Are you here as a consumer or as an employee of the Lord. We are in a consumer culture. When we are looking what the Kingdom can do for me instead of looking at what can I do for the Kingdom, we become ineffective for the Kingdom. Genesis 1:26, being fruitful. This is how some of us live today, we live satisfied with an occasional visit from the Lord. Instead of Him being involved in you life all the time. Pastor Sydney Ropp read out of John 15:8, and 1 Corinthians 3:9. Not everything done is going to last or stand the test of fire. There is going to be a testing of the works we do. Pastor Sydney read out of Matthew 7:1 Much better to judge yourself is better than having someone else to judge you. We have the privileged of examining ourselves. Deal with yourself first. Pastor Sydney read from Jude 1:12. Don’t yield to condemnation but, if your heart is pricking do pay attention. Anything that makes us uncomfortable is not always the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit pricks yours heart to bring you closer to the Lord. Prune mean cleansing. No man can remove you from the vine. He needs you Jesus the vine and you are the body. The fruit doesn’t grow on the vine. Produce much fruit, go from glory to glory. If you stay in the Word all week, then you wouldn’t come to church as a consumer. It is time to examine yourself when you start to feel dried up and withered. Abide in Him and produce much fruit. What is blocking between you and the vine.? Examine it and remove it. If you are not staying hooked up with Him in relationship all your are doing is a fruitless exercise. You have to abide in Him. It is a place of living not a visitation. God is priority!
Pastor Sydney Ropp read out of Colossians 3, Proverbs 9:10, Proverbs 11:30 and 1 John 2:24-28. Pastor Syd talks about staying in the Lord, to be fruitful, and to be in continuous worship. Stay in God’s word. Know how to use God’s grace. Keep in mind that the knowledge of God gives you understanding. Do what you have heard from the beginning, to bare fruit. Do you have the desire to bare fruit and what kind of fruit would that be? Pastor Sydney read from 1 Corinthians 3:6. The very ability of God lives inside of us. God gave us the ability and know that today is the day, 2 Corinthians 6:1.
Pastor Sydney Ropp read from Psalms 103. Pastor Sydney referenced Mark 16. We need to be bold and declare some things. I will be bold to declare the goodness of God. Larry Hostetter had given a word from the Lord. God and Jesus Christ died for all of us. When we don’t know what to do we have to put our trust in the Holy Spirit. Pastor Sydney mentioned that we have gained the Father. Eternal life is to know the Father and His Son, to have a personal relationship with Him. Pastor Sydney read out of John 15:1. Every branch bears fruit, every branch bares more fruit, and every branch bares eternal fruit. Matthew 7:15, you’ll find out if it is a wolf or sheep by their fruit. Pastor Sydney read from Luke 3:46, produce fruit out of the mouth from the heart. Pastor Sydney read out of Proverbs 12:14, Proverbs 18:21-22, Proverbs 23:7, Luke 8:4, Ephesians 5:8, and Colossians 1:3.
Pastor Sydney Ropp read out of John 15:1, be fruitful. A branch is either getting pruned or hacked off the branch. The Father expects you to produce fruit. Pastor Sydney read from Luke 6:43. By your fruit you will be known by looking for fruit. What you put in your heart is going to come out. What are you watering on the inside. Are you speaking life words, death words, idol words (words that don’t have faith in them). Pastor Sydney mentioned that the Lord is pruning how his time is spent or used up and is teaching him how to better manage his time. Money buys time. Pastor Sydney read fromEphesians 5:1, Galatians 3:13, Galatians 4:5, Ecclesiastes 8:5, Proverbs 3:5, and Hebrews 4. Get wisdom, the Lord wants to keep you from wasting time. Pastor Sydney read from Matthew 6:19-34, seek first the kingdom of God. He also read from James 1:5. He referenced Revelations 1 and Isaiah 11, 7 spirits.
Pastor Jen Ropp read out of Hebrews 13:5. We want to be free from money. Money is not the sustainer. We don’t want to love the tool, we want to love the provider.
We need to remember even when covering ground that we are not standing still. Pastor Sydney Ropp read from John 15, it is the Father who prunes you. Pastor Sydney referenced John 1:1. Stop thinking of the word as a written promise but, instead think of it as Jesus is the Messiah. Don’t let go of what is written but, it the One who said it. 1 John 5:3, what love for God is. His command is not a burden. The command of God carries within it the grace to do it. John 12:48, the word of Christ is both grace to you or judge you. 2 Peter 1, grace is not a cover up. Grace is what would make you be able to bear fruit. supplement you faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, knowledge with self control, self control with endurance, endurance with Godliness, Godliness with brotherly affection, brotherly affection with love. Manly, excellence, valor is the meaning of goodness. God is a Spirit of excellence. Pastor Sydney read from Romans 8:5 and Galatians 5:13. We live by the Spirit and follow the Spirit.
Pastor Jen Ropp mentioned that there are tithe that are acceptable, Psalms 20:3. Luke 21 and Hebrews 11:4, you are not going to out do God by the amount of money you give. God looks at percentages. You want to give in faith and give out of the heart of love, 1 Samuel 2:30.