Sunday, February 19, 2012

Live Blogging C3 Church: Yeshua - Living The Blessed Life (Part II)

This weekend, Pastor Matt Fry continues the Yeshua series at C3 Church. Stay tuned during the 11:15 am service (EST) for a live blog of the sermon. Refresh this page during those hours for a regularly updated post.

If you would like to view the service online, please click here.

Foundational Scripture: Matthew 5:8

God Blesses Those Whose Hearts Are Pure
God doesn't say a perfect heart, but a pure (or clean) heart. Jesus wants your heart. He wants to be first in your life. Therefore, a pure heart means that you are 100% dedicated to him. Nobody can serve two masters. You will hate one and love the other.

Why can't you serve God and money? Why is money used here? In the Bible, the original translation of money is material things.

Matt talks about three temptations:
  • To Shine - attention for self
  • To Whine - complain and negative
  • To Recline - a consumer 
God wants us to prune our heart. He wants first place in your:
  • Time - Start each day / week by giving God your time (i.e. in prayer) 
  • Talents - Your best effort
  • Treasure - First fruit = Tithes
Declaration: I'm going to put Jesus first place in my life with my time, talents, and treasure.

God Blesses Those Who Work For Peace
Peace makers will be called children of God. Are you making peace or conflict? Jesus wants us to be peace makers.

When Jesus died on the cross, he became our bridge so that we would no longer be separated from God. 

In Ephesians 2:14-18 (NIV), Jesus didn't just die for the Jews but also for the Gentiles. Being Christ like is not about building walls but bridges. Let's not divide but bring people together. Let's put our eyes on the lost, hurting, and hopeless people.

Pastor Matt explains how growing up, he didn't want to be a head pastor. He liked the youth group and the energy they brought. When they built C3 Church thirteen years ago, he wanted to bring the energy of the young into the adult services. It's about building a bridge.

Declaration: I'm going to be a bridge builder, not a wall builder.

God Blesses Those Who Are Persecuted
Are you willing to be persecuted for Christ's sake or are you just trying to live a comfortable life? If you want to be blessed then you need to prepare for persecution. 

In the U.S., we may not know much about persecution in the way many others do. Being mocked, killed, or ridiculed is just a few things Jesus went through for us. 

Why are some people wimpy about Jesus? We can talk about God or religion, but when we mention the name of "Jesus," people get nervous. There is power in the name of Jesus. He is the way, the truth, and the life!

Declaration: I am going to rejoice when I am persecuted rather than seek revenge.

Do You Need A Fresh Start?
If you would like to make a fresh start in your life and receive God's love, pray this prayer:
Dear God, I realize I've sinned and I need you. Thank you for dying on the cross and rising from the grave. Come in to my heart and save me. Thank you for giving me eternal and abundant life. Help me to live for you, for the rest of my life. In Jesus' name. Amen.
To share your story, want more information about next steps, or just in need of prayer, please contact Pastor Matt Fry.


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