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FBC Clarion Podcast

By First Baptist Clarion
Pastor Jason Hunter brings the word of God to us each week at First Baptist Church in Clarion, Pennsylvania
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The Announcements of Christmas Part 1
Announcing Jesus to his mother Mary -Randy Leadbetter
November 28, 2021
Practicing Thankfulness
Randy Leadbetter
November 21, 2021
Thanks for Adversity
Jason Hunter
November 14, 2021
Thanks for the Gospel
Thankfulness for God giving us the Gospel!
November 7, 2021
Babylon Part 5
Thriving in Babylon Jason Hunter
October 31, 2021
Babylon Part 4
Jason Hunter
October 24, 2021
Babylon Part 3
Jason Hunter
October 17, 2021
Babylon Part 2
How do you THRIVE in Babylon... not just survive? Sermon Notes (Printable) Jason Hunter
October 10, 2021
Babylon Part 1
Jason Hunter
October 3, 2021
Sticking Together
Jason Hunter
September 26, 2021
Glad You Asked - Security
Jason Hunter
September 19, 2021
Glad you Asked - Salvation
Can you lose your salvation? Jason Hunter
September 12, 2021
Glad you Asked: Temptation
Jason Hunter
September 5, 2021
Glad you asked - Faith Part 2
What is a Baptist? Jason Hunter
August 29, 2021
Glad you asked - Faith
How do you choose a faith? Jason Hunter
August 22, 2021
Glad You Asked: Heaven Part 3
Question: Will we know each other in heaven? Jason Hunter We worshipped at the Farm yesterday. If you missed it, we missed YOU! Take a look and plan to join us next time!  Our Worship Service is ready for you to view!
August 15, 2021
Glad You Asked: Heaven Part 2
Question: Are there three heavens? Where are they? Are there more than three?
August 8, 2021
Glad You Asked: Heaven Part 1
Question: Will our pets be in Heaven?
August 1, 2021
Glad You Asked - Prayer
Question: I have been wondering about something you said previously. You indicated that we should pray to only the Father but then this week was about Jesus and Him being God and the Holy Spirit being our earthly heavenly helper. I am confused.
July 25, 2021
Glad You Asked - Liberty
Question: Standing up during the Public Scripture Reading, why do we not stand for the entire service in a sense because that is God's Word being declared. It seems sensible. Why aren't we invited to stand as is done when worship begins, or when the bride is walking down the aisle. I know you said you wanted it to catch on and people to do it of their own accord but perhaps it needs a bit of explanation and contextualization. I know in a sense it is a minor issue but I thought I would ask anyway.
July 18, 2021
What happens when I die?
Pastor Randy Leadbetter
July 11, 2021
Jason Hunter
July 4, 2021
Biblical Argument Part 3
Follow along with Pastor Jason as he explains how to argue about the Bible Biblically!
June 27, 2021
Biblical Argument Part 2
Jason Hunter
June 20, 2021
Biblical Argument Part 1
Jason Hunter
June 13, 2021
To be or not to be...
Jarrett Furnish Titus 3:1-8
June 6, 2021
Silver Bullet #2: The Word
Jason Hunter 2 Timothy 2:15 Everyone is a ___________________ Everyone needs to be  a __________________________ ______________________ of  Biblical Interpretations 1-There is __________________ and ___________________ 2- Avoid ______________ Do Not miss __________________ 3- ____    ________   Not _________________ 4- God is Not trying to _____________________ 5- God _______________ Faith Not ____________________ ______________________ of  Biblical Interpretations 1___________________  ______________    ________________ 2___________________  ______________    ________________ 3 __ ___ ___ ___ 4_______________Words = BIG __________________ 5 Finally - Avail yourself of ____________________
May 31, 2021
Silver Bullet #1: The Spirit
Jason Hunter
May 23, 2021
The Pet Wolf
Jason Hunter
May 16, 2021
The Hybrid Wolf
Jason Hunter
May 9, 2021
The Silent Wolf: Part 3
Jason Hunter Silent Wolf 3 - Acts 20:25-27 Omission 3= _______________________ Hedonism =  the doctrine that ___________ or _____________ is the highest good. Christian Hedonism = the belief that a relationship with God is the means to having your every _____________ or _____________ met Sacrifice - the voluntary ___________ of one’s desires, rights, assets, possessions, or ______________________ _______________ is instrumental to being a ___________________ 3 Heart Issues that require Sacrifice form a Jesus Follower     1= ______________________  Self-Denial is the Heart of ___________________    :Matthew 16:24     2= _____________________ Love is the Heart of ____________________  :1 John 4:8     - Sacrifice is ______________ of Love    :Ephesians 5:1-2     - Sacrifice is ______________ of Love    :John 15:12-14     - Sacrifice is ____________          of ______________ Love            :John 2:15-16     3= _____________________ Service is Heart of ___________________   :Matthew 20:26-28 The church is supposed to exist for those __________________ as much as it does for those __________________
May 2, 2021
The Silent Wolf: Part 2
Jason Hunter Silent Wolf 2 Acts 20:25-27 Omission 2 = _______________________ _____________is a reality of life. John 16:33 Romans 8:18  _____________is a reality of believers. Psalms 34:19 2 Tim. 3:12  When we omit the Biblical teaching of suffering it handicaps us in dealing with the ___________________________________  The Problem of Evil = How can a _________ _________ and _________ ______________ God allow _________ to Exist?  We can’t mistake the ___________ of God as either _____________ or ______________________  When we omit the Biblical teaching of suffering we miss the ___________________________________  1_________________________________ Hebrews 12:7-11 2 _________________________________ 1 Peter 1:6-7 3 _________________________________ 2 Corinthians 1:3-9 4 _________________________________ 2 Corinthians 4:16-18  When we omit the Biblical teaching of suffering we sidestep the ___________________________________  We are being transformed to…..  1 _____________ of the things of Jesus Luke 23:34 2 __________ the _________ of Jesus Hebrews 5:7-10 3 _______________ the ______________ as Jesus did John 15:18-21 Hebrews 11:32-38
April 25, 2021
The Silent Wolf
Jason Hunter
April 18, 2021
The Lone Wolf
Jason Hunter
April 11, 2021
Easter Sunday: Faith
Jason Hunter
April 4, 2021
Easter: When you die?
Jason Hunter
March 28, 2021
Easter: Jesus?
Jason Hunter
March 21, 2021
Easter: Worldviews
Jason Hunter
March 14, 2021
The Shepherds Responsibility
Jason Hunter
March 7, 2021
The Enduring Shepherd
Jason Hunter
February 28, 2021
The Caring Shepherd
Jason Hunter
February 21, 2021
The Humble Shepherd
Jason Hunter
February 14, 2021
Disciple One in 2020ne
Jason Hunter
February 7, 2021
The 1: Discipling Preparation
Jason Hunter
January 31, 2021
The 1: Obstacles of Discipleship
Jason Hunter
January 24, 2021
The 1: Focus on Jesus
Jason Hunter
January 17, 2021
The 1: Attitudes of a Fisherman
Jason Hunter
January 10, 2021
The One
Jason Hunter
January 3, 2021
Jason Hunter Discipleship Circle Handout
December 27, 2020
Christmas Joy
Jason Hunter
December 20, 2020
Christmas Gifts
Jason Hunter
December 13, 2020
Christmas Waiting
Jason Hunter
December 7, 2020
Hang in There
Pastor Jason Hunter Isaiah 40
November 29, 2020
Keith Hastings 1 Thessalonians 5 NIV
November 22, 2020
Denying the Suffering Servant
Randy Leadbetter
November 16, 2020
Jason Hunter
November 9, 2020
Before and After an Election
Jason Hunter
November 2, 2020
Faith in Sin: Part 2
Jason Hunter
October 26, 2020
Faith in Sin: Part 1
Jason Hunter
October 19, 2020
Jason Hunter
October 11, 2020
Baptism Sunday
Jason Hunter
October 4, 2020
The Business of Worship
Jason Hunter
September 27, 2020
1 Timothy 1:12-16
Jarrett Furnish
September 20, 2020
Good News: Paul to the Romans
Jason Hunter
September 13, 2020
Discussing the Good News
Jason Hunter
September 6, 2020
Thriving Relationship with the Holy Spirit
Jason Hunter
August 16, 2020
A Growing Christian
3 Defining Qualities of a Christian The Love of God and Others - Mark 12:29-31 - Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these Selfless love I Corinthians 13:4-6 - Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth The Christian Spirit Galatians 5:22-23 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Holy Spirit is a marker your assurance of salvation. Time to keep growing and to shine as we have never shined before. Be more and more Christian Book of Hebrews - Jesus is better – stick with him. – Keep on Growing – Don’t Stop Hebrews 12:1-3 –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, 2 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. Picture of a lady named Kayla Montgomery – long distance runner. She has MS and she can’t feel her legs when she runs.  Her coach has to help her stop and then she regains the feeling of her legs.  This is a picture of the Christian race.  It is painful.  When we finish the race we collapse into the arms of Jesus.  Jesus carries you off the field.  This is the image of the writer of Hebrews.  We have to give it our all.  No matter what obstacles we face. Look back and around - Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses – Hebrews 11 is the Hall of fame of the faithful. Don’t give up. Our history and legacy are important to us. Who is in your stadium?  Sports events – how are the athletics going to play and no one be in the stadium.  Their dad and mom are watching them play.  Will they give it their all?  As a Christian will you give it your all? A W Tozer was a personal favorite. Look in - let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which so easily entangles us, He is writing to Christians. Without repentance we can’t run very well. Have you gotten rid of all the sin out of your life?  Catastrophic and cancerous sins. Catastrophic – big damage, sins tend to be physical, not easy to hide then cancerous – termites – do damage but slower, sins tend to be with the mind, easy to hide. Look Forward - let us run with endurance the race that is set before us – If you are going to run a race you always focus on the finish. All eyes are forward.  You can’t look backwards. Where are you going? Heaven Colossians 3:1-2 - If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. Be heavenly minded because we want more people to be there. Focus on Jesus - looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, an
August 9, 2020
Does God Love Me?
Randy Leadbetter
August 2, 2020
The Most Important Day
Randy Leadbetter What is your most important day? Is it the day you got married?  The day you had children? The day you got your degree? What in the past are we missing?  Those were the good old days. In the 30’s, times were tough – there were mobsters, soup lines, several blocks long, dust ball came through our country.  There were no showers, went outside to go to the bathroom. In the 40’s, millions killed during the war. Would freedom reign? In the 50’s we had the fear of the atomic bomb. We thought we would be okay under our desk. In the 60’s there was great music – The Beatles, The Stones, but our President was killed. President Kennedy and his brother both murdered. Vietnam War – Detroit was burned down In the past we reminisce that there were 12 kids in every classroom, VBS was full. There was pain in the past. Regrets. Can’t get on to today.  History of the Church – Israelites – in the wilderness they grumbled and complained – spent 40 years in the desert. What in the future do we have our minds set on? Is the future the best life ahead?  The future ruins today’s goals? If I can only get past high school, then it will be real living. If I can get that job, life will be better. If I get married, things will be great. I really want children, then I will have a real family. Can’t wait until the kids move out of the house, then my spouse and I will travel, especially when we retire. The only thing was that person died before retirement. True contentment, true joy – Only God Knows Are we dwelling too much on the future? Don’t know future – it is overwhelming.  So overwhelming that it ruins today. Are you living a life of fear?  Paul in Philippians 3:13-14 - Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. We miss today because we dwell so much on the future or on the past. Today is the day we have.  In II Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. I Corinthians 9:24 - Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.   Luke 12:16-20 - And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be? What am I going to do today for HIM?   Matthew 6:25 - Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Our focus needs to be on today.  How can I be like Jesus today? Corrie Ten Boom - Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength. What can we do? Spend time with the Lord Spend time in The Word Quality time with spouse and kids Encouraging others Show kindness to others Give compliments   Matthew 6:33 - But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. What is the most important day? Today is the most important day to give Honor and Glory to God
July 26, 2020
Basic Faith: Holy Spirit Part 6
Jason Hunter
July 19, 2020
Basic Faith: Holy Spirit Part 5
Jason Hunter 6 THINGS WE CAN DO TO DAMAGE OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT People can Lie to the Holy Spirit People can Grieve the Holy Spirit People can resist the Holy Spirit People can Quench the Holy Spirit People can Blaspheme the Holy Spirit Matthew 12:31-32 Blaspheming the Holy Spirit is completely ignoring or discrediting the Work of the Spirit Three Warning signs …. You may be on a Blasphemous course: Psalm 81:11-12 – But my people would not listen to me; Israel would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. Stubbornness against the things of God Romans 1:24, 26, 28 – Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another; Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones; Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done Desire for things not of God ….. The world 1 Timothy 4:1-2 – The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. Adoption of Non-Godly (non-Biblical) teaching Treat Blasphemy like the Grand Canyon People can Mistreat the Holy Spirit Hebrews 10:29 - How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? Two ways we mistreat the Spirit in the church setting When we ignore what the Spirit IS saying John 15:26 - When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. When we credit the Spirit with saying something He IS NOT saying When we attach the Spirit’s direction without consultation When we attach the Spirit’s direction to something non-biblical. Especially to get our own way When we attach the Spirit’s direction to our personal preferences.  
July 12, 2020
Basic Faith: Holy Spirit Part 4
Jason Hunter
July 5, 2020
Basic Faith: Holy Spirit Part 3
Jason Hunter John 16:7  7 "But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you   Point one = The Spirit did not just arrive    Point two = The Spirit is a “Person”   He is Person He is Personal He is where/how we connect with God He is in our hearts He reacts to us in a real relationship   Point three = The quality of the connection depends on the quality of the relationship   How does the Spirit react when we damage the relationship? The Silent Treatment   6 things we can do to damage our relationship with the Holy Spirit          1-People can Lie to the Spirit   Acts 5:1-11   The Heart of the lie is they wanted to seem more pious, religious, or spiritually mature than they actually are Why is it so egregious?             John 16:13 - But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.             Romans 8:27 - And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.   4 Ways we lie to the Spirit   1- When there is no consistency between church life and public life Matthew 6:1 - Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. Matthew 23:27 - Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. 28 In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness Romans 2:3 - So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment?   2- When we taught our belief in the Bible BUT disregard it instructions 1 John 2:4 - Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.   Luke 6:46 - Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?   Real Life -EXAMPLE   John 13:13-14,17 - You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.   3- Anytime we lack love 1 John 4:20-21 - Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. 4- Anytime we become Self-Righteous /Judgmental 1 John 1:10 - If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his
June 29, 2020
Basic Faith: Holy Spirit Part 2
Holy Spirit – Your spirit that indwells us.  Fill us with your Spirit – Give us ears to hear the Spirit John 16:7 – I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send Him to you. Basic Faith – The Spirit did not just arrive on the day of Pentecost – He has always been here. We looked at the Old Testament and the New Testament, how the Spirit is eternal. Our First Baptist Church Statement of Faith says God: we believe that the scriptures teach that there is one God, the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth; who exists eternally in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in divine perfection.  Today to look at the Holy Spirit – the Holy Spirit is a person. The Trinity – God is 3 persons – Father is God, Son is God, Spirit is God Father is not the son, the Son is not Spirit, and Spirit is not Father. Uniqueness of the person of the trinity – they have their own identity.  How do we relate to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit?  Father is who we want to honor and bring glory to, fear and justice, we relate to the Father, we want to be His children.  Son is kind of our big brother, He understands the Father better than we ever could, and He is there to help us, guide us and be an example for us.  He willingly took our place and received that wrath on Him so that we could be spared the wrath.  He is there to protect us.  The Spirit, I didn’t concentrate much on.  I need to dedicate myself.  I know He is called the Helper.  Today to look at the Spirit and how we relate to Him.  5 facets of the person of Holy The Spirit is a He, not an it. He is a person – they have pronouns – He or She. Much of my life, we refer He was referred as the Holy Ghost. Ghost are commonly thought of as someone less than a person.  The echo of a person. Holy Spirit is a person of God Himself. We need to embrace the person He is.  Basic faith of the Bible.  Inspiration of the Bible.  God presents Himself as a He.  Father, Son – using male words. Throughout the Bible presents Himself as a He. My faith is that God wrote the Bible exactly when He wanted it to be.  That is how He wanted to be presented.  These are Basic Faiths of the Bible. The Spirit is personal. In the 70s the Star Wars movie changed things. May the Force be with you.  More people thought of the Spirit more of a force.  The problem with the Spirit being a force makes it cold and un-personal. No connection, lifeless.  The Bible uses the word comforter, a very personal kind of person.   A child scrapes his knee and the mom uses a cold cloth to help it be comfortable.  The relationship between child and mom makes it better.  Same with the Spirit we have someone who cares about us.  Spirit cares for you personally.  The Spirit prays for you personally.  It is with the Spirit we personally connect to God.  He is a personal God.  Christianity is more a relationship than a religion. The Spirit is how we personally connect with God. We have heard will you invite Jesus into your heart. Revelation – Behold I stand at the door – the knock. The rest of the Bible doesn’t talk about Jesus coming into your heart.  It is actually the Spirit Galatians 4:6 – And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying “Abba Father”.  God comes to us. The Spirit that indwells us and connects us to God. Romans 5:5 – and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. I Corinthians 3:16 – Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? When we give our life to Christ – somet
June 21, 2020
Basic Faith: Holy Spirit Part 1
Jason Hunter 20th Century of the Holy Spirit Learning about the Holy Spirit more – trying to personally grow in myself – Spirit is crucial to his disciples and us – the spirit connects us to God. God is the engine, we are the wheels, the drivetrain gets the power to the wheels (The Holy Spirit) He connects us to the power of God. Spirit is actively working constantly. He is always around us.  He is constantly there with us.  He indwells us.  The problem is we often don’t recognize the Spirit. What did I hear?  What should I do with what I heard?  Who will I tell?  Jesus has an amazing view of the Spirit Himself. It is to your advantage that I go away.  The helper, the Spirit, will come to you. If Jesus has that high of opinion about the Spirit, should not we?  It is worth exploring. There is more to the Spirit that I have known or experienced. I realize I need a desire to grow in this area. The Spirit did not just arrive.  Even 2,000 years ago on the day of Pentecost.  He has always been here.  Part of the Trinity. Acts 1:4 – To wait for the promise of the Father, the Holy Spirit. Day of Pentecost, we see the spirit. The Spirit in the Old Testament Active in Creation Genesis 1:2 – the Spirit was there hovering over the waters at the beginning. Genesis 6:3 – Ez 36:37 – I will put my spirit within you. Guide them into righteousness.  Restrain evil.  My spirit won’t do this forever.  Then the Flood. Empowered People to do God’s Will - Joshua – Spirit on him to be an effective leader and take the people into the Promised Land. The Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon so he could take a small band of warrior’s and defeat a much larger army, accomplishing the will of God. Even Samson, the Spirit came on him and gave him supernatural power and strength to defeat the Philistines.  King Saul was filled by the Spirit so that he could become King.  And later on, the spirit was taken away when Saul disobeyed. Called and gave messages to the prophets. Spirit was active agent to give the messages. Ez 2:3-4; Is 61:1  Spirit working and calling the prophets messages. The Spirit in the New Testament Spirit confirmed Jesus’ baptism. Luke 3:21-22 – Holy Spirit descended on Jesus like a dove. Seal of God on his baptism. Spirit Lead Jesus. Luke 4:1 – led by the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. The temptation was important – in all ways he was tempted like us, he was proven as a spotless lamb. Spirit leads and helps him to use scripture. Spirit doesn’t change – actions he continues to do New Creation – born of water and of Spirit – about the time when Jesus spoke with Nicodemus. Born of the Spirit – Spirit makes it new 2 Cor 5:16-17 – a new creation – old has passed away the new has come. Guide into Righteousness – John 16:8-11 – help us understand and fight against sin. Conviction of the Holy Spirit. Is it similar as the days of Noah – how long will I Spirit empowered people to do God’s will. – He does that for you and me - 1 Cor 7:7 Romans 12:6 – Gifts of the spirit – so that we can serve him.  I Cor 12:4-7 – manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. I Peter 4:10 – use it to serve one another Called People and gave them the message – Luke 12:12 Make disciples – bring good news – gospel of Jesus. The Spirit will help you to know what to say.  Just open yourself up. Confirmation of Baptism Acts 2:37-38 – confirmation of the Holy Spirit – What shall we do? Repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of sins – you will receive the Holy Spirit. If you are a true believer – you have the spirit of God in you. Romans 8:9 – anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. Spirit leading followers - John 16:13 – Spirit of truth will guide you. Romans 8:14
June 14, 2020
Basic Faith: The Bible Part 2
Jason Hunter Faith in the Bible – Three I for believing in the Bible Inspiration –God breathed – condensation of God’s breath. 2 Tim 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Spirit of God took the Biblical writers and inspired them to write the Bible - Matthew 4:4 –Jesus said it is written that that man shall live by every word that comes out of the mouth of God. Inerrancy – to be without error – infallible – incapable of error - Hebrews 6:17 – it is impossible for God to lie/ God cannot tell a lie. Titus 1:1-2; Matthew 12:40, 19, 24:38 – accurate on history, accurate on future events. Luke 2:44-46 same with Jesus’ return – it will happen – must happen In-lightment - seed itself in your memory. Jesus teaches us about in-lightment - Illumination – comforts people – Jesus will ask the father to send the comforter, even the spirit of truth – John 14:16-17 – the night of the last supper – Jesus is trying to prepare them for what will happen. The Spirit of Truth dwells with you and within you. We have the Spirit of truth in us to help us to understand the scriptures.   18-24 – if you love me, keep my commandments. V 26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” The promise that the Spirit will help you. Holy Spirit helped men write scriptures, helps disciples. The spirit will teach you all things. John 16:13-14 – When the spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth for he will not speak on his own authority but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.  Paul prays for In-lightment for the church in Ephesians 1:16-18 – I do not cease to give thanks to you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him having the eyes of your heart enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you – preaching, teaching word of God. We can rely on the Bible Ephesians 4: Action Steps/Attitudes Approach Bible like it’s all red letter – it is all from God Adopt Bible as Primary Truth Source – Matthew 19:4 – Jesus used Bible as primary truth source Pray each time you read the Bible – “Lord give me ears to hear” –Revelation 3:22 as the inspired infallible word of God Be humbled by thought of his care for us.  Don’t neglect the Bible – cherish it and honor it.  Ask forgiveness when we have failed.  Hunger for your word. Scriptures to guide our decisions.  Give us ears to hear you! Come in the spirit Expose yourself in scripture Spirit communicates – you hear from God What shall I do?  Tell someone what you heard from the Bible
June 7, 2020
Basic Faith: The Bible Part 1
Jason Hunter
May 31, 2020
Basic Faith: Jesus' Return Part 4
Jason Hunter
May 24, 2020
Basic Faith: Jesus' Return Part 3
Jason Hunter
May 17, 2020
Basic Faith: Jesus' Return Part 2
Jason Hunter
May 10, 2020
Basic Faith: Jesus' Return Part 1
Jason Hunter Acts 1:6-11 - So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” God’s ultimate plan to take creation to its state before the fall takes another dramatic step.  He ascends to heaven. Jesus promises He will return when He ascends to heaven.    Jesus is Coming Again Colossians 1:28 – We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.    The idea is to gain disciples to give to Jesus when He returns.   We consider all we do to right living because we are going to see Jesus again.  Even the sacrament of communion is rooted into Jesus’ return. 11 Corinthians 5:9-10 – So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. 1 Corinthians 11:26 – For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.  Correct Attitudes of Basic Faith – right attitude Philippians 2:5-8 – Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death- even death on a cross! God despises pride and arrogance. Humility – God despises pride and arrogance. I don’t have it all figured out, but there is no requirement in the Bible to understand the end times and how it will unfold for them to be saved and assured of a place in the kingdoms of God. Salvation is through Grace and that through faith and not of works. Not even of works of understanding. Personal Diligence – It is extremely profitable to ponder the return of Jesus. There are concepts in our faith where there is some room for individual conclusions. This is what the Bible refers to as freedom. Instructions on this freedom is found in Galatians 5:13 - For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.  I encourage you to study, research and conclude what you believe on these issues. This is a way to personalize your faith, so that it is yours, with the aid of the Holy Spirit. This is keeping with Philippians 2:12 - Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.  Two things – study and be captivated by debates, you will only find debates – remember what it says in Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and  lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him and He will direct your path.   You might be right and you might not be right because you are human trying to figure out God – Almighty God!! Complete Trust in God – Acts 1:7 - He s
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Fruitful Christians in a Day of Famine
Jason Hunter Fruitful Christians in a day of famine Christians are not to be: Not to be afraid, worried or selfish We don’t live by not doing things.  Need to consider replace the things in our lives we don’t want there. How to replace those things that don’t shine our light brightly for Christ.  To bring God the Glory. Gratitude was one attribute I mentioned last week. John 15:5 – 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. Disaster – the economy is tanking – great time for the Christians to be fruitful   Galatians 5 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Characteristics of a single fruit – consider the watermelon round green red has seeds is soft sweet – descriptions of one fruit. Christians should have all the fruits of the spirit. Bible is about context – exercise those principles – how to display the fruit of the spirit at this time. Love – produced by the Holy Spirit in their life – a) continue being the church in our faith- keep assembling together b) contact phone calls emails texts mailing. Go to someone else’s and blow the horn.  We do well – call others – call your neighbors – call someone you never called before. Let them know you care about them.  Share the love. C) Considerations of grace – be gracious to people. Because people are afraid. Many of them have no hope beyond this world.  Let’s share the love of God with them.  Be a good listener – just listen and love on them Joy – descriptive to those connected to the living vine – consciously look for – mined dug out – like gold mining. a) Look at things from God’s perspective – He is seeing his children 1 Peter 1:7 James 1:2-4 this time God is looking down as we go through a testing time.  I am joyous seeing that you are passing this test well.  You have joy and peace and passing it on b) He is also looking at the world) Matthew 9:35-38 Fruitful time of harvest – sharing the Gospel to those who need to hear it.  That He is involved and active.  It brings me joy to know that He has a plan according to His good and perfect will.  Find someone to serve during this time.  There is always joy when you care for and serve someone else. Do things that impact eternity.  What can I do to impact my own eternity – read bible encourage another in their reading or share the Gospel. Do something that lasts forever.  Crisis evaluate what truly has value.  Invest yourself in those things. Spend time well. Peace – John 14:27- Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.  Two types of peace Peace that is absence of war - Colossians 1:19-20 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.1 Timothy 2:5- For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, Romans 5:1 - Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. This is most important peace there is.  Peace agreement between us and God.  This is the peace that conquers all fear. Surrender to Jesus – way to surrender to this peace. If you want this peace, simply talk to Jesus – I surrender Lord Jesus – I believe in you, I am done fighting and rebelling against God – Jesus forgive me and he will Peace - Sense of security – All things people put in this world for security is an
March 29, 2020
Gratitude | Jason Hunter
The thing I want is gratitude! I love the scriptures, I want to obey the scriptures  I want to live by the Bible Especially when it is challenging. So today as I sit here recording a message when I'd much rather be anticipating delivering it in person. While the doors of our church's building are closed and our church is spread out over the county. When things are not as I wished them to be, I am asking you to decide along with me I will be thankful 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 - Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. How do we find gratitude when we experience things we never experienced before? 1st have to realize it is an act of the will John 14:1 - Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. Don't let your heart be troubled, Jesus said. Don't let that happen. Two things to do  1 Recite - Meditate - Scripture - I have made scriptures and put on a key chain and can pull them out and read throughout the day. 2. Choose to find things to be thankful for Some of the things I have chosen to be thankful for. I am thankful for a greater appreciation for Scripture 2 Timothy 3:16 - 17 - All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. I have preached this and believed this passage for a long time. But if I'm honest there are scriptures that did not seem really applicable at times. Book of Leviticus for example Leviticus 13 - Bible says if someone is suspected of having a contagious disease they should be isolated for two weeks. Wow the very thing we are considering has a Biblical precedence That brought me comfort And caused me to realize there are things in the scripture that  are profitable. We just haven't lived in a time when their wisdom has come to light. Personal Example Scriptures of Fatherhood meant less until I became a father. I am thankful The Bible gives instruction for difficult situations Romans 13:1-7 - Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4 for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. I am grateful that while leading a church through something I have never experienced before that there are some practical Biblical advice for me to hang on to in making decisions. Two Side Notes
March 22, 2020
Basic Faiths | Jason Hunter
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Basic Faith: Creator | Jason Hunter
What is the meaning of life? Are you a creationist? It is all about the Creator over creation Recognizing a creator gives 5 responsibilities to a meaning-full life! 1. Authority - 1 John 5:3 - For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. Reaction: Love and Obey God 2. Humility - Matthew 22:37-40 - And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets. Reaction: Deny Self- Jesus washed his disciple's feet. Be humble, serve others. 3. Purpose - Psalm 139:13 - For you formed my inward parts;     you knitted me together in my mother's womb. Reaction: He has a purpose and plan for your life. 4. Value - Luke 20:24-25 - Show me a denarius. Whose likeness and inscription does it have?” They said, “Caesar's.” 25 He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.” Reaction: Image bearers of God.  Everyone is just as valuable. Humans are the currency of heaven. 5. Hope - Micah 6:8 - He has told you, O man, what is good;     and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness,     and to walk humbly with your God. Reaction: Live Life with Hope.  
March 8, 2020
Basic Faith: Prayer | Jason Hunter
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March 1, 2020
Basic Faith: IFFY Prayer | Jason Hunter
We live in a world of "Bad News" - We Can Pray Truth 1 God's People are partly responsible for the good of the land. Matthew 5:13-16 = "You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:13:44-45 - But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. What is the "IF part" - If My people - God's people have not been doing what we are commanded to do 1. Humble Themselves - Romans 12:3 - For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 2. Pray- Do we have talks with God? 3. Seek God's Face - to be in His presence 4. Turn from Wicked ways - Call to believers to repent - we always mention somebody else's sin.  We need to look at our own.  Pride, gossip, complaining, etc. Devote 180 - to praying for 3 minutes of the revival of the church and salvation of the lost. What is the "Then?" 1. Hear - takes all four of the above to Hear - Humility, Pray, Seek God's Face, Repent and turn from our wicked ways. 2. Forgive - Promise 1 John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 3. Heal the Land - Everybody reaps the benefits Truth 2 Revival proceeds Evangelism  What would revival look like? 1. Devotion to the Word - Say I know the Bible says AND this is what I am going to do. 2. Devotion to Fellowship - Being accountable to one another 3. Devotion to the Table - today sincere self-evaluation before coming to the communion table 4. Devotion to Prayer - Pray out loud, pray with others, write your prayers, Grow in prayer. Practice makes perfect.
February 23, 2020
Prayer | Randy Leadbetter
I have questions: Can I Change God's mind? Close Eyes bow head? Why am I not interested? Does prayer work? In His will? Can I really move a mountain? Is more better? If God knows everything, why pray? Is praying together necessary? Didn't Jesus pray in private? Persist or not?   Don't let anything stop you from playing!  Commanded by scripture to pray. Philippians 4:4-7 - Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rej