Thursday, February 25, 2016
Notes: Natural Evangelism
Harvest Worship Band
February 25, 2016 — 7:00 p.m.
J. John says we are part of a global enterprise. That we, the church, take care of people from birth to death.
We are to seek and save the lost.
A missionary is not someone that crosses the sea, a missionary is someone that sees the cross.
Acts 1:8 NLT
 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere-in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
People are not Christians for two reasons, because they never met a Christian, or because they did meet a Christian.
Three things prayer helps us with:
1. Communicate our faith by praying.
When we pray, coincidences happen and when we don't they don't.
Try starting in the place of your greatest failure in evangelism, your family, friends and colleagues.
We need to cultivate the web of relationships that we already have.
Be intentional in prayers for those people you want to see come to know Christ.
J. John prays for a hour each day as he walks with his wife.
We have to pray! When we pray, things shift and change.
As a Christian where ever you are going you carry the presence of the Lord.
2. Praying will always lead to caring.
We always have a little battle going on inside of us, if we should pray or not for others at any given time.
Our prayers don't have to be heard by others. He prayed for an atheist, "on the inside" not aloud just for him silently. He can't head butt the guy into heaven.
It seems to be easier for some to fly around the world to tell someone about Jesus then to tell their own neighbors.
Praying leads to caring, so pray for those around you.
Sometimes evangelism starts out as an inconvenience in your current situation but ends up a blessing to you and others.
We live in a world of miracles and mystery but God is concerned about what concerns us.
People don't care about how much we know, until they know how much we care.
3. Sharing the Good News.
Our responsibility as Christians is to go into Gods orchard and check the fruit. When it is ripe, we need to go there and pick it.
Nonbelievers are every where. Just share with the people around you.
God is your friend, introduce Him to your other friends and family.
Every introduction to God is a link in the chain to bringing people to God.
We all need to help plant the seed of the Good News.
We are witnesses of our faith. We need to tell people simply what we know.
In God's eyes we never lose our value, no matter what we think.
Jesus bought us back so He could restore us and clean us.
What's God doing in your life?
Wherever you go, sow the seed.
Why are you a Christian? Because it's true.
Is Jesus in the driver's seat of your life? Are you a back seat driver? Do we need to reposition Jesus?
Is He F.I.R.S.T. in your life?
Put God First.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Notes: Applying Big Truths to All Things
Pastor Adam Eaton
February 23, 2016
Philippians 4:1-9 NLT
 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stay true to the Lord. I love you and long to see you, dear friends, for you are my joy and the crown I receive for my work.  Now I appeal to Euodia and Syntyche. Please, because you belong to the Lord, settle your disagreement.  And I ask you, my true partner, to help these two women, for they worked hard with me in telling others the Good News. They worked along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are written in the Book of Life.  Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again-rejoice!  Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.  Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.  And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.  Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me-everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.
Big cruise ships now have stabilizers that keep them from moving as much when they are floating out at sea.
We need to have stabilizers in our lives. We live in turbulent times.
Some people love change, they are constantly making big changes in their lives.
In our walk with the Lord we need to have stability. We need to have internal stabilizers.
Paul had awesome stability. He would write from prison cells while chained to guards and say things like:
Philippians 4:6 NLT
 Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
A single phone call or text could change everything for us.
Use big truths for small situations:
1. There is a God
That is a huge truth. That means there is hope.
2. Because He is God, He is in control
Psalm 115:3 NLT
 Our God is in the heavens, and He does as He wishes.
3. God is Good
Psalm 100:5 NLT
 For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
These big truths can be used in every situation of our lives.
Romans 8:28-29 NLT
 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.  For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
With these truths we can weather anything and face it with joy.
Hebrews 6:19 NLT
 This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God's inner sanctuary.
This is good in theory, but how do we do this?:
1. Rejoice always
Philippians 4:4 NLT
 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again-rejoice!
In every circumstance I am to rejoice. Even when I stub my toe.
This requires practice and we have to choose this.
Philippians 4:2 NLT
 Now I appeal to Euodia and Syntyche. Please, because you belong to the Lord, settle your disagreement.
He is asking these two ladies to choose the Lord, agreeing in the Lord.
In everything agree in the Lord with your fellow believers.
This joy is not blind happiness. It doesn't mean you will always be in a good mood. It is an underlying attitude in your whole life of joy.
No matter what happens...I still have Christ.
God is working and He is working to make us more like Christ.
2. Be gentle
Philippians 4:5 NLT
 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.
Men have a tendency to not be gentle, that tendency doesn't tend to work well with relationships.
The way you deal with people, reflects God.
We need to be gentle.
When life gets hard that's when I tend to not be gentle.
Be a good reflection of Jesus to people.
The same people we need to be gentle with, many times will be the people we need to cry to for help.
3. Pray about everything
Philippians 4:6 NLT
 Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
The number one killer of joy is anxiety.
We need to pray in everything for everything.
Missing one day of prayer should be looked at as a catastrophic event in our lives.
Pray with thanksgiving regardless of the outcome.
If I am thankful regardless of the outcome, knowing that God is in control, then I am not worried because I know God is in control.
Philippians 4:7 NLT
 Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Applying big truths to small situations.
Sunday, February 21, 2016
Notes: Laws of the Harvest
Harvest Worship Band
Sunday, February 21, 2016 — 8:00 a.m.
There are laws in Gods word that are as irrevocable as the laws of gravity.
Galatians 6:1-4 NKJV Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
We are to carry our burden and others burden.
Galatians 6:5-6 NKJV For each one shall bear his own load. Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches.
Galatians 6:7-10 NKJV Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
This is the Word of the Lord.
7 laws of the Harvest:
Do not be deceived -
there is something about us that we think that we can escape this principle.
God is not mocked -
this is a serious message, the Lord will not be made a fool of
Fall is when the harvest is reaped.
Paul says life is like farming, you plant and cultivate and reap.
Trials and consequences happen to all of us. Trials require circumstances.
Circumstance: an event beyond your control resulting from forces or influences you did not cause and cannot change.
You submit to a trial, you wait by faith for God to use it.
Job 23:10 NKJV But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.
Galatians 6:7 is not about trials, its about consequences. In consequences, you don’t endure.
You repent of consequences and receive faith.
The clouds of heaven would burst of grace and mercy if you were to repent of the consequences.
Consequence: resulting wholly or in part from me - actions I’ve take - things I’ve said or done - places I’ve gone - priorities I’ve pursued - choices I’ve made.
1a. We harvest only what has been planted.
2 Corinthians 9:6 NKJV But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
Edward Gibbon wrote a book in 1787 called The decline and fall of the Roman Empire. He wrote that it was divorce and break down of the home. Higher taxes, mad desire for pleasure, sports getting more exciting and brutal every year. The building of gigantic armaments when the real enemy was inside. The decay of faith and becoming impatient to worn the people.
Gibbon wrote the book over 200 years ago about Rome!
How is it that the people of God have come to a place where they hardly even want to be warned.
Responsibility lies with the individual.
How did Sampson go from a young strong weapon of God to being sideways in the ditch? We harvest only what has been planted.
2a. We harvest the same in kind as we plant.
“What goes around comes around”
Galatians 6:8 NKJV For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
Flesh is self.
The one who sows to self, reaps corruption.
Corruption means death and decay. A hell of a life and hell after life.
This is not the life of a Christ follower.
King ME has got to go.
Instead, I am crucified in Christ.
So often we say its outside of me, but the word of God says, we are harvesting only what has been planted.
3a. We harvest in a different season than we plant.
This is where the deception comes in, we fool ourselves to think we are doing well.
We make decisions when we are young and spend so much time getting over those decisions.
The younger you are the more urgent it is to recognize the message of sowing and reaping.
There are no exceptions to this rule, God is not going to be mocked.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could all plant in the Spring and harvest in the Spring.
It’s the time gaps that prompts the deception.
William Ernest Henley, 1849 - 1903
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul. -
Dorothea Day Poem:
Out of the night that dazzles me,
Bright as the sun om pole to pole;
I thank the God I know to be
For Christ the conqueror of my soul.
Since His the sway of circumstance,
I would not wince nor cry aloud.
Under that rule which men call chance
My head with joy is humbly bowed.
Beyond this place of sin and tears
That life with Him! And His the aid,
Despite the menace of the years,
Keeps, and shall keep me, unafraid..
I have no fear, though strait the gate,
He cleared from punishment the scroll,
Christ is the Master of my fate,
Christ is the Captain of my soul. -
After a message like this we should look at ourselves.
If you submit and obey, you will be able to enjoy the fat of the land.
Let’s sow good things, repentance and humility.
Monday, February 15, 2016
Notes: Real Love
1 Corinthians 13
Harvest Worship Band
God's love is active. Those that truly love God will seek to do things that please God. In today's message, Pastor Greg teaches on what it means to love God with all of your heart, and what it means to love like Christ loves.
Sunday, February 14, 2016 — 12:00 p.m.
Today is Valentines Day.
What is love?
To love is to be vulnerable.
God has love for you.
1. God Loves You!
God loved you before there was a human race. God chooses you.
Does God the Father love the Son?
John 17:25-26 NLT
 "O righteous Father, the world doesn't know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me.  I have revealed you to them, and I will continue to do so. Then your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them."
Nothing will ever change that:
Romans 8:38-39 NLT
 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow-not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love.  No power in the sky above or in the earth below-indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Knowing all this..
2. We should love God.
1 John 4:19
 We love because He loved us first.
Matthew 22:36-40 NLT
 "Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?"  Jesus replied, "'You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.'  This is the first and greatest commandment.  A second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'  The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments."
Instead of trying to focus on keeping rules...focus on loving God.
If you love God, as you should, everything else will fall into place.
Matthew 22:37 NLT
 Jesus replied, "'You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.'
We are to love God with every part of our being.
The heart can be very dark.
Jeremiah 17:9 NLT
 "The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?
Matthew 15:19 NLT
 For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander.
Don't focus on our heart, focus our heart on God.
We are also to love the Lord with all of our soul.
3. Knowing that God loves me, and I love Him, I am to love others.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT
 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud  or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.  It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.  Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
1 Corinthians 13 is a portrait of Christ.
Love is not a feeling, it's an action.
If you don't think others deserve to be loved, can you also ask the same question about you? We all have God's love, yet we don't deserve it.
4. Focus on doing your part in the marriage is what you need to be doing.
Ephesians 5:25 NLT
 For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her
Men are just as emotional as women, we just express it differently.
When's the last time you praised your wife and expressed your love to her?
If you really love your wife, don't just say it...do it!
5. If you love your wife, you will not be harsh with her.
6. If you love your wife, you will always believe the best, not the worst about her.
A good marriage is made up of two good forgivers.
7. If you really love your wife you will make it through the rough patches together.
Despite who we are, God still loves us.
If you love your spouse then you know what it's like to live with a difficult person and love them anyway because we are all difficult people.
God loves us.
Sunday, February 7, 2016
Notes: I Will
Harvest Worship Band
Welcome To Harvest Sunday Morning!
Sunday, February 7, 2016 — 8:00 a.m.
“I will” are some of the most precious words in our vocabulary today. When we get married, or when we ask for help, we love to hear those words.
Matthew 7:27-28 NKJV and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching,
Jesus spoke with authority to the people and it astonished them. People followed Jesus for all sorts of reasons.
Why are you following Jesus?
If you are following Jesus for any other reason than He is worthy, then you are no different then the people in this crowd.
Matthew 8:1-4 NIV When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
The man had leprosy, it was a very horrible disease and very much the AIDS of the time. Their skin would fall off, they could be smelled from 100 feet away.
“I would not so much as buy an egg from a market on street that had a leper on it.” was a statement a Rabbi of that day made.
God compares sin to leprosy in Isaiah and Leviticus. Just like leprosy, eventually sin will destroy you.
Matthew 20:20 NKJV Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Him with her sons, kneeling down and asking something from Him.
Many come to church because they know they will need to ask God for something this week. God sees right through that.
This leper did not approach Jesus that way. This leper did not doubt Jesus power, he was asking Jesus about his willingness.
How many of us don’t doubt God’s power, but doubt His willingness?
Many of us need to burst through the crowd and come to Jesus.
Matthew 8:3 NKJV Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
By cleaning this man, Jesus did the unthinkable and the unlawful. This leper had not been touched in years. According to Leviticus Jesus would have become unclean, but instead Jesus made the man clean.
Would we have touched the man or would we have thrown stones? If leprosy is like sin, how many times have we thrown stones at sinners instead of reached out to them?
Maybe you feel like a leper in your sin today, Jesus wants to touch you and clean you. Jesus is willing. Not only does Jesus have the power to heal you, but he has the desire to also.
Are you desperate enough to push through the crowd to approach Jesus?
Matthew 8:4 NKJV And Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
This was the first man they would have ever seen cleaned of leprosy. Jesus is still into cleaning people of leprosy.
He can clean you of your sins today!
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