Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter 2014

Text: John 19:25-27

God cares about the family. So much so that in His dying moments, He takes care of his mother. In His final minutes, His thoughts turn toward His mother and her welfare, and to John and his loyalty. In doing so, He gives us a powerful example of God's love for the family.

God loves your marriage and family. He is not sitting idly by, moved and swayed by a changing culture. God is not absent or apathetic about your relationship.

Jesus is risen and there is hope for you and your family. Resurrection power is on the scene!

Family Covenant:
We believe:
  • That God gave us our family.
  • That our family is sacred.
  • That God wants us to pursue unconditional love for each other, practice forgiveness, and live in harmony.
  • Therefore, we, the undersigned, pledge to fulfill our commitment to one another. In the Presence of God and these witnesses, this Easter of 2014, we agree to joyfully receive each other as God's gift, and always put the Lord and our family first. So help us God!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Superheroes, Part 10

Key Texts: Revelation 19:11-16 and Matthew 21:1-11

Today’s superhero stood on the battlements of glory long before the angels ever sang their first anthem. It was He – this Superhero – who took the hammer of time and struck it against the anvil of Creation and caught the sparks in His hands and decorated the darkened sky.
Today’s Superhero took His Divine Hand and ran His kingly fingers throughout the earth and there came forth lush valleys and majestic mountains.
Today’s Superhero is the most prominent character in all of God’s Word. You cannot read the Bible without finding Him everywhere:
In Genesis – He is the seed of woman.
In Exodus  - He is the Passover Lamb.
In Leviticus - He is Our High Priest.
In Numbers - He is the Cloud by day and a Pillar of Fire by night.
In Deuteronomy - He is the Prophet like unto Moses.
In Joshua - He is the Captain of our Salvation
In Judges - He is our Judge and Law giver.
In Ruth  - He is our Kinsman Redeemer.
In 1 & 2 Samuel - He is our Trusted Prophet.
In Kings and Chronicles -  He is our Reigning King.
In Ezra - He is our Faithful Spouse.
In Nehemiah - He is the Builder of broken down walls.
In Esther - He is our Mordecai.
In Job - He is our Redeemer.
In Psalms - He is our Shepherd.
In Proverbs and Ecclesiastes  -  He is our Wisdom.
In the Song of Solomon -He is our Beloved Fair one.
In Isaiah- He is the Prince of Peace
In Jeremiah – He is the Righteous Branch.
In the Lamentations - He is the weeping Prophet.
In Ezekiel – He is the wonderful four faced Man.
In Daniel  - He is the fourth man in life’s Fiery Furnace.
In Hosea – He is the faithful Husband.
In Joel – He is Baptizer with the Holy Ghost and Fire.
In Amos – He is our Burden Bearer.
In Obadiah – He is Mighty to Save.
In Jonah – He is our foreign Missionary.
In Micah – He is the Messenger of Beautiful feet.
In Nahum – He is the Avenger of Gods Elect.

In Habakkuk – He is God’s Evangelist.
In Zephaniah – He is Our Savior.
In Haggai – He is The Restorer of God’s Lost Heritage.
In Zechariah – He is the Fountain Open in the house of David for sin and uncleanness.
In Malachi – He is the Sun of Righteousness with Healing in His Wings.
In Matthew -He is The Messiah.
In Mark – He is The Wonder Worker.
In Luke – He is The Son of Man.
In John- He is The Son of God.
In Acts – He is the Holy Ghost.
In Romans – He is our Justifier.

In 1 & 2 Corinthians – He is our Sanctifier.
In Galatians – He is the Redeemer from the curse of the law.
In Ephesians – He is the Christ of Unsearchable Riches.
In Philippians – He is The God who Supplies All of Our Needs.

In Colossians – He is the Fullness of the Godhead Bodily.
In 1 & 2 Thessalonians - He is Our Soon Coming King.
In 1 & 2 Timothy- He is the Mediator between God in Man.
In Titus – He is The Faithful Pastor.
In Philemon – He is the friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
In Hebrews – He is The Blood of the Everlasting Covenant.
In James- He is Our Great Physician.
In 1 & 2 Peter- He is The Chief Shepherd.
In 1- 2 & 3 John  - He is Love.
In Jude- He is The Lord Coming with 10,000 of His saints.
In The Revelation – He is the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
 
Today, we need a Superhero as never before. We know Him by name and His Name is Jesus!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Superheroes, Part Nine

Until today, I've brought you individuals that, to me, were very human, yet God used them in super ways. Today, I bring you a list of no names. Just people who simply loved Jesus. Stood up against persecution. People who laid their lives down for their faith.

Text: Hebrews 11:32-40

1. These heroes had faith. (Hebrews 11: 1, 6)

See Proverbs 3:5-6, John 3:16-17, and Romans 3:23-25.

2. They were faithful.


God wants us to be faithful. Here is how that comes about:

1. Make a true and definite decision to follow Jesus.

2. Have a made-up, determined mindset.

3. See the greater picture - it is not so much about us as it is about those who come behind us.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Superheroes, Part Eight

Today's hero is The Good Samaritan.

Text: Luke 10:25-37


Prevailing Attitudes of the Story:

A. The Robber: "What's yours is mine and I'm going to take it."

  • Not unlike the prevailing attitude of today's culture that believes, "I'm entitled."


B. The Priest and Levite: "What's mine is mine and I'm going to keep it."
  • The spirit of greed and selfishness is taking over America. 
  • This should not be the attitude of the Christ-follower. Jesus taught us that it is more blessed to give than to receive. 
C. The Good Samaritan: "What's mine is yours and I'll gladly give it."
  • It is amazing what can be accomplished for God when we don't care who gets the credit. 

Practical Application:

A. Our mission is to:
  • Train our children.
  • Restore our families. 
  • Light our community/world. 
B. What must we do?

1. Get in the ditch. 
  • We've got to be willing to move from the comfort of the sanctuary into the pain of the suffering. 
2. Quit caring who's in the ditch. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Superheroes (Part Seven)

Today's Biblical superhero is PETER.


Jesus' first words to Peter were, "Come, follow me." (Mark 1:17 NIV)

Jesus' last words to Peter were, "You must follow me." (John 21:22 NIV)

As best he could, Peter followed Jesus. He had his challenges and struggles, but he hung in there. 

What we fail to remember is that when Jesus chose his disciples, he wasn't looking for models. He was looking for real people. He chose people who could be changed by His love and mercy. 

Jesus came to salvage those who were being rendered useless

Life Lessons:
1. God loves imperfect people. 
  • The biggest hindrance to people coming to Christ is this belief that we have to be better than we are for Him to accept us. 
2. God uses imperfect people. 
  • The biggest hindrance to people doing something for the cause of Christ is feeling that, "I'm not worthy enough nor gifted enough."

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Superheroes (Part Six)

Today's Superhero of the Bible is Paul.

Text: Acts 26:19 (KJV)
Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision.

Three Truths That Define Paul:
1. "I don't have to survive."
  • Philippians 1:21: For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
2. "I am content."
  • I Timothy 6:6-8: But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
  • See also Hebrews 13:5-6 and Philippians 4:11-13.
3. "I've lived with no regrets."
  • II Timothy 4:6-8: For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day - and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Superheroes (Part Five)

Today's heroes are sisters Mary and Martha.

Text: Luke 10:38-42


Observations:

1. Martha is a doer.

  • Busy, working, fixing food. The house is filling up with the aroma of another one of Martha's feasts.

2. Mary has another kind of hunger she's trying to satisfy.

  • Her soul is thirsty.

These two women represent the church today. Basically, in every church, there are 2 camps:
  • The Doers
  • The Sitters
  • Neither are all wrong, neither are all right.

Lessons:

1. Doing without sitting is exhausting.

  • God wants and needs doers in His Kingdom, but doing without taking time to sit at the feet of Jesus will wear you down, frustrate you, and create a critical spirit.

2. Sitting without giving is pointless.

  • In the Great Commission, Jesus said, "Go..." He did not say, "Sit." "Go and tarry in Jerusalem..." but not forever. Tarry "until you are clothed with power from on High."

Signs You Need to Steal Away and Sit at His Feet:
  • Always tired and a sense of weariness
  • Easily irritated and frustrated
  • Withdrawn

To the doers, do these 2 things:

1. Recommit to your devotional life.

  • Pray, meditate, sing God's praises

2. Make Sundays special.


To the sitters, do these 2 things:

1. Start getting involved somewhere.

2. Start slow.