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Aug 9, 2020
Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – God Sends a Deliverer
The Whole Counsel of God – God Sends a Deliverer
Exodus 2:11-22
 
God Prepares His People For Service
God’s School of Discipleship
 
1. God prepares by providence
- people, places, personality, abilities, situation
2. God prepares by teaching
- we are to learn to know Him through His word
3. God prepares by subtraction
- He removes the world and kills off our ‘self’
4. God prepares by regeneration
- The Spirit changes our hearts
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  • Aug 9, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – God Sends a Deliverer
    Aug 9, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – God Sends a Deliverer
    The Whole Counsel of God – God Sends a Deliverer
    Exodus 2:11-22
     
    God Prepares His People For Service
    God’s School of Discipleship
     
    1. God prepares by providence
    - people, places, personality, abilities, situation
    2. God prepares by teaching
    - we are to learn to know Him through His word
    3. God prepares by subtraction
    - He removes the world and kills off our ‘self’
    4. God prepares by regeneration
    - The Spirit changes our hearts
  • Aug 2, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – God Sends a Deliverer
    Aug 2, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – God Sends a Deliverer
    The Whole Counsel of God – God Sends a Deliverer
    Exodus 2:1-10
     
    To Strengthen the Faith of God’s People
    1. Our faith and love for Jesus Christ
    - Moses is a type of Christ
    2. God has a plan and moves all the pieces on the earth to accomplish that plan
    3. God WILL save His people
    - He sends a savior at just the right time
    4. God’s main purpose is His own glory
  • Jul 26, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 1 The Enemy Strikes
    Jul 26, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 1 The Enemy Strikes
    The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 1 The Enemy Strikes
     
    Exodus 1:1-22
     
    The Church Militant
    The Church Triumphant
     
    - The more God’s people are oppressed, the more that oppression strengthens them, and also works against their oppressors
    - This is true for the Church and individuals
    - Just as gold is purified by fire, so are we purified by trials
    - All things do work for OUR GOOD and HIS GLORY
    - For this reason we are to endure patiently
     
     
    Satan’s two tactics:
    - Overtly oppose God’s people
    - Covertly deceive God’s people
    - When Israel is overtly opposed by the enemy, they triumph and are blessed
    - When Israel is covertly deceived by the enemy, they are judged harshly by God
     
     
    We believe the Bible teaches us to submit to human governments...
    ...Until obeying them would mean disobeying God
    However...We should be wise (shrewd) as serpents and innocent as doves.
     
    1. Know your tendencies and lean against them.
    2. Know to which way you want to err and lean that way.
    3. Don’t expect anyone else to lead you.
    4. Don’t assume man’s motives and the devil’s motives are the same.
    5. Trust God’s word, not your feelings.
  • Jul 19, 2020Carl Helmuth – Gird Up Your Minds
    Jul 19, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – Gird Up Your Minds
    Series: (All)
    Carl Helmuth – Gird Up Your Minds
     
    1 Peter 1
     
    Five God-given Thought Paradigms
     
    1. Gospel foundational thinking
    2. Biblically disciplined thinking
    3. Apocalyptic, hope-filled thinking
    4. Not old, but new creation thinking
    5. ‘Imitating Father’ thinking
  • Jul 12, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – Prayer
    Jul 12, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – Prayer
    The Ordinary Church – Prayer
     
    Acts 2:36-47
     
    1. Why do we not pray?
    2. Why pray?
    3. How should we pray?
     
    Why pray?
    1. Prayer glorifies God as God
    - Prayer sets God apart from His creation
     
    2. Prayer orders all things into their proper place
    - Prayer humbles us and submits us to His will
    - Prayer aligns us with Him and His purpose
    - Prayer quiets the soul in peace and rest
     
    3. Because God is sovereign and can change things...
    ...According to His purpose and promises
    - His Kingdom
    - One another’s needs
    - Our own needs
    - Wisdom and understanding
    - Perseverance in trials
    - Peace, boldness and courage
    How do we know what God’s will is?
     
    4. Because we love the One who saved us
    - Adoration
    - Praise
    - Thanksgiving
    - Repentance
    - Celebrating our adoption as His children
     
    5. Because we love others
    - Praying for the needs of others
    - Praying for God’s will for others
    - Praying for others causes us to love them
    - Praying unifies the church
     
    6. Because prayer changes us
    - Prayer aligns our will with God’s will
    - Praying is a way of “watching” for temptation
    - Praying is the practice of learning to trust God
    - Praying to become like Christ
    - Prayer changes our heart’s desires
  • Jul 5, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – Prayer
    Jul 5, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – Prayer
    The Ordinary Church – Prayer
     
    Acts 2:36-47
     
    1. Why do we not pray?
    2. Why pray?
    3. How should we pray?
     
    Why pray? 1. Prayer glorifies God as God - Prayer sets God apart from His creation 2. Prayer orders all things into their proper place - Prayer humbles us and submits us to His will - Prayer aligns us with Him and His purpose - Prayer quiets the soul in peace and rest 3. Because God is sovereign and can change things
  • Jun 28, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – Prayer
    Jun 28, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – Prayer
    The Ordinary Church – Prayer   Acts 2:36-47
     
    Prayer
     
    1. Why do we not pray?
    2. Why pray?
    3. How should we pray?
     
    Why do we not pray?1. We are not dependent on God
    - Dependent people pray
    - We are unaware of our intense, daily need for God to work on our behalf
    - In our thinking, we must separate our “doing” from our “relying”
     
    2. We don’t really believe it will make a difference
    - "Prayer is a mighty instrument, not for getting man’s will done in heaven, but for getting God’s will done on earth” – Robert Law
    - “Our great hope in prayer, therefore, is not to change what God has planned, but to bring about what God has planned.” - Unknown
    - If our prayers bring about God’s plan, do we believe that God has a plan today?
    - We should assume that God wants to bring about His will through the prayers of His people
     
    3. It is self-denying, flesh-defying hard work
    - Devoted people pray
  • Jun 21, 2020Carl Helmuth – Father’s Day
    Jun 21, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – Father’s Day
    Father's Day
     
     
    Men, God is holding you accountable for how you lead
    - Lead Yourself
    - Lead Your Families
    - Lead The Church
     
    Be on the alert. Be watchful.
    - Watchful in prayer
    - Watchful against temptation
    - Watchful against indifference
    - Watchful against false teachers
    - Watch for the Day of the Lord
     
    Stand firm in the faith.
    - This means caring more about what God thinks than what men think
    - This means standing with brothers
    - This means standing firm in the truth
    - we are in a battle for truth
    - the word of truth is our sword
     
    Be men of courage.
    andrizomai
    anēr
     
    Be men of courage.
    - Be strong and courageous
    - Be strengthened (be strong in the Lord)
    - This means being willing to go against the world, the flesh, and the devil
    - This means operating in this world while we are envisioning the next
  • Jun 14, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – Breaking of Bread
    Jun 14, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – Breaking of Bread
    The Ordinary Church – Breaking of Bread   Acts 2:36-47
     
    Seven Reasons Why Breaking of Bread is a Means of Grace
    1. The breaking of bread means...REMEMBERING
    2. The breaking of bread strengthens my faith in God’s COVENANT PROMISES
    3. The breaking of bread satisfies our desire of KNOWING and HONORING CHRIST
    4. The breaking of bread focuses us on WHAT GOD HAS DONE rather than on what we must do
    5. The breaking of bread reinforces GOD’S LOVE FOR ME Which motivates my love for Him Which drives my obedience to Him
    6. The breaking of bread is a way of FIXING OUR EYES ON WHAT IS UNSEEN
    7. The breaking of bread recognizes that WE ARE ALL UNITED “IN CHRIST”
  • Jun 7, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – Breaking of Bread
    Jun 7, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – Breaking of Bread
    The Ordinary Church – Breaking of Bread
     
    Acts 2:36-47
     
    Examining Three Covenants
    - The Abrahamic Covenant
    - The Mosaic Covenant
    - The New Covenant
     
    The Abrahamic Covenant
    Ratified - By God passing through the halves
    Type - Unconditional (God alone)
    Seal - Circumcision – marked God’s people
    Sign - Circumcision – physical sign
    - Genesis 15:1-18
     
    The Mosaic Covenant (the law)
    Ratified - By the sprinkling of blood
    Type - Conditional (on both parties)
    Seal - Keeping God’s Sabbaths
    Sign - Keeping God’s Sabbaths
    - Exodus 19:3-8
    - Exodus 24:3-8
    - Hebrews 9:18-20
     
    The New Covenant
    Ratified - Blood of Christ on the cross
    Type - Unconditional (Christ alone)
    Seal - Holy Spirit (spiritual circumcision)
    Sign - Baptism/Lord’s supper
    - Hebrews 9:11-15
  • May 31, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – Breaking of Bread
    May 31, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – Breaking of Bread
    The Ordinary Church – Breaking of Bread
     
    Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tua78-AtEqc
     
    Acts 2:36-47
     
    1 Corinthians 11:23-30
    1 Corinthians 10:17
    John 6:47-51
    1 Corinthians 10:16
  • May 24, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – The Fellowship
    May 24, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – The Fellowship
    The Ordinary Church – The Fellowship
     
    Acts 2:36-47
     
    Devotion to “The Fellowship” meant… Devotion to being PRIESTS for this world
    Pictures of Priesthood: - Priests were lights - they were holy to the Lord - Priests were mediators between God and the people - The Church is the pillar and foundation of the truth - We stand in the gap and intercede for the world - The Church is the “Noah’s Ark” of this world - We are to swing the sword of the Gospel Devotion to the GOD-POWERED Church
  • May 17, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – The Fellowship
    May 17, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – The Fellowship
    The Ordinary Church – The Fellowship
     
    Acts 2:36-47
     
    Devotion to “The Fellowship” meant…
    Devotion to EVERYONE PARTICIPATING
     
    Seven Common Points About The Body:
    In the Body of Christ, EVERYONE PARTICIPATES
    Every part is NECESSARY
    Every part is UNIQUE
    Every part is by the SPIRIT OF GOD
    Our goal is the GOOD OF THE BODY
    We are in a PROCESS OF MATURING
    The chief end is the GLORY OF GOD
     
    Don’t be as concerned about discovering what your spiritual gift is...
    ...as you are about strengthening the faith of others
     
    Complete humility is a requirement for serving well in the body of Christ
    - humility comes from knowing that all you have, is a gift from God
     
    When we speak, we should be able to speak the very words that God would speak
     
    When we serve, we should serve with the strength God provides
     
    - knowing that all good we do is from God
  • May 10, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – The Fellowship
    May 10, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – The Fellowship
    The Ordinary Church – The Fellowship
     
    Acts 2:36-47
     
    Devotion to “The Fellowship” meant…
    Devotion to being in ONE ACCORD
     
    Homothymadon
    Homou - together, same
    thumos - wrath, anger, passion, outburst, fierceness, rage
    ONE ACCORD
     
    Barriers to “One accord-ness” today:
    Sin – personal sinfulness
    Flesh – desires of the flesh
    Pride – we are about us
    Personality – we see things very differently
    Fears – when fear trumps faith, we divide
    Guilt – guilt causes us to find fault
    The Bible can be difficult to interpret.
    - So it is easy to misinterpret scripture.
    - Or to think that correct interpretation is not possible.
    - Or decide that everyone’s interpretation is “God speaking to me”.
    - Or we emphasize one part over another.
    There is a buffet of Bible teachers today.
    There is a church “on every corner”.
    It is easier to find a new church than wrestle through relational or doctrinal issues.
    People have different, and many times wrong expectations of what the church really is.
    We disagree about what we should focus on.
    Culture affects us – post-modern culture, where there is no objective, absolute truth.
    We live in a very individualistic culture today.
    We live in a culture where everyone’s opinion is considered equally valid.
    We have access to so much information today that it is difficult to know what is true.
    We don’t know which doctrines are essential and which are not.
    We easily confuse personal preference with essential doctrine.
    We hate conflict, so resolving issues is difficult.
    We come together with biases and traditions that separate us and blind us.
    We are busy with our own lives.
    We are under lots of pressure elsewhere and can’t care deeply about other’s needs.
    We are willing to work hard on most other things but think church “should just be easy”.
    We don’t really believe that “It is more blessed to give than receive”.
     
  • May 3, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – The Fellowship
    May 3, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – The Fellowship
    The Ordinary Church – The Fellowship
     
    Acts 2:36-47
    Koinonia
    - fellowship, association, community, communion, joint participation
     
    Inward Fellowship
    Outward Fellowship
     
    Ekklesia – Church Ek - Out Kaleo - Called - The called-out ones - A gathered assembly
    Devotion to “The Fellowship” meant… Devotion to a SUPERNATURAL fellowship Devotion to GATHERING
  • Apr 26, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – The Fellowship
    Apr 26, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – The Fellowship
    The Ordinary Church – The Fellowship
     
    Acts 2:36-47
    Koinonia
    - fellowship, association, community, communion, joint participation
     
    Inward Fellowship
    Outward Fellowship
     
    Koinonia doesn’t happen when…
    The Church is full of people who:
    - are not regenerated
    - have forgotten who they used to be
    - have forgotten what they were saved from
    - have forgotten what it took to save them
    - have forgotten what they are saved to
     
    Koinonia happens when…
    Our union with Christ is real and it:
    - produces love, joy and peace
    - produces a heart of praise and worship
    - places us into a family that fellowships
    - powers love and service for that family
    - produces a desire to be with that family
  • Apr 19, 2020Carl Helmuth – A Final Preparation
    Apr 19, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – A Final Preparation
    Series: (All)
    A Final Preparation
    John 15
    18 If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me first.
    19 If you were of the world, it would love you as its own.
    Instead, the world hates you, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.
     
    The world is not your friend
    -because you are not of the world
    -because it was not Jesus’ friend…we should expect persecution
    -because we expose their sin
    -because of the “TRUTH” barrier
    -but we are Christ’s ambassadors to the people of the world
     
    The world that is not your friend…
    is also inside the Church
     
    Four Overall Takeaways
    -I would urge us to accept that hatred and persecution from the world is normal for believers
    -I would urge us to recognize that our flesh loves the things of the world and we must battle that
    -I would urge us to always beware of the world’s messaging – real truth is from God’s kingdom
    -I would urge us to grow in our love for one another
  • Apr 12, 2020Carl Helmuth – Easter
    Apr 12, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – Easter
    Series: (All)
  • Apr 5, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Goodness of God
    Apr 5, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Goodness of God
    Series: (All)
    The Goodness of God
    He has given us life – real life
    - eternal life
    - eternal life serving with Christ
    - life with every blessing in the heavenlies
    - life with an eternal purpose of glorifying and enjoying God forever
     
    He sovereignly controls all things
    - He is involved in every tiny aspect of His creation and watches over it
    - He feeds and cares for even His smallest creatures
    - He has committed His highest love for His Son and those He redeemed
     
    He knows everything there is to know about us
    - He knows our thoughts and our next word even before it is spoken
    - He has set the number of our days
    - He will not allow us to die one minute before we have fulfilled His purpose for us here
    - He has purchased us with His own blood
     
    His provision is superior to our efforts
    - He knows what we need better than we do
    - He knows His purpose for us
    - His providence is constant around us
    - His ways are inscrutable
    - He has promised to work all things for our good and for His glory
     
    He is our Father who has chosen to adopt us
    - He has called us out of the darkness that the whole world is in
    - He has rescued us from their empty pursuits
    - He has called us to a higher purpose and promised to provide our temporal needs
    - He has promised to withhold no good thing
     
    He is our Father who has given us a kingdom
    - He has given all power and authority and dominion to His Son, the King
    - He has made us coheirs with Christ
    - He has given each of us a heavenly account where we can lay treasures even now
    - Suffering for Him here is treasure above
  • Mar 29, 2020Carl Helmuth – How to Trust a Sovereign God
    Mar 29, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – How to Trust a Sovereign God
    Series: (All)
    How does one trust a sovereign God?
    How does one trust a sovereign God when He brings trials?
     
    When it comes to trusting God, there are two things we must know:
    Who We are
    Who God is
     
    The first thing to know in trusting God is that trusting myself is foolish
    The first thing to do in trusting God is to STOP TRUSTING myself