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
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  • 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”
  • Mar 12, 2017Forgiven Of Sin As A Believer Now What Do I Do?
    Mar 12, 2017
    Forgiven Of Sin As A Believer Now What Do I Do?
    Series: (All)
    2 Chronicles 33:1-16
     
    I. God Is Patient In Dealing With Believers
     
    Nehemiah 9:17 ''God, You're a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate; incredibly patient with tons of love.''
     
    II. God Wants Us To Listen and Obey Him
     
    Verse 10: ''And the LORD spoke to Manasseh and to his people, but they paid no attention.''
     
    In Isaiah 29, ''Speak to us pleasant words. Prophecy to us illusions. Let us hear no more about the holy one of God. We don't want to hear that stuff, Isaiah. Just tell us how good we are. Just say, I’m okay, you're okay.?''
     
    Psalm 78: 34 - 35: ''When he killed them, then they sought him and returned and searched diligently for God. And they remembered that God was their rock and the Most High God, their redeemer.''
     
    III. God Will Forgive Believers of Sin If They Repent
     
    verse 12: ''And when he was in distress, he entreated the LORD his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. When he prayed to Him, He was moved by his entreaty, and He heard his supplication and brought him again to Jerusalem to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD was God.''
     
    Verse 23, God talks about how Manasseh humbled himself before
     
    Verse 12 ''And when he was in distress, he entreated the LORD his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers.''
     
    Verse 19, God talks about how Manasseh humbled himself Him
  • Mar 5, 2017What God Expects of Believers
    Mar 5, 2017
    What God Expects of Believers
    Series: (All)
    (This Little Light of Mine - Performed by Silas & Jason Lohr)
     
    3 John 1:9-11
     
    Colossians 3 (The Message version). "Do not lie to one another. Do not be full of yourself . You're done with that old life Be filled with compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline."
     
    Colossians 1:18 “Christ is the one who is supposed to have Preeminence”
     
    I. Self First Must Not Be Found In Believers
     
    Vs 9 "I wrote something to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them did not accept it.”
     
    THESE KIND OF PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS SPEAKING PRATING WORDS
     
    PRATING - means to bubble up, like an air or water bubble
     
    Water bubble is water around nothing (Empty bubble)
     
    HE WAS A GOSSIP, BLABBING, MALIGIOUS, CHURCH MEMBER
     
    “HE HIMSELF DOES NOT RECEIVE THE BRETHREN”
     
    Not an encourager
     
    Was not coming along beside and encouraging
     
    Not positive
     
    Very negative
     
    Vs 10 “For this reason, if I come, I will call attention to his deeds which he does, unjustly accusing us with wicked words; and not satisfied with this, he himself does not receive the brethren, either, and he forbids those who desire to do so and puts them out of the church.”
     
    II. Unteachable Spirits Must Not Be Found In Believers
     
    "I wrote something to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, does not accept what we say."
     
    accept means "to receive", "to welcome" like you'd welcome a guest into your home.
     
    Proverbs 12:1: "He who hates reproof is stupid."
     
    Proverbs 10:17: "He is on the path of life who heeds instruction; but he who forsakes reproof goes astray,"
     
    Ecclesiastes 4: 13 "A poor yet wise lad is better than an old and foolish king who no longer knows how to receive instruction."
     
    III Gossip, Slander, Arrogrance Must Not Be Found In The Life of A Believer
     
    verse 10: "For this reason, if I come, I will call attention to these deeds which he does, unjustly accusing us with wicked words”
     
    Matthew 12:34: "The mouth speaks from that which fills the heart."
     
    Diotrephes. " he speaks unjustly, accusing us with wicked words,"
     
    means he was babbling.
     
    He was talking nonsense.
     
    wicked words also translated envious, evil or envious.
  • Feb 26, 2017How To Be Faithful In Success
    Feb 26, 2017
    How To Be Faithful In Success
    Series: (All)
    2 Chronicles 26:3-8, 15-21
     
    2nd Chronicles chapter 26. I'll begin reading in verse 3: "Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem Twenty-three of those years were as co-regent with his father, Amaziah. Fifty-two years in Jerusalem total. " And his mother's name was Jecoliah of Jerusalem. And he did right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father, Amaziah, had done. And he continued to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding through the vision of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God prospered him."
     
    verse 6: "Now he went out and warred against the PhilistinesGod is giving you now his resume of success. "He went out and warred against the Philistines," "and broke down the wall of Gath, and the wall of Jabneh, and the wall of Ashdod, and he built cities in the area of Ashdod and among the Philistines."
     
    Verse 7: "And God helped him against the Philistines and against the Arabians who lived in Gurbaal, and the Mehunites. And the Ammonites also gave tribute to Uzziah: and his fame extended to the border of Egypt, for he became very strong."
     
    Verse 15 Hence, his fame spread abroad, for he was marvelously helped until he was strong. But when he became strong, his heart was so proud that he acted corruptly and he was unfaithful to the LORD his God, for he entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense."
     
    I. When You Are Successful Remain Alert For A Trap
     
    Psalm 127, "Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain that build it. Unless the LORD keeps the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors, for God gives to His beloved even in his sleep."
     
    II. When You Become Successful Do Not Lose Your Dependance Upon God
     
    verse 5 as long as he sought the LORD, God prospered him."
     
    III. When You Are Successful Guard Against Pride
     
    C. S. Lewis "The greatest sin in the whole world is pride."
     
    Verse 21: "And King Uzziah was a leper till the day of his death, and he lived in a separate house, being a leper, for he was cut off from the house of the LORD; and Jotham his son was over the king's house, judging the people of the land
  • Feb 19, 2017Growing Stronger In Your Faith
    Feb 19, 2017
    Growing Stronger In Your Faith
    Series: (All)
    Hebrews 12:1-3
     
    I. The Race Is Difficult
     
    vs 1, " let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." Acts 14:22
     
    "They were strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith (go all the way with the Lord), and saying, through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God"
     
    Hebrews 12:3 “keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we are in……..When you find yourself flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls."
     
    Jesus said, "Listen. The slave is not greater than his master. If they persecuted Me, they're going to persecute you, too. If they kept My word, they'll keep your word, too. But don't think you get out on an easy deal because you're a follower of Mine."
     
    II. Some Sacrifices Must Be Made
     
    Vs 1….all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans . cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it
     
    let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us
     
    Psalm 139: "Search me, O God, and know my heart. Try me and know my anxious thoughts. And see if there be any hurtful way in me. And lead me in the everlasting way."
     
    vs 2 “keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in.”
     
    Keep – in Greek literally means you don’t look at anything else.
  • Feb 12, 2017When Bad Things Happen To Good People
    Feb 12, 2017
    When Bad Things Happen To Good People
    Series: (All)
    Intro Music: Cover of Lauren Daigle - Once And For All
     
    I Peter 3:13-17
     
    I. What Did Jesus Means When He Said Bad Things Will Happen to Good People
     
    Matthew 5: "It will rain on the just and the unjust."
     
    Now the Word of God says, "Who can harm you?"
     
    Nothing! Nobody! No harm can come to us ultimately when we're in Christ Jesus, and we're doing good.
     
    II. When Bad Things Happen You Are Given Peace
     
    III. We May Never Understand