A Promise Fulfilled ~ Acts 1:4-8, 2:1-4
• • The Father promised a gift
– The response was wait
• The gift is the Holy Spirit
– Filled all the believers
• The work of the Holy Spirit previously
With the Gift of the Holy Spirit
• John 14:15-17
We receive the presence of God
• Acts 1:8
We receive the power of God
To change us
To use us
• Acts 15:8,9
We receive the purity of God
Our Response is
• We will be witnesses
Faith is not based on a "something" but on a "Someone" and that Someone is Jesus.
Faith is not based on seeing but trusting God to keep his word.
Faith comes from hearing the word about Christ
Faith requires a response:
Definition: Faith is ...
I commit myself to God for now and for eternity.
Faith Is ... Part II ~ John 6:25-40
Events of Chapter 6
What God is looking for from us:
V29 - "To believe in the one He has sent
V30 - What sign will you give that we may see and believe you?
V44 - "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him."
Faith Is ... Part 1 ~ Hebrews 11:1-7
Why faith is important
What faith is
Examples of people who lived by faith
Why is faith important?
"Without faith it is impossible to please God."
Anyone who comes to God must believe:
What is faith?
Tied to believing
Being sure of what we hope for
Being certain of what we do not see
Examples of people who lived by faith?
Ordinary people not super saints who were given bare promises, they believed if they started walking where God asked them to go, then he would open a door before them that they could never have dreamed.
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Because He Lives ~ John 20:19-29
When did this take place?
Jesus shows up
Interchange with Thomas
He Still Moves Stones ~ Mark 16:1-8
Stones That Block Life ~ John 11:38-44
Background to the story:
MESSAGE FOR US TODAY
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Angry Men With Stones ~ John 8:1-11
Teachers of the Law/Pharisees
Jesus came to save not condemn
Judgment in this story
"David's Five Rocks" ~ I Samuel 17:40-50
WHAT ARE THE GIANTS WE FACE?
WHAT ARE THE STONES WE CAN USE TO DEFEAT THEM?
What we know about Giants:
Who are the Giants? Romans 8:35
What we know about how David defeated the Giant
What are the Stones?
Law on Stone Tablets - Exodus 20:1-17
Giving of the Law – Two Stone Tablets
To show people how to live in right relationship
As they prepare to enter the Promised Land:
Intention was to learn/know the law so they could
The Law was read in the Temple/worship
Law was to go from stone tablets to the heart
Over time keeping of the law became an
The people’s heart s became as stone.
God promised He would replace their hearts
Ezekiel 36:26,27, Jeremiah 31:31-33
God is Our Rock - Psalm 18:1-3
Word rock used 149 times in the Bible
32 times used as a reference to God
Rock stands for:
Hope for the Broken - Luke 15:11-32
The Story of Three Broken People
Where do they find hope?
"Jesus Was Broken" - Mark 14:17-26
Steps to Wholeness:
Hope for Broken Dreams - Genesis 37:12-20
A man with a dream - Joseph
Response to dreamers
God never left him or his dream
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
"Hope for a Broken World" - Romans 8:18-25 & Psalm 42
Our world is broken
We are broken people
How do we cope in a broken world? - Psalm 42
What are you going to do about it?
"The God of Hope" - Romans 15:1-4, 13
What does it mean to hope?
What do people put their hope in?
Why should people put their hope in God?
Based on His character/unfailing love
Can I put my hope in God?
Sermon based on “Just The Way You Are” by Max Lucado
The King Who is Our Victor - Revelation 19:11-21
God vs. Satan
War in Heaven - Revelation 12:7-9
Satan is Released
The King Who is Our Advocate ~ I John 1:1-2:2
The Atoning Sacrifice
Only One King would do that for you!
His name is Jesus!!
The King Who Is Our Savior - John 3:16-21
What we know
For we must never forget that he rescued us from the power of darkness and re-established us in the kingdom of his beloved Son, that is, in the kingdom of light.
What God Has Done
The King Who Is Our Priest - Hebrews 4:14-16
Role of the Priest
What would make Jesus a good high priest?
Because all of this is true:
The King Is Coming ~ I Thessalonians 4:13-18
Jesus is coming a second time!
Paul wrote so they would:
Paul based his writing on statements of belief:
The order of Jesus' coming
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The Teaching Church – Ephesians 6:1-4
The Giving Church - II Corinthians 8:1-15
Giving is not about how much you give, but about why you give, and what you give.
Background: Offering for the Saints in Jerusalem
Why do we give/Motivation of Giving:
What do we give:
A Grace Filled Church-Romans 5:9-21
Salvation History 101
God created Adam - gave him free will
Adam chose to disobey God
God revealed this to Moses
Grace - is experiencing the favor of God
God sent His Son Jesus
Jesus chose to obey His Father - sacrifice
All of this second act is called grace
The Praying Church ~ Scripture: Acts 12:5-17
A Growing Church - Acts 2:40-47
v 41 - 3000 were added to their number
v 47 - The Lord added to their number daily
Why/How did this happen?
All the disciples went to the streets to witness
People were amazed/asked, “What does this mean?”
3000 believed his message and were baptized
Church went from 120 to 3120
And the Lord added daily to their number
They were devoted to do:
The Lord added to their number daily
Partnership between God and us!
God of Compassion – Luke 5
A Picture of Grace - Jonah 3
Jonah is a book about grace
Jonah is a book about outreach
Jonah is a book about repentance
Grace - God loved the Ninevites
Outreach -God’s love and God’s grace initiate outreach
Response to the Word –
The Ninevites are saved
From the United Methodist Book of Discipline
The Articles of Religion of the Methodist Church
Article I—Of Faith in the Holy Trinity
There is but one living and true God, everlasting, without body or parts, of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness; the maker and preserver of all things, both visible and invisible. And in unity of this Godhead there are three persons, of one substance, power, and eternity—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
Article II—Of the Word, or Son of God, Who Was Made Very Man
The Son, who is the Word of the Father, the very and eternal God, of one substance with the Father, took man's nature in the womb of the blessed Virgin; so that two whole and perfect natures, that is to say, the Godhead and Manhood, were joined together in one person, never to be divided; whereof is one Christ, very God and very Man, who truly suffered, was crucified, dead, and buried, to reconcile his Father to us, and to be a sacrifice, not only for original guilt, but also for actual sins of men.
Article III—Of the Resurrection of Christ
Christ did truly rise again from the dead, and took again his body, with all things appertaining to the perfection of man's nature, wherewith he ascended into heaven, and there sitteth until he return to judge all men at the last day.
The Confession of Faith of the Evangelical United Brethren Church
We believe in the one true, holy and living God, Eternal Spirit, who is Creator, Sovereign and Preserver of all things visible and invisible. He is infinite in power, wisdom, justice, goodness and love, and rules with gracious regard for the well-being and salvation of men, to the glory of his name. We believe the one God reveals himself as the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, distinct but inseparable, eternally one in essence and power.
Article II—Jesus Christ
We believe in Jesus Christ, truly God and truly man, in whom the divine and human natures are perfectly and inseparably united. He is the eternal Word made flesh, the only begotten Son of the Father, born of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit. As ministering Servant he lived, suffered and died on the cross. He was buried, rose from the dead and ascended into heaven to be with the Father, from whence he shall return. He is eternal Savior and Mediator, who intercedes for us, and by him all men will be judged.
For more about what we believe, visit umc.org or click here.
What a wonderful 7 ½ years it has been for me, to be part of this church and a part of all of your lives. To be there during times of sickness or surgery, during times of crisis and bereavement, what a holy privilege it has been! I thank God that he made a place for me and called me to this church. I thank God that he was able to use me, and I hope to bless you through me.
Some of the highlights for me have been all of the mission trips and the people on the mission trips. I thought it was important for the church to be outward looking and I hope that WUMC continues to be a mission oriented church, both at home, in our country, and around the world. This has been a generous church, and I hope that generous spirit continues. So continue to be a giving church that looks beyond itself. An inward looking church is a dying church, and a church that will not step out in faith can not please God.
When I first came here in 2003 we had a visioning meeting. At that meeting I shared some dreams. One was for a luncheon for the frail elderly who were shut-ins. Seven years later, the Tabletalk luncheons are still going strong. Also, proposed at that meeting was a community Crosswalk. God has been faithful and since that time we have had 7 Crosswalks that have been a spiritual experience for the participants and a witness to the community.
Being a preacher has been very rewarding. Who would have thunk it! Preparing for sermons is hard work and a heavy responsibility. I never wanted the 15-20 minutes you listened to a sermon to be a waste of your time. I hope I have given you something to think about over the years, something to live by, something that brought you closer to God, and something that changed you.
Sunday School classes were a way to express my academic side and I hope they were useful to the participants. Sunday School is where we can apply our minds to our life of faith and broaden our horizons. I think it’s something that’s very much for adults as well as children. Whether we were studying the Bible, discussing critical, contemporary issues, doing book studies, or learning about other religions, I enjoyed it all and I hope you did, too.
I’ve enjoyed working with the Missions Committee. They helped originate the Heifer Fairs at this church. They are a very active committee and do many things such as Angel Tree, Samaritan’s Purse, and the Crop Walk, which reach out to the less fortunate in our community. This is not only the work of the Missions Committee. I believe that every group and committee in the church should be actively engaged in at least one mission project that takes them outside the walls of this church.
I also worked with the Evangelism Committee. An outgrowth of the Evangelism Committee was my participation in the Ministry Summit. From the Ministry Summit came many ideas, many of which we are still working on. The Welcome Center and Come and See breakfasts are an outgrowth of the emphasis on the need to be a welcoming church that practices radical hospitality. I hope that we not only continue to be a welcoming church, but that aspect of our ministry grows.
Every thing from Heifer Fairs to Silent Retreats, singing in the choir to ringing the bells, performing marriages and planning dinners has been a joy to me. Although you may miss me, I will miss all of you and this church a great deal more. However, I think all of us should look ahead to the future with confidence and anticipation. God be with you all.
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