Pastor Jimmy Proulx

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Greetings FaithPoint!

I hope that you are having a great week. I hope that you are enjoying our study in Proverbs. Proverbs is a book that is blunt and straight to the point. The only response to Proverbs is immediate execution or application.

May you grow in wisdom. May you experience God’s love and grace. You are more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus. You are an overcomer. 1 John 4:4 says, “For he who is in you is greater than he that is in the world.”

Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:

The text for this sermon is from: Proverbs 14:4. The title of this sermon is: You Reap What You Sow. This is the second sermon in our Proverbs2 series.

There is a growing movement of people that want to make a change in their lives. They have this romantic notion that they can leave their corporate computer jobs and get out of the city and they can go buy a ranch or a farm and they can just do that instead.

Most of these people have no idea what they are getting themselves into. They are basing their knowledge about farming based on what they have seen on TV or in movies.

What they end up finding out is that it takes work to keep a farm going. It is probably more work than they did at their corporate job and is most definitely a different kind of work than what they were used to.

There is also a romantic notion of the Christian life that a lot of people have. They believe that just because they have confessed Jesus as their Lord and Savior, there is nothing else that they have to do. They believe that going to church is going to feed their soul for the whole week and they don’t need to pick up their Bible at home or anywhere else. Parents think their kids learn enough about Jesus at church but when their kids do something or go down some dark path, they want to blame the church instead of taking responsibility as parents.

Most Christians don’t know what they are supposed to believe or why they should believe it. This is a tragedy.

Charles Spurgeon said, There is enough dust on the Bibles of most Christians that you could write damnation on the cover.

That is a mic drop quote. Drop mic. Walk off the stage.

Just like a farm, if you want to reap a harvest in your life – if you want to grow and progress in becoming more like Jesus, you have to put in the work.

Proverbs 14:4

A clean farm is an unproductive farm.

If you want to have a good crop, you have to get messy.

We are called to bear fruit. We are called to be the trees that are planted by streams of life giving water. So, like the tree, we need to be plugged in to the only spirit life giving resource there is and that is Jesus.

Galatians 6:7-8

Galatians 5:22-23

If you want to bear fruit, you will have to get your hands dirty. You will need to pick up more than just the remote.

To bear fruit a tree or vine must be pruned. Dead branches must be cut away and thrown into a fire.

The longer a dead branch stays on the tree, the faster it affects the rest of the tree. Then whatever caused the branch to die, ends up killing the rest of the tree if it is not dealt with. The best way to deal with it is to cut it off.

We all need pruning and cultivating. There are things in our lives that must be cut off so that we can continue to be all that Jesus created us to be.

How do you learn and grow?

Not every farmer uses the same methods but they get similar results.

In a farmer’s life, the farm comes before anything else. It comes before anything else. The farmer will do whatever it takes to continue working the farm as long as he can.

In a Christian’s life, your spiritual journey or your relationship with Jesus must come before anything else. You must be molded and shaped by Scripture so that you can grow. You cannot lead your spouse, your kids, you can’t lead anyone else if you cannot lead yourself.

You have to be a disciple to make disciples. In other words, you have to follow Jesus to teach someone else what it looks like to follow Jesus.

The great thing about all of this is that Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit and the church.

You take how you learn.

You take community with the church.

You end up conforming more to the image of Jesus by doing life with other people who are doing what Jesus called them to do.

Remember that a clean farm is an unproductive farm.

If you want to grow with Jesus, it is both costly and you are going to have to get your hands dirty.

I LOVE OUR CHURCH!

Grace and Peace.

Pastor Jimmy

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Greetings FaithPoint!

I hope that your new year is off to a great start.

Our Men’s book discussion picked back up this evening. We had a great time.

Don’t forget tomorrow night is our time of fellowship and Bible study. You can bring whatever you would like to share for our time of fellowship. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:

The text for this sermon is Proverbs 24:27. The title of this sermon is: Sharpen the Saw This is the first sermon in our Proverbs2 series.

There is a story about a man who needed to cut down a tree. There had been some heavy rains in his area and the tree he wanted to cut down was in danger of falling on his house. He goes to his workshop and gets his saw. He puts on his gloves and walks out to the tree. He begins to saw the tree. A friend comes over to see him and notices that he is working at sawing the tree down. The man’s friend kindly tells him that he would make better progress if he would sharpen the saw. The man told him that he could not sharpen the saw because that would take too much time.

Last week we saw that what you value is what you give attention to and what you give attention to is what you end up doing.

How often have you noticed in someone’s life that what they say is not exactly what they do? How often in your own life is what you say not exactly what you do?

For example: If you took a survey and asked people what they valued or what was most important to them, the majority of people would all give the same answer.

They would say something like their health and well being or their family. They say that but that is not what they do. They say their health is important but they are not going to a gym, they are not riding a bike, they are not exploring whether or not their current nutrition plan is right for their lifestyle or if there is a better option available. What you are going to get is: It takes too much time.

Go to any restaurant. Look for a table with a family there. How many phones and tablets do you see on the table or in the hands of the people at the table? How can family be important if you spend more time on Facebook than with your spouse? How is family important if you don’t even know what is going on with your kids at school?

Proverbs 24:27

What are you building? You are always in the process of building, what it looks like in the end is entirely up to you, the builder.

I am a huge believer in spiritual growth. Christians are called to be like Jesus. We are called to Christlikeness.

You pick out where you want to build. You have the land, you have your materials, you have your blueprint, and you have all of the proper tools. You are ready to begin.

So, you begin to build.

After a while, you take a look at the structure and you see that it is coming together. You cannot wait to move into this house.

You walk around and admire the work. The brick work is impeccable. The floors are in and the walls appear to be good and strong. The roof looks good. You have the best windows that money can buy and you are almost ready to put the front door on. You walk outside and take a look and you just notice that something just doesn’t look right.

You realize that there are cracks in your foundation.

Matthew 7:24-27

Obedience is the evidence of building upon a rock solid foundation. Disobedience is the evidence that you may not have a foundation at all.

When it comes to your personal spiritual growth, you can be either proactive or reactive.

A Christian that is reactive complains about things that they cannot control. They do not want to put forth the effort to learn and grow because it takes too much time. They are like the man that needed to cut down the tree but didn’t want to sharpen the saw because it would take too much time.

Proactive people carve out time.

They say no to some things to say yes to other things. They make time to do self evaluations. They take time to care for their own soul. They study the Bible, they don’t just read it to read it. They let it read them. They cultivate Bible reading and study time into their schedule.

They are not adding to their routine, they are making changes to their routine.

Proverbs 24:27

It always helps to have the right tools before you begin to build.

Maybe you need better tools.

Your spiritual growth is your primary responsibility.

It is not going to happen by accident.

It is not going to happen overnight.

To be like Jesus, you have to walk like Jesus walked.

I Love Our Church!

Pastor Jimmy

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Greetings FaithPoint!

I hope that you are enjoying our Advent series as much as I am.

I love this time of year. Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love looking at Christmas lights with the family. I love watching Christmas movies with my boys. I enjoyed watching my family make Christmas cookies. I also like any excuse to drink coffee or hot chocolate.

Don’t forget that we will have a Facebook video about Peace this week and then we will end our Advent series on Christmas day. Our service will begin at the normal time. If you know of anyone whose church is not having services this Sunday, feel free to invite them to our service. This would also be a good time to invite your friends, family members, neighbors and co-workers to FaithPoint. We want everyone to hear about Jesus.

Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:

The text for this sermon comes from: Philippians 4:4-9 The title for this sermon is: Fight for Joy. This is week 3 in our Advent series.

Philippians 4:4-9

We see in this Scripture that we are called to rejoice. Always. Consistently and constantly. Always. Joy. It is not an emotion. It is a fruit of the Spirit.

The Concise Dictionary of Christian Theology says, Joy – A sense of satisfaction and delight that is not affected by circumstances.

Where does this satisfaction and delight come from?

We see that joy is different than happiness. Happiness is based on our circumstances. When circumstances are good, we are happy. When circumstances are bad or do not go the way that we expected, our expression changes very quickly.

You are not responsible for what happens to you but you are responsible for how you respond to what happens to you.

You can have joy in tough times. You can have joy in the midst of the storm. You can have joy no matter what your trial or test may be because – the joy of the Lord is your strength.

Nehemiah 8:10: The joy of the Lord is your strength.

Jesus is the reason for your joy. Joy is not found in a thing. Joy is found in a Shepherd. Joy is found in our Sustainer. Joy is found in a Noble, Holy, Righteous, Majestic, King. Joy is found in our Savior. Joy is found in Jesus.

Jesus is our satisfaction. Jesus is our delight. Jesus is our joy.

Let’s connect some verses.

Matthew 22:37-39 – You can love God, love others, and love yourself because the joy of the Lord is your strength.

Luke 9:23 – You can take up your cross and follow Jesus daily because the joy of the Lord is your strength.

1 John 5:1-3 You can delight in obedience because the joy of the Lord is your strength.

Psalm 119:11 You can hide God’s word in your heart because the joy of the Lord is your strength.

Romans 12:2 You can have your mind transformed because the joy of the Lord is your strength.

Psalm 139:23-24 You can pray this prayer because you are not irritable, resentful, or rebellious in conforming to the image of Jesus because the joy of the Lord is your strength.

Joshua 1:9 You can be strong and courageous because the joy of the Lord is your strength.

James 1:2-4 You can find joy in the midst of trials and be steadfast in the faith because the joy of the Lord is your strength.

What brings joy to the life of a Christian?

Ephesians 1:4 – You were chosen before the foundation of the world

Ephesians 2:10 – You are God’s masterpiece chosen and given things to do that He has called you to accomplish

Romans 5:8 – Jesus died for you.

1 Corinthians 15:4 – Jesus rose from the dead.

Romans 8:11 – The same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you.

Colossians 3:3 – Your life is hidden with Christ in God.

John 10:28 – Jesus said that no one can ever take you away from Him. You belong to Jesus.

All of these things are true whether you believe them or not.

All of these things are true whether you have joy or not.

I encourage you to find your joy in Jesus so that you can believe that all of these things are true.

However, you have to fight for joy.

The Bible says that you have an enemy. The devil that masquerades as an angel of light. He is called a liar. He is called a thief. He is called a lion that roaming seeking Christians to devour.

All of his tactics are the same from the beginning of time. He does not change them because of their effectiveness. All of his tactics are designed to steal, kill, and destroy.

Steal your joy.

Kill your hope.

Destroy your peace.

The devil is going to hurl things at you in full force. He is going to launch attacks on you because he wants to mess you up.

James 4:7 Put up a fight.

If you want to keep joy, you have to do things that are going to plant it, cultivate it, and harvest it. You have to plant the fruit of the Spirit if you want to reap it.

You have to be aware of things, circumstances and situations that are designed to kill your joy. When you lose joy – the devil has won that battle. He stole your joy.

Through Jesus you can take it back. Just snatch it right out of his hands.

Renew your focus.

Fix your eyes on Jesus.

Ask God to show you how He has blessed you and ask Him to open your eyes to see it.

It is not just about resisting or putting up a fight. It is about surrender.

Submit yourselves to God. Surrender.

True joy is found in surrender to Jesus.

If you want true, everlasting joy, surrender your life fully to Jesus. Relinquish control and walk in the freedom that Jesus gives you and your joy will multiply.

May your cup be filled to overflowing.

 

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FaithPoint Logo 1Greetings Faithpoint!

Can you believe that next week is Thanksgiving? This is a good time of year to slow down and do a bit of reflection. We take a look at our lives and we give thanks for all of the blessings that God has given to us. Sometimes, we do not even realize everything that God has blessed us with. There are blessings that we may even take for granted. Let’s be truly grateful this Thanksgiving for everything that our Heavenly Father has given to us, His children.

Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:

The text for this sermon comes from Colossians 2:6-14. The title of this sermon is: Walk in Christ.

This morning we are taking a break from James. We will be back in James next week. This morning we want to take a look at a very urgent message from the apostle Paul.

Colossians 2:6-15

*Code Blue

There is a term in the church world that is very troubling. The Christian Athiest. It is very discouraging to even hear the words. Those words should not even be in the same sentence. It doesn’t make sense, does it? Yet, here we are.

The term describes the average person who goes to church on Sunday and sings like God is alive. They pray like God is alive. They hear a sermon proclaiming God is alive and then they leave their church and live like God is dead.

I believe that they live like God is dead because they are dead or close to it. These are the Christians who are code blue. Look, people with joy – rejoice. People that are thankful – give thanks. People that are steadfast or standing firm – are not easily shaken or moved. So along the same lines, a person that lives like God is dead, has their faith on life support or they are in a very real need of being revived, or recharged.

You are who Christ says you are: Holy, Saint, Righteous, Redeemed. You are not identified in Christ by your mistakes. You are identified in Christ by Christ in you – the hope of glory. It is Christ in you that bonds you to Him. It is Christ in you that bonds you to other believers as brothers and sisters. It is what bonds you to your church as family.

v6. Therefore….see verses 1-5 I can say what I am about to say because of what I have already told you. All Christians have been called by Christ and received Him. Jesus is our Savior from sin, death, and wrath. Walk In Him. Christians are to make their thoughts, habits, actions, conversations, anything they engage in, their whole way of life, conform to the image of Christ.  

There is no line or distinction between who you are and what you say. Daily walk with Christ – Daily have communion with Him.

Paul would not have written these words if Jesus was dead. There would be no chance of ever having the Holy Spirit in you. If Jesus was dead, you would still be making animal sacrifices in the temple for the forgiveness of your sins instead of being able to rejoice in that all of your sins, past, present, and future were covered by the blood that Jesus shed on the cross.

v7. The more we walk with Christ, the more we are rooted or grounded in Him. The deeper we are rooted, the closer our walk with Him will be. Give thanks for the people who have taught you, helped you, and established you in the faith. Be thankful for growth, conviction, correction, teaching and rebuke. A sign of maturity is how quickly you repent after you have been convicted.

We are called to Christlikeness. All through Scripture we are called to become more and more like Jesus in our actions, in our minds, in our words. We do not have time to cover all of these Scriptures today but this would be a good Bible study or Facebook video study.

We are called to holiness. Leviticus 20:26 says,

26 You shall be holy to me, for I the Lord am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine.

We are called to perfection. In Matthew 5:48, Jesus says,

48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Jesus is wanting us to get to a level of maturity where we understand that when we are faced with severe temptations, and trials that attack our deepest level of desires and passions, we know that we do not have to sin because God has provided a way out. Sin is not inevitable. You are progressing in sanctification. You are becoming more like Jesus in every way. However, when you do sin, you repent immediately. You take note. This is where you failed. This is an area that you need work in so that you can be more like Jesus in this area of your life.

You crave spending time in the Bible. You delight in being obedient to your Heavenly Father. You enjoy learning how to make your life match up to Scripture.

As you mature, what starts out as discipline becomes a delight.

v8. Study the Bible – journal, take notes. Study Scripture. Study Doctrine. Study Theology. A study of the Word leads us to the knowledge of God. It confirms our faith in Him. Studying the Bible provides you with discernment to understand what is truth and what is false teaching. Those who put their faith in things or other people have been deceived into believing lies.

Our greatest need is communion with our Heavenly Father by being in His Word daily.

Our greatest threat is our failure to be in God’s Word. Our failure in this way is significant. It slows our progress in becoming more like Jesus. We fail to be consumed by the fire that comes from God in us. We fail to have our minds transformed by the Scripture. We fail to walk in Christ Jesus, as we have received Him.

Let this not be said of us!

Taste and see that the Lord is good! Psalm 34:8

v9. The presence/fullness of God dwells no longer in a temple but in Christ. The One through whom we have salvation, regeneration, justification, sanctification, and will have glorification. Christ. The One whom we are crucified with. Christ. The One we take up our cross to follow. Christ. The One we serve by renouncing all things. That Christ. That Jesus. He is God.

v10. Renounce sin. Be reformed in your mind. Transformed. Romans 12:2

v11. Put off the old man. Put off the old self. Kill sin. Live by the Spirit. Romans 5:8

v12. Baptism – Your old life has been put to death and you also are raised in Him and you rejoice that He has given you a new life.

v13. All our sins have been forgiven.

v14. You are made new.

You are alive! Don’t just sing that God is alive. Live! Live like God is alive because He is alive! Your sins have been nailed to the cross. You are alive in Christ!

May your faith be strengthened.

May you walk in Christ as you have received Him.

May you rejoice and be abundantly glad because Jesus chose you, redeemed you, and has called you.

May you worship Him because He is holy, righteous, majestic and He is our Savior, our Lord, our Shepherd, our Sustainer, our Redeemer and our King.

I LOVE OUR CHURCH!

Pastor Jimmy

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We are now in November. It is crazy to think that we are almost in 2017.

I hope that you have been enjoying the videos and the sermon recaps. We will continue these videos so that you can continue to watch them on your own time.

This coming Sunday will be our first Bible study. We will be in the book of John and we will focus on spiritual growth. We will begin the study at 5:00. I look forward to seeing you.

Tonight is our time of fellowship and Bible study. I can’t wait to spend time with our Faithpoint family as we share food and recap the sermon together.

Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:

The text for this sermon comes from: James 4:1-12. The title of this sermon is: Run To Your Daddy.

When you become a Christian, the Holy Spirit is given to you. The gospel starts to infiltrate and rush into every area of your life. It’s like when people in your house have been sick. There are germs that have been brought into your house that if not dealt with, will cause other people to be sick. So, you grab the Lysol and you attack every room in the house. You vacuum the carpets. You change the sheets and pillow cases. Why? You want to get rid of the crap in the house that is making people sick.

That is the Holy Spirit’s job. He gets rid of the crap in us that is making us sick. However, there are some things that we know are harmful to us but we don’t want to part with them so we try to hang on. The longer we hang on to it, the more damage we do to ourselves.

James is going to show us that there is a way of life that we used to live and a way of life that we are called to live. The two cannot live together harmoniously so they clash. There is a war going on inside each of us. Our passions and desires are at war with each other.

James 4:1-12

We remember from last week that we are called to grow (increasing in) purity, peace, gentleness, reason, mercy, and bearing fruit that makes it evident that we are pursuing becoming like Jesus.

James is talking to the church. If we believe false wisdom or foolishness, then we see no consequences or repercussions at doing whatever it takes to make ourselves happy. Perfect judgment made by a Holy God means nothing to us because in our foolishness we believe that God serves us instead of us being created to serve and worship Him.

Quarrels and fights happened because of bitter jealousy and selfish ambition. Vile, dark things are going on in the church. You don’t rejoice when God blesses other people because you feel left out. You don’t celebrate, you grow in disgust and contempt. You see that someone else has something that you want, so, you just kill them and take it. Coveting anything, power, position, title, money, someone’s spouse or another person, anything comes out of the dark places within your heart. You think that you deserve that more than anyone else.

Friendship with the world is enmity or hostility with God. Do you want something so bad that you would make yourself an enemy of God?

Screaming out like a child that something or someone should be yours because you deserve it. You get mad at the person for having it and then get mad at God for giving it to them. Your feeling of entitlement cries out that it is not fair.

You adulterous people – How many times have you tried to make a deal with God and then you fail to keep your part? How many times did you make promises that you never intended on keeping. How often do you sing songs of worship to God on Sunday and then you turn around and you give your heart to something else and you worship it instead?

Your deepest desires and passions are not for God. They are for something that you don’t currently have. Your cravings are for the next place you want to go on vacation.

God wants you. All of you. He wants your whole heart but your deepest desires and cravings show that you want something else instead of your Heavenly Father.

You would think, I would never worship anything other than God. That sounds good but that is not reality. Anything that you hold on to more than you hold on to Jesus is an idol. Anything that you won’t let go of – idol. Anything that you can’t or won’t share or let someone borrow – idol. Anything that just the thought of not having it causes anxiety – idol. Anything that the thought of letting it go seems like it would be too painful – idol.

You give your heart over to idols because you don’t trust the Bible when it says that Jesus is enough. It tells us that Jesus is all we need. We don’t believe it. We run to our idols and then we get mad when God wants to take it away or blesses someone else instead.

But…He gives more grace. This is a beautiful thing.

Now James is going to show us how to walk in the grace of God. It is in direct opposition, it clashes with the way of life that comes from foolishness and wickedness. He gives more grace to those who walk in humility.

Instead of thinking you deserve something or are entitled to something, you pick up your cross and die to yourself. You die to the foolish and wicked parts of your heart. You want to as John Owen said, kill it before it kills you. Put to death the things inside you that push you away from Christ instead of towards Him.

Submit – You are under God not above Him. You submit to Him as He knows what is best for you better than you do. Submission leads to obedience.

Resist – Withstand the action or effect of

Put up a fight. Don’t give in. Stand your ground. Stand firm.

Draw near to God like a child running to their daddy.

Repent.

Be a person of peace. Walk in peace.

 

I LOVE OUR CHURCH!

Pastor Jimmy

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