Welcome to Real Hope In Christ. We’re Glad You’re Here.
This is our worship service for today, Sunday October 20th.
Countdown to Worship: "Lion and the Lamb," Leeland.
First Music Offering: "I Need You," TobyMac.
Announcements, Prayer Requests, and Offering: Ted Yoder.
Second Music Offering: "Unstoppable God," Sanctus Real.
Third Music Offering: "Rescue," Lauren Daigle.
Communion Service: Dana Smith.
Communion Video Offering: "Build My Life," Pat Barrett.
Pastor Mark Flood concludes the series, GREATER: Gifts of the Holy Spirit!
Closing Prayer: Ken Smith.
EVENTS for the WEEK of October 20th through October 27th.
Wednesday, 6pm: "Not Your Mama’s Bible Study." Tim Tebow, This Is the Day.
Have you ever felt stuck?
Sometimes life feels rigid—as if nothing could ever really change. Maybe we’re afraid of taking a step of faith. Or maybe we’re too injured from the past to move forward. Or maybe life threw us a curveball and we still don’t know how to react.
No matter where you find yourself, you can make the most of today. In this inspirational series, Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow shares stories from his life to illustrate what it means to seize each day for God’s glory. He challenges us to step out in courage because this is the day to act.
Come to Bible Study hungry, it’s Hamburger Dinner Night. Grilled hamburgers with all the fixins’, seasoned French fries, and baked beans starting at 6pm.Children are welcome and child care is provided. Everyone is welcome and please, bring a friend or two or three…
Saturday, November 9th is a Free "Faith Through Films" Movie Night at Real Hope In Christ. Our presentation will be the movie, "I Can Only Imagine."
Doors open at 6pm. Movie starts at 7pm. If you would like to see the movie trailer or need more information visit our website at RealHopeInChrist.com.
Prayer Guide: The Prayer Guide is also new addition to the Real Hope In Christ website and can be found @realhopecitrus.com/prayer-guide
Text to Tithe: Due to a number of requests for a more "modern" way to tithe, Text to Tithe has been created. It’s safe, fast, and secure. Just text the word, "give" to (786) 288-0839 and follow the link. Thanks!
PRAYER: Is Prayer Important?
The way of prayer is truly the way of life. Let us give ourselves to prayer! Jesus prayed much even though He was God’s only begotten Son from eternity past.
Through His words and His actions Jesus tells us how import prayer is.
“Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.” Mark 1:35.
“You do not have because you do not ask.” James 4:2.
“Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” John 16:24
Prayer Partners are available at the front of the worship area after today’s service.
Pastor Mark Flood, October 20.
GREATER: Gifts of the Holy Spirit!
This week, we wrap up our series called “Greater: A Study of the Holy Spirit.” In this series, the goal was for you to get closer to God by understanding and accessing the gift of God’s Holy Spirit living in you. This week we’ll take a closer look at how the Spirit works through us to point others to Jesus.
1 Corinthians 12:1-3 New International Version (NIV)
Concerning Spiritual Gifts
1 Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed.
2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols.
3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.
Paul tells us that he does not want us to be uninformed about the gifts of the Spirit. What can happen if we are “uninformed” about Spiritual Gifts?
Why do you think Paul tells us that “…no one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit”?
1 Corinthians 12:4-6 New International Version (NIV)
4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.
5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.
6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
Each of these verses references a different Triune personage of God (Holy Spirit, Son, and Father) who operate in unity with each other.
How does this unity relate to us as members of His church?
1 Corinthians 12:7 New International Version (NIV)
7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
Pastor Mark told us that this one verse is key when it comes to getting out of the dark as it relates to Spiritual Gifts. Why is this verse considered a key verse?
1 Corinthians 12:15-26 New International Version (NIV)
15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.
16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.
17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?
18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.
19 If they were all one part, where would the body be?
20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!”
22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,
23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty,
24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it,
25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.
26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
What main struggles does Paul reveal as they relate to Spiritual Gifts?
Pastor Mark reminds us that too often we experience Paralysis by Analysis when it comes to our Spiritual Gift. We get caught up in tests and profiles as if we need to be able to perfectly articulate our gift and give a reasoned theological explanation of it in order to use it. But the best way to figure out your spiritual gift is to get involved in spiritual work.
Here are some next steps you can take to help you determine and use your Spiritual Gift for the common good of God’s church and to point to Jesus.
1. What need or opportunity is right in front of you?
2. Where have you been blessed?
3. What do you love?
a. What are your passions?
b. What are your interests?
4. Remember…You NEED to use your gift!
a. You were made by God to honor Him by investing your life in making a difference in other people’s lives.
b. Changed Lives, Change Lives!
At Real Hope In Christ our purpose is to love the Lord our God with all of our hearts and with all of our souls and with all of our minds.
Our focus begins with all the people of Citrus County and by the Grace of God we will:
Gather together to worship and celebrate God,
Grow in our knowledge and faith,
Give in love and,
Go out into the world to shine brightly with the light of salvation from our Savior Jesus Christ and tell the world what we know is true; God Loves You No Matter What!
We boldly ask God to help us shake the Earth and touch the Heavens!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.
We look forward to seeing you again. Thank you and may God bless you!