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Beware of Your Enemy: The Flesh

2022-11-27T14:47:37-06:00November 27th, 2022|

Date: November 27, 2022 ()

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Defining the flesh Our sinful, corrupt nature Describing the flesh The flesh is corrupt The flesh is opposed to God The flesh is dishonest The flesh is not fit for Heaven The flesh is unprofitable The flesh is weak The flesh is selfish the flesh hinders our service Defeating the flesh Receive Christ as Savior Recognize the battle Yield to the Spirit Change your appetite Deny the flesh

Beware of Your Enemy: The Devil

2022-11-27T14:30:41-06:00November 20th, 2022|

Date: November 20, 2022 ()

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His true identity Names of the Devil: The Wicked One The Destroyer The Great Dragon That Old Serpent Devil Adversary The Tempter His beginning His current dwelling Walking about Seeking to devour His desire He wants to get an advantage over you He wants you to lay down your weapons He wants to get you addicted to sin His Close the door Be on guard Suit up Fight back

Get to Know God

2022-11-07T07:54:28-06:00November 6th, 2022|

Date: November 6, 2022 ()

Bible Text: Matthew 6 |

Series:

Introduction: To get to know God, you must spend time with Him Learn not only how to talk to Him but also how to listen to Him. Talk to God Matthew 6:7 - God speaks through the Bible, speak back Ask Him for help Hebrews 4:16 - we have direct access Tell Him your problems Psalm 55:22 - bring your needs before the Lord Psalm 62:8 Ask Him questions Jeremiah 33:3 - understand things better with the Lord's guidance Thank Him Psalm 100:4 Listen to God

Take the Next Step

2022-11-06T10:05:53-06:00October 30th, 2022|

Date: October 30, 2022 ()

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What is baptism Picture of death, burial, and resurrection of Christ Symbolic of salvation Why be baptized False teachings Necessary for salvation Christ's example It is the right thing to do It pleases God It demonstrates obedience It shows love It brings joy How should we be baptized The method "In" and "Out" The Meaning To dip, plunge or immerse When should we be baptized After salvation  

Alluring Voices

2022-11-01T11:36:36-05:00October 23rd, 2022|

Date: October 23, 2022 ()

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Identifying Alluring Voices Peer Preachers Predators Prince Personal Ignoring Alluring Voices Close to the Shepherd Compare the voices to the Bible Cease listening to alluring voices Submit to Spiritual Authority

Continue To Grow – Part 2

2022-11-06T10:05:53-06:00October 23rd, 2022|

Date: October 23, 2022 ()

Bible Text: 1 Peter 2:1-3 |

Series:

Why should we grow? Growth is natural Growth is exciting Growth is commanded In what area should we grow? Grace Knowledge How can we grow? Stay healthy Identify our sin Deal with it thoroughly Eat right Scripture reading Church attendance Get some more 3 Things to grow as a Christian: _____________________________ _____________________________ _____________________________

Evaluating Your Friends – Part 2

2022-06-08T08:27:01-05:00June 5th, 2022|

Date: June 5, 2022 ()

Bible Text: Proverbs 13:20 |

How should I choose a close friend? A good friend fears God A good friend  follows God How can I get a good friend? Be pure Be personable How can I be a good friend? Tell them about Jesus Warn them if they are going in the wrong direction Be faithful Show pity in their times of affliction

Evaluating Your Friends

2022-05-23T21:11:54-05:00May 22nd, 2022|

Date: May 22, 2022 ()

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Friendships are an important part of every person's life.  Therefore, it is wise to take time to evaluate our friendships in light of the Bible to see if they are good or bad.  Let's answer a few questions about friendships. How can I determine if my friendships are good or bad? Think about your friends and ask: What kind of advice do they give me? 2 Samuel 13:1-5 Proverbs 27:9 Should I follow their example Our friends will influence us Proverbs 22:24-25 Are they primarily interested in helping me or themselves? Proverbs 14:20 Do they encourage me to do evil or to do what is right? Proverbs 1:10 Proverbs 27:17 Do they agree

Surviving the Storm

2022-05-16T21:43:01-05:00May 15th, 2022|

Date: May 15, 2022 ()

Bible Text: Acts 27:1-14 |

Anticipate the Storm Use all the help available Presence of God Prayer Promises of God Remember there are worse things than the storm Lighten the load Realize things may get worse before they get better: don't lose hope Accept any responsibility that you may have for the storm Expect God's deliverance Understand that God's deliverance may involve some inconveniences Work through the storms together Listen to the man of God Take care of yourself God's intention in the storm is to prove us, not destroy us!

Stepping Out in Faith

2022-04-14T21:58:45-05:00April 14th, 2022|

Date: April 14, 2022 ()

Bible Text: Joshua 3:1-13 |

Introduction What does it mean to take a step of faith? Our text provides some important lessons about stepping out in faith. Message Faith’s Obstacle Intentional Obstacle (Joshua 3:1) Insurmountable Obstacle (Joshua 3:15) Faith’s Obedience Base your obedience on the Word of God. (Joshua 3:9) Don’t get ahead of God. (Joshua 3:3-4) Trust God to lead you each step of the way. (Joshua 3:4) Obedience is blessed. (Joshua 3:17) Following God does not exempt you from battles. (Joshua 4:11-13) Faith’s Opportunities Opportunity for Inauguration (Joshua 3:7; 4:14) Opportunity for Instruction (Joshua 3:9) Opportunity for Inspiration (Joshua 3:10) Faith Reminds Us of God’s Presence Faith Reminds Us of God’s Power Faith’s Occasion Recognize the Power of God (Joshua 4:24a) Respect the Person of

Bite Your Tongue

2022-04-14T19:00:49-05:00April 10th, 2022|

Date: April 10, 2022 ()

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We cherish the First Amendment because it protects our freedom of speech, but do not forget that there is a higher law than that of this land -the Bible. God has the right to dictate what we say, how we say it, and when we say it. We live in an age when most people believed that they are not only entitled to have an opinion but that their opinion must always be shared. There are times that we should bite our tongue. The world would be a better place if everyone followed God's guidelines for speech. Let's learn a little bit

The Importance of Missions

2022-04-03T19:23:09-05:00April 3rd, 2022|

Date: April 3, 2022 ()

Bible Text: John 3:16 |

It is the heartbeat of God You will have a heart for missions if you are close to God Be sure that your heart is the same as God's It is God's plan for man's redemption Why should everyone hear the Gospel twice before everyone has heard it once? It is the duty of the local church Where? All of the world What? Teaching and preaching When? Simultaneously How? They must be sent It is the thrust of the New Testament Without missions, there would be no New Testament America is the result of missions It is the only hope that the unsaved have

Breaking Bad Habits – Part 2

2022-03-21T09:17:21-05:00March 20th, 2022|

Date: March 20, 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 Turn to the Lord Exercise Faith Don't we have an excuse? John 8:36 Psalm 38:17-18 How do we overcome? Replace sinful habits with seven helpful habits Read the Bible and pray

The Helmet of Salvation

2022-03-13T20:24:40-05:00March 13th, 2022|

Date: March 13, 2022 ()

Bible Text: Ephesians 6:10-17 |

Today’s piece of the armor is the helmet of salvation. Why would saved people be told to put on the helmet of salvation? God is not implying that we have to get saved over and over again. So what does it mean to put on the helmet? Salvation provides much for a Christian, but many believers live without those benefits. It’s as if they don’t put on their helmet. Let's consider what the helmet of salvation offers us. Protection Protection from Doubt Protection from Fear Protection from Evil Thoughts Confidence Hope Hope in This Life Hope in the Next Life

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

Ruling Your Emotions

2022-02-27T14:41:47-06:00February 20th, 2022|

Date: February 20, 2022 ()

Bible Text: 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 |

Introduction Two types of emotions Harmful Healthy You will either rule your emotions or be ruled by them. How to keep your eyes on the Lord Turn on some good, spiritual music Get in the Word of God Conquer harmful emotions "I'm hurt" "I'm broken" "I'm confused" "I'm afraid" "I'm sad" "I'm discouraged" "I'm angry" "I'm bitter" "I'm tired" "I'm suspicious" Cultivate helpful emotions "I'm grateful" "I'm hopeful" "I'm happy" "I'm trusting"      

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

Winning the War Within

2022-01-11T22:50:15-06:00January 9th, 2022|

Date: January 9, 2022 ()

Bible Text: Galatians 5:13-17 |

All Christians can testify of a continuous battle in their hearts.  Part of us wants to do right, and part of us wants to sin.  Thankfully, the Bible gives us some steps to take to have victory.   Negative Steps to Take Detest Decrease Deny Die Positive Steps to Take Decide Dedicate Determine Depend Joy doesn't come by doing what you want.

The Hand of God

2021-12-14T10:19:49-06:00December 12th, 2021|

Date: December 12, 2021 ()

Bible Text: Psalm 31:15 |

Humbling Hand Points Daniel 5:1-6 Pushes James 4:6 Daniel 4:37 Proverbs 16:18 Punishes 1 Samuel 5:11 1 Samuel 12:15 Presses Psalm 38 Healing Hand Notice how it can heal us : Physically Mark 7:31-35 Spiritually Mark 9:27 Mentally Mark 5:15 Emotionally Matthew 17:5-7 Helping Hand Stabilizes Matthew 14:29-31 Protects John 10:27-28 Leads Mark 8:22-25 Delivers Hebrews 8:9 Upholds Psalm 37:24 Psalm 63:8 Psalm145:14 Strengthens Ezra 7: 28 Lifts Psalm 113:7 Converts Acts 11:21 Revives Luke 7:14 Saves Isaiah 59:1-2 Psalm 40:1 Romans 10:13

Here’s Hope

2021-10-25T22:39:52-05:00October 17th, 2021|

Date: October 17, 2021 ()

Bible Text: Romans 15:13 |

Have you ever gotten discouraged, disappointed, or depressed? Perhaps you are in such a state right now. The Lord does not want us to lose hope. He gave us the Bible so that we can have great hope! The Author of Hope The Ability of Hope The Access of Hope The Abundance of Hope The Agent of Hope Who can give me hope and what do I have to do to get it?  

The Next Generation

2021-09-14T21:11:58-05:00September 12th, 2021|

Date: September 12, 2021 ()

Bible Text: Judges 2:1-14 |

The Causes of Not Knowing God A lack of examples - Hebrews 13:7, 17 A lack of experience - Judges 2:10 A lack of the extraordinary - Judges 2:10 The Characteristics of Not Knowing God  Wickedness - Judges 2:11, Ephesians 5:2-5, Galatians 5:19-26, Proverbs 23:29-35, Galatians 1:4 Worldliness - Judges 2:11-12 Withdrawn - Judges 2:13 The Consequences of Not Knowing God Displeasure of God- Judges 2:14 Devastation - Judges 2:14 Defeat - Judges 2:14 Distress - Judges 2:15 The Cure for Not Knowing God Desire Diligence - 2 Timothy 2:15 Defer - 1 John 4:6 Decide - 1 John 2:3-4

Bye-Bye Bitterness

2021-07-14T08:45:56-05:00July 11th, 2021|

Date: July 11, 2021 ()

Bible Text: Hebrews 12:14-17    |

Bitterness must be dealt with or it will paralyze our walk with the Lord and hurt our relationships with others. The Root The Seeds of Bitterness Unpleasant experiences Unpleasant feelings Unpleasant reactions The Soil of Bitterness Proud heart The Sprouting of Bitterness The Fruit Resentment Hebrews 12:15 Rebellion Hebrews 12:16-17 Revenge Genesis 27:41 Rejection Hebrews 12:17 Regret Hebrews 12:17 The Boot  - Hebrews 12:14 Pursue Peace Matthew 5:9 Mark 11:25 Ephesians 4:31-32 Pursue Purity Galatians 5:16 What have I become bitter about?  How has it manifested in my life?  What will I do to root out the bitterness?

What Are You Looking For?

2021-06-29T17:02:07-05:00June 27th, 2021|

Date: June 27, 2021 ()

Bible Text: Psalm 105:1-4    |

Introduction –We tend to think change will bring us happiness.  However, nothing this world can offer can bring lasting satisfaction.  Consider three things that the Lord tells us to seek. Seek the Person of God He is Our Redeemer We are purchased by His blood - Revelation 5:9 We are rescued from our sin - Galatians 3:13, Acts 4:12 He is Our Rock God provides stability God provides security He is Our Revenger - Romans 12:17-21 He is Our Rewarder - Hebrews 11:6 Seek the Power of God Spiritual Strength - Philippians 4:13 Physical Strength - Isaiah 40:31 Emotional Strength - Matthew 11:28-29 Seek the Perspective of God Gladness - Psalm 21:6 Stability - Psalm 30:7 Deliverance -

Wounded Warriors

2021-05-17T21:55:05-05:00May 16th, 2021|

Date: May 16, 2021 ()

Bible Text: 2 Timothy 2:1-5 |

Reasons why we might not be reporting for duty: We could be scarred by sin Sin makes us unable to serve - 2 Timothy 2:4s Sin makes us unfit for service Sin makes us unconcerned about souls We could be sidelined through suffering We could be silenced through sorrow

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
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