Month: March 2020

Message Slides 03.29.2020

God, Part 2 | Wk 9: “A New Purpose”

Pastor Mike Overstreet | 03.29.2020

Message recordings available at: https://vimeo.com/element3

 

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“A long, long time ago in a galaxy far away…”

Star Wars

 

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“Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life; Whole misadventured piteous overthrows Do with their death bury their parents’ strife.”

Romeo and Juliet

 

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“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster…” 

Goodfellas

 

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“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way” 

Anna Karenina

 

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“Hello. My name’s _____. You want a chocolate? I could eat about a million and a half of these. My momma always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

 Forrest Gump

 

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The Parables of Jesus

  1. Deeply layered, metaphorical, & symbolic
  2. Universal & timeless
  3. Designed to be surprising & convicting

 

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Matthew 21:33-34 (NIV)

33 “Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. 34 When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.”

 

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Isaiah 5:1-6 (NIV)

1 I will sing for the one I love
    a song about his vineyard:
My loved one had a vineyard
    on a fertile hillside.
He dug it up and cleared it of stones
    and planted it with the choicest vines.
He built a watchtower in it
    and cut out a winepress as well.
Then he looked for a crop of good grapes,
    but it yielded only bad fruit.

“Now you dwellers in Jerusalem and people of Judah,
    judge between me and my vineyard.
What more could have been done for my vineyard
    than I have done for it?
When I looked for good grapes,
    why did it yield only bad?
Now I will tell you
    what I am going to do to my vineyard:
I will take away its hedge,
    and it will be destroyed;
I will break down its wall,
    and it will be trampled.
I will make it a wasteland,
    neither pruned nor cultivated,
    and briers and thorns will grow there.
I will command the clouds
    not to rain on it.”

 

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Isaiah 5:7 (NIV)

The vineyard of the Lord Almighty
    is the nation of Israel,
and the people of Judah
    are the vines he delighted in.
And he looked for justice, but saw bloodshed;
    for righteousness, but heard cries of distress.

 

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The Fruit of God’s Vineyard 

  • Tsedaqah – righteousness, right relationships
  • Mishpat – justice, actions to restore right relationships

 

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Matthew 21:35-37 (NIV)

35 “The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. 36 Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way. 37 Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said.”

 

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Matthew 21:38-39 (NIV)

38 “But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’ 39 So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.

 

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Matthew 21:40-46 (NIV)

40 “Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”

41 “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,” they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.”

42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:

“‘The stone the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone;
the Lord has done this,
    and it is marvelous in our eyes’[a]?

43 “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. 44 Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.”[b]

45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus’ parables, they knew he was talking about them. 46 They looked for a way to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowd because the people held that he was a prophet.

 

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Psalm 118:22-23 (NIV)

22 The stone the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone;
23 the Lord has done this,
    and it is marvelous in our eyes.

 

 

3.29.2020

GOING DEEPER

03.29.2020 | GOD, PART 2 | Wk 9: “A New Purpose”

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Breaking Ground

What is the highlight of a normal week for you? Are there any regular activities or experiences that you really look forward to each week?

 

The Dig

This week, discuss the Parable of the Tenants that Jesus tells in his confrontation with the leaders of Israel. 

Read Matthew 21:33-34 & Isaiah 5:1-7. Notice how Jesus references Isaiah 5 directly to begin his parable – he wants the audience to get that story in their head immediately

What first stands out the most from these two texts? Do you recognize any overlap? 

What is the fruit from Isaiah 5:7 that God planted His people to produce in the world? What does Isaiah say Israel is producing instead? 

Next, read Matthew 21:35-46. Having begun with Isaiah’s story, Jesus tells another parable about a Vineyard that failed to produce God’s fruit

What stands in the way of God’s people producing the right fruit in Jesus’ parable? 

After multiple rejections & attacks on God’s servants – He ultimately tries to send His Son, the embodiment of His presence & authority, to reason with the Tenants & convince them to give Him the fruit the vineyard was planted to grow.

Why do you think, after everything that has happened, the Father sends his son to reach out to tenants? What does this say about the Father? 

What do the tenants reject & attack the son sent to collect the fruit of God? What is their reasoning? Does it make sense? 

Jesus cites Psalm 118 – a Psalm about God reversing the decision of a builder who rejected the cornerstone of a building (most important one) because he thought it was useless

Why does Jesus cite this Psalm to conclude his story? What does it teach us about what God sees as taking place in this moment & what follows in the story? 

Finally, Jesus ends the parable by pronouncing that the vineyard will produce the fruit it was made for. Jesus, the rejected son & stone, will lead Israel to fulfill its purpose. 

What was the ultimate purpose of God’s vineyard from the beginning (CLUE: the fruit from Isaiah 5:7)?

How does this impact how you understand the life & activities of the Church in the world? 

What stands in the way of the Church fulfilling its purpose to produce the right kind of fruit in the world? 

Do you see yourself doing that in this current season of life? How does this parable challenge you to change? 

 

Getting Out of the Hole

Take time this week to reflect on Jesus’ parable:

  • What fruit do you see yourself & the Church producing in the world? Is it the right kind of fruit? 
  • How do you identify with the tenants in the parable? 
  • What do you need to adjust to start growing fruit that heals the world? 
  • How does accepting Jesus’ upside-down worldview (the rejected stone becomes the cornerstone) change how you approach growing the fruit of God?

Journal about your answers to these questions & pray for insights. Share your experience with the group next week! 

 

Additional Resources*

Matthew Commentary by Stanley Hauerwas

Simply Jesus by NT Wright

Jesus and the Victory of God by NT Wright

Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament by Chris Wright

 

Coming Up This Week:* 

Sunday, April 5: Join us for the next week of our series GOD PT 2, where we will be looking at how Jesus completes the Exodus story by becoming a New Sacrifice for the world. 
* Please see mye3.org for details.

Message Slides 03.22.2020

God, Part 2 | Wk 8: “A New Prophet”

Pastor Mike Overstreet | 03.22.2020

Message recordings available at: https://vimeo.com/element3

 

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Jerusalem When Jesus Arrives

  1. Long suffering (Oppression)
  2. Anticipation for relief (Messiah)
  3. Exodus story (Conflict)
  4. Overcrowded (Tension)
  5. Fear of Roman response (Violence)

 

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Matthew 21:1-11 (NIV)

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

“Say to Daughter Zion,
    ‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
    and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

“Hosanna to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

 

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Matthew 21:12-13 (NIV)

Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’”

03.22.2020

GOING DEEPER

03.22.2020 | GOD, PART 2 | Wk 8: “A New Prophet”

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Breaking Ground

What is something you’ve wanted to change this year, but haven’t been able to yet?

 

The Dig

Reflect on the situation in Jerusalem at Jesus’ arrival.

  1. Israel has suffered under Roman rule, oppression, & occupation for almost 100 years. 
  2. There was increasing anticipation that the Messiah (a warrior king) would arrive to defeat the enemies of God like in the past (i.e., the Exodus, David, Judges, etc.)
  3. During Passover, all of Jerusalem would retell & re-enact the Exodus Story (God raising a deliverer to defeat Pharaoh & Egypt).
  4. The city would triple in population size that week. 
  5. Recently, riots & revolts had sprung up during Passover – leading to violent Roman response.

Read Matthew 21:1-11. Everything about Jesus’ entrance reflects Messianic & kingly imagery.

What stands out to you about Jesus’ arrival? How do you think this would have impacted the city? 

What are the people cheering for Jesus expecting as he arrives in this way? How does this conflict with what Jesus has said he came to do (go back to ch. 16 if you need a refresher)?

Why do you think Jesus enters in this way?

Next, read Matthew 21:12-17. After entering Jerusalem as a King, Jesus goes straight to the Temple & acts out as a prophet – shutting down the Temple & speaking out against the leaders of Israel. 

Why do you think Jesus targets the Temple for his prophetic action? What message do you think this sent? 

Why do you think Jesus shuts down the money changing tables? What does his line in verse 13 bring to mind? 

Why does Jesus follow up this public action & rebuke with healing the blind & lame? (THINK: Jesus is placing himself in the role of Israel & its Temple in some way…)

Finally, read Matthew 21:18-22. The fig tree was a symbol of Israel & its leadership in Jewish thought. Jesus ends this section with a symbolic action – he goes to the fig tree to find fruit & instead finds no fruit

How does this fit into the previous story & Jesus’ prophetic actions in the Temple? 

Altogether – what do these stories teach us about what Jesus came to do? 

 

Getting Out of the Hole

Take time this week to reflect on what it means that Jesus is a new Prophet calling Israel to follow a different path.

  • Where, in this season, do you need to make a change?
  • What might Jesus be calling you to do to change paths? 
  • Where have you grown complacent & what might help you jump back onto the path of growth? 

Journal about your answers to these questions & pray for insights. Share your experience with the group next week! 

 

Additional Resources*

Matthew Commentary by Stanley Hauerwas

Simply Jesus by NT Wright

Jesus and the Victory of God by NT Wright

Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament by Chris Wright

Coming Up This Week:* 

Sunday, March 29: Join us for the next week of our series GOD PT 2, where we will be looking at how Jesus calls the people of God to produce New Kingdom Fruit in the world. 
* Please see mye3.org for details.

03.15.2020

GOING DEEPER

03.15.2020 | GOD, PART 2 | Wk 7: “A New King”

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Breaking Ground

Who is the leader that you admire most? Why? 

 

The Dig

Read Matthew 16:13-20. This is the first time that a disciple has acknowledged Jesus as the Messiah – the long awaited King of God who would make things right. Peter proclaims this & is told that he will be central to this Kingdom movement. 

What do you think is going through Peter’s head at this moment (excitement, joy, pride, etc.)? 

In the 1st century – the Jewish people had come to a number of expectations about who the Messiah would be & what the Messiah would do. Relying on stories like the Exodus, they had come to expect that the Messiah would: 

  • Defeat the enemies of God (the Romans)
  • Free the Promised Land (kick out invaders)
  • Renew Israel (morally & spiritually) 
  • Lead Israel to rule the other nations of the world

Next, read Matthew 16:21-23. 

How does Jesus’ prediction of his own death impact the Messianic expectations listed previously? 

Why does Peter respond by rebuking Jesus & insisting that he’s wrong? Remember – this is both totally opposite to what Peter would have expected & Peter has just been told that he will be a central part in this Messianic movement after Jesus. 

How would you have responded if you were in his situation? 

Jesus responds to Peter in the same way that he responded to Satan when he tested Jesus to give up his calling in favor of worldly power in the wilderness story (Matthew ch. 4). 

Why does Jesus respond in the same way here to Peter’s rebuke? What is Jesus saying about the disconnect between what Peter wants Jesus to be & what Jesus actually believes he is here to do? 

Read Matthew 16:24-28. 

What does Jesus believe the Messiah has come to do? How does Jesus believe the Messiah will achieve victory over evil & make things right in our world? 

Why does Jesus believe that self-sacrifice, not those other expectations, is the pathway to God’s Kingdom victory over evil in the world? 

How might Jesus’ victory through self-sacrifice change how you understand building the Kingdom of God in your life & world? 

 

Getting Out of the Hole

Take time this week to reflect on what it means that Jesus is a new King who builds his Kingdom through self-sacrifice

  • How does this understanding of Jesus change how you go about building the Kingdom in your life & in the world? 
  • Where do you have expectations about who Jesus is & how he operates that are challenged by this story? 
  • Where do you need to let this story change how you follow Jesus in this season? 

Journal about your answers to these questions & pray for insights. Share your experience with the group next week! 

 

Additional Resources*

Matthew Commentary by Stanley Hauerwas

Simply Jesus by NT Wright

Jesus and the Victory of God by NT Wright

Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament by Chris Wright

 

Coming Up This Week:* 

Sunday, March 22: Join us for the next week of our series GOD PT 2, where we will be looking at how Jesus acts a new prophet calling God’s people to a new way of existing in the world. 
* Please see mye3.org for details.

Message Slides 03.15.2020

God, Part 2 | Wk 7: “A New King”

Elizabeth Wilkes | 03.15.2020

Message recordings available at: https://vimeo.com/element3

 

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Life of Jesus

  1. Early Life – Announces the New Exodus
  2. Ministry – Reenacts the Exodus Story
  3. The Cross – Fulfills God’s Promise of a King 

 

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Turning to the Cross

  • Jesus is shifting his attention to Jerusalem
  • The disciples are expecting a king

God’s People are Expecting a King to:

  • DEFEAT the enemies of God.
  • RESTORE Israel over the nations. 
  • FREE the promised land.

 

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Matthew 16: 21-22 (CEB)

21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he had to go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders, chief priests, and legal experts, and that he had to be killed and raised on the third day. 22 Then Peter took hold of Jesus and, scolding him, began to correct him: “God forbid, Lord! This won’t happen to you.”

 

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Matthew 16: 23 (CEB)

23 But he turned to Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan. You are a stone that could make me stumble, for you are not thinking God’s thoughts but human thoughts.”

 

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God’s People were Expecting a King to:

  • DEFEAT the enemies of God.
  • RESTORE Israel over the nations. 
  • FREE the promised land. 

New King Jesus:

  • DEFEAT evil.
  • RESTORE God’s good world.
  • FREE all people.

 

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Matthew 16: 24 (CEB)

24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “All who want to come after me must say no to themselves, take up their cross, and follow me.

 

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Matthew 16: 25 (CEB)

25 All who want to save their lives will lose them. But all who lose their lives because of me will find them.

03.08.2020

GOING DEEPER

03.08.2020 | GOD, PART 2 | Wk 6: “A New Provision”

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Breaking Ground

Share a story about the most generous thing someone has done for you. Who was it? What did they do? How did it impact you? 

The Dig

Read Matthew 14:13-14. 

Just before this story – Jesus finds out that King Herod has murdered his cousin, John the Baptist, for criticizing him – it is a shocking & horrifying piece of news for Jesus. 

From this discovery, Jesus tries to get away to grieve, but can’t because he is intercepted by a crowd of people in need. 

How would you have responded if you were in Jesus’ position (being disrupted in your plan to get away)? 

Notice, it says that Jesus “had compassion on them & healed their sick.” How do you react to Jesus’ response? 

In other words, Jesus responds to the pain of his loss by channeling it into helping others – becoming other-person focused in an act of compassion.

What does this show us about Jesus & what he came to do? 

Have you ever found yourself doing something similar? NOTE: this can be done in a healthy way (turning pain into something redemption) & an unhealthy way (denial/coping) – reflect on which it was for you). 

Next, read Matthew 14:15-21. 

Having watched Jesus’ response, the disciples learn to see the needs of those around them. But, when they bring it to Jesus, he tells them to do something about it

Why doesn’t Jesus feed them on his own? What does it say about us that Jesus sees us as the conduit for his provision in the world? 

Why do you think the disciples object about how little they have at first – despite having seen Jesus perform many miracles up to this point? 

Do you struggle to give back because of a feeling of scarcity

From this – Jesus takes what they have, breaks it, blesses it, & then gives it back to them to give away. This is the process he sees as being necessary for us to be conduits of God’s provision in the world

Reflect on this process in your own life. Where have you seen a need in the world that has moved you to compassion – but you haven’t acted to help yet? 

What do you have (no matter how small) that you need to lay down so it can be broken & blessed for helping address this need? 

What would it look like for you to give what you have away (time, talents, treasures) for helping in that area of need? 

 

Getting Out of the Hole

Take time this week to reflect on where you need to take a step forward in serving & giving back as Jesus’ conduit of provision in our world.

  • Where do you see a need in our church that moves you? In Tallahassee? In the world?
  • What time, talent, or treasure do you have that you haven’t put into play for the Kingdom yet? 
  • What might it look like to lay that down for God’s work in our world? 
  • What is one step you can take to give that gift of yours away?

Journal about your answers to these questions & pray for insights. Share your experience with the group next week! 

 

Additional Resources*

Matthew Commentary by Stanley Hauerwas

Simply Jesus by NT Wright

Jesus and the Victory of God by NT Wright

Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament by Chris Wright

 

Coming Up This Week:* 

Sunday, March 15: Join us for the sixth week of our series GOD PT 2, where we will be looking at how Jesus is a new kind of king for those entering into God’s Kingdom work. 
* Please see mye3.org for details.

Message Slides 03.08.2020

God, Part 2 | Wk 6: “A New Provision”

Pastor Mike Overstreet | 03.08.2020

Message recordings available at: https://vimeo.com/element3

 

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Matthew 14:1-21 (NIV):

At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the reports about Jesus, and he said to his attendants, “This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead! That is why miraculous powers are at work in him.”

Now Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, for John had been saying to him: “It is not lawful for you to have her.” Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of the people, because they considered John a prophet.

On Herod’s birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for the guests and pleased Herod so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.” The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he ordered that her request be granted 10 and had John beheaded in the prison. 11 His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who carried it to her mother. 12 John’s disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.

13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

 

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EXODUS PROVISION:

Need arises (hunger) → God sees their need → God provides directly (Manna & Quail)

 

NEX EXODUS PROVISION:

Need arises (hunger) → Disciples see the need, but Jesus tells them to meet it → Jesus takes, breaks, blesses, & returns what they already have Disciples, through Jesus, provide 

 

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The Struggle Of Self-Centeredness vs. Being Kingdom Provision

  • Willful ignorance of the needs of others vs. Willingness to see the needs of others as Jesus does
  • Simply identifying & pointing out the needs of others vs. Meeting & providing for the needs of others
  • Attacking perceived problems vs. Meeting needs with compassion
  • Counting & holding onto what we have out of scarcity vs. Laying down our time, talents, & treasures to let it become Kingdom provision for others

 

 
Where do you need to hear & become this New Exodus provision story?