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Signs – They Have a Heart for Seekers

SERIES:  Signs

TITLE:   They Have a Heart for Seekers

TEXT:  Luke 15 (p.874); 19:1-10 (p.878)

“God is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”  2 Peter3:9

 

  1. THEY “SEE” THEMSELVES

Turn to Eph.5:27.  3 lessons from this verse:

  1. The purpose of Christ’s love is to call forth (beauty).
  2. The product of Christ’s love is to be (holy and blameless).
  3. The process by which He accomplishes that is by (His love) for the church.

 

It is all about (credibility).  We must (BE) good news  before we can share good news.

“And your fame spread among the nations on account of your beauty, because the splendor I had given you made your beauty perfect.”  Ezek.16:14 (NIV)

 

  1. THEY “SEE” OTHERS

Point to ponder: We must (really matter) to God.

Three common threads run through Luke 15 parables;

1)      Something of (great value) was missing.

2)      That which was missing was (important enough) to warrant an all-out search.

3)      (Retrievals) result in (rejoicing).

 

  1. THEY “SEE” THEIR MISSION

“I have not come to call the righteous but the sinners to repentance.”  Mk.2:27

“The church is a hospital for sinners, not a rest home for saints.”

 

NEXT:  They Live Godly Lives- Eph.4:25-5:4

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Signs – They Thirst For Knowledge

SERIES:  Signs

TITLE:   They Thirst for Knowledge

TEXT:  Ps.1 (p.448); Ps.119:105; Heb.4:12 (p.1003); 2 Tim.3:16-17 (p.996)

“All Scripture is given by god and is useful for teaching, for showing people what is wrong in their lives, for correcting faults, and for teaching how to live right.  Using the Scriptures, the person who serves God will be capable, having all that is needed to do every good work.”

2 Tim.3:16-17 (NCV)

 

  1. GOD’S WORD IS (WATER) TO (SUSTAIN) ME

3 categories of a righteous man’s choices from Psalm 1:2

  1. (Walk)- implies does not “go through the motions”
  2. (Stand)- suggests more permanent position on path
  3. (Sit)- suggests full blown settling down

 

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.  He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”  Jer.17:7-8

  1. GOD’S WORD IS A (LAMP) TO (GUIDE) ME

Turn to Matthew 5:14-16 (p.810)

  1. GOD’S WORD IS A (SWORD) TO (CHANGE) ME

Turn to Hebrews 4:12 (p.1003)  The Word has 3 characteristics:

  1. It is (living).
  2. It is (active).
  3. It is (sharp).

 

The Word also has 2 abilities according to Heb.4;12

  1. It has the ability to (pierce).
  2. It has the ability to (judge).

 

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Signs – They Keep in Touch With God

SERIES:  Signs
TITLE:   They Keep in Touch with God
TEXT:  Phil.4:4-7; Eph.6:18

“Prayer is an unnatural activity.”  Bill Hybels

I. WHY DON’T WE KEEP IN TOUCH WITH GOD?

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.  If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”  Phil.4:6-7 (NLT)

1. Because praying to God is a (mysterious thing).
2. Because I (don’t feel worthy) to talk to God.
3. Because it is hard to see that my prayers (make a difference).
4. Because my (mind keeps wandering).
5. Because I (don’t feel anything).

II. HOW CAN WE KEEP IN TOUCH WITH GOD?

Turn to Eph.6:18.  What is a consistent prayer life achieved?
1) We are to pray (about everything).
2) We are to pray (at all times).
3) We are to pray (with power).    Reference Rom.8:26 (p.944)

How can my prayers be effective?  Matthew 6 (p.811)
1. Don’t be (hypocritical).  [6:1-2,5,16]
2. Don’t use a lot of (repetition).  [6:7-8]
3. Don’t harbor (anything) against anyone.  [6:14-15]  “If I had cherished evil thoughts, Adonai would not have listened.”  Ps.66:18  Jewish Bible   “If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.”  (Same verse in NLT)

Questions to ponder:
• Do I have a regular time in prayer each day?
• Do I take advantage of small windows of opportunity to pray?
• Am I making an attempt to stay in contact with God each day?
• Am I making an attempt to converse with God each day?

NEXT:  They Have a Heart for Seekers-  Luke 15; 19:1-10

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