1/31/16 – The release of heart-felt confession

The release of heart-felt confession

John Stange

Ezra 9:6-9

I. Admitting our guilt instead of holding on to it (v. 6-7)

1 Corinthians 12:26 – If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

James 5:16 – Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

II. Welcoming God’s action of “brightening our eyes” (v. 8)

John 10:9-10 – 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

III. Remembering that God does not forsake His children (v. 9)

Hebrews 13:5b – “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

1/17/16 – Are we taking God’s goodness for granted?

Are we taking God’s goodness for granted?

John Stange

Ezra 9:1-5

I. The desire to embrace the world’s values (v. 1)

Ephesians 5:15-16 – 15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

1 John 4:4 – Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

II. The devaluation of God’s high standard for marriage (v. 2)

III. The solution is God’s intervention in our lives (v. 3-5)

James 5:13-16 – 13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working

11/16/14 – The Church is a Family

The Church is a Family

John Stange

1 Corinthians 12:12-26

I. We are one body in Christ (v. 12-13)

Romans 15:1-3 – We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak,
and not to please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.
3 For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who
reproached you fell on me.”

II. Stop convincing yourself that you don’t belong (v. 14-20)

III. Admit your need (v. 21-26)

Galatians 6:2 – Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

James 5:16 – Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you
may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.