Macedonia Baptist Church
Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Sermons-Sermon Notes

Message: Gifts in the Believer
The Defining Principles of Spiritual Gifts
1 Corinthians 12:1-25 (AM 10/3/21)
The local Body of Christ is a mosaic of unique individuals, supernaturally assembled by the Holy Spirit. Spiritual gifts are God-given abilities divinely distributed by the Spirit in the lives of Believers. These gifts are given according to God’s purpose for the Christian and His design for His Church. Believers are fulfilled and the Body is enriched when we discover and deploy our gifts. The ability of the Church to influence its world is directly proportional to the availability of the Christian to embrace their Gift Package.
1st The Gift’s Exhortation (1-3) “I do not want you to be ignorant…”
     Key: God’s mandate to members concerning Gifts
2nd A Gift for Everyone (4) “There are diversities of gifts…”
      Key: There is a gift for every member in the Church
3rd A Gift for Everyplace (5) “There are differences of ministries…”
     Key: There is a gift for every ministry in the Church
4th A Gift for Everything (6) “There are diversities of activities…”
     Key: There is a gift for every mission of the Church
5th Gifted for Edification (7b; 25) “The manifestation…for the profit of all”
      Key: God manifests His gifts for the benefit of all
6th Gifted for Effectiveness (11-12) “Distributing to each one as He wills…” 
      Key: God’s masterfully places the gifts in the Believer
7th Gifted for Equality (13-14) “We are all baptized into one Body…”
      Key: God’s message of unity and equity in the Body
8th Saints are Equipped (7a) “The manifestation… is given to each one”
     Key: We are defined by our management of God’s Grace Gifts
9th Saints are Enlisted (18-19) “God has set the members…as He pleased”
     Key: God masterfully maps the gifted for balance in the Body
10th Saints are Expected (26-28a) “God has appointed these in the Church”
      Key: God motivates us to discover and deploy our gifts
“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another…” 1 Peter 4:10
Series: Back to the Future
Message: Life’s Defining Moments
Text: Genesis 32 (AM 9/19/21)
Defining moments are a real part of life. The moment can destroy, detour, or define us. Genesis is a parade of these critical junctures. Adam and the serpent; Cain and his offering; Noah and the ark; Abraham and the Call; Isaac on the Mount and now Jacob before Esau. We can identify with Jacob; he was a consummate schemer. He began his life clinging to the heel of his twin brother Esau! God worked in the life of Jacob developing his character, like he did his father Isaac and grandfather Abraham. Father Abraham would produce a Nation. Jacob would father the twelve tribes of that Nation. Jacob was a work in progress! In today’s text God would bring him to a Defining Moment in his faith walk. If we’re honest we are all a work in progress. The Father longs to bring each of through our Life Defining Moments. There He will transform our lives and revive His People. Let’s join God in MBC defining moment of Revival.
I. Defining Moments Grip us in Fear (1-8) “Jacob was greatly afraid…”
    Fear causes us to forget our focus
    Defining Moments seem to…
   1st Dwarf us (6) “Esau…is coming…four hundred men are with him”
   2nd Disable us (7a) “Jacob was greatly…distressed”
   3rd Distract us (7b) “So Jacob divided the people…and the flocks”
II. Defining Moments Generate in us Faith (9-12) “Deliver me I pray…”
Faith helps us to find our focus (God)
        Defining Moments enable us to…
        1st Define His presence (9) “O God of my father Abraham…”
        2nd Discover His provision (10) “I am not worthy…of all the mercies”
        3rd Disable our peril (11-12) “For You said, I will surely treat you well…”
III. Defining Moments Guide our Future (13-32) “A Man wrestled w/ him”
Focus helps us to fulfill God’s purposes
   Defining Moments will…
   1st Help our flesh to Die (22-24) “Then Jacob was left alone…”
   2nd Help His purposes be Discerned (25-26) “He touched…his hip”
   3rd Help find our Destiny (27-31) “You struggled with God and…prevailed”
Application to life: We all face defining moments in our lives. We can run from them or embrace them. Jacob embraced the moment and God used Him!  Likewise, today the Father longs to transform your life and revive our Church.
Series: Back to the Future
Message: Becoming a Friend of God
Text: Genesis 22:1-19 (AM 9/12/21)
What is life’s greatest achievement? Amassing riches? Accomplishing fame? Accumulating friends? Attaining fulfillment? In God’s economy there 
Is no greater triumph than becoming a Friend of God. Abraham’s journey reveals the path to the pinnacle of success - Intimacy with the Father. In the Covenant, God promised Abraham a Name, a Land, a Nation, and a Blessing. Wrapped up in the promised land and promised son, Abraham discovered the greatest treasure – a personal relationship with God. The Father is at work today through His Church. He longs for us to join Him on the journey and make the same radical discovery – becoming the Father’s FRIEND… 
F – The Father’s Announcement (1) “God tested Abraham…”
Key: God pursues a love relationship with us
R – The Radical Assignment (2) “Take now…whom you love…and offer him”
Key: God challenges us to love Him more than anything or anyone
I – The Inescapable Adjustment (3-6) “Abraham took the wood…and a knife”
Key: When our relationship is right, our obedience is complete
E – The Expedient Assurance (7-8) “God will provide for Himself the lamb…”
Key: By faith we discover where God guides, He always provides
N – The Necessary Altar (9-11) “Abraham built an altar…bound his son”
Key: You come to know God as you experience Him in obedience
D – The Divine Affirmation (12-14) “For now I know that you fear God”
Key: Intimacy with God is enjoyed when rivals are dismissed
Joy in life’s journey is found in being the Father’s Friend…
1st The call is open to anyone!
Friendship isn’t reserved for the spiritually elite
2nd The casual need not apply!
The Father is looking for fully devoted followers
3rd It requires a lifetime commitment
There are no shortcuts to intimacy
4th Friendship with God is costly
Intimacy grows out of our abandoned obedience to His purposes
5th Kingdom investments are completely secure
You will never lose what you freely give to God