January 21, 2018 – Eyes to See: Seen

Pastor Rusty Brian

Scripture:

Key Point:

  • After John the Baptist is arrested, Jesus begins his ministry.
  • Clearly, it is not safe, as Jesus is the person John was prophesying.
  • Recall: John proclaimed: Repent, prepare the way as the Kingdom of God is near, as it comes with the arrival of Jesus.  Jesus brings the good news of the Kingdom’s arrival.
  • Jesus begins to call the disciples (Simon and Andrew immediately leave their nets, the important possessions, their livelihoods, and follow Jesus).  It’s unsaid but it’s clear they were given understanding of the importance.
  • James and John were also called and the leave their nets, boat, and father Zebedee to follow Jesus.  The significance is the family livelihood is impacted. To leave the family emphasized the power and importance of the call.  They see more in Jesus – that he is the Messiah, God, and the Kingdom of God.  They see love, purpose, creation… they see everything good and possible.
  • Take-aways
    1. Jesus’ ministry began as John the Baptist was arrested, when is was not safe.
    2. Peter, Simon, James and Andrew each left everything upon being called to follow Jesus.  We must be prepared to do the same which is not at all comfortable.  The radical life-change message of hope is for all of us.  Nobody is excluded from receiving the Good News.  It’s not a one-and-done calling.  We must always evaluate what in our lives we’re holding on, keeping us from freely following Christ.
    3. To see Jesus is to see God; thus, we see God’s plan for the world.

January 21, 2018 – Worship

Songs:

  • Open Up the Heavens
  • Open the Eyes of My Heart Lord
  • Blessed Be Your Name
  • Your Grace is Enough
  • We Believe
  • Communion: How Beautiful
  • Offering: Open the Eyes of My Heart Lord
  • Benediction

January 14, 2017 – Eyes to See: Come and See

Pastor Rusty Brian

Scripture:

Key Points:

  • Jesus begins to gather the disciples, “Follow me.”
  • Here, Phillip is called, who then calls Nathan, proclaiming the one they’ve been waiting for, Jesus from Nazareth.
  • Nathan: follow someone from Nazareth?  Does anything good come out of Nazareth?
  • Come follow me?  Could that work today?  Not likely.  People are instead invited by way of “Come and See.”  Evangelism has chained. Assumption is most people are skeptical of the church.
  • People come to know Jesus by belonging to a church first, then believing.
  • The Nazarene church started as a rescue church.  The inclusion of Nazarene in the name of this church was chosen to reflect that all, anybody, is welcomed, that there is hope for everyone.
  • Nathan was skeptical of Jesus, but when he met Jesus and he stated he knew Nathan, Nathan became a follower.  (I saw you before Phillip called you – in all the you are).
  • What are lessons here for evangelism?  People don’t want a propositional evangelism.  Instead invite them to come and see, experience Jesus himself.
  • Evangelism takes time.
  • We are created by God with purpose and meaning.  We are all seeking truth, looking for answers.  Jesus provides all these.  Jesus sees us, knows us, and loves us.
  • Evangelism: we have to trust God is at work when we evangelize.
  • It’s hard, partly because it is work and patience and trust, when we want easy answers.
  • Takeaways:
    1. Following Jesus means to share about Jesus.  Tell others about Jesus.
    2. Jesus was a Nazarene?  Can anything good come out of Nazareth?  Can anything good come out of anywhere that is perceived as bad?  Yes!
    3. It’s not enough that we see Jesus.  Today we are reminded that Jesus sees us.  AND we want to be seen and heard.  He sees us, no matter where we are from, what we’ve done, and despite our attitudes.

January 7, 2018 – Eyes to See

Pastor Rusty Brian

Scripture:

Key Point:

  • See Jesus for who is, who he was, and who he will be.
  • To see Jesus, we have to have new eyes – everything will change!
  • John came to prepare the people to see Jesus, imploring all to change their ways: repent and receive Jesus.
  • Restored vision doesn’t just change your vision, it changes your life.
  • You start seeing him for who he really is.
  • John is a strange sight at first, but not so much when seeing him through Jesus colored-lenses. John was truth.
  • To see Jesus is to gaze upon true beauty, truth.
  • Put on your Jesus lenses, keep them on.  Fix your eyes on Jesus and question everything in light of Jesus.