SERMON – John 18 – The Judge is Arrested

 

John 19 - The King is Enthroned
"It is finished."

Pastor Andrew Ruth
March 29, 2015
John 12:12-30
John 19

It is finished     |     Tetelestai     |     τετελέσται

Servants

When a servant completed an assigned task in the assigned manner, she would report, "Tetelestai. It is finished." Jesus is the True Servant who accomplished his Father's will and mission to save humanity.

Priests

If a priest examined a sacrificial lamb and found the animal to be without blemish, he declared, "Tetelestai. It is complete." Jesus is the True High Priest and the True Passover Lamb.

Artists

When an artist stepped back from her sculpture for the final time, she declared, "Tetelestai. It is finished." Jesus' life, death, and resurrection are the consummation of God's grand design for salvation established before the foundations of the earth. 

Debt Collectors

When a debt was paid off in full, the promisory note was marked, "Tetelestai. Paid in full." Jesus is the King who paid the Debt of Sin that we could not pay. He has cancelled out the ledger by nailing it to the tree. 

Prisoners

When a convict completed his sentence or underwent his punishment, his case was marked, "Tetelestai. It is finished." Jesus bore the punishment for all our sins. He was crushed for our iniquities, and the punishment that brought us peace was laid upon him. 

SERMON: The Way of Jesus (Part 9) – I am Called to PRAY

 The Way of Jesus (Part 9): I am Called to PRAY
Praying for OURs not MYs

Pastor Andrew Ruth
March 8, 2015
Matthew 8:6-13
Phil 4:6-7

Remember P.R.A.Y.

Praise

Celebrate God's goodness. Make much of God. Point out what he has done well, beautifully, creatively, redemptively, and lovingly. 

Repent

Acknowledge failures - when I did what I should not or did not do what I should. Decide to take real steps to fight such habitual sin. 

Ask [for others]

Pray for others. The sick, the poor, the victimized, the Church, your enemies, your neighbors, marriages, children, teachers, governments, etc. 

Yourself

Lastly remember yourself. Pour out your heart to God and trust that he cares. Remember not to pray for yourself, things you cannot also pray in good conscious for others. "OUR daily bread." "forgive OUR debts." "Lead US not into temptation." 

Further recommended reading on PRAYER:

Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. If you only read 5 books to augment your walk with Jesus in the next 10 years, make sure this is one of them. His chapter on Prayer (Chpt 3) is a great starting point for learning to pray.

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Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference

Philip Yancey is one of the best pastors/writers/thinkers of our time. Following in Max Lucado or or John Stott's shoes, Yancey's book on prayer is a thorough going treatment of the Biblical texts, Christian theology, and finally practical advice. It is appropriate for people wrestling with philosophical questions about prayer, before they can even start praying.

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This sermon series includes a weekly Bible Reading Plan.  Each week we read in preparation for the sermon coming next week. Next week we will finish our sermon series by discussing The Way of Jesus - I am called to DIE, so this week we will be reading about "taking up our cross" using this WEEK 10 READING PLAN. Tips and suggested questions available on the PDF.

TheWayOfJesus-I am called to - Week 10 Reading Slide

SERMON: The Way of Jesus (Part 8) – I am Called to SEEK UNITY

 

The Way of Jesus (Part 8): I am Called to SEEK UNITY
"that they may all be one."

Pastor Andrew Ruth
March 1, 2015
Matthew 18:15-21
John 17:20-23

Due to technical difficulties, audio and video of this sermon is not available at this time. We hope to rectify this problem shortly. 

Until we get the sermon up in its entirety, let these points remind you of our discussion yesterday. 
The Unity of the Church reflects that God is Unity and Trinity. God is the Eternal Three-In-One. Forever One God in Three Persons. Church Unity is derivative of God's Unity. 
The Unity of the Church reflects that God is MISSIONAL. God is the Missionary, as God the Father sends God the Son in the power of God the Holy Spirit to save and rescue and recreate human beings and all of Creation. The Church is United by a common Hero, a common Rescue, and now a Common Mission to rescue and save lost human beings. 
The Unity of the Church reflects that GOD IS LOVE. For God so loved the world that he SENT his only Son. A Missionary God is the only God. God the Father loves God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, and together they love humanity, by embarking on a daring rescue mission. Our love for one another makes it possible for hurt people to believe that a Loving God could exist. 
So, we must be united. We must be One. We must wrestle with one another rather than run away from one another.
1. We cannot argue over insignificant stuff like paint colors, dinner menus, or A/C temperatures.
2. We cannot keep jumping churches every time offense is given or taken. Friction is one of the tools God uses to shape us. We cannot grow without roots, and roots take time embedded in the soil.
3. We must try to forgive. We must work at it, and when it's not easy, we must work to get help from the leaders in the congregation and from our friends. We must try with all our might to work towards making amends, and destroying resentment. 
4. We must protect one another's reputation by refraining from gossip. 
This sermon series includes a weekly Bible Reading Plan.  Each week we read in preparation for the sermon coming next week. Next week we will discuss The Way of Jesus - I am called to PRAY, so this week we will be reading about unity and reconciliation using this WEEK 9 READING PLAN. Tips and suggested questions available on the PDF.

TheWayOfJesus-I am called to - Week 9 Reading Slide

SERMON: The Way of Jesus (Part 7) – I am Called to GIVE

The Way of Jesus (Part 7): I am Called to GIVE
Giving doesn't pay for worship; IT IS WORSHIP.

Pastor Andrew Ruth
February 22, 2015
2 Corinthians 9:7-11
Matthew 6:19-24
This sermon series includes a weekly Bible Reading Plan.  Each week we read in preparation for the sermon coming next week. Next week we will discuss The Way of Jesus - I am called to SEEK UNITY, so this week we will be reading about unity and reconciliation using this WEEK 8 READING PLAN. Tips and suggested questions available on the PDF.

 TheWayOfJesus-I am called to - Week 8 Reading Slide

SERMON: The Way of Jesus (Part 6) – I am Called to SERVE

The Way of Jesus (Part 6): I am Called to SERVE
You don't volunteer at your church, any more than you babysit your own kids.

Pastor Andrew Ruth
February 15, 2015
Romans 12:4-8
Luke 22:24-30
AUDIO
There are dozens of Spiritual Gifts named in the Bible, but this sermon specifically discusses the following gifts named in Romans 12:4-8.

Prophecy

Serving

Teaching

Giving

Leadership

Mercy

"The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet." — Frederick Buechner

So, NEXT STEPS:

1.) Start to identify your unique Spiritual Gifts.
Start by completing this simple assessment, and then find a time to talk to Pastor Andrew or a Spiritual Mentor.
2.) Research the needs around you - at Oakland and in Cleveland.
Your gift was given to meet real needs.
3.) START SERVING AT CHURCH LIKE YOU BABYSIT YOUR OWN KIDS.

 

Weekly Reading Plan

This sermon series includes a weekly Bible Reading Plan.  Each week we read in preparation for the sermon coming next week. Next week we will discuss The Way of Jesus - I am called to GIVE, so this week we will be reading about honor God with our money using this WEEK 7 READING PLAN. Tips and suggested questions available on the PDF.

 TheWayOfJesus-I am called to - Week 7 Reading Slide

SERMON: The Way of Jesus (Part 5) – I am Called to MATURE


 

The Way of Jesus (Part 5): I am Called to MATURE
Reborn complete but not finished.

Pastor Andrew Ruth
February 8, 2015
Proverbs 9:1-6, 9-10
Hebrews 5:11-14
Luke 8:4-15
AUDIO

Take inventory

Maturity is a process not a destination. There are mature 5 year olds and mature 65 year olds. The 5 y/o is not immature because she is not 65. You are not immature unless you are not growing in your ability to FOLLOW, FISH, WORSHIP,LOVE, GIVE, SERVE, PRAY, FORGIVE. Maturity is relative, but overall if we could plot spiritual progress on a chart, we’d hope it looks like a good retirement account – full of ups and downs, but overall trending northward. So first step, take some time this week to take inventory. In general are you more faithful, generous, joyful, knowledgeable, loving, forgiving than you were 5 years ago?

Stop Stunting Growth

Stop habits that stunt your spiritual growth. Continuing to walk in known, revealed, habitual sin after being REBORN is like smoking in elementary school, it stunts your growth. It stunts your spiritual growth and kills your body when your body should be growing. You will never completely stop sinning on this side of Heaven, but that is no excuse to keep pet sins.

Eat More

Find a way to eat more. Take one step to either increase the quality of food you’re eating or the quantity of food you’re eating. When I first started to grow in my faith, the fella discipling me, Chad Shelley is his name, told me, “Ruthy, if you’re going to grow you need to always be reading. Reading the Bible and some book about the bible.” I’d say the same to you. If reading isn’t your preferred learning method, then maybe go on iTunes and find a podcast. Find a musician that sings gospel truth and marinate in that on your way to work.

Work Out

Practice. Work out. Muscles get bigger when we use them. Senses are honed through repetition. Remember, you never learned to walk without falling. You never learned to ride a bike without trying. You never learned to read without errors, but you had help. Your momma or daddy or teacher or grandmomma held your arms and walked with you. Spiritual growth happens the same way. Your faith will never grow, unless you intentionally put yourself in situations where you need God to show up or else you crash and burn.

Weekly Reading Plan

This sermon series includes a weekly Bible Reading Plan.  Each week we read in preparation for the sermon coming next week. Next week we will discuss The Way of Jesus - I am called to SERVE, so this week we will be reading about serving the Body of Christ with our Spirit given gifts using this WEEK 6 READING PLAN. Tips and suggested questions available on the PDF.

 TheWayOfJesus-I am called to - Week 6 Reading Slide