Saturday, December 30, 2017

A Pisgah Pause

Sermon Text: Deut 34: 4 And the Lord said to him, “this is the land which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob…I have let you see it, but you shall not go over there.”

Sermon Title: A Pisgah Pause

Point 1: Moses looked ahead vs 1 …And the Lord showed him the land…
Look at what God has on the horizon for you. Look at the 7000 promises in the word of God and see how God is going to keep them in 2018. Look out over the landscape as God showed Moses. God is showing you this morning. AS God purposefully showed Moses he is purposely showing you.

Point 2: Moses was still young a vibrant vs 7 Moses was 120 years old when he died. His eye was undimmed, and his vigor was unabated. (NIV) his eyes were not weak, nor his strength gone 
The enemy wants you to look at all the hard times you had, but the text teaches us look at how good you look in spite of the hard times.

Point 3: God himself buried Moses and hid the grave vs. 6 and he buried him in the valley in the land of Moab opposite Beth-peor, but no one knows the place of his burial to this day.
. God is saying I will even hide his grave so you cannot worship his shrine. God is saying Pisgah means bury your past. Pisgah means let God bury your past. Pisgah Pause means only God can bury something’s. Only God can hide somethings.

Point 4: Moses handed his future over to Joshua vs. 9 for Moses had laid his hands on him[Joshua].
Out of every Pisgah Pause a Joshua should be born. Pisgah’s birth Joshua’s. Pisgah’s is the place where Joshua takes over and bring about a new you. Pisgah is the next iteration of you.

Life Application:
1. Turn lose 2017 and grab a hold of 2018
2. Purposefully look for God’s promises to become reality
3. Join a lifegroup to help the Joshua in you come out
4. Start the 21 Day Fast to strengthen your resolve/purpose

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Unlikely Gift Pt 5

Sermon Text: Luke 2: 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.

Sermon Title: An Unlikely Gift Pt. 4

Point 1: An unlikely gift for an unlikely people vs. 8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
God always finds the lowest point and works his way up. God always finds the person who is overlooked and looks at them. God always is looking for the person that everybody else is overlooking.
vs. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them.

Point 2: An unlikely gift in an unlikely package vs. 12(a) And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths…
God could have given us his gift so perfectly wrapped we may have thought it was only for those who could afford it.

Point 3: An unlikely gift in an unlikely place vs. 12(b)…lying in a manger
With all the filth, stench, mistakes, problems sin of that place Jesus is the unlikely gift waiting on you.

Point 4: An unlikely gift as an unlikely person John 1: 1, 14 (1) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (14) The Word became flesh and dwelt amongst us Isa 7: 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel Phil 2: 7(b) …being born in the likeness of men;
It all boils down to this. God gives us the most unlikely gift of all. God gives us himself through Jesus Christ.
God gives us himself to make sure we like the gift. No one can give themselves. We make every attempt to.

Life Application: If you receive this unlikely gift, then there should be a response. Now it’s time for you to give your unlikely gift. Use the connection card…
1.  Gold something equal to the gifts you gave…
2.  Frankincense serving God once a month 12 times in 2018

3.  Myrrh your life in a lifegroup

Sunday, December 17, 2017

An Unlikely Give Part 4

Sermon Text: Matt 2: 9
Sermon Title: An Unlikely Gift Pt 4
Point 1: The Magi were passionate vs. 2 …Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.
Point 2: The Magi were persistent vs. 8…Go and make a careful search for the child…
Point 3: The Magi brought Jesus presents vs 11 Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.
Life Application:
1.  Give him what is precious to you your frankincense (Legacy giving)
2.  Give him your talent/time (sign up to serve one Sunday a month)

3.  Give him your life (complete the decision slip)

Sunday, December 10, 2017

UNLIKELY GIFT PT 3

Sermon Text: Luke 1: 57 Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son.

Sermon Title: “Unlikely Gift” Pt 3

Point 1: Zachariah gave his seed vs 24 After these days his wife Elizabeth conceived…

Point 2: Zachariah gave his surname vs 60 but his mother answered, “No, he shall be called John (61) …None of your relatives is called by this name (63 …he asked for a writing tablet and wrote, His name is John

Point 3: He gave his silence vs 64 And immediately his mouth was opened, and his tongue loosed, and he spoke…

Life Application:
1.  Give your service…sign up to be on a team to serve once a month
2.  Give your treasure to a legacy purchase for the new sanctuary

3.  Give your life

Sunday, December 3, 2017

An Unlikely Gift - Barren for Life

Sermon Text: Luke 1: 7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years.

Sermon Title: An Unlikely Gift: Pt 2 Barren 4 Life

Point 1: Barren for a reason vs 13 But the angel said to him, “Do no be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. (17) …to make ready for the Lord

Point 2: Barren for a breakthrough vs 21 – 23 (22) And when he came out, he was unable to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple. And he kept making signs to them and remained mute. (23) And when his time of service was ended, he went to his home. (24) After these days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she kept herself hidden, saying,

Point 3: Barren for a breakout vs 24 24 After these days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she kept herself hidden, saying, (25) “Thus the Lord has done for me in the days when he looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.”

Point 4: Barren for life vs. 41 41 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit,
(42) and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! (43) And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? (44) For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. (45) And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”

Life Application:
1.  Walk in your barrenness
2.  Wait on God for your breakthrough and breakout!

3.  Since God gave you an unlikely gift what is your unlikely gift; legacy gift…

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Unlikely Gifts of Christmas: Don’t Get Rid of Herod

Sermon Text: Matt 2: 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

Sermon Title: Unlikely Gifts of Christmas: Don’t Get Rid of Herod

Point 1: No evil then there is no good vs 3 - 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him;

Point 2: Evil reminds us we need a new ruler. Vs 8 - 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” 

Point 3: Evil reminds us we have to go a different way vs. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.  
James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Matt 4: 4, 7, 10 - 4 But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ 7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’””

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Just Say Thank You!

Sermon Text: Luke 17: 19 Then he said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well

Sermon Title: Just Say Thank You!

Point 1: Thanks will change your direction vs. 15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.

Point 2: Thanks open up doors vs. 14 When he saw them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed.

Point 3: Thanks separate you from the pack vs. 15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.

Point 4: Thanks draws you closer to Jesus vs. 16 He threw himself at Jesus feet and thanked him--and he was a Samaritan.

Point 5: Thanks makes room for more vs. 19 Then he said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well

Homework:
(1) When you are confronted with the challenges of life this week Just Say Thank You!
(2) Expect more from God when you do!

(3) Let thank you be verbal and an act of faith in God!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

So Much to be Thankful For!

So Much to be Thankful For
Sermon Text: Psalms 118: 1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Point 1: He made a way out of no way! Phil 4: 19 And my God shall supply all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
Point 2: He answered an old prayer. Luke 1: 13 …Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son…
Point 3: He healed your body?
Point 4: He is God and that’s enough! Psalm 118: 1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good…
Life Application:
1.  Start a family tradition tomorrow of everyone telling how thankful they are before you eat
2.  Record it so it can be played back next year to see how much more God has done

3.  Post, tweet, text, tell an unbeliever what God has done for you

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Like a Good Neighbor Pt 3 - Serving Thankfully

Sermon Text:  Luke 10: 33 33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion.

Sermon TitleLike A Good Neighbor…Pt 3 Serving Thankfully

Point 1. The Sympathetic Samaritan vs 34 34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him.

5 Actions of Compassion
Ø Compassion is the catalyst to real ministry
Ø Compassion is based on need not worth
Ø Compassion feels something
Ø Compassion does something
Ø Compassion cost something

Point 2. The Caring Inn Keeper vs 35 35 And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’
Ø Courageous - He could have lost customers dealing with the wrong nationality. He could've invited trouble if the attacker knew the man wasn't dead.
Ø Challenge - He rises up to the challenge. When confronted with the moment he didn't shrink.
Ø Completely honest - The innkeeper didn't spend more money. Given the lost time he lost money

Point 3. The Serving Savior vs 3636 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?”

7 requirements for serving
Ø Your created to serve Eph 2:10 - For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ø Proves you belong to Christ Roman 7:4 - So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.
Ø Serving Others Serves God – Matthew 25: 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’
Ø You owe God Rom 12:1 - Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
Ø Best use of you 1 Cor 15:58 - Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
Ø Make life meaningful Mark 5:35 35 While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”

Ø You will be rewarded John 12:26 - Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.                   Matthew 25:21 - “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Like a Good Neighbor...?: The Missed Opportunity

Sermon Text:  Luke 10: 25- 25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

Sermon TitleLike A Good Neighbor…Pt 1 The Missed Opportunity

Four Missed moments
1. Living Moment
2. Learning moment 
3. Loving moment 
4. Leading moment 

Point 2. The Mugged Man vs 30 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead.
Ø  He fell
Ø  He was stripped
Ø  He was left half dead

Six Missed needs
1. Physical need
2. Safety need
3. Clothing need
4. Transportation need
5. Shelter need
6. Financial need

Life Application:
1.  Identify someone in need
2.  Meet that need between now and Thanksgiving

3.  Bring two cans/non-perishables every Sunday November and December for the food pantry.  

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Pink Sunday at New Life 2017

The Other Side of God

Sermon Text: Genesis 32: 28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome.”
Sermon Title: The Other Side of God!
Point 1: Where you see the other side of God is The Place of God vs. 20, 22 20 and you shall say, ‘Moreover, your servant Jacob is behind us.’” For he thought, “I may appease him[c] with the present that goes ahead of me, and afterward I shall see his face. Perhaps he will accept me.” 22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two female servants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok
Point 2: Seeing the other side of God is the Process of God vs 27 The man asked him, “What is your name?” Jacob he answered. Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel,”
Point 3: The Point of seeing the other side of God.  vs. 24…he touched the socket of Jacobs hip so that his hip was wrenched…28 …because you struggled with God and with men and have overcome.”
Life Application:
1.  Hold on to God no matter what
2.  Be proud of your limp
3.  Wear your new name proudly
4.  Name your new place in God…Penial, Bethel, You did it God…

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Don’t Mess With (t)His House: Pt 4 God Bless My House—Please

Sermon Text: Nehemiah 1: When I hear these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.

Sermon Title: Don’t Mess With (t)His House: Pt 4 God Bless My House—Please

Point 1: Project His House Nehemiah 6: 16 And when all our enemies heard of it, all the nations around us were afraid and fell greatly in their own esteem, for they perceived that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God. Joshua 2: 9…a great fear of you have fallen on us…melting in fear because of you (10) we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea… (11) …everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God

Point 2: Protect His House Nehemiah 4: 16, 17 From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and armor… (17) …did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other…

Point 3: Pay for His House Nehemiah 5: 12 We will give it back…we will not demand anything more from them…Then I summoned the priests and made the nobles and officials take an oath to do what they promised (13) I also shook out the folds of my robe and said, “In this way may God shake out of his house and possessions every man who does not keep this promise. So may such a man be shaken out and emptiedthe whole assembly said Amen and praised the Lord

Exodus 25: 2 Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering (2) You are to receive an offering for me from each man whose heart prompts him to give…36: 6 Then Moses gave an order and they sent this word throughout the camp: “No man or woman is to make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary,” And so the people were restrained from bringing more, (7) because what they already had was more than enough to do all the work.

Point 4: Provides for my House 2 Chronicles 31: 10 …Since the people began to bring their contributions to the temple of the LORD, we have had enough to eat and plenty to spare, because the LORD has blessed his people, and this great amount is left over.


Life Application:

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Don’t Mess with (t)His House Pt 2(a) Invest in the House

PericopeNehemiah 1:4-6a

Sermon Text:  Nehemiah 5: 18 Now what was prepared at my expense[d] for each day was one ox and six choice sheep and birds, and every ten days all kinds of wine in abundance. Yet for all this I did not demand the food allowance of the governor, because the service was too heavy on this people. 19 Remember for my good, O my God, all that I have done for this people.

Sermon TitleDon’t Mess with (t)His House Pt 2(a) Invest in the House

Nehemiah arrives to finish what Ezra started.

1.  He prayed1:4 - 4 As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.

2.  He paid attention to detail2: 17 Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer suffer derision.”

3.  He pushed back on the opposition4:1, 6 - Now when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, he was angry and greatly enraged, and he jeered at the Jews. 6 So we built the wall. And all the wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.

4.  He put his money where his heart was.  5:18 - 18 Now what was prepared at my expense[a] for each day was one ox and six choice sheep and birds, and every ten days all kinds of wine in abundance. Yet for all this I did not demand the food allowance of the governor,…

5.  He put a praise on it.  6:15, 16; 8:5-6 - 15 So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty-two days. 16 And when all our enemies heard of it, all the nations around us were afraid and fell greatly in their own esteem, for they perceived that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God. 

5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was above all the people, and as he opened it all the people stood. 6 And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God, and all the people answered, “Amen, Amen,” lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground.

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, ...