WRAPPED IN LOVE! Back to school pt 9, 11/24/19,
1 Co 12:31-14:1, INTRO: Paul explains the use of
spiritual gifts to very young, yet active new ch with no
real ch experience. It seems the ch was in a learning
curve on how to operate in the gifts of the Spirit. In
this season of gift giving, it is appropriate to talk
about gift giving also. In my family growing up
Christmas presents were always wrapped up, half
the fun of Christmas. Unwrapped was not very
exciting. Paul is teaching that; all the gifts of the spirit
should be wrapped up in LOVE. We are to avoid
operating in the gifts for self-gratification or a self-
serving prideful manner but to humbly approach the
gifts with a willingness to help others.
Prop: Gifts wrapped in love are the best!
THE POWER OF THE STRETCH! 11-10-19 Lk 5:12-13
Mt 12:9-13 INTRO: Bogus video on FB. Everyday
stretch before lifting/walking. When trying to get into
shape, stretching can be painful but necessary.
Finished week of Fire Chasers. It’s time for each of
us to experience the power of the stretch.
PROP: W/O a stretch we will never be Fire Chasers!
Co 12, INTRO: The Corth. Ch was a young, immature body. They had no church heritage, experience, they had come straight out of the world. They were growing, developing, maturing in spiritual matters. They were babies in everything. Clueless about what Ch should be like. So now all the egghead theologians have taught a powerless gospel. So that now in the US the Ch is programmed but powerless. Fads run thru the Ch. One of those fads is how to grow a ch. quickly by using canned/programed services that let people feel comfortable but with no conviction. Using lights, videos, multiple canned services that run on one hr. schedules; simply programs the power of the HS out of their worship experience. Bible commentators have belittled the Corinthian ch and its perceived immaturity. Downplaying the use of the power of Godand spiritual gifts as necessary for today’s ch. Sayingthat the Corth. Ch. was out of order as would any ch. like that would be today. Therefor while 85% of Ch’s worldwide, operate in the gifts and encourage everyone to pray in tongues, in the US it is reversed. So how do we grow this ch? By getting back to the power and staying away from programs. PROP: Spiritual gifts are a must for today’s ch.
We have an advantage, we can observe what should be proper behavior in Ch. How we act, what is said, how we dress ect. Paul was writing to a messy church, a ch. that needed real, practical answers to life’s difficult situations. Corinth: 200,000 pop, commercial center, deep demonic entrenchment, Two major cult temples Poseidon-Neptune, Aphrodite (Venus), 1000 female slaves, temple prostitutes, no charge to men, if served Aphrodite. Immorality was a virtue. All female dominated society. They had no church heritage, experience, they had come straight out of the world. They were growing, developing, maturing in spiritual matters. They were babies in everything.
INTRO: What is proper in Church?
LIBERTY IS A PRIVILEGE! Pt 5,
Back to school. Study of 1Co. INTRO: What do we
allow to regulate our Christianity? What is our
motivation for living out our Christian faith? Paul says
love for others should be the reason for the freedoms
we choose. Yes, scripture does provide guidelines to
live by but the motivation for abiding within these
guidelines should always be, how it will affect others?
PROP: The boundaries of freedom is love.
Polygamist society Sexual depravity was rampant.
V1-2, Sex is good! Now, getting down to the
questions you asked in your letter to me. First, Is it a
good thing to have sexual relations? 2 Certainly—but
only within a certain context. It's good for a man to
have a wife, and for a woman to have a husband.
Sexual drives are strong, but marriage is strong
enough to contain them and provide for a balanced
and fulfilling sexual life in a world of sexual disorder.
Protect this House/Slogan I WILL. 1 Cor 5:1-7
(Open) Corinth was one of the largest cities in the Roman world. Corinth was located in
Greece. They worshiped roman gods. Corinth was a port city with two main ports that
occupied trade routes.,strategic commercial city that sought international pleasures.
Corinth was the center of the sports arena all around the world. The temple of
Apollo.Corinth was a lot like the big cities we visit today. Action City. The church of
Corinth was a small home church. A possibility that the church met in Priscilla and
Aquila‘s house.The church was started as a result of the mission trips that Paul was on.
The church was founded by Paul and was probably about 5 years old at this time
PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS! Back to school Pt 3, 1Co
6 INTRO: Have you noticed we don’t live in a perfect
world. It can get messy, and way too real, especially for
Christians. We need practical answers to the difficult
situations of life. Paul was writing to a messy church, a
ch. that needed real, practical answers to life’s difficult
situations. Corinth: 200,000 pop, commercial center,
deep demonic entrenchment, Two major cult temples
Poseidon-Neptune, Aphrodite (Venus), 1000 female
slaves, temple prostitutes, no charge to men, if served
Aphrodite. Immorality was a virtue. All female dominated
society. They had no church heritage, experience, they
had come straight out of the world. They were growing,
developing, maturing in spiritual matters. They were
babies in everything.
PROP: How Christians should navigate life in the real
What would life be like if our children never
grew up? Imagine changing diapers the rest of your
life or being asked a 1000 questions a day? Paul
wanted this baby church to grow up, mature and
become healthy. Slow start, as a ch they were
starting slow. Corinth: 200,000 pop, commercial
center, deep demonic entrenchment, Poseidon-
Neptune Latin, spirit of the sea, two ports, Aphrodite
(Venus), 1000 female slaves, temple prostitutes, no
charge to men, if served Aphrodite. Immorality was a
virtue. All female dominated society. The ch was a
young, immature. They had no church heritage,
experience, they had come straight out of the world.
They were growing, developing, maturing in spiritual
matters. They were babies in everything. Like all
Christians they and we have a tendency to fall back
on the flesh rather than depending on the Spirit.
Eat My Dust......
Anyone who is trying to serve the Lord will face
resistance. If comes in different forms but mostly thru
people, even Christians. They are like no see-ums,
gnats at the beach, almost invisible but they can
pack a powerful sting. There will always be gnats
around, critics. They are sent to you slow down,
saying it doesn’t take all that. Implying you are too
radical, too intense, too hyper for Jesus. They want
to rain on your fiery faith, cool you off, put water on
your faith. You have enemies who want to
demoralize you. Get you to stop, back off. Fight the
good fight of faith. Refuse to compromise, back
down, slow up, change course.
Disclaimer: I may say something to offend, I may
sound unfeeling, I may say something that you
disagree with. My purpose is to help not hurt, I
will stand solely on the WOG for my opinions.
Sex, masturbation, LGBTQ lesbianism, cross
dressing, transvestites, near nudity, Society wants to
move our moral plumb line. Ex: Influence the leaders
change a nation, Obama, went into office stating
marriage is between a man and a women, 8 yrs later,
endorses same sex marriage. Mat 16:11 (NLT2)
‘Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and
TABOO! Democrat/Republican or Biblicans? Pt 4,
6/30/19, Mat 5:13-16 INTRO: Disclaimer: I may say
something to offend, I may sound unfeeling, I
may say something that you disagree with. My
purpose is to help not hurt, I will stand solely on
the WOG for my opinions. Salt and light, engage
the culture, There is a warning in v13, ‘if salt
becomes tasteless’. Never be accused of being a
tasteless Christian. We have stayed in the shadow of
politics too long. There are many ways to get
involved, start locally; help at voting precinct, city
council, ect. Don’t be a deist. God created it, we can
only watch it run down, so no need to make a
PROP: Should Christians be involved in politics?
Disclaimer: I may say something to offend, I
may sound unfeeling, I may say something that you
disagree with. My purpose is to help not hurt, I will
stand solely on the WOG for my opinions. Doctors
don’t know the cause of mental issues it or have a
cure for it. They can treat the symptoms but cannot
cure. Mental illness: suicide, fear, depression-
(feelings of severe despondency and dejection from
within the mind) oppression (prolonged cruel or
unjust treatment or control, from an outside source).
Anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, Post traumatic stress
disorder (PTSD) traumatic experience, Doubt,
loneliness (demonic oppression, demonization?)
STRESS. Should we place mental illness in the
same category as every other forms of illness? What
do you take if the mind/spirit are sick?
IT’S A COMEBACK! 4/28/19, Mk 14: 27-31, INTRO:
Everybody loves a good comeback story. When
facing impossible adversity, somehow people
overcomes the odds and wins. History is full of them.
Tiger woods, 11 yrs. since last major (Masters) 3
surgeries and one huge divorce. Michael Jordon:
another kid in the gym, with 50 of his classmates,
trying out for the Emsley A. Laney High School
varsity basketball team. At 5’10”, couldn’t dunk.
Didn’t make it, went home, locked himself in his room
and cried. Then he picked himself up and turned the
cut into motivation. “Whenever I was working out and
got tired and ﬁgured I ought to stop, I’d close my
eyes and see that list in the locker room without my
name on it,
DEFYING ALL ODDS! 4/21/19, 1 Pet 1:17-21 Lk 24:1-12,
INTRO: VIDEO, What are the chances of anyone fulfilling all
61 and over 300 references to Biblical prophetic predictions?
Hebraic interpretation requires that for a prophecy to be true is
must be 100% accurate. 61 prophecies and 300 references to
those in Bible. 500 to 1000 yrs before
HEART FOR THE HOUSE! Pt1, 3/7/19, Heb 10:19-25
INTRO: Congregating Statistics: 40% of Americans “say”
they go to church weekly. -20 % are actually attending at
the rate of 1.8 times per month. More than 80 percent of
Americans are finding more fulfilling things to do on
weekends. Why is the ch sporadic in its congregating?
Proper translation of Gk word ‘church’ is congregation:
def: to congregate, to come together, in one location.
Do we have a heart for the house?
NO ONE PLANS ON FALLING AWAY; NO ONE EVER SAYS, “TODAY, I THINK I’LL TRY TO
DEVELOP A HARDENED, COLD HEART.” THESE ENTER THROUGH SCHEMES AND TRICKS
THE ENEMY USES AGAINST US. WE MUST NEVER BE SO NAÏVE AS TO THINK “WE WILL
NEVER WALK AWAY FROM GOD”. “If you think you stand take care lest you fall.” We know that
we live in the end time.
Matthew speaks by the Holy Spirit a warning regarding the time we live in.
Government shut down: Many well
paid government employees after missing their 1st
pay check last week are freaking out! Why? 78% of
Americans live paycheck to paycheck. 58% have less the
$1,000 in reserve and can only pay $400 in unexpected
expense. Most New Year’s resolutions have collapsed.
They started out with good intentions but already have
failed to execute. The Bible makes it clear that God
wants His children to prosper. Not everyone will
experience this promise. To receive the benefit of God’s
promise of plenty you have to take it by faith. Faith is
believing, speaking and acting on His Word.
Walls are part of our history. God built the first one around the Garden of Eden. Nehemiah rebuilds the wall of Jerusalem: The place of
blessing. Many are in need of repairing the wall of
financial security. Thru attacks, negligence and poor
decisions we have holes in the walls of our finances.
Paper bag, avoiding the obvious.
To stabilize our financial life we must apply
discipline, self-control, restraint, will power and the
money principles of the Bible. “Statistically in every ch. in
our area, 78% are living pay check to pay check, 58% in
this room have less the $1,000 in reserve and could only
pay maybe $400 in unexpected expense. Pr 16:3 Commit
your works to the LORD And your plans will be established.
Mat 17:24-27 INTRO: Are you struggling over
lack of money? Do you have enough surplus to cover the
cost of a set of tire or repair, what if your frig breaks,
would be able to replace it w/o paying for it on credit?
Most divorces are rooted in money mismanagement.
Accounting term, red negative balance; black positive
balance. Our goal is live in the black so we can bless
others. Marcus Benjamin. This series is to help you and
others you invite.
Christmas season, many are wearied by
preparing for the season. Cooking, special gatherings,
busyness. Life can wear on us. So many things can pull
on us, to the point we miss the reason for the season.
Weariness/stress when not relieved can lead to things
like heart disease, diabetes, thyroid issues, abuse of
alcohol, drugs, effects on our immune system
compounding issues like fatigue, arthritis, autoimmune
disorders, chronic infections, sleep disorders, lack of
concentration, muscle pain ect. These keep us from
being the best that God wants us to be. Devil, demons –
to distribute destinies.
PROTECT YOUR HEART 12/2/18, Pr 4: 23-27: All of us have been disappointed by others. Attacked, persecuted, disappointed, lied to, promises broken. Folks walking out of our life. Misunderstood, manipulated, cut off, ignored, laughed at, talked about, lied about, crushed, broken hearted. How can we move forward, get over it, w/o being disabled for life? By bracing for the
THREE THINGS! Luke 4:1-13 11/25/18. There are 3 things Satan doesn’t want you know about your identity. Three things Satan will challenge you on. In some respects the Ch. has been duped into believing that we are less than what Jesus was when He was on the earth. That we are more or less helpless to the deeds, activities of Satan and the world. That the things Jesus did as a man were to just prove who He is as Messiah, that we shouldn’t reach for the power and authority given to all faith believers. Satan is terrified of any Christian discovering their true identity in Christ.