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Prayer - Nehemiah's Intercession

Prayer - Nehemiah's Intercession

God desires us to pray with the burdens of His heart so He can trust us to build the visions of His heart. There is hope for what is broken in your life.

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Fellowship, The Purposes of Return Church, Part 5

Fellowship, The Purposes of Return Church, Part 5

God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit all have perfect fellowship or perfect relationships and we are invited to join them in fellowship. We can do this through the broken body and the poured out blood of Jesus Christ. Then, through Christ we can have fellowship one with another. This is the last lesson from the series, the purposes of the church, and here we see that the 4 chairs of discipleship all come together and sit at the same table, fellow-shipping with Jesus Christ, and through Christ communing with each other.

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Ministry & Helping the Vulnerable, The Purposes of Return Church, Parts 4 & 6

Ministry & Helping the Vulnerable, The Purposes of Return Church, Parts 4 & 6

As we mature in Christ Jesus, He calls all believers to be ministers. The word minister in the Greek actually means to serve tables, a waiter. Jesus modeled ministry to His disciples by washing their feet, and He has called us to wash feet as well. You don’t have to be a pastor or preach from a pulpit to be a minister, you simply need to find someone to help, to serve to love. We are commanded to love God and to love others and there is …

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Discipleship, The Purposes of Return Church, Part 3

Discipleship, The Purposes of Return Church, Part 3

Evangelism and Discipleship are not 2 competing entities, but rather are two concepts married together. Both are totally relational. In this lesson we use an analogy called 4 chair Discipleship. Showing the progressive journey of a seeker, who becomes a believer, who becomes a worker or minister who becomes a disciple and a disciple maker. Salvation is free to us, but it cost Jesus everything, but to become a disciple there is a great cost to the believer; it cost us everything.

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Evangelism: The Purposes of Return Church, Part 2

Evangelism: The Purposes of Return Church, Part 2

All Disciples of Christ should evangelize or share the love of Christ with others. In this lesson we look at Relational evangelism, which is the process of loving people and helping them find Jesus Christ for themselves. We also look at the 4 spiritual laws, which is a tract that Bill Bright of Campus Crusade for Christ developed many years ago. 1). God loves you, 2). Sin is separating you from God, 3). Jesus came to this earth to fix the sin problem and reconcile us back to God, 4). Now what are you going to do about that?

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Growing Stronger Together

Growing Stronger Together

This sermon communicates the vision for Return Church for 2019. Return, growing stronger together. Our church has been pruned and we are now experiencing a season of growth. We have graduated to a new level with God. We are learning to allow Christ to grow in our hearts, and learning how to grow in Christ. As we learn to live through Christ, we find his power and strength. We are also learning how to grow as a church. Return is better together. We will grow stronger as we keep the unity of the spirit and work together.

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Prayer | Ben Stoffel

Prayer | Ben Stoffel

“Prayer - the importance of listening to the Heavenly Father in prayer.”

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Off With The Old, On With The New

Off With The Old, On With The New

Jesus said, " He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.” John 6:56. In this lesson we learn to eat by faith of the body and blood of Jesus Christ. As we put our trust in Him, we actually dwell in Him and He in us. Many Christians have an awareness of Christ living in their hearts, but few Christians learn how to live through Christ. Yes, He lives through the believer, but an even higher truth is that we are in Christ and we need to learn to live our lives through Him.

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The Prophetic Word, Part III, The Seed of Promise

The Prophetic Word, Part III, The Seed of Promise

God spoke in the Garden of Eden that the seed of woman would crush the head or the authority of the devil. Many years later, as promised, Jesus was born of a virgin; Son of God, son of man. God became a human being so He could rescue or save us from our sins. The seed of promise was Christ, and when we believe and are baptized, we enter into Christ, or into the seed of promise. All believers have the incorruptible seed living in their heart and they live in Him, or In Christ. Christ in us and us in Christ all because of what Jesus did for us.

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The Prophetic Word, Part II

The Prophetic Word, Part II

The Christmas story is a story of miracles as many Old Testament prophets, prophesied down to the exact details, many things about the Messiah that was to come and when Jesus came He fulfilled all of these prophecies. A professor in mathematics took 600 students and they studied the probabilities if just 8 of these Messianic prophecies were fulfilled and they came up with 1 in 10 17. When God speaks HIs Prophetic Word, you can count on it, because it is impossible for God to lie and He never breaks a promise.

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The Prophetic Word, Part I

The Prophetic Word, Part I

God’s Word is prophetic in nature. We are studying the book of Revelation and the entire book is a prophecy. Prophecy speaks about things to come. God prophecies to us to give us direction and guidance. It is the will of God for Christians to always be moving forward in God’s will, prophecy helps us continue to move forward. Believers are to seek the gift of prophecy so they can encourage, exhort, strengthen and comfort the church. Many times you can simply speak the promises of God’s Word over people and that is the purest and best way to encourage them because God’s promises are all prophetic.

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Speak Life | Ben Stoffel

Speak Life | Ben Stoffel

Speak Life: How God the Father talks to God the Son and what that means for you.

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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

The Power of an Attitude of Gratitude
Gratitude is a choice. Happiness is not, but if you are grateful, it will make you happy. In Revelation 4 and 5 we see Thanksgiving in heaven surrounding the throne of God and the Lamb. As believers, we are supposed to bring heaven down to earth and our lives should be lived grateful and thankful as we keep Jesus as our center. If we push Him off of the throne and live self-centered lives, we will become ungrateful, but when we keep Jesus as our center we become grateful. In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus.

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Overcoming, How to Walk in Victory

Overcoming, How to Walk in Victory

We see in Revelation 3 and 4 that all seven churches had things to overcome. Our spiritual life is a continual warfare with the devil and God wants us to fight and overcome the world the flesh and the devil. But religion teaches you that to overcome you must walk in all of the light that you have, which would require perfection from a seasoned mature Christian. God’s Word teaches that we overcome by faith. More specifically we overcome by faith in the blood of Jesus and by the word of our testimony. In this lesson we dig down into what that should mean to us.

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The Power of the Ordinary Life - Ben Stoffel

The Power of the Ordinary Life - Ben Stoffel

When God sees faithfulness in our ordinary life, He can entrust us with greater experiences. Ordinary obedience leads to extraordinary Impact. Faithfulness in the little things of ordinary life are useful in 3 ways:

1. We Learn His voice and heart -we take time to develop depth of relationship with God.
2. We Listen for little assignments - we trust God
3. We Launch - we obey in faith - we take small steps in the same direction

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Courage

Courage

All Christians need courage to face the difficulties, opposition, enemies, and our fears as we press onward with God. The devil will always try to discourage believers because he wants them to quit. Hebrews 10:38 says: the just shall live by faith, but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. When we begin to feel discouraged or we begin to draw back, we must learn to encourage ourselves in the LORD and begin to walk forward again by faith. Faith is the fuel for Courage. We need courage to let go of the past, live in the present and walk into the future with God’s vision.

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How To Love Yourself

How To Love Yourself

Seeing what God sees when He looks at you.

We can only love others to the degree that we love our selves. The problem we have loving ourselves is that when we look at ourselves we see the old or false identities that Satan or the world has labeled us with and we do not like that image.

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Revelation, Part II, First Love

Revelation, Part II, First Love

In this lesson, we look at John’s letter to the church of Ephesus. We see that they were a great church and did many wonderful works, but yet God had one thing against them; they had left their first love. We examine what is “First Love”, what it is not, how do we leave it, and how do we get it back.

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Revelation

Revelation

In this lesson we take an overview of the book of Revelation. We learn that there is a special blessing to all that hear and keep the promises and principles in this book. We also finish with a look at the first Revelation of Jesus revealed in this book, and that is Jesus the Resurrected King.

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