Mar 17, 2019
Why Is Baptism Important?
Matthew 3:13-17
 
Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John (John the Baptist) to be baptized by him. But John tried to prevent Him, saying, I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me? But Jesus answered and said to him Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he permitted Him. And after being baptized, Jesus went up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon Him. And, behold, a voice out of the heavens, saying, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.
 
I. The Baptism of Jesus
 
Isaiah 40 “I am the one, the voice of the one crying in the wilderness. Make ready the way of the Lord. Make his paths straight.”
 
1 Peter 2:22 He had no sin, nor was there any deceit in His mouth. 
 
I have need to be baptized by You, and You come to me? But Jesus answered and said to him Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he permitted Him. ~ John 14
 
11 Corinthians 5:21, God made Jesus, who knew no sin, to be sin on our behalf...
 
II. Why Are We Baptized Today?
 
Ephesians 1, In Him also you, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation, having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise.
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  • Mar 17, 2019Why Is Baptism Important?
    Mar 17, 2019
    Why Is Baptism Important?
    Matthew 3:13-17
     
    Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John (John the Baptist) to be baptized by him. But John tried to prevent Him, saying, I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me? But Jesus answered and said to him Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he permitted Him. And after being baptized, Jesus went up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon Him. And, behold, a voice out of the heavens, saying, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.
     
    I. The Baptism of Jesus
     
    Isaiah 40 “I am the one, the voice of the one crying in the wilderness. Make ready the way of the Lord. Make his paths straight.”
     
    1 Peter 2:22 He had no sin, nor was there any deceit in His mouth. 
     
    I have need to be baptized by You, and You come to me? But Jesus answered and said to him Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he permitted Him. ~ John 14
     
    11 Corinthians 5:21, God made Jesus, who knew no sin, to be sin on our behalf...
     
    II. Why Are We Baptized Today?
     
    Ephesians 1, In Him also you, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation, having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise.
  • Mar 10, 2019The Church That Pleases God
    Mar 10, 2019
    The Church That Pleases God
    Luke 7:36-8:2
     
    Three distinguishing marks of a church that is pleasing to God:
     
    First mark: It is a church filled with love
     
    1st John 4:7-8 "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God. And everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love."
     
    Second Mark: Sinners are wanted
     
    Matthew 11 " Come to me all who are weary or heavy-laden and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you shall find rest for your souls, for My yoke is easy, and my load is light. Come to Me."
     
    Third Mark:
    Church that teaches/practices HOPE
     
    Romans 15:13: "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
     
    Vs 39 When she was weeping and wiping Jesus' feet with her tears and her hair and anointing His feet, and she was touching Him, well, you didn't let a woman like that touch you. And Simon said this: "If this man were a prophet, He would know who and what sort of person this woman is who is touching Him that she's a sinner. Hey, aren't prophets supposed to tell us things we don't know? This guy doesn't even know things that everyone knows, that this woman is a sinner. She's immoral. She's a prostitute. Don't let her touch You. This guy doesn't know anything."
  • Mar 3, 2019What The Bible Says About Homosexuality
    Mar 3, 2019
    What The Bible Says About Homosexuality
     
  • Feb 24, 2019Are You Aware God Wants You To Succeed?
    Feb 24, 2019
    Are You Aware God Wants You To Succeed?
    Proverbs 3:5-6
     
    I. You Will Learn To Trust
     
    “without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” ~ Hebrews 11:6
     
    II. Learn To Trust in God
     
    “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you may say to this mulberry tree, be uprooted and planted in the sea, and it will obey you.” ~ Luke 17:6-7
     
    III. God Expects Our Complete Surrender To Him
     
    “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with your whole heart” ~ Jeremiah 29:13
     
    “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” ~ Isaiah 55:9
     
    Acknowledge - recognize the presence
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  • Feb 17, 2019What God Teaches About Finances
    Feb 17, 2019
    What God Teaches About Finances
    Proverbs 3:9-10; Proverbs 22:7
     
    Facts About Financial Planning
    You will be interested in knowing some startling things about financial planning:
     
    2% of the American population will have enough to live on at the age of 65, if they retire.
    45% will be dependent upon family members to help them after age of 65.
    30% will be dependent upon charity.
    23% will have to keep on working.
     
    Ecclesiastes 2:4. Solomon is speaking, ''I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards. I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees. I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were born in my house. I also owned more herds and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me. I amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired men and women singers, and a harem as well--the delights of the heart of man. I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. In all this my wisdom stayed with me. I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my work, and this was the reward for all my labor.
     
    Proverbs 3:9 ''Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.''
     
    I. Discipline Yourself To Share
     
    ''You can not ultimately keep what is given to you to use for awhile.'' Ecclesiastes 5:13-15, ''I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owner, or wealth lost through some misfortune, so that when he has a son there is nothing left for him. Naked a man comes from his mother's womb, and as he comes so he departs. He takes nothing from his labor that he can carry in his hand.''
     
    Proverbs 28:27 ''He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses.''
     
    II. Wealth Does Not Make You Happy
     
    Ecclesiastes 5:10, ''Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.''
     
    III. Scripture Teaches Us To Work For Our Wealth
     
    Proverbs 21:20 ''In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.''
     
    IV. We Are To Send Investments Ahead
    2 Corinthians 8:5: ''And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God's will.''
     
    Matthew 6:20 ''. . . Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.''
  • Feb 10, 2019What The Bible Teaches About The Discipline of Children
    Feb 10, 2019
    What The Bible Teaches About The Discipline of Children
    Proverbs 13:24
     
    “He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly.” ~NASV “A refusal to correct is a refusal to love; love your children by disciplining them” ~ The Message
     
    I. Learn To Biblically Discipline Children
     
    “Point your kids in the right direction – when they’re old they won’t be lost.” ~ Proverbs 22:6 The Message
     
    II. Never Discipline In Anger
     
    III. Never Make Idle Threats
     
    “Parents, do not come down too hard on your children or you will crush their spirits.” Colossians 3:21 ~The Message
     
    “But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline; Don’t sulk under his loving correction. It’s the child he loves that God corrects; a father’s delight is behind all of this.” ~ Proverbs 3:11-12 The Message
     
    “Young people are prone to foolishness and fads; the cure comes through tough-minded discipline.” ~Proverbs 22:15 The Message
     
    IV. The Results of Biblical Discipline
  • Feb 3, 2019How To Allow God To Bring You Through Tough Times
    Feb 3, 2019
    How To Allow God To Bring You Through Tough Times
    Philippians 1:12-26
     
    I. Learn To Face Pain
     
    “Now I want you to know, brothers, that what happened to me has really served to advance the gospel”
     
    11 Corinthians 12: 10 “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
     
    take pleasure - mean to have the right attitude
     
    “because of my chains, all the palace guard, the praetorian, is hearing about Jesus Christ”
     
    Praetorian- 10,000 special, elite soldiers
     
    II. Learn To Release Christians Who Are Mean
     
    “It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached, and because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice.” ~ Philippians 1:15-18
     
    Genesis 50:20
    “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”
  • Jan 20, 2019All Christians Have The Same POWER Jesus Had While On Earth
    Jan 20, 2019
    All Christians Have The Same POWER Jesus Had While On Earth
    Luke 6:12-19
     
    Luke 5:17 ''On one of those days, as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And the POWER of the Lord was with him to heal.''
     
    Luke 8:43-46 ''... a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and though she had spent all her living on physicians, she could not be healed by anyone. She came up behind (Jesus) and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased. And Jesus said, 'Who was it that touched me?' When all denied it, Peter said, 'Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you!' But Jesus said, ''Someone touched me, for I perceive that POWER has gone out from me.'''
     
    The Gospel of Mark 5:30 tells the story of the healing of this woman and says it a little differently: ''Jesus, perceiving in himself that POWER had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, 'Who touched my garments?''
     
    I. The Power Of Jesus To Change Lives ''...(there was) a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. And those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came out from him and healed them all.''
     
    II. The Power We Need In Our Lives Only Comes From Jesus
     
    ''... power was coming from him and healing them all.'' Luke 6:19
    Mark 5:30 ''... POWER had gone out from him''
     
    ''... if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.'' Romans 8:11
     
    III. Until You Discipline Yourself To Praying About Everything Your Power Will Be Out
     
  • Jan 6, 2019Is The Bible The Inspired Word Of God?
    Jan 6, 2019
    Is The Bible The Inspired Word Of God?
    Luke 1:1-4
     
    ONE OF LIFE’S MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS
    I. Is The Bible Really True?
     
    More than 300 Old Testament scriptures have already been fulfilled in the New Testament.
     
    33 Old Testament prophecies about Jesus were clearly fulfilled in His life.
    II. The Primary Stories Of This Book Are About Jesus
     
    “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” ~ Luke 24:25-27
     
    I challenge you to read the Bible hear THE Creator's voice speaking in and through the pages of the Bible.
     
    I ask you to look at the Jesus of the Bible. Look at Him here. Don't close your eyes and hope for a word of confirmation. Keep your eyes open and fill them with the full portrait of Jesus provided in the Bible.
  • Dec 30, 2018The Sin Of Not Doing What We Know We Should Be Doing
    Dec 30, 2018
    The Sin Of Not Doing What We Know We Should Be Doing
    Series: (All)