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NOVEMBER 7, 2010 AM

 A TIME TO REMEMBER

 SCRIPTURE READING: I Corinthians 11:23-32

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 Corinthians 11:23

    For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:  

INTRO: The sacraments of the Church are very important but if we are not careful they can become just a ritual with no or little meaning.  

   We must be careful that we do not allow the celebration of Communion to become common place. 

   There are several things we must remember in order to partake of the Communion in a proper manner. 

1. THE SETTING FOR PAUL’S DISCOURSE. 

NOTE: The Corinthians were not showing proper respect towards Communion. 

1 Corinthians 11:17 Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse.  

  • There were divisions and cliques among them.

 1 Corinthians 11:18-19 For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.  For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.  

    1. They were divided by possessions

    2. They were divided by position

    3. They were divided by philosophies contrary to God’s Word.

 NOTE: Anyone who is part of a group that is divisive or cliquish is in danger of judgment.

Proverbs 6:16, 19 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

 Philippians 1:27 (NASB)  Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ; so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

  • They exhibited a spirit of selfishness and neglect towards the poor.

 1 Corinthians 11:20 - 21a When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper.  For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry…

  • They revealed a lack of reverence towards the Table of the Lord.

 

I Corinthians 11:21b – 22 and another is drunken.  What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.  

2. PAUL WAS GIVEN PERSONAL INSTRUCTION CONCERNING  THE TABLE OF THE LORD BY GOD HIMSELF.

 1 Corinthians 11:23a For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you,

 NOTE: Paul was not giving his own idea but that which he had been given by God.

 3. COMMUNION WAS INTRODUCED ON THE NIGHT JESUS WAS BETRAYED.

 1 Corinthians 11:23b That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed…

NOTE: Can you begin to imagine what must have gone through Jesus’ mind that night? 

  • When He washed the disciples’ feet.

  • When He broke bread with eat the Passover with His disciples.

  • When He introduced Communion.

    1. Knowing that all the disciples would leave Him alone.

    2. Knowing that Peter would deny Him three times.

    3. Knowing that Judas had already made arrangements to betray Him.

 

4. THE SYMBOLISM OF THE BREAD AND THE WINE. 

  • The bread represents His body (humanity)

 1 Corinthians 11:23c, - 24took bread and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.  

  • The wine represents His blood (deity)

1 Corinthians 11:25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.  

5. COMMUNION IS AN ACT OF REMEMBRANCE.  

1 Corinthians 11:26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.  

NOTE: It is a time to reflect on what Jesus has done for us until He returns. 

6. PARTICIPATION REQUIRES SELF-EXAMINATION.  

NOTE: We must be careful to participate with the correct attitude towards communion. 

   There are four things we must do in order to participate in the correct manner.

  • We must examine ourselves.

1 Corinthians 11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.  

    • Is there sin in our heart and life?

    • Is our attitude right towards others?

    • Are we reflecting on what communion represents?

 NOTE: Failure to judge ourselves brings us under God’s judgment. 

1 Corinthians 11:29-30 (NLT) For if you eat the bread or drink the cup unworthily, not honoring the body of Christ, you are eating and drinking God's judgment upon yourself.  That is why many of you are weak and sick and some have even died.  

  • We must accept the chastening of the Lord as His way of keeping us from facing condemnation.

1 Corinthians 11:31-32 (NLT)  But if we examine ourselves, we will not be examined by God and judged in this way. But when we are judged and disciplined by the Lord, we will not be condemned with the world.  

  • We must wait upon, or serve, on another.

1 Corinthians 11:33 (NLT) So, dear brothers and sisters, when you gather for the Lord's Supper, wait for each other.  

NOTE: Our worship cannot be self-centered. 

  • Everything must be done decently and in order.

 1 Corinthians 11:34 (NLT)  If you are really hungry, eat at home so you won't bring judgment upon yourselves when you meet together. 

CONCLUSION: As we approach the Table of the Lord, let us examine ourselves and allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal anything in our lives that would cause us to participate in an unworthily manner.

 

NOVEMBER 7, 2010 PM

“DO NOT DESPISE SMALL THINGS”

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: Zech. 4:10

 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro through the whole earth.

 INTRO:  The Jews were returning from Babylon but there were fewer in number than those who stood against them. 

   There was fewer in number that returned to Jerusalem than those that stayed in Babylon.

    How often have you heard or maybe even said,  “We’re just a small church and we can’t do very much”?

    Often times we judge our abilities or rather our inabilities by our size.

    It is easy to look around us and see the largeness of the task and become discouraged.

   Do you have a desire to see our church do something for God but you feel that we are not big or talented enough to make a significant difference?

    There is an old saying; “It is not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog.”

    I want us to take heart and realized that God wants to do great things in Onalaska and He wants to do some of them through us.

    God often uses every day things to fulfill His work so that He will receive the Glory not us.

    I want to share with you some of the small things and unlikely people God used to do great works for Him.

 v  Moses’ Rod  Exodus 14

 v  Rahab’s string  Joshua 2

 v  Gideon’s lamps  Judges 7-8

 v  Jawbone in the hands of Samson  Judges 15:14-17

 v  A young boy with a sling  I Samuel 17

 v  Pot of oil  II Kings 4:2 

v  A young girl slave  II Kings 5 

v  6 Water pots of stone  John 2 

v  A little boy’s lunch  John 6:9 

   Almost all of these things we could find in our homes. 

      There are three sayings that we often hear that will always hinder God’s plans. 

  1. We’ve never done that before.

   To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.  

  1. We’ve always done it this way.

   If what you are doing is not giving you the results you want, than quit what your doing and try something else.

  1. We tried it once and it didn’t work.

    Elijah prayed seven times before God sent the rain. 

1 Kings 18:41-46 (NIV) And Elijah said to Ahab, "Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain."  So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees.  "Go and look toward the sea," he told his servant. And he went up and looked.  "There is nothing there," he said.  Seven times Elijah said, "Go back."  The seventh time the servant reported, "A cloud as small as a man's hand is rising from the sea."  So Elijah said, "Go and tell Ahab, 'Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you. "  Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain came on and Ahab rode off to Jezreel.  The power of the Lord came upon Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.

 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to naught things that are: that no flesh should glory in his presence.

    Little things are often far more important than we think. 

   “For the want of a nail, a shoe was lost,

         For the want of the shoe, a horse was lost,

            For the want of a horse, a rider was lost,

                 For the want of the rider, the message was lost,

                      For the want of the message, a battle was lost,

                        For the want of the battle, a war was lost,

                            For the want of the war, a kingdom was lost,

                                 All was lost, for the want of a nail.”

    There is nothing great without God and there is nothing small with God. 

NOTE: God is not concerned with the number of people we have or the size of our bank account; He is concerned about the willingness of our hearts. 

1 Samuel 14:6 (NIV) Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, "Come, let's go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised fellows. Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few."

    If we can’t do great things, we can do small things in great ways. 

   Too many of us are not big enough to become small enough to be use by God. 

Jeremiah 32:27 Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?  

NOTE: There are only two things that keep us from succeeding in fulfilling God’s plans for our church; its not the lack of money, people or talent: 

1. Lack of Faith

2. Lack of obedience

 CONCLUSION: Let us forget about our limitation and begin to trust in God’s unlimited power and authority.

 Mark 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

 Mark 10:27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

 

NOVEMBER 14, 2010 AM

GOT JESUS?”

SCRIPTURE READING: Ephesians 3:14-21

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: Ephesians 3:19 (NLT)

    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: The search of Ali Hafed the Persian farmer.

    There are countless people who are spending their entire life and possessions searching for something only never finding it.

    Ponce de León searching for the Fountain of Youth.

    How often people have though, “If only I had …” Then life would be so great.

    Like Ali Hafed they spend all their lives searching for something, while all the time its close a hand.

    In John 6:25-36 the people considered only the bread that Jesus blessed, and failed to see who Jesus really was.

    Even as Christians we often spend our energy on seeking something while failing to understand that in Jesus we have everything.

    One of my favorite verses is Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

    Jesus is not only the first and the last, He is all that in between.

    If you have Jesus you have what you are looking for.

 ILL: “I Must Tell Jesus”

    Isaac Pennington “The Lord has been teaching me to live upon Himself – not from anything received from Him, but upon the life itself.”

    The problem is that most of us can not begin to understand what we have when we have Jesus.

 Ephesians 3:19 (NLT) 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.

 Isaiah 64:4 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.

    What is it that you are searching for?

    Ten things you will find you have when you have Jesus.

 1.    DIRECTION IN LIFE.

 Isaiah 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

 John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

 Acts 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

 Col. 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

 2.    COMPANIONSHIP.

 Isaiah 43:2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

 Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

 Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

 3.    COMFORT

 John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

 4.    HOPE

 Hebrews 6:19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;

 5.    HEALTH

 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.

 1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

 6.    PEACE

 John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

 7.    STRENGTH

 Isaiah 40:28-29 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.  He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

 Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

 Philip. 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

 8.    VICTORY

Psalm 44:5 Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.

 Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.

 Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

 Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

 Romans 8:37-39 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us … For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

 9.    JOY

 John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

 1 Peter 1:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

 10. ETERNAL LIFE

 John 3:16 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.

John 11:25-26 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

  

NOVEMBER 14, 2010 PM

 THE BLESSINGS OF ADOPTION & REDEMPTION

 SCRIPTURE TEXT:  Ephes. 1:5-7

 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.  In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

 INTRO: There is a difference between what the worldly mind considers as a blessings and what God considers as a blessing.

 Ephes. 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

 God’s blessings far out weigh the blessings of this world.

    There are several characteristics of physical blessings that we need to understand.

 v  Physical blessing do not last.

v  Physical blessing cannot bring peace and security.

v  Physical blessings do not guarantee happiness.

v  Physical blessing often produce selfishness and greed.

v  Physical blessing will often produce bondage.

v  Physical blessings affect the outward man and very seldom affects the inner man except to corrupt it.

    The characteristics of God’s spiritual blessings are very much different.

 v  Physical blessing are affect by the circumstances that surround us, spiritual blessing are in spite of the circumstances that surround us.

v  Spiritual blessing are superior to physical blessings in that they are perfect and eternal.

v  Spiritual blessing affect the inner man and will almost always change the outer man.

v  Spiritual blessing are only found in Christ

    There are three spiritual blessing that God has prepared for us from the foundation of the world that I wish to share with you tonight.

    Remember, because He foreknew us, He called us, and because He called us, He predestined us to receive these blessing.

I.  THE BLESSING OF HOLY AND BLAMELESS.

Ephes. 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

 II.  THE SECOND BLESSING IS THAT OF ADOPTION.

 NOTE:  Believers are adopted as sons of God. When a person believes in Jesus Christ, God takes his faith and counts the person as being in Jesus Christ. Since Christ is God’s Son, the believer is counted as a son of God—all because he is seen as being in Jesus Christ. His faith in Jesus Christ causes God to cover him with the Sonship of His Son, to adopt him as a son of God.

 Ephes. 1:5-6 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

 John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

 Galatians 4:5-6 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.  And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

    Believers receive assurance of being accepted by God through the Spirit of His Son. The Spirit of Christ is sent by God to dwell in our hearts and to give us a personal relationship with God. The Spirit of Christ, that is, the Holy Spirit, gives us a fellowship of communication and communion with God: He stirs our hearts to cry out to God as our Father: “Father, Father.”

 2 Cor. 6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

 1 John 3:1-3 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

 Romans 8:14-17 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

 III.  THE BLESSING OF REDEMPTION.

 Ephes. 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

 NOTE:  The word redemption conveys the idea of deliverance or setting a person free by paying a ransom.

 v Man has been captivated or kidnapped by several forces.

 a. The force of sin.

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

 b. The force of corruption and death.

c. The force of Satan.

 v Three key ideas are included in the concept of redemption.

 a. Man needs to be liberated, delivered, and set free.

b. Man is unable to liberate himself. He has no energy, no power, and no ability to free himself.

c. God has redeemed man by the blood of His Son

    Jesus Christ.

      God Himself has paid the ransom for man’s

     release—the ransom of a life for a life.

     God gave His own Son so that man might be set

    free. Man has been redeemed through the blood  of Jesus Christ.

 Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.

 Matthew 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

 Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

 1 Tim. 2:5-6 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

 CONCLUSION:  We are twice Gods, He created us and he bought us.

 1 Peter 1:18-19  Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

 

 

NOVEMBER 21, 2010 AM

 THANKFULNESS IS THE KEY TO FORGIVENESS

SCRIPTURE READING: MATTHEW 18:21-35

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: EPHESIANS 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

 INTRO: Thanksgiving Divorce

     God has given us several commandments that if we are to be His children we must obey:

  • We must love the Lord our God

  • We must be born again

  • We must turn away from sin (repent)

  • We must forgive those who have hurt us

    Forgiving those who have brought pain into our lives is not an option, it is a commandment.

 Matthew 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

 Matthew 18:35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

 Mark 11:25-26 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. [26] But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

 Luke 17:3-4 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.  And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.

    All of us have had those who have violated our souls.

 

  • Those whom we have tired to help only to have them reject our help

  • Those who have called us name and accused us falsely

  • Those who have betrayed our trust

  • Those who have turned away in our hour of need.

  • Those who have failed to stand by us in time of trouble

  • Those who have treated brutally and have cause us a great deal of pain

 

NOTE: Jesus gave us the example we should follow.

 Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

    How can we who are merely human forgive as He who is Divine?

    The key to forgiveness is learning to be thankful.

    Not being thankful for those who have hurt us, but being thankful for the One who has forgiven us so much.

 I.  RECOGNIZING OUR SINFULNESS.

 NOTE: We will never be truly thankful for what God has done in forgiving us, until we recognize our great need for His forgiveness.

 Luke 7:36-47 Women Washing Jesus’ feet with tears

 NOTE: Greek 500 denarii. A denarius was the equivalent of a full day’s wage.

    Jesus said “The one who has been forgiven much loveth much.”

    In this account, Jesus likened the women who wash His feet as the one who had been forgiven much, and Simon the Pharisee, as the one who had been forgiven little.

    The woman had led a very sinful life, while Simon was very religious.

    They both needed God’s forgiveness.

    It is only when we recognize how much we have been forgiven by God that we can learn to forgive those who wrong us.

    When our hearts are full of love and gratitude there is very little room for resentment and unforgiveness.

    What kind of attitude do we take towards our sins?

    Are we as the woman who washed Jesus’ feet or are we like the Pharisee who failed to show love and respect to Jesus?

 II. THE TWO DEBTORS  (MATHEW 18:21-35)

 NOTE: This Parable is very similar to the woman who washed Jesus’ feet.

    Each of these men was in debt.

    Each man’s debt was insurmountable. 

    Each of us has a debt of sin like the first man. 

    So great that we can never hope to pay it.

   The only way our debt can be paid is to have God pay it for us.

    When we have been forgive by God or our great debt it should fill our hearts with gratitude and joy.

    The debt that is owed us by others is small compared to the debt we owe God.

    The more we are thankful for what God has done for us, the easer it will be to forgive those who have wronged us.

    If we fail to be thankful for the forgiveness we have received we will find it very difficult to forgive those who have hurt us.

III. THE SAME AMOUNT OF FORGIVENESS THAT WE GIVETHERS WILL BE THE SAME AMOUNT OF FORGIVENESS WE RECEIVE FROM GOD.

 James 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.

 2 Corinthians 9:6 (NLT) Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.

 Matthew 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Luke 6:37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

CONCLUSION: Let us fill our hearts with love and gratitude for what God has done for us, so we can forgive and live in fellowship with those around us.

 

NOVEMBER 29, 2010 AM

 CAN YOU TRUST GOD WITH YOUR COOKIES?”

SCRIPTURE READING: Malachi 3:8-1

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Proverbs 3:5

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

INTRO: Our Scripture test says; “Trust in the Lord with all of thine heart,” but can we trust God with our cookies (finances)?

   There are many Christians today that have failed to experience the joy of trusting God with their finances.

   When it comes to preaching on money many Christians become uneasy and some even get upset.

NOTE: The question we are facing today; “Can we trust God with our finances?”

   Are we willing to turn over to God how we spend our money, how we save our money, how we give?

I. WHO’S MONEY IS IT ANYWAY?

NOTE: The first step in trusting God with our finances is recognizing where the money comes from.

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

   If we fail to acknowledge that all the blessings we have come from God, than we will be less likely to trust God with them.

Haggai 1:6 Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.

   Credit cards are bags with holes.

   Charged $ 238.98; minimum payment = 2 years; interest

$ 276.00 total cost $ 514.97

   Trusting God with our finances is one of the most difficult things we do but it is one on the most rewarding.

ILL: The Rich Young Ruler.

Mark 10:21-22 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.  And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.

Proverbs 3:6, 9-10 (NLT) Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths…Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything your land produces.  Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with the finest wine.

Malachi 3:10-11 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.  And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.

ILL: The widow of Zarephath (I Kings 17:8-16)

II. TRUSTING GOD WITH OUR FINANCES.

Psalm 31:19 Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!

NOTE: Our motive for trusting God with our finances must be three-fold.

  1. Out of our love for God

NOTE: We should love God for Who He is not just for what He has done.

Psalm 8:1, 3-4 O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! Who hast set thy glory above the heavens … When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him?

  1. Out of a grateful heart for what God has done for us

NOTE: Our giving reveals the gratitude we have for all the blessings He has given us.

Deuteronomy 8:10, 14, 17-18 When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the Lord thy God for the good land which he hath given thee.  Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the Lord thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.  But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.

Out of obedience to His Word

NOTE: If we are going to trust God, we must be obedient to God.

Leviticus 27:30 (NIV) A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.

Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

III. OUR ATTITUDE IN TRUSTING GOD WITH OUR FINANCES

1. Must be done in faith

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

   Anything that is done outside of faith is sin.

Romans 14:23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

2. Must be given willing

Exodus 25:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering.

3. Must be given cheerfully

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.

4. Must be given according to our abilities.

Deuteronomy 16:17 Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God which he hath given thee. 2 Corinthians 8:12 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.

CONCLUSION: Allowing God to control our finances is not easy, but is very rewarding.

 

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