Sunday, August 13, 2017

August 13, 2017

Sunday School
A Review from Years Past
  • Genesis - Adam was right beside Eve as she tasted the fruit.
  • Enmity between men and women was placed on earth after the Garden of Eden was closed to Adam and Eve.
  • Who is God Talking To?
  • Who is Talking?
  • Study to show yourself approved unto God.
  • Jesus died for our sins and rose with "all" power.
  • We, Gentiles are a branch with full promises from God.
  • Confess daily.
  • Love God with all your heart, soul and mind and love your neighbor as yourself.
  • Without faith it is impossible to please God.
  • Obey God's word.
Job 13:15 - God might kill me, but I cannot wait. I am going to argue my case with Him.
Topic: "Tough Times Don't Last But Tough People Do!"
  • Job was truly tried in fire by Satan but never turned from God.
  • We are not exempt from tough times.
  • Two errors we make are: 1. Asking "Why me, Lord?" and 2. Being prepared but not ready to a part of persecution or rejection.
  • Do we realize that we have a very present help in the Lord?
  • Reasons we suffer: 1. Because we are human. 2. To deepen our fellowship with God.
  • Our prayers should be aligned with God's will.
  • We need a right relationship with God.
  • Through tribulation, we finally understand scripture.
  • Job was restored by God.
New Member
A new member was welcomed to Brown Chapel today. Ms. V. Wilson. We are so happy to have her back in the community and at Brown Chapel AME.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

August 12, 2017

Women's Day Conference

The Women's Day Conference got off to a wonderful start with a breakfast meet & greet where ladies received their schedules for the day, a take away gift bag and their name tags.
Introduction and Welcome
On behalf of Pastor & Mrs. Baggett and the Brown Chapel Family, the ladies were welcomed to the Women's Day Conference, in hopes that they would walk away with full spirits, light hearts and bolstered minds to continue God's Word in their lives.

At 9:00 AM - Mrs. Tonya Lewis spoke about the tools in her toolbox. Some points to take away:
  • Discernment ( 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22) Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.  Abstain from all appearance of evil.
  • Prayer - Align yourself in the will of God.
  • Hebrews 12:14 - Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.
  • Ecclesiastes 3:4 - There's a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
  • Psalm 37:4 - Delight yourself also in the Lord; and He shall give you the desires of your heart.
  • Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

At 10:00 AM - Ms. Rhonda Lawton spoke about the tools in her toolbox. Some points to take away:
From Beth Moore's Mantra, Rhonda spoke about God is who He says He is with references from:
  •  Proverbs 30:5 - "Every Word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.
  • John 4:24 - God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.
  • 1 Corinthians 4:20 - For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.
God can do what He says He can do with references from:
  •  Luke 1:37 - Fro nothing will be impossible with God.
  • 2 Corinthians 9:8 - And God is able to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way always having everything you need, you may excel in every good work.
  • Mark 14:36 - God's will be done.
  • Ephesians 3:20 - Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us.
I am who God says I am with references from:
  • John 1:12 - Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave right to become children of God.
  • John 15:5 - I am the vine; you are the branches.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me with references from:
  • Ephesians 6:10 - Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His might power.
  • Galatians 2:20 - I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
  • Philippians 4:11 - I am content with whatever circumstances.
God's Word is alive and active in me with references from:
  • 1 Peter 1:23 - For you have been born again, not of perishable see, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring Word of God.
  • Luke 8:11 - The see is the Word of God.
  • John 1:1 - In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
  • Psalm 119:105 - Your Word is a lamp unto my feet, a light onto my path.
  • Isaiah 40:8 - The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of our God endures forever.
  • Matthew 24:35 - Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will never pass away.
  • John 1:14 - The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.
At 11:00 AM - Minister Dorothy Malone spoke about the tools in her toolbox. Some points to take away:
  • First know that we all have a sin nature. This happened before "we" were born, as result of what Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden.
  • The Law cannot save us but God's grace can and does.
  • Salvation is not a feeling!!
  • Matthew 6:33 - But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
  • Colossians 2:6-7 - So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
  • We should develop deep roots in the Word with the help of the Holy Spirit.
  • The Holy Spirit is in each and every one of us!!!
  • God allowed His Son to die for our sins and raised Him with all power to show us His power, His grace and His love for us.
  • We are saints, highly exalted.
  • Colossians 3:1-6 - Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.  Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.  Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.

12 Noon - Lunch was served; announcements made and then the Benediction.


Sunday, July 23, 2017

July 23, 2017

Sunday School
The Seven Dispensations

After a quick review  of Innocence, Conscience and Government, Promise is the fourth of the Dispensations.
God calls Abram and gives him promises. 
  • Genesis 12:1-7 The Lord had said to Abram, "Go from your country, your people and your father's household to the land I will show you.  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.  I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all people on earth will be blessed through you."  So Abram went, as the Lord told him; and Lot went with him.  Abram was seventy-five years old.....
  • Genesis 13:14-17  The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, "Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west.  All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever.  I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted.  Go, walk.......
  • The sign of the covenant is circumcision.  Genesis 17:9-14  Then God said to Abraham, "As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come.  This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep:  Every male among you shall be circumcised.  You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between Me and you........
  • Hebrews 6:13  When God made His promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for Him to swear by, He swore by Himself, saying, "I will surely bless you and give you many descendants."
  • God's Abrahamic Covenant was an unconditional covenant; a literal covenant about the promise of land on earth and; an everlasting covenant.
  • Israel as a nation that will possess the totality of the land in the future because Israel will be forgiven and restored.  Romans 11:25-27  I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited:  Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, and in this way all Israel will be saved.  As it is written:  "The deliverer will come from Zion; He will turn godlessness away from Jacob.  And this is My covenant with them when I take away their sins." 
Psalm 51:10 -  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Topic: "A Right Spirit"

There is power in the Holy Spirit
There is presence of the Holy Spirit
There is prompting of the Holy Spirit

  • David was a man after God's heart.
  • David's cry for forgiveness to create in him a clean heart was heard.
  • David did a self examination.
  • Do we, like David, go astray?
  • God will bless us if we have the "right spirit."
  • God look at the heart.
  • 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 -  If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.  If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
  • We all will be tried in the fire!!
A Right Spirit
  1. Fruit of the Spirit - Galatians 5:22-23 -  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
  2. Exercise your faith - Hebrews 10:38 -  Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, My soul shall have no pleasure in him.  Hebrews 11:6 - But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them those diligently (earnestly) seek Him.
  3. Philippians 4:8 - Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--thing about such things.
Psalm 51:1-13 -  Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.  Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.  For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.  Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou might be justified when thou speaks, and be clear when thou judge.  Behold, I was shaped in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.  Behold, thou desires truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shall make me to know wisdom.  Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow........

Sunday, July 9, 2017

July 9, 2017

Sunday School
The Seven Dispensations
A Review of Innocence, Conscience and Government. Q&A
  • Man was made in God's image
  • When Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge, Adam was standing beside her
  • Adam and Eve attempted to hide from God
  • Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden
  • Cain killed Abel because Cain's offerings to God were not his best but Abel's was
  • God saw the wickedness of the human race
  • Noah found favor in the eyes of God
  • Noah built an alter to God
  • God blessed Noah and his sons.

Philippians 2:1-5 - Therefore if you have any encouragement for being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.  Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your won interests but each of you to the interests of the others.  In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset of Christ Jesus.
Subject: "The Mind of Christ" "Let This Mind Be in You That Is In Christ Jesus"

  • At the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  Philippians 2:10
  • God is not to be mocked.
  • Stand firm in all situations.
  • Paul wanted unity in the church.
  • Be of one accord.
  • Uniformity and unity are different.  Uniformity means the state of being the same; identical. Unity means the state of being in full agreement.
  • Love that doesn't count the cost, that's the way of Jesus.
  • Be grounded and rooted in the Word of God.
  • The spiritual mind is at peace.
  • I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.   Psalm 37:25

Sunday, June 25, 2017

June 25, 2017

Sunday School
The Seven Dispensations
  • Innocence -Genesis 2:25 - Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.
  • The end of Innocence reference - Romans 5:12 - Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned.
  • Conscience - Genesis 3:22 - And the Lord God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever."
  • The end of Conscience reference - Romans 2:15 - They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.
  • Government - Genesis 9:5 - And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each human being, too, I will demand and accounting for the life of another human being.

Romans 8:35-36 - Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Subject: "The Love of God"
  • We wrestler 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.  Ephesians 6:12
  • Nothing shall separate us from the love of God.  Romans 8:31
  • God is love in all.
  • We have blessed assurance that God's love will last forever.
  • That which has been is what will be. That which is done is what will be done. And there is nothing new under the sun.  Ecclesiastes 1:9
  • Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His might power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the wiles of the devil. Ephesians 6:11
  • If God is for us, who can be against us"  No, in all these we things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  Romans 8:31-39


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

June 11, 2017

Sunday School
References:; Google

Three Characteristics of God
  • God is Omnipresent meaning He is everywhere.
  1. Psalm 139:7-10 - Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou are there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
  2. James 5:9 - Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge stands before the door.
  3. Matthew 28:19-20 - Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
  4. Philippians 4:5 - Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
  5. Colossians 1:17 - And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.
  6. Amos 9:1-4 - I saw the Lord standing upon the alter: and He said, Smite the lintel of the door, that the posts my shake: and cut them in the head, all of them; and I will slay the last of them with the sword: he that flees of them shall not flee away, and he that escapes of them shall not be delivered. Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down: And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out thence; and though they be hid from my sight in the bottom of the sea, thence will I command the serpent, and he shall bite them: And though they go into captivity before their enemies, thence will I command the sword, and it shall slay them: and I will set mine eyes upon them for evil, and not for good.
  • God is Omnipotent meaning He is all powerful.
  1. Romans 4:17 - As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations. He is our father in the sight o God, in whom he believed - the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.
  2. Hebrews 11:3 - By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
  3. Ephesians 3:20 - Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.
  4. Jeremiah 32:17 - "Ah, Sovereign Lord, You have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.
  • God is Omniscient meaning all knowing.
  1. Genesis 1:1 - In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
  2. Genesis 1:14 - And God said, "Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years.
  3. Exodus 3:13-14 - Moses said to God, "Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them,' The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' Then what shall I tell them?" God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you.'"
  4. John 8:57-58 - "You are not yet fifty years old," they said to him, "and you have seen Abraham!"  "Very truly I tell you," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!"
  5. Psalm 90:2 - Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
  6. Revelation 1:8 - I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty."
  • God's Timing.
  1. 2 Peter 3:8 - But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
  2. Isaiah 46:10 - I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, 'My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.'
  • God and Man.
  1. Jeremiah 1:5 - "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."
  2. Romans 8:29-30 - For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.  And hose He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified.
  3. Isaiah 9:6 - For to use 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.

Mark 6:30-34 - The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to Him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, He said to them, "Come with Me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest."  So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them.  When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, He had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So He began teaching them many things.

Subject: Our God Who Cares
  • Many have a faulty impression of God.
  • Our God is a holy God.
  • He is untouched by our wickedness.
  • God is in control of everything.
  • God is Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Omniscient.
  • God became flesh through Jesus to allow Himself to understand what the fleshly man suffered.
  • God cares for His laboring servants - Mark 6:30
  • God expects us to rest.
  • God cares about the lost sheep.
  • God is compassionate towards us.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

May 28, 2017 - Memorial Sunday

Sunday School
1 Corinthians 3
References: Google, David Guzik, Blue Letter Bible

Carnality in the Corinthian Church
  • Paul warns the Christians of Corinth about their carnal ways.
  • Though they have the Holy Spirit, they are not acting spiritually but of the flesh or immature Christians.
  • The natural man is patterned after Adam and rejects the things of the Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2:14
  • The spiritual man knows the things of God. 1 Corinthians 2:15
  • The carnal man knows the things of God, but still acts more of the flesh.
  • Paul says don't pattern after himself or Apollos (who is mighty in the scripture) but of Jesus who gave all salvation.
  • Rewards aren't given according to our gifts, talents or successes but according to our own labor.
  • Is your foundation built with precious stones or stray, marble or granite?
  • Will what we've built our foundations with be able to stand the fire from God or will they be burned up?
  • Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, "He catches the wise in their own craftiness," and again, "The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile."  1 Corinthians 3:18-20

Proverbs 3:5-6 - v5 Thrust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not onto thine own understanding. v6 In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct they paths.
Subject: Trusting in the Lord
  • Obey means to comply with
  • Perilous means dangerous, unsafe
  • Trust means having confidence or faith in
Three things of Trusting God
  1. God is conscience.  God is all knowing and powerful.
  2. God is concerned.  1 Peter 5:7 - Cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.
  3. God is capable (able). Ephesians 3:20 - Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.
Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in Me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself: that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.  John 14:1-4

15th Anniversary
The Reaffirmation of Vows
Darren and Vernita


Sunday, May 14, 2017

May 14, 2017 - Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day!!!!

Sunday School
1 Corinthians 2
Resources: Keith Krell, Google, LifeWay

Paul Preaches Wisdom

  • Paul was considered a well educated man but when he spoke or wrote letters to the churches he used language that everyone could understand.
  • Paul was disheartened about the unified church of Corinth.
  • He said that the only the church could live a wise life was by having the right perspective and that without the light of God's Spirit, there is darkness.
  • True wisdom is cross-centered. True wisdom is found in the word of the cross.
  • 1 Corinthians 2:6-9 - Yet when I am among mature Christians, I do speak with words of wisdom, but not the kind of wisdom that belongs to this world, and not the kind that appeals to the rulers of this world, who are being brought to nothing.  No, the wisdom we speak of is the secret wisdom of God, which was hidden in former times, though He made it for our benefit before the world began. But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would never have crucified one glorious Lord.  This is what the Scriptures mean when they say, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him."  Isaiah 64:4
  • Mature Christians are those believers who recognize and embrace God's wisdom in the cross.
  • The wisdom of God is eternal.
  • The wisdom of God is beneficial to us because God has our good in mind as He is our sovereignty.
  • The wisdom of God is supernatural.
  • True wisdom is Spirit directed, meaning the Holy Spirit, our comforter, reveals deep things to us Christians.
  • The Holy Spirit, the third member of the Trinity, knows what God has in store for us. 
  • Ephesians 1:14 - The Spirit is God's guarantee that He will give us everything He promised long ago.
  • The unbeliever "cannot" understand God's way, the Christian way.
  • Isaiah 40:13 - "For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he  will instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ."
Proverbs 31:10-15;25-28 - v10 Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is worth more than precious rubies.  v11 Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life.  v12 She will not hinder him but help him all her life.  v13 She finds wool and flax and busily spins it.  v14 She is like a merchant's ship; she brings her good from afar.  v15 She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day's work for her servant girls.  v25 She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs with no fear of the future.  v26 When she speaks, her words are wise and kindness is the rule when she gives instructions.  v27 She carefully watches all that goes on in her household and does not have to bear the consequences of laziness.  v28 Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her.

Subject: The Attributes of a Godly Woman
Women of great Attributes (to name a few): Mary, mother of Jesus; Hannah, Ruth, Naomi
  • Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.   Matthew 6:33
  • Be committed to the cause of Christ.
  • Can God trust you with His assignment?
  • A great attribute is to be a fervent prayer warrior.
  • Children are a gift from the Lord. Psalm 127:3-5
  • We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work.  John 9:4
  • Be a living example of Jesus.

Monday, April 24, 2017

April 23, 2017

Sunday School
1 Corinthians 1:1-31
Resources: Blue Letter Bible; David Guzik; Google
  • Paul writes a letter to the Christians in the church of Corinth.
  • Paul had gotten a message from the household of Chloe about the disturbing actions in Corinth.
  • First Paul greets the church and identifies himself as an apostle of Christ.
  • Paul knew that the city of Corinth was a large metropolis consisting of businesses a sea port, sports area, government, military and markets.
  • The city of Corinth was out of control and in total contrast to the church.
  • The church, itself had begun to have morality, government and spiritual problems along with doctrine and authority problems.
  • Paul sought to lay a foundation for the church to get back on track.
  • Paul thanks God in a prayer of thanksgiving - I always thank my God for you because of His grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in Him you have been enriched in every way - with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge - God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you.  Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.  He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.   1 Corinthians 1:4-9
  • Paul talked about being divided in the church, believing in Paul or Apollos or Peter (Cephas) instead of Christ.
  • Christ is not divided?
  • The Jews wanted a sign from God and the Gentiles sought wisdom, but Paul said that we preach Christ crucified.
  • This was a stumbling block for the Jews and the Gentiles thought it foolishness.
  • But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are might. 1 Corinthians 1:27 
Luke 9:23-24 - And He said to them all, if any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for My sake, the same shall save it.
Subject: Engaged on the War Within
  • Don't think more highly of yourself than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.   Romans 12:3
  • It is He that made us.
  • We are to submit to the authority of God.
  • We are to recognize God's lordship over us.
  • Taking up our own crosses may be difficult but will lead to eternal life.
  • Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added upon to.  Matthew 6:33
  • Make a DECISION to follow Jesus. Have a made up mind.  Be very sure.  But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.  Joshua 24:15 
  • DENY yourself.  Set rules and guidelines.  Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised.   James 1:12
  • Have a DEVOTION to God.  Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  2 Timothy 2:15; share Christ with others; build a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
  • Have a DETERMINATION to follow Christ.  Be steadfast, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.  1 Corinthians 15:58     

Sunday, April 9, 2017

April 9, 2017 - Palm Sunday

Sunday School
Prayer - Part 2
References from the Bible; Kay Arthur; James Banks; Priscilla Shirer; Angela Thomas; Sheila Walsh; Beth Moore; Google
Prayers of thanks; that strengthen faith; and praise.
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19 - we are to rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances but test them all; hold onto what is good, reject every kind of evil.
  • Remember prayer is communicating with God through Jesus Christ.
  • God is to be revered; He is on high and will come down one day; God is to be obeyed; His Word is to be partaken of daily; He forgives us and others; If we allow it, we are to keep our thoughts heavenward; and we know that all power is in God's hands.
  • 1 Chronicles 29:10-15 - You are the one who is over all things...
  • Psalm 8:3-9 - You care for me with underserved kindness....
  • Psalm 139:13-18 - Thank you for making me....
  • Daniel 2:20-23 - All wisdom and power are yours.....
  • Matthew 11:25-26 - Thank you for the simple message of salvation!
  • Revelation 11:15, 17 - You will rule forever!
  • Psalm 44:5-8 - Only by your power......
  • Psalm 142:1-3 - When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way....
  • Philippians 4:6 -  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
  • John 15:7 - If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you.
  • Matthew 6:7 - And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.
  • Colossians 4:2 - Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
  • Proverbs 15:29 - The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayers of the righteous.
Romans 8:35-36 - v35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? v36 As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered."

Subject:  Nothing Can Separate Us From God!
  • 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.  Ephesians 6:12
  • Does serving God really matter?   YES!!!
  • "How long, Lord," we sometimes ask. But God's love makes up the differences of our doubts.
  • God's love never fails.
  • Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
  • With your hand you drove out the nations and planted our ancestors; you crushed the peoples and made our ancestors flourish.  Psalm 44:2
  • We must be grounded and rooted in the Lord.
  • Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty.  Zechariah 4:6
  • Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. Romans 8:37
  • Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.  Ephesians 3:20-21

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