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1 CHRIST ALONE “I am the vine, you are the branches
CHRIST ALONE “I am the vine, you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing.” JOHN 15:5

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3 “God’s Spirit using God’s Word to re-convert God’s people’
Definition of a Christ-awakening: “God’s Spirit using God’s Word to re-convert God’s people’ back to God’s Son for ALL that He is.”

4 Jonathan Edwards God has had it much on His heart, from all eternity, to glorify His dear and only Son. Even so, there are special seasons He appoints to that end, where He comes forth with omnipotent power to fulfill this promise and oath to Christ. These seasons are times of remarkable outpourings of His Spirit.”

5 Ebenezer Porter “When the Redeemer comes in the triumphs of His grace to visit His churches, then his true followers are seen waking from their apathy, and going froth to welcome the King of Zion with an energy and an earnestness and an ardor of affection greatly surpassing their first love!”

6 In a Christ-awakening we become
PERSON driven so that we become PROMISE driven PASSION driven PURPOSE driven

7 AUGUSTINE You crackled, your burned You scattered my blindness.
You shouted, your cried You scattered my deafness. You shed forth your fragrance And I drew in my breath And now my heart pants for you alone.

8 but does not have Christ,
AUGUSTINE “He who has Christ has everything. He who has everything but does not have Christ, has nothing. And, He who has Christ plus everything, has no more than he who has Christ alone.”

9 “The disciples were first called ‘Christians’ in Antioch.” Acts 11:26

10 Crises INSIDE the Church
80% - stagnant or dying 80% - teens leaving church 80% - fear of intimacy with Christ 70% - doubt Christ’s exclusivity 80% - pastors w/ melancholy 96% - biblically illiterate 50% - in pews unconverted 2.7% - tithe of income ($156 B) 40% - struggle with pornography Over 100 million totally un-churched

11 The Crisis of Christology

12 “The diminishing influence of the American Church on American society is not simply because fewer people are going to church, but rather fewer people are going to church because of the diminishing influence of CHRIST upon the Church itself.” THE UNSTOPPABLE CHURCH Erwin McMannus

13 “In reality, the church in America is not booming. It is in crisis
“In reality, the church in America is not booming. It is in crisis. On any given Sunday, the vast majority of Americans are absent. More troublesome, as the population continues to grow, the church falls further and further behind. By 2050 the percentage of Americans attending church could be half the 1990 figure! The renewal and restoration of the American church must begin with an awe-inspiring encounter with Jesus, the crucified, resurrected and ascended Messiah and Lord. That central focus on Jesus is critical to the future health and growth of missional churches.” American Church Research Project David Olson

14 Larry Crabb “Unbelievers do not see Christ as their greatest treasure. Neither do most believers! We live as blind people, chasing after the light we can see — the satisfaction that blessings bring — and not valuing the light we cannot see — the glory of Christ. More is available to us in Christ than we dare imagine. We settle for so much less. We taste HIM so little.”

15 Christless Christianity
Michael Horton Christless Christianity “Moralistic, therapeutic Deism – with Christ at the fringes.”

16 Take a 3-week “Listening Tour”
Test it yourself….. Take a 3-week “Listening Tour” 1) How often did you hear the name of Jesus mentioned at all as believers talked to one another? 2) If so, did you ever hear one Christian share new insights they’ve uncovered about the greatness and glory of Jesus in order to encourage a fellow believer in their walk with Jesus?

17 John Piper “There is no standing still in the Christian life. Either we are advancing toward salvation, or we are drifting away to destruction. Drifting is mortal danger (Heb. 2:1). If we do not point our people to the inexhaustible riches of Christ so as to stir them up to go forward into more of God, then we encourage drifting downstream where they will make shipwreck of their faith.” (I Tim. 1:19)

18 Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue
in the teaching of the Christ does not have God. But whoever continues in the teaching of the Christ has both the Father and the Son II John 9

19 I Corinthians 10: 3-5 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

20 With Christ Alone (1873) /J. Lanphier
CHRIST IS THE TEXT: All preaching beside Christ, is beside the text; therefore, keep to you text. CHRIST IS THE VERY FOUNDATION AND SUBJECT MATTER of preaching; preaching without Christ is building castles in the air. CHRIST IS THE LIFE AND SPIRIT of preaching; all preaching without Him is like a body without life and spirit. CHRIST IS THE GREAT END of preaching; preaching is to manifest his glory; when Christ is not preached, that great end is lost.

21 “Follow the yellow brick road!”
Regal Bible Supremacy Scriptures “Follow the yellow brick road!”

22 The Glory of Christ in Scripture
Look for the “Supremacy Seven” TO us FOR us OVER us BEFORE us WITHIN us THROUGH us UPON us

23 Robert Webber, Majestic Tapestry
My view of the work of Christ was severely limited. It wasn’t that I didn’t believe the right truth. I simply didn’t understand how far-reaching and all-inclusive the work of Christ really was. When I discovered the universal and cosmic nature of the work of Christ, it was like being born again, again. I was given a key to a Christian way of viewing the whole world, a key that unlocked the door to a rich storehouse of spiritual treasures, treasures that I am still handling in sheer amazement.

24 Encounter Sessions Overview
Encounter # 1 – Where we’re headed and why Encounter # 2 – TO us and FOR us Encounter # 3 – OVER us and BEFORE us Encounter # 4 – WITH CHRIST – Together/ Alone Encounter # 5 – WITHIN us and THROUGH us Encounter # 6 – UPON us

25 Encounter Sessions Overview
The Flow Worship Teaching Tributes Testimony Prayer Communion

26 –Mark Galli Jesus: Mean and Wild
We’re having a national conversation about Jesus but is it the biblical Jesus? The biblical Jesus can make little sense sometimes. He’s not a Jesus fashioned in our image. The biblical Jesus is a consuming fire, a raging storm, who shocks people into stupefaction or frightens them to run for their lives! He swirls like a tornado touching down, leaving only bits and pieces of our former lives strewn in His path. We need to talk with biblical honesty about a Jesus who not only forgives but also demolishes all the cultural images we have of Him. On Sunday mornings we should need a full supply of crash helmets! –Mark Galli Jesus: Mean and Wild

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28 CHRIST ALONE “I am the vine, you are the branches
CHRIST ALONE “I am the vine, you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing.” JOHN 15:5

29 John Paul II We need to preach Christ better.” “We need to take aim
at a few good things. We need to preach Christ better.” /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// We need to SEE Christ better We need to SEEK Christ better We need to SAVOR Christ better We need to SPEAK Christ better We need to SHOW Christ better We need to SERVE Christ better We need to SHARE Christ better

30 The ultimate answer to all our prayers
A Christ-Awakening Movement “God’s Spirit using God’s Word to re-convert God’s People back to God’s Son for ALL that He is.”

31 A Christology Bibliography
Jesus: Son and Savior (John Paul II) Pauline Christology (Gordon Fee) Who is Christ for Us? (Dietrich Bonhoeffer) The Supremacy of Christ (Adjith Fernando) For the Life of the World (Alexander Schmemann) Jesus: Mean and Wild (Mark Galli) The Glory of Christ (John Owen) The Passion of the Lord (compilation)

32 The Many Faces of Jesus (Volker Kuster)
Christ’s Lordship and Religious Pluralism (comp) Jesus in America (Richard Fox) Above All Earthly Powers (David Wells) The Person of Christ (Donald Macleod) Preaching Christ in All of Scripture (Ed Clowney) The Challenge of Jesus (N.T. Wright) Jesus Ascended (Gerrit Scott Dawson) Christ for Dummies (NOT)

33 TO us FOR us OVER us BEFORE us WITHIN us THROUGH us UPON us

34 CHRIST ALONE Who He is TO us and FOR us

35 TO US As defined by who He is to and in the Triune God
As the full and final revelation of God Himself As portrayed by His unique attributes and characteristics As He embodies the principles, prophecies and promises of Scripture As the Father’s inexhaustible treasure for us to uncover through all the ages As we find out more of who He is for, over, before, within, through and upon us.

36 FOR US As He becomes forever one of us, in the Incarnation
As He sacrifices Himself in the place of us, in the Crucifixion As He defeats death on behalf of us, by the Resurrection

37 Lord Jesus Christ: Here is our Tribute to You

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39 CHRIST ALONE “I am the vine, you are the branches
CHRIST ALONE “I am the vine, you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing.” JOHN 15:5

40 Isaac Watts, 1719 Jesus shall reign where’er the sun, does his successive journeys run. His Kingdom stretch from shore to shore, till moons shall wax and wane no more. To Him shall endless prayer be made and praises throne to crown his head. His name like sweet perfume shall rise, with every morning sacrifice. People and realms of every tongue, dwell on His love with sweetest song. And infant voices shall proclaim their early blessings on His name. Blessings abound wherever He reigns. The prisoner leaps to lose his chains. The weary find eternal rest. And all the sons of want are blessed.

41 Where He displays His healing power, death and the cure are known no more. In Him the tribes of Adam boast more blessings than their father lost. Let every creature rise and bring peculiar honors to our King. Angels descend with songs again, and earth repeat the loud amen! Great God, whose universal sway the known and unknown worlds obey, now give the kingdom to Thy Son, extend His power, exalt His throne. The scepter well becomes His hands. All Heav’n submits to His commands. His justice shall avenge the poor, and pride and rage prevail no more. With power He vindicates the just, and treads the oppressor in the dust. His worship and fear shall last til hours, and years, and time be past.

42 As rain on meadows newly mown, so shall He send his influence down
As rain on meadows newly mown, so shall He send his influence down. His grace on fainting souls distills, like heav’nly dew on thirsty hills. The saints shall flourish in His days, dressed in the robes of joy and praise. Peace, like a river, from His throne shall flow to nations yet unknown.

43 CHRIST ALONE Who He is OVER us and BEFORE us

44 OVER US As the King OVER all creation and the cosmos
As the Lord OVER the unfolding and outcome of history As the Sovereign OVER all nations, languages and peoples As the Ruler OVER all authorities in every sphere of human endeavor As the Master OVER all heavenly hosts and demonic forces As the Head OVER the one Body of Christ in Heaven and earth

45 BEFORE US As the one who goes BEFORE us into the New Creation of God
As the one who goes BEFORE us into the holy presence of God As the one who goes BEFORE us into the grand promises of God As the one who goes BEFORE us into the eternal triumphs of God

46 Lord Jesus Christ: Here is our Tribute to You

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48 CHRIST ALONE “I am the vine, you are the branches
CHRIST ALONE “I am the vine, you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing.” JOHN 15:5

49 CHRIST ALONE Who He is WITHIN us and THROUGH us

50 WITHIN US As he INHABITS our life together in the fullness of His Spirit As he INDWELLS our hearts individually in the witness of His Spirit As he EQUIPS us to serve one another in the power of His Spirit As he UNITES us as one Body in the love of His Spirit

51 THROUGH US As He CALLS us to join Him in fulfilling the purposes of His reign As He EMPLOYS us as the base of operations for extending His reign As He SENDS us to impact the nations on all levels with fruits of His reign As He USES us in defeating the Dark Powers by the triumphs of His reign

52 Lord Jesus Christ: Here is our Tribute to You

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54 CHRIST ALONE “I am the vine, you are the branches
CHRIST ALONE “I am the vine, you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing.” JOHN 15:5

55 Jonathan Edwards “Christ Jesus has true Excellency, so great that when it comes to seeing it, the mind stays there. It sees a transcendent glory and an ineffable sweetness in him. It understands that till now it has been pursuing shadows, but that now it has found the ocean. It is an infinite Excellency in which the mind can find no bounds. Every new discovery makes this beauty appear more ravishing. There is room enough for the mind to go deeper and deeper and never come to the bottom. The soul that comes to Christ feeds on this and lives upon it.

56 It is impossible for those who have tasted of this Fountain,
and know the sweetness of it, ever to forsake it.”

57 Respond? SEEK the REIGN – “Lift the gates” NAME the NAME – “Say Jesus”
SPREAD the FAME – “Seek and Speak” Create your own REGAL BIBLE Form “Kingdom Clusters” where you live Make the lifetime commitment of every “Messenger of Hope”

58 The Lifetime Commitment of every “Messenger of Hope”
From this moment forward, every time I share God’s Word with any of God’s people – as fully as each opportunity allows, by the power of the Holy Spirit – I will set before them: (1) A larger vision of the supremacy and glory of God’s Son than they had before we began, so that… (2) they leave my presence with greater reasons than ever to put their hope in Christ alone.

59 CHRIST ALONE Who He is UPON us

60 UPON US As He alerts us now to the COMING CONSUMMATION of His eternal reign As He stirs in us EXPECTATIONS of more of His eternal reign right now As He pours on us now dynamic APPROXIMATIONS of His eternal reign As He visits us now with refreshing AWAKENINGS to His eternal reign

61 Lord Jesus Christ: Here is our Tribute to You

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