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JOY MADE FULL

 

John 17:13-23

 

May 21st 2017

 

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Intro –The Lord wants you to serve Him joyfully. He wants His joy made full in you. Although this prayer is made for the disciples we see it applies to us also in verse 20. There are 3 things that will lead to having this joy in our lives. It starts with you being a believer. Jn.3:29, Is.54:5

 

 

 

I. He prays that God would keep us from the evil one. (14-16)

 

A. We live in a hostile world. (14)  Jn.15:9, 1Pet.5:8

 

B. Jesus will not allow Satan to overcome us. Rom.8:37, 1Jn.4:4

 

C. When we see things from God’s perspective we understand and we are victorious. Phil.3:8,Rom.8:38-39

 

 

 

II. He prays that God would sanctify us. (17-19)

 

A. It is accomplished through the word of God. Ps.1:2, Mal.3:16,18, 1Tim.4:13,

 

B. It means to be set aside for the Lord’s work.  1Jn.4:1, 2Tim.3:16-17, Heb.5:14

 

C. It means being willing to follow God’s will without compromise. Rom.12:2

 

 

 

III. He prays for us (His church) to be unified. (20-23). Mt.16:18, Mt.18:17, 1Cor.1:2

 

A. Unified with the teachings of Christ. (21) Phil.2:5, Heb.10:23-25,

 

B.  Not with heretics or false teachers. Don’t unite with those who do not follow the word. 2Cor.6:14

 

C. Unite with others who have the Holy Spirit dwelling in them. (22) 1Cor.12:13, Phil.1:27

 

1. Unity is not uniformity (every person thinking alike).

 

2. Christ like unity is found in believers who may differ on things but they can still worship together.

 

3. If you cannot worship with another person than there is a division, not unity, around God’s word.

 

D. The believer’s unity is built around their faith in Christ. Jn14:6

 

 

Con. – The fact that we gather here and worship each Sunday shows the world that we are unified in our efforts to reach the world for Christ. 

 

CHRISTIAN PARENTS

 

John 17:7-8

 

May 15th, 2017

 

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Intro – In our text Jesus is praying for His disciples. When Jesus prayed for his disciples He did so as a father or mother would pray for their children. It’s good to remember He saw them as His children. As believers He sees us as His children. Jn.1:12, Jn.21:5, 1Jn.3:1.  So I want us to consider what is said in these verses today as something a parent would do for their children.

 

 

 

I. We will share God’s word with our children.

 

A. Pass along God’s word to your children. Prov.22:6, Eph.6:4, 2Tim.1:5

 

B. Teach children to “love the Lord” above all else. Deut.6:5-7

 

C. Teach children right from wrong. Ps.119:105, 1Cor.6:9-10

 

D. Teach children truth from fiction. Lk.12:5, 2Tim.4:3-4, 1Tim.4:1

 

 

 

II. We will live our lives as an example. 1Pet.2:21, Mt.11:29

 

A. The best way to teach is by example. Phil.3:17, Phil.4:9, Titus 2:7-8. 

 

B. OT examples. James 5:10. Noah, Abraham, Job. Matt.16:24

 

C. We make sure our children understand. 2Tim.2:15, 2Pet.3:16

 

 

 

III. We will teach our children how to believe.

 

A. Believing is more than just knowing. Rom.10:9

 

B.  Can your children see that you are trusting Jesus? 2Tim.1:12

 

C. Talk with them about the way of salvation. 1Jn.1:9, Rom.10:13, Jn.1:12, 1Pet.1:8, 1Jn.5:13

 

 

Con. – Parents here today are setting a good example but make sure your children know that the reason you are here is because you believe

 

HOLD FAST

 

Hebrews 4:14-16

 

May 7th 2017

 

 

 

Intro -  Our confirmands have shared their testimony of their faith in Christ with us. A testimony is a starting point, it’s important to remember that we need to continue in our walk with the Lord. Our text today gives us good reasons to do that.

 

 

 

I. Hold fast your confession of faith in Jesus. (14)

 

A.  Because He has promised to come again.    Acts 1:9-11, 1Thess.4:13ff

 

B.  As High Priest He has brought cleansing to us.  Heb.2:17, 1Jn.2:2, 1Jn 4:10

 

C.  The world will try to get you to doubt His work. 2Tim.2:11-12

 

 

 

II. Hold fast your love for Jesus. (15)

 

A. He understands and is sympathetic.    Heb.2:18, Heb.7:26

 

B. He gives us victory when we are weak. Phil.4:13, 1Cor.10:13

 

1. Your victory is corresponds with your love for Christ.  Deut.6:5, Jn.14:15

 

2. Your victory is based on His power not yours. Phil.2:13

 

 

 

III. Hold fast your confidence in Jesus. (16)
A.  He has provided forgiveness.    Heb.7:18-19, Heb.10:19-23, 1Jn.1:7
B.  He has made fellowship with God possible. 2Cor.5:18, Rom.5:10-11
C.  He will show mercy and give grace.  Is.43:25, Eph.2:8
Mercy is not getting what you deserve, Grace is getting what you don’t deserve.

 

Con. – All of us will go through times of hurt or hardship, failures or frustrations, disappointments and doubts. Hold fast, trust Jesus and His word and He will see you through.

 

 

HOLD FAST

 

Hebrews 4:14-16

 

May 7th 2017

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Intro -  Our confirmands have shared their testimony of their faith in Christ with us. A testimony is a starting point, it’s important to remember that we need to continue in our walk with the Lord. Our text today gives us good reasons to do that.

 

 

 

I. Hold fast your confession of faith in Jesus. (14)

 

A.  Because He has promised to come again.    Acts 1:9-11, Jn.14:3

 

B.  As High Priest He has brought cleansing to us.  Heb.2:17, 1Jn 4:10

 

C.  The world will try to get you to doubt His work. 2Tim.2:11-12, 1Tim.1:19

 

 

 

II. Hold fast your love for Jesus. (15)

 

A. He understands and is sympathetic.    Heb.2:18.

 

B. He gives us victory when we are weak. Phil.4:13, 1Cor.10:13,

 

1. Your victory corresponds with your love for Christ.  Deut.6:5, Jn.14:15

 

2. Your victory is based on His power not yours. Phil.2:13, Rom.8:3-4

 

 

 

III. Hold fast your confidence in Jesus. (16)  Heb.10:35
     
A.  He has provided forgiveness.    Heb.10:19-23, 1Jn.1:7
       B.  He has made fellowship with God possible. 2Cor.5:18
       C.  He will show mercy and give grace.  Is.43:25, Eph.2:8
               Mercy is not getting what you deserve,
              Grace is getting what you don’t deserve.

 

Con. – All of us will go through times of hurt or hardship, failures or frustrations, disappointments and doubts. Hold fast, trust Jesus and His word and He will see you through.

 

 

IN HIS NAME

 

Acts 3:11-21

 

April 23rd 2017

 

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Intro – this was Peter’s second sermon. After his first sermon about 3000 people got saved, this one saw over 5000.  There are 3 things from Peter’s sermon I want to highlight for you.

 

 

 

I. We are vessels or tools for Jesus Christ to use. (12-13)

 

A. Jesus wants to use you. 2Tim.2:21, 2Pet.1:20-21

 

B. He lives in us and empowers us. 2Cor.4:7, Gal.2:20-21

 

C. Be careful when preachers draw attention to themselves. 1Pet.4:11

 

 

 

II. It’s all about Jesus. (14-16)

 

A. This is the Jesus you put to death. Rom.3:23

 

B. The apostles had put their faith in Jesus. Lk.24:46-48

 

C. Faith itself is a gift. Rom.12:3, Eph.2:8, 1Tim.1:19

 

D. Faith applied accepts the finished work of Jesus. Rom.8:1-4, 2Cor.5:21, Heb.10:14,

 

1. Jesus kept the law for us, Jesus paid the penalty for our sin, everything is finished. Jn.19:30

 

2. Unbelievers don’t understand this truth. Eph.2:9

 

3. But believers do or at least should. Gal.3:1-5 

 

4. You don’t get credit from God for keeping the law. Gal.5:4, Jn.14:15, Gal.5:13-14, Lk.12:5, 1Jn.4:18

 

 

 

 III. Jesus wants all to repent and return. Acts 4:12

 

A. Your sin needs to be repented of. James 2:10

 

B. When you trust Jesus alone for salvation you have peace and rest. Phil.1:21

 

C. If you are trusting Jesus He will come again for you. Zech. 12:9-10

 

 

 

Con. Are you trusting in Jesus for your salvation? Are you telling others that Jesus is your Savior?

 

Don’t be afraid to name the name of Jesus as your Redeemer, Savior, Friend.

 

 

 

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