GRACE - Sept 22 & 23

EXPERIENCING GRACE

SIMPLE GRACE = THE GRACE THAT SAVES US
CONSTANT GRACE = THE GRACE THAT SUSTAINS US  

WHAT IS GRACE? IT’S THE UNEARNED AND UNDESERVED FAVOR OF GOD. 

WE SEE GOD’S CONSTANT GRACE IN CREATION

“…for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Matthew 5:45b NKJV

“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” Romans 1:20 NLT 

BECAUSE CONSTANT GRACE SUSTAINS ME

1)     I NEED TO FEED ON GOD’S FAITHFULNESS.

“Taste and see that the Lord is good!” Psalms 34:8a NLT 

“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.” 1 Peter 2:2-3 NIV 

2)     I NEED TO LOOK FOR GOD’S GOODNESS.

“But when sin grew worse, God’s grace increased.”  Romans 5:20b NCV

“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.” Psalms 27:13 NKJV

“So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-17 MSG 

“But there’s one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope: God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:19-24 MSG 

3)    I NEED TO MAKE THE MOST OF MY SALVATION.

“…..continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” Philippians 2:12b-13 NIV

“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 NIV

GOD’S SUSTAINING GRACE TO RUTH

·       RUTH CHOOSE TO FEED ON GOD’S FAITHFULNESS.

But Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.”  Ruth 1:16 NLT

·       RUTH CHOOSE TO LOOK FOR GOD’S GOODNESS.

“While she was there, Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters. “The Lord be with you!” he said. “The Lord bless you!” the harvesters replied. Then Boaz asked his foreman, “Who is that young woman over there? Who does she belong to?” And the foreman replied, “She is the young woman from Moab who came back with Naomi. She asked me this morning if she could gather grain behind the harvesters. She has been hard at work ever since, except for a few minutes’ rest in the shelter.” Boaz went over and said to Ruth, “Listen, my daughter. Stay right here with us when you gather grain; don’t go to any other fields. Stay right behind the young women working in my field. See which part of the field they are harvesting, and then follow them. I have warned the young men not to treat you roughly. And when you are thirsty, help yourself to the water they have drawn from the well.” Ruth fell at his feet and thanked him warmly. “What have I done to deserve such kindness?” she asked. “I am only a foreigner.””  Ruth 2:4-10 NLT

·       RUTH ALLOWED GOD TO WORK HIS GRACE THROUGH HER LIFE.

“So Boaz took Ruth into his home, and she became his wife. When he slept with her, the Lord enabled her to become pregnant, and she gave birth to a son. Then the women of the town said to Naomi, “Praise the Lord, who has now provided a redeemer for your family! May this child be famous in Israel.” Ruth 4:13-14 NLT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRACE - Sept 15 & 16

EXPERIENCING GOD’S GRACE

WHAT IS GOD’S GRACE AND HOW CAN I EXPERIENCE IT?

“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” Psalm 34:8 NKJV

FOUR WAYS WE PREPARED FOR YOU TO EXPERIENCE GOD’S GRACE

  • THE WEEKEND SERVICES

  • WEEKLY SMALL GROUPS

  • A DAILY DEVOTIONAL

  • OPPORTUNITIES TO STEP OUT AND EXPERIENCE GOD’S GRACE  

SIX FACETS OF GOD’S GRACE

  • SIMPLE GRACE

  • CONSTANT GRACE

  • COMFORTING GRACE

  • FEARLESS GRACE

  • SELFLESS GRACE

  • DARING GRACE

TODAY LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT SIMPLE GRACE

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV 

1)    SIMPLE GRACE IS THE GIFT OF SALVATION

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 NLT

2)    GRACE IS THE GIFT THAT HAS THE POWER TO IMPROVE MY LIFE

“Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand…” Romans 5:2a NLT

“… I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10b NKJV 

3)    GRACE IS THE GIFT THAT GIVES ME A FUTURE WITH HOPE

“… God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope,” 2 Thessalonians 2:16b NLT

“Because of his grace he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.” Titus 3:7 NLT 

HOW CAN I EXPERIENCE GOD’S GRACE?

GOD’S SIMPLE GRACE IS A GIFT BUT IT MUST BE RECEIVED BY FAITH

“Through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5:2 NKJV

“… God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” Romans 12:3b NKJV

“God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6b NKJV

PETER WAS RADICALLY IMPACTED BY GOD’S GRACE.

“After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him. Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.” “Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said. A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep. “I tell you the truth, when you were young, you were able to do as you liked; you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will dress you and take you where you don’t want to go.” Jesus said this to let him know by what kind of death he would glorify God. Then Jesus told him, “Follow me.””  John 21:15-19 NLT

THREE THINGS PETER DID TO BE IMPACTED BY GOD’S GRACE

  • HE PAUSED LONG ENOUGH TO GET INTO GOD’S GOD PRESENCE

  • HE LISTENED TO WHAT GOD HAD TO SAY

  • HE TOOK IT ALL IN WHEN HE WALKED AWAY  

“All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.” 2 Corinthians 4:15 NLT

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,” 2 Peter 1:2 NKJV

The Chair - Sept 8 & 9

 IS THE GOD YOU KNOW WORTH KNOWING? 

GOD WANTS US TO LIVE ON MISSION.

“In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world.” John 17:18 MSG 

“I don’t care about my own life. The most important thing is that I complete my mission, the work that the Lord Jesus gave me—to tell people the Good News about God’s grace.” Acts 20:24 NCV 

“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus…” Ephesians 2:6 NIV

JESUS TELLS HIS DISCIPLES WHO THEIR MISSION IS.

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

  •  Jerusalem = The people closest to me

  • Judea/Samaria = The people near me but different from me

  • Ends of the earth = Everybody else

HOW CAN WE FULFILL OUR MISSION?

1)    PRAY FOR OPEN DOORS AND LOOK FOR DIVINE APPOINTMENTS.

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ…” Colossians 4:2-4 NIV

“Jesus was going through the city of Jericho. A man was there named Zacchaeus, who was a very important tax collector, and he was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but he was not able because he was too short to see above the crowd. He ran ahead to a place where Jesus would come, and he climbed a sycamore tree so he could see him. When Jesus came to that place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down! I must stay at your house today.” Zacchaeus came down quickly and welcomed him gladly.” Luke 19:1-6 NCV

PEOPLE HAVE BARRIERS

  • Image barrier

  • Relationship barriers

  • Cultural barriers

  • Physical barriers

  • Gospel barrier

2)    DEVELOP FRIENDSHIPS AND FIND COMMON GROUND.

“When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some.” 1 Corinthians 9:22 NLT

3)    REACH OUT AND SHARE IN PEOPLE’S BURDENS.

“Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law…” Galatians 6:2 MSG

“Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight…” James 1:27a  MSG

4)    BE PREPARED TO HAVE A SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION.

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…” 1 Peter 3:15 NIV

“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:5-6 NIV 

5)    INVITE PEOPLE INTO YOUR LIFE.

“For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.” Matthew 25:35-36 NLT 

6)    TELL YOUR STORY.

“Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.” Mark 5:19b NKJV

“But before people can ask the Lord for help, they must believe in him; and before they can believe in him, they must hear about him; and for them to hear about the Lord, someone must tell them; and before someone can go and tell them, that person must be sent. It is written, “How beautiful is the person who comes to bring good news.”” Romans 10:14-15 NCV

 

The Chair - Sept 1 & 2

HOW IS YOUR PRAYER LIFE?

“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Luke 5:16 NIV

WHY IS PRAYER SO IMPORTANT?

ONE REASON PRAYER IS SO IMPORTANT IS BECAUSE IT’S A PARTNERSHIP

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 NIV

TEAMING UP WITH GOD IN PRAYER PRODUCES MANY WONDERFUL BENEFITS:

“The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” James 5:16b NLT

1)    PRAYER IS HOW GOD WANTS TO MEET YOUR NEEDS.

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 NLT

2)    PRAYER ACTIVATES MY HEART FOR THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY.

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”” Matthew 9:36-38 NLT

“Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.” Acts 16:6-10 NKJV

3)    PRAYER HELPS OPEN PEOPLES HEART TO HEAR THE GOSPEL.

“And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.” Mark 4:15 NKJV

“If the Good News that we preach is hidden, it is hidden only to those who are lost. The devil who rules this world has blinded the minds of those who do not believe. They cannot see the light of the Good News…” 2 Corinthians 4:3-4a NCV

4)    PRAYER RELEASES POWER FOR MIRACLES.

“So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.” Acts 12:5 NIV

“Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me…”” Acts 12:11a NIV 

“… as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.” 2 Corinthians 1:11 NIV

“… 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

5)    PRAYER HELPS ME OVERCOME TEMPTATION.

“Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!” Matthew 26:41 NLT

6)    PRAYER MAKES GOD’S WISDOM AVAILABLE.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5 NKJV

7)    PRAYER HELPS ME FIND THE POWER TO FORGIVE.

“Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34 NIV

 

Whose Ladder Are You Holding - Aug 18 & 19

WHOSE LADDER ARE YOU HOLDING?

NO LEADER CAN FULFILL HIS CALLING WITHOUT A TEAM

THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT WE ARE DEPENDENT UPON EACH OTHER FOR SUCCESS

"For in fact the body is not one member but many… But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty...”” 1 Corinthians 12:14, 20-23 NKJV

GOD TELLS MOSES THE VICTORY OF MY PEOPLE DEPENDS ON YOU LIFTING UP YOUR ROD

THE SYMBOLISM OF MOSES ROD. Exodus 17:9-13

  • SYMBOLIC OF WHAT IS IN OUR HAND
  • SYMBOLIC OF GOD” S PURPOSES
  • SYMBOLIC THAT NO LEADER CAN KEEP THE ROD LIFTED CONTINUOUSLY WITHOUT A TEAM

“And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the LORD. Then they said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt? Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.” And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” And the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.”’” Exodus 14:10-16 NKJV

MOSES BEGINS TO IMPLODE UNDER THE WEIGHT OF HIS CALLING

“And Moses said to the Lord, “Why are you treating me, your servant, so harshly? Have mercy on me! What did I do to deserve the burden of all these people? Did I give birth to them? Did I bring them into the world? Why did you tell me to carry them in my arms like a mother carries a nursing baby? How can I carry them to the land you swore to give their ancestors? Where am I supposed to get meat for all these people? They keep whining to me, saying, ‘Give us meat to eat!’ I can’t carry all these people by myself! The load is far too heavy! If this is how you intend to treat me, just go ahead and kill me. Do me a favor and spare me this misery!””  Numbers 11:11-15 NLT

GOD’S RESPONSE TO MOSES: GET A TEAM

“The Lord said to Moses, “Assemble seventy respected men who are recognized as leaders of the people, bring them to me at the Tent of my presence, and tell them to stand there beside you. I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take some of the spirit I have given you and give it to them. Then they can help you bear the responsibility for these people, and you will not have to bear it alone.” Numbers 11:16-17 GNT

7 WAYS YOU CAN SUPPORT A LEADER

1)     PARTNER WITH YOUR PRAYERS

“And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety.”  2 Corinthians 1:11 NLT

2)     PARTNER WITH YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT

“Kind words bring life, but cruel words crush your spirit.”  Proverbs 15:4 GNT

3)     PARTNER BY JOINING THEIR TEAM

“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.  Ecclesiastes 4:9 NLT

 4)     PARTNER BY BEING CONSISTENT

“Trusting unfaithful people when you are in trouble is like eating with a broken tooth or walking with a crippled foot.”  Proverbs 25:19 NCV

“Never get a lazy person to do something for you; he will be as irritating as vinegar on your teeth or smoke in your eyes.”  Proverbs 10:26 GNT

5)     PARTNER BY BEING TRUSTWORTHY

“That is why I am sending to you Timothy, my son in the Lord. I love Timothy, and he is faithful. He will help you remember my way of life in Christ Jesus, just as I teach it in all the churches everywhere.”  1 Corinthians 4:17 NCV

6)     PARTNER BY BEING A PROBLEM SOLVER

“But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”” Matthew 14:16 NKJV

7)     PARTNER BY BEING GENEROUS

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

"Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account.”  Philippians 4:15-17 NKJV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whose Ladder Are You Holding - Aug 11 & 12

WHOSE LADDER ARE YOU HOLDING? 

“And Moses said to Joshua, “Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.” So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.” Exodus 17:9-13 NKJV

“For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:14 NKJV

GOD WANTS TO AWAKEN OUR HEARTS TO
MOVE US TO THE THINGS HE CARES ABOUT.

“But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”” Matthew 9:36-38 NKJV

NEHEMIAH: A LEADER THAT GOD COULD MOVE

1)     GOD WANTS TO MOVE US TO PRAYER.

“Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that had survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem. They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.” When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.” Nehemiah 1:2-4 NIV

2)     GOD WANTS TO MOVE US TO IDENTIFY.

“Let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you. We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.” Nehemiah 1:6-7 NIV

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.” Hebrews 4:15 NIV

3)     GOD WANTS TO MOVE US TO INTERCEDE.

 “Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’” Nehemiah 1:8-9 NIV

 “The people of the land have used oppressions, committed robbery, and mistreated the poor and needy; and they wrongfully oppress the stranger. So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one. Therefore I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; and I have recompensed their deeds on their own heads,” says the Lord GOD.” Ezekiel 22:29-31 NKJV

“And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”” Luke 22:31-32 NKJV

4)     GOD WANTS TO MOVE US TO PARTNER.

“Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.” I was cupbearer to the king.” Nehemiah 1:11 NIV

 

A Place to Worship - Jul 28 & 29

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED GOD WHERE ARE YOU?

WORSHIP IS A JOURNEY INTO HIS PRESENCE.

“Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.

 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, LORD, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!” Then as he lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, “Arise and eat.” Then he looked, and there by his head was a cake baked on coals, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank, and lay down again. And the angel of the LORD came back the second time, and touched him, and said, “Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you.” So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of God. And there he went into a cave, and spent the night in that place; and behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” So he said, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.” Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD.”

And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”” 1 Kings 19:2-13 NKJV

1)     THE JOURNEY TO WORSHIP CHANGES WHAT I SAY.

“in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” Psalm 100:4 NKJV

“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)     THE JOURNEY TO WORSHIP CHANGES WHAT I SEE.

“Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?”” Jeremiah 1:11 NKJV

“Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!” Matthew 6:22-23 NLT

“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13 NKJV

“While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18 NKJV

3)     THE JOURNEY TO WORSHIP CHANGES HOW I RELATE TO OTHERS.

“And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also." 1 John 4:21 NKJV

“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.” Acts 2:1-6, NKJV

“We hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.” Acts 2:11 NKJV

“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:19-20 NKJV

“Indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the LORD, saying: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever,” that the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God.” 2 Chronicles 5:13-14 NKJV

A Place to Worship - Jul 21 & 22

HAVE YOU EVER FELT DISCOURAGED?

TRUE WORSHIP CAN RENEW YOU

“I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.” Acts 13:22b NKJV

HOW DAVID ALLOWED WORSHIP TO RENEW HIM ON ONE OF THE LOWEST DAYS OF HIS LIFE.

Read 1 Samuel 30:1-27.

“So David and his men came to the city, and there it was, burned with fire; and their wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive. I Samuel 30:3NKJV

1) HE WEPT AND GOT IT ALL OUT.

Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep.” I Samuel 30:4 NKJV

 2) HE ENCOURAGED HIMSELF WITH WORSHIP.

Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.”    I Samuel 30:6 NKJV

“Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;”. Psalms 95:2a NKJV

·       WORSHIP TRAINS US TO RESETS OUR FOCUS.

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” Psalms 100:4 NKJV

·       WORSHIP TRAINS US TO RELEASE GOD’S REFRESHING.

“But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.””  John 4:14 NLT

“That no flesh should glory in His presence.” 1 Corinthians 1:29 NKJV

“That, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.”” 1 Corinthians 1:31 NKJV

3) HE INQUIRED OF GOD AND GOT DIRECTION.

“So David inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?” And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.”” 1 Samuel 30:8 NKJV

4) HE RECOVERED ALL.

“So, David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away, and David rescued his two wives. And nothing of theirs was lacking, either small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything which they had taken from them; David recovered all.”  I Samuel 30:18-19 NKJV

5) HE REFRESHED OTHERS.

“But David said, “No, my brothers! Don’t be selfish with what the Lord has given us..” 1 Samuel 30:23a NLT 

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HAVE YOU EVER HAD A BAD DAY?

“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”  Ephesians 6:13 NKJV

HOW CAN WORSHIP MAKE A DIFFERENCE WHEN YOU ARE HAVING A BAD DAY?

THE STORY OF KING JEHOSHAPHAT

“It happened after this that the people of Moab with the people of Ammon, and others with them besides the Ammonites, came to battle against Jehoshaphat. Then some came and told Jehoshaphat, saying, “A great multitude is coming against you…”” 2 Chronicles 20:1-2a NKJV

 1)     HE HUMBLED HIMSELF TO SEEK GOD WITH ALL HIS HEART.

“And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.” 2 Chronicles 20:3 NKJV

“For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” 2 Chronicles 20:12b NKJV

2)     HE PRAYED AND ASKED GOD FOR HELP ACCORDING TO HIS WORD.

“So Judah gathered together to ask help from the LORD…” 2 Chronicles 20:4a NKJV

“Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.’” 2 Chronicles 20:15b NKJV

3)     HE PRAISED THE LORD FOR THE BEAUTY OF HIS HOLINESS.

“And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the LORD, For His mercy endures forever.”” 2 Chronicles 20:21 NKJV

“Give to the LORD the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness!” 1 Chronicles 16:29 NKJV

·       OUR PRAISE PREPARES A PLACE FOR GOD’S PRESENCE.

“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, And from the words of My groaning? O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear; And in the night season, and am not silent. But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel.” Psalm 22:1-3 NKJV 

·       OUR PRAISE ALLOWS GOD TO STRENGTHEN US IN OUR WEAKNESSES.

“Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.” Psalm 8:2 NKJV

“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV

“Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.” 2 Chronicles 20:22 NKJV

THE RESULT: TRUE WORSHIP PRODUCED A VALLEY OF BLESSING.

“When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away their spoil, they found among them an abundance of valuables on the dead bodies, and precious jewelry, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away; and they were three days gathering the spoil because there was so much. And on the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Berachah, for there they blessed the LORD; therefore the name of that place was called The Valley of Berachah until this day.”   2 Chronicles 20:25-26 NKJV

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HOW DO WE WORSHIP GOD IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH? 

“The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. “You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.” But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”” John 4:19-26 NKJV

WHAT IS GOD LOOKING FOR?  TRUE WORSHIPPERS

1)     WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO WORSHIP GOD IN TRUTH?

“All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.” Psalm 119:160 NIV

“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” John 17:17 NIV

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV

 ·       SOME PEOPLE TRY TO WORSHIP GOD WHILE QUESTIONING HIS LOVE.

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 NKJV

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

 ·       SOME PEOPLE TRY TO WORSHIP GOD BY REDEFINING HIM.

“They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.” Romans 1:25 NIV

·       SOME PEOPLE TRY TO WORSHIP GOD WITH ZEAL BUT LITTLE TRUTH.

“For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.” Romans 10:2-3 NIV

2)     WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO WORSHIP GOD IN SPIRIT?

“Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”” John 3:5-6 NKJV

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.” Ezekiel 36:26-27 NKJV  

·       IT INVOLVES MY WHOLE HEART

“Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!” Psalm 103:1 NKJV

 ·       IT INVOLVES MY BROKENNESS

“The sacrifice God wants is a broken spirit. God, you will not reject a heart that is broken and sorry for sin.” Psalm 51:17 NCV

·       IT INVOLVES MY GLADNESS

“Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.” Psalm 100:2-3 NKJV

·       IT INVOLVES GIVING GOD MY CONSENT

““For with God nothing will be impossible.” Mary said, “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be unto me according to your word.”” Luke 1:37-38 MEV

“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” John 16:13 NIV

3)     DOES MY WORSHIP PRODUCE THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT?

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV

“Every day I will bless You, And I will praise Your name forever and ever. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts.” Psalm 145:2-4 NKJV