David said, there is one thing I desire of the LORD, and I want to pursue that. Today's message further unpacks what is meant by "dwelling in the house of the LORD." If we really desire a life lived in God's presence and with a real sense of His presence, it means we must adopt not only a singular focus in life, but it also means two other things.
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Our annual ministry theme is taken from Ephesians 4:23 - "Be Renewed." As we unpack our ministry theme for 2022, we are covering this theme in two broad categories, 1) Personal Renewal, and 2) Corporate Renewal. This series of messages deals with the matter of Personal Renewal.
Synopsis: When it comes to imaging Christ in our relationships with ourselves, our circumstances and with people, three non-negotiable truths must be embraced, kept in mind and practiced as personal renewal cannot take place apart from any one of them. When it comes to personal renewal, this is where it all begins.
Synopsis: Paul uses a clothing analogy to drive home important truth about the nature of biblical change and how we grow spiritually. As we unpack our text tonight, it's important to understand Paul's flow of thought as he instructs how personal renewal takes place.
Synopsis: Flowing out from Paul's line of thinking/teaching on how we mature or grow in Christ, are two foundational truths we are to embrace and practice. The first of these is covered in today's message from Ephesians 4:17-24.
Synopsis: Today we begin looking at the second foundational truth that flows out of Paul's teaching in Ephesians 4:17-24: personal renewal is not only possible, but is a successful process when empowered by God's grace and His Spirit. It's God's plan for our lives. Through three key words in vv. 22-24, God reveals for us the result that all teaching of His truth is to have upon us so that change and growth may take place. It's a reliable road map for us to follow. This message looks at the first of these words in v. 22.
Synopsis: This message completes our look at the three-step process for Christian growth that is God's reliable plan for us to follow by which the image of God is restored in us. It's a measurable tool whereby we can tell in a concrete way if we are growing to be more like Christ or not.
Synopsis: The Bible has much to say about the use of the mind. The battleground of spiritual warfare takes place there. When it comes to renewing the mind, it's important that we set aside some common misconceptions so we can understand the full significance of what is being said. Then we will look at how all that is worked out in life.
Synopsis: Last week, in order to have a clear understanding of what this concept of renewing our mind means, we noted what Ephesians 4:23 is not saying and what it is saying. Today we move on to look at how the process of renewing the mind works. Today's text and others we look at will help us immensely.
Synopsis: In today's message we look at the third of three truths that indicate to us what is involved in renewing our minds. This third truth also answers the question, "what does renewing the mind" look like in daily life?
Synopsis: In Philippians 4:5-7, God talks to us about the matter of peace within. In 4:9, God reveals the source of peace--Himself! Sandwiched in between these verses talking about God's peace is the instruction given to us in 4:8 that is so vital in experiencing that peace. Here, God teaches us how to use our minds biblically. If you and I are to enjoy God's peace within, we must use our minds biblically. God's Word shows us to do that.
Synopsis: God is concerned with how we use our minds--the way we think, the kind of thoughts we think. We ought to as well. So the question before us then is this, "How does God want me to use my mind?" Our text today answers that question.
Synopsis: Philippians 4:8 contains eight filters through which our thoughts are to be processed. Using our minds biblically is a key component in the process of personal renewal. This message looks at the first of these filters.
Synopsis: In this final message from Philippians 4:8, we take a look at the eight filters through which all our thoughts are to be processed. Our text today reveals two ways in which we can use our minds biblically so that we love the Lord with all our minds (Cf. Mark 12:30). Biblical thinking is key to personal renewal.
Synopsis: As we continue our series on personal renewal, we move on from learning what God has to say about the biblical use of the mind that is key to our growth in Christlikeness, to another component of renewal that is key to our success in Christlikeness--The Battle in our Mind. It's imperative to remember not only where the spiritual battle lies but also exactly what is at stake in this long war for the control of our hearts. If we would win The Battle in our Minds, there are three things we need to know, believe, and act upon that are presented in today's text of Scripture. This message covers the first two of these truths.
Synopsis: This morning we look at the 3rd key step of action when it comes to tearing down strongholds and bringing our thoughts into captivity to the obedience of Christ. There's some encouraging truth when it comes to the weapons God gives us tear these down!
Synopsis: In our final look at 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 and what God's Word has to say about pulling down strongholds, we cover a four-fold battle plan that will encourage greater victory in your daily battles whether it is with fear, anger, worry, impatience, or despair, etc.
Synopsis: When it comes to the matter of our personal renewal, our Christian growth, our imaging Christ more accurately, perspective is vital. One of the foundational perspectives is the connection between who are are a born-again believers and what we do as born-again believers. If we are to successfully grow in grace, we must keep the right perspective uppermost in our thinking so that our doing reflects spiritual reality and not a distortion of it.
Synopsis: As we continue our series on personal renewal, we come to a very famous text of Scripture --Psalm 23. Today's message focuses on the first part of v.3 where our pastor extracts this truth: our God is a God of renewal. Restoring is His gracious shepherding work.
Synopsis: Today we return to Psalm 23:1-3 for another message from God's Word on the theme of personal renewal. Last week we saw that we can experience personal renewal when we come to the Source of it--the LORD our Shepherd. Today we look at how we can know personal renewal - when we follow our Shepherd.
Synopsis: Isaiah 40:31 contains both a blessed promise and a blessed provision. They are center on the opening words of this verse--what it means to wait upon the LORD. Many Christians today are not enjoying the strength and power promised in this verse because they have not learned to "wait upon the LORD." So exactly what does that mean? Today's message explains and applies that truth.
Synopsis: In today's message we continue looking at the blessed promise and then the blessed provision found in this verse. Waiting upon the LORD brings both. Through three images, mounting up with wings as eagles, running and walking, the Lord communicates two special provisions are given to those who wait upon the Lord. These images expand upon the idea of renewing our strength.
Synopsis: Today we look at another step we can take to experience personal renewal as we seek to live a transformed life. David's prayer is a model both for those who are born-again and those who are not. Our text in Psalm 51:10 contains two prayer requests. We look at the first one today--a request for cleansing.
Synopsis: Psalm 51:10 contains two requests that David prays to the Lord: 1) a request for cleansing, 2) a request for renewal. Today's message looks at this second request that has four components to it.
Synopsis: Today's passage reveals a fifth step we can take if we are to experience personal renewal and live a transformed life. It reveals to us a challenging command that is followed by a comforting promise designed to encourage us to accept the challenge Christ presents to all who live as citizens in His kingdom.
Synopsis: Our text today reveals a 6th step we can take to experience personal renewal and to live a transformed life. In part 1 of "What's Your One Thing?" we look at the first part of Psalm 27:4 and unpack what it means to "practice the presence of God."
Synopsis: David said, there is one thing I desire of the LORD, and I want to pursue that. Today's message further unpacks what is meant by "dwelling in the house of the LORD." If we really desire a life lived in God's presence and with a real sense of His presence, it means we must adopt not only a singular focus in life, but it also means two other things.
Synopsis: This is the final message in our series on "Personal Renewal: Living a Transformed Life." It also concludes our study in Psalm 27. Our text today in v. 8 encourages us to have a humble, yielded, tender heart before God that will not only respond to Him, but find in Him what is being searched for to satisfy its longings.