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Grace & Truth - Stand Firm, Love Well Series - April 1, 2020

Grace & Truth - Stand Firm, Love Well Series - April 1, 2020

April 1, 2020

GRACE and TRUTH

Part 1 – Stand Firm, Love Well Series
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Text: Daniel 1:1-6 (NIV)

Daniel 1:7 (NIV) The chief official gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego.

✓Change our IDENTITY .

Daniel: “God is my judge”
Belteshazzar: “Lady, protect the king” Male
Hananiah: “Yahweh has been gracious”
Shadrach: “I am fearful of God”
Mishael: “Who can compare to my God? No one!”
Meshach: “I am despised, contemptible, and humiliated”
Azariah: “Yahweh has helped”
Abednego: “the servant of Nebo”

 

When culture shifts, we must know WHO WE ARE.
Daniel 1:8 (NIV) But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.

✓Compromise our STANDARDS .

When culture shifts, we must REAFFIRM OUR CONVICTIONS.

Daniel 1:9-10 (NIV)

Daniel 1:11-14 (NIV) Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, "Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see." So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.

✓Create a CONFRONTATION .

When culture shifts we must RESPOND THE RIGHT WAY .

John 1:14 (KJV) And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

TRUTH : God’s standard.
John 17:17 (NIV) Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.
GRACE: GOD’S FAVOR .

Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT) God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.

Without truth, we are CORRUPT . Without grace, we are CONDEMNED .
Without truth, WE BECOME WORLDLY . Without grace, WE BECOME JUDGMENTAL .

Truth without grace is MEAN . Grace without truth is MEANINGLESS .

Truth and grace is MEDICINE .

Grace INVITES us to be free. Truth SETS us free.

 

John 8:1-11 (NLT) Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd. “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust. When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”

HOLD HIGH God’s truth.

FREELY GIVE God’s grace.

Faithful To Heal and Deliver - March 29, 2020

Faithful To Heal and Deliver - March 29, 2020

March 29, 2020

Faithful to Heal and Deliver
He Is Faithful

TEXT: Psalm 103:1-4

Psalm 103
A Psalm of David.
 Bless the Lord, O my soul:
and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits:
 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities;
who healeth all thy diseases;
 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction;
who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

Psalms 107:19-21
Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble,
and he saveth them out of their distresses.
 He sent his word, and healed them,
and delivered them from their destructions.
 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness,
and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

 

How many known diseases are in the world today?

According to the World Health Organization a few years ago there are at least 14,199 codes for diseases or sicknesses that are know to modern medicine today. One thing you can be sure of is that the list will grow.
Who knows when and where the next infectious disease will show up – and that is very unsettling to us.

In a report a few years ago by the American Medical Association the people who classify diseases, etc…stated that there were 39 general categories for diseases in the world past and present. I found that somewhat interesting because the Bible tells us that Jesus received 39 stripes upon his back – and it also tells us that BY HIS STRIPES we are healed! For every general classification of disease with every sub-classification below it – Jesus already paid the price for the HEALING!

Isaiah 53:4-5 (KJV)
Surely he hath borne our griefs,
and carried our sorrows:
yet we did esteem him stricken,
smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions,
he was bruised for our iniquities:
the chastisement of our peace was upon him;
and with his stripes we are healed.

So the Bible tells us that Jesus was outwardly wounded – for our transgressions. Transgressions are sins that we commit against others, and are usually outward sins. Then the Bible tells us that Jesus was bruised or inwardly wounded for our iniquities. Iniquities are inner sins or hidden sins that are usually not known to anyone else.

When they told Jesus – they said “he whom thou lovest” is sick…and I’m sure Mary and Martha did not understand why Jesus did not just rush right in and save the day. In fact you kind of hear in in their tone with Jesus throughout the conversation in John 11.

Just because Jesus doesn’t respond like we think He should does not mean that He doesn’t love us or that He doesn’t care about what we are going through. That is where our faith and trust in God come in…

I want you to know today that God really does care about you and what you are going through – He is working all things together for good – and He is going to get the glory when all is said and done!

(Jesus) loved me enough to be LATE! Sometimes Jesus does His greatest work in us and through us when all of the “conventional” methods have failed and we are left scratching our heads about why He didn’t perform the way we thought He would!

What issues do you face right now that you want God to “show up” to help you with?

Mark 6:12-13
And they went out, and preached that men should repent. And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.

Until the fall of man in the Garden and sin entering the world – there was NO SICKNESS and no disease.

The good news for everyone of us today is that Jesus Christ can not only heal, but he can also forgive and cleanse us from sin which is at the root of all disease and sickness!

Luke 5 and Mark 2 – Story of the Lame Man

Mark 2:3-12
And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was:and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.

If you have sin in your life – you need to REPENT and ask God to forgive you – and you need to be prayed for…we will pray for you. The scripture says that the prayer of faith will save the sick…

Name some things God is dealing with you about right now:

 

James 5:14-16
Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

The Pentecostals early last century handled the quarantine of the Spanish Influenza…they obeyed the requests of the government – but they acted in faith and prayed and cared for those who were sick and dying. l believe that we as the people of God need to pray and believe more than ever before – we will see healing, we will see deliverance – In the Name of Jesus through faith!

What are you believing God for right now? What will you step out in faith to receive?

The Trash Man Comes on Wednesday - Guest Speaker Ron Elliott - March 15, 2020

The Trash Man Comes on Wednesday - Guest Speaker Ron Elliott - March 15, 2020

March 15, 2020

Guest Speaker Ron Elliot preaching about how the Trash man comes on Wednesday.

Living in Between the Bookends

Living in Between the Bookends

December 30, 2019

Matthew 1:23 KJV

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.  

Matthew 28:19-20 KJV

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

 

Practice Here for There
I’m Coming Out with My Hands Up

I’m Coming Out with My Hands Up

April 11, 2019

Pastor A.J. Dummitt challenges all of us to take God at his word and start surrendering to what God has in store for us, Choosing to praise God in the midst of our troubles!

Right Relationships show a Masterpiece in Progress

Right Relationships show a Masterpiece in Progress

April 7, 2019

Drawing on the Scriptures from Ephesians 5-6 about our Relationships - Rev. Ted Abbott speaks about his experiences of learning how Right Relationships show that we are a Masterpiece in Progress.

Trusting God Through Disappointment

Trusting God Through Disappointment

March 24, 2019

Rev. Stephen M. Drury preaches transparently about what it means to trust God through disappointment - knowing that HE is making a masterpiece out of us!

Made Possible By Jesus

Made Possible By Jesus

March 3, 2019

Pastor A.J. Dummitt preaches about the things that are Made Possible to Us by the Blood of Jesus from Ephesians 2:11-22. We are his Masterpiece.

Look Up - Look Series

Look Up - Look Series

March 3, 2019

Pastor Dummitt preaches from 1 Chronicles 29:10-19 (NASB) - We need to LOOK UP to God. He is the source of our help!

 

Ephesians 3:20-21 (NKJV)
20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

God Can DO EVERYTHING!
Can God Heal your body? YES LOOK UP
Can God FIX your marriage? YES, LOOK UP
Can God break addictions off of you? YES, LOOK UP
Can God BLESS your finances? YES, LOOK UP
Can God Protect and Help your kids? YES, LOOK UP
Can God SAVE your family & Friends? YES, LOOK UP
Can God give us DOUBLE for our TROUBLE? YES, LOOK UP

Psalm 121:1-2 (NKJV)
I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

What are you facing today? Look UP.

Our Help Comes From God!