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Midway Baptist Church

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.

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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
2022.09.18 - 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
2022.06.05 - How Can I Truly Know God
Jun 5 2022
2022.06.05 - How Can I Truly Know God
Philippians 3:1-11 Opening Statement: 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
2022.05.29 - Remembering Their Service
May 29 2022
2022.05.29 - Remembering Their Service
Text: Philippians 2:19-30 Opening Statement: This is Memorial Day weekend a time to stop and to think about those who made the ultimate sacrifice. It is fitting today that we come to the passage of Scripture that talks about some servants who made the ultimate sacrifice for the Lord. As we reflect on the service of those to our country it is fitting that we look at those who give service to the Lord. Let’s remember their service together today. If we crave a servant’s heart and endure a servant’s hardships, we will receive a servant’s honor. I) A Look at a Servant’s Heart Paul, Timothy and Epaphroditus illustrate men who had servant’s hearts, as seen in two dimensions: A) A Heart Centered on the Things of Christ Every servant of Jesus Christ does what he does, whether giving or helping or speaking, as an offering to the Lord Jesus. A servant’s heart is centered on the Lord Jesus Christ and His work. Three attitudes mark servants who are focused on the Lord Jesus Christ: 1) They are Willing to be Sent Anywhere Have you told the Lord, “I’m willing to go anywhere You want me to go”? We should always remember that “God is a loving Father who knows what is best for us and won’t send us somewhere we don’t want to be.” 2) They are Willing to Serve Anyone A servant of Christ isn’t out to make a name for himself by speaking to large crowds only. He’s available to his Lord to serve anyone the Lord directs him to serve. 3) They are Willing to Sacrifice Anything Have you told the Lord, “I’ll give up everything--my desires, my ambitions, my comforts, my time, my money--to serve You”? B) A heart that Puts Others Ahead of Himself There are at least three ways you can tell if you’re putting others ahead of yourself: 1) You will have heartfelt love These verses are oozing with Paul’s heartfelt love for Timothy, Epaphroditus, and for the Philippians. Paul wasn’t afraid to be human and to express his deep feelings for others. 2) You will show genuine concern Let it be said of us that we are not in it for our glory but for the concern of others. 3) You can work cooperatively with others Paul and Epaphroditus worked together harmoniously in the gospel cause. To do that, you’ve got to die to self and put others ahead of yourself for the sake of the work. II) A Look at a Servant’s Hardships Serving Christ is not easy. Testing or hardship in Christian service can come from many sources: A) Hardship Comes from Without and Within Paul was in prison due to hardship from without. But it’s often more difficult to bear the attacks from those within the flock than from those outside, because you expect the world to be against you, but not fellow Christians. B) Hardship from the Work Itself The work of the gospel involves both physical and emotional hardships that can wear us down. We must be prepared for hardships in serving the Lord and rely on His sustaining grace, not on our own strength or resources. III) A Look at a Servant’s Honor We don’t seek the honor for ourselves, but for our Lord who alone is worthy. Paul here honors Timothy by sending him as his own representative. He honors Epaphroditus by his commendation and tells the church to “hold men like him in high regard” (2:29). In Closing: Whatever our ministry to the body of Christ may be—whether we are like Timothy and are called to a preaching/teaching role; or are like Epaphroditus and are called to a hand’s-on/service role—may the qualities that characterized these two men characterize us. May we, like them, serve with genuine compassion for people, sacrificial commitment to the gospel, and proven faithfulness in our tasks. Watch us on our YouTube channel, our website or our Facebook page
2022.05.22 - A Life Of Personal Obedience
May 22 2022
2022.05.22 - A Life Of Personal Obedience
Opening Statement: Personal obedience can be a challenge, especially when we feel tempted to believe that we stand to lose more through our obedience than we might gain. However, obeying God is essential to pleasing Him—not just in times of temptation, but at all times. I) Work out your salvation (12-13) A lot of people find these verses confusing because they go, “Wait a second. I thought I was saved by faith in Jesus, not works? What is this working out my salvation? And who’s supposed to do the working here? Is it me or is it God?” Well, let’s take a closer look at these verses and see what they mean. There are three important principles in these two verses: A) You can’t work out what you don’t already have Philippians 2:12 is not talking about working to earn your salvation. It is talking about working out your salvation in obedience to God. You can’t work out what you don’t already have. Faith comes first, then obedience. B) Don’t take the working out of your salvation lightly Salvation is not only something you receive, but something you do. Working out your salvation means obedience. You need to work out your salvation with an attitude of awe and respect towards the God who saved you. Don’t take the working out of your salvation lightly. C) It won’t work out unless God is already working in Remember, God is the one who began this good work in you, and he is the one who will carry it on to completion. (Philippians 1:6) In fact this is the reason you are to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, because God is working in you. II) Back up your witness with your life (14-16) What’s the old saying? “Your actions speak so loudly I cannot hear what you are saying.” Personal obedience is an essential part of your gospel witness. You must back up your witness with your life. A) No complaining or arguing (14) And Paul starts with a doozy here: no complaining or arguing. Not do some things without complaining or arguing. Not do most things without complaining or arguing. Do everything without complaining or arguing. Any other complainers here today? You may want to make Philippians 2:14 your next memory verse! B) Stand out from the world (15) As Christians we are to stand out from the world. We are children of God, but all too often we act like we are children of the culture. We blend in. We allow the world around us to conform us to its image rather than let God work within us to conform us to Christ’s image. How can you back up your witness with your life, if your life is indistinguishable from those in the world around you? C) Hold forth the word of life to others (16) When God tells you no complaining or arguing, and when he calls you to be blameless and pure, this is not personal obedience just for your own sake, but it is part of your gospel witness to a watching world. You are to shine like stars “as you hold out the word of life” to others. III) Rejoice in your part of the sacrifice (17-18) A) Pour yourself out in service to others As a Christian, God calls you to pour yourself out in service to others. The Christian life is not a solitary life of obedience to God. It is a community life of serving each other out of obedience to God. B) Mutual sacrifice, mutual joy In Closing: Personal obedience to Christ is an essential part of your gospel witness. And in these verses God gives you three motivations to obey Christ. 1) God is working in you to will and to act according to his good pleasure – that’s love for God. 2) The world is watching your life as you share the gospel – that’s love for the unsaved. 3) Others have poured themselves out for you in the gospel – that’s love for the body of Christ. Watch us on our YouTube channel, our website or our Facebook page
2022.05.08 - The Glory Of God In Motherhood
May 8 2022
2022.05.08 - The Glory Of God In Motherhood
A Mother / Genesis 3:14–16 Introduction The main point that I want to highlight in all of this is THE GLORY OF GOD IN MOTHERHOOD. With that said, turn in your Bibles to Genesis 3 and we will read verses 14-16. That is Genesis 3:14-16 If you do not have your bible, or are online, it should be on the screen. If you able, please stand as we honor the reading of the word of the Lord. Genesis 3:14-16 The first thing God makes painfully clear is that: Sin has immediate and long-term consequences. Pt. I - Sin Has Immediate & Long-Term Consequences When you put everything at the feet of Jesus and run the race of motherhood in His power and strength The Glory of God in Motherhood is on display for the world to see and the world desperately needs to see that. Additionally, the second thing that God shows us is sin destroys womanhood, martial & maternal relationships. Pt. II - Sin Destroys Womanhood, Martial & Maternal Relationships The Glory of God in Motherhood is displayed in its fullest is when you lay at Jesus’ feet your burdens, worries, cares, and exhaustion and find your rest in Him. The Glory of God in Motherhood is displayed in its fullest when women embrace Godly feminism. The last thing verse 15 shows us is Sin destroyed through motherhood. Pt. III - Sin Destroyed through Motherhood Look with me real quick back to verse 15 Conclusion Motherhood and femininity were created with the Glory of God in full view. Not as an afterthought, not as some unnecessary role without purpose. But with wonder, mystery, and in the image of a thrice Holy and Good God. The Glory of God in Motherhood is on full display: 1. when you lay your burdens, worries, cares, and exhaustion at Jesus’ feet and find your rest in Him 2. when women embrace Godly feminism 3. when sin was destroyed through motherhood Let’s Pray! Watch us on our YouTube channel, our website or our Facebook page
2022.04.10 - The Event That Silenced The Crowd
Apr 10 2022
2022.04.10 - The Event That Silenced The Crowd
Opening Statement: The life of our Lord was marked by contrasts. In the beginning of His ministry, He operated in obscurity. However, as the news of His power and His claims to be the Messiah spread, people began to flock around Him. As Jesus reached the last week of His life on earth, the crowds are still there. One thing that strikes me about these crowds that surrounded Jesus during His last week of earthly ministry is the fact that they were engaged in a lot of shouting. All these events lead up to that one event that silenced the crowd. That is what I would like to focus our attention on this morning. I) THE CROWDS SHOUTED AT HIS ENTRANCE (Luke 19:29-40) Causing us to ask, “Why all the Excitement?” A) They had experienced Excitement (V. 37) Some people only want the miracles and the excitement Jesus brought. B) They had experienced Enlightenment (V. 37) Some were there shouting because of the radical teachings they had heard Jesus giving out. C) They had experienced Expectation (V. 38) They shouted at His Entrance to Jerusalem, but they didn't understand that there was more to His story. Those who know Him know that there is a reason to shout and to praise His name! They know He is worthy of honor and praise. I don't know about you, but I don't want a pile of rocks doing my praise for me! II) THE CROWDS SHOUTED AT HIS EXAMINATION (John 19:13-16) The words "cried out" mean "to scream for or to demand something be done." That is why we find some of the same people who were calling Him the King when He rode into Jerusalem, now crying out for His blood. Making us ask, “Why the sudden change?” A) They Considered Him An Imposter (John 19:13-16) Because He did not overthrow Rome. B) They Considered Him An Instigator (Matt. 23:25-28) Because He defied their Rulers. C) They Considered Him An Intruder (Matt. 26:63-65) Because He spoke against their Religion. Jesus is on trial in your heart this morning! What is your verdict concerning Jesus? III) THE CROWDS SHOUTED AT HIS EXECUTION (Mark 15:25-37) By this time, their tolerance of this strange man with the strange message had turned to pure hatred. They wanted Jesus dead and they wanted His teachings to die with Him! Leaving us to ask; “Why all the anger?” A) They Misunderstood Christ's Mission Again, they were looking for a man that would overthrow Rome. What they missed is that Jesus did not come for revolt, but for redemption! Jesus summed up His mission in one clear statement - For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. (Luke 19:10) Has He fulfilled His mission in your life? B) They Misapplied Scriptures Message When Jesus came as a Servant of the people, as One destined to die on a cross, they stumbled and totally missed what the Word of God had taught them. These people missed the Servant while they looked for the Soldier! When they saw Jesus on that cross, they were finished with Him. The cross became their great stumbling block. C) They Missed God's Methods They expected a soldier and got a Savior! In those 6 hours on that cross, Jesus accomplished more than any conqueror in history! He defeated the most persistent, and terrible of man's enemies: Death, Sin, Satan, Hell, Eternity, etc.! But they didn't get it then, and many do not get it now! In Closing: Finally, that terrible day ended. The lifeless body of Jesus hung dead on that cross. They aren't shouting now. Challenging us to ask, “Why so quiet?” The shouting stopped because the object of their anger was dead! Come to the foot of the cross by way of the alter this morning and I promise you Jesus will change everything. Watch us on our YouTube channel, our website or our Facebook page
2022.04.03 - The Problems With Our Tendencies
Apr 3 2022
2022.04.03 - The Problems With Our Tendencies
Opening Statement: A paradox can be defined as two seemingly contradictory statements where both happen to be true. Nowhere does that seem to cause so much confusion than with statements that show up in the Bible. We all have certain tendencies that get in the way of humility and obedience; so as we go through this text, I hope to put into words what Paul is kindly and affectionately, yet carefully pointing out – and what Paul points out effectively provides solutions to our sanctification process as we grow in humility and obedience. I) We Have a Tendency to Stray (12) Stop there for a moment – can you hear what Paul is graciously suggesting – you have obeyed my authority when I was with you – now be very careful and even more diligent to be obedient while I’m away. Paul effectively says to the Philippians, you’ve been obedient in my presence, but now I want you to obey even more so when the pressure of my presence isn’t there in Philippi. • A growing reputation is based on how you act when people are watching • Growing in sanctification is how you act when people are not watching As we mature in our sanctification, the pressure of presence moves from an external authority to an internal Authority who happens to be the Spirit of God. II) We Have a Tendency to Stall (12b) By the way, make sure you understand that Paul is writing to Christians. He isn’t defining how you get salvation; he’s referring to how you demonstrate salvation. Paul specifically tells the growing believer to work out their salvation. Keep in mind that throughout the New Testament, we are given three dimensions of salvation. 1) The past dimension Our past salvation saved us forever from the penalty of sin – He bore our penalty on the tree. That is past tense and forever settled and secure. 2) There is a future dimension Our future salvation will save us forever from the presence of sin – that’ll be gone forever 3) The present dimension Our present salvation is saving us from the power of sin; one temptation at a time. We can call this present dimension of salvation – sanctification. This is the process of spiritual growth Paul is referring to here in Philippians 2:12. III) We Have a Tendency to Strut (12c) So, Paul adds here a perspective that will help us from getting too caught up with our progress in sanctification; verse 12 – work out your salvation with fear and trembling. He didn’t write, with gloating and self- congratulation, but with fear and trembling. Work out your salvation with humble respect and awe and no one struts in the presence of the glory of God. IV) We Have a Tendency to Steal (13) In other words, we have a tendency to take the credit for our accomplishments. Here’s the paradox – we are commanded to work outwardly – but now we’re told that what we work outwardly is a result of God working inwardly. Which, in the context of humility, is Paul’s way of reminding us that God alone deserves the credit because ultimately He was at work in us – both to will (to want) and to do (to act). I mean how humbling is that? It happens to be some of the most telling evidence of your growth in sanctification. Anything good that I desired was a desire He put in me. Anything good that I did was something He did through me. Ultimately, it is God who is at work. In Closing: Stay alert! Stay the course! Stay fearfully respectful! Stay grateful! Watch us on our YouTube channel, our website or our Facebook page