Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sunday, January 28, 2018

January 28, 2018

Sunday School
The Whole Armor of God - Part 1
References: Priscilla Shirer (LifeWay), Bible Hub; Got Questions.org

ΓΌ  Note: We as Christians do not want to be in the category of spiritual malnutrition for not taking advantage of God’s Word which is easily at our disposal.

Ephesians 6:10-19

10.  Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.
11.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
12.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
13.  Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
14.  Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness. 
15.  and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16.  in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18.  With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,
19.  and pray….
Wrestle also means to struggle against; tussle or grapple with.  Looking back at v12 what are the four obstacles we wrestle against. 
So we see that our enemy is a spiritual one not a physical one. So our armor needs to be a spiritual one but Satan wants our attention on people; money; anger; malice; lies; adultery; hopelessness; etc. This way he can easily sneaks into our lives waging war against our minds and bodies.
At the end of the day if you’re feeling strained, emotional unstable, mentally fatigued, your body is exhausted, weighed down with fear, anger, unforgiveness, pride, insecurity, fate, gossip, plotting against another…..guess what……Satan is winning and we, as Christians, with the tools at our disposal, need to fight back using those tools. And remember v10Be strong in the Lord and the strength of His might.
As believers in God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit doesn’t mean that we are exempt from being battered by Satan every single day, hour, minute.

Do You Have The Vision?

Read 2 Kings 6:1-19 concentrating on verses 15-18.

Summarize what happened. 

In order to protect ourselves against Satan’s wiles, we must be able to identify what is going on around us and the first way to do that is to see, look at, or visualize our surroundings and what is happening daily, remembering that even though we wrestle against a spirit, recognizing the beginning signs of the devil attacks, gives us a starting point of the spiritual armor we will need to fight with.
And above all…….PRAY!
Satan’s deviltry unmasked……
Read Acts 19:11-41
Satan uses human weakness to stir up trouble for others as we’ve read from Acts with Demetrius the silversmith. And we see that crowds of people get in an uproar, some, not even knowing why.
This leads us to the present and how Satan can infiltrate our daily lives. But we tend to miscalculate and misjudge our abilities the wart off the attacks through Jesus Christ.
We get laden with fear and anxiety and tend to look at what we can see over what we cannot.
We need to remember that we are sealed in God’s protective arms and we need to call on that ARMOR we’re wearing.
Have we become unaware of the enemy’s craftiness? Have we not discerned his ability to quietly sneak under our defenses, cleverly distracting us from our heavenly goals?
We must be able to uncover the enemy. We must name him as this reveals his true character.
We must visualize and understand who the real enemy is underneath the surface. 
We wrestle with (1) rulers; (2) against the authorities; (3) against the powers of this dark world; (4) against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

What is the common denominator of the enemy & where are they located?  2 Corinthians 4:4 – The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.  John 8:44 – You belong to your father, the devil. And you want to carry out your father’s desires.  He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.  Revelation 20:10 – And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown.  They will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
Where are we in all of this???
o   From Ephesians 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
 Spiritual Blessings: Why are they called Spiritual blessings?? Because they are imparted to the waiting spirit by that Divine Spirit who communicates to us, all the most precious things of God. They are spiritual because the Holy Spirit is the medium of communication by which they reach man’s spirit.
Blessed by God who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places!!!  To get the gift we must go up!!!  They are in the heavenly  places and they cannot live anywhere else.
Blessing in Greek means “benefit.”

1 Chosen Before the Foundation of the World.  To know you’ve been chosen before the foundation of the world is to know that your life matters, that your existence isn’t an accident.  God was thinking of our destiny all along.2 Holy and Blameless.   Meaning we are fit to serve Him and worship Him despite our human nature. Through our righteousness in Christ, God gladly moves through us to touch others.3 In His Love.  In Christ we stand in agape love….that unconditional love.  We didn’t earn it.4 Predestined to Adoption.  God has made us His own. We are a part of God’s family.5 Accepted in the Beloved.  We aren’t rejected nor are we outcast.  We are pleasing to God through Jesus Christ.6 Redemption through His Blood. Without the shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ, we would still be slaves to sin and eternal death.  Jesus paid for our freedom from sin and spiritual death.7. Forgiveness of Sins. In Christ, we are forgiven from sin-nature.8. Riches of His Grace Abound to You.  Grace means unmerited favor – abound means to have in abundance so in Christ we have an abundant measure of unmerited favor flowing into our lives like a mighty river that flows forever.
Sermon
  Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 - There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to harvest, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to  speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
Also read Habakkuk all three chapters
Subject: Faith For Every Season Of Life
We have a blessed assurance in God.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  Genesis 1:1  And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. God saw that the light was good. Genesis 1:3-4
We have spiritual seasons when everything seems to go wrong or all is right. The season of exercising, planting, Christmas gifting, 4th of July celebration, etc.
We face time of joy and of sorrow.
God uses these seasons to teach us who He is.
Good and bad times allows us to grow closer to God.
We have Immanuel - God with us!!!
I am a living testimony.
We need God to get through the seasons of our lives.
How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, "Violence!" but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted  Habakkuk 1:1-4
There is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9
How often do you speak with God?
Cast all you cares on Him because He cares for you.  1 Peter 5:7
As you pray, are you in transmit mode? Meaning your finger is pressed on the transmit button and as soon as you've said what you want to say, you cut the connection.
Do you take time to listen to God? Have a dialogue with God not a monologue.
In verse 3-7 of Habakkuk, God said that He is doing something wonderful.
We do not understand God's way. God is God all by Himself.
In our humanity, we expect God to act one way but He has a plan that no one understands.  
We need to pray constantly.
In the end, God's plan will be fully revealed.
The righteous shall by faith.  Hebrews 10:38
We need to TRUST in the Lord in good times and in bad.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for the good, for those who are called according to His purpose.  Romans 8:28


 


 

 

Monday, January 15, 2018

January 14, 2018

Sunday School
The Whole Armor of God!
References: Bible.org; Matthew Henry; David Guzik - Blue Letter Bible; Bible Hub; Google
Ephesians 6:10-20
  • We Christians are in a life's spiritual warfare with Satan. Our battle cannot be fought with metal, bullets, iron, or stones.
  • In order to resist temptations and survive the many trials we face, God has provided a proper defense to stand firm in when Satan crosses our paths.
  • For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
  • The name Satan means adversary. Devil means accuser or slanderer. He is also called Adaddon which means destroyer.
  • Satan is a spirit and so are his demons. He delights in bringing chaos into our lives.
  • Satan and his demons are very powerful but God limits their power. They are not omnipresent or omniscient.
  • We can't see Satan and since we cannot see him, temptations and trials seem to come out of nowhere.
  • Satan uses deception to tempts us into sin. He portrays sin as so very attractive.
  • But God provided the Whole Armor.
  • We are to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. v10
  • The belt is the first piece of equipment. it represents truth or sincerity to fight against lies and decept.
  • The breastplate of righteousness. When we've repented and been forgiven of our sins and done right in the eyes of God (obeying God), our breastplate will protect us.
  • Shod the feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace.  We should be ready and eager to preach the Good News of the Kingdom of God.
  • The shield of faith, above all, which enables us to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.  Faith protects the Christian in many ways just like Daniel in the lion's den; like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.
  • The helmet of salvation. Salvation is free, provided by the incredible sacrifice of Jesus Christ. With salvation, we have the hope of eternal life.
  • The sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.  In Hebrews 4:12 it says, "For the Word of God is living and powerful, and shaper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
  • Jesus used the Word of God against Satan in the desert. Matthew 4:1-10
  • We must remember to sharpen our swords by regularly studying the bible.
  • Pray is last. We are to pray always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.....
  • Praying reminds us of the battles we face and strengthens our defenses against Satan. Prayer lets God know that we are fully committed to Him, praising Him in good times and bad times.
Sermon
Philippians 3:13-14 - Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Topic:  New Beginnings

  • Everything has a beginning.
  • In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Genesis 1:1
  • We have a new beginning because of what Christ did on Calvary.
  • In life, we need to have a process of the order of things, one step at a times, to appreciate our daily lives.
  • To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1
  • We should forget about the past. But we tend to want to hold onto it because it seems easier.
  • Stop being chained to the past. You can't go and fix it.
  • Do not be conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is good and acceptable and perfect will of God.  Romans 12:2 
  • Jesus died so that we may be forgiven and have a new beginning.
  • Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.  And above all these put on love, which binds everything in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:12-14
  • Focus on looking within yourself rather than on someone else.
  • If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.  Romans 12:18
  • Restore right relationships.
  • Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.  2 Corinthians 5:17 











 

Monday, December 11, 2017

December 10, 2017

Sunday School

The Virgin Mary, a mortal woman, the mother of Jesus!
&
The Humble Birth of Jesus

Manger – a long open box or trough for horses or cattle to eat from.
Inn – (ancient times) a private home with a large open room with a possible upper area.

Isaiah 7:14 – Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
Isaiah 9:6 – For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Matthew 1:23 – “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”)
Luke 1:26-28 & 34-35 – In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”  V34-35 – “How will this be, “Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.”
Luke 2:15-20 – 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.”  And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made know the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
Galatians 4:4-5 – But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.
John 1:14-18 – The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’” Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.  For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
1 Timothy 3:16 – Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.
Hebrews 2:14-18 – Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death-that is, the devil-and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For this reason he had to be made like them. Fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
The Humble Birth of Jesus

Keep in mind, Bethlehem was small and off the main road so Joseph and Mary had few options for a place to stay. Luke describes the manger area in a matter of fact way so it appears that this was an ordinary solution.  Read Luke 2:1-21
Micah 5:2 – “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, through you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”
Luke 2:4-7 – And Joseph also went up for Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house of lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
 
Jesus’s birth was of the Holy Spirit along with the Virgin Mary. So Jesus was fully God but with the physical body that was human.  John 1:14 – And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the father,) full of grace and truth. 1 Timothy 3:16 – And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
Jesus was born in meekness, as one of the human race. This makes him approachable, accessible, and available to us so that we may seek Him for ourselves and not via a third party (minister, priest, etc.)

References:
Google

Sermon
Psalm 51:10 - Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit form me.
Subject: What Is It About Me?!
  • In this new age, most are all about "me."
  • The selfie.
  • But what about me and how I feel?
  • Let's focus on me, people!
  • Me definition - a name that I call myself; me, myself and I.
  • Our focus should be on bettering ourselves through the Word of God and not on what we can do selfishly.
  • We are so much more than ourselves.
  • When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visits him? For thou has made him a little lower than the angels, and has crowned him with glory and honor. Thou made him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou has put all things under his feet: Psalm 8:3-6

Christmas Luncheon
Brown Chapel enjoyed a great lunch with our neighboring churches, Mr. Pleasant Baptist Church and Shiloh Baptist Church.
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
Brown Chapel wishes you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Our church's regular services will be back January 14, 2018.
Sunday School 9:45AM; Church Service 11:00 AM.










Monday, November 27, 2017

November 26, 2017

Sunday School

Recalibrating

Meaning: To start over; to go back to an original place or condition;
to begin anew.
In this Christian life, we sometimes lose focus, become distracted, zone out or get turned around. By resetting or recalibrating ourselves to walk the right path, we center ourselves in the WORD of God.
Below are a few verses to remind ourselves that God is with us through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
References: Google; BlueBible.org; ManSaysGodSays.com

Always with us – Joshua 1:5 – No one will be able to resist you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not abandon you or leave you alone.

Unchanging - Hebrews 13:8 – Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever!

Strength - Isaiah 41:10 – Don’t be afraid, for I am with you! Don’t be frightened, for I am your God! I strengthen you – yes, I help you – yes, I uphold you with my saving right hand!

Nearness - James 4:8 – Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and make your hearts pure, you double-minded.

Provision - Matthew 6:26 – Look at the birds in the sky: They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you more valuable than they are?

Comfort - John 14:18 – I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

Rest - Matthew 11:28 – Come unto me, all ye tat labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Keep us from falling - Jude 1:24 – Now to the one who is able to keep you from falling, and to cause you to stand, rejoicing, without blemish before His glorious presence…

He’ll never leave us - Hebrews 13:5 – “I will never leave you and I will never abandon you.”

Peace - John 14:27 – Peace I leave you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Guidance - Job 23:10 – But He knows the pathway that I take; if He tested me, I would come forth like gold.

Care - 1 Peter 5:6-7 – And God will exalt you in due time, if you humble yourselves under His mighty hand by casting all your cares on Him because He cares for you.

Sufficient Grace - 2 Corinthians 12:9 – And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”

Eternal security - John 10:28-29 – I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; no one will snatch them for My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all, and no one can snatch them from My Father’s hand.

Eternal life - John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

God Knows Best

We say, “It’s impossible”                         God says Luke 18:27 – He replied, “What is impossible for mere humans is possible for God.”

We say, “I’m too tired”                            God says Matthew 11:28-30 – Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke on you and learn for me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and my load is not hard to carry.”

We say, “Nobody really loves me”        God says 1 John 3:1 & 6 – Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knows us not, because it knew Him not.

We say, “I can’t go on”                             God says 2 Corinthians 12:9 – But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”      & Psalm 91:15 – He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.

We say, “I can’t do it”                               God says Philippians 4:13 – I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.

We say, “I am not able”                           God says 2 Corinthians 9:8 – And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

We say, “It’s not worth it”                       God says Romans 8:28 – 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. 

We say, “I can’t forgive”                          God says 1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  &   Romans 8:1-2 – Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives live has set you free from the law of sin and death.

We say, “I can’t manage”                                    God says Philippians 4:19 – And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.

We say, “I’m afraid”                                  God says 2 Timothy 1:7 – For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

We say, “I’m always worried and frustrated”           God says 1 Peter 5:7 – Cast all your troubles on Him because He cares for you.
 
We say, “I’m not smart enough”           God says 1 Corinthians 1:30 – It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God-that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.

We say, “I feel all alone”                          God says Hebrews 13:5 – “Never will I leave you’ never will I forsake you.”

Sermon
Matthew 2:1-2 - After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him."
Subject:  What Did You Come To This Service For?
  • Herod was sometimes very generous and good but he became insanely suspicious.
  • Herod became a murderer who killed or had killed his wife, sons and mother-in-law.
  • Herod became bitter and warped.
Worshiping Jesus:
Takes a risk. But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it.  Matthew 7:14; The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who watches his way preserves his life. Proverbs 16:17
We must know the Word of God. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  John 1:1-2
We must come with a spirit of sacrifice and generosity. Take the time out to study the Word; to help others; to pray.
 
 
 
 

 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

November 12, 2017

Sunday School
Victory Over Chaos
We already have the victory. Below are a few verses to look upon and understand that God is always in control.

Genesis 2:7
The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Deuteronomy 20:4
For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.
Isaiah 55:11
So shall My Word be that goes out from My mouth; it shall not return to Me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
John 16:33
“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Romans 6:14
For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
Romans 8:31-32
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all-how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?
Romans 8:37
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
1 Corinthians 15:55
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”
1 Corinthians 15:57
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sermon
Matthew 7:15 - Beware (Look out!) of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep, but are really wolves that will tear you apart!

Subject: The Other Side of Deceit!
  • From the wolf's perspective, he is just trying to get by.
  • We need to watch out for wolves.
  • False prophets are convincing, cunning, charming, etc. They undermine and confuse the mind. 
  • We know that the truth will make you free. John 8:32
  • We must put on the whole armor of God each and every day.
  • We live in a world of deception and that deception looks really good sometimes.
  • There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. Proverbs 14:12
  • Be not deceived; God is not mocked. Galatians 6:7
  • Jesus says to beware of those whose words sound religious but who are motivated by money, fame or power. We can tell who they might be because in their actions and words, they minimize Christ Jesus and glorify themselves.
  • Read James Chapter 1
  • The other side of deceit is the truth! 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

October 22, 2017

Sunday School
Heaven Is For Real!

·       Heaven: God’s Dwelling Place

Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Deuteronomy 26:15 – Look down from your holy dwelling place in heaven and bless your people Israel and the land you have given us, just as you promised our ancestors – a land flowing with milk and honey.

1 Chronicles 16:31 – Let the heavens rejoice, and the earth be happy! Let the nations say, “The Lord reigns!”

2 Chronicles 2:6 – Of course, who can really build a temple for Him, since the sky and the highest heavens cannot contain Him? Who am I that I should build Him a temple? It will really be only a place to offer sacrifices before Him.

Job 22:12 & 14 – “Is not God on high in heaven? And see the lofty stars, how high they are!  Thick clouds are a veil for Him, so He does not see us, as He goes back and forth in the vault of heaven.”

Psalms 11:4 – The Lord is in His holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven. His eyes watch; His eyes examine all people.

Psalms 33:13 – The Lord watches from heaven; He see all people.

Psalms 123:1 – I look up toward You, the one enthroned in heaven.

Ecclesiastes 5:2 – Do not be rash with your mouth or hasty in your heart to bring up a matter before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth! Therefore, let your words be few.

Isaiah 66:1 – This is what the Lord says: “The heavens are my throne and the earth is my footstool. Where then is the house you will build for me? Where is the place where I will rest?

Daniel 4:35 – All the inhabitants of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as He wishes with the army of heaven and with those who inhabit the earth. No one slaps His hand and says to Him, “What have you done?”

Matthew 5:44-45 – But I say to you, love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be like your Father in heaven, since He causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

Matthew 11:25 – At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things for the wise and intelligent, and revealed them to little children.

Mark 16:19 – After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.

Acts 7:49 – ‘Heaven is my throne, and earth is the footstool for my feet. What kind of house will you build for me, says the Lord, or what is my resting place?’

Romans 1:18 – For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of people who suppress the truth by their unrighteousness.

Revelation 12:7-9 – Then war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back.  But the dragon was not strong enough to prevail, so there was no longer any place left in heaven for him and his angels. So that huge dragon – the ancient serpent, the one called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world – was thrown down to the earth, and his angels along with him.

Revelation 21:22-25 – Now I saw no temple in the city, because the Lord God – the All-Powerful – and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, because the glory of God lights it up, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light and the kings of the earth will bring their grandeur into it. Its gates will never be closed during the day (and there will be no night there).

·       Heaven: The Future Dwelling Place of the Righteous

John 14:2 – There are many dwelling places in my Father’s house. Otherwise, I would have told you, because I am going away to make ready a place for you.

2 Corinthians 12:2-4 – I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago (whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows) was caught up to the third heaven. And I know that this man (whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows) was caught up into paradise and heard things too sacred to be put into words, things that a person is not permitted to speak. 

·       Heaven: Where the wicked are excluded from

Galatians 5:19-21 – Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, depravity, idolatry, sorcery, hostilities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish rivalries, dissensions, factions, envying murder, drunkenness, carousing and similar things. I am warning you, as I had warned you before: Those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God!

Ephesians 5:5 – For you can be confident of this one thing: that no person who is immoral, impure, or greedy (such a person is an idolater) has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

Revelation 22:15 Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the sexually immoral, and the murderers, and the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood!

·       Heaven: New Heavens

 Isaiah 66:22 – “For just as the new heavens and he new earth I am about to make will remain standing before me,” says the Lord, “so your descendants and your name will remain.”

2 Peter 3:13 –But, according to His promise, we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness truly resides.

Revelation 21:1-4 - Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth had ceased to exist, and the sea existed no more. And I saw the holy city – the new Jerusalem – descending out of heaven from God, made ready like a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying: “Look! The residence of God is among human beings. He will live among them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death will not exist anymore – or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the former things have ceased to exist.”

Sermon
James 4:7-10 - Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will life you up.
Subject: Submitting Yourselves To God!
  • Put on the whole armor of God.
Six Steps to True Repentance
1. Submit to God: be subject to God; be ready and willing to listen to God; obey God. Be teachable, coachable and humble.
2. Resist the devil: closing ears and hearts to Satan's suggestions; don't be disrespectful; resist the devil and he will flee from you. Use the Word of God (Sword of Armor).
3. Draw near to God. Stay close to the consuming fire; Pray to God because He is well able to take of you; draw near to God and He will draw near to you; He promised never to leave us along. God will restore us.
4. Cleanse your hands and purify your double mindedness.  Confession should be followed by deep sorrow, however, to not dwell in sorrow.
5. Lament and mourn and weep when we have fallen short of the God's Word. We should prostrate ourselves in earnest prayer.
6. Humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord.
 

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