Archives for September 2013

Christ In The Sacrifices

Today’s lesson continues a series Jesus In All of the Bible by teacher Brian Lindman.

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(the message begins on slide 9 of the PowerPoint)

Extravagance Toward God

Sunday Sermon from Pastor Bryan Jurkowski.  Today’s audio recording also includes a special announcement before the sermon begins.

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Outline

John 12:1-8

Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. 3 Then Mary took about a pint[a] of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.[b]” 6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

7 “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you,[c] but you will not always have me.”

2Sam 23:13-17

13 During harvest time, three of the thirty chief warriors came down to David at the cave of Adullam, while a band of Philistines was encamped in the Valley of Rephaim. 14 At that time David was in the stronghold, and the Philistine garrison was at Bethlehem. 15 David longed for water and said, “Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!”16 So the three mighty warriors broke through the Philistine lines, drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem and carried it back to David. But he refused to drink it; instead, he poured it out before the Lord. 17 “Far be it from me, Lord, to do this!” he said. “Is it not the blood of men who went at the risk of their lives?” And David would not drink it.

I. TRUTH PRINCIPAL:  It is good to be extravagant to God

–  In our world that says, “Don’t take religion too seriously”

II. HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE EXTRAVAGANT?

1. COST

–  “is it not the blood of men who went at the risk of their lives” – David

–  “an expensive perfume” … “it was worth a year’s wages”  – Jn 12

2. SELFLESSNESS

–  he refused to drink it, instead poured it out before the Lord.

– poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair

3. HEART OF LOVE

–  “Far be it from me Lord to do this” – David

–  “Leave her alone Jesus said”  Jn 12  “Leave her alone Jesus said.  She has done a beautiful thing to me. Mk 14

III.  BEING AN EXTRAVAGANT CHURCH

DEBT OF LOVE

“Debt of Love”

(devotion this week from Pastor Bryan)

Debt is rampant in our society. The average American debt to credit cards is $15,185, to mortgage debt $147,133, to student loan debt: $31,509. There are so many in so much debt. Yet the greatest debt is our debt of sin. It is such a great debt we could never pay it back. We could never work it off. We could not declare a sin bankruptcy and we were lost in our debt of sin with no hope. Yet God because of his great love initiated a plan to pay off our debt to sin and to give us what we could never afford to pay, eternal life. It would cost us nothing. But it would cost him everything – his own and only Son. Your sin debt is paid if you have allowed God to pay it in Christ Jesus. Why live life like you are still burdened by the debt of sin if indeed He has paid the price and set us free from sin and death. Go read Romans 8:1-3.

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