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  • By calling this covenant "new," he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear.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