THE PROMISE OF CHANGE

Romans 8:29–30 (ESV) – For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. 

Philippians 1:6 (ESV) – And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. 

THE PROBLEM OF CHANGE

Romans 8:3–4 (ESV) – For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 3:12–13 (ESV) – Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end.

THE POWER OF CHANGE

Romans 8:11 (ESV) – If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

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

THE PROCESS OF CHANGE

2 Corinthians 3:18 (ESV) – And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

Exodus 34:29 (ESV) – When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God.

FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE

1 Thessalonians 1:2–3 (ESV) – We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

PAST LOVE

1 Thessalonians 4:13 (ESV) – But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.

1 Thessalonians 4:14 (ESV) – For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.

1 John 4:9 (ESV) – In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.

1 Thessalonians 1:10 (ESV) – And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. 

John 3:16–17 (ESV) – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Romans 5:8 (ESV) – But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

PRESENT FAITH

Acts 5:31 (ESV) – God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.

Romans 2:4 (ESV) – Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?

OUR FUTURE HOPE

1 Thessalonians 4:13 (ESV) – But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.

OUR PRESENT HOPE

FINDING HOPE IN GRIEF

THE END IS HERE

THE HOW: HEAR AND DO

Matthew 7:24 (ESV) – “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”

James 1:22–25 (ESV) – But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

Psalm 119:11 (ESV) – I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

Ephesians 6:17 (ESV) – And take up…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

THE WHY: A STORM IS COMING

Matthew 7:24–27 (ESV) – “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

THE WARNING: DON’T BUILD ON SAND

TRUE PROPHETS

FALSE PROPHETS

Matthew 7:15 (ESV) – Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

Acts 20:29–30 (ESV) – I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. 

FRUIT AND ROOT

Matthew 7:15–16 (ESV) – Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?

Matthew 7:17–18 (ESV) – So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit.

THE VINE OR THE VILLAIN

Genesis 3:17–18 (ESV) – And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field.

THE BAD FRUIT OF FALSE PROPHETS

Matthew 7:15 (ESV) – Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

Matthew 7:21–23 (ESV) – Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

WHY THIS MATTERS

WHAT IS JUDGING

  • What is judgment?
  • What is judgment not?
  • What is the goal of judgment?

LISTEN TO JESUS’ WARNING

Matthew 7:1–3 (ESV) – “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?  

LEARN FROM JESUS’ WISDOM

Matthew 7:3-5 (ESV) – Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

Romans 12:9–10 (ESV) – Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

Ephesians 4:15 (ESV) –  … speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,

FOLLOW JESUS’ WAY FORWARD

Matthew 7:5–6 (ESV) – You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.

Matthew 18:16 (ESV) – But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.

  • And if that still doesn’t work…

Matthew 18:17 (ESV) – If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

JESUS OUR JUDGE AND OUR JUDGEMENT

 

 

 

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WHAT IS ANXIETY?

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WHERE DOES ANXIETY COME FROM?

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Matthew 6:25a (ESV) – “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on.”

WHAT DOES ANXIETY DO TO US?

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WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT ANXIETY?

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MPT: Jesus said our hearts, eyes, and devotion will be completely his or completely another’s.

MPS: Jesus is all or nothing. Jesus has either all our affections, ambitions, and allegiance or none of it.

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OUR AFFECTIONS

Matthew 6:19–21 – Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Jeremiah 17:9 – The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

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OUR AMBITIONS

Matthew 6:22–23 – The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

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OUR ALLEGIANCE

Matthew 6:24 – No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

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MAIN POINT: Prayer and fasting reminds us of our utter dependency to God.

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I. What Prayer is Not

a. Prayer does not seek the praise of man

b. Changing posture or using extensive words to impress God

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II. What Prayer is

a. Prayer leads us to our Father who loves us

b. Prayer is Vertical

i. Prayer seeks to honor God as holy

ii. Prayer seeks to spread the fame of God

c. Prayer is Horizontal

i. Our needs

ii. Others needs

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III. What Fasting is Not

a. Fasting does not seek the praise of man

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IV. What Fasting Is

a. Fasting seeks God and His reward

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V. The Goals of Prayer and Fasting

a. Prayer and fasting seek God first and self second

b. Prayer and fasting are about a posture of the heart

c. Prayer and fasting are to be regular rhythms in our lives

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