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How to begin our 100th year” 

Text: Psalm 57:7-11
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and give praise.
8 Awake, my glory!
Awake, lute and harp!
I will awaken the dawn.
9 I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing to You among the nations.
10 For Your mercy reaches unto the heavens,
And Your truth unto the clouds.
11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
Let Your glory be above all the earth.

Introduction- It is a great accomplishment for a congregation to trust in God
for 100 years of serving Him in ministry. Salvations, ministry calls, weddings,
funerals, VBS, women and men’s ministry, all just parts of the whole which we
now celebrate.
 Let us look at ways to start our special year;

I. Firmly in our place in Christ (salvation)
Psalm 57:7
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and give praise.


A. Confident of redemption 

B. 1 John 2:24-27
24 Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.
26 These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. 27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.


C. This is a truly supernatural blessing 

II. Faith in our protection in Christ (security)
Psalm 23:4 
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

A. In all seasons and circumstances God has our back

B. Ephesians 6:10-17 
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 (Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 

C. Thank you God for help against all things evil around us

III. Following the direction of being in Christ 
Proverbs 3:5-7 
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and depart from evil.


A. Decisions for over 100 years concerning the service of God

B. Prayers for the present and the future 

C. We must surrender to the direction for this year and all that follows.

Conclusion- God help us seek your will




January 1, 2023
Healing, a Gift from God

Introduction- Physical health is a major part of who we are as humans. The
fact that we all have an expiration date is a fact we all understand. The medical
field isn’t getting any smaller. It is amazing in many ways. You cannot read the
Bible very long and not begin to see the importance of healing to Jesus.
The question is, does Christ still heal today? 
  Here are some problems we face concerning it today;

A. Do not consider it an option

B. Put too much emphasis on the physical and not the spiritual

C. The abuse of this ministry by the professionals.

None of this changes the fact God can and does heal, in many ways!

    1. He heals the unforgiven
        Isaiah 53:5
        5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,
        He was bruised for our iniquities;
        The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
        And by His stripes we are healed

    2. He heals the Emotional/ Mental needs
        Psalm 147:3
            3 He heals the brokenhearted
            And binds up their wounds.


    3. He heals the Repentive Nation
        2 Chronicles 7:14
            14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face,             and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal             their land.

    4. He heals the Physical Needs
        Luke 8:50
            50 But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will             be made well.”

        James 5:14-15
            14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him,             anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the             Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

Conclusion- God desires to give us help and healing, come today for a touch.




January 8, 2023
“We can survive the battle”
Proverbs 20:18 
18 Plans are established by counsel;
By wise counsel wage war.

Introduction- CS Lewis made a great statement on dealing with the devil.
* don’t ignore his existence
* don’t over focus on his existence
Wonderful truth for us to benefit from.

The Bible gives us warnings about the danger of evil.
*Romans 13:12
12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.

*Jeremiah 46:3-4
3 “Order the buckler and shield,
And draw near to battle!
4 Harness the horses,
And mount up, you horsemen!
Stand forth with your helmets,
Polish the spears,
Put on the armor!

God gave us tools to battle the forces of evil;
I. Belt of truth
Ephesians 6:14
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

A. Everything rests on the truth


B. John 4:24 
24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

II. Breastplate of righteousness
Ephesians 6:14-15
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

A. Righteousness affects all we do, conduct

B. Psalm 94:15
15 But judgment will return to righteousness,
And all the upright in heart will follow it.

III. Feet Shod in peace
Ephesians 6:15 
15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

A. Peace with God, peace of God

B. Isaiah 52:6-7
6 Therefore My people shall know My name;
Therefore they shall know in that day
That I am He who speaks:
‘Behold, it is I.’ ”
7 How beautiful upon the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who proclaims peace,
Who brings glad tidings of good things,
Who proclaims salvation,
Who says to Zion,
“Your God reigns!”


IV. Helmet of Salvation
Ephesians 6:14-16
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 
15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

A. We are new people, transformed

B. 1 Thessalonians 5:6
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.


Conclusion
 Two offensive weapons are at our ready;
* sword
*shield
We can survive the storm



January 15, 2023
 “The power of obedience”

Text: 1 Samuel 15:22
22 So Samuel said:
“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
As in obeying the voice of the Lord?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
And to heed than the fat of rams.


Introduction
 Obedience- compliance to rules, statutes or laws in order to better function and, or conduct.

God desires His family to obey.
Deuteronomy 4:30-31 
30 When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, when you turn to the Lord your God and obey His voice 31 (for the Lord your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.

Jeremiah 6:16
 16 Thus says the Lord:
“Stand in the ways and see,
And ask for the old paths, where the good way is,
And walk in it;
Then you will find rest for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’

1 Samuel 15:22
22 So Samuel said:
“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
As in obeying the voice of the Lord?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
And to heed than the fat of rams.


How can we better obey?

I. Embrace our personal transformation
Mark 8:36-37
36 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 37 Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

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.”


A. Reconciliation- “to be bought with a price and taken off the market”

B. We are “born anew”


II. Endeavor for our instruction / application to be vital
2 Timothy 3:16
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

Psalm 119:89
89 Forever, O Lord,
Your word is settled in heaven.

A. The truth is not for sale or changeable

B. Culture around us changes but application never does, God help us


III. Empowering one’s self to live a life of grace and holiness
1 Peter 1:13-16
13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

1 Thessalonians 4:7
7 For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness.

Hebrews 12:10 
10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.

A. “Clothed in empowering grace and purity “

B. It is always better to obey so the presence of God, inspires, cleanse, instructs and protects us daily, believe and receive.

Conclusion- obey do not hesitate, God gives victory.



January 22, 2023
Our hope in Christ”
Text: Romans 8:24-5
24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.

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.

Introduction- There is a need in my life that may have been part of who I am
forever, I need to hear good news on occasion. Things that bring out a smile,
joy or real affirmation. The fact that one’s salvation results in abundant life with the promise of eternal life brings, great news, hope. Hope, “a strong expectation with confidence, trust expressed.” How does the Bible explain this hope?

I. Of life Forever
A. In this body we can receive “abundant life” God also gives “eternal life.”

B. John 11:25-26
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

C. John 3:36 
36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

II. Of New/ Perfect Body
A. Aging and suffering is reality

B. 2 Corinthians 5:1 
For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

C. 1 Corinthians 15:42-44; 51-58
42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. 43 It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
55 “O Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?”
56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

III. Of an Eternal Home
A. Time will be no more, in a perfect place

B. 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, 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.

C. Revelation 21:1-7
21 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. 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. 3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
6 And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. 7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.


Conclusion- Do you have hope today?



February 5, 2023