Sunday, October 15, 2017

BOLD Prayers

Focus: Bold prayers often require tenacious persistence.

1 Kings 17-18

I. Prayer MASTERY requires bold persistence.

“And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees. “Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked. “There is nothing there,” he said. Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.” The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’ ” Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain started falling and Ahab rode off to Jezreel. The power of the LORD came on Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.”
‭‭1 Kings‬ ‭18:41-46‬ ‭NIV‬‬
http://bible.com/111/1ki.18.41-46.niv
http://bible.com/111/1ki.18.41-46.niv

II. Bold persistence requires prayer MYSTERY.

III. Pin your persistence on GOD’S PROMISES.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Do You Want to Get Well?

Wonderful Counselor Series
Matt Shires, Speaker

Focus: There is always hope to be made whole through Jesus.

"The life to which we are accustomed holds us more than the life we long for. "

38 years equals 13,870 days!

I. The situation is never HOPELESS

II. He requires our PARTICIPATION

III. God gives us what we need to change our OUR DESIRES

IV. God gives us what we need to change our OUR ACTIONS

WE GET STUCK. JESUS CHANGES THAT. HOPE LOVE MERCY RESTORATION HEALING

God wants his people to be healed and restored - SET FREE!

Jesus can change you when you encounter him.

““The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭4:18‬ ‭NIV‬‬
http://bible.com/111/luk.4.18.niv

“Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.

One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.” But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ ” So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?” The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there. Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well. So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.””
‭‭John‬ ‭5:1-3, 5-17‬ ‭NIV‬‬
http://bible.com/111/jhn.5.1-3,5-17.niv

“For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.”
‭‭John‬ ‭5:4‬ ‭KJV‬‬
http://bible.com/1/jhn.5.4.kjv

“for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:13‬ ‭NIV‬‬
http://bible.com/111/php.2.13.niv

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Do You Believe That I Am Able to Do This?

Wonderful Counselor Series
Doug Freeman, Speaker

“As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭9:27-31‬ ‭NIV‬‬
http://bible.com/111/mat.9.27-31.niv

Focus: God honoring faith moves the heart of God.

God Honors:

Faith that BELIEVES, even when it does not see.

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭11:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬
http://bible.com/111/heb.11.1.niv

Faith that PERSEVERES when nothing changes.

“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’ ” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?””
‭‭Luke‬ ‭18:1-8‬ ‭NIV‬‬
http://bible.com/111/luk.18.1-8.niv

Faith that is DEMONSTRATED by action.

“You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.”
‭‭James‬ ‭2:20-24‬ ‭NIV‬‬
http://bible.com/111/jas.2.20-24.niv

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭11:6‬ ‭NIV‬‬
http://bible.com/111/heb.11.6.niv