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October 02, 2018 01:26 PM PDT

CONTAGIOUS Part 5: Infected by Intentionally Giving

Contagious Bumper Video

Matthew 28:19-20 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Mark 16:15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

Video1: https://vimeo.com/287501741/843b9a2809 (Bradford)
https://vimeo.com/287511472/a6f15fc58a (Port)

Matthew 13:45-46 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

The pearl is PEOPLE.

2Corinthians 9:10-11 10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

Are you eating your SEED, or planting it?

God enriches you to enable you to be GENEROUS.

2Corinthians 9:6-8 6 Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.

Video2 : https://vimeo.com/220047327/bdb0318cba

September 26, 2018 11:27 AM PDT

CONTAGIOUS Part 4: Infected by Authenticity

Luke 12:1 Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

One of the interesting and uniquely refreshing attributes of the Bible (God’s story) and the lifestyle it teaches is that of AUTHENTICITY.

The behavior of COVERING over weaknesses or wrongs is not Christian.
Ephesians 5:8-10; John 3:19-21; Luke 11:35; James 5:16

HYPOCRISY (acting, pretending, wearing a mask) is directly condemned.

1. Because it is a form of LYING fueled by pride and is sin.

2. Because it does not HELP anyone, it only hurts.

The lies become a PRISON that keeps us in and keeps others out.

The power of God’s story is revealed most often in the areas of our life we want to HIDE. (2Corinthians 11:30-31; 12:10)

2Corinthians 11:30-31 30 If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. 31 The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is to be praised forever, knows that I am not lying.

2Corinthians 12:10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

People need to SEE God’s story unfold in your life.

Hebrews 4:15, 5:2 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 2 He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he himself is subject to weakness.

Titus 2:10 ...so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.

September 17, 2018 10:33 AM PDT

CONTAGIOUS Part 3: Infected by Mouth

Psalm 107:2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble

Mark 16:15 Then he said, “Go into the world. Go everywhere and announce the Message of God’s good news to one and all. (Message)

This Good Infection is communicated by MOUTH.

1. By telling God’s STORY in your life and the lives of others.

How to tell your story:

Above all: NEVER exaggerate or embellish (aka: fibbing/lying).

A) Answer the question: What was my life like before I became a follower of Jesus?

B) Answer the question: Why did I choose Jesus?

C) Answer the question: How has my life changed since I became a Christian?

THIS WEEK: Record your story and put it on Facebook/Instagram/ Twitter.

Tag Open Arms and/or friends!
Use the #greaterthanstories and #openarmschurch.

2. By telling the MESSAGE; God’s work of salvation, invitation, and instructions for the new life.

3. By showing a positive attitude (peace, love, joy, etc) with a SMILE; aka being friendly.

4. By speaking LIFE, BLESSING, and PRAISE.
Ephesians 4:15&29; 5:15-19; Colossians 3:16&4:5-6; Romans 12:14; Hebrews 2:12&13:15; 1Peter 2:9

5. By NOT speaking death, curses, and vulgar words (lies, cussing, crudeness, criticism, gossip, grumbling, complaining).
Ephesians 4:20-5:4; Philippians 2:14; 1Corinthians 10:10

Romans 10:13-15 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”

If you (the Christian) do not go and tell, WHO will?

To not go and tell is DISOBEDIENCE.

To advance/build God’s Kingdom is the ONLY reason you remain on earth.

Revelation 20:11-15 11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.

September 10, 2018 11:42 AM PDT

CONTAGIOUS Part 2: Infected by Touch

A primary way of transmitting Contagions is by direct CONTACT.

Matthew 5:13-16 13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

This Good Infection is communicated by TOUCH.

1Peter 4:9-10 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

God blesses us to make us a blessing to show and infect the world with the goodness of GOD.

Opportunities to serve seldom come CHEAP or at CONVENIENT times.

Galatians 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

No one cares how much you KNOW, until they know how much you CARE.

September 07, 2018 10:12 AM PDT

CONTAGIOUS Part 1: The Good Infection

John 3:5-6 5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.

John 14:16-17 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth.The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

“Good things as well as bad, you know, are caught by a kind of infection. If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire. If you want to be wet you must get into the water. If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, or even into, the thing that has them. They are not a sort of prize which God could, if he chose, just hand out to anyone. They are a great fountain of energy and beauty spurting up at the very center of reality. If you are close to it, the spray will wet you; if you are not, you will remain dry.
Now the whole offer which Christianity makes is this: that we can, if we let God have His way, come to share in the life of Christ. He came to this world and became a man in order to spread to other men the kind of life He has — by what I call ‘good infection.’ Every Christian is to become a little Christ. The whole purpose of becoming a Christian is simply nothing else.” Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

If we’ve caught this “Good Infection” of the God-life, there should be SYMPTOMS.

Romans 12:11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

No FEVER, no infection.

Galatians 5:22-25 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. (Mark 12:30-31; John 14:15; 1Corinthians 13:4-7; 2Peter 1:5-11; Ephesians 4:20-24; Colossians 3:12-17)

You can’t have the FRUIT in your life without the SEED in your heart. (1John 3:9)

If you are infected with the God life, then you should be CONTAGIOUS.

1Peter 2:12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

Live it RIGHT and WELL.

August 31, 2018 09:21 AM PDT

R - REASONABLE

I - INSPIRED

S - STUPID

K - KINGDOM
Inspired, but not with results of personal victory, but rather results of personal sacrifice for a transcendent cause to achieve a long term victory (ie. martyrdom, asceticism).

Mark 8:35 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” - Jim Elliot

Many gave up their life for the faith:
Jesus was tortured and crucified
Stephen was stoned
James Zebedee was beheaded by sword
Antipas was slowly burned alive in a brazen bull
Matthew was killed by halberd
Andrew was crucified
Philip was scourged and crucified
Matthias was stoned then beheaded
Peter was crucified upside down
James brother of Jesus was thrown from temple pinnacle then clubbed.
Thaddeus (aka. Jude) was crucified
Bartholomew beaten at length then crucified.
Thomas was killed by spear
Luke was hanged
Paul spent years in prison and was beheaded
Simon was crucified
Polycarp was burned at the stake and when they didn’t kill him he was stabbed
John Huss was burned at the stake
William Tyndale was choked to death at the stake, then burned.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was hanged
Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Pete Fleming and Roger Youderian were speared
Cassie Bernall and Rachel Joy Scott were shot

There are many who gave up their lives by denying the pleasures and treasures of this world to serve the kingdom cause: Hudson Taylor, William Carey, David Livingstone, Eric Liddell, Amy Carmichael, Elisabeth Elliot, Rachel Saint, Mother Teresa

Revelation 12:11-12 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have come the salvation and the power
and the kingdom of our God,
and the authority of his Messiah.
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,
who accuses them before our God day and night,
has been hurled down.
11 They triumphed over him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much
as to shrink from death.

Hebrews 10:39 39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.

August 31, 2018 09:20 AM PDT

R.I.S.K. Part 3

R - REASONABLE

I - INSPIRED

S - STUPID
Unreasonable, irrational, nonsensical, irresponsible, uninspired, just plain dumb.

Judges 11:30 And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord: “If you give the Ammonites into my hands, 31 whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites will be the Lord’s, and I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.”

Stupid risks are more often motivated by PRIDE than anything else.

Stupid risks usually bring LOSS.

Sadly, many will blame GOD.

Proverbs 19:3 A person’s own folly leads to their ruin, yet their heart rages against the Lord.

Proverbs 19:3 A person’s own folly leads to their ruin, yet their heart rages against the Lord.

August 14, 2018 09:25 AM PDT

R.I.S.K. Part 2

R - REASONABLE

I - INSPIRED
The risk is irrational, unreasonable, and doesn't make sense, but is inspired (directed by God) with the understanding of results of victory.

Judges 7:2-8 2 The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength has saved me.’ 3 Now announce to the army, ‘Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mount Gilead.’” So twenty-two thousand men left, while ten thousand remained.
4 But the Lord said to Gideon, “There are still too many men. Take them down to the water, and I will thin them out for you there. If I say, ‘This one shall go with you,’ he shall go; but if I say, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ he shall not go.”
5 So Gideon took the men down to the water. There the Lord told him, “Separate those who lap the water with their tongues as a dog laps from those who kneel down to drink.” 6 Three hundred of them drank from cupped hands, lapping like dogs. All the rest got down on their knees to drink.
7 The Lord said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the others go home.” 8 So Gideon sent the rest of the Israelites home but kept the three hundred, who took over the provisions and trumpets of the others.

Inspired risk doesn’t mean there will not be something to DO.

Inspired risk doesn’t mean there will not be RESISTANCE.

Inspired risk doesn’t mean there will be immediate SUCCESS.
Inspired risk is motivated for the glory of GOD and the advancement of His cause.

The person God uses today may ABANDON Him tomorrow.

Always keep your FAITH in God and not the people He uses.

August 14, 2018 09:24 AM PDT

R.I.S.K. Part 1

Life is full of RISK.

Risk infers potential GAIN or LOSS.

R - REASONABLE
Sensible, appropriate, sound in judgment || the risk is reasonable in the ratio between gain and loss.

Esther 4:15-16 15 Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”

There is a healthy FEAR, but unhealthy fear will rob us.

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