Special Focus: ALTAR’D: 21 Days of Transformation
- We will kick off Sunday, January 6th and run from the 7th to the 27th
- Theme Verse: Romans 12:1 (TPT) – Beloved friends, what should be our proper response to God’s marvelous mercies? I encourage you to surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred, living sacrifices. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights his heart. For this becomes your genuine expression of worship.
- ALTAR’D – Altar: to build an altar in our lives… and offer our lives as scared, living sacrifices. Alter: to be changed – we are believing for change in each one of our lives.
- We are going to:
- Fast – we are going to encourage everyone to fast in some capacity for the 21 days
- Pray – we are going to have daily prayer targets, prayer calls.
- Read – we are going to read the word of God together.
- Watch – we have daily video devotionals
- Gather together – we are going to come together for prayer/worship on the Friday nights
- Let’s start 2019 by putting God first and set our course for what He wants to do in the coming year.
The Gift of the Father
We are continuing our series on the Gift of the Father and I want to take some time to talk about the heart of God as revealed through Jesus
John 3:16-17 (TPT) – 16 For this is how much God loved the world—he gave his one and only, unique Son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in him[b] will never perish but experience everlasting life. 17 “God did not send his Son into the world to judge and condemn the world, but to be its Savior and rescue it!
1) “For this is how much God loved the world”… God is love (1 John 4:8)
1 Cor 13:4-8 (TPT) – 4 Love is large and incredibly patient. Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance. 5 Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense. 6 Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong. 7 Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up. 8 Love never stops loving….
- A Great Study: Insert God where you find LOVE
“4 GOD is large and incredibly patient. GOD is gentle and consistently kind to all. He refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else. GOD does not brag about His achievements nor inflate His own importance. 5 GOD does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek His own honor. GOD is not easily irritated or quick to take offense. 6 GOD joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong. 7 GOD is a safe place of shelter, for He never stops believing the best for others. GOD never takes failure as defeat, for He never gives up. 8 GOD never stops loving….”
- THIS CHRISTMAS LET’S REMEMBER THAT GOD LOVES US… PERIOD.
2) “He gave his one and only, unique Son as a gift”… God is a giver
Here are just a few things that God has given to us:
- Justification by faith (Romans 5:1)
- Peace with Him (Romans 5:2)
- Access to the Him as our Father (Romans 5:2)
- To stand before Him in grace (Romans 5:2)
- Hope of His glory (Romans 5:2)
- Love (Romans 5:7)
- The Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5)
- That we are saved from wrath (righteous judgment) (Romans 5:9)
- That we are reconciled to Him (Romans 5:10-11)
- We have been adopted into His family (Eph 1:4)
- We are redeemed through His blood (Eph 1:7)
- Our sins are forgiven (Eph 1:7)
- Purpose for living (Eph. 1:12, 14)
- The righteousness of Christ (2 Cor. 5:21)
- Christ in us (Col. 1:27)
- Life (1 John 5:11-13)
- Mercy (Ps. 103:10-11)
- The Peace of God (Phil. 4:6-7)
- Joy (Ps. 16:11)
- Victory over Sin (Rom. 6:6-23)
- The Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:12-27)
- Spiritual Gifts (1 Cor. 12:4-7, Rom. 12:5)
- Future Glory (Rom. 8:17-18)
- Two great intercessors – Jesus and the Holy Spirit (Heb. 7:25, Rom. 8:34)
- The power of God (Eph. 1:18-20)
- Prayer (Heb. 4:16)
- Wisdom (Prov. 2:6, James 1:5)
- A home in heaven (John 14:2-3)
- Freedom from fear (Ps. 23:4)
- No condemnation (Rom. 8:1)
- An advocate (1 John 2:1)
- Future rewards (1 Cor. 3:11-15)
- The presence of God (Matt. 28:20)
- The Word of God (Ps. 119:105)
- Provision (Ps. 37:25, Phil. 4:18)
- Guidance (Ps. 23:3)
- Protection (Ps. 91)
- Restoration of our soul (Ps. 23:2-3)
- A future inheritance (1 Peter 1:3-4)
- Kept by God (Ps. 125:5-8, 1 Peter 1:5)
- Life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3)
- A call (Gal 1:15, 1 Tim 1:12)
- Every spiritual blessing (Eph. 1:3)
- Great promises (2 Peter 1:4)
- THIS CHRISTMAS LET’S REMEMBER ALL THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US
3) “God did not send his Son into the world to judge and condemn the world, but to be its Savior and rescue it”… God is not about condemning people but rescuing them!
- God is not about condemning people but rescuing them… we should be too!
- Condemn = to express complete disapproval of, especially in public. To sentence someone to punishment. To force someone to endure something unpleasant or undesirable. To show the guilt of. To officially declare unfit for use or service
- Rescue = to save someone from a distressing or dangerous situation. To keep from being lost or abandoned
- THIS CHRISTMAS LET’S MAKE SURE THAT WE SHARE THE GIFT OF JESUS WITH OTHERS AROUND US