Revolution – #Sermon Notes

REVOLUTION: OPEN YOUR HEART, OPEN YOUR BIBLE, AND OPEN YOUR LIFE!

(Pastor Chris Jordan – Horizon Church)

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This is an outline of the sermon notes from a message I shared with our church family a couple of weeks ago. You can listen to or download the audio MP3 HERE.

INTRO TO SPEAKER: Family of 5 living in a two-bedroom basement suite right now, still praying for our house to sell in Manitoba.

INTRO TO TOPIC:

Last week Pastor Craig told the story of God bringing the children of Israel out of Egypt.

  • Caleb said, “We are WELL able”, but the other 10 spies said, “We are NOT able!”
  • Because they listened to the 10 spies, it took 40 years to make an 11 day journey!
  • We need to change our thinking if we want to change our lives! That’s a revolution!

IT’S TIME FOR A REVOLUTION: REVOLUTION DEFINED:

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  • What’s a revolution? This is a picture of what God wants to have happen in our lives.
  • Radical: a sudden or radical and far-reaching change in ways of thinking and behaving.
  • Do you want to stay the same? Are you content with where you’re at?

PREPARING TO ENTER THE PROMISED LAND:

1 Then Joshua rose early in the morning; and they set out from Acacia Grove and came to the Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they crossed over. 2 So it was, after three days, that the officers went through the camp; 3 and they commanded the people, saying, “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests, the Levites, bearing it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it. 4 Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure. Do not come near it, that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way before.” 5 And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” (Joshua 3:1-5).

  • We are at a place where God wants to get us ready to cross over into our Promised Land!
  • Sanctify/Consecrate: Hebrew Qadash: to be set apart or made holy.
  • God wants to do wonders in our lives, but first we must allow God to do His work in us.
  • How do we ensure our thoughts are shaped by God and not our circumstances?

HOW DO WE CHANGE THE WAY WE THINK?

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.” (2 Cor. 10:4).

  • Weapon – Greek hoplon – any tool or implement for preparing a thing.

THE BIG IDEA: God has given us three tools or keys to experiencing a revolution in our lives. We need to open our heart, open our Bible, and open our lives.

THE TOOLS WE USE TO PREPARE OURSELVES:

1. OPEN YOUR HEART (PRAYER):

“When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord… go after it… that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way before” (Joshua 3:3-4).

  • If we’re going to enter our Promised Land, we need to follow the Good Shepherd!
  • Jesus said: “My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27).
  • We need to see and hear what He’s saying. HEARING GOD SEMINAR!

“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” (Matthew 6:6).

  • It’s time to get alone until we’re not alone anymore, until God’s presence shows up!
  • “So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle.” (Exodus 33:11).

TESTIMONY: This morning Liza was praying for me for my message.

Explosion of Scriptures and I heard Jesus say, “Tell my people I still answer prayers.” I said, “They know that, Lord!” He said, “If they believed it, they would pray more than they do.”

  • QUOTE: Mark 11:24; Matthew 18:19; Ephesians 3:20.
  • CHURCH: LET’S PRAY! Pray for your growth, your family, finances, church, pastor!

2. OPEN YOUR BIBLE (THE WORD):

“Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you… This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:7-8).

  • It’s not good enough to just read the Bible, we need to meditate on it!
  • Personal testimony: Memorizing the Scriptures changed the way I saw myself!

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2).

  • This is one of the best ways to change our thinking to change our lives!
  • Jesus said, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32).
  • More often, freedom comes from a truth encounter than a power encounter.
  • Quote: Romans 10:17; Matthew 4:4; Psalm 119:9.
  • The Bible will build your faith, help you resist temptation, and grow in the Lord!

3. OPEN YOUR LIFE (COMMUNITY / CONNECTION):

“After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites.” (Joshua 1:1-2).

  • ALL the people, not just the leaders or the brave. It’s about community and connection.

“God sets the solitary in families.” (Psalm 68:6).

  • God has put us together as a family in the church!

“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” (Heb. 10:25, NLT).

  • Church isn’t just about worship and discipleship, it’s about fellowship, too!

“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, NLT).

  • We need to start being open and honest with our struggles and helping each other.
  • “The church is not a museum for saints, but a hospital for sinners.” (Thomas Merton).

IT’S TIME FOR A REVOLUTION: ANOTHER DEFINITION:

  • What’s a revolution? This is a picture of what God wants to have happen in our lives.
  • Closer: the action by a celestial body of going round in an orbit or elliptical course, as in “the revolution of the earth about the sun takes one year.”

LESSONS FROM THE PLANETS:

  1. It takes the Earth 365 days to orbit around the sun (Earth = about 150 million km away)
  2. Mercury only requires 88 days to orbit around the sun (about 58 million km away)
  • Mercury’s temperature can reach up to 750 degrees Fahrenheit (it’s HOT!)
  1. Pluto requires 258 years to orbit the sun! (about 6 billion km away)
  • Pluto’s temperature reaches a frozen -396 F
  • when we orbit away from God, it takes us longer to do things for Him, we become cold

We need a CLOSER REVOLUTION – like Mercury around the sun (then we’ll be HOT!)

CLOSING CHALLENGE: How’s your orbit? Are you in close revolution around the Son?

  • How’s your passion for God, and your love for Him?
  • Some of you have been knocked out of your orbit because of life’s circumstances.
  • Some of you maybe you saw something ‘attractive’ and abandoned orbit around Jesus
  • It’s time to return to a closer revolution of orbiting our lives around the Son, Jesus!
  • Open your heart (prayer), open your Bible, and open your lives (in fellowship)!

PRAYER!

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About Chris Jordan

Husband. Father. Author. Pastor. High School Bible Teacher. Follower of Jesus. And I enjoy a good cup of coffee!
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2 Responses to Revolution – #Sermon Notes

  1. Wonderful message. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Peter Brooke says:

    I feel the phrase “knocked out of orbit by life’s circumstances” describes partly what has happened to me in terms of my passion for God and His Word not being there most of the time. Reading, meditating, memorizing and praying because I want to and get to, NOT because I think I have to is the key difference, a matter of devotion and relationship rather than religious duty. Busyness and other activities should never be excuses we use to rationalize lack of prayer or Bible reading; in fact, the busier we are and the fuller our schedules, the more fervently we need to seek God first thing in the morning, which is really what I am lacking in my daily life right now and have been for a long while. Or, for those of us that are not “morning people”, seeking God through reading His Word and prayer needs to be the last thing we do before we go to sleep. Oh, what a difference I know it will make to put God first and in His rightful place. Jesus said in Matthew six verse thirty three, Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. He is “Lord of all or not at all” I have heard someone say and that is true as difficult as it is to consistently practice.
    When Chris reminds us that the Bible will build your faith, help you resist temptation, and grow in the Lord, this simply explains what is causing me to feel distant from Him, dissatisfied much of the time, scattered and unfocused in my pursuits and in my time spent, sometimes frittering away precious moments which I could be spending growing my faith and trust and understanding of Who He is and what He thinks of me and wants for me based on His Word, which is true. How much of what I put in to my mind or allow to enter my thoughts through what I see or hear from the world is actually true? I John two says that if we love the world or anything in the world, the love of the Father is not in us. We cannot serve two masters. We will love the one and, by contrast, hate the other, as Jesus warns us in Matthew six.

    So, I realize where I have gone off the path of God’s best for me but want to claim the promise of Psalm one forty three verse ten, which asks God to lead me by His good Spirit onto level ground. That level ground is the path of His commands, whichever when I choose in obedience to walk thereon, he sets me free to serve Him and live for Him and not for myself. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, Lord, be acceptable in Your sight, my Rock and my Redeemer, from Psalm nineteen verse fourteen. Thank you, for speaking the words the Lord has given you to exhot, edify and challenge the body of CHRIST toward growth. The pruning process is definitely not easy but is needed for His people (disciples = Christ followers) to bear fruit, and to bear fruit we certainly need to be daily connected to the VINE, which is Christ!!

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