Living The Abundant Life - Sermon 3

July 21, 2019

For many people life has become the daily mundane of just trying to get through another day. Others desire to be satisfied to live the life defined as the American dream.  The truth is this, no matter how much we acquire or achieve in life, our flesh cries out…I NEED MORE!  Ecclesiastes 1:8 (KJV) All things are full of labor; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.

 Life pursuits and possessions alone will not do it for us.  There is always the law of diminishing returns.  Nothing lasts forever in this life; eventually it takes a bigger thrill, or a bigger event to bring another high.  Ecclesiastes 5:10, (ESV) He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.  We as a people have more than we have ever had and yet we are less contented.

“I have made many millions, but they have brought me no happiness.” — John D. Rockefeller, Founder of Standard Oil Company and the richest man in America at the time of his death.

“I was happier when I was doing a mechanic’s job.” — Henry Ford

Jesus Christ made the most powerful statement about life.  He said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10 (NIV) The life Jesus was referring to was life eternal. That life is not about just possessing things; it is about an infilling. — It is the very life of God that He chooses to breathe into us.  Through this life, we enter into a new relationship with God.

We were already physically alive, but we were spiritually dead.  God has made us spiritually alive through our faith in Christ.  Ephesians 2:1-2, 4-5 (ESV), And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience.  But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.

HOW DO I EXPERIENCE THIS FULLER OR ABUNDANT LIFE?

John 15:4-5 (ESV), Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

The fleshly life leads to defeat. The abundant Holy Spirit controlled life leads to victory.

 God, our Father allows us to share in His divine nature through Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.  Choose God’s best for your life by accepting Christ, being faithful to Him, growing spiritually, worshiping Him and witnessing His Salvation.  Have grace and love for others with confidence. 

Living The Abundant Life – Sermon 3

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Living The Abundant Life - Sermon 2

July 14, 2019

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:8-10 (KJV)

 Our world tells us that the abundant life is to live a life of luxury and excess. It is to have all of the material possessions life has to offer.  However, the abundant life is a life that is surrendered to Christ.  The abundant life is not about how much you have, but it is about whose you are.  First, to live in the abundant life Christ is referring to we must be saved. For whoever will save his life shall lose it; but whoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.  Mark 8:35 (KJV) The in-living Christ gives us new life.

We are a new creature in Christ.  God wants us as His children to not trust in the things that He has given us, but rather to trust in Him.  We have a new identity and have been blessed with spiritual blessings.

 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, Ephesians 1:3 (ESV),

1) We are born again, adopted by God, (Ephesians 1:5)

2) We become a new creature. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

3) We have peace with God. (Romans 5:1)

4) We have a heavenly citizenship. (Philippians 3:20)

5) Our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  “Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.”  Luke 10:20 (NASB)

6) Through Christ, we have access by one Spirit to the Father. (Ephesians 2:18)

7) We become kings and priests unto God. (Revelation 1:6)

8) If children, we are heirs of God, joint heirs with Jesus. (Romans 8:17)

9) We are baptized into the body of Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:13)

10) The Holy Spirit will live with us now and forever. (I Corinthians 6:19)

11) We’ve been sealed by the Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption. (Ephesians 4:30)

12) Our every need will be supplied by God.  (Philippians 4:19)

Come to Christ and live the abundant life.

 

Living The Abundant Life – Sermon 2

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Living The Abundant Life

July 07, 2019

All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enters in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

John 10:8-10 (KJV)

 Ultimately, the abundant life is about what we receive as a gift from the Lord; and we are to live knowing we are stewards of all that He has given us.  To experience the abundant life, mankind needs a relationship with Jesus Christ.  The in-living Christ gives us new life. We are able to love the unlovable, to have peace and contentment regardless of what we face in life.  Contentment is being pleased with what the Giver of every perfect gift has given you and ultimately finding pleasure in Him alone. We are more than conquerors through Him who died for us.

Physical Blessings: God promises to meet our physical needs.  Though He may choose to bless us financially, there is grave danger in putting too much emphasis on money.

Matthew 6:31-33 (ESV) Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.  But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

1 Timothy 6:17-19 (KJV), 17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; 18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; 19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

Spiritual Blessings: God promises to give us spiritual blessings of peace, joy, grace and overall spiritual well-being or spiritual growth toward God.  Because we enjoy an intimate relationship with the Lord, we possess that which is more satisfying than anything the world has to offer.  We are loved unconditionally by God, regardless of our faults.  The Lord is present with us moment by moment—no matter where we are.  God promises to meet all our needs.  We also have a home in heaven that we will see one day.

Think of what the Christian church would be like, or the world for that matter, if our focus was more on spiritual prosperity?

Deep Roots Matter - (Sermon 2)

June 23, 2019

Ephesians 3:17-19 (ESV)  so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love,  I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

What does these texts mean?  What is Paul praying for?  Who is he praying for?  Why is this so important?  Rooted and grounded here means “to build under you a deep and stable foundation of knowing and understanding the love God has for you.” In other words, the knowledge of God’s love for us is the foundation on which He is and all His truths are built!  It should be the very basis of our faithfulness to God.

In order to more fully understand and know of God’s love, we must allow Christ to dwell in our hearts through faith.  In this text, Paul makes two key prayer requests. First, he prays that Christ dwells in their hearts through faith.  Secondly, he prays that his readers will be secure by relying on Christ’s love for them.

As Christians, we are to manifest the fruit of the Spirit.  The fruit of the Spirit is love. What is love?  It is the act or attitude of selflessness.  It is that character that becomes most visible through unselfish sacrifices and service.  A perfect example of God’s love for us is this.  God so loved the world that He gave us Jesus.  Another example of God’s love is the love Jesus has for us. “Greater love hath no man than this that a man,” what? “Lay down his life for his friend.”   

True love shown between fellow Christians, is meant to be the hallmark of our faith. John 13:34-35 (ESV), A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Romans 8:37-39 (ESV), No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”

God simply loves you! He just does! He can’t help Himself! There’s no, “He loves me; He loves me not”, with God. Because “God is love” (1 John 4:16).  He does not have to try to love you, or maintain love for you. Love is His very substance. God loves you no matter what!

Christ came in person to save us and show us His love.  If you are a born again believer there is something you need to know and realize, Here it is…..God desires that His love for you becomes more than just a theological truth. He desires that it moves from your head to deep in your heart.  He desires that it becomes the foundation and motivating force that causes you to be steadfast in the faith, live a godly life, seek to serve than to be served and to be a witness in this world to other people.  God wants us to believe He loves us, to think of His love for us often, He wants us to be rooted and grounded in His love.

Paul prayed that the people would know just how wide and how long and high and deep God’s love is.  Though His love can’t be known completely, God wants us to experience it.  It passes knowledge.  Through God’s love we can experience everything that He has for us.  Believe it, think it, saying it to yourself over and over, be rooted and grounded in it. His love.

 

BE AN INFLUENTIAL FATHER - FATHERS DAY SERMON

June 16, 2019

Father’s Day is a special day that we come together to celebrate our earthly fathers.  Yet, we live in a culture in our country where fathers are often ridiculed and, in some cases, made fun of.  The media often portrays fathers as being incompetent, lazy or just plain stupid.  We need to thank God for fathers.

God created Fathers.  Our role in life has a heavenly calling.  It comes from God Himself.  He has placed a huge responsibility upon fathers.  At times it can be challenging to say the least. The fact that any father chooses not to live according to God’s plan does not change God’s design for their lives or His love for them.  Bad fathers are not seeking to be bad fathers. They just need a deeper love for God and a better understanding of His call on their lives as fathers.

UNGODLY INFLUENCES: We live in a crazy, mixed-up world that is often anything but godly. We must seek to protect our children from sinful influences and practices.  The company they keep….1 Corinthians 15:33 (ESV), Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” We must help our children discern between good and evil and encourage them to choose right over wrong.

BE A MODEL TO FOLLOW:  Though there is no record of Paul having children, he was a spiritual father and gave us a good model to follow as earthly fathers.  Fathers, remember that “more is caught than taught.” What our children see of us and our behavior will influence them to know God or turn away from Him.  A godly father does not just tell his children how to live, but he lives it and allows his children to watch him do it.

1 Corinthians 4:14-17 (ESV), 14 I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. 15 For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. 16 I urge you, then, be imitators of me. 17 That is why I sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church.

FATHERS OF IMPACT ARE THE FOLLOWING:

  • Faithful, actively Involved, teacher of his wife and children.
  • Hopeful in ALL circumstances.
  • An Example to follow.
  • Reliable, responsible, consistent.

When troubles are beyond your control, entrust yourselves to a just God who will direct all things according to His will and His purpose. “Every man must be swift about hearing, slow about speaking, slow about wrath.” (James 1:19).  There will be times that you have to just trust God for the outcome.

Rest with confidence in the Holy Scriptures, for God has documented the foundation of everything we need to know for this life and the life to come.  2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

As fathers, there may be times when we feel like we are alone, but in truth, we are always surrounded by the love and goodness of God. Even when we do not believe Him as we should, “he abideth faithful” for he cannot deny himself. (2 Timothy 2:13 (ESV). if we are faithless, he remains faithful—.  We have a perfect example of a father in God Almighty Himself.

And I want to say to dads today, that scripture gives you many commands, but I want you to focus on two things.  Love your wife sacrificially, and discipline, instruct and correct your children in the Lord. If you do these two well, you are well on your way to living life as a good father.

BE AN INFLUENTIAL FATHER – FATHERS DAY SERMON

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