I attended Pioneer Memorial Church this morning on the suggestion of one of the Deans of the college for Sabbath worship. It was a wonderful experience after I got over the initial nerve racking anxiety. I tell you, I never thought I had a problem with this before but it has proven to me that yes, I do.
I will save you the initial details of my freaking out experience and get down to the nitty gritty of things, shall I say. First, I would suggest you catalog this website into your fav's somewhere or podcast area www.pmcchurch.tv . Today's sermon was a continuation, and I look forward to getting session one.
Let's Go to 1 Samuel 1:14 "Lessons from the White Spider" II (the answers will be capitalized)
I am not going to re-preach Pastor Nelson sermon, I'm going to give you the exact same lessons to live by that he gave the congregation this morning.
Lesson # 1- God isn't dependent on NUMBERS. vs 14:6
Lesson #2-COURAGE is contagious. vs 14:6
-Theodore Roosevelt: "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, who face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
Lesson #3- With God you must climb with an "ADVANCE MENTALITY" vs 7-9
-Erwin Raphael McManus: Somehow Jonathan understood that when you're moving with God, you must move with and advance mentality. You move forward unless God tell you to stop. You advance unless God tells you to wait. There are certain things that you do not need permission to do. You've already been commissioned to do them [What would that be?] There are certain things you do not need a calling to do. You've already been commanded to do them" (Seizing Your Divine Moment 155)
Lesson #4-For some mountaintops the greatest challenge is the ARRIVAL, not the ascent. vs 11-12
-Elijah (Mt Carmel Experience-->[ top of the mountain] threat of death from Queen Jezebel ->ran for his life--> series of emotional events.
-"In the valley of humiliation, where men [and women] depend on God to teach them ad to guide their every step, there is comparative safety. But the men [and women] who stand, as it were, on a lofty pinnacle [mountain]...-these are in gravest peril. Unless such [people] make God their DEPENDENTS, they will surely fall." (PK 60)
Lesson #5- LEADERS must LEAD. vs 12
-John Maxwell: "Leadership is INFLUENCE- nothing more, nothing less."
-1 Corinthians 11:1-"Follow MY example, as I follow the example of CHRIST."
Lesson #6-Speak FAITH into your climb and battle. vs 12
-Exodus 14:13,14- "Do not be afraid. Stand firm. The LORD will FIGHT for you; you need only stand still."
- 2 Chronicles 20:15- "Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the BATTLE is not yours, but God's."
-2 Chronicles 32:7,8- "With us is the LORD our God to help us and to FIGHT our BATTLES."
-1 John 5:4- "This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our FAITH."
-Almighty power is not in our FAITH; our faith is in the power of the ALMIGHTY.
Lesson #7- Stay "right behind" your divine Jonathan
"Climb up after Me"