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1 CORNERSTONE CHURCH April 19,,2015 The Cup Of redemption Part 5 The Purpose of This Series::When He makes a promise, He always fulfills it. The Bible is clear, not only will God intervene on behalf of His people, but He will also lead them to a life of freedom that they could not imagine. This series will help us discover the four promises God makes with His people and how they can receive them. In review Four Cups series we recognize that we are on a Spiritual journey we thirst for something more. So God gives us some promises, but we must recognize that the promises of God do not come outside a relationship with Jesus. Therefore, say to the Israelites: I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. Exodus 6:6-7 The Cup of Sanctification Salvation. (Easter services out of bondage) The Cup of Deliverance Freedom working out our salvation The Cup of Redemption Restoration. The Cup of Praise Fulfillment. You and I are three dimensional in that we have a body, mind and spirit and we were made to fulfill the Spiritual side of the dimension. But, most do not, they get entangled with their mind and with their flesh and make such a mess of their life because they have never been lead by the Spirit. Even most believers know they are somewhere but they have no idea where. They are trying to make since of it all but continue to be frustrated and many defeated because of the war that rages with their mind and flesh. We want to continue to move you in the right direction so you can have a different story about God in your life. We desire that six months from now, even a year from now you will be able to look back and say, I don t even know who I was, but I know who I am now. Notice that knowing God is having grasped the four I Will s, or promises. In light of this, God becomes more understandable and easier to grasp. It doesn t making following Him a simple path, but it makes following Him a secure path. I want to take you on the journey of God s purpose for you, that you would receive the Full journey. Why Do So few drink from this cup? I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. Exodus 6:6 Redeem (Webster) To buy back: re-purchase, God doesn t REPURPOSE YOU, HE REPURCHASES YOU, to put you back Garden City, Kansas 1 Four Cups: redemption Pt. 5m

2 To change for the better: reform. Get you doing what you were created to do We define as GOOD as NO BAD. Most of the time we are just trying to stop the bad. God doesn t want you to settle for the GOOD, God wants you to settle for the BETTER! God was interested in not only saving them and delivering them but He had a plan for them, He wanted to redeem them back. To repair, restore. When you see all the vintage old cars restored, you see a beautiful thing and it s priceless. What Is Redemption? Simply put, it is doing what you were supposed to be doing. It wasn t making bricks for Pharaoh in a mud pit.! It was to live a productive and fulfilled life What s interesting is to see the redemptive power of God in the nation of Israel God took the children of Israel from the slaves, mud pits- to become some of the most influential and successful people ever. Some of the greatest minds in human history are Jewish- To date they have won 193 Nobel Prizes 23% of the total awarded. Less than 0.2 percent of the world s population God redeemed them... How? With an outstretched arm, with mighty acts of judgment...i will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. Exodus 6:6 God s potential is the same in you and I. You re probably not doing what you know you were called to do. Let Him take you on a journey of redemption. Drink from the third cup of promise. The whole purpose of salvation and deliverance Cup 1 and 2, God wants to return you back to your original purpose. He created you for a specific assignment a destiny. Why do so few drink from this cup? The answer is found in the promise itself Most of us don t see ourselves like God sees us. We struggle, bouncing back and forth to be happy and submitted, obeying and self serving. There is tension in our life because of a decisive decision that we need to make. We get stuck after the first cup, drinking from the cup of Salvation and few make it to cup 2 where God delivers us from the YOKE of SLAVERY so we can fully drink from cup 3, the cup of REDEMPTION. God redeems us with an outstretched arm. Why? 1. Inferiority. Most people have an incorrect view of themselves. It comes from their past problems - mistakes- Let God heal the pain and scars of yesterday (Cup 2). Many try to live out there purpose without settling yesterday. Here s what God is ready to do God doesn t want us to keep an unhealthy view of who we are IN HIM. Many never transition the picture of themselves from a SINNER to being FORGIVEN and placed in a FAMILY. your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great. Psalm 18:35 (ESV) Can you see him reaching down pulling us up? He reaches down from the pit where we are and He pulls us up. God sees greatness in His people.! God sees greatness in you that you don t see in yourself. God uses other people to see the greatness in others. People can prophesy into your future. It usually takes someone else to see your potential because we Garden City, Kansas 2 Four Cups: redemption Pt. 5m

3 tend to limit ourselves and are too hard on ourselves. We ve got to see ourselves the way God sees us... For we are God s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) In sibling rivalry, a parent steps in with their children and what they want more than ever is for them to stop having THEIR view of their brother or sister and to have HIS view of them. According to Ephesians 2:10 you are God s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for you to do. In other words, God didn t create you then think, What can I do with this person? To honor is not to excuse someone based on how you see them, but to care and love them by how He see s them. God s MIGHTY ACTS OF JUDGEMENT ARE AGAINST THE ATTACK OF YOUR ENEMY! The enemy wants to distract you from God s plan. Here is the second thing that we understand God. You can get diverted from God because of good and bad things. Sometimes a hard to understand situation can get in your life and you miss what God has for you. But you can have good things, success, money that distracts and creates a diversion in your life. 2. Diversion. Satan doesn t want you drinking from the Cup of Redemption. So how does he hinder us? He creates a life diversion. The judgment of God are reserved for the enemy of our soul. The devil has his own plan for your life. The devil is trying to keep people from finding their dream. He will put anything he can in the way, Career money marriage hobbies problems tragedy. Anything to keep you from focusing on God s plan. He wants you to stay focused on yourself your issues He ll do anything to derail you from your purpose. He ll create a diversion. We wanted very much to come to you, and I, Paul, tried again and again, but Satan prevented us. 1 Thessalonians 2:18 (NLT) Greek for PREVENTED egkoptō- Literally means to cut a ditch in your road; to impede one s course by cutting off his way. Most translations hinder. Instead to be an overcomer we take a different path. With mighty acts of judgment God will confront any enemy of His kids. The devil is trying to keep people from finding their dream He will put anything he can in the way - False loves distractions debt. God will confront any enemy of His kids and turn it around! And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28 (NLT) Some are on the wrong road and think I ve gone too far. God s gifts and God s call are under full warranty never canceled, never rescinded. Romans 11:29 (Message) God has never changed His mind about you! Garden City, Kansas 3 Four Cups: redemption Pt. 5m

4 How Do We Drink From The Cup of Redemption? Know Your Spiritual Gift We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. Romans 12:6 Grace charis DIVINE ENABLEMENT! It s just easy for you Here s your instruction from God pursue this promise! 1. Discover your gift. Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts. 1 Corinthians 14:1 How? God will reveal your destiny (what He wants you to do). START: We can help. Growth Track and Dream Team! Helping people discover their destiny. God had something for you to do FIRST and then He made you. You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous how well I know it. Psalm 139:13-14 NLT Design reveals destiny (How you are made points to what you are supposed to do) Just look into your personality, gifts, passions, loves, and dreams God made you the way you are. Once God takes your heart, your mind, your body, and He pulls out the slavery, the bondage, the strange and unacceptable attitudes and habits, He delivers you to discover your REDEMPTIVE calling. Embrace the design that God has made you to be. The secret is to get close to the One who designed you. The key: GOD! It s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. Ephesians 1:11-12 (Message) For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible...everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. Colossians 1:16 That s why you re in a great place get you close to Jesus! 2. Develop your gift. Here at Cornerstone we believe our job is to help you discover and develop your gift. We build the church around the gifts of the people, look at what you have been given. Grace charis divine enablement But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it... So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service. Ephesians 4:7, My job is to help you discover you gift so you can serve God here at Cornerstone. Garden City, Kansas 4 Four Cups: redemption Pt. 5m

5 That s what the Growth Track does, it takes you through a process real discipleship. Discipleship is not about learning more stuff, it s discovering and developing the reason why you were created! Membership Church 101- Commitment to church and vision. Get God s plan for the rest of the process to happen Spiritual health Essentials 201- Get you connected to God, Self-discovery Discovery 301- Design reveals destiny, discover your personality assessment gift assessment Ministry Dream Team 401- Exposes you to the opportunities to make a difference Here s the last one, and we will finish this thought next week 3. Use your gift. This is your purpose in this life! God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God's generosity can flow through you. 1 Peter 4:10 NLT When you do this you are WORSHIPING God serving God! God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. Hebrews 6:10 You have a unique gift but it is wrapped around this one thought Conclusion: There are four types of people: My purpose is to serve God by serving others. Don t know how you got here ready to leave know lost Drifted away not sure Religious but empty God seems so far away Know Jesus you re ready for eternity Prayed to receive Christ... Check the box on your Connection Card If you made a decision today Need to do three things: 1. Be water baptized 2. Join a good Bible teaching church 3. Get in a small group start growing Thank you for what you are giving today Let s honor God with our first, Tithe is the Lord s let s bring it to Him! Probably the easiest and best way to give is online The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26 Garden City, Kansas 5 Four Cups: redemption Pt. 5m

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