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“What Are We waiting For?” part 1

I Corinthians 16:13-14
 13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done with love.

Introduction- As we the family of God living in the culture of today live our daily life, how are we to be? Is there any effect in being a Christian as we function as fathers, mothers, employees, etc.?  
Remember these points as important information;

Luke 19:13
 13 So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Do business till I come.’

Hebrews 9:27-28 
27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, 28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

Philippians 3:20
 20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,

God’s word is of most importance, help, and instruction for us today, let us learn together;

I. Watch
A. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done with love.

B. Watch being on alert, guard, striving, to not being caught unaware.

C. Matthew 24:42-44
42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

D. Nehemiah 4:9
9 Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and because of them we set a watch against them day and night.

II. Stand fast
A.1 Corinthians 16:13-14
13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done with love.

B. Truly committed to daily embrace one’s faith and Grace of God

C. 1 Peter 5:12
12 By Silvanus, our faithful brother as I consider him, I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God in which you stand.

  D. Exercise your faith

III. Live in Strength
A.1 Corinthians 16:13-14
13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done with love.

B. Be strong and be brave
C. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

D. God so desires for us to accept His help

IV. Live in love
A.1 Corinthians 16:13-14
13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done with love.

B.Everything we do is touched, ran through a strainer of love!!

C.3 John 1:1-6
1 The Elder,
To the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth:
2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 3 For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
Gaius Commended for Generosity
5 Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the brethren and for strangers, 6 who have borne witness of your love before the church. If you send them forward on their journey in a manner worthy of God, you will do well,


D. Love is the most compassionate yet strongest foundation for the child of God.

Conclusion- A pro- active lifestyle is in our today and future living.



August 14, 2022


August 21, 2022



 What Are We Waiting For part two

Text Matthew 5:43-45
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

Introduction- As we the family of God living in the culture of today live our daily life, how are we to be? Is there any effect in being a Christian as we function as fathers, mothers, employees, etc.?  

How are we to be waiting? 
By staying busy with;

I. Love your enemies
Matthew 5:43-48 
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

II. Do the will of God
Matthew 12:50
50 For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.”

Matthew 6:10
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.


III. Love the People of God
Matthew 23:8
8 But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren.

1 Peter 1:22
22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart,

1 Peter 3:8
8Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;

IV. Edify (strengthen) each other
Luke 22:32 
32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”

Conclusion- There seems to be very little idle time for the family of God!

What Are We Waiting For? Part three
Text: Romans 8:12-13
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

Introduction- As we the family of God living in the culture of today live our daily life, how are we to be? Is there any effect in being a Christian as we function as fathers, mothers, employees, etc.?

1 Corinthians 16:13-14
 13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done with love.

We should continue by making the points in today’s lesson.

Waiting while embracing;

I. Surrender above ritual
A. Grace instead of law,  
Romans 7:4
4 Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.

B. Submission of personal will,  
Romans 8:12-13
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.


Colossians 3:5 
5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

 Galatians 2:20 
20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

C. Sacrifice of one’s earthly focus
Romans 12:1
12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

II. Striving for Peace/ Unity
A.Actually live in a Spirit of unity. 
1 Corinthians 1:10
10 Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

B.A willingness to suffer to be in peace.
 1 Corinthians 6:1
6 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints?

C.Keeping anger away from our spirit.  
James 1:19 
19 So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;

III. Studying/ Growing in the Truth

A.Ignorance is never an excuse 
1 Thessalonians 4:13
13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.

I Thessalonians 5:1, 4 
5 But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you.
4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.

B.Recognize the false prophets
 Romans 16:17
17 Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.

C.God’s Word is forever 
Isaiah 40:8
 8 The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.”

Conclusion- It is no surprise we can get tired, we are so busy.



August 28, 2022
What Are We Waiting For part 4
2 Corinthians 6:3
3 We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed.

Introduction
As we the family of God living in the culture of today live our daily life, 
how are we to be? Is there any effect in being a Christian as we function as fathers, mothers, employees, etc.?

1 Corinthians 16:13-14
13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done with love.

I. Being careful to Help and not Hinder
A. 1 Corinthians 8:9
9 But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak.

B. Galatians 6:1
6 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.

C. It is impossible not to offend but to be unkind or offensive willingly is so wrong.

D. We have to live with concern to not only live in peace but supportive of others.


II. Being a light (example) to the Lost
A.1 Thessalonians 4:10-12
10 and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more; 11 that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, 12 that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.

B.Matthew 5:14-16
 14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

C.We must not forget that one must prepare for eternity.

D.John 3:3 
3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

E. Truth is so hidden in the world around us.


III. Being a Warning even beyond our example
A. 1 Thessalonians 5:14
14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.

B. James 1:16 
16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.

C. Example is so vital but confronting is necessary

D. Truth sits us free

Conclusion- Wow is now time for us to let our lights shine



September 4, 2022
Introduction
As we the family of God living in the culture of today live our daily life, 
how are we to be? Is there any effect in being a Christian as we function as fathers, mothers, employees, etc.?

1 Corinthians 16:13-14
13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done with love.
What are we waiting for? Part Five

Text: Nehemiah 9:5-6
 5 And the Levites—Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah and Pethahiah—said: “Stand up and praise the Lord your God, who is from everlasting to everlasting.”
“Blessed be your glorious name, and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise. 6 You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.



I. Purpose in our Praise
A. Philippians 3:1 
3 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe.

B. Praise- rejoicing with purpose or focus.

C. Joy is the overflowing of happiness with an experience or expectations

D. Nehemiah 9:5-6
 5 And the Levites, Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said:
“Stand up and bless the Lord your God
Forever and ever!
“Blessed be Your glorious name,
Which is exalted above all blessing and praise!
6 You alone are the Lord;
You have made heaven,
The heaven of heavens, with all their host,
The earth and everything on it,
The seas and all that is in them,
And You preserve them all.
The host of heaven worships You.


E. Isaiah 45:5
5 I am the Lord, and there is no other;
There is no God besides Me.
I will gird you, though you have not known Me,

II. Planning in our Perfection
A. 2 Corinthians 13:11
   11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
9 But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; 10 and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more; 11 that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, 12 that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.

B. Perfection- the obtaining of an ever moving target, growing to stay on point

C. Matthew 5:48 
48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

D. 1 John 4:18
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
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E. James 1:4
4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be]perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

III. Power in our Patience
A. Galatians 6:9-10
9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

B. Patience-the choice to embrace hope in the future even when the present is hopeless

C. Proverbs 15:8
8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
But the prayer of the upright is His delight.

D. Ecclesiastes 7:8
8 The end of a thing is better than its beginning;
The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

Conclusion- “On Christ The Solid Rock I Stand, first verse and chorus, all together



September 11, 2022
What are we waiting for? Part six

Text: 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

Introduction 
As we the family of God living in the culture of today live our daily life, 
how are we to be? Is there any effect in being a Christian as we function as fathers, mothers, employees, etc.?

1 Corinthians 16:13-14
13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done with love.
Today we look at the event we are waiting for, the rapture of the Bride of Christ

I. The Bride has hope in an unseen foundation
A. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.
15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

B. Different outlook than those not part of the redeemed


II. The Bride has a readiness in an unknown date

A. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-2
5 But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. 2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.

B. Signs point to the event but does not give us God’s time at all.

III. The Bride realizes human security is fleeting

A. 1 Thessalonians 5:3-5
3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. 4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. 5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.

B. From sin, languages, a flood etc. human success is unstable

IV. The Bride understands lifestyle stewardship

A. 1 Thessalonians 5: 6-8
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. 8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.

B. Living and abiding in the grace of salvation and the focus of good choice


C. 1 Peter 4: 7-9
7 But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. 8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” 9 Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.

Conclusion-“ Lift up your head your redemption draws near”



September 18, 2022


September 25, 2022
What Are We Waiting For? Part seven

Text: Revelation 19:7-9
7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the
Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8 And to her it was
granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the
righteous acts of the saints.
9 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the
marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, “These are the true
sayings of God.”

Introduction
As we the family of God living in the culture of today live our daily life,
how are we to be? Is there any effect in being a Christian as we function as
fathers, mothers, employees, etc.?
1 Corinthians 16:13-14
13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 14 Let all that you do
be done with love.

Today we take a look at the time for the church, immediately following the
rapture.
“... Marriage supper of the lamb ...”

I. What is the event?
A. Praise

B. In heaven right before Christ leaves to get the bride, GREAT Singing

C. Revelation 19:1-3
19 After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in
heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power
belong to the Lord our God! 2 For true and righteous are His
judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted
the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood
of His servants shed by her.” 3 Again they said, “Alleluia! Her smoke
rises up forever and ever!”

D. Revelation 19:4-6
4
And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down
and worshiped God who sat on the throne, saying, “Amen!
Alleluia!” 5

Then a voice came from the throne, saying, “Praise our
God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and
great!”
6
And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound
of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying,
“Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!

E. Amen / Alleluia
F. Praise and worship to the Lamb of God

II. Where is its location?
A. Revelation 19:7-9
7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of
the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8 And to
her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the
fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

9 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the
marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, “These are the
true sayings of God.”
B. New Jerusalem

C. John 14:1-3
14 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in
Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, [b]I
would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and
prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself;
that where I am, there you may be also.
D. Hebrews 11:10
10 for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder
and maker is God.

Hebrews 11:13-16
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but
having seen them afar off [a]were assured of them, embraced them
and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14
For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a
homeland. 15 And truly if they had called to mind that country from
which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return.
16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore
God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city
for them.

E. Heaven, where God has His headquarters
III. Who are its participants?
A. the obedient bride

Revelation 1:3
3
Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this
prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the
time is near.

B. Revelation 19:7-9
7
Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the
Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8

And to her it
was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine
linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
9
Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called
to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, “These are
the true sayings of God.”
Revelation21:2&9-10
2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down
out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her
husband.
9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled
with the seven last plagues came [a]to me and talked with me,
saying, “Come, I will show you the [b]bride, the Lamb’s wife.”
10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high
mountain, and showed me the [c]great city, the [d]holy
Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

C. We become part of the bride at conversion
Ephesians 5:22-33
22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the
husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and
He is the Savior of the body. 24 Therefore, just as the church is

subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in
everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and
gave Himself for her, 26 that He might [a]sanctify and cleanse her
with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her
to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such
thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28 So
husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who
loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh,
but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. 30
For we are members of His body, [b]of His flesh and of His bones. 31
“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be
joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This is a
great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33
Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as
himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
D. Christ is preparing a place for His bride
John 14:1-4
14 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in
Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many [a]mansions; if it were not so,
[b]I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go
and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to
Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you
know, and the way you know.”
E. We are going with the Groom, to celebrate, together
1 Thessalonians 4:16
16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout,
with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of
God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

Conclusion- The invitation is to us to be part of this great celebration, do
we accept it?