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Midway Baptist Church seeks to glorify God by building the church of tomorrow today, through fervent prayer, evangelism, discipleship, and family ministry. In order to do this, Midway is prayerfully focused on three main components as detailed and commanded in Scripture: ​ Family Ministry Evangelism Discipleship On Family Ministry: Midway Baptist Church seeks to grow the family unit as originally ordained by God in His providence and wisdom by teaching, equipping, and providing resources that encourage family discipleship in the home. FM Objective: to train, equip, and encourage parents/guardians/grandparents/spiritual parents to be the intentional primary influence over their child's spiritual growth. FM Goal: to see the church of tomorrow raised in the fear and admonition of the LORD, today! On Evangelism: Midway Baptist Church seeks to obey the "Great Commission" as given by Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:18-20 through teaching & equipping God's people to evangelize the lost and dying world. EV Objective: to train, equip, and encourage the body of Christ to execute the will of God by sharing the Gospel with unbelievers EV Goal: to see disciples made of every nation, tribe, and tongue On Discipleship: Midway Baptist Church seeks to help both the new and seasoned believer alike grow in a more robust, deeper, and sanctifying truth, namely God's word. This is in obedience to the Father, to look more like the son by the power of the Holy Spirit. DS Objective: to train, equip, and encourage the body of Christ; to train, equip, and encourage the body of Christ (Disciples making Disciples) in faithful obedience to God and growth in sanctification DS Goal: to see the body of Christ look more like their precious savior each day until He returns or calls us home. read less

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2022.11.13 - A Reason To Be Thankful
Nov 13 2022
2022.11.13 - A Reason To Be Thankful
Text: Deuteronomy 26:1-11 Opening Statement: To harvest crops is to bring them in, out of the cold and storms. Harvesting is a sheltering, a keeping after growing is done and a celebration at year’s end. In the Old Testament, the harvest was observed by the feast of Succoth or the Feast of Booths. The feast was a reminder of God’s bountiful goodness and the blessing of God’s providence in the lives of his people. We celebrate Thanksgiving. This Thanksgiving, as farmers and families are giving thanks for a bountiful yield, as in the days of old, we pause to ask ourselves: • What, in our lives, by divine grace, has been safely gathered in, sheltered from the storms of life? • What relationships have been restored? • What financial difficulties have been resolved? • What health problems have been cleared up? Now that is “A Reason to Be Thankful!” Let’s consider three reasons to be thankful today. I) A reason to be thankful is remembering God is the source of all good things. The ability to give thanks with a joyful heart begins with recognizing God as the source of all good things and that God is always faithful toward his children. James 1:17 Remembering what God has done, made possible, or mercifully prevented doesn’t just provide us with a sense of self-satisfied gratitude. Rather, the writer of Deuteronomy teaches to remember, which is the first step to thankfulness. We are to remember God is the one who is faithful and provides, not us. II) A reason to be thankful is sharing God’s gifts and blessings with others. Few farmers hoard what they harvest. Jesus tells us about one and it didn’t end well for him in Luke 12:16-21 They must part with their crops so that both they and their neighbor may eat. As Christians, we can’t hold on to what isn’t ours to start with. Psalm 24 declares, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, and they that dwell therein.” Sharing God’s generosity with others is the very act of giving thanks. Giving thanks is sharing God’s blessings with others. III) A reason to be thankful comes from thanking God with a joyful heart. We’ve all heard said, “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor. 9:7). But we rarely quote all of what Paul originally wrote to the Corinthian church, “Each one of you must make up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” We too are compelled to make up our minds to offer what we have with joyful hearts. In Closing: May God continue to remind us that a thankful heart creates thankfulness and thankfulness leads to Thanksgiving. Watch us on our YouTube channel, our website or our Facebook page
2022.11.13 - A Reason To Be Thankful
Nov 13 2022
2022.11.13 - A Reason To Be Thankful
Text: Deuteronomy 26:1-11 Opening Statement: To harvest crops is to bring them in, out of the cold and storms. Harvesting is a sheltering, a keeping after growing is done and a celebration at year’s end. In the Old Testament, the harvest was observed by the feast of Succoth or the Feast of Booths. The feast was a reminder of God’s bountiful goodness and the blessing of God’s providence in the lives of his people. We celebrate Thanksgiving. This Thanksgiving, as farmers and families are giving thanks for a bountiful yield, as in the days of old, we pause to ask ourselves: • What, in our lives, by divine grace, has been safely gathered in, sheltered from the storms of life? • What relationships have been restored? • What financial difficulties have been resolved? • What health problems have been cleared up? Now that is “A Reason to Be Thankful!” Let’s consider three reasons to be thankful today. I) A reason to be thankful is remembering God is the source of all good things. The ability to give thanks with a joyful heart begins with recognizing God as the source of all good things and that God is always faithful toward his children. James 1:17 Remembering what God has done, made possible, or mercifully prevented doesn’t just provide us with a sense of self-satisfied gratitude. Rather, the writer of Deuteronomy teaches to remember, which is the first step to thankfulness. We are to remember God is the one who is faithful and provides, not us. II) A reason to be thankful is sharing God’s gifts and blessings with others. Few farmers hoard what they harvest. Jesus tells us about one and it didn’t end well for him in Luke 12:16-21 They must part with their crops so that both they and their neighbor may eat. As Christians, we can’t hold on to what isn’t ours to start with. Psalm 24 declares, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, and they that dwell therein.” Sharing God’s generosity with others is the very act of giving thanks. Giving thanks is sharing God’s blessings with others. III) A reason to be thankful comes from thanking God with a joyful heart. We’ve all heard said, “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor. 9:7). But we rarely quote all of what Paul originally wrote to the Corinthian church, “Each one of you must make up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” We too are compelled to make up our minds to offer what we have with joyful hearts. In Closing: May God continue to remind us that a thankful heart creates thankfulness and thankfulness leads to Thanksgiving. Watch us on our YouTube channel, our website or our Facebook page
2022.11.06 - A Desperate Man's Desperate Prayer
Nov 5 2022
2022.11.06 - A Desperate Man's Desperate Prayer
A Desperate Man’s Desperate Prayer | Text: Jonah 2:1-10 Opening Statement: When last we left Jonah, he was in the belly of the great fish. He was in a bad fix and a bad way. As Jonah drops down into the belly of this fish, feels the great heat perhaps, and breathes the putrid air, he realizes where he is, even though he is in the dark, and further recognizes that he is without hope and beyond help. God is allowing Jonah to experience a taste of what the Ninevites will experience in judgment – hopelessness and helplessness if no one goes to them. Today we are going to discuss “A Desperate Man’s Desperate Prayer.” I) God Teaches Us When to Pray (2:1-3) I suspect that the most fervent and powerful prayer Jonah ever prayed was from the belly of a fish. The first ingredient of Jonah’s prayer is admission. Now, notice that Jonah admits this is God’s hand of discipline in verse 3. At this point Jonah is no longer resisting the will of God; he is no longer rejecting the word of God – he is about to re-enlist in the work of God. However, first, there is admission of his wrongdoing and the right of God to discipline. Now he is on his way to restoration. II) God Teaches Us What to Pray (2:4-7) The second ingredient of Jonah’s prayer is restoration. Notice verse 4. Up to this point, everything about the life of Jonah has been in the opposite direction of God’s authority. Now, Jonah is admitting his sin and turning back to the temple of God – a statement of recommitment for the Old Testament saint. Did you catch this? Jonah would not pray before – he wanted to run from God; he did not want to speak for God. He would not even pray to God for the sake of these frantic sailors who were afraid of drowning, “I’m not on speaking terms with God.” Now, however, Jonah says, yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God. Sinclair Ferguson writes, “Isn’t it marvelous that God has mercy upon His servant Jonah before Jonah will preach that God will have mercy on Nineveh.” III) God Teaches Us Why We Should Pray (2:9-10) The third ingredient of Jonah’s prayer is appreciation. Keep in mind that Jonah has not been given a promise of deliverance. He was not thankful because he was back on dry land. He was not thankful that he had not drowned. He was thankful that God had turned his heart from rebellion and had caused him to call on the name of the Lord once again. Jonah was thankful for his salvation. What can Jonah sacrifice? He cannot sacrifice an animal – he has been swallowed by one. So, what can Jonah sacrifice to God now? He has gone too far – what can he offer to God? Jonah can offer to God the same thing we can. When David repented and wrote Psalm 51, a great hymn of repentance, he wrote, The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. (Psalm 51:17) As Jonah offers up to God the sacrifices of a repentant heart and a humbled spirit, God sends down the biggest case of indigestion any fish has ever experienced, and this fish spits up Jonah onto dry land. In Closing: Is there something in your life that God is desperately trying to get your attention about? Is there something God wants you to repent about? Remember running from God always leads down, while repentance always takes us upwards. Watch us on our YouTube channel, our website or our Facebook page
2022.10.30 - You Can Run But You Can't Hide
Oct 30 2022
2022.10.30 - You Can Run But You Can't Hide
You Can Run but You Can’t Hide We need to be reminded of the same lesson Jonah learned, “You can run but you can’t hide.” Let’s take a look at how God begins the process of bringing Jonah back home. As we see how God deals with Jonah, we’ll discover that God deals with us in the same way when we disobey. I) He Sends Storms to Get Our Attention (1:4-5) Jonah is starting to learn that it isn't as easy to run away from God as he may think! In fact, it's starting to look like even the elements and nature itself is rebelling at his rebellion! A) Our Storms Affect Us in Different Ways We all know that life can turn on a dime. God knows exactly how and what to get our attention. Our God is infinitely creative. He can send the storm in so many different ways. B) Our Storms Affect Others Around Us Everyone on board is endangered by Jonah’s sin. Jonah was the sinner in this situation, and yet his foolish rebellion endangered everyone around him. Please ponder these four words: We never sin alone. Every step we take out of the will of God hurts those around us. II) He Sends Someone to Challenge Us (1:6-9) How could a man sleep during a terrible storm like this? The answer is simple. The devil has his sleeping pills too. He knows how to put us to sleep while the world crashes in around us. Look what happens next: A) They Expose his Slumbering (v.6) Seeing the danger, he wants Jonah to wake up and start praying. The world doesn’t want our sermons. The world wants our prayers. Ponder that thought for a moment. The lesson is clear. The world waits for us pray. The world wants us to pray. The world wonders why we don’t pray. Are we hearing what Jonah heard? “Wake up! Wake up!” “Why aren’t you praying?” “My life is falling apart. I need you to pray for me.” B) They Expose his Disobedience (vs.7-10) Verse 7 says the sailors cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah. Casting lots was an old way of answering an unanswerable question. Roll the dice and let God (or in this case, the gods, as the pagan sailors believed) decide where it falls. For it to fall on Jonah means this was no mere coincidence; it was divine providence. III) He Sends Salvation in an Unusual Way (1:11-17) A) Man’s Attempt at Salvation (vs. 11-13) The sailors asked Jonah, “What do we need to do to you in order to save ourselves from the storm?” He said, “Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea….” After Jonah told them what needed to be done, verse 13 says, “Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought and was tempestuous against them.” It is the same today, God has put a plan of salvation into action but instead of accepting His way we try to do it our way. B) God’s Plan of Salvation (v. 17) This verse tells us that God provided Jonah with a great fish. Notice this about God’s plan of salvation, there was no other person able to do what Jonah could do for those men. Similarly, only the death of Jesus is sufficient to stem the tide of God’s wrath and save us from our sins. Therefore, Peter said, "there is no other name” whereby we can and must be saved apart from the name of Jesus. In Closing: Perhaps there is someone here today out of the will of God. You are headed for a big storm and a great fish. Please heed my advice. Turn around now. Most importantly, if there is someone here today living without the assurance of a personal relationship with the Lord. Come to him today. Believe on Him today. Repent of your sins and receive Him into your heart today - for this is the day of Salvation. Watch us on our YouTube channel, our website or our Facebook page
2022.10.23 - Life On The Run
Oct 23 2022
2022.10.23 - Life On The Run
Life on the Run | Text: Jonah 1:1-3 Opening Statement: Rather than heading toward Nineveh in obedience to God’s word and will you’re headed to your Tarshish in disobedience to God’s word and will! Which direction are you headed? Nineveh or Tarshish? Obedience or disobedience? That’s what chapter 1 is all about! We find this prophet like some of you running in the wrong direction. Let’s see what Jonah’s story meant then, what it means today and what it means for us personally. I) Jonah Gets a Word from the Lord (1:1-2) A) Jonah Received a Personal Word. Now remember Jonah was a real man who lived in a real place and like today God called him to a task. God had a personal word to say to His servant. You need to know that God still speaks a personal word to us! How? He speaks to us through the Scriptures! He speaks to us through His Spirit! He speaks to us through His Saints! B) Jonah Received a Pointed Word. Verse 2, Do you sense the urgency in those words? “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city” Just the mention of their name brought out the passions of the Israelites. And how they longed to see God wipe them off the map! In fact, I think the main reason Jonah ran was that he knew that if they heard the gospel that they would repent, and that God would forgive them. And rather than forgive them he wanted God to destroy them 4.2! C) Jonah Received a Purposeful Word. And now God instructs His prophet to go THERE to the wicked and godless city of Nineveh to preach the gospel! It was the last place on earth Jonah wanted to go! Verse 2, “cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” II) Jonah Gets Away from the Lord (1:3) And don’t think that Jonah was simply running from the will of God, he was running from the presence of God. Now as he tries to run from the presence of God, I want you to notice with me a few things you need to know especially for you who are running from God today! A) Consider the Direction of His Steps. (3) What direction were his steps as he began running from God? D O W N! “He went DOWN to Joppa …. and went DOWN into it ...” Do you see it? He went down to Joppa he went down into the boat. Later we’re going to read that he went DOWN into the belly of the fish. Jonah’s life was spiraling down, down, down. Learn this: you will never go up while you’re living in rebellion against God! Down is always the direction when there is rebellion against God! B) Consider the destination of his ship. (3) By the way whenever you run from God the Devil will make sure that there is a ship for you to get on! Why Tarshish? I’ll can tell you why! Because Tarshish was as far away as any place on earth in that day! Most believe that Tarshish was in Spain over 2000 miles from Joppa! Tarshish was as far West as you could go. C) Consider the desperation of his soul. (3) Every time you run in the wrong direction it’s going to cost you! There is a price to pay! In fact, the rest of the book of Jonah shows us just how much running from God cost. Have you ever stopped to consider the price you’re paying for running from God? Remember the old saying, • Sin will take you further then you ever wanted to go; • Sin will keep you longer than you ever wanted to stay; • Sin will cost you more than you ever wanted to pay. There’s a high price to pay for running from God. In Closing: You can run, but you cannot hide from God. It’s time you stop running from God and enjoy the fellowship and blessing He longs to give you! Watch us on our YouTube channel, our website or our Facebook page
2022.10.16 - The Seriousness Of Holiness And The Sin Of Irreverence
Oct 16 2022
2022.10.16 - The Seriousness Of Holiness And The Sin Of Irreverence
But before we get there I want to begin our time together by setting the tone for our study. To do that, I wish to read a quote from one of my favorite pastors. Listen to these words. Imagine there was a great king who loved His bride more than anything and he is going to go on a long journey and before He goes on that journey He calls you and says to you, “you will be the steward, you will take care of my bride, she is most precious to me. Here are the decrees by which you will care for her. This is what you shall do and shall not do with her. You must fulfill everything. Your faithfulness will be rewarded and your unfaithfulness, your unconcern for these decrees regarding my bride will be punished. So the king goes on His long journey. He is gone for a long time and the steward begins to notice that the people are loosing interest with the king and loosing interest in His bride the queen because she is somewhat pale, plain, and old-fashioned to them. So the steward decides in order to save the kingdom, he is going to remake the bride and in doing so he is going to change her simple yet elegant white robe into something a bit more flashy and eye catching. He may even paint her face, make her hair and then parades her in front of carnal men in order to attract them somehow back into the kingdom. When that king returns what is He going to do to that steward? I’m sure He will take his life. He will judge him most severely, looking at him He will say, who do you think that you are that you would do this to my bride especially in light of the specific commands I gave you. We see this today. So many try to repackaged, remake the bride of Christ so that worldly men would be attracted to the King. Those men should be extremely afraid. Point I - The Seriousness of Holiness (v.1-4) Point II - The Sin of Irreverence (v. 5-10) Don’t think to yourself, I am saved, I can do what I want, go where I want, or live how I want. That is the very same spirit of irreverence Uzzah displayed in his disobedient act that cost him his life. While faith in Christ is what saves it is not a license to live a wanton life of flesh and pleasure. God expects those called by the Name to reflect His glory and holiness. Be reverent before God in all things not just when you come into this building. Maybe, you are here today and have not yet placed your faith in Jesus Christ, who by His body and blood—that is, His crucifixion—has made payment for your sin, yes your sin, and through His resurrection granted the gift of eternal life. I implore you, before you meet the same fate as Uzzah, repent and believe in Jesus. You see divine judgment by a holy God against sinners is an eternal punishment in His prison called Hell. Watch us on our YouTube channel, our website or our Facebook page
2022.10.02  Jonah Not Another Whale Of A Tale
Oct 2 2022
2022.10.02 Jonah Not Another Whale Of A Tale
Text Jonah 1:1 Opening Statement: Let us start our time today with a pop quiz. • Zacchaeus climbed ----------- • Adam and ----------------------- • Noah and ------------------------ • Daniel and ----------------------- • Ammishad’dai and ------------- • Jonah and ------------------------ In less than fifty verses of scripture, there is a storm at sea, the conversion of idolatrous sailors, a miraculous rescue, a song of praise, the repentance of a brutal nation, the unique revelation of God’s relationship to unbelieving Gentiles, a disobedient Jew, and uses of all sorts of nonhuman creations – the wind, a fish, a vine, a worm, and cattle. The book of Jonah is much more than a Whale of a Tale. I) The Evidence that God is at Work A) Why Should we Believe this Story to be True? Because Jonah is not make-believe. He was a real man, living in a real time, with a real challenge on his hands. Jonah, in fact, has already been around for quite a while. He was the court prophet for Jeroboam II who reigned in the northern kingdom of Israel 750 years before the birth of Christ. (II Kings 14:25). This verse collaborates the time and place of Jonah’s ministry. II Kings even mentions his hometown which would become known during the days of Christ as Galilee. B) Why don’t Some Believe this Story to be True? There is little wonder that Satan has attempted throughout history to make the book of Jonah the butt of many jokes and sneers. Let me briefly lay out a few of their objections. 1. They object to the abundance of miracles in the book of Jonah. 2. They consider Jonah a fairytale because of the strange unique mission of Jonah. 3. Their objection is that Jonah uses some words that seem incompatible with his vocabulary. II) The Evidence of God’s Call (Jonah 1:1) “Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai” A) Key Lessons about Jonah Jonah is the Hebrew word for “dove”. So, this is a man whose name was the symbol of peace, sent as a messenger to extend the olive branch to a nation headed for destruction. Jonah, the “dove,” is about to be commissioned by the Emperor of Heaven to serve as the ambassador of peace. Jonah the son of Amittai” which meant “the messenger of peace, the son of truth”. Here is the messenger of peace who is going to tell the truth. “If you don’t repent, you will be destroyed.” We cannot have peace with God unless we believe the truth of God. B) Key Lessons from Jonah 1. Be alert – God has delivered His word to us as well. Have you ever thought about the fact that the word of the Lord has come to you too? It has it is right here we call it the Bible. God has spoken. So, be alert to what God has spoken to you through His word – it will equip you for life. 2. Be encouraged – God can use anyone and anything to accomplish His will. Jonah shows us how God use pagan sailors, a storm at sea, a plant and a worm, a fish, and a stubborn prophet. So, be alert and be encouraged God can use you too. 3. Be careful – past obedience does not guarantee future obedience. Think about it – Jonah had years of faithful service as a prophet of God and we have only one verse about it in II Kings, but he has a couple months of failure, and we have a book on it. I am grateful that God did not give us a book on Jonah’s successes and one verse on his failures. We would not learn nearly enough of what we need in our own struggle with obedience. This is a book for saints who get it wrong. This is a book to warn and amaze and thrill and challenge us to get it right. Watch us on our YouTube channel, our website or our Facebook page
2022.09.25 - From Sinner To Saint
Sep 25 2022
2022.09.25 - From Sinner To Saint
Text: Philippian 4:20-23 Opening Statement: I was thinking about Paul’s closing remarks, I was drawn to Paul’s use of the word saint. Causing me to ask, what does it mean to be a saint? Many Christians would struggle to give a formal definition of the term “saint.” More importantly, many would struggle to answer the simple question: “Are you a saint?” Many would say, “I am not a saint. I’m a Christian. Jesus is my Savior and Lord. But I wouldn’t call myself a saint.” Through His sacrificial death on the cross, Jesus Christ set believers apart to God and makes them holy...to make them saints. I) The Goal of The Saints (20) This verse (vs. 20), flowed from Paul’s exuberant joy over the glorious truths he had been inspired by God to expound on in this letter. When Paul acknowledged God’s faithfulness to meet every need of the saints, he burst forth into praise to the glory of God. A) The Glory of God What is the glory of God? The Bible speaks of the glory of God in two ways. 1) There is God’s INTRINSIC GLORY. It includes all the characteristics that are innately his and all the perfections that are inherently his. 2) There is God’s ASCRIBED GLORY. Intrinsic glory refers to the character of God. Ascribed glory is our response to his self-¬revelation. We cannot add to God’s intrinsic glory. But we can give him the glory he deserves through our worship, trust, and obedience. B) The Worship of God Worship is the appropriate response to all that God has done for believers...in gratitude for our salvation...for our hope of eternal life and heaven...in the refuge of eternal security. Worship of the one true God is personal, intimate, and habitual. It’s impossible to worship Him unless you know who He is. But when you know Him...it’s impossible to not worship Him. II) The Fellowship of The Saints (21-22) The three-fold repetition of the word greet implies a strong bond of fellowship. Notice that Paul used both the individualistic term every, as well as, the collective term all in this verse. This emphasizes that every saint was part of his concern, affection, and care...individually and corporately. The sharing of a common bond of love and a mutual desire for each other’s spiritual well-being is an essential characteristic of true fellowship among saints. III) The Benefits of the Saints (23) Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi ends with a benediction: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.” In this final statement, Paul shares the benefits of being a saint by entrusting the saints to the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace does not stop at salvation. Grace both saves and sanctifies. Grace both pardons sin and produces holiness. Grace both covers our past and covers our future. The same grace that will one day get you into heaven will also keep you day-¬‐by-¬‐day until you get there. This is what Paul means when he says, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.” In Closing: Lessons to remember: Every believer is a saint. As a saint, we must live as those separated from SIN to RIGHTEOUSNESS. Finally, saints aren’t only SAVED by grace, but also are SUSTAINED Watch us on our YouTube channel, our website or our Facebook page
2022.09.18 - Thankful For Your Support
Sep 18 2022
2022.09.18 - Thankful For Your Support
Text: Philippians 4:14-20 Opening Statement: Why is it so important to support the gospel financially? This morning I would like to look at five things from our passage that happens when you support the gospel with your finances. And I pray they will be an encouragement to you as you grow in the grace of giving to the Lord. WHEN YOU SUPPORT THE GOSPEL WITH YOUR FINANCES: 1) You Further the Spread of the Gospel (14-15) Paul recalls how the Philippian church supported him financially in the early days of their acquaintance with the gospel. We will never fulfill the Great Commission without shared sacrifice for the furtherance of the gospel. That’s your first encouragement to give to the Lord’s work this morning. When you support the gospel with your finances, you further the spread of the gospel. 2) You Supply the Needs of Christian Workers (16) The people we support in missions are real people. Just like you they have real needs. They are not superhuman. They require food, clothing, medical attention, rest, relaxation, and support for their families. Trust me, none of them are getting rich off their work as missionaries. As partners in the gospel, we have the privilege of meeting their needs and making sure they are well provided for. That’s our second encouragement this morning: when you support the gospel with your finances, you supply the needs of Christian workers. 3) You store up treasure in heaven (17) Financial support of the gospel has a strange accounting procedure. What you give for the gospel gets credited back to your account. In fact, that treasure is earning compound interest! How is your heavenly account looking these days? What does your heavenly ledger look like compared to your earthly ledger? That’s our third encouragement for giving this morning. When you support the gospel with your finances, you store up treasure in heaven. 4) Your Gift is an Act of Worship (18) Paul moves from an accounting imagery to that of sacrifice. There is a spiritual dimension to giving that he does not want the Philippians to miss. The gifts from Philippi have not only supplied his need, but they are also a pleasing sacrifice of worship to God – they are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. And he wants them and us to understand that gifts are like sacrifices, laid on the altar to the glory of God. This is our fourth encouragement in Christian giving this morning: When you support the gospel with your finances, your gift is an act of worship that is pleasing to God. 5) Your Gift is Met with a Promise (19) With all this talk of giving sacrificially for the gospel, someone might ask: What will happen to my own needs if I support the work of the gospel financially? We have here a wonderful promise from God, a wonderful word of assurance, that God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ. In the same way, we can be generous in our giving to the gospel, because God will more than supply our needs. God’s supply is infinite. He will meet your needs out of his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. This is a wonderful encouragement towards Christian giving. When you support the gospel with your finances, God promises to meet all your needs. In Closing: This is a fitting close not only to this section but to the whole letter. The bottom line is this. When you support the gospel, the work of the gospel goes forth, people are saved, and God is glorified. There is no greater investment with no greater return than supporting the gospel with your finances. To God be the glory! Watch us on our YouTube channel, our website or our Facebook page
2022.09.11 - The Search For Contentment
Sep 11 2022
2022.09.11 - The Search For Contentment
Text: Philippians 4:10-13 Opening Statement: In his very personal letter to beloved friends, an old Apostle, who is nearing the end of his life and ministry, speaks to this subject of contentment. He even informs them that he has found the secret to this rather elusive virtue. What I want to do is pull from this text 4 principles that lead the way to capturing this challenging – this godly and mature virtue we call contentment. I) We Should Appreciate Whatever We Have! (4:10) Your first step to learning the secret of contentment is to rejoice in God’s provision. This starts by acknowledging that everything you have comes from God. If you want to learn the secret of contentment in all circumstances, the first step is to rejoice in God’s provision. Appreciate whatever you have, and you are on your way to learning contentment. II) We Should Apply Whatever We Learn (4:11) The verb Paul uses informs us that he learned it by means of experience – over time. Look at what he says in verse 11. “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content . . .” The word that he uses for “learned” refers to being ‘taught’ something so that it becomes a custom or a habit. This is something according to Paul’s own testimony that he learned over a lifetime of practice. And that’s our responsibility too. Let’s make sure we’re doing the homework and getting the lessons right. III) We Should Accept Wherever God Has Us (4:12) So, does Paul really mean that he is content wherever the circumstances take him, or is he exaggerating here? Just in case you think he might not really mean what he says, Paul goes on to describe his own experience. Paul had lived on both ends of the spectrum. He experienced times of excruciating need, and he experienced times of plenty. And he had learned the secret of being content in both situations. Paul didn’t seek satisfaction in material things when he didn’t have them, and he didn’t find his satisfaction in material things when he had them. IV) We Should Abandon Ourselves to His Will (4:13) He isn’t saying, “I can do anything – or I can do everything” – Paul is saying, “I can do all things through Christ” and what are the all things he has in mind? He just described them. I can suffer hardship – I can go hungry without resentment – I can handle an overflowing cup with balance – I can hold the lowest humble status on the food chain – I can be stuffed with food, and I can be starving for food – I can be content in all things – how? Through the strength of the indwelling Christ within me. Here’s the promise – God is effectively promising to give us the strength to do whatever He asks us to do. In Closing: How did Paul learn to be content? What was the secret to his contentment? Remember, to be content means that you are satisfied. Therefore, contentment means “having enough”. The secret to contentment is to understand and acknowledge that when you have Christ; you have all you need. Watch us on our YouTube channel, our website or our Facebook page
2022.09.03 - The Battle For Your Mind
Sep 3 2022
2022.09.03 - The Battle For Your Mind
Philippians 4:8-9 Martin Luther has been quoted as saying, “While you cannot prevent birds from flying over your head, you can prevent them from building a nest in your hair.” You will never have a joyful, enduring faith if you surrender the fight raging on the battlefield in your mind. Far too many Christians have let the sinful birds of lies, deceit, immorality, etc. to build nests in their hair; allowing the enemy to run rampant among their thoughts. The tragic result is that many Christians are miserable, resentful, bitter, ineffective, and unfruitful in their service for Christ Jesus. I) A Principle to Safeguarding our Minds In our struggle against the schemes of Satan, we must have strategies to safeguard our mind. Here are six ways to begin that process: 1. Protection begins with salvation. (Ephesians 6:17a & 1 Corinthians 2:16). 2. Prayer is the path to peace of mind (Philippians 4:6-7). 3. Preparation is an action word. (1 Peter 1:13) 4. Preeminence of mind means, “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2; also, Philippians 3:19). 5. Position means “place of mind” (Isaiah 26:3). 6. Process refers to being “clear minded” (1 Peter 4:7). The mind games Satan plays with you and me are deadly serious. II) A Pattern for Right Thinking (4:8) Make no mistake: There is no enduring change in life, there is no meaningful Christ-exalting, sin-killing sanctification apart from a transformation in how you think. Your mind matters. In fact, it matters eternally. So, Paul tells us all to think these eight virtues. 1) “Whatsoever is true” Paul’s exhortation is that we are to think and meditate on truth with regard to God, man, the church, the world, sin, redemption, relationships, etc 2) “Whatsoever is honorable” He has in view things that lift the mind rather than dragging it through the gutter. 3) “Whatsoever is just” That is to say, whatever is in accord with divine standards of right and wrong. 4) “Whatever is pure” He’s calling us to fix our thoughts on those things that are untainted by evil or moral corruption; that are lacking in defect and are morally blameless. 5) “Whatever is lovely” Here he focuses on whatever calls forth or evokes love and admiration and is pleasing or agreeable to the heart. 6) “Whatsoever is commendable” That is to say, whatever is worthy of a good report, praiseworthy and appealing; whatever is worthy and avoids giving offence. 7) “if there is any excellence” God calls us to excel, to do all within our power and by his grace to pursue and produce the very best. 8) “if there is anything worthy of praise” By this I think he means the sort of conduct that wins the affection and admiration of others, even non-Christians. III) A Practice of Right Thinking Leads to Right Living What is our responsibility? Is it to simply just “think” on such things, to reflect upon them, to ponder, to meditate on, to dwell on them? No, don’t just think about these things . . . apply them. Translate biblical principles into biblical practices. Put this truth into practice. Why? Because when you do these things, God makes you a promise. Look closely at verse 9 and you will see that the promise is not that God’s peace will be with you but “the God of peace will be with you.” Yes, God will give you peace, but He will be with you as you put these things into practice. When you put this into practice you demonstrate your faith and trust in Jesus. You will never have a joyful, enduring faith if you surrender the fight raging in the battlefield of your mind. Remember, while you can’t control the birds flying over your head, you can control those that want to land on your head and build nests. Take your thoughts captive, place your trust in Jesus, live for Him, and “the God of peace will be with you.”
2022.08.14 - Understanding And Attacking Anxiety
Aug 14 2022
2022.08.14 - Understanding And Attacking Anxiety
Have you ever had a time in your life when things were so overwhelming that you could not sleep? Have there been times when you were so preoccupied with a problem that you didn't seem to be able to function? Have there been issues of your life that seem to dominate every waking thought? If so, you have known anxiety. Because of this Paul wrote these words in Philippians 4:6-7. I) Understanding the Nature of Anxiety (4:6a) In Matthew 6 Jesus condemns worry. He says worry is foolish and shows a lack of confidence in the person, character, and ability of God. (Mt. 6:25-33) So why is worry wrong? Jesus gives us several reasons. 1) It puts the focus on the wrong issues. Worry distorts our thinking. When we worry, we tend to look at situations through a magnifying glass which makes things bigger than they really are. 2) Worry causes us to lose sight of who we belong to. Jesus concludes that God is more than capable of taking care of us. [Matthew 7:7-9] If God knows what we need it is inconceivable to think that God will not meet those needs if we trust Him rather than our own devices. 3) Worry is a fruitless activity. Jesus said, "Who by worry can add a single hour to his life." Worry is wasted energy. There is nothing productive about worry. It leads to nowhere. Understanding the nature of anxiety is important but it is only the first step towards what comes next. II) Understanding the Remedy for Anxiety (4:6b) In understanding the remedy for anxiety, you don’t just stop something, you have to start something. In fact, you have to do both of them or it will never fly! Now Paul uses three words here for the same practice of talking with the Lord. • The first word is prayer: This word is the general term for talking with God. It can happen anywhere at any time. • The second word Paul uses is supplication. The word refers to praying with urgency about whatever issue it is that concerns you. • The third word Paul uses is request: This word refers to simply bringing to the Lord any specific need you might have. Anxiety is an expression of fear. Prayer is an expression of faith. That, quite simply, is why the antidote to anxiety is prayer. III) Understanding the Anticipation of God’s Peace (4:7) This is what you can anticipate Notice verse 7. And the peace of God – watch this – this peace – this serenity doesn’t come from you, it emanates from – it is sourced from the very character of God. So, His, peace becomes your peace. This peace is not natural, it is supernatural. And look at what this peace “does,” yes, “does,” for it is not impotent or quiet or weak or inactive: it guards your hearts and minds. In Closing: The all-powerful, all-wise, all-loving God who called this universe into existence out of nothing wills for your prayers to be the occasion of his acting on your behalf. Never assume that God will do for us apart from prayer what he has promised to do for us only through prayer. Watch us on our YouTube channel, our website or our Facebook page
2022.08.07 - Grace In A Disagreeable World
Aug 7 2022
2022.08.07 - Grace In A Disagreeable World
Opening Statement: Philippians chapter 4 begins with two women at odds with one another; Paul settles the dispute by asking that grace be demonstrated among the disagreeable in the church. Now Paul moves on to talk about how we as Christians demonstrate grace in a disagreeable world. I) Grace that Leads to a Resolution of Joyfulness (v. 4) You happen to be living in an unhappy culture; surrounded by dissatisfied, disappointed human beings – you can become a demonstration of the grace of God and the gospel when you face everything – always, with a resolution to rejoice. Throughout the New Testament we’re given several truths about joy A) Joy is given by God to those who are saved. In other words, joy is bound up in the gospel. It’s impossible to separate salvation from joy. B) Joy is an ongoing production of the Holy Spirit. Paul writes, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and so on.” (Galatians 5:22). In other words, happiness is human . . . joy is supernatural. C) Joy is the result of receiving and obeying the word of God. Jeremiah the prophet said this to God; “Your words were found and I ate them, and Your words became for me a joy and a delight to my heart; for I have been called by your name, O Lord God of hosts.” (Jeremiah 15:16) D) Joy is deepened as believers experience trials. No one wants to hear this, but it is true. Paul wrote having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 1:6). Listen, the resolution to rejoice isn’t natural . . . it’s supernatural. II) Grace that Leads to a Reputation of Gentleness (V.5) A) The Act of Gentleness What in the world does Paul mean here? “Let your Moderation be known.” Paul is effectively commanding us all – pursue a reputation for yielding . . . pursue a reputation of being gracious when you might even be the one who’s right and the other person is wrong. There is a sense of decency and civility bound up in this command. Do we ever need a fresh demonstration of what this means today! Listen, we happen to be living at the perfect time and in the perfect generation to resurrect and pursue a reputation for being civil, gracious . . . gentle. B) The Reason for Gentleness Our resolution is to be joyful. Our reputation is to be gentle. Why? Because The Lord is near. The Lord is near can certainly be interpreted in regards to time – in other words, ‘the time is short’ – He is near, prophetically speaking. But you can also interpret this phrase, the Lord is near, in terms of His immediate, personal presence. In other words, this isn’t just a phrase of prophecy, but proximity. The Lord is near . . . to you . . . now! In Closing: Paul is saying to be joyful spills out . . . to be gentle spills over. Imagine, the church could be known as an assembly resolved to follow joyfully their Lord who is near and who’s coming is nearer than ever before. Make this your resolution to be joyful . . . make this your reputation to be gentle for the glory of God. Watch us on our YouTube channel, our website or our Facebook page
2022.07.31 - The Work Of God, By The People Of God, For The Glory Of God, Despite The Enemies Of God
Jul 31 2022
2022.07.31 - The Work Of God, By The People Of God, For The Glory Of God, Despite The Enemies Of God
Pt. I - The Work of God Requires Rest (Vs. 11) Nehemiah’s journey would have taken him approximately two months and the first thing he does is rest. Before assessing the project, looking at the walls, introductions etc… Nehemiah finds time to rest and recuperate before beginning God’s work. Jesus alone can save, not good works, not penance, not your mommy or daddy but Christ alone. He is the fulfillment of the law that you and I broke. But that does not excuse us from giving dedicated rest to the Lord so that we can accomplish all that He has for us. Nehemiah set out first to build the walls of Jerusalem. But his real aim was the spiritual condition of the people. Having a good solid and secure building is great but if the people are not building their life in God it won’t really matter. Pt. II - The Work of God Requires Discretion (Vs. 12) Remember that Nehemiah was coming with a purpose. He had set out to accomplish a great feat in Jerusalem, one which he received from God. He knows it has been stopped before and he already has opponents that seek to derail him. But he knows that he must begin well or the project could face failure. Pt. III - The Work of God Requires Inspection (Vs. 13-15) Nehemiah fasted, wept, and prayed for months, took a long journey, rested, and now goes out to see for himself just how bad the situation is. We need to spend more time evaluating the need, taking notes, checking for cracks in the walls (spiritually speaking), assessing the situation and then executing a plan. Nothing should be overlooked. If we were willing to set aside pride, self-exaltation and examine ourselves as the church, we could measure all of it against God’s word making corrections where necessary and seeking His Glory! Pt. IV - The People of God Are Not Above the Work of God (Vs. 16) Notice that Nehemiah says, “I had not yet told the Jews, the priests, the nobles, the officials or the rest who did the work.” He includes everyone. Basically, showing that no one is above the work of God. Also notice that Nehemiah did not say, those who would do the work, or who I pleaded with to do the work, or who I begged to do the work, but he said, “who did the work.” Plenty of us say, “well pastor that’s not my job.” I have heard some variation of “I have done my time” as if they were in prison and waiting for sweet release from their service to God. No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. Pt. V - The Glory of God (Vs. 17-18) Here is what it is all about. Nestled in Nehemiah’s explanation here about how bad things are and how they had gone for him was for one purpose: to show the glory of God. COME LET US ARISE AND BUILD! Pt. VI - Despite the Enemies of God Opposition doesn’t just come when there is disunity, frustration, backbiting, or gossip in the church. Opposition from the enemies of God come when the people of God set out to do the work of God for the glory of God after rest, discretion, and inspection. The people of God will have success because it will come from the God of heaven if we rest in Christ stop chasing the world, exercise discretion, inspect continually to ensure we are aligning with God’s word, seek to do the work to God’s glory without assuming we are above it, and despite the enemies of God. Conclusion Nehemiah understood the task was great but exercised his leadership abilities by focusing his mind and mission on the work of God, the people of God, and the glory of God. He had no fear of the enemies of God for he knew that the God of heaven would give them success if they stayed the course and that God’s enemies would no longer eventually be neutralized. Watch us on our YouTube channel, our website or our Facebook page
2022.07.17 - The Importance Of Unity
Jul 17 2022
2022.07.17 - The Importance Of Unity
The Bible says, “Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity.” What are the key facets of Christian unity? In this passage we will see three different types of relationships and the keys to maintaining unity in each. I) Unity Means Loving One Another With Joy (1) Relationship with the Church We see Paul’s relationship with the Philippian church. Paul is their leader, their spiritual mentor. And notice the kind of relationship He has with them. He loves them. Let me make this one thing clear love is absolutely essential for unity in the church between the leaders and the congregation. Why? Because people are sinners that includes the pastor and the congregation. Moses was a good leader, right? Jews revere Moses more than anyone else in their history. And yet the people complained. At one point they were so angry at Moses that they threatened to stone him. Help your leaders respond with joy by following and obeying. Pray for them. You can encourage them through word and deed. You can support them. II) Unity Means Living With One Another in Harmony (2) Relationship Between People Ephesians 4:1-3 -These verses give us important keys to unity. 1) Attitude is important. To keep unity, you must be humble, gentle, and patient. Proverbs says, “a gentle answer turns away wrath.” 2) Eagerness to maintain unity. It is hard work! It takes effort. Satan wants to promote disunity. You must be vigilant and work hard to maintain unity. 3) Unity Already Exist Note also that according to these verses, believers already have unity! That is the starting point when you come to Christ. It is only when sin comes into the picture that that unity is broken. III) Unity Means Laboring With One Another For the Gospel (3) Relationship with the Gospel Working toward a common goal can bring people together. Take a moment right now to look around the room. See all those smiling faces? You have the same goal. All of us should be laboring together to build God’s kingdom by spreading the gospel. Having the same goal gives us unity. What do we need to do to promote Unity? Get to work! Become a laborer in God’s kingdom. In Closing: Whose names are in the book of life. This phrase ties together all the points about unity we have discussed today. That is what unites us. The world today is full of conflict, division, hate, anger. But your name being in that book is far more important than all the differences. Jesus died to bring us peace. Let us work hard to keep that peace. Watch us on our YouTube channel, our website or our Facebook page
2022.07.10 - Characteristics Of A Citizen Of Heaven
Jul 10 2022
2022.07.10 - Characteristics Of A Citizen Of Heaven
As citizens of Heaven, we to have great privileges and responsibilities. This morning we are going to look at four characteristics of citizens of heaven. I) Your Name Has Been written in the Book (4:3) Not everyone’s name is written in heaven. Because I am a U.S. citizen. My name is written in a record book in New York. Now the amazing thing about this I didn’t have to work for it I was born into it. It is the same way when it comes to having my name in Heaven’s book, I didn’t have to work for my citizenship in heaven I was born into it. It is a free gift from God! And the fact that our names are written in heaven is a cause for rejoicing. If you are a citizen of heaven, then your name is written in heaven’s book. You belong to Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, and he will never blot you out of his book. And that is cause for great rejoicing. II) Your Life is to be Governed from another Country (3:17) Paul is reminding us that we are citizens of another country and ambassadors while living here. As good ambassadors we should be able to say what Paul said, “Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you.” (Philippians 3:17) Have you been a good ambassador? Would you encourage others to follow the example of your life as Paul encouraged others to follow his example? III) Your Heart is Focused on the Lost Around You (3:18-19) Paul weeps as he writes verses 18 and 19. His tears stain the page as he writes. Why? Because there are so many who think they are ok with Christ and yet live as enemies of the cross of Christ. In verse 19 Paul gives us his four-part evaluation of these enemies of the cross. 1. Their condemnation is settled Notice verse 19, whose end is destruction. Other passages call it death or judgment. Paul was overwhelmed by the gravity of such an eternal, unremitting, never-ending existence. You see, the question is not, “Does a person cease to exist?” The question is “Where will that person exist for eternity?” Apart from Jesus Christ their condemnation is settled. 2. Their cravings are sensual Paul writes further in verse 19 . . . whose god is their appetite. Paul uses it metaphorically to refer to the unrestrained, sensual, physical, forbidden desires. The world is running after the gods of their own satisfaction. And the tragedy, learned too late, is that they have chosen unsatisfying gods. And before they know it, they have wasted their lives. 3. Their commendations are shameful Paul writes, they exalt – they glory in practices and habits and desires of which they should be ashamed but are not. But it doesn’t stop there. Paul is saying that they arrive at the most extreme form of wickedness in that they are not only proud of their worst perversions, but they also applaud the same in other people. 4. Their captivations are short-sighted Notice once more verse 19 – they set their minds on earthly things. Paul effectively informs the church in Philippi that for these unbelievers, earth will be the closest they will ever get to heaven. But that doesn’t have to be the case for you, it’s not too late there is still time today for you to come to faith in Christ. IV) Your Eyes are Watching for His Return (3:20-21) True citizens of heaven are watching for Christ’s return. Scripture exhorts us to watch, pray, be ready, eagerly expect, wait for and look for the return of our Savior. Our citizenship is in heaven! When Jesus comes, we’re going home! No wonder we should be eagerly watching for him! Watch us on our YouTube channel, our website or our Facebook page
2022.07.03 - Press Towards The Goal
Jul 3 2022
2022.07.03 - Press Towards The Goal
I) Know Where You Want to Go (12) Paul knew where he wanted to go; he had a goal. “I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.” Paul is saying, “l want to fulfill my ministry. I want to be the best apostle I can be.” A) Be honest about where you are in your Christian walk Notice Paul’s honesty. Paul doesn’t claim that he is perfect, that he has made it as a Christian, that he has already arrived. No, he realizes he is still on the journey and that he still has a long way to go. Be honest about where you are in your Christian walk, and that will help other people be honest, too B) We need to strive to reach our goal That’s what Paul says in the second half of verse 12: “I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12) God grabbed hold of Paul, because he had a purpose for Paul’s life. And if you are a Christian, then God grabbed hold of you because he has a purpose for your life. Ephesians 2:10 II) Keep Your Eye on the Prize (13-14) If you are going to press on towards the goal, you need to keep your eye on the prize. So how do you do that? There are three things here. A) Get rid of all distractions (3:13) The writer of Hebrews reminds us that we need to get rid of all the distractions. (Hebrews 12:1) I’m sure Paul had many things going on in his life, and yet he was able to focus all of his energies in one direction and say “One thing I do!” He got rid of the distractions and kept his focus on Christ. In the midst of our busy schedules, we need to be able to say with Paul, “One thing I do!” B) The Danger of Looking Back When you are in a race, the last thing you want to do is look back. Look at the rest of verse 13: “But one thing I do: forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.” (Philippians 3:13) Do you ever look back in such a way that keeps you from moving forward in your Christian life? Paul wants us to look at it this way, “I can remember yesterday, but I am choosing to move beyond it. I’m going to move past my past.” If you keep looking backwards, you will never go forwards. C) Reach for the goal to win the prize You need to reach for the goal to win the prize. “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14) III) Continually Adjust Your Attitude (15-16) Paul writes in verse 15, Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude . . . I’ve heard it said that 10% of your life is made up of things that happen to you and 90% of your life is in your attitude toward what just happened to you. A) Always Remain Teachable (15) Paul is effectively saying, “I am maturing, but I am not yet completely mature; I am growing up, but I’m not fully grown up yet. I am being perfected in the image of Christ, but I’m not perfect!” How refreshing – especially coming from an older Christian. B) Refuse to slip into Neutral (16) And then finally he closes with an exhortation to maintain your progress in the faith. The only thing sadder than not moving forward in your Christian life is going backward. Don’t lose ground in your walk with Christ. In Closing: The Christian life is a race, and there are only three reasons you’re not in the race today: 1) you never started, 2) you stopped running, or 3) you finished. So, if you’re not in the race that means either you never started, or you stopped running. Or maybe you started the race a long time ago, but you stopped running. If you’re sitting on the sidelines, it’s time to get back in the race. There’s a Savior to serve and a prize to be won. Run in such a way as to finish the race and win the prize. Watch us on our YouTube channel, our website or our Facebook page
2022.06.26 - The Sanctity Of Human Life
Jun 26 2022
2022.06.26 - The Sanctity Of Human Life
Text- Psalm 139 1- Human life is created with value. Genesis 2:7 ”And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” -God is the creator and giver of life. John 1:1-3 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” -Mankind was created with a purpose Genesis 2:5-6 “And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;” 2- Human life is created with a vision. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” -God has created us with a plan already in place for our lives. Psalm 139:14-18 “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.” -UNPERFECT translates to UNFORMED! -Yet still we had a purpose upon creation!! 3- There will be vengeance for the taking of innocent human life. Psalm 139:19-24 “Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men. For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain. Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies. Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Proverbs 6:16-19 “These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” -It is clear that God is a god of mercy, but also of Justice and Judgement. -We must be separated from those who practice abominable acts of sin. -Not a neutral position, going nowhere… being swayed in every direction, but standing firm on God’s Word! -The lines have been drawn, and we must be willing to stand on the right side of God’s Word! As His servants, we should love what God loves and we should hate what God hates! -Abortion is murder. No murderer will have his place in Heaven. (Rev. 21:8) Conclusion- God abhors all sin, and mankind is ultimately sinful, so we must repent of our sinful ways and believe. Jesus is our only hope, the ONLY way to Heaven! Watch us on our YouTube channel, our website or our Facebook page
2022.06.19 - A Fathers Toolbox
Jun 18 2022
2022.06.19 - A Fathers Toolbox
There are so many who want to offer their advice on raising children. So, where DO we turn for solid advice? The best place to turn is the Word of God. God understands the dynamics of the family and the needs of young people better than any human being. His wisdom is timeless and to the point. However, as I read this verse, I would have to admit it sounds easier than it really is. That is why I have come today not with a how to book for dad’s but with my toolbox filled with some tools that will help you to be better dads. I) Adjustable Wrench This adjustable wrench helps us to see that fathers must be flexible and adaptable to any situation that arises. Eph. 6:4 "And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." Colossians 3:21 "Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged." II) Level This level reminds us to the fact that Fathers must be fair and level-headed. Prov. 20:7 "The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him." III) Staple Gun and Clamp These two items are different ways to show how Fathers must be able to hold things together. Ephes. 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. Ephes. 6:1-4 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. [2] Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) [3] That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. [4] And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. IV) Shop Towels Hey everyone, here is a news flash for you, Father’s are not perfect. We all must be ready to clean up the messes we sometimes make. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. V) Extension Cord Fathers must be able to stretch and connect with their families. Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." VI) Cologne Dads it never hurts to smell good for mom every now and again. Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; One of the best things a Dad can give his children is to love their mother. VII) Pliers Fathers must be able to hold on when everyone else is losing their grip. Prov. 3:5-7 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. VIII) Rubber mallet Fathers must be able to do some persuasion without doing damage. Titus 3:1-2 "Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men." IX) Instruction Book or better know as the Bible I believe it is a must to consult the instruction book before any work begins. Kids this book not only speaks to the parents but a few words for you as well. Prov. 4:1 "Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding". Prov. 5:7 "Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth." Prov. 1:8 "My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:" Prov. 4:1 "Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding." Watch us on our YouTube channel, our website or our Facebook page
2022.06.12 - How Can I Truly Know God Pt.2
Jun 12 2022
2022.06.12 - How Can I Truly Know God Pt.2
Philippians 3:1-11 There are many wonderful things in life, but knowing Christ is the greatest thing of all. Nothing can compare with knowing Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. And so, Paul lays out his case for us here in Philippians 3:1-11. Causing us to ask four important questions that answered correctly lead us to truly knowing God. I) What in your life is drawing your attention away from Christ? (1-3) Paul warns us to watch out for those who would draw your attention away from Christ. A) Rejoice in the Lord (Philippians 3:1) The first step in keeping your attention on Christ is to rejoice in him. Begin every day with praise to God and Christ. Rejoice in your salvation! Rejoice in God’s love for you in Christ! Rejoice in his promise to be with you always, never to leave or forsake you. When you are rejoicing in Christ, it is hard for anyone to pull your attention away from Christ. B) Be Aware of False Teachers (Philippians 3:2) It is clear from the context that these were false teachers whose focus was on circumcision and the law rather than on Jesus Christ. The words are laced with irony because Paul addresses these false teachers who were clinging to circumcision and the Jewish law as pagan Gentiles. II) Hold on to Your True Identity in Christ (Philippians 3:3) True circumcision isn’t circumcision of the flesh, but circumcision of the heart. Paul identifies the true people of God as: 1. We are those who worship by the Spirit of God. True worship is not by ceremony or ritual but by the Holy Spirit. (John 4:23-24) 2. We are those who glory in Christ alone. (Jeremiah 9:23-24) 3. We put no confidence in the flesh. There is a specific reference to circumcision here, but the phrase means much more than that. It means we don’t put our confidence in ourselves when it comes to our relationship with God, but once again in Christ alone. III) In what are you placing your confidence, Christ, or self? (4-6) Paul is going to “boast” about his credentials for a minute in order to show us all the things he used to put his confidence in before he came to Christ. And you know what? They are the exact same kinds of things people continue to put their confidence in today instead of Christ. A) Paul put confidence in his background (Philippians 3:5) If anyone had reason to put confidence in his background it was Paul. His credentials were impeccable. B) Paul put confidence in his achievements (Philippians 3:5b-6) If anyone could have confidence before God, Paul’s the man. His background and record were flawless. He was the MVP in the game of righteousness. C) Paul counted these them as loss for the sake of Christ (Philippians 3:7) Paul counted all the good in his life and it came up to a lot. But when he met Christ, you know what he did? He took all those things he had been placing his confidence in, and he let go of them. Whatever was to his profit or gain, he now counted as loss for the sake of Christ. In Closing: We are left to answer one last question: Do you want to know Christ more than anything else? You see, it’s not enough just to count those things that were to your profit as loss. Here is Paul’s testimony, and here is the model for us to follow. Paul says, “I want to know Christ.” Now Paul already knows Christ. He has known Christ for nearly thirty years when he writes these words. He knows him better now than he did the year before. But he wants to know Christ more. He wants to know him more fully and deeply with each passing day. It is the same way for us. There is no greater thing than knowing Christ. Will you make knowing Christ the supreme desire of your life? Watch us on our YouTube channel, our website or our Facebook page