At Calvary we aren’t confused about any of those things because we can read the Bible. Sermons By date. But what the Bible does reveal about a place called Heaven leaves us in breathless wonder. Jesus went THERE, all the way to death and back, and then all the way from earth to glory for you and for me. But David discovered something else also, in that same passage he goes on to say, “but God delivers them out of them all. But getting to “THERE” requires some separation; it requires some deviation; and it provides consummation. Now, my original question remains. Not only must you separate yourselves from some familiar things and places and people, but it’s often necessary to deviate, to turn; to shift; to change your course of travel. We can work at home if we want, thus avoiding the messy problem of dealing with people face to face. With this passage as the foundation, let’s look together at five marks of a great church. Here is the answer from our text: Where those things are present, these five results are sure to follow: What happened in Acts 2 is not unique. It was THERE that He paid the price that man could never satisfy. A Place to Share Acts 4:32-37 – February 7, 1999. He went THERE for you and for me. Verse 47 says that people were being saved daily and added to the church. It was also attractive worship. In some ways style is almost irrelevant as long as people come into contact with the living God. People came with a mix of fear and excitement, wondering what God would do next. This drought would serve two purposes: 1] as a divine judgment on a nation that had turned to idolatry, and 2] as a demonstration that even though Baal was considered the god of fertility and lord of the rain clouds, he was powerless to give rain. Topics: Spiritual Growth. Carmel. Need: Often Christians can worry and question what is on the other … The senior pastor and founder of The Potters House of Dallas, Texas who is married to Serita Jakes has … But it’s not just a psychological fact that people like to eat together. Verse 47 adds that they were “praising God.” The whole passage seems to suggest a sustained atmosphere of praise and worship that permeated the early church. In the end, the worst part was the isolation for months on end, the forced separation from trusted comrades. Sometimes we who are in the ministry like to joke that if you want to get a group out you have to have pie and coffee. And we help too. However, these verses do suggest a “commune-ism” of sorts in the early church. Verses 42 and 46 mention “breaking of bread”—probably a reference to a meal followed by the Lord’s Supper. Sometimes, when God moves you from where you are and down a specific path, it’s to give you a little lesson to remind you of the One who really sustains you. Sometimes, God will lead you, like Elijah, to a brook and the brook will dry up. Not only obedience but faith that when you start jumping He has already worked out the logistics. Let me just pause here a little while and reintroduce him to our mind sets this morning. Can we be real this morning? Kings and priests in Israel were anointed to serve as official representatives of the Lord; and to lead Israel in the way of faithfulness to the Lord to channel His blessings and covenantal care to them. Sometimes we know that a place, or a relationship, or situation is not where we should be, but leaving is more difficult than staying. A Place Among the Great. Remember, THERE is also where God will cut some things away; THERE is where God will began to prepare you for another work; THERE God will renew your mind and commitment. It is not a permanent place. This means they put a high priority on knowing the truth. Sermon. Others besides Elijah found THERE; Jacob’s THERE was in a wrestling match – there will I rename you. Make us of one mind and one heart. In fact, it introduces a popular prophet we were taught about even as children, the prophet Elijah. But I get ahead of myself. We tell our children to obey us and that when we say to jump their only response should be to ask how high. Listed below is our current sermon series with notes and audio. There was just a brook that would one day dry up. Ravens that usually only show up when death is imminent to eat of the carcass of the dying thing; ravens that are the most dreaded prey in the wild to any injured living thing; ravens would now bring bread and meat, morning and evening to Elijah. We are promised an eternal abode with God. It’s us getting to the place, to the “THERE” where we are able to unite our needs with His provisions that is most often the problem. So I ask, What made the early church so attractive? He said, I could not stop the shaking. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Jesus was THERE on a hill called Calvary. When thinking about the future of the church, the elders must ask, “What does God say about this?” The same is true for the pastoral staff and for all the members of the congregation. "Equipping and encouraging people to keep believing in Jesus", Copyright © 2020 Keep Believing Ministries. Christ intended that his people would pray and that as they prayed, they would pray for the nations, and people from all the nations would come and pray with them. The Bible states that Elijah, whose name means “the Lord is my God” had been commanded by God to prophesy to a King named Ahab. T. D. Jakes' church services and evangelistic sermons are broadcast on The Potter's Touch, which airs on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, Black Entertainment Television, the Daystar Television … To find God’s favor, baby you’ve got to allow some separation to come; there must be deviation from your usual paths and mode of travel. Sermon John 14:1-14 I Go To Prepare a Place for You By The Rev. 2021 (2) January (2) The Wisdom of Jesus (2021-01-09) Preparing to Thrive (2021-01-02) 2020 (52) December (4) ... Chad Reisser leads the Place in music, special music by the Conejo Adventist Elementary School choirs. That reminds me of a statement Dr. Criswell used to make to the effect that the church should be the “social center” of the congregation. The pastoral staff arrived at this theme several months ago as we considered what we were hearing from many people. By: Kenneth King. James, in his New Testament writings, has colored Elijah as a man of like passions as we are:  Elijah struggled in many of the same ways that we do; he dealt with sorrow; he dealt with despondency; he dealt with questions about circumstances in his life; but yet, if I may use that vernacular, he believed God and he was obedient to God. Grace is for sinners, and only sinners need to be saved, so Rahab stands as a beacon of hope to the broken, hurting, bruised, fallen men and women everywhere who look in the mirror and feel, “There is no hope for me.” I know that the world, when tragedy visits them, will question “How can a Loving God allow such bad things to happen?”; but I’m not talking to the world right now, I’m talking about some of you, who know that you know; you, who love Him with all your hearts and keep your minds stayed on Jesus; you, who have trusted Him and depended upon Him for your daily living, have you ever wondered why some things, some situations and some experiences been allowed in your lives? It was THERE that He hung His head and died. There was no wheat growing in the field, so no bread. A place near God. Reflecting on this text and this topic, I was reminded of a movie from 2005 entitled:  “Are We There Yet”? We were nearly hugged to death. She woke up early to type out the scripture verses. Sometimes it’s a physical place we must leave; sometimes it’s a mental, emotional or habitual place that we must separate from; and it is not always obvious what that other place will hold, but two things must work together; obedience and faith. A sermon is an oration or lecture by a preacher (who is usually a member of clergy).Sermons address a scriptural, theological, or moral topic, usually expounding on a type of belief, law, or behavior within both past and present contexts.Elements of the sermon often include exposition, exhortation, and practical application.The act of delivering a sermon is called preaching. Verse 41 tells us the church began with 3000 conversions in one day. Committing to God Pt. I will leave you to ponder the matter yourself. Show us anything in our midst that hinders your work. Sign up to join over 20,000 subscribers receiving our weekly sermon email. I don’t know, but I’ve had some THERE experiences: in cancer – He healed me. Our congregation has added so many new families in the last few years that, in some respects, we have become a church of friendly strangers. Billy D. Strayhorn INTRODUCTION: Dawne Olson, a South Dakota mother of four, was preparing to give a talk on unity at her women's Bible study. The Importance Of The Place Within A Place Series. Because the Bible is the Word of God, we must consult it whenever we face a difficult decision. But my reference to that same question today is not to suggest just any place, but a distinct place, a place called “THERE”. Calvary Memorial Church is pro-life through and through. I wondered if anyone would remember us. It’s not only important to leave when God says to leave, but you have to go exactly how and where God says to go. That means the early church sprang from a “mixed multitude” of differing ethnic groups, skin colors, cultures, and languages. Yesterday I listened to the replay of Babbie Mason’s concert at the Friday Night Sing. So the question is this: How are you using your gifts to help others in a practical way? A brook, by its very definition, cannot be permanent. I am impressed by the first and last verses of this passage. We’re hoping to change that this year. Matthew tells us that Jesus was not able to work many miracles in some cities because of their unbelief (Matthew 13:58). A great church devotes itself to prayer. When he signed on in the spring, presumptive starter Master Teague III was rehabbing from an Achilles tendon injury and his future was uncertain. You need to know today that a brook cannot satisfy forever – how easy it could have been for Elijah to stay by the brook; even the ravens bringing dirty food from trash heaps was better than being exposed to Ahab and Jezebel. Topics: Spiritual Growth. Look at the average family. We must seek to know what God has said in his Word and then prayerfully apply it to our own situations. It was THERE at Calvary that He died, THERE, in a grave that He lay all day Friday, and all day Saturday, and it was from THERE that He got up early, on Sunday morning. THERE is where you will meet God and experience His power, His blessings and His work. I said, what did you do. The verses in between describe what happens when God breaks loose in a group of ordinary men and women. Even when everyone and everything around you is drying up like Elijah’s brook; even while gas prices continue to rise; even while food prices jump and quantities decrease; even while the world is full of dismay and distain; even in the midst of lack in the land of plenty; the Lord, the God of heaven and earth; the Giver and Sustainer of life; the Great I Am; the Bread of life; the Fountain of Living Waters; the Lillie of the Valley; the Bright and Morning Star is ABLE to keep you, ABLE to sustain you, ABLE to feed you, and ABLE to quench your thirst. “THERE” has great spiritual significance for us today; It a place where God allows His power and His sovereignty to shine. God can command even those things meant to cause you harm, to serve you and bring you life, joy and hope instead. Therefore, we don’t appoint task forces to decide what we believe about abortion. The believers were unified, Christ was magnified, and the church was multiplied. THERE is where He is and where He longs for us to join Him, but until we get to that THERE, even now, while we are in this life, we can experience Him in our THERE places and times when we strive after Him in abandon and obedience to His Word and faithfulness to His leading. But don’t skip past the next verse because there may be an important connection. Thomas Dexter "T. D." Jakes, Sr. (born June 9, 1957) is the Apostle/Bishop of The Potter's House, a non-denominational American megachurch, with 30,000 members. And it’s only for the person who knows Jesus as the way, Scripture: John 14:1-7 In the last two decades the church has more than tripled in size and moved to a new location. of Transfiguration; yet one of the most pivotal points and times in Elijah’s life and ministry came at a special place, a distinctive place; a place of deprivation and plenty; a place of confusion and concession; a place of disarray and agreement; a place called “There”. Jeremiah’s THERE was at the Potter’s House – there will I remake you. Welcome to the first week of Advent 2020. If we can do that, we’ll discover the same power that animated the early church. And while a church may be large and active without prayer, it cannot be truly great without prayer. Naaman’s THERE was in the muddy waters of the Jordan – there will I cleanse and heal you. I can’t answer for us all, so let me ask, Are You There yet? In the earliest days of the church Christians ate together. If this be true, then each person should ask this question: Am I learning more about what God says and how to apply it to my life? “There”. Yes, we may have tribulations, yes we may experience many afflictions, yes, we may be lead to a place that is not of our choosing, but never will God forsake us; never will He abandon us; never will He forget about us. TD Jakes. I go to prepare a place for you. The Word of the Lord came to Elijah and told him to ‘go away from here’. Our Father, we pray to be this kind of church and this kind of people. I’m not asking for your address here, though if you’d like to have my wife and I over for … Was it the attempted brainwashing? Open our hearts to one another and to you. Text: 1 Kings 17:2-4 Introduction: Reflecting on this text and this topic, I was reminded of a movie from 2005 entitled: “Are We There Yet”? This sermon illustrates that heaven is a prepared place, a precious place, a populated place, and a permanent place. 2. (I’m not arguing that these external items aren’t useful for the gospel. The valley for us is inevitable, because we find ourselves there for various reasons. I’m sure you’ve heard it said that home is where, when you go there, they have to take you in. One of our women had spoken to this couple before the service and learned that they were visiting a number of churches. Are We There Yet? Thanks for your interest! It’s time to wrap up this message. Can you imagine a church membership seminar for 3000 people? We came to that truth by simply reading the Bible and discovering what God says about unborn human life (see Psalm 139:13-16). We live in a day when people seem to have less and less time for one another. No plants on the rivers’ edge, so no veggies. When you listen to the Word of the Lord and follow His directions, you will find yourself “There”. Is it possible that miracles happened precisely because the believers prayed so fervently that an atmosphere of awe made such things possible? It was THERE that the sun refused to shine. That didn’t seem to matter. DOWNLOAD SERMON (.DOC) DOWNLOAD SERMON (.PDF) VIEW ONLINE (HTML) This Sermon has a … To the extent that we at Calvary follow the New Testament, we are an apostolic church. Pray for them! Some “preachers” don’t mention it. If you are not in your “There” you will miss your moment and miss your miracle and abort your blessing; because you are not “There”. Here is the question to ask yourself: Who encourages me and holds me accountable in my Christian walk? It was THERE that His Father turned from Him. It is no exaggeration to say that the Christian church was conceived in a prayer meeting (see Acts 1:12-14). Abraham didn’t know where God was sending him, but he separated from where he was. It’s “THERE”, at the brook, that He will refine you and cut some things away from you; things that would hinder you in the work He has planned for you. I like when he says, “I’ve never seen the righteous forsaken or his seed begging for bread”. Finding comfort at a brook can lead to pride – Elijah could have reasoned “this shows how special I am. Yet God blessed their worship and infused it with his Holy Spirit. When you think about it, it was a curious thing to send Elijah to a brook. I go to prepare a place for you.” Jacob called Beth El God’s house ( Genesis 28:15-22 ), as were the tabernacle, temple, and the people of God ( 1 Corinthians 3:8-10 ). Sometimes you have to leave some things and some places; that’s separation; there will be directional changes, that’s deviation; but when you arrive “THERE”, God will let you again experience consummation. This week we hear from our first of many guest preachers during this season light, Aaron Monts. The final mark of a great church comes from verses 44-45: All the believers were together and had everything in common. God never intended that you go it alone. Yesterday as I drove through Oak Park, I happened to see a banner hanging from St. Giles Catholic Church proclaiming something about the Year 2000. As the Family of God, we want you to join with us as we study God's Word. As they traveled on a long road trip with Ice Cube to meet their mom, through one mishap after another; one set back and set up after another; the question is often raised, “Are We There Yet”? We must carefully remember that there is no break between the … You were not made to be totally and completely independent. For 2 hours we watched the suffering Jesus endured during the last hours of his life. Sermon. If The Lord never allowed the brook to dry up, we would begin to love things, people, and places more than we love and trust and depend on Him. Why give up your hard-earned dollars for the sake of the poor? He knows how long to leave you in the air and he knows when and where to let you land. This page is now totally controlled by the “sermons-template.php” in the theme directory. Sometimes you see churches in Chicago with names like “Apostolic Church of God in Jesus’ Name # 3,” and you wonder, “What makes a church apostolic?” I answer that a church is apostolic if it follows the teaching of the apostles found in the New Testament. It was THERE that they pierced Him in His side. SCRIPTURE READING: Luke 14:7-11 INTRODUCTION: Many of us have seen the movie THE PASSION. The truth is nobody has all they need. Whatever your Cherith has been or now is, whatever you find security in will one day dry up, because a brook is just a place of rest, and a place where God removes some imperfections. She had left the devastation of Moab, in search of a new beginning, in a strange and foreign land. It was THERE, at Calvary, that men mocked Him and dared Him to come down. Elijah was unique in another way; he never saw death. While it’s relatively easy to come to Calvary, it’s not so easy to make friends and feel at home here. Our text also indicates that it was uplifting worship. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. I’m not arguing that the “stuff” is bad, only that their “stuff” (the five points I mentioned) is better than our “stuff.” Ours is external—theirs touches the realm of the spirit. No. One gets the idea that shared meals played an important part in the life of the early church. I began trying to answer him from my theological mind; explaining that God was Sovereign and that He could do anything He chose to do and that he also allows some things to happen. Here are three key words that reveal the “secret” of the early church: Unified … Magnified … Multiplied. 2 Samuel 3:1-2 Now there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. But in this text, in the 4th verse, “There” is used as an adverb to denote a distinct place and destination. No one has in himself all the wisdom, all the ability, or all the means to meet the needs of life or even an hour of time. Another distinct place called heaven where your future consummation awaits; where the perfect ending and the completion of the deal will transpire. It is impossible to fully understand the emotion and anxiety Ruth must’ve felt at this moment in her life. They try and work your consciences and accuse you of abandonment and resignation; of giving up and giving in. I also like the way Paul put it:  “nothing and nobody can separate you from the love of God.”  Amen?? It still works today. While I agree with those who say that we are not commanded to do exactly as they did, I also think we shouldn’t ignore their example either. Our technology has made it easier than ever to avoid human contact. I know it’s possible to go off on a tangent about “signs and wonders,” but I also think it’s possible to go off on a tangent in an unbelieving direction as well. In fact, this is the very earliest picture of what Christianity looked like in the beginning. Scripture Passage: John 14:1-3 Here on earth, we’re limited in our knowledge about Heaven. When God gives us a command, He expects obedience; He requires obedience; and He deserves obedience. He has already called for your separation for He said, “Come out from among them, be ye separate, says the Lord”. "A Place for Jim" (Funeral sermon on John 14:1-6) stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 17, 2012 | The Rev. This sermon looks at the importance of not only being established in a local church but of spending time in communion with God. Sermon on John 14:1-4 Title: A Place Prepared Sermon Theme: Christ as prepared a place for his people. When I visited Nigeria several months ago, I never saw a church with the “stuff” we’ve got at Calvary, yet I saw many churches with faith and zeal reaching people for Christ. No rain, and soon the brook would dry up. Verse 43 says that people were “filled with awe” as they met together. Two things stood in his way, her two children. I’ll tell you about the future consummation later, but know now that God has ordained that your blessings come to a distinct place, a place called “There”. A Place Called Heaven November 15, 2020 Sermon Overview. Vital worship played an important role in the early church. God has provided the brook and the ravens; what other prophet ever got this kind of treatment?”  A brook is for rest, not recluse – you can’t stay at the brook indefinitely because it will dry up. Moses’ THERE was on the back side of a mountain – there will I call you and send you. It may or may not change them, but it will certainly change your heart attitude. Luke reports that the early believers devoted themselves to the “apostles’ teaching” (Acts 2:42). “There” you shall drink of the brook; I have commanded the ravens to feed you, “There”. The world thinks much of the places which have been emptied through the home-going of its celebrated men. We aim to be 2000 years behind the times! Are you at the place of salvation? INTRODUCTION We distance ourselves from the reality of Hell because it is unsettling. Unless Elijah spent time at the brook, he would not have been ready for Mt. Cherith means the cutting place; to cut away or cut off. In truth, we know that it doesn’t. It comes down to one thing and one thing only: They shared a common faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am going to prepare a place for you, if I go I will come again to receive you unto Myself, that where I am, THERE you shall be also.”  There is a place on the other side of time, a place in Eternity; THERE is a place where the weary shall cease from trouble; THERE is a place where all tears shall be wiped from eyes. DOWNLOAD SERMON (.DOC) DOWNLOAD SERMON (.PDF) VIEW ONLINE (HTML) This Sermon has a … One gets the sense that this was very active worship. “Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles” (Acts 2:43). A Place Of Grace Sermons. It may look like you will not heal; it may sound like there is no way out from abuse, misuse, disrespecting people and daunting, disturbing thoughts; it may seem like bills are mounting too high to fall down and circumstances are overwhelming. I know He is ABLE and I know He will keep you because, remember the Psalmist said, “but God delivers them out of them all.”   He has not only led you “There”, but He has already made provisions for you while you are “There”. But let us recall the words of Jesus as he cleansed the temple: “My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations” (Mark 11:17). I can’t say, but we often pray and ask God for favor, and I think that we fail to remember that by its very definition, favor only comes following some bad deeds, disservice, rejection or some hindrance. Let me illustrate. Remember you can always interact with our messages through FaithLife. God had already commanded the ravens to nourish Elijah. Perhaps this explains why the church is growing fastest in so-called “third world” countries where they aren’t encumbered by the “stuff” we have. Wouldn’t you like to be part of a church like that? That’s why First Baptist Church of Dallas built all those buildings, including a huge youth center, bowling lanes, and much more. Elijah was a mighty prophet of God and he was used mightily by God:  he experienced the power of God upon Mt. Sometimes, in our destinations, in trials, mishaps and delays of life, we too find ourselves asking, “Are We There Yet”? Even if you miss out on your place of THERE down here, you don’t want to miss the ultimate THERE called heaven. As I reflected on it later, it occurred to me that almost no one asked what we had been doing for the last 20 years. THERE may be much to learn from an empty place. It was our first visit in nearly 20 years. Biblical worship lifts you out of your own world and creates in your heart a hunger to know God better. Only People with HTML skills should edit. I asked, what was it that you could not do? That’s the best news I’ve heard in years.” At Calvary we are progressive in methods but conservative in our theology. THERE, in heaven, is a fountain filled with blood, drawn from Immanuel’s veins, and sinners plunged beneath that flood, loose all their guilty stains. God said, “I have commanded the raven to care for you, where? What does a great church look like? It is the first of the Five Discourses of Matthew and takes place relatively early in the Ministry of Jesus after he has … Not anywhere, but, THERE. Place Sense: What people sense in a strong and real way about a particular geographic area or a specific location. When Elijah got “THERE” he consumed God’s pre-arranged blessings by unconventional means. He had already declared a drought, right? We have our own cars, our own rooms, our own phones, computers, beepers, pagers, and even our own fax machines. God has some unique taxis and He can perform mind boggling acts, can’t He? But when God tells you to move, you don’t ask questions, just like Elijah, you just move. Evidently the believers lived together—or perhaps in close proximity to each other. Last weekend Marlene and I went “home” to Midlothian, Texas, a little town about 30 miles south of Dallas. Exodus 33:21-22. He said, the house was shaking. People laughed when I said that but those words were entirely true. He said, “Have your horn and your pitcher, and stand in your place.” You can hate your enemies or you can pray for them, but you can’t do both at the same time. But not these dogs, not to these ladies, all who had adopted, saved, rescued, if you will, these dogs from the animal shelter. Acts 2:41-47 offers us a brief snapshot of the early church. Something may look like death; or sound like a death sentence; it may fly overhead and threaten you or taunt you with promises of defeat and doom. The woman of Samaria found THERE at a well; the blind man found THERE on a street corner; the lame beggar found THERE at the Gate beautiful; Paul was THERE on the road to Damascus. I know that I’ve done a little play on words this morning, but my main purpose has been to get to this part, to remind you of another THERE. I find it most interesting that as far as we can tell, no one told them to do this. In Acts 2 the answer is simple: They valued people over possessions. 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