FBC Williams Arizona
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Changing Hearts, Changing Lives, One Soul at a Time

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WHAT ARE YOU LIVING FOR? (Sat Jan 12th)
TEXT: Philippians 1:12-30.
1. LIVE FOR CHRIST BY __________________THE GOSPEL.
   Philippians 1:12- “Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel.”  Matthew 4:19, 28:18-20 & Romans 1:16, 10:9-17
   The word for advancing is a military term that described a clearing away of obstacles for the speedy advance of the army.  Paul’s imprisonment advanced the gospel by spreading it to all the palace guard and inspiring other believers to be bolder in sharing their faith.  How am I furthering the gospel? Do I truly believe in the power of the gospel to change hearts and lives one soul at a time?
2. LIVE FOR CHRIST BY NOT __________________DEATH.
Philippians 1:21- “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”  Hebrews 9:27, John 11:25-26 & I Corinthians 15:55-58, I Thessalonians 4:13-18.  Death is the destiny of every person except those who are alive when Christ comes for the rapture of His bride!  Death is gain and is a graduation to glory with Jesus!!!  To depart with Christ is more glorious than any earthly joy or pleasure. When we are ready to face death with confidence, we can face any hardship here with great courage.  Christians die well! 
3. LIVE FOR CHRIST BY ___________________ON HIM IN ALL YOU DO AND SAY.
Hebrews 12:2- “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…”
Philippians 1:19-20, 27, 3:7-11 & Colossians 1:16-18.  Is Christ the source of my salvation, strength, satisfaction and security in life?  Is He the object of my waking, working, worrying and waning thoughts? Am I learning to submit all my thoughts, emotions, words and deeds to His Lordship? Is Jesus enough for me? “The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want.”  For me to live is…? How would you answer that? What would others say about your life? 

ANSWERS: FURTHERING, FEARING, & FOCUSING

WHERE THERE IS NO VISION THE PEOPLE PERISH (Sun Jan 13th) 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.” (KJV)
    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.” (NKJV)  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 TO CONSIDER: Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
ANSWERS: PASSION, PRESCRIPTION, PRAYER, PERSPECTIVE, PREPARATION & PEOPLE

PRAYING WITH & FROM A THANKFUL HEART (Sat Jan 5th)

Text: Philippians 1:1-11
1. WE CAN BE THANKFUL FOR THE PEOPLE WE ______________________WITH IN LIFE AND MINISTRY.
Philippians 1:3- “I thank my God every time I remember you.”  See Philippians 1:5-8,19, 4:14-19 & Romans 16:1-16.  How often do we remember other people & thank God for them? Where would we be without others?  Someone said, “A grateful mind is a great mind.”  The word for “partnership” is “Koinonia.” It means a “joint participation in a common interest or activity.”  What would happen if believers worked more willingly with others in the greatest work of all?
Who do you need to partner with more to further His Kingdom? 
2. WE CAN BE THANKFUL FOR THE_____________________WE ARE MAKING IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE.
 Philippians 1:6- “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  See John 10:27-30 & Romans 8:28-30.  Social Security is good, but Eternal Security is great!  Do you sometimes feel as though you aren't making progress in your spiritual life? When God starts a project, He completes it. When you are discouraged, remember that God will never give up on you! 
3. WE CAN BE THANKFUL FOR THE POWER OF ___________________________ PRAYER. — Verses 9-11.
I John 5:14- “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”  Prayer is not about getting our will done on earth, but seeing His Kingdom advance and grow– Matthew 6:9-10, 33.  Do we pray for our love for God & others to abound? Do we pray for discernment to know what is best, not just what is right or good? Sometimes good is the enemy of great!  Prayer is the best & kindest thing we can do for others!!
ANSWERS: PARTNER, PROGRESS & PURPOSEFUL 
PRAYING WITH & FROM A THANKFUL HEART (Sun Jan 6th)
Text: Philippians 1:1-11
1. WE CAN BE THANKFUL FOR THE PEOPLE WE ______________________WITH IN LIFE
AND MINISTRY.
Philippians 1:3- “I thank my God every time I remember you.”  See Philippians 1:5-8,19, 4:14-19 & Romans 16:1-16.  How often do we remember other people & thank God for them? Where would we be without others?  Someone said, “A grateful mind is a great mind.”  The word for “partnership” is “Koinonia.” It means a “joint participation in a common interest or activity.”  What would happen if believers worked more willingly with others in the greatest work of all?  Who do you need to partner with more to further His Kingdom? 
2. WE CAN BE THANKFUL FOR THE_____________________WE ARE MAKING IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE.
 Philippians 1:6- “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  See John 10:27-30 & Romans 8:28-30.  Social Security is good, but Eternal Security is great!  Do you sometimes feel as though you aren't making progress in your spiritual life? When God starts a project, He completes it. When you are discouraged, remember that God will never give up on you!
3. WE CAN BE THANKFUL FOR THE POWER OF ___________________________ PRAYER. — Verses 9-11.
I John 5:14- “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”  Prayer is not about getting our will done on earth, but seeing His Kingdom advance and grow– Matthew 6:9-10, 33.  Do we pray for our love for God & others to abound? Do we pray for discernment to know what is best, not just what is right or good? Sometimes good is the enemy of great!  Prayer is the best & kindest thing we can do for others!!

ANSWERS: PARTNER, PROGRESS & PURPOSEFUL

WISE MEN STILL SEEK HIM (Saturday Dec 22nd)
TEXT: MATTHEW 2:1-12
KEY VERSE: Isaiah 55:6- “Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near.”
I. WHERE WISE MEN SEEK HIM
   A. Wise men seek Christ in the _________________.  Matthew 2:1-2.
Psalm 19:1-2- “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.” Do we really take time to worship him through creation?  See Numbers 24:17, Psalm 8 & Romans 1:20
 B. Wise men seek Christ through the _________________. Matthew 2:3-6.
John 5:39-40- “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” Look up Luke 24:25-27 & II Timothy 3:15-17. Am I seeking the Lord through the lens of Scripture? DOES GOD’S WORD HAVE THE RUN OF THE HOUSE?
 C. Wise men seek Christ in the way God _______________ through circumstances in our lives! See Acts 16:6-10 & Romans 8:28-29. 
II. HOW WISE MEN SEEK HIM
   A. Wise men seek Him with a ______________heart! These wise men traveled a great distance to seek Christ. Nothing deterred them from finding the Christ child!  Do we have a passion to seek him like that? Am I desperate for god?  Psalm 62:1- “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you.”  HOW MUCH DO I HUNGER & THIRST FOR CHRIST? Ask god to put that desire there through his holy spirit. 
   B. Wise men seek Him with a ________________heart!
Matthew 2:11- “On coming to the house, they saw the child     with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.”  Look up James 4:6-10 and Isaiah 57:15, 66:2.  God hates pride, but in a humble heart he is willing to reside!  
  C. Wise men seek Him with __________in their heart!
Look up Matthew 2:9-10, Hebrews 11:6, & Jeremiah 29:13.  DO YOU EXPECT TO FIND CHRIST WHEN YOU SEEK him? WHERE ARE YOU LOOKING FOR HIM?  Remember the word for hope means confident expectation!
ANSWERS: WORLD, WORD, WORKS, HUNGRY, HUMBLE & HOPE  
THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING! (Sunday Dec 23rd)
Key Verse: II Corinthians 9:15- “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift.”  
1. CHRISTMAS IS A TIME TO RECEIVE THE GREATEST _____________ — JESUS! 
Refer to John 3:16, Isaiah 9:6, Luke 2:10, Romans 8:31-32
Immanuel — “God with us.” Jesus is the one gift that everyone needs and will not be disappointed with. He alone can meet the deepest need of our hearts.  He alone brings forgiveness, favor, freedom, fulfillment and fruitfulness. Have I received Him and do I daily rely on Him? Do we realize what a treasure Jesus Christ truly is?  John 6:35, 7:37-38, 8:12, 10:10,27-30, 11:25, 15:4-5. 
2. CHRISTMAS IS A TIME TO __________.
Galatians 5:22-23– Why not give the fruits of the Spirit this Christmas and throughout the coming year!  Give the transforming treasures of time, touch, tender talk, and your talents for God’s glory and the good of others.  Remember the words of the Lord Jesus- “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35.  Have I learned to excel in the grace of giving?  II Corinthians 8:1-9
Someone said, “The heart is happiest when it beats for others.” What does my heart beat for?
3. CHRISTMAS IS A TIME TO _________   _____.
Give up the excess baggage of bitterness, anger, and resentment. Instead release others and yourself with the gift of forgiveness. Relationships flourish at the fountain of forgiveness.
Ephesians 4:31-32 & Hebrews 12:15.  Give up worry and fear! Consider the fear nots of the Christmas Story.  Luke 1:13, 30-32, 2:10-11.  Give up the control of your life to Christ. “The government shall be upon his shoulders.” Isaiah 9:6.  Someone wisely said, “You either surrender to Christ or to chaos!” 
ANSWERS: GIFT, GIVE & GIVE UP 
MAKING ROOM FOR THE CHRIST OF CHRISTMAS (Dec 16)
Revelation 3:20- “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him and he with me.”
1.  MAKING ROOM FOR CHRIST IS REJECTED BY THE   _________________.
Luke 2:7- “She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”
John 1:10-11, II Timothy 3:1-5, James 4:1-5, and I John 2:15-17.  Jesus Christ was rejected at his birth, in his life and death, and He still is being rejected by humanity! Pride, prejudice, politics, pleasure, people, and possessions all crowd him out so there is no room for him!  What is crowding Christ out of your heart today? Revelation 3:14-21
2.  MAKING ROOM FOR CHRIST TAKES ___________________.
Luke 9:23-24- “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.”
Jeremiah 29:11-13, Matthew 2:1-12, & Luke 9:23-24, 10:38-42.  Making room for Christ is painful. Our pride must be denied. We must be willing to prepare and change our plans in order to get in line with His plan! Think of what Joseph and Mary went through in order to make room for Christ in their lives! How about the Magi?  How far are you willing to go with Christ? Can you say to Him—anywhere, anything and anytime?  Joseph and Mary said yes. The shepherds said yes to Jesus. Will you say yes to Jesus today and every day? See Luke 1:38 & James 4:7
3.  MAKING ROOM FOR CHRIST IS ______________ IT!
Psalm 34:8- “Taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man who trusts in him.”
Nothing compares to the greatness of knowing Jesus Christ!  See Philippians 3:7-10 & Luke 2:8-14, 16-20.  Jesus Christ offers beauty for ashes, strength for fear, gladness for mourning, peace for despair!
If we asked Joseph & Mary, the shepherds & Wise men if it was worth it, I think we know what they would say! Jesus is the pearl of great price!!!  We will never know how good He truly is unless we taste and trust Him every day of our lives!
ANSWERS: WORLD, WORK & WORTH