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09-24-17 Kevin Goins - Making the Most of God’s Word pt.3

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“Making the Most of God’s Word” (pt. 3)   Ezra 7:10
We have seen that making the most of God’s Word requires work and study. Today we see that making the most of God’s Word requires that we observe it. How do we observe God’s Word?
I First, we apply it.
   A. What is application? Application is putting God’s Word, not into our heads, but putting it into action.
   B. Why should we apply God’s Word?
     1. We should apply God’s Word because it helps our understanding.
     2. We should apply God’s Word because that is how we get blessed.
     3. We should apply God’s Word because it keeps us from being deceived.
   C. How do we apply God’s Word?
     1. We need to expect something.
     2. We need to do something; we need to ask questions of the text.
        a. Does this text reveal something I should believe about God?
        b. Does this text reveal something for which I should praise or thank God?
        c. Does this text reveal something I should pray about for myself or others?
        d. Does this text reveal something I should have a new attitude about?
        e. Does this text reveal something I should make a decision about?
        f. Does this text reveal something I should do for the sake of Christ, others, or myself?
II Second, another way to observe God’s Word is to memorize it. -Why should we memorize Scripture?
   A. Memorizing Scripture helps us face the demands of each day.
   B. Memorizing Scripture helps us battle doubt.
   C. Memorizing Scripture helps us share our faith.
   D. Memorizing Scripture helps us find our way.

09-17-17 Kevin Goins - Making the Most of God’s Word pt.2

“Making the Most of God’s Word” (pt. 2)   Ezra 7:10

Last time we saw that making the most of God’s Word requires work. Today we see that making the most of God’s Word requires study. But, what is Bible study? I want to make five points about Bible study:
I First, there is a major difference between r_________ the Bible and s___________ the Bible.

II Second, not only does Bible study enrich our own spiritual life, Bible study prepares us for m__________.

III Third, Bible study takes __________.

IV Fourth, every believer in Jesus has a n_______-e__________ need to study God’s Word.

V Fifth, many believers in Jesus have ____ ________ how to study God’s Word.
-What do we do to study the Bible?
A. Adler gives us three steps which focus on the book itself:
1. Think about the s_____________.
2. Think about the m____________.
3. Think about whether you a_________.
B. Adler gives us three steps which focus on ourselves:
1. Think about our e_____________.
2. Think about o_______ b________.
3. Think about our d____________ with o________.

08-27-17 Kevin Goins - Making the Most of God’s Word

“Making the Most of God’s Word”   Ezra 7:10

Today we come to the spiritual discipline which has to do with God’s Word. Ezra 7:10 tells us that we need to study God’s Word. But before we get to the specifics of study, this passage gives us some bad news: making the most of God’s Word through study is hard work. Why is it work?
I First, it is work because we must seek God’s truth w________ it is f__________.

II Second, it is work because we must seek God’s truth in the m__________ in which it is to be found.

III Third, it is work because our study has to be r____________ o_____ and o_____ again.

IV Studying God’s Word is work, but what exactly do we mean by studying God’s Word?
-“The difference between Bible reading and Bible study is a _________ and a ______.”

08-20-17 Kevin Goins - The Discipline of Service

“The Discipline of Service”  

 

Service is the work done by followers of Jesus to promote, enrich, and expand the Kingdom of God.  But what, exactly, is the work we are expected to do?  This is an easy question to answer:  We are to do what Jesus did.  As followers of Jesus we copy the service he carried out.  Why do I say that the service Jesus did on earth is like the service we are called to do?      

First, The work Jesus did was p_________ in a_________, and so is ours.

Second, the work Jesus did was r__________ and a__________ by some and h_______ and d____________ by others, and we can expect the same.

Third, the work Jesus did was e____________ by the ________ _________, and our work must be as well.

Fourth, Jesus didn’t work to get a ___________, he worked to give l_____ to o______, and that is also our calling.

Fifth, the work Jesus did l___ to ________, and so may our work.

 

 

VI        But there is one way in which the service Jesus performed is not like ours – Jesus didn’t die as a ___________, he died as the __________ of sinners.

08-13-17 Kevin Goins - The 4 Cs of Confident Prayer

“The Four C’s of Confident Prayer”  1 John 5:14-15

This life is filled with uncertainty.  In his first epistle, however, John tells us that this uncertainty has no place in our prayer life.  He tells us that when we pray we should always pray with confidence.  In our text John makes four points about confidence in prayer:  

I       First, John points to the c_______ of confidence (5:14a).

II Second, John then reminds us that we have c________ to be confident and the cause of our confidence is the o_____ to whom we pray (5:14)

  1. What is the alternative to bringing our needs to God? Looking to __________ to meet our needs. But this brings two variables into the equation:
  2. W_______________.
  3. A________________.
  4. Why does the fact that we pray to God give us confidence?
  5. We have confidence because of ______ God is.
  6. We have confidence because of ______ God has a___________ done.
  7. We have confidence because we have a p______ i_________ from God.

III Third, John also reminds us that this confidence has c__________(5:14)

  1. First, to be confident prayers, obviously, we must be willing to ______.
  2. The second condition of confident praying is that we must ask _____ _________.
  3. The third condition of confident prayer is that we must ask with a c________ h_________ and a willingness to _______.
  4. The fourth condition of confident prayer John specifically mentions here: We must pray in a____________ with ________ _________.

IV Lastly, John tells us the c_______________ of confidence.

-God’s answer might be:  1. d___________   2. d____________   3. d____________

 

08-06-17 Kevin Goins - Prayer Makes a Difference

Prayer Makes a Difference:  The Discipline of Prayer  1 Timothy 2:1-4

Prayer is not only the most well-known of the spiritual
disciplines, many would say it is the most transformative. Practicing it makes the greatest difference in the Christian life.  In our text
today we see how certain the Apostle Paul is that prayer always makes a difference.  

I First, Paul is so convinced prayer makes a difference that he sees prayer as the church’s n_________ o_______ most urgent need (2:1).

-The only way to prioritize prayer is to p_______ for prayer.

II Second, Paul is so convinced prayer makes a difference that he wants the church’s practice of prayer to be m___________(2:1).

  1. Requests are prayers for s___________ n______.
  2. Prayers are r_________ that can only be made to ________.
  3. Intercession is asking God for something on behalf of s___________ e_____.
  4. Thanksgiving is thanking God for what he h____ a_______ d______ and for what we believe he w____ d___ in the f_______.

III Third, Paul is so convinced prayer makes a difference that he wants the church to use it on behalf of a____ p_______ (2:1-2a).

-This means two things:  Prayer is never to be e____________.  We must pray for k_______, or those in a____________.

IV Lastly, Paul is so convinced prayer makes a difference that he wants the church to rely on prayer for the e_______________ of the w_________ (2:1-4).

07-23-17 Kevin Goins - Stewardship of Time

“Giving the Gift of Jesus: the Stewardship of Time”   Luke 19:1-9

Time is a precious commodity and that is why God wants us to practice the discipline of stewardship. He wants us to honor him, not just with how we spend our money, but also with how we spend our time. As Christians, we know the importance of giving time to God, to our family, and to our church. But how much time do we give to those who are outside the Kingdom of God? Today we are looking at a text which answers the question: Why should we give those who do not know Jesus the gift of our time?

First, because it takes time to look for the lost (19:1).
Second, because it takes time to see spiritual potential where, at first, there might seem to be none at all (19:2).

Third, because it takes time to be a p___-w_______ w________ (19:3-5).
A. It takes time to make a good i__________ on people before you attempt to share your faith with them.

B. To be an authentic representative of Jesus means we reach out to the people who seem to be so d__________ from us.

Fourth, because it takes time to recognize the o_____________ of the m__________ (19:5-6).

Fifth, because it takes time to n_____________ (19:7).

Finally, because it takes time to see r__________ (19:8-9).

07-16-17 Kevin Goins - Giving the Gift of Jesus

“Giving the Gift of Jesus: the Stewardship of Time”   Luke 19:1-9
Time is a precious commodity and that is why God wants us to practice the discipline of stewardship. He wants us to honor him, not just with how we spend our money, but also with how we spend our time. As Christians, we know the importance of giving time to God, to our family, and to our church. But how much time do we give to those who are outside the Kingdom of God? Today we are looking at a text which answers the question: Why should we give those who do not know Jesus the gift of our time?

I First, because it takes time to _______ for the _______ (19:1).
A. Jesus was “passing through” Jericho because he had s_______ p________ e_________ to be.

B. As we encounter crowds each day we need to focus our attention, not on the _______, but on the one who s________ o_______ from it.

II Second, because it takes time to see s__________ p__________ where, at first, there might seem to be n_______ at all (19:2).
A. There are two reasons why a Christian evangelist would not want to waste time on Zacchaeus:
   1. He was a c_______ t______ c________.
   2. He was w___________.
B. But sometimes the people who live “upright” lives are the h________ to win to Christ, and the people who would seem to be a l______ c______ are the most eager to respond to the Gospel.

III Third, because it takes time to be a p___-w_______ w________ (19:3-5).
A. It takes time to make a good i__________ on people before you attempt to share your faith with them.
B. To be an authentic representative of Jesus means we reach out to the people who seem to be so d__________ from us.

07-09-17 Kevin Goins - Discipline of Thankfulness part 2

The Spiritual Discipline of Thankfulness” (Conclusion) Luke 17:11-19

Thankfulness is one of the most well-known of the spiritual disciplines, but that does not mean that it is one of the most commonly practiced.  As our text today demonstrates, it is the nature of the majority of people who are blessed by God to take his blessing without giving thanks.  What does this text teach us about the discipline of thankfulness? 

I First, we learn that we ought to focus our thankfulness on the Lord Jesus (17:11-13).

II Second, the energizing power of thankfulness is faith (7:14-15).

III Third, the reason for our thankfulness is God’s grace (7:16).

IV Fourth, the absence of thankfulness is _______ (7:17).

-Four reasons why ingratitude is ______:

  1. Ingratitude is sin because not being thankful is an act of _______________.
  2. Ingratitude is sin because it d____________ God of what he is d_____.
  3. Ingratitude is sin because it is bad for _____.
  4. Ingratitude is sin because it hurts ________.

V Fifth, the presence of thankfulness is a sign of s___________ t______________(17:19).

VI Finally, evidence of thankfulness is never just _________, but ___________ (17:18).

 

 

07-02-17 Kevin Goins - The Discipline of Thankfulness

“The Spiritual Discipline of Thankfulness”  Luke 17:11-16

Thankfulness is one of the most well-known of the spiritual disciplines, but that does not mean that it is one of the most commonly practiced.  As our text today demonstrates, it is the nature of the majority of people who are blessed by God to take his blessing without giving thanks.  What does this text teach us about the discipline of thankfulness? 

I     First, we learn that we ought to focus our thankfulness on the _______ ______(17:11-13).

       -For three reasons:

  1. Because Jesus himself d____________ the discipline of thankfulness
  2. Because Jesus is the one whose actions d___________ our thanks.
  3. Because of what Jesus did for ____.

II    Second, the energizing power of thankfulness is ___________ (7:14-15).

III   Third, the reason for our thankfulness is ______ __________ (7:16).

 


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