Breaking Barriers

Hello SNC Folks!

For this week’s 2nd look, I’m going to share something that didn’t make the sermon. Have you ever heard of musicians making an album? Often times they need to pick 10 – 12 songs to put on the album but this means there are some songs that have to get left off for one reason or another. Then years later they release an album of unreleased material. What I’m about to share with you is like that unreleased material. I love what I’m about to share with you – but because of time I just couldn’t put this in… So here is the unreleased material from last week’s sermon!!!

God’s kingdom knows no boundaries – no barriers! As we watch Jesus live the kingdom we see He lives a life that breaks these barriers and I believe if we want to be used by Him we have to go with Him and do the things He does. Which invites the question: “How does He do it?” I’m glad you asked…:)
Jesus technique is breaking barriers:
1. Plants Himself in enemy territory – Jesus constantly goes beyond the barriers. He goes where people say He cannot go. He will march into the middle of enemy territory and begin building the kingdom. This statement is true: If we want to join Jesus and build the kingdom – it will often be “Out there.” I like to call it “Life on the dangerous edge of things.” When following Christ in kingdom building – it is most often outside our four walls. It’s going into the world and setting up shop where the people are…
2. Shows His Power – Jesus shows who He is through His teaching and His power. In the story of the Samaritan woman – He shows His power through sharing with her knowledge He couldn’t possibly know. I have been coming to believe and be convinced that this world needs Christians not to be “all talk.” At some point action and power need to be seen. As Christians we are told that each of us has been gifted by the Holy Spirit to build up the church. Are you aware of the ways God has gifted you for service? As a church are we content with being powerful in words but powerless in every other way? Jesus met real needs. He was good news before and while He shared good news. I believe we are called to be as well…
3. Speaks the beautiful truth – Jesus teaches the beautiful good news. He doesn’t make excuses, nor water it down. He’ll make bombastic claims He’ll say offensive things sometimes. But His teachings also bring freedom and hope to many who hear it. With the Samaritan woman – Jesus makes bombastic claims and He teaches some offensive truths – but in the end – what He teaches will bring salvation to this woman! Are we truly proud of the gospel? Are we willing to share it? When we do – we often experience the power of God. If we refuse – we don’t.
John Wimber often taught his congregation that Faith is spelled R-I-S-K? Ultimately it comes down to this. Are we willing to follow Jesus beyond the barriers? Are we willing to R-I-S-K? Have a great week everybody.

Pastor Ryan