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Sermons about Desire
In Part 3 of the Mountaintop Experience series, Pastor Rudy Bropleh references scripture from John 12:12-19 and Hebrews 10:36 to emphasize the are of PERSERVERING. The following key points are offered as guidelines for you to know how you can perservere: 1) In the midst of problems, stay true to your PURPOSE; 2) Keep saying, "My midnight will change into MORNING LIGHT"; 3) Don't allow a short-term distraction deny you a long-term CELEBRATION; AND 4) Desire the PRIZE more than you despise the pain.
Primary Claim: The effective prayers of followers of Christ have great poser in the world.
There is something that every church needs, it doesn’t matter the programs, the music, the trips…if we do not become irresistible to God, then we ARE USELESS. We are no different than any other place out there, than Home Depot or the Mall...What will SET US APART FROM OTHERS, is the fact that Jesus finds our youth ministry IRRESISTIBLE. Over the next 12 weeks we will discuss being “irresistible” to God and how we can become an irresistible youth ministry. The first is we need to Hunger for God’s presence.
The dangers and impact of following desire, and friendship with "the world". Follow the Lord and conform to him, not to the world.
How We Hide His Words in Our Heart
1John 4:8 tells us that God is love. Yet it is a statement that is perhaps often misunderstood and misapplied. God's love actually means that he rejects or hates sin. Ultimately, God will condemn to death all who refuse to repent of their sin and believe in his Son, the Lord Jesus. Yet, for those who believe in the Lord Jesus for salvation they are recreated and renewed by God's Spirit so that they progressively love what God loves and hate what God hates. The confusion regarding God's love and its application is perhaps seen most vividly in what Scripture says about God's relationship to the world. Much of the confusion is tied to a failure to understand how the term "world" is used in Scripture. The term "world" does not just refer to the physical creation or the entire mass of humans in general, but also to the sinful ways of thinking and living embodied by non-Christians. God rejects or hates the latter, has judged it and is in the process of removing it from his creation. If we love God, then, we will love what God loves and hate what God hates. According to John, this means we reject sinful ways of thinking and living and remain obedient to God. John explains in part what this means and why we are able to do it as God's children.