Sermon points from July 8

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I had a lot of points on Sunday’s message, and did not provide the “fill-in-the-blank” option on the Review.  So here is my outline for all you note takers.

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The Anointing is a Process
“David’s First Anointing”
Pastor Aaron Allison
The Church at Indian Lake
Sunday, July 8, 2018

SCRIPTURE READING
1 Samuel 16:12-13

David’s 3 Anointings
His first anointing was in anticipation of his rule.
His second was acknowledgment of his rule over Judah.
His third was acknowledgment of his rule over the entire nation.

In the Old Testament the anointing was used in these ways:

  1. Anoint religious artifacts
  2. To set apart priests
  3. To empower and set in order kings
  4. The moving of the Holy Spirit
  5. The distinguishing of a prophet

What is the anointing?
Anointing is the power of the Holy Spirit.

“The person who is filled with the Holy Spirit is able to do extraordinary things, but to him it seems quite natural . . . The anointing leads to what is good; it blesses and encourages others.  And it’s function is carried out with ease and without strain or fatigue.   It is also self-edifying.” – RT KENDALL

 

 12 So he sent and had him brought in. He was ruddy, with a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the LORD said, “Rise and anoint him; he is the one.”  13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came upon David in power. Samuel then went to Ramah. – I Samuel 16:12-13

“Having the anointing but not the platform can be a very painful thing.” – RT Kendall

Many people interested in being used by God, give up too soon.

Stages of the “First Anointing”

  1. God opens an unexpected door

17 So Saul said to his attendants, “Find someone who plays well and bring him to me.”  18 One of the servants answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the harp. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the LORD is with him.” – I Samuel 16:17-18

  1. A defining victory occurs

(David defeats Goliath – I Samuel 17)

  1. Your gifting is discovered

 6 When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, with joyful songs and with tambourines and lutes. 7 As they danced, they sang:
“Saul has slain his thousands,
and David his tens of thousands.”
– I Samuel 18:6-7

  1. You become a target

 8 Saul was very angry; this refrain galled him. “They have credited David with tens of thousands,” he thought, “but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?” – I Samuel 18:6-8

 10 The next day an evil spirit from God came forcefully upon Saul. He was prophesying in his house, while David was playing the harp, as he usually did. Saul had a spear in his hand 11 and he hurled it, saying to himself, “I’ll pin David to the wall.” But David eluded him twice. – I Samuel 18:10-11

  1. You are tested with power

The test is often with spiritual authority

You must preserve your distinct anointing without disrespecting leadership

 1 After Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, “David is in the Desert of En Gedi.” 2 So Saul took three thousand chosen men from all Israel and set out to look for David and his men near the Crags of the Wild Goats.  3 He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself. David and his men were far back in the cave. 4 The men said, “This is the day the LORD spoke of when he said [a] to you, ‘I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.’ ” Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.  5 Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe. 6 He said to his men, “The LORD forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the LORD’s anointed, or lift my hand against him; for he is the anointed of the LORD.” 7 With these words David rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way. – I Samuel 24:1-7

 Gospel application:

– Jesus was anointed the Messiah

– Jesus came in unexpected times and places

– When Jesus’ gifts were discovered, He became a target

– Jesus passed every test of power

Temptation during 40 days of fasting
The mountain of transfiguration
The garden of Gethsemane

 

 

 

David’s Three Anointings

Beth and I will be ministering at CIL this Sunday (July 8). I am teaching on David’s three anointings, in a message called “The Anointing is a Process.” Bring your pen to take notes, because I have a lot to share in this teaching. We’ll finish service by taking communion together, and Christ will be exalted.
 
See you at either 9am or 10:45am.
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Samuel Anoints David, ca. 239 C.E., Dura Europos Synagogue, Syria. (Art Resource, NY.)

Summer travel pics and comparison trap

36603014_10160483023075175_8588049423479603200_nI have enjoyed seeing all the travel pictures of friends on social media during the last month, and I have enjoyed a nice vacation myself.  I know some of my friends can’t afford travel right now, or are not physically able to leave town.  I hope that none of us fall into a trap of comparison, as travel pictures often do not tell the true story of what is happening behind carefully staged pictures.  In my case, my marriage and family life is strong, and I thank God and Beth for their grace in this area.

I think of the summer of 2008, and all the fear we were experience during the Great Recession. Americans were stuck with mortgages that were higher than home values, and prognosticators predicted our lifestyles would never return.  We rebounded, and macro economic indicators look good now.

So in these days of plenty, let’s remember the development of our soul.  This is also a gentle reminder to not allow the relaxed mindset of the summer months lead you to a lax attitude towards morality and healthy choices.

So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things– Colossians 3:1-2

 

New Children’s Pastor at CIL

Here is a message CIL sent to CIL Partners from me and Pastor Deborah Jackson
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In May of 2012 we asked Pastor Greg Wilson to bring his expertise and talent to our early elementary ministry as CIL’s first Children’s Pastor.  Greg has done a wonderful job the last six years getting kids excited about Jesus, and serving the church’s families in this area. There is no one quite like Greg Wilson when it comes to engaging kids.  What a gift he is!
20161107-SinglePortrait-DARK-24Earlier this year, we and Pastor Greg decided together it was time to pass the children’s ministry baton at CIL off to a new leader so Greg could help more with associate pastor duties.   After much prayer and many discussions, we are excited to announce that Jennifer Cordray will be our new Children’s Pastor, leading the Journey’s ministry on Sunday mornings and throughout the week. Pastor Jennifer will officially begin this role on July 15, and Pastor Greg will work with her to make this a successful transition.

Pastor Jennifer will continue to lead Awana, further integrating the Sunday and Wednesday ministries as a powerful discipleship combination.  We are also very optimistic about the positive role Pastor Greg will have in working more with the entire church family.  He has already been an incredible resource in preparing us for this transition.

We are so excited about what God has for our children and their families!

Pastor Aaron Allison
Pastor Deborah Jackson

 

Love Your Community

I am so grateful for my church community. Not an audience. Not a crowd. Not people to fulfill program plans. Rather, an eclectic group of people who CHOOSE to worship, struggle, experiment, and learn TOGETHER. True community is rare, fragile, and often unappreciated. Love the people God has placed in your life.

“Love never ends.” – 1 Corinthians 13:8

Two weeks for one sermon

ordinary time
This hasn’t happened in years, but I did not finish my sermon last week, so will do so this Sunday. On June 10, I will preach from 1 Samuel 3:8-20 – “Hearing God’s Voice in Your Generation (Part 2).”
 
The church calendar is in Ordinary Time, which is a dynamic season of growth and spontaneity between Pentecost and Advent. Our faith community seems especially in tune with the Holy Spirit during the summer months, so I expect we will hear strongly from Him once again. Let’s gather with anticipation! See you at either 9am or 10:45am.