Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Battle Within: Emotional Jeopardy


Title: The Battle Within: Emotional Jeopardy
Text: Colossians 3: 1 - 17
Point 1: Double Jeopardy vs 1 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that  battle within you?
The problem starts with...

Point 2: The Daily Double vs.2a You desire but do not have, so you kill. You  covet  but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight....
Depending on...

Rule 3: Final Jeopardy vs. 2b, 3 - ...You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
What to do when God... 


Conclusion: I will... 

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Battle Within: Winning Rules


Title: The Battle Within: Winning Rules
Text: Colossians 3: 1 - 17
Rule 1: Set your heart vs. 1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Definition: Set your hearts translates the Greek “seek” (RSV), which is further expanded in verse 2 by keep your minds fixed.
 1.   We’ve died
 2.   Our life is hidden with Christ (3b)
 3.   Christ is our life (4a)
 4.   Christ will come again (4b)
 5.   We will appear with Him in Glory (4c)
Rule 2: Silence your emotions vs. 4 Put to death, therefore, what belongs to your earthly nature…
Definition: The figurative expression put to death is a forceful one and should be retained if possible.
Rule 3: Showcase your relationships vs. 12 Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Rule 4: Secure yourself in Christ vs. 15 Let the peace of God rule in your hearts… 

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Sunday, May 5, 2013

The Battle Within: Me vs. Me The Rematch


Pericope: Romans 7: 7 - 25
Sermon Text: Romans 7: 17, 25 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me
Sermon Title: The Battle Within: Me vs. Me The Rematch

Point 1: My Desire vs. 18b For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out I love the fact Paul says he has a desire to do what is right. He admits to the dualism of desire.
My wrong is defined by what I want to do right. If I don't want to do right then my wrong is not wrong to me.


Point 2: My Dilemma vs. 19 For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do--this I keep on doing. Listen to how Paul described his dilemma with his own flesh:
· (v15 NLT) “ I don’t understand myself at all!”
· (v16 NLT) “I know perfectly well that what I am doing is wrong.”
· (v17 NLT) “ I can’t help myself”
· (v18 NLT) “ I know I am rotten through and through so far as my old sinful nature is concerned”
· (v18 NLT) “ No matter which way I turn – I can’t make myself do right”
· (v21 NLT) “When I do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong.”
· (v24 NLT) “ What a miserable person I am.”
Point 3: My Defeat vs. 23b waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members


Point 4: My Deliverance vs. 24, 25 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25. Thanks be to God--through Jesus Christ our Lord! In the following verses Paul lays out the only way of deliverance. (24a) "Wretched man that I am."
        There is nothing sweeter to the Lord's ears than these words. "Wretched man that I am." With them Paul states the seriousness of his personal condition and that he cannot do anything about it.

Conclusion: God knows when self-will runs out and He has provided the way of escape. And what is the way of escape? Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7). "No temptation has over taken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful." Depend upon the faithfulness of God because God is the only One Who can overcome His Laws. We see this in the reason for the Cross of Christ. Paul did and so can you and I. We can win The Battle Within Its kind of like this…



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I'VE FALLEN AND I CAN'T GET UP

Sermon pericope: Mark 2:1-4,11-12 And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home.  2  And many we...