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The Glorious Benefits of Trials

Sermon Notes-Brad Lay (our missionary to Albania)
November 4, 2012-Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church

In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith–more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire–may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen Him, you love Him. Though you do not now see Him, you believe in Him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.         1 Peter 1:6-9

4 Wonderful Benefits of Trials in the Lives of Believers

1. Focus on final salvation. (v. 5-6)
-Anticipating the coming of Christ.
-We try to make the “now” comfortable.
-In the midst of trials, we long for heaven, our final salvation.
-Trials provide the dark background against which our faith shines.

2. Genuine, God-glorifying faith. (v. 7)
-The purpose of trials: “so that the tested genuineness of your faith…”
-Testing proves our faith is real.

3. A walk full of love, faith, and joy. (v. 8)
-This is not a command or exhortation, but Peter is telling them what they are doing.
-Peter is reminding them of the reality and result of new birth-you love Jesus whom you have not seen.

4. Progressive and final salvation. (v. 9)
-Yes, they are already saved and justified.
-But the final result of that kind of faith is salvation.
-Our faith is tested and becomes stronger, taking us all the way to the finish line.

Note from Terrie: My notes here fail to do Brad’s sermon justice. It was an encouraging word from the Lord. I would recommend that you listen to the sermon when it is posted on the church website. I was blessed, and I’m sure you would be, too!

By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie


Loving One Another (Part 3)

Sermon Notes: Pastor Milton Vincent
September 16, 2012-Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church

Starting in Romans 12:1, Paul shows us the things we are to get up and do in response to the Gospel truths he has already presented. Chapter 12, verse 9, he teaches us what Agape love is and how to show it.

EIGHT WAYS TO SHOW AGAPE LOVE TO ONE ANOTHER

Romans 12:9-11

Review: Part 2
1. Let go of hypocrisy. (v. 9)
2. Hate evil. (v. 9)
3. Cling to what is good. (v. 9)
4. Be devoted to one another as family. (v. 10)
5. Take the initiative in treating each other with honor. (v. 10)

Part 3:
Be swift, not slothful in serving one another. (v. 11)
-Diligence=swiftness to act, persistence, earnestness and conscientiousness in acting.
-Making every effort to serve.
-Not lagging behind or viewing what must be done as too much trouble.
-See Phil. 3:1; Heb. 12:2; Rom 2:4
-Jesus had is eyes so much on the joy set before Him that the shame and suffering He endured on the cross was nothing to Him. No trouble at all.
-When we get to heaven we will be amazed at the trouble Jesus went through for us. He looks at all of that trouble (leaving heaven, living as a man, suffering and dying) as nothing (so to speak).

The way of the cross is to serve one another as Christ served us. Don’t make a list of things you have to do, but look at Jesus instead and be changed by what He already did for you.

7. Maintain a fervency of spirit, expressing itself in serving one another.
-Fervent=boiling over
-Love others by keeping myself from becoming lukewarm or cold spiritually.
-Love others by nurturing a boiling over of spirit which will express itself in service to others.
-Boiling over in spirit is a choice, yet more than a choice. We must locate ourselves next to a heat source. The Gospel is that heat source! (See Rom. 1-11)
-Rom. 1:16; The Gospel is the power of God! Locate your heart there and let your heart be set on fire!
-We best serve others by the boiling over of the Gospel in our lives.
-Nurture the boiling over by spending time with God, the consuming fire. Be intentional about it.

8. Serve one another with a mindfulness that we are serving the Lord Jesus. (v. 11)
-Doing our work as a slave whose work is directed by his Master’s will.
-From the beginning to the end of every day as being under the rule of Jesus. When we serve one another, we are serving Him.
-See Matt. 25, “…as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”
-Serve one another ultimately to please the Lord, not as a man-pleaser.
-Serve one another in the Lord, as His representative.

We serve with the wrong motive when we serve to please others. It is Jesus who is my Master.


Loving One Another (Part 2)

Sermon Notes: Pastor Milton Vincent
September 2, 2012-Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church

Paul is teaching us how to do life to God’s Glory.
Romans 12:9-11

EIGHT WAYS TO SHOW AGAPE LOVE TO ONE ANOTHER (Part 2)

1. Let go of hypocrisy. (v. 9)
-Stop hiding.
-Stop pretense.
-Agape love strips us of hypocrisy.

2. Hate evil. (v. 9)
-Intolerant of evil.
-Not laughing at evil.
-Vehemently despise evil.

3. Cling to what is good. (v. 9)
-To Scripture.
-To mercy, grace, virtue.
-Habits and disciplines that enrich your relationship with God and others.

4. Be devoted to one another  as family. (v. 10)
-The word here means “family affection”.
-Be devoted to one another with family affection/brotherly love.
-It’s not just an analogy. We are indeed family!
-The institution of family here on earth is a shadow pointing to the family of Christ.
 -We are blood relatives. We are related by the blood of Christ.

5. Take the initiative in treating one another with honor. (v. 10-11)
-Honor = valuing as precious. Esteeming others.
-Seeing others as valuable. Christ died for them.
-Honor others before they honor you. Outdo one another in honoring one another.
-Don’t withhold honoring others because of their behavior. Don’t let their behavior dictate whether you obey God’s command to honor others.

We are the daily recipients of a Savior who honored us with His love before we honored Him. He didn’t wait for us to clean up our act before He honored us with His love.


Grace Community

Sermon Notes: Pastor Milton Vincent
August 12, 2012: Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church

Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. Romans 12:6-8

There is a sense in which the grace of God is a currency or commodity. Paul wants to teach us how to do commerce with the grace of God.

FOUR TRUTHS TO HELP US RICHLY EXPERIENCE THE GRACE OF GOD IN COMMUNITY WITH ONE ANOTHER:

1. We each have graces given to us.
-Rom. 12:3, 6
-We have been given “little graces” (gifts) according to the “big grace” God has given us.
-These graces are part of the treasury of grace from which our brothers and sisters are to draw.

2. The graces we have been given are different from one another.
-Rom. 12:6
-They differ in categories, levels, combinations, manners given (duration and occasion), opportunities, manners of expression.
-There are thousands of shades and hues and combinations of gifts, all by Divine design.

3. The different graces we have (and don’t have) are determined by Grace.
-Rom. 12:3
-It is grace that determines our gifts, gifts we have and gifts we don’t have.
-By the grace of God, whatever deficits you have in gifts puts you in need of your brothers and sisters.
-We sometimes find ourselves in divinely appointed circumstances that make us realize our deficits and reach out to our brothers and sisters to draw from them and the treasury of grace in them.
-Paul did not do everything alone, he had Silas, John Mark, Barnabus, etc. He took his brothers with him.
-Our gift deficits are an expression of the grace of God just as our giftedness is.
-We actually have all the gifts because we experience them all in relationship with our brothers and sisters.
-In community with one another, we possess all the gifts.
-Technically, the gifts we do have are not our own, but they belong to our brothers and sisters.

4. We each should exercise the graces given to us.

A. If given the grace of prophecy, exercise it according to the faith.
-Two kinds of prophecy, revelatory and non-revelatory.
-Acts 11:27-28; 21:10-11; Acts 15:32
-“Must correspond to the rule of faith as proclaimed by the apostles and believed, confessed and taught in the churches.” (In my notes, I missed the name in order to cite this quote. Sorry.)

B. If given the grace of service, exercise it by serving.
-People with this gift are skilled in discerning needs, both material, physical and spiritual and they find pleasure in meeting those needs.

C. If given the grace of teaching, exercise it by teaching.
-Instructing in doctrine and practice.
-In a sense, exercising spiritual authority.
-People with this gift are skilled in discerning where there are errors and bringing the word of God to bear on them.

D. If given the grace of exhortation, exercise it by exhorting.
-lit: to call from along one’s side, to comfort, encourage, challenge, motivate, rouse, rebuke.
-Not as an authority figure, but by coming alongside someone who needs encouragement, etc.

E. If given the grace of giving, exercise it with liberality.
-People with this gift are skilled at discerning needs and meeting them.
-Are often gifted at generating income and resources in order to meet needs.
-This does not mean that the person must be rich to exercise this gift.
-Finds joy in giving time, resources, income.

F. If given the grace of leadership, exercise it with diligence.
-lit: to stand before.
-Someone who can see the giftedness of others and use and direct their gifts.
-All husbands have this gift to one degree or another in order to lead their households.

G. If given the grace of mercy, exercise it with cheerfulness.
-Showing sympathy and compassion to those who are suffering.
-Gladly helping and sustaining those who are suffering through a time of dire need.


The Peace of God

Sermon Notes – Pastor Karlos Limtiaco
July 15, 2012 – Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church

SIX DISCIPLINES THAT WILL HELP YOU TO GENUINELY EXPERIENCE THE PEACE OF GOD

Shalom in Hebrew Text שָׁלוֹם

Shalom in Hebrew Text שָׁלוֹם (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Text: Philippians 4:4-9

Peace: Shalom, a state of mind that is satisfied and has relationships which are characterized by harmony. More than just peace of mind…but also a flourishing wholeness with God and others.

1. The Discipline of rejoicing in the Lord.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. (Phil. 4:4)
-Rejoice in the things of the Lord rather than in the things of the world.
-Rejoice = being thankful to God
-Thanklessness moves us into having a hardened, darkened heart. (Rom. 1:21)
-See 2 Cor. 13:11; Phil 2:17; 3:1; 1 Thess. 5:16
-Rejoice over material blessings, but spiritual blessings as well: Forgiveness, Justification, etc.

2. The Discipline of relating to others in a gentle manner.
Let your reasonableness be known to everyone… (Phil. 4:5a)
-Being patient and forbearing toward those who have sinned against you, responding in Grace.
-Being more concerned about how your sin affects others rather than how their sin affects you.

3. The Discipline of practicing the presence of God.
…The Lord is at hand. (Phil. 4:5b)
-…in your presence is fulness of joy… (Psalm 16:11)
-Goes beyond intellectual knowing, not only objective but subjective presence of God.
-The truth of Divine Omnipresence.
-In Him we live and move and have our being.
-Jeremiah 23:23-24, Am I a God at hand, declares the Lord, and not a God far away?…
-Psalm 139

4. The Discipline of replacing an anxiety with prayer to God.
…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:6-7)
-Go to the Lord in prayer. Know that He is near and willing to hear you.
-Lay your burdens at His feet.
-…casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)
-It is not a peace we drum up ourselves, God produces the peace that surpasses all understanding.

5. The Discipline of meditating on appropriate things.
Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Phil. 4:8)
-These things are all embodied in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
-Focus on Jesus.
-Also are qualities that can be reflected by believers.
-View all of life from the lens of the Divine Christ.

6. The Discipline of behaving in a godly manner.
What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me–practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. (Phil. 4:9)
-Being transformed by the truth so that it works itself out in our actions and behavior.


How People Get Saved

Sermon Notes-Pastor Milton Vincent
July 1, 2012-Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church

Text: Romans 10:9-15

The Essence of Salvation: God gives a person righteousness, deliverance, and satisfaction in Jesus. (See Romans 10:9-11)

Righteousness: Salvation is God giving to a poor, lost sinner, righteousness. His record of sin is wiped clean and he is clothed in the perfect righteousness of Christ.

Deliverance: God saves from something, from sin’s guilt and power, condemnation, wrath, hell, and a meaningless and hopeless life.

Satisfaction: We are sure to be let down if we put our confidence in things and people. God promises that when He is done doing what He wants to do in us through His Son, we will not be ashamed that we have put our trust in Jesus.

A FIVE-FOLD EXPLANATION AS TO HOW IT IS THAT HIS SALVATION GETS TO PARTICULAR PEOPLE

1. This salvation comes to those who call upon Christ.
…for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing His riches on all who call on Him. For everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved. (Rom. 10:12-13)
-We don’t just wake up one day saved, delivered, justified.
-It is people who cry out to Jesus who get saved.
-Salvation does not come from within, but from without and only through Jesus.
-Salvation is for those who stop calling upon anything or anyone else besides Jesus.

2. Those who call upon Christ do so because they believe in Christ.
How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed?… (Rom. 10:14)
-Calling on Christ without believing would be meaningless.
-Belief is the fuel that drives the prayer of calling upon the Lord.
-Belief in Jesus is more than a bare believing of facts about Him.
-It is seeing a need for the Savior and withdrawing trust from themselves, anything or anyone else and putting trust in Jesus.
-It is believing and trusting that Jesus has the power and desire to save.

3. Those who believe in Christ do so because they have heard the gospel of Christ.
…And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard?… (Rom. 10:14)
-This is God’s plan- through hearing.
-See Acts 11:14; 1 Cor. 1:21
-Hearing words, a message, is the means God uses to bring people to belief in His Son.
-Not a list of do’s and don’t’s, but a piece of news that comes to us about Jesus.

“Faith indeed comes of hearing. Do not imagine men will be saved any other way.” -Newell

4. Those who hear the gospel of Christ do so because someone preached it to them.
…And how are they to hear without someone preaching? (Rom. 10:14)
-Preacher=Heralder, someone who announces a public message.
-Herald: someone who acts as a messenger of a king or commander.
-“…the herald announces no word more or less than he is bidden to announce and alters and changes nothing.” -Lenski
-There are many who don’t like certain parts of Scripture. but it’s not our luxury to pick and choose and preach only the parts that we like.

“The essence of other religions is advice; Christianity is essentially news.” -Tim Keller, The King’s Cross

5. Someone preaches the gospel to them because he is commissioned by God to do so.
And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” (Rom. 10:15)
-The sovereign God who is utterly sovereign in salvation has so structured things that He uses people to preach the Good News.
-God is the sending agent. He is behind it all!
-How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news! This comes from Isaiah 52. The Jews imagining the heralds running over the mountains to make the announcement that their Babylonian captivity is over. The dusty feet of the heralds would be beautiful to them.
-The idea is, how beautiful are the goings of those who bring the good news of the Gospel.
-We go to bring the Good News of salvation because we are sent by God.
-See Mark 16 and Matt. 28.


You Are The Body Of Christ

Sermon Notes-Pastor Carlos Cuellar
June 10, 2012-Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church

Intro: Even more amazing than the human body is the body of Christ. Paul wanted to teach the priority of the body and our role in the body, both unity and diversity. In Corinth, certain parts of the body were being elevated above the others. We need to be reminded of the body of Christ, especially as it functions as a local body here at Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church. We want to grow in the Gospel and community.

FIVE TRUTHS ABOUT THE BODY OF CHRIST – 1 Corinthans 12:12-27

1. The body is rooted in Christ.
-…so it is with Christ. (v. 12)
-Christ and His church are inseparable.
-The way we regard Christ is the same way we should regard the body-not only the universal body of Christ, but the local body.
-We are Christ’s body.
-See Acts 20:28; Matt. 16:18
-The way we treat the body is how we treat Christ. (Matt. 25:34-40)

2. The body of Christ is rooted in the Gospel.
-(v. 13)
-God brings us together with others who are God’s people.
-Through one Spirit baptized into His body.
-The Gospel is how we came into community and the basis of our community.
-Different backgrounds, but all taking on a new identity as members of the body of Christ.
-The Gospel is an invitation to others to come into community with the body of Christ.

3. The body is rooted in people.
-(v. 14)
-The Corinthians were exalting certain gifts and thereby exalting certain people as more important in the body.
-There is a diversity of members, but one body.
-It’s about a community of people, not only just you and me.
-Especially in our western thinking, we see individualism as most important.
-The body is made up of precious people for whom Christ died.
-The body can employ programs, church buildings, events, etc., but people are most important.
-Christ was all about people.

4. The body of Christ is rooted in a diverse community of vital members.
-(v. 15-20)
-All have a purpose in the body.
-God has brought our local body together (v. 18).
-Diverse, yet united with Christ as the Head.
-For example, the whole body as an eye would not be a body, but a monstrosity.
-The demarcation among the people in the body is in function, not position.

5. The body is rooted in an interdependent community of caring members.
-(v. 21-27)
-We have a part to play in others’ lives and they have a part to play in ours.
-In Corinth, certain people with more “flashy” gifts began to think they didn’t need the body.
-We need each other and are designed for community in Christ.
-Even those who seem weaker are necessary and essential to the body.
-The body is neither independent from each other or dependent upon each other, but interdependent. We need each other!
-If one member is hurt, we all hurt. If one member is exalted, we all rejoice.

Verse 27 reads, Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. Literally, you are body of Christ… emphasizing the very nature of what we are together.


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