We have a new identity in Christ that takes precedence over every human relationship
Why did they burn the magic books?
I. Because they were chosen by the Father…
II. Because they were redeemed by the Son…
A. Redemption in the Old Testament:
B. Redemption in the Greco Roman world:
C. Redemption for us today:
III. Because they were sealed by the Holy Spirit.
The choosing of the Father, redemption of the Son, and sealing of the Holy Spirit are not merely ____________ to be affirmed but ______________ to be practiced.
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When Paul came to Ephesus the city was possessed by magic.
We know what was in the books the believers burned.
The solution to human depravity is God’s choosing.
Fun facts about God’s choosing:
God’s choosing is enough to bring us joy for all of life.
“Advice for godly people living in a promiscuous culture” Proverbs 5:1-23; 6:25-29
I. There is a deceptive, aggressive danger against which we must guard our hearts. (3-6)
A. We are now seeing the consequences of social media becoming mainstream.
B. We live in a promiscuous society that thinks sexy is cute.
II. Therefore we must set boundaries for ourselves to avoid this danger. (7-12)
A. We are tempted because we are human but to act on our lusts will be costly.
B. The battle is won or lost in the mind.
III. Choose wholesome alternatives designed by God for our satisfaction. (13-19)
A. Single people must enjoy platonic friendships.
B. Married people must learn to cherish their own cistern.
IV. Walk in the light of God’s presence. (20-23)
A. Morality/ethics is theocentric, not anthropocentric.
B. Fearing God and loving God are two sides of the same coin.
Exodus 31: 1-11; 35:30-36:2
What is “leadership”
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Great Leader = Great Servant
Their names have been remembered.
God is rightly acknowledged as the source of their skill.
Bezalel and Oholiab were willing to use their skills to serve God.
Bezalel and Oholiab oversaw the work of others.
We welcome Rev. Scott Roen from the Forest Lakes District today. Thanks for coming Scott.
1 Samuel 18-19
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Jonathan gestures his submission to David’s future
The beginning of the downfall of Saul
The pinnacle of these two chapters
Saul The Shark::David the Fugitive
Psalm 59 David’s song to God during this time:
His presence is our strength
His presence is our fortress
His presence is affirmation of his love
The life of a follower of Jesus Christ:
If the LORD is with us, God’s will for our lives will not be derailed, no matter who is against us or how long we may be delayed.
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Why do we hesitate to share our faith?
We are _____________________
We don’t feel ________________
We don’t want to be _____________________
We are _____________
I. You can use what you ____________________
II. You can invite someone to ____________________
III. You can share your ________________________
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Salome was at the cross and the empty tomb.
Salome interceded for her sons. (Matthew 20:20-28)
• Why did she come to Jesus?
• Did Jesus approve of her coming?
• What did she get from Jesus?
Salome was the mother of adult children.
• Wait on God.
• Use wisdom already gained.
• Find our identity in Jesus.
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The boldness of Jesus riding a donkey into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday is the same boldness we need to advance the gospel in Boyceville; and it starts with prayer.
The early church was powered by prayer.
I. They addressed God as despota
1. God of Creation (24)
2. God of Revelation (25-26; Psalm 2)
3. God of History (27-28)
II. They asked for boldness, not safety.
1. “Consider their threats”
2. “enable your servants…”
3. “grant signs and wonders..”
Worship is a response
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I. Worshipping will lift our countenance. Genesis 4:3-8
II. Worshipping will keep us clean. Leviticus 1:9; 10:3;
III. Worshipping will redeem our past. John 4:19-26
IV. Worshipping will create peace in our relationships. Eph 5:15-21
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Psalm 150
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What kind of church are we?
I. God designs diversity. 1 Corinthians 12
II. Diversity is healthy.
III. Not wrong, just different.
IV. The country church is changing.
V. We may resolve conflict by enjoying our differences.