January 2007

January 28, 2007

INTRODUCTION – Bad news & good news
Bad news: You have an enemy – who hates your guts and wants to destroy or at least de-mobilize you; and he has thousands of demons at his command; thousands of years of experience; and lots of power to pull of his intentions.

Good news: Jesus Christ resisted him to perfection as a man; has destroyed His works as both man and God; He is continuing to destroy them primarily through His church; and He has left us an example to follow – with the full expectation that we will overcome and resist the devil like He did.

All of the New Testament writers spoke of our enemy. All of them had this expectation that we would successfully resist him. Continue reading Resisting the Devil & Temptation – Matthew 4:3-11

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January 14, 2007

INTRODUCTION – Last week we began a discussion about how our Lord and Master prepared for His short but intense three and a half years of ministry. We learned that He did not rush right into it unprepared. Rather He laid a wise foundation that His ministry could stand on. We learned that to become like Him and to minister in power like Him, we need to be three things.
1. Be a righteousness pursuer
2. Be anointed and empowered by the Holy Spirit
3. Be secure in the father’s love and approval.

This morning I want to discuss with you further this idea of preparing adequately for the complete fulfillment of God’s destiny and call on your life. Many prophetic folk are prophesying that this is going to be a year of significant breakthrough and release of power through God’s people. I’ve had a couple of non prophetic pastor types say a similar thing to me in recent days. We as a church want to be poised and ready for every opportunity to reflect Him, proclaim Him, and obey Him as He sends us out to minister to a broken world – whether there is a unusual move of God or not. Continue reading Preparing to Serve the King II – Triumphing over Temptation – Matt. 4:1,2

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January 7, 2007

INTRODUCTION – One of the things that thrilled me as I read and prayed over your prayer sheets Thursday afternoon for the first time was how many of you wanted to be more like Christ and wanted to be used of Him in a greater way.

Well we have come to the point in our series in the gospel of Matthew where we can begin to learn from our Master’s example. Turn with me in Matthew’s gospel to chapter 3 vs. 13. In this short passage we are going to find three things that each of us needs to do or experience to be able to become more like our Savior, and be used by Him in His kingdom work.

As we begin to wade through this gospel we are going to witness the amazing life and ministry of Jesus Christ. What He accomplished in 3 and a half short years is astounding.
And now that He is sitting at the right hand of the Father, He wants to continue to live His astounding life and do His astounding work through us. Continue reading Preparing to Serve the King – Matt. 3:13-17

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