The Question… Mark Brauss

April 30th, 2018

The Question….

 

☼ Why?

 

  • Who do I love?

 

  • What have I done with my life?

 

  • Am I ready for whatever is next?

 

 

☼ Where is God?

 

    ⌂ God is on the side of the sufferer …. I Peter 2:21

 

 

    ⌂ God is now in the church……II Corinthians 1:3-4

 

 

    ⌂ God is preparing a new home for us….. John 14:1-4

 

 

 

☼ Suffering … Romans 8:18-19

 

 

     □ The Spirit’s intercession …. Romans 8:26-27

 

 

    □ God is working…. Romans 8:28

 

 

    □ God is for us…. Romans 8:31-32

 

 

     □ The Promise ….. Romans 8:35-39

 

 ☼  When Life Goes South…. I Thessalonians 5:16-18

 

    ◊ Rejoice

 

 

    ◊ Pray continually

 

 

    ◊ Give thanks

 

 

    ◊ God’s will…

 

 

 

               Your attitude cannot

                   be determined

                        by your

                   circumstances.  

 

 

 

☼ Application ….. Action Steps

 

   ⌂ Bear one another’s burdens …. Galatians 6:2

 

 

   ⌂ Pray for one another …. Ephesians 6:18

 

 

   ⌂ Stand firm …. I Corinthians 15:55-58

 

 

   ⌂ Trust Him….. Psalm 62:8

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Small Decisions - Big Impact - Mark Brauss

April 23rd, 2018

☼ One Decision …

 

      ⌂ Choosing the Wrong Tree …..Genesis 3:13,17

 

 

       ⌂ One Man → One Gift …. Romans 5:12, 15-17

 

 

      ⌂ One Gospel ….. Romans 1:1-4,16

 

 

☼ The Emotions of Decisions …. John 8:31-32

 

        ⌂ Truth ↔ Emotions

                     ↑

                Decision

 

 

☼ The Great Decision ……  I John 5:13

 

 

     ► The Great Security …. John 10:28-30

 

 

☼ The Partnership of Decisions …. Philippians 2:13

 

              God ↔ You

 

      ⌂ Caleb… Numbers 13:30 14:6-10   

 

      ⌂  Peter …. Matthew 4:18-20  

 

      ⌂ A Poor Widow’s Decision…. Luke 21:1-4

  

☼ Recovery from Bad Decisions

 

  • Repentance /   Pride

            I John 1:8-10            I Peter 5:5

 

  • Grace → Forgiveness → Transformation

 

  • Abraham

 

  • Moses

 

  • David

 

  • Peter

 

  • Paul

 

  • You

               

 

☼ How to Impact Your Small Decisions

 

      ⌂ Feed Your Mind

 

                                      ↓

      ⌂ Look at All  → Sides ←

                                     ↑

 

                   Outside the box  ¨

 

      ⌂ Creating Opportunities → Steps of faith

 

 

          → When you move …. God moves

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Church Alive - Bob Levin

April 16th, 2018

                      Acts 2:42-47

 

  • Four core dynamics… 2:42-43

                 Apostles’ teaching

                      What’s an apostle?

                           Acts 1:15-22; II Corinthians 12:12

                      Teachings beyond themselves

                          John 14:25-26

                      Authored transformative literature

                           II Timothy 3:16-17; 2:15

                  Fellowship

                          I John 1:3

                  Breaking of bread &  worship

                          Matthew 26:26-30

                  Prayer

                          Acts 1:14; Matthew 18:20

 

  • Shared burdens 2:44-45

                 Galatians 6:2

 

  • The big & the small of it… 2:46

                 Hebrews 10:24-25

 

  • Winning ways 2:46-47

  

     Luke 2:52

     John 13:34-35

     Galatians 5:13; 6:10

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Cut to the Heart - Bob Levin

April 9th, 2018

                                             Acts 2:37-41

  • “Repent”… vs. 38

                 ‘metaneo’ - a changed mind…

 

                  … changed about what?

 

                         Acts 2:22-24, 36

 

                         Romans 5:6, 8

 

                        Titus 3:5

 

  • “you will receive the Holy Spirit”… vs. 38-39

 

                Acts 2:17

 

                John 7:38-39

 

                I Corinthians 6:19

 

                Ephesians 4:30

 

                Galatians 5:16

 

  • “let each who believes be baptized”… vs 38-41

                Outward symbol of inward faith …

 

         I Corinthians 1:16-17

 

                     I Corinthians 12:13

 

                     Romans 6:3-5

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The Curious Case of Simon Peter - Bob Levin

April 2nd, 2018

The Curious Case of Simon Peter (Acts 2:22-36)

 

Public credentials - "As your yourselves know" - Acts 2:22

   Luke 11:15 - contemporary hostile witnesses ??? performs miracles "by the prince of demons"

   Jewish Talmud - On the eve of Passover they hung Jesus the Nazarenee. And the herald went out before him ... 'Jesus the Nazarene will go out to be stoned for socrcery and misleading and enticing Israel' ... no-one came to his defense so they hung him on the eve of Passover - second century A.D.

   Josephus - About this time there lived Jesus, a wise man, if indeed one ought to call him a man, for he was one who wrought surprising feats - first century A.D.

 

Expectations gone bad - "you put him to death" - Acts 2:23

  Luke 19:35-40, Matthew 21:46

 

Monday morning quarterback - "by God's deliverate plan and foreknowledge" - Acts 2:23

  Genesis 1-2, Genesis 12:1-3, Isaiah 9:6, 53:5-6, Exodus 12

 

Failing the "man test?" - Acts 2:23-24 > Matthew 26:69-75

 

Resurrection - "We are all witnesses" - Acts 2:24, 32

 ... experience the resurrection - Acts 1:3

 ... power beyond self - Acts 1:8

 ... mercy ... grace ... forgiveness - Isaiah 53:6

 

 

 

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