Sermons by Rev. Brian Rainwater

Sermons by Rev. Brian Rainwater

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…

Walk This Way

Ephesians 5:15-20 New International Version (NIV) 15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always…

Shipwrecked on Malta

Acts 28:1-10 Paul’s Shipwreck Experience: Paul receives a __welcome_____ from __Barbarians____. The Islander’s poor ___Theology______. Paul is a __Sinner___. Paul is a _god_____. Paul __ministers_______ to Publius’ Father. Meeting needs __draws____ people. People who are ministered _to__, minister __too____.

Availability

Scripture: Acts 8:26-35 There is a difference between ___sailing_____ and riding in a boat. “We cannot make the wind blow, but we can hoist the sails.” – Christian Schwartz Keys to Availability: Know the __mind____ of __God____. Listen for His __voice____. Build ___margin______ in your life. Act with ___purpose______. Be ready for God’s ____unexpected_____. Philip’s Example: He followed the ___voice_____ of God. He was ____obedient_____. He took the ___time___ to explain. He responded to a ___felt___ need. He shared the…

Have You No Shame?

Scripture Reading: Romans 1:14-17 What is shame? To ___disgrace______ or ___dishonour_____. Reasons we are ashamed of the Gospel: It is _____counter_-_cultural_________. We fail to understand its ___power______. We chase after ___meaningless______ things. Paul reminds us: The Gospel is ____power_____! The Gospel brings ____righteousness____ to ___everyone___ who believes. Instead, they were longing for a better country – a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. Hebrews 11:16