Feb 19, 2012
The Word of Forgiveness

The Word of Forgiveness Pastor Gabe Barber Text: Luke 23:26-38

Matthew 5:43-45  ESV
43 "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'  44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,  45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
Luke 23:34  ESV
And Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."  
I.            Jesus’ Word of Forgiveness Reveals His Attitude of SUBMISSION to THE FATHER.
 
Matthew 9:2-6
2 And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven."  3 And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, "This man is blaspheming."  4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts?  5 For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise and walk'?  6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins"—he then said to the paralytic—"Rise, pick up your bed and go home."  
II.            Jesus’ Word of Forgiveness Reveals His Attitude of CULPABILITY toward SINNERS.
 
Psalm 19:12  ESV
Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
Luke 17:3-4  ESV
3 Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him,  4 and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, 'I repent,' you must forgive him."  
III.            Jesus’ Word of Forgiveness Reveals His Attitude of UNCONDITIONAL LOVE toward MANKIND.
 
Luke 23:34  ESV
And Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."
Acts 3:13-18  ESV
13 The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him.  14 But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you,  15 and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.  16 And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all. 17 "And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers.  18 But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled.
1 John 1:9  ESV
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
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  • Feb 19, 2012The Word of Forgiveness
    Feb 19, 2012
    The Word of Forgiveness

    The Word of Forgiveness Pastor Gabe Barber Text: Luke 23:26-38

    Matthew 5:43-45  ESV
    43 "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'  44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,  45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
    Luke 23:34  ESV
    And Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."  
    I.            Jesus’ Word of Forgiveness Reveals His Attitude of SUBMISSION to THE FATHER.
     
    Matthew 9:2-6
    2 And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven."  3 And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, "This man is blaspheming."  4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts?  5 For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise and walk'?  6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins"—he then said to the paralytic—"Rise, pick up your bed and go home."  
    II.            Jesus’ Word of Forgiveness Reveals His Attitude of CULPABILITY toward SINNERS.
     
    Psalm 19:12  ESV
    Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
    Luke 17:3-4  ESV
    3 Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him,  4 and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, 'I repent,' you must forgive him."  
    III.            Jesus’ Word of Forgiveness Reveals His Attitude of UNCONDITIONAL LOVE toward MANKIND.
     
    Luke 23:34  ESV
    And Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."
    Acts 3:13-18  ESV
    13 The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him.  14 But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you,  15 and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.  16 And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all. 17 "And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers.  18 But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled.
    1 John 1:9  ESV
    9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
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  • Jan 29, 2012The Cost of Discipleship
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    The Cost of Discipleship

    The Cost of Discipleship Pastor Gabe Barber Text:   Luke 9:57-62, 14:25-33

      ALCC’s Mission Statement: “By God’s grace, Abundant Life Community Church is here to bring people to wholeness through God’s grace.” 2 Peter 1:5-8  ESV 5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue,t and virtue with knowledge,  6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness,  7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.  8 For if these qualitiest are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Hebrews 5:11-14  ESV 11 About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.  12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food,  13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child.  14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.   I.            Discipleship is TAKING IN and LIVING OUT the words of Jesus. Ephesians 4:14-16  ESV 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.  15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,  16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. Romans 6:1-2  ESV 1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?  2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Luke 14:27  ESV 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “Salvation is free, but discipleship will cost you your life.”

    II.             Discipleship is a RADICAL CALL.

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die.”

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “I shall have no right to participate in the reconstruction of Christian life in Germany after the war if I do not share the trials of this time with my people.”

    Luke 14:26-27, 33  ESV 26 "If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.  27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. III.             Discipleship carries ETERNAL VALUE. 2 Timothy 4:7-8  ESV 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “I am sure of God’s hand and guidance…you must never doubt that I am thankful and glad to go the way which I am being led. My past life is abundantly full of God’s mercy, and, above all sin, stands the forgiving love of the Crucified.”

    Matthew 11:28-30  ESV 28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
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  • Jan 1, 2012A New Beginning
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    A New Beginning
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    D.L. Moody: “God has cast our confessed sins into the depths of the sea, and He’s even put a ‘No Fishing’ sign over the spot.”

    German Proverb: “If God were not willing to forgive sin, heaven would be empty.”

      I.            Peter NEEDED a New Beginning. Luke 22:31-34  ESV 31 "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat,  32 but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers."  33 Petert said to him, "Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death."  34 Jesustsaid, "I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me." John 18:15-18, 25-27  ESV 15 Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he entered with Jesus into the court of the high priest,  16 but Peter stood outside at the door. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the servant girl who kept watch at the door, and brought Peter in.  17 The servant girl at the door said to Peter, "You also are not one of this man's disciples, are you?" He said, "I am not."  18 Now the servants and officers had made a charcoal fire, because it was cold, and they were standing and warming themselves. Peter also was with them, standing and warming himself. 25 Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, "You also are not one of his disciples, are you?" He denied it and said, "I am not."  26 One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, "Did I not see you in the garden with him?"  27 Peter again denied it, and at once a rooster crowed.   II.             Jesus OFFERS Peter a New Beginning. John 21:15-17  ESV 15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Feed my lambs."  16 He said to him a second time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Tend my sheep."  17 He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?" and he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep. John 15:18-19  ESV 18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go."  19 (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, "Follow me."   III.             Peter ACCEPTS this New Beginning.

    Anonymous: “Forgiveness does not mean the cancellation of all consequences of wrongdoing. It means the refusal on God’s part to let our guilty past affect His relationship with us.”

    2 Corinthians 7:10  ESV 10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. Romans 6:1-2  ESV 1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?  2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?
  • Dec 25, 2011Jesus: A Song of Salvation
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  • Dec 18, 2011Simeon: A Song of Hope
    Dec 18, 2011
    Simeon: A Song of Hope
    Luke 2:25-35  ESV 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: 29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. 30 For my eyes have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” 33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”   I. We wait patiently when we believe that something good will follow.  (hope) Luke 24:44-49, 52-53  ESV 44Then he said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled." 45Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46and said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high." 52And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53and were continually in the temple blessing God. Cross references:
    1. Luke 24:52 : Matt 28:9
    2. Luke 24:52 : Luke 24:50
    3. Luke 24:52 : John 16:22
    4. Luke 24:53 : Acts 2:46; 3:1; 5:21, 42
    5. Luke 24:53 : Luke 1:64; 2:28
    Cross references:
    1. Luke 24:44 : Luke 24:6
    2. Luke 24:44 : Luke 24:27
    3. Luke 24:45 : Luke 24:32; Job 33:16; Psalm 119:18; Acts 16:14; 1 John 5:20
    4. Luke 24:46 : Matt 26:24
    5. Luke 24:46 : Luke 24:7, 26
    6. Luke 24:46 : John 20:9
    7. Luke 24:47 : Acts 5:31; Acts 2:38
    8. Luke 24:47 : Acts 4:12
    9. Luke 24:47 : Luke 2:32; Gen 12:3; Psalm 22:27; Isa 2:2; 49:6; Hos 2:23; Mal 1:11; Matt 28:19
    10. Luke 24:47 : Acts 10:37; Gal 3:8
    11. Luke 24:48 : Acts 1:8, 22; 2:32; 3:15; 5:32; 10:39, 41; 13:31; 1 Pet 5:1; John 15:27; 1 Cor 15:15
    12. Luke 24:49 : John 14:26; Acts 1:4; Acts 2:33; Eph 1:13; Acts 2:16, 17
    13. Luke 24:49 : Job 29:14; Psalm 132:9
    14. Luke 24:49 : Acts 1:8
    15. Luke 24:49 : Luke 1:78; Isa 32:15
      * We wait in despair when we doubt that there is anything good ahead. Proverbs 13:12  ESV 12Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life. Cross references:
    1. Proverbs 13:12 : Proverbs 13:19
    2. Proverbs 13:12 : Proverbs 3:18
      *  We won’t willingly wait at all unless we believe there is something worth waiting for ahead.  (hope) Romans 4:18-22  ESV 18In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, "So shall your offspring be." 19He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. 20No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 22That is why his faith was "counted to him as righteousness." Cross references:
    1. Romans 4:18 : Gen 15:5
    2. Romans 4:19 : Heb 11:12
    3. Romans 4:19 : Gen 17:17
    4. Romans 4:19 : Gen 18:11
    5. Romans 4:21 : Gen 18:14; Heb 11:19
      Simeon’s Song of Hope: II. Simeon knew what had been promised – and believed it would happen! Luke 2:25-26  ESV 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Acts 1:8  ESV 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Cross references:
    1. Acts 1:8 : Acts 4:33; Luke 24:49; 1 Thess 1:5; Acts 10:38; Luke 4:14
    2. Acts 1:8 : Acts 1:5
    3. Acts 1:8 : Acts 1:22; Luke 24:48
    4. Acts 1:8 : Isa 43:12
    5. Acts 1:8 : Acts 8:1, 14; Matt 10:5
    6. Acts 1:8 : Acts 13:47; Mark 16:15; Col 1:23
      III. Simeon knew what had been promised – and lived in God’s presence! Luke 2:27-28  ESV 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: John 7:37-39  ESV 37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, 'Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'" 39Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.   IV. Simeon knew what had been promised – and appropriated it to himself!   Luke 2:29-32  ESV 29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. 30 For my eyes have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” Philippians 4:13, 19  ESV 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 1 Peter 5:7  ESV 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 John 4:4  ESV Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. Romans 8:31  ESV 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
  • Dec 11, 2011Mary: A Song of Trust
    Dec 11, 2011
    Mary: A Song of Trust
    Luke 1:26-38  ESV 26In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28And he came to her and said, "Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!" 29But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end." 34And Mary said to the angel, "How will this be, since I am a virgin?" 35And the angel answered her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy— the Son of God. 36And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37For nothing will be impossible with God." 38And Mary said, "Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.   I.            There are always plenty of reasons for ANXIETY. *            List five things about which you could be anxious RIGHT NOW. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. *            List several things about which Mary could have been anxious.   II.            It is easy to stop at ACCEPTANCE of God’s plan for our lives. Luke 1:38 ESV 38And Mary said, "Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.   A.            Acceptance is not joyous or ecstatic. Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.`` Matthew 26:39-44 ESV 39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, "My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will." 40 And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, "So, could you not watch with me one hour? 41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." 42 Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, "My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done." 43 And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44 So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again.   B.            Acceptance is a belief that God is in control, though we may be tepid in our             acknowledgement.   III.            As we glimpse the big picture of God’s eternal plan, we give Him our TRUST  and             ADORATION. Luke 1:39-45  ESV 39In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, 40and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, 42and she exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord." Ephesians 3:20  ESV 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, Luke 1:46-55  ESV 46And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 49for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. 50And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. 51 He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; 52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; 53he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. 54He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, 55 as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.” *            My heart is filled with adoration for my Savior! *            I no longer need to be in control! Philippians 1:6  ESV 6And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. 2 Timothy 1:12b  ESV But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me. Romans 8:37-39  ESV 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  

    ~ It is only in an atmosphere of complete trust that we can fully worship ~