Sunday Messages


CAMO: Beauty

November 16, 2014, 8:00 am

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CAMO
Beauty

Romans 12:1-2(NLT) 1And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

1 Timothy 2:8-10(TLB) 8So I want men everywhere to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from sin and anger and resentment. 9-10And the women should be the same way, quiet and sensible in manner and clothing. Christian women should be noticed for being kind and good, not for the way they fix their hair or because of their jewels or fancy clothes.

1 Peter 3:3-4(NLT) 3Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. 4You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.

Matthew 6:1(NASB) 1“Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.

Here are Three Questions to Help us with Regards to Adornment:

1. Is it Moderate or Modest?
a. Is it enough in terms of covering? Cultural immodesty has clearly contributed to the increase of sexual immorality.
b. Is it too much in terms of drawing attention?
2. Is it Appropriate?
a. Some things may be lawful but improper because of where you are and what you are doing.

1 Corinthians 10:23-24(NLT)
23You say, “I am allowed to do anything”£—but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is beneficial. 24Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others.

3. Does it Have Evil Associations?

1 Thessalonians 5:22(KJV) 22Abstain from all appearance of evil.

Hebrews 12:14(NIV) 14Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.

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CAMO: Money

November 9, 2014, 8:30 am

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Message One: Money

Deuteronomy 28:15-20(TMSG) 15Here’s what will happen if you don’t obediently listen to the Voice of God, your God, and diligently keep all the commandments and guidelines that I’m commanding you today. All these curses will come down hard on you: 16God’s curse in the city, God’s curse in the country; 17God’s curse on your basket and bread bowl; 18God’s curse on your children, the crops of your land, the young of your livestock, the calves of your herds, the lambs of your flocks. 19God’s curse in your coming in, God’s curse in your going out. 20God will send The Curse, The Confusion, The Contrariness down on everything you try to do until you’ve been destroyed and there’s nothing left of you—all because of your evil pursuits that led you to abandon me.

Prosperity for a child of God is having enough to accomplish God’s purposes for our lives.

Deuteronomy 8:18(NIV) 18But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth…

3 John 1:2(NASB) 2Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.

Principles That Will Change Our View of Money:

1. We Must Believe that it’s God’s Will for Us to Prosper

Joshua 1:8(NASB) 8“This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.

Proverbs 22:4(NASB) 4The reward of humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, honor and life.

Proverbs 3:9-10(NASB) 9Honor the LORD from your wealth and from the first of all your produce; 10So your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine.

People with money or without money can have a poverty mindset. If you’re unsure, answer these statements with a “yes” or “no” to help you identify whether or not you have it.
I am quick to justify or make excuses for my financial situation
I govern my finances out of fear. I’m afraid that if I tithe or give, I won’t have enough money left over
I don’t recognize God as my Source
I am critical of those who preach about money
I am suspicious of wealthy Christians
I often wonder, “Does the Church need my money?…as though it was mine

2. God Owns All the Wealth in the World

Matthew 25:14(NLT) 14“…the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone.

There are Two Radical Implications in this Scripture:
1) It’s God’s money and He has a right to whatever He wants, whenever He wants
2) Since all the money is God’s money, every spending decision is a spiritual decision.

3. All of God’s Wealth Also Belongs to His Children

Psalms 37:25(TLB) 25I have been young and now I am old. And in all my years I have never seen the Lord forsake a man who loves him; nor have I seen the children of the godly go hungry.

Romans 8:16-17(NLT) 16For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. 17And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.

2 Corinthians 8:9(NASB) 9For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.

The Romans tried to give Him myrrh…NOT as an act of mercy because myrrh was a medicine that reduced the pain which would have extended His life, but Jesus refused it.

He was naked. Artist paint Him with a loincloth, but He did NOT have one. He had the wealth of all His creation, but at the cross He laid it down briefly to become nothing so we could have everything.

He was buried in a borrowed grave. But when He cried: “It Is Finished, sin died and we were forgiven.

When He cried: It Is Finished, sickness died and we were healed.
When He cried: It Is Finished, poverty died, and we inherited the riches of Abraham.

4. The Difference Between Living a Life of Prosperity and a Life of Poverty is Choice

Deuteronomy 30:19(TMSG) 19I call Heaven and Earth to witness against you today: I place before you Life and Death, Blessing and Curse. Choose life so that you and your children will live.

Luke 6:38(NLT) 38Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”

Malachi 3:6-10(TMSG) 6“I am God—yes, I Am. I haven’t changed. And because I haven’t changed, you, the descendants of Jacob, haven’t been destroyed. 7You have a long history of ignoring my commands. You haven’t done a thing I’ve told you. Return to me so I can return to you,” says God-of-the-Angel-Armies. “You ask, ‘But how do we return?’ 8“Begin by being honest. Do honest people rob God? But you rob me day after day. “You ask, ‘How have we robbed you?’ “The tithe and the offering—that’s how! 9And now you’re under a curse—the whole lot of you—because you’re robbing me. 10Bring your full tithe to the Temple treasury so there will be ample provisions in my Temple. Test me in this and see if I don’t open up heaven itself to you and pour out blessings beyond your wildest dreams.

Proverbs 13:4(NLT) 4Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.

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November 2, 2014, 12:30 pm

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James 3:9-12, NIV
9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

James 3:2-12, NIV
2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. 3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. 7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.
– Gandhi

Luke 6:45 (NIV)
45 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

I Kings 19:1-3a (NIV)
19 Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2 So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.” 3 Elijah was afraid[a] and ran for his life.

1 Samuel 30:6 (NIV)
6 David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God [KJV: But David encouraged himself in the Lord.].

Deuteronomy 28:3-14 NIV
3 You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country. 4 The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks. 5 Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed. 6 You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out. 7 The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven. 8 The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you. 9 The Lord will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the Lord your God and walk in obedience to him. 10 Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they will fear you. 11 The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you. 12 The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. 13 The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. 14 Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them.

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Versus: Holy vs. Holy

October 26, 2014, 9:00 am

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Holy VS Holy

Isaiah 35:8(NIV) 8And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it.

John 1:12(NASB) 12But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,

Acts 2:38(NASB) 38Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

1 Peter 1:13-16(NLT) 13So think clearly and exercise self-control. Look forward to the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. 14So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. 15But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. 16For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”

Hebrews 12:14(NLT) 14Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.

Romans 13:14(NASB) 14But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.

Galatians 5:13(NLT) 13For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature…

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Versus: Truth vs. Whatever

October 19, 2014, 9:00 am

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Truth VS Whatever

Matthew 7:13-14(NLT) 13“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

John 14:1-6(NASB) 1“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2“In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3“If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. 4“And you know the way where I am going.” 5Thomas said* to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” 6Jesus said* to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

Philippians 4:8-9(TLB) 8And now, brothers, as I close this letter, let me say this one more thing: Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about. 9Keep putting into practice all you learned from me and saw me doing, and the God of peace will be with you.

Matthew 18:8(TLB) 8So if your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. Better to enter heaven crippled than to be in hell with both of your hands and feet.

Romans 13:11-14(NLT) 11…for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living. 13Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don’t participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy. 14Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.

Things to Respect as We Choose the Narrow Way:

1. Respect Being God’s Son or Daughter
2. Respect Singleness
3. Respect Motherhood
4. Respect Fatherhood
5. Respect Manhood and Womanhood

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Versus: Red vs. Blue

October 12, 2014, 9:00 am

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Red VS Blue

Matthew 7:13-14(NLT)
13“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

What is Liberalism?
Today, Universities teach that liberalism is enlightenment, tolerance and progress. It emphasizes freedom, equality, and opportunity.

2 Corinthians 3:17(NASB)
…and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

But we must remember that the liberty of God is always in tandem with truth and grace. This means that we must never trample over moral truth in pursuit of liberty.

John 1:16-17(ICB)
16The Word was full of grace and truth. From him we all received more and more blessings. 17The law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

What is Conservatism?
Conservatism also stresses personal freedom but with the important addition of personal responsibility.

Unless conservatism is tempered and balanced with mercy and benevolence, it tends to gravitate into a dictatorial system in which dictatorial leaders delight in restricting behavior and can end up enjoying their dominance and control.

John 1:16-17(ICB)
16The Word was full of grace and truth. From him we all received more and more blessings. 17The law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

What is True Liberty?
True Liberty contains quantities of both freedom and responsibility. Imbalance leaves us in the ditch and far away from authentic liberty that embraces grace and truth.

The three fundamental truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ are:
1. Repentance of Sin
2. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (in particular, His atonement on the cross)
3. The Continual grace of God in our lives

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VERSUS: Road vs. Ditch

October 4, 2014, 10:18 pm

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Road VS Ditch

2 Timothy 3:16(NLT)
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

1 Thessalonians 5:23(NLT)
Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.

Matthew 7:13-14(NASB)
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14“For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Extremes:
· Rules VS Anything Goes
· Legalism VS Liberalism
· Narrow-Minded VS Open-Mindedness
· Intolerance VS Tolerance

2 Timothy 3:1-5(ICB)
1Remember this! There will be many troubles in the last days. 2In those times people will love only themselves and money. They will brag and be proud. They will say evil things against others. They will not obey their parents. People will not be thankful or be the kind of people God wants. 3They will not have love for others. They will refuse to forgive others and will speak bad things. They will not control themselves. They will be cruel and will hate what is good. 4In the last days, people will turn against their friends. They will do foolish things without thinking. They will be conceited and proud. They will love pleasure. They will not love God. 5They will continue to act as if they serve God, but they will not really serve God. Stay away from those people.

John 1:14(ICB)
The Word became a man and lived among us. We saw his glory—the glory that belongs to the only Son of the Father. The Word was full of grace and truth.

In the first 100 years of the church’s existence, believers were NOT called Christians? They were referred to as members of the hadesh or “THE WAY”.

John 14:6(NLT)
Jesus told him,“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

Religious exercises without a going after Jesus in a genuine authentic relationship propels people into one of two extremes.

The first extreme would be Christians who are legalistic in the way they process their relationship with the Lord and others. Usually as time in life goes along, they do NOT have a genuine love and care for God and others. Their life is about rules but there’s NO relationship.

The second group are people who sometimes break free from this legalistic way of thinking and eventually run to another extreme of becoming permanently soured from all church leadership, valid traditions, and even necessary Christian disciplines.

They go from legalistic enslavement to liberal irresponsibility.

The answer to all of this may be too simplistic. NOT easy, but SIMPLE. Here it is: Become more Christ-focused. Jesus is the WAY. Seek Him. He is the Word. He’s our Messiah, Savior and He also wants to be the Lord of our lives. He’s in charge.

Matthew 11:30(NLT)
For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

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Crash the Chatterbox: Crashing the Chatter

September 28, 2014, 7:53 am

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Playing to Your Strengths and Crashing the Chatter

Question #1: WHAT DO I DO IF THE CHATTER COMES FROM SOMEONE CLOSE TO ME?

Romans 12:2(TMSG)
2Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

Question #2: HOW DO I TEACH MY KIDS TO CRASH THE CHATTERBOX?

What Not to Say to Your Children:
1. Leave Me Alone—Parents need breaks, but we must not brush our kids off. This tells the kids not to talk to you.
2. Don’t Cry—Or, don’t be a baby, or, there’s NO reason to be afraid. Shutting down our children’s emotions do NOT help them to deal with the chatter later in life. We do NOT want to tell our children that their emotions are NOT valid, but we want to teach them how to deal with their emotions according to the Word of God. How to handle their fears and insecurities instead of telling them “DON’T”.
3. Why Can’t You Be More Like Your Sister—Comparison’s most always backfire. It’s wonderful to have shining examples, but our children will never be totally like somebody else. A better option would be to encourage their achievements.
4. Stop Or I’ll Give You Something To Cry About—The problem is that sooner or later you must make good on your threat or you’re a liar. Though discipline is warranted and needed, small children need to be redirected in their activities.
5. Wait Till Daddy Gets Home—You just told your child that you’re NOT in authority and you cannot handle the situation.
6. Hurry Up!—Usually when I say that, things slow down. This statement usually gets people’s nerves on edge and then things go south from there. It’s better to help things along and help people plan ahead better.
7. Great Job!—What could be wrong with that statement? Tossing out a generic statement over and over again without being specific will cause that statement to become meaningless. You may want to praise the behavior instead of the person. Though a thank you is often good, be sure that it’s accomplishing the right thing. For instance, I’m so thankful that you glorify God when you help caring for a single mom. If somebody shows thanks to me in a way that takes glory away from God, that thanks may NOT have ultimately did me any good. We honor people and glorify God.

Proverbs 4:23(TMSG)
Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts.

Question #3: HOW DO I DEAL WITH THE CHATTERBOX WHEN IT COMES OUT OF NOWHERE?

Question #4: WHAT DO I DO WHEN THE CHATTERBOX MAKES ME FEEL GUILTY NO MATTER WHAT I DECIDE TO DO?

Romans 4:17-18(TMSG)
17We call Abraham “father” not because he got God’s attention by living like a saint, but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody. Isn’t that what we’ve always read in Scripture, God saying to Abraham, “I set you up as father of many peoples”? Abraham was first named “father” and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing. 18When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do. And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples. God himself said to him, “You’re going to have a big family, Abraham!”

Philippians 4:8-9(TMSG)
8Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. 9Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.

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Crash The Chatterbox: Discouragement

September 21, 2014, 8:10 am

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Crash the Chatterbox
Discouragement

Dealing with Discouragement:
1. There’s Always a Messenger of Discouragement
2. There’s Always a Reaction to Discouragement
3. There’s Always God’s Gracious Encouragement
4. There’s Always the Revealing of the Cause of Discouragement

Incorrect View Of The…

a. Situation
b. Yourself
c. God

Six Things to Look at When Facing Discouragement
1. Look Back—
The enemy doesn’t want us to remember all the times God’s come thru for us.
2. Look Up—
When we look up to God, we remind ourselves of who God is…A God who loves us and walks with us thru everything.
3. Look Out—
Ask ourselves, are we doing anything to feed the chatter? How much time do we spend looking at other people’s lives on Facebook? How are our friends influencing us?
4. Look Beyond—
Crash the chatter by looking beyond ourselves & encouraging someone else.
5. Look Around—
This is what being in a Life Group is all about. Finding ways to have people who pray for each other.
6. Look In—
Realize that we have God’s Spirit living on the inside of us and we can quote Scripture to the lies of Satan and encourage ourselves

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Crash the Chatterbox: Condemnation

September 14, 2014, 12:48 pm

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Crash the Chatterbox
Condemnation

John 8:1-11(NLT) 1Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, 2but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. 3As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd. 4“Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” 6They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. 7They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” 8Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust. 9When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. 10Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” 11“No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”

John 3:17-18(NIV) 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

What is Condemnation?

Condemnation continually points out what a failure we are, and how badly we’ve messed up.

John 12:47(NLT) 47…for I have come to save the world and not to judge it.

Romans 8:1(NLT) 1So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:2(NLT) 2And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.

Romans 8:3(NLT) 3The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.

Romans 8:15(NLT) 15So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”

The word Abba is an Aramaic word that would most closely be translated as “Daddy.” It was a common term that young children would use to address their fathers. It signifies the close, intimate relationship of a father to his child, as well as the childlike trust that a young child puts in his “daddy.”

John 1:12-13(NLT) 12But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 13They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

Philippians 3:13(NLT) 13…I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,

What is Conviction?

The word convict is a translation of the Greek word elencho, which means “to convince someone of the truth; to reprove; to accuse, refute, or cross-examine a witness.” The Holy Spirit acts as a prosecuting attorney who exposes evil, reproves evildoers, and convinces people that they need a Savior.

Romans 2:4(NASB) 4Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?

Isaiah 30:18(NASB) 18Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him.

1 John 1:9(NASB) 9If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

What is the Difference?

Conviction shows us the answer (the Blood of Jesus, which washes away sin), while condemnation shows us the problem (the sin, the past and our failures).

Condemnation shouts, “Your past! Your sins! You loser!” But conviction shouts, “The Blood of Jesus washes away sins! Come to Jesus and be forgiven of your sins! Your sins and past don’t have to be a part of you anymore!”

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