Genesis 22:1-18

God allows difficult things in our life to build character and make us more like Christ. You can complain or thank God for stretching you. Abraham modeled quick and complete obedience in this instance. It was not easy! God was asking Abraham to sacrifice Isaac in his heart. The purpose of testing is to

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Matthew 5:1-16

Position, authority and money are not important in the Kingdom of God. If we don’t live by this message we wil use God’s message only to promote our personal interests. Jesus said be willing to give when others take, love when others hate, help when others abuse. Give up your rights in order to serve others.
The Beatitudes describe what we should be like as followers of Jesus. To find hope and joy and the deepest form of happiness follow Jesus no matter what it costs.Our attitudes as followers of Jesus needs to be that of humility and self-sacrifice. Followers will be persecuted but if followers make no effort to affect the world around them they are of little value to God and His kingdom. Followers of Jesus should affect others positively just as seasoning brings out the best flavor in food.


Ephesians 1-2 continued

As we read on in Ephesians we will see Christ pictured more and more as Head of the body. In the first two chapters, however, Paul focused on our identity. What does it mean for us to be “in Christ”? What does it mean to have been snatched from death and given life? Just why was Paul so sure that our daily lives will be transformed if we grasp the hope of our calling, if we know what we can expect as members of Christ’s body?

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Ephesians 1-2

When we skim the first two chapters of Ephesians, one brief paragraph stands out. In it, Paul expressed a prayer for the assembled believers in Ephesus. When we read that prayer today, we see again the theme of knowing Christ personally, and the desire for a daily experience of the divine power. We become aware that Paul included us in his sweeping request that all God’s people might experience Him as present, filling “everything in every way” (Eph. 1:23). Look at that prayer now, and visualize Paul praying for you.
Richards, L., & Richards, L. O. (1987). The teacher’s commentary (p. 913). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.


Acts 14:19-28

These people wanted to stone Paul when only days before they wanted to offer sacrifices to him because they thought he was a god. Don’t allow the approval or disapproval of others to effect your decisions. Paul and Barnabus had a passion for Christ that could not be quenched. Pray for that passion in your own life! Total commitment comes out of a passion for Jesus – realizing Christ’s suffering and the fact that we no longer belong to ourselves – we’ve been bought by the sacrifice of Jesus. We serve and love others out of reverence and love for Jesus. We love because He first loved us. Our obedience has its foundation in our love for Jesus. Ask God to help you fall in love with Jesus – you will receive the help you need to be obedient.


Galatians 6:1-10

The Body of Christ – the Church – functions as God intended when members work together. There is no need to compare yourself with others. It is a natural law that you reap what you sow. It’s true in life too. Sow gossip – reap the loss of a friend. Sow pleasing self – reap evil and sorrow. Sow to please God – reap joy in this life and everlasting life in the next.
What kinds of seeds are you sowing? Keep doing good and trust God for the results.


Galatians 5:16-26

If your desire is to have the qualities listed in 5:22-23, then you know that the Holy Spirit is leading you. However, be careful not to confuse your feelings with the Spirit’s leading. Being led by the Spirit involves a desire to hear, the readiness to obey God’s Word, and the sensitivity to discern between your feelings and the Holy Spirit’s prompting. When you live each day under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, God’s words will be on your mind,
the love of Christ will be behind your actions and the power of Christ will help you control your selfish desires.

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Proverbs 27:1-27

A friend who has your best interest at heart may give you unpleasant advice at times, but you know it is for your own good. A friend’s advise is very valuable – no matter how painful. Vv15-16 nagging is a way to get your own way. Try words of love and patience and see what happens. Two people working together give a better result. People around you desire and share in your successes, and failures. How you handle praise says a lot about your character. Christians are to use what God has given them to provide for others.


John 13:1-20

Jesus showed us how to love by serving those He knew would desert Him. Can you serve those who have hurt you? Jesus washed the Disciple’s feet in order to extend His mission on earth after He was gone. These men were to move into the world serving God. As they served, they would be sharing the message of salvation. Let’s love one another enough to wash some feet.


2 Timothy 2:14-26

To handle the Word of Truth correctly we must study it and understand what it means. Build your life on His Word and build His Word in your life. Don’t neglect God or how to live for His purpose. Don’t let anything keep you from your work for and service to God.



Over the last several weeks my sermons have been focused on being Kingdom people.  I have stressed the importance of each person who knows Jesus Christ on a personal basis being actively involved in making disciples for Jesus Christ.  That is our mandate from Jesus after all.

 
If you are interested in making disciples but don’t quite know what that means or how to start let me give a few suggestions:
Discipleship is not something you go do after you stop doing something else.  Making Disciples is a way of life.  
And so if I’m going to work I’m not thinking, ‘Well I’m at work today and then later on tonight I’m going to do ministry.’ I’m thinking, ‘I’m heading to a God given place of ministry where I will have the opportunity to live out the grace of the Gospel both in the way that I respond and the grace that I give to people. I get to live that out a thousand ways today…‘ I think, ‘How could it be that I would be so privileged as to be a part of the most important work in the Universe—it’s called redemption and I get to do that all the time.
 
What do I want for my children? Redemption. What do I want for my neighbors? Redemption. What do I want for my husband or wife? Redemption. What do I want for my coworkers? Redemption. What do I want for the shop keeper that I meet three or four times a week? Redemption. And I want to be apart of that. And by the touch of my hand, by the tone of my voice, by the look on my face I want to represent the One who has sent me.
 
I encourage you to think differently about what you do.  We make Disciples as we go about doing our daily tasks.  Show love, grace, mercy, forgiveness and at the same time let people know our love for Jesus is all part of making Disciples.  Be blessed and be a blessing to others!