Sunday, January 14, 2018
Phil 1.21 For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain.
Philippians 1:21 NET
Graham Hunt www.ChurchOfTheRock.ca
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Too many choices paralyze us. How do you choose your salad dressing? Then you question your choice.
FOMO Fear Of Missing Out
Go you one party and wish you were at another?
Christ gave us true freedom. You have to receive it to make it your own.
Freedom is not autonomy. Not do what you want.
A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom. - Bob Dylan
God wants us to have real freedom. That requires structure. You are a slave to the world or to Christ.
The 10 Commandments ARE written in stone. They are not do it yourself.
God gives us a lot of freedom to choose. Your partner etc
A woman was worried about what others thought of her and wanted to get back at that.
He told her to rest in God's love and value and not worry about what others say. God loves you more. That was life changing for her.
God wants you to be free. Don't listen to the enemy.
God sets his people free. Then we complain. Isn't this what we told you in Egypt, 'Leave us alone so that we can serve the Egyptians, because it is better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!'"
Exodus 14:12 NET
We speak lies into our life. God created us to be free. Lies that degrade us should be exposed.
Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For the things they do in secret are shameful even to mention. But all things being exposed by the light are made evident.
Ephesians 5:11-13 NET
Bad dreams need to be shared with each other. Impart truth. Love love love each other to loose the grip of evil.
Don't share with everybody. Only the appropriate people or only with God.
Therefore God gave them over in the desires of their hearts to impurity, to dishonor their bodies among themselves. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creation rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
Romans 1:24-25 NET
We sometimes think that freedom means no accountability. Not true. Letting your feelings lead you produces chaos.
We are multidimensional. We tend to discount the whole person because they are not perfect. Don't short yourself. Sanctification is to set it apart to be holy. Transformed.
And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, which is from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:18 NET
Glory to glory.
How many of us are sinners? If we are saved by grace we are NOT sinners.
We know that our old man was crucified with him so that the body of sin would no longer dominate us, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. (For someone who has died has been freed from sin.)
Romans 6:6-7 NET
Moses said to the people, "Do not fear! Stand firm and see the salvation of the Lord that he will provide for you today; for the Egyptians that you see today you will never, ever see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you can be still."
Exodus 14:13-14 NET
That's what God says to you today. Live in God's freedom.
He paid the price.
He who the son sets free is free indeed.
If you have never accepted that freedom pray this prayer this morning:
I confess I'm a sinner walking in my own way. I want you to be my Lord and take away my bondage.
Sunday, January 07, 2018
John Plantz guest speaker at Austin Fellowship Church
Why do the nations rebel? Why are the countries devising plots that will fail? The kings of the earth form a united front; the rulers collaborate against the Lord and his anointed king. The king says, "I will announce the Lord's decree. He said to me: 'You are my son! This very day I have become your father! Ask me, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the ends of the earth as your personal property.
Psalms 2:1-2, 7-8 NET
Nations are raging against the Christ.
There is no greater joy than to be with Jesus. Can you imagine spending eternity in fire when you could have chosen eternal life.
The greatest thing all my life is knowing you.
The greatest song ever written is Jesus Loves Me this I know.
The people also stood there watching, but the rulers ridiculed him, saying, "He saved others. Let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, his chosen one!" One of the criminals who was hanging there railed at him, saying, "Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!"
Luke 23:35, 39 NET
Only by the grace of God can we be saved.
Pilate said to them, "Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Christ?" They all said, "Crucify him!"
Matthew 27:22 NET
You can be saved of you accept Jesus.
But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid! Listen carefully, for I proclaim to you good news that brings great joy to all the people: Today your Savior is born in the city of David. He is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:10-11 NET
He has always been the Messiah. And always will be. He will choose you and me if we allow him to. As Christ works in you there is nothing greater.
A lot of people doubt whether they can be saved. To trust Jesus is to surrender.
and saying, "If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself!"
Luke 23:37 NET
They were calling him God.
He has all power.
Nothing good came out of Nazareth except Jesus.
For a child has been born to us, a son has been given to us. He shoulders responsibility and is called: Extraordinary Strategist, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His dominion will be vast and he will bring immeasurable prosperity. He will rule on David's throne and over David's kingdom, establishing it and strengthening it by promoting justice and fairness, from this time forward and forevermore. The Lord 's intense devotion to his people will accomplish this.
Isaiah 9:6-7 NET
Jesus is the Almighty God.
The angel replied, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called the Son of God.
Luke 1:35 NET
"They cry, 'Harvest time has come and gone, and the summer is over, and still we have not been delivered.'
Jeremiah 8:20 NET
Today where will you spend eternity?
There are those who become Christians to escape the Lake of Fire but never share the gospel.
But here is why I was treated with mercy: so that in me as the worst, Christ Jesus could demonstrate his utmost patience, as an example for those who are going to believe in him for eternal life. Now to the eternal king, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever! Amen.
1 Timothy 1:16-17 NET
What will you do with Jesus? What will Jesus do with you?