Amazing Grace! Part 2 - Restoring Grace! | John Black | 04-23-17

April 25, 2017

 

Date: April 23, 2017

Text: Mark 14:27-31; 14:66-72

Title: Amazing Grace!  Part 2: Restoring Grace!

 

Listening Guide

 

I. What are the causes of a Christian falling away from their faith?

 The story of Peter shows us 5 common fail points in our lives. 

  1. Over-Confidence
  2. Laziness
  3. Impulsiveness
  4. Fear
  5. Compromise

 

II. How does God respond when we fail?

  • With Amazing Grace!

          “. . . no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus . . . .” Rom 8:1

 

III. Why does God respond with Amazing Grace when we fail?

  1. God’s Love is Unconditional
  2. My Salvation isn’t based on my Works
  3. Jesus has taken my Punishment
  4. God’s desire is Restore us to Faithfulness

 

IV. What should I do if I have failed?

  1. Return!
  2. Use my Failures to Strengthen others

 

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Amazing Grace! Part 1 - Who Put Jesus in the Tomb? | John Black | 04-16-17

April 16, 2017

Date:  April 16, 2017

Text:  Matthew 27:15-25 HCSB

Title:  Amazing Grace!

Pastor John Black

 

Listening Guide

 

Who put Jesus in the tomb?

 

I. What do we know about Barabbas?

  • He was Notorious
  • He was a Robber
  • He was a Rebel
  • He was a Murderer
  • He was a ________ __________   _________!

 

II. What do we know about Jesus?

  • He was innocent
  • He was defenseless

    As crazy as this sounds…….

  • He loved Barabbas!

 III. What can I know from this story?

  • God’s Love for me is undeserved!
  • God’s Love for me is unconditional!

 

Join us next week as we learn more about God’s Amazing Love for Us!

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Finding Peace | John Black | 04-09-17

April 13, 2017

April 9, 2017

Finding Peace

Luke 19:41-42 (NLT)

Pastor John Black

 

Listening Guide

Luke 19:41–42 (NLT)

41 But as he came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, he began to weep. 42 “How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace. But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from your eyes.

Jesus was weeping for two groups of people as He entered Jerusalem:

  1. Those who willfully rejected
  2. Those who superficially accepted
  • Both groups of people voided their opportunity for peace!

 

Two ways we frequently rob our lives of peace:

  1. We allow our selfish pride to destroy our life!
  2. We don’t realize that our missed expectations are the source of our frustration!

 

How do we find peace for our life?

  • Allow Christ to be the ruler of our life!
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Voices in My Head | Dr. Nate Bock | 04-02-17

April 3, 2017

April 2, 2017

Obedience to Christ in Our Thought Life

Dr. Nate Bock

 

Listening Guide

 

 1. Understand the Voice You Hear (John 10:1-10, 24-27)

     A. God's Voice (John 10:24-27) (2 Timothy 3:16)

            God's voice is a guiding voice we can follow.

            God's voice can be heard through His word.

            God's voice convicts you.

     B. Our Voice (Jeremiah 17:9) (Matt 15:19)

            This is the voice in your head that is telling you to satisfy your desires with anything that doesn't match God's desires. Our hearts are wicked and deceitful, and we would be fools to trust them.

     C. The Voice of the Enemy (John 10:10)

            This is the voice in your head that is doubting God and telling you to rebel against Him. This voice condemns you.

 2. Submit our thoughts, ideas, and feelings to God. (Phil 4:6-8)

 3. Open yourself to Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit through the words of the Bible. (Romans 12:2) (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

 

Final Questions:

1. What "strongholds" do you have that need to be demolished? 

2. What thoughts need to be "taken captive?"

3. What are you worrying about that you should be praying about? 

4. How will you get God's Word into your mind every day?

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Life-Changing Spiritual Disciplines: Evangelism - The Share Dare! (Part 2) | John Black | 03-26-17

March 27, 2017

Date:  March 26, 2017

Series:  Life-Changing Spiritual Disciplines: Evangelism

Title:  The Share Dare, Part 2

Pastor John Black

 

Listening Guide

 I. Scriptural principles we must understand:

Philemon 1:6 (ESV)

. . . and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ. (emphasis added)

  • We are not all called to be Evangelists, but we are all called to be Witnesses!
  • When we share our faith, our faith will grow!

 II. Why do we fail to share our faith?

  • Misaligned Priorities
  • Unnecessary Fears
  • Unintentional Plans

 III. Four simple ways to share your faith!

  1. Share your Light! (Acts 16:25-34)
  2. Share your Church! (John 4:28-30)
  3. Share your Story! (John 9:25)
  4. Share the Gospel! (Acts 2:23)

 IV. The Share Dare!

  • Show unexpected Kindness to someone.
  • Invite someone to Church.
  • Ask someone, “How can I Pray for you?”
  • Speak the name of Jesus to someone.

                                                                                            

Please share your story with us!

story@southgate.org

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Life-Changing Spiritual Disciplines: Evangelism - The Share Dare! (Part 1) | John Black | 03-19-17

March 22, 2017

Date:  March 19, 2017

Series:  Life Changing Spiritual Disciplines

Text:  Philemon 1:1-6 (ESV)

Title:  The Share Dare, Part 1

Pastor John Black

 

Listening Guide

I. Scriptural principles we must understand:

  • We are not all called to be Evangelists, but we are all called to be Witnesses!

 

1 Peter 2:9 (HCSB)

9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

 

Philemon 1:6 (ESV)

6 and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.

 

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 II. Why do we fail to share our faith?

  • Misaligned Priorities
  • Unnecessary Fears
  • Unintentional Plans

 

If we fail to plan evangelism, we will fail to do evangelism!

 

III.  Reflection Questions:

  1. What’s your Excuse?
  2. Who’s your Target?
  3. What’s your Plan?

 

Fay, William (1999). Share Jesus Without Fear.  Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group. 

ISBN: 978-0-8054-1839-2

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The Useless Church | Robert Varner | 03-12-17

March 13, 2017

Listening Guide

The Useless Church

Revelation 3:15-22

Student Minister Robert Varner

 

We are more like Laodicea than we would like to think. The struggles of Laodicea are like a mirror for us to look into and see our real problems that we have as a church.

 

I. Jesus Detests Who We Have Become (vv. 15-16)

    a. We allow culture to creep in.

    b. We care more about worldly things.

II. Laodicea Believed They Were Better (v. 17)

    a. We believe two lies:

            i. The problems others struggle with are not our problems.

            ii. That we are righteous through our own efforts.

III. Jesus Calls Us To Repentance Through His Mercy (vv. 18-20)

IV. The Promise (vv. 21-22)

    a. Those who repent of their sin, accept Jesus’ offer of mercy, and follow Jesus faithfully will become royal heirs with Him.

V. The Challenge

    a. Have I become lukewarm in my spiritual walk?

    b. Have I neglected the call on my life to seek out and help those in need?

    c. Have I chosen to cover the sins in my life?

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Ministry Evangelism | John Morris | 03-05-17

March 8, 2017

"Ministry Evangelism"

John Morris, Executive Director,

GAP - God's Appalachian Partnership

John 9:1-12

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Life-Changing Spiritual Disciplines: Life-Changing Prayer (Part 4) - “Send Me!” | John Black | 02-26-17

March 1, 2017

Date:  February 26, 2017

Series:  Life-Changing Spiritual Disciplines

Text:  Isaiah 6:1-8 (HCSB)

Title:  Life-Changing Prayer! Part 4 – “Send Me!”

Pastor John Black

 

Listening Guide

 I. Three common sinful responses to God’s calling:

  1. No! I won’t go!
  2. No! I can’t go!
  3. No! I’m not worthy to go! 

 

II. Three righteous actions that can change my no to yes!

Following the story of Isaiah I must . . .

  1. Experience God’s Presence! (Isaiah 6:1-4)

To fully experience God’s Presence …  (Psalm 15)

  • Our walk must be blameless and our actions must be righteous!

    • Speak the Truth
    • Reject what’s Vile
    • Live with Integrity

 

A thought to consider . . .

How can we say “No” when it’s God who tells us to “Go?”

 

  1. Accept God’s forgiveness! (Isaiah 6:5-7)

 

  1. Say “Yes” before you ask what’s next! (Isaiah 6:8)

 

III. One painful prayer that has the potential to change your life!

  

Here I am Lord . . .   Use ME!

What?    _____________________________________

Where?  _____________________________________

When?   _____________________________________

 

 

Please share your story with us at story@southgate.org

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Life-Changing Spiritual Disciplines: Life-Changing Prayer (Part 3) - “Break Me!” | John Black | 02-19-17

February 20, 2017

LISTENING GUIDE

Date:  February 19, 2017 

Pastor John Black

 

Series:  Life-Changing Spiritual Disciplines

Text:  Mark 14:3-5, Luke 7:36-38, Luke 22:19 (HCSB)

Title:  Life-Changing Prayer! Part 3 – “Break Me!”

 

I. Observing Mary’s Example [Mark 14:3-5]

She broke the jar and poured it on Jesus’ head. 

 

Pray for God to “Break Me” of all …

Idolatry

-   is anything I place above the Lord.

-   is the hidden sin that drives all other sins!

 

II. Observing a Prostitute’s Example [Luke 7:36-38]

She stood behind Jesus at His feet, weeping, and began to wash His feet with her tears.

 

Pray for God to “Break Me” of all …

Sinfulness

-   Healing starts when we break apart

-   We impress people with our strengths; we connect with people in our struggles

 

III. Observing Jesus’ Example [Luke 22:19]

And Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke it, gave it to them, and said, “This is My body, which is given for you….”

 

Pray for God to “Break Me” of all …

Selfishness

 

Three reflective questions …

  1. What am I not willing to give up for Jesus?
  2. What am I not willing to forsake for Jesus?
  3. What am I not willing to do for Jesus?
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Life-Changing Spiritual Disciplines: Life-Changing Prayers (Part 2) - “Show Me!” | John Black | 02-12-17

February 13, 2017

Date:  February 12, 2017

Series:  Life-Changing Spiritual Disciplines

Text:  Psalm 139 (HCSB)

Title:  Life-Changing Prayer! Part 2 – “Show Me!”

Pastor John Black

 

Listening Guide

 

Life Changing Prayer!

I. David Recognized God's . . .

  • Omniscience           (vv. 1-4)
  • Omnipresence        (vv. 5-12)
  • Omnipotence          (vv. 13-18)

 

II. David Realized His . . .

  • Vulnerability            (vv.19-24)

 

III. David Requested that God . . .

  • Show Him”              (vv. 23-24)

 

  • His Heart

    • The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? Jeremiah 17:9

 

  • His Fears
  • Often what we fear the most is where we trust God the least!

 

  • His Sin

    • Three Reflective Questions
  1. What are other people telling me?
  2. What am I continuing to rationalize?
  3. What do I get defensive about?

 

  • The Way

 

My Challenge for this week …

  • To pray every day that God will “Show Me”

    • My Heart
    • My Fears
    • My Sin
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Spiritual Transformation Weekend: Three Markers of False Teachers | Rob Phillips | 02-05-17

February 6, 2017

SESSION 6

Date:  February 5, 2017

 

Rob Phillips

Ministry Support Catalyst

Missouri Baptist Convention 

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Life-Changing Spiritual Disciplines: Life-Changing Prayers (Part 1) | John Black | 01-29-17

February 2, 2017

Date:  January 29, 2017

Series:  Life Changing Spiritual Disciplines

Text:  Colossians 4:2-4 (HCSB)

Title:  Life Changing Prayer! Part 1

Pastor John Black

 

Listening Guide

 

Three types of prayers that will change our lives! 

  • Persistent Prayers
  • Passionate Prayers
  • Painful Prayers

 

  1. Persistent Prayers

Persistent prayers require that we …

  1. pray, and not just “say” we’ll pray.
  2. pray ongoing, not “one-and-done” prayers.

 

  1. Passionate Prayers

Passionate prayers require that we …

  1. pray from the heart.
  2. pray with honesty and transparency.
  3. pray with focus.
  4. pray with thanksgiving and gratitude.

 

Next Steps:

  • Examine your current prayer life.
  • Listen closely to your prayers.
  • Open up your heart to hear from God.
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Life-Changing Spiritual Disciplines: Bible Ingestion | John Black | 01-22-17

January 23, 2017

Date:  January 22, 2017

Series:  Life Changing Spiritual Disciplines

Text:  Psalm 19:7-14 (HCSB)

Title:  Bible Ingestion

Pastor John Black

 

Listening Guide

 

 

Today’s Big Idea

“Our faith will grow when it’s planted in the fertile soil of God’s Word.”

 

 

The sad reality is that the majority of American Christians do not engage in God’s Word on a daily basis. 

 

Today’s Objective

To observe how King David viewed God’s Word, which produced in him a deep desire for God’s Word.

1. David’s Descriptions of God’s Word

    God’s Word is … (Psalm 19:7-9)

  • The perfect instruction
  • The means of renewal
  • The source of trust
  • The guide for blessings
  • The method of understanding
  • The force of holiness

 2. David’s Desire for God’s Word

     God’s Word is … (Psalm 19:10)

  • Invaluable
  • Incomparable

 3. David’s Discernment From God’s Word

     God’s Word …(Psalm 19:12-13)

  • Exposes our hidden sins
  • Restrains us from our sinful rebellion

 4. David’s Devotion to God’s Word

     God’s Word produces … (Psalm 19:14)

  • Holy actions
  • Holy thoughts

A simple approach to the most powerful Spiritual Discipline available to us

(Bible Ingestion)

  • Read it

 

  • Reflect upon it

Does God’s Word reveal something I should …

  • believe about God?
  • praise or thank or trust God for?
  • pray about for myself or others?
  • have a new attitude about?
  • make a decision about?
  • do for the sake of Christ, others or myself?
  • do or stop doing because of a direct command?

 

  • Remember it
  • Memorize it
  • Mediate on it

 

  • Respond to it
  • Obey what God tells you to do!
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Life-Changing Spiritual Disciplines: Getting Started | John Black | 01-15-17

January 16, 2017

Date:  January 15, 2017

Series:  Life Changing Spiritual Disciplines

Text:  1 Timothy 4:7-8 (NASB95)

Title:  Getting Started

Pastor John Black

 

Listening Guide

 

Indicators of my Spiritual Health …

    Poor …. So-So .… Excellent

     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

 

______ 1.  How strong is my thirst for the presence of God in my life?

______ 2.  How deeply do I grieve over sin that’s in my life?

______ 3.  How committed am I to God’s Word governing my life?

______ 4.  How deep is my love for other people? 

______ 5.  How selfless am I at this moment of my life?

______ 6.  How quickly am I able to forgive others?

______ 7.  How much do I delight in the Bride of Christ? 

______ 8.  How important are Spiritual Disciplines in my life?

 

My overall average is _________. 

 

What must I do to Grow Spiritually?

  • I must Discipline myself to Grow in Holiness! (1 Timothy 4:7)

 

Spiritual Disciplines defined:

  • Spiritual Disciplines are the God-Ordained means by which we bring ourselves before God, experience Him, and become transformed into the likeness of Jesus.

 

God-Ordained Scriptural Spiritual Disciplines

Inward Practices

Outward Practices

Corporate Practices

Bible Ingestion

Personal Evangelism

Congregational Worship

Personal Prayer

Serving Others

Public Confession

Fasting

Biblical Stewardship

Spiritual Guidance

Silence & Solitude

 

Lord’s Supper

Journaling

 

Corporate Prayer

 

 

Fellowship

 

Why are practicing the Spiritual Disciplines so important for my life?

  • They are the only means of liberating me from the bondage of sin.
  • They provide me the ability to transform my life!

 

*** Key Concept***

On their own, Spiritual Disciplines can do nothing; they can only get us to the place where something can be done.

 

What’s my next step?

  • Take a Personal Assessment
  • Make a Personal Commitment
  • Forsake the tendency to Give Up!
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