FBC Williams Arizona
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Changing Hearts, Changing Lives, One Soul at a Time

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POINTS TO PONDER FROM THE CHRISTMAS STORY
(Dec 17th) KEY VERSE: Luke 2:19- “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” 
I.  GOD ALWAYS KEEPS HIS __________________________!
Read Matthew 1:18-2:12, Luke 1:26-34, 2:1-7, 25-32, & Titus 1:1-2.  Numbers 23:19- “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should change his mind. Does He

 

speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?
HOW DOES KNOWING GOD CAN’T LIE OR BREAK HIS PROMISES AFFECT YOUR FAITH IN HIM?
II.   WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE ______________________!
Luke 1:37- “For nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 18:27- “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”
The incredible birth of John the Baptist and the inconceivable virgin birth of Jesus Christ prove that our God specializes in things thought impossible! WHAT SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE TO YOU RIGHT NOW? Remember that God is a specialist in the impossible. Is anything too hard for Him?
III.  GOD USES HUMBLE, TRUSTING, AND OBEDIENT _______________IN HIS PLAN!  See Luke 1:5-7, 2:8-20, 36-40.
Ephesians 2:10— “For we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
God uses people who are submissive, not stubborn. People who are pliable and not proud. He wants availability more than ability!  Daily we should say to God- “Here am I Lord, use me!” 
IV.  GOD WANTS US TO LEARN TO ____________________       HIS WORD!
Joshua 1:8, Job 23:12, Psalm 119:11, 97, 165, Romans 12:1-2 & Colossians 3:16
God wants us to read His Word, remember His Word, reflect on His Word, respect His Word, and fully rely on His Word!  HOW DO I TREAT GOD’S WORD? Do I treasure it like Job did? See Job 23:12

ANSWERS:  PROMISES, POSSIBLE, PEOPLE, PONDER & PRAISE

 

THE GOD OF GOOD NEWS (Dec 10th)
    I believe it is pretty to safe to say that we live in a world where we read and hear about more bad news than good news. We constantly hear about wars around the world, the lack of integrity in all fields, the violence in the streets and in our schools, and most disturbing-politics as usual.  Is it any wonder many have called our age the “Age of Anxiety” and the “Age of Cynicism”? I know it would be very easy for me to be that way if I never listened to what God has to say in His Holy Word. Proverbs 15:30 says, “A cheerful look brings joy to the heart and good news gives health to the bones.” This verse tells us that to be happy and healthy human beings, we need a daily dose of good news to chew upon. Where do you go to find a consistent source of encouragement for your soul? First and foremost, we need to listen to the God who delights in sharing good news. His messengers are called Angels. When His Son entered this world in human form, an Angel announced this great news to some sincere and simple shepherds“I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you—He is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11
  • This good news is not limited to a few elite people; it is available for all who will welcome the message in faith.
  • The good news is that we have a sufficient Savior who is able and willing to offer us pardon for all our sins, power to live an abundant life, a peace that passes all human understanding, and a permanent residence in a perfect place where there will be no more pain, sorrow, sin, sickness or death. (I John 1:7, Philippians 4:4-13, & Revelation 21:1-5)
  • The good news is that though many may be against us, yet God is for us and right now Jesus is at the right hand of God the Father praying and pleading for us. (Romans 8:31-34)
  • The good news is that God has promised a way out or through every trial and temptation and will give us grace and strength to face the challenges of each day. (I Corinthians 10:13 & Deuteronomy 33:25-27)
  • The good news is that God still has the amazing ability to work all things together for the good of those who are called by God and love Him. All things work in the Potter’s hands to make us more and more like His dear Son-Romans 8:28-30.  
   Dear friend, where are you getting your daily dose of good news that provides health to both your body and soul? Are you looking to God? Are you reading and listening to His Word that will never pass away? Are you a bearer of good news or a sharer of sad news?   What humanity desperately needs to have is hope.  The Greek word for hope means  “confident expectation.” It is not a “hope so” it is a “know so.” Romans 15:13 is a good prayer the apostle Paul prayed for the believers in Rome. I believe we all would do well to pray this for others and ourselves as well“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Our God is a God of hope and His people should be spreading His hope wherever we go. Romans 10:15 says, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.”  Seeking to be a bearer of Good News,
 Pastor Joe
 
“REMEMBER ME!” (Dec 9th)

TEXT: I CORINTHIANS 11:17-32 

1.  COMMUNION  IS A TIME OF _____________________AND REFLECTION!
I Corinthians 11:24- “Do this to call me (affectionately)
to remembrance.” (Amplified version)

We are to remember Jesus– his _______________and sacrifice.

Do we really think about what He did and why He did it?  I Corinthians 2:2 & Galatians 6:14. Do I glory in the cross?

We are to remember that we __________this common ground.
THE GROUND IS LEVEL AT THE CROSS! We are all sinners who desperately need a Savior. See Matthew 5:23-24, I Corinthians 11:17-22 & Ephesians 2:11-19.
There is no place for pride and prejudice at the Lord’s table!
2. COMMUNION IS A TIME OF ______________________AND REJOICING!  See I Corinthians 11:27-32.
 

I Corinthians 11:28- “A man ought to examine himself  before he eats the of the bread and drinks of the cup.”

Do I realize how serious my sin is? Do I realize my sin killed Christ? I broke His heart and bloodied His body! Isaiah 53:4-6 Do I stand in awe of and appreciate the amazing sacrifice of Christ?
II Corinthians 9:15- “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift.” CF. I Timothy 1:12-16
Paul never got over what Christ did for him, nor should we!
3. COMMUNION IS A CELEBRATION WE OBSERVE_________________UNTIL THE LORD RETURNS!
I Corinthians 11:26- “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”Acts 2:42– “They devoted themselves to the apostles’
teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
The issue is not how often, but that it is often!  Communion should consistently remind us of how great His love is, how horrible our sin is, how complete our forgiveness is, and how fantastic our future will be! Communion is like a spiritual check up. It gives us a chance to see where we are really at, as well as the opportunity to make it right with God and others.

ANSWERS: REMEMBRANCE, SUFFERING, SHARE, REPENTANCE, & REGULARLY

 

HIS NAME IS WONDERFUL ! (Dec 3rd)
TEXT: ISAIAH 9:6-7 
I.    CHRIST CHOSE TO COME TO US AS A LOWLY LITTLE ________________.
Isaiah 9:6- “For to us a child is born,” Matthew 1:23- “The virgin will be with child and
will give birth to a son, and they will call his name Immanuel—which means, ‘God with us.” 
This is what Theologians call the “Incarnation.” The Infinite One became an infant! The Holy One became the homeless one! God became human in the person of Jesus Christ– the God-Man!
John 1:1-16, Philippians 2:5-11, Hebrews 2:9-18, 4:15-16. Jesus is God spelling Himself out in a way we understand!
II.   CHRIST CAME TO BE OUR ____________________IN CHIEF. 
Isaiah 9:6- “And the government will be on his shoulders.” 
Luke 1:26-33, Romans 11:33-12:2, Colossians 1:15-18.
Jesus Christ alone has the right to rule and reign in our hearts. He alone is sufficient to lead and guide us. He has eternal experience and wonderful wisdom that leads to perfect peace if we submit to His control. We either surrender to Christ or chaos!  The word “Lord” is used over 700 times in the NT while the word “Savior” is mentioned between 20-30 times. Where do I need to surrender to His Lordship? Why do I struggle surrendering to Him? Do I delight in serving Him?
III.   CHRIST CAME TO BE OUR _______________________IN EVERYTHING! 
“And he will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” 
The verse could be translated, “And He will be called, Marvelous Miracle, Champion God– Hero, Forever Faithful Father, Perfect Prince of Peace!” Romans 8:37, Philippians 4:13 & II Peter 1:3-11.
Will I trust Him to enable me to be more than a conqueror in life?  He alone will never fail or forsake me!  Is Jesus Christ the source of my salvation, significance, strength, security and satisfaction in life?

ANSWERS: CHILD, COMMANDER, & CHAMPION

THE FRIENDSHIP FACTOR (Dec 2nd)
KEY VERSE: Proverbs 17:17- “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for
adversity.” 
A TRUE FRIEND DRAWS YOU ______________TO THE LORD.
I Samuel 23:16– “And Saul’s son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find his strength in God.” See II Timothy 2:22.  Do you bring your friends closer to Christ or do you drag them down? It is great to be a good friend, but even better to be a godly friend!
 A TRUE FRIEND WILL ALWAYS ______________AND BE THERE.
I Samuel 18:1-4, 20:14-17, 42, II Samuel 1:26 & I Corinthians 13:7-8
Am I a fair-weather friend or a forever faithful friend?  A true friend is the one who walks in when the whole world has gone out! Am I a loyal and committed friend for life?
A TRUE FRIEND WILL ________________________YOU AND CONFRONT YOU IN LOVEProverbs 27:5-6 & Galatians 6:1-2
Proverbs 27:17— “As iron sharpens iron, a friend sharpens a friend.”
A true friend will always bring out the best in you! We are to confront and challenge, but never criticize our friends—there is a big difference!
A TRUE FRIEND WILL BE ONE OF YOUR GREATEST____________________!
I Thessalonians 5:11- “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.”  Hebrews 3:13- “Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”  We are called to clap and cheer for one another! Do I truly celebrate their successes without envy?  Do I tear down or build up my friends? Do I inspire courage in them?
A TRUE FRIEND WILL ____________ON GOD FOR YOU!
 I Samuel 12:23- “God forbid that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you.”
See also James 4:2, 5:16.  The kindest thing I can do for my friends is sincerely pray for them! 
THE BEST FRIEND IN THE WORLD IS JESUS______________________
John 15:13-15- “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead I have called you friends, for everything I have learned from my Father I have made known to you.”
     Do I realize what a great friend Jesus Christ is? Is He truly my best friend? Am I a great friend to Him? What am I doing to develop that friendship?
ANSWERS: CLOSER, CARE, CHALLENGE, CHEERLEADERS, CALL & CHRIST
 
REST, BE BLESSED AND LESS STRESSED! (Nov 26th)
Proverbs 14:30— “A relaxed attitude lengthens life.” NLT
REST & RELAXATION IS A BIBLICAL_________________________. 
Genesis 2:1-3, Exodus 20:8-11, 31:12-17 & Mark 6:30-32
Luke 5:15-16— “Yet the news spread about Him all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”
Do I realize that getting adequate rest is just as much a part of obeying God as hard work is?
REST & RELAXATION HAS A BIBLICAL_______________________.
We are to rest from work and from a ________________based lifestyle—Matthew 11:28-30 & Luke 10:38-42.  Am I on a performance treadmill? 
We are to rest from ______________.
Matthew 6:27— “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” Cf. Philippians 4:6-7.  The word for worry means to “be pulled in all sorts of directions, to choke or strangle. Do you feel choked by worry? 
We are to rest to restore _________________& wonder in our livesIsaiah 30:15-18, 40:31, 58:13-14.  The word for recreation literally means to “re-create.” If we are all work & no play we will find it harder to pray!
REST & RELAXATION TAKE ________________________.  
The Hebrew word for Sabbath means to take an intermission.
Psalm 46:10— “Cease striving and know that I am God.”
  • Learn to take time outs every day to sit still and smell the roses so to speak.
  • Learn to say no more often without feeling guilty.
  • Learn to choose what is best over what is good.
  • Learn to take naps, sleep longer, deep breathe, laugh & exercise more often to cultivate a relaxed attitude toward life.
Remember that we are human beings not human doings!!!  Oswald Chambers said “We should take 1 out of every 60 minutes to abide in Christ.”
ANSWERS:  PRINCIPLE, PURPOSE, WORKS, WORRY, WORSHIP, & PRACTICE
 
THANKSLIVING (Nov 19th) TEXT:  I THESSALONIANS 5:16-18
1.  THANK GOD FOR THE GIFT OF THE ______________
  • Psalm 118:24- “This is the day the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
  • Do you allow the past and the future to take the joy out today?
2.  THANK GOD FOR THE GIFT OF HIS _________________
  • Hebrews 13:5- “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” What more could we ask for?

3.  THANK GOD FOR THE GIFT OF HIS __________________

  • Psalm 103:2-3- “Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits– who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.
  • See verses 8-12 and I Timothy 1:12-16. Paul never got over the joy of His salvation! Have we lost that joy?

4.   THANK GOD FOR THE GIFT OF HIS  _____________________

  • Jeremiah 29:11- “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
  • See Romans 8:28-30. Have you thanked God lately for His good plan for your life? 
5.  THANK GOD FOR THE GIFT OF ___________________
  • Philippians 1:3- “I thank my God every time I remember you.”
  • Our families and friends and fellow believers are all gracious gifts from a gracious God! How often do we thank Him and them. 

6.  THANK GOD FOR THE GIFT OF ____________________

  • I Corinthians 4:7- “What do you have that you did not receive?”
  • Deuteronomy 8:10-18 & Acts 17:24-28. Who is the One behind all our earthly blessings? How often do you thank God for your home, job, car, bike, clothes etc..?
 ANSWERS: PRESENT, PRESENCE, PARDON, PLAN, PEOPLE, POSSESSIONS, & PLACE
 
DEALING WITH DEPRESSION (Nov 18th)
KEY VERSE: Proverbs 17:22— “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
1. THE REALITY OF DEPRESSION 
Research shows that the average person spends 3 out of 10 days trying to lift up out of a bad mood.
Even godly people like Elijah, David and Charles Spurgeon faced this _____________ problem
I Kings 19:1-8 & Psalm 38
Charles Spurgeon— “There are dungeons beneath the castles of despair.”
2. THE REASONS FOR DEPRESSION
The main reason for depression is faulty _________________.
I Kings 19:1-4,9-10, Proverbs 4:23 & II Corinthians 10:5
Am I more in tune with my feelings rather than God’s truth?
Another reason for depression is being overly _____________.
I Kings 19:5-8.
Sometimes the best cure for depression is a good night’s sleep.
Burnout often leads to being bummed out!  It could be a ___________ of Satan.
John 10:10, Ephesians 6:10-18, I Peter 5:8
God wants to give us joy; Satan wants to steal that joy!!!
Not being ______________ about our sin—-Psalm 51
3. THE RIGHT WAY TO RESPOND TO DEPRESSION
First, we must remember our God is tender toward us at such times and __________ to Him to restore our souls.
I Kings 19:9-16, Psalm 23 & 30
Second, we need to take better care of His _______________.
Mark 6:30-32, I Corinthians 6:19-20
Third, we need to learn to really be ___________________ by the truth found in God’s Word.
Romans 12:1-2, Psalm 119:18, 24-28
Are we allowing the penetrating & liberating power of the Word to do what only it can do? See John 8:31-36
Finally, we need to learn to reach out and ____________ others with a helping hand
Proverbs 11:25 & Acts 20:35
THE HEART IS HAPPIEST WHEN IT BEATS FOR OTHERS!!! 
QUOTE TO REGULARLY CONSIDER: Corrie ten Boom said “If you look within, you will be depressed. If you look without, you will be distressed, but if you look to Jesus you will be at rest!”
 
ANSWERS: TERRIBLE, THINKING, TIRED, TRAP, TRUTHFUL, TURN, TEMPLE, TRANSFORMED & TOUCH