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The Gift Of Mercy

Romans 12:1-8 (ESV) How the Gift of Mercy edifies the body of Christ: Romans 12:1 (ESV) Exodus 34:6 (ESV) “God's mercy is so great that you may sooner drain the sea of its water, or deprive the sun of its light, or make space too narrow, than diminish the great mercy of God.” - Charles Spurgeon “There is more mercy in Christ, than sin in us.” - Richard Sibbes Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV) It makes the body more merciful as a whole. Romans 12:4-5 (ESV) Proverbs 27:17 (ESV) It mercifully...


The Gift Of Shepherding

YOU MIGHT BE A SHEPHERD IF . . . THE GIFT OF SHEPHERDING . . . The one who has a shepherding heart is always leading. “He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.” Psalm 23:2-3a “He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” Psalms 23:3b “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 The one who...


The Gift Of Exhortation

SPIRITUAL GIFTS: EXHORTATION Romans 12:6-8; 1 Timothy 4:13-14a THE GIFT OF EXHORTATION . . . The gift of exhortation is speaking encouragement or correction, that is intentional and directional, into the lives of others. YOU MIGHT HAVE THE GIFT . . . “Him (Jesus Christ), warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.” Colossians 1:28 “ . . . to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of...


The Gift of Evangelism

SPIRITUAL GIFTS: EVANGELISM Ephesians 4:11; 1 Corinthians 12:27-13:13 Categories of Gifts . . . Gifts without Love . . . A deep love for Christ is the source for you to genuinely love others, expressed most visibly and tangibly through how God has gifted you. “If I speak in the tongues of men and angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mystery and knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove...



#DADLIFE Mark 6:30-44 DAD AS A SHEPHERD . . . “And He had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.” (v. 34) You are like Jesus when you show compassion to those whom God has given you to shepherd. “And He began to teach them many things.” (v. 34b) The greatest need your child has, above all else, is to know the truth about Jesus. “You give them something to eat.” (v. 35-37) Your children need to feast from your table, not the world’s table. “How...


What Are Spiritual Gifts?

WHAT ARE SPIRITUAL GIFTS? Abilities given by the Spirit of God by grace through which He works for the common good of the body of Christ, for the glory of God. “A spiritual gift is an ability given by the Holy Spirit to express our faith effectively (in word or deed) for the strengthening of someone else’s faith.” John Piper “For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you—that is that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both...


The Role You Play In God's Story

THE ROLE YOU PLAY IN GOD’S STORY 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; Romans 12:1-8; 1 Peter 4:10-11 WHAT IS MY S.H.A.P.E.? S—H—A—P—E—


The Lord's Supper



Prodigal Part II - The Elder Brother

Prodigal Pt. 2 - The Elder Brother (Luke 15:11-32) Luke 15:11-32 (ESV) Religious self-righteousness is even more dangerous than rebellious unrighteousness. 1. Because it gives us an inflated view of self. Luke 15:29 (ESV) C.S. Lewis 2. Because it gives us a deflated view of self. Luke 15:30 (ESV) Matthew 21:31b 3. Because it gives us a conflated view of God. Jonathan Edwards Tim Keller, The Prodigal God Charles Spurgeon Works Cited/Further Reading The Prodigal GodA Tale of Two...



BE SELFISH TO BE SELFLESS . . . Be selfish with the time that allows you to selflessly care well for those you love most. “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12 CARING FOR YOUR HEART . . . Daily get away with God. “Then Jesus said, ‘Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.’ He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat.” Mark 6:31 “ . . . in Your...


Prodigal - Part I "The Younger Brother"

Prodigal Pt. 1 - The Younger Brother • Luke 15:1-24 (ESV) • God extends recklessly extravagant grace toward recklessly rebellious sinners. • 1. The Recklessness of Sin • Luke 15:11-12 (ESV) • “Sin doesn’t always look sinful to us; sometimes it looks beautiful. That’s why we need grace to see sin for what it really is - dark, dangerous, enslaving, and destructive.” - Paul Tripp • 2. The Recklessness of Grace • “The word ‘prodigal’ does not mean ‘wayward’ but, according...


True Compassion



Obstacles and Opportunities

Acts: Obstacles and Opportunities Acts 27-28 WHEN IN ROME . . . Don’t let obstacles discourage you from sharing your faith story. Be intentional about sharing your faith story. “After three days, he (Paul) called together the local leaders of the Jews . . . For this reason, therefore, I have asked to see you and speak with you, since it is because of the hope of Israel that I am wearing this chain.” Acts 28:17a, 20 Pray that all who hear your faith story, and see your life,...


A Story Worth Sharing

Acts: A Story Worth Sharing KNOW YOUR STORY . . . “Jesus is not swept into your story. You are swept into His.” (Michael Horton, Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story Know your story so you can share your story. Take advantage of opportunities to share your story. “Paul replied, ‘I am a Jew, from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no obscure city. I beg you, permit me to speak to the people.’” Acts 21:39 Allow God to use your story to point people to the resolve...


Otherworldly Opposition

To understand the spiritual battle, we need to begin with acknowledging that we are in a war. Battles make up smaller components of the bigger picture. By definition, battles involve combat between two persons, between factions, between armies and they consist of any type of "extended contest, struggle, or controversy" (Webster-Merriam). As Christians, we are in a spiritual battle of some sort on a daily basis. In warfare, battles are fought on different fronts, for different reasons, and...



Jesus’s resurrection means that there is a way for you to be made right with God. “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile, and you are still in your sins.” 1 Corinthians 15:17 “More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” Romans 5:11 “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by His life.” Romans...


An Unlikely Kingly Arrival

Palm Sunday Bible Verses Luke 19:41-42 -"As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it, and said, "If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace--but now it is hidden from your eyes." Zechariah 9:9 - Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. John 12:12-19 - The next day the great crowd that had come for the...


Turn The World Upside Down

THOUGHTS FOR YOUR JOURNEY . . . On this journey, there will be moments of contention. On this journey, there will be moments when God redirects you. “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 On this journey, there will be opportunities to have gospel conversations. “One who heard us was a woman named Lydia from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what...


Your Mission Journey

Acts: Your Mission Journey Acts 13-15:35 ON MISSION . . . We have been set apart by the Spirit of God to make much of the gospel. “you will be My witnesses.” Acts 1:8 “While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’” Acts 13:2 We are sent out by His Spirit to engage those in need of the gospel. “If then God gave the same gift (the Holy Spirit) to them as He gave to us when we...


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