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By Who’s Wisdom Do You Live?

October 30th, 2011 by Will Martin

ScriptureProverbs 23:4-5  

 Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
   have the wisdom to show restraint.
Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,
   for they will surely sprout wings
   and fly off to the sky like an eagle.

 

Scripture Memory:  Romans 10:9

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

Journey: To help us develop a more biblical philosophy of finances we’re in the second week of our new sermon series called: “He Always Gives Enough” 

 

Broadly speaking, there are two major sources of thought for how we should view material resources. One source says, work hard, plan carefully, acquire as much as you can, enjoy what is yours. The other source says work hard, plan carefully, acquire as much as you can, enjoy what you have but it also says, “You will find your greatest joy in giving away all that you possibly can. So be wise and do it!”

 

If I were to say to you, “There is no doubt in my mind that the second source represents God’s plan as revealed in the Bible, this is Jesus’ desire for you” would you believe that is true? That is such a critical question to answer. Here’s another important question to answer: “If we see that this really is God’s plan for us are you willing to step out in faith, change your thinking and have your life changed by “Just Doing It”?

 

Praying for generosity to grow even more,  

Will (for the pastors)

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What Do You Own?

October 23rd, 2011 by Will Martin

Scripture: 1 Chronicles 29:10-16

Scripture Memory: Titus 3:5

“. . . He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.”

Journey: We’re beginning a new four week series today called “He Always Gives Enough”

Perhaps you’re thinking as you read that “We did a series on stewardship not long ago and we’re already talking about money again?” Yes, we are talking about money again and here are a few reasons why:

One, Jesus talked about money as much as he talked about heaven and hell combined. Read that again, it is sort of shocking to think about.

Two, that Jesus talked so much about money logically leads to the conclusion that the way we think about and handle money is an indicator of where we are spiritually. Jesus wasn’t concerned about money – he was concerned about how we view money because it is a window to our soul and reveals what we value and love.

Three, people in North America seem to be “financially challenged” on the whole – at least from a biblical perspective. Analysts indicate that Americans (yes, professing Christians included) spend $1.26 for every $1 they earn.

Folks, there is a better way; a way that doesn’t involve bondage and worry and anxiety. There is a way that is marked by freedom and peace, having enough and being content and even wildly joyful and generous.

Over the next four weeks I believe we will see that God actually promises us all of that. Nevertheless, there are two absolutely critical questions you have to personally ask and answer. Here they are: If God does offer me financial freedom, peace and contentment (1) What does that involve in terms of my thinking and my lifestyle and (2) will I accept God’s gift according to His plan or do I think that I have a better way?

Will (for the pastors)

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Colossians – The Recap

October 16th, 2011 by Will Martin

Scripture: Colossians (assorted)  

Scripture MemoryJohn 5:24

Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.

Journey: For our last week in the book of Colossians we’ll skim over some of the previous week’s passages to remind ourselves of what God has said to us in this portion of His word. As we prepare to do that please thin about James 1:22:  “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”

Will (for the pastors)

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Evangelism in the City

October 9th, 2011 by Will Martin

Scripture: Acts 28:16-31


Scripture Memory:
John 1:12

“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. . .”

Journey: Last week, in this section of the bulletin, we asked a question about evangelism. Here it is again: “When it comes to evangelism what would you say are the three great

priorities?” If you would like to try and answer the question please tell me (Will) your thoughts. I would really love to hear from you on this.

Today, we are again thinking about evangelism; specifically, we’re thinking about evangelism in the city. If you have time this morning please read Acts 28:16-31 and see if you can identify 4 key principles for evangelism in the life of Paul.

Will (for the pastors)

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Devoted to the Growth of God’s Kingdom

October 2nd, 2011 by Will Martin

Scripture: Colossians 4:2-6

Scripture Memory: Psalm 86:5-7

5 You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
abounding in love to all who call to you.
6 Hear my prayer, LORD;
listen to my cry for mercy.
7 When I am in distress, I call to you,
because you answer me.

Journey: As we look back at Colossians 4:2-6 today let me ask you a question to get you thinking about the subject of that passage. “When it comes to evangelism what would you say are the three great priorities? What three things must be an absolute reality if people are to be set free from their sins (for the Kingdom to grow through a particular people in a particular place)?”

I would imagine that you know the answer,

Will (for the pastors)

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