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Like Father Like Son

like father like son

 

The story of the gospel is the greatest story ever told. It is so beautiful and majestic that it borders on fairy tale.  The question we need to ask ourselves is, what version of the story are we telling?

For some the gospel is presented as a way to receive God’s blessing, full vats and better jobs and new cars.  For others the gospel is presented as a way to be forgiven of your sins and receive eternal life.  The problem with both of these views is that they don’t lead to transformation and that is the very reason Jesus came. To make us new.

Genesis 1:27 tells us that God created man in his image, so we must start by asking what God’s image is.  According to the Apostle John, God is love. So what does love look like?  Adam and Eve were in the garden. They were image bearers of God.  So Adam was never once exasperated by Eve because love is patient.  Adam never raised his voice to Eve because love is kind, Adam never had to decide to forgive Eve because love keeps no record of wrong.  Adam never struggled to love Eve because love is who he was.  It was his identity.

When the fall of man happened, Adam and Eve lost their created identity and went from being love to needing love, which is where selfishness came from.  Everyone born from that point on has been trying to find value, meaning and purpose at the expense of others. Trying to get back to their created value which is love. Jesus died on the cross not because we are sinners, but to restore us back to our original image.

LOVE!

His death on the cross proves our value, purpose and destiny.  The word “saved” in the Greek is Sozo, which means to be healed, delivered and restored.  So the Gospel is physical, emotional and spiritual healing.  Being delivered from wrong perspectives like: we are destined to live captive to sin and its harmful effects on our lives when Jesus made it clear we are free from sin.  Or living with selfish motives that hinder our prayer life when according to the gospel the old man died and has no rights but to love others first.

The truth of the gospel is we are made new, just as if we have never sinned, highly valued and favored by God, entrusted with the great mission of bearing his great name and image.  Given everything we need to accomplish this important mission.  We have been given all of the power, authority and dominion that Jesus has because he lives inside of us.  We were created as sons of an amazing father who loves us so much he made us in his very image. What an amazing story!

Dependent on Him,

Jim Nave

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Pastor Jim Nave has been on staff at Fiddletown Community Church since 2014.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theological Studies.  Jim and his wife, Teresa currently reside in Plymouth.  They have been married for over 30+years and have 5 children and 6 grandchildren.

Iron Sharpens Iron 2012, Sacramento, Saturday,October 20

isi 2012

Iron
Sharpens Iron 2012

Saturday,
October 20, 2012 Sacramento CA

“As iron sharpens
iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17

Iron Sharpens Iron is an exciting conference attended by over 400 men from
over 40 churches and features two nationally known, sought-after
speakers (see below).
The ISI event is an ideal event to bring a friend or family member.
It is fast-moving and covers a wide variety of man-topics!!
What you can expect if you attend:

  • ISI will recharge your faith!
  • ISI will enable you to continue your
    year in alignment with God’s will, word and vision for your life!
  • ISI will equip you to be a stronger
    leader in your home, church and workplace.

This event features:

  • 16 seminars that address timely
    topics, unique to men
  • Resources to help you grow
    spiritually
  • Powerful keynote speakers

This year’s keynote speakers are:

bryan

Bryan
Carter

Lead
Pastor, Concord Church

Dallas, TX

chuck

Chuck
Stecker

Founder,
A Chosen Generation

Littleton, CO

ISI
Event Details

When:

Saturday,
October 20, 2012

Time:

Doors
open at 7:30 am

Sessions run 8:30 am – 4:15 pm

Where:

First Covenant Church

10933 Progress Court

Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Cost:

$39/man when you register
through church before
10/10
(not including lunch)

$8 lunch available
to order until
10/10

$19/student (full-time,
ages 13-22)

Questions:

Email
Men’s Ministry at Cold Springs Community Church 
 or call 530-622-2171

Detailed
conference information
:

www.mensministrycatalyst.org/isi/october-20-2012/registration-information

 

P.S. Find more
information about the Iron Sharpens Iron national conference movement
by visiting
www.ironsharpensiron.net.

 

 

“And let us consider how
we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up
meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one
another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews
10:24-25

Iron Sharpens Iron 2012

Covenant or Contract?

If we want our marriages to reflect Christ in a way that honors Him and have the type of relationship God promises with its fruitfulness and glory we need to understand a biblical view of marriage. The question we need to look at is did God design marriage as a contract or a covenant?

Let’s start with a couple definitions:

  • In a contract we protect our rights and minimize our responsibilities.
  • In a covenant you give up our rights and take up responsibilities

So my question for you is which one of these best reflects biblical marriage? Which one reflects your marriage?

Let me share a story I heard recently that might bring some clarity.

A couple was meeting with their pastor for marriage counseling. Let’s call them Mark and Judy. Judy had been unfaithful to Mark; she had confessed it to him, asked for his forgiveness and wanted reconciliation. Mark on the other hand just wanted out! No matter what the pastor said about forgiveness and commitment it did not matter as far as he was concerned. It was over.

After the session Mark asked the pastor if his church had any programs for people suffering from addictions. The pastor said yes, why do you ask? Mark said his brother has had a drug addiction for over twenty years. He began to explain the pain his brother had caused for himself and his family with his lying, stealing and bringing dangerous people to his house, the list goes on.

The pastor asked Mark why he was so faithful to his brother with all the years of pain and poor choices but after one mistake he was ready to throw in the towel on his marriage. He said the difference is his brother is blood.

The word covenant means to cut. In the old days the bride and groom would have cuts in their hands or wrists. Their wrists would be tied together so their blood would mingle signifying oneness and permanency.

Let’s take a look at a covenant marriage.

  • Three things we are to give up.

1) Priority
“Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife.” Genesis 2:24a

We give up our parents and ourselves being the priority and make our spouse the priority.

2) Ownership
“They shall become one flesh.” 2:24b

We give up ownership of our body to serve our spouse.

3) Privacy
“And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.” Genesis 2:25
We give up our privacy and share the intimate things in our hearts like our hopes, dreams fears and failures.

  • Three things we take up.

1) Honor
“Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.” 1 Peter 3:7

To honor is to hold someone or thing with great value.

2) Unconditional love.
“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” Ephesians 5:25

This means whatever you have done, I will love you.

3) Mutual submission
“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Ephesians 5:21

Submission means to fall in step with. To consider each other’s needs as equally important.

What a beautiful picture of marriage! It almost seems like God knew what He is doing. Oh that’s right He created marriage! WOW that is awesome!

What is your next step?

    I think anyone who has been a Christian for any length of time would agree that there have been times when you have felt stagnent or just plain stuck on your journey of faith.

We ask questions like where is this abundent life we hear so much about but never seem to experience for ourselves? Where is the joy, fulfillment, supernatural power?

If that is where we find ourselves it is a huge mistake to think we followed Jesus there. The only way for a follower of Christ to get to that place is to follow the way of this world. Closing his ears and hardening his heart toward the still small voice of God.

In America today we have learned so much about leadership, vision, planning and goal setting that it is very easy to trust in our own ability and forget about the supernatural working of God.

We have five and ten year plans for life and ministry and although planning is important we must not lose sight of the fact that most of the time when God moves he only reveals His plan one or two steps at a time and expects us to move out in faith.

I can not think of a single person in the bible who knew exactly what God had in store for them when they took the leap of faith.

When Noah began to gather wood for the ark do you think he knew that God was going to destroy the human race as he knew it and start over with just his own family?

When Jesus asked Peter to follow him do you think Peter thought he would be left in charge of a movement that would change the world for eternity?

If these men knew what God had in store for them in advance they propably would have been to afraid to even take the first step. It would have been way more than they could have handled.

Psalm 119:105 says “Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”

Have you ever been in the woods at night with just a lantern? You can only see about two or three steps ahead of you. It can be very scary to head out into uncharted territory without knowing excactly what the future holds. But that is the picture of true faith and a posture ready for God’s greatest blessings.

I would like you to share in a challenge God has given me. Will you commit with me to create enough margin in our lives so that we can begin to hear the voice of God? If that is not hard enough would you respond to His voice with just one step of faith and see where God leads us?

If we are willing to follow this biblical model God’s greatest blessings await us and those in our sphere of influence. Are you willing to take a step of faith with me?

How to Listen to a Sermon

One of the ways that God speaks to his children is through the preacher, but so many times we come to church un-prepared, unfocused and distracted. I found this and thought it might be helpful.

How to Listen to a Sermon

by George Whitefield

Jesus said, ‘Therefore consider carefully how you listen’ (Luke 8:18). Here are some cautions and directions, in order to help you hear sermons with profit and advantage.

1. Come to hear them, not out of curiosity, but from a sincere desire to know and do your duty. To enter His house merely to have our ears entertained, and not our hearts reformed, must certainly be highly displeasing to the Most High God, as well as unprofitable to ourselves.

2. Give diligent heed to the things that are spoken from the Word of God. If an earthly king were to issue a royal proclamation, and the life or death of his subjects entirely depended on performing or not performing its conditions, how eager would they be to hear what those conditions were! And shall we not pay the same respect to the King of kings, and Lord of lords, and lend an attentive ear to His ministers, when they are declaring, in His name, how our pardon, peace, and happiness may be secured?

3. Do not entertain even the least prejudice against the minister. That was the reason Jesus Christ Himself could not do many mighty works, nor preach to any great effect among those of His own country; for they were offended at Him. Take heed therefore, and beware of entertaining any dislike against those whom the Holy Ghost has made overseers over you.

Consider that the clergy are men of like passions with yourselves. And though we should even hear a person teaching others to do what he has not learned himself, yet that is no reason for rejecting his doctrine. For ministers speak not in their own, but in Christ’s name. And we know who commanded the people to do whatever the scribes and Pharisees should say unto them, even though they did not do themselves what they said (see Matt. 23:1-3).

4. Be careful not to depend too much on a preacher, or think more highly of him than you ought to think. Preferring one teacher over another has often been of ill consequence to the church of God. It was a fault which the great Apostle of the Gentiles condemned in the Corinthians: ‘For whereas one said, I am of Paul; another, I am of Apollos: are you not carnal, says he? For who is Paul, and who is Apollos, but instruments in God’s hands by whom you believed?’ (1 Cor. 1:12; 2:3-5).

Are not all ministers sent forth to be ministering ambassadors to those who shall be heirs of salvation? And are they not all therefore greatly to be esteemed for their work’s sake?

5. Make particular application to your own hearts of everything that is delivered. When our Savior was discoursing at the last supper with His beloved disciples and foretold that one of them should betray Him, each of them immediately applied it to his own heart and said, ‘Lord, is it I?’ (Matt. 26:22).

Oh, that persons, in like manner, when preachers are dissuading from any sin or persuading to any duty, instead of crying, ‘This was intended for such and such a one!’ instead would turn their thoughts inwardly, and say, ‘Lord, is it I?’ How far more beneficial should we find discourses to be than now they generally are!

6. Pray to the Lord, before, during, and after every sermon, to endue the minister with power to speak, and to grant you a will and ability to put into practice what he shall show from the Book of God to be your duty.doubt it was this consideration that made St. Paul so earnestly entreat his beloved Ephesians to intercede with God for him: ‘Praying always, with all manner of prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and for me also, that I may open my mouth with boldness, to make known the mysteries of the gospel’ (Eph. 6:19-20). And if so great an apostle as St. Paul needed the prayers of his people, much more do those ministers who have only the ordinary gifts of the Holy Spirit.if only all who hear me this day would seriously apply their hearts to practice what has now been told them! How ministers would see Satan, like lightning, fall from heaven, and people find the Word preached sharper than a two-edged sword and mighty, through God, to the pulling down of the devil’s strongholds!

Advance!

Over the years as the men’s ministry leader at CSCC I have had some difficult conversations with men. I thought my job as the leader was to smooth things over and keep the peace but the truth is I was just dealing with my own fear of man issues. Then one day something happened in my heart that changed my own plan for spiritual growth and how I am trying to lead others.

Two years ago a friend of mine told me he was thinking about leaving the church because he was not being fed. He wanted to debate about preaching styles- topical vs expositiona. I finally grew a pair ,looked him in the eye and asked him, “How much do you supplement the weekly sermon with a healthy portion of prayer and personal study?” And he broke eye contact and mumbled “That is between me and God”, which is Greek for JACK SQUAT,ZERO,NADA.

What I learned that day is that so many times as men we remain stuck in our spiritual growth because instead of taking responsibility for it we are looking for a scapegoat.

God does have a plan for our spiritual formation, but it will only be effective within the context of masculine relationships. The problem is we have believed the lie that we are to be a “solitary man” to quote Neal Diamond.

I have grown more in the last two years than all of the previous twenty-one years put together and I realized there were some important things missing from my life that can only happen within the context of a small group that are intentionally designed to manifest them.

1) Consistent encouragement, support through the rough patches of life, and an occasional loving rebuke.

Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron,so one person sharpens another.
That is a great picture of men who risk living life together The good, bad and ugly. Loving each other enough to speak the truth in love.

2) Spiritual freedom through repentance.
James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

When James penned these words he was talking about more than physical healing. He was referring to spiritual healing and continued spiritual health and God’s plan for that is that we would confess our sins habitually not only to Jesus but close trusted friends who will pray for us and hold us accountable for restoration and reconciliation.

When we hold onto unconfessed sin we are giving Satan a foothold which can lead to spiritual bondage. We experience feelings of darkness, despair, and shame and he has us right where he wants us, unprotected and alone.

If we humble ourselves and confess our sins to one another they are brought into the light and the Holy Spirit begins a process of restoration and spiritual health drawing us closer to our intended condition as image bearers of God. Freeing us up to advance with the power and endurance needed to accomplish our mission of making the invisible kingdom visible.

This fall we are starting new groups with this plan in mind. We are calling them “Submerge” groups for those who are serious about spiritual formation. The study is called Discipleship Essentials by Greg Ogdon. For info on the study go to www.gregogden.com. If you are interested let me know. jntnave@att.net

This my friends is how spiritual formation happens. Any takers? It’s decision time. You are either retreating or advancing. Which one is it? Will you join us in advancing this great cause?

Following hard after Him,

Jim Nave