150104AM ESH-37 Best Life Possible.docx Live the Best Life Possible: Living & Walking in Consecration Romans 12:1-2 As we look at a brand new year right in front of us, what would be the best way to use the most precious commodity: our time we have to live? Perhaps no verse is better […]
141221AM ESH-36 Joseph & How God Communicates .docx Truth-3: Spirit-Filled Joseph & Mary, God’s Communication Methods & How God Chooses To Communicate & Guide Us Today Matthew 1-2 & Luke 1-2 Have you ever noticed how clearly God personally communicated with the characters of Christmas? God explains things to them, shows them […]
141214AM ESH-35 Spirit Filled Family.docx Truth-3: Spirit-Filled Living a Spirit-Filled Life, Useful to God: is Not Easy Luke 1:5-80 Today we are looking at Christmas through the lens of the Holy Spirit. We see another way God teaches us about the Spirit’s work, using the lives of everyday people surrounding Christ’s birth. First we […]
141207AM ESH-34 F2F-10 Un-Common Living.docx Biblical Exercises for Spiritual Health & Fitness in 2014 Series Truth-3: Spirit-Filled How God’s Spirit Immortalized Mary’s Very Common Life By Very Un-Common Living Luke 1:26-2:19 We are studying what it means to walk through life in step with the Spirit of God. There is nothing complicated about life as […]
141130AM ESH-33 F2F-9 Spirit Guided Living.docx Biblical Exercises for Spiritual Health & Fitness in 2014 Series Truth-3: Spirit-Filled Simeon Illustrates the Spirit-Filled Life, the Spirit-Illumined Life & the Spirit-Led Life God Offers Luke 2:25-35 We are looking one-by-one at the Spiritual Living Lessons that new believers need to have personally taught to them by […]
141116AM ESH-32 Lesson-8 Most Astounding Operating System.docx Biblical Exercises for Spiritual Health & Fitness in 2014 Series Truth-3: Spirit-Filled God Designed The Most Astounding Operating System Romans What are the Benefits of a Spirit-Filled Life? How Can We Avoid Grieving the Holy Spirit? We can choose to keep God’s commandments and to lead […]
141109AM ESH-31 Lesson-7 Signs of Spirit Empty Life.docx Truth-3: Spirit-Filled The Amazing Plan God Designed To Keep Us Filled Ephesians 4-5 Discipleship is Explaining What God Has Said Discipleship is all about explaining what God’s Word says about God’s desires for our lives as believers. Every generation needs those who will explain God’s Word […]
141026AM ESH-30 Lesson-6 Keep & Stay Filled.docx Discipleship Lesson-6: The Spirit of God “Getting Full, Staying Full & Living Full of God’s Spirit” Ephesians 4-5 & Galatians 5 As we open to Ephesian 5:18, we are learning what it means to Get Full, Stay Full & Live Full of God’s Spirit. This may be one […]
141019AM ESH-29 Lesson-5.docx Discipleship Lesson-5: Meet the Spirit of God Who Empowers & Transforms My Life Galatians 5:19-26 Today, each of us believers gathered here, represent what God began at Pentecost. We are the local, visible gathering of the Church that Christ Jesus is building. Following Christ’s death, burial, resurrection and ascension the most amazing […]
140928AM ESH-27 Lesson-3 Discipleship is Following Christ.docx Biblical Exercises for Spiritual Health & Fitness in 2014 Series Discipleship Lesson-3: Teaching Them How To Follow Christ John 10:27 As we open to John 10 this morning, we look at the very foundation of Christianity. Whose birth do we celebrate as God with us, Immanuel? Jesus Christ […]
141005AM ESH-28 Lesson-4 Spirit Fullness.docx Biblical Exercises for Spiritual Health & Fitness in 2014 Series Discipleship Lesson-4: The Spirit of God Teaching them about the Source of an Endless Stream of Divine Power for Abundant Living John 7:37-39 As we open to John 7 today, we are doing so because: Discipleship is all about […]
ESH-01 140105AM As we each stand at the doorway of a New Year, it is always a time of reflection, resolutions, and thoughts about what we really want to focus upon in the days ahead. This feeling is not new, it almost seems that God built into the seasons of both the Earth and […]
ESH-03 140126AM We have been examining the Discipline of Truth: that God is the source of truth, and that we are to know and defend His truth. So that leads us to ask: What are the Biblical Convictions—of a Citizen of Heaven, while living on Earth? If I were to apply the truths or doctrines […]
In Romans 15, Paul who had never been to Rome was writing to the church there and commending them on their living out the truth of Christ. He describes many elements of their lives that were what he noted as good, healthy, and part of a normal life of one supernaturally saved.
God has given us an amazing picture of salvation in Acts. Salvation has only one Door (Christ), but has many descriptions (these accounts). Every one of us who comes to Christ, finds that He does what these accounts describe when He enters our lives.
God wants to use people. He provides everything needed. All God wants is willingness mixed with humility. When He finds that mix there is no limit to what God can do.
Have you ever been discipled? By that I mean, have you ever sat and learned about the basics of following Christ from someone, one-on-one, where you could pause them and ask questions?
Of the millions and millions and millions of people that lived before and during the time period of 15 centuries when God’s Word was written, the vast majority are nameless. People were born, lived, and died without most of the rest of humanity before or after them even knowing their names. The Washington DC think tank called the Population Reference Bureau calculates that by the time of the first century over 40 billion humans had lived and died.
Each scene in Acts seems more amazing as we walk through these salvation messages. But of all the presentation of the Gospel, this is by all measures the best, most important, and the deepest impact. Paul shares the story of how Jesus Christ met him on the road to Damascus. In Acts 9, the details are sparse, but here the fullest and clearest account comes to us.
The Eternal, Infinite God of the Universe is a Savior, and offers to anyone who will call upon His Name some amazing, supernatural transformations within. That is what the Gospel has been doing from the start: changing humans from the inside out. That is what Paul watched happen across the pagan world of the Roman province of Asia.
We each are part of the miracle of God called salvation that from the start began to turn the world upside down (Acts 17:6).
When we were born again, we become citizens of Heaven. Salvation was when we entered and began to live in the Kingdom of God, while still living here on Earth. That tension between our citizenship in Heaven, and our stay here on Earth is what so much of the New Testament is written about.
God’s Word teaches us a doctrine called “believer’s baptism” which means that: God has only designed baptism to be applied to believers. Believer’s Baptism started when Jesus Christ said that the way that people were to declare God’s ownership of their lives after they were saved, was when they were baptized in His Name. Jesus included this baptism of believers into the plan for the church.
The only trustworthy, reliable, authoritative explanation of God is right here in our hands: it is God’s Word the Bible.
Jesus came into the world to seek and to save the lost; and that is what it says as we open to Luke 19:10. Jesus spent three plus years talking to groups, and individuals, pointing them to salvation. Then He died for sinners, commending God’s love towards us, as Paul said. That is the heart of our Savior. That is the love of Christ. Jesus is still seeking and saving the lost, every day, all over the world; and He will keep doing that until the last moments of human life on Earth before the end.
Have you ever wondered how people in the Bible shared the Gospel, and did evangelism way back then? Last week we looked at our Discipline of Discipleship and saw that we have the very same Gospel, the very same Mission, and the very same power source of the Spirit of God. This week we need to go onward to examine exactly how they communicated that Gospel.
Jesus constantly discipled His disciples; and Palm Sunday was no exception.
Each of us here today became Christ’s disciple the moment of our salvation. Disciples are Christ’s sheep, who hear His voice, and follow Him. Followers are disciples, disciples are believers, and believers are Christians, and Christians have been born again at the moment they were saved. So we gather as God’s family, saved by grace, through faith, the moment we called upon the Name of the Lord.
This morning God wants to know how serious we are about following Him, as we open to 1 Timothy 4:7-10. God’s Word is explaining to us that we have an appointment for a workout in the gym. God Himself wants to train us in how to live, walk, and grow in Christ. The Discipline of Integrity means we choose to do what God’s Word says we are supposed to do.
As we come to the Discipline of Disciple-Making, we come to our very own personal Job Description, left by Christ as the reason He saved us and left us here to serve Him through life. A question that should frame each day of our lives is: “Am I Doing What Christ Left Me to Do?”
Today, if asked, most of us would describe ourselves as “Christians”, some maybe as “Born-again”, others that we are “Saved”. Those are all good, valid, and proper terms; but, what is amazing is how far we have moved from what the New Testament called those who were saints and headed to Heaven.
Do troubles and trials push you toward God – or away?
More than anything else: knowing, believing, following, and trusting the REAL Lord Jesus Christ is what every one of us need. In 1 Timothy 4, as we study the Discipline of Truth: note the words of the very strong warning Paul gives:
One of the greatest dangers we face each day as believers is slowly allowing God’s influence over our lives to wane. This condition makes God weightless in our lives. He no longer weighs upon every thought, every choice, and every action of our day.
Today we come to the second exercise Paul assigns to Timothy. We first saw that Paul’s hope for the future growth and health of Christ’s church rested with individuals who could guard against false doctrines and false teachers.
God’s Word is our source of truth, Jesus Christ Himself is the Truth; and we are to exercise the Discipline of Truth: knowing and defending His truth.
Last week we began our opening series of the year: an examination of the Spiritual Exercises Paul was inspired to write to Timothy in 1st Timothy 4.