Parable of the Lost Sheep

Posted: 26th July 2017 in Sermon Audio

Parable of the Lost Sheep - Pastor Mike Stephens
Parable of the Lost Sheep– Pastor Mike Stephens

Parable of the Lost Sheep – Pastor Mike Stephens


Scripture References: Luke 15:1-3, Matthew 18:10-14
Also See: John 17:16, Isaiah. 53:6, Romans 3:10, Romans 10:9

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  1. were Jesus’ kind of .

Luke 15 1 Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. 2 And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, “This Man receives sinners and eats with them.” 3 SO He spoke this parable to them, saying:

Matthew 18 10 “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven. 11 For the Son of Man has come to save that which was LOST. 12 “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? 13 And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. 14 Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

  1. people are to Jesus.
  1. The exists to people to .

Courageous

Posted: 16th July 2017 in Sermon Audio

Courageous - Pastor Mike Stephens
Courageous – Pastor Mike Stephens

Scripture: Numbers 13-14

Trusting God allows us to step outside of our comfort zone and make a forever difference.

Courageous – Pastor Mike Stephens


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Courageous – Numbers 13-14

  • 1. tasks are supposed to be .  (13:1-2)

13 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them.”

  • 2. courage is getting past the ‘’.  (13:27-33)

27 Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. 28 Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.”

30 Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.”

31 uBut the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.” 32 And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and wall the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. 33 There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”

  • 3. How I says a lot about what I .  (14:1-10)

14 So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night. 2 And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness! 3 Why has the Lord brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?” 4 So they said to one another, “Let us select a leader and return to Egypt.”

5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.

6 But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes; 7 and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: “The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. 8 If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’ 9 Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, land the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.”


Next Steps
Spend some time this week reflecting on the following questions:
1. What would I do for God if I knew I could not fail?
2. Who could I help in Jesus’ name if I wasn’t afraid?
3. How has God prepared me to make a difference?

After you’ve considered these questions, spend some time in prayer. Here is a prayer that might help to get you started:

God, I know you made me to make a difference. Sometimes I get caught up in what I see as my own limitations. Sometimes I don’t feel qualified. But, I want to learn to be courageous for you. I want to see me the way that you see me. Help me to step outside of my comfort zone and trust in your plan for my life. Open my eyes so that I can see all the ways my life will impact others when I realize that, whatever obstacles I may face, none of them is nearly as big as the God whom I serve. Amen.

Disciple. (Sermon Series)

Posted: 18th June 2017 in Sermon Audio
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Disciple. Part 1 – “Follow” - Pastor Mike Stephens
Disciple.

We have been called to be disciples; to follow in the footsteps and teachings of Christ. This series looks at what discipleship means in the life of every Christian as we seek inspiration in Biblical instruction for building relationships that lead to Jesus.


Part 1 – “Follow”
Pastor Mike Stephens

Disciple. Part 1 – “Follow” – Pastor Mike Stephens

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  1. Am I a or a ?

Luke 9:23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself (give up own interests), and take up his cross daily (willing to sacrifice everything), and follow Me (believer vs. follow). 24 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. 25 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost? 26 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.

  1. Is really a in my life?

Luke 9:57 Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” 59 Then He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.” 61 And another also said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.” 62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

  1. Is Jesus a ?

Matthew 13:44 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

Next Steps:
Answer the question: Am I a believer or a follower?
Honestly list the top three priorities in your life at this very moment. Where does Jesus fall on the list? What is one thing you can do today to make sure Jesus is at the top? Think of a time you clearly saw God


Disciple. Part 2 – “Identity”

Disciple. Part 2 – “Identity” – Pastor Mike Stephens

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  1. Unchurched people have the .

13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” 14 So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

  1. we are comes down to we are.

15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

  1. The Church is to be a .
  2. Church will not .

Reflection:

  • Whose are you? What does that mean to you?

Romans 10:9 – “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

  • Are you currently swimming forward as a disciple or are you dead in the water?
  • If you aren’t swimming, what do you need to do to change that?


Disciple. Part 3 – “Love”

Disciple. Part 3 – “Love” – Pastor Mike Stephens

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1 Peter 4:8 “And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”

  1. Our lives God.

John 13:31 So, when he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him. 32 If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and glorify Him immediately. 33 Little children, I shall be with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come,’ so now I say to you.

  1. We should like .

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

“Do not waste your time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbor act as if you did. As soon as we do this, we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him. If you injure someone you dislike, you will find yourself disliking him more. If you do him a good turn, you will find yourself disliking him less.” ~ C.S. Lewis

  1. Love Christian .

35 By THIS all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

1 Cor. 13 “If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. 2 If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. 3 If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.” (MSG)

 


Disciple. Part 4 – “Share”

Disciple. Part 4 – “Share” – Pastor Mike Stephens

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Sermon Points Today’s Sermon:

Mark 16:15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.

  1. God has a for our .

John 316 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

John 10:10 I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

  1. us from God.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23

“For the wages of sin is death…” Romans 6:23

  1. Jesus our .

Romans 6:23 …but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

1 Peter 2 24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.
4. We Christ through .

1 Cor. 15: 1 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you RECEIVED and in which you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you BELIEVE in vain. 3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve.

John 1 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Ephesians 2 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Reflect

  • Do you believe? Have you received Christ in faith?
  • Who do you know that needs Jesus? A church family?
  • What changes do you need to make to become part of the movement at MtZ to build relationships that lead to Jesus?

 

Robin’s Closet Open House Saturday

Posted: 15th June 2017 in News
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Open House June 17th


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Sin & Temptation - Doug Dillon
Sin & Temptation
Doug Dillon

Sin & Temptation – Doug Dillon


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1: We’re not .

Hebrews 2: 18 “For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.”

2: our sins.

1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

3: God gives us a .

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

4: God

John 3: 16-17 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.


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Reconciliation - Doug Dillon
Reconciliation: The restoration of friendly relations.
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Reconciliation – Doug Dillon


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Hebrews 12:14 14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:

1: (who, what, when, why) This could mean identifying yourself as the problem as well.

2:

Luke 6:27-31 27 “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. 29 To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. 30 Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. 31 And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.

3: (notice that wasn’t the first step)

Matthew 18: 15-17 15 “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’[b] 17 And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.

4: – Not the same as reconciliation.

Ephesians 4: 31-32 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

Mark 11:25-26 25 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. 26 But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”

5:

Make opportunities to earn trust that was lost

It takes time

If there’s a break in the trust, start at square one.

6: ­ ALWAYS!!!

Everyone sees through it.

No one will trust someone that’s not real.

7: Do out of love.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails.

1 Corinthians 16:14 14 Let all that you do be done with love.

My life is Not My Own

Posted: 28th May 2017 in Sermon Audio
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My life is Not My Own - Pastor Mike Stephens
My life is Not My Own
Pastor Mike Stephens

My life is Not My Own – Pastor Mike Stephens

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Scripture
Main passage: Rom.6:15 – 23
Supplemental passages: Mat.7:17, 20; Job.36:26; Rom.6:22; Rom.3:23, 6:23, 5:8, 10:13; Mat. 6:24

  1. My life is under ii .

15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! 16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?

  1. My life is from .

17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.

  1. My life to .

20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.

  1. My life is a .

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Put Jesus First

Posted: 21st May 2017 in Sermon Audio
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Put Jesus First - Pastor Mike Stephens
Put Jesus First
Pastor Mike Stephens

Put Jesus First – Pastor Mike Stephens

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Scripture: Matthew 6:19-34

1: for Jesus.

19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! 24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

2: Jesus.

25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

3: Jesus – !

31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Mothers: A Legacy of Faith

Posted: 14th May 2017 in Sermon Audio
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Mothers: A Legacy of Faith - Pastor Mike Stephens
Mothers: A Legacy of Faith
Pastor Mike Stephens

Mother’s Day Sermon 2017

A Legacy of Faith – Pastor Mike Stephens


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Scripture: 2Ti.1:3-7, Pro.31:30, Deu.11:18-19, 1Co. 13:1-8

1: A of faith and its .

2Ti.1:3 I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day, 4 greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy, 5 when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. 6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Mother’s leave behind a legacy of faith when…

2: They their faith.

Pro.31:30 says, “Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”

3: They their families about .

Deu.11:18-19 states, 18 “Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 19 You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”

4: They Jesus to their .

1Co.13:1-8 1 “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails..”

 


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Dealing With Doubt - Sermon Series - Pastor Mike Stephens
Dealing With Doubt – Sermon Series
Pastor Mike Stephens

Have you ever dealt with doubt? If so, you are not alone. Following the crucifixion of Jesus Christ even those closest to Him dealt with doubt. In his book, ‘Doubting Toward Faith’, Bobby Conway notes: “For Christians, doubt can either serve us or sink us. It can drive us to seek truth or it can drown us in despair, hopelessness and confusion.”


Part 1: A Few Things to Remember

A Few Things to Remember (pt1) Dealing With Doubt – Pastor Mike Stephens

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  1. We must be about .

Acts 4:1-4 & 12 & 18-22 Now as they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them, 2 being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3 And they laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. 4 However, many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.

12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

18 So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. 20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” 21 So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way of punishing them, because of the people, since they all glorified God for what had been done. 22 For the man was over forty years old on whom this miracle of healing had been performed.

  1. of us will struggle with .

John 20: 19-20 Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.

  1. Tomorrow is a .

Matt. 28:1-10 Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. 4 And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. 5 But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.” 8 So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word. 9 And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.”

 


Part 2: A New Perspective

A New Perspective (pt2) Dealing With Doubt – Pastor Mike Stephens

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  1. There is no such thing as .

16 Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. 17 This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.” 18 And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour.

  1. does not equal .

19 But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities. 20 And they brought them to the magistrates, and said, “These men, being Jews, exceedingly trouble our city; 21 and they teach customs which are not lawful for us, being Romans, to receive or observe.” 22 Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods. 23 And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. 24 Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.

  1. We can even when we don’t .

25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. 27 And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. 28 But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.”

  1. Jesus knows what He is doing!

29 Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized. 34 Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.

 


Part 3: In The Weeds

In The Weeds (pt3) Dealing With Doubt – Pastor Mike Stephens

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Luke 4:1 – 13

  1. Temptation #1 – .

Luke 4:1 Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry. 3 And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” 4 But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’ ”

  1. Temptation #2 – .

5 Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 7 Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.” 8 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”

  1. Temptation #3 – .

9 Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here.

10 For it is written:

‘He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you,’

11 and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up,

Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ” (quoted from Psa.91:11-12)

12 And Jesus answered and said to him, “It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ” 13 Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.

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Part 4: At War

At War (pt4) Dealing With Doubt – Pastor Mike Stephens

Follow along and fill-in the blanks for greater understanding:

Gen. 3:1-6, Eph. 6:12-20

  1. That is an one.

Eph. 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

  1. is a cunning .

Gen. 3:1 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ”

  1. His primary is .

Gen 3: 4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.

  1. We don’t have to be .

Eph. 6: 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.