Thursday, July 1, 2010

FROM ORDINARY TO XTRAORDINARY

Christ is Cool
July 4, 2010         

Maybe you are asking, ‘anong mayroon sa B5 workshop?’In this workshop you will learn how to manage, lead and invite your classmates sa inyong sariling BREAK 5 Groups. Si Jesus ay may sarili ring group (Break12). Paano ba Niya ito binuo?

Matthew 4:18-22
8As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19"Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." 20At once they left their nets and followed him.
 21Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

THE ONE WHO CALLS
Right now hindi natin pdeng makasama si Jesus physically, katulad ng nangyari kina Peter, Andrew, etc. Dahil hindi natin nakikita si Hesus, maaaring magkamali tayo sa impression natin sa Kanya, at ibang ‘Hesus’ na pala ang sinusundan natin. Where can we see him? In the Bible. Ang Hesus na nakilala nila ay hindi lambutin, hindi harsh, hindi boring kasama. Trustworthy Siya. Approachable. Hindi ka ipapahiya. Magaling na teacher. According sa song, He is greater, stronger, higher than any other. Awesome (say ‘awesome’)

When Jesus said sa first disciples to ‘come, follow me and i will make you fishers of man,’ it also means, ‘come trust me.’ ‘come, let me be in charge of your life.’ Come, leave your life of sin.’ ‘Come, magsimula ulit tayo.’ Kasali ka. Mahalaga ka. In ka.

Hindi Siya tumingin sa physical nilang hitsura. Dahil fisherman sila, maaaring mabaho sila, luma ang damit, dumudura kung saan-saan. Hindi rin niya tiningnan ang intellectual capacity nila. Hindi niya sinabing, ‘naku baka bobo to.’ Hindi marunong bumasa si Peter. Hindi sila nakatapos sa pag-aaral. Hindi sila mayaman. Hindi sila in. Hindi popular. Pero TINAWAG sila.

THE CALLING
Imagine the last time you went into the beach. (slides) Ang buhay sa tabing-dagat ay tahimik, peaceful. Pwede kang maka-concentrate. Wala pang kuryente nun, wala pang mall of asia, wala pang tv, wala pang internet. Madaling makafocus.

Ngayon ay napapalibutan tayo ng iba’t-ibang klaseng pampaaliw/ingay: traysikel, estudyante, tv show, internet, music, friends. Maaaring sa sobrang pre-occupied natin sa kanila ay hindi natin alam na tinatawag na pala tayo ni Hesus.

Come, follow me ( teka lang busy pa ako sa pagtetext)
Come, follow me ( teka lang busy pa ako sa pakikipagkwentuhan)
Come, follow me ( teka lang busy pa ako sa pagfefacebook)
Come, follow me ( teka lang busy pa ako sa pagsolve sa problema ko)

Follow me before anything else. Nasa kamay ko ang solution sa problems mo. Nasa kamay Ko ang happiness at fulfilment, peace na hinahanap mo.

When Jesus called the first disciples, they immediately left their nets. Hindi sila nagdahilan. Hindi sila nagbigay ng excuse. Hindi rin nila pinagtaguan si Hesus nang nakita nilang dumarating Siya. Hindi sila naglook back at iniyakan ang iniwan nila. Hindi nagpaka-emo.

Nowhere does the Bible teach that we can have Jesus as a part of our lives. With Jesus, there is no middle ground. You either follow or you don’t." The line is drawn (draw a line)

Maaaring mayron sa atin ang natatakot na magsay YES sa invitation ni Jesus to follow Him. Maaring iniisip natin na tatapusin niya lahat ng FUN sa buhay natin. Aalisin niya ang mga mahahalaga sa atin.  Don’t buy in to a lie na nagsasabing ang pagsunod kay Jesus ay hindi na in ngayon, or magiging baduy ka (praise the Lord hallelujah).

Anu bang maipagpapalit mo pag sinunod mo si Hesus: it’s like giving up a stone for diamonds. Worry for peace. Depression for joy. If you have Jesus, you have everything. Without Him you can do nothing.

“FOLLOW ME AND I WILL MAKE YOU FISHERS OF MAN”

Now na sinunod na nila si Jesus, hindi na isda ang huhulihin nila. Tao na. Sa isang net ng mangingisda ay maaaring iba’t-ibang fish ang laman ng nahuli niya. Ganoon rin sa church. Namatay si Hesus sa lahat ng tao. Maaaring ang classmate mo ay iba ang itsura kaysa sayo. Or mahilig siya sa DOTA. May iba na matalino. Ibang klaseng isda. May iba na shy type. May mga ‘isda’ na fashionista.

Iba-iba sila, pero mayrong common sa kanila: they are crying out for Jesus. They will try and try and try everything until they find Jesus. Pero hindi iyon magwowork. Baka mayroon sa atin, nakita na si Jesus, sinunod na SIya, pero naghahanap pa rin. Umiba pa ng way. Jesus challenges us to follow Him til the end. When we follow Jesus we will never be the same.

Maaaring sa labas ay mukha silang nag-eenjoy. Pero natatakot pala sila sa maraming bagay. Maaaring pinupuno nila ng friends, facebook, tv ang sadness na nafifeel nila. Pwedeng akala nila ay pag-inom, pagpasok sa relationship, barkada ang solution sa issues ng buhay nila.

Hindi nila alam na ang hinahanap nila ay nasa paligid na nila. Hindi nila alam na may kakayanan ka palang ilead sila kay Jesus. Are you willing to let them know na awesome si Jesus? Are you willing to stand for Him? Or pipiliin mo nalang na manahimik forever.

FOLLOW ME AND I WILL MAKE YOU FISHERS OF MEN

UNPLAYED VIOLIN
Once there was a man named Luigi Toreszio. Luigi Toreszio was found dead one morning in his house without scarcely a comfort in the entire place, but stashed away in Luigi's house, get this, were 246 exquisite violins, which he had been collecting all his life and crammed into his attic, the best of which were in the bottom drawer of a rickety old bureau. Luigi, in his great devotion to the violin had robbed the world of all of its music. All the time he treasured the violins the world never heard their song. Others before him had done the same. Do you know that the greatest Stradivarius violin (FENDER)  ever made was first played when it was 147 years old because somebody stashed it away? I wonder how many Christians are like old Luigi Toreszio? In your very love for the church, in your very love for the treasures of the word of God you get absorbed and the world never hears their music. Tragic! (j. macarthur)

. 95% of all Christians have never led anybody to Jesus Christ. 95% of all the world's great spiritual violins have never played. Wanna belong to this group? (gty.com)

He did not pick the geniuses to do this. Nor the popular. Nor the rich. Katulad ng pagpili ni Hesus sa fishermen, pinili niya tayo.

Marahil hindi tayo popular sa school. Marahil simple problem sa math eh hindi natin magawang diskartehan. Maaaring ikinukumpara mo ang sarili mo sa mga matatalino mong kaklase.

Maaaring sabihin mo, bata pa ako, ni magsalita nga sa unahan nahihiya ako. Eto ang catch diyan, sa kahinaan natin, lalong magsashine si Hesus. Ikaw na nahihiyang magspeak sa unahan, ikaw na hindi kasali sa officers, ikaw na hindi kasali sa top, ay magiging transformed, matapang, makabuluhan ang sinasabi. Dahil si Jesus na nasa iyo ay greater, more powerful, full of wisdom. Ang dating ordinary naging extraordinary.

THE RESPONSE:
God calling you to a new level of commitment to Him.

Iniwan ni Peter, James, Andrew ang Bangka nila to obey Jesus. How about you, anong kailangan mo iwanan to follow Jesus? It doesn’t mean na titigil ka sa pag-aaral. Ano ba ang nakakasagabal sa’yo to follow Jesus? What hinders you to be available for Jesus?

Maybe sinusunod mo na Siya now, ang kailangan mo lang eh to stand strong sa mga pressures at influences ng world. It is easy to stand up for Jesus pag nasa church, o loob ng bahay. Pero mahirap pag nasa school na. Or pag naandiyan na ‘siya’. O kapag ikaw nalang ang walang gf/bf sa barkada.

Or maybe you are following Jesus, standing up for Him, pero hindi mo siya ma-follow pagdating sa pagiging fisher of man. Gusto mo sharean ang classmates mo, kaya lang mag-isa ka lang. Good example ka rin sa kanila, kaya lang hindi mo alam ang words na sasabihin mo. Ito na ang tamang opportunity to start. Look at this. Kung kahit ISA sa atin ay ma-disciple (GMYX Break, Break 5) ng tuluy-tuloy (3-6 months), totoong changed. Tapos nag share siya sa isang classmates ng tuluy-tuloy (GBREAK, B5), at nagtuluy-tuloy ang process na iyon. Imagine what will happen. How much more lima tayo sa group, marami tayo. It is not impossible na ang SMA, SMNHS, LSPU will turn to JESUS. Remember, hindi bakasyunan ang hell. Years and years and years sila magstay dun.