Sunday, January 24, 2016

Family is Fundamental

Sermon Text:  1 Tim 3:5; If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church? Genesis 37: 3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made a richly ornamented robe for him.
Sermon Title:  My New Life Forward 2016 Pt 5: Family is Fundamental

Point 1:  You have a destiny in spite of the dysfunction. Genesis 37:3(KJV) 3ff Now Israel [formally Jacob] loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours. (4) When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kin word to him. (5) Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more…

Point 2:  Let God develop you through the dysfunction. 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.

Point 3:  You have to be determined in the dysfunction. Gen 40: 23 The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him. 41: 1 When two full years passed, Pharaoh had a dream… (9) Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, “Today I am reminded of my shortcomings…

Point 4:  The dysfunction is by design. Gen 50:20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good....”

Life application:
1.   Forgive whoever hurt you in your dysfunctional family and move forward
2.  Put your dysfunctional family in the hands of God

3.  Don't repeat the dysfunction in your family

Sunday, January 17, 2016

A Superior Journey

Sermon Text: 2 Corinthians 12: 13How were you inferior to the other churches, except that I was never a burden to you? Forgive me this wrong
Sermon Title: My New Life Forward 2016 Pt 4 A Superior Journey
1.          Give generously 2 Cor. 9: 6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
2.          Give cheerfully 2 Cor. 9:7-8 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
3.          Give methodically 1 Cor. 16: 2 On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.
4.          Give to a cause 1 Cor. 16: 3c…send them with your gift to Jerusalem.

Point 1: Give out of your poverty 2 Cor. 8: 1 – 15
a)  Guts to give vss. 2 – 3 Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity (3) For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability
b)  Grace to give vs. 7c…see that you also in this grace of giving
c)  Give like Christ gave vs. 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich
d)  Finisher giver vs. 11 Now finish the work, o that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means

Point 2: Give to fill your account Phil 4: 14 – 19

a)  Partners with God’s work vss. 14 – 16 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. (15) Moreover, as you Philippians know in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; (16) For even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid again and again when I was in need.
b)  Pleases God vs 18c…an acceptable sacrifice pleasing to God
c)  Pays off your needs vs. 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus

Point 3: Give to change your status2 Cor. 9: 10, 11

a)  Financially 2 Corinthians 9: 10, 11 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed… (11) You will be made rich in every way so…
b)  Spiritually 2 Corinthians 9 10c…and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness

Life Application:
1.  Attend small group
2.  Automate the important…90 Day Tithe Challenge
3.  Prepare to give your first fruit
4.  Learn how to get out debt join IWBBNT

+Geoffrey V. Dudley, Sr.
Bishop Geoffrey V. Dudley, Sr., D.Min.
Senior Pastor New Life in Christ
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Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Cost of the Journey

Point 1: Don't curse the 90% DEMONSTRATE
Malachi 3:6-11 - 6 “I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. 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?’
8 “Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ “In tithes and offerings. 9 You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me.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. God gives you most of your money to move forwardmanage it better
B. You contaminate the 90% when you use the 10%
C. Set yourself up to take care of the pest/pestilence
Point 2:  Release the power of 10%
A. Genesis 8:2222 “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”
B. Galatians 6:7 7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
C. Corinthians 9: 6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously

Point 3: Paul’s prescription for giving

A. Give freely/cheerfully  2 Corinthians 9:7-8 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
B. Give methodically - 1 Cor 16: 2 On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.
C. Give to a cause – Acts 2: 45 and they began selling their property and possessions, and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need.
Life application
1. Do the 90-day tithe challenge
2. Sign up and attend Monday Money Matters small group
3. Sign-up and attend small groups to go deeper

Sunday, January 3, 2016

My New Life Forward Part 1

Pericope: Acts 9: 1 – 9
Sermon Text: Acts 9: 6 - Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
Sermon Title: My New Life FORWARD Pt 1
In the text we find one of the best examples of a change of direction in the bible. Paul was going as hard as humanly possible in the wrong direction. He was convinced his way was the right way and it would get him the results he wanted. He was smart, so he was not going in the wrong direction out of ignorance. He was well learned in the word so he wasn’t going in the wrong direction due to little knowledge in the word. Paul loved God but that didn’t keep him from going in the wrong direction. Paul had a great reputation so he wasn’t going in the wrong direction due to lack of influence. Paul had done all the right things in life up to this point, but he was still going in the wrong direction. Paul is proof you can be in the church, in God, well learned and still going in the wrong direction. Paul is full proof you can be completely ignorant that you are going in the wrong direction while thinking you are going in the right direction.
Paul’s new life forward begin on the Road to Damascus. Interestingly enough he is on a journey which turns out to be the journey of his life. We too are on a journey in 2016 and it is the journey of our lives. We have to make the right decisions so we can go in the right direction. In order to do so we have to do at least four things on our 2016 journey. Revelation. Consecration. Subjugation. Confirmation.

Point 1: Your New Life FORWARD has to have REVELATION vs. 3 – 5 (3) …suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. (4) He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul… (5) Who are you, Lord?” “I am Jesus

Point 2: Your New Life FORWARD has to have CONSECRATION vs. 9 For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.

Point 3: Your New Life FORWARD has to have SUBJUGATION vs. 8…So they led him by the hand into Damascus.

Point 4: Your New Life FORWARD has to have CONFIRMATION
vs. 17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” (18) Immediately something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes

Life Application:
1.  Change direction
2.  Do the 40 Day Consecration
3.  Attend a small group

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