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3 Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, 4 rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” 7 Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” (Jn 13:1–7., ESV)

 

God’s Love is beautiful.

 

32 Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. 33 And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. 35 And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” 36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine 37 and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38 There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”  ( Lk 23:32–38.)

 

His power is bigger than our problems.

 

39 One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”  (Lk 23:32–43, ESV)

 

His future greater than our past.

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Church isn’t somewhere we go. The church is who we are.

  • Greet also the church in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in Asia.T( Ro 16:5.)

 

 

Church isn’t built by pastor or leaders. The church is built by the Spirit of Jesus working through each of us.

  • And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed. (Ac 14:23.)
  • So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church. (1 Co 14:12.)

13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Mt 16:13–19)

Church isn’t a place of judgement. The church is a place of healing.

  • Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. (Jas 5:13–16.)

 

Church isn’t a denominational affiliation. The church is the pillar and foundation of truth.

  • This (The Household of God) is the church of the living God, which is the pillar and foundation of the truth.  (1 Ti 3:15., NLT)
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12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Heb 12:1–2., ESV)

 

God has something incredible for you.

 

God judges us by our faith not our failure.

 

Never let fear or failure stop you from taking a step of faith.

 

6 For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being circumcised or being uncircumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love. (Ga 5:6, NLT)

 

Faith allows us to take the next step. Love is the way we walk.

 

14 Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover. It was about the sixth hour. He said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” 15 They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” 16 So he delivered him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus, 17 and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. (Jn 19:14–18, ESV)

 

They way to glory goes right through suffering.

 

34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. (Mk 8:34–35, ESV)

 

You are going to get hurt.

 

You can either choose to get hurt on your own terms

or you will be hurt on somebody else’s terms.

 

30 Why are we in danger every hour? 31 I protest, brothers, by my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die every day! (1 Co 15:30–31., ESV)

 

If you’re not dying daily,

you’re not being raised daily.

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44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46 who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it. (Mt 13:44–46)

 

Jesus’ Dream for His Church

 

6 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. 7 If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. 9 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. (Ro 12:6–11, NLT)

 

Jesus see you differently than you see yourself

 

4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.  (1 Co 12:4–11, NLT)

 

Be what you’re called to be.

Do who you’re called to do.

Love how you’re called to love.

Serve how you’re called to serve.

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17 ‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. 18 In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servant—men and women alike— and they will prophesy.  (Ac 2:17–18, NLT)

 

Dreams are the inheritance of the children of God.

 

Dreams are impossible and ridiculous without God’s help.

 

Dreams prepare us for the suffering of today so we can reach the glory of tomorrow.

 

3 Ways a “God Dream” Impacts us

Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love—but the greatest of these is love.  (1 Co 13:13., CSB)

 

By FAITH we see the future.

 

With HOPE we make it through tough times.

 

Through LOVE we make a difference on the journey

Jacob’s Dream

10 Meanwhile, Jacob left Beersheba and traveled toward Haran. 11 At sundown he arrived at a good place to set up camp and stopped there for the night. Jacob found a stone to rest his head against and lay down to sleep. 12 As he slept, he dreamed of a stairway that reached from the earth up to heaven. And he saw the angels of God going up and down the stairway. 13 At the top of the stairway stood the Lord, and he said, “I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham, and the God of your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I am giving it to you and your descendants. 14 Your descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the earth! They will spread out in all directions—to the west and the east, to the north and the south. And all the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants. 15 What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.” 16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it!” (Ge 28:10–16, NLT)

 

3 Ways Tell if a Dream is of the Lord

 

Is it something you can do without God?

 

Will the journey be Hard?

 

Does it make you love God and Love Neighbor more?

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They serve in a system of worship that is only a copy, a shadow of the real one in heaven. (Heb 8:5., NLT)

 

Enter His Courts with Praise to Jesus.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! 5 For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. (Ps 100:4–5., ESV)

 

Look to the Cross of Jesus.

The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. (1 Co 1:18., NLT)

 

Present your bodies to Jesus

 

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him (Ro 12:1, NLT)

 

Receive the Spirit of Jesus. 

17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (2 Co 3:17., ESV)

 

Feast on the Word of Jesus. 

16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Ti 3:16–17, ESV)

 

Offer Your prayers to Jesus. 

8 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. (Re 5:8, ESV)

 

Remember God made a covenant with Jesus' blood. 

20 And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. (Lk 22:20, ESV)

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Instead, train yourself to be godly. 8 “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” 9 This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it. 10 This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God, who is the  Savior of all people and particularly of all believers. (1 Ti 4:7–10, ESV)

 

When we engage in Spiritual activities, the Spirit can move in our hearts to reveal God's Truth

 

11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. (Heb 12:11, ESV)

 

Everything must be grounded in the Grace revealed in the Gospel

 

God is attracted to weakness.

 

We must learn the difference between condemnation and conviction.

Make Yourself availible

3 Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, (2 Th 3:1, ESV)

 

Be Consistant

 

7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. (Mt 7:7–8, ESV)

 

How to fast

 

Keep your mouth closed.

 

2 And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. (Mt 4:2, ESV)

 

Keep it between you and God.

 

17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (Mt 6:17–18, ESV)

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