Is it more Important to be WANTED or NEEDED?
INTRO AND GETING TO KNOW TEENS
The Invitation: SOMETHING ONLY HE CAN GIVE
From Who? CHRIST
To Whom? ALL WHO ARE WEARY FROM THE LABOR OF LIFE AND HEAVY LADEN
And what does he give? REST FOR OUR SOULS
CHRIST OUR BURDEN BEARER-
Jesus is the MASTER TEACHER and loved to use everyday life and surroundings to teach HIS TRUTH to convey a SPIRITUAL message and meet a REAL need! Here Christ INVITES us to take HIS YOKE upon us.
A yoke is: A bar or frame that is attached to the heads or necks of TWO WORK animals such as OXEN so they may pull or plow A HEAVY LOAD! Oxen are yoked TOGETHER in TEAMS and NO DOUBT are STRONG animals!
PROVERBS 14:4 states that “MUCH INCREASE IS BY THE STRENGTH OF THE OX”
But here we find that CHRIST INVITES US TO JOIN OURSELVES WITH HIM AS HE SHOULDERS OUR BURDENS!
All people whether we be children, teens, young adults, median adults, or aged will find ourselves weary and hurting from the burdens, pains and pressures of life.
To truly understand why this is, we must look to His Word for all our ANSWERS:
ROMANS 5:12 and incase we still aren’t convinced…..
shows us that the ROOT of all our pain and suffering is our SIN
In 1 PETER 5:7
We find that Christ freely not only offers to BEAR our BURDENS and CARES but INVITES us to CAST how many off our CARES? A few? Several?
CASTING ALL YOUR CARES ON HIM…..
BECAUSE HE CARES FOR YOU!
“INSERT JESUS AND THE LAMB PIC”
Not only has Christ Jesus given the invitation to bear ALL our BURDENS and CARES……..
He has also BORE our SINS!
2 CORINTHIANS 5:21
ISAIAH 53:5-6 INIQUITY- Perverseness, Sin Guilt, Crime
1 JOHN 3:5
1 PETER 2:24
The IN-SIGHT INTO HIS INVITATION:
To FOLLOW CHRIST is a CHOICE
Christ Is SHARING a KEY TRUTH of OBEDIENCE in DENIAL of SELF THAT WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND……..
WE CAN INDEED ALL BE SELFISH PEOPLE BY OUR VERY NATURE BUT ONLY IN CHRIST CAN WE LEARN WHAT IT TRULY MEANS TO BE SELFLESS!!!!!!
ONE MUST UNDERSTAND CHRIST WANTS A COMMITMENT OUT OF LOVE not FORCE……
I as a person want someones LOVE and DEVOTION not because they are FORCED into it but because of GRATITUDE and thankfulness and because they WANT to LOVE me NOT because they are MADE to or HAVE to LOVE me!
2 CORINTHIANS 7:10
What KIND of SORROW? GODLY
And what will that KIND of SORROW PROUCE? GENUINE
NO other SORROW will do…….
REPENTANCE is to have a CHANGE OF MIND from EVIL to GOOD. A TRUE change of HEART towards GOD……
The SORROW that the WORLD produces is “OH BOY I GOT CAUGHT IN MY SIN AND I HAVE TO PAY THE CONSEQUENCES!”
EX. A man is caught robbing a bank, he is then arrested and after hearing from the Judge he has to go to prison says he is SORRY! But is he SORRY that he ROBBED the BANK? Or is he SORRY he must now go to Prison suffering for his Crime because he GOT CAUGHT???
Do you see the DIFFERENCE?
GODLY SORROW WEEPS OVER THE SIN THAT BREAKS A HOLY GODS HEART AND WORLDLY SORROW SAYS OH SHUCKS I GOT CAUGHT!!!
God is HOLY!! 1 PETER 1:16
And by HIS VERY NATURE MUST PUNISH SIN!
What is SIN? 1 JOHN 3:4 Answers this question
TRANSGRESSION of the LAW…….
WHO”S LAW? GODS LAW GALATIANS 6:2
So WHO is OUR SIN AGAINST?
King David’s great Psalm of REPENTANCE
OUR SIN IS AGAINST THE LIVING GOD AND IT IS HIM THAT WE HAVE ALL OFFENDED!
We have already established the sure knowledge from Gods Word that we have ALL BROKEN GODS LAWS AND ARE GUILTY BEFORE HIM
and according to:
The Law is our SCHOOLMASTER to SHOW US WE ARE SINFUL and have ALL BROKEN GODS LAW.
The Apostle Paul goes on to say in….
ROMANS 7:7 that he would NOT have known Sin but by the LAW
Now we see OUR NEED, GUILTY and in NEED of FORGIVENESS/SALVATION!
1 JOHN 1:9
ACTS 4:12 (MUST)
THESE VERSES SHOW THE NECESSITY OF SALVATION
Lets learn MORE of our CONSEQUENCES and CHRIST THE CURE………
CONSEQUENCE OF DEATH BUT……..
NOTICE the WORD GIFT…..GIFT MEANS NO COST TO US
GOD”S GRACE IS FREELY GIVEN UNCONDITIONALLY OUT OF LOVE!
JESUS cries out “ IT IS FINISHED”! AND HE GAVE UP THE GHOST MEANING HE WAS IN CONTROL OF HIS DEATH! No one TOOK HIS LIFE, HE FREELY GAVE IT WHEN THE SIN DEBT WAS COMPLETELY PAID FOR!! AND GOD THE FATHERS WRATH AGAINST SIN WAS SATISFIED AS NO OTHER SACRIFICE WOULD DO!…….
John the BAPTIST made this CLAIM about JESUS:
CHRIST THE LAMB OF GOD THAT TAKES AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD!
Salvation is a GIFT and EVEN THOUGH CHRIST TOOK OUR PENALTY- (MEANING A PUNISHMENT AS FIXED BY LAW) IT CAN NOT BE YOURS until YOU PERSONALLY RECEIVE IT FOR YOURSELF!
And this is TRUE of any GIFT any person has ever given to us whether for Christmas or Birthday etc. it makes PERFECT SENSE that until you take it it can not be yours……
SO SALVATION IS PERSONAL, ONE ON ONE BETWEEN CHRIST AND EACH INDIVIDUAL.
We are SAVED by GRACE through FAITH, and because our only BOAST can be in the CROSS of CHRIST, NO MAN can EVER be GOOD ENOUGH OR WORK THEIR WAY TO HEAVEN!
NOT of WORKS
2 TIMOTHY 1:9
But by HIS MERCY 1 PETER 1:3
GRACE is God giving us what we DO NOT DESERVE!
MERCY is GOD NOT giving us what we DO DESERVE!
EVERY ONE has FAITH in SOMETHING……..
You ALL OBVIOUSLY had the FAITH/TRUST that these chairs would hold you up when you sat down, but if our FAITH is PLACED in and ON the WRONG THINGS, it is MISPLACED
So can a person believe in VAIN or have the WRONG kind of FAITH? Lets first look at:
1 CORINTHIANS 15:2 So clearly the Apostle Paul warned the people of Corinth that their BELIEF could be in VAIN…..
Because according to:
2 CORINTHIANS 11:3-4
SADLY Many people are sharing another JESUS CHRIST that DOES NOT LINE UP WITH THE BIBLE GODS WORD and as a RESULT MANY simply DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW TO TRULY BE SAVED ACCORDING TO THE SIMPLICITY OF THE WORD OF GOD!
2 CORINTHIANS 13:5
WE ARE TOLD TO EXAMINE OURSELVES TO SEE IF WE BE IN THE FAITH……..
So HOW do we do this???
BY EXAMINING OUR LIVES as INDIVIDUALS BY THE LIGHT OF THE WORD OF GOD!
So is the WORD of GOD IMPORTANT?
JAMES 1:21 IT is BY the WORD of GOD that we are saved!
ROMANS 10:17 FAITH COMES BY HEARING an HEARING by the WORD OF GOD!
JOHN 17:17 WE are SANCTIFIED “MADE HOLY” by HIS TRUTH and HIS TRUTH ALONE HIS WORD
2 TIMOTHY 2:15
We had BETTER STUDY KNOW and Learn what this BOOK has to say……..
The Initiative: OUR CHOICE TO RECEIVE
Everyone of us make CHOICES each day and the CHOICES we make do indeed impact our LIVES and the LIVES of OTHERS all around us!
SO what we CHOOSE to BELIEVE about CHRIST does INDEED MATTER and WILL affect our WHOLE ETERNITY……SO I”D SAY THIS IS QUITE A SERIOUS MATTER!
So WHO do you say that CHRIST is?
In MATTHEW 16:13- 17 Jesus asked this question of HIMSELF
So do you think it matters what you believe about Christ?
ALL POWER IN HEAVEN AND EARTH HAS BEEN GIVEN TO CHRIST JESUS. MATTHEW 28:18
At the NAME of JESUS EVERY not SOME not SEVERAL not HUNDREDS or THOUSANDS but EVERY KNEE WILL BOW and CONFESS that JESUS is LORD “THE BOSS, THE ONE IN CHARGE…….
So Gods Word is Serious……
And we Can Believe God ALWAYS MEANS WHAT HE SAYS…..AND SAYS WHAT HE MEANS
JOHN 14: 6 ONE WAY
1 TIMOTHY 2:5 ONE MEDIATOR One who MEDIATES between two parties for PEACE
The IN-Dwelling & Outcome: FILLED WITH HIS GLORY TO BRING HIM GLORY
OUR ETERNAL PURPOSE
EPHESIAN 3:20-21 His Eternal POWER WORKING IN US!
FOR WHAT PURPOSE?
TO BRING HIM GLORY IN THE CHURCH
1 CORINTHIANS 6:19-20
AS BORN AGAIN BELIEVERS WE ARE INDWELT BY HIM AND ARE EMPOWERED FOR HIS WORK AS HIS SERVANTS
CHRIST as OUR EXAMPLE:
The washing of a guest feet in that day was reserved for the LOWEST of SERVANTS! What CHRIST is telling us here is that their should be NOTHING that we are not willing to do for OTHERS that we serve!
CHRIST OUR EXAMPLE CAME NOT TO BE SERVED BUT TO SERVE AND GIVE HIS LIFE! A RANSON IS A PRICE PAID FOR REDEEMING CAPTIVES! IF WE ARE IN CHRIST WE ARE FREE FROM THE “SLAVERY” BONDAGE OF SIN! We KNOW this OUR FREEDOM FROM SIN was made POSSIBLE by HIS SHED BLOOD ON THE CROSS…….
1 CORINTHIANS 7:22
EPHESIANS 2:10 MATTHEW 23:11
ACCORDING TO THESE VERSES OUR SERVICE IS?
1 JOHN 4:19
WE CAN ONLY LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY “GRACE” FILLED GENUINE LOVE BECAUSE HE FIRST LOVED US!
GRACE MEANS FAVOR UNDESERVED KINDNESS AND IS GIVEN UNCONDITIONAL FROM A GOOD AND HOLY GOD!
WE OFTENTIMES LOVE THOSE AND GIVE THEM SPECIAL TREATMENT WHO WE DEEM AS LOVING US.
But we are to Love the LORD with all our HEARTS and OTHERS as OURSELVES LUKE 6:27 and LUKE 10:27 MARK 12:30-31
NO other COMMANDMENT GREATER than THESE!
1 JOHN 4:7 PROOF OF KNOWING HIM
1 JOHN 4:1
JOHN 15:12 HIS COMMAND
In doing so we will:
ROMANS 12:10 & 15
LASTLY WE ARE A TEAM!!!!
ECCLESIASTES 4:9 -10 & 12
God will always give HELP to those who will DEPEND on HIM!
OKAY SO NOW THAT YOU’VE HAD A CHANCE TO PONDER MY OPENING QUESTION:
IS IT MORE IMPORTANT TO BE WANTED OR NEEDED?
What are your thoughts?
Now let me ask you another question?
Does the God WHO CREATED EVERYTHING YOU SEE FROM NOTHING NEED US?
NO He does not NEED us! He WANTS us!
2 PETER 3:9
It is FAR BETTER TO BE WANTED!!!!!!!
NOW THAT YOUNG PEOPLE IS LOVE