The local church is the hope of the world (October 14)

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Acts 2:42-47 (NLT)
“All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper ), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity — all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.”

1. It can provide a family to the world

2. It’s a place that can bring about miracles

3. It will bring salvation to this city

Questions:
1. How do you think Jesus sees the local church?

2. How do you see the local church?

3. What do you want to see through this church?

Speak To Your Mountain – Ps Rod Plummer (September 30)

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Matthew 17:14-20
When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him.“Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water.I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.” “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.

The disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

1.Passion to help people more. Cry out ‘why are we not able’

2.Take our current level of faith… and use it

3.Speak to your mountain in Jesus’ name

A.Words are faith in action

B.Words are heart overflow
Matthew 12:34b (NIV)
For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

C.Words are Life and healing
Proverbs 18:21 (NIV)
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit

Proverbs 15:4a (NIV)
The soothing tongue is a tree of life.

4.Stay in the “all things are possible” zone

With great power comes great responsibility (September 23)

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Part 1: Great power –> God’s resource

Matthew 25:14-18 NIV
Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and
entrusted his wealth to them.(15)To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another
one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.(16)The man who had received five
bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more.(17)So also, the one
with two bags of gold gained two more.(18)But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole
in the ground and hid his master’s money.

1. “Remember, with great power comes great responsibility!” Uncle Ben in Spiderman

2. “God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply.” Hudson Taylor

Philippians 4:19 NIV
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ
Jesus.

2 Corinthians 9:6-9 NLT
Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop.
But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.(7)You must each decide in your heart how
much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives
cheerfully.” (8)And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you
need and plenty left over to share with others. (9)As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give
generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.”

Part 2: What you do with –> your destiny

Matthew 25:19-30 NIV
“After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts
with them.(20)The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said,
‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’ (21)“His master replied, ‘Well
done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of
many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ (22)“The man with two bags of gold also came.
‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’ (23)“His
master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will
put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ (24)“Then the man who had
received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you
have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. (25)So I was afraid and went out and
hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ (26)“His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy
servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered
seed? (27)Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I
returned I would have received it back with interest. (28)“ ‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it
to the one who has ten bags. (29)For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance.
Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. (30)And throw that worthless
servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

3. Live for heaven’s applause and personal destiny. “Only one life, ’it will soon be past, Only what’s done
for Christ will last.” ― C.T. Studd

2 Timothy 4:6-8 MSG
You take over. I’m about to die, my life an offering on God’s altar. This is the
only race worth running. I’ve run hard right to the finish, believed all the way. All that’s left now is the
shouting—God’s applause! Depend on it, he’s an honest judge. He’ll do right not only by me, but by
everyone eager for his coming.

4. “Use it or lose it.” Henry Ford

Martha, dear Martha (September 16)

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Luke‬ ‭10:38-42‬ ‭MSG‬‬
As they continued their travel, Jesus entered a village. A woman by the name of Martha welcomed him and made him feel quite at home. She had a sister, Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word he said. But Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen. Later, she stepped in, interrupting them. “Master, don’t you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand.”
The Master said, “Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.”

1. She chose not to be in charge
A woman by the name of Martha welcomed him and made him feel quite at home.

2. She chose not to impress anybody
“Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing.”

3. She chose not to worry
But Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen.

4. She chose not to defend

5. She chose to hang on every word he said
She had a sister, Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word he said.

Martha, come out of the Kitchen!