2020 Sermon Series
Fan the Flame
“Fan the Flame” Confronting the fear that Keep Your Gifts Dormant 2 Timothy 1:1-7 (NKJV) 1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, 2 To Timothy, a beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 3 I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day, 4 greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy, 5 when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. 6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 1. Know that God’s gift is in you. 2 Timothy 1:6 “…the gift of God which is in you…” 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 "There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all." 2.God is asking YOU to fan your gift into flame. 2 Timothy 1:6 “…fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you…” 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 (NASB) 19 Do not quench the Spirit;20 do not despise prophetic utterances. 21 But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;22 abstain from every form of evil. 3. It’s time to confront our fears for what they are. 2 Tim. 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear” Matthew 25:25 “And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Here it is. You can have it.” The Master responded by taking that talent from him and giving it to the first servant. 4. Use ALL of what the Holy Spirit has given you! I Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Romans 12:2 (TPT) 2 Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.
January 26, 2020 • Pastor Donna Lasit
“BLIND SPOT” Exposing the things that cloud our Clarity Matthew 6:22-23 (ESV) 22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! 1. A Perspective Blindspot. Luke 10:38-42 (NIV) 38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” 41 “Martha, Martha, “ the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” 2. A Self-Awareness Blindspot. Matthew 26:31-35 (NIV) 31 Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: “‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ 32 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” 33 Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.” 34 “Truly I tell you, “Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” 35 But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same. Matthew 26:69-75 (NASB) 69 Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard, and a servant-girl came to him and said, “You too were with Jesus the Galilean.” 70 But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you are talking about.”71 When he had gone out to the gateway, another servant-girl saw him and *said to those who were there, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.”72 And again he denied it with an oath, “I do not know the man.” 73 A little later the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Surely you too are one of them; for even the way you talk gives you away.”74 Then he began to curse and swear, “I do not know the man!” And immediately a rooster crowed.75 And Peter remembered the word which Jesus had said, “Before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly. 3. A Sin Blindspot. 2 Samuel 12:1-11 (VOICE) 12 The Eternal One sent the prophet Nathan to visit David. Nathan came to him and told him a story. Nathan: Two men lived in the same city. One was quite rich and the other quite poor; 2 the rich man’s wealth included livestock with many flocks and herds, 3 but the poor man owned only one little ewe lamb. He bought it and raised it in his family, with his children, like a pet. It used to eat what little food he had, drink from his meager cup, and snuggle against him. It was like a daughter to him. 4 Now a traveler came to the city to visit the rich man. To offer a proper welcome, the rich man knew he needed to fix a meal, but he did not want to take one of the animals from his flocks and herds. So instead he stole the poor man’s ewe lamb and had it killed and cooked for his guest. Nathan stood back, waiting for the king’s verdict. 5 David grew very angry at the rich man. It was his royal duty to protect the poor and establish justice. David: As the Eternal One lives, the rich man who did this deserves to die. 6 At the least, he will restore that lamb four times over because he acted without pity. Nathan: 7 You are that man! This is the message of the Eternal God of Israel: “I was the One who anointed you to rule over Israel, and I was the One who rescued you from the hand of Saul. 8 It was I who gave you Saul’s house, Saul’s wives, and dominion over both Israel and Judah; and if that were not enough, I would have given you as much again. 9 “So why have you despised the word of the Eternal and chosen to do evil in His sight? It was you who killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword and stole his wife, even though you used the Ammonites to do the dirty work. … 12 You did your evil in secret, but I will do this out in the open, in front of all Israel.” What we don’t confront in private will be displayed in public. CLARITY 2020 – “BLIND SPOT MIRRORS” 1. PEOPLE – Allow iron to sharpen iron. Proverbs 27:17 (VOICE) 17 In the same way that iron sharpens iron, a person sharpens the character of his friend. 2. THE BIBLE – Let Gods’ Word shine into your heart. Hebrews 4:12-13 (NIV) 12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. 3. HOLY SPIRIT – Listen to the Holy Spirit & let Him guide you. Romans 8:26-27 (TPT) 26 And in a similar way, the Holy Spirit takes hold of us in our human frailty to empower us in our weakness. For example, at times we don’t even know how to pray, or know the best things to ask for. But the Holy Spirit rises up within us to super-intercede on our behalf, pleading to God with emotional sighs too deep for words. 27 God, the searcher of the heart, knows fully our longings, yet he also understands the desires of the Spirit, because the Holy Spirit passionately pleads before God for us, his holy ones, in perfect harmony with God’s plan and our destiny.
The Word Is A Light
January 12, 2020 • Pastor Doug Lasit
The Word Is A Light Psalms 119:105 “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalms 119:11 “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” • Out of the 167 million Christians in the US, 9.9 million decreased their Bible engagement in 2019 • 15 million people who considered themselves “disengaged” in the last two years are now showing more interest in the present year. • Though paper Bibles are still the preferred form of Bible reading, in the last 6 years the use of smart phones for Bible reading has risen from 15% to 70% among Christians in the US. • There are 327 million people in the United States, and 330 million people have downloaded the Bible App. • Through partnerships with publishers the Bible app now has 1,700 versions in 1,200 languages. • Downloads in India increased by 228% this year, 155% in Iraq, 243% in Mozambique and 131% in Argentina. • This year there were 19.7 billion chapters of the Bible read, 1.4 billion highlights, bookmarks and notes made on the Bible App. • There are 42.3 highlights, 96.1 audio chapters of scripture being heard and 532 chapters being read on the Bible App every second. • 47% of Christians say they are motivated to read the Bible because it brings them closer to God. • Only 12% are motivated to read scripture because it helps them discern God’s will for their life. 1. There Can Be Nothing Between You, Jesus And His Word 1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus…” 2. The Power Of Discipleship Is In The Process Acts 2:42 “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”