Sunday, March 26, 2017

March 26, 2017

Sunday School
A Study of Prayer

To understand prayer we must first understand the Will Of God!
References: Bible-Gateway; Google; Kay Arthur; Priscilla Shirer; Angela Thomas; Beth Moore
References of the Will of God:
  • Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:3 It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality.
  • James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
  • Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will direct your path.
  • Ephesians 5:15-20 Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from eh Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 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.
  • Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
  • Hebrews 10:36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.
Prayer is a intimate connection with God.
We, as Christians sometimes tend to sink into turmoil, rejoice in our woos, live in confusion, have doubt about nearly everything, anger to easily, get frustrated by the tiniest thing, linger in heartache, stress over day to day living, etc.
There is always an answer in prayer.
We should always praise God when we pray.
Examples:
  •  Nehemiah 9:5-6 You alone are God; 
  • Psalm 31:7-8 You have set me in a safe place;
  • 1 Kings 8: 23 You keep your promises with unfailing love;
  •  Jeremiah 32:18-19 Nothing is too hard for you;
  • Revelation 15:3-4 You are great, marvelous, just and true!;
  •  Revelation 4:8 Holy, holy, holy is the Lord;
  •  2 Corinthians 1:3 You are the source of all comfort.
Sermon
Psalm 37:1-4  v1 Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be envious against those who work unrighteousness. v2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. v3 Trust in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed. v4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.
Subject: "Don't Worry About A Thing. Every Little Will Be Alright!"

  • Why do the wicked seem to prosper?
  • We as Christians need fret not!!
  • Be conscience of our walk with the Lord.
  • Be pleasing to God.
  • We walk by faith not by sight.
  • Do good.
  • And we know that all things work together for good to those who love  God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.  Romans 8:28
  • Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path.  Proverbs 3:5
  • For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways.  Isaish 55:8
  • The just shall live by faith.  Romans 1:17
  • Position yourself to be blessed by God.
  • We are the light and salt of the earth.
  • But seek you first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Matthew 6:33
  • Delight in the Lord.
  • His will be done.
 

Monday, March 13, 2017

March 12, 2017

Sunday School
Romans 16
  • Paul recommends Phoebe who was a helper of many.
  • Priscilla and Aquilla were recommended who opened their home as a church to many.
  • Epaenetus, who was the first-fruits of Achaia to Christ.
  • Andronicus and Junia, who Paul considered his kinsmen and fellow prisoners, were well regarded among the apostles.
  • There was greeting to the household of Aristobulus but not him because he was possibly not a convert.
  • Rufus was "chosen in the Lord."
  • Nereus and others were mentioned as beloved, approved in Christ and in the Lord.
  • Greet one another with a holy kiss.

Sermon
Isaish 40:28-31  - v28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the whole earth. He never grows faint or weary; there is no searching of His understanding. v29 He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound]. v30 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted; v31 But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up as eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.

Subject: Waiting Brings Help for Our God!

  • We as Christians are to wait on the Lord.
  • We tend to take matters into our own hands which is not a good thing.
  • Waiting brings PEACE from God.  We need to rest in the Lord.
  • Be still and know that I am God.  Psalm 46:10
  • This peace of God that surpasses all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.     Philippians 4:7
  • Waiting brings STABILITY from God.
  • He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And He has put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it and fear and shall trust in the Lord.    Psalm 40:2-4
  • Waiting brings SUBMISSION to God. 
  • My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.  Psalm 121:2
  • Ask the Lord to increase your strength.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

February 26, 2017

Sunday School
Romans 15
Living to Please Others
  • We are to lay ourselves out to please our neighbors for the neighbors' own good. To do this is to edify God.
  • Jesus did not please himself, but pleased others. He is our example.
  • Self-sacrifice for the good of others.
  • May  God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other; each with the attitude of Christ Jesus toward the other. v 5
  • Accept each other just as Christ has accepted you; then God will be glorified.
  • Jesus came also, so that the Gentiles might also give glory to God for His mercies to them.

Sermon
Daniel 3:13-18 - v13 Then Nebuchadnezzar flew into a rage and ordered Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to be brought before him. When they were brought in, v14 Nebuchadnezzar said to them, "Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you refuse to serve my gods or to worship the gold statue I have set up? v15 I will give you one more chance. If you bow down and worship the statue I have made when you hear the sound of the musical instruments, all will be well. But if you refuse, you will be thrown immediately into the blazing furnace.  What god will be able to rescue you from my power then?" v16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. v17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us.  He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. v18 But even if he doesn't, Your Majesty can be sure that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up."
Subject: "Are There Lessons to Learn from the Fiery Furnace?"
  • We are a persecuted  people just as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were.
  • Notice that the guards who bound the three were immediately consumed by the heat of the furnace before they could throw the three into it.
  • Nebuchadnezzar was angry because the three would not bow down to his gods and gold statue.
  • God's will, way and Word are the Christian way.
  • We are to be totally devoted to God.
  • Living for Jesus on earth will cause us to go through trials and tribulations.
  • We must work the works of Him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.   John 9:4
  • Have you been tried in the fire?
  • The three were preserved by God in the fire.
  • God was already in the fire.
  • God keeps His promises.
  • All our help comes from God.
  • We Christians, have "fire power" - God!!
  • Christians will be persecuted by others; Christians are preserved by God's grace; We are to promote the Word of God.
  • If I be lifted up, I will draw all men to me.  John 12:32

 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

February 12, 2017

Sunday School
Romans 14 with a review  from chapter 12 - Renewing Your Mind!

What does it mean to Renew Your Mind??
  • Romans 12:2 - Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing and perfect will of God.
  • Discern means to detect with your eyes or other senses; to recognize or identify what's important.
  • 1 Timothy 2:3-4 - This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
  • John 1:1 - In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
  • John 1:14 - The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
  • We need to understand that God reveals His will for mankind through His Word.
  • Jesus and God's Word are one!!
  • The bible is not just a story about God but it is Him speaking to us.
  • God's ways are not our ways, His thoughts are not our thought. So renewing our minds in the Word brings us closer to the will of God.
  • Living in God's Word is the key to our deliverance and success in our present lives.

Romans 14 - The Law of Liberty or The Danger of Criticism
Be accepting of other Christians.

  • We as Christians are to accept anyone who is weak in faith and "do not" argue about doubtful issues.
  • Who are we to criticize!!!
  • Wherever one is in his/her faith, it is to the honor of God.
  • If we live, we live for the Lord; if we die, we die for the Lord.
  • We will all stand before the tribunal of God.
  • Every knee will bow to Me and every tongue will give praises to God. So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.
  • Let us make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

Sermon
Exodus 7:3-4 - But I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and though I multiply my signs and wonders in Egypt, he will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and with mighty acts of judgment I will bring out my divisions, my people the Israelites.
Subject: "Why Would God Harden Pharaoh's Heart?"

  • God knows what He's doing!
  • Pharaoh was an oppressive dictator who enslaved and abused the Israelites.
  • Pharaoh had already hardened his own heart.
  • For the scripture said unto Pharaoh, even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might show my power in thee, and that My name might be declared throughout all the earth. Therefore hath He mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom He will He hardeneth. Romans 9:17-18
  • The heart is the bug of humanity
  •  Jesus said, "Why are you discussing that you do not have any bread? Don't you understand or comprehend? Is your heart hardened? Do you have eyes and not see and do you have ears and not hear? And do you not remember? When I broke the five loaves for the 5,000 how many baskets full of pieces of bread did you collect?"  Mark 9:17-19
  • What hardens the heart? Sin and pride are just to way.
  • The solution? Confession, recognizing the problem, repent of sins, change your life, study God's Word, obey God's Word.
  • I solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus, who is going to judge the living and the dead, and because of His appearing and His kingdom: Proclaim the message; persist in it whether convenient or not; rebuke, correct and encourage with great patience and teaching.  2 Timothy 4:1-2
  • Your presumptuous heart has deceived you, you who live in clefts of the rock in your home on the heights, who say to yourself, "Who can bring me down to the ground?" Obadiah 1:3
 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

January 22, 2017

Sunday School
Romans 13
Respect for Authority
 
  • Obey the government, for God is the one who put it there.
  • The authorities are sent by God to help us.
  • Two reasons to obey the government: to keep from being punished and to keep a clear conscience.
  • Pay your taxes.
  • Love does not wrong to anyone, so love satisfies all of God's requirements.
  • Wake up, for the coming of our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.
  • Let the Lord Jesus Christ take control of you.
Sermon
Isaiah 43:13-14 and Philippians 2:13-14 - v13 From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can oppose what I do. No one can reverse my actions." v14 The Lord your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, says: "For your sakes I will send an invading army against Babylon. And the Babylonians will be forced to flee in those ships they are so proud of.
v13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him.  v14 In everything you do, stay away from complaining and arguing.
Subject: How God Makes Away When There Seems To Be No Way!
 
  • I am God!
  • Abraham and Issac - Abraham was told to sacrifice Issac and he was about to do so when a ram in the bush was provided.
  • In the will of God, a solution is found.
  • God is at work inside us.
  • Speak the truth in "love."
  • Ask God to make us more like Christ.
  • ASK       SEEK     KNOCK
  • God's ways are not our ways.
  • Trust God when there seems to be no way out.
  • Be patient and wait on the Lord.
  • Trust and obey in the Lord.
  • Romans 8:26 - In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
  • Seek God first.
  • Rely on the Spirit to fight your battles.
  • God sill strengthen our hearts.
 
Psalm 27  v1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 
v2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. 
v3 Though a host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. 
 v4 One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in His temple. 
 v5 For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion: in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon a rock. 
v6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in His tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord. 
v7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me and answer me. 
v8 When thou sadist, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek. 
v9 Hide not they face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
v10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.
v11 Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.
v12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.
v13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
v14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
 
 
We welcomed Mount Pleasant's church family to worship with us.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

January 8, 2017

Happy New Year!!!

Sunday School
Romans 12

  • We are a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God.
  • Do not think anymore of yourself than you should.
  • We are many members of one body.
  • Love sincerely.
  • Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
  • Do not repay anyone evil for evil.
  • If your enemy is hungry, feed him.
  • Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Sermon
Matthew 11:28-30  v28 - "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. v29 - Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  v30 - For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

Subject:  Finding Rest When You're Stressed

  • Are you overwhelmed, discouraged, carry a heavy load or worried?
  • God offers rest to us.
  • Some stress can be healthy, causing positive actions.
  • Too much stress, however, causes anxiety or even health issues.
  • We should find spiritual rest.
  • Jesus says, "I will give you rest."
Threes Ways to Rest
  1. Jesus says come to Him - all who are weary, wounded or heavy laden & He will give you rest.
  2. Walk with Christ - take My yoke upon you.  A yoke is a harness but in this case, it is a teachable method of learning about Christ.
  3. Learn from Christ - Christ is an easy teacher.  Be you transformed......all things are made new.  Christ wants us to have full knowledge of Him.
 

Sunday, December 11, 2016

December 11, 2016

Sunday School
Romans 11:1-36


  • There are a chosen few Jews who were righteous and faithful to Jesus.
  • God glorifies His grace by changing the hearts and tempers of the rebellious Jews.
  • The Jewish nation were as if they were asleep, without knowledge of the danger they were in of eternal ruin.
  • The Gentiles were grafted into the Olive tree by God.
  • The Jews will be brought back but in God's timing.
  • There is a vast distance and disproportion between God and man, between the Creator and the created.  This, forever shuts us from the knowledge of God's ways.
  • If all are of Him, and through Him, all should be to Him and for Him.

Sermon
Luke 2:11-14 - v11 for there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. v12 And this is the sign unto you: Ye shall find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger. v13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,  v14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men in whom He is well pleased.

Subject: Searching For The Perfect Gift!


  • God knows exactly what we need.
  • Every good and perfect gift comes from God.

Gifts from God

  • We have Jesus, our Saviour.
  • We have the gift of salvation - John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, That whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.
  • We have the gift of the Holy Spirit who guides and teaches us.
  • We have God's grace, His unmerited favor.

What to do with the gift?

  • Thank God
  • Use the gift
  • Share the gift
  • Add to the gift

The annual Christmas Luncheon followed the service.


Brown Chapel wishes everyone a wonderful Christmas. 
We are adjourned until January 8, 2017!!







Sunday, November 27, 2016

November 27, 2016

Sunday School 
Romans 10:1-21
Israel Rejects The Gospel of Salvation Through Jesus Christ
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  • The lack of knowledge is reflected in the fact that they are ignorant of God's righteousness, and wanted to establish their own righteousness.
  • People cannot come to Jesus without the right information about the gospel. However information alone is not enough to save anyone. There must be an extreme submission of God, as one puts away ones' own righteousness.
  • Jesus is the end of the law for those who believe.
  • The righteousness of faith is based on Jesus.
  • We do not have to work for faith.
  • The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart.
  • How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace.
  • Beautiful feet may prefer to the partnership with God for the salvation of mankind. The feet speaks to activity, motion and progress in the working of preaching.
  • Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.
 
Sermon
Job 7:20 - I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O thou preserver of men? why hast thou set me as a mark against thee, so that I am a burden to myself?
 
  • Sometimes we take God for granted.
  • God made us, not we ourselves.
  • God is God all by Himself.
  • Adversity and hardship can get our attention.
  • We are driven to God with words like these, "Why me Lord!"
 
Adversity causes us ......
  • Draw near to God
  • Draw us to others so that we become a springboard for/to others
  • To give God the glory.
  • To conquer our pride and become humble.
  • Prepares us for service to God.
  • Draws us to our best selves. Have you been tried in the fire?
  • Allows us to grow.
  • To surrender to God's will.
Photos




Monday, November 14, 2016

November 13, 2016

Sunday School
Romans 9:1-33

Israel's Past, Present & Future


  • Paul is dismayed over Israel's missing its Messiah.
  • His heart is filled with bitter sorrow & unending grief.
  • He said that he would be willing to be cut off from Christ if it would save the people of Israel.
  • Israel had had God's Shekinah glory, the covenants, the services of God and the promises & yet were still living under the law.
  • This was all part of God's sovereign plan.
  • Had God failed Israel? Certainly not!!
  • Paul tells that no one is truly Israel unless he is governed by God.
  • Our greatest mistake when thinking of the choices of God is that God choices are arbitrary, as if He is just randomly choosing. We cannot fathom God's reasoning. God's choices are not moody or illogical. He has a plan and a reason for everything.
  • He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.
  • As He says in Hosea, "I will call them My people, who were not My people, and her beloved, who was not beloved."
  • In Isaiah 10:23 7 1:9, it declares God's right to choose a remnant among Israel for salvation.
  • Why is Israel in its present state? Israel missed the Messiah because they refused to come by faith.
  • Faith is the key which is why God turned to the Gentiles.
  • Paul has shown that the only possible way to be saved is through faith, not the works of the law. And that this salvation comes only through the work of a crucified Savior which was a stumbling block to Israel - 1 Corinthians 1:22-23.
Sermon
Proverbs 29:18 - Where there is no vision, the people perish.
Subject: "From Bad News to Break-through!"

  • God is the only one who can bring something good out of something bad.
  • Just hold onto God's unchanging hand.
  • God has a bigger plan for us.
  • For we walk by faith not by sight.
  • Nehemiah asked the question, "How are things really?"
  • Genesis is the beginning to a break through or a comeback.
  • From difficulty to determination; from pain to purpose; from tragedy to empowerment.
  • Be ye transformed
  • Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die like everyone else, will live again. They are given eternal life for believing in me and will never perish. John 11:25-26
  • Our break-through - faith; relationship with God through Jesus, & belief in the resurrection.
  • God is with us even in our tragedy.
  • For His anger endures but a moment; in His favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalms 30:5
Celebration!!
Mrs. B. & the Brown Chapel Family celebrated her birthday!! Here just a few photos.




Tuesday, October 25, 2016

October 23, 2016

Sunday School
Romans 8:1-39
Life In The Spirit

  • There is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.
  • The power of the life-giving Spirit has freed us through Jesus from the power of sin which leads to death.
  • God destroyed sin's control over us by giving us His Don as a sacrifice for our sins.
  • Those who are dominated by sinful mature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.
  • We have no obligation whatsoever to do what our sinful nature urges us to do. Because if, through the power of the Holy Spirit we turn from sin and evil deeds, we live.
  • Those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
  • We as Christians, although we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, groan to be released from pain and suffering. We, too, wait anxiously for that day when God will give us our full rights as His children, including the new bodies He has promised us.
  • The Holy Spirit helps us in our distress.
  • We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.
  • If God is for us, who can ever be against us?
  • Can anything ever separate us from Christ's love? No, despite all things, overwhelming victory is ours thought Christ, who loved us.
Sermon
Hebrews 2:1-3 - v1 so we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it. v2 The message God delivered through angels has always proved true, and the people were punished for every violation of the law and every act of disobedience. v3 What makes us think that we can escape if we are indifferent to this great salvation that was announced by the Lord Jesus Himself? If was passed on to us by those who heard Him speak.
Subject: Drifting Away From God
  • Drop an anchor so that you don't drift away.
  • A boat still sways with the current.
  • To drift is to do so slowly.
  • How do we drift from God? (1) When we stop studying the Word. (2) When we don't pray.
  • Preventing drifting: (1) Be aware of drifting by keeping your mind on Jesus; (2) So be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days. Ephesians 5:15-16; (3) Be deliberate with God.
  • Who drifted in the Bible?  Paul drifted; the Israelites drifted; the Prodigal son drifted; Peter drifted; David drifted.
  • In times like these be very sure your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock (Jesus)!

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