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Series: Open House Hospitality to Strangers The Gospel of Luke Hospitality reveals that God is a welcoming God. Hebrews 13:2 Jesus frequently used a social gathering to evangelize the lost and build disciples. There is generosity in serving a meal, humility in receiving one, and fellowship in eating together. Luke 5:31-32 Luke 15:1-2 Luke 19: 10 th…
 
Series: Open House A Welcoming God Various Scriptures what is hospitality? Hospitality is “the quality or disposition of receiving and treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly, generous way.” Hospitality is not simply about what you do; it is about who you are. Our hospitality or lack of it reveals what we think about people, what we think…
 
Series: Relationship Status Widowed I Corinthians 7 Regardless of your relationship status, your role is always to glorify God. foundational truth about the widowed · God loves the widowed. · God expects His people to care for the vulnerable. · God expects His people to glorify Him in all circumstances, even in grief. glorifying God through loss Gi…
 
Series: Relationship Status Divorce I Corinthians 7 Regardless of your relationship status, your role is always to glorify God. divorce facts God hates divorce, not divorced people. Malachi 2:13-16 Divorce always hurts someone. Divorce always involves sin. Sometimes God permits divorce. when divorce is permitted · in instances of infidelity Malachi…
 
Series: Relationship Status Married I Corinthians 7 Regardless of your relationship status, your role is always to glorify God. definition of marriage Marriage is a public covenant to a lifelong monogamous, heterosexual relationship. why is marriage a struggle? · Marriage is the merging of two wills. · Most people’s love language is Love of Self. ·…
 
Series: Relationship Status Single I Corinthians 7 Regardless of your relationship status, your role is always to glorify God. Discussing singleness is difficult because... The one who is speaking about being single is not single. People who are single have vastly different views about being single. Being single is difficult. Loneliness, sexual tem…
 
Series: Jesus – In His Own Words I am the Vine John 15:1-11 seven “I AM” statements · They show that Jesus publicly embraced His divinity. · They reveal the importance of believing in Christ. “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 Every branch in me that does not produce fruit he removes, and he prunes every branch that produces frui…
 
Series: Jesus – In His Own Words I am the Way, the Truth and the Life John 14:1-11 seven “I AM” statements · instruct of God’s character, purpose and significance · reveal that Jesus was aware of His divinity “Don’t let your heart be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have t…
 
Series: Jesus – In His Own Words I am the Resurrection and the Life John 11 Over the last year, loss, death and confusion have made life difficult. John 11 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me, even if he dies, will live. John 11:25 biblical lessons for today There is life beyond death. God’s primary go…
 
Series: Jesus – In His Own Words I am the Good Shepherd John 10:11-21 Everyone puts their trust in someone or something. seven “I AM” statements · Instruct of God’s character, purpose and significance · Reveal that Jesus was aware of His divinity Ezekiel 34 the Good Shepherd You can trust Jesus because He leads you relationally. You can trust Jesus…
 
Series: Jesus—In His Own Words I am the Gate John 10:1-10 Seven “I AM” statements in John · reveal that Jesus is fully aware He is GOD. · reveal Jesus’ nature, purpose, and significance to our lives. the sheep pen There were two types of sheep pens in Judea during the first Century. One was connected to a house/structure and had a permanent gate. T…
 
Series: Jesus—In His Own Words I am the Light of the World John 8:12 seven “I AM” statements in John · reveal that Jesus is fully aware He is GOD. · reveal Jesus’ nature, purpose, and significance to our lives. the context Jesus is at Jerusalem during the Festival of the Tabernacles. During this ceremony the people of Israel would live in tents to …
 
Series: Jesus—In His Own Words I am the Bread of Life John 6:22-40 Seven “I AM” statements in John · reveal that Jesus is fully aware He is GOD. · reveal Jesus’ nature, purpose, and significance to our lives. John 6 Important Observations Everyone has physical needs that must be met. God is often relegated to a prosperity charm. People are blind to…
 
Series: Trusted Sources Personal Sources Proverbs 7 Recap · Christianity claims truth is objective and it is revealed from God. The Wisdom Pyramid · The Bible is the standard by which we evaluate all other truth claims. · God reveals truth to us through primary sources and secondary sources. · To evaluate secondary sources, not only do we need an u…
 
Series: Trusted Sources Secondary Sources Colossians 2:2-2:8 God has revealed Himself in three primary ways: creation, the church, and Scripture. Social Engagement Art/Beauty Books/Education Church Nature Bible The Wisdom Pyramid Brett McCracken The Bible is not the only source of truth, but truth never contradicts the Bible. All of God’s revelatio…
 
Series: Rethinking the Church Members Romans 12:1-16 The American way of thinking is harming the way Americans think about church. The Portrait of the New Testament… is not a group of consumers. is not a crowd of spectators. is not disconnected individuals. is a human body. is a family. For as we have many members in one body, but all the members d…
 
Series: Rethinking Church ANTIOCH Acts 11 The series “Rethinking Church”. . . · is NOT trying to reinvent the church. · is NOT trying to become culturally acceptable. · is NOT revamping the message. · IS seeking to understand how to be more faithful disciple makers in our current context. Methods are many, principles are few; methods always change,…
 
Series: A Season of Grace Resting in Grace Matthew 11:28-30 Forms of Grace · Saving grace · Living grace · Outward grace · Internal grace 28 “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke…
 
Series: A Season of Grace Outward Grace Titus 3:1-11 When pressure is applied, what is inside comes out. · Grace has made us right with God. · Grace provides guidance for daily living. · Grace needs to flow from us. We should display grace in our public lives. Kindness does not mean agreement--it means kindness. Humility demands we treat others wit…
 
2021: A Year of GRACE Titus 2:11-14 11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 instructing us to deny godlessness and worldly lusts and to live in a sensible, righteous, and godly way in the present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. 14 H…
 
Christmas 2020 The Big Gifts of Christmas Matthew 1 Why People Miss the Message of Christmas · The story is familiar. · People get distracted with life. · People don’t understand the significance of the story. Matthew 1 The genealogy of Jesus establishes Him as a part of the line of David. The genealogy of Matthew 1 reveals God working through hist…
 
Series: Faith, Hope & Love LOVE I Corinthians 13 Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love—but the greatest of these is love. I Corinthians 13:13 Faith = Trust Hope = Confidence Love = Sacrifice Love is a sacrificial, unconditional giving of one’s self for the good of another. why is love the greatest? 1. Faith and hope are dependent upon love.…
 
Series: Faith, Hope & Love… more than décor FAITH Hebrews 10:35-11:6 Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love—but the greatest of these is love. I Corinthians 13:13 Every aspect of your life is affected by your faith. What is meant by Faith when it is used in the Bible? Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not se…
 
Dealing with Worry Matthew 6:24-34 Worry Realities We worry about that to which we are devoted. What we are most committed to determines what we worry about most. Worry isn’t simply a response to situations—it is a result of misplaced trust. Jesus on Worry · God loves you and will take care of you. · Worry doesn’t add anything valuable to our lives…
 
Habakkuk: Hold on to Faith How to Hold On Habakkuk 3 Habakkuk: · One of the Minor Prophets · Served God right before Israel was taken captive by Babylon · Habakkuk means “to wrestle and to embrace” Bad news can shake a person’s faith. how Habakkuk held on He remembered what God had done. (2) He trusted that God was in control of his present. (3-15)…
 
Series: Habakkuk - Hold on to Faith Dealing with Injustice Habakkuk 1:12-2:20 Recap: Habakkuk was a Minor Prophet who served God around 600 BC. The name Habakkuk means “to wrestle and to embrace.” His task was to deliver a hard message from God, and he was struggling to hold onto his faith in the face of hardship. Habakkuk’s Objections · God is usi…
 
Habakkuk: Holding on to Faith When God Seems Wrong Habakkuk 1:1-11 We like life to be fair; life is often not fair. Injustice can lead us to question God, His goodness and His plan. Habakkuk, the man: Habakkuk was a Minor Prophet, a prophet who wrote less material and about whom we know little. He served God around 600 BC, when the sovereignty of t…
 
Series: A Personal Exodus PROMISED LAND Deuteronomy 3:23-28; Romans 3:23-26 The Exodus is the story of God’s people being delivered from Egypt at the same time it illustrates redemptive themes seen throughout Scripture. The wanderings in the wilderness remind us of the already/not yet aspect of the believer’s life. the promised land The promised la…
 
Series: A Personal Exodus Trust Issues Numbers 13-14 Recap Not only does the exodus tell the story of God’s people being delivered from Egypt, it also illustrates redemptive themes seen throughout the Scripture. The Wilderness Journey represents the transformation process that occurs in the people of God between their deliverance from sin and their…
 
series: a personal Exodus Progressive Sanctification: Attitude Exodus 14-17; Numbers 11 Recap The exodus saga not only relays an historical account, but it also conveys redemptive themes that are true for all of God’s people. Slavery in Egypt = Bondage to Sin Deliverance through a Lamb Sacrifice = Deliverance through Jesus’ Death on the Cross God’s…
 
Series: A Personal Exodus Progressive Sanctification: Heart Issues Exodus 32 recap The Exodus story highlights the redemptive themes experienced by all the people of God. INSERT BOX in PUBLISHER HERE… no blanks… One Slide if possible. Exodus 32 Idolatry is loving anything or anyone more than God. The human heart is an idol factory. Idols come in va…
 
Series: A Personal Exodus Transformation Exodus 14-16 recap The exodus tells the story of the people of Israel being delivered from slavery to the promise land; it also illustrates redemptive themes revealed throughout history. The journey from the Red Sea to the promised land represents the life of a believer after salvation. misconceptions about …
 
Series: A Personal Exodus Deliverance Exodus 6-12: Revelation 1:5-6 recap The exodus not only tells the story of the people of Israel being delivered from slavery to the promise land, it also illustrates redemptive themes applicable to all the people of God, in all places at all times. Just as the people of Israel were trapped in bondage in Egypt, …
 
Series: A Personal Exodus A People in Bondage Exodus 1-5; John 8:34-36 Exodus is the most referred to event in the Old Testament. It is motivation for praise for the psalmist, the prophets used it as a warning, and it provides hope for the exiles. Exodus is not only a historical event, it is a metaphor for God’s redemption of sinful people. the exo…
 
Series: Modern Day Heresies “My Happiness = God’s Will” Mark 10 Materialism, faith healing, and the self-esteem gospel are all flavors of the prosperitymovement. In these churches, man-centered messages are prevalent and a primary goal of knowing Jesus is to make this life better. The prosperity gospel movement is a modern heresy, but traces can be…
 
Series: Modern Day Heresies “Church Does Not Matter” Hebrews 10:19-25 Throughout church history, a time of regular, corporate gathering has consistently been a part of a Christian’s expression of faith. A growing number of Christians have stopped attending an organized church. Recently, theological concepts have arisen justifying the practice of “c…
 
Series: Modern Day Heresies Holiness is Unnecessary Ephesians 2:8-10; Romans 6-7 Grace is the distinguishing factor of Christianity. Grace is dispensed through faith alone. challenges to grace · Reverting to a legalistic mindset · Neglecting good works In the early church, the Docetists claimed God only saved the spirit; the body was not worth savi…
 
Series: Modern Day Heresies “No One Goes to Hell” Luke 13:22-30 A majority of those in America who believe in an afterlife believe most people go to heaven, and no one goes to hell. In the early 3rd century, Origen taught universalism: the belief that all people would be saved. modern expressions of universalism: Inclusivism = Christ receives all w…
 
Series: Modern Day Heresies “basically good?” Romans 1-3 The majority believe that people are intrinsically good. Scripture teaches only God is good, and man is totally depraved. Total depravity does NOT mean every person is as wicked as they can be or never does any good deed or does not have value. Total depravity refers to the reality of damage,…
 
Grace Living in a Toxic World Colossians 4:2-6 We live in a polarized world. Grace should characterize our lives, regardless of our circumstances. Showing grace does not mean we do not have an opinion. 1. Pick your battles carefully 2. Speak clearly, but not constantly 3. Pray more than you post 4. Remember you have a role in making your world what…
 
Series: Pray Like This Praying in Pain Matthew 26:36-46 the story Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before His death. (36) He took His closest friends to pray with Him. (37-38) Most scholars believe “the cup” referred to the wrath of God, not simply physical pain. He submitted to the Father’s will even though it was not easy. (39) …
 
Series: Pray Like This Praying for Others James 5:13-20 Intercession is to be a regular part of the Christian life. …pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect. James 5:16 barriers to praying for others · The prevalence of self-centered living. · The abundance of needs for which …
 
Series: Pray Like This The Secret Place Matthew 6:6-8 series recap Christians are instructed to pray personally — a large percentage do not. People often don’t pray because of feelings of inadequacy. God is our Heavenly Father. The basis of prayer is our Father wants us to talk to Him. But when you pray, go into your private room, shut your door, a…
 
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