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||Playing Your Role||Dennis R. Wiles FBC Arlington September 27, 2015 BLESSED PEOPLE BLESS PEOPLE Redeeming Qualities/Actions of Restorative Christians Playing Your Role 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 INVESTED Text: 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines. The church is filled with gifted people! God has provided gifts to His people so that His work on earth can be done. Spiritual gifts often connect to the natural talents and tendencies of the individual believer. Spiritual gifts may be an accentuation of what is common to all believers. Spiritual gifts may be supernatural expressions of God’s power through the life of an individual believer. We must invest ourselves in the acknowledgement of, assessment of, development of and application of our gifts in ministry through the church.||9/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||An Expensive Venture||Dennis R. Wiles FBC Arlington September 20, 2015 BLESSED PEOPLE BLESS PEOPLE Redeeming Qualities/Actions of Restorative Christians An Expensive Venture Luke 14:25-35 INVESTED Text: Luke 14:25-35 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’ “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples. “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out. “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” DECISIONS: We make the initial decision to follow Christ and it is followed by countless daily decisions to follow Him as well. DENIAL: Mature followers of Jesus understand the dynamic of self-denial. DEVOTION: Following Jesus is a demanding enterprise! Measuring and counting costs are indigenous to this journey. DISCIPLE: The goal for all followers of Jesus is to become a disciple!||9/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Investing on Center Street||Dennis R. Wiles FBC Arlington September 13, 2015 BLESSED PEOPLE BLESS PEOPLE Redeeming Qualities/Actions of Restorative Christians Investing on Center Street Psalm 1 INVESTED Investing on Center Street! What does it mean to invest on Center Street? Glorifying God by Following The Jesus Way! GLORIFYING GOD Made in God’s Image – Genesis 1:26-28 Destined for Glory – Isaiah 43:7; Psalm 8 Glory of God – Exodus 33-34 Fall of Humanity – Genesis 3 Fall Short of God’s Glory – Romans 3:23 BY FOLLOWING Leadership/Follow-ship Mark 8:34 THE JESUS WAY Jesus Embodied the Glory of God – John 1:1-18 Jesus is the Radiance of God’s Glory – Hebrews 1:1-3 The Jesus Way – John 14:6 SPIRITUAL FORMATION Christ is Formed in Us – Galatians 4:19 Christ in Us – the Hope of Glory – Colossians 1:27 God’s Glory is on Display in Us – 2 Corinthians 3:7-18 Goal: To Present Everyone Mature in Christ – Colossians 1:24-29 The Psalm 1 Tree! Text: Psalm 1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction. PURPOSEFUL: Who am I? What am I to do? We are Pilgrims on a Sacramental Journey – Hebrews 11:13-16 We are the Elect – Scattered for God’s Purposes – 1 Peter 1:2 We are the Church – Gathered for God’s Purposes – Acts 2:36-47 TRANSFORMATIONAL: What is happening to me? We are God’s Masterpieces – Ephesians 2:1-10 We are being Transformed – Romans 12:1-2 INFLUENTIAL: What is happening through me? We are Salt and Light – Matthew 5:13-16 We are sent to the Nations - Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 1:8 BLESSED PEOPLE BLESS PEOPLE!||9/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Get to Work!||Dennis R. Wiles FBC Arlington September 6, 2015 BLESSED PEOPLE BLESS PEOPLE Redeeming Qualities/Actions of Restorative Christians Get to Work! 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 Blessed People Bless People INVESTED Text: 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. Theology of Work Building Block #1: God is the original worker. Building Block #2: We are uniquely designed for work. Building Block #3: God gifts us for meaningful work. Building Block #4: Work offers us an opportunity for healthy independence. Building Block #5: Work enables us to meet the real needs of others. Building Block #6: Work allows us to contribute to the common good. Building Block #7: Work is not gender specific. Building Block #8: Work must not become an idol. Building Block #9: Work is a tool for ministry. Theology of Work The God of the Bible is a God who works. He is the Creator of the universe and it is an expression of His will. He created human beings to bear His image and reflect His glory in creation. As image-bearers, we have been called to work as well. It is a part of our unique design. In order to fulfill God’s desire for us to join Him in His work, He has given us the various gifts needed to accomplish this task. As we engage ourselves in the meaningful labor available to us, we develop a healthy independence from others. This independence does not separate us or isolate us from the community of believers in particular or the society at large. In fact, just the opposite occurs! We are able to assist those who are dependent because of our healthy independence. We also can employ our gifts and skills to enhance the common good for all people. We can live in interdependent relationships that are beneficial to both us and those around us. In God’s original design, men and women were created as co-rulers over His creation. Both men and women were given the responsibility of bearing His image and reflecting His glory in creation. Work must not become an idol. Certainly work has intrinsic value and dignity since God has ordained it. However, it is not the ultimate force in our lives and we must not look to it for ultimate meaning and significance. Though work is not the absolute object of our affection, it can be an instrument for followers of Jesus for ministry. We can be used by God in our workplaces to share His love, further His kingdom and reflect His glory. Through our work we can minister to people and become agents of transformation in society. -Dennis R. Wiles Components of a Strong Work Ethic Responsible Honesty Team Player Attentive to Quality Philadelphia – brotherly love Lead a quiet life! Mind your own business! Get a job! Benefits: Respect and Independence||9/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Show Grace Like Jesus||Dennis R. Wiles FBC Arlington August 30, 2015 BLESSED PEOPLE BLESS PEOPLE Redeeming Qualities/Actions of Restorative Christians Show Grace Like Jesus Romans 15:1-13 Blessed People Bless People GRACIOUS God’s grace is on display through His saving, atoning work in Christ. God’s grace is at work in us as believers to transform us into Christ-likeness. God’s grace flows through us in everyday life. Text: Romans 15:1-13 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.” For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed and, moreover, that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written: “Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles; I will sing the praises of your name.” Again, it says, “Rejoice, you Gentiles, with his people.” And again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles; let all the peoples extol him.” And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in him the Gentiles will hope.” May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Through the good news of Jesus Christ, God is both transforming individuals and forming a community. -Douglas J. Moo Mature and healthy local churches located in densely populated areas are often comprised of real people from all walks of life, different backgrounds, various ages and ethnicities. Much grace is required! Stronger, more mature believers assist younger, weaker believers in their spiritual journey. In general, all believers in the church are to accept one another! Diversity in the body of believers often leads to disagreements. Don’t be surprised! Mature churches learn how to navigate disagreements, build community, bless individuals and maintain unity. Who is our example of grace? JESUS!||8/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Everyday Grace||Dennis R. Wiles FBC Arlington August 23, 2015 BLESSED PEOPLE BLESS PEOPLE Redeeming Qualities/Actions of Restorative Christians Everyday Grace Romans 12:9-21 Blessed People Bless People GRACIOUS GRACE The New Testament word for “grace” is derived from a root word that means to give joy, pleasure or delight. It is a root word that refers to general well-being. God’s grace is on display through His saving, atoning work in Christ. God’s grace is at work in us as believers to transform us into Christ-likeness. Text: Romans 12:9-21 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. God’s grace is to flow through us in our everyday lives! Sincere love is on display through our everyday actions in our relationships with fellow believers. God’s grace flowing through us is a very practical reality. God’s grace enables us to be reconciled to our circumstances. God’s grace enables us to be at peace even when we are mistreated. Get mad. Don’t stay mad. And – don’t get even! Show grace!||8/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Transforming Power of Grace||Dennis R. Wiles FBC Arlington August 9, 2015 BLESSED PEOPLE BLESS PEOPLE Redeeming Qualities/Actions of Restorative Christians The Transforming Power of Grace Romans 6:1-23 Blessed People Bless People GRACIOUS Text: Romans 6:11-14 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. JUSTIFICATION – The grace of God at work in our lives to remove the penalty of sin. CHALLENGE – In our earthly life, we will always have to deal with the presence of sin. SANCTIFICATION – The grace of God at work in our lives to overcome the power of sin. God has made His grace available to the believer to live obedient, vital and purposeful lives. We must appropriate God’s grace in our battles with sin and the enemy. What is at stake? God has designed us to be useful instruments for His glory. He wants to use us in His work. God’s grace is at work in us in every aspect of salvation.||8/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Keep Up the Pace!||Keep Up the Pace! Hebrews 12-13 STRONG FINISH! THEREFORE! (continued) KEEP UP THE PACE! -Inspired by truth and examples -Remove all hindrances -Perseverance -Acceptance -Fixed on Jesus -Don’t lose heart God is a loving Father. Don’t miss the grace of God! God of Grace and God of Glory Calling to live in community with God’s people INFORMED AND INSPIRED!||8/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Let’s Hold On to What Matters!||Let’s Hold On to What Matters! Hebrews 10-11 THEREFORE! We have access to the Holy of Holies! The sacrifice of Jesus has paved the way for us. LET US DRAW NEAR TO GOD! -With a sincere heart -With full assurance -Cleansed from a guilty conscience -Our bodies cleansed LET US HOLD ON TO OUR HOPE! -God can be trusted! LET US ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER! -We have to consider each other -We admit our need for each other LET US PERSEVERE IN OUR FAITH! Faith is absolutely essential for God’s people. The great family photo album of faith Commended for faith The Sacramental Journey -Orientation -Invitation -Identification -Destinyation -Navigation||8/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||We Need a Great High Priest!||We Need a Great High Priest! Hebrews 3-10 BACKGROUND -Heritage of the High Priest in the religious life of Israel THE GREAT HIGH PRIEST Faithfulness of Jesus, Son of God (3:1-6) -As the Son of God, Jesus is greater than the servant Moses! Jesus was appointed as High Priest -He is the Great High Priest -He is greater than Melchizedek The Need for a New High Priest (7:11-19) The Priestly Ministry of Jesus is superior (8:1-13) The New Covenant is superior to the Old Covenant (8-9) The High Priest Himself made the perfect and eternal sacrifice! Exhortation: -Don’t turn away from God’s invitation! (3:7-19) -Don’t miss out on the Sabbath-rest from God (4:1-13) -Don’t fall away (5:11-6:20) We have a Great High Priest! He escorts us into the very presence of God, seated on the Throne of Grace!||8/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||God Truly Did Become Human!||God Truly Did Become Human! Hebrews 1-2 INTRODUCTORY ISSUES Historical Setting of Hebrews -Jewish and Greek Influences -Suggested Date of Hebrews – mid-60’s AD Authorship -Immersed in Old Testament -Education -Pastoral Key to Interpretation -Sermonic Form of Hebrews: This book is essentially a sermon. It moves from exposition of truth to exhortation in application. It Informs and Inspires! MAJESTY OF THE INCARNATION God is a Communicator! At the heart of His self-revelation is His Word. Dynamic Connection between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant The Son is the radiance/reflection of God’s Glory! The Son bears the Image (Greek – charakter) of God! Superiority of the Son -Psalm 2:7; 2 Samuel 7:14; Psalm 97:7; 104:4; 45:6-7; 102:25-27; 110:1 -Theme of Hebrews is the Superiority of the Son. He is “greater than” the prophets (1:1-4), angels (1:4-14), Moses (3:1-6), the High Priests of Israel (5:1-10), etc. Eternal Reign of the Son Submission of all things to the Son Majesty of the Incarnation -Suffering of the Messiah -Identity with Humanity -Need for the Incarnation Exhortation: -Don’t Miss God’s Message of Salvation! (2:1-4) Jesus is the most complete Word of God!||8/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Grace Personified||Dennis R. Wiles FBC Arlington August 9, 2015 BLESSED PEOPLE BLESS PEOPLE Redeeming Qualities/Actions of Restorative Christians Grace Personified Hebrews 1:1-4 Blessed People Bless People SUMMER RENEWAL Informed . . . Inspired! August 9-12, 2015 A Study of Hebrews God Truly Did Become Human! We Need a Great High Priest! Let’s Hold On to What Matters! Keep Up the Pace! GRACIOUS “Perhaps I keep circling back to ‘grace’ because it is one grand theological word that has not spoiled. I call it ‘the last best word’ because every English usage I can find retains some of the glory of the original. Like a vast aquifer, the word underlies our proud civilization, reminding us that good things come not from our own efforts, rather by the grace of God. Even now, despite our secular drift, taproots still stretch toward grace.” -Philip Yancey Text: Hebrews 1:1-4 In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs. The Old Testament documents the ways God revealed Himself to His people in the ancient past. Moses was privileged to catch a glimpse of the glory and grace of God. The Old Testament reveals God is a gracious God! The New Testament is the story of God’s greatest and fullest revelation of Himself. Hebrews 1:1-4 documents the beauty and majesty of the Incarnation. The Incomparable Son of God: -Heir of all things -Through Whom He created the universe -Radiance of God’s glory -Exact Representation of God’s Image -Sustains the universe -Made purification for sins -Sat down at the right hand of the Father A companion text for Hebrews 1:1-4 is John 1:14-18 God has spoken! His Word is . . . grace! Jesus Christ, the Son of God is Grace Personified!||8/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Grace: God’s Amazing Answer!||Dennis R. Wiles FBC Arlington August 2, 2015 BLESSED PEOPLE BLESS PEOPLE Redeeming Qualities/Actions of Restorative Christians Grace: God’s Amazing Answer! Hebrews 4:14-16 Blessed People Bless People GRACIOUS www.thesacramentaljourney.org SUMMER RENEWAL Informed . . . Inspired! August 9-12, 2015 A Study of Hebrews God Truly Did Become Human! We Need a Great High Priest! Let’s Hold On to What Matters! Keep Up the Pace! Old Testament Chen – favor Hesed – lovingkindness New Testament Charis – grace, favor Grace is God as heart surgeon, cracking open your chest, removing your heart—poisoned as it is with pride an pain—and replacing it with his own. Rather than to tell you to change, he creates the change. Do you clean up so he can accept you? No, he accepts you and begins cleaning you up. His dream isn’t just to get you into heaven but to get heaven into you. -Mac Lucado Text: Hebrews 4:14-16 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. What does God owe us? What has God done for us? God has reached down to us! God has provided access to His presence through the great High Priest, His Son. That is grace!||8/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Humility: A Divine Life Requirement!||Micah 6:6-8||7/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Blessed People Bless People||--||7/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Let's Humble Ourselves||Philippians 1:27-2:4||7/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
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