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A checklist for spiritual leaders on Father's day!
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June 17, 2018 09:56 AM PDT
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cd08.06.17 SCRIPTURE READING “(8) First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. (9) For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers, (10) making request if, by some means, now at last I may find a way in the will of God to come to you. (11) For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established—(12) that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me. (13) Now I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that I often planned to come to you (but was hindered until now), that I might have some fruit among you also, just as among the other Gentiles. (14) I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise. (15) So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also.” Rom.1:8-15 (NKJV) <><><> “Spiritual leadership is the God given ability to move people onto God’s agenda!” Henry Blackaby <><><> “So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also.” Rom.1:15 A SPIRITUAL LEADER: 1. Has been CHANGED! “(3) As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. (4) Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’ (5) And he said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ Then the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads. (6) So he, trembling and astonished, said, ‘Lord, what do You want me to do?’” Acts 9:3-6 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” Rom.1:16 2. Is empowered by WORSHIP! “For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son…..” Rom.1:9a “For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.” Phil.3:3 3. Is THANKFUL! “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.” Rom.1:8 4. Is a man of PRAYER! “(9) For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers, (10) making request if, by some means, now at last I may find a way in the will of God to come to you.” Rom.1:9-10 5. Empowers OTHERS! “(11) For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established.” Rom.1:11 6. Is HUMBLE! “..that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.” Rom.1:12 7. Is INDEBTED to God to serve others! “(13) Now I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that I often planned to come to you (but was hindered until now), that I might have some fruit among you also, just as among the other Gentiles. (14) I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise.” Rom.1:13-14 8. Is READY to fulfill God’s purposes! “So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also.” Rom.1:15 SO WHAT? 1. ( ) Has the gospel changed my life? “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2Cor.5:17 2. ( ) Is worship a priority to me? “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.” Jn.4:23 “(10) Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, ‘Ananias.’ And he said, ‘Here I am, Lord.’ (11) So the Lord said to him, ‘Arise and go to the street called Straight and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying.” Acts 9:10-11 <><><> “These words are the hallmark of genuine conversion. ‘Behold he prayeth’ is a surer witness of a man’s conversion than ‘Behold he singeth’ or ‘Behold he readeth Scripture’ or ‘Behold, he preacheth.’ These things may be admirably done by men who are not regenerate. But if, in God’s sense of the term, a man really prays, we may know of a surety that he has passed from death unto life…Prayer is the thermometer of grace.” Charles Spurgeon <><><> “(1) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. (2) And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Rom.12:1-2 • Thankfulness is a result of worship! • Prayer is as result of worship! • Lovingly empowering others is a result of worship! • Humility is a result of worship! • Realizing my indebtedness to God is a result of worship! • Readiness to fulfill God’s purposes is a result of worship! 3. ( ) Am I ready to fulfill all of God’s purposes? “So he, trembling and astonished, said, ‘Lord, what do You want me to do?’” Acts 9:6 • ( ) When God wants me to lead? • ( ) When God wants me to use my gift? • ( ) When God wants me to suffer? • ( ) When God wants me to put the flesh to death? • ( ) When God wants me to be ready to give up my life?
Getting God’s Perspective On Adversity!
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June 10, 2018 09:56 AM PDT
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cd# 08.06.10 Getting God’s Perspective On Adversity! A message by Dr. Allen McClellan ><> SCRIPTURE READING “(1) Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that He departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities. (2) And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples and said to Him, `Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?’ (4) Jesus answered and said to them, `Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: (5) the blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. (6) And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.’” Matt.11:1-6 (NKJV) <>< “(2) And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples (3) and said to Him, `Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?’” Matt.11:2-3 TO GET GOD’S PERSPECTIVE ON ADVERSITY, I MUST: 1. Realize God does not want me to LOSE MY FAITH because of adversity! 2. Ask the question: WHAT WILL BRING GOD THE MOST GLORY?
Romans Series #1: Good News!
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June 03, 2018 09:30 AM PDT
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cd#180603 SCRIPTURE READING “(1) Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God (2) which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, (3) concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, (4) and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. (5) Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, (6) among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ; (7) To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints.” Rom.1:1-7 (NKJV) <><><> “If you understand the book of Romans, you understand the Bible!” Charles Spurgeon <><><> THE GOOD NEWS: 1. HAS A UNIQUE MESSENGER! “Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God.” Rom.1:1 a. A slave of Jesus Christ: ________________________ b. An apostle of Jesus Christ: _____________________ c. A set apart messenger of Jesus Christ: ___________ 2. IS A UNIQUE ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬MESSAGE! “(1c)…the gospel of God (2) which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, (3) concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, (4) and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” Rom.1:1c-4 a. (v.1c) It originated with God:____________________ _____________________________________________ b. (v.2) It was promised in the Old Testament: _______ _____________________________________________ c. (v.3a) It concerns Jesus Christ, God’s Son: ________ d. (v.3b) He was a human being:___________________ ____________________________________________ e. (v.4) He was Divine: ___________________________ _____________________________________________ 3. RESULTS IN UNIQUE BLESSINGS! “(5) Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, (6) among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ.” Rom.1:5-6 a. (v.5a) The blessing of Divine favor: _______________ b. (v.5b) The blessing of giftedness: _________________ c. ( v.5c) The blessing of obedience: ________________ _____________________________________________ d. (v.5d) The blessing of glorifying God:____________ _____________________________________________ e. (v.6) The blessing of effectual calling: ____________ _____________________________________________ 4. IS FOR A UNIQUE GROUP OF PEOPLE! “To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Rom.1:7 a. (v.7a) Beloved of God: ______________________ b. (v.7b) Saints: _________________________________ _____________________________________________ c. (v.7c) People of favor and peace: ________________ SO WHAT? 1. There is power in this book! “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” Rom.1:16 <><><> “I went to America to convert the Indians; but oh! Who shall convert me?....About a quarter before nine, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.” John Wesley <><><> 2. This book cultivates discernment and prepares the Christian to detect error! “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” Gen.3:15 <><><> sad “His covenant (Jesus’s new covenant) with the nations, His covenant with you, His covenant with us, can stand on it’s on two nail-scarred resurrection feet. It does not need propping up by the Jewish Scriptures. The Bible did not create Christianity, the resurrection of Jesus created and launched Christianity. Your whole house of Old Testament cards can come tumbling down. The question is did Jesus rise from the dead? The eyewitnesses said He did… Unhitching the Old Testament from the New is liberating for men and women who are drawn to the message that God loves you so much He sent His Son to pave the way to a relationship with you. It is liberating for people who need and understand grace, who need and understand forgiveness. And it is liberating for people who find it virtually impossible to embrace the dynamic, the worldview, and the value system depicted in the story of ancient Israel…. If you were raised on a version of Christianity that relied on the Bible as the foundation of faith, a version that was eventually dismantled by academia or the realities of life, maybe it is time for you to change your mind about Jesus. Maybe it is time for you to consider the version of Christianity that relies on the event of the resurrection of Jesus Christ as its foundation. If you gave up your faith because of something about or in the Bible, maybe you gave up unnecessarily.” Pastor Andy Stanley sad <><><> 3. This book meets my deepest needs! “For in it (the gospel) the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.” Rom.1:17 SERMON NOTES ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: Small group discussion questions and daily Bible readings will consist of content shared at WVCC Worldview Foundational Training which begins on June 6, 2018 and runs through August 22, 2018. Supper begins at 5:30 p.m. and teaching time will begin around 6 p.m. and last one hour. Come join us and let’s raise up “the foundations of many godly generations!”
Obtaining and developing a Christian worldview, pt.2
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May 27, 2018 09:12 AM PDT
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cd.18.05.27 May 27, 2018 Message by Denny Mashburn

<>“Your worldview is not what you see; your worldview is what you see with!”
Ravi Zacharias<>

OBTAINING AND DEVELOPING A CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW:

1. STARTS WITH BELIEVING GOD HAS SPOKEN NONVERBALLY IN CREATION!

“(1) The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. (2) Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. (3) There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. (4) Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun, (5) which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoices like a strong man to run its race. (6) Its rising is from one end of heaven, and its circuit to the other end; and there is nothing hidden from its heat.” Ps.19:1-6

A. (vs.1-4a) the heavens communicate!

B. (vs.4a-6) the sun communicates!

C. Everyone hears God’s voice!

<>“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
C. S. Lewis<>

2. STARTS WITH BELIEVING GOD HAS SPOKEN VERBALLY IN SCRIPTURE!

“(7) The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; (8) The statutes of the LORD are
right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; (9) The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.” Ps.19:7-9

REASONS ONE CAN TRUST THE BIBLE:

A. (v.7a) It teaches (law) with all sufficiency (perfect), and it transforms and restores (converts) the inner man (soul)!
B. (v.7b) It witnesses to truth (testimony) and is worthy of trust (sure), and it makes skillful in living (wise) the undiscerning (simple)!
C. (v.8a) It gives divine guidelines (statutes) which lead into the right path (right), and they bring true joy to the inner man regardless of circumstances!
D. (v.8b) It is authoritative (commandment) and clear (pure), and it illuminates (enlightening) moral and spiritual darkness!
E. (v.9a) It reveres (fear) God and is absent of any imperfection, and it never changes nor is it to be altered (enduring forever)!
F. (v.9b) It contains God’s legal decrees (judgments) for life which are error free (true) and comprehensive in its perspective on what is right (righteous altogether)!

3. RECEIVES A SPECIAL REWARD!

“(10) More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. (11) Moreover by them Your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great reward.” Ps.19:10-11

4. TRANSFORMS ONE’S DAILY WALK!

“(12) Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. (13) Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and I shall be innocent of great transgression. (14) Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.” Ps.19:12-14

SO WHAT?

1. What is truth?

“Jesus said to him, `I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” Jn.14:6

“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth!” Jn.17:17

2. The Scriptures are the sufficient guide to truth!

(7) The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; (8) The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; (9) The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.” Ps.19:7-9

• They are sufficient to heal and restore my inner man!
• They are sure and able to give me the ability to live life wisely with discernment!
• They have the power to give me inner joy regardless of the trials of life!
• They have the power to give me light when I face moral and spiritual darkness!
• They have no errors, imperfections, or contradictions and there is no false news in them!
• They are comprehensive about the issues of life and they never change!

<>“A truly Christian worldview begins with the conviction that God Himself has spoken in Scripture…If we simply start by affirming what the Bible says about itself, the rest of our worldview should fall into place, with the Bible as the source and touchstone of all we believe. So this is the crucial, foundational starting point in developing a Christian worldview.”
John MacArthur<>

3. The Scriptures are the only source able to make me wise to salvation!

“But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” Jn.20:31

4. Beware of everyone’s fatal flaw!

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,”
Rom.1:18
SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

• The theme of this message is the key to obtaining and developing a Biblical worldview.

1. Pastor Denny opened this message with a story told by a famous pastor of a Jewish doctor whose life was in shambles and who came to him for counsel. He had multiple marriages, performed abortions for a living, was under the care of a psychoanalyst and was overcome with guilty feelings. He asked the pastor for help, and the pastor replied he couldn’t help him, but Jesus Christ could. He then encouraged the man to go home and read the gospel of John, and keep reading it until he knew who Jesus Christ was. Do I agree with this pastor’s advice? Why or why not? How would you have counseled this man? What happened to this man as a result of reading the gospel of John? Am I surprised? Are the Scriptures sufficient to save a sinner?
2. Read (Ps.19). David proclaims that God has revealed Himself. How has He revealed Himself in (vs.1-6)? How has He revealed Himself in (vs.7-9)? God’s greatest revelation is (see Heb.1:1-2)?
3. In (vs.7-9) David, led by the Holy Spirit, gives 6 reasons we can trust the sufficiency of the Bible. What are they (see #2 under the sermon outline)? Which one encourages me the most? Look up these verses for insight into the sufficiency of Scripture:

• (2Pet.1:3)
• (Jn.17:17)
• (1Cor.2:14-15)
• (Mk.12:24)
• (Lk.16:27-31)
• (Jam.1:25)

4. Pastor John MacArthur has said: “A truly Christian worldview begins with the conviction that God Himself has spoken in Scripture. This is the crucial, foundational starting point in developing a Christian worldview.” Do I agree or disagree with this quote? So what?
5. According to (Rom.1:18) how do sinners respond to truth? Can sinners begin to love the truth? But how (see 2Thes.2:10)?

DAILY BIBLE READING

Mon (Ps.19) God has revealed Himself
Tue (Jn.17:17) There is a source of truth
Wed (Rom.1:18) Sinful men suppress truth
Thu (2Thes.2:10) Salvation is receiving the love of the truth
Fri (2Tim.3:15) The Scriptures make one wise for loving the truth
Sat (Jam.1:25) Blessing comes to those who know and obey the truth

Obtaining and developing a Christian worldview, pt.1!
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May 20, 2018 09:13 AM PDT
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cd.18.05.20 May 20. 2018 Message by Denny Mashburn

“But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” 2Tim.3:13

<>“A truly Christian worldview begins with the conviction that God
Himself has spoken in Scripture. As Christians, we are committed to the Bible as the inerrant and authoritative Word of God. We believe it is reliable and true from cover to cover, in every jot and tittle. Scripture, therefore, is the standard by which we must test all other truth claims. Unless that axiom dominates our perspective on all of life, we cannot legitimately claim to have embraced a Christian worldview.”
John MacArthur<>

DEVELOPING A CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW:

1. IS VITAL IN DAYS OF INCREASING DECEPTION!

“But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” 2Tim.3:13

“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, ‘Has God indeed said you shall not eat of every tree of the garden?.’” Gen.3:1

2. IS WHAT DISCIPLE MAKING IS ALL ABOUT!

“But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them.” 2Tim.3:14

<>“A world-and-life (worldview) is a set of assumptions or presuppositions that determine the way we look at the world and our place in the world. These then largely determine how we consider everything that comes down our path.”
Dr. James Kennedy<>

“(18) And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. (19) Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,(20) teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.’” Matt.28:18-20

3. IS THE WORK OF SCRIPTURE
IN SALVTION!

“..and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
2Tim.3:15

<>“Now I want you to understand what has happened—this is key to understanding what has happened to our culture, and key to understanding why our kids are leaving the Church. This is the crux of the issue. It is an issue of authority—biblical authority.”
Ken Ham: ALREADY GONE<>

4. IS THE WORK OF SCRIPTURE IN SPIRITUAL GROWTH!

“(16) All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, (17) that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2Tim.3:16-17

• Scripture is God breathed!
• Scripture is sufficient for what to believe!
• Scripture is sufficient for what not to believe!
• Scripture is sufficient for what should not be done!
• Scripture is sufficient for what should be done!
• Scripture enables spiritual growth!

SO WHAT?

1. If I have not noticed, America is not what it used to be!

“Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition.” 2Thes.2:3

2. The authority of the Bible is under attack like never before in our history!

“(20) Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, (21) for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” 2Pet.1:20-22

<>“The age of the earth is the single most misunderstood issue among those who have left the church. (It is also the most misunderstood issue among those who are still there!). We live in an era where science has supposedly disproven the Bible in Genesis 1. What is the church doing? Just like it did in Europe, it is sticking its head in the sand, compromising with the world…When a person believes in millions of years (or Darwinian evolution), and then reinterprets the days of creation to be long periods of time, they are undermining the very authority from which they get the message of the gospel. They are undermining the authority of the Word of God by taking man’s fallible ideas on the age of the earth and using those ideas to change the clear meaning of the Word of God. It is an authority issue.”
Ken Ham<>

3. Surrender to the Lordship of Christ and defend the Word!

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.” 1Pet.3:15

4. Live the Word!

“..having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.” 1Pet.3:16

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

• The theme of this message is obtaining and developing a Christian worldview!

1. In my opinion, is America what it used to be or is it radically changing? If I believe it is changing how and why?
2. Read (2Tim.3:13-17) which is Paul’s final instructions to a young pastor, Timothy. What does he say will happen in the future (v.13)? What does Paul want him to continue in (v.14)? What does Paul say has impacted Timothy’s view of salvation the most (v.15)? What does Paul say will help Timothy the most in spiritual growth (v.16-17)? Is Paul cultivating a biblical worldview in his young disciple?
3. Dr. James Kennedy said: “A worldview is a set of assumptions or presuppositions that determine the way we look at the world and our place in the world. These largely determine how we consider everything that comes down our path.” What do I think about this quote? Did I know I had a worldview? What has been the most important thing/person which has shaped my worldview?
4. According to Ken Ham, the following lies are causing elementary, middle school, and high school kids to doubt God’s word the most (and leave the church). Have these caused me to doubt?

• The Bible was written by men?
• The writers made mistakes?
• It was not translated correctly?
• The Bible contradicts itself?
• The Bible has errors?
• Evolution proved the Bible is wrong?
• The Bible is wrong about the young age for the earth?
• Genesis has been disproved by science?
• There is too much suffering and death in the Bible?

5. What does Peter say is the most important decision one makes to prepare themselves to defend what they believe (see 1Pet.3:15)?
6. Is living what I say I believe important (see 1Pet.3:16)? Why?

DAILY BIBLE READING

Mon (2Tim.3:13-17) Developing a Christian worldview
Tue (2Thes.2:3) A lack of a Christian worldview leads to falling away
Wed (Matt.28:18-20) Making disciples is shaping Christian worldviews
Thu (Gen.3:1) Satan’s man attack: Undermine God’s word
Fri (1Pet.3:15) Make Christ Lord first, then defend the faith
Sat (1Pet.3:16) Live the faith without hypocrisy

God’s vision for motherhood!
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May 13, 2018 09:28 AM PDT
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cd.18.05.13 May 13, 2018 Message by Denny Mashburn

<>When Robert Ingersoll, the notorious skeptic, was in his heyday, two college students went to hear him lecture. As they walked down the street after the lecture, one said to the other, `Well, I guess he knocked the props out from under Christianity, didn’t he?’ The other said, `No, I don’t think he did. Ingersoll did not explain my mother’s life, and until he can explain my mother’s life, I will stand by my mother’s God.’”
James S. Hewett<>

“Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.” Prov.29:18 (ESV)

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GOD’S VISION FOR MOTHERHOOD:

1. REVEALS THE OBSTACLES!

OBSTACLES:

A. Original sin: “And the LORD God said to the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ The woman said, `The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” Gen.3:13
B. Pain in childbearing: “To the woman He said: ‘I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in pain you shall bring forth children……” Gen.3:16a

OBSTACLES CONTINUED:

C. Controlling desire in marriage: “…your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” Gen.3:16b
D. Cultural pressure to blaspheme God’s word: “(1) But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine:…(4) that they (older women) admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, (5) to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.” Tit.2:1, 4-5

2. REVEALS THE SAVIOR!

“And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, `For God has appointed another seed for me instead of Abel, whom Cain killed.’” Gen.4:25

“(14) So the LORD God said to the serpent: ‘Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life. (15) And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”
Gen.3:14-15

“(18) Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit…(21) And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS for He will save His people from their sins.”
Matt.1:18, 21

SO WHAT?

1. The curse can be reversed!

“(13)… For Adam was formed first, then Eve. (14) And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. (15) Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control.” 1Tim.2:13-15

2. Being FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT is the key!

“(17) Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. (18) And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, (19) speaking to one another in psalms, and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, (20) giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, (21) submitting to one another in the fear of God…..
(22) Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. (23) For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. (24) Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything… (6:4) And you fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” Eph.5:17-24, 6:4

3. Embrace God’s vision for motherhood, and resist the radical feminist mindset of our day, which is as old as the Scriptures!

“(4) that they (older women) admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, (5) to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.” Tit.2:4-5

4. A nugget of wisdom to strengthen your relationship with your husband!

“(5) For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves (a gentle and quiet spirit), being submissive to their own husbands, (6) as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror.”
1Pet.3:5-6

5. A nugget of wisdom (16 nuggets) to strengthen your child rearing skills!

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Prov.22:6

6. A woman who fears the LORD shall be praised!

“Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.” Prov.31:30


SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

• The theme of this message is knowing and pursuing God’s vision for motherhood!

1. Did my mother have a vision of motherhood, and if she did what was it? Was it a Godly vision?
2. Read (Prov.29:18). Is it possible to get a Godly vision of anything, especially motherhood? Where do I find God’s vision? What happens when I obey God’s vision?
3. Read (Prov.31:10-31). What is God’s vision of motherhood in the Old Testament? Read (Tit.2:4-5). What is God’s vision of motherhood in the New Testament? What are the similarities? What are the priorities of a Godly wife and mother?
4. What are the priorities of our culture’s vision of a successful wife and mother? How do they differ from God’s vision?
5. Review the six encouragements under SO WHAT of the sermon outline. Which one encourages me the most and why? What is the most encouraging thing my husband, father, or child could say to me regarding mother’s day?

DAILY BIBLE READING

Mon (Prov.29:18) Obtaining vision from God
Tue (Prov.31:10-31) Old Testament vision of motherhood
Wed (Tit.2:4-5) New Testament vision of motherhood
Thu (Eph.5:17-24, 6:4) A key to fulfilling God’s vision of
motherhood
Fri (1Pet.3:5-6) A key to strengthening a mom’s relationship
to her husband
Sat (Prov.22:6) A key to strengthening a mom’s relationship
with her children

The Great Physician!
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May 06, 2018 09:23 AM PDT
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cd.18.05.06 May 6, 2018 Message by Denny Mashburn

<>“I believe in every business suit lies the wounded heart of a boy who wants his daddy.”
Gordon Dalby<>

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Ps.147:3

HE HEALS:

1. By PREPARING His patient!

“(1) Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful. (2) The LORD builds up Jerusalem; He gathers together the outcasts of Israel.” Ps.147:1-2

“(12) Be astonished, O heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid; be very desolate, says the LORD. (13) For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water….(19) Your own wickedness will correct you, and your backslidings will rebuke you. Know therefore and see that it is an evil and bitter thing that you have forsaken the LORD your God, and the fear of Me is not in you, says the LORD GOD of hosts.” Jer.2:12-13, 19

“It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes.”
Ps.119:71

2. By properly DIAGNOSING His patient!

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Ps.147:3

HEARTS ARE BROKEN AND WOUNDED BY:

A. Personal sin (guilt)

HEARTS SET ON EVIL: “Then the LORD saw the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Gen.6:5
HEARTS FULL OF MADNESS: “This is an evil in all that is done under the sun: that one thing happens to all. Truly the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil; madness is in their hearts while they live, after that they go to the dead.” Ecc.9:3
HEARTS WHICH CAN’T BE KNOWN: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” Jer.17:9
HEARTS DEFILED: “(20) And He said, ‘What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. (21) For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, (22) thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. (23) All these evil things come from within and defile a man.’” Mk.7:20-23
HEARTS SPIRITUALLY DEAD: “..dead in trespasses and sins..”Eph.2:1
HEARTS PRONE TO HARDNESS: “Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.”
Mk.16:14

B. The sin of others! (bitterness)
C. The sorrows of a sin cursed world! (Rom.8:22)

3. Because He is the GREAT PHYSICIAN!

“(3) He heals….. (4) He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name.(5) Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite. (6) The LORD lifts up the humble; He casts the wicked down to the ground.” Ps.147:3-6

“(1) The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; (2) To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, (3) to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” Isa.61:1-3

4. And this reality is to be PROCLAIMED!

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Ps.147:3
SO WHAT?

1. Life is hard!

“A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by the sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.” Pr.15:13

“A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones! Pr.17:22

“The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, but who can bear a broken spirit.” Pr.18:14

2. We all have heart trouble!

“…madness is in their hearts while they live.” Ecc.9:3

3. What a friend we have in Jesus!

“(20) Reproach has broken my heart, and I am full of heaviness; I looked for someone to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none. (21) They also gave me gall for my food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.” Ps.69:20-21

4. He came to heal us!

“(18) The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; (19) to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” Lk.4:18-19

“Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word.”
Ps.119:67

“..who (God) comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2Cor.1:4

5. Come to Jesus today through faith!

“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.” Jn.6:37

“The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.” Ps.34:18

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

• The theme of this message is God heals broken hearts!

1. Do I remember the first time I had my heart broken? What caused it?
2. Read (Ps.147:1-6). The Psalmist wrote this as part of Israel’s celebration of returning to Jerusalem (from exile) and rebuilding the torn down walls. What were the people to praise God for in verse 3?
3. What causes broken hearts?

• (Ecc.9:3; Jer.17:9) personal sin
• (Matt.6:12) sin against me
• (Rom.8:21-22) sin cursed world

4. Is their hope for the broken heart? Tony Evans said: “Many Christians believe that hope is wishing for something you are never going to get!” What are my thoughts on that? Is there real hope in (Ps.147:3)?
5. What brings Jesus near in (Ps.34:18) and who does He say He will save? What did He say He came to do in (Lk.4:18-19)? Do I need Him to heal my broken heart right now? Will I come to Him in faith?

DAILY BIBLE READING

Mon (Ps.147:1-6) Praise God He heals broken hearts!
Tue (Ps.69:20-21) Jesus had His heart broken!
Wed (Ecc.9:3) Sin breaks the human heart!
Thu (Jer.17:9) The heart is desperately wicked!
Fri (Lk.4:18-19) Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted!
Sat (Eze.36:26) God has the power to give me a new heart!

Taking A Clear Gospel Message To The Lost : 2018 GIC
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April 29, 2018 11:47 AM PDT
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cd18.04.29

Todd Burden
InBounds Ministries
PO Box 981
Troutman, NC 28166

www.coachburden.com

Getting Ready For The Wedding?
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April 22, 2018 10:10 AM PDT
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cd18.04.22 SCRIPTURE READING “(1) After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, ‘Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God! (2) For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her.’ (3) Again they said, ‘Alleluia! Her smoke rises up forever and ever!’ (4) And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sat on the throne, saying, ‘Amen! Alleluia!’ (5) Then a voice came from the throne, saying, ‘Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!’ (6) And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thundering, saying, ‘Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! (7) Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.’ (8) And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. (9) Then he said to me, ‘Write: Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ And he said to me, ‘These are the true sayings of God.’ (10) And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, ‘See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.’” Rev.19:1-10 (NKJV) <><><> “C.S. Lewis said, `Most of us find it very difficult to want heaven at all—except in so far as Heaven means meeting again our friends (and loved ones) who have died. One reason for this difficulty is that we have not been trained; our whole education tends to fix our minds on this world. Another reason is that when the real want for Heaven is present in us, we do not recognize it.’ Nothing is more often misdiagnosed than our homesickness for Heaven. We think that we want sex, drugs, alcohol, a new job, a raise, a doctorate, a spouse, a large-screen television, a new car, a cabin in the woods, a condo in Hawaii. What we really want is the person we were made for, Jesus Christ, and the place we were made for, Heaven.” Randy Alcorn <><><> HEAVEN IS GOING TO HAVE A WEDDING, AND THOSE INVITED ARE: 1. PRAISING GOD BECAUSE JUSTICE HAS BEEN SERVED! “(1) After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven saying, ‘Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God! (2) For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her.’ (3) Again they said, ‘Alleluia! Her smoke rises up forever and ever!’ (4) And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sat on the throne, saying, ‘Amen! Alleluia!’ (5) Then a voice came from the throne, saying, ‘Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!’” Rev.19:1-5 • ____________________________________________ • ____________________________________________ • _____________________________________________ • _____________________________________________ • _____________________________________________ 2. PRAISING GOD BECAUSE HE IS REIGNING WITH COMPLETE CONTROL! “And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, ‘Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!’” Rev.19:6 • ____________________________________________ • ____________________________________________ • ____________________________________________ 3. PRAISING GOD BECAUSE THE BRIDE IS READY “(7) Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready. (8) And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. (9) Then he said to me, ‘Write: Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ And he said to me, ‘These are the true sayings of God.’” Rev.19:7-9 • ___________________________________________ • ___________________________________________ • ___________________________________________ • ___________________________________________ • ___________________________________________ 4. PRAISING GOD BECAUSE OF THE BRIDEGROOM! “And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, ‘See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” Rev.19:10 • _____________________________________________ • _____________________________________________ SO WHAT? 1. Dry bones are alive and 70 years old! “And He said to me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ So I answered, ‘O LORD GOD, You know.’” Eze.37:3 • (v.21) The covenant made with Abraham is fulfilled • (v.22, 24) The covenant made with David will be fulfilled • (v.23) The new covenant made with Israel will be fulfilled 2. Evil plans are being made! “(10) Thus says the Lord GOD: ‘On that day it shall come to pass that thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will make an evil plan.” Eze.38:10 • Evil planners: Russia, Syria, Iran, Turkey, Lebanon, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Sudan 3. The wedding day draws near, so let us continue to make ourselves ready! “(7) Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready. (8) And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.” Rev.19:7-8 • (Jn.14:1-3) The wedding presentation draws near (Rapture)! • (2Cor.5:9-11) The judgment seat of Christ will remove our spots and wrinkles! • What is left is a beautiful gown of fine linen, the righteous acts of the saints, glorified! <><><> “If your planning for the future doesn’t involve fulfilling the Great Commission, then you are planning disobedience!” Henry Blackaby <><><> 4. Have I repented? “(20) But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. (21) And they did not repent of their murders, or their sorceries, or their sexual immorality or their thefts.” Rev.9:20-21 SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: • The theme of this message is getting ready to meet Christ at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb! 1. Do I ever think about heaven? When I do, what do I think about? Should I think about heaven (see Col.3:1-3)? 2. John MacArthur said: “Heavenly thoughts come on by understanding heavenly realities.” Read (Rev.19:1-10). What heavenly realities get my attention in this passage? 3. One of those heavenly realities is that heaven is rejoicing over justice being served on the wicked (see vs.1-5). Read (Rev.21:8). What will happen to people who practice these lifestyles (this is their character): • cowardly: (their faith is not real, and fall away in adversity) see Matt.13:20-21 • unbelieving: refuse to trust Christ as Lord and Savior • abominable: Caught up in the practice of wickedness • murderers: taking the life of another in the heart or reality • sexually immoral: illicit sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman (includes heterosexuality, homosexuality, beastiality, etc.) • sorcerers: use of mind altering drugs for recreational or religious purposes • idolaters: Those who make any animate or inanimate person or thing more important in their lives than God • liars: Those who don’t love and practice truth 4. Read (2Cor.5:21). Did Jesus ever sin? Did God treat Jesus as a sinner on my behalf (the principle of imputation or reckoning)? Does God give me Christ’s righteousness (imputation) when I trust in Christ? How does this righteousness differ from the righteousness mentioned in (Rev.19:8)? 5. Read (Eph.2:8-10) What was I created to do in this life (v.10). When were these prepared for me to walk in? Am I walking in them right now? Close in prayer. DAILY BIBLE READING Mon (Rev.19:1-10) The marriage supper of the Lamb Tue (Jn.10:29) The engagement: Father promised the Son His redeemed Wed (Eph.1:4) This promise was made in eternity past Thu (Jn.14:1-3) The presentation of the bride after engagement (the rapture) Fri (Rev.19:7) The marriage ceremony and the beginning of the millennial reign of Christ Sat (Eph.2:8-10) This is my time to work
What Am I Afraid Of?
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April 15, 2018 10:15 AM PDT
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SCRIPTURE READING
“(35) On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, ‘Let us cross over to the other side.’ (36) Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. (37) And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. (38) But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, ‘Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?’ (39) Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace, be still.’ And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. (40) But He said to them, ‘Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?’ (41) And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, ‘Who can this be that even the wind and the sea obey Him!’”
Mk. 5:35-41 (NKJV)

….Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?’…….. Mk.4:38b

THE DISCIPLES WERE AFRAID OF A STORM:

1. BUT, JESUS LED THEM INTO THE STORM!

“(35) On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, ‘Let us cross over to the other side.’ (36) Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him.” Mk.4:35-36

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2. BUT STORMS ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF DISCIPLE MAKING!

“On the same day……” Mk.4:35a

“(24) Then He said to them, ‘Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. (25) For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.’” Mk.4:24-25

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3. BUT JESUS SLEPT IN THE STORM!

“(37) And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. (38) But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow…”
Mk.4:37-38a
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4. AND THEIR BELIEF IN WHAT WAS NOT TRUE DECEIVED THEM INTO FEAR AND DOUBTING THE CHARACTER OF GOD!

“…And they awoke Him and said to Him, ‘Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?’” Mk.4:38b

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5. BUT TRUTH WAS IN THE BACK OF THE BOAT AND HE SPOKE!

“(39) Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace, be still!’ And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.” Mk.4:39

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“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Jn.14:6

6. BUT THEIR GREATEST THREAT WAS UNBELIEF!

“(40) But He said to them, ‘Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?’ (41) And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, ‘Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!’” Mk.4:40-41

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SO WHAT?

1. Storms are a vital part of God’s disciple-making process!

ASSURANCE: “(6) In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, (7) that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, (8) whom having not seen you love.”
1Pet.1:6-8

ENDURANCE, CHARACTER, HOPE: “(3) And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; (4) and perseverance, character; and character hope. (5) Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Rom.5:3-5

2. When I face a storm, the Lord has promised to take me to the other side!

“On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, ‘Let us cross over to the other side.’” Mk.4:35

3. When I face a storm, Jesus is in it with me!

“On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, ‘Let us cross over to the other side.’” Mk.4:35

4. As long as Jesus is not worried in the storm, neither should I be!

“But He was in the stern asleep on a pillow.” Mk.4:38a

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Jn.16:33

5. The greatest danger in the storms of life for the unsaved and the disciple is unbelief!

“Of sin, because they do not believe in Me.” Jn.16:9

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

• The theme of this message is learning how to deal with the storms of life!

1. What am I afraid of? President Roosevelt (FDR) said in his inaugural address: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Is that true? (see Jn.16:8-9)
2. Read (Mk.4:35-41). What were the disciples afraid of? Do you blame them? How did they respond?
3. Think back to a great storm I faced in my life? How did I respond? Have I grown spiritually since then? How so?
4. Jesus had been teaching about life in the kingdom. Now He led them into a storm, to put what they were learning to the test. Look at the following passages to see how God uses trials to perfect our faith:

• (Deut.8:1-6) Humility and the importance of God’s word!
• (Job 19:25-26) Wean me from worldly things and stir my desire for heaven!
• (2Cor.1:3-7) Enables and equips me to help and bless others!
• (Heb.12:5-12) Motivation to stop sinning!
• (1Pet.1:6-8) Brings assurance of the genuineness of my faith!
• (Rom.5:3-5) Brings about endurance, character, and hope!
• (1Pet.5:10-11) Perfects, establishes, strengthens, and settles me
in my faith!

5. Consider this quote from Charles Spurgeon: “You have heard that story of the woman on board ship, who was much disturbed in a storm, while her husband, the captain, was calm and restful. She asked him why he was so placid when she was so distressed. He did not answer her in words, but he took down his sword and held it to her breast. She smiled. He said, ‘Why are you not afraid? This is a sharp sword with which I could slay you in a minute.’ ‘Ah,’ she replied, ‘but I am not afraid of a sword when it is my husband who wields it.’ ‘So’ said he, ‘neither am I afraid of a storm when it is my Father who sends it and manages it.’” How do I respond to that story? Does it encourage me? Why? Close in prayer!

DAILY BIBLE READING

Mon (Mk.4:35-41) Disciples face a storm
Tue (1Pet.1:6-8) Trials reveal the genuineness of saving faith
Wed (Rom.5:3-5) Trials build endurance, character, hope
Thu (Deut.8:1-6) Trials humble and reveal the importance of God’s
word
Fri (2Cor.1:3-7) Equip me to comfort others
Sat (Heb.12:5-12) Motivate me to stop sinning

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