Being a Christian means that Jesus is your Savior from sin and Lord of your life. As godly a man as the apostle Paul was, he still pressed on to be more like Christ. His number one focus was to be like Christ. To that end, he strained with all his might, energy, concentration and focus. Do we value Christ that much? Value changes, and increases, with a personal connection. Be so connected and in love with Christ that we want nothing more than to be like Him.
Pursing Intimacy with Jesus, part 1-God wants to be in the center of your life, just like the Tabernacle was in the center of the Israelite nation. Moreover, we can enter the most holy place of the Tabernacle, we can enter into the presence of God, because of Jesus. Faith in Jesus carries us into the presence of God. Enter without trying to cover up your sin. Don’t pretend with God.
Part 1- Sermon Length 54:52
Pursing Intimacy with Jesus, part 2-Just like the Tabernacle was a portable worship place, God wants to go with His people wherever they go. Central to the Tabernacle was the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark was a fancy box which symbolized the human heart. What’s in the box? 1. Manna, representing God supplying our needs. Don’t be selfish. Depend on God. 2. Aaron’s rod that budded, representing God’s authority. You have no place to demand your way with God. 3. The 10 Commandments representing God’s moral standards. Covering the box is the atonement cover, the mercy seat, the throne of grace. God wants to deal with our heart, the core of our being. Obeying God is key.
Four Core Christian Convictions, part 1 – There are four core Christian convictions. Conviction 1 is God has a kingdom. We enter God’s Kingdom by faith/trust in Jesus. Then, you’re adopted into God’s family and an heir to His Kingdom. Your Christian growth is a family matter. Everything you do is for God’s Kingdom. Conviction 2 is to live in a covenant relationship with God. Live in a deep purposeful, bond with Christ. Live in a loving relationship with the King of Kings.
Part 1 – Sermon Length – 35:29
Four Core Christian Convictions, part 2 – There are four Christian convictions. Conviction 3 is Christians have an anointing. God’s Holy Spirit has been poured out on us. We’ve been immersed in Him. The key question is does the Holy Spirit have all of us? Are you all in? Conviction 4 is you have spiritual authority. Satan only has the power you give him. What keeps you from exercising your spiritual authority? What is dividing your heart? The enemy wants to destroy you, or at least keep you dull and lukewarm. You don’t have to yield to the enemy
The First Steps in a Lifestyle of Pursuit. We need faith like Zacchaeus, or like Nicodemus. We must be born again, born anew, a second birth, a “spiritual birth” that comes from the heavens. We must become a “new creation” in Christ, having faith as a core belief in the unseen kingdom. The posture of a believer is always leaning forward, always wanting to know more. You will have no hunger for more if you have no life in the spirit. So begin by being born again, being made alive in the kingdom of God.
What The church did not come to believe the resurrection easily. They had to overcome strong doubts. The church was created because of the undeniable proof of the resurrection. This means, death is not the end. This brief life is not all there is. The resurrected Lord Jesus is worthy to be trusted, worshipped and followed – followed as if your life and future depends on it … because it does.