FBC Williams Arizona
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Changing Hearts, Changing Lives, One Soul at a Time

Pastor's Sermon Notes

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 THERE IS NO Place like home! (Saturday June 8th)
Ephesians 5:21-6:4
I.  A HEALTHY HOME HAS CHRIST AS THE _______________OF IT!
Psalm 127:1— “Unless the Lord builds the house its builders labor in vain.” See Ephesians 5:18, 21-25, 6:1-4
Is Jesus the Lord and life of your heart and home? Does His presence, power and purpose guide what we do and say? How can we make Christ more the center of our hearts & homes? Do we remember that Christ is the wonderful counselor? Learn to let Him live through you more and see what happens!
II. A HEALTHY HOME HAS _________________AS THE HEART OF IT!
Proverbs 18:22— “He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.”  Psalm 127:3— “Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him.”
Proverbs 17:6, Romans 12:9-10, Ephesians 5:33-6:3 & I Peter 3:7.
Do we treat our loved ones like they are a special treasure from God? The Greek word for honor means “to prize, value or highly cherish.”  Do we view our loved ones as blessings or burdens? How would they answer that question? Ask God for wisdom and strength to daily show honor to your loved ones. 
III. A HEALTHY HOME HAS _______________TO BRING HOPE AND HEALING TO IT!
Proverbs 17:22— “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Cf. Proverbs 15:13,15 & 21:9,19 & Ecclesiastes 9:9, 11:9-11.
Do you enjoy life or are you a fuddy duddy? Is your home a place where loved ones are happy to be there? Or is it a place people tend to avoid?  We all need to learn to laugh and love life more! A family should pray together but they should also learn to play together!!! 
IV. A HEALTHY HOME HAS ___________________TO HOLD IT TOGETHER!
Proverbs 14:11, 34— “The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the righteous will flourish.”  Ephesians 6:4— “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training & instruction of the Lord.”
Is your home where everyone is seeking to do what is right in God’s sight? Are you more influenced by God’s Holy Word or Hollywood?  Holiness leads to being truly whole and healthy! Sin leads to distress, discord and decay in our relationships. Only Christ can make us holy in position and practice!
ANSWERS: HEAD, HONOR, HUMOR & HOLINESS 
 
CHILDLIKENESS IS CHRISTLIKENESS! (Sunday June 9th) 
KEY VERSE: Matthew 18:4- “Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
1. 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.”
Someone said, “Little faith will bring your soul to heaven, but great faith will bring heaven to your soul.”  We can have great faith because our great God is forever faithful!  II Timothy 1:12, 2:13
National research by the Barna Research Group has found that the highest percentage of people who accept Christ do so before age 13. 
2. 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! What is God trying to teach me in my life right now?
AM I A TEACHABLE PERSON? AM I A GOOD LISTENER? 
3. LITTLE CHILDREN ARE VERY _______________________.
Romans 16:19- “I want you to be 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? WHERE DO I NEED TO BE MORE GENUINE?
4. 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!  What a wonder of wonders that our Creator became a child through the virgin birth to become our mighty and merciful Savior! He alone truly understands our humanity.  See Hebrews 2:14-18, 4:14-16
AS I GROW OLDER AM I BECOMING MORE CHILDISH OR CHILDLIKE?
 ANSWERS: TRUSTING, TEACHABLE, TRANSPARENT, & THINK
  
WALKING WORTHY AS DEARLY LOVED CHILDREN (Saturday June 1st) TEXT: Ephesians 5:1-16
1. IMITATE GOD BY WALKING IN _______________NOT LUST.
Ephesians 5:1-2- “Be imitators of God as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
I Corinthians 6:13-20, chap. 13, & I Thessalonians 4:1-8
Dr. David Jeremiah in his study Bible says, “Love gives, lust takes. Love sacrifices itself, lust sacrifices others. Love purifies, lust degrades. Love satisfies, lust leaves a gnawing emptiness.”  Will I daily pursue a life of love & purity in this sex crazed society?  God has a perfect portrait of real love in I Corinthians 13.
2. IMITATE GOD BY WALKING IN THE________________.
Ephesians 5:8-9- “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth.”  Compare Matthew 5:6, 14-16, John 8:12 & Philippians 2:12-16
Do I hunger & thirst for righteousness? Am I living to please God or myself? Am I living a fruitful or fruitless life? Do I really believe happiness can be found without holiness?  Can others see His light in my attitudes & actions?  Am I honest with God, myself & others about my sin?Ephesians 5:14- 
3. IMITATE GOD MORE BY REALIZING THE BREVITY OF _________________.
 Ephesians 5:14- “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
Do I need to wake up spiritually speaking? Do I realize what time it is on God’s clock? See Romans 13:8-14& Psalm 90:12.  Am I making the most of every opportunity to get to know God and make Him known?  Do I live with a sense of urgency and with eternity in mind?  See Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 & II Corinthian 5:9-10.  Remember, we all have only one life to life and only what is done for Christ will last! See Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
ANSWERS: LOVE, LIGHT, LIFE 
 
IF MY PEOPLE… (Sunday June 2nd)
II CHRONICLES 7:14
1. 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? What would happen if we would truly devote ourselves to Christ and His great commission?
2. 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? Do I believe true joy is found in God’s awesome presence? See Psalm 16:8,11.  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! 
3. 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 !!!
Repentance is a change of mind about sin, self and the Savior. It is a mighty change in mind, heart and life brought about by the Spirit of God.
 ANSWERS: PEOPLE, PRAY, PURITY   
 
SAVED TO SERVE TEXT: EPHESIANS 4:1-16 (Sat May 25th) 
1. GOD HAS GIVEN _____________BELIEVER AT LEAST ONE SPIRITUAL GIFT.
Ephesians 4:7— “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Cf. Ephesians 4:8-11 with Romans 12:3-8 & I Corinthians 12:4-11
Just as Old Testament Kings gave gifts after their victories even so Christ gave gifts to His people after His victory at the Cross!  Every Christian shares in Christ’s bounty. No one is unimportant.  We receive our natural gifts at birth, but we receive our spiritual gifts at conversion through the Holy Spirit.  There are speaking gifts, serving gifts, supportive gifts, special gifts and sign gifts.
      I Corinthians 4:7 & James 1:17. It is important for all of us to remember who gave us our gifts and who decided which ones we get—there is no room for pride & competition-only praise to God!
2. WE ARE GIFTED TO _________________& EDIFY THE BODY OF CHRIST—Ephesians 4:11-13
I Corinthians 12:7— “A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church.” (New Living Translation)
God’s goal in gifting us is that His church be edified, enhanced, established and enlarged!  God desires His body to be mature in Christ. Spiritual gifts are the tools He uses to mold and shape us into that maturity.  Tony Evans said, “Absolutely nothing can replace the power, influence and impact of a church that is fulfilling God’s kingdom agenda through the operation of the gifts of the body.”
 3. EVERY BELIEVER SHOULD FAITHFULLY     ________________ THEIR GIFTS IN LOVE—verses 15-16.  I Corinthians 16:14— “Do everything in love.” Cf. I Corinthians 13 & I Peter 4:7-12
Love is the blood in the circulatory system of the body of Christ!  Why do I do what I do? If it is not motivated out of love for God and others it is utterly useless and vain.  I need to discover my gifts, develop them and yield to God’s Spirit daily in order to be truly effective for Him.
 ANSWERS: EVERY, EQUIP & EXERCISE
 
HE IS ALL I TRULY NEED!  TEXT: PSALM 23 (Sun May 26th) 
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 foe
Hebrews 13:20-21, Colossians 2:15, Psalm 23:4
2. OUR SHEPHERD IS GOOD
John 10:10-11- “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy; I have come that they may have 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 ________________for 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. He gives us 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 run
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.”
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
 
HE MUST INCREASE AND I MUST DECREASE! (Sat May 18th)
TEXT: Ephesians chapter 3
1. IN MY SELF __________________________.
Ephesians 3:8— “Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.”  Romans 1:1, 12:3, I Corinthians 15:9-10, Philippians 3:1-8.  Paul’s identity & worth were based on who he was
in Christ. He called himself often a servant or slave & yet an Apostle. He gloried in Christ’s achievements not his own - see Galatians 6:14
     Do I have a Biblical & balanced view of myself? Do I think too highly or too lowly of myself? Do I allow others to affect my perception or do I let the Word of God have the final say? 
2. IN MY _____________________________.
II Corinthians 4:5— “For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.”  Philippians 1:12-21 & Colossians 3:17
     We all are proclaiming someone or something by our lives & lips!Am I promoting my own kingdom and agenda?  Do I lift up Christ in my attitudes and actions? What does my daily speech reveal about me?  Proverbs 18:22, Ephesians 4:29 & James 3:1-10.  Do I really believe in the power of the Gospel? Romans 1:16
3. IN MY __________________________. verses 14-21
Ephesians 3:20— “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to His power that is at work within us.”
     Too much of our praying is self-centered instead of Christ centered. Am I limiting God in my prayer life?  Jeremiah 29:11-13, 33:3, I John 5:14, James 4:2-3, 5:16.  How often do I pray for an understanding of God’s deep and incredible love? Do I pray for God’s glorious strength to mold and shape our character? Do I pray that God will be greatly glorified in it all?
ANSWERS: PERCEPTION, PREACHING & PRAYING
 
DARE TO BE A DANIEL (Sun May 19th)
TEXT: THE BOOK OF DANIEL
1.  DANIEL WAS _________________TO GOD & LIVED A DISCIPLINED LIFE.
Daniel 1:8- “Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine.” See Daniel 1, 6:1-10 & I Corinthians 9:24-27.  I Timothy 4:7- “Train yourself to be godly.”  Daniel lived to please and praise God rather than live for pleasure and conform to the pressure of the society around.
      DO I TRAIN MYSELF TO BE HOLY IN MIND, BODY, AND SPIRIT? Am I totally sold out to Jesus? If not, why not? 
2.   DANIEL ____________________FULLY ON GOD.
Daniel 6:23- “Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.”  Isaiah 26:3-4- “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.”
      Do I truly believe that God can be fully counted on? Am I leaning on Him with all my heart and not my own understanding? Am I learning His word and ways so I can grow in my faith? Has God ever failed or forsaken me?  Why do I doubt Him?
3.   DANIEL WAS _________________AND DUTIFUL.
Colossians 3:23- “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord and not for men.”  Read Daniel 6:1-4 & II Corinthians 8:7
      Does my work reflect the Glory of God? Am I pursuing excellence in all things? Do I make every day a master-piece for God? Where am I slacking? In one survey 85% of workers admitted that they could work harder & 50% said they could double their efforts!
4.   DANIEL TRULY MADE A ________________________.
For at least 66 years Daniel served pagan Kings with great diligence and resourcefulness. They all were influenced by Daniel to some degree.  Matthew 5:16- “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
      AM I BRINGING PEOPLE CLOSER TO GOD OR FARTHER AWAY BY HOW I LIVE?
Each believer is either a conformer or a transformer. What am I?
 ANSWERS: DEVOTED, DEPENDED, DEPENDABLE & DIFFERENCE