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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Jesus Changes Everything!

Notes: Jesus Changes Everything!
Author: Eric Metaxas
Sunday, August 26, 2018
2 Corinthians 5:17
Music: Harvest Worship Band

Eric wrote a biography about William Wilberforce. 1807 is when Wilberforce helped abolish slavery in the British Empire.

2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
[17] Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Jesus is not trying to improve you, He is making you a new creation.

We are what Jesus has here, He gave us the Holy Spirit. If we don’t do what He wants then it doesn’t get done.

In 1759 is when Wilberforce was born. He was born into a effectively very pagan society. They cared very little for the poor.

It is the Christian view that said we should help the poor and that slavery is wrong.

In London back then 25% of all single women were in prostitution. The slave trade was a booming business for their economy. George IV had been known for sleeping with 7000 women. He was going to be king.

Only the poor were really being preached to. The wealthy would look down at those enthusiastic about their faith.

Wilberforce was shipped off to live with his aunt and uncle at the age of 9. His parents did not know they were funding the Methodist movement. When he was 12 his parents brought him back and after four years they got him to not follow his aunt and uncles faith. At the age of 16 he went to Cambridge. At the age of 20 he gets elected to Parliament. His friend William the Younger was elected to Prime Minister at the age of 24.

When Wilberforce took a trip with Isaac Milner he found his faith again. John Newton was visited by Wilberforce, Newton influences Wilberforce to stay in politics to serve with his faith.

Wilberforce took on all kinds of social reform issues. He oversaw a revolution of public reform.

In his lifetime, he led the British Empire to end slavery. 

Jesus changes everything.

Jesus used Wilberforce to change the world. He can can use you to change the world.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Reignite My Fire

Notes: Reignite My Fire
Pastor Steve Wilburn
Sunday, August 5, 2018
1 Kings 19
Music: Harvest Worship Band

There are many distractions that take our focus off of God. Our main focus should be God.

There is a fire we should desire to burn in us. Something that will motivate our souls.

God doesn’t just want us at church, He wants us.

Can we spend less time on Facebook and more time in God’s book?

1 Peter 2:9 NLT
[9] But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God's very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

The Harvest Crusade is to bring the Gospel of hope to people without hope.

When we are feeling burned out is when God may decide to use us. It is not up to us when the Lord uses us.

We need three things: the blood, the bread and the fire...the blood of Christ, the Word of God, and the power of the Holy Spirit empowering us.

Jeremiah 20:9-13 NLT
[9] But if I say I'll never mention the LORD or speak in his name, his word burns in my heart like a fire. It's like a fire in my bones! I am worn out trying to hold it in! I can't do it! [10] I have heard the many rumors about me. They call me "The Man Who Lives in Terror." They threaten, "If you say anything, we will report it." Even my old friends are watching me, waiting for a fatal slip. "He will trap himself," they say, "and then we will get our revenge on him." [11] But the LORD stands beside me like a great warrior. Before him my persecutors will stumble. They cannot defeat me. They will fail and be thoroughly humiliated. Their dishonor will never be forgotten. [12] O LORD of Heaven's Armies, you test those who are righteous, and you examine the deepest thoughts and secrets. Let me see your vengeance against them, for I have committed my cause to you. [13] Sing to the LORD! Praise the LORD! For though I was poor and needy, he rescued me from my oppressors.

We need holy men and women.

“The Lord was looking for a man weak enough to use, that is when He found me.”

How can God use us like He used Elijah?

In America many have forgotten who God is, that we are here because of God.

Reignite My Fire
1. Elijah’s prayer
1 Kings 19:3-5 NLT
[3] Elijah was afraid and fled for his life. He went to Beersheba, a town in Judah, and he left his servant there. [4] Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. "I have had enough, LORD," he said. "Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died." [5] Then he lay down and slept under the broom tree. But as he was sleeping, an angel touched him and told him, "Get up and eat!"

Elijah was just a man, He was tired and broken. We have all felt that way before.

2. God’s Response
1 Kings 19:6-13 NLT
[6] He looked around and there beside his head was some bread baked on hot stones and a jar of water! So he ate and drank and lay down again. [7] Then the angel of the LORD came again and touched him and said, "Get up and eat some more, or the journey ahead will be too much for you." [8] So he got up and ate and drank, and the food gave him enough strength to travel forty days and forty nights to Mount Sinai, the mountain of God. [9] There he came to a cave, where he spent the night. But the LORD said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" [10] Elijah replied, "I have zealously served the LORD God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too." [11] "Go out and stand before me on the mountain," the LORD told him. And as Elijah stood there, the LORD passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. [12] And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. [13] When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And a voice said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"

The question was simple: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

Can we ask ourselves the same question?

Think about all of those that are lost. Whether you are rich or poor, we all have the same void inside of us.

How can the lost hear if we don’t tell them!

Romans 10:14 NLT
[14] But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?

1 Kings 19:18 NLT
[18] Yet I will preserve 7,000 others in Israel who have never bowed down to Baal or kissed him!"

Where were they? Is that the same question that can be asked of Christians in America?

Who would you resemble, Elijah or the 7,000 that said nothing?

3. Our Calling
1 Kings 19:15-16 NLT
[15] Then the LORD told him, "Go back the same way you came, and travel to the wilderness of Damascus. When you arrive there, anoint Hazael to be king of Aram. [16] Then anoint Jehu grandson of Nimshi to be king of Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from the town of Abel-meholah to replace you as my prophet.

God didn’t say anything to Elijahs questions, He told Elijah to get back to work.

We are to speak as dying men to dying to people.

1 Corinthians 3:16 NLT
[16] Don't you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you?

Have you locked up God inside of you or have you set Him free?


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