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Pastor's Message

 
2-9-20 

                                     “BE A WITNESS”

                                 Acts 1:8; 1 Peter 3:15

 

WHAT IS A WITNESS?

   Greek: martus – one who _Shares_ evidence

obtained by _Personal_  _Experience__

   “Make a defense” – a doctrinal answer of belief

   “About hope” - _Confidence, Faith, Trust, Expectation_

            “I will hope in Him” (Job 13:15)

            “My hope is in Thee” (Psalm 39:7)

            “Hope does not _Disappoint___” (Romans 5:5)

            “Born again to a Living_ hope through

      the _resurrection___ of Jesus” (1 Peter1:3)

“Christ in you the hope of __Glory_” (Colossians 1:27)

EXAMPLES OF WITNESSES

·        _Stephen_____ (Acts 7)

·        _Phillip_______ (Acts 8:25-40)

·        _Paul_________ (Acts 22:1-15; 26:9-20)

 

ASPECTS OF A PERSONAL WITNESS

·        There is a God

·        I have a  need___

   Romans 3:23, “all have _sinned___”

    Romans 6;23, “wages of sin is_death____”

    Ephesians 2:1, “dead in trespasses and sin”

 

·        God has a  __Plan__________

    He wants all to “_Repent__” (2 Peter 3:9)

    His rich _Mercy_ and _Love__

makes us alive with Christ” (Ephesians 2:4-5)

    He saves us by His _Grace_ (Ephesians 2:8)

 

·        God is at work _NOW___

    I am to do good _works__ (Ephesians 2:8)

      for His good _Pleasure__(Philippians 2:13)

 
 
 
2-2-20

                                      WHAT IS FAITH?

 

“To the extent you did it to one of the least of these,

you did it to Me” (Matthew 25:40)

 

Is faith…?

_Knowing__ or _Doing__

_Belief__ or __Behavior__

Passive_ or _Active_

 

FAITH: (pistis) _Trust__, __Confidence__, _Behavior__

   “Comes by hearing God’s __Word__” (Romans 10:17)

   “Hearing without doing is _Delusional___” (James 1:22)

   “Without faith it is impossible to _Please__ God”

         (Hebrews 11:6)

   “The _Just___ live by faith” (Hebrews 10:38)

   “Without _Action_, it’s useless” (James 2:20)

 

Is there a conflict between Paul (Ephesians 2:8-10)

    and James (2:14-26)?

 

Paul: “By grace you have been saved through faith,

   and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;

   not a result of works that no one should boast”

            Saved by grace, not by works?

 

James: “Can faith without works save?

Faith without works is dead…useless”

   “_Abraham___ was justified by works”

   “_Rahab___ was justified by works”

 

Living faith meets _Needs___ (Matthew 25:35-37)

 
 
 
 
1-26-20
 

                         BIBLICAL TRUTHS ABOUT GIVING

 

Personal Testimony

 BIBLICAL HISTORY

“The Lord had _REGARD___ for Abel’s offering” (Genesis 4:4)

 God told Moses to direct the people to give to build

the _TABERNACLE___             (Exodus 25:2)

   They gave with a _WHOLE_ heart” (1 Chronicles 29:9)

Jesus said,

“Where your _TREASURE___ is there will your heart be”

      (Matthew 6:21)

“It is more blessed to give than to _RECEIVE__”

(Quoted by Paul in Acts 20:35)

“Give and it will be given to you” (Luke 6:38)

  “You cannot serve God and money” (Matthew 6:24)

_GRACE__ Giving

   2 Corinthians 9:6-9; Philippians 4:13, 19

     Exemplified in a _WIDOW__ (Mark 12),

      a _REPENTANT__ girl (Mark 14) and God (John 3:16)

Required Giving

    Malachi 3:10; Leviticus 27:30; Deuteronomy 14:22

       AND Matthew 23:23

STEPS TO FAITHFUL OBEDIENCE

1.     Pray, seek God’s Word and will

2.     Commit to faithful obedience

3.     Give systematically, moving toward proportionately

4.      Expect God to honor His promises

 
 
1-19-20 

                           REBUILDING BROKEN WALLS

                                            Nehemiah

The Story

When burdened by “broken walls”

·        _PRAY___

1.     _Confess___

a.     2 Chronicles 7:14

b.     Don’t just repent, _rebuild____

2.     Make your _request__ (Philippians 4:6)

     (1Chronicles 4:10)  

·        __Plan___

          “The mind of man plans his ways,

but the Lord _directs___ his steps”

                 (Proverbs 3:5-6)

            God honors _order___ and __organization___

            Faith is not __disorganized_____

·        _Proceed____

   When we walk by faith we can encounter some

    who walk by sight, who have no _vision____

During the rebuilding of the wall in Jerusalem, workers found a copy

of God’s Word. After the work was completed, Nehemiah gathered

the people and read, “translating so they understood” [8:1-10]

   Acts 17:11; Romans 10:17; Joshua 1:8; Psalm 119:11, 105

When the people heard and understood, they

·        __REPENTED___ (“weeping” under conviction)

·        __REJOICED___ (“this day is holy,

                the joy of the Lord is your strength”)

·        __RESPONDED___ (“celebrated…understood”)

 
 

1-12-20                       LET’S GO FISHING

                                         Luke 5:1-11 

The story

APPLICATIONS

·        BOAT/FISHING

Psalm 90:17, “Confirm for us the _WORK_ of our hands”

Ecclesiastes 9:10, “Whatever your hand finds to do,

do it with all your _MIGHT_”

    The Angelus, by Jean-Francois Millet

    Michelangelo’s ceiling of the Vatican Chapel

Colossians 3:17, “Whatever you do in word or deed,

     do all in the name of the Lord Jesus”

·        DEEP

How deep are you willing to go for God?

“I’ve worked all night and caught nothing”

·        NETS

Having nets is of little value if you don’t use them

“Nevertheless, AT THY _WORD_”

Roy Angel, “Let Down Your Nets”

·        _GOLDEN_ nets

“God loves a __CHEERFUL_ giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7)

“Have __COMPASSION__ on the needy” (Psalm 70:13)

·        __INTELLECTUAL__ nets

“Lack _WISDOM__? Ask of God” (James 1:5)

·        _WORK-WORN_ nets

 

 
1-5-2020

 

JOYOUS NEW YEAR

Isaiah 61:1,2

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me and has anointed me

to bring good news…to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord”

ANOINT: CONSECRATE

PROCLAIM: PREACH “God Things”

GOOD NEWS: (Luke 2:10)

FAVORABLE: Acceptable, Desire of God

YEAR

Proverbs 16:9, Man plans, God Directs

Jer 19:21, God’s plans are to help not harm

NEW

New in time or new in kind

Ezekiel 11:19, “I will put a new spirit within them”

2 Corinthians 5:17; “Behold, new things have come”

Ephesians 4:22-24, “Lay aside the old self…

    put on the new self- likeness of God”

Joyous

John 15:11, May…your joy be made full

Joy is a “fruit” of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22)

 

To be joyous this new year, resolve to:

·         Bear Fruit (John 15:5)

·         Obey Jesus’ Commands (John 15:10, 12, 14)

 
12-29-19
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