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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

God wants to teach us, show us and lead us

Notes: God wants to teach us, show us and lead us
Pastor Mike Jonker
Week 1 
September 27,2016
V2 

Life goes on...but you can still show up on Tuesday night for the Bible Study.

Grow together as a church going through God's word.

We grow because we want to grow. Never be satisfied with our spiritual growth.

God can't steer a parked car, so get moving.

This study is about David, called Profiles of an Authentic Life.

David was a worker and the king. He was good and bad. He was a paradox.

Could you imagine God telling your story?

Psalm 25:1-3 NKJV
[1] To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul. [2] O my God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me. [3] Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed; Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause.

Five "t"s of this passage...
1. Trust in God.
David  took on anything that was in front of him. He trusted in God.

Trust in God with...
Marriage 
Money
Family
Work
Health

David said he lifted up his soul to God.

Psalm 25:4-5 NKJV
[4] Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. [5] Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.

2. Taught by God.

God wants to teach us, show us and lead us.

God will speak to you directly through His word. God is not ambiguous.

Psalm 25:6-11 NKJV
[6] Remember, O LORD, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses, For they are from of old. [7] Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; According to Your mercy remember me, For Your goodness' sake, O LORD. [8] Good and upright is the LORD; Therefore He teaches sinners in the way. [9] The humble He guides in justice, And the humble He teaches His way. [10] All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth, To such as keep His covenant and His testimonies. [11] For Your name's sake, O LORD, Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.

3. Tender mercies of God.

Merciful, loving, upright and truthful all the time.

David committed some huge sins, but he always went back to God.

4. Thrive.

Psalm 25:12-14 NKJV
[12] Who is the man that fears the LORD? Him shall He teach in the way He chooses. [13] He himself shall dwell in prosperity, And his descendants shall inherit the earth. [14] The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant.

David prayed that he would prosper and thrive.

As we rely on God, He will cause blessings in our lives.

God wants to prosper us, yet in our own strength we for some reason will go and try to find other things.

5. Trials

Psalm 25:12-22 NKJV
[12] Who is the man that fears the LORD? Him shall He teach in the way He chooses. [13] He himself shall dwell in prosperity, And his descendants shall inherit the earth. [14] The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant. [15] My eyes are ever toward the LORD, For He shall pluck my feet out of the net. [16] Turn Yourself to me, and have mercy on me, For I am desolate and afflicted. [17] The troubles of my heart have enlarged; Bring me out of my distresses! [18] Look on my affliction and my pain, And forgive all my sins. [19] Consider my enemies, for they are many; And they hate me with cruel hatred. [20] Keep my soul, and deliver me; Let me not be ashamed, for I put my trust in You. [21] Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, For I wait for You. [22] Redeem Israel, O God, Out of all their troubles!

Trials will come and God is faithful and will deliver us from these trials.

Stay connected to the church during times of trials. Others will comfort you and you will be able to comfort others with your experience in your trials.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Storms of Life

Notes: The Storms of Life
Mark 4
SPEAKER:
Raul Ries
WORSHIP TEAM:
Harvest Worship Band
Tonight's service can also be seen on our interactive Online Campus web player by clicking here.
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Thursday, September 22, 2016 — 7:00 p.m.


Storms come through all of our lives. He is with you through all of them.

God allows things in our lives not to punish or trick us but to mold us.

Storms can lead us to know God is in control.

Mark 4:35-41 NLT
[35] As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, "Let's cross to the other side of the lake." [36] So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). [37] But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. [38] Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, "Teacher, don't you care that we're going to drown?" [39] When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Silence! Be still!" Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. [40] Then he asked them, "Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?" [41] The disciples were absolutely terrified. "Who is this man?" they asked each other. "Even the wind and waves obey him!"

How many storms have you faced in your life? 

Can the storms you have faced help others now because of your knowledge received from that storm?

Every storm is different, but what is your attitude on the storm. If you are in a storm now, what is your attitude?

If God is for me, then who could be against me. Only God can lead you through the valleys.

Daniel 3:20-30 NLT
[20] Then he ordered some of the strongest men of his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace. [21] So they tied them up and threw them into the furnace, fully dressed in their pants, turbans, robes, and other garments. [22] And because the king, in his anger, had demanded such a hot fire in the furnace, the flames killed the soldiers as they threw the three men in. [23] So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, securely tied, fell into the roaring flames. [24] But suddenly, Nebuchadnezzar jumped up in amazement and exclaimed to his advisers, "Didn't we tie up three men and throw them into the furnace?" "Yes, Your Majesty, we certainly did," they replied. [25] "Look!" Nebuchadnezzar shouted. "I see four men, unbound, walking around in the fire unharmed! And the fourth looks like a god!" [26] Then Nebuchadnezzar came as close as he could to the door of the flaming furnace and shouted: "Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!" So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego stepped out of the fire. [27] Then the high officers, officials, governors, and advisers crowded around them and saw that the fire had not touched them. Not a hair on their heads was singed, and their clothing was not scorched. They didn't even smell of smoke! [28] Then Nebuchadnezzar said, "Praise to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! He sent his angel to rescue his servants who trusted in him. They defied the king's command and were willing to die rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. [29] Therefore, I make this decree: If any people, whatever their race or nation or language, speak a word against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, they will be torn limb from limb, and their houses will be turned into heaps of rubble. There is no other god who can rescue like this!" [30] Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to even higher positions in the province of Babylon.

Some times God will let you go into the fire, but will lead you into the fire.

Mark 4:35 NLT
[35] As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, "Let's cross to the other side of the lake."

Jesus spoke with authority.

Mark 1:27 NLT
[27] Amazement gripped the audience, and they began to discuss what had happened. "What sort of new teaching is this?" they asked excitedly. "It has such authority! Even evil spirits obey his orders!"

Matthew 7:29 NLT
[29] for he taught with real authority-quite unlike their teachers of religious law.

Luke 5:24 NLT
[24] So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins." Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, "Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!"

John 5:22 NLT
[22] In addition, the Father judges no one. Instead, he has given the Son absolute authority to judge,

1 Peter 3:22 NLT
[22] Now Christ has gone to heaven. He is seated in the place of honor next to God, and all the angels and authorities and powers accept his authority.

Mark 4:36 NLT
[36] So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed).

Hebrews 1:3 NLT
[3] The Son radiates God's own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.

God will never give you more than you can handle, if it's more than you can handle, then blame yourself.

Mark 4:37-38 NLT
[37] But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. [38] Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, "Teacher, don't you care that we're going to drown?"

The storms come and it is so important to keep our eyes on Jesus. If we have ears then we are to listen.

Nothing is impossible with Jesus Christ.

Mark 4:39 NLT
[39] When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Silence! Be still!" Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm.

It is so beautiful when you put your trust in Jesus. He will never fail us ever.

Mark 4:40 NKJV
[40] But He said to them, "Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?"

We must have faith.

Romans 4:12 NKJV
[12] and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of the faith which our father Abraham had while still uncircumcised.

1 John 2:13-14 NKJV
[13] I write to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning.I write to you, young men, Because you have overcome the wicked one.I write to you, little children, Because you have known the Father. [14] I have written to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning.I have written to you, young men, Because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, And you have overcome the wicked one.

Hebrews 11:13 NKJV
[13] These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

One of these days we will all go into the presence of the Lord.

Mark 4:41 NKJV
[41] And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, "Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!"

James 1:2-4 NKJV
[2] My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, [3] knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. [4] But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

The statement that God is in control is either true or not true. If it is not true, we better stop believing. If it is true, then we need to live our lives accordingly.

God is in control!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

The Handoff

Notes: The Handoff
2 Timothy 3
SPEAKER:
Paul Eaton
WORSHIP TEAM:
Harvest Worship Band
Sunday, September 4, 2016 — 10:00 a.m.

This year with all of the outreaches of Harvest over 42,000 people have made a profession of faith! Amazing!!!

A believer's marching orders...
Matthew 28:19 NLT
[19] Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

We are to keep the faith moving forward.

Pastor Eaton is telling us about the women's relay at the Olympics relay and how the baton was dropped, and the story behind it.

His message is about how not just running the race is important, but how we do the handoff to the future runners of the faith.

2 Timothy 4:6-7 NLT
[6] As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. [7] I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.

Paul is speaking to Timothy as his mentor.

Mentor- an experienced trusted advisor.

Disciple Maker - teaches the disciple to be a learner.

The disciple of our world appears to be the opposite of what Paul describes.

2 Timothy 3:10-17 NLT
[10] But you, Timothy, certainly know what I teach, and how I live, and what my purpose in life is. You know my faith, my patience, my love, and my endurance. [11] You know how much persecution and suffering I have endured. You know all about how I was persecuted in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra-but the Lord rescued me from all of it. [12] Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. [13] But evil people and impostors will flourish. They will deceive others and will themselves be deceived. [14] But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. [15] You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. [16] All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. [17] God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

Past, present and future.
Past: verses 10-11
Future: 12-13
Present: 14- 17

Pauls priorities:
-teaching
-conduct
-aim in life

Paul was not just a teacher, he was a great teacher.

Acts 20:20-21 NLT
[20] I never shrank back from telling you what you needed to hear, either publicly or in your homes. [21] I have had one message for Jews and Greeks alike-the necessity of repenting from sin and turning to God, and of having faith in our Lord Jesus.

1 Corinthians 9:16 NLT
[16] Yet preaching the Good News is not something I can boast about. I am compelled by God to do it. How terrible for me if I didn't preach the Good News!

Timothy followed Pauls teaching and conduct.

Paul taught, "do what I do", his teaching and conduct were in agreement.Find this in someone and be this for someone.

Have an example and be an example.

Who's your example? Who are you an example to?

Pauls Virtues:
-faith: trust in God
-patience: with God
-love: for God
-steadfastness: holding on to God

1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT
[13] Three things will last forever-faith, hope, and love-and the greatest of these is love.

Focus on God.

Paul's endurance. Faith that cannot be tested is faith that cannot be trusted.

Timothy is from Lystra, he possibly saw what happened to Paul in Acts 14.

Acts 14:8-20 NLT
[8] While they were at Lystra, Paul and Barnabas came upon a man with crippled feet. He had been that way from birth, so he had never walked. He was sitting [9] and listening as Paul preached. Looking straight at him, Paul realized he had faith to be healed. [10] So Paul called to him in a loud voice, "Stand up!" And the man jumped to his feet and started walking. [11] When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in their local dialect, "These men are gods in human form!" [12] They decided that Barnabas was the Greek god Zeus and that Paul was Hermes, since he was the chief speaker. [13] Now the temple of Zeus was located just outside the town. So the priest of the temple and the crowd brought bulls and wreaths of flowers to the town gates, and they prepared to offer sacrifices to the apostles. [14] But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard what was happening, they tore their clothing in dismay and ran out among the people, shouting, [15] "Friends, why are you doing this? We are merely human beings-just like you! We have come to bring you the Good News that you should turn from these worthless things and turn to the living God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them. [16] In the past he permitted all the nations to go their own ways, [17] but he never left them without evidence of himself and his goodness. For instance, he sends you rain and good crops and gives you food and joyful hearts." [18] But even with these words, Paul and Barnabas could scarcely restrain the people from sacrificing to them. [19] Then some Jews arrived from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowds to their side. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of town, thinking he was dead. [20] But as the believers gathered around him, he got up and went back into the town. The next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.

Paul had been through much...but the Lord had rescued him.

2 Timothy 4:18 ESV
[18] The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Our Christian beliefs are no longer main stream. The world looks at our beliefs as wrong...but my beliefs are from God's word.

Know that the Lord is still in charge and you can trust in Him.

You must continue everyday; continue, continue, continue the race.  

2 Timothy 3:14 ESV
[14] But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it

Learning + Believing = Wise for salvation through Jesus Christ

Knowing God and making Him known through worship, learning and loving.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV
[16] All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, [17] that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Scripture changes us and profits us.

The scripture is profitable:
Teaching: what is right
Reproof: what is not right
Training: how to get right
Correction: how to stay right

New believers are looking at you as an example.

We like our comfort zone, God wants to call us out of it.

Get involved!

Romans 10:9 ESV
[9] because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.




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