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Commitment to Church Activity/Involvement

 

WHAT CAN A MAN GIVE TO THE KINGDOM OF GOD?
- WE MUST HAVE A VISION OF AND KNOWLEDGE OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD. WHAT VALUE DO YOU PLACE ON THE LOCAL CHURCH? IS IT WORTH IT?

 

EXODUS 36:1-7 vs. 7 "Their contributions were more than enough to complete the whole project." (NLT)

 

ACTS 4:32-35 vs. 35 "And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need."

To build the Kingdom of God we must be willing to commit...
• time
• resources
• talent
from our hearts…not of necessity, not by guilt or shame…but willingly.

 

TIME
- Leading Small Groups
- Church Finances
- STAF Library
- Baptistry Laundry
- Shoveling Sidewalks of Church
- Community Involvement (Committees)
- Monday Night Prayer
- Arrive Early to be a STAF Greeter
- Nursing Home Visitations
- Hospital Visitations
- Teaching Home Bible Studies
- Personal Invitations to Church
- Spiritual Mentoring / Making Disciples
- Feeding the hungry
- Prayer walks (Spiritual Warfare)

 

RESOURCES
- Vehicle for Rides to church
- Clothing
- Books & CD donations to STAF Library
- Tools & Building Supplies
- Food & Clothing for the needy
- See list on front Bulletin Board (Items Needed)
- A Word in Due Season
- Friendship
- Feeding & Giving to the poor

 

TALENT
- Leadership
- Building & Repair
- Physical Labor
- Car Maintenance
- Accounting
- Public Speaking
- Mentoring
- Techies
- Singing & Musical Instruments
- Teaching
- Caring for Children
- Cooking

Giving and Tithing

 

Tithes - def. a tenth of an income given to the church for the support of the gospel and ministry.


Offering - def. a donation given according to what a man or woman gives from their heart (this is giving beyond tithes). Can be money, time, talent, possessions, etc.

 

- God established the idea of Tithing and Offerings in the Old Testament.

 

First Mention Principle - Genesis 14:20
Abraham was the first person to pay Tithes (notice: this was BEFORE the Law)

The Tabernacle plan provided food for the Priests who worked for the Lord.
The Promised Land was divided between the twelve tribes into sections based on inheritance.
The Tribe of Levi did not receive a portion of the land (just several cities). The tithing principle helped support them as they did their priestly work for the Lord.

Deut. 25:4 – "Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn."


What does THAT mean? Paul helps us…

1 Tim 5:17
"Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward."

 

1Cr 9:13-14 (NLT)
"Don’t you realize that those who work in the temple get their meals from the offerings brought to the temple? And those who serve at the altar get a share of the sacrificial offerings.In the same way, the Lord ordered that those who preach the Good News should be supported by those who benefit from it."

 

Malachi 3:8-12 – Don't rob God.
1 Timothy 6:10 – Love of Money
Matthew 6:24-34 – God and Mammon
Mark 12:41-44 – Poor Widow gave more
Matthew 6:21 – Treasures and Hearts
2 Corinthians 9:6-8 (NLT) – Cheerful Giver
Proverbs 3:9 – Firstfruits
1 Cor. 16:2 – Weekly giving

Overcoming Mental/Emotional Struggles -
Bitterness, Anger, Strife, Jealousy, Envy

 

• Most of us spend our adult life trying to overcome our childhood.
• There are ways of coping with life's pain and disappointments (Vices & Addictions). These worked as a temporary solution until we found Christ.
• God's ways of dealing with these issues is much different than the world...
- World medicates, victim mentality, self-help. Other people are the problem.
- God's way confronts, heals and comforts us. Sin is the problem (yours and others).
• Takes time. Like peeling an onion layer by layer.
• Requires absolute honesty. Transparency with God. Have to be willing to face the pain, not ignore it or stuff it down inside. Christians are brave!
• You'll recognize the healing of the Lord when the absence of the stinging pain is gone. Resentment, revenge and regret are things of the past. The memories may always be there but the pain will be gone. Thankfully the memories will most likely fade as time goes by. There will be a resounding peace and joy that lives within you. This is the power of the Holy Ghost in your life.

 

2 Timothy 1:6-7
“Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up (rekindle, a living beast, fire - awake the life inside of you) the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

 

The word “love” is Greek agape = affection, a love-feast, benevolence (well meaning and kindly).
The word “power” is Greek dunamis = force, miraculous power, ability, abundance, strength, violence.
The word “sound mind” is Greek sophronismos = discipline, self-control, to correct, teach to be sober.

 

Do you realize that God has given us His Spirit so that we may be overcomers…“to him that overcometh…” He’s given us the love, the power and the self-discipline, through His Spirit, to change.

 

THE PROCESS OF HEALING
• Prayer – This will be alone time with God.
- start with thanking Him for the good and bad of your life. You probably wouldn't be saved without it.
- allow Him to take you (in your mind, memories) back to the painful moments that have affected you.
- open yourself up to the hurt and pain that you felt during that moment. Begin to pray in the Spirit through the pain.
- in the midst of that prayerful moment, ask God to heal you of the hurt, allow God's love to pour over you.
- spend time forgiving any person that was involved in the pain, including yourself. Say it out loud, "I forgive _____ for _____.
- spend time praying blessings over that person.
- do this for each painful memory you are hurt or tormented by.
- also, read the promises of God found in the Word for you. Put your faith in the Word which is Truth and not on how you feel.
- finish up with thanking Him for bringing you safely through your past and giving you a better future.

Overcoming Physical Struggles - Vices & Addictions

"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." John 10:10

• Overcoming Vices and Addictions can be difficult, but through His power and our determination, we will overcome…

"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death." Rev. 2:11

 

WHAT ARE SOME THINGS THAT WE HAVE TO OVERCOME? What are some Vices & Addictions?
• Drugs
• Alcohol
• Cigarettes / Nicotine
• Gambling
• Workaholics
• Internet Junkies / Facebook / Online Games
• Ink Addiction
• Video Gaming
• TV & Movies
• Prescription Medication
• Gluttony / Food Addictions / Sugar / Pop / Caffeine

 

"Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil." 1 John 3:7-8 (NLT)

 

"In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will." 2:25-26

 

"Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." Matt. 11:28

 

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised" Luke 4:18

 

A Key to Deliverance!
"Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name." Psalm 91:14

 

"Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder: I proved thee at the waters of Meribah. Selah." Psalm 81:7

 

"For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up. And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart." Jer. 24:6-7

 

"And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." Jer. 29:10-14

Developing Spiritual Weapons:
Fervent Prayer and Fasting

 

WHAT IS FERVENT PRAYER?
Bible Examples of Fasting and Prayer
- James 5:16 - "…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
- Romans 8:26 - "Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for usfn with groanings which cannot be uttered."
- 1 Cor. 14:2, 14-15 - "For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries…For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding."
- Jude 1:20 - "But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost"

• Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:39-46; sweating blood)
• Elijah praying for rain (1 Kings 18:41-45)
• Hannah praying for a child (1 Samuel 1:8-15)

 

Aggressive Worship

 

WHAT IS WORSHIP?
John 4:21-24 (our church's name is derived from this verse) - The Father is looking for TRUE WORSHIPPERS.
- It is an expression of love and thankfulness.
- It will deepen as your understanding and relationship deepens with God.
- It is WHO you live your life for and HOW you live it.
- Abraham's act of worship was obediently giving to God what God was requiring from him. Same thing with Abel. Cain did not offer a good sacrifice.
- Worship is intimate, naked, and very personal. In the Holy of Holies

- Recently saw a bumper sticker that said: "Tree hugger and Dirt Worshipper"... Scripture says: "Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the CREATURE more than the CREATOR, who is blessed for ever. Amen." Rom 1:25

 

Biblical Expressions of Worship & PRAISE

• We pray together aloud because in the Bible we read, "They lifted up their voice to God with one accord" (Acts 4:24).

• We lift our hands in praise because in the Bible we read, "Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord" (Psalm 134:2).

• We sing with all our hearts because in the Bible we read, "Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise" (Psalm 98:4).

• We play musical instruments because in the Bible we read, "And all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of instruments" (2 Samuel 6:5).

• We clap and shout unto God because in the Bible we read, "O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph" (Psalm 47:1).

• We dance before the LORD because in the Bible we read, "Praise Him with the timbrel and dance: praise Him with stringed instruments and organs" (Psalm 150:4).

• We testify publicly because in the Bible we read, "I will declare thy name unto my brethren; in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee" (Psalm 22:22).

• We anoint with oil for divine healing because in the Bible we read, "Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord" (James 5:14).

• We allow the operation of the spiritual gifts because in the Bible we read, "When ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation" (1 Corinthians 14:26).

Faithfullness to Church Attendance

 

WHAT IS "THE CHURCH"?

The WORD "CHURCH" in the Greek is "ekklesia" It literally means "a calling out" - much like Moses leading Hebrews OUT of Egypt.

The CHURCH is the collection of people that have been born again of water and spirit.
Other terms for the church include:
- The Bride of Christ - The Body - Sheep - Wheat - The Saints
- People of "The Way" - Christians - Disciples

Each of these terms describe PEOPLE that have been born again. The CHURCH is a body of SPIRIT FILLED people. If someone is not SPIRIT FILLED, they are not yet in "THE CHURCH". The church is ONE spiritual entity that covers the globe. The church is NOT a denomination. Denominations are man-made organizations.

 

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF COMING TO CHURCH?

TO PRAISE GOD TOGETHER
"O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together."

Psa. 34:3

 

TO ENCOURAGE EACH OTHER
"And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers." Acts 2:42


"And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved." Acts 2:46-47

 

"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." Hebrews 10:25

 

"But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort." 1 Cor 14:3

 

"How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying." 1 Cor 14:26

 

"From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love." Eph 4:16

 

THERE IS SAFETY IN THE CHURCH
• Church is guaranteed to WIN! - Mat. 16:18 "upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
• Noah's Ark - stay in the boat
• Rahab's House - stay in the house
• Hebrew Passover - stay in the house

 

MINISTRY IN YOUR LIFE

"And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors (SHEPHERD) and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:" Eph 4:11-12

 

"And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding." Jer. 3:15

 

"And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things." Mark 6:34

 

"Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you." Heb 13:17

 

"Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:"

Col. 1:28

 

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The Testaments

 

Understanding the Old & New Testaments
• What is a Testament / Covenant / Will?
- Testament = an act by which a person determines the disposition of his or her property after death
- Covenant = a formal and serious agreement or promise
- Last Will and Testament = A will or testament is a legal declaration by which a person, the testator, names one or more persons to manage his or her estate and provides for the distribution of his property at death.

What's the difference between the Testaments?

 

OLD TESTAMENT COVENANT - - - Blood of Bulls and Goats (pushed sins forward)
- Exo. 24:3-8 - - - "And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant"

 

PROMISE OF A NEW COVENANT - - - Old Testament Law Weak. Needed a new covenant
Jeremiah 31:31-34 - - - "I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel"
Joel 2:28-29 - - - "in those days will I pour out my spirit."
Hebrews 8:7-13 - - - "For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second."

 

NEW TESTAMENT COVENANT - - - Blood of a Man (remission of sins. remission = the cancellation of a debt, charge, or penalty.)
Isaiah 53:5-6 - - - "we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all."
Hebrews 9:11-22 - - - "Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood…having obtained eternal redemption for us."
Matthew 26:26-28 - - - "For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins."
(the bread and the wine were symbolic of what was about to happen - death on the cross)
Revelation 1:5 - - - "…Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,"

 

REVELATION
OT sprinkling of blood for the covenant was symbolic in that it revealed its inability to cover God's people. The blood of animals simply was not enough to cover them.


NT provides a complete covering, immersion (baptism) in the blood. While the OT covenant just pushed sins forward, the NT covenant washes them away completely…"And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized (immersed), and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord." Acts 22:16

Three Temples

1) Solomon's Temple
2) Zerubabel's Temple
3) Antichrist's Temple
Herods temple is only modification and additions
Jesus "tear down this temple" prophecy
The third temple

 

• All of the bad Kings for both Northern and Southern Kingdoms were taken captive
• Southern Kingdom (Judah) for 70 years. Jeremiah foretold this.
• Now in Babylon, 23 years after Nebuchadnezzar dies, Belshazzar's idol feast
• Handwriting on the wall…Mene, Mene Tekel Upharsim
• Medes and Persians conquer. Cyrus, king of Persia, releases jews back to Jerusalem.

Rebuilding of Jerusalem and the Temple
3 Amazing Restorationists...
- Nehemiah rebuilt the walls and gates
Underline or Highlight these verses: Neh. 1:3-9; 2:5, 18; 4:17; 6:15
- Ezra restored jewish worship and the Word
Underline or Highlight these verses: Neh. 8:2-6
- Zerubabel rebuilds the temple
Underline or Highlight these verses: Ezra 3:10-13; 5:2; Hag. 1:1-12; Hag. 2:9;

 

THE BOOK OF PSALMS
Overview of the Book of Psalms
The book was originally titled Tehillim, which means “praise songs” in Hebrew

 

AUTHORS
Moses wrote Psalm 90
David was responsible for seventy-three psalms
Asaph wrote twelve
descendants of Korah penned ten
Solomon wrote one or two
Ethan and Heman the Ezrahites were responsible for two others

 

ORGANIZATION
The psalms are organized into five books or collections. They were probably collected gradually, as corporate worship forms developed along with temple worship.

 

TYPES OF PSALMS
- Historical
- Praise
- Lament
- Thanksgiving
- Pilgrim (going up to Jerusalem)
- Wisdom
- Royal (referring to Israel's king or Messiah)
- Victory
- Law
- Songs of Zion

 

• Psalm 1 (wisdom) – Tree of life that bears FRUIT - this is a picture of the life that God wants for you.

 

• Psalm 23 (Thanksgiving) – These are the promises of God's protection and provision.

 

• Psalm 150 (praise) – deals with Praise


THE BOOK OF PROVERBS
Overview of the Book of Proverbs

Purpose of Writing: Knowledge is nothing more than an accumulation of raw facts, but wisdom is the ability to see people, events, and situations as God sees them. In the Book of Proverbs, Solomon reveals the mind of God in matters high and lofty and in common, ordinary, everyday situations, too. It appears that no topic escaped King Solomon's attention. Matters pertaining to personal conduct, sexual relations, business, wealth, charity, ambition, discipline, debt, child-rearing, character, alcohol, politics, revenge, and godliness are among the many topics covered in this rich collection of wise sayings.

 

• Proverbs 4 – vs. 5-7 & 26 explain why studying proverbs is important.
- avoid sin and temptation
- vs. 23 worth memorizing

 

• Proverbs 5 – Good advice to men. Avoid the seduction of a strange woman. Love your wife.

 

• Proverbs 31 – vs. 10 A virtuous woman.

 

THE DIVIDED KINGDOM

• Solomon’s reign is often termed the “Golden Age” of ancient Israel.
• When Solomon died, civil war loomed on the horizon.
• Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, succeeded the throne. Because he exhibited such arrogance
and lack of concern for his subjects, the kingdom split.
• The ten northern tribes revolted and appointed Jeroboam king.
• The northern kingdom became known as Israel and the southern kingdom was called Judah.

 

ISRAEL (NORTHERN)

• Israel’s capital was erected at Samaria
- for 200 years, 19 kings from 7 different families ruled– abundance of murders, suicides, assassinations and idol worship
- Prophets warned (Elijah, Elisha, etc.)
- Carried away captive by Assyrians (721 BC) -
- Assyrians intermarried with the Northern Jews to erradicate their culture and identity. They became Samaritans.

 

JUDAH (SOUTHERN)

• Judah capital was Jerusalem
- The royal lineage was unbroken…"the sceptre shall not depart from Judah” (Genesis 49:10).
- Prophets warned
- Carried away captive by Babylon (king Nebuchcadnezzar)

Judah's Prophets warned:
Eight prophets wrote warnings to Judah
- Joel - if the priests and Judah would fast and weep before the Lord, He would hear their cry and restore their fellowship.
-the promised outpouring
- Peter repeated Joel’s sermon (Acts 2:14-21). Our generation is witnessing the
completion of the “latter rain” promise (Joel 2:23-31).
- Nahum prophesied and reiterated to Nineveh the call to repentance which Jonah
- Micah, a small-town prophet, Micah cited the very birthplace of the future Messiah: “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though
thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me
that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting” (Micah 5:2).
- Obadiah prophesied warnings
- Zephaniah cautioned Judah to repent or be destroyed.
- Habakkuk preached a similar message of coming judgment.
- Isaiah prophetic visions of the coming Messiah.
- Jeremiah severely hated, persecuted, and imprisoned as a traitor. His predictions proved accurate.

 

Downloads

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Timeline of the Old Testament

 

 

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The Kings of the Divided Kingdom

 

 


 

 

         

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