28
Sep
11

Weekend Recap 9-25-11

Great day @ The Ridge this past Sunday! Music was awesome, as usual. We had a pretty good crowd, especially considering that we were on the tail end of fall break. September has become and extension of summer as far as weekends are concerned. With Labor Day weekend and two fall break weekends, a lot of folks are gone most of the month. Last year we took a huge hit in attendance, volunteers and giving. However, this year September has been not so bad. I was expecting it to be much worse in all of those three categories, but not so. Thanks to all you Ridgers who have remained faithful in your serving, attending, and giving!

We have been in an exciting series called GodQuest for the last 6 weeks. It has bee an exciting journey to “discover the God your heart is searching for.” We have looked at 5 signposts along the way so far and we have one to go. This week we looked at Signpost #5 which says “What you believe about Jesus identity determines your path in life.” Unfortunately, we had ANOTHER technical problem and the sermon, while it recorded, did not save on the computer. That’s two weeks in a row that we hav not recorded. SO…we don’t have the podcast up. I am trying to find a time to re-record the last two weeks for those that want them. I’m so sorry for the problems lately. Hopefully we can get it all squared away next week. In the meantime, here is a brief summary of the outline and notes. We took a look at…

What I can know about Jesus’ life:

 What I can know about Jesus’ identity:

This same Son of man, in Mark 14, that they are hating, spitting on and whom they see as blasphemous and evil, wicked and appalling this same one that they are about to trample on, Jesus as King is saying you will soon see Me and tremble before my throne. He points them to His second coming.

We see in Revelation 1:10-18, this Jesus as King, before whose throne we will stand. This is who He was pointing them to. One day, WE will stand before this same Jesus that we have marginalized in our lives as just a good teacher, someone who was all about love and grace. Someone who WE have really mocked and spit at by living in rebellion to Him as Lord and King. We have walked our own way because we really don’t believe what we say we believe. We really don’t take Him at His word about the sin in our lives. We think we know what’s best, so we just go out on our own.

We decide that His word isn’t relevant to us. We basically are saying that He isn’t really who He says He is. We are just like the High Priest and Pharisees that condemned Jesus to death for claiming to be who He actually was and is. The central issue of Christianity is not—nor has it ever been—the teachings of a man called Jesus. Rather the central issue is Jesus Christ Himself.

 If His claims are true, He is The Word became flesh. … We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.—John 1:14 (NIV)

He is… the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. —Colossians 1:15

He is…

the light of men.—John 1:4 (NIV)

the Lamb of God …—John 1:29 (NIV)

the Alpha and the Omega …—Revelation 1:8 (NIV)

the Lord of Lords.—1 Timothy 6:15 (NIV)

the Messiah …—John 1:41 (NIV)

the only God our Savior …—Jude 25 (NIV)

C. S. Lewis was right, in his classic book Mere Christianity, when he wrote,

Either [Jesus] was, and is, the Son of God: or else a mad man or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.

He IS God…I AM…and He is King of Kings who reigns forevermore in glory and power…He IS Creator God…

Here’s The Thing…
You can believe in and follow Jesus…the one who not only walked the road you are on, but made it…or you can trek out on your own.

for any who are already Christ-followers, let me just say this: this message is no less for you. We need to ask ourselves the same thing that Jesus asked His followers: “Why do you call me, `Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” —Luke 6:46 (NIV) You and I know Him as Lord—we call Him Lord, but are we doing the things He says?

For those who are seeking God…trying to decide if the evidence weighs out…What have you got to lose? What have you got to gain?

 

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