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Posts tagged Alan Hawkins
Nehemiah | Kingdom School

In our inaugural session of the Kingdom School’s fall session on “Creating Kingdom Disciples,” Pastor Alan spoke to us on creating and maintaining vision using the book of Nehemiah as the foundational story. We must know our identity, our purpose, our voice, and, above all, our God in seeking after our vision and going after it like the sons and daughters of God that we are.

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Restoring Foundations: Returning to First Loves

In the continuing series of digging deeper into the foundations of New Life City, Pastor Alan spends time this week pushing us to return to our first love by returning to the actions that surrounded us falling in love. As a husband seeks to rekindle relationship with his wife by returning to the all-consuming attention he first gave to her while dating, we return to when we first fell in love with Christ through turning our minds and actions towards an all-encompassing immersion within him. 

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Knowing the Lord

We are recovering our first love by serving a God who wants to know us. We love because He first loved us and, as a result, God wants us to know him and love Him in the same way. How do we get to know God? The same way we get to know anyone. By spending time with Him and getting to know him in the power of His resurrection and walking alongside Him in His suffering.

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Wrestling With God

Jacob wrestled with the Lord and prevailed when Jacob was in the midst of strife and wandering. He didn’t prevail over the Lord because of strength but rather prevailed through contention in relationship with God. The Lord left Jacob with a limp as a result, but the relationship between Jacob and God was strengthened. We must likewise learn to contend with God through relationship as we also contend with and for others through relationship.

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Now What? Gospel Living!

As the book of Matthew ends, Jesus answers the 'Now what?' that the disciples were thinking at the prospect of Christ leaving. The answer is the Great Commission. We must go out as disciples because we are the answer to the 'Now what?' Christ gave us the authority and the command to go out and preach the gospel to all. Be Jesus wherever you are.

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Resurrection Sunday

We serve a king named Jesus who was raised from the dead in bodily form. We as Christians often talk about leaving this body and earth for heaven, but the beauty of resurrection is that it’s ‘other worldly’ and ’this worldly’ at the same time. The testimony of scripture is a resurrection that portends new creation: a new creation that began on resurrection day.

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Good Friday

Jesus died on Friday and Death died on Sunday. No one took Jesus’ life. Rather, Jesus willingly gave up his life to the dismay of the disciples who understood Christ as the sovereign King. The darkness overwhelmed them, but only for a moment before it lifted at the work of Christ’s pronouncement, “It is finished.”

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Betrayed

A woman broke an Alabaster flask worth a year’s wages and poured it onto Jesus’ head, effectively giving up a year of her life to honor Jesus. This woman was wasting herself on him and announcing prophetically that Jesus was going to waste himself on all of human kind. When we take communion together, we are proclaiming Jesus and what he did for us when he poured out his blood for the forgiveness of sins. As a result, we are in the new covenant; we are a part of the house of forgiveness.

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