Understanding the Kingdom of God

Texts: John 3:3 and Luke 11:2

John 3:3
Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

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This One Thing I Do

Introduction
Most people know that in order to excel at anything in life you must be devoted; you have to sacrifice time, expend energy, and give yourself over to your goals in order to achieve them. Paul the Apostle told us in Philippians that this attitude was the key to his great success as a disciple of Christ.

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Fourteen Reasons Why Elijah Is a Model for Reformers and Transformers of Culture Today

When one thinks of Elijah the Prophet, one usually conjures up images of him raising the dead or calling down fire from heaven. But as we study his life, there was much more to the man that made him great in three major areas.

First, he turned the hearts of the fathers to the children and vice versa. Thus, his was a call to restore the family unit to its proper order, and a call to spiritual leaders to mentor and parent their spiritual children.

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Do You Worship or Are You a Worshipper?

Key Texts: Luke 19:37-40; Psalm 145:1-9

Introduction
Jesus said, “I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out,” because He is always worthy of praise. This is an important truth. A week before the crowd was crying out for Him to be crucified, they were worshipping Him. This shows us how fickle human beings can be regarding worship.

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Understanding What Sin Is and How it Works in Us

Introduction
Definition of sin: to miss the mark; to transgress; to rebel; to deviate from the path; to fall short.

Sin is serious, because we are all born in original sin. Sin is so serious, God sent His only Son to die on the cross of Calvary to die for our sins. During Old Testament times, the blood of millions of animals was shed to temporarily appease God’s wrath towards the sins of believers.

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The Five Love Languages of Pastors

I. The Faithful Paying of Tithes and Offerings

1. A person’s commitment to God is not gauged by how much they sing, dance, or cry in a church service or alone worshipping. This is considered merely sentimentalism towards God–not commitment–if not backed up with a financial commitment.

2. Jesus spoke about money more than any other subject in the New Testament. All of the parables either directly or indirectly implied the way a person stewarded their money. This is because, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21).

3. I know a person’s commitment to God three ways:

A. Let me see their checkbook.

B. Let me view their credit card bills.

C. How they use their discretionary time.

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Seven Things Pastors Wish from Their Governmental Elders and Leaders

I. Pastors wish the elders would be there to support them, not supplant them

1. Elders can either function as Aaron and Hur in Exodus 17:12, who supported and held up Moses hands during battle, or as Aaron and Miriam in Numbers 12:1-10, who were judged by God for attempting to supplant Moses as the primary leader of Israel.
2. Biblically, elders should be placed by the senior leader. Thus, they can be replaced by the senior leader. (Numbers 11:17 says God told Moses to pick the elders, thus the elders could never bypass Moses by telling him that their leadership was between them and God!)

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