What a great place 80 degrees dry and beautiful! Squaw Valley in summer is an awesome place with Lake Tahoe coming alive with boaters beach goers and bikers. Sabbath service was preceded by a Islamic Beast power seminar presented by Tony Bosserman, and a split sermon from David Antion and Tony Bosserman pastor Church of God 7th day Sacramento California. Pentecost Sunday service was also a preceded by a seminar by David Antion and another split By David and Tony. Each service was less than 2 hours and received very well by the audience.
Seminar – David Antion
Why people misunderstand.
It is impossible NOT to misunderstand some of the time.
We misunderstand because we use words which are inadequate.
It’s cold in here, he was a big guy. What is cold and what is big? Everyone has a different idea of cold or big.
We apply our own mental filters to what other people say to us. They consist of our experiences, knowledge, traumas, hurts, expectations, desires, etc.
How do we minimize misunderstandings?
1). Make sure the message got there.
2). You need a feedback loop. Clarify — this is what I heard. Is this what you mean?
You don’t want people to hear a message that you didn’t intend to send.
Transderivational search — interpreting what someone else is saying. “People don’t like me” and then you agree and give a bunch of specific examples. Don’t start on your idea of what someone said. Deal with specific statements, not general.
To understand the Bible, we need to understand background and customs.
We see the a Bible through our own filters and modern times. Little children–back in the Bible children were humble and insignificant and now we elevate them.
Split Sermon Tony Bosserman
The Coming of the Holy Spirit
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language?
Several firsts took place:
1). The language barrier was broken for the first time in human history. It was done in the hearing vs. the speaking so that everyone could hear the gospel message.
The Tower of Babel
Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.”
Corruption spreads through language.
Peter’s Sermon at Pentecost
But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them:“Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:
“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams;
even on my male servants and female servants
in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
2). First time the Holy Spirit was poured out in mass and setting people free.
Elders Appointed to Aid Moses
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Gather for me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them, and bring them to the tent of meeting, and let them take their stand there with you. And I will come down and talk with you there. And I will take some of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them, and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, so that you may not bear it yourself alone.
So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord. And he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tent. Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. And as soon as the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied. But they did not continue doing it.
Moses and the 70 elders had the Holy Spirit but the rest of the Israelites did not.
For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.
Life in the Spirit
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
Focus on holiness and nurturing.
Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
3). Prejudice was overcome. Barriers between people were removed. All men and women regardless of their status had access to God.
for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.
Christianity is the only religion that teaches you to live your enemies.
Split Sermon David Antion
Fruit of the vine part 2
so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
In every good work — do a good deed every day.
Increasing in the knowledge of God.
Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.
The Authority of the Son
So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.
I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you.
Does God’s word have a place in me?
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Exhorting — walk along side someone to help them (your buddy).
1 John 5:14
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.
Must ask according to His will.
1 John 3:22
and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.
By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.
filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
The Truth Will Set You Free
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.
I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.
I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.
If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.
Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”
And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.”
Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.
These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
1 John 1:4
And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
2 John 1:12
Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete.
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
1 Thessalonians 3:12
and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you,
2 Thessalonians 1:3
We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.