May 19, 2019
How To Handle Doubt
Series: Christianity 101 Matthew 11:2-6
 
Matthew 11:2-6 "Now when John in prison heard of the works of Christ, he sent word by his disciples, and said to Him, Are You the Expected One, or shall we look for someone else? And Jesus answered and said to them, Go and report to John what you hear and see - the blind receive sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who keeps from stumbling over Me." John, Jesus goes on to say, is the greatest prophet. He said, "Of those born of women, there is none greater than John the Baptist." And so the greatest of men, the greatest of prophets, he was struggling with doubt. "Are You the Expected One, or should we look for someone else?"
 
I. Be Aware Doubts May Enter Your Life
 
Some reasons why doubts arise.
 
(1) When we face difficult circumstances
 
vs 2, "Now when John in prison heard of the works of Christ...."
 
"Hey, follow Him. Follow Jesus. He must increase; I must decrease."
 
(2) doubts come when we get impatient with God
II. Doubts Enter When You Place Your Feelings Ahead Of Your Faith
 
Psalm 62: 8 "Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us."
 
III. When Doubt Enters Take Time To
 
Examine The Truth Of The Word Of God
 
Isaiah 35, 3-6 "Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble; say to those with anxious heart, Take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance. The recompense of God will come, but He will save you. Then the eyes of the blind will be opened, and the ears of the deaf will be unstopped. Then the lame will leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb will shout for joy, for water will break forth in the wilderness and streams in the Araba."
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  • May 19, 2019How To Handle Doubt
    May 19, 2019
    How To Handle Doubt
    Series: Christianity 101 Matthew 11:2-6
     
    Matthew 11:2-6 "Now when John in prison heard of the works of Christ, he sent word by his disciples, and said to Him, Are You the Expected One, or shall we look for someone else? And Jesus answered and said to them, Go and report to John what you hear and see - the blind receive sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who keeps from stumbling over Me." John, Jesus goes on to say, is the greatest prophet. He said, "Of those born of women, there is none greater than John the Baptist." And so the greatest of men, the greatest of prophets, he was struggling with doubt. "Are You the Expected One, or should we look for someone else?"
     
    I. Be Aware Doubts May Enter Your Life
     
    Some reasons why doubts arise.
     
    (1) When we face difficult circumstances
     
    vs 2, "Now when John in prison heard of the works of Christ...."
     
    "Hey, follow Him. Follow Jesus. He must increase; I must decrease."
     
    (2) doubts come when we get impatient with God
    II. Doubts Enter When You Place Your Feelings Ahead Of Your Faith
     
    Psalm 62: 8 "Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us."
     
    III. When Doubt Enters Take Time To
     
    Examine The Truth Of The Word Of God
     
    Isaiah 35, 3-6 "Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble; say to those with anxious heart, Take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance. The recompense of God will come, but He will save you. Then the eyes of the blind will be opened, and the ears of the deaf will be unstopped. Then the lame will leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb will shout for joy, for water will break forth in the wilderness and streams in the Araba."
  • May 5, 2019Where Is The Evidence You Are A Believer?
    May 5, 2019
    Where Is The Evidence You Are A Believer?
    Series: Christianity 101
    John 15:1-11
     
    ''I am the true vine, and My Father is the vine dresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you. By this is My Father glorified that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.”
     
    John 15, ''I am the Vine, you're the branches, you're going to bear fruit for Me.''
     
    the fruit of the Spirit, that's inner fruit - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control
     
    ''Let your light so shine among men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who's in heaven.''
     
    I. Some Believers Never Bear Fruit
     
    ''that you bear much fruit and so prove to be My disciples.''
     
    II. How Does A Believer Bear Much Fruit?
     
    Vs 5: ''I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit...'' ''...for apart from Me you can do nothing.''
     
    Abide- used 10 times in this passage
     
    ''to dwell, to live, to remain, to stay in a place, to stay in a state.''
     
    III. How Does A Believer Abide in Jesus?
     
    Vs 9 Jesus said, ''Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. Just as the Father has loved Me...''
     
    Sum up Christianity: “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.''
     
    ''He still working on me to make me what I ought to be. It took Him just a week to make the moon and the stars and the sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars. How loving and patient He must be. He's still working on me.''
     
  • Apr 28, 2019The Church Where Sinners Are Welcomed
    Apr 28, 2019
    The Church Where Sinners Are Welcomed
    MOST MEMBERS OF A DYING CHURCH WOULD RATHER SEE IT DIE THAN CHANGE
     
    "And as Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man, called Matthew, sitting in the tax office; and He said to him, Follow Me! And he rose and followed Him. And it happened that as He was reclining at the table in the house, behold many tax-gatherers and sinners came and were dining with Jesus and His disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, "Why is your Teacher eating with the tax-gatherers and sinners?" But when He heard this , He said, It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means, I DESIRE COMPASSION AND NOT SACRIFICE, for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
     
    Luke adds, "...but sinners to repentance."
     
    "Sinners, come to Me. Come to Me. Tax collectors, sinners, riff-raff, human rats, human roaches, you come to Me. Let all who are weary come to Me & you'll find rest."
     
    I. The Church Must Understand Jesus Loves Sinners
     
    “For God so loved the world (sinners) that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” ~ John 3:16
     
    Luke 19 "I came to seek and to save that which was lost."
     
    Isaiah 53:6 6 "All we like sheep have gone astray; each one has turned to his own way...."
     
    II.Jesus Invites Sinners To Come To Him For Salvation
     
    Romans 3:10, "There is none righteous, not even one."
     
    Romans 3: 23, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
     
    "I didn't come to call the righteous; I came to call sinners."