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Gospel Risk – Part 5

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 12 – Day 6)

READ John 15:4-6 [4] Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. [5] I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 12 – Day 5)

READ 1 Timothy 2:1-8 1-3 The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 12 – Day 4)

READ John 15:5-7  [5] I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. [6] If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 12 – Day 3)

Christ followers are called to abide daily with God in His Word and through prayer. This is my risk as I work on a better relationship with God. Last week I was on a business trip and as I got on the plane I found myself remembering something I learned in my Bible Fellowship that…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 12 – Day 2)

READ Matthew 5:43-45 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 12 – Day 1)

READ 1 Timothy 2:1-8 Pray for All People [1] First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, [2] for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. [3] This is good,…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 11 – Day 6)

READ John 15:1-3 I Am the True Vine [1] “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. [2] Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. [3] Already you are clean because of…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 11 – Day 5)

READ Matthew 6:1-13 1 “Be especially careful when you are trying to be good so that you don’t make a performance out of it. It might be good theater, but the God who made you won’t be applauding. 2-4 “When you do something for someone else, don’t call attention to yourself. You’ve seen them in…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 11 – Day 4)

READ Matthew 7:7-11 Ask, and It Will Be Given [7] “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. [8] For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. [9] Or…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 11 – Day 3)

Christ followers are called to abide daily in His Word and through prayer. Spurred on by a conversation at lunch recently, I was curious how my kids would answer if asked, “What is your family all about?” So during our nightly Bible story time, I asked them, “When the rich young ruler came to Jesus,…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 11 – Day 2)

READ Psalm 5 To the choirmaster: for the flutes. A Psalm of David. [1] Give ear to my words, O LORD; consider my groaning. [2] Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray. [3] O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 11 – Day 1)

READ Matthew 6:1-13 Giving to the Needy [1] “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. [2] “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 10 – Day 6)

READ 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11  [1] Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. [2] For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. [3] While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 10 – Day 5)

READ Nehemiah 8 1 By the time the seventh month arrived, the People of Israel were settled in their towns. Then all the people gathered as one person in the town square in front of the Water Gate and asked the scholar Ezra to bring the Book of The Revelation of Moses that God had…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 10 – Day 4)

READ John 14:15-31 Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit [15] “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. [16] And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, [17] even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 10 – Day 3)

God’s people are called to abide with God daily in His Word and prayer. There is no Explanation But God On Sunday, February 7th, after listening to Pastor Gary talk about risks, I decided to take one. The risk: making a big commitment to God and failing. The reward: success and unexpected and unintended consequence….

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 10 – Day 2)

READ 2 Kings 22:8-20  [8] And Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the LORD.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it. [9] And Shaphan the secretary came to the king, and reported to the king, “Your…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 10 – Day 1)

READ Nehemiah 8  [1] And all the people gathered as one man into the square before the Water Gate. And they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses that the LORD had commanded Israel. [2] So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, both men and women…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 9 – Day 6)

READ 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 [13] But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. [14] For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 9 – Day 5)

READ 2 Timothy 4:1-15 I can’t impress this on you too strongly. God is looking over your shoulder. Christ himself is the Judge, with the final say on everyone, living and dead. He is about to break into the open with his rule, so proclaim the Message with intensity; keep on your watch. Challenge, warn,…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 9 – Day 4)

READ 2 Timothy 3:10-17 10 You’ve been a good apprentice to me, a part of my teaching, my manner of life, direction, faith, steadiness, love, patience, troubles, sufferings—suffering along with me in all the grief I had to put up with in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra. And you also well know that God rescued me!…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 9 – Day 3)

Christians are to abide with God in His Word and through prayer. We are to hold fast to the Scriptures and Paul’s example for Christian living. I started a Bible study this week at Cottonwood Creek Senior Community. Several residents have been looking for someone to teach a study for several months. Twice previously over…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 9 – Day 2)

READ 2 Timothy 4:1-15 [1] I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: [2] preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. [3]…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 9 – Day 1)

READ 2 Timothy 3:10-17 All Scripture Is Breathed Out by God [10] You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, [11] my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 8 – Day 6)

READ Matthew 25:14-30 [14] “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. [15] To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. [16] He who had received the five…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 8 – Day 5)

READ James 5:13-20 13-15 Are you hurting? Pray. Do you feel great? Sing. Are you sick? Call the church leaders together to pray and anoint you with oil in the name of the Master. Believing-prayer will heal you, and Jesus will put you on your feet. And if you’ve sinned, you’ll be forgiven—healed inside and…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 8 – Day 4)

READ 1 Kings 18 [1] After many days the word of the LORD came to Elijah, in the third year, saying, “Go, show yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain upon the earth.” [2] So Elijah went to show himself to Ahab. Now the famine was severe in Samaria. [3] And Ahab called Obadiah,…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 8 – Day 3)

Prayer is powerful, so our relationship with those who need Christ should be covered in prayer. One of the boy’s fathers from our scout troop had a stroke and a heart attack both in the same week. Fortunately, his recovery is hopeful but it is going to take several months. After the scout meeting I…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 8 – Day 2)

READ 1 Kings 17 [1] Now Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.” [2] And the word of the LORD came to him: [3] “Depart from here…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 8 – Day 1)

READ James 5:13-20 [13] Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. [14] Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. [15] And the prayer of…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 7 – Day 6)

READ Luke 10:1-9 [1] After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. [2] And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 7 – Day 5)

READ Matthew 25:31-46 31-33“When he finally arrives, blazing in beauty and all his angels with him, the Son of Man will take his place on his glorious throne. Then all the nations will be arranged before him and he will sort the people out, much as a shepherd sorts out sheep and goats, putting sheep…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 7 – Day 4)

READ Philippians 2:3-4 [3] Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. [4] Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Proverbs 19:17 [17] Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 7 – Day 3)

The gospel of Jesus Christ compels us to serve those who are in need. I have heard that “tomorrow” is the most dangerous word in the Bible. There is no promise of tomorrow. Norman came up to me very early Sunday morning as we were just getting set up for the Cornerstone Breakfast. He told…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 7 – Day 2)

READ Ruth 2  [1] Now Naomi had a relative of her husband’s, a worthy man of the clan of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz. [2] And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain after him in whose sight I shall find favor.” And…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 7 – Day 1)

READ Matthew 25:31-46  [31] “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. [32] Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. [33] And…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 6 – Day 6)

READ Romans 12:1-8 [1] I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. [2] Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 6 – Day 5)

READ Luke 10:25-37 25 Just then a religion scholar stood up with a question to test Jesus. “Teacher, what do I need to do to get eternal life?” 26 He answered, “What’s written in God’s Law? How do you interpret it?” 27 He said, “That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 6 – Day 4)

READ Luke 6:32-36 [32] “If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. [33] And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. [34] And if you lend…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 6 – Day 3)

Jesus defines our neighbor as anyone in need of the gospel. Serving our neighbors earns us the opportunity to share our faith. When I heard about the challenge to pray for and serve someone, I thought of my neighbors. Allison and I had them over for Christmas dinner and had the chance to introduce them…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 6 – Day 2)

READ Deuteronomy 6:4-9 & Leviticus 19:18 [4] “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. [5] You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. [6] And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. [7]…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 6 – Day 1)

READ Luke 10:25-37  [25] And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” [26] He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” [27] And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 5 – Day 6)

READ Ephesians 3:2-13  [2] assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, [3] how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. [4] When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, [5] which…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 5 – Day 5)

READ James 2:14-26 14-17 Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 5 – Day 4)

READ Joshua 2  [1] And Joshua the son of Nun sent two men secretly from Shittim as spies, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.” And they went and came into the house of a prostitute whose name was Rahab and lodged there. [2] And it was told to the king of Jericho, “Behold, men…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 5 – Day 3)

Works are necessary evidence of our faith. When we do good works in the world, we show those who need Christ that we know Him. I really started thinking about how much I tithe when I started my new job a few weeks ago. It pays half the salary I was making and I had…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 5 – Day 2)

READ Genesis 22  [1] After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” [2] He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 5 – Day 1)

READ James 2:14-26  [14] What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? [15] If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, [16] and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,”…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 4 – Day 6)

READ Matthew 23:37-39 37-39 “Jerusalem! Jerusalem! Murderer of prophets! Killer of the ones who brought you God’s news! How often I’ve ached to embrace your children, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you wouldn’t let me. And now you’re so desolate, nothing but a ghost town. What is there left to…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 4 – Day 5)

READ Acts 6:8-15  [8] And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people. [9] Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 4 – Day 4)

READ Ezekiel 3:1-11 [1] And he said to me, “Son of man, eat whatever you find here. Eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.” [2] So I opened my mouth, and he gave me this scroll to eat. [3] And he said to me, “Son of man, feed your belly with this…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 4 – Day 3)

Following When the Spirit Leads This semester on Tuesday afternoons, I have started going to University of Texas at Dallas for the Baptist Student Ministry free lunch.  It is such an easy way to meet people from all over the world with different beliefs who are also open to have conversations that are spiritual in…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 4 – Day 2)

READ Ezekiel 2:1-7  [1] And he said to me, “Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak with you.” [2] And as he spoke to me, the Spirit entered into me and set me on my feet, and I heard him speaking to me. [3] And he said to me, “Son of…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 4 – Day 1)

READ Matthew 23:37-39 [37] “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! [38] See, your house is left to you desolate. [39] For…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 3 – Day 6)

READ Matthew 23:29-36 [29] “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous, [30] saying, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ [31] Thus…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 3 – Day 5)

READ Colossians 3:12-17 12-14 So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 3 – Day 4)

READ John 17:20-26  [20] “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, [21] 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…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 3 – Day 3)

The gospel changes how we relate to one another: One would probably believe that someone having ‘minister’ as their occupation would be gospel-oriented 24/7. Nevertheless, I continue to realize daily that I need to continue to surrender to God for the gospel to truly transform my life. One of the areas where the gospel needs…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 3 – Day 2)

READ Ephesians 4:25-32 [25] Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. [26] Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, [27] and give no opportunity to the devil. [28] Let the…

Infuse 2016: Gospel Risk Part 5 (Week 3 – Day 1)

READ Colossians 3:12-17  [12] Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, [13] bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. [14] And above all these put on…