Jan 24, 2016
Morning Service – Elders
Series: Elders
1Peter 5:1-4 Elder Leadership like cream always rises to the top, given enough time. Followers are essential for leaders to thrive. God desires EVERY Christian to grow up - mature in their faith. 1Tim. 3:1-7 Page 1193 “Elders” presbyterous “overseer” episkopos lead feed protect guide Ezekiel 34:1-6 (page 862) Peter Challenges the Elders (5:1-3) (2) 1. Keep watch over God's flock 2. Willingly do what God asks you to do (2b) 3. Don't do it for dishonest (shameful) gain (money) 4. Eager to serve (3) 5. Don't lord it over the sheep 6. Be a Godly example (pattern) to the flock (4) Conclusion: It will be worth it all Hebrews 13:20-21 Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
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  • Jan 24, 2016Morning Service – Elders
    Jan 24, 2016
    Morning Service – Elders
    Series: Elders
    1Peter 5:1-4 Elder Leadership like cream always rises to the top, given enough time. Followers are essential for leaders to thrive. God desires EVERY Christian to grow up - mature in their faith. 1Tim. 3:1-7 Page 1193 “Elders” presbyterous “overseer” episkopos lead feed protect guide Ezekiel 34:1-6 (page 862) Peter Challenges the Elders (5:1-3) (2) 1. Keep watch over God's flock 2. Willingly do what God asks you to do (2b) 3. Don't do it for dishonest (shameful) gain (money) 4. Eager to serve (3) 5. Don't lord it over the sheep 6. Be a Godly example (pattern) to the flock (4) Conclusion: It will be worth it all Hebrews 13:20-21 Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
  • Jan 17, 2016Morning Service – Testing Your Faith
    Jan 17, 2016
    Morning Service – Testing Your Faith
    1Peter 4:12-19 John 15:18-20 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. Matthew 5:11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 1 Thessalonians 3:2-4 We sent Timothy, who is our brother and co-worker in God's service in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. For you know quite well that we are destined for them. In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know. James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. Mile markers to maturity! (12) Mile Marker 1 Don't be surprised! (13) Mile Marker 2 Share in Christ's suffering now, share in His glory later! Romans 8:17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Acts 5:41 The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. (14-16) Mile Marker 3 How will you know if you are on the right road? (17-18) Mile Marker 4 If you think these bumps are bad for you, they're nothing compared to what's ahead for the unbeliever! Hebrews 12:7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? Proverbs 11:31 If the righteous receive their due on earth, how much more the ungodly and the sinner! (19) Conclusion Don't stop doing good just because you suffer for it! God's Powerful Scriptures
  • Jan 10, 2016Morning Service – The End is Near
    Jan 10, 2016
    Morning Service – The End is Near
    Series: (Create New)
    The End is Drawing Near! 1Peter 4:7-11 Acts 1:6–11 (Page 1090) James 5:8 (AMP) So you also must be patient. Establish your hearts [strengthen and confirm them in the final certainty], for the coming of the Lord is very near. Matthew 24:36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. How then Should I Behave? 1. Be Alert 2. Of Sober mind Keep a clear head! 3. Pray…a lot! 4. Love each other Deeply Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs. John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. 5. Offer Hospitality to each other Who owns my home? 6. Use your spiritual gift to serve others (11) Two categories: speaking gifts and serving gifts Seven Gifts Romans 12:6-8 Prophesying Romans 12:9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Serving (meeting physical needs) Teaching Clarifying truth Encourage / Exhortation Giving Leading Showing mercy (meeting emotional needs) One Purpose To serve others!
  • Jan 3, 2016Morning Service – What If
    Jan 3, 2016
    Morning Service – What If
    Series: What If
    1Peter 4:1-6 "What If..." (4:1) An "attitude" issue!! (4:2) Result! (4:3) Enough time wasted on foolishness! John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.(NIV) (4:4) Confusion & Abuse (4:5-6) Accountable to God, not you!
  • Dec 6, 2015Morning Service – Battle for the Soul
    Dec 6, 2015
    Morning Service – Battle for the Soul
    1Peter 2:13-21 1) Government 2) Work - boss 3) Mate 1) Our attitude toward government Romans 13:1-7 ( page 1138 ) Galatians 5:13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. Romans 6:22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. (17) Show respect in 4 ways Romans 13:7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. 2) Our attitude toward our work or our boss(s) (18-20) Eph. 6:5-9 (page 1177) 1 Peter 2:18 (AMP) [You who are] household servants, be submissive to your masters with all [proper] respect, not only to those who are kind and considerate and reasonable, but also to those who are surly (overbearing, unjust, and crooked). 1 Peter 2:18 (MontgomeryNT) Household slaves, submit yourselves to your masters in all reverence; not only to the kind and gentle, but also to the unreasonable. Your very soul is at stake in this spiritual battle!
  • Nov 29, 2015Morning Service – Abstain from Sinful Desires
    Nov 29, 2015
    Morning Service – Abstain from Sinful Desires
    1 Peter 2:11-12 Abstain From A CHOICE! Live Good Lives The Goal Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Following the Steps of Jesus (21) Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Isaiah 53 Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!' Isaiah 53:5-6 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
  • Nov 22, 2015Morning Service – Christ – Our Living Stone
    Nov 22, 2015
    Morning Service – Christ – Our Living Stone
    1Peter 2:4-10 Key Words! Metaphors (2:4) 1. As you come to Him 2. The living Stone 3. Rejected by people.. Chosen by God.. Precious Matthew 16:18 (AMP) And I tell you, you are Peter [Greek, Petros–a large piece of rock], and on this rock [Greek, petra–a huge rock like Gibraltar] I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (the powers of the infernal region) shall not overpower it [or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it]. (2:5) 4. Living Stones Part of a spiritual house 5. Holy Priesthood offering spiritual sacrifices Romans 12:1-2 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God– this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. (2:6) 6. The chosen & precious Cornerstone 7. They will never be put to shame. (2:7-8) 8. Believe..not believe – stone rejected (2:9-10) Who we are in Christ! 9. Chosen People 10. Royal priesthood 11. Holy Nation His special / prize “possession” God's purpose **Never forget where you came from, and what you are now in Christ! (10)
  • Nov 15, 2015Morning Service – The Purified Life
    Nov 15, 2015
    Morning Service – The Purified Life
    1 Peter 1:22-2:3 Spiritual purification (22) Ephesians 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. Psalm 119:9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. Trials refine faith Obedience to God's Word refines character! What is the visible results of this cleansing process? 1) A sincere Love of others (22b) Galatians 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers 1 Peter 4:8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 2) A desire/hunger for spiritual growth. Psalm 42:1-2 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? A) Salvation (1:23) Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. Rom. 10:17 (KJV) So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. B) Spiritual Growth (2:2-3) 3) A repentance from sin (2:1) Five sins that would drive wedges between believers. “malice” wickedness “Deceit” “to catch with bait” Deliberate dishonesty! 1 John 1:8-9 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. Obadiah 1:3-4 The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks and make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, 'Who can bring me down to the ground?' Though you soar like the eagle and make your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down,” declares the LORD. “hypocrisy” Putting on a show “”envy” Wanting what someone else has “slander” Speaking evil against someone Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. *God doesn't call the equipped, He equips the called.*
  • Nov 8, 2015Morning Service – Unpeeling the Layers of Spiritual Growth
    Nov 8, 2015
    Morning Service – Unpeeling the Layers of Spiritual Growth
    (13) Put on your thinking caps (14) You no longer live in ignorance (15-16) BE Holy! Live a holy life! (17) Call / appeal to your father Impartially = Freedom! Live as Foreigners Live in “reverent fear Holy living is motivated by a God-fearing faith (18) You didn't buy your way into heaven Paul said he considered it all dung - Phil. 3:7-9 (19) Christ alone! (20) God chose Christ to redeem us & us to believe in Him Eph. 1:4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love (21) Christ made access to God possible! Next week 1) What is spiritual purification 2) What part does God's Word play in your salvation & in your spiritual growth? 3) Fearless inventory of sin in our lives.
  • Oct 25, 2015Morning Service – Serving Others
    Oct 25, 2015
    Morning Service – Serving Others
    1Peter 1:10-16 1. God choose us 2. The Holy Spirit sanctifies us 3. The blood of Jesus sprinkles us 1.We are born again 2.We have a living hope NOW 3.We are shielded by His power 4.We have much to rejoice in NOW 5.The trials have a purpose 6.We love Jesus & believe in him 7.Salvation of our souls 1.It baffled the OT prophets (10-11) “revealed” unveiling (5, 7, 12, 20, 5:1) Genesis 35:7 There he built an altar, and he called the place El Bethel, because it was there that God revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother. Matthew 11:25-26 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. Matthew 16:17 Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 1 Corinthians 2:7-10 ..we declare God's wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written: "What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived - the things God has prepared for those who love him"-- these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. Matthew 13:17 For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it. 2. They determined that it wasn't for them to know (12a) 3. Even angels didn't understand (12b) A. Man & angels probably would not understand Galatians 4:4-5 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law… B. Out of their ignorance they may have tried to stop it 1.Alert & Sober minds (13) 2.Live like obedient children (14) 3. Be Holy (15-16)