Jan 19, 2013
How To Tackle A Big Job by Pastor Rulon Combs 1-19-13
Series: None

How to Tackle a Big Job

January 19-20, 2013

Nehemiah Chapter 2

   

Nehemiah discovers God’s plan and waits for God’s timing.

  In the month of Nisan in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was brought for him, I took the wine and gave it to the king. Nehemiah 2:1   Sometimes we can have God’s plan…but miss His timing   But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.   Psalm 33:11   Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. Proverbs 15:22   Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.Proverbs 16:3   But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 2 Peter 3:8 

 Nehemiah knew that he would need the king’s authority

  Then I prayed to the God of heaven, and I answered the king, "If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my fathers are buried so that I can rebuild it." Then the king, with the queen sitting beside him, asked me,"How long will your journey take, and when will you get back?" It pleased the king to send me; so I set a time. Nehemiah 2:4-6   Not only has God given us authority, but we have been given a divine mandate.   Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."  Matthew 28:18-20 Matthew 16:19                    Luke 9:1-2   
  • There will be times that you may have resources and tools to do a thing, but no authority.

 Nehemiah knew that he would need the king’s protection

   I also said to him, "If it pleases the king, may I have letters to the governors of Trans-Euphrates, so that they will provide me safe-conduct until I arrive in Judah?” Nehemiah 2:7  
  • Nehemiah anticipated that there would be opposition from the enemy
  When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard about this, they were very much disturbed that someone had come to promote the welfare of the Israelites.Nehemiah 2:10   
  • When we reach out to restore broken lives…the enemy will take notice
  Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.1 Peter 5:8   I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.Luke 10:19   Psalm 41:2           2 Thessalonians 3:3-4  

 Nehemiah knew that he would need the king’s provision

  And may I have a letter to Asaph, keeper of the king's forest, so he will give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel by the temple and for the city wall upon me, the king granted my requests. Nehemiah 2:8    When God calls us to do a job, he will provide the people and the resources we need to accomplish it.   And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:19   
  • Authority and provision go hand in hand
  What is true for the church is true for each one of us.  The Lord gives us God sized dreams…  
  1. If we are going to accomplish God’s purposes…
  • We will need to follow his plan: include, instruct, involve, invest
  • We will need to follow his timing
  • We will not just proceed with His authorization…but his authority
  • We will need to have his protection
  • We will need his provision
   
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  • Jan 19, 2013How To Tackle A Big Job by Pastor Rulon Combs 1-19-13
    Jan 19, 2013
    How To Tackle A Big Job by Pastor Rulon Combs 1-19-13
    Series: None

    How to Tackle a Big Job

    January 19-20, 2013

    Nehemiah Chapter 2

       

    Nehemiah discovers God’s plan and waits for God’s timing.

      In the month of Nisan in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was brought for him, I took the wine and gave it to the king. Nehemiah 2:1   Sometimes we can have God’s plan…but miss His timing   But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.   Psalm 33:11   Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. Proverbs 15:22   Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.Proverbs 16:3   But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 2 Peter 3:8 

     Nehemiah knew that he would need the king’s authority

      Then I prayed to the God of heaven, and I answered the king, "If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my fathers are buried so that I can rebuild it." Then the king, with the queen sitting beside him, asked me,"How long will your journey take, and when will you get back?" It pleased the king to send me; so I set a time. Nehemiah 2:4-6   Not only has God given us authority, but we have been given a divine mandate.   Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."  Matthew 28:18-20 Matthew 16:19                    Luke 9:1-2   
    • There will be times that you may have resources and tools to do a thing, but no authority.

     Nehemiah knew that he would need the king’s protection

       I also said to him, "If it pleases the king, may I have letters to the governors of Trans-Euphrates, so that they will provide me safe-conduct until I arrive in Judah?” Nehemiah 2:7  
    • Nehemiah anticipated that there would be opposition from the enemy
      When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard about this, they were very much disturbed that someone had come to promote the welfare of the Israelites.Nehemiah 2:10   
    • When we reach out to restore broken lives…the enemy will take notice
      Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.1 Peter 5:8   I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.Luke 10:19   Psalm 41:2           2 Thessalonians 3:3-4  

     Nehemiah knew that he would need the king’s provision

      And may I have a letter to Asaph, keeper of the king's forest, so he will give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel by the temple and for the city wall upon me, the king granted my requests. Nehemiah 2:8    When God calls us to do a job, he will provide the people and the resources we need to accomplish it.   And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:19   
    • Authority and provision go hand in hand
      What is true for the church is true for each one of us.  The Lord gives us God sized dreams…  
    1. If we are going to accomplish God’s purposes…
    • We will need to follow his plan: include, instruct, involve, invest
    • We will need to follow his timing
    • We will not just proceed with His authorization…but his authority
    • We will need to have his protection
    • We will need his provision
       
  • Jan 12, 2013Time To Build by Pastor Rulon Combs 1-12-13
    Jan 12, 2013
    Time To Build by Pastor Rulon Combs 1-12-13
    Series: None

    Time to Build

    January 12-13, 2012

    Nehemiah 1

     

    His concern for the welfare of Jerusalem

    and its people moves him to tears

    A Healthy Church Will Be Acutely Aware Of The Desperate Needs In Their Community

     

    The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

     

    When he (Jesus) saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:36

     

    Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins. James 5:20

     

    I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. Luke 15:7

     

    If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

     

    “For God so loved…”  - John 3:16

     

    His concern for the welfare of Jerusalem

    and its people moves him to pray.

    A healthy, growing church will be a praying church

                   

    We must be completely dependent on the Lord in every area

     

    Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Psalm 127:1

     

    Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.          Proverbs 3:5-6

     

    It was during this time of prayer that a plan began to form

    Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21

     

    Nehemiah was not only moved to tears

    and to prayer. He was moved to action

     

    A healthy, growing church will move out of their comfort zone and be a living, active force in their community

     

    Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out (spectators and observers?)  workers into his harvest field." Matthew 9:37-38

     

    What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?   Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:14-17  

     

    The LORD turned to him and said, "Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian's hand. Am I not sending you?" Judges 6:14

     

    God will supply everything we need to build his kingdom…and as we build this new addition…but it will take everyone’s participation

     

    1. Like Nehemiah…we are going to have to be acutely aware of the needs of those around us
    2. Like Nehemiah…we will need to continue to pray: wisdom, favor, provision
    3. Like Nehemiah…we will need to add action to our faith

     

    And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. 2 Corinthians 8:1-4

     

    Then I said to them, "You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace." I also told them about the gracious hand of my God upon me and what the king had said to me. They replied, "Let us start rebuilding." So they began this good work.   Nehemiah 2:17-18

  • Jan 6, 2013Sin Is A Process by Pastor Rulon Combs 1-6-13
    Jan 6, 2013
    Sin Is A Process by Pastor Rulon Combs 1-6-13
    Series: None

    Sin is a Process

    Genesis 3

     

    The Set Up

      Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. Genesis 3:1a   More crafty…   He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?" Genesis 3:1b   “Did God really say…?”   The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'" Genesis 3:2   Eve concludes that God is actually quite generous…   Then her attention turns to what she can’t have…   "You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. Genesis 3:4  

    He calls God a liar

    • He wants us to believe that there are no consequences to disobedience
     

    He encourages us to focus on the ‘positive’ aspects of disobedience

      "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." Genesis 3:5  

    The enemy will also accuse God of being selfish

     

    Satan appeals to our sense of entitlement

     

    He insinuates that God does not have our best interests in mind

      When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.    Genesis 3:6a  

    This is a common pattern…that continues into the New Testament…and into today

    • 1John 2:16-17
     

    The most effective temptation is multifaceted…it affects several areas at once.

    • eyes
    • flesh
    • pride
     

    She acted on her desires.

    • James 1:13-15
       She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Genesis 3:6b  

    Misery loves company

     

    The Cover Up

      Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Genesis 3:7  

    As surely as the Holy Spirit is there encouraging you not to sin…he is also there to convict you of sin after the fact

     

    Then you…like Adam and Eve…experience all kinds of emotions

     

    There is a tendency after you sin to run away and hide

      Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Genesis 3:8   But the Lord God called to the man, "Where are you?" Genesis 3:9   He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid." Genesis 3:10  

    Sin often moves our relationships from an environment of love and trust, to an environment of fear and shame

      And he said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?" Genesis 3:11  

    God addresses our sin directly

      The man said, "The woman you put here with me — she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it." Then the Lord God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate." Genesis 3:12-13  

    Learn the discipline of confession and repentance

     
    • Acts 3:19        1 John 1:8-2:2
     

    The Pay Up

      So the Lord God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, "Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." To the woman he said, "I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you." To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat of it,' "Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return." Genesis 3:14-19  

    There are consequences to our actions

     
    • Galatians 6:7-9
     
    • It is critical that we repent quickly and confess our sins to the Lord
      Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living. The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. Genesis 3:20-21  

    Picture of God’s grace

     
    • Hebrews 9:22  
      And the Lord God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever." So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life. Genesis 3:22-24  

    Their sin had lifelong ramifications…

     
  • Dec 29, 2012Getting A New Start By Pastor Rulon Combs 12-29-12
    Dec 29, 2012
    Getting A New Start By Pastor Rulon Combs 12-29-12
    Series: None

    Getting A New Start

    December 29-30, 2012

    Ephesians 5:15-20

     

    There is a very simple key in Ephesians 5 that will help us find balance in this coming year.

      Be very careful, then, how you live-- not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.  17Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.  18  Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.  19  Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:15-20   

    I. REMEMBER OUR TIME ON THIS EARTH IS LIMITED

      Be very careful, then, how you live-- not as unwise but as wise… Ephesians 5:15  
    • "Show me, O Lord, my life’s end & the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life" Psalm 39:4
     
    • "The length of our days is 70 years - or 80, if we have the strength...they quickly pass, & we fly away" Psalm 90:10
     

    II. MAKE THE MOST OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY

      …making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:16  It is not just sin that makes demands on our time. Sometimes even good things can make demands.  
    • "Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!" Luke 10:40
     
    • "Martha, Martha," Jesus answered, "You are worried & upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, & it will not be taken away from her" Luke 10:41-42
     

    III. UNDERSTANDWHAT THE LORD’S WILL IS

      "...do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is." Ephesians 5:17  Establish your priorities.  
    •  “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  34  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:33-34 
    Set aside time each day to pray & to read His Word.  Spend time with your family  Learn how to live today with grace.   
    • “…But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:13-14
     Make a fresh commitment to loving one another  
    • "Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.”  Matthew 5:23-24
     

    IV. DON’T FILL THE GOD SHAPED VOID WITH WORLDLY THINGS

      Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Ephesians 5:18  There is a temptation to medicate our frustrations or our situation with things that are not at all healthy  Be filled with the Spirit  

    V. TRAIN YOURSELF TO THINK ON THINGS ABOVE

      Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, Ephesians 5:19  Allow your faith to become part of your conversations with other believers  Discipline yourself to think and meditate on spiritual things…
    • Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:1-2  

    VI. CULTIVATE A HEART OF GRATITUDE

    …always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:20
  • Dec 22, 2012How Will You Respond To Jesus? By Pastor Rulon Combs 12-22-12
    Dec 22, 2012
    How Will You Respond To Jesus? By Pastor Rulon Combs 12-22-12
    Series: None

    How Will You Respond to Jesus?

    December 22-23, 2012

    Pastor Rulon Combs

     

    How The Different Characters Responded To The Birth Of Jesus

     A.    Mary and Joseph                        Matthew 1:18-25  

    Mary and Joseph accepted Jesus by faith It was at great personal cost that they agreed to participate in God’s plan to present Jesus to the world
    • They chose character over comfort
    • They chose God’s approval over man’s approval
    • They chose obedience over personal gratification
    • They believed that presenting Jesus to the world was the most important thing they would ever do…
    What have you risked for Jesus lately?
    • Do you put a higher priority on God’s approval than man’s approval?
    • Do you choose obedience over personal gratification?
    • What kind of importance do you place on presenting Jesus to the world?

     B.     The Shepherds                                 Luke 2:8-20

    They were men of no reputation They sought Him out
    • They acted on what the angels told them…turned faith into action
     
    • And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6  
    They spread the word about what they had heard What about you? Do you tell others your Jesus story?
    •  “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."  Acts 1:8

     C.    What about The Magi?         Matthew 2:1-12  

    The Magi found him, bowed down and worshiped him They brought him expensive gifts Real worship always comes with a cost

     D.    What About Herod?              Matthew 2:12-18  

    Right in the middle of the Christmas story…a story of hope, peace, joy…we see an act so evil…it defies all explanation For Herod the motive was fear… I wonder how many of us have hurt others because we felt threatened If that is not bad enough…sometimes we carry this tendency into our spiritual lives                   

                      How Will You Respond To Jesus This Season?

     1.      Are you threatened by Him like Herod was?  2.      Maybe you will throw caution to the wind and risk it all like Mary and Joseph 3.      Maybe you could put feet to your faith like the shepherds and tell your Jesus story 4.      Maybe you will respond like the Magi  

    What Will You Do With Jesus This Coming Year?

  • Dec 16, 2012A Season Of Opportunity by Pastor Rulon Combs 12-16-12
    Dec 16, 2012
    A Season Of Opportunity by Pastor Rulon Combs 12-16-12
    Series: None

    A Season of Opportunity

    December 15-16, 2012

    Pastor Rulon Combs

     

    The Holidays Are An Opportunity To Reaffirm

    Our Core Values
    • Corporately as a church
    • Individually as a Christ follower
     

    Value #1: Connecting People to Christ

     A.   We have been given a clear mission to connect people to Christ   Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."    Matthew 28:18-20  B.   What are some ways that we can take advantage of the holidays to try to connect people to Christ individually   “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…”  1 Peter 3:15   Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Colossians 4:5-6    

    Value #2: Connecting People to Community

    A.   This value has two aspects to it
    1. Cultivating relationships inside the church…
    2. Cultivating relationships outside the church…
      Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'  38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'  40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."             Matthew 22:37-40   Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, "Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain." And God granted his request.     1 Chronicles 4:10  

    Value #3: Connecting People to Purpose

    Connecting people to their God given purpose is helping them discover how they fit in to value #1 and value #2   But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.      Psalm 33:11   "For when David had served God's purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep…”   Acts 13:36 When we discover God’s purpose for our life, we discover our purpose in life.   My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:15-16  
  • Dec 9, 2012Why Did Jesus Come? by Pastor Rulon Combs 12-9-12
    Dec 9, 2012
    Why Did Jesus Come? by Pastor Rulon Combs 12-9-12
    Series: None

    Why Did He Come?

    Dec 8-9, 2012

    Kid’s Christmas Program

     

    Who Is He?

     He is the one Isaiah prophesied about

    • For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6  

     He is the one the angels spoke about

    • And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." Luke 2:8-14  

     He is the one God spoke about

    • As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."   Matthew 3:16-17  

     He is the Son of God, the Messiah, and the Savior of the world

     

    Why Did He Come?

     He came to be an expression of God’s love

    • "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
     
    • But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

       He came to save the world

    • For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.   John 3:17-18
     
    • For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.  Luke 19:10  

     He came to deal with our sin

    • …for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.   Romans 3:23-24
     
    • Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.  Isaiah 53:4-6  
     
    • The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”  John 1:29  

     He came to show us the way to God

    • Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
     
    • Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."  Acts 4:12  
     
    1. He came to reconcile us to God and make us holy
    • Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— Colossians 1:21-23  

     He came to give you a gift

     
    • Salvation
      • For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
     
    • Eternal Life
      • But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:22-23
     

    He wants to give everyone the gift of salvation and eternal life

      Agree with what the word says about sin…
    • If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.          1 John 1:8-9
      Believe in Jesus
    • "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
      Confess Him as Lord
    • That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.    Romans 10:9-10
  • Dec 4, 2012Learning To Forgive by Pastor Rulon Combs 12-2-12
    Dec 4, 2012
    Learning To Forgive by Pastor Rulon Combs 12-2-12
    Series: None

    Learning to Forgive

    December 1-2, 2012

    Mat 18:21-35

        Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" Matthew 18:21-35  

    Forgiveness was a kingdom principle and a moral imperative

      Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. Matthew 6:12  

    God’s forgiveness was conditional or contingent upon him forgiving others.

      Matthew 6:14    Matthew 6:15   Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.     Matthew 18:22  

    Real love does not keep count of offenses.

      Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5   Isaiah 55:7   "Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. Matthew 18:21-25   Romans 6:23   Hebrews 9:22  

    One day there will be an accounting for all of us

      For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. 2 Corinthians 5:10   Romans 14:10-12   "The servant fell on his knees before him. 'Be patient with me,' he begged, 'and I will pay back everything.' Matthew 18:26   Hebrews 4:16   27 The servant's master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. Matthew 18:27  

    It is the grace of God and the love of God that allows him to forgive us so completely

      "I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” Isaiah 43:25   Micah 7:18-19    1 John 1:8-9   "But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to choke him. 'Pay back what you owe me!' he demanded. Matthew 18:28  

    Whatever offense we have received, or whatever wrong someone has committed against us…it is absolutely miniscule compared to the debt we owed.

      Colossians 3:13   Leviticus 19:18   "His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.' Matthew 18:29   "But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. Matthew 18:30   Proverbs 16:28    Proverbs 26:20     When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened. Matthew 18:31   Psalm 82:3-4   "Then the master called the servant in. 'You wicked servant,' he said, 'I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?' 34 In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.  Matthew 18:32-34   "This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart." Matthew 18:35    
  • Nov 25, 2012A Proper Persepective On Thanksgiving by Pastor Rulon Combs 11-25-12
    Nov 25, 2012
    A Proper Persepective On Thanksgiving by Pastor Rulon Combs 11-25-12
    Series: None

    A Proper Perspective On Thanksgiving

    November 25, 2012 Eph 5:19,20; 1 Thess 5:18
      Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. 3 For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. Psalm 95:2-3     Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make music to our God on the harp.           Psalm 147:7     Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and  your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7      Ezra 3:11         Colossians 4:2         Ephesians 5:19,20       I Thessalonians 5:16-18  

     

    Three Attitudes That Can Steal Our Gratitude

      One attitude that will rob our gratitude is pride. Another attitude that keeps us from being thankful is a critical spirit or constant complaining. A third attitude that keeps us from being grateful is carelessness.  

    Three Things We Learn About Thanksgiving From The Bible

     

    I. Our Thanksgiving Should Be Expressed

      "Enter his gates with thanksgiving in your heart." Psalm100   "Give thanks to the Lord for he is good." Psalm 107   Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?"  19 Then he said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well." Luke 17:17-19   I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. 31 This will please the Lord more than an ox, more than a bull with its horns and hoofs.      Psalm 69:30-31     "For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened." Romans 1:21  

    II. Our Thanksgiving Should Be Extensive

     

    A.    The Blessings of Life.

      Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in his ways. 2 You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Psalm 128:1-2     Blessings crown the head of the righteous, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked. Proverbs 10:6    

    B.     The Burdens of Life.

      "Give thanks in ALL circumstances” I Thessalonians 5:18   "always giving thanks." Ephesians 5:20   "I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing to the glory that will be revealed in us..." Romans 8:18   "That is why for Christ’s sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecution, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong..." 2 Corinthians 12:10   "Now I want you to know brothers that what has happened to me has really served to advance the Gospel..." Philippians 1:12  

    C.    And The Benefits of Life

      Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits — 3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, 5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. Psalm 103:2-5    

    III. Our Thanksgiving Is Expected

      This is the mark of a Growing Christian. Our thanksgiving is also the mark of a Giving Christian.   You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:11     "Every good gift and every perfect gift  is from above, and comes down from the father of lights." James 1:17   Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.                   2 Corinthians 9:7    
  • Nov 17, 2012Who Do You Say I Am? by Pastor Rulon Combs 11-17-12
    Nov 17, 2012
    Who Do You Say I Am? by Pastor Rulon Combs 11-17-12
    Series: None

    Who Do You Say I Am?

    Nov 17-18, 2012

    Mat 16:13-19

      When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?" Matthew 16:13    

    Why Son of Man?

     

    Humility

      "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30  

    It speaks of his position prophetically

      Daniel 7:13-14     They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets." Matthew 16:14  

    How We View Jesus Will Greatly Influence The Type Of Person We Will Be, And The Kind Of Church We Will Be

     Some relate to Jesus through the ministry of John the Baptist…a message of repentance

    Some relate to Jesus because of the great miracles he does…like Elijah.

    The weeping prophet

      Other prophets - I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him. Deuteronomy 18:18   When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?"14 They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets." 15 “But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" 16 Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." 17 Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. 18   And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.  Matthew 16:13-18     Isaiah 9:6       Isaiah 53:2-6     “I tell you that you are Petros (a piece of the rock) and upon the petra (massive rock) of your confession of faith…I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH…and the gates of hell will not prevail against it!” Matthew 16:18     “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven." Luke 10:19-20    I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." Matthew 16:19    

    Having the keys of the kingdom gives us access to his plans, his power, his resources, his authority.

    • We don’t operate independent of the Lord…but in partnership with him

    •  We are his children and heirs of God…

      Now if we are children, then we are heirs — heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Romans 8:17  
    1. He has given us the keys and authority to overcome the enemy

      I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. Luke 10:19  
    1. He has given us the keys to do even greater things than he did…

      I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. John 14:12-14  

    WHO DO YOU SAY JESUS IS?