The Building Blocks of Ministry: Prayer: The Lifeblood of Ministry

Welcome back everyone. Last week we started a new preaching series called THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF MINISTRY. In that first message, we looked at Ephesians 4:11-13 and what Paul had to say about ministry as far as the local church is concerned. We were reminded that God gave church leaders to equip the people for ministry. This means that, from God’s perspective, everyone is called to some sort of service to the Lord, not just the ones we call “ministers”. Then we looked at the end-goal of ministry which is Christian unity and maturity. Today, in my second message in this series I want to talk to you about PRAYER AS THE LIFEBLOOD OF MINISTRY…

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The Building Blocks of Ministry: “Own the Vision”

In recent days, the Lord has led me to a passage in Ephesians chapter four that basically affirms this is the right way to do it. Let me read it for you — EPHESIANS 4:11-13 — And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,  12  to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ…

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Jesus Is Lord: Lord of Our Future

During my thirty-plus years of ministry, I have talked with many Christians who carried a great burden of guilt over past offenses they committed. Just like many of us, they had done things to others that had caused great emotional pain and in some cases, had long-term detrimental effects on them…

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Jesus Is Lord: Lord of Our Past

During my thirty-plus years of ministry, I have talked with many Christians who carried a great burden of guilt over past offenses they committed. Just like many of us, they had done things to others that had caused great emotional pain and in some cases, had long-term detrimental effects on them. As a result, these believers were riddled with self-blame and had no idea how to get rid of it…

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Jesus Is Lord: Lord of Our Appetites

What’s an appetite? It’s a strong hunger or desire for something. Sometimes it’s a physical longing … such as an appetite for food! One of the blessings of living in a country that is as prosperous as America is that we have an abundance of all kinds of good foods to enjoy. Of course, as with any other appetite, we can overindulge ourselves with what we eat…

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Jesus Is Lord: Lord of Our Bodies

I don’t think many of you would disagree that the human body, as designed by God, is a machine that is full of wonder. People around the world are constantly discovering new and fascinating information about it. Listen to some of these observations: (1) Scientists say the higher your I.Q., the more you dream. And the average human dream lasts 2-3 seconds; (2) the largest cell in the human body is the female egg; (3) you use 200 muscles to take one step; (4) the average woman is 5 inches shorter than the average man; (5) your big toes have two bones each while the rest have three;  (6) a pair of human feet contains 250,000 sweat glands and each one has about one trillion bacteria residing on it…

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Jesus Is Lord: Lord of Our Tongues

I recently read a quote by Brennan Manning, the author of a book called the Ragamuffin Gospel. He said, “The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny Him in their lifestyle. This is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.” If you’re wondering why we have been taking a long, hard look at the implications of our confession, Jesus is Lord, over the last couple of months, this is it. Too many Christians fail to connect the dots between our confession of faith in Christ and our transformation to the image of Christ…

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Jesus Is Lord: Lord of Our Private Lives

One of the definitions of Integrity is the quality or condition of being whole or undivided (The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition). A person who possesses this character quality is said to be consistent in the presentation of him or her self. In other words, a person of integrity is the same person in private as others know him to be in public….

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God’s View of the 1st Christmas

You probably already know that Christians refer to this event as the incarnation. You actually won’t find this term in the Bible. It’s a word that is used to help explain why Christmas is so special to us. It simply refers to the act whereby the Son of God took on a fully human nature, including flesh and blood. Imagine for a moment how Jesus’ parents, Mary and Joseph, must have felt when they held Him in their arms for the first time, each reflecting on the words spoken by an angel to them…

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Jesus is Lord: Lord of Our Families

Jesus is Lord! That was the very first confession or creed of the Christian church. It also serves as the basis for our preaching series which is now in its seventh week called “The Lordship of Jesus Christ.” So far we’ve looked at how Jesus came to be the Lord of heaven and earth according to Philippians chapter two and what is expected when we yield to Jesus as Lord of our lives according to Matthew chapter sixteen. It impacts what we say about Him, our willingness to surrender to Him and even what we seek in life moving forward…

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