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The Holy Spirit is Another Jesus

Scripture: John 14:16-17  I. The Holy Spirit is another Jesus who is with you. A. Jesus talks about the good gift God will give to the disciples in vs. 16: “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever.” The Holy Spirit is called by Jesus another…

The Spirit Gifts Us To Serve

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:4-11  |  October 10, 2021 I. We serve the church with a diversity of gifts. A. The Apostle Paul, the writer of 1 Corinthians, begins to speak about the diversity of gifts within the church in vs. 8. But before he speaks about our different areas of gifting as Christians, he grounds our…

A Heart For Holiness

Scripture: Acts 5:1-11 I. The Holy Spirit empowers holiness by exposing sin. A.  Ananias and Sapphira in chapter 5 act in contrast to Barnabas in Acts 4:36-37. Barnabas sold some land and gives all of the money from the sale of the land to the apostles to help the poor. Ananias and Sapphira want to make…

A New Heart to Witness

Scripture: Acts 1:6-11 The Power to Witness Comes from the Holy Spirit “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses. . .” (v8) “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them…

A New Heart and a New Spirit

Scripture: Ezekiel 36:22-32 I. A new heart and a new spirit goes with cleansing from your sin. A. We see the problem between God and His people Israel in vs. 22-23. Three times in these two verses God says that Israel has profaned His name. Because of Israel’s sin, the nation did not deserve for…

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Looking On The Heart

Scripture: 1 Samuel 16:1-13 I. God’s looking on the heart means appearances do not matter. A. Samuel does what God commands (vs. 4) and goes to Jesse in Bethlehem to anoint one of Jesse’s sons as the new king of Israel. When Samuel looked at Eliab (vs. 6), he thought to himself: “Surely the LORD’s…

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TORN

Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:24-35 I. You will not have something precious torn from you if you fear God more than people.  A. Saul admits in vs. 24 that the reason he disobeyed God was that he feared the people in his army. Saul both feared the rejection of the people in the army, and he…

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TO OBEY IS BETTER

I. Obeying God is better than success. A. 1 Samuel 14:47-48 is a summary of Saul’s successful reign as king. Saul could look all around Israel at the end of his reign and see victory over Israel’s enemies. From the standpoint of Israel’s history, Saul is a success. Saul was successful in defeating Israel’s enemies.…

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Draw Near to God

1 Samuel 14:24-46 Focus on Grace, Not Religion “How much better if the people had eaten freely today . . .” (v30) “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”…

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OUR UNSTOPPABLE GOD

Scripture: 1 Samuel 14:1-23 I. God will not use the fearful and disobedient to save others. A. 1 Samuel 14 presents a contrast between King Saul and his son Jonathan. Where was King Saul (vs. 2)? He and his men were hiding in a cave. So, Jonathan is moving (vs. 1) while Saul is sitting.…