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.
 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

September 10, 2017

Sunday School
Grace - The Sixth Dispensation - also known as the Church Age
  • Grace is the unmerited favor of God. It is the loving disposition of God from which all of His kindness toward us, flows.
  • By grace we are saved.  Ephesians 2:8
  • Grace began at Pentecost (Acts 2) and it will end when all who are born again by the baptism of the Holy Ghost and those who will be caught up (raptured) out of this world to be with Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
  • In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that He lavished on us.  Ephesians 1:7-8
  • And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.  Ephesians 2:6-7
  • God's grace allows allows one to repent and come to God through Jesus. We cannot turn to God without turning from what God is against.....sin.
Sermon
Mark 4:35-41 - And the same day, when the even was come, he said unto them, "Let us pass over unto the other side." And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship.  And there were also with him other little ships.  And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was not full.  And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they away him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?  And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, "Peace, be still." And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto the, "Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?"  And they feared exceedingly, and said on to another, "What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?"
Subject: When The Storms of Life Are Raging
  • Jesus is an ever present help.
  • Jesus had already assured them in verse 35 that they would make it to the other side when he said, "Let us pass over unto the other side."
  • There was a crisis but there was also a crisis manager - Jesus.
  • We, as Christians, when a crisis arises, tend to cry or whine.
  • We need to cry out in prayer.
  • No matter the situation, God is there to hear our cries.
  • The command - calm
  • What God commands, it is done.
 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

August 27, 2017

Sunday School
The Law - The Fifth Dispensation
The Law extends from Sinai to Calvary - from Exodus to the Cross
Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come.
The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator. Galatians 3:19
Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God's sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.
There were 613 Laws that the Jews were to follow.
These laws covered philosophy, psychology, biology, physics, economics, ecology, culture, politics, domestics, family, church life, just to name a few.
Examples of the Law:
  • To know that God is One, a complete Unity. Deuteronomy 6:4
  • To fear Him reverently. Deuteronomy 6:13
  • To imitate His good and upright ways. Deuteronomy 28:9
  • To honor the old and the wise.  Leviticus 19:32
  • To cleave to those who know Him. Deuteronomy 10:20
  • To put fringes on the corners of clothing. Numbers 15:38
  • To bind God's Word on the head. Deuteronomy 6:8
  • To recite grace after meals. Deuteronomy 8:10
  • To love all human beings who are of the covenant. Leviticus 19:18
  • Do not take revenge or bear a grudge.  Leviticus 19:18
  • Do not leave a beast, that has fallen down beneath its burden, unaided. Deuteronomy 22:4
  • Do not reap the entire field. Leviticus 19:9
  • Give charity according to one's means. Deuteronomy 15:11
  • Do not wrong a stranger in your speech. Exodus 22:20
  • Do not curse your father or mother. Exodus 21:17
  • There are many more Laws but the point to this lesson is that all these 613 Laws could not be upheld by the Jewish people.
  • Moses went up on the Mount where God gave him the Ten Commandments and the Jews could not hold to them. That is why the "Grace" period is so much more important now.

Sermon
Ecclesiastes 3:1 and Matthew 4:18-20
3:1 - There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.
4:18-20 - As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." At once they left their nets and followed Him.
Subject: "The Reason for the Seasons"
  • Man's happiness lies with the right relationship with God, not in these external times.
  • Seasons is defined as four divisions of the year.
  • There is a predetermined season or time for everything.
  • Just as your planet revolves around the sun, our Christian lives revolve around the SON (Jesus).
  • God remains the same yesterday, today and forever.
  • We know that Peter was a fisherman, a bragger, carried a knife, a liar and was called into ministry.
Three Points that Peter discovered and we go through today:
1. We encounter new changes all the time. Change is inevitable.
We should remember that it is God who made us and not ourselves.
Do not be fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, and ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2
2. We enter into new challenges as Peter did.
Peter's faith was challenged when he stepped out of the boat to go to Jesus; when Jesus washed Peter's feet; when Peter denied Jesus three times.
We are challenged today. Do we struggle or stumble or do we look to God?
We have grace and mercy.
3. We need to remember that we are champions. We are transformed.

 

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.
Sermon
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
Promise

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." 
Sermon
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.

Sermon
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.

Sermon
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

 

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