Wills Valley Community Church
Changed Lives, Changing Lives
The cross: the saving power of God!
April 09, 2017 09:30 AM PDTcd#17.04.09 April 4, 2017 SCRIPTURE READING “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1Cor.1:18 (NKJV) “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1Cor.1:18 THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS IS A GREAT PARADOX: 1. TO THOSE IN THE PROCESS OF GOING TO HELL, IT IS MORONIC! “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing….” 1Cor.1:18a A. A stumbling block to some: “but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block…” 1Cor.1:23a B. Foolishness to others: “…and to the Greeks foolishness,.. 1Cor.1:23b C. This is how those who are perishing eternally think! 2. TO THOSE IN THE PROCESS OF BEING SAVED, IT IS THE POWER OF GOD! “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1Cor.1:18 SALVATION HAS 3 ASPECTS: A. The PENALTY of my sin is gone: “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Rom.8:1 B. The POWER of my sin is being broken: “For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” Rom.8:13 C. The PRESENCE of my sin will one day be removed: “Not only that, but we also who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.” Rom.8:23 THE POWER OF GOD IN THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS IS DESCRIBED AS: A. The power of substitution: Jesus died in my place! B. The power of justification: God declares me not guilty! C. The power of reconciliation: God is at peace with me! D. The power of adoption: God brings me into His family! E. The power of redemption: God purchases me from the slave market of sin! F. The power of propitiation: God is satisfied, my debt is paid! G. The power of forgiveness: God casts my sins away as far as east is from west! “(8) And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. (9) Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name.” Phil.2:8-9 <><><> “The old cross slew men, the new cross entertains them. The old cross condemns, the new cross amuses. The old cross destroyed confidence in the flesh, the new cross encourages it.” A.W. Tozer <><><> SO WHAT? THE CROSS’S POWER: 1. Removes my CURSE: “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, `Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.’” Gal.3:13 2. Cleanses my CONSCIENCE: “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.” Heb.9:14 3. Qualifies me to be A DISCIPLE: “(23) Then He said to them all, `If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. (24) For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.” Lk.9:23-24 4. Unifies THE DIVIDED: “(11) For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you. (12) Now I say this, that each of you says, `I am of Paul,’ or `I am of Apollos,’ or `I am of Cephas,’ or `I am of Christ.’ (13) Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?” 1Cor.1:11-13 5. Destroys SELFISHNESS: “And He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” 2Cor.5:15 6. Defines SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP: “Husbands love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her.” Eph.5:25 7. Provides victory over SIN and stirs PASSION for ministry: “Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people zealous for good works.” Tit.2:14 8. It heals me SPITIRTUALLY, EMOTIONALLY, AND ULTIMATELY PHYSICALLY:“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” Isa.53:5 NOW, WHAT DO I NEED TO DO? SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: • The theme of this message is the cross and the power of God it releases in my life when I submit to it! • When I think of power, does the cross of Jesus Christ come to mind? Why or why not? • Read (1Cor.1:18). Who is the message of the cross foolishness to? Who is the message of the cross the power of God to? Why would someone consider the cross as foolishness? • Read (Eph.5:25). What implications does the power of the cross have for spiritual leadership in marriage? What are its implications for marriage in general (see Eph.5:21)? • What does the cross’s power do in each of these verses (look them up). • (Gal.3:13) • (Lk.9:23-24) • (1Cor.1:11-13) • (2Cor.5:15) • (Tit.2:14) • (Isa.53:5) • Read (Phil.2:8-9) What attitude does “obedience to the point of death” demonstrate? When I embrace this attitude, what root sin is neutralized in my life (hint: it begins with an s and ends with ness, which is another word for pride)? What insight does (Gal.5:24) give me into how to appropriate this power on a daily basis? (Hint: trust and…….)? DAILY BIBLE READING Mon (1Cor.1:18) The power of the cross Tue (Gal.3:13) It removes my curse of sin Wed (Heb.9;14) It cleanses my guilty conscience Thu (Lk.9:23-24) It qualifies me to be a disciple Fri (2Cor.5:15) It destroys my pride and selfishness Sat (Tit.2:14) It provides victory over sin and stirs passion for ministry When I look at the cross, what do I see?
April 02, 2017 09:06 AM PDTcd#17.04.02 April 2, 2017 SCRIPTURE READING “(45) Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. (46) And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, `Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is, `My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’ (47) Some of those who stood there, when they heard that, said, `This Man is calling for Elijah!’ (48) Immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink. (49) The rest said, `Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to save Him.’ (50) And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. (51) Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, (52) and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; (53) and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many. (54) So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, `Truly this was the Son of God!’ (55) And many women who followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him, were there looking on from afar, (56) among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.” Matt.27:45-56 (NKJV) <>< “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, `Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is, `My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?” Matt.27:46 <>< >>>>> “When belief in God becomes difficult, the tendency is to turn away from Him; but in heaven’s name to what?” G. K. Chesterton >>>>> <>< WHEN I LOOK AT THE CROSS AND I HEAR THIS CRY OF JESUS: 1. I SEE SUFFERING THAT SEEMS SO UNECESSARY! “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, `Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is, `My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?’ Matt.27:46 WHEN I LOOK AT THE CROSS: • I see an execution! • I see untold physical pain and suffering! • I see a man feeling forsaken by God! • I see suffering that seems so unnecessary! • I see a situation that moves me to ask why? 2. GOD SEES THE CULMINATION OF HIS PERFECT PLAN! WHEN GOD LOOKS AT THE CROSS: A. He sees divine judgment: “Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land.” Matt.27:45 B. He sees a break in intimate fellowship: “(46) And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, `Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is, `My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? (47) Some of those who stood there, when they heard that, said, `This Man is calling for Elijah!’ (48) Immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink. (49) The rest said, `Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to save Him.’” Matt.27:46-49 C. He sees the voluntary, self-giving death of His Son: "And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.” Matt.27:50 D. He sees access into His presence: “Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” Matt.27:51a E. He sees a miracle signifying the demands of His law have been fulfilled: “…and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split,” Matt.27:51b F. He sees death has been conquered: “(52) and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; (53) and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.” Matt.27:52-53 G. He sees changed lives: “(54) So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, `Truly this was the Son of God!’ (55) And many women who followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him, were there looking on from afar, (56) among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.” Matt.27:54-56 “(27) For indeed in this city the rulers have joined together against the holy servant Jesus, thine anointed—yes, Herod and Pontius Pilate, the gentiles and the peoples of Israel have gathered together (28) to carry out what thine hand and will had planned to happen.” Acts 4:27-28 (Phillips) <>< >>>>> “Suffering is necessary. It is impossible to live a complete life without suffering. If life is to be fully understood and lived, suffering is necessary.” Unnamed Indonesian Pastor >>>>> NOW WHAT? >>>>> “The most profound thing we can say about suffering and evil is that, in Jesus Christ, God entered into it and turned it for good.” John Piper >>>>> <>< 1. I need to see God has a solution to my sin problem! “(10) Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief, when You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. (11) He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied…” Isa.53:10-11a “Then Peter said to them, `Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38 2. I need to turn, or turn back, to God in my sufferings! “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance.” Rom.2:4 <>< >>>>> “I could never myself believe in God, if it were not for the cross. The only God I believe in is the One Nietzsche ridiculed as `God on the cross.’ In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it? I have entered many Buddhist temples in different Asian countries and stood respectfully before the statue of the Buddha, his legs crossed, arms folded, eyes closed, the ghost of a smile playing round his mouth, a remote look on his face, detached from the agonies of the world. But each time after a while I have had to turn away, and in imagination, I have turned instead to that lonely, twisted, tortured figure on the cross, nails through hands and feet, back lacerated, limbs wrenched, brow bleeding from thorn-pricks, mouth dry and intolerably thirsty, plunged in God-forsaken darkness. That is the God for me! He laid aside His immunity to pain. He entered our world of flesh and blood, tears and death. He suffered for us. Our sufferings become more manageable in the light of His. There is still a question mark against human suffering, but over it we boldly stamp another mark, the cross that symbolizes divine suffering.” John Stott >>>>> SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: • The big idea of this message is how I look at the cross compared to how God looks at it, and how the innocent suffering of Jesus heals my sin and helps me face the sufferings of this life. 1. If I could talk to Jesus right now, face to face, what would I ask Him about suffering? 2. Read (Matt.27:45-56). How do I see the crucifixion of Christ? How does God see the crucifixion of Christ? What do these verses teach me about the crucifixion of Christ: • (Acts 4:27-28) • (Isa.53:5-6) • (Isa.53:10-11) • (Jn.10:17-18) • (Gal.3:13) • (Rom.5:7-8) • (Col.2:13) 3. Read (Job 42:1-6). Take note of v.5. What turned the tide of Job’s struggles in his suffering? (Hint: it was relational!). What means the most to us when we are in the throes of suffering (hint: loving relationships)! 4. Read John Stott’s lengthy quote on the last page of the sermon outline. Do I agree or disagree? Why? Take note of his last line: “There is still a question mark against human suffering, but over it we boldly stamp another mark, the cross that symbolizes divine suffering.” How do I feel about that? 5. What does (Rom.2:4) tell me about what leads me to repentance? What did Danny Hall say in his testimony that drew him back to the Lord? Do I need to come back to the Lord right now? DAILY BIBLE READING Mon (Matt.27:45-56) The crucifixion of Christ Tue (Acts 4:27-28) It was part of God’s plan of redemption Wed (Rev.13:8) It was planned before the foundation of the world Thu (Isa.53:5-6) Christ’s death heals my sin problem Fri (Isa.53:10-11) Christ’s death was God’s offering for my sin Sat (Rom.8:28) Christ’s suffering brings good out of my suffering A wake up call for discernment!
March 26, 2017 09:21 AM PDT
cd.17.03.26 March 26,2017 Pastor Denny Mashburn
3 situations needing discernment:
1. Do I know what John 3:16 is referring to?
THE BASICS OF DISCERNMENT:
1. DON’T PUT YOUR FIRE OUT!
“Do not quench the Spirit.” 1Thes.5:19
(6)Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you
“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into
2. DON’T NEGLECT THE PROCLAMATION OF GOD’S WORD!
“Do not despise prophecies.” 1Thes.5:20
“(18) For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this
3. EXAMINE EVERYTHING CRITICALLY!
“Test all things.” 1Thes.5:21a
<>“Discernment is the skill that enables us to differentiate. It is the ability to
4. HOLD FAST WHAT IS RIGHT!
“Hold fast what is good.”
“Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.”
5. SHUN EVIL TEACHING!
“Abstain from every form of evil.” 1Thes.5:22
1. I need to thank God for the gift of discerning
“(11) He answered and said to them, `Because it has been given to you to
“Do not quench the Spirit.” 1Thes.5:19
2. I am responsible to stoke the fire, and it
“(6) Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you
“And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with
3. The fire is stoked with Scripture!
“(1) My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within
“(16) All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for
4. The fire is stoked with obedience!
“For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after
5. The fire is stoked when I walk with wise men!
“He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will
6. The fire is stoked when I judge righteously!
“Do not judge according to appearance; but judge with righteous judgment.” Jn.7:24
• Answer 1: How to obtain eternal life! (Jn.3:16)
SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
• The big idea of this message is a wake-up call for Christians to
1. In a survey in 1994 by George Barna half of the people
DAILY BIBLE READING
Mon (1Thes.5:19-22) Cultivating discernment in my spiritual growth!
March 19, 2017 11:07 AM PDTcd.17.03.19 March 19, 2017. Sermon by Pastor Adel Rovayna and interpreted by George Oliva <>Special thanks to Iglesia Bautista Hispana Kilpatric and Iglesia Bautista Hispana Fort Payne!<> Temple talk: Finding comfort and strength in God’s prophetic timetable! (Pt.2)
March 12, 2017 11:19 AM PDT
cd.17.03.12 March 12,2017 Denny Mashburn
KEY EVENTS MUST TAKE PLACE
1. DON’T BE DECEIVED!
“(3) Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come
• Falling away
2. DON’T FORGET WHO IS IN CHARGE!
“(6) And now you know what is restraining that he may be revealed in his
• A force restrains
3. DON’T BE UNINFORMED!
“(9) The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan,
• Lawless one comes with power, signs, lying wonders
4. DON’T TURN BACK FROM WHAT
“(13) But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren
• You are loved by the Lord and chosen
5. DON’T WORRY!
(16) Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who
1. Conquer your fears with TRUTH!
“(31) Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him. If you abide in My
2. Be DISCERNING!
<>“(Papa-God represented as a woman) I don’t need to punish people for
3) For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but
“(6) And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his
4. Recognize the marks of an UNBELIEVER!
“(9) The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan,
“(9) And He said, `Go and tell this people: Keep on hearing, but do not
5. MY ORDERS: Hold to the truth, be comforted
“(11) And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some
SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
• The theme of this message is the recent current events regarding
1. In the book and the movie called “The Shack” Papa (God
Daily Bible Reading
Mon (2Thes.2:3-17) Key events preceding the Second Coming
March 05, 2017 09:17 AM PST
March 5,2017 Pastor Denny Mashburn
“(3) Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless
TEMPLE TALK SHOULD BE
1. CALM DOWN, YOU’VE BEEN
“(1) Now brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our
A. You haven’t missed the gathering together, remember?
“(13) But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who
• (1Thes.1:9-10) Sign-less event, imminent!
B. You are not in the day of the Lord, remember?
“(1) But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need
• Christ comes to judge after the gathering together!
2. DON’T BE DECEIVED, BECAUSE
“(3) Let no one deceive you by any means; for that day will not come unless
1. Am I waiting and serving?
“(9) For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had
<>“The word wait has the connotation of hanging over the head, or the sense
“Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.”
2. Be comforted by this great truth!
“(1) Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
“And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have
3. Stand fast, hold to, be comforted and
“(15) Therefore brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were
SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS QUESTIONS:
• The theme of this message is recent current events regarding
1. As I watched the clip from CBN news on the
DAILY BIBLE READING
Mon (2Thes.2:1-16) Comfort/readiness for the end times
February 26, 2017 09:25 AM PSTFebruary 26, 2017 cd#17.02.26 SCRIPTURE READING “(1) Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? (2) You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. (3) You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. (4) Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself and enemy of God. (5) Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, `The Spirit who dwells is us yearns jealously’? (6) But He gives more grace. Therefore HE says: `God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ (7) Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (8) Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (9) Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. (10) Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” Jam.4:1-10 (NKJV) “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” Jam.4:7 GOD’S GRACE: 1. IS THE ONLY ANSWER TO SIN! “(1) Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? (2) You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. (3) You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. (4) Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. (5) Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, `The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously.’ Jam.4:1-5 A. (v.1a) Conflicts with others! B. (vs.1b-3) Conflicts within myself! C. (vs.4-6) Conflict s with God! 2. IS AVAILABE IN ABUNDANCE! “(6) But He gives more grace…..” Jam.4:6a “Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more.” Rom.5:20 3. IS RECEIVED BY THE HUMBLE! “….Therefore He says: `God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Jam.4:6b “Surely He scorns the scornful, but gives grace to the humble.” Pr.3:34 Grace: the favor of God which gives me the power and desire to do His will! 4. IS OBTAINED BY SUBMISSION! “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” Jam.4:7 • Submit: to rank under, come under the authority, • Resist: to stand against, withstand SO WHAT? 1. Grace not only brings salvationd victory over addiction and temptation.” “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” Rom.6:14 2. Grace is given to humble people, and humility is the result of submission! “(6) But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ (7) Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” Jam.4:6-7 3. Grace is what children need to deal with sin and temptation and wise parents point their children to it! “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” Jn.1:14 “So now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” Acts 20:32 “….Spirit of grace.” Heb.10:29 “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” Ps.119:11 4. Grace is what every marriage needs to live in harmony and happiness! “(18) And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit…(21) submitting to one another in the fear of God.” Eph.5:18, 21 5. Grace is what I need to face the trials of life! “And he said: `Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.’” Job 1:21 <><><> “Beloved Christian friend, be willing to accept whatever God appoints. Are not some of you very far from it? Are you quite sure that you are submissive to the divine will as to your rank in society? Have you accepted your position in the scale of worldly wealth? Are you satisfied to be sickly, obscure, or of small ability? Are God’s appointments your contentments? To many professors are quarreling with God that they are not other than they are. This is evil, and shows that pride is still in their hearts, for were they conscious of their own deserts they would know that anything short of hell is more than we deserve, and as long as we are not in the pit of torment gratitude becomes us.” Charles Spurgeon <><><> 6. Grace is what saves the sinner! “(8) For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God (9) not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Eph.2:8-9 WHAT IS MY NEXT STEP? SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: • The theme of this message is God’s grace, what it is, why it’s important and how to receive it. 1. A story is told: “That Satan appeared before a small town congregation. Everyone started screaming and running for the front of the church door, trampling each other in a frantic effort to get away. Soon everyone was gone except for an elderly gentleman who sat calmly. Satan walked up to him and said, `Don’t you know who I am?’ The man replied, `Yep, sure do.’ Satan asked, `Aren’t you going to run?’ `Nope, sure ain’t,’ said the man. Satan asked, `Why aren’t you afraid of me?’ The man replied, `Been married to your sister for over 48 years.” 2. How does (James 4:7) tell me to deal with Satan? How do I normally deal with temptation? 3. What happens to me when I submit to God and resist the devil according to (Jam.4:7)? What happened to Jesus when He did the same (see Matt.4:1-11)? 4. What do these verses teach me about grace, (look them up and discuss): • (Jn.1:14; Acts 20:32; Heb.10:29)) • (Eph.2:8-9) • (Rom.6:12-14) • (1Cor.15:9-10) 5. What happens to marriages when spouses stop submitting to the Spirit and to one another (See Eph.5:18-21). What happens to Christians when they stop submitting to God’s providence (divine will) in painful circumstances? Do I need to submit to God right now in the midst of my painful circumstances? What does (Rom.8:28-29) tell me I can hope for if I do? Daily Bible Reading Mon (Jam.4:6-7) My need for grace and how to get it Tue (Eph.2:8-9) I am saved by grace Wed (Jn.1:1-14) The source of grace Thu (Acts 20:32) The word of His grace Fri (Rom.6:1-2) Grace, the key to conquering sin Sat (Eph.5:18,21) Grace, the answer to happiness in marriage GLOBAL IMPACT CELEBRATION 2017: Dr. Allen McClelland
February 19, 2017 12:03 PM PST
WHAT IF I GAVE EVERYTHING?GLOBAL IMPACT CELEBRATION 2017: Chris Burns
February 17, 2017 07:03 PM PST
February 12, 2017 09:34 AM PSTFebruary 12, 2017 cd#17.02.12 <><><><><><> SCRIPTURE READING “(38) Then two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and another on the left. (39) And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads (40) and saying, `You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.’ (41) Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said, (42) `He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him. (43) He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, `I am the Son of God.’ (44) Even the robbers who were crucified with Him reviled Him with the same thing.” Matt.27:38-44 (NKJV) <><><><><><> “Concerned not with his life, but for the dying around him, Harper with his last breaths swam to the dying souls and cried out for them to be saved---`Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.’ As his strength began to ebb, Harper called out to a man clinging onto a piece of timber, `Are you saved?’ `No,’ was the reply. A few moments later, Harper and the man came into contact again, `Are you saved yet?’ `No,’ was again the reply. `Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved,’ Harper cried out one last time and with that, slipped beneath the waves. The young man clinging to the board was rescued and was later to testify that he had indeed been saved that night, not only by a rescuing ship, but by the words of John Harper.” Ned Ryun <><><> “He saved others; Himself He cannot save…..” Matt.27:42a TRUE DISCIPLES OF CHRIST ARE NOT CONCERNED WITH THEIR LIVES: 1. BECAUSE THE CHRIST THEY FOLLOW CAME HERE TO SAVE OTHERS! “(41) Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said, (42) `He saved others……” Matt.27:41-42a IT WAS TRUE, JESUS DID SAVE OTHERS! • (Matt.8:1-3) A man from leprosy • (Matt.8:5-13) A paralyzed servant of a centurion • (Matt.8:28-34) Two demon possessed men • (Matt.9:18-26) A daughter raised from the dead • (Matt.20:29-33) Two blind men received sight and salvation • (Jn.4:1-42) An immoral Samaritan woman is cleansed • (Jn.11:1-44) Lazarus raised from the dead “…for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Lk.19:10 2. BECAUSE THE CHRIST THEY FOLLOW WOULD NOT SAVE HIMSELF! “He saved others, Himself He cannot save…..” Matt.27:42b <><><> “Because He would not, is no proof that He could not; but if He could and would not, it is positive evidence that there was some purpose in His staying…If He would save others, He could not save Himself. And thus the cross becomes the throne of His saving power.” William Henry Biederwolf <><><> “(5) But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. (6) All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Isa.53:5-6 “…who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.” Tit.2:14 SO WHAT IF I GAVE EVERYTHING? 1. IT IS THE ONLY WAY TO BECOME A DISCIPLE OF CHRIST! “(57) Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, `Lord, I will follow You wherever you go.’ (58) And Jesus said to him, `Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head. (59) Then He said to another, `Follow Me.’ But he said, `Lord, let me first go and bury my father.’ (60) Jesus said to him, `Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.’ (61) And another also said, `Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.’ (62) But Jesus said to him, `No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Lk.9:57-62 (23) Then He said to them all, `If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. (24) For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. (25) For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost. (26) For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.” Lk.9:23-26 2. IT IS THE PATHWAY TO FRUITFULNESS! “(24) Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain (fruit). (25) He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. (26) If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.” Jn.12:24-26 3. IT IS THE KEY TO HARMONY IN THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY! “(18) And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit…(21) submitting to one another in the fear of God.” Eph.5:18, 21 4. IT’S THE FOUNDATION OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH! “(4) imploring us with much urgency that we would receive the gift and the fellowship of the ministering to the saints, (5) and not only as we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God. (6) So we urged Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also complete this grace in you as well. (7) But as you abound in everything---in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us---see that you abound in this grace also.” 2Cor.8:4-7 AM I READY TO GIVE EVERYTHING? SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: • The theme of this message is self-sacrifice which is at the heart of Christian discipleship. 1. What thought convicted me in this message? Share it and discuss. What did I think about the story of John Harper on the Titanic that Pastor Denny opened the sermon with? Why was he not concerned with his own? 2. Read (Matt.27:35-44). What did the religious establishment think about the crucifixion? Did Jesus save others? Could Jesus have saved Himself? 3. Read (Isa.53:1-10). What does Isaiah prophesy about what the crucifixion would be all about? What was Paul’s commentary on the crucifixion in (Col.1:21-23)? What if one moves away from faith in the gospel (Col.1:23). 4. Former Hour of Power televangelist Robert Shuler once said: “It is precisely at this point that classical theology has erred in its insistence that theology by God-centered and not man-centered. This master plan of God is designed around the deepest needs of human beings: self-dignity, self-respect, self-worth, self-esteem. The pearl of great price is genuine self-respect and self-esteem. If we follow God’s plan as faithfully as we can, we will feel good about ourselves.” What is wrong with this thinking in light of these passages of scripture (look them up): • (Lk.9:23-26) • (Lk.14:25-33) • (Lk.18:9-14) • (Phil.3:7-8) • (Lk.9:57-62) 5. What heart attitude is at the very core of true discipleship? (See (Lk.9:23). As we approach the Global Impact Celebration (GIC), our missions conference, what if I gave everything to the Lord afresh and anew (my finances, my family, my time, talents, etc.)? What might God do through me? What would a decision like that be evidence of? DAILY BIBLE READING Mon (Matt.27:35-44) Jesus gave everything Tue (Isa.53:1-10) Jesus gave His life to pay my sin debt Wed (Lk.9:23-26) Following Jesus means I must give everything Thu (Lk.18:9-14) Discipleship begins with humble repentance Fri (Eze.36:25-32) Self-loathing when motivated by God is good Sat (Jn.12:24-26) Self-sacrifice is the pathway to fruitfulness
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