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My need of God’s grace and how to get it!
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February 26, 2017 09:25 AM PST
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February 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
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February 19, 2017 12:03 PM PST

cd#17.02.19
Feb. 19, 2017

WHAT IF I GAVE EVERYTHING?

GLOBAL IMPACT CELEBRATION 2017: Chris Burns
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February 17, 2017 07:03 PM PST

cd17.02.17
Feb. 17, 2017

What if I gave everything?
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February 12, 2017 09:34 AM PST
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February 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
Hindrances to spiritual growth: A survey of scripture, part 2
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February 05, 2017 09:25 AM PST
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CD# 17.02.05 February 5, 2017 SCRIPTURE READING “(1) Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: (2) Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, (3) as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, (4) 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. (5) But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, (6) to virtue knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, (7) to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. (8) For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (9) For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. (10) Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; (11) for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (12) For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth.” 2Pet.1:1-12 (NKJV) <><><> “It is only when God has altered our disposition (salvation) and we have entered into the experience of sanctification that the fight begins. The warfare is not against sin; we can never fight against sin; Jesus Christ deals with sin in Redemption. The conflict is along the line of turning our natural life into a spiritual life, and this is never done easily, nor does God intend it to be done easily. It is done only by a series of moral choices. God does not make us holy in the sense of character; He makes us holy in the sense of innocence, and we have to turn that innocence into holy character by a series of moral choices. These choices are continually in antagonism to the entrenchments of our natural life, the things which erect themselves as ramparts against the knowledge of God. We can go back and make ourselves of no account in the kingdom of God, or we can determinedly demolish these things and let Jesus bring another son to glory.” Oswald Chambers <><><> "continued from last week" <><><> HINDRANCES TO SPIRITUAL GROWTH INCLUDE: 4. SPIRITUAL PASSIVITY! “(5) But also for this very reason, giving all diligence; add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, (6) to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, (7) to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.” 2Pet.1:5-7 A. Maximum effort through MORAL CHOICES: 1. Choice of virtue: “deeds of excellence” 2. Choice of knowledge: “truth known and applied” 3. Choice of self-control: “self-discipline, restraint” 4. Choice of perseverance: “steadfast in trials” 5. Choice of godliness: “godlikeness” 6. Choice of brotherly kindness: “genuine affection” 7. Choice of love: “sacrificial love of the will” B. Positive choices bring POSITIVE RESULTS: “(8) For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (9) For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. (10) Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; (11) for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2Pet.1:8-11 1. (v.8) Usefulness and fruitfulness 2. (v.9) Spiritual vision 3. (v.9) Assurance of salvation 4. (vs.10-11) Confidence and security 5. (v.11) Abundant entrance into heaven C. Passive choices bring NEGATIVE RESULTS: 1. (v.8) Uselessness and unfruitful 2. (v.9) Spiritual nearsightedness, loss of vision 3. (v.9) Loss of assurance of salvation 4. (vs.10-11) Stumbling through doubt and fear 5. (v.11) Lack of anticipation of heaven D. An important reminder: “For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth.” 2Pet.1:12 SO WHAT? <><><> “Sometimes when we read the words of those who have been more than conquerors, we feel almost despondent. I feel that I shall never be like that. But they won through step by step by little bits of wills, little denials of self, little inward victories by faithfulness in very little things. They became what they are. No one sees these little hidden steps. They only see the accomplishment, but even so, those small steps were taken. There is no sudden triumph, no sudden spiritual maturity. That is the work of the moment.” Amy Carmichael <><><> 1. To conquer passivity, God has apart to play, and so do I! “(12) Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; (13) for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” Phil.2:12-13 • Not work up, work at, work for, but work out! • Not passivity, nor legalism, but my simple response to grace! • Motivated by my hatred of evil and respect for God! 2. What are some positive “little choices, little bits of the will” God wants me to make right now? “But also, for this very reason, giving all diligence; add to your faith…” 2Pet.1:5a 3. Am I sick and tired of stumbling in doubt and being unfruitful in God’s kingdom? <><><> “In his Last Days Newsletter, Leonard Ravenhill tells about a group of tourists visiting a picturesque village who walked by an old man sitting beside a fence. In a rather patronizing way, one tourist asked, `Were any great men born in this village?’ The old man replied, `Nope, only babies!’ There are no instant heroes—whether in the world or in the kingdom of God.” William Shereos <><><> WHAT NOW? SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: • The theme of this message is the hindrance to spiritual growth identified as passivity and what to do about it! 1. Passivity is defined as “receiving or subjected to an 2. action without responding or initiating an action in return. Not participating, acting, or operating.” Do I think passivity is a common hindrance to spiritual growth? Why? Did I realize passivity is a major cause of doubting my salvation? 3. Read (2Pet.1:1-12). God has done His part by giving me, in salvation, everything I need for life and godliness. What is my part? (see v.5). What am I to be diligent about? Why is my effort needed since God has done all I need in salvation? 4. Would it bother me if my spouse was passive in my relationship with them? What are the implications of this for my love relationship with the Lord? 5. Oswald Chambers quote again on page one of the sermon outline. Which “moral choice” in the list identified in (2Pet.1:5-8) got my attention? Why? Does God use challenges in circumstances and relationships to prompt me to faithful choices? (see Jam.1:2-4) 6. Read (Phil.2:12-13). I am to work out in my life what God is working in my life. What are some things God is working into my life from the passage in (2Pet.1:5- 7)? Close in prayer and ask God for His grace to conquer spiritual passivity in my life. Daily Bible Reading Mon (2Pet.1:1-12) Conquering passivity in spiritual growth Tue (1Cor.3:1-4) Carnality hinders spiritual growth Wed (Heb.5:11-14) Spiritual dullness hinders growth Thu (1Pet.2:1-3) Lack of desire for God’s word hinders growth Fri (Jam.1:22-25) Importance of obedience in spiritual growth Sat (Phil.2:12-13) Working out what God is working in
Hindrances to spiritual growth: A survey of scripture!
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January 29, 2017 09:41 AM PST
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January 29, 2017

SCRIPTURE READING
“(1) Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: (2) Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, (3) as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, (4) 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. (5) But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge.” 2Pet.1:1-5 (NKJV)

“But also, for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue,
to virtue knowledge.” 2Pet.1:5

HINDRANCES TO SPIRITUAL GROWTH
INCLUDE:

1. BEING CONTROLLED BY THE
FLESH!

“(1) And I brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to
carnal, as to babes in Christ. (2) I fed you with milk and not with solid food;
for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not
able; (3) for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and
divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men? (4)
For when one says, `I am of Paul,’ and another, `I am of Apollos,’ are you
not carnal? 1Cor.3:1-4

A. (v.1) Life itself involves growth!
B. (v.1)There are levels of growth! Babes (ignorance,
dependent, no discernment), spiritual (mature)
C. (vs.2-3) Marks of immaturity! Restricted diet, habitual
jealousy (selfishness), contentiousness, divisiveness,
and the fact of spiritual retardation.
D. (vs.3-4) Root problem, carnality! An issue of
behavior not identity.

2. SPIRITUAL DULLNESS!

“(11)…of whom we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have
become dull of hearing. (12) For though by this time you ought to be
teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the
oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. (13) For
everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of
righteousness, for he is a babe. (14) But solid food belongs to those who are
of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised
to discern both good and evil.” Heb.5:11-14

A. (v.11) Spiritual life can become dull of hearing!
B. (vs.12-14a) Note the reference to levels of growth!
Teachers (intentional about sharing with others), babes
(ignorant, dependent, careless), full age (disciplined,
discerning)
C. (vs.11-13) Marks of immaturity! Slothful in receiving
and applying God’s word, unwillingness to teach and
share with others, need for remediation, need for
restricted diet, unskilled in using Scripture.
D. (v.14) Root problem, lack of spiritual exercise!
Failure to practice hearing and applying Scripture.

3. LACK OF DESIRE FOR THE WORD!

“(1) Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all
evil speaking, (2) as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that
you may grow thereby, (3) if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is
gracious.” 1Pet.2:1-3

A. (v.1) Growth requires repentance!
B. (v.1) Failure to repent kills the desire for the word!
C. (vs. 2-3) Desire for Scripture is inborn and cultivated!
D. (v.1) Root problem, failure to repent and cultivate!

4. SPIRITUAL PASSIVITY!

“But also, for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue,
to virtue knowledge.” 2Pet.1:5

SO WHAT?

1. The cure for carnality is walking in the
Spirit!

God’s part: “(5) Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers
through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? (6) I planted,
Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. (7) So then, neither he who
plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.”
1Cor.3:5-7

My part: “I say then: walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lust
of the flesh.” Gal.5:16

2. The cure for spiritual laziness is small
steps of obedient application!

“But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by
reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
Heb.5:14

“(22) But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving
yourselves. (23) For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is
like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; (24) for he observes
himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. (25)
But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is
not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what
he does.” Jam.1:22-25

3. The cure for loss of desire for the word is
repentance and spiritual exercise!

“(1) Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all
evil speaking, (2) as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word that
you may grow thereby.” 1Pet.2:1-2

“But reject profane and old wives fables, and exercise yourself toward
godliness.” 1Tim.4:7

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

• The theme of this message is hindrances to spiritual growth noted in
the survey of several different passages of scripture.

1. Since I became a Christian, what has been the
biggest hindrance to my spiritual growth?
2. Read (1Cor.3:1-4). What was the root problem
hindering the spiritual growth of many of the
Corinthian believers? What were some of the marks
of their immaturity? What is the solution to
carnality? What is God’s part (see 1Cor.3:5-7). What
is my part? (see Gal.5:16, Rom.8:13-14).
3. Read (Heb.5:11-14). What does it mean to be dull of
hearing regarding God’s word? What was the
Hebrews root problem? (see v.14). How does one
overcome dullness of hearing (see Jam.1:25). What
happens when I hear but do not do? (see Jam.1:22-24).
4. Read (1Pet.2:1-3). What is a major cause of loss of
desire for the word of God? Is desire for God’s word
inborn, cultivated, or both? What are some ways I
can cultivate my desire for God’s word? Is there a
need for discipline in the Christian life? (see 1Tim.4:7).
5. Close in prayer and ask God for the increase of
spiritual growth?

Daily Bible Reading

Mon (2Pet.1:5-13) No place for passivity in spiritual growth
Tue (1Cor.3:1-4) Carnality hinders spiritual growth
Wed (Heb.5:11-14) Spiritual dullness hinders growth
Thu (Pet.2:1-3) Lack of repentance hinders growth
Fri.(1Pet.2:2-3) Failure to cultivate a desire for God’s word
hinders growth
Sat (Jam.1:22-25) The importance of obedience in spiritual growth

MAKING DISCIPLES IN 2017: Spiritual growth: The foundation of salvation!
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cd.2017.01.23 January 23, 2017 Denny Mashburn <>“Rowland Hill once visited a home and saw a little child riding a rocking horse. After watching the little boy for some time, he wittily remarked, `He reminds me of some Christians. There is plenty of motion but no progress.” Gospel Herald<> “(12) For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth. (13) Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you.” 2Pet.1:12-13 THIS SALVATION: 1. BEGINS WITH GOD! “(1) Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: (2) Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” 2Pet.1:1-2 A. (v.1) HE GIVES A NEW IDENTITY: “Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ…” B. (v.1) HE GRANTS A PRECIOUS GIFT: “to those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ..” <>“When a man fails in personal Christian experience, it is nearly always because he has never received anything.” Oswald Chambers<> C. (v.2) HE DESIGNED IT TO GROW: “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,” 2. IS SUFFICIENT! “(3).. as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,” 2Pet.1:3 A. (v.3) By divine power: “as His divine power has given…” B. (v.3) In all things: “...to us all things that pertain to life and C. godliness…” D. (v.3) To make progress: “..through the knowledge of Him E. who called us by glory and virtue.” “And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.” Jn.1:16 “To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Col.1:27 “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 3. STARTS AND GROWS THROUGH GOD’S WORD! “(4) 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 “(2) as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, (3) if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” 1Pet. 2:2-3 SO WHAT? 1. Do I see myself as a SLAVE? “Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ…” 2Pet.1:1a <>“The true position, then, for a man is to be God’s slave. Absolute submission, unconditional obedience, on the slave’s part; and on the part of the Master complete ownership, the right to life and death, the right of disposing of all goods and chattels, the right of issuing commandments without a reason, the right to expect that those commandments shall be swiftly, unhesitatingly, punctiliously, and completely performed—these things in-here in our relation to God. Blessed is the man who has learned that they do, and has accepted them as his highest glory and the security of his most blessed life! For, brethren, such submission, absolute and unconditional, the blending and the absorption of my own will in His will, is the secret of all that makes manhood glorious and great and happy. In the New Testament these names of slave and owner are transferred to Christians and Jesus Christ.” Alexander Maclaren<> “(43) Yet is shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. (44) And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all.” Mk.10:43-44 2. What struggle am I facing right now, and God has put the key in my pocket to unlock the answer, yet I don’t realize it is there? “as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue.” 2Pet.1:3 “(9) For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; (10) that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Col.1:9-10 3. Have I neglected GOD’S WORD lately? “(2) as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, (3) if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” 1Pet.2:2-3 4. Am I ready to grow? NEXT STEP? SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: • The theme of this message is the foundation of spiritual growth, the saving faith in Jesus Christ which God has given to us and we have received. This faith has the potential to grow! 1. Read (2Pet.1:1-12). Take note of verse 12. Why do disciples need to be reminded of truths they have been established in? Did anything come to mind during this message which God prompted me about that I had forgotten? Share it with the group? 2. There is an old saying, `The hardest lessons in life to learn are the ones I thought I already knew!” Do I agree or disagree? 3. Take note of (2Pet.1:3) Do I find it strange when I hear people pray or sing “I want more of you God?” How does that square with this verse? 4. Pastor Denny told the story of a visiting pastor who got locked out of the house he was staying in on a cold night, and had forgotten the key to the front door was in his pocket. What are the implications for me as a Christian and spiritual growth? 5. Look again at (2Pet.1:4). Look up some of the wonderful graces God has promised to me in salvation: • (Rom.10:9-10) The promise of salvation • (Rom.8:9-14) The promise of spiritual life • (Jn.10:10) The promise of abundant life/grace • (Jn.16:13) The promise of guidance • (Jn.14:1-3) The promise of heaven • (Jam.1:12) The promise of eternal rewards Daily Bible Reading Mon (2Pet.1:1-12) Spiritual growth Tue (Jn.1:14-16) The promise of fullness in Christ Wed (Col.1:24-29) Christ is in me, this is my hope Thu (2Cor.5:12-17) I can be reconciled to God, a new creature Fri (Mk.10:35-45) Greatness is found in becoming Christ’s slave Sat (2Pet.3:18) I can grow in grace
The heartbeat of a disciple!
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cd#17.01.15 January 15, 2017 SCRIPTURE READING “(18) And Jesus walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. (19) Then He said to them, `Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ (20) They immediately left their nets and followed Him.” Matt.4:18-20 (NKJV) THE HEARTBEAT OF A DISCIPLE IS: 1. FISHING, BECAUSE IT IS MY MISSION IN LIFE! <><><> “Recent statistics show that when it comes to morality and lifestyle issues, there is little difference between the behavior (and one can assume condition of the heart) of Christians and non-Christians. Divorce rates are about the same. The percentages of men who regularly view pornography are roughly the same---and it’s a lot of men. Christians are considered to be more than two times as likely to have racist attitudes as non-Christians. Domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and most other problems are just a prevalent among Christians as among non-Christians. Consider two statistics about evangelicals. About one in four people living together outside of marriage call themselves evangelicals. Only about 6 percent of evangelicals regularly tithe. Only about half the people who say they regularly attend church actually do. And a significant number of younger adults (millennials) believe that evangelical churches are not even or Christian. Sixty to eighty percent of young people will leave the church in their twenties. Fewer than one out of five who claim to be born-again Christians have a worldview of even a few fundamental biblical beliefs. Plenty of people call themselves Christians, but very few people can actually tell you what that means—from the Bible’s perspective—to be a Christian. They might call themselves Christians, but they also believe that the Bible is full of errors or that God is not one God manifest in three persons or that Jesus Christ did not lead a sinless life (or that He isn’t God) or that simply being good will get you into heaven. When you ask most evangelicals what their job as a believer is, they may tell you that they are to share Christ, but how many actually do? At worst, they follow the rule that you don’t talk about politics and religion, and they will die without ever seeing anyone come to faith in Christ. At best, they may invite people to church, but they think making disciples is not their job; it’s the pastor’s job.” Jim Putman: DISCIPLESHIFT <><><> A. Jesus came to fish! “(9) And Jesus said to him, `Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; (10) for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Lk.19:9-10 B. Jesus came to train fishermen! “Then He said to them, `Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.” Matt.4:19 C. It is how Jesus began and ended His 3 year ministry! “(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 • Go-as you are living your life! • Baptize-help people being drawn to Christ to make an obedient commitment to Him! • Teach- them to obey Christ’s commands 2. FISHING, BECAUSE I SUBMIT TO JESUS CHRIST! “Then He said to them, `Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.” Matt.4:19 • Not just an invitation, but a loving command! • “Come here, your place is following and imitating Me!” • It is a love relationship: He leads and I follow! 3. FISHING, BECAUSE JESUS CHRIST IS CHANGING ME! “Then He said to them, `Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.” Matt.4:19 • This is a relationship of change! • He changes me into His image (Rom.8:29)! • He changes my character, my direction in life, my purpose in life! SO WHAT? 1. Thank God for an intentional Savior! “(10) ..for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Lk.19:10 2. Thank God for making intentional disciple makers, because I was Jordan Rogers! “..for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Rom.3:23 “Then He said to them, `Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.” Matt.4:19 “(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.28:19-20 3. Thank God that He is working, drawing, and placing people like Jordan Rogers around me in my daily life! “But Jesus answered them, `My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.” Jn.5:17 “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 4. Thank God that He has revealed my purpose in life, He is transforming me by the power of Christ, as He has Jordan Rogers, and is calling me to be intentional about impacting the lives of others! “Then He said to them, `Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.” Matt.4:19 WHAT IS MY NEXT STEP? SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS! • The theme of this message is discipleship, its definition, and its priority in the life of every Christian! 1. Everybody has a story. Jordan Rogers had a story. What is my story? Share it with the group! 2. In Jordan’s testimony, someone intentionally came alongside him in his hour of need and said, “Hey Jordan, do we need to talk. I heard you got tripped up. I want to walk with you.” Who was that person(s) that intentionally came alongside me and said, “Do we need to talk” and gave me spiritual guidance? 3. Read (Matt.4:18-20). Now look back at question #2. Why was that person intentional about helping me come to Christ and grow? 4. Take note of (Matt.4:19). It seems to give a very concise definition of what a disciple is. Who does a disciple submit to? What does Jesus do in the life of the disciple? What does Jesus make out of that disciple? Is there growth in this process? 5. What keeps me from being a fisher of men? Has anyone ever mentored or discipled me in the Christian faith? Am I willing to become a fisher of men and share with others what God has done for me? Close in prayer and ask God for a Jordan Rogers! Daily Bible Reading Mon (Matt.4:18-20) What it means to be a disciple Tue (Matt.28:18-20) The ultimate purpose of the church and my life Wed (1Cor.10:31) The motive of making disciples Thu (Jn.6:44) God is drawing men/women to discipleship Fri (Rom.10:14-15) Someone has to preach to them Sat (Lk.19:1-10) The reason Jesus came and the reason, as a disciple, I am still on this earth
cd.17.01.08 MAKING DISCIPLES IN 2017: Stirring up my gift!
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January 8, 2017

“Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through
the laying on of my hands.” 2Tim.1:6

DISCIPLES HAVE A SECRET THAT AT
TIMES NEEDS TO BE STOKED:

1. THE SECRET OF A GENUINE FAITH!

“(3) I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers
did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day, (4)
greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled
with joy, (5) when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you,
which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I
am persuaded is in you also.” 2Tim.1:3-5

<>“Why is faith so essential? It is because of its receptive power!”
Charles Spurgeon<>

2. THE SECRET OF GIFTEDNESS!

“(6) Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you
through the laying on of my hands.” 2Tim.1:6

• (Eph.2:8-9) the gift of saving faith
• (Acts 2:38) the gift of the Holy Spirit
• (1Pet.4:10) a spiritual gift
• (2Tim.1:6) a ministry gift

3. THE SECRET OF DIVINE RESOURCES!

“(7)…For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love
and of a sound mind.” 2Tim.1:7

• Power
• Love
• Sound mind

“(8a) Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord…(12a) For
this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed…(16)
The Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often
refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain….” 2Tim.1:8,12,16

4. THE SECRET OF TOTAL COMMITMENT!

“(8) Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me
His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to
the power of God, (9) who has saved us and called us with a holy calling,
not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace
which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, (10) but has now
been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has
abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the
gospel, (11) to which I was a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the
Gentiles. (12) For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not
ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is
able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.”2Tim.1:8-12

SO WHAT: I HAVE TO STOKE THE FIRE!

“Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through
the laying on of my hands.” 2Tim.1:6

1. By choosing to TRUST!

“(17) So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Rom.10:17

“(3) Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. (4) In God (I will praise His
word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear.” Ps.56:3-4
2. By rejecting PASSIVITY!

“(1) Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be
ignorant.” 1Cor.12:1

“Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through
the laying on of my hands.” 2Tim.1:6

3. By understanding what is happening in my
heart right now as I am reminded of my
DIVINE RESOURCES!

“(14) Therefore thus says the LORD God of hosts: `Because you speak this
word, behold, I will make My words in your mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.” Jer.5:14

“(5a) when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you….(7) For
God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a
sound mind.” 2Tim.1:5, 7

4. By renewing my SPIRITUAL COMMITMENT!

• (v.8) refuse to be ashamed!
• (v.9) remember He has a calling and purpose for me!
• (v.10) remember what He did for me!
• (v.11) know and accept my calling!
• (v.12) know my commitment is secure!

MY NEXT STEP TO MAKING 2017 THE
BEST YEAR OF MY CHRISTIAN LIFE!

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

• The theme of this message is stirring up the giftedness God
has given me by renewing my commitment to serving Him!

1. Do I know what my spiritual gift is? How does it
make me feel to know God has gifted me in a special
way? Does my giftedness impact my purpose in life?
How so?
2. Read (1Cor.12:1). Is ignorance a problem among
God’s people regarding spiritual gifts? Why? Read
(2Tim.1:3-12). Can Christians (even pastors) be
passive about stirring up their gift? (see v.6). What
was the root cause of Timothy’s passivity? (see v.7).
3. Read (Ps.56:3-4). What did David do when he was
confronted with fear? What is simple trust? Who is
someone you trust? Why do you trust them? What
does that have to do with my relationship to God?
4. Read (Rom.1:16-17) What is the gospel? Why was
Paul not ashamed of it? What causes people in
general to be ashamed of the gospel? What causes
Christians to struggle with this at times? Is being
ashamed of Christ a serious issue? (see Lk.9:23-26;
Matt.10:32).
5. Take note of (2Tim.1:7). What resources has God
given each Christian? If every Christian already has
these resources, why do they not act on them? Claim
these resources right now by faith through prayer!

Getting my edge back in 2017!
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cd#17.01.01 January 1, 2017 SCRIPTURE READING “(1) And the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, `See now, the place where we dwell with you is too small for us. (2) Please let us go to the Jordan, and let every man take a beam from there, and let us make there a place where we may dwell.’ So he answered, `Go.’(3) Then one said, `Please consent to go with your servants.’ And he answered, `I will go.’ (4) So he went with them. And when they came to the Jordan, they cut down trees. (5) But as one was cutting down a tree, the iron ax head fell into the water; and he cried out and said, `Alas, master! For it was borrowed.’ (6) So the man of God said, `Where did it fall?’ And he showed him the place. So he cut off a stick, and threw it in there; and he made the iron float. (7) Therefore he said, `Pick it up for yourself.’ So he reached out his hand and took it.” 2Kings 6:1-7 (NKJV) ========== <> “The hour of trial shows what strength one has and its source.” H. A. Ironside <> “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.” Prov.24:10 PASTOR, I’VE LOST MY EDGE, THEN: A. PAY ATTENTION TO A 2800 YEAR OLD STORY! 1. God was blessing a DISCIPLE MAKER! “And the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, `See now, the place where we dwell with you is too small for us.’ 2Kings 6:1 2. Blessing inspired planning! “`Please, let us go to the Jordan, and let every man take a beam from there, and let us make there a place where we may dwell.’ So he answered, `Go.’ 2Kings 6:2 3. The disciples knew they needed the BLESSING OF GOD to finish the expansion! “Then one said, `Please consent to go with your servants.’ And he answered, `I will go.’ 2Kings.6:3 4. A disciple lost HIS EDGE! “(4) So he went with them. And when they came to the Jordan, they cut down trees. (5) But as one was cutting down a tree, the iron ax head fell into the water; and he cried out and said, `Alas, master! For it was borrowed.’ 2Kings 6:4-5 5. God performed a miracle! “(6) So the man of God said, `Where did it fall?’ And he showed him the place. So he cut off a stick, and threw it in there; and he made the iron float.” 2Kings 6:6 <> “The average run-of-the-mill Christian today believes that God can do miracles, but few think He will in any given case.” Vance Havner <> 6. A godly leader exerted INFLUENCE once again! “Therefore he said, `Pick it up for yourself.’ So he reached out his hand and took it.” 2Kings 6:7 B. THERE IS A LOT OF SO WHAT IN THIS 2800 YEAR OLD STORY! A. God has promised to bless a DISCIPLE MAKING CHURCH! “(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 B. My job is TO PLAN, God’s job is TO DIRECT! “Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.” Prov.16:3 C. I may not be a miracle working prophet, but I have something better, THE WORD OF THE KING! “Where the word of a king is, there is power; and who may say to him, `what are you doing?’” Ecc.8:4 “(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 D. God will move heaven and earth, if need be, for me to get His work done if HIS PRIORITIES ARE MY PRIORITIES! “(31) Therefore do not worry, saying, `What shall we eat?’ or `What shall we drink?’ or `What shall we wear?’ (32) For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. (33) But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (34) Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matt.6:31-34 • Don’t worry! • Seek His kingdom! • Seek His righteousness! E. Disciples can lose their edge, but they can also GET IT BACK! “(6) Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands (7) for God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.” 2Tim.1:6-7 • Leaders are responsible to influence! • Disciples are responsible to stir! • God is responsible to give us what we need! WHAT IS MY NEXT STEP? SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: • The theme of this message is obtaining or restoring my power with God and the importance of faith in and obedience to the promptings and priorities outlined in His word! 1. Do I believe in miracles? Vance Havner said: “The average run of the mill Christian today believes that God can do miracles, but few think He will in any given case.” Do I agree or disagree with that statement? 2. Read (2Kings 6:1-7). Do axe heads float? Do I think this story is important for Christians to know? Why? 3. Have I ever lost my edge in my Christian life? What did I do about it? What should I do about it? Read (2Tim.1:6-7). What did Paul tell Timothy to do to regain his spiritual edge? 4. Read (Ecc.8:4). What are some promises King Jesus has made which encourage my heart and make His power available to me as His obedient disciple. For example: • (2Tim.2:1-2) • (Jn.14:12-14) • (Jn.14:21) • (Rom.6:14) • (Rom.8:28-29) • (Matt.28:18-20) • (Matt.6:31-34) 5. Read (Prov.16:3). What does God promise to do for me if I will commit 2017 and all my works this coming year to Him? Do it right now! Daily Bible Reading Mon (2Kings 6:1-7) Axe heads float Tue (Matt.28:18-20) The work God promises to bless Wed (2Tim.2:1-2) Paul understood and pursued Matt.28:18-20 Thu (Prov.16:3) I plan with God in mind, He directs my thoughts/steps Fri (Ecc.8:4) The words of the King have power Sat (2Tim.1:6-7) What to do when I lose my spiritual edge

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