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September 15, 2011

Our Ability Comes from God


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God’s kingdom can be expressed to and through your life.

No matter what enemy you are facing today
- Sin
- Fear
- Apathy
- Feelings of inferiority
- Ignorance
- God’s kingdom can be expressed to and through your life.

The Kingdom of God is a conquering kingdom and can easily conquer all the kingdoms of our hearts. Walking in obedience to God’s kingdom is more rewarding, powerful and desirable than any other activity on the planet.

Ephesians 1:18-21
18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked,
Ephesians 2:6
God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,

We need our eyes enlightened in order to know what we’ve been called to
  • The hope, that we’ve been called to
  • The riches of His glorious inheritance
  • His incomparably great power
The Hope That We' ve Been Called To

Romans 8:24
hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?
The Riches of His Glorious Inheritance
a. Eternal Life
b. Victorious Life
c. Kingdom Life

A. Inherit Eternal Life


Matthew 25:31-36
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’


B. Inherit Victorious Life


Titus 2:11,12
11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,

Grace is power to do the will of God and it’s freely available to the humble follower of Christ.
James 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”

Luke 10:19
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.


C. Inherit Kingdom Life

Luke 12:32
32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.

At the center of any kingdom is a King. The kingdom life we’re promised causes the kingdoms of this life to come down and the kingdom of God to be established in newly conquered hearts.

His Incomparably Great Power
Acts 1:8 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.”

Luke 11:9-13
9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. 11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

John 3:34
God gives the Holy Spirit without limit.

The Holy Spirit is an active agent of the God head moving through the body of Christ today. The Holy Spirit moves through obedient people.

2 Peter 1:3
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

Gamalial’s address to the Sanhedrin
Acts 5:38,39
38 Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. 39 But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”

Romans 8:31,32
31 What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

Philippians 4:13
13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.


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September 9, 2011

The Anatomy of an Encourager

By Tony V. Hammack

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Lessons from the life of Barnabas

Son of Encouragement

Encourage - to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope.

Thesis - The Body of Christ needs encouragers.


Acts 4:36-37
36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), 37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.

Acts 9:26-27
26 When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus.

Acts 11:23,24
23 When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. 24 He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.

Acts 11:29,30
29 The disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea. 30 This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.

Acts 12:25
When Barnabas and Saul had finished their mission, they returned to Jerusalem, taking with them John, also called Mark.

Acts 13:1
Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas,

Outline

  1. Barnabas was an extravagant giver (Acts 4:36-37)
  2. Barnabas believed in people, he trusted them, networking Paul successfully in with the other apostles and later with the new Grecian believers at Antioch (Acts 9:26,27)(Acts 11:25,26)
  3. Barnabas was an encourager (Acts 11:23,24)
  • He rejoiced with the will of God being accomplished
  • He was wholeheartedly devoted to the Lord
  • He was considered a good man full of the Holy Spirit and faith.
  • He played a role in successful outreach
  • Barnabas was a conduit for financial blessing (Acts 11:29,30)
4. Enter John Mark (Acts 12:25)
5. Barnabas is Considered a Prophet and Teacher (Acts 13:1)
6. Barnabas’ belief in people causes a rift between he and Paul in regard to John Mark (Acts 15:37,38)

Body

1. Barnabas was an extravagant giver (Acts 4:36-37)
Barnabas sold some land and laid it at the Apostles feet. Barnabas had land and possibly some wealth. Perhaps he gave out of his abundance. Maybe that was his primary land?

2. Barnabas believed in people, he trusted them, networking Paul successfully in with the other apostles. (Acts 9:26,27)
When all the apostles were afraid of Paul because of his reputation Barnabas took a chance on him. Believing his story to be true. He then confirmed the truth for himself before introducing him to the other Apostles.

3. Barnabas was an encourager (Acts 11:23,24)
a. He rejoiced with the will of God being accomplished

Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.

Barnabas rejoiced with God’s will being accomplished

Psalm 37:4
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

b. Barnabas was wholeheartedly devoted to the Lord.

Deuteronomy 4:29 But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Mark 12:30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

c. He was considered a good man full of the Holy Spirit and faith.
1. Good
2. Filled with the Holy Spirit
3. Filled with Faith

d. He played a role in successful outreach

I believe when it comes to outreach…

Proverbs 11:30 (KJV)

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
We’re called to be faithful

Isaiah 55:11
so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

e. Barnabas was a conduit for financial blessing (Acts 11:29,30)

Barnabas was used in this way to bring relief to part of the body of Christ sent from another part. Here again he’s networking resources to a need.

4. Enter John Mark (Acts 12:25)
Was John Mark the rich young ruler who fled Naked?

A rich young ruler questioned Christ about what he needed to do to inherit eternal life. Mark's Gospel includes a detail that Matthew and Luke failed to mention: "And Jesus looking upon him loved him..." This hints at the possibility that young John Mark himself may have been that rich young man. An early church tradition also suggests that it was this same Mark who was "the certain young man" who followed Christ right up to His entry into the house of the high priest and then, when the guards tried to lay hold of him, left the linen cloth that he was clothed with in their hands and fled naked! (Mark 14:52; was the only one who included this incident.)

5. Barnabas is Considered a Prophet and Teacher (Acts 13:1)
Often when thinking about Barnabas I don’t really give him much credit for anything. He however was a very foundational pillar in the early Church.

6. Barnabas’ belief in people causes a rift between he and Paul in regard to John Mark (Acts 15:37,38)

Paul being more principled in his approach to the ministry brought him into conflict with Barnabas who seems to have a mercy gifting.

Fortunately, Paul and Mark later reconciled when Paul was in prison in Rome. Mark served as his aide and then as a delegate on an important mission to Asia Minor. Later Paul asked Timothy to bring Mark back with him to Rome because he was useful in service. (2 Tim 4:11) When Peter was writing 1st Peter, he affectionately called Mark "his son.“ (1 Peter 5:13)

Conclusion: We need encouragers in the body of Christ. Encouragers are used by God to breathe life into us when we’re feeling flat.




Visit with us at Jubilee Family Church this Sunday at 10:15 AM Central Standard Time U.S.A. or Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM Central Standard Time U.S.A. or via internet video on Jubilee T.V.

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Batesville, AR 72501

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