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									           Entering a Kingdom Mindset Until You’ve Become Kingdom Minded
                                                          11Mar07 (1 of 2)

1) Social time – get right with your neighbor before you present yourself to God

                                                              Matthew 5:23

        23"Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you,

          24leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.

2) Prayer to bless and open the service:

                                                            Psalm 139:23-24

                                           23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
                                               test me and know my anxious thoughts.

                                           24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
                                                and lead me in the way everlasting.

I‘ve been spiritually ungrounded for a while. Floating. Disoriented. These next two sermons are the product of rebuilding in
the context of who I am as a member of Faith Church. I‘m rebuilding myself spiritually to meet the goal of outreach in Beltrami
neighborhood as a part of this church.

3) Entering a Kingdom Mindset Until You’ve Become Kingdom Minded

     Why? Joe Mancino. What do I do when people want help? How do I love the people in Beltrami? Do I love the
     unlovable? The undeserving? Do I bless them? How?

a)   Enter a Kingdom mindset – view the world and the people the way Jesus and God do so that I will DO what they would do.

              -    If I see the world as a carpenter; the world will look like it can be solved with hammers, nails, and rulers. If I
                   see the world as a bodybuilder, I‘ll see things in terms of exercise and my body. I need a Kingdom mindset to
                   direct me into living a Kingdom lifestyle and do Kingdom things.

              What will bring a Kingdom Mindset?

     Searching God‘s Word personally and with others (sermons) to orient my mind

     Romans 12:2

     2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

     Hebrews 4:12

      12For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and
     spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's
     sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

     2 Timothy 3:14-17

     14But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom
     you learned it, 15and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation
     through faith in Christ Jesus. 16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in
     righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

     1 Timothy 4:3

     3Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.
         Matthew 4:3-4

         3The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."

         4Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'[a]"

         Which is a citation of…

         Deutoronomy 8:3

         3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known,
         to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.

         The New Testament Apostles and Jesus cite the Old Testament all over the place in their teachings. I need to see the Bible
         as first century people saw it; as an interwoven text.

         God‘s Holy Spirit will guide me into a Kingdom mindset:

         1 Corinthians 2:1-5,10-13

          1When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony
         about God.[a] 2For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3I came to you in
         weakness and fear, and with much trembling. 4My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but
         with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, 5so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power.

         The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the
         man's spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12We have not
         received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13This
         is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in
         spiritual words.[c]

         Prayer guides my heart and connects me to the Holy Spirit for answers:

         Hebrews 5:7

         7During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could
         save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.

Those foundation stones are not that hard. Unfortunately, most Christians see prayer, contact with the Holy Spirit, and review of
Bible verses as the goal of Church on Sunday. In modern Christian culture in the United States, this is what Church looks like. The
problem is that this isn’t what Jesus looked like. What I have described so far could easily be a Pharisee. If we accept the current
cultural version of Church, we have accepted a convenient and elementary version of Christianity that works within our culture rather
than transforming our culture with the outpouring of His Spirit. It is easier to buy into convenient religion than it is to buy into the
kingdom mindset. What Christ did was present and live the Kingdom values and mindset every day of the week. What the
Pharisees did was focus on intellectual arguments, behaviors, and becoming Holy and justifiable before God.

    b) Stay in a Kingdom mindset – learn to redeem the old mindset of power, ability, popularity that I fall back into and give it
       over; grounding yourself

                  Hard – easy to get married, hard to stay that way

                  Hard – easy to tell a joke; hard to be in an HBO special for 60 minutes with a live audience of hundreds

          Staying in a Kingdom mindset will make me ‗wet/soaked‘ in the Holy Spirit. It will produce the ability to bless others with
the outpouring of God‘s goodness, provision, character, and change in my life. The abundance God gives me is designed to overflow
to others.

         Romans 15:13
         13May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power
         of the Holy Spirit.

         2 Corinthians 4:15

         15All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to
         the glory of God.

         2 Corinthians 9:12-13

         12This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions
         of thanks to God. 13Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that
         accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.

         Colossians 2:6-7

          6So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, 7rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the
         faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

         1 Thessalonians 3:12

         12May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.

My initial practical applications:

         1) Start before I get out of bed. Give the day to God. Let Him have it. Sign it over.

         2) Anytime I see people, pray for them; your family, your neighbors, your fellow commuters, etc. Remember that they are
            children of God and are more like me than not. It can be a little prayer, a big prayer. But instead of seeing people in
            terms of what they due TO me or FOR me, see them as hungry love machines that need the outpouring and provision of
            God through me. Hope to be that blessing in their day. This should pull me from being a person that DOES ‗good‘
            things… to a person who loves people WHILE they do things. Unleash my awareness with prayer, and unleash the
            spiritual significance of prayer itself.

         3) If I have time in my day where I can listen to CDs or MP3s, add music that helps me enter worship with God or sermons
            that fill my mind and heart for God. Renew myself in my up-down relationship with God. Race cars get topped off
            with gas in a race. They refuel. Cyclists drink Gatorade and eat bananas and power bars as they pound out the miles.
            Where is my Gatorade? What is my power bar? Find them. Make a little stash of them. Loving others with a
            Kingdom mindset is a spiritual workout.

         4) When I get in bed; close the day with God. Let Him seal it. Let Him sign off on it.


If I am going to love my neighbors, if I am going to fulfill the goal of touching others the way Jesus and the apostles did, if I am going
to mature and grow in Christ, I need a kingdom mindset. My earthly mindset is killing me. It is shrouding my light and keeping me
from being salt. I‘m trading God‘s kingdom for the conveniences and pleasures of this one. If I‘m serious about accepting God‘s
direction in reaching this neighborhood, I‘ve got to get serious about having a Kingdom mindset. I need to redeem my worldly habits
for kingdom habits. I need to redeem my worldly values for kingdom values. And I need to do it every day. All the time. I need
to become spiritually healthy and mature.

Result: will be a vision and a love that then directs my works into ministry and outreach.

The catch: what EXACTLY is a Kingdom mindset?

Answer: I‘m not EXACTLY sure yet. I‘m still learning.

    4) Prayer circle/music/praise

         Rebuild and retool ourselves spiritually to minister and witness to Beltrami; our family, our friends, and neighbors.

    5) Announcements
                            Bring the Kingdom Through Kingdom Mindedness
                                                           18Mar07 (2 of 2)

1) Social time – get right with your neighbor before you present yourself to God

                                                              Matthew 5:23

        23"Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you,

          24leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.

2) Prayer to bless and open the service:

                                                             Psalm 139:23-24

                                           23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
                                               test me and know my anxious thoughts.

                                           24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
                                                and lead me in the way everlasting.

Review: I‘ve been spiritually ungrounded for a while. Floating. Disoriented. These sermons are the product of rebuilding in
the context of what I am doing as a member of Faith Church. I‘m rebuilding myself spiritually to meet the goal of outreach in
Beltrami neighborhood as a part of this church.

3)    Bring the Kingdom through Kingdom mindedness

The Kingdom mindedness is kind of like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. You can find lots of pieces, shining glimpses of it,
and inspirational moments in your own life. But to GET it, to have it as a complete thing, is something that takes effort, digging,
searching, and growth in our own lives. Kingdom mindedness is something the apostles, including Paul, had to fast, struggle,
and break down to find (after Paul‘s Damascus experience with Jesus, it is believed he went to Saudi Arabia for a couple years to
rebuild his spiritual knowledge and foundation). So at best today I can try to offer some orientation; some direction, some
marker stones. But only YOU can find Kingdom mindedness in your life.

Kingdom mindedness is simply for the love, thoughts and will of God in heaven to be expressed in and through people.
Kingdom minded people live this way. They bridge heaven to earth. To do this, they becoming aliens to this world:

     1 Peter 2:11
     Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.

     Ephesians 2:19-22

     19Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's
     household, 20built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21In
     him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22And in him you too are being
     built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

     Colossians 1:21-22

     21Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of[f] your evil behavior. 22But now he has
     reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from

     Romans 8:5-17

     5Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in
     accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6The mind of sinful man[e] is death, but the mind
     controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; 7the sinful mind[f] is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do
     so. 8Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.
         9You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does
        not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. 10But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet
        your spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he
        who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.

         12Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. 13For if you live
        according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live,
        14because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave
        again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.[g] And by him we cry, "Abba,[h] Father." 16The Spirit himself testifies
        with our spirit that we are God's children. 17Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with
        Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

    Two major domains of Kingdom mindedness; in Heaven, or by practitioners on Earth; the best of whom was Jesus. The apostles,
    after Jesus left, were clearly Kingdom minded. It is what they talked about, what they encouraged, and what they wrote about
    (thus our New Testament). But let‘s start with Heaven as that‘s the area we rarely go looking for Kingdom living.

        Deuteronomy 10:14
        To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it.

        (God has ownership)

        Deuteronomy 26:15
        Look down from heaven, your holy dwelling place, and bless your people Israel and the land you have given us as you
        promised on oath to our forefathers, a land flowing with milk and honey."

        (God lives/dwells in heaven)

        1 Kings 8:27
        "But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I
        have built!

        (God‘s kingdom expands)

        Nehemiah 9:15
        In their hunger you gave them bread from heaven and in their thirst you brought them water from the rock; you told them to
        go in and take possession of the land you had sworn with uplifted hand to give them.

        (God provides from heaven for those who look to Him and depend on Him)

        2 Chronicles 7:14
        if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked
        ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

        (God forgives those who seek it)

        Daniel 12:3
        Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for
        ever and ever.

        (Daniel understands well what it means to lead into righteousness and to be rescued from evil men)

Now listen to those principles, those Kingdom glimmers, as they are brought together by Jesus for the apostles.

        Matthew 6:9-13

        9"This, then, is how you should pray:
          " 'Our Father in heaven,
          hallowed be your name,
         10your kingdom come,
          your will be done
             on earth as it is in heaven.
         11Give us today our daily bread.
         12Forgive us our debts,
             as we also have forgiven our debtors.
         13And lead us not into temptation,
          but deliver us from the evil one.[a]'

Jesus lived in a Kingdom mindset. He saw it in the Old Testament. He loved the revealed will of God. He expressed it perfectly,
claiming that anyone that saw Him saw the Father.

        John 14:6-10

         6Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you really
        knew me, you would know[b] my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him."

         8Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us."

         9Jesus 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'? 10Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is
        in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.

But what is more intriguing isn‘t that Jesus was Kingdom minded,but that he taught his apostles this in the Lord‘s prayer. Your
kingdom come, your will be done on Earth as it is in heaven. We are to want God‘s will, God‘s plan, God‘s rules, God‘s
structure, everything, to be here on earth. Heaven on earth. When Jesus prays, which he did often, he was grounding himself in the
Kingdom mindset. He was taking the values, the relationship dynamics, and the passion of heaven, and entering into it. He was
refreshing a mindset that I would argue that he never lost. His grasp on this was so deep that Satan‘s personal temptations in the
desert were rebuffed with scripture citations from Deuteronomy 6 and 8. His dying cry on the cross was also a citation of scripture:

        Psalm 22:1-31

         1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
            Why are you so far from saving me,
            so far from the words of my groaning?

         2 O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
             by night, and am not silent.

         3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
            you are the praise of Israel. [a]

         4 In you our fathers put their trust;
             they trusted and you delivered them.

         5 They cried to you and were saved;
             in you they trusted and were not disappointed.

         6 But I am a worm and not a man,
            scorned by men and despised by the people.

         7 All who see me mock me;
             they hurl insults, shaking their heads:

         8 "He trusts in the LORD;
             let the LORD rescue him.
             Let him deliver him,
             since he delights in him."

         9 Yet you brought me out of the womb;
            you made me trust in you
            even at my mother's breast.

         10 From birth I was cast upon you;
             from my mother's womb you have been my God.

         11 Do not be far from me,
             for trouble is near
             and there is no one to help.

         12 Many bulls surround me;
    strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.

13 Roaring lions tearing their prey
    open their mouths wide against me.

14 I am poured out like water,
    and all my bones are out of joint.
    My heart has turned to wax;
    it has melted away within me.

15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd,
   and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;
   you lay me [b] in the dust of death.

16 Dogs have surrounded me;
    a band of evil men has encircled me,
    they have pierced [c] my hands and my feet.

17 I can count all my bones;
    people stare and gloat over me.

18 They divide my garments among them
    and cast lots for my clothing.

19 But you, O LORD, be not far off;
    O my Strength, come quickly to help me.

20 Deliver my life from the sword,
    my precious life from the power of the dogs.

21 Rescue me from the mouth of the lions;
    save [d] me from the horns of the wild oxen.

22 I will declare your name to my brothers;
    in the congregation I will praise you.

23 You who fear the LORD, praise him!
    All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!
    Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!

24 For he has not despised or disdained
    the suffering of the afflicted one;
    he has not hidden his face from him
    but has listened to his cry for help.

25 From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly;
    before those who fear you [e] will I fulfill my vows.

26 The poor will eat and be satisfied;
    they who seek the LORD will praise him—
    may your hearts live forever!

27 All the ends of the earth
    will remember and turn to the LORD,
    and all the families of the nations
    will bow down before him,

28 for dominion belongs to the LORD
    and he rules over the nations.

29 All the rich of the earth will feast and worship;
    all who go down to the dust will kneel before him—
    those who cannot keep themselves alive.
         30 Posterity will serve him;
             future generations will be told about the Lord.

         31 They will proclaim his righteousness
             to a people yet unborn—
             for he has done it.

Jesus was constantly focused on His being, his purpose, being determined by Abba, the Father; this is Kingdom mindedness.

         Matthew 26:42
         He went away a second time and prayed, "My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may
         your will be done."

         Mark 14:36
         "Abba, Father," he said, "everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will."

         John 6:38-40, 44-51

         38For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39And this is the will of him
         who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40For my Father's will is that
         everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day."

         44"No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day. 45It is written in
         the Prophets: 'They will all be taught by God.'[d] Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me. 46No
         one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. 47I tell you the truth, he who believes
         has everlasting life. 48I am the bread of life. 49Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. 50But here is the
         bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die. 51I am the living bread that came down from heaven.
         If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."

         Philippians 2:1-8

         1If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the
         Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being
         one in spirit and purpose. 3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than
         yourselves. 4Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

         5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
         6Who, being in very nature[a] God,
            did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
         7but made himself nothing,
            taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
            being made in human likeness.
         8And being found in appearance as a man,
            he humbled himself
            and became obedient to death—
              even death on a cross!

We are to want the structure, the relationships, the peace, the joy, the humility, and the servanthood, which are based up on love.

A Kingdom Minded person is willing to make themselves nothing to serve their enemies with love and grace and truth.

         Luke 6:34-36

         34And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' lend to 'sinners,'
         expecting to be repaid in full. 35But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything
         back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
         36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

The worldly minded person seeks to elevate their self esteem by comparing themselves to others, and find themselves better than
others. They justify themselves as being worthy of admiration. They seek power, control, and an earthy life rich in amusement and
diversions (Hi Satan). Walk away from the structure, the relationships, that are based upon power. Where God brings his
relationship through love, Satan brings his through the sword. God has authority, but He goes beyond it to provide healing (grace) we
don‘t deserve and cannot earn. Satan seeks authority and wants justice for each person‘s shortcomings. God lifts up. Satan presses
         John 3:17
         For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

         Zacharia 3:1-4

          1 Then he showed me Joshua [a] the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan [b] standing at his right
         side to accuse him. 2 The LORD said to Satan, "The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD, who has chosen Jerusalem,
         rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?"

          3 Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. 4 The angel said to those who were standing before
         him, "Take off his filthy clothes."
             Then he said to Joshua, "See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put rich garments on you."

God‘s mindset is upside down compared to Satan‘s. And our default worldly mindset is a Satanic one. A fleshly one. A selfish
vain abusive one that accuses others of injustices for our personal gain (i.e. office politics). The Kingdom Mindset is opposed to our
earthly default mindset:

Of the world, not in the world. Ambassador (from another country); Daniel. He served with wisdom multiple kingdoms. He
blessed those around him. Kings couldn‘t discard him.

Make God‘s house our home. Bring the Kingdom Mindset to your mind, your body, the house where you‘ve invited God to live, and
make it a home for the things of Heaven. When you do that, you can bring that presence of heaven and of God to the neighborhood.
Its not enough to point to heaven or talk about God. It is with demonstrations of the Spirits power that people are convicted and lead
to believe. And for the Spirits power to pour out, your dependence on God must increase, which means your dependence on the
world must decrease.

Embrace the neighborhood; invite it to be with us. And bring it to the healing, changing, touch of the Almighty by being the bridge
between heaven and earth. The Kingdom Mindset, powered by the Holy Spirit, is the bridge that advances the agenda of Heaven to a
lost and hurting creation.

Open discussion:

Jesus brought the Kingdom mindset and teachings to the people. What is it about Jesus that was so different from the Pharisees?
How do we apply these observations in our neighborhood?
psalm 82, 2cor4:4, 1 Job, 2Kings (Ahab), Isaiah 6, Deut 32, Ephesians 4

    1) Love your neighbor - as God loves you. God‘s initial position is one of grace. He knew our need for redemption before He
       even made the earth (verse). He fully expects us to extend grace and truth to people that they might choose healing of their
       hearts and relationships. The love of truth leads to a Pharisee like thumping for Holiness. God does not crush us with His
       holiness. He knows we can‘t approach his throne. He accepts us and loves us as ragamuffins, dirty scoundrels, liars,
       cheaters, thieves, prostitutes and traiters. And as we discover the ugliness of that in comparison to his love and truth, we
       THEN seek healing. Our unsaved neighbors deserve the same.

        a)   Learn how God loves you (not your parents or family)

        b) Love YOU as God loves you

        c)   Love others as God loves you

 ―new monastic living‖

Go to the neighborhood and reach out.

We bring the ―Good News‖ – God WITH us (Pharisees; build separateness, worship Holiness. Jesus makes hi low, and low high)
                                                        Share the Kingdom
                                                               18Mar07 (2 of 2)

    1) Social time – get right with your neighbor before you present yourself to God

                                                                  Matthew 5:23

            23"Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you,

              24leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.

    2) Prayer to bless and open the service:

                                                                Psalm 139:23-24

                                               23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
                                                   test me and know my anxious thoughts.

                                               24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
                                                    and lead me in the way everlasting.


So far we ‗ve covered…??? (sum up previous two sermons…)

    Paul learned the secret of happiness. <verse> If you want to have meaningful witness to the neighborhood, you‘re going to need
    that secret too. Your heart is where your treasure is. <verse> Are you ready to make this neighborhood your treasure, as Christ
    has lead us to it, to see it as He sees it?

    Outreach; Jesus and the disciples were open and authoritative. But they didn‘t pick fights or force the message on those who
    were unreceptive. Not even John the Baptist did this. They were bold. They had reputations that preceded them. But the
    metaphor was that of a harvest.

(Review all the points above with a spirit of encouragement)

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