“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” -1 Peter 1:13-16
“If you are going to live a life of holiness, it starts with your mind. It does not start with what you do, but who you are.” -Pastor Steve Wainright (excerpt from Sunday Morning Sermon from 1 Peter 1:13-16)
“But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed…” -Romans 6:17
Truth in the mind will affect the heart, and then it will affect the will without being forced to. –excerpt from Josh Wilson’s Sunday Morning Sermon
Sunday Morning | Pastor Steve Wainright | The Perfect Example of Humility | Philippians 2:5-9
“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus…” Philippians 2:5
How can we have this mind? Fill your mind with God’s Word. Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly.
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Sunday School | 1 Peter 4:1-11 | Bro. Steve Dawson
“Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God.” -1 Peter 4:1-2
*To have the same way of thinking as Christ had (aka: the mind of Christ=1 Corinthians 2:16), you must repent and change your direction, which comes through faith that Jesus is Who He says He is and that He died in your place. Our weapon in this spiritual battle is the mind of Christ. (Romans 8:5)
*Jesus’ mind is the Father’s will. (John 8:47)
*The transformation from your past and hope of eternal life. (vs. 3-6)
*Having the mind of Christ and doing His will is all for His glory. (vs. 7-11)
Sunday Morning | Colossians 4:5-6 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” -Colossians 4:5-6
*Paul was passionate about the Gospel and for the lost. He wanted the Colossian believers to live out the Christian life and share the Gospel to spread God’s glory. (vs. 3-4; Romans 9:1-2)
*As you live your life to the glory of God (ch.3), you will have opportunities to share the Gospel with unbelievers.
*If Christ is your life (ch. 3:4), you will live different. Paul was living a life filled with Christ. (Galatians 2:20)
*Walk in Wisdom (What’s Wisdom? The application of knowledge)
*God desires to use your life. Let your light shine. Do you practice what you preach?
*Wisdom = [ch. 1:9- know will by being filled with wisdom] [ch. 2:3- to know Christ is to know wisdom] [ch. 3:12- this is wisdom, walk in it] James 1:5
*Wisdom is gained by getting in the Word. Your life will preach without words.
*Smile, it makes people wonder what you’re thinking.
*Our life preaches and gives us the opportunity to speak words.
*vs. 5- Redeem the time. make the most of an opportunity. Carpe diem, but also seize the opportunities.
*Be sensitive to how God is moving and working in our life and the lives of others.
*vs. 6- Always be ready to give an answer (1 Peter). Talking about dealing with people asking you questions stimulated by the difference they see in the life you live.
*Your speech should be pointed and pleasant.
*You can lead a horse to water AND make him drink by giving him salt.
*Add a little flavor, zest, SALT to your speech!
*Does your speech minister grace to the hearer?
Proverbs 11:30 ~ Ephesians 5:15-16
Sunday Evening | Exodus 35:4-29 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” -1 Corinthians 9:7
*The Israelites are in a building program, building the tabernacle.
*ch. 35-39 shows the children of Israel being obedient. This shows there is hope for sinners because when we go astray, God abides and is faithful.
*vs. 4-9- GIVING. Getting into this building program, they are told to give from the heart.
*God is inviting them to join in His work. He does the same with us.
*Give out of a willing heart. (2 Corinthians 9:7-9) God has given it to you.
*Use what you have WILLINGLY. What we give belongs to Him anyway. You cannot outgive God. He’s already given us His best: His Son.
*vs. 10-19- God gets particular. A lot of different talents were needed. (Romans 12:6, 1 Peter 4:10- use gifts to minister to one another)
*vs. 20-21- Heard command, left, brought offering. When you hear God’s Word and know your responsibility, do it! Don’t put it off.
*People who are born again love to give. That’s a way to show gratitude to the Lord for what all He’s done for us.
*vs. 22-24- Their giving was worship.
*Two Groups: [Group 1=Wise-Hearted Women in vs. 25-26: Took to heart what they could do and did it for the glory of God. They didn’t complain about what they couldn’t do.] [Group 2=Leaders/Rulers: How you use what you have can either be a blessing or a cursing.]
*GIVE for the glory of God.
****HOW DO WE CULTIVATE A HEART OF GIVING CHEERFULLY?****
Don’t look at what you give, but look at how much God has given you!
*All you have belongs to Him. (vs. 21, vs. 24- “The Lord’s Offering”) Be a good steward of what He’s given you.