“Why We Need A Family Of Faith”, 6/14/2020

“Why We Need A Family Of Faith”
I Peter 1:3; I Timothy 3:15; Ephesians 2:19

Introduction
1 Peter 1:3 “God has given us the privilege of being born again so that we are now members of God’s own family.”

I Timothy 3:15,“That family is the church of the living God, the support and foundation of the truth.”

Ephesians 2:19, “…you are no longer strangers to God and foreigners to heaven, but you are members of God’s very own family, citizens of God’s country, and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian.” (TLB)
 

I. Benefits Of Belonging
 
 
A. A Family Of Faith…
 

1. …Helps Us Focus On The Lord

Matthew 20:2, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.”

Psalm 34:3, “Magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt [God’s] name together!”
 
 
2. …Helps Us Face Life’s Challenges

I Thessalonians 5:10-11, “Jesus died for us so that we can live together with Him. So encourage each other and give each other strength.” (NCV)

1 Peter 3:8, “…all of you should be of one mind, full of sympathy toward each other, loving one another with tender hearts and humble minds.” (NLT)
 
Romans 12:5, “In Christ, we who are many, form one body and each member belongs to all the others.”
 
 
3. …Helps Us Mature In Our Faith

Hebrews 6:1, “Let us go on and become mature in our understanding as strong Christians ought to be.”
 
Ephesians 3:10, “God’s intent was that through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known.”
 

4. …Gives Us A Place To Develop Meaningful Relationships

1 John 1:7, “But if we are living in the light of God’s presence, just as Christ does, then we have wonderful fellowship and joy with each other,” (TLB)
 
Psalm 55:13b-14, The Psalmist is talking about a friend and he says, “my companion and my friend. 14 What fellowship we had, what wonderful discussions as we walked together to the Temple of the Lord on holy days.” (TLB)


“Dividing Walls Healed”, 6/7/2020

“Dividing Walls Healed”
Ephesians 2:11-22

I. Bringing Us Near Through Christ – vv. 11-13
Ephesians 2:11-13, “Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called ‘uncircumcised’ by those who call themselves ‘the circumcision’ (that done in the body by the hands of men)– 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.” (NIV)

A. The Gentiles Were…
“…separate from Christ…”
“…excluded from citizenship in Israel…”
“…foreigners to the covenants of the promise…”,
“…without hope…”
“…without God in the world.”
 

II. Bringing Us Peace And Breaking Down Walls
Ephesians 2:14-18, “For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. 15 He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups. 16 Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death.  17 He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near. 18 Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.” (NLT)
 
(Word Study) Reconciliation – This is a powerful word and to understand its full meaning we need to consider it in several ways.
* A change from a hostile to a friendly relationship.
* Bringing together again, a reuniting, a re-connecting.
* The enmity is so completely laid aside that complete good will follows.
* Restoration of something that was there before.
 
 
III. Bringing A Worthy Cornerstone
Ephesians 2:19-22, “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” NIV

A. The Church As A Kingdom – “…fellow citizens…”

B. The Church As A Family – “…members of God’s household…”

C. The Church As A Temple – “…built on the foundation…”

1. The Cornerstone
1 Peter 2:6, “As the Scriptures express it, “I am placing a stone in Jerusalem, a chosen cornerstone, and anyone who believes in him will never be disappointed.” NLT
 
2. The Living Stones
Ephesians 2:21-22


“The Wind And Warmth Of The Spirit Of God”, 5/31/2020

“The Wind And Warmth Of The Spirit Of God”

Acts 2:1-13

Acts 2:1-6, “On the day of Pentecost, seven weeks after Jesus’ resurrection, the believers were meeting together in one place. 2 Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm in the skies above them, and it filled the house where they were meeting. 3 Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. 4 And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability. 5 Godly Jews from many nations were living in Jerusalem at that time. 6 When they heard this sound, they came running to see what it was all about, and they were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken by the believers.” NLT
 

I. Significant Symbol Number One = Wind

A. A Rich Biblical Background

Genesis 1:1-2, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.” NASU
 
Genesis 2:7, “Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”
 
Isaiah 2:22, “Stop regarding man, whose breath of life is in his nostrils; For why should he be esteemed?” NAS
 
B. The Roaring Of A Mighty Windstorm
 
Acts 2:2-3, “…there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm in the skies above them, and it filled the house where they were meeting.”
 
Acts 2:3, “Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them.”
 
 

II. Significant Symbol Number Two = Fire

Ezekiel 1:4, “As I looked, behold, a storm windwas coming from the north, a great cloud with fire flashing forth continually and a bright light around it, and in its midst something like glowing metal in the midst of the fire.” NASU

A. Fire = The Presence of God

1. Fire Brings Light
 
1 John 4:4, “…greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” NASU

2. Fire Brings Warmth


“Sowing Well In Order To Not Grow Weary”, 5/24/2020

“Sowing Well In Order To Not Grow Weary”
 
Galatians 6:7-10
 
Introduction
 
2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” NLT
 

I. The Art Of Sowing Well
 
Galatians 6:6-8, “Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. 8 If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit.”
 
 
II. The Art Of Not Growing Weary
 
Galatians 6:9, “So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.”
 

III. The Art Of Doing Good For All
 
Galatians 6:10, “So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.”


“Fixing Our Hope On Grace”, 5/17,2020

“Fixing Our Hope On Grace”
I Peter 1:13
 
Introduction
 
I Peter 1:13, “Therefore, gird your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” NASV
 
I. Fixing Our Hope Completely On Grace
 
I Peter 1:13
 
I Peter 3:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
 
 
A. Three Life Changing Choices
 
1. Gird Your Minds For Action
 
(Word Study) Minds “dianoia”, means more than mental faculties but includes that which guides and directs our actions in life.
 
2. Keep Sober In Spirit
 
(Word Study) Sober “nepho”, meaning self-controlled or clarity of mind.
 
3. Fix Your Hope Completely On The Grace Of God


“God’s Attention Toward Us”, 5/10/2020

“God’s Attention Toward Us”
Psalm 147
 
Introduction
Psalm 147:1, “Praise the Lord. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!” NIV
 
I. God’s Care For People
Psalm 147:2-3,
The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
he gathers the exiles of Israel.
3 He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
 
II. God’s Care Of The Least Significant
Psalm 147:4-6
He determines the number of the stars
and calls them each by name.
5 Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
his understanding has no limit.
6 The Lord sustains the humble
but casts the wicked to the ground.
 
III. God’s Provision For Creation
Psalm 147:7-9,
Sing to the Lord with grateful praise;
make music to our God on the harp.
8 He covers the sky with clouds;
he supplies the earth with rain
and makes grass grow on the hills.
9 He provides food for the cattle
and for the young ravens when they call.
 
IV. God’s Delight In Those Who Hope In Him
Psalm 147:10-11,
His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse,
nor his delight in the legs of the warrior;
11 the Lord delights in those who fear him,
who put their hope in his unfailing love.
 
V. God’s Blessing On People
Psalm 147:12-14
Extol the Lord, Jerusalem;
praise your God, Zion.
13 He strengthens the bars of your gates
and blesses your people within you.
14 He grants peace to your borders
and satisfies you with the finest of wheat.
 
VI. God’s Providence Over Creation
Psalm 147:15-18
He sends his command to the earth;
his word runs swiftly.
16 He spreads the snow like wool
and scatters the frost like ashes.
17 He hurls down his hail like pebbles.
Who can withstand his icy blast?
18 He sends his word and melts them;
he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow.
VII. God’s Revelation To Humanity
Psalm 147:19-20
He has revealed his word to Jacob,
his laws and decrees to Israel.
20 He has done this for no other nation;
they do not know his laws.
Praise the Lord.


May 3rd LIVE Feed Service

May 3rd Live Feed Service
 
There are two ways to hear the message this week.  You can listen to the online audio message posted on our website or you can join me for a live video service from Green Valley Church in Watsonville, CA.
 
I have been invited by my good pastor friend Dennis Smith to share a message with both Valley Community Church and the church he serves in Watsonville, Green Valley Church.  The service starts at 10 AM and you are all welcome to join us online for the service.  Green Vally will provide the worship, we will share communion and I will be sharing the “The Kind Provision Of The Lord” from Colossians 1:9-12.
 
To join us for this live service on Sunday at 10AM, log on to www.greenvalleychurch.net/meda at 10 AM and click on the video feed.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Kevin


“The Kind Provision Of The Lord”, 5/3/2020

“The Kind Provision Of The Lord”
 
Colossians 1:9-12, “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.” NIV
 
I. The Knowledge Of God’s Will – v. 9
 
Colossians 1:9b, “…we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.”
 
Paul has prayed for the Ephesians that they would be “…filled up to all the fullness of God.”
 
Paul has prayed for the Philippians that they would be, “…filled with the fruit of righteousness…”
 
Paul now prays for the Colossians that God would, “…fill [them] with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.”
 
A. Through All Spiritual Wisdom
 
B. Through All Understanding
 
 
II. Live A Life Worthy Of The Lord – v. 10
 
Colossians 1:10, “And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,…”
 
A. Pleasing The Lord In Every Way
 
B. Bearing Fruit In Every Good Work
 
C. Growing In The Knowledge Of God
 
David’s Mighty Men: First Chronicles 11
 
 
III. Strengthened With All Power – v. 11
 
Colossians 1:11, “being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience…”
 
A. According To His Glorious Might
 
B. So That You May Have Great Endurance And Patience
 
 
IV. Joyfully Giving Thanks – v. 12
 
Colossians 1:11c-12, “…joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.”


“Dealing With Difficulty” , 4/26/2020

“Dealing With Difficulty”
I Kings 18-19; Psalm 88; I Peter 1:6-7
 
I. “Lament” Isn’t What It Used To Be
 
A. Medieval Thoughts
 
Psalm 44:23, “Rouse yourself! Why do you sleep, O Lord?”
 
Psalm 89:49 says, “Lord, where is your steadfast love of old, which by your faithfulness you swore to David?”
 
B. Jeremiah 15:18
 
C. Job’s Brutal Honesty
 
Matthew 12:20, it is said that Jesus will “…not break the bruised reed or snuff out the dying candle.” This means that Jesus cares for the fragile who find “lament” not far from their hearts.
Psalm 147:3, “The Lord binds up the brokenhearted and heals our wounds.”
 
 
II. We Are Not Broken Off
 
A. Elijah – I Kings 18-19
 
1 Kings 19:4, “Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary … tree and prayed that he might die. ‘I have had enough, Lord,’ he said. ‘Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.’”
 
I Kings 19:5-6, “…as he was sleeping, an angel touched him and told him, ‘Get up and eat!’ 6 He looked around and there beside his head was some bread baked on hot stones and a jar of water! So he ate and drank and lay down again.”
 
B. Heman the Ezrahite – Psalm 88
 
Psalm 88:3-4, “I am overwhelmed with troubles and my life draws near to death. 4 I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am like one without strength.”
 
Psalm 88:14,16-18, “Why, Lord, do you reject me and hide your face from me? …16 Your wrath has swept over me; your terrors have destroyed me. 17 All day long they surround me like a flood; they have completely engulfed me. 18 You have taken from me friend and neighbor— darkness is my closest friend.” NIV
 
 
III. Difficulty And Rejoicing
 
A. I Peter 1:6-7
 
B. “Heart” And “Emotions”


Psalm 56, “This I Know, God is on My Side”, 4/19/2020

Psalm 56, “This I Know, God Is On My Side”
1 Samuel 21:12-15
 
I. A Statement Of Trouble – vv. 1-2
Psalm 56:1-2, “O God, have mercy on me. The enemy troops press in on me. My
foes attack me all day long. 2 My slanderers hound me constantly, and many are
boldly attacking me.” NLT
 
A. David Was Alone
 
B. David Was Desperate
I Sam. 21:11-12
 
C. David Was Afraid
 
 
II. A Statement Of Faith
Psalm 56:3-4, “But when I am afraid, I put my trust in you. 4 O God, I praise your
word. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to
me?”
 
A. Fear & Faith
 
B. Word & Worry
 
This is an expression of faith and trust in God and His Word which is not saying,
“now life will be perfect and nothing can go wrong,” it is an expression of faith
and trust in God which says, “anything that happens will only produce more
faith and more trust in God.”
 
 
III. More Faith
Psalm 56:8-11, “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears
in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. 9 On the very day I call
to you for help, my enemies will retreat. This I know: God is on my side. 10 O
God, I praise your word. Yes, LORD, I praise your word. 11 I trust in God, so why
should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?”
 
A. The Care Of God
Psalm 55:22, “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you.”
 
B. This I Know: God Is On Our Side
 
 
IV. The Voice Of Confidence
Psalm 56:12-13, “I will fulfill my vows to you, O God, and offer a sacrifice of
thanks for your help. 13 For you have rescued me from death; you have kept my
feet from slipping. So now I can walk in your presence, O God, in your life-giving
light.”
 
A. The Sacrifice Of Thanks
 
B. Solid Footing
 
C. Walking In God’s Presence