Outfitting the Saints
Rev. Dennis Hartman
A preaching ministry of Calvary Community Church in Fields Landing, California. We are a gathering of believers that seek to know Christ and make Him known. Please visit our website at www.101church.com for more about our church.
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Well Oiled Faith
How will you react when the nation’s monetary system collapses? Remember 1929. How will you respond when another nation takes over our country? Who will you go to if your house and possessions are confiscated? Remember Germany 1933. Who will be your strength when loved ones are plucked from you? September 11, 2001. We find ourselves today in the midst of calamity. Calamity comes and it strikes at the heart of a people who least expect it. If our faith has been exercised and been oiled by the Word of God, then we will be ready for whatever comes.
Jan 9 2022
Stand Fast in Your Faith
If you were presented with a life and death situation because of your faith in God, how would you respond. If a law came down from the government that you could not worship God, would you quote to me Romans 13, and say that it is ok, because we are to obey the government. Would you obey out of fear for your life? We haven’t come to that point yet, or have we? We have already been primed for this by accepting something as OK from the government or society that the Bible says is wrong; abortion, homosexuality, divorce, affairs or living together, greed, lying, and so much more. There were three men who were presented with this situation, and yet did not bow to the pressure that was placed on them. Was it because they were extraordinary believers, or were they just stupid, or did they have a death wish? As we look at this situation, I believe we will see three young men who found out the way to stand fast in their faith. It provides us with an example to follow.
Jan 2 2022
A Song of the Redeemed
In a world that is void of the meaning of Christmas and openly defies the word of God, we need to rise up, lifted by Our God to bring joy and peace to a distraught world. So, it is fitting today to consider a wonderful Psalm, that was part of the Hallel which Jesus and His disciples would have sung together as they left the Passover meal. As we ponder His birth and His sacrifice for us, we should lift our hearts in song. Songs are a great way to remember some truths that the Lord gives us. It is a song; even though we do not know the melody. These are wonderful words that we can tuck away in our hearts!
Dec 26 2021
Giving Thanks for Our Food
Giving thanks for our food and God’s provisions for us each day should not be a tradition that is passed down from generation to generation, but a wonderful time to truly thank the Lord for His blessings. Last time we looked at the future to learn to give thanks for our life as it unfolds before us and eternal life with Jesus. Previously we looked at giving thanks for the past when Jesus came to die for the sin of the world, providing a way of salvation to all who believe. This time we are going to look at the present. Giving thanks for our food. After all we are going to celebrate thanksgiving this week. A time of God’s provision for us.
Nov 21 2021
Giving Thanks for Our Life
We have a common fear of the unknown. We worry about tomorrow and what may happen in the future. When things do happen that we do not understand, we wonder where God is in all of this. As we look forward to what lies ahead, we need to press on in Christ. Philippians 3:12b-14; but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Give thanks to God for what our life is and will be as we believe in Him who loved us and gave His life for us!
Nov 14 2021
Give Thanks for His Sacrifice
Thanks. A common phrase used in our day. Giving thanks. There are three ways that it is used in the scriptures. The present, the past, and the future. The present is when we say, “thanks” for something that we are currently given. The past is when we are thankful for something that happened in the past. The future is when we give thanks for what is to come. The Greek text is εὐχαριστέω which means giving thanks In an orthodox church setting they will use the term the Eucharist. The common term among the church is the Lord’s Supper, or Communion. It is the remembering the sacrifice of the Passover Lamb, specifically the Lord Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. There is a lesson of giving thanks for us to learn from this wonderful time of remembrance. This is what happened in the past.
Nov 7 2021
We began two weeks ago to lay out three messages that pertain to His people, Israel, and certainly to His people, the church. In this passage in Isaiah, He Exposes the coverup of His people, He Reproves His people, and then He declares His decision which He made before the foundation of the world for those who believe and those who do not! Now, The Lord God of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel declares!
Oct 31 2021
Last week we examined how God exposed what His people were doing, and it was not a pretty sight. Did you gain victory this past week with blessings from the One who blesses, and did you strive to be like Him. Last week I encouraged you to go home, as God's people, and seek His forgiveness, confessing the things to Him that we spoke about from Isaiah 1:2-9. Not only for us, but for His people across this nation! And then look to the LORD to revive us again! This morning we pick up where we left off in Isaiah 1. This time it is a message of instruction by way of reproof!
Oct 24 2021
We live in a society where coverups or hiding things are commonplace. Things are not what they appear to be. The only way to know the truth is when these things are exposed! In the book of Isaiah, there is a message to the church in America today! As His people, we need to pay attention. We need to listen to what He has said. And if we need to correct things in our life, then we need to do it now! If we want to see the coverups exposed in the nation, then God’s people need to start first.
Oct 17 2021
Throughout our life there are times when we mark events as significant or milestones. There are things such as getting a drivers license, or graduation, or getting married, or a new baby, a new job. As these are important, there are many other milestones you have in your walk with the Lord; the day you were saved, or the time the Lord directed your path differently than you thought, or the day you shared the gift of salvation with a friend; or maybe when you were baptized; or any number of significant events as you walk with the Lord in the light of His word. It is good to mark these events and remember them. It is showing us how God has been at work in our life for His good pleasure and our blessing.
Oct 10 2021
The Time Has Come to See His Glory
The time has come. If we want to see God’s hand at work in the world around us, then the time has come for us to consider our ways, show Him reverence, and then we will see His glory! We looked at the time has come to consider our ways. A Self-examination to make sure we are pursuing God and our own desires. A need for us to rebuild our lives around Him, allowing the Spirit to lead us, and we need to follow Him in every part of our life. And recognizing that God has allowed or even brought these things about so that we will admit it is us and repent. There is no one to blame but ourselves. We looked at the time has come to show reverence. This comes by obeying His voice, listening with understanding what He tells us, and working on our relationship with Him! It is knowing that He is with us. The presence of our Mighty God is with us, leading us in the way of victory. And we need to take Courage. Grow strong in your walk with the Lord. The last message in the book of Haggai is what He has declared to those who follow the lesson given in His word. The time has come to see His glory!
Oct 3 2021
The Time Has Come to Show Reverence
We spoke last time about an upheaval in this life and all the things that are going on to keep us from succeeding in our journey through life. We made the assumption that God would bless are pursuits, but He hasn’t blessed them. We found out the reason for this dilemma. There is a famous quote that says, “we have met the enemy and it is us!” As God spoke to the people in Jerusalem through the prophet Haggai, they found out that their deliberate pursuits on their own was the problem. We need to rebuild our lives around Him, allowing the Spirit to lead us, and we need to follow Him in every part of our life. We must recognize that God has allowed or even brought these things about so that we will admit it is us and repent. There is no one to blame but ourselves.
Sep 26 2021
The Time Has Come to Consider Your Ways
We find ourselves in the middle of a chaotic life. Things we do, don’t seem to produce what they think they should. We pursue different things only to find out there is no lasting benefit. We have spent most of our life trying to gain something or get ahead only to be disappointed. God’s people have looked for the blessing of the Lord on their endeavors but have not seen His hand in what they do. There is a reason for this! We have seen fit to pursue our desires instead of God’s. God dealt with Israel concerning this issue in Haggai. And even though He spoke to Israel, the principle still rings true for us today as His children.
Sep 19 2021
The Gathering of Believers 6.2
As Paul continues to give his closing exhortation to Timothy we see some truths that we can apply to us today. The same conclusions that we came to last time are repeated here with more emphasis. Let’s listen to Paul strongly urge Timothy regarding the faith, that is the work of faith, persevering in faith, wealth and faith, and guarding the faith.
Sep 12 2021
The Gathering of Believers 6.1
Again Paul speaks to Timothy concerning the men teaching strange doctrines, myths and genealogies. This is the primary reason for the instructions that he gave to Timothy concerning the gathering of believers. The congregation at Ephesus was being enticed away from the truth and pursuing things that were not bringing about a godly character among the community but one that divides.We want to look at the possible problems that they were teaching and their motives along with the results of both godliness and false teaching. This is first part of Paul’s plea to Timothy as he wraps up this all important letter to him.
Sep 5 2021
The Gathering of Belivers 6.0
The process of being a gathering of believers is not something that just happens by osmosis, but it is clearly defined in God’s word for His people. He set certain things in order, to bring blessing upon His people. I am reminded of the people in Nehemiah’s day when they wandered from what had been set up by Nehemiah according to the Word of God. Nehemiah scolded them and warned them about what they were doing and what God would do if they did not repent and do what was right. As we continue a little longer in this letter to Timothy, let’s not forget what God has given us for our good.
Aug 29 2021
The Gatheiring of Believers 5.2
Another important concern that Paul wanted Timothy to convey to the gathering of believers was the care and ministry of the Elders. He gave instruction about the qualifications of an elder and we even spoke concerning their work. Paul wants Timothy and the people to know what some specifics are concerning elders and he wants the elders to know the specifics about their office. This morning we want to look at honoring elders, reproving elders, leading of elders, and the laying on of hands by the elders.
Aug 22 2021
The Gathering of Believers 5.1
The gathering of believers needs to give heed to the instructions that Paul gave to Timothy. We have already seen how believers should conduct themselves in the church, the gathering of God’s people, and although this speaks to a practice within the church it can be added to the conduct of the church as well. The remaining instructions to Timothy in this letter relate to the practice of the church. We are dealing with the practice of honoring widows in the church. This morning we want to look at the widows in the church, the widows’ work in the church, and the widows who can be on the list.
Aug 15 2021
The Gathering of Believers 5.0
Paul spells out to Timothy how he should deal with the people within the gathering of believers. These two verses imply that there would be times of dealing with each group of people on a group or one-on-one basis. As a leader of the gathering of believers, Timothy needed to approach them in the proper manner with respect to his own age. Because Timothy was younger, maybe around 30 years of age, he would need to use wisdom beyond his years. Paul balances the approach to the believers with three references; no sharp rebuke, exhort them, and do so as fathers, brothers, mothers or sisters. We want to look at these this morning and draw from them what we, as a gathering of believers, should expect from our leaders and how we should relate to one another within the gathering.
Aug 8 2021