How is He Part 1
PART 1 THE REAL DEAL.
Welcome to Part 1 of the Who is He? series
Greet the Annex Service and the Internet audience
Some people claim Hes a great teacher. Others think Hes a prophet. Some dismiss Him as a liar or even a madman yet millions hail Him as Savior and Lord. Whatever people think of Him, nobody can deny that Jesus Christ stands at the very crux of human history.
In this series, were taking an in-depth look into the life of Christ and five little known attributes of His personality that are sure to change your life.
Surf line in the Gulf of Mexico
Gorgeous houses built right there on the water
When they built the homes beach and surf were 100 yds away
Slowly eroding away
As we look at our culture we see the waves of spiritual erosion
And at the heart of it is an attack on the person of Jesus Christ
The waves of humanism the worship of our own ideas
Pound against the foundation of what Gods Word says
Europe Post Christian era
Beautiful Cathedrals now museums of art
People have all kinds of differing views
Your view of Him will define your relationship with Him
Who do you say that He is?
(Mark 8:27-29) Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, Who do people say I am? They replied, Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets. But what about you? he asked. Who do you say I am? Peter answered, You are the Christ.
The Search for Jesus
Joke Todays message Jesus Walks on the Water
Tonight message Searching for Jesus
Some only know Him through
Merely a cultural connection
My testimony and experience in church
Forced me to compartmentalize my life into two areas
Thought everything was okay
(Matthew 15:7-9) You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.
Enjoy knowing about Him and studying theology
But so many religious intellectuals dont know Him
Worship doctrine and truth
Others pick and choose parts of the Bible like some of it
Explain away His own words
Some dismiss it all together as illogical visit to the Ukraine
Russian cosmonaut Boganyet
Cant base faith on understanding God bigger than your brain
(1 Corinthians 2:4-5) My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirits power, so that your faith might not rest on mens wisdom, but on Gods power.
- A personal encounter
Meet Him face to face know Him
Relationship instead of religion
In the Bible as well as today
I have never found any person who really had a God encounter
And then questioned God or rebelled against God
When you have a face-to-face encounter youre convinced
(John 9:17, 25) Finally they turned again to the blind man, What have you to say about him? He replied, Whether he is a sinner or not, I dont know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!
Paul was a skeptic until he met Jesus face to face
(2 Timothy 1:12) I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able
Greatest proof that Jesus is who He said He was is a changed life
(2 Corinthians 5:17) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
The Real Deal Authentic
5 Attributes Today He is authentic the real deal
Jesus was against anything that boxed man in and God out
No pretense no pomp and circumstance
No robes no special place that He stood
Cut through all the church stuff anything inauthentic
(John 1:14 CEV) The Word (God) became a human being and lived here with us. We saw his true glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father. From him all the kindness and all the truth of God have come down to us.
Throughout the book of John Jesus defines Himself
He connects with us in our areas of need insecurities
Let me give you 4 of them the I am
1. I am the bread of life.
He offers real fulfillment.
Right after the feeding of the 5000
Wanted to get more food from Him
(John 6:35) Then Jesus declared, I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.
2. I am the light of the world.
He offers real forgiveness.
Woman caught in adultery religion highlights the shame
(John 8:12) When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
So many are insecure about how God views our mistakes
Think He came to shed light on your faults
Came to bring light to dark places
(John 3:17) For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
Loves you just as you are but too much to leave you that way
Jesus came to set me free not make me sorry
Brings security in the face of our shortcomings
3. I am the gate.
He offers real friendship.
Trying to describe this new relationship that people could have with God uses sheep and Shepherd illustration
My sheep know My voice
(John 10:9) I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture.
A good shepherd will lay down his life for the sheep
True friendship is someone who would die for you
4. I am the resurrection.
He offers a real future.
The death of Lazarus youre too late
Jews believed the spirit hovered for 3 days and then gone eternally
(John 11:25-26) Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?
Some afraid of death have no assurance of life after death
Jesus is the only One who can remove all fear/doubt
This is the question for you Do you believe this?
Who do you say that He is?