Sun, 28 March 2010
Text: Luke 24:44-47
Definition-a change of mind. Biblical Repentance is a turning toward and a turning away; literally a turning toward God and away from Sin.
Thayer’s Greek Lexicon defines repentance as “the change of mind of those who have begun to abhor their errors and misdeeds, and have determined to enter up a better course of life, so that it (repentance) is both recognition of sin and sorrow for it.”
I. The Hurdles to a Consistent Message
II. The Commitment to a Consistent Message
John the Baptist-Mark 1
The Lord Jesus-Mark 1
Paul-Acts 20:17ff; 26:15ff
Jesus-in His message to the seven churches (Revelation 2-3)
III. The Example of True Repentance (I Thessalonians 1:9-11)
A. They turned to God
B. They turned from Sin
C. To Serve and Wait
Sun, 21 March 2010
Text: Colossians 3:1-17
We all face a battle of the mind. What is this battle and how do we win it?
2) The World
II. The Prescription (vs. 2) - "Set your mind on things above." - Our Focus is to be up not down.
1) Things above - Christ - because that is where he is and because of what he's done for us.
2) His Right to Rule. - "seated at the right hand of God"
His position - he has the right to rule in our lives. (Matthew 6:19-21)
III. Hindrances - Sin is the hindrance to right thinking.
1) Our own body (vs.5-7)
2) Sin against others (vs.8-9)
1) Focus on our attitude toward others (vs. 12-14)
2) Focus on the Lord (vs. 15-17)
a. recognize him as Lord.
b. recognize his sovereignty
c. In whatever I do, I do it all in the name of the Lord.
Sun, 14 March 2010
Text: Philippians 4:4-
What are God's expectations for us. "Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice." To rejoice is an outward expression of an inward attitude as it relates to God.
1) It is a command. - rejoicing is not optional.
2) It is something to be continued - I am to start and continue to rejoice (there are no breaks or timeouts)
3) The Focus of our rejoicing - What are we to rejoice in? The Lord.
The key to rejoicing is your personal relationship with Christ.
Sun, 7 March 2010
Text: Romans 8:18-38, Philippians 3:7-14
In the short term adversity is something that impedes our progress however over the long term it is something that assures our progress.
In studying the life of Paul we see that beginning right after his conversion to Christianity he began to experience adversity. (Acts9:19- ). Over time he would have many attempts made on his life. What sort of example can we learn from Paul? How did he handle this adversity? Listen as Rob Caine brings us a message from God's word.
1) He had a proper perspective of earthy things.(Philippians 3:7-11) He sees the big picture, "I may attain to the resurrection from the dead."
2) He had the right perspective on death. He understood suffering for Christ. (Philippians 3:12-14) We see the long term perspective Paul had.
3) Paul understood the outcome. The answer is at the end. (Romans 8:28-38) In vs. 38 Paul emphasizes that nothing can separate us from him.