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Revelation 3:3

So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you.

Sermon Outline October 1, 2017, “Focus on the Example”

Focus on the Example

 

Matthew 5:13-16

~ Matthew 10:32-33  “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.

Stand Honestly.

Stand for Truth.

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

Stand for Purity.

~ I Peter 1:15-16      but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

Stand for Righteousness.

~ Matthew 5:6     “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

~ Matthew 5:20     “For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

~ James 4:17     Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

 

Stand Strongly.

Stand Shamelessly.

~ Mark 8:38      For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

Stand Courageously.

~ Matthew 10:32-33     “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.

~ I Corinthians 6:9-11      Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

 

Stand Constantly.

Focus on the Goal.

~ I Corinthians 6:18-20      Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body.  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?  For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

Refuse to be Distracted!

~ Hebrews 2:1     For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.

~ Hebrews 10:26-27     For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries.

~ Galatians 5:4     You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.

~ Hebrews 6:4-6      For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame.

 

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Hebrews 11:7

By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.

Can the Church Change a Culture?

Several years ago, Terah and I attended a Jesus Culture concert at Northern Kentucky University.  The concert was great and lots of fun with friends, but when I left there I wondered about the above question in our American culture.  During the concert a main speaker took the stage and he answered this question about what God is doing in China.  He told the story about a young couple that wanted to make a difference in a mall.  They began a simple prayer booth.  This was a small place for people to go if they needed to pray with someone.  The result in changing the culture was evident almost immediately.  The speaker went on to explain the police decided to leverage this prayer group for their benefit.  When they caught someone breaking the law they would give them a choice.  The violator could either be detained and taken to jail or he could agree to go to the prayer booth for prayer.  Nearly every time the choice was easy.  Go to the prayer booth.  What happened next was a little on the crazy side.  The prayer booth started to grow and take up more space.  More people stopped by and the crime at the mall went down considerably.

Can a church change the culture?  If it couldn’t, I would not be in children’s ministry telling the kids that through Jesus ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!    TCCC is a place committed to changing the culture.  The investment at Julius Marks Elementary hasn’t gone unnoticed by the community.  On August 10th a couple people joined the FCPS and Commerce Lexington to receive an award called the Golden Apple Award, (see page 16).  In fact, nearly every time I visit JME to say hi or eat lunch with a child I am told by at least one person, “I don’t know what we would do without your church.”

So why don’t we see more churches changing their culture or why have we not seen an even greater impact?  I think the answer is simple, we aren’t trained to look for what God is doing and give Him praise for His works alone!  Praise the Lord for the opportunities He has given our church family.  Praise the Lord for willing servants who tutor, give funds for backpacks, serve at Party in the Park, or have accepted the challenge to adopt a JME staff member.    The future of our community is brighter because we shared our Jesus light with the community!  As the world around us grows more dim with sin, our opportunity to shine brighter grows even larger.  Flip on your light and let it shine!

~ Matt Lee, Children’s Minister        matt@tatescreek.org

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Psalm 39:4

Lord, make me to know my end
And what is the extent of my days;
Let me know how transient I am.

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II Timothy 4:2-5

preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 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. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

Something to Ponder

I don’t know if you all ponder things such as I do, but one of the things that I have pondered all the years of my life is: how can we, during these summer months, put salt in our ice cream freezers to cause the ingredients to freeze and then turn around in the winter months and put that same salt on our roads and sidewalks to melt the snow and ice?  I’ve pondered that for as long as I can remember.  Now, I know I could ask people with more education than me to explain it, and there would be a scientific explanation for sure, but I prefer to ponder this amazing fact.  To know all the scientific processes would take all of the amazement out of it for me.

One of the things I’m certain would amaze our Heavenly Father, if He could in fact be amazed, is how we have the capacity to bless, encourage, and influence men toward Him.  Instead, we often operate in just the opposite way.  Jesus himself addressed that potential when He said, “Let your light so shine among men that they might see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven.”  In simply saying that, He also acknowledged the possibility that we could do just the opposite.  Now, with the freezing of ice cream and the thawing of ice and snow, there is a reasonable scientific explanation, but what is the reasonable explanation for our acting contrary to the purposes of God?  There is no reasonable explanation is there?  We who have been called to a higher purpose too often fail to do so.  Perhaps we need to ponder more.  Ponder the riches we have in Christ Jesus.  Ponder the grace we have received in Christ Jesus.  Ponder the needs of people who don’t have Christ Jesus, and after pondering, expect to be amazed at the impact we can make for Him if we live for that higher purpose.
The Pondering Preacher,
~ Bro. Kim Beckwith, Senior Adult Minister     kimbeckwith@tatescreek.org

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Be Prepared

I Peter 3:15

but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;

Focus on the Lost – Luke 15

Focusing on the lost is our duty as saved believers.    As illustrated in the Parables of Luke 15, Jesus actively seeks out sinners and tax collectors to come to him, to hear him, and to eat with him.  Like a shepherd who finds a lost sheep, an individual who finds lost money, or a parent who‘s lost child finally returns home, we too, should celebrate when a lost sinner repents and comes home to the Lord!     So let’s identify who the lost are in Kentucky.  According to the Pew Research Center:

1.  35 % of adults from age 18-29 are unaffiliated with any religion.

2.  37 % of adults from age 30-49 are unaffiliated with any religion.

3.  19 % of adults from age 50-64 are unaffiliated with any religion.

4.  9 % of adults age 65 or over are unaffiliated with any religion.

As parents, we must seek opportunities to teach our children and their friends just as Moses instructed in Deuteronomy 6:6–7, “these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”    As a church member, we must seek opportunities to invite our neighbors and co-workers to attend church with us.  We must reach out to our new church attenders and encourage them.  We must get to know them and let them know we are very glad they are here.  Let’s invite them to attend our Sunday School class because the more involved they become, the more likely they will continue their growth spiritually.   As a church, we must seek opportunities to meet the lost in our community.  We must offer activities, events, and programs that will encourage the lost to enter our church walls.  Knowing they have little faith or understanding about God’s love, we must consider their mindset and what might be appealing to them in hopes we can cultivate their relationship with God.  Our church activities, worship services, worship messages, classes, and activities should all be focused on how to attract, reach, teach, baptize, and retain the lost so they too can grow spiritually.  The question to ask ourselves, are we offering what the lost need?     Thank God, you and I have been saved by His grace and Jesus’ sacrifice.  We must share the great story with those who are unaffiliated with any religion so they too can be saved!

~ Russell Brown, Elder

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Proverbs 20:13

Do not love sleep, or you will become poor;
Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with food.

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