Friday, October 12, 2018

GREATER - The Amos Effect


Sermon Text: Amos 1: 6, 7:12-17 6 Thus says the Lord: “For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment, because they carried into exile a whole people to deliver them up to Edom. 12 And Amaziah said to Amos, “O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, and eat bread there, and prophesy there, 13 but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king's sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom.” 14 Then Amos answered and said to Amaziah,“I was no prophet, nor a prophet's son, but I was a herdsman and a dresser of sycamore figs. 15 But the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ 16 Now therefore hear the word of the Lord. “You say, ‘Do not prophesy against Israel, and do not preach against the house of Isaac.’17 Therefore thus says the Lord: “Your wife shall be a prostitute in the city, and your sons and your daughters shall fall by the sword,   and your land shall be divided up with a measuring line; you yourself shall die in an unclean land, and Israel shall surely go into exile away from its land.’”
GREATER: “The Amos Effect”
Move 1: You speak up when everybody tells you to shut up. Vs 12-13 12 And Amaziah said to Amos, “O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, and eat bread there, and prophesy there, 13 but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king's sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom.”
Move 2: The Amos Effect is when you find yourself. Vs. 14 Then Amos answered and said to Amaziah, “I was no prophet, nor a prophet's son, but I was a herdsman and a dresser of sycamore figs.
a)  Genesis 1;27 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
b)  Genesis 2:7 7 then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
c)  Psalm 139:14 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
d)  Acts 17:28 28 for “‘In him we live and move and have our being… “‘For we are indeed his offspring.
e)  Romans 8:29 - For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers
Move 3: The Amos Effect is when God finds you when no one else is looking for you. Vs 15 But the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ 
Life Application: 
1.When others reject you God accepts you.
2. You may be a fruit picker but Gods is going to make you fruitful.
3. You are made in the image of God and Jesus is your selfie.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

GREATER: A Work in Progress


Sermon Text: Judges 7:16 16 And he divided the 300 men into three companies and put trumpets into the hands of all of them and empty jars, with torches inside the jars.
Sermon Title: GREATER: A Work in Progress

Point 1: Greatness is the process of eliminating your dependency on people. Judges 7:2 2 The Lord said to Gideon, “The people with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel boast over me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’

Point 2: Greatness is the process of elimination your dependency on things. Judges 7:16 And he divided the 300 men into three companies and put trumpets into the hands of all of them and empty jars, with torches inside the jars.
Empty jars and trumpets…
Point 3: Greatness is the process of the ordinary becoming extraordinary. Judges 7:22 When they blew the 300 trumpets, the Lord set every man's sword against his comrade and against all the army. And the army fled as far as Beth-shittah toward Zererah, as far as the border of Abel-meholah, by Tabbath.    

Life Application: 
1.  God will work with what you have and who you are.

2. God’s time is not our time.  

3. Greatness is a work in progress. Trust the process.


Sunday, October 7, 2018

GREATER: I Can Do This!


Sermon Text: Judges 6: 15 15 And he said to him, “Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.”
Sermon Title: GREATER; I CAN DO THIS!
Point 1: Greatness faces reality. Vs 3-6 3 For whenever the Israelites planted crops, the Midianites and the Amalekites and the people of the East would come up against them. 4 They would encamp against them and devour the produce of the land, as far as Gaza, and leave no sustenance in Israel and no sheep or ox or donkey. 5 For they would come up with their livestock and their tents; they would come like locusts in number—both they and their camels could not be counted—so that they laid waste the land as they came in. 6 And Israel was brought very low because of Midian. And the people of Israel cried out for help to the Lord.
11 Now the angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the winepress to hide it from the Midianites. 12 And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you,
 Vs. 12 12 And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you…
Point 2: Greatness looks within.  Vs 15 15 And he said to him, “Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.”
Point 3: Greatness looks at God. Vs 12 12 And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.”
3a: Look at what Gods says about Gideon. Vs 12 12 And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.”
3b: Look at how God said you will win.  Vs 16 16 And the Lord said to him, “But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man.”
3c: Look at how God will build your confidence.  God’s grace makes us great. Vs 40 40 And God did so that night; and it was dry on the fleece only, and on all the ground there was dew. Life Application:
1.  Stop doing start being the brand God called you to be
2.  Trust him he would never appoint you without anointing you
3.  Look at your reality…look at yourself…look at your God

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The Beginning of Greater


Sermon Text: Genesis 3:10 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”
Sermon Title: The Beginning of Greater
Point 1: Sin always requires cover. Adam tried to hide his sin. Genesis 3:6 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
        1a:  God was looking for Adam not fig leaves “Adam where are you”
Point 2: You can’t cover perfection. Garden Eden was perfect, Adam and Eve w/Out want. Genesis 3: 7 7Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.  
        2a: Adam sought refuge behind something lesser, dead, incapable Genesis 3: 7 7Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.
Point 3: God provided temporary and permanent cover. Animal skins then Jesus. Genesis 3:15 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”      
        3a: Fear turned into fig leaves
Conclusion:  You were made for greater stop covering it up.  Stop stitching it up. Start standing in your greatness. Stop looking for acceptance.  Stop trying to improve upon perfection.  Release the Greater in you through Jesus Christ.  I can do all things through Christ who Strengthens me. Phil 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Body Works


Sermon Text: 1 Cor 12: 27  “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.”

Sermon Title: Body Works
Point 1: The Body Work in Unison 
V. 13 says, “For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body Jews or Greeks, slaves or free and all were made to drink of one Spirit.”
Point 2: The Body Works when everyone Values their roles V. 14-16 14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 
Point 3: The Body Works in the Now       
v. 27 says, “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.”

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

What to Do when Worship Won't Work?


Pericope: Matt 15: 21-28 21 And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon.” 23 But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying out after us.” 24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” 26 And he answered, “It is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs.” 27 She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table.” 28 Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.
Sermon Text: Matt 15: 23 23 But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying out after us.”
Sermon Title: What Do You Do When Worship Won't Work?
BP: Move the hearers to worship God
Introduction: Turn down for what...stay lit
Point 1: Keep Crying out Vs 23 23 But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying out after us.”
Point 2: Consider your situation (get out your feelings) Vs 24 24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
Point 3: Change positions Vs 25 25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.”
Point 4: Be willing to take the crumbs Vs. 27 27 She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table.”
Point 5:  Couple your cry with faith Vs. 28 28 Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly

Sunday, September 23, 2018

The Power of True Worship


Pericope:  Acts 16: 16-25
Scriptural Text:  Acts 16:25
Sermon Title: The Power of True worship
Point 1. True Worship is not situational Vs. 25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them,

Point 2. True worship brings True Change Vs. 25-27 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, 26 … suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken… immediately all the doors were opened, … 27 When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open…about to kill himself…

Point 3.True worship stirs the hearts of others    vs. 29 And the jailer called for lights and rushed in…30”Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”




GREATER - The Amos Effect

Sermon Text: Amos 1: 6, 7:12-17 6 Thus says the Lord: “For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment, ...