AM – March 26, 2017 – Larry Sumrall
SERIES: FROM THE INSIDE OUT
A REAL RELATIONSHIP
We begin a study of the transformation of the Christian life that no one else sees. It is what Jesus does on the inside. We will see the elements of the foundation of transformation. This begins with a real relationship with God. The Greatest privilege of life is knowing Jesus.
I. The Foundation of our Relationship: Philippians 3:10
A. Know His Person: “That I may know Him”
B. Know His Power: “And the power of His resurrection”
C. Know His Presence: “And the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable to His death”
II. The Formation of our Faith: Vs. 11-12
A. The Promise of Resurrection
B. The Process of Transformation
III. The Facts of the Process: Vs. 13-14
A. A Recognized Position: “I do not count myself as apprehended”
B. A Rejected Past: “But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind”
C. A Real Prize to be Won: “Press toward the goal for the upward call of God in Christ Jesus”
PM – March 26, 2017 – Larry Sumrall
Qualities Of A Sound Church
AM – March 19, 2017 – Kerry Payne
FROM VICTIM TO VICTORY
PM – March 19, 2017 – Jim Scott
LIFE IN THE MIDST OF THE STORM
AM – March 12, 2017 – Larry Sumrall
TRANSFORMING TRUTHS – THE WORD OF GOD
2 Timothy 2:14-16 & Chapter 3
I. What we have when we do not follow God’s Word. 3:1-8
A. Chaos: Vs. 1-4
B. Empty Religion: Vs. 5
C. Immorality: Vs. 6
D. False Teaching: Vs. 7
II. What we can have if we follow God’s Word: 3:8-17
A. Discernment: Vs. 8-9
B. Discipleship: Vs. 10
C. Persecution: Vs. 11-12
D. Perseverance: Vs. 13-14
E. Salvation: Vs. 15
F. Sanctification: Vs. 16
G. Servanthood. Vs. 17
AM – March 5, 2017 – Larry Sumrall
TRANSFORMING TRUTHS – SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT
1 Corinthians 2:1-16
Spiritual discernment is basically knowing, grasping, and applying God’s wisdom (Kingdom Agenda) throughout every area of our life.
I. The Purpose of God’s Wisdom: 1 Corinthians 1:29-31
A. Wisdom: John 8:31-32
B. Righteousness: Philippines 3:9
D. Redemption: Ephesians 1:14
II. The Presentation of God’s Wisdom: 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
A. Paul’s Determination: Vs. 1-2
B. Paul’s Disclosure: Vs. 3-4
C. Paul’s Desire: Vs. 5
III. The Path To God’s Wisdom: 1 Corinthians 2:6-16
A. God’s Wisdom is not humanly discovered: Vs. 6-9
B. God’s Wisdom is spiritually revealed: Vs. 10-16
1. Revelation: Vs. 10-11
2. Inspiration: Vs. 12-13
3. Illumination: Vs. 14-16
AM – February 26, 2017 – Larry Sumrall
TRANSFORMING TRUTHS – GOD’S FOUNDATION FOR MARRIAGE AND FAMILY!
These scriptures are the principles that define God’s idea and plan of what marriage should be like. God has a divine plan and purpose for all marriages.
I. The Purpose of Marriage: Vs. 18-22
II. The Proclamation of Marriage: Vs. 23
A. Proclamation of Acceptance
B. Proclamation of Honor
III. The Priorities of Marriage: Vs. 24-25
A. Leaving: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother”
B. Cleaving: “Be joined to his wife”
C. Weaving: “They shall become one flesh:
D. Communicating: “Naked” means transparent
AM – February 12, 2017 – Larry Sumrall
TRANSFORMING TRUTHS – YOUR PATH TO GOD’S GUIDANCE
We choose to live life as if we have our lives figured out, but we are reminded often that we are wrong. We have no idea what each day, hour or minute will bring. But if we have a relationship with the all knowing Lord of the universe, He not only knows the future but holds it.
I. Trust: Vs. 5
A. To be persuaded
B. To be obedient
C. To be willing
II. Lean: Vs. 5
A. To Rely
B. To Rest
III. Acknowledge: Vs. 6
A. Through Prayer
B. Through Praise
C. Through Preaching
AM – February 5, 2017 – Larry Sumrall
TRANSFORMING TRUTHS – The Law Of The Harvest
We sow seeds every moment of our lives, and the Bible has a clear law about what happens to these seeds. This law guarantees us that we will reap the benefits or consequences of whatever seeds we sow. Therefore, we must invest our lives in planting godly seeds that will one day reap a godly harvest.
I. The Love: Galatians 6:6
II. The Law: Galatians 6:7
A. Consider the seed
1. Your thoughts are your seeds
2. Your words are your seeds
3. Your actions are your seeds
B. Consider the harvest
1. You will reap later than what you sow
2. You will reap more than you sow
III. The Lesson: Galatians 6:8
A. Sowing to the flesh produces corruption
B. Sowing the Spirit produces life
IV. The Letting: Galatians 6:9-10
A. The Problem
B. The Promise
C. The Perseverance
D. The Principle
AM – January 22, 2017 – Larry Sumrall
TRANSFORMING TRUTHS – Empowered To Be His Witnesses
I. The Person: Acts 1:1-2
II. The Proof: Acts 1:3
III. The Promise: Acts 1:4-5
1. They needed the Holy Spirit to enlighten them:
A. Their Memories:
B. Their Message:
C. Their Movements:
2. They needed the Holy Spirit to energize them:
A. To preach with power
B. To live the Christian life:
3. They needed the Holy Spirit to encourage them:
IV. The Priorities: Acts 1:6-7
V. The Process: Acts 1:8
VI. The Parting: Acts 1:9
Vii. The Prospect: Acts 1:10-11
PM – January 22, 2017 – Larry Sumrall
As For Me, Walking With God Is A Decision – EXCELLENT CHOICES
How Do We Make Excellent Choices?
I. Discern: Philippians 1:9
A. Abound In Knowledge: 1 John 4:7-10; 1 Corinthians 2:13
B. Abound In Judgement: Proverbs 22:3; 1 Corinthians 2:14-16
II. Decide: Philippians 1:10
A. What is Genuine:
1. Test things by the Spirit: Ephesians 5:8-10; 1 Thessalonians 5:21; Romans 12:1-2
2. Test by the Scriptures: 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Timothy 2:15
B. What is Pure: Philippians 1:10b; Philippians 2:15-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Peter 3:14
So What Should We Be Sincere In?
1. In seeking God’s will
2. In our thought life
3. To our service to God through the local church
4. In our separation from the world
III Deliver: Philippians 1:11
A. Product of Righteousness
1. Fruit of our inward attitudes: Galatians 5:22-23
2. Fruit of our outward actions: John 15:7-8; Philippians 4:17-18
B. Praises to God: Philippians 1:11
Due to technical issues we were unable to record January 8th & 15th services. We apologize for the inconvenience.
AM – January 1, 2017 – Stephen Bowen
STAND AND SEE IN 2017
Exodus 14: 13-14
Notice the children of Israel. Unless God moves on their behalf, they are hopeless and doomed. And we are in the same situation. We could never be redeemed and experience abundant life unless God moved on our behalf. “Salvation is the work of The Lord.” (Jonah 2:9) The Lord promised to work on our behalf, by His grace, if we would surrender, trust, and follow Him by faith. Let’s look at God’s promise as we enter a New Year.
I. God Will Dismiss Your Fears: Exodus 14:13a
II. God Will Demonstrate His Power: Exodus 14:13b
III. God Will Destroy All Enemies: Exodus 14: 13b-14
AM – December 25, 2016 – Larry Sumrall
WHAT IS CHRISTMAS ABOUT?
The birth of Jesus is one of the most significant events in History. Christmas was God’s idea, His divine plan. He planned when it would happen, how it would happen, where it would happen, and why it would happen. Since it is all about Him and His plan, then it is important for us to grasp what it is all about.
I. Celebation: Luke 2:8-14; 17 & 20
Reasons to celebrate:
1) God loves you
2) God is with you
3) God is for you
II. Salvation: Luke 2:11, Matthew 1:21
1. Jesus saves you from sin
2. Jesus saves you
3. Jesus saves us by His grace
III. Reconciliation: Luke 2:14
1. Peace with God
2. Peace of God
3. Peace with Others
IV. Determination: Luke 2:15-20
AM – December 18, 2016 (8:30) – Larry Sumrall
DIVINE LOVE FULLY EXPRESSED TO BE FULLY EXPERIENCED
In these verses John is stating the eternal and essential deity and humanity of Christ. The Son of God, the “Word” has mow taken on a new form of existence. Jesus did not cease being God, the second person of the Godhead at His incarnation. Both His deity and humanity were real and complete. He was the same divine person as before but now He became flesh. Why? Romans 8:3
I. Incarnation: John 1:14
II. Identification: John 1:15
III. Imputation: John 1:16
IV. Implementation: John 1:17
V. Illumination: John 1:18
PM – December 18, 2016 – Larry Sumrall
AM – December 11, 2016 – Larry Sumrall
CONSISTENT FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD
1 John 1:9
1 John 1:9 provides a transforming truth that every Christian can and should apply every day. When we sin, our fellowship with God is hindered. The gateway to restore this fellowship is through dealing with our sin and through confessing our sin. Here are some transforming truths on the confession of sin.
The Handling of Confession:
A. All the time
B. Every sin
C. Any place
The Heart Of Confession:
A. False confession hinders the fellowship
B. True confession strengthens the fellowship
The Hope From Confession:
A. Our hope in the character of Christ
B. Our hope in prosperity through Christ
PM – Adult Choir & Drama Christmas Presentation (not recorded)
AM – December 4, 2016 – Larry Sumrall
THE POWER TO SUCCEED
Folks, the truth is that life is a challenge. It is difficult, unfair and sometimes impossible Most of the time we feel that we are not capable of doing what God has purposed for us, but the truth is that Jesus is the power we need to be able to do all things.
I. The Purpose: “I” 2 Peter 1:3
II. The Possibility: “Can” 2 Corinthians 3:4-5
III. The Practice: “Do” Hebrews 11
IV. The Perspective “All Things”
A. The Extent: Philippians 4:10-12
B. The Limitations
V. The Power: “Through Christ” 2nd Corinthians 12:9
VI. The Promise” “Who Strengthens Me”
A. Desiring Him: Psalm 73:25
B. Putting Your Total Faith In Him: Proverbs 3:5-6
C. Abiding In Him: John 15:1-8
(40 second delay in starting of sermon)
AM – November 27, 2016 – Larry Sumrall
A Season To Hope
The holiday season can surely be a wonderful time to gather with friends and family for fellowship and encouragement. For those in the Bible, at the time of Jesus’ birth, it was a tough time. God had been silent for 400 years. It was a time of hopelessness and despair, but a divine pronouncement was about to take place. The people were left with God’s promises and now, after 400 years, heavenly messengers left heaven and came to earth with proclamations from God
I. The Proclamation of Hope – Matthew 1:18
A) They were an espoused couple
B) They were a pure couple
C) They were a blessed couple
II. The Pondering of Joseph – Matthew 1:19-20
A) He pondered justly
B) He pondered compassionately
C) He pondered patiently
III. The Provision of God – Matthew 1:20-23
A) The Plan
B) The Provision
C) The Promise
PM – November 27, 2016 – No Services – 13th Week
AM – November 20, 2016 – Larry Sumrall
A Season To Give Thanks
Christians are called to be thankful people. When we have a real understanding of who God is and remember the great things He has done for us and through us, we will see our only response is to thank Him through our praise, worship, and service.
Psalms 92:1, Colossians 3:17, James 1:17, Philippians 4:6
I. Giving Thanks Reflects Our Heart For God
Psalms 100:1-2, Luke 6:45
A) A heart of joy – Psalms 95:2
B) A heart of service – 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
C) A heart of praise
II. Giving Thanks Shows Respect For God’s Ways
A) He is our Sovereign – 1 Chronicles 29:11-13, Jeremiah 9:23-24
B) He is our Creator – Psalms 100:3
C) He is our Redeemer – Colossians 1:12-14, Ephesians 2:8-9
III. Giving Thanks Rightly Responds To God’s Love
A) Through worship – Matthew 4:10, John 4:23-24
B) Through gratitude – Psalms 100:5, 2 Corinthians 2:14
PM – November 20, 2016 – Larry Sumrall
Conform no longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed & changed to be more like Jesus. Every Christian should expect change & welcome it.
Process of Transformation
1. Desire & go after it.
2. You will fail, but learn from it.
3. It’s about becoming less of you & more of God.
4. Don’t stop, give up, or settle.
He is faithful to finish what He started in you. Don’t compare yourself to others.
2 Peter 3:18
Don’t be overcome by evil, overcome evil with good. – Romans 12:21
It is personal. – Romans 12
Be willing to let it go & open yourself up for Him to fill you.
The enemy will take you further than you ever wanted to go, but God will take you further than you ever thought you could.
Transformation is practical & simple. – Present yourself to God as a living sacrifice. – Romans 12:1
Jeremiah 18 – The Potter’s hands
Guard your heart; what you see & listen to. – Proverbs 4:23
AM – November 13, 2016 – Larry Sumrall
Would the Real Church Please Stand Up?
Disciple making is the core ministry of the local church. We are not only to lead people to Christ, but we are to teach them to fully commit their lives to Him, and to daily grow in Him. Today, we will learn the criteria for true discipleship that Jesus gave to all who would follow Him.
I. Love for The Master – Luke 14:26
A) In comparison – (Matthew 10:37)
B) In comprehension
II. Service for The Master – Luke 14:27
A) Bear your cross
1) Denial of self
2) Denial of self will
3) Expect persecution
4) Expect suffering
B) Come after me
1) By studying His Word
2) By daily prayer
3) By local assembled worship
4) By obeying His Word
5) By making disciples
III. Surrender for The Master – Luke 14:33
A) Surrender our position
B) Surrender our lives
PM – November 13, 2016 – Movie Night
AM – November 6, 2016 – Larry Sumrall
Would the Real Church Please Stand Up?
A Real Witness
1 Thessalonians 1:3-8
The 1st century church at Thessalonica became a model church for spreading the Gospel. They saturated their one area with a Gospel witness and then began to spread that witness to regions far beyond. Through their testimony, we learn how to have a real witness for Christ that is substantial, and power that is to affect the lives around us.
I. Remembrance: 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3
A) Work of faith
B) Labor of love
C) Patience of hope
II. Relationships: 1 Thessalonians 1:6
A) They followed their examples
B) They followed the Lord
III. Reputation: 1 Thessalonians 1:5-8
A) In practice – (1 Thess. 1:5)
B) In Proclamation – (1 Thess. 1:7-8)
PM – November 6, 2016 – Prayer Service
AM – October 30, 2016 – Larry Sumrall
Would the Real Church Please Stand Up?
A Real Purpose
PM – October 30, 2016 – Larry Sumrall
AM – October 23, 2016 – Larry Sumrall
Would the Real Church Please Stand Up?
A Real Faith
1 Peter 1:1-9
New Testament Churches are not defined by their buildings or their outside connections. Some of the first century churches did not even have buildings. A real church is a called out group of people who belong to the Lord and assemble around the person and doctrine of Christ. The faith that the first century churches possessed was a real faith, which made a difference in not only their everyday lives, but also had an influence on those around them. So, we will learn what real faith of a real church looks like.
I. Real Faith Connects to a Real Hope
(1 Peter 1:3, 1 Corinthians 15:13-20)
A) By the witness of the Apostles
(Acts 1:2-3, 1 Corinthians 15:5-6, 2 Peter 1:16)
B) By the Word of God
(2 Peter 1:19, 1 Peter 1:23-25)
II. Real Faith Connects to a Real Heaven
(1 Peter 1:4-5)
A) Heaven is a real place
(John 14:1-3, Revelation 21:1-4)
B) Heaven is a reserved place
(1 Peter 1:4, Colossians 1:3-5)
III. Real Faith Connects to a Real Help
(1 Peter 1:6-9)
A) Help when times are heavy
(2 Corinthians 4:17-18, Romans 8:18, 1 Peter 5:10)
B) Help when times are hard
(Job 23:10, Romans 8:35-39, Romans 8:28-31)
PM – October 23, 2016 – Members Personal Testimonies
Sadly, the recording missed the first 5 testimonials that were given, but they were very powerful & touching, just like the rest you’ll hear.
AM – October 16 – Larry Sumrall
Would the Real Church Please Stand Up?
A Real Start
The New Testament Church is to be a real, visible, active body of assembled believers. The Real Church was founded by Christ, and He is the only Head & Authority of it. Since He is the Head, He must have preeminence in the church as we assemble and follow His leadership. So, we need to learn the importance of the start to the Real Church.
I. The Calling of the Church
A. By Jesus’ Invitation
B. By Jesus’ Authority
II. The Composition of the Church
A. Composed of Called Out People
B. Consists of Local Assemblies
III. The Continued Commission of the Church
A. Through Christ’s Commission
B. Through Christians’ Obedience
Additional Scripture References
1 Pet. 2:4
1 Tim. 3:15
PM – October 16, 2016 – Rick Sevenish, Stephen Bowen, & Larry Sumrall
Purity & Impurity – Rick Sevenish
God’s Tools to Help Us Get Rid of Our Impurities
2) His Word
4) His 10 Commandments
5) The Armor of God
Psalm 119:9-10 & Psalm 51:10
Service & Spiritual Gifts – Stephen Bowen
You can go to the church’s website @ www.hbcmccalla.com & under the Ministries tab, you’ll find a Spiritual Gifts Test that you can take if you don’t already know what your Spiritual Gifts are.
We’re going to begin using members to start “Street Missions”. We’ll contact a member & then set a date for that member & a few of the addl. church members to go down the street they live on, as a way to get an “in” & be able to witness to those on their street.
1 Cor. 12:4-7 & Romans 1:16
Who We Are in God/Christ – Larry Sumrall
God’s mercy endures! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so. God satisfies the longing soul & fills it with goodness.
We shouldn’t have to be told to go out and witness. People need to hear that God is a “chain breaker”.
The only way to fail at witnessing is to not witness.
They cried out to Lord in their troubles and He saved them.
AM – October 9 – Stephen Bowen
Finding Joy In Trials
James 1:1-8, 12
What Should We Do When We Are Facing Trials?
1) Ask for God’s help – James 1:5, 1 Kings 3:9
2) Realize what is really going on – James 1:2-3, Proverbs 17:3
3) Trust in God’s process – (the growth He is bringing to us) James 1:4, Romans 5:3-4
4) Maintain focus and have no doubt – James 1:6-7, 12
Having Victory Over Temptation
What Can I Do When Facing Temptation?
1) Recognize the source of the temptation – James 1:13, 1 Peter 5:8-9
2) Know the process which temptation manifests into sin – James 1:14-15
3) Know how to overcome temptation – James 1:16-17, 1 Cor. 10:13
4) Know who we are in Christ – James 1:18, 2 Cor. 12:9
PM – October 9, 2016 – Rick Sevenish
Finding Stability in Instability
In Paul’s letter, he encourages his Christian brothers & sisters in the church to:
1) Pursue Jesus
2) Exhort each other
3) Remain stable
Try to reconcile with others whom you’ve hurt & those who’ve hurt you.
Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS!
Paul & Silas prayed & sang while in prison.
The Lord is near. Let your gentleness SHINE through to all men.
Instability comes when we try to take or keep control & not give it to God.
The key to overcoming anxiety is to pray to God about EVERYTHING & thank Him for EVERYTHING.
1 Thess. 5:16-18 & Psalm 46:10
God IS in control!
How do we find stability in our instability?
1) Identify the instabilities in our lives.
2) Quit straddling the fence & call out to God.
PM – October 5, 2016 – Mel Johnson – Last Night of Revival
The Power of Proclaiming God’s Word
With words we can build someone up or tear them down.
Words are essential to our walk with Christ. “Words are a window to the soul.” What do your words say about you?
John 1:14 & Luke 12:51
I. God’s Word Speaks to Offer Confrontation – Luke 12:51 & 2 Cor. 5
If you care about someone, you will confront them if you see they’re about to go down a wrong path.
II. God’s Word Speaks to Offer Conviction – Acts 14:1b
To walk apart from the Holy Spirit is to walk alone.
III. God’s Word Speaks to Offer Conversion – Acts 14:1c
John 17 (The Lord’s Prayer)
John 18 (The Betrayal)
John 21 (Jesus appears to the Disciples)
There are people that only you can connect with.
PM – October 4, 2016 – Ron Delgado – 3rd Night of Revival
Kingdom Identity – DNA
Luke 5:31-32 & Matt. 5:13-16
When you know who you are, you know what to do.
Be a change agent – Christ empowered. We are salt of the earth and the light of the world.
3) Creates thirst
Stop covering up your light! Don’t run from the darkness, SHINE in it!
1) Let your light shine – reflect the Son
2) Never give up on anyone!
3) Be an undercover influencer
4) Be a Christ-centered influencer
PM – October 3, 2016 – Danny Lanier – 2nd Night of Revival
God works in me, so He can work through me.
So many today are discouraged. We, as a church need to reach out to our communities. God wants to use us to lead others to Him.
God has caused us to be His arrows.
I. God Selects His Arrows
II. God Shapes His Arrows
A. He strips away all that is unnecessary
B. He sands the arrow to make it smooth.
C. He straightens it where it’s crooked.
III. He Secludes His Arrows
A. He puts us in His quiver
AM – October 2, 2016 – Larry Sumrall
Rooted in Christ for Transformation
Rooted in The Word – James 1:19-25
Jesus and the Bible are the living Word of God. It is impossible to be rooted in Christ without being rooted in His Word. A genuine disciple of Christ prepares their heart to humbly receive God’s Word and to allow it to be their guide through their life. Experiencing abundant life in Christ will be determined on how we approach and apply God’s Word.
I. Prepare to Receive
A. We must be receptive in spirit.
B. We need to be humble in spirit.
II. Plan to Obey
A. Hear His word.
B. Obey His word.
III. Persistent in Study
A. Remember His word.
B. Continue in His word.
PM – October 2, 2016 – Danny Lovett – 1st Night of Revival
Nehemiah 8:1-12 – 5 Ingredients for Revival
2) Desire to go to church
3) Desire to hear the Word of God
4) Attentive to the Word
5) Tears of repentance, joy & renewal
You can confront others with compassion.
Ezra 7:10 – For Ezra had devoted himself to the study & observance of the Law of the Lord, & to teaching its decrees & laws in Israel.
Make God’s Word come ALIVE in you!
When we read or hear God’s Word, we should listen carefully to every verse & ask the Holy Spirit this question, “Will you help me understand how this applies to my life?”
Think back on your life to see where God has led you; then thank Him for His continuing work to protect you & provide for your needs.
** Unfortunately, our recording messed up & it was unable to be uploaded. **
AM – September 25, 2016 – Larry Sumrall
Rooted in Christ for Transformation
Rooted in Christ – Colossians 2:6-8
Rootedness in Christ is a choice. We become planted in Christ at salvation and then we must choose to let our roots sink deeply into the soil of Christ as we seek for strength, nourishment, and growth from Him.
I. The Planting of Spiritual Roots
A. Planted in Christ
B. Pursue Christ
II. The Prevention of Spiritual Roots
A. The Culture
B. The Crowd
1 Cor. 15:33-34
III. The Product of Spiritual Roots
A. Spiritual Fruit
B. Consistent Fruit
PM – September 25, 2016 – Larry Sumrall
Personal Revival Preparation
Ezekiel 37:1-3 & 11-12
These passages are an example or symbol.
If God were to show us a symbol or an example of our lives, what might He use? Would it be something like the one in the above passages?
When we pray concerning revival, we need to ask God to show us personally, things in our lives in which we are weak, need strengthening, & need to grow closer & stronger in our relationship with Him.
We should get with our spouses, hold hands & pray for the Lord to show us where we are in our relationship with each other too. No matter how much it may hurt, we need to ask God to show us the truth within our relationships.
If we are praying for change, we need to be a product of change.
Be honest! Stop blaming everyone else, even yourself & ask Him to reveal the truth.
Proclaim God’s truth!
God is the breath of Life!
AM – September 18, 2016 – Larry Sumrall
Victory In Jesus – Victory Over Family Turmoil
Every family will face problems at some point. While God intended the family to be a place of joy and security, the entrance of sin into the world introduce turmoil. Many families have been derailed from God’s purpose and plan by turmoil. The truth is that God made it possible for families to be strong and victorious over the turmoil from the flesh, world, and the enemy. To experience victory over turmoil there are some things we have to understand.
I. The Reasons for Family Turmoil
A. Focus on self
B. Rejection of God’s structure
C. Choosing to sin
II. The Remedy for Family Unity
A. Realization of sin
B. Repentance of sin
III. The Restoration of Family Joy
PM – September 18, 2016 – Larry Sumrall
We must work together, assisting each other to be more like Christ.
God never meant for there to be “Lone Ranger” Christians.
Power comes from the unity of the body of believers.
Motivation of Maturity
3 Special Resources
1) Spiritual Grace – God’s work within us.
2) Spiritual Gifts – God’s touch on our lives, of what we can achieve.
3) Spiritual Goals – To become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Measure of Maturity
Eph. 4:13 – Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
2 Cor. 10:12 – For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
JESUS is our role model!
Marks of Maturity & Immaturity
Eph. 4:14 – That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.
Marks of Immaturity
1) Unstable devotion
2) Unsure of Doctrine
3) Unable to discern God’s purpose & path for you
Marks of Maturity
1) Communication that has meaning, speaking the truth in love
2) Christ centered mindset
3) Contribute to the body – use your gifts
1) Addition & connection – the whole body fitly joined together
2) Variation – everyone has something to contribute
3) Contribution – you shouldn’t feel like you “have” to contribute, you should “want” to.
4) Expansion – growth
5) Devotion – set in love
AM – September 11, 2016 – Larry Sumrall
Victory In Jesus – Victory Over the Power Of Sin
A Christian has access to the power of God through His Son Jesus. If we believers will yield to Him rather than to sin, then we will experience victory over the power of sin. We will learn what we need to do to tap into this power, so we can experience true victory.
I. Refuse To Abuse The Grace Of God: Verses 1-2
A. Grace is not a license to sin.
B. Grace should motivate us to worship and serve.
II. Remember The Meaning Of Baptism: Verses 3-9
A. We identified with His death.
B. We identified with His Resurrection
III. Reckon Yourself To Be Alive To God: Verses 10-14
A. We are dead to sin because of the Cross
B. We are alive to God through Christ
PM – September 11, 2016 – Larry Sumrall
The Confidence Required If We Are Going To Strive Together – Philippians 1:27
Confidence In God – Philippians 4:10-20
I. The PRODUCT Of Confidence: Verses 10-14
II. The PRACTICE Of Confidence: Verses 14-18
III. The Promises Of Confidence: Verses 19-20
AM – September 4, 2016 – Larry Sumrall
Meanings of Biblical Metaphors- A Runner in the Christian Race
God Likens the Christian life to a race. You are the runner and He is the coach. A successful race is possible for every child of God who submits to the instructions and commands of the coach and runs with faith, patience, and perseverance until he crosses the finish line.
I. Why Run: What is the motivation of the runner in the Christian race?
- Run because of your witness.
- Run in order to win the prize.
II. How to Run:
- Run with all your heart
- Run according to the rules
- Run without weights
- Run with patience
III. Where to Run:
- Run to Jesus
- Run to the finish line
AM – August 21, 2016 – Larry Sumrall
Meanings of Biblical Metaphors – Salt & Light
“Jesus uses two simple objects to illustrate our role as Christians – salt & light. Both have unique qualities and fulfill important functions that should be demonstrated by Christians in the world today.”
I. Salt – “You are the salt of the earth.” Matt. 5:13
A. Salt Preserves
B. Salt Purifies
C. Salt Pleases
D. Salt Prods
II. Light – “You are the light of the world.” Matt. 5:14
A. Light Attracts
B. Light Repels
C. Light requires a source
1. God is light.
2. The Scriptures are light
AM – August 14, 2016 – Larry Sumrall
Are You A Spiritually Healthy Believer? – Practice a Biblical Prayer Life
“Prayer is the spark plug that sets in motion the fruit and growth of the believer as well as keeping their hearts connected to the Lord.”
I. Purpose of a Biblical Prayer Life
II. Principles of a Biblical Prayer Life
III. Promises of a Biblical Prayer Life
IV. Proper Focus From a Biblical Prayer Life
PM – August 14, 2016 – Larry Sumrall
“We can labor, but if it is disconnected from God it’s in vain.”
Is what we do related to the Lord? Does what we do for the Lord affect our lives?
“We’re not all good at the same things, because it takes all of us to reach the world.”
“Who we are as individuals is specifically what we are to do in service to the Lord.”
“Nothing is a little thing in the body of Christ, because we are all called to do specific things God meant for us to do.”
“We need to encourage people to be who God created them to be.”
“The key is to find where God would have you serve, then walk in that.”
“In our differences is where God gives us power and unity.”
August 7, 2016 – Larry Sumrall
ARE YOU A HEALTHY BELIEVER – Practice Biblical Evangelism
2 TIMOTHY 4:5
August 1, 2016 6pm – Larry Sumrall
- Expect Suffering
- Continue To Rejoice
- Do Not Be Ashamed
- Trust In God’s Faithfulness
Are You A Spiritually Healthy Believer? – Practice Biblical Stewardship
August 1, 2016 Morning Service – Larry Sumrall
LUKE 16:9-17 – Many people live their lives not knowing that their stewardship of God’s resources effects every area of their life. If we are going to be spiritual healthy believers then we better understand the principles and eternal importance of our Biblical Stewardship.
Are You A Spiritually Healthy Believer – A Gospel Saturated Life
July 25, 2016 Larry Sumrall
I CORINTHIANS 15:1-4 – The greatest need in the world today is the Gospel. If we are going to be spiritually healthy believers then we need to have our lives saturated in the Gospel.
Dealing With Discouragement
July 18, 2016 – Kerry Payne
Are You A Spiritually Healthy Believer? True Conversion
July 11, 2016 – Larry Sumrall
I JOHN 5:9-13 – If you are going to be spiritually healthy then it must begin with True Biblical Conversion. What is crippling Christians, and therefore the Church, is that Churches fail to embrace and teach a Biblical understanding of conversion. Today we look at the facts of a Biblical Conversion and The Fruit of a real Conversion.
Restoration Of A Nation
July 5, 2016 Larry Sumrall
PSALM 80:1-19 – This Psalm instructs us of what happens to a nation when it rebels against God and His Word. PSALM 33:12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.”
“Father’s Day” Same Old Same Old
June 20, 2016 Larry Sumrall
ISAIAH 40:28-31 – Is there real purpose to life or am I just along for the ride? When you have no real purpose in life then all that is left is just the routine. True responsibility of purpose makes most men uncomfortable so they just hide behind the routine. The routine becomes their escape and excuse for settling and not going after spiritual abundant life. The routine may not be that great, but it is safe and predictable.