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What is Love Series – Love Always Outline

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

  1. Love is Patient… fill in gaps with GRACE
  2. Love is Kind… do GOOD & be GENEROUS to all
  3. Love Rejoices with Truth… DELIGHT in truth
  4. Love Always

“Love Always”… used to use this as my signature for cards and letters

Realized that I do not “Love Always.” 

Always means ALL THE TIME

 

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (ESV)

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

 

1 Corinthians 13:7 Living Bible (TLB)

If you love someone, you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him.

 

1 Corinthians 13:7 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Love never stops being patient, never stops believing, never stops hoping, never gives up.

 

1 Corinthians 13:7 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up.

 

Love BEARS all things – Love BEARS always

 

YOU WILL BE LOYAL TO HIM NO MATTER WHAT THE COST

YOU WILL NEVER STOP BEING PATIENT

LOVE COVERS… PROTECTS

 

1 Peter 4:8 (NASB)

Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.

 

Charles Spurgeon noted that… “This love both covers and bears all things. It never proclaims the errors of others. It refuses to see faults unless it may kindly help in their removal. It stands in the presence of a fault with a finger on its lips.”

 

Love BELIEVES all things – Love BELIEVES always

 

YOU WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE IN HIM

Expect the best of others (of what’s in them now)

You recognize they are made in the image of God — you see the very best in them now

You believe in someone until you are shown otherwise – give benefit of the doubt

 

Romans 12:10 English Standard Version (ESV)

10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

Faith in what God has made available now

 

Love HOPES all things – Love HOPES always

 

YOU WILL ALWAYS EXPECT THE BEST OF HIM

Expect the best of others (of what is to come)

You recognize that God has a greater purpose in a person’s life, a plan & purpose of His design — you see what God wants to do in a person’s life.

Love looks forward with confidence & grace

Trust that expects fulfillment of the future promises of God

 

1 Timothy 4:10 English Standard Version (ESV)

10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.

 

Romans 8:24 The Passion Translation (TPT)

24 For this is the hope of our salvation.

 

But hope means that we must trust and wait for what is still unseen. For why would we need to hope for something we already have?

 

Love ENDURES all things – Love ENDURES always

 

YOU WILL ALWAYS STAND YOUR GROUND IN DEFENDING HIM

YOU WILL NEVER GIVES UP

To endure – To remain under

Perseveres despite situations / circumstances

No matter what!

 

1 Corinthians 9:12 (NASB)

12 If others share the right over you, do we not more? Nevertheless, we did not use this right, but we endure all things so that we will cause no hindrance to the gospel of Christ.

 

In Closing, look to God to understand what it means to LOVE ALWAYS…

Love Bears… God bears… He pours out grace & mercy despite your sins and shortcomings. Your sins cannot stand up to His grace.

Love Believes… God believes the best in you – God designed you for His good purpose & God sees you as His Son. 

Love Hopes… God has your future beautifully orchestrated & God sees who you will be – the beautiful masterpiece

Love Endures… God loves NO MATTER WHAT… He truly LOVES ALWAYS!

What is Love Series – Love Rejoices With Truth Outline

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (ESV)

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

alétheia: truth

Phonetic Spelling: (al-ay’-thi-a)

Usage: truth, but not merely truth as spoken; truth of idea, reality, sincerity, truth in the moral sphere, divine truth revealed to man, straightforwardness…. REALITY… WHAT IS REAL, WHAT IS GENUINE

 

WE HAVE A GUIDE TO TRUTH – THE HOLY SPIRIT

John 16:13 English Standard Version (ESV)

13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.

 

Holy Spirit reveals truth… guides.. opens eyes to what is real

True love rejoices in the truth… in what is right & good.

… Justice

… Righteousness

True love is unhappy about sin, injustice, & wrongdoing.

 

YOU ARE BLESSED TO DELIGHT IN HIS TRUTH

 

Psalm 1:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)

1 Blessed is the man

Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,

Nor stands in the path of sinners,

Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;

2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,

And in His law he meditates day and night.

 

Psalm 1:1-2 New Century Version (NCV)

Two Ways to Live

1 Happy are those who don’t listen to the wicked,

who don’t go where sinners go,

who don’t do what evil people do.

2 They love the Lord’s teachings,

and they think about those teachings day and night.

 

… Think about it day and night

… Live in Truth

… Delight in Truth

… Blessed

 

THE TRUTH IS PURIFYING – IT SETS YOU APART

 

John 17:17 English Standard Version (ESV)

17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

True love has no need to hide anything. The truth is reality. Real love doesn’t hide.

… Convicts

… Stretches

… Restores

… Grows

 

THE TRUTH IS FREEING

John 8:31-32 English Standard Version (ESV)

31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

… Abide in Truth

… Know Truth

… Free because of Truth

 

When you look at your walk, remember that….

True love does not rejoice over the sins of others. True love wants to best for others. True love speaks truth in love to others. True love desires what is good and pure. True love even wants enemies to discover the truth and receive God’s mercy and grace— not for a person’s destruction.

What is Love Series – Love is Kind Outline

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (ESV)

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 

or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 

it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

 

2 Timothy 3:1-4 English Standard Version (ESV)

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 

For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 

heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 

treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.

 

KIND

chrésteuomai: to be kind

Phonetic Spelling: (khraste-yoo’-om-ahee)

Definition: to be kind

Usage: I am kind (full of service to others), gentle.

Kindness is an inner quality (ATTITUDE) of compassion, being gentle… caring

Kindness results in goodness (ACTIONS)… serving one another, being generous… doing something because you care

 

KINDNESS

chréstotés: goodness, excellence, uprightness

Phonetic Spelling: (khray-stot’-ace)

Definition: goodness, excellence, uprightness

Usage: goodness, uprightness, kindness, gentleness.

 

Colossians 3:12 (ESV)

12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.

 

Ephesians 4:32 (ESV)

32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

 

Luke 6:35-36 English Standard Version (ESV)

35 But love your enemies, 

and do good, 

To do that which is good

To do something which profits others

To do someone a favor

To do what is right

and lend, 

To be generous

expecting nothing in return, 

and your reward will be great, 

and you will be sons of the Most High, 

for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. 

36 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.

What is Love Series – Love is Patient Outline

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (ESV)

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

        1. Love is Patient
        2. Love is Kind
        3. Love rejoices in Truth
        4. Love Always

 

BE PATIENT WITH ALL

 

Colossians 3:12-13 (ESV)

12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:14 (AMP)

14 We [earnestly] urge you, believers, admonish those who are out of line [the undisciplined, the unruly, the disorderly], encourage the timid [who lack spiritual courage], help the [spiritually] weak, be very patient with everyone [always controlling your temper].

 

1 Thessalonians 5:14-15 (MSG)

13-15 Get along among yourselves, each of you doing your part. Our counsel is that you warn the freeloaders to get a move on. Gently encourage the stragglers, and reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet. Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs. And be careful that when you get on each other’s nerves you don’t snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.

 

LOVE COVERS ALL TRANSGRESSIONS

 

Proverbs 10:12 (ESV)

12 Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

 

Proverbs 10:12 Amplified Bible (AMP)

12 Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers and overwhelms all transgressions [forgiving and overlooking another’s faults].

 

Ephesians 4:32 (ESV)

32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

 

 

LOVE CONCEALS AN OFFENSE

 

Proverbs 17:9 (ESV)

Whoever covers an offense seeks love,

but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.

 

Proverbs 17:9 Amplified Bible (AMP)

He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love, But he who repeats or gossips about a matter separates intimate friends.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:14-15 (MSG)

13-15 Get along among yourselves, each of you doing your part. Our counsel is that you warn the freeloaders to get a move on. Gently encourage the stragglers, and reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet. Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs. And be careful that when you get on each other’s nerves you don’t snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.

Embrace Outline

8-28-16 Embrace

 

[God and You]

How does God embrace you?

God continues to reach out to you

 

God TABERNACLED – Jesus became flesh and dwelt with us

So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.– John 1:14 [NLT]

 

How do you embrace God?

 

Accept Jesus

 “For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, ‘Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.’ Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. For “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.”– Romans 10:10-13 [NLT]

 

Embrace God’s Word

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.”– 2 Timothy 3:16 [NLT]

[DRCC and You]

How does DRCC (as the church) embrace you?

 

Love you as part of family–  Ephesians 2:19– Household of God

Listen to you. Lead you in worship. Teach you. Fellowship with you. Serve you. Do life with YOU!

Ask: Who is being excluded?

We are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28)

Accept others as Christ has accepted you (Romans 15:7)

We must Embrace you so that we can Encourage, Equip, and Empower

We must focus on YOU the individual

Not what you can do for the church, not the programs

Embracing doesn’t mean enabling. We want THE BEST FOR YOU!!

Family Connections: Accountability Partner, Mentor, Prayer Warrior

 

How do you embrace DRCC (the church)?

Pray– pray for DRCC, for the disciples, for the pastors, for the different ministries – even if you aren’t involved in each of these ministries, it should be on your heart to pray for EVERY ONE.

Take In– Be invested in the church – attend (as often as you can), be on time, be ready to hear the Word, be ready to worship – be ready to receive from DRCC. COME WITH AN OPEN HEART.

Pour Out– Give of yourself (your time, your talent, your treasure), Serve at the church. Be all in. POUR OUT YOUR HEART.

[You, DRCC, and the Community]

 

How do you (as a member of the body of Christ, as a disciple of DRCC) embrace the community?

 

Embrace the sinners, not the sin

Non-Exclusive– John 3:16 – Whosoever

Jesus showed compassion to all people

Embrace even those who won’t embrace back

Non-Judgmental & Transparent

Build a relationship – this is the first E because you cannot do anything else until you first embrace (show compassion)

Flexible / Adaptable

You must be flexible. Everyone is different. Listen for the Spirit’s leading and then follow the Spirit’s leading.

 

Reach Out

Outreach is not a program, it’s a lifestyle

Embracing the community means getting out in the community

You cannot embrace by staying inside

You must be intentional. Don’t live focused inward – take the opportunities right in front of you. Ephesians 5:16

 

Dead or Alive Outline

Dead or Alive

Bad or Good versus Dead or Alive

Some are Alive to Sin and Dead to God

 

Romans 3:23 – All fall short

Romans 6:23 – Wages of sin = death

 

TABERNACLE “miskan” – “dwelling place” – Leviticus 16:15-16

HOLY (most holy place) / CLEAN (holy place) / UNCLEAN (courtyard)

 

 

1 Corinthians 15:21-22

“For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” [ESV]

 

We are “made alive with Christ”

We are “raised up with Christ”

We are “made to sit with (Christ)”

 

 

Ephesians 2:1-10

Once dead – sin, disobedience, obeying the devil, desires of a sinful nature

 

BUT GOD – Rich in mercy, loved us so much despite our sins, gave us life

ONLY BY GOD’S GRACE

Seated with Christ, United with Christ

 

God’s Masterpiece – created anew in Christ to do GOOD THINGS He planned long ago

 

 

2 Places of Outer Court

Bronze Altar / Altar of Burnt Offering (27:1-8, 38:1-7)

Offer sacrifice of blood (burnt offering)

Romans 3:25a

“For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed His life, shedding his blood.” [NLT]

 

 

Get Rid of Hindrances

Hebrews 12:1

 

 

Psalm 137:23-24

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

 

 

 

Bronze Wash Basin (30:17-21, 38:8)

Ceremonial washing of water

 

Being washed in water of God’s Word (Ephesians 5:26 – sanctifies)

 

Water Baptism

 

Remember Your Baptism

 

 

Psalm 51:1-4

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.  Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge.

 

 

 

 

3 Places within Holy Place (outer veil)

Lampstand / 7 Golden Candlesticks (25:31-40, 37:17-24)

7 Spirits of God

Lamps/candles always lit

Galatians 2:20

“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me…” [NLT]

Symbolizes the Testimony of our Life

Galatians 5:22

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.” [NLT]

  • Quench—1 Thessalonians 5:19Do not quench the Spirit. (NIV) Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. (NLT)
    • NOT ALLOWING HIM TO MOVE FREELY
  • Grieve—Ephesians 4:30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (ESV) [[“Lupe” – To cause grief / To offend]]
    • ACTING OUT IN SINFUL MANNER

 

Psalm 16:5-6

LORD, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine. The land you have given me is a pleasant land. What a wonderful inheritance!

Table of Bread of Presence (25:23-30, 37:10-16)

Bread alwaysat Table – 12 loaves (for 12 tribes)

 

 

Fellowship of body of Christ with bread of presence

HOLY COMMUNION

Communing with Jesus and the Body of Christ

 

 

Psalm 62:5-8

My soul, wait in silence for God only,For my hope is from Him.He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.On God my salvation and my glory rest;The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.

 

 

 

 

Golden Altar of Incense (30:1-10, 37:25-29)

High Priest was to burn incense every morning/evening & pray

Smoke clouded so couldn’t see past the inner veil

Keep Praying – no incense altar needed – we have the Spirit

Psalm 63:1-2

O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory.

 

         The Veil

Hebrews 6:19-20

This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.” [NLT]

Psalm 138:1-3

I give you thanks, O Lord, with all my heart;I will sing your praises before the gods.I bow before your holy Temple as I worship.I praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness;for your promises are backedby all the honor of your name.As soon as I pray, you answer me;you encourage me by giving me strength.

 

Most Holy Place / Holy of Holies (inner veil)

Ark of Covenant (25:10-22, 37:1-9)

With mercy seat flanked by its covering cherubs

  • Ten Commandments (Word of God)
  • Jar of Manna (Provision of God)
  • Aaron’s Budding Staff/Rod (Authority of God)
  • With Torah in the front of Ark

Place of Communion, where God’s presence was manifest & God’s glory made known

Treasure Jesus Above All Else

Matthew 13:44

Live with Attitude of Thankfulness

Luke 17:16-19

Psalm 119:9-16

How can a young person stay pure?By obeying your word.I have tried hard to find you—don’t let me wander from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. I praise you, O Lord;teach me your decrees. I have recited aloudall the regulations you have given us. I have rejoiced in your lawsas much as in riches. I will study your commandmentsand reflect on your ways. I will delight in your decreesand not forget your word.

 

Psalm 27:4

The one thing I ask of the LORD–the thing I seek most–is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.

“Glory of God is man fully alive.” – St. Irenaeus

The Angels Song Gloria Outline

The Angels Song “Gloria” 12-11-16

[Luke 2:8-20]

  1. 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests” (NIV)

The word peace appears over 400 x’s in the Bible

The word PEACE – Eiréné – “i-ray-nay”

“Tie together/joined/wholeness, all essential parts are joined together”

 

PEACE WITH GOD – “God and sinners reconciled”

Isaiah 9:6– For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end.

Colossians 1:20– For it was the Father’s good pleasure … through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross

Romans 5:1– Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.

 

PEACE WITH OTHERS – “Blessed are the peacemakers” (Matthew 5:9)– “the ones who work for peace”

2 Corinthians 5:18-21– And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to Himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And He gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making His appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

2 Corinthians 13:11– Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you.

2 Timothy 2:22– pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace

1 Peter 3:11– turn from evil/do good; seek peace and pursue it.

 

PEACE OF GOD – “A Peace that surpasses understanding”

God is the Source of our Peace

Psalm 29:11– The LORD will give strength to His people; The LORD will bless His people with peace.

  • Father God (Philippians 4:7)– Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
  • Jesus Christ (John 14:27) – I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
  • Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22)– one of fruit of the Spirit

Isaiah 26:3 – You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! (Shalom peace – “completeness”)

Rejoice and Reflect Outline

12-24-2016 Christmas Eve Sermon

 

  • Expectation leads to preparation (for what is to come)

 

  • Expectation leads to intense focus (on what is to come)

 

  • Expectation leads to positioning (for what is to come)

 

 

For the last 4 weeks, we have been celebrating the coming of Jesus

We had great expectation for this weekend to celebrate the birth of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ

 

Back then, the people waited for the promised Messiah, but they did not have the whole story – they did not know His true purpose.

 

We know the story. The whole story…. Jesus Christ was born to die.

 

1 John 4:9 – “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.” [NLT]

 

During Advent, many of you have prepared to celebrate the birth.

 

During Advent, many of you have been more focused on Jesus.

 

Tonight, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we look at the positioning we take when we are in the presence of Jesus… the positioning of REJOICING and REFLECTION.

 

When people encounter Jesus, they REJOICE and REFLECT

 

The three wise men bowed down and worshipped him (Matthew 2:11).

 

When the shepherds encountered Jesus, they glorified & praised God for all they heard & seen (Luke 2:20)

As we celebrate Jesus, we REJOICE

 

When we think of rejoicing, we think of singing

For 4 weeks, we spoke about 4 different songs, THE ORIGINAL CHRISTMAS PLAYLIST

Mary’s Song of Anticipatory Faith

Zechariah’s Song of Fulfillment

The Angels’ Song of Peace

Simeon’s Song sung while embracing Jesus

 

Today, we sing a New SongHe puts a new song in our hearts and on our lips

 

Psalm 149:1 Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song.”

 

 

As we celebrate Jesus, we also REFLECT

 

Mary treasured things. She kept all these things in her heart. She thought about them often (Luke 2:19).

 

What do you treasure in your heart about Jesus?

Remember how He moved in your life over the years.

Where are you and Jesus at right now?  Consider your relationship.

Are you prepared for Jesus to move?Have you made room for Him in your life? Are you expecting Him to move?

 

Are you focused on Jesus, the Perfector of our faith?Are you living for Jesus? Are you seeking Him with all you have?

 

Are you giving your all where God has positioned you, trusting that He is doing something right now through you?

 

Every day we can celebrate Jesus. Every day we should celebrate Jesus.

Fall at His feet. Rejoice. Reflect. The King is Here!

Scaling Walls Outline

Scaling Walls 1-22-17

{Overcome obstacles through God}

 

“In Your strength I can crush an army;

with my God I can scale any wall.”

[2 Samuel 22:30, Psalm 18:29]

“Vault the highest fences” [MSG]

 

David wrote this Psalm. He killed a lion & bear (see 1 Samuel 17:34-36). He killed many troops. He understood obstacles. He overcame obstacles.

 

Romans 5:3– We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.

James 1:2– Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it anopportunity for great joy.

David strengthened himself in the LORDwhen people wanted to stone him (see 1 Samuel 30:6).

Recognize you are weak. Only then can you humbly accept God’s power.

“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” (see 2 Corinthians 12:8-10)

Recognize He gives you the strength to complete all He has called you to do for His purpose. (Philippians 4:13)

God gave us His word to equip us [2 Timothy 3:16-17]

God gave us Holy Spirit to help, to encourage, and to reveal His Truth [John 14:25-27]

 

Ephesians 6:10Be strong in the Lordand in His mighty power.

 

When faced with obstacles, we must be strong in the LORD and recognize…

NOT BY MIGHT NOR BY POWER, BUT BY MY SPIRIT [Zechariah 4:6]

 

Zerubbabel faces overwhelming task of rebuilding Temple

Oil – God’s Spirit

2 Olive Branches – Zerubbabel the ruler, Joshua the priest

Do not despise the small beginnings (Zechariah 4:10) – the work is just beginning

 

GREATEST OBSTACLE to accomplishing God’s work – SIN

Flying Scroll & Woman in Basket are a challenge to Israelites to repent (see Zechariah 5:1-11)

 

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. – MLK

 

In 1985, Super Mario Bros arrived on the scene. Life forever changed.

Buzzy Beetleand Koopa Troopa– jump on shell & toss them to help you; shell was an obstacle that helped your progress in the game

  • Obstacles in your life do not hinder your relationship with God; they grow your relationship with God and increase your faith.
  • PRAISE GOD FOR THE OBSTACLES!! They are opportunities to grow deeper in Christ.

 

He has trusted you with the obstacles. These obstacles will bring you closer to Him and bring Him the greatest glory.

  • If you are suffering, praise Him for it.
  • If you are facing mountains before you, thank Him for it.

Sidelined Outline

5-28-17 Sidelined

 

The team motto – “use me” …. But are you sidelined?

We are all made to glorify God, but some of us are currently benched.

We are all commanded to share the Good News, but some of us our sidelined.

 

Missed Practice – not prepared / not dressed in uniform

            [2 Kings 2:11-14] – Elisha

            Sunday only Christian – not prepared to share your hope, to share Jesus

 

[1 Peter 3:15] But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hopethat you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.

 

[Romans 12:11] Never be lazy, but work hardand serve the Lord enthusiastically.

 

[1 Timothy 4:7] Train yourself to be godly

 

[1 Corinthians 9:25] All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.

[Ephesians 6] Put on the FULL Armor of God

  • Helmet of Salvation – SALVATION through Christ
  • Breastplate of Righteousness – RIGHTEOUSNESS of Christ
  • Shield of Faith – FAITH
  • Belt of Truth – TRUTH of God
  • Sword of the Spirit – WORD of God
  • Feet Prepared with the Gospel of Peace – GOSPEL
  • Prayer

Performing poorly / Playing bad / Head not in the game

 

[1 Kings 11] – Solomon

[Hebrews 12:1-2] Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

[2 Timothy 2:4] No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier. – YOU NEED AN ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE

 

Not following game plan / Disobeying coach

[Numbers 20] – Moses

Not humbling yourself, not following God’s will – you think you know better, not seeking God

 

[Psalm 105:4] Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually! – He is our Creator, He has the beautifully orchestrated plan, not my will by His will be done

 

[2 Timothy 2:20-22] In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.  Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

 

 

Injured List

[2 Corinthians 12:7b-10] – Paul

Suffering, broken – struggling physically, mentally, financially

 

Financial struggles, health issues, pain, surgery, anxiety, depression

 

Maybe you think you are too broken, too sick, too depressed…

 

Maybe you think you are not a position to share the Good News

 

 

[2 Corinthians 3:5] It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God.

 

[1 Peter 4:11] If anyone speaks, they should do so as one whospeaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

Ejected – attitude/behavior problem – “unsportsmanlike conduct”

            [1 Samuel 2:22-25] – Eli’s sons

            Heart problem – angry, jealous, bitter, unforgiving…

[Job 11:13-16] Still, if you set your heart on God and reach out to him, If you scrub your hands of sin and refuse to entertain evil in your home, You’ll be able to face the world unashamed and keep a firm grip on life, guiltless and fearless. You’ll forget your troubles; they’ll be like old, faded photographs.

 

[Psalm 51:10] Create in me a pure heart, a clean heart

 

[Acts 20:18-21] When they arrived he declared, “You know that from the day I set foot in the province of Asia until now I have done the Lord’s work humbly and with many tears. I have endured the trials that came to me from the plots of the Jews. I never shrank back from telling you what you needed to hear, either publicly or in your homes. I have had one message for Jews and Greeks alike–the necessity of repenting from sin and turning to God, and of having faith in our Lord Jesus.

 

            Work humbly

         Endure trials

         Never shrink back

         Share one message – JESUS

 

May He use you!!

 

Let us….

[Psalm 100:2] Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!

 

To Him alone …. All honor, glory, and praise! Forever and ever!