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What you need… When you need hope.

What you need… When you need hope.

August 20, 2019

When you need hope - Outline
August 18, 2019

Elijah was an __________________________________________.

Elijah was as human as we are…. (James 5:17a, NLT)

He often wavered between ______________________ and ______________________.

and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops. (James 5:17b–18, NLT)

 

Elijah’s story: Part 2

When Ahab saw him, he exclaimed, “So, is it really you, you troublemaker of Israel?” (1 Kings 18:17, NLT)

 

“I have made no trouble for Israel,” Elijah replied. “You and your family are the troublemakers, for you have refused to obey the commands of the LORD and have worshiped the images of Baal instead.

 

Now summon all Israel to join me at Mount Carmel, along with the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah who are supported by Jezebel.” (1 Kings 18:18–19, NLT)

 

Then Elijah stood in front of them and said, “How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him! But if Baal is God, then follow him!” But the people were completely silent. (1 Kings 18:21, NLT)

 

Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only prophet of the LORD who is left, but Baal has 450 prophets. Now bring two bulls. The prophets of Baal may choose whichever one they wish and cut it into pieces and lay it on the wood of their altar, but without setting fire to it.

 

I will prepare the other bull and lay it on the wood on the altar, but not set fire to it. Then call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD. The god who answers by setting fire to the wood is the true God!” And all the people agreed.
(1 Kings 18:22–24, NLT)

 

About noontime Elijah began mocking them. “You’ll have to shout louder,” he scoffed, “for surely he is a god! Perhaps he is daydreaming, or is relieving himself. Or maybe he is away on a trip, or is asleep and needs to be wakened!” (1 Kings 18:27, NLT)

 

So they shouted louder, and following their normal custom, they cut themselves with knives and swords until the blood gushed out.

 

They raved all afternoon until the time of the evening sacrifice, but still there was no sound, no reply, no response.
(1 Kings 18:28–29, NLT)

 

Immediately the fire of the LORD flashed down from heaven and burned up the young bull, the wood, the stones, and the dust. It even licked up all the water in the trench! (1 Kings 18:38, NLT)

And when all the people saw it, they fell face down on the ground and cried out, “The LORD—he is God! Yes, the LORD is God!”
(1 Kings 18:39, NLT)

Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.”
(1 Kings 19:4, NLT)

How do you deal with life when you are struggling
to find hope?

1. Get _______________________.

Depletion leads to _____________________.1

“I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.”
(1 Kings 19:4, NLT)

Depletion causes you to exaggerate ________________________.

I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.” (1 Kings 19:10, NLT)

(1.To clarify, we are not talking about clinical depression here, but the normal highs and lows that people experience.)

 

2. Find ________________________.

Anyone who escapes from Hazael will be killed by Jehu, and those who escape Jehu will be killed by Elisha!
(1 Kings 19:17, NLT)

Yet I will preserve 7,000 others in Israel who have never bowed down to Baal or kissed him!” (1 Kings 19:18, NLT)

 

3. Get back _________________________.

There he came to a cave, where he spent the night. But the LORD said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
(1 Kings 19:9, NLT)

Then the LORD told him, “Go back the same way you came…
(1 Kings 19:15a, NLT)

 

When you need rest…The Good Shepherd

When you need rest…The Good Shepherd

August 15, 2019

The Good Shepherd
Pastor Alisha Riegel
August 11th, 2019

Psalm 23 (NIV)
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.

Sheep will only lay down if:

1. They have nothing to be _____________ of

2. They are free from ______________ friction

3. They are free from the _______________ of flies/parasites

4. Their bellies are __________

1. Sheep will not lay down when they are _____________

Isaiah 54:17 (NIV)
“no weapon forged against you will prevail…”

We may be in the valley facing difficult times, but it is the ______________ of death

Isaiah 40:31 (NLT)
“But those who ________________________________ will find new strength.”

 

2. Sheep will only lay down when they are free from ___________________________

When the Shepherd shows up, all eyes are on __________

3. Sheep won’t lay down when they’re being ______________

Psalm 77:19 NLT
“Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters – a pathway no one knew was there!”

He is the one who ______________________________ and creates paths that we didn’t know were there.

4. Sheep won’t lay down unless their _________________________

God created us to be refreshed and filled up, but not with ______________________________________________________.

He designed us to be filled up by ____________.

______ refreshes my soul.

Matthew 11:28 (NLT)
28 Then Jesus said, “Come to ______, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and _________ will give you rest.

Jeremiah 17:8 (NLT)
8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with _______________________________.
Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.

 

What you need…When you need courage.

What you need…When you need courage.

August 6, 2019

Courage
Pastor Ernie Wouters
August 4, 2019

When you need courage, what you need is to be _________________.

The Old Testament contains over _____ prophecies about the coming Messiah. Jesus Christ perfectly fulfilled every one of them.
Gen 3:15a, Gal. 4:4-5, Matt.1:18, Zech. 9:9, Matt. 21:6-9, Ps. 22:16,
John 19:37, 20:27-41, Ps.16:8-11, John 20:9

A professor named Peter Stoner worked with 600 students to figure out what the probability would be of just ____ (of the over 400) prophecies being fulfilled in any one person who had lived up to the present time. The result: 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000.21

And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is _________________; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. 1 John 5:20

Spirit-led – Full Surrender –

Therefore, prepare your __________________for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:13

16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the _____________________ of the flesh. 17 For the flesh [g]sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you [h]please. Gal5:1-25

Battle – Ready

Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full ______________of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against [e]flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Eph 6:10-17

To Fear – Less we need to trust God more!

Heart of a Champion;
Integrity, Accountability, Discipline, Attitude, Passion, Teamwork, Work Ethic, Honor, Humility, Coachable, Fearless
Courage is the ability to act on one's _____________________ despite danger or disapproval.

Disciplined & Decisive - Warrior

 Seven Types of Courage-Isaiah 11:2-3

1. __________________ courage. (Might)
This is the courage most people think of first: bravery at the risk of bodily harm or death. It involves developing physical strength, resiliency, and awareness.

Persevering in the face of __________________.

Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little __________ at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow. — Mary Anne Radmacher

2. ___________________ courage. (Counsel)
The risk of social embarrassment or exclusion, unpopularity or rejection.

Feeling fear yet __________________ to act

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear — Nelson Mandela

3. ______________________ courage (Knowledge)
Our willingness to engage with challenging ideas, to question our thinking, and to the risk of making mistakes

Expanding your ______________________; letting go of the familiar

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. — Lord Chesterfield

4. ______________________ courage – (Wisdom)
Doing the right thing, particularly when risks involve shame, opposition, or the disapproval of others.

Standing up for what is ____________________.

5. ___________________ Courage (Understanding)
Opens us to feeling the full spectrum of positive emotions, at the risk of encountering the negative ones.

Facing suffering with ______________ or Faith...

 

6. _________________ courage (Spirit)- Infused Love
This ________________ us when we grapple with questions about faith, purpose, and meaning.
Following your _____________!

7. ________________ Courage (Respect)

 

Isaiah 46:9
God Infuses us with His Spirit
FEAR - LESS

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. 1 John 4:18

 

Fear is an emotion and emotions often drive all of our decisions. Feelings have a power of 24 x 1 logic truth

 

 Perfect Love Casts out Fear

 When we know what we believe

 We can become FEARLESS

Heart of a Champion
Integrity, Accountability, Discipline, Attitude, Passion, Teamwork, Work Ethic, Honor, Humility, Coachable, Fearless

Seven Types of Courage

  1. Physical
  2. Social
  3. Intellectual
  4. Moral
  5. Emotional
  6. Spiritual
  7. Fearless (Respect God)

 

 

What you need…When you feel abandoned

What you need…When you feel abandoned

August 1, 2019

When you feel abandoned
July 28, 2019

Will God Come Through?

Elijah’s Story

But Ahab son of Omri did what was evil in the LORD’s sight, even more than any of the kings before him. (1 Kings 16:30, NLT)

First Ahab built a temple and an altar for Baal in Samaria. Then he set up an Asherah pole. He did more to provoke the anger of the LORD, the God of Israel, than any of the other kings of Israel before him. (1 Kings 16:32–33, NLT)

Now Elijah, who was from Tishbe in Gilead, told King Ahab, “As surely as the LORD, the God of Israel, lives—the God I serve—there will be no dew or rain during the next few years until I give the word!” (1 Kings 17:1, NLT)

Then the LORD said to Elijah, “Go to the east and hide by Kerith Brook, near where it enters the Jordan River. Drink from the brook and eat what the ravens bring you, for I have commanded them to bring you food.” (1 Kings 17:2–4, NLT)

Elijah was ___________________ in the Kerith Ravine.

Three ways God uses Ravines in our life.

1. God uses Ravines to teach us ___________________________
on Him.

Drink from the brook and eat what the ravens bring you, for I have commanded them to bring you food.” (1 Kings 17:3–4, NLT)

So Elijah did as the LORD told him and camped beside Kerith Brook, east of the Jordan. The ravens brought him bread and
meat each morning and evening, and he drank from the brook. (1 Kings 17:5–6, NLT)

 

2. God gives us ____________________for the day.

But after a while the brook dried up, for there was no rainfall anywhere in the land. (1 Kings 17:7, NLT)

Then the LORD said to Elijah, “Go and live in the village of Zarephath, near the city of Sidon. I have instructed a widow there to feed you.” (1 Kings 17:8–9, NLT)

So she did as Elijah said, and she and Elijah and her family continued to eat for many days. There was always enough flour and olive oil left in the containers, just as the LORD had promised through Elijah. (1 Kings 17:15–16, NLT)

 

3. God ___________________ dead things.

Sometime later the woman’s son became sick. He grew worse and worse, and finally he died. (1 Kings 17:17, NLT)

Then she said to Elijah, “O man of God, what have you done to me? Have you come here to point out my sins and kill my son?” (1 Kings 17:18, NLT)

And he stretched himself out over the child three times and cried out to the LORD, “O LORD my God, please let this child’s life return to him.” (1 Kings 17:21, NLT)

 

What you need…when you feel inadequate

What you need…when you feel inadequate

August 1, 2019

When you feel inadequate
Pastor Steve Pahl
July 21, 2019

What you need when you feel inadequate.

Solomon’s Story

How do I live well when I feel inadequate?

1. Be ______________________.

“I am going where everyone on earth must someday go. Take courage and be a man. (1 Kings 2:2, NLT)

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13, NLT)

2. _________________ God.

Observe the requirements of the LORD your God, and follow all his ways. Keep the decrees, commands, regulations, and laws written in the Law of Moses so that you will be successful in all you do and wherever you go. (1 Kings 2:3, NLT)

Sometimes our prayer needs to be: Lord give me the ____________
to do the right thing.
So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. (Romans 7:14, NLT)

Sometimes our prayer needs to be: Lord give me the ____________
to do the right thing.

I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. (Romans 7:21–23, NLT)

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. (Philippians 2:13, NLT)

3. Find the __________________to __________________your sin.

Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! (Psalm 32:1–2, NLT)

When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Interlude (Psalm 32:3–4, NLT)

Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. (Psalm 32:5, NLT)

4. Ask for ______________________________.

That night the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!” (1 Kings 3:5, NLT)

“Now, O LORD my God, you have made me king instead of my father, David, but I am like a little child who doesn’t know his way around. (1 Kings 3:7, NLT)

Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?” (1 Kings 3:9, NLT)

When We Need Wisdom, We Need Jesus

When We Need Wisdom, We Need Jesus

August 1, 2019

When We Need Wisdom,
We Need Jesus
Pastor Ernie Wouters
July 14, 2019

There are three books of the Bible that are referred to as "_______________________ literature."

They reveal the collected wisdom of generations of godly people and invite us to consider the __________________________and ___________________________ of living wisely.

These three books are the books of _______________________, ____________________ and __________________________.

There is one book in the New Testament that is referred to as the Proverbs of the NT and that is the book of ___________________.

Our Purpose;
To follow Jesus

Our Values – Reflection of Christ;
_______________, Integrity, ___________________, Discipline, ______________, Passion, Teamwork, Work Ethic,___________, Humility, _______________, Fear (less)

Our Vision for the Church;
To cultivate a _________________ that is___________________, thriving, passionate and _________________________!

Fundamental to the Seven Edge Teaching is the understanding of how we ________________ and how we __________________.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of ______________,
and knowledge of the Holy One is ___________________. (Proverbs 9:10)

How do we define wisdom?
Dictionary - the quality of having _______________________, knowledge, and good ____________________________.

Greek – Clever, skillful, intelligent, wise.

The Hebrew Bible – Solomon, who asks God for wisdom, represents wisdom. (2 Chronicles 1:10)
Wisdom is a gift of the Holy Spirit.
The _________________________ shall rest upon Him; the spirit of wisdom and of understanding. (Isaiah 11:2)
Wisdom is first the ability to contemplate the deepest and highest Truth.
the Spirit searcheth all things, yea the deep things of _____________. (1 Corinthians 2:10)
According to King Solomon, wisdom is gained from ___________, "For the Lord gives ________________; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding." (Proverbs 2:6)
Solomon basically states that with the wisdom one ____________
from God, one will be able to find ______________________and happiness in life.

Now keep in mind Solomon is only _____ years old when he becomes King!!

It takes Solomon ___ years to build Gods temple but ___ years to build his own palace. (1 Kings 6-7 ASV)

Deuteronomy 17:14-17 lists attributes of a King;
- must not ______________great number of horses for himself.
- must not take many _____________- they will lead your heart astray.
- must not accumulate large amounts of _____________ and ___________________.

Solomon __________________ all these rules!

His legacy, the other kings followed his example…
- Greed, Lust, Ego, fame
- There were 38 Kings – ________were evil
- that’s only 5 of the Kings were considered good and Solomon did not make the list!

Solomon’s story is one of slow ______________________, buying the ______________________ (idols, Ego, greed, lust, fame) of the heart that leads to despair and destruction.

Solomon died young he was only _____years old.
Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding? Job 12:12

Of Jesus’ brothers, there seem to have been ________ who are named in Matthew 13:55-56: James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas and at least two sisters.

Growing up none of his ____________ believed in him. (John 7:5)

It wasn’t until _______________the resurrection (1Co15:7) that James believed.

James story ends differently. He sees and believes the truth and ___________________ leads to hope!

He became a key ______________________in the Jerusalem church.

He was even referred to as a key _______________________in the church and _____________________alongside Peter and John. (Gal 2:9)

He was known for being devoted to righteousness and was later martyred for his faith in A.D. 62

James ______________________access to wisdom through Christ and it transformed his “thinking” to be a messenger of hope.
Then you will know the mystery of Christ in whom Is found all _________________, knowledge and______________.
(Col 2:2-3)

Where the ____________________of the Lord is there is freedom.
(2 Cor 3;17)

5 But if any of you __________________________, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and [h]without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.7 For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, 8 being a [i]double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Following Jesus leads to a life of hope and freedom!

What you need:  When You Feel Insignificant

What you need: When You Feel Insignificant

July 9, 2019

When You Feel Insignificant

Matthew 24:37-39; Genesis 4-6
Pastor Jamie McDonald

With all the chaos taking place in our world today, it’s easy for
followers of Jesus Christ to feel insignificant. Yet each one of us
has received the highest calling in the world, to share the most
important message in the world (Mark 16:15). What we say and
pray and do makes a difference.
Jesus said we can expect the chaos to continue increasing, like
“birth pains” (Matthew 24:8) up to the time of His return. Those
days, said Jesus, would be like it was in the “days of Noah.”
“ As it was in the days of Noah , so it will be at the coming of the
Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating
and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah
entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen
until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be
at the coming of the Son of Man.” (Matthew 24:37-39, NIV)

Who was Noah?
➤ The _____________________ of Jesus Christ. (Luke 3:36)
➤ A ______________________ of righteousness. (1 Peter 2:5)
➤ A man in God’s Hall of ________________. (Hebrews 11:7)
➤ He was ___________________ about things not yet seen.
➤ In holy ___________________ built the ark.
For more info visit: arkencounter.com or answersingenesis.org .

The Days of Noah in Genesis 6
1. __________________ = __________________ God (vv.1-3)
2. __________________ = __________________ God (v.4)
3. __________________ = __________________ God (vv.5-7)
Compare with the last days (Matthew 24:10-13; Luke 18:8; 2
Thessalonians 2:3; 2 Timothy 3:1-5 ).

When men began to increase in number on the earth and
daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the
daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of
them they chose . Then the L ORD said, “ My Spirit will not
contend with man forever, for he is mortal; his days will be a
hundred and twenty years .” The Nephilim were on the earth in
those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to
the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the
heroes of old, men of renown . The L ORD saw how great man’s
wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of
the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The L ORD was
grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was
filled with pain . So the L ORD said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I
have created, from the face of the earth—men and animals,
creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air—for I
am grieved that I have made them.” (Genesis 6:1-7, NIV84)

The 120 years refer to:
➤ Human ___________________ after the Flood.
(Genesis 11:10-32; Deuteronomy 34:7)
➤ Period of ___________________ before the Flood

But Noah found ___________________
in the eyes of the L ORD . (Genesis 6:8, NIV)

For it is by grace you have been saved,
through faith — and this is not from
yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by
works, so that no one can boast.
(Ephesians 2:8-9, NIV)

Noah also had a family of ___________________ (Genesis 5).
This is the account of Noah and his family . Noah was a
righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he
walked faithfully with God. (Genesis 6:9, NIV).

God has also surrounded each one of us with a spiritual family
(Matthew 12:49-50; 1 Peter 2:5; Hebrews 3:6).

Despite the extremely evil society of Noah’s day, his faith was
nurtured and strengthened by those who came before him. A
reminder that even one person walking by faith in the grace of
God can make all the difference.

The Gospel in Genesis
Adam ______________________ (Genesis 2:7)
Seth ______________________ (Genesis 4:25)
Enosh _______________, _____________ (Psalm 8:4)
Kenan __________________________ (Genesis 6:14)
Mahalalel ______________________ (1 Chronicles 16:25)
Jared ______________________ (Genesis 11:5)
Enoch ______________, ___________ (Proverbs 22:6)
Methuselah _______________________________________

■ Mot: “man [of combat]” + shalach: “to send”.
■ Mut: “to die, be a dead man” (Genesis 2:17, 20:3).
■ The longest living person in the Bible (Genesis 5:27)
■ Died the year of the Flood (Genesis 5:25 + 5:28 + 7:6)

Lamech _____________, _________________________
(Leviticus 25:25; 106:43)

Noah _____________, __________ (Genesis 5:29; 8:4)

I am the Door; anyone who enters through Me will be saved.
(John 10:9a, AMP) Come to me, all you who are weary and
burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and
learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will
find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:28-29, NIV)

When you feel insignificant, remember:
➤ God is in ________________________.
➤ His Word can be ________________________.
➤ He has a ________________ for your life.
➤ He surrounds you with a ________________ of faith.
➤ His grace + your faith = __________ make all the difference.

Come and See

Come and See

July 5, 2019

Come and See - Outline

June 30, 2019

 

As you are walking along.

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. (John 9:1, NLT)

 

Some debates aren’t worth it.

“Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?” “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him. (John 9:2-3, NLT)

 

Stop debating, get on with helping people.

We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work. (John 9:4, NLT)  

But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.” (John 9:5, NLT)

 

Can Jesus heal me?

Then he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes. He told him, “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “sent”). So the man went and washed and came back seeing! (John 9:6–7, NLT)

Why the mud?

Jesus was looking for an obedient step of faith.

 

Where do you need a miracle today?

Go and apologize

Go and get help

Start to pray

Read your Bible

Apply for that job

Get that training

 

Three changes this man experienced in his life.

  1. Boldness.

So for the second time they called in the man who had been blind and told him, “God should get the glory for this, because we know this man Jesus is a sinner.” “I don’t know whether he is a sinner,” the man replied. “But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!” (John 9:24–25, NLT)

 

Ever since the world began, no one has been able to open the eyes of someone born blind. If this man were not from God, he couldn’t have done it.” (John 9:32–33, NLT)

 

  1. Belief.

When Jesus heard what had happened, he found the man and asked, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” The man answered, “Who is he, sir? I want to believe in him.” “You have seen him,” Jesus said, “and he is speaking to you!” “Yes, Lord, I believe!” the man said. And he worshiped Jesus. (John 9:35–38, NLT)

 

  1. Belonging.

Then Jesus told him, “I entered this world to render judgment—to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind.” (John 9:39, NLT)

A Sure Foundation for Living

A Sure Foundation for Living

June 26, 2019

A Sure Foundation for living 
Lynn Dietz
June 23, 2019

The teachings of Jesus are our foundation for living.
Isaiah 28:16; 33:6; Psalm 19:7-11; 2 Timothy 3:15-17;
Matthew 5:17

The Good News is that there _______ a sure foundation
                - And His name is Jesus!

So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a __________________________________ ; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.”                  – Isaiah 28:16

“He will be the _______________________________ for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure.”  – Isaiah 33:6

What forms this foundation is not just who He is, but what He says!

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”   - John 14:6

 “And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.”   - 1 John 5:20

Seven-fold way of following Jesus:
- I have begun to follow Jesus and am depending on the Spirit of Jesus in my                 journey
- I am being sent by Jesus to bless others and invite them to follow Him
- I am learning to be like Jesus in my attitudes, behavior and character 
- I am learning to love God and to love others
- I am learning the teachings of Jesus
- I am helping someone and someone is helping me to be a reproducing follower of Jesus
- I am participating in a community of followers of Jesus on mission to the world

What are ‘the Teachings of Jesus’?

David: The Teachings of Jesus are our foundation for life, wisdom, understanding and joy!

“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.” - Psalm 19:7-11

Jesus: The teachings of Jesus are our foundation for a relationship with God!

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”                               - Matthew: 5:17 

He himself was the embodiment of the fulfillment of all the law and the prophets. 

Jesus fulfilled the moral law of God by living his life as a total endorsement of that law.

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the ‘law and the prophets.”  - Matthew 7:12

And so he (God) condemned sin in sinful man in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be ___________________________, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.”  – Romans 8:4.

Paul: the teachings of Jesus are our foundation for correction and training in righteousness!

The Apostle Paul talked about the teachings of Jesus as a foundation for the learning process in life.

“… you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.   - 2 Tim 3:15-17

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.”  - 2 Timothy 2:15

Reproof – ‘No, not that!’
Correction – ‘Yes, this!’
Training – ‘Now keep going!’
Righteousness – the goal of doing right towards God and towards others.

David:  The Teachings of Jesus are our foundation for life, wisdom, understanding and joy!

Jesus:  The teachings of Jesus are our foundation for a relationship with God!

Paul:  The teachings of Jesus are our foundation for correction and training in righteousness! 
‘The Good News is that there __________ a sure foundation for living - And His name is Jesus!’

Jesus and His Father

Jesus and His Father

June 20, 2019

Jesus and His Father - Outline
June 16, 2019

The Father Jesus knew was a refuge for him.

He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” (Matthew 26:39, NLT)

Jesus was bearing ___________________________________.

The Father was there to help Jesus, and He will be there to help you.

I will steady him with my hand; with my powerful arm I will make him strong. (Psalm 89:21, NLT)

What is a refuge?

A refuge is ______________________________ in time of trouble.

God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. (Psalm 46:1, NLT)

God is our refuge and strength, _______________________
___________ in trouble. (Psalm 46:1, NIV)

Whenever you are in trouble you can _______________________
__________________to God.

O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge. (Psalm 62:8, NLT)

 

We are all looking for _________________________ from the difficult things in our life.

Whatever ________________________ is your refuge.

 

Our Response

1. _________________________ to the Father for help.

My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth! (Psalm 121:2, NLT)

 

2. _____________________________ gives you the strength to stand.

The LORD keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. (Psalm 121:7, NLT)

We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. (2 Corinthians 4:8–9, NLT)

3. Make the Lord __________________________________.

If you make the LORD your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. (Psalm 91:9–10, NLT)