Jun 11, 2017
The Me I Want to Be: Be Connected
The Me I Want to Be: Be Connected Connected: united, joined, linked Life is about relationships. God is a God of relationships. Exodus 33:11 (GNT) James 2:23 (CEB) Acts 13:22 (GWT) God wants to be connected to you. God desires you to be connected with a faith family – John 17:20-21 (NLT) Three Laws of Relationships Observation Communication Never Stop Life-giving relationships are the top priority in life. Those occur when we are connected to: Jesus Jesus’ People Living in isolation will lead to: Temptation Discouragement Defeat The Gift of Connectedness
Galatians 5:13 (NCV) – Experiencing
Delight
in serving others
Hebrews 10:23-25 (ESV) – Enjoying a
Commitment
to a community
Romans 13:8 (ESV) – Finding fulfilment in
Loving
others
Psalm 90:14 (NLT) – Knowing
Joy
, true, deep-in-the-soul richness
Mark 3:31-35 (CEB) –
Belonging
through God’s grace
True Community: Luke 22:14-20 (ESV) The Body of Jesus given for us The Blood of Jesus pour out for us Prayer for Connectedness in the Faith Family Strength Depth Apprehending Fullness Come into relationship with Jesus Come into relationship with Jesus’ family  
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  • Jun 11, 2017The Me I Want to Be: Be Connected
    Jun 11, 2017
    The Me I Want to Be: Be Connected
    The Me I Want to Be: Be Connected Connected: united, joined, linked Life is about relationships. God is a God of relationships. Exodus 33:11 (GNT) James 2:23 (CEB) Acts 13:22 (GWT) God wants to be connected to you. God desires you to be connected with a faith family – John 17:20-21 (NLT) Three Laws of Relationships Observation Communication Never Stop Life-giving relationships are the top priority in life. Those occur when we are connected to: Jesus Jesus’ People Living in isolation will lead to: Temptation Discouragement Defeat The Gift of Connectedness
    Galatians 5:13 (NCV) – Experiencing
    Delight
    in serving others
    Hebrews 10:23-25 (ESV) – Enjoying a
    Commitment
    to a community
    Romans 13:8 (ESV) – Finding fulfilment in
    Loving
    others
    Psalm 90:14 (NLT) – Knowing
    Joy
    , true, deep-in-the-soul richness
    Mark 3:31-35 (CEB) –
    Belonging
    through God’s grace
    True Community: Luke 22:14-20 (ESV) The Body of Jesus given for us The Blood of Jesus pour out for us Prayer for Connectedness in the Faith Family Strength Depth Apprehending Fullness Come into relationship with Jesus Come into relationship with Jesus’ family  
  • Jun 4, 2017The Me I Want to Be: Redeemed from Sin by Grace
    Jun 4, 2017
    The Me I Want to Be: Redeemed from Sin by Grace
    The Me I Want to Be: Redeemed from Sin by Grace We become vulnerable to temptation when we become Dissatisfied with our lives. We cannot live without soul satisfaction. Following Jesus is living in the Filling and Flow  of the Spirit. The pattern of our sin is usually related to our Gifts. Galatians 5:25 (ESV) 1 Peter 5:8 (NLT) Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)   David, Sin and Grace   Five Things David Could Have Done to Avoid Sin – 2 Samuel 11:1-5 (ESV) Verse 1: been with the army out fighting Verse 2: turned away when he first saw Bathsheba Verse 3: not inquired about who she was Verse 4: not had her brought to his room Verse 4: not had sex with her   David’s Reaction to His Sin – Psalm 51:1-17 (ESV)
    Verses 1-2: Asked for Mercy and Forgiveness
     
    Verses 3-5: Acknowledged his sin and Sinfulness
     
    Verse 6: Acknowledged that God is Truth
     
    Verses 7-10: Asked to be Cleansed and restored to right Fellowship
     
    Verses 11-12: Asked for the Holy Spirit to Fill him and to Work  in him
     
    Verses 13-15: Asked to be allowed to declare God’s Praise
     
    Verses 16-17: Acknowledged that we are to be Humbled  before God
      God Gives Grace to David 2 Samuel 12:1(ESV) – God sends Nathan to confront David 2 Samuel 12:24-25 (ESV) – Solomon is born 2 Samuel 12:26 (ESV) – Rabbah a royal city of the Ammonites captured 2 Samuel 13:22 (ESV) – David is a man after God’s heart   Romans 3:21-26 (ESV) Righteous apart from the law Righteousness is found in Jesus All have sinned Justified by grace Jesus is the atoning sacrifice for sins God is just and justifies us through faith in Jesus   Six truths are revealed in this passage and God does five of them   Focus on Jesus and His grace!
  • May 28, 2017The Me I Want to Be: Discovering the Spirit
    May 28, 2017
    The Me I Want to Be: Discovering the Spirit
    The Me I Want to Be: Discovering the Spirit Matthew 16:25-26 (CEV) Redemption: the whole person being made into who God wants you to be Redemption is about transformation – 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) We are not just saved by grace but we are to Live  by grace. Self-improvement and self-salvation is not God’s plan. God’s plan is for your daily life to be given, guided, guarded and energized by the grace of God.   God’s Grace by His Spirit
    • Thought you up – Jeremiah 1:4-5 (CEB)
    • Created you – Psalm 139:13-16 (NIV)
    • Redeemed you – Luke 1:68 (ESV)
    • Has a Plan for you – Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
    • Has Good Works for you – Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)
      The Enemy Has Counterfeits of You for You
    • The you to Impress people – Matthew 23:5-6 (GWT)
    • The you that you think you Should Be – 1 Samuel 18:6-8 (ESV)
    • The you Others want you to be – 1 Samuel 17:38-40 (HCSB)
    • The you that you are Afraid that God wants you to be – Exodus 3:10-14 (NIV)
    • The you that is fearful and doesn’t think that it is Possible – 1 Kings 19:1-5 (ESV)
     
    God wants you to Thrive
    – Ephesians 2:20-21 (GNT)
    Many people suffer from FFT – Failure To Thrive God is the God of human impossibility – Luke 1:37 (ESV) Two Keys to Thriving
    • Psalm 42:1 (NLT) – Let Jesus be your Desire
    • Matthew 11:28 (NLT) – Let Jesus be your Supply
    1 Peter 1:8-9 (ESV) Love Jesus Believe Jesus Rejoice in Jesus Be Filled with Jesus Experience the Salvation Found in Jesus Psalm 92:12-15 (CEB) We thrive when we allow the Spirit to have complete access to our lives.  
  • May 21, 2017The Me I Want to Be: Discovering the Spirit
    May 21, 2017
    The Me I Want to Be: Discovering the Spirit
    The Me I Want to Be: Discovering the Spirit   Matthew 16:25-26 (CEV) Redemption: the whole person being made into who God wants you to be Redemption is about transformation – 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) We are not just saved by grace but we are to Live
    by grace.
    Self-improvement and self-salvation is not God’s plan. God’s plan is for your daily life to be given, guided, guarded and energized by the grace of God. God’s Grace by His Spirit
    • Thought you up – Jeremiah 1:4-5 (CEB)
    • Created you – Psalm 139:13-16 (NIV)
    • Redeemed you – Luke 1:68 (ESV)
    • Has a Plan for you – Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
    • Has Good Works for you – Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)
    The Enemy Has Counterfeits of You for You
    • The you to Impress people – Matthew 23:5-6 (GWT)
    • The you that you think you Should Be – 1 Samuel 18:6-8 (ESV)
    • The you Others want you to be – 1 Samuel 17:38-40 (HCSB)
    • The you that you are Afraid that God wants you to be – Exodus 3:10-14 (NIV)
    • The you that is fearful and doesn’t think that it is Possible – 1 Kings 19:1-5 (ESV)
    God wants you to Thrive
    – Ephesians 2:20-21 (GNT)
    Many people suffer from FFT – Failure To Thrive God is the God of human impossibility – Luke 1:37 (ESV) Two Keys to Thriving
    • Psalm 42:1 (NLT) – Let Jesus be your Desire
    • Matthew 11:28 (NLT) – Let Jesus be your Supply
    1 Peter 1:8-9 (ESV) Love Jesus Believe Jesus Rejoice in Jesus Be Filled with Jesus Experience the Salvation Found in Jesus Psalm 92:12-15 (CEB) We thrive when we allow the Spirit to have complete access to our lives.  
  • May 14, 2017Worshiping in the Temple of Love
    May 14, 2017
    Worshiping in the Temple of Love
    Worshiping in the Temple of Love   Love to the average American is: The love between a man and woman The love of a parent for their child The love of family   What does God say? – Jeremiah 31:3 (CEB) A love that last forever An unfailing love Jacob and Rachel and Leah Jacob fails in love with Rachel. – Genesis 29:20 (NLT) Genesis 29:21 (NLT) Laban pulls a switch and gives Jacob Leah as a wife instead of Rachel. Leah is unloved by Jacob and so she tries to win his love. The names of Leah’s first four sons show her desire to be loved. Ruben
     - See a Son
    Simeon
    – Heard
    Levi
    – Attached
    Judah
    – Praise
    Leah realizes: Jacob’s love would never satisfy her. God’s love doesn’t have to be earned. When we seek human love above God’s love it leads to: Heartache Disappointment Depression Loving God Above All Others: Exodus 20:3 (NKJV) & Exodus 20:12 (NKJV) Ephesians 5:32 (ESV) & Matthew 6:33 (ESV) Mark 12:30-31 (NIV) What does worshiping in the Temple of God bring? Hope
    – Psalm 71:5 (NLT)
    Joy
    – Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV)
    Completeness
    – 2 Corinthians 3:5 (ESV)
    Romans 8:35, 37-39 (ESV)
  • May 7, 2017Worshiping in the Temple of Power
    May 7, 2017
    Worshiping in the Temple of Power
    Series: Gods at war
    Worshiping in the Temple of Power
    Many people worship at the Tempe of Power
    The gods of the Temple of Power are: Achievement Success Money   Rich Young Ruler – Matthew 19:16-22 (ESV)
    What good deed must I do to have eternal life and What Must I Do 
     
    I have Obeyed  all these commands
     
    You cannot Earn  your salvation – Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)
    You cannot follow rules to receive salvation – Colossians 1:21-23 (NCV)
    Jesus wants to Transform  your life
      Matthew 5:3 – blessed are those who know they are bankrupt spiritually and come to Jesus to be their power for living   Temple of Power = I did it Temple of God = God’s grace did it   The Rich Farmer – Luke 12:16-21 (ESV)
    In this passage there are six My’s
     
    His wealth and achievement were his Security
     
    He viewed wealth with Divine Attributes 
    Proverbs 30:8-9 (NIV)
    His wealth and achievement were his satisfaction  - Ecclesiastes 5:10 (NLT)
     
    The Temple of God When we worship at the Temple of God we connect with Jesus We experience Jesus as:
    Our Provider  – John 15:5 (GWT)
     
    Our Life  – 2 Corinthians 4:10 (NIV)
     
    Our Power  – Romans 9:17 (ESV)
      Matthew 28:18-19  Working hard and trying to following all the rules cannot earn you salvation. In Matthew 5:3-10 and Luke 9:23 Jesus defines success   Choosing to lay down your life and follow Jesus that is success.
  • Apr 30, 2017Worshiping in the Temple of Pleasure
    Apr 30, 2017
    Worshiping in the Temple of Pleasure
    Series: Gods at war
    Worshiping in the Temple of Pleasure
     
    You and I were created to worship God. – Psalm 150:6
    You and I were created to serve God. – Matthew 4:10
    You and I were created to love God. – Mark 12:30
     
    We will find someone or something to worship.
     
    Measuring What We Worship
    What we spend our money on
    What we spend our time doing
    What we put our effort into
    What our heart is devoted to
     
    We worship, serve, and love what brings us pleasure.
    We need to make God our pleasure.
    Moving From the Temple of Temporary Pleasure to The Temple of God
     
    Let God be your portion - Lamentations 3:24
    As your portion He is your provision and security - Psalm 16:5
    As your portion he is your strength - Psalm 73:26
    As your portion He is your refuge - Psalm 142:5
    Pleasure as your portion = disappointment & hurt & hopelessness
    God as your portion = never being disappointed & peace & hope
     
    Let God be your satisfaction - Jeremiah 31:25
    God will satisfy your needs - Isaiah 58:11
    God will satisfy your desires - Psalm 145:16
    Seeking pleasure = emptiness
    Seeking God = fullness Romans 5:5
    As your portion God will give you good gifts - James 1:17
    As your satisfaction God will satisfy you by His love - Psalm 90:14
    Gods desire is to bless you!
    The pleasure God wants you to experience is Him.
    Choose God and let Him be your pleasure.
  • Apr 23, 2017Worshiping the One and Only GOD
    Apr 23, 2017
    Worshiping the One and Only GOD
    Series: Gods at war
    Worshiping the One and Only God   There are many, many, many gods.   Biblical View: 1 Corinthians 8;6 (NCV) Ephesians 4:6 (CEB) Genesis 1:1 (ESV) Revelation 1:1 (NKJV)   There is only one way to God. 1 Timothy 2:5 (CEV) John 10:30 (NKJV)   Who Is This One God?
    He is the King
    . – 1 Timothy 1:17 (GWT)
    Worship Honor Devotion  
    He is the Savior.
    – Jude 1:25 (HCSB)
    Glory Majesty Power Authority   How to Serve the One and only God as King and Savior – 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)  
    If My people who are called by My Name
    Malachi 2:5 (NIV)  
    Will Humble  themselves
    1 Peter 5:6-7 (ESV)    
    And Pray 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (Amp)
     
    And seek My Face
    Philippians 3:10 (GNT)
    And Turn From  our wicked ways
    Acts 3:19 (NASB)   When we do these things God promises He will   Hear  – 1 John 5:14-15 (NLT) Forgive   - Hebrews 8:12 (NLT) Heal  – Isaiah 53:5 (NET)   Worshiping the one and only God is not a Duty Burden Punishment   Worshiping the one and only God is a Privilege Freeing Experience Delight   Worshiping the one and only God is the best thing you can do because It honors Him It benefits you
  • Apr 16, 2017What is so Special About the Resurrection?
    Apr 16, 2017
    What is so Special About the Resurrection?
    Series: Easter
    What is So Special About the Resurrection?   Romans 1:4 (NLT) 1 Corinthians 15:6 (ESV) The biggest evidence for Jesus’ resurrection is the changed lives of the apostles. What the Resurrection of Jesus Accomplished: #1: It Affirms
    All That Jesus Said – Mark 8:31 (NIV)
    #2: It Confirms
    Who Jesus Is – Matthew 16:16-17 (GWT)
    #3: It Vindicates
    Jesus’ Suffering and Death – 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (NIV)
    #4: It Displays the Power
    of God
          Luke 5:21 (ESV)      Acts 4:12 (NIV)     2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) #5: It Provides the Basis for Kingdom- Building       Colossians 1:13 (CEB)       Matthew 6:10 (ESV)       Matthew 6:33 (ESV) #6: It Sustains Our Hope       1 Corinthians 15:12-14 (ESV)       1 Corinthians 15:20 (CEV)       1 Peter 1:3 (NIV) We have to decide if Jesus is a liar, lunatic, or Lord. If He is a liar or lunatic than reject and ignore Him. If He is Lord than submit your life to Him. The resurrection proves He is Lord!
  • Apr 10, 2017Six Things Jesus Accomplished on the Cross
    Apr 10, 2017
    Six Things Jesus Accomplished on the Cross
    Series: Easter
    Six Things Jesus Accomplished on the Cross   Galatians 6:14 (NLT) The cross is the pivotal point in the history of the world. The cross is the symbol of Christianity and it is offensive. – 1 Corinthians 1:18 &23 (NIV) Why is the cross the central component of Christianity? – Because of what Jesus accomplished. Six Things Jesus Accomplished on the Cross #1: Expiation
    : This is the removal of our sin and guilt.  – 1 John 1:9 (ESV)
    The guilt and shame of our sin was placed on Jesus. – 1 Peter 3:18 (CEB) #2: Propitiation
    : This is the removal of God’s wrath and turning it to favor.
    Romans 3:25-26 (ESV) God already loved you. Turning God’s wrath into God’s favor allows us to experience God’s love fully. – Romans 8:28 (NIV) Jesus became our atoning sacrifice not to get God to love us but because God does love us. – 1 John 4:10 (GNT) #3: Reconciliation
    : This is the removal of our alienation from God – Romans 5:7-11 (ESV)
    Sin alienates or separates us from God. – Ephesians 2:12 (NKJV) #4: Redemption
    : This means to be freed or delivered from captivity.
    We are redeemed from three things: Galatians 3:13-14 (NIV) – the Curse of the Law
    Hebrews 12:2 (ESV) – the
    Shame of Our Sin 1 Peter 2:6 (ESV) Romans 6:10-11 (GWT) – the Power of Sin #5: The Defeat
    of the Powers of Darkness
    Jesus’ death was a defeat of the power of Satan over humanity – Colossians 2:13-15 (NIV) We are no longer under the power of Satan. We are free! #6: Dying as Our Substitute Jesus did all of the above by dying in our place. Jesus did it so we could live for Him. – 2 Corinthians 5:15 (NCV) Jesus died the death we deserved to die. – Matthew 20:28 (NLT)] The cross makes the difference for anyone who will submit their life to Jesus. Hope replaces Hopelessness Peace replaces Fear Security replaces Insecurity Grace replaces Self-Effort Love replaces Condemnation Purpose replaces Meaninglessness Without Jesus’ death on the cross we have no hope. With Jesus’ death on the cross we have an eternal promise for our good and benefit. Come to the cross of Jesus!