King Living Part 1 (Sermon on the Mount)

Speaker:  Tyrone Jones

Scripture:  Matthew  5-7 (New Living Translation)

 

Title: Kingdom Living (Sermon on the Mount)

 

Key points:

·        In this passage, Jesus wants us to know that those who follow Him should use this as a guide on how to live.  Not doing things on our own, but with Jesus leading us and us depending on him.

·        It is important for us to understand that the sermon was provided before the New Testament was written so the Old Testament was used as a guide. 

·        Jesus does not want us to ignore any part of the Bible.  We must keep the standard.

·        Jesus does not dilute the scripture.  He isn’t concerned about being popular.  He sets standards and holds us to it.  He also raises the standards.   For example

§  Thou shall not kill (Old Testament)

Jesus says not reconciling with your brother is like murder

§  Thou shall not commit adultery (Old Testament)

Jesus says everyone who looks  at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery…

 

·        Jesus comes to fulfill the law not abolish it (verse 17). 

·        Jesus says He wants our affection not just our obedience.  Don’t just go through the motions.  Jesus will help you to serve, give, and honor Him. 

·        Jesus challenges us to be clean on the inside, by tapping into His grace.  This is a constant mode of surrender. 

God will help us daily!

Lessons From Daniel. Daniel Chapter 6

Speaker: Tyrone Jones

Scripture:  Daniel 6

Key Points:

·        Daniel provides an example of how to operate in a land that is hostile to God.

·        He shows us how to be the salt and light of the world.

·        There are idols that try to pull us away from God, i.e., work, money, etc.

·        Daniel serves and keeps things in perspective.  He knows that nothing can fulfill him (us) but God. 

·        Daniel’s work is an extension of his relationship with God.

 

Darius, the new leader, appoints administrators and officers of each province.  Daniel distinguished himself over all other officials.  Daniel is getting favor from this king.  His reputation is such that Daniel is showing Jesus through how he lives. 

·        Not everyone is in favor of Daniel earning his position.  His colleagues/administrations begin to search for fault in Daniel; however, they can find none. 

·        Even after Daniel receives his promotion, he continues to put God first and does not compromise his relationship with God.  He continued to pray to God, openly, even when knowing about the law that no one should pray to anyone else but the king. 

·        Daniel was following his beliefs…what Solomon said in 1 king 8:46-50.  Daniel knows that he must stay connected and faithful to his God. 

Daniel encourages all to pray without ceasing.  This is how we connect with God.  Prayers can be small throughout the day.  It is important to keep praying because we have to recharge throughout.  This can happen also through remembering a verse, praising God/shout break, and singing (just to name a few). 

·        We can lose sight if we are not connected.  So, it is important to stay connected because we always have an assignment from/for God. 

In the passage, Darius, the king, is left with a major decision because of Daniel breaking the law.  Darius doesn’t want to throw Daniel into the lion’s den, but he feels he must, due to the law being broken, by Daniel. Darius begins to regret, and/or he is struggling with the decision that he made to throw Daniel into the den. 

·        But, Daniel has peace, even in the lion’s den.  He understands that peace is where God is.  He knows that God is our refuge and strength.  God saved Daniel.  King Darius was made aware of that by Daniel. 

·        King Darius then threw in the lion’s den those who plotted against Daniel (along with their families). 

King Darius then said that everyone should recognize that Daniel’s God is the living God and everyone should fear Daniel’s god. 

·        Daniel’s example illustrates that we must lift our eyes above carnal things!

Remaining Consistent In Babylon. Daniel Chapter 5

Speaker: Pastor Tyrone

Text: Daniel 5 (New Living Translation)

 

·        In this passage, Babylon is a metaphor for the world today; a world that is against God. 

·        By looking at Daniel in Babylon, we can use his experience as an example for us (Christians).

·        Even in the midst of conflict, Daniel and his friends served and worked for Babylon, but still stayed connected to God as their first priority.

·        This is an guide that we as Christians should follow

o   In this chapter, Daniel was called in by the new king to interpret what was written on the wall by an armless hand.  Daniel was called in to interpret the writing, due to his reputation and his successful interpretation of the last king’s dream (Nebuchadnezzar). 

o   The queen talks about Daniel’s reputation, insight, understanding and wisdom (verse 11).

·        Just as Daniel did, we also have a reputation as people are watching us. 

·        So how do we keep our reputation as Daniel’s?

o   Daniel had divine perspective which helped him see things clearly (God’s perspective)      

o   How? Daniel stayed consistent with reading and learning the Word. 

o   This helped promote and encourage spiritual health.

·        Daniel’s mindset was that he was ultimately working for God not the king or Babylon.  Keeping this perspective helped him and will help us be consistent. 

·        Daniel lived a committed life to God. He knew he had a purpose and a divine perspective.

 

Others tried to distract Daniel from his purpose

·        The king informed Daniel that if he could read the writing on the wall that he would be given a purple robe (elite) and a position in the kingdom (fame, power, and wealth). 

·        Daniel refused the gift as he did not want to be bought.  Neither “stuff” nor status was meaningful to him.  Daniel knew he needed to do it God’s way.  He spoke the truth.  He did not use his gift to please people. 

o   Just as Daniel, there will be a time where you will be asked to compromise.  Don’t allow the temptations to sway you from God’s plans for you because with consistency and obedience, doors open for you. 

o   There is God’s way and the world’s/ Babylonian’s way.  God will show up and prove Himself every time. 

o   We also must ask if it’s God’s way or the world’s way.  Getting promoted, we must ask the question.

·        God is big.  Keep Him big and people small. 

o   Filter things through God’s world.

·        Daniel says with his life

o   It’s possible to be a witness

o   We must keep proper perspective

o   We must keep eternity in the forefront

·        Remain consistent---God can use you.

·        Inconsistency stunts your growth.

Thriving in Babylon

Speaker: Tyrone Jones

Text: Daniel 2 & Jeremiah 29: 4-7 (New Living Translation)

 Daniel is a young person who’s committed his life to living for God. He’s working in a secular place in Babylon and God gets the glory out of Daniel’s life through his work. 

 

This example that Daniel has provided can be mimicked by us today. We, the followers of Christ, often work in a secular place and should work in a way that Glorifies God. 

             We should serve with excellence.

             We should be the “salt of the earth.”

             We should be a good steward.

 

 Daniel demonstrates to us how to survive in Babylon.

We should embrace our assignment and look for ways to be used by God and to bring Him glory. 

 

Sometimes God will tell you to do things that doesn’t make sense to you in the natural.  He tells Daniel to pray for the leader of Babylon.  Babylonians don’t believe in one God.  They believe in different/various gods.

 

God is asking Daniel to pray.  We should always pray and not stop. Daniel gathers his friends (inner circle) and asks the me to pray. Daniel recognizes that it is the only way. 

 

This is an example for us.  When we are going through we should connect with other believers (your inner circle) and call on God.  God wants us to pray. How often do we do that?

 

God has a purpose for us and sometimes it is to bring order to our environment (jobs, homes, and communities).  Don’t get contaminated by the obstacles.  We must take God everywhere.  Don’t deny your identity with God.  Daniel did not eat like the Babylonians because it pollutes the body.

 

Fortunately for us today, it’s not about the natural food, it is spiritual food.  We should “eat more of the Word,” use our gifts, talents, and abilities to glorify God and do His will.  Pray to God and be used by him so that you thrive in the season/environment that you are currently in. 

 

 

 

Being A Witness In Babylon

Speaker:Tyrone Jones

 Text: Daniel 1 (New living Translation)

Subject: Being a Witness in Babylon

 

God allows the Babylonian Nation take the Kingdom of God captive. 

 Daniel and three friends (teenagers) are taken to Babylon.  They have witnessed slayings and many destructive things.

 They are in exile, separated from love ones. Their situation could be compared to what the U.S. experienced in “9-11.”  It could also be compared to the idea of being taken captive by another country. 

 Daniela and his friends were given orders and rules by the king to erase their old way of living and thinking (erase attachment to their nation and religion/God).

 But God had a different plan for them…He wanted them to be witnesses. 

 The first thing that was done to Daniel and his friends was to strip them of their identities.  The king demanded that their names be changed.  Below are the meanings of their current names and the changes.   

 The name Daniel means God is my judge. 

 It was changed to Belteshazzar, where “Bel” means protect the King.

 One friends name was Mishel which means who is like God.

It was changed to Meshach which is related to Babylonian god of the moon.

 Next, there was Hananiah which means Jehovah is gracious.

His name was changed to Shadrach which is a decree of the moon God.

 

Finally, Azariah which means Jehovah is strong.

His name was changed to Abednego which means the servant of the Nebo (Babylonian God of wisdom). 

 

Neither Daniel nor his friends protested the name change.  They understood where they came from and understood the importance of their beliefs. 

 

Although Daniel and his friends did not protest the name change as it did not change how they viewed their identity, they did take a stand when they were required to eat differently.  However, they did not become aggressive, rude or disrespectful towards the Babylonians.  Instead, they operated in wisdom.  They offered their own suggestions.

 

This is what they requested: For 10 days they wanted to eat according to their beliefs.  If they were as healthy as other Babylonians, they wanted permission to continue to eat their eating regimen.  After 10 days, they were stronger and healthier than others and were allowed to continue to eat according to their culture/beliefs. 

 

This situation could have been a major setback for Daniel and his friends.  It was definitely an obstacle. However, Daniel did not allow this obstacle to become a major downfall. 

 

This situation is an example for us today.  The enemy will try to put obstacles and challenges in our way in hopes that we will “lose our cool.”  We must operate in wisdom and understand how to navigate through those tough situations. 

 

Daniel new that eating the way the Babylonians ate would impact and jeopardize his worship with God.  He found a way to remain connected to his way of life (God’s way for him).   God delivered Daniel and his friends and showed favor towards them.  God received the victory, as they decided to make a stand. 

 

Daniel and his friends served the king even though the King wanted to erase their past.  They didn’t show animosity, but instead they sought out the peace of Babylon. God then stepped in. 

 

This is relatable for us today.  For example, many of us may not always enjoy or jobs or feel appreciated in the job.  We may even feel like we can’t be ourselves on the job.  But it is our responsibility to continue to be dependable on the job, do a good job, and work hard as it brings glory to God.  We should be good examples.  We need to be witnesses. 

 

However, we are not expected to walk with God alone. He is here for us and will show us the way to go.  In addition, he wants us to develop an inner circle that will be supportive.  We need the community.  As with Daniel and his friends, they supported, prayed, and comforted each other.  God will provide favor and reward those who are obedient. 

 

Evangelism and Outreach

 Speakers: Marvin and Melvin Perry

Evangelism (witnessing) is communicating the gospel of Jesus with the purpose of others getting to know Jesus in order to develop a personal relationship with Him.

Evangelism also consists of declaring Christ’s salvation and extending His Lordship across the earth…sharing His goodness and love. 

Prior to witnessing, we must understand that the church was born from outreach.  Jesus reached down/out to us.  God desired to reconcile man to Him. 

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Love required a response.

 

The first biblical response to outreach: Genesis 3:8-9; New International Version (NIV)

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

 

God cared for Adam.  He reached out to Adam and asked him a question, “Where are you?” He knew the answer, but He asked because He cared.  He is engaging everyone. 

 

Evangelism/outreach is a mandate by God: Matthew 28:18-20. (NIV)

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” 

·       God will be with you when you witness

·       Evangelism is a lifestyle as we should be a witness of God’s goodness wherever

 we go. 

·       The world is trapped in darkness with what appears to be no way of escape.

·       The people of the world must be told that they do not have to be bound by fear.

·       We must also inform others of the consequ3ences and penalty of sin.

 

There is a plan of redemption and salvation: Romans 10:13-15 (NIV)

13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

·       If we really believe, we should be spreading the gospel. 

Matthew 9:36-38 (NIV)

36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

·       To be an effective evangelist/witness, you need prayer

·       Satan doesn’t mind people gathering for church, as long as you’re ineffective because there is no threat

·       Prayer and evangelism are the “legs” of the church…cutting the legs off keeps the church from advancing

·       The goal is to be driven by love and not fear

It is important to note that evangelism comes in many forms and through different avenues.  Worship, Prayer, and Serving provide opportunities to witness about Jesus Christ!

Continuing His Mission Through Koinõnia (Community)

Speaker: Tyrone Jones

 Scriptures: Acts 2:40-47 and Hebrews 3:12-14 (New King James Version)

 

1.      Koinõnia will be revealed.

2.      The reason for Koinõnia will be identified

3.      Result of Koinõnia will be discussed. 

 

Koinõnia is a community of believers who participate in “the life of Christ.” They are working towards being like Christ and imitating Him.  They are able to move through this journey with the help of the Holy Spirit. 

            

a.       The community of believers will share in communion and in the crucified life of Jesus = Koinõnia.

b.      The community of believers will give back by sharing in providing for the needy (those less fortunate); 2 Corinthians 8:3-4

c.       The community of believers will share in the suffering of Christ; Philippians 3:10

 

In sharing in the life of Christ, He becomes more visible and the believers will start to experience more of God.  As a community of believers, it is important to know that the community is essential.  Within the community there is protection and connection. The community encourages, alerts, and identifies obstacles that may be in the way. Be mindful that the community must have the “DNA of Christ.”  

 

 Hebrews 3:12-14

 Why do we need Koinõnia?

There are 5 areas where Koinõnia is essential

a.       Evil—This happens when seeking God is unimportant and the heart is wicked

b.      Unbelief—This happens when pursuing God becomes less desirable

c.       Hardened Heart—This happens when your heart resists God

d.      Sin—This happens when there is a preference for something else before God; falling short of the Glory of God

e.      Deceitful—This happens when there is dishonesty, or when being misled; leads to sin

 

What helps to fight against the areas above?  A few examples listed below:

·       Small group bible study and prayer

·       Church services not only on Sunday

·       Staying connected to the Word of God and His people

·       Prayer and fasting; becoming close and connected to God

 

Results of Koinõnia—Acts 2:40-43

 

a.       Verse:41—People were baptized, 3000 souls were added to them

b.      Verse: 42—they continued steadfastly in the apostle’s doctrine and fellowship, breaking of bread

c.       Verse: 43—Many wonders and signs were done (souls were saved)

d.      Verse: 47—Praising God and having favor; the Lord added to the church those who

 were being saved

            

 

 

Continuing His Mission Through Prayer

Speaker: Tyrone Jones

Scripture: James 5:13-18 (NKJV)

We must recognize the value of prayer. Prayer should not just be a ritual.  It is one of the most valuable resources God has given us. 

 If we don’t pray, we don’t have any power to accomplish the mission God has for us. 

 We must pray without ceasing.  It should be our desire to pray. It is important to realize that our prayers may look different. For example, praying in our “prayer closet” or praying while working or working out…a small statement of thanksgiving to God.

 

James speaks to us and tells us to do the following:

 Verse 13: If you’re suffering>>>Pray!

·       Prayer should be the 1st option not he last resort.  It should be a priority.

·       Prayer brings you before the throne of grace and can experience God’s grace (Hebrew 4:16).  Grace helps you deal with the issues (endure).

·       Praying doesn’t guarantee everything will go your way.  Sometimes the situation will be (or seem to be) as it was before you prayed. 

·       Prayer helps you connect with the Holy Spirit.

·       Praying will allow the Holy Spirit to reveal the Word to you and show you how to apply the Word to your life. 

 

Verse 13: If you’re cheerful>>>Pray!

·       Cheerful prayers can be synonymous to praise (sing psalms).

 Verse 14: If you’re sick>>>Call the Elders and Let them pray, anointing with oil in the name of the Lord.

·       Don’t just call on anyone, but be wise in your choosing (those who will pray to God and not gossip about your downfalls). 

·       The oil is used to refresh, sooth, and help with the healing process of your soul (just as oils do in the natural). 

·       Sometimes you need help to get to Jesus like the man confined to his mat in Mark 2.  He has the assistance of others to get to Jesus (putting a hole in a rough, read Mark 2).  The faith of others helped make him whole. 

 

Don’t give up! Stick to it (the mission)!

Sometimes God will allow things to happen to mature us and get us prepared for the “next Level” of our mission. 

Verse 15: Save the sick>>>Prayer of faith

·       Pray in a way that is consistent with the will of God

·       The will of God is developed through time by studying His Word, coming to church and hearing His Word, rehearsing His Word, and committing his Word to memory.

·       When those intercede for us and temptations and situations are presented, the Lord will raise us up. 

 

 Sins will be forgiven, if you pray.

Prayer is your entrance to your spiritual walk.

Prayer is an intimate communication with God.

  Verse 16: Confess trespasses and pray for each other that you may be healed

  Verse 17-18: Elijah was an example of praying the scripture and being in the will of God.

 

An example of how to pray

1.      Start with thanking God. This will lead to an attitude of gratitude

2.      Pray for the needs of others. 

3.      Pray with faith, thanking God for the outcome. 

4.      Pray the scripture. Quote was God has said.

 

 

 

 

Continuing His Mission

Speaker:Tyrone Jones

 Scripture: John 14:15-18; Ephesians 5:15-21; Acts 1:8 (NKJV) 

 

We all have a mission just as Jesus and His disciples had a mission.

 The core base of your mission is love (John 14:15-18).

 Verse 15: If you love me keep my commandments. 

  • Love produces a desire to know His commandments and to keep His commandments

 It is important to note that Jesus says although you are on a mission, you won’t be alone. 

  • The father will give you another helper, the Holy Spirit.

  • Without the Holy Spirit, you cannot continue the mission.  The Holy Spirit is the helper. 

  • He helps us to be Christ like.  Holy Spirit allows the new nature to manifest and grow spiritually…to the disciple God has called us. 

 Utilize the Helper on a daily basis helping to execute your mission (Ephesians 5:15-21).

  • The Holy Spirit allows us to see thing from spiritual eyes.  It will assist us; the Holy Spirit is our counselor.

  •  The Holy Spirit leads us into our purpose (mission).  He leads us into the things of God and reveals the things of God. 

 

Walking with Holy Spirit gives us ability to know God’s will—discernment.

  • The Holy Spirit illuminates the Word to transform us.  He is our intercessor. 

  • It is important to note that the Holy Spirit will not violate our humanity.  He will convict us, but won’t simply stop things from happening.  We must yield and follow Him because he won’t “trump” our will. 

 

Be filled with the Spirit and under His influence and He will lead and guide our walk and talk

  • The Holy Spirit allows us to see the root of the problem and helps us to walk in the direction God guides. 

  • Receive the power of the Holy Spirit.  We must be filled daily as we are what you call “leaky vessels.”  If we are filled, we are able to be a witness. 

 

Summary: Continue His Mission 

1.      Love and obey

2.      Utilize the helper

3.      Walking Carefully (with the Holy Spirit)

4.      Coming under the influence of the Holy Spirit

 

Obedience Produces

  Speaker: Joseph Lewis

Scripture: Luke 24: 49-53

Key components of our redemption is ascension (the bodily ascending of Christ from earth to heaven).

  1. Expectation: Mark 16:14-20

  1. Mark 16:17—You can be in a situation/bad company and because of the protection of god, it will not harm you.

  2. Lack of faith and refusal is contrary to expectations

  3. Everyone looks at signs that are confirmed by the Word.  Celebrate the signs, but don’t stop there. Keep the end goal in mind.  Don’t lose sight; just glorify the blessings.

  1. Confirmation: Act 1:3-4, 8-11

  1. Jesus give the Holy Spirit which added strength and firmly established our power

  2. The ultimate reward is when he comes back.

  1. Exultation: Luke 24:49-53

  1. Show or feel a lively or triumphant joy: rejoice exceedingly

  2. Having a Holy Spirit can give  you power to pray for the sick and they will be heeled


Being obedient allows you to fulfill your role in God’s plan.  

Obedience leads to authority.

Our ultimate reward is heaven.

In the meantime our job is to witness to others.  Celebrate the blessings so we can get our ultimate rewards.  God didn’t leave us without help.