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Sermon Outline, October 2, 2016, “The Cure for the ‘I’ Trouble”

                                                     The Cure for “I” Trouble

Philippians 2:1-16

Humility demonstrates Selflessness.

Selflessness thinks of others first.

~ II Timothy 3:1-2      But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy . . .

~ Romans 12:10, 16    10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor . . .      16 Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation.

 

Selflessness puts others first.

~ Luke 22:42   . . . saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.”

~ Romans 8:32             He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?

~ I Corinthians 13:5    . . . does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered . . .

 

Humility demonstrates Submission.

The Motive for Humble Obedience is Love.

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

~ I John 4:10    In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

 

The Scope for Humble Obedience is Complete.

~ 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.

~ Romans 13:14           But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.

 

 

Humility demonstrates Service.

Humility yields Positive Service.

~ I Peter 4:9    Be hospitable to one another without complaint.

 

Humility yields Blameless Service.

~ Romans 16:19           For the report of your obedience has reached to all; therefore I am rejoicing over you, but I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil.

 

Humility yields Faithful Service.

~ II Timothy 3:16-17  All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

~ I Corinthians 15:58              Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.

Preferences – Matthew 20:26-28

Recently, our church came together for what we call One Church One Body. We do this each year in an effort to bring all members of our church family together. We do this to worship and sing with one voice and to partake of the Lord’s Supper as one family. It encourages unity and love among fellow believers. We sing both traditional and contemporary songs as we lift up our Lord. It is our hope this service is conducted in a manner pleasing to God and in accordance with Paul’s instruction to the church in Rome:
Romans 15:5-6
“Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Unfortunately some members refuse to participate in this service! They are unwilling to worship alongside fellow brothers and sisters unless the format of worship suits their individual preferences. Sadly, we see this occurring in churches all around us. Some churches even divide and collapse because of it.
There is nothing wrong with preferences. We all have them which is why some attend traditional and others contemporary services. But does it glorify God if we allow our preferences to dictate whether or not we worship? Jesus told us to love our neighbors as ourselves. We will never get to know our neighbor if we let our preferences become a wall between us. The apostle Paul stressed unity in worship in his letter to the church of Colossae.
Colossians 3:14-16
“And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”
Regardless of what we sing, songs of praise come from our lips; true worship is found in our hearts!

David Martin

Answered Prayer

Several years ago a colleague of mine was having some heart issues. When she told me that she was going to have some tests to see exactly what the problem was, I told her of a time my sister prayed for my brother about a heart blockage and God answered her prayer. My colleague requested that I pray for her. Right then and there, we joined hands along with another teacher and we prayed that God would take away her heart issues. When the day of her tests came, I could hardly wait to hear the results. When I was told that her tests came back all clear and her heart was the heart of someone much younger, I was overjoyed. I knew that God had heard and answered my prayer. It made me want to give God the praise and glory and tell others how he has worked!

“And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” John 14:13

Gail Morrison

That They May Be One

Ephesians 4:1 – 6

Pursue the Basis of Unity.

The Basis of Unity must be the Word of God.

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

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.

Isaiah 40:8 ~ The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.

Hebrews 4:12 ~ For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

False Teaching divides the Unity of the Church.

II Timothy 4:3–4 ~For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.

Pursue the Attitude of Unity.

Pursue Humility toward God.

Philippians 2:5–8 ~ Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Hebrews 13:17 ~ Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account.]Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.

Pursue Humility toward Man.

Romans 12:16 ~  Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation.

Galatians 5:13 ~ For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

Pursue the Action of Unity.

Love exercises Patience!

I Corinthians 13:4 ~ Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,

Love exercises Self-Control

I Corinthians 13:5 ~…does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,

Ephesians 4:15 ~ …but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,

James 1:19 ~ This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;

Love exercises Forgiveness!

I Corinthians 13:5 ~ …does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,

Greetings from Ethiopia!

Rainy season here usually brings with it a subdued pace of life. The past few months for us, however, have brought lots of muddy miles, church visits, and opportunities to grow the church here in Ethiopia.
A few of the highlights have been:
• Scouting out a location with our teammate, Jake Lowe, to open church planting work in a brand new area.
• Celebrating the graduation of Pastor Nigatu, our first pastor to complete a four-year bible degree.
• Expanding our “Evangelist Empowerment Program” where we loan small amounts of money to families of church workers so they can start their own small businesses.
• Issuing a loan to a group of our Gumuz churches so they can 1) expand their honey production operation, 2) buy seed and fertilizer to grow corn and sorghum for income for their churches, and 3) buy a bull to plough their own church’s field and to rent to their neighbors.
• Getting to teach almost 1,000 church leaders and local believers at our annual all-KAC church conference in the village of Yasow.
• Hosting two college-age interns.
• Bringing fifty Oromo church leaders to our training center in Kiramu for classes on theology and conservation agriculture. The teaching was done by Jennifer Craft (a theology professor at Point University) and her husband, Brandon Craft (a forester and conservation agriculture professor at Lipscomb University).

Thanks for your prayers and for your partnership in His ministry in Ethiopia.

Travis, Emily, Clare, and Charley Weeks

Fall News for Senior Adults

It’s hard to imagine the summer is over and fall will soon appear. With that happening, our fall trip is just a little over a month away. The trip this year is to Savannah and Charleston. We have had a good response to this trip and it is full at this time, but there are always possible cancellations that may occur and seats opening up. If you would be interested in standing by to fill those spaces if they become available, just call the church and tell them you want to be on stand by for the trip. It’s not too late, however, to sign up for our September 22 day trip to My Old Kentucky Home State Park at Bardstown. We will be leaving the church at 9 am and the cost is $15.00 plus lunch. This will be the last official day trip for the year so you will want to join us for this grand time together as we appreciate the beauty and history of our state.
This month our BWAC monthly meeting will give way to our quarterly In Touch ministry luncheon for widows/widowers or otherwise singles. This will be held at 12 pm on September 15 in the Fellowship Hall. We will be discussing how the Barnabas ministry has helped several and again offer it to those who need help with minor repairs or fix ups around the house, etc. Along with that, Jan Hill will be here playing her harp so I know our older widows and singles will all want to be in attendance. Four Sunday school classes will be putting the meal on for this event, and they will be invited to join us for the meal.
We currently have several opportunities for our Senior Adults to become involved in a deeper fellowship here at the church. Our monthly BWAC meeting, our day trips, fall trip, mid-week Bible Study, and Sunday Evening worship service are among them. If you haven’t joined in this deeper and richer fellowship why not use this fall season to do it and enjoy the times we can spend together in Christian love and encouragement. We hope you will.

Kim Beckwith

I Will be a Unifying Church Member

Church unity is a relevant topic today, much as it was when the apostles spoke directly on this topic almost 2000 years ago. The apostles visited and sent letters to early churches that were divided on doctrinal interpretation and acceptance of non-Jewish Christians. Less than a century ago, churches split over whether to build a fellowship hall, kitchen, or to install a PA system in the auditorium. Modern unity issues often gravitate around relatively trivial matters of personal preference and important doctrinal principles that should not be taken lightly. Consider these examples:
– Technology – is rapidly changing how we access information during worship. Smart phones and tablets have the capability of providing access to multiple Bible translations and commentaries, follow a lesson outline or words to a song, make an electronic tithe or offering, and submit a prayer request. It’s OK that some prefer not to use smart technology in worship, but it shouldn’t be allowed to become a source of disunity.
– Biblical Truths – are preached less in some churches seeking to avoid topics that might cause members to confront sin in their life. The gradual decline in world-wide church attendance has led some churches to rationalize the preaching of a “white-washed” message of peace, acceptance of sin, or to simply avoid the topic of certain sins altogether. The Elders at Tates Creek are watchful to ensure Biblical truths are preached and that sound doctrine isn’t influenced by modernism. Gently correcting someone who is spreading false doctrine or causing disunity is what we are called to do.
Before we make a comment capable of causing disunity, we should ask ourselves if we are getting ready to grumble over an inconsequential non-Biblical matter or perpetuate false assumptions – none of which are acceptable. Do we recognize disunity for what it is when we: a. see someone using technology in church, but tell others that the person wasn’t paying attention; b. arrive early to get a favored seat, but refuse to scoot over for someone arriving later; c. are bothered when asked to serve, because we’ve done our part already and those (younger or older) people aren’t doing enough; d. don’t like the sermon because the minister preached on a topic that “hit close to home.” These are just a few classic examples of disunity. If we’re honest with ourselves, we’ve all engaged in acts of disunity at one time or another. God’s written word calls for us to be unified by demonstrating patience, gentleness, and love for one another. Unity is vital to the wellbeing of the Church at Tates Creek and the Church universal.

Stan Stack

Sermon Outline, September 18, 2016, Membership Has Its Expectations

Membership Has Its Expectations 

I Corinthians 12:12-31

Honor the Lord and His Church.

Honor the Lord’s Bride.

~ I Corinthians 3:17    17 If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.

~ Hebrews 10:25         25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

 

Honor the Lord’s Price for His Bride.

~ Acts 20:28               28 Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.

~ Mark 12:30              30 and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’

 

Honor the Members of the Lord’s Church.

Honor the Value of each member.

~ I Peter 4:10              10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

 

Honor the Role of each member.

~ Mark 9:35                35 Sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”

 

Honor the Work of the Lord’s Church.

Volunteer for an area of service!

~ Ephesians 4:11-12    11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;

 

Commit to an area of service!

~ I Corinthians 15:58  58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.

~ Matthew 5:37          37 But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil.

Freedom in Christ

I am most definitely a creature of habit. I like routine, order, staying on schedule. I don’t like surprises (I’ve ruined many birthday and Christmas gifts) and I get very anxious when any sort of big event is thrown unexpectedly at my feet. Because of this, I tend to worry more than I should about the outcome of everything. I obsess with details, thinking all situations that could happen through to the end. My husband recently relocated back to Lexington for his job after driving to Florence for two years. You would think I’d be over the moon, and I was, but I also worried, will he like this location, the people that are there? Will we still be able to keep the family floating if there is a change in funds?

Over the years, I’ve learned that while thinking things through for a short time is an important part of being an adult, becoming sick with worry is pointless. Why? One, it doesn’t do anything to help the situation. Two, it is an insult to God and his plan. He’s put me on the path I was meant to be on, and if the situation in front of me is difficult, well, I better look through it, try to see the other side, and trudge on.

In Luke 5, can you imagine how those who met Jesus and were asked to follow him immediately felt? They dropped everything and left! The Bible doesn’t tell us their thoughts, but I’m sure witnessing this man fill their nets with fish, where previously there had been none, was reason enough to realize something great was going to happen if they went with him. As followers ourselves we need to remember this (myself included). Because we believe in Jesus, because we know the incredible things he’s done, we need to follow Him, and not question it. As we always sing in our Critterland songs, He’s Got It.

Lesley Tipton

Does He Really?

If Jesus changes everything, does our life truly reflect this? Take a look at the people in the Bible who really reflected this truth. When Zacchaeus met Jesus he chose to repay anyone from whom he had taken money. When Peter, James, John, and Andrew met Jesus they left all they owned, their fishing business, their schedule, their comfort, and they followed him. Matthew left his tax collecting business. When Paul met Jesus on the road to Damascus he literally did a spiritual 180 and went from persecuting Christians to leading people to Jesus. These are spiritual giants though. Clearly they possessed some supernatural ability to run with reckless abandon.

Would it help if we looked at more “normal” people with whom Jesus crossed paths? Consider the lepers that were outcast from their society. They were forced to live outside of town, wear a bell around their neck, and couldn’t come home until they were clean. Jesus passes by one day and heals them. Another time a leading officer had a dying child and Jesus healed her! Finally, his friend, Lazarus, met Jesus after he came back to life. Just think about that for a moment… Jesus brought him back to life! If those were the only lives he changed, people would still be telling stories, but he wasn’t finished. He made lame people walk, blind people see, and deaf people hear. Jesus could have kept healing and changing lives 2000 years ago, and as John stated, we wouldn’t be able to tell all the stories. Instead He did something only HE could do! He focused his ENTIRE LIFE on you and me. He left the comforts of friendships, He turned the reigns over to the disciples, and He allowed himself to be hung on a cross for you! Again, you could stop the story there and it would have been enough, but Jesus still wasn’t finished. You know how the story goes… he came back to life, ascended into heaven, and soon after, gave the Holy Spirit willingly to guide us through this thing called life.

What if our focus has been wrong this entire time? For so many years, we have been asking Jesus to step into our lives and clean up the messes we have made. We ask him to protect our families, to bring healing in desperate situations, and change us from the inside out. Then, when He does what we have been asking him to do, how do we respond. Does anything truly change? Typically not, because many times we are focused on ourselves and our situations being the end of our prayers! Not that this focus is bad or even unbiblical, because it isn’t. It’s just too small! Stop and think about it for a second… In any of the stories above, were any of their lives changed so that one particular person or family could be the sole benefactors?

Here’s the point… If Jesus changes everything then our witness should impact like it. If Jesus changes everything then our worship should sound like it. If Jesus changes everything then our hands should feel like it. If Jesus really changes everything then our church should reflect it. But how? The answer is simple… think bigger than ourselves. Think God’s Kingdom big!

Let’s try a simple mathematical equation to see if this makes sense. In simple terms 1+1=2, right? When I add Jesus into the equation something radical happens. 1+Jesus = Changed Family, workplace, and the list goes on!

Let’s keep going…
My Family + Jesus = A changed neighborhood!
My Church + Jesus = A changed city!
My City + Jesus = A changed state!
My State + Jesus = A changed country!
My Country + Jesus = A changed WORLD! (can I get an amen?)

The first step is personally answering the question, does Jesus really change everything? Then, take a look at your life and see if it is different since you met Him! If He hasn’t changed everything, is there something you are holding onto that keeps your life from being changed? Dream big and let Jesus change you!

Matt Lee

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