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:
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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.
 

Monday, October 9, 2017

October 8, 2017

Sunday School
The Trinity
The word Trinity isn't mentioned in the bible, however this doesn't mean it isn't biblical.
The following are just a few examples where two or the three Deities are mentioned.
·        Genesis 1:26 – And God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
 
·        Matthew 28:19 – Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
 
·        John 10:30 – I and the Father are one.
 
·        2 Corinthians 13:14 – The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
 
·        Matthew 3:16-17 – And when Jesus was baptized, immediately He went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on Him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
 
·        1 Peter 1:2 – According to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with His blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.
 
·        John 14:16-17 – And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. You know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
 
·        John 14:26 – But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
 
·        John 1:1 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.
 
·        1 John 5:7-8 – For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree.
 
·        Philippians 2:5-8 – Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
 
·        Colossians 1:15-17 – He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities; all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
 
·        Luke 3:21-22 – Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on Him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
 
·        Genesis 3:22 – Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also the tree of life and eat, and live forever.
 
·        Matthew 1:23 – “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall His name Immanuel” which means, God with us.
 
·        2 Corinthians 1-21-22 – And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us and who has also put His seal on us and given us His Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.
 
·        Genesis 11:7 – Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.
 
·        1 John 5:7 – For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
 
·        1 Corinthians 2:10-11 – These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thought of God except the Spirit of God.
 
·        Titus 3:4-7 – But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
 
·        1 Timothy 2:5 – For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.
 
·        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.”


Sermon
Acts 11:26 - It was there at Antioch that the believers were first called Christians.
Subject: What It Means To Be A Christian

Four things to think about to be a Christian:
  1. You must receive Christ. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away.  2 Corinthians 5:17
  2. You must resemble Christ. We should emulate Jesus; have the mind of Christ in kindness, caring, loving, etc.
  3. You must represent Christ in all things, everywhere you go; in deeds, witnessing to the unsaved.
  4. From all this we will rein with Christ forever! When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you will appear with Him in glory.  Colossians 3:5

Homecoming Service
 
Welcome to our 61st Annual Homecoming Service and our 130th Church Anniversary. We are so pleased and happy to see all the familiar faces and can’t wait to start the celebration.   So again, we say welcome to you all!!!
 
The Occasion – On this Homecoming occasion with all the nation’s and world’s problems, we as Christians know that we have the promise of God of an eternal life. We have the Holy Spirit who has provided us His fruits which are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law (Galatians 5:22-23).
So as we journey through this life awaiting our home-going, let our souls be well, our relationships with others be strong in love and our Christian beliefs always in accord with God.
 
Rev. Clifford E. McIlveen - The Speak of the Hour

1 Kings 17:1 and 18:38-39 - And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, "As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word."
Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench. When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, "The Lord - He is God! The Lord - He is God!"

Subject: Surely God Is Able!

  • God has said that all this would happen but God is still God!
  • Elijah means my God is Yewah.
  • Yewah means self existence
  • Ahab was the Kind who Elijah spoke to about there would be no rain.
  • It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.  John 6:63
  • Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. Galatians 6:7
  • We can come back to God through the Word.
  • Elijah was obedient to God.
  • God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. John 4:24
  • Here I am sending you out like sheep with wolves all round you; so be as wise as serpents and yet as harmless as doves. But be on your guard against men. Matthew 10:16
  • God is all. We must bow down to Him because He is surely able.























Sunday, September 24, 2017

September 24, 2017

Sunday School
The Seventh Dispensation: Fullness of Times
  • The Seventh Dispensation comes after the Tribulation, which is a period of seven years. Tribulation is where the man of sin is revealed.  1 Thessalonians 5:1-3 - Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.  While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should not surprise you like a thief.  You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.
  • Isaiah 9:6-7 - For to us 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.  Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. 
  • Revelation 20:4-6 - And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his images, neither had received his mark upon this foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.  But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished.  This is the first resurrection.  Blessed and hold is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
  • Revelation 21:22-27 - And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.  And the city had no need for the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light there of.  And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it.  And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.  And they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.  And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defiles, neither whatsoever works abomination, or makes a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.
Sermon
Revelation 3:20 - Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hears my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.
Topic: Jesus Is Knocking
  • Behold/ Look/Here I am - are all saying pay attention to what I'm saying!
  • The city of Laodicea was rich. The church of Laodicea was "lukewarm," neither hot nor cold, God said that He would spew them out of His mouth.
  • They were counseled to buy of Him gold tried by the fire, that they may be rich.
  • Jesus the Christ is the gateway to eternal life.
  • Satan strives to dilute or cause us to doubt our faith.
  • Faith, hope, love and peace are what God gives us when we yield our lives to His will.
  • Jesus speaks to anyone who would listen.
  • We Christians often do not tap into the abundant life God has promised us.
  • We must have a right and personal relationship with God through Jesus.
  • Faith is the substance of things hope for, the evidence of things unseen. Hebrews 11:1
  •  Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.  Hebrews 11:6
  • Faith is above and beyond reason.
  • The power of the Holy Spirit is more powerful than Satan.
  • Selfishness is rooted in sin, along with pride and greed.
 

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