Pastor’s Message

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Pastor:

Kenny Eiben


October 7, 2018

Control Your Mouth

James 3:1-12

I. What you say has a powerful impact.

James 3:1-5

A. You must be responsible in your speech habit.

James 3:1-5

B.Your words can destroy and ruin.

 James 3:6-8

II. What you say may limit your dependability.

James 3:9-12

III. For Thought

A. Do your words help more often than they hurt?

B. Do your words reveal your true self or do you use them to conceal yourself from others?

APPLICATION

A. Ask God to control what you say, knowing that your speech patterns reveal your inner thoughts.

B. Sing aloud this week. Read Scripture audibly, as well. Both are powerful tools for using your mouth for the purpose for which you were created.

C. Read through the Book of Proverbs, highlighting every verse you find relates to what you say. Then go back and begin to meditate on those passages.


September 30, 2018

The Contrast Between Two Lifestyles

Galatians 5:13-26

 

I. As a Christian you are called to a life that is free from the control of the sinful nature.

Galatians 5:13-15

II. As a Believer, you are called to a life in the power of God’s Spirit.

Galatians 5:16-18

III. As a Disciple, you need to know what life according to the sinful nature looks like.

Galatians 5:19-21

IV. As a Follower of Jesus, you must be aware of what life under the control of the Holy Spirit looks like.

Galatians 5:22-26

 

APPLICATION

A. Clarify what the Bible teaches about living in the Holy Spirit.

 

B. Ask God to direct you to live in the power of His Spirit rather than in the weakness of your sinful nature.


September 23, 2018

 

Grow In Christ!

Galatians 4:12-14

 

I. Grow in Christ so that nothing will hinder your service for the Lord.

Galatians 4:12-14

 

II. Grow in Christ in order to know the full joy of the Lord.

Galatians 4:15-16

 

III. Grow in Christ so you can nurture others.

Galatians 4:17-20

 

APPLICATION

A. Make a list of the things Paul asked others to imitate in his life.

I Corinthians 4:16; 11:1       Philippians 3:17; 4:9

I Thessalonians 1:6              2 Thessalonians. 3:7; 9

 

B. Who is someone that has helped to shape your Christian life? Tell her/him about the positive influence she/he has had on your life.

 

C. Pour your life into someone else as a mentor, Begin Today!!


September 16, 2018

What Happens In Conversion?
Galatians 3:23-29

I. Before conversion, people are in bondage to sin.
Galatians 3:23

II. Before conversion, individuals are under the power of the law.
Galatians 3:24-25

III. After conversion, folks are released to be the children of God.
Galatians 3:26-27

IV. After conversion, Believers are liberated to live in harmony with others.
Galatians 3:28

V. After conversion, Christians are free to receive the promises of God.
Galatians 3:29

APPLICATION

A. Memorize: John 8:36

B. Study the Doctrine of Salvation more thoroughly.

C.Tell someone about your life in Christ Jesus.


September 9, 2018

The Ultimate Blessing

Galatians 3:6-14

I. The ultimate blessing is a life of faith for the reason that salvation is by faith, alone

Galatians 3:6-9

II. The ultimate blessing is a life of faith because a personal, intimate relationship with God is only possible by faith

Galatians 3:10-12

III. The ultimate blessing is a life of faith since salvation is internal and spiritual

Galatians 3:13-14

APPLICATION

A. How do your behavior patterns show that you turn to God in faith on a consistent basis?

B. In what ways  is your faith tested the most? How are you becoming more mature through those experiences?

C. How can you help someone else grow in her / his faith?


August 26, 2018

Nursing a Grudge is Foolish

2 Samuel 13-18

I. Holding a grudge is the same as putting yourself in the place of God as the judge.

2 Samuel 13:21-29

II. Keeping a grudge cultivates disunity with others.

2 Samuel 15:1-12

III. Coddling a grudge causes you to ruin the lives of others.

2 Samuel 15:13-37; 18:33

IV. Embracing a grudge leads to your own destruction.

2 Samuel 18:1-18

V. Here are some practical steps to avoid holding a grudge.

2 Samuel 18:1-18

A. Continue to do the right thing.

Romans 12:9-13; Galatians 6:9

B. Forgive those who have hurt you.

Romans 12:14-18; Corinthians 13:5-6

C. Keep your trust (and your focus) upon God.

Romans 12:19-21 ; Proverbs 3:5-6

APPLICATION

A. Are you harboring any grudges over something that took place a long time ago? Forgive that person now!

B. Be quick to forgive any new wrongs, or hurts, by other.

C. Memorize: Matthew 6:14-15; Romans 12:14-21;
Ephesians 4:29-32; Hebrews 12:14-15; I Peter 2:23


August 19, 2018

Are You Deaf To God’s Voice

I Kings 16:29-22:40

I. God will give you numerous opportunities to hear His Word.

I Kings 16:30-22:37-38

II. There is a difference between hearing God’s Word and actually receiving it.

I Kings 21:27

III. Take the necessary precautions to keep from becoming spiritually deaf.

A. Desire to hear from God.

B. Listen (obey) when God speaks.

C. Avoid ungodly alliances.

APPLICATION

A. Consider:

(1) What do you want out of life?

(2) Are you willing to pay the price?

(3) Be willing to start today!

B. Memorize: 2 Peter 1:5-8


August 12, 2018

Finish Well!
2 Chronicles 14-16

I. Living according to God’s principles leads to joy.

2 Chronicles 14:1-15

II. Your worship will be frustrated if you fail to change your sinful practices.

2 Chronicles 15:1-19

III. Eventually, inward, spiritual decline will be shown through your actions.

2 Chronicles 16:1-14

APPLICATION

A. At your present level of spiritual growth, what steps are you taking to seek the Lord with passion?

B. Pay attention to how you respond to any rebuke from the Word of God. Your reaction says a great deal about your spiritual health.

C. Learn: 2 Chronicles 16:9a


August 5, 2018

The Choices You Make Will Make You

Select  Verses

 

I. If you continually choose pleasure, your spiritual life will remain weak

Genesis 25:29-34

II. If you choose to rebel against the authority figures in your life, you will have difficult submitting to God

Genesis 26:34-35; 27:40-41

III. Here are some principles for making wise choices:

A. What does the Scripture say?

B. Do I have all the facts?

C. What motives are driving my decision?

D. What past experiences will help in forming this decision?

E. What “warning signs” do I need to consider?

F. What are the possible outcomes of this decision?

APPLICATION

A. Think of the choices you are presently facing. Consider putting all these principles into practice before arriving at your decision

B. Memorize: Joshua 24:15 and Psalm 119:29-32


July 29, 2018

Make the Move from Doubt to Faith

Select Verses

I. The meaning of doubt is to be double minded.

James 1:5-8

II. Doubts can lead to unbelief- or worse .

Numbers 13:1-14:9

III. Doubts arise because of our choices.

John 20:19-25

IV. A plan of action needs to be made in order to move from doubt to faith.

A. Find the root cause of your faith.

Matthew 11:2-3

B. Turn to God with your questions.

Matthew 11:4-6 Isaiah 35:5; 61:1

C. Confide in maturing Christians with your doubts.

Matthew 11:7-11

D. Plan a strategy to fight your doubts.

Psalm 119:10-11; 40:4 Nahum 1:7

E. Take care of your spiritual health.

Psalm 34:8; 37:3-6

F. Avoid despairing over questions that are never answered.

I Corinthians 13:12

APPLICATION

A. What is one area in which you need to exercise your faith this week? Plan a Biblical strategy that put that plan into motion.

B. Memorize: Psalm 40:4 And/or Nahum 1:7


July 22, 2018

Avoid Taking A Guilt Trip

Select Verses

 

I. There are two main sources of guilt.

A. Genuine guilt comes from violating God’s standard of righteousness.

Matthew 26:73-27:5

B. False guilt comes from the shame associated with unbiblical thinking.

Revelation 12:10

II. There are several prominent effects of guilt

A.Guilt will prevent you from reaching your goals.

Genesis 42:1

B.Guilt will rob you of energy and peace by confusing you.

Genesis 42:6-13

C. Guilt will remove security as it imprisons you.

Genesis 42:18-28

III. There is a specific course of action in order to be released from guilt.

A. Trust in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

John 8:36 Romans 8:1

B. Identify the cause of your guilt by admitting your sin.

Proverbs 28:13

C. Accept God’s forgiveness and break the cycle of shame by making things right with those you have offended.

Matthew 5:23-24

APPLICATION

A. Can you think of a recent situation that affected you with guilt and shame? Have you been able to overcome those feelings or is that issue still a source of attack?

B. Thank God for His peace of mind brought about by His forgiveness. Read Psalm 51 & Psalm 32 (in that order) this week.

C. Clean a particular dirty room, garage or weed a flower bed this week and think about the way God has removed your sin and guilt. Rejoice in worshiping the Lord as you clean.


July 15, 2018

The End Result of Bitterness is Ruin

Select Verses

I. Bitterness is a sin.

Hebrews 12:14-15 Deuteronomy 29:18-19

A. Bitter people tend to blame God for all of their own trouble.

Ruth 1:20-21

B.Bitter people tend to vent their hostility on others.

Genesis 4:1-8

II. Bitterness is not always evident to others.

2 Samuel 15:12; 2 Samuel 16:23 2 Samuel 11:2-3;  23:34

III. Unresolved bitterness leads to ruin.

2 Samuel 16:20-23 2 Samuel 17:1-4

IV. Deal quickly with any bitterness when God brings conviction.

A. Acknowledge your sin.

Ephesians 4:30-31; I John 1:9

B. Forgive those who have hurt you.

I Corinthians 13:5-6

C. Bring all your emotional pain to God.

Proverbs 3:5-6; Philippians 4:6-7

APPLICATION

A. Do you have a spirit of bitterness over something that took place years ago? Forgive that person now!

B. Ask God to reveal any bitterness that is present in your life. Repent when He exposes that particular sin.

C. Be quick to forgive any new wrongs by others.

D. Memorize one or more of the following:

Matthew 6:14-15; Romans 12:14-19; Hebrews 12:14-15;

Ephesians 4:29-30; I Peter 2:21-23




July 8, 2018

The Crisis Of Loneliness

Job 2:9-13

I. Loneliness is accented by feeling isolated from others.

 Job 2:9-10

II. Loneliness leads a person to ask, “Does anybody really care?”

Job 2:11; Psalm 142:4

III. Loneliness causes one to question “Why Me?”

Job 2:12; Psalm 142:1-2

IV. Loneliness pushes one to ponder, “Has God forgotten Me?”

Job 2:13; Psalm 142:5-6

V. Loneliness is associated with thoughts of being rejected and unloved

Job 2:13

VI. Some responses you can make when you are lonely

A. Avoid being consumed with self-pity.

B. Remember the truth about God. (He is completely trustworthy.)

C. Purposely strengthen  your relationships.

APPLICATION

A.Befriend someone that you know is going through a difficult time right now.

B. Volunteer to help in the community in some form of service.

C. Learn one or more of these verses:

Proverbs 18:24

Isaiah 46:4

Hebrews 13:5b-6


July 1, 2018

Anger And Its Side Effects

Select  Verses

I.Realize that anger ruins your influence when others are the object of your anger.

Proverbs 14:17

II. Understand that anger destroys your testimony when you fail to give your anger to God.

Ecclesiastes 7:9

James 1:19-20

III. Here are some practical helps for controlling anger:

A. Admit that you can control your anger.

Proverbs 16:32; 29:11

B. Learn to over look offenses.

Proverbs 17:14; 15:1

C. Avoid angry people.

Proverbs 22:24-25

D. Turn all things over to God.

Colossians 3:8

Ephesians 4:26-27

APPLICATION

A. If you are an angry person, isolate the reasons for your anger. Ask God to reveal the depth of your sin and ask Him to forgive you and to change you into an unselfish, patient person.

B. Learn some of the verses from this morning:

Proverbs 14:17; 15:1; 17:14; 22:24-25 Ecclesiastes 7:9; Ephesians 4:25-26 Colossians 3:8; James 1:19-20




June 24, 2018

God’s Throne Removes Worry

Psalm 93:1-5

I. Worry is unnecessary because of God’s magnetic sovereignty. Psalm 93:1-2 

I Chronicles 29:11

II. Worry is foolish on account of God’s mighty power. 

Psalm 93:3-4 Psalm 31:15

III. Worry is useless because God is unchanging in His holiness.

Psalm 93:5 Isiah 6:3

APPLICATION

A. This week, replace all worrisome thoughts with prayer.

B. Read Psalm 93 aloud everyday this week.

C. Follow these additional guidelines this week…

1.  Recognize what causes you to worry.

2. Get with someone who will encourage you and hold you accountable in relation to worry.

3. Seek a Biblical solution to the problem that is causing you to worry.

4. Get involved in something constructive to keep your mind off the object of your worry.

5. Remember who you are in Christ Jesus.


June 17, 2018

You Are Not A Failure

Select Verses

I. Everyone has failed! Romans 3:10-12, 23

II. Failure does not mean that all hope is gone. Judges 16:19-26

III. Every failure provides a learning experience. Judges 16:27-31

A. After failure you learn that God can still be reached. Judges 16:28

B. After failure, you learn that God will deal with you in a compassionate manner. Psalm 103:10-12 Hebrews 11:32

C. After failure, you learn that God is able to bring you victory. Judges 16:30-31

APPLICATION

A. Study the life of your favorite Bible character and see how she/he responds to failure. Ask God to reinforce His teaching for you to move forward in victory.

B. Take time today to see where you have failed God. Ask Him to control that area of your life. Be on guard against sin, continually.

C. Memorize this statement: “We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.”


June 3, 2018

Get Rid of Your Fear

Judges 6:1-35

I. In order to get rid of fear, you must refuse to focus on the circumstances.

Judges 6:11-13

II. In order to get rid of fear, you have to listen to God’s assurance.

Judges 6:14-16

III. In order to get rid of fear, you ought to accept God’s encouragement.

Judges 6:20-24

IV. In order to get rid of fear, you should respond in faith.

Judges 6:33-35

APPLICATION

A. Write out the nature of your current struggle with fear. Determine how you can give this issue to the Lord by placing your trust in Him.

B. Memorize: Psalm 56:3 2 Timothy 1:7 or both.

C. Talk to Christians that you respect and ask how God has helped them in the past to not be ruled by fear. Learn from their testimonies.


May 20, 2018

Bear One Another’s Burdens

Select Verses

I. We are to remain in the lives of one another for the purpose of restoring one another. Galatians 6:1-2

II. We are to remain involved in the lives of one anther through the act of affirming one another. Galatians 6:1-2

III. Bearing one another’s burdens requires laying aside conceit. Galatians 6:3-4

IV. Carrying one another’s burdens involves personal responsibility. Galatians 6:5

V. Sharing one another’s burdens demonstrates Jesus Christ’s ownership. Galatians 6:17

APPLICATION

A.Encourage a church member who has become inactive to renew her, or his, zeal for loving the Lord.

B. Be gentler toward those who have not lived up to your expectations. Practice encouraging them more.

C. Avoid making judgments based on outward appearance, since most burdens are not easily visible.

D. MEMORIZE: Galatians 6:2


May 13, 2018

Pray For One Another

Select Verses

I. The Scripture is clear that we have a responsibility to pray for one anther. 

James 5:16Ephesians 6:18-20;    I Thessalonians 5:25; 2 Thessalonians 1:11 Hebrews 13:18

A.Prayer is a definite ministry within the Church. Acts 2:42

B. Intercession is a clear activity of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 8:26

C. Intercession is a present day work of Jesus Christ. Hebrews 7:23-25

II. There are several excuses Christians use to explain why they do not pray.

A. We feel that we do not know how to pray. Luke 11:1

B. We believe that prayer does not accomplish much. 2 Chronicles 7:14

C. We live as if we are self-reliant. Job 21:14-15

D. We think we are too busy. Ecclesiastes 3:1

III. There are numerous explanations from the Bible clarifying why Believers ought to pray.

A. Prayer can save people from death. Acts 12:1-19

B. Prayer can protect others from temptation. Luke 22:31-32

C. Prayer can provide for what folks need for life. Matthew 7:7-11

D. Prayer can change world events. James 5:17-18

IV. There are some practical helps to direct you to pray for others.

A. Use Bible passages as outlines for your prayers for others. Ephesians 3:14-19a; Philippians 1:9-11; Colossians 1:9-14

B. Accent spiritual themes as topics for your prayers for others.


May 6, 2018

Care For One Another/ Do Good To One Another

Select Verses

I. There are multiple reasons why we are to care for one another.

A. God has designed the Christian life to be inter-dependent. 1 Corinthians 12:12-27

B.  God has described the Church as a “kingdom of Priests.” 1 Peter 2:4-5, 9-10

II. There is one key way to show how to care for one another.

A. God has commanded each Believer to “do good to one another.” Galatians 6:9-10

Do all the good you can. By all the means you can.

In all the ways you can. In all the places you can.

At all the times you can. To all the people you can.

As long as you can.

 B. Be sure that you are not doing good things in order to receive praise or a reward.

C. Make certain that you are not doing good things in a vain attempt to earn God’s love.

D. Yet, never get tired of doing good things.

E. And, take every opportunity to do good things.

APPLICATION

A. Plan to demonstrate your care by asking God to give you some practical ways to do good to someone this week.

B. Become vulnerable enough to ask others for help when you need it.

C.  Contemplate upon these two questions:

1.Would this community suffer if Calvary Baptist Church ceased to exist?

2. Would this congregation grieve if you left?

A time of response to the Holy Spirit…


April 29, 2018

Which Religion Is “Correct”

Select Verses

I. Why are there so many religions?

  • People are seeking their own  path to God.

Proverbs 14:12;

Romans 1:18-21;

I Corinthians 8:5-6

II. Do all religions lead to God?

  • No!

Exodus 20:3;

 Deuteronomy 29:18;

Joshua 23:6-8; I Kings 18:21;

I Corinthians 10:19-21;

Galatians 1:8

III. With all the religions, how can I know which one is correct?

A. The true religion will have logical consistency.

B. The right religion will have supporting evidence.

C. The proper religion will be relevant to real life experiences.


April 22,2018

Why Should the Bible Be Our Source for Morality?

Select Verses

I. God created us, so He has the right to hold us to His moral standard.

Psalm 139:13-16

Isaiah 45:9-11

II. The Bible claims to be God’s authoritative word.

2 Peter 1:20-21

III. God’s moral standard is unchanging because His character remains the same; therefore, the Bible’s authority is absolute

Psalm 119:89-91

IV. God cannot sin, so His moral standard is objective, rather than subjective.

2 Timothy 3:14-17

APPLICATION

A. Apply the Bible to your life.

  1. Is there a sin to avoid?
  2. Is there a command to obey?
  3. Is there a example to follow?
  4. Is there a promise to claim?
  5. What does it teach me about God’s character?
  6. What should I pray from this passage?

B. Consistently study, memorize, and meditate upon the Scripture.

C. Share the Scriptures you are learning with others.


April 15, 2018

Why Should I Believe In God?

Select Verses

I. The presence of all matter should lead you to believe in God.

Genesis 1:1

  • Matter is simply an illusion.
  • Matter was self-created.
  • Matter is eternal.
  • Matter was created by something greater than itself that must be eternal.
  • He must be supernatural.
  • He must be exceedingly powerful.
  • He must be omnipresent.
  • He must be eternal.
  • He must be personal.
  • He must be One.
  • He must be supremely intelligent.
  • He must be moral.
  • He must care about the matter that is in existence.

II. The complexity of all life ought to cause you to believe in God.

Job 38:4-18

III. The difference between right and wrong will point you toward belief in God.

Romans 1:18-23

  • There are transcendent, objective moral laws.
  • Every law implies a law-giver.
  • Therefore, there is a transcendent law-giver.

IV. The passion to know God must point you to believe in Him.

Ecclesiastes 3:11-15

V. The person of Jesus is the key reason to believe in God.

John 10:30; John 14:6-11

  • Forgive sins- Mark 2:7, 10
  • Promise eternal life- John 6:39-40
  • Have the power to destroy death- John 11:25-26
  • Judge the world- Mark 14:62
  • Accept worship- John 5:23; 9:38; 20:28-29

APPLICATION

A. While there is plenty of evidence that God exists, a commitment to Him through Jesus Christ is still an act of faith. Yet, this choice is one that has major consequences.

B. Even if you are a Christian, ask God to make Himself real to you every day.

C. Memorize: I Timothy 1:17


April 8, 2018

Undeniable Facts Supporting The

Resurrection

Select Verses

I. Jesus died by crucifixion.

Matthew 27:21-56

II. Jesus was placed in the sealed tomb.

Mark 15:42-47

III. The guards watched over the tomb.

Matthew 27:62-66

IV. After three days, the tomb was empty.

Luke 24:1-8

V. The disciples were transformed as a result of the empty tomb.

Acts 1:1-14; 2:1-4; 14-41

VI. James became a Christian due to his experience with Jesus after the Resurrection.

I Corinthians 15:1-8

VII. The Christian persecutor, Paul, became a Believer based on his encounter with Jesus after the Resurrection.

Acts 26:1-18

APPLICATION

A. Have a greater sense of urgency about sharing the Gospel Message with those who have not made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ.

B. Use these facts whenever you give the reasons why you worship Jesus as King of kings and Lord of lords.

C. Memorize: 

I Corinthians 15:20, 58


April 1, 2018

Knowing Jesus Will Change Your Life

Select Verses

I. Jesus gives life

Matthew 27:15-26

II. The Lord strengthens faith

Luke 23:47

II. Christ brings boldness

Luke  23:50-53

IV. The Messiah provides grace

Matthew 26:75;

John 21:7

V. The Savior offers hope

Luke 24:13-35

VI. The Redeemer delivers from sing and death

John 1:29;

Colossians 2:13-15

APPLICATION

A. Read the gospel accounts of the Death, Burial and Resurrection this week

B. Write down the Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus has impacted your life

C. Tell someone else about the historical events of the Death Burial and Resurrection of Jesus


March 25, 2018

Triumphal Entry, or Tragedy?

John 12:12-19

I. Certain people look to Jesus for selfish reasons.

John 12:12-13

II. Various individuals trust Jesus because of who He really is.

John 12:16

A. The fulfilled prophecies point to Jesus being the Messiah.

John 12:14-15

B. The miraculous signs indicate that Jesus is the Christ.

John 12:17-18

C. The sovereign control of events proves that Jesus is the Son of God.

Luke 19:28-34

III. All who oppose Jesus will eventually recognize the folly of their choice.

John 12:19

APPLICATION

A. Have you places your hope in  Jesus because He really is the Living God?

B. Do you encourage people to trust Jesus because He can solve all their personal problems? What Biblical support do you have for that claim?

C. Have you ever experienced disappointment with God’s plans or God’s timing. What was the end result of either of those incidents?

D. What are the areas of your life (work, finances, relationships, goals, use of time, hopes & dreams, etc.) in which Jesus is not your King? What steps should you take to yield those areas to Him?


March 18, 2018

Thought Provoking Questions

For The Church

Select Verses

I. Would the world be worse off if Calvary Baptist Church ceased to exist?

John 3:3-15

II. How does Calvary Baptist Church add value to people’s lives that they cannot live without?

Acts 2:42-47

III. What barriers limit Calvary Baptist Church from more effective ministry?

Ephesians  4:30

 I Thessalonians 5:19

IV. What risks can Calvary Baptist Church take to more effectively engage our community?

Hebrews  11:6

V. How does Calvary Baptist Church command attention in a fast moving world.

Colossians 1:9-14

VI. In what ways can Calvary Baptist Church affirm that “Jesus Is Lord” without appearing to be intolerant bigots?

Matthew 5:9-12

John 11:34-35;

Revelation 3:7-13

APPLICATION

A. Answer these questions yourself and respond as God’s Holy Spirit directs you.

B. Study the passages in the New Testament that talk about the church: its nature and role in society. Develop a better understanding of why Calvary Baptist Church exists and its responsibility in this particular community.


March 11, 2018

Rely On God’s Power Instead

Of Your Strength

Select Verses

I. Never assume that your greatest asset is your own ability.

John 15:2-11

A. God will get rid of whatever saps your spiritual energy.

John 15:2

B. God will direct you towards spiritual effectiveness.

John 15:4-5

C. God will transform you into a power pray(er).

John 15:7-8

D. God will led you to new priorities.

John 15:9-11

II. God actually delights in your inability.

A. All lasting church growth is a result of the work of God.

Acts 2:42; 11:24

B. The greatest Gift for the living Christian Life is the Holy Spirit. 

Luke 11:13; Ephesians 3:14-21

APPLICATION

A. Instead of imagining all the things that you can accomplish, ask God to achieve what He wants to do in you.

B. Would you say that your life is marked-right now-by desperation for the Spirit of God? What changes would need to occur for that description to be accurate?

C. Would you say that Calvary Baptist Church is operating in the power of God’s Holy Spirit or in its own ability? Commit to seeing the former goal as a reality!


March 4, 2018

How Can You Pass God’s Tests?

Select Verses

I. To pass God’s tests, you must expect them. I Peter 4:12 a

II. To pass God’s tests, you must understand they often seem illogical. I Peter 4:12 b

III. To pass God’s tests, you must understand they often involve your greatest treasures. Colossians 3:1-4;Matthew 6:21

IV. To pass God’s tests, you must have the right attitude. II Corinthians 12:8-10

V. To pass God’s tests, you must understand God’s purpose of revealing more of Himself to you. Jude 24-25

VI. To pass God’s tests, you must seek to magnify Christ Jesus. Psalm 34:1-10

APPLICATION.

A. Consider viewing circumstances in relation to tests from God. How will you have to change your thinking for that to take place?

B. What verses can you learn to help you in this activity?

C. Who do you know that is going through a test at this time? How can you encourage them?


GOD WILL TEST YOUR HEART

Select Verses

I. Are you easily discouraged? I Samuel 17:33

II. Will you trust God? Job 23:10

III. How quickly will you forgive? Job 42:10

IV. Who do you love? Matthew 5:46

V. Are you willing to serve?John 13:12-15

VI. How will you handle rejection2 Corinthians 4:7-9

VII. How patient are you? Galatians 6:9

APPLICATION

A. Which of these tests is God using in your life right now to stretch your faith? How have you chosen to respond? How will you act after this study?

B.What is the difference between a test and a temptation? Study what the Bible has to say about this question on your own.

C. Learn Jeremiah 17:10, 1 Peter 1:6-9


February 18, 2018

The Conditions For A “Heart Like God”

Select Verses

I.

A willing heart is a heart like God. Exodus 25:1-2; 35:20-22, 29

II.

A fully committed heart is a heart like God. II Chronicles 16:9

III.

A steadfast heart is a heart like God. Psalm 57:7

IV.

A pure heart is a heart like God. Matthew 5:8

V.

An expanded heart is a heart like God. II Chronicles 6:11-12

VI.

A tender heart is a heart like God. Ephesians 4:32

APPLICATION

A.Which of these characteristics is most like you? Least like you? Consider the need for developing these traits in your life.

B. Memorize one or more of the verses in this study

C. List the ways that God demonstrates each of these qualities toward you. Then, write down ways that you can express them to others.


February 4, 2018

Keep Praying for the “Lost”

Select Verses

I. Call upon God to give spiritual perception to the “lost”. 2 Corinthians 4:4

II. Pray that the Lord will set the  “lost” free from Satan’s strong hold in their lives. 2 Timothy 2:25-26

III. Intercede that the “lost” will respond in faith to Christ Jesus.  Acts 20:21

IV. Request that the Heavenly Father send a committed believer to the “lost” as a witness. Matthew 9:38

V. Ask the Lord to make you aware of opportunities to share your faith. Colossians 4:2-3

VI. Seek God for boldness in your witnessing experiences. Ephesians 6:19-20

APPLICATION

A.List the principles that you have learned from this study that will be helpful in your praying for the “lost.”

B. Memorize: 2 Thessalonians 3:1

C. Write down the names of your friends and family members that you know are “lost”. Pray for them with renewed enthusiasm in response to God’s Word.


January 28, 2018

Three Key Areas of Personal Prayer

Ephesians 3:14-21

I. Prayer for spiritual strength.

Ephesians 3:14-16

II. Prayer for spiritual depth.

Ephesians 3:17-19a

III. Prayer for spiritual fullness.

Ephesians 3:19b-21

APPLICATION

A. In what ways is the glory of God seen through this prayer? Is God exalted through your life in the same way? What changes need to be made?

B. Who are the people in your life for whom you are most concerned? Use these verses to help you focus on the eternal, ultimate needs of those for whom you pray.

C. Use the Doxology of Ephesians 3:20-21 in your own prayers from time to time.


January 21, 2018

When You Are Asked to Pray in Public

2 Chronicles 6:12-42

I. When you are asked to pray in public, make sure that your body language expresses a prayerful heart

2 Chronicles 6:12-13

II. When you are asked to pray in public, use words that are common to your normal conversation.

 2 Chronicles 6:14-21

III.  When you are asked to pray in public, be specific in your wording

 2 Chronicles 6:22, 24, 26, 28, 34, 36, 40

IV. When you are asked to pray in public, be brief 

2 Chronicles 6:1-42

Application

 A. In 2 Chronicles 6:22-39, Solomon describes seven different situations when the nation would need God. What common elements do you find in them? What similar needs do we have today that call for God to “hear us and forgive?”

 B. Which on of God’s characteristics that Solomon mentions is most important to you at this time in your life? Praise the Lord for that aspect of His nature this week

 C. Anytime that someone is asked to pray in public use that occasion to pray along word for word with her / him or to voice your own prayer, so you will remain a pray-er


January 14, 2018

Always Pray From Your Heart I Samuel 1 & 2

I. Express your true feelings to God . 1 Samuel 1:10-11, 15-16

II. Consistently trust in God. I Samuel 1:3, 7, 13, 18

III. Genuinely respond to God’s grace. I Samuel 2:1-10

APPLICATION

A. Memorize: I Samuel 2:2

B. When you pray this week, share your deepest longings with God.

C. Keep your prayer list from becoming a ritual activity by writing different requests next to each person’s name and focusing upon only one each time you pray.


January 7, 2018

The Priority of Intercessory Prayer. Genesis 18:1-33

I. Take advantage of a particular time and specific place for intercession.

 Genesis 18:1

II. While interceding for others,you can gain God’s perspective on their lives.

Genesis 18:20-21

III. You need to have a deep concern for others in order to pray more effectively for them.

 Genesis 18:23-32

APPLICATION

A. Memorize: I Samuel 22:23a

B. Write down five names for whom you will pray daily this month.

C. Pray about these specific areas of life:

1.Spiritual growth

2.Spiritual protection

3.Spiritual renewal

 

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