“True greatness is the ability to achieve what you choose to achieve in the area you choose to achieve it; and to achieve it with excellence and a level of mastery.” James Arthur Ray Text: Mark 9:33-37 33 “And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” 34 But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. 35 And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” 36 And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37 ‘Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.’” Deep down inside each of us is... • A desire for greatness. • A desire to achieve. • A desire to excel. This drive for greatness was placed there by God! Jesus is going to address that this drive became corrupted when sin entered the world. 1 John 2:16 “For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.” Galatians 5:17-21 17 “For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” John emphasizes (in 1 John 2:16) that these physical things do not last; they will pass away. • The temptation of Eve in the Garden • The temptation of Christ in the wilderness (Matthew 4:8-10) The pride of life can be defined as anything that is “of the world,” meaning anything that leads to... • Arrogance • Showing off • Pride in self • Presumption • Boasting Proverbs 16:25 “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” ————— Mark 9:33-34 33 “And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” 34 But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest.” Jesus unpacks what GREATNESS looks like. Mark 9:35 "And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” Proverbs 16:25 “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” There are two different kinds of GREATNESS... • One kind is recognized by the approval and applause of men • The other kind is approved and applauded by God Mark 9:36-37 36 “And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37 ‘Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.’” Three Quick Thoughts on Pursuing Greatness - Kingdom Style Philippians 2:3-4 3 "Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. #1 A Servant will not follow after SELFISH AMBITIONS! #2 A Servant is HUMBLE! #3 A Servant Takes Care of Others! Philippians 2:5-8 5 “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Challenge Prayer Dismiss
Greatness - Kingdom Style
Servant of All Message Series
October 6, 2019 • Lead Pastor Tim Moen
This Is Serious!
October 13, 2019 • Lead Pastor Tim Moen
John 3:16-18 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. • Jesus came to give life! • Jesus did not come to condemn! • Jesus came to save us! • Whoever believes in Jesus is not condemned! • Whoever does not believe is condemned already! • Why is he condemned? Because he does not believe in the only Son of God! Romans 3:23 “ For all have sinned and fallen short of the Kingdom of God.” Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” John 3:3 “Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” How can you enter Heaven? By being born again! How can you become born again? By believing in God’s only Son... Jesus Christ! It is the only way into heaven! Matthew 8:12 “while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 4 Truths About Hell #1. Hell is a state of separation from God. In hell, a person will be forever separated from God in His kindness, mercy, grace, and goodness. He will be consigned to deal with Him in His holy wrath. Reference: 2 Thessalonians 1:5-12 Revelations 20:11-15 “Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. #2. Hell is a state of association. Matthew 25:41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. People who die in their sin... without Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior... will spend eternity in hell with the one being who is most unlike God. It is a tragic irony that many who do not believe in the Devil in this life will wind up spending eternity being tormented with him in hell. #3. Hell is a state of punishment. Jesus describes it as “fire” in Matthew 25:41 and a place of “punishment” Matthew 25:46... “And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Hell is a place of retribution where justice is served through the payment for crimes. #4. Hell is an everlasting state. Though some would like to shorten the duration of this state... Jesus’ words are very clear. He uses the same adjective to describe both punishment and life in verse 46... Hell was not intended for any of us... However... It will be the fate for all who reject Jesus Christ as their savior... According to the Holy Scriptures. #THERE IS GOOD NEWS Anyone... • Can be Born Again • Forgiven of their sins • Have New Life • Be saved from Hell 2 Corinthians 5:17 " Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. Titus 3:5 “He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit” 1 Peter 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." John 1:12-13 “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” Mark 9:38-50 38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” 39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. 40 For the one who is not against us is for us. 41 For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward. 42 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. 43 And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. 45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, 48 ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ 49 For everyone will be salted with fire. 50 Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” Friends... This is Serious!
The Journey to Greatness... According to God's plan!
September 29, 2019 • Lead Pastor Tim Moen
Mark 9:30-32 30 “They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he did not want anyone to know, 31 for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise.” 32 But they did not understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him.” We often forget that God has a plan and a process that WILL NOT be deterred... No matter what opinions people may have or their expectations! 2 Timothy 4:3-4a 3 "For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” We have to be very careful... That we do not view God or the Scriptures through the lens of what we... • Want • Desire • Or... Think He is the Creator.. Without God... We do not exist! Romans 11:36 says, “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” Luke 22:26 “But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves.” Matthew 23:11-12 11 “ The greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” Matthew 16:25 "For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Mark 9:30 “They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he did not want anyone to know...” Mark 9:31 “for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them... Mark 9:32 “But they did not understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him.” #1 Train yourself to look at life from an ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE Psalm 37:3-7 3 “Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. 4 Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. 6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. 7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!” • We have to work hard to be patient. • We have to work hard to trust God. God’s timing in all of life’s issues... Never aligns with our own timelines. As this verse says so clearly... “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.” Did you get that? God will act. It also tells us to “be still” and “wait patiently,” meaning that he often won’t act in our own desired timeline. This Journey to Greatness... Is According to God’s plan! We must let go of our own will and submit ourselves to the timeline, direction, and will of the Lord instead. #2 Admit your wisdom and understanding is very limited. Isaiah 55:8-9 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. #3 We proclaim boldly the power of God... Let’s also trust in His character Sarah Walton: “If God is powerful enough to change our circumstances but doesn’t... it must mean he is ordaining them for reasons we cannot see at the time.” His will is ultimately for our eternal good. Some circumstances we will never understand here on earth, but sometimes we can look back and see God’s faithful direction in the end.
ROYAL FAMILY KIDS
September 22, 2019 • Guest Speaker Paul Martin
ABOUT RFK We aim to transform lives and communities by interrupting cycles of neglect, abuse, and abandonment of children in the foster care system. We fulfill our mission by providing an array of programs, all directed toward changing the trajectory of young lives which usually include a combination of academic failure, drug abuse, teen pregnancy, sex trafficking, homelessness, and incarceration.