“We wish to see Jesus”

Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the Feast. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus. (John 12:20-22)

For many years people have gathered to see someone famous.  The queen of Sheba traveled to see if all she had heard about King Solomon was true.  “She said to the king, “The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true.  But I did not believe these things until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half was told me; in wisdom and wealth you have far exceeded the report I heard.” ” (1 Kings 10:6-7)  Our greatest desire is to see our Master, Jesus.  The two greeks were comfortable talking to Philip.  What could have convinced these two men that Philip could help them see the Lord?   Can people see it in me, so that they may approach me about getting to know Jesus?

People wanting to see Jesus have a longing in their hearts.  What started the desire in the wee little tax collector who climbed a tree to se Jesus?  Why did the women bring their children for Jesus to bless, just because they wanted to see Jesus?  Was their desire out of curiousity or was it a need deep in their heart?  The desire to see Jesus is just as common today.

It is difficult for seeking souls to see Jesus in our “Chrisianity” today.  Jesus saw the importance for the churches to have Jesus in them so others could see Him.  The world cries, “We want to see Jesus!”  Are we a Philip?  Can People see that we are different because of our confidence in Him?  Not every church show Jesus the way he really is.  When Jesus came to a church and found a market in the church, He wasn’t able to be seen or do anything until He was the center of attention.  People were looking in that church that day, but they saw only distractions.

Dear God, may my own church never be cluttered with disraction, but be filled with the Spirit of God.  May every song, sermon, reading, musical piece & and Lord, just everything be done so that others can see you.  We don’t want to run with the world and be an immitation, just because the spirit left us.  We need a house where you can speak.  We need a house without screaming and yelling and rocking.  May God give us the grace that our services will show Jesus only.  The apostels never wanted the attention of listeners, they wanted people to see Jesus.  AMEN

We need homes like the home of Mary and Martha where Jesus came by and taught them.  Our homes should be so that whoever leaves will receive something of eternal worth when they leave.  Have we ever met someone who was different and then later found out that they were a christian?  Our attitude and language will show whether Jesus is really in us.

Would we live our lives if we knew others wanted to see Jesus?  Growing in the Lorf, we become a mirror of Him.   Remember, we never know who is wishing to see Jesus today.


Are we giving God the leftovers?

Proverbs 3:19 ~ Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of your crops.

Give God the best, not the leftovers.  Faithful service has always required our best:

  • Offerings to God – Exodus 23:19 ~ “Bring the best of the firstfruits of your soil to the house of the LORD your God.”
  • Hard Things – Exodus 25:1-7 ~ Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring Me an offering. From everyone who gives it willingly with his heart you shall take My offering. And this is the offering which you shall take from them: gold, silver, and bronze; blue, purple, and scarlet thread, fine linen, and goats’ hair; ram skins dyed red, badger skins, and acacia wood; oil for the light, and spices for the anointing oil and for the sweet incense; onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod and in the breastplate.
  • Giving to the Church – Exodus 36:2-7Then Moses called Bezalel and Aholiab, and every gifted artisan in whose heart the LORD had put wisdom, everyone whose heart was stirred, to come and do the work. And they received from Moses all the offering which the children of Israel had brought for the work of the service of making the sanctuary. So they continued bringing to him freewill offerings every morning. Then all the craftsmen who were doing all the work of the sanctuary came, each from the work he was doing,  and they spoke to Moses, saying, “The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work which the LORD commanded us to do.”  So Moses gave a commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, “Let neither man nor woman do any more work for the offering of the sanctuary.” And the people were restrained from bringing,  for the material they had was sufficient for all the work to be done—indeed too much.

Why doesn’t God want the leftovers?

  • Giving God the best shows that he will again meet our needs in the future.
  • Giving God the best shows where our priorities are.
  • Giving God the best shows that God has blessed us with more than we deserve.
  • Example:  Abram giving Issac.

Lord, Have I done enough, am I giving you an leftovers?  Is there anything more that I can give you?

The best possible effort:  “You shall love the Lord with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.” ~Matthew 22:27

Giving God the best.  This man saw a need and gave everything he had.  “And Joses, who was also named Barnabas by the apostles, a Levite of the country of Cyprus,  having land, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.”  Acts 4:36-37

Giving God the leftovers.  When we give leftovers, the blessing is missing.  “But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession.  And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles’ feet.  But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself?  While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.” Acts 5:1-4

Lord, for you, the best.  “And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.  Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him. 
Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them,  and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.”  Matthew 4:18-22

The difference is visible – “Then He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”  Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.”  And another also said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.”  But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 59-62

  • Lord, there is church tonight, but let me first go…
  • Where is our dedication to choir practise?…”For church the song sounds good enough”

People give God the leftovers when they live the best years of their lives for themselves and then wait until when they are older to come to the Lord.

The widow gave all.  She gave her best.  “So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury;  for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.” ” Mark 12:43-44

For ourselves we have time for everything.  We work long ours to save for a car – it’s for the good of the whole family.

What is needed to give God our best?

  • To be saved by God’s grace
  • Sanctification – experience complete surrender of life.  Not my will, but Thine.
    • we need this to give God our best.
    • by this the apostels endured persucution after Pentecost
    • giving God the best is not hard to give after you have given Him your all.
    • God will ask for what we need to surrender the most : Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.  Luke 14:23

“Honour God with your possesions” – What’s in it for me? – Then Peter answered and said to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?”  So Jesus said to them, “Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.  And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

Giving God the best will leave an example for generations to follow!

4 Blessings of Salvation

Note:  We do not seek salvation for its benefits.

Note: The list of benefits of salvation could never end.

  1. Blessing of Salvation : pardoned from punishment
    1. Isaiah 55:6+7 -Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
  2. Blessing of Salvation :  peace of heart/mind
    1. Romans 5:1 -Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
  3. Blessing of Salvation : purpose for living
    1. 2 Corinthians 5:14+15 -For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.  And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
  4. Blessing of Salvation : a place to inherit
    1. Colossians 3:4 -When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

9 Reasons why Prayers are unanswered:

Jesus Christ said:  And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.


  • God(through His word) repeatedly calls us to pray
  • God invites us to ask
  • God promises to answer our prayers
  • God is able to help in any given situation


Despite the Lord’s willingness to answer prayer, it is obvious that some prayers have gone unanswered.  Why is this?  Why doesn’t God grant all our petitons?

Reason #1–“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways.” says the Lord.  (Isaiah 55: 8 )Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  (Matthew 6:10)

Reason#2–“Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear.  But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.” (Isaiah 59 :1-2)

Reason#3–“If I had thought about doing anything sinful, the Lord would not have listened to me.”(Psalm 66: 18 )

Reason #4–“When you pray for things, you don’t get them because you want them for the wrong reasons-for your own pleasure.” (James 4:3)

Reason #5–“Therefore if you bring your gift ot the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way.  First be reconciled to your brother, and then come offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:23-25)

Reason #6–“Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as  being heirs together of the grace of life, in order that your prayers may not be hindered and cut off” (1 Peter 2:7)

Reason #7–“For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it].” (Mark 11:24)

Reason #8–“The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].” (James 5:16)

Reason #9–“Also Jesus told them a parable to the effect that they ought  always pray and not to turn coward (faint, lose heart, and give up).” (Luke 18:1-2)

Should the Local Church have Guidelines?

What makes guidelines (rules) necessary?

  • to keep things organized
  • that we know how to behave
  • regulates interpersonal relationships
  • to know whats expected

Where do you encounter guidelines in daily life?

  • in traffic
  • at home, in the family
  • at work & school
  • in the government
  • in a quart session
  • in sports and games

Would you agree that there is a difference between guidelines and a direct command of God?

  • Guidelines can change, God’s commands never change.
  • Rules aren’t equal to the word of God, we still have to follow rules and authority.  ex. parents, teachers, the law
  • Guidelines are different because they depend on the situation.

Can you recall instances in the Bible where guidelines regulated behaviour?

  • Mark 6:38-40 – Feeding of the ten thousand.
  • How the Israelites set up their tents.  Tribe tents were set up in order.
  • In the Psalms we read that the massive choirs had orders.
  • Luke 1:8-9 – The priests had orders.

Where in the church would guidelines be necessary?

  • for weddings/marriages
  • ordinances- order for foot washing & baptism
  • in choirs – sing the notes that are written
  • in services – begin times, and sermon lengths

Pros and cons of church guidelines:


  • new people are informed of standards
  • prevents chaos
  • things are as predicted
  • we know what to expect


  • people are restricted
  • people might view the rules as commandments
  • following guidelines does not make one a Christian
  • Pastors don’t want to become “Policemen”
  • we watch and judge people

According to the Bible, what should a Christian’s attitude be toward rules?

  • We are to submit to authority
  • Rebelling authority is a sin

Continuing in Grace

What type of grace? The grace God has on you when you repent, the grace accepting repentance of sins and the grace to be free from all sin.

STAY IN GRACE~Paul and Barnabas urged belivers to continue in the grace of God.(Acts 13:34)

  • Grace is first grace when one can’t help oneself anymore.   Because Christ was Grace, Christ and Grace belong together.  Grace is somthing that can’t be earned.  Without grace, Salvation isn’t possible.  How do you think Paul didn’t give up and was the blessing he was?  It was because Paul lived in the grace of God.  “From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.” John 1:16

GROWTH IN GRACE~”But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2. Peter 3:18

  • How can we receive more grace?  God wants to give us grace when we ask for it.  We simply need to ask and we will receive.  There will often be times in life when there is simply no other option than to turn to God’s grace.

SUFFICIENT GRACE~”But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” ” 2. Corinthians 12:9

  • We need to realize that God’s grace is sufficient for all circumstances.  Grace that gives us strength for the trials, resistance to temptations, joy in the valleys…

BY HIS GRACE~”But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect.”                     1. Corinthians 15:10

  • Everything we do and are, is all God’s grace.  His grace can be seen through His patience, His blessings, Our Salvation, His Son.  It is grace that God took us as his children.  All this is undeserved grace.  No one can claim any recognition, because it is all by His grace.

 Lord, help us to see your grace.  Help us to ask for your grace in all circumstances.  Remind us to give you all the credit.