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Scripture at Sunrise 8.12.2019

“But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience…” -2 Timothy 3:10-13

The way you live your life reflects your core beliefs. In this present evil age, we need men and women of faith who are willing to take a stand for truth and not back down. We need men and women who have godly character. Our young people need godly examples to imitate. –excerpt from Steve Wainright’s Sunday Morning Sermon “Needed: Godly Examples!”


Scripture at Sunrise 1.25.2016

Sunday Morning | Pastor Steve Wainright
Paul: His Master, His Office, & His Purpose | Romans 1:1

“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God…” -Romans 1:1

In the first verse of Romans, Paul shares three simple facts about himself: his Master, his office, and his purpose.

He was a servant of Christ Jesus, who loved him and gave Himself for him. He was an apostle, sent by God to speak of Him…to be His witness. He was set apart for the Gospel of God before he was even born.

The point of your life is to be a witness of the Gospel of God. Are you being one?

Sunday Morning Sermon Audio:  Paul: His Master, His Office, & His Purpose | Romans 1:1

Scripture at Sunrise 9.7.2015

Sunday Morning | Pastor Steve Wainright | Righteousness Rejected | Philippians 3:2-9
“But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—” -Philippians 3:7-9

Paul had the righteousness of the law outwardly, but struggled inwardly. If salvation could be worked for, Paul would have been close to attaining it. However, all that Paul had credited to his account, he put in the ‘Loss’ column.

What does God see in your life? Does He look and see you trying to attain righteousness or does He see Christ’s perfect righteousness?

*Click here for Sunday Morning Audio: Righteousness Rejected (Philippians 3:2-9)
*Click here for Sunday Evening Sermon Audio: The Power of Your Influence (1 Kings 15:1-24)
*Click here for last Wednesday’s Sermon Audio: Have You Ever Thought that God Has Failed You? (Jeremiah 33:10-16)

Scripture at Sunrise 2.28.2011

8 Keys to Power in Your Witness as learned from the life of Paul in 2 Corinthians 4:7-15

1. Humble yourself. (vs. 7)- Paul humbled himself under God’s mighty hand (James 4:10), admitting he was nothing, but there was a treasure inside of him.

2. God must be your rock and foundation. (vs. 8-9)- He had great hope because he knew God was in control no matter what was going on in his life.

3. Must be willing to give your life for converts and new Christians. (vs. 10-12)- Paul gave his life and was willing to suffer that others might grow spiritually. He consistently poured out his life so that others might be saved. (Acts 16:23-34; 20:23-24; 21:30-31)

4. If you really believe, you will speak. (vs. 13)- Paul was bold in his witness because of his belief. He had to share the truth because of the way it had impacted his life. He was faithful to the message that had been given to him. (2 Timothy 4:3; Psalm 116- Both the psalmist and Paul had deep-rooted conviction.)

5. Realize that the worst man can do to you is kill you, which just ushers you into the presence of the Lord. (vs. 14a; Romans 8:11)

6. Know you will be raised up and presented before God Himself, faultless before His throne! (vs. 14b; Jude 24)

7. Paul did everything he did in order for others to be saved. (vs. 15a)

8. Know that the more people are saved, the more thanksgiving goes to God, and more people give God the glory. It’s like a crescendo. (vs. 15b)

If you’ve believed, you need to speak that the thanksgiving of many might abound to the glory of God.

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Scripture at Sunrise 2.22.10

“But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.”  -1 Corinthians 8:9

The right Paul addresses in 1 Corinthians 9 was his right to receive ministerial support.  Paul’s desire was to see people saved and following Christ, growing in grace and knowledge.  The Gospel always goes forth without a charge and he did not want to be a hindrance to the Gospel; therefore, he relinquished his freedom in Christ for the benefit of others.

Does your freedom in Christ cause others to stumble?  Do you use your freedoms to edify others or tear them down?

Scripture at Sunrise 11.23.09

Sunday School | Jude 1:1-16 | Bro. Roger Harden
“Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called…”  -Jude 1:1

Jude defined himself spiritually before he defined himself in the flesh.  He was a half brother of Jesus, but called himself a servant of Christ.

Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 4:14-21 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel.  I urge you, then, be imitators of me.”  -1 Corinthians 4:15-16
*We need more spiritual parents, which means leading more people to Christ.
*What example are you setting in the lives of others?  Are you practicing what you preach?

Evening Worship | Leviticus 8:10-36 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“…To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood and made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”  -Revelation 1:5-6
God has called each of us to be priests to minister and serve in the Name of Jesus Christ.  Are you being a faithful priest?

Scripture at Sunrise 8.24.09

Sunday School | 2 Peter 2:1-22 | Bro. Steve Dawson
“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master Who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.”  -2 Peter 2:1

*One small mistake can cause a disastrous outcome.  (ex: train tracks 1″ off course) Likewise, false teachers don’t normally start way off course, but slightly off course, leading to a disastrous outcome.
*ch. 1:16-21- Peter establishes his authority and lets his readers know he is telling the truth.
*Their Sphere (comes from within; Acts 20:28-35)
*How do you identify false teachers?  Notice how they stray from the truth of the Gospel and know why you believe what you believe.
*2 Timothy 4:1-3- People let falsities infiltrate the church because they don’t like to hear that they’re sinners.
*False teachers promote themselves.
*Best way to spot false teachers: Study God’s Word for yourself.  (Am I accountable to God even if I’ve been taught wrong?  Yes, because you are judged by His Word.  So, study it!)

Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 1:1-3 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, ‘Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.’ And he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.”  -Acts 18:9-11

-The church at Corinth was the most troubled church Paul wrote to.  Their main problem?  Division.
-Corinth was a major city and was part of a major trade route where pleasure and entertainment were emphasized.  They had a temple dedicated to the goddess Aphrodite (the goddess of sex).  They emphasized sensual philosophy and sensual wisdom, which contributed to the creation of a morally corrupt culture.  The city was so vile that if you were called a “Corinthian,” it was degrading.  (ch. 6:9)
-Start of the Church at Corinth> Acts 18:1-11- God said He had a lot of people in Corinth.  A church was started in the midst of all that corruption.  Paul stayed there approximately 1-1/2 years.
-The church had problems.  (vs. 11; Fix them by setting sights on Christ…vs. 13)
-Some believers still clung to worldly pleasures.  They wanted to be just a little bit more moral than Corinth, but still wanted the ways of the world.  They wanted “The Best of Both Worlds.”
*We don’t draw the world into the church.  The church is to go out into the world.
-vs. 1- Paul was called to be an apostle, not by his own will, but through the will of God.  Paul established his authority before addressing problems (ch. 9:2).  He came with a message of salvation through Christ alone to the Gentiles.
-Sosthenes (Acts 18:12)- chief ruler of synagogue; Like Paul, he persecuted Christians and later became a believer
vs. 2- This letter was written primarily to the church at Corinth.  (church=assembly=local, visible body of baptized believers)  SANCTIFIED=set apart; we’re saints!!!!  Went out to all believers.  It was passed around to Thessolanica, Galatia, etc. and eventually to NLBC in Lexington, KY.
-2 Peter 1:3-4- saints escape corruption through world.
Live up to your name as “saint.”
vs. 3-Greeting: grace to sanctified saints at Corinth
Grace comes through peace in knowing Jesus Christ; be aware of God’s grace manifested in your life.  (Isaiah 26:3)

Evening Worship | Exodus 38:1-31 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“But as it is, He [Christ] has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.”  -Hebrews 9:26b

-Some call Christianity a bloody religion.  It is.  (1 Chronicles 29:21; 1 Kings 8:63)  Because of sin, life must pay the sin debt.  All the blood that flowed through sacrifices in the OT pointed to the blood of the Lamb of God.
-vs. 9…- The Tabernacle was something very costly in the middle of the wilderness.  They used approximately 1 ton of gold, 3 tons of silver and 2 tons of bronze.  All these materials were offerings given to the Lord because the Lord had given to them.
*What made them so joyful to give?  They thought about their salvation.  A thankful heart creates a giving heart.  You can’t help but give when you realize how much the Lord has given you.
-vs. 18- There was only one way into the Courtyard, through the gate.  It was made out of the same colors as the entrance to the Holy of Holies, representing there is only one way to God.  (John 10:9- Jesus is the only way to God.)
-vs. 1- The first thing you would see when you entered the courtyard would be the altar, an 8-foot-wide by 5-foot-tall grill where burnt offerings were offered every morning and evening and fellowship and sin offerings were offered regularly, in addition to all the sacrifices made on the Day of Atonement.  There were numerous bloody sacrifices that took place right at the entrance.  Think of all the blood that was spilt.
-During a sacrifice, the one performing it would place their hands on the head of the animal to identify with it, symbolizing the transfer of sin.
-So, when you first walk in the Courtyard, you are reminded that you are a sinner who needs a sacrifice to appease the wrath of a holy and just God.  (Hebrews 10:4, 9:26- All these pointed to Christ.  Only He can take away sin.)
-vs. 8- The second item you would see when you entered the Courtyard would be the basin.  (ch. 30:20-21- If you approach the altar without washing, you would die.)
-John 13- Once you’ve been born again, you’ve been born again.  However, you need to confess your sins as daily cleansing.
-vs. 8- Women who were formerly servants and did not have much had been given gifts by Egyptian women when they left Egypt.  They were given precious items such as mirrors, which they ended up giving as a sacrifice to the Lord.
*They realized that the greater part of womanhood was inner beauty.  That’s what glorifies God.
*What do you see when you look in the mirror?  What beauty do you desire?  Inner or outer?
*Do others see Jesus in you?  If Christ lives within us, let Him glow through us.
*Go through this week smiling!
*What are you willing to give?  Are you willing to give your all to spread God’s glory and give Him the glory?