Jesus is Grace, Pastor Curt Vignery, August 23, 2015

Ephesians 2:8-9
1. Grace is a gift
– grace is more than favor…it is the free gift found in the personal relationship with Jesus Christ (Luke 15:11-32)
2. Grace is always looking for you
3. Grace is not about your worth (Eph. 2:1-10)
4. Grace is not earned
– less about rules, and more about grace
– we must learn to embrace grace

Overcoming Last Days Madness, August 16, 2015

– 2 Tim. 3:1-9
– Overcoming Last Days Madness

1. Lovers of self first – “‘Lovers of self’ aptly heads the list since it is the essence of all sin and the root from which all the other characteristics spring. The word is literally ‘self-lovers’ and points to the fact that the center of gravity of the natural man is self rather than God.” (Hiebert)
2. Lovers of money – Luke 16:13
3. Boasting, pride, and blasphemy
– boasting: an empty pretender
– pride: showing one’s self above others, overtopping, conspicuous above others, preeminent
– blasphemy: speaking evil, slander, reproach, abusive
4. Disobedience
5. Unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgving – Unloving (translated without natural affection in the KJV) literally means, “without family love.” Paul said that the end times would be marked by an attitude of growing disregard of normal family love and obligation. (Rom. 1:18-32)
6. Slander
7 Without self-control
8. Brutality
9. Despisers of good
10. Traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God
– we don’t have to choose between pleasure and God
– serving God is the ultimate pleasure (Ps. 16:11)
11. Having a form of godliness – Having a form of godliness but denying its power: In our self-obsessed world, people feel very free to have a “salad bar” religion – they pick and choose what they want. They feel free to be very “spiritual,” but sense no obligation to be Biblical.

Overcoming A Root Of Bitterness, August 9, 2015

– bitterness will grow into every part of your life
– an offended spirit isn’t broken or contrite
– Heb. 12:14-15, Eph. 4:31-32, 1 Peter 2:23, Luke 23:34, Matt. 6:14-15, Rom. 12:14-21
– Dr. Gregory Popcak wrote, “Bitterness is unforgiveness fermented. The more we hold onto past hurts the more we become drunk on our pain and the experience can rob us of the joy we can find in anything.”
– bitterness is wrath’s little sister
– Steps to overcoming bitterness
1. Ask God to forgive you for a bitter root judgment
2. Forgive
3. Make a plan (on how you’re going to live from this moment forward) – forgiveness frees up the energy – not to be my life story but only a scar
4. Stop dwelling and retelling – don’t nurse it, don’t rehearse it, don’t curse it, let it go
5. Receive grace (Titus 2:11-12)

Overcoming Offence, Part 2, August 2, 2015

7 Biblical Ways To Overcome Offenses:

1. Avoid divisive people. Romans 16:17
2. Overlook the matter. Prov. 19:11
3. Do not take things too personally or people too seriously. Ecclesiastes 7:21-22
4. Be properly reconciled to people who offend you. Matthew 18:15-17
5. Let your own conduct be above reproach. Acts 24:16, 1 Corinthians 10:32, 2 Corinthians 6:3
6. Never give up on people-Give them up. Ecclesiastes 10:4
7. Be an imitator of Jesus. Matthew 16:23

– Above all things, guard your heart (Prov. 4:23).
– Don’t allow a spirit of offense to overcome you. Instead, overcome it.
– There are many things in life that can stop you from getting closer to God. You need to break free from them.
– A spirit of offense will never let you go. You have to let it go.
– “That you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ.” Philippians 1:10