10-07-2018 Kevin Goins - 6 Steps to Peace, part 6

Posted in sermon, First Alliance Church Atlanta, Dr. Kevin Goins, money, Bible, peace, proverbs, Wisdom, Shalom by facatl on October 11th, 2018

“Six Steps to Peace” (Pt 6)  Proverbs 3:9-10

In Proverbs 3:1-12 Solomon tells us about the six dimensions of life for which God has a special kind of peace for us. Today we look at verses 9-10 which focus our attention on financial peace.

I Let’s begin with the command: (3:9) “Honor the Lord with your w_________.”

A. The noun “wealth” originally meant all p________ or m__________ p____________ which have value.

1. The Hebrew word literally means e___________.

2. What’s striking about this is that Solomon doesn’t say “Honor the Lord with your t__________.”

B. To honor God is to say that God is worthy of r___________, o__________, and a_____________.

II With the second part of the command Solomon pokes even harder: “Honor God with your wealth, with the f____________ of all your crops.”

A. Solomon says we should give God the raysheeth, or firstfruits, which means the f______ and the b________.

B. Giving God our firstfruits means we make giving to the Lord our f_____ p__________, before anything else.

III That’s the command and the command hurts, but there is o______________ in the form of a p____________.

A. The promise is that God will bless us with that which can be used to do good to ___ and to o________ p_________.

B. The principle is simple: honor God with what we h_____ and he will give us m______ which we can use to honor him.

IV But this raises a question: isn’t this the p___________ G___________?

A. What’s wrong with this teaching?

1. First, they lack convincing S__________ s___________.
2. Second, they do not live like m___________ of the Gospel.
3. Third, they treat God like a get-r____-quick scheme rather than the righteous j________ of the universe.
4. Fourth, they give people the idea that we should never have to face s____________ in this life.
5. Last, they talk about money as if it is the u_____________ blessing.

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09-30-2018 Kevin Goins - 6 Steps to Peace, part 5

“Six Steps to Peace” (Pt 5)   Proverbs 3:7-8

In Proverbs 3:1-12 Solomon tells us about the six dimensions of life for which God has a special and unique kind of peace for us. Verses 1-2 focused our attention on Spiritual Shalom, or peace with God. Verses 3-4 were about Community Shalom, or peace with people. Verses 5-6 directed our attention to decision-making shalom. Today we look at another kind of Shalom.

I When we are well, we don’t think about how our s_________ life is connected to our p____________ life.

A. This connection is c_______________.

B. This connection is b_______________.

II Today we are looking at p____________ shalom – the peace we can experience in our b__________.

A. This shalom catches us o_____-g___________. We don’t e_________ it.

B. Those uncomfortable with this connection do their best to interpret verse 8 as a reference to s__________ healing, rather than p__________ healing.

C. But S__________ makes it clear he is talking about physical healing.

III The promise states that there is something we can do spiritually which will bring h_______ and p________ to our physical body. But what?:

A. If you ask me today, ‘How can I be healed?’ I would refer you to J_________ ___:____.

B. The interesting thing about the Old Testament is that while it speaks about God’s cure for spiritual and physical sickness, it puts more emphasis on p___________.

IV Let’s look at the commands:

A. First, “Do not be w_______ in your own e_______.”

B. Second, “F______ the Lord.”

C. Third, “S_______ evil.”

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09-23-2018 Kevin Goins - 6 Steps to Peace, part 4

Posted in sermon, First Alliance Church Atlanta, Christianity, Dr. Kevin Goins, Bible, peace, proverbs, Shalom, trust by facatl on September 25th, 2018

“Six Steps to Peace” (Pt 4) Proverbs 3:1-12
In Proverbs 3:1-12 Solomon tells us about the six dimensions of life for which God has a special and unique kind of peace for us. Verses 1-2 focused our attention on Spiritual Shalom, or peace with God. Verses 3-4 focused on Community Shalom, or peace with people. Today we look at verses 5-6 which focus on decision-making shalom.

I The reason we need decision-making shalom is because we have so many c___________.
A. Choice can be great, but only if we know how to choose w_____.
B. God, Solomon says, has a special kind of peace for the d_________-m________ dimension of our life.

II This shalom is unique because Solomon gives us o_____-and-a-h______ verses for the command and only a h______ verse for the promise.
A. Yashar means either to b_____ straight or to m________ straight.
B. Yashar means not only straight or right, but it also means s__________ or p___________.
C. Throughout the Bible there is a connection between doing what is r_______, as God defines it, and having a s____________ life.

III Verse 6b is a stellar promise, but how do we make it w_______ for us? That brings us to the command, and the command consists of ______ parts:
A. First, t_________ in the Lord with all your h_________.
B. Second, l_____ not on your own u______________.
C. Third, in all your w_____ a_____________ him.
1. First, to acknowledge means to be aware of what it is the Lord e__________ of ____.
2. Second, it means to have a d_________ to do what I know he expects of me.
3. To acknowledge him in all our ways means to p__________ the p__________ of Christ.
4. If we are not willing to do that in all the s________ decisions of life, we will not be able to do it when it comes to the m_________ decisions of life.

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09-09-18 - Youth Sunday

Posted in Uncategorized by facatl on September 18th, 2018

First Alliance Church Youth Group provide the music, the prayers, and the sermon

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09-16-2018 Kevin Goins - 6 Steps to Peace, part 3

Posted in sermon, First Alliance Church Atlanta, Christianity, Dr. Kevin Goins, Bible, peace, proverbs, Shalom by facatl on September 18th, 2018

“Six Steps to Peace” (Pt 3) Proverbs 3:1-12
In Proverbs 3:1-12 Solomon tells us about the six dimensions of life for which God has a special and unique kind of peace for us. Today we look at the
second.

I Verses 1 and 2 focus on spiritual shalom.
II Verses 3 and 4 focus on another kind of peace God has for us: c______________ shalom, or peace with other p___________.

A. Words like “love,” “faithfulness,” “heart,” “favor,” and “a good name” all make it clear we are talking about _______________.
1. We did not c_______ community, God did, and he created us to n________ community.
2. So, we need peace in our community relationships, but we cannot have community w__________ God.

B. First, we need to look at the c____________ in verse 3.
1. When it comes to community, whether love, marriage, family, or friends, all we can control is _____ response to others.
2. We will do just about anything to make people w_____ to be in relationship with us or to s______ in relationship with us.

C. We cannot find peace by making people love us and remain faithful to us, but there is something we can do: we can ______ and we can be _____________.
1. We cannot love and be faithful to anyone simply by w________ ____.
2. Only ______can love and be faithful to others, but he is willing to do that through us, if we ______ ourselves completely to him.

D. As with the first command of verse 1, so also with the command of verse 3 there is a __________ for those who _________.
1. The promise consists of ____ parts:
a. First, f_________.
b. Second, a g_______ n_______.
2. The promise for obeying the command of verse 3 is peace in our c___________ of r_____________.

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09-02-2018 Kevin Goins - 6 Steps to Peace, part 2

“Six Steps to Peace” (PT 2)
Proverbs 3:1-12

Our text today gives us six specific steps to how we can experience deep and comprehensive peace. Today we are looking at the first step.

I The six dimensions of shalom
A. First, there is community shalom.
B. Second, there is mental shalom.
C. Third, there is bodily shalom.
D. Fourth, there is financial shalom.
E. Fifth, there is disciplinary shalom.
F. Sixth, there is spiritual shalom.

II Of the six dimensions of shalom, Solomon begins first with ____________ shalom.

A. How do we get spiritual shalom? (3:1)
1. The first thing Solomon focuses on is r______________.
2. The second thing Solomon focuses on is t_________ and c_____________.
3. Solomon’s third emphasis: God’s Word must be i________________.

B. If we obey verse one, there is a p___________ (3:2). But there are those who d________ that obeying God’s Word prolongs life.
1. First, it makes sense from a r____________ point of view.
2. Second, it makes sense from a t____________ point of view.
3. It makes sense when you consider the a____________.

C. Many reject these verses because they deny u___________ and a_____________ truth.

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08-26-18 Kevin Goins - 6 Steps to Peace

“Six Steps to Peace” Proverbs 3:1-12 (Pt 1)

Our text today gives us six specific steps to how we can experience deep and comprehensive peace. First, however, we need to figure out what peace actually is. That is what our text is about.

I Let’s begin with what peace is not: Shalom is not simply the
absence of w______ and c____________.
A. First and foremost, shalom means w___________ or c______________.
B. Let’s look at the parts of a whole human life, and in doing that we will get a b__________ definition of peace.

II First, there is c____________ shalom, or peace between p_________.
A. The Old Testament is filled with examples of people making t_________ and c___________ with each other.
B. For both the Old and New Testaments community peace means far more than peace between n_________.

III Second, there is m_________ shalom or peace.

IV Third, there is b_________ shalom or peace – the peace that gives health to our b_______.
A. In the Old Testament there are many examples of God giving peace to people by h__________ them.
B. In the New Testament Jesus sees his miracles of healing as a sign that the ________ ___ ______ is bringing peace to the world.

V Fourth, there is f____________ shalom or peace.
A. You might think this shalom gets the __________ emphasis in the Bible, but if you think that, you are _________.
B. God wants us to have the shalom of p_________, but be careful how you define that word!

VI Fifth, there is d____________ shalom or peace.

VII Sixth, there is s__________ shalom or peace.

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08-19-18 Kevin Goins - Introduction to the Spirit, part 3

“Introduction to the Spirit”  John 7:37-52 (Pt 3)

John 7: 37-52 is Jesus’ introduction to the ministry of the Holy Spirit. What do these verses tell us about the ministry of the Holy Spirit?

I First, the ministry of the Holy Spirit is the alternative to religion (7:37a).
II Second, the ministry of the Holy Spirit is essential to everyone (7:37b).
III Third, the ministry of the Holy Spirit excludes no one (7:37c).
IV Fourth, the ministry of the Holy Spirit is for those who are thirsty.

V Fifth, the ministry of the Holy Spirit is only for those who are willing to t_______ a___________ of it (7:37d)

A. If we want what Jesus is offering us, there are ____ things we must do:

1. First, we must _______ to Jesus.
2. Second, we must ________.

B. There are three kinds of people:

1. Those who do ____ have the Spirit.
2. Those who are m_______ by the Spirit.
3. Those who s________ be led by the Spirit, but they are ____.

C. All Christians ______ the Spirit, but not all drink d________ of the Spirit.

VI Sixth, the ministry of the Holy Spirit gives life __ us and _______ us (7:38).

VII In verse 39 John makes sure we know that by “living water” Jesus means the ______ _______ (7:39).

VIII Seventh, the ministry of the Holy Spirit calls forth _______ different responses (7:40-52):

A First, there is c___________.

B. Second, there is c___________.

C. Third, there is c___________.

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08-12-18 Kevin Goins - Introduction to the Spirit part 2

“Introduction to the Spirit”   John 7:37-52 (Pt 2)

John 7: 37-52 is Jesus’ introduction to the ministry of the Holy Spirit. What do these verses tell us about the ministry of the Holy Spirit?

I First, the ministry of the Holy Spirit is the alternative to religion (7:37a).
II Second, the ministry of the Holy Spirit is essential for everyone (7:37b).
III Third, the ministry of the Holy Spirit e_________ no one (7:37c).

A. It is easy to think that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is only for s________ people --

1. -- If we look at the h______ in Acts.
2. -- If we look at the s______ in church.

B. But “If anyone….” means more than simply that the Holy Spirit is meant for every b_________ - It means the Holy Spirit is for e__________ p_________.

IV Fourth, the ministry of the Holy Spirit is for those who are t__________.

A. There are two main mechanisms for maintaining our water balance: (1) the sensation of t__________ and (2) the k_________.

B. The simplest symptom of dehydration is thirst, but there are other symptoms:

1. difficulty thinking c_________
2. halitosis (b_____ b__________)
3. food c__________
4. f________ or lethargy
5. r________ heart
6. s____________.
7. j_______ or m________ pain
8. h__________ or d_________.
9. k_______ problems
10. s_______, d______ skin or lips

C. Thirst is not only the key to physical health, it is also the key to _________ health:

D. How can we tell if we are thirsty for the Holy Spirit?

1. Do we have spiritual h__________?
2. Are we spiritually l___________?
3. Do we have cravings for things we know we do n____ n______?
4. Do we have h_______ problems?
5. Do we have b_______ aches and pains?
6. Do we have difficulty t________ c_________?
7. Are we d_______ u____?

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07-29-18 Kevin Goins - Introduction to the Spirit

“Introduction to the Spirit”  John 7:37-52 (Pt 1)

Our text today begins John’s introduction to the Spirit. Jesus will have a great deal more to say about the Holy Spirit in chapters fourteen through sixteen, but this is his introductory statement and it comes at the Feast of Tabernacles. What do these verses tell us about the ministry of the Holy Spirit?

I First, the ministry of the Holy Spirit is the a__________ to r____________ (7:37a).

A. Jesus stands up to speak at the very time the Jews are celebrating a f________, and taking part in a ceremonial feast is a p_________ of religion.

1. We can use the word “religion” simply in the s___________ sense.

2. Religion is about whether or not people have some space in their life for _____ and for the s____________.

B. But there is also a sense in which Christianity is _____ a religion. In fact, there is a sense in which Christianity is _______-religion.

1. First, in no religion except Christianity does God become a ________ ________ in order to save human beings by __________ in our place.

2. Second, only Christianity tells us that the way to God is not by d________ s____________.

a. Religion is about doing - doing the things religion says will make God a_______ us.

But Christianity says there is _________ we can do to make God accept us.

b. Religion is about m__________ the religious looking things religious people do.

Christianity is about having our own p_________ relationship with God.

II Second, the ministry of the Holy Spirit is for e__________, especially a believer (7:37b).

A. First, it is important that Jesus s__________.

B. Second, it is important that Jesus spoke “In a _________ voice.”

III So, we can have religion, and religion makes ___ feel good about _____________, or we can have a _______ relationship with God.

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