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Bible Believers

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Being a Bible Believer doesn't have anything to do with religion. In this message Pastor Bill discusses the power of the Scriptures through the Holy Spirit to guard your hearts and minds allowing you to do the work of the minstry and make real life long changes to your character.

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Introduction
I’m so excited this year to take all of you on a deep spiritual journey. A walk with God that many of you didn’t even know existed. I don’t want this year to be about all the things we can do for God but more of what it means to be with God, and walk with God, behold God as he does amazing things in and through us.
Today we are starting our DNA Series. It’s important for each of you to not only understand why we do what we do as a church but to take steps to conform your life to this DNA as well.
Our Mission Statement:
“Producing Jesus followers of faith that expand God’s kingdom. “
Matthew 28:19-20
This statement is our pass or fail statement.
It is a summary of Christ’s commission to the church.
Matthew 28:19–20 ESV
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
When we look back over the live of our church, if we can’t say that we have produced Jesus followers of faith that expand God’s Kingdom then we have not done what the Lord has asked of us.
To accomplish the mission, we have 5 Core Values that will be the drivers of this success.
Bible Believers: Submitting to the authority of the Bible for all life and practice.
Disciple Makers: Investing the gospel in faithful men and women that will invest its power in others.
Disciple Makers: Investing the gospel in faithful men and women that will invest its power in others.
God pleasures: Trusting God with every aspect of our lives as we join Him in His work.
Community Engagers: Becoming a vital part of our community allowing opportunities to share the gospel.
Kingdom Builders: Taking every God-given opportunity to advance the Kingdom of Christ in this world.
Over the next 5 weeks we will take each one of these core values and understand how to live out these truths and accomplish the mission of producing Jesus followers of faith that expand God’s Kingdom.
Today Let’s focus on the first one: Bible Believers
You might think this would be a given in our area or even in the christian circles but that is not the case anymore.
So many people come to church with a preconceived idea of what it means to be a Christian. They have not come to humble themselves and learn what the scripture says but rather to be affirmed in their own opinions.
The first thing that is necessary to be a Bible Believer is to
admit that you don’t have it all figured out
humble yourself before God and seek out his truth and his ways.
This is a big struggle for Pastor’s today.
Salvation starts with a humble, repentant heart toward God. A receiving of the truth that is able to save your souls. The truth about yourself is not easy to swallow sometimes.
Lord I realize that, according to your Word, I have sinned against you and am in need of a Savior.
I understand, according to your Word, that without your forgiveness and grace, I will continue to be lost in this world and the world to come.
I believe according to your Word that you came to earth in the form of a man and died a sinners death to pay for my sin.
I believe, according to your Word, that through your power you raised Jesus from the dead and through that same power return and raise us from the dead to be with you.
I humbly receive your invitation to be born again, according to your Word, and willing submit myself to you as King of kings and Lord of lords.
When a person humbles themselves and receives Christ as their Lord and Savior, they are indwelt with the Holy Spirit of God that drives them to be conformed to the will of God.
A true conversion results in a true Jesus follower of faith.
We are not producing converts and we are not commanded to produce converts. We are commanded to make disciples; Jesus followers of faith that make other disciples. And the kingdom of God is expanded.
You see it’s easy to make mental assent and say, “I believe the Bible is the Word of God,” but that is not the biblical definition of a Bible Believer.
James 1:21–22 ESV
21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
James 1:21-22
So how do we learn to put away all filthiness and wickedness from our lives, fleshing out real life change, and becoming doers of the Word and not hears only.
Reading the Instruction: Putting things together not taking the time to understand how its supposed to go together.
So it is with many of our Christian lives today. We say, “I think I know enough figure it out.” But you just can’t get the pieces to fit right.
The Christian life is a spiritual life. You will never figure it out without the instruction and guidance from God. Therefore, God has given you 2 things that you must have to be successful.
The instruction of God’s Word.
The Guidance of the Holy Spirit.
The reason why many of us think we can put life together without the instruction and guidance is we have this false Idea that we are inherently good.
If I’m naturally inherently good, then good should come out of me and I will see my way through life. And good will prevail.
But the reality is we are all fallen beings with a corrupted heart, a corrupt body, and a corrupted spirit. We are not inherently good but evil. This is hard for some people to grasp because of their pride. We don’t like to admit we have a problem.
Jeremiah 17:9 ESV
9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
The Hebrew word for “desperately sick” is anus which literally means “incurable.”
It’s like going to the doctor and him saying, “I’m not going to sugar coat it. Your heart is bad. The only way to save your life is to give you a heart transplant.
The wickedness of our hearts lead us into a life of desperation and eventually death.
This bad heart effects all aspects of our life. Jesus Said
Matthew 12:34 ESV
34 You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
Matt
Luke 6:45 ESV
45 The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
Proverbs 4:23 ESV
23 Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
Prov 4:
Proverbs 23:7 AV
7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
Proverbs
The wickedness of our hearts lead us into a life of desperation. When you receive Christ, we receive the Holy Spirit, the divine nature of God, that transforms your hearts and minds.
Step to Your Destiny
Dr. Sam Chand
Thought
Word
Decision
Action
Habits
Character
Destiny

Changing your Thought patterns

“To change the cycle of life you must change the source of your thinking.”
At the beginning of the new year everyone sets some new year’s resolutions. The problem is the jump to the action.
“Before you change an action you must change your thinking.”
The battle is always in the mind. I have learned not to trust my own thoughts, mind, and heart because I know that at my core I’m corrupted and must be renewed.
Romans 12:2 ESV
2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
True transformation will only take place when you renew your mind with the Word of God; submitting to the authority of the Bible for all life and practice.
2 Corinthians 10:5 ESV
5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
The first act of true transformation is to take control of your thought life not your actions.
2 Corinthians 10:4–5 ESV
4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
This divine power is not some mystical unknown power but the Holy Spirit that God has given you for instruction and guidance.
Through this divine power destroy arguments and arrogant opinion raised against God.
John 14:26 ESV
26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
When you are led by the Holy Spirit in your thought life you will not fulfil the lust of the flesh. This is an intentional act of you yielding your thoughts to the thoughts of the Spirit of God in you.
“The Word of God gives a voice to the Holy Spirit as He renews your mind and guides you into all through.”

Your words are formed by your thoughts

John 6:45 ESV
45 It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me—
Luke 6:45 ESV
45 The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
What are you saying about yourself?
Examples: Worthless, useless, insecure, failure, ugly, inadequate, unloved, forgotten, rejected.
The words we say come from the overflow of the heart.
When we listen to the Holy Spirit we hear a different heart? The Heart of God.
Examples: You are loved. You are accepted. You are powerful. You are gifted. You are capable. You are needed. You are not alone.
So how do we condition our heart to listen and receive the heart of the Spirit as he speaks.
Colossians 3:16 ESV
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Meditate on the Word of God.
Maintain an attitude of humility and thanksgiving.
The largest chapter in the Bible is . It is broken up into 8 verse sonnets and all 150 verses talk about one thing. Our need for God’s Word in our lives. I want to read one of these sonnets starting in verse 9.
Ps 119:9
Psalm 119:9–11 ESV
9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. 10 With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! 11 I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
Psalm 119:12–14 ESV
12 Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes! 13 With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth. 14 In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches.
Psalm 119:12–13 ESV
12 Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes! 13 With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth.
Ps 119:12
Psalm 119:12-
Psalm 119:15–16 ESV
15 I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. 16 I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.

Decisions must be made.

Now you can make decisions for your life based on the truth of God’s word.
No doubt you have decisions you need to make in your life.
Stop drinking Soft drinks.
Make decisions based on facts and not Facebook.
You might need to decide to become a Jesus follower of faith.
You might need to decide to let the Spirit guide your hearts and minds.
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