SERMON – Matthew 4:1-11 – Behind Enemy Lines (Part 1) – Temptation of Jesus

 

Matthew 4:1-11 - Behind Enemy Lines (Part 1)

Temptation of Jesus

Preached by Andrew Ruth

3 General Truths about Temptation

 
First, the Devil Tempts, God Tests.
You are most vulnerable to the Devil, when you feel closest to God.
There are no new temptation, only new versions of the same old temptations.

Jesus endured 3 Temptations - the same temptations we endure.

Stones to Bread. 

This is the temptation to pleasure myself. This is the temptation to satisfy my desires right now, my way, and not Gods. This is the temptation to believe that God only loves you if you have what you want when you want it how you want it.

Throw yourself off the Temple.

First Satan tempted Jesus with Pleasure, now he tempts him with Proof. Satan says, “If you’re the son of God, prove that God loves you and that God will rescue you, by putting yourself in a stupid, uselessly dangerous situation that God force God to rescue you.”

Bow down and worship me.

This last temptation is the temptation to Promote myself. This is the occult temptation of “The ends justify the means.” Jesus is being tempted to seemingly accomplish the right thing, the wrong way. He is tempted to accomplish God’s goals using the Devil’s methods.

May 20 – Fellowship Supper

The Details

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

6:30pm
$5 per person, no more than $12 per family
Menu: Ham and Macaroni-N-Cheese

EATING TOGETHERThe Gospels are full of stories about Jesus eating with people. Jesus ate because he was human. Jesus ate with people because he was good people. 
Every other month, Oakland gets together just to eat each other's food and listen to each other's stories. You've got to eat dinner somewhere, so why not eat in good company.

SERMON: The Way of Jesus (Part 5) – I am Called to MATURE


 

The Way of Jesus (Part 5): I am Called to MATURE
Reborn complete but not finished.

Pastor Andrew Ruth
February 8, 2015
Proverbs 9:1-6, 9-10
Hebrews 5:11-14
Luke 8:4-15
AUDIO

Take inventory

Maturity is a process not a destination. There are mature 5 year olds and mature 65 year olds. The 5 y/o is not immature because she is not 65. You are not immature unless you are not growing in your ability to FOLLOW, FISH, WORSHIP,LOVE, GIVE, SERVE, PRAY, FORGIVE. Maturity is relative, but overall if we could plot spiritual progress on a chart, we’d hope it looks like a good retirement account – full of ups and downs, but overall trending northward. So first step, take some time this week to take inventory. In general are you more faithful, generous, joyful, knowledgeable, loving, forgiving than you were 5 years ago?

Stop Stunting Growth

Stop habits that stunt your spiritual growth. Continuing to walk in known, revealed, habitual sin after being REBORN is like smoking in elementary school, it stunts your growth. It stunts your spiritual growth and kills your body when your body should be growing. You will never completely stop sinning on this side of Heaven, but that is no excuse to keep pet sins.

Eat More

Find a way to eat more. Take one step to either increase the quality of food you’re eating or the quantity of food you’re eating. When I first started to grow in my faith, the fella discipling me, Chad Shelley is his name, told me, “Ruthy, if you’re going to grow you need to always be reading. Reading the Bible and some book about the bible.” I’d say the same to you. If reading isn’t your preferred learning method, then maybe go on iTunes and find a podcast. Find a musician that sings gospel truth and marinate in that on your way to work.

Work Out

Practice. Work out. Muscles get bigger when we use them. Senses are honed through repetition. Remember, you never learned to walk without falling. You never learned to ride a bike without trying. You never learned to read without errors, but you had help. Your momma or daddy or teacher or grandmomma held your arms and walked with you. Spiritual growth happens the same way. Your faith will never grow, unless you intentionally put yourself in situations where you need God to show up or else you crash and burn.

Weekly Reading Plan

This sermon series includes a weekly Bible Reading Plan.  Each week we read in preparation for the sermon coming next week. Next week we will discuss The Way of Jesus - I am called to SERVE, so this week we will be reading about serving the Body of Christ with our Spirit given gifts using this WEEK 6 READING PLAN. Tips and suggested questions available on the PDF.

 TheWayOfJesus-I am called to - Week 6 Reading Slide

January 20 – Fellowship Supper

The Details

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

6:30pm
$5 per person, no more than $12 per family
Menu: Sausage, Sausage, Sausage, Pancakes, Grits, OJ, Milk, and Coffee

The Gospels are full of stories about Jesus eating with people. Jesus ate because he was human. Jesus ate with people because he was good people. 
Every other month, Oakland gets together just to eat each other's food and listen to each other's stories. You've got to eat dinner somewhere, so why not eat in good company.

Wednesdays – Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University

 Oakland is hosting the FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY!

Wednesday Nights @ 7:00PM – January 14 – March 18

Free Childcare Provided.

Cost: $93 per couple, which includes all books, materials, and a lifetime membership to the F.P.U.

REGISTER ONLINE or call the office, 919-934-5476 to reserve your spot today.

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