Sunday, June 24, 2012
Sermon Text: Colossians 3: 23 Whatever you do. Work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord not for men.
Sermon Title: WWJD: Dream Job
Review/Introduction: Wednesday I raised the question what would Jesus do with your job. My answer was Use your hands to make you a millionaire providing you follow some basic biblical principles. The principles were (1) work all day, (2) work without entanglement (3) work with your eyes on your work, (4) work knowing what’s for you is for you (5) work like you are hungry.
Text: Genesis 40: 6 – 8 When Joseph came to them the next morning he saw they were dejected. (7) So he asked Pharaoh’s officials who were in custody with him in his master’s house, “Why are your faces so sad today?” (8) We both had dreams, “they answered, “but there is no one to interpret them.” Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.”
Point 1: Work all day Gen 39: Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. (5) From that time on he put him in charge of his household…the Lord blessed the household of Potiphar because of Joseph… Joseph was purchased by Potiphar to be a slave around the house. Joseph worked as a slave but as if God was his boss. He received a promotion to attendant. He continued to work like God was his boss.
Point 2: Work without entanglement Gen 39: 10 And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her. The favor on Joseph life attracted profitability as well as Potiphar’s wife. Favor has a certain attraction. Many times you think someone is attracted to you, but in fact they are attracted to God’s favor on your life. Favor is like the sun. It has a gravitational pull.
Point 3: Work with your eyes on your work Gen 40: 23; 41: 1 The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him. When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream… This was a perfect time for Joseph to give up.
Point 4: Work knowing what’s for you is for you Gen 41: 39, 40 (16) Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. (40) You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders… (16) “I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires. ”After years of being mistreated, over looked and forgotten about Joseph had his turn to get out of prison.
Point 5: Work like you are hungry your dream will come true Gen 42: 6b…So when Joseph’s brothers arrived, they bowed down to him with their faces to the ground. “As soon as Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he pretended to be a stranger…As Joseph predicted a famine over took the land. People were starving every where. Joseph’s family was in the neighboring country starving as well.
Conclusion: THEREFORE EVERY JOB IS A DREAM JOB. Apply these practical applications:
(1) You must work like you are working for God not man…you are a millionaire in the making—US Dept. of Labor
(2) Even if you do not have a job, unjustly fired, released because they sent your job to China, downsized, etc.
a. God has another job
b. Don't get bitter get better
c. God will work it together for your good (4.1 years@ 7 to 10 jobs US Dept. of Labor)
(3) Tell your hands, your head or both TO GO TO WORK
(4) Invite God into your situation/job or into your life
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Sermon Text: Colossians 3: 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.
Sermon Title: WWJD: With My Job
Introduction: WHAT IF YOU WENT TO WORK EVERYDAY AS IF GOD WAS GOING TO PAY YOU!
Point 1: Work all day…John 9: 4 AS long as it is day; we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.
Exodus 20: 9 goes to work 6 days out of seven. Why does God want you to work? Because God worked. Gen 1: 1 IN the beginning God created…Gen 2: 2 By the seventh day he had finished his work. John 5: 17 Jesus said, My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too, am working.” Most people don’t die from hard work they die from doing nothing. Work is connected to our spiritual, financial and physical growth. Luke 11: 24 – 26 “When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, I will return to the house I left. When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order.
Point 2: Work without entanglement 2 Tim 2: 4 No one who is a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs—he wants to please his commanding officer. Paul tells Timothy he should be like a soldier in his labor.
Point 3: Work with your eyes on your work Matt 20: 13 – 15 But he answered one of them, Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? (14) Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you. (15) Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?”
Point 4: Work knowing what’s for you is for you John 21: 22 – 23 When Peter saw him, he asked, Lord, what about him?” (22) Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.”
this Psalm 75: 6 promotions do not come from east, south or neither west nor man, they come from the Lord.
Point 5: Work like you hungry 2 Thes 3: 8 nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. (9) We did this not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow, (10) For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule; “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”
Prov 10: 4 – 5 says, Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth. He who gathers crops in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son. 33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: 34 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.
Conclusion: Colossians 3: 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. 1 Corinthians 15: 58…your labor will not be in vain.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Sermon Text: Hebrews 12: 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of the faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Sermon Title: The Best is Yet to Come: Pt. 2
Point 1: Joy in Running vs. 1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witness, let us throw off everything that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. The writer of Hebrew uses the image of a race.
Point 2: Joy Releasing vs. 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witness, let us throw off everything that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. The writer of Hebrews also says throw off some things during the race. Why? Because there is something called runners block.
Point 3: Joy Cheering vs. 11Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witness, let us throw off everything that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. There is a joy the writer is trying to get us to see that a runner gets that is derived from Cloud of witnesses.
Point 4: Joy Driven vs. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Finally, Jesus was joy driven. In other words, it was not the joy of the cross nor dying on the cross that brought Jesus joy. I mean really, dying on a cross is not a joyful experience. It was the joy SET before him! Joy set in front of you is like a finish line.
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Sermon Text: Exodus 5: 23
Sermon Title: The Best is yet to Come!
Point 1: God has a Plan vs. 22 Moses returned to the Lord and said, “O Lord, why have you brought trouble upon this people? Is this why you sent me?
Exodus 3:18…go to the king of Egypt and tell him you want to take a three day journey into the desert to offer sacrifices to your God.
(a) God is not complicated. 3 John 2 beloved I wish above all things that you prosper even as your soul prosper.
b) God always has a plan for our lives. Jeremiah 29: 11 For I know the plans I have for you plans to prosper you and not harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future. Many are the plans of man but God… God knows the end from the beginning.
(c) God’s plan will take time.
Point 2: The Enemy has a Hard Heart vs. 23 Every since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble upon this people, and you have not rescued your people.
(a) This is a war between Moses and Pharaoh
(b) We are working in spiritual warfare.
(c) God is working things out even in the harden hearts of men.
Point 3: It Ain’t Over vs. 23b and you have not rescued your people at all [yet].
(a) get worst before they got better.
(b) A must happen before B
(c) The very ones said you cant will be the ones God turn your way
Review: Cloud leading, Cloud lifting, Cloud filled. Time to come be in the cloud in the crowd Pericope: Exodus 40: 34-38 34 T...