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God, My Very Best Friend

2022-10-10T15:47:33-05:00September 29th, 2022|

Date: September 29, 2022 ()

Bible Text: John 15:13-15 |

God's Friendship to Us F - Forthright: God tells us what we need to hear, not necessarily what we want to hear Proverbs 27:6 Proverbs 27:17 R – Reliable: A friend that always loves us, even amid betrayal John 3:16 Matthew 26:48-50 1 John 4:19 I – Incomparable: There is no other friend that compares to God John 15:13 E – Exlusiveness: God wants to be our very best friend to the exlusion of all other friends James 4:4 John 15:14 N – Nearby: He is always near us, regardless of where we are Proverbs 18:24 Psalms 46:1 D – Demonstrated: His friendship is not something He promises to prove, He’s already proven Himself John 15:13 James 4:8  

Maintaining Your Integrity

2022-04-28T12:56:02-05:00April 28th, 2022|

Date: April 28, 2022 ()

Bible Text: 1 Peter 4:17 |

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Potential stages of growth Self-Aware Self-Absorbed Content, just don't care anymore Are you ready to stand before God?  Judge yourself now! Continue to sigh over sin God is holy Sin still bothers Him Does sin bother you? Ezekiel 9:3-6 Continue to pray for sinners Ask God to help you see yourself in the mirror of scripture God wants all to be saved Pray for authorities 1 Timothy 2:1-6 Proper prayers from God's people are never wasted! - Revelation 8:1-6 Continue to shine the sinless light Don't walk like the darkness around you Walk in His light Matthew 5:13-16 1 John 1:5-7

Breaking Bad Habits

2022-03-20T09:56:24-05:00March 6th, 2022|

Date: March 6, 2022 ()

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What are habits? Definition: A practice that has been repeated so frequently that it becomes second nature, sometimes involuntarily Examples Brushing teeth Looking before crossing the street What makes habits sinful? A habit becomes a sin under two conditions It is sinful if it violates a clear command or principle from the Bible Drinking Ephesians 5:18 Proverbs 23:29-3 Smoking 1 Corinthians 3:17 Pornography Matthew 5:28 Exodus 20:14 Exodus 20:17 Exodus 20:3 It is sinful when it assumes control of you Yard sales Video Games Where do we turn for hope? 2 Corinthians 5:17 1 John 5:4-5 Galatians 6:7

The Breastplate of Righteousness

2022-02-15T13:43:03-06:00February 13th, 2022|

Date: February 13, 2022 ()

Bible Text: Ephesians 6 |

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The tactical purpose of the Breastplate The spiritual purpose of the Breastplate Christ’s righteousness protects your heart Christ’s Righteousness protects us from harm The Proper Use of the Breastplate of Righteousness Put off man's righteousness Isaiah 64:6 Put on Christ's righteousness Jeremiah 23:6 Seeking righteousness should be a high priority. Matthew 6:33 2. Loving righteousness will help me keep on the right path Psalm 119:100-107 3. Confession of sin keeps me righteous 1 John 1:5-10 4. Looking for the blessed hope will keep me righteous 2 Timothy 4:7-8 Titus 2:11-15

The People in the Church

2022-02-13T10:23:03-06:00February 10th, 2022|

Date: February 10, 2022 ()

Bible Text: Acts 2 |

The Members of the Church Observations of Membership Next step after Baptism God's hand is in it Obligations of Membership Sanctify yourself Submit to God Separate Sacrifice Serve Soulwinning Discipling The Leaders of the Church The Pastor Titles Overseer Elder Bishop Pastor Shepherd Duties Rules Feeds Guides Protect Authority Speak Exhort Rebuke Qualifications The Deacons Servant Duties Serve Others Help the Pastor Qualifications

The Easy Path of Mediocrity

2022-01-11T22:56:57-06:00January 9th, 2022|

Date: January 9, 2022 ()

Bible Text: 2 Chronicles 25:1-2 |

How to spot a Mediocre Christian Concerned with Convenience Plagued by personality Live by limits The Pathway of Amaziah Submitted himself to the laws that were "majors" and publicly visible He side-stepped the laws that were minor Concerned more about the materialism than God's presence Allowed other things (gods) to have a place of prominence in his house Stood against God through the man of God

Priesthood of the Believer & Individual Soul Liberty

2021-11-07T20:58:31-06:00November 4th, 2021|

Date: November 4, 2021 ()

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Where do these come from? The life of an Israelite was filled with restrictions. Hebrews 9:6-10 Even these could not make one perfect Hebrews 10:1, 4; James 2 Hope was to be found in Christ Luke 3:4-5; Hebrews 9:12; 1 John 2:1; Acts 2:39 The New Testament brings variety through Christ Galatians 5:1 How do we live them out? Train children, live God-centered, not parent-centered. Romans 14:12

Helps for Crucifying the “Old Man”- Part 2

2021-11-02T15:43:19-05:00October 31st, 2021|

Date: October 31, 2021 ()

Bible Text: Romans 8:10-14 |

“Do you mortify; do you make it your daily work; be always at it while you live; cease not a day from this work; be killing sin or it will be killing you.” -John Owen, Overcoming Sin and Temptation   Understanding the Old Man Theories about the Heart Some believe that man’s heart is pure and good Some believe that man’s heart contains some evil and some good Jeremiah 17:9-10 Mark 7:20-23 Facts about the Old Man The old man does not change The old man does not improve The old man is not transformed The old man can never be purified The old man can never please God Crucifying the Old Man Common Errors Misapplication of

Helps for Crucifying the “Old Man” Part 1

2021-10-10T20:59:03-05:00October 10th, 2021|

Date: October 10, 2021 ()

Bible Text: Romans 8:10-14 |

Understand the Conflict Within Me The Blessings of the Conflict Understanding the Old Man Theories about the Heart Man’s heart is pure and good. Man’s heart contains some evil and some good. Most men have only evil hearts. Jeremiah 17:9-10 Theories about the Old Man The old man does not change. The old man does not improve. Crucifying the Old Man Common Errors Misapplication of Scripture Biblical Guidelines Develop a strong faith. Being in the Word of God Be part of a church that emphasizes strong faith Daily crucify the old man.

God is Love

2021-09-19T21:07:10-05:00September 19th, 2021|

Date: September 19, 2021 ()

Bible Text: 1 John 4 |

A Study of 1 John 4 That God is a being of boundless goodness and perfect love can be proved in the following ways— In the Provision of our wants In the Provision of human love What is God’s Love? God’s love is sacrificial love God’s love is not self serving God’s love is self propagating It multiplies itself when it is given How do we see God’s love? When was God’s love revealed? When we were sinners When we were saved How do I receive God’s love? Turn from sin Turn to Jesus

Let Him Cast A Stone

2021-08-15T23:08:15-05:00August 15th, 2021|

Date: August 15, 2021 ()

Bible Text: John 8:1-11 |

Results of casting stones Makes you go to the Lord for the wrong reasons Makes you blind to carelessness and lack of compassion Makes you use God's Word to justify yourself Makes you blind to your own sin Destroys your relationship with the Savior Makes you a poor example

The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven

2021-07-26T21:25:23-05:00July 25th, 2021|

Date: July 25, 2021 ()

Bible Text: Matthew 18:1-6, Mark 9:31-37 |

The Richness of Having Children Given to the Lord Guided for the Lord Guarded for the Lord The Relationship with the Children The Requirements for being Child-like in Faith Innocence Simplicity Obedience Enjoyment Enthusiasm Empty of own ambitions Empty of pride Desire to please Father

Adoption

2021-06-10T19:17:45-05:00June 3rd, 2021|

Date: June 3, 2021 ()

Bible Text: Romans 8:15 |

The Meaning of Adoption The Condition of Adoption The Time of Adoption The Blessing of Adoption Become the object of God's peculiar love Bare a family likeness Share in the family love Share in the Father's comfort The Responsibility of Adoption

Hamartiology – The Doctrine of Sin – Part 5

2021-05-23T22:36:50-05:00May 23rd, 2021|

Date: May 23, 2021

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Hamartiology: The Seven-Fold Victory Over Sin Through Christ Opening text and thought: Revelation 12:10-11; Hebrews 2:14-15 “Outside of Christ, I am only a sinner, but in Christ, I am saved. Outside of Christ, I am empty; in Christ, I am full. Outside of Christ, I am weak; in Christ, I am strong. Outside of Christ, I cannot; in Christ, I am more than able. Outside of Christ,I have been defeated; in Christ, I am already victorious. How meaningful are the words, ‘in Christ’.” (Watchman Nee) Why does God allow sin? Experience God's amazing grace To become dependent on his Spirit Are all sins equal? All sins are equal

Hamartiology – The Doctrine of Sin – Part 4

2021-05-23T22:07:48-05:00May 23rd, 2021|

Date: May 23, 2021 ()

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Hamartiology: The Seven-Fold Victory Over Sin Through Christ Opening text and thought: Revelation 12:10-11; Hebrews 2:14-15 “Outside of Christ, I am only a sinner, but in Christ, I am saved. Outside of Christ, I am empty; in Christ, I am full. Outside of Christ, I am weak; in Christ, I am strong. Outside of Christ, I cannot; in Christ, I am more than able. Outside of Christ,I have been defeated; in Christ, I am already victorious. How meaningful are the words, ‘in Christ’.” (Watchman Nee) Why does God allow sin? Allows us to understand the amazing grace of God How Christ has defeated sin? Sin defiles, but

ABC’s of Soulwinning: Leading a Soul to Christ

2021-05-17T21:47:10-05:00May 16th, 2021|

Date: May 16, 2021 ()

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Ask God for help Believe He will help Confidently share your faith Invite people to church By inviting them you can bring them to the Savior God speaks through preaching Pass out gospel tracts Share your testimony of salvation  Testimony - a declaration of fact Giving your testimony How were you before you were saved? What did you believe before salvation? How did you hear the Gospel? What changes has God made since salvation? Present the Plan of Salvation: Ideas to get across God loves you God hates sin - everyone has sin God punishes sin You cannot save yourself Jesus took your place God's has conditions Repent Believe Receive Jesus is waiting for your to receive him Decide if they are ready to

Hamartiology – The Doctrine of Sin – Part 3

2021-05-23T11:12:48-05:00May 9th, 2021|

Date: May 9, 2021 ()

Bible Text: Isaiah 59:1-2, Jeremiah 5:25 |

The Effects of Sin Isa. 59:1-2, Jer 5:25 Effects common to all mankind Guilt (shame) - Gen. 3:9 Death - Jas. 1:15 Effects common to the believer Biblical examples Cain killed Abel and then hid from the presence of the Lord Jacob killed Esau and fled to other lands The prodigal son rebelled against his father and went out to a far country Judas betrayed his Master, then he killed himself Specific effects Loss of light - 1 Jn. 1:8, 2:9-11 Loss of joy - Psa. 32:10-11 Loss of Godly love - 1 Jn. 2:5, 2:15-17, 4:12 Loss of confidence - 1 Jn. 3:19-22 Loss of fellowship - Gen. 3:8-10  

Four Tips for Developing Convictions in Young People

2021-04-22T19:31:43-05:00April 22nd, 2021|

Date: April 22, 2021 ()

Bible Text: Titus 2:11-12 |

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Help them to understand Biblical principles 1 John 2:15-17, Romans 12:2, Deuteronomy 4:40; 5:29; 12:28 Separation is a Biblical concept Separation has never been popular Have Biblical Convictions Children will gravitate to the parent with the least/lower convictions You cannot lead where you have not already gone yourself Teach your children Biblical Convictions Not just things you can or can't do Love+Discipline, Grace and Truth work together Be Consistent Inconsistency breeds rebellion Teach convictions, and be consistent in your actions as well

Teenage Fault Lines in the Book of Proverbs

2021-04-22T13:58:34-05:00April 22nd, 2021|

Date: April 22, 2021 ()

Bible Text: Phlippians 4:9 |

How to Develop Teenagers for the Lord Fault lines in the earth are often not seen, but when they create earthquakes, those are seen.  So are the faults in a teenager's heart if not dealt with. Fault Line #1 - A Walk with God Example(s): Enoch; Noah Key Bible Passages: Gen. 5:22-24, 6:9; 2 Cor. 4:16; 1 John 2:13-14 Teaching Points Being with God is more important than Doing for God Walking with God must be the top priority for a believer Look for who God is in the text of scripture Seeing Points Let them see and hear from your personal

The Light of the Scriptures

2021-03-28T21:37:00-05:00March 28th, 2021|

Date: March 28, 2021 ()

Bible Text: Isaiah 8 |

To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them - Isaiah 8:20 Opening thought: “I’ve experienced His presence in the deepest darkest hell that men can create. I have tested the promises of the Bible, and believe me, you can count on them. I know that Jesus Christ can live in you, in me, through His Holy Spirit. You can talk with Him; you can talk with Him out loud or in your heart when you are alone, as I was alone in solitary

Be Ye Kind

2021-03-08T21:32:12-06:00March 7th, 2021|

Date: March 7, 2021 ()

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Scriptural references: Ecclesiastes 11:1-3 Luke 6:27-35 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 Ephesians 4:30-32 1 Peter 3:8-16 “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” -John Wesley Some false theories regarding Kindness Kindness is the first commandment - Matthew 22:37-40 Kindness supersedes confronting about sin - Proverbs 17:9; 28:13 Kindness is accepting of all people - 1 John Biblical teaching on kindness The OT teaching Kindness is part of God’s nature Psalm 25:6-8 Psalm 10 Psalm 31:21 Psalm117:2 Pray for God’s kindness upon the

Christ in You

2021-04-20T11:11:14-05:00February 7th, 2021|

Date: February 7, 2021 ()

Bible Text: Colossians 1:25-29 |

Many times we try to live the Christian life in our own strength but fail. We must realize that Christ wants to work through us.   Christ Is Our Hope Hope for Heaven Acts 4:12, Ephesians 2:12 Isaiah 64:6 1 John 5:12 Hope for here 2 Corinthians 3:18 2 Corinthians 5:17 Our Help Romans 7:15 Romans 7:24-25 Matthew 11:28-30 Galatians 2:20 John 15:5 Our Happiness Happy Because of Forgiveness Matthew 1:23 Romans 6:14 2 Corinthians 3:17 Happy Because of Freedom 2 Corinthians 3:17 Happy Because of Fellowship 1 John 1:3-4 “I have a great need for Christ: I have a great Christ for my need.” ~ C. H. Spurgeon “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ

Ingredients for A Perfect Church

2020-12-01T13:43:38-06:00November 29th, 2020|

Date: November 29, 2020 ()

Bible Text: 1 Corinthians 1 |

1 Corinthians 1 “You never have to advertise a fire. Everyone comes running when there's a fire. Likewise, if your church is on fire, you will not have to advertise it. The community will already know it.” –Leonard Ravenhill A sanctified church - 1 Corinthians 1:1-3 Positional aspect Practical aspect A Christ-filled church - 1 Corinthians 1:4-6 The purpose of sanctification - 1 Corinthians 1:10-17 The point of our preaching - 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 A saving message - 1 Corinthians 1:18, 22-23 A solemn message - 1 Corinthians 1:23-25 A purified church - 1 Corinthians 1:7-8 A secure church - 1 Corinthians 1:8-9 “The glory of the gospel is that when the church
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