4/10/16 – The Good Hand of God at Work in Your Life – Nehemiah 2:1-8

The Good Hand of God at Work in Your Life

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John Stange

Nehemiah 2:1-8

I. Your fear might be evidence of faith in use (v. 1-3)

Hebrews 11:1-3, NLT – Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. 2 Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation. 3 By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.

Galatians 2:20 – I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

II. Your prayers don’t have to be long to be genuine (v. 4-5)

Mark 12:38-40 – Jesus also taught: “Beware of these teachers of religious law! For they like to parade around in flowing robes and receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces.39 And how they love the seats of honor in the synagogues and the head table at banquets.40 Yet they shamelessly cheat widows out of their property and then pretend to be pious by making long prayers in public. Because of this, they will be more severely punished.”

III. Your faithfulness can be used by God to accomplish great things (v. 6-8)

Daniel 9:25-26a – Now listen and understand! Seven sets of seven plus sixty-two sets of seven will pass from the time the command is given to rebuild Jerusalem until a ruler—the Anointed One—comes. Jerusalem will be rebuilt with streets and strong defenses, despite the perilous times.

26 “After this period of sixty-two sets of seven, the Anointed One will be killed, appearing to have accomplished nothing,

3/27/16 – Peace Be With You – John 20:19-31

Peace Be With You

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John Stange

John 20:19-31

I. We find peace in the presence of Christ (v. 19-23)

II. We find peace through faith in Christ (v. 24-29)

Revelation 5:6a – And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain.

III. We find life in the name of Christ (v. 30-31)

Acts 4:11-12 – This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

2/21/16 – The Process of Getting Unstuck – Ezra 10:6-17

The Process of Getting Unstuck

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John Stange

Ezra 10:6-17

I. Trembling with godly sorrow (v. 6-9)

II. Confronting the presence of sin (v. 10-11)

2 Peter 1:4 – And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.

III. Admitting personal fault (v. 12-13)

Romans 5:8 – But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

IV. Taking positive action motivated by faith (v. 14-17)

3/22/15 – Three Things I Do Not Want

Three Things I Do Not Want

John Stange

1 Corinthians 15:12-19 – Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.  If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.

I. I don’t want to have blind faith (v. 12-14)

John 16:7 – But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.

II. I don’t want to misrepresent God (v. 15)

1 Samuel 25:23-24, 28 – When Abigail saw David, she hurried and dismounted from her donkey, and fell on her face before David and bowed herself to the ground. She fell at his feet and said, “On me alone, my lord, be the blame. And please let your maidservant speak to you, and listen to the words of your maidservant. 28 Please forgive the transgression of your maidservant; for the Lord will certainly make for my lord an enduring house, because my lord is fighting the battles of the Lord, and evil will not be found in you all your days.

2 Corinthians 5:20 – Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

III. I don’t want a temporary hope (v. 16-19)