Sermon Blog - Entries from January 2013

    SunSundayJanJanuary27th2013 Christlike Humility For us to go to heaven, we have to change (1 Corinthians 15:51-53, 1 John 3:2), so God will give us eternal bodies …and the same is true for Jesus. For Him to come to earth and accomplish what God needed, He had to change! So He traded heavenly robes for a dusty goat hair robe, the throne for a dirty pallet to sleep on, and the title of Sovereign for slave. Mind boggling if we dwell on it. The One who knows the stars by name and number gave up glory for the purpose of purchasing you and I. Look to Paul’s words in this letter. 
    I. (6) “He existed in the form of God.”
    II. (7) “He emptied Himself.”
    III. (8) “He humbled Himself.”
    IV. If the Lord of eternity would lower Himself to serve us, then where does that leave us? (Verse 3)

    Phillipians 2:1-8
    1 Corinthians 15:51-53
    1 John 3:2
    Audio Pathway_2013_01_27.mp3
    SunSundayJanJanuary20th2013 NEXT: Reality Check

    This week, as we’ve hopefully decided to keep focused on God’s will and then let the details of life fall into place, I want us to examine some of those choices we’ve made in the past to help us see the areas where we might need to change the way we make decisions about our life.  You know the saying, “Those who forget the past are destined to repeat it”, well the same goes true for success.  When you’ve made choices that led you where you wanted life to go, do you remember why you made that correct choice?  If you want to move on to what is NEXT in your life, you first need to evaluate the way you make those decisions.

    In the life of David from the book of 1 Samuel, we are going to see some suggestion as to how we can start making the right decisions.  At the time he was faced with the choice to fight Goliath, we find that David didn’t make everyone around him happy.  While looking at his choices we can’t answer every circumstance that comes our way, but his story will show us three things to keep in mind:

    I.  David acted on principle and it made others uncomfortable.  Sometimes the right choice for us is one that people around us would rather we left alone.

    II.  Everyone doubted David because no one knew how God had been preparing him to accomplish this task.  If you know God is working on your heart to move in a certain direction, don’t let people who can’t see His will or your heart determine whether or not you follow Him.

    III.  When people were trying to help David after his decision, they attempted to change him into someone he wasn’t.  God made you who you are so He certainly knows what you’re capable of.  You don’t have to become like someone else to serve God.

    Joshua 24:15

    Proverbs 26:11

    1 Samuel 17: 17-50

    Audio Pathway_2013_01_20.mp3
    SunSundayJanJanuary13th2013 NEXT: Compass Shift

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    Last week we began a new series called “NEXT”.  As we enter a new year, it gives people a time for a mental re-start.  You’re not really that different than you were a few weeks ago, but if you decide to be different from today forward, you can change your life.  And the start of a new year sometimes gives us that hope, that determination to make those changes.  In our first sermon we dealt with the main obstacle that can get in our way… and I called it “The problem of ME”.  We want to move forward with our lives but WE are often also the ones holding ourselves back.  We looked at how God’s forgiveness is for everyone and that all a person has to do is ask for it.  All we must do to have a home in heaven is place our faith in Him.  And once we do, we must allow Christ to not only forgive us but to help us move forward.  Jesus wants to move past our mistakes so He can take our life and do something great with it.  But if we hold on to the idea that we can’t escape our past, WE become what holds us back from grabbing on to what’s NEXT.

    So if you’ve made the commitment to ask God to forgive you, and then you’ve accepted the fact – absolute fact – that when God forgives you He wants you to put it in the past, now you’re asking “So what really is NEXT for me?”  I want to move forward but I don’t know where or how.  If God would only point me in the right direction.

    I think a lot of our problem with direction comes from the fact that our target changes.  Today we want to fix this part of our life.  Tomorrow a different part.  Then our location moves around.  Either we’ve moved closer to God, or usually, circumstances or choices have moved us further away.  Now instead of being 1 degree off center, we’re 10 degrees off.  The changes in our life that would have put us on course last year aren’t adequate for where we’re at now.

    So how do we find direction on what God wants us to do?

    We must first make sure we have a stationary target that we’re aiming for, and the only way to do that is to forget about achieving our individual goals until we’ve begun striving for the ones God has already laid out in front of us.

    Proverbs 3: 5-6

    Romans 12: 1-2

    Matthew 25: 14-30

    Psalm 119: 1-8

    SunSundayJanJanuary6th2013 NEXT: The Problem of “ME”

    As we enter a new year, it gives people a time for a mental re-start.  The first week of January is really no different than the 3rd week of July outside of whether or not you’re wearing shorts or coats, but at the start of anything new, we tend to look for a period of change in our lives.  The next few weeks we’re going to talk about “NEXT”.  What’s next for us, for our family, for our church?  What changes do we need to make to move in the direction we want to go?  What could keep us from achieving our goals in 2013?

    Well, today we start with that last question:  what can get in our way…?  And the problem many of us face is what I call the problem of ME.  Ourselves.  We want to move forward with our lives but WE are also the ones holding us back.  So how do we get past our self-imposed barriers to becoming what God wants us to be in the coming year?

    Well we can talk about goal-setting, determination, and all sorts of positive steps to move forward but it’s the negative we often dwell on.  Let me give you an example by looking at what Paul said about God’s forgiveness.

    1 Timothy 1: 12-16

    Isaiah 43:25

    Hebrews 10: 11-18

    Audio Pathway_2013_01_06.mp3

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