A Place Of Grace
3-8-2020
      • Mark 14ESV

  • Song Mission of the Church
  • Song Mission of the Church
  • Song Mission of the Church
  • Song Mission of the Church
  • I Will Build My Church… these are the words promised by Jesus Christ in Matthew 16:18 … and the gates of Hell will not overpower it!!! Christ when He left gave a mandate… Matthew 28:19-20
    Matthew 28:19–20 NASB95
    “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
    The mandate of “GO” or better translated “AS YOU GO” is a mandate for the church as a whole for all generations! When Christ left He shared His plan for His followers… Acts 1:8
    Acts 1:8 NASB95
    but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
    Paul has been following this plan… We are starting today looking at his third missionary journey
    It can almost begin to feel storylike
    We can have a tendency to sit here, listen to these events, place them in storyline and be tempted to place it in similar categories of “Once upon a time
    We hear something like the tortoise and the hare, think wow there are some good principles to live by and apply them failing to realize that what we are reading, hearing are the very words of God given to us, recording real events about real people, dealing with real issues!
    We place it often in the distance, times from long ago, and somehow we are more comfortable keeping what we hear and learn at arms distance or further.
    Allow me a moment to bring it closer to home for you… Let me begin by
    DEFINING “Church Planting”: “Church planting is an exhaustive but exciting venture of faith that involves the planned process of beginning and growing new local churches as based on Jesus’ promise and in obedience to His great commission.” Taken from Planting Growing Churches by Aubrey Malphurs.
    On Sunday, September 30, 2007, Grace Bible Church celebrated their 10-year anniversary as an established church. We are looking forward to our 25th year anniversary here soon in 2022!
    Back in 1989 Wayne & Lola Mae Bristol retired to the community of Parachute. Having been members of the Rocky Mountain Bible Church in Frisco, they kept in touch with their former pastor, Bruce Miles, and began a Bible Study, some of which involved Pastor Miles’ sermons on tape. That same year they contacted Rocky Mountain Bible Church Mission under the direction of Bob Brandow. By the end of the year the Bible Study group working with the Mission called Mark Henry as their missionary pastor.
    One of the board members of RMBCM asked a Junior High boy to pray for this “Church Plant”.
    The church plant began meeting in the Battlement Mesa Activity Center and in a short time numbered in the forties. By the end of the first year they were able to move into a storefront facility in Parachute, where they renovated their new location and continued to grow. By 1996, Grace Bible Church was self-supporting with its own Constitution and By-Laws written by the developing leadership. In 1997 the church graduated from Rocky Mountain Bible Church Mission.
    Grace Bible Church was able to purchase property on Spencer Parkway in Battlement Mesa. Construction of their present facility began in early 2000 and on January 28, 2001, the church celebrated its first service in the new facility with two hundred and fifty people present. A wonderful answer to prayer is that all of the facility was paid for in full by completion. God had wonderfully provided.
    Pastor Mark Henry resigned as senior pastor in January, 2002, accepting a call to a church in Fruita. … In April, 2003, Charlie Hornick became the Senior Pastor of Grace Bible Church (the former board member of RMBCM) … That junior high boy well his name was Jed Johnston, he came here October 2011 as an associate pastor. In June of 2015 Pastor Jed transitioned into the Senior Pastor role when Pastor Charlie retired to teach at Frontier School of the Bible. In March of 2018 the church brought on Pastor Caleb Lenard as the new Associate Pastor.
    Grace Bible Church has also become the mother church of Grace Bible Church of Collbran. GBC of Collbran is on Main Street in Collbran and is now a sister church, having become fully self-supporting. The celebration was held on March 6, 2011. A former elder of GBC of Parachute, Loyal May, is now the pastor in Collbran. Presently both churches worked together to attempt a church plant in Silt, CO, with Rockies Southwest Bible Church Extension. Also, GBC of Parachute is working with Tentmakers Bible Mission to plant a Spanish-speaking church in Parachute. This church is Casa de la Biblia. Recently we helped a struggling church in DeBeque, Open Door Fellowship. They asked for our help to get the church going on the right track and to help fill the pulpit. Over time God worked in the heart of one of our elders, Bill Nichols, who in August of 2017 decided to attend there regularly in order to help in a greater way. In December of 2018 the church called Bill to be their Pastor and is slowly growing stronger again.
    God continues to write more chapters concerning His church. We look forward to how He will guide and direct us His people as we continue to be involved in the church planting process!
    I share this because when we look at what is occuring in Acts with these mission journeys, we need to realize this is very relevant to us today!
    We need to realize that what we see in our Bible maps… is the same world we see today in our travels, on the news, on google earth!
    Consider with me several things about how Christ is Building His Church...
    He is using His church to Build His Church… ANTIOCH!
    A pivotal city in the Roman empire and in the growth and spread of the church!
    Paul is back at Antioch when he begins his third journey… Acts 18:22-23
    Acts 18:22–23 NASB95
    When he had landed at Caesarea, he went up and greeted the church, and went down to Antioch. And having spent some time there, he left and passed successively through the Galatian region and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples.
    This church “sends out” lead by the Spirit… for the work!
    Second There is a Plan… Consider where Paul had already gone...
    Israel and Syria are well evangelized
    Modern day Turkey (Galatia and Phrygia) have heard the gospel
    Greece and Macedonia… Paul has his sights on Rome for sure...
    Consider the cities Paul has chosen and chooses to spend the most time in...
    Antioch… one of the leading cities in the Roman empire
    Pisidian Antioch almost as affluent
    Philipi was a hub for learning
    Thessalonica was strategic in the trade route for sure a central hub
    Corinth and Ephesus were probably two of the most influential cities in the world at that time
    In his second journey Paul spends a great deal of time in Corinth
    In this third journey Paul will get to spend a great deal of time in Ephesus
    Paul was not approaching this haphazard… but at the same time as we looked at two weeks ago he always remained sensitive to the Spirits leading in all of this.
    As this third journey unfolds we do not see any new cities evangelized… HOWEVER, we do see a pattern unfold
    First we see Paul Evangelize Strategic Cities
    Second Paul Establishes Local Churches
    Finally he Entrust Them To Faithful Men
    This is his pattern and in this third journey we are going to see more of how he entrust/equips these churches.
    We will look at struggles, road blocks, real life issues
    We will see Paul :
    Strengthening disciples 18:23
    Reasoning and persuading 19:8
    In Acts 19:20 we see God’s Word growing mightily and prevailing (that means there was opposition)
    Acts 19:20 NASB95
    So the word of the Lord was growing mightily and prevailing.
    We see Paul exhorting them 20:1
    Declaring profitable things to them 20:20
    Warning to be on guard and be alert 20:28 & 20:31
    Do you realize that there is still this entrusting and equipping going on in this church today...
    We still stay in contact with Rocky Mountain Bible church and their Pastor Mike Tharp
    We meet regularly with Pastor Loyal May in Collbran, with Pastor Bill at Open Door Fellowship, with pastor Jonathan at Casa de la Biblia
    Read these chapters and you will find over 20 names of those who were ministering with Paul along with phrases like us, disciples, elders, fellow ministers...
    Christ is building His Church… He was 2000 years ago and He continues today...
    In the early 1990’s a faithful man of God challenged a junior high boy to get involved in “Planting Churches” TODAY I challenge you...
    What do you need to do to become fully established and equipped to play a key role in helping the church multiply???
      • Matthew 28:19–20NLT

      • Acts 1:8NLT

      • Acts 18:22–23NLT

      • Acts 19:20NLT

  • Song Mission of the Church
  • We are in the Gospel of Luke… today we are going to tackle most of one of the largest chapters in the Bible (80 verses!) We are going to be looking at the events of a man by the name of Zacharias and his wife Elizabeth:
    He is a priest
    They are said to be considered righteous in the sight of God
    I am so glad God is watching!
    An angel will visit him
    God will work a miracle
    In the end this priest will prophesy and praise God…
    BUT FIRST! Let’s rewind and go back 400 years...

    Malachi

    Holman- “Malchi rebuked God’s people for specific violations of the covenant, such as laws concerning sacrifices, divorce, and tithes, but he also prophesied the coming of the Messenger who will set things right.
    At first glance it would appeared God had been silent or forgotten for 400 years after sending Malachi to the people and declaring His promise...
    Feelings of forgotten as a nation
    Zacharias forgotten as a priest (will God speak again?)
    Elizabeth forgotten as she is barren no children
    When in reality, God had not forgotten, but was DOING what he promised!
    & declare what God will do in the coming future...
    Malachi 3:1 NASB95
    1 “Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the Lord of hosts.
    Malachi 4:4–6 NASB95
    4 “Remember the law of Moses My servant, even the statutes and ordinances which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel. 5 “Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord. 6 “He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.”
    The world stage had to be set… made ready for His Messenger who would come:
    Daniel had prophesied the things that would occur before the Messiah would come
    Alexander the Great would come in… create one language Greek
    His empire would be divided four way among his generals
    Eventually Rome would take over the world… roads being developed for transportation!
    God had not forgotten… On the contrary, He was remembering His promise, fulfilling His Word! In fact His promises… THE PROMISE goes all the way back to the beginning!

    God’s Promise

    The Seed of the woman would deliver a death blow to Satan
    Genesis 3:15 NASB95
    15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.”
    We see the three sons of Noah and there is a blessing passed to Shem
    Genesis 9:25–27 NASB95
    25 So he said, “Cursed be Canaan; A servant of servants He shall be to his brothers.” 26 He also said, “Blessed be the Lord, The God of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant. 27 “May God enlarge Japheth, And let him dwell in the tents of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant.”
    Through Abraham’s seed all men would be blessed this is made clearer in Genesis 15
    Genesis 12:3 NASB95
    3 And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
    Abraham had many sons… Yet Issac is the one God’s blessing was with.
    Isaac had two sons yet the blessing (Promise) was with Jacob… The God of Abraham, Issac & Jacob.
    Jacob had 12 sons… Jacobs name is changed by God to Israel (one who wrestles with God)
    God’s blessing of promise is passed from Jacob to Judah in Indicating the One to come would be royal, a ruler King.
    Genesis 49:10 NASB95
    10 “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes, And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.
    From the line of Judah comes a man who was anointed king by the name of David… in and God Promises this...
    2 Samuel 7:16 NASB95
    16 “Your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me forever; your throne shall be established forever.” ’ ”
    The Hebrew word: mashiyach, meaning “the anointed” gradually became a title for the Promised Savior-King Messiah!
    God did NOT forget… He had been working all along in even the smallest of details!
    NOW… back to Luke.

    We Can Take God at His Word!

    Setting:
    Priest had their turns to serve in the temple… this was Zacharias’ time
    Selected to go in and offer incense (prayers) to God… Usually on behalf of the people of Israel
    Luke 1:11–17 NASB95
    And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. Zacharias was troubled when he saw the angel, and fear gripped him. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John. “You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. “For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will drink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother’s womb. “And he will turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God. “It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
    I don’t think this man was praying for a son… too old.
    Praying for the people, felt forgotten, feeling the oppressions of the Romans, whatever it was GOD HEARD!
    Wow! the angel states the Zacharias’ son will fulfill the prophecy of Malachi
    Your son will prepare for the Promised Messiah
    It Is Time! The Messiah is coming!!!
    What God says WILL HAPPEN!
    Moody- Zacharias ought to have been focusing on the divine “promise” of the message, not the human “problems” of the message.
    Did you miss it? Do you doubt God due to human limitations?
    The Promise of the scriptures was being fulfilled and this is Zacharias’ response…
    Luke 1:18–20 NASB95
    Zacharias said to the angel, “How will I know this for certain? For I am an old man and my wife is advanced in years.” The angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. “And behold, you shall be silent and unable to speak until the day when these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time.”
    Several lessons here:
    Be careful when you ask God to prove it or for a sign!
    This was good news, not intended to create a problem
    The last words he could hear was the promise, his last words were questioning God
    God has a time table and a plan, He is NEVER late and always stays true to His Word

    God’s Hand Working Deserves Praise

    “ His Name is John”
    These are the words Zacharias would write on a board for the questioning crowd…
    Wait a minute… Zacharias, he’s not going to carry your name?
    NO this baby boy would carry something much greater… the message that the Messiah has come repent!
    His Faith to obey and listen loosed his tongue… He begins to prophesy for all there to hear and share!
    Luke 1:67–79 NASB95
    And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying: “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people, And has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of David His servant— As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old— Salvation from our enemies, And from the hand of all who hate us; To show mercy toward our fathers, And to remember His holy covenant, The oath which He swore to Abraham our father, To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies, Might serve Him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before Him all our days. “And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; For you will go on before the Lord to prepare His ways; To give to His people the knowledge of salvation By the forgiveness of their sins, Because of the tender mercy of our God, With which the Sunrise from on high will visit us, To shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace.”
    Look at the people’s response to all they heard and had seen…
    Luke 1:65–66 NASB95
    Fear came on all those living around them; and all these matters were being talked about in all the hill country of Judea. All who heard them kept them in mind, saying, “What then will this child turn out to be?” For the hand of the Lord was certainly with him.
    Darrel Bock- The story’s close indicates that the Lord’s hand was with him. Luke is saying, in effect, “Be assured, Theophilus or any other reader of my account, that God was in these most unusual events.” When God’s hand is mentioned, usually an opportunity for deliverance is around the corner!

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