Roots | Sermon Recap | 10.30.16

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Rerooting My Life in the Gospel 
Series Big Idea: deep roots produce great fruit
Satan has tempted us with three main lies.
Lie 1 – “I Am What I Do” | Performance
For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry.
During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.”
But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say,

‘People do not live by bread alone,

    but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’
We live in a transactional and contractional society so everything is based on a performance or job well done so it naturally leads us to a performance driven mentality. This effects the way we often interact and view God.
If I do these things then God will be good with me. As long as I only do these bad things and not these bad things then God will accept me.
The best part about God is our relationship with him has nothing to do with our performance.
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God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
We don’t achieve God’s love… We receive God’s love.
Lie 2 – “I Am What I Have” | Possessions
Then the devil took him to the holy city, Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say,

‘He will order his angels to protect you.

And they will hold you up with their hands
    so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’”
Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’
“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.” – Jim Carrey
But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
10 “Once you had no identity as a people;
now you are God’s people.
Once you received no mercy;

    now you have received God’s mercy.”
Your stuff makes a horrible god. We need to find our identity in Jesus. We need to be fully rooted in Christ. This is where we find our identity.
Lie 3 – “I Am What Others Think” | Popularity
Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.”
10 “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say,
‘You must worship the Lord your God
    and serve only him.’”
11 Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus.
Jesus knew his position in God. He didn’t have to wonder if His father loved him. At this point he had never performed a miracle…He had no following… He had no possession…But Jesus knew His father loved him without a doubt.

Here is how we know…

16 After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”
Just like Jesus knowns his Father loves for him you can know this as well.
Check this verse…
20 My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
He loved you so much he gave himself for us.
Stop believing the lies of satan. Rest in your acceptance by Christ.
Root yourself in the gospel. 
#roots #courageoushsv
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I am a pastor, church planter, leader, and father. I have been blessed to be the founding pastor of Courageous Church. I spend much of my time seeking to help others take their next step in growth and leadership. I am the main visionary architect and communicator for Courageous. I love spending time with my family and because of them I am blessed beyond imagination. I believe I have the best l life possible.

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