We may think of God as waiting in heaven for us to change our lives by our own strength and effort. He told us what is right and wrong. Now, He waits to see if we can force ourselves, knowing the difference, and choose the right and do it. More important than what we think is what God says: Rom 12:2; James 4:4-10; 1Tim 2:4; Acts 2:38-39.
1st Sunday, May 7 , 2017
Sermon: Jay Don Poindexter
Song Leader: Burl McCoy
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Devo: Billy Lucas
Song Leader: Lou David Allen
Week 18 2017
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
This world seems to take pleasure in removing our confidence. For sure the devil seeks to bring us to doubt. This is what he has been doing since tempting Eve in the garden with, “Did God really say…?” (Gen 3:1). However, the word of God is powerful to bring us to be sure and certain of God’s power and His promises (Heb 11:1; 2 Pet 1:3-4). God’s word is same as it has always been, enduring and powerful word (Isa 40:6-8; 1Pet 1:23-25).
God’s word is powerful to change our minds from doubt and worry to confidence and assurance: Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message and the message is heard through the word of Christ. Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see (Rom 12:2; 10:17; Heb 11:1).
Hearing the word of God transforms (changes) our minds, if we let it, and when we do it grows us into a body of believers that bring glory to God. All the things Paul encourages the churches in Rome to do manifests the confident assurance God’s word can produce in the lives of His people:
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. 4 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. 7 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8 if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully (Rom 12:3-8 NIV).
Paul, as a prisoner, writes to all the saints in Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons, to encourage them against the four thieves of joy in this world: things, people, circumstances, and worry. These four things are often the source of anxiety. In this letter he gives them a very short and clear message in Philippians 4:5: The Lord is near. Paul didn’t minimize the facts of life in this world, but he deliberately puts them in perspective with this simple and short statement: The Lord is near.
5th Sunday, April 30, 2017
Sermon: Jay Don Poindexter
Song Leader: Zach Owens
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Devo: Burl McCoy
Song Leader: Shelton Boyd
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To the Lord
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May we be
Together and may
God be glorified.
The saints in Christ Jesus, at Philippi, were dearly beloved by Paul. He calls them his dear friends, his beloved. He had them on his mind and in his heart as he suffered and preached the gospel. They were his partners in the gospel, and his affection for them was that of Christ Jesus (Php 1:3-8; 2:12 et al.).
Paul, as a prisoner, writes them to encourage them against the four thieves of joy in this world: things, people, circumstances, and worry. These four things are often the source of anxiety. In this letter he gives them a very short and clear message in Php 4:5: The Lord is near. Paul didn’t minimize the facts of life in this world, but he deliberately puts them in perspective with this simple and short statement: The Lord is near. A brother here, Lou David, reminded us Wednesday night of this same beautiful message in a song we sang:
Precious Lord, Take My Hand
When my way growth drear, precious Lord linger near,
When my life is almost gone; Hear my cry, hear my call, hold my hand lest I fall;
When the shadows appear, and the night draweth near, And the day is past and gone; At the river I stand, guide my feet, hold my hand;
Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.
Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, let me stand,
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn, Thru the storm, thru the night, lead me on to the light;
Take my hand, precious Lord, Lead me home.