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PAUL’S PRAYER

Ephesians 1:15-23

April 1st 2018 Easter

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Intro – He had heard of their faith and love. Now he wanted them to understand the power of Christ’s resurrection. He prays for 3 areas of their lives. These areas of your life will only develop after you have committed yourself to the risen Savior.

I. Wisdom – means to apply knowledge.

A. Knowledge of God not based on man but the Spirit. Rom.8:16

B. When you receive the risen Savior, He places His Holy Spirit in you. Acts 2:38

C. Holy Spirit’s work is to teach us Christ and how to apply that knowledge so we have wisdom.  Jn.14:25-26, Jn.16:13-14

II. Revelation – means to expose. Eph.5:11

A. Ability to reveal is based on knowledge of Truth not extra biblical revelation. Rev.22:18, Jn.14:6

B. Knowledge comes from knowing the word of God.  Mt.13:23, Mt.7:24

C. God reveals Himself through the word.  2 Cor.4:3-4, Eph.4:17-18   

D. Revealed truth about salvation gives enlightenment and hope to the heart. Rom.8:24-25

III. Hope = anticipation.  Heb.9:28

A. You have been called to join God’s family. 2Tim.1:9, Jn.1:12

B. Because we are His, we have an inheritance.  1Pet.2:9, 1Cor.2:9  

C. It is based on power of the HS. Rom.15:13

1. Power demonstrated through the resurrection.  Rom.8:11, 1Pet.1:3

2. Power demonstrated through His saving grace.  Jn.3:3, 2Cor.5:17, Eph.4:23-24

Con. We celebrate the Lord’s resurrection because it proves we have eternal life in Christ and the power to live for Him today.

 

A GUILT OFFERING

Isaiah 3:10-12

March 25th 2018

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Intro – The bible speaks about our sins being placed on Jesus but doesn’t tell us exactly when that took place.  I believe our text today gives us a pretty good clue.

I.  He was crushed because He became a “guilt offering”.  (10) Is.53:5

A. We know our sins were placed on Him. 2Cor.5:21,

B. When He said “Thy will be done” He became our guilt offering. Luke 22:42-44, (Hematohidrosis)

C. Judas delivered Him over to the Roman guards. Rom.4:25

II. His life was prolonged.  (10)

A. He rose from the dead.

B. His resurrection was proof God was satisfied with the guilt offering. (11)

C. His resurrection was proof our sins were paid for. (11) Rom.6:23, Heb.9:26, Heb.10:10, 12

D. We are justified by trusting in His finished work. Jn.19:30, Rom.3:28

III. He will be known for His great work of salvation. (12)

A.  We eagerly await the return of our Savior. Heb.9:28, Rev.19:14

B.  The world will know Him as the Savior. Is.52:15

C.  Every unbeliever will someday confess He is Lord. Phil.2:9-11

Con. –What amazing love He showed us by becoming our “guilt offering”. The children recognized Him as “King of Kings and Lord of Lords”. Can you sing of Him today as your King?

 

 

BREAD OF LIFE

John 6:48-63

March 11, 2018 

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Intro.  Jesus uses several analogies to explain Himself to us. He is the Bread, Door, Living Water, Light, Vine, Shepard, etc.  He was speaking figuratively to help us understand Who He is.  Jn.10:6, Jn.16:25

I. Bread

A. “Our daily bread”, we need food to stay alive. Mt.6:11

B. It gives life and growth, Jesus knew everyone eats bread.

II. What are the comparisons between bread and Christ?

A. You can’t live without food, bread gives life.

B. Spiritually you cannot live without Christ. He gives eternal life. (50, 58)  1Jn.5:12

C. Spiritually you cannot grow without Christ.  Jn.15:5-6

III. What are the differences between bread and Christ?

A.  Bread gives life but only temporally.

B.  Christ gives life forever. Jn.6:27, 33

C.  Bread is taken in physically.

D.  Christ is taken in spiritually by faith. (61-63) Heb.6:4-5

1.  Be careful what kind of bread you eat. Mt.16:11-12

2.  You don’t have life if you do not receive Christ into yourself. Jn.1:12, Rom.10:13, 1Cor.10:17

3.  You don’t grow spiritually unless you are feeding on Christ (His words). Jn.4:32,34, 1Cor.10:3, James 1:21, Ps.119:11, Col.1:5-6

Con. Have you received this “Bread of heaven”?

 

OUR HELPER

Luke 1:46-56

March 18th 2018

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Intro – Mary sings her praise to God for all He has done including choosing her to be the mother of the  Messiah.  Through her He would carry out His promise to Abraham to bless all nations.

 

I. God helps the humble.

A. She was a slave to God’s will. (48) Rom.6:18, 22

B. She showed a humble attitude. (38)  1Cor.1:26-28

C. She expressed a need for a Savior. (47) Rom.3:10, 23

 

II. God helps those who glorify Him.       Ole Hallesby prayer

A. She exalts (magnifies) the Lord.   (46) Ps.34:2

1. By knowing scripture.    1Sam.2:1-10, Ps.37:30-31

2. By telling what God has done.    Ps.98:1-3

B. He is the One who has done great things. (49) Jude 1:25

 

III. God helps those who trust Him.

A. With trust comes respect for who He is. (50) Luke 12:5, Rev.21:7-8

B. He had fulfilled His promise to Abraham. (54-55)  Gen.12:3, Lk.2:11, Mt 1:21, Phil 2:7

 

Con. God can use you if you humble yourself before Him and allow Him to have His will done in your life.

Then your life will glorify Him also. You will sing His praises for what He has done for you.

“Lord if it will be to Your glory heal suddenly.  If it will glorify You more, heal gradually; if it will glorify You even more, may your servant remain sick awhile; and if it will glorify Your name still more, take him to Yourself in heaven.”   Hallesby

HIS AUTHORITY

Luke 4:31-37

March 4 2018

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Intro – authority=the right or power to enforce rules or give orders.  Today we want to look at the authority of            Jesus.  People could sense this authority in His message.

 

I. He has all authority. 31-32 Matt.28:18

A. Preachers acquiesce to His authority. “the bible says”. Mt.7:28-29

B. He has given us authority to proclaim His word. 1Thes.4:2, 8,  Acts 26:16

 

II. He has authority over the spirit world. 33-35

A. The demons knew of Him and His power.

1.  Power to destroy.  (34)

2.  Power to cast out.   (35)  Mt.8:29

B. The demons know their end. Rev.20:10, 15,  Matt.25:41

 

III. He has authority to forgive sin. 36-37

A. His power over demons proved that. Matt.9:6

B. He also has authority to determine your eternal destination. LK.12:5, Jn.5:26-29

C. Only in His name can sins be forgiven. Acts 4:12, 1Jn.1:7

D. Jesus calls on us to preach that message. Titus 2:11-15, 1Tim.2:3-7

 Con. – Communion reminds us of that power over sin. The important question is will you submit to His   authority over your life?

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