January 4, 2015

Transforming Our Future

Passage: Matthew 28:19
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Bible Text: Matthew 28:19 | Preacher: Pastor Steve | Series: Transformed, Transforming Our Future
Moving from 5610 to Matthew 28:19
2015 Directions
Joshua 24:15 But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD
Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you;
Ephesians 5:22-23 Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
Marriages and families are in crisis.
Households headed by unmarried partners increased 72%
Households headed by single mothers increased 25%; fathers 62%
Of the babies born today, 33% are born to parents not married
Households headed by grandparents has increased by 20%
The traditional nuclear family has dropped below 25%
Cohabitation has increased by 1,000%.
68% of current marriage began as cohabitation
The annual marriage rate has declined by 50% 1970 – 2010
The percentage of married individuals, over the age of 18, who respond that their marriages are “happy” has gradually declined (60%) over the last four decades
Sharing Jesus in 2015
The only way we are going to effectively touch the World with the message of Jesus Christ is through the power of the Holy Spirit working one to one; couple to couple; family to family…
The Call of the Church is to Serve
Ephesians 4:15 Instead, we will hold to the truth in love, becoming more and more in every way like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.
Trust in the Lord and His Word
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths
2 Chronicles 7:14 If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
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1 Peter 4:7-11 But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. And above all things have fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude of sins.
Stop Living in the Present WHILE Looking Back
Isaiah 43:18-19 Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness  And rivers in the desert.
Start Living in the Present WHILE Looking Forward
Ephesians 5:10-20 Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, rebuke and expose them. It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. But when the light shines on them, it becomes clear how evil these things are. And where your light shines, it will expose their evil deeds. Therefore He says: Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.
We are called to wake up, stay up, and rise up in the Name of the Lord!
Isaiah 60:1-2 Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you.
Living with Spiritual Expectancy
Luke 21:25-28 And there will be strange events in the skies — signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And down here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides. The courage of many people will falter because of the fearful fate they see coming upon the earth, because the stability of the very heavens will be broken up.  Then everyone will see the Son of Man arrive on the clouds with power and great glory. So when all these things begin to happen, stand straight and look up, for your salvation is near!
1 Corinthians 11:23-26 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me. In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me. For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

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