This year we are studying the eternal story of Jesus.  Jesus is God Isaiah 9:6 -A child will be born who is God on earth Matt. 1:23 -In Jesus God is with us John 1:1-2 -The Word was with God and was God. Phil.2:5-6 – Jesus was willing to come to this world Col. 2:9…

Our Motivation for Sharing Luke 9:33  The Compassion of God Genesis 19:16 – Angels were sent to rescue Lot and his family because God was compassionate. Deut. 32:36 – The Lord will help his people when they can’t go on. Psalm 40:11 – We need to have faith that God is compassionate. Psalm 72:12-14 -God…

The Importance of Sharing Matt. 10:8  What causes us to not share our gifts? Receiving from God  Matt. 25:14-30 – God wants us to use our talents for his purposes.  God has a purpose for the talents he’s given us.  Use your talents as you can for others good. Matt. 10:8 -You received freely so…

Responding to God’s Call to Obedience  Sometimes warnings sound like orders.   Examples of Obedience Matt. 8:27 -Nature obeyed Christ Mark 1:27 -Unclean spirits obeyed Jesus Acts 6:7 -Priests were obedient Phil. 2:12 – People obeyed the Church 1 Pet.3:6 -Sarah obeyed Abraham  – do what is right and don’t be frightened God Calls Israel to…

Expressing Honor to God Who makes the greatest sacrifice for Thanksgiving?  The turkey.   Do we understand the sacrifices we should make for God? Expressing Gratitude Psalm 100:1-5 -We are God’s people and we should give thanks to him. Psalm 107:17-22 – God saved these people.  They gave thanks for God’s loving kindness. We need to…

Expressing Honor to God Who makes the greatest sacrifice for Thanksgiving?  The turkey.   Do we understand the sacrifices we should make for God?  Expressing Gratitude Psalm 100:1-5 -We are God’s people and we should give thanks to him. Psalm 107:17-22 – God saved these people.  They gave thanks for God’s loving kindness. We need to…

Learning to Have a Grateful Heart Col. 3:15-17  There are incredible things that happen in this life for which we are thankful.  The sick are healed and people walk away from severe accidents without harm.  If we thank God for our good fortune depends on the condition of our hearts and our faith. Speaking From…

Trusting in the Evaluations of God  Paul’s Admonitions to Look at Ourselves 2 Cor. 13:5 – Test yourselves to see if Jesus is in you.    God wants what is best for us. 1 Cor. 11:23-34 – Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper.  Paul’s advice to these Christians was for each one to understand he or she…

Matthew 6:5-15 Paul’s Admonishment 2 Cor 13:5 – Jesus’ Teachings on Prayer Do not be a Hypocrite Matt. 6:5-6 – Am I engaging in religious activities to be seen Don’t us meaningless repition Matt. 6:7-8 – We can’t tell God something he doesn’t know – Am I trying to impress God?  Do my prayers need…

Becoming Purposeful Disciples for Christ  The Intentionality of God Job 42:1-2 – God can do all things and his purposes will not be tuned back Jer. 4:27-28 -When God purposes something it will happen Zechariah 8:14-15 – God had an intention of helping people Rom. 9:10-13, 17 – God has his purposes based on his…

Trusting in the Power of God  Just this week, the first week of November, flowers are still blooming in Denver.  They should be long past blooming.  May we still be giving off the sweet aroma of the spirit long into our earthly life and at times when it may not be the season.  With God…

How to Please God The Importance of doing God’s will Matt 7:21 -Actions show we are doing God’s will.  We must show that God’s will is important to us as Christians Matt. 6:10 – Pray that God’s will is done Matt. 26:36-46 -Jesus prayed that God’s will would be done.  God sent an angel to…

We live in a changing world.  Why then is it hard for us to change and accept change? Change is Necessary Repentance -Matt. 4:17, Luke 13:1-5 These verses talk about how people need to change.  Another example of change is Saul to the apostle Paul Growth – 1 Peter 2:2 – To grow a person…

Can we depend on and trust others in our day to day life?  We need to be able to trust others. Dishonesty Destroys Isaiah 59:1-8 – These people lived in a society where people didn’t tell the truth.  Is our society like this today? Jeremiah 9:1-6 – These people could not be trusted because they…

The Dangers of Selfishness  In today’s society greed is a problem. The Community of Christians Acts 2:43-45- In contrast to the greedy society today, early Christians gave freely. Acts 4:32-37 – All were giving to those in need from the Christian community collection.  These people had abundant grace and saw that people were more important…

We see in sports that teams do better when the members cheer one another on.  When an individual experiences encouragement for positive actions these actions are more likely to be repeated.  The Power of the Tongue Prov. 12:18- we can choose to hurt or heal with our words Matt. 14:25-27 – Jesus tells them to…

A Call to Faith in Tough Times  In life, some people love riding a roller coaster and some people do not.  Just like a physical roller coaster other things in life can be up and down and be difficult to take.  If we have faith, we don’t have to fear the trials of life. Jesus…

Grace Defined 2 Peter 3:18  Disagreements in the Church happened in the early Church and have continued today.  There are disagreements documented throughout the book of Acts.  God’s grace helped these Christians and it continues today.    2 Peter 3:18- Peter encourages us to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus.  This tells us that…

Giving Him the Glory  God Made Promises about Jesus Christ. Promises Made Gen. 49:8-10 -Lion is described as the King of Judah.  From this tribe the King will come. 2 Sam. 7:8-13 – God will establish a kingdom that will last forever. Psalm 89:19-37 – David’s descendants shall last forever.  Not even human sin could…

Trust the Lord and he will take care of you.   In our lives we must be able to trust.  Psalm 44:6 -We can’t trust weapons Psalm 49 – You can’t trust in your wealth Psalm 146:3 -You can’t trust the people fully Jer. 48:7 – You can’t trust in your own works because you might…

Can Winners Be Humble? The Medal Count – Why do we feel the need to compete with one another?  Why is winning so important?  Does winning more gold makes us better?  Would Jesus associate with the winners or with the losers?  The Necessity of Being Humble Psalm 138:6 – God is distant from the proud…

How We Can All Be Winners  The Victory over Jericho – Joshua 5:13-6:27 – Joshua and the people obeyed God and got the victory. In terms of earthly competions, the Olympic Games are a unique worldwide event.  What would it be like to win a gold medal?  We are drawn to these kinds of events. …

How much desire does it take to reach a long term goal?  God desires to be close to us and he is committed to drawing us close.  The human part of Jesus struggled with his commitment to sacrificing himself for us.  He was victorious in carrying out God’s desires.  What does it take for us…

Right now what do you want?  How we answer this question is a window to our hearts.  David wanted something so much that he took it. King David and Bathsheba 2 Samuel 11:1-12:25 – David sinned by not reigning in his own  desires.  David suffered the consequences of his wrong doings.  Our Desires Affect Everything James…

Matt. 12:22-37  Our tongues can be as powerful a weapon as a gun.  The Dangerous Human Tongue James 3:1-12.  Blasphemy of the Pharisees against Jesus Matt. 12:22-29 -Jesus healed this man.  The people were amazed.  The Pharisees said this was done by Satan.  Matt. 23:13-15 -The Jewish leaders were shutting people out of the kingdom…

The Story of Leah and Rachel Genesis 29:15-30:24    The Story of Their Marriage to Jacob  Genesis 29:15-30 – Jacob served Rachel’s father for seven years so he could marry Rachel.  Leah, Rachel’s sister, was substituted for Rachel.  Jacob had to serve seven more years for Rachel to be his wife.  Jacob wanted Rachel, not Leah….

The Story of Leah and Rachel Genesis 29:15-30:24    The Story of Their Marriage to Jacob  Genesis 29:15-30 – Jacob served Rachel’s father for seven years so he could marry Rachel.  Leah, Rachel’s sister, was substituted for Rachel.  Jacob had to serve seven more years for Rachel to be his wife.  Jacob wanted Rachel, not Leah….

God’s Intention for His Temple  Solomon’s Temple Dedication 2 Chron. 6:1-42- What is the purpose of this temple?  The temple is a physical place where people could come unto God and be reconciled to God.  This is a message of hope and of grace.   2 Chron. 7:11-22 – God says that he knows we make…

Intentionally Seeking God The Pearl of Great Value Matt. 13:45-46- This merchant is an active seeker of the best pearls he could find.  The scripture calls on us to be constantly looking for the best things of God.  It doesn’t say that this merchant had great joy when he found the pearl.  Sometimes Christians aren’t…

Valuing God’s Blessings Matt. 13:44  Sometimes you read a story about someone who comes across a treasure.   Sometimes people find coins or other things that turn out to have great value.  Recognizing the Treasure’s Value Phil. 3:1-11 – Here is a man, Paul, who at one time saw nothing in Jesus.  He thought he was…

A Great Promise of God John  8:21-47 This weekend was the celebration of the freedom of our nation.  Rescue from oppression is a biblical theme.  What is it like to experience freedom again? OT Examples of Escaping Enslavement Genesis 14:1-24-Abraham rescues Lot Exodus 18-15:21- Israel delivered from Egypt Jesus’ Teachings on Escaping Enslavement The consequences…

Col. 1:18; Eph. 4:11-16 “Church” Means “Assembly” Acts 7:38 -There was a congregation in the wilderness.  Church or gathering =ekklesia in Greek.  Acts 19:32, 39, 41 -These are references that use the Greek word, ekklesia, or a gathering of people.  Gathered to God Exodus 19:4-6 -These people were assembled for and before God. Matt. 16:18-19…

John 13:33-35 It is so easy to criticize what other’s do.  We are often sure our way of serving God is the only way.  Mary Anoints Jesus’ feet Matt.  26:6-13 Mary’s actions were criticized, but her love for Jesus was shown in her actions.  Biblical Commands to Love Others Lev. 19:17-18 – There is a…

John 3:6-8 and John 7:37 Christians Have the Holy Spirit Acts 2:38 – We received the Holy Spirit as a gift. Acts 5:32 – The Holy Spirit is given to those who obey God. Romans 8:9-11 – Those who have the Spirit belong to Christ.   1 Peter 4:14 – We have the Spirit even…

Submitting to the Discipline of God  Hebrews 12:1-13 Each person has a different experience with his or her earthly father.  Some father’s are great and some are not, but we all have a father in God. Jesus Is God’s Son John 8:28-29 -Jesus talks about his close relationship with God the Father. He is God’s…

The Importance of Growing Spiritually  Many churches across the country have grown to mega size.  One of these churches surveyed their members and attendees and found four categories-unbelievers, new believers, growing believers, and mature believers.   The question was “How is the church doing in meeting your needs?”  The first two groups said the church was…

What Motivates Us in Our Christian Walk?    We all have things we don’t like and things we do like.  Just like we can be pleased or displeased by certain things so it is with God. Doing What Pleases God Romans 12:1-2 – Don’t focus on the things of the world, but give yourself as a…

A physical church building can be a great asset to the group and the community.  God is Faithful 1Cor. 1:9, 2 Cor. 1:18- God is faithful.  We can depend on God no matter what the circumstances of life. The fact that the building is here is because God is faithful. 2 Cor. 1:8-11 – God…

John 4:19-24  There are places on earth that people believe they can encounter God.  Delphi, Greece and Karnack, Egypt are two examples of places mankind have believed in.  The God of the Bible truly designates what is sacred. Sacred Places in the Bible Exodus  3:1-6 – Moses and the burning bush -God tells Moses he…

Acts 17:16-35  One of the biggest jobs of a Christian is to bring others to God.   Why do bad things happen in the world today?  Why are there tragedies such as earthquakes, tornadoes, and other calamities?  God desire for us doesn’t change.  He is still in his heaven.  Acts 17:16-35 Meet the people of Athens,…

Part of the appeal of the Bible is that there is a great message presented by simple human stories.  Moses/Jesus God’s Messengers Exodus 19:1-9 –  Moses told the people the words of God.  The people can know the heart, will,      and mind of God John 1:1- Jesus is the word of God John 8:26…

Paul’s Love for His Savior  Loving Those Unseen 1 Peter 1:6-9 – They didn’t know Jesus, but they loved him.  Heaven is Being with Jesus Philippians 1: 21-26 – To live is Christ.  Paul will do all he can to focus on Christ here or in death.  Paul could not lose no matter what happened. …

The God Who Is Truly for Us  Today is a day set aside to honor mothers.  We do remember their sacrifices today for their children.    As good as that relationship can be, God has something even greater for us.  As Christians it is still hard to grasp what God did for us in Jesus’ sacrifice. …

What Effect Are We Having on the World?   Today we hear a lot about Carbon Footprints or human’s effect on the planet.  No matter what our physical impact is, we should have a spiritual impact We Have a Spiritual Impact on the World Our Spiritual Footprint Proverb 15:4, 18:21-Even our words have effects on…

The Love of Our Heavenly Father John 6:44  “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.   God Reaches Out in Love Jeremiah 31:1-3 – God has everlasting love for his people and he draws people with his love.  God’s…

Recognizing Jesus as Lord  Jesus is a king who is designated by God. References to Christ as King Matt. 2:1-18 -Foreigners from the Gentile world recognized Jesus as a king.  The Jewish king didn’t want to recognize Jesus as king. Matt. 12:22-30 – People are asking -Could this be a king?  Jesus says he is…

God’s Transformation of the World Daniel 2:44  People make a nation or kingdom.  In Daniel, the King had a dream that really disturbed him.  Daniel, with God’s help, was able to interpret his dream to mean that earthly kingdoms would come and go and God would establish an everlasting kingdom. The Kingdom is at Hand…

Romans 14-15:7  Should Christians always agree?  Did the early Christians always agree?  There will be disagreements Acts  15:37-39 -Paul and Barnabas over John Mark Phil. 4:1-3- Euodia and Syntyche are encouraged to agree in the Lord Gal.  2:10-16- Peter, Paul and Barnabas and the truth of the gospel Matt.  20:20-24- Special favor asked for James…

The Importance of Sharing with Others Matt. 10:8  We have a choice when it comes to responding to others. Old Testament Commands Lev. 25:35-38 -God commanded his people to share Prov. 21:13 – There are consequences for stinginess Prov 22:9 – There are blessings for sharing Prov. 28:27- There are consequences for our actions Sharing…

This is the day the Lord has made and we are able to praise God today.  Take inventory of your life as we read e scriptures today. Acts 2:22 Attributes of Jesus Seed of women Passover lamb High Priest Cloud by day and cloud of fire by night When red sea was opened Jesus took…

Praying, Thinking, Doing Philippians 4:5-9; Matthew 7:7-11 Praying Phil. 4:5 -Have a spirit of gentleness to others, 2 Tim. 2:24-26 God has been gentle with us.  When we are faced with anger and harshness what are we to do?  We tend to react with anger and harshness right back.  Responding with gentleness seems out of…

Philippians 3:1-11  Change can be difficult.  We tend to be very habitual in our actions. Paul went through an incredible change. Beware of Evildoers Philippians 3:1-3- Rejoice in what God has done for you.  Be aware of those who are doing evil.  Paul is turning the judging language of others back on them.  Because these…

Philippians  2:12-30  Being a Light Philippians  2:12-18 – God seeks to transform our will into his will.   Serve God with a positive attitude.  Be a light to the world. Watch what you say.  Follow Paul’s example and rejoice in all circumstances.  Matt.  5:14-16, Eph.  5:6-14 -We are the light, but we can’t control other’s response…

Philippians 1:27-2:13 What is the Gospel? Philippians 1:27-30 -Live in a way that is worthy of the gospel.  Remember the essentials of the  message of God’s love.  Put forth the effort to live up to the standard of the Gospel of love. 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 – The Gospel is the thing that is the most…

Philippians 1:19-30  We can influence how people think about Jesus.  We can live to exalt Christ. Christ Glorified Always Philippians 1:19-20 -We can influence people towards Christ with our physical body whether we live or die. Matthew 5:14-16 – You life is an example to the world.  Your good works exalt God and show him…

Philippians 1:1-18  Bond Servants of Christ – Our description Philippians 1:1-2 – Paul and Timothy describe themselves as slaves of Christ.   If we were writing a description of ourselves would this phrase appear?  These two men voluntarily became servants of Christ. Exodus 21:1 – Hebrew slaves were free to choose after 6 years.  If the…

Understanding the Primacy of God’s Role in Our Salvation Acts 16:25 -Wouldn’t it be great to know the hearts and minds of Paul and Silas as they went through this event? Eph. 1:1-3:21 What commandments are found? 2:10 – Do God’s will.  The only direct command 2:11-12 -Remember what God has done in bringing you…

Freeing the Oppressed Acts 16:16-18 Evil Spirits know God.  This Evil Spirit was cast out over a period of days.  God’s power enabled Paul to free this girl.  The power of God frees the spiritually oppressed today.  God’s word sets people free.  Acts 10:38 Revenge of the Masters Acts 16:19-21 -Romans 12:19 -It isn’t right…

What we know about Stephen is contained in the book of Acts.  Acts 6, 7, 8 Acts 6:1-15 First impressions Full of; Grace, The Spirit, Wisdom, Power The first deacon He had an abundance of God’s grace He could work signs and wonders He had great insight into God’s plan. The Jewish leaders could not…

Sometimes one incident ends up defining a person’s life. Judas’ Identity Matt. 10:2-4 – Judas is listed last and he is listed as the betrayer. John 6:64, 70-71 – Some of Jesus’ listeners did not believe him.  Jesus knew what was in people’s hearts. He knew his betrayer. Judas character developed over his whole life. …

Competition among the Apostles Luke 9:46-48 – The least among you will be greatest.  People are very competitive.  Being humble is the way to greatness. Luke 22:24-27 – The apostles are busy worrying about their positions.  John 13:1-17 – This example was given to his follows because they didn’t understand the true structure and mission…

Mathew 23:1-12  Leaders sometimes take advantage of their situations to unethically become wealthy.   Influence of a leader needs to be done according to God’s will. Spiritual Shepherds in the Old Testament Jeremiah 10:21- The leaders became spiritually ignorant and the nation suffered the consequences. Jeremiah 20:1 – The shepherds let the sheep scatter.  The leaders…

Matthew 20:20-28; Mark 10:35-45  Sometimes an experience is worth the effort.  Climbing higher can be very rewarding.  Social climbing can be a negative experience.  God has a way for us to become great.   Matthew 20:20-28- Two brothers want a position with Jesus’ kingdom.  The request is made with faith and honor to Jesus.   The Failure…

Our Purpose for Life  Choosing God Exodus 20:5-6 – Don’t serve the things of this world.  We are putting our lives into something and if it isn’t God, it is something of the world. Exodus 23:27-28 -Don’t serve other gods or idols.  We must choose to serve God.  There are blessings in serving God. Deuteronomy…

Introducing Our Theme for 2008  God helps us in selecting our yearly Church theme.  We have the opportunity this year to have this theme change our congregational life.  The Reality of Our Salvation Ephesians 2:1-9 – Being saved is a reality for Christians.  We have the assurance of Salvation because it is a gift of…

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