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The Benefits of Jesus’ Blood: God’s hedge of protection and provision of Passover

Following are the message notes from my message designed to encourage us to live “under the blood of Jesus.”  As you read, may you invite the Holy Spirit to apply Jesus’ blood to your life.

The Benefits of Jesus’ Blood: God’s Hedge of Protection and Passover

The blood of Jesus points in the direction of God and in the direction of Satan.

  • Jesus’ blood protects us from Satan, demons, the demonic, and evil.
  • Jesus’ blood provides the only way for God’s judgment to pass over our lives.

Today we investigate the benefit of Jesus’ blood as your personal Passover.

  • The shedding of the blood.   Exodus 12:6
  • The applying of the blood.  Exodus 12:7
  • The effectiveness of the blood.  Exodus 12:23

Notice the following:

  1. God explains his upcoming action.  Exodus 12:12-13
  2. God explains the actions the people are to take.  Exodus 12:3-11
  3. God explains what his response will be to obedience.  12:13

For some reason, I grew up hearing about the Death Angel of the Passover.  However, in Exodus 12 there is no mention of an angel, nor is there an angel responsible for death anywhere in the Bible.

The judgment of Passover is the judgment of God.

  • For I will pass through the land of Egypt… 12:12
  • At midnight, the Lord struck down…12:29

It is clear.  The shed blood of the lamb, applied to the door, was the sign for which God was looking in order to pass over a family.

God still visits his world with judgment today.

  • For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God.  I Peter 4:17
  • The sins of some people are conspicuous, going before them to judgment.  1 Timothy 5:24

Just as in Egypt, so in your life today: both the shedding of blood and the applying of blood are required as the sign for which God is looking to Passover your family.

The blood of Jesus is applied to our lives today by a genuine request to the Holy Spirit.  Hebrews 9:14

“Holy Spirit, please apply the blood of Jesus to every area of my life, home, and family.”

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My Story

  1. This weekend we heard that Jesus’ blood effectively protects us from Satan, demons, the demonic, and evil and that His blood also provides the means for God and His judgment to pass over our lives.  Have you ever experienced God’s protection?  Have you known that his judgment passed over you?
  2. Have you asked the Holy Spirit to apply Jesus’ blood to your life?  How and when did you come to that decision?  If you haven’t yet come to that decision, would you like to decide today?

Digging Deeper

  1. There is an interesting component in the Exodus 12 Passover passage about the role of the blood for the entire family.  How many references do you find about the family (household) in Exodus 12:1-6?  What did they mean to the people then and there?
  2. Do you have a role in the application of the blood of Jesus for your family today?
  3. Do you think Acts 16:31 sheds light on this subject for us today?
  4. According to Exodus 12, it is God who judges Egypt with the death of the firstborn.  Why is it difficult for people today to grasp a God who at long last brings judgment even though He reveals over and over again what He is planning to do unless people obey?
  5. Luke, Paul, and Peter all reveal that God is indeed the Judge.
    1. Acts 10:42
    2. 2 Timothy 4:1
    3. 1 Peter 4:5
    4. How do you recommend that Christians communicate to our world that there is a tipping point at which the Judge decrees His judgment?

Taking it Home

  1. Is there something in your family that urges you to request the Holy Spirit to apply Jesus’ blood to the “door posts” of your home?
  2. Is there something in you that is not “under the blood of Jesus” and deserves the judgment of God?  Would you like to place it “under the blood of Jesus” today?
  3. Do you have a friend, relative, associate, or neighbor that is nearing the tipping point of God’s judgment?  Would you like your LIFE Group to pray with you for them?

In Times Like These: Walk in Authority

My message, “In Times Like These: Walk in Authority,” is designed to assist us in realizing God’s authority was given fully to Jesus following his resurrection from the dead. Jesus said, “All authority has been given unto me both in heaven and on earth.” We represent Him. We walk in His authority to make disciples of all nations.


In Times Like These: Walk in Authority

We are learning to bring our whole self to the Great Assignment. Matthew 28:18-20

The Great Assignment has four “Alls.”

• All authority in heaven and earth
• To make disciples of all nations
• Who obey all God’s commandments
• Jesus is with us all the days

We are learning to bring a fifth all: all of me (my whole self). Today the emphasis is upon bringing all of one’s self under all of His authority and then walking out the Great Assignment in His authority.

The Bible is very clear about Jesus’ authority prior to the resurrection. His resurrection from the dead, and all that goes with it changed the wording from “authority” to “all authority in heaven and on earth.”

Matthew 28 suggests that “all nations” have a level of authority that will resist the disciple-making ministry and the call to obey all of God’s commandments. There seems to be an authority in “all nations” to resist discipleship and live in disobedience. The authority of “all nations” is overcome by the “All authority” of Jesus.

I am to bring my whole self to the Great Assignment with the authority of Jesus Christ, who has been given all authority.

The Authority of Jesus both Before and After His Resurrection from the Dead

• All authority in heaven and earth Philippians 2:10
• Authority over angels Hebrews 1:6
• Authority over all rule, authority, power, and dominion Ephesians 1:21, 22
• Eternal authority Daniel 7:13, 14
• Authority over sickness and disease Matthew 4:23, 24
• Authority over demons Matthew 8:28-33
• Authority over physical elements Matthew 8:23-27
• Authority over life and death John 11:1-27
• Authority to forgive sin Matthew 9:1-7
• Authority over the Church Colossians 1:18

Therefore, “Go and make disciples of all nations!” You are Christ’s Ambassadors. 2 Corinthians 5:20

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Congratulations on being part of the MCA Church growing LIFE Group movement. In this, our first session of the ministry year, we have over 200 raving Jesus fans in the LIFE Groups. Plan on inviting a friend to join a group with you for the next ten-week session starting in January.

Getting to Know One Another

1. Have you ever personally seen the authority of Jesus in one of the ten areas Pastor mentioned in the weekend talk?
2. Do you have a situation in which you are seeking to extend the authority of Jesus?

Digging Deeper into the Message

1. What is an ambassador? What is the work of an ambassador? Under what authority does an ambassador work? In what ways do you live out your life as Christ’s ambassador? 2 Corinthians 5:20
2. Read Luke 10:1-20.
a. In what way is being sent out on mission connected to the authority given by Jesus?
b. Would the disciples have Jesus’ authority without being on mission?
c. Do you have Jesus’ authority if you are not fully on mission?
3. What do you understand Luke 10:23 to mean? What was it that prophets and kings had wanted to see?
4. Is the authority given by Jesus in Luke 10:19 given to you today? If so, what must you do to walk in that authority?
5. It is clear that Jesus has sent you as an ambassador to make disciples of the nations. Make a list of at least five things you can do to bring your whole self to this assignment.

1. Please pray for God’s guidance upon your giving decision for MCA Church Global Outreach.
2. Please pray for the MCA Church connection with mission in El Salvador, for Pete and Vicki as they travel back to Australia, and this Sunday’s emphasis on the children of Burkina Faso.

Full of Grace and Truth

My Tuesday evening message was intended to reflect the possibility that the “waves and breakers” that swept over the Psalmist in the 42nd Psalm, might be a combination of the crushing and energizing of the truth and the humbling and inspiration of grace.

As you read the concepts below, consider the glorious grace of the Loving Father in Luke 15, who, with glorious grace, celebrated the return of the wayward son.

The journey to consecrating our heart and our longings goes through the deeply emotional experience of lifting the veil to genuinely look at the truth of who we are.

Behind the veil we learn how much, like the Prodigal son, we have:
• Made our selves the center rather than God
• Drifted from Father’s House and into a distant land
• Lost awareness that our lives make sense and have a growing knowledge of the senselessness in which we live.

In the pursuit of “You desire truth in the inmost part” we see how brutal the truth can really be. Psalm 51

Maybe the challenging process of God working in our lives is what the Psalmist meant when he said, “all your waves and breakers have swept over me.” Psalm 42:7

John 8:36 Consecrating our heart and longings with truthfulness “sets us free indeed.”

Truth is designed to be accompanied by grace! John 1:14

As we consecrate our hearts and our longings by lifting the veil with truthfulness, we might expect similarities to the Prodigal son:
• I am embarrassed.
o I live among pigs
o I am senseless
o I am hungry
o I am not worthy
• I am afraid.
o The Father has every right to be angry with my behavior.
o The Father has every right to be filled with wrath toward me.
• I am guilty.
o I have sinned against heaven
o I have sinned against Father

Upon the truthfulness behind the veil we realize, I am embarrassed, I am afraid, I am guilty, BUT I have no other option but to head back to Father’s house. John 6:68

Father knows truth yet in His grace he has been scanning the horizon looking to show that He is full of grace and truth.

Maybe Psalm 42:7 isn’t just the brutal waves that break error from our lives, but swells of God’s grace. “All your waves and breakers swept over me.”

Let’s interview the Prodigal son who long ago returned to Father’s House. Long ago he lifted the veil in truthfulness, returned to Father’s House and consecrated his heart and his longings.

1. Prodigal son, was Father’s blessing a one time deal?

John 1:16 “From the fullness of his grace we have received one blessing after another.”

2. Prodigal son, does the weight of your past, the memories of “squandering your father’s wealth” knock you to the ground?

Romans 5:2 “through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God”

3. Prodigal, how did you find Father’s good favor? You didn’t have any money left to appease Him.

Romans 3:24 “and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”

4. I suppose that even in Father’s House you could find that you barely make it.

2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work”

5. What do you do when you feel the call of the past to return to living selfishly, in a distant land, and in a senseless manner? Do you ever run out of strength?

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

6. With the power of memory, do you ever feel like that poor, pig slop eating prodigal son?

Ephesians 2:7 “in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”

7. Isn’t this too good to be true? Aren’t you afraid this will suddenly end?

2 Thessalonians 2:16 “May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,”

My altar call tonight is Hebrews 4:16“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Acts 20:32 “Now I commit you to God and the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctif

MCA Church Provides a Way Forward

Following are my message notes for the Day Services of August 26, 2012.

My intent is to show that 2 Peter 1 gives us a Biblical panorama of adult maturation. Unlike scholars who view adult maturity through the lens of hierarchies, stages, or phases, I view adult maturation as the total process of being saved, filled with the Holy Spirit, and then dancing with God. Enjoy.

Identity: MCA Church Provides a Way Forward

Good news! There is a way forward for you.

In whatever condition you find your self today, there is a way forward.
• There was a way forward for Moses, who had committed murder.
• There was a way forward for David, who was an adulterer.
• There was a way forward for Peter, who intentionally denied Jesus.
• There was a way forward for Paul, who was an accomplice to the murder of Stephen (The first martyr)

There is a way forward for you too. 2 Peter 1:3

Adult development scholars have created a sort of development understanding apart from the work of Jesus.
• Some say that you develop based upon the interaction of your role in society and the corresponding expectations of society. Social Development theory by Havighurst
• Some say that you develop based upon age related development. Age Related Development by Gould and Levinson
• Others teach that you develop based upon non-age related development. Non-age Related Development by Erikson and Kohlberg

By far, the most important segment of your path forward is the first step of trusting in Jesus for salvation. Romans 10:9, 10

In my experience, the second most important segment of your path forward is being baptized in the Holy Spirit.

The person who is saved and filled with the Holy Spirit has a measure of spiritual maturity and is prepared to continue in maturation. Acts 1:5

In 2 Peter 1 Christian maturity is a dance between:
1. His divine power
2. Our knowledge of Him
3. His very great and precious promises
4. Our making every effort to add.
MCA Church provides a way forward by creating opportunities for you to:

• Experience God’s divine power
• Grow in your knowledge of God
• Grow in your knowledge of God’s very great and precious promises
• Make every effort to continually add.

MCA Church Kid’s Ministry launches The Big God Story tonight at 5 PM.

MCA Church Men’s Ministry launches September 8 in a breakfast meeting, Men’s LIFE group on September 18, and Monday Night Football Life Group on Monday, September 10.

MCA Church Youth Ministry launches tonight at 5 PM.

MCA Church Women’s Ministry launches Thursday, September 6.

MCA Church LIFE Groups launch the first session the week of September 16.

Wednesday in the Word launches Hebrews in Life Community with Pastor David Wilson and Headline News (Christian Ethics) with Pastor Fay and Pastor Brad Kesler in LIVE

Guest Services launches September 18 at 7 PM in LIVE.


Following are my message notes from today’s day service talk. My prayer is that the MCA Church story becomes consistently told by our entire congregation in ways that represent our heart.


MCA Church has just completed one of our most important teaching series in the story of our worship community.

Live Local: Fully Alive, Here, Now brought us into the importance of living the full life of Jesus in our daily lives. MCA Church, we are not hearers only, but doers of Jesus’ teaching. James 1:22-25

Today I am filled with joy as I announce MCA Church’s three newest Live Local initiatives.

• After extensive preparation MCA Church is now approved as an Anchorage Cold Weather Family Shelter.
o When the Anchorage weather is below 32 degrees, we are Anchorage’s overflow shelter facility for families. A family is defined as parent and child or husband and wife.
o We are the selected shelter for Thursday evenings.
o Your help is needed. Please write your contact information and place it on the cross as a statement that you will carry the ministry of Jesus into Thursday evenings, as needed.
• Food insecurity is a rapidly growing challenge in South Central Alaska, especially among children. MCA Church, after feeding children in various countries of the world, we are becoming part of a solution to hungry children in East Anchorage. We have leased (at a greatly reduced rate) the MCA Church kitchen, gym, and an office (from 9-5 Monday – Friday) to the Lunch Box of Anchorage. EXCITING!!!
o The Lunch Box, a service of the Anchorage Soup Kitchen, prepares lunch for food insecure children and delivers the meal to them at school.
o Each evening at 4 PM, the Lunch Box prepares an evening meal for Anchorage’s youngest citizens. The children and student’s meals will be served in the MCA Church Gymnasium.
• MCA Church Women’s Ministry announces our first LIVE Local Walk-a-thon to assist in ending human trafficking in South Central Alaska. The Walk-a-thon is at Begich Middle School on Sunday, September 9.

These types of opportunities urge us to become more sophisticated in knowing how to tell the world the MCA Church story.

For some time now, we have been learning to tell our individual stories of God’s great grace in our lives.

What is the story of our group? To what storyline is God calling us? If “We’ve a story to tell to the nations” what makes our story one of a kind?

The Church is a BIG deal to God. There are many facets to the Church.
• The Church universal and the church local
• The church gathered and the church scattered
• The church organism and the church organization

Any way we view the church, it is a big deal to God. 1 Timothy 3:15
• God’s household
• Belongs to God
• The pillar and foundation of the truth

The next generation of Christians is screaming for the Church to align with today’s text and be an activated force in the world for the cause of Jesus.

MCA Church’s identity includes:
• The faith to pursue your full potential in Christ (Ephesians 2:10)
• An invitation to what is next in your life of faith (Revelation 22:17)
• An experience with the real presence of God (Exodus 33:15)
• A way forward (Isaiah 30:21)
• The unleashing of Kingdom capacities (Acts 1:8)