Up, Up, and Away

April 27th, 2014

Heaven is for real . . . because a movie told me so?? - Proverbs 30:4, John 13:3, Hebrews 9:27

Headin' Home - Luke 24:50-53, Acts 1:1-11

Sending the Helper - John 16:5-7

          What's the Holy Spirit do?
                     Helps us - John 14:16-17
                     Teaches / Reminds us - John 16:8
                     Convicts the world - John 16:8
                     Produces fruit of Christ-likeness - Galatians 5:22-23
                     Intercedes for us in prayer - Romans 8:26
                     Empowers us to witness - Acts 1:8

Big Big House - John 14:2-3

Look, up in the sky . . . - Hebrews 12:2

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Because I Live . . .

April 20th, 2014

Resurrection . . . The crux of everything. (John 14:6, John 11:25)

"Because I live  . . . you also will live"  (John 14:19)

Scorpion without a stinger (Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, 1 Peter 3:18, Acts 2:24, Hebrews 2:14-15,
1 Corinthians 15:55-57, Romans 14:8)

Life, hassles, and trauma (Matthew 26:33-35, Acts 2:22-24, 36, Matthew 28:20, Hebrews 14:5, John 16:33)

Love and meaning (John 3:16) 

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I am Victorious

April 13th, 2014

I am _________

I am in Christ.           I am a Saint.        I am Blessed.
I am Appreciated.      I am Saved.         I am Reconciled.
I am Afflicted.            I am Heard.         I am Gifted.
I am New.                 I am Forgiven.      I am Adopted.
I am Loved.               I am rewarded.     I am Victorious.

Be Strong . . . in the Lord - Ephesians 6:10

Put on . . .  the full armor of God - Ephesians 6:11

The Devil's schemes

This Dark World - Ephesians 6:12

Our struggle <> The Rulers, The Authorities, The Powers, The Spiritual Power

Stand Your Ground! - Ephesians 6:13-17

How we stand:

The Belt of Truth
The Breastplate of Righteousness
Feet Fitted
The Shield of Faith
The Helmet of Salvation
The Sword of Salvation

 Pray! - Ephesians 6:18-20
* In the Spirit on ALL occasions
* ALL kinds of prayers & requests

Peace - Love - Grace - Ephesians 6:21-24

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Identity: I am Rewarded

April 6th, 2014

Authority . . . in the Home.

Children - Ephesians 6:1-3
  • Obey your parents.
  • Honor your father & mother
Colossians 3:20 / Exodus 20:12

Fathers - Ephesians 6:4

  • Do not exasperate your children 
Colossians 3:21

  • Bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord

Slaves / Masters - Ephesians 6:5-9

American Slavery

Slavery in the New Testament

Slavery to Sin (John 8:34. 2 Peter 2:19, Romans 6:6-7, Galatians 4:7

Rewarded ? - Ephesians 6:8

How has God already rewarded us?

  • The Believer's Judgment 
    • We will give and account - Romans 14:10-12
    • Judged for our works - 2 Corinthians 5:10
    • Not judged according to our sins - John 5:24
    • Disciplined for sins committed - Hebrews 12:4-7

  • The Believer's Reward
    • An opportunity to lay up treasures - Matthew 6:19-20
    • Works will be tested before reward - 1 Corinthians 3:11-15
    • An inheritance - Colossians 3:23-24
    • Rewarded for endurance - Matthew 5:11-12
    • A crown of life - James 1:12
    • A crown of glory - 1 Peter 5:4
    • A crown of righteousness - 2 Timothy 4:8

Application

->  What decisions am I making today that will have the greatest impact for the Kingdom of God?

->  What account would I give to God today?

-> Am I storing up treasures for the Kingdom that is coming or the Kingdom that will be burning? 

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