Welcome to Real Hope In Christ – We’re Glad You’re Here
This is our worship service for today, Sunday May 31, 2020.
Countdown to Worship
"Moving Forward," Israel Houghton.
First Music Offering
“Greatness of Our God,” NewsBoys.
Second Music Offering
“Mercy Is A Song,” Matthew West.
Third Music Offering
“Together,” King & Country.
“Resurrection Power,” Chris Tomlin
“Lessons From Lockdown,"
Pastor Justin Miller.
SERMON NOTES May 31, 2020
“Lessons From Lockdown,"
Pastor Justin Miller.
Philippians 1:12-26 (NIV)
12 Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. 13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14 And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.
15 It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. 16 The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. 18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. 20 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me.
How have you seen your relationships get stronger during this time? How have your relationships suffered?
1. What sorts of things are people typically concerned with in Paul’s situation? What do we learn about Paul’s priorities in this passage? What does he rejoice over?
a. Their comfort.
b. Their feelings.
c. We find that Jesus is his priority.
d. He rejoices over Christ being preached.
e. He rejoices over sharing the Gospel with the guards.
2. Paul was put into prison for a specific reason. Why do you think God has put you into your job, family, or school?
a. Has God put someone in your path to help?
b. Is there someone that only you can relate to?
3. What about Paul’s experience of Christ allowed him to prioritize the Gospel and Christ’s honor above his own well being? What guarantees does he have from Christ? What guarantees do we have?
a. He experienced Jesus personally.
b. He saw Jesus move in his life.
c. He saw the protection Jesus gave him, even though he went through difficult times.
d. He will be with Jesus at death.
e. He has the joy of Jesus in him.
4. Think again about the situations God has put you in. Where do you find yourself afraid to speak the Word?
a. We should be joyful.
c. We should be full of thanksgiving.
d. Those things are God’s will for us.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-18 (NIV)
12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Romans 12:9-21 (NIV)
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:
• “If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
• if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
• In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
6. What does this passage say to us about how we should treat those around us?
a. Love sincerely.
b. Honor others.
c. Joyful in hope.
d. Patient in affliction.
e. Faithful in prayer.
ANNOUNCEMENTS & EVENTS
for the week of 5-31-2020
Wednesday, 6pm – Not Your Mama’s Bible Study this week!
The Parable of The Builders – Pastor Jonathan Evans
Storms in life are inevitable. We all face them at some point or another. Our concerns cause us to run to what we believe will rescue us—and that’s not always God. Sometimes we look to our own strength, our bank account, our reputation, or a relationship. Storms always lead us to what we look to for salvation—and what we look to makes all the difference.
In this one-session series, Pastor Jonathan Evans takes a fresh look at the Parable of the Builders and reminds us of the importance of building our lives on the solid foundation of God’s Word.
Come to Church Hungry. This week we will be serving Publix Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Sautéed Broccoli, Dinner Rolls with Brownies & Ice Cream for dessert.
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!
We thank you for joining with us in worshiping our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We hope that you enjoyed our service today and encourage you seek God in everything that you do.
At Real Hope In Christ our purpose is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, and with all our soul, and with all our mind.
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!