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Nothing means Nothing - In the Boat with Jesus
August 06, 2017      |     By: Jonathan Brickley      |      Category: Sermons


Jonathan shares a lesson from John 15 about remaining IN Jesus in order to protect our minds from being deceived as Eve was and led astray from our sincere and pure devotion.  He also gives a testimony of his call to El Dorado 10 years ago and how he and Lizzy have been blessed through obedience.

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Notes

"Nothing" means "Nothing"
- Not Any Thing
- No Thing

John 15:4-5 (NIV)
4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

2 Corinthians 11:2-3, 14-15 (NIV)
2 I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him.
3 But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning,your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.
15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.

"...Your minds may be corrupted and led away from the simplicity of (your sincere and pure - singleness of) devotion to Christ" 

Judaizers wanted "Christ AND"
        "servants" or "ministers" of Satan

Romans 5:6 (NIV)
6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.

Romans 8:3
3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh,


Why?
1) We want to please God
2) We want a slice of the glory
3) Crucifixion hurts


Hebrews 6:7-8
7 Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God.
8 But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.

     v7                      v8
Drinking
Producing          Producing
Usefulness         Worthlessness
Blessing             Cursing
                           Burning

Isaiah 58:6-9 (NIV)
6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
9 Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. “If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk,


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