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Jesus LOVES Children!

Servant of All Message Series

November 3, 2019 • Lead Pastor Tim Moen

Text Mark 10:13-16 13 "And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 16 And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.” Deuteronomy 6:4-7 4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Two Key Spiritual Parental Priorities #1 Make Jesus your own personal priority! You cannot give your children what you do not have! If it is not in you... You can’t pass it on! • Prayer Life • Scripture Knowledge • Church Life • Serving #2 Make Jesus THE priority in your family! Your children’s SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT is your priority Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Ephesians 5:25 “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” Hebrews 10:25 “And not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Proverbs 10:1 “A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.” Genesis 48:14-16 14 And Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on the head of Ephraim, who was the younger, and his left hand on the head of Manasseh, crossing his hands (for Manasseh was the firstborn). 15 And he blessed Joseph and said, “The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the God who has been my shepherd all my life long to this day, 16 the angel who has redeemed me from all evil, bless the boys; and in them let my name be carried on, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.” John 3:16-17 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.” 2 Samuel 12:22-23 22 “David said, “While the baby was still alive, I fasted, and I cried. I thought, ‘Who knows? Maybe the Lord will feel sorry for me and let the baby live.’ 23 But now that the baby is dead, why should I fast? I can’t bring him back to life. Someday I will go to him, but he cannot come back to me.” Ecclesiastes 12:1 (NLT)... “Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old and say, ‘Life is not pleasant anymore.’”

The Greatest Team Ever!

We are the Church. • January 19, 2020 • Lead Pastor Tim Moen

Matthew 16:18-19 18 “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” References: Isaiah 22:22 Revelation 1:8 Revelation 3:7 Luke 11:52 Acts 2:14-40 Matthew 6:10 10 ““Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Luke 12:48 48 “Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.” Romans 10:9-10 9 “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Acts 3:5-8 5 “And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. 6 But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” 7 And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. 8 And leaping up, he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.” Acts 2:42-47 42 “And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. #WE ARE THE CHURCH... The GREATEST TEAM EVER! God has given us the authority to open and shut the doors of heaven. Romans 10:14-15 14 “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Proverbs 11:30 30 “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who wins souls is wise.”

Day Fourteen

Answering the Call • January 19, 2020

Answering the Call   Matthew 4:19 19 And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” In this verse, Jesus is asking them to follow the plans he has for them. He has “Asked” each of us to follow Him. The real decision that is awaiting each of us every day is …. What will our answer be? In the Lord's sample prayer for the apostles He says when you pray, “Give us this day our daily bread”. There is an insinuation that we come back and pray for: today’s joy, today’s peace, today’s perseverance, today’s love, today’s forgiveness, today’s strength, today’s mercy and today’s needed amount of Love. All these portioned for the need of His day for us. Being Asked requires a response. At the ask, we are all left a choice (free will) of the reply required by the ask. Matthew 4:20  20 Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. Their reply to Him is both active and geographical. They had to “let go of the net”, the very thing that occupied a large part of their lives. To experience Breakthrough in 2020 we need to let go of our net. The very things that consume large amounts of time and make relational withdrawals from our heavenly relationship with our God and stymie the extraordinary purposes He has chosen us for and the very people He has designated us to reach and impact. What will be our answer…..today? The secret of following God’s will is wrapped in rejecting the “GOOD”... for “GOD’S BEST”. K.P. Yohannon

Day Thirteen

Unity In The Church • January 18, 2020

DAY 13 - Unity In The Church Ephesians 4: 1-6; John 1: 20-23 " I therefore a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called". Eph 4:1 Paul begins chapter 4 by earnestly trying to persuade Christians to walk in a manner worthy of their calling. The analogy of a walk suggests activity and movement with progress and advancement. We are not to remain stationary, being content with our spiritual rebirth, happy to be where we are or constantly looking back. We are to press on. Paul says " forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead. I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus Philippians 3: 13-14. Now we have to ask, what does it mean to walk worthily? In short, walking worthy of such a high calling means to please God in all respects, bearing fruit through increased knowledge (Colossians 1:10). Remember, it's not our worth we are maintaining but the immense worth of our position in Christ. " with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bear with one another in love". Ephesians 4:2 Do you ever struggle to get along with a brother or sister in Christ? Paul knew that members of the body are at different levels of understanding and maturity. So he was urging us to bear with one another in love, knowing there will be differences of opinion, likes and dislikes, envy and pride within the church. With the adverb " therefore" in Eph 4:1 Paul is recalling what he has been emphasizing above everything else in the first three chapters of Ephesians, this great matter of Christian Unity. He tells us this very specifically in Ephesians 1:9-10. "Making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time. To unite all things in him, and all things in heaven and things on earth". This unity is the primary objective and Paul is urging us to bear with one another in love, especially through our sins and confrontations. Too many people just pick up and leave a particular church for prideful self-serving reasons, because we are not pursuing this unity as Paul is exhorting. Sin is a disruptive force, it divides, destroys and separates families, communities (churches) and Nations. Sin even divides a person within himself/herself. "endeavoring to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace" Ephesians 4:3 God never intended us to walk this walk alone or with a blind eye to the sin of others. Rather than ignore sin or avoid confrontation, Paul gives us two stages to express this unity in love. 1. With humility (forsaking self-righteousness) and gentleness (maintaining self-control) and 2. With patience, bearing with one another in (unselfish) love". Eph 4:2. This Supernatural love is only of the Spirit and is a spiritual grace, it comes from within. This is God's grand design, it is the thing in which he glories in above all else, we must guard this unity, not to guard it is a grievance to the Holy Spirit. It's not about perfect people trying to produce unity, that would be uniformity, but about sinners attaining it Verse 4:13 with humility in love, then striving to guard it, then we can patiently endure differences and forgive sin, so that we may grow together in the knowledge and fullness of Jesus thus glorifying God. "there is one body, one spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."(Ephesians 4: 4-6 ESV)  Jesus emphasized this oneness in His high priestly prayer just hours before his death:  " I do not ask for these only but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, that they may be one, even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one so that the world may know that you sent me and love them even as you love me". (John 17:20-23) Is there any question that this God-glorifying oneness and unity of the Spirit is the Lord's primary objective and that He is aware of the world watching His church? Father, forgive us when we are not walking worthy of our high calling. May we not be prideful but like Christ in lowliness and meekness, help us not to be impatient or resentful, but enduring and forgiving to enable the unity that Jesus died to create to become real to the church and observable to a fallen and broken world. To the praise of your glory. Amen