1. God's 911

    Ice-Breaker: Have you ever called 911 ? Explain..

    History of 911 - 1968. Mark Musick.

    First in Bible:
    Genesis 9:11
    And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. = rainbow

    Exodus 9:11
    And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boil was upon the magicians, and upon all the Egyptians.

    Deuteronomy 9:11
    And it came to pass at the end of forty days and forty nights, that the Lord gave me the two tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant.

    Nehemiah 9:11
    And thou didst divide the sea before them, so that they went through the midst of the sea on the dry land; and their persecutors thou threwest into the deeps, as a stone into the mighty waters.

    Story of storm: (blizzard, Sabin, frightened daughter - quoted Psalm 91)

    Psalms 91:1
    He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High
    shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

    "secret place" = Holiest of Holies
    "shadow" = shade means He's much bigger, than us or anything. Enemy has to get thru my God before getting to me!

    2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress:
    my God; in him will I trust.
    3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler,
    and from the noisome pestilence.
    4 He shall cover thee with his feathers,
    and under his wings shalt thou trust:
    his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
    5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night;
    nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
    6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness;
    nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
    7 A thousand shall fall at thy side,
    and ten thousand at thy right hand;
    but it shall not come nigh thee.
    8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold
    and see the reward of the wicked.
    9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge,
    even the most High, thy habitation;
    10 There shall no evil befall thee,
    neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
    11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee,
    to keep thee in all thy ways.
    12 They shall bear thee up in their hands,
    lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
    13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder:
    the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
    14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
    15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him:
    I will be with him in trouble;
    I will deliver him, and honour him.
    16 With long life will I satisfy him,
    and shew him my salvation.

    QUESTIONS:
    1) Share your experience of being born again?
    2) Describe the 'secret place' you have found in the Lord?
    3) How are you 'abiding under the shadow of the Almighty'?
    4) Name a 911 in your life that you are placing total trust in God for?

    Current Doorknocking = 19,000 doors, 7,000 contacts.

    Pray with one another for 911s...

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  2. Introduction:
    3 month Holy Consecration
    Focusing on Prayer, Fasting, Word.
    Jan–Prayer, Feb–Fasting, Mar-Word

    The WORD of God is the SOURCE of all that we know about God.

    The Word of God is the final arbiter of all REVELATION of all truth;
    nothing contrary to the Word of God is of God.

    If someone says they had a heavenly vision, an out of body experience, or even an angelic visitor that shared divine revelation, but it does not line up with the written Word of God, it is not truth.

    Gal 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

    The Word of God was first spoken, then written.
    2 Pet 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
    >One author; over 40 ghost writers

    The Bible is the basis of all we do:
    1) It DEFINES our LIFESTYLE
    2) It sets the BOUNDS of RELATIONSHIP
    3) It CONNECTS us with a HIGHER way of LIVING

    There are basic 2 reasons to study the Bible:
    1) Personal Devotion
    2) Evangelism Preparation (to share the Scripture with other people)

    Gordon McDonald referred to these 2 aspects of Bible study as:
    the DEFENSIVE and the OFFENSIVE.

    Personal DEVOTION is the Defensive, Evangelism PREPARATION is Offensive.

    My personal devotional study:
    1) Start every day with scripture.
    2) Read a Proverb chapter corresponding to the day.
    3) Read thru the Bible plan.
    4) Constantly cross-reference scriptures for practical application to society.

    There are 6 BLESSINGS to studying and understanding the Word of God in:
    Psalm 19:7-9 (read)

    Psa 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
    Psa 19:8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
    Psa 19:9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

    1) It CONVERTS the SOUL (salvation – Acts 2:38)
    1 Cor 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

    2) It makes WISE the SIMPLE (new babe in Christ more astute than PHD w/o)
    Psa 119:98 Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.
    Psa 119:99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.
    Psa 119:100 I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.
    Psa 119:104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.

    3) It REJOICES the HEART (joy of Lord is our strength – Nehemiah 8:10; joy draw from waters of salvation – Isaiah 12:3)
    Psa 119:1 ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
    Psa 119:2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.

    4) It ENLIGHTENS the EYES (no longer walking in darkness – intellect, age, gender, wealth, looks, none of this matters in the dark;

    Psalm 119:105 = “Word is light unto path, lamp unto feet”)

    5) It WARNS us of DANGER
    Psa 119:101 I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.
    Col 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. /
    2 Th 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
    Psa 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

    6) It REWARDS the OBEDIENT (abundant life & eternal life)

    QUESTIONS:
    #1 – Do you believe the Bible IS the literal Word of God?
    #2 – What convinced YOU the Bible is God’s Word?
    #3 – Contrast your life BEFORE & AFTER being convinced the Bible is God’s Word?
    #4 – 2 Tim 2:15 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

    What new way will you study the Bible to be approved unto God?

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  3. This is an edification produced for small group ministry by Pastor Art Hodges. This study of the first 13 verses of Psalm 51 is a remarkable reading. David is lamenting his sin with Bathsheba. Nathan the prophet has pointed him out. David, to his credit doesn't blame anyone else, doesn't justify himself, doesn't deserve any concession, simply throws himself on the long-suffering mercy of God. For 12 verses he asks God to wash, cleanse, blot, purge, hide his sins, create a clean heart, renew a right spirit, and restore the joy of his salvation.

    SO THAT, (verse 13) he can teach transgressors God's ways, and sinners shall be converted.

    Wow!! Your past failures can actually become God's illustrated sermons to a lost world.

    This Bible lesson was filmed in El Monte, CA; on the occasion of Pastor Jon & Berni Cupoli's 35th Pastoral Anniversary.

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    Psalm 51: Repent, THEN harvest..

    We are living in the endtimes - I call this the rapture generation;

    In Matt 24 Jesus foretells endtimes events,
    Matthew 24:32-34
    32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree... This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

    Bible scholars say fulfillment was Israel becoming sovereign nation in 1948. So the generation referred to would be those living in 1948. If born in 1947, would be 65yrs old today. So generation hasn't passed, but it is passing...

    One promise of endtimes is great revival, revelation of Jesus Christ & harvest of souls. South Bay is gearing up for this year, but before we launch our rallying theme for this year we are taking the first 3 months to set our own house in order: emphasizing, prayer, fasting, Word.

    Remarkable reading:

    Psalms 51:1-13

    To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.

    1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

    2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

    3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

    4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

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

    6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

    7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

    8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.

    9 Hide thy face from my sins, .and blot out all mine iniquities.

    10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

    11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

    12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

    13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

    Amazing - God will us as a powerful testimony, example, witness -- we become his illustrated!!!

    Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

    & Psalm 51 basically says when we set our house in order; ask for God's mercy, washing, cleansing, purging, Blotting out, renewing.

    When we are transgressing God's law, we r not good witness.
    When we r following our own ways (iniquity), we r not good witness.
    We may win people, but usually to 'our' own ways.
    If we are slackers, those we win will prob rise above our level of commitment.

    If all the church were just like me, what kind of church would this church be??

    SONG: it's not my brother, sister, me o Lord, standing in need of prayer..

    When we get a clean heart & right spirit, & then get in His presence, being filled w HS, find our JOY in Lord's SALVATION, God promises:

    13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

    Wow, a key to this endtime revival is to set my own house in order --

    One plants, another waters, God gives the increase!!!

    Want your children saved?
    Family saved?
    Friends?
    Neighborhood?
    Community?

    Set your house in order...

    QUESTION 1 - name a sign of the endtimes that has now become evident.

    QUESTION 2 - do you have family / friends not rapture ready?

    QUESTION 3 - what are the hindrances in your life keeping you from being an effective witness?

    QUESTION 4 - what can/will you do differently to be a more effective soul winner?

    PRAYER: pray by name for someone God is laying on your heart to witness to, share your testimony with, teach a bible study to, and/or invite to HFG or corporate church worship!!

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  4. Story: me coming home from school, things on stove, mom gone. Calls, no answer.

    ICE-BREAKER:
    Describe a time when you Thot Rapture had taken place.

    TOPIC:
    Maranatha ~ Jesus is coming!!

    Pentecost is precipitated by this Promise:

    Acts 1:9-11
    Waiting in upper room of Jerusalem to be empowered was connected to return of Lord.

    Acts 2:38 was to prepare for return of Lord.
    (vs 40 - 'save selves FROM untoward gen')

    Maranatha is an Aramaic word that means “ Lord is coming” or “come, O Lord.”

    TEXT:
    1 Corinthians 16:22 Anathema Maranatha.

    'anathema' = Judgment. You've never seen judgment of Lord, only His chastisement.

    He chastens those He loves as a Father, to correct us from error of our ways that lead to ultimate death & destruction. (Rev 3:19)

    Policeman may spank his children, but that's not his wrath, it's corrective chastisement.
    His billy-club & gun is his wrathfully judgment = lethal force (never used on kids)

    1 Thessalonians 5:9 not appointed to wrath

    'anathema maranatha' is reminder that Jesus IS coming, when He does, then Judgment.

    Matthew 24:44 (Lk 12:30) Be ready: for in such an hour..

    NOTE parallels between Noah's day & ours:

    Matthew 24:37-39

    Oblivious to impending doom...

    2 Peter 3:3-4 Where is promise of his coming?

    2 Peter 3:9
    The Lord is NOT SLACK .. BUT LONGSUFFERING.. not willing any PERISH, but that all should come to REPENTANCE. (MISCALCULATED MERCY)

    REPENT or PERISH

    2 Peter 3:10 THIEF in night;
    2 Peter 3:11 HOLY CONVERSATION and GODLINESS,
    2 Peter 3:12 Looking for & HASTING unto COMING
    2 Peter 3:13 LOOK for NEW heavens & NEW earth
    2 Peter 3:14
    LOOK for.. be DILIGENT.. wout SPOT, BLAMELESS.

    2 Peter 3:17
    BEWARE.. LED AWAY.. ERROR.. FALL from STEDFASTNESS

    Bible concludes w this promise & admonition in last 2 verses:

    Revelation 22:20 SURELY I COME QUICKLY.
    (Jesus' last words=MARANATHA)
    Amen. Even so, COME, Lord Jesus.
    (Our last response=MARANATHA)

    Revelation 22:21 grace of our Lord..

    MARANATHA

    Jesus FIRST promised to come back to them in SPIRIT form, later to return in BODILY form, in person:

    John 14
    18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

    26 Comforter is Holy Ghost
    27 Peace I leave w you..
    28 I go away & come again unto you.

    Holy Ghost = Spiritual return

    MARANATHA

    Rapture = physical return

    1 Corinthians 15:52 In a moment.. twinkling of an eye

    1 Thessalonians 4:17-18 COMFORT one another w these words.

    BOTH are to be COMFORTING

    The early church faced much persecution, life for Christians under Roman rule wasn't easy. Romans required everyone to declare that Caesar was god. Early Christians knew there's only one God & one Lord—Jesus Christ—& in all good conscience they could not call Caesar “Lord,” so Romans looked upon them as traitors, persecuted them & put them to death.

    Living under those adverse conditions, believers’ morale was lifted by hope of coming of Lord. “Maranatha!” became common greeting of oppressed believers, replacing Jewish greeting shalom (“peace”).

    The followers of Jesus knew there would be no earthly, world peace because Jesus had told them so (Matthew 10:34; Luke 12:51), until Lord PERSONALLY returned. They were constantly reminding and being reminded that Lord is coming:

    Luke 21:28 .. look up.. your redemption draweth nigh.

    Jesus taught several parables on this same theme of watching & waiting & being prepared for His return (Matthew 25:1-13; Luke 12:35-40).

    Revelation 22:12 behold, I come quickly..

    Does this COMFORT you?

    It should if you are Rapture ready!!

    R U Rapture Ready???

    Matthew 25:13
    WATCH THEREFORE.. know neither day nor hour

    Luke 12:40
    BE READY ALSO.. cometh at hour WHEN THINK NOT

    > When will YOUR Rapture be???? One taken, another left... happens all time..

    Matthew 24:40-42 Two in field..
    44 be ready.. hour think not.. cometh
    48 ..delayeth his coming
    50 shall come day.. hour not aware

    Anathema MARANATHA

    CLOSE: Are YOU ready?????

    Day of Jesus' return is coming...

    Today, believers in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ live our lives in light of knowledge that He can come at any time. Every day we should expect Him to come & every day we should long for Him to come.

    1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 COMFORT one another w these words.

    To those who are discouraged today, Maranatha!

    To those who are worried today, Maranatha!

    To those who are filled w anxiety over problems they are facing, Maranatha!

    Our Lord is coming!

    If this is not a COMFORT to you, make sure of your salvation today!!!

    Question #1:
    What does it take for one to be READY for our Lord's RETURN?

    Question #2:
    When did You first get ready & how long have you been waiting?

    Question #3:
    What is your biggest challenge in STAYING Ready?

    Question #4:
    What can & will You do to help others be Ready?

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