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Primary Claim: There are many barriers that keep us from prayer and make our prayers ineffective.
Pastor Rudy Bropleh returns to the pulpit with a new series titled, The BIG Investments - Family, Financial, Faith, focusing on Luke 6:38. In Part 1 - The Family Investment, Pastor Bropleh references 1Timothy 5:8, Paul's letter to Timothy about instructions on how Christians should live. Pastor Bropleh tells us there are 3 ways that we can invest in Family: 1) The Biological Family in which God invested the gift of life in us and expects a return on His investment, which it starts at Home. 2) The Relational Family referencing Mark 3:33-34 in which God places people in our pathway so that we learn to invest and to expect a return on the investment by taking an interest in things around us in our daily lives, such as current events, politics, community, acts of righteousness, etc. and 3) The Spiritual Family, referencing Matthew 6:25-33 in which we should Seek first His kingdom and invest in God and in return, all things will be given to us, as well.
We are in a series of messages on the Power of Story—not just any story, but the story of God’s activity in our lives. We are examining New Testament stories of individuals sharing their story. We want to specifically see what God would teach us from these stories about sharing our own story. So far, we have considered the story of Nicodemus coming to Jesus at night, the example of John the Baptist, and the example of the very first disciples of Jesus. We have discovered that there is a little bit different principle in each of these Biblical stories. Today, we turn our attention to the story of “The Samaritan Woman at the Well.” I’ve been telling you that you need to tell your story and others need to hear your story. In the story of the Samaritan Woman at the Well, we see a great example of the power of telling our story. We see through this unnamed woman that through her story, many come to believe that Jesus is the Savior of the whole world. Wouldn’t it be something if your story is used in a similar way? Wouldn’t it be something if your story is the story that strikes the match in someone else’s story?
I am called to connect to Jesus and point people to Him.
The heart is the battleground of a great war, where we must guard against toxic influences.
"Above all else, guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life." If the well is good, then the out pour will be good. Guard your heart against toxic emotions.
There is a real spiritual union between Jesus and his covenant children, the true Church. The apostle Paul explains in various places--Romans 6, Ephesians 1 & 2 as well as Colossians 2 & 3--that what takes place with Jesus also takes place with all his true covenant children because they are united to him. This is the organic root of all that takes place from the beginning of the Christians salvation all the way to its final consummation that results in a glorified new body and soul in the New Heavens and New Earth. To live as the church and as individual Christians we must recognize that because we have been raised from the spiritual dead we not only will eventually be raised from the physical dead, but also have now resurrection power to live in increasing obedience to the Lord Jesus. This only takes place, according to Paul in Colossians 3:1-11, as we think according to right doctrine and fulfill our relational duties.
Just as the paralytic was carried on a mat, at times I will be the one on the mat; at times, others will need me to carry them.
Sermon by Pastor Rudy Bropleh during Family Weekend. Scripture references are Mark 3:20-21; 31-35. Key Points: Our Biological Family; Our Relational Family; and our Spiritual Family.