Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Who Do You Think You are Talking To?


Sermon Title:  Who Do You Think You Are Talking To?
Sermon Text:  “The Lord is always good. He is always loving and kind, and his faithfulness goes on and on to each succeeding generation.” Psalm 100:5 (LB)
Introduction:  
Names of God:
YHWH (i.e. Jehovah)
El.
Elohim.
Adonai.
Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh.
Shaddai.
Sabaoth.
Your understanding of what God is really like shapes everything else in your life, including how you pray. BECAUSE GOD IS ALWAYS GOOD . . . this will drive how you come to God in prayer. 
1.  God's plans for my life will always be good
 “‘I know what I’ve planned for you,’ says the Lord. ‘I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you! My plans will give you hope and a good future. And when you call to me and pray to me, I will listen to you!”     Jeremiah 29:11 (NCV)
  
“We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose.”       Romans 8:28 (NLT)
Joseph: “Your plan was to hurt me, but God turned your evil plan into a GOOD plan to save the lives of many people!”       Genesis 50:20
“So, we can rejoice when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are GOOD for us – they help us learn patient endurance.” Rom. 5:3 (NLT)
2.  God always gives me what I need, not what I deserve.
    “He has not treated us as we deserve for our sins or paid us back for our wrongs . . . (In his goodness), he has taken our sins away and removed them as far as the east is from the west!”     Psalm 103:10, 12
Romans 5:6-8 (ESV) 6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
“Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close . . . my enemies are waiting for me to fall . . . Yet I remain confident that I’ll see the goodness of the Lord while I’m living here in the world.” Ps. 27:10-13 (NLT)
“(Jesus) understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same temptations we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly with confidence to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find the grace to help us when we need it.”   Hebrews 4:15-16 (NLT)
3.   God puts my good above his own good.
    “I am the GOOD shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me . . .   And I will sacrifice my life for my sheep.”                John 10:14-15

    “Jesus died for our sins and rose again to make us right with God, filling us with God's goodness.                       Romans 4:25 (LB)
    “Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave Christ up for us all, won’t he now also give us everything else we need?” Romans 8:32 (NLT)
4.         He does not say yes to every requestdelay is not denied
“You fathers – if your children asked for a fish to eat, would you give them a snake instead? Or if they asked for an egg, would you give them a scorpion?  Of course not! So if you, as sinful people, know how to give GOOD gifts to your children, how much more will your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”              Luke 11:11-13 (NLT)
Jesus replied, “You don’t realize what you are asking for!”   Matthew 20:22 (NLT)
God says, “My thoughts are completely different from yours, and my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”                                       Isaiah 55:8-9 (NLT)
PRAY THIS WEEK
    “Lord, keep me from paying attention to what is worthless. (Instead) let me      live by your Word . . . I want to obey your principles. Please renew my life with your goodness!”   Psalm 119:37, 39-40
    Revive My Heart . . . My LifeGroup . . . Our Church Family
    “Bring us back to you, God; we’re ready to come back. Give us a fresh     start.”      Lam. 5:21 (The Message)



Friday, February 8, 2019

Prayer Answers Guaranteed Pt 2: Passwords for Prayer


Pericope:  Luke 11:1 - One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, 'Lord, teach us to pray.'
Sermon Title:  Prayer Answers Guaranteed Pt 2: Passwords to Prayer
1. Username set up:  God wired human beings for prayer! Ecclesiastes 3:11, it says, "God has planted eternity in the human heart."
2. Username set up:  We're not very good at prayer Romans 8:26 We don't even know what we should pray for, nor how we should pray.
Luke 11:1. One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, 'Lord, teach us to pray.'
3. Username set up: Our frustrations with prayer are caused by our misconceptions about prayer.
1.    Prayer is not a magic wand!
2.    Prayer is not a fire extinguisher!
3.    Prayer is not a ritual to relieve guilt Matthew 6:7 When you pray, do not use meaningless repetition…
Password 1: God loves for me to talk to him.
He wants you to talk to him about it for three reasons.
a)   Number one, he loves you.
b)    He gave you those interests. 
c)    The third reason he's interested in whatever you're interested in is he enjoys talking with his children. 
Psalm 103:13 The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who reverence him.
John 5:14-15 We can be confident approaching God, knowing that he listens to us whenever we ask him for anything according to his will. And since we know that he hears us when we make our requests, then we can be sure that he will answer us.
a)   Prayer is a conversation, not a ceremony.
b)   Prayer is a relationship, not a ritual.
Password 2: God listens to prayers  Matthew 6:5-8 And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 7 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Hebrews 10:22. "Let us come near to God with a sincere heart and a sure faith."
Password 3: God likes to show his grace by answering prayer  Jeremiah 33:3 "Call to me, and I will answer you. I will show you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own."
Matthew 7:11, "If you, being imperfect and sinful parents, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him?"
James 4:2 "You do not have, because you do not ask."
Password 4: God longs to be close to me. Isaiah 30:18 "The Lord waits for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion."
Hosea 6:6"I don't want your sacrifices – I want your love! I don't want your offerings, I want you to know me!"
John 15:15,  "I don't call you servants... I call you my friends."
Life Application:
How do you get closer to God?
Psalm 25:14, "Friendship with God "Friendship with God is reserved,"
James 4:8 Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you."

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Prayer Answers Guaranteed Level Two - Pt 1 6 Prerequisites to Prayer


Sermon Text:  Eph 4:14 - We are not meant to remain as children at the mercy of every chance wind of teaching . . .  Instead we are meant to hold firmly to the truth in love, and to grow up in every way into Christ .
Sermon Title:  Prayer Answers Guaranteed Level Two: Pt 1: Six Prerequisites for Prayer
Ephesians Chapter 4, there on your outline at the top, verse 14 says this, "We're not meant to remain as children at the mercy of every wind of teaching…"
Matthew 4:4, Jesus says this, "People need more than bread for their life…" That's what God wants you to do to feed on it a little bit every day. We want to help you develop that habit, whether it's five, 10, 15 minutes a day. In Acts, chapter 20:32 the Bible says this, Paul says, "The Word of grace" that's the Bible, "The Word of grace is able to build you up and give you all…" notice this, "all the blessings that God has for his people."
Point 2:     We grow when we learn in different ways. Luke 3:18 "In many different ways, John preached the good news to the people."
Notice in Luke chapter 3:18, it says about John the Baptist, "In many different ways, John preached the good news to the people."
. In Job 33:14 he says, "God speaks in different ways, and we don't always recognize his voice."
Point 3: We grow when we develop spiritual habits.  John 13:17, "Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you…" what? Circle that. "Practice them!"
John chapter 13:17, Jesus says this, "Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you…" what? Circle that. "Practice them!" If you do them. You practice them.
The Bible says this is 1 Corinthians 9:25. "All good athletes train hard and practice to get better. They do it to win a prize that won't last. But we practice to win a prize that will last forever!" in eternity. The habits you build in your spiritual life are going to pay off forever and ever and ever and ever in eternity.
Here's how they organized themselves:
“They praised God and the whole community…” this isn't talking about the church, it's talking about the community around the church, the whole community “liked what they saw in these people. As a result, the Lord added to their groups daily as their neighbors were being saved.” (Acts 2:46-47)  
Point 4:     We grow when we help each other grow.  Romans chapter 1:12, Paul says, "I want us to help each other with the faith that we have. Your faith will help me and my faith will help you."
Point 5:     We grow when we expect to grow. Matthew 9:29, "According to your faith it will be done to you."
Point 6:  We grow when we commit to grow.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

The Price of Passion


Pericope: Mark 14:3-9 - 3 And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. 4 There were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment wasted like that? 5 For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they scolded her. 6 But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7 For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me. 8 She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. 9 And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”
Sermon Text:  Mark 14:3 - 3 And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head.
Sermon Title:  Passion 365 Pt 4: The Price of Passion
Point 1:  The place where Jesus was.  Vs. 3 And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper.
John 12:9-11 - 9 9 When the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus was there, they came, not only on account of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well, 11 because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.
. James 4:8 - 8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you…Mary’s purpose was to anoint Jesus for his burial ignited her passion. When your passion connects to your purpose you are set ablaze and people won’t be able to stop you or put your fire out.
Point 2: Mary poured out the oil.  Vs. 3she broke the flask and poured it over his head. 
Mark 14:4- 5 - 4 There were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment wasted like that? 5 For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii[a] and given to the poor.” And they scolded her.
John 12:4-5 - 4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, 5 “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?”
Whenever you give to Jesus and extraordinary amount of your time talent and treasure there would be pushback from people.
John 12:3 says - 3 Mary therefore took a pound[a] of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
The room will be filled with a poverty spirit and a prosperous spirit. 
·      Poverty spirit fragrance = I can get… Give to the poor… Who’s getting all that money…
·      Prosperous spirit equals 3 John 2 - Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.
Point 3: Jesus speaks up for the passionate people and memorializes the moment Vs. 6 - 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 9 And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”
Mary doesn’t say one word. She doesn’t have to. Mary doesn’t try to defend herself or explain why she would give I am happy to Jesus. She doesn’t have to. Jesus does
Mark 14:7 - 7 For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me.
Jesus quotes Deuteronomy 15: 11 For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’
He says three very important things
1.   He quoted a familiar passage about the poor because it is at this time of the year when alms would be given to the poor.
2.   Vs. 8 - 8 but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be.
3.   Jesus memorializes Mary just like he did another woman who gave her all.  Mark 12:41-44 - 41 And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. 43 And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. 44 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
Conclusion:  This morning let’s 
·      Passionately give our lives to Christ if we don’t know him in the pardon of our sins.
·      Passionately give our time to him by serving or joining a LifeGroup.
·      Passionately give our first fruit…

Who Do You Think You are Talking To?

Sermon Title:   Who Do You Think You Are Talking To? Sermon Text:   “The Lord is always good. He is always loving and kind, and his...