The Power of Memorial, May 27, 2012

The Bible places great significance on remembering. Throughout history certain memory markers have been placed to recall specific places, people and circumstances. This is a part of our Judeo/Christian heritage.

Throughout the Bible we find the importance of Memorial:
1. God commanded the children of Israel to observe the Sabbath (Ex. 20:8-10)
2. The rainbow is a memorial of the covenant God made with His people (Gen. 9:15-17)
3. Communion is a Memorial to the death and return of Jesus (1 Cor. 11:23-26)
4. Memorial to spark Curiosity (Josh. 4:1-7)
5. Remember the Kindness of God (Ps. 106:1-10)
6. Remember Lot’s Wife (Luke 17:20-33)
7. Remember Where Your Wealth comes From (Deut. 8:2,17-20)
8. Remember the Words of Jesus (Acts 20:32-38)
9. Remember Past Victories of God (1 Sam. 17:32-37)
10. Remember what God doesn’t Remember (Jer. 31:31-34, Heb. 8:12)

A Time to Honor Pastor Ben and Sue Baird, May 20, 2012

A Time to Honor Pastor Ben and Sue Baird
Rom. 13:7, 12:10
– honor – to head, to make heavy
– to honor someone means to heap our appreciation and commitment and gifts upon him until he is heavy with it all
– honor: to put or place value on something; dishonor: to treat something has common
– dishonor causes everything around it to deteriorate; honor causes everything to elevate
– dishonor pulls everything down; honor builds everything up.
Gen 12:1-2
– the 1040 window of missions
Prov. 18:24

A Time to Honor Pastor Ben and Sue Baird, 1st Service May 20, 2012

A Time to Honor Pastor Ben and Sue Baird
Rom. 13:7, 12:10
– honor – to head, to make heavy
– to honor someone means to heap our appreciation and commitment and gifts upon him until he is heavy with it all
– honor: to put or place value on something; dishonor: to treat something has common
– dishonor causes everything around it to deteriorate; honor causes everything to elevate
– dishonor pulls everything down; honor builds everything up.
Gen 12:1-2
– the 1040 window of missions
Prov. 18:24

She refused to take “No” for an Answer, May 13, 2012

Matt. 15:21-28
– Qualities of the Canaanite woman
1. this mother went to the right person (v.22)
  – we need to go to Jesus for help
  – Jesus can send us to the right person/people
  – we should pray, but we also should listen to the answer
2. this mother would not be overcome by discouragement (v.23-24)
  – how often do we pray but feel that God’s not listening?
3. this mother persisted in the right way, not the wrong way (v.25)
  – “Lord help me” – the right response to anything is worship
4. this mother did not argue with Jesus, but accepted what He said (v.27)
  – what is it that you need to com eo the Lord for and say, “Lord help me”?
  – the presence of the Lord goes with you and before you. There is nothing impossible for Him.
– related song: “Refuse to be Denied” by Desperation Band

Great Conditions of the Great Commission, May 6, 2012

John 20:18-23
Great Conditions of the Great Commission
1. experience the living Christ (v.18)
  – have you had an encounter with the living Jesus Christ?
  – Rom. 10:9, John 11:21-27
  – no matter what is currently happening to you, if you can hold on to a living Redeemer, a living Jesus, everything can change from right there and He will begin to reconstruct your entire life from there. Hold on to a living Christ.
2. experience the peace of Christ (v.19)
  – Phil. 4:6-7, Rom. 15:13
3. experience the cross of Christ (v.20)
  – look to the cross of Christ
  – the old hymn “When I Survey The Wonderous Cross
4. experience the joy of Christ (v.20)
  – the joy that drives out discouragement
  – Gal. 5:22-23 – have you let the fruit of the Spirit just take over you? The joy of the Lord is my strength.
5. experience the commission of Christ (v.21)
  – we’re being sent in the love of Jesus Christ
  – no matter what your resources, if you will align with God’s big purpose to see His Son exalted to the ends of the earth, and if you will volunteer for that assignment, all of the resources of heaven will begin to line up in back of you.
  – we’ve got a lot more authority than we’re walking in and we need to believe God for great, great things.
  – Rom. 15:13