FBC Williams Arizona
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Changing Hearts, Changing Lives, One Soul at a Time

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 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: 1-6Proverbs 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           in 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
 
TAKE TIME TO BE HOLY  (Feb 5th) 
TEXT: I PETER 1:13-25 
I.  WE ARE CALLED TO HAVE A MIND OR ___________________ OF HOLINESS.

I Peter 1:13a— “Therefore, prepare your minds for  action; be self-controlled;”

See Proverbs 4:23, Matthew 5:8, & II Corinthians 10:5

“Self-control is primarily mind-control”-John Stott (Theologian)

John Piper said “Behind most wrong living is wrong thinking.” 

II. WE ARE CALLED TO BE SET _______________IN ALL WE DO!

I Peter 1:15— “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; “

The Greek word holy is “Hagios” which means “Set apart for special use, pure and blameless.”

God wants holy hearts, hands, homes, bodies and buddies—Psalm 101:2-4, Romans 12:1-2,

I Corinthians 6:19-20, I Timothy 2:8, & II Timothy 2:22 

III  GOD WANTS US TO RELATE TO HIM WITH ______________AND REVERENCE

 I Peter 1:17-20

Hebrews 12:28-29— “Since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken,

let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,

for our God is a consuming fire.”

Isaiah 6:1-8, 40:25-26, 57:15, 66:1-2, Revelation 15:3-4

Do I truly stand in awe of One so great. He alone is perfect in power, love and purity! 

IV.  CHRIST’S ________________IS THE BASIS FOR OUR POSITIONAL AND PRACTICAL HOLINESS.

Hebrews 10:14— “By one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.”

I Peter 1:18-19, Ephesians 1:3-4, 5:25-26, Titus 2:14

Christ made us holy by his blood in our position before God, and daily he is making us holy by his purifying power!

Answers: ATTITUDE, APART, AWE & ATONEMENT.

 

We Can Cope Because Of Our Living Hope
(Jan 29th) TEXT: I PETER 1:1-12 
I.  CHRISTIANS FACE MANY HARDSHIPS AND ARE OFTEN ______________BY THIS WORLD.

I Peter 1:1, 2:11, 4:12-19

John 15:18— “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.’

See Acts 14:21-22, II Timothy 3:12 & James 1:2-5

There is always a cross for the Christian to carry!  Why should I be surprised by suffering? A faith that cannot be tested cannot be trusted! Adversity is God’s University. 

II.  WE HAVE A GREAT INHERITANCE IN________________THAT NOTHING CAN HARM—
I Peter 1:3-5, 10-12

Ephesians 1:3— “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.”

Romans 8:16-17, Philippians 3:20-21, II Peter 1:3-4, and Revelation 21:1-5.

You may not have an earthly inheritance, but in Christ you have more wealth than you can imagine!!

Our eternal security in Christ no one can touch or take! 

III.  THIS LIVING HOPE _______________US TOGETHER & ENABLES US TO HONOR GOD— I Peter 1:6-9

Hebrews 6:19— “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”

See Romans 15:13, Colossians 1:27

What helps you cope? Who helps you face the storms of life? Is your hope firmly anchored in Christ and his finished work?  We don’t have a hope so, we have a know so!!!  Do you have a false hope or a firm one? On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand!  Our hope in Christ stabilizes us in the storms of life, but unlike an anchor, it does not hold us back.

Answers:   HATED, HEAVEN & HOLDS.
 
 
WHERE THERE IS NO VISION THE PEOPLE PERISH 

(Jan 22nd) TEXT: THE BOOK OF NEHEMIAH 

I. THE IMPORTANCE OF VISION

    A. Without vision people lose their ______________for living.

Read Nehemiah 1:1-3.

Proverbs 13:12- “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.”

Proverbs 29:18— “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

    B. Vision is God’s _____________________for pulling people out of the pit of meaningless living.

POOR VISION LIMITS OUR DEEDS. GOD’S VISION INSPIRES GREAT DEEDS AND MEETS REAL NEEDS! 

II. THE INGREDIENTS OF VISION
    A.  Persistent _________________inspires vision!

Nehemiah 1:4-2:1-8 & Ephesians 3:20-21.

Jeremiah 33:3- “Call unto me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things which you do not know.”

NOTHING OF ETERNAL SIGNIFICANCE EVER HAPPENS APART FROM PRAYER!

    B. A proper ___________________of God inspires vision!
Read Nehemiah 1:5-11 again.

John 14:12- “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these because I am going to the Father.”

VISION IS LOOKING AT LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF GOD’S EYES! HOW GREAT IS YOUR GOD?

    C. Planning and ____________________ignites vision!
Read Nehemiah 2&4.

Proverbs 16:3,9- “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”

    D. Other _________________need to be involved to carry out God’s vision! Read Nehemiah 3, Proverbs 27:17, and Ephesians 4:11-16.

SPEND TIME WITH CREATIVE PEOPLE. LEARN TO BRAINSTORM TOGETHER & ESPECIALLY—PRAY TOGETHER!

DON’T DOUSE THE DREAMS OF OTHERS, FAN THEM INTO FLAME. DREAMERS ARE NEEDED, BUT SO ARE DREAM MAKERS! 

CLOSING QUOTE: Eleanor Roosevelt said “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

Answers:  PASSION, PRESCRIPTION, PRAYER, PERSPECTIVE, PREPARATION, & PEOPLE. 
 
 
BACK TO THE BIBLE (Jan 15th) 

KEY VERSE: PROVERBS 30:5- “EVERY WORD OF GOD IS FLAWLESS; HE IS A SHIELD TO THOSE WHO TAKE REFUGE IN HIM.” 

I.   THE INFALLIBILITY OF THE BIBLE 

II Timothy 3:16-17- “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

The Bible’s ______________is divinely inspired and therefore it is trustworthy and infallible.

Charles Spurgeon said- “The Bible must have been written by our Creator, for nobody but the Lord who created men could know so much about them. This volume reveals the secrets of all hearts. It unveils our private thoughts. If I did not believe in the infallibility of Scripture-the absolute infallibility of it from cover to cover, I would never enter this pulpit again!”

Psalm 119:138,140- “Your decrees are perfect; they are entirely worthy of our trust. Your promises have been thoroughly tested; that is why I love them so much.”

The Bible’s ______________________________is backed up by history and human experience.

I Kings 8:56- “Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he has promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses.”

Matthew 5:18- Jesus said,  “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” Look up Luke 24:25-27,44-47.

The unity of Scripture, fulfilled prophecies, archeological discoveries, many ancient manuscripts and innumerable testimonies of transformed lives all point to a Book that is infallible and indestructible!

W.F. Albright the great Archeologist concluded “The Bible towers in content above all earlier religious literature.”

II.   THE IMPORTANCE OF THE BIBLE 
It is how God ______________________to us.

Hebrews 1:1-2- “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days has spoken to us by his Son.” Look up Psalm 19.

It is the chief tool God uses to _________________people to Christ.

II Timothy 3:15- “From infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.” See Colossians 1:3-6.

Its transforming power can change the ____________________of God’s children.

John 8:31-32- “If you continue in my word, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” See I Peter 2:1-2, Psalm 119:28-32

It is the only reliable chart to keep the church and the Christian on ________________.

Psalm 119:105- “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” See II Timothy 2:14-19, 3:16-17.

Abraham Lincoln said, “This great book is the best gift God ever gave to man. But for it we could not know right from wrong.” 

III. HOW WE SHOULD INTERACT WITH THE BIBLE 

 First, we should ____________and review it regularly.

Job 23:10- “I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.”

Psalm 119:97- “Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.”  See Luke 10:38-42.

Next, we should ________________ to its message readily.

 James 1:21-22- “Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says!”

Finally, we must _____________its message of hope to others relationally.

Philippians 4:9- “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

See Romans 1:16 & 10:17 

Closing Quote: “The Bible that is falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.”

Answers:   TRUTH, TRUSTWORTHINESS, COMMUNICATES, CONVERT, CHARACTER, COURSE, READ, RESPOND & RELAY. 
 
FIX OUR THOUGHTS ON JESUS (Jan 8th) 
 Key Verse: Hebrews 12:2- “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.”

I. LET OUR _____________THOUGHTS BE ABOUT JESUS!

Psalm 5:3- “Listen to my voice in the morning Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.”

See also Psalm 57:1-8 and Mark 1:35. BEFORE YOU FACE THE DAY, FACE YOUR FATHER! BEFORE YOU STEP OUT OF BED, STEP INTO HIS PRESENCE!

II. LET OUR __________________THOUGHTS BE BROUGHT TO JESUS! Look up Philippians 4:6-7 and Luke 10:38-42.

I Peter 5:7- “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” WHY WORRY WHEN YOU CAN ALWAYS PRAY? WHY PUT A QUESTION MARK WHERE GOD HAS PUT A PERIOD?

III. LET OUR ___________________THOUGHTS BE ABOUT JESUS!

Colossians 3:17,23- “Whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus… Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord and not for men.”

DO I REALIZE I UTLTIMATELY WORK FOR CHRIST AND REPRESENT HIM IN ALL I DO? WHAT DOES MY WORK SAY ABOUT JESUS?

IV. LET OUR _________________THOUGHTS BE BROUGHT TO JESUS! Look up Isaiah 55:7, Psalm 19:14, and Psalm 139:23-24.

II Corinthians 10:5- “We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” INSTEAD OF ALLOWING OUR SINS TO DRIVE US FROM CHRIST, LET THEM DRIVE US TO HIM!

V. LET OUR ___________________THOUGHTS LEAD US TO WORSHIP JESUS! Read Psalm 8.

Psalm 145:3, 5- “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works.”

DO I TAKE TIME TO WONDER ABOUT MY WONDERFUL SAVIOR, CREATOR, AND FRIEND?

VI. LET THE EVENING ________________BRING OUR THOUGHTS TO REST IN JESUS! Look up Psalm 16:7-8 and Psalm 63:6-8.

AT THE END OF THE DAY, LET YOUR THOUGHTS SETTLE ON GOD. THANK HIM. PRAISE HIM AND THEN REST IN HIS LOVING ARMS!

Answers: WAKING, WORRYING, WORKING, WICKED, WONDERING & WATCH.