The Kingdom, Pt 1, May 25, 2008

The Kingdom, Pt. 1

Matt. 3:1 – We’re to pray that the Kingdom of God comes to earth
 – The Kingdom of God is the same as the Kingdom of Heaven

Matt. 4:17 – Jesus also began to proclaim that the Kingdom of Heaven is near

Acts. 1:1-3 – If the Kingdom of God is what Jesus spent His last days on earth before ascending into Heaven talking about, then it’s pretty important

The Kingdom Past
Gen. 1:1 – God desires earth to reflect the heavens

– God rules over mankind
Dan. 4:17 – Nebuchadnezzar becomes humbled by God
Dan. 4:34 – Nebuchadnezzar’s sanity was restored and he praised God

– God rules over history, Ps. 145:13

The Kingdom Prophesied
Isa. 9:6-7

The Kingdom Present
Matt. 4:17 – the Kingdom of God is near
1 Cor. 15:21-28 –

How do we get into this Kingdom?
Col. 1:13-14

3 Keys to entering:
1. Repentence – Jesus said in John to repent
  – admitting that “I was” wrong, not “if I was” wrong
  – Acts 17:30-31
  – John 3:3
2. Water baptism
  – Matt. 28:19
  – Acts 2:38
3. Spirit baptism
  – John 1:33
  – Acts 1:5

Result of the 3 keys – God becomes Lord of my life
 – Acts 8:6-17
 – Acts 9:4-19 – God wants us to love our enemies (Matt. 5:44)
 – Acts 10:44-48
 – Acts 19:2-7
 – Eph. 5:18 – I need His filling everyday

United We Defeat The Enemy, May 18, 2008

United We Defeat The Enemy

Leviticus 26:8 – Exponential Potential

Matt. 18:19 – The power of agreement
 – We’re called to stand in agreement, united under Jesus’ lordship

Ecc. 4:9,10,12

Prov. 18:1 – People that don’t connect with others as Christians don’t sharpen each other and mature as Christians

Acts 12:1-17 – Praying in secret is important, but it’s just as important to pray with others
 v.5 – The church united in prayer
 – Let the revelation hit you that you are now free from what’s holding you in bondage
v.15 – Believe that what you’re praying for will happen.

View the video shown in the service here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU8DDYz68kM

Lessons We Can Learn From Women of the Bible, May 11, 2008

Lessons We Can Learn From Women of the Bible

Jochebed (mother of Moses)
 – Ex. 1:22-2:10
 – She loved her son enough to let him go so he could reach his full potential
 – Some dreams have to be let go of so that God’s dream/plan can unfold

Hannah (mother of Samuel)
 – 1 Sam. 1:5-2:1
 – She was relentless in prayer despite asking for years for a son
 – Everything God gives me is to bless me and to extend His kingdom
 – Some breakthroughs in prayer take persistence, sometimes for a long time

Deborah
 – Judges 4:1-10; 5:1-7
 – Mothers are a symbol of live
 – We need both godly men and women in the kingdom of God
 – Deborah was a strong, wise woman
 – We need godly women to teach us the ways of God

Mary (sister of Martha)
 – Luke 10:38-42
 – Was able to balance devotion and duty
 – There is a time to work and clean which glorifies God and there is a different time to be still and worship

Mary (mother of Jesus)
 – Luke 1:26-38
 – She yielded, submitted, and surrentered to the will of God

Better, May 4, 2008

Better

1. Obedience is better than sacrifice
 – 1 Sam. 15:22-23
 – The mark of a disciple is the mark of obedience
 – Being obedient opens the door to God working

2. Humility is better
 – 1 Sam. 14:27-30
 – When your not humble, you feel like you have to be right, no matter what the cost
 – When you’re insecure, you feel like you have to protect your false image
 – Isa. 66:1-3
 – When I’m humble, I can walk in obedience.
 – Phil. 2:3

3. Little is better
 – Ps. 37:16
 – Better is little than to take advantage of people

4. Loving kindness is better than life

5. A day in God’s house is better
 – Ps. 84:10
 – Take every thought captive

6. Praise and thanksgiving are better
 – Ps. 69:30-32
 – Because it pleases the Lord better

7. Trusting in God is better than trusting in man
 – Ps. 118:8

8. God’s Word is better
 – Ps. 119:72
 – Matt. 4:4

9. Wisdom is better
 – Prov. 8:11
 – James 1:5

10. Slow to anger is better
 – Prov. 16:32

11. Open rebuke is better
 – Prov. 27:5

12. Better not to vow
 – Ecc. 5:5

13. The end and patience is better
 – Ecc. 7:8
 – Heb. 10:34

14. Egypt is not better
 – Num. 14:1-3

15. New covanent is better
 – Heb. 7:19, 22; 8:6