Sustained Favor – Pastor Jeremy Foster, 3-08-20

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Today at Real Hope in Christ we continue the series Sustained Favor – Pastor Jeremy Foster.

 

 

 

Welcome to Real Hope In Christ

We’re Glad You’re Here

This is our worship service for today, Sunday March 8th.

Pre-service: “Love,” We Are Messengers, “Dead Man Walking,” Jeremy Camp, “I Need U,” TobyMac, “Counting Every Blessing,” Rend Collective, “Alive & Breathing,” Matt Maher, “You’re Still Rolling Stones,” Lauren Daigle.

Countdown to Worship: "Glory To Glory," William Matthews.

First Music Offering: "Best News Ever," Mercy Me.

Welcome: Wes Smith.

Second Music Offering: "With Lifted Hands," Ryan Stevenson.

Third Music Offering: "Rescue Story," Zach Williams.

Communion Service: Dana Smith

Communion Video Offering: "Only Jesus," Casting Crowns.

Today’s Sermon: "Sustained Favor" Pastor Jeremy Foster, Hope City Church.

Closing Prayer: Ken Smith.

ANNOUNCEMENTS & EVENTS 03-08-2020

Real Hope Event T-shirts are now available. Please contact Glen or David for more information at glencarpenter@realhopecitrus.com.

Name tags. Do you have an RHC name tag? If not fill out a Contact Card and write on it I need a name tag! Be sure to include your name exactly as you would like it to read on your nametag.

Wednesday, 6pm – Not Your Mama’s Bible Study.

Kyle Idleman, "The Easter Experience."

The Easter Experience brings the passion and resurrection of Jesus to life through dramatic storytelling and challenging teaching done in a highly cinematic style. Through these in-depth teachings, your small group will grow spiritually, bonding with each other as well as with the eternal message of Easter.

Come to Bible Study hungry! On the menu: Your choice of Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers, Grilled Chicken Sandwiches along with Seasoned French Fries and Homemade Cole Slaw. Lemonade and Iced Tea and Ice Cream for dessert starting at 6pm.Everyone are welcome and please, bring a friend or two or three…

Saturday, April 4th is a Free "Faith Through Films" Movie Night at Real Hope In Christ. Our presentation will be the movie, "Risen."
Doors open at 5pm. Movie starts at 6pm. 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 found at RealHopeInChrist.com.

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.


SERMON NOTES

From Now On: Sustained Favor – Pastor Jeremy Foster
Why does God give us favor even when we don’t deserve it? Find out what it looks like to receive favor even when it isn’t fair.

Psalm 31:19-22 The Message (MSG)
19-22 What a stack of blessing you have piled up for those who worship you,
Ready and waiting for all who run to you to escape an unkind world.
You hide them safely away from the opposition.

As you slam the door on those oily, mocking faces, you silence the poisonous gossip.

Blessed God! His love is the wonder of the world.
Trapped by a siege, I panicked. “Out of sight, out of mind,” I said.
But you heard me say it, you heard and listened.

Three problems we have with favor:

Problem 1: God’s not my source, He’s my resource.

Solution 1: Look to God first.

Matthew 6:33 New King James Version (NKJV)
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

  • Give God the first 15 minutes of your day.
  • Gratitude opens doors.
  • Give God the first of your time, the first of your talent, and the first of the treasure.

Problem 2: We don’t know what favor looks like.

How do you know you’re a believer until you’ve had a moment to believe?

Solution 2: Favor looks like faith.

Do you want to know your purpose? Find out what problem God called you to solve.

When God gives you a dream, the dream will always be tested. They will be tested by your faith and by God.

Psalm 105:19 New Living Translation (NLT)
19 Until the time came to fulfill his dreams,
the Lord tested Joseph’s character.

Problem 3: When you have favor you will have Frienemies.

If you have favor you will have haters. If you have haters without favor they may not be haters; they may be trying to take you to another level.

Haters want what’s best from you.
Helpers want what’s best for you.

Haters pull you back.
Helpers will push you forward

Haters remind you about your past.
Helpers will stick to your future.

Haters will talk about what you’ve done.
Helpers will talk about who you are.

Haters will criticize you.
Helpers will challenge you.

Proverbs 6:14 Contemporary English Version (CEV)
14 They are always thinking up something cruel and evil,
and they stir up trouble.

Opposition always signals transition.

Solution 3: Be grateful to God.

Psalm 55:22 New International Version (NIV)
22 Cast your cares on the Lord
and he will sustain you;
he will never let
the righteous be shaken.

Gratitude sustains God’s favor. God wants to find favor with you.

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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 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!

Proverbs 3:5-6
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
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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!

 

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