This is part 2 in our 4 part study in which we are addressing two questions.
1. Why are we here?
· Why did God establish Jubilee Community Church?
· What is our purpose and direction?
2. Why am I here?
· Why did God lead you to this church?
· What is His purpose for you here?
Our 4-Part study is taken from Jesus’ words which are recorded in Matthew chapter 11.
28 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Let’s answer the two questions from our underlined phrases in these verses.
1. Why are we here? Why did God create JubileeCommunityChurch? What is our purpose and direction?
God created this place to be a place of rest!
Rest is so important the Jesus mentioned it twice in the key verses we are looking at.
You can come here and find a refuge from all the storms that are blowing outside
2. Why am I here? Why did God lead you to this church? He could have led you to any fellowship, why this one?
God brought you here because you need rest, you need to be healed, you need the broken areas of your life mended.
When Pastor Bill, Katie, Carmel, and I sat down at Pastor Bill and Katie’s dining room table it was a time in Carmel’s and my life when we were broken and hurting. As we talked about why we would be starting this church we talked about it being a safe place, we talked about it being a place where people could always count on being loved and accepted. One of the names that we discussed was “refuge” because I really liked what that word implied,
Refuge “a place of shelter, protection, and safety”
We wanted people to know that they could be safe in this church, to know that they would not be manipulated, or constrained, or taken advantage of, or used. When we came to the name “Jubilee” we thought that conveyed an ever greater thought,
Jubilee “a season or occasion of rejoicing or festivity”
In order to have a season of rejoicing or festivity something positive has to be happening in your life…and that is why you are here…this is why God brought you here. God desires to do something incredible and lasting in your life!
This is a place of encounter, a place where God will meet with you and touch you and change you.
1 “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn”
Let’s look at the provisions that God has promised to make for us.
Poor…. good tidings
Bound… opening of prison
Let’s look at those individually!
To those who are Poor….
How many times in your life have you been devastated by a report? You received a lay off notice, or a bad report from a doctor, or a call in the middle of the night telling you about an accident…these things happened and from that moment on your life has never been the same.
To those who have been impoverished by bad news God has brought us incredibly goods news and it all came because of His Son.
Jesus came and served us all the way to death.
Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
Paul talked about Jesus laying aside all of His glory and riches.
6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,
7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.
8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
His poverty brought us riches!
2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.
This is why what Jesus said makes sense to us.
Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Although you may be poor, the Lord has brought you to Jubilee because He wants to give you good news!
Romans 8:32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
God will never hold out on you.
To those who are brokenhearted…
One of the things that we experience when our hearts are broken in loneliness. You may be around people all the time, yet you feel like you are on an island. God wants you know that at those times when you are brokenhearted, you are not alone.
Psalms 34:18 The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart…
The reason that God is close to us during times when we are broken hearted is because He knows how we feel. Listen to this account of the crucifixion from Psalm 69.
19 You know my reproach, my shame, and my dishonor; My adversaries are all before You.
20 Reproach has broken my heart, and I am full of heaviness; I looked for someone to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.
21 They also gave me gall for my food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
After Jesus died they pierced His side with a spear.
John 19:34 But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.
Highly regarded physicians have concluded that in order for water and blood to flow out shows evidence of cardiac rupture…or literally a broken heart.
He is experienced in having a broken heart, and he knows how it feels, and most importantly, He knows how to mend it.
Psalms 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
If you are broken hearted, it is not an accident that you are here.
To those who are captive…
Jesus had a discussion with Jews about liberty.
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.
32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
33 They answered Him, "We are Abraham's descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, 'You will be made free'?"
34 Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.
35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever.
36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
You have been bound to sin. Because you are a slave to sin, you are unable to break free from it’s power.
Proverbs 5:22 His own iniquities entrap the wicked man, and he is caught in the cords of his sin.
By committing sin we have woven the cords that have bound us.
God brought you to Jubilee so that you could find the one who can set you free. Come and find freedom in Him…has set you free from the sin in your life.
To those who are bound…
opening of the prison
Not only does God set you free from the sin that has bound you, but He brings you freedom from the things that have addicted and controlled you. I love the way Peter put it:
2 Peter 2:9 the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations
In the book of Acts we learn that God knows how to open prison doors.
17 Then the high priest rose up, and all those who were with him (which is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with indignation,
18 and laid their hands on the apostles and put them in the common prison.
19 But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said,
20 "Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life."
7 Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, "Arise quickly!" And his chains fell off his hands.
8 Then the angel said to him, "Gird yourself and tie on your sandals"; and so he did. And he said to him, "Put on your garment and follow me."
9 So he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.
22 Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods.
23 And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely.
24 Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.
25 The Philippian Jailer Saved But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.
26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone's chains were loosed.
To those who have been rejected… acceptance
Perhaps you feel like every church you have gone to you left with a feeling that you are not good enough, you just never measured up. The message that we declare at Jubilee is that God accepts you just as you are. The reason that we can declare this is because that is exactly what the Bible teaches us.
2 Corinthians 6:2 For He says: "In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you." Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
Listen to what the book of Romans teaches us.
Romans 14:17-18 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men.
God brought you to Jubilee so that you might be accepted by God and approved by men.
To those who are mourning…
You may be grieving today. That grief may be because you have lost someone close to you, or you may have lost a relationship, or lost something dear to you. You feel like a shell of a person, and God wants to bring you comfort today. God is generous when it comes to comfort.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
Jesus made a promise to those who are mourning.
Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
You may not believe it, but God can change your mourning into joy
Jeremiah 31:13 “Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old, together; for I will turn their mourning to joy, will comfort them, and make them rejoice rather than sorrow.”
God has brought you to Jubilee so you could find comfort for the grief you are carrying
It is not an accident that you are here.
Poor…. good tidings
Bound… opening of prison