False Gods

March 19, 2009

Tonight during the sermon I talked about the false Gods that come between us and God. This is the forum where those who want to name and ultimately destroy their false gods should do so.


Postscript: I’m not asking you to do anything I wouldn’t do so here are my false gods:
Laziness, Food, Comfort. I encourage you to name your false gods here.



On a Mission From God Night 5

On a Mission From God Night 5


On a Mission From God

Tools for the Mission: Part 2 Communion


Key text: Matthew 6:5-13 and Revelations 14:1-5

Series Big Idea:  We are called to be on a mission from God.  It is a mission to save the lost by telling them about Jesus Christ.  It is a mission that modern American Christians have taken for granted. Christianity will make up four percent of America by the time today’s teenagers are adults unless we take the mission seriously.  We must believe the gospel and to take it across the world. 


Sermon Big Idea: While on this mission from God, we will eventually face hard times.  Things will come against us and the word will be in our hearts, but the spirit is not ready.  God foresaw this and provided ways for us to commune with him and recharge our spirit.  He provided two tools for us to do this.  He gave us prayer and praise and worship.  Prayer gives us a way to speak to the father and discuss our struggles, to ask for help, and to be comfort by his word.  Praise and worship gives us a way to best express our love for God to him.  It gives us a way to commune with his intimate presence.


First Point: Prayer: I will not spend too much time on this because we not too long ago we went through a series on prayer, but due to the importance of prayer I will spend a little time on this.  Prayer is simply talking to God.  Some people really try to make it more difficult than it has to be.  Jeremiah 33:3 says that if you call out to God he will show you things that you know not.  The big point for this scripture is that prayer is a dialogue not a monologue with God.  You don’t do all the talking.  Let God speak, he knows more than you do.  Also when you pray do not make a show about it and don’t use words that don’t need to be used (Matthew 6:5-7).  The Lord’s Prayer provides us the best instruction of praying. (Matthew 6:8-13).  In the beginning you acknowledge God and holiness you praise him and seek his will.  You submit to God.    The next thing you seek is your daily bread.  You ask for God to provide your needs and he will.  You then seek forgiveness for your sin and acknowledge the fact that you have been sinned against and will forgive.  You conclude with seeking help for living this life.


Second Point: Praise and Worship: A big note on praise and worship is that some (especially some in our Pentecostal/charismatic denominations) make it more about your feelings than about God.  They make more about the song you sing and dance you dance than about the God you worship and life you live for him.  We often note that you should live for God, but in my opinion we do a REALLY bad job at outlining what that is.  Living for God is praise and worship.  I want to make a note that Jesus is not found singing throughout the gospel.  The first time Jesus sings and it is recorded in scripture is in Revelations 14:1-5.  He is singing with his army.  He is singing with those who are living a life for him.  He is singing with those that are pure and holy and have been redeemed.  The main point for this message is that Praise and Worship are not just singing, but is more aptly described by submission to God.


         Second Point A: Praise by Singing: Psalms 149 demands that we sing unto the lord a new song.  This song comes from the feats of our Lord.  We sing because God has delivered us as Miriam did in Exodus 15.  Singing is very valid form of praise and it allows us as children of God to revel in the presence of the father.  It allows us to enjoy the presence of God.  We are to delight in him.  You can praise many ways singing, dancing, clapping, writing, working a job, doing good in school, and living your life. 

         Second Point B: Praise by life: In Revelations 14 while Jesus is singing with the 144,000, the greatest way to praise and worship God is shown.  We are to live our lives for him.  The 144,00 are who we should seek to be like, because they are seeking God before anything else.  They do not let concerns of the flesh defile them.  They let nothing distract them from following God.  They also do not lie and this prevents them from worshipping anything but God.  They have been redeemed.


Closing:  Are you one of the 144,000?  Is there something in your life that is causing you to sin?  Are you being distracted from God? Are you able to lie to yourself and think that God is still God in your life but really something else is?  Come back to Jesus.  He is standing there calling out to you.  Come and let Jesus redeem you so that you can live a life worthy of being one of the 144,000.  

On a Mission From God

On a Mission From God

On a Mission From God
Tools for the Mission: Part 1 The Bible

Key text: 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Series Big Idea: We are called to be on a mission from God. It is a mission to save the lost by telling them about Jesus Christ. It is a mission that modern American Christians have taken for granted. Christianity will make up four percent of America by the time today’s teenagers are adults unless we take the mission seriously. We must believe the gospel and to take it across the world.

Sermon Big Idea: While on the mission from God, we encounter battles and must work, but what tools are we to use. God has left us a most mighty tool in the bible. It is a literal miracle. Around 40 guys wrote it in a period of over 1500 years and in three languages and despite all of that discontinuity there is not one true contradiction in the book. It is divinely inspired which is to say God himself wrote it. It is a love letter, instruction manual, and set of encouragement. The scripture is completely of God and prepares the Christian for every good work.

Intro: All scripture comes from God and is applicable to our lives. We sometimes do not like what the bible has to say about us, but as Martin Luther said, “The bible is easily read when it talks about others but painfully read when it talks about us.” As it in the text scripture does four main things in our lives, Teaches, Rebukes, Corrects, and Trains for Righteousness.

First Point: Teaches: All scripture serves to teach people something. The proverbs speak of wisdom in every day life. Jesus taught frequently as did Paul, Peter, and John. A great example of this is in Matthew chapter 5. The Sermon on the Mount. It is the most famous of all sermons. This sermon was full of Jesus showing how he fulfilled scripture, but was also full of practical examples. Before we can know what we are to say on the mission we must let scripture teach us. In order for that to happen we must both read and study the word ourselves and hear the word rightly taught (Romans 10:17). According to that scripture our faith comes from hearing preaching and teaching of the bible, so that means we need to be in church so that we may be taught. It is by the teaching portion of the word that we can grow.

Second Point: Rebukes: The second action of the bible is to rebuke. A rebuke is a method of sharp correction. It is when we are being stubborn and a good stinging rebuke is the only thing that can bring us out of that mental state. It often used for religious people in the bible (Matthew 23). The entire of Matthew chapter 23 is a stinging rebuke for the scribes and Pharisees. Jesus rebukes them so harshly in the hopes that such a stinging rebuke will bring them to repentance. This method of scripture is mostly used when we refuse to acknowledge sound teaching and correction. It is by this method of the word we can keep from becoming religious.

Third Point: Correction: The third action of scripture is correction. The correction of the bible comes when we are doing something that is wrong. This is when we realize we are wrong and need to come back to Christ. A great example of correction is in Mark chapter 10 verses 35-45. In this passage of scripture James and John ask for something they have no business asking for, but Jesus doesn’t rebuke them he corrects their thinking, by explaining that they can’t drink from the cup he drinks of and that to rise in the kingdom of God we must serve. It is not a stinging rebuke uttered here, but instead a gentle leading back onto the right path. It is in these moments that scripture corrects us.

Fourth Point: Trains for Righteousness: Scripture does much more than just teach us what to do and then keep us on that path. It trains us to be righteous followers of Christ. You see this especially post resurrection with Jesus and Peter in John 21 and on the road to Emmaues in Luke 24. Jesus trains us for righteousness. He prepares us to do the work that God has for us. Our training is all about being able to share the gospel effectively and live our lives according to his laws.

Closing: The end of the verse states that scripture does all it does in an effort to make sure that the man of God is competent for every good work. This means that we can do nothing well if we do not first digest the scriptures. Are you taking the scriptures for granted? Are you reading your bible once a week? A month? A year?

Opposition to the Mission Part 2 Battles

Opposition to the Mission Part 2 Battles

On a Mission From God

Opposition to the Mission: Part 2 Battles


Key text: Matthew 4:1-11

Series Big Idea:  We are called to be on a mission from God.  It is a mission to save the lost by telling them about Jesus Christ.  It is a mission that modern American Christians have taken for granted. Christianity will make up four percent of America by the time today’s teenagers are adults unless we take the mission seriously.  We must believe the gospel and to take it across the world. 


Sermon Big Idea: This mission from God is to trumpet the cause of Christ across the world.  The gospel of Christ is life changing and as such we are going to encounter resistance from a spiritual force that opposes God, Satan.  In order to keep going in the mission, we need to know what the schemes of the enemy are so that we may fight them (Ephesians 6:11-12).  He has watched all of human history from Adam and Eve to present day.  He knows our tendencies better than we do, but in all of this he knows he is a defeated foe.  His large number of schemes can be whittled down to three individual schemes: desire, doctrine, and destination. 


Intro:  In order to understand why Satan Opposes us, we must first understand that the gospel of Christ is a life changing force that once rolling can not be stopped.  In Acts 2 during one sermon, three thousand people came to Jesus in ONE DAY.  We Pentecostals often attribute this to the Holy Spirit, which is true in part, but the work was done by the Gospel being proclaimed by the men full of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2).  After this people began to come to Christ every day and the number of disciples multiplied.  The gospel is life changing and it is for this reason Satan opposes us. 

First Point: Desire.  The first type of scheme that Satan tries to use against us is our desires.  These desires can be for things we want, i.e. video game systems, computer software, books, or for things we think we need i.e. alcohol, cigarettes, email, and etc.  He tells us that if we are true Sons and Daughters of God we could provide them ourselves. In this passage of scripture he knows Jesus is hungry so he tells him that he can provide it.  We counter this with the word and by knowing that God shall supply all our needs (Philippians 4:19).  We must trust in God and change our way of life.  We must turn the focus of life off of our desires and onto him.  By turning our focus onto God we tend to pay less attention to our desires and more to our heavenly father that will supply all of our needs.


Second Point: Doctrine.  When you respond to the devil with scripture he breaks out the next device, Doctrine.  With this tool, he challenges your knowledge of scripture.  He brings verses out of context to challenge you.  He brings false doctrine against you.  You can only fight this challenge by using your knowledge of the word.  You have to know your bible.  In order to know the bible you must know Jesus because the secret of the bible is Jesus.  The Old Testament leads up to him.  It contains the prophecies about him and ceremonies that foreshadow what he would do for the world.  The New Testament contains the story of how he saved us and gives us a guide to living under his leadership.  In order to deal with false doctrine, you must know your bible.


 Third Point: Destination.  The final tool Satan uses to attack you is your destination.  If you are doing all you do for the glory of God and are focused on heavenly purpose then your destination is set on heaven.  If you are focused on earthly causes and concerns then your destination is this earth.  His plea to Jesus is to trade all the glory he had in heaven for glory on earth.  His plea to us is take the easy way. It’s to take the way that make us most accepted on this earth, but not in heaven.  It’s about being faithful to our heavenly father while we are in this world.  We can only overcome this tool by a life of prayer and communing with God.  It is through this type of life we are able to stay heavenly focused and be of earthly good.


Conclusion:  In order to live this life, we must focus on God through a relationship in the word and prayer.    It is only through this type of living that we can endure the battles of the enemy and prepare to fight.  It is through knowing the word and prayer that we are able to spread the gospel and fulfill God’s mission for our life.  Are you focused on him or like Peter (Matthew 14:22-33) are you taking your eyes off of him?  Are studying your world so that you might show yourself as a workman approved by God? (2 Timothy 2:15)  Turn to Jesus let him regenerate you so that you might be able to stand against the devil.


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