Oct 27, 2013
Getting Connected by Pastor Rulon Combs 10-27-13
Series: None

Getting Connected

October 26-27, 2013

Acts 2:42-47

  "Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown."  Matthew 13:18-23     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. 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   They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.  Acts 2:42-47   They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching or doctrine

 1.      The small group is the best environment to discuss the Word

  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.  2 Timothy 3:16-17   They devoted themselves to fellowship…

2.      The small group is the best environment to develop significant relationships

  The Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone…” Genesis 2:18   Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another…  Hebrews 10:25   A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; He rages against all wise judgment. Proverbs 18:1   As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17   They broke bread together

3.      The small group is the best environment to share your testimony with other believers

  They devoted themselves to prayer

4.      The small group is the best place to pray for each other’s needs

  "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.” Matthew 18:19     They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. Acts 1:14     When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. "Sovereign Lord," they said, "you made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. Acts 4:24   The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; he is their stronghold in time of trouble. The Lord helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him. Psalm 37:39-40   Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. Acts 2:43   All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need Acts 2:44

 5.      The small group is the best environment to develop a true sense of community

  Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:46-47
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  • Oct 27, 2013Getting Connected by Pastor Rulon Combs 10-27-13
    Oct 27, 2013
    Getting Connected by Pastor Rulon Combs 10-27-13
    Series: None

    Getting Connected

    October 26-27, 2013

    Acts 2:42-47

      "Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown."  Matthew 13:18-23     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. 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   They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.  Acts 2:42-47   They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching or doctrine

     1.      The small group is the best environment to discuss the Word

      All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.  2 Timothy 3:16-17   They devoted themselves to fellowship…

    2.      The small group is the best environment to develop significant relationships

      The Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone…” Genesis 2:18   Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another…  Hebrews 10:25   A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; He rages against all wise judgment. Proverbs 18:1   As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17   They broke bread together

    3.      The small group is the best environment to share your testimony with other believers

      They devoted themselves to prayer

    4.      The small group is the best place to pray for each other’s needs

      "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.” Matthew 18:19     They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. Acts 1:14     When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. "Sovereign Lord," they said, "you made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. Acts 4:24   The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; he is their stronghold in time of trouble. The Lord helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him. Psalm 37:39-40   Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. Acts 2:43   All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need Acts 2:44

     5.      The small group is the best environment to develop a true sense of community

      Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:46-47
  • Oct 13, 2013Restoring Broken People by Pastor Rulon Combs 10-13-13
    Oct 13, 2013
    Restoring Broken People by Pastor Rulon Combs 10-13-13
    Series: None

    Restoring Broken People

    October 12-13, 2013

    2 Samuel 9

     

    "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." Luke 4:18-19   Jonathan said to David, "Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the LORD, saying, `The LORD is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.'" Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town. 1 Samuel 20:42  Godly Compassion Compels Us To Reach Out To Others   The king asked, "Is there no one still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show God's kindness?" 2 Sam 9:3    The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9   'Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame… Then the master told his servant, 'Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full.” Luke 14    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”   John 3:16 Our Sin Nature Causes Us To Focus On A Person’s Failures   Ziba answered the king, "There is still a son of Jonathan; he is crippled in both feet." 2 Samuel 9:3   Broken People Often Come From Barren Places   "Where is he?" the king asked.   Ziba answered, "He is at the house of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar."            2 Samuel 9:4   Real Compassion Takes Action And Is Marked By Generosity   So King David had him brought from Lo Debar, from the house of Makir son of Ammiel.   When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honor.   David said, "Mephibosheth!"   "Your servant," he replied.   "Don't be afraid," David said to him, "for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table."  2 Samuel 9:5-7   What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 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? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:14-17   It Can Be Difficult For Hurting People To Understand Genuine Love   Mephibosheth bowed down and said, "What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?" 2 Samuel 9:8   We Must Continue To Reach Out In Love And Generosity   Then the king summoned Ziba, Saul's servant, and said to him, "I have given your master's grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family. 10 You and your sons and your servants are to farm the land for him and bring in the crops, so that your master's grandson may be provided for. And Mephibosheth, grandson of your master, will always eat at my table." 2 Samuel 9:9-10      "For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back.  In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you," says the LORD your Redeemer. Isaiah 54:7-8    Therefore this is what the LORD says: "If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me…” Jeremiah 15:19    God’s Blessing Always Comes With Restoration        
  • Oct 6, 2013Extremely Grateful by Pastor Rulon Combs 10-6-13
    Oct 6, 2013
    Extremely Grateful by Pastor Rulon Combs 10-6-13
    Series: None

    Extremely Grateful

    Oct 5-6, 2013

    Luke 7:36-50

     

    Jesus Is A Friend Of Sinners   The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, 'Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and "sinners." '  Luke 7:34   On hearing this, Jesus said to them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."  Mark 2:17   “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost." Luke 19:10   Jesus Meets People Where They Live     Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee's house and reclined at the table. Luke 7:36   A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. Isaiah 42:3   Jesus Always Makes Time For Desperate People   When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume…  Luke 7:37   Jesus Is More Interested In Your Future Than He Is In Your Past   There Is A Correlation Between How Much We Love And How We Worship   …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. Luke 7:38   David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the Lord with all his might, 15 while he and the entire house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.    When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, "How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, disrobing in the sight of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!"   David said to Michal, "It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord's people Israel — I will celebrate before the Lord. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor."  2 Samuel 6:14,15, 20-22   Pharisees Have A Gift For Seeing The Sin In Others   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." Luke 7:39   "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,' when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.”  Luke 6:41-42   Jesus Is Moved By Extravagant Worship   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. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet.You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Luke 7:44-47   He Who Is Forgiven Much, Loves Much   “Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven — for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little." Luke 7:47   Real Faith Always Expresses Itself Through Love   Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."  Luke 7:50   For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. Galatians 5:6   Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.  Revelation 2:4-5  
  • Sep 29, 2013Maintaining A Blessed Life By Pastor Rulon Combs 9-29-13
    Sep 29, 2013
    Maintaining A Blessed Life By Pastor Rulon Combs 9-29-13
    Series: None
  • Sep 21, 2013Dedication Weekend – Knowing What Makes God Smile by Pastor Bill Wilson 9-21-13
    Sep 21, 2013
    Dedication Weekend – Knowing What Makes God Smile by Pastor Bill Wilson 9-21-13
    Series: None
  • Sep 15, 2013Why Church? by Pastor Rulon Combs 9-15-13
    Sep 15, 2013
    Why Church? by Pastor Rulon Combs 9-15-13
    Series: None

        Why Church?

    September 14-15, 2013

    Pastor Rulon Combs

       The Church Was ____________________   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 16:18   Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Psalm 127:1   It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13   The Church Is And Always Has Been God’s Best Plan To Connect People To ____________   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   “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   The other core values we have are dependent upon a burning and ever growing love for God   The Church Is God’s Best Plan To Connect People To _________   There will be a direct correlation between loving God and loving the community of believers He has placed you in   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   The principles of loving God and loving others can never be separated   “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."   John 13:35   "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34   The Church God’s Best Plan To Connect People To _____________   Connecting people to their God given purpose is helping them discover how they can help others Connect to Christ and Connect to Community   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   We have been given the awesome privilege to represent Christ here on Earth and to advance His Kingdom, His purposes, His plans    And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.                             2 Corinthians 5:19-20   If we are going to be a healthy church, we must put a high priority on:
    • Connecting People to Christ
    • Connecting People to Community
    • Connecting People to their God Given Purpose   
  • Sep 8, 2013Reaching The Prodigal by Pastor Rulon Combs 9-8-13
    Sep 8, 2013
    Reaching The Prodigal by Pastor Rulon Combs 9-8-13
    Series: None

    Reaching the Prodigals

    September 7-8, 2013

    Luke 15

     

    Strategic Ways That We Can Reach Out

    To The Prodigals Of Cottage Grove

      Jesus continued: "There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them... Luke 15:11-13     If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14   You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you," declares the Lord…           Jeremiah 29:13-14   "Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.     Luke 15:13     After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. Luke 15:14-16        

    Four Specific Things You Can Pray For

    The Prodigals In Your Life

        Pray that they would quickly come to the end of their resources.   Pray that the pig pen brings about examination   After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. "When he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! Luke 15:14-17   There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. Proverbs 16:25    Good understanding wins favor, but the way of the unfaithful is hard. Proverbs 13:15    Pray that the pig pen brings a change of perspective   I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’ Luke 15:18-19   True change will usually involve four things a)      Plan of Action: “I will go back to my father” b)      Proper Humility: “I am not worthy” c)      Healthy Dependence: “I will be a servant” d)     Follow Through: Prodigal son actually went home.   Pray that the prodigal would be free from fear   Fear of rejection         Fear of demands   Fear of being judged   At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. Titus 3:3     Fear of humiliation   Keep in mind that the father dealt with real pain   Please let go of false guilt Refuse to give up hope Celebrate small victories   Pray for grace      encounters  
  • Sep 1, 2013Winning The Battle Of The Mind by Pastor Rulon Combs 9-1-13
    Sep 1, 2013
    Winning The Battle Of The Mind by Pastor Rulon Combs 9-1-13
    Series: None

    Winning the Battle of the Mind

    August 31-Sept 1, 2013

    Pastor Rulon T. Combs

     

    Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” 1 Peter 5:8-9   “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 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.” Ephesians 6:11-12  

    Most Of Satan’s Attacks Take Place On The Battlefield Of The Mind: Control The Mind… Control The Man

      Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'  This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' Matthew 22:37-39   

    The Mind Is The Steering Wheel Of Our Actions

      Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. Romans 8:5-8    Philippians 3:17-20       Mark 7:21-23          Ephesians 2:1-3    

    There Is A Powerful Connection Between Our Thoughts And Our Actions

      Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1-2     James 1:13-15   

    God Knows Exactly What You Are Thinking

      O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. Psalm 139:1-2     Psalm 139:23-24         Psalm 26:2-3                           Matthew 9:4    

    If I Am Going To Love God With All My Mind, Then I Will Take Responsibility For My Thought Life

      Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.  You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.          Colossians 3:5-8     Philippians 4:8             Hebrews 3:1              2 Corinthians 10:4-6    

    If I Am Going To Love God With My Mind, Then I Will Choose To Renew It With A Regular Diet Of Truth

      How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.            Psalm 119:9     Psalm 119:105                Psalm 119:133                    Psalm 1:1-3    

    If I Am Going To Love God With All My Mind Then I Will Commit His Word To Memory

      I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.         Psalm 119:11     Deuteronomy 11:18    
  • Aug 25, 2013Abiding In Love Part 17 “Love One Another” by Pastor Rulon Combs 8-25-13
    Aug 25, 2013
    Abiding In Love Part 17 “Love One Another” by Pastor Rulon Combs 8-25-13

    Love One Another

    Abiding in Love Part 17

    August 24-25, 3013

        "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”  John 15:5  

    Practical Applications Of Love

      Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10     Be Devoted To One Another Devoted: kindly affectioned (KJV) loving affection, prone to love, loving tenderly; chiefly of the reciprocal tenderness of parents and children   We Need To Honor One Another, Above Ourselves   Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Romans 12:16     Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty (snobbish, high-minded, exclusive), but readily adjust yourself to [people, things] and give yourselves to humble tasks. Never overestimate yourself or be wise in your own conceits. Romans 12:16   AMP   Harmony: to be of the same mind, that is, agree together, to cherish the same views, to be harmonious   Watch your attitude   Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way.       Romans 14:13     Stop Passing Judgment On One Another…   Don’t Put Obstacles In Your Brother’s Way   May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. Romans 15:5-7     Spirit Of Unity: Like Mindedness   Accept One Another: To Take As One's Companion   I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought. 1 Corinthians 1:10     You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. Galatians 5:13     Serve: To Be A Slave, Serve, To Do Service;   Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:2-3       Support Each Other… Lift Each Other Up… Hold Each Other Up
    • Humble, gentle, patient
      Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32     Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Ephesians 5:21     Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16     Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1Thessalonians 5:11     And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Hebrews 10:24     Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. 1 Peter 3:8    
  • Aug 17, 2013Abiding In Love Part 16 “The Most Excellent Way” by Pastor Rulon Combs 8-17-13
    Aug 17, 2013
    Abiding In Love Part 16 “The Most Excellent Way” by Pastor Rulon Combs 8-17-13

    The Most Excellent Way

    Abiding in Love Part 16

    August 17-18, 2013

      Paul reveals a principle so important, that it eclipses or supersedes the operation of spiritual gifts in the church.
    • In chapter 12, Paul refers to this principle as, “The Most Excellent Way
    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  

    Tragic Results Of Attempting To Operate In The Gifts Of The Spirit Without The Fruit Of The Spirit… Which Is Love

      I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal…1 Corinthians 13:1
    • It eliminates the effectiveness of the gift to change hearts
    • It also has a connotation of being irritating
      I am nothing…1 Corinthians 13:2
    • It devalues me and eliminates my effectiveness in Kingdom work
    • It limits my ability to be promoted
      I gain nothing…1 Corinthians 13:3
    • I lose any reward the Lord had planned for me
    • Very likely lose influence with the very people God called me to minister to
     

    What Does Agape Love Looks Like?

      Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7   Love is _______________
    • It can endure evil, injury, and provocation, without being filled with resentment, indignation, or revenge.
    • It makes the mind firm, gives it power over the angry passions, and furnishes it with a persevering patience that shall rather wait and wish for the reformation of a brother than fly out in resentment of his conduct.
    • It will put up with many slights and neglects from the person it loves, and wait long to see the kindly effects of such patience on him.
      Love is _____________
    • It is bountiful; it is courteous and obliging.
    • To show oneself useful; To act benevolently
    • It is very difficult to serve someone or serve with someone whom you have ought against
      Love Does Not ____________
    • It is not grieved at the good of others (promotions); neither at their gifts nor at their good qualities, their honors nor their estates.
    • If we love our neighbor we shall be so far from envying his welfare, or being displeased with it, that we shall share in it and rejoice at it.
    • The prosperity of those to whom we wish well can never grieve us;
      Love Does Not ___________, It is Not _____________
    • Love is not bloated (puffed up) with self-conceit…
    • A person who walks in agape love does not have to toot his own horn… God exalts the humble
    • A person who expresses genuine love does not feel compelled to have all the answers.
    • A person who walks in love is painfully aware of his weaknesses.
    • A person who walks in genuine love is humble… meaning he does not think of himself more highly than he ought
      Genuine Love is Not ____________
    • It does nothing out of place or time; but behaves towards all men as becomes their rank.
    • With reverence and respect to superiors;
    • With kindness and condescension to inferiors,
    • With courtesy and good-will towards all men
    • Some who struggle with this describe their rudeness as telling it like it is or speaking the truth in love or they call it righteous indignation
      It is Not _______________
    • Genuine love does not inordinately desire nor seek its own praise, or honor, or profit, or pleasure.
    • Rather that it seeks the good of others; It does not demand its own way; It is others focused
      Genuine Love is Not ______________________ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control…             Galatians 5:22-23   Genuine Love Keeps ______________________________
    • Genuine love keeps no record of wrong but sometimes we can’t help ourselves… The Bible says we need to come up with a different strategy
      Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.1 Corinthians 13: 6-7   Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails…   1 Corinthians 13:4-8a