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.
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  • 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.