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Living God’s Dream Despite Past Poor Decisions – September 20, 2020

“We all stumble in many ways.” James 3:2

“There is not a single person in all the earth who is always good and never sins.”         Ecclesiastes 7:20 NIV

“Yes, all of us have sinned; everyone falls short of God’s glorious ideal.”           Romans 3:23 Living Bible

“I came to save and restore what was lost.” Luke 19:10

4 COMMON CAUSES FOR POOR CHOICES

  • Pride

“Everyone else may stumble in their faith, but I won’t!”  Mark 14:29

  • Fatigue

“Could you not stay awake with me for just one hour?”  Mark 14:37

  • Fear of Disapproval

“Peter followed Jesus at a distance…”  Mark 14:54a

  • Short-term Pleasure

“Peter then sat with the guards and warmed himself at the fire.”                                                           Mark 14:54b

Jesus said, “Simon Peter, Satan has asked to test you, but I have prayed for you that your faith will not fail. So when you have repented and recovered, I want you to strengthen the other disciples.”  Luke 22:31-32

RECOVERING GOD’S ORIGINAL DREAM FOR ME

  1. Honestly accept responsibility for my poor

 

  1. Humbly ask for God’s mercy and forgiveness.

“Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. In your great compassion, please wipe out the stain of all my wrongdoing. Wash away all my guilt and cleanse me from my sins.  For I am haunted by my failures and I can’t forget the evil things I’ve done… I know you love complete honesty from my heart so help me see what’s deep inside me… Then create a new, pure heart in me and renew my spirit with the right desires and restore the joy of your salvation! Then I’ll help bring others back to you too.”                  Psalm 51:1-3, 6, 10

           

  1. There is no Plan B for my life.

 

  1. My mistakes are part of God’s plan.

 

“We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”          Romans 8:28 NLT

  1. God expects me to use them to help others.

“If we have troubles, it is for your benefit and salvation! For when God helps us recover, then we can encourage you so you can patiently endure the same things we did.”   2 Corinthians 1:6 NLT

  1. Gratefully accept God’s amazing grace. (And forgive myself.)

“Christ sacrificed his life’s blood (on the Cross) to set us free, which means that all our sins are now forgiven! God did this because of his generous grace to us.”               Ephesians 1:7

 

“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus!

                                                Romans 8:1 NLT

WHY DOES SIN NOT INVALIDATE GOD’S DREAM FOR ME?

Because…

  1. Jesus already paid for all my sins.

“When Jesus served as a sacrifice for our sins, He solved the sin problem for God — not only ours, but the whole worlds.”   1 John 2:2 The Message

  1. God’s goodness isn’t based on my performance.

“He saved us, not because of the good things we did, but because of his mercy.”  Titus 3:5 NLT

  1. God’s calling and gifts are given unconditionally.

“For God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. They can’t be withdrawn.”

                        Romans 11:29

  1. Generously forgive those who’ve hurt me.

“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.”                          Matthew 6:14-15 NLT

 

  1. Courageously face the future with faith.

“Devote your whole heart to God and reach out to Him in prayer for help.  If you get rid of the sins in your heart and your home you will face the world again without shame and you’ll be strong and free of fear! Then you’ll forget your past troubles, like water under a bridge. Your life will be brighter than noonday, and even in darkness you’ll shine like the morning. And now you’ll have courage because you will have hope!”    Job 11:13-18

 

“Forget the former thing and do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it is springing up; do you not perceive it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness and I will create streams where there has been wasteland!”      Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV

–Sermon taken from Time to Dream Campaign – Rick Warren, Part 2

September Memory Verse – “When I open a door, no one can close it. And when I close a door, no one can open it.”     Revelation 3:7 CEV

 

Dreaming the Future God Wants for You – September 13, 2020

–Sermon taken from Time to Dream Campaign – Rick Warren Part 1

“God can do anything — far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request or dream in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working gently within us.”  Ephesians 3:20 The Message

12 Reasons I Must Know God’s Dream For My Life!

  1. God gave me the capacity to dream.

“Let us make human beings in our image and likeness.” Genesis 1:26 NCV

  1. Without a dream I’m dying.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.”  Proverbs 29:18 KJV

  1. Everything starts with a dream.

“I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can see something of the future that God has called you to share!”                                                             Ephesians 1:18 TLB

  1. Dreams show what God wants to do through me.

“God has given you two dreams to let you know what he has definitely decided to do AND that he WILL do it in your future.” Genesis 41:32 CEV

  1. My dreams define me.

“Your eye is the light for your body. If your vision is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your vision is evil, your whole life will be full of darkness.”      Matthew 6:22-23

  1. A dream keeps me growing.

“I know that I am not yet what God wants me to be. I haven’t reached that goal, but I keep moving toward it to make it mine because Christ made me and saved me for this.  I know that I haven’t yet reached my goal, but there’s one thing I always do. Forgetting the past and straining toward what is ahead, I keep my eyes focused on the goal so that I may one day win the prize that God has called me to receive through Christ in the life above. All of you who are spiritually mature should think this same way.”

                                                Philippians 3:12-15

  1. A dream focuses my energy.

“I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I fight to win. I’m not like some boxer punching the air or playing around.”  1 Corinthians 9:26 TLB

  1. A dream stretches my faith.

“According to your faith will it be done to you.”             Matthew 9:29 

  1. A dream keeps me going in tough times.

 “I do not have the strength to endure. I do not have a goal that encourages me to carry on.”  Job 6:11 NLT

  1. A great dream inspires others to dream.

“If your goals are good, you will be respected.”            Proverbs 11:27 TEV

  1. My self-discipline will be rewarded in heaven.

“All athletes practice strict self-control. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.”  1 Corinthians 9:25 NLT

  1. God-given dreams are a gift of the Holy Spirit.

“In the last days I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will proclaim my message. Your young men will see visions and your old men will dream dreams. Yes, on all my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days and they will proclaim my message!”        Acts 2:17-18

September Memory Verse – “When I open a door, no one can close it. And when I close a door, no one can open it.”     Revelation 3:7 CEV

 

Who God Is To Me! – September 6, 2020

My soul waits in silence for God only;
From Him is my salvation.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.

How long will you assail a man,
That you may murder him, all of you,
Like a leaning wall, like a tottering fence?
They have counseled only to thrust him down from his high position;
They delight in falsehood;
They bless with their mouth,
But inwardly they curse.

My soul, wait in silence for God only,
For my hope is from Him.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.
On God my salvation and my glory rest;
The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
Trust in Him at all times, O people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us.

Men of low degree are only vanity and men of rank are a lie;
In the balances they go up;
They are together lighter than breath.
10 Do not trust in oppression
And do not vainly hope in robbery;
If riches increase, do not set your heart upon them.

11 Once God has spoken;
Twice I have heard this:
That power belongs to God;
12 And lovingkindness is Yours, O Lord,
For You recompense a man according to his work.

                                                Psalm 62:1-12 NASB

  1. God is a rock for me to be secured to.
  2. God alone is my salvation.
  3. God is a fortress able to defend me.
  4. God is a refuge for me to rest in.

September Memory Verse – “When I open a door, no one can close it. And when I close a door, no one can open it.”    Revelation 3:7 CEV

 

God’s Faithful —When People Repent     August 30, 2020

So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three days’ walk. Then Jonah began to go through the city one day’s walk; and he cried out and said, “Yet forty days and Nineveh will be overthrown.”     Jonah 3:3-4

  1. God calls us deeper than the surface.

Then the people of Nineveh believed in God; and they called a fast and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least of them. When the word reached the king of Nineveh, he arose from his throne, laid aside his robe from him, covered himself with sackcloth and sat on the ashes.                                                        Jonah 3:5-6

  1. God wants to touch your soul.

8 …and let men call on God earnestly that each may turn from his wicked way and from the violence which is in his hands. Who knows, God may turn and relent and withdraw His burning anger so that we will not perish.”                                                       Jonah 3:8-9

  1. With genuine confession, sincere brokenness, and authentic repentance— God may change the course of action he planned.

10 When God saw their deeds, that they turned from their wicked way, then God relented concerning the calamity which He had declared He would bring upon them. And He did not do it.           Jonah 3:10

9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”            1 John 1:9

  1. Look at the result of God’s faithfulness.

11 Should I not have compassion on Nineveh, the great city in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know the difference between their right and left hand, as well as many animals?”   Jonah 4:11

August Memory Verse – “God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”  1 Corinthians 1:9 NIV

 

God’s Faithful —When Our Heart Changes – August 23, 2020

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, 10 Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me.             Psalm 139:7-10 NASB

Where can you go from God?

 1 Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the stomach of the fish, and he said, “I called out of my distress to the Lord, And He answered me.
I cried for help from the depth of Sheol; You heard my voice. “For You had cast me into the deep, Into the heart of the seas, And the current engulfed me. All Your breakers and billows passed over me. “So I said, ‘I have been expelled from Your sight. Nevertheless, I will look again toward Your holy temple.’ “Water encompassed me to the point of death. The great deep engulfed me, Weeds were wrapped around my head. “I descended to the roots of the mountains. The earth with its bars was around me forever, But You have brought up my life from the pit, O Lord my God. “While I was fainting away, I remembered the Lord, And my prayer came to You, Into Your holy temple. “Those who regard vain idols Forsake their faithfulness, But I will sacrifice to You
With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay. Salvation is from the Lord.” 10 Then the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah up onto the dry land.        Jonah 2:1-10 NASB 

  1. God wants our hearts to change.

3 Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?  Amos 3:3 NIV

  1. God will forgive us and cleanse us.

9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”            1 John 1:9

  1. God puts us—back on track.

1 Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and proclaim to it the proclamation which I am going to tell you.” So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh according to the word of the Lord.    Jonah 3:1-3

 

God’s Faithful —Even When We Resist – August 16, 2020

But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. So he went down to Joppa, found a ship which was going to Tarshish, paid the fare and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.          Jonah 1:3 NASB 

  1. We cannot get away from God.

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, 10 Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me.             Psalm 139:7-10 NASB

  1. God will put a storm in your life to call you back.

The Lord hurled a great wind on the sea and there was a great storm on the sea so that the ship was about to break up. Then the sailors became afraid and every man cried to his god, and they threw the cargo which was in the ship into the sea to lighten it for them. But Jonah had gone below into the hold of the ship, lain down and fallen sound asleep. So the captain approached him and said, “How is it that you are sleeping? Get up, call on your god. Perhaps your god will be concerned about us so that we will not perish.” Each man said to his mate, “Come, let us cast lots so we may learn on whose account this calamity has struck us.” So they cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah. Then they said to him, “Tell us, now! On whose account has this calamity struck us? What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?” He said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear the Lord God of heaven who made the sea and the dry land.” 10 Then the men became extremely frightened and they said to him, “How could you do this?” For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them.        Jonah 1:4-10 NASB 

  1. God’s call is irreversible.

29 “for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.”   Romans 11:29 NASB

17 And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights.     Jonah 1:4-17 NASB

  1. God’s call may not make sense to others.

11 So they said to him, “What should we do to you that the sea may become calm for us?”—for the sea was becoming increasingly stormy. 12 He said to them, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea. Then the sea will become calm for you, for I know that on account of me this great storm has come upon you.” 13 However, the men rowed desperately to return to land but they could not, for the sea was becoming even stormier against them.                         Jonah 1:11-13 NASB

God’s Faithfulness When He Calls August 9, 2020

1 The word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me.” Jonah 1:1-2 NASB 

1. God will call us to serve.

13 Now when Jesus heard about John, He withdrew from there in a boat to a secluded place by Himself; and when the people heard of this, they followed Him on foot from the cities. 14 When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and healed their sick. Matthew 14:13-14 NASB

2. God’s call is not convenient.

15 That evening the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary—you feed them.” Matthew 14:15-16 NLT

3. God will give us all the resources we need.

17 “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” they answered. 18 “Bring them here,” he said. 19 Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people.  Matthew 14:17-19 NLT

4. God is always faithful.

20 They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers. 21 About 5,000 men were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children! Matthew 14:20-21 NLT

The Radical Experiment: One Year to a Life Turned Upside Down – August 2, 2020

I dare you over the next year to…..

  1. Pray for the entire world.

36 Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. 38 Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”              Matthew 9:36-38 NASB

  1. Read through the entire Word of God.

the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.                       2 Corinthians 4:4-6 NASB

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.       2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV

  1. Sacrifice your money for a specific purpose.

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.               Matthew 6:19-21 NASB

  1. Spend your time in another context.

29 Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, 30 but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life.        Mark 10:29-30 NASB

  1. Commit your life to a multiplying community.

23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.     Hebrews 10:23-25 NASB

** Sermon based on the book Radical by David Platt