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 MARCH 1, 2009



SCRIPTURE READING: Philippians 1:27 – 2:4

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Philippians 1:27 (NLT) 

     But whatever happens to me, you must live in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ, as citizens of heaven. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing side by side, fighting together for the Good News.

 INTRO: Last Sunday we talked about the Mark of Christian Living: 

  • Holiness
  • Love

   Today we want to share about the mark of unity.

    There are two aspects of unity that must be found within the Church if it is to be the Body of Christ. 

  • Unity with God
  • Unity with one another


 NOTE: If we are to walk in unity with God the Father we must follow the example Jesus gives us and walk as He walked.

 1 John 2:6 (KJV) He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

    Jesus walked: 

  • In obedience


John 14:31 (NIV) but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me… 

John 15:10 (NIV) If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love.

    Being obedient to God is a matter of choice. 

  • According to His Father’s will

John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

 Psalm 40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

 Psalm 143:10 Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.

 Hebrews 10:7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

 Hebrews 10:9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.

    Doing the will of God is not always easy.

 Matthew 26:39 (NIV) Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will."

  • Seeking to please God more than pleasing men.

 John 12:43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.


 Amos 3:3 (KJV) Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

 NOTE: A church that is clothed with conflict and division will never be able to fulfill the task God has for them.

 1 Corinthians 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

Ephesians 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

 Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;


 Ephesians 4:3 (NLT) Always keep yourselves united in the Holy Spirit, and bind yourselves together with peace.

 NOTE: Unity in Spirit is that we are all born of the same Spirit; that is the Spirit of God.

    There are several kinds of people found within the local church.

 1.    The non-believing Christian.

 NOTE: They call themselves and even think themselves as Christians but have never accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior.

2.    The Carnal Christian.

 NOTE: Has accepted Jesus as their Savior but not their Lord.

 3.    The Biblical Christian.

 NOTE: Have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord and seek to serve Him in every aspect of their lives.


 1 Corinthians 1:10 (NLT) Now, dear brothers and sisters, I appeal to you by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ to stop arguing among yourselves. Let there be real harmony so there won't be divisions in the church. I plead with you to be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.

 NOTE: They see the same vision and purpose of the Church.

 Amos 3:3 (NLT) Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?

    They may have different understanding of how to fulfill the vision and purpose but the end product is the same.


Nehemiah 4:6 So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.  

NOTE: We work together for the common good. 

Nehemiah 4:16-17 And it came to pass from that time forth, that the half of my servants wrought in the work, and the other half of them held both the spears, the shields, and the bows, and the habergeons; and the rulers were behind all the house of Judah.  They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon.

ILL: David at Ziklag.  1 Samuel 30

 1 Samuel 30:24 (NIV) Who will listen to what you say? The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All will share alike."

 CONCLUSION: Bearing the marks of God’s Church is not always easy nor is it always pleasant; there are times of suffering and pain, but in the end it is well worth it.

 Galatians 6:17 (NLT) From now on, don't let anyone trouble me with these things. For I bear on my body the scars that show I belong to Jesus.

 2 Timothy 4:7-8 (NLT) I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.  And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness that the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that great day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his glorious return.


MARCH 8, 2009


 SCRIPTURE READING: Ephesians 3:14-21

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: Ephesians 3:16-19 (NLT)

    I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit. And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God's marvelous love. And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love really is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God.  

INTRO:  There are many wonderful prayers found in the Bible. 

   The greatest prayers are the prayers of Jesus:   

  • The Lord’s Prayer. Matthew 6:9-13
  • The Pray Jesus prayed for his disciples in the Upper Room.  John 17
  • His prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. 

Matthew 26:39, 42

    Other great prayers: 

  • Abraham’s prayer for Sodom and Gomorrah. Genesis 18
  • Moses’ several prayers for Israel.
  • David’s many prayers.
  • Elijah’s prayer for fire. I Kings 18

   Next to Jesus’ prayers I feel this prayer of Paul’s is one the greatest, because it is one that we all can use as a guideline to prayer for one another. 

   This prayer is divided into five parts: 


Ephesians 3:16 (NLT) I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit. 

NOTE: We are in a spiritual warfare and we are unable to fight the enemy of our souls by our own strength or resources. 

Ephesians 6:12 (NLT) For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms.  

2 Corinthians 10:3-4 (NIV) For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.


 Ephesians 3:17a (NLT) And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him...

NOTE: There are two parts to this portion: 

  • That Christ would dwell in your heart.

    There are many who only have head knowledge of Christ and not a heart experience through faith.

    • The longer He dwells in your heart the greater your faith would be.
  • That their lives would be directed by their faith in God:
    • Their faith in Who God is.
    • Their Faith in what He can do.

 ILL: Like a marriage where the husband and wife are separated by distance and they fail to communicate with each other.


Ephesians 3:17b (NLT)May your roots go down deep into the soil of God's marvelous love.

 NOTE: This is talking about the foundation of you faith. 

   What is you faith founded on?

   There are many false foundations:

  • Emotions
  • Blessings

    Our faith must be grounded in the truth that God loves us.

 1 Corinthians 3:11 (NLT) For no one can lay any other foundation than the one we already have—Jesus Christ.

    The greatest example of God’s love in found in Jesus Christ.

 John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

 1 John 4:16 (NLT) We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in him.  God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.

 1 John 4:18 (NLT) Such love has no fear because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of judgment, and this shows that his love has not been perfected in us.


 Ephesians 3:18-19a (NLT) And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love really is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it…

 NOTE: The more you experience the Love of God the greater is your desire for and deeper experience in Him.

 ILL: Like Ezekiel’s waters in Ezekiel 47:1-5

    My prayer is that your hearts and minds might be hungering and thirsting for a deeper knowledge and experiences in Christ.

 Psalm 42:1 (NLT) As the deer pants for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.


 Ephesians 3:19b(NLT)  Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

 Philippians 3:10-15 (NLT) As a result, I can really know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I can learn what it means to suffer with him, sharing in his death,  so that, somehow, I can experience the resurrection from the dead!

   I don't mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection! But I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be.  No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, [14] I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.

   I hope all of you who are mature Christians will agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you.

NOTE: That you might live a victorious Christian life.

 James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

 CONCLUSION: I would like to challenge each of us to use this prayer as a guideline as we pray for one another as well as ourselves.


MARCH 15, 2009



 SCRIPTURE READING: Psalm 103:6-22

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: Lamentations 3:22

     It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

 INTRO: Jerusalem had fallen after being warned time and again of the coming judgment because of their sin and rebellion.

    God had sent many prophets to warn them of the coming judgment but they refused to listen and change their ways.

   Today we are facing the same situation.

    We are all facing the Day of Judgment for the sins we have committed.

 Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:


 NOTE: There is no way anyone can avoid either death or judgment.

 Ezekiel 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.


 Ecclesiastes 7:20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

 Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

 Romans 6:23a For the wages of sin is death…

 Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;


 NOTE: There are those who think by their good works they can rid themselves of sin.

Proverbs 30:12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.

 Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

    But God’s Word tells us that we cannot cleanse ourselves.

 Job 14:4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.

 Proverbs 20:9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

 NOTE: There are those who compare themselves against others.

 2 Corinthians 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

    It is God’s righteousness that we must compare ourselves to.

 Matthew 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.


 Psalm 130:3-4 If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?  But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

 NOTE: God has provided the only way that we can avoid the judgment for our sins.

 Hebrews 9:27-28 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: so Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.


 Galatians 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

 Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

 Isaiah 53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:


 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

 ·         God delights in being merciful to sinners.

 Micah 7:18-19 Who is a God like you? You forgive sin  and overlook the rebellion of your faithful people.  You will not be angry forever, because you would rather show mercy. You will again have compassion on us. You will overcome our wrongdoing.  You will throw all our sins into the deep sea.

 ·         God calls to sinners to accept His mercy.

 Ezekiel 18:31-32 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?  For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

 ·         Those who respond to His call will be saved.

 Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.


 Psalm 57:1 Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.

 Psalm 62:8 Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

 NOTE: Those who have put their trust in the mercy of God have a shelter in which they can hide during the time of judgment.

 Isaiah 26:20-21 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.  For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.

 ·         Their sin had been taken away.

 Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

 NOTE: Because the Blood of Jesus Christ has removed our sin we are no longer facing judgment for our sin.

 Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

CONCLUSION: Lamentations 3:22 It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

    Have you made God’s mercies your refuge place?



MARCH 22, 2009




      The other disciples therefore said unto him, “We have seen the Lord”. But he said unto them, “Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

 NOTE: Some people are very critical of Thomas but I’m not one of them.  

   Most of us will experience a Thomas time in our life.

    The Thomas times in our life comes when everything falls apart and we wonder where God is.

    In the book, “The Shack” a fathers questions where was God when his little girt was adducted and killed.

 ·         A sudden illness threatening death

·         The lost of a job

·         Financial ruin

·         Death of a loved one

·         A broken relationship

·         Rejection

·         When we do everything right and everything goes wrong


 A.   JOB

 NOTE: If anyone had a right to have a Thomas time it was Job.

   Job lost everything and his family suddenly and seemly with reason.

 Job 23:8-9 Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: on the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him:


 NOTE: David’s early life was filled with contradictions.

 ·         He sought to serve King Saul, but King Saul sought to kill him.

·         He was anointed king yet he spent his time hiding in the woods and caves.

 Psalm 13:1-2 How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? Forever? How long wilt thou hide thy face from me?  How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? How long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?


 NOTE: Peter was struggling under the burden of guilt and shame.

    Some of the worst Thomas times come after we have failed.

 John 21:2-3 There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples.  Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, we also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.


 NOTE: Why do some people seem to struggle with Thomas times more than others? 

  1. Our relationship with Christ is only a surface relationship.

NOTE: Those who do not have a personal relationship with Christ have very little to draw on in the Thomas times of life.

 Matthew 13:19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

  1. Lack of depth in our Christian walk

NOTE: Those who struggle most often with doubt usually do not have a deep relationship with Jesus.

 Matthew 13:20-21 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;  Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

   Thomas was not with the other disciples when Jesus first appeared unto them.

    Maintaining worship and Christian fellowship is very important in developing a deep relationship with Christ.

 ILL: Maintaining a car. (pay me now or pay me later)

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

  1. Unfulfilled expectations

NOTE: When God does not do what we expected Him to do, we often experience the Thomas times.  

   This is why the disciples struggled with their Thomas times. 

The disciples had expected Jesus to set up His kingdom now. 

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  

  1. We are relying on sight and feelings instead of faith

NOTE: All the disciples refused to believe in Jesus resurrection until they saw Him. 

Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.  

  1. God is testing us

Job 23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

 NOTE: Are we willing to trust God even when it seems He is far from us.

Psalm 142:4 I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.

    When everything is falling down around us, where do we turn?


NOTE: Life’s trials are not for God’s benefit but rather for ours.

    It is during the Thomas times of our lives we either grow stronger in our Christian walk or we turn away from God.

    Where we cannot trace we must learn to trust.

 Psalm 142:5 I cried unto thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.

 Psalm 13:5-6 But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.  I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.

CONCLUSION: We will experience great spiritual growth and victory as we come through the Thomas times in our life.

 John 20:28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.



MARCH 29, 2009 


 SCRIPTURE READING: Colossians 3:1-11

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: Romans 12:2 (NLT)

     Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.

 INTRO: Have you ever had to change your mind about someone or something?

    Did the changing of your mind come too late?

 ILL: Leisure suits.

    One of the things that should happen to us when we accept Christ as our Savior is that we have a different mindset.

    Since accepting Christ do you have a different mindset about? 

  • God
  • Sin
  • Yourself
  • Others
  • Your goals in life
  • What’s important or valuable

   When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we are changed into a new creation.

 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT) What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!

    This must produce a different mindset, a different way of thinking.



 Romans 12:2 (NLT) Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.

 NOTE: Many things of this world will turn our hearts away from following God.

 2 Timothy 4:10a For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica;

    Before coming to Christ we found our satisfaction in the things of this world.

 1 John 2:15 (NLT) Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers you, for when you love the world, you show that you do not have the love of the Father in you.

    Coming to Christ makes a change in our behavior and in mindset towards the things of this world.

 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (NLT) Don't you know that those who do wrong will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don't fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, who are idol worshipers, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, greedy people, drunkards, abusers, and swindlers—none of these will have a share in the Kingdom of God.  There was a time when some of you were just like that, but now your sins have been washed away, and you have been set apart for God. You have been made right with God because of what the Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit of our God have done for you.

    We no longer find pleasure is sin.

    We hate the things that God hates.


 Colossians 3:1-2 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

 NOTE: The more we seek and desire the things of this world the less we seek and desire for the things of God.

Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

 NOTE: The word despise means disesteem or hold in lesser value.

    Before we became a follower of Christ the things of God held little or no interest to us.

    Now the things of God are more important than the thing of this world.

 Psalm 119:140 Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.

 Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

    We love the things that God loves.

 1 John 2:17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.


 Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

   The mindset of Christ will give us a different attitude about ourselves and about others.

 Colossians 3:11 (NLT) In this new life, it doesn't matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.

 NOTE: As a Christian we are not self-centered but rather Christ-centered.

    The Christian life is not all about us but its all about Christ and how we can show the world what Jesus is all about.

   We do this by having the mindset of Christ.

 ·         Jesus came to serve not be served.

Mark 10:45 (NLT) For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many."

 Philippians 2:3-4 (NLT) Don't be selfish; don't live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don't think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing.

 ·         Jesus came to do the will of the Father.

 John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

 NOTE: We place the will of God above our own desires.

 ·         Jesus came to seek and save those that are lost.

 Luke 19:10 (KJV) For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

 NOTE: We must have a different mindset about sinners.

      We must seek their salvation instead of their damnation.

 CONCLUSION: Let us ask God to give us the right mindset that will please Him.

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