Oct 18, 2015
Morning Service – Our Past, Present, and Future
1 Peter 1:3-9 1. Chosen by God 2. Sanctified by the Spirit 3. Sprinkled by the blood of Christ 1) [Past] We are “born again” John 3:3-7 2) [Present] “living hope” (3b-4) Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin (rust) destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 1Cor.15:12-22 (page 1154) 3) [Present] (5a) “shielded by God's power” 4) [Future] (5b) “until..coming..last time” 5) [Present] (6) “..now..suffer grief..trials” 2 purposes: (7) 1Cor. 3: 11-15 2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. What do we do with the crowns? Revelation 4:4 Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. (10-11) the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” 6) [Present] (8-9) ..YOU love him..believe in him..filled with joy..salvation RIGHT NOW!! John 20:29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” 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.
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  • Oct 18, 2015Morning Service – Our Past, Present, and Future
    Oct 18, 2015
    Morning Service – Our Past, Present, and Future
    1 Peter 1:3-9 1. Chosen by God 2. Sanctified by the Spirit 3. Sprinkled by the blood of Christ 1) [Past] We are “born again” John 3:3-7 2) [Present] “living hope” (3b-4) Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin (rust) destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 1Cor.15:12-22 (page 1154) 3) [Present] (5a) “shielded by God's power” 4) [Future] (5b) “until..coming..last time” 5) [Present] (6) “..now..suffer grief..trials” 2 purposes: (7) 1Cor. 3: 11-15 2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. What do we do with the crowns? Revelation 4:4 Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. (10-11) the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” 6) [Present] (8-9) ..YOU love him..believe in him..filled with joy..salvation RIGHT NOW!! John 20:29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” 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.
  • Oct 11, 2015Morning Service – Introduction to 1 Peter
    Oct 11, 2015
    Morning Service – Introduction to 1 Peter
    1Peter 1:1-2 Introduction to 1Peter AUTHOR Matthew 16:18 And I tell you that you are Peter (pebble), and on this (massive) rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. DATE GENERAL EPISTLE Diasporas Chapters 1-2 Doctrinal Chapters 3-5 Practical LETTER RECIPIANTS (key words) Elect Scattered Acts 8:1-5 And Saul approved of their killing him (Stephen). On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison. Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there. The Law of Spiritual Thermal Dynamics The Triune God involved in our Salvation Chosen (1:2, 20, 2:4, 6, 9, 5:13) Ephesians1:4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. Obedient Not to just get us into Heaven, but to get Heaven into us. Sprinkled with his (Christ's) blood Grace (Getting what we don't deserve) Peace (That surpasses our understanding Phil. 4:7)
  • Oct 4, 2015Morning Service – The Glory of God 2
    Oct 4, 2015
    Morning Service – The Glory of God 2
    The Glory of God (2) Exodus 33:19 I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. Exodus 34:6-7 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet, he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.” Luke 6:36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. 1) It means we have an assured confidence in our future destiny Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. “Georgia Woman Kelly Gissendaner Sings 'Amazing Grace' During Execution” 2) It means to Love our neighbor Leviticus 19:18 'Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD. Matt.5:43-48 1. Love our enemies 2 Pray for those who persecute us. Matthew 22:34-40 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “ 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” 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.” DEBT Romans 13:8-10 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. SERVE Galatians 5:13-15 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. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. James 2:8-10 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. LOVE BEGINS AT HOME! *Marriages work when they are a place where the glory of God is exercised & lived out. Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her Matthew 7:12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Colossians 3:12-14 Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
  • Sep 27, 2015Morning Service – The Glory of God
    Sep 27, 2015
    Morning Service – The Glory of God
    Glory (310 Xs) 1) Exodus 16 (page 71) 2) Ex. 24:15-18 Shekinah 3) Ex. 33:7-11 Numbers 12:8 With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?” 4) Ex. 33:15-16 The glory of God distinguishes believers from the rest of the world. 5) Ex. 33:18-23 John 15:15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God Sin causes us to miss out on God's glory! **Col. 1:27 *Christ living His life in & through us makes it possible for us to experience / demonstrate God's glory! Col. 1:28-29 The goal Matthew 5:16 … let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. John 8:54 Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. John 17:1 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
  • Sep 20, 2015Morning Service – The Powerful Gospel
    Sep 20, 2015
    Morning Service – The Powerful Gospel
    The Powerful Gospel Romans 1:8-16 The world had heard of their faith (1:8) Paul prayed for them (1:9-10) John 16:33 "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." Paul desired to come and see them (11-13) 1) Mutual Encouragement 2) A spiritual harvest of souls This is not about what we can do for God, but what God can do through us! Three basic convictions/motivations (14-16) 1) He felt a sense of obligation to his world (14) A Spiritual Philanthropist Titus 3:3-6 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, 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 2) He was eager / ready to share with others (15) 3) He was not ashamed of the gospel of Christ (16) “the GOOD NEWS” Matthew 7:24-27 (page 972) Wise & Foolish man Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. Isaiah 40:8-9 The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever. You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!” John 20:21 …“Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
  • Sep 13, 2015Morning Service – The Four F’s of Success
    Sep 13, 2015
    Morning Service – The Four F’s of Success
  • Sep 6, 2015Morning Service – Labor Day
    Sep 6, 2015
    Morning Service – Labor Day
    Series: Labor Day
    Labor (98 Xs) Jeremiah 22:23 You who live in 'Lebanon,' who are nestled in cedar buildings, how you will groan when pangs come upon you, pain like that of a woman in labor! 1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. Work (382 Xs) Genesis 2:2-3 Genesis 2:5-7 God designed people to WORK! Genesis 2:15-17 Genesis 3:17-19 Exodus 1:14 They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly. Genesis 4:11-12 Life without work results in destructive behavior 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15 (page 1191) "The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat." Ephesians 4:28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need. 2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Philippians 2:14-16 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.
  • Aug 30, 2015Morning Service – Why? #3
    Aug 30, 2015
    Morning Service – Why? #3
    Series: Why?
    Why # 3 National Blessings & Curses Deuteronomy 28:1-7; 28:15; 29:22-24 Pity Party Naomi Ruth 1:11 But Naomi said, “Return home, my daughters. Why would you come with me? Am I going to have any more sons, who could become your husbands? (20-21) “Don't call me Naomi,” (pleasant) she told them. “Call me Mara, (bitter) because the Almighty has made my life very bitter. I went away full, but the LORD has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? The LORD has afflicted me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me.” Matthew 6:28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Matthew 7:3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? Matthew 8:26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. Matthew 9:4 Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? Matthew 14:31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 15:3 Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? Matthew 26:6-13 “Why this waste?” “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. ..wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” *Good priorities bring lasting results! Matthew 27:46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). Mark 5:38-40 39 He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” Mark 10:18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good–except God alone. Mark 12:14-17 15 Should we pay or shouldn't we?” But Jesus knew their hypocrisy. “Why are you trying to trap me?” he asked. “Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.” Luke 6:46 “Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say? Luke 12:25-26 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? Psalm 42:5 Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Luke 22:46 “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” Luke 24:5-6 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee Luke 24:36-39 (38) He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? John 8:46 Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don't you believe me? John 10:36b …Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, 'I am God's Son'? Acts 1:11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” Acts 3:12 When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?
  • Aug 23, 2015Morning Service – Why #2
    Aug 23, 2015
    Morning Service – Why #2
    Series: Why?
    WHY 562 Xs Genesis 4:6-7 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” 1) An admission of wrong doing 2) A correction of behavior 3) Doing it right in the future Why a blood sacrifice? Hebrews 9:22 …without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Acts 17:30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. Romans 3:25a God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood–to be received by faith. Give ADVICE Jethro Exodus 18:9-12 (page 74) Exodus 18:13-24 Ephesians 4:11-13 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 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. QUESTIONING GOD Manna Num. 11:6-15 (page 144) yuck! Joshua 7 (pg 218) Why does disaster come when all seems to be going so well? 1) Admit our wrong doing 2) Correct our behavior 3) Do what is right
  • Aug 16, 2015Morning Service – Conformed vs. Transformed – Jon’s Sermon
    Aug 16, 2015
    Morning Service – Conformed vs. Transformed – Jon’s Sermon