YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
The Boy and the Starfish
A man was walking along a deserted beach at sunset. As he walked he could see a young boy in the distance, as he drew nearer he noticed that the boy kept bending down, picking something up and throwing it into the water.
Time and again he kept hurling things into the ocean.
As the man approached even closer, he was able to see that the boy was picking up starfish that had been washed up on the beach and, one at a time he was throwing them back into the water.
The man asked the boy what he was doing, the boy replied,"I am throwing these washed up starfish back into the ocean, or else they will die through lack of oxygen. "But", said the man, "You can't possibly save them all, there are thousands on this beach, and this must be happening on hundreds of beaches along the coast. You can't possibly make a difference."
The boy looked down, frowning for a moment; then bent down to pick up another starfish.
James 4:8 "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you."
Genesis 1:26a (NKJV)
"Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;"
Romans 8:29a (NKJV)
"For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son,"
"We do the greatest service to the next generation of Christians by passing on to them undimmed and undiminished that noble concept of God which we received from our Hebrew and Christian fathers of generations past."
A. W. Tozer
"These things you have done, and I kept silent;
You thought that I was altogether like you;
But I will rebuke you,
And set them in order before your eyes."
"The idolatrous heart assumes that God is other than He is – in itself a monstrous sin – and substitutes for the true God one made after its own likeness"
A. W. Tozer
THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD
Foundation Scripture - Isaiah 6
GOD IS HOLY!
"And one cried to another and said:
'Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
The whole earth is full of His glory!'"
"Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name?
For You alone are holy."
“Power is God’s hand or arm, omniscience His eyes, mercy His bowels, eternity His duration, but holiness is His beauty.”
A man asked his wife what she'd like for her birthday. "I'd love to be six again," she replied.
On the morning of her birthday, he got her up bright and early and off they went to a local theme park. What a day! He put her on every ride in the park: the Death Slide, the Screaming Loop, the Wall of Fear--everything there was! Wow!
Five hours later she staggered out of the theme park, her head reeling and her stomach upside down. Right to McDonald's they went, where her husband ordered her a Big Mac along with extra fries and a refreshing chocolate shake. Then it was off to a movie - the latest Star Wars epic, and hot dogs, popcorn, Pepsi Cola, and M&Ms. What a fabulous adventure! Finally she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed.
He leaned over and lovingly asked, "Well, dear, what was it like being six again?"
One eye opened. The wife said, "You idiot, I said i would like to be a six again, I meant my dress size!"
The moral of this story is: If a woman speaks and a man is actually listening, he will still get it wrong.
The Church is those called away from the world by name (individually) into an assembly (gathering) that has been named.
A declaration that one will do a particular thing.
Mark 12:30 (NKJV)
"And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment."
God is so in love with you that He wants all of you, not just part of you!
Our Purpose determines our Passion, proven by our Pursuit, based on our Promise!
The assurance that one will do a particular thing!
By checking these three things you can easily see what is most important in your life!
the thing that is measured as seconds, minutes, hours, days, years, etc.
Psalm 90:12 (NKJV)
"So teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of wisdom."
"Every moment comes to us pregnant with a command from God, only to pass on and plunge into eternity, there to remain forever what we have made of it."
~Francis de Sales!
Ephesians 5:14-17 (NKJV)
"Therefore He says:
“Awake, you who sleep,
Arise from the dead,
And Christ will give you light.”
15) See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16) redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17) Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is."
"The present is the only time in which any duty may be done or grace received."
a special ability that allows someone to do something well.
"All that a man has to answer for is the talent or talents that God has given him!"
How is the fulfillment of vision meant to work in practical terms?
Proverbs 18:16 is a powerful statement that reveals the answer: "A man's gift makes room for him" (NKJV). What you were designed to be known for is your gift.
God has given you a gift or talent that will make room for you.
The second part of Proverbs 18:16 says, "A man's gift…brings him before great men" (NKJV). You don't realize that the gift that God has given you is loaded with possibility.
“Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.”
something valuable (such as money, jewels, gold, or silver) that is kept in a safe place.
Matt 6:21 "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also!"
"God has given us two hands. One to receive with and the other to give with. We are not cisterns made for hoarding; we are channels made for giving."
Proverbs 3 NKJV
"9 Honor the Lord with your possessions,
And with the firstfruits of all your increase;
10 So your barns will be filled with plenty,
And your vats will overflow with new wine."
"If we give instead of keep, if we invest in the eternal instead of the temporal, we store up treasures in Heaven that will never stop paying dividends. Whatever we store up on earth will be left behind when we leave. Whatever treasure we store up in Heaven will be waiting on us when we arrive."
James 2:17 "Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead."
1) To Christ FIRST!
2) To His body worldwide!
3) To His local body!.
In this series I have spoken to you in generalities but today more specifically. Here at TCC is where we as individuals plug in to the Body of Christ as a whole to serve Him on the local level, with our Time, Talents and Treasures for as long as we are in this local body!
His pledge- Hebrews 13:5 "Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
Our response to His pledge,"I will never leave you. I will never forsake you!"
I stake my claim!
The Church is those called away from the world by name (as individuals) into an assembly (gathering) that has been named with a specific ...
PURPOSE (why created.) and consumed with a PASSION (for His Presence.) proven by our
PURSUIT (to follow Him.) based on our
PROMISE (pledge to Him.)
It is on this day that I sense a tug toward a heritage that I have been grafted into. I feel the conviction of truth that men have stood for since the beginning of time! A belief in something that is other worldly. Something that, though invisible, can clearly be seen. It is the effects of the truth of the gospel that has drawn men and women from every nation, tribe, tongue, and continent of the world.
It is the truth that has caused men to forfeit their comfort and their well-being; to grasp hold of something that is spiritually discerned. It spurs us past the ordinary and into that extraordinary place where few have walked.
Today we walk in the footsteps of giants. Men and women of faith, people of spiritual vision that would never be satisfied with this natural world but had caught a glimpse of a spiritual city and a holy God who is its builder. People who have seen the frailty and vanity of this life and will never rest on this side of glory! We must take our cue from those that have gone before us that have continually perpetuated the sacrifice that only God deserves. Money will not appease them. Fame is not their goal for they have seen the eternal and nothing in this fallen world will quench the hunger they feel deep inside. Their desire is to stand in the presence of the living God!
Family will not deter them, friends cannot sway them and the enemy will not stop them! They are aggressive in their faith. God is not a part of their lives, He is their life!
The fear of death has long been left in the dust and the boldness of the Holy Spirit has gripped them. They are unyielding to the conformity of the world. They walk to the beat of a different drummer. It is not the applause of men that catches their attention but the approval of their God that satisfies them. Men like Noah, who heard the voice of God and moved with fear to build the Ark in the face of the unbelief of his generation. Men like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego who would rather burn for the truth than bow to the lies of false worship. These testify to a belief that was burning deep within them. Men who believed the word that "this life is a vapor that is seen then it’s gone". Men like Moses who stood before God and then marched into Egypt to confront a tyrant or David running toward the giant who was the enemy of God!
In their mind this world was not enough. Some left wealth, comfort, and privilege to follow the God of the ages. Men and women who loved not their lives unto the death. They were willingly poured out like drink offerings and wrung out like rags, realizing that this life was not their final destination. Men like Isaiah who was sawn in two for speaking Gods word or weeping Jeremiah who was beaten and locked in stocks for prophesying. Men who embraced truth that was so evident that even in the face of death they could not be silenced. Abraham who left his country in pursuit of God but on this earth could find no home. Their passion for God pushed them forward, declaring and proclaiming Gods holy truth! Hebrews 12:1-2 says it best-"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God." Let us be moved forward by the testimony of those behind us...Heaven is waiting!...Pastor Rob
Nov 17 10am
I want you to know that we are praying for you and your family
At Sunday school one Sunday the teacher found one of her students making faces at others children in the class, Ms. Smith stopped to gently reprove the child.
Smiling sweetly, the Sunday School teacher said, "Bobby, when I was a child, I was told if that I made ugly faces, it would freeze and I would stay like that."
Bobby looked up and replied, "Well, Ms. Smith, you can't say you weren't warned."
*Jail Ministry update*
Mary Ann Mason - "This year we have seen in the TCC Jail Ministry-87 Rededication's and 19 Salvationist! All glory to God!"
The Greek word for church is Ekklesia- "Ek"- out of, from, by, away from. "Kaleo" -to call i.e. to name, by name-
The calling away by name from the world into an assembly that has been named with a specific Purpose!
Eph 3:15 "Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named." (American King James Version)
The reason why something is created and exists.
NOTES- Today we will explore the PURPOSE of the church. Why we were created and why we exist!
SLIDE 3- PURPOSE!
TO PLEASE THE FATHER!
Our Purpose determines our Passion proven by our Pursuit based on our Promise!
NOTES- To return to the reason we were created will stop the discontentment that seems to overshadow our lives!
1. TO WORSHIP HIM!
2. TO WITNESS OF HIM!
3. TO WORK FOR HIM!
NOTES- The Church must be God centered!
The feeling and expression of reverence and adoration for God!
Worship is the bowing of the heart, head, hand and knee! The complete and total giving of ourselves in reverence to our Holy God. It is the act of returning to our first love.
NOTES- We must Worship to please the Father!
“I can safely say, on the authority of all that is revealed in the Word of God, that any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven.” .A.W. Tozer
A. Worship must be God centered.
1. Psalms 95:6 "Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker."
2. Hebrews 13:15 "Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name."
3. One of the great errors in modern worship is making it "worshiper centered". Worship is to be centered on God, not entertaining ourselves.
a. We need to understand that the blessings we receive from worship are a by-product of our worship and not the focus. In worship we come to do and give, not receive.
b. Our problem is not with the content of our worship. The problem is with our hearts. We are so materialistic and carnal minded that we cannot center our minds on praising God and need artificial stimulation to "feel" spiritual.
IF WE PRIZE HIM, WE WILL PRAISE HIM!
One who can give a firsthand account of something seen, heard and experienced.
"The church is the Spirit-filled community of faith that assembles to bear witness to the work and person of Jesus Christ as part of God's identity and action"
NOTES- We must Witness to please the Father.
“Whatever we do, we must not treat the Great Commission like it's the Great Suggestion.”
? Charles R. Swindoll
Ephesians 3:10-11, "to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the CHURCH to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, 11 according to the eternal PURPOSE which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord," (Emphasis added)
A) We must tell of what He has done for us personally.
B) We must tell the message of His saving grace.
C) We must tell how Jesus tasted death for all men.
D) We must tell how He took the punishment for our sin so that we could share in the blessing that rightfully belongs to Him!
OUR PURPOSE IS ETERNAL!
SLIDE 8- WORK!
An activity involving mental and physical effort done in order to achieve the PURPOSE!
NOTES- We must Work to please the Father.
“God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s provision.”
-J. Hudson Taylor
Acts3:17, "And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of The Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him."
Proverbs 16:3, "Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established."
Galatians 6:9-10 "And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith."
Bread and The Wine!
All is focused on Him!
a) Bread-Broken Body!
b) The Wine-The Blood!
He gave His all and we should worship Him!
Shall we not follow His example!
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Next Sunday is"The Church 2-PASSION!"
1) Prayer time starts this week from 9-10am Mon-Thur
at TCC. Everyone is welcome!
2) Mpact Groups are on November 20th
. If you are not currently attending an Mpact group we invite you to get involved! See Matt and Jenifer Armstrong
3) Be a part of the Body! See you at church!
Let's be the church!!! God bless you and I will see you Sunday!
Let the passion of God become a consuming fire inside of you and may you set on fire everyone that you come in contact with!
THE CHURCH 2
A young boy had just recieved his driving permit. He asked his father who was a minister, if they could discuss the use of the car. His father took him to his study and said to him, "I'll make a deal with you. You bring your grades up, diligently study your bible and get your hair cut and we'll talk about it." After about a month the boy came back and again asked his father if they could discuss use of the car. They again went to the father's study where his father said, "Son, I've been real proud of you. You have brought your grades up, you've studied your bible diligently, but you didn't get your hair cut." The young man waited a moment and replied, "You know Dad, I've been thinking about that. You know, Samsom had long hair, Moses had long hair, Noah had long hair, and even Jesus had long hair!", to which is father replied, "Yes, you're right, and they also WALKED every where they went!"
The calling away from the world by name into an assembly that has been named with a specific Purpose and consumed with a passion!
the object of such powerful love or desire!
“Light yourself on fire with passion and people will come from miles to watch you burn.”
Our Purpose determines our Passion, proven by our Pursuit, based on our Promise!
THE LORD IS OUR PASSION!
“I want the presence of God Himself, or I don't want anything at all to do with religion... I want all that God has or I don't want any.”
1) "As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?"
"As after a long drought the poor fainting hind longs for the streams, or rather as the hunted hart instinctively seeks after the river to lave its smoking flanks and to escape the dogs, even so my weary, persecuted soul pants after the Lord my God. Debarred from public worship, David was heartsick. Ease he did not seek, honour he did not covet, but the enjoyment of communion with God was an urgent need of his soul; he viewed it not merely as the sweetest of all luxuries, but as an absolute necessity, like water to a stag. Like the parched traveller in the wilderness, whose water bottle is empty, and who finds the wells dry, he must drink or die -- he must have his God or faint. His soul, his very self, his deepest life, was insatiable for a sense of the divine presence."
3) "When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your hands, 4) What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him?"
"He has no concern for the stars, but He has the deepest concern over the fate of man. He never wept over burning suns, but He has wept over sinning and suffering man. He never expended any sympathy on the constellations, but the sorrows of men have awakened his deepest solicitude. He never visited a distant star to avert its fate, or alter its doom; but He did visit this far distant little planet to redeem man from destruction and visit him with the light and glory of a great salvation. He has proved to a certainty that He bestows more care and anxious love upon the humblest little babe in the poor man's cabin than upon all the material universe."
Psalms 16:11 NIV
"You make known unto me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasure at your right hand."
"Do you realize that God's presence in our lives is the best thing we could ever posses? The riches of this world fade in comparison to the glory of knowing Christ!"
Yesterday at Dan Hinton's funeral 5 people gave their lives to Christ! Men are changed by His presence!
PASSION FOR HIS PRESENCE!
"Blessed are those who dwell in Your house and Your presence; they will be singing Your praises all the day long!" Psalm 84:4 AMP
“When Moses says, "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh?" God answers not by telling Moses who he is, but by telling him who God is, saying, "I will be with you" (Exodus 3:12)”
~Harold S. Kushner
Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt.
a) He was a part of the Royal family so he had the best of Egypt. The palace, the position and the provision!
b) They were slaves in Egypt! They suffered the worst under harsh task masters.
c) Moses never wanted to go back.
d) The children of Israel could talk of nothing else? We were better off in Egypt!
What was difference?
a) Moses had a personal encounter with God at the burning Bush! He met with the "I am that I am" in Exodus 3
b) The children of Israel has seen the miracles but had not known the personal presence!
The children of Israel rejected His presence at Mt Sinai!
When we becomes Passionate for His presence then His heart becomes our heart and His Pursuit will becomes our Pursuit!
When I get to Heaven, if there is mud in the streets knee deep and the gates are made of cardboard and swing on leather hinges, if I can look down that muddy street, down that Heavenly Blvd and see Jesus, it will be Heaven to me!
May God bless you all this week and take the time to share the gospel with someone this week!
CONFIRM THE WORD!
Hey, God bless you all. We are in the third message of our series on "The Church" and our subject is Pursuit. It is what Passion drives you to! It is being mobile and aggressive in our Faith to reach out and be involved in the things that Jesus is involved in!
This minister just had all of his remaining teeth pulled and new dentures were being made. The first Sunday, he only preached 10 minutes.
The second Sunday, he preached only 20 minutes.
But, on the third Sunday, he preached 1 hour 30 minutes. When asked about this by some of the congregation, he responded this way.
"The first Sunday, my gums were so sore it hurt to talk. The second Sunday, my dentures were hurting me a lot. The third Sunday, I accidentally grabbed my wife's dentures... and I couldn't stop talking!"
Make sure that you get your name tags! You are going to need them this upcoming Sunday!
The Church are those that are called away from the world by name (individually) into an assembly (gathering) that has been named, with a specific Purpose (why we exist) and consumed with a Passion (for His Presence) proven by our PURSUIT (to follow Him.)
Amos 3:3 NKJV "Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?"
The answer is emphatically "NO"! To walk with Him, you must go where He is!
"The action of following someone or something!"
Psalms 27:8 "When You said, 'Seek My face,' My heart said to You, 'Your face, Lord, I will seek.'"
Our Purpose determines our Passion, proven by our Pursuit, based on our Promise!
The reason we were created will ignite our desire for His presence, seen in our following where He is and where He is going!
“You can see God from anywhere if your mind is set to love and obey Him.”
? A.W. Tozer
THE LORD IS OUR PURSUIT!
Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?
TO WALK WITH HIM:
a) HIS PURPOSE BECOMES OUR PURPOSE!
b) HIS PASSION BECOMES OUR PASSION!
c) HIS PURSUIT BECOMES OUR PURSUIT!
"Thou hast formed us for thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee."
He becomes the STANDARD by which we walk and not we ourselves!
UNITY IN PURSUIT!
"Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to ANOTHER STANDARD to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshipers met together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be, were they to become 'unity' conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.”
FOR A MOMENT PETER'S DARKEST HOUR;
John 18:17 "Then the servant girl who kept the door said to Peter, “You are not also one of this Man’s disciples, are you?” He said, “I am not.” 18 Now the servants and officers who had made a fire of coals stood there, for it was cold, and they warmed themselves. And Peter stood with them and warmed himself."
"25 Now Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. Therefore they said to him, “You are not also one of His disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not!” 26 One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of him whose ear Peter cut off, said, “Did I not see you in the garden with Him?” 27 Peter then denied again; and immediately a rooster crowed. ....put a pin in this...We will come back to it!
There are two questions that need be answered to effectively PURSUE The Lord!
1) Where is Jesus?
2) What is Jesus doing?
THE LAMBS! His Church!
WHERE IS JESUS?
JOHN ON THE ISLE OF PATMOS!
Revelations 1:10 "I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, 11 saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”
NOTE--The book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ though given to John was to be sent to entire Body!
NOTE-- The number 7 represent completeness in the scripture, the seven churches represent the entire body of Christ on earth!
12) "Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands,"
NOTE--7 verse 20 tells us that the seven golden lamp stands are the 7 churches!
13) "and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band."
1) Jesus is in the midst of the church.
2) Jesus is speaking out of the church.
3) Jesus is speaking to the church.
14 "His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; 15 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; 16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength."
4) Jesus is manifesting His glory in the church!
"Where He was is where He is and where He is is where He is going!"
Hebrews 13:8 "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever."
WHAT IS JESUS DOING!
Let's no forget Peter!
CHRIST RESTORES PETER;
John 21:15 "So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.” 16 He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep."
The Lord's Passion for His Lambs becomes our Passion for His Lambs and is an expression of our Pursuit of Him!
“Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth.”
? A.W. Tozer
Where is Jesus?
Mark 16:19, 20
"So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 20) And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen." (NKJV)
The Lord's Passion for the Lost becomes our Passion for the Lost and is an expression of our Pursuit of Him!
The Lord's voice must be embraced by The Lamb's before The Lost will hear!
What is Jesus doing?
He is working through you and I!
We are co -laborers with God!
1 Corinthians 3:9 "For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building."
1) He is convicting!
John 16:8 "And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:"
2) He is drawing!
John 12:32 "And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.”
3) He is saving!
Acts 4:12 "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
“The task of the Church after Jesus' resurrection and ascension was to proclaim the forgiveness of sins to all nations.”
- Charles Stanley
As we becomes Passionate for His Presence then His heart becomes our heart and His Pursuit becomes our Pursuit!
Let the Passion of God engulf us to the place of pursuing Him in all that we do. When we are passionate then we will Pursue!
I hope that today is finding you blessed! I just wanted to share some notes with you on last weeks sermon so that you and I can look at it together this week to keep it fresh in our minds! Together we are going to look more and more like Christ each and every day!
There were two men shipwrecked on this island. The minute they got on to the island one of them started screaming and yelling,
"We're going to die! We're going to die! There's no food! No water! We're going to die!"
The second man was propped up against a palm tree and acting so calmly that it drove the first man crazy. "Don't you understand?!? We're going to die!!"
The second man replied, "You don't understand. I make $100,000 a week."
The first man looked at him quite dumbfounded and asked, "What difference does that make?!? We're on an island with no food and no water! We're going to DIE!!!"
The second man answered, "You just don't get it. I make $100,000 a week and I tithe ten percent on that $100,000 every week.
Trust me, my pastor will find me!"
Now Consider How Great This Man!
The book of Hebrews is written before the destruction of the Temple in A.D. 70. The Authorship has been strongly debated but the truth is we don't know who the author is. The book is written somewhere around A.D. 65. The book of Hebrews is written by a Hebrew to Hebrews!. If tithing were done away with this would be the book that should state that fact but in studying this book we see quite the contrary!
3 Main Points!
1. There is a Tabernacle in Heaven with a great High Priest!
2. The Tabernacle Moses built is an exact replica of the one in Heaven!
3. The function of that Temple is still active today!
The Tabernacle of Moses!
The Tabernacle was placed in the center of camp and their whole lives revolved around it!
Exodus 25:40 "And see to it that you make them according to the pattern which was shown you on the mountain."
I believe that the structure of the tabernacle and it's placement holds a great significance to us as believers!
Three times in scripture these instructions are mentioned.
1) Exodus 25
2) Deuteronomy 8
3) Hebrews 8
A host of other scriptures allude to this fact!
Revelations 11:19 "And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in His temple the ark of His testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail".
1. The Temple in Heaven has a great High Priest!
The New Priestly Service
8:1- "Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,"
2. The Tabernacle in the wilderness that Moses built was an exact replica of the Temple in Heaven!
Hebrews 8:2 "a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man."
3. The function of that Temple is still active today!
Hebrews 7:8 "Here mortal men receive tithes, but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives."
a) Mortal men-Men that die
b) Immortal-One that does not die-Jesus-recieves the Tithe in the Heavenly tabernacle!
Hebrews 8:4 "For if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law;"
The phrase “For if He were on earth” is evidence to the fact that we are speaking of Jesus after His ascension!
Hebrews 8:5 "who serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For He said, “See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.”
Hebrews 7:4 "Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils."
(Deuteronomy 26:17, 18 NKJV)
17 "Today you have proclaimed the Lord to be your God, and that you will walk in His ways and keep His statutes, His commandments, and His judgments, and that you will obey His voice. 18.-Also today the Lord has proclaimed you to be His special people, just as He promised you, that you should keep all His commandments,"
Abram and Melchizedek
18 "Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High.19 And he blessed him and said:
“Blessed be Abram of God Most High,
Possessor of heaven and earth;
20 And blessed be God Most High,
Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.”
And he (Abram) gave him (Melchizedek) a tithe of all."
1 "For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, 2 to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated “king of righteousness,” and then also king of Salem, meaning “king of peace,” 3 without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually. 4 Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils. 5 And indeed those who are of the sons of Levi, who receive the priesthood, have a commandment to receive tithes from the people according to the law, that is, from their brethren, though they have come from the loins of Abraham; 6 but he whose genealogy is not derived from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises. 7 Now beyond all contradiction the lesser is blessed by the better. 8 Here mortal men receive tithes, but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives. 9 Even Levi, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak, 10 for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him."
Need for a New Priesthood
11 "Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called according to the order of Aaron? 12 For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law. 13 For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no man has officiated at the altar. 14 For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.[a] 15 And it is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest 16 who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life. 17 For He testifies:[b]
“You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek.”[c]
1) The Coffee Club!
This Thursday evening from 7-9pm for adults ages 20 and up! (There is no childcare so make the appropriate arrangements).
2) Next Monday Nov 11th at 8am Men's fellowship breakfast at Mary B's on south-side,
3) We would like to recognize the P&W team, our sound and media team for the great job that they do!
Have a blessed week and know that we love you and are praying for you and your family everyday!
CONFIRM THE WORD!
I pray that God blessed you at service this past Sunday! Thank you to the congregation at TCC for their love and generosity, you truly surprised and blessed us!
I just wanted to send a reminder of what the Lord spoke to us Sunday morning so that in our private study we will be studying the same thing and moving in the same direction.
If your Gospel isn't touching others, it hasn't touched you!
--Curry R. Blake
JESUS IS THE BUILDER AND OWNER OF THE CHURCH!
Matt 16:18b "and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it."
The response of the early church!
This is the only time in history that the universal church and the local church are one and the same! We get an intimate look at the most important part of their structure and how they cared for each other.
Acts 2:42 "And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers."
The structure and care of the early church is seen in their desire to:
a) Continued-Greek-Ane-from Strong's G2258 and means to Agree, to be, charge of, hold, use.
b) Steadfastly-Greek-proskartereo-from the Strong's and means to adhere closely to, be constantly diligent, continue.
What did they agree with and continue in?
1) Continuing in the Apostles doctrine-The teaching of Christ's kingdom, The word of God!
2) Continuing in fellowship-from 2844; partnership, i.e. participation, or (social) intercourse, or (pecuniary) benefaction:--(to) communicate(-ation), communion, (contri-)distribution, fellowship.
3) Continuing in communion-the Lords supper.
4) Continuing in prayers-from 4336; prayer (worship); by implication, an oratory (chapel):--X pray earnestly, prayer.
Acts 2:46 "So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,"
They joined together at the temple.
They joined together at their houses.
They ate meals together.
47 "praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved."
1) Praising-Greek-Aineo –from the Strong’s G134 and means to praise!
2) Favor-Greek-Charis-from the Strong’s G5485 and means to benefit, joy, liberality. His divine influence upon the heart!
3) Church-Greek-Ekklesia-from the Strong’s. Christian community of believers, called out assembly.
A WISE MAN MINISTERS TO CHRIST BY MINISTERING TO THE CHURCH! (which is His body)
JESUS IS JEALOUS OVER HIS CHURCH!
Acts 9:1 "Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2 and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
3 As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. 4 Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”...(Jesus sees the persecution of the church as persecution against Himself!)
5 And he said, “Who are You, Lord?”
Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”
We see from the scriptures below that the born again experience will be evidence by a deep and active love that is shown by how we treat our brothers and sisters in Christ!
Matt 25:37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?"
39 "Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’"
These verses are not written to the fivefold ministry alone but to the body of believers which includes the fivefold ministry!
YOU CANNOT SERVE JESUS, WITHOUT TAKING CARE OF HIS FOLLOWERS!
”The sheep on the right must have had their names written in the book of life, and those on the left did not. But what Matt 25 brings out is the correlation between one's salvation status and one's behavior. Is this teaching salvation by works? Indeed we might come to that conclusion if we hadn't read the rest of the Bible. In reality what happens is that those who have been born of God naturally love the children of God. This is not performance based salvation, but salvation based performance. One's works are an effect of (and therefore indication of) one's salvation status, rather than being a cause of one's salvation.”- The Berean Christian Bible Study Resources
Notice how love for other Christians is an indication of one's salvation status:
1 John 3:10 "This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother."
1 John 3:14 "We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers."
1 John 5:1 "Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God,
and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well."
John 13:35 "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
”But why doesn't Jesus mention the book of life here? Probably because he didn't want people to have the sort of concept of Eternal Security not uncommonly found in the Christian community today in which people assume they are saved but make no correlation to their behavior. Paul exhorts: "Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you-- unless, of course, you fail the test?" 2Cor 13:5 But today many simply presume they are "in Christ" and don't question that fact, whereas
the Bible advocates there being an inevitable correlation between one's behavior and one's salvation status.”- The Berean Christian Bible Study Resources
Show the love and favor of God to the body of Christ, starting at your local church and moving outward to the universal body of Christ and to the rest of the world! May God bless you as you study the passages that are listed above! Remember that you can always go towww.belprecelebrationcenter.com and click on the free mp3 tab and download the message for free!
1) November 2nd --Motorcycle Ride!
Leaving from TCC parking lot at 10am sharp!
Jeff and Becky Uhl are heading up a ride for all you Bikers!
They will be heading out 555 to Zanesville and returning across 339.
Pack your lunch, make all necessary “stops” on your way to the Church,
invite your friends and be ready for a great day!
For more info call the Uhl’s at 304-917-4067 or talk to Becky on Facebook!
2) November 3rd --***DON’T FORGET TO SET YOUR CLOCKS BACK***
Turn your clocks back 1 hour. “Fall back in the fall!”
3) We invite you to get involved in our Mpact Group Ministry!
Our next meeting is on November 6th ~7:00pm!
See Matt or Jenifer Armstrong for more information on how you can get involved!
“Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together.”- Vesta Kelly
4) Missions Fall Yard Sale
TCC Family Center
We are accepting donations (Please, no clothing or shoes)
If you need anything picked up for the sale
See or contact Jeff Adams!
God bless you all and we pray that you have a great week. If I don’t see you before then I will see you Sunday!
Confirm the Word!
The last two weeks have been filled with the blessing of the Lord through the teachings that have been given at The Celebration Center. I wanted to send this reminder to you so that you can be updated on what God is saying to us as a body of believers. I would like to encourage you to go to our website at www.belprecelebrationcenter.com and click on the tab “Free Mp3's” to download these messages so that you can listen to them again. I believe that they will be a blessing to you. You will also find several stored messages of previous sermons from our Sunday morning celebration services that can be be downloaded and listened to for free!
Pastor Abe Huber from Brazil was with us in both our morning and evening service!
10am Celebration service:
Pastor Abe spoke on “We should know no man after the flesh!”
2 Corinthians 5:16 (NKJV), "Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no long"
If we are full of Jesus and His love, then evangelism becomes automatic and not forced
1) We must see ourselves according to the Word!
2) We must see the saints according to the Word!
3) We must know the world according to the Word!
Faith is the conviction of facts that you cannot see! When we believe the facts based on the promise of God and take possession of those things then they are manifested in the natural.
2 Corinthians 5:16 teaches us:
1) We should not regard ourselves according to the flesh but we must see ourselves as the word of God sees us. A lot of Christians are disobeying this principle and they keep looking at themselves in the natural! This verse says that we are to regard no one according to the flesh which includes us as individuals. People struggle with depression and stay bound in their minds because they never see themselves free the way the Bible speaks of them. No one includes us! We should focus on what God has said about us and allow that to build the picture of who we are instead of the natural. Allow the word of God to become the Spiritual force that changes how you see yourself.
2) We should not regard other saints according to the flesh but we must see other Christians as the word of God sees them. This is not always easy but it is effective and gives us the freedom to stand in faith with them instead of being at odds with one another.
3) We should not regard the world according to the flesh but we must see them according to the word of God. This should bring us to a place of compassion as we recognize that the mercy of God is extended to them. We become co-laborers with God as we believe for their salvation and begin to look past their flesh and see who they can be in God!
Go to www.belprecelebrationcenter.com and click on the “Free mp3” tab and download the message “Looking into the Mirror: Pastor Abe Huber 10/13” to hear this message in its entirety!
7pm Celebration service:
Pastor Abe Huber spoke on becoming a Barnabas or a Barnabella. He brought out the powerful impact that Barnabas had on the Apostle Paul’s ministry. The word Barnabas means the son of encouragement and that how like the Holy Spirit, He had come along side of Paul and encouraged him in the faith! He brought to light that each of us has the ability to be a Barnabas (men) or Barnabella (women) in the lives of other believers. Pastor Abe stressed the importance of the role we play in each other’s lives as being an encourager in a world that is filled at times with discouragement. This powerful ministry opportunity is available to every believer and should be embraced by each of us!
Continental Directors of LAMCAR Dan and Brenda Clowers/Regional Directors of the Caribbean Darrell and Bonnie Clowers.
10am Celebration service:
Darrell and Bonnie Clowers shared for about 10 minutes on what was happening in the Caribbean and some of the projects that had been accomplished over the past year and shared what their vision was for the next year.
Dan spoke on Luke 10 “Lift up your eyes for the fields are white unto harvest.”
It is one thing to be called; it is another thing to go. God is calling on a great army of believers to reach the lost in this world. God has a plan to move us into the ministry of the work of the harvest. Each of us here this morning has this powerfully anointed calling. God wants you! Jesus is saying the He wants you to pick up the ministry that He started and is still working in fervently! The question is; will you pick up the ministry and accept the calling?
In Joshua chapter 3 the children of Israel are on the other side of the Jordan River about to march in and take Jericho. God begins to speak to them about His plan to take the city. He tells them that they need to follow Him for they had never been this way before! When you see the Ark of the Lord being carried on the shoulders of the Levitical priest you shall set out from your place and follow it.
1) When God moves, we must move with Him! Keep your distance from the Ark so that you can see what is about to happen at the Jordan river for you have never been this way before.
2) Don’t box God in. Don’t crowd the Lord and think that He has to do things the way He has always done them before.
3) Joshua under the instruction of God commands the people to sanctify themselves and be ready.
God has a plan, He always has a plan. You and I must follow the Spirit of the Lord when He moves and to follow where He is leading. When we follow Him we must realize that He knows where He is going and that we have never been this way before. Let us be open to the Lord and not limit our willingness to move based on the fact that He is moving in a way we have never seen before. God is calling us out to a life that is sanctified and set apart so that we will be ready to walk in His way and establish His victory!
Go to www.belprecelebrationcenter.com and click on the “Free mp3” tab and download the message “Pastor Dan Clowers 10/20” to hear this message in its entirety!
1) This Sunday is Mpact Rodeo Sunday! Mpact Groups Meet November 6th ~7:00pm “Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together.”- Vesta Kelly See Matt or Jenifer Armstrong for more information.
2) Sunday night – 7:00pm Earth Aliens Children’s Church Harvest Party! Come dressed like a Superhero and invite your friends and neighbors.
3) Motorcycle Ride - November 2nd! Leaving from TCC parking lot at 10am sharp! Jeff and Becky Uhl are heading up a ride for all you Bikers! They will be heading out 555 to Zanesville and returning across 339. Pack your lunch; make all necessary “stops” on your way to the Church. Invite your friends and be ready for a great day! For more info call the Uhl’s at 304-917-4067 or talk to Becky on Facebook!
We will be looking for you this Sunday, if I don’t see you beforehand, I will see you in Church!
God Bless you all and know that we are praying for you and your families!
I pray that you are meditating on God's word and allowing it to govern your thinking. I believe the Spirit of The Lord is on you and helping you to receive the transformation in your life that He desires! Praise God!
Get dressed! Put on the Whole Armor of God! "The Helmet of Salvation!"
God has told us to put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the enemy! The offer of His armor lets us know that simple human reasoning will never be enough to overcome the enemy!
God has not left you without protection but has freely given you His armor. It has been tested and proven!
Helmet of salvation = Mind of Christ!
The helmet of salvation tantamount to the mind of Christ. It is protecting your mind with the power of salvation. The mind of Christ is a mind that is governed by the anointing!
Get the mind of Christ and all of its benefits.
One of the instructions given to us in the Bible is to have the mind of Christ. We read in Philippians 2:5, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” Have you ever wondered how this is possible?
Ephesians 6:13 "Therefore take up the whole armor of God,
17 And take the helmet of salvation,"
1) Helmet- encirclement of the head, i.e. a helmet:--helmet.
2) Salvation- noun; defender or (by implication) defence:--salvation. From-rescue or safety -deliver, health, salvation, save, saving.
PROTECT YOUR SPIRIT, SOUL AND BODY BY RENEWING YOUR MIND WITH GOD'S WORD!
Romans 12:2 "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."
God does not think or act the way we do (Isaiah 55) but He has given us His word so that we will be able to think His thought and walk in His ways! When we study and meditate on His word we begin the process of renewing our mind. Through this process we have the power of God through the word to transform (completely change...the word transformed in Rom 12:2 is the same word used to describe Jesus' transformation on the mount of transfiguration!) our lives. That is a promise of glorious power! Praise The Lord!
Philippians 2:5, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”
According to the above scripture you have to "Let this mind be in you", signifying that not only does it not happen automatically, it is something you must do. If you begin to think Gods thoughts you will begin to speak Gods word and walk in Gods ways and ultimately get the results God gets. Praise the Lord!
Philippians 4:8: “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
Take control of your thinking. Don't allow negative thinking to control your mind. Replace those negative thoughts with the kind of thinking described in Philippians 4:8 (above). This means you will have to think about your thoughts and not allow your mind to be the playground for the enemy. This is not easy but it is doable and it is victory!
Your mind has a profound effect on your body and God has given us the tools to walk in peace and health!
God bless and I pray that you have an awesome day and an awesome week. We hope to see you tonight at 7pm at The Coffee Club if not we will see you Sunday morning!
1) Coffee Club Oct. 3rd @ 7pm
Ages 20 and above (no child care)
Join us for live music.
Soup, sandwiches, & desserts will be available; served by our Mission’s Team.
2) Abe Huber-from project Amazon
October 13th~ 10:00am
Please Join us and invite someone.
3. “Quest Youth”Craft & Vendor Show
October 19th (9am-4pm)
See Anita Hale or Becky Uhl
4) October 20th
Joining us in service will be missionaries
Dan, Brenda, Darrell, and Bonnie Clowers from LAMCAR!
We are praying for you!
Praise The Lord! Just a reminder of our teaching from this past Sunday. I encourage you to go over it again and allow it to be a point of study. I am sure God will bless you in it!
Acts 17:11, "Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true."
PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD!
"THE SHIELD OF FAITH!"
Ephesians 6:13-15 NKJV
13) "Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14) Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15) and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16) above all, taking the "SHIELD OF FAITH" with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one."
God has not left you without faith! Look at this scripture...
"For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith." 1 John 5:4 KJV
Your God given faith will work to protect you from the enemy! Praise God!
1) above all- The shield of faith not only defends our whole body but also our armour. It keeps the darts of the enemy away from the head, chest, waist, arms and legs. No wonder the Bible says we should have it 'above all'.
The shield of faith has a very specific function, which the Bible makes abundantly clear: to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. Not some of them but ALL of them.
I want to remind you that faith is a shield to stop the darts and not a pair of pliers to pull the darts out with!
None of the other pieces of weapon mentioned so far are exalted as highly as the shield.
The shield moves with the attack. A skilled soldier can use the shield to hold back the darts of the enemy no matter the direction they come from. When the shield is down the other weapons are exposed.
BE A TURTLE IN THE KINGDOM!
"In Ancient Roman warfare the testudo, or tortoise formation, was a formation used commonly by the Roman Legions during battles, particularly sieges.
In the testudo formation, the men would align their shields to form a packed formation covered with shields on the front and top. The first row of men, possibly excluding the men on the flanks, would hold their shields from about the height of their shins to their eyes, so as to cover the formation's front. The shields would be held in such a way that they presented a shield wall to all sides. The men in the back ranks would place their shields over their heads to protect the formation from above, balancing the shields on their helmets, overlapping them. If necessary, the legionaries on the sides and rear of the formation could stand sideways or backwards with shields held as the front rows, so as to protect the formation's sides and rear." (From Wikipedia)
We must march in unison, protecting one another and joining our faith together to produce that impenetrable shield of Gods power!
1) shield-from 2374; a large shield (as door-shaped):--shield. Not pliers to pull them out but a shield!
2) faith-from 3982; persuasion, i.e. credence; moral conviction (the truthfulness of God), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself:--assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.
3) quench- to extinguish (literally or figuratively):-go out, quench.
4) fiery darts-flaming missiles
5) wicked one-the devil, or (plural) sinners:--bad, evil, grievous, harm, lewd, malicious, wicked(-ness). See also 4191.
You have not been left out...
“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” (Romans 12:3)
PICK UP YOUR "SHIELD OF FAITH" AND REPORT FOR DUTY! WE NEED YOU!
1) NEXT WEEK
Coffee Club Oct. 3rd @ 7pm
Ages 20 and above (no child care)
Join us for live music. Soup, sandwiches & desserts will be available; served by our Mission’s Team.
2) IN 3 WEEKS!
Pastor Abe Huber from PAZ (Project Amazon) will be here on Sunday October 13th at 10am! You will be blessed by this humble man of God!
3) NEXT YEAR!
Our Winter Prophetic Conference is Jan 17, 18 and 19th 2014. Dr Garnet and Francis Pike will be teaching the School of the Prophets! Make plans to attend!
I pray you have a blessed week. Witness to someone and invite them to church with you this Sunday!