Grow From the Inside Out

 


 

Monday

Day – Psalm 92

Night – Malachi 4

 

Tuesday

Day – Luke 12

Night – 1 Kings 10

 

Wednesday

Day – Ephesians 4

Night – 1 Peter 2

 

Thursday

Day – Hebrews 10

Night –2 Peter 3

 

Friday

Day – 2 Kings 8

Night – Romans 8



 

 

Grow From the Inside Out

 


 



 

 

Giving God Room to Move

 


 

 

From AFRAID to COMMITted

 


 

Matthew 4:18,19

 

John 21:1-22

~ Peter was grieved.

 

Mark 10:17-22,28

~ Ruler went away grieved.

 

Grief is normally associated with loss. The rich young ruler was also grieved. What is going on here with these two men. Jesus was targeting both of them. Have you ever met a man that was afraid to commit. Take for instance a guy who has been dating a woman for year after year after year. What is going on here? If they love one another (sleeping together), then why aren’t they getting married? I believe all to often you will find in those situations that for one the guy is afraid to commit. Sometimes its the woman who is afraid to commit.

I’m led to show you from the word of God today how you can go from being afraid to being committed. The love of God is the only thing powerful enough to move you from being afraid to being committed. In other words, LOVE will make you make the commitment.

 

1 John 4:18

>Perfected love casts out fear

 

Hebrews 2:14

>Fear involves bondage and torment

>ILL: fight or flight

 

1 Timothy 3:3

>Not a brawler; if he won’t run from you then he will fight with you before he commits to you.

 

Acts 9:5

>It’s hard to kick against the pricks; Paul was one of the most committed Christians that ever walked the face of the planet. But he didn’t start out that way. Love met Him on that road to Damascus.

>Jacob wrestled with God; Jonah ran from God; Now what about you?

 

Genesis 3:10

>He was afraid and hid; when a man is afraid he hides. Why aren’t there more men in church today? Could it be that they are hiding from commitment.

 

1 Samuel 10:22,26

>Saul hid amongst the stuff; let the Lord touch your heart about somebody. In other words you should be committed to somebody.

 

1 Peter 2:21-23

>Jesus committed Himself to God

>Leaving us an example to follow

 

2 Corinthians 2:4

>Love moved him to write to them, not that they should be grieved but to know love (almost like Jesus talking to peter)

 

Deuteronomy 20:1

Joshua 1:9

>God tells us throughout the scriptures to be not afraid

 

Luke 12:4

>Jesus constantly; Do not be afraid of people

>If someone hurt you in a current or previous relationship, do not carry the baggage of FEAR.

 

Judges 6:23,27

Judges 7:3,9-11

>Gideon was afraid, had men who were afraid; NLT we see flight and fight in scripture

 

Romans 5:5

>The love of God has been shed abroad in your heart and is designed to deal with the fear in his heart.

 

Mark 10:21

>Remember Jesus looked at him and loved him

 

John 13:1

>He loved them unto the end

 

Mark 16:5-7

>Go tell My disciples and Peter.

 

 

Sister Arlene Williams

 


 

PREPARE FOR MORE, PREPARE FOR MORE:

 

God is doing a great thing here at FFC and He wants to do even Greater.

 

Prophecy spoken over the church:

1. Breakthrough has come to FFC, We have turned a corner; More people are being added, prepare for more, prepare for more, prepare for more

2. Isaiah 54: 1-5

 

God sends people in need, to the place where He has made preparations for them:

 

1. God sent Elijah to the widow’s place because he had made preparations for him : 1Kings 17:8-9

It was no surprise to the Widow when he came to her

Sustain: nourish somebody: to provide sobebody with nourishment or the necessities of life

2. God told Jesus to prepare a place for us: John 14:1-3

3. And God has told us: Prepare for more, prepare for more

 

However, are we really prepared to receive people who will be in need?

Or are we still needy ourselves?

Are we looking at our situation and complaining about ?

Are we s procrastinating in preparing?

Have we done what God has told us to do in order to prepare?

Are we being Stubborn?

Are we hoping that someone else will do it?

 

How do I prepare for more? U/nderstand that preparing to sustain someone will be different for everyone, but as we all prepare it empowers the assembly as a whole

 

1. Seek God’s advice/ counsel/ instructions yourself: Lord what do you want me to do? A. Jesus tells us to seek FIRST (1st Priority) God’s Kingdom, God’s Righteousness :Matthew 6:33

B. God says seek Himh early and while He is near by: Isaiah 55: 6 -9

1. Not doing it your way of doing/thinking

2. Return to The Lord

C. In order to find something, you have to be looking for it:

D. Solomon got God’s advice First on how to rule Israel: I Kings 3: 3-14

1. Becaue he did God gave him more than what he asked for

 

2. Listen to/Consider what- the Lord is telling you to do and trust that what He is telling you, and the way He is telling you to do it is true.

A. Trust The Lord Completely: Proverbs 3:5-6

1. Don’t depend on your way of thinking (how you would do it)

2. Acknowledge The Lord / Respect Him

 

3.Once you get the answer from God on how to prepare, act immediately. procrastination doesn’t cause you to change your mind. Don’t allow the enemy/ your way of thinking stop what God has told you to do:

 

Joshua asked the Israelites: How long will you halt between two opinions?

If God be for you, then serve Him

If you know what to give don’t wait and tell them to come back tomorrow. Give it to them now.

 

How do I position myself to walk in greatness:

 

Matthew 9 17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.


Luke 5

37 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish.

38 But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved.

39 No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.

 

First understand that it is a process: A person set in their old ways; is not going to immediately desire/ accept a new way

 

It is a process

 

Be as your MASTER

Luke 6: 40 The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.

Jesus points out that we as His servants will not be greater than Him; but if we are going to be great, we will be just like Him: Jesus sets the bar to greatness

 

Know The Master’s Intent (Think Like The Master)

 

Mark 12:30-31 King James Version (KJV)

30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

 

John 14

15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

 

Walk Like The Master

1 John 2

3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

 

2 John 1

5 And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.

6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in IT.

 

Luke 6:

35 “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. 36 You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.

 

Matthew 5:43-48

 

Change your way of thinking /Renew your Mind

Renewing- a renewal, renovation, complete change for the better

Romans 12:2

2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 

Colossians 3

9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds

10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

 

Philippians 4:

8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

Meaning, the things you have learned: do it

” ” received: do it

” ” heard : do it

” “seen in me: do it

 

Last but not least: Remember that it is a process

 

2. Remember what God has done for you in that situation:

II Peter 1

5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

 

What has God instructed Faith Family as a whole to do that we have not done yet?

 

God is not going to promote us an we are still closefisted.

God doesn’t love like that neither should we.

 


 

Winning is A Process

 


 

Proverbs 11:30

John 21:1-19

 

I would imagine that this would have to be one of the most important series ever preached here at Faith Family Church. At the beginning of this year I believe we were given direction by the Lord as a spiritual goal for us to become Fishers of Men. And though we’ve been in this series for two months now it really feels like we are just getting started.

Our assignment as a congregation is to target men; to become Fishers of Men. We believe that when you reach the man for Christ the rest of his family will follow. The whole family serving in the Kingdom of God is our goal. Going after the men is simply our strategy. It’s not that we favor or prefer the men over the women and children. We are just following God’s order and Jesus’ example.

My purpose today is to simply show you from the word of God that Winning Is A Process. Using Peter as the example, we continue to see Jesus’ efforts to make a champion Fisher-of-men out of him. Today particularly I appeal to those that are married. I ask that you hear me very carefully today; this will greatly help you. 50% of marriages end in divorce. Since 72.3% of black children born today are born to an unwed mother, I wonder if 50% of the remaining 27% end up divorced. And if so that would explain why african americans have the high percentage of single parented households.

I am going to teach you today by the Holy Spirit how to win over your husband in any area where he may be lacking or failing. Your husband is a man and Jesus can teach you how to win him. He knows how to win men. Again, the biggest thing you should take home with you today is that Winning Is A Process.

 

John 21:1

>This is after Jesus was crucified on the cross and had risen from the dead.

>Remember the progression. Matthew 4 & Mark 1. Then John 1 & Luke 5.

 

Matthew 26:31-35

>Notice the supernatural use of the word offended in its connection to this message from the Lord to use today.

 

Proverbs 18:19

>Peter denied Jesus. Your husband may have denied you and your family the leadership you deserve. Affection, Support, Love.

>The beauty and hidden mystery of this verse is that He is telling us it is possible. Just like the walled cities of the promised land and Jericho were conquered, so shall a brother offended can be won.

>Men, sometimes a woman can turn you off to her because of her behavior. You can be won.

 

Luke 22:31-34

>When you are converted (won) strengthen your brothers.

>Jesus sees Peter as the leader that God had called him to be.

 

John 21:2-3

>Peter was the leader of the disciples. They followed his lead.

>So they are fishing all night and hadn’t caught anything. Doesn’t that sound familiar?

 

John 21:4-6

>Now the last time this happened Jesus told them that from that point forward they would catch men.

>In Luke 5, He said let down your net(s) for a catch. He let down the net, and the net brake. And they ended up having to put the fish in the boats and the ships began to sink. Had they let down the net(s) they would have had a larger harvest.

>God always rewards obedience to the fullest extent that you allow. Sow sparingly reap sparingly. Sow bountifully and reap bountifully.

 

John 21:7

>What? Sounds like he’s ashamed again. Sounds like he’s feeling unworthy again. But watch how Jesus ministers to him and wins Peter again.

 

John 21:11

>Why point out the fact that the net was not broken? They are remembering what happened at the beginning. How Jesus told them they would be made to become Fishers of Men.

 

John 21:19

>This message is so supernatural. FOLLOW ME! After all these years now Jesus is still telling Peter the same thing. The gifts and calling of God are irrevocable.

>Years can pass but that mantle of leadership in your home and in the church at the least will always be there. God expects you to be the head and not the tail.

 

1 Peter 3:1-2

>Do you think that Peter knows anything about how a man can be won to obeying the word of the Lord? Absolutely.

>Winning is a process. It takes time. And when you win, it will be worth the wait.

 

This message is for visitors…

 


 

Jeremiah 3:15

Breakthrough has come to faith family church, we have turned a corner, new people are being added to the family.  We have had literally hundreds of visitors come through our doors in only 3.5 short years.  Generally speaking when people are looking for a church they visit from place to place and from time to time.
Also there are those that come to faith family on a regular basis.  I really believe this is a message from the Lord particularly to those that are visitors.  I believe I am to show you today from the word of God that every sheep needs a shepherd and how to discover who your pastor is.

Matthew 9:36-37


        >I believe as the Lord sits at the Throne in heaven looking upon the multitudes here in the earth that He is even now moved with the same compassion.
        >fainted and scattered as sheep having no shepherd…  In various translations its says distressed, weary, helpless and scattered.
        >People are often in the condition that they are in simply because they don’t have a pastor.

Psalm 100.3


        >To God we are His sheep.  Being such He has given to every one a pastor for a very specific purpose.

Jeremiah 3:15


        >Your pastor is a gift from God who is assigned to feed you with knowledge and understanding.
        >Matthew 4:4  – Jesus says that man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.  God uses your pastor to feed you His word.

Ephesians 4:11


        >Again, your pastor is a gift given to you from God.
        >And there is a difference between having a teacher and a pastor.

1 Corinthians 4:15


        >You can have a lot of ministers that you listen to and have benefited from, but in your life you’ll have very few pastors.
        >Who is the one who watches for your soul?

Hebrews 13:17


        >Your pastor is tasked with a very specific assignment and will have to give account to God.
        >Going to church(es) or watching Christian television is no substitute for having someone in your life that you can obey and submit to.
        >Your pastor watches for your soul.  That’s not something generic, this is very specific.

1 Peter 5:2-4


        >Feed and Watch (over-sight) over it willingly, the NLT says.
        >Notice the term Chief Shepherd indicates that there are under shepherds…

1 Samuel 12:23


        >This is my most important job as a pastor is to pray for the sheep.

Matthew 18:12-13


        >Because your pastor is assigned to watch and has to give an account, there will often be certain things that he will require in order for him to be a good steward.
        >At FFC we ask that you go thru our “membership” class to officially acknowledge that you believe that God has given me to be your pastor.
        >You knowing who’s your pastor is important, but also him knowing that he is your pastor is important as well.

John 4:10


        >It is possible for God to give you a gift and you not recognize it.

        >So it’s important then to learn how to discover  – Who’s Your Pastor.
We know that many that come and visit with us are visiting with friends and family.  And many may be looking for a good church home.  In either case let me encourage you in this…

1.  Ask God for His direction.  Proverbs 3:6
2.  Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you.  Romans 8:16
3.  Take your time.  1 Thessalonians 5:21
4. Walk by faith not by sight.  2 Corinthians 5:7.  There are no perfect pastors.  But the one God has chosen for you is perfect for you.

 


 

Pastor Carroll L. Scott

 


 


 


 

Sister Lilly Jefferson

 


 

 

Letting Jesus Use Your Boat

 


 

Luke 5:1-11

 

How many of you believe that Peter is very important to Jesus? There are only few (several) stories that can be found in all four gospels. The story of the alabaster box is one of those stories and Jesus said that it would be preached in all the world. Matthew 26, Mark 14:9, Luke 7:37, John 12. The details of Peter being approached by Jesus and given the opportunity to follow Him is another also that we see in all four.

 

Luke 4:14,38,44

>First, I want to submit to you that Peter getting to the place of forsake everything and following Jesus was a process. Matthew and Mark present it as a quick and easy decision but beginning in John and especially here in Luke we see that there was much more involved.

>I want you to see something hear that we have not seen before. Jesus actually had to win Peter. He did it by first ministering to his family and then by ministering to Him personally (JN 1:42) and finally by evoking a blessing in his life. Jesus ended up with a lifetime follower and leader who lead multitudes of others to follow Christ as well.

 

Luke 5:8-9

>I also believe that we are suppose to notice Peter’s reaction to this blessing being bestowed upon his life as well as his disobedience to the Lord’s instruction. Depart from me I am a sinful man. Remember we said to you that adam hid from the presence of God when he sinned. I believe one of the main reasons that unmarried men make of the smallest active percentage in the body of Christ for this reason. And many of their absent married brothers are so for the same reason.

 

Luke 18:9-14

>This man stood a far off. We have got to follow the way that Jesus was able to reach these men where they were and bring them with Him to where He wanted them to be.

 

Luke 5:5

>Secondly Peter did not completely obey Jesus and in this we see his pride. Because of the male ego it is easy for men to have a pride problem. ILL: Asking for directions.

 

Luke 14:16-20

>Remember those that began to make excuse. Excuses, excuses, excuses!

 

Luke 5:6-7

>There is coming a boat filling, ship sinking harvest in your life because you are letting God use your resources!

>Thinking we know it all can easily get in the way of receiving the full benefit and blessing of our obedience in the reward of letting God use our resources.

 

Luke 5:16

>Which brings me to my last point for today. Do we pray enough? Proverbs 3:6 teaches us to acknowledge him in all our ways and He will direct our paths. Peter got clear direction from the Lord. But we only get that when we acknowledge him.