Heaven: I Can only Imagine

Genesis 28:10 Now Jacob went … 11 So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep. 12 Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 And behold, the Lord stood above it and said: “I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. 14 Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed. … 16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.” 17 And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!”

John 1:29 The next day John looking upon Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

Revelation 13:8 … the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Revelation 19:11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.

Galatians 6:16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them…

Revelation 22:1 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, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 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. 5 There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.

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The Joy and Glory of the New Heavens and New Earth

Waiting for the New Heavens and New Earth

 

Isaiah 66:18-23 “…It shall be that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come and see My glory. 19 I will set up a standard among them; and those among them who escape I will send to the nations: to Tarshish and… to the coastlands afar off who have not heard My fame nor seen My glory. And they shall declare My glory among the Gentiles. 20 Then they shall bring all your brethren for an offering to the Lord out of all nations … to My holy mountain Jerusalem,” says the Lord, “as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the Lord. …22 “For as the new heavens and the new earth Which I will make shall remain before Me,” says the Lord, “So shall your descendants and your name remain. 23 And it shall come to pass That … All flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says the Lord.

Isaiah 2:1-4 New King James Version (NKJV) 2 The word that Isaiah .. saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. 2 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days That the mountain of the Lord’s house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And all nations shall flow to it. 3 Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 4 He shall judge between the nations… They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore.”

Psalm 119:103 How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth!

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How to Share Your Faith with Joy

Share and Invite

Matt. 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Mark 16:15 Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation….

Luke 24:46-48 And He said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.”

John 20:21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”

 

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you…that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.

"Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God," (William Carey).

Jesus. Put your own name in the blank: "I am with ___________ always, even to the end of the age."

Genesis 15:1 The word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield, and your exceeding great reward.”

 

Our Vision: We want to exalt God by helping people love God and others; and to help make disciples of Jesus locally and around the world.

 

Mission: ALCC is a Jesus-centered Church. Jesus is everything to us; He is our Foundation, the center of all we do and all we hope for--all we desire is found in Him. Abundant Life seeks to help people know God deeply and live as disciples, in order to love and disciple others, and change the world.

 

Reach out and Do:

 

* A BBQ or get together  * A block party  * A Day Playgroup 

* Homemade gifts or baked goods with invitation  *A dinner

*A baby shower (pray for them before – and invite hem to church during your event).

 

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Palm Sunday: Riding into Victory

Matthew 21:1 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey and a colt tied …  bring them to Me. 3 And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.”… 6 So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. 8 And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 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!”

2 Chron. 20:22 As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon … who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.

Heb. 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey…

Zechariah 3:3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the Angel. 4 Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, “Take away the filthy garments from him.” And to him He said, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.”

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Acts 20:35 … remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

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Spiritual Growth in Christ

Growing through Jesus

Hebrews 10:10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. … 14 For by one offering He has sanctified forever those who are being sanctified.

Luke 14:1 Now it happened, as He went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath, that they watched Him closely. 2 And behold, there was a certain man before Him who had dropsy. 3 And Jesus, answering, spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” 4 But they kept silent. And He took him and healed him, and let him go. 5 Then He answered them, saying, “Which of you, having a donkey or an ox that has fallen into a pit, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?” 6 And they could not answer Him regarding these things.

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

Col. 2:6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.

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

Phil. 2:12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

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Wednesday Night Service

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

 

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The Power of Hope

The Kingdom of God is at Hand

1 Cor. 2:4-5 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

Mark 1:14-15 …Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand (has come upon you). Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

Matthew 6:9-13 In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.

10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.

…For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

2 Cor. 4:18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

1 Cor. 4:20 For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.

Matthew 17:1 Now … Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain … 2 and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. 3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. …5…behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” 6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. …8 When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.

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God's Revelation in His Word to You

How to Hear From God

Psalm 81:13 Oh that my people would listen to me…

Luke 8:4-22 And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come to Him from every city, He spoke by a parable: 5 “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. 6 Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. 8 But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” 9 Then His disciples asked Him, saying, “What does this parable mean?” 10 And He said, “To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that ‘Seeing they may not see, And hearing they may not understand.’ 11 “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 13 But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. 14 Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. 15 But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.

Romans 3:25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed.

1 John 2:2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

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Disciple-Makers

Men as Warrior Disciple-Makers 1

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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 religion  2. Apologetics  3. 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

 

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The Power of Reconciliation

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Job 1:1 & 8 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil. 8 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”

Job 42:8 Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, go to My servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and My servant Job shall pray for you. For I will accept him, lest I deal with you according to your folly; because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.”

Eph. 4:32 and be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Genesis 45:5-11 But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6 For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. 7 And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. 8 So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt. 9 “Hurry and go up to my father, and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph: “God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not tarry. 10 You shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near to me, you and your children, your children’s children, your flocks and your herds, and all that you have. 11 There I will provide for you, lest you and your household, and all that you have, come to poverty; for there are still five years of famine.”’

Matthew 5:44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.

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The Biblical Pattern for Making Disciples: A Cross and a Mentor

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen (Jesus: Matt. 28:19-20).

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 (2 Timothy 2:2).

The NT was written is Greek. The Greek word for “disciple” means____________?

Disciplining a person is a biblical form of _____________________?

1.    Disciples are not merely made in a classroom or at seminary.

 

2.    Make disciples if you are a mature Christian or a recent convert.

 

3.    A priority: Jesus as a priority made disciples. He often took His disciples with Him to minister, rest, pray, teach, and serve—Jesus was discipling others while living life.

 

4.    Time is an important aspect in discipling others.

 

5.    Disciple making requires one to aim and pray for the goal of discipling others.

Paul also discipled while living daily life (2 Tim. 2:2) Paul mentored men as he lived his life-even in jail.

6.    Know the Word of God. Read it to apply it and to share it.

7.    Know doctrine. Learn it to apply it and to share it.

a.    Justification & Sanctification

b.    Trinity

c.    The Gospel

d.    Always bring tracks, invites, and the Bible with you.

Always admit your weaknesses.

It’s ALL about Jesus!

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Discipleship: What is More Important: Success or an Abundant Life?

 


Goal- Make disciples: followers of Christ

Goal- Well educated adult, respected job, affluence, popularity

Goal- A few deep relationships

Goal- Many superficial relationships

Results- Lasting eternal impact

Results- Temporary self-gratification

Results- 92% stay in church

Results- 6% to 25% stay in church

 

Luke 19:10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.

 

John 20:21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”

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

Galatian 1:2 and all the brethren who are with me…

 

Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection

 

Luke 9:21 And He strictly warned and commanded them to tell this to no one, 22 saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.”

 

Take Up the Cross and Follow Him

 

Luke 9:23-25 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. 24 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. 25 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?”

 

Born Again: Regeneration

John 3:3-11 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.

 

 

 

John 15:1-20 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. … 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

 

5 “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.  … 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you …8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

 

9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

 

11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. … 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain… 17 These things I command you, that you love one another.

 

18 “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.

 

 

Sanctified: Made holy or righteous; made perfect.

Sanctification: Being made holy, becoming more like Jesus; growing in holiness, obedience, and righteousness.

 

Hebrews 10:10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11 And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, 13 from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. 14 For by one offering He has sanctified (perfected) forever those who are being sanctified.

 

15 But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before, 16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

 

See Titus 3:4-8

 

3 g’s   propitiation

 

Came to seek and save the lost Luke 19:10

 

When we make disciples, we are relating God to people and people to God. At this juncture disciples are made. This means we can seize the opportunity at the crowded intersections of life and relate how God is involved. We can bring God's perspective to bear on the situation and help disciples follow God's leadership in solving problems. The greatest discipling takes place when a disciple faces a crisis. Then he or she is most teachable.

 

 

 


Goal- Make disciples: followers of Christ

Goal- Well educated adult, respected job, affluence, popularity

Goal- A few deep relationships

Goal- Many superficial relationships

Results- Lasting eternal impact

Results- Temporary self gratification

Results- 92% stay in church

Results- 6% to 25% stay in church

 

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ALCC Granbury Loves Jesus

We are all about Jesus.

We love him.

That relationship is what drives us to love each other the same way Christ loved us.

ALCC Granbury strives and goes to great lengths to connect with those who do not know Jesus.

These three relationships make us: a vision-driven, gospel-centered and a community of Christ followers on mission to impact the nations.

Come Join us at 11am Sunday or Wed. 7 pm at 524 N. Crockett St. Granbury, Texas 76048 next to the US Post Office right off the Granbury Square.

The Cross and the Wages of Grace

The Payday of Grace

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

“There is no one doctrine in the whole Bible more fully asserted.” (Jonathan Edwards).

Matthew 20:1-16 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 Now when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, 4 and said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. 5 Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise. 6 And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, and said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle all day?’ 7 They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right you will receive.’ 8 “So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, ‘Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.’ 9 And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius. 10 But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius. 11 And when they had received it, they complained against the landowner, 12 saying, ‘These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.’ 13 But he answered one of them and said, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. 15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?’ 16 So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.”

 

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 him who does not work, but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted (imputed) for righteousness

 

Rom. 5:1-9 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. … For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

 

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.).

Galatians 3:16-26 Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. …22 But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. 23 But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. 24 Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. …26 For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

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Abundant Life Community Church

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

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God's Blessings in Jesus

Living in Blessing: Putting off Curseful Ways

 

Genesis 12:1-20 Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you.

2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.

3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”4 So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him… 5 …So they came to the land of Canaan.

6 …And the Canaanites were then in the land.

7 Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” And there he built an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him.

8 And he moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord. …

10 Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to dwell there, for the famine was severe in the land.

11 And it came to pass, when he was close to entering Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, “Indeed I know that you are a woman of beautiful countenance. 12 Therefore it will happen, when the Egyptians see you, that they will say, ‘This is his wife’; and they will kill me, but they will let you live. 13 Please say you are my sister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that I may live because of you.”14 So it was, when Abram came into Egypt, that the Egyptians saw the woman, that she was very beautiful. 15 The princes of Pharaoh also saw her and commended her to Pharaoh. And the woman was taken to Pharaoh’s house. 16 He treated Abram well for her sake. He had sheep, oxen, male donkeys, male and female servants, female donkeys, and camels.

17 But the Lord plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. 18 And Pharaoh called Abram and said, “What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister’? I might have taken her as my wife. Now therefore, here is your wife; take her and go your way.” 20 So Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him; and they sent him away, with his wife and all that he had.

 

Gal 3:6 just as Abraham “believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”… 8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand…

13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.

John 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.” 57 Then the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?” 58 Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”

Proverbs 3:5-7 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil….

Phil 2:10 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.

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Abundant Life Community Church

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

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Chanukah Meets Christmas in Jesus

John 10:22 Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter. 23 And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch. 24 Then the Jews surrounded Him and said to Him, “How long do You keep us in doubt? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me. 26 But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. 30 I and My Father are one.” 31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. 32 Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?” 33 The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.”

Exodus 15:11 “Who is like You, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, Fearful in praises, doing wonders?

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

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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

Donate via Phone Text: Place the number 84321 in the area of the phone number (where you normally put the phone number in your text – Follow instructions to Life Church). Safe & Simple.