Sep 29, 2019
Do You Have The Spiritual Gift Of Serving?
1 Peter 4:10-11

GOD ORCHESTRATED HIS CHURCH TO BE A SYMPHONY NOT A ONE PERSON BAND
 
Several gifts are under the umbrella of serving gifts
 
Gift of Administration – not secretarial but CEO
One who is visionary – sets goals
 
Gift of Orchestration – responsible for a group
All on same page - rehearsed – ready
 
Gift of Exhortation – come along beside to help
Will take scripture & place it in relevant understanding
 
Gift of Faith – unique ability to trust God even when circumstances suggest otherwise
 
Gift of Giving – sensitive to the needs & provides
 
Gift of Helping-ability to assist & support others In practical ways
 
THESE ARE THE GIFTS UNDER UMBRELLA OF SERVING
 
ALSO A Gift of serving- alert to practical needs &
Has a desire to meet them
 
“as each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God……..whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies…..” ~ 1 Peter 4:10-11
 
I. Discipline Yourself To Live As A Servant
 
“and he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, ‘If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” ~Mark 9:35
 
“And whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” ~Mark 10:44-45
 
II. Steps To Follow To Exercise Gift of Service
 
“whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” ~ Colossians 3:23-24
 
III. Recognize We Are Created To Worship
 
hymn based on Revelation 4:11
Thou art worthy, Thou art worthy,
Thou are worthy, O Lord.
Thou art worthy to receive glory,
Glory, honor, and power.
For thou has created, hast all things created,
For Thou has created all things.
And for thy pleasure they are created;
Thou art worthy, O Lord.
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  • Sep 29, 2019Do You Have The Spiritual Gift Of Serving?
    Sep 29, 2019
    Do You Have The Spiritual Gift Of Serving?
    1 Peter 4:10-11

    GOD ORCHESTRATED HIS CHURCH TO BE A SYMPHONY NOT A ONE PERSON BAND
     
    Several gifts are under the umbrella of serving gifts
     
    Gift of Administration – not secretarial but CEO
    One who is visionary – sets goals
     
    Gift of Orchestration – responsible for a group
    All on same page - rehearsed – ready
     
    Gift of Exhortation – come along beside to help
    Will take scripture & place it in relevant understanding
     
    Gift of Faith – unique ability to trust God even when circumstances suggest otherwise
     
    Gift of Giving – sensitive to the needs & provides
     
    Gift of Helping-ability to assist & support others In practical ways
     
    THESE ARE THE GIFTS UNDER UMBRELLA OF SERVING
     
    ALSO A Gift of serving- alert to practical needs &
    Has a desire to meet them
     
    “as each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God……..whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies…..” ~ 1 Peter 4:10-11
     
    I. Discipline Yourself To Live As A Servant
     
    “and he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, ‘If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” ~Mark 9:35
     
    “And whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” ~Mark 10:44-45
     
    II. Steps To Follow To Exercise Gift of Service
     
    “whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” ~ Colossians 3:23-24
     
    III. Recognize We Are Created To Worship
     
    hymn based on Revelation 4:11
    Thou art worthy, Thou art worthy,
    Thou are worthy, O Lord.
    Thou art worthy to receive glory,
    Glory, honor, and power.
    For thou has created, hast all things created,
    For Thou has created all things.
    And for thy pleasure they are created;
    Thou art worthy, O Lord.
  • Sep 22, 2019The Importance of The Gift Of Mercy In The Body of Christ Today #2
    Sep 22, 2019
    The Importance of The Gift Of Mercy In The Body of Christ Today #2
    Romans 12:8
     
    “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy” ~ Matthew 5:7
     
    I. To Show Mercy We Must Release Judgmental Attitudes
     
    “Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you’ when your own face distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.”
     
    “Don’t criticize their faults unless of course, you want the same treatment. A Critical spirit has a way of boomeranging.” ~ Matthew 7:1-5
     
    II. Why Is Gift of Mercy so Important In The Body of Believers?
     
    Psalm 81:10 “Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.”
  • Sep 15, 2019How To Discover Your Spiritual Gift #1
    Sep 15, 2019
    How To Discover Your Spiritual Gift #1
    Romans 12
     
    Romans 8:9 “if any one have not the Spirit of Christ, you do not belong to Christ.”
     
    Love – joy – peace – patience – kindness - goodness – faithfulness
     
    I. Steps In The Discovery Of Our Gift
    “Present your bodies”
    “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed”
    Phillips paraphrase “Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its mold”
     
    II. Be Honest As You Evaluate Yourself
    Vs 3 “For though the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.”
     
    III. Let Others Confirm Your Spiritual Gift
    Vs 4”for we have many members in one body and all members have not the same office. So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and everyone members one of another.”
  • Sep 8, 2019Do You Have The Wisdom of God or The Wisdom of The World?
    Sep 8, 2019
    Do You Have The Wisdom of God or The Wisdom of The World?
    James 3:13-18
     
    Bill Gothard “wisdom is seeing life from God's point of view.”
     
    "Wisdom is the principal thing." ~ Proverbs 4:7
     
    "Wisdom is better than strength." ~ Ecclesiastes 9:16
     
    "Wisdom is better than gold." ~Proverbs 16:16
     
    "The price of wisdom is above rubies." ~ Job 28:28
     
    I. THE WISDOM OF THE WORLD
     
    Vs 14 “But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth.”
     
    ''bitter'' describes an ''acrid sharpness''
     
    ''jealousy'' describes a ''heat''
     
    Bitterness is because we have listened more to the voice of evil than we have to God.
     
    Excessive pride is always a destructive thing. It ruins our relationships with others and also ruins our relationship with God.
     
    Vs 15 “this wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic.”
     
    Vs 16 “for where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.”
     
    II. THE WISDOM of God
     
    (a) PURE
    Comes from the word holy. Pure from fault.
     
    (b) PEACEABLE Loving peace. Right relationships between people, built on mutual trust.
     
    (c) GENTLE Reasonably fair, equitably just. Tender, careful not to harm or hurt.
     
    (d) EASY TO BE ENTREATED Means compliant, easily approachable.
     
    (e) FULL OF MERCY Caring for someone in trouble, even if it is his own fault. Not giving someone what they deserve in the form of punishment.
     
    (f) FULL OF GOOD FRUITS Full of good deeds. "Jesus went about doing good." Matthew 7:17 ... "Even so, every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, but a corrupt tree bringeth forth not good fruit."
     
    (g) WITHOUT PARTIALITY Undivided, not wavering back and forth like a reed shaken in the wind. Not vacillating.
     
    (h) WITHOUT HYPOCRISY Not deceptive, honest, always the same no matter who you are with or where you ar No pretending.
     
    III. How Do We Receive God’s Wisdom?
     
    James 1:5 ... "If any of you lack wisdom ..."
     
    James 1:5-6 ... "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God who giveth to all, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him.”
     
    James 4:2 ... "Ye have not, because you ask not."
     
    Proverbs 29:15 ... "The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame."
     
    (Matthew 7:24), "Whosoever heareth these savings of mine, and doeth them. I will liken him unto a wise man mho built his house upon a rock ... "
  • Sep 1, 2019What The Bible Has To Say About America And Israel
    Sep 1, 2019
    What The Bible Has To Say About America And Israel
    2 Peter 3:3-4
     
    "Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, 'Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation."
     
    “ Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”~Genesis 12:1-3
     
    Genesis 12:3 “in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
     
    Genesis 17 “between me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also I give to you and your descendants after you in the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”
     
    11 Thessalonians 3:10 “If a man does not work, neither shall he eat.”
  • Aug 25, 2019Controlling The Body’s Strongest Muscle
    Aug 25, 2019
    Controlling The Body’s Strongest Muscle
    James 1:26
     
    “If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison.” ~ James 1:26
     
    James 3 “tongue is a fire, world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” Vs 6
     
    Matthew 15:17-19 “Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated? But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from within the heart, and that defile us. For out of within heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.”
     
    “there is no truth in him, when he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies” ~ John 8:44
     
    “I CAN DO EVERYTHING THROUGH HIM WHO GIVES ME STRENGTH” ~ Philippians 4:13
     
    James 1:18 “be quick to listen and slow to speak”
     
    3:1 “Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.”
     
    The Message paraphrase “Do not become in a rush to become a teacher
     
    3:2 “for we all stumble in many ways. If the leader does not stumble in what he says he is perfect,
     
    “if we put bits into the horses’ mouth so that they will obey us, we will direct the entire body”
     
    "though the ship size is massive….they are still directed by a very small rudder and will go the direction the pilot wants it to go.”
     
    “so also a large forest fire can be set aflame by a small fire”
     
    “Life apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances.” ~ Proverbs 15:11
     
    “For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race. But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly posion.” ~ vs 7-8
     
    “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep a watch over the door of my lips.” Psalm 141:3
  • Aug 11, 2019What Does God Expect From Believers?
    Aug 11, 2019
    What Does God Expect From Believers?
    James 1:21-24
     
    “Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror: for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.”
     
    Therefore- on account of or because of
     
    filthiness- any moral defilement or impurity
     
    wickedness- this is sin that is deliberate
     
    I. Remove Sin From Our Lives
     
    “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” ~ Luke 6:46
     
    “the one who reads/hears my truth from scripture and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation”
     
    II. Receive The Word
     
    In humility receive the word implanted
     
    “blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth” – Matthew 5:5
     
    Which is able to save your souls- Not salvation but personal deliverance Present tense
     
    III. After Hearing, Receiving Salvation We Become Doers
  • Aug 4, 2019The Secret To A Successful Life
    Aug 4, 2019
    The Secret To A Successful Life
    James 1:19-21
     
    I. Reading The Word of God As God Expects
     
    for the Word of God. Psalm 42:1
     
    “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine.” ~ John 8:31
     
    “Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it shall be measured to you.” ~Mark 4:24
     
    “it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven….blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear in light of the word of God.” ~Matthew 13:11
     
    Average adult attention span 1988 12 minutes 2008 5 minutes 2017 2 1/4 minutes
     
    “A gentle answer turns away wrath”
     
    ~ Proverbs 15:1 “but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
     
    “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, & anger, brawling & slander, & every form of malice”~Ephesians 4:31
     
    “A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.”~ Proverbs 29:11
  • Jul 28, 2019How To Handle Life When Facing Difficulty
    Jul 28, 2019
    How To Handle Life When Facing Difficulty
    James 1:1-4
     
    “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to test you, as though some strange thing happened to you.” ~ 1 Peter 4:12
     
    Various trials - means outward trails & inward temptation
     
    Acts 27:41 “they had taken up the anchors, they committed themselves unto the sea, and loosed the rudder bands, and hoisted up the mainsail to the wind, and made toward shore. And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground.”
     
    I. Rejoice in the Trial
     
    II. Don’t Give Up
     
    III. Pray More As You Walk Through The Struggle
     
    Vs 5 “If any of you lack wisdom ask God”
     
    Ask - means to beg
     
    “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of trials.” ~ 2 Peter 2:9
     
    Vs 2 consider - Greek word comes from a root term
     
    Means to lead or to guide
     
    Vs 3 knowing - God can provide you with the strength with the resources
     
    “I CAN DO EVERYTHING THROUGH HIM WHO GIVES ME THE STRENGTH” ~ Phil. 4: 13
     
    “An anxious heart weighs one down, but a kind word cheers him up.” ` Proverbs 12:25
  • Jul 21, 2019Tools Needed For Spiritual Battles Today
    Jul 21, 2019
    Tools Needed For Spiritual Battles Today
    Ephesians 6:10-17
     
    “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take you stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” ~ Ephesians 6:10 – 17
     
    I. Belt of Truth
     
    John 8:32 “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
     
    II. Breastplate of Righteousness
     
    Covers the chest & protects vital organs of the body Leather vest with overlapping plates of thin metal sewn on top.
     
    “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God-that is our righteousness, holiness and redemption.” ~ 1 Corinthians 1:30
     
    “not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ – the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.” ~ Philippians 3:9
     
    III. Boots of Peace
     
    IV. Helmet of Salvation
     
    Rough layers of leather with hammered metal wrapped around it to fit tightly on the soldiers head Leather wrapped not only head but neck down to chest
     
    “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given by which we must be saved” ~ Acts 4:12
     
    Helmet of salvation protects us from doubting our Salvation.
     
    “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know you have eternal life” ~ 1 John 5:17