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Daniel 121. God’s people will be delivered, v. 1-2 Timothy 3:1-7-Revelation 20:15-Revelation 21:27-Philippians 4:3-Revelation 13:8-Revelation 17:8-Luke 10:202. Everybody lives forever, v. 2Two things we’ve done to take the edge off of hell…a)  universalism- the belief that all mankind will eventually be saved. b)  annihilationism- the belief that the wicked dead will perish or cease to exist. . 3. Evangelism is not a thankless task, v. 34. Knowledge does not equal wisdom, v.4“This stress on the wisdom, understanding and knowledge of God’s people is an important point for us to grasp because we live in an age that despises doctrine and plays down knowledge in favor of the claims of experience. Our postmodern era is profoundly a time when people are going here and there seeking knowledge. Our age affirms the validity of every possible form of spirituality because it views all truth as relative and our experience as normative. Truth becomes whatever philosophy gives me the experiences that I desire. In our age, the idea of unique, authoritative Truth revealed once and for all in God’s inspired Word, the Bible, is therefore highly countercultural.” -Ian Duguid-James 3:17-185. Regardless of circumstance, God is in control, v. 5-13Mental worship…What comfort does it bring you to know that your place in heaven is secure?What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom? Which do you currently need more of?      How should the truth that everyone lives forever affect the way you relate to people?Do people find you interesting or enjoyable to talk to?How do you think your future destiny should disciple your current reality?
2 Timothy 1:1-7Do feel like you are training for a life of obedience in the Kingdom of God or simply just doing religious tricks for treats?Take a minute and thank God by name for the godly men and women in your life who declared and demonstrated a sincere faith for you to live into.Who are you discipling and who is discipling you?What is your biggest excuse for not asking someone “follow me as I follow Jesus?”What is one thing you need most from Jesus this morning to empower and encourage you to live the life God is calling you to live: power, love, or self-control?What is the smallest step of obedience you can take today to respond to God’s word?Who is one person you can encourage this week with what you have learned this morning?
Ultimate Reality

Ultimate Reality

2021-04-1943:18

Daniel 11Four introductory thoughts…a) Just because the Bible is inspired, that doesn’t mean that every time we read it we are going to be inspired. The goal of reading Scripture is understanding not inspiration. b) Labor to ensure that your life and thoughts aren’t shaped by present realities instead of ultimate realities. c) Prophecy is not recorded history before it happens. Prophecy is present and future history interpreted from the perspective of the Bible. d) The goal of this vision is to encourage Daniel to prayer. So if we don’t walk away from this morning more oriented towards prayer then we have failed to understand this vision. 1. Kings- North and South, v. 5-19Takeaways…a) Make sure what you worship is the one true God, v. 8b) Be known for what you are for, not just what you are against, v. 14c) We can act against injustice in ways that demonstrate that it’s all still in God’s hand, v. 14“The kingdoms of this world often seem overwhelming in their power to accomplish great things, a power that can easily either cow Christian into a state of depressed submission or, alternatively, seduce them into trying to use the world’s power to do God’s work. Some Christians seem to believe that they can hasten the coming of God’s kingdom by achieving certain political goals. Yet at the end the story, and for all their vaunted power, the kingdoms of this world can neither destroy God’s work nor establish it. They are merely tools in the hand of a sovereign God who is able to declare the end from the beginning because he alone ultimately controls the affairs of men and nations.”-Ian Duguid;  Daniel: Reformed Expository Commentary2. Individual- Antiochus IV, v. 20-35Takeaways…a) Even the wicked are under God’s sovereignty, v. 27, 29b) Some will abandon the faith because of difficulty or desire, v. 30-1 John 2.18-21c) A right knowledge of God will serve you will, v. 32d) Good uses our stumbling, v. 353. Final- Antichrist, v. 36-45a) The existence of evil is not a threat to God’s sovereignty, v. 36b) The goal of history is to put our lives in perspectiveMental worship…If what we read today is true, and it is, how do you live in light of it?Where is the balance between doing nothing and feeling responsible for everything?What are you doing to grow in your knowledge of God?When is the last time you stumbled and what did you learn from it?What will you pray as a result of what you heard today? 
When Worlds Collide

When Worlds Collide

2021-04-1247:38

Daniel 101. Daniel’s is a life of participation, v. 1-32. Before God shows us anything He shows us Himself, v. 4-11“We can never know who or what we are till we know at least something of what God is.” ― A. W. Tower“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?”-Jeremiah 32:273. Things on earth affect things in heaven, v. 12“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”-Jeremiah 29:11-134. There is a spiritual dimension to life, v. 13Notice this…a) angels and demons exist“Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”-Revelation 12:7-12b) angels and demons engage each other in spiritual combatc) certain angels and demons are given particular geographical and governmental assignmentsd) our prayers affect the battles being fought5. God reveals in order to strengthen, v. 19Four things God wants Daniel to know...greatly lovedfear notpeace be with yoube strong and of good courageMental worship…How are you currently participating with what God is doing in the world? That things on earth affects things in heaven means what for how you live tomorrow?What is your heart set to these days? Do you ever think about the spiritual dimension of life?
Why Easter?

Why Easter?

2021-04-0542:15

I Peter 1:3-5Why Easter?1. Easter reminds us of God’s mercy“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ’The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ’therefore I will hope in him.’”-Lamentations 3:22-24Three things about God’s mercy…a) “according to”- God is motivated by His mercy towards usb) “great”- there is a muchness to God’s mercyc) “mercy”- Kindness or good will towards the miserable and the afflicted, joined with a desire to help them.2. Easter reminds us that anybody can change“Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.”  -Mark 16:6-73. Easter reminds us that real hope never dies“At the dawn of the third millennium, humanity wakes up to an amazing realization. Most people rarely think about it, but in the last few decades we have managed to rein in famine, plague and war. Of course, these problems have not been completely solved, but they have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges. We don’t need to pray to any god or saint to rescue us from them. We know quite well what needs to be done in order to prevent famine, plague and war- and we usually succeed in doing it.” -Yuval Noah Harari  Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow“There is a growing tribalism that reveals a culture in which there is a vacated center, a loss of any shared idea of common public good. There is a profound loss of social trust that appears to be undermining all the institutions that have held our society together.”-Tim Keller“He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God." -I Peter 1:20-21Three things I want us to see this morning...we cannot get to God except through Jesusthere is a purpose for the resurrectionbecause of the resurrection of Jesus Christ we have a place to put our hopeMental worship…1. If God were to ask you today, “How can I help you?,” what would you say?2. In what or who do you put your faith and what kind of hope does that give you? 3. We saw today how God sent Peter a personal message. If God were to send you a personal message today what would it say? 4. What did you hear today that you will want to think more about later this week? 5  Will you spend thirty seconds talking to God about what’s most on your mind right now? 
Romans 8:31-391. What shall we say to these things?, v. 31-Romans 8:28-31a) that God leaves His spirit here on earth to be active and real in our lives*helps us when we are weak*prays for us in ways that transcend words*prays for us according to the will of Godb) God works to cause all things to work together for my goodc) God has a purpose for my lifed) God knew me before anyone else coulde) God determined beforehand that I would look like Jesusf) He called meg) God has made me right with himself by the sacrifice of himselfh) God has a plan for my life from here to heaven2. If God is for us, who can be against us?, v. 313. How will He not also with him graciously give us all things?, v. 324. Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? 5. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?, v. 35-Ephesians 3:14-19
Matthew 21.1-111. To remind us that we have a Bible that is both integrated and authoritative                                    -Zechariah 9.9   2. Because Jesus has died to the need to be understood-Mark 8.31-33-Mark 9.30-32-Mark 10.32-34-Luke 19.41-423. Jesus knows that reconciliation is necessary-1 Peter 3.18-1 Timothy 2.5-6Four simple questions…Why is there something rather than nothing? How did things get so bad? Is there any hope?How will it all end?4. To demonstrate that God has a plan and His life was a part of it-Luke 9.515. To give everyone hopeMental worship…If you knew you had one week to live what would you do and what would you stop doing?Do you ever feel as if your life is a part of God’s plan for the world? What is happening when you feel that way?When we need someone’s approval they have power over us. Having said that, who has power over you?Is your life more about getting God to bless your plan or getting you to believe His plan?
The Insufficiency of IsolationGenesis 2.15-24What I want us to see today from Scripture are three things:a) when we live in isolation we are living in violation of our created purpose which is to be seen, known and loved.b) isolation is the place where our negative self talk dominates the dialoguec) in isolation we cannot live out the “one another’s” of Scripture  1. We were not created to live in isolation, Genesis 2.15-24“No lie is more often believed than the lie that we can know God without someone else knowing us.”  -Larry CrabbGod himself exists in community, He formed us to need community and the Bible assume community.“People just aren’t drawn to me.”"If people know how badly I had screwed up, they would run.”“I just don’t fit in.”“If people knew the thoughts I am capable of thinking they would evict me from their lives.”“I’ve always been kind of a loner and I like it that way.”“People don’t care about what I’m going through.”“Nobody really gets me.”“People don’t need to hear about my problems.”2. We often choose isolation, 1 Kings 19:1-4“In each of my friends there is something that only some other friend can fully bring out. By myself I am not large enough to call the whole man into activity; I want other lights than my own to show all his facets.” -C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves-1 John 1:73. Sometimes isolation is forced upon us“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing   honor.”“Live in harmony with one another.” “Bear one another’s burdens and and so fulfill the law of Christ.”“Comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace. And the God   of peace will be with you.” “Do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love    serve one another.” “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another.”“Confess your sins, one to another and prayer for one another that you may be healed.” Mental worship…What messages do you expect to hear? Where and how do you live out the “one another’s” of Scripture?Who’s burden are you helping to bear right now?How do you prioritize your need for community? Which is your greatest need right now: fellowship (relational) or blood (theological)?
Judges 2:1-15

Judges 2:1-15

2021-03-1541:04

Judges 2:1-5Judges 2:6-10Deuteronomy 6:4-9Judges 11-15Acts 2:42-47Questions:Are you someone who just comes to Church?  Or are you truly a follower of Jesus?When was the last time you were broken over your sin?Who have you shared this experience with? Is there anyone you need to share about your brokenness with? Who is discipling you right now?Who are you discipling right now? 
I Corinthians 11:23-321. Remember, v. 24-252. Proclaim, v. 263. Examine, v. 27-32
This message is from Lead Pastor Neil McClendon when he spoke to our 7th-12th grade students on March 3, 2021.
Daniel 9:20-271. Prayer moves God to action, v. 212. Daniel lives in Babylon on Jerusalem time, v. 213. God wants Daniel to know what He thinks about him, v. 234. Revelation comes with responsibility, v. 22-235. Prophecy is for perspective, v. 24-27v. 24- During this time six things will occur… a) to finish the transgressionb) to put an end to sinc) to bring in everlasting righteousnessd) to seal both vision and prophete) to anoint a most holy placea) rebuilding of Jerusalem, v. 25b) the coming and death of the Messiah, v. 26-Isaiah 53:8c) persecution by the antichrist and his defeat, v. 27-Revelation 13:5What does this mean for us today…We know a God who likes to reveal Himself and His plans.We have a cohesive and authoritative Bible that we can trust. We have a God who has been, is and will always be in control. Mental worship…Do you believe God is moved by your prayers?What could you do without if you believed that you were deeply loved?Are you able to live in “Babylon” on “Jerusalem time?”When you see God’s control over the future how does that affect you in the now?How should the passage this morning shape the way you think about the Bible?
2 Chronicles 5.1-141) There is a Process in our approach to God v. 1-52) There is a Price for having the Presence of God v. 6-103) There is a Proper Response to seeing God at work v. 11-14Psalm 136.1-54) See JesusJohn 2.191 Peter 2.4-6Questions:Are you open to God doing the unexpected? Is there a person you need to be praying for God to change and “fill”?Who in this Church family does God want you to speak to?Who in this Church family does God want you to listen to?If you wrote the “Psalm 136” of your life what are 3 events that would be included?
Daniel 91. The motivation for prayer, v. 1-22. The ingredients of prayer, v.3a) fastingb) sackclothc) ashes3. The starting place of prayer, v. 44. The nature of confession, v. 5-19* Notice how it progresses…a) this is what we’ve done, v. 5-6b) this is what we deserve, v. 7-15c) this is what I am asking you to do, v. 15-165. The motivation of God, v. 16-19Mental worship…What most often motivates you to pray: fear, need or understanding?Do you do anything outwardly to reveal to God what you are feeling on the inside? Is your awareness of your sin general or specific and are you aware of the difference this makes? Do your prayers demonstrate that you understand what God is capable of?How will this morning affect or inform your prayers? 
Seeing Through Babylon

Seeing Through Babylon

2021-02-0846:35

Daniel 8Unless we learn to see though all that is happening around us and see God as sovereign over it all we will lose the hope that is ours in the Gospel and because of God. 1. God directs the course of human history because He already knows it, v. 1-8“Open Theism is the thesis that, because God loves us and desires that we freely choose to reciprocate His love, He has made His knowledge of, and plans for, the future conditional upon our actions. Though omniscient, God does not know what we will freely do in the future. Though omnipotent, He has chosen to invite us to freely collaborate with Him in governing and developing His creation, thereby also allowing us the freedom to thwart His hopes for us. While Open Theists affirm that God knows all the truths that can be known, they claim that there simply are not yet truths about what will occur in the “open,” undetermined future. Alternatively, there are such contingent truths, but these truths cannot be known by anyone, including God.”-Encyclopedia of Philosophy2. Sin has consequences for everybody…including God’s people, v. 9-14v. 12- “because of transgression"3. Understanding brings perspective, v. 15-194. Consistent sin pushes grace to discipline, v. 20-23How do I know I’m being disciplined by God?a) I immediately think of my sinb) I am encouraged that this is happeningc) My heart is turned back towards God5. God is always at war and work in the world, v. 24-26v. 24- “but not by his own power”v. 26- “but by no human hand"burned Scripture and forbid any Jew to possess a copy of Scripturesacrificed a pig on the altarkilled thousands of Jewsbuilt an altar to Zeus in the temple and allowed scarifies to be madeissued a decree that all were to become a single people, each renouncing his particular customs that made them distinct overthrew the temple and did away with daily sacrifices6. We are to be about the King’s business, v. 27Mental worship…How does this affect your view of the Bible?Is there anything you wish you understood more about God, the Bible and our world today?In what ways will this morning affect the way you think about sin in general and your sin specifically?Have you ever felt disciplined by God and what came of it?What is the King’s business for you this week?
Daniel 7:15-281. Concern, v. 15-182. Clarity, v. 19-223. Severity, v. 23-25“What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;no one does good, not even one. Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive. The venom of asps is under their lips. Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes. Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.”-Romans 3:9-20“Individual sinners are harmful, sometimes deeply. But sinners bound together behind a group cause can cause great devastation. Nationalism, racism, sexism, denominationalism, factionalism- great evil can arise when sinners come together with a common purpose against someone outside of the group, the “other.” We can depersonalize the other, they aren’t quite human, and so to harm the other is not quite the same as hurting one of our own.”-Tremper Longman4. Certainty, v. 26-28“And do not seek what you are to eat and what you re to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom and these things will be added to you. “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” -Luke 12:29-32Takeaways…People of faith still feel deep concern.Regardless of how things sometimes look, God is always in control.We need to know how this all ends. 
1. ETERNAL LIFE IS WHERE: FAITH WILL BECOME SIGHT (1 Cor. 13:12, Revelation 22:4-5)2. ETERNAL LIFE IS WHERE: HEALING WILL BE AVAILABLE (Revelation 21:3-4)3. ETERNAL LIFE IS WHERE: OUR DEEPEST LONGINGS WILL BE QUENCHED (Revelation 22:1-2)
Ancient Of Days

Ancient Of Days

2021-01-1844:41

Daniel 7:1-181. Ancient of Days is in ControlWhat area of your life do you need to allow God to be the "Ancient of Days" in and just give up control to Him?2.God is the source of all Wisdom Are you connected to that source of life right now?  Or are you still stuck in infant stage in your spiritual life?3.Sin deserves Death. God has given us GraceHave you thought about what you deserve?  Have you thought about the Grace that God has shown you? Have you experienced his Grace in your life?4. We are part of an everlasting Kingdom, that will never end. What would you do if you had a dream like this?  Like if you had a dream that America was going to end next year how would you respond to that?
Mark 4:35-41Fear Is Really PervasiveFoundational truths about fear…Fear and worry run deep in all of usFear and worry have meaning. Fear and worry reveal us. 1. Our emotions are intended by God to put us into motion, v. 37-38"Fear is a God-given emotion when our mind alerts us to danger, real or perceived. Anxiety is what we feel when our body is responding to the emotion of fear. Worry is the thought process that mulls over and gives power to the object of our fear." -Tim Allchin-Genesis 3:102. Fear causes us to doubt God’s care for us, v. 383. Fear is short-sighted, v. 39-Exodus 2:23-25Q:  What is your only comfort in life and in death?A: That I am not my own, but belong—body and soul, in life and in death—to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from the power of the devil. He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven; in fact, all things must work together for my salvation. Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.4. Fear is intended to lead us to the proper fear, v. 41Mental worship…1. When you feel fear do you move towards God or away?2. What is happening when you feel cared for by God?3. What questions is your fear asking these days?4. What is God introducing you to?
What We Need To Remember From 2020Part 21. We were created for community.2. Humanity is as sinful as the Bible says“Sin is any failure to conform to the moral law of God in act, attitude, or nature.”-Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology:  An Introduction to Biblical DoctrineThree things to notice…a) the bar is really low-James 2.10b) defining sin has nothing to do with man, man’s opinions or man’s agreementc) sin is pervasive -Romans 5.12d) sin is destructive by natureSin changes the answer to three questions…1) What is true?2) What is right?3) Who am I?-1 Timothy 1.15-16-Romans 5.6-8-Isaiah 53.4-6What this establishes…a) A rich environment for evangelismb) There is good news (the Gospel) that I can believe in and live fromc) Being defensive makes no sense whatsoeverd) Jesus took everything I deserve. Therefore, I have nothing to fear and much to enjoy 
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