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Being Rooted In Jesus

BEING ROOTED IN JESUS INTRODUCTION We had the wonderful opportunity to be visited by a mission team from Kenner, Louisiana. The team consisted of approximately 15 people. This team had come, following God’s leading, to assist churches in New England in a variety of needs from helping with vacation Bible schools to conducting ESL (English as a second language) classes for ethnic people groups in New England, and assisting churches in getting the gospel of Jesus into the local community (ies) through prayer walking and distribution of bags with church materials inviting the community to visit their local church. One of the ways this group of short-term missionaries was helpful to us was by helping improve the appearance in and around our church building. The tough task for them to tackle on the exterior of our building was to remove weeds that had taken root and had grown to the point of where it was hard for people passing by the church to know that we are here. This group did a phenomenal job in removing the weeds and stacking them in the corner of our parking lot to be hauled away. Needless to say, the weeds were useless to us, and, therefore, needed to be removed. Our message today addresses a similar kind of growing process that prompted Jesus to warn His disciples about proper growth.

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Erasing Your Doubt About Jesus

ERASING YOUR DOUBT ABOUT JESUS INTRODUCTION As we begin this morning, I’d like to read a Psalm that is instrumental in providing clarity to a believer’s walk with God, when doubt is overtaking our faith (Read the Psalm). Psalm 42 relates a powerful truth that every believer should strive to meditate upon. In the midst of adversity, the Psalmist calls to his soul asking why it is downcast. He challenges his soul to hope in God. It appears that the Psalmist makes such a statement in the midst of recalling the joy of walking with and being blessed by God. What can such a Psalm say to you and me today? The disciples that were with Jesus on the night before His death must have been heavy –hearted and downcast. What would they do in the absence of their Savior? How could they gather the courage to persevere in carrying on the mission Jesus was entrusting to them? I can imagine the question being asked then as I have heard it today, “Where is your God?” Jesus had an answer for all who would believe on His name.

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The Peace That Gives Freedom

The pre-text of today’s passage reveals that Jesus has an intimate love for those who are His. The disciples were discovering through the testimony of Jesus and the unfolding events that Jesus would not be with them much longer. To reassure them of His love and give them confidence to be obedient in His absence, Jesus had provided them reason to continue His ministry upon His departure to be with His Father in Heaven. Jesus told them of the hope they needed to focus on (they would one day be with Him in Heaven), they had chosen the way to follow Jesus there (14:6), God the Father is and would be with them (14:7-9), they had the rich resource of prayer (14:10-12), and that God would soon give them His Holy Spirit, which would enable them to live the life Jesus had called them to. With all of these rich blessings being shared, there is no reason why the disciples, nor anyone who puts their faith in Christ, should not experience the next supernatural blessing Jesus would give them. If you have your Bible with you, turn with me to John 14:27. It will be the focus of our message today. SCRIPTURE: John 14:27

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The Blessings of Loving Jesus

THE BLESSINGS OF LOVING JESUS INTRODUCTION Deuteronomy 6 gives us some fresh insight for today’s message. I’d like to share with you some of its content, seeing that it provides direct application for the text we will be studying today. Deuteronomy 6:1-12 tells us that the people of God were to love the Lord with all of their hearts. The direct indication of that love was their willingness to obey His commandments. In response, God would provide them with physical blessings they could not imagine. A tremendous future of prosperity and blessings awaited God’s people, as long as they kept the blessings they received in the right perspective. The condition for this glorious future rested on their willing obedience of God’s commands. If you read the historical context of the Israelites entering the promise land, it was a time of fear. How could they obtain all of the physical blessings God was promising them? How would God accomplish this great endeavor? It was a time of fear and anxiety for the Israelites.

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Reacting to God's Glory

REACTING TO GOD’S GLORY INTRODUCTION As we begin our service this morning, I’d like to share with you an excerpt from a meaningful thought about Easter written by David Egner, a writer for RBC Ministries. “When the dark day of Jesus' crucifixion drew to a close, it seemed that the most wonderful of all lives had come to an end. For a few brief years, Christ had astounded the crowds and His followers with the wisdom of His teaching and the wonder of His miracles. But Jesus chose not to save Himself from the cross, and now His life was over. It seemed that nothing more could be expected of Him.” Many people today still have doubts about Jesus and what He could do for them. If man could arrest Jesus, beat Him senseless, and crucify Him without a moment of resistance from the Savior of the world, how could He do anything for mankind today? As we return to the gospel of John in chapter 11, we will see the continual contrast of those who believe with those who don’t believe in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God.

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