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Tune Into Worship (Sing! series)

In today’s sermon podcast, Pastor Dan shares biblical principles on the power of “surrender”. The thought of surrender often has negative connotations, because no one likes to lose. We all want to win in life. However, when it comes to worship, God is looking for us to surrender our life as a living sacrifice pleasing and acceptable to Him. As we learn to worship God, we will better understand the power of a surrendered life.

Romans 12:1 (NIV)

A Living Sacrifice

12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

WORSHIP: The KEY to the KINGDOM

Worship is more spiritual than it is musical.

WORSHIP IS THE KEY TO THE KINGDOM… it unlocks revelation of who Jesus is. WORSHIP IS A RESPONSE to an encounter with the Spirit of God. WORSHIP IS ABOUT SEEKING… for God is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). WORSHIP IS SACRIFICE… a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship (Rom12:1).

In today’s sermon podcast, Pastor Dave shares biblical principles on the topic of Worship and it’s importance in our spiritual growth and connection to God.

You know you’re a true worshipper if… 

  1. you have a heart for God.
  2. you realize the only reason you love God is because He first loved you.
  3. you’re hungry for God’s Word.
  4. you witness to others about God.

The KEY to the Kingdom is worship!

John 4 (NIV)

Jesus Talks With a Samaritan Woman

Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.

Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”

17 “I have no husband,” she replied.

Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

The Shift – “You Can’t Mind!”

Often we allow what’s going on around us to dictate how we feel. However, if the Spirit of God is in us, we need to be driven by what’s on the inside. In today’s sermon podcast, Pastor Dan shares biblical principles from Romans 12:1-2 that show us how God’s change always necessitates “transformation”. The shift begins and ends in your mind. For this reason, we must FEED our mind with God’s Truth. We must allows God’s Word to CONVICT us. And, we must seek DIRECTION in each and every decision and situation we are engaged in.

Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)

A Living Sacrifice

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

The Shift – “Calling”

We all have a purpose and calling in life. Ultimately, our purpose is to use the “gifts” God has given us as we love and serve love others. In today’s sermon podcast, Pastor Dan shares biblical principles from the story of Apostle Paul’s conversion that will help us to understand “calling” and “purpose” with better clarity.

The “greater” in our life is going to require something greater from us. Life’s purpose will often lead us toward change. Throughout the process we must embrace humility because it is the foundation for growth. Even when we are in the darkest transition phase of our calling, we must learn to walk by faith and not by sight. As we will learn from Saul’s encounter with Jesus, sometimes it’s not the devil we’re fighting. Sometimes it’s God.

Acts 9:1-18 (NIV)

Saul’s Conversion

Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.

“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.

10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”

“Yes, Lord,” he answered.

11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”

13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”

15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.

The God of the Change – Shifting Into Gear

We can easily give up on change in our life because things aren’t happening “quick enough”. But, if we can learn to HOLD ON, change can lead to a transformation that will never leave us the same again.

In today’s sermon podcast, Pastor Dan shares biblical insights from the life of Jacob, which teaches us that Jacob’s “blessing” was found in the “struggle”. Change often implies a “death to self”. But, maybe that’s the point. Perhaps change is designed to “kill” the way we’ve been doing things up to this point. Change is a process. Hold on! Your change is coming!

Genesis 32:22-32 (NIV)

Jacob Wrestles With God

22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two female servants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions. 24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”

But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”

27 The man asked him, “What is your name?”

“Jacob,” he answered.

28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”

29 Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.”

But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there.

30 So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”

31 The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip. 32 Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the tendon attached to the socket of the hip, because the socket of Jacob’s hip was touched near the tendon.

THE GOD OF THE CHANGE (SHIFT SERIES pt.1)

God is a God of change – yet, He Himself is unchanging. “For I am the Lord, I change not…” (Malachi 3:6). We however are often unsettled by the changes that life brings our way. When we are accustomed to the way we live it becomes hard to accept the change that God allows, or perhaps initiates, in our lives. In today’s sermon podcast, Pastor Dan shares biblical insights that will help us to understand the changes we experience when God wants to work in our lives.

In Genesis 32, we read of the moment when Jacob wrestled with God, however the Angel could not overpower him. Sometimes God wants to work with us and yet, we won’t allow Him to bring us to submission and surrender. Sometimes, the “something” we are asking God to do is the very thing we are “wrestling” with Him about. Nonetheless, we must understand that change is a process that will challenge us to trust God as we grow in our faith.

Genesis 32:22-32 (NIV)

Jacob Wrestles With God

22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two female servants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions. 24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”

But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”

27 The man asked him, “What is your name?”

“Jacob,” he answered.

28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”

29 Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.”

But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there.

30 So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”

31 The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip. 32 Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the tendon attached to the socket of the hip, because the socket of Jacob’s hip was touched near the tendon.

Life Interrupted (Survivor Series)

God’s plans are higher than our plans. In the Old Testament story of Joseph (the boy with the coat of many colors), we see a life that was marked by many “interruptions”. Yet, despite these bumps in road, Joseph was able to maintain his trust in God and was able to experience God’s perfect plan for him and his family.

In today’s sermon podcast, Pastor Marcy shares biblical principles from Joseph’s story and shows us how we can also learn to stay close to God despite life’s interruptions. God’s plans will always prevail. As we see in Joseph’s story, after life’s interruptions he became great in Egypt and was able to occupy a strategic position in Pharaoh’s kingdom.

Sermon Notes:

  1. There’s a big difference between life interrupted and life corrupted.
    1. Isaiah 55:9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (NIV)
  2. Success is not a destination but a disposition.
    1. Stop asking “why” and “what if”.
  3. You either let life define you or God refine you.
    1. Allow God to use life’s challenges to shape you.

Genesis 39 New International Version

Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife

39 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there.

The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate.

Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!”

But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” 10 And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her.

11 One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. 12 She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.

13 When she saw that he had left his cloak in her hand and had run out of the house, 14 she called her household servants. “Look,” she said to them, “this Hebrew has been brought to us to make sport of us! He came in here to sleep with me, but I screamed. 15 When he heard me scream for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house.”

16 She kept his cloak beside her until his master came home. 17 Then she told him this story: “That Hebrew slave you brought us came to me to make sport of me. 18 But as soon as I screamed for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house.”

19 When his master heard the story his wife told him, saying, “This is how your slave treated me,” he burned with anger. 20 Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined.

But while Joseph was there in the prison, 21 the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. 22 So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. 23 The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.