FBC Williams Arizona
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Changing Hearts, Changing Lives, One Soul at a Time

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GOD WANTS MORE THAN RELIGION! (July 23rd) 
TEXT: JOHN CHAPTER 3
 

1.   GOD WANTS MORE THAN RELIGION, HE WANTS A ______________________________WITH US.

John 3:1-10, Genesis 3:8-9, Philippians 3:1-10 & Revelation 3:20

Jeremiah 9:23-24- “This is what the Lord says: Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me.”

I may know a lot about God, but do I really know him in a personal and intimate way? I may talk a good talk, but do I have a walk? 

2.   GOD WANTS MORE THAN RELIGION, HE WANTS   _________________________.
See John 3:3-7 and Ephesians 2:1-10.

II Corinthians 5:17- “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

GOD WANTS MORE THAN EDUCATION OR REFORMATION, HE WANTS REGENERATION! See I Corinthians 2:9-14.  Are you tired of trying to live the Christian life? Why not let Christ live His life through you? See Galatians 2:20, 5:16,22-23 

3.   GOD WANTS MORE THAN RELIGION, HE WANTS US TO RECEIVE CHRIST AND RELY ON HIM AS THE ONLY SUFFICIENT _______________OF OUR LIFE!
See  John 3:3,13-18.

John 1:12- “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”  Luke 6:46- “Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say?” Who are you trusting– Christ or yourself? Who is calling the shots in your life-Christ or yourself? Does the King have His rightful place?

4.   GOD ULTIMATELY REJECTS THOSE WHO ___________TO RECEIVE HIM AS SAVIOR AND LORD. See verses 18-20.

John 3:36- “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” cf.  Matthew 7:21-23 and II Thessalonians 1:8-10.  It is Heaven or Hell, light or darkness, fruitfulness or frustration, Christ or chaos! What will I choose?

 Answers:  RELATIONSHIP, REBIRTH, RULER, & REFUSE.
 
GOD’S GRACE IS TENDER & TRANSFORMING! (June 2nd)
TEXT: JOHN 2:1-11 

JESUS SHOWED MIRACULOUS GRACE IS NEEDED IN OUR  _________________________!

Hebrews 13:4— “Marriage should be honored by all..”

Psalm 127:1— “Unless the Lord builds the house they labor in vain who build it.”

Isn’t it insightful and inspirational that our Lord performed His first miracle at a wedding? What does that say about His view on marriage?

Do we believe He still can do miracles in marriages today?

We should pray that our nation learns how to honor marriage!

JESUS SHOWS HIS GLORY & GRACE AT JUST THE RIGHT _____________________.

John 2:4— “My time has not yet come.”

Ecclesiastes 3:11— “He has made everything beautiful in its time.”

We cannot manufacture or manipulate God & His grace. It is His grace and He dispenses it always on His timetable!

To run out of food or wine was an insult. Hospitality in the culture of Jesus’ day was considered a sacred duty. Are we hospitable people? If not why not?

This could have been a terrible embarrassment and even a legal problem for the couple, yet Jesus showered His grace on them in just the nick of time! See Hebrews 4:14-16.

THE GRACIOUS PRESENCE & POWER OF JESUS  _________________ALL THE DIFFERENCE!

John 15:5— “Apart from me you can do nothing.”

Genesis 28:16, Psalm 16:8, Proverbs 3:5-6 & John 14:15,21

What if Christ had not been invited to this wedding?

What if the servants had not done what Jesus asked them to do?

Jesus in His amazing grace can turn messy and mundane things into miraculous things.

Jesus can still save the best for the last in our lives!

Where do I need His gracious, tender & transforming touch?

Answers:  MARRIAGES, MOMENT & MAKES.
 
GRACE IS ALSO SPELLED J-E-S-U-S! (June 25th)
1.  JESUS CHRIST IS ___________________See verses 1-3,14,18
  • John 1:1- “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
  • Compare with Romans 1:4, Philippians 2:5-11 & Hebrews 1:3.
  • Jesus Christ was not just a great guy; He is the God-man! He is God spelling Himself out in a language we can understand.

2.  JESUS CHRIST IS __________________!

  • John 1:3-4- “Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.”
  • John 14:6- “Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me.”
  • Coke claims to be the real thing. Jesus Christ is the only way to find real, eternal and abundant life free to all who will receive him—See John 1:12, 3:36, 10:10.

3.  JESUS CHRIST IS ____________________!

  • John 1:9- “The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.”
  • John 8:12- “Jesus said, I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” See also I John 1:5 & Ephesians 5:8-10.
  • Do you want to really understand truth and your purpose and place in this life? Are you on a search for significance? Come to Jesus!
4.  JESUS CHRIST IS __________________ see verses 14-17.
  • I John 4:10- “This is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
  • See John 3:16-17, Romans 5:8 & I John 3:16, 4:7-8,16-19
  • Do you want to be loved unconditionally, sacrificially, and eternally? Then come to Jesus! Look no further– He is all you need! Are you looking for love in all the wrong places?

5.  JESUS CHRIST IS THE __________________OF GOD!

  • John 1:29- “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
  • Romans 8:1- “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” See also Psalm 103:12, Isaiah 43:25 & Micah 7:18-19
  • Closing Challenge: Do you still wonder if Jesus Christ really is all you need for life and eternity. The answer is in His own words in John 1:39- “Come and you will see.”
Answers: LORD, LIFE, LIGHT, LOVE & LAMB.
 
GOD IS WAITING FOR MEN TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE
KEY VERSE: II Chronicles 16:9- “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”  
(June 18th)
 I. THE IMPORTANCE OF A GODLY GUY

God is _______________for godly guys to be leaders in their homes, the church and society.

Proverbs 20:6-7- “Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find? The righteous man leads a blameless life: blessed are his children after him.”
Malachi 4:6, Ephesians 5:21-6:4 & I Timothy 3
Are you willing to be a mighty tool in the hands of the Master for great good and His glory?
II. THE IMAGE OF A GODLY GUY
A. He has a ________________for God. See Psalm 63:1-3 & Acts 13:22, 36.
Jeremiah 29:13- “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
Do you have a heart for God? Do you desire him more than life itself? Augustine said, “You have formed us for Yourself and our hearts are restless until we find our rest in You!”
B. He has a hunger for ___________________.
II Timothy 2:22- “Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” See Psalm 19:14 and Matthew 5:8.
Real men love Jesus and look like him in their godly character! The word godly literally means like God. Are you becoming more like Jesus? Do you love what is right and hate what is evil?
C. He ____________out with other godly guys!
Proverbs 13:20- “He who walks with the wise will grow wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.” Cf. Proverbs 27:17
Hey guys, are you teachable? Are you accountable to another guy for your actions? If not, why not? We all need to mentor and be mentored!
D. He lives by the code of ____________and should be honored by all who know him!
Romans 12:9-10— “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” 
CLOSING CHALLENGE: WILL I BE THIS KIND OF MAN? WILL I PRAY FOR GOD TO MOLD THESE KIND OF MEN?
Answers:  HUNTING, HEART, HOLINESS, HANGS, & HONOR.
  
HE IS ALL I TRULY NEED! (June 4th)
TEXT: PSALM 23
I.    OUR SHEPHERD IS GREAT
Psalm 145:3— “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom.”
    A. He is infinitely great in his Creation &________________
Psalm 33:6-9 and Isaiah 40:10-26 and Psalm 145:3.
He has no character flaws—Psalm 145:17.  He has no limit to his power and perception of things
    B. He best demonstrated his greatness by __________________ our every foeHebrews 13:20-21, Colossians 2:15, Psalm 23:4 
OUR SHEPHERD IS GOOD
John 10:10-11- “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy; I have come that they may life, and have it to the full. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. “
    A. He has a healthy ________________or me.
Luke 15, 19:10, Zeph. 3:17, John 3:16, 14:1-3
    B. He has a holy_________________ for me—green pastures, paths of righteousness and peace. Not only eternal life, but an overcoming, abundant life.
    C. He has a hearty ___________________for my every need—I shall not want and my cup runs over.
Psalm 34:8-9, 84:11 & II Peter 1:3-4.  He will never send you away empty handed or broken hearted!
 
III.   OUR SHEPHERD IS GENTLE
     A. He ______________ my soul and makes me whole.
Isaiah 40:11— “He tends His flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart; He gently leads those that have young.”
B. When my heart is bruised, broken, burned out or even bitter, He comes to my  rescue & offers ________,renewal & revival.
Matthew 11:28-30, Isaiah 40:26-31 & I Corinthians 10:13
Christ alone is our source of salvation, satisfaction, significance and security!” 
Answers:  CHARACTER, CONQUERING, PASSION, PURPOSE, PROVISION, RESTORES & REST.
 
 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