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Sunday, January 27, 2019

How to Overcome the Power of Sin

Notes: How to Overcome the Power of Sin
Greg Laurie
Sunday, January 27, 2019
Series: Relentless Grace: Paul's Letter to the Romans
Romans 7
Music: Harvest Worship Band

2 Corinthians 7:1-16 NKJV
[1] Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. [2] Open your hearts to us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have cheated no one. [3] I do not say this to condemn; for I have said before that you are in our hearts, to die together and to live together. [4] Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my boasting on your behalf. I am filled with comfort. I am exceedingly joyful in all our tribulation. [5] For indeed, when we came to Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were troubled on every side. Outside were conflicts, inside were fears. [6] Nevertheless God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, [7] and not only by his coming, but also by the consolation with which he was comforted in you, when he told us of your earnest desire, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced even more. [8] For even if I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it. For I perceive that the same epistle made you sorry, though only for a while. [9] Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. [10] For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. [11] For observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a godly manner: What diligence it produced in you, what clearing of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication! In all things you proved yourselves to be clear in this matter. [12] Therefore, although I wrote to you, I did not do it for the sake of him who had done the wrong, nor for the sake of him who suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of God might appear to you. [13] Therefore we have been comforted in your comfort. And we rejoiced exceedingly more for the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by you all. [14] For if in anything I have boasted to him about you, I am not ashamed. But as we spoke all things to you in truth, even so our boasting to Titus was found true. [15] And his affections are greater for you as he remembers the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling you received him. [16] Therefore I rejoice that I have confidence in you in everything.

1. If you want to win the battle of sin, you must admit your faults.

Conversion has made our hearts a battlefield.

After you have you have been a Christian for a while and you still do things you shouldn’t, it’s called carnality.

2. To be carnal is to be in an arrested state of spiritual development.

1 Corinthians 3:1-2 NKJV
[1] And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. [2] I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able;

Hebrews 5:12 NKJV
[12] For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.

A carnal Christian is one who has never grown up.

3. You don’t have to be carnal if you don’t want to be.

Romans 7:8 NKJV
[8] But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the law sin was dead.

2 Corinthians 7:1 NKJV
[1] Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

1 John 2:15-16 NKJV
[15] Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. [16] For all that is in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-is not of the Father but is of the world.

All sins fall into these categories:

Genesis 3:6 NKJV
[6] So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

4. Realize the problem is you, not your circumstances

Romans 7:14 NKJV
[14] For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin.

“I have more trouble with myself than any other man!” - DL Moody

Jesus did not eliminate but, rather, elaborated the commands in the sermon on the mount.

The commandments show me I need God.

Romans 3:19 NKJV
[19] Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

The old nature knows no law, the new nature needs no law.

5. Our only hope, in the struggle with sin, is Jesus!

6. We need to cry out to God for help.

Romans 7:24 NKJV
[24] O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?

Admit we are under its power.

Romans 6:6 NKJV
[6] knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.

We can live in the victory Jesus has purchased for you.

Call your sin what it is and attack it!

Whom the son sets free is free indeed.

Romans 8:1 NKJV
[1] There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

Chapter 8 starts with “no condemnation” and ends with “no separation.”

How are we to live a life from the power and control of sin?

Zechariah 4:6 NKJV
[6] So he answered and said to me: "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' Says the LORD of hosts.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Don't Let the Old Man In

Notes: Don't Let the Old Man In
Greg Laurie
Sunday, January 20, 2019
Series: Relentless Grace: Paul's Letter to the Romans
Romans 6
Music: Harvest Worship Band

Clint Eastwood said “I don’t let the old man in.” That’s how he keeps going, he’s still making movies at the age of 88.

As we get older, we do old people things.

The Bible compares our old nature to the old man.

Romans 6:6-11 NKJV
[6] knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. [7] For he who has died has been freed from sin. [8] Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, [9] knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. [10] For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. [11] Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The first five chapters of Romans says we are all sinners and need a savior. From chapters 6 on, Paul speaks of our sanctification.

Romans 6:4 NKJV
[4] Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

1. The Christian no longer has to be under the power of sin.

Romans 6:7 NKJV
[7] For he who has died has been freed from sin.

Oscar Wilde said he could resist anything other than temptation.

The Bible says Jesus can interrupt the cycle of sin in any life or family.

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.

One of the devils greatest strategies is to control you and make you feel like he’s not.

1 John 3:8 NKJV
[8] He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

How can a person who is dead to sin still live in it?

2. You are no longer a slave, so stop acting like it.

Romans 6:6 NKJV
[6] knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.

MLK Jr stood up for millions of people. MLK Jr took a stand!

Rosa Parks took a stand! She had a deep faith in Jesus Christ and she wrote a book that said it was her faith that gave her the strength to take a stand.

You don’t have to be under the power of the devil anymore!

Don’t tear your child down, we are to bring our child up to the Lord.

3. Start living like you are free if you feel it or not.

Romans 6:7 NKJV
[7] For he who has died has been freed from sin.

4. You need to yield yourself to God.

Your body is a gift from God, you need to dedicate your body to Him.

Your body is a temple.

Romans 12:1 NKJV
[1] I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

5. Where you turn your head, your body will follow.

You can’t stop a bird from flying over your head, but you can stop it from building a nest in your hair.

Philippians 4:8 NKJV
[8] Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things.

We need to screen thoughts before we let them in.

Romans 8:31-34 NKJV
[31] What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? [32] He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? [33] Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. [34] Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.

Romans 8:38-39 NKJV
[38] For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, [39] nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Nothing can separate us from God, that is the privilege of being a child of God.

Realize you are not a slave to sin. Feed your new nature.

The best way not to go backwards is to go forward. That is a decision we have to make everyday.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Jesus Revolution: The Holy Spirit in Revival

Notes: Jesus Revolution: The Holy Spirit in Revival
Greg Laurie
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Acts 2
Music: Harvest Worship Band, Phil Wickham

During the Jesus Revolution
1. There was a sense of anticipation and expectancy in the services.

2. The word of God was always taught in every service

3. Contemporary worship was born. People participated in the worship.

4. You would invite friends to go to church with you.

5. There was a belief that Jesus could come back at any time.

Psalm 85:6 NLT
[6] Won't you revive us again, so your people can rejoice in you?

Habakkuk 3:2 NLT
[2] I have heard all about you, LORD. I am filled with awe by your amazing works. In this time of our deep need, help us again as you did in years gone by. And in your anger, remember your mercy.

Lord do it again! We need another spiritual awakening!

6. The Jesus Revolution was a work of the Holy Spirit

The day of Pentecost changed the disciples.

Acts 1:8 NLT
[8] 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."

Acts 2:15-17 NLT
[15] These people are not drunk, as some of you are assuming. Nine o'clock in the morning is much too early for that. [16] No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel: [17] 'In the last days,' God says, 'I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.

The promise of the Holy Spirit is available to all of us.

Ephesians 5:2 NLT
[2] Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.

Acts 2:37-38 NLT
[37] Peter's words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, "Brothers, what should we do?" [38] Peter replied, "Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

All Roads Lead to Romans

Notes: All Roads Lead to Romans
Jeff Lasseigne
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Series: Relentless Grace: Paul’s Letter to the Romans - Valor
Romans 1–5
Music: Harvest Worship Band

Romans is the most detailed teaching of theological truth in the scriptures.

Paul’s name is only mentioned once in this entire letter!

Romans was written in 57 or 58 a.d.

2 Thessalonians 3:17 NKJV
[17] The salutation of Paul with my own hand, which is a sign in every epistle; so I write.

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. - Helen Keller

Behind every successful ministry there is an army of faithful servants.

There’s no end to what God can do with men and women who care only for the glory of God!

Romans 1:7 NKJV
[7] To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 1:15 NKJV
[15] So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also.

Outline of Romans:
Chapters 1 to 8 the plan of salvation
Chapters 9 - 11 the people of salvation
Chapters 12 - 16 the practice of salvation


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