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.
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  • 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
  • Jan 29, 2017Does God Give Us Signs To Reveal His Plan For Our Lives?
    Jan 29, 2017
    Does God Give Us Signs To Reveal His Plan For Our Lives?
    Cover Song: My Will - DC Talk
     
    Matthew 12:38-39
     
    1. Sign Requested and God Answered The Request
     
    2. God Spoke To Joseph In A Dream
     
    3. God Speaks To Gideon Through A Fleece
     
    4. The Disciples Prayed, Cast Lots, and God Answered
     
    5. God Speaks To Paul In A Vision
  • Jan 22, 2017God Does Not Hide His Plans For Our Lives
    Jan 22, 2017
    God Does Not Hide His Plans For Our Lives
    Jeremiah 10:23. "I know, O Lord, that a man's life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps."
     
    I. We Will Never Know God’s Will For Our Lives If We Are Not Believers
     
    Romans 8:14 "Because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God."
     
    John 3:7, "Nicodemus, you must be born again."
     
    Ephesians 5:17-18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit.
     
    Filled – the tense used in the original language Means continuously
     
    When we're filled with the Spirit it takes control of every area of our lives, if not then we are quenching the Holy Spirit. TO QUENCH THE SPIRIT OF GOD IS SIN
     
    FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT MEANS everything we begin to do, everywhere we go, In all of our responses we're walking in the Spirit because He lives within us. He is not someone we ask to come with us on certain occasions He is dwelling within us
     
    FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT DOES NOT MEAN
    you have to speak in tongues.
    It doesn't mean that you have to lie on the floor and bark like a dog!
     
    II. Believers Must Reject Immoral Lifestyles
     
    1 Thessalonians 4:3 It is God's will that you be should be sanctified: (set apart) that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable; not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
     
    He lists three things that can block us hearing God's will and voice speaking to us.
     
    Number 1 we must be sexually pure IT MEANS ANYTHING THAT GOD SAY THIS IS WHAT YOU SHOULD DO THIS IS WHAT YOU SHOULD NOT DO IF YOU ARE NOT SEXUALLY PURE GOD CANNOT GUIDE YOUR LIFE
     
    Number 2 we have to control our bodies. "Control your body." Who controls our bodies? We have all manner of temptations around us but ultimately He says that the responsibility is ours
     
    Number 3 To Know God’s Plan For Your Life You Must Be Willing To Obey Without Question
     
    In Luke 22:42, Jesus says, "Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet not my will, but Yours be done." Henry Blackaby said, "To get from where you are to where God wants you to be may require major adjustments in your life. You can't stay where you are and go with God at the same time. If God is going and we are staying, we can't go with God. There may have to be major adjustments in our lives.
     
    What a wonderful Lord we have and what a great Savior that He would choose to help us grow up to become like Him, so that we, like Jesus, could say, "Not my will, but Yours be done.
  • Jan 15, 2017How Can I Know God’s Will For My Life?
    Jan 15, 2017
    How Can I Know God’s Will For My Life?
    How Can I Know God’s Will For My Life?
     
    I. God Does Have A Plan For Each Of Our Lives
     
    II. How God Communicates With You
     
    Number 1: His communication to us will be complete
     
    Psalm 48:14, "For this God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our guide, even to the end."
     
    "guide" means "to drive as a chariot."
     
    Number 2, God's guidance is clear
     
    Psalm 37:23,
     
    "If the Lord delights in a man's way, he makes his steps firm."
     
    "He orders our steps." KJV
     
    Number 3 God’s way is comprehensive
     
    Psalm 139:9-10
     
    "If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will GUIDE me your right hand will hold me fast."
     
    Number 4: God's will is continual.
     
    Isaiah 58:11, "The Lord will (here's that word again) guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail."
  • Jan 1, 2017The Light In The Darkness
    Jan 1, 2017
    The Light In The Darkness
    Series: (All)
    A Light in the Darkness 2 Peter 1:16-2:1
     
    10 different quotes and then ask you if the phrase if from the Bible or not
    1. ''To the victor go the spoils.''
    2. ''Can a leopard change his spots?''
    3. ''A heart of gold.''
    4. ''The blind leading the blind.''
    5. ''Money is the root of all evil.''
    6. ''The serpent tempted Adam and Eve to eat the apple.''
    7. ''A house divided against itself cannot stand.''
    8. ''Robbing Peter to pay Paul.''
    9. ''No man is an island.''
    10.  ''Flies in the ointment.''
     
    ''As (Jesus) was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning.
     
    Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem.
     
    Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, 'Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters- one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.' (He did not know what he was saying.)
     
    While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. A voice came from the cloud, saying, 'This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.'
     
    When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves, and told no one at that time what they had seen.'' (Luke 9:29-36)
     
    I. The Word Of God Is Important and We Should Study and Obey
     
    ''I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. THEY ARE DARKENED in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.
     
    Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.
     
    You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.'' (Ephesians 4:17-21)
     
    II. Do Not Permit Distractions To Keep You From The Word of God
     
    ''As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said.
     
    But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, ''Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!''
     
    ''Martha, Martha,'' the Lord answered, ''you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.'' (Luke 10:38-42)
     
    Isaiah 9:2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.
     
    And it goes on to say:
     
    For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this. (Isaiah 9:6-7)
  • Dec 18, 2016The Celebration of Jesus Birthday
    Dec 18, 2016
    The Celebration of Jesus Birthday
    Series: (All)
    Matthew 1:18-25
     
    Vs 21 often missed “The reason I am sending this baby into the world is because I want to save my people (all people) from their sins.”
     
    HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SINGS
    3RD STANZA Hail the heaven-born prince of peace; Hail the Son of Righteousness! Light and life to all He brings; Risen with healing in His wings. Mild He lays His glory by: Born that men no more should die; Born to raise the sons of earth; Born to give them second birth; Hark! The herald angels sings; Glory to the new born king
  • Dec 4, 2016How To Handle The Stress of Christmas
    Dec 4, 2016
    How To Handle The Stress of Christmas
    Series: (All)
    Luke 10: 38 – 42
     
    I. What Is Stress?
     
    Vs 40 “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the work myself? Tell her to help me.”
     
    Sanguine – leaders – carefree – easygoing – talkative-social
     
    Choleric – leaders-can do attitude-quick and decisive in making decisions
     
    Phlegmatic- accepting-kind-relaxed-observant-constant mood
     
    Melancholic - -moody-sensitive-easily hurt-can be transfixed by
     
    Tragedy in the world-tends to fee everything is personal
     
    II. What Is The Cure?
     
    Vs 40 “Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made”
     
    III. Solution To Holiday Stress