Ephesians 4 v 28 -- Givers not Takers
When we are genuinely saved, the reality of our salvation will be seen in the way we live our lives.
• We will demonstrate it by turning away from the old life of sin.
• We will demonstrate it by displaying a new life that does what is right and pleasing in the eyes of the Lord.
• We will demonstrate it by loving others and being a help and a blessing in their lives.
Paul's Passion to Overcome Conflict_12 Acts 15:36-41After some time teaching and preaching in Antioch, Paul wanted to visit the brethren in the cities they had traveled to on his first missionary journey. Barnabas was willing but determined to take John Mark. Paul insisted they should not take John because he left them on the first trip. Unable to reconcile, Barnabas took John and sailed to Cyprus, while Paul took Silas, and with commendation from the brethren in Antioch went through Syria and Cilicia strengthening the churches.Wise leaders anticipate conflict. They know it has been part of ministry leadership since the founding of the church.God takes care of His hurting servants when they are faithful to their call and ministry. Paul is a dynamic example in continuing on despite being bombarded with setback after setback.How can we passionately return to our first love with God?
Remember your roots. Return to His Word. Remove all other love. To "re-turn" to God, we must "turn away" from competing lovers. ...
Rest in His companionship.
In these verses, separated by other events in the context, Jesus describes the terms of discipleship. As we study this together, we will identify the terms of discipleship presented by Jesus. Christ Followers: Examine Jesus's terms of discipleship against your following. Christ Seekers: Believe in Jesus, apart from works, to receive forgiveness of sins and salvation.
PM sermons are preceded by a Confessional, Catechism, or Historic Creed lesson. Usually 5 minutes or so. (Belgic Confession-Article 25: The Fulfillment of the Law)
Matthew 16:21 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. 22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, "Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!" 23 But He turned and said to Peter, "Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men." 24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. 28 Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom."
Luke 9:1-9 describes how Jesus sent His disciples out two by two throughout Galilee to share the message of God's kingdom. While the passage does not express that Jesus prescribes this for all His followers all the time, it demonstrates activities and attitudes that we should adopt in relation to ministry and the world.
Tonight we want to look at the first command given to men. Specifically we want to ask about what it means to take dominion over the earth and if or in what way is this command to be obeyed today. Join us as we finish chapter 1 of Genesis.
In this message I would like to speak to you about Job's statement in verse 10 – "But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold." I want to focus on chapter 23, verses 8-12 primarily. I want to speak to you about how you as a Christian can be tested and come forth as gold. Let me give you 3 observations that I believe will be of great help to you.
 And he called the twelve together and gave them power
and authority over all demons and to cure diseases,  and he sent
them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal.  And he
said to them, "Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor
bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics.  And whatever
house you enter, stay there, and from there depart.  And
wherever they do not receive you, when you leave that town shake
off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them."  And
they departed and went through the villages, preaching the gospel
and healing everywhere.
 Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was
happening, and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that
John had been raised from the dead,  by some that Elijah had
appeared, and by others that one of the prophets of old had risen.
 Herod said, "John I beheaded, but who is this about whom I
hear such things?" And he sought to see him. (ESV)
"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:13-14)
As Christians we forget the past in faith, reach to the future in faith, and continue forward in faith. We are always moving away from what we were and toward what we are to become in Jesus Christ.