Stand Firm. (a conversation-sermon)
Sunday November 11, 2018, Larry Harvey and Andy Springer
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10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
7 KEY AMERICAN BAPTIST CONCERNS
1. We strongly emphasize the Lordship of Christ and encourage individuals to come to know Him directly and give their faith and lives to Him.
2. We respect the Bible so highly that we look to it for authoritative guidance in all matters spiritual and moral.
3. We emphasize the freedom of the individual conscience before God.
4. We commit ourselves to love and care for our neighbors and those in need, whether they are Christian or not.
5. We practice independence of the local church.
6. We defend the separation of church and state.
7. We seek cooperation with other American Baptist churches and agencies and with all others who work for the welfare of our community and world.
The NEW Life. (a conversation-sermon)
Sunday August 19, 2018, Larry Harvey and Andy Springer
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A. 17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.
B. 20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
C. 25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
D. 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Chapter 5: 1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
God is like Jesus.
God has always been like Jesus.
There has never been a time
when God was not like Jesus.
We have not always known what God is like —
But now we do. – Brian Zahnd
(plus 4-minute board meeting to hire Andy Springer)
Sunday July 29, 2018, Larry Harvey
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Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman Luke 7:36-50
36 When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. 38 As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.
39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”
40 Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”
“Tell me, teacher,” he said.
41 “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”
43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”
“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.
44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”
48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
49 The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”
50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
Ways to Describe the CORE RELATIONSHIP of Life – With CHRIST
Become a Disciple
Believe, Believe In
Seek Honor From
Have You Received Christ? Possibly YES If
You truly respect Him (which means you know enough about him to be impressed)
You work to learn about Him, get to know Him.
You practice His attitudes – towards others, and yourself.
You make it your business to let His teaching interfere with your ongoing life.
You speak with Him privately in prayer.
Have You Received Christ? Possibly NO If
You think about Him seldom or never.
You don’t really care what He thinks about your choices, or lifestyle.
You see Him mostly as a critic or interferer with you, what you like or do.
You put no real effort into understanding Him and His teaching.
You just don’t do what He says.
You think of Him as someone to manipulate.
You MUST Obey? No. You Are Not a Dog.
Sunday July 1, 2018, Larry Harvey
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Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong.
Love does no harm to a neighbor.
Love is the fulfillment of the law.
A Valuable Principle, BUT We Have Some Problems:
- He Promotes Paying Taxes
- He Prioritizes LOVE
- Peter & John disobeyed
- Paul was often in trouble with authorities
- Jesus was often in trouble with authorities
- Nazi’s wanted Christians to persecute people
- US Founding Fathers
- Fugitive slave laws
WHAT TO DO If A Scripture Is Difficult???
- Go with what is most clear (Don’t make stuff up.)
- Go with Jesus’ teaching and example
- Go with Prophets’ & Apostles’ teaching
- “Love is the fulfillment.”
- Use the Coffee Can (Don’t pretend to know what you don’t know.)