The Foundation of the Word

Sunday July 31, 2011

Communion message: I Cor. 11:23-26 Jesus paid an amazing price for our lives. He gave thanks to lay down His life for us. He was thankful for the healing of our bodies. Is. 53:4-11. Offering message: Mal. 3:8-11 We give to God, not to man. We rob God in tithes and offerings. Be wary of anyone who tries to explain away the simple truths of the Scripture. Tithing is for today. The principle is not to try to make people do anything. It is to enjoy the favor and blessings of the Lord, because He is so good to us. The devil is rebuked in our lives. We hold the Lord to His Word. What we don’t receive from God is what we really deserve. Sermon message: The chapters of the Sermon on the Mount have become the core of Christianity and give the structure of what it means to be a believer. His teaching was revolutionary in His day, such as when He addressed God as His Father, and then taught His disciples to call Him Father, too. Matt. 7:24-29 is the summation of the Sermon on the Mount. When Jesus taught, He took the Messiah’s authority starting from the Beatitudes. He used the analogy of the wise or foolish man. Caution: Don’t fall for lies saying that the Word on different topics only applied to people in the past. Act on the Word you hear. He will liken us to a wise man. Start acting wise. Watch and do what Jesus did in different situations. Be careful where you go to church and what they teach. Most people who come for counsel already know what to do, but they aren’t doing it. It’s foolishness to know what to do and to not do it. We are equipped for victory. In Mark 5 the woman with the issue of blood acted on the Word she heard, and she received her healing. Pastor Dale tells of his experience of being depressed and not wanting to act on what he heard from Kenneth Hagin and Kenneth Copeland, who said to take the path that is the hardest. Finish what you start and fulfill your word. The hard way is to build on the Rock. The foundation is the Word, not just a move of the Spirit, a vision, a dream, a prophetic word, which are given at a moment of time. Make sure that what you are receiving is based on the Word and remember that the Word and the Spirit always agree. The Word never passes, never wanes. James 2:15 Faith without corresponding action is dead. Faith is an act. When Jesus ministered healing, He tried to get the people to act, because faith needs action. Rom. 10:17 tells us that faith comes by hearing the Word. The foolish man had faith, because he heard the Word, but he didn’t act upon it. It doesn’t matter what you believe, but what you believe and act on. You can measure your Christianity by your acts. Who are you? Do you give, pray, serve…? Luke 5:1-5 There must be hunger in us to receive the Word. Peter responded at Jesus’ word. Launch out and do His Word. Search the Word to find out what to put into action. Take Him at His Word and act on it, whether it’s in tithing or whatever.