Ps Clinton Phillips 3rd June 2018 ()Clinton Phillips, June 3, 2018
Part of the Sunday series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Introduction - Father Heart of God.
John 14:5-10 Jesus said I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me... Any one who has seen me has seen the Father ... it is the Father living in me that is doing this work. Jesus came to die, to destroy the works of the enemy. Not going to leave us orphans. Jesus comes to reveal the Father heart of God - the way to the Father, the truth from the Father and the life of the Father.
Luke 15:1- The tax collectors and sinners were gathering around Jesus. The people that were attracted to Jesus. Our friend circle should not be just christian people. Because we carry Jesus Christ, people will be attracted to Jesus inside us. People who aren't going to be the norm, people not like us. But they will be attracted to our light. We have to be that people who shine. God has called us to be light in darkness. Pharisees muttered "this man welcomes sinners and eats with them". Pharisees got their knickers in a twist because Jesus was attracting these people, and welcoming them. We can be that kind of people because we carry Jesus inside us. We have the light of Christ, helping others to discover the love, the truth, the life that we have found. Do you see how cool Love Langford is to this church? Our church needed LL more than our community needed it. Without it, we had no identity. Not about whether you come, it's reflecting the heart of God. Jesus did it - welcomed them, sat with them, give them honour. The heart of God is to bring honour to people. Can we honour our parents? Can we honour our spouse? As we give honour, we release people.
Light on the inside, Jesus on the inside, and we have the ability to show people the way, the truth, the life.
Rom 8:14-20 Greatest prayer meeting ever. No condemnation in Christ Jesus. Nothing that disqualifies us from the heart of Jesus. Be a person of the Spirit of God. Part of the role of the Holy Spirit is to lead you. Those who are led by the Spirit are sons of God. Not an orphan anymore. Heavenly Father says that he is our son. He has given us our adoption papers. What breaks an orphaned spirit is the Father. By him we cry Abba Father. Holy Spirit, bring revelation! Break the orphaned mindset! We are children of God - heirs of God, co-heirs with Christ. This is where we are positioned in Christ. Co-heirs with Jesus Christ. We have an inheritance with God - what is my inheritance? But that we live in the authority of that inheritance. ... if we share in his suffering, in order that we may share in his glory. The need to rest. There's going to be suffering as a child of God, but we're never alone. We all go through life, and it's hard, but we're not alone because our Father is with us. Creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. Eternal life starts now - when I begin to know my Father.
v22-27 The whole of creation is groaning as in childbirth. We ourselves groan inwardly as we wait... the Holy Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will. The Spirit of God that raised Christ from the dead, intercedes for me! How's your prayer life? Ask God, what are you praying for me for, because he's interceding for you!
v28-33 In all things God works for good, for those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. If God is for us, who can be against us? Your heavenly Father is interested in you! Here we see his heart for each one of us - who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Christ Jesus died intercedes for us. God declares over our life, Christ Jesus died and has justified us - sons, brothers. More than that, God raised him from death, defeated death.
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