Abundance in Following Jesus

Abundant Life Community Church Granbury Texas

Luke 5:1-11 So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Galilee (Gennesaret), 2 and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. 3 Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. 4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” 6 And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. 7 So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” 9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; 10 and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” 11 So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.

1 Timothy 1:8 But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully.

The predominant functions of the moral law and God’s commandments:

 

I.                    Reveal Sin/our Depravity. – Exposes our sin and tells us we need a Savior

II.                 Restrain Evil in civil society

III.               Assist in the sanctification of Christians. The commandments: the law is a gracious gift to help us in our growth in godliness—it helps us grow and become more like Jesus

 

1.       The law is meant to give knowledge of sin (Rom. 3:204:155:137:7-11), and by showing us our need of pardon and our danger of damnation to lead us in repentance and faith to Christ (Gal. 3:19-24).

Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

2. The Law restrains Evil in civil society

The law cannot change the heart, it can to some extent constrain lawlessness by its threats of judgement (Deut. 13:6-1119:16-21Romans 13:3-4). Therefore, the law helps safeguard civil order, and serves to protect the righteous from the unjust.

3. Its third function is to lead Christians into the good works (Titus 3:8; Eph. 2:10). The law tells God’s children what will please out Heavenly Father. Jesus was speaking of this third use of the law when He said that those who become His disciples must be taught to do all that He had commanded (Matt. 28:19-20), and that obedience to His commands demonstrates the genuineness of one’s love for Him (John 14:15).

Psalm 23:5-6 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.

Abundant Life Church serves Granbury, Texas and Hood County as a nondenominational Jesus-centered congregation in Hood County Texas

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feasting with my Savior Jesus

Luke 5:27 After these things He went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” 28 So he left all, rose up, and followed Him. 29 Then Levi gave Him a great feast in his own house. And there were a great number of tax collectors and others who sat down with them. 30 And their scribes and the Pharisees complained against His disciples, saying, “Why do You eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 31 Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

 

Matthew 21:9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Hosanna in the highest!”

 

1 Peter 5:6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.

Proverbs 20:18 Plans are established by counsel; By wise counsel wage war.

 

Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

 

Psalm 107:2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy.

47:1 Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph! 2 For the Lord Most High is awesome.

 

Expiation: The blood of Christ removes my sins. Propitiation: On the Cross Jesus received all the wrath and judgment I deserved and He turned it away from me. Justification: I am Declared Righteous by grace alone.

 

 

 

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Abundant Life Community Church 

524 Crockett St., Granbury. 682-498-3031. 

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Easter Sunday Church Service in Granbury

GRANBURY EASTER SUNDAY CHURCH SERVICE

April 16, 2017 Come Celebrate Resurrection Day

You and your family are invited to Easter service in Granbury

He is Risen, He is Risen indeed!

Looking for a great Easter 2017 Sunday church service in Granbury?

Looking for a friendly place to celebrate Easter and Jesus’ resurrection with the whole family? 

Join us Easter Sunday April 16, 2017 as Abundant Life Community Church celebrates Two (2) Easter church service at 11:00 am - 524 n. Crockett St., just off the Granbury Town Square, right next to the US Post Office 682-498-3031

Come with your kids to our Easter worship services and afterwards enjoy Easter activities with pics and lots of food and goodies.

Looking for a friendly place to celebrate Easter and Jesus’ resurrection with the whole family? 

Join us Easter Sunday April 16, 2017 as Abundant Life Community Church celebrates Easter church service at 11:00 am. 524 n. Crockett St., just off the Granbury Town Square, right next to the US Post Office 682-498-3031

Emotional Wholeness From the Holy Spirit

Eph 4:21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

John 14:12-17 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. 15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”

1 Corinthians 15:45-48 And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly.

Romans 8:11 … He who raised Christ from the dead will also quicken your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

John 16:23-24 Jesus said: "In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete."

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe (Proverbs 18:10).

"You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it" (Jesus, John 14:14).

"And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father" (Jesus, John 14:13).

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him (Colossians 3:17).

Mark 16:17-18 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well

Eph. 1:20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. 22 And He put all things under His feet…

Phil. 2:9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Colossians 1:17 that in all things Jesus must have preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell.

Emotional Wholeness: The Fix

Matthew 4:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. 24 Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them. 25 Great multitudes followed Him—from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan.

Matthew 5:1 And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. 2 Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Nations, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.

Phil. 3:10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death.

Romans 3:24-25 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood…

Hebrews 12:2 Fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross…

 

 

Abundant Life Community Church

 

524 Crockett St., Granbury. 682-498-3031. 

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Winning the Spiritual War

The NAM and Demons: Winning the Invisible War

Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

Mark 16:17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word (Logos), and the Word was with God, and the Word (Logos) was God.

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.

John 4:16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” 17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.” … 25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.” … 28 The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, 29 “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?”

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Wednesday Night Service

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Abundant Life Community Church 

524 Crockett St., Granbury. 682-498-3031. 

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Refuting and Overcoming the NAM

1 John 4:2-3 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.

Isaiah 14:12-15 How you have fallen from heaven, Lucifer, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! 13 You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights... 14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” 15 But you are brought down to the realm of the dead, to the depths of hell.

Genesis 3:1-6 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast … And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

Mark 5:1-13 Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes. 2 And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 3 who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him, not even with chains, 4 because he had often been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him. 5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones. 6 When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him. 7 And he cried out with a loud voice and said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me.” 8 For He said to him, “Come out of the man, unclean spirit!” 9 Then He asked him, “What is your name?” And he answered, saying, “My name is Legion; for we are many… 12 So all the demons begged Him, saying, “Send us to the swine, that we may enter them.” 13 And at once Jesus gave them permission. Then the unclean spirits went out and entered the swine …

Wednesday Night Service

Join us this Wed. for our evening service at 7:00 p.m. Come & share as you get to know others.

Abundant Life Community Church 

524 Crockett St., Granbury. 682-498-3031. 

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Welcome To Abundant Life Granbury

We are a community of believers that are very passionate about the things of God. And because of this, we have a passion for people, our town, and our world. The Bible and our town Granbury has shaped our core values. Our church life is characterized by worship, the presence of God, family, revival, miracles and healings, and a culture of honor.

Whether it's your first time or you've recently become part of the family, we want to welcome you and also help you look for ways to get more connected and involved.

Abundant Life Church Sunday 11:00 AM and Wed. 7 PM    

524 n. Crockett St., just off the Granbury Square right next to the US Post Office.

We are a Jesus-Driven Church with our services designed with upbeat, exciting praise, intimate worship and Biblical preaching and teaching.

We are contemporary in style, casual in dress with no suit and tie required. We have purposed here at Abundant Life Church Granbury to offer ministries that are relevant to the entire family of all ages.

It is our desire to give Granbury, Hood County County and the surrounding area a place to worship God in Spirit and in Truth.

Consider this your personal invitation to visit with us at your earliest convenience. If you are new to the area or just searching for a place to belong and experience the presence and power of God, you are welcome here at Abundant Life.

Remember ….. the joy is in the journey when you are following and serving Jesus!

Jesus said, “I came so that you might have life, and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

Come as you are!

We believe that through Jesus’ work on the cross we can live under the blessing of the Lord. We have a covenant in Christ and because of this the blessing of God and His favor are upon our lives. We are not cursed, but blessed because we belong to Christ.

Sunday Services Our Sunday services are an opportunity for people to come and enjoy time together—whether it's their first time or they've been coming for years. Being in community impacts lives and reminds us that we can't do life alone.

 524 Crockett St. just of the Granbury Square, right next to the US Post Office. 682-498-3031

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ALCC Programs, Opportunities, and Resources

 

Food Pantry

We bring our food & hygiene products to assist those in need. Once a month.

Full Life School of Theology & Ministry Training

Classes offered to equip all members for ministry. Starting in January.

Education and training for all who have a ministry, pastoral, or evangelist calling.

Evangelism Outreach

Do something that will make an eternal impact—training and fellowship in winning the lost for Jesus.

Free Counseling

Marriage, Personal, and Family counseling available for you or your loved-ones.

Hands-on Discipleship for Christian Growth

ALCC leaders are available to mentor and fellowship with you in order to live as disciples.

Home Groups

ALCC seeks to provide warm and inviting settings for home Bible studies where you can meet new friends.

Missions

ALCC supports missionaries around the world and we aim to serve in the field.

County Jail Outreach and State Prison Ministry

ALCC aims to minister to people in jail and their loved-ones. 

 

You are Invited - ABUNDANT LIFE COMMUNITY CHURCH - A Friendly Granbury Church!  Sunday 11:00 AM and 6 PM. Wed. 7 PM

524 n. Crockett St., just off the Granbury Square right next to the US Post Office.

ALCC church serves Granbury and Hood County Texas

You Must Be Born Again

John 

3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”

3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”

5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

9 Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?”

10 Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? 11 Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 

End Times Revival or the End

Revival: Prayer and Evangelism Vital Elements

Matthew 14:13 When Jesus heard it, He departed from there by boat to a deserted place by Himself. But when the multitudes heard it, they followed Him on foot from the cities. 14 And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Nations, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.

Phil. 3:10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death.

Romans 3:24-25 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood…

Hebrews 12:2 Fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross…

John 1:40 One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus. Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas” (which is translated, A Stone).

Pray for and invite to church your:

1.     Neighbors 2. Friends 3. Co-workers4. People in the marketplace5. Loved-ones

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Abundant Life Community Church

 

524 Crockett St., Granbury. 682-498-3031. 

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Men of Humility and Boldness

Phil 2:5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

Humility is partly a freedom from pride and arrogance, and having a small opinion of one’s self.  It is not cowering an sniveling in front of others, being a spineless person, or is a sign of weakness.  Through God’s Spirit, it’s a sign of great strength.

Moses was said to be the meekest man on earth (Numb 12:3) but meekness is not weakness but it’s actually strength that is under control.  The fact is that “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6).

  Isaiah testified of this by writing “this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word” (66:2) and that “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite” (57:15). 

Matthew 18:1-4 “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”  And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Children are naturally humble and whoever is humble is teachable. God cannot fill a person who is already full of themselves.

Philippians 2:3-4 “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

The person that is truly humble is the person who will “count others more significant than” themselves because they will “look not only to [their] own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

First Peter 5:5-6 “Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.”

Matthew 23:10-12 “The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

Who will be the greatest among those in the church today?  It will be those who are servants or serving others.  If a person exalts themselves, they will be humbled but if they humble themselves first then they will be exalted by God because God exalts the humble and humbles the exalted.

This is what James wrote in 4:10 “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.”

Ephesians 4:1-3 “ I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

I think this is an important reminder that the manner in which we walk that is worthy of our calling is to walk with “all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love” and by doing this we can “maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” that is necessary in the Body of Christ, the church. 

Micah 6:8 “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”

Bible Verses About Humility

Second Chronicles 34:27 “because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before God when you heard his words against this place and its inhabitants, and you have humbled yourself before me and have torn your clothes and wept before me, I also have heard you, declares the Lord.”

A godly, humble heart is one that is receptive to change and one that is open to being in submission to God.

The Character of Boldness

 

How do I exhibit Boldness in my daily life?

What can I do to develop a better willingness to step out in boldness – Witnessing, leading, and serving?

What blocks Boldness from working and being exhibited in me?

How can I make Boldness function better, stronger, and faster, even in times of uncertainly and stress?

Examples from Scripture (1 Samuel 17; Daniel 3; 6:1-26; Acts 5; Romans 10:20; 2 Corinthians 10:1-6)

Boldness is our willingness to venture out and speak with authority and to do the right thing at the right time, regardless of the barriers or fears we may encounter. (Genesis 6; 1 Kings 18; Proverbs 28:1; Isaiah 7:9; Daniel 3,6; 2 Corinthians 5:6-8; 7:16; Ephesians 6:13-14; Hebrews 13:6).

 

Cowardice, Fearfulness, Cynicism, Negativity, Discouragement, and Pessimism are all opposites of boldness. These negative traits create a negative attitude that is transferrable to others.

It causes people not to take the chance to go forward with what God is calling them to.

Thus, the person and/or church remains ensnared in fear, allowing obstacles to stop them so that the work our Lord has for them remains undone.

 

Melchizedek and the Second Coming of Jesus  

John 9:1 Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. 2 And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. 4 I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6 When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. 7 And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing. … 21 but by what means he now sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. He is of age; ask him. He will speak for himself.” … 25 He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.” 26 Then they said to him again, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?” 27 He answered them, “I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples… 35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?” 36 He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?” 37 And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.” 38 Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped Him. 39 And Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.” 40 Then some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, and said to Him, “Are we blind also?” 41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains.

Genesis 14:18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. 19 And he blessed him and said: “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; 20 And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” And he gave him a tithe of all.

Hebrews 7:1 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God … 2 to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated “king of righteousness,” and then also king of Salem, meaning “king of peace,” 3 without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.

Hebrews 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.

Hebrews 13:5 … For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

John 3:36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.

 

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Men’s Discipleship: Jesus Style

Jesus makes disciples that make disciples.

We must follow Jesus in praying for, pursuing and making disciples.

The Bible says that Jesus made disciples by “being with them.” It takes time, prayer, and patience.

Apply the 3 G’s. Guilt, Grace, and Gratitude.

And focus on:

1.      Jesus vs. religion (especially legalism)

2.      Apologetics (Christianity is true, there’s no escape)

3.      The power of the Holy Spirit for daily life.

 

Matthew 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Jesus’ Command
After Jesus’ resurrection, He said “all authority was entrusted to me.”

The literal translation is a command: “You disciple.”

 The word disciple translates as “to become a learner or pupil.” Mentor and train others.  Therefore in Matthew’s mind, Go is understood as not only a nonnegotiable but an assumed action that is always linked to the command ‘Disciple.’

‘Teaching’ refers to catechesis, which means the process of educating through a method of active questioning and response.

The command to disciple finds its fulfillment in evangelism and education. The discipleship characteristics as commanded by Jesus appear not only in this commission, but throughout the Gospels.

Jesus’ Model
Discipleship was Jesus’ method of winning the world to Himself. In fact, Jesus converted very few people in His earth ministry in a clear-cut way. He ventured His whole ministry on twelve men. As popular as He was during His earthly ministry, Jesus did not focus on the momentary applause of men but quietly poured His life in those who would multiply. Jesus was not trying to impress the crowd, but usher in a kingdom. Christ expects His followers to be fruitful, but often we are not without external motivation and accountability.

Jesus knew that He would have to equip the saints to be able to lead the multitudes. This is what we need in our churches. It is safe to say that discipleship was part of the foundational of Jesus’ ministry.

Early Church Model
Although not in a methodical plan as what we are accustomed to today, the apostles of the early church believed the command of Jesus was indeed serious. 2 Tim. 2:2. Paul understood it was important that Jesus sent him to do all that He had commanded. In the same way, he was sending Timothy. While being sent, Timothy is to continue the legacy by sending out faithful men out who would send others. This is what Jesus commanded Paul and this was his command to Timothy. The command is also extended to us today.

Discipleship is an essential element of our Lord’s ministry and command to believers. It should be a significant component in the body of Christ both academically and practically.

What Is Discipleship?
Discipleship is a popular word, often used vaguely and ambiguously. It’s actually quite simple. Discipleship is the relationship between a teacher (discipler) and student (disciple). Many churches and Christian groups around the world do elements of discipleship, but rarely engage in whole discipleship as modeled by Christ.

Discipleship includes:

·         Fellowship

·         Accountability

·         Evangelizing and making converts

·         Bible study

·         Sharing resources – books, studies, sermons, DVDs.

·         Hanging out with another believer

Remember, these are elements of discipleship, not equivalents of discipleship.

By looking at Jesus’ ministry and the early church, we see that to the wholeness of discipleship involves someone training their disciple in Word, Relationship, and Ministry.

Word
Teaching disciples to obey all that Christ commanded and modeled throughout the Scriptures.

·         Luke 11:28   Mark 4:14-20   2 Tim 3:16-17 John 5:38

 

Jesus clearly showed His disciples the importance and use of the Scriptures, both in His own personal devotion and in winning others to Himself. Learning and obeying Scripture is essential for one’s growth as a disciple of Christ. Abundant Life Community Church expects its leaders to love God’s Word and to impart this love to their disciples.

Relationship 
Building relationships that feature love, commitment, authenticity, vulnerability, accountability, and intentionality.

·         Matthew 9:9  John 1:4311:54  1 Thessalonians 2:8

Having called His men, Jesus made a practice of spending time with them. This was the essence of His training program—letting His disciples follow Him. Jesus shows how important relationship development is to growing a disciple. If this does not happen, the disciple may feel like a project and not a person. The person should know he is loved, not only by Christ, but also by their discipler.

Ministry
Training disciples in service and evangelism. Service is any work done with the motivation to honor Jesus. Evangelism is spreading the gospel by public preaching or personal witness.

·         Matthew 24:14   2 Corinthians 5:18-20

Jesus never asked anyone to do or be anything which first He had not demonstrated in His own life. His desire was to get the disciples into a vital experience with God. The goal of discipleship is to develop healthy believers that walk by faith, communicate their faith, and multiply their faith.

How to Choose a Disciple

We should look for three main qualities in a disciple:

1.      Faithful. Loyal and trustworthy. Available. It is hard to train someone who is not around.

2.      Teachable. It is impossible to teach someone who thinks they know everything.

When Choosing a Disciple:

The leader is a servant and trailblazer.

Application Questions

1.      What are the primary components of discipleship?

2.      What could hinder a discipleship relationship from being God-honoring?

3.      What traits are we supposed to look for in potential disciples?

4.      Who are you praying about to disciple?______________________

 

Jesus Breaks Oppression

Jesus and the Power to Break Oppression

Song of Solomon 2:1 I am the rose of Sharon, And the lily of the valleys.

Romans 8:11 … He who raised Christ from the dead will also quicken your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

1 Samuel 13:19-21 Now there was no blacksmith to be found throughout all the land of Israel, for the Philistines said, “Lest the Hebrews make swords or spears.” But all the Israelites would go down to the Philistines to sharpen each man’s plowshare, his mattock, his ax, and his sickle; and the charge for a sharpening was a pim for the plowshares, the mattocks, the forks, and the axes, and to set the points of the goads.

Colossians 1:29 To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Men as Warrior Disciple-Makers - Bible Study 1

Men as Warrior Disciple-Makers 1

Titus 2:11-12 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people. 12 It trains us to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age.

1: Reading the Bible

Christians believe that the Bible is inspired by God and authoritative for our lives. But we need to understand the Bible for ourselves, so that requires the basic habit of Bible study and reading daily or weekly.

2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

2: Praying

The Christian life is more than a religion, it is a relationship with a personal God. Just like any relationship, communication is essential. That is what the habit of prayer is all about.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Never stop praying.

3: Connecting

Connecting with the people around us in a meaningful way is the natural result of connecting with God. The habit of connection is all about discovering and sharing God’s truth in the context of intentional relationships through a variety of groups. Without God’s people helping us to discover and live the truth, it’s difficult to live to honor God on a regular basis.

Hebrews 10:25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another…

4. Giving

The Christian life is not only about what we can get. The most mature Christians are givers.

2 Corinthians 8:7 Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us—I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving.

Very few activities in the Christian life demonstrate and unveil the true heart of a person more than his/her willingness to freely give of their money and resources to God. Indeed, very few disciplines more clearly demonstrate a person’s command of the gospel—and its control of them.

Malachi 3:8-11 “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. 9 You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation. 10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it. 11 “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes…

Jim Elliot's famous words, "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose."

5. Evangelism The consistent discipline of sharing the gospel is foundational in the Christian life and is a key expression of the virtues of faithfulness, wisdom, and thankfulness. Therefore, the virtuous Christian makes it a habit to be sharing the gospel with various people.

Mark 16:15-19 And He said to them, “Go to all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. … 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 … they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

 

 

 

6. Disciple others/Mentoring

Jesus called every disciple to make disciples. Mentoring (disciple-making) as a Christian is as easy as helping someone discover the truth of God’s Word and inviting them to live it out in their everyday lives.

Matthew 28:19-20 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations…. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you….

Mark 3:14 Then Jesus appointed twelve, that they would be with Him and that He might send them out to preach.

 

2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

 

We also can ask, "Are you discipling anyone?'

Is your life summarized by a passion to invest what God has taught you into the lives of others?

 

Paul is speaking about the need for Timothy to speak only what has been spoken to him. This training has several aspects.

 

• Need to be Communicated

• Mutual Accountability and friendship

• Teach others

 

If you haven’t practiced one of these habits before, start trying out that habit in your life. Or, think about which habit you are weakest in doing, and take steps to develop that habit in your life.

Four Generations of Disciples in Paul’s Statement to Timothy:

 

Paul >> Timothy >> Faithful Men >> Others >>

Moses discipled ________________________.

Elijah discipled ________________________.

Jesus discipled the ________________________.

Barnabas discipled ________________________.

Paul discipled ________________________.

You will disciple ________________________            

1. Jesus not religion2. Apologetics3. Doctrine (Trinity, Justification, Etc.)  4. Holy Spirit – Emotionally, intellectually, & Spiritually.

The Way to Change/Grow

 

·         Recognize weakness or problem

·         Admit/Confess it

·         Hate it – for sin grieves God.

·         Pray for Wisdom to overcome and improve

·         Be absolutely determined to change and improve

·         Plan with steps to improve

·         Counsel

·         Daily Pray for Holy Spirit: Filling and zeal/passion

·         Aim and Strive to fulfill plan

·         Memorize scripture  

Jesus is the Only Way

The Exclusivity of Jesus

 

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Job 37:22 He comes from the north as golden splendor; With God is awesome majesty.

Job 38:1 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind…

Revelation 6:5 When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come!" I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand.

Revelation 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. 14 Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. 15 And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, 16 and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

Revelation 6:2 And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.

1 Thes. 4:16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

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Wednesday Night Service Men’s & Women’s Studies

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Men's Bible Study Feb. 8

VICTORS

Men's Ministry

 

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13).

Our vision is to empower men to pray, worship, lead, and win as those following Jesus to victory.  Men's Ministry is committed to building strong godly friendships through teaching, mentoring, sports, prayer, fellowship, activities and men’s groups.

Our desire is to see men in their full potential and become warriors for Christ. By creating an atmosphere where men can engage they become more present in their home, church, workplace and community. This results in men being championed in the midst of adversity through the strength of God's word sown into their lives.

Begins Feb. 8 - Wed. 7-8:15 pm. At the Church. Also come to our monthly men’s group.

Women's Bible Study - Feb 8

Christian women should try to make it a priority to connect with other women for the purpose of community, accountability, confession, and prayer (Galatians 6:1-3; James 5:16; Hebrews 10:23-24).

 

Friendship, support, and spiritual growth happen when women get together and study God’s word. Wed. 7pm-8:15pm. Led by Sandy the women’s minister. Abundant Life Community Church.

 

Welcome to Abundant Life Community Church!

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We have a casual environment (coffee, jeans, and friends).

Our congregation is a recent plant but growing. Our music style is a mix of old and new, electric and acoustic. We sing songs and take time to greet each other followed by a relevant and biblical message.

Sunday School for kids under 13 takes place during the message, and we finish around noon.

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