Elevation NOT Condemnation

Sunday, July, 14,2019

“Elevation NOT Condemnation” is the theme of our church.

John 3:17-18

 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

*We should not condemn people because God did not condemn us

Condemn– to declare to be reprehensible, wrong, or evil usually after weighing evidence and without reservation; to pronounce guilty; to convict

Elevate– to lift-up or make higher: to raise the spirits of

*We still do evil on the side of God as Christians, but we can ask for forgiveness

Examples in the Bible

My name is Legion       Mark 5:2-19

  1. We have issues that we think, we have under control- but we don’t
  2. Legion ran and worshiped the Lord (with all his problems). Jesus asked what was his name? He answered “My name is Legion, for we are many. Mark 5:9

Women Taken in Adultery     John 8:1-11

  1. The men present the Woman to Jesus for committing Adultery and demand that she be stoned according to the Law of Moses.
  2. Jesus says, let he who has not sinned cast the first stone. John 8:7

*In both cases Jesus did not turn them away*

Luke 6:37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

We All Need A Phurah

We All Need a Phurah

Judges 7:10 But if thou fear to go down, go thou with Phurah thy servant down to the host:

Story of Gideon

Gideon was the fifth judge over Israel in the book of Judges. He is introduced in chapter 6 of the book while he was collecting wheat and hiding it from the enemy. An angel came to him and asked him to take on the task of overthrowing the Midianites.

~Extra Blessing~

The angel addressed him as a mighty man of valor.  Some people may see this as humorous because Gideon was hiding from the enemy.  We NEED to see us how God sees us!

*God sees what we don’t see.  He sees us as…

Blessed                        Holy

Healed                         Highly Favored

Prosperous                  Delivered

And so much more!

Gideon was fearful, and God told him to take Phurah his servant, with him to visit the host of Midio.

Phurah– fruit bearer or one who bears fruit, beauty.  Phurah was a servant of Gideon, but not in the sense of a “slave”. 

Servant can mean many things

  1. Minister
  2. Guardian
  3. Tutor
  4. Teacher
  5. Mentor
  6. Friend

We all need a Phurah.  We all need that person we can call on to give us true advice and help us in difficult situations.

We can be a Phurah in peoples lives to help meet needs.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

 9) Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.

10) For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.

11) Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?

12) And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Be available to be a Phurah in someones life.

Be Like Methuselah’s Father

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Be Like Methuselah’s Father *100th Anniversary of Father’s Day*

Genesis 5:21,22

-Enoch is Methuselah’s dad. 

-After Enoch had Methuselah, he walked with God. Gen. 5:22

-Having a child should CHANGE your life

Walking with God Requires

  1. A relationship with God
  2. Prayer
  3. Meditating on the Word
  4. Worship
  5. Discipline

Enoch walked with God in a wicked world (before the Flood) and his life reminds us that it is possible to walk with God in sinful times.

Walk with God and He will reward us. Hebrews 11:5,6

Things Work Together


Romans 8:28

*Don’t leave out the key word TOGETHER* Its not all about your together, but ALL the togethers and they will work out

Romans 8:22

-Creation Groans                      

-Adam Groans

-Spirit Groans

Synergy- The interaction of two or more agents or forces so

that their combined effect is greater than the sum of the individual effects.                                                                                                 

Hope- Wait patiently/ while working for the Lord on Earth

Genesis 37:7 

-Joseph Sold into Slavery

-Joseph & Potiphar’s Wife

-Joseph and the dream

Genesis 42:6- Joseph’s Brothers bow down

*I can not do it, but the Lord can*

Immediately, when you see trouble- know the Lord can!

Love God and if you are called- If He is for us who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)