Archives for December 2013

The Will of God

Sermon Audio

Will of God—? – Eph 5:15-17 

I. GOD HAS A WILL (doesn’t he?)

   A.  Still one of the most relevant and popular questions

B.  Apostle Paul’s basic assumption and doctrine. Eph 1:1, 5:17, 1 Cor 2:16,  Eph 1:4, 9-10)  “who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?  But we have the mind of Christ.”   “according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time….”


  A.  Knowing there are two different aspects of the will of God

B.  Knowing that they are linked together.

C.  Knowing God’s specific will is always clearer when you are walking in the general will of God.



   A.   That he calls us to be holy—Romans 12:1-2

B.   That he calls us to be sanctified—1 Thes 4:3  “for this is the will of God for you, your sanctification…”

F.  That what we do (HOW WE LIVE) with our lives matters 1 Thes 5:14-16  “admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.  See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, always seek to do good to everyone, rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

G.  That he wants us to know following the general will pleases Him.  5:8-10 “try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.”


A.  He has a purpose for us – Eph 1:12:10  “for we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which he prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

B.  Is it do-able?  Heb 13:20-21  “equip you with everything good that you may do his will…”

C.  Is it discoverable? (some how to’s)

1.  Use your mind.  1 Cor 2:16

2.  Use His word   Ps 119:105

3.  Watch for circumstances Ps 37:23 ”the steps of a man are established by the Lord when he delights in his way.”

4.  Keep in prayer.  “thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”


–  It is hard to discover the specific will without knowing first the general will.


“…the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’” (Luke 2:10-12)

Just as the shepherds came on that starry night many years ago, let us come today, right where we are at the close of this 2013 year. As the renowned hymn so beautifully states, let us…

“Come and behold Him

Born the King of angels”

The Messiah. The King of all kings. The Lord. Our Savior.
“Born this happy morning”
A most humble birth. Appearing in flesh as a new born baby in a manger.
“O Come let us adore Him”
Let us bow down and worship Him. Let our hearts burst with joy. Glory to God in the highest! Christ the Lord is born!

(from Lori)

He gave us the greatest gift



A Present For You This Christmas




Jesus said, “I am the light of the world”. One of the wonders of Christmas is the lights. Lights on homes, lights on trees, lights in the streets. My wife and daughter love to go driving through neighborhoods near Christmas just to see all the lights. Jesus came to bring us the light, not on trees or homes, but in our hearts. His light is not meant to be seen for a moment and have no lasting effect, nor is it seasonal. His Light is meant to touch us at our deepest level and have the greatest effect upon our lives. He is THE light of the world, showing the way back to our heart’s home, the Father.         (this week’s devotion from Pastor Bryan)


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