Andrew Fountain - The Practical Effect of the Surprising Scriptures

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Summary of Last Week

  • old (repeat last week’s demonstration)
  • new: We looked at some Scriptures, e.g.

John 17:21–23

  1. that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
  2. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one,
  3. I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.

Quote

  • “We will always remain creatures, but we are destined to become creatures so filled with God that his very glory radiates from us.” —Carl Mosser

Name for this

  • Early Church Fathers: “Deification”
    • confusing for us
  • Eastern Orthodox: “Theosis”
    • they mean something a little different e.g. performing rituals and discplines in order to have an experience of bright light
  • “Filled with God”
    “God’s life in us” terms taken out of the Bible, and less likely to be misunderstood
  • This week I am going to focus on the practical application of this teaching to our daily lives.

Living “God-filled”

  • Switching to dependence on him
  1. Working with his strength
  2. Ruling with his authority
  3. Glowing with his Glory

0. Switching to Dependence

2 Corinthians 12 & 13

  1. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
  2. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
  3. since you seek proof that Christ is speaking in me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you.
  4. For he was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but in dealing with you we will live with him by the power of God.
  • Demonstration of the extension chord & two power drills
  • The dependent life
    • We need to get used to drawing power
    • We are much more comfortable being self-reliant

Jesus Models this for us

  • So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord…” (John 5:19)
  • Just as the living Father sent me and I live through the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live through me. (John 6:57)
  • (usually translated “because of” but literally “through” (dia)
  • Paul explains what this means for him in Galatians 2

Galatians 2

  1. For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God.
  2. I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
  • And then in Ephesians 1 & 6

Ephesians 1 & 6

  1. …and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might
  2. that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,
     
  3. Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.

Living “God-filled”

  • Switching to dependence on him
  1. Working with his strength
  2. Ruling with his authority
  3. Glowing with his Glory

1. Working with His Strength

  • What does this mean in practice?
    • Is it like being in a taxi—you just say where you want to go and close your eyes?
    • Is it like driving your own car, but whenever you are low on gas, you can fill up for free at God’s gas station?
    • Is it like power steering? (ever had it stop working?)
  • Look at these verses and you tell me:

1 Corinthians 15

  1. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.
  • What on earth does that mean?

Colossians 1

  1. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
  2. Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.
  3. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.
  • The word translated “toil” here means to labour to the point of exhaustion
    • How does this work??
  • It was very hard for me to prepare this sermon. I had about 2/3 of it done by supper yesterday, but I was tired and it was hard to concentrate and make myself work
    • So what do I do God?
    • Are you going to write this sermon for me?
    • Should I just stop preparing, have a nice relaxing evening, and ask God to give me the verses on the spot on Sunday?
      • =the taxi driver model
    • I stopped and spent some time praying.
    • Tried to do a bit more, and made some more progress
    • Set my alarm for 7am Sunday morning so I could finish it
  • Do any of you have an example of what this might look like?
  • When we do well, God can say “well done”, even though it was all his doing, because it is our doing at the same time. You cannot separate them.

Living “God-filled”

  • Switching to dependence on him
  1. Working with his strength
  2. Sharing his throne
  3. Glowing with his Glory

2. Sharing His Throne

  • Lots of verses, e.g.

Sharing His Throne:

  • “and he raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,” (Eph 2:6)
  • “I will grant the one who conquers permission to sit with me on my throne, just as I too conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.” (Rev 3:21)
  • new demonstration
    • two chairs up on a platform
      • ruling wth Christ
    • plugged in power-drill
  • What actual difference does it make for us??
    1. We are Secure
    2. We Rule
  1. Secure
    • What more secure place could you be?
    • Story of John Wycliffe & John of Gaunt (one of the most powerful men in Europe had taken a liking to him)
    • Threatened by Satan
    • Feeling pressure to perform
    • Feeling unloved and alone, like an “orphan”
    • Nothing shall separate us from the love of Christ
  2. Empowered
    • We rule in our prayers
    • Anne: praying for occult stores to be closed
    • Experience at work this week.

Living “God-filled”

  • Switching to dependence on him
  1. Working with his strength
  2. Sharing his throne
  3. Glowing with his glory

3. Glowing with His Glory

2 Corinthians 3

  1. …the Israelites could not keep their eyes fixed on the face of Moses because of the glory of his face (a glory which was made ineffective),
  2. how much more glorious will the ministry of the Spirit be?
  3. And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord,
    are being transformed into the same image
    from one degree of glory to another…
  • The story of Moses
  • Demo of lamp
  • Glory—people will see it. Don’t worry! You concentrate on nurturing the life of God in you
  • Let your glory shine—it will be noticed. (Visitor yesterday, not a Christian but said she could feel love at Newlife, not at the organization where she belongs)
  • How much is future and how much present?

Living “God-filled”

  • Switching to dependence on him
  1. Working with his strength
  2. Sharing his throne
  3. Glowing with his glory
  1. Working with all the power he supplies
  2. Confident in our prayers
    & Secure in his love
  3. Do this and you will glow!