Ps Clinton Phillips 30th June 2013 (Matthew 6:33, Exodus 25:8, Exodus 25:1-7, 2 Chronicles 2:6, Isaiah 60:21-22, Haggai 2:1-4)

Clinton Phillips, June 30, 2013
Part of the Sunday series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Recap: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit. A shift in the last month. Doesn't need our power, done in the power of the Holy Spirit. Have eyes of faith that God is going to move. Provide.
Matt 6:33 - seek first the kingdom of God. He leads us to be people who seek first the kingdom of God. Not about giving money. About trust. Building relationship. God says "Trust me - I'm going to work in your situation by my Spirit". Don't rely on self-help: God will make a vast difference in the things God has called us to do.
Exodus 25:8 - Let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them. It's about a God who wants to have relationship - a place where I can live among them.
Exodus 25:1-8 (MSG) "set aside an offering from those who are willing to give." Receive an offering, build me a house, according to the pattern.
Pictures of houses. The focus here is God saying "build me a house". Why does God need a house
2 Chronicles 2:6 - who is able to build Him a temple? What is God's house like? Revelations description of throne room.
Why talk about tithe, taruma? Who's the temple really for? God's got his own pad! The building of the temple is about God unlocking to us His presence. For those who are willing, you understand the whole principle of what God is asking of us.
Story of widow and Elijah: Poor lady, doesn't have much. Elijah says "give me first". When we read on, we see the miracle in the story. The flour never ran out for three years!
Before the people of Israel leave Egypt, ask the people for gold and silver. Israelites walking out of Egypt with all this gold and silver. The picture is: God provided for them an offering to give to God to build His house.
*God even before he requires of us, He already has a plan for us - He already knows what our needs are going to be!* Sometimes we struggle to trust God with our finances. If we are faithful in little, then we will be faithful in a lot.
This is about a principle in scripture.
God hasn't finished in this place!
Meeting with people outside church, astounded by the love shown by this church. Volunteer of the year award, breakfast program. Breakfast club, coming to youth group! 5.5k people in this community of Langford. Two millionaires lived in Langford. You don't know who you are going to meet here.
God already knows your future. God says I want you to establish my temple. The church is the hope of the community. You are carriers of the spirit of God! We carry that out to the community. We give rather than take. Selfless rather than selfish. Speak wisdom into the situation. Because of the Spirit of God, you are part of the body of Christ. The hope of our community, beyond what business and government can do.
Launch tribe.
The opportunity to love on the community: LINC. Someone cares, someone loves. We just want you to know that someone cares.
Isaiah 60:21 - You are the shoot that God has planted, the work of His hands. Don't quit the process - God is forming Christ in you! The character of Christ. The workmanship of God in you.
vs 22 - the little one will become a thousand - God will enlarge you, causes you to have capacity, so that you don't implode, you don't get overwhelmed. Things will change! People will drive us mad - don't give up, don't quit the process. God is building capacity in you!
A small one a nation!
Clinton and Leah - one month's wages commitment to the Beyond 2013.
Talk on Discouragement. Three D's - Discouragement, Dissatisfaction, Disinterest.
Haggai 2:1-3. We're really good at starting out, but over time we get discouraged, dissatisfied, or disinterested.
Temple. Discouragement starting to seep into the younger generation. For us, our live back then was so amazing. So easy to become discouraged/disillusioned.
vs 4 "be strong". Speak the word of God. Work! God says I am with you - The Lord of Hosts. He doesn't give you a formula, just say.
What we do has an eternal impact.


About Clinton Phillips: Pastor of C3 Langford
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Matthew 6:33

33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (KJV)

Exodus 25:8

8And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. (KJV)

Exodus 25:1-7

1And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering. 3And this is the offering which ye shall take of them; gold, and silver, and brass, 4And blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats' hair, 5And rams' skins dyed red, and badgers' skins, and shittim wood, 6Oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, and for sweet incense, 7Onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod, and in the breastplate. (KJV)

2 Chronicles 2:6

6But who is able to build him an house, seeing the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain him? who am I then, that I should build him an house, save only to burn sacrifice before him? (KJV)

Isaiah 60:21-22

21Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified. 22A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time. (KJV)

Haggai 2:1-4

1In the seventh month, in the one and twentieth day of the month, came the word of the LORD by the prophet Haggai, saying, 2Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and to the residue of the people, saying, 3Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory? and how do ye see it now? is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing? 4Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the LORD; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the LORD, and work: for I am with you, saith the LORD of hosts: (KJV)

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