Sermon Series: Falling in Love with God
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Starting the New Year Right
STARTING THE NEW YEAR RIGHT
By P. Ferdie
The Lord has blessed us, as a church in 2017! And we can’t help but give thanks. If we are to write down the activities and achievements we had, we will surely have a long list. We had triumphs but we also had some difficulties. There were both sad and glad moments. But God in His sovereignty desires that we move on toward His purposes and ways.
As we look back into our experiences in the past year and reflect on areas we can improve, we realize that those we regard as failures because of the mistakes or errors or sins we committed have become learning situations that propel us forward for a better future. We might have experienced discouragement but there is good news. God wants us to make a “fresh start” of the New Year regardless of the disappointments of the past. And to start this Year 2018 right, we need to:
S – TOP Making Excuses. (Proverbs 28:13)
T – AKE An Inventory Of Your Life (Galatians 3:4)
A – CT Now and In Faith (Matthew 9:29)
R – ENEW Your Thought Patterns (Romans 12:2)
T – RUST God Wholly (Zechariah 4:6)
Security in God’s Power
By P. Narry
Strength in God’s Presence
BECAUSE OF GOD’S PRESENCE I HAVE COURAGE
By P. Marvin
1) Courage because it’s from God (v 1-4)
2) Courage because of the assurances of God (v 5, 9)
3) Courage from my perspective of God (v 6, 7,* 9)
4) Courage because of the word of God (v 7-8)
Shelter in God’s Provision
SUFFICIENCY IN GOD’S PROVISION
By P. Narry
So far, as we go through our 1st sermon series in 2018 (“Falling in Love with God), we have seen 2 things: (1) God’s presence gives us security; & (2) God’s power gives us strength. Today, we will learn that God’s provision gives us sufficiency. In Joshua’s case, after the full conquest of the Promised Land, he reviewed what God provided for the people. What lessons can we learn in appreciating God provision for us?
1. LET US RECALL THE WORKS OF GOD (24:1-13)
After the conquest of the whole land (i.e., central, then southern, & northern), Joshua reviewed what God did & gave to Israel. He recalled His works from the time of Abraham to the deliverance of Israel from Egypt, up to the present conquest. Note that the recounting of history was about what God gave & did. God said, “I took” (24:3a, “I gave” (24:5c, 6a), etc. God affirmed that the people witnessed these things (24:7). Even the people’s deeds occurred through God’s sovereign hand (24:12b). He generously provided what the people did not work for (24:13). Thus, our response to God is heartfelt gratitude.
2. LET US RECOMMIT OUR WORSHIP TO GOD (24:14-28)
After recalling God’s works, Joshua urged the people to renew their worship of God. He seems to closely use both worship & service of God (24:2, 14), even interchangeably (24:14). The word “serve” occurred 13 times in this segment (24:14-24). Note also that the commitment to worship is by household, not as individuals (24:15). Thus, our response to God is to worship & serve Him as a family!
Sufficiency in God’s Protection
By P. Ferdie