Easter: Divine Sympathy

Hebrews 4.9-16

  1. Strive for Rest (9-11)

  2. Co-Operate with the Word (12-13)

  3. Master Confession (14)

  4. Celebrate Divine Sympathy (15)

  5. Gain Grace-Based Confidence (16)

OR: Anxiety, Trapped Conscience, Negative Confession/Narrative, Judgment/Separation, Fear

The Prophets' Challenge

Zephaniah. 1.14-2.3

  1. Get Challenged, not Threatened (1.14-17)

  2. Discover Who Your Real Master Is (1.18) 

  3. Fight for Deliverance (2.1-3)
    Gather with God’s People
    Intend to Know God Intimately
    Implement Your Tools: Obedience, Righteousness, & Humility

Politics, Prophets, and God’s Kingdom pt2

1 Peter 4.7-19

  1. Accept Politics

  2. Stay Prophetic (1.1) “The Word of the Lord . . .”

  3. Proclaim God’s Kingdom (1.2-13)

    1. Remember the Great Divorce Is Coming (1.2-3)

      1. See Acts 24.24-25 and Proverbs 25.28

    2. Start with the People of God (1.4-1.9) (1 Peter 4.7-19)

      1. Baal Worship (Syncretism) (1.4-7)

      2. Worldly Leaders (1.8)

      3. Superstitious/Occultic/Magical Practices (1.9)

      4. Violence and Fraud (1.9b)

    3. Understand Why We Set Ourselves up for Judgement (1.10-13)

Robbing God

Malachi 3.6-12

  1. Start with God’s Character (6)

  2. Return to Him (7)

  3. Use Giving to Lead Your Heart (7b-8)

    1. The OT System (3-Fold Tithe)

    2. The NT Teaching (1 Cor 16.2; 2 Cor 8.1-8)

    3. The Example of Jesus (2 Cor 8.9; Luke 21.1-4)

    4. The Overarching Principle (Matt 6.19-34)

      Financial Giving Heals the Heart

  4. Apply Malachi Accurately Today (8-12)

Seven Signs of Encroaching Darkness

Philippians 2.1-15

  1. Fix Your Own Attitude (1-5)

    Find What you Glory in (6a)
    Let That Glory Go (6b-7a)

  2. Enter the Current System As a Servant (7b)
    Serve Even If It Kills You (8a)

  3. Put Obedience above Understanding  (8b-11)
    This Demonstrates Humility
    Humility’s Self-Mastery Defeats Evil

  4. Discover Pure Motivation (“Fear & Trembling”) (12-15)

    1. Sorcery

    2. Adultery

    3. Perjury

    4. Unjust Work Conditions/Wages

    5. Oppressing Widows & Orphans

    6. Harshness toward “Immigrants”

    7. No Fear of the Lord

      1. Confess God’s Word (Spirit)

        This Strengthens Your Spirit

      2. Confess Your Wounds (Psyche/Self)

        This Brings Authenticity & Healing

      3. Confess Your Bad Works (Sin Beast)

        This Creates Ownership, not Blaming