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i took these notes as i watched Code Orange Revival streamed on the net. i really respect Matt Chandlers preaching and the gift of God through Him to communicate grace and the gospel and after watching it feel really humbled and amazed afresh at the mercy and grace of God. was good food for the soul.
i’m here for your joy… but notice i didn’t say HAPPINESS. happiness can be taken from you in a second. happiness is cheap and will not sustain you for the journey that God has for you. but i am after your joy, but sometimes getting to joy STINGS.
what is God doing?
don’t live on a superficial plane because that will not sustain you. you live long enough you’ll bleed. you’ll experience loss. your strength will fail you.
what is the mission of God? non believers have this misconception break the rules do and don’t type idea, like God is santa. evangelicals misconception is that God is all about US and ME, that creation is all about God was lonely and so created ME… me and jesus are best friends type things. but God is about God.
the Lord is my Shepherd.
i shall not want. i wont be in want. the deepest needs of my want and my soul will be satisfied in my Shepherd.
he MAKES me lie down in green pastures. you can lie down or be MADE to lie down. you will bow or you’ will bow.
he leads me besides still waters. he brings us into peace.
he restores my soul.
and he leads me in paths of righteousness. sounds like he is REALLY INTO ME, leading me besides still waters, paths of righteousness… but why? shepherding and restoring and leading. look at the motivation.
for His names sake. his provision and love and passion about you – the motivation for this isn’t that YOU are great but that HE IS GREAT. the motivation is his name, his renown, his glory. everything in our culture says you are valuable, its all about you, its all about God.
Is 43 God created us for His glory
Is 49 God called Israel for His glory.
God rescued Israel for His glory.
God defeated Pharaoh, for his glory.
God spared Israel in the wilderness, for his glory.
2 Sam 7 God gave Israel victory, for his glory.
1 Sam 12 He does not throw his people away for the glory of his name
Ez 36 restored Israel from exile for the glory of his name
John 7:18 Jesus sought the glory of his father in all he did
Matt 5:16 and 1 Peter 2:12 do good works for the glory of his name
John 14 jesus answers prayer so that God may be glorified
john 12 and john 17 jesus endured his final hours of suffering for the glory of God
romans 3:25-26 god gave his son to vindicate the glory of his righteousness – does anyone have a prob that God forgave david WITHOUT jesus, david was a adulterer and murderer. God is holy. how was david a man after God’s heart? he was a sinner! how is that possible, because jesus vindicated ALL the forgiveness of ALL the people in OT and NT and now
john 16:14 the minister of the Holy Spirit is to glorify God
1 peter 4 serve in a way that will glorify him
2 thess 1 jesus is coming again for the glory of god
john 17 jesus ultimate aim for us is that we will see and enjoy his glory
hab 2 the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God
romans 11 everything that happens will redound to the glory of God
rev 21:23 the glory of God will replace the sun – when i make all things new, we wont need the sun anymore. jesus will be the sun. warmth. light. growth. life. what the sun does I WILL DO
from genesis to revelation – the story of the bible, God, for the glory of his name, is reconciling and reclaiming all things to himself
the bible is not about YOU. the bible is about JESUS.
yes, it does have instructions and the road map to life.
if you don’t get this, you’ll be reading it the wrong way. you’ll keep infusing yourself into the stories of the bible like you’re the hero.
you’re not david. you’re trouble in life is not goliath.
jesus is the greater david, the greater moses, the greater abraham.
jesus is the greater then.
jesus is david, goliath is sin and death.
ephesians 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
every. all. in the heavenly places.
not material blessings, because moth and rust will take over that. stuff is stuff, and everything we own will end up in the dump and obsolete.
to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
predestined – to determine before hand.
he saved me, for the praise of HIS glorious grace. my story and testimony is to make MUCH OF HIM.
God tends to use people that it doesn’t make a lot of sense to use. because He chooses to make much of Himself through us.
because he loves us so much he saves us and transforms us and wounds us and heals us.
why it is such good news that God is FOR GOD over God being FOR YOU. his motivation is for the sake of His own name, not our own glory.
since God is for God and since God is ultimately about the praise of His glorious grace, God is not after my begrudging submission but after my joy.
God is ferociously about my joy, because the more i enjoy him the more his grace is gloried in, God is not after me “i better do what he says or he’ll send me to hell.” God wants me to enjoy Him.
that’s why He gives me the law. we talk bad about the law and the Pharisees but david delighted in the law, he sung about the law. because God is for God and not our begrudging submission all the commands of God are ment to lead us into greater life and greater joy and to line us up with how He designed things to work rather than our way which doesn’t work.
God doesn’t suggest things, because he knows how things work, because he created it… aka rest, money, marriage, sex etc
greater life (john 10:10) is found in our obedience to how He wired the universe to work, rather than how we think the universe should work
we are own worse enemies, we are the problem
God’s law leads us into life
we believe his law and commands leads to greater joy and life
now we’re not going to keep that law perfectly
the implication of God being about God
if God is about God then we are not the centre of the universe
almost all the conflict in our life is predicated upon the belief that the world is about me. road rage = the world is about me. marriage conflict = the world is about me. work issues = the world is about me. the more the world is about you the more angry and tired you will be, the more it is NOT about you, the more free you are.
the apostle paul, unfazed untouchable man, though in prison, beaten, left for dead, shipwrecked 3 times… Lord are you serious! i’m doing your work!
confident in Jesus.
how is that possible, because his righteousness was from Jesus.
despite me, despite my continued failures, despite my foolish heart and shortcomings,
God because of the imputed righteousness of Christ to me and his wrath absorbing death on the cross and his resurrection now sees me as perfect and spotless and holy, not because i am but because HE IS
that is why ephesians 2 says that even the faith i had to believe in was given to me was given by God, it is a gift, so God so owns the glory, that everything is His, that is why no one should walk with a swagger or with a limp, because we are His.
don’t touch His glory.
He guides us and shepherds us and leads us for His names sake.
our old man wants creation over the Creator – even in the church.
yes God loves you but God is ultimately after the praise of His glorious grace.
trying to earn your righteousness will make your exhausted.
we are all liars, thieves, adulterers, murderers.
we are infinitely guilty but Christ has made a way.
our hope is in Christ’s perfection.
God is not in love with some future version of you, its not the us tomorrow that he loves, when we get our act together.
if you believe that you dismiss the cross of Christ.
the cross is a glaringly acknowledgement of our sin, that we fall short, that we’re not perfect, that we’re screw ups.
the cross says yes i know, i’ve made provision, i’ve handled that.
There’s no sin in our past, present, or future that has more power than the cross of Jesus Christ.
Christ absorbs God’s wrath on the cross, so serious was our transgressions that a price had to pay and the resurrection shows us that it was paid in full, that’s
why Romans 8 says there is no condemnation for those in Christ.
God gives freely to those who will ask for it, who will humble themselves in repentance
there is no wound He cannot heal.
the cross is the evidence that God knows. He knows our sinfulness.
God responds when His people cry out for mercy.
lets humble ourselves.