Confessions

April 19, 2015

Types of Confessions 
1. Confessing your sins to the Father 

    A confession is a declaration 
    Ours sins obstruct our relationship with God 
    Isaiah 59:1-2
            Mark 11:24-26
            When you remove more sins, the more God will hear your prayers 
            1 John 1:8-9
      A. Sins of commission
           -something that you catch yourself doing 
      B. Sins of omission
           -things we could've done, but we didn't 
           -James 4:17 
      C. Sins of the heart 
           -1 Samuel 16:7 
           -When someone is looking in a certain way, they can see things differently 
           -Psalm 139:23-24

Sometimes people don't feel anything wrong with sinning it is because you have lost your sensitivity to it 

Deuteronomy 8:1-3

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God Is Doing A New Thing

April 19, 2015

Isaiah 43:18-23
God is an adventurous God and likes to do new things 
Ecclesiastes  11:4-5
Every great work requires sacrifice 
Every time a baby is born, God requires great sacrifice 
God always has a part and sacrifice for you to make

 

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The 3 Main Reasons Why the Resurrection is True

April 5, 2015

Luke 24:1-12 
Why Christians do believed that Jesus rose from the dead? 
1. The fact of the empty tomb

1 Corinthians 15:17
2.  The fact of multiple witnesses 
Acts 1:3
1 Corinthians 15:3-6 
Acts 3:32
2 Peter 1:16  
3.  The fact of the changed lives of those who followed Jesus Christ 
John 20:19-20 
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The 3 Main Reasons Why the Resurrection is True

April 5, 2015

Luke 24:1-12 
Why Christians do believed that Jesus rose from the dead? 
1. The fact of the empty tomb

1 Corinthians 15:17
2.  The fact of multiple witnesses 
Acts 1:3
1 Corinthians 15:3-6 
Acts 3:32
2 Peter 1:16  
3.  The fact of the changed lives of those who followed Jesus Christ 
John 20:19-20 
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The Symbolic meanings of The Cross

April 3, 2015

Matthew 16:24
Mark 8:34-38; 10:17-21

Be prepared to deny yourself and take up your cross to follow Christ 
Luke 9:23-26
A major condition to follow Jesus is to have a cross
        The bearing or carrying of a cross is a symbol; to bear a cross is to walk with the implications of                            surrendering
The Symbolic meanings of The Cross
  1. The cross is a symbol of the price Christians must pay to be a Christian
to be referred to as a Christian is a price
        when you become a Christian you run a filter across your life (so that certain things don't make it through) 
        1 Peter 2:19-21
       2. The love of God
        1 John 3:16
      3. A symbol of obedience
          Philippians 2:5-8
          What is your obedience costing you?
          Obedience is going to cost you
     4. The cross is the symbol of sacrifice     
         "take up your cross daily" means to sacrifice daily
 Ephesians 5:2

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The Symbolic meanings of The Cross

April 3, 2015

Matthew 16:24
Mark 8:34-38; 10:17-21

Be prepared to deny yourself and take up your cross to follow Christ 
Luke 9:23-26
A major condition to follow Jesus is to have a cross
        The bearing or carrying of a cross is a symbol; to bear a cross is to walk with the implications of                            surrendering
The Symbolic meanings of The Cross
  1. The cross is a symbol of the price Christians must pay to be a Christian
to be referred to as a Christian is a price
        when you become a Christian you run a filter across your life (so that certain things don't make it through) 
        1 Peter 2:19-21
       2. The love of God
        1 John 3:16
      3. A symbol of obedience
          Philippians 2:5-8
          What is your obedience costing you?
          Obedience is going to cost you
     4. The cross is the symbol of sacrifice     
         "take up your cross daily" means to sacrifice daily
 Ephesians 5:2

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The Symbolic meanings of The Cross

April 3, 2015

Matthew 16:24
Mark 8:34-38; 10:17-21

Be prepared to deny yourself and take up your cross to follow Christ 
Luke 9:23-26
A major condition to follow Jesus is to have a cross
        The bearing or carrying of a cross is a symbol; to bear a cross is to walk with the implications of                            surrendering
The Symbolic meanings of The Cross
  1. The cross is a symbol of the price Christians must pay to be a Christian
to be referred to as a Christian is a price
        when you become a Christian you run a filter across your life (so that certain things don't make it through) 
        1 Peter 2:19-21
       2. The love of God
        1 John 3:16
      3. A symbol of obedience
          Philippians 2:5-8
          What is your obedience costing you?
          Obedience is going to cost you
     4. The cross is the symbol of sacrifice     
         "take up your cross daily" means to sacrifice daily
 Ephesians 5:2

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What It Means To Serve The Lord

April 2, 2015

To serve the Lord means:

1. To devote your efforts to the Lord.
Acts 20:28
Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
2. To contribute your efforts 
Luke 8:1-3
​ And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him, And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.
3. To become a shepherd
John 21:15
So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
1 Peter 5:1-3
​ The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being examples to the flock.
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3 Elements That Must Go Into Serving The Lord

April 1, 2015
1. We need to serve God with joyfulness and gladness of heart
Deuteronomy 28:47
Because thou servedst not the Lord thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things;
God is the only one who gives us more than we bring to Him.
Psalms 100:2
Serve the Lord with gladness:
come before his presence with singing.
Psalms 100:1
A Psalm of praise.
​ Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
Noise is any sound that is out of place. But God asks us to make a joyful noise. God is not looking for perfection, He is looking for the joy that we attach to what we're doing. The attitude with what you're offering what you're offering is more important than you're offering.
Gods ability to hear sound goes beyond what we can understand as humans. God can receive praise from even stones.
2 Corinthians 9:7
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
2. Consistency
Daniel 6:16
Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.
3. Serve God with humility of mind and in tears
Acts 20:19
Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:
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