"Now then, I will crush you as a cart crushes when
loaded with grain. The swift will not escape, the
strong will not muster their strength, and the
warrior will not save his life. The archer will not
stand his ground, the fleet-footed solider will not
get away, and the horseman will not sage his life.
Even the bravest warriors will flee naked on that
day, declares the Lord" (Amos 2.13-16).
God's discipline is not easy to consider. It is not,
often, a comfortable conversation piece, but it is
something that we need to understand as carefully
as we can. We want this aspect of God to be fully
in place, but not always applied to our life.
Tonight, we are going to talk about discipline, so
Scott and I are hoping that you will join us for this
part of a larger conversation from Hebrews 12.
Bring your Bible, a spirit that seeks to hear from
God, and allow God to make room for his word.
Those who do will be blessed, and we will leave here
this evening built up, encouraged, taught, and
understanding our place in the grander scheme of
God's kingdom.
To God be the glory.
- Alex

Balanced Evangelism
2 Timothy 3:16-4:2

A) "Profitable" (2 Timothy 3:16)
- Scripture is from God, so there cannot be falsehood in the Scripture.
- Scripture is written in a balanced way (for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness), so it must be taught that way.
B) "Perfect" (2 Timothy 3:17)
- The goal of study/evangelism is to make us competent/complete/perfect.
- We must evangelize with that goal in mind.
C) "Prepared" (2 Timothy 4:1)
- Our final exam is the final exam for all mankind.
- No one (that is capable of being accountable) is exempt from this exam, so doesn't that show us the need for evangelism?
D) "Preach" (2 Timothy 4:2)
- Once we understand these other 3 things, we are ready to evangelize the world.
- The world was turned upside down once before (Acts 17:7)... There is no plan B!
- We must be willing to teach the world, but zeal does not equal truthful teaching (Romans 10:1-3).
- Therefore, it is imperative that we are balanced in our zeal and our knowledge.

- Scott

"No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it
will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it
on a stand, so that those who come by may see
the light" (Luke 11.33).
Jesus wants us to be people of light. We should
live in his light, walk in his light. We are even
instructed to let the light of Jesus shine from
our lives. All of these ideas are one in the same.
Each is connected to this teaching of our Master.
The purpose of the light is to lead others out of
the darkness. Although God will, ultimately be
glorified in the good deeds of his servants, that
is not the primary reason for light. Light has been
appointed by God to combat the darkness.
You not only bring glory to God by your good
deeds (your light), but you are also a light to a
world that loves the darkness. Light is supposed
to shine in the darkness, even though the
darkness does not understand the light.
God has called you to be a light to someone in
darkness. Like someone sleeping resists the light
when turned on in the night, so will your light be
to those who love darkness, yet we are called into
this darkness to bring the light and expose the
deeds of the evil, with gentleness, in hopes that
God will lead them to repentance.
- Alex
Thoughts From Psalm 139
In this Psalm we find David expressing sincere awe
about what God has done in him and what God
knows about him. Many of us read these words and
sincerely believe that it would be a negative for God
to know us like David speaks of. However, it is
described in verse 6 as being too wonderful for David
to even imagine that God would see him and care for
him in the way that He does. Sometimes we need to
be reminded of God's interest in our lives.
In verses 11 & 12, David goes on to say that even in
his darkest of days, God has found him and has
made his darkest days as bright as the day. In our
worst moments, in our moments of fear, anger,
disappointment, and disgust, God is still actively
pursuing us to show us light. How can this not
encourage us?
Finally, in verses 23 & 24, David closes this time of
praise by asking God to search him fully and
examine his heart. Be challenged by these words to
intentionally ask God on this day to search your life
and root out anything that would be considered
grievous before Him. In doing so, you can come to
know God in a more real and intimate way.
Lessons For Today:
A.M. - "Free To Enjoy The Remission Of Sins" -
Ephesians 1:7
P.M. - "The Order Of The Towel" - John 13
For the time will come when people will not put up with
sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires,
they will gather around them a great number of
teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
They will turn their ears away from the truth and
turn aside to myths (2 Tim 4.3-4).
We live in an age of tolerance that encourages every
person to be "of his own mind." By this, people mean
that a person's standard is his own judgment and
decision. It is a tickling of the ears, that Paul warns
against, that has developed in full force in our culture.
Jesus is concerned with his church. He is over it, as
the head (Eph 1; Col 1). Since he is head, it stands to
reason that when things are taught, that the church
should "be perfectly united in mind and thought"
(I Cor 1.10), and that unity comes because the church
is supposed to be striving to teach, and practice, the
same thing at every place (I Cor 4.17).
We are striving to find ourselves full up in the will of
God, corrected by scripture, grounded by the word,
encouraging others by our openness to hear what God
desires from us!
- Alex