God Loves Me. – Audio Message – 8/6/2017

Message Outline

Theme: God Loves Me.

Text: Eph 2:1-10

#1 God’s love: Saw my desperate condition.

  • Humanity is dead. 
  • Humanity’s enslaved. 
  • Humanity is condemned.

#2  God’s Love: The Cure for Our Condition

Humanity is enslaved to three forces over which we have no control:

The world

The devil

Our flesh

  • What has God done?
  • Why did God do it?

#3 God’s Love: We are Made Right By Grace

#4 God’s love impacts my present (Eph 2:10)

Realizing God loves me…

Produces obedience to His Will (1 John 4:9-10; John 14:15)

Compels me to proclaim His works (2 Cor 5:14-21; Jn 20:21)

Glorifies God (John 15:8)

Results in His glory being revealed to others (1 Pet 2:11-12)

 Reflection Question

In Ephesians 2:10, we are said to be Christ’s workmanship. What should that look like in the life of a believer?

 

Next Steps….

Meditate On Ephesians 2:8-10

 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Who do I know that really needs to hear the “Good News” of God’s love in Christ?

I commit myself to pray (1) regularly for this person to come to know Jesus and (2) that I will be asking God for opportunities to share what God has done for them through Jesus.

Focus Community Church Worship In NYC!

Focus Community Church Goes to The Big Apple!

SAVE THE DATE! On Sunday, August 13th, we will be Worshipping at Calvary Baptist Church in NYC.  As Pastor Ryan Moore will be preaching at the 9:30am & 11am services.  CBC is our support and New York Sending Church. Come to glorify God and celebrate his work. Calvary is located 123 West 57th Street in New York City.

Please Note: Focus Community Church will not meet at 600 Cleveland Avenue on August 13th.

Focus momento – 31 de julio de 2017

Silencio y centrado (pausa de 2 minutos de silencio)

“Estad quietos y sabed que yo soy Dios!- Salmo 46:10

Confesión:

Clemente y Santo Dios, no hacemos ninguna pretensión sobre nuestras vidas. Nos olvidamos, incluso negar que fuimos creados con asombro y deleite en nuestras almas. Sin embargo, pasamos por la vida y la ansiedad grave, tratando de salir adelante, luchando para sobrevivir. Tenemos prisa y prisa, y llenar nuestros calendarios. 

Dónde está la alegría? ¿Dónde están los días de descanso de verano? ¿Dónde está nuestra sensación de placer? Perdónanos, Señor, por no ser la gente que ha creado para nosotros y nos recuerdan que, como Nicodemo, somos amados por lo que somos, tal como somos. Nos ayudan a recordar que, en Cristo, somos perdonados. Danos tu paz mientras esperamos a usted por la fuerza y el coraje para resistir más la tentación. Elevamos nuestra oración en el nombre de tu precioso hijo, Jesús, nuestro Señor. Amén

Escritura:

Hasta ahora nada habéis pedido en mi nombre. Pedid, y recibiréis, para que vuestro gozo sea cumplido. Juan 16:24 (NIV)

Adoración

Devocional 

No estoy seguro de que es más triste: una persona que nunca tiene la oportunidad de tener lo que él o ella desea, o una persona que tenía todas las posibilidades en el mundo y nunca tuvo uno? Aquí estamos con un Dios que es sabio, omnipotente y amoroso. También tenemos el mismo Jesús diciendo, “Hasta ahora nada habéis pedido en mi nombre. Pedid, y recibiréis, para que vuestro gozo sea cumplido.” Y, sin embargo, ¿qué hacemos? ¿Qué hemos pedido últimamente? Jesús no está hablando de una lámpara mágica que frotar tres veces y hacer deseos para nuestro propio placer. No estamos para pedirle a Dios las cosas con motivos incorrectos. Jesús, en cambio, está sugiriendo que tenemos comunión con su padre que es tan rico y profundo, que terminan alineando nuestra voluntad a la suya. Cuando sabemos su voluntad, él nos traerá gozo profundo y gran placer para pedir a Dios por él. Estaremos sobre el negocio de hacer su voluntad hecha en la tierra como en el cielo. Lo que en su casa, en el trabajo o en tu iglesia puede usted pedir a Dios? ¿Qué se le puede pedir a su familia, amigos y compañeros de trabajo que estaría alineado con Su voluntad? Ore para que Dios le proporcionan una visión de su voluntad y una santa audacia para solicitarla. Al hacerlo, Jesús dijo, “Usted recibirá, y su alegría sea completa”.

Oración
Querido Padre, te pido que me ayudes a saber qué orar. Ayúdame a saber cómo orar por mi familia, amigos y compañeros de trabajo. Ayúdeme a orar acerca de mis relaciones, carrera y ministerio. Hablar a mi corazón y luego darme la fe que te pida algo especial hoy! Amén

 

Si hoy la devoción habló de una forma concreta y se siente llevado a compartir sus pensamientos con otros, por favor, hágalo.

Focus Moment – July 31, 2017

Silence and Centering (PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE)

“Be still, and know that I am God!- Psalm 46:10

Confession:

Gracious and Holy God, we make no pretense about our lives. We forget, even deny that we were created with wonder and delight in our souls. Yet, we go through life anxious and serious, seeking to get ahead, striving to make ends meet. We rush and hurry, and fill up our calendars.

Where is the joy? Where are the days of summer rest? Where is our sense of delight? Forgive us, Lord, for failing to be the people that You created us to be and remind us that, like Nicodemus, we are loved for who we are, just as we are. Help us to remember that, in Christ, we are forgiven. Grant us Your peace as we look to You for the strength and courage to resist further temptation. We lift our prayer in the Name of Your Precious Son, Jesus our Lord. Amen

SCRIPTURE:

Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.  John 16:24 (NIV)

WORSHIP

DEVOTIONAL 

I’m not sure which is sadder: a person who never gets a chance to have what he or she desires or a person who had all the chances in the world and never took one? Here we are with a God who is all wise, all powerful and all loving. We also have Jesus Himself saying, “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” And yet what do we do? What have we asked for lately? Jesus is not talking about a magic lamp that we rub three times and make wishes for our own pleasure. We aren’t to ask God for things with wrong motives. Instead, Jesus is suggesting that we have a fellowship with His Father which is so rich and deep, that we end up aligning our will with His. When we know His will, it will bring us deep joy and great pleasure to ask God for it. We will be about the business of making His will done on earth as it is in Heaven. What at home, work or in your church can you ask God for? What can you ask for your family, friends and co-workers that would be in alignment with His will? Pray that God would give you insight into His will and a Holy boldness to ask for it. When you do, Jesus said, “You will receive, and your joy will be complete.”

PRAYER
Dear Father, I ask You to help me know what to pray for. Help me to know how to pray for my family, friends and co-workers. Help me pray about my relationships, career and ministry. Speak to my heart and then give me the faith to ask You for something special today! AMEN

If today’s devotion spoke to you in a particular way and you feel led to share your thoughts with others, please do so.

Devotional By Ron Ovitt

Love Your Neighbor- Audio Message – 7/23/17

Message Outline

Text: Luke 10:25-37

#1 The Question (10:25-28)

#2 A Good Answer

Think about  what God wants

All of our heart.

All our strength.

All our soul.

All our mind.

#3 Need A Savior

#4 The Parable of the Good Samaritan

The parable is teaching us that there are no boundaries to whom we are to act as a neighbor.

 There are no limits to who we are to love as ourselves. We are to be the neighbor to everyone.

Applications:

We should be convicted of our need for a Savior.

We should be convicted to live for Him more completely. 

We learn from Jesus how best to help others.

Responding To My Neighbor

  • I can be detached from their needs.
  • I can be unmoved by their needs.
  • I can be involved in supplying their needs.

Reflection question   

What excuses do you make to justify ignoring the genuine physical and spiritual needs of people in your life?

Specifically, what “neighbors” does God want us to serve that we have been walking past?

Next Steps meditate on Luke 10:36-37

Get to k n o w my neighbors…personally.

P r a y for them.

E n g a g e with them in life.

P o i n t them to Jesus.

God’s Heart For The City. – Audio Message – 7/16/17

Message Outline

#1 The Call God Gave

The Lord gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.” Jonah 1:1-2.

#2 The Man God Chose

But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord. He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the Lord by sailing to Tarshish.- v.3

Why did the reluctant prophet run from God?

Three possible reasons:

1. Ninevah was part of a pagan nation.

2. The people of Ninevah were Israel’s enemies.

3. It was going to be a difficult job.

 

4 ways the church can interact and relate to a City

Antagonism – a church that has lost its vision – is just opposed to everything and in defensive, protectionist mode.

Assimilation – a church that has lost its way – it just blends into the culture to such an extent that it is no longer distinctive.

Apathy – tuned out from the City and doesn’t care – a church that has lost its fire.

Attachments – a church that understands its vision and rolls up its sleeves and gets involved – a church that has lost its fear. They begin moving into the enemy’s territory to plunder it for the kingdom of heaven.

#3 The Path Jonah Took

How do we get God’s heart?

  1. We need to pray
  2. We need to repent
  3. We need to receive

Reflection Questions

What do you first think of when someone says ‘Plainfield NJ?’

What do you think might stop us from developing a heart for this city?

Next steps

Read The Book of Jonah This week.

Practical Steps

Pray for my city – pray for the good of my city, it’s political and moral leaders, civic authorities, education, the church and for the people of the city.

Seek out an organization that needs assistance and volunteer to help them serve the city in that area.

Seek opportunities to share God’s love in Christ with people in the city – hairdresser/barber; gas station; supermarket; doctor/dentist office; schools; sports teams; etc.