February 2018


November 5, 2017            Servant Leadership

Luke 22:24-30 “And they began to argue among themselves as to who would be the greatest in the coming Kingdom.  Jesus told them, “In this world the kings and great men order their people around, and yet they are called ‘friends of the people.’  But among you, those who are the greatest should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant.  Normally the master sits at the table and is served by his servants. But not here! For I am your servant.  You have remained true to me in my time of trial.  And just as my Father has granted me a Kingdom, I now grant you the right to eat and drink at my table in that Kingdom. And you will sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”   NLT

Bullies AND   Spiritual bullies

  • Trying to affix blame where it doesn’t belong
    • YOU did this (no evidence required)
  • Trying to make themselves out to be better than you
    • I am the BEST – You are the WORST
  • Trying to make others bend to their will/plan
    • even if it means betrayal and bribery
    • even if it means arguing an fighting with your friends
  1. This all sounds so very…human
    1. One minute we are pointing fingers and assigning blame
    2. The next minute we are preening around like peacocks saying we are the greatest.
      1. Your horrible and I am great
      2. Sounds like election time!
    3. We need to see that we are NOT THE KING!
      1. Ours is to serve, not to be served
    4. The election “early voting” has begun.
      1. So many candidates arguing over who among themselves will be the greatest in the current kingdom.
        1. I would be better that they
      2. We shouldn’t be surprised
        1. Even the disciples argued who was the best, the greatest
        2. We play games like “King of the Hill” when we are little
          1. Our goal is to reach the top rung of the ladder
  1. Jesus sets them straight
    1. In THIS world it is the political leaders (Kings and great men) that order the people around and EXPECT everyone to BOW to them and meet their every DEMAND
      1. But they are called our friends
        1. They raise taxes – our friends
        2. The pile on regulations – our friends
        3. They can exempt themselves from these laws – our friends
      2. MOST are not our friends – SELFserving
    2. A true leader willingly takes the lowest place and holds up others
    3. A true leader sees everyone else as their priority
    4. A true leader sees those who elect them as their betters
    5. A true leader sees themselves as SERVANTS
    6. Jesus is the PRIME example of a Servant Leader
      1. He is God
      2. Yet, everything He did on earth and does now is FOR US!
        1. Teach
        2. Lead
        3. Suffer
        4. Bleed
        5. Die
  1. Jesus was a servant to His disciples (even Judas) and to us
    1. Christians are to stay faithful
    2. Our faithfulness as servants is seen by God
      1. He grants us eternal life
      2. He grants us blessing upon blessing
      3. He grants us whatever power/authority we have
  1. WE need MORE SERVANTS in positions of LEADERSHIP
    1. But we have a greater need for SERVANTS
      1. In our pews
      2. In our families
      3. In our communities
      4. A servant asks “how can I help”
      5. A servant sees a need and works to meet that need
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February 11, 2018       Evil Among us

Luke 22:14-23 “14 Then at the proper time Jesus and the twelve apostles sat down together at the table. 15 Jesus said, “I have looked forward to this hour with deep longing, anxious to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins.  16 For I tell you now that I won’t eat it again until it comes to fulfillment in the Kingdom of God.”  17 Then he took a cup of wine, and when he had given thanks for it, he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves.  18 For I will not drink wine again until the Kingdom of God has come.”  19 Then he took a loaf of bread; and when he had thanked God for it, he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”  20 After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This wine is the token of God’s new covenant to save you — an agreement sealed with the blood I will pour out for you.                 21 “But here at this table, sitting among us as a friend, is the man who will betray me.  22 For I, the Son of Man, must die since it is part of God’s plan. But how terrible it will be for my betrayer!”  23 Then the disciples began to ask each other which of them would ever do such a thing.”    NLT

  1. Supper, Gods Way is:
    1. Supper at the Proper Time
    2. A Supper in the proper way
    3. The Passover was among the highest religious observances of the day
    4. A Meal with a message
      1. This is Christs last Passover celebration
    5. Remember that He gave His Blood and His Body for us
  2. This was a big deal meal….(like our thanksgiving)
  3. Now, just like a redneck Thanksgiving…
    1. Luke 22:3-4 “Then Satan entered into Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve disciples, and he went over to the leading priests and captains of the Temple guard to discuss the best way to betray Jesus to them” NLT
    2. Not everyone at the table is a friend
      1. There are fakers and fiends
      2. There are those ALREADY betraying you
      3. There are those that would throw you under the bus for just a little reward
        1. DO NOT BE ONE OF THESE!
  1. Judas served a purpose in his rebellion
    1. Evil and sinners may think they are doing their will, but God reigns and rules
    2. What evil means for evil, God can use for Good
      1. Genesis 50:19-20 “But Joseph told them, “Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, to judge and punish you? As far as I am concerned, God turned into good what you meant for evil.” NLT
    3. Judas’ betrayal led to the death of Jesus, which was God’s plan for the forgiveness of our sins.
      1. We are guilty
      2. A sentence of death was administered
      3. Jesus paid that price
  1. NEVER forget that EVIL is out there stealing, Killing and Destroying
    1. Just like we saw this week in Florida
      1. EVIL ENTERED IN
    2. Just as we have seen numerous times over the life of our country
      1. EVIL ENTERED IN
    3. What can we do?
      1. Understand evil WILL ATTACK
      2. Understand EVIL will come from people and directions we WILL NOT expect!
        1. Judas was one of Jesus’ “INNER CIRCLE”
          1. One of “The Twelve”
          2. Everyone ASSUMED He was a believer
        2. Don’t blame the inanimate OR the innocent
          1. Hold those committing evil ACCOUNTABLE
          2. Remembering that we do not FIGHT against flesh and blood
        3. Ephesians 6:10-12 “A final word: Be strong with the Lord’s mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil. For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms.” NLT
        4. Christian, the tools of your battle are SPIRITUAL
          1. Truth
          2. God’s righteousness
          3. Peace
          4. The Gospel of Jesus Christ
          5. Faith
          6. Salvation
          7. The Word of God
          8. Prayer
  1. Be SITUATIONALLY AWARE!
    1. Jesus knew exactly what was going on around Him
      1. The disciples did not and resorted to blaming and attacking one another
      2. The disciples began to ask each other which one of them was the betrayer.
        1. So HUMAN
        2. “is it you?” “is it you”  “I bet it is”
      3. Even Judas participated in this INQUISITION
      4. There was one betrayer and he knew exactly who he was
        1. And he hid his purpose
        2. He hid is intentions
        3. He hid his heart.
        4. He betrayed Jesus for money
      5. Maybe there is someone in here today who:
        1. Looks like a Christian
        2. Acts like a Christian
        3. But way down deep, in those regions we don’t like to delve into, KNOWS they are not a Christian.
        4. They are lying to us and to themselves.
        5. Maybe evil has already entered in among us
  1. Be READY TO RESPOND
    1. Never give in, give out or give up
      1. Use the SPIRITUAL ARMOR God gave you
    2. BEFORE: Report any suspicious activity
      1. BE LOUD IF NECESSARY
        1. IMMEDIATE THREAT
  • Get yourself and others to safety
    1. Exit, run, get away
    2. Hide if necessary
      1. Hard Cover
      2. Concealment
      3. Fight if needed
        1. Use the weapons at hand
        2. Ones you brought VERSES ones you find
      4. Call 9-1-1
      5. When Law Enforcement arrives
        1. DO NOT RUN TOWARDS THEM
        2. Wait for their instructions
          1. They are looking for (HUNTING) a DANGER
  • Pray and PROTECT
  1. When Safe
    1. Praise God
    2. Provide Comfort and Minister to others
    3. OBEY the commands of law enforcement
  2. Check YOURSELF…before you wreck yourself
    1. No one else to blame
    2. You will be held accountable for your decisions and actions
  3. Matthew 7:13 – 14You can enter God’s Kingdom only
  4. through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” HAVE YOU!
  5. Matthew 7:21 – “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.  On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’” DOES JESUS KNOW YOU?
  1. Today is the day to stop living the lie and turn to Jesus and BELIEVE!

February 11, 2018       Supper, His Way

Luke 22:14-23 “14 Then at the proper time Jesus and the twelve apostles sat down together at the table. 15 Jesus said, “I have looked forward to this hour with deep longing, anxious to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins.  16 For I tell you now that I won’t eat it again until it comes to fulfillment in the Kingdom of God.”  17 Then he took a cup of wine, and when he had given thanks for it, he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves.  18 For I will not drink wine again until the Kingdom of God has come.”  19 Then he took a loaf of bread; and when he had thanked God for it, he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”  20 After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This wine is the token of God’s new covenant to save you — an agreement sealed with the blood I will pour out for you.                 21 “But here at this table, sitting among us as a friend, is the man who will betray me.  22 For I, the Son of Man, must die since it is part of God’s plan. But how terrible it will be for my betrayer!”  23 Then the disciples began to ask each other which of them would ever do such a thing.”    NLT

  1. Supper, Gods Way is:
    1. Supper at the Proper Time
      1. The Passover was a special meal, the disciples gathered together in one place at one time.
      2. The Church Family gathers and observes the ordinance together
    2. A Supper in the proper way
      1. Anticipated and prepared for – ANXIOUS TO EAT
      2. YET, we wait and partake together
        1. The Elements will be distributed
        2. BUT, we wait until it is the proper TIME and WAY to PARTAKE
  • The Passover was among the highest religious observances of the day.
    1. People prepared for it as we might prepare for thanksgiving
      1. Everything was planned and prepared
    2. The Jewish nation looked forward to the Passover celebration and remembrance
    3. We should be well prepared and anxious as well.
    4. TODAY is no ORDINARY church day at First Baptist
      1. Today is a day to Remember and to RE-Member
    5. We do this TOGETHER…..in UNITY
  1. A Meal with a message
    1. This is Christs last Passover celebration
    2. Remember that He gave His Blood and His Body for us
      1. “This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
      2. “This wine is the token of God’s new covenant to save you — an agreement sealed with the blood I will pour out for you.
    3. Now, just like a redneck Thanksgiving…
      1. Not everyone at the table is a friend
        1. There are fakers
        2. There are fiends
  • There are those that would throw you under the bus for just a little reward
  1. There are those who are betrayers
    1. DO NOT BE ONE OF THESE!
    2. If you do not believe do not partake
      1. You will be offered a chance to make a public profession of faith during this service
        1. To believe and be known as a believer
      2. Judas served a purpose in his rebellion
        1. Evil and sinners may think they are doing their will, but God reigns and rules
        2. What evil means for evil, God can use for Good
          1. Genesis 50:19-20 “But Joseph told them, “Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, to judge and punish you? As far as I am concerned, God turned into good what you meant for evil.” NLT
  • Judas’ betrayal led to the death of Jesus, which was God’s plan for the forgiveness of our sins.
    1. We are guilty
    2. A sentence of death was administered
    3. Jesus paid that price
  1. The disciples began to ask each other which one of them was the betrayer.
    1. So HUMAN
    2. “is it you?” “is it you”  “I bet it is ______”
  • Even Judas participated in this INQUISITION
  1. There was one betrayer and he knew exactly who he was
    1. And he hid his purpose
    2. He hid is intentions
    3. He hid his heart.
    4. He betrayed Jesus for money
  2. Maybe there is someone in here today who:
    1. Looks like a Christian
    2. Acts like a Christian
    3. But way down deep, in those regions we don’t like to delve into, KNOWS they are not a Christian.
    4. They are lying to us and to themselves.
  3. Matthew 7:13 – 14You can enter God’s Kingdom only
  4. through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.”
  5. Matthew 7:21 – “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.  On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’”
  1. Today is the day to stop living the lie and turn to Jesus and BELIEVE!
  2. Supper God’s Way is a Supper He supplied to a people He created and loves and our part is to WASH UP for Supper!

2-4-2018          Following God to Supper

Luke 22:7 – 13  “Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread arrived, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed.  Jesus sent Peter and John ahead and said, “Go and prepare the Passover meal, so we can eat it together.” “Where do you want us to prepare it?” they asked him.   He replied, “As soon as you enter Jerusalem, a man carrying a pitcher of water will meet you. Follow him. At the house he enters,  say to the owner, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?’  He will take you upstairs to a large room that is already set up. That is where you should prepare our meal.” They went off to the city and found everything just as Jesus had said, and they prepared the Passover meal there.”  NLT

  1. Be motivated to observe the Christian Ordinance of the Lord’s supper
    1. They knew when it was on the calendar – ours is next week
    2. They knew they had to prepare
    3. They were looking forward to the experience with Jesus
  2. Know the reason for the Supper
    1. Passover – blood was shed for their deliverance
    2. Lord’s Supper – Remembering the One whose blood was shed for our deliverance
  3. Go and do what God tells you to do
    1. Even if it involved cooking
    2. Even if you will be “inconvenienced”
    3. Even if it involves work….or change…or investment…or…
  4. Follow His Instructions…His Word
    1. Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth (BIBLE)
    2. Even if those instructions seem weird
    3. Even if you don’t think those instructions are possible
  5. Trust God
    1. Follow His Word to Supper
    2. He has already went ahead of you to prepare everything so you will find is EXACLY as He said it would be.
      1. God prepared the man carrying the pitcher
      2. God prepared the owner of the house
  • They had already set everything up and it was ready
  1. Prepare for the meal
    1. Look inside and deal with what God shows you there
    2. Repent
      1. Seek forgiveness
      2. Change
  • Wash up for Supper Time

You see:

  • The Passover Celebration was not the end of the Deliverance
    1. It celebrated the deliverance from long ago
  • The Lord’s Supper is not the end of the deliverance
    1. It remembers the Blood and Body of our Savior Jesus Christ; His sacrificial submission EVEN to death, burial and resurrection for YOUR deliverance if you will believe.
  • There is another Supper, a FEAST, yet to come for all believers

Revelation 19:6-9 “Then I heard again what sounded like the shout of a huge crowd, or the roar of mighty ocean waves, or the crash of loud thunder: “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. Let us be glad and rejoice and honor him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself.  She is permitted to wear the finest white linen.” (Fine linen represents the good deeds done by the people of God.)  And the angel said, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” And he added, “These are true words that come from God.”     NLT

 

  • The Wedding Feast of the Lamb
    • For when the BRIDE (church) is ready
    • WE will gather and CELEBRATE the Lamb that was slain, the Son of God
    • This is the celebration of the COMPLETED DELIVERANCE!

 

Are you following God to THAT Supper?