Sermon Notes for the teaching at Christian Fellowship Church on Sunday, July 18.

Forward Together

by Michael Acock

1. Introduction
1.1 Welcome and Good Morning.
This morning we want to take a moment to thank a couple people in particular again. As Phil, mentioned we will do this over the next few weeks. However, this morning we want to set a moment aside to honor and thanks Rick and Darlene Mueller. They are retiring at this end of this month from their roles in Christian Fellowship School Ministry.
1.2 Honor the Muellers (slide of the Muellers goes up)
Rick has served as the School Administrator and Darlene has served as our 1st grade teacher.
1.2.1 RICK AND DARLENE MUELLER
1.2.2 57 COMBINED YEARS OF SERVICE IN CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP SCHOOL MINISTRY
1.2.3 PRAY OVER THEM

1.3 Welcome to Andrew and Julie Friend. They serve as international workers with Muslim background believers in Far East Asia.
1.3.1 I HAVE KNOWN THESE GUYS FOR ABOUT 4 YEARS NOW AND WE AS CHURCH BEGAN SUPPORTING THEM ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO.
1.3.2 WE GET TO CHAT 2 TO 3 TIMES A YEAR. I JUST LOVE THESE GUYS AND THEIR HEART FOR REACHING THE MUSLIM BACKGROUND PEOPLE THROUGH ONE ON ONE RELATIONSHIPS.
1.3.3 THEY MET ON THE FIELD AND BEEN THERE 15 AND 17 YEARS.
1.4 Chapel Hill Campus and my experience.
1.4.1 WE HAVE BEEN IN THE OFFICES HERE SINCE MID-JUNE. IT HAS BEEN NICE AND THE NEW SPACE FEELS GOOD AND THERE HAS BEEN LOTS OF ACTIVITY TO GET THINGS FINISHED UP AND WE STILL HAVE A GOOD LIST OF THINGS TO FINALIZE.
1.4.2 THERE WAS AN UNEASY FEELING THAT I COULDN'T IDENTIFY. IT WAS EXCITING BUT THERE WAS A LEVEL OF WANTING.
1.4.3 HOWEVER, LAST SUNDAY MY ANSWER CAME. WE GATHERED HERE TOGETHER. WE WORSHIPPED IN THIS SPACE TOGETHER, THERE WAS FELLOWSHIP AND SENSE OF THE PRESENCE OF GOD WITH US TOGETHER
1.4.4 WE HAVE SAID IT MANY TIMES AND TODAY I WANT EXHORT US AGAIN - THIS BUILDING IS A WONDERFUL GIFT TO CELEBRATE AND ENJOY TOGETHER -BUT IT IS NOT A DESTINATION.
1.4.5 CHAPEL HILL WAS NOT AND IS NOT THE DESTINATION
1.4.5.1 This was a movement in the process of following God into all that HE has for us.
1.4.5.2 We are recipients of God's goodness.
1.4.5.3 Does this mean we make no mistakes, we have no stress or we feel no grief or pain along the way? No
1.4.5.4 Destiny is what we live into that is in God's hands
1.5 The Series Outline
We are launching a series this morning that will have 4 major sections: FORWARD TOGETHER. God has gotten us to here and has blessed us along the way and now we want to look forward.

It is important that we understand we move together and will experience the destiny God has for us together.

There are 4 major sections:
1.5.1 FORWARD TOGETHER IN UNSHAKABLE MISSION
1.5.2 FORWARD TOGETHER IN RADICAL FAITH
1.5.3 FORWARD TOGETHER IN UNIFYING SPIRIT
1.5.4 FORWARD TOGETHER IN EMPOWERING GRACE
2. The Biblical Story that will lead us today- I Samuel 30
2.1 In 2014 I shared a message about Moving Forward. I want to rehearse a few that we said over 7 years ago.
2.1.1 MATTHEW 6:10 - THE LORD'S PRAYER "YOUR KINGDOM COME. YOUR WILL BE DONE. ON EARTH AS IN HEAVEN."
2.1.2 MOVING FORWARD IN SERVING FOR OUR FUTURE IS ABOUT PARTICIPATION IN BRINGING THE KINGDOM OF KING JESUS TO EARTH.
2.1.3 WE EACH ARE INVITED IN OUR SEASON TO STEP IN AND PARTICIPATE IN THIS KINGDOM THAT IS ACTUALLY HERE ALREADY.
2.1.4 WE SAID LET GOD CAPTURE YOUR HEART WITH HIS HEART FOR YOU THEN LOVE WHOEVER IS IN FRONT OF YOU.
2.1.5 LAST WEEK PHIL REHEARSED AN EARLY WORD FROM THE LORD FOR CF - "LET LOVE BE YOUR AIM, LET LOVE BE YOUR AIM. LET LOVE BE YOUR AIM."
2.1.6 THE STORY OF DAVID AT ZIKLAG BEGAN TO SHAPE MY HEART AS WE STEPPED INTO THIS PROCESS OF PLANNING, RAISING $$ AND EMBARKING ON THIS PART OF THE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP'S JOURNEY TOGETHER.
2.2 The Story that we are entering here in I Samuel 30 has some history. Starting in I Samuel 15. Let me recount this for us quickly.
2.2.1 SAUL HAS BEEN DISOBEDIENT TO THE LORD AND THE LORD HAS REMOVED HIS SPIRIT
2.2.2 THE LORD HAS PUT A DISTRESSING SPIRIT ON SAUL
2.2.3 THE LORD HAS ANOINTED DAVID THE NEXT KING
2.2.4 DAVID IS BROUGHT IN SERVICE OF SAUL AS THE ARMOR BEARER AND THE SOOTHER OF SAUL WHEN HE IS TORMENTED THROUGH DAVID'S MUSIC AND HIS SINGING.
2.2.5 DAVID BEGINS TO HAVE VICTORY AFTER VICTORY LEADING ISRAEL'S ARMY AND THEY LADIES START SINGING - "SAUL HAS STRUCK DOWN HIS THOUSANDS AND DAVID HIS TEN THOUSANDS."
2.2.6 SAUL GREW IN JEALOUSY AND LOOKED TO TAKE DAVID OUT.
2.2.7 SAUL TRIES TO KILL DAVID TWICE
2.2.8 DAVID HAS OPPORTUNITY TO KILL SAUL BUT RESISTS TWICE - HE WILL NOT LAY HIS HAND ON GOD'S ANOINTED.
2.2.9 DAVID AND 600 MEN END UP BEING RENEGADES FIGHTING FOR VARIOUS PEOPLE EVEN THE PHILISTINES AS THEY EVADE SAUL'S PURSUITS.
2.2.10 THEN THE PHILISTINE LEADERS GO TO ACHISH, ONE OF THE ARMY LEADERS AND WONT ALLOW DAVID TO JOIN THE BATTLE THAT ULTIMATELY IS AGAINST ISRAEL AND SAUL
2.2.11 DAVID AND HIS 600 MEN TO HOME TO ZIKLAG DEJECTED BY EVEN THE PHILISTINES. THEY HAVE WON EVERY BATTLE THEY FIGHT AND ABIATHAR, ONE OF THE PRIESTS OF ISRAEL IS WITH THEM BECAUSE THE SAUL HAS KILLED THE PRIESTS OFF WHICH WAS ABIATHAR’S FAMILY.
2.2.12 THE I SAMUEL 30 NARRATIVE
2.2.12.1 They arrive to find Ziklag burned to the ground and all their wives and children, and livestock and supplies taken by the Amalekites.
2.3 Insights from I Samuel 30
2.3.1 GRIEF AND COMPLAINTS FROM OUTSIDE YOU ARE STRESSFUL AND DISTRESSING TO YOU SOUL.
2.3.2 DAVID STRENGTHENS HIMSELF IN THE LORD -RECONNECTS HIMSELF TO HIS CHOSENNESS AND ANOINTING
2.3.3 DAVID INQUIRES OF THE LORD
2.3.4 DAVID OBEYS THE YES OF THE LORD TO OVERTAKE THE ENEMY AND RECLAIM EVERYTHING THE ENEMY HAD STOLEN.
2.3.5 WICKED AND EVIL AMONG THEM SPEAK ABOUT NOT SHARING EQUALLY
2.3.6 DAVID ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THE VICTORY WAS FROM THE LORD TODAY
2.3.7 DAVID - SETS THE STATUTE OF ISRAEL - "FOR AS HIS SHARE BE WHO GOES DOWN INTO BATTLE, SO SHALL HIS SHARE BE WHO STAYS BY THE BAGGAGE. THEY SHALL SHARE ALIKE."
2.3.8 DAVID PREVENTED THIS SPLINTERING OF HIS MEN.
2.3.9 DAVID IS A TYPE OF JESUS
2.3.9.1 Jesus in the garden - sweat drops of blood, "father Can this cup pass from me.
2.3.9.2 Jesus connects with Father as son
2.3.9.3 For the joy set before him we are told Jesus endures the cross
2.3.9.4 Jesus' response - not my will by yours be done.
2.3.9.5 Peter denies Jesus and the disciples seemingly scatter and he is left alone to face the cross.
2.3.9.6 Jesus lays his life down in the Father's hands.
2.3.9.7 Jesus gives us the Holy Spirit equally. A child of God has the fullness of God within.
2.3.9.8 Matthew 20:1-16 - Jesus gives us the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard.
2.3.9.8.1 "For the Kingdom of heaven is like...
2.3.9.8.2 Land owner hires laborers throughout the day and each one agrees to work for the pay. The Land owner ends up paying each labor the same no matter how long they worked.
2.3.9.8.3 This is Jesus establishing that the Kingdom of heaven is not like the kingdom of this world and eternal life if a gift that is given to each one equally.
2.3.9.8.4 Eternal life is not simply not hell it is healing and wholeness from all sin and brokenness and connection to the father as child and the freedom to experience trust and love. This is life in God.
2.3.9.9 It is the blood of Jesus that creates the body of Christ - no Jew, no gentile. The body of Christ is throughout the city, the nation and the nations created and joined and held together by his blood shed and his body broken for each one through the power of the resurrection.
3. Practical implications for us as Christian Fellowship
3.1 David gives us a couple principles that we can live by:
3.1.1 WHEN WE COME TO MOMENTS OF DISILLUSIONMENT (LIFE IS NOT LIKE WE EXPECTED IT TO BE) - WE STRENGTHEN OURSELVES IN THE LORD
3.1.1.1 Reconnect to your chosen identity.
3.1.1.1.1 I Samuel 16:7,11-13.18
7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

11 Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest,[a] but behold, he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and get him, for we will not sit down till he comes here.” 12 And he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he.” 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.

17 So Saul said to his servants, “Provide for me a man who can play well and bring him to me.” 18 One of the young men answered, “Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, a man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a man of good presence, and the Lord is with him.” 19 Therefore Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me David your son, who is with the sheep.” 20 And Jesse took a donkey laden with bread and a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them by David his son to Saul. 21 And David came to Saul and entered his service. And Saul loved him greatly, and he became his armor-bearer.
3.1.1.2 Ask the Lord and inquire of Him for this specific season.
3.1.1.3 Establish that we are always receive from the Lord - we are never initiators of God's love, grace, mercy or provision.
3.1.1.4 We are responders and receivers of God's love, grace, mercy and provision.
3.1.2 WHEN WE EXPERIENCE GREAT BLESSING AND PROVISION WE RECOGNIZE GOD AS THE GIVER AND RELEASE THE BLESSING TO OTHERS.
3.1.2.1 Trust that God is the source of all provision and plunder and that all get equal share together.
3.1.2.2 Grumbling and believing we deserve better are signs that our hearts need to be redirected.
3.1.2.3 Live out of our convictions (truth that we are willing to act on and trust God with the results)

4. Communion
4.1 As we prepare our hearts for communion I want to share something that has brought me hope
4.1.1 IF YOU READ ARTICLES ABOUT THE CHURCH IN AMERICA AND THE EVANGELICAL CHURCH IN AMERICA IN PARTICULAR THESE DAYS THERE IS A DISTRESSING OBSERVATION.
4.1.2 THERE ARE FRACTURES ALONG MULTIPLE LINES FROM RACE RELATIONS, TO VACCINATIONS, TO POLITICAL ALIGNMENTS, TO TRUTH VERSES LOVE. AND MANY TIMES IT IS A MIX OF POSITIONS ALONG MULTIPLE LINES THAT CREATE SUB-FRACTURES.
4.1.3 I WAS ON A WALK THE OTHER DAY FOR A COUPLE HOURS AND WAS PRAYING AND FEELING THE WEIGHT OF BEING A PASTOR WHO HAS WITH OUR OTHER PASTORS FELT THESE FRACTURES IN OUR CHURCH AND THE LORD REMINDED ME OF TIME WHEN EMILY MY MIDDLE DAUGHTER WAS 8 OR 9. SHE FELL ROLLER SKATING AND HURT HER WRIST. THERE WAS NO SWELLING SO WE SENT HER TO SCHOOL. 4 DAYS LATER SHE WONT USE HER HAND AND HOLDS IT AGAINST HER CHEST. WE TAKE HER TO GET X-RAYS AND SURE ENOUGH IT IS BROKEN.
4.1.4 YOU HAVE TO SEE AND ACCEPT THAT SOMETHING IS FRACTURED BEFORE YOU ALLOW A DOCTOR TO MEND. THE LORD SPOKE TO MY HEART: I HAVE ALLOWED THESE FRACTURES THAT HAVE EXISTED IN HEARTS FOR A VERY LONG TIME TO COME TO THE SURFACE. THIS IS MY BODY I AM THE MENDER OF THE FRACTURES. I WILL HEAL. I WILL RESET AND AS YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND GIVE ME PERMISSION I WILL SET YOU IN AGAIN.
4.1.5 KINTSUGI ART ILLUSTRATION- IN MAKOTO FUJIMURA'S BOOK CULTURE CARE HE INTRODUCED ME TO THE ART FORM -KINTSUGI - THE JAPANESE ART OF EMBRACING AND REPAIRING BROKENNESS
4.1.5.1 The master beholds the fracture piece.
Every piece is valued, treasured and known and understood before the Master puts the piece back into the whole.

4.1.5.2 Mender of the broken to restore wholeness that is more valuable than the original

4.1.6 THE FATHER IS A MENDER OF THE BROKEN. HE IS A MASTER BEHOLDER OF THE FRACTURED PIECES.
4.2 I Corinthians 12
1 Corinthians 12:12-27
English Standard Version
One Body with Many Members

12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves[a] or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts,[b] yet one body.

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
4.3 Let's partake together as one body.
4.3.1 THIS IS THE BODY OF CHRIST BROKEN FOR YOU.
4.3.2 THIS IS THE BLOOD OF CHRIST SHED FOR YOU.
5. Let's give attention to our prayer requests.
6. See you next week as we launch into the Forward Together in Unshakable Mission