Sep 25, 2011
What is God Really Like?

What is God Really Like? Pastor Sam Floyd Text:   Psalm 91

 

Psalm 91  ESV

1He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. 2I will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."

3For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. 4He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. 5 You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

7A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. 8You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.

9Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge — 10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. 12On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. 13You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

14"Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. 15When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. 16With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation."

  I. How you picture God makes all the difference in your trust level with Him and often defines your behavior.   II. God frequently gave similes to describe Himself to mankind:
  • God is a ROCK – Psalm 18:2
  • God is a REFUGE – 2 Samuel 22:31
  • God is a WARRIOR – Psalm 68:1
  • God is a SHEPHERD – John 10:11
  • God is an EAGLE – Matthew 23:37
  • God is a SHIELD – Psalm 115:9-11
  • God is a REDEEMER – 1 Peter 1:18-19
  • God is a HIDING PLACE – Psalm 32:7
  • God is a FOUNTAIN – Jeremiah 2:13, John 7:37
  • God is a HUSBAND – Isaiah 54:5
  • God is a VINEDRESSER – John 15:1-5
  A. God is our ROCK – our REFUGE – our HIDING PLACE. Psalm 18:2  ESV 2The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 2 Samuel 22:31  ESV 31This God— his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. 2 Samuel 22:1-2; 23:14; 24:1-2  ESV 1David departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. And when his brothers and all his father’s house heard it, they went down there to him. 2 And everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was bitter in soul, gathered to him. And he became captain over them. And there were with him about four hundred men. 14And David remained in the strongholds in the wilderness, in the hill country of the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God did not give him into his hand. 1 When Saul returned from following the Philistines, he was told, "Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi." 2Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel and went to seek David and his men in front of the Wildgoats’ Rocks. Psalm 32:7  ESV 7You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance.   B. God is our SHEPHERD – an EAGLE John 10:11  ESV 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. Matthew 23:37  ESV 37 "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not! Psalm 91:4a  ESV 4He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge;   C.            God is the VINEDRESSER. John 15:1-5  ESV 1"I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. John 10:10  ESV 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. Romans 8:29  ESV 29For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. John 15:16  ESV 16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
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  • Sep 25, 2011What is God Really Like?
    Sep 25, 2011
    What is God Really Like?

    What is God Really Like? Pastor Sam Floyd Text:   Psalm 91

     

    Psalm 91  ESV

    1He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. 2I will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."

    3For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. 4He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. 5 You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

    7A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. 8You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.

    9Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge — 10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.

    11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. 12On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. 13You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

    14"Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. 15When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. 16With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation."

      I. How you picture God makes all the difference in your trust level with Him and often defines your behavior.   II. God frequently gave similes to describe Himself to mankind:
    • God is a ROCK – Psalm 18:2
    • God is a REFUGE – 2 Samuel 22:31
    • God is a WARRIOR – Psalm 68:1
    • God is a SHEPHERD – John 10:11
    • God is an EAGLE – Matthew 23:37
    • God is a SHIELD – Psalm 115:9-11
    • God is a REDEEMER – 1 Peter 1:18-19
    • God is a HIDING PLACE – Psalm 32:7
    • God is a FOUNTAIN – Jeremiah 2:13, John 7:37
    • God is a HUSBAND – Isaiah 54:5
    • God is a VINEDRESSER – John 15:1-5
      A. God is our ROCK – our REFUGE – our HIDING PLACE. Psalm 18:2  ESV 2The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 2 Samuel 22:31  ESV 31This God— his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. 2 Samuel 22:1-2; 23:14; 24:1-2  ESV 1David departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. And when his brothers and all his father’s house heard it, they went down there to him. 2 And everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was bitter in soul, gathered to him. And he became captain over them. And there were with him about four hundred men. 14And David remained in the strongholds in the wilderness, in the hill country of the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God did not give him into his hand. 1 When Saul returned from following the Philistines, he was told, "Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi." 2Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel and went to seek David and his men in front of the Wildgoats’ Rocks. Psalm 32:7  ESV 7You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance.   B. God is our SHEPHERD – an EAGLE John 10:11  ESV 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. Matthew 23:37  ESV 37 "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not! Psalm 91:4a  ESV 4He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge;   C.            God is the VINEDRESSER. John 15:1-5  ESV 1"I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. John 10:10  ESV 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. Romans 8:29  ESV 29For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. John 15:16  ESV 16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
  • Sep 11, 2011Gods Plan for the Ages
    Sep 11, 2011
    Gods Plan for the Ages

    God’s Plan for the Ages Pastor Sam Floyd Text: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, 8, 11, 12:1; Romans 11:33-36

      Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, 11  NIV 1984 1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: 2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, 6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, 7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, 8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 12:1  NIV 1984 1 Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them” Romans 11:33-36  NIV  1984 33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! 34 “Who has known the mind of the Lord?  Or who has been his counselor?” 35 “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?” 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things.  To him be the glory forever! Amen.

    I. In the Beginning, God Created Man Innocent, without SinGenesis 2:7, 25  NIV 1984 7 the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. 25 The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.   II. But Sin Already Existed. Genesis 2:16-17  NIV 1984 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” Genesis 3:1-4  NIV 1984                   1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”                   2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”                   4 “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”   III. Man’s Fall Brought God’s Redemptive Plan into Effect. Genesis 3:15  NIV 1984 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” Ephesians 1:4-6  NIV  1984 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.   A. The death of Jesus Christ makes it possible for sinful man to be in fellowship with Holy God. Romans 3:23-24  NIV  1984 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Ephesians 1:7-8  NIV  1984 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.   B. God’s Holy Spirit leads the believer and guides him into all truth and righteousness. John 16:13  NIV  1984 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. Galatians 2:20-21  NIV  1984 20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”   C. God’s faithful love and grace hold the believer through all of life. John 10:27-29  NIV  1984 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.   IV. God’s Plan Will Culminate in a Cataclysmic Show-Down between Good and Evil.   A. The followers of Evil will share in their leader’s banishment. Revelation 20:9-10, 14-15  NIV  1984 9 They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. 10 And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. Revelation 21:8  NIV  1984 8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”   B. The armies of Good will share in their Leader’s Victory! Revelation 21:3-4  NIV  1984 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 22:3-5  NIV  1984 3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.
  • Sep 4, 2011God and the Presence of Evil
    Sep 4, 2011
    God and the Presence of Evil

    God & The Presence of Evil Pastor Gabe Barber Text:   Psalm 5:1-12

    Millard Erickson (modern theologian): Evil is “…the most difficult intellectual problem for the Christian faith.”

     Epicurus (ancient Greek philosopher):Either God wants to abolish evil, and cannot; or he can, but does not want to; or he cannot and does not want to. If he wants to, but cannot, he is impotent. If he can, and does not want to, he is wicked. But, if God both can and wants to abolish evil, then how comes evil into the world?”

                      I. God is not the AUTHOR of EVIL. Romans 5:12  NIV 1984 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned—   II. God’s Goodness is MEASURED in ETERNITY. Revelation 22:3  NIV 1984 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. Revelation 21:4  NIV 1984 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

    C.S. Lewis: “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

    Mother Theresa: “In light of heaven, the worst suffering on earth, a life full of the most atrocious tortures on earth, will be seen to be no more serious than one night in an inconvenient motel.” Job 2:9-10  NIV 1984 His wife said to him, "Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!" 10 He replied, "You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?" In all this, Job did not sin in what he said. Job 38:1-7 Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm. He said:  2 "Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge?  3 Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.  4 "Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation? Tell me, if you understand.  5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?  6 On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone--  7 while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?   III. God SHARES in our SUFFERING. Isaiah 40:27-31  NIV 1984 27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, "My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God"?  28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.  29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;  31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. New International Commentary on the Old Testament, Isaiah 40-66, p.74: “To wait on him is to admit that we have no other help, either in ourselves or in another. Therefore we are helpless until he acts. By the same token, to wait on him is to declare our confidence in his eventual action on our behalf. Thus waiting in Hebrew is not merely killing time but a life of confident expectation. Those who give up their own frantic efforts to save themselves and turn expectantly to God will be able to replace or exchange their worn-out strength for new strength. How like God: he takes the useless and gives back the good.”
  • Aug 28, 2011The Trinity of God
    Aug 28, 2011
    The Trinity of God

    The Tri-Unity of God Pastor Samuel Floyd Text: Mark 12:28-34, Matthew 3:16-17, John 17:9-12, 20-23

    Mark 12:28-34 NIV 1984                   28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”                   29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”                   32 “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. 33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”                   34 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions. Matthew 3:16-17  NIV 1984 16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” John 17:6-12, 20-23  NIV 1984 6 “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled. 20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: 23 I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.   I. God is revealed as ONE.   A. Monotheism separated Israel from all other nations Exodus 3:14  NIV 1984 14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” Deuteronomy 6:4 NIV 1984 4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.   B. When Messiah came – it was God coming to man. Isaiah 7:14  NIV 1984 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Matthew 1:21-23  NIV 1984 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” — which means, “God with us.”   C. When Jesus taught, He maintained unity with the Father. John 10:30 NIV 1984 30 I and the Father are one.” John 14:7-11 NIV 1984 7 If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” 8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” 9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. James 2:19 NIV 1984 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.   II. God is revealed as THREE in ONE.   A. God is revealed as three distinctive persons in one Godhead: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 2 Corinthians 13:14  NIV 1984 14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.   B. The Father is called God. 1 Corinthians 8:6  NIV 1984 6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live. John 6:27  NIV 1984 27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”   C. The Son is called God. Hebrews 1:8  NIV  1984 8 But about the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom. Romans 9:5  NIV 1984 5 Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen.   D. The Holy Spirit is called God. Acts 5:3-4  NIV 1984 3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? 4 Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied to men but to God.”   III. How does this practically WORK?   A. In Creation: Genesis 1:1  NIV 1984 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Ephesians 1:11  NIV 1984 11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,   B. In Salvation: 1 Peter 1:2  NIV 1984 2 who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance. Ephesians 1:4-5  NIV 1984 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— Ephesians 1:7  NIV 1984 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace John 16:8  NIV 1984 8 When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt[a] in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: Ephesians 1:13-14 NIV 1984 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.   C. In Prayer: Matthew 6:9  NIV 1984 9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, John 16:23-24  NIV 1984 23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. John 14:14  NIV 1984 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. Romans 8:26-27  NIV 1984 26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.   D. In Our Lives… 1 John 1:7-8 NIV 1984 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. John 17:20-23  NIV 1984 20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: 23 I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
  • Aug 14, 2011The Greatness of God
    Aug 14, 2011
    The Greatness of God

    The Greatness of God Pastor Gabe Barber Text:   Psalm 145:1-13

    Job 36:26  NIV 1984 26 How great is God-- beyond our understanding! The number of his years is past finding out. Romans 11:33  NIV 1984 33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Luke 19:10  NIV 1984 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.   I. Our Great God is All-Knowing and Everywhere Present. Hebrews 4:13  NIV 1984 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. 2 Chronicles 16:9  NIV 1984 9 For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. Psalm 139:1-12  NIV 1984 For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. O LORD, you have searched me and you know me.  2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.  3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.  4 Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.  5 You hem me in-- behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.  6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.  7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?  8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.  9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,  10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.  11 If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,"  12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.   II. Our Great God is All-Powerful. Ephesians 3:20-21  NIV 1984 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,  21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Psalm 8:1-9  NIV 1984 For the director of music. According to gittith. A psalm of David. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.  2 From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. 3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,  4 what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?  5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.  6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet:  7 all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field,  8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. 9 O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Romans 5:6-8  NIV 1984 6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.  7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.  8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Isaiah 40:10-31  NIV 1984 10 See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power, and his arm rules for him. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.  11 He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. 12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?  13 Who has understood the mind of the LORD, or instructed him as his counselor?  14 Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge or showed him the path of understanding?  15 Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.  16 Lebanon is not sufficient for altar fires, nor its animals enough for burnt offerings.  17 Before him all the nations are as nothing; they are regarded by him as worthless and less than nothing. 18 To whom, then, will you compare God? What image will you compare him to?  19 As for an idol, a craftsman casts it, and a goldsmith overlays it with gold and fashions silver chains for it.  20 A man too poor to present such an offering selects wood that will not rot. He looks for a skilled craftsman to set up an idol that will not topple. 21 Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded?  22 He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.  23 He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.  24 No sooner are they planted, no sooner are they sown, no sooner do they take root in the ground, than he blows on them and they wither, and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff. 25 "To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?" says the Holy One.  26 Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. 27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, "My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God"?  28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.  29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;  31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
  • Aug 7, 2011God Reveals Himself
    Aug 7, 2011
    God Reveals Himself

    God Reveals Himself Pastor Samuel Floyd Text: Exodus 33:17-23; 34:5-8

      Exodus 33:17-23  NIV 1984 17 And the LORD said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” 18 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” 19 And the LORD said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” 21 Then the LORD said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. 22 When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.” Exodus 34:5-8  NIV 1984                   5 Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the LORD. 6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.” 8 Moses bowed to the ground at once and worshiped.   I. God’s response to the request of a disillusioned leader. Exodus 32:19-21  NIV 1984                   19 When Moses approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burned and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at the foot of the mountain. 20 And he took the calf they had made and burned it in the fire; then he ground it to powder, scattered it on the water and made the Israelites drink it. 21 He said to Aaron, “What did these people do to you, that you led them into such great sin?”   A. Protection Exodus 33:21-23  NIV 1984 21 Then the LORD said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. 22 When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.” John 17:11  NIV 1984 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one. 1 Corinthians 13:7  NIV 1984 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.   B. Revelation of God’s Glory Exodus 33:18-20  NIV 1984 18 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” 19 And the LORD said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”   II. God Reveals His Attributes in His own Words Exodus 34:5-8  NIV 1984 5 Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the LORD. 6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.” 8 Moses bowed to the ground at once and worshiped.   A. I Am Loving compassionate gracious, love to thousands   1John 4:7-10, 16-18  NIV 1984 7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins… 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. 17 In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. Ephesians 2:8-9  NIV 1984 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.   B. I Am slow to anger and forgiving Psalm 103:8-14  NIV 1984 8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. 9 He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; 10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. 13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; 14 for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. Luke 23:34 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”[a] And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.   C. I Am just Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.” Romans 3:23  NIV 1984 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Hebrews 9:22 22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. Galatians 6:7-8 7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.   D. I Am faithful 1 Thessalonians 5:24  NIV 1984 24 The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. Psalm 57:10  NIV 1984 10 For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.   III. The Right Response to Revelation is Worship Exodus 34:8  NIV 1984 8 Moses bowed to the ground at once and worshiped. Romans 12:1  NIV 1984 1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritualact of worship.
  • Jul 3, 2011The Example of Abraham
    Jul 3, 2011
    The Example of Abraham
    Series: All Aboard

    The Example of Abraham Pastor Samuel Floyd Text: Hebrews 13:7-8, Genesis 12:1-5, Hebrews 11:4-12

      Hebrews 13:7-8 7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Genesis 12:1-5 1 The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.

     2 “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

    4 So Abram left, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Haran. 5 He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there. Hebrews 11:4-12                   4 By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead. 5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. 7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. 8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11 By faith Abraham, even though he was past age—and Sarah herself was barren—was enabled to become a father because he[a] considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore. Hebrews 13:7-8 7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.   Abraham does four things to have a great finish:   1)            Abraham said “yes” to the call of God. Genesis 12:1-5                   1 The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.

     2 “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

                 4 So Abram left, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Haran. 5 He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there. a.            Leave your country b.            I’ll make you and your name great c.            All people will be blessed through you   2)            He realized God’s plans were much bigger than his plans.   3)            His call was to bless others. Genesis 12:2-3 2 “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”   a.            It is never too late. Abraham was too old. Joseph was too young. David was too small. Moses was too insecure. Solomon was too rich The widow was too poor. Timothy was too timid. Peter was too big. Samson’s hair was too long. Martha was too busy. Mary was too lazy. Jonah was too disobedient. Paul was too impulsive. Sarah was too cynical. Jeremiah was (a bullfrog) too discouraged. Elijah was too burned out. Lazarus was too dead.   BUT GOD STILL USED THEM!   b.            Refuse to settle. Genesis 11:31 31 Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Haran, they settled there.   c.            Abraham has to learn to resist discouragement in tough times.   There are two moments you’ve got to watch out for because they’ll discourage you:   i)            times of delay Hebrews 11:8-9 8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.   ii)            Personal failures   4)            He relied on the Promises of God. Jeremiah 29:11 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Isaiah 40:29-31 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
  • Jun 26, 2011Authentic Discipleship
    Jun 26, 2011
    Authentic Discipleship
    Series: All Aboard

    Authentic Discipleship Pastor Samuel Floyd Text: Ephesians 4:14-23

      Ephesians 4:14-23  NLT                   14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. 17 With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. 18 Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. 19 They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. 21 Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. John 1:12  NLT 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 1 John 2:6  NLT 6 Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did. Genesis 1:26a, 27 26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us… 27 So God created human beings in his own image.  In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Ephesians 4:14-15  NLT 14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. Galatians 5:22-23  NLT 22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!   Five tools God uses to change our lives: 1)            Hope to inspire us. Jeremiah 29:11-14  NIV 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity.  I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.” Romans 4:18  NIV 18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”   2)            God uses truth to transform us. Joshua 1:8  NIV 8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.   3)            God uses people to support us. Hebrews 10:25  NIV 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.   4)            God uses CIRCUMSTANCES to teach us. Romans 8:28  NIV 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.   5)            God uses COMMITMENTS to launch us. Matthew 6:33  NIV 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 1 Peter 3:12  NIV 12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”  

    Discipleship:  Commitment to seeking the things of Christ FIRST.

  • Jun 12, 2011Accelerating Your Spiritual Growth
    Jun 12, 2011
    Accelerating Your Spiritual Growth
    Series: All Aboard

    Accelerating Your Spiritual Growth Pastor Samuel Floyd Text:   Psalm 1; Psalm 119:97-105

     

    Psalm 1  NIV

     1 Blessed is the man

       who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.

     4 Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

     6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

    Psalm 119:97, 101-105  NIV

    97 Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. 101 I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word. 102 I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me. 103 How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! 104 I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.

     105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

      Two kinds of People: *            The admirer is impressed, even applauds. *            The follower is devoted and willing to surrender his life.  

    What does it mean to move beyond admiring Jesus to becoming a follower?

      Matthew 16:24-25  NIV 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.”  

    Jesus never said, “Come admire me.”

      Accelerated Spiritual Growth = Being more than admirer - Becoming a devoted Follower   Myths about Spiritual Growth: 1)            Growth is automatic 2)            Growth is instantaneous. 3)            Growth is attained by church attendance. 4)            Growth is achieved in isolation. 1 Corinthians 12:18  NIV 18 But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 5)            Growth is measured by how much you know.   6)            Growth is measured by how you act in church. Ephesians 4:14-15  NLT 14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.  

    WE NEED FUEL!

     

    A Survey of 80,000 people, 200 churches, said that “The Bible is the most powerful catalyst for spiritual growth.  The Bible’s power to advance spiritual growth is unrivaled by anything else.  Reflection on scripture is by far the most influential spiritual practice.”

     
              The Goal:            To inject, unleash and watch the results of the Word of God in my life.   1.            Appreciate the power of the Bible. Romans 15:4  NLT 4 Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.   2.            Accept the authority of the Bible. a)            culture   b)            tradition Mark 7:7-8  NLT 7 Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.  8 For you ignore God’s law and substitute your own tradition.”   c)            feelings Judges 21:25  NLT 25 In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes. Romans 8:31 NIV 31 What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:28 NIV 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:38-39 NIV 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Phlippians 4:4-6  NIV 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 1:6  NIV 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 1:7  NIV 7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 1 Peter 5:7  NIV 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.   Pledge: “I now accept the Bible as my final authority.  I’m done with culture, tradition and feelings dominating and directing my life.  I want to stop at one foundation:  Jesus and His Word!”   3)            We need to assimilate and apply the truth of the Bible. Joshua 1:8  NIV 8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.  
  • May 22, 2011Fully Devoted
    May 22, 2011
    Fully Devoted
    Series: All Aboard

    Fully Devoted Pastor Samuel Floyd Text:   2 Timothy 3:14-4:8

      2 Timothy 3:14-4:8 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 1 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. 6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.   4 types of people: 1) Pre-CHRISTIAN 2) New BELIEVERS 3) GROWING CHRISTIANS 4) DEVOTED FOLOWERS   Gap between new believers & growing Christians Bigger between growing & devoted followers.   The gap between what we believe to be God’s best and our reality creates TENSION.   A. We lower belief about God’s standards to reduce the tension. * We compare ourselves with others * We become critical of others * We avoid self evaluation * We get distracted * We avoid accountability   Your Challenge is to DEVOTE YOURSELF to God’s Standards (to reduce the tension.) Memorize verse each week. To participate in small group. Serve. Asking for commitment not to miss for next seven weeks.   Paul had some advice regarding becoming a fully devoted follower to give to his son in the Lord, Timothy:   1) Refuse to settle for anything less than God’s best. 2 Timothy 1:6 - FIRE UP! 6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

    If you’re 95% devoted to Christian faith, you’re 5% short – Bill Hybels

     
            2) Give it all you’ve got. 2 Timothy 2:3-6   NIV 3 Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs—he wants to please his commanding officer. 5 Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules. 6 The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. * Dedication of a soldier * Discipline of an athlete * Resistance to Discouragement of a farmer  

    DRIFT or DEVOTE

    Acts 2:42-47  NIV 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.   3) Study and apply biblical truth. 2 Timothy 3:16-17  NIV 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

    A Survey of 80,000 people, 200 churches, said that “The Bible is the most powerful catalyst for spiritual growth.  The Bible’s power to advance spiritual growth is unrivaled by anything else.  Reflection on scripture is by far the most influential spiritual practice.”

     
                PICK UP YOUR FORK!   4) Make and keep spiritual commitment. 2 Timothy 4:1-5  NIV 1 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. * Spend time with God. * Memorize a verse every week. * Attend seven weeks. * Find a place to serve. * Get involved in a small group.