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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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cd17.01.29
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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January 22, 2017 09:27 AM PST
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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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January 15, 2017 08:58 AM PST
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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 08, 2017 09:20 AM PST

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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January 01, 2017 11:11 AM PST
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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
MAKING DISCIPLES IN 2016: Christmas and God’s prophetic plan!
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December 18, 2016 04:29 PM PST
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cd#12.12.18 December 18, 2016 SCRIPTURE READING “(1) The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham: (2) Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers. (3) Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, and Hezron begot Ram. (4) Ram begot Amminidab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon. (5) Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, (6) and Jesse begot David the king. David the king begot Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah. (7) Solomon begot Rehoboam, Rehoboam begot Abijah, and Abijah begot Asa. (8) Asa begot Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat begot Joram, and Joram begot Uzziah. (9) Uzziah begot Jotham, Jotham begot Ahaz, and Ahaz begot Hezekiah. (10) Hezekiah begot Manasseh, Manasseh begot Amon, and Amon begot Josiah. (11) Josiah begot Jeconiah and his brothers about the time they were carried away to Babylon. (12) And after they were brought to Babylon, Jeconiah begot Shealtiel, and Shealtiel begot Zerubbabel. (13) Zerubbabel begot Abiud, Abiud begot Eliakim, and Eliakim begot Azor. (14) Azor begot Zadok, Zadok begot Achim, and Achim begot Eliud. (15) Eliud begot Eleazar, Eleazor begot Matthan, and Matthan begot Jacob. (16) And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ. (17) So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations. (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, (23) `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.1:1-25 (NKJV) <><><><><><><><> “The keys of providence swing at the girdle of Christ. Believe it Christian nothing occurs here without the permit or the decree of your Savior.” Charles Spurgeon <><> THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD IS SEEN AT CHRISTMAS, AND IT SHOWS: 1. GOD IS OVERSEEING A PERFECT PLAN! “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 See the providence of God: A. In spite of incestuous adultery: “(15) When Judah saw her, he thought she was a harlot, because she had covered her face. (16) Then he turned to her by the way, and said, `Please let me come in to you’; for he did not know that she was his daughter-in-law.” Gen.38:15-15 B. In light of a divine curse: “One of illegitimate birth shall not enter the assembly of the Lord; even to the tenth generation none of his descendants shall enter the assembly of the Lord.” Deut.23:2 C. In overseeing His perfect plan: “(2) Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begat Judah and his brothers…(6) and Jesse begot David the king.” Matt.1:2, 6 2. GOD IS EXECUTING A PROPHETIC PLAN! “(9) Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, (10) Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, `My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure.” Isa.46:9-10 NOTE THE END FROM THE BEGINNING OF CHRISTMAS: BEGINNING END A. (Isa.7:14) Virgin Birth (Matt.1:21-23) Fulfilled B. (Mic.5:2) Birthplace identified (Matt.2:1) Fulfilled C. (Gen.12:3) From Abraham (Matt.1:1-2) Fulfilled D. (Gen.17:21) From Isaac (Matt.1:1-2) Fulfilled E. (Gen.28:14) From Jacob (Matt.1:1-2) Fulfilled F. (Gen.49:10) From Judah (Matt.1:3) Fulfilled G. (Isa.11:1) From Jesse (Matt.1:5-6) Fulfilled H. (2Sam.7:12) From David (Matt.1:6) Fulfilled I. (Hos.11:1) Called out of Egypt (Matt.2:14-15) Fulfilled J. (Jer.31:15) Herod’s murders (Matt.2:16-18) Fulfilled <><> “We find that the chance that any man might have lived down to the present time and fulfilled eight prophecies is 1 in 10(17th). That’s the number one with 17 zeros after it---100,000,000,000,000,000 (one hundred quadrillion). If you’d take silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas, they will cover all of the state two feet deep. Now mark one of these silver dollars and stir the whole mass thoroughly, all over the state. Blindfold a man and tell him that he can travel as far as he wishes, but he must pick up one silver dollar and say that this is the right one. What chance would he have of getting the right one? Just the same chance that the prophets would have had of writing eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man, from their day to the present time, providing they wrote in their own wisdom. Peter Stoner, SCIENCE SPEAKS <><> 3. GOD IS PERFORMING A RESCUING PLAN! “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matt.1:21 SO WHAT? 1. Christmas reminds me I can trust the Bible! “(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 2. Christmas reminds me Jesus came through sinners to save and use them! “(3) Judah (incestuous adulterer) begot Peres and Zerah by Tamar (prostitute)….(5) Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab (prostitute)…Boaz begot Obed by Ruth (idolater).. (6) David (adulterer and murderer) the king begot Solomon by her (Bathsheba. adulteress) who had been the wife of Uriah.” Matt.1;3,5,6 3. Christmas reminds me to be patient and persevere in the midst trials! “(7) Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. (8) You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” Jam.5:7-8 4. Christmas reminds me to be ready when Christ comes again! “(29) Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (30) Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (31) And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Matt.24:29-31 WHAT’S MY NEXT STEP? SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: • The theme of this message is Christmas and how it fulfills prophecy, and its implications regarding God’s providential control of my daily life. 1. What is the most interesting example of God’s providence (God overseeing the details of my life for my good and His glory) that has happened to me? (ex. God spared my life, God gave me wisdom about a decision, my salvation experience, etc.). Did that experience make you aware that God was near? 2. Do I see God’s providence in the fulfillment of all the prophecies regarding Christmas? Review them under #2 of the sermon outline and discuss which one I find most interesting. Why did I choose that one? 3. Read Peter Stoner’s quote. Does that encourage me? Can I trust the Bible and if so why? 4. Read Matt.1:1-6. Jesus Christ descended from a line of people that were pretty big sinners! But, aren’t we all pretty big sinners? (Matt.1:21) Gabriel said Jesus would “save His people from their sins.” Can God forgive and use me even though I am a big sinner? 5. God had a perfect plan for the life of Christ and He carried it out. As a follower of Jesus Christ, does God have a plan for me that He is carrying out (see Rom.8:28-29). How do my trials fit into that plan? What does (Matt.28:18-20) and making disciples have to do with that plan? Daily Bible Reading Mon (Isa.46:9-10) The uniqueness of God in fulfilled prophecy Tue (Isa.7:14, Matt.1:21-23) Jesus virgin birth prophecy fulfilled Wed (Gen.12:1-3, Matt.1:1-2) His descent from Abraham fulfilled Thu (Gen.49:10, Matt.1:30 His descent from Judah fulfilled Fri (2Sam.7:12, Matt.1:6) His descent from David fulfilled Sat (Mic.5:2, Matt.2:1) His birthplace predicted and fulfilled Sun (Jer.31:15, Matt.2:16-18) Herod’s murders predicted and fulfilled
MAKING DISCIPLES IN 2016: The incarnation: When God became a man!
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December 11, 2016 06:22 PM PST
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cd#16.12.11 December 11, 2016 SCRIPTURE READING (26) “Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, (27) to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. (28) And having come in, the angel said to her, `Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!’ (29) But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. (30) Then the angel said to her, `Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. (31) And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. (32) He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. (33) And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.’ (34) Then Mary said to the angel, `How can this be, since I do not know a man? (35) And the angel answered and said to her, `The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. (36) Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. (37) For with God nothing we be impossible.’ (38) Then Mary said, `Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.’ And the angel departed from her.” Lk.1:26-38 (NKJV) <><> “(31) And behold you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus…(34) Then Mary said to the angel, `How can this be, since I do not know a man?’ (35) And the angel answered and said to her, `The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.” Lk.1:31, 34-35 <><> “The virgin birth, the resurrection, the raising of Lazarus and even the Old Testament miracles all are freely used for religious propaganda, and they are very effective with an audience of un-sophisticates and children.” Richard Dawkins (atheist) <><> IT’S CHRISTMAS AND WE REMEMBER A MIRACULOUS: 1. VISIT! “(26) Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, (27) to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. (28) And having come in, the angel said to her, `Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!’(29) But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. (30) Then the angel said to her, `Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. (31) And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call his name Jesus. (32) He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. (33) And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” Lk.1:26-33 2. VIRGIN BIRTH! “(34) Then Mary said to the angel, `How can this be, since I do not know a man?’(35) And the angel answered and said to her, `The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.” Lk.1:34-35 “(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…(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.” Matt.1:18, 20 “The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Gen.1:2 3. SIGN FOR GOOD! “Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren.” Lk.1:36 “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 4. GOD! “For with God nothing will be impossible.” Lk.1:37 5. ATTITUDE! “Then Mary said, `Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.’ And the angel departed from her.” Lk.1:38 SO WHAT? 1. Christmas is first and foremost a demonstration of the grace of God to all men! “(11) For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, (12) teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age..” Tit.2:11-12 “(22) So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: (23) `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.1:22-23 2. The virgin birth is foundational to everything we believe about the Christian faith! “(20) But while he (Joseph) 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.” Matt.1:20-21 <><> “The first link between my soul and Christ is not my goodness, but my badness, not my merit, but my misery; not my standing, but my falling; not my riches, but my need. He comes to visit His people not to admire their beauties, but remove their deformities; not to reward their virtues, but to forgive their sins.” Charles Spurgeon <><> “(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, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.” 1Jn.4:1-3 3. Do I need an aid to my faith today? “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 4. Christ’s virgin birth and subsequent death on the cross is the answer to my greatest fear! “(14) Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, (15) and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Heb.2:14-15 MY NEXT STEP? SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: • The theme of this message is the incarnation, when God took on human flesh, through the virgin birth, and its foundational importance to our Christian faith. 1. Read the quote by Vance Havner on the first page of the sermon outline. What is wrong with the little girl’s assessment of Christmas? Is that a common attitude today among Christians? 2. Read Lk.2:26-38. What grabs my attention most as I read this passage? Is it the miraculous, and if not, what? 3. Why is it hard for unbelievers to accept the virgin birth? Read Jn.3:16-21. What does (Jn.3:20) reveal about why men “hate the light” of the virgin birth? 4. In Lk.1:36, the angel gave Mary a prophetic sign to encourage her faith. What was the sign? Read Ps.86:17. Have I ever prayed for a sign for good from God to strengthen my faith? Compare this with Lk.11:29. What is the difference, since one is an encouragement to true disciples and the other a rebuke to unbelievers? 5. Take note of Lk.1:37-38. What was Mary’s attitude toward this amazing statement from the angel about God? Mary’s pregnancy would require her to live with the stigma of being an unwed mother and it would be costly. What was her attitude in v.38? Does this have any implications for my Christian life when it becomes costly? Was Mary greatly blessed for her attitude? Daily Bible Reading Mon (Lk.1:11-17) An angel announces the birth of John the Baptist Tue (Lk.1:18-18-25) John’s father is muted for unbelief Wed(Lk.1:26-38) Gabriel announces Christ birth to Mary Thu(Lk.1:39-56) Mary visits Elizabeth Fri (Lk.1:57-66) Elizabeth gives birth to John Sat (Jn.1:1-5, 14) The Word became flesh
MAKING DISCIPLES IN 2016: The fainting fits of disciples and what to do!
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December 04, 2016 12:09 PM PST
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cd#16.12.04 Dec. 4, 2016 SCRIPTURE READING “(1) Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the fish’s belly. (2) And he said: `I cried out to the Lord because of my affliction, and He answered me. Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and You heard my voice. (3) For you cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the floods surrounded me; all Your billows and Your waves passed over me. (4) Then I said, `I have been cast out of Your sight; yet I will look again toward Your holy temple.’ (5) The waters surrounded me, even to my soul; the deep closed around me; weeds were wrapped around my head. (6) I went down to the moorings of the mountains; the earth with its bars closed behind me forever; yet You have brought up my life from the pit, O Lord, my God. (7) When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord; and my prayer went up to You, into Your holy temple. (8)Those who regard worthless idols forsake their own Mercy. (9) But I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord. (10) So the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.” Jonah 2:1-10 (NKJV) “When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord; and my prayer went up to You, into Your holy temple.” Jonah 2:7 IN RESPONDING TO THE WILL OF GOD: 1. JONAH FAILED! “Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the fish’s belly.” Jonah 2:1 <>< “Someone once said ‘that the best of men are still men’ and it is amazing how God uses, forgives and recommissions flawed servants for ministry! <>< 2. JONAH FAINTED! “When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord…” Jonah 2:7a <>< “Trouble is one of God’s great servants, because it reminds us how much we continually need the Lord.” Jim Cymbala <>< 3. JONAH REMEMBERED THE LORD WHEN THINGS GOT BAD! “(7) When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord; and my prayer went up to You, into Your holy temple. (8) Those who regard worthless idols forsake their own Mercy. (9) But I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.” Jonah 2:7-9 “(38) Whatever prayer, whatever supplication is made by anyone, or by all Your people Israel, when each one knows the plague of his own heart, and spreads out his hands toward this temple: (39) then hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive, and act, and give to everyone according to all his ways, whose heart You know (for You alone know the hearts of all the sons of men), (40) that they may fear You all the days that they live in the land which You gave to our fathers.” 1Kgs.8;38-40 4. GOD GAVE A QUICK ANSWER! “So the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.” Jonah 2:10 SO WHAT? 1. To the disciple running from God, it’s time to STOP RUNNING! “(1) Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, (2) ‘Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.’ (3) But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord….(4) But the Lord sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up…(17) Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.” Jonah, 1:1-3, 4, 17 2. To the disciple who has failed, our God is the God of A SECOND CHANCE! “(1) Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying (2) `Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message that I tell you.’ (3) So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord…. (5) So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them.” Jonah 3:1-3a, 5 3. To the disciple who is under the affliction of divine discipline, don’t despise or get discouraged, let it TRAIN YOU! “(5) And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: `My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; (6) For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.’(7) If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten…(11) Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Heb.12:5-7, 11 4. To the disciple ready to faint, REMEMBER THE LORD! “(7) When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord; and my prayer went up to You into Your holy temple. (8) Those who regard worthless idols forsake their own Mercy. (9) But I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.” Jonah 2:7-9 • Remember the Lord in humble prayer! • Remember to claim a promise from God’s word ! • Remember your sin, clear your conscience! • Remember to give thanks! • Remember your ministry vow! 5. To the unbeliever who is fainting today, it is God’s will for you to repent and trust in Him! “….salvation is of the Lord.” Jonah 2:9d WHAT’S MY NEXT STEP? Small Group Discussion questions: • The theme of this message is the fainting fits which plague disciples sometimes and what to do about them! 1. Have I ever fainted? What happened? 2. Read (Jonah 2:1-10). Has my soul ever fainted like Jonah’s? What happened? How did I respond? 3. Can the best of disciples fail and faint? Can I think of any servants of the Lord in Scripture who failed miserably (Abraham lied, Jacob lied, Moses murdered, etc)? Did God give them a second chance? 4. What are some causes of disciples’ fainting? (guilty conscience (Ps.32), sinful failure (Lk.22:31-32), severe trials (Job 3:1-11), lack of successful results (Gal.6:7-9), unbelief (Lk.8:22-25), unfulfilled and selfish expectations (Jer.45:1-5). What had caused me to faint in the past? 5. Read Heb.12:5-11. Do disciples ever despise or get discouraged by the Lord’s discipline? What did Jonah finally do that brought blessing and relief from the Lord? (Review and discuss #4 under SO WHAT on the sermon outline). 6. What does an unbeliever need to hear when they are fainting under the guilt and burden of sin? (see Jonah 2:9)? Daily Bible Reading Mon (Jonah 2:1-10) Fainting fits of disciples and what to do Tue (Ps.51) The best of disciples can fail Wed (1Kgs.19:1-18) The best of disciples can faint Thu (Heb.12:5-11) Don’t despise or get discouraged by the Lord’s discipline Fri (Gal.6:7-9) Sowing to the Spirit overcomes fainting Sat (Ps.27:13-14) David’s cure for fainting
HOPE FOR THE WORLD
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November 27, 2016 01:20 PM PST
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cd16.11.27
Nov. 27, 2016 full service

Buddy & Kerri Mullins share about HOPE FOR THE WORLD ministry.
This is the Full Service Audio including music in stereo.

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