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.

7/26/15 – Assessments That Aren’t Clouded by Worldly Comparisons

Assessments That Aren’t Clouded by Worldly Comparisons

John Stange

2 Corinthians 5:11-21

I. What we are is known to God (v. 11-13)

Revelation 2:3-4 – “I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.”

Revelation 3:8 – “I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.”

II. The love of Christ controls us (v. 14-15)

III. We regard no one according to the flesh (v. 16-17)

IV. We are embassadors for Christ (v. 18-21)

7/19/15 – Taking Off the Masks of a False Indentity

Taking Off the Masks of a False Indentity

John Stange

Luke 19:1-10

I. Gaining a greater glimpse of Jesus (v. 1-4)

Matthew 18:3 – “and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

II. Receiving Christ joyfully (v. 5-7)

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.”

Ecclesiastes 7:20 – “Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.”

Romans 3:10-12 – “as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”

III. Repenting to Jesus Openly (v. 8-10)

Mark 1:15 – “and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”