5/15/16 – Inspired to be Generous – Nehemiah 5:14-19

Inspired to be Generous

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John Stange

Nehemiah 5:14-19

I. Generosity doesn’t cause others to suffer (v. 14-15)

II. Generosity isn’t consumed with what you “get” (v. 16-17)

Revelation 19:6-9 – Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,
“Hallelujah!
For the Lord our God

the Almighty reigns.
7 Let us rejoice and exult

and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,

and his Bride has made herself ready; 8 it was granted her to clothe herself

with fine linen, bright and pure”—
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

9 And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me,“These are the true words of God.”

Revelation 3:20 – Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

III. Generosity is willing to pay a price to bless others (v. 18-19)

Ephesians 1:7-9 – In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ.

5/31/15 – A Body Centered on Christ

A Body Centered on Christ

John Stange

Ephesians 1:15-23

I. A body that displays Christ-likeness (v. 15-18)

II. A body that is empowered by Christ (v. 19-21)

III. A body in submission to Christ (v. 22-23)

Ephesians 5:21-22 – submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.

5/24/15 – Understanding & Embracing the Mission of Jesus

Understanding & Embracing the Mission of Jesus

John Stange

John 17:20-26

I. Belief is a blessing (v. 20)

Ephesians 1:17-18 – that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,

II. Our unity points people to Jesus (v. 21-23)

James 4:1-3 – What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

III. We will see Christ’s glory (v. 24)

John 14:3 – And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

IV. The love of God is within us (v. 25-26)