As we begin a new series, "What Happens When We Worship," we learn that King David longs to renew the nation of Israel in the worship of God by bringing the Ark of God to Jerusalem. As he transports the ark into the city he leads his people in a procession of worship. As we take a look at 1 Chronicles 16 we will discover 5 components of worship that David used as he led his people in the worship of God. https://www.dropbox.com/s/061b8v3p76hoytq/What%20Happens%20When%20We%20Worship%2C%20part%201.pdf?dl=0 David and the Ark of God 1 Chronicles 16 Components 1. (Thanks and Thought) Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples. Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; speak of all His wonders. v. 8-9 NASB Remember the wonders He has performed, His miracles, and the rulings He has given. v. 12 NLT 2. (Remember and Rejoice) Remember His covenant forever, the word which He commanded to a thousand generations, the covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac. He also confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant... v. 15-17 NASB Declare His glory among the nations, His wondrous works among all peoples. v. 24 CSB 3. (Worth-ship and Wonder) For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; He also is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. v. 25-26 NASB 4. (Declare and Delight) Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice! Tell all the nations, “The LORD reigns!” v. 31 NLT And say: “Save us, God of our salvation; gather us and rescue us from the nations so that we may give thanks to Your holy name and rejoice in Your praise.” v. 35 CSB 5. (Give an Offering) Give to the LORD the glory He deserves! Bring your offering and come into His presence. v. 29 NLT
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As we begin a new year, be thinking about the "one word" that you want to focus on throughout the new year. And as you begin to pray for your one word, also be thinking about that "one person" to whom you would like to invest time in and pour into throughout the year 2020. It's better to do something for one than nothing for anyone. https://www.dropbox.com/s/fpd9hbs5gnylk0w/Start%20Well.pdf?dl=0 My One Word “Do something (about one thing) rather than (nothing about everything).” While He was still speaking, they came from the house of the synagogue official, saying, “Your daughter has died; why trouble the Teacher anymore?” But Jesus, overhearing what was being spoken, said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid any longer, only believe.” And He allowed no one to accompany Him, except Peter and James and John the brother of James. They came to the house of the synagogue official; and He saw a commotion, and people loudly weeping and wailing. And entering in, He said to them, “Why make a commotion and weep? The child has not died, but is asleep.” They began laughing at Him. But putting them all out, He took along the child’s father and mother and His own companions, and entered the room where the child was. Taking the child by the hand, He said to her, “Talitha kum! Immediately the girl got up and began to walk, for she was twelve years old. And immediately they were completely astounded. Mark 5:35-42 NASB Actions to Take 1. (Pray for clarity) 2. (Select the right word) 3. (Become and remain focused) 4. (Enjoy the journey) 5. (Celebrate the victories) My One Word: ____________ My One Person “Do something (for someone) rather than (nothing for anyone).” He entered Jericho and was passing through. And there was a man called by the name of Zaccheus; he was a chief tax collector and he was rich. Zaccheus was trying to see who Jesus was, and was unable because of the crowd, for he was small in stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree in order to see Him, for He was about to pass through that way. When Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zaccheus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” Luke 19:1-5 NASB Actions to Take 1. (Pray for clarity) 2. (Make the opportunity) 3. (Include, Invite, Invest) 4. (Share the Gospel) 5. (Remain Alert) My One Person: ____________
We will take a look at Psalm 67 where the psalmist invokes the blessing of God upon the people. As we dig deeper into this passage we will learn what it really means to be blessed by God and who this blessing is intended for? https://www.dropbox.com/s/56g7vf22anfzprt/Happy%20New%20Year%202020.pdf?dl=0 God’s blessings brings... (Grace to our hearts) God be gracious to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us—that Your way may be known on the earth, Your salvation among all nations. v. 1-2 NASB 1) God’s Presence offers (acceptance and love). 2) God’s Salvation offers (personal relationship). (We are blessed to be a blessing) (Guidance to our decisions) Let the nations be glad and sing for joy; for You will judge the peoples with uprightness and guide the nations on the earth. v. 4 NASB 3) God’s Word offers (to lead our lives) Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Ps. 119:105 NASB (Goodness to our lives) Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. v. 3 & 5 NASB The earth has yielded its produce; God, our God blesses us. v. 6 NASB God’s blessings include: (His Presence) (His Provision) (Family) (Victory over evil) (Glory to Himself) God blesses us, that all the ends of the earth may fear Him. v. 7 NASB 5) God’s Invitation (includes you). To be blessed by God
As we reflect on the Christmas story of the birth of Jesus, we will take a look at the characters portrayed in the story. There were the angels, the shepherds, the Magi and others who took part in that special day. Which role can you identify with in the story? https://www.dropbox.com/s/dnp3m9s5gdg568q/Merry%20Christmas%2C%20Real%20Life%20Church.pdf?dl=0 Where are You in the Christmas Story? He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was revealed in these last times for you. 1 Peter 1:20 CSB (The Prophets) When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish His kingdom. 2 Samuel 7:12 NASB (Are you seeking a Savior)? (The Angels) And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” Luke 2:13-14 NASB (Are you praising the Savior)? (The Shepherds) So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. Luke 2:16-17 NASB (Are you proclaiming the Savior)? (The Magi) After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2:11 NASB (Are you giving to the Savior)? (The Parents) And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife. Matthew 1:24 NASB But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. Luke 2:19 NASB (Are you obedient to the Savior)? (The Innkeeper) And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2: 7 NASB (Are you making room for the Savior)?
We will continue in part three of "Unity to Impact the Community" and see how beautifully everything works out when we are working together as one body. Great tasks are accomplished and people outside the community are able to see that God is at work. https://www.dropbox.com/s/y61z09wsgndxro0/Unity%20to%20Impact%20the%20Community%2C%20Part%203.pdf?dl=0 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” —Jesus John 13:34-35 NKJV When the Church is Unified It Will... (break your heart for others) When I heard these words, I sat down and wept and mourned for days; and I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven. Nehemiah1:4 NASB (give you a willingness to help and serve) “...and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the fortress which is by the temple, for the wall of the city and for the house to which I will go.” And the king granted them to me because the good hand of my God was on me. Nehemiah 2:8 NASB (cause you to participate) I told them how the hand of my God had been favorable to me and also about the king’s words which he had spoken to me. Then they said, “Let us arise and build.” Nehemiah 2:18 NASB (force you to fight evil) Now Tobiah the Ammonite was near him and he said, “Even what they are building—if a fox should jump on it, he would break their stone wall down!” Nehemiah 4:3 NASB (bring a desire to complete the task) So we built the wall and the whole wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work. Nehemiah 4:6 NASB So the wall was completed...in fifty-two days. When all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations surrounding us saw it, they lost their confidence; for they recognized that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God. Nehemiah 6:15-16 NASB
Join us for part 2 in our series, “Unity to Impact the Community.” Today’s sermon will show us three responses the church should have if we want to live a life that influences our community inside and out. https://www.dropbox.com/s/y4n90cvp1zo76z7/Unity%20to%20Impact%20the%20Community%2C%20Part%202.pdf?dl=0 “I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by Your name that You have given Me, so that they may be one as We are one.” —Jesus John 17:11 HCSB 3 Responses of Unity in the Church 1. (Impacts the community inside and out). And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness. Acts 4:31 NASB (Lives are changed): How? (Vertically) (Inwardly) (Horizontally) 2. (Is a witness to the power of Jesus) And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them. Acts 4:32 NASB (Change in Belief = Change in Behavior) (People are cared for) 3. (Has influence on the next generation) And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all. Acts 4:33 NASB (Make disciples of all nations and of every generation) At the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were taking place among the people; and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s portico. But none of the rest dared to associate with them; however, the people held them in high esteem. And all the more believers in the Lord, multitudes of men and women, were constantly added to their number… Acts 5:12-14 NASB
If we want to impact our community, there must be unity; unity with God, with mankind, and unity in the church. Today we will learn the characteristics of unity and the key to working together as one body. https://www.dropbox.com/s/gc7plzuqyc96fon/Unity%20to%20Impact%20the%20Community%2C%20Part%201.pdf?dl=0 Therefore, I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3 NASB 3 Examples within Ephesians 1. Unity (among God and Man) 2. Unity (between Mankind with one another) 3. Unity with (Mankind in the Church) Characteristics of Unity Personal: Humility—(lowliness, the opposite of Pride) Gentleness—(meekness, ready to suffer a wrong) People who do not get along with others are interested only in themselves; they will disagree with what everyone else knows is right. Proverbs 18:1 GNT Interpersonal: Patience—(Suffering long, slow to anger) Tolerance—(forbearance, to put up with) Love—(agape, Family affection) If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Romans 12:18 NASB 2 Keys 1) (Be diligent) 2) (Be dependent on the Holy Spirit) How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! Psalm 133:1 NIV
In today’s sermon, “Happy Thanksgiving”, Jesus heals ten lepers, yet only one returns to say thank you. We will learn through this that there are enemies of gratitude which often hinder us from expressing our thankfulness. As we approach this Thanksgiving season, let us be reminded that our response should always be one of thankfulness. https://www.dropbox.com/s/v7xfnc3ax1zdalh/Happy%20Thanksgiving%202019.pdf?dl=0 While He was on the way to Jerusalem, He was passing between Samaria and Galilee. As He entered a village, ten leprous men who stood at a distance met Him; and they raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When He saw them, He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they were going, they were cleansed. Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan. Luke 17:11-16 NASB 3 Lessons to Learn 1. (A request in faith) (Jesus is the right place to pour your heart) 2. (A response of trust) (God’s answers require action) 3. (A return with gratitude) (In all things, give thanks) 4 Enemies of Gratitude 1) (Comparison) On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified. 1 Samuel 17:11 NIV 2) (Envy) For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. James 3:16 NLT 3) (Worry) “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?” Matthew 6:25 NKJV 4) (Doubt) But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” He said, “Why did you doubt?” Matthew14:30-31 NIV
Paul wants the believers to experience the love of Christ so that they can overflow with the fullness of God that only He can give. How do we maintain that fullness so that we can live this out every day? Pastor Mike gives us very practical, yet necessary guidelines that can guide us along the way. https://www.dropbox.com/s/7ut7bk3uiwn8lt4/Unsearchable%20Riches%2C%20Part%20Seven.pdf?dl=0 ...and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:19-21 NASB “Filled up to all the fullness of God” 2 Aspects: 1) God controls (our faculties) Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2 NASB (The Body) (The Mind) (The Will) (The Emotions) 2) God fulfills (our longings) “...but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst.” —Jesus John 4:14a NASB (Love) (Holiness) (Power) (Deliverance) Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 NASB 6 Practices: (Consistent Bible Study) - Luke 24:44 (Consistent Prayer) - 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (Self-Examination) - 1 Corinthians 11:28 (Surrendering Sinfulness) - Romans 8:13 (Responsiveness) - John 14:21 (Praise & Thanksgiving) - Psalm 100:4
In Unsearchable Riches, part six, Paul prays for inner strength for the believers so that Christ would make his home in their hearts. He wants them to be rooted and grounded in love; love for God, love for others and love for their enemies. https://www.dropbox.com/s/lqx32yba4pe2ann/Unsearchable%20Riches%2C%20Part%20Six.pdf?dl=0 ...so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth... Ephesians 3:17-18 NASB “May Dwell” “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.” — Jesus Revelation 3:20 NASB 5 Steps to Take 1) (Stay mentally focused) (Bible) 2) (Recognize incompatibilities) (Remove) 3) (Die to “Self”) (Daily) 4) (Total Dependence) (Prayer) 5) (Perseverance) (Consistency) “Rooted and Grounded” (Tree & Building) For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. 1 Corinthians 3:9 NASB “In Love” 1. (God) “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37 NASB 2. (Others) “The second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-39 NASB 3. (Enemies) "...love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you...” Matthew 5:44 NASB