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Declaring a Year of Prayer - Dec 30 & 31

DECLARING A YEAR OF PRAYER

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away; A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak; A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NKJV

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

I) THERE ARE THINGS GOD WANTS TO DO BUT WILL NOT DO WITHOUT PRAYER

“You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” James 4:2b NIV

·      WE DON’T ASK

“Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” John 16:24 NKJV

·      WE ASK WIYH WRONG MOTIVES

·      YOU WANT WHAT GOD HAS FOR YOU

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights,” James 1:17a NKJV

 WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

II) WHEN WE COMMIT TO PRAYER GOD PROMISES TO BLESS

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV

3 PURPOSES OF PRAYER

“One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1 NIV

1)    THE PURPOSE OF PRAYER IS PRACTICING DEPENDANCE

“So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.”” Zechariah 4:6 NIV

“‘You will not succeed by your own strength or by your own power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD All-Powerful.”  Zechariah 4:6 NCV

2)    THE PURPOSE OF PRAYER IS COMMUNICATING WITH GOD

“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” Matthew 6:6 NKJV

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.” Psalms 37:4 NLT

3)    THE PURPOSE OF PRAYER IS TO  COOPERATE WITH GOD

“In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:9-10 NKJV

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Christmas - Dec 23 & 24

CHRISTMAS - FINDING JOY

“But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”” Luke 2:10-11 NIV

RECEIVING THE MESSAGE OF A SAVIOR IS SO POWERFUL IT BRINGS GREAT JOY

“May God, the source of hope, fill you with all joy and peace by means of your faith in him, so that your hope will continue to grow by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 GNT

“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,” 1 Peter 1:8 NIV

1)    AUTHENTIC JOY COMES FROM GOD’S PRESENCE

“Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” Matthew 1:23 NLT

“You will show me the path that leads to life; your presence fills me with joy and brings me pleasure forever.” Psalm 16:11 GNT

2)    AUTHENTIC JOY COMES WHEN I TRUST GOD WITH MY LIFE

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4 NKJV

“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross...” Hebrews 12:2a NKJV

3)    AUTHENTIC JOY COMES WHEN I REMEMBER WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR ME

“For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.” 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 NKJV

SEVEN DAYS OF JOYFUL MEDITATION

DAY 1  “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.” Psalm 94:19 NIV

 DAY 2  “This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10b NIV

DAY 3  “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” John 16:24 NIV

DAY 4  “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4 NIV

DAY 5  “The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.” Psalm 28:7 NLT

DAY 6 “Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!” Psalm 34:8 NLT

DAY 7  “You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,”. Psalm 30:11 NLT

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A Place to Serve - Dec 16 & 17

A PLACE TO SERVE

“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 1 Peter 4:10 NLT

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”   Ephesians 2:10 NKJV

GAINING THE CONFIDENCE TO SERVE. See Joshua 1:1-18.

““Be strong and courageous,” Joshua 1:6a NLT

“Be strong and very courageous…”  Joshua 1:7a NLT

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.””  Joshua 1:9a NIV

“…Only be strong and of good courage.””  Joshua 1:18b NKJV

TWO REASONS JOSHUA LACKED COURAGE

·      THE PERSON HE FOLLOWED

“For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.” Deuteronomy 34:12 NIV

·      THE ASSIGNMENT GOD GAVE HIM

“When the LORD your God brings you into the land which you go to possess, and has cast out many nations before you, the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than you,” Deuteronomy 7:1 NKJV

HOW CAN I GAIN CONFIDENCE?

1)    LET GO OF YOUR DOUBTS

“Yes, be bold and strong! Banish fear and doubt! For remember, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 TLB

“Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is driven and blown about by the wind.” James 1:6b GNT

WHY DO WE DOUBT?

·      WE DOUBT WHEN WE COMPARE

“When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.” 2 Corinthians 10:12b NIV

·      WE DOUBT BECAUSE OF OUR PAST FAILURES

2)    LOOK FOR GOD’S PROMISE

“I promised Moses I would give you this land, so I will give you every place you go in the land.” Joshua 1:3 NCV

“Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.” Joshua 23:14 NIV

THREE PROMISES OF GOD HE GIVES WHEN WE SERVE HIM

    ·      STRENGTH

“No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.” Joshua 1:5 NKJV

·      SUCCESS

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:8 NKJV

·      SUPPORT

“Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 NIV

3)    LAUNCH OUT IN FAITH

“Then Joshua issued instructions to the leaders of Israel to tell the people to get ready to cross the Jordan River.” Joshua 1:10 TLB

“If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.” Ecclesiastes 11:4 TLB

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A Place to Serve - Dec 9 & 10

GOD WANTS TO USE YOU

“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.” 1 Peter 4:10-11 NLT

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 NKJV

“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4 NKJV

 WHY SHOULD I SACRIFICE MY AMBITIONS FOR GOD’S PURPOSE?

“… give yourselves completely to God—every part of you—for you are back from death and you want to be tools in the hands of God, to be used for his good purposes.” Romans 6:13 TLB

1)    BECAUSE IT’S WHAT GOD DID FOR YOU

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NIV

2)    BECAUSE HE WANTS YOU TO BE A TOOL IN HIS HAND

“... for you are back from death and you want to be tools in the hands of God, to be used for his good purposes.” Romans 6:13b TLB

“For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” 1 Corinthians 3:9 NIV

3)    BECAUSE GOD WILL REWARD YOU

“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10 NIV

“So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life.” Mark 10:29-30 NKJV

“If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.” Matthew 10:39 NLT

 HOW CAN I LIVE A SACRIFICIAL LIFE?

“So brothers and sisters, since God has shown us great mercy, I beg you to offer your lives as a living sacrifice to him. Your offering must be only for God and pleasing to him, which is the spiritual way for you to worship.” Romans 12:1 NCV

 1)    WORSHIP GOD CONTINUALLY

“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” Hebrews 13:15 NIV

2)    SHARE YOUR LIFE WITH OTHERS AND SERVR THEM IN MINISTRY

“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:16 NIV

“… Jesus gave his life for us. So we should give our lives for our brothers and sisters.” 1 John 3:16b NCV

3)    GIVE SACRIFICIALLY

"Give an offering to show thanks to God. Give God Most High what you have promised." Psalm 50:14 NCV

4)    SHARE THE GOSPEL WITH OTHERS

“But Jesus said, “No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been.”” Mark 5:19 NLT

“With Jesus’ help we will continually offer our sacrifice of praise to God by telling others of the glory of his name.” Hebrews 13:15 (TLB)

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A Place to Serve - Dec 2 & 3

A PLACE TO SERVE

“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ.”  1 Peter 4:10-11 NLT

THE UPSIDE-DOWN PRINCIPLE OF SERVANTHOOD

“And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. And Jesus called them to him and said to them, "You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."” Mark 10:41-45 ESV

1) BIBLICAL SERVANTHOOD STARTS WITH ATTITUDE

“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4 NKJV

“Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, “Lord, are You washing my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.”

“So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” John 13:1-7, 12-17 NKJV

2) BIBLICAL SERVANTHOOD ISN’T ABOUT ABILITY BUT AVAILABILITY

“The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” 1 Corinthians 3:8-9 NIV

“To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.” Colossians 1:29 NKJV

3) BIBLICAL SERVANTHOOD IS ABOUT ACCOUNTABILITY

“Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” 1 Peter 4:9-11 NKJV

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A Place to Serve - Nov 25 & 26

What Am I Here For?

Let love be your greatest aim… Love is the foundation, the bedrock and the pillars that we need to be able to serve in the way that God has intended for us. 1 Corinthians 14:1 (TLB)

In this life we have three great lasting qualities—faith, hope and love. But the greatest of them is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 (PHILLIPS)

Why do we start here? Because everything you and I do hinges on love

“Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence." This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.” These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.” Matthew 22:37-40 (MSG)

If I had the gift of being able to speak in other languages without learning them and could speak in every language there is in all of heaven and earth, but didn’t love others, I would only be making noise. If I had the gift of prophecy and knew all about what is going to happen in the future, knew everything about everything, but didn’t love others, what good would it do? Even if I had the gift of faith so that I could speak to a mountain and make it move, I would still be worth nothing at all without love. If I gave everything I have to poor people, and if I were burned alive for preaching the Gospel but didn’t love others, it would be of no value whatever. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (TLB)

1. Without Love All I Say Is Ineffective

If I had the gift of being able to speak in other languages without learning them and could speak in every language there is in all of heaven and earth, but didn’t love others, I would only be making noise. 1 Corinthians 13:1 (TLB)

2. Without Love All I Know Is Incomplete

If I had the gift of prophecy and knew all about what is going to happen in the future, knew everything about everything, but didn’t love others, what good would it do? 1 Corinthians 13:2a (TLB)

3. Without Love What I Believe Would be Insufficient

Even if I had the gift of faith so that I could speak to a mountain and make it move, I would still be worth nothing at all without love. 1 Corinthians 13:2b (TLB)

4. Without one All I Give Is Insignificant

If I gave everything I have to poor people…but didn’t love others, it would be of no value whatever. 1 Corinthians 13:3a (TLB)

5. Without Love All That I Accomplish Is Inadequate 

if I were burned alive for preaching the Gospel but didn’t love others, it would be of no value whatever. 1 Corinthians 13:3a (TLB)

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. Galatians 5:6b (NIV)

…don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. Galatians 5:13b (NLT)

It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others. Ephesians 2:10 (TLB)

14 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. 15 He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip. 16 “The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. 17 The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. 18 But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money. 19 “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. 20 The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’ 21 “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together! 22 “The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’ 23 “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’ 24 “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. 25 I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’ 26 “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, 27 why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’ 28 “Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. 29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. Matthew 25:14-29 (NLT)

1.       Ownership: Everything belongs to God.

He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. He gave… Matthew 25:14b-15a

2.       Allocation/Resources: Everyone gets something.

He gave five bags of silver[a] to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. Matthew 25:15

3.       Accountability: God expects me to use what He has given me.

 “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. Matthew 25:19

4.       Utilization: It's wrong for me to bury what God gave me.

5.       Motivation: Why don’t we use the talents God has given us?

I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.” Matthew 25:25a

6.       Application: If I don’t use it, I'll lose it.

Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. Matthew 25:28

7.       Compensation: If I use my talent wisely I will be rewarded.

“The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together! Matthew 25:23

a.      Affirmation

‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Matthew 25:23

b.      Promotion

You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Matthew 25:23

c.      Celebration

Let’s celebrate together! Matthew 25:23b

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1 Year Courageous Faith Anniversary - Nov 18 & 19

WE ARE BEING COURAGEOUS BY
GROWING IN FAITH, GOING IN FAITH AND GIVING IN FAITH

OUR FIVE VALUES AS A CHURCH

 

  • LOVING GOD THROUGH WORSHIP
  • KNOWING GOD THROUGH FELLOWSHIP
  • GROWING IN GOD THROUGH HIS WORD
  • SERVING GOD BY SERVING OTHERS
  • SHARING GOD WITH THE LOST

OUR FIVE COURAGEOUS FAITH GOALS TIED TO OUR VALUES

F - Fill God’s house with 5,000 worshippers by our 30th anniversary in the year 2019.
A - Assist the needy through the local P.E.A.C.E. Center.
I - Invest in our growing fellowship through small groups and support groups.
T - Train students and adults to be leaders in God’s Kingdom.
H - Help take the gospel to the nation of Ghana.  

 LIFE IS MEANT TO BE INVESTED

See Matthew 25:14-29.

“Jesus said to them, “The time has come for the Son of Man to receive his glory. I tell you the truth, a grain of wheat must fall to the ground and die to make many seeds. But if it never dies, it remains only a single seed.” John 12:23-24 NCV

THREE THINGS WE CAN INVEST TO BE COURAGEOUS

1)    WE CAN INVEST OUR HEARTS

“… if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:3 NLT

2)    WE CAN INVEST OUR TALENTS

“He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’” Matthew 25:22-23 NKJV

3)    WE CAN INVEST OUR TREASURE

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 NKJV

“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 NKJV

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A Place to Belong - Nov 11 & 12

CREATING A CULTURE OF HONOR

“Honor all people, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the king.” 1 Peter 2:17 NET

TO HONOR MEANS I HOLD SOMEONE IN ESTEEM AND BESTOW VALUE UPON THEM

  • WE ARE TO HONOR OUR PARENTS

“Honor your father and your mother so that you will live a long time in the land that the LORD your God is going to give you.” Exodus 20:12 NCV

  • WE ARE TO HONOR THOSE IN AUTHORITY

See Romans 13:1-7. 

“Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.” Romans 13:7 NIV

RESPECT IS SOMETHING YOU EARN
HONOR IS SOMETHING YOU FREELY GIVE

1)    GOD WANTS US TO GO OUT OF OUR WAY TO DEMONSTRATE HONOR

“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” Romans 12:9-10 ESV

 “Love each other like the members of your family. Be the best at showing honor to each other.”  Romans 12:10 CEB

2)    HONOR OTHERS COMES BY PRACTICING HUMILITY

“When you do things, do not let selfishness or pride be your guide. Instead, be humble and give more honor to others than to yourselves.” Philippians 2:3 NCV

3)    HONORING OTHERS RELEASES GOD’S POWER

“The same goes for you husbands: Be good husbands to your wives. Honor them, delight in them. As women they lack some of your advantages. But in the new life of God’s grace, you’re equals. Treat your wives, then, as equals so your prayers don’t run aground.” 1 Peter 3:7 MSG

“Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.” 1 Peter 3:7 NKJV

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A Place to Belong - Nov 4 & 5

YOU BELONG TO GOD

“For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.” Romans 5:10-11 NLT

“For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;” Psalms 149:4a MEV

“… he is a friend of tax collectors and sinners.” Matthew 11:19b NCV

HOW CAN I DEEPEN MY FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD? (Part 2)

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you….”   James 4:8a NKJV

  1. TALK WITH HIM CONSTANTLY
  2. THINK ON WHAT HE SAID
  3. SURRENDER YOUR LIFE

 4) I MUST PRACTICE BEING HONEST WITH GOD

“After GOD had finished addressing Job, he turned to Eliphaz the Temanite and said, “I’ve had it with you and your two friends. I’m fed up! You haven’t been honest either with me or about me—not the way my friend Job has. So here’s what you must do. Take seven bulls and seven rams, and go to my friend Job. Sacrifice a burnt offering on your own behalf. My friend Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer. He will ask me not to treat you as you deserve for talking nonsense about me, and for not being honest with me, as he has.”” Job 42:7-8 MSG

“‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.” Matthew 15:8 NKJV

“I pour out my complaints before him and tell him all my troubles. When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn...” Psalms 142:2-3b NLT

5) I MUST PRACTICE MY FAITH BY BEING OBEDIENT

“You are my friends if you do what I command.” John 15:14 NIV

“I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” John 15:15 NIV

“The LORD is pleased with those who respect him, with those who trust his love.” Psalms 147:11 NCV

 “I loved you as the Father loved me. Now remain in my love. I have obeyed my Father’s commands, and I remain in his love. In the same way, if you obey my commands, you will remain in my love. I have told you these things so that you can have the same joy I have and so that your joy will be the fullest possible joy.”  John 15:9-11 NCV

“So he went back to Nazareth with them, and lived obediently with them…” Luke 2:51 MSG

 6) I MUST CULTIVATE A HEART TO CARE ABOUT WHAT HE CARES ABOUT

My strong love for your Temple completely controls me. When people insult you, it hurts me.”  Psalms 69:9 NCV

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”” Matthew 9:36-38 NIV


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A Place to Belong - Oct 28 & 29

YOU BELONG TO GOD

“Know that the LORD is God. He made us, and we belong to him; we are his people, the sheep he tends.” Psalms 100:3 NCV

“For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.” Romans 5:10-11 NLT

“I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” John 15:15 NIV

“You must worship no other gods, for the Lord, whose very name is Jealous, is a God who is jealous about his relationship with you.” Exodus 34:14 NLT

HOW CAN I DEEPEN MY FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD?

“Come close to God, and God will come close to you…” James 4:8a NLT

1) TALK WITH HIM CONSTANTLY

“… pray without ceasing,” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 NKJV

· MISCONCEPTION: YOU MUST BE ALONE TO TALK TO GOD

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,” Colossians 3:23 NIV

· MISCONCEPTION: YOU MUST GET AWAY TO BE WITH GOD

2) THINK ON WHAT HE SAID

“… and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word.” 1 Samuel 3:21b NIV

“The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant.” Psalm 25:14 NKJV

“But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 NKJV

3) SURRENDER YOUR LIFE TO HIM

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

“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Romans 5:8 NLT

“So then, my brothers and sisters, because of God's great mercy to us I appeal to you: offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer.” Romans 12:1 GNB


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