Dec 2, 2018
Recognizing the Voice of God at Christmas Time
Series: 2018 Sermons

Matthew 2:1-11 (NIV)

The Magi Visit the Messiah

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi[a] from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born.“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,     are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler     who will shepherd my people Israel.’[b]

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Hebrews 3:13 (NIV)

 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

Hebrews 3:12 (NIV)

12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.

Mark 7:5-9 (NIV)

So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands?” He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written:

“‘These people honor me with their lips,     but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain;     their teachings are merely human rules.’[a]

You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”

And he continued, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe[b] your own traditions

Mark 7:13 (NIV)

13 Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”

Matthew 12:34 (NIV)

34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of
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  • Dec 2, 2018Recognizing the Voice of God at Christmas Time
    Dec 2, 2018
    Recognizing the Voice of God at Christmas Time
    Series: 2018 Sermons

    Matthew 2:1-11 (NIV)

    The Magi Visit the Messiah

    After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi[a] from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

    When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born.“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

    “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,     are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler     who will shepherd my people Israel.’[b]

    Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

    After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

    Hebrews 3:13 (NIV)

     13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

    Hebrews 3:12 (NIV)

    12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.

    Mark 7:5-9 (NIV)

    So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands?” He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written:

    “‘These people honor me with their lips,     but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain;     their teachings are merely human rules.’[a]

    You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”

    And he continued, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe[b] your own traditions

    Mark 7:13 (NIV)

    13 Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”

    Matthew 12:34 (NIV)

    34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of
  • Nov 11, 2018Recognizing the Voice of God- God’s Voice is Internal
    Nov 11, 2018
    Recognizing the Voice of God- God’s Voice is Internal
    Series: 2018 Sermons

    John 14:23 (NIV)

    23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.

    John 14:16-17 (NIV)

    16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[a] in you.

    1 John 3:23 (NIV)

    23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.

    Romans 10:9 (NIV)

    If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

    1 John 3:13 (NIV)

    13 Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters,[a] if the world hates you.

    John 14:24 (NIV)

    24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

    John 16:13-15 (NIV)

    13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”
     
  • Nov 4, 2018National Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
    Nov 4, 2018
    National Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
    Series: 2018 Sermons

    John 14:23 (NIV)

    23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.

    1 John 3:24 (NIV)

    24 The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

    Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)

    18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

    2 Timothy 3:12 (NIV)

    12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,

    John 15:18-21 (NIV)

    18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’[a] If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.

    2 Timothy 3:1-5 (NIV)

    But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive,disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

    Matthew 5:10-12 (NIV)

    10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,     for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad,because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

  • Oct 28, 2018Recognizing the Voice of God- God’s Voice is Internal
    Oct 28, 2018
    Recognizing the Voice of God- God’s Voice is Internal
    Series: 2018 Sermons

    John 14:15-17 (NIV)

    15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[a] in you.
     

    Genesis 1:1 (NIV)

    1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

    Genesis 1:26 (NIV)

    26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

    Genesis 1:2 (NIV)

    Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

    1 John 3:18 (NIV)

    18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

    John 14:17 (NIV)

    17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[a] in you.

    2 Timothy 3:1-5 (NIV)

    But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive,disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

    2 Timothy 4:3-4 (NIV)

    For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine.Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

    1 Corinthians 2:14  (NIV)

    14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.

    John 15:5 (NIV)

    “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

    Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)

    20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
  • Sep 30, 2018Recognizing the Voice of God- God’s Voice is Condemning
    Sep 30, 2018
    Recognizing the Voice of God- God’s Voice is Condemning
    Series: 2018 Sermons

    Luke 10:38-39 (NIV)

    38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.

    Isaiah 48:16-17 (NIV)

    16 “Come near me and listen to this:

    “From the first announcement I have not spoken in secret;     at the time it happens, I am there.”

    And now the Sovereign Lord has sent me,     endowed with his Spirit.

    17 This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.

    Luke 10:40 (NIV)

    40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

    Philippians 2:3-5 (NIV)

    Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

    In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

    Romans 8:11 (NIV)

    11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of[a] his Spirit who lives in you.

    Revelation 3:19-20 (NIV)

    19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.