It’s all about love
John 13:24-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

We believe in the full inerrancy of Scripture
2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” ESV

We believe in the Trinity: God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Matthew 28:19 “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.” ESV

The Virgin birth
Matthew 1:22-23 “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” ESV

Sinless life of Christ
1 Peter 2:22 “He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.” ESV

His Atoning death
1 Peter 2:24 “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” ESV

Physical resurrection of Christ
1 Peter 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” ESV

Return of our Lord Jesus Christ  (Rapture)
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. NKJV

Salvation by grace through faith in the finished work of Christ
Ephesians 2:8-9 “or by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

The present ministry of the Holy Spirit expressed by His Fruit
Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”

The present ministry of the Holy Spirit expressed by His Gifts
1 Corinthians 12:8-11 “To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. 9 The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. 10 He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. 11 It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.” NLT

Ephesians 4:11-13 “Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.”

The present ministry of the Holy Spirit expressed in His Power.
Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

 

Evangelism
Matthew 4:19 “Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” NKJV

Also Matthew 29:19 again “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.” ESV

Consecrated Christian Living
2 Corinthians 5:14-15 “Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. 15 He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.” NLT

The local church
Acts 16:5 “So the churches were strengthened in their faith and grew larger every day.”

The Ministry of Reconciliation
2 Corinthians 5:18-19 “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”

The Urgency of Fulfilling the Great Commission
Matthew 28:18-20 “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

 

 

 

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Sermon: Fight Back

Fear restrains us. Paralyzes us. Delays us. Inhibits us.

Our Weapons

2 Corinthians 10:4  “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.”

We are loaded with powerful weapons (tools)

  1. Sonship – inheritance

We are in His family

Ephesians 1:5 “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” NLT

Romans 8:15-17 “So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” 16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. 17 And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.” NLT

2. Blood of Jesus – We Plea the Blood

Ephesians 2:13 “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”

“Pleading the blood of Jesus is not the superstitious application of a magic formula of words. Rather, a spiritual dynamic is being applied. The power of the blood of Jesus Christ is greater than both the energy of our own humanity and that of our Adversary. The power that saves is also the power that releases, delivers, and neutralizes the enterprises of hell and the weaknesses of the flesh.” – Jack Hayford

Hebrews 9:12-15 “With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever. 13 Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer could cleanse people’s bodies from ceremonial impurity. 14 Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. 15 That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant.”

  • When the accuser makes his case against you…What is your plea?
  • We plead the blood!
  • The blood gives us redemption and authority and power!
  • We have been forgiven and we have been empowered by the blood of Jesus.
  • We have a Covenant with God, provided by Jesus. His death, and resurrection.
  • A covenant is an agreement is the highest of all agreements.
  • When you plead the blood you are playing your ace in the hole.
  • The blood of Jesus gives us rights, privileges, and responsibilities.
  • The blood of Jesus gave us a new start.
  • What can wash away my sin? Nothing, but the blood of Jesus.
  • What can make me whole again? Nothing, but the blood of Jesus.
  • The enemy has no defense against the blood of Jesus.
  • He is under your feet. He is defeated. It is your job to remind him of his proper position.
  • He is the accuser. The blood is the answer to every accusation.
  • Greater is He who is in you, than he who is in the world.
  • “No weapon formed against you shall prosper.” Isaiah 54:17

3. Name of Jesus – Representing Him

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…” NKJV

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.” ESV

What is a Stronghold?

  • Any belief or opinion that is not based on the truth of God’s will and God’s Word.
  • A heavily protected position.
  • A stronghold is an incorrect thinking pattern based on deception or inaccurate information that guides how we think.
  • These strongholds have the capability to affect our feelings, how we respond to various situations in life, and they play a large role in our spiritual freedom.
  • Strongholds are built upon deception and error. These errors and deceptions which form strongholds can come from a wide variety of sources, including our environment, those around us, our parents or even demon spirits.
  • Our Spiritual weapons are mighty in God and have Divine Power to pull down and destroy strongholds.

Jesus, the Name above all names. Philippians 2:9-11 “Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. NLT

 No other name by which men can be saved. Acts 4:11-12 “For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says, ‘The stone that you builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.’ 12 There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” NLT

 

In My Name.  John 14:13-14 “You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. 14 Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it! NLT

  • Was he serious?
  • Did he mean what he said?
  • Does He have the authority to say this?

Mark 16:17-18 “And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” ESV

  • There is POWER in the name of Jesus!

Authority – You have the right, ability and responsibility to act on behalf of God

Matthew 28:18 “Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

  • I have been given all authority in Heaven and Earth.
  • Therefore, as my empowered representatives, Go and make Disciples…
  • You have the right, ability and responsibility to act on behalf of God.

Another Authority Verse

Luke 10:19 “Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you.” -Jesus

Binding and Loosing = Permitting and Forbidding

 Matthew 16:19 “And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” ESV

The NLT version says whatever you permit and forbid on earth will be forbidden or permitted the same way in Heaven.

John 16:23-23 “At that time you won’t need to ask me for anything. I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and he will grant your request because you use my name. 24 You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.”

  • The name of Jesus, Yeshua, represents all power and all authority.
  • In my name. Means on my behalf.
  • You are a representative of Jesus.

Matthew 18:19 ““I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. 20 For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.”

There is power in the name of Jesus.  Seek His will then use His name.

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“Just hang in there.” “Things will get better.” “This too shall pass.” Crazy thoughts. Sometimes true, but sometimes horribly inaccurate. Things don’t just get better.

We often extend our trials unnecessarily. Impatiently waiting for the storm to pass so we can find some sense of comfort and relief. We nervously persist, waiting for things to change. We yearn for a reprieve from the current discomfort we find ourselves in.

What do we do when waiting isn’t working? When endurance simply falls short we must change our strategy. What if, we pray? What if we took a moment and talked directly to God about our situation? What if He is listening? What if He is interested in your circumstances and state of mind? What if He actually cares? What a mind blowing thought. Well, the truth is this. He does care and He wants to help.

Great news! Thank you, Jesus. Fix all of my problems right now, right? Wait a  minute, it doesn’t usually work out that way.  When we give our problems to Jesus what we don’t realize is that most of what we think are our problems are not our actual problems. You are usually your biggest problem. When you give it all to Jesus He takes control and begins a work in you. Sometimes He fixes the circumstances but usually He works on fixing you. He repairs our perspective and our attitude. He repairs our lack of trust and unwillingness to endure. He gives us patience when we want results. He gives us the supernatural ability to suffer long when we want an alleviation of discomfort.

When we pray, we surrender. We yield. We forfeit our rights and wants. We give up our strength and our weakness. When we empty ourselves of our wants, our rights and our privileges we will find ourselves full of His strength and righteousness and love.

Simply hanging in there changes very little. Hanging on to Jesus changes everything.

-Pastor Danny

Sermon: Identify

Who am I? What Difference Does It Make?

• Most of us have Identity Issues.

• Men often tend to identify with their work while women often identify through relationships.

• Some use race, social status, economic status, vocation, or bloodline.

• How do you answer when someone says, “Tell me about yourself?”

• Many don’t like who they are and want to change.

• Most have a very difficult time changing.

Proverbs 23:6-7 “Eat not the bread of him who has a hard, grudging, and envious eye, neither desire his dainty foods; 7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. As one who reckons, he says to you, eat and drink, yet his heart is not with you [but is grudging the cost]. Amplified

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.

Hebrewfir think = Shaar: to calculate, reckon

You are what you think you are. You do what you think you will do.

1 John 3:10 “By this it is made clear who take their nature from God and are His children and who take their nature from the devil and are his children: no one who does not practice righteousness [who does not conform to God’s will in purpose, thought, and action] is of God; neither is anyone who does not love his brother (his fellow [a]believer in Christ).”

• Dr. Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist with a PhD in Communication Pathology and a BSc in Logopedics and Audiology, specializing in metacognitive and cognitive neuropsychology. Since the early 1980‘s she has studied and researched the Mind-Brain connection and did some of the initial research back in the late 80s showing the neuroplasticity of the brain.

• Dr. Caroline Leaf states that 87-95% of our current mental, physical, emotional and behavioral problems today come from our thought life.

• Your brain is made up of thoughts which are real things.

• Thoughts create trees with trunks and branches that take up actual space in your brain. Every thought is changing the physical structure of your brain.

• We are always creating brain connections and pathways.

• The more you think about something the stronger it gets and the deeper the roots and the wider the branches.

• Thoughts actually rewire our brain physically.

• This knowledge makes Philippians 4:8 become even more important.

Philippians 4:8 “For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].” AMP

Habits

• Habits come from your identity

• Habits are identity on autopilot.

• New habits take 21 days to stick.

Main Point: We live out our identity.

1. We manifest externally the internal picture we have of ourselves.

2. We each have a set of personal expectations of ourselves based on the image we have of ourselves.

3. When people sabotage themselves, they do so because they have no personal vision of success. No internal picture to live up to.

4. This affects every relationship we have including our relationship with God.

5. We live out a version of our self-image: Identity.

6. Until your identity changes you will always revert to the picture you have about yourself.

Amnesia: loss of memory

What triggers amnesia?

• Usually due to brain injury, shock, fatigue, repression, or illness.

• It is a survival mechanism.

Spiritual Amnesia: loss of identity.

Renew your mind. Make it new again.

Vision (See it)

Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish; but he who keeps the law [of God, which includes that of man]—blessed (happy, fortunate, and enviable) is he.

You have to see it before you can be it.

• Faith helps you see the unseen.

• Faith comes from rewiring your brain with the help of your spirit.

Romans 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].” Amplified

If you want to change what you are, you must change what you think about who you are. God has decided who you are. Agree with Him.

Say this:

I am love. I am grace. I am redemption. I am help. I am forgiveness.

I am healing. I am a tangible demonstration of the character of God.

I am a creation of God. I am created to do good works. I am the proclamation and demonstration of the power of the love of God.

Humanity is marching and protesting and fighting and griping and complaining over misconceptions and wrong thinking. I am a human. I am white. I am male. I am a sinner. I am messed up. I need a savior. Other men and women are black or brown or red or albino. All are sinners, messed up and in need of a savior.

The roots of all of the garbage on the news is pride and ego and an over inflated sense of self. Society will always divide us by race, gender or social status as long as we allow it. There is one race on earth. The spirit race. We are spirits that live in bodies. The look of our bodies vary but what matters is that we all sin and fall short of the glory of God. It is time to stop allowing the enemy of us all to continue to divide us based on pigment, culture and class.

Do you think God looks at us and sees race, color, or hue? He sees us as wounded, broken, and needy. We are united by our weakness. We need Jesus Christ to take over our lives. We need His spirit to live in us and to love through us.

Then there is no us vs them…only us. We are designed to love but we choose hate because we are foolish and insecure. We don’t know who and what we are. We are sons and daughters of the one true God. It is time to act like it. God is love. We are His children. Children of love. Nothing on earth will satisfy us until we live from that knowledge.

Jesus said, “If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 1 John 4:20

To God there is no black and white only sheep and goats. Think about it.

Fathers: you have a great responsibility to teach your children and lead your family in the ways of God. If you don't do it, who will?

If a father won't lead his family to God it is only because of one of three reasons.

Number 1. He is lazy.
Number 2. He is a coward.
Number 3. He is lost and doesn't know God Himself.

If this makes you angry. Then you know it's truth.

Repent.
The word repent means to change your direction. If your leading your family away from God, turn around.

It starts with a simple conversation with God. Acknowledge Him and ask for help in knowing Him and following Him.
He loves you. Your family is at stake.