Jun 11, 2017
God Loves The Church
Series: (All)
“God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. Glory to God in the church! Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus! Glory down all the generations!” Ephesians 3:20-21
 
I. The Composition of The Church
 
Notice he uses the term “us”
 
“Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I.” Matthew 18:20
 
II. The Conduct of The Church
 
“God works within us”
 
Detractor- one who disparages someone or something.
 
A detractor is a person who has very little positive to say about the church.
 
A Detractor votes no because someone has to vote no.
 
DETRACTORS ARE WET BLANKETS ON THE PICNIC OF GRACE
 
“Jesus gave this charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life,…..instructing them in the practice of all I have commanded you." Matthew 28:20
 
“O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!”
 
“O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!” Psalm 95: 16
 
“Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise.” Vs 2
 
Robert Macmillan, a scientist, said, "My judgment is that in the spread of socially-wholesome, forward-looking, progressive government and activity in this country, it would not be possible without a strong church. And when the church stops being strong, then corruption will soon destroy the democratic process."
 
1 Corinthians 12 Paul talks about the church being the body: vs 1 “the body is a unit made up of many parts. He is speaking of unity and harmony of the church.”
 
Vs 13 “ We are all baptized into one body by one spirit”
 
Vs 14 -20 He says, “the body is made up not of one part, but on many parts. Not everybody is an eye; not everybody is an ear-your body's not like that-so.”
 
vs 21 to 25, he de-emphasizes the sense of independence. He says “you can't be where you say that the weaker person is dispensable and the strong person is who we need. He says we are not independent or self sufficient. We need each other.”
 
vs 25 and 26, he says “we are to support each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers. If one part is honored, every part rejoices.
 
vs 27, "Now you are the body of Christ and each one of you is a part of it."
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  • Jun 11, 2017God Loves The Church
    Jun 11, 2017
    God Loves The Church
    Series: (All)
    “God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. Glory to God in the church! Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus! Glory down all the generations!” Ephesians 3:20-21
     
    I. The Composition of The Church
     
    Notice he uses the term “us”
     
    “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I.” Matthew 18:20
     
    II. The Conduct of The Church
     
    “God works within us”
     
    Detractor- one who disparages someone or something.
     
    A detractor is a person who has very little positive to say about the church.
     
    A Detractor votes no because someone has to vote no.
     
    DETRACTORS ARE WET BLANKETS ON THE PICNIC OF GRACE
     
    “Jesus gave this charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life,…..instructing them in the practice of all I have commanded you." Matthew 28:20
     
    “O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!”
     
    “O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!” Psalm 95: 16
     
    “Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise.” Vs 2
     
    Robert Macmillan, a scientist, said, "My judgment is that in the spread of socially-wholesome, forward-looking, progressive government and activity in this country, it would not be possible without a strong church. And when the church stops being strong, then corruption will soon destroy the democratic process."
     
    1 Corinthians 12 Paul talks about the church being the body: vs 1 “the body is a unit made up of many parts. He is speaking of unity and harmony of the church.”
     
    Vs 13 “ We are all baptized into one body by one spirit”
     
    Vs 14 -20 He says, “the body is made up not of one part, but on many parts. Not everybody is an eye; not everybody is an ear-your body's not like that-so.”
     
    vs 21 to 25, he de-emphasizes the sense of independence. He says “you can't be where you say that the weaker person is dispensable and the strong person is who we need. He says we are not independent or self sufficient. We need each other.”
     
    vs 25 and 26, he says “we are to support each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers. If one part is honored, every part rejoices.
     
    vs 27, "Now you are the body of Christ and each one of you is a part of it."
  • Jun 4, 2017Jesus Tells Us About Future Events (Part 3 of 3)
    Jun 4, 2017
    Jesus Tells Us About Future Events (Part 3 of 3)
    Mark 13:26-37 
     
    “In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ conquered the world.” John 16:33 (The Message)
     
    I. The Lesson Of The Fig Tree
     
    “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree. From the moment you notice its buds form, the merest hint of green, you know summer’s just around the corner. And so it is with you. When you see all these things, you know he is at the door.” Mark 13: 28-29
     
    Amos 5:9 “I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them, says the Lord your God.”
     
    II. God Will Preserve This Generation
     
    “This generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.” Mark 13:30
     
    “Until all these things have happened”
     
    “In the days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will bud and blossom and fill all the world with fruit.” Isaiah 27:6
     
    III. God The Father Knows When He Is Sending His Son Back
     
    “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Mark 13:32
     
    “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8
  • May 28, 2017Jesus Tells Us About Future Events (Part 2)
    May 28, 2017
    Jesus Tells Us About Future Events (Part 2)
    Mark 13:14 – 27
     
    "I will make now the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: my purpose will stand And I will do all that I please.” Isaiah 46:10
     
    I. After Jesus Calls The Church To Heaven, There Will  Be Global Chaos On Earth
     
    “In a moment in a twinkling of an eye, the dead shall be raised incorruptible and we shall all be changed.”
     
    "Those will be days of distress from the beginning, when God created the world, until now – and never to be equaled again.” (Mark 13:19)
    “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time in history and more horrific than any other time.”
     
    II. A Global Leader Will Come Forward and Stand In The Temple Demanding To Be Worshipped
     
    “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel – let the reader understand.” Matthew 24: 15
     
    “Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshipped, so that he sets himself up in God’s Temple, proclaiming himself to be God.” 2 Thessalonians 2: 3-4
     
    III. Jesus Will Return For This Battle and Establish His Kingdom
     
    “at that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.” Mark 13:26
     
    “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True….His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself…out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations…..on his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords" Revelation 19:11-16
  • May 21, 2017Jesus Tells Us About Future Events (Part 1)
    May 21, 2017
    Jesus Tells Us About Future Events (Part 1)
    Mark 13: 1-3 (The Message) First part Jesus predicts 3 things will happen before he returns I. The Temple Will Be Destroyed Again “When the city came into view, he wept over it. If you had only recognized this day, and everything that was good for you! But now it is too late. In the days ahead your enemies are going to bring up their heavy artillery and surround you, pressing in from every side. They will smash you and your babies on the pavement. Not one stone will be left intact. All this because you didn’t recognize and welcome God’s personal visit.” Luke 19:41-44 II. Jesus Predicted Some Future Trends We See Today III. Jesus Predicted Spiritual Decline and Increase Persecution On Believers “Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.”
  • May 14, 2017The Ministry of Motherhood
    May 14, 2017
    The Ministry of Motherhood
    Series: (All)
    II Kings 4:27-30
     
    “Give honor to father and mother” Exodus 20:12
     
    Things Our Mothers Taught Us:
     
    To appreciate a job well done - “If you are going to kill each other, do it outside, I just finished cleaning the house”
     
    To appreciate religion - “you better pray that comes out of the carpet”
     
    About time travel -“If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week”
     
    About Irony - “If you do not stop crying this second, I will give you something to cry about.”
     
    About the science of Osmosis -“Shut your mother and eat your dinner”
     
    About behavior modification - “Stop acting like your father”
     
    About envy -“There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do”
     
    About anticipation -“Just wait until we get home”
     
    About medical science - “If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, the wind will change and you will stay like that”
     
    About our Ancestors -“Close that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?”
     
    I.The Blessing Of Children
     
    verses 9-10, “ I am certain, said the woman to her husband, that this man who stops by with us is a holy man of God. Why don’t we build a room onto the side of the house and furnish it with a bed and a desk, chair and a lamp, so that when he comes he can stay with us?
     
    verses 15-17, ''Call her in, said Elisha. Gehazi his servant did and she came and stood in the doorway. Elisha sais, This time next year you are going to be nursing an infant son. Oh my, Elisha she said, don’t play games with me teasing me in with such fantasies. But, she conceived, A year later just as Elisha had said, she had a son.”
     
    verses 18 -20, ''The child grew up. One day he went to his father, who was working with the harvest hands, complaining, My head, My head. His father order a servant to carry him to his mother. The servant took him in his arms and carried him to his mother. He lay in her laps until noon and died.”
     
    II. The Death Toll Of Moral Rearing Of Children Is Increasing
     
    III. The Death Toll of All Spiritual Teaching In The Home Is Increasing
     
    verse 21, ''And she went up, and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door upon him, and went out.''
     
    verse 22, ''And she called unto her husband, and said, Send me, I pray thee, one of the young men, and one of the asses, that I may run to the man of God, and come again.''
     
    ''that I may run to the man of God''
     
    verse 24, ''Then she saddled the donkey, and said to her servant, I need you to take me as quickly as possible to the man of God. Don’t slow down or stop, unless I tell you so. Don’t worry about me, don't slow down for me."
     
    verse 35, “Elisha went into the room, closed the door and prayed to God. He got into the bed with the boy covered him with his body, mouth on mouth, eyes on eyes, hands on hands. As he stretched out over him the boy’s body became warm. Elisha called for the mother to enter the room.”
  • May 7, 2017Never Give Up
    May 7, 2017
    Never Give Up
    Series: (All)
    2 Thessalonians 1:1-5
     
    “Paul, Silas, and timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing. Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trails you are enduring. All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering.”
     
     I. Don’t Give Up On The Church
     
    “to the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ 
     
    Church- appears more than 100 time;  Means CALLED OUT ONES
     
    “For where two or three come together in my name, there I am with them.” Matthew 18:20
    II. Continue To Feed Your Faith
     
    “your faith is growing more and more”
     
    Theologian F.F. Bosworth  “Most Christians feed their body three hot meals a day and their spirit one cold snack a week. And they wonder why they are so weak in the faith”
     
    III. Never Cease To Demonstrate The Love of Christ
     
    IV. Remove The Phrase ‘GIVE UP’
     
    “Among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trails you are enduring.”
     
    “Consider it a sheer gift friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides.  You know that under pressure, your faith-life is force into the open and it shows your true colors. Don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” James 1: 2-3
     
    "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up,” Galatians 6:9
  • Apr 30, 2017Believers Are Not To Be Condemning Judges
    Apr 30, 2017
    Believers Are Not To Be Condemning Judges
    Series: (All)
    Matthew 7:5
     
    “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:1-6
     
    I. What Jesus Meant When He Said Do Not Judge?
     
    II. Work On Your Faults
     
    “Don’t pick on people, jump to their failures, criticize their their faults-unless, of course, you want the same treatment.” Matthew 7:1 (The Message)
     
    “Do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it.” James 4:11
     
    III. Decide You Will Not Be A Hypocrite
     
    "We look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
     
    “Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord returns. He will then bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of each person’s hearts. At that time each will receive their praise from God.” 1 Corinthians 4:5
     
    Three reasons to keep in mind as we evaluate others:
     
    1. We never know all the facts or completely know others.
     
    2. It is not possible for anyone to be strictly impartial in judgment.
     
    3. But Jesus stated the supreme reason why we should not judge others.
    “NO ONE IS GOOD ENOUGH TO JUDGE OTHERS”
     
    “WE CAUGHT HER IN THE ACT OF ADULTERY”
     
    JESUS SAID, “SO WHOEVER IS WITHOUT SIN THROW THE FIRST STONE”.
  • Apr 24, 2017Trouble, Disappointment, Challenges of Life May Be The Times Jesus Wants To Teach Us A Lesson
    Apr 24, 2017
    Trouble, Disappointment, Challenges of Life May Be The Times Jesus Wants To Teach Us A Lesson
    Series: (All)
    Mark 5:21-23;35-43 “When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. Then one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came there. Seeing Jesus, he fell as his feet and pleaded earnestly with him. My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” Vs 35 While Jesus was speaking, some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. Your daughter is dead. Do not bother the teacher any more.” I. When You Do Not Know What To Do, Ask Jesus For Guidance "Call unto me and I will answer you and show you things you did not know.” Jeremiah 33:3 II. Do No Panic When The Answer Is Delayed, God   Has His Own Timing “For the vision is yet for the appointed time…though it delays, wait for it, since it will certainly come and it will not be late.” Habakkuk 2:3 III. When Life Becomes Unfair, Do Not Abandon God
  • Apr 16, 2017Do We Have Proof Jesus Christ Is Alive?
    Apr 16, 2017
    Do We Have Proof Jesus Christ Is Alive?
    Series: (All)
    Acts 1:1-3
     
    Commenting on all their statues to many different gods
     
    “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold, silver, or stone – an image made by man’s design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For God has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.” Acts 17:29-31
     
    I. He Fulfilled Every Old Testament Prophecy
     
    “He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life a guilt offering….after the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life.” Isaiah 53:9-11
     
    II. His Tomb Was Empty
     
    “Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have put him.” John 20:1-2
     
    III. The Eyewitnesses Who Saw Jesus After The Cross Were They Hallucinating?
     
    1 Corinthians 15:3-7 “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and was buried, was raised on the 3rd day according to the Scriptures, and he appeared to Peter and the 12. After that he appeared to more than 500 of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, although some are asleep.”
     
    “If the dead are not raised, than Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; and you are still in your sins. Then those who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead” 1 Corinthians 15: 16-20
  • Apr 9, 2017The Triumphal Entry on The Sunday Before Easter
    Apr 9, 2017
    The Triumphal Entry on The Sunday Before Easter
    Series: (All)
    Luke 19:28-44
     
    “My Father’s House shall be called a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves."
     
    Lessons taught as Jesus entered Jerusalem
     
    I. Jesus Often Uses The Unqualified
     
    Vs 33 “the two left and found it just as he said. As they were untying the colt, its owners said, What are you doing untying the colt? They said, The Lord has need of it.”
     
    “God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong-so that none could boast before him.” (1 Corinthians 1:27)
     
    II. Are You A Fan Or A Follower of Jesus?
     
    Vs 66 “ from this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him”
     
    III. How Do You Feel About Heart-Felt Worship?
     
    Vs 39 “Some of the Pharisees said to Jesus, Teacher, rebuke your disciples! But Jesus refused to pour cold water on their enthusiastic worship”