Daily Archives: November 28th, 2018

In Jesus the Victory is Won Outlines

Two sermons in this small series….

1 Corinthians 15:57 The Passion Translation (TPT)

57 But we thank God for giving us the victory as conquerors through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One.

Illustration: Dream of personal attack twice – Spiritual Warfare

Everyone one of us faces spiritual attack… there’s an unseen war going on all around us.

The Devil continues to try to steal God’s glory

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READ Joshua 6:1-20 [[MARCHING FOR GLORY]]

The walls of Jericho — it was a double ring wall; the outer stone retaining wall was 12-15 feet high. On top of that was a 6 feet thick mud brick wall, 20-26 foot high wall, the inner wall was 12 feet deep mud brick wall that was 46 feet above the ground level. 

Scholars say Jericho was only 9 acres of land… that the distance around the city was less than a mile, which would take less than 15 minutes to walk around.

This was a WORSHIP CEREMONY more than a military advancement

Horns used for war and worship

It’s a Holy War – the war was never you against something… 

  • God staked His claim – Marching around 7 times to lay claim to territory
    • God is victorious
  • On 7th day, went around 7 times — 7 = Completion / Sabbath
    • Only marching to follow commands of God – did not attack
      • This shows it was God’s victory

We march in faithful obedience worshiping Him through any warfare moment.

  • Husband is cheating
  • Wife suffering from an addiction
  • Kid is in trouble at school
  • Best friend diagnosed with cancer
  • Living life…

Inside the walls of Jericho was the Promise of God

We march onward trusting in His promises – He is faithful

Through our continued marching, He is glorified

How can we March for Glory??

  1. Presence of God

They took the Ark of the Covenant to signify God’s presence

  • Ten Commandments
  • Manna
  • Aaron’s rod that budded

We have the Holy Spirit – God in us

God is present with us always

1 Corinthians 3:16 The Passion Translation (TPT)

16 Don’t you realize that together you have become God’s inner sanctuary and that the Spirit of God makes his permanent home in you?

How can you live in the presence of God?

How can you be aware of His presence?

Psalm 139:7-10 The Passion Translation (TPT)

7 Where could I go from your Spirit? Where could I run and hide from your face?

8  If I go up to heaven, you’re there!If I go down to the realm of the dead, you’re there too!

9 If I fly with wings into the shining dawn, you’re there! If I fly into the radiant sunset, you’re there waiting!

10 Wherever I go, your hand will guide me; your strength will empower me.

DO YOU LIVE LIKE HE IS WITH YOU?

  1. Submission to God

They were submissive to God’s directives, which was key to victory

In humble submission, God gets the glory

Proverbs 3:5-6 The Passion Translation (TPT)

5 Trust in the Lord completely,

    and do not rely on your own opinions.

    With all your heart rely on him to guide you,

    and he will lead you in every decision you make.

Become intimate with him in whatever you do,

    and he will lead you wherever you go.

    Don’t think for a moment that you know it all

  1. Worship of God

This certainly wasn’t a battle as much as a worship gathering, declaring the greatness of our God!

Christopher Asmus noted that when someone is worshiping God… “we are not to look to them, but through them, and see a ruling and reigning Christ who sits supreme over the worshiper’s body, life, and world”. 

We worship with all we do and say – it’s not just singing praise songs

When someone looks at your body, life, and world… do they see Christ?

By your words, your actions… do they see Christ?

Is God glorified by your life?

Romans 12:1-2 New International Version (NIV)

A Living Sacrifice

12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

  1. Removal of anything against God

Set Apart – Joshua 6:17 “devoted thing” – belongs to the Lord – “the ban” – total destruction of items won after battle

cherem: cursed

Original Word: חֵ֫רֶם

Part of Speech: Noun Masculine

Transliteration: cherem

Phonetic Spelling: (khay’-rem)

Short Definition: cursed

  • Anything that would lead people astray was destroyed. 
  • They were not taking these spoils so this also meant that the people were depending on God for provision.

Exodus 20:3 New International Version (NIV)

“You shall have no other gods before me.

Leviticus 19:1-2 New International Version (NIV)

19 The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.

qadosh: sacred, holy

Original Word: קָדוֹשׁ

Part of Speech: Adjective

Transliteration: qadosh

Phonetic Spelling: (kaw-doshe’)

Short Definition: holy

  1. United in God

Joshua 6:16 – loud shout… UNITY – expressed expectation of God’s action to fulfill His guaranteed promise.

  • They were all on the same page.
  • Jesus wants us all on the same page.
  • Though we are very different, each individuals… we are ONE BODY… and Jesus prayed for our unity. 

Ephesians 4:3 says we should make EVERY EFFORT to to keep the unity

Romans 15:1-6 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Love Is the Key to Unity

15 Now, those who are mature in their faith can easily be recognized, for they don’t live to please themselves but have learned to patiently embrace others in their immaturity. 

Our goal must be to empower others to do what is right and good for them, and to bring them into spiritual maturity. 

For not even the most powerful one of all, the Anointed One, lived to please himself. His life fulfilled the Scripture that says: All the insults of those who insulted you fall upon me.

Whatever was written beforehand is meant to instruct us in how to live. The Scriptures impart to us encouragement and inspiration so that we can live in hope and endure all things.

Now may God, the source of great endurance and comfort, grace you with unity among yourselves, which flows from your relationship with Jesus, the Anointed One. 

Then, with a unanimous rush of passion, you will with one voice glorify God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.


1 Corinthians 15:57 The Passion Translation (TPT)

57 But we thank God for giving us the victory as conquerors through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One.

Illustration: Dream of personal attack twice – Spiritual Warfare

It’s important to understand that these personal attacks are often an attack to steal God’s glory. Often the attacks are because we are living for God’s glory & that is displeasing to Satan. There’s a constant battle over you!

Isaiah 43:7 English Standard Version (ESV)

everyone who is called by my name,

    whom I created for my glory,

    whom I formed and made.”

Isaiah 26:8 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

Yes, Lord, we wait for you

in the path of your judgments.

Our desire is for your name and renown.

Isaiah 26:8 New Living Translation (NLT)

Lord, we show our trust in you by obeying your laws;

    our heart’s desire is to glorify your name.

2 Kings 19 – HEZEKIAH

Intro to Hezekiah: 

  • He was a good king, ruled Judah
  • He repaired the Temple
  • He destroyed the high places – 2 Kings 18:4
  • He destroyed the bronze serpent Nehushtan (Moses bronze serpent had become an idol they worshiped) –  2 Kings 18:4
  • He celebrated the Passover

Situation at hand:

  • King of Assyria, Sargon II dies 
  • Sargon’s son Sennacherib becomes King of Assyria
    • [Sennacherib’s Prism records some of the history of Sennacherib] 
  • Assyria aimed to attack Jerusalem
  • Hezekiah paid Sennacherib a tribute – 2 Kings 18:14-16
  • Sennacherib still went after Jerusalem
  • Sennacherib attacked Hezekiah’s reforms
  • Sennacherib attacked God – told people they shouldn’t trust God

2 Kings 18:28-36 New Century Version (NCV)

28 Then the commander stood and shouted loudly in the Hebrew language, “Listen to what the great king, the king of Assyria, says! 29 The king says you should not let Hezekiah fool you, because he can’t save you from my power. 30 Don’t let Hezekiah talk you into trusting the Lord by saying, ‘The Lord will surely save us. This city won’t be handed over to the king of Assyria.’

31 “Don’t listen to Hezekiah. The king of Assyria says, ‘Make peace with me, and come out of the city to me. Then everyone will be free to eat the fruit from his own grapevine and fig tree and to drink water from his own well. 32 After that I will come and take you to a land like your own—a land with grain and new wine, bread and vineyards, olives, and honey. Choose to live and not to die!’

“Don’t listen to Hezekiah. He is fooling you when he says, ‘The Lord will save us.’ 33 Has a god of any other nation saved his people from the power of the king of Assyria? 34 Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivvah? They did not save Samaria from my power. 35 Not one of all the gods of these countries has saved his people from me. Neither can the Lord save Jerusalem from my power.”

36 The people were silent. They didn’t answer the commander at all, because King Hezekiah had ordered, “Don’t answer him.”

#1 – SEEK GOD

HE SEEKS THE PROPHET OF THE LORD – ISAIAH 

2 Kings 19:1-7 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

Hezekiah Seeks Isaiah’s Counsel

19 When King Hezekiah heard their report, he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the Lord’s temple. He sent Eliakim, who was in charge of the palace, Shebna the court secretary, and the leading priests, who were wearing sackcloth, to the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz. They said to him, “This is what Hezekiah says: ‘Today is a day of distress, rebuke, and disgrace, for children have come to the point of birth, but there is no strength to deliver them. Perhaps the Lord your God will hear all the words of the royal spokesman, whom his master the king of Assyria sent to mock the living God, and will rebuke him for the words that the Lord your God has heard. Therefore, offer a prayer for the surviving remnant.’”

5 So the servants of King Hezekiah went to Isaiah, 6 who said to them, “Tell your master, ‘The Lord says this: Don’t be afraid because of the words you have heard, with which the king of Assyria’s attendants have blasphemed me. 7 I am about to put a spirit in him, and he will hear a rumor and return to his own land, where I will cause him to fall by the sword.’”

Sennacherib attacks further – “Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you.” (2 Kings 19:10)

Hezekiah receives a letter, read it, and took it to the house of the Lord and spread it before the Lord (2 Kings 19:14)

#2 – SEEK GOD’S WILL… GOD’S GLORY

Hezekiah prays God’s will (2 Kings 19:15-19)

2 Kings 19:15-19 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

15 Then Hezekiah prayed before the Lord:

Lord God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you are God—you alone—of all the kingdoms of the earth. You made the heavens and the earth. 16 Listen closely, Lord, and hear; open your eyes, Lord, and see. Hear the words that Sennacherib has sent to mock the living God. 17 Lord, it is true that the kings of Assyria have devastated the nations and their lands. 18 They have thrown their gods into the fire, for they were not gods but made by human hands—wood and stone. So they have destroyed them. 19 Now, Lord our God, please save us from his power so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, Lord, are God—you alone.

Sennacherib was mocking God

Hezekiah prays – “Save us… so that all the… earth may know that you are God alone.”

2 Kings 19:32-34 Good News Translation (GNT)

32 “And this is what the Lord has said about the Assyrian emperor: ‘He will not enter this city or shoot a single arrow against it. No soldiers with shields will come near the city, and no siege mounds will be built around it. 33 He will go back by the same road he came, without entering this city. I, the Lord, have spoken. 34 I will defend this city and protect it, for the sake of my own honor and because of the promise I made to my servant David.’”

Sennacherib’s army is defeated – God sent angel who struck down 185,000 Assyrians (2 Kings 19:35)

Sennacherib was struck down while worshiping his god Nisroch by his own sons (2 Kings 19:37)

Breakout Sessions

1. The name Hezekiah means “God has strengthened.” Read 2 Chronicles 29:25-31. 

What does this passage tell us about Hezekiah?

In looking at tonight’s study in 2 Kings 19, how was Hezekiah strengthen by God? What gave him strength?

2. Read 2 Kings 19:15-19. 

How does Hezekiah begin his prayer to the Lord? 

Looking at this prayer, how would you describe Hezekiah?

When you read this prayer, what can you glean as Hezekiah’s greatest concern?

3. What is one thing you can do to be more God-gets-the-glory focused?

Emotions: God and You Series Outlines

This series was something inspired by Pete Scazzero’s Emotionally Health Spirituality Book. We actually did the series while we were working through the Emotionally Spiritually Discipleship Course. Check out the course and Pete Scazzero’s other resources and podcasts.  

8.26.18 God and You: Beneath the Surface

Emotional Health and Spiritual Maturity are Inseparable 

The Problem:

  • Externally we appear one way
  • Inwardly we are not like that at all

Proverbs 23:7 The Passion Translation (TPT)

For as he thinks within himself, so is he.

    He will grudgingly say, “Go ahead and eat all you want,” but in his heart he resents the fact that he has to pay for your meal.

  • Consider the iceberg… 
  • We barely look beneath the surface… we barely recognize what is truly there.
  • We do not change…. We cannot grow beyond what we see

Peter Scazzero noted that “we often neglect to reflect on what is going on inside us and around us and are too busy to slow down and be with God.”

This is the problem. We never address what is beneath the surface.

#1 – Trying to be the “Good Christian”

Being sure to do things that look “Christian-like” so people see you and think you are so great but it doesn’t have much (or anything) to do with God.

Matthew 15:8 The Passion Translation (TPT)

These people honor me only with their words,

    for their hearts are so very distant from me.

***How is YOUR HEART?

#2 – Ignoring your emotions (anger, sadness, fear…)

We minimize feelings and deny feelings

God has emotions, we were designed to be emotional 

If we hide our emotions, how can God address them?

Psalm 34:17 The Passion Translation (TPT)

17 Yet when holy lovers of God cry out

    to him with all their hearts,

    the Lord will hear them and come to rescue them

    from all their troubles.

***Acknowledge your feelings so God can work through them.

#3 – Not addressing the past

The past has caused you unhealthy, even destructive patterns. If the past goes unaddressed, it prevents us from living as God designed — loving God and loving people.

***Realize your past is past, but there are many scars that still linger on in your life, causing you to act a certain way, think a certain way, live a certain way.

#4 – Separating your life between Christian & secular

We live compartmentalized double lives.

We live our church life and then we leave the building and there’s a whole other “you” that appears.

We divorce as much as non-Christians.

We give/donate as much as non-Christians.

People can see no difference between us and non- Christians

We cling to the title of Christian and yet our actions are far from Jesus

James 1:22-25 The Passion Translation (TPT)

22 Don’t just listen to the Word of Truth and not respond to it, for that is the essence of self-deception. So always let his Word become like poetry written and fulfilled by your life!

23 If you listen to the Word and don’t live out the message you hear, you become like the person who looks in the mirror of the Word to discover the reflection of his face in the beginning. 24 You perceive how God sees you in the mirror of the Word, but then you go out and forget your divine origin. 25 But those who set their gaze deeply into the perfecting law of liberty are fascinated by and respond to the truth they hear and are strengthened by it—they experience God’s blessing in all that they do!

***Pray about who you truly are— ask God to show you. He knows you better than you know you. Stop dividing your life into compartments. There is no church you and home you… you are you. There should be no pretending, no costume— because the masks don’t help you to grow nor do they glorify God.

#5 – Serving God instead of communing with God

We often get caught up in serving God that we don’t take time to just spend with Him… to rest, to grow, to simply enjoy His presence.

Remember, you can only give what you have!

Psalm 16:11 English Standard Version (ESV)

11 You make known to me the path of life;

    in your presence there is fullness of joy;

    at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Pete Scazzero noted, “Work for God that is not nourished by a deep interior life with God will eventually be contaminated by other things such as ego, power, needing approval of and from others, and buying into the wrong ideas of success and the mistaken belief that we can’t fail.”

***Consider ways you can spend time with God this week. 

#6 – Sweeping conflict under the rug

Being the “good Christian” and sweeping any disagreements under the rug to best represent Jesus. This causes you to continue to experience the pain of the unresolved conflict… Now you become bitter but at least you were a “good Christian.”

We do this by telling someone one thing to their face and talking about them behind their backs… by saying yes when we mean no, by giving in because we are afraid we won’t be liked, by telling half truths…

Ephesians 4:15 The Passion Translation (TPT)

15 But instead we will remain strong and always sincere in our love as we express the truth. All our direction and ministries will flow from Christ and lead us deeper into him, the anointed Head of his body, the church.

***Don’t shy away from conflict. Speak the truth in love.

#7 – Covering up your brokenness

2 Corinthians 12:9 The Passion Translation (TPT)

But he answered me, “My grace is always more than enough for you, and my power finds its full expression through your weakness. So I will celebrate my weaknesses, for when I’m weak I sense more deeply the mighty power of Christ living in me.

***Don’t hide your flaws. Allow God to work through them.

#8 – Living without boundaries / limits

We each have limits and we should respect them.

We need to take care of ourselves first and foremost.

Matthew 26:41 The Passion Translation (TPT)

41 Keep alert and pray that you’ll be spared from this time of testing. You should have learned by now that your spirit is eager enough, but your humanity is weak.”

Parker Palmer said, “Self-care is never a selfish act— it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have.”

***Consider how you can be a better steward of yourself.

#9 – Judging the walk of others

If you spend so much time watching someone else’s plate, you aren’t paying attention to your own plate.

How can God speak to your through His Word if you are listening for something to share with someone else?

If you are too busy noting the faults of your friends/ family/co-workers, you have no time to recognize your own faults, acknowledge them, and allow God to move.

Matthew 7:4-5 The Passion Translation (TPT)

4 How could you say to your friend, ‘Let me show you where you’re wrong,’ when you’re guilty of even more? 5 You’re being hypercritical and a hypocrite! First acknowledge your own ‘blind spots’ and deal with them, and then you’ll be capable of dealing with the ‘blind spot’ of your friend.

***It is now time to spend these next few weeks looking at our own journey, and allow God to work through the part of the iceberg we don’t see, the part of the iceberg you don’t even know is there. May God be glorified!

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Emotions and You: Authentic

Authentic… Genuine… Real… True… Accurate

  1. God is our only source of identity
  1. You are Created By God

Genesis 1:27 English Standard Version (ESV)

27 So God created man in his own image,

    in the image of God he created him;

    male and female he created them.

  1. You are Made in God’s Image
  1. God has a Plan and a Purpose for YOUR Life!

Ephesians 2:10 Amplified Bible (AMP)

10 For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].

2. God created us with emotions… with feelings

1. You can only bury your feelings for so long — then they will spill out

2. If you deny your feelings — then you will become less human, you will transform into an empty shell.

3. Experience feelings. Reflect on feelings. Respond to feelings in Christ Jesus.

Pete Scazzero noted, “We often neglect to reflect on what is going on inside us and around us and are too busy to slow down to be with God. Only the love of God in Christ is capable of bearing the weight of our true identity.”

So where do we go from here?

Spend more time with God in silence and solitude

Psalm 46:10 English Standard Version (ESV)

10 “Be still, and know that I am God.

    I will be exalted among the nations,

    I will be exalted in the earth!”

Allow God to open your eyes to what is beneath the surface

Matthew 6:6 The Message (MSG)

“Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.

Deal with your feelings

Dan Allender and Tremper Longman wrote, “In neglecting our intense emotions, we are false to ourselves and lose a wonderful opportunity to know God. We forget that change comes from brutal honesty and vulnerability before God.

Recognize & acknowledge your true feelings which brings change

Mark 7:20-23 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

20 And He was saying, “That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, 22 deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. 23 All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.”

Ephesians 4:22-24 New Century Version (NCV)

22 You were taught to leave your old self—to stop living the evil way you lived before. That old self becomes worse, because people are fooled by the evil things they want to do. 23 But you were taught to be made new in your hearts, 24 to become a new person. That new person is made to be like God—made to be truly good and holy.

Experience the freedom of living an authentic life 

Romans 7:18 The Passion Translation (TPT)

18 For I know that nothing good lives within the flesh of my fallen humanity. The longings to do what is right are within me, but will-power is not enough to accomplish it.

Galatians 1:10 New Living Translation (NLT)

10 Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.

It is exhausting trying to keep up the lies (false reality)

It is draining trying to be something we are not

Luke 6:43-44 New International Version (NIV)

A Tree and Its Fruit

43 “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers.

Romans 12:2 The Message (MSG)

Place Your Life Before God

12 1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

Breakout Sessions

Read 1 Corinthians 4:3-6. How does this passage give us hope for authenticity?

Read 1 Timothy 1:5. 

What are the three things listed in this verse with which to love others deeply? 

How can you call these things your own?

Read 2 Corinthians 11:3 and Philippians 4:8. Tonight’s study focused on living an authentic life— a real life. Part of this reality involves our focus. On what should we focus? What is the danger?

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Emotions: God and You – The Past

“Emotional Baggage”

Carrying so much — some cannot imagine life without the heavy load — it may be all you know.

The Bible shows us that blessings and sins go back 2-3+ generations

We cannot go forward without dealing with the past

Hebrews 12:1-3 The Passion Translation (TPT)

12 As for us, we have all of these great witnesses who encircle us like clouds. So we must let go of every wound that has pierced us and the sin we so easily fall into. Then we will be able to run life’s marathon race with passion and determination, for the path has been already marked out before us.

We look away from the natural realm and we fasten our gaze onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection. His example is this: Because his heart was focused on the joy of knowing that you would be his, he endured the agony of the cross and conquered its humiliation, and now sits exalted at the right hand of the throne of God!

So consider carefully how Jesus faced such intense opposition from sinners who opposed their own souls, so that you won’t become worn down and cave in under life’s pressures.

How can you let go of every wound that has pierced you and the sin we so easily fall into?

1. Forgiveness of the Past

Forgive EVERYTHING… 

       let go of the piercing wounds

George MacDonald noted, “Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.”

Ephesians 4:32 New International Version (NIV)

32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Colossians 3:13 New Living Translation (NLT)

13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

Accept God’s forgiveness for EVERYTHING… 

   let go of the encircling/surrounding sin

C.S. Lewis noted, “We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin. But mere time does nothing either to the fact or to the guilt of a sin.”

Acts 3:19 The Passion Translation (TPT)

19 And now you must repent and turn back to God so that your sins will be removed, and so that times of refreshing will stream from the Lord’s presence.

1 John 1:9 New Living Translation (NLT)

But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

Psalm 103:12 New Living Translation (NLT)

12  He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.

Charles Spurgeon noted, “We repent of sin itself as being an insult to God. Anything short of this is a mere surface repentance, and not a repentance which reaches to the bottom of the mischief. Repentance of the evil act, and not of the evil heart, is like men pumping water out of a leaky vessel, but forgetting to stop the leak. Some would dam up the stream, but leave the fountain still flowing; they would remove the eruption from the skin, but leave the disease in the flesh.”

2. Redemption of the Past

Ephesians 1:7 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Since we are now joined to Christ, we have been given the treasures of redemption by his blood—the total cancellation of our sins—all because of the cascading riches of his grace.

Romans 8:28 New International Version (NIV)

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28 The Passion Translation (TPT)

28 So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are his lovers who have been called to fulfill his designed purpose.

Pete Scazzero noted,God never loses any of our past for His future when we surrender ourselves to Him. Every mistake, sin, and detour we take in the journey of life is taken by God and becomes His gift for a future of blessing.”

3. Restoration from the Past

Putting off sinful patterns of family past

You are being made new in Christ Jesus

2 Corinthians 5:17 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

17 Whoever is a believer in Christ is a new creation. The old way of living has disappeared. A new way of living has come into existence.

1 Peter 5:10 New Living Translation (NLT)

10 In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.

RESTORE….

katartizó: to complete, prepare

Original Word: καταρτίζω

Part of Speech: Verb

Transliteration: katartizó

Phonetic Spelling: (kat-ar-tid’-zo)

Short Definition: I fit together, prepare

Definition: (a) I fit (join) together; met: I compact together, (b) act. and mid: I prepare, perfect, for his (its) full destination or use, bring into its proper condition (whether for the first time, or after a lapse).

Acts 3:21 New International Version (NIV)

21 Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.

Revelation 21:4 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; grief, crying, and pain will be no more, because the previous things have passed away.

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FORGIVENESS OF THE PAST

Let go of the piercing wounds

Let go of the sin that surrounds you

REDEMPTION OF THE PAST

Jesus Christ has paid the price

God continues to redeem all things for His good purpose

RESTORATION FROM THE PAST

Through the Holy Spirit, God continues to make you new

One day, all things will pass away — there will be a New Heaven and a New Earth!

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Emotions: God and You – Power and Control

Stuck on Us

The plan God has for us is to continue on the journey through the season to the next season. 

He stretches us. 

He grows us. 

We are a masterpiece — His masterpiece — and He isn’t finished with you yet!

We often hit a wall and stagnate when we refuse to trust God into the unknown

We don’t allow God to probe deeper within us 

When we hit a wall, we either: 

  • quit moving forward 
  • go backward

St. Thomas Aquinas noted, “This is the ultimate knowledge about God, to know that we do not know.”

Matthew 23:25-26 The Passion Translation (TPT)

25 “Great sorrow awaits you religious scholars and Pharisees—frauds and imposters! You are like one who will only wipe clean the outside of a cup or bowl, leaving the inside filthy. You are foolish to ignore the greed and self-indulgence that live like germs within you. 26 You are blind and deaf to your evil. Shouldn’t the one who cleans the outside also be concerned with cleaning the inside? You need to have more than clean dishes; you need clean hearts!

God wants to go deeper with you.

Are you stuck? 

Why are you stuck? 

How can you get un-stuck?

1. Power is His

Living on your own power will only get you so far

1 Corinthians 4:20 New Living Translation (NLT)

20 For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.

Ephesians 3:20 The Passion Translation (TPT)

20 Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you.

Rest in the power of God

2 Peter 1:3 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Everything we could ever need for life and complete devotion to God has already been deposited in us by his divine power. For all this was lavished upon us through the rich experience of knowing him who has called us by name and invited us to come to him through a glorious manifestation of his goodness.

2. Control is His

Trying to control everything keeps you from God’s will

Jeremiah 10:23 Good News Translation (GNT)

23 Lord, I know that none of us are in charge of our own destiny;none of us have control over our own life.

Proverbs 16:9 New International Version (NIV)

In their hearts humans plan their course,

    but the Lord establishes their steps.

Submit to the control of God

Proverbs 3:5-6 New International Version (NIV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart

    and lean not on your own understanding;

in all your ways submit to him,

    and he will make your paths straight.

Micah 6:8 New International Version (NIV)

8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.

    And what does the Lord require of you?

To act justly and to love mercy

    and to walk humbly with your God.

3. Glory is His

When you rest in the power of God and submit to the control of God, He is glorified

Isaiah 42:8 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

I am the Lord. That is my name,

and I will not give my glory to another

or my praise to idols.

1 Chronicles 29:11 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

11 Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the splendor and the majesty, for everything in the heavens and on earth belongs to you. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom, and you are exalted as head over all.

Breakout Session Questions

1. What are some of the reasons you have been stuck in the past?

2. Read Philippians 3:13-14. This passage certainly does not describe a stagnate walk with Christ. What can you glean from this passage that points to allowing God to continue to lead us to always be moving forward on our journey?

3. The dictionary says that power, is the “ability to do something or act in a particular way.” Control is “the power to influence or direct people’s behavior or the course of events.” Why are we deceived into thinking we have power? Why are we deceived into thinking we have control?

4. How can we intentionally live recognizing the power is God’s? How can we intentionally live recognizing the control is God’s?

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Emotions: God and You – Limitations

EVERYONE has LIMITS

Limits

A point beyond which something does not or may not extend or pass

A restrictions on size or amount of something permissible or possible

Psalm 103:14 The Passion Translation (TPT)

14 You know all about us, inside and out.

    You are mindful that we’re made from dust.

We cannot do everything

We cannot be everything

This keeps us HUMBLE

The word humility is from the Latin word “humus” which means “of the earth”

We struggle with limits… limits are linked to loss

We see LIMITS from the very beginning — ex: Adam & Eve in Garden were made in God’s image, but limited (not to eat from forbidden tree)

Psalm 39:4 The Passion Translation (TPT)

3–4 My heart burned with a fire within me,

    and my thoughts eventually boiled over

    until they finally came rolling out of my mouth.

    “Lord, help me to know how fleeting my time on earth is.

    Help me to know how limited is my life

    and that I’m only here but for a moment more.

  • Our age is limited — FACT: You will get older and eventually die
  • Our dreams are limited — FACT: Many of your dreams will not be fulfilled

Ex: football player blows out knee

  • Our life is limited

How do we handle our limits… our loss?

  • We deny the loss
  • We bury the loss (avoid it, distract ourselves from it) — ex: addictions
  • We make excuses — try to justify our limits / our loss
  • We blame self / others

Loss = New Birth

John 12:24 The Passion Translation (TPT)

24 Let me make this clear: A single grain of wheat will never be more than a single grain of wheat unless it drops into the ground and dies. Because then it sprouts and produces a great harvest of wheat—all because one grain died.

Loss is a seed planted

Surrender to Limits & Accept Loss

God uses limits & loss to grow/stretch you

1. Keep your eyes open

Pay attention to God

Pay attention to what is going in inside you

Acknowledge what is 

2. Wait on Him

Be still 

Don’t just stop doing anything — but be still expecting God

Psalm 37:7 The Passion Translation (TPT)

7 Quiet your heart in his presence and pray;

    keep hope alive as you long for God to come through for you.

    And don’t think for a moment that the wicked in their prosperity

    are better off than you.

3. Recognize the blessing

Every good thing a gift from God

James 1:17 The Passion Translation (TPT)

17 Every gift God freely gives us is good and perfect, streaming down from the Father of lights, who shines from the heavens with no hidden shadow or darkness and is never subject to change.

Suffering too is a gift

Draw near to Him & He draws near to us

James 4:8 The Passion Translation (TPT)

8 Move your heart closer and closer to God, and he will come even closer to you. But make sure you cleanse your life, you sinners, and keep your heart pure and stop doubting.

James 1:2-4 The Passion Translation (TPT)

2 My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can! 3 For you know that when your faith is tested it stirs up power within you to endure all things. 4 And then as your endurance grows even stronger it will release perfection into every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking.

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Emotions: God and You – Stopping

Resting 

Stopping / Having quiet time – Isn’t about adding more to your busy schedule…

     … It’s about resetting — Getting back to your rhythm

Genesis 2:2-3 New International Version (NIV)

2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

When you look at the Ten Commandments, notice how much more time is spent on the Sabbath. It certainly is important.… it is a beautiful gift for us to celebrate.

During the Sabbath, you can stop and enjoy what has happened during the week.

Exodus 20:9-11 New Living Translation (NLT)

9 You have six days each week for your ordinary work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.

Surrender to God – TRUST HIM… 

     …lack of trust is at the heart of the sin in the Garden

Adam and Eve did not trust what God said

When we do not observe the Sabbath, we are showing a lack of trust for God to provide — we are saying we need to continue the work to ensure we have what is needed.

Mark 2:27 The Passion Translation (TPT)

27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for the sake of people, and not people for the Sabbath.

So how do we STOP?

Daily…

BE ALONE…

Matthew 6:6 English Standard Version (ESV)

But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

BE QUIET…

Lamentations 3:25-30 The Message (MSG)

25-27 God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God.

It’s a good thing when you’re young

    to stick it out through the hard times.

28-30 When life is heavy and hard to take,

    go off by yourself. Enter the silence.

Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions:

    Wait for hope to appear.

Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face.

    The “worst” is never the worst.

BE FIXED ON GOD…

1 Chronicles 16:11 New Living Translation (NLT) 

11 Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him.

  • Scripture
  • Prayer

Weekly…

SABBATH…

       The Sabbath is about TRUST…

God is in control 

God reigns

The Sabbath is about REST…

Whatever replenishes

The Sabbath is about DELIGHT…

Delight in God

Genesis – “good” & “very good”…

…slow down & enjoy

Pete Scazzero noted, “Sabbath, when lived, is our means as the people of God to bear witness to the way we understand life, its rhythms, its gifts, its meaning, and its ultimate purpose in God

Observing the Sabbath, we affirm: ‘God is the center and the source of our lives. He is the beginning, the middle, and the end of our existence.’ We trust God to provide and care for us.”

Breakout Session Questions

1. Read Psalm 1:1-4. How is quiet time described? How is quiet time beneficial?

2. Read Mark 1:35-37,  Luke 5:15-16, and Luke 22:39-45. These passages focus on the quiet time Jesus has with His Father. He demonstrated the importance of quiet time with Him. 

Looking at these passages, what time (and in what circumstances) 

did Jesus observe quiet time?

How can you become more intentional with your quiet time?

3. Being quiet before the Lord is difficult except for when we don’t know the words to say. Read Romans 8:26-27. How does God help us with our quiet time moments when we don’t know what to say?

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Emotions: God and You – Loving Well

Each person is a person

Loving well means that we treat each person that way

We always separate our lives — Your life / My life

We have very few true deep connections

It’s all about ME

We are supposed to honor everyone

We are supposed to love everyone

Matthew 22:37-40 The Passion Translation (TPT)

37 Jesus answered him, “‘Love the Lord your God with every passion of your heart, with all the energy of your being, and with every thought that is within you.’ 38 This is the great and supreme commandment. 39 And the second is like it in importance: ‘You must love your friend in the same way you love yourself.’ 40 Contained within these commandments to love you will find all the meaning of the Law and the Prophets.”

When you and another love well, there is a sacred space — God’s presence is manifest

Loving well means you have….

1 Corinthians 13:6-7 The Message (MSG)

3-7 If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.

Love cares more for others than for self.

Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.

Love doesn’t strut,

Doesn’t have a swelled head,

Doesn’t force itself on others,

Isn’t always “me first,”

Doesn’t fly off the handle,

Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,

Doesn’t revel when others grovel,

Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,

Puts up with anything,

Trusts God always,

Always looks for the best,

Never looks back,

But keeps going to the end.

Discover Beauty in Everyone

Romans 12:18-19 The Message (MSG)

17-19 Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.”

Good Conflict

Can’t have peace with lies & fake smiles

We ignore conflict & have false sense of peace

Proverbs 24:26 New Century Version (NCV)

26  An honest answer is as pleasing

    as a kiss on the lips.

Proverbs 21:3 New Living Translation (NLT)

3  The Lord is more pleased when we do what is right and just than when we offer him sacrifices.

Stay away from assumptions

Many times when making assumptions it is believing lies

2 Corinthians 8:21 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

21 Indeed, we are giving careful thought to do what is right, not only before the Lord but also before people.

Speak well 

Listen & speak

James 1:19 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

19 My dear brothers and sisters, understand this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger,

Proverbs 18:13 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

13 The one who gives an answer before he listens—

this is foolishness and disgrace for him.

Proverbs 18:13 The Message (MSG)

13 Answering before listening

    is both stupid and rude.

It’s ok to disagree

Make sure you are heard (understood)

Be honest

Colossians 3:9 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old self with its practices

Ephesians 4:25 The Passion Translation (TPT)

25 So discard every form of dishonesty and lying so that you will be known as one who always speaks the truth, for we all belong to one another.

Have Expectations

There should be mutual expectations for a relationship

Boundaries

James 3:17-18 The Message (MSG)

17-18 Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced. You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor.

Understand Hot Topics

These hot topics will trigger unloving responses

Luke 6:31-34 The Message (MSG)

31-34 “Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them! If you only love the lovable, do you expect a pat on the back? Run-of-the-mill sinners do that. If you only help those who help you, do you expect a medal? Garden-variety sinners do that. If you only give for what you hope to get out of it, do you think that’s charity? The stingiest of pawnbrokers does that.

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Emotions: God and You – Loving Well

Looking Beneath the Surface… allow God to have His way beneath the surface… this will allow God to work through everything that you have hidden, you don’t realize is there, etc. so you can grow.

Be Authentic… be real… Spend time with God in silence & solitude… God is our only source of identity… He will help you be authentic (real).

Deal with the Emotional Baggage… the past… accept forgiveness, forgive others… forgiveness of the past, redemption of the past, restoration from the past

Power and Control… power is God’s, control is God’s, glory is God’s

Surrender to Limits & Accept Loss… keep your eyes open (pay attention to God, pay attention to what is beneath the surface)… wait on God… recognize the blessings

Resting… resetting… getting back to your rhythm… be alone, be quiet, be fixed on God (Scripture & prayer)… Sabbath

Loving Well… each person is a person… love people, honor people… discover the beauty in everyone… have good conflict… have expectations… understand your hot topics

Be Intentional…

KEEP IT SIMPLE!

Goal is to glorify God. This isn’t accomplished being legalistic; this isn’t accomplished by works. Keep it simple!

Time at Work…

Do your best

Everything you do, give it your best

Colossians 3:23-24 The Passion Translation (TPT)

23 Put your heart and soul into every activity you do, as though you are doing it for the Lord himself and not merely for others.

24 For we know that we will receive a reward, an inheritance from the Lord, as we serve the Lord Yahweh, the Anointed One!

2 Corinthians 9:7 The Passion Translation (TPT)

7 Let giving flow from your heart, not from a sense of religious duty. Let it spring up freely from the joy of giving—all because God loves hilarious generosity!

Time of Rest…

Plan for Margin

Psalm 46:10 The Passion Translation (TPT)

10 Surrender your anxiety![a]

    Be silent and stop your striving and you will see that I am God.

    I am the God above all the nations,

    and I will be exalted throughout the whole earth.

Ephesians 5:15-17 The Passion Translation (TPT)

15–16 So be very careful how you live, not being like those with no understanding, but live honorably with true wisdom, for we are living in evil times. Take full advantage of every day as you spend your life for his purposes. 17 And don’t live foolishly for then you will have discernment to fully understand God’s will.

Protect the Sabbath

Mark 2:27 The Passion Translation (TPT)

27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for the sake of people, and not people for the Sabbath.

Time with God…

Matthew 6:33 New Century Version (NCV)

33 Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well.

Psalm 62:8 The Passion Translation (TPT)

8 Join me, everyone! Trust only in God every moment!

    Tell him all your troubles and pour out your heart-longings to him.

    Believe me when I tell you—he will help you!

Pause in his presence

Be real – words from the heart

  • Talking at God
  • Talking to God
  • Listening to God
  • Being with God

Time with Others…

Be Present / Remove Distractions

What keeps you from focusing on God & others?

Proverbs 4:25 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Watch Where You’re Going

25 Set your gaze on the path before you.

    With fixed purpose, looking straight ahead,

    ignore life’s distractions.

Love Well

Colossians 3:12-14 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Love One Another

12 You are always and dearly loved by God! So robe yourself with virtues of God, since you have been divinely chosen to be holy. Be merciful as you endeavor to understand others, and be compassionate, showing kindness toward all. Be gentle and humble, unoffendable in your patience with others. 13 Tolerate the weaknesses of those in the family of faith, forgiving one another in the same way you have been graciously forgiven by Jesus Christ. If you find fault with someone, release this same gift of forgiveness to them. 14 For love is supreme and must flow through each of these virtues. Love becomes the mark[a] of true maturity.

BREAKOUT SESSION QUESTIONS

1) Read Psalm 63:2-5. How does this passage speak of a simple life with God?

2) Read Luke 12:27-34. How does this passage speak of a simple life with God?

3) There are many benefits linked to living a simple life. How are these virtues related to living a simple life?

Gratitude

Generosity

I AM Series Outlines

I AM Series…

3-4-18 The Door

Before Jesus is addressed as Good Shepherd, He is addressed as the Gate for the Sheep.

1. Public Sheepfold in village/city – several flocks watched by doorkeeper, shepherds came in the am to get sheep.

2. Pen / Private Sheepfold – enclosure made of rocks, no roof or door, thorns sometimes along top of rock walls. The sheepfold protects the sheep from wild animals. Shepherd sleeps at the entrance, providing a door.

I AM the Door/Gate

o Gives access to something……. Access to God the Father and Salvation

o Way through barrier……. Access to Life Eternal and New Heaven and New Earth

o Controls who comes in and goes out……. Only Jesus has exclusive right to grant entry

If anyone enters by Me…

o Will be Saved

o Spiritual Security (John 10:28)

♣ I will give them ETERNAL LIFE

♣ They will NEVER PERISH

♣ No one will snatch them from My hand 

o Will Come in and Go Out

o This is a passage way, not a barrier for those who believe 

o Freely moving about in secure provision of the Shepherd 

o Deuteronomy 28:6“Wherever you go and whatever you do, you will be blessed.”

♣ Blessings of Obedience

o Freedom to live life in the presence of God each day

o Find Pasture

o Constant provision for the soul

o 2 Peter 1:3 – By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the One who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence. 

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I Am The True Vine – 3-25-18

[John 15]

The focus is on THE VINE!

Vine was a symbol of Israel in other areas of Bible. True Vine is JESUS!

 “Abide” – to remain or stay around

Stay Connected = Fruit / True genuine believers

John 15:5

Galatians 5:22-23

John 15:7, 11-12 – Answered Prayer, Joy, Love

Being Disconnected = Nothing (Barren) / Non-believers

John 15:5-6

Appearance is deceptive. May look like other branches for a while but their failure to yield any harvest shows they are not so they are removed and tossed into the fire on the last day.

1 John 2:19 – They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.

How to Stay Connected

John 15:7 – Word in you! (John 8:31)

John 15:7 – Pray, Pray, Pray!

John 15:8 – Recognize Purpose – to glorify God

John 15:10 – Keep Commands

John 15:12 – Love Each Other

John 15:2 – Pruning Required 

Hebrews 12:1-13

The Cross Outline

Good Friday 2018

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16 [ESV]

The Cross causes us to confront our sin

  • You are a sinner – Romans 3:23
  • The wages of sin is death – Romans 6:23
  • God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.This is real love–not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. – 1 John 4:9-10 [NLT]
  • Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God.He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit. – 1 Peter 3:18 [NLT]

The Cross frees us from the slavery of our sin

  • Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. – John 8:34 [NLT]
  • Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death–that is, the devil–and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. – Hebrews 2:14-15 [NIV]
  • But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. – 1 John 1:7 [ESV]

The Cross beckons a response

  • To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.– 1 Peter 2:21-25 [NIV]
  • Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. – 2 Corinthians 5:17-19 [NASB]
  • We are punished justly, because we’re getting back what we deserve for the things we did, but this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” – Luke 23:42-43 [CSB]

Our Hope Outline

Sunrise Service 4.1.18

Sunrise – Points to Hope

1 Peter 1:3

Living Hope Through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Sunrise – Shines Above the Darkness

Romans 7:18-24

Wretched Sinner Asking Question…

WHO WILL DELIVER ME??

                                                JESUS

Sunrise – New Day

            Lamentations 3:22-24

                        New mercies each day – Fresh start… Keep stepping forward!

Rest in Future Hope

            Isaiah 60:20

LORD the everlasting light – no need for sun/moon, no more mourning

Let us praise Him – Let us make a JOYFUL NOISE TO THE LORD

            Psalm 98:1-3

                        The LORD has made known His salvation…

                        … All the needs of the earth have seen the salvation of God

                                    HIS NAME IS JESUS!

                                    HE IS RISEN!!

True Fasting Outline

Ash Wednesday 2018

Joel 2:12-13 – “Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. CALL FOR REPENTANCE 

Prayer connects you to God… Fasting disconnects you from the world

Types of Fast:

• Full – only have liquid 

• Daniel – no meat, no sweets, no bread

• 3-Day – can be Full fast, Daniel Fast, or removal of few items as fast

• Partial – only for a set amount of time for the day (ex: 6am-3pm)

Moses fasted before receiving the Ten Commandments (Exodus 34)

Daniel fasted for guidance (Daniel 9)

Nehemiah fasted before his mission (Nehemiah 1)

Jesus fasted in the Wilderness (Luke 4)

Matthew 6:16-18 – “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

True Fasting [Isaiah 58] … read v. 3-11

Isn’t this the fast I choose: 

To break the chains of wickedness, —– to break the chains of injustice,

To untie the ropes of the yoke, —– get rid of exploitation in the workplace,

To set the oppressed free, —– free the oppressed,

And to tear off every yoke? —– cancel debts

Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, —– sharing your food with the hungry,

To bring the poor and homeless into your house, —– inviting the homeless poor into your homes,

To clothe the naked when you see him, —– putting clothing on the shivering ill-clad,

And not to ignore your own flesh and blood? —– be available to your own families

Do this and the lights will turn on, and your lives will turn around at once (v.58:8a)

The One and The Many Outlines

4.29.18 The One

How God embraces, encourages, equips, and empowers us…

EMBRACE

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

John 1:12 – Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God

Galatians 3:26 – So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith

ENCOURAGE

Psalm 119:160 – All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.

John 17:17 – Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

1 Samuel 12:24 – But be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.

Psalm 77:11-15 – I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples. You with your arm redeemed your people, the children of Jacob and Joseph. Selah

EQUIP

2 Timothy 3:16 – All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness

Philippians 4:19 – And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

EMPOWER

John 14:26 – But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

John 16:15 – All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.

Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

• Leads you to all truth (John 16:13a – But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.)

• Helps you pray (Romans 8:26 – In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.)

• Strengthens & renews you (Ephesians 3:16 – I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.)

5.13.18 The Many

The Many 5.13.18

How we embrace, encourage, equip, and empower others…

• Embrace

o LOVE – God so loved the world that He sent His only Son, that while we were sinners He died for us (John 3:16, Romans 5:8)

o As He loved so we shall love (Leviticus 19:18, John 13:34)

Love is an obligation love fulfills the law (Romans 13:8)

o Love with actions and in truth (1 John 3:18)

• Encourage

o ENCOURAGE – God’s Word encourages, His previous actions encourage (Josh. 4)

o Words & Deeds – Whatever you do, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him (Colossians 3:17)

Words – Tongue has power of life & death (Proverbs 18:21), the words of the reckless pierce like swords (Proverbs 12:18)

• Do not use foul or abusive language, speak life (Ephesians 4:29)

Deeds – Do everything in love (1 Corinthians 16:14)

• Equip

o WORD / ALL YOUR NEEDS – God provides His Word to equip us, as well as all that we need to do what He has called us to do in life (Philippians 4:19)

o Look out for the best interests of others (Philippians 2:3-4).

o All we have – invest in others with your time, talent, treasure

Eternal living – sell/give & focus on treasure in heaven. (Luke 12:33-34)

Love, sacrifice for others (1 John 3:16-18)

• Empower

o HOLY SPIRIT – we are empowered by the Spirit of God

o Allow people in positions to grow/flourish, give people your trust/confidence, provide opportunities

o To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for common good (1 Cor. 12:7)

We are each given spiritual gifts to help each other, a special way of serving others

Psalm 39 Bible Study

Read Psalm 39.

Read Psalm 39:1.Why do you think David is silent in the presence of the wicked?

Read Psalm 39:1-4.David guards his ways and his mouth. He is silent. What does he do in verse 4? What does this say about who we should approach first as we live intentionally?

Read Psalm 39:5.David notes that life is fleeting. In this verse he says, “my life span is as nothing to you.” This doesn’t mean that we don’t mean anything to God; He certainly cares for us. What does this mean? Why is this important for us to recognize as we live intentionally?

Read Psalm 39:11.This passage talks about how God disciplines. It says here that God disciplines, “consuming like a moth what is precious to him.” Why does God take what is precious? Why is this so important to our relationship with God and with others?

After reading this Psalm, we are reminded that life is brief. 

How will YOU make the most of it? 

What can you do to embrace? 

What can you do to encourage?

What can you do to equip? 

What can you do to empower? 

Job’s Lord Outline

2-11-18 Job’s Lord

[Job 38-42]

1. God Comes

            He speaks to us from the storm (38:1)

            Who is this who obscures my counsel with ignorant words? (38:2) – see 42:3 (Job’s answer)

                        Isaiah 55:8 – My thoughts are not your thoughts, My ways not your ways!

2. God Clarifies

            Job never abandoned his integrity or his confidence in God – he didn’t understand

            Job has presumptions – God shows Job his error through questions (what grace!)

3. God Humbles and Comforts

            Job submits to God’s absolute sovereignty (42:1-2)

            Job despises self – repents in dust and ashes (42:4-6)

                        God invited Job to Him – 42:4 – Listen now, I will speak

                                    I heard reports about you – BUT NOW MY EYES HAVE SEEN YOU!

                        Job recognizes human limits

                        Therefore, I’m humbled and I’m comforted in the dust and ashes

                                    The word “repent” is “nacham” which means “comfort self.”

Typical word for “repent” in the Bible is “metanoeó” which means “change my   mind.”

                                    He finds comfort in the ashes because of God

4. God Vindicates

After Job prayed for his friends, the LORD restores his fortunes and doubles his previous possessions (42:10)

Job doesn’t understand God fully but wants to put himself under His control (protection & authority) and serve Him all his life.

He is Job’s LORD!

James Series Outlines: Living For God

Week 1 – Faith & Endurance

[James 1:1-27]

Faith Under Pressure

James is half-brother of Jesus, chief elder of Jerusalem Church

Embrace the Trials [1-4]

  • Consider it a Great Joy
  •  Faith is Forced into the open & shows its true colors when under pressure
  •  Produces Endurance that results in being Perfect & Completely Developed in your Faith

Ask for Help [5-8]

  •  Pray Boldly to God
  •  Fully Believe – Don’t be Double-minded
    •  Unstable in all his ways
    •  Double-minded means no divided loyalty – faith in God alone

Cheer for Right Reasons [9-12]

  •  If in Humble Circumstance – boast in true riches of God, boast that heir of God
  •  If Rich – humbled by human frailty – boast that you realize true riches are in God alone.
  •  The one who endures receives the Crown of Life

Every Good Thing from God [13-17]

  •  God’s not trying to trip you up. God doesn’t tempt you.
  •  You lust, then you sin
  •  Don’t be deceived. There’s nothing evil about God. 
  •  Every good thing comes from Him. He is unchanging.

Receive the Word [19-21]

  •  Listen Carefully
  •  Speak Slowly
  •  Be Patient
  •  Get rid of moral filth & evil
  •  Humbly accept Word that saves your soul

Respond with Action [20-27]

  • Don’t just receive – DO!
    •  God’s Word shouldn’t be in one ear and out the other
    •  Don’t deceive yourself & live a life full of hot air
    •  Don’t be like a person who looks in the mirror & walks away forgetting immediately
    • True religion is reaching out to people in need & keeping unstained from the world
  1.  Read verses 1:2-4. In this passage, joy is linked to faith. What must we believe if we are to consider our trials a joy? Why are trials a joy?
  2. Read verses 1:5-8. This passage tells us that if we lack wisdom, we should ask God, but to “ask in faith without doubting.” What does it mean to ask in faith without doubt? 
  3.  Read verses 1:2-3, 1:12-15. These passages mention the words “trials” and “tempted”. These are translated as the same Greek word (“peirazó” test/tempt &“peirasmos” trial/temptation). 

What is the relationship between trials and temptations? 

How are they similar and different? 

How can a trial turn into a temptation? 

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Week 2 – Warning Against Prejudice

[James 2:1-13]

The Sin of Partiality… Favoritism Forbidden

D A Carson  Why is it that we constantly parade Christian athletes, media personalities, and pop singers? Why should we think that their opinions or their experiences of grace are of any more significance than those of any other believer? When we tell outsiders about people in our church, do we instantly think of the despised and the lowly who have become Christians, or do we love to impress people with the importance of the men and women who have become Christians? Modern Western evangelicalism is deeply infected with the virus of triumphalism, and the resulting illness destroys humility, minimizes grace, and offers far too much homage to the money and influence and ‘wisdom’ of our day.

We always get caught looking at the outward… God sees inward (heart)

Favor some over others [v. 1]

Special attention / special treatment [v. 3]

Discriminations  Judgments guided by evil motives [v. 4]

God has chosen the poor to inherit the Kingdom [v. 5]

1 Corinthians 1:28  God chose the lowly things of this world & the despised

Favoritism dishonors poor [v. 6]

ROYAL LAW – Love neighbor as self [v. 8]  quoting Leviticus 19:18, Jesus also quoted this Leviticus verse in Matthew 19:19 & Matthew 22:29, Galatians 5:14

Favoritism is a sin [v. 9]

One law broken = you are guilty [v. 10]

Quoted OT “You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13, Deuteronomy 5:17) and “You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14, Deuteronomy 5:18)

Judged by law that sets you free [v. 12] – Law of freedom, Law of liberty  the Gospel (James 1:25)

No mercy for those who haven’t shown mercy [v. 13]

Matthew 7:2 (Sermon on the Mount)  For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

Galatians 5:14  For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”

  1. Why do you think God has special concern for the weak and vulnerable people of the world? 
  2.  Read 1 Corinthians 1:26-29. This passage says that God chose the lowly. Why?
  3. Read Deuteronomy 10:17-18. If we show partiality, how do we become a stumbling block? 
  4. Why is favoritism so easy?
  5.  How can favoritism impact the church?
  6.  How can we avoid showing favoritism to people?

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Week 3 – Faith Without Good Deeds is Dead

[James 2:14-26]

Faith and Action Work Together

Faith isn’t shown… it’s exhibited.

  • o To show is to be visible, to put something on display (“look at me”)
  • o To exhibit is to manifest a quality or behavior (visible action)

What good is speaking when action is needed? [v. 14-15a]

The verbs in v. 14 are present tense – describes someone who often claims to be a believer but lacks evidence of faith

Goodbye – Have a Good Day – Stay Warm – Eat Well

Can that kind of faith save anyone? [v.15b]

Faith that doesn’t affect behavior is superficial and cannot save.

“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” [Romans 10:9 NIV]

If it’s not something that you will act upon, it’s not faith. It doesn’t matter how much you declare it with your mouth—it won’t make it any more real.

1 John 2:4,6 – “Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him… Whoever claims to abide in Him must walk as Jesus walked.”

DEAD FAITH / USELESS FAITH – Faith by itself isn’t enough [v. 17]

Produce good deeds or it is dead and useless

Your choice – Faithful obedience or dead faith that has no effect on life

DEVIL FAITH – Even the demons believe [v. 19]

Mark 1:23-24 – “Suddenly, a man in the synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit began shouting, ‘Why are you interfering with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are–the Holy One of God!’”

The demons believed Jesus was the Son of God, but they didn’t TRUST Him as LORD.

“Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.” [Matthew 7:21 NLT]

BUT, the demons trembled in terror (see v. 19). Those with a false faith don’t even tremble in fear of God. So, is it better to have demonic faith or false faith?

Hebrews 11:6 – “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.”

Faith and action work together

Abraham 

  • o Abraham was right with God by shown action
  • o His actions made faith complete – demonstrated his faith before man
  • o Abraham believed God, God counted Him as righteous because of his faith

Rahab

  • o Shown to be right with God by her actions [v. 25]
  • o “By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.” [Hebrews 11:31 ESV]

Faith without good works is DEAD

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” [James 1:22 NIV]

John 14:23 “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word.”

“When you produce much fruit, you are My true disciples. This brings great glory to My Father.” [John 15:8 NLT]

Fruit means you are true disciples

Fruit means great glory to our Father

Deeds are a natural result of being faithful to God

Remember – Love God, Love Others

“For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being circumcised or being uncircumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love.” [Galatians 5:6 NLT]

FAITH EXPRESSING ITSELF IN LOVE

  1. Read James 2:19-20. What are the similarities and differences between false faith, dead faith, useless faith, and devil faith? Is one worse than the other?
  2. One of the most confusing topics in Bible study is the faith and works concept. James and Paul both wrote a great deal about the relation between the two; however, it can often cause misinterpretation. 

Read Romans 3:28. What does this say about faith and works?

Read Romans 4:1-5. What does this say about faith and works?

Read Romans 5:1-5. What does this say about faith and works?

Read James 2:17,26. What does this say about faith and works?

How does Romans relate to James? Is there a contradiction between the two?

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Week 4 – Controlling the Tongue

[James 3:1-12]

Blessings & curses pour out of the same mouth

If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. [James 1:26]

Judgement of Words Coming [v.1-2]

Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips! [Psalm 141:3]

But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned. [Matthew 12:36-37]

Teachers will be judged more strictly [v.1]

We all make mistakes [v.2]

If we could control tongue, we’d be perfect and could control ourselves in every other way

Small Thing – Big Consequences [v.3-5]

You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. [Matthew 12:34]

But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. [Matthew 15:18]

  • o Large horse led by small bit, huge ship with small rudder 
  • o Tongue is small thing that makes grand speeches 
  • o Tiny spark becomes great forest on fire
  • o Tongue corrupts entire body, can set whole life on fire

No one can tame tongue [v.7-8]

  • o Restless
  • o Evil
  • o Full of deadly poison

James does not say that the tongue is untamable. He says NO ONE can tame it. It’s humanly untamable. Only the Holy Spirit can tame it.

Spiritually mature person can bridle his tongue through the Holy Spirit

Sometimes we praise God, sometimes we curse those made in image of God [v.9]

Blessings and curses pour out of the same mouth

The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.  [Proverbs 12:18] 

  • • Spring does not have both fresh water and bitter water
  • • Fig tree does not produce olives, grapevine does not produce figs
  • • Can’t draw fresh water from salty spring

Gentle tongue is a tree of life [Proverbs 15:4]

  • • Every thought captive to the obedience of Christ [2 Corinthians 10:5] 
  • o Be intentional!
  • • Walk daily under control of Holy Spirit [Galatians 5:18]
  • o Thy will be done!
  • • Renew your mind by memorizing Scripture [Romans 12:1-2]
  • o Drown yourself in the Word!
    • ♣ What you put in… that’s what’s likely to come out!
  1. 1) Read James 3:1, 6. There are great warnings in the text. 

What are the warnings?

How can and should we react to these warnings?

  1. 2) Read James 3:8. The Bible says that the no one can tame the tongue. It is restless, evil, and full of deadly poison. Consider these descriptions of the tongue. 

Why is it considered as a restless evil?

Why is it considered full of deadly poison?

  1. 3) Read James 3:9-10. This passage speaks about our mouth pouring out both blessings and curses. Why is this bad?

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WEEK 5 – True Wisdom

Read James 1:5-8. How does James describe wisdom at the beginning of the letter?

In James 3:13-18, two kinds of wisdom are described. Read the passage. What are the two kinds of wisdom?

Reread James 3:14-16. This passage describes the one kind of wisdom—earthly wisdom. How is it described?

Reread James 3:17. This verse describes wisdom from above. How is it described?

What does James say you should do if you are wise?

Read these passages. What does the passage say about wisdom? What does this mean to you?

Job 12:13. 

Ecclesiastes 10:10

Daniel 2:20-23

Colossians 1:19

Read Proverbs 1:1-7. 

What is the purpose of the Book of Proverbs?

What is the foundation of true knowledge?

Spend some time reading Proverbs 1 and Proverbs 2, and then pray for wisdom. Pray God will share His heart with you… “Come and listen to my counsel. I’ll share my heart with you and make you wise” (Proverbs 1:23).

Knowledge Test

  1. 1) Who was renamed by God?
  1. a. Abram/Abraham
  2. b. Saul/Paul
  3. c. Jacob/Israel
  4. d. All of the above
  1. 2) What are the wisdom books of the Bible?
  1. a. Psalms
  2. b. Proverbs
  3. c. Ecclesiastes
  4. d. Song of Songs/Song of Solomon
  5. e. Job
  6. f. All of the above
  1. 3) Who is the only woman whose age is mentioned in the Bible?
    1. a. Esther
    2. b. Naomi
    3. c. Sarah
    4. d. Ruth
  1. 4) How old was Moses when he died?
  2. a. 100 years old
  3. b. 110 years old
  4. c. 120 years old
  5. d. 130 years old
  1. 5) What did the infant Moses in the Old Testament and the converted Saul of Tarsus in the New Testament have in common?

Both escaped danger by being transported in baskets (Exodus 2:3, Acts 9:25)

  1. 6) Which spice is mentioned the most in the Bible?
  2. a. Garlic
  3. b. Cinnamon
  4. c. Coriander
  1. 7) Who is the oldest man in the Bible?

Methuselah – 969 years (Genesis 5:27)

Knowledge Test

  1. 1) Who was renamed by God?
  1. e. Abram/Abraham
  2. f. Saul/Paul
  3. g. Jacob/Israel
  4. h. All of the above
  1. 2) What are the wisdom books of the Bible?
  1. g. Psalms
  2. h. Proverbs
  3. i. Ecclesiastes
  4. j. Song of Songs/Song of Solomon
  5. k. Job
  6. l. All of the above
  1. 3) Who is the only woman whose age is mentioned in the Bible?
  2. a. Esther
  3. b. Naomi
  4. c. Sarah
  5. d. Ruth
  1. 4) How old was Moses when he died?
  2. a. 100 years old
  3. b. 110 years old
  4. c. 120 years old
  5. d. 130 years old
  1. 5) What did the infant Moses in the Old Testament and the converted Saul of Tarsus in the New Testament have in common?
  1. 6) Which spice is mentioned the most in the Bible?
  2. a. Garlic
  3. b. Cinnamon
  4. c. Coriander
  1. 7) Who is the oldest man in the Bible?

What does the word “wisdom” mean in Scripture? Read these passages:

James 3:13, 17 1 King 3:9-12

Psalm 111:10 Proverbs 1:1-7

Proverbs 2:6-12

How does wisdom relate to intelligence and education?

What does the word “wisdom” mean in Scripture? Read these passages:

James 3:13, 17 1 King 3:9-12

Psalm 111:10 Proverbs 1:1-7

Proverbs 2:6-12

How does wisdom relate to intelligence and education?

What does the word “wisdom” mean in Scripture? Read these passages:

James 3:13, 17 1 King 3:9-12

Psalm 111:10 Proverbs 1:1-7

Proverbs 2:6-12

How does wisdom relate to intelligence and education?

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Week 6 – Drawing Close to God

[James 4:1-10]

Warning against worldliness

The Evil Within

What is causing quarrels & fights? – Evil desires at war within you [v.1] {COVET}

You want what you don’t have, you scheme to get it [v.2]

You are JEALOUS & can’t get it so you wage war to take it away {MURDER}

You don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God

And when you ask you don’t get because your motives are all wrong. [v.3]

You only want what gives you pleasure – LUST

Enemy with God

You Adulterers, friendship with world makes you enemy with God [v.4] {ADULTERY}

Do you think Scripture has no meaning? [v.5]

God is passionate that the Spirit He has placed within us should be faithful to Him

And He gives generously [v.6]

God opposes proud, gives grace to humble

Resist & Purify

Humble yourself before God [v.7]

Resist devil and He will flee

Draw near to God & He will draw near to you [v.8]

Wash your hands, purify your hearts

Loyalty divided between world & God

Let there be tears, sorrow, deep grief, sadness, gloom [v.9]

Humble yourself & He will lift you up in honor [v.10]

  1. 1) Read James 4:2. This passage says that you want what you don’t have and scheme to get it, rather than ask God.  

What does this mean?

How do we do this?

What can we do to stop this in our own lives?

  1. 2) Read James 4:3. This passage says that when we ask for something from God our motives are wrong. 

Do motives matter?

What is wrong with the motives?

  1. 3) Read James 4:4. This verse says that if you want to be a friend of the world you make yourself an enemy of God. Why does this happen? Is there a way around this?
  1. 4) Read James 4:9. This passage says we should let there be tears, sorrow, grief, and gloom. Why is this important?

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Week 7 – The Warnings

[James 4:11-James 5:6]

WARNING AGAINST JUDGING OTHERS [4:11-12]

Don’t speak evil against each other

God alone is judge

He alone has power to save or destroy

What right do you have to judge?

Matthew 7:2 – For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. [NIV]

Romans 6:14 – For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. [NLT]

WARNING ABOUT SELF-CONFIDENCE [4:13-17] – Arrogance 

Your life is like the morning fog – it’s here for a little while, then it’s gone

Should be saying, “If the Lord wants us to” 

  • ♣ Recognizing God is in control
  • ♣ Desiring His will for your life
  • ♣ Trusting His plan – It’s a sin to know what to do & not to do it!

We assume we are in control of time & events – boast of proud intentions

1 John 2:16 – For all that is in the world–the desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, and the pride of life–is not from the Father but from the world.

Consider Parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12:13-21) 

God blessed him so much, he decided he would build bigger and retire well. God calls him a fool. That very night his soul would be required.

WARNING TO THE RICH [5:1-6] – Greed & Justice

Rotting of wealth and the wealthy

Wealth rotting away, silver corroded

Wealth will eat away flesh like fire

Isaiah 1:17 – Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.

Wealth will testify against you on judgment day

Hear the cries of the field workers you cheated

You spent years in luxury, satisfying every desire

You condemned and killed innocent people who didn’t resist

Consider the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31)

Rich man dressed in purple & fine linen, lived in luxury every day.

Lazarus was a beggar at his gate, covered in sores licked by dogs

The rich man likely passed by Lazarus many times

The rich man begged for Lazarus to come cool his tongue

The rich man was reminded – he received lifetime of good things while Lazarus received bad things. Now Lazarus is comforted and the rich man is in agony.

  1. 1) Read James 4:6, 11-12. How does speaking against another believer make us a judge of the law? Why is it bad to be a judge of the law?
  1. 2) Considering James 4:13-17, and the Parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12:13-21), what is the right way to plan for the future?  Are you planning your future in humility or in pride?
  1. 3) Read James 4:17. How does this change how we think about sin? How does this change things for you?
  1. 4) As we look at the three warnings (warning against judging others, warning about self-confidence, warning to the rich), how do these warnings relate to Living Like Jesus? 

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Week 8 – Patience and Endurance

[James 5:7-12]

Patience doesn’t mean sitting around doing nothing 

Patience means expectantly waiting for the Lord in readiness

Impatience is a form of unbelief

PATIENTLY WAITLY FOR THE LORD’S RETURN [7]

The farmer waits

Early rains in Israel – late October / early November — soften soil for plowing

Late rains in Israel – late April / May – mature the crops

Eagerly look for the valuable harvest

Eternal perspective—our inheritance is imperishable, unspoiled, unfading – as children of God we are co-heirs with Christ.

Lord’s coming is near

1 Peter 4:7 – The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers. 

Hebrews 6:12 – We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

DON’T GRUMBLE ABOUT EACH OTHER [9]

Luke 21:19 – By your endurance gain your lives.

Brothers and sisters (mentioned v. 7, 9, 10, 12)

PATIENCE IN SUFFERING [10]

Example of the prophets

Great honor to those who endure

Matthew 5:10 – Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Romans 2:7 – to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life;

Example of Job

Job committed himself wholly to God, in the end demonstrating a perfect spirit of enduring submission

Lord was kind to Job with tenderness and mercy – COMPASSION

Not giving more than could bear

Happy ending to the trials

NEVER TAKE AN OATH [12]

Just say a simple “yes” or “no”

Don’t try to strike a bargain with God

Lack of faith

  1. 1) Read 1 Corinthians 13:4, Galatians 5:22-23, and 2 Peter 3:9. Define “patience.”
  1. 2) Read Romans 5:3-5, 2 Thessalonians 1:4, 2 Timothy 3:10-12, and James 1:2-4. Define “endurance” or “perseverance.”
  1. 3) Read James 5:7-8. What can we do to keep an eternal focus?
  1. 4) Read James 5:9. 

What happens when we grumble against others?

What is something we could do to keep us from grumbling?

  1. 5) This passage ends with the topic of not taking an oath. When we suffer, it’s easy to try to bargain with God and promise we will start or stop something if He moved a certain way. Why is bad? Is this real faith?

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Week 9 – The Power of Prayer

[James 5:13-20]

THE POWER OF PRAYER

Pray in times of Trouble

Pray in times of Happiness

Pray in times of Sickness

Call elders of church to come, pray, anoint – reestablish person’s fellowship with community of faith

Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick

Confession

  • o Confess sins to each other
  • o Pray for each other
  • o Do you have an accountability partner? 

The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

Intense, not wavering

1 John 5:14 – And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.

Elijah – prayed for no rain, it didn’t rain 3 ½ years; prayed again & it rained 

  • o Elijah fed by ravens (1 Kings 17:1-5)
  • o Elijah prays for rain (1 Kings 18:1-2, 41-46)

RESTORE WANDERING BELIEVERS

  • o Knew the truth
  • o Wandered
  • o Brought back
  • o Saved Still

Only a believer can wander away from truth 

Galatians 6:1-3 – If another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently & humbly help that person back onto the right path.

This is at the end of the book of James to remind us…

DON’T GIVE UP HOPE

Maybe you’re finding it hard to embrace the trials

Maybe your faith is lacking in action

Maybe you’re practicing favoritism

Maybe you have an issue with controlling your tongue

Maybe you’re seeking wisdom in the wrong places

Maybe you struggle with the evil within

Maybe you need to wash your hands, purify your hearts

Maybe you are too judgmental of others

Maybe you have placed your confidence in yourself

Maybe you’re grumbling about others

Maybe your patience is lacking

Even so…. You can be saved still.

  1. 1) James 5:15 is known as the prayer of faith, otherwise known as the prayer offered in faith. This verse says that a prayer that is offered in faith will heal the sick. This is hard to understand when we pray and a person does not recover. Let us read some passages about prayer to get a better understanding of prayer. Read these passages. What can we glean about prayer for each passage.

Matthew 7:7-11

Luke 18:1-8

John 14:12-14

2 Corinthians 12:5-10

  1. 2) The beginning of this passage discusses praying in times of trouble, in times of happiness, and in times of sickness. Is one of these more difficult for you? Why?