Bible is replete with warnings that we will all be judged one day according to our works.  For instance:

Revelation 20:12
12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done.

So what does this mean?  Is the foundation of our justification Christ’s work or our work?  The answer is that our justification is totally rooted in Christ’s work.  It is totally rooted in His life and His death.  He forgives our sins by His death, and gives us His life in exchange for our imperfect lives.  When God looks at our lives and sees failings and falterings and struggles, He will not judge us based on how we have failed to be perfectly righteous.  Instead, He will look at Christ’s life and see that Christ did for us what we failed to do perfectly. When I fail to stay patient and my temper gets unjustifiably out of control, then God will look at Jesus whose temper never got unjustifiably out of control.  When I lust and look at a woman the way I should not, then God will look at Jesus who never lusted after a woman.  When I feel especially self-justified because of how much theological knowledge I have, God reminds me that I don’t have to perform for Him.  He’s happy that I understand many things, but He does not want me to become arrogant and prideful and begin thinking that I am loved because of what I know.  I am loved because of the life Jesus lived in my place.  The foundation of my justification is only Jesus.

So what does the Bible mean when it says that Christians will be judged by their works?  It means that our works are outward evidence (or fruit), that points to the reality of what Jesus has accomplished for us.  If we are a dead tree, then He makes our roots alive again, and eventually enlivened roots begin to produce real fruit.  This is why “faith without works is dead.”  If there is no fruit, then the faith is fake.  Real faith in Jesus is always evidence that the Holy Spirit has made our roots alive, and if our roots are alive, then fruit will begin to show up in our lives.  Therefore, God can look at our works and judge us according to our works because they point to a deeper reality.  However, the foundation of God’s declaring us righteous or unrighteous is only based upon whether or not we are in Jesus.

What does this have to do with communion?

When we take the bread and wine, we can proclaim the reality of Jesus’ life and death to one another in specific ways.  If John is feeling particularly beat down because he cannot seem to overcome an addiction to pornography, then Bill can proclaim Jesus’ death to him.  It might sound like this, “John you know that you are guilty and God could justifiably condemn you, and yet Jesus has shed His blood for you.  Because of His death, you are forgiven.  Drink the wine and remember Christ’s death for you.  God is not angry with you.”  If Susan has been feeling especially self-righteous about how good of a parent she is, and then suddenly feels convicted because she realizes she’s been looking down her nose at other parents, then Ann can proclaim Jesus’ life to her.  It might sound like this, “Susan, when you feel like God loves you more than everyone else because of how well you parent, remember that this is not true.  God judges you based on Jesus’ righteousness, not any righteousness that you can achieve on your own.  You don’t have to perform in order for Him to love you.  Jesus lived the perfect life you will never live.  Eat the bread and remember that Jesus has given you His life.”

Of course we always take both the bread and the wine when we celebrate communion, but week in and week out we may particularly identify more with the bread or more with the wine, or probably both.  If we are open and honest with one another about our failings and struggles, then as a church we can practice serving communion to one another in this way and help drive the truths of the gospel deep into one another’s hearts and minds.

To read more on this concept, check out this article by Jeff Vanderstelt which explains it further.

This Sunday – 06.16.13

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This Sunday we’re going to continue cleaning up Lillian St.

There’s a huge strip of overgrowth on the opposite side of the street from Adam & Mandy’s house all the way down to 14th.  There are also a few other spots that need some help.  So, we’re going to weedeat, trim, sweep, and rake it all up.  If you have a weedeater, blower, broom, rake, or gloves, then bring ‘em!  We’ll also share a few minutes together before we begin for equipping and prayer.

Afterwards, we’re going to grill out at Adam and Mandy’s.  You need to bring whatever you’d like to grill, a side, and a drink. We’ll probably be rather dirty after working, so if you want to bring some extra clothes to change into, that would probably be wise.

What better way to spend Father’s Day than enjoying some yard work and grilled meat?

Doctrine & Practice (A Recap of 1 Peter 1-3)

Delivered on: 06/09/13

Series: Doctrine & Practice: A Study of 1st & 2nd Peter

Preacher: Ben Adkison

Scripture: 1 Peter 1-3

Description:  Since the last message from 1 Peter was preached about three months ago, we thought it would be good to spend a week recapping the beginning of 1 Peter before we began studying chapter 4.  This recording, which is more of a discussion than a sermon, is the result of that effort.  The first half of the recording deals especially with the concept that:  being precedes doing.  Religion says “do” so that you can “be,” but the gospel says “be” so that you can “do.”  The only way we can “be” is through Jesus.

Discussion Questions: none

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3 Quick Things on my MIND

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Let’s continue to be a people of prayer.

We’ve spent the last three weeks gathering together and praying for God’s will to be done in Basileia.  We need to continue in this sort of dependence upon God.  I’m convinced that when we quit praying, it’s usually because we think we can handle things now.  Things get easier to manage, and so we take over and let Jesus climb back in the back seat of the car.  (This is not what actually happens BTW because Jesus never relinquishes control, but in our minds we begin to think this way.)  To be honest, it would be better for us to feel out of control all of the time, if that helped us depend more upon Jesus.  Let’s be a people who constantly call out to God in prayer.  When we do, we get the help, and He gets the glory.

 

Please pray for and contribute to the finances of Basileia.  

Our church is meeting its financial needs, but just barely.  In the last few months some changes have been made that should help our church to be fast and lean, but we could still use some more help.  If you regularly attend Basileia gatherings, please consider supporting us with a tithe or regular financial gift.  If you’re a friend of Basileia Church and support what we’re doing, please prayerfully consider if God would have you give to this church.  And even if you can’t help us financially, please join us in prayer and ask God to continue to meet and exceed our needs.  If you would like to give financially, please click on the link below in this newsletter.

 

Please don’t get lost in the shuffle of changes.  

Basileia Church has gone through a lot of changes in the last two months, and we’re finally coming out on the other side.  We’re convinced that God knows what He is doing with His church, and that these changes will work out for our good.  Nevertheless, change is hard.  It would be fairly easy for some of you to get lost in the shuffle of change that is occurring and sort of fade into the background.  Please don’t let this happen!  This is the time when we need to be more united than ever.  Love one another!  Talk to one another!  Pray for one another!  Ask God what your part in Basileia is supposed to be.  And if you’re confused about something that is happening, please ask questions–we’ll answer them happily.

This Sunday + 060913

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Here’s the Plan for This Sunday + 060913

This Sunday we’ll be jumping back into the book of 1 Peter as we continue our series “Doctrine & Practice.”  I know it’s been a while since we studied 1 Peter, but we’re not finished digging into this important New Testament book.  This week we’ll be studying1 Peter 4:1-6 which is a challenging and important text for us to think about.  If you have a second, check it out and be prepared to discuss what it means this Sunday.

Details for Sunday:

  • Location:  Adam & Mandy’s home – 1232 Lillian St. in EN
  • Time:  10AM
  • Childcare:  Will be provided
  • Food:  We’ll have coffee & muchies, if you’d like to bring a finger food, please feel free.