FBC Williams Arizona
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Changing Hearts, Changing Lives, One Soul at a Time

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THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME! (May 29th)
TEXT:  JOHN 14:1-6
I.    HEAVEN IS A _____________________PLACE!

Revelation 7:9- “After this I looked and there before me was a multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.”

See Matthew 8:11, Hebrews 12:1-2, & Revelation 21:15-21. Can you imagine how spacious Heaven is if myriads of angels & multitudes of people from all of history will hang out in our Father’s house?

II.   HEAVEN IS A ______________________PLACE!

Revelation 21:4- “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Philippians 3:20-21, Revelation 4-5, 14:13, 21 & 22

We will worship, serve, fellowship, be rewarded and even rest! Can you imagine living forever in a perfect place with no more Satan, sin, sickness & suffering?

III.  HEAVEN IS THE ______________________PLACE!

John 14:6- “Jesus said, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Matthew 7:21-23, Luke 18:17  & Revelation  20:11-15

Not just anyone gets into the Father’s house. It is not the religious, but the humble, child-like ones who have a relationship with Christ.  Only those whose names are in the Lamb’s book of life are there!

 IV.  HEAVEN SHOULD BE THE MOST __________________PLACE TO US!

Colossians 3:1-“Since you have been raised to the new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of Heaven…”  (NLT)

Philippians 1:21-26, 3:20 & II Timothy 4:7-8

When you think in light of eternity, your values will change. Every act of our lives strikes some chord that will vibrate in eternity.  C.S. Lewis said “Aim at Heaven & and you get earth thrown in; aim at earth and you will get neither.”  Am I heavenly minded enough to be truly earthly good?
Answers: SPACIOUS, SPECIAL, SAVIOR'S & SIGNIFICANT.

 

GOD’S TERRIFIC TRIO (May 21st)

I. THE IMPORTANCE OF FAITH

 A. Faith ______________God greatly.

See I Thessalonians 1:3, 2:1-6  Hebrews 11:6— “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” I am either a man pleaser or a God-pleaser.

B. Faith is _________________by God’s person & His promises andenables us to live productive lives. 

I Thessalonians 2:13 & 5:24, I Timothy 1:12, 2:13, John 11:40, 14:12 & I Thessalonians 1:2-8 God alone is totally trustworthy & true. He can do mighty and amazing things that others cannot do!

II. THE IMPORTANCE OF HOPE
A. Hope gives us proper perspective & enables us to _____________________through persecution & all kinds of problems. 
I Thessalonians 3:1-5, 4:13-18 & 5:8-11.  Romans 15:13— “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
B. Hope encourages us to be people of ____________. 
I Thessalonians 5:22— “Avoid every kind of evil.” I Thessalonians 4:1-8, Titus 2:11-14 & I John 2:28-3:3

WHEN THERE IS NO FAITH IN THE FUTURE, THERE IS NO POWER IN THE PRESENT!

III. THE IMPORTANCE OF LOVE

A. Love is the highest _______________in life. 

I Corinthians 13:1-3, I Peter 4:8 & I John 4:7-11. I Corinthians 13:13— “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

B. Love is all about being ____________with others and partnering with them in this thing called lifeI Thessalonians 2:7-8,  3:6-10, 5:11-14

C. Love that lasts comes from the ____________and power of God. 
I Thessalonians 3:12. May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else.”
I Thessalonians 4:9-10, Romans 5:5 & II Timothy 1:7 The Lord of love will enable us to labor in love, lead in love, lift others up in love if we will only learn from Him how to love!!!
ANSWERS: Pleases, Persuaded, Persevere, Purity, Priority, Patient & Person
 
GODLY GALS ARE GREAT! (May 14th)

KEY VERSE: Proverbs 31:30- “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

I. WHY GOD MADE WOMEN WONDERFUL

 A. Because they reflect the ________________of God to us. Genesis 1:27  

Isaiah 49:15- “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!”   Where do we learn most about God’s compassion and kindness– from men or women? “See Isaiah 40:11 & 66:13

B. Because they are very _______________________in the plan of God!

For MarriageProverbs 18:22– “He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.” Cf. Genesis 2:18

For Motherhood Consider how God used Moses’ mother, Samuel’s mother, Timothy’s mother and grandmother, and ultimately- Mary the mother of Jesus!  See Exodus 1&2, I Samuel 2,  Luke 1:26-38 & II Timothy 1:5

For Ministry– Romans 16:1-5, 12-13  

II. WHAT GOD WANTS FROM WOMEN

A. First, he wants their _________________.  John 4 and key verse.

John 4:23- “True worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” A woman who adores God is attractive in His sight!

B. Next, he wants their life to be a __________________as they walk in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ!

See I Peter 3:1-6  John 4:39- “Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony.”

 III. WAYS WE SHOULD TREASURE WOMEN

 A. We should treat them with honor, ______________ and respect!  

 Proverbs 31:28-29- “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”

B. We should _____________for them passionately!

James 5:16

 C. We should treat them with absolute _________________!  

I Timothy 5:2- “Treat older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.”

ANSWERS: Image, Important, Worship, Witness, Praise, Pray, Purity
 
CHILD-LIKENESS IS CHRIST-LIKENESS! (May 7th)
 KEY VERSE: Matthew 18:4- “Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
 I. LITTLE CHILDREN ARE VERY _____________________.
Hebrews 11:6- “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”Luke 18:17- “I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter
it.”National research by the Barna Research Group has found that the highest percentage of people who accept Christ do so before age 13.
 II. LITTLE CHILDREN ARE VERY ________________________.

James 4:6- “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Psalm 25:9 - “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.” Look up Matthew 11:25-30. Children by nature are very humble and teachable. They ask lots of good questions and listen better than most adults!

AM I A TEACHABLE PERSON? AM I A GOOD LISTENER?

III. LITTLE CHILDREN ARE VERY _______________________.
Romans 16:19- “I want you to wise about good, and innocent about evil.” II Corinthians 11:3- “I  fear that somehow you will be led away from your pure and simple devotion to Christ.” Children are the real deal! They don’t put on a show. They tell it like it is. What you see is what you get! Seldom do you find a child hypocrite. They usually learn that from us adults! 
AM I TRANSPARENT AND TRUTHFUL?
IV. LITTLE CHILDREN  ________________DIFFERENTLY!
Proverbs 29:18- “Where there is no vision the people perish.”
Proverbs 17:22- “A cheerful heart is good medicine.”
Nehemiah 8:10- “ The joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Research has found that young children dream more, create more and laugh more than most adults!  

CLOSING QUESTION: AS I GROW OLDER AM I LOSING MY CHILD-LIKENESS OR DEVELOPING IT?

Answers: TRUSTING, TEACHABLE, TRUTHFUL, THINK
 
 “IF MY PEOPLE…" (April 30th) TEXT: II CHRONICLES 7:14
 THE REAL HOPE FOR HEALING OUR LANd BEGINS WITH GOD’S ______________.
“If my people, who are called by my name…” Exodus 19:1-6, Matthew 5:13-16 & I Peter 2:9
If God’s people will step up to the plate and be light & salt in this dark & dismal world—there is no telling what God may do. Are we just playing church or truly being the church?
 HOPE & HEALING WILL COME IF WE HUMBLY  _________________ AND SEEK GOD’S PRESENCE & PARDON!
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face…”
Psalm 42:1-2, 63:1-3, 85:6, 105:4 & Hebrews 11:6 Are we seeking God’s hand more than His face in prayer?
Are we truly desperate for Him? Have we lost our first love? Have we learned how to walk humbly with Him? Micah 6:8  See also Psalm 34:18, Isaiah 57:15, 66:1-2  There is a blessing in brokenness!
 IF WE RETURN TO _______________GOD WIll BRING TO OUR LAND TRUE LIBERTY.
“If my people...will turn from their wicked ways…”Proverbs 14:34— “Righteousness exalts a nation,
but sin is a disgrace to any people.” Matthew 5:6,8— “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
Am I willing to turn from sin to my Savior? Ask the Lord to give you a hunger for holiness and a passion for purity! If we will seek holiness over happiness, character over comfort, godliness over greediness and life over death, then God will mightily come and heal our lives and our land!!!
Answers: PEOPLE, PRAY & PURITY
 
THE GOD WHO IS  CRAZY ABOUT US! (April 23rd)
Key Verse: Zephaniah 3:17— “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
1. THE PROMISE OF HIS _____________________PRESENCE.
“The Lord your God is with you…”
The angels are with us, God’s family is with us, but best of all—God is with us! Cf. Psalm 23, 139 & Hebrews 13:5-5
We must learn to pursue His presence as well as practice his presence. Learn to Invite Him into all you do. How often in a typical day are you aware of His presence? Read Psalm 16:8 and make it your intentional prayer!
2.  THE PROMISE OF HIS __________________ASSISTANCE. 
“He is mighty to save…” He alone can save and keep you. He will not fail you, forsake you or forget about you. Jude 24— “To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy.” See Isaiah 40:28-31, Jeremiah 32:27 & Ephesians 1:15-22God’s hand is never too short to reach you & His arms never grow tired of carrying you! Is anything too hard for Him?
3.  THE PROMISE OF HIS __________LOVE THAT TAKES GREAT PLEASURE IN US.
“He will take great delight in you…” God not only desires us but greatly delights in us! Isaiah 49:16— “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.” We are enveloped in His love and engraved upon His heart. “He will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Cf. John 10:27-30 & Romans 8:31-39. Am I trying to earn God’s love or am I learning to rest in and rejoice in it? Am I a channel of this powerful love to lost & lonely people?  See Matthew 9:35-38
Answers: PERSONAL, POWERFUL, PASSIONATE
 
THE CORNERSTONE OF CHRISTIANITY (April 16th)
1.  THE REALITY AND  IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION.
 Henry Morris said— “The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the crowning proof of Christianity.  Everything rises or falls here. Either Christ is a liar, lunatic or Lord
The first proof of the resurrection is the empty__________
Matthew 27:62-28:1-20
Another validation of the resurrection is the eyewitness_____________________of over 500 people
I Corinthians 15:3-8
The final proof for His resurrection lies in the _________________________that took place in the lives of the disciples & the greatest opponent of Christianity—the apostle Paul.
John 20:19-20 & Acts 9:1-22.
 2.   THE RIGHT WAY TO RESPOND TO CHRIST’S RESURRECTION.
 Stop doubting it and ____________________ it!
John 20:19-20,24-29
Start really living in a brave and _______________manner!
I Corinthians 15:55-58-
“Where O death is your victory? Where O grave is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” Do I have the confidence only Christ can give me in living life and facing death? Will I give myself fully to the work of the Lord?
Finally, let the resurrection of Christ change your ___________________________
Romans 6:4— “Just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
Ephesians 1:17-21 & Matthew 28:18-20 & Philippians 3:7-14  We are no longer victims but victors! It is no longer I but Christ. It is no longer selfishness but servant hood! No longer my will but Thy will be done!  Am I living daily in His resurrection power? If not, why not?
POINT TO PONDER: The resurrection is God the Father’s Amen to Christ’s statement “It is finished.”
 Answers:  TOMB, TESTIMONY, TRANSFORMATION, BELIEVE, BOLD & BEHAVIOR.