Be The Church

December 31, 2018

God is not calling us to COME TO CHURCH, He wants us to BE THE CHURCH!

 

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Down From His Glory

December 17, 2018

DOWN FROM HIS GLORY

TEXT: Colossians 2:6-10 (KJV)

Colossians 2:6-10
6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

 

Philippians 2:7-8 (KJV)
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

This is why Christmas is so special. It has really nothing to do with many of the trappings and traditions we celebrate it with. The real and true meaning of Christmas is the celebration of a God who came DOWN FROM HIS GLORY to have a relationship with and SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS!

The reason He “Came Down from His Glory” was to rescue us and reconcile us. This is made possible by the Holy Spirit. - Here is how it happens:

We acknowledge that we are a sinner and we have broken God’s laws - we REPENT or turn over our lives to God and turn from the life that says we know better than God what is best for our lives. That is where many people get hung up...they are not willing to trust God with their life. They are sorry because they know they have broken God’s laws, but they aren’t willing to start leaning in to God’s way of doing things!
Whoever you are - it is time to REPENT - Turn To God, turn away from SIN!

Our next step after we have died out to our old life and turned from SIN is to bury our flesh in the waters of Baptism in Jesus’ Name. When we are baptized in Jesus’ Name - we are then buried with Jesus Christ and we take on his name. It is washing away our sins, and us taking on the family name of Jesus Christ! (The one who SAVES us from our sins because He came down from His Glory).

Then Jesus places His Spirit inside of us to help us be more like Him. He is reconciling us to Himself. That is why He came - to give us the opportunity to forsake sin and have eternal life.

Why not today, as we celebrate CHRISTMAS!? Let’s do it the right way and honor the ONE who came Down from His Glory!

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In God We Trust - “Overbooked”

December 2, 2018

We live in a culture that views dependence as weakness, yet we are called to be 100% dependent on God. Being dependent on God will keep us from feeling the need to overbook ourselves.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

So how do we TRUST IN THE LORD? (1st Part of the verse)
 
TRUST GOD’S WORD
 (John 17:17)
 
TRUST GOD’S WAYS
(Jer. 1:5)
 
TRUST GOD IN OTHERS
 
 
Now let’s discuss how to: LEAN NOT TO OUR OWN UNDERSTANDING!
 
 
DO NOT TRUST YOURSELF
 
His ways are higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:9)
 
In ALL YOUR WAYS….ACKNOWLEDGE HIM..
 
Acknowledge JESUS in every step you take.
 
 
The third command of these verses is really about applying the first two to every step we take along the journey we call life.

 

This attitude is explained in James 4:
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.  Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.  (James 4:13-15)
 
HE WILL DIRECT YOUR PATH
 
As Joseph said to his brothers at the end of his life about their decision to sell him as a slave to Egypt:
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. (Genesis 50:20)
 
Similarly, as another famous Bible verse puts like this:
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 ESV)
 
 
God will re-straighten (direct) your path. You can get back into the center of God’s will. And amazingly when you do so, God can even apply the mistakes and sins of your past… to be part of His purpose for you and the world around you that He wants to influence through you.
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STEP UP - Defining Moments

November 4, 2018

STEPPING UP into our Defining Moment because of the times in which we live.


Text: Esther 4:11-16 (KJV)

It's Not Just a Coincidence

There is a Cause

The Time is Now

 

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STEP FORWARD - Defining Moments Series

October 28, 2018

We need to look at what it will take for us to STEP FORWARD into the Defining Moments God has for us which will land us directly in the middle of His Purpose for us!

LISTEN TO GOD
MAKE THINGS RIGHT
DISCOVER Passions and Gifts and Strengths, and…

BE ACCOUNTABLE (to wise counsel)

And JUST DO IT!

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Purpose - REVEALED SERIES

October 21, 2018

Each one of us was designed for a purpose. On a foundational level that purpose is to know God and make Him known. But there is another purpose which is unique to you.

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STEP OUT - Defining Moments Series

October 14, 2018

STEP OUT into TRUSTING JESUS COMPLETELY with your past, your present, and your future!

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Keep Moving, Keep Growing - Ted Abbott

August 5, 2018

Spiritual Growth is all about becoming more like Jesus every day, week, month and year. There is a very clear process in scripture. Make sure you follow it, and you will easily grow and advance in you spiritual journey.

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God Loves the Lost - Joseph Ontiveros

August 5, 2018

Jonah teaches us some very important lessons about how God feels about the Lost. Those who don't know any better and continue to live in violence and misery. God loves them so much that He will send people to warn them. That is where we come in.

 

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Learn From Mistakes and GROW - Lisa Anderson

July 29, 2018

Ministry in Training - Lisa Anderson speaks to the church about Learning from Mistakes and Growing Spiritually. It is important not to keep making the same mistakes, but we need to apply ourselves to learn and grow.

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