That means the early church sprang from a “mixed multitude” of differing ethnic groups, skin colors, cultures, and languages. Verses 42 and 46 mention “breaking of bread”—probably a reference to a meal followed by the Lord’s Supper. After Elijah gave the prophesy to Ahab, the Lord gave him some very specific instructions, and it’s within those instructions that we find requirement we must meet when God is leading us to our place called “There”: those requirements call for some separation (to leave or part from something); it requires travel deviation (a different way taken in thought or action); after which we will experience consummation (the perfect ending or completion of a deal), and it all depends on our obedience on our way to the place called “There”. THERE may be much to learn from an empty place. Billy D. Strayhorn INTRODUCTION: Dawne Olson, a South Dakota mother of four, was preparing to give a talk on unity at her women's Bible study. It is the first of the Five Discourses of Matthew and takes place relatively early in the Ministry of Jesus after he has … And no one asked about the mistakes I’ve made over the years. In Acts 2 the answer is simple: They valued people over possessions. Sometimes you have to leave some things and some places; that’s separation; there will be directional changes, that’s deviation; but when you arrive “THERE”, God will let you again experience consummation. I don’t know if you’ve ever experienced God like that, but sometimes when you’re in His will; sometimes when you’re walking as close to Him as you can; sometimes when you follow His every lead as close as you can, sometimes even then, He will take you to a barren looking place. The believers were unified, Christ was magnified, and the church was multiplied. 21 And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: 22 And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: Committing to God Pt. We’re hoping to change that this year. Sign up to join over 20,000 subscribers receiving our weekly sermon email. Here is a church with no building, no paid staff, no programs, no choir, no organ, no parking lots, no buses, no contemporary worship, and most amazingly, no Internet web site. The Empty Place: A Christmas Day Sermon “And David’s place was empty.” — 1 Samuel xx.25. Joseph’s THERE was in an Egyptian prison –- there will I lift you. Sometimes people grumble about it. It still works today. Are you There yet. Exodus 33:21-22. Two things stood in his way, her two children. But David discovered something else also, in that same passage he goes on to say, “but God delivers them out of them all. Here is the answer from our text: Where those things are present, these five results are sure to follow: What happened in Acts 2 is not unique. It can counterfeit that reality, but it can’t duplicate it. A few years ago the government surveyed returning prisoners of war to discover the worst part of their confinement. Sometimes, God will lead you, like Elijah, to a brook and the brook will dry up. I know that I’ve done a little play on words this morning, but my main purpose has been to get to this part, to remind you of another THERE. God doesn’t even want you asking how high; just start jumping. I wasn’t even a candidate for pastor at that point—just an unknown preacher from Texas. This very week our local newspaper commented that some churches in Oak Park don’t wish to be called “progressive.” I thought to myself, “Thank God. God still guides his church today through his inerrant, inspired, totally truthful Word. They are, but they don’t constitute the heart of a great church.). The movie starred Ice … God had already commanded the ravens to nourish Elijah. And that’s exactly what happened. More than anything else, that drove POWs to the brink of despair. Elijah moved knowing that his place at the brook would only be temporary; and not knowing how God would sustain him continually. One to the first things we need to talk about it because it is the place God’s saves us from Hell is a real place Jesus talks about hell more than he talks about heaven and describes… I take from this a simple test for worship: Does it whet your appetite for God? Skip to comments. It is no exaggeration to say that the Christian church was conceived in a prayer meeting (see Acts 1:12-14). To find God’s favor, baby you’ve got to allow some separation to come; there must be deviation from your usual paths and mode of travel. However, these verses do suggest a “commune-ism” of sorts in the early church. Scripture Passage: John 14:1-3 Here on earth, we’re limited in our knowledge about Heaven. TD Jakes. 2 Samuel 3:1-2 Now there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. By Elijah’s obedience to the Lord in making this prophesy to King Ahab, his own life became one of imminent danger. We learn in verse 47 that the early Christians had “favor with all the people.” Even unbelievers were amazed by the things they heard and saw and wanted to know more about it. He wanted to entice her and she was heavily involved with career. Yesterday I listened to the replay of Babbie Mason’s concert at the Friday Night Sing. Carmel. Luke reports that the early believers devoted themselves to the “apostles’ teaching” (Acts 2:42). It’s a funny thing but, when it’s time to separate, those old things and those old people will try and hold on. It was THERE at Calvary that He died, THERE, in a grave that He lay all day Friday, and all day Saturday, and it was from THERE that He got up early, on Sunday morning. Sermon. If we can do that, we’ll discover the same power that animated the early church. You can hate your enemies or you can pray for them, but you can’t do both at the same time. I like when he says, “I’ve never seen the righteous forsaken or his seed begging for bread”. You’re all up in my business instead of taking care of your business. You were not made to be totally and completely independent. A Place Called “There” Lesson 1 1 Kings 17 INTRODUCTION: By the 9th century BCE, the Kingdom of Israel, once united under King Solomon, was divided into the northern Kingdom of Israel and southern Kingdom of Judah, which retained the historic seat of government and focus of the Israelite religion at the Temple in Jerusalem. They had none of the “stuff” we Americans consider so crucial—yet they reached people by the thousands. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. Elijah was a mighty prophet of God and he was used mightily by God:  he experienced the power of God upon Mt. That didn’t seem to matter. She woke up early to type out the scripture verses. I can’t say, but we often pray and ask God for favor, and I think that we fail to remember that by its very definition, favor only comes following some bad deeds, disservice, rejection or some hindrance. Are We There Yet? God has provided the brook and the ravens; what other prophet ever got this kind of treatment?”  A brook is for rest, not recluse – you can’t stay at the brook indefinitely because it will dry up. Sometimes we who are in the ministry like to joke that if you want to get a group out you have to have pie and coffee. That to me is what the body of Christ is supposed to be. We have our own cars, our own rooms, our own phones, computers, beepers, pagers, and even our own fax machines. Love Worth Finding PO Box 38300, Memphis, TN 38183 800-274-5683 If we were somehow transported back in time, we would not understand their songs or the Scripture reading or the sermon. James, in his New Testament writings, has colored Elijah as a man of like passions as we are:  Elijah struggled in many of the same ways that we do; he dealt with sorrow; he dealt with despondency; he dealt with questions about circumstances in his life; but yet, if I may use that vernacular, he believed God and he was obedient to God. I also like the way Paul put it:  “nothing and nobody can separate you from the love of God.”  Amen?? Giles Community of Faith.” I like that concept—the church as a “community of faith.” That’s entirely in keeping with the spirit of Acts 2:41-47. I know He is ABLE and I know He will keep you because, remember the Psalmist said, “but God delivers them out of them all.”   He has not only led you “There”, but He has already made provisions for you while you are “There”. Our quest for more privacy has come at the cost of enormous personal loneliness. They evidently did it on their own. No. He said, “Have your horn and your pitcher, and stand in your place.” He had already declared a drought, right? Perhaps you remember the theme song from the most popular TV show in America a few years ago: “You wanna be where you can see that troubles are all the same. They didn’t ask how many books I had written or the size of the church I now pastor. Vital worship played an important role in the early church. Leave and go to the brook Cherith. I’ve been THERE in abuse – and He bought me out. And the consummation is both present and future: “In this world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world”. “There” you shall drink of the brook; I have commanded the ravens to feed you, “There”. I wonder if those three things shouldn’t go together: Prayer … Awe … Wonders and Signs. Verse 41 tells us the church began with 3000 conversions in one day. Carmel. Show us anything in our midst that hinders your work. The Distinctiveness of a Place Called “There” New Hope Baptist Church August 3, 2008 9:30 a.m. We can work at home if we want, thus avoiding the messy problem of dealing with people face to face. If you are not in your “There” you will miss your moment and miss your miracle and abort your blessing; because you are not “There”. They listen and say “Amen” or offer other comments on your words. As I do so, allow me one observation: Acts 2 paints the picture of an attractive church. Not only must you separate yourselves from some familiar things and places and people, but it’s often necessary to deviate, to turn; to shift; to change your course of travel. Has anyone ever tried to relate a story or situation to you, only to stop and say; “you had to have been there”? Your “There” may not look all that appealing at first, but just stay “There”. Scripture...Luke2 16:8-20Offering...CashApp $mcbc5732Online Giving: www.osvonlinegiving.com/1622 Some “preachers” don’t mention it. As I prepared this message, I remembered that I preached on this passage on May 14, 1989—my first-ever sermon at Calvary. Our congregation has added so many new families in the last few years that, in some respects, we have become a church of friendly strangers. Cherith means the cutting place; to cut away or cut off. But it’s not just a psychological fact that people like to eat together. Matthew tells us that Jesus was not able to work many miracles in some cities because of their unbelief (Matthew 13:58). Make us of one mind and one heart. 2021 (2) January (2) The Wisdom of Jesus (2021-01-09) Preparing to Thrive (2021-01-02) 2020 (52) December (4) ... Chad Reisser leads the Place in music, special music by the Conejo Adventist Elementary School choirs. Listed below is our current sermon series with notes and audio. Jeremiah’s THERE was at the Potter’s House – there will I remake you. This means they put a high priority on knowing the truth. For 2 hours we watched the suffering Jesus endured during the last hours of his life. Comments Off on Sermon: A Place Called Home Where, I ask you, is home? Strangely, I One gets the idea that shared meals played an important part in the life of the early church. Beloved, you have to be “There” in order to reap the blessings that God has for you. Verse 47 adds that they were “praising God.” The whole passage seems to suggest a sustained atmosphere of praise and worship that permeated the early church. He was told to go eastward to the brook Cherith. In the last two decades the church has more than tripled in size and moved to a new location. Summary: This sermon looks at the importance of not only being established in a local church but of spending time in communion with God. Acts 2:41-47 offers us a brief snapshot of the early church. And while a church may be large and active without prayer, it cannot be truly great without prayer. A brook, by its very definition, cannot be permanent. I’m glad to know this morning, that when you trust God He will move you from where you are to THERE. Sometimes it’s a physical place we must leave; sometimes it’s a mental, emotional or habitual place that we must separate from; and it is not always obvious what that other place will hold, but two things must work together; obedience and faith. B. It is also a biblical truth. This is not an issue of style. You will also find past sermons below as well. On the Day of Pentecost, people gathered in Jerusalem from all points of the compass—Rome, Egypt, Crete, Cappadocia, Arabia, and many other places (Acts 2:1-11). Sometimes it is said that the church is 20 years behind the times. When Elijah obeyed the Lord, he found himself at the brook Chreith. Sermon John 14:1-14 I Go To Prepare a Place for You By The Rev. Remember you can always interact with our messages through FaithLife. Sermon. We especially wish to say we oppose legalized abortion and pray for God to lift this scourge from our land. When you preach, you know how you’re doing because the people in the pews talk back to you. I asked, what was it that you could not do? In truth, we know that it doesn’t. Open our hearts to one another and to you. I don’t know, but I’ve had some THERE experiences: in cancer – He healed me. I will leave you to ponder the matter yourself. She had left the devastation of Moab, in search of a new beginning, in a strange and foreign land. The Sermon on the Mount (anglicized from the Matthean Vulgate Latin section title: Sermo in monte) is a collection of sayings and teachings attributed to Jesus Christ, which emphasizes his moral teaching found in the Gospel of Matthew (chapters 5, 6, and 7). Carmel; he blessed a woman and her child at Zarapeth; he was seen by Peter and John with Jesus on the Mt. 1. The word THERE is used over 2200 times in Scripture, and it is used in a plethora of ways:  It’s used as an adjective, a pronoun, a noun and an interjection. In one passage he declared that “Many are the afflictions of the righteous…”  David had come to know, to realize and to experience that the righteous, those who love and are loved by God would experience afflictions and tribulations in life. Text: 1 Kings 17:2-4 Introduction: Reflecting on this text and this topic, I was reminded of a movie from 2005 entitled: “Are We There Yet”? Evidently the believers lived together—or perhaps in close proximity to each other. When you listen to the Word of the Lord and follow His directions, you will find yourself “There”. They must have taken Jesus seriously when he spoke about not laying up treasures on the earth. During my seminary days in the 70s, we lived there and attended the Midlothian Bible Church where I served on staff with Dave Wyrtzen as his assistant pastor. Have you ever wondered why God allows some situations in your life? But all fears were removed when we entered the beautiful new building and were immediately overwhelmed with hugs. Jesus said, “I am going to prepare a place for you, if I go I will come again to receive you unto Myself, that where I am, THERE you shall be also.”  There is a place on the other side of time, a place in Eternity; THERE is a place where the weary shall cease from trouble; THERE is a place where all tears shall be wiped from eyes. This week we hear from our first of many guest preachers during this season light, Aaron Monts. (I’m not arguing that these external items aren’t useful for the gospel. Yeah, sometimes you are not experiencing your blessings because you have not separated; you are not where God has called you to be. When God gives us a command, He expects obedience; He requires obedience; and He deserves obedience. Let me just pause here a little while and reintroduce him to our mind sets this morning. The final item of verse 42 is “prayer.” The early church was devoted to prayer. It’s not only important to leave when God says to leave, but you have to go exactly how and where God says to go. The fact she was a harlot magnifies the grace of God by demonstrating that someone with a bad background could find a place in God’s family. When you think about it, it was a curious thing to send Elijah to a brook. We were made for friendship, for family, for deep, caring relationships. Are We There Yet? Look at the average family. The senior pastor and founder of The Potters House of Dallas, Texas who is married to Serita Jakes has … 1.--[Let not...troubled.] Here are three key words that reveal the “secret” of the early church: Unified … Magnified … Multiplied. He knows how long to leave you in the air and he knows when and where to let you land. If it applies to you, let the words take root in your heart.). You’re trying to run some situation and God just wants you to be still, and know that He is God. Commenting on the church of her childhood, she said that the folks in her home church understood that “worship is a verb.” Having preached in a number of black churches, I know what she means. The Importance Of The Place Within A Place Series. It may spiritual warfare, or the actions of others, or because of our own rebellious actions, or even due to the hand of God Himself we will find ourselves in the valley. People came with a mix of fear and excitement, wondering what God would do next. There was no wheat growing in the field, so no bread. “There”. How refreshing to be with people and not feel you have to pull out your resume to prove your worth. Verse 42 tells us that the first believers were devoted to “fellowship.” The Greek word means to share something in common. Sometimes, in our destinations, in trials, mishaps and delays of life, we too find ourselves asking, “Are We There Yet”? Thanks for your interest! In the earliest days of the church Christians ate together. As the Family of God, we want you to join with us as we study God's Word. Let me illustrate. A sermon is an oration or lecture by a preacher (who is usually a member of clergy).Sermons address a scriptural, theological, or moral topic, usually expounding on a type of belief, law, or behavior within both past and present contexts.Elements of the sermon often include exposition, exhortation, and practical application.The act of delivering a sermon is called preaching. Naaman’s THERE was in the muddy waters of the Jordan – there will I cleanse and heal you. This drought would serve two purposes: 1] as a divine judgment on a nation that had turned to idolatry, and 2] as a demonstration that even though Baal was considered the god of fertility and lord of the rain clouds, he was powerless to give rain. I can’t answer for us all, so let me ask, Are You There yet? God has some unique taxis and He can perform mind boggling acts, can’t He? She wasn't quite finished when her four children began coming downstairs By: Kenneth King. No collard greens and corn bread; not even wild honey or locust in a tree trunk. Only People with HTML skills should edit. Can we be real this morning? THERE is where He is and where He longs for us to join Him, but until we get to that THERE, even now, while we are in this life, we can experience Him in our THERE places and times when we strive after Him in abandon and obedience to His Word and faithfulness to His leading. So, why does God move us and separate us from some things and send us to brooks that only dry up? Last weekend Marlene and I went “home” to Midlothian, Texas, a little town about 30 miles south of Dallas. It’s “THERE”, at the brook, that He will refine you and cut some things away from you; things that would hinder you in the work He has planned for you. And it’s only for the person who knows Jesus as the way, Scripture: John 14:1-7 Goal: to assure Christians that Christ has prepared a place for his people. As the old hymn says, “How firm a foundation ye saints of the Lord is laid for your faith in his excellent Word. One gets the sense that this was very active worship. My friend commented that it is frightening in a way because it reminds us that the message of God’s truth cuts both ways—it is “life” for some and “death” for others.). Others besides Elijah found THERE; Jacob’s THERE was in a wrestling match – there will I rename you. It’s not just a gastronomic reality. Now, Ahab had introduced Baal worship in the land, so the Lord sent Elijah to tell him that there would be no dew or rain upon the land until he said so. And we help too. Since the days of Jeroboam, the Northern Kingdom had not had such a priest, and its kings had all been unfaithful. If you want to get a crowd you have to have a meal or at least you need refreshments. Because the Bible is the Word of God, we must consult it whenever we face a difficult decision. A Place Called Decide 1 Kings 18:16-21. We rationalize reasons for holding on; we dismiss God’s leading as our own wisdom; because it’s not an easy thing to turn away from what has become familiar and comfortable and walk into an unsure path. And when we don’t find that, we search high and low until we do. The early believers were all together all the time. It was our first visit in nearly 20 years. As they traveled on a long road trip with Ice Cube to meet their mom, through one mishap after another; one set back and set up after another; the question is often raised, “Are We There Yet”? 3. When Elijah got “THERE” he consumed God’s pre-arranged blessings by unconventional means. 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