Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 118:29
Tonight is our monthly Wednesday gathering. I look forward to seeing you there.
Pastor James will be leading the sermon recap discussion tonight.
Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:
The text for this sermon is from Proverbs 10:17. The title of this sermon is: Where Are You Going? This is week 5 in our Proverbs2 series.
The book of Proverbs is written from a dad to his son. It is packed with all kinds of useful things for immediate life application.
In Proverbs, we are encouraged to pursue both wisdom and knowledge. However, Solomon cautions us to be aware of the kind of knowledge that we are pursuing.
There is a kind of instruction that you have been taught was important but you never use it in your everyday life.
- Whether or not two triangles are congruent
- The Pythagorean theorem
- The different types of clouds
- How to dissect a starfish, a frog, or a worm
- Protons and Electrons
There is a different kind of instruction that Solomon is talking about here in chapter 10. This is a kind of instruction that you are taught that is important not just for your daily life but your soul. It is up to you whether or not you apply it or refuse it altogether.
We saw in our Faith Works series that James told us to be doers of the word and not hearers only.
A doer of the word heeds instruction and is on the path to life.
A hearer of the word only rejects reproof and leads others astray.
At our core, rebellion is looking to get out. We are taught truth, we hear sound doctrine, we hear the instructions and then our first inclination is rebellion.
Because of what Adam did in the garden.
When you were a child, your parents would give you instruction. You had a choice. You could either follow the instruction that was given or you could rebel against it.
For example: Your parents tell you to clean your room. They may have even given you a systematic approach so that you could do the job easier and faster. They leave after telling you that when they come back, the room needs to be clean. They give you some time and then they return to find that not one toy has been put away. Why? Rebellion.
You know what to do but you don’t do it.
James calls that sin.
If you heed – pay careful attention to – the instructions given, you will walk the path of life. You will grow as a believer becoming more like Jesus and you will lead others to do the same.
If you fail to heed the instructions because you dislike reproof. You dislike a reprimand or correction, then your tendency is to run away instead of toward God.
The second half of this verse shows us a person who is basically a spiritual toddler. They are having a spiritual temper tantrum.
They are not going to run to God because they are afraid and feel guilty of the known sin in their life. They run to those people who are just as sick as they are. They feel guilty so they are not going to invite people to church. They are not going to share aspects of their story where God changed their life. They will not try to lead a person to Jesus because when a person tries to conceal their sin, they make stupid decisions.
Paul tells the Corinthian Church that he had to feed them with milk because they were not ready for solid food or what Peter calls the meat of the Scriptures. Paul and Peter both are letting us know that there should be a natural progression in sanctification. There should be a noticeable change as we become more and more like Jesus.
A baby is fed with a baby bottle. As the baby grows, they are fed with a spoon but they are not fed solid food just yet. Later, soft food and finally solid food is introduced. As the child gets older, they are taught how to eat with a spoon and no longer drink from a bottle because they drink from a sippy cup. As the child continues to grow, they drink from a straw and then a cup with no lid. When the child is older, the child begins to learn how to cook. By the time a child becomes an adult, the child should be able to cook not only for themselves, but also cook for others.
You can’t eat steak if you won’t put down the sippy cup.
You have to let the sippy cup go. It is time to move on.
We trust God and we believe His Word.
We believe that God honors His Word because God is not a liar and God will never lead us astray.
We trust God to lead us.
We know that with walking in obedience, there will be times we make mistakes. We trust that God will correct, convict, reprove, us in line with His Word.
Heeding instruction leads to obedience and all that comes with it.
Running from instruction leads to more and more disobedience and stupid spiritual decisions.
Ultimately when faced with this truth, a decision has to be made.
It is your choice.
Are you going to heed instruction and walk the path of life or run from instruction and correction and then drag others down with you?
I encourage you to heed instruction and walk the path of life.
I LOVE OUR CHURCH!
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The Urgency of the Gospel Conference was a wonderful experience. The next evangelism conference will be next year about the same time. I encourage you to grow. You will be challenged and encouraged.
There are some things that I want to share with you that I got from the preachers at the conference. These things will be shared with you in videos in the coming days.
Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:
The text for this sermon is Proverbs 4:26. The title of this sermon is: Ponder Your Ways.
This is week 3 in our Proverbs2 series.
Krispy Kreme does not advertise on TV. They don’t put ads in movie theaters. You will not receive coupon flyers in the mail. They don’t need to.
Once you take a bite of a Krispy Kreme, you know what a Krispy Kreme tastes like. What is amazing, is you never forget what a Krispy Kreme doughnut tastes like. You can drive down the road and even if you don’t stop, just a glance of the sign, makes you think about doughnuts. Some people even crave doughnuts.
This might be a silly illustration but David says something similar in Psalm 34:8: “O! Taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man that takes refuge in him.”
Once God, has saved you by snatching you from the gateway of hell, you have tasted His goodness, His grace, and His mercy. Such an experience changes the course of your whole life. David says that those who have truly tasted and seen that God is good – run to Him. They can’t stay away.
Again, David says in Psalm 119:59, “When I think on my ways, I turn my feet to your testimonies.”
As a Christian, the way you live your life either points you towards obeying God’s word or running from God’s word. If you have truly tasted and seen God’s goodness, His grace and His mercy then you would run to His Word so that you can live your life in accordance with it.
You either live by guilt or conviction. Here is the difference. Conviction causes you to run to God because you know that He is the only One who can forgive you and restore you. Guilt causes you to think that your sin is so bad that God will never forgive you and so you run because you feel shame and condemnation.
How often do you think about your life? How often do you think whether or not your life is in accordance with the Scriptures?
How is it that a Christian can hear the truth preached and then confessionally live like it is not true?
You read and hear the truth but then live your life as if it is not true.
Living your life in that way is to declare war on the Word of God and call God a liar.
Ponder: an example of this would be the illustration of a cow chewing the cud. If you live in the south, you understand this.
A cow chews the cud, swallows some, brings it back up, and then chews on it some more and then the cow swallows it to be digested.
A Christian that ponders their life would do the same thing. You would process the thoughts about how you are living your life, file them in the cloud, pick them back up and continue processing them until your thoughts line up with Scripture and you have clarity in where your life is headed.
Are you headed in the direction that God wants you to go or the direction that you want to go?
Are you living your life in such a way that you are becoming more like Jesus or less like Jesus?
Ponder your ways.
I LOVE OUR CHURCH!
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.