Samuel entered Israel’s history at a chaotic period during which there was no king and “every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” The time of judges was drawing to an end and there was great need within the nation of Israel. God’s purposes were evident early on in the unique circumstances of Samuel’s birth. Later revelations of God’s design for this man, led this prophet to anoint kings and direct a nation. This series of messages follows his life through the first 16 chapters of I Samuel. We can learn through this account as we study God’s dealings with him and those over whom he is given influence.
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The Attributes of God
Explaining what God is like is an impossible task as God is incomprehensible to the human mind. He is the Source, the Creator Who inhabits eternity. He is far above our ability to grasp. He is timeless, knows no limitations, no imperfections and is above all, through all and in all. “In Him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28.
A.W. Tozer writes "Only the Spirit of the Holy One can impart to the human spirit the knowledge of the holy. Yet as electric power flows only through a conductor, so the Spirit flows through truth and must find some measure of truth in the mind before He can illuminate the heart. Faith wakes at the voice of truth but responds to no other sound."
Our goal in this series is to find out from the Scriptures what God has revealed about Himself and to see how these revelations affect, aid and assure us in our Christian lives. This series was recorded in a Bible School setting. The nature of our study is such that no one passage of Scripture covers any one section of our subject. So we will be moving through the Bible comparing Scripture with Scripture.
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The Healthy Church
Before His attentive listeners in Luke 4, Jesus took the scroll and began reading from Isaiah 61. He claimed these prophetical words for Himself. He announced that He had come to preach the Gospel to the poor; to heal the broken-hearted; to liberate those being held captive. He came to give sight to the blind; to release the downtrodden and to usher in a period of grace during which men and women might enter into a personal relationship with God Himself. Later Jesus reveals how His words are to be divinely accomplished through the organism of His Church.
Through the power of His Holy Spirit, Christ’s Church is to be a place where prayer becomes effective, faithfulness is instilled, lost sheep are found, self-righteousness is exposed, forgiveness brings healing and restoration and where spiritual sight equips us to be ‘more than conquerors’. This is not a utopia but it is a biblical description of a healthy growing organism of flawed people called the Church.
The Overcomer Series
'Overcoming' is defined as "succeeding in dealing with a problem or difficulty." Our invincibility as Christians lies in our claim in an historical fact, through our alliance with a living Person! Overcoming is our spiritual right, our heritage, even our duty... The word 'duty' needn't stress us because we do not overcome by feelings, circumstances or even by will power.
"Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him, if you continue in My word, then are you My disciples indeed; 32 and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:31
Asa: The Victory of Faith
You and I are little micro-kingdoms. Each, a tiny reflection of the political structure existing in the world at large. Depending upon who is reigning at any given moment, we succeed or fail in our endeavors. This single message, telling of the historical Asa from the 9th century BC, illustrates practically how to walk by faith.
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The Foundations of Faith
This 12-message series is a healthy refresher of the basic tenets of our faith.
In a concise and systematic way, we consider a believer's
Position in Christ
Tension, Anxiety & Fear
Feelings of Distance from God
Relationships with Others
Purpose of the Church
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The Life of Gideon
There is a territory, in life's turmoil, that God offers the human heart. It is one of quietness, peace and fulfilment. This series on Gideon's life begins with a people out of place, identifying enemies and clarifying the way of discerning God's will; always spotlighting the source of man's strength.
Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter
...he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 2:5
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The Epistle to the Ephesians
Ephesians reveals a beautiful blend of eternal mystery, present manifestation and practical mastery. Scattered throughout the early part of this book are glimpses into how God thinks of His children. We are told that a Christian is "without blame, adopted, accepted, redeemed" IN CHRIST...
This series looks into how receiving God's mercy and love by faith fleshes out in our daily lives, equipping us to face whatever may come.
The Book of Joshua
Joshua was tasked by God to lead the children of Israel, after 40 years of wilderness wandering, into the promised land. The first recorded action of Joshua in Scripture is in the context of warfare. It is an act of obedience and carried out through faith. We are also told that "all these things happened to them as examples and are written for our learning and admonition." I Corinthians 10:11
Pastor Ashley Day's life verse was Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."
The Christ of Christmas is knowable! When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, God stepped out of eternity and into time for the specific purpose of bearing the penalty of men's sin upon Himself and restoring relationship with guilty souls.
Such intimacy with the God of the universe requires a humble cooperation like that of His mother, Mary, who bowed before God's request to enter her life. Like her, our salvation depends upon opening ourselves to Him: "be it unto me according to Your word!" I receive You as my Savior and I give myself to You. I allow You Lord Jesus to come to live within me.
The Christmas story reveals God's initiative, provision and challenges us to trust Him.
1 Corinthians contrasts the flawed thinking of man, left to himself, with the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. The Apostle Paul addresses several major themes throughout the book -of unity, wisdom, spirituality, worship, love, gifting and eternal life. Three quarters of the way into I Corinthians, these insights are crowned with chapter 13, the love chapter.
Scripture often takes our value system of 'success' and paradoxically turns it upside down:
I Corinthians 1:26 "For you see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yes, and things which are not, to bring to nothing things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in His presence. 30 But of Him are you in Christ Jesus, Who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glories, let him glory in the Lord."
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The Second Coming of Jesus Christ
Acts 1:11 You men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
The Wiles of the Devil
Two extremes unbalancing many Christian lives are either an obsession or neglect of Satan. His presence is very real whether we are cognizant of him or not. Sadly, many of us give ‘lip service’ to the presence of spiritual warfare, while our Christian lives contradict our professions. The Wiles of the Devil is a series of four messages helping us identify the strategies of our enemy, the source of our conflict, the weapons he uses and the supernatural authority available to us in the Lord Jesus Christ.
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How do these verses work out practically in our lives?
John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.
1 Corinthians 15:57: Thanks be to God which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Acts of the Apostles
Salvation is a personal thing One-to-one. Christ came for one soul because salvation is always in the singular. Each face that composes the world's masses is a person, not just one-of-a-crowd, nameless, blurred and indistinct. When He left the perfection of eternity, lived, suffered, died and rose again, Jesus Christ did so knowing and calling you by name. When you receive Him as your Savior, you do so as an individual, sharply in focus and quite distinct from everyone else around you.
Old Testament Survey
Our purpose in the Old Testament Survey is to trace the eternal plan of God throughout the scriptures to its conclusion. This 50-message series spans from Genesis through Malachi. Through the next couple months, we will see how the Bible is put together, why each book of the Old Testament is there and what God is saying to us through its pages.
As with any ‘overview’ we are forced of necessity to pass over some deep truths in order to focus on the central theme, so this synopsis may open up new questions for further personal study.
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The Life of Joseph
In Joseph's life, we can see God transcend human cunning and deceit to bring about His will; how human rejection, suffering, famine and distress are artfully woven into His plan of redemption. God’s divine purposes were being carried out, while throughout the process, He was guiding, strengthening and protecting Joseph.
The life of Joseph, the 11th of Jacob's sons, is an encouraging study in the overruling purpose and providence of God.
While it was going on, Joseph was too close to the scene to know what God was doing but his profound faith and trust in his heavenly Father directed the choices he made and enabled him to navigate his suffering with wisdom. This perspective can be an inspiration through the dark times in our own lives.
As Jesus was led to the cross, He was not captured against His will. He was neither a martyr of the Jewish religious rulers, nor was He a victim of Rome.
In rejecting all the taunts from man and devil to resist His crucifixion, He submitted fully to the purpose for which He came: to accept within Himself the full unmitigated judgement for the sins of mankind.
The process of carrying that weight of the world's sin was something Jesus did -completely alone. In trust, the loving eternal union between the Father and Son was severed as Jesus became sin for us. When taken down from the cross, Jesus the man was fully dead. There was nothing within Jesus' lifeless body to change that.
II Co 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
The Epistle of Colossians
The Epistle to the Romans
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“…being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” Romans 5:1, 10
Who was the child nestled in the Bethlehem manger? His claim upon our lives feels less demanding when we confine Him to the nativity scene... Another way of distancing ourselves is to imagine that God the Father sent a "junior member" while He Himself remained aloof and distant from the plight of His creation.
Yet the Bible reveals through verse after verse, how the full trinity: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit entered our world of flesh through this tiny infant frame; motivated by love and with the redemption and relationship of souls foremost in His thinking, God become flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory...
He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not; but as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:10-14
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
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Entrance of the Prince of Peace into our world only becomes personal when His presence affects our need, our pain and trauma. Some of us are feeling pummeled by circumstances or feelings of inadequacy over this past year...
This single message from Isaiah 41 focuses upon both the immediate and ultimate victory that is available to us 'in Christ'.
Watch for a Christmas message which we will be post in a couple weeks.
The Gospel of Mark
These verses, which cameo so well the heart of Mark's Gospel, are found in a context calling for like-mindedness among God's people and climaxing in the supreme enthronement and exaltation of Jesus to whom "every knee will bow of things in heaven, things in the earth and things under the earth and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father." Philippians 2:9-11
Of Mark, which covered a period of 7 years, Philip Yancey describes the author as "...deftly controlling camera angles, alternately panning across large crowds and zooming in on individual people... leaving no doubt as to the main character: Jesus rightly placed on center stage and the camera follows him everywhere."
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