Sunday, September 15, 2019

Generational

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PericopeNumbers 23: 19-20 20God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind.
Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?
20 I have received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot change it.
Sermon Text: Numbers 23: 19-20 NLT God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through? 20 Listen, I received a command to bless; God has blessed, and I cannot reverse it!
Sermon Title: Passionate about His Promises! Pt 3 Generational

Point 1Profile.  Numbers 22: 2-4 CEV When King Balak of Moab and his people heard how many Israelites there were and what they had done to the Amorites, he and the Moabites were terrified and panicked. 4 They said to the Midianite leaders, “That bunch of Israelites will wipe out everything in sight…
a).  The promises of God have a price tag. 
b).  The price has been paid. 1 Corinthians 6: 20 NLT 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
c).  The promises of God are priceless.  

Point 2: PlaceNumbers 22: 5 5 sent messengers to summon Balaam son of Beor, who was at Pethor, near the Euphrates River, in his native land.
a).  The place has history.
b).  The place has promise.
c).  The place is critical. Are you in the right place?

Point 3Permanence.  Numbers 23: 19 NLT 20 God is not a man, so he does not lie.  He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through? 20 Listen, I received a command to bless; God has blessed, and I cannot reverse it!
a). The promises of God are irrevocable. Psalm 105:8 NLT He always stands by his covenant—the commitment he made to a thousand generations.
b). The promises of God are irrefutable. 1 Chronicles 16:15 NLT Remember his covenant forever— the commitment he made to a thousand generations.
c). The promises of God are transferable. Deut 7:9 NLT Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Terms and Conditions


Pericope: Hebrews 6: 13-20 13 When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, 14 saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.”15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised. 16 People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. 17 Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.
Sermon Text: Hebrews 6: 16 16 People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument.
Sermon Title: Passionate about His Promises! Pt 2 Terms and Conditions!
 Vs 13 When God made his promise to Abraham, he backed it to the hilt, putting his own reputation on the line. He said, “I promise that I’ll bless you with everything I have—bless and bless and bless!”
Terms and Conditions 1: Forgiveness.  Matthew 18: 23-35 23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. 26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. 28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded. 29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’ 30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened. 32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. 35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”   
       

        a) Forgiveness unclogs the drain and opens up the flow.
        b) Forgiveness ensures the foundation is sure and hold the blessings.
        c) Forgiveness is the heart of God and central to our theology.
Terms and Conditions 2: Prosperity. Mal 3: 10-11 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. 11 I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty.
        a) Nothing can happen until you meet the terms and conditions.
        b) The terms and conditions have a reverse effect.
        c) Abraham was blessed because he had faith in the promise and he tithe.
Terms and Conditions 3: Eternal Salvation.  Vs 18-20 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.      
        a) Jesus set up the deal.
        b) Jesus secured the deal with his life.
        c) All we have to do is keep the faith in the deal.


Sunday, September 8, 2019

Hold On!!

Sermon Text:Hebrews 10: 23 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
Sermon Title:Passionate about His Promises! Pt 1 Hold On!!!


Promise 1: God promises us his presenceHebrews 13: 5 5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
1.Watch where you take him Psalms 139: 7, 8 Msg …is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit [You]? If I go underground [hell] you are there…
2.Satan can’t get to you unless he comes through God Psalms 17: 8 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,
3.The delight of God’s presence Ephesians 3: 9 Amp  …Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,
Promise 2: God promised us his provisionPhil 4: 19 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
1.You were designed for abundance. John 10: 10b…I came that you might have life more abundantly…
2.Your treasure is your heart.Matthew 6:21 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
3.Return to your lover. Mal 3:7 7 Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty. “But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’
Promise 3: God promised us purpose.Jeremiah 29:11 1 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
1.What are you good at? 1 Cor 12: NLT A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.
2.Where are you serving? Rom 14: 18 NLT If you serve Christ…you will please God, and others will approve of you, too. Mark 10: 45 NLT For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others 
3.Who are you connected to? Heb 10: 24: Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.
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Promise 4: God promised us His powerActs 1: 88 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
1.Why are you weak? 2 Corinthians 12: 9 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me
2.You can’t be overwhelmed. 1 Corinthians 10:13 13 No temptation[a] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted[b] beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

Promise 5: God promised us his protectionPsalm 231 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
1.You have ministry angels. Hebrews 1: 14 14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?
2.Your enemy is God’s enemy. Psalm 27:2 When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.

Promise 6: God promised us His peacePhil 4: 6-7 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
1.Why are you worried? Isaiah 26: 3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
2.What’s on your mind? Phil 4: 8 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Promise 7: God promised us he would pardonus. Romans 10:9 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
1.You don’t have to live under condemnation. Romans 8: 1-2 8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
2.You can get rid of the weight of sin. 1 John 1: 9 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
3.Sin is a barrier for all the promises. Rom 6: 23 Msg But now that you’ve found you don’t have to listen to sin tell you what to do, and have discovered the delight of listening to God telling you, what a surprise! A whole, healed, put-together life right now, with more and more of life on the way! Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master.

The World is Watching

Pericope:   Acts 2: 1-12 - When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a vi...