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

Tamatha and the team (Rick, Jen, Mike and Eddie) are back!

Pastor Mike is teaching.

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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!

Welcome

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.

We exist to Re-vive, Re-fresh, Re-lease and to Re-store people back to God.

Come for a Fresh start and make New friends!

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

Sunday 11 am and 6 pm. Wed. 7 pm.

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Moving Toward the Last Days or a God-given Revival?

The revival of the Great Awakening had three powerful dynamics:

1.       Prayer   2.  Preaching on Justification by Grace alone   3.  All churches uniting at Communion

“Justification is the article by which the church stands and falls” (Martin Luther).

Justification is a doctrinal legal (forensic) term that means to be declared righteous. The doctrine is laid out in the books of Romans and 1 Corinthians, among others (Genesis 15; Psalm 32; Galatians; Titus, etc.). Justification, as a doctrine, is unique to Christianity. The doctrine of justification holds that the believer is declared righteous, his sins are removed, and Christ’s righteousness is imputed unto him by grace alone: the believer now has right legal standing before God. No other religious system has such.

But to him who does not work, but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted (imputed) for righteousness (Romans 4:5).

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1).

He believed in the LORD; and He accounted (imputed) it to him for righteousness (Gen 15:6).

 

Imputation: The righteousness that Jesus earned as He lived a perfect moral life is given (imputed) to the believer by grace through faith.

Gen. 15:6 And Abraham believed God and it was accounted (imputed) for righteousness…

Psalm 32:1-5 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit…. 5 I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” And You forgave the iniquity of my sin.

Rom. 3:28 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.

Rom. 4:3 For what does the Scripture say? "And Abraham believed God, and it was accounted (imputed) to him as righteousness."

Rom. 4:5 "But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted (imputed) as righteousness."

Rom. 4:11, "And … all those who believe … that righteousness might be imputed to them also."

Rom. 5:1 "Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,"

Rom. 5:9 "Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him."

Luke 18:13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified…

1 Cor. 1:30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and justification [righteousness] and sanctification and redemption.

Gal.3:6 Even so Abraham believed God, and it was accounted (imputed) to him as righteousness."

Gal. 3:24 "Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith."

Phil. 3:9 "And may be found in Him, not having a justification of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith."

Exodus 3:14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”

John 8:58 Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”

John 4:26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you I am He.”

You are Invited to Abundant Life Community Church Granbury Texas

 

At Abundant Life, We’re All about People

 

Come as you are - Get a lift this Sunday!

We’re all about people because God is all about people. One of the ways we express our love for Him is through our love for people, and we do that by helping each person who comes to Abundant Life grow in their relationship with the Lord.

It begins with our vision to see people saved, healed, set free, discipled, equipped, empowered, and serving. Everything we do revolves around those seven things. And it all starts with our weekend services. We meet on Sunday at 11 am and 6 pm with a 9:30 am Service starting in March. 524 Crockett St. next to the US Post Office.

 

We are new, fresh, and exciting!

 

Your Place at Abundant Life

 

Church is so much more than a service on the weekend. It’s about connecting with other people, growing in your faith, and building a strong foundation for your family.

Since we are new, in a church our size, it’s easy to get to know friends fast. Because of that, we’re a church that focuses on love and Jesus. We also raise up and train future leaders within our congregation.

Our mission is to help each person at Abundant Life believe in Jesus, belong to family, become a follower, and build God's kingdom. We want every person to have a chance to experience what God has for them—whether it’s through serving or getting plugged into one of our ministries.

 

Come as you are – Everyone is invited!

 

Abundant Life Community Church

Our Story

Abundant Life Community Church is about new beginnings – a new church and a fresh start for the future. Abundant Life Community Church launched in the Spring of 2014 and birthed in 2015. Our story began back in 2014 when Lead Pastor Mike Robinson and Robert Wright began to feel God leading them to start a church in Granbury, Texas. In the weeks and months that followed, God began to open doors, stir hearts, and gather the close-knit community that would become Abundant Life Community Church.

 

Several families have even commuted from Arlington, Glen Rose, or Fort Worth and beyond--some have fallen in love with Granbury and moved to the Hood County area to help us start this church.  It’s been a truly remarkable thing to watch!

 

The story of Abundant Life Community Church is one of dreaming, belonging, creating and loving. We really love Jesus and we truly love one another! Abundant Life Church Granbury is centered on Jesus and anchored on God’s word. It is a story that does not settle for the status quo, but looks to the future with hope. And it’s a story we want you to be a part of. 

 

Come join us on Sundays at 11:00am or 6:00 PM. We are now meeting each week in our facility located just off Granbury Square, right next to the US Post Office.

524 Crockett St. Granbury, TX 76048

 

 

 

What We Value

 

 

Jesus

Everything we do at Abundant Life Community Church comes back to Jesus. We know that Jesus’ purpose was to show us how to live life the way God designed. Our goal is to see people come to know Him.

 

Kids

Because we are a church committed to families, we focus on providing a life-giving, safe environment for kids to learn about God. We want your kids to be excited about coming back to church each week as your entire family grows together in your faith.

 

Bible-Centered Messages

God’s Word is crucial because it provides us wisdom for life. It shows us who God is, why we were created and how to experience His love. We affirm all the historic and essential doctrines of the Christian Faith.

 

Encouragement

When we connect with God we find the keys to living life to the fullest. At Abundant Life Community Church, we focus on His life-giving message in a way that impacts your life both now and for eternity. And we’re all about having fun along the way. We aim to share the love of God with everyone.

Dress casual – in the summer many people will come wearing shorts.

 

Involvement

You are at your best when you are involved in loving and serving others. When we refresh others, we too are refreshed. We want to be known by our generosity with our time, our relationships and our resources.

 

Friends

Friendship was designed by God to bring joy and meaning to our lives. God places us in community to encourage each other, lift each other up and share in the ups and downs of the journey. That’s why so many solid and life-long friendships start at Abundant Life Granbury.

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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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Nondenominational Church in Granbury Texas

Come Grow with Us!

Dear Friend, 

Welcome to Abundant Life Community Church Granbury, Texas! 

 

You are invited. Come as you are.

ABUNDANT LIFE COMMUNITY 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.

 

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).

 

 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

http://www.ALccGranbury.com

ALccGranbury at FaceBook and Twitter

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

Biblical Ethics: The Commandments of God

God's word reveals the best ethics and morals

Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long (Psalms 119:97).

Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness (1 John 3:4).

But about the Son He says, "Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever... You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness” (Hebrews 1:8-9).

We know that the law is good if one uses it properly (1 Timothy 1:8).

What shall we say, then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! ... So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good... We know that the law is spiritual (Romans 7:7-14).

If you love me, you will keep my commandments. Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him (John 14:15 & 21).

 

The moral commandments of Scripture must be the standard for normative ethics. Biblical ethics are proscriptive (what one ought not to do) as well as prescriptive (what one ought to do) of normative human conduct, and should be the ground for our rule of law: deontological. Deontological is obligatory inasmuch as it is the moral will of God in real-life situations: explicit actions that are based on its broad principals. Thus all persons are obligated to affirm and embrace the commandments of God in establishing laws and in living their lives.

And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands (2 John 6).

Sources:

·         Old Testament (613 laws/commandments) New Testament (1050 laws/commandments).

·         Ten Commandments (The Decalogue).

·         Love God and Love your neighbor.

·         Golden rule: Matthew 7:12 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”

·         Sermon on the Mount Matt. Chapters 5-7.

 

Law/Gospel – Works/Grace: Distinct But Not Separate

And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work (Romans 11:6).

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

I. Restrain Evil.

II. Reveal Sin/our Depravity.

III. Assist in the sanctification of Christians.

One must not confuse and commingle law and grace: God’s commands with God’s promises (Romans 11:6). The law is not just the Old Testament inasmuch as the Old Testament contains law; furthermore, grace is not just the New Testament for the New Testament contains law. The law demands works and accuses. The law commands and demands. It’s what God expects out of His creatures in our thoughts, words, and works. For it is not the ten recommendations, it is the Ten Commandments. It is rigorous. The law doesn’t say just do the best you can. God does not grade on a curve. The final requires perfection or one does not enter heaven. It demands one hundred percent, every moment, in thought, word, and deed. The good news is Christ has expiated the transgressions against the law for His people by grace through faith. The greatest good news is that Christ has made satisfaction for the sins, the mistakes, and the commandment breaking of His people.

 

Morality may keep you out of jail, but it takes the blood of Jesus Christ to keep you out of hell (Spurgeon).

 

The Gospel has attained and acquired for all Christians, without any works or merit on our part, the forgiveness of sins and the imputed righteousness of Christ that avails before God and provides eternal life. The law is written on our hearts and the Gospel comes from outside us from God’s grace (Galatians 3:10-12). Scripture tells us the law is everything that demands perfect obedience to God and pronounces God’s curses on all transgressors (Romans 3:19). The law of God renders all the world guilty before God’s holiness and reveals the knowledge of sin (Romans 3:20-23). How can one avoid Hell? Jesus taught that it is very simple, “Be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). Do that every day and live.

 Recall what Jesus said, “It is harder for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven than a camel to go through an eye of a needle.” In that particular instance the disciples were very perplexed. They said, “Lord who then can be saved?” Jesus responded by revealing to them, “With man it is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Heaven is infinitely beyond the reach of sinful men. Men need God to do the impossible. And God has accomplished this through Christ and His vicarious death and resurrection. It is all solely by grace. Deny Christ and it is impossible for an imperfect man to be accepted into a perfect heaven. One must have their imperfections and sins removed by the cross of God’s Son.

 The nontheistic worldview not only commits epistemic irresponsibility, it brings despair that grows in its claimants. The unbeliever Byron screams in horror on his death bed as he hollers in delusion that his bedspread is on fire. Voltaire rants and raves about being cursed and forsaken and damned for his rejection of Christ during his last days. We have been spared the horrible last words of the bombastic atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair when her atheist partner murdered her and her atheistic grandchildren for some cash. Yet her final utterances must have been filled with anguish. A man in London heard a lecture on anti-theism and socialism. He went home and wrote that the Bible was the greatest possible deception. Then he shot himself. Without God, His love and law, man has no purpose and it’s easy for him to fall into depression and despair. This leads to horror in death and eternity.

 The grace of God freely gives peace to believers and salvation freely given to the sinner (Romans 1:16-17, 10:15; Acts 20:24; Ephesians 1:13, 6:15). The law is distinct from grace but not separate, there is a unity within the diversity. Distinct but not separate. Both the law and grace are in the whole of Scripture. The two pertain to men and women and must be taught side by side with distinction within the oneness of Scripture. Christians are to uphold the law with zeal and with truth through the grace and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Some contemporary Christians believe the law is not to be upheld. They argue that we do not need to obey the commandments in today’s dispensation. These are antinomians. Anti means: against. The definition of noumos: Law. Hence an antinomian is against the law. If there is no moral law, there can be no hell and no punishment for lawbreakers. If the law is gone, you get rid of the absolute standards of right and wrong. You also get rid of hell, and you get rid of the need of the Savior too. If we are not lawbreakers we do not need to be saved.

The Life of a Christian

To live a life of obedience before God you must:

 

1. Admit that the flesh is weak (Matt 26:41).

2. Repent. Turn from your sin and error.

3. Pray for power and wisdom to overcome temptation and sin.

4. Avoid instruments, places, people, and circles that tempt you and where you previously fell.

5. Keep your focus on Jesus, His Word, and His victory

(1 Corinthians 15:56; Hebrews 12:1-2).

The church of Jesus Christ has plenty of programs, plenty of buildings, books, and trinkets. But what we need most are trained, mounted troops of God. Soldiers trained for sudden, daily charges against the gapping breaches in the enemy’s line opened daily by the Word of God. The church has advanced through slow, pounding bombardments as it has opened hospitals, orphanages, outreaches, and care centers. We must become loving troops: enthusiastic, compassionate, and merciful. Exalting the person of Christ our Prophet, Priest, and King should be our passion. He is the unstoppable juggernaut of the church.

Christians must become impassioned disciples to run with Jesus. Our moral duty is to put off all the excuses, indifference, sloppiness, slothfulness, slouchiness, laziness, and sluggishness. One can’t be a Christian sluggard. A Christian can’t afford to be droopy, duff, or negligent, but diligent in obedience and worship. It is about honoring God as God.

If you are weak and weary:

 

•   Pray to God for power and grace.

•   Praise and glorify God Almighty.

•   Hence, if you are battle weary: Pray and praise.

The Old Rugged Cross

Cast your burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain you: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved (Psalm 55:22).

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Some Blessings By Grace are to Be Given Away

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Rom. 4:5 "But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted (imputed) as righteousness."

Rom. 4:11 "And … all those who believe … that righteousness might be imputed to them also."

Revelation 4:8 The four living creatures … do not rest day or night, saying: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!”

Psalms 107:1 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. 2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy.

Psalm 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; He is a great King over all the earth. 3 He will subdue the peoples under us, And the nations under our feet. 4 He will choose our inheritance for us … 5 God has gone up with a shout.

Jesus is the only way to God because:

1. The Bible reveals such. 2. Jesus alone provided an atonement to wash away sins and all men sin. 3. Jesus alone supplied powerful proof for His claims including over 300 predictions about His life and mission recorded before He was born. 4. He alone was raised from the dead. All other religious leaders are dead and in their grave.

Acts 4:10 let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth … 12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

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.”

John 4:7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”… 9 Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. 10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? …13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” 15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.” 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?” …35 Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! …39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.”

To Shout with the Congregation

John 20:19 Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace (Shalom) to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” 24 Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” 26 And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them.

Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

Eph. 1:17 … the Father of glory … according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places.

John 2:19-21 Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 21 … He was speaking of the temple of His body.

Matthew 19:26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Romans 5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Phil. 4:7 the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

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

Luke 19:37 … the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen … 39 And some of the Pharisees said, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” 40 But Jesus answered, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”

Psalm 22:3 But You are holy, O Thou who inhabits the praises of your people.

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Abundant Life Community Church

524 Crockett St., Granbury. 682-498-3031.  On Facebook at: ALccGranbury    

On Twitter at: ALccGranbury   Website: ALccGranbury.com

We now accept Debit and Credit Cards – Go to www.ALccGranbury.com and donate.

Wednesday Night Service

Join us this Wed. for our evening service at 7:00 p.m. - Youth at 6:30.

Please have coffee and goodies before the service and after – but do not go in the back room during worship-please wait until after the sermon.

Jesus Gives Himself for Me

Galatians 2:20 … the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Galatians 2:17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners…

Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.

Romans 7:15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I want to do, that I do not do; but what I hate, that I do. …19 For the good that I want to do, I do not do; but the evil I do not want to do, that I practice.

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

John 12:1 Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead. 2 There they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him. 3 Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. 4 But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray Him, said, 5 “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” 6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it.

7 But Jesus said, “Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial. 8 For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always.”

Mark 14:3 …flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head.

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Abundant Life Community Church

524 Crockett St., Granbury. 682-498-3031.  On Facebook at: ALccGranbury    

On Twitter at: ALccGranbury   Website: ALccGranbury.com

We now accept Debit and Credit Cards – Go to www.ALccGranbury.com and donate.

Wednesday Night Service

Join us this Wed. for our evening service at 7:00 p.m. - Youth at 6:30.

Please have coffee and goodies before the service and after – but do not go in the back room during worship-please wait until after the sermon.

A Glancing Thief

Look to Jesus for Joy and Truth

Luke 23:32 There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. 33 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. 34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” …35 And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself….” 36 The soldiers also mocked Him… 37 and saying, “If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself.” … 39 Then one of the thieves who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” 40 But the other thief, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” 43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” 44 Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth... 45 Then the sun was darkened… 46 And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’” Having said this, He breathed His last.

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.”

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood…

Romans 4:5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies evil people, his faith is imputed for righteousness…

No one has enough faith to believe that:

• Order came from disorder • Uniformity came from the accidental • Intelligence came from non-intelligence • Design came from chaos • Personality came from non-personality • Love came from hard matter • Everything came from nothing (everything in the cosmos came from absolutely nothing—is a new atheistic idea).

Hebrews 12:2 look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…

Matthew 5:21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. …27 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart….”

Revelation 21:3 …God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” 5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new…11 having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal. …18 The construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. 19 The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald…21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. 22 But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.

Revelation 22:1-20 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, … 3 And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. 4 They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. … 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” … 16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.” 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. … 20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Revelation 4:10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him…and cast their crowns before the throne…

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How to Become More Like Jesus

Daily Walking as Jesus Walked

 

Follow Jesus

Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”

Union with and indwelling of Christ

Colossians 1:27 …the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Ephesians 3:17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

John 15:5 [Jesus said] “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”

John 17:23 I in them, and the Father in Me…

2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?...

 

Two main guides:

I.                    Sermon on the Mount - Matthew 5-6

II.                  1Cor. 13:4-8

 

What we cannot do:

1.      Die for the sins of men.

2.      Raise ourselves from the dead.

3.      Any miracles on our own; must be God’s will.

Matthew 8:2… a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. “Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” 3 Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!”

Love

1 Cor. 12:31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts. And yet I will show you the most excellent way.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient and is kind; love does not envy; love does not boast, love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 Love does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, Love is not easily angered, it’s not easily provoked, thinks no evil; 6 Love does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. -- Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails.

Rom. 5:5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out on our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

A.     Pray to be filled with the Holy Spirit

Eph. 5:18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.

Expect by the power of the Holy Spirit to move and touch others like Jesus.

B.      Do Good

Acts 10:38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

 

        C. Seek to Love others – constantly

        D. Forgive others quickly

        E. Offer mercy and grace to others perpetually

        F. Share the Gospel and Go in and become aware if people need prayer for healing and deliverance

Mark 16:15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues.”

G. Take charge in humility and power

Ephesians 2:4-5 But God, who is rich in mercy… made us alive together with Christ … 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

(memorize this verse)

I.        Serve others

Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.

J.       Sacrifice

Romans 12:1-2 …present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

1.      Be with Jesus every day – Seek Him all day

2.      Deeply partake of the Lord’s Table – communion.

John 6:56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.

3.      Expect to move in power and authority with grace and humility. Be open to help others Spiritually and in practical ways. Do not let little inconveniences, trifles, mistakes, little problems, vexations or people’s flesh get to you – vault over such or ignore such things (i.e., Jesus and Simon the Pharisee).

4.      Today, are you expecting to walk like Jesus?  (you are not an actor, but actors stay in roles, you can stay and remain in Jesus and move like Him).