Vision Sunday


Wonder

2Sam7:11  And have done ever since I appointed leaders over my people Isreal, I will also give you enemies.”The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you:

1Kings 6:12-13

12″As for this temple you are building if you follow my decrees , observe my laws and keep all of my command and obey them, I will fulfill through you the promise I gave to David your father. 

13. And I will live among the Isrealites and will not abandon my people Isreal.”

1. Receive a word from God.

Receiving a word from God is Launching pad for a life of wonder, A life of joy , and a life of peace. He will will establish you. We must take cues from God if we want to have open relationship with our father.

Matt4:4 Jesus answered,” It is written:’Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”

Psalms 42:1-2

1.As the deer pants for streams of water, oh my soul pants for my God. 

2. My soul thirsts for God,for the living God . When can I go meet with God?.

2. Accept lack of full understanding. 

If we want to live a life full of wonder we must learn how to accept the lack of understanding when we receive the Word from him. Because when we try to figure it out we and lose our since of wonder. 

Isa55:9 As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Acts 20:22-24

22.And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing  what will happen to me there. 

23. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. 

24. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me- the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. 

3.Decide to be faithful and righteous.

Galatians 6:7-8

7. Do not be deceived;God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he does.

8. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the spirit, from the spirit will reap eternal life.

2Tim2:3-7

3. Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 

4. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. 

5. Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules. 

6. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive to share of the crops. 

7. Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.

Isa1: 19-20

19.If you are willing and obedient, you will eat good things of the land;

20. but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

American Church


Step into Influence

” The example, and even the presence of a consistent character, may have a powerful, though in observed effect upon others. You are not only a representativefor Yorkshire, you have the far greater honor of being a representative  for the Lord,in a place where many know him not… It is true that you live in the midst of difficulties and snares, and you need a double guard of watchfulness and prayer, But since you know both of your need of help, and where to look for it, I may say to you as Daruis to Daniel’ Your God whom you serve continually is able to preserve and deliver you’…Indeed the great point for our comfort in life is to have a well-grounded persuasion the we are, where, all things considered , we ought to be.”

Are you where you ought to be?

Step into your influence.

Three spiritual convictions that have consistently turned world upside down: 1.We believe in providence (Unceasing Activity of the Creator ) 

Psalm 145:8-13,15-16

Providence is the unceasing activity of the Creator whereby, in overflowing bounty and goodwill, he upholds his creatures in ordered existence, guides and governs all events, circumstances, and free acts of angels and men, and directs everything to its appointed goal, for his own glory. (New Bible Dictionary)

This view of Gods relation to the world must be distinguished from: 

1. Pathneism -Which absorbs the world to God. 

2. Deism- which cuts it off from him.

3. Dualism- Which divides control between  God and another power. 

4.Indeterminison- Which holds that it is under no control at all. 

5. Determinism – Which assumes a control that destroys mans moral  responsibility . 

6. Chance- Which denies the controlling power to be rational. 

7. Fate- Which denies it to be benevolent.

If you are not sure your ought to be, then resolve it quickly. 

Ask God for understanding 

Expect God to increase your influence

Find satisfaction in your work. 

2. We believe the bible should be applied in normal life. 

2Cor 9:6  Whosover sows sparingly will also reap spearingly, and whosoever sows genersously will also reap generously. 

Romans 1:24-25, Galatians 6:7-10

“It is the duty of every man to promote the happiness of his fellow-creatures to the utmost of his power.”(Willberforce)

3. We believe God will hold us accountable for our actions. 

1Peter 2:13-17, 1Timothy2:1-2, 2Cor5:7-11

American Church


Build to Last

“In a world of ruin 

Broken brick and

Shattered stone 

His eyes are looking 

Through me

From a future far unknown 

Cutting through fog and gleaning 

With light 

His gaze goes undettered

I know not where I am or

Where he might be

Yet all seems familiar 

Like a lost and forgotten world

To my surprise he begins

To speak 

Through time and space I hear it

Like rushing waters

Like birds taking flight 

Three word of perseverance 

In a tone that cuts through

To matter itself 

” Build to last the voice cried through a smile with varaciousness “build to last a second time. 

My eyes of youth have seen his life

Through I know not how or when

Like moons in orbit around a burning sun 

In time we will meet again

As doors begin to close 

I turn to go my way

There is the distance staring In wonderment my world from a younger day

I knew his face , he studies mine

Such youth, such promise, fresh clay 

Unable to speak, he waits for direction

Our voice inside knows what to say 

Built to last 

Luke6:47-49 

47 As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice , I will show you what they are like. 

48 They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on the rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.

If we are going to build to last  we first need a solid foundation.

Psalm 118:22

22 The stone builders rejected has become the cornerstone; 

Isa28:16 

16. So this is the sovereign Lord says: “See I lay stone in Zion,a tested stone a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic. 

If we are going to build to last we then need the right materials. 

1 Cor 3:9-13

9.For we are co-workers in God’s service ; you are God’s field, God’building.

10. By the grace God has given me, I laid foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it.But each one should build with care. 

11.For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 

12.If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw. 

13. their work will show for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.

Isa 41:10

10.So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God I will uphold my righteous right hand.

1Sam16:7-13

7. But the Lord said to Samuel,”Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things the people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lordlooks at the heart.”

8.Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel .But Samuel said, “The Lord has not chosen him either .”

9. Jesse the said Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, “Nor has the Lord chosen this one.”

10. Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 

11. So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” There is still the youngest . ” Jesse answered . He is tending the sheep.Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives. ”

12. So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features.  Then the Lord said ,” Rise and anoint him; this is the one.

13. So Samuel took the the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David Samuel then went to Ramah.

Joshua 24:15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euprhrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living , But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. 

If we are going to Build to last we need the Right team. 

Psalms 78:1-4

1.My people, hear my teaching; listen to my words of my mouth. 

2. I will open my mouth with a parable.; I will utter hidden things, things from of old- 

3.things we have heard and known things our ancestors have told us. 

4. We will not hide them from their Descendants; we will tell them the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power and the wonders he has done.

First woman missionary.


Priscilla helped her husband Aqulia to teach Apollos about spirit baptism because he only understood Johns Baptism. So, this would make Priscilla the first woman missionary.  I wonder how many people they taught and brought to God. Priscilla was a great help to her husband. I don’t believe they stayed in one place for long periods. If you have the heart of a true missionary you will want to move from town to town. Priscilla has paved the way for many women missionaries . What if we didn’t have Priscilla to pattern ourselves  after would we have any women missionaries.

Propel


Last night our ladies started our summer bible study series called Propel. This years topic is passion. We had our first session last night. It was very eye opening for me because the last few months God has reignited my passion to have a strong relationship with him. Sometimes I believe we can put our passion into other things that can strain our walk with him. I am excited to go through this series . After we watched the video to last nights lesson we broken down into groups and discussed the questions. It was a great time of discussion and growing.

American Neighbor


“He is a barbarian, and deserves not to be called a man, who can look upon the sorrows of this fellow- creatures without drawing out his his soul unto them, and wishing, at least, that in the power of his yo help them.”(Doddridge.)

“It is the duty of every man to promote the happiness of his fellow-creatures to the utmost of his power.” (Biography on Wilberforce)

Our treatment of people should reflect a biblical standard, not a personal preference. 

Leviticus 19:33-34  

33. When a foreigner resides among you in your land , do not mistreat them . 34. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself , for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God. 

Deuteronomy19:17-18

17. For the Lord your God is God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts accepts no bribes. 

18. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.

How should we live?

Luke6:27-36

27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 

28. bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.  

29. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If  someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 

30. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 

31. Do to others as you would have them to you. 

32. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who live them. 

33. And if you do good to those who are good to you , what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 

34. If you lend to those from whom you expect repayment , what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners , expecting to be repaid in full. 

35. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. . Then your your reward will be great, and you will be like the children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 

36. Be merciful, just as your father is merciful. 

Statement by  Quakers, Society of Friends in Philadelpha (1754)

“To live in ease and plenty by the toil of those who violence cruelty have put in our power was incompatible with Christianity.” (Biography on Wilberforce)

The reality is this: Slavery continued to exist because people wanted to buy sugar without an increase in price. 

So how do you treat the immigrant.

To live in ease and plenty by taking advantage of others is offensive to God. 

Encouragement from John Wesleyto Wilberforce.

“unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils, but if God be for you who can be against you. Are all of them together stronger, than God? Oh, by not weary of well-doing.” (Biography on Wilberforce)

Assembling together


Hebrews10:25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but not encouraging one another- and all the more as you see the Day approaching.niv 

There are many people that don’t believe you need to attend church  because they don’t believe they need to be with other believers. When we assemble with other believers we encourage each other in the faith and help each other grow. We are approaching a day where people are less and less interested in assembling  to be fed Gods word. We use excuses on why we no longer attend church. When we forsake assembling together we can not gain strength from one another and we become dry in our spirits. I am so glad that I found a new church home that I can assemble with other likeminded believers.