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  • Word Of Commendation: Changed Lives Series

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Jan 13, 2010
     | 2,349 views

    Changed Lives (the mark of faithful disciples) spur thanksgiving because they confirm God’s election (and our faith).

    Christianity is about the power of the gospel to change lives. The death and resurrection of Christ are the keys to the gospel message and the keys to unleashing the power of God in our lives. Jesus died to deliver us from our sins and introduce us to a new life of holiness. We have been ...read more

  • Boldness In Church Planting Series

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Jan 13, 2010
     | 2,517 views

    Supernatural boldness in church planting validates authentic ministry when based on pure motives and proper conduct (the marks of Spirit-filled church planters).

    As we reach the end of our first month of attempting to plant a church and as we study the NT model for church planting from the Book of 1 Thessalonians, we need to ask ourselves if we are too tentative. What is impressive from studying Paul and Silas and Timothy is their confidence and ...read more

  • Godly Role Models: An Example Worth Following Series

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Jan 13, 2010
    based on 3 ratings
     | 8,183 views

    Changed lives earn the reputation of being a model worth imitating.

    What types of role models have you chosen to follow in your life? We all have been impacted by a wide range of different people. Some of the examples have been good and helpful; others have been dangerous and harmful. We know that “bad company corrupts good morals” (1 Cor. ...read more

  • The Sovereign Lord Judges Idolatry

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Dec 16, 2003
    based on 28 ratings
     | 1,571 views

    BACKGROUND (1:1) -- Gives the Coordinates: A. Personal word of the Lord to prophet Micah = "Who is like Yahweh?" how can idolatry even be an option in light of the uniqueness and majesty of our God? We should listen because the message has divine authority B. Geographical Moresheth -- SW ...read more

  • The God Who Is Supreme

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Dec 16, 2003
    based on 26 ratings
     | 1,011 views

    III. THE GOD WHO IS SUPREME IN SAVING POWER DESERVES OUR UNSWERVING LOYALTY DESPITE THE PRESSURE OF INTENSE PERSECUTION (CHAP. 3) Background: Daniel and his friends were in a pagan environment that was hostile towards the worship of the true God. They faced the dilemma of remaining faithful to ...read more

  • Feasting In The Kingdom Of God

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Dec 16, 2003
    based on 79 ratings
     | 2,687 views

    Context: Chap.14 begins with a dinner invitation that turns out not to be a very relaxing time vs.1-6 dropsy is not a very attractive disease -- various parts of the body puffed up with a lot of extra fluid -- the type of person not likely to be offered a seat at this exclusive country club but ...read more

  • Road Map Of The Message

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Dec 14, 2003
    based on 21 ratings
     | 637 views

    SALUTATION -- ROADMAP OF THE MESSAGE OF I PETER JESUS CHRIST (OUR SUPREME EXAMPLE) COMMUNICATES TH

    SALUTATION -- ROADMAP OF THE MESSAGE OF I PETER JESUS CHRIST (OUR SUPREME EXAMPLE) COMMUNICATES THRU PETER (HIS TRANSFORMED MESSENGER) TO US (THE ISOLATED ELECT) 1. The Source of the Message -- Jesus Christ Our Supreme Example 2. The Transformed Messenger -- The Apostle Peter 3. The ...read more

  • Self-Righteousness Leads To Disillusionment

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Dec 14, 2003
    based on 64 ratings
     | 3,726 views

    SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS LEADS TO DISILLUSIONMENT BECAUSE IT BLURS THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED TOO GOOD TO SEE STRAIGHT 1. THE CAUSE OF DISILLUSIONMENT = SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS (3:13-15) the people were blind to their own sin -- they were too good to see straight Context: ...read more

  • Persistence-Sticking To It For The Long Haul Series

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Mar 8, 2002
    based on 15 ratings
     | 1,396 views

    Part of Fit for Life PowerPak.

    TITLE: A VIEW FROM THE FINISH LINE – FINAL REFLECTIONS FROM THE APOSTLE PAUL BIG IDEA: A LIFE OF PERSEVERANCE EARNS A PERSPECTIVE OF CONTENTMENT, FULFILLMENT, AND EXPECTATION I. (:6) PERSPECTIVE TOWARDS THE PRESENT: CONTENTMENT A. Content to be a Living (and Dying) Sacrifice “For I am ...read more

  • God Shall Supply All Your Needs Series

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Jul 16, 2001
    based on 28 ratings
     | 3,302 views

    GOD CAN BE TRUSTED TO PROVIDE ALL MATERIAL NEEDS FOR THOSE WHO PARTNER IN THE MINISTRY OF THE GOSPEL

    BIG IDEA: GOD CAN BE TRUSTED TO PROVIDE ALL MATERIAL NEEDS FOR THOSE WHO PARTNER IN THE MINISTRY OF THE GOSPEL INTRODUCTION: Paul and the Philippian believers were partners in the ministry of the gospel I. (:10-16) CONTENTMENT AND COMMENDATION EXPRESSED TO SUPPORTERS A. Contentment -- ...read more

  • The Secret To Humbling Ourselves Series

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Jul 16, 2001
    based on 15 ratings
     | 1,735 views

    THE SECRET TO HUMBLING OURSELVES LIES IN MAKING OTHERS GREAT -- BOTH IN OUR PERSPECTIVE AND IN OUR PURSUITS

    BIG IDEA: THE SECRET TO HUMBLING OURSELVES LIES IN MAKING OTHERS GREAT -- BOTH IN OUR PERSPECTIVE AND IN OUR PURSUITS INTRODUCTION: Most valuable secrets involve something people long to know and try their hardest to discover. Unless someone carefully conceals such a secret it reproduces ...read more

  • Christ Our Pattern Series

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Jul 16, 2001
    based on 19 ratings
     | 2,130 views

    THE PATTERN FOR BOTH HUMBLING OURSELVES AND BEING EXALTED BY GOD IS JESUS CHRIST

    BIG IDEA: THE PATTERN FOR BOTH HUMBLING OURSELVES AND BEING EXALTED BY GOD IS JESUS CHRIST 1 Peter 5:6 "Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time." Otherwise, if we try to exalt ourselves, God must come along and humble ...read more

  • Knowing Christ In A Transforming Way Series

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Jul 16, 2001
    based on 19 ratings
     | 1,570 views

    KNOWING CHRIST IN A TRANSFORMING WAY IS THE ONLY PURSUIT WORTHY OF ETERNITY

    BIG IDEA: KNOWING CHRIST IN A TRANSFORMING WAY IS THE ONLY PURSUIT WORTHY OF ETERNITY Gutzke: "It is tomorrow that gives special meaning to what I do today. Whatever I do today, it is tomorrow when I am going to reap the consequences." I. (:8-9) KNOWING CHRIST AS THE SOURCE OF ...read more

  • Outward Harmony / Inward Peace Series

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Jul 16, 2001
    based on 18 ratings
     | 1,259 views

    HARMONY OF FELLOWSHIP AND INNER PEACE REQUIRE TOTAL COMMITMENT

    BIG IDEA: HARMONY OF FELLOWSHIP AND INNER PEACE REQUIRE TOTAL COMMITMENT I. (:1-5) HARMONY OF FELLOWSHIP REQUIRES OUR TOTAL COMMITMENT TO ONE ANOTHER WITH A SPIRIT OF: - STEADFASTNESS - JOY - AND PATIENCE A. (:1) Steadfastness -- We Must be Totally Committed to Stand Firm in the ...read more

  • Pressing On Series

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Jul 16, 2001
    based on 33 ratings
     | 3,150 views

    PRESSING TOWARD THE GOAL IS THE ONLY WAY TO RUN THE RACE OF CONFORMITY TO JESUS CHRIST

    BIG IDEA: PRESSING TOWARD THE GOAL IS THE ONLY WAY TO RUN THE RACE OF CONFORMITY TO JESUS CHRIST INTRODUCTION: Walvoord: "On the one hand, discontent with one’s spiritual life can bring discouragement and unnecessary resignation to spiritual defeat. On the other hand, in overestimating one’s ...read more