Pastor Jimmy Proulx

Intentional Discipleship

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Vlog: Sermon recap Superheroes Week 8

FaithPoint Logo 1James 4:17, “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

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FaithPoint News You Can Use

FaithPoint Logo 1Greetings FaithPoint,

This blog post is going to be a little different.

I want to share with you some upcoming things that you can expect to see in the coming weeks.

First off, you will see a lot more video content. Online video is becoming the way that the majority of people are consuming their content. This means everything from TV shows, movies, Facebook videos, and YouTube. Not only is online video increasing in popularity, but the majority of these videos are being watched on smart phones and tablets.

This discovery has challenged me to rethink how I communicate with you as your pastor.

I would also like to share with you that if you miss a Facebook video or the replay, there is a very likely chance that you can find the repost of that video here on the blog.

Here are some new videos that I am working on for you in the next few weeks:

  • One is greater than Zero
  • Stopping Self sabotage
  • A few giveaways
  • Chasing Immortality
  • Teaching Your Boys To Be Gentlemen
  • Bible studies
  • Rethinking Discipleship

These are just a few of the things that I want to bring to you.

facebook-live-logoNow I would like you to answer some questions?

  • Would you be interested in more video content?
  • Would you be interested in video Bible studies and devotions?
  • Would you be interested in a series of videos that focused on a specific topic?
  • Would you be interested in a Q and A type of video?
  • What other topics or discussions would you like me to address for you through the use of video?

You can check out my latest video, Boys Can Handle The Bible on my Facebook page.

I look forward to creating new videos that will encourage you to walk in the Word and point you to our Savior and Redeemer King – Jesus.

If you liked this post, please like and share. To answer one or more of these questions, please go to this post on my Facebook page and share your thoughts in the comments.

I would like to thank you in advance for your participation in helping me come up with videos to better serve you.

I LOVE OUR CHURCH!

Pastor Jimmy

 

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Vlog: Journaling

The journal is my way of expressing things that I would not share on my blog. In a journal I can pray, vent, rant, or write thoughts down on a piece of paper to better free my mind up to think on other things.

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What’s In The Catalyst Box?

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FaithPoint News

FaithPoint Logo 1Greetings FaithPoint!

I want to encourage you with this verse today:

“And I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.” Philemon 1:6

FaithPoint Men, remember that we will not be meeting this evening. We will be meeting next Tuesday at our normal scheduled time.

Thank you for taking the time to watch, like, and share our FaithPoint video. Please join me in praying that we will reach more people with Bible teaching as we do more of these videos.

Tomorrow, James will be doing our FaithPoint video. I am looking forward to seeing his video. I hope that you are too. Join me in the comments section of the video and let’s have a discussion together.

Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:

The text for this sermon comes from: 1 Corinthians 9:19-23. The title of this sermon is: Whatever It Takes. This is week 7 in our Superheroes 2 series.

Superheroes are relentless. There is a mission that they have or usually some bad guy or threat that needs to be dealt with. They will do whatever it takes to succeed. They don’t give up and they don’t quit. They are relentless. Why?

If a superhero calls it quits, takes a day off, or taps out, the bad guy wins. They fail. The goal is never achieved.

There is a very important and urgent matter that needs to be discussed. A Christian must by all means be transformed by having their mind renewed by the Word of God. Why?

Your very thoughts can keep you from living the life that God has called you to live. The abundant life is only accessible when you submit your whole life to God. You limit yourself because of the limitations your mind is placing on you.

For example: Have you ever not wanted to talk to a person about Jesus or invite them to church based on what their job was?

Christians reject people who have jobs that do not fit onto their moral scale. You might be fine talking to a woman in the grocery store until you learn that she is a stripper. Then you just shut down inside and want to run away and never see her again?

You will reject a person who is a bartender for a living because they sling bottles of beer or rum and cokes at the same restaurant you go to eat at because you don’t order alcohol.

You won’t talk to a tattoo artist because you are just not into tattoos.

You won’t talk to a barista at a coffee shop because you don’t drink coffee.

How incredibly selfish and pathetic is that?

I believe that a handful of people in this room know someone that is either in an emotional affair with someone who is not their spouse, they might be cheating on their spouse or thinking about it…and you sit there without a word of hope.

Rejecting people that do not fit within your moral framework is not just selfish and stupid it is disobedience.

How can you love your neighbor as yourself while rejecting your neighbor?

Jesus came to save people from all countries, all languages, all races, all educational, cultural and financial backgrounds and he came to save people who do not fit inside of your mental moral framework of right and wrong.

Before we get into our main text, let’s be reminded of what Jesus said in Luke 10:2, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

1 Corinthians 9:19-23

Here we go.

Paul gives us his strategy for how he built relationships and shared the gospel with as many people as possible. You become relentless.

You do whatever it takes.

  • To the Jews, he became as a Jew
  • To those who were under the law, he became like one under the law
  • To those outside the law, he became like one outside the law
  • To the weak he became weak
  • He did whatever it took to share the gospel with as many people as possible.

When there is not a direct command from Scripture to be obeyed, we look for principles that can be applied.

We do whatever it takes so that some people might hear the gospel and become followers of Jesus.

If you were a missionary in another country you would have to do things such as:

  • Learn a different way to talk
  • Eat food that you may not have ever eaten before
  • Learn new customs and traditions
  • Possibly learn a new language

You can talk to a bartender and order a soda or tea.

You can go to a coffee house and drink a tea or water.

You can talk to a tattoo artist without getting a tattoo.

God has given you likes and dislikes and molded you with a certain type of personality so that you can reach the people that you were meant to reach.

Maybe God is calling you to get outside of your box.

You have to know about superheroes or comic books to talk to a person that works at a comic book store.

You have to know something about cars if you are to talk to a person that sells cars, works on cars, or hot rods cars.

You should know a little bit about phones, tablets, or technology to talk with someone who works for a cell phone company or works with technology for a living.

Your relationship with your family, friends and co-workers is your doorway to share the gospel with them or give them an invite card.

You know what is really easy, giving an invite card to a server, a person who works in the drive thru, or a pizza delivery person.

I have an interesting situation now where because I get to interact with parents everyday when I pick up the boys from school. School is the doorway to a conversation with the parents.

Look at Paul. You have to find the common ground with the other person. You cannot expect them to go out of their way for you.

So what, you might have to learn about something new. You might just find that God is giving you something else to use when you talk to people about Him.

Do it all for the sake of the gospel that you may share with them in its blessings.

Jesus was relentless in His pursuit of you.

You should want to share the gospel with others.

Romans 1:16

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”

The gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. Everyone.

As a church in this city, we should be greatly dissatisfied that there are lost people all around us.

We should do whatever it takes so that we can reach the gospel with as many people as possible.

Start with one.

If you have a family, friends, live in a neighborhood, go to the movies or go out to dinner or have a job where you work with other people – you already have your one.

Start with them.

1 John 5:4.

We live by faith. We trust that God will lead us and mature our faith. We also trust that God will go before us preparing the way for us to build that relationship and share the gospel.

Faith is the victory that overcomes the world. Faith will do whatever it takes to rescue those who are in the world.

I challenge you to read these verses every day until the end of September. 1 Corinthians 9:19-23.

We need to get this in us so that we can hold on to it and it becomes a transformational part of our DNA.

Whatever it takes.

 

I LOVE OUR CHURCH!

Pastor Jimmy

 

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FaithPoint Logo 1Greetings FaithPoint!

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

“Physical light is said by Solomon to be sweet, but gospel light is infinitely more precious, for it reveals eternal things and ministers to our immortal natures. When the Holy Spirit gives us spiritual light and opens our eyes to behold the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ, we behold sin in its true colors, and ourselves in our real position; we see the Most Holy God as He reveals Himself, the plan of mercy as He propounds it, and the world to come as the Word describes it.” – Charles Spurgeon

Here are a couple announcements for you to remember:

FaithPoint Men, we will be discussing Lead Up Principle #7 this evening. We will meet at our normal scheduled tonight. See you at 6:30.

If you follow our FaithPoint Facebook page or my Pastor Jimmy Proulx like page, you will see live videos begin to show up this week. You will need to follow both pages if you would like to see the videos on both pages.

Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:

The text for this sermon comes from Hebrews 10:24. The title of this sermon is: Superheroes Never Settle. This is week 6 in our Superheroes2 series.

Christians are familiar with verses such as John 13:35, By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Matthew 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

We know that we are to love God and love others. We know that we are called to be chasing after everything that Jesus created us to be and calling others to repentance so that may find Jesus as their Lord and Savior, their Shepherd and Redeemer King.

Christians do not mind change and they expect it when it comes to computers, cars and cell phones. Christians are reluctant and often refuse change when it is expected of them.

Unbelief lies inside every Christian. It puts up a wall of resistance against change and faith. It retaliates against verses like Romans 12:2.

Unbelief makes excuses for why a person is not growing or progressing in their faith.

Unbelief looks at an empty chair as just an empty chair. Faith prays for the empty chair because that could be the very chair that your coworker, friend, family member, or acquaintance like the Starbucks barista you have been talking to sits in.

Unbelief directs you to distraction because it takes work to be intentional.

Distractions can lead you to settle. Settling leads to comfort.

Comfort is the enemy of progress.

Have we so deceived ourselves into thinking that we don’t need to grow or mature in our faith because we are Christians and we are just going to Heaven when we die because that is our end goal?

That is what we were told in church right? That is what we sell to little kids.

Christians believe in this so much that they just kick back and put their feet up and put their spiritual life on cruise control….because they are comfortable.

The end goal for a Christian is to be like Jesus and be a part of God’s plan of reconciliation and transformation as He sets right everything that man has made wrong.

That might be true but apparently that is not enough to get some Christians off the couch.

Galatians 5:14, “For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Have we so deceived ourselves into thinking that loving our neighbor means leaving them alone?

Unbelief will tell you to not invite anyone over to your house.

Unbelief will tell you to not to share your story or talk about Jesus to anyone because they might not talk to you anymore. So, you listen to the voice of unbelief because you care more about what the person thinks about you more than what Jesus has called you to.

Listening to the voice of unbelief is another way of hardening your heart.

If you are resistant, reluctant or downright opposed to applying what you heard from the Bible – you are hardening your heart.

Take a note from Batman and Iron Man. They. Never. Settle.

Batman is constantly looking for ways to get better. He pushes himself to be better so that he can stay on top of his game when it comes to fighting bad guys. As technology advances, so does his uniform, his gadgets, and his batmobiles.

He is always learning. My house could probably fit inside his library. Batman knows that the minute that he gets comfortable or stops trying to get better, his enemies will take advantage of that and Batman will not be as effective as he could be because he settled.

Tony Stark is the same way. There are no two Iron Man armors that are exactly the same. Tony wants to always be better than the bad guys he is trying to take down. In fact, he tries to stay ahead of the game. He has so many different armors that he can be ready for almost any situation that arises. Tony is constantly learning and tweaking not just his armors, but himself. He knows that there are parts of him that he doesn’t like and he tries to work to make himself better. When it comes to technology, Iron Man is so far ahead of the game that if the technology does not exist, Tony will just invent it.

Both Batman and Iron Man work to continue becoming more than they are right now. They have an endurance and perseverance that drives them to push themselves.

They not only push themselves but they push other superheroes to get better.

Batman doesn’t want to be Superman. He just wants Superman to be a better Superman.

He pushes Green Lantern, Cyborg, Flash. He pushes Nightwing and Robin. He wants the people he works with to continue to get better.

Iron Man wants the Avengers to get better. He pushes them to train and learn and push beyond their limits.

Both Batman and Iron Man know that the Justice League and the Avengers are only as strong as their weakest member. That is why they push them to become stronger, faster, better. The stronger each individual hero is, the stronger the team is.

The Bible calls us to do the same thing. Hebrews 10:24

Stir up: set in motion, instigate, kindle, fire up, ignite, provoke

You are called to push, encourage, challenge, whatever it takes to make disciples.

Both Batman and Iron Man know that they cannot push their teams to grow and get better if they themselves are not willing to grow and get better.

The same is true for Christians.

You cannot make disciples of Jesus if you are not already one yourself. When it comes to your spiritual life, you cannot take someone down a road that you have not walked yourself.

You cannot expect someone else to do something that you are unwilling to do yourself.

For us to be everything that God has called us to be means that we have to give up comfortable, apathy, and complacency. Complacency will kill a Christian’s spiritual walk and kill a church.

We are called to live a life of faith.

We are not going to sit and settle. We know that God is moving and we want to be a part of it.

You are not complacent Christians. You will not give up. You will not submit to comfortable.

You refuse to listen and give in to the voice of unbelief and resistance.

1 John 4:4, “Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”

Isaiah 41:10, “fear not, for I am with you be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

If you are a Christian, the Lord is your Shepherd, you will never be in want.

Jesus is your Redeemer King.

He has called you out of the darkness into His glorious light.

He has given you the Holy Spirit so that you can walk fully in the power and calling that is given to every Christian.

You will live by faith. It does not matter that you cannot see the whole picture but you trust God to lead and direct you.

You take the first step of faith and then God will begin to work in you and through you.

Romans 8:31, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

God does not set you up to fail. God does not call you into His purpose for your life and then walk away. God does not place a calling on your life and then do everything in His power to sabotage you.

God is for you. He wants you to succeed in your calling. He wants you to fully become like Jesus in all areas of your life. He wants you to make disciples and stir up other Christians.

You just might be the catalyst that awakens the fire inside another Christian and reignites their passion to live the life that Jesus has called them to live.

Don’t settle for anything less than that which God has already purposed for your life.

I leave you with this.

Philippians 2:13, “for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”

I LOVE OUR CHURCH!

Pastor Jimmy

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FaithPoint Logo 1Greetings FaithPoint!

Tomorrow is First Wednesday! I love our time of fellowship together and I am looking forward to our time of discussion.

Remember, after tomorrow, we are going to be doing videos on Facebook Live. If you have not already done so, you will need to subscribe to both our FaithPoint page and my page. Both are linked for you.

I believe that this will be a good time of learning and discussion. I cannot wait to see how we engage together through the comments, likes and shares. If you need a little more information, please read the blog that I wrote yesterday titled,                     A New Season.

Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:

The text for this sermon is from: Acts 17:26 and Jeremiah 29:4-7. The title of this sermon is: A Theology of Place. This is week 5 in our Superheroes2 series.

 

Dr. Richard Twiss said, “When a Navajo baby is born, the parents bury the umbilical cord somewhere on the property near where their Hogan, or house sits. Why? So that the baby is always connected to the place it came from.”

Superheroes all come from a place. There is a city where every superhero is rooted. It is their homebase. It is where they belong. They call their city home.

  • Batman is from Gotham City
  • Spiderman is from Queens
  • Arrow is from Star City
  • Flash is from Central City
  • Iron Man is from Long Island

No matter where they go or what battle they fight, they always return to the city that they call home.

Pastor Leonce Crump says, “Place captures our individual cultures, keeps safe our memories, binds us as a people, and gives that sense of belonging as much or more than anything else in the world.”

However, our society would lead us to believe that place is more of a theoretical concept. The idea is somewhat as geographer David Harvey says metaphorical, “We talk about the place of art in social life, the place of women in society, our place in the cosmos, and we internalize such notions psychologically in terms of knowing your place, or feeling that we have a place in the affection or esteem of others.”

Our society has taken place away from its purest form.

Superheroes are drawn or pulled into their city. They are compelled to live there, to fight for what they believe is right, to help as many people as they can. They are connected to the city that they live in. They identify with the people in that city. Those are “their people.”

Why do you live in the place where you live right now?

Acts 17:26 “And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place”

This sounds a lot like Ephesians:

Ephesians 1:4-5 “even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.”

God in his sovereignty, determined before the foundation of the world when you would be born, how long you would live, where you would live, all according to the purpose of his will.

This idea of place is central to everything a superhero does. It is why they do what they do. It is also why what works for Batman, would not work for Spiderman.

The same idea works in churches. The idea of place must be grasped by churches because it is central to all of their ministry efforts. For example, what works for Hillsong in Australia may not work in Miami and what works for a church in Miami may not work for a church in Warner Robins.

This is great news for a church. The DNA of that city is part of the church. The people that make up the church live, work, play and shop in that city. That church should know their city better than anyone else.

I hope you wrestle with this. God has given every Christian the ability to impact the lives of other people and to influence and shape the culture in their city.

When God created the world, he called everything that he had made – good. The first man is responsible for introducing sin, death and rebellion into the world. However, God has never changed his mind. He still calls what he made – good. He also calls us his ambassadors. We are God’s ambassadors of good. We are agents of reconciliation and transformation.

There is a longing inside every superhero that their city can be better than the way it is right now.

There should be a longing inside every Christian that their city can be better than the way it is right now. Why? Because we long to see the world in the way that God intended.

In Colossians 1:20 Paul writes, “and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.”

God is going to come and reclaim, rebuild, and restore what rightfully belongs to him. He is going to reconcile all things. All things really means all things.

Because God has determined before the foundation of the world when you would be born, where you would live, and the boundaries of where you would live, he placed you in this city according to the purpose of his will.

It is by God’s perfect design that you live where you live and work where you work. In other words, because you belong to God as his beloved child, you have been sent.

You are called to grow roots in the city in which God sent you.

Jeremiah 29:4-7

You are sent. Understanding that you are sent is in the DNA of your identity in Jesus. It is who you are. Knowing that you are sent determines where you shop, where you go to the movies, what restaurants and coffee shops you frequent and where you workout. When you know that God has purposefully sent you, your decisions on where you spend your time becomes very intentional.

When you are sent, you are seeking renewal of your city through seeing Jesus redeem the people in that city.

When you are intentional about where you spend your time, you start to build relationships with the people in those businesses. Be intentional about continuing the relationship with those people. Jesus may use you to plant gospel seeds in their lives through simple things like sharing your story or handing them an invite card. Your actions may be what Jesus uses to redeem the lives of those you come in contact with.

Your city should be a better place because you are in it. You may never run for public office or mayor but Jesus can still use your gift, skills, and talents to impact the lives of people that you come into contact with on a daily basis.

How you live is a reflection of who you serve.

Keep this in mind. God sent you to the city. He did not send the city to you.

I believe that the church is fundamental in the restoration and transformation of the city through the restoration and transformation of the lives of the people in the city.

The blood that Jesus shed on the cross redeems every person that calls upon his name in faith to save them from their sins. Through Jesus, every believer is united as family.

I believe that a church is a family.

FaithPoint is family.

Welcome Home.

We don’t just love the city, we love the people in the city. We want people to feel welcome here at FaithPoint because we want FaithPoint to be the church that they call home.

Believe and live out the fact that you are sent.

Be intentional with where you spend your time.

Build relationships with people. Be their friend.

Look for opportunities to share your story or give out invite cards.

Embrace this place.

I LOVE OUR CHURCH!

Pastor Jimmy

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A New Season

facebook-live-logoThe Bible says in Ecclesiastes 3:1, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”

The Proulx family has entered a new season – beginning today.

Both of our boys are in school now. Bryson has entered the first grade and Luke is beginning Pre-K.

Kristi and I have prayed for this moment. I have been working with both boys, teaching them how to respect others and what it means to be a gentleman. We believe that their school should be a better place because they are there. Their friends should be better because of the positive influence that our boys have in their lives.

We are praying for our boys that they will learn and grow. We are praying for the teachers as they lead their students in learning and growing. We are praying for the school that it will thrive and continue to develop students who will be strong and courageous leaders in the future.

If you are a reader of this blog, you are about to see this blog take a new direction.

You already know that this blog is connected to Facebook.

Now we are going to do more with Facebook Live.

I used to be very involved in the Periscope community but a lot of the people that I follow have recently left Periscope and headed to YouTube or Snapchat. I do not have a problem with this but as much as I enjoy following these people, I am not interested in downloading another app just to follow a few people.

However, I believe that while these platforms are good, another type of platform is being overlooked. Facebook Live.

On your Facebook home page you can find a link to a map that will show you all of the people who are live on Facebook at the same time.

I have looked on the map and have seen radio stations, UFC events, live concerts, car races, people hanging out, people sharing their opinions on politics, celebrities and other types of things. I have not found many churches or much Bible teaching on Facebook Live.

I believe that Facebook Live is in its infancy and we have the opportunity to be in on the ground floor as it develops.

What I would like to do is use Facebook Live to dive into certain topics and begin conversations that you can engage with. Let’s use Facebook Live as a way to learn, grow, be discipled and have fun.

A few years ago, we were going to launch a private discipleship group but it did not get much traction. Now, we have the opportunity to try again with Facebook Live.

You can engage directly with me or with anyone else who watches the video. There are a few things that I really like about Facebook Live.

  • You do not have to watch live. If you are at work or at school or you just missed the live broadcast, you can go back and watch the video at any time on your schedule.
  • You can share your comments on the video live or you can go back and comment on the replay. You will have the ability to not just engage with the broadcaster but with anyone else who is commenting on the video.
  • You can like and share the video. You can send likes and hearts to the broadcaster to let them know that you are enjoying their content. The likes and hearts, in addition to the comments, helps the broadcaster to know what is working and what is resonating with you. This helps them to be able to work on curating more content to share with you and in our case – curate content that will help you learn, grow and be a better follower of Jesus.

I am excited about this new season and I hope that you are too.

Pastor Jimmy

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FaithPoint News

FaithPoint Logo 1Greetings FaithPoint!

Looking forward to seeing you tonight. I hope that you have thought about the idea that was presented Sunday. Tonight, you have an opportunity to contribute to this discussion. Here is a recap:

Would you like to have more video teaching? Teachings, video discussions, devotions, or Bible studies would all be via Facebook Live broadcasted from my page. What this would mean is there would be three Wednesday nights where we did Facebook Live teachings and if you miss it, you can go back and watch it anytime that you want. You will also have the opportunity to like, comment, or share the video. There would only be one Wednesday night where we would meet at my house. This one Wednesday a month would be a time of fellowship and teaching but the other three would be for video teaching. I look forward to what you have to say this evening.

If you are unable to make it tonight, please head over to my Facebook page and share your thoughts. I will make a decision based on those who contribute to the conversation.

Here are the sermon notes from Sunday:

The text for this sermon comes from 1 Samuel 1-4 and Isaiah 64. The title of this sermon is: The Reluctant Christian. This is week 4 in our Superheroes2 series.

Most people are familiar with Superman. He is the original iconic superhero. His symbol of the “S” or as he calls it, his family crest, is known all over the world.

Superman is one of the most powerful superheroes in all of the comic book world. However, when he comes into the vicinity of kryptonite or a red sun, he loses his powers. He becomes useless. Powerless. He becomes like an ordinary man. He is in no shape to fight bad guys. He can’t fly. None of his powers work. The longer he is exposed, to the kryptonite or the red sun, the longer it takes for him to regain his powers. A powerless Superman is ineffective.

Do you know what is worse than a superhero that lost their powers?

A superhero that has powers but won’t use them.

You may not know her but Jessica Jones is a woman that has super powers but she is reluctant to use them. She doesn’t want people to know that she has super powers and she is not going to voluntarily tell people that she has these powers.

She doesn’t rush to help people in need. She doesn’t fly in and save the day. She doesn’t go out of her way to stop bad guys. She is not the kind of hero that you would want to depend on. She just wants to be left alone.

Know any Christians like that?

A reluctant Christian?

Google says that the definition of reluctant is: unwilling and hesitant, disinclined, unenthusiastic, resistant, opposed.

Follow me: We are going to do an overview of 1 Samuel 1-4

Chapter 1: We are introduced to Elkanah and his two wives. Let’s not talk about how big of an idiot Elkanah is. Hannah wanted to have a baby boy but she couldn’t.

1 Samuel 1:6-8 Her rival. Polygamy never works in the Bible. God designed marriage to be monogamous between one man and one woman. Polygamy always ends up bad. A man that has more than one wife always proves what an idiot he is.

Peninnah would make fun of Hannah because she could have children and Hannah could not.

So Hannah goes to church and kneels at the altar and pours her heart out to God. Then we are introduced to Eli. He is a moron of a pastor.

Eli sees her praying to God at the altar, tears streaming down her face. Eli is shocked. Apparently, that sort of thing is not normal. Eli thinks she is drunk.

Chapter 2: We are introduced to Eli’s sons. Verse 12 says that they are worthless and they do not know the Lord. What kind of crap is that? It is evident that Eli does not respect God. He does not take God seriously. He doesn’t care about God’s Word and he definitely does not care about the church. He lets his sons who are not saved work in the church. Idiot.

Eli gets word that his sons are robbing people of their offerings and they are having sex with women in the lobby of the church. Eli does not even confront them. He says something but his sons do not listen to him.

Chapter 3: Samuel hears from the Lord. The Lord tells Samuel that he is going to kill Eli’s sons and Eli. 3:11-14 He begs Samuel to tell him what the Lord said. Samuel does. Eli is not repentant. Vs 18.

Chapter 4: Eli’s sons take the ark of the covenant into battle. Eli’s sons are both killed and the ark of the covenant is captured by the Philistines. Eli gets news from a messenger that his sons are both dead. He falls out dead.

Eli’s daughter in law is pregnant. She hears that her husband and father-in-law are both dead. So, she names her son – Ichabod. How sad? Look at what this poor kid’s name means.

4:21 – “The glory has departed from Israel?”

How many Christians need to have Ichabod tattooed on their forehead?

The glory of the Lord had departed from this life.

“The glory of the Lord” is a technical way of saying the manifest presence of God. How many Christians are just going through their life and they are blind to the realization that they are no longer surrounded by the presence of God?

Why should they care?

Romans 8 says that the same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you. That is power. Power that is in the life of every believer.

Is Unbelief sticking its head out yet? Is it bowing up trying to stand its ground right now?

A Christian that does not believe that they have this power inside of them is not concerned with walking by faith, being immersed in the Bible or obedient to their Redeemer King.

They are reluctant.

  • Unwilling to have their minds transformed by the Bible
  • Hesitant to submit to God completely
  • Disinclined to give or serve
  • Unenthusiastic in their worship
  • Resistant – They push back against sharing their story or the gospel with others
  • They are opposed to obeying the Bible as their highest authority

And these same people want to call themselves Christians.

Colossians 2:6, “As you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him.

Look at what James 2:17 says, “So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

Works are not necessary to have faith. Works are the evidence that you do have faith.

  • Faith without submission to God – dead
  • Faith without giving or serving – dead
  • Faith without worship – dead
  • Faith without trusting the Holy Spirit to lead you, guide you, convict you of sin and conform you to the image of Jesus – dead
  • Faith without sharing the gospel, sharing your story, or simply inviting people into tour life or to church – dead
  • Faith without obeying Scripture as their highest authority – dead

The power and presence of God may seem absent from your life because you are bent on living your life like you don’t need it.

The Holy Spirit does reside in a Christian but the way you live might have put him to sleep.

  • How is he supposed to convict you of sin if you don’t want to repent?
  • How is he supposed to lead and guide you if you don’t want to follow?
  • How is he supposed to conform you to the image of Jesus if you don’t want to listen?

The longer that you are reluctant, walk in unbelief, or just flat out deny the power that the Bible says is in you, the longer you will be miserable.

We need to be consumed by the fire of our God. Hebrews 12:29

We need to be immersed in it. Saturated by it.

We need to be changed by it.

We need to repent and call out to God. Isaiah 64:1

“Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at your presence!”

This is where change starts.

This is where revival starts.

I LOVE OUR CHURCH!

Pastor Jimmy

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Pride, doubt, fear, anger, anxiousness, insecurity, all of these things stem from a root of unbelief. As a church, I hope that you stand with me. Together, we will remain firm in the foundation of God’s Word. We will stand firm in our faith. We might be shaken at times but we will not be moved because our roots run deep in Jesus.

Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:

The text for this sermon comes from a few different verses. Part of this sermon is taken from when we laid out the groundwork for this series a few Wednesday nights ago. The title of this sermon is: The War Within.

Superheroes have enemies. Pick any superhero and you can probably name one of the major villains that they fight regularly.

Superman has Lex Luthor, Doomsday, Darkseid, and Braniac.

Batman has Joker, Penguin, Two Face, Bane, Mr. Freeze and the list goes on.

Spider-Man has Green Goblin, Sandman, Vulture, Rhino, Dr Octopus and others.

To the degree that the hero wants to stop the bad guy is directly proportional to the degree that the bad guy wants to stop the hero.

Both the hero and the villain believe they are right.

However, there always comes a time when the hero faces an enemy that challenges him and shakes him to his core.

The enemy that has this power to shake a hero and freeze them to the point of doubt and render them ineffective, is himself.

Every hero faces this internal dialogue; this voice that is so loud that it is almost deafening. This voice communicates that the hero is not a hero. It tells them that they have no impact. It tells them that they are no different than the villains that they are trying to stop. It tells them that they can’t do this because this is not who they were cut out to be.

The hero faces a wall of uncertainty and doubt. Their thoughts become a wall of resistance as they battle the voice of this internal dialogue.

They ultimately have to make a choice. Are they going to cave to the pressure of the internal voice or are they going to walk in their calling and continue to make an impact in their city?

Every Christian has a battle within them. There is a war going on inside you. Do you seek to live by the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit or do you seek to gratify the selfish nature of the flesh.

This battle within the life of a Christian is laid out for us by the apostle Paul in Romans 8. In fact, we are no different than Paul when he wrote about his internal struggle in Romans 7:15-25.

The Bible has told you everything that you need to know about your enemy. The Bible has given you his names, told you his strategies and tactics and even laid out for you how your enemy operates.

QIf you are a Christian, you are a threat to the devil. He takes it upon himself to render you ineffective. He is most successful when he can plant seeds of unbelief in your mind.

Google says that unbelief is: The absence of faith.

What areas of your life do you struggle with listening to the prominent, loud, sometimes overwhelming voice of unbelief?

The only way to fight unbelief is with faith.

  • Acts 1:8 Power
  • Romans 12:2 Transformed
  • Romans 8:10-11 Christ in you
  • John 14:12-14 Power in Jesus’ name
  • John 14:16-17 Helper – The Holy Spirit in you
  • Luke 10:19 Power and Authority
  • 1 Corinthians 16:13 Stand Firm/Be Strong
  • Joshua 1:9 Strong and Courageous
  • James 4:7 Submit/Resist
  • James 5:16 Power in Prayer

The Bible says, that every Christian has all of these things in their life. Do you believe that?

I cannot make you believe any of those things. I cannot make you believe that your identity as a Christian is in Jesus and Jesus alone.

All of those things are true. Faith is a gift from God rooted in the truth of Jesus. Truth has an effect on every person. You have one of two ways that you can respond to truth. You can either hear truth, change your thinking, habits, and apply it to your life or you can hear truth and you can resist it, choose to not want to believe it, and live your life in willful defiance of it. That means you either live your life in submissive obedience or you choose to live in active, willful rebellion.

Jesus is truth – John 14:6

You are sanctified by truth – John 17:17

The Word of God, the Bible is truth – John 17:17

Faith comes from hearing and hearing through the word of Christ – Romans 10:17

The only way to fight unbelief in your life is through reading or hearing the Bible.

Your mind must be transformed so that you can ultimately lay the smackdown on the enemy’s boisterous voice of unbelief in your life. This takes us back to Romans 12:2.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, so that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good, acceptable and perfect.”

If the Bible is not a priority. If it is not prominent in your life, you are going to have to discipline yourself to make it a priority. At first it will be a discipline and then it will become a delight.

If you are a Christian, the Bible must be the foundation upon which your life is built.

The alternative is to build your life on something else and watch it collapse as you are overwhelmed by the tidal waves of uncertainty, doubt, anxiousness, and fear. Those all grow from the root of unbelief.

No Christian should live in a constant place of doubt, fear, anxiousness, or unbelief.

You walk by faith.

You walk by the very word of God.

You walk by the Bible.

We all have to confront areas of unbelief in our lives. The only way to fight it is to increase your faith through being saturated in the truth of the gospel.

More of the truth of God’s word in your life means less unbelief in your life.

I LOVE OUR CHURCH!

Pastor Jimmy

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