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Sunday AM Remix – 10.09.11

October 10, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

HOW ABOUT A NEW … HEART?
Romans 10:8-13

“Create in me a clean heart, O God,  And renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 (NKJV)

* QUESTION: If there is one thing that you could change about yourself … what would it be?

* Yes, God loves us the way we are …  BUT He loves us way to much to leave us the way we are!

* TRUTH: God loves the inside work more than the outside work. He changes us from the inside out and the changes He makes are permanent rather than temporary.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

* TRUTH: God loves to transform people and the 1st place He always starts is with the heart!

**The word heart (kardia) appears 900 times in the Bible.
** The heart is the control center for who you are. Everything you are, think, and do, comes from the heart.

* TRUTH: The condition of your heart dictates the direction of your life. 

* TRUTH: All of us are born with a rotten sinful heart. Therefore he has to give us a new heart.

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.”  Ezekiel 36:26-27 (NKJV)

* TRUTH: God’s not into making your heart better, he transplants your old heart with a new heart that loves him.

YOU & I NEED SPIRITUAL HEART TRANSPLANT BECAUSE …

  • Our own heart is WICKED AND EVIL.

“Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of His heart was only evil continually.”  Genesis 6:5 (NKJV)

* REALITY: We don’t have to teach our kids to sin, it comes natural them.

  • Our own heart is DECEITFUL AND SICK.

* QUESTION: Have you ever thought you were doing the right thing and then found out otherwise?

* TRUTH: You can be deceived by your own heart.

“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked.  Who really knows how bad it is?   But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives.   I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.”
Jeremiah 17:9-10 (NLT)

* God rewards you on the secret motive of your heart!

* QUESTION: What rewards are you missing out on because of the secret movies of your heart?

  • Our own heart is THE SOURCE OF OUR SIN.

“But the words you speak come from the heart—that’s what defiles you. For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander.”  Matthew 15:18-19 (NLT)

* If you have a dirty                                , It’s because you have dirty heart!

* The fruit of your life comes from the root of your heart.

* You won’t be able to change your behavior until you change your heart

** The heart of the problem is a problem of the heart.

* QUESTION: How does God do this? ANSWER: It is done by Faith.

“I pray that out of his glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.”
Ephesians 3:16-17a (NIV)

* TRUTH: There are a lot of people who think they are saved,  but they have never had a personal encounter with Christ. They have focussed on externals instead of allowing God to change the internals.

“But what does it say? ‘The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart’ (that is, the word of faith which we preach):  that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, ‘Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”  For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For ‘whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.’” Romans 10:8-13 (NKJV)

* Doest it matter that we have to call upon the name of the lord? Only the difference between lightning and lightning bug!

* It’s not just calling on the Lord, it’s not just believing in God. It’s calling on the name of the Lord, Jesus.

* QUESTION: Who did you call on, who did you trust for help and salvation?

THREE TYPES OF FAITH

  • WRONG FAITH #1:  COUNTERFEIT FAITH.

* Looks like, smells like, tastes like, but its not real

    • The heart condition?  No real CHANGE.

* TRUTH: When God changes our heart, everything changes!

    • The mouth confession?  ‘I’M A CHRISTIAN’.

* Outwardly, they look, dress, & act like a Christian.

* Just because someone says something doesn’t make them something. I can say I’m Ronald McDonald, but it doesn’t make me Ronald McDonald.

* People may say the right things, but sadly there has been no life transformation.

”These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”’
Matthew 15:8 (NIV)

* People can look good on the outside but be dying with an old sinful heart on the inside

    • The problem?:  You can’t call Jesus SAVIOR  and reject Him as LORD.

* NOTE: Verse 9 doesn’t say believe in Jesus as Savior, it says believe in Him as Lord.

** Lord means boss, controller, sovereign

* Jesus is not fire insurance, He demands everything. Many people want Him as Savior but not as Lord.

* TRUTH: Jesus says, It’s all of me, or none of me, and requires all of you, not part of you?

“. . . that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”  Romans 10:9 (NKJV)

* Counterfeit Christians can do some good things. However, one of these days Jesus will separate those that are true believers and those who are counterfeit christians.

‘Not everyone who calls out to me, “Lord! Lord!”’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, “Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.” But I will reply, “I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.”’  Matthew 7:21-23 (NLT)

* TRUTH: Jesus doesn’t just want to save your life after death, He wants to control it while you’re alive.

  • WRONG FAITH #2:  CAUTIOUS FAITH.
    • The heart condition?:  BEGINNING  to believe.

* It’s  easy to believe with a head knowledge, but to deny it with the heart.

* Salvation is not an intellectual assent to Christ, but a surrender of the heart and will.

    • The mouth confession?:  NO PERSONAL confession.

* They claim nothing.

    • The Problem?:  You cannot remain a SECRET BELIEVER for long.

*A secret believer is no believer at all.

* The Bible makes it very clear, you can’t be a Christian and keep quiet about Christ.

‘Anyone who isn’t with Me opposes Me, and anyone who isn’t working with Me is actually working against Me.’ Matthew 12:30 (NLT)

* REALITY: You are either on one side or the other. It’s impossible to ride the fence!

“You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.”  Matthew 12:34 (NLT)

* TRUTH: If you really want to know a person … Listen to what they talk about … it will reveal their heart!  What’s in a person’s heart is going to come out!

* When a person doesn’t talk about Christ, it leaves us to wonder if there is a real faith at all.

  • SAVING FAITH:  COMPLETE FAITH.
    • The heart condition?:  ‘I believe Jesus is ALIVE in me!’

“. . . that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Romans 10:9-10 (NKJV)

* This is not just a belief that Jesus is alive, it’s belief in the fact that He is alive within my heart.

* Look at the words from the Hymn: He Lives

Stanza 1:
I serve a risen Saviour; He’s in the world today.
I know that He is living, whatever men may say.
I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer,
And just the time I need Him He’s always near.
Chorus:
He lives! He lives! Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives! He lives! Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.
Stanza 2:
In all the world around me I see His loving care,
And though my heart grows weary I never will despair.
I know that He is leading, thro’ all the stormy blast;
The day of His appearing will come at last.
Chorus:
Stanza 3:
Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian! Lift up your voice and sing
Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ, the King!
The Hope of all who seek Him, the Help of all who find,
None other is so loving, so good and kind.

* REALITY: He saves you and then is the Lord of you

* Jesus doesn’t just want to be a resident of your heart … He wants to be president.

“I pray that out of his glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.”
Ephesians 3:16-17a (NIV)

    • The mouth confession?:  ‘I am not ASHAMED!  Jesus is Lord!’

“For the Scripture says, ‘Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.’”  Romans 10:11 (NKJV)

* Many of us have never been threatened for our faith in Christ, yet we lack the boldness to share!

  • The Proof?
    • PUBLIC devotion.

    * Confession, Baptism, Fellowship in a local church, Service in the church and the community

    “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.  And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.” Galatians 5:22-26 (NKJV)

    • PRIVATE obedience.

    * When no one else is around, you still listen and follow Christ!

    * Who you are in private matches who you a in public.

    “Those who accept My commandments and obey them are the ones who love Me.”
    John 14:21a (NLT)

    * QUESTION: Look at these three faiths, only one transforms a person! Which one do you have.

    SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

    1.  If there is one thing that you could change about yourself what would it be? Why would you change it?

    2.  Read 1 Corinthians 5:17.  This is God’s ultimate extreme makeover verse.  Has there been a time when Jesus made you a new person? What major changes did God make in your life when you became a Christian?  What changes is He still making in you?

    3.  Read Jeremiah 17:9-10. Have you ever thought you were doing the right thing and then found out otherwise? What did you do?

    4.  Read Ezekiel 36:26-27, Ephesians 3:16-17 and Romans 10:8-13.  How does a person have a heart change?  What is God’s part and what is our part? How is a person saved?  How do we keep this from being a formulaic process to salvation?

    5.  The central affirmation of the early church was ‘Jesus is Lord’, everyone else was saying ‘Caesar is Lord’.  Who (or what) are some gods that compete with your allegiance to Christ?

    6.  Pastor Bob talked about a counterfeit faith that has people believing all the facts about Jesus with their head, but they have no heart change.  He said they will miss heaven by 18 inches…the distance between their head and heart.  Do you think this is possible?  Why or why not? Read Matthew 7:21-23

    7.  How does a person ‘confess Jesus as Lord’?  How important is it to go ‘public’ with your faith in Jesus?  If you were to give yourself a grade on going public, what grade would you give yourself? Why? What needs to change in order to bring that grade up?

    8.  What are some ways we demonstrate an embarrassment or shame for the Gospel?  Many of us have never been threatened for our faith in Christ, yet we lack the boldness to share! Why is it so difficult to share? What do you think this says about our heart? Read Romans 1:16, how does this apply to sharing?

    MUSICAL WORSHIP SET

    When The Waters Rise – Darnell

    Made To Worship

    Our God – Tomlin

    Take My Life – Tomlin

    You Alone

    We hope that you found Sundays Message and following Small Group Questions helpful. If you missed this weeks message, I encourage you to get it here.  While you are there, browse around our website … we think you will like it and find it to be a great tool in inviting friends to FBC Harvester.

    As always, I hope you make plans to join us at FBC Harvester next weekend! If distance is a problem, you are always welcome to listen to any of the teachings from our worship service on our website. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us here. We would love the privilege of helping where we can and seeing God do amazing things in our lives together.

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  1. October 10, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Thanks for the remix. What a great message. It sure is a great feeling when God works on your heart.

  2. October 10, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Thanks Chuck! I’m excited about what Gods doing at http://www.FBCH.com also!

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