Dec 3, 2017
The Blessings of Abiding in Him
  • Dec 3, 2017The Blessings of Abiding in Him
    Dec 3, 2017
    The Blessings of Abiding in Him
  • Nov 26, 2017Praise & Thanksgiving
    Nov 26, 2017
    Praise & Thanksgiving
  • Oct 8, 2017Goliath Must Fall
    Oct 8, 2017
    Goliath Must Fall
    Goliath Must Fall   1 Peter 5:6-11 (ESV)   The devil is acting like the devil.
    Isaiah 14:12-14 –
    John 8:44 –
    Murder & Liar
    John 10:10 –
    Wants to kill, Steal, & Destroy   This is who the devil is and he will never change.   God give us how to deal with the things that Satan will come at us with: A Humble Attitude Dependence on God An Alert and Watchful Mind A Resistance to the Devil The Support of the Faith Family A Faith in God’s Love for Us   A Picture of What Spiritual Strongholds Do – 1 Samuel 17   Goliath challenged the Israelites for 40 days   They were: Intimidated Demoralized Immobilized Sunk   The sound of a single voice had shut them down.   A Picture of How to Overcome Spiritual Strongholds – 1 Samuel 17  
    • Recognize the Strength of the Stronghold – Verses 4-7
    • Recognize God is Bigger- Verse 37
       James 1:14-16 (NIV)    1 John 4:4 (NLT)  
    • Recognize That the Stronghold Challenges God’s Character, Truth and
    – Verse 10
       Defy – reproach, taut, blaspheme    Genesis 3:1-5 (ESV)  
    • Be Prepared – Verses 17-18
       1 Peter 3:14-15 (CEB)  
    • Know You Have Been Trained and Know God – Verses 34-36
       Titus 2:11-14 (ESV)  
    • We Have Weapons – Verses 38-40
       2 Corinthians 10:4-6  
    • Live with Confidence in God Not Yourself – Verses 45-47
       2 Corinthians 3:4-6   The Result – 1 Samuel 17  
    • Verses 45-51a
       God is greater than anything you will face.    Goliath fell.    David cut off Goliath’s head.  
    • Verses 51b-54
       The Philistines were defeated.    Goliath’s head displayed God’s power.   The time has come to kill the giant, to destroy the stronghold. – Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV)
  • Aug 20, 2017Care Sacrificially
    Aug 20, 2017
    Care Sacrificially
    Care Sacrificially   James 1:27 (CEB) & 2:15-16 (CEV) – Jesus’ command to care Acts 2:42, 45 (CEB) – the church caring The early church met the needs of people. They didn’t focus on being right or following rituals.
    This allowed them to care
    Sacrificially They made a huge impact on the culture because they loved and it was seen in their actions. People will not care what we believe until they see how much we care. The Church Has Three Uncommon Things
    We have an Uncommon
    Foundation We belong to each other in Jesus.
    • Sharing in the body of Jesus – 1 Corinthians 10:16 (NKJV)
    • Sharing in the service of Jesus – 2 Corinthians 8:4 (NCV)
    • Sharing in the Spirit of Jesus – 2 Corinthians 13:14 (Phi)
    • Sharing in the gospel of Jesus – Philippians 1:5 (ESV)
    • Sharing in the suffering of Jesus – Philippians 3:10 (GNT)
    • Sharing in the life of Jesus – 1 John 1:3 (CEV)
    We relate to each other through Jesus.– 1 John 1:7 (TCNT) Is CATB one in heart and mind with Jesus and each other? – Romans 15:5-6 (NIV)
    We have an Uncommon
    Social Concern
    • We are to value people over possessions.
    • We are to give our resources without a thought of return.
    Is your conservative devotion and approach to the Word of God leading you to a liberal concern for the needs of people? – Acts 4:32 (NIV)
    We have an Uncommon
    • We become united in worship
    • We multiply through a united witness
    Our faith family has to be more than a once-a-week routine, it has to be a day-by-day reality. A Concern, A Confidence, and A Commitment
    • We have to be concerned about the hurts of people around us
    The Progression: We see the hurt We feel the hurt We touch the hurt The Truth: Those who are most effective in reaching many are the most passionate about reaching the one.
    • We are to be confident in the name of the One who saved us.
    We are to know His person. We are to trust His power. We are to show His presence.
    • We are to be committed to the glory of the God who works through us
    When we are: The crowd will be attracted. The Word will be illustrated. The Lord Jesus will be exalted. Does Sierra county see the truth and love of Jesus in CATB? The Bottom Line: The glory of God is revealed in the sacrificial care of His people for each other and others who are not believers yet? What is foundation? – Isaiah 33:6 (CEV) What is your primary concern? – Matthew 6:33 (Mon) What is your mission? – Matthew 28:19 (ESV)
  • Aug 13, 2017Walking in worship
    Aug 13, 2017
    Walking in worship
    Walking in worship I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.                                                                                                             Romans 12:1-2  
    1. The Soul must be given to God
             2.The body must be given to God         3.The mind must be given to God        4.The will is given to God  
  • Aug 6, 2017Worship Wholeheartedly
    Aug 6, 2017
    Worship Wholeheartedly
    Worship Wholeheartedly   Is worship important? Psalm 29:2 (GNT) – Yes! Worship was essential to the Old Testament believers – Exodus 20:4-6 (GWT) Worship will be a part of our lives in eternity – Revelation 4:8-11 (CEB) Worship brings great enjoyment to God. – Psalm 147:11 (CEV) What Worship Is Not: Just music – Psalm 95:6-7 (NLT) Just for our benefit – Psalm 99:5, 9 (ESV) Not a part of your life – Romans 12:1 (GNT) Not based on human rules – Matthew 15:9 (CEV) Worship Is: Loving
    God supremely – Hosea 6:6 (LB)
    God completely – Hebrews 11:7 (TM)
    God wholeheartedly – James 2:24 (CEV)
    Praising and Thanking
    God continually – Psalm 69:30-31 (NIV)
    our abilities to honor God – 1 Corinthians 10:31 (Amp)
    Three Essential Questions for Wholehearted Worship
    Question #1: Do I value my spiritual
    Appearance more than my spiritual Authenticity
    John 4:23-24 (CEV)
    Question #2: Do I have a genuine
    before God? – Proverbs 9:10 (Amp)
    Question #3: Is the
    Person of God compelling me to accomplish the Mission
    of God?
    The presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives is always accompanied by the reality of the Holy Spirit in our worship. Worship is only for God. – Matthew 4:10 (NLT) Real worship then leads us to be conformed to the will of God and the desire to obey Him. Are you worshiping God?
  • Jul 30, 2017Pray Desperately
    Jul 30, 2017
    Pray Desperately
    Pray Desperately Acts 1:14 Acts 2:42 Acts 3:1 Acts 4:24 Acts 6:4 The Praying of the early Church Was:
    • Constant
    • Devoted
    • A Priority
    • Passionate
    • Focused
    The overwhelming thing about all the early church did was that – It Was Urgent! – Romans 13:11 (NLT) Praying: The Early Believers
    • Who did they pray to?
       The God who is
    over everything – Acts 4:24 (ESV)
       The God who
    everything we need – Philippians 4:13 (Amp)
    • Why did they pray?
       They were utterly dependent on God’s
    – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
       They were utterly desperate for God’s
    – Hebrews 4:16 (GNT)
       They were utterly devoted to God’s
    – Acts 20:24 (CEB)
    • How did they pray?
       They prayed with
    – Acts 3:1 (NKJV)
       They prayed with
     - Acts 10:9 (NIV)
    • When did they pray?
       They participated in
    prayer – Acts 12:12 (GWT)
       They participated in
    prayer – 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NIV)
    • Where did they pray?
    together for prayer
    a part to pray – Ephesians 6:18 (GWT)
    • What did they pray?
       For the
    of God’s Word – Acts 4:29-31 (ESV)
       For the
    of each other and the world – James 5:13-16 (CEB)
       For the
    of the Gospel – Ephesians 6:18 (TM)
    or people
    Have a
    time to meet with Jesus in prayer
    Pray for specific
    Local and Global
    Pray for
    Make time to pray with
    Others Prayer is the relationship with God. For prayer to be important and effective we have to surrender our lives to Jesus. Prayer will only be a priority when Jesus is the priority.
  • Jul 23, 2017Speak the Word of God Boldly
    Jul 23, 2017
    Speak the Word of God Boldly
    Speak the Word of God Boldly   Acts 4:29 (NASB) Psalm 119:105 (NKJV) Five Reasons Why the Word of God Must Be Central in Our Church
    • 1 Peter 1:24-25 (CEB): Because of the Magnitude of God’s Word
    of God’s revelation
       God reveals Himself as the Word – John 1:1 (Amp)    God reveals Himself through the Word – John 17:8 (ESV)
    of God’s revelation – Genesis 17:1 (GNT)
      It exposes the voice of God   It exalts the greatest of God
    • Psalm 33:4 (NIV): Because of the Authority of God’s Word
       We are
    apart from God’s Word – 2 Timothy 3:16 (ESV)
       We are
    apart from God’s Word – Romans 1:16 (NCV)
       We are
    apart from God’s Word – John 15:3-4 (ESV)
    • Proverbs 30:5 (NCV): Because of the Relevance of God’s Word
       It speaks to contemporary
    Needs    Matthew 5:21-22 – Murder    Matthew 5:27-28 – Adultery    Matthew 5:31-32 – Divorce    Matthew 6:2 – Charity    Matthew 6:25-32 – Worry
       It speaks about eternal
    Promises    Joshua 1:8-9 – Prosperity & Success    Hebrews 13:5 – God always being with us    Isaiah 40:31 – God being our strength    Psalm 18:16-19 – God being our deliverer    Psalm 23 – God being our shepherd
    • 1 Peter 1:23 (CEB) – Because of the Purpose of God’s Word
       To show us the
    of Jesus – John 2:11 (NIV)
       To transform us onto the
    of Jesus – 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NLT)
    • Hebrews 4:12 (CEV): Because of the Effect of God’s Word
       It awakens
    – Titus 1:9 (Amp)
       We realize the gravity of our need    We realize the greatest of God’s provision of grace
       It leads to
    – Acts 2:21 (GWT) & Romans 10:14 (CEV)
       Turn from sin to Jesus – James 4:7 (NIV)
       It leads to
     - Galatians 5:25 (ESV)
       We are led by the Spirit    We long for the Word God has not called us to focus on good stuff. God stuff fills our lives with the truth that is necessary for realizing God’s purpose. Three Questions
    • Which seeker are we going to be sensitive to?
    • Will we teach a gospel of grace or works?
    • Do our lives reflect the evidence of a changed heart?
    Surrender your life to Jesus and make His Word your authority for living.
  • Jul 16, 2017Awakening by the Spirit
    Jul 16, 2017
    Awakening by the Spirit
    Awakening by the Spirit
    Revelation 3:2-3 (NLT) – We as God’s church need to
    Wake Up We need to wake up and be alert. Ephesians 6:18 (ESV) 1 Peter 1:13 (ESV) We are in a battle to the death. Ephesians 6:11-12 (TM) Deuteronomy 3:22 (ESV) We need to pray: God waken our affection for You God, help us obey Your Spirit God, help us to surrender to Your will God, Awaken Our Affections The driving force behind the mission of the early church was the person of Jesus. – Acts 1
    Verses 1-3: Jesus is the risen
    Verses 4-8: Jesus is the exalted
    Verses 9-11: Jesus is the coming
    Their passion for Jesus lead to a passion for the
    Kingdom Jesus said: Mark 12:30 (NKJV) – Love Him Matthew 6:33 (NIV) – Seek His Kingdom John 14:15 (CEB) – Obey Him
    Loving and obeying and seeking His kingdom are the
    of a Christian
    God, Help Us to Obey Your Spirit – Acts 2 The Holy Spirit Enables Us to:
    Verses 1-4: Experience God’s
    Verses 5-8: Obey God’s
    Verses 40-41: Fulfill God’s
    Purposes The Spirit will always point us to, direct us toward, and draw us to Jesus. John 14:26 & 16:1-4 (GNT) God, Help Us to Surrender to Your Will – Acts 2 The Priorities of Jesus and His Church
    Verse 14a:
    the Word of God boldly
    Verses 44-45:
    for others sacrificially
    Verse 46:
    Jesus wholeheartedly
    Verse 42:
    to the Father desperately
    Verse 47:
    disciples exponentially
    God promises to bless His church when we walk according to His
    .Bottom Line: Jesus wants Sierra county and the world
    We know what God wants. What do you want?
  • Jun 25, 2017The Anchor of Hope
    Jun 25, 2017
    The Anchor of Hope
    The Anchor of Hope   Hope: a confident and joyous expectation of something happening Real hope leads to peace – Romans 15:13 (NLT) The question: What is your hope based on? The answer will determine if you experience real peace. Jesus’ Path to Peace – John 16:33 (ESV) I have told you these things
    • John 14:12-14 (CEB) – Power of Prayer
    • Luke 11:28 (NIV) – The Blessing of God’s Word
    • Matthew 16:16 (ESV) – Jesus is the Christ
    • Matthew 7:28-29 – Showed Them Real Authority
     That in Me
    • John 10:30 (ESV) – Jesus and the Father are One
    • John 14:8-9 (NCV) – In Jesus you have seen the Father
    • John 5:19 (NIV) – Jesus does what the Father does
    You may have peace
    • Peace – rest, oneness, quietness
    • John 14:27 (ESV) – Jesus gives His disciples peace
    • Matthew 11:28 (Wms) – Jesus leads us into rest
    In this world
    • World – this earthly life
    • John 3:16 (ESV) – Jesus loves the world, the people
    • John 12:31 (Amp) – Jesus will judge the world, the fallen nature of our
              human culture
    • John 15:19 (NLT) – As followers of Jesus we will be out of step and at
               odds with the world because Jesus was You will have tribulation
    • Tribulation – troubles stress
    • Jesus said you will have trouble because we live in a fallen world
    • Tribulation does not have the last word – Jesus does
    But take heart
    • Heart – courage or confidence
    • Matthew 6:33 (ESV) – God has got it under control
    • Romans 8:35, 37-39 (ESV) – nothing Separates you from God’s love
    • 1 Peter 1:13 (NIV) – God’s grace\
    I have overcome the world
    • Overcome – conquered and won the victory
    • 1 John 4:4 and 5:4 (ESV) – we have overcome through faith in Jesus
    Where do you turn for hope?
    • Romans 5:5 (NIV) – God’s Love
    • Romans 5:13 (NIV) – God’s Grace
    • Hebrews 4:13 (ESV) Jesus as our high priest
    The anchor of our hope is God’s love and grace expressed in Jesus. Is Jesus your anchor?