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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?

Scripture at Sunrise 8.10.09

Sunday School | 2 Peter 1:1-11 | Bro. Steve Dawson
“…Make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.”  -2 Peter 1:5-9
-This is Peter’s last letter.  He is writing about what concerns him most.  He is looking out for the brotherhood and wrote to expose false teachers.
-vs. 1- The ground is level at the cross!  By Christ’s righteousness, we stand!
-vs. 3- His power has granted us everything we need to live a godly life to glorify Him.  (Jesus’ full power is our sufficiency and enables our perseverance).  [John 1:1-3, Colossians 1:15-20)  It’s all His.  He gives us what we need to fulfill what He’s called us to do.
-vs. 4- Think about His very great and precious promises.  He will sustain us through everything.
Divine Nature>Maturing Christian Life
-vs. 5-7- Multi-step process:
virtue=desire to be morally excellent, desire to be more Christ-like
knowledge=Scripturally applied knowledge
self-control=controlling personal desires through the working of the Holy Spirit
godliness=be like Jesus
brotherly affection=1 John 3:14; love being around Christians
love=love like God loves: full and sacrificial (Missionaries have a sacrificial love for others, even those who aren’t saved)
*When all of these are fulfilled, we have no need for rules and regulations.
-vs. 8-9- without these qualities, one can still be saved, but they have forgotten what Christ has done for them
*Progressing in these things provides evidence and assurance of salvation.

Morning Worship | Colossians 4:7-18 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“…They have been a comfort to me.”  -Colossians 4:11
*Friends: they influence you and you influence them.  Choose your friends wisely.
-Paul chose his friends wisely, surrounding himself with a strong support system.
-Tychicus=man with a message (vs. 7-8); responsible for delivering messages and, therefore, preserving God’s Word
Are you being faithful in delivering the Gospel with which you have been entrusted?
Onesimus=man with a past (vs. 9); a fugitive slave who had stolen from his master, Philemon; Paul is sending him back to Philemon in Colossae, a small town where people would probably talk about him [Philemon 10-20: Paul pleads Onesimus’ case…God brought Onesimus to Paul to be led to the Lord!]
We all have a past.  Have you been forgiven?
-Aristarchus=stuck with Paul through thick and thin, willing to go in chains for the sake of the Gospel (vs. 10); Acts 19:29, Acts 27:2, Galatians 6
Are you a faithful friend willing to bear the burdens of others and stick with them during the very difficult times?
-Mark=deserted Paul; though Mark failed, the Lord gave him a second chance and used him with Barnabas (2 Timothy 4:11 shows Mark progressed in faith)
-Jesus/Justus=a Jew (vs. 11); Did he live up to his name?  (Matthew 1:21)
Do you live up to your name as a Christian?
-Epaphras=Gentile Pastor from Colossae who was seeking Paul’s advice; had a great zeal for his flock (vs. 12-13); His zeal for the Lord created a zeal for his people; Prayer crosses all kinds of boundaries.  He was in touch with his congregation through the throne of grace!  agonizomi=agonized in prayer
Do you exhaust yourself in praying?
You can reach hard hearts through the throne of grace.  Do you have zeal for the glory of God?
-Luke=Paul’s beloved doctor (vs. 14); Paul had no bounds in sharing the Gospel (2 Corinthians 12:9); Luke was the first medical missionary; He used his talents for God’s glory (Acts 16:8-10)
Do you use the abilities God has given you to glorify Him?
-Demas=loved the world more than he loved God; formerly a fellow-laborer, seen in Philemon); 2 Timothy 4:10- turned his back on the truth
Do you love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength?  (Deuteronomy 6:5)

Evening Service | Exodus 37:1-29 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“Consequently, He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”  -Hebrews 7:25
Items in the Tabernacle:
1)Ark of the Covenant (vs. 1-9)
—-Inside the ark of the covenant: (1)manna: to remind that God provides (2)Aaron’s staff: to show God’s rule and authority (3)Law: to remind of God’s covenant and promises, showing Him as both Lord and Savior
—-On top: (1)Mercy seat with cherubim (Psalm 80:1, Psalm 99:1)- Shows God reigns in Heaven and earth (2)Blood: covered sin and appeased God’s wrath, showing He is a God of justice, mercy and forgiveness
2)Table of Showbread (vs. 10-16)- shows God provides and also shows He has fellowship with us
3)The Lampstand (vs. 17-24)- to continually give light, showing that God reveals things and illuminates; like an almond tree, represening life
4)Altar of Incense (vs. 25-29)- incense represents prayers (Revelation 8:3); shows God hears and answers prayers
*Our Tabernacle today is Jesus Christ.  He is all we need.  (1 John 2:2; Romans 3:25>Greek for propitiation=mercy seat; Christ is our mercy seat!)
—He is our sustenance (Bread of Life); He is the Light of the world (John 8:12, 1:4); He ever intercedes for us (Hebrews 7:25)
****All these types point to Christ!

Scripture at Sunrise 8.3.09

Sunday School | 1 Peter 5:1-11 | Bro. Roger Harden
“Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’”  -1 Peter 5:6
Bro. Roger encouraged our college crowd today by reminding them to live each day in the presence of God and enjoy it.  He reminded them of Matthew 5:3 and the importance of humbling yourself under the mighty hand, realizing you have nothing to offer Him.

Morning Worship | Colossians 4:7-9 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“Tychicus will tell you all about my activities. He is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord.  I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts, and with him Onesimus, our faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you of everything that has taken place here.”  -Colossians 4:7-9
-You get to know someone when you travel with them.
-These are people who Paul traveled with who made an impact in his life for the glory of God.
-vs. 7- Tychicus had a good reputation.  He was trustworthy, reliable and was Paul’s confidant.
-vs. 7-14- These people came from diverse backgrounds…very diverse.  What drew them together?  What was their common bond?
-Something held all these people together.  (ch. 3:14) God’s infused love is the superglue of relationships.
-beloved brother=adelphas=unity in the womb> John 3- born of the Spirit=common bond because of common confession, Savior, hope and passion (1 Timothy 1:1); born into the family of God
-beloved=greatly loved, term of endearment; Realize you are beloved of GodHe loves you deeply!
1 Thessalonians 1:4; Romans 5:5- The love of God overflows from our hearts to the hearts of others.
-Tychicus was a faithful minister who was trustworthy, dependable, reliable and a faithful friend.  He stuck with Paul through thick and thin.  (Proverbs 18:24)  He ministered to Paul and served the Lord alongside him.
-Tychicus comforted hearts.  We should do the same (ex.: 1 Thessalonians 4)
-Tychicus was a mailman.  This seems like a menial task, but he was entrusted with the very Word of God.
*There is greatness even in the small things when you are serving the Lord.  Things small in the sight of man are not small in the sight of God.
*Your life is not separated into a physical category and a spiritual category.  Don’t compartmentalize your life into physical, spiritual, big, little, etc.  Do it ALL for God’s glory. (1 Corinthians 10:31, Colossians 3:17)
-2 Timothy 2:2- God’s Word is preserved by sharing it with others.
-Onesimus was another mailman.  He was a slave who had run away, trying to get lost in the crowd in Rome, but God sovereignly scattered him (1 Peter 1) to meet Paul to hear the life-changing Gospel!  (Philemon 10)
*Both Onesimus and Tychicus looked to glorify God, not themselves.
-Influential people in Paul’s life: those who were faithful to serve God in whatever the Lord has called them to do.
*Be obedient to what He has called you to do right now.

Evening Worship | Exodus 36:8-38

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  -John 1:14

-The Israelites were in a building program.  The Tabernacle served as God’s dwelling place for nearly 500 years, so God had detailed instructions on how to build it.
-First, the tent had to be built.
-vs. 8-13- Colorful curtains for 3 walls with gold pieces everywhere.
-vs. 14-19- Ceiling of Curtains=4 layers
-vs. 20-34- Framework (very specific)
-vs. 35-36- Curtain to separate Holy Place from Most Holy Place
-vs. 37-38- Curtains for Tabernacle Entrance
-This passage mirrors ch. 26 almost word-for-word.  Why did God repeat Himself?  Because they had disobeyed by building a golden calf.  However, this time (ch. 36), they were obedient in the details and they were blessed in ch. 40!
-As you read God’s Word, obey what He has revealed to you.  Day by day, walking in His Word and, therefore, His will.
-Hebrews 8:5- The Tabernacle patterned the throneroom of God in Heaven.  (ch. 9:24)  What we see in the Tabernacle is a glimpse of Heaven.
-As you approach the Lord in the Tabernacle, the more beautiful it gets (bronze>silver>gold).
-Curtain torn in two=access to God!
-John 1:1, 14- Christ tabernacled among us.
-Hebrews 10:5- His body became the Tabernacle of God on earth.  Hebrews 9:11- Perfect Tabernacle.  John 2:19
-When you, by faith, trust in Him, He dwells in you.  (“Christ in you, the hope of glory.”)
-If Jesus dwells in you, glorify God with your body.  (1 Corinthians 6:18, 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1)
*If your body is the temple…
-How can you glorify God better with your thought life?
-How can you improve your speech?
-How can you be more conscientious of glorifying God through your actions?
*Desire the glory of God shining through your life.

Scripture at Sunrise 7.27.09

Sunday School | 1 Peter 4:12-19 | Bro. Steve Dawson
“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when His glory is revealed.”  -1 Peter 4:12-13
This video pretty much sums it up…

Morning Worship | Overview | Bro. John Hatcher, missionary to Brazil
“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”  -Genesis 3:15
Bro. Hatcher reminded us of many important truths, an encouragement indeed!  He said he didn’t get to his sermon because he used all the time on his introduction, but that’s okay.  That just means he gets to come back to preach the message he had prepared on Mark!  🙂
*Genesis 3:15 lays the foundation for the rest of the Bible.
*God gave us parents to teach us the seriousness of obedience and authority.
*Matthew shows us the manual of the kingdom, proving Jesus is the legal heir of David’s throne.  You find the Constitution of the Kingdom in the Sermon on the Mount.
*Mark is the manual of the Servant.
*Luke shows us the Kinsman-Redeemer who is relative to all nations.
*John gives us the manual of eternal life.
>A little bit from the message to make us want more: Mark 1:17- The purpose of servants is to become fishers of men.
*Don’t let immediate success inhibit you from doing the Lord’s will.

Evening Service | Exodus 35:30-36:7 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“Then Moses said to the people of Israel, “See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship…”  -Exodus 35:30-31
*The thrill of giving: it’s a thrill to give if you know grace.
*God always desires the best that His glory might be shown through it.
*The Tabernacle is a perfect picture of salvation.
*vs. 29- everyone could help with the construction of the Tabernacle
*vs. 30-36:1- the artist of the Tabernacle
*vs. 31- filled Him with the Spirit of God (1st time mentioned in the Bible)//God is empowering man to build the Tabernacle
*Ephesians 4- God’s children have been graced and gifted
*1 Corinthians 14:12- God has gifted every one of His children.  Purpose: edify and build up the church.  Comes from the Spirit.
*vs. 30-34- He gifts individuals.  He personalized those gifts and talents.  Your responsibility is to obey, use it and follow Him by faith.
*vs. 2- God working.  Where God has gifted you, you have a willing heart to do.
*These 2 artists were gifted to give to others and glorify God.  (vs. 34- also to teach others)
*Gifted Artists: only Christian artists can reflect God’s glory the brightest because they know where their gift comes from.
*The Tabernacle shows forth His glory and beauty, as do all His works.  (Psalm 27:4)
*He sent His beautiful Son to make us beautiful people.  (1 Peter 3- It’s the glory of God shining through a person’s life that makes them beautiful.)
*Whatever you do, do it in a beautiful way to the glory of God.  (1 Corinthians 10:31)
*vs. 2-6- They had experienced the grace of God and it made them want to give to show their gratitude for what He’s done.
*Your giving will be in proportion to where your heart is.  (Matthew 6:19-21)
*2 Corinthians 8:1-5- The Macedonians were dirt poor, but they were liberal givers.
*What has God given you?  (Romans 8:32) If He’s given us His best, He’s not going to withhold any good from us.
*How much are you willing to give to the Lord?

Scripture @ Sunrise 1.12.09

I could not decide which sermon to summarize from yesterday, so I give you a snippet from each. 

From our Sunday Morning debut of Colossians
“…To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae…”  –Colossians 1:2
No matter where you are AT, a child of God is always IN Christ!  Our citizenship is in Heaven. 

From our Sunday Evening series on the Tabernacle
“Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.”  –Philippians 2:14-15
The lampstand represents the light and life God gives to His people.  How bright is your light?

Scripture @ Sunrise 12.29.08

[So this really isn’t “sunrise,” but I wanted to do the notes from last night’s wonderful message justice.]

The Tabernacle (Exodus 25)
-The only building designed by God (a picture of His salvation and purpose). 
-built on sand
Hebrews 8:5– strict guidelines to follow pattern
-Through the Tabernacle, God gives us a word picture of how to worship and come to Him.  It has to be on His terms, His way. 
-Inside the fence: bronze altar, basin, tabernacle (Holy Place: lampstand, altar of incense, table of shewbread; Holy of Holies: ark of the covenant)
-Where He could dwell with His people (same word as John 1:14– tabernacle with)
-Materials used in Tabernacle include gold (represents Deity), silver (represents Redemption), bronze (represents suffering).  They all point to Christ. 

The Ark of the Covenant
-The first thing He tells them to build.  (vs. 10-15)
-He’s putting emphasis on what’s most important
-A little less than 4’x3′
-Ark & Uzzah teaches us not to belittle the things of God.  Also, our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, don’t defile it. 
-cherubim: were also guards in the Garden of Eden
Ezekiel 1:5-14, 10:1-22         Psalm 99:1          Numbers 7:89       Exodus 31:18            Psalm 132:7-8
God is above the cherubim, they are looking down in awe.  The ark is His footstool. 
God>cherubim>ark>law
-What was inside the ark could not save them, but only condemn them. 
Top=atonement cover; mercy seat
-Once a year, the high priest offered a blood sacrifice. 
Leviticus 16:11-17– Day of Atonement
Hebrews 9:22– Christ has become our mercy seat.  vs. 11-12
1 John 4:10
Hebrews 4:16– Mercy is obtainable through Jesus Christ for me!  Access the throne of grace diligently, daily. 

*I do believe this message was recorded if you would like a copy!  My notes really don’t do the message justice.