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Unstoppable

Here are my notes from this Kody’s message this Sunday at Sunset Bay Chapel. My comments are in caps.

Start with video from Carrie Underwood -Temporary Home

Unstoppable – Who we were created to be

Our lives here are mearly temporary as we are getting ready for something more.

We will be using the wifitti wall to text in music pics for each week.  We’ll be picking something new each week from the texts you send.

Every single one of us were called and created to be unstoppable.

Unstoppable

  • power
  • courage
  • strength
  • No one can take it from you

Times we feel unstoppable, when nothing can get any better.

Teens have a great attitude where they feel like they are unstoppable.  The best way to bring out the unstoppable nature in students is a little competition

Unstoppable the source – the source is where we can get our unstoppable nature.  We will learn who the church is capable to be and who God has created us to be.

Luke 24

Acts 1

Not a lot of people left following Christ when Acts was started.  (Only about 120 Acts 1:15)

Luke 24:49 – Jesus says that he will send the Holy Spirit to help them.  Tells them to stay in the city until they receive the power from on high.

Acts 1:8 – “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you: and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Jesus gave an amazing command saying “this is what you are going to do” because I created you to be unstoppable.

Gave a promise that we would receive power to do it.

Those 11 remaining desciples are going to the witnesses of all the greatness that Christ did on earth and they are going to spread it to everyone.

Goes down in history that Jesus is the one who changed history the most.  Now he is passing the batton to the 11 remaining desciples.

There were probably some that were unsure, afraid because they had just watch Christ get killed for teaching what he did.  Nobody likes us, I’m not trained, I’m not prepared, etc.

He set the standard that we are going to reach the people who no one wants to reach (Samaria).  John 4, the Woman at the Well demonstrates this idea.

Think Globally… Act locally

But there’s no “I” in Team, but there are two “I’s” in ChrIstIan

Acts 1:14 (Paraphrased) And they stayed continually at the temple praising God.

Church is a pep rally to get us pumped for the week to go out and do things for God.  We get to learn more and more every week.  It’s not about how much you know, it’s about how much you put into practice in your life.

Where?

1. Jerusalem (Sunset Bay Chapel)

2. Judea (Area you live) – after you come to church, go to your area and pump everyone else up.  Be a reflection of Christ were ever you are.

3. Samaria (The people we don’t want to see, the places we don’t want to go) – may be family members who have hurt us, friends we don’t want to talk to, those we don’t want to see.  All you have to do is say, “How are you, I’ve been thinking about you.” AMAZING THAT AT THIS MOMENT I GET A TEXT FROM SOMEONE WHO I HAVEN’T HEARD FROM IN A LONG TIME WHO DEFINATELY FITS THIS DESCRIPTION.  This is the area we can have the biggest impact where Satan wants us to not do anything.  There is power here to win someone to Christ.

4. Ends of the Earth – This seems scary but we do not have to go alone.  We are promised that we become unstoppable when we have Jesus in our lives.  He is the source.  The source is what allows us to do greater things.

John 14:12  (Paraphrased) – Anyone who believes in me will do what I have been doing, and greater.

The promise of the source is Acts 1:8

Jesus created us not to be mediocre, the greatest things will come if we listen to this command.

Eph 3:20 – “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

Jesus is not sending us out to the wolves, even though it might feel that way sometimes, we are equipped with the source.

When you start to hear the doubts (I don’t know what to say, don’t know the bible, don’t know how to do it), that is Satan because you have power.  He is trying to deceive you because he is scared of what you can do.

1. Be here ever Sunday this summer  – we will be unstoppable.

2. Next Sunday will be an invitation to follow Christ – bring a friend, God will lay someone on your heart, get them here.

Jesus didn’t plan it to be a moment, he planned it to be a life long journey as we sit in our temporary home.

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From the One -2-One reading plan on my YouVersion Bible.  Available in the Android marketplace.

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Ephesians 1:7

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace”

Ephesians 2:13

“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.”

Christ died so that we might live.  That is about as plain as it gets.  Without the shedding of the blood of Christ, there would be no forgiveness for our sins.  Without forgiveness, we would all live for eternity apart from God.  Lucky for us, God loves His creation so much that he gave his only Son as a sacrifice for our sins in “accordance with the riches of God’s grace” (Eph 1:7).  God’s grace is a wonderful thing.  Grace is not earned through any works or goodness (Eph 2:8-9), it is simply a free gift from God.  All you have to do is accept that gift for yourself.

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From the One -2-One reading plan on my YouVersion Bible.  Available in the Android marketplace.

Hebrews 9:26

“Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.”

2 Corinthians 5:21

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

Galatians 3:13

“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.’”

When Abel brought the first animal sacrifice to God in Genesis 4:4, he set the standard for how we are to make up for our sins.  Abel brought the best of the he had for God.  Why would we expect God to do anything less for us. 

We do live sinful lives.  We are human, there is no way around that.  Because we live in sin, a sacrifice must be made to atone for those sins.  God, like Abel, made the ultimate sacrifice for us.  He gave his “one and only Son” (John 3:16) with who He “is well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). 

How do you feel knowing that God gave his only Son to die for our sins on the cross?

From the One -2-One reading plan on my YouVersion Bible.  Available in the Android marketplace.

2 Corinthians 5:17

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

Isaiah 59:1

“Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.”

Romans 3:23

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”

Romans 6:23

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Today’s reading contains one of my favorite versus and a clear picture of why we need Christ.  I’ve included the video below because I don’t think I could explain it any better.

From the One -2-One reading plan on my YouVersion Bible.  Available in the Android marketplace.

Ephesians 2:8-9

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”

2 Timothy 2:19

“Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.””

Hebrews 10:25

“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Joshua 1:8

“Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

Mark 5:19

“Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.””

As a new Christian, these five simple steps will help you S-T-A-R-T off on the right path.  As an old Christian who may have viered from the path, these steps can help point you back in the right direction.

Stop trusting in your self and your own works.  We are saved by the grace of God, a free gift that we did nothing to deserve.  The free part is the most important part, it reflects God’s love for us and proves that not one of us is better or more deserving than any other.

Turn away from your sin.  Repentence does not mean making a small change of direction and going around your sin, it means to turn completely around, walk away, and never look back. 2 Timothy 2:19 reminds us that we can stand and trust in God’s solid foundation and that based on this trust, we are to turn away from our sins and walk, no run, the other way.

Attend a small group and weekly worship.  Fellowship is very important to new and old believers alike.  Jesus chose to not go alone in the world for a reason.  We need others around us to build us up and encourage us when we need it. 

Read and obey the word of God.  If we don’t read the Bible, how are we to know how we are supposed to live?  The Bible is God’s instruction book for us, written down so we could have it to refer to whenever we have a time of praise or need.  When we study the Bible, we store God’s word in our heart so we can recall it when we need it.

Tell others about your relationship with Christ.  I was at a volunteer breakfast for work today and during the breakfast, we had to make a hat for ourselves.  We had to choose a blank baseball cap and there were several little foam decorations and letters to add to our hats.  I made one that I thought reflected me well, it had my sons’ initials because I love being a Dad, a shirt and tie because that’s what I wear to work, and tool boxes and tools because it was the closest thing I could find to technology.  I was pretty proud of creating my hat and finding the more masculine pieces out of the piles of flowers and such.  Each person at the breakfast stood and explained their hat.  After a few people talked, one of the volunteers stood up and proudly desplayed on her hat was “Jesus Rock”.  She explained that she put this because Jesus was her rock and that if we didn’t know Him, we should certainly get to.  Suddenly, I wasn’t as proud of my hat anymore.  I had nothing on it that reflected the very cornerstone of my life, my faith in Christ and who He is in my life.  This woman took an opportunity that I didn’t see and made it a point to share her faith.

From the One -2-One reading plan on my YouVersion Bible.  Available in the Android marketplace.

2 Timothy 2:2

“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” (NIV)

Mark 1:17

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” (NIV)

Many people are familiar with the Great Commission found in Matthew 28.  Jesus tells us to “go and make disciples of all nations.”  For some, we want to do this.  We want to follow Christ’s command and share the gospel with others.  However, it can be rather intimidating to think about doing this.  I think the verses from today’s reading help to remind us to be confident that God does not send us out into the world on our own.  He has promised to equip us for His mission.  So go, be “fishers of men”.  God has entrusted us and “qualifies [us] to teach others” about His love.

She covered her ears to yell 

The message tonight centered around Ephesians 6:1 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.”  The command to obey our parents can often be a difficult one to follow.  God wants us to obey our parents because He loves us and wants the best for us.  He uses our parents to teach us wisdom and guide us where we might not know the answer.  As difficult as it is sometimes to think that our parents really do know what’s best for us, we have to trust them.

Obedience is the ultimate sign of respect because we are communicating that we trust those instructing us, even if we don’t agree.  Obedience doesn’t always equal agreement, but it does always show respect.

Think of a time when you did not agree with your parents but you still chose to obey.  How did your parents respond to your obedience?  How would they have responded if you did not obey?  Being obedient to your parents is the first step in learning how to be obedient to God later on in life. 

Here are the take home questions for this lesson.  Discuss these questions with your parents.  There goal is not to answer either/or, it is simply a way to start a discussion with your parents.  Post your comments below after your discussion.

1.  Would you rather me be friendless and home every night or have lots of firends but break curfew every night?

2.  Would you rather see me graduate with honors and be unemployed for five years or win the lottery and quite school?

3.  Would you rather that I have one and only one great friend for life or a bunch of good friends for a few years?

4. Would you rather have me get arrested for driving drunk or for selling marijuana?

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