Core Value #2


We Persue a Relationship with God

Psalm42:1-5

John14:6

How do you build a relationship with someone?

1. Time. 

2.Time and leads to experience. 

3. Time leads to experience, leading to a heart connection. 

James4:8

2Cor9:6

The relational progress Of Nicodemus John3:1-3, 7:50, 19:39

The First Five Followers John1:35-40 1:43-45

The struggle of the Rich, young Man. Matt 19:20-22

This week Pastor Eric continued our Core Values series  with Hillside’s value”We pursue a Relationship with God.” We believe in God desires a relationship with every individual. This relationship grows through prayer, meditation, worship,, Bible study, and listening to/ obeying the Holy Spirit. In James4:8 we are promised if we that we “Come near to God , he will come near to us.”

Core Values


We started a new series on our Core values as a church. 

Core Values #1 We believe in the bible. Psalm19  Psalm119:105

1. The bible is God’s unique message not just another man made boo. About forty different authors wrote the bible. It was written  in a fifteen hundred period. And it was also written on three different continents. 

2. The bibles message is so transforming that people died for its truth.

3. The bible was written by eyewitnesses from eyewitness accounts.

4. The bible was accurately perserved through a massive collection of copies.

5.The bibles reliability is substantially supported by external sources. 

6. The bible changes lives when people take it to heart. 

1John1:1-4

There are concepts in theology called General Revelation and Special Revelation. 

1Tim4:16

Desperation 


Matt19:16-30

Reasons why we don’t like to look desperate. 

1. Makes us look weak to others. 

2.Fear of the unknown.

3. It means we’re not in charge. 

We must get desperate for God not just check in at church just to check it off of our checklist when we attend church. We have a tendency not to become desperate because we become fearful of the unknown . One reason why we don’t become desperate is because we are afraid of change because we want to be in control of our lives. We also become comfortable in our convenience.Our convenience  can become complacency if we don’t watch it.  

Benefits of being Desperate:

1.We don’t care what others will think. 

2. We will almost do anything to see it happen. 

3. Desperate people look for opportunities.

4. Desperate people bring change.

One benefit when we get desperate about our relationship with him we will begin to draw closer to him. Also when we get desperate we will look for opportunities to get closer and learn from him. When we get to that place of true desperation we will see our families and communities Change.  Gen18:24-33  How do we live desperate . First we must understand his will for our lives. As we begin to understand his will for our lives we will get a hunger to reach our town. 

Are you desperate for God as an individual?

Are you desperate for God as a Family?

Are you desperate for God as a church?

As an individual we must become desperate for God. When we get desperate for God in our personal walk with him that will draw our families to get desperate for God. Once our families in our churches get desperate  those churches can impact there community.

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 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)

American Church


LoveWins

” I will not fly from the post where Providence has placed me” (William Wilberforce)

” The best preparation for being a good politician as well as a superior man in every other line, it to be a truly religious man.”(William Wilberforce)

We have biblical convictions that apply to politics? 

1Cor1-3 1.If I speak in tongues of men of men and angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2. If I have a gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.3 I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but not love, I gain nothing. 

Love must Win!

1. Even if you have something to say… Without love… You will not be heard.

2. Even if you have a solution… Without love… You will not be received. 

3. Even if you the means… Without love… You not win. 

” In my opinion the strength of a country is most increased demand by its moral improvement and by the moral  and religious instruction of its people,”(William Wilberforce)

Eph4:15 Instead, speaking truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.

Who do we Obey as a Christian in America?

Acts4:19 But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges!

Acts5:29 Peter and the other apostles replied:” We must obey God rather than human beings!

Romans 13:1-8

1. Authority is established by God. 

2.Disobedience to Authority will have consequences. 

3. Evil Authority doesn’t let me off the hook-conscience. 

4. How to have a clean conscience owe to no one!

“Am I truly religious? Is the love of God the governing principle of my life! Do I walk under the sense of His presence? Do I converse with him from day to day, in the exercise of prayer and praise? And am I, on the whole, making my service my business and my delight, regarding him as my master and my father?” (Phillip Doddridge.

 Genesis  Pt18


We finished our study in Genesis this past Sunday. This study has helped me to grow so much .  The last study in this series is called Digging Wells. 

Digging Wells

Genesis 12:10-13, Genesis 26:1-8,17-25

Nobody gets through this life without testing. 

” God tests us to bring out the best I us. Satan tests us to bring out the worst in us-Warren Weirsbe.

Perseverance is kin to the Christian experience. 

John 16:33 ” I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Faithfulness to God will be rewarded. 

Galatians 4:28 Now you, brothers and sisters, like Issac, are children of promise. 

John 4:10 Jesus answered her,  “if you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

Psalm 90:1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.

Summary Abraham and Iisac were both me who faced the trials of faith and believing God ; we know their names and their story because of their faith. In our Christian life, through success and failure.., we can continue to seek Jesus . Like Issac continued to seek the promise by digging wells during opposition, so we can seek after Jesus who gives the water that never runs dry regardless of any obstacles.