Letter for FaithPoint

FaithPoint Logo 1If you missed the announcements on Sunday, here is your opportunity to see what is coming up.

Dec. 31, 2013 Tonight we are having a drop in only time of prayer and communion. If you would like to participate, my house will be open from 7 – 9 pm tonight. This will be a time of celebrating Jesus as we share communion together.

Jan. 4, 2014 We will meet at the park behind city hall in Warner Robins. We are hosting homeless people by serving, soup, cornbread, juice and other items. Please come out and serve with us. We want to tend to their physical hunger but also introduce these people to Jesus who can deal with their spiritual hunger.

Jan. 5, 2014 We begin our four-week series titled, God of This City. It is going to be a great time of diving into Scripture and practical application to use immediately in conversations that you may have with friends, co-workers, family, or acquaintances in the coming weeks.

Jan. 8, 2014 Our Wednesday night meetings will resume. Our FaithPoint Community Groups will relaunch in March.

Jan. 26, 2014 This will be the last Sunday to bring in your items for the Ronald McDonald House. We look forward to delivering them items that they need on a regular basis.

February, 2, 2014 We will be back in Genesis, picking up in Genesis 24. I look forward as we begin to transition from the life of Abraham to the lives of Issac, Jacob, and Joseph.

 

Here are the notes from Sunday’s sermon:

The title of this sermon is Everybody’s Psycho. Our text for this sermon comes from: 1 Corinthians 6:9-12 and Revelation 20:11-15

By now I am quite sure that you have heard the fiasco that is the issue of Duck Dynasty and GQ magazine.

You probably know that this is being touted as an issue of free speech and people being able to say what they believe.

Problem: Peter says that you should not be surprised when the fiery trial comes upon you. You should not be in awe that you, as a Christian, might have your words taken out of context and used against you.

The world is becoming more tolerant and accepting of people that call themselves gay or lesbian. The Bible calls them homosexual and you can reference Sodom and Gomorrah for how God feels about it.

The problem is not what was said, The problem is not the response. This is to be expected. The problem is the heart.

The homosexual issue is the drum that the church has hit. However, you can not single out one part of sexual immorality and keep banging the same drum.

What about child molestation?

What about women that read sexually graphic romance novels?

What about adults that are cheating on their spouses because adultery seems easier than working on their marriage?

What about sex trafficking?

What about lust? Men that stare at women’s breasts or women who fantasize about men with big biceps and a six pack.

What about pornography?

What about emotional adultery?

What about inappropriate touching?

What about fornication? Sex outside of marriage.

What about women who dress to draw attention to themselves and the boys who gawk at them?

What about men and women who are sexually agressive?

Jeremiah 17:9 says, The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately sick; who can understand it?

Paul writes in Romans 3:10-12, As it is written, None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.

Genesis 6:5 – The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

We have to be constantly reminded that we are not good. God is good. If you see yourself as good, than God is bad because he doesn’t give you what you believe you deserve or that you think you are entitled to. When you see yourself as bad, than you can see how good God is. If you are a Christian, you have experienced God’s goodness because he did not give you what you deserve.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10

Galatians 5:19-21

Revelation 21:8

All sin grieves the heart of God. God does not see sin on a scale. He does not see lying as less offensive than adultery or adultery less offensive than murder. All sin is the same to God. Sin breeds through the pride and selfishness within us.

Hell is real.

Hell is the final eternal destination for the unrighteous. It has been said that Hell is the absence of God. It is not the absence of God, it is the fullness of God’s hate, anger, and wrath. People in Hell will experience the onslaught of God’s hate, anger, and wrath for eternity.

You were once headed there. You were once bound for hell but God, rich in grace, saved you and you were adopted into his family.

1 Corinthians 6:11-12

You were brought to the end of your “self” and Jesus saved you. Your response to the gospel was repentance and Jesus gave you the Holy Spirit to dwell in you to guide you and conform you to the image of Jesus.

Because you have experienced grace and mercy, you need to live now as one who has lived that experience and holds it to be true and valuable.

John the Baptizer said, “Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.” Matthew 3:8

Your life should look like you were redeemed. You should want to conform to the image of Jesus and point others to Him.

I am all for loving people like Jesus, having compassion on them like Jesus, and being friends with people, But…there has to come a time when you call the person to repentance or you have lied by saying you love the person.

All people need to be called to repentance.

Psalm 7:12

Ezekiel 14:6

Ezekiel 18:30

Revelation 20:15

You should love God more than you love anyone else. You should love others enough that you care more about their relationship with Jesus and less about what they think about you.

You are a messenger of the gospel.

You have been equipped for the work God has predestined you to accomplish.

Disciple, Jesus gave his life to save you from Hell. Jesus took you off of your path of sin and gave you a path that He created for you. Jesus showered you with grace and mercy.

Go. Be obedient. Share the gospel. Jesus will be with you.

I hope that you have a great time celebrating the passing of 2013 and the beginning of 2014 with your friends and family.

Happy New Year!

I LOVE OUR CHURCH!

Pastor Jimmy

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