January 24, 2021

VICTORY OVER SELF

(Romans 8:5-17)

 

Notice the Cause and Effect in verses 5-10

It is a contrast between flesh and Spirit —

the carnal mind – and the spiritual mind.

 

Question: What two choices present themselves to

                  us every day?

Answer:    In verse 5, we can “mind the things of

                   the flesh or “mind the things of the

                   Spirit”.

Question: If there are two choices, what are the

                  two results or consequences of our

                  choice?

Answer:   In verse 6, we see:

            #1. To be carnally minded is death.

            #2. To be spiritually minded is life and

                   peace.

 

A. We are “Quickened” by God. (v.11)

     Question: What does it mean to be 

                       “Quickened” by God?

     Answer:    The Greek word for “Quicken

                        means: “To make alive, to give new

                        life, to cause to live, to renew

                        and to remake altogether.”

 

In Plain Truth:

When you got saved, the same Spirit that resurrected Jesus from the grave took up residence in you.

 

     Question: How do we respond to being

                       quickened and born again?

     Answer:   We accept responsibility and

                       understand that we are debtors.

     Question: Who enables us to subdue the

                       desires that are opposed to God?

     Answer:    The Holy Spirit!!!

B. We are “Led” by God. (v. 14)

     Question: What does it mean to be “Led by 

                        God”?

     Answer:    To word “Led” means: “To be carried

                        along and supported through every

                        season of life.”

 

Fact:

The verb “Led by the Spirit” means: “Willingly led”.

     Question: How are we blessed by God?

     Answer:   They are found in:

           ~ Verse 15 – “Adopted

           ~ Verse 17 – “Joint-Heirs

           ~ Verse 17 – “Glorified together with Jesus

 

      Question: Why is it so wonderful to be a

                        Christian?

      Answer:    #1. In verse 15, we receive the Spirit

                              of adoption which means

                              affection and confidence of a

                              child with a loving Father.

                                    (Affection)

             #2. In verse 15, we can cry out “Abba

                   Father” which means we can express

                   in prayer whatever is on our hearts.

                                    (Access)

             #3. In verse 16, we have the inward

                   witness of being a part of God’s family.

                                  (Assurance)

 

Joint heirs with Christ”, means:

As God exercised His favor towards His Son,

so God exercises His favor and blessing

on those who receive His Son.

 
 
January 17, 2021

VICTORY OVER SIN

(Romans 7:14 – 8:4)

 

A. What does it mean to be free from Condemnation? (v. 1)

Question: How does Paul begin his song of victory?

Answer:   The people who belong to Jesus are not

                  condemned!

Question: What do the words “No Condemnation” means

                  to you and me?

Answer:    The Greek words means: “No consequences of

                   sin or No Divine displeasure over sin.”

Question: Who is it that is free from condemnation?

Answer:   Verse 1, says: “those who are in Christ Jesus,”

Question: What is the consequence of true repentance in

                  the heart?

Answer:  #1. Your conscience is relieved.

                #2. Your favor with God is assured.

                #3. Your acquittal is sealed.

 

B. What does it mean to be free from the Law of Sin and
     Death? (v. 2)

Question: What is “The Law of sin and death?”

Answer:    Is the rule and reign of sin that results in death.

Question: What has happened to the law of sin and death

                  in the believer?

Answer:  #1. You are free from the law or the power of

                       sin that results in death.

                #2. You now live in the Spirit of life in Christ

                      Jesus.

 

Fact: The law of sin leads to death! But the law of the Spirit

          frees us from (or overpowers) the former law!

 

C. What does it mean that Christ has Condemned Sin in
     the Flesh?

Condemned Sin in the Flesh” Means:

        #1. Jesus abolished the ruling principle of sin to

              call the shots in your life and mine.

        #2. Jesus destroyed Satan and Sin in their power

              to overcome someone who is “In Christ”.

 

D. What does it mean to Walk after the Spirit? (v. 4)

Question: How do we react to Jesus condemning sin in the

                  flesh?

Answer:   In verse 4, it says: We walk not after the flesh

                 nature, but after the Spirit”

 

Fact:

The Word of God kept in our hearts, enables us to discern the source behind every urge, impulse and desire. If it is an urge from God, it will produce joy and peace. If it is an urge from Satan, it will produce guilt and death.

 

 

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN:

CONDEMNATION             AND                CONVICTION

IS FROM SATAN                                                     IS FROM GOD

CUTS YOU OFF FROM THE LORD                       LEADS YOU TO THE LORD

IS FULL OF FEAR                                                  IS FULL OF FORGIVENESS

BEATS YOU DOWN                                               PULLS YOU UP

POINTS TOWARD SPIRITUAL DEATH                 POINTS TOWARD SPIRITUAL LIFE   

IS HARD AND HARSH                                           IS GENTLE AND KIND

SAYS, “YOU ARE NO GOOD.”                             SAYS, “I HAVE CHOSEN YOU.”

LEADS TO DESTRUCTION                                   LEADS TO DELIVERANCE

LEADS TO DEPRESSION                                      LEADS YOU TO JOY   

SEPERATES GOD AND MAN                                UNITES GOD AND MAN

PREVENTS SPIRITUAL GROWTH                        LEADS TO SPIRITUAL GROWTH

IS BONDAGE AND DARKNESS                            IS FREEDOM AND LIGHT

LEADS YOU TO BE AFRAID OF GOD                  LEADS TO A HEALTHY FEAR OF GOD

SAYS, “YOU HAVE FAILED AGAIN.”                    SAYS, “FATHER FORGIVE THEM.”

LEADS TO SUPERFICIAL CHANGE                     LEADS TO GENUINE REPENTANCE

ENGULFS EVERY AREA OF YOUR LIFE             SPEAKS TO A SPECIFIC PROBLEM

MAKES YOU FIGHT AND REBEL                         HELPS YOU YIELD AND SUBMIT TO GOD

IS THE POWER TO SATAN UNTO                        IS THE POWER OF GOD UNTO SALVATION

                                           DAMNATION           

IS FULL OF TORMENT                                          IS FULL OF POWER AND LOVE

COMES FROM THE LAW                                      COMES FROM CALVARY’S CROSS

SAYS, “YOU ARE NO GOOD.”                             SAYS, “YOU ARE SPECIAL TO GOD.”

SEPERATES YOU FROM FELLOWSHIP             RESULTS IN FELLOWSHIP WITH OTHERS   CAUSES YOUR FAITH TO DIE                             LEADS YOU TO GREATER FAITH

SAYS, “GIVE UP, IT’S NO USE.”                          SAYS, “DON’T QUIT, JUST KEEP ON

                                                                                                                                 GROWING

 
 
January 3, 2021

Resolutions, making this a Great Year.

Ephesians 4:17-32

 

A. I must look Backwards and be Grateful. (Vs. 17-19)

Question: Why then, do we need to look Back and be

                 Grateful?

Answer: There are five areas were we all were.

               #1. We were vain (futility). (v. 17)

               #2. We were darkened. (v. 18)

               #3. We were alienated (separated). (v. 18)

               #4. We were past feeling (no sensitivity). (v. 19)

               #5. We were carnal (impurity). (v. 19)

 

B. I must look Inward and be Hopeful. (vs. 20-24)

Question: What really happened when I got saved?

Answer:    A process of dramatic change began to take place in

                 your life.

Question: How do you “put off the old man”?

Answer:    By exercising faith in the truth.

 

C. I must look Outward and be Fruitful. (vs. 25-32)

Fact:

“Notice how inward change is

reflected in outward behavior.”

 

Question: What am I to deal with?

                 #1. Deal with my Tongue. (v. 25)

                 #2. Deal with my Anger. (V. 26)

                 #3. Deal with my Deceit. (v. 28)

                 #4. Deal with my Intentions. (v. 29)

                 #5. Deal with my Forgiveness. (vs. 31-32)

 

A Truth to Remember.

Un-forgiveness is the poison we drink

while we wait for the other person to die.

 

Question: Why do we Forgive?

Answer:    #1. God has forgiven you.

                 #2. Because forgiveness releases God’s power for

                       you to minister to more people.

 

 

“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 paths.”

(Proverbs 3:5-6)

 
 
 
December 20, 2020

Finding Love in Our Differences

(Rediscover Christmas)

1 John 4:7-16

  

A. The Whole Cast of Christmas: Love United.
1. As we’ve journeyed through Advent, we have
    been looking at different people in the Nativity
    story.

 

Question: Who were these mysterious visitors from the

                  East?

Answer:    We’re not entirely sure, but we know they

                  had followed a star a long distance to find

                  and worship the promised Messiah.

Fact: But importantly, they are Gentiles, not Jews, and

          their inclusion in Jesus’s birth story echoes the

          radical idea that Christ the Messiah brings

         salvation and restoration to all people, not just

         the Jews.
 
 2. The cast of characters God assembled for the 
     arrival of His Son on earth is far from the
         expectations any of us would have imagined.
 
B. God revealed several things about His love.
1. Christ is love embodied. (1 John4:7-16)

 

Fact: This relationship with God that He brings us into

          is a relationship of love.

 

2. Love defines and propels (John 13:34-35)

 

Question: How will people know that they are followers

                  of Jesus?

Answer:   By the love they show to other people.

 

3. Love empowers us to cross the borders.

 

Fact: It’s why Jesus’s teaching was so radical. It’s why

          God’s love is so radical. (Matthew 5:43-44)

Fact: Jesus didn’t only tear down the walls of division

          at His birth, He continuously reached across the

          chasm of separation and exclusion.

 

4. This is a good and challenging story for us today,
     but it was astounding to Jesus’s ancient listeners.
                              (Luke 10:30-35)

 

Fact:

Jesus’s love is fearless love that calls us and enables us to cross the borders, to tear down the barriers, to reach out above the disagreements.

December 13, 2020

Finding Joy in Our Discouragements

Rediscover Christmas

Luke 1:5-7

 

1. Elizabeth and Mary: A Mother’s Joy.
a. There’s a lot of joy throughout the biblical
     Christmas story, especially early in the story.
b. Luke’s Christmas story begins a little earlier than
        Mary and Joseph and Jesus, with a prophet
        named Zechariah and his wife, Elizabeth.
                                                            (Luke 1:5-7)

2. When Elizabeth is six months pregnant, Gabriel

makes another earthly appearance, this time to
Mary.
a. Even Joseph couldn’t believe this news at first,
    Joseph planned to break off their engagement in
    what would have been a divorce in that culture.
b. Against the past backdrop of discouragement,
    disgrace, grief, and shame, the joy comes
    bursting through for these two mothers-to-be.
    (Luke 1:41-45)

 

B. Applying Joy to our own experience.
1. It’s OK to be joyful—and happy.

 Fact: Often in our Christian culture, the two get split

           into happiness as secular and less valuable or

           fulfilling, and joy as spiritual and more important

           or fulfilling.

Fact: It’s OK to want to be happy and joyful, and it’s OK

          to enjoy those emotions.

Fact: God sees you no matter where you are on the

          emotional spectrum of happiness.

 

2. Joy is our strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)

 Fact: Nehemiah is calling the people to remember and

          return to their relationship with God.

Fact: Our true source of happiness, joy, and fulfillment

          comes from Christ. (1 Peter 1:8-9)

 

3. We can choose joy.

Fact: Rejoice is the verb form of joy. It’s the action of

          feeling or expressing joy and delight.

Fact: It’s why rejoicing is our process of refueling our

          tank, restoring our strength and renewing our

          spirits. (James 1:2-4)

December 6, 2020

Finding Peace in Our Struggles

(Rediscovering Christmas)

Luke 2:8-20

A. The Shepherds: Peace Restored.
1. They were the unlikely recipients of God’s message
    of peace.

Question: Of course, the audience for this grand

                  announcement and amazing angelic show must

                  have been the most important VIPs, the rich and

                  famous and powerful, the kings and

                  queens and movers and shakers of the world,

                  right?

Answer:    No! It’s those shepherds.

 
2. Why shepherds?
    a. The shepherds remind us that the patriarchs of

            Israel were shepherds.

    b. The shepherds were the everyman.
        c. These shepherds also signify Jesus’s future
             ministry.

 

Fact: It certainly reminds us that God’s favor is not based

         on human standards.

Fact: Peace is not based on class or position or occupation

          but on God’s purpose and design to bring good

          news that will cause great joy for all the people.

 

B. The shepherds also lead us into several insights about

     our own intersection with God’s peace.

1. Peace comes in the midst of our storms.
    a. Jesus shows up when the storms of life threaten

            our peace and hope and joy.

    b. In all of these circumstances, in all of these
         struggles—this is  where God showed up.

 

Fact: I don’t know every hardship you are facing today, or

          every wince of pain you are feeling. But God does.

 

2. Peace defies our circumstances.
3. Peace is a person.
    a. Peace is a person. Peace is Jesus. (Eph. 2:14)
    b. But most of all, this child that is born, this Son that is
        given to us, brings the power and rule of His peace
        into our personal lives.

 

Fact: Jesus is the God who is come to be with us, and He

          offers us this invitation in this Advent season and

          always: “Come to me”(Matthew 11:28-30)