vernyoder's blog http://churchinpittsburgh.org/blog/3 en Bible Trek 2016 - Death and Resurrection http://churchinpittsburgh.org/blog/bible-trek-2016-death-and-resurrection <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>The harmony of the gospels reveals some significant differences seen through the eyes of the four apostles, portraying from their unique perspective highlights of the Lord’s death and resurrection. For instance, Luke records while on the cross, the rebuke of one robber to the other for mocking Jesus, and the Lord’s response that, “that very day he would be with Him (Jesus) in paradise” (Luke 23:40-43). Matthew, Mark, and Luke record how darkness covered the whole land during the last three hours of the crucifixion, while John was silent. Matthew and Mark write that at the ninth hour Jesus cried out: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Luke writes: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” John has no record of this, other than: “it is finished.” Again, the three synoptic gospels write of the curtain of the temple being torn in two while there is no record of this in the John’s gospel. It seems Matthew, Mark, and Luke were concerned with reporting how Christ’s death on the cross accomplished redemption. The darkness, Jesus crying out to the Father while being separated and made sin on our behalf, and the temple curtain being rent, shows that redemption being accomplished now opened the way to God. All three point to the marvelous redemption aspect of our Lord’s death. John, however spoke of Jesus as a grain of wheat, that falling into the earth and dying would bear much fruit (Jn. 12:24). There is no such record of this in the synoptic gospels. John writes uniquely, of Jesus’s bones not being broken while on the cross, and how when one of the soldiers pierced His side out came “blood and water” (Jn.19:34). Blood speaks of redemption while water speaks of life, and regeneration. This is very much keeping with John’s emphasis on Life; that is the eternal “Zoe” life of God. No other gospel uses the word, “life”, as does John. He writes “I have come that they may have life, and may have it abundantly” (Jn.10:10b). As human beings, our two fold problem, sin and death are dealt with. While the first three gospel authors’ point to the redemptive side of the Lord’s death, John points to the life-releasing aspect that produces the church. The Bible is marvelous, showing the complete picture of the Lord’s death and resurrection, to free us from sin and impart His eternal life (Spirit) into us!<br /> PowerPoint: <a href="https://onedrive.live.com/embed?cid=D7AEC51C53B4F932&amp;resid=D7AEC51C53B4F932%219247&amp;authkey=AFnhbxvd4sqSq2A&amp;em=2">https://onedrive.live.com/embed?cid=D7AEC51C53B4F932&amp;resid=D7AEC51C53B4F...</a></p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Tags: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/tags/bibletrek2016-death-resurrection" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">BibleTrek2016 Death Resurrection</a></li></ul></div> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 22:48:49 +0000 vernyoder 86 at http://churchinpittsburgh.org http://churchinpittsburgh.org/blog/bible-trek-2016-death-and-resurrection#comments Bible Trek 2016 - Betrayed, Disowned, Mocked and Sentenced to Death http://churchinpittsburgh.org/blog/bible-trek-2016-betrayed-disowned-mocked-and-sentenced-death <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Jesus spent His last day on earth washing the disciples’ feet and serving them at the Passover Feast. When the disciples began to argue about who was the greatest among them, He told them that the one who serves is the greatest. Of course they</p> <p>The evening hours before crucifixion were not pleasant to say the least. First, the disciples could not stay awake as their friend and shepherd was praying in agony about His upcoming death. Next Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus with a kiss. For a mere 30 pieces of silver he ambushed Jesus with a group of thugs and their clubs and spears. Jesus was then brought to the high priest, where He was falsely accused, mocked, and beaten. Possibly the most difficult moment of the night was when Peter denied that he had been with Jesus, and did this three times, even when he was confronted about his Galilean accent as identified as the one who had cut off an ear of one of the thugs. The Lord looked at Peter, and Peter crumbled, going out into the night with bitter weeping and repentance.</p> <p>In the morning, this corrupted group of Jewish leaders brought him before Pilate, the Roman governor, and demanded that he condemn Jesus to death. When Pilate hesitated, a mob shouted repeatedly, “Crucify Him.” A crown of thorns was put on His head. There was more humiliating mocking and beating. Pilate, a true politician, washed his hands of the ordeal and gave the Jewish leaders the green light to kill Jesus. The mob accepted, shouting, “Let His blood be on us and our children.”</p> <p>What an insight into the darkness and destructiveness of religion! What an exposing of the deceptive and manipulative politicians! And, indeed, history repeats itself. Frequently. Currently. And then there are the sleeping disciples and the denial of Peter. That picture sheds much light on our own condition. If the Lord had not told Mary in His Resurrection, “Go tell My disciples AND PETER,” Peter may have never recovered. Hasn’t the Lord in like manner beckoned us to come to Him, “Go tell my people and especially …”?</p> <p>PowerPoint: <a href="https://onedrive.live.com/embed?cid=D7AEC51C53B4F932&amp;resid=D7AEC51C53B4F932%219232&amp;authkey=ADvRaIdJFJlsODw&amp;em=2">https://onedrive.live.com/embed?cid=D7AEC51C53B4F932&amp;resid=D7AEC51C53B4F...</a></p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Tags: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/tags/bibletrek2016-betrayed-disowned-mocked-sentenced-death" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">BibleTrek2016 Betrayed Disowned Mocked Sentenced Death</a></li></ul></div> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 17:22:36 +0000 vernyoder 85 at http://churchinpittsburgh.org http://churchinpittsburgh.org/blog/bible-trek-2016-betrayed-disowned-mocked-and-sentenced-death#comments Bible Trek 2016 - Life's Prayer http://churchinpittsburgh.org/blog/bible-trek-2016-lifes-prayer <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>The ”Lord’s Prayer” seen in Matthew 6:1-13, was an answer to the question; how should we the followers of Christ pray, but the prayer recorded in John 17 gives us a window on the biggest concern of the Lord for his followers. First we must realize the context, which places this incident on the last night of the Lord’s life, just before He was arrested and carried off to be judged and crucified. The fact that this prayer was recorded shows its eternal value in God’s eyes. It reveals the Lord’s deepest concern for his believers to be one, as a testimony to the world. This prayer begins by Jesus asking the Father to glorify Him that He in turn would glorify the Father. Glory can be defined as God expressed, manifested, as seen in John 1:14, where the Word became flesh expressing the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and reality, and verse 18 says, that the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father declares Him. The Lord goes on to pray for the believers the following: “the glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me “(Jn.17:21-23). Oneness is elusive in the world today. From families, to communities, to countries, to the United Nations. Where is there oneness? Yet, the Lord prayed that we the believers would be one. He continues in verses11-12: “Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me that they may be one, even as we are one. While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me.” Verses16-17 says: “They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.” Verses 22-23 says: “The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.” We can see the Lord’s wisdom in this prayer that we the followers, the church, can keep the oneness the Lord has provided for us by abiding in His name, His word, and His glory. His name is His person, His word sets us apart from a divided world, and His Glory gives us His own expression seen in the oneness of the Tri-une God. When the oneness is realized among God’s people there is a testimony to the world, the glory of God Himself. The apostle Paul tells us; “to endeavor to keep the unity (oneness) of the Spirit in the uniting bond of peace. “(Eph.4:3).<br /> PowerPoint: <a href="https://onedrive.live.com/embed?cid=D7AEC51C53B4F932&amp;resid=D7AEC51C53B4F932%219239&amp;authkey=AMT648kXQyYe6wY&amp;em=2">https://onedrive.live.com/embed?cid=D7AEC51C53B4F932&amp;resid=D7AEC51C53B4F...</a></p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Tags: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/tags/bibletrek2016-life-prayer" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">BibleTrek2016 Life Prayer</a></li></ul></div> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 17:19:10 +0000 vernyoder 84 at http://churchinpittsburgh.org http://churchinpittsburgh.org/blog/bible-trek-2016-lifes-prayer#comments Bible Trek 2016 - The Rest of the Stories http://churchinpittsburgh.org/blog/bible-trek-2016-rest-stories <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Being the great story teller that He was, Jesus could not depart from the earth before telling 7 more stories, and this He did just days before His death. But never think for a minute that a Jesus story was for entertaining. On the contrary, each story was loaded with meaning and teaching.</p> <p>The first 3 were to the chief priest and Jewish elders. First, he told them of 2 sons. One was a promisor, but not a doer and the other was seemingly disobedient, but later had a change. No doubt he saw many of the first kind in the crowd. Then there was the wedding feast that covered all kinds of people from the religious who ignored the invitation to the guest who failed to live up to the what he was called to do. Finally, there was the story of the evil tenants, who foolishly thought that if they killed the heir to the vineyard they were renting, they could have the vineyard to themselves. Could any of these Jewish leaders see the kind of mockery they were about to engage in?</p> <p>Jesus also told 4 stories to His disciples. He likened them to stewards in a household who should serve with faithfulness and prudence as if the master was returning that day. To explain faithfulness, He told a story of 10 virgins. The five faithful ones were those who had stored oil (the Holy Spirit) in their vessels. To explain prudence, he told a story about 3 servants who were given various amounts of money to invest. The unwise servant despised the small amount he was given and buried it, complaining that his master wanted to reap where HE had not sown. Oh, the many lessons we can learn to faithfully and daily store up the Holy Spirit in our vessels and to treasure whatever the Lord has given us by investing out time and money into the Lord’s interest on earth.</p> <p>Jesus had one more story to tell. It seems He wanted to make sure that the disciples knew that there would be a judgment one day. Some are sheep and some are goats. There is a definite line. Some will suffer eternal punishment and some will be saved. There is no middle ground.</p> <p>PowerPoint: &quot;<a href="https://onedrive.live.com/embed?cid=D7AEC51C53B4F932&amp;resid=D7AEC51C53B4F932%219225&amp;authkey=AJc4y7d4UI5L6Iw&amp;em=2">https://onedrive.live.com/embed?cid=D7AEC51C53B4F932&amp;resid=D7AEC51C53B4F...</a></p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Tags: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/tags/bibletrek2016-stories" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">BibleTrek2016 Stories</a></li></ul></div> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 17:16:02 +0000 vernyoder 83 at http://churchinpittsburgh.org http://churchinpittsburgh.org/blog/bible-trek-2016-rest-stories#comments Bible Trek 2016 - The Prudent and Faithful Steward http://churchinpittsburgh.org/blog/bible-trek-2016-prudent-and-faithful-steward <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Luke Chapter 15 portrays the love of the tri-one God, seen in the shepherd leaving the ninety-nine to look for the one lost sheep, the woman with a candle searching for the one lost coin, and the Loving concerned father waiting patiently for his prodigal son to return home. We see the out pouring of God’s love, in the Son (Jesus) as the shepherd, the Spirit as the woman, and the Father; all earnestly caring for one lost sinner repenting and coming to salvation. The amazing thing seen is the over whelming joy in heaven and in the presence of the angels over just one sinner turning his heart and believing in God. Continuing in the context of this parable, the Lord gives the disciples another parable regarding a prudent steward recorded in chapter 16:1-13. He first unveils his deep love for mankind seen in chapter 15, and then tells his disciples to be prudent to make friends with unrighteous mammon. The Lord says that the sons of this age are more prudent in their dealings with their own generation then the sons of light. The steward was unrighteous in that he squandered his master’s possessions and was called to give an account. This caused him to act prudently regarding his master’s debtors. This speaks to us that even though we are not righteous with all that the Lord gives us that is with our money, our time, and our lives we can still act prudently to gain sinners for the kingdom of God. To act prudently, we can redeem our possessions to bring the gospel to unbelievers; such as our relatives, friends, colleges, neighbors, and those we encounter. The Lord said: ”No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon “(v.13). We saw last week, the Good Samaritan bound up the wounds of the one beaten and left to die and picked up the tab for any expenses needed to recover such a one to health. We can also care by shepherding and providing spiritual food, as seen in Matthew 24:42-46, which says: “who then is the faithful and prudent slave, whom the master has set over his household to give them food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing.” Luke 12:40-46 records the same response from the Lord regarding the faithful and prudent steward. May we be so loving and wise to use all our resources and possessions to care for the unbelieving; to make them sons of God. Certainly we will experience God’s love and joy in such employment!<br /> PowerPoint: <a href="https://onedrive.live.com/embed?cid=D7AEC51C53B4F932&amp;resid=D7AEC51C53B4F932%219223&amp;authkey=AAybnv_EByCdDus&amp;em=2">https://onedrive.live.com/embed?cid=D7AEC51C53B4F932&amp;resid=D7AEC51C53B4F...</a></p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Tags: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/tags/bibletrek2016-prudent-faithful-steward" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">BibleTrek2016 Prudent Faithful Steward</a></li></ul></div> Thu, 02 Jun 2016 16:46:08 +0000 vernyoder 82 at http://churchinpittsburgh.org http://churchinpittsburgh.org/blog/bible-trek-2016-prudent-and-faithful-steward#comments Bible Trek 2016 - The Good Samaritan, and How to Be One http://churchinpittsburgh.org/blog/bible-trek-2016-good-samaritan-and-how-be-one <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>At this stage in the ministry of Jesus on earth, we encounter some magnificent and touching stories, told only by Luke and John. In Jerusalem, Jewish leaders brought an adulterous woman to him and challenged him with regard to what should be done with her. His “He is without sin cast the first stone” response became a timeless moral guideline that even until today. He then healed a blind man and used the example to teach about shepherding the flock. Luke, then, records Jesus sending out 72 disciples to preach the good news city by city. After their return, He gives one of the most touching stories of His earthly ministry, the “Good Samaritan.” This parable illustrates the life and teaching of Jesus as well as the life His disciples should follow.</p> <p>A man is beat up and left for dead by the side of the road. Two religious leaders walk by and not only ignore the man, but move to the other side of the road. We can only speculate that they may have had important appointments, or have been too busy, or felt it would be too messy to get involved, or just disgustingly insensitive. In contrast, a Samaritan, motivated by compassion, lifted up the injured man, poured oil and wine on the wounds, bandaged him up, put him on his donkey and carried him to an Inn to rest until he recovered. Oil and wine signified the spiritual care we are to pour out on the needy and the bandages must refer to a covering of ones “wounds” in life. The practical Inn today, the resting place for the wounded, is the church life. One that is beat up needs both personal and sympathetic care for his wounds and a restful experience in the church life. The motivation? Only compassion. Finally, the Samaritan, knowing that such care requires a price, gave the Inn money for the recovery. Shepherding is not just an emotion; it will cost us our time, money, and soul life. What a beautiful picture of how a shepherd works!</p> <p>PowerPoint: <a href="https://onedrive.live.com/embed?cid=D7AEC51C53B4F932&amp;resid=D7AEC51C53B4F932%219209&amp;authkey=ABKyfryaGCUoRc0&amp;em=2">https://onedrive.live.com/embed?cid=D7AEC51C53B4F932&amp;resid=D7AEC51C53B4F...</a></p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Tags: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/tags/bibletrek2016-good-samaritan" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">BibleTrek2016 Good Samaritan</a></li></ul></div> Thu, 19 May 2016 12:38:46 +0000 vernyoder 81 at http://churchinpittsburgh.org http://churchinpittsburgh.org/blog/bible-trek-2016-good-samaritan-and-how-be-one#comments Bible Trek 2016 - Thy Kingdom Come http://churchinpittsburgh.org/blog/bible-trek-2016-thy-kingdom-come <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Throughout the gospels we see how the Lord Jesus preached the gospel, served people, saved the lost, preached the kingdom, taught the truth, died for our sins, and rose for our justification, all to bring God’s kingdom to earth. As his final word to his disciples before he ascended to the Father, Jesus gave them the great commission recorded in Matthew 28. Saying to them; “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:16-20). In Luke 9 He gave the twelve power and authority and sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God (vs.1-2). In Luke 10:1 and Matthew 9 we see that the Lord appointed seventy, and sent them out before his face, and told them that the harvest was ripe and they should pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into the field. In another instance the Lord told the disciples to “do business until I come” (Luke 19:8). The temptation to the serious follower of Christ is to immediately go off in our natural direction thinking they should become a missionary or go to a seminary, which may be the Lords leading, yet perhaps never waiting on the Lord to define his direction for them. Isaiah 40 tells us that we should wait on the Lord, and then we will mount up on wings like eagles. One thing is clear that we need to labor; on the Lord, on His word, and on people, and in that order. Laboring on the Lord means spending time in the Lord’s presence through prayer, calling on His name, confessing our sins, sighing, singing, etc. There the Lord supplies us with His abundant grace. His word, in His presence, speaks to us and directs our path as a lamp for our feet, and a light on our path (Psa.119:105). We need to read, pray-read, meditate, study, His word waiting and looking for direction. Then we need to labor on people by witnessing, visiting, making friends, listening, caring, shepherding, and perfecting them to love the Lord. This endeavor will cause us to find our field. As Paul the apostle said that the gospel to the uncircumcised had been committed to him, as the gospel for the circumcised was to Peter (Gal.2:7-8), so we also should know our field; what the Lord commits to us. Then we should labor, with those the Lord directs us to, whether with children, relatives, colleges, neighbors, or gospel friends. As the apostle said that he labored more abundantly then all, yet not him but the grace of God which was with him (1Cor.15:10), and we should take his advice: to be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the in the work of the Lord, knowing that our labor in the Lord is not in vain (vs. 58). At the end of the day we should all want to hear from the Lord; “Well done good and faithful servant…enter into the joy of the Lord.”<br /> PowerPoint: <a href="https://onedrive.live.com/embed?cid=D7AEC51C53B4F932&amp;resid=D7AEC51C53B4F932%219207&amp;authkey=AL_IoKdPFCXt-Jc&amp;em=2">https://onedrive.live.com/embed?cid=D7AEC51C53B4F932&amp;resid=D7AEC51C53B4F...</a></p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Tags: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/tags/bibletrek2016-thy-kingdom-come" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">BibleTrek2016 Thy Kingdom Come</a></li></ul></div> Fri, 13 May 2016 17:11:10 +0000 vernyoder 80 at http://churchinpittsburgh.org http://churchinpittsburgh.org/blog/bible-trek-2016-thy-kingdom-come#comments Bible Trek 2016 - Faith http://churchinpittsburgh.org/blog/bible-trek-2016-faith <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Jesus touched many lives in His journey on earth. When so doing, it is interesting to observe His remarks about their faith. When the Centurion in Matthew 8 asked Him to just “say the word,” rather than to come to his house, Jesus commended his faith as something that He had not seen anywhere among the Jews. Then there was the woman in Luke 7 who burst into Simon, the Pharisee’s house where Jesus was dining. She was crying, and washing Jesus’ feet with her hair. Jesus told her that her faith had saved her and that she could now go in peace. The disciples learned a lesson of faith while traveling with Jesus by boat on the sea in Luke 8. A storm rose up and the boat was taking in water. The experienced seamen were frightened and desperate and woke Jesus up pleading for help. Jesus calmed the sea and the winds and then rebuked his disciples for their lack of faith. There was also the woman who had been sick with a blood problem for 12 years. She pushed through the crowds, thinking that if she could just touch Jesus’ clothes, she would be healed. When Jesus realized what had happened, He told her that her faith had made her whole.</p> <p>Christians should be careful to define faith as a prayer, an absolute trust, or a simple belief of a miraculous future event. Faith has many expressions. Faith to the Centurion was his respect for Jesus’ authority. Faith to the sinful woman was her tears. The disciples learned that the lack of faith was a prayer out of fear. To a sick woman, faith was a touch. In fact, we can learn from these examples, that faith is not the words that are said, but rather our communication with Jesus Christ our Savior through the Holy Spirit.</p> <p>PowerPoint: <a href="https://onedrive.live.com/embed?cid=D7AEC51C53B4F932&amp;resid=D7AEC51C53B4F932%219190&amp;authkey=AJHG6CAybHUG9Xw&amp;em=2">https://onedrive.live.com/embed?cid=D7AEC51C53B4F932&amp;resid=D7AEC51C53B4F...</a></p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Tags: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/tags/bibletrek2016-nt-faith" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">BibleTrek2016 NT Faith</a></li></ul></div> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:25:26 +0000 vernyoder 79 at http://churchinpittsburgh.org http://churchinpittsburgh.org/blog/bible-trek-2016-faith#comments Bible Trek 2016 - The Kingdom's Constitution http://churchinpittsburgh.org/blog/bible-trek-2016-kingdoms-constitution <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>The constitution of the United State begins with: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” The constitution written in 1787, delineates the framework of our national government, and remains today guaranteeing our basic human rights and the role of government. God gave his people the Ten Commandments, as a sort of constitution in Exodus 20, as the law to illustrate His own righteous, holly, and glorious nature for Israel to live by. We see a change in constitutions from the old dispensation to the new. Galatians 3:24 says: “So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith,” and John 1:17 says: “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” By these two verses we see change with the coming of Jesus Christ. No longer was the law outward written on stone but according to Jeramiah 31 and Ezekiel 36 the law would be written on our heart, in our spirit! So when we come the New Testament Beatitudes seen in Matthew 5-7 and in Luke 6, we have to see that the New Testament kingdom’s constitution would not be an outward set of demands laid upon us, but rather a description of an inward constitution of the very life on God being “constituted” within our spirit and on our heart. To be “blessed” is an adjective describing not just a state of being happy, but the state of one who has become a partaker of God; to experience the fullness of God. There are 9 blessed conditions we believes experience when we are enjoying the life of God within us. For instance;” blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” These blessings are not to be taken as outward laws to imitate but rather blessed virtues or characteristics of the divine life within. As kingdom people living by the divine life within these blessings become our experience! Luke 17: 21says that the kingdom of God is within us, and Romans14:17 says that the kingdom of God is not eating or drinking, that is outward practices, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Matthew was spoken on a mountain while Luke records Jesus coming off a mountain to a level place. Apparently both records are in two different venues. Matthew records the nature, influence, law, righteous deeds, material riches, principles, living and work of the kingdom people; describing what the kingdom within us looks like while being lived out.</p> <p>PowerPoint: <a href="https://onedrive.live.com/embed?cid=D7AEC51C53B4F932&amp;resid=D7AEC51C53B4F932%219188&amp;authkey=ABuS5RCDX1AjAok&amp;em=2">https://onedrive.live.com/embed?cid=D7AEC51C53B4F932&amp;resid=D7AEC51C53B4F...</a></p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Tags: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/tags/bibletrek2016-kingdom-constitution" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">BibleTrek2016 Kingdom Constitution</a></li></ul></div> Sun, 24 Apr 2016 01:42:22 +0000 vernyoder 78 at http://churchinpittsburgh.org http://churchinpittsburgh.org/blog/bible-trek-2016-kingdoms-constitution#comments Bible Trek 2016 - When Jesus Calls http://churchinpittsburgh.org/blog/bible-trek-2016-when-jesus-calls <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Jesus commanded us in Matthew 28:19 to go and disciple the nations. But how? In His early ministry, we can learn by observing how He called people. Nicodemus, a religious teacher, came to Jesus at night. Before he was able to initiate a religious conversation, Jesus told him bluntly that he needed to be born again. When Nicodemus tried to inquire about this, Jesus chided him for his ignorance and then proceeded to tell him more. It was not rude. It was love. He drew a line in front of Nicodemus, that he could be reborn into the kingdom of the heaven or perish. It did not matter how religious he was. It is not easy to open the eyes of a religious man. When Jesus talked privately with an immoral, Samaritan woman, his approach was much softer. He did not want to push her away with a tone of condemnation, so he started up an unintimidating question, “Can I have a drink of water?” The woman engaged. He proceeded to tell her about living water. She was caught. Now came the time to shed light on her sin. She was convicted. He led her to understand how to worship God in Spirit. Then she knew and believed that he was the Christ and went to tell the whole town about it. The bait. The hook. The net. The catch. Oh, how we can learn from the Master! Simon Peter seemed to be the most difficult case. He was introduced to Jesus by his brother, Andrew. Jesus changed his name from Simon to Peter. He must have not been that impressed, because they soon parted ways. Later, in Matthew 4, we find Jesus approaching Peter at work, in a boat at sea. He would not let this man go. Peter did drop everything that day and followed Jesus. However, In Luke 5, Peter we find Peter fishing again. The Lord borrowed his boat to teach people by the sea. He then asked Peter to cast out the net again, even though they could not catch anything the whole night. When the boat was filled with fish, Peter confessed his sin. Jesus, patiently, once again, asked Peter to follow him. Peter through his career behind him and gave his whole life to Christ. When the Lord asked Peter to shepherd the sheep (John 21), Peter knew exactly what that meant. How do we disciple the nations? Learn from Jesus.</p> <p>PowerPoint: <a href="https://onedrive.live.com/embed?cid=D7AEC51C53B4F932&amp;resid=D7AEC51C53B4F932%219160&amp;authkey=AA0ZBPQ7rAeMBWU&amp;em=2">https://onedrive.live.com/embed?cid=D7AEC51C53B4F932&amp;resid=D7AEC51C53B4F...</a></p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Tags: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/tags/bibletrek2016-jesus-calls" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel">BibleTrek2016 Jesus Calls</a></li></ul></div> Sun, 24 Apr 2016 01:36:10 +0000 vernyoder 77 at http://churchinpittsburgh.org http://churchinpittsburgh.org/blog/bible-trek-2016-when-jesus-calls#comments