So I am at the Onething Conference going on right now and I have been so surprised (in a good way) and encourged by the quality and quantity of teaching that is goin on here! The focus of the whole Conference is to reveal and teach on who Christ is in ALL of His glory and splendor!
The preaching is so powerful and right on point to what the body of Christ is going through right now! The conference started off with a straight up powerful call to holiness and repentence where the Spirit of God was stirring in peoples hearts and then moved on to introduce to main theme of the conference: THE IMPORTANCE OF THE REVELATION OF JESUS and what the lack of understanding of who He is has done to His church it has left us spiritually bored, apathetic and powerless! It then goes on to explain the need for a fuller understanding of Christ in order for a victorious church to rise up in the last days!
I think Mike Bickle is being very intensional to clarify what he believes because of all the controversy surrounding him. THey provided a whole booklet of notes that he preaches through word by word. IT IS VERY GOOD STUFF (in my opinion good enough to be on sermonindex)
Just wanted to share the text of the message given last night:
Encountering the Magnificence of Jesus (Prov. 2:1-5)
I. JESUS, OUR MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION
A. A magnificent obsession is an oxymoron (a contradiction of terms). Almost every obsession the human heart has is destructive. However, there is one obsession that liberates us and brings us into our destiny, fills us with spiritual pleasure, and crowns us with Gods glory (Heb. 2:7).
B. My basic premise is that there is no aspect of Gods grace that more powerfully transforms our emotions or satisfies our heart than when God, the Holy Spirit, reveals God to the human spirit. The most transforming, exhilarating, motivating reality in the kingdom is Jesus Himself!
C. Christianity is actively pursuing a Person and actively resisting sin, sickness, and Satan. It is more than escaping from hell, obeying a code of conduct and fulfilling a ministry assignment. Many live a defensive Christianity; they focus on sincerely resisting darkness, but do not aggressively pursue Jesus. This approach is weak and ineffective and does not change our heart.
D. Many in the Church think of Jesus mostly in terms of One who forgives them and stamps their passport so they can go to heaven. They only see One who heals, provides, directs, and blesses circumstances. He is much more. The best-kept secret in the Church is Jesus magnificence.
E. Paul gladly gave up everything as he saw the magnificence, the excellence, of Jesus! If we can see what Paul saw about Jesus then we can live like he lived. Paul gladly gave up everything to see more of Jesus magnificence, to feel the power of it and to be lost in wonder at who Jesus is. When we see who Jesus is it awakens love and drives out the spirit of weariness and depression.
8I count all things loss for the excellence [magnificence] of the knowledge of Christ Jesus
F. The Spirit longs to be our escort into the treasure of the deep things of Gods heart. The Spirit is the only One able to escort us into the deep things of God, and He will only lead us on His terms.
10The Spirit searches
the deep things of God
12We have received
the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. (1 Cor. 2:10-12)
G. The Spirit came to glorify Jesus in our hearts by revealing as much of Jesus as we are hungry for. He gives based on our hunger. He will not force-feed us.
13The Spirit of truth
will guide [escort] you into all truth
14He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. (Jn. 16:13-14)
H. My goal for this series is to convince people that the knowledge of God is:
1. The most powerful and pleasurable reality anyone can experience.
2. The most costly treasure to pursue, but the most valuable and lasting one.
3. The most neglected issue in the kingdom (zeal for Jesus will seem like an error to many).
4. The most emphasized truth of the Holy Spirit in the generation in which the Lord returns.
II. THE FOUNDATION OF THE VICTORIOUS CHURCH: THE MAJESTY OF JESUS
A. Jesus first teaching and prophecy about the Churchs foundation, function, and sure victory (Mt. 16:13-19) was centered on the question of how the leaders viewed Him (Mt. 16:15). The Spirit is asking the leaders of the Church the same question today. No question is more important.
asked His disciples, Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am? 14So they said, Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah
15He said to them, But who do you say that I am? 16Simon Peter
said, You are the Christ [the Messiah], the Son of the living God. 17Jesus answered
Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father
18On this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19I will give you the keys of the kingdom
whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. (Mt. 16:13-19)
B. The people had many different views of Jesus just like the Church does today (v. 14).
1. John the Baptist: A holiness preacher with great dedication who fearlessly spoke the truth
2. Elijah: A prophet who confronted the powers of darkness with supernatural power
3. Jeremiah: The weeping prophet of compassion who tenderly cared for the people (Jn. 8)
C. A Church built on truth about Jesus (v. 15): To operate in power (v. 19) and victory (v. 18), the Church must be built on the rock of truth about Jesus (v. 18). The primary battlefront in the kingdom is the truth about Jesus. We must proclaim the Jesus of the Bible, not the counterfeit Jesus of American culture. Christ means the anointed one, the messiah. There are many implications associated with the Christ, the Messiah, as described in Old Testament prophecies.
D. A victorious Church (v. 18): Prevails over the gates, or authority, of hell on this earth. This includes victory over the darkness in the heart and body, and in every sphere of society.
A powerful Church (v. 19): Releases Gods power to bind (stop) demonic influence and to loose (release) Gods blessing in prayer.
E. The most important question in your life is: what do you think of Jesus? (v. 15). Not, do you like Him? But, who do you imagine Him to be when you are quiet and alone? Our thoughts of Him are too few and too low. A low view of Jesus keeps believers in bondage with a dull spirit and trapped in spiritual boredom. The power of our Christian experience is found in interacting with the person Christ Jesus. Jesus is a glorious person, yet so many do not enjoy relating to Him.
F. We are to introduce people to the glory of Jesus and the adventure of discovering His splendor. The only way to keep from losing ground in our spiritual life is to gain new ground in our understanding and experience.
G. My youth leaders told me I could not be a mature Christian without growing in the knowledge of God. They told me to read The Knowledge of the Holy (by Tozer). Tozer taught that what we think about God is the most important thing about us. The most revealing thing about the Church is found in her ideas of Jesus. Her most significant message is what she says about Him or leaves unsaid. A hundred lesser evils are caused by this one great lack of the knowledge of God.
III. BEHOLDING THE GLORY OF JESUS
A. The beholding and becoming principle teaches us that whatever emotions we behold (by study and meditation) about Gods heart for us are imparted to our heart for God. When God wants to empower us to love Him, He reveals Himself as the One who loves us.
the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image
(2 Cor. 3:18)
B. God is raising up ministries to bring the Church to the knowledge of the deep things of Jesus. We must focus on the person of Jesus in our ministries. The most neglected subject in the kingdom of God is God Himself. Instead, we talk about relationship skills, leadership principles, economic principles, ministry skills, and how to be happy and to make life easier, etc.
grace was given that I should preach
the unsearchable riches of Christ
IV. FIVE CONDITIONS FOR CULTIVATING THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD (PROV. 2:1-5)
A. In my early ministry, I was in anguish over my inability to grow in the knowledge of God.
I determined not to be content to know a person who knew God, but to know God myself.
I decided that I wanted to go deep in God, not just read biographies about others who did.
As I pursued this new vision, I was confronted by the lack of the knowledge of God in my life.
B. While on a college ski trip on Jan. 2, 1975, a new believer asked me how to have a quiet time.
1If you receive My words, and treasure My commands within you, 2so that you incline your ear to wisdom
3If you cry out for discernment
4If you seek her as silver and
hidden treasures; 5then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. (Prov. 2:1-5)
C. Condition #1: We set our heart to walk in full obedience (if you will receive My words v. 1a). To receive His words means to obey them instead of refusing or neglecting them.
1If you will receive My words... (Prov. 2:1a)
D. Loving Jesus must be on His terms, including a spirit of obedience (Jn. 14:15). The Spirit is the only One who can reveal Jesus to us. If He is quenched, we will not grow in revelation of Jesus (Eph. 4:30; 1 Thes. 5:19). Prayer and fasting are not a substitute for obedience.
15If you love Me, keep My commandments. (Jn. 14:15)
E. Condition #2: We meditate on His Word (if you will treasure My commands, v. 1b). In the Old Testament, commands, statutes, and precepts are often other ways of referring to Gods Word. We treasure Gods commands by filling our mind with His Word.
1If you will...treasure My commands [Word] within you... (Prov. 2:1b)
F. We dialogue with Jesus as a personwe have conversation with Himas we meditate on the Scriptures. It is not enough to study the Wordwe must give our heart to God and receive from Him as we read it. Scripture gives us the conversational material for our prayer life.
G. Condition #3: We must have a teachable spirit and an open heart (if you incline your ear to wisdom, v. 2). This speaks of humbling our heart to learn from the Word instead of resisting its meaning or limiting it to one small facet of our understanding of the Word. The Lord can bring those who are humble into more truth about Him. Many who are zealous for God lack a teachable, humble spirit. We easily pick up biases from those we grow up with.
incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding... (Prov. 2:2)
H. Condition #4: We ask for more revelation of God (if you cry out for understanding, v. 3). We must actually pray for revelation of God (Mt. 7:7-8; Eph. 1:17).
3Yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding... (Prov. 2:3)
7Ask, and it will be given
seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened
Father of glory may give
revelation in the knowledge of Him
I. Condition #5: We are to be diligent in our pursuit of God (search for her as treasures, v. 4) and to pay any price in seeking for more of God. We must spend long hours in our search for God. There is a deep correlation between the amount of time we spend with Jesus and the measure of encounter that we have with Him.
4If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures... (Prov. 2:4)
J. Jesus is our greatest treasure, but is hidden until we seek for more of Him with all our heart. The Spirit will escort us into the divine treasury of the magnificence and beauty of Jesus. Our life is to be a treasure hunt into the knowledge of God, which becomes our very gold.
2Attaining to all the riches of
of Christ, 3in whom are hidden all the treasures
24You will lay your gold in the dust
25Yes, the Almighty will be your gold
18I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire
K. A kingly spirit searches diligently and refuses to be denied. God draws out our love and hunger for Him by hiding. Searching for God includes prayerful study of the Word with fasting.
2It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter. (Prov. 25:2)
L. Gods promise: We will understand the fear of God and the knowledge of God (v. 5).
5Then you will understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. (Prov. 2:5)
Note: I recommend Corey Russells book Pursuit of the Holy which focuses on Proverbs 2:1-5
I would encourage you all to tune into the conference live just go on their site or google Onething 2011. Allenhood taugh tonight on Rev 4-5 it was SO CRAZY. One of the best teachings on Revelations I have heard (there is so little out there)