Heavenly Father, you have the ultimate wisdom and power, rain your blessings on all those who read this tonight, give them the eyes to see and ears to hear your glorious word. Open their hearts and minds that they may understand their meaning. In your mighty Son’s name we ask that all you wish to hear this message be guided under your protective wings. We humbly beseech thee to grant peace in this place so these words may be shared without negative thoughts. Stay Satan from each person, Lord and protect us against all his evil dominions. Cover us with your mighty shield of protection and spread your love throughout our hearts. In our Savior Jesus Christ’s name we pray, Amen.
Please read Numbers 20 – all verses
Question: Why did Aaron die?
Aaron died because the people rebelled against Moses and Aaron causing Moses to get mad and instead of speaking to the rock he struck the rock not once but twice, disobeying God’s command. Aaron’s death was the punishment for the disobedience.
1 Corinthians 11:16-22
This is an excerpt from a letter that Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, which had many, many problems. One of those was the division of beliefs in how things were handled. In today’s world, each religion has these types of differences. How does this relate to us? When we come together as a family and can not put aside personal religious beliefs and share the love of God to those who are lost or seeking we can cause confusion. These are the times when we do more harm than good.
“Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing?” We as Christians should embrace those who have nothing, for they are blessed. And when you embrace those who have nothing and guide them to what is right, you will also be blessed. Paul’s message means the same to us as it did to the Corinthians, it is wrong to compete for God’s love, it is wrong for us to not share our love together as a family. And we will not be blessed if we follow the path of self righteousness
Please answer only yes or no to these questions:
Do you believe in God’s word?
Do you believe God loves you?
Do you believe Jesus is God’s son, sent for the remission/forgiveness of sin?
Do you believe Christ will come again to judge you?
Do you believe that each person needs to accept Jesus as his Savior in order to be forgiven of our sins and receive salvation?
These are our common ground. These are what we teach others to believe. You should hold these close to your heart because when we teach these, we teach God’s word and not mans.
Who is it we are here for? We are here for everyone.
Some may need encouragement, we are here to encourage
Some may need Jesus in their lives, we are here to show them the way
Some need prayer for a struggle they are facing, we are here to pray and give support
Some need to spread God’s word, the joy of salvation or a personal experience they had with God, we are here to listen, praise and worship
We are here to help each other – the weak help the strong, the strong help the weak.
We are to put others before ourselves, lest we become prideful.
What does this mean? What is a disputable matter? An example of a disputable matter is baptism. The bible teaches us what baptism is, church doctrine tells us when and how it is to be done. We should stick to God’s word and take our disputes to private, lest a person who is weaker in faith get confused and be drawn further from the flock. It is not ours to judge each others religious belief; that is God’s job. We welcome all religions here, none are better than the other and if you believe your is better than you are proud and will be judged as such. Go back and re-read Philippians 2:3
It says we have been made overseers. What an important responsibility this is. Do you realize that as a Christian that you are an overseer? You hold the fate of each person you meet in your hands in some form or fashion. Is it someone seeking Christ? Is it someone sharing their walk with you? As an overseer it is your responsibility to listen and to learn, to help and care and guide. If you don’t share that brotherly love some may stray and some may turn another direction, if they are weak in faith.
It says to be shepards of the church of God. It doesn’t say church of the Baptist, or Pentecostal, or Catholic or any other denomination for that matter. God’s church includes all denominations that follow his laws and commandments.
What is the job of a Shepard? To keep his flock together and out of harms way? To build his flock so it may flourish?
I was once asked why I turned away from God when I had been so devoted in my youth. It’s because in my time of need I had no one to support me, no one to encourage me, no one to pray for me, and no one to remind me that God loves me.
The purpose of this community should be to Serve God. Not only to save those who don’t have Jesus in their lives, but to save those in danger of loosing faith. To support, encourage and love one another. Not to create conflict and strife.
We all believe that Christ will come again. How can we, as a family, help everyone we meet obtain the ultimate salvation and join Jesus in everlasting life?
Now, think about this for a minute. If the Israelites had supported, encouraged, loved and prayed for Moses and Aaron, instead of always complaining and insisting on things their way, Moses would not have gotten mad; he would not have struck the rock, but instead he would have been obedient to God. And the end result? Aaron would not have died.
Think about how you affect others that come into this community. Are you going to save someone’s life today by your actions?
Almighty Father of all nations, guide those in this community to spread your word to those who need to hear. Help them through their struggles and comfort them in their lowliness. We praise your awesome glory as we know you are the one true leader, the truth and the way. We praise Jesus as our Savior, sent to bring us salvation even though we are unworthy of any forgiveness. We ask that you forgive us of our sins and our transgression against each other. Guide us to become a loving family in your name, that we may bring others into your flock. All this we ask in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Amen.