2020-03-29: Remember and Therefore

Sermon Audio: Remember and Therefore
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: I Thessalonians 4:13
Duration: 25:14
Size: 11.5 MB

Remember and Therefore
An Encouraging Word
I Thessalonians 4:13

I. Remember
Isaiah 55:9

A) Remember That God Is Still On His Throne
Isaiah 6:1-4
Isaiah 40:21, 22a

B) Remember That Our God Is In Control
Matthew 28:18
Romans 8:28

C) Remember That Our God Can Be Trusted
Psalm 28:7
Psalm 125:1, 2
John 14:1-3
Proverbs 3:5, 6
Isaiah 40:30, 31

D) Remember That Our God Is Our Help
Psalm 121

E) Remember That Our God Is Great and Our God Is Good
Psalm 145:3
Jeremiah 32:17
Luke 1:37 (KJV)
Psalm 100:5

II. Therefore…

A) We Will Not Fear, We Will Trust
Psalm 23:4
Psalm 27:1, 3
Psalm 91:1, 2
Isaiah 43:1-3
Psalm 46 (NLT)

B) We Will Not Worry, We Will Pray
Matthew 6:25-34
Philippians 4:4-7

C) We Will Be A Light And We Will Live Differently
Matthew 5:14-16
I Peter 3:15
Philippians 1:12

D) Therefore We Will Show Compassion
Matthew 9:35-38

E) We Will Pray For National Healing
2 Chronicles 7:11-14

F) We Will Fix Our Eyes On Jesus
Matthew 14:27-31

Remember that…God–is still on His throne,
Our God is in control,
Our God can be trusted,
Our God is our help, and
Our God is great and good…

Therefore
We will not fear, we will trust…
We will not worry, we will pray…
We will be a light and we will live differently…
We will show compassion…
We will pray for healing…
and
We will Fix our eyes on Jesus, He is our anchor in the storm.

2020-03-22: Acts: Life In The Spirit — A Tale of Two Lives

Sermon Audio: A Tale of Two Lives
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Acts 12:18-25
Duration: 24:35
Size: 11.5 MB

Acts: Life In The Spirit
A Tale of Two Lives
Acts 12:18-25

In fact, the house of Herod would make shows like Desperate Housewives or the worst Soap Operas look pretty tame. There was incest, betrayal, adultery, and many other gross sins.

I’d like to borrow two opposing thoughts from Psalm 1 that will provide a framework for discussing our scripture. Psalm 1:6 says, For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

I. The Lord Watches Over the Path of the Righteous
The physical welfare of the righteous is linked to the purposes of God.

If you struggle with this whole idea of how to reconcile suffering, sickness, and death with God’s care for us, it helps to remember that He alone is sovereign and knows what He is doing.

II. The Path of the Wicked Leads to Destruction
Josephus, a Jewish historiographer, writes about this same event, giving us a few more details than Luke does.

Now, here was Agrippa willing to commit the same kind of sin that Great Grandpa had fought so hard against.

I don’t know what you are going through today, but I am hoping and praying that you will come to a place where you can turn your life completely over to God, and start doing things His way.

2020-03-01: Acts: Life In The Spirit — Prison Break

Sermon Audio: Prison Break
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Acts 12:1-17
Duration: 23:44
Size: 16.3 MB

Acts: Life In The Spirit
Prison Break
Acts 12:1-17

We might feel like we are locked in our problems and life situations.

The Lord rescues and delivers those who put their trust in Him. How is such a prison break possible in our lives?

I. Bound by Two Chains
No doubt those were two physical chains used to restrain Peter from escape, but let’s look at two things that the chains could represent.

They wanted him to be bound up, not only in physical chains, but in emotional chains of hatred and despair.

II. Strengthened through a Praying Church
God often burdens others to pray for us, and sometimes He even uses them to help meet our need.

As we will see next, prayer not only brought comfort and freedom to Peter’s heart and mind, but it also brought about his physical freedom.

III. Rescued by a Loving God (The chains fell off!)
God wants us to be free…free from sin and bondage and free to do His will.

IV. Astonished by God’s Miraculous Deliverance
Have you ever been surprised by God? Has He ever worked so quickly and powerfully in your life that you were astounded?

2020-02-23: Acts: Life In The Spirit — An Encouraging Word

Sermon Audio: An Encouraging Word
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Acts 11:19-30
Duration: 21:16
Size: 14.6 MB

Acts: Life In The Spirit
An Encouraging Word
Acts 11:19-30

The thing I like most about Barnabas is that he lived up to his name: Son of Encouragement.

Every believer who is part of God’s church should be a source of encouragement to others.

I. Encouraging Words Help People Turn to Jesus (Acts 11:19-21,24)
I believe that we need to invite people into our own lives before we try to get them to invite Jesus into their lives.

II. Encouraging Words Help People Stay True to Jesus (Acts 11:22-24)
There’s no greater joy or excitement than when someone becomes a true Christian.

Your influence may be just what they need to help them stay true to the Lord.

III. Encouraging Words Help Believers Become More Like Jesus (Acts 11:25-26)
I’m sure they didn’t just talk about it, but they prayed it and lived it.

IV. Encouraging Words Often Require Loving Actions (Acts 11:27-30)
These new Christians at Antioch had been encouraged by Barnabas and Paul through discipleship and had built close relationships with one another.

If each of us, according to our ability, decide to provide help when we hear about someone in need, then our actions will speak louder than our words.

2020-02-16: Acts: Life In The Spirit — Doing Things God’s Way

Sermon Audio: Doing Things God’s Way
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Acts 11:1-18
Duration: 23:39
Size: 11.6 MB

Acts: Life In The Spirit
Doing Things God’s Way
Acts 11:1-18

Those who want God’s results in their lives, will persist in doing things His way.

How can we guard against doing things our own way or using somebody else’s way to try to get results?

I. Those Who Do Things God’s Way Can Expect Criticism
People matter to God, and when we are willing to do things God’s way to help them find the Lord, there is a very good chance we will face criticism.

II. Those Who Do Things God’s Way Must Respond
At first glance, we might think, “I shouldn’t have to explain myself when I’m only doing what God wants me to do!”

Peter made certain that God had confirmed His will, and then he humbly related it to his Jewish brothers.

Peter now knew beyond any doubt that God was doing something new, and he was able to welcome it and cooperate fully with God.

We can learn to live and move in tandem with the heart of God. We can align our actions with what God is doing.

III. Those Who Do Things God’s Way Rejoice When They See Him at Work
These Jews were so impressed by the vastness of God’s love for all of mankind (including the unclean Gentiles), that they began to influence one another to recognize God’s greatness.