This Week’s Memory Verse… 2 Corinthians 4:18

Each week this year, I am challenging myself to memorize a Scripture verse (or verses). This week’s verse is 2 Corinthians 4:18.

Let’s memorize it together… a phrase at a time…

while we do not look at the things which are seen,

but at the things which are not seen.

For the things which are seen are temporary,

but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

This Week’s Memory Verse… 1 Corinthians 10:31

Each week this year, I am challenging myself to memorize a Scripture verse (or verses). Then, I preach my Sunday night sermon from that verse.

This week’s verse is 1 Corinthians 10:31… and should be easier to memorize than some:

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

Let’s memorize the verse… then live it.

Some Truths About Temptation… 1 Corinthians 10:13

Each week this year, I am challenging myself to memorize a Scripture verse (or verses). This week’s memory verse is 1 Corinthians 10:13…

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it” (NIV).

Let’s look at 7 principles about TEMPTATION that are given in this one verse…

1. TEMPTATION IS “COMMON TO MAN”
Everybody experiences some kind of temptation. Even Jesus Himself was tempted in all points (Heb. 4:15). The Lord was not exempted.

2. TEMPTATION IS UNIQUE TO “YOU”
We are all tempted, but we are all tempted differently. And what might be a temptation for you might not be for me… and vice-versa. We have different weaknesses and different degrees of weakness. I may be weak in money matters, so God allows me to be tested in this area with the purpose of strengthening me in this area. Your weakness may be in sexual matters, so God allows you to be tested in that area with the purpose of making you stronger in resisting sexual temptations.

3. TEMPTATION PROVES THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD
Paul says the grace of God increases proportionate to the degree of sin (Romans 5:20). What he means is that the greater the sin the more grace is required. But, it is no excuse to sin as Paul is very careful to point out (Romans 6:1).

4. GOD WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO BE TEMPTED “BEYOND WHAT YOU CAN BEAR”
God knows your strength. He knows what you can bear. If you are a “babe in Christ,” like a 1st-grade teacher, He will only give you a 1st-grade test. Would you give your 3-year old boy a 50-pound bag of rice to carry? Of course not. So where did you get the idea God will allow a problem that is beyond your ability to carry? Are you a better at fathering that God?

5. TEMPTATION IS CERTAIN
Our text does not say “if” you are tempted, but “when” you are tempted. In other words, it’s just a matter of when. Problems are sure to come. The question is, are you ready? Do you know how to handle temptation? Do you know what the Word of God teaches about temptation? When are you going to prepare yourself?

6. “GOD WILL PROVIDE A WAY OUT”
Maybe it’s a mistake for us to pray, “God, I pray You will take this problem away” or “Lord, please spare me from trouble.” It is true Jesus teaches us to pray, “Lead us not into temptation” (Matt. 6:13).
But, I don’t think our verse is telling us to ask God to make a way around our problems. If you read the text right, you will see you are already in the problem. “The way out” then, is God’s overpowering triumph and deliverance from the problem.
Don Moen wrote a song that teaches this idea…
God will make a way, where there seems to be no way;
He works in ways we cannot see. He will make a way for me.
He will be my guide; hold me closely to His side
With love and strength for each new day.
He will make a way. He will make a way.

7. GOD WILL HELP YOU TO STAND UP UNDER TEMPTATION
The moment you decide to trust God, He will infuse His strength through the Holy Spirit so you can say with Paul, “I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13). He will help you go through the problem with peace in your heart and a song in your lips. You will be like the three Jewish young men who were thrown into the furnace of fire by the decree of Nebuchadnezzar. But you have to have the attitude of those young men who boldly proclaimed to the king, “If you throw us into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from the furnace. He will save us from your power, O king. But even if God does not save us, we want you, O king, to know this: We will not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up” (Daniel 3:17,18).

This Week’s Memory Verse… 1 Corinthians 10:13

Each week this year, I have challenged myself to memorize a Scripture verse (or verses).

This week’s memory verse is 1 Corinthians 10:13.

It is a lengthy verse, so let’s memorize it a phrase at a time…

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man;

but God is faithful,

who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able,

but with the temptation will also make the way of escape,

that you may be able to bear it.”

The Fruit of the Spirit… Galatians 5:22,23

Each week this year, I have challenged myself to memorize a Scripture verse (or verses). This week’s verses are Galatians 5:22,23

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”

I usually recommend you try to memorize a verse a phrase at a time. This is one of those verses you almost have to memorize a word at a time! But you can do it!!

This Week’s Memory Verses… Galatians 5:22,23

Each week this year, I am challenging myself – and our church family – to memorize a Scripture verse (or verses). This week’s verses are Galatians 5:22,23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”
Let’s memorize them together!

Death to Me, Christ through Me… Galatians 2:20

Each week this year, I am challenging myself to memorize a Scripture verse (or verses). This week’s verse is Galatians 2:20.

In this verse, Paul declares Christianity to mean we die to self, and allow Christ to live in/through us. Think about that…

That implies:

I. My Crucifixion
A. Convicted
1. I was charged with disobeying God’s laws. I was convicted for my sins.
2. The Judge (God) said my “righteousness” was like filthy, nasty, dirty rags and He could not have a relationship with me because of the darkness of my life.
B. Condemned
1. The Judge didn’t have to listen to the case very long; He declared me guilty as charged.
2. The Judge then sentenced me to the punishment that had already been set up: death.
C. Crucified
1. What I deserved was a slow painful death.
2. My sentence of death was a fair and just decision and justice had been served.

II. My New Life
A. Death… I had to die to what I was.
B. Burial… The old me was buried.
C. Resurrection… After my death and burial, I was given a new life. I was born again.

III. My Life Today
A. New Creation
1. The only reason I could become a new creation was because of the cruel death Jesus suffered for me on the cross.
2. In order to become this new creation, I had to accept the free gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
B. New Boss
1. The old me was his own boss… or so he thought. (It was actually Satan and the world).
2. Although salvation is a free gift, it cost me everything. It cost me my life. Jesus is now the boss.
C. New Purpose
1. My old purpose was to please myself.
2. Jesus’ purpose through me is to please God.

Have you died to self… and allowed Jesus to reside in your new life? If not, it is time to put yourself to death.
If you have been born again, how are you doing concerning the old you? Who’s the boss… and what is your purpose?

This Week’s Memory Verse… Galatians 2:20

Each week this year, I am challenging myself – and our church – to memorize a Scripture verse (or verses).
This week’s verse is Galatians 2:20“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

Tune in for more on this great verse in a day or 3…

The Great Commission… Matthew 28:19,20; Acts 1:8

Each week this year, I am memorizing a Scripture verse (or verses). This week’s verses are Matthew 28:19,20 & Acts 1:8… and are often called the Great Commission.

I. Make Disciples

Unless and until the church is making disciples – followers/students of Christ – the church falls short of the priority ministry & mission of the church. The church may do lots of good things, but it must ALWAYS be making disciples!

II. Mark Disciples

Baptism doesn’t save a person, but it identifies him or her as being saved. One doesn’t get baptized in order to be saved; one is baptized because he or she is saved. In baptism, we are identified as one of God’s own, then assigned our place and our job within the kingdom of God.

III. Mature Disciples

A disciple is a student, and a student is constantly learning. It’s not enough to simply “make a decision”; that’s just the beginning – the new birth. From that point on, we grow. We learn. We learn to follow Jesus… living like Jesus.

This Week’s Memory Verses… Matthew 28:19,20; Acts 1:8

Each week this year, I am challenging myself to memorize a Scripture verse (or verses). This week’s verses are Matthew 28:19,20; Acts 1:8.
“‘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;
and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen.” (Matthew 28:19,20)
“‘But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you;
and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.'” (Acts 1:8)