Seek First: Escape Condemnation; The King has a Short Memory
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Seek First: Escape Condemnation; The King has a Short Memory

Seek First: Escape Condemnation, The King has a short memory • John 3:16 The context here is that Jesus is talking to Nicodemus about Spiritual things. Verse 16 Jesus is speaking both about Himself and God the Father when He says…“For God so loved the world..” • What God the Father did, He did from...

Seek First: The Rocks Cry Out
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Seek First: The Rocks Cry Out

Seek First: The Rocks Cry Out, The Strength of Praise Luke 19:28-29 During this time period the only way to atone for your sin was to make an animal sacrifice. • Take an animal and head to the Jerusalem, or buy the animal in Jerusalem. • We see all of that imagery here in this...

Seek First: The Church
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Seek First: The Church

Seek First: The Church (Matt 16:18-19) • The Church is the body of Christ and the Bride of Christ. You can’t love one without loving the other. o But to love the church we must understand the mission of the church. Verse 16 Jesus is talking to Peter and setting him up to be the...

Seek First: The Color of the Kingdom
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Seek First: The Color of the Kingdom

Seek First: The Color of the Kingdom (Rev 5:8-10) Verse 9 Why is this a new song? • Because Jesus taking the scroll to open it represents a new era in God’s redemptive history. • What’s new about this era? • The Lamb’s death on the cross has never happened before, nor will it happen...

Seek First: Triumph over Afflicting Spirits
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Seek First: Triumph over Afflicting Spirits

Seek First: Triumph over Afflicting Spirits (2 Tim 1:6-8) Fear, depression, anxiety • How do we deal with fear? o We must treat it as a spirit, an intruder spirit. An unwelcome guest. • We deal with is using the authority Christ has given us. o Deal with is like you would an intruder in...

Seek First: The Realms of the Kingdom, Spiritual vs Physical
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Seek First: The Realms of the Kingdom, Spiritual vs Physical

Seek First: The Realms of the Kingdom, Spiritual vs Physical (1 Tim 4:1-9) Verse 1 There are other spirits out there, that are not the Spirit of God, and those spirits are deceiving. • The Spirit of God speaking through Paul tells us there are demons teaching. o The implications here is some of what...

Seek First: The King Gave You His Sword
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Seek First: The King Gave You His Sword

Seek First: The King Gave You His Sword The ten weapons of Spiritual warfare from Nehemiah 4 1. Cry out to the Lord in _________ a. Ask the Lord to put the attacks back on the enemy’s head 2. Work with all your ___________ a. Working half-heartedly is victory for the enemy 3. _________ guards...

Seek First: You Carry His Message
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Seek First: You Carry His Message

Seek First: You Carry His Message (2 Cor 4:1-6) Verse 1 When it comes to evangelism it’s easy to lose heart, and get discouraged. • Evangelism is an operation of God’s mercy and not our strength. o If we have been discouraged, we need to go back to God’s mercy again. Verse 2 He has...

Seek First: Love Like the King
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Seek First: Love Like the King

Seek First: Love Like the King (1 John 4:16) • 1 John 4:16 This verse tells us three things: God Loves us. God is love. We are to live in love. • Two are statements about the character and nature of God, king Jesus o One is a statement about how we are to live...

Seek First: Prayer, the Heart of Relationship
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Seek First: Prayer, the Heart of Relationship

Prayer: The Heart of Relationship I want to touch on a few, tangible, practical ways we can seek first the kingdom of God through prayer: It’s about making it personal. It’s about the yes. What keeps us from relationship? Making it Personal David is known as a man after God’s own heart. That’s a pretty...

Seek First: The Economy of the Kingdom
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Seek First: The Economy of the Kingdom

Seek First: The Economy of the Kingdom (Matt 25:14-30) • The context here is that Jesus has been telling parables about what the kingdom of God is like. • Jesus is talking about money. So, we are going to look at it from the stand point of money. Verse 14 The word “man” used is...

Seek First: Everything Belongs to the King
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Seek First: Everything Belongs to the King

Seek First: Everything Belongs to the King (Psalm 50:8; Malachi 3:6) Psalm 50:8-15 The context here is God was dealing with the people’s attitudes toward the sacrifice. • Everything already belongs to Him. He is not asking for it because He needs it like an earthly king might. Verse 13 He clarifies that He does...

Seek First: The Kingdom has a Helper
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Seek First: The Kingdom has a Helper

Seek First: The Kingdom has a Helper (2) John14:15 The kingdom rule of King Jesus starts with love. Verse 16 Jesus promises the Holy Spirit, referred to here as the Counselor. • Do you see how much this stands in contrast to the way earthly leaders rule? o Earthly leaders surround themselves with counselors. But...

Seek First: The Kingdom has a King
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Seek First: The Kingdom has a King

Seek First: The Kingdom has a King (Matt 6:25-34; Romans 14:17) • I can only give myself to seeking the Kingdom I know the Kingdom. o And if there is a Kingdom then there must also be a King. o I can only give myself to seeking the Kingdom if I know the King The...

Intro to Seek First and Prayer Vision
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Intro to Seek First and Prayer Vision

Intro to Seek First Seek First: This series will be based on this passage in Matt 6 and the parallel story in Luke 12 • For the entire series we will focus in on the statement that Jesus makes to “Seek First His Kingdom” • The theme of this series is “Seek First the Kingdom...

The Christmas Story: Love is Born Part III
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The Christmas Story: Love is Born Part III

The Christmas Story: Love is Born Part III (Luke 1:39-56) Verse 39 This journey would have been over 80 miles and taken 3-4 days. • No mention is made of a traveling companion but a young “single” woman would not have traveled alone. Verse 40-41 The word used here actually means to leap for Joy!...

The Christmas Story; Love is Born Part II
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The Christmas Story; Love is Born Part II

The Christmas Story: Love is Born Part II (Luke 1:26-38) Verse 26 The story now shifts from Zechariah to Mary. • From the public setting of the Temple in Jerusalem to a private scene in a small town. • There are nine parallels between this story and the one that we just looked at with...

Rooted into Thankfulness
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Rooted into Thankfulness

Rooted into Thankfulness (Col 2:6-10) Verse 7 There are four very important verbs in this verse. • Be rooted, to build, to be strengthened, and to overflow o And these verbs each build on each other. • The verb here is “to be rooted” or even “to be firmly rooted” o It’s a passive participle....

Thanksgiving
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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 2018 (Luke 17:11-19) Luke 17:12 The Greek word used here is for various diseases affecting the skin–not necessarily just leprosy. • Because of social ostracism and religious laws, lepers would seek out others with the disease. • It also says they stood at a distance. They were not allowed to approach other healthy people....

Sowing & Reaping with Authority in Partnership
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Sowing & Reaping with Authority in Partnership

Sowing and Reaping with Authority in Partnership Matthew 28:18-20 Galatians 6:7-8 If we are co-heirs with Christ, and he has shared his authority with us, where is it, and why don’t we live with it constantly? I believe we were made to partner with Jesus to live in His full authority on this earth. But,...

Praying for Life, Praying Toward Vision Part 3
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Praying for Life, Praying Toward Vision Part 3

Praying for Life, Praying Toward Vision Part 3 (Eph 6:18) • Eph 6:18 The emphasis here is actually on the word perseverance o NIV has always keep on • NASU be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, • Paul is calling the church to persevere in praying for itself...

Praying for Life, Praying Toward Vision Part 2
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Praying for Life, Praying Toward Vision Part 2

Praying for Life, Praying Toward Vision Part 2 (Luke10:17; Eph 6:10) Psalm 23:5 The word “table” here has as its first meaning, a kings table, can also mean a sacred table o But the idea behind it is provision, blessings. • The Lord will not only bless us with great provision, a banquet table, He...

Praying for life, Praying toward vision Part 1.5
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Praying for life, Praying toward vision Part 1.5

Praying for life, Praying toward vision Part 1.5 (Philippians 4:4-8) • Grammar definition: “The middle voice is that use of the verb which describes the subjects as participating in the results of the action.” • In the middle voice I actively participate in the results of an action that another initiates. o Peterson adds: “Two...

Praying for life, Praying Toward Vision
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Praying for life, Praying Toward Vision

Praying for life, Praying Toward Vision (Mark 1:35 and John 15:14) Mark 1:35 It starts out by saying very early in the morning. • This helps avoid distractions. Jesus beat the crowds and distractions by getting up very early. • Then it says Jesus left the house. He had to find that quiet place to...

Entertaining the Presence Part 6
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Entertaining the Presence Part 6

Entertaining the Presence Part 6 (Ezekiel 47 and John 7:37) Verse 1 Throughout the book of Ezekiel he has this tour guide simply identified as “the man.” o This man is leading Ezekiel through a long and complex vision. o Much of the last part of the book is related to the restoration of the...

Entertaining the Presence Part 5
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Entertaining the Presence Part 5

Entertaining the Presence Part 5 • 2 Chronicles 5:11 The priests then withdrew from the Holy Place. All the priests who were there had consecrated themselves, regardless of their divisions. • Consecration was a part of the preparation they went through before the Lord sent His presence so strong. • Joshua 3:5 “Joshua told the...

Entertaining the Presence Part 4
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Entertaining the Presence Part 4

Entertaining the Presence Part 3 (Acts 4) Verse 8 In Mark 13:11 Jesus told His disciple that when you are arrested don’t worry about what to say, the Holy Spirit will give you the words. I love how it says, “when you are arrested” We see that here. Verse 13 This verse should encourage all...

Baptism Message 2018
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Baptism Message 2018

Baptism The word Baptize There are two basic forms of the word baptize in the NT • One, which is used less frequently means “to dip” or “to dye” We see both of those images in baptism. • The Other form which is used far more frequently refers to the Jewish cleansing practices. o If...

Entertaining the Presence Pt 2
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Entertaining the Presence Pt 2

Entertaining the Presence Part 2 (1 Kings 8, 2 Chronicles 5) 1. Response: God was responding to their preparation, sacrifice, praise, worship and honor. 2. Prophetic vision of the NT era: What God will do in the next era after the Temple. • This scene happens at the inauguration of the Temple • Yet God...

Entertaining the Presence Part 1.5
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Entertaining the Presence Part 1.5

Entertaining the Presence Part 1.5 (1 Kings 8, 2 Chronicles 5) Key verse 1 Kings 8:10 & 2 Chronicles 5:13-14 Why is it important to have this level of God’s presence? • First, it is just such a beautiful scene. I think we would all want to be there. • Second, it’s widely reported that...

Entertaining the Presence 1.5
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Entertaining the Presence 1.5

  Entertaining the Presence Part 1.5 (1 Kings 8, 2 Chronicles 5) Key verse 1 Kings 8:10 & 2 Chronicles 5:13-14 Why is it important to have this level of God’s presence? • First, it is just such a beautiful scene. I think we would all want to be there. • Second, it’s widely reported...

Entertaining the Presence
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Entertaining the Presence

Entertaining the Presence (1 Kings 8: 2 Chronicles 5) Key verse 1 Kings 8:10 When the priests withdrew from the Holy Place, the cloud filled the temple of the LORD. 11 And the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled his temple. Why did the...

Joy Complete
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Joy Complete

Joy Complete (John 15:9-13) What are some things that attack our joy? 1. Church culture: In the church a few generations ago, there was a rise of stoics, those who thought the best practice of Christianity was to lead a stoic life. Some of this attitude remains today. 2. The enemy: Of course, satan loves...

The Full Armor of God Pt III
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The Full Armor of God Pt III

The Full Armor of God Pt III (Eph 6:1-18) Verse 16 The shield here is a Roman shield that was four feet high, made of wood and covered in leather. • Right before a battle they would soak the shield in water to extinguish any flaming arrows. o The shield was also rimmed with metal...

The Full Armor of God Pt II
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The Full Armor of God Pt II

The Full Armor of God Pt II (Eph 6:10-18) • Verse 14 … with the breastplate of righteousness in place, o In the Greek the verb to “to put on” is repeated in this clause, the NIV assumes that. o and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, (NASB) • The breastplate was a piece...

The Full Armor of God
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The Full Armor of God

The Full Armor of God (Eph 6:10-18) Verse 10 This statement is both a passive verb form and an imperative. • Paul is reminding us that we need to be strengthened and that we must look to the Lord for that to happen. Verse 11 Here Paul introduces the idea of needing to get dressed...

Mega Apostle or Servant
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Mega Apostle or Servant

Mega Apostle or Servant (Phil 2:1-9) Verse 1 Paul is writing this letter because there was some disunity in the Philippian Church • Paul begins this section by asking some rhetorical questions. Verse 2 He is calling them to be unified in how they think. Then he goes on to call them to be unified...

Living in the Spirit: Spiritual Gifts Pt 2
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Living in the Spirit: Spiritual Gifts Pt 2

Living in the Spirit: Spiritual Gifts Part II Verse 8, The word wisdom here means: wisdom, insight, intelligence, knowledge; Wisdom (of God) • The wisdom of God is really what is in view here. • The spirit gives us wisdom to help us understand the things of God. Words of knowledge The word translated as...

Living in the Spirit: Spiritual Gifts
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Living in the Spirit: Spiritual Gifts

Living in the Spirit: Spiritual Gifts (1 Cor 12:1-7) The Difference: Spiritual gift verses a natural talent. • A spiritual gift is something that I can only do with the help of the Holy Spirit. o It’s super-natural • A natural talent is simply the way God has created me. o I am just really...

Living in the Spirit: Pentecost
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Living in the Spirit: Pentecost

Living in the Spirit: Pentecost Sunday (Luke 24:49 & Acts 2:1) Luke 24:49 To emphasize the importance of the HS Jesus tells His disciple stay in the city until you receive the Holy Spirit, power from on high. • In this context Jesus is saying that the Great Commission is a Suicide mission without the...

Living in the Spirit: Keeping in Step with the Spirit
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Living in the Spirit: Keeping in Step with the Spirit

Living in the Spirit: Keeping in Step with the Spirit (Gal 3:1; Gal 5-16-26) Gal 3:1 The context here is Paul is pointing out how some people had reverted back to the ways of the Law and Old Covenant thinking. Verse 2 We don’t get the Spirit by observing the Law. • If that were...

Living in the Spirit: The Ministry of the Spirit
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Living in the Spirit: The Ministry of the Spirit

Living in the Spirit: The Ministry of the Spirit (2 Cor 3:1-18) Verse 3 This is an important ministry of the Spirit, to write on our hearts the testimony and grace of Jesus. • This is the perfect example of how things have now become internal. Verses 4-5 Paul is making the case that they...

Living in the Spirit: The Wisdom of the Spirit
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Living in the Spirit: The Wisdom of the Spirit

Living in the Spirit: The Wisdom of the Spirit • John 14:25-26 Jesus says the Holy Spirit will teach us all things. • John 16:12 There was much more that Jesus wanted and needed to teach His disciples and us. • You can’t take all the wisdom of God and download it into human beings...

Living in the Spirit: Reject, Grieve, Quench
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Living in the Spirit: Reject, Grieve, Quench

Living in the Spirit: Reject, Grieve, Quench (John 14:16; Eph 5:30; 1 Thes 5:19) • John 14:16-17 In the same context that Jesus promises the Spirit, He warns us that some will reject the spirit. • This makes sense since Jesus has already told His disciples that many would reject Him as the Messiah. •...

Living in the Spirit: Being Filled
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Living in the Spirit: Being Filled

Living in the Spirit: Being Filled (Ehp 5:15 and Acts 8) Eph 5:18 The verb here in the NIV as “be filled” is a present passive imperative in the Greek. o There are three components to this grammar that we need to understand. • The first is the Greek Present tense. This basically means it...

Living in the Spirit: Who is the Spirit
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Living in the Spirit: Who is the Spirit

Living in the Spirit: Who is the Spirit? First OT use: Gen 1:2 In the English it says the “Spirit of God.” • The word “Spirit” here in Hebrew is the word ruwach (roo-akh) o This word means: wind, breath, mind, spirit. Second use: Gen 2:7 The phrase here is “the breath of life” •...

The Difference Easter Makes
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The Difference Easter Makes

Easter 2018 The Difference Easter Makes Living in the Spirit (Jer 31:31; John 14:15) • In the OT era the presence of God was confined largely to a geographic location. • When the Hebrews wandered in the wilderness for 40 years his presence was confined to the Tabernacle. • When they finally reached the promised...

Palm Sunday: Your Greatest Strength is Praise
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Palm Sunday: Your Greatest Strength is Praise

Palm Sunday 2018 The Strength of Praise (Luke 19:42 & Matt 21) • During this time period the only way to atone for your sin was to make an animal sacrifice. • We see all of that imagery here in this scene. Jesus the sacrificial lamb in on His way to Jerusalem. Verse 30 Jesus’...

The Costliness of Preparing for Worship
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The Costliness of Preparing for Worship

Preparing for Worship Preparing for Worship 2 Sam 24:18-25 • This story starts earlier in the chapter with David sinning against the Lord by taking a census of his army. o Then the Lord speaks through the prophet Gad and sends three options for judgement. • Then we see this scene of worship. What do...

Winning the War for Your Mind Part IV: From Christ’s Victory
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Winning the War for Your Mind Part IV: From Christ’s Victory

Sorry for the poor audio quality Winning the War for Our Mind Part IV From Jesus’ Victory (Luke 4:4-14 Isa 61:1-3) • Luke 4:14 Jesus is saying that all these prophecies from Isaiah are now fulfilled in Him. o So, everything promised in this statement from Isa is now true in the person of Jesus....

Winning the War for Your Mind Part 3:Temptations
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Winning the War for Your Mind Part 3:Temptations

Winning the War for Your Mind Pt III Temptations (1 Cor 10:13, Proverbs) 1Cor 10:13 Three things to see here. • First, Whatever temptation has come against us, it’s common to being human. • Second, God will not let us be tempted beyond what we can bear.  Doesn’t mean we won’t fail and give...

Winning The War for Your Mind Part 2 Scripture as our Weapon
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Winning The War for Your Mind Part 2 Scripture as our Weapon

Winning the War for Your Mind Pt II Scripture As Our Weapon (Psalm 23) • 2 Cor 10:6 In the natural realm Paul is reestablishing his authority as an Apostle and leader. • Paul talks about the weapons we fight with are not the weapons of this world. o So, it would seem odd that...

Winning the War for Your Mind
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Winning the War for Your Mind

Winning the War for Your Mind (2 Cor 10:1-5) Verses 1-2 Paul is addressing some in the Corinthian church who were questioning his authority. Verse 3 Paul realizes that this is a type of spiritual warfare. • They don’t have just cause for their complaints. Paul has been firmly established by God as an Apostle....

Making Disciples Step by Step Part II
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Making Disciples Step by Step Part II

Making Disciples Step by Step Part II (Matt 9:9-13) (Review) Step one: Change our thinking Step two: Ask the Lord to open our eyes Step three: Seize the everyday opportunities Step four: Change our conversations Step Five: Think replication (reproducing) (Part II) Step six: Remember discipleship starts from the beginning • We don’t start at...

What Are You Attending To? Part III (The Book of Haggai)
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What Are You Attending To? Part III (The Book of Haggai)

What Are You Attending to? Part III (Haggai 2:20-23) • 2:20 This is now the fourth and final oracle of the book. This word comes on the same day as the last one. • This word is addressed to the governor Zerubbabel. o And deals with national, governmental issues. • The Lord’s message is again...

What Are You Attending to? Part II (The Book of Haggai)
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What Are You Attending to? Part II (The Book of Haggai)

What Are You Attending to? Part II Chapter 2:1 This begins the second oracle Verse 3 The Lord is asking if there is any one old enough to remember what the Temple used to look like. • But of course, it is nothing now because the people don’t have the resources they did with the...

What are You Attending to? (The Book of Haggai)
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What are You Attending to? (The Book of Haggai)

What are You Attending to? (Haggai Chap 1) • The book of Haggai was written in what we call the postexilic era. o There had been a small and slow trickle of people coming back into the land of Israel. • By the time the events of this book take place the Jews had been...

Rejoice Always: A Prelude to Christmas
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Rejoice Always: A Prelude to Christmas

Rejoice Always: A Prelude to Christmas (Philippians 4:4-7) • Context: Phil 3:18-21 Here Paul is comparing the ungodly, those whose god is their stomach. o To those who know that their citizenship is in heaven with Jesus. • It’s into this context Paul gives us this command to rejoice. • Verse 4 It’s an active...

Making Disciples Step by Step
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Making Disciples Step by Step

Making Disciples Step by Step • Five Simple Steps: Practical steps for making disciples who make disciples. (A starting point) Step one: Change our thinking • Matt 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and...

The Color of the Kingdom Part II
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The Color of the Kingdom Part II

The Color of the Kingdom Part II (Acts 1:8; 10:1-35) • Acts 1:8 These are Jesus’ last words and instructions to His disciples. • Jesus is of course promising the coming of the Holy Spirit. o Jesus is telling us that we will not go in our own strength but empowered by the Holy Spirit....

Disciples making Disciples Part III
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Disciples making Disciples Part III

Disciples making Disciples Part III (Luke 10:1-11) Verse 1 After those following Jesus counted the cost Jesus appoints 72 more disciples. • First, these are disciples who have been with Jesus for the last few days and they have heard Him talk about the cost. They have agreed to pay that price. • Second, they...

Disciple Making Disciples Part II
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Disciple Making Disciples Part II

Disciples Making Disciple Part II (Luke 5:1-11) Verse 1 He has already begun the discipleship process with the people He is meeting. • It says He is teaching them the word of God, which would have been the OT. o He is of course using the Old Testament to point to Himself. Verse 2 Jesus...

Disciples Making Disciples
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Disciples Making Disciples

Disciples Making Disciples (Matt 28:16-20) Verse 16 This is of course after Jesus’ death and resurrection. Verse 17 The word ‘worship’ here means to bow down, to fall down or kneel, in response to another. • Despite seeing the risen Lord, some still doubt, even in this incredible moment, doubt is still present. • Two...

Do Not Worry: Seek First
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Do Not Worry: Seek First

Do Not Worry: Seek First (Matt 6:25-34) Verse 30 Jesus continues His analogy but switches from, “wild flowers” to “grass of the field.” • Something seemingly as worthless as straw, so mattered to God that he took special care to clothe it. o The grass wasn’t just an afterthought, God took care in creating it,...

The Joy Set Before
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The Joy Set Before

The Joy Set Before Hebrews 12:2 Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Overview: 1. The Joy set before Jesus 2. Where grief fits into Joy...

Do Not Worry: Consider Closely….
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Do Not Worry: Consider Closely….

Do Not Worry: Consider Closely…. (Matt 6:25-34) Verse 25 In the previous brief section Jesus tells three very short parables. • Don’t store up treasures on earth, guard the condition of our soul, you can’t serve two masters. o It is into this context that Jesus begins this message. “Therefore” • Jesus asks some rhetorical...

Vision 2017: Praying in Circles
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Vision 2017: Praying in Circles

The Mission in a nutshell 1. House of Prayer for all Nations (Mark 11:17; Rev 5:9) a. Prayer, presence, power b. Every, tribe, tongue, people, and nation c. Worship 2. Empowering God’s people (Ehp 4:12; 1 Cor 12:1-11) a. Growing in Spiritual gifts b. Discipleship c. Heart level serving 3. Advancing the Kingdom of God...

The Cost of Following Jesus: Fruitful Longevity
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The Cost of Following Jesus: Fruitful Longevity

The Cost of Following Jesus Part II (Fruitful Longevity) Luke 14 Verse 25 Large crowds are following Jesus, but He begins to instruct them in the cost of following Him. Verse 26 This of course would have been a very striking and shocking comment to His audience. • But of course, He does not mean...

The Cost of Following Jesus (The Price is Right)
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The Cost of Following Jesus (The Price is Right)

The Cost of Following Jesus (The Price is Right) Luke 9 • The chapter starts with Jesus sending out the 12 disciples for the first time on their own. o In verses 1-6. Jesus has a commissioning service and gives them authority to drive out all demons. o Jesus also tells them to take nothing...

Baptism
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Baptism

Baptism The word Baptize There are two basic forms of the word baptize in the NT • One, which is used less frequently means “to dip” or “to dye” We see both of those images in baptism. • The Other form which is used far more frequently refers to the Jewish cleansing practices. o If...

What About Him? (The sin of comparison)
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What About Him? (The sin of comparison)

What About Him? (John 21:15-23) • Today let’s focus in on two questions in this passage. Jesus’s questions to Peter, and Peter’s question to Jesus. • Jesus asks the first question, “Do you truly love me?” (NIV) o Many translations render it “Do you love me more than these?”  In the Greek the word...

The Color of the Kingdom
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The Color of the Kingdom

The Color of the Kingdom (Rev 5:8) • At the beginning of chap 4 John is taken up into heaven in the spirit. o He then begins to describe what he sees, what heaven looks like. • At first John weeps because no one was found worthy to open the scroll. o The scroll contains...

Given to What?
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Given to What?

Given to What? 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 Paul starts this chapter by talking about salvation. • He talks about the resurrection of Christ from the dead, how Jesus fulfilled the OT scriptures. • Paul also says that you must hold to these truths otherwise you have believed in vein. Verses 12-19 Paul makes the case that...

Serving as Evangelism
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Serving as Evangelism

Serving As Evangelism (1 Thes 2:1-13) Verse 2 Paul reminds His readers that they had suffered and been insulted in the city of Philippi. • Yet despite the insults and strong opposition they still preached the Gospel. • Today we seem to have lost sight of the idea that preaching the Gospel is going to...

The Heart of Serving
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The Heart of Serving

The Heart of Serving • John 13:1-17 We normally only look at this passage on Good Friday. Verse 3 This verse is so important because it shows Jesus knew His identity. • What He was about to do was a very menial task, something the lowest of the slaves or servants would do. o But...

Clothed with Power Pentecost Sunday
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Clothed with Power Pentecost Sunday

Clothed with Power (Pentecost Sunday) Luke 24:37 & Acts 2:1 The Promise Throughout Jesus’ ministry He promised the Holy Spirit. Luke 24:37 This is the scene after Jesus’ death and resurrection when He appears to His disciples. • He appears to them when they are all in disbelief, trying to figure out what just happened...

Following More Than Words
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Following More Than Words

Following More Than Words • 1Thessalonians 1:2-10 Verse 2 In these first few verses we see Paul remembering and praying for the people of Thessalonica. Verse 4 For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, • NLT We know, dear brothers and sisters, that God loves you and has chosen you...

A Life Worth Following
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A Life Worth Following

A Life Worth Following 1 Cor 11:1 NIV Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ MEV Follow me as I follow Christ. Three key issues here: First, the quality of Paul’s life, the worthiness to be followed. Second, there is an invitation. “Follow me” Third, it is Christ we are following and...

Fasting
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Fasting

Fasting (Matt 6:16-18) Old Testament: In the Old Testament, it was a regular part of their religious life. o The Day of Atonement was the only required fast. • The Prophet Joel called the people to a fast of repentance. Joel 2:12-13 • In 2 Chronicles King Jehoshaphat calls the whole nation to a fast...

Being People of His Presence
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Being People of His Presence

Being People of His Presence Exodus 33:11 Moses already has an incredible relationship with God. • But for Moses even this wasn’t enough, he knew that he wanted and needed more. Verse 12 Moses recognizes that he can’t lead the people by himself, on his own. • So, he’s asking God who’s going to help...

Prayer: Don’t Pray Safe, Pray Big
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Prayer: Don’t Pray Safe, Pray Big

Prayer: Don’t Pray Safe, Pray Big John 14:12-14; John 15:7-8 John 15:16 16; John 16:23-24 John14:12 12 The context here is Jesus has been telling Phillip that He and the Father are one. o Then Jesus goes on to basically say that we will be one in Him and the Father through faith. • Jesus...

Prayer: What Gets in the Way
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Prayer: What Gets in the Way

Prayer: What Gets in the Way Daniel 10:10 Presumably the angel that touches Daniel here is Gabriel as mentioned earlier in Dan 9:21 Verse 12 But then he says that from the moment you began to pray your prayers were heard. • This should be very comforting for us, even when it doesn’t feel like...

Prayer: Why Is It So Hard?
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Prayer: Why Is It So Hard?

Prayer: Why is it So Hard? (Matt 26:36-45) • What was Jesus asking them to do? o Verse 40 says He was asking them to pray for one hour. Is this realistic? • What was he asking them to pray? o Verse 41 He was asking them to pray against temptation. “What temptation”? • What...

My House Shall Be Called A House of Prayer
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My House Shall Be Called A House of Prayer

House of Prayer (Mark 11:11-17) Mark 11:11 This scene comes during the Palm Sunday entry into Jerusalem. • After Jesus comes riding into the city with everyone cheering and singing praises there is this little verse where Jesus goes into the Temple and looks around. Verses:12-14 He curses the fig tree and a few verses...

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