FBC Williams Arizona
Tuesday, April 07, 2020
Changing Hearts, Changing Lives, One Soul at a Time

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THE CORNERSTONE OF CHRISTIANITY (April 12th Easter)
Henry Morris said— “The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the
dead is the crowning proof of Christianity."
1. THE REALITY AND IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION.
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, his brother James & 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.” Eph 1:17-21 & Matt 28:18-20 & Phil 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? God can resurrect our marriages, ministries, communities and this country. Nothing is impossible with our God!  The Resurrection teaches us that God can turn any tragedy into a triumph!
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 
 
COMMENTS FROM THE CROSS (Sunday April 5th)
1. “FATHER FORGIVE THEM, FOR THEY DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING” —LUKE 23:34
Sin is deceitful in nature—Jer 17:9, John 8:34, Rom 3:10-23, Heb 3:13, James 1:13-15
  • It blinds us and ___________ us!
It causes us to give in to peer pressure more than to the Prince of Peace. It causes us like Judas to love money more than the Master. It causes Politicians like Pilate to be more concerned with being popular rather than living by principle.  It causes followers to be fickle. One day singing His praise and a few days later crying out for His crucifixion. Father forgive us, for we do not know what we are doing.  Jesus Christ prays for us 24/7! How encouraging is that! See Romans 8:31-34 
2. “MY GOD, MY GOD WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?”— MATTHEW 27:46
  • Jesus ___________the sin of the whole world.
He stressed and suffered more than we can imagine because of our sin.  While praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, He sweat clots of blood over the strain of carrying the world’s sin and being separated from His Father.  Habakkuk 1:13. He was despised and forsaken so we could be accepted and forgiven—Isaiah 53:3-6.  Since my sin crushed Christ, how can I take it lightly? Lord give me a hatred of sin and a deep love for Jesus!
3. “IT IS FINISHED”—JOHN 19:30
The Prince of Peace fully paid the penalty for sin. His death satisfied our enormous sin debt & honored God’s holiness.  So much of life is unfinished business. Jesus Christ alone in His brief 33 years on earth accomplished everything He came to do! See John 17:1-5.  It is done. Christ has won! He triumphed over sin and death.
  • We can now come ______________ into His holy presence by the blood of Jesus—see Hebrews 10:19-23
There is nothing we can do to earn or deserve His love & forgiveness, we must simply believe & receive it-Luke 23:32-45.  Jesus paid it all. All to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain. He washed it white as snow!
ANSWERS: BINDS, BORE & BOLDLY.
   
COMPELLED BY THE CROSS (March 29th)  
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? 
ANSWERS: PERSON, PAIN & PURPOSE
 
DEAD TO SIN, BUT ALIVE TO GOD IN CHRIST JESUS! (March 21st) TEXT: Romans 6:1-14
1.      GOD SAYS WE ARE _______________TO SIN’S POWER THROUGH CHRIST- verses 1-11.
·       Romans 6:6- “For we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body ruled by sin might be rendered powerless so that we may no longer be enslaved to sin.”
·       We are no longer answerable to sin; it has no authority to order us around. Sin may put on airs of still sitting upon the throne of our lives, but the truth is that God has dethroned this despot and stripped him of his many powers.
·       This is biblical fact and is not based on our feelings!
2.      GOD SAYS WE ARE NO LONGER ___________________TO THE LAW, BUT TO HIS GREAT GRACE!
·       Romans 6:14- “For sin shall not rule over you, because you are not under the law but under grace.”
·       See Titus 2:11-14. God’s amazing grace is the greatest teacher and liberator for our souls. “Oh to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be! Let Thy goodness, like a fetter bind my wandering heart to Thee.” Verse 3 from the Hymn “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.”
·       Following the law leads to legalism and bondage, trusting Christ and His great work of grace leads to real liberty and joy. 
3.      NOW, WE NEED TO ______________YIELD OUR LIVES TO OUR SAVIOR NOT SIN-
verses 12-13.
·       Galatians 2:20- “For I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
·      Following Jesus is a moment by moment and day by day commitment.
See Joshua 24:15 and Luke 9:23-24.
·       We are now free indeed, no longer bound by sin, why we would we ever want to live under its cruel and wicked domination again?
·       “To resolve our sin issues we must begin by trusting who God says we are. Moral striving to become godly only keeps us slaves to sin. Grace teaches us to trust that God can handle our sin and only God.” From the book “True Faced” 
ANSWERS: DEAD, DEBTORS & DAILY.
 
GRACE THAT IS GREATER THAN ALL OUR SIN (Saturday March 14th) TEXT: Romans 5:12-21 
1.      THE _____________THAT STARTED WITH ONE MAN’S REBELLION AGAINST GOD-
verses 12-14.
·     Romans 5:12- “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to all people, because all sinned.”
·     Adam’s sin affected us all. All humanity is born sinful with a stubborn nature that will not naturally submit to God’s gracious rule-see Romans 3:10-12, 8:7, Psalm 51:1-10.
·    We are slaves to sin and suffer serious consequences- separation from God and others-see Genesis 3.
·     There is absolutely nothing we can do on our own to remedy this awful condition.
2.      THE GREAT ________________OUR REDEEMER HAS PROVIDED FOR US- verses 15-21.
·       Romans 5:17- “Since by the one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive the overflow of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.”
·       The word “gift” is used 5 times in verses 15-17.
·       God’s greatest gift- JESUS -has reversed the curse of sin and has graciously provided forgiveness, freedom, a fulfilling life here, and in the future a glory that outshines the sun!
·       We no longer have to live under the tyranny of sin and Satan, in Christ we can overcome and rule and reign in life-see John 8:34-36, 10:10, 15:1-8, & Romans 8:31-39.
·       Max Lucado in his book Grace said “I have no tips on how to get grace. Truth is, we don’t get grace, but it sure gets us. Grace hugged the stink out of the prodigal and scared the hate out of Paul and pledges to do the same in us. If you wonder whether God can do something with the mess of your life-then Grace is what you need.”
ANSWERS: RUIN & REMEDY. 
 
WORSHIP THAT IS ACCEPTABLE (Sunday March 15th)
KEY VERSES: Hebrews 12:28-29- “Therefore, 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.”
1.       WORSHIP IS TO BE THE ______________________ OF ALL WE DO.
·       I Corinthians 10:31- “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
·       See Psalm 34:1-3, Romans 12:1-2 & Colossians 1:16-18.
·       The Westminster Confession of Faith states “The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” Am I missing the main purpose of my life? 
2.       WORSHIP NEEDS TO HAVE THE RIGHT _________________.
·       Hebrews 12:2- “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…”
·       Romans 1:25- “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator-who is forever praised.”
·       See Exodus 20:1-4, I John 2:15-17, 5:21.
·       Do I love anyone or anything more than my matchless Lord and Savior?
3.       WORSHIP INVOLVES HEALTHY ________________________WITH GOD AND EACH OTHER.
·       Hebrews 12:14-15- “Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy: without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”
·       See Matthew 5:7-8, 23-24, & I Peter 3:7.
·       God is looking for people of peace and purity. Do we truly realize that a bitter root will always produce bitter fruit and that relationships flourish at the fountain of forgiveness? 
4.       WORSHIP HAS A HEALTHY _________________AND REVERENCE FOR GOD.
·       Psalm 33:8-9- “Let all the earth fear the lord; let all the people of the world revere Him. For He spoke, and it came to be; He commanded, and it stood firm.”
·       See Isaiah 6:1-8, 66:1-2 & Habakkuk 2:20
·       God alone is totally awesome, perfect and holy. He alone is worthy of all our admiration, respect and awe.
·       There should be both a “wow” and “woe” factor in our worship!
·       William Temple said “Worship is when our conscience is quickened by the holiness of God, feeding the mind with the truth of God, purging the imagination by the beauty of God, opening the heart to the love of God, and devoting the will to the purpose of God.” 

ANSWERS: FOUNDATION, FOCUS, FELLOWSHIP, & FEAR. 

GOOD REASONS TO REJOICE! (Sat March 7th)
TEXT: ROMANS 5:1-11 
1.WE CAN REJOICE IN OUR_______________ CONDITION!
Romans 5:1- “Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Remember “justified” means to be declared righteous. Someone said it is God viewing us “just as if I had never sinned.”
We now have a permanent standing in God’s favor and amazing grace. We have “Total Access” into the riches of Christ-see Ephesians 1:3 & II Peter 1:3-4 
2. WE CAN REJOICE IN FUTURE ___________________!
Romans 5:2b says “We rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
See Romans 8:18, Philippians 3:20-21& Revelation 21
The Greek word for hope means “confident expectation.” We have a fantastic future in Christ-no more pain, suffering, sadness, sin or death! The glory we will share with Jesus will far outweigh the temporal sufferings we face now.
How often do we remember the hope we have in Christ?
3. WE CAN REJOICE IN OUR________________PROBLEMS!
See Romans 5:3-5 & James 1:2-5.
God has a great purpose in our problems– character development. He is building endurance, strength and maturity in lives. Are we growing through our trials and temptations or are we just groaning through them? Trials can lead to triumphs and great tests can lead to great testimonies!
4. WE CAN REJOICE IN THE _____________ & PERSON OF CHRIST!
Romans 5:8- “God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
God showed His unfailing love for us when we were in the worst of conditions– dead, blind and lost in sin!  We are no longer God’s enemies but His dearly loved forever friends. We are no longer under His wrath and condemnation!  One of John Newton’s final sermons had this one point– JESUS CHRIST IS PRECIOUS! Is He that to us? 
ANSWERS: PRESENT, PROSPECTS, PERSONAL, & PASSION. 
 
 FIX OUR THOUGHTS ON JESUS (Sun March 8th)
Key Verse: Hebrews 12:2- “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.”
1. 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!
2. LET OUR ___________________THOUGHTS BE BROUGHT TO JESUS!
I Peter 5:7- “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
See also Philippians 4:6-7, Luke 10:38-42 & Isaiah 26:3-4
 WHY WORRY WHEN YOU CAN ALWAYS PRAY? WHY PUT A QUESTION MARK WHERE GOD HAS PUT A PERIOD? WORRY STRANGLES OUR FAITH AND ROBS US OF HIS PEACE THAT PASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING. 
3. 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?
4. LET OUR _________________THOUGHTS BE BROUGHT TO JESUS!
II Corinthians 10:5- “We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
See also Isaiah 55:7, Psalm 19:14 & 139:23-24.
 INSTEAD OF ALLOWING OUR SINS TO DRIVE US FROM CHRIST, LET THEM DRIVE US TO HIM!
5. 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 ADEQUATE TIME TO WONDER ABOUT MY WONDERFUL SAVIOR, CREATOR, AND FRIEND?
VI. LET THE EVENING ________________BRING OUR THOUGHTS TO REST IN JESUS!
Psalm 63:5- “On my bed I remember You: I think of You through the watches of the night.”
See also Psalm 16:7-8 & 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. 
 
FAITH GETS YOU INTO GOD’S HEAVENLY HALL OF FAME (Sun March 1st) TEXT: HEBREWS 11
1.   FAITH IS BEING FULLY _____________________BY THE PERSON, POWER AND PROMISES OF GOD.
Hebrews 11:1— “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Cf. Hebrews 13:5-6,8
Only the Lord can make you totally sure and certain in this life! Do I have this blessed assurance?
2.   FAITH ________________GOD GREATLY.
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.”
God is angered and amazed at our unbelief—Mark 6:1-6 and Hebrews 3:7-12. The Greek word for please means to gratify and please entirely. God is honored and glorified when we believe Him—John 11:40 and Romans 4:20-21. Am I pleasing or grieving God?
3.   FAITH ENABLES US TO LIVE_____________________& PURPOSEFUL LIVES—-Hebrews 11:7-12, 23-38, Mark 9:23
I John 5:4— “This is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.”
Faith enables us to truly be fruitful and faithful.  Faith fears no obstacle and always is optimistic—because “Since God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31 
4.    FAITH WILL ALWAYS GO THROUGH A PAINFUL ____________________PROCESS—Hebrews 11:17-19
I Peter 1:6-7— “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”
A faith that cannot be tested cannot be trusted!  We all face a crisis of belief at times. Do I really trust God or not?  What is God seeking to root out of our lives that are false foundations for our faith?
God is calling us out of our comfort zones to walk by faith and not by sight–see II Corinthians 5:7 
ANSWERS: PERSUADED, PLEASES, POWERFUL, & PURIFYING.