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Episode 90 · 7 months ago

New System Needed

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Because of Jesus, today can be different. You can be different. He came to introduce to the world something new. A new way of relating to God. A new system.

I'm so glad that you are here with us today. As Jordan said, my name is Kevin. I am the lead pastor of connectors church and thanks for joining US online. I'll see you in the comments after I'm done here, but say hi and I'm so glad that you are with us today. I want to invite you back next week for something very special. We're going to have somebody preaching here for the very first time, and you guys all know this person. You if you were watching the live videos the last couple weeks on Monday nights, I've been talking to him. He's a member of our teaching team, kind of behind the scenes but won't be behind the scenes much longer, and a member of our leadership team. Mr John Muntrell, sitting back there at the tech tech table, is going to be bringing the word. So I'm super excited about that. I'm super excited about what God is continuing to do in your life. You are a great friend and brother in Christ and partner and ministry and I'm just it's just awesome to see what God's doing. So I'm super excited for you and for everyone else. I encourage you to be here support him. Pray for him this week as he prepares and as he's preaching. Like, look like you're interested. You know, smile not long, you know, like it really helps the people speaking to know that you're actually care and that you're actually following along, and I know that you're going to do that and John's going to appreciate it and I want to invite you then the following weeks of John's preaching. Next week, the following week, it's a big Sunday. What's it called? It's called Easter. That's right. That's a big deal. It's a big deal. It's a special day where we get to celebrate, as a church, the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I said, we get the cell rate the resurrection of Jesus. That's right. Yes, yes, it is a wonderful time to get together. It is a world transforming truth that we get to celebrate on a special day and it's a good thing. It's something to tell people about. It is and so I just wonder, as we get rolling a day, who are you inviting to come with you to Easter Service in two weeks? Like who? Everybody? I know, I know that's the good answer, but I want specific answers, like if I could just ask you right and we weren't talking to the big room and it was just me and you, who are you inviting? Like, what's their name? Where do they live? You know, what are they like? You know that type of thing. Who Are you inviting? Because it's really cool, it's really important and it's maybe easier than you think. And so we have some invitation cards that you can take with you after the service is over. In the new here area, there's some cars you can take with we're also doing this fun thing online called the hunt, where you could share this video of like this random thing and just text it to somebody and say, Hey, do you know where this is? It's somewhere around here. Can you help me?...

And that could be a way to break the ice and start something like that. So it's part of what we talked about at connectors church all the time. There's three things. There's three things that we want to help you to do, and I'm setting you up because I want you to tell me. Somebody shouted out. What are those three things that we want to help you to do? Pray, pray, care and share. There you go, there you go, and certainly an invitation to church is is a way to share Jesus, share your experience with Jesus with other people. It's not the only way, of course, but it is a way that you can do that. And who are you inviting, right, is the question. So then the question then starts with or begins with. Well, who are you caring for? Like, invite that person to come to church with you. Now, you guys are Super Compassionate, kind, loving, caring people. I know you are. Your are caring for people in your life. Maybe you just haven't nailed it down to a specific person. And so this is what I'm trying to get you to think about. Right. You you do this. You called people, you check up on on the on them, you maybe buy them stuff. You you spend time together, you have them over to your house, you eat together, you do fun stuff together, like you are kind, caring people. But who are you caring for? And maybe that person is somebody that you can invite, but maybe you're like, I don't know, I don't know who I'm caring for. Well, that's why it starts with prayer, because we can all pray for somebody specific, and maybe right now you just ask God, say God give me a name, somebody in my life that I can pray for, and just pray for them right now and and who knows, you know, God will work in you as you pray for them. That will give you opportunities to care for them in some way today or in the coming with days, and maybe God might open the door, through praying and caring, to to say hey, you know, what are you doing on Easter? Do you want to get together? You want to come to church with me? You never know what is going to happen. Be but before we ever talk to people about God, we should talk to God about people. And so let's pray. Let's pray for somebody, somebody's specific let's find ways then to care for them and then let's share Jesus with them. Sounds good, it does, and it sounds relatively easy too, but it's it's not. It's not that easy. I realize that. And how many people do you think are going to be going to Easter services in two weeks? Probably a decent amount of people, right, and just for counting good amount of people probably are. But how many people are going to invite somebody intentionally to join them for an Easter Service? Probably a significantly less amount of people will do that because that's...

...that's different, that's different, and I think there's something inside of all of us that desires different, that longs for different, like goes after different and sometimes, if you're like me, we do dumb stuff to be different, dumb stuff to get different, to feel different, to be different in some way, and sometimes it's good stuff, but sometimes it's not so good. But I think there's majority of people desire different when it comes to their relationship with God, like, for the for one, I'm like most people, don't have a real relationship with God, and so actually having one and starting a relationship with God through Jesus Christ would be a huge difference in somebody's life. That's different. But for those people who are believers, maybe they haven't really figured out this whole like doing faith with other people in community type thing, and and their church experience, for one reason or another, and for a lack of a better term, has just maybe been like strange or weird, like the the service is weird, the pastor's messages strange and you know, it just churned. The people are definitely strange. You know, it's just strange and they're searching for their longing for like different, just just different. Or maybe maybe you're one of those people that have been to more Easter services than you can even remember. You've been to so many and you celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, not even just on Easter, but on like other days, like on a random Wednesday, like celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. Imagine that. Right. I think God has something next or different for you too, and I think a lot of times the answer to that particular question is you start connecting with somebody else, somebody who's a little different than you. Maybe they grew up in a different part of the world or a different town, maybe they have a different life experience than you, maybe they speak a different language or have a different culture, and you start connecting with them and engaging with them and you bring them into the message of the Gospel, the good news of the resurrection of Jesus, and all of the sudden they're trying to figure out while Jesus, how does he relate to me? How does his Resurrection Change My life? And you work together, you process it together, and it like strengthens your faith, it grows your faith, and and that is a very encouraging thing that's going on there, because Easter was a different kind of day. Would you agree with me? Like every day, right, people die all the time, every day, and a hundred out of a hun or times those people, those bodies, stayed dead.

But Easter, Easter was a different kind of day. Right, come on, somebody, Jesus did not stay in the grave. He got up, he walked out. He said this isn't holding me down, this isn't holding me back. Easter was a different kind of day. So, before we get too far ahead of ourselves here, we got to save some of the that for two weeks from now. Today, I want to talk to you a message about how Jesus came to give us something new, a new way to engage with God and new system to engage with God, because Jesus was born under the old system, he was born under the law, and we don't do that anymore, like we don't follow the law anymore. The church is different. Today is different, and it's really interesting. All throughout Jesus's life, we read through the Gospels, Jesus is doing intentional things to show just how different this was, just how new he was, and so it wasn't like the old was bad. Necessarily, it just in the first century it had come to a point where man and religious leaders had put so many rules and regulations over top of this thing that it was hardly even recognizable anymore. and Jesus came to say there is something new happening, there is something better happening, and the fullness of the law came into reality and things began to change. And so I want to draw our attention to the gospel of Luke this morning. If you have your Bible, I would love for you to turn there with me. If you don't have your Bible, the words will be on the screen behind me and we would love to send you home with a Free Bible as well. Just stop into the lobby after the service and we'll send you home with one. We're going to be in Luke chapter six this morning. Luke chapter six, starting in verse six. Will read it through. It says this. Well, before I jump there, I want to tell you about the gospel of Luke because it's incredible. There was a guy named theophilist that commissioned Luke, who was a medical doctor, to go and do some research. He heard about this Jesus guy. There was a lot of stories floating out there, and so luke was called by this guy to say go talk to people, do your research, figure it out, tell me, write down everything that happened about Jesus. And that's what we have today in the gospel of Luke. It's incredible, it's fact checked, it's true, it's real and Luke did his homework to give it to us today. And so in Luke chapter six, it starts like this. On another Sabbath Day. That's an important detail. A man with a deformed right hand was in the synagogue while Jesus was teaching. The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees Watch Jesus closely if he healed the man's hand,...

...and they plan to accuse him of working on the Sabbath. But Jesus knew their thoughts. Jesus knows your thoughts. Did you know that he came to the man with the deformed ham come and stand in front of everybody? So deformed hand. Another word is withered hand. That sometimes how it's translated. So if you hear me using deformed or withered, it's all kind of the same idea here. And this man came and stand in front of everyone. So the man came and forward. Then Jesus said to his critics, I have a question for you. Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it? He looked around at them one by one, and then said to the man, hold out your hand. So the man held out his hand and it was restored. And at this the enemies of Jesus were wild with rage and began to discuss what to do with him. This situation is one of the illustrations of Jesus coming to say there is a new system that is entering this world, and new way, different system is here, and we need a new system, a new framework to engage with our world, a new way to engage our relationship with God, because the problem is we all have an old system. We all have an old way of engaging with the world and with God. We have an old sinful nature that controls our thoughts and our emotions in our behaviors. We have an old way of responding to situations when they arise. We have an old way of thinking about who we are and what our identity is. And so I was a big athlete in high school. Anybody else play some sports in high school? There we go. Yeah, I played football, basketball and baseball and I loved it. I loved all of it. That was my life, that's what I lived for. My favorite sport out of those three that I played was basketball. I love playing basketball and one of the reasons was is I was good at it because I was bigger than everybody else, like in middle school, when I was in eighth grade, I was about this tall. I was a hundred and sixty five pounds, which is pretty big. I'm a little bit more than that now, but I was big. And so what that mean was I would get the ball, I would put it in the hoop, I had some skill to and I'd score like twenty thirty points a game, usually lead my team, will usually leave my team and scoring, usually lead the whole game and scoring, and I was I mean not we won, we were good, it was fun, it was awesome. But then I graduated from eighth grade the ninth grade, and now...

...all of a sudden I was a little shrimp the sixth two hundred sixty five pound freshmen playing against people that were going to go play at the Vision One sports and, you know, maybe have aspirations to go play in the pros to and it was a different ball game, let me tell you. And my freshman year our basketball team was terrible, like really terrible, very, very bad. We won a total of two games that year and lost like twenty two games. It was bad. And the two games that we did win, they weren't even against Delaware teams. That's where I went to school, grew up in Delaware. We beat two Maryland teams. I don't know anything about Maryland, but I'm pretty sure that the one team sent their JV team at against our varsity team because for some crazy reason, and I don't know, I don't know if that's confirmed, but this is my guess, because we almost scored a hundred points against them, which like never happens, right, but we like completely destroyed them and we were terrible. We were so bad. And so you know what the problem was, right, our coach was bad and if you know, if you ever played sports, you knew that was coming next. Right, it's always the coach's fault. And Man, we would I don't know, I don't have great memories about this year. I think I blocked it out of my mind, but, like we would run laps around the court, like we just ran a lot, like we joked that we would be a great track team. I don't know about a good basketball team. That was definitely not true, but we would have been a good track team. So I don't remember all the details, but after the season was over, myself and a few other people from our team walked into our athletic director's office. I don't remember what was said well as alls I know is that we had a new coach next year and he was a good coach and a lot of people thought he was a good coach and we actually made it to the State Basketball Tournament for the very first time as a school and we did good and it was awesome, like it was so much fun. But it's the illustration of how changing the system makes a big difference. Like we weren't hardly practicing basketball, and who would have imagined? Right, we get a good basketball coach in, we learned basketball, we practice basketball. Wow, it actually helps. And with life we need a new system to thrive into all that God has for us. And in Luke, chapter six, in the story that we just read. The system that Jesus entered into was broken. It was broken like Jesus had to call...

...a random guy out of the synagogue. You know, it was kind of like the old the old law, the old Jewish like church kind of service thing. It was like Jesus called this guy and was like come up here and stand next to me, you know, just kind of took over the whole thing and then he gave everybody a stare down, he challenged them, he healed the guy and everybody was mad at Jesus. Talk about broken system, right. And so it begins on another Sabbath Day like that is such an important detail to what Jesus is doing. He's intentionally doing things that are showing that there's a new system, and the Sabbath Day was it was important because it was given to the nation of Israel by God, and the Sabbath Day was as simply a day of rest. You would work six days and on the seventh day you would rest, and so, like you'd have to, you'd have to rest because this is the pattern that God gave us. God created the world in six days, worked six days and on the seventh day he rested, and so therefore, if he did that, we can do that, we can emulate that, we can learn from it and we should live in that reality too, because when we rest, that means we're trust in God to work like we don't have to be working seven trying to figure this out, worrying about this, trying to do this, do this, do this, just rest and trust God. So the Sabbath Day certainly has its good parts about it, but again, the the religious leaders, had put so many rules and regulations on top of it that it was hardly recognizable. And the other reason that this system was broken and that he, Jesus, did this on a Sabbath Day was that the Sabbath Day was the sign of the old covenant, the old system the sign, and so it kind of representative of the whole thing. And I wanted to open my Bible again to the book of Exodus and I wanted to show you this because it's important and I don't just want you to take my word for it. So, Exodus, chapter thirty one, starting in Verse Twelve, the Lord gave these instructions to Moses. Tell the people of Israel be careful to keep my sabbath day for the Sabbath is a what a sign of the Covenant between me and you, from generation to generation. It is given so that you may know that I am the Lord who makes you holy. You must keep the Sabbath Day, for it is a holy day for you. Anyone who desecrates it must be put to death. Anyone who works on that day will be cut off from the community. You have six days each week for your ordinary...

...work, but the seventh day must be a Sabbath Day of complete rest, a holy day dedicated to the Lord. Anyone who works on the Sabbath must be put to death. The people of Israel must keep the Sabbath Day by observing it from generation to generation, and this is a covenant obligation for all time. It is permanent sign of the Covenant with the people of Israel. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day he stopped working and was refreshed. And when the Lord finished speaking with Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant written by the Finger of God. So the Sabbath Day, it was given directly to the nation of Israel. Written by the very finger of God. The Sabbath Day was a sign of the Covenant, of the arrangement, of the agreement between God and people. This is how you relate, this is how we engage, this is the sign that shows, this is how you do it, and the Sabbath Day was you break it or you die. Like this is serious, serious stuff. No wonder there was list rules right to guard against this. You better put rules in place. If you're going to break the Sabbath and we got to enforce the death penalty, then you better to like stay far away from that. All these rules on top of rules so that you wouldn't get close to it. But I want you to also see the irony in this story in Luke Chapter six, because Jesus is coming to heal somebody and the Pharisees are debating if Jesus should receive the death penalty. And it's why Jesus asked the central question to this whole scenario. He asked this in Luke nine. I have a question for you. Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save a life or to destroy it? The Pharisees were working so hard to protect their system, the old way of doing things, the true way that God gave us. This he wrote it with his finger. This is signed for all time. It's never going to change. He's they're protecting it. And yet they were the very ones doing evil and seeking to destroy life. Even Jesus is life, while God was standing right in their midst trying to do good and...

...save lives. Because the healing of the man's hand, that you know, the physical healing of the man's hand, was just a sign, and outward sign of an inward reality that Jesus really came to do. Jesus came to forgive sin. You came to give eternal life, and only God could do that. But it's hard to see that, right, your sins forgiven, your sins forgiven. Well really, so jus like, let me show you, let me prove it to you. And so he did. And see what the what the man with the withered hand was experiencing in the synagogue that day until Jesus took over, was not life giving at all. Like there was no hope for this guy. Right, there was no god at work, there was no power to do anything substantial or make any real difference in this guy's life. You just kind of came in and went out. That was it. Right. Life went on as normal. But with Jesus things are different. Yes, with Jesus things are different, and the Pharisees were trying so hard to protect their system. They wanted to catch Jesus breaking one of their loss and they knew that Jesus was a healer. Just a couple chapters before and Luke, chapter four, Jesus went to his friend Peter's House and Peter here, his mother in law, was sick and Jesus healed her. Everyone in the town heard about it and they all brought their sick people over to his house too, and Jesus was healing all these people. It was just something that Jesus did. And so here are the Pharisees. Can you picture them in the synagogue? They're just waiting for Jesus to do what Jesus does, which also means that the Pharisees knew that this guy with the withered hand was there and they and the system that they were working so hard to protect had no ability to change this guy's life. They had created a system that prevented the actual answer and solution to this guy from even happening, like change was standing next to him in the same synagogue and they were working so hard to stamp it out and make sure it never happened. They were protecting their system. And Jesus knew this right he knew their thoughts, and so he called the guy to come forward and stand next to him. Everyone was probably wondering and looking anyways. You know, it's probably like the big...

...elephant in the room. Like you better, you might as well just make a big deal about it, because everybody's thinking about it anyway. So the guy is standing next to Jesus and Jesus starts looking at people one by one. He's like, I'm looking at you, I see you, I see you, I'm going to do something. I'm here for something do I'm here for something different. I got a better system, I got a new system. This is better. I am here. I am are you ready? Are you watching? And so he said to the guy, stretch out your hand. Stretch out your hand. This guy's probably never done that before in his entire life, or maybe at least. And you know, since it was deformed or withered, can you just imagine. Now, this isn't in the scriptures, but can you imagine what is running through this guy's head in the moment right like, I physically cannot do this, Jesus, my hand is withered. I can't, I cannot my physically, I cannot do what you're telling me to do. Or maybe maybe he was thinking like I don't want to, because I'm sure that there was some level of shame involved in this. His hand wasn't normal, you know, he was maybe conscious about it and he didn't want to show everybody. You know, he's like standing in front of the crowd. Right, Jesus, you're putting me in public humiliation. Stretch out my hand. What do you mean? Or maybe he just simply said, I don't know, I don't understand, like this doesn't make any sense to me. Jesus, I don't know what you're doing right now. Like you're going to you'RE gonna heal my hand and you're going to die. Like really, you're using me as a sermon illustration, as some sort of prop like what is happening? What is going on right now? And standing in front of the synagogue, Jesus told him to stretch out his hand and he did so. He did so and his hand was restored. So what is God telling you to do today? What is God telling you to do today that your old system doesn't have room for? What is God telling you to do today that in your life it just can't like that's not a thing, it's not a category, it's not a it's not a thing. Like you've built, maybe a life so perfect. So you're so proud of that there is nothing that's ever going to get in the way of that.

Or maybe you just feel so hopeless, so out of lock, that you know you've tried everything. You've prayed the prayers, you've been to the Church Service, you've done all that stuff and it's just this never going to change. I believe Jesus is telling you, and he's telling me afresh this morning, stretch out your hand. Stretch out your hand. He's saying, trust me. Trust me, because no matter what condition your hand is, no matter what hand you've been dealt, no matter what life situation you find yourself in, there is hope for you, that your soul can be reborn, that your mind can be refreshed, that your spirit can be renewed, that your sins can be forgiven that today you can be different because of what Jesus has done for you. Man, I believe that's true with all my heart. But this passage also presents us with a challenge, specially to those who are religious, that consider themselves right with God, to the religious leaders. Luke Eleven says this. At this the enemies of Jesus were wild with rage. The enemies, that's the religious leaders, that's the people that thought they were right with God. They were mad, wild with rage, and began to discuss what to do with him. See, the correct response to God doing something amazing in somebody's life is to celebrate it, to praise it, to say wow. But sometimes we find ourselves at odds with what God is doing in somebody else's life. Like we get upset, we get mad. Maybe it's because we don't value other people's lives, meeting their needs as we should. Maybe we value our own comfort and our security. Maybe we value tidiness and predictability, because if we get involved in somebody's life that doesn't have it all together like we do, things get messy and they get frustrating and they get that's a lot. Or maybe, in the name of good boundaries, we push away the very people that God has brought into our life to love and to lift up. Maybe our old system, it's old, maybe it's broken, and maybe we need something new, something, Jesus,...

...something different. Would you pray with us today? God, we just thank you that you are different and that you call us to a life that is different. I pray that, whatever our situation is today, that we would trust you. I believe, God, that you are calling us all to do something unique, something special, and there are so many reasons why we wouldn't do it. There's so many excuses we would say, there's so many thoughts running through our head, there's so many reasons why we just don't have room for it. But, God, if it's truly from you, and Lord help us to discern that. But if it's truly from you, help us to step out in faith and realize that you, Jesus, can do all things, that you love us and that you really have the best for us. And so, God, help us to trust you and to take that step, and I ask Jesus, that you would do this in your name. Amen.

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