June 25, 2017

Experiencing Jesus 24/7
John 15:1-17 ● June 25, 2017
 
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5
  • Remain in me- To have an INTIMATELY  CLOSE relationship to God, MOMENT  BY  MOMENT.
 
  • God wants to make EVERY MOMENT of my life GLORIOUS in His PRESENCE.
 
  • Our goal is not to SIN LESS but to ABIDE MORE.
 
  • Ps. 16:8 I have SET the Lord ALWAYS before me…
 
  • 2 Cor. 10:5…TAKE CAPTIVE every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
 
  • HURRY is the greatest killer of  experiencing God’s presence
 
  1. Expect to be PRUNED- so you will be more FRUITFUL. (v.2)
 
  1. Apart from me you can do NOTHING (v.5)
 
  1. TALKING with God and reading HIS WORD is paramount. (v.7)
 
  1. LOVE as I have loved you (v. 9-12)
 
  1. JOY is made COMPLETE while remaining in Jesus (v.11)
 
  1. When you remain in Him you have a totally NEW FRIENDSHIP (v. 14-15)

June 18, 2017

“HERE COME THE WONDERS!”
June 18, 2017
Joshua 3:1-5

 
 
  1. WHERE GOD GOES…..GO!!
Joshua 3: 3; “…..When you see the Levitical priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord your God, MOVE OUT from your positions and FOLLOW them.
  1. GOD IS TAKING YOU TO ‘NEW’ PLACES!
Joshua 3:4; “Since you have NEVER traveled THIS WAY before, they will guide you…”
  1. PREPARE YOURSELVES!
Joshua 3:5; “Then Joshua told the people, “Purify yourselves…”
  • The Hebrew word for ‘purify’ means "to prepare, to dedicate, to be hallowed, to be holy, to be separate or set apart."
  1. HERE COME THE WONDERS!
Joshua 3:5 (b) “… for tomorrow the Lord will do GREAT WONDERS among you.”

Joshua 1:5-6 “5 No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.

“Be strong and courageous…”
  • What ‘wonders’ are you looking for?
  • Knowing…. NO ONE can stand against you and succeed,
  • GOD HIMSELF will be with you….
  • GOD HIMSELF will not fail you…
  • GOD HIMSELF will not abandon you….

June 11, 2017

“Where Have You Come From and Where Are You Going?”
Genesis 16 ● June 11, 2017
 
2 So Sarai said to Abram, “Now behold, the Lord has PREVENTED me from BEARING CHILDREN.
 
4 He went in to Hagar, and she CONCEIVED; and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was DESPISED in her sight.
 
5And Sarai said to Abram, “May the WRONG done me be upon you. I gave my maid into your arms, but when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her sight. May the Lord JUDGE between you and me.”
 
7 Now the angel of the Lord FOUND her by a spring of water in the WILDERNESS, by the spring on the way to Shur.
8 He said, “Hagar, Sarai’s maid, where have you COME  FROM and where are you GOING?
 
9 Then the angel of the Lord said to her, “Return to your mistress, and SUBMIT yourself to her AUTHORITY.”
 
10 Moreover, the angel of the Lord said to her, “I will GREATLY   MULTIPLY your descendants so that they will be too many to count.”
 
11 The angel of the Lord said to her further, “Behold, you are with child, And you will bear a son; And you shall call his name ISHMAEL, The Lord has heard. Because the Lord has given heed to your AFFLICTION
 
13 Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are a GOD WHO SEES.”

15 So Hagar bore Abram a SON; and Abram CALLED the name of his son, whom Hagar bore, ISHMAEL.

 

June 4, 2017

 “Who Am I?"
John 1:12 6-4-17
Guest Pastor Josh Renschler

1.    I AM FREE.   Romans 8:2-6  - We are free from the Penalty of Death owed by our Sins because in HIS Love, He payed that Penalty in FULL.  We have within us the power to break free from the chains of addiction and sin which once drove our thoughts and actions.  By tuning into the Holy Spirit we get: Love, Joy, Peace, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control. (Galatians 5:22-23)

2.     I AM HOLY Ephesians 1:4  Definition- holy adjective- dedicated or consecrated to God, Sacred. Before the Foundation of the World, we were set apart to be God's people, we are Holy to Him because He who created us and modeled us after His Image and Likeness is Holy- We are His! (Leviticus 20:26)

3.        I AM ACCEPTED .  Ephesians 1:6 - Nothing we can earn or achieve; but by GRACE and the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, we are ACCEPTED by God.

4.        I AM POWERFUL .  2 Timothy 1:7 - God has given us a spirit of POWER and love and sound mind.  The Spirit of God lives within us, a Spirit of POWER (Acts 1:8, Luke 4:14)

5.        I AM LOVABLE .  Romans 8:38,39  - NOTHING, I repeat, NOTHING can separate us from the Love of God.  God's Love is a perfect Love that does not have to be earned, it is unconditional and it is OURS. (Romans 5:8)                  

6.        I AM CONNECTED .  Galatians 3:26 - We are ALL God's Children, All who are saved are a part of Christ's Body. (1 Corinthians 12:27)

7.       I AM ROYALTY .  Romans 8:15  - We have been Adopted by God, that we may call Him Father!!  We are now considered as citizens with the Saints and are members of the house of God!! (Ephesians 2:19)      


May 28, 2017

COMPLETE THE CYCLE OF FORGIVENESS
5-28-17
Eph. 4:32, Matt. 18:21-35

 

Ephesians 4:32; “Be kind and loving to each other, and FORGIVE each other ‘JUST AS’ God forgave you in Christ.”


Four Phases to complete the cycle of forgiveness:

PHASE ONE:

 Be HONEST-  Pinpoint “WHO”  you are angry with! 

·Don’t assume you’ve forgiven someone just because you’ve ‘put it BEHIND you’. *who do you have imaginary conversations with?

·Attempting to ‘forget’ a debt isn’t the same as ‘REMOVING’ it.

·No one is too spiritual to have an OFFENSE

·Forgiveness is a gift from one UNDESERVING soul to another.

·PERSPECTIVE is everything – view forgiveness from the perspective of the CROSS.

 

PHASE TWO:

 Determine “WHAT” was taken from you?

·What do they OWE you?

·Forgive SPECIFICALLY vs. generally. 

“GENERAL forgiveness” doesn’t heal “SPECIFIC” hurts.” Andy Stanley

 

PHASE THREE:

NULLIFY the debt!

·Bring it to a ZERO balance owing.

·Jesus CANCELED your debt of sin on the cross

 

PHASE FOUR:

 ERASE the debt!

·Forgiving someone doesn’t erase our MEMORIES.

·DAILY decide. . . they don’t owe you anymore!

·INSTEAD. . .RESTATE your declaration… “you released them from that debt. They don’t owe you anymore.”

May 21, 2017

What if Jesus Lived at My House?
THE CASE FOR CHRIST SERMON SERIES #4
Mt. 5:13-16
 
  • Salt- Make people THIRST for God. Help people TASTE GODLINESS.
  • Shine- His GRACE, love, hope and COMPASSION
  • Be MOTIVATED, AVAILABLE and PRAYERFUL 
 
“What if Jesus lived in my house?”
He would...
  1. TALK TO THE FATHER about your neighbors
Mark 1:35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where HE PRAYED.
 
James 5:16…The prayer of a RIGHTEOUS person is POWERFUL and EFFECTIVE.
 
“When I pray, COINCIDENCES happen. When I stop, they DON’T.”  
- Mother Teresa

2. Let the neighbors know the door is ALWAYS OPEN for QUESTIONS
 
1 Peter 3:15 says, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with GENTLENESS and RESPECT.”
​​​​​​​
  • Don’t DEBATE but DIALOGUE. It’s about discussions, FRIENDSHIPS, and relationships.
 
  1. LIVE OUT an AUTHENTIC faith.
 
Matthew 5:16: “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your GOOD DEEDS and glorify your Father in heaven.”
  • Good- WINSOME, attractive and AUTHENTIC
  • Turn up your COMPASSION RADAR.
  • A healthy soul flourishes in GOD’S PRESENCE and becomes a GIFT to the world around them.
  • “I just met a whole bunch of people who were like JESUS.”
 
Going deeper:
  1. What touches your heart the deepest from this lesson?
  2. Make a list of ways you could be a better friend to your nonbelieving friends and contacts. What keeps you from doing it?
  3. Which scripture spoke you the most?
  4. How do you feel about the final statement on the outline?

MOTHER'S DAY - 5/14/17

It’s A Mom’s Job:  “Wake Up”!
MOTHER’S DAY
MAY 14, 2017
 
Moms’ turn the….
1) LIGHT On!
  • LIGHTS ON – WAKE UP! 
  • God LOVES you.  He is PURSUING you. The purpose for your life is to SERVE Him.
2 Cor. 4:6; “It started when God said, “Light up the DARKNESS!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful.
Ephesians 5:13; “But the light makes all things easy to see, 14 and everything that is made easy to see can become light. This is why it is said: “WAKE UP, sleeper! Rise from death, and Christ will shine on you.”
Don’t “Glide – SLIDE – hide” – through life, TURN THE LIGHT ON!
Mom’s tell you to….
2) SHAKE it Off!!
Romans 13:11-14; “So we should STOP doing things that belong to darkness and TAKE UP the weapons used for fighting in the light…14But CLOTHE yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ…”
“Shake it Off”. . . requires ACTION:
1. STOP
2. TAKE up
3. CLOTHE yourself
It’s a mom’s job to tell you to…
3) Go LIVE! 
  • Make a STATEMENT
  • Make a DIFFERENCE
  • Enjoy the JOURNEY
Psalm 16:1; “You will show me the way of LIFE.

Psalm 146:2 “I will praise the Lord as long as I live; 

“You are the light of the world- like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. Don’t hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5:14-16
 




If you have many questions and a few doubts about Christianity, The Case For Christ sermon series is for you. During this four week series, you will find the answers to those questions and maybe more!

May 7, 2017

“Embracing the Truth”
THE CASE FOR CHRIST -  SERIES  #3
 
I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. John 14:3
 
  1. I PAY My Own Way
  • It’s already been PAID IN FULL
  • The PRICE IS TOO HIGH
 
  1. The PERFORMANCE Treadmill
  • EMBRACE the truth of God’s FREE GIFT
  • Surrender your STRIVING
 
  1. The WAY of GRATITUDE
 
John 4:10 “This is LOVE: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and SENT HIS SON AS an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
 
  • Check your MOTIVES in serving Christ
  • Revel and relax in HIS GRACE.
  • “I will give you Rest”- “to REVIVE or RESTORE.” Mt 11:28
       
EMBRACE THE TRUTH
 
Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
 
Romans 6:23: “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
 
Romans 10:13: “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
 
Going Deeper:
  1. Read John 14:2-6; Mt. 11:28-30; 1 Peter 3:18. What truths can you more deeply embrace.
  2. Can you think of a time in your life when you focused too much on paying your way or performance?
  3. What does it mean to you to “revel and relax in His grace”?

April 30, 2017

CRITICAL TRUTHS AND INDISPUTABLE FACTS!
The Case For Christ- 2
April 30, 2017
 
  • We need “FAITH” to experience a LIVING relationship with Jesus Christ, but He never tells us not to use our BRAIN!

“The first thing I did was place before you what was placed so emphatically before me: that the Messiah DIED  for our sins, exactly as Scripture tells it; that he was BURIED; that he was RAISED FROM DEATH. 1 Corinthians 15:3-8

 
I Cor. 15:13-15; “If there’s no RESURRECTION, there’s no living Christ. And face it—if there’s no resurrection for Christ, EVERYTHING we’ve told you is smoke and mirrors,
 
1 COR. 15:51 “…but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, “…Death is swallowed…. Death where is your victory??  Where is your sting??

What is the most important thing you KNOW?
Answer this statement…. “I know Jesus Christ is who He said He is because______________.” 

Jesus Was ALIVE  at Point A
            - BIRTH TO AGE 33
 
Jesus Was DEAD at Point B
            - THE CROSS   
1) All four GOSPELS report his crucifixion.
2) There are also FIVE ancient sources OUTSIDE the Bible
 
Jesus Was ALIVE AGAIN at Point C
            -THE TOMB

I Cor. 15:6-8; “that he presented himself alive to Peter, then to his closest followers, and later to more than FIVE HUNDRED of his followers all at the same time, most of them still around … that he then spent time with James and the rest of those he commissioned to represent him; and that he finally presented himself alive to me….”

 
CRITICAL….INDESPUTIBLE FACT….
HE RESURRECTED!

April 23, 2017

Investigate the Truth
THE CASE FOR CHRIST SERMON SERIES #1
Acts 8:26-40 ● April 23, 2017
 
Spiritual STICKING POINT- an issue or OBSTACLE likely to cause a stalemate or IMPASSE.
 
Spiritual Sticking Point…
#1: I CAN’T Believe
  •   SEEK God.   Jer. 29:11
  •  God SEEKS YOU FIRST
Luke 19:10”
  • So START seeking WITH ALL YOUR HEART.
 
 #2: I Don’t WANT to Believe
  • Don’t want radical LIFE CHANGE
  • COMPARE the costs and benefits of your current lifestyle with that of following Christ.
  • The fear of INTIMACY
  • AUTHORITY obstacle.
 
#3: I Don’t Know WHAT to Believe
  • Study to determine what the writer ACTUALLY MEANT. Not what we WANT.
  • Focus on the CRITICAL CENTRAL MESSAGE of what you and I need to know it to say.
  • Focus on what you DO KNOW and RESPOND to it.
 
#4: I Do Believe; Isn’t THAT ENOUGH?
John 1:12 “As many as RECEIVED HIM to them He gave the right to BECOME children of God, even to those who believe in His name”.
  • Don’t leave the gift UNCLAIMED and UNOPENED
  • BELIEVE + RECEIVE = BECOME
  • Believe INTELLECTUALLY, and we must receive his FORGIVENESS and LEADERSHIP
 
Going deeper:
  1. How did God speak to you thru this message?
  2. Which sticking point kept you from accepting Christ? Growing in Christ?
  3. Lifestyle change, fear of intimacy, authority which is your greatest struggle with God?

 
 

April 16, 2017

"Please Come In!" - Jesus
April 16, 2017
 
 Door #1 – Kept people safe INSIDE
Door #2 – Saved people OUTSIDE
Door #3 – Celebration for a LIFETIME

 

Exodus 12:13…”But the blood will be a sign on the houses where you are. When I see the blood, I will PASS OVER you. Nothing terrible will hurt you.”

 
Luke 24:1-3; They found the STONE  rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
 
Revelation 4:1; “After these things I saw a DOOR standing open in heaven. I heard the first voice like a trumpet speaking to me. It said, “Come up here…”
 
Question #1 - How do I find the door of HEAVEN?
 
“Matt. 7:7; “Ask, and God will give to you. SEARCH, and you will find. Knock, and THE DOOR will open for you. Yes, everyone who asks will receive. Everyone who searches will find. And everyone who knocks will have the door opened.”
 
John 10:7; “So Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the DOOR…Vs. 9- I am the DOOR, and the person who enters through Me will be saved.
 
Question #2 - What happens BEHIND DOOR #3?
 
YOUR WEDDING RECEPTION! “People will come from the east, west, north, and south, and will sit down AT THE TABLE in the Kingdom of God.” Luke 13:29
 
Revelation 19:7  Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the MARRIAGE of the LAMB has come
 
Question #3 - Have you RSVP’d for the BANQUET?

  



NEW SERMON SERIES!
This series will bring us right to Resurrection Sunday! "Life is Good" is the slogan of a t-shirt company many of us have seen in the airport gift shops. It is also the theme of God's kingdom. "Life is good" when you experience His kingdom and the love of a good, good Father.

April 9, 2017

That’s My King!
Zech. 9:9 ● April 9, 2017

Jesus is…
  • Our KING
“See, your king comes to you,”
  1. We lay out our HEARTS before Him
  2. Throw down our WILLS in total SURRENDER
  3. Ask Him to GOVERN EVERYTHING we think say and do
  4. WORSHIP as our King We lay out our HEARTS before Him
  • 100% RIGHTEOUS
      “See, your king comes to you, righteous…”
1 Peter 2:22 “He committed NO SIN, and NO DECEIT was found in his mouth
  1. All his THOUGHTS WERE PURE all his WORDS WERE TRUE, and all his ACTIONS JUST.
  2. Palm Sunday was LAMB selection day
  3. He takes ALL MY SIN and makes me 100% RIGHT
  • Totally VICTORIOUS
    • See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious”
  1. He has made me victorious OVER SIN
  2. In EVERYDAY LIVING
  3. Over DEATH
  4. Hosanna: a CRY OF DESPERATION- Save me, free me, I need a savior a SONG OF PRAISE  you are the victorious, savior king
  • HUMBLE and MEEK
"See, your king comes to you … lowly.”
  1. Gentle- Humble, MEEK, mild, lowly, unassuming
  2. What does the Lord require of you? …do justly, to love mercy, And to WALK HUMBLY with your God? Micah 6:8
  3. He’s our CARING FATHER
  4. Phil. 4:5… Let your GENTLENESS be evident to ALL…
Going deeper:
  1. Prioritize all four points. Which is the most important to you personally? Why?
  2. What came out knew to you this Palm Sunday?
  3. Which scripture touched you heart the most this morning?
  4. What is the “take home” concept for you?

April 2, 2017

“Go Ahead….SAY IT!”
“Life Is Good”- Series #5
April 2, 2017
 
Is that all Jesus asks of us—to do “good” and walk away?
 
LIFE IS GOOD
  • see what Jesus SEES.
  • feel what Jesus FEELS.
  • do what Jesus would DO.
  • SAY WHAT JESUS WOULD SAY.
  • LEARN TO SAY IT THE “WAY” JESUS WOULD SAY IT.
  1. Let our ACTIONS speak first. (John 3:1-2­)
 “Is there something about my life that prompts people to want to know more?
  • I know she/he comes from God, because no one has treated me with such kindness before; no one has accepted me or cared for me or served me like that before”?
  • The thing that will grab people’s attention.., that will make them wonder “why”, is an unexpected, undeserved, unconditional act of kindness.  
  1. ENGAGE people in REAL conversation.
John 3:3; “. Human life comes from human parents, but SPIRITUAL LIFE comes from the Spirit.
  1. Tell GOD’S story. (John 3:16-17)
Matt. 7:7; “ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened.

GOING DEEPER:
  • Grab a cup of coffee this week with another “Christ follower” and share how you feel about the question, “Is that all Jesus asks of us—to do “good” and walk away?”
  • Describe in fuller detail what we know about Nicodemus.  How might that make it more difficult for him to follow Jesus?
  • Write out a ‘concise’ paragraph explaining “GOD’S STORY” and read it through several times.
  • What is your greatest fear in ‘SAYING’ to someone what Jesus said to Nicodemus…“You must have new life in ME (Jesus)”?

March 26, 2017

What Can One Person Do?
"Life is Good" - Series #4

Mark 6:30-44 ● March 26, 2017
 
 “How many loaves do you have?”…”Go and see.”  Mark 6:38
…He had COMPASSION on them,
  • APATHY – an absence of emotion. You see the need, but you DON’T CARE
  • SYMPATHY –  a HARMONY of feeling. You know how they feel- you have felt that way too.
  • EMPATHY – an emotion that is stronger that sympathy. You HURT WITH THEM.
  • COMPASSION – “To be moved inwardly; to have tender mercy, affection & empathy.” The deepest possible feelings. From “THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART.” MOVED to meet a NEED
What do you have? 
  1. Give what YOU HAVE.
  • What you have is MORE THAN ENOUGH
  • It is a MIRACLE when you love and care LIKE JESUS.
  1. Our Message: YOU MATTER.
“My intent is to impress upon people the SHEER JOY that comes from acts of kindness, especially to ‘the least of these.’” Donna H.
  • The LORD’S PEOPLE are deeply loved by Jesus
And do not forget KINDNESS TO STRANGERS for by this, some who, while they were unaware, were worthy to receive Angels. Hebrews 13:2
  • STRANGERS are deeply loved by Jesus
  1. I will GROW in Jesus thru the experience.
  • We will be TRANSFORMED more fully into Christ-like people
  • It keeps the church ALIVE and GROWING.
Ephesians 4:11-13  So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to EQUIP his people for WORKS OF SERVICE, so that the FULLNESS OF CHRIST may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the FULLNESS OF CHRIST.

Going deeper:
1. Make list of creative things you could do to bless a stranger and do one this week. What do you have?
2. Who will you give your Easter invite to?
3. Read the scriptures shared today slowing- marking your Bible, What have you learned.
 

March 19, 2017

No Strings Attached
John 4:46-53 ● March 19, 2017
 
“No strings attached”- the act of doing something without asking for ANYTHING IN RETURN.
Our salvation is COMPLETELY dependent on what HE HAS DONE. Our works don’t add or take away from this is any way, shape, or form.
  • The Gift of Salvation MOTIVATES us to live for Him and LIFE IS GOOD!
  • Grace – the CAPACITY to do GOOD
     1. SHOW what the kingdom looks like 
  • ACTIONS speak louder than WORDS
  • We can’t DEMAND people to HEAR
  • Be READY to give an ANSWER and an INVITE
1 Peter 3:15… Always BE PREPARED to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason FOR THE HOPE… But do this with GENTLENESS and RESPECT.

Gal. 6:9 Let us not become weary in DOING GOOD,  for at the PROPER TIME we will reap a harvest if we do not GIVE UP.
      2. Do good to the LEAST OF THESEMt. 25:40… whatever you did for one of the LEAST OF THESE brothers and sisters of mine, you did FOR ME.
  • “you did it TO ME.”  (NKJV)
      3. IT’S NOT EASY doing good with no strings attached -But it makes life good
  • It's good for US.
  • It’s good for OTHERS.
  • It’s good for THE KINGDOM.
Mt. 5:16…that they may see your GOOD WORKS and GLORIFY YOUR FATHER  in heaven.

Going deeper:
1. What was the “one thing” that spoke to your heart from God’s word?
2. Discuss this definition of Grace.
3.  What good works of others showed you Jesus?


 

March 12, 2017

YOU CROSSED MY PATH
“LIFE IS GOOD” SERIES – #2
3-12-17
 
 
 
Psalm 37:23; The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every DETAIL of their lives.”
  1. God is ORCHESTRATING your encounters!
  2. Consequential STRANGERS = personal connections other than family and close friends. Also known as "peripheral" or "weak" ties, they lie in the broad social territory between strangers and intimates.
  • WITH EVERY DAY PEOPLE
  1. THE “GOOD LIFE” FORMULA:
  • SIGHT + TIME + EFFORT + SACRIFICE – SELF = LIFE IS GOOD.
Jesus saw two things:
First, He SAW the man's PROBLEM.
Second, He saw the man’s POTENTIAL.
  • NARCISSIM:  “having an inflated sense of one’s own importance, a deep need for admiration and a LACK of EMPATHY
  • Romans 12:3; “…don’t think more highly of YOURSELF than you ought…”
  • Phil. 2:1-4; “Don’t push YOUR way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put YOURSELF aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting YOUR own advantage. Forget YOURSELVES long enough to lend a helping hand.”
Doing good is not really about DEEDS; rather, it's about PEOPLE.
 
REMEMBER…everyone has a NAME and a STORY!
Our JOB  is to help them cross paths with Jesus!
  • WHO ARE YOUR ‘EVERY DAY PEOPLE’? 

March 5, 2017

The Time Has Come
March 5, 2017 ● Mark 1:14-18
 
"The time has come… "The kingdom of God has come near.” Mark 1:14
 
The Time Has Come to…
 
  1. Experience THE GOOD LIFEKINGDOM LIFE
  • Good –excellent, admirable, GENUINE,  comforting, honorable, MORALLY GOOD, and noble
  • Turn- away from what YOU’RE DOING and embrace WHOLEHEARTEDLY what God is doing
  • Believe- ACT UPON something, to ENTER INTO
  • SURRENDER to HIS RULE in your life.
 
  1. Let Jesus INTERRUPT
    • Invites you to BE WITH HIM
    • LEARN from Him
    • BECOME LIKE Him
 
  1. DO GOOD, REST , REPEAT
    • From making a LIVING - to making a DIFFERENCE.
    • Peter-Your life is TOO SMALL
    • Does your life have a HOLE IN IT?
    • We are made to do GOOD
    • Jesus did GOOD
    • The world is LOOKING FOR IT
 
Going Deeper:
  1. How does kingdom life differ from how this world views life?
  2. What keeps you (people) from kingdom living?
  3. How do you respond to the statement “We follow Jesus for others sake” ?

February 26, 2017

“One Minute After You Die”
2 Cor. 5:6-8
February 26, 2017
 
The question is, “What do you REALLY believe about HEAVEN?” 

Cor. 5:6-8  “…It’s what we trust in but don’t yet see that keeps us going...    

Life motto of a JESUS FOLLOWER:  The BEST Is Yet To Come! 

·HEAVEN IS A GENUINE PLACE!

Rev 21: 1-3 …” And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It was prepared like a bride dressed for her husband….” 

When we get there, we will be HOME!                   

Hebrews 11:13-16 “….They saw it (heaven) way off in the distance, … but they were after a far better country than that—heaven country….”

When we get there, we will be FREE

Rev. 21:4; “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death, sadness, crying, or pain, because all the old ways are gone.

·HEAVEN IS A GLORIOUS - SPACIOUS PLACE!

I Cor. 2:9-10; Rev. 21:12-27
 
  • IT’S NOT THE GOLD AND GEMSTONES THAT MAKE HEAVEN SPECIAL…IT’S HIS PRESENCE.
Rev. 21:3; “Now God’s presence is with people, and he will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them and will be their God.”
  • WHERE WILL YOU BE “ONE MINUTE AFTER YOU DIE”?
John 3:3; 2 Peter 3:11-13
 
Have you made preparations for heaven?
 
GOING DEEPER:
1)  How does Hollywood’s portrayal of heaven impact us today?  (How accurate is it?)
2) Read Matt 7:13-14. Discuss the TWO ROADS as they relate to heaven.

 

FOUR BEST PLACES TO LIVE SERIES



Where is the best place to live? Forbes & Money magazines come up with a new list every year. But what are the Bible’s best places to live? What is God’s criteria for a full and truly blessed life? Where can you experience the greatest joy, peace, and true riches? Now is the time to move spiritually to the land of real blessing.

February 19, 2017

“Living in the Power of Love”
Four Best Places to Live – Series #4
February 19, 2017
 
 
…if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:12
 
  • The opposite of Love is SELFISHNESS.
  • The defining characteristic of GOD’S PRESENCE among His people.
  • Desiring the HIGHEST GOOD for others
  • It’s a product of THE SPIRIT (Gal. 5:22 ,Romans 15:30)
  • It is from the heart, involves emotions but is primarily from the WILL. Love is a CHOICE.
  • Founded on GRATITUDE, the ATMOSPHERE of Christian life, The CLIMATE where the church grows
Living in the Power of love…
  1. Shows God is IN US (1 John 4:12)
  • If we LOVE ONE ANOTHER
  • God Lives IN US
  • His love is PERFECTED in us
  • We pass from DEATH TO LIFE (1 John 3:14)
  1. Makes us more LIKE JESUS
  • Becoming like Jesus takes a life time
  • It is DAILY
  • Not trying HARDER  but under the influence of the HOLY SPIRIT (John 14: 15-17)
  • If you LOVE ME you will OBEY ME
  1. Leads us on a MISSION (2 cor. 5:17-20)
          * Compels- to grip tightly, confines us, LEAVES US NO OPTION
             1.Don’t live FOR YOURSELF
             2.Look at no one from a HUMAN POINT OF VIEW
             3.Live out the message: BECOME FRIENDS WITH GOD He’s already friends with you.

Going Deeper:
1. Reread the key scriptures. What do they tell you to do?
2. Which of the six opening points speaks to you the deepest?
3. The power of love puts Him in us, transforms us and gives us a purpose. What can you to practically follow through with each step?

 

February 12, 2015

Living in the House of Expectancy
Luke 7:18-35 ● February 12, 2017
 
  1. Need a Right View of REPENTANCE.
  • Repentance- HUMILITY and CONFESSION your life is not what God wanted to make of it. A FULL STOP, TURN AROUND, FULL TILT in a fresh direction toward God on His terms with his strength.
Romans 2:4 …God’s KINDNESS is intended to lead you to repentance?
  • Expectancy-a renewal of HOPE and anticipation. Goodness can come from bad. Life can be RESSURECTED. The life you’ve ALWAYS WANTED.
  • The opposite of expectancy is EXPECTATION -  I’m OWED,  entitled, I DESERVE,  I demand
  • EXPECTANCY àKindness of GodàREPENTANCEàRight Relationship with God
 
  1. Turn YOUR EXPECTATION back to Expectancy.
  • Expectation- DICTATES terms. It sets CONDITIONS. It insists that the future look a CERTAIN WAY.
Luke 7:20-“John the Baptist sent us to you to ask…” should we EXPECT someone else?’
  • Expectancy- ALL THINGS work together for my GOOD
Romans 8:18-19 For creation WAITS EAGERLY for the children of God to be revealed.
  •  Eager expectation- EDGE-OF-THE-SEAT anticipation
Mt. 20: 10 So when those came who were hired first, they EXPECTED to receive more
  • TO ASSUME: To feel ENTITLED, To feel owed.
 
  1. In your pain FIND JESUS
  • I must DECREASE and JESUS must increase
  • Pain= GROWTH when you add JESUS

February 5, 2017

“THE LIFESTYLE OF THE RICH AND PRAYERFUL”
……Living in prayer!
“FOUR BEST PLACES TO LIVE” – Series #2
                     February 5, 2017
 
  1. Pay attention to GOD in the “ORDINARINESS” and  “DAILYNESS” of life.
  • Prayer: paying ATTENTION to God.
  • We learn the secret of praying without CEASING-  (I Thess. 5:16)
  1. “Prayer VISITORS” and “Prayer OCCUPIERS” live very differently!
  • OCCUPIERS SEEK HIS FACE WITH THEIR FACE!
  • The contrast between “religion” (being a ‘religious person’) and one who has a “relationship” with God is your PRAYER life.
 
What is a “House of Prayer?”

3.YOU are personally a ‘HOUSE of Prayer’.

  • YOU are a ‘walking TEMPLE’.

4.The CHURCH is a House of Prayer.

  1. The Rich and Prayerful leave a TRAIL!
    1. A trail of SELFLESSNESS!
    2. A trail of MIRACLES!
    3. A trail of CHALLENGES and triumphs!
 
6.   The Rich and Prayerful expose the THEIF!!

GOING DEEPER:
  1. Share with someone how God has surprised you?
  2. Read Psalm 81. What does God promise if we LISTEN and FOLLOW Him?
  3.  If prayer is “attentiveness to God”, how might that change your “ordinary” day?

January 29, 2017

“Living in Worship”Four Best Places to Live – Series #1
James 4:8 ● January 29, 2017
 
 
Worship- Proclaiming WHO GOD IS, OUR LOVE for Him and we DRAW CLOSE to the place where He is.
 
  1. Worship Requires us to BE WHERE JESUS IS
Jer.31:34 …” for they will ALL KNOW ME,  from the least of them to the greatest of them," declares the LORD, "for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more."
 
James 4:8 COME CLOSE to God [with a contrite heart] and HE WILL come close to you.
 
Ps. 51:17 The sacrifices of God are… a broken and CONTRITE HEART --these, O God, You will not despise.
 
  1. Let worship CHANGE YOU
  • LOSE YOUSELF in worship
 
2 Sam. 6:21-22…I will CELEBRATE before the Lord. 22 I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be HUMILIATED in my own eyes.
 
John 3:30 He MUST increase, but I MUST decrease.
  • We are… what we LOVE. Augustine
 
Ps. 84:10 BETTER IS ONE DAY in your courts than a thousand elsewhere;
  1. GIVE YOUR HEART to worship
  • SURRENDER- I GIVE IT UP
  • LORDSHIP- You’re in CONTROL
  • HOLY SPIRIT -  LEAD me and EMPOWER  me 
 
Going Deeper:
  1. What’s the difference between just worshipping on Sunday and living in worship?
  2. What do you need to do to come close to God?
  3. What are the benefits of living in worship?

January 22, 2017




NOW IS THE TIME!

Romans 13:11-14 ● Jan. 22, 2017
 
 “…NOW is high time to awake…NOW our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.” Romans 13:11
  1. NOW IS THE TIME… TO WAKE UP! 
Romans 13:11; “And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to “awake” out of sleep…”
  • AWAKE “‘cause to arise’. To arouse from the sleep of death, to recall the dead to life; stir up…”
  • SLEEP –  “hypnos” (Greek)  "to be drowsy" – APATHETIC” -  “spiritual DAZE  and who are "nodding off".
  • Dictionary -“sleep” -"a state of INACTIVITY with a loss of consciousness and a decrease in responsiveness to events taking place."  
  1. NOW IS THE TIME…..To GET DRESSED
Romans 13:12; “The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us CAST OFF the works of darkness, and let us PUT ON the armor of light.”
  • Throw off the works of DARKNESS
  • Put on the ARMOR OF LIGHT (Eph. 6:14-17)
  • Put on the LORD JESUS CHRIST (Romans 13:14;Gal. 3:26)
 
  1. NOW IS THE TIME TO START WALKING!
THE MESSAGE:  Rom. 13:13; “We can’t afford to WASTE a minute, must not SQUANDER these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in BICKERING and grabbing everything in sight.”
  • Three categories of  “improper walking":
    • "in frivolity and indulgence” (revelry and DRUNKENNESS)
    • 2-  “in sleeping around and dissipation” (lewdness and LUST)
    • 3- “in bickering and grabbing everything in sight” (STRIFE and envy)
GOING DEEPER:
1) Read I Thess. 5:1-11. Define further the meaning of  “DAY” and “NIGHT”.
2) Read Eph 5:1-10. What are the ‘behaviors’ of the ‘old way of walking’?
3) Prayerfully consider what areas YOU need to wake-up… get dressed…start walking in NOW.
 

January 15, 2017

“You’ll have to go Thru the Cross to Take Me Out!”
1-15-17
           
LUKE 9:1-2; “One day Jesus called together his twelve disciples and gave them POWER and AUTHORITY to cast out all demons and to heal all diseases. Then he sent them out to tell everyone about the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” 
17 When the seventy-two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to him, “Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name!”
19 Look, I have GIVEN YOU AUTHORITY over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you. 
  1. CHOOSE to be a ‘spiritual WARRIOR vs. a ‘spiritual WIMP
Dominion over evil has been given. We can expect to see a SPIRITUAL BREAKTHROUGH to the degree we RECEIVE and APPLY that authority given to us. 
  1. IDENTIFY areas of attack.
  2. EXERCISE your authority and power!
“POWER” – exousia (Greek) =power of choice, liberty of doing as one pleases; (the power of him whose will and commands must be submitted to by others and obeyed)
  1. KEEP your clothes on….YOUR BATTLE GEAR!
In Ephesians 6:10,11 . . .be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand
against the wiles of the devil." 
ESTABLISH THE CROSS AT THE ENTRANCE OF EVERY BATTLE FIELD. YOU WON’T LOOSE.
 

January 8, 2017

       “I Love Sundays!”
Acts 9:1-18 ● January 8, 2017
 
“Brother Saul, the Lord…has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 9:17

1. 
Come ready to be “SURPRISED”Psalm 84:2  My SOUL LONGS yes, even faints For the courts of the Lord…
  • Acts 2:42 They DEVOTED themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
  • Heb. 10:25 NOT GIVING UP meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, BUT ENCOURAGING one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

2. Let God surprise you with HIS LOVE!Titus 3:4 But when the KINDNESS and LOVE of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us,
  • John 3:16. He LOVES.  He gave. We believe. We live…”
  • 1 John 3:1 SEE what great love the Father has LAVISHED on us, that we should be called CHILDREN OF GOD! And that is what we are!
  • Behold- see: An outburst, SURPRISE, astonished, to perceive with eyes and senses. WENT CRAZY
  • Great- an idiom-“from what country” MIRACULOUS, OF THE SCALE
  • Lavished- TO GIVE A PRESENT, bestow a gift, give LOVE
  • Called HIS CHILDREN- LOVED as His child, we ARE His children, status changed- ADOPTED
3. Remember Jesus ROSE FROM THE DEAD on a Sunday.
The key to having a relationship with Jesus is having that SURPRISE, that WONDER, that it is an absolute MIRACLE that he loves you!! That He rose to fill you with LIFE and power.

Going deeper:
  1. How have you been Surprised? What’s your story?
  2. What warmed your heart, “surprised you” this morning?
  3. Read todays scriptures again, let God speak to you.

January 1, 2017

"A Fresh New Start"
Phil. 3:8-14
January 1, 2017

But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal…  Phil. 3:13-14
  1. FORGET the things which are behind.
Phil. 3:13 … But one thing I do: FORGETTING what is behind
  • FORGET past HURTS, FAILURES, and SINS
  • Trust the past to God’s MERCY, the present to God’s LOVE and the future to God’s PROVIDENCE. — Augustine
  • Forget past SUCCESSES too.
 
  1. FOCUS on what’s BEFORE YOU.
  • This race demands ALL OF ME
  • Keep THE GOAL in sight.
 
  1. Do those things that are BEYOND YOU.
Phil. 3:10... I want to KNOW CHRIST - yes, to know THE POWER of his resurrection…
  • God wants to EMPOWER  you to do works BEYOND  you
  • Zechariah 4:6 “You will not succeed by your own strength or power but by MY SPIRIT, says the Lord.” EXB
  • God will do great things through people who aren’t SATISFIED.
Going deeper:
  1. What one thing I can do in 2017 to help me walk closer to Jesus?
  2. What do I dredge up from my past that keeps me from moving forward?
How am I serving Jesus? Ask Him to use you beyond your abilities.

"The Ultimate Gift" Sermon Series




What did you get for Christmas last year? Can’t really remember? The most important gift you’ve ever received takes a lifetime to unwrap. Starting Sunday, December 4th find out how this “Ultimate Gift” is like no other and it brings real joy to your world.

December 11, 2016

“Respond to the Ultimate Gift.”
The Ultimate Gift - Series #2

Mt. 2:10-11 December 11, 2016
 
On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Mt. 2:11
 
  • Bow down( karah)-  sink down to one's knees, kneel down to rest. REVERENCE to God.
  • Worship (shakha)- to bow down, prostrate oneself before God in WORSHIP
  • Kneel (bârak)- kneel to bless God with act of ADORATION
 
We should bow down…
  1. In PURSUIT of Jesus
  • Nothing is more important than MY RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU !
Mark 10:17  As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and  FELL ON HIS KNEES before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
  • Pursuing Jesus is putting Him 1ST IN YOUR MIND CONTINUALLY. Dallas Willard 
  1. To REPENT-
Luke 5:8  When Simon Peter saw this, HE FELL at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”
  • Jesus never turns away a person with a REPENTANT HEART. 
  1. To SURRENDER
Luke 22:41 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, KNELT DOWN  and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
  • Your kingdom come YOUT WILL be done IN MY LIFE.
  • When Life gets too hard to stand…KNEEL.
 
Phil. 2:10… at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE SHOULD BOW, in heaven and on earth
Going deeper:
  1. What crazy toddler stories do you know?
  2. What’s been your experience kneeling before the Lord?
  3. Kneeling in pursuing, repenting or surrender; which point spoke to you the deepest?
  4. Read Rom. 12:1-2 How does apply to today’s message?

December 4, 2016

 
“IT’S OLD…AND IT’S NEW!!”
THE ULTIMATE GIFT – #1
12-4-16 ● Titus 3:3-7
 
Titus 3:3; “At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, (THAT’S CHRISTMAS) he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”
1) REMEMBER WHEN… “At one time… foolish… disobedient…DECEIVED….enslaved”
  • AT ONE TIME we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived…
2) BUT WHEN… “the KINDNESS and LOVE of God appeared…He saved us…” 
  • The word “BUT” in Greek is “De” = “YET
  • The word “WHEN” in Greek is “Hot-e’” = “AS SOON AS”          
3) SO THAT… “We might become HEIRS”!
  • “HEIR” (Greek) = “one who receives his allotted possession by right of sonship”
  • Dictionary definition “HEIR” = “a person legally entitled to the property or rank of another on that person's death”              
Experience THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS GIFT this year!

"Jesus Culture" Sermon Series

In this series we’re out to change the culture* of our family and church. The words used to describe Christians today often have little resemblance to how Jesus wants his followers to live. What is “Christian”? Join us as we look at what Christianity should look like today according to Jesus’ Teachings. Living in the Jesus Culture!

* “culture” – meaning of life held in common, beliefs, values, attitudes, behavior

November 27, 2016

 “It’s Time to Follow!”
“Jesus Culture” - Series #8 
Romans 13:8-9 • November 27, 2016
 

Now is the Time to Follow…
  1. Don’t look for LOOPHOLES  (Mt. 15:1-9)
 
Mt. 15:6 …you NULLIFY THE WORD of God for the sake of your tradition. YOU HYPOCRITES!
 
  • A LOOPHOLE Christian is a HYPOCRITE
 
Mt. 15:8…”These people honor me with their lips,
    but their HEARTS ARE FAR FROM ME.”
  • Followers don’t look for loopholes –they seek a CLOSE RELATIONSHIP with Jesus.
2. Filter Everything thru the LENS OF LOVE (Romans 13:8-9)
 
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the CONTINUING DEBT TO LOVE  one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. Romans 13:8
 
  • If you REALLY LOVE people you will AUTOMATICALLY obey the commands.
 
  1. Remember: How WE TREAT PEOPLE > What We Believe.
 
1 Cor. 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the GREATEST of these is love.
 
  • What would LOVE do?
  • How do we LIVE THIS OUT?
  • Don’t do anything that HURTS YOU.
  • Don’t do anything to hurt SOMEONE ELSE.                               

November 20, 2016

“Taking the Successful Path”
"Jesus Culture" - Series #7

Proverbs 3:5-6 ● November 20, 2016
 
 
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
 
  1. Trust in the LORD with all your HEART
The wise of heart will receive commandments, but a babbling fool will come to ruin. Proverbs 10:8
  • We were CREATED to be TRUSTING.
  • 100% TRUST 100% HEART
  1. Lean not on your OWN   UNDERSTANDING
  • Don’t FULLY trust YOURSELF
“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.” – Jeremiah 17:7-8
  1. In ALL your ways ACKNOWLEDGE Him
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  -Matthew 6:33
  • Don’t be a DOUBLE AGENT
"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other You cannot serve God and wealth. -Matthew 6:24
  • Don’t FORGET His ABUNDANT GRACE
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast- Ephesians 2:8-9
  1. And He shall DIRECT your PATH
  • Take COMFORT in his PROMISE to GUIDE US
The steps of a man are established by the , when he delights in his way; -Psalm 37:23
 

November 13, 2016

                             "SEARCH AND RESCUE"                             
JESUS CULTURE -#6

Nov. 13, 2016
 
IN THE ‘JESUS CULTURE’ EVERYBODY MATTERS.       
YOU are part of a SEARCH & RESUCE Team!!

 

 TWO PERSPECTIVES:
1) The FOLLOWER:
  • One who struggles in their heart to have an ‘AWARENESS’ and ‘DESIRE’ for sinners to be found…
  • To SEARCH and RESCUE them…
  • To sincerely WELCOME and CELEBRATE them when they are found…
  • To intentionally be INCLUSIVE when adding them to the Family of God!
2) The LOST:
  • One needing to be ‘SOUGHT AFTER’ and ‘FOUND’.
 
SEARCH & RESCUE takes COMPASSION!
 
SEARCH and RESCUE takes EFFORT!
  •  a significant part of our PRAYERS should be for the lost.
  •  ‘ENGAGE’ the lost
  •  unashamedly SHARE that Jesus can rescue them
 
SEARCH and RESCUE takes PERSISTENCE!
  • Vs 4; “go out and look for the lost sheep UNTIL he finds it”  
  • Vs. 8; “Look carefully for the coin UNTIL she finds it”

November 6, 2016

FULL of GRACE and TRUTH!
John 1:14-17 ● November 6, 2016
 
We have seen his glory,… full of grace and truth. John 1:14
  • He called sin, “SIN”—and then he PAID FOR IT.
  • The Jesus Culture- EMBRACES grace and truth and REFUSES to let go of either.  
1. MATURE IN GRACE
  •  By having eternal GRATITUDE
  • Being HUMBLE
“Humility isn’t PRETENDING that we’re unworthy because it’s the spiritual thing to do; it’s recognizing that we’re unworthy because it’s TRUE.
  • Realize His grace DAILY
2. INCREASE IN TRUTH
  • Truth is God’s GRACIOUS GUARDRAIL keeping us from going over life’s edge.
  • Truth requires a RESPONSE.
  • Truth is not determined by what WE WANT to believe
John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is TRUTH.
  • Word-Logos-divine COMMUNICATION, revelation, INSTRUCTION  
3. LIVE IN THE TENSION OF GRACE AND TRUTH
  • Truth without grace leads to LEGALISM. (Woman caught in adultery John 8:1-12)  
  • Truth-sin always HURTS YOU- Grace- Jesus always LOVES and FORGIVES you if you ask.
  • One with the absence of the other is TOXIC
  • Truth without grace CRUSHES people and it ceases to be truth. (Levi a disciple?? Mark 2:13-17)
  • Grace without truth DECEIVES people and ceases to be grace.
 
Going Deeper:
  1. What is your natural propensity “Grace” or “Truth”?
  2. How have you experienced grace and truth?
  3. How did Jesus live in grace and truth with the Samaritan Woman?  (John 4:7-26)
  4. How can you give out Grace and truth?

October 30, 2016

“DON’T SETTLE FOR ‘CHRISTIAN’!”
JESUS CULTURE’ - #4
Oct. 30, 2016
 
MATTHEW 5:13-16: The Message
 
Matt. 5:13&14  “YOU ARE the salt of the earth. …..14 YOU ARE the light …..”

What does SALT do?
  1. It PRESERVES.
  2. It FLAVORS.
  3. It creates THIRST.
  4. It HEALS.
 
What does LIGHT do?
  1. It banishes DARKNESS.
  2. It EXPOSES.
  3. It WARNS.
  4. It WAKES us up.
 
STAY SALTY.
  • Stay in close contact with the ULTIMATE influence - CHRIST Himself
 
KEEP your light on. Make your WORKS visible.
  • “A city on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matt. 5:14 NIV)
  • Check your “heart MOTIVE.” (Glory to self or to God?)
 
Going Deeper:
1. How did the Christ followers in the Book of Acts embrace the words of Jesus and change the world? 
2. How much potential for the same kind of change do you see in our world today?
 

October 23, 2016

We Love to Judge!
Mt. 7:1-5 ● October 23, 2016
 
… first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly… Mt. 7:5
  1. All of us JUDGE-
  • Yet JESUS SAID do not judge
  • “It is the Holy Spirit's job to CONVICT, God's job to JUDGE and my job to LOVE.” - Billy Graham
    John 12:47  …For I did not come to JUDGE the world, but to save the world.
  1. Jesus followers are called not to be JUDGEMENTAL
Psalm 119:66 Teach me knowledge and GOOD JUDGEMENT. . .
Judgmental
  • A spirit of FAULTFINDING , being CRITICAL
  • Taking the role of SUPREME JUDGE
  1 Cor. 5:12 What business is it of mine to judge those OUTSIDE THE CHURCH
The focus of a Christ follower
  •  Is THEIR OWN HEART
  • Correction that VALUES
  • NOT QUICK to Judge-
  • Done in TOTAL LOVE
  • Comes with HELP and CARE
  • Focuses ON HOPE and a GREAT FUTURE
  • The only effective way to reach others is to WIN THEM 
  1. Remember You have been FORGIVEN MUCH So give out GRACE and FORGIVENESS      
  • judgmental folks DON’T LOVE MUCH
  • I realize I am JUST LIKE most of them.
JOHN 5:24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will NOT BE JUDGED but has crossed over from death to life.
  1. Did you feel judged by Christians before you came to Christ?
  2. What are actions and attitudes that make nonbelievers feel coerced or judged?
  3. How can you leverage love to win people like Paul?
  4. How do you feel when you think about being” forgiven much”?

October 16, 2016

Christian’…it may not be what you think!
JESUS CULTURE SERIES -2
10-16-16
 
Realize nothing is  LOUDER than LOVE.
  • It’s totally silent but the LOUDEST thing on earth.
1)  CONTINUE to love….
1 John 4:7-10; “My beloved friends, let us CONTINUE TO LOVE each other…
  • There’s a temptation to  STOP!
  • Continue:  “PERSISTENT”; “RELENTLESS”, “UNINTERRUPTED
   
2)   IT COMES FROM GOD.
  1 John 4:7-10; “ My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since LOVE comes from GOD .
  • TAKE A DEEP  BREATH…..YOU do not have the capacity to love.
3) The person who REFUSES to love, doesn’t get the first thing about GOD.
1 John 4:7-10;The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God,
  • IT’S A CHOICE.
  • Faces of “refusal to love”:      
        * AVOIDANCE
        * ANTAGONITSTIC
       *Silently JUDGMENTAL
       * SELF-CENTERED
  • ….because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love.”
  • IT’S ALL ABOUT GETTING TO KNOW GOD!
4) What KIND of love is this?
THIS is the kind of  LOVE we are talking about—…..
  • He SENT his Son as a SACRIFICE !
WHY did GOD love like THAT?
….to CLEAR AWAY our SINS and the DAMAGE  they’ve done to our relationship with God.”
WHAT IS BEING ASKED OF ME???
  • Philippians 2:3 …., but in HUMILITY count others more SIGNIFICANT than yourselves
  • Romans 12:10; “Be DEVOTED to one another in brotherly LOVE. Outdo yourselves in LOVING one another.”
 
NOTHING IS LOUDER THAN LOVE!
 
GOING DEEPER:
1)  In your own spiritual journey, how have you grown in experiencing and understanding more of God’s love?
2) In what ways have you felt overwhelmed by God’s love for you?
 

October 9, 2016

 "WHAT IS A 'CHRISTIAN'?"
… The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch
Acts 11:26 October 9, 2016
 
  1.  Are you a DISCIPLE?  (Acts 11:26)
  • STUDENT,  learner, apprentice, FOLLOWER.
  • Their answer is ALWAYS YES
  • DISCIPLE  is synonymous with FOLLOWER
Luke 9:23 Whoever wants to be my DISCIPLE must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and FOLLOW me.
  1. LOVE EACH OTHER as I have LOVED YOU! (John 13:33-34)
  • SACRIFICIALLY
  • UNDERSTANDINGLY
  •  FORGIVINGLY
  1. How well do I Love?
  • FAMILY
  • CHURCH FAMILY
  • OTHER  Believers
  • NON -  Followers
 
 Eph. 3: 17 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that CHRIST MAY DWELL IN YOUR HEARTS through faith… being rooted and established IN  LOVE. 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the LOVE of Christ, 19 …—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
 
Deeper this week:
  1. Try it this week-  Loving each other with Christ’s strength this week.
  2. What does being a disciple mean to you?
  3. Are you comfortable thinking of yourself as a disciple?
  4. What are the main Characteristics of a disciple?
  5. What will loving each other as a 1st priority look like