Sermons by Rev. Brian Rainwater

Sermons by Rev. Brian Rainwater

In Times of Opposition

Philippians 3:1-11 New International Version (NIV) No Confidence in the Flesh 3 Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you. 2 Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh. 3 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh— 4 though I myself have reasons for such…

In Light of circumstances

Philippians 1:12-18 Choose what is Really Important. Joy comes from pursuing lasting meaning. Circumstances are Secondary. Our choice is to look for opportunities in light of circumstances “We can’t control our circumstances so Why let them Control us?

Going Deep

Luke 5:1-11 5 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret,[a] the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 4 When he had finished speaking, he…

Grace Giving

The Widow didn’t say __Someone_____ _Else___. The Widow didn’t seek ____Attention______. The Widow gained the ___Approval______ of Jesus The Widow’s offering was ___Grace ____ __Giving____. A __Response___ to what God has done for us. An act of ___Worship______. It was a ____Blessing____ to others.

Giving and Receiving

Acts 20:32-35 When did your first experience the __Christmas_____ Shift? The Shift is about __Maturity______. God uses the Shift to ___Distribute_____   ____Resources_____. To ___Benefit______ all. To ___Balance_____ our lives. To ___Maximize______ impact. The ___Christmas____ Shift is about the arrival of __Jesus____.

Decision Making

Scripture: Proverbs 6:6-11   Definition of a Balanced Life: Determining what is most ___important_______ and using your resources accordingly. Three Resource Books: Date__book. Check book. Face__book. The Ant knows: What_____ to do. When_______ to do it. Misconceptions about a Balanced Life: Equal _parts___ to all __things_____. Only pursue that which makes you _happy__. I should do as _others____ do. What __steps_____ do I need to take?

It’s About the Chocolate, It’s not about the Chocolate

Acts 11:25-30 New International Version (NIV) 25 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch. 27 During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread…

Your Deepest Gladness and the World’s Deepest Hunger

Luke 4:14-21 Jesus Knew what He was ___About______. Jesus knew what the __World______ needed. Jesus was willing to ___Pay___ the ___Price___. “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet. Frederick Buechner How Do We Get There? What gives you __Life____? Where can I make a __Difference______? Be willing to make _Waves___.

Something Else To Do

1 Corinthians 9:15-19 The Apostle Paul mentions what God has laid on his heart: It is not about _Me___. I am ___Compelled______. Calvin Miller calls this your ____Woe____ point. Write down your__Priorities______. Place them where they will ____Confront __ you. Write them in the form of a ___Prayer_____. Lay them before God on the __Altar____.   My ___Reward_______ is others-Centered_________.  “Dear God, please give me something else to do.” Will change the way you spend your ____Time___ & ___Money____. Will…