Come Away

Summary

Scripture Reference: Mark 6:30; Ezekiel 20:12

Insight

Do you fear a day of rest?

"By forgetting to stop, we forget God."

Forgetting to stop "robs God of glory and His significance in my life."

"Humans were created on the sixth day; their first day was a day of rest."

"Your fear of stopping might be evidence of what you're really worshipping."

If you cannot come away and rest, your end will be idolatry and disobedience.

COME AWAY TO REST (Mark 6:30-32)

  • From the Issues of Life
  • Rest for Awhile

COME AWAY TO RELEASE

  • Matthew 11:28-30
    • Come to release the burdens of life
      • Come to "Me"
      • Who? "all who are weary and heavy laden. . ."
  • Matthew 11:25-27
    • The proud will choose to carry their own burden and be crushed by it
    • Recognize our inability and His total ability

COME AWAY TO RENEW

  • Isaiah 40:27-31
    • Your strength
      • You've been made to soar!

COME AWAY TO RESTORE (YOUR RIGHT VIEW OF GOD)

  • Psalms 46:10
    • "slack" --> let go; leisure; rest
    • "cease" -->stop
      • to know that "I Am God"

 

 

 

 

 

The Way

Summary

Scripture Reference: John 14:1-6

Insight

ETERNITY

  • The Longing of Every Soul
    • For transcendence; something beyond us
  • The Pursuit of Every Life (Ecclesiastes 3)
  • Exclusivity (Acts 4:10)
    • "but" . . . "except" 
    • There is only one name that saves . . . JESUS
    • I Timothy 2:5 "one"
      • I Am The Way
      • I Am The Truth
      • I Am The Life
    • Eternity is found exclusively in Jesus

OPPORTUNITY

  • Matthew 11:28
  • 2 Peter 3:9
  • The Invitation is Open (John 3:16)
  • God has Revealed the Way (Romans 10:12-13)

 

 

 

 

 

Who's In Charge?

Summary

Scripture Reference: Isaiah 46:8-11

Insight

How do you deal with powers or circumstances when they seem to be out of control?

FORMER THINGS REMEMBERED (v. 8,9)

  • Brings to mind who God is
    • Assurance; stand firm
  • Confront the trials or bad memories with who God is
  • Recall for conviction
    • "Call to mind"; take to heart; turn back to the reality that you know about who God is

FOREVER THINGS DECLARED (v. 10,11)

  • Recall eternal things about God
    • "I AM God"
      • There is only one God
      • There is only one sovereign Lord
        • One who declares
        • One who establishes
        • One who orchestrates
        • One who fulfills
  • There is nothing outside the control of God
  • Remember how God showed Himself to you in the past and the present

FAITHFUL THINGS APPLIED (v. 12, 13)

  • Jesus is God
  • Jesus is the friend of sinners

 

 

 

 

 

The Question

Summary

Scripture Reference: Matthew 16:13-18

Insight

THE QUESTIONS

  • Who Do People Say That I Am?
  • Who Do You Say That I Am?

PEOPLE SAY (FRIENDLY; FAMILIAR)

  • John the Baptist (Matthew 14:1)
  • Elijah (Fire and Intensity)
  • Jeremiah (Lament and Grief)
  • A Prophet
    • In each instance the people saw Him to be a forerunner of the Messiah

YOU SAY (INSPIRED; INTIMATE)

  • Peter
    • The Christ
    • The Son of the Living God

(He is the divine provision to man's greatest need!)

  • Results
    • Blessing
      • Because of Revelation
      • Because of Identity
    • We see who we are apart from Him and who we are in Him
      • Because of Transformation
      • Because of Purpose
      • Because of Victory

 

 

 

 

 

The Intent to Rebuild

Summary

Scripture Reference: Haggai 1-2

Insight

  • The People Had the Intent to Rebuild
    • They began work on the temple, but quit to start work on their own homes, even using materials designated for the temple.
  • The People Were Discouraged
    • The temple wasn't anything like the former temple.
    • Discouragement set in because they were comparing their new work to the former temple,
      • We have a habit of comparing our start to everyone else's finish.
    • Discouragement set in because there was a lack of progress.
      • The people were not satisfied with their progress and decided the task wasn't worth completing.
  • (2:4) "Take Courage". . . "Be Strong"
    • Be consistent with what God has told/called you to do
    • Galatians 6:9 - "Let us not grow weary. . ."

Serve Well (Deacon Ordination)

Summary

Scripture Reference: Acts 6:1-7; I Timothy 3:8-13

Insight

CONCEPT OF DEACONS

  • Priority of Ministry and Prayer

CHOICE OF DEACONS

  • Determination of the Congregation
    • Good Reputation
    • Full of the Spirit
    • Full of Wisdom

CREDENTIALS FOR A DEACON

Deacons

  • Men of Dignity
  • Worthy of Respect
  • Not Double Tongued
  • Do Not Spread Rumors
  • Do Not Stir Up Dissention
  • Not Addicted to Much Wine
  • Not Materialistic, But Generous
  • Proper Doctrinal and Moral Response to the Word and Christ's Teachings
  • Tested; Beyond Reproach
  • Husband of One Wife; Good Manager of Their Children and Household
    • Verse 13: High Standing

      Speak and Serve Well

      Relationships

      Humility

      Faithfulness to God's Word, Family, Church

      Diligent

      Strive to Serve Well

Deacon's Wife

  • Dignified
  • Good Reputation
  • Not a Malicious Gossip

 

 

 

Living Hope . . . Leading By Example

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Summary

Series: Living Hope

Scripture Reference: I Peter 5:1-4

Insight

THE PUSH TO LEADERSHIP

  • Peter's Exhortation

"Exhort" - Appeal, Urge, Implore, Call or Summon

  • Peter's Qualification

Fellow Elder - Co-leader, Witness of Christ's sufferings, a Martyr himself, Partaker of glory to be revealed

THE PRACTICE OF LEADERSHIP

  • 3 Comparisons

1. "Elder" - Old Man, Maturity, Experience

2. "Shepherd" - Feed, Care For, Tend to Needs of the Sheep

3. "Overseer" - Watch Over, To See

John 10 - "I Am the Good Shepherd"

Lays Down His Life for Us

Doesn't Flee

Selfless Love for the Sheep

Our Care is His Concern -  He knows my needs, desires, and wants

  • 3 Contrasts

Not Compulsion but Voluntarily Drawn

Not Greed but with Eagerness

Not Lording but by Example

THE PRIZE

  • Unfading Crown of Glory

SO WHAT?

  • Pray for the Elders of the Church
  • Pray for the Pastor of the Church

Living Hope . . . Preparing to Suffer

Summary

Series: Living Hope

Scripture Reference: I Peter 3:13-4:11

Insight

RECOGNIZE BLESSING

  • Striving For Righteousness

Reduces Near Term Trouble

Eliminates Long Term Trouble

  • Suffering For Righteousness

There Is Blessing That Comes From Suffering

Sharing In Righteousness

REJECT INTIMIDATION

  • Do Not Fear What They Fear
  • Rest In the Lord

RESPOND TO THE LORD

  • Set Him Apart - Sanctify Christ As Lord In Your Hearts
  • Be Ready To Answer

Have Hope Today And An Answer As To What That Hope Is For the Suffering Tomorrow

  • Keep Your Conscience Clean

 

 

Living Hope . . . Harmony in the Home

Summary

Series: Living Hope

Scripture Reference: I Peter 3:1-12

Insight

A WORD FOR THE WIVES

  • The Way . . . Respectful Submission

Voluntary

Willing

Pure And Respectful Behavior

  • The Reason . . . To Win His Heart

Your Response/Actions

  • The Result . . . Hope And Heritage

Don't Do It In Fear, But Because It Is the Right Thing To Do

A HELP FOR HUSBANDS

  • The Way . . . An Understanding Love

Love Language

  • The Reason . . . To Honor Her
  • The Result . . . An Unhindered Prayer

Mutual Sense of Submission

Wives Need Their Husbands To:

Submit To Them As Well

Be With Them

Know Them

Honor Them

Approve Of Them - Speak Good Words

Support Them 

Encourage Them

Love Them Unconditionally

Pray With Them

TO SUM IT ALL UP

  • Be Harmonious
  • Be Sympathetic
  • Be Brotherly
  • Be Kind-hearted
  • Be Humble In Spirit