Christianity

Lakeside Church in Lexington, SC. Visit us at lakesidechurch.us

Episodes

44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46 who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it. (Mt 13:44–46)

 

Jesus’ Dream for His Church

 

6 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. 7 If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. 9 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. (Ro 12:6–11, NLT)

 

Jesus see you differently than you see yourself

 

4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.  (1 Co 12:4–11, NLT)

 

Be what you’re called to be.

Do who you’re called to do.

Love how you’re called to love.

Serve how you’re called to serve.

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17 ‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. 18 In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servant—men and women alike— and they will prophesy.  (Ac 2:17–18, NLT)

 

Dreams are the inheritance of the children of God.

 

Dreams are impossible and ridiculous without God’s help.

 

Dreams prepare us for the suffering of today so we can reach the glory of tomorrow.

 

3 Ways a “God Dream” Impacts us

Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love—but the greatest of these is love.  (1 Co 13:13., CSB)

 

By FAITH we see the future.

 

With HOPE we make it through tough times.

 

Through LOVE we make a difference on the journey

Jacob’s Dream

10 Meanwhile, Jacob left Beersheba and traveled toward Haran. 11 At sundown he arrived at a good place to set up camp and stopped there for the night. Jacob found a stone to rest his head against and lay down to sleep. 12 As he slept, he dreamed of a stairway that reached from the earth up to heaven. And he saw the angels of God going up and down the stairway. 13 At the top of the stairway stood the Lord, and he said, “I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham, and the God of your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I am giving it to you and your descendants. 14 Your descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the earth! They will spread out in all directions—to the west and the east, to the north and the south. And all the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants. 15 What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.” 16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it!” (Ge 28:10–16, NLT)

 

3 Ways Tell if a Dream is of the Lord

 

Is it something you can do without God?

 

Will the journey be Hard?

 

Does it make you love God and Love Neighbor more?

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They serve in a system of worship that is only a copy, a shadow of the real one in heaven. (Heb 8:5., NLT)

 

Enter His Courts with Praise to Jesus.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! 5 For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. (Ps 100:4–5., ESV)

 

Look to the Cross of Jesus.

The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. (1 Co 1:18., NLT)

 

Present your bodies to Jesus

 

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him (Ro 12:1, NLT)

 

Receive the Spirit of Jesus. 

17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (2 Co 3:17., ESV)

 

Feast on the Word of Jesus. 

16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Ti 3:16–17, ESV)

 

Offer Your prayers to Jesus. 

8 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. (Re 5:8, ESV)

 

Remember God made a covenant with Jesus' blood. 

20 And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. (Lk 22:20, ESV)

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Instead, train yourself to be godly. 8 “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” 9 This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it. 10 This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God, who is the  Savior of all people and particularly of all believers. (1 Ti 4:7–10, ESV)

 

When we engage in Spiritual activities, the Spirit can move in our hearts to reveal God's Truth

 

11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. (Heb 12:11, ESV)

 

Everything must be grounded in the Grace revealed in the Gospel

 

God is attracted to weakness.

 

We must learn the difference between condemnation and conviction.

Make Yourself availible

3 Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, (2 Th 3:1, ESV)

 

Be Consistant

 

7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. (Mt 7:7–8, ESV)

 

How to fast

 

Keep your mouth closed.

 

2 And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. (Mt 4:2, ESV)

 

Keep it between you and God.

 

17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (Mt 6:17–18, ESV)

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καιρός time:  a point of time, (The) appropriate the right, proper, or favorable time. a season

13 Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off. 4 So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. ...6 When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they came upon a certain magician, a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus. ...(who) opposed them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. 9 But Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him 10 and said, “You son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, full of all deceit and villainy, will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord? 11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and unable to see the sun for a time.” Immediately mist and darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking people to lead him by the hand. 12 Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had occurred, for he was astonished at the teaching of the Lord.  (Ac 13:1–12, ESV)

 

 

The word time was used 717 times in Scripture.

Besides this you know the time, that the hour

has come for you to wake from sleep. (Ro 13:11, ESV)

 

The word remember was used 234 times in Scripture.

45 But I will for their sake remember the covenant with their forefathers, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their God: I am the Lord.” (Le 26:45, ESV)

 

There are 3 Ways People Spend their Time

Creating, Wasting, & Destroying

 

 

Ways to invest in and move forward in your relationship with God.

 

A.) Spend time God

(21 Days of Prayer)

 

B.)Spend time People

(Small Groups)

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December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve (12.24.17)

Opening: Christmas Carols

Welcome / Greeting

 

The Coming of Christ: How Jesus came into our world.

 

Bethlehem—house of bread.

 

4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.  (Lk 2:4–7.)


Song: Silent Night


The Campaign of Christ: Why Jesus came into our world.

 

35 “I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them. “No one who comes to me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in me will ever be thirsty again... 40 For this is the will of my Father: that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him will have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”  (Jn 6:35 &40., CSB)

Song: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

 

The Communion of Christ: Celebrating Jesus in our lives.

 

51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”  (Jn 6:51, CSB)

 

54 The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day, 55 because my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. 56 The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me....The one who eats this bread will live forever.” (Jn 6:53–58, CSB)

 

Song: O Holy Night


The Commission of Christ: Carrying Jesus into our world.

 

You give them something to eat.

 

16 But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17 They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” 18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children (Mt 14:16–21, ESV)

 

Closing: Go Light your World

 

Song: Joy to the World A Christmas Eve Celebration

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20 But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died. 21 So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man. 22 Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life. 23 But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised as the first of the harvest; then all who belong to Christ will be raised when he comes back. 24 After that the end will come, when he will turn the Kingdom over to God the Father, having destroyed every ruler and authority and power. (1 Co 15:20–24, NLT)...45 The Scriptures tell us, “The first man, Adam, became a living person.” But the last Adam—that is, Christ—is a life-giving Spirit. 46 What comes first is the natural body, then the spiritual body comes later. 47 Adam, the first man, was made from the dust of the earth, while Christ, the second man, came from heaven. 48 Earthly people are like the earthly man, and heavenly people are like the heavenly man. 49 Just as we are now like the earthly man, we will someday be like the heavenly man. (1 Co 15:45–49, NLT)

 

 

 

 

Where is Jesus today? How is He operating as a Life-Giving Spirit?

 

At the Right Hand of the Father  Mark 16:19-20

 

With Y'all Matt 28:18-20

 

In Small Groups Matt 18:20

 

In His Church 1 Cor 14:20-40

 

 

Let’s look at the small groups in the birth of Christ.--Luke 2 & Matt 2

 

Mary and Joesph..in a group

The Shepperds... in a group

The Angels...in a group

The Magi... a group

Herod..was alone

 

Notes:

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4 But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. 5 God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. (Ga 4:4–5, NLT)

 

Jesus was born during a time of:

 

  1. Political Discontent
  2. Prophetic Discontent
  3. Family Conflict

 

14 Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. 15 Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.  16 We also know that the Son did not come to help angels; he came to help the descendants of Abraham. 17 Therefore, it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Then he could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. 18 Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested. (Heb 2:14–18, ESV)

  1. Since we are human, God became Human. 
  2. Jesus could not die, unless He became a man.
  3. Jesus came to destroy the devil, the one with the power of death.
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Desired Will and Testimony of

___________________________________

I, ________________________, resident in the County of ____________________, State of South Carolina being of sound mind, not acting under duress or undue influence, and fully understanding the nature and extent the work of Christ on my behalf, do hereby make, publish, and declare this to be my desired will for my future days.

  1. SIN DEBT

I realize that my debts against God have been forgiven because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. ______

  1. PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE

I understand that Jesus is my Personal Representative. He sits at the right hand of God. He intercedes for me, and He placed His Spirit in me who also intercedes for me. ______

  • CONCERNING MY PERSON

I devise and bequeath my time, talents, and treasure, both real and personal and wherever situated, as follows:

  • I will develop my relationship with Jesus by: ______________________________
  • I will grow in my knowledge of Scripture by:_______________________________
  • I will serve my family by: ______________________________________________
  • I will support my local church by praying:_______________ per _______________
  • I will serve my local church by committing to:_______________________________
  • I will love my neighbor(s) by committing to:________________________________
  1. SINS of OMISSION

To the extent that I am able in both body, spirit, and mind, I will not neglect the good works which I was created according to the purpose of God for my life. _______

  1. SINS of COMISSION

To the extent to which I am washed of my sin, made a new creation in Christ, and empowered by His Spirit, I will avoid the sins which so easily beset me. ______

  1. AFFIRMATION

______________________________                  ______________________________
Signature                                         

 

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