FAITH UNDER FIRE:
02 - FIRE!
Text: 1 Peter 1:1-12; Various
Date: 02-10-2019 Beaver Creek Christian Church
Fire is one of the most terrifying images in our minds. Fire burns! But fire also can be used in many helpful ways. Fire isn’t all bad. The Apostle Peter knows first-hand the burn of fire. But he also knows the benefits of facing the fire head on. In the letters of Peter he encourages Christians whose faith is under fire (1 Pe 1:1-12; Mt 16:21-28). Peter’s words can help encourage us today as well.
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FAITH UNDER FIRE:
01 - Peter’s Tangled Nets
Text: Luke 5:1-11; 1 Peter 1:1-2; Various
Date: 02-03-2019 Beaver Creek Christian Church
What a tangled mess! In Luke 5: 1-11, Jesus watched Peter, Andrew, James, and John working with their nets. After each day of fishing, whether they were successful or not, The fisherman had to untangle, wash, and mend their nets. Like Peter’s nets, sometimes our lives get pretty tangled in things that aren’t important like worldly possessions, busy schedules, entertainment, social obligations, relationships, sin and temptation, and contentment. The tangled mess can be so bad that we become unproductive and complacent. But Jesus took the tangled mess of Peter’s life and made him a rock and a pillar of the church. Peter’s relationship with Jesus went from being acquaintance to personal friend. This story gives us a starting place to having a deeper relationship with our Lord.
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04 - Eternal Life
Text: ; Various
Date: 01-27-2019 Beaver Creek Christian Church
Heaven is the reward for all who call on Jesus and have their sins forgiven and it truly is a wonderful place. As Christians we can celebrate because Jesus has restored our relationship with God and given us eternal life. And eternal life is so much more than just a heavenly home. So what is this eternal life? Let’s see what the Bible says about it.
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The Bible has compared our relationship with the Lord as a marriage (Hosea; Ep 5:22-33; etc). And just like marriage sometimes we need a little help to us work on our relationship. A healthy relationship is one that is active and growing from day to day. Here are 7 ways to improve your relationship with God.
1. Try to Understand Your Partner- In a marriage we want to try to get in our spouse’s shoes and see things from his/her perspective. With God we do this by abiding in Him and contemplating or meditating on His word. (Js 1:8; Jn 15:4).
2. Communication - If we stop talking and listening to our spouse our marriage will deteriorate. The same holds true in our relationship with God. Of course we are supposed to pray, but are your conversations deep and personal or are you still just talking about the weather? If you want to improve your relationship with God work on your prayer life and be listening to the Holy Spirit as he communicates with you. (Ph 4:6-7; Cl 4:2; 1 Th 5:17).
3. Do something nice for your Partner- In a marriage advice column it said that you should try to go out of your way to do at least one nice thing for your spouse each day. In your relationship with God you can do acts of kindness in your community which are the same as doing it for the Lord (Mt 25:31-46). There is also much work to be done in God’s church too. You could join a ministry team, do some maintenance or cleaning, teach a class, start a study for youth, etc., etc. (Ga 5:13; Ro 12:1,2).
4. Express Gratitude and Praise- Another piece of advise in marriage is to focus and praise your spouse’s positive behavior and attitudes rather than to focus on the negative. Likewise, our relationship with God grows as we praise him and show gratitude for all that he has done. (Ps 100; 107:1; Cl 3:16-17). A gratitude journal helps you focus on the things God is doing.
5. Show Tenderness - Sometimes in a marriage we forget to show tenderness like getting close, holding hands, giving hugs, or a gentle kiss. In our relationship with God we demonstrate our tenderness to him by showing compassion and gentleness to others. How we treat others is a reflection of our love for God. (Cl 3:12; 2 Co 1:3,4; Ph 2:1-3)
6. Challenge Yourself - In a marriage it is good to have goals and objectives to keep you on focus. In your relationship with God it can help to write out goals and objectives. Start with the question, what kind of a person do I want to be? And then, what kind of a person does God want me to be? (1 Pe 1:13-16; 1 Jn 2:6; Ep 5:1-2)
7. Seek help - Most married couples wait til it is almost too late to seek professional help. Don’t seek help as a last resort. An accountability partner can help you keep your relationship with God on track as you help your accountability partner. (Pr 27:17; Ga 6:1,2; Ja 5:16; 19-20).
I am praying that these helpful hints can help you get your relationship with the Lord moving in the right direction. Most of us know the right thing to do but we fail to do them. Let’s pray that we all grow stronger in the Lord together.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Lord, I praise you for all that you are and for the mighty acts of your hands. I am grateful for the life that you have given me and for the abundant and eternal life that comes through your Son, Jesus Christ. I asked that you will help me to walk with you each day, step by step, and that our relationship will grow closer and closer. Help me to be the person that you have called me to be. I pray that you will also help my brothers and sisters in Christ to have a deep relationship with you too. In Jesus' holy name, Amen!
03 - Abundant Life
Text: John 10:10; Ephesians 3:14-21; Various Date: 01-20-2019 Beaver Creek Christian Church
More is better. In most cases where relationships, money, material possessions, food and other indulgences we find that this is not true. But for Christians Jesus has come to give us more life (Jn 10:10). Abundant life, life to the fullest, a life of joy and love, whatever you want to call it Jesus came to give us more than we could ever have without Him. The Apostle Paul elaborates on this “more life” in Ephesians 3. We aren’t talking about a health and wealth gospel but it does have “glorious riches” and “boundless riches.” And we get more...immeasurably more. Christians can celebrate life because Jesus came to give us life to the fullest through a restored relationship with God. Let’s talk about what this “more life” is all about.
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02 - The Implications and Application of the Sanctity of Life Text: Psalm 8:4-9; 139:13-16; Various
Date: 01-13-2019 Beaver Creek Christian Church
God has given value, meaning, and purpose to human life (Psalm 8:4-9; 139:13-16). Jesus emphasizes this in Luke 12:6-7 when he says even the hairs on your head are numbered. The simple truth is that God loves us and his love is shown in his actions. God’s value on human life makes it sacred...there is a sanctity in life. So if God values human life so much why don’t we? This very truth has powerful implications to apply to our lives.
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01 - Life has Value, Meaning, and Purpose Text: Various
We Christians, have a reputation a reputation of being stoic prudes that rain on people’s parades but the life of a Christian is really one of celebration. We celebrate life itself (Ps 118:24; Hb 3:17-18) each day of life is a gift to be used to the fullest. Today let’s look at three good reasons to celebrate life!
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THE LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS
02 - The Light of Peace
Text: Luke 2:8-14; Isaiah 9:7; Various
Is “Peace on Earth” possible given the cultural, socioeconomic, religious, political, and educational differences? The problem is that we have confused world peace and the peace that Jesus brings. The Biblical answer to this is clear for those who seek honestly and earnestly. Let’s take a look at Jesus, the light who brings true peace on earth.
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