Dec 25, 2011
Jesus: A Song of Salvation

Our Christmas Eve & Christmas Program:

Kathie Floyd - Advent Reading Pastor Samuel Floyd - Miracle of God Becoming Man Pastor Gabe Barber - The Jubilee of Christ
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  • Dec 25, 2011Jesus: A Song of Salvation
    Dec 25, 2011
    Jesus: A Song of Salvation

    Our Christmas Eve & Christmas Program:

    Kathie Floyd - Advent Reading Pastor Samuel Floyd - Miracle of God Becoming Man Pastor Gabe Barber - The Jubilee of Christ
  • Dec 18, 2011Simeon: A Song of Hope
    Dec 18, 2011
    Simeon: A Song of Hope
    Luke 2:25-35  ESV 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: 29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. 30 For my eyes have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” 33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”   I. We wait patiently when we believe that something good will follow.  (hope) Luke 24:44-49, 52-53  ESV 44Then he said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled." 45Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46and said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high." 52And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53and were continually in the temple blessing God. Cross references:
    1. Luke 24:52 : Matt 28:9
    2. Luke 24:52 : Luke 24:50
    3. Luke 24:52 : John 16:22
    4. Luke 24:53 : Acts 2:46; 3:1; 5:21, 42
    5. Luke 24:53 : Luke 1:64; 2:28
    Cross references:
    1. Luke 24:44 : Luke 24:6
    2. Luke 24:44 : Luke 24:27
    3. Luke 24:45 : Luke 24:32; Job 33:16; Psalm 119:18; Acts 16:14; 1 John 5:20
    4. Luke 24:46 : Matt 26:24
    5. Luke 24:46 : Luke 24:7, 26
    6. Luke 24:46 : John 20:9
    7. Luke 24:47 : Acts 5:31; Acts 2:38
    8. Luke 24:47 : Acts 4:12
    9. Luke 24:47 : Luke 2:32; Gen 12:3; Psalm 22:27; Isa 2:2; 49:6; Hos 2:23; Mal 1:11; Matt 28:19
    10. Luke 24:47 : Acts 10:37; Gal 3:8
    11. Luke 24:48 : Acts 1:8, 22; 2:32; 3:15; 5:32; 10:39, 41; 13:31; 1 Pet 5:1; John 15:27; 1 Cor 15:15
    12. Luke 24:49 : John 14:26; Acts 1:4; Acts 2:33; Eph 1:13; Acts 2:16, 17
    13. Luke 24:49 : Job 29:14; Psalm 132:9
    14. Luke 24:49 : Acts 1:8
    15. Luke 24:49 : Luke 1:78; Isa 32:15
      * We wait in despair when we doubt that there is anything good ahead. Proverbs 13:12  ESV 12Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life. Cross references:
    1. Proverbs 13:12 : Proverbs 13:19
    2. Proverbs 13:12 : Proverbs 3:18
      *  We won’t willingly wait at all unless we believe there is something worth waiting for ahead.  (hope) Romans 4:18-22  ESV 18In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, "So shall your offspring be." 19He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. 20No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 22That is why his faith was "counted to him as righteousness." Cross references:
    1. Romans 4:18 : Gen 15:5
    2. Romans 4:19 : Heb 11:12
    3. Romans 4:19 : Gen 17:17
    4. Romans 4:19 : Gen 18:11
    5. Romans 4:21 : Gen 18:14; Heb 11:19
      Simeon’s Song of Hope: II. Simeon knew what had been promised – and believed it would happen! Luke 2:25-26  ESV 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Acts 1:8  ESV 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Cross references:
    1. Acts 1:8 : Acts 4:33; Luke 24:49; 1 Thess 1:5; Acts 10:38; Luke 4:14
    2. Acts 1:8 : Acts 1:5
    3. Acts 1:8 : Acts 1:22; Luke 24:48
    4. Acts 1:8 : Isa 43:12
    5. Acts 1:8 : Acts 8:1, 14; Matt 10:5
    6. Acts 1:8 : Acts 13:47; Mark 16:15; Col 1:23
      III. Simeon knew what had been promised – and lived in God’s presence! Luke 2:27-28  ESV 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: John 7:37-39  ESV 37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, 'Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'" 39Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.   IV. Simeon knew what had been promised – and appropriated it to himself!   Luke 2:29-32  ESV 29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. 30 For my eyes have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” Philippians 4:13, 19  ESV 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 1 Peter 5:7  ESV 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 John 4:4  ESV Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. Romans 8:31  ESV 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
  • Dec 11, 2011Mary: A Song of Trust
    Dec 11, 2011
    Mary: A Song of Trust
    Luke 1:26-38  ESV 26In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28And he came to her and said, "Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!" 29But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end." 34And Mary said to the angel, "How will this be, since I am a virgin?" 35And the angel answered her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy— the Son of God. 36And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37For nothing will be impossible with God." 38And Mary said, "Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.   I.            There are always plenty of reasons for ANXIETY. *            List five things about which you could be anxious RIGHT NOW. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. *            List several things about which Mary could have been anxious.   II.            It is easy to stop at ACCEPTANCE of God’s plan for our lives. Luke 1:38 ESV 38And Mary said, "Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.   A.            Acceptance is not joyous or ecstatic. Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.`` Matthew 26:39-44 ESV 39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, "My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will." 40 And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, "So, could you not watch with me one hour? 41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." 42 Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, "My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done." 43 And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44 So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again.   B.            Acceptance is a belief that God is in control, though we may be tepid in our             acknowledgement.   III.            As we glimpse the big picture of God’s eternal plan, we give Him our TRUST  and             ADORATION. Luke 1:39-45  ESV 39In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, 40and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, 42and she exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord." Ephesians 3:20  ESV 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, Luke 1:46-55  ESV 46And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 49for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. 50And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. 51 He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; 52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; 53he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. 54He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, 55 as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.” *            My heart is filled with adoration for my Savior! *            I no longer need to be in control! Philippians 1:6  ESV 6And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. 2 Timothy 1:12b  ESV But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me. Romans 8:37-39  ESV 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  

    ~ It is only in an atmosphere of complete trust that we can fully worship ~

  • Dec 4, 2011Angels: A Song of Peace
    Dec 4, 2011
    Angels: A Song of Peace
    Luke 2:8-20  ESV And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear.  10 And the angel said to them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger."  13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14  "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!" 15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us."  16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.  17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child.  18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.  19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.  20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.   I.            The Angels Sing of GOD’S GLORY in the HEAVENS. Exodus 24:15-17  ESV 15 Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain.  16 The glory of the Lord dwelt on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud.  17 Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel.   II.             The Angels Sing of GOD’S PEACE on the EARTH. Romans 12:18 ESV 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Romans 14:17-19  ESV 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.  18 Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.  19 So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. 2 Corinthians 13:11 11 Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.   A.            God Gives Us Peace FROM our PAST. Psalm 103:11-12 11  For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; 12  as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. Isaiah 1:18 18  "Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. Romans 8:1-2  ESV There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. B.             God Gives Us Peace IN the PRESENT. John 14:27 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.   C.             God Gives Us Peace FOR the FUTURE. Philippians 4:6-7 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. John 16:33 33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world."
  • Nov 27, 2011Zechariah: A Song of Faith
    Nov 27, 2011
    Zechariah: A Song of Faith
    Luke 1:5-25  NIV 1984 5 In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. 6 Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commandments and regulations blamelessly. 7 But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren; and they were both well along in years. 8 Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, 9 he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside. 11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. 13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John. 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth. 16 Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God. 17 And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” 18 Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.” 19 The angel answered, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. 20 And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their proper time.” 21 Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple. 22 When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak. 23 When his time of service was completed, he returned home. 24 After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion. 25 “The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.”   I. God’s last spoken words were misunderstood. Malachi 4:5-6  NIV 1984 5 “See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. 6 He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.”   II. God was silent. Galatians 4:-4-5  NIV 1984 4 But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, 5 to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.   III. God spoke to Zechariah. Luke 1:11-17 NIV 1984 11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. 13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John. 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth. 16 Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God. 17 And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord." * Zechariah was silent. Luke 1:18-20  NIV1984 18 Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.” 19 The angel answered, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. 20 And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their proper time.” * Zechariah understood that Messianic Prophecy was about to be fulfilled. 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. Isaiah 9:6  NIV 1984 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. * Zechariah understood that God had been at work when he appeared silent.   IV.            Zechariah’s Song of Faith Luke 1:17b …—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” Reminder of what Zechariah looked like standing before Gabriel. Luke 1:67-79  NIV 1984 67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: 68 “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people. 69 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David 70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), 71 salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us— 72 to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, 73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham: 74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear 75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. 76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, 77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, 78 because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven 79 to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.”   What’s your song of faith look like? * A song of Faith inspires others to praise God for what He has already accomplished. * A song of Faith inspires others to believe in God’s Word. * A song of Faith casts a vision of God’s path for the future.  

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  • Nov 20, 2011Thanksgiving Break-Down
    Nov 20, 2011
    Thanksgiving Break-Down
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    Luke 17:11-19  NIV 1984                   11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.             12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”                   14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.                   15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.                   17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”   Notice:  When Jesus passes by, anything can happen! This particular day:   I. A chance encounter became an opportunity for healing. Obviously, if Jesus is in the vicinity, it is never “chance.” Jesus has a sovereign plan at work. It may seem like “chance” to us, though!   Luke 17:11-13  NIV 1984 11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” * Their need placed them in Jesus’ path. Romans 8:28  NIV 1984 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. * They needed to be aware of the moment.  (if they wished to be healed.) Colossians 4:2  NASB 2 Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; * They only saw him and heard his voice; they didn’t actually meet him. Luke 17:14a  NIV 1984                   14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”   II. Jesus gave them a command to take a leap of faith – to show themselves to the             priests. Refer to Leviticus 14:1-32 – Luke 17:14a  NIV 1984                   14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”  And as they went, they were cleansed.   III. One leper, when he knew he was healed returned and gave thanks. Luke 17:15-16  NIV 1984 15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Nehemiah 12:40, 43  NIV 1984 40 The two choirs that gave thanks then took their places in the house of God; so did I, together with half the officials,… 43 And on that day they offered great sacrifices, rejoicing because God had given them great joy. The women and children also rejoiced. The sound of rejoicing in Jerusalem could be heard far away. * He noticed his healing before he showed himself to the priest.   IV. He came close and made a public declaration of praise. *            Out of all of them, only this Samaritan actually met Jesus. *            Jesus is aware that only 10% of those healed were thankful. Luke 17:17-19  NIV 1984 17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” 1 Chronicles 16:8  NIV 1984 8 Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Psalm 95:1-2  NIV 1984                   1 Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. Psalm 95:6-7  NIV 1984                   6 Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; 7 for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.   List some of the things for which you personally are thankful:  
  • Nov 13, 2011Answering the Tough Questions About God
    Nov 13, 2011
    Answering the Tough Questions About God

    Answers to Tough Questions About God Pastor Gabe Barber Text:   John 6:60-71

      Delicate Balance: Waiting for ANSWERS, but Stepping Out in Faith. I.            Step 1: Approach Tough Questions with FAITH. Hebrews 11:6  ESV 6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Oswald Chambers: “Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God, whose ways you may not understand at the time.” John 6:28-29 ESV 28 Then they said to him, "What must we do, to be doing the works of God?"  29 Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent." John 6:30-35 ESV 30 So they said to him, "Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform?  31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'"  32 Jesus then said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.  33 For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."  34 They said to him, "Sir, give us this bread always."  35 Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. John 6:41-44 ESV 41 So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, "I am the bread that came down from heaven."  42 They said, "Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, 'I have come down from heaven'?"  43 Jesus answered them, "Do not grumble among yourselves.  44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. John 6:49-58 ESV 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.  50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.  51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh." 52 The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"  53 So Jesus said to them,"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.  54 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.  55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.  56 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.  57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me.  58 This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the breadt the fathers ate and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever." John 6:60 ESV 60 When many of his disciples heard it, they said, "This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?" John 6:66 ESV 66 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. John 6:28-29 ESV 67 So Jesus said to the Twelve, "Do you want to go away as well?"  68 Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life,  69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God." C.S. Lewis: “Now that I am a Christian, I do have moods in which the whole thing looks very improbable; but when I was an atheist I had moods in which Christianity looked terribly probable.”   II.            Approach Tough Questions with GOD’S WORD, 1 Peter 3:15  ESV 15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,   A.            COME TO God’s Word with faith. Blaise Pascal: “In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe, and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.”   B.            TRUST that God holds all the answers.   C.             STUDY CAREFULLY the context of Scripture.   D.             SEEK the original meaning.
  • Nov 6, 2011Communicating with God
    Nov 6, 2011
    Communicating with God

    Communicating With God Pastor Sam Floyd Text:  Daniel 6:10-12a, 16-28

      Daniel 6:10-12a, 16-28  NIV 1984                  10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. 11 Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help. 12 So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree… 16 So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!”                   17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed. 18 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep.                   19 At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. 20 When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?”                   21 Daniel answered, “O king, live forever! 22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, O king.”                   23 The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. 24 At the king’s command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into             the lions’ den, along with their wives and children. And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.                   25 Then King Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations and men of every language throughout the land: “May you prosper greatly!  26 “I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel.  “For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end. 27 He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”                   28 So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.   Introduction: Ephesians 6:18  NIV 1984 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.   I.            God communicates through His Word. Psalm 119:11  NIV 1984 11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.   A.            His Word is TRUE. John 17:17  NIV 1984 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.   B.            His Word is DIVINELY INSPIRED. 2 Timothy 3:16  NIV 1984 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,   C.            His Word is INERRANT & INFALLIBLE. Isaiah 55:11  NIV 1984 11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.   D.            His Word is a LIVING BOOK. Hebrews 4:12  NIV 1984 12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.   E.            God’s Word is ENOUGH. Hebrews 1:1-2  NIV 1984 1 In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.   II.            He speaks through the Holy Spirit and Godly CounSEL. (based upon the Bible) John 14:16-18, 25-26  NIV 1984 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[c] in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Proverbs 1:5  NIV 1984 5 let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance—   III.            We communicate through PRAYER. A.            A pattern for prayer modeled by David and others: Adoration Confession Thanksgiving Supplication   B.            Guidelines for Prayer: 1)            Pray in JESUS’ NAME. John 14:13-14 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.   2)            Be PERSISTENT. Matthew 7:7 7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.   3)             Be GENUINE & SINCERE. Matthew 6:5-7 5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.   4)            Pray with FAITH and a PURE HEART. Matthew 21:22 22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” 1 Peter 3:7 7 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.   5)            Pray for whatever is on your Heart. 1 Peter 5:7 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.   IV.            Seek to Improve Your Communication with God. Exodus 33:11 11 The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.
  • Oct 30, 2011Knowing the Will of God
    Oct 30, 2011
    Knowing the Will of God

    Knowing the Will of God Pastor Sam Floyd Text:  1 Thessalonians 5:12-24

          1 Thessalonians 5:12-24  ESV                   12We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. 14And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. 15See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20Do not despise prophecies, 21but test everything; hold fast what is good. 22Abstain from every form of evil.                   23Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. Cross references:
    1. 2 Samuel 1:25 : 2 Samuel 1:19
    2. 2 Samuel 1:26 : 1 Sam 18:1, 3
    3. 2 Samuel 1:27 : 2 Samuel 1:25
      I. People look for SIGNS to know God’s will. Judges 6:36-39  NIV 1984 36 Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised— 37 look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said.” 38 And that is what happened. Gideon rose early the next day; he squeezed the fleece and wrung out the dew—a bowlful of water. 39 Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me. Let me make just one more request. Allow me one more test with the fleece. This time, make the fleece dry and the ground covered with dew.”   II. We look for God’s direction in the major areas of life, but God’s will is revealed in our LIFESTYLE. Ephesians 5:17  NIV 1984 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 1 John 2:17  NIV 1984 17 The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.   A. In Personal PURITY. 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7  NIV 1984 3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, 5 not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; 6 and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. 7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.   B. In THANKSGIVING, REJOICING and PRAYER. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18  NIV 1984 16 Be joyful always; 17 pray continually; 18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.   C. In BIBLICAL IMPERITIVES. (Kindness, Truthfulness, Honesty, Integrity, Forgiveness, no anger, abuse, bitterness, slander, drunkenness, off-color speech) Ephesians 4:25-32  NIV 1984 25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”[a]: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need. 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.   D. Grey area questions: * Is this activity forbidden in the Word of God?  (Psalm 119:9) * Is this activity forbidden by the civil authorities?  (Romans 13:1-2) * Does this activity have a good appearance?  (1 Peter 2:12) * Is this activity commended by my conscience?  (2 Timothy 1:3) * Is this activity profitable or useful?  (1 Corinthians 6:12) * Will this activity enslave or control me?  (1 Corinthians 6:12) * Will this activity harm my body?  (1 Corinthians 6:19) * Will this activity cause another Christian to stumble?  (Romans 14:23) * Will this activity glorify God?  (1 Corinthians 10:31) * Is this what I would want to be doing when Christ returns?  (1 John 3:3)   III. Wise decisions can be made by prayerfully:   A. Reading the CIRCUMSTANCES carefully. Genesis 50:17b-20  NIV 1984 When their message came to him, Joseph wept. 18 His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said. 19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. B. Using your God-given COMMON SENSE. Ephesians 5:15  NIV 1984 15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,   C. Soliciting godly COUNCIL. Proverbs 1:5  NIV 1984 5 let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance— Proverbs 19:20  NIV 1984 20 Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.   D. Considering your own personal DESIRE. Psalm 37:3-4  NIV 1984 3 Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. 4 Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.   E. Submitting your plans completely to God. James 4:13-15  NIV  1984 13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
  • Oct 23, 2011Dealing With Your Doubts
    Oct 23, 2011
    Dealing With Your Doubts

     Dealing With Your Doubts Pastor Gabe Barber Text:   Matthew 14:22-33

      Hebrews 11:1  NASB 1995 1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. C.S. Lewis: “Now that I am a Christian, I do have moods in which the whole thing looks very improbable; but when I was an atheist I had moods in which Christianity looked terribly probable.” Os Guiness: “The shame is not that people have doubts, but that they are ashamed of them.”   I.            Doubt is not the same as UNBELIEF. Mark 9:22-24  NASB 1995 22 It has often thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!"  23 And Jesus said to him, " 'If You can?' All things are possible to him who believes."  24 Immediately the boy's father cried out and said, "I do believe; help my unbelief." John 20:26-29  NASB 1995 26 After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, "Peace be with you."  27 Then He said to Thomas, "Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing."  28 Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!"  29 Jesus said to him, "Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed." A.            FACTUAL Doubt: B.            EMOTIONAL Doubt: C.            VOLITIONAL Doubt:   II.            Doubt is UNHEALTHY when we use it as a SMOKESCREEN or BARRIER. John 12:42-43  NASB 1995 42 Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue;  43 for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.   III.            Doubt is HEALTHY when it motivates us to PURSUE TRUTH. Habakkuk 2:1  NASB 1995 1 I will stand on my guard post And station myself on the rampart; And I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me, And how I may reply when I am reproved. Proverbs 14:15  NASB 1995 15 The naive believes everything, But the sensible man considers his steps. Matthew 14:28-31  NASB 1995 28 Peter said to Him, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water."  29 And He said, "Come!" And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.  30 But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!"  31 Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and *said to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?" St. Augustine: “Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.” Gary Parker: “If faith never encounters doubt, if truth never struggles with error, if good never battles with evil, how can faith know its own power? In my own pilgrimage, if I have to choose between a faith that has stared doubt in the eye and made it blink, or a naïve faith that has never known the firing line of doubt, I will choose the former every time.”