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Rooted in Purpose

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Psalm 1:1-3 (NIV) 1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.


Rooted in PURPOSE
1. Rooted in Who
“For the Christian who I am is rooted in whose I am.”
Colossians 1:16 (NIV) All things were created by him and for him.
“Its not “God’s Plan for my life”, It’s my Life for Gods plan.”

2. Rooted in What: Assignment
Genesis 1:28 (NLT)
Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it…..

Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV) 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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.”
The Great Commission


4 of Verbs
Imperative verb: An imperative verb in English would typically be a single action-word, often followed by an exclamation mark like… “RUN!” or “FIGHT!” or  “EAT!” ….“GO!”
Participles: Present Participles are “ing” words like “swimming” and “running” and “eating.”
Often times it is read the way:
1.
GO! (verbal imperative)
2. Making disciples (participle plus a noun)
3. Baptizing (participle)
4. Teaching (participle)
Here is how it is written in greek:
1. Going (participle)
2
. DISCIPLE! (verbal imperative with/out noun/ “Make” not in greek)
3. Baptizing (participle)
4. Teaching (participle)
“As you are going: Disciple nations, baptizing, teaching.”

3. ROOTED IN HOW: Transforming CultuRe
We transform the culture by bringing His culture.
Proverbs 14:34 (NIV) Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.

by Living Intentionally:
We are Christ’s ambassadors. 2 Cor 5:20 (NLT)
“We tend to underestimate small moments and overestimate the big impact.”

“The Kingdom is not limited to the “WHAT.” It is always advanced by the HOW AND WHY we are doing it.”


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Rooted in Love

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Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NLT) 7 “Blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence. 8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.


Ephesians 3:16-19 (NIV) 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.


ROOTED IN LOVE
1. God is a Lover
Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV) The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”

Song of Solomon 8:6-7 (NLT) Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away.

Zechariah 8:2 (NIV) This is what the LORD Almighty says: "I am very jealous for Zion; I am burning with jealousy for her.”

How much does God love us?
John 17:23 (NLT) ….you love them as much as you love me.
Romans 5:8 (NLT)
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
1 John 3:1 (NIV) How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!

2. God is longing for lovers
Mark 12:28-34 (NIV) 28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?" 29 "The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' 31 The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these." 32 "Well said, teacher," the man replied. "You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. 33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices." 34 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.


How do you get into Love with God?

The Great Command is the great response.
1 John 4:19 (NIV) We love because he first loved us.

1. HEART- Be intentional

2. SOUL- Affections
Fom religion to romance.
1 John 5:3 (NIV) This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome.

Jacob and Leah
Genesis 29:20 (NIV) 20 So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.

3. Mind- Attention
Thinking: What we think, how we think, how often we think.
Remembering: His love for you, His love for others

4. Strength/Might -Demonstration
“Love reciprocated is Love demonstrated.”

John 15:9-11 (NIV) 10 If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
“Love takes the sting out of obedience.”


Psalm 36:7-9 (NLT) 7 How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. 8 You feed them from the abundance of your own house, letting them drink from your river of delights. 9 For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see.

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Rooted in Christ

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Psalm 92:12-15 (NIV) 12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; 13 planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, 15 proclaiming, "The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”
🇱🇧 Lebanese Cedars…
1. Majestic
2. Evergreen
3. Resistant & repellent of pest
4. Longevity of life
5. Useful
6. Fragrant
“We only flourish naturally if we are rooted deeply!”

Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NLT) 7 “Blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence. 8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.

ROOTS…
1- Roots provide structure.
“We will only grow as tall as we are deep.”
“If you won’t grow in depth you won’t be able to handle height.”

2- Roots give us access to nourishment
Mark 4:6 (NLT) The plant soon wilted under the hot sun, and since it didn’t have deep roots, it died.

3- Roots give us the capacity to bear fruit.
John 15:16 (NIV) I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit-fruit that will last. (Fruit that remains)

ROOTED IN CHRIST
Psalm 1:1-3 (NIV) 1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
1. Being mindful of Jesus.
The way for a Old Covenant person of God was the law.
The Way for a New Covenant follower is Christ.
“Our delight is in Jesus & on Jesus we meditate day & night.”

2. Being faithful to Jesus.
Colossians 2:6-7 (NLT) 6 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. 7 Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

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9/6 EVERLASTING FATHER

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Isaiah 9:6-7 (NIV) 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end.

John 14:27 (NIV)
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 16:33(NLT) Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

Matthew 1:21 (NIV) She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."

Colossians 1:19-22 (NLT) For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.

Peace is made Possible….
1. Peace is paid for
Isaiah 53:5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
2. Peace is promised
Romans 16:20 (NIV) The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet….
3. Peace needs permission:
John 14:27 Do not let your hearts be troubled…
Colossians 3:15 Let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts.
1. Don’t let urgency run your life.
2. Don’t be consumed with the “Why?”
3. Give life space

4. Pray & Nurture Gratitude
Philippians 4:6-7 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

4-Peace is found in the person of Jesus.
Mark 4:35-41
Ephesians 2:14 (KJV) For He is our peace.
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9/6 EVERLASTING FATHER

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Isaiah 9:6-7 (NIV) 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end.

Luke 2:4-7 (NIV)
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

“Joseph was going to show Jesus how to be a man, Jesus was going to show Joesph how to be like God.”

Colossians 1:15-20 (NIV) 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

Jesus, Everlasting Father.
1. Everlasting
Revelation 1:17-18 (NIV) 17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: "Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

2. Father
Hebrew ab:
(awb) father in a literal and immediate, or figurative and remote application :- chief, (fore-) father.
Jesus Revealed the Father.
John 14:6-11 (NIV) 6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him." 8 Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us." 9 Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'?

Jesus solved the daddy issues by revealing that…
1- You are loved.
Jeremiah 31:3 (NIV)
"I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.

2- You are valued.
We are the most expensive thing God will ever purchase.
“The cross speaks more of your value than your failure!”
1 Peter 1:18-19 (NIV) 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

3- You belong
James 1:18 (NLT)
18 He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.

4- You are accepted, approved and affirmed.
2 Corinthians 1:20-22 (NIV)
20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God. 21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
The Message verse 21- God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ, putting his Yes within us.
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9/6 MIGHTY GOD

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Luke 2:8-15 (NLT) 8 That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” 15 When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

Almighty Jesus.
Matthew 28:18 (NIV) Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”

He holds all power…
Ephesians 1:19-22 (NLT) 19 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. 21 Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. 22 God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. 23 And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.

1. Mighty Over Satan👿
1 John 3:8 (NLT) The Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil.
“Whatever the devil has done, Jesus has already undone.”
Acts 10:38 (NIV) God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

2. Mighty Over Sin 🖤
John 3:35-36 (NIV) 35 The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him.
Romans 3:23-26 (NLT)
23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. 25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.

Jesus is mighty over the results of sin….

“He is not into damage control he is into damage repair.”

3- Mighty in our Situation
Psalm 46:1-3 (NIV) God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

He is Mighty in the Mess!
Matthew 19:26 (NIV) Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
Jesus sees impossible situations as opportunities to demonstrate his might.”

Ministry:
Colossians 2:13-15 (NLT) 13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. 15 In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.

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