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February 24, 2019
“Therefore, if anyone is in christ, he is a new creation”

 

Galatians 5:16–26 NKJV
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against
such there is no law.

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

2 Corinthians 5:17 AMPC
17 Therefore if any person is ingrafted in Christ the Messiah he is a new
creation a new creature altogether; the old previous moral and spiritual
condition has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!

1. In Christ

Galatians 2:20–21 NKJV
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ
lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the
Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Romans 7:22–24 NKJV
For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I
see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind,
and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my
members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this
body of death?

Contemporary English Version
What a miserable person I am. Who will rescue me from this body that is
doomed to die?

Good News Translation
What an unhappy man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is
taking me to death?

Romans 7:25 NKJV
I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I
myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

Romans 8:2–3 NKJV
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from
the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was
weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the
likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the
flesh,

Philippians 3:9–11 NKJV
and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from
the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness
which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of
His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed
to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from
the dead.

2. Walk by Faith

Hebrews 11:1–2 NKJV
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things
not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.

Hebrews 11:5–6 NKJV
By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was
not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he
had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6 But without faith it is
impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that
He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

2 Thessalonians 3:5 NKJV
5 Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into
the patience of Christ.

2 February 2018

Luke 6:43–45 NLT
A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce
good fruit. 44 A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs are never gathered
from thorn bushes, and grapes are not picked from bramble bushes.
45 A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good
heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an
evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.

 

Galatians 5:16–26 NKJV
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the
flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the
flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the
things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not
under the law.

The product of the fleshy nature.

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which
are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery,
hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions,
dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and
the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time
past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom
of God.

1. The Fruit Of Heaven

Galatians 5:22–26 NKJV
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against
such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the
flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also
walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one
another, envying one another.
The Greek word translated “fruit” refers to the natural product of a
living thing.

2. How To Produce This Fruit

Galatians 5:16 NKJV
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the
flesh.

John 15:4–5 NKJV
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.

Proverbs 13:20 NLT
Walk with the wise and become wise;
associate with fools and get in trouble.

John 15:7–8 NKJV
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you
desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified,
that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

abide (Greek) “ménō”
a primary verb; to stay in a given place, state, relation or expectancy—
abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand, tarry, to
place

John 6:63 NKJV
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I
speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

3. It’s Growing In Me.

Fruit always grows.

We are the Church
February 10, 2019

 

Acts 5:12 NKJV
And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were
done among the people. And they were all with one accord in
Solomon’s Porch.

“One Accord” Greek
A unique Greek word, used 10 of its 12 New Testament occurrences in
the Book of Acts, helps us understand the uniqueness of the Christian
community. Homothumadon is a compound of two words meaning to
“rush along” and “in unison”. The image is almost musical; a number
of notes are sounded which, while different, harmonize in pitch and
tone. As the instruments of a great concert under the direction of a
concert master, so the Holy Spirit blends together the lives of members
of Christ’s church.

Acts 2:42–45 NKJV
And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and
fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 Then fear came
upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the
apostles. 44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in
common, 45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them
among all, as anyone had need.

Let’s see if we can see any ingredients for a thriving church.
– Apostles teaching
– Fellowship
– Breaking of bread
– Prayer

1. They Cared For Each Other

John 17:11 NKJV
Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come
to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have
given Me, that they may be one as We are.

Hebrews 10:24–25 NKJV
And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good
works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the
manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as
you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 10:24 NLT
Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works

Acts 2:46–47 NKJV
46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking
bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and
simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the
people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being
saved.

2. They Touched The World

They got together daily.
They broke bread from house to house.
The Lord was adding to their numbers daily who were being saved.

This is what the church looks like:
– It is missional.
– It is engaged.
– It is serving.
– Reaching out.
– Faithful.
– It is bold.

We see a warm welcoming church engaged in the culture and with
each other. Supporting one another, and encouraging one another.
Living in such a way that their message is endorsed by how they live
and function in the culture.

“And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”

“I believe that one of the next great moves of God is going to be through the believers in the workplace.”

—Billy Graham

Luke 5:4–11 NLT
When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where
it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.”
5 “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t
catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” 6 And this
time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! 7 A shout for help
brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled
with fish and on the verge of sinking.
8 When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees
before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m such a sinful
man.” 9 For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught,
as were the others with him. 10 His partners, James and John, the sons
of Zebedee, were also amazed.
Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing
for people!” 11 And as soon as they landed, they left everything and
followed Jesus.

1. We Are Christians

They will know we are Christians by our love.

For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”

Matthew 16:24-25 NLT
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower,
you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow
me. 25If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up
your life for my sake, you will save it.

Matthew 16:25 NLT
If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your
life for my sake, you will save it.

2. We Are Fishermen

Matthew 4:19 NLT
Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how
to fish for people!”

Mark 16:17–18 NKJV
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 take
up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt
them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Our prayer is that Covenant Life would be intentional about Fishing for
people.

3. Listen Intentionally

Three Phrases to listen for:
These may indicate that a person is open to allowing God to come in
and Chang their live:
The Three Nots:
– I’m not in church.
– Things are NOT going well.
– I was NOT ready for that.

If you hear any one of those “Nots”, follow it with “Well, you should
come to church with me this weekend.”