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Sermon Outline, July 31, 2016, “Jesus is Greater than the Enemy”

Jesus is Greater than the Enemy

I John 4:4       “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.”

 

The Holy Spirit empowers us from Within.

Satan is the Ruler of this World.

~ John 12:31   “Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.”

~ Matthew 9:34          “But the Pharisees were saying, ‘He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons.’”

~ II Corinthians 4:4    “. . . in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

~ Ephesians 2:2           “. . . in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.”

 

The Holy Spirit lives within us.

~ Romans 8:9  “However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.”

~ Romans 8:11            “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”

~ I Corinthians 6:19    “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?”

 

 

The Holy Spirit empowers us through the Word of God.

Satan attacks our Minds.

~ I Timothy 4:1           “But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons . . .”

 

The Holy Spirit thwarts Satan’s Attacks.

~ II Peter 1:20-21       “ But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, 21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”

~ John 8:32     “. . . and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

~ Ephesians 6:13-14    “Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness . . .”

 

 

The Holy Spirit empowers us through His Power.

Satan attacks our wills through temptation.

~ Matthew 25:41        “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels . ..’”

~ Ephesians 6:11         “Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.”

 

The Holy Spirit empowers our Wills.

~ Romans 8:13            “for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”

~ Ephesians 5:18         “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit . . .”

~ Romans 8:14            “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”

~ Galatians 5:16          “ But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.”

God is Faithful

As I write this article, I am on my way to Liberia to hold a VBS for 500 children, to spend time with the children and staff at the orphanage, and install solar energy.  I am reminded of how God has answered so many prayers as we have prepared for this trip.  Satan is always at work seeking to destroy any good work to further God’s kingdom.
We prayed to return to Liberia for the past two years after establishing Psalm 82:3 Mission.  He has answered us by providing the funds to send us and fund our projects.  God never fails and is faithful to answer our prayers as we seek to follow him in serving these orphans.  Each month, since we started this mission two years ago, God has provided the funds to feed and house the children, educate them, and pay the staff.  This could not have been accomplished without prayer.

Deena Wertz

Children’s Ministry

Why is Children’s Ministry a big deal?  My response is typically pretty simple, Jesus talked about the fields being ripe for harvest. While many people have a different idea of where these fields are, every time I read this I think of children’s ministry.  I think of how hungry the kids are to learn more about God’s word.  They are literally soaking up the love of God as much and as often as they can!  I think about witnessing the children in Critterland reciting their way through the books of the Bible.  I think about their soil being soft and ready for the seeds of love planted in their hearts.  I think about challenging children to serve others and how they jump at the opportunity with excitement as if they are stretching to reach the power of the Son.  When a child gives their life to Jesus it is amazing! They do it with so much purity, excitement, and energy that all those witnessing must smile.
At TCCC we have a ready and willing team to pour love and time into your child to help them grow.  Why is children’s ministry a big deal?  We exist to make sure every child grows closer to Jesus!  If we don’t have a ripe harvest field then the church won’t survive the coming seasons!

Matt Lee

Greater Love Hath No Man

When I first heard the theme for the July issue of the Current, I immediately thought of the familiar text in John 15:12-13 where Jesus teaches his disciples with these words:  “My command is this:  Love each other as I have loved you.  Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”
Then I fondly remembered a very powerful anthem that I sang in the Concert Choir of Cincinnati Christian University over 40 years ago.  This anthem was penned by Sir John Ireland in 1912 and is taken from the passage above, as well as several other passages of Scripture. This choral work had a profound impact on me and was rather difficult for us to learn.  It is written in 8-part harmony.  I also remember that I was given the opportunity to sing the baritone solo (back when I had better high notes in my register!) and, on the occasion where we had a fine pipe organ on choir tour, I was able to accompany the choir as they sang.  I simply offer this powerful text to you now as we acknowledge that the love of Jesus is greater than any other love in this world.

Many waters cannot quench love,
Neither can the floods drown it.  Love is strong as death.  ~Canticles 8

Greater love hath no man than this,
That a man lay down his life for his friends.  ~John 15:13

Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree,
That we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness.  ~1 Peter 2:24

Ye are washed, ye are sanctified,
Ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus.  ~1 Corinthians 6:11

Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation;
That ye should show forth the praise of him
Who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.  ~1 Peter 2:9

I beseech you brethren, by the mercies of God,
That you present your bodies, a living sacrifice, holy,
Acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  ~Romans 12:1

I encourage you to go to youtube.com and type in the title followed by John Ireland.  You will find several fine video recordings.  Set aside a few minutes to worship as you are drawn into the music and text.

Don Seevers

Jesus is Greater than The Enemy – I John 4:1-6

Daily, we are reminded of the cost to follow Christ.  Currently in the United States we continue to enjoy the freedom to worship Him, however, in many parts of this world the cost is great and often requires one’s life.  Do not be fooled, we are in the midst of a spiritual war and it is being waged on a daily basis.
As Christians it is easy to become overwhelmed with a sense of discouragement as we give thought to the state of our society.  We have become numb to all immoral topics of today: abortion, homosexuality, infidelity, divorce, drug abuse, and many others.  As we give thought to these and others that are plaguing our culture, we feel as if there is no hope.
But, Scripture says something completely different.  We, as Christ followers, must be assured that our victory is not here, but instead it rests in eternity with our Creator.  In John 16:33 we read these words of Jesus, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation.  But take heart; I have overcome the world.”  We are to have confidence in the authoritative power of Jesus.  The victory took place when He defeated death on the cross and when He arose from the tomb.  This same truth is once again repeated when John wrote in 1 John 4:4  “Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than He who is in the world.”
As we awake each morning let us rejoice in these great truths and let us, with confidence and bravery, fight the good fight.  Let us stand for the truth of God’s word and, with love in the depths of our heart, minister to broken people who the enemy is fighting so hard to fool with his lies.  We can, without doubt, proclaim that Jesus is greater than the enemy!

Nick Wallen

Sermon Outline, July 24, 2016, “Jesus is Greater than Satan”

Jesus is Greater than Satan

I John 3:8       “. . . the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.”

I Peter 5:8       “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

 

Jesus destroys Satan’s Lies with Truth.

The Works of Satan consist of Lies.

~ John 8:44     “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

~ II Corinthians 11:14      “No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.”

 

Jesus conquers Satan with Truth.

~ John 1:14     “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

~ John 1:17     “For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.”

~ John 14:6     “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.’”

~ John 18:37   “Therefore Pilate said to Him, ‘So You are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.’”

 

 

Jesus destroys Satan’s Wickedness with Forgiveness.

The Works of Satan consist of Wickedness.

~ Revelation 2:10        “Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

 

Jesus conquers Satan with His Blood.

~ Romans 8:33-34       “Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; 34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.”

~ Romans 5:9       “Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.”

~ Ephesians 1:7           “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace . . .”

 

 

Jesus destroys Satan and Death with Life.

The Works of Satan consist of Death.

~ John 8:44     “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

~ I Peter 5:8    “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

 

Jesus conquers Satan and Death with Life.

~ John 10:10   “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

~ Genesis 3:15      “And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.”

 

Building as Ministry

Ministry happens through many different avenues and outlets.  I think the types of ministries are only limited by God’s imagination, which we know is unlimited, and our availability, with which we sometimes struggle.
One of the lesser-known ways the Tates Creek Christian Church ministers is by making our building available to various groups and organizations for their meetings.  We have recently reviewed and revised the Building Use Policy in an effort to continue making our space available without putting our church in danger of being forced to allow events to which we are scripturally opposed. This  review has caused very few groups to be ineligible for continued use of our building.
We currently provide meeting space on a regular basis for outside groups such as:  Alcoholics Anonymous, Girl Scouts, Fayette County Neighborhood Council, Fayette County Board of Elections, Young Marines, a homeschool group, and a dulcimer group.  In addition to these groups that meet regularly, we also are asked on a fairly routine basis to host events for the local school systems or other not-for-profit organizations.
We love to make our space available to these groups as an outreach and a service to our community.  Very often when guests come into our building to schedule these activities they will remark about the size, appearance, and functionality of our facilities.  Our building communicates positively about us and our commitment to Christ.  People coming in notice this.  We also believe that the more comfortable they get coming into our building, even for non-church activities, the more likely it is they will be comfortable coming back for a Worship service, Sunday school class, or other church activity.
This was evidenced recently with one of our newest members.  This individual  told me that they have been coming to our church for about a year, but more recently began attending worship with us.  Where were they before attending worship with us?  They began coming to play in the dulcimer group!
What a joy it is to see how God is using our efforts to bear fruit for His Kingdom.  I think it is clear that God does not allow any effort or experience of ours to be wasted.  We may just not know, while living here on earth, how God is using even these small efforts!

Unconditional Love

One of my favorite classic movies is “Ben Hur”.  While the chariot race is one of my favorite parts, my most favorite part comes later in the movie.  When is this part?  It is when Ben Hur learns that his mom and sister are still living.  However, at the same time, he also learns they are lepers living in a leper colony.  So, at the very same time he experiences great joy knowing they are still alive, he also experiences great sorrow hearing the news that they are lepers.  What takes place in the movie next strums the deepest emotions of the heart!  The leper colony, where his mom and sister are living, dwells in a cave system.  Ben Hur enters the cave system looking and searching for them.  He looks and searches, in every tent and under every blanket until he finally finds his mom and sister.  When he finds them, they try to dissuade him from taking them out of there, but he persists.  His sister is unable to walk due to the effects of the leprosy.  With his mother at his side and his sister in his arms, he leads them out of the cave.  His purpose is to take them to Jesus, but he is a bit late in that endeavor because Jesus had just been crucified.  Don’t worry, I am not going to relate the rest of the story and ruin it for those who would like to see a great movie classic!
However, Ben Hur reflects the heart of God because God loves us unconditionally.  While God has a deep, deep love for us, at the same time He experiences deep sorrow because of our sin.  And yet, He still loves us just as we are.  Could there ever be a greater love than the love God has for us?  Could there be a greater heart for us than the heart God has for us?  Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  In John 15:13 Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”
Demonstrating unconditional love toward family, friends, and brothers and sisters in Christ may be very challenging.  And yet, it is in those experiences where we learn a little about the kind of unconditional love God has for us.  When our spouse makes a decision that we know will bring us continued pain, it is a challenge to keep loving.  When our children make decisions that we know will cause us continued pain, it is a challenge to keep loving.  And yet, that is how God loves us!

Greatly blessed by the love of the Father!

Tommy Simpson

Jesus is Greater than Satan – I John 3:4-12

Jesus is greater than Satan.  How long have you known that to be true?  For me, it’s easy to read that statement, agree with it because it is a fact I’ve known since I was very young, and move on without taking the time to appreciate it and what it should mean to me.
When I first read a passage like 1 John 3:4-12, I tend to focus on the negative.  I think of the times my attitude isn’t right, the times I do things I shouldn’t do, and the times I don’t do things I should do. I don’t think I am alone in that.  Thankfully for us all, John isn’t saying that because we all sin we don’t know Jesus.  He is instead talking about what our life is characterized by.
Not only is that good news, but he also gives us two very simple ways that we can make sure our life isn’t characterized by sin.  First, do what is right.  Second, love one another.  As an example of their importance, when Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment he responds with love God and love people, essentially the same thing John says we should be characterized by.
How are you doing with those two things?  Do you always do what is right, or is there something that you can’t help doing or something you don’t do that you know is the right thing to do?  Do you love everyone you come into contact with?  Not just put up with them or like them, but do you really love them?
We all know we have room to improve in those areas.  We can make improvements on our own, but to really improve through our major struggles, we must rely on the fact that Jesus is greater than Satan and came to destroy his work, to take away our sin.  Will you rely on this fact to make sure your life is the life of a child of God?  He is ready to help if you will let him.

Nathan Koebcke

Sermon Outline, July 17, 2016, “Jesus is Greater than Darkness”

Jesus is Greater than Darkness

I John 2:3-17

~ Isaiah 9:2     “The people who walk in darkness Will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, The light will shine on them.”

~ John 8:12     “Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.’”

~ Matthew 5:14-16     “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

 

Walk in Truth.

God reveals Truth.

~ Titus 1:2       “. . . in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago . . .”

~ Hebrews 6:18           “. . . so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us.”

~ John 18:37   “Therefore Pilate said to Him, ‘So You are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.’”

~ John 10:35   “If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken) . . .”

~ John 17:17   “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.”

 

Truth overcomes Falsehood.

~ John 8:32     “. . . and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

~ Ephesians 4:25         “Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.”

 

 

Walk in Obedience.

God reveals Commandments.

~ I Peter 1:14  “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance . . .”

 

Obedience overcomes Disobedience.

~ Revelation 21:8        “But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

~ Psalm 1        “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.

The wicked are not so, But they are like chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the wicked will perish.”

 

 

Walk in Love.

God reveals Love.

~ John 3:16     “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

~ Romans 5:8  “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

 

Love overcomes Hate.

~ I John 4:7     “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.”

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