Living with the Holy Spirit

Preacher: Josh WhiteI we have been talking about the work of the Holy Spirit in everyone's life and three weeks ago we really started and we talked about God's greatest desire for us as His children in fact we could even say it's God's will for our life first and foremost that this be true so he has all the answer this is God's will for a life that we will be holy and it says why God desires us to be holy he wants us to be holy because he is holy That's why God desires for us to be holy and as we keep starting we realize that there is another great desire of God for us as individuals but also as a family and that is for us to be united because God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit are united so God's desire for us is to be like him holy and then also united and that is one of the reasons why God gave us the Holy Spirit I want you to turn over your Bibles to John Chapter seventeen.And we read about this in John Chapter seventeen and this is known as the high priest of the prayer of Christ this is right before he was crucified. And we have this recorded prayer of Jesus talking to the father.And then here we get this insight of what God's great desire is for us this is children John Chapter seventeen beginning in verse twenty.And up to this point John or Jesus had been praying for his disciples for the twelve or for the love at that point the twelve that we're going to go out and share or share Christ with the world and here in John seventeen beginning in verse twenty Jesus continues and he says I do not ask for these only but also for those who will believe in Me through their word so that it includes us that they may all be one just as you Father are in me and I and you that they also may be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me the glory that you have given me I. I have given to them that they may be one even as we are one I in them and you and me that they may become perfectly one soul that the world may know that you sent me and love them even as you loved me and so this is the plan of God They each of us will be one with him and that's talking about our identity in Christ that we will accept God's mission for us that the world will know and factor does what it says in verse twenty five it says I look at verse twenty five again I in them and you in me that they may become perfectly one so that the world may know and sold the work of the Holy Spirit is to come into us as believers unite us together so that our identity is in God so that we are united with each other but then also our unity shares that message of salvation with the world around us I want you to turn over to Philip in this chapter to well more interview for today and to take this idea of God giving us the Holy Spirit so that we will be united and there's a passage in Philippians Chapter two we're going to use sort of as our text for this morning so Philippians chapter two and will begin in verse one.And just just before read this all say this you know read this passage of Philippians and in this passage Paul sort of gives us these these practical commands which really helps us to understand what the Holy Spirit will be doing in our lives and what it looks like when the Holy Spirit is unifying us so let's read this book in Chapter Two beginning of verse one.He says So if there is any encouragement in Christ. Any comfort from love any participation in the spirit any affection and sympathy complete my joy by being of the same mind having the same love being in full accord in of One Mind you nothing from selfish ambition or can see. But in humility count others more significant than yourselves let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others have this mine among yourselves which is Yours in Christ Jesus if you look at him you notice what he says in verse one he says that if you have any participation in the spirit some of you might be using another translation your translation might say something like If you have any fellowship with the Holy Spirit in other words Paul a saying If you have any kind of cooperation with the Holy Spirit then this is what that should look like and the word for participation or fellowship whatever translation you're using it's the Greek word koinonia you maybe have heard this before it's a very powerful word and let me read for you a great definition that I found from a commentary kind of really nails down this idea of what it means to have fellowship with the Holy Spirit or participation so here is a definition so this is referring to having a common interest and a mutual and active participation in the things of God in which the believer and the Holy Spirit are joint participants. So it says if you have any participation in the Holy Spirit it means the things that the Holy Spirit is trying to accomplish in your life and the life of others we need to partner with that and so if we're partnering with the Holy Spirit this is what it looks like you know so far we've we've talked about a few different things we've got talked a couple weeks ago about how the Holy Spirit was given to us a ministry of the Holy Spirit is just sanctify us to make us whole set apart because God is holy and last week we talked about how the Holy Spirit leads us leads us into opportunity leads us into truth that's what the Holy Spirit does but today we're going to look at how the Holy Spirit also unifies believers together for a very specific purpose and God wants us to be unified and so to do that he's given us the Holy Spirit so what we're going to do this morning is we're going to look at this passage here and flip institue. And see the things that sort of they manifest themselves when we see this work of the Holy Spirit taking place and so I'm going to give you three things if you look at this passage there's more than just three things we're going to look at three things this morning that we will experience in the work of the Holy Spirit is present in our lives and unifying us and the first thing that we will experience is number one we will experience having the same mind. If the Holy Spirit is unifying us together we will have the same mind to look at verse two.This phrase is at the very beginning of verse two so Philippians two two says complete my joy by being of the same mind. And so Paul sorts off by saying unity begins in happens when we are of the same mind some you might have another translation might say have the same pattern of thinking and so you just take a second and kind of stand back and you think wait a second what exactly is the Bible telling us to do it says that we're supposed to have the same thoughts the same pattern of thought the same mind. Do you know how many opinions there are in the world is that even possible it is Paul suggesting that believers for them to be united have to hold to the same political party are we all supposed to be Republicans or Democrats or are we all supposed to hold to the same parenting philosophies if this is you know what exactly is Paul talking about well I think it's clear what he's talking about is this to be of the same mind it means that our thoughts all of our sots need to be influenced and guided by the one singular truth that there is in the world and that is the Word of God and so of God's people stray from the Bible as their source of truth. Unity is impossible in sort of the way that we can have the same mind is for all of us to align our thoughts with the one timeless eternal truth. I came across this a while ago and I think this is an excellent way for us to kind of understand how this this unity takes place this is written by toes or in his book The Pursuit of God and he writes about unity and how what this looks like any writes Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other they are of one accord by being in tune not to each other but to another standard in which each one must individually bow so one hundred worshippers like us today meeting together each one looking to Christ our own heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to become unity conscience and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship. So that's how we are of one mind it's not like we're supposed to look around and find the most opinionated person or the most smart or influential person and say well if they are thinking this then we all need to agree to think the things that that person is thinking the way we become united is we'll let the Word of God become our one source of truth that is when we will have the same pattern of thinking natural will be of the same mindset I want you to stay here in Philippians will come back here but turn over your bible just a couple pages to efficiency. Go back to your Bible to just a few pages to fusions chapter four.So more talking about having the same truth and having the same mind you know what are the things that we're supposed to agree on and think about here's one of the passages where Paul tells us there are seven ones of the faith these are these are individual truth is that we cannot diverge on we have to accept them for what they are fusions for one talking about unity when we have these Paul says I therefore a prisoner for the Lord infusions for one urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the call. To which you have been called with all humility and gentleness with patience bearing with one another in love and here he says in verse three eager to maintain the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace Well how do we do that this is the same mind that we're going to have verse for there is one body one Spirit just as you were called to the one the hope now belongs to your call one Lord one face one baptism and one God and Father of all who is overall and through all and in all.Now this passage here and there's obviously a lot there but I'll wrap up this portion of this point by saying this what people believe is extremely important and if there is not some singular truth some undeniable singular truth out there that all of us can balance to wards and say this is what we agree with there's no way that we could ever have unity with each other and so the real the unity of the Holy Spirit what he's doing in all of our lives is getting us to understand and guiding us to the truth the one truth of God's Word and the main truth obviously that we need to start with and stand upon is who Jesus Christ is there is no one that we can go through to get to the Father only through Jesus Christ the Son of God His death and resurrection that is the one truth that we begin our unity and stand our unity of unity upon so that is how God works within us with the Holy Spirit to bring us to a same mind or the same on the truth that we hold onto when next we also see the unifying work of the Holy Spirit in our lives when we see among ourselves point to the same identity that we have the same identity in our devotee is this we are loyal followers of Jesus Christ and we are equal members of the one body of Christ and as the one body of Christ all of us are equal as role players one body many parts whatever. Chapter two verse two of Philippians.Verse two again I am reading from the E.S.P. if for those of you are not aware that verse two says complete my joy by being of the same mind. Having the same law of and here's the phrase for this point being in full accord and of one mind you know this this word here is very interesting and in the yes to be it's translated being in a full accord this is the only place in the entire Bible that this word is used it's almost like Paul made up a word it's a compound word and the Greek word is called Some So and it's two words which basically are combining the word with and soul with each other and so basically a literal translation would be sold with.We are sold with each other or we are joined with in soul and again this is the only place that this ever appears and I think would be what Paul is trying to do is taking the basic unit of a human being our soul and we're being joined with other people that creates the one body of Christ and that is the one identity that we have and so when we combine this one this of soul with other passages of Scripture I believe this is cheating us that the Holy Spirit unites us in our function as role players within the Body of Christ that is our one identity the We Are The One Body of Christ and everyone within the Body of Christ has a role to play and it doesn't matter how old you are or how smart you are or how tall or short you are doesn't matter any of those things God has placed within you is called you to be his own you are now identified with him and he's given you a role to play and I want you to turn over to First Corinthians Chapter twelve this is by far as I think the best passage in all of Scripture that kind of describes the body the body of Christ and how it functions and. Now it's the Holy Spirit that unites us together so that we're functioning together as one body.First Corinthians Chapter twelve.So as we read this what I want you to do is realize especially for those of you who are used as you say this is my home church we are sold with each other as O.-U. L. sold with each other like this passage says First Corinthians Chapter twelve beginning in verse four. Says now there are varieties of gifts but the same spirit and there are varieties of service but the same Lord. And there are varieties of activities but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone to each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good and so this teaches us that God has placed the Holy Spirit in each and every one of us and there is a manifestation of power and gifting and it's given for what purpose for the common good for our one identity as a body now skip down to verse twenty one.Now this is where Paul kind of get some kind of gets funny trying to describe this in a way that we can understand using the image or the analogy of a body verse twenty one it says the I cannot say the hand I have no need of you nor again the head to the feet I have no need of you on the contrary the parts of the Biden seem to be weaker are indispensable. And on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor and are unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty which are more presentable parts do not require but God is so composed the body giving greater honor to the part that lacked it that there may be no division in the body but that the members may have the same care for one another if one member suffers all suffer together if one member is honored all rejoice together now you are the Body of Christ and individually members of it so if we have fellowship with the Holy Spirit what Paul is teaching us here the Holy Spirit will get us to be your. Neither with each other in our one identity and we will all understand our role and use our roles in conjunction with each other you know it's interesting as I was kind of preparing for this talking about unity. If you have an enemy you want to find out what their endgame is so that you can attack them right. What God wants from us is to be united and so Satan will work desperately to try to get us to be divided and so it's interesting how it says verse twenty five so that there may be no division in the body the members be given the same care to one another so that's what God wants us to do so we stay united all of us use our one gift and we have to understand our gifts are different you know you think about a war to be like if everybody thought that they had the same gift you know today we did Teacher Appreciation Day and you notice that not everybody stood up and then that's good because not everyone has the gift of teaching but all of us have some gift and we should all use them because we're one body using our parts equally I came across this example of what it looks like if everyone thinks that they have the exact same job and they don't realize that you need to work as a team so I'll go ahead I'll share this with you I in fact I think I'd use this before at some point it's a great illustration it goes like this this I guess it would it would highlight what it looks like in a body of believers or don't recognize there are different gifts to be used in Coronation with each other to highlight its annual picnic one year a company rented two racing shells and challenge their rival company to a boat race and the rival company except it on the day of the picnic everyone entered into the spirit of the event women wore colorful summer dresses and big floppy hats so obviously this wasn't any time soon this was a while ago and then more straw skimmers and white pants bands played in banners waved and finally the race began to the consternation of the host company the rival team immediately moved to the front and never looked back it won by eleven links and the management of the host company was so embarrassed. By it showing it promptly appointed a committee to place responsibility for the failure and make recommendations to improve the host team's chances in a rematch the following year the committee appointed several task forces to study various aspects of the race and they met for three months and issued a preliminary report an essence the report said that the rival crew had been unfair basically they cheated they had eight people rowing and one coxswain steering and shouting out the beach reporter said we had one person rowing and eight coxswains.The chairman of the Board thank the committee and Senator Wade to study the matter further and make a recommendation for the rematch and four months later they committee came back with a recommendation our guy needs to grow faster.You know where when we allow the Holy Spirit to unify us we realize that we are working side by side with each other and it is so neat to see a group of people who are sold out to their one identity and they say we're sold with each other our identity is Jesus Christ and so I will do whatever role God has given me because I know that I'm helping the greater good the body to succeed and so I ask you your this question What what is your role how is God equipped you as members of the Body of Christ to serve Him in your unique way how how have you been sold with everyone else that you belong with well finally as the Holy Spirit unifies us together we will see that it will also manifest itself when we have the same purpose the same purpose to look at verse two again we're going to read all verse to.Complete my joy by being of the same mind having the same love being in full accord and of one mind now if you read this especially in the S.V. I didn't check any of the translations but it sounds like this is just a repetition of the. First phrase the phrase at the beginning of verse two both use the mind as an example but there's a very subtle difference in what we're seeing here the first expression here in verse two of unity is how the US have the same pattern of thinking or the same mindset in other words that we are all in tune with the one truth the last phrase has the idea of us thinking one thing or you and I are being focused on our one purpose and for the purpose of what is what is the purpose for members of today as the Body of Christ speaking of purpose and knowing what our purposes let me just going to ask questions What is the purpose of Taco Bell.To make good next Mexican food right whatever it is it's kind of Mexican food or what is the purpose of the Arizona Diamondbacks to win games right hopefully to win the World Series and you actually know what they're doing pretty good this year what's the purpose of the Arizona Cardinals. To win games to make it to Super Bowl and for those of you saw the preseason game yesterday I mean there are awfully there are not the two thousand and sixteen cardinals that I'm digressing anyway. What is the purpose of the local church what is the one main purpose of the local church if you ask everyone in any church you might get some varying answers and the all might be kind of close to what they're supposed to be well our mission as a local church is been given to us by God let's look at what it is second Corinthians Chapter five.Second Christians chapter five beginning in verse sixteen.There is a mission statement given to us by God for the local church we find it right here in second Corinthians Chapter five.And the Holy Spirit is the one that unifies us so that we are focused on this one purpose and we don't get sidetracked second Corinthians five beginning in verse sixteen it says. From now on Therefore we regard no one according to the flesh even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh we are garden's us no longer Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation the old is passed away behold the new is come all this is from God and here it is who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation that is in Christ God was reconciling the world to Himself not counting the trespasses against them and then trusting to us the message of reconciliation therefore we are ambassadors for Christ God making his appeal through us we implore you on behalf of Christ be reconciled to God and so God uses the church the local church and the body of Christ to get this message of his grace out to the world so that they might receive the forgiveness of sins and experience reconciliation with God That is our purpose that's every local church is purpose and the Holy Spirit is the one that unifies us so that we understand that's right this is why we exist now there are many other benefits to existing as a church Hopefully you have formed friendships and you have fellowship with other people and all these different things but we first and foremost exists because this truth needs to get out to the world in the Holy Spirit empowers us so that were united in our one purpose I have another great story I came across a great example of people working together united in a very singular purpose and that was to save lives I mean literally just for you this is how the the birth of the idea to ride sled race up in Alaska to be sorted every year Alaska a one thousand mile dog sled race I run for prize money in prestigious commemorates an original race to run there was run to save lives back in January of one nine hundred twenty six six year old Richard Stanley showed sim. Jims of the theories signaling the possibility of an outbreak in the small town of Nome when the boy passed away a day later Dr Curtis Welch began immunizing children adults with an experimental but effective anti defeat syrup but it wasn't long before Dr Welch a supply ran out and the nearest serum was a nina Alaska a thousand miles of frozen wilderness away and they zing Lee a group of trappers and prospectors volunteered to cover the distance with their dog teams operating in a release from trading post a trapping station and beyond one sled started out from Nome while the other carrying the serum started from needed on oblivious to frostbite fatigue and exhaustion the Teamsters mushed it relentlessly until after one hundred forty four hours in minus fifty degree wins the serum was delivered to Nome and as a result only one other life was lost to the potential of the Demick their sacrifice had given an entire town the gift of life and what a great example of people having one purpose and just giving themselves wholeheartedly to that and it's so exciting when you come across any group of people in their one purpose is very clear. Our purpose just like that purpose up in Alaska our purpose our one purpose is to get the serum out to get the message of salvation to the world that's what they need to be saved and that's what we need to love the Holy Spirit unify us in and that's that one purpose you know I am thinking of our church in this this time in our churches existence we have a very unique opportunity you know and if you were to go two months in back in the past back in July or June and someone were to say hey you guys are going to be construed considering buying into church property I would say you're crazy really are we really going to doing that but here we are and the one thing that I'm excited about regarding this possibility and this this. This doesn't matter what happens whether we're here or there but this gives us a reason to stop and just ask ourselves this question why do we as Grace Bible Church exists. What are we doing here what is our one purpose and so no matter what happens or whatever church building we're going to be in for one year from now I hope this gives us an opportunity to experience the unifying were the Holy Spirit where the Holy Spirit reminds us that we have one truth and that one truth should affect the way that we all think we think the same because there is one truth in that we have one identity we are the Body of Christ each of us playing our role and we have one purpose one purpose and that is to share the message of salvation with the world around us and that's why we need the Holy Spirit because if we didn't have the Holy Spirit we couldn't do this on our own what I want to do this morning is I want us to remember. The work of the Holy Spirit in our lives because it's only possible because of the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and so I want us to remember what unites us all together and that is the death and resurrection of our Savior but ask the board members if they can come join me up here.So that they can help pass out the bread in the juice.And as we are about to take partake of communion.If you're here today and you're not a member of this church that's fine if you're a member of the Body of Christ together united will be sharing in this celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ so I invite you to to participate in this with me but if you have never place your faith in Jesus Christ and you don't know what's going on just feel free to just pass the bread in the juice on by as it goes down the aisle or right now will pass out the bread and what I want you to do is just think for a moment before before we all part. Make of this together think about how the bread represents the body of Jesus. And Jesus did this and he said by my will as you are you. By my dad. You can be forever united with me we are one with Christ because the Holy Spirit has united us with the death of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and so as the brightest pass just spend some time thanking thinking of this true.The scriptures Paul is remembering that night and he recalls these words for us he says privacy from the Lord but I also deliver to you the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread and when he had given thanks he broke it and said This is my body which is for you Jew this remembrance of what for you today. We thank you for this incredible sacrifice. That you made so that we could be one.And we realized that because of Christ's death his willing death and sacrifice. When you view us you don't see it you see the blood of our Savior after Ever hear of us. Unites us with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ we also know in your word Lord says that the Holy Spirit baptize us into the death of Jesus mean we are forever identified with that so thank you so much for the unifying work of the Holy Spirit and the death of Jesus Christ which gives us the forgiveness of person reprieves right.Now as we pass the juice which represents the blood of Christ in it we find our one common purpose we're not only identified with the death of Jesus we're also identified with the resurrection of Jesus. That is the message of hope and the message that we are supposed to share what the world so spend time thanking God that we have been joined with him in this purpose of sharing God's grace with the world around us.Scripture says in the same way also he took the cup after supper saying This cup is the new covenant in my blood do this is awesome as you drink it in remembrance of me for as often as you read this bread and drink this cup you proclaim the Lord's death I tell you.What a wonderful hope. We know you sacrificed your son his death on the cross gives us the forgiveness of sins.But he is coming again you are sending your side our Lord and Savior and he's coming again and in this we are united in our purpose and our identity and our thanking So Father My prayer is for us as a church and as individuals that we yield to the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives so that we might be one just as you and the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit are one and help us to always be united in our purpose of getting the message of reconciliation out to the world we make that our prayer this morning thank you for the work of the Holy Spirit in our life Lord I just pray that you continue to teach us as we study on his ministry our life through praising Christ and. Now May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ God the Father in spirit be with you all.

Faithfulness of God

Preacher: Josh White

Unity

Preacher: Josh WhiteI we have been talking about the work of the Holy Spirit in everyone's life and three weeks ago we really started and we talked about God's greatest desire for us as His children in fact we could even say it's God's will for our life first and foremost that this be true so he has all the answer this is God's will for a life that we will be holy and it says why God desires us to be holy he wants us to be holy because he is holy That's why God desires for us to be holy and as we keep starting we realize that there is another great desire of God for us as individuals but also as a family and that is for us to be united because God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit are united so God's desire for us is to be like him holy and then also united and that is one of the reasons why God gave us the Holy Spirit I want you to turn over your Bibles to John Chapter seventeen.And we read about this in John Chapter seventeen and this is known as the high priest of the prayer of Christ this is right before he was crucified. And we have this recorded prayer of Jesus talking to the father.And then here we get this insight of what God's great desire is for us this is children John Chapter seventeen beginning in verse twenty.And up to this point John or Jesus had been praying for his disciples for the twelve or for the love at that point the twelve that we're going to go out and share or share Christ with the world and here in John seventeen beginning in verse twenty Jesus continues and he says I do not ask for these only but also for those who will believe in Me through their word so that it includes us that they may all be one just as you Father are in me and I and you that they also may be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me the glory that you have given me I. I have given to them that they may be one even as we are one I in them and you and me that they may become perfectly one soul that the world may know that you sent me and love them even as you loved me and so this is the plan of God They each of us will be one with him and that's talking about our identity in Christ that we will accept God's mission for us that the world will know and factor does what it says in verse twenty five it says I look at verse twenty five again I in them and you in me that they may become perfectly one so that the world may know and sold the work of the Holy Spirit is to come into us as believers unite us together so that our identity is in God so that we are united with each other but then also our unity shares that message of salvation with the world around us I want you to turn over to Philip in this chapter to well more interview for today and to take this idea of God giving us the Holy Spirit so that we will be united and there's a passage in Philippians Chapter two we're going to use sort of as our text for this morning so Philippians chapter two and will begin in verse one.And just just before read this all say this you know read this passage of Philippians and in this passage Paul sort of gives us these these practical commands which really helps us to understand what the Holy Spirit will be doing in our lives and what it looks like when the Holy Spirit is unifying us so let's read this book in Chapter Two beginning of verse one.He says So if there is any encouragement in Christ. Any comfort from love any participation in the spirit any affection and sympathy complete my joy by being of the same mind having the same love being in full accord in of One Mind you nothing from selfish ambition or can see. But in humility count others more significant than yourselves let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others have this mine among yourselves which is Yours in Christ Jesus if you look at him you notice what he says in verse one he says that if you have any participation in the spirit some of you might be using another translation your translation might say something like If you have any fellowship with the Holy Spirit in other words Paul a saying If you have any kind of cooperation with the Holy Spirit then this is what that should look like and the word for participation or fellowship whatever translation you're using it's the Greek word koinonia you maybe have heard this before it's a very powerful word and let me read for you a great definition that I found from a commentary kind of really nails down this idea of what it means to have fellowship with the Holy Spirit or participation so here is a definition so this is referring to having a common interest and a mutual and active participation in the things of God in which the believer and the Holy Spirit are joint participants. So it says if you have any participation in the Holy Spirit it means the things that the Holy Spirit is trying to accomplish in your life and the life of others we need to partner with that and so if we're partnering with the Holy Spirit this is what it looks like you know so far we've we've talked about a few different things we've got talked a couple weeks ago about how the Holy Spirit was given to us a ministry of the Holy Spirit is just sanctify us to make us whole set apart because God is holy and last week we talked about how the Holy Spirit leads us leads us into opportunity leads us into truth that's what the Holy Spirit does but today we're going to look at how the Holy Spirit also unifies believers together for a very specific purpose and God wants us to be unified and so to do that he's given us the Holy Spirit so what we're going to do this morning is we're going to look at this passage here and flip institue. And see the things that sort of they manifest themselves when we see this work of the Holy Spirit taking place and so I'm going to give you three things if you look at this passage there's more than just three things we're going to look at three things this morning that we will experience in the work of the Holy Spirit is present in our lives and unifying us and the first thing that we will experience is number one we will experience having the same mind. If the Holy Spirit is unifying us together we will have the same mind to look at verse two.This phrase is at the very beginning of verse two so Philippians two two says complete my joy by being of the same mind. And so Paul sorts off by saying unity begins in happens when we are of the same mind some you might have another translation might say have the same pattern of thinking and so you just take a second and kind of stand back and you think wait a second what exactly is the Bible telling us to do it says that we're supposed to have the same thoughts the same pattern of thought the same mind. Do you know how many opinions there are in the world is that even possible it is Paul suggesting that believers for them to be united have to hold to the same political party are we all supposed to be Republicans or Democrats or are we all supposed to hold to the same parenting philosophies if this is you know what exactly is Paul talking about well I think it's clear what he's talking about is this to be of the same mind it means that our thoughts all of our sots need to be influenced and guided by the one singular truth that there is in the world and that is the Word of God and so of God's people stray from the Bible as their source of truth. Unity is impossible in sort of the way that we can have the same mind is for all of us to align our thoughts with the one timeless eternal truth. I came across this a while ago and I think this is an excellent way for us to kind of understand how this this unity takes place this is written by toes or in his book The Pursuit of God and he writes about unity and how what this looks like any writes Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other they are of one accord by being in tune not to each other but to another standard in which each one must individually bow so one hundred worshippers like us today meeting together each one looking to Christ our own heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to become unity conscience and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship. So that's how we are of one mind it's not like we're supposed to look around and find the most opinionated person or the most smart or influential person and say well if they are thinking this then we all need to agree to think the things that that person is thinking the way we become united is we'll let the Word of God become our one source of truth that is when we will have the same pattern of thinking natural will be of the same mindset I want you to stay here in Philippians will come back here but turn over your bible just a couple pages to efficiency. Go back to your Bible to just a few pages to fusions chapter four.So more talking about having the same truth and having the same mind you know what are the things that we're supposed to agree on and think about here's one of the passages where Paul tells us there are seven ones of the faith these are these are individual truth is that we cannot diverge on we have to accept them for what they are fusions for one talking about unity when we have these Paul says I therefore a prisoner for the Lord infusions for one urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the call. To which you have been called with all humility and gentleness with patience bearing with one another in love and here he says in verse three eager to maintain the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace Well how do we do that this is the same mind that we're going to have verse for there is one body one Spirit just as you were called to the one the hope now belongs to your call one Lord one face one baptism and one God and Father of all who is overall and through all and in all.Now this passage here and there's obviously a lot there but I'll wrap up this portion of this point by saying this what people believe is extremely important and if there is not some singular truth some undeniable singular truth out there that all of us can balance to wards and say this is what we agree with there's no way that we could ever have unity with each other and so the real the unity of the Holy Spirit what he's doing in all of our lives is getting us to understand and guiding us to the truth the one truth of God's Word and the main truth obviously that we need to start with and stand upon is who Jesus Christ is there is no one that we can go through to get to the Father only through Jesus Christ the Son of God His death and resurrection that is the one truth that we begin our unity and stand our unity of unity upon so that is how God works within us with the Holy Spirit to bring us to a same mind or the same on the truth that we hold onto when next we also see the unifying work of the Holy Spirit in our lives when we see among ourselves point to the same identity that we have the same identity in our devotee is this we are loyal followers of Jesus Christ and we are equal members of the one body of Christ and as the one body of Christ all of us are equal as role players one body many parts whatever. Chapter two verse two of Philippians.Verse two again I am reading from the E.S.P. if for those of you are not aware that verse two says complete my joy by being of the same mind. Having the same law of and here's the phrase for this point being in full accord and of one mind you know this this word here is very interesting and in the yes to be it's translated being in a full accord this is the only place in the entire Bible that this word is used it's almost like Paul made up a word it's a compound word and the Greek word is called Some So and it's two words which basically are combining the word with and soul with each other and so basically a literal translation would be sold with.We are sold with each other or we are joined with in soul and again this is the only place that this ever appears and I think would be what Paul is trying to do is taking the basic unit of a human being our soul and we're being joined with other people that creates the one body of Christ and that is the one identity that we have and so when we combine this one this of soul with other passages of Scripture I believe this is cheating us that the Holy Spirit unites us in our function as role players within the Body of Christ that is our one identity the We Are The One Body of Christ and everyone within the Body of Christ has a role to play and it doesn't matter how old you are or how smart you are or how tall or short you are doesn't matter any of those things God has placed within you is called you to be his own you are now identified with him and he's given you a role to play and I want you to turn over to First Corinthians Chapter twelve this is by far as I think the best passage in all of Scripture that kind of describes the body the body of Christ and how it functions and. Now it's the Holy Spirit that unites us together so that we're functioning together as one body.First Corinthians Chapter twelve.So as we read this what I want you to do is realize especially for those of you who are used as you say this is my home church we are sold with each other as O.-U. L. sold with each other like this passage says First Corinthians Chapter twelve beginning in verse four. Says now there are varieties of gifts but the same spirit and there are varieties of service but the same Lord. And there are varieties of activities but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone to each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good and so this teaches us that God has placed the Holy Spirit in each and every one of us and there is a manifestation of power and gifting and it's given for what purpose for the common good for our one identity as a body now skip down to verse twenty one.Now this is where Paul kind of get some kind of gets funny trying to describe this in a way that we can understand using the image or the analogy of a body verse twenty one it says the I cannot say the hand I have no need of you nor again the head to the feet I have no need of you on the contrary the parts of the Biden seem to be weaker are indispensable. And on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor and are unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty which are more presentable parts do not require but God is so composed the body giving greater honor to the part that lacked it that there may be no division in the body but that the members may have the same care for one another if one member suffers all suffer together if one member is honored all rejoice together now you are the Body of Christ and individually members of it so if we have fellowship with the Holy Spirit what Paul is teaching us here the Holy Spirit will get us to be your. Neither with each other in our one identity and we will all understand our role and use our roles in conjunction with each other you know it's interesting as I was kind of preparing for this talking about unity. If you have an enemy you want to find out what their endgame is so that you can attack them right. What God wants from us is to be united and so Satan will work desperately to try to get us to be divided and so it's interesting how it says verse twenty five so that there may be no division in the body the members be given the same care to one another so that's what God wants us to do so we stay united all of us use our one gift and we have to understand our gifts are different you know you think about a war to be like if everybody thought that they had the same gift you know today we did Teacher Appreciation Day and you notice that not everybody stood up and then that's good because not everyone has the gift of teaching but all of us have some gift and we should all use them because we're one body using our parts equally I came across this example of what it looks like if everyone thinks that they have the exact same job and they don't realize that you need to work as a team so I'll go ahead I'll share this with you I in fact I think I'd use this before at some point it's a great illustration it goes like this this I guess it would it would highlight what it looks like in a body of believers or don't recognize there are different gifts to be used in Coronation with each other to highlight its annual picnic one year a company rented two racing shells and challenge their rival company to a boat race and the rival company except it on the day of the picnic everyone entered into the spirit of the event women wore colorful summer dresses and big floppy hats so obviously this wasn't any time soon this was a while ago and then more straw skimmers and white pants bands played in banners waved and finally the race began to the consternation of the host company the rival team immediately moved to the front and never looked back it won by eleven links and the management of the host company was so embarrassed. By it showing it promptly appointed a committee to place responsibility for the failure and make recommendations to improve the host team's chances in a rematch the following year the committee appointed several task forces to study various aspects of the race and they met for three months and issued a preliminary report an essence the report said that the rival crew had been unfair basically they cheated they had eight people rowing and one coxswain steering and shouting out the beach reporter said we had one person rowing and eight coxswains.The chairman of the Board thank the committee and Senator Wade to study the matter further and make a recommendation for the rematch and four months later they committee came back with a recommendation our guy needs to grow faster.You know where when we allow the Holy Spirit to unify us we realize that we are working side by side with each other and it is so neat to see a group of people who are sold out to their one identity and they say we're sold with each other our identity is Jesus Christ and so I will do whatever role God has given me because I know that I'm helping the greater good the body to succeed and so I ask you your this question What what is your role how is God equipped you as members of the Body of Christ to serve Him in your unique way how how have you been sold with everyone else that you belong with well finally as the Holy Spirit unifies us together we will see that it will also manifest itself when we have the same purpose the same purpose to look at verse two again we're going to read all verse to.Complete my joy by being of the same mind having the same love being in full accord and of one mind now if you read this especially in the S.V. I didn't check any of the translations but it sounds like this is just a repetition of the. First phrase the phrase at the beginning of verse two both use the mind as an example but there's a very subtle difference in what we're seeing here the first expression here in verse two of unity is how the US have the same pattern of thinking or the same mindset in other words that we are all in tune with the one truth the last phrase has the idea of us thinking one thing or you and I are being focused on our one purpose and for the purpose of what is what is the purpose for members of today as the Body of Christ speaking of purpose and knowing what our purposes let me just going to ask questions What is the purpose of Taco Bell.To make good next Mexican food right whatever it is it's kind of Mexican food or what is the purpose of the Arizona Diamondbacks to win games right hopefully to win the World Series and you actually know what they're doing pretty good this year what's the purpose of the Arizona Cardinals. To win games to make it to Super Bowl and for those of you saw the preseason game yesterday I mean there are awfully there are not the two thousand and sixteen cardinals that I'm digressing anyway. What is the purpose of the local church what is the one main purpose of the local church if you ask everyone in any church you might get some varying answers and the all might be kind of close to what they're supposed to be well our mission as a local church is been given to us by God let's look at what it is second Corinthians Chapter five.Second Christians chapter five beginning in verse sixteen.There is a mission statement given to us by God for the local church we find it right here in second Corinthians Chapter five.And the Holy Spirit is the one that unifies us so that we are focused on this one purpose and we don't get sidetracked second Corinthians five beginning in verse sixteen it says. From now on Therefore we regard no one according to the flesh even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh we are garden's us no longer Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation the old is passed away behold the new is come all this is from God and here it is who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation that is in Christ God was reconciling the world to Himself not counting the trespasses against them and then trusting to us the message of reconciliation therefore we are ambassadors for Christ God making his appeal through us we implore you on behalf of Christ be reconciled to God and so God uses the church the local church and the body of Christ to get this message of his grace out to the world so that they might receive the forgiveness of sins and experience reconciliation with God That is our purpose that's every local church is purpose and the Holy Spirit is the one that unifies us so that we understand that's right this is why we exist now there are many other benefits to existing as a church Hopefully you have formed friendships and you have fellowship with other people and all these different things but we first and foremost exists because this truth needs to get out to the world in the Holy Spirit empowers us so that were united in our one purpose I have another great story I came across a great example of people working together united in a very singular purpose and that was to save lives I mean literally just for you this is how the the birth of the idea to ride sled race up in Alaska to be sorted every year Alaska a one thousand mile dog sled race I run for prize money in prestigious commemorates an original race to run there was run to save lives back in January of one nine hundred twenty six six year old Richard Stanley showed sim. Jims of the theories signaling the possibility of an outbreak in the small town of Nome when the boy passed away a day later Dr Curtis Welch began immunizing children adults with an experimental but effective anti defeat syrup but it wasn't long before Dr Welch a supply ran out and the nearest serum was a nina Alaska a thousand miles of frozen wilderness away and they zing Lee a group of trappers and prospectors volunteered to cover the distance with their dog teams operating in a release from trading post a trapping station and beyond one sled started out from Nome while the other carrying the serum started from needed on oblivious to frostbite fatigue and exhaustion the Teamsters mushed it relentlessly until after one hundred forty four hours in minus fifty degree wins the serum was delivered to Nome and as a result only one other life was lost to the potential of the Demick their sacrifice had given an entire town the gift of life and what a great example of people having one purpose and just giving themselves wholeheartedly to that and it's so exciting when you come across any group of people in their one purpose is very clear. Our purpose just like that purpose up in Alaska our purpose our one purpose is to get the serum out to get the message of salvation to the world that's what they need to be saved and that's what we need to love the Holy Spirit unify us in and that's that one purpose you know I am thinking of our church in this this time in our churches existence we have a very unique opportunity you know and if you were to go two months in back in the past back in July or June and someone were to say hey you guys are going to be construed considering buying into church property I would say you're crazy really are we really going to doing that but here we are and the one thing that I'm excited about regarding this possibility and this this. This doesn't matter what happens whether we're here or there but this gives us a reason to stop and just ask ourselves this question why do we as Grace Bible Church exists. What are we doing here what is our one purpose and so no matter what happens or whatever church building we're going to be in for one year from now I hope this gives us an opportunity to experience the unifying were the Holy Spirit where the Holy Spirit reminds us that we have one truth and that one truth should affect the way that we all think we think the same because there is one truth in that we have one identity we are the Body of Christ each of us playing our role and we have one purpose one purpose and that is to share the message of salvation with the world around us and that's why we need the Holy Spirit because if we didn't have the Holy Spirit we couldn't do this on our own what I want to do this morning is I want us to remember. The work of the Holy Spirit in our lives because it's only possible because of the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and so I want us to remember what unites us all together and that is the death and resurrection of our Savior but ask the board members if they can come join me up here.So that they can help pass out the bread in the juice.And as we are about to take partake of communion.If you're here today and you're not a member of this church that's fine if you're a member of the Body of Christ together united will be sharing in this celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ so I invite you to to participate in this with me but if you have never place your faith in Jesus Christ and you don't know what's going on just feel free to just pass the bread in the juice on by as it goes down the aisle or right now will pass out the bread and what I want you to do is just think for a moment before before we all part. Make of this together think about how the bread represents the body of Jesus. And Jesus did this and he said by my will as you are you. By my dad. You can be forever united with me we are one with Christ because the Holy Spirit has united us with the death of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and so as the brightest pass just spend some time thanking thinking of this true.The scriptures Paul is remembering that night and he recalls these words for us he says privacy from the Lord but I also deliver to you the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread and when he had given thanks he broke it and said This is my body which is for you Jew this remembrance of what for you today. We thank you for this incredible sacrifice. That you made so that we could be one.And we realized that because of Christ's death his willing death and sacrifice. When you view us you don't see it you see the blood of our Savior after Ever hear of us. Unites us with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ we also know in your word Lord says that the Holy Spirit baptize us into the death of Jesus mean we are forever identified with that so thank you so much for the unifying work of the Holy Spirit and the death of Jesus Christ which gives us the forgiveness of person reprieves right.Now as we pass the juice which represents the blood of Christ in it we find our one common purpose we're not only identified with the death of Jesus we're also identified with the resurrection of Jesus. That is the message of hope and the message that we are supposed to share what the world so spend time thanking God that we have been joined with him in this purpose of sharing God's grace with the world around us.Scripture says in the same way also he took the cup after supper saying This cup is the new covenant in my blood do this is awesome as you drink it in remembrance of me for as often as you read this bread and drink this cup you proclaim the Lord's death I tell you.What a wonderful hope. We know you sacrificed your son his death on the cross gives us the forgiveness of sins.But he is coming again you are sending your side our Lord and Savior and he's coming again and in this we are united in our purpose and our identity and our thanking So Father My prayer is for us as a church and as individuals that we yield to the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives so that we might be one just as you and the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit are one and help us to always be united in our purpose of getting the message of reconciliation out to the world we make that our prayer this morning thank you for the work of the Holy Spirit in our life Lord I just pray that you continue to teach us as we study on his ministry our life through praising Christ and. Now May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ God the Father in spirit be with you all.

Opportunities and the Spirit’s Leading

Preacher: Josh White

Opportunities and the Spirit’s Leading + 12th St Church Opportunity Presentation

Preacher: Josh WhiteWell good morning everyone welcome to respond which church of Phoenix we'd like to have you take these fellowship paths are located somewhere in your island fill those out we'd like to have a record of your attendance today. A warning the next few weeks here are going to be very interesting and so what I want to do is kind of go over what's going to be happening the next few Sundays it's a day in normal Sunday at the end of the message I will be sharing with you can of the vision that we have for possibly purchasing that new church property and we'll get to that later but next Sunday we're actually going to take a tour of that building and that will be a five thirty P.M. and everyone is invited and so we will do as well there are one show up will meet in the same. Kind of talk about some of the positives in the negatives of maybe making a move like this and they will give you an opportunity to go and look at all the facilities and so that will happen next Sunday on Labor Day into Sunday sure now we're going to be back to one service we're not having Sunday school and so we'll just meet at nine o'clock in the morning one service that's it and then September tenth is going to be kind of a big day we're going to have one worship service at nine am no Sunday School and then we're having a congregational meeting at ten thirty and that is to make of vote on whether we're going to pursue this other church facility or not and then September seventeenth I will go back to the two services and we'll have some new Sunday school classes All right so that's a lot to know I don't expect you to remember everything but you'll hear that a few more times than Also it'll be in the Bulletin and we'll send out some e-mails but a couple other announcements September thirteenth and fourteenth Wednesday and Thursday we're going to start our women's Eve when's the evening Bible study and then on Thursday morning the fourteenth will start our men's Bible study small group in the morning here at church again and then also softball is beginning as Matt McFadden here somewhere. Matthew stand up this is the coach so if you have any questions or if you would like to play make sure you talk to Matt. That's right making any predictions about.Five hundred OK So when someone knew some and also we just had our jam ministry just started just among mothers and after coming up I think director wants to kind of show a little bit about what happened.I just want to give you guys an update about our Jamey.It was Wednesday morning we had sixteen mom show up and with that we had twenty two kids so it was a lot it was a lot of fun we had joined us and gave us a beautiful message about Grace and motherhood and we just had a really fun time with fellowshipping getting to know each other and even know how this new group is going to go. Cited for our next meeting we're going to do a really fun craft so if you're a mom and have a kid in your house of any age please come join us we still have room you come see me or sunshine if you have any questions.And like I said we had twenty two kids it's a lot but we have a.Handful of really awesome volunteers are really thankful for but we could still use more so if you are able and if that sounds like something you would like to help us out with please come see me I can give you more details about that and also next week we're going to do our coffee fundraiser again it's an iced cold brew really I mean donations only it's going to help pay for just our group. Next year maybe one of the moms have to pay dues so we can just come and hang out together so we thank you for all your help so far and again if you have any questions please come see me.Have a great start for our jam ministry and also our I want to start of this last Tuesday night and we had a ton of kids here I think I know the exact number but it was more than twenty two so all we had. What a great time but it's nice to see both of those ministries up and running right now let's hope the ushers come forward and we will receive this morning's offering.All right let's turn to the Lord of prayer.It's an honor to be here this morning to worship you.Just acknowledge what we just say we stand before you and we realize that you pay to go.Shopping your own blood and sacrificing your body on the cross we have freedom and we have hope and we have the joy of our salvation this morning we have come to celebrate that to worship you really share with the world around us this is the hope that the Lord.We have gathered here together so that we can proclaim this this wonderful message of salvation through death and resurrection and we give it this time so that ministry and message go forward so I pray that you will give at this time of crisis in Ukraine.Right in front of the police.Through third grade.Stand right there and look at me just like Tim is doing right here OK.You know you just stare.It's kind of scary.All right.Anyway I have.Goldfish you guys like you stink.When you.Are really good you know when I was your age maybe a bit older.I experimented with your experiment with food. Yeah I did I think I did was. I try to put them through my mouth like how long I could chew it without swallowing it.I didn't take notes so it wasn't really scientific or anything but. Anyway if I just chewed up.I'm speaking and you look at me. I know it's hard but go ahead.Anyway I try to see a lot to chew food without swallowing let me ask you this question if I just choose my food.Roy a whole lot and then just spit it out.Would that do me any good.You know why because I need nourishment go my body. You know that's. Same thing with God's word.You know you hear God's word you hear God's word and want to write your god's word here church and this service you hear God's Word we going to church you hear God's word in Sunday school hopefully you hear God's word. But if all you're doing is hearing it.Do you any good does it.Same with food you've got to swallow. With God's word you're going to do it.Doing is the same thing as swallowing OK. So when you hear God's word do it right.It will be with you later OK. All right I want to read a verse we call this for me please if you don't need it I have my lips on there.OK it says in James this is in God's Word the Bible says in James one twenty two be doers of the word and not hearers only OK.The word thank you. For.Your Me Father we thank you for this day thank you for these young people who are pray that they will be young people who do what you say not just listen or hear what you say your name.Now I am the leader remember and you like yeah oh yeah I remember that now OK good.That's a big group again.They're multiplying you know.Well.I think the Road trips are better today than they were twenty or thirty years ago I mean would you agree for those of you who like to take vacations and take road trips you know when I was a kid to grow up in Spokane Washington and in all my years that I was there we took one road trip. We had vacations where we go kind of close to home but we only took one road trip we went down to Disneyland and so this was back in one thousand nine hundred four and I know some of you weren't even born in one thousand nine hundred four but kind of giving away my age here and so from Spokane Washington down to to Disneyland we also want to Knott's Berry Farm we had a great trip and I remember as a kid from Washington state the thing I was looking forward to the most was seeing palm trees and now I step outside and you can see I'm you know anytime a white but I want to one of the clearest memories I have of this trip and this is this was quite a long time ago we were driving around in the San Francisco area and we had some relatives that live there on the Larsons I had never met them before that and I've never seen them sense but we're driving around my dad's in the front seat of my mom is in the passenger seat and she had this thing called Mag And she it was unfolded and she was doing this and and we're coming to this busy intersection I mean you're actually all of the intersections are busy because you know San Francisco is a lot more crowded than Spokane Washington and we're coming up to an intersection and my dad is telling my mom I need to know do I turn left or do I turn right and she's like you know I'm trying to find I'm trying to find it and eventually before he committed to going to the right lane or the left lane he said I turn left here right and she said right.What do you think of all meant by that is.Well my dad thought she meant you know turn to the right and so my day. Had turned to the right and we got lost you know what she should have said or she meant to say was You are correct and in that car there was a little bit of tension after that you know and so I always remember that it was one of those lessons I learned of someone ask you for directions in a car don't say right say correction or turn left or correct but you know these days that situation probably wouldn't happen because we don't pull out maps anymore we have little ladies in a little box on top of your dashboard and they tell you where to go and and they're correcting in and telling you where to go so I really appreciate G.P.S. another thing about technology today. Thing I really appreciate is not only like if you have a phone you don't even need the G.P.S. you can use your phone it will tell you where you're supposed to go but also maybe some of your familiar with this if you look on Google Earth on Google Maps on your phone because the phones in their G.P.S. are being picked up by satellites it'll actually tell you how busy the traffic is on the road that you're on and so if you know that you're supposed to go somewhere and you look at the map and you see that red line is because the satellites are picking up all the cell phones that are traveling in this one pretty slow and so not only will you know how to get where you're supposed to go but you will be emotionally prepared to handle the traffic and so technology is just it's wonderful and and with this kind of technology at our disposal I think we would all be absolutely foolish to not use it right and so I think most of us do. Well in life we all want to know where we're supposed to go we want to know what God's will is for our life and we need someone or something to show us the right way and right now we're in a series talking about the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit's role in our life and this is something we're going to be talking about today the role of. The Holy Spirit in guiding us in certain areas of our life two weeks ago we talked about the purifying work of the Holy Spirit that God's will for our lives is for us to be holy and so when God places the Holy Spirit within us we are cleanse from all unrighteousness and we are pure in God's sight and then also throughout our entire lives it's a process of us being transformed into a crisis image and so we have to keep in step with the Holy Spirit allow the Holy Spirit to continue to to work on us in this way but today we're going to talk about the role of the Holy Spirit in that the Holy Spirit guides us and I'll share with you three ways in which the Holy Spirit guides us or at least the three ways that will talk about this morning the Holy Spirit guides us into truth. The Holy Spirit also guides us into having the right desires and emotions and the Holy Spirit also guides us into ministry opportunities let's start off by talking about the truth the Holy Spirit was given to us in part to tell us about the truth and by talking about giving us the truth I mean for us to have a correct understanding of God and His will and the truth is that are in God's word and so right before Jesus ascended He told the disciples I am sending the Holy Spirit and in John fourteen twenty six he says but the helper the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. And so this is the role of the Holy Spirit are one of the roles of the Holy Spirit and so if you ever have one of those off ha moments where you think you know the Bible's talks about this some more it oh I remember this is where it is or I remember hearing this in a sermon or a Sunday school class that is the work of the Holy Spirit to teach us and to confirm to us what we've heard God's Word say a really good passage that teaches about this in first Corinthians. So like all of you are turn over your Bibles to first Corinthians Chapter two.Verse twenty and chapter two and will begin in verse eleven.First Corinthians chapter two verse a lot and this is where Paul is talking about how people with the Holy Spirit in them are able to understand the things that are from God First Corinthians two eleven.Says For we know a person's thoughts for who knows a person's thoughts except the spirit of that person which is in him.So Also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God Now we have received not the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God that we might understand the things freely given us by God and we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual the natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God for they are folly to him and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned the spiritual person judges all things but is himself to be judged by no one for who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him but we have the mind of Christ.You know this book The God is given to us is God's way of communicating to us and then there we will find lots of lessons on history but this is not primarily a history book this is a spiritual book and it teaches us spiritual truths and so here in First Corinthians two it says that without the illuminating work of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer there are not fully able or so if someone doesn't have those who are not fully able to understand the spiritual truths because they are spiritually discerned or spiritually dead you know the first time I read that it reminded me of something that happened to me when I was back in junior high and I know I shared. Before and it's a great story and it made an impact on my life I'll probably share it again but I remember I was some of these are ninth grade I can remember what it was I was in junior high at Evergreen junior high school in Spokane Washington and on my street there was another student who went there her name was Jeannie and she lived a few houses down from me and she is she is of a different religion OK I'll just I'll just say that and so I knew she was spiritual warrior you know religious and she knew I was religious and so every now and then we would get into these these debates these very friendly. Spiritual debates and biblical debates and I remember talking to her because they believe that her religion believes that there's another way to be saved other than through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in our faith and that they were taught that you have to earn your salvation and I remember thinking that's not what the Bible teaches and so one day I think it was probably in Sunday school we're looking through a passage and I saw a verse that said and I can remember exactly which one it was at that time but it says very clearly that you are saved only by faith and not by works and I remember I underlined that verse in my Bible and I said next time I see Jeannie I'm going to show this to her so next time we're walking home and I said we got to my house and Jean we're here I have a Bible verse I'm going to show you so I went in I grabbed my Bible and I showed it to her and part of me wanted to prove her that I was right she was wrong here as part of my motivation but I was also concerned for her salvation and so I said Jamie this is what the Bible says you can't earn your way to heaven it's only by faith and I remember she read that and she said no that's not what it means.And I was so frustrated with her in my mind it was crystal clear and it is sort of like you know the the arithmetic where you are tell someone if you have two apples and your friend brings you to apples how many apples do you have four out of this is very easy to understand and here she is not being able to understand this. And she walked home and I was really frustrated with her and I thought she's just trying to be disagreeable you know she's just trying to to not admit that she was wrong and this is what the Bible teaches and then I read this and I realized there's a really good chance that she couldn't grasp that concept because she's living under a deception and the Holy Spirit does not live within her and so this is one thing that the Holy Spirit does for us the Holy Spirit leads us and guides us into truth.And how can a spiritually dead person understand a spiritual truth and they can't without the Holy Spirit and so this is why God has given us the Holy Spirit the Holy Spirit guides us into all truth and today when we say truth we're talking about truth that has been revealed to us not new information that no one has ever heard and this is a wonderful power that is at work in our lives and so we should take advantage of it and so how can we take advantage of this illuminating work of the Holy Spirit I think partly it's some of it's fairly obvious if God has given us His Word and the Holy Spirit to help us understand it then we need to be people of the word and so whenever you hear anyone say something like this is what God says don't take them at their word and I'm talking even about myself anyone that you read in a book anyone that you hear on the radio if someone says this is what God's truth is you need to study that for yourself don't take anyone else's words God has given us the resources that we need to understand what truth is and that is the Word of God and the Holy Spirit and so not only does the Holy Spirit guide us into truth the Holy Spirit also Point number two will also guide us towards correct desires and emotions. I want you to churn over to go lation chapter five.Glaciers chapter five. This morning in Adam's Sunday school class we. We're going through Galatians and when we actually looked at this this passage are interesting how it works sometimes.But we're talking about how the Holy Spirit can guide us towards correct desires and emotions a lot of times we think that our Christianity or being a Christian it just comes down to understanding and following the moral commands of God but the Holy Spirit can do so much more for us the Holy Spirit can fill our minds and our hearts with the kinds of desires and emotions that will bring us to live a godly life but the glacier is Chapter five beginning in verse sixteen.Five sixteen.It says but I say walk by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh for the desires of the flesh are against the spirit but the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh for these are opposed to each other to keep you from doing the things you want to do now the word here for Desire is the Greek word which refers to a strong human emotion and the desire this is not talking about some kind of an intellectual decision and so it says don't give in to the desires of the flesh given to the desires of the Holy Spirit and so one of the worst pieces of advice that we can give or follow is this your problem maybe you receive this advice or given it but when we're trying to make a decision about something that's really important and significant in our life sometimes we'll hear the advice given to us well just just follow your heart go with what your heart instead is and wait a second the lation says that we have two sets of desires one can be of the flesh and one can be of the Spirit and so if we are following just the desires of our heart it can lead us away from God sometimes the desires of our heart and unnecessarily send. But they can lead to instant selfish gratification and the spirit in the flesh as it says here they contradict each other fleshly desires they usually lead to self gratification instant gratification and the Spirit desires to lead us towards maturity and to glorify Jesus Christ and so when your heart in your mind are swirling with emotions about about a certain decision that you're supposed to make or a certain subject or you're trying to make a decision or maybe even sometimes about a about another person and the kind of relationship you're going to have with them realize that there are two ways for us to go. We have fleshly desires which could potentially lead us away from God But then this also says that we can have desires of the Spirit and the Spirit can give us the right desires and emotions that will lead us to glorify God Well how do we take advantage of this this kind of leading guiding of the Holy Spirit.Obviously with the Word of God and some of you have probably noticed if you ever spent time with in God's word and you're just reading it and all of a sudden you just find yourself wanting to how that kind of holiness that you read about in the Word of God in your life sometimes that's what happens I know the way I think that we can apply this for lives is whenever you're about to make a decision we should simply pray God give me the right desires I want to make the right choice what's the best decision in this in this circumstance or put within my heart in my mind the desires of the Spirit and if we pray that I believe that God will honor that and so this is another way that the Holy Spirit guides us and so next time you're about to make a really big decision not a small decision like what you're going to have for lunch but a big decision pray to God and say God I want my actions to be in alignment with your words so please give me the right desires Well hopefully you've experienced both of these in your life and hopefully everyone here is had one of those aha moment. All of a sudden your understanding of the truth of God's Word for the first time those are very exciting and hopefully all of us have realized there's different times where we say you know that I want to do what God's will is for my life and you feel God really empowering us with the right desires and emotions Well there's one other way at least one other way that we'll talk about this morning that the Holy Spirit guides us in our lives and that is that the Holy Spirit from time to time will guide us towards ministry opportunities that there are opportunities out there in fact in. Tennis is that we are God's workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God has prepared in advance for us to do and so there is all these opportunities out there for us to do and if we are yielding and submitting ourselves to the Holy Spirit's role in our life sometimes God will lead us to these opportunities I want to I want to say go over to the Book of Acts and look at a couple of these examples I'll go over to accept the thirteen.Acts Chapter thirteen.And here's a little context on this passage this is after Jesus came to assault on the road to Damascus and said that he had set an aside to be an instrument to go to the Gentile nations and proclaim the grace of God to them and so saw was getting ready for this and he was up and entire says and actually in Antioch and here in Acts thirteen two this is where we see the Holy Spirit get a hold of this group of people and say this is what I'm going to have you do this is an opportunity in the Holy Spirit guided them towards this opportunity so Acts thirteen beginning in verse one.Says now there were in the Church of Antioch prophets and teachers Barnabas Simeon who is called Niger Lucy S. of Sirene may in a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch and Saul while they were worshipping the Lord in fasting the Holy Spirit said set apart for me Barnabas and solve for the work to which I have called them but after fasting in prayer they lay their hands on their. And sent them off oh being sent out by the Holy Spirit they went down to Solutia and from there they sailed their Cyprus when they arrived at Selma's they proclaim the Word of God in the synagogues of the Jews and they had John to assist them. So as we read this Whose idea was it for Paul and Barnabas to go on this mission trip it was God's this is what God wanted to do and he was going to use someone who was going to be led by the Spirit of God And so through the Holy Spirit he had Paul and Barnabas go off and do this now how it says this is an interesting thing in verse two it says that the Holy Spirit said so the part of me Barnabas and so what how did that happen while at this time on the sign gifts I believe the sign gifts have ceased today but back then obviously God was using and speaking to your individuals and so there was probably a prophet who said God said this is what you're supposed to do again I think the Bible tells us in first Corinthians thirteen that the sign gifts have ceased mainly because we have everything that we need to know here so here's kind of a warning if someone walks up to you and says God told me that you're supposed to do this. Back away slowly from them or really be very cautious that that someone's not just trying to pull your leg or something another example of the Holy Spirit leading in this kind of way a let's stay in X. go to X. twenty.X. Chapter twenty beginning in verse twenty two.So another time when we see the Holy Spirit guiding Saul or guiding Paul. Acts Chapter twenty. Beginning in verse twenty two.This is another time when the Holy Spirit is leading them. Paul says verse twenty two and now behold I am going to Jerusalem constrained by the Spirit not knowing what will happen to me there except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment in. Selections await me but I do not account my life of any value or is precious to myself if only I may finish the course and ministry that I have received from the Lord Jesus to testify to the gospel of the grace of God Paul says I am going to Jerusalem constrained by the Spirit Paul was convinced that this is exactly what the Spirit of God was leading him to do and so he submitted He says that's what I will do there's probably no audible voice but the strong sense among many people that this is where the Holy Spirit is leading them to do if that is ever happened to you or you realize in this situation I feel like God is leading me to do something those of those events they don't happen very often they're kind of few and far between but you have kind of a a mixture of emotions you're both scared and excited at the same time and that's kind of when you get the goosebumps and you're saying is God really asking me to do this and you kind of take that step of faith you know I've experienced something like that in my life a few times those kind of extraordinary experiences one of the first times is when I was in college I graduated with my associates degree and I moved back to Spokane or to Seattle I was going to try to become a firefighter and I remember that summer I was trying to figure out God you know what am I supposed to do what would you want me to do with my life and I just felt like God was showing me I want you to become a pastor and I remember in that moment when I finally gave in there was all this joy and peace and it was a very exciting and scary moment but I really felt like the Lord was leading me to do that the Holy Spirit was leading me and now it's been nineteen years so I hopefully that's that's been the case another time when I felt the Holy Spirit leading me was back in one nine hundred ninety eight person and I we had just gotten married and we had a few different options in terms of what we're going to do for ministry and we're saying more what should we do we want to serve you and the three options were to go to Africa to become a missionary over there the second option. Was and maybe some of you already knew this but the second option was to come to Phoenix Arizona and plant a church and the church plant was going to be based off a group of people that have left a church called Grace Bible Church of Phoenix and they were starting a new church and this was well before I knew anyone in Phoenix and I remember I heard about the scenario and I thought wait a second why would I move to a city and start a church that broke off from a church and they're probably not going to be very happy that I'm there and so I said no I'm not going to do that and the third option was the option that we took it was to become the associate pastor at that time of grace Bible Church a Grace Bible Fellowship in Jenison Michigan and I felt like that's what I was supposed to do and I was there for eight years and I feel like that's exactly where I was supposed to be. And another time when I felt the Holy Spirit leading me to something different was back in two thousand and six when Grace Bible Church of Phoenix said Why don't you come down and lead us not that split off from us but I said I remember when Chris and I were here actually was eleven years ago I think even kind of in this time and I remember being here and oh lord you know what are we supposed to do and I just remember there was just this excitement and this passion and just this vision of why there's all these opportunities here and I really felt like this was where we were supposed to be you know those moments there are few and far between but if you give yourself over to God and you allow the Holy Spirit to lead you he will lead you towards ministry opportunities and ministry opportunities usually come from the convergence of a need and your passion or your spiritual gifts there are needs out there everywhere and if God has given you a gift that can fill that need then he will lead you if you're willing to be led to do something like that well I don't know if you've ever experienced that but when it happens it's both Like I said it's scary and it's really exciting because usually it takes taking a step of faith. Well right now for the rest of the sermon what I want to do is I want to talk about a potential opportunity that we might have as a church and we're trying to figure out if this is the Lord's leading of us or if this is something that we're we're supposed to pursue or not so again for the rest this morning what I would do want to share with everyone this opportunity of them the potential of purchasing this church on twelfth Street.I want you to turn your sermon notes over if you have them if you've been using them we're going to talk about the three main reasons why the board and I feel that we should make this church that our number one option and I encourage you to take notes I can have some stuff up here on slides but also write down questions when I ness or we're going to have a time of questions and answers right now we will next Sunday night at five thirty at the church and will definite have some questions and answers other times but the first thing I want to say before we get into this portion of the service is I'm just I have just been talking about the Holy Spirit's leading in our lives and what I am not saying right now is that I'm confident that God is leading us in this direction OK but I am confident that we as a church need to find that out so that's what we're trying to do. Usually you don't know if God led you in a certain direction until later and you can look back and you can say yes there is evidence this is what I was supposed to do or you know we missed an opportunity but right now we are looking forward in trying to discern if this is something that God is is opening for us opening up for us to do so let's spend the rest of this morning talking about that and again I've talked about the the main events that are coming up over these next next four weeks next week is the tour on a Labor Day we're only going to have moreā€¦ service and I don't clock and no Sunday school but then on September tenth we will have our one combined worship service at nine and then at ten thirty we're going to have our congregational meeting and we will vote as a church whether we want to pursue this and that Sunday we will take pledges. And I'll explain that a little bit more coming up but when we compare the two options you want to go to the first slide when we compare the two options Well first let me tell you the three reasons why we as a board voted unanimously to make this or number one option is because of time money and ministry opportunity so that's what I'm going to share with you at this time but only comparing the two options when I say option number one I'm talking about the church on a street and Option number two is what we have been thinking about doing for the last two or three years and that is trying to purchase our neighbor's house and renovate and remodel that and so I want to kind of compare these two options and share with you how I and the board came to that decision where we unanimously said we want to go for option number one or make the church on trial street or number one option and this comes from the I guess the concept of time if we were to pursue option number two and as I'm talking about Option number two the house next door I understand I'm not saying that this is a bad option and ultimately this might be the only option we have because we might not be able to get to church Wall Street but I was really looking at these two options we realize if we were to go in that direction it would take several months after we purchased it before we would be able to renovate it and eventually use the facility in option number one is we basically move in it's almost in turn key condition right now and so from that perspective of time like present tense time option number one would be a lot faster going back to Option number two if we were to take possession of that building and we would renovate it and we prepare it so that we can use it that would take several months another thing that we realized is if that worked and we got possession of our neighbor's house and we renovated and were using it and we continue to grow then that really doesn't solve any of our big issues like for instance we're still going to be in the sanctuary the size and so that could possibly lead to another step in the future which would be. A larger sanctuary in the back of our property and so when we're looking at Option number two we're realizing this might be and again we might end up going down this road and if we do you know what we'll do it at the right time but this could be several years of projects and if that's what we have to do that's what we have to do and I would be wonderful but we're looking at these two options it was basically potentially several years of expanding and even fund raising or let's just do it one time and be done and so when we looked at those two possibilities we said no we need to pursue this this if this works this would be wonderful So that's why we chose from the time perspective to make the church on trial street our first option. Now from a ministry perspective and as I talk about this side of the equation we have to understand that we can fulfill our mission as a church anywhere it's not like we will be more effective at twelve street than we are Union hills our current location is great it's not like we were wanting to leave this current location but there are a few things I want to share with you that kind of get me excited and the board excited about the new location and the first is our youth and children's opportunities so this morning we're back idea she stood up here and talked about our jam ministry all these kids are want to ministry started we had more kids than we've ever had before and it was great we have a great youth and children's ministry we have our use group we have a camp ministry and so when we're looking at our church one of our strengths is our youth and children's programs you just saw I think I counted seventeen little kids up here this morning and more on the way and so that's a strength of ours right now I don't know if you've seen the church on trial street if you looked on Google Earth but you know what's right behind it in elementary school and it's right in the middle of a neighborhood where people can literally walk to the church and so I look at that and I gets excited and. Almost scared from from one standpoint being so close to an elementary school and not visible in that neighborhood. Are all want to ministry and our vacation bible school ministry could just take off and explode and they're already pretty strong right now and so from that perspective I think our youth and children's ministry is something that we're already stronger right now could potentially have a lot more kids and so that's kind of an exciting thing another thing another own thing that we kind of like is the whole idea about going back to one worship service we went to to worship services and we're going to go back in September seventeenth kind of as a means to an end but I think all of us would prefer to be in one worship service and that sanctuary holds at least another hundred people and so we would go back to one source and I'm not saying that if we were to purchase a building and we went to one service if we outgrew it I'm not saying that we would never try to services again but from a perspective of us being together as a church family I think all of us would prefer that and so that's another ministry perspective that makes us think that maybe the church Wall Street would be a really good option and then also the third one and this is something that I was thinking about if all of us voted to move and we went there all of us would have this a new mentality all of us would be thinking in this is what I would hope all of us would be we would say we're moving there to minister and to make an impact in that neighborhood.We're not in a right where we are but I think that we're comfortable we're comfortable with who we are but when you have to make a change like that it can really kind of shake things up and then it's exciting for me to think if we were to move then everyone who goes with us and we say we're going to go to this new community all of us will be thinking we are going in I am an ambassador of Jesus Christ in this neighborhood to the people to God might bring to us and so I think that could really rejuvenating energize us if we were to do something like that so that's. From a ministry perspective now before we get into the last perspective which all of you are wondering about that's the finances we look at time and ministry and it's wonderful for us to say yes there are some opportunities at the Charles twelve Street location now that we don't have opportunities here but this is worth trying but if we can't afford it then it's not even worth looking at so let's talk about it from a money standpoint all right now let's talk about Option number two. This is what option number two would look like. If we were to purchase the house and I and I'm using the number three hundred fifty thousand because a couple years ago when we were talking to Mr Cole that's what he said he wanted in order for us to purchase it so I don't know if you would be more or less right now well let's just use that number and again I don't want any no one to take pictures of these slides OK because I don't want anyone to say you said this is how much everything is going to cost with these are best guesses OK these are estimates but I think they're going to be fairly close so if we were to purchase the house at three hundred fifty and if you've seen the house you realize that there's a lot of renovation that needs to be done I've talked to a couple different people and they said it could potentially cost up to at least two hundred thousand dollars and then we'd have to renovate the parking lot that's another seventy five thousand dollars I got a quote from an asphalt company and then our current debt on this building it's just I rounded it to two hundred thousand I think we owe two hundred five thousand on our current property so if you add all those up you come to a total debt of eight hundred twenty five thousand our mortgage payment would increase to five thousand six hundred five dollars and right now our current mortgage payment is one thousand nine hundred thirty so I'm just going to use two thousand as an example so it would be an additional three thousand six hundred seventy five dollars more per month now we wouldn't do anything we're not going to do anything without fundraising So let's say if we were able to raise two hundred thousand dollars for this project I think that's reasonable for us a church our size to do that we're looking at a total debt of six twenty five. Which means a new monthly mortgage payment of four thousand two hundred ninety nine which is two thousand two hundred ninety nine dollars more per month all right now is that possible now I'm going to talk about this from the perspective of us being many many families and people contributing at the same time Mike Thompson who is our church treasure and he gave me some on the giving statistics on our church he said in the year two thousand and sixteen we had ninety five individuals or families who gave at least once to our ministry All right so that's that's a that's a big it's a pretty big number now but then he also said that we have about fifty regular givers about fifty families that give on a consistent basis and obviously if we do any of these projects hopefully we'll have more consistent givers people really buy into what we're trying to do if you take fifty families and you divide the twenty three hundred by those fifty families it comes out to about forty five dollars more per month per fifty family and some of you say forty five that's that's nothing I could do that I could do much more than adding some You're saying Well forty five dollars that might be pretty hard on but I give that as a perspective we're looking at these big numbers but if you break it down to each individual individual and family this is kind of what we're dealing with and the idea of us doing a project like this is not for all of us to give the same amount but to sacrifice all of us to say this is what we feel God is leading us to do and so we want to do this and so I use this figure to make it realistic from an individual's perspective and how many of us if we were forced to could find another forty five dollars in our monthly budget you know most of us couldn't so that's kind of what we're looking at so that's option number two now let's look at option number one and a warning is the the numbers are going to be a little bit bigger OK Obviously.And the first number you see up there is the number eight hundred thousand dollars and I have no idea how much our church can sell for but I'm using that from Earl show. Who we've already talked to your he sells churches that's pretty much all he does and he gave us kind of an estimate of how much we can possibly sell our building for and I'm not going to hold him to that yet because he's doing an evaluation on our property but I'm using the very lowest number that he gave me OK so I'm being very conservative with eight hundred Hopefully it's more it's probably not really more than a million but let's say we sold our building for eight hundred thousand you have to subtract what we currently zero plus realtors fees all those different things we could have potentially about five hundred twenty five thousand dollars to put down if we did fund raising and we were able to come up with about two hundred thousand dollars then we're looking at seven hundred twenty five down on we made an offer at one point sixty five million the church was asking two point two million they came down and so Steve McDonald is going to talk a little bit about that number one point sixty five million so if you take that away from one point sixty five million you have a nine hundred thousand dollar mortgage and you look at the new mortgage amount being four thousand eight hundred thirty one dollars say wait a second the property next door that would be more expensive there's a unique situation with this the church on twelfth Street they own that building outright and they're going to sell or financing and so what they're going to do is a thirty year amortized mortgage at five percent which really reduces those first five years dramatically and so our new mortgage payment on that new building would only be two thousand eight hundred thirty one dollars more that's just for the mortgage obviously there's other things are going to be more expensive so I want to I want to talk about that and I sharing this with you just so you can see how realistic this is two factors that I want to include in that price if you're looking at that price that cost two thousand eight hundred thirty one there is one thing about this location that could help us in this regard if you've seen the pictures you notice there's four different buildings and one of them is a really beautiful. Four bedroom three bath house it's a parsonage if we had to it is an option for us to rent it out to somebody and if we made fifteen hundred dollars a month on that that's going to reduce the twenty thirty one down to about thirteen hundred I'm doing the math correct in my head so that even reduces it down even more Something else I want to talk about with the board decided to do up at the retreat and this is when we really started getting excited about this being a very realistic possibility we're going to be taking pledges for this project so on September tenth we're going to vote yes or no but we're also going to take pledges that we're going to take pledges in two different ways one is a one time gift if you say yes I want to do this and when our Church sells if we vote to put it on the market we're going to take a one time gift for the down payment and also there are some things that we're probably going to need when we move in there. It's in great condition but we have to buy a couple different items and we'll talk about that next Sunday night at the church but also use you went to church goes to a building campaign people don't have an extra fifty thousand dollars in their checking account that they're just going to give some ministry it's usually looking out on a monthly basis if I'm going to support this project I'm going to have to come up with money on a monthly basis and so we're going to take a three year pledge for anyone who wants to be a part of this to save for the next three years I will give over and above what I'm currently giving to support this and so at the board retreat we need to figure out not only is this a good option and we said yes it's a good option but the board said are we going to do this or we can actually get behind this and support it and so what I'm going to do is going to share with you two things I'm going to share with you what the board has decided we are able to do as far as that number is concerned and I shared with the board what my family is prepared to do if we move forward in this direction and I'm not going to ask anyone else to decide to share publicly how much you would give to a project like this but I feel like if I'm up here and if I'm leading us you have to know. But I'm very serious about this opportunity and so I shared with the board that if we're going to do this my family would give one time a one time gift of five thousand dollars and every month for the next three years we will give an additional five hundred dollars a month that's what we will do as a family and that's that is a sacrifice for us OK And then what we did is as a board we had everyone do that anonymously and the numbers that we came up with is this from just the board and we're talking there's eight board members and two staff members Mike McFadden myself so ten families so twenty percent of the congregation came up with a one time gift of thirty two thousand dollars but more importantly because this is where these families are out the families of the board decided that we would give an additional two thousand five hundred twenty five dollars every month for this project.But look at the math.We're almost there right now from ten families I share this with you to hopefully encourage you and make you realize that if we all get on board with this this is entirely possible if God is opening up the doors this is worth the sacrifice and so I hope you're encouraged I hope you realize from a financial perspective yeah this is a step of faith but this is not a gigantic foolish leap this is a step of faith that all of us can completely do if we really feel God is leading us in this direction. Right now I want to have Steve McDonald who is one of our board members come up and talk about where we are at regarding the real estate transaction and how this is all going to work.OK So the first thing to understand is that nothing has been decided in this is a done deal and now we need a vote of confidence on the back side of this comes down to we on the tenth are going to ask you to vote to say yes or no and we prayed as a board and we said God make it clear to us if it's no. MAKE IT know so that we can spend our time finding the next direction if it's yes let's make it yes that we can we can pour everything we have into this so there has not been a decision made yet but the way real estate works is we can't come to you and ask you to approve something when we don't have a price yet so we've been going on a sleep for real estate a very small amount of back and forth with the seller to figure out a price and that's where the one point six two five million comes up we realize that as that's a big numbers there you know that's when we don't take that lightly when we go from a mortgage amount of two hundred thousand dollars to a purchase price of anything that has a point as part of the description of it which we do we take that very seriously and so we went back and forth with the seller and we have a signed contract at that one point six two five million that is one hundred percent contingent first and foremost on us as a church voting yes or no on that amount the Church votes no we have no liability we have no money no skin in the game at this point we can walk away from this and he can put it back on the market and everything is back to normal for them and for us so I want to make sure that if that's perfectly clear we have some steps in this if we say yes on the tenth then we have a clock that starts that is a six month the technical term is contingency where it is pending and they have in fact already has kind of a sign of good faith put it as as pending now so anybody who's looking for a church pulls that up and says pending Well I'm going to go on to the next one so that it is it's still out there people can still see it but it shows us as pending but we have six months then to try and sell our building and we're taking steps now so that if we do say yes we can put that on the market as quick as possible and I'll tell you as someone who works in that business that is a big unknown for us is how long are we going to take to sell this building and what are we going to sell it for so that's where we need a lot of prayer and in addition to are we going to do this if we. Do this or bring us a buyer that has a whole lot of cash and really love this building house because because that's what we need we don't need somebody that's going to come in and get give a seller financing like we're getting we we we can't do that so we're going to pay this guy so. When I will tell you one that he is giving us an interest rate that is better than we could get from any mortgage company mortgage companies don't like churches were a lot of risk for them and so when he gives us an interest rate of five percent for the next five years that's that's a great deal for us so we have this contingency once we get a contract on our church we start what we call the due diligence period and that is two months for us to get title information to do our inspections to do any of those kinds of things. We've put down five thousand and earnest money that says we're serious about this here is some money that says you know if you want to show somebody you're serious you give them some money really any point up until that due diligence is done we can say we don't like this we're out and we get our five thousand dollars back we can say there are too many pieces of gravel in front of that church we want out and contractually we can get out and we can pull our money back so we really have almost no financial risk in this at this point when our due diligence is done that should mean that our church is sold and we're ready to close on that and we close on that church so if there was a best case scenario for how to do a real estate deal in a church this is textbook for that you know we have a buyer who is genuinely I'm sorry a seller who is genuinely just a good guy who wants to sell this church that he has a lot of owner pride in to a church is going to can continue on the ministry there and he's been very receptive to a couple of questions and some things we've thrown at him so that's the long in the short of it there will be questions I'm sure about this and we'll address them next week anything I'm just I don't think so OK if we're not.Well this is a. You think thinking about this is a it's amazing you know four weeks ago this opportunity we didn't even know about this and here we are talking about this it's very exciting and. If the Lord is leading us in this direction in several months from now we'll be able to look back and say Yeah he was but we want to see if that's the case and so again just kind of to reiterate next week at five thirty we'll be taking a tour of the facility we encourage all of you to come bring your questions and we're going to see the building we've had two groups go through it already the staff went through the first time just to see if they would even work and the staff looked around and we went wow this place is pretty neat and then the board went through a week later we said yeah we need to really consider this this is an opportunity that we don't want to pass up if God's going to make it happen so next week we'll tour at five thirty again Labor Day we're adding one serviceman to talk on Sunday school and September tenth we'll have a worship service at nine congregational meeting at ten thirty and we will vote and take pledges and so this is something that for you all to do to think about this to be praying about this and for you to consider if you want to be supportive of this how much would you be willing to give over and above your current giving on a monthly basis for three years or a one time gift and again. This is not saying. That you have you have to make this out and this is this is an area of our faith where we say Lord this is what I'm trusting in you for and you can see God work in your life in this way and I know I have in my my life and I'm excited for this again but let's keep praying and pray that this is an opportunity that God is really presenting to us that I hope that we will be united and together we will accept this and if it's not then God like Steve said will close the door really quick so we won't waste any more time going down that road but no matter what happens or where we will meet in a year from now or twenty years from now some things are never going to change and that is our commitment to be followers Jesus Christ and to churn to God's word so that we can base our life on him let's close in prayer and let's pray for. God's guidance continued guidance in this in this matter dear lord we love you and we thank you for the way that you guide us in our lives you've given us the Holy Spirit to guide us into truth to give us the crowd desires and emotions as we go through life and Lord you give us ministry opportunities and in right now we're asking you is this something that we should be doing as a church is this is this what's in the the best interest of Grace Bible Church of Phoenix not only for this this current day but also in ten or twenty years from now on Lord as far as our human minds are concerned the board in the staff feel it is the Lord we really are turning to you to open the doors and see if this is the case or we want to serve you no matter where it is and so help us to be people of your word and people of grace and people who are really willing to follow you wherever you might lead us we pray this in Christ me in it. And I mean the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ the love of God the Father and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit to be with us.

Great Expectations

Preacher: Josh White

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Preacher: Josh White

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Preacher: Josh White

Power of God

Preacher: Josh White

The Fruit of Hope

Preacher: Josh WhiteAnd so at our staff meeting this last Monday night we had a staff meeting we also a board meeting were sitting around we're thinking now what are we going to do when everyone goes to camp on July sixteenth you know it's probably going to be in our best interest to go to just one service because we send about one hundred people to camp and there's not going to be that many people here and so as a staffer thinking that's a good idea you know we probably should have thought about that you know months in advance again we're in the in the year of first you know trying to figure things out and then we also thought well what do we do about the next Sunday when everyone comes back that's a really powerful Sunday for us as a church and now we're going to do two services and then have some of the kids in the first service some of the kids in the second service and we thought campus such a big deal for our church it might be best for us to just all enjoy that camp wrap up at the same time and so we thought well maybe we should do choose one service on that Sunday as well and then we thought OK we know that we're going to have to go to one service in Labor Day And so we thought is it going to be too confusing to go from two services to one service back to two services back to one service back into service and we thought you know what for this summer only these next eight weeks let's just go back to one service and see how it goes so we're kind of in the in the data collecting phase without what maybe if you will my like this a little bit we're ramping up for some summer will be over at that point and then we'll be gearing up for the fall so we thought well let's try this this is no guarantee what's going to happen next summer but so on July sixteenth when everyone these for camp will have one service OK and I thank you in advance for your cooperation and your support we're still kind of learning how to do all of these things so that's the first announcement the second announcement is a big one and I'm very excited about this the board felt that it was now time for us to move forward in trying to purchase the house next door and so we were trying to look at our situation and we realize the two services are going very well we have grown since going to two services in fact we're not going back to one service because of numbers in fact we grow. Own And so that's not at all why we're doing one service for those eight weeks. We're almost out of Sunday school class space is special for the kids in our staff meetings we're trying to figure out where we're going to put kids and so we're very close to needing that space for Sunday School classes also if we were to purchase it right now interest rates are still pretty low we're probably going to have to get a loan and so this might be something we want to pursue right now and then also with the grace cos we're fellowship talking to us about coordinating efforts to do some kind of like a a ministry lab or some training of of leaders throughout the nation that they can come here to Phoenix without you know what this might be the best time for us to to pursue this again more seriously and so this last week I called our neighbor is name is Dave Cole and I said Hey Dave pastor Josh next door would you be willing to sit down and try to figure this out again he said yeah absolutely let's do it and so here's the plan in three weeks when I get back from vacation myself and three other members of a newly formed committee and we have to come up with a creative name for this committee but the committee members are going to be Steve McDonald He's chairing this and he's involved in. Appraising values of properties Joel Postma is going to be on this committee and Joel is involved with title work and loans and things like that and Matt Bennett who is also a board member who's involved with acquiring properties and fixing them up and renting them out so we have three individuals in our church who are very good at this we're going to sit down and talk with them and try to agree on a price at least start a contract and then we're going to ask for a really long inspection period usually it's about ten days we're going to ask for maybe even up to two months so that we can do our due diligence get an appraisal of the lot find out exactly how we're going to remodel everything and then also we have to come to the car nation if we're going to this is a car geisha and have a vote and then also raise the funds and so we're going to ask for an extra long period of time for that but he's willing and we're willing and so as the board we're thinking you know this might be the time to make this next step. And so we're excited about this and so I'm making this announcement but it's also a really big prairie Quest pray and let's all pray together that if this is God's will for our church and this is our new best interest that we'll get the house at the right time and that's especially for the right price OK so let's all join together and in praying for that so we're really excited about that you know right now I'm in a sermon series on hope and today is the last series on hope or last sermon on hope and. A couple Sundays ago I mentioned how I bought that lottery ticket knowing that I wasn't going to win but I spent all day daydreaming what would it be like to win all those hundreds of millions of dollars and it was fun to daydream and I knew that I wasn't going to women so my daydreams were kind of cut short but literally for the last couple years I and many people have been daydreaming what would it be like if we had that property next door and how would it affect our ministers what is the things that we're not able to do right now that we could do and so it's kind of exciting to think about those things and so I'm excited I'm full of hope that God will lead us to have that property at the right time and for the right price and it will be a blessing for a church and I'm also very full of hope for the future of our church it's an exciting time to be a part of Grace Bible Church Well last week we talked about the three things that we can be confident in when it comes to our hope. Two Sundays ago we looked at the cautions of hope that we're supposed to be very cautious when we place our hope in people and in money we're going to do that in this life but we're not supposed to put our hope in people in money thinking that it's going to supply everything that we need but last week we looked at three things that we can be absolutely confident about and just for as a reminder those three things or this number one we can be confident that God has a plan everything that's happening right now in human history is right on schedule and God has a plan of what he. Is trying to do and accomplish in this full history of redemption The second thing that we can be confident about is that we will live forever with Him We can be confident that if you raised his son from the dead that those of us who have placed our faith in Jesus Christ we too will be raised and have a turn of life and the third thing that we can be confident of is the Bible teaches us that God is going to fix everything everything that is broken in this world people civilizations cultures the earth itself all it tells us in Romans that everything will be redeemed and restored and so we can be confident about all of those things and all of those things are true then our hope should create a response in us you know when you're excited about something do you keep it to yourself or are you are you really willing to share it with somebody else hey I just want you to know something really exciting is happening Well today we're going to look at a handful of passages that tell us how our hope should cause us to respond and so let's look at our first passage for today which is that Hebrews Chapter six. Let's go over to Hebrews Chapter six.Hebrews Chapter six beginning in verse seventeen.Hebrews Chapter six beginning in verse seventeen it says this.So when God desired to show more convincingly to the errors of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose he guaranteed it with an oath so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie we who have fled for refuge might have strong courage meant to hold fast to the hope set before us and now we have something interesting in verse nineteen it says. We have this this hope we have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain. And so this passage teaches us that the hope that we have connects us to what Christ did behind the curtain in the temple and so I kind of get this this visual image in here there's this direct connection and the passenger says an anchor an anchor something that's very strong and stable but we have this connection between our present lives and what Christ did in the temple after he shed his blood he went into the Holy of Holies in the heaven these and he shed his blood on the ark of the covenant so that our sins can be forgiven and there's a direct connection between us and what Christ did there and that cord or that string is strong and it's very tight I kind of think of like the cord on a guitar or a piano something that is between two points and it's very tight and so what happens using a kind of an example of a guitar or piano if you have a chord that is hold held fast between two different points and if you apply pressure to it what happens.It makes a noise. There's a vibration and then it makes a sound and so sort of like a guitar or a piano we look at this passage here and Hebrews and I kind of get this mental image that here we have us here in this life and then we have this direct connection between what Christ did in the temple paying for our sins and that is a tight connection and what happens is during our lifetime we will experience temptations we will experience pressure we will experience tension struggles and every kind of that happens there creates friction on that cord that connects us with what Christ did and that is our hope and when our hope is. Challenge it should produce some kind of sound or some produce or some fruit and so I kind of have this mental image as I was reading through Hebrews five of the sound of hope that should be in our lives when we experience these things and so what I want to do this morning is look at a few different passages and there are plenty I had to kind of parrot down but there are plenty of passages that talk about if we have hope then it should produce this in our life and so I have three things for you this morning and so the first thing that we're going to look at is this first thing that hope produces in our lives is this it produces contagious service.Hope produces contagious service.You know where here this morning some of you probably would maybe rather have slept in I don't know but we're here this morning to think why did we come here this morning why are we here this morning is this is this worth it and the answer is yes this is worth it because our hope is real and because our hope is real it's worth coming together and serving our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ stay in Heber's and go to chapter ten.Chapter ten a few years beginning in verse twenty two and you'll notice I have all these scriptural references already printed in the sermon notes but he was Chapter ten beginning in verse twenty two it talks about our hope and how what our hope should cause us to respond hope or excuse me Hebrews ten verse twenty two.It says. Let us draw near with a true heart and full assurance of face with our hearts sprinkled clane clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering for he who promises faithful so it's telling us there's this hope that we have hold on to what really tight and then the very next verse it. Tells us how to respond verse twenty four and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works so if you're holding fast to the hope that God has given to us our first response should be to steer each other around to get each other excited about this hope you know thinking of kind of this image that I have in my mind of a guitar or a piano and the hope that we have between us in this life and what Christ did behind the same jury in the temple you know we as a church I think we're very fortunate I think all the sort agree that we have some really good musicians at our church especially for the size of church that we have and one of my favorite things is early in the morning when I get here first and I'm in my office and sometimes the band will come in and they'll start practicing before they practice and it's really fun to listen to them play because one person will get on the piano and start playing and then some will say hey that's pretty good then they'll start playing guitar and then so be on the drums and they'll just start playing and one person starts playing in the other people are like I want in on that I want to play to I remember a few years ago I was up at camp and all the kids were coming in it was right before one of the chapel SESSIONS I think I was one of the speakers and we had Brian Clark and and making Cate and somebody else was up there and said Hey guys just just start playing your member and you probably do it every year and they just started jamming there was no music in front of them they just started playing and all the kids were bopping up and die it was great and it was contagious and that's what our hope should be if someone is serving because they have this great hope it should encourage all of us to want to join in as well and so why should our hope produce these good works the answer is simple it's because our hope is real and that means that he is worthy Jesus Christ is worthy of all of our effort and he's also coming back and will. Reward us for our faithful service.You know if you walked into a church walked into a group of believers and no one was doing anything and it was just drudgery to get people to serve as a sort of deal like the anchor that connects them and what Jesus did behind the curtain in the temple that court is not taught it's slack and be kind of a depressing situation wouldn't it. It's one of things that I'm very appreciative here at this church you know one of our values one of our most important values as a church is faithful service and when I see so many people stepping up and serving because that's who they are and that's their identity in Christ I've seen how it rubs off on other people. If you have hope if you have hope in the future it should inspire you to serve and also encourage other people to serve and so that's the first thing that we see in the Bible that our hope should produce that you produce contagious service the second thing is probably the thing that's talked about most often in Scripture and that is this our hope should also produce holiness.If we have hope in the future it should produce holiness in this life I have a few passages that I want to look at for this and the first one is and first John three verses two and four to three or four first John at the very end your bible almost the very end chapter three verses two three four.If possible John says very specifically here.It says beloved. We are God's children now and what we will be has not yet appeared but we know that when he appears we shall be like him because we shall see him as he is and everyone who does hopes in. Him purifies himself as he is pure and so again even in this passage we see the tension between what is and what will be what it is is that you and I are sinners in these temporary bodies all right amen to that or who are sinners in these bodies and what will be is when Christ returns we will be perfect and holy like him and so God is wanting us today to live up to who we really are that's what holiness is and that's what hope should do in our lives what I want to do is I want to kind of imagine I kind of had a little daydreaming this week in the sermon but I just want you to imagine let's say all of us are eighteen and we just graduate from high school it's kind of a good thought for some of us maybe not so much for others but let's say you just graduated from high school it's the weekend and then on Monday morning there's a knock on your door and there is a lawyer and he has the snipes huge blow when he hands it to you and he says I have some great news for you.A distant relative has bequeath to you you are the sole inheritor of a distant family estate and it involves land it involves property involves multiple businesses and a lot of wealth and the soon as you turn twenty five years old so on about six or seven years from now you're going to acquire in a managed all of this all right so what do you do for the next six or seven years you basically have two choices right one is kind of act like the prodigal son and think Well I've only have a little bit of time with freedom to try to make the most of this life and get the most out of this and going to go live wild and crazy or. What you should do all of us should do is realize that we are going to be in this position someday of honor and privilege and so we prepare ourselves for that we learn how to manage the family business we learned how to be. Good stewards we learn by practicing living today based on who we will be someday. And that's the holiness that God wants us to live with right now we're not there yet but someday when Christ returns we will be holy like he is and so God tells us right now live up to who you are going to be someday you know with this kind of illustration I want you to turn over to Filippi and Chapter three.Philippians Chapter Three beginning in verse twelve and this is a fairly common and popular passage that's read quite a bit and I know I've used these passages quite a quite a few times in my sermons but as we read through this passage I want you to think of this example that I gave this illustration of inheriting something great someday and I want you to imagine that Paul is talking in a similar way about this so think about your future hope as a read through these passages and see if if Paul is saying the same thing here Philippians Chapter Three beginning in verse twelve.Paul says. Not that I have already obtained this or I am already perfect but I press on to make it my own because Christ Jesus has made me his own and so Paul saying I'm not there yet but I will be in so I press on to that the thing that I will be someday my hope brothers I do not consider that I have made of my own but one thing I do forgetting what lies behind in straining forward to what lies ahead I press on towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus let those of us who are mature think this way and if anything you think otherwise God will reveal that also to you only let us hold true to what we have attained live up to who you will be someday for seventeen brothers joined in imitating me keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us for many of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with cheers walk as. Enemies of the cross of Christ their end is destruction their god is their belly and their glory is their shame what's mind set on earthly things but our citizenship is in heaven and from it we await a savior the Lord Jesus Christ who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. So Paul is saying I'm focused on who I will be some day and I'm trying to live up to that that's what our hope should cause us to do to be holy today like we will be some day and so holiness in a way is sort of like a lion in our lives right now so that it is in step with the holiness that we have in Jesus Christ and that doesn't mean that we're not going to make mistakes in this life because we certainly are but it just means that we know who we really are and that we live according to that not according to like it says here in our passage today we don't live according to our bellies and trying to get the most out of this life one other passage I want you to turn to first Peter.First Peter chapter one.First Peter chapter one thirteen.And Peter says the same thing we have John Peter Paul they're all saying the same thing about how our hope should produce holiness first Peter chapter one beginning in verse thirteen it says. Therefore preparing your minds for action and being sober minded set your hope fully on the grace that would be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ and then he talks about how we should be holy as obedient children do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance but as he called you is holy you also be holy in all your conduct since it is written you shall be holy for I am holy.You know three weeks ago we talked about just simply the importance of thinking about our hope the Bible tells us to set our minds on those things and can you see how important it is because if you're thinking about inserting your hope and our future hope it should lead to holiness and so God tells us to think about it so we'll start living out our true identity now while the third thing that hope produces in us is this hope produces evidence.If you have hope there should be evidence if you walked into a room and maybe a friend or a family member was in there and they were smiling from ear to ear they couldn't wipe that silly grin off their face how long would it be before you asked them what are you smiling about me you probably do that right away right and you probably ask because first of all you're curious but then you're hoping that that they're so happy about something that maybe you can share in that hope and that happiness is well right if you have this hope that you'll spend eternity with Christ forever in glory there should be evidence and that should be evident to the world around us see here and first Peterburg go to chapter three.First Peter chapter three.Apostle Peter tells us that if we have this hope be prepared that you're going to have to talk about it to other people first Peter chapter three beginning in verse fourteen.Actually just pick up in verse fifteen first Peter three fifteen.Says but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord is holy always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for the reason for the hope that is in you you do it with gentleness and respect having a good conscience so that when you are slandered those who are vile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. Always be prepared tell everyone why you have hope. Has anyone ever asked you that question.Maybe along along with that question has it have you given anyone any good reason to ask you for the day they asked you for that question if you focus on your hope you and I should be able to rise above all the little problems in this life you know our world is pretty negative right now we like to focus on negative we like to focus on things that divide us but if we focus on the hope that God has for us there should be a joy in our lives that's evident to the world around us and if there is joy in someone's life people want to know what that's why the why that is and so someone's going to ask you some day why are you able to just rise above all these three circumstances and situations what are you going to say. This is kind of a serious homework assignment that all of us should have if you're not prepared to answer that question you should be this is kind of like I think in the business world or in sales they call this the elevator pitch you know an elevator with someone you know about thirty seconds to to explain something to them if you have thirty seconds to explain to someone why you have hope that allows you to transcend the problems of this life what would you tell them and there's probably several things that you can say but I hope that it would start with the fact that your Savior Jesus Christ he's not dead he's alive. And because he's alive you have the hope that you will spend eternity with Him in heaven. You know one of the ways that we can answer that question about the hope that we have is seen and what we're going to practice this morning as we celebrate the Lord's supper on the night that he was betrayed Jesus gave them the reason for their hope he said my body which is sacrifice for you is for your sins so that you won't have to pay them and my blood which is going to be shed on the cross is the new covenant and the new come. It includes the guarantee and the promise of eternal life and so this morning we're going to proclaim and celebrate this hope that God has given to us so I can have the men come forward.And we'll have these I sure as they'll pass out the bread and the juice in just a minute.But first as we pass of the bread which represents the body of Jesus Christ what I want you to do is just just take a moment and to yourself between you and God Think about what this represents specifically about the hope that you can claim for yourself as you hold the bread it represents the body of Jesus Christ and this means that his body was broken so that you will never have to pay for your sense.Never.That's a great hope you'll never have to pay for your sins he paid for them so that we can experience only the love and the grace of our God and so spend time thanking him for this incredible hope.OK.You possible wrote to us. Reminding us of those events on that night and he said for I received from the Lord What I also delivered to you that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread and when he had given thanks he broke it and said This is my body which is for you do this in remembrance of meyour father we do remember.We remember the sacrifice that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ made that night.That he willingly gave up. His flesh and his blood in his bones and his body. To pay the price for our sins and more we look back with great reverence and and wonder. And we thank you so much for giving us the hope after his one perfect sacrifice the sins of mankind are forever wiped clean for those who have placed their faith in him and so words are our prayer this morning as we focus on the death of our Savior that we will share this this message of hope with the world around us that they too can have their sins paid for by the death of your son your presence in Christ name that.Now as we pass out the juice which represents the blood of Jesus Christ and sort of connection to the past and the future the Bible tells us that the blood was shed and placed on the ark of the Covenant and so when God views the law he sees us as centers and as law breakers but because the blood of Jesus Christ is on the ark of the covenant God sees the righteousness of Christ and not our sins so that's part of the past and the future that I can access to is that God has a plan and that Jesus Christ is going to reign supreme over all things and that someday when the time is right he's going to send his son to come pick us up to be with us with Him forever and that is the greatest hope that we can possibly have and so as you hold on to the juice which represents the blood of Jesus Christ thank you for the hope that you have which is connecting you to the past and also our great future.OK.The Bible also says in the same way also he took the cup after supper saying This cup is the new covenant in my blood do this is often as you drink it in remembrance of me for as often as you eat the spread and drink the cup you proclaim the Lord's death until you come.Forward with great hope we do that this morning we proclaim the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ and we fully hope that you will come again because we have the great hope Lord as we've looked at your word this morning help us to produce in us the desired response help it to produce in us the desire to serve you and for that service to be contagious among each other Oh Lord I pray that it will produce in us holiness that we will live up to what you have already attained in our life.The Lord that will produce in us evidence that people around us in the world will see that there is something different about us that we have a joy that most people don't have and so I pray that we'll have an opportunity to share the hope of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in our eternal hope of spending eternity with you. With others lower down as we go our separate ways and we go out in this week there are so many problems in this world but because of the hope that you've given to us we can rise above it so Lord we thank you for this hope and let it just dominate and change our lives we pray this in Christ name Amen now me the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ love of God the Father in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all amen.