Nov 11, 2012
Veteran’s Day 2012 by Pastor Rulon Combs 11-11-12
Series: None

Veteran’s Day 2012

Nov 10-11, 2012

Pastor Rulon Combs

 

The Military Theme Is No Stranger To The Bible

  Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs — he wants to please his commanding officer.                                                                                         2 Timothy 2:3-4   1 Corinthians 9:7        Philippians 2:25    

We Are In A Constant Battle

   For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.                          2 Corinthians 10:3-4   For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.                             Ephesians 6:12  NLT  

Military Themes With Kingdom Principles

 

Commitment to Mission

  “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 28:19-20     “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  

Commitment to Training

  Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. 27 No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.                                                                                                                                         1 Corinthians 9:25-27     1 Timothy 4:7-8                  Proverbs 22:6  

Commitment to Equipping

  Therefore, put on every piece of God's armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.                                                  Ephesians 6:13-17 NLT   2 Timothy 3:16-17             Ephesians 4:11-12 NKJV  

Commitment to Discipline

  Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? 8 If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Hebrews 12:7-8     Proverbs 12:1                     Hebrews 12:11                    Acts 2:42  AMP  

Commitment to Unit Cohesion     Leave no man behind…”

  If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!                                                                      Ecclesiastes 4:10     Philippians 2:1-4                Ephesians 4:3    

Beyond These We Could Speak Of Duty, Honor, Courage…

  Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole [duty] of man. Ecclesiastes 12:13     Humility and the fear of the Lord bring wealth and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4     Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. 14 Do everything in love.                                                                 1 Corinthians 16:13-14    

We Could Learn Something From Every Branch…

 
  • Air Force: Aim High…Fly, Fight, Win
 
  • Army: This We’ll Defend
 
  • Navy: Honor, Courage, Commitment
 
  • Coast Guard: Semper Paratus   “Always Ready
 
  • Marine Corps: Semper Fidelis "Always Faithful"
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  • Nov 11, 2012Veteran’s Day 2012 by Pastor Rulon Combs 11-11-12
    Nov 11, 2012
    Veteran’s Day 2012 by Pastor Rulon Combs 11-11-12
    Series: None

    Veteran’s Day 2012

    Nov 10-11, 2012

    Pastor Rulon Combs

     

    The Military Theme Is No Stranger To The Bible

      Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs — he wants to please his commanding officer.                                                                                         2 Timothy 2:3-4   1 Corinthians 9:7        Philippians 2:25    

    We Are In A Constant Battle

       For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.                          2 Corinthians 10:3-4   For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.                             Ephesians 6:12  NLT  

    Military Themes With Kingdom Principles

     

    Commitment to Mission

      “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 28:19-20     “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  

    Commitment to Training

      Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. 27 No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.                                                                                                                                         1 Corinthians 9:25-27     1 Timothy 4:7-8                  Proverbs 22:6  

    Commitment to Equipping

      Therefore, put on every piece of God's armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.                                                  Ephesians 6:13-17 NLT   2 Timothy 3:16-17             Ephesians 4:11-12 NKJV  

    Commitment to Discipline

      Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? 8 If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Hebrews 12:7-8     Proverbs 12:1                     Hebrews 12:11                    Acts 2:42  AMP  

    Commitment to Unit Cohesion     Leave no man behind…”

      If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!                                                                      Ecclesiastes 4:10     Philippians 2:1-4                Ephesians 4:3    

    Beyond These We Could Speak Of Duty, Honor, Courage…

      Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole [duty] of man. Ecclesiastes 12:13     Humility and the fear of the Lord bring wealth and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4     Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. 14 Do everything in love.                                                                 1 Corinthians 16:13-14    

    We Could Learn Something From Every Branch…

     
    • Air Force: Aim High…Fly, Fight, Win
     
    • Army: This We’ll Defend
     
    • Navy: Honor, Courage, Commitment
     
    • Coast Guard: Semper Paratus   “Always Ready
     
    • Marine Corps: Semper Fidelis "Always Faithful"
  • Nov 3, 2012Parable Of The Sower by Pastor Rulon Combs 11/3/12
    Nov 3, 2012
    Parable Of The Sower by Pastor Rulon Combs 11/3/12
    Series: None

    Parable of the Sower

    November 3-4, 2012

    Pastor Rulon Combs

     

       "Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 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. 20 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. 21 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. 22 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. 23 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      Hard Ground   "Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 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.    Matthew 13:18-23  The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.                      2 Corinthians 4:4   I think if we are not careful, our hearts can become hard too
    • Through neglect
      • neglecting the Word
      • neglecting prayer
      • neglecting fellowship
    • Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers righteousness on you. Hosea 10:12
      Rocky Ground   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. 21 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. Matthew 13:20-21   There will always be those who receive the Word with joy…but do exactly nothing about it They are more like thermometers than thermostats. Rather than setting the temperature in their culture…they are highly influenced by the people and the circumstances around them. But when the sun  came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Matthew 13:6 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”  James 1:2-4 And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart, 20 so they will obey my decrees and regulations. Then they will truly be my people, and I will be their God.  Ezekiel 11:19-20  NLT   Thorny Ground   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. Matthew 13:22 Though the stones may spoil the root…the thorns spoil the fruit  His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.  2 Peter 1:3 The goal of the seed is to produce fruit…but the distractions of life choke it out…so it us unable to produce.  These distractions usually fall into two categories…neither of them bad
    1. Making money
    2. Having fun
    How do you know if you are in this category? You have little or no fruit...
    • Scripture lists 6 kinds of fruit
    1. Rom 1:13 identifies soul-winning as fruit
    2. Rom 6:22 says holiness is a fruit
    3. Rom 15:28 calls financial giving a fruit
    4. Gal 5:22-23 lists the fruit of the Spirit
    5. Col 1:10 labels good works a fruit
    6. Heb 13:15 tells us that praise is a fruit
    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   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. Romans 8:5 “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   Good Ground “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 13:23 The only thing that distinguishes the good soil from all the others…is abundant fruit
    • Those who hear, understand, put it together, and act on it…will produce abundant fruit
    1. Rom 1:13             soul-winning
    2. Rom 6:22             holiness
    3. Rom 15:28           financial giving
    4. Gal 5:22-23          fruit of the Spirit
    5. Col 1:10               good works
    6. Heb 13:15            praise is a fruit
    Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers righteousness on you. Hosea 10:12  And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart, 20 so they will obey my decrees and regulations. Then they will truly be my people, and I will be their God.  Ezekiel 11:19-20  NLT Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…  Hebrews 12:1-2 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9        
  • Oct 16, 2012Who’s The Greatest by Pastor Rulon Combs 10-13-12
    Oct 16, 2012
    Who’s The Greatest by Pastor Rulon Combs 10-13-12

    Who’s the Greatest?

    October 13-14, 2012

    Luke 22:7-30

      “But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed, but woe to that man who betrays him."         Luke 22:21-22   
    • "The time is coming," declares the Lord, "when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. 32 It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them," declares the Lord. 33 "This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time," declares the Lord. "I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest," declares the Lord. "For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more." Jeremiah 31 
      They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this. Also a dispute arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. Jesus said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors.” “But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.”  Luke 22:23-26    Jesus warns His disciples to guard against theattitude of the current culture.   D. L. Moody “The measure of a man is not how many servants he has, but how many men he serves.”   Serving others is a Kingdom principle that we can all participate in.  
    • 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 5:13-14 
     
    • Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6:10
     
    • “Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."  Matthew 20:26-28
     
    • Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, 8 because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free. Ephesians 6:7-8 
     
    • Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.  9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:8-11
      How do we maintain a servant’s heart and guard against the desire to have power over others?  Examples: Moses and Jesus  
    • Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite. 2 "Has the Lord spoken only through Moses?" they asked. "Hasn't he also spoken through us?" And the Lord heard this.
      3 (Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.)  
    • “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 11:29-30
     There are many benefits that come to those who cultivate a life of humility.  
    • You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty. Psalm 18:27 
     
    • He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. Psalm 25:9
     
    • The Lord sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground. Psalm 147:6
     
    • Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2-3
     
    • He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
       “For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. 28 You are those who have stood by me in my trials. 29 And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me…”  Luke:22 27-29   
  • Oct 7, 2012A Kingdom Church Is A Praying Church Part 2 by Pastor Rulon Combs 10-7-12
    Oct 7, 2012
    A Kingdom Church Is A Praying Church Part 2 by Pastor Rulon Combs 10-7-12

    A Kingdom Church is a Praying Church: Part 2

    October 6-7, 2012

    Pastor Rulon Combs

     

    …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  

    The more praying we do as a church, the more we will grow spiritually, and the more we will understand God’s love.

     
    • For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.                                                                                                                   Ephesians 3:14-19  
     
    • For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience…                         Colossians 1:9-11 
     
    • His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.                     2 Peter 1:3-4  
     

    The more praying we do as a church, the more boldness, courage, and passion we will have to reach our lost friends, neighbors, and relatives for Christ.

     
    • On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about…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 1:4, 8  
     
    • After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.    Acts 4:31 
     
    • Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel…  Ephesians 6:19  

    The more praying we do as a church, the more desire there will be in the hearts of our people to do the works of the ministry.

     
    • It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up…                                                                       Ephesians 4:11-12 
     
    • From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.                                                                        Ephesians 4:16 
     
    • 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 workers into his harvest field."                                                             Matthew 9:37-38  

    The more praying that is done by a church, the less influence Satan  will have on the people in the church and for those being prayed for outside the church.

     
    • But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.                                                                      2 Corinthians 11:3  
     
    • The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.                                                                             2 Corinthians 4:4  
     
    •  “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.”                                                   John 17:15  
     
    • "Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers."                                                      Luke 22:31-32  
      There are some wonderful blessings in store for the church that prays
    • We can experience greater spiritual growth than we thought possible
    • We can approach the lost with greater boldness and passion than ever before
    • We can see more people involved in effective ministry
      What will the church have to do to receive and enjoy these blessings?   "So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”                      Luke 11:9-10 
  • Sep 30, 2012A Kingdom Church Is A Praying Church by Pastor Rulon Combs 9-30-12
    Sep 30, 2012
    A Kingdom Church Is A Praying Church by Pastor Rulon Combs 9-30-12

    A Kingdom Church is a Praying Church

    Sept 30, 2012

    Pastor Rulon Combs

    • “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  Matt 6:33-34
     
    • "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. 45 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it…”   Matt 13:44-46
     
    • “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.”  Matt 11:12
     

    Kingdom business always has two sides

      There will always be the practical or physical side of ministry   At the same time, going on all around us, there is the spiritual side  
    • Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain…Ps 127:1 
    •  “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
    •  "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
    •  The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 2 Cor 10:4
    •  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. Eph 6:12
      It is the power of God and the presence of God that distinguishes us from all other entities or all others people groups on earth.  
    • Then Moses said to him, "If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us?  What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?"  Exod 33:15-16
     It is essential that we continue to pursue excellence in ministry
    •   What can we do as a church to insure that we are not depending on strategies alone?
    •  What can we do as a church to access this divine power the Bible speaks of?
    •  How can we line ourselves up with God’s will and God’s ways so we are not building in vain?
    •  How can we avoid the dangers of being an inflatable army…and become a force to be reckoned with?
      Answer: We tap into the power of God through prayer
    •  The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 2 Cor 10:4
    •  One of the most powerful spiritual weapons we have at our disposal is prayer
     

    The Bible has much to say about prayer, its mentioned over 350 times in the New Testament alone

    •  Eph 6:18   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 saints.
    •  Acts 12:12   When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying.
    •  Matt 18:19   "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.”

    Benefits of a praying church

    1.    When a ‘kingdom’ focused church prays, the more unity and singleness of purpose will exist.
    •  Acts 4:32   All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.
    •  Acts 2:42-47   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.
    •  John 17:20-23   "My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
       2.    When a church that is ‘kingdom’ focused prays, the more genuine love the people will have for God, for each other, and for the world.
    •  And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight…   Phil 1:9
    •  May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.  1 Thess 3:12
    •  "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."  John 13:34-35
     3.    The more that ‘kingdom people’ pray, the more people in the church will know God, and the greater the sense of His presence will be in their lives , especially as they pray corporately
    •  After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.  Acts 4:31
    •  "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. 20 For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." Matt 18:19-20
    4.    The more a ‘kingdom’ church prays, the more joy, confidence, security, faith, and peace they will experience.
    •  You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Ps 16:11
    •  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. Phil 4:6-7
     5.    The more praying that is done ‘kingdom’ focused people, the more God will work through the preaching of the pastor.
    •  With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all.  Acts 4:33 
    •  Acts Chapter 2 – The followers of Christ had been fervently praying in the upper room
    •  When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Acts 2:1  
    •  Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: "Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. Acts 2:14 
    •  When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?" Acts 2:37  
    •  With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation."  Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. Acts 2:40-41 
    •  Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. II Th 3:1 
     

    OK…I can see that there are benefits to praying: to me as well as to the church…but practically speaking…I am not sure where to start…

     
    • How do I pray?
    • When do I pray?
    • What do I pray?
      Action Steps   __ Pray 10 minutes a day at home   __ Come to one weekly corporate prayer: Sunday 8am, Tuesday 11am, Saturday 5pm _____________________________________________________________

    Praying For The Church

      1.       Thank God for His many blessingsPs 100:4, Php 4:6
    • His provision
    • His salvation
    • His presence
    • His peace and love
    • His grace and mercy
    • Eternal life
    • For His Word
    • For forgiveness
    • For wisdom
    • For family
    • Church family
    • For purpose
     
     2.       Pray that God’s kingdom would be established and His will would be done in your life, in your family’s lives, and in the churchMatt 6:10
    • His ways and thoughts
    • His authority, His plans
    • His power, His purposes
    • His perspective, His priorities
    • Strategies to accomplish his plans
    • His manifest presence
      3.       Pray that God would send laborers – Matt 9:37,38
    • Pray that you and every believer would discover his God given ministry
    • Pray that Living Faith would grow in maturity and numbers
    • Pray that every believer would have a greater passion for the lost
    • Pray that God would raise up a new generation of prayer warriors
    • Pray that the church would have greater influence than ever before
    4.       Pray for people who need to experience God’s love and forgiveness1 Tim 2:1
    • That they would be saved
    • For divine revelation of God’s love
    • Pray that strongholds would be demolished
    • For surrendered hearts
    • That they would enjoy the peace and freedom that Jesus offers
    • Pray for divine encounters
     
     5.       Pray for your pastors and other church leaders2 Thess 3:1, Col 4:3
    • God’s will – divine direction
    • God’s wisdom – divine perception
    • God’s understanding – divine comprehension
    • God’s holiness – divine perfection
    • God’s pleasure – divine gratification
    • Increase of effectiveness – increased productivity
    • Increase of spiritual growth – increased spirituality
    • Increase of strength – increased durability
    • Increase of patience – increased tenacity
    • Increase of joy – increased delight
    6.       Confess and repent of your sins as well as the sins of the church – James 5:16
    • Bitterness, suspicion, jealousy, division, disunity, unforgiveness,
    • Wrong attitudes, wrong motives, judgmental attitude, selfishness, unforgiveness
    • Worldly or fleshly desires, life controlling habits, unforgiveness
    • Pride and arrogance, having our own agenda, and…unforgiveness
    7.       Pray for our weekend services – Acts 4:31
    • Anointed messages
    • Manifest presence of God
    • Outpouring of the Holy Spirit
    • The miracle of salvation
    • Responsive hearts
    • Unity in the Body
  • Sep 25, 2012The Prize Is Worth The Price 9-23-12 by Pastor Rulon Combs
    Sep 25, 2012
    The Prize Is Worth The Price 9-23-12 by Pastor Rulon Combs

    The Prize is Worth the Price

    September 22-23, 2012

    Matthew 11:12

     

    “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.”  Matthew 11:12

     

    Up until John the Baptist, the law and the prophets had been their only guide, their sole revelation of God’s plans and purposes…

     

    • “For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John.” 

    Matthew 11:13

     

    • In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea 2 and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near." 3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: "A voice of one calling in the desert, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.'" Matthew 3:1-3

     

    • "The time is coming," declares the Lord, "when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. 32 It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,"  declares the Lord. 33 "This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time," declares the Lord. "I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Jeremiah 31:31-33  

     

    • By calling this covenant "new," he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear. Hebrews 8:13

     

    • “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.”  Matthew 11:12  NIV

     

    • “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.”  Matthew 11:12  NKJV

     

    What It Is Going To Take To Enter Into The Kingdom And Live This Kingdom Life: To Walk In His Presence...

    • Who can enter?
    • What kind of attitude will it take to become a ‘kingdom person’?
    • How can I be disqualified?

     

    • …and violent men seize it by force [as a precious prize—a share in the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion].  AMP Matthew 11:12

     

    • They preached the good news in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, 22 strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. "We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God," they said. Acts 14:21-22

     

    • … many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other,  and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow coldMatthew 24:10-12

     

    • But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. 2 Timothy 3:1-5

     

    1. A.    Jesus indicates that not everyone will enter the kingdom

     

    1. Being religious will not be sufficient…

     

    • "I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32 For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.” Matthew 21:31-32

     

    • “For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:20

     

    1. Saying the right words will not be sufficient
    • "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' 23 Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'   Matthew 7:21-23

     

    1. The Kingdom belongs to those who will produce fruit
    • "Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.”  Matthew 21:43

     

    1. The kingdom belongs to those who respond to the King’s invitation
    • Matthew 22:1-10
  • Sep 18, 2012Thank God For The Church by Pastor Rulon Combs 9-16-12
    Sep 18, 2012
    Thank God For The Church by Pastor Rulon Combs 9-16-12

    Thank God for the Church

    September 15-16, 2012

    Pastor Rulon T. Combs

     

    1. 1.      First we see that they were committed to ________________

     

    1. They prayed corporately and constantly

     

    They all joined together constantly in prayerActs 1:14

     

    They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:42  

     

    1. They shared communion as an act of worship

     

    1. They praised God regularly in the temple

     

    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, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.

    Acts 2:46-47  

     

    1. Loving God and worshipping Him was and still is the primary function of the church  (Great Commandment)

     

    1. 2.      They were intentional about ___________________________

     

    1. They were serious about biblical teaching

     

    They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching… Acts 2:42  

     

    But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.  3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Psalm 1:2-3

     

    1. They prayed constantly

     

    1. Spiritual maturity is God’s plan for each one of us

     

    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  

     

    1. They were serious about their faith

     

     

     

    1. 3.      We see that they were passionate about authentic _________

     

    1. They were committed to the fellowship

     

    They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship Acts 2:42  

     

    1. They cared for each other and helped each other in practical ways…

     

    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 2:44-45  

    • Time       Talent    Treasure

     

    1. They did life together

     

    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… Acts 2:46  

     

    1. 4.      And finally we see that they were committed to a ___________________

     

    1. Jesus had already given them their mission

     

    “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

     

    1. He promised to send the Holy Spirit to help them accomplish their mission

     

    “I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high." Luke 24:49

     

    “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

     

    With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation." 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. Acts 2:40-41   

     

    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, 47 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  

  • Sep 18, 2012Kingdom Perspective by Pastor Rulon Combs 9-9-12
    Sep 18, 2012
    Kingdom Perspective by Pastor Rulon Combs 9-9-12

    Kingdom Perspective

    September 8-9, 2012

      “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  Matthew 6:33   "This, then, is how you should pray: "'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven...”  Matthew 6:9-10   Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, 21 nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you." Luke 17:20-21   If I am going to intentionally seek His Kingdom first,                then I will…  
    • Do everything I can to practice His _________ in my life
     
    • Discover His purposes and actively ____________in them
      “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."  Mark 10:45   Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. Philippians 2:5-7  
    • I will also ___________ His __________________
      God’s ways are different than our ways…and His thoughts are different than ours.   "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord.  "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9   Many of the Kingdom principles and perspectives that the Bible teaches stand in stark contrast to our natural man   The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.  John 12:25   For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight…  1 Corinthians 3:19    

    Psalm 111:10     Proverbs 2:6     James 1:5     2 Corinthians 4:18

      Everything we see, everything we accumulate, everything we build, buy, or insure, everything we put on our credit card or go into debt for…is temporary.   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. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:1-3   The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. Matthew 23:11-12     In the kingdom of God greatness is measured by our willingness to serve others   For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.  Matthew 5:20   The Kingdom cannot be obtained through position, religious activity, or good theology…   God can reveal his kingdom to anyone he wants to…  
    • To children…At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.”  Luke 10:21
     
    • To the persecuted… “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:10
     
    • To the poor in spirit… "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3
      John 12:25     1 Corinthians 3:19      2 Corinthians 4:18     Matthew 23:11-12 Matthew 5:20   Action Steps  1.      Renew your mind through the Word of God  
    • Romans 12:1-2
     2.       Invite someone to church this coming week…
  • Sep 18, 2012Discovering His Purpose by Pastor Rulon Combs 9-1-12
    Sep 18, 2012
    Discovering His Purpose by Pastor Rulon Combs 9-1-12

    Discovering His Purpose

    Labor Day Weekend 2012

       

    God’s Purposes

      His purposes are _______________  

    Psalm 33:10-11        Job 36:5           Proverbs 19:21

      His purposes are _____________   Jeremiah 32:19   Participate in His purposes   Romans 8:28-29     Psalm 57:2        Acts 13:36            Philippians 2:12-13 2 Timothy 2:20-21   We can also choose to ___________ His purposes   Luke 7:30    “How can I incorporate the purposes of God into my life?”   One of the primary purposes that God has…is to ______ and _______ the lost.   “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost." Luke 19:10  

    Matthew 20:28       Luke 4:43          John 3:16-17

      We are specifically called to _________ with _________ in this mission…   John 20:21            Matthew 28:18-20    

    Myths Regarding Evangelism

     
    1. Isn’t this the pastor’s job or the job of an evangelist?
      Ephesians 4:11-13 NLT  
    1. Don’t I need some type of title in order to reach the lost?
      Revelation 1:5-6          1 Peter 2:5             1 Peter 2:9      
    1. Don’t I need some type of special training to tell people about Jesus?
     
    • The woman at the well…  John 4:28-30       John 4:39
     
    • The demon possessed man: chains, tombs, Legion, pigs,
      Mark 5:18-20  
    1. What’s the big rush…don’t we have plenty of time?
     

    John 9:4-5             2 Corinthians 6:2                                 Colossians 4:5-6

     

    If I am going to transition from being a consumer to a kingdom builder…then I will seek his kingdom first

     
    • Cultivating his presence in my life
     
    • Seek His kingdom by discovering and participating in His purposes
     

    Action Steps

     Identify several people you would like to invite: write their names down Post that list where you can see it every day  Start praying for them every day Try to meet a perceived need in their life Invite them to one of our three services…offer to pick them up
  • Aug 26, 2012Thy Kingdom Come by Pastor Rulon Combs 8-26-12
    Aug 26, 2012
    Thy Kingdom Come by Pastor Rulon Combs 8-26-12

    Thy Kingdom Come

    Aug 25-26, 2012

    Matt 6:33

     

    Why does Jesus talk so much about the Kingdom of God?
    • Jesus put a very high priority on entering or obtaining the Kingdom even if it costs us everything
      Matthew 13:44-46   What is the Kingdom of God?
    • Realm of God’s authority
    • It resides within the hearts of men
      Luke 17:20-21   The Kingdom of God is not only the realm of His authority, but it includes the realm of His: Presence    Purpose                  Power        Priorities       Provision Plans          Perspective   Matthew 6:24-34   24 "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.   Jesus is establishing a clear distinction between two worlds
    • The world in which we live
      1 John 2:16-17   The things that are not seen…spiritual things, eternal things, kingdom things   25 "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?   28 "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.   We are admonished not to spend our time focusing and fretting about temporary things v  We are admonished not to worry…
    • We are told we should be anxious for nothing…
    • We are told to cast all our cares on him…
      v  Too many of us obsess about things that have zero eternal value   v  Sometimes it is difficult to define the line between where my job ends and where God’s begins   33 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.   Jesus clearly teaches that if we will get off the merry-go-round of worry, anxiety, and focusing on temporary things…that we can live a different kind of life.
    • He indicates that if we get our priorities straight…and seek after the important things…that all these other things that we usually worry about will fall into place.
      When I seek his Kingdom first…I do it on purpose…I do it intentionally. We don’t stumble onto the Kingdom…or find it by accident.
    • When I seek His kingdom first…then I actively seek and put a high value on His…
    Presence          Purpose           Power              Priorities Provision         Plans                Perspective   When I seek His Kingdom first…I will put a high priority on cultivating His presence in my life   Jeremiah  29:11-13     Deuteronomy 4:29-30            Isaiah 55:6   Hosea 10:12                Zephaniah 2:3                               James 4:8-10     Practical ways that we can seek Him:  Prayer - Psalm 42:1-2                1 Thessalonians 5:16-18  Meditation - Psalm  48:9  Psalm 77:12-13     Psalm 143:5-6  Bible Study - Psalm 119:15   Psalm 119:81