Is God trying to get our attention? Is this the beginning of the end? What should our response be? These are just a few of the questions being asked regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Today Pastor Mike will begin addressing some of these questions in a 6-part series called "Finding Clarity During COVID-19: A Study of the Book of Joel."
Because Jesus gave, He expects us to be givers, as well, but He wants our giving to be done with the right intent. As a believer in Christ, does anything need to change in the way I handle money? Follow along with us in part four of "Now What" where we will learn God's view on money.
Last week Pastor Mike spoke about inviting Jesus into our hearts and allowing Him to become the Savior of our soul. Today we will learn that Jesus wants to be so much more than just our Savior. He longs to be Lord over every facet of our lives. Do you know Him as Lord and can you trust Him enough to let go and allow God to have total control? https://www.dropbox.com/s/causj5zv0o3o9wy/Jesus...%20Do%20You%20Know%20Him%20-%20part%204.pdf?dl=0 Online Communication Card: discoverreallife.net/contact Online Giving: discoverreallife.net/give (Lord) (To Understand the Sacrifice He Made) And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground. Luke 22:44 NASB At noon the whole country was covered with darkness, which lasted for three hours. At about three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud shout, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, My God, why did you abandon Me?” Matthew 27:45-46 GNT When He had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. John 19:30 NIV (To Realize the Battle He Won) The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29 NASB But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed. Isaiah 53:5 NASB “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead...” Matthew 28:5-7a NASB (To Embrace the Offer He Makes) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you.. 1 Peter 1:3-4 NASB “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10b NASB Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17 NASB
Before the fall of mankind God knew in advance that we would make a mess of things. He already had a plan in place even before the creation of the world. God's plan required a sacrifice and that sacrifice was made by sending His Son to die in our place. We needed a savior so Jesus came to be our Savior because He loves us. Do you know Him as Savior? Notes: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ksfemdbxl6j3w4y/Jesus...%20Do%20You%20Know%20Him%20-%20part%203.pdf?dl=0 Online Communication Card: discoverreallife.net/contact Online Giving: discoverreallife.net/give (Savior) (To save us from our sins) “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 NASB “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NASB For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV (To save us from ourselves) This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10 NIV For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Romans 5:6 NASB For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God… 1 Peter 3:18 (To save us from our fears) When the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground and were terrified. And Jesus came to them and touched them and said, “Get up, and do not be afraid.” Matthew 17:6-7 NASB The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Psalm 27:1 NKJV (To save us for Himself) “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when you come in Your kingdom!” And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:40b-43 NASB
Jesus... Do You Know Him? part 2 The characteristics of a true friend involve spending time together, sharing your thoughts and feelings with one another without fear of being rejected. A true friend accepts you the way you are and remains loyal to the end. Those kind of friends are hard to find, but that is exactly the kind of friend Jesus longs to be to us. Jesus… Do You Know Him as a friend? Notes: https://www.dropbox.com/s/op6s1zfen7k4gk8/Jesus...%20Do%20You%20Know%20Him%20-%20part%202.pdf?dl=0 Online Communication Card: https://discoverreallife.net/contact Online Giving: https://discoverreallife.net/give (Friend) (That I can relate to) And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 NASB (Who can sympathize with me) This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the same testings we do, yet He did not sin. Hebrews 4:15 NLT (Who accepts me) “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV “Never will I leave you...” Hebrews 13:5 NIV (That forgives me) (Matthew) But when Jesus heard this, He said, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire compassion, and not sacrifice,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew 9:12-13 NASB (The Woman caught in Adultery) He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?... “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” John 8:10b-11 NKJV (Zaccheus) Zaccheus stopped and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, Half of my possessions I will give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much.” Luke 19:8 NASB (Peter) ...and threw himself into the sea. John 21:7c NASB
Because He has risen from the dead, we have hope and we can know Jesus as our hope! We can rely on Him to be everything we need during uncertainties, anxieties and our outlook for the future. In part one of this series, the question we need to ask ourselves is, "Do we know Jesus as our hope?" Notes: https://www.dropbox.com/s/i6pe4r1ut7dncq4/Jesus...%20Do%20You%20Know%20Him%20-%20part%201.pdf?dl=0 Online Communication Card: https://discoverreallife.net/contact Online Giving: https://discoverreallife.net/give (Hope) “He has risen.” Matthew, Mark, Luke While they were telling these things, He Himself stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be to you.” But they were startled and frightened and thought that they were seeing a spirit. And He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. Luke 24:36-40 NASB Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26 NASB (Mary Magdalene) - John 20 NASB Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came early to the tomb, while it was still dark, and saw the stone already taken away from the tomb. v. 1 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” v. 15 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” v. 16 (Worship when you fear) (Thomas) - John 20 NASB After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving but believing.” Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and My God!” v. 26-28 (Worship in your doubts) “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. John 14:27 NASB