March 18, 2018: Galations 5:16-26 (Rich Merkouris)

 

Galatians 5:16-26

16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

  • 1:00 Have you asked for Help?
  • 4:40 Spiritual life necessitates health
  • 7:12 The Holy Spirit is necessary, present and available
  • 8:00 Jesus says it's better for us that he is not here and that the Holy Spirit is
  • 10:15 What is the Holy Spirit
    • Third member of the trinity
    • Is a being
    • The Holy Spirit is with us
    • Is necessary for us
  • 13:17 What is our responsibility then? Maybe we have misunderstood?
  • 14:26 God desires to produce within us spiritual growth
  • 15:38 If you have no conflict in your life about any conduct that's a big red flag that somehting isn't quite right.
  • 18:07 Spirtual growth isn't immediate, it is slow production. It is conflict.
  • 18:43 Spiritual growth is dependence and direction from the Holy Spirit
  • 19:53 We are dependint on the Holy Spirit for the fruit in our lives
  • 20:05 Walk after the Holy Spirit. We have responsibility to follow the Holy Spirit.
  • 22:33 How do I live by the Holy Spirit and have growth
    • Acknowledge the Holy Spirit's presence
    • Submit the foreign presence of the Holy Spirit
      • Example: Someone calls you an idiot.
  • 31:26 God is concerned is about how you do stuff
    • How are you working where you work?
    • How are you living where you live?
  • 31:54 God has given us the ability to be who we need to be by giving us the gift of the Holy Spirit

February 11, 2018: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 (Rich Merkouris)

Flee Sexual Immorality

12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.13 “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never!16 Or do you not know that he who is joined[a] to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.”17 But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin[b] a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

August 6, 2017: Matthew 8:28-34 (Rich Merkouris)

Scripture Passage Matthew 8:28-34

28 And when he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes,[a] two demon-possessed[b] men met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way. 29 And behold, they cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” 30 Now a herd of many pigs was feeding at some distance from them. 31 And the demons begged him, saying, “If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of pigs.” 32 And he said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the pigs, and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the waters. 33 The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, especially what had happened to the demon-possessed men.34 And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their region.

Timeline of Message

  • 0:00 Story of the huge fish
  • 2:00 I'm afraid many of us have started to feel like the Bible is a giant fish story
  • 3:15 Supernatural is something that science cannot explain
  • 3:50 If you deny supernatural activity, then we deny Jesus himself
  • 4:30 I'm saying that the teachings of the Bible are true, but not literally. To believe that the Bible is true we have to believe that the supernatural activity in the Bible was true
  • 5:55 When Jesus came it was the pinnacle of spiritual war
  • 6:00 There were 3 reasons why there was more supernatural activity
  • 7:05 #1 The demons knew that the "time" v29 was coming
  • 8:19 #2 Jesus performed many miracles as a sign, which was pointing to evidence of who Jesus was
  • 9:00 #3 The activity was evidence of Jesus authority 
  • 10:12 #4 There were times Jesus had compassion
  • 10:35 However, Jesus did not heal everyone, so there is a level of ministry 
  • 11:25 It's time to recognize the spiritual battle you are in
  • 13:10 The reason why you should listen to this sermon is that there is someone outside of your life who wants to destroy your life
  • 13:45 So are you going to ignore it? It isn't going to go away.
  • 15:00 C.S Lewis describes the issue we deal with when we deny demonic activity or dwell too much on it
  • 16:00 Many of us have fallen into functual deism. We believe in a higher power, just not in the day to day
  • 17:20 Satan 101
    • Satan is a fallen angel. This also should remind you that Satan is not the opposite of God.
    • Satan has been defeated. The moment Jesus died on the cross, a way was provided to be condemnation free.
    • The worst enemy is the one who has nothing to lose and he has nothing to lose
    • There is a lot of mystery of what power Satan has
  • 22:00 4 things we need to be thinking about with the battle of Satan
  • 23:00 #1 You need to raise your awareness. When was the last time that you really thought about that?
  • 24:10 Ask yourself "what would the evil one have me do in this situation?"
  • 24:55 #2 Satan's main job description is lying. Satan just wants to twist the truth. He just takes a little bit of truth and twists that a little bit.
  • 27:10 #3 When you are in a relationship with other people and there is a difficulty, recognize Satan is at work. If you do not engage in this battle, Satan is going to continue to rob you of your joy.
  • 30:00 #4 Do not become obsessed with supernatural activity. Satan cannot take away your spiritual joy. Hold fast to the fact your name is in the Lamb's Book of Records.

July 30, 2017: Galations 5:16-26 (Rich Merkouris)

Scripture Passage Galatians 5:16-26

16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy,[a] drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do[b] such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
Found at Bible Gateway

Timeline of Message

  • Intro -  Story of Rich's first car purchase - Cool vs Weird

  • 4:00 Have we focused on what is cool in our lives instead of looking to the Spirit

  • 5:00 Warning against Lawlessness
  • 7:00 Walk in the Holy Spirit - Walk under the influence of the Holy Spirit every day
  • 7:50 Remember that the Holy Spirit is a person
  • 8:30 Be aware of the Holy Spirit and submit to the Holy Spirit
  • 9:15 Paul gives us a list of ways to recognize you are walking in the flesh
    • v19 Works of the flesh
    • sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy,[a] drunkenness, orgies, and things like these
  • 11:30 Sometimes we emphasize other things in this list over others, but that is okay. We typically only highlight the things that come under attack. For example: there is no legislation against Jealousy, therefore we do not highlight it as much.
  • 12:50 As Christians we can not give ground because of v21 we will not inherit the Kingdom of God
  • 16:50 Paul sets up a second list of what are the fruits of the Spirit
  • 17:50 Want to know if the fruits of the Spirit are in your life... ask someone if they think they are?
  • 18:30 Life is found in following the Holy Spirit
  • 19:00 Here are 4 ways to follow the Holy Spirit
    • 19:20 #1 Acknowledge the Holy Spirit
    • 20:07 #2 Put yourself in a position for the Holy Spirit to work
      • Don't be passive.. there is personal responsibility here
      • We need to put ourselves in a position to do His work
      • Do we give the Holy Spirit space to work
      • Reading your Bible puts yourself in a position for the Holy Spirit to work
    • 24:50 #3 You need to act on promptings 
      • Follow the promptings
        • Gossip starts to enter the conversation, follow the prompting to leave
        • If the Holy Spirit gives you a prompting to encourage someone .. do it
    • 27:00 #4 By knowing the Character of God
      • The Law of God gives us insight into the heart of God to allow us to understand when promptings are from the Holy Spirit vs the World
  • 28:50 Do you have a vibrant spiritual life?
  • 29:05 Are you living in apathy? You just don't care.
  • 29:45 Our apathy affects our decision making and our character
  • 30:00 Its time to look outside myself to Holy Spirit for new life
  • 30:25 Some of us are focused on our performance... looking like we are doing the right thing
  • 31:10 How do you know you are in this category?
    • Are you quick to buy the next great thing?
    • True spirituality brings contentment
  • 31:58 No one knows the true stress or brings you true joy in your life
    • True spirituality brings meaningful relationships in your life
  • 33:00 So when it comes to you spiritual well being, are you going to go for the cool and the in or the weird where true life is found?

 

July 23, 2017: Galations 3:1-7 (Rich Merkouris)

Scripture Passage Galatians 3:1-7

3 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. 2 Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by[a] the flesh?4 Did you suffer[b] so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? 5 Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith— 6 just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”?

7 Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham.

Timeline of Message

  • 0:00 Story of the broken lawn mower
  • 1:45 Is your spiritual walk like a self propelled lawn mower that will gets stuck?
  • 3:15 How do you have Vibrant Spiritual Life?
  • 3:50 The problem is you want control
  • 4:20 A healthy vibrant spiritual life means you need to give up control
  • 5:00 It's impossible to have a vibrant spiritual life without the Holy Spirit
  • 5:50 Who is the Holy Spirit?
    • The Holy Spirit is not the Father or the Son
    • It is actually a person (Mathew 28, John 14)
    • A personal being dwelling among us
  • 11:50 You can't have spirituality without the Holy spirit
  • 12:20 The Necessity of the Holy Spirit
  • 13:00 You can not come to God without God
  • 13:50 You can not follow God without God allowing it
  • 14:50 Faith is a gift and it is dependent on God
    • 1 Corinthians 12:3 3 Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.
    • The Holy Spirit is a Necessity
  • 16:50 The Holy Spirit is Available for us
    • Galatians 3:2-3  Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by[a] the flesh?
    • God is asking "Why would you do it on your own when the Holy Spirit is avaialble?"
    • Luke 11:13  13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
    • Jesus is saying the Holy Spirit is available today!
  • 19:25 Do you believe in the availability of the Holy Spirit?
  • 20:00 We need the Holy Spirit as the Flesh is very strong
  • 21:15 True Christian Spirituality is not looking to oneself it is looking to the Holy Spirit for Strength, Power and Identity
  • 22:00 And this can make some of you uncomfortable, but do not resist it
  • 22:30 Pray "Holy Spirit I submit to you"
  • 24:30 Do not rest on your feelings regarding the Holy Spirit, rest on the promises of God
  • 26:40 Jesus said in Luke 7 "Ask and you will receive" 
    • Pray "Lord make me aware of your Spirit and sensitive to your word."

November 11, 2012: Acts 3:11-26 (Derek Hackett)