014.1 The World, pt 1

What is the World? What does it mean to be separate from it?

Matt Papa – Where is the Difference

1 John 5:19 The whole world lies in the power of the evil one. One day this will change. This verse makes it very clear that there are two different kingdoms.

What are the clear teachings from scripture about the world?

1 Corinthains 2:6 it has wisdom

2 Corinthians 4:4 has its own God

Luke 16:8 has children

James 1:27 we can be stained by it. What does that look like? This verse alone shows the importance of understanding the “world”.

There are things in Scripture concerning grace and works which appear to contradict themselves. Maybe our understanding is small, and are hearts need motivation.

James 4:4 If you are friends with the world, you are an enemy of God. God desires the spirit He put in you. Pride is somehow related to being a friend of the world. Pride is related to Babel/Babylon.

Let’s get away from arguments about movies, tattoos, and piercings, and look at what our heart desires.

1 John 2:15 3 things that are in the world

  1. Lust of the flesh – our enticement to sin
  2. Lust of the eyes – lust of knowledge
  3. Boastful pride of life – trust in the stability of earthly things

We cannot trust in economies, governments, nor even the firmament itself. God shakes the ground and cracks mountains open.

1 John 3:1 The world cannot know God’s children. It cannot understand them, but they can understand it.

1 John 3:13 it can hate

1 John 3:17 it has goods – wealth or sustenance

Galatians 4:3 it can hold you in bondage through its things

Ephesians 2:2 it has its own course that we can walk

Ephesians 6 forces of darkness of this world that we battle

Colossians 2:20 it has rules and decrees

2 Timothy 4:10 it can be loved

Romans 12:2 it can be conformed to

1 Corinthians 1:21 its wisdom cannot lead to the knowledge of God

1 Corinthians 2:12 it has a spirit

John 17:21 It is the target of ministry

Matthew 13:22 it causes worry

“be in the world but not of the world” is not in the Bible. This does not make it necessarily not correct. But its simplicity and lack of context hinders our understanding of the world. It is a bad substitution for what actually is in the Bible.

Matthew 16:26 – the world can be exchanged for your soul

John 12:25 – hate our life in this world

Mark 4:19 Parable of the Sower, worries of the world, deceitfulness of riches, and desires for things. These things choke out fruitfulness of ministry. Jason thinks the “American dream” is a lie that eats people alive, because it’s dependent on an economic system that is opposed to God’s design.

Is your desire for fruitful service greater than your desire for the things of the world?

John 14:30 The ruler of the world is coming and has nothing in Jesus. If we are abiding in Christ, put on the mind of Christ, we will not be owned or deceived by the ruler of this world.

John 16 You will have tribulation in this world.

1 Corinthians 3:19 the wisdom of the world is foolishness before God

2 Corinthians 4:4 the god of this world blinds minds so they can’t see the glory of God

Galatians 4:3 we are in bondage to the elemental things of the world. What are those?

Galatians 6:14 the world is crucified to me and I to the world

Ephesians 2:2 the world’s course comes from the prince of the power of the air, and we formerly walked in it

Philippians 2:15 we should appear as lights in the world

2 Peter 1:4, 2:20 escaping the corruptions and defilements of the world

Song – Caedmon’s Call – This World

013.2 No Hippos!, pt 2

Continuing on with the 8 woes (Matthew 23)

Woe 4 – False and deceptive oaths. Every oath is binding, even if we excuse ourselves. Why blind guides instead of “scribes and pharisees, hypocrites”? Perhaps because they’re not “acting”, they are trying to work through self-made loopholes, and their blind in see its uselessness.

Woe 5 – Obsessed with trivialities and ignoring weightier matters. Covered all His bases by calling them hypocrites AND blind guides.

Woe 6 – Ignoring sin, pain, etc. on inside, and stressing visible activity

Woe 7 – Again emphasing outside appearance. With their activities, they are fooling themselves into thinking they’re alright.

Woe 8 – The profess to venerate the dead, but reject the living, proving that they are just like their fathers. In this, Jesus makes it clear that He will send prophets to these people that they will reject and kill. This goes against the false gospel of God taking all your problems away and giving your prosperity as a reward, and punishing you with calamity for your sin. The perfectly righteous, obedient prophets will be rejected and murdered.

Song: Shaun Groves – No Better, from his album “Third World Symphony”. Used by permission. https://shaungroves.com/

How can we avoid the hypocrisy of the pharisees?

  1. Allow the Spirit to operate. Especially hard when things don’t go as we plan or people don’t do what we want. Don’t have a heart of Jonah. Oppose the proud, give grace to the humble.
  2. Never use good stewardship as an excuse to place money above what God wants.
  3. Accept the fact that not everyone we preach to will follow God
  4. We must hold the release of people’s gifts above our own interests
  5. Be honest in everything we do
  6. Never let religious duties overcome the weightier matters of justice, mercy, and faith
  7. Get consecrated and separate your self from the world. Never assume someone is “spiritual” because of their position or office.
  8. Weigh messages of correction according to Scripture. Desire to apply truth to your life

Hyprocrisy leads us to walking in these woes, constructing a system that we have to uphold. Grace gets rid of all that.

Address your pile of crap and get rid of it.

Song: Beautiful Eulogy – Release me from this Snare, from their album “Instruments of Mercy”, available from www.humblebeast.com. Used by permission.

This episode originally broadcast live on June 26, 2015 on KXEN 1010AM in St. Louis, MO

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Theme music: “The Resistance” by Josh Garrels (www.joshgarrels.com) licensed by Marmoset Music (www.marmosetmusic.com)

013.1 No Hippos!, pt 1

This episode was recorded nearly a year ago. Keep this in mind as we address “current” events.

If you think you have to be sinless to know Jesus, you don’t know Jesus.

Song: The Lonesome Fellas – I talked to Jesus. Used by permission. https://thelonesomefellas.bandcamp.com/releases

A hypocrite is an actor or pretender. Is hypocrisy an obstacle to the Kingdom of God?

Mark 7:6 These hypocrites taught the precepts of men as doctrine. The example He gives is a bad practice of stewardship. Bad stewardship practices continue to this day.

Bad practices, taught as doctrine, have allowed people to enter into a system and pretend to be something they are not. This portrays to the world a false view of God and His followers.

The gay marriage debate is a practice of focusing on one sin, ignoring others, and making a very staunch, visible, and political stand against. What about the sin of pride? Where are the marches to illegalize pride?

“Song”: Amena Brown – Betting it All. http://www.amenabrown.com/

Matthew 23 – The 8 Woes

matthew 18:6

“Sons of hell” sound a little extreme.

Moral affectation is a practice of conformity. This is partly motivated by the desire to be comfortable with others’ actions and thoughts. However, in reality, people can be completely in line with God’s heart and design, and still make you uncomfortable.

This episode originally broadcast live on June 26, 2015 on KXEN 1010AM in St. Louis, MO

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Theme music: “The Resistance” by Josh Garrels (www.joshgarrels.com) licensed by Marmoset Music (www.marmosetmusic.com)

012.2 Spiritual Warfare, pt. 2

When God set the captives free from Egypt, He didn’t send Moses to the people and tell them they need to be free or more obedient, or accept the Gospel. We was sent to Pharaoh and told him to let the people go. The oppressed don’t need to be attacked, but lifted up.

Song: Pillar – Echelon

Sometimes you have to take some hits for Jesus.

Spiritual warfare gets “spiritualized” – that is, it can become amorphous and relegated to simply “spiritual ideas and places”. This can prevent us from engaging the physical side of the spiritual battle.

God’s original intent for man was for them to be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, subdue the earth, and rule over creation. However, they submitted to satan and gave up their authority.

If Jesus came destroy the works of the devil, what are they?

If our authority was lost by submitting to the wrong master, we undo that by submitting to the correct master.

You cannot skip adjusting your identity.

Satan offered them something they thought they didn’t have.

Not only did Nehemiah pray on behalf of the people, he offered himself to be used by God to address the needs (Nehemiah 1:8-2:9

Pastoring the Community – looking where satan has a grip in our community and getting his hands off.

Fighting with Weapons in Both Hands

2 Corinthians 6:7 – weapons of righteousness in the right hand and the left

Nehemiah 4 – those rebuilding the wall did work with one hand and held a weapon in the other (doing physical work with one hand, doing spiritual battle with the other hand)

1 Chronicles 12 – David’s special fighting men that can use weapons in both hands

Song: Jon Foreman – Equally Skilled https://youtu.be/ORG6gMZ7V0k

There is a personal and Kingdom side to the Gospel, and to spiritual warfare, to building capacity for ministry.

We are to wrestling in a spiritual manner which manifests physically, since satan is using many physical means to attack people.

Spiritual weapons: 1)Sword of the Spirit, 2)Prayer, 3)Fasting, 4)Name of Jesus, 5)Blood of Jesus, 6)Agreement with others in prayer, 7)Praise, 8)Spiritual Gifts, 9)Obedience to God

2 Corinthians 10 – taking thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ. The obedience is the weapon.

Spiritual warfare without stewarding and ruling is equal to spiritual whack-a-mole. We have to rule over the land. Jesus, Daniel, and Nehemiah gave themselves over to a work of God AS they were praying for the people.

Spiritual Warfare Myths

  1. “Spiritual warfare keeps evil from happening.” In truth, it accomplishes God’s will and moves His Kingdom forward. It is not about our well-being.

  2. “All authority has been given to us so we can control our circumstances.” In truth, you do not have the authority to control circumstances, but rather resist the devil, obey God, and accomplish God’s will.

  3. “Praying in Jesus’ name gets it done.” In truth, this means praying in line with Jesus’ will and character, not simply using his name like a magic word.

Song: Josh Garrels – Rise https://joshgarrels.bandcamp.com/track/rise

This episode originally broadcast live on June 12, 2015 on KXEN 1010AM in St. Louis, MO

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Theme music: “The Resistance” by Josh Garrels (www.joshgarrels.com) licensed by Marmoset Music (www.marmosetmusic.com)