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WHO ARE YOU DISCIPLING?
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January 28, 2018 09:21 AM PST
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cd.18.01.28 January 28,2018 Message by Jeff Nelson

A. WHY DO WE MAKE DISCIPLES?

Following Christ means MAKING DISCIPLES!

1) “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,”
Matthew 28:19

2) “He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.’” Mark 16:15

3) “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

You are a Disciple, the question is:
WHO ARE YOU FOLLOWING?

You have Disciples, the question is:
HOW ARE YOU INFLUENCING THE PEOPLE WATCHING YOU?

“To be human is to be a disciple. God didn’t present Adam and Eve with a choice between discipleship and independence, but between following Him or following Satan. We are all disciples, the only question is, of whom?” -Mark Dever in his book
“Disciple Making”

Christian Disciple-Making wields the universal human patterns of influence, modeling, and formation for the FAME OF JESUS!

“At its core, discipling is teaching. Your discipling should help people understand more….Through discipling, you want people to know why Christians pray, why we join the church, why knowledge of God’s sovereignty impacts how we live, and more.” -Mark Dever

HOW DO/SHOULD WE DISCIPLE?

Wills Valley Community Church:

*Sunday morning *Small Groups
*Men’s Fraternity *Bible Studies
*Women’s Ministry *Children’s Ministry
*Youth Ministry *Global Focus Teams

You as an Individual:

*INTENTIONALLY:
When the Bible tells us to be something or to do something the idea is that we have to intentionally plan to be/do that thing. The “one another” passages of Scripture come to mind:

Gal. 5:13 -“Serve one another”, Eph. 4:32 -“Be kind and com-passionate to one another”, I Thess. 4:18 -“Comfort one another”, John 13:34 -“Love one another”, James 5:16 -“Pray for one another”, I Cor. 12:25 -“Care for one another”, I Thess. 5:11 - “Build up one another”, Eph. 4:32 -“Forgive one another”.

*HUMBLY:

Phil. 2:3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain
conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourself.”

James 3:13 “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.”

James 4:10 “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.”
 
When disciple-making, we need to be humble enough to
recognize that what they need is not us, but God, and that
God can use us for a while, and then someone else.
 
*BIBLICALLY: Scripture is our foundation, it matters how disciples live.
 
Heb. 12:14 “Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.”
 
Matt. 28:20 “Teaching them to observe all that I commanded you,”
 
All discipleship should include biblical teaching - it allows us to tell those over whom we have influence why we believe what we believe and why we live like we live.
 
Discipling doesn’t just walk them around the car, it pops the
hood and shows them the engine!
 
*PRACTICALLY: We use the tools God has given us.
 
Exodus 25,28,35 & 36 - Describe the physical skills and abilities God gave men and women to accomplish His commands on how to build the sanctuary.
 
God gave Bezalel and Oholiab skills and the ABILITY TO TEACH.
 
Exodus 36:1 “Now Bezalel and Oholiab, and every skillful person in whom the LORD has put skill and understanding to know how to perform all the work in the construction of the sanctuary, shall perform in accordance with all that the LORD has commanded.”
 
*WILLINGLY:
 
2 Cor. 12:15 “I will most gladly spend and be expended for
your souls.”

I Chron. 28:9 “And you, Solomon my son, know the God of
your father and serve Him with a whole heart and with a
willing mind, for the LORD searches all hearts and understands
every plan and thought”.

Eph. 6:7 “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the
Lord, not people.”

Exodus 25,28,35 & 36 - Describe the willingness with which
the Israelites served God. They were not under compulsion.

*By EXAMPLE:
We are called to see people grow in every way into Christ who
is our Head (Eph. 4:15). In every way means in every thing.
God intends to bring about the knowledge of His Glory known
everywhere (Hab. 2:14). And the hope of that taking place is
Christ at work in us and through us in everything we do
(Col. 1:27). We need to learn to see eating and drinking,
working and playing-everything we do-as the means through which we can glorify God and show others what it looks like to
worship Him in all of life (I Cor. 10:31, Col. 3:17).

Here’s the reality: all of us are always making disciples. The
questions are: Who or what are we making disciples of? And
what would people believe about following Jesus if they were to
follow our examples in everyday life?

Examples of Being an Example:
1. Jesus
“Come, follow me,” Matt. 4:19
“I have set you an example that you should do as I
have done for you.” John 13:15

2. Apostle Paul:
“Follow my example, as I follow the example of
Christ.” I Cor. 11:1

OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE DISCIPLES:
Global Focus Teams, Bread of Life, Small Group Leader,
Foster Kids Mentoring, Neighbors, Classmates, Co-Workers,
Sports Teams (coaching), School Volunteer, etc...

Knowing And Doing God’s Will, Pt.2
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January 21, 2018 09:22 AM PST
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cd.18.01.21 January 21, 2018 Message by Denny Mashburn

“At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.” Jn.14:20

TO KNOW AND DO THE WILL OF GOD, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT:

1. I BELIEVE THE GOSPEL!

“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me…” Jn.14:21a

“..knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ….” Gal.2:16a

<>“One of the most seductive false gospels is moralism…The basic structure of moralism comes down to this---the belief that the gospel can be reduced to improvements in behavior…In other words, we communicate to lost persons the message that what God desires for them and demands for them is to get their lives straight…Add to this the fact that the process of parenting and child rearing tends to teach moralism from our earliest years. Very quickly we learn that our parents are concerned with our behavior. Well behaved children are rewarded with parental approval, while misbehavior brings parental sanction. This message is reinforced by other authorities in young lives and pervades the culture at large…The point is clear----this (being `raised right’) is what parents expect, the culture affirms, and many churches celebrate. But our communities are filled with people who have been `raised right’ but are headed to hell.”
Dr. Albert Mohler<>

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Jn.3:16
“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.5:5

2. I UNDERSTAND THAT WHEN I BELIEVE THE GOSPEL, HE COMES TO LIVE IN ME!

“(15) If you love Me, keep My commandments. (16) And I will pray the Father and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—(17) the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. (18) I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. (19) A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. (20) At that day you will know that I am in My Father and you in Me, and I in you. (21) He who has My commandments and keeps them it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him…” Jn.14:15-21a

• The Spirit of truth takes up residence in every disciple!
• The Father is present in every disciple!
• The Son is present in every disciple!
• The Father/Son/Holy Spirit set their love on the disciple!

3. I BELIEVE THAT BECAUSE HE LIVES IN ME HE WILL REVEAL HIMSELF TO ME!

“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” Jn.14:21

• By faith I believe the gospel!
• Because Jesus lives in me I love Him and keep His commandments!
• Because He lives in me, He has begun and will continue to reveal Himself and the will of the Father to me!

SO WHAT?

1. Have I been born again?

“(3) Jesus answered and said to him, `Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God…(16) For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Jn.3:3, 16

2. Discipleship is Christ in me!

“God wanted to make known among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Col.1:27 (HBT)

<>“Discipleship is more than acquiring head knowledge and memorizing Scriptures verses. It is learning to give Jesus Christ total access to your life so He will live His life through you. Your greatest difficulty will be in believing that your relationship with Christ is at the heart of your Christian life. When others watch you face a crisis, do they see the risen Lord responding?...What difference does the presence of Jesus Christ make in your life?...There is a great difference between living the Christian life and allowing Christ to live His life through you.”
Henry Blackaby<>

3. How do I discern God’s will ?

“….and manifest Myself to him.” Jn.14:21b

• Scripture (read)!
• Prayer (pray)!
• Circumstances (watch)!
• The Church (listen)!
• God’s revelation is designed to lead me to obedience!

4. Discipleship begins at home!

“And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.” Eph.5:18

• Daily personal surrender!
• Husbands love!
• Wives Respect!
• Parents train!
• Kids obey!

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

• The theme of this message is knowing and doing God’s will!

1. When I hear someone say, “God told me this or that” how do I know it is from God?
2. Read (Jn.14:15-21). Has Christ promised to reveal Himself and His will to His people? How do I know (note v.21b)? What if I am a disobedient disciple? Is obedience the cause or effect of salvation (see Jn.3:16)?
3. In (Jn.14:15-21), Jesus said the Spirit, the Son, and the Father would be in His disciple! Am I a disciple of Christ? Is Christ in me? Do I feel Him or am I supposed to feel Him? If I don’t, how do I know He is in me? Do I walk/live by feeling or something else (see 2Cor.5:7)? What difference does it make that He is in me (see 2Pet.1:3)?
4. What did Jesus promise His disciples He would do for them at the end of (Jn.14:21)? God reveals Himself to His disciples in four important ways:

• Scripture (Ps.119:105)
• Prayer (Mk.1:35; Jn.5:19)
• Circumstances (Rom.8:28)
• The Church (Tit.1:3; Pr.24:6)

5. Why do I think (Eph.5:18) is vital to discipleship and it beginnings in the home? If a man is controlled by the Spirit, will he learn to surrender to the Lord, love his wife, train his children, and see them obey? If a woman is controlled by the Spirit, will she learn to surrender to the Lord, respect her husband, train her children in God’s ways, and see them obey? If these things are happening, will the individual have something to share with a lost world?

DAILY BIBLE READING

Mon (Jn.14:15-21) Discipleship is Christ in me!
Tue (Col.1:27) Christ in me, the hope of glory!
Wed (Acts 2:38) Those who believe the gospel receive the Spirit!
Thu (Rom.5:5) The Spirit pours God’s love into the believer’s heart!
Fri (Jn.14:21) I can know and discern the will of God!
Sat (Eph.5:18) Discipleship begins at home!

Knowing And Doing God’s Will?
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January 14, 2018 09:27 AM PST
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cd.18.01.14 January 14, 2018 Message by Denny Mashburn

“Then Jesus answered and said to them, `Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.” Jn.5:19

JESUS CHRIST IS MY MODEL FOR KNOWING AND DOING GOD’S WILL:

1. Because He knew how to experience God!

“(6) When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, `Do you want to be made well?’ (7) The sick man answered Him, `Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me. (8) Jesus said to him, `Rise, take up your bed and walk.’ (9) And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.”
Jn.5:6-9

2. Because He did only what He saw the Father doing!

“(17) But Jesus answered them, `My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.” Jn.5:17

THE FATHER WAS DOING A LOT:

A. (Jn.2:1-11) Turning water to wine
B. (Jn.4:46-54) Healing a royal officials son
C. (Jn.5:1-18) Healing a lame man
D. (Jn.6:1-15) He would feed 5,000
E. (Jn.6:16-21) He would walk on water
F. (Jn.9:1-7) He would open blind eyes
G. (Jn.11:1-57) He would raise Lazarus from the dead
3. Because He and the Father are One!

“(18) Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.” Jn.5:18

“I and My Father are one.” Jn.10:30

4. Because He never acted on His own initiative!

“Then Jesus answered and said to them, `Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.” Jn.5:19

(3) Jesus answered, `Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. (4) I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.”
Jn.9:3-4

5. Because He was moved by His love relationship with the Father!

“(20) For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel. (21) For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will.” Jn.5:20-21

SO WHAT?

1. Am I asking the right question?

“….Most assuredly I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.” Jn.5:19

<>“If you don’t ask the right question, you won’t get the right answer!”
Gaines Dobbins<>

• Wrong question: What is God’s will for me?
• Right question: What is God’s will?

2. Do I believe the Father is always working?

“But Jesus answered them, `My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.” Jn.5:17

“And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.”
Jn.12:32

“And when He (Holy Spirit) has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” Jn.16:8

3. When I rise each morning, whose agenda am I pursuing?

“I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.” Jn.5:30

4. In order for me to know what the Father is doing, my love relationship with Him is vital!

“For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these that you may marvel.”
Jn.5:20

“(37) Jesus said to him, `You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. (38) This is the first and great commandment. (39) And the second is like it: `You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (40) On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.’” Matt.22:37-40

5. Am I seeing God do things in my life that only He can do?

“(12) Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. (13) And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” Jn.14:12-13

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

• The theme of this message is how to know and do the will of the Father!

1. When I have to make decisions, how do I discern God’s will?
2. Is asking the question what is God’s will for my life the right question? If not, what is the right question?
If I ask the wrong question, will I get the right answer?
3. (Read Jn.5:1-21). What was the focus of the life of Jesus Christ (note.v.19)? Would He ask what is the Father’s will for My life, or would He ask what is the Father’s will? What is the difference in these questions?
4. Is there a love relationship between the Father and the Son, Jesus Christ (see v.20)? Is that important in knowing God’s will? Is the love relationship between me and God important in knowing and doing God’s will (see Matt.22:34-40)?
5. Read (Jn.5:30). When I rise in the morning, whose agenda am I pursuing?
6. It has been said, “God is under no obligation to show me His secret will if I ignore His revealed will.” Do I agree or disagree? Am I ready and willing to know and do the will of God in 2018?

DAILY BIBLE READING

Mon (Jn.5:1-16) Jesus heals on the Sabbath!
Tue (Jn.5:17-21) Because He did what He saw the Father
doing!
Wed (Jn.9:1-4) Jesus came to work the works of the Father!
Thu (Jn.5:30) Jesus could of Himself do nothing!
Fri (Phil.2:5-11) I must have His same attitude if I would do
the works of the Father!
Sat (Jn.14:12-14) The promise to those who would do the
works of the Father and the Son!

Recommissioning!
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January 07, 2018 09:31 AM PST
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cd.18.01.07 January 7, 2018 Message by Denny Mashburn

TO BE RECOMMISSIONED, SOME QUESTIONS HAD TO BE ANSWERED, SUCH AS:

1. Lord, will You take care of me?

“(1) After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself: (2) Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together.(3) Simon Peter said to them, `I am going fishing.’ They said to him, `We are going with you also.’ They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. (4) But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. (5) Then Jesus said to them, `Children, have you any food?’ They answered Him, `No.’ (6) And He said to them, `Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.’ So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. (7) Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, `It is the Lord!’ Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea. (8) But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from land, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish. (9) Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. (10) Jesus said to them, `Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.’ (11) Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken. (12) Jesus said to them, `Come and eat breakfast.’ Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, `Who are You?’---knowing that it was the Lord. (13) Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish. (14) This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead.” Jn.21:1-14

A. (v. 3) Yes, but are you thinking about your old life?

B. (v.3) Yes, but now that I am leaving, will you depend on yourself or Me!

C. (v.6) Yes, you need My supernatural, sovereign provision and you will have it if you are faithful to Me (Jn.14:13-14)!

2. Lord, can You still use me?

“(15) So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, `Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?’ He said to Him, `Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.’ He said to Him, `Feed my lambs.’ (16) He said to him again a second time, `Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?’ He said to Him, `Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.’ He said to him, `Tend My sheep.’ (17) He said to him the third time, `Simon, son of Jonah do you love Me?’ Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, `Do you love Me?’ And he said to Him, `Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.’ Jesus said to him, `Feed My sheep.’ Jn.21:15-17

A. (v.15) I can, but are you committed to Me or do you just have affection for me?

B. (v.15) I can, but are you committed to Me more than your old pursuits (Lk.14:26-33)?

C. (v.17) I can, because I delight in using and recommissioning imperfect people!

3. Lord, what will it cost me to be recommissioned?

“(18) `Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.’ (19) This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, `Follow Me.’”
Jn.21:18-19

A. EVERYTHING, EVEN YOUR VERY LIFE!

SO WHAT?

1. I serve a recommissioning God!

2. God will take care of me, and bless me, if I follow His orders and not my own!

“(5) Then Jesus said to them, `Children, have you any food?’ They answered Him, `No.’ (6) And He said to them, `Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.’ So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish.” Jn.21:5-6

<>“It was time for Jesus to take over the situation, just as He did when He called Peter into discipleship. He told them where to cast the net; they obeyed, and they caught 153 fish! The difference between success and failure was the width of the ship! We are never far from success when we permit Jesus to give the orders, and we are usually closer to success that we realize.”
Warren Wiersbe<>

3. Christ’s answer to failure is love!

“We love Him because He first loved us.” 1Jn.4:19

“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.” 1Jn.5:3

“Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.” 2Thes.3:5

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love……” Gal.5:22

4. The heart of true discipleship is self-denial!

“(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

5. Am I ready to be recommissioned?

“……follow Me.” Jn.21:19

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

• The theme of this message is the encouragement of God restoring and recommissioning His servants when they have failed!

1. Have I experienced failure in the Christian life to the point I wondered if God could ever use me again? Share a story with the group.
2. Read (Jn.21:1-19). Jesus is restoring and recommissioning Peter after his tragic failure. What gets my attention about this story?
3. Take note of (Jn.21:3-6). Why did Peter go fishing when the Lord had instructed His disciples to wait on the mountain (see Matt.28:16). What was he possibly struggling with? Was his fishing productive? What did the miracle of catching 153 fish communicate to these disciples? What are the implications for me?
4. Take note of (Jn.21:15-17). What is the Lord’s answer for failure? How is love (agapay) described in (1Cor.13:4-8a)? Where does love begin (see 1Jn.4:8)?
Why does any Christian love God in the first place (see 1Jn.4:19)? What is the greatest evidence of my love for God (see 1Jn.5:3)? How do I increase my love for the Lord (see 2Thes.3:5; Gal.5:22a)?
5. If the word love (agapay) could be described and summarized in one word, what would it be? (Hint: it is not affection, or sensual, or familial affection, but co………ment) So what (i.e. daily life, relationships, family, the lost, other believers, etc.)? Am I ready to be recommissioned by the Lord for 2018?

DAILY BIBLE READING

Mon (Jn.21:1-14) Christ appears again to His disciples
Tue (Jn.21:15-23) The recommissioning of Peter
Wed (1Cor.13:13) The greatest of these is love
Thu (1Jn.4:8) The sources of agapay love
Fri (1Jn.5:3) The greatest evidence of love
Sat (Gal.5:22) The fruit of the Spirit is love

Global Focus & Hope for the World
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December 31, 2017 01:19 PM PST
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cd17.12.31

Dr Allen McClellan

Rev. 3:7-8 (NKJV)
“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens (8)I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.”

Signs!
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December 24, 2017 09:15 AM PST
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cd.17.12.24 December 24, 2017 Message by Denny Mashburn

“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Isa.7:14

THE PROPHETIC SIGNS OF CHRISTMAS ARE MANY:

1. THE TIME PERIOD SIGN!

“The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes; and to Him shall be the obedience of the people.” Gen.49:10

FULFILLED (Matt. 27:1-2, 22)

2. THE BIRTHPLACE SIGN!

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah (town right outside Jerusalem, not the Galilean town), though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler of Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.” Micah 5:2

FULFILLED (Matt.2:1)

3. THE DAVIDIC COVENANT SIGN!

“When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. (13) He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.” 2Sam.7:12-13

FULFILLED (Matt.1:6)
4. THE STAR SIGN!

“I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near; A Star shall come out of Jacob; A Scepter shall rise out of Israel, and batter the brow of Moab, and destroy all the sons of tumult.” Num.24:17

FULFILLED (Matt.2:2)

5. THE GIFTS SIGN!

“(10) The kings of Tarshish and of the isles will bring presents; the kings of Sheba and Seba will offer gifts. (11) Yes, all kings shall fall down before Him; all nations shall serve Him.” Ps.72:10-11

FULFILLED (Matt.2:11)

6. THE OUT OF EGYPT SIGN!

“When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called My son.”
Hos.11:1
FULFILLED (Matt.2:15)

7. THE INFANTICIDE SIGN!

“Thus says the Lord: `a voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted for her children, because they are no more.” Jer.31:15

FULFILLED (Matt.2:16-17)

8. THE VIRGIN BIRTH SIGN!

“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Isa.7:14

FULFILLED (Matt.1:18, 20)

<>“We find that the chance that any man might have lived down to the present time and fulfilled even eight prophecies is 1 in 100,000,000,000, 000…What are the probabilities of one person fulfilling more than 300 prophecies? It would be the chance of your randomly picking out a single atom from all of the atoms in the universe and having it be the one that had been marked with a microscopic X.”
Peter Stoner, Mathematician (Science Speaks)<>

SO WHAT?

1. The Bible is unique, it is a miracle!

<>“The Bible is the only book in the world that contains detailed, specific prophecies that have been fulfilled in history. There are no fulfilled prophecies in the sayings of Buddha or Confucius. Nor are there any fulfilled prophecies in the Hindu Vedras, the Quran, or the Book of Mormon. In contrast, the Bible is filled with both spiritual and secular prophecies that have been fulfilled in history…The Bible contains more than 300 prophecies about the first coming of Jesus, all of which were literally fulfilled.”
Dr. David Reagan: GOD’S PLAN FOR THE AGES<>

2. I can trust the Bible, because it is a miracle!

“(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

3. God has come in the flesh, it is a miracle!

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, `God with us.’” Matt.1:23

4. What kind of person am I?

<>“So you have to ask yourself, what kind of person are you? Are you the kind that sees signs, miracles, or do you believe that people just get lucky? Or, look at it this way, is it possible that there are no coincidences.”
Graham Hess (Mel Gibson), SIGNS<>

“(30) And he said, `No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ (31) But he said to them, `If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.” Lk.16:30-31

“Show me a sign for good, that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed, because You, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.”
Ps.86:17

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

• The theme of this message is the fulfillment of the prophetic signs surrounding the birth of Christ!

1. Mel Gibson said in the movie SIGNS: “People brake down into two groups, those who experience something (good) lucky and believe in luck, or those that believe see it as a sign, evidence that there is someone up there watching out for them.”
Do I agree with Mel? Why?
2. Read (Isa.7:14; Matt.1:18-25). Was the birth of Christ luck? Or, was it a miraculous sign? Is there someone up there watching out for us?
3. Read Peter Stoner’s quote at the bottom of the page 2 of the sermon outline. So what, what does this have to do with me? Read (Matt.10:30). So, what does this have to do with me and the struggles I face every day?
4. Read (Isa.7:14; Matt.1:23) again. It is Christmas, God has come in the flesh! So, “you have to ask yourself, what kind of person are you. Are you the kind that sees signs, miracles, or do you believe that people just get lucky. Or, look at it this way, is it possible that there are no coincidences.”
5. What is the difference in attitude between the rich man (looking up from hell, see Lk.16:30-31) and David in (Ps.86:17). How can looking for a sign be evil for one and righteous for another? Do I need a sign from God right now? Close in prayer.

DAILY BIBLE READING

Mon (Isa.7:10-17) The virgin birth prophesied
Tue (Matt.1:18-25) The virgin birth fulfilled
Wed (Micah 5:2; Matt.2:1) The birth place sign
Thu (2Sam.7:12-13; Matt.1:6) The Davidic covenant sign
Fri (Num.24:17; Matt.2;2) The star sign
Sat (2Pet.1:19) Take heed to the prophetic word fulfilled
“(30) And he said, `No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ (31) But he said to them, `If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.” Lk.16:30-31

“Show me a sign for good, that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed, because You, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.”
Ps.86:17

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

• The theme of this message is the fulfillment of the prophetic signs surrounding the birth of Christ!

1. Mel Gibson said in the movie SIGNS: “People brake down into two groups, those who experience something (good) lucky and believe in luck, or those that believe see it as a sign, evidence that there is someone up there watching out for them.”
Do I agree with Mel? Why?
2. Read (Isa.7:14; Matt.1:18-25). Was the birth of Christ luck? Or, was it a miraculous sign? Is there someone up there watching out for us?
3. Read Peter Stoner’s quote at the bottom of the page 2 of the sermon outline. So what, what does this have to do with me? Read (Matt.10:30). So, what does this have to do with me and the struggles I face every day?
4. Read (Isa.7:14; Matt.1:23) again. It is Christmas, God has come in the flesh! So, “you have to ask yourself, what kind of person are you. Are you the kind that sees signs, miracles, or do you believe that people just get lucky. Or, look at it this way, is it possible that there are no coincidences.”
5. What is the difference in attitude between the rich man (looking up from hell, see Lk.16:30-31) and David in (Ps.86:17). How can looking for a sign be evil for one and righteous for another? Do I need a sign from God right now? Close in prayer.

DAILY BIBLE READING

Mon (Isa.7:10-17) The virgin birth prophesied
Tue (Matt.1:18-25) The virgin birth fulfilled
Wed (Micah 5:2; Matt.2:1) The birth place sign
Thu (2Sam.7:12-13; Matt.1:6) The Davidic covenant sign
Fri (Num.24:17; Matt.2;2) The star sign
Sat (2Pet.1:19) Take heed to the prophetic word fulfilled

Christmas: When God Became One Of Us!
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December 17, 2017 10:00 AM PST
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cd17.12.17 “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 THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS IS: 1. God took on FLESH AND BLOOD! “And the Word became flesh….” Jn.1:14 “(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. (19) Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. (20) But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, `Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is 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.’ (22) So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, `Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,’ which is translated, `God with us.’(24) Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, (25) and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called his name JESUS.” Matt.1:18-25 2. God dwelt with us in a very PERSONAL WAY! “….and dwelt among us……” Jn.1:14 3. God UNIQUELY displayed His glory to a FAVORED GROUP of people! “…..and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father…” Jn.1:14 • (Jn.15:16) “You did not choose Me, but I chose you….” • (Matt.17:2) “..He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.” • only begotten: (monogena’se)- only, unique, one of a kind not in origin but in prominence! 4. God expressed in fullness the essentials of salvation, GRACE AND TRUTH! “…full of grace and truth.” Jn.1:14 • (Eph.2:8-9) “By grace you have been saved through faith…” • (Jn.8:32) “….the truth shall make you free.” 5. Validated by experienced WITNESSES! “(15) John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, `This was He of whom I said, `He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me. (16) And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.” Jn.1:15-16 6. God giving lawbreakers A SAVIOR! “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” Jn.1:17 7. God showing us what the Father is LIKE! “No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.” Jn.1:18 • (Jn.14:8-9) “…Lord show us the Father…He who has seen Me has seen the Father….” IT’S CHRISTMAS, SO WHAT? 1. Do I pass the doctrinal test of the true nature of Jesus Christ? (1) Beloved do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (2) By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, (3) and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist…..” 1Jn.4:1-3a • Security of salvation is a fact, rooted in truth! • Assurance of salvation is a feeling, the by-product of obedience to the truth! 2. Am I growing in reflecting Christ’s glory in my personal life? “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2Cor.3:18 “(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 3. The mental image I have of God is vital to my salvation and spiritual growth? “No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.” Jn.1:18 ><> “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. For this reason the gravest question before the church is always God himself and the most portentous fact about any man is not what he may at any given time may say or do but what he in his deep heart perceives God to be like. We tend by a secret law of the soul to move toward our mental image of God.” A.W. Tozer <>< SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: • The theme of this message is the true meaning of Christmas, which is God has pitched His tent (tabernacle) among men by taking on flesh and blood in order to save us! 1. If my small child or grandchild asked me, “Why do we celebrate Christmas,” what would I say? 2. Read (Matt.1:18-25). Matthew (and Luke) majors on events surrounding the birth of Christ. Read (Jn.1:14-18). John majors on the meaning of those events. And, what was the meaning of the birth of Christ? 3. Am I saved? How do I know? Look up these verses: • (Jn.20:31) Believing you may have life in His name! • (Jn.3:16) Whoever believes in Him! • (1Jn.4:1-3) Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God! • (1Jn.5:12-13) He who has the Son has life! Could I give a simple, yet clear witness right now that I have seen the glory of Christ (that He has saved me) by faith? Take a minute and share testimonies (i.e. what my life was like before God saved me, how God saved me, and how my life has changed since God saved me)! 4. Read (2Cor.3:18). Am I growing in reflecting Christ’s glory in my life? What is the mirror where we behold Christ’s glory? What is the key to my transformational growth (see Rom.12:1-2). 5. What do I perceive God to be like? Why is it important (see Tozer’s quote on pg. 3 of the sermon outline)? Maxim: whatever we meditate on the most, that is what we will become like over time! DAILY BIBLE READING Mon (Jn.1:14-18) When God took on flesh and blood Tue (Jn.1:1-5) The pre-incarnate activity of Christ Wed (Jn.1:6-8) The forerunner of Christ Thu (Jn.1:9-11) The rejection of Christ Fri (Jn.1:12-13) The acceptance of Christ Sat (Matt.1:18-25) The events surrounding the incarnation of Christ
Randy Hogue : 2nd Morning Service
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December 10, 2017 01:14 PM PST
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cd17.12.10

Good things for those who seek the Lord!
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December 03, 2017 09:18 AM PST
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cd17.12.03 ><> SCRIPTURE READING “(1) I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. (2) My soul shall make its boast in the LORD; the humble shall hear it and be glad. (3) Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. (4) I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. (5) They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces were not ashamed. (6) This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. (7) The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them. (8) Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him! (9) Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. (10) The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing. (11) Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. (12) Who is the man who desires life, and loves many days, that he may see good? (13) Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. (14) Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. (15) The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry. (16) The face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. (17) The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. (18) The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit. (19) Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all. (20) He guards all his bones; not one of them is broken. (21) Evil shall slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous shall be condemned. (22) The LORD redeems the soul of His servants, and none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.” Ps.34:1-22 (NKJV) <>< “The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing.” Ps.34:10 IMPORTANT OBSERVATIONS FROM DAVID’S TRIAL: 1. David, the future king of Israel, was facing a GREAT TRIAL! “(10) Then David arose and fled that day from before Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath. (11) And the servants of Achish said to him, `Is this not David the king of the land? Did they not sing of him to one another in dances, saying: `Saul has slain his thousands and David his ten thousands’? (12) Now David took these words to heart, and was very much afraid of Achish the king of Gath.” 1Sam.21:10-12 2. David did what every true follower of God does in times of trial, he SOUGHT THE LORD! “(4) I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. (5) They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces were not ashamed. (6) This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. (7) The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them. (8) Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him! (9) Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. (10) The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing.” Ps.34:4-10 3. David sought the Lord because GOD HAD MADE A PROMISE! “..But those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing.” Ps.34:10b • Spiritual good things • Temporal good things <><><> “Whatever you desire, there is the promise, only go and plead it at the throne, and God will fulfill it. We have no right to look for the fulfillment of the promises unless we put the Promiser in mind of them, although truly, at times, He exceeds our desires or wishes. He gives these promises as His notes of hand, His bills of exchange, and if we do not take our notes to get them cashed at the throne it is our fault, for the promise is just as good.” Charles Spurgeon <><><> 4. David reflected on a VIVID CONTRAST! “The young lions lack and suffer hunger…..” Ps.34:10a 5. David had experienced the SURETY OF THE PROMISE’S FULFILLMENT! “The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing.” Ps.34:10 SO WHAT? 1. Am I seeking the Lord? “(10) As it is written: `There is none righteous, no, not one; (11) there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God.” Rom.3:10-11 “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.” Jn.6:44 “(11) For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (12) Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. (13) And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jer.29:11-13 2. The fulfillment of this promise is for true disciples! “The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing.” Ps.34:10 • (Lk.14:25-35) A disciple puts Christ before everything! • (Lk.9:23-25) A disciple is willing to deny himself, take up his cross and follow Christ daily! • (Jn.8:31) A disciple abides in and is committed to Christ’s teachings! • (Jn.14:21) A disciple demonstrates his love for Christ by obedience and Christ will manifest to him! • (Jn.13:34-35) A disciple loves other disciples! 3. Have I tried and proven the surety of this promise lately? “The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.” (Ps.34:10 4. What do I need from the Lord today? “…by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2Pet.1:4 SPIRITUAL GOOD THINGS! 1. (Rom.10:13) salvation for those who call on His name! 2. (Jer.31:34) cleansed from the memory of sin! 3. (Jer.32:40) I will make it! 4. (Rom.6:14) No sin will continue to control me! 5. (Gal.5:16) I can conquer the flesh! TEMPORAL GOOD THINGS! 1. (Phil.4:19) All my needs will be met! 2. (Matt.6:28-30) He will clothe me! 3. (Matt.6:31-32) He will provide my food and drink! 4. (Phil.4:13) I can do all things through Christ! 5. (Ps.50:15) God will deliver me in the day of trouble! SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: • The theme of this message is the good things God promises to those who seek Him. 1. Read (Ps.34:10). An old saint wrote in her Bible “TP” by each promise she had “tried and proven.” Have I ever tried and proven this great promise of God to those who seek Him? Share how God answered my prayer! 2. Read (Rom.3:9-18). Why do people not seek the Lord? What does God have to do (see.Jn.6:43-45)? Have I ever thanked God the Father for drawing me to Jesus Christ? 3. David was facing big trouble (1Sam.20:10-15) and God delivered him, which obviously inspired this Psalm, particularly (v.10). How would I describe those who “seek the Lord”? How does David describe them in (vs.1-9)? 4. Those who “seek the Lord” in the Old Testament are described as “disciples of Christ” in the New Testament. Look up these verses on discipleship: • (Jn.8:31) A disciple…….? • (Jn.13:34-35) A disciple….? • (Jn.14:21) A disciple….? • (Lk.14:25-35) A disciple….? • (Lk.9:23-25) A disciple…..? 5. What do I need for God to do in my life right now? Am I seeking the Lord? Is it a good thing? I will know it is a good thing if God has promised to give it to me if I seek Him! • Spiritual good things (1Cor.1:30) • Temporal good things (Matt.6:25-34) • All the good things I need (Phil.4:19) DAILY BIBLE READING Mon (1Sam.20:10-15) David’s dilemma Tue (Ps.34) David’s victory through God Wed (1Cor.1:30) God’s gracious promises in Christ (our greatest treasures) Thu (2Pet.1:4) I become a partaker of God’s nature (and blessings) through His promises Fri (Jer.29:11-13) A great promise to seekers Sat (Jn.6:44) The only reason I seek God is because He seeks me first
A question about gratitude!
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November 26, 2017 09:19 AM PST
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cd.17.11.26 November 26, 2017 Message by Denny Mashburn

“….Tell Me, therefore, which one of them will love him more?” Lk.7:42b

IMPORTANT OBSERVATIONS IN THIS STORY OF GRATITUDE:

1. A most likely HOSTILE DINNER INVITATION!

“Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat.” Lk.7:36

“In the meantime, when an innumerable multitude of people had gathered together, so that they trampled one another, He began to say to His disciples first of all, `Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.’”
Lk.12:1

2. An UNUSUAL ATTENDEE crashes the party!

“(37) And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, (38) and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil.”
Lk.7:37-38

3. A RELIGIOUS LEADER in need of evangelism!

“Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, `This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.”
Lk.7:39

“(31) Jesus answered and said to them, `those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick, (32) I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” Lk.5:31-32

4. Jesus reads a hypocrite’s mail with a PARABLE!

“(40) And Jesus answered and said to him, `Simon, I have something to say to you.’ So he said, `Teacher, say it.’ (41) There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. (42) And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both….” Lk.7:40-42a

• The Prophet reads Simon’s mind!
• Parable: a story designed to bring the listener to a decision!

5. A question about LOVING GRATITUDE!

“(42b)….Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more? (43) Simon answered and said, `I suppose the one whom he forgave more.’ And He said to him, `You have rightly judged.” Lk.7:42b-43

• A simple theme: great love is the byproduct of great forgiveness, so whoever is forgiven the most will gratefully love the most!

6. A telling CONTRAST!

“(44) Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, `Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. (45) You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. (46) You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. (47) Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.” Lk.7:44-47

7. Faith, ITS OBJECT, its transforming power!

“(48) Then He said to her, `Your sins are forgiven.’ (49) And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, `Who is this who even forgives sins?’ (50) Then He said to the woman, `Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.’” Lk.7:48-50

• Only God can forgive sins!
• Jesus is God!
• Faith is the receiving grace!
• Great forgiveness transforms into great loving gratitude!

SO WHAT?

1. Have I heard and responded to the call?

“(28) Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (29) Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (30) For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matt.11:28-30

<>“Gratitude is the memory of the heart. Where there is no memory of the heart, there is an absence of grateful feelings. Thankfulness is the expression of a grateful feeling, while gratitude is the feeling itself. There can be no thankfulness where there is no gratitude…A man that is ungrateful sums up all the evil that a man can be guilty of.”
William Thayer<>

“..because although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” Rom.1:21

2. There are degrees in love, so what degree is mine, a little or a lot?

“(42) And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more? (43) Simon answered and said, `I suppose the one whom he forgave more.’”
Lk.7:42-43
• Do I obey His commandments?
• Do I love my brother, God’s people?
• Do I love coming to God’s house?
• Do I love the truth?
• Do I love lost sinners?
• Do I use my gift to serve and edify others?

3. I can grow in my love for the Lord!

“(42)…Tell Me, which of them will love him more? (43) Simon answered and said, `I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” Lk.7:42-43

<>“The thing that awakens the deepest well of gratitude in a human being is that God has forgiven sin…When once you realize all that it cost God to forgive you, you will be held as in a vice, constrained by the love of God.”
Oswald Chambers<>

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

• The theme of this message is gratitude, its importance, its source, and how to grow in it!

1. During this Thanksgiving holiday, what am I most thankful for? Why?
2. Read (Lk.7:36-50). Who showed gratitude in this story? Who didn’t? Why was a sinful woman’s heart overflowing with loving gratitude, but the religious leader’s heart was not (see v.47)? Is forgiveness the root of loving gratitude, or is it the fruit?
3. Read (Rom.1:21). What is the root problem of all men? William Thayer said: “Gratitude is the memory of the heart. Where there is no memory of the heart, there is an absence of grateful feelings. Thankfulness is the expression of a grateful feeling, while gratitude is the feeling itself. There can be no thankfulness where there is no gratitude…A man that is ungrateful sums up all the evil that a man can be guilty of.”
Do I agree or disagree and why?
4. What are some evidences of love for God? Look up the following verses:

• Jn.13:35; 14:15,21
• Mk.12:30-31
• 1Jn.2:5; 3:17-18; 4:7-8; 4:19; 4:20-21
• 2Thes.2:10
• 1Thes.5:18

5. Read (Rev.2:1-5). Can a Christian leave their first love? How can they get it back? What does remember, repent and do the first works have in common with this forgiven woman in the story of Lk.7:36-50?

DAILY BIBLE READING

Mon (Lk.7:36-50) A grateful, transformed sinner
Tue (Rom.1:18-22) The ingratitude of a lost world
Wed (Deut.8:10) Gratitude for God’s provision
Thu (Ps.100:4-5) Gratitude for God’s faithfulness
Fri (Eph.5:18-21) Gratitude a fruit of being filled with the Spirit
Sat (1Thes.5:`18) Gratitude in all things

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