FBC Williams Arizona
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Changing Hearts, Changing Lives, One Soul at a Time

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COMPELLED BY THE CROSS (March 26th)
TEXT: ISAIAH CHAPTER 53
 
1.   THE __________________ON THE CROSS-VERSES 1-5
     Who is this suffering servant? Jewish scholars puzzled over these passages for centuries. Many considered Isaiah 49-55 to be the most significant part of the Old Testament, and yet they could not agree on what exactly the prophet meant. Look up Luke 24:25-27,44-47 and Acts 8:26-35. Jesus Christ alone fulfills this prophecy! His birth, his humble life, and sacrificial death and resurrection were all predicted in the Scriptures.
2.   THE _____________OF THE CROSS-3-6, 11
     A. First, Christ experienced emotional pain.  Isaiah 53:3- “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”
Christ faced ridicule and rejection from his own family, friends, and nation. In fact, when it came to choices, the nation chose Barabbas, a notorious criminal over Christ!
     B. Next, Christ endured physical pain– verses 5-8  Isaiah 52:14- “Just as there were many who were appalled at him, his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and his form marred beyond human likeness.”
     Mark 14:53-65, 15:1-20  Flogging or scourging was a ruthless punishment that used a leather whip with multiple ends and sharp bits of bone or metal embedded in the ends. It could leave the back raw and bleeding, sometimes even exposing the bones and organs. Floggings occasionally caused death!
      C. Third, Christ experienced spiritual pain  Isaiah 53:5- “But he was pierced (wounded, broken or slain) for our transgressions, he was crushed (beat to pieces) for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him.”
     Charles Spurgeon said, “If God were to lay his finger on any one of us, we should be struck with sickness, paralysis, and even death. Then think of God smiting! So when he saw our sin laid on his Son, he smote with the blows of a cruel One, until Christ said, ‘My God, my God why have you forsaken me?’”
3.   THE _____________________OF THE CROSS-VERSES 4-12
Why did Christ go through all that emotional, physical, and spiritual pain?
     A. First, he died in our place to save us from sin’s awful penalty. See verses 5-6.  Ezekiel 18:4- “The soul who sins must surely die.”  I Peter 3:18- “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.”
      B. Second, he died to save us from sin’s enslaving power.  Romans 8:1-2- “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.”  I Peter 2:24- “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed."
     C. Third, he died to give us true peace and purpose in life.  Ephesians 2:13-14- “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility.”  II Corinthians 5:14-15- “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore, all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”
CLOSING QUESTIONS:
Will I trust this suffering Savior with all my heart?
Since He died such a passionate death for me, will I live a passionate and purposeful life for Him?
Do I realize that by His wounds I am healed?
Will I learn to walk in the freedom Christ purchased for me?

QUOTE TO CONSIDER:  Dale Evans said, “All of my life, I have been looking for a pot of gold at the foot of the rainbow, and I found it at the foot of the cross.”

Anwers:  PERSON, PAIN & PURPOSE.

 

THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD ABOUT GRACE
(March 19th)  TEXT: Luke 15
 

THE YOUNGER SON WAS SELFISH, ________________AND TOOK EVERYTHING HE HAD FOR GRANTED!

Jeremiah 17:9— “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (NKJV)

Luke 15:11-13, Mark 7:21-23, Romans 1:21-32, Colossians 3:5-6, Proverbs 14:12.

This young man was discontented, disrespectful, deceived and headed for a dead end road! We have all been there!!!  When we realize how good God is and that it will never pay to disobey? Am I being wild and wasteful in my life?

THE OLDER SON WAS SELF-RIGHTEOUS, JUDGMENTAL AND DIDN’T_____________GRACE!

Hebrews 12:15— “See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”

Luke 15:1-2,25-32 & Luke 18:9-14.

Do I look down on others in self-righteous pride? Do I realize that if it were not for the grace of God, there go I?  Why am I serving God? Am I trying to earn His favor or do I serve Him out of gratitude for His amazing grace?  Is there a bitter root in my life producing bitter fruit?

THE FATHER IS SO _________________IN GRACE, GENEROSITY, PATIENCE AND FORGIVENESS!!!

Romans 5:8— “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Luke 15:20-24, 31-32 ,Titus 3:3-7 & Romans 12:1-2.

The Father is mentioned 12 times in 20 verses!  Our loving heavenly Father has a huge heart for the hurting and hopeless ones. He loves the prodigals as well as those who don’t realize they have strayed too!  The Father waits to rescue, reconcile and restore us in His matchless and amazing grace!  Why would I ever want to wander from Him? Can God really be like the Father in this story? You betcha!!!
Answers: GREEDY, GRASP & GREAT.

 

 
WALKING HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD
(March 12th) TEXT: I PETER 5
 
SPIRITUAL LEADERS WALK HUMBLY WHEN THEY LEAD AS_______________SHEPHERDS WHO SET AN EXAMPLE FOR THE FLOCK TO FOLLOW.

Hebrews 13:7— Remember your leaders who spoke the Word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.”

I Peter 5:1-6, Matthew 20:20-28 & John 21:15-17.  True Shepherds will lovingly lead and feed the flock in humility.  What kind of example am I? Am I ministering and mentoring others with a willing spirit, clothed in humility?

WE WALK HUMBLY WHEN WE _________________ALL OUR STRUGGLES  WITH OUR SAVIOR.

I Peter 5:7— “Cast all our anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”

Psalm 55:16-17,22, Matthew 11:28-30 & Philippians 4:6-7.  Why worry when you can pray? What matters to you is a real concern to Him!!!  Worry is often a form of pride.  Give your burdens to the Lord and He will lessen your stress and your life greatly bless!!!

WE WALK HUMBLY WHEN WE ARE ______________AND SELF-CONTROLLED & TAKE OUR STAND AGAINST  SATAN!

Ephesians 6:10— ‘Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.”

I Peter 5:8-11 & Ephesians 6:10-20.  We need to be aware that Satan is there and avoid his every snare!

Am I daily dressing in God’s armor? Am I fighting with His army? Is He my strength and shield?  Satan doesn’t fear our personalities, preaching, and programs, but he trembles when he finds the weakest saint on their knees crying out to the God of their salvation.

Answers:  SERVANT, SHARE & SOBER. 
 
STAYING IN SPIRITUAL SHAPE—I PETER 4  (March 5th) 
LIFE IS SHORT, SO DON’T BE SELFISH & TAKE GOD___________________.
I Peter 4:7— “The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.”  
Cf.  Romans 13:11-14, & Ephesians 5:11-18.  We have only one life to life and it will soon be past—only what is done for Jesus Christ will last!  Ask God to daily give you an eternal perspective on life.
BE SINCERE & _______________IN YOUR LOVE FOR OTHERS
I Peter 1:22 & I Corinthians 13, 16:14
I Peter 4:8— “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”  
The Greek word for deeply means “fervently, intensely and unfailing.”  Life is all about love. Why do I do what I do? Is love for God and others motivating my actions and attitudes?  God’s love alone never fails!!!
I NEED TO EXERCISE MY ________________GIFTS TO SERVE GOD SUCCESSFULLY
I Peter 4:9-11.  I Corinthians 12:7— “A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church.”  Zechariah 4:6— “Not by might, nor by power, but my Spirit says the Lord Almighty.”

I can only serve effectively when His Spirit fills & flows through me! Am I daily keeping in step with Him?  There are speaking gifts, serving gifts & supernatural ones!  Romans 12:1-18, & I Corinthians 12

WE MUST BE WILLING TO _____________________IN ORDER TO SERVE GOD & SHOW HIM TO OTHERS.
I Peter 4:16- “If you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.”  
Isn’t the prize worth the price? I may suffer pain and shame, but I am unashamed to bear His glorious name!  We carry His cross now, but there in eternity we will wear a crown that we will cast regularly at His holy feet.
 Answers:  SERIOUSLY, STRONG, SPIRITUAL, & SACRIFICE.
 
 HARMONY IN THE HOME  (Feb 26)
TEXT: I PETER 3

1. A WIFE’S BEHAVIOR __________________HER HUSBAND  MORE THAN HER WORDS.

I Peter 3:1— “Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives…”
We influence others more by practicing our faith than by preaching it! Am I seeking to impress or
influence others? Do I believe that my walk is more important than my talk?
2. A WOMAN’S TRUE BEAUTY COMES FROM HER ______________SELF  I Peter 3: 1-6 -Proverbs 31:30— “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”
Your faith is more important than fashion. Your love more important than your looks. Character is more
important than charm!!!  While mankind focuses on the outward appearance, God has always been more interested on what is on the inside!

3.  A HUSBAND MUST LEARN TO INTENTIONALLY AND ____________________LOVE AND LIVE WITH HIS WIFE.

I Peter 3:7— “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.”
Men, we are called to be life long students of our wives. We are to learn how to live in an understanding and loving way.  Do we give careful thought to how we can bless others?

See Philippians 2:2-5 & Hebrews 10:24-25

4.  FINALLY, WE MUST LEARN TO _______________WITH EACH OTHER IN HARMONY AND HUMILITY—I Peter 3:8-12

I Peter 3:8— “Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.
We must learn to bend to blend. To really live we must learn to give and forgive. Be each others
greatest cheerleader, not critic! Am I a peace maker or a peace taker? To have real harmony we must
learn to play second fiddle on occasion! Cf. Ephesians 4:2-3
Answers: IMPACTS, INNER, INTELLECTUALLY, INTERACT
 
 HOW TO DEAL WITH AUTHORITY (Feb 19)
  TEXT: I PETER 2:11-25

 I. GOD GIVES AUTHORITIES THEIR _______________TO RULE

Romans 13:1— “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”

We all must realize that authority was instituted by God. We must learn to accept it, not always question it!

II. WE MUST LEARN TO ____________OURSELVES UNDER GOD’S AUTHORITY.

I Peter 2:13— “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men;”

The Greek word for submit means to “rank yourself under, to obey or subordinate yourself.”
Ephesians 5:21-22, 6:1-8, Hebrews 13:7  Could it be we have a pride problem if we struggle with
submitting to others?

 III.  WE MUST NOT RAIL ON, BUT ______________THOSE WHO RULE OVER US!

I Peter 2:17— “Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God,
honor the King.”
   Exodus 22:28, Proverbs 11:11, 30:17, Titus 3:1-2  The Greek word for respect means to “honor, prize and treat as precious and valuable.”  God created all people and Christ died for them—therefore they are worthy of respect, even if they aren’t respectable!

 IV.  WE MUST LEARN THE RIGHT _________________FOR OUR OBEDIENCE.

   We are to do everything for the “Lord’s sake” (verse 13) When we submit to others we are really submitting to Him.  We must obey Him rather than man—see Acts 5:17-29  Christian obedience sometimes requires civil disobedience  Matthew 28:18-20
 
Answers: RIGHT, RANK, RESPECT & REASON
 
A PRECIOUS PEOPLE— (Feb 12)
 TEXT: I PETER 2:1-10  

 1. ONCE WE WERE PAUPERS, BUT NOW WE ARE THE ______________PEOPLE OF GOD!

I Peter 2:10- “Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God;

once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

Psalm 103, Zephaniah 3:17, Ephesians 2:1-10 & Titus 3:3-8

   Others might see you as a problem or pain, but God sees you as a pearl of great price,

worthy of His Son’s precious blood!  Am I truly grateful to God for all He has done for me?

 2. WE ARE ROYAL _________________WHO REPRESENT GOD TO MANKIND.

I Peter 2:9- “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,

a people belonging to God…”

I Samuel 12:23, Romans 10:11-17, 12:1-13

   As priests of God Most High, we are bridge builders between God and man. We do this through prayer, teaching and sharing His Word with the saved and lost alike.  The greatest sacrifice we can offer to God is our bodies as holy & living sacrifices for His glory & the good of others!

3. OUR MAIN MISSION IS TO ___________________HIS GLORIOUS NAME!

I Peter 2:9b- “That you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.”

Psalm 22:3, 34:1-3 & 148-150

Charles Spurgeon said “Preaching is sowing, prayer is watering, but praise is the harvest.”

   There is no need for preaching and prayer once we are in heaven, but we will never cease to praise His Holy name!!!  If Angels never tire of praising Him, should  we?

   The Duke of Wellington was once asked “If you had to live your life over again, what would you do differently?” He said “I would give more praise.” He was referring to others, but we could apply that to our relationship with God as well.

 Answers: PRECIOUS, PRIESTS, & PRAISE