Judah Smith is the Lead Pastor of The City Church in Seattle, Washington. The City Church is a thriving multi-site church noted for its cultural relevance, commitment to biblical integrity and faith, and love for Jesus. Weekly attendance is over six thousand, and many thousands listen in each week via online video and audio broadcast at thecity.org.
Judah is known around the US and the world for his preaching ministry. His fresh, anointed, humorous messages demystify the Bible and make Christianity real. Judah is a popular conference speaker and the author of several books and resources, including his most recent New York Times best-selling book, Jesus Is ____.
Judah and his wife Chelsea have three children, Zion, Eliott, and Grace; they live in Bellevue, Washington. Judah is an avid golfer and all-around sports fan. He believes the Seahawks are God’s favorite team and is praying for the Sonics to come back to Seattle.
Twitter: http://twitter.com/JudahSmith Website: http://www.thecity.org/
- Sing and Shout – Matt Redman
- We Are The Free – Matt Redman
- You’re Worthy – Matt Redman
- Mercy – Matt Redman
- Bless The Lord – Matt Redman
Louie introduces the next guests for this session. Today we are going to change destiny for Iranian people. This living breathing word of God is that we hold in our hand precious.
Leanna Lucas of the American Bible Society walks out on stage and shares how she got involved with this wonderful ministry as they are known today around the world.
Louie introduces Bobby Gruenewald of YouVersion from LifeChurch.TV
Bobby shares how YouVersion got started, and where they are headed in the future.
Bobby: This device is 2,000 times more powerful than the computer that put the man on the moon. When you place god’s word on a device like this (iPhone) it is infinitely more powerful.
Judah: Turn with me to 2nd Corinthians 5:17.
Topic: What Just happened?
I want to try to articulate what happens the moment you express faith in Jesus.
When we leave events like this we still feel the same.
What is Paul talking about in this letter? Corinth is a crazy and wild society. There is no moral compass there.
The Possession of the believer rather than the practice of a believer.
His favorite term – We are in Christ. (Used 72 times in the Bible)
What has God done? (v.9)
If God was not in Christ this is a glorified wast of time.
His goal was to Reconcile – Go from hostility to friendship. I’m going to bridge the gap. God came to expand a hand of friendship to bad people.
He took our place. He became sin. We are righteous and now accepted. I am as righteous before God as Jesus is. My life is hidden in Christ.
What happens when I believe what He did?
He’s not talking about the practical life of a believer but the position of a believer.
Practice dictates position. This is what we are taught all throughout life.
The language that Pau is using is so dogmatic. You are redeemed. The new is upon you. Behold. Do you live in it?
Don’t practice for position from from position.
Ephesians 2 – I am seated with Jesus in heavenly places. How high is that position? What is the best term to describe your practice?
The problem is that I am so aware of what’s in me. It seems to eclipse what I am in Christ. My inconsistency of my practice is the way I think His love goes. I keep working.
We believe that the power to change is to scrutinize ourselves. If I can change me I can be in Christ.
You are too busy earning what you have already been given.
In me or in Christ? Where is the power?
If we are not careful we will take the most powerful message on the planet and make it a new form of humanism.
The power in the equation is in Christ.
Where you stand has the power to determine where you talk. From where you talk can never determine where you stand.
I am what I am by the grace of God – Paul
The power has always been in Christ.
Lean into his power. It’s Yours.
- Only Jesus – Matt Redman
Brad comes out and closes this session in prayer and explains how Passion loves to honor people.