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 …
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
As we prepare to partake of the Lord’s supper we examine seven components of communion. Sacredness, Thanksgiving, Brokenness, Humility, Giving, Fellowship, and Remembrance. As we learn more and more about this special experience with the Lord, it stops being a religious ritual and becomes a time that we can have a fresh new experience with the LORD.
Jesus promised He would never leave nor forsake us. God’s covenant promise with Noah, his sons and family never to flood the Earth again – a sign, a “rainbow” in the sky, forever even unto this day a reminder that we serve a promise-keeping God. So even when storms rage we know that Jesus, the New Covenant Promise by the Holy Spirit, is with us always as a signed, sealed and delivered reminder.
When we experience devastation in our lives - we can either let it draw us closer or push us away from God. If we trust Him with the pain of our situation - we can experience more than a relief - a release!
In this lesson, we look at the life of David as he experienced great devastation and then a great promise from the Lord.
The cultural narrative of the modern western world is that man is free to do whatever he pleases. A popular Disney movies has a song with these words, “no right, no wrong, no rules for me, I’m free.” When in fact the worst bondage someone can be in is the bondage to sin. Jesus came to set us free from sin, not free to sin. As we get liberated from sin, we learn that we must become servants to Jesus, or become yoked to Him. This is true freedom. He also came to set us free from the law, so we can become married to Him, where He will live His life in and through us.
Romans 8:28 is one of the most popular verses in the Bible, but to really understand it, we must put it in the context of Romans 8:28-30. All things do work together for the good for the Christian. Why? Because God predestined us to be conformed to the image of the Son of God. God is the potter and we are the clay. All believers have a carnal soul that will need a continual or progressive sanctification for the rest of our lives. Our spirits are justified and in right relationship with God, but our souls still need some work…
Romans chapter 8 is considered by many theologians to be the greatest chapter in the Bible. But first one needs a revelation of what God is telling us in chapters 5 - 7. Once we establish that their is no condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus, then we see the Apostle Paul write that the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus is a higher law than the law of sin and death. Here he teaches us how to walk in the Spirit…
In this lesson, we review some principles from Romans 5,6 & 7, that we were crucified with Christ and we have been risen with him. Therefore we are to give ourselves to Him and allow Him to live His resurrected life through us. We are no longer under the law but under grace. So we don’t have to struggle and strive to try and keep the law, because we have Christ living in us and He will do it for us. Then we look at the famous verse, Romans 8:1 where it plainly states there is no condemnation to those that are in Christ…
We have been studying Romans 5-8, and in this lesson, we examine what it means when the Apostle Paul said, For sin will have no dominion over you since you are not under law but under grace. Romans 6:14 The analogy in Romans 7:1-7:4 clearly shows us that we are the woman and we are married to the Law. There is no way we can perfectly please the Law and we are miserable trying. But when Christ died, we died with Him and therefore we are no longer bound to be married to the Law. We are now freed…
As we continue to study Romans chapter 6, we see that God wants us to present ourselves, or yield ourselves or to give ourselves completely to God. This can only happen as we learn to know we are crucified with Him and we believe it to the point that we can reckon ourselves dead with him and risen with Him. We are crucified with Him and raised to walk in newness of Life——it is His life, not ours. To live is Christ. Christ lives His resurrection life through us. We look at the lady that broke her alabaster box to anoint Jesus’s head, she gave her all to Jesus.
The Christian life can not be lived by a human being, instead Christ is the only one who can live the Christian life. Jesus rose from the dead and He wants to live in and through the hearts of believers. The Bible says “To live is Christ”, for Jesus is the Life. He is eternal life, and not what humans would call life from the cradle to the grave. This lesson dives into the complexities of the 6th chapter of Romans and we study how we were crucified with Christ, and how His resurrection life will live in us and through us. Most Christians get saved and then spend the rest of their lives trying hard to do better. It would be like…
Jesus is our Good Shepherd and He came to give us life, and life more abundantly. He will lead us out to find pasture and then back in to rest. Religion with its hirelings will keep you working on your behavior, trying to change yourself, or make yourself better. Jesus came to give us His life, we exchange our death for His life when we are saved. We need to bring Jesus our self instead of our bad behavior so we can be eternally transformed. We work toward change by changing our environment, changing our behaviors and changing our beliefs. We need to go one step further and work on our identity by simply exchanging our old identity for His identity, or trade our old man for His new man.