1. I Believe The Local Church Is The Hope Of The World

    3 Things We Are As A Church

    1) We Are Safe

    John 8:7 NASB But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”

    “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
    -Emma Lazarus

    Matthew 11:28-30 NIV “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
    29 - Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 - For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

    “Is it easier to tell a man his face is dirty or to point him to the mirror?” -Dr. Fulton Buntain

    Psalm 91:1-2 NLT Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 - This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust Him.

    2) We Are Sane

    1 Corinthians 1:1-2 NIV If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 - If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

    3) We Are Scriptural

    Matthew 7:24-27 GNT “So then, anyone who hears these words of mine and obeys them is like a wise man who built his house on rock. 25 - The rain poured down, the rivers flooded over, and the wind blew hard against that house. But it did not fall, because it was built on rock. 26 - “But anyone who hears these words of mine and does not obey them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 - The rain poured down, the rivers flooded over, the wind blew hard against that house, and it fell. And what a terrible fall that was!”

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  2. #1) What am I doing that I shouldn’t be doing?

    #2) What am I not doing that I should be doing?

    Psalm 51:5 KJV Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

    We Are - Glad You’re There

    The Great Command

    Matthew 22:36-40 NLT “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”
    37 - Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. 38 - This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 - A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. 40 - The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

    The Great Commission

    Matthew 28:19-20 NLT Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 - Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

    1) Love

    We Are Meant To:

    1) Love God

    2) Love Ourselves

    3) Love Others

    2) Live

    Live For Jesus

    Colossians 1:9-12 NLT So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 - Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better. 11 - We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, 12 - always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light.

    3) Lead

    Lead Others To Do The Same

    Ephesians 4:1-4 NLT Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. 2 - Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. 3 - Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. 4 - For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.

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  3. #We Are Generous

    You can give without loving, but you can’t love without giving

    Generosity = Love in Action

    3 Areas Where We Are Generous

    1)Our Time
    2)Our Talent
    3)Our Treasure
    12 Reasons Why We Are Generous

    1)It Honors God
    2 Corinthians 9:13 NLT You will be glorifying God through your generous gifts. Your generosity will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ.

    Proverbs 14:31 ESV Whoever is generous to the needy honors God.

    2)It Draws Us Closer To God
    Deuteronomy 14:23 LB The purpose of tithing is to teach you to always put God first in your lives.

    Matthew 6:21 NCV Your heart will be wherever your treasure is.

    3)It Makes Us More Like Jesus

    Proverbs 21:26 NLT The greedy always want more, but the godly love to give!

    Luke 11:41 LB Purity is best demonstrated by generosity

    4)It’s the Cure For Materialism

    Matthew 6:24 NIV You cannot serve both God and money.

    1 Timothy 6:17-19 NIV Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 - Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 - In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

    5)It Demonstrates Our Faith
    2 Corinthians 9:13 JPV Your giving proves the reality of your faith

    Philemon 1:6 NLT You are generous because of your faith.

    Malachi 3:10 NIV Bring the whole tithe to My storehouse. Test me in this and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of Heaven and pour out so much blessing that you won’t have enough room for it.

    6)It Reveals Our Character
    Luke 16:11 NLT If you are untrustworthy with worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?

    7)It Brings God’s Blessings
    Proverbs 22:9 NCV Generous people will be blessed, because they share their food with the poor.

    Deuteronomy 15:10 NIV Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.

    2 Corinthians 9:7-8 LB God loves the one who gives gladly. 8 - And God will make it up to you by giving you everything you need and more so that there will not only be enough for your own needs but plenty left over to give joyfully to others.

    8)It Increases Our Happiness
    Acts 20:35 TEV There is more happiness in giving than in receiving

    9) It Expands Our Influence
    Proverbs 11:24 The Message The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy will get smaller and smaller.

    Psalm 112:9 NLT Those who give generously to those in need...will never be forgotten...they will have influence and honor

    10) It Multiplies Our Money
    Proverbs 11:25 NIV A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.

    2 Corinthians 9:11(A) NLT You will be enriched so that you can give even more generously

    11) It Brings Gods Protection
    Psalm 112:5-6 LB All goes well for the generous man who conducts his business fairly. 6 - Such a man will not be overthrown by evil circumstances. Gods constant care of Him will make a deep impression on all who see it.

    12) It Will Be Rewarded In Heaven
    1 Timothy 6:18-19 LB Use your money to do good - always being ready to share with others whatever God has given you. 19 - By doing this you will be storing up real treasure for yourself in Heaven - it is the only safe investment for eternity and they will be living a fruitful Christian life down here as well.

    Luke 16:9 NLT I tell you, use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. In this way, your generosity stores up a reward for you in heaven.

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  4. We Are - Kind
    Luke 6:44 GWT Each tree is known by its fruit. You don't pick figs from thorny plants or grapes from a thornbush.

    Galatians 5:22-23 NLT But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

    Love

    Joy

    Peace

    Patience

    KINDNESS

    Goodness

    Faithfulness

    Gentleness

    Self-Control

    Chrestotes

    Chrestotes = The ability to act for the welfare of those taxing your patience.

    Psalm 63:3 NASB Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise You.

    1 John 4:8 ESV Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

    1 Corinthians 13:4 NIV Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

    3 Things Kindness Is

    1)Kindness is Consistent
    Acts 9:36 NLT There was a believer in Joppa named Tabitha. She was always doing kind things for others and helping the poor.

    7 Habits Of Kind People

    1)Kind People Work Hard At Listening
    2)Kind People Consider Situations From The Other Persons Point Of View

    3)Kind People Don’t Treat Conflict As Something They Need To Win

    4)Kind People Are Observant

    5)Kind People Recognize The Importance OF Small Gestures

    6)Kind People Have A Genuine Interest In Other People

    7)Kind People Practice Good Manners

    2)Kindness Is Considerate

    Matthew 7:12 CEV Treat others as you want them to treat you. This is what the Law and the Prophets are all about.

    “May you feel safe.”

    “May you feel happy.”

    “May you feel healthy.”

    “May you live with ease and peace.”

    Colossians 3:12 NIV Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

    3)Kindness Is ContagiousRomans 2:4 BSB Or do you disregard the riches of His kindness, tolerance, and patience, not realizing that God's kindness leads you to repentance?
    “I’ve spent most of my life avoiding the people Jesus spent His whole life trying to engage.” Bob Goff

    Luke 6:35 ISV Rather, love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them, expecting nothing in return. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind even to ungrateful and evil people.

    Luke 6:38 ISV Give, and it will be given to you. A large quantity, pressed together, shaken down, and running over will be put into your lap, because you'll be evaluated by the same standard with which you evaluate others."

    Psalm 63:3 NASB Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise You

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  5. #We Are________
    Week 5
    Exodus 20:7 ESV You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.

    We Are Humble
    1 Peter 5:6 NLT So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor

    Humility is confidence in action

    Matthew 5:5 NLT God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.

    6 Steps To Becoming More Humble

    1. Ask For Feedback

    Proverbs 12:15 ESV The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.

    Proverbs 12:15 GNT Stupid people always think they are right. Wise people listen to advice.

    2. Confront Your Prejudices

    1 Peter 3:8 GWT Live in harmony, be sympathetic, love each other, have compassion, and be humble

    3. Start With A Question

    Proverbs 18:2 CEV Fools have no desire to learn, instead they would rather give their own opinion

    Proverbs 18:13 ISV Fools have no desire to learn, instead they would rather give their own opinion

    One good question is worth more than a hundred good answers

    4. Really Listen

    Proverbs 19:20 ESV Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.

    5. Accept Setbacks

    “Failure’s never final!” -Dr. Fulton Buntain

    Ephesians 4:23-24 CEV Let the Spirit change your way of thinking and make you into a new person.

    Micah 7:8 NLT Do not gloat over me, my enemies! For though I fall, I will rise again. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light.

    6. Discover Awe

    Psalm 65:8 NASB They who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your signs; You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy.

    Genesis 1:31 NLT Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day

    Habakkuk 3:2 NLT I have heard all about you, LORD. I am filled with awe by your amazing works. In this time of our deep need, help us again as you did in years gone by. And in your anger, remember your mercy.

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