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Saturday, March 26, 2011

sermon notes and text for 3-27-11

STEWARDSHIP - MINISTRY

 

     Text: 1 Corinthians 4:1 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.
     2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

 

Ministry means;

What is ministry? 1)) to be a servant, attendant, domestic, to serve, wait upon

a) to minister to one, render ministering offices to

1) to be served, ministered unto

b) to wait at a table and offer food and drink to the guests,

1) of women preparing food

c) to minister i.e. supply food and necessities of life

1) to relieve one's necessities (e.g. by collecting alms), to provide take care of, distribute, the things necessary to sustain life

2) to take care of the poor and the sick, who administer the office of a deacon

3) in Christian churches to serve as deacons

d) to minister

1) to attend to anything, that may serve another's interests

2) to minister a thing to one, to serve one or by supplying any thing

 

 

Who is supposed to minister?

 

Matthew 4:11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

 

Peters mother in law;

Matthew 8:15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.
 

Ministry isn't an office;

         Matthew 20:20 Then came to him the mother of Zebedees children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.

 21And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.

 22But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.

 23And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.

 24And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren.

 25But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.

 

 26But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister.

 

 27And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant.

 

     Jesus considered himself to be a servant;

 28Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

 

     We minister to each other;

1 Peter 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

 

     John 13:12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?

 13Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.

 14If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet.

 15For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

 

 

 

 

 

Angels minister to us

 

Hebrews 1:14 Concerning the angels he said; Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

 

Don't get side tracked

 

1 Timothy 1:4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.

 

 

Our leaders are ministers

 

Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

 2Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

 3For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

 4For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

 5Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

 6For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.

 7Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

 

 

What should our attitude be?

 

     These women ministered after being delivered from evil spirits;

     Luke 8:1 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him,

 2And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,

 3And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.

 

We minister because we want to.

2 Corinthians 3:6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

 

 

Our lifestyle must be consistent with good motives;

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

 

Be yourself

1 Peter 4:11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

 

The Training Process

 

Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

 12For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

 13Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

 14That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

 15But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

 16From 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.

 

Leaderships Responsibility

 

1 Peter 5:1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:

2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind.

3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being examples to the flock.

 

 

 

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Sermon notes and text for 3-20-11

STEWARDSHIP- Money

 

     Text: 1 Corinthians 4:1 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.
     2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

 

          Money is a necessity. Currency is an item used for the exchange of products or services. How do we acquire this money?

 

Get a Job

 

           Proverbs 13:11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.

 

          2 Thessalonians 3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

 

           How should we use our money? Buy food, clothing, shelter etc…

 

          1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

 7For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

 8And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

 9But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

 10For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

 

Spend Wisely

 

           Isaiah 55:2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? Hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

 

Avoid foolish spending.

 

Don't be like the prodigal son.

 

           Luke 15:13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.

 

Be Generous

 

           Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

 

          Acts 2:44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

          45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

 

Give Cheerfully

 

          2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

 

 

Honor God with your money.

 

          Proverbs 3:9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase.

 

Test God

 

 

           The only place in the bible where we are told to put God to the test.

 

 

          Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

 

         

Where is the tithe money spent?

 

          Deuteronomy 26:12 When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase the third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given it unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within thy gates, and be filled;

 

What happens if I refuse to tithe?

 

          Haggai 1:6 Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.

 7Thus saith the LORD of hosts. Consider your ways.

 8Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the LORD.

 9Ye looked for much, and, lo it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? Saith the LORD of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house.

 10Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew and the earth is stayed from her fruit.

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Sermon notes and text for 3-13-11

STEWARDSHIP- Tongue

 

     Text: 1 Corinthians 4:1 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.
     2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

 

Tongue

 

 

          Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.

 

Source of speech

 

Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

 

         

          Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe. In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues.

 

 

          Romans 14:11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

 

The old man

 

          James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart; this man's religion is vain.

 

          James 3: My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

 2For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

 3Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.

 4Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.

 5Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

 6And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

 

 7For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:

 8But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

 9Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

 10Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

 

 11Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

 12Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? Either a vine, figs? So can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.

 

14But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.

 

 15This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

 16For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

 

          Galatians 5:15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.

 

 

 

 

 

Use the tongue for good

 

          We start by getting our heart right. Remember, our righteousness is from God and not our own righteousness.

 

The new man

 

 13Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

 

 17But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

 

 

 18And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

 

 

          Galatians 5:13-17 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

 14For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

 

 

          1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Love never gives up.
   Love cares more for others than for self.
   Love doesn't want what it doesn't have.
   Love doesn't strut,
   Doesn't have a swelled head,
   Doesn't force itself on others,
   Isn't always "me first,"
   Doesn't fly off the handle,
   Doesn't keep score of the sins of others,
   Doesn't revel when others grovel,
   Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
   Puts up with anything,
   Trusts God always,
   Always looks for the best,
   Never looks back,
   But keeps going to the end.

 

          We need to use the tongue for the glory of God.

 

          We use the tongue when we witness for the Lord.

 

          We use the tongue when we bring peaceable solutions to problems.

 

The solution

 

 16This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

 17For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

 

          1 Peter 3:10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
 

          1 John 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

 

 

         

 

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

sermon notes and text for 3-6-11

STEWARDSHIP - Family

 

     Text: 1 Corinthians 4:1 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.
     2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

 

Family

 

          There are three things that make up a family; husband, wife and children.

Let's look at each of them.

 

 

           Ephesians 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

 

Wives

 22Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

 23For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

 24Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

 

Husbands

 25Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

 26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

 27That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

 28So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

 29For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

 30For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

 31For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. The home is established.

 32This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

 33Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

Proverbs 18:22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.

 

          What should I look for in a spouse?

 

          What am I willing to give in return for this perfect woman?

 

          How many of these attributes do I have?

 

          Proverbs 31:10-31 (The Message)

 

          Resume for a Good Wife

 10-31 A good woman is hard to find,
   and worth far more than diamonds.
Her husband trusts her without reserve,
   and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, she treats him generously
   all her life long.
She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,
   and enjoys knitting and sewing.
She's like a trading ship that sails to faraway places
   and brings back exotic surprises.
She's up before dawn, preparing breakfast
   for her family and organizing her day.
She looks over a field and buys it,
   then, with money she's put aside, plants a garden.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,
   rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work,
   is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
She's skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,
   diligent in homemaking.
She's quick to assist anyone in need,
   reaches out to help the poor.
She doesn't worry about her family when it snows;
   their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.
She makes her own clothing,
   and dresses in colorful linens and silks.
Her husband is greatly respected
   when he deliberates with the city fathers.
She designs gowns and sells them,
   brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.
Her clothes are well-made and elegant,
   and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
   and she always says it kindly.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,
   and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her;
   her husband joins in with words of praise:
"Many women have done wonderful things,
   but you've outclassed them all!"
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.
   The woman to be admired and praised
   is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.
Give her everything she deserves!
   Festoon (a garland of flowers) her life with praises!

 

 

Children

 

           Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

 2Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;

 3That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

 4And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

 

 

         

 

 

          The first dysfunctional family.

 

                    Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? Satan causes us to doubt what God has said.

 

 2And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

 3But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. Why wasn't Adam there supporting his wife? Adam just stood there and said nothing.

          Did Adam realize what was taking place in his family? Men get involved in all kinds of things. Sports, his job etc. Most men distance themselves from their families. They let their wives take care of things. Making a living isn't enough. Men must be involved in their families. Adam allowed Satan to disrupt his home.

 

 4And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

 5For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. God is just keeping some good things from you. You are stuck here at home while other women are out there making money and having a good time. You are to valuable to be stuck here with all these unruly kids all day. Be somebody. Make a statement in this world. 

 

 6And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

          Eve ate of the fruit without discussing it with her husband first.

 

 7And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

 8And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

 9And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

          You will notice that God spoke to the head of the house.

 

 10And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

 11And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

          It's time for accountability.

 

 12And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. Adam doesn't take responsible for his own actions. He blames his wife.

          A man is responsible for what takes place in his household.

 

 13And the LORD God said unto the woman. What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

The devil made me do it. Pass the buck.

 

          As we read further, we see that God has a plan for us even when we disobey. The promised seed is Jesus Christ. He is waiting to forgive and help us to make the change we need in our lives.

 

         

 

         

         

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