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11-01-20 Kevin Goins - After 2020 Can We Look to 2021 with Hope? Annual Report

After 2020 Can We Look to 2021 with Hope?
Romans 8:18-30 
I In Romans 8:18-30 Paul gives us ___________ reasons why we should face the coming year with hope.

II First, we ought to hope because only hope can help us see our disappointments in the _________________ way.

 (8:18) “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”

 A. What does Paul mean?

  1. First, suffering p________________ us for the glory which lies ahead.

(1Peter 1:6-7) “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  These have come so that your faith – of greater worth than gold – may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”

  2. Second, suffering helps us to see things as they ____________ are.

(2 Corinthians 4:17-18) “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes, not on what is seen, but what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

B. Paul reminds us that for a Christian there is far more happening in our lives than what we can _______________.

III Second, we ought to hope because God has built hope into his entire _________________.

 (8:19-23) “The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.  For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.  We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.  Not only so, but we ourselves who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly and as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.”

 (Genesis 3:17) “Because of your sin, cursed is the ground because of you.”

A. The effect of the physical creation being cursed is that nature is now _____________ _________________.

B. Because the physical world is c__________________ to us, it too is seeking what we are seeking:  It wants God to make things ______________.

(Revelation 21:1) “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away.”

IV Third, we ought to hope because our hope does not depend on what we can see with our p_______________ e_________.

 (8:24-25) “For in this hope we were saved.  But hope that is seen is no hope at all.  Who hopes for what he already has?  But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”

 A. Pastor Jennifer Bliss-Criswell (Worship Report)

 B. Paul and Nancy Gieschen (Discovery Class Report)

 C. Margaret Goins (ESL Report and Children’s and Youth Report)

V Fourth, we ought to hope because the one who makes hope possible is the ______________ ______________ who lives within us.

 (8:26-27) “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.  We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.  And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.”

VI Finally, we ought to hope because for the Christian, hope is never a __________________.

 (8:28-30) “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.  And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”

VII We have hope as a church because a church is made up of people who know _______________ and everyone who knows __________________ has hope.

Hebrews 6:19 “We have this hope as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul.”

10-25-20 Kevin Goins God’s Will and Our Imperfect Choices: Election 2020

Posted in DefaultTag by facatl on October 25th, 2020

God’s Perfect Will and Our Imperfect Choices: Election 2020
1 Samuel 12
I Romans 13:1 “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.”

-What Paul is saying in Romans 13 is that God did not design human life to be lived in a_________________  where everyone does as s/he sees fit.

-So, the big question is not what if the wrong candidate wins, but what if our fellow-voters do something _______________ and make a terrible choice.

II In 1 Samuel 12 we see the Prophet Samuel dealing with the very same issue that haunts many Christians around ______________ time.

-Israel chose to elect a leader contrary to God’s choice and we see, much to our surprise, that God _______________ it.

III What did Samuel know about God’s will and our choices?  First, God has given us the power to make real choices:  the power to make ____________ choices and the power to make ____________ choices.

 (12:1) “Samuel said to all Israel, ‘I have listened to everything you said to me and have set a king over you.  Now you have a king as your leader.  As for me, I am old and gray, and my sons are here with you.  I have been your leader from my youth until this day.  Here I stand.  Testify against me in the presence of the Lord and his anointed.  Whose ox have I taken?  Whose donkey have I taken?  Whom have I cheated?  Whom have I oppressed?  From whose hand have I accepted a bribe to make me shut my eyes?  If I have done any of these, I will make it right.”

A.  Israel wanted to replace Samuel with Saul and they thought they had __________ reasons.

 1. “You’re too ___________!  We need a ____________ ruler.

 2. “Your sons do not ___________ in your ways.”

B. Samuel has heard the campaign adds _______________ him and on this occasion he takes the time to answer his critics.

 1. He admits he’s old, but that also means what?  He has e__________________.

2. Samuel turns to his immoral sons and he responds in a very s_____________ way to the charge that he would make them his successors.

-(12:2) He says, “I am old and gray, and my sons are here with you.”  They are not standing with Samuel in the place of the l____________, but with the people, who are the f______________.

3. But in verse 3 he gets to the real point:  they weren’t replacing his sons; they were replacing __________.

(12:3) “Testify against me in the presence of the Lord and his anointed.”

(12:4) “You have not cheated or oppressed us,’ they replied.  ‘You have not taken anything from anyone’s hand.’”

4. Worse yet, they were not replacing Samuel – he was only the spokesman for the real ruler of Israel.  Who were they replacing?   ______________

IV The second thing Samuel knew about God’s will and our choices:  Wrong choices can c_________ us dearly.

A. In verses 6-11 Samuel gives them a history lesson and it’s in two parts:  

1. First, he reminds them of all the _____________ things God did for them.

 2. Second, he reminds them how they _________________ God.

(12:9) “They forgot the Lord their God; so he sold them into the hand of Sisera, the commander of the army of Hazor, and into the hands of the Philistines and the King of Moab, who fought against them.”

B. Samuel reminds them that after they forgot the Lord there came a time when they realized that they had done _____________.

(12:10) “They cried out to the Lord and said, ‘We have sinned, we have forsaken the Lord…. But now deliver us from the hands of our enemies, and we will serve you.”

C. Mercy can restore our relationship with God, but mercy oftentimes cannot ____________ all the consequences of our bad choices.

V The third thing Samuel knew about God’s will and our choices is sobering:  God will even allow us to make choices that amount to a r________________ of him.

 (8:20) “We want a King to go out before us and fight our battles.”

A. They weren’t only asking for a replacement for Samuel, they were asking for a  replacement for __________, and the reason why is obvious.

-They have decided that if they can turn to a king for help, there will be no need for them to ______________ of their sins and obey God.

B. If we vote, hoping for some person to rescue us, God will say, “Okay, I am going to let you have all the j___________, p_____________, and p___________ a human being can provide.”

VI The fourth thing Samuel knew about God’s will and our choices:  No matter how many wrong choices we make, God’s Word and God’s Kingdom will never ______________.

 (12:14) “If you serve the Lord and fear and obey him and do not rebel against his commands, and if both you and the king who reigns over you follow the Lord your God – Good!  But if you do not obey the Lord, and if you rebel against his commands, his hand will be against you, as it was against your fathers.”

 (12:20) “‘Do not be afraid,’ Samuel replied.  ‘You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart.  Do not turn away after useless idols.  They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless.  For the sake of his great name the Lord will not reject his people, because the Lord was pleased to make you his own.”

VII Samuel knew, and we need to know, that no matter how many wrong choices we have made, God’s desire to r____________ and give l_________ will never fail.

 A. But Samuel also understood that God’s ____________ will never fail.

 (12:23) “As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you.  And I will teach you the way that is good and right.  But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.  Yet if you persist in doing evil, both you and your king will be swept away.”

B. Praying for people, teaching God’s Word, and warning them – This is also the work Jesus has given his ______________ to do. 

C. No matter who is elected November 3, God has already called us to a _______________ office:  he has elected us to pray, to teach, and to warn.     

10-18-20 Kevin Goins - FAC’s response to racial injustice

Posted in sermon, First Alliance Church Atlanta, Christianity, Dr. Kevin Goins, Bible by facatl on October 20th, 2020

Pastor Kevin Goins, Chris Gill, Stephane and Travoris McKissick and Susan Bliss

10-04-20 Kevin Goins - Recognizing The Unity of the Body of Christ

Posted in DefaultTag by facatl on October 5th, 2020

Recognizing the Unity of the Body of Christ
1 Corinthians 11:17-34
I (11:23) “For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you….”
Paul uses these technical terms because he wants the Corinthians to know he did not make this up.  It did not originate with him.  But this account of the Lord’s Supper was passed on to him o_______________, probably by the A_________________.

II Then Paul says (11:23) “For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you:  The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread ….”
 That word “betrayed” speaks volumes.  First, it reinforces what we said about the historical r___________________ of Paul’s account.

III There is something else about this betrayal:  We cannot overlook the fact that at the very moment when Jesus was using the Lord’s Supper to explain the meaning of his death,* that was also the very moment _______________ chose to betray Jesus.
 By trying to take God’s throne then, and by trying to take God’s place or rulership in our life now, we show that we are b_______________________ like Judas.
 (11:23-26) “Jesus … took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’  In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’  For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”

IV Last, it is significant that Paul says that the Lord’s Supper was established on the night Judas betrayed Jesus, because Paul has been making the point, in the verses surrounding our text, that the way the Corinthians have been celebrating the Lord’s Supper amounts to a betrayal of ___________________. 
 The Corinthians celebrated the Lord’s Supper in a way that d_________________ the church.
 (11:20) “When you come together, it is not the Lord’s Supper you eat, for as you eat, each of you goes ahead without waiting for anybody else.  One remains hungry, another gets drunk.  Don’t you have homes to eat and drink in?  Or do you despise the Church of God and humiliate those who have nothing?  What shall I say to you?  Shall I praise you for this?  Certainly not!”
 (11:29) “For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself.”
V I am reading a book by Robert P. Jones entitled White Too Long, and the thesis is that for too long American Christianity has been just as much about being ____________ as it has been about being ____________________.
 This book has shattered some of the things I believed for many years about white evangelical Christianity.  I want to share three of these: 

A. First, I assumed all my life that while the church may have t___________________ slavery, it was not actually in s_______________ of slavery.  Then I found out that the Southern Baptist Church, the largest group of evangelicals in the U.S., came into existence in order to defend slave _______________.
 Basil Manly Sr., who convinced Southern Baptists to separate from Northern Baptists over the issue of slavery, and, who thereby created the SBC, was recognized as the leading ________________ defender of slavery.
Genesis 4:15 “Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him.”

B.  Second, I always thought that while the church may have tolerated slavery, at least Christian masters treated their slaves with m_________ dignity and humaneness.

C. Third, I always thought that the reason most African-Americans attended their own churches was because they did not like ________ we did church.

VI Here is my final point:  With all that white Christians have done over the last 250 years to arouse in African-Americans a hatred for the Christian faith,* it is nothing less than a miracle that, according to the Pew Research Center, ________% of African-Americans identify themselves as Christians today.
 That is dramatic proof that people do not become Christians because of people who call themselves Christians.  They become Christians because of ___________.

09-27-20 Kevin Goins - Proverbs 4 Only Two Ways, Part 2

Posted in DefaultTag by facatl on October 5th, 2020

“Only Two Ways”  
Proverbs 4:10-17 (Part two) 

American Democracy is founded on the idea that we can make our way in life howsoever we desire.  But exactly how many ways are there to go in this life?  Solomon has an answer to that question in our text

I In the next four verses Solomon tells his son about four things that walking the way of wisdom will do for us.

A. First, walking the way of wisdom will prolong our life (4:10).

B. Second, walking the way of wisdom will place us on a straight path (4:11).

C. Third, walking the way of wisdom will enable us to make forward progress (4:12).

D. Fourth, walking the way of wisdom ________________ our life (4:13).

 1. There are _______ things we need to see about this word “instruction.”

  a. First, Solomon uses this word as another name for ___________.

b. Second, by instruction Solomon means c__________________ or what we would call d_____________.

2. Pain teaches us things we never _________________, and the lessons we learn from pain help us avoid the things that can ___________ us.

II. As Solomon gave us four a________________ to walking the way of wisdom, he now gives four d_____________________ to walking the way of foolishness.

 A. First, it leads us to i___________________ foolish people (4:14).

1. The Hebrew word translated “do not set foot” refers to the __________ instant when a person comes into a place – the moment of first contact.

2. The problem with first “setting foot on a path” is that it always leads to “______________” on that path.  

3. When we are impressed by someone, we begin to i_____________ him or her in some way.

B. Second, it leads to something we must a______________ a____________ (4:15).

1. Some believers have the idea that once you decide to follow Jesus, all your f_____________ decisions are made _____ you.

2. When we walk the road of foolishness we lack the strength and guidance to actively avoid lots of ___________ roads throughout our life.

C. Third, it leads to s______________________ (4:16).

 -What is so wrong with the way of foolishness?  It is not only a horrible lifestyle filled with guilt and sleeplessness, but it is so e________________________.

D. Fourth, it leads to i___________________________ (4:17).

1. Bread and wine is a metaphor for f__________ and so Solomon is saying that those who walk the way of foolishness actually f__________ on evil.

2. Why is evil so attractive to us?  We are entertained by evil characters in books and movies because evil is _____________ to our true nature than good.     

 

09-16-20 Kevin Goins - Proverbs - Only Two Ways part 1

Posted in DefaultTag by facatl on October 5th, 2020

“Only Two Ways”  
Proverbs 4:10-17 (Part one) 

American Democracy is founded on the idea that we can make our way in life howsoever we desire.  But exactly how many ways are there to go in this life?  Solomon has an answer to that question in our text

I Solomon says wisdom is not only a person to know, but wisdom is also a _____________ to ____________.

A. The first point Solomon makes about wisdom as the way is that there is no ___________ way.

B. The Second point Solomon makes about wisdom as the way is that life is a _________________.

II In the next ___________ verses Solomon tells his son about __________ things that walking the way of wisdom will do for us.

A. First, walking the way of wisdom will _________________ your ____________ (4:10).

1. The focus of a life of wisdom is to know how to avoid the things that t____________ life and how to embrace the things that p______________ life.   

2. We can’t just _________ our children how to avoid danger, we must _____________ them by the way we live our life.

B. Second, walking the way of wisdom will place us on a s_______________ path (4:11).

1. The word translated “guide” is the Hebrew verb from which we get the noun ___________, which is the ________ of ________.

2. With this word “guide,” Solomon makes it clear that he is not talking about ___________ wisdom or the kind that comes with _____________________.

The wisdom he is giving us is a wisdom that comes from ______________ _____________. 

3. The Hebrew word translated “straight” is never used in the Old Testament to refer to something ________________ straight.

This word is always used to refer to m_______________ c________________________.

C. Third, walking the way of wisdom will enable us to make f_______________ p________________ (4:12).

 1. His reference to walking and running is interesting for two reasons:

a. First, because it reminds us of that famous verse in __________ chapter _________. 

b. Second, his reference to walking and running is also interesting because it seems to be a reference to the _______ major _____________ of life.

2. The old walk and the young run, but both can be kept from making progress by o__________________ in their way.

But wisdom can enable us to _______ and __________ the obstacles. 

 

 

 

08-30-20 Kevin Goins - Proverbs 4

Posted in DefaultTag by facatl on October 5th, 2020

08-09-20 Kevin Goins - The Church’s Ministry of Healing - John 9 Conclusion

“Anatomy of an Illness: The Church’s Ministry of Healing” (Conclusion) 
John 9:30-41-23 

I First, sickness gets our attention and it gets the attention of Jesus (9:1).
II Second, sickness makes us uncomfortable (9:2).
III Third, sickness is caused by alienation (9:2).
IV Fourth, oftentimes our best theological or commonsense explanations for sickness are not good enough (9:3a).
V Fifth, sometimes sickness happens for a good reason, so that God can be glorified in our life (9:3b).
VI Sixth, all believers in Jesus are called to help sick people find health (9:4).
VII Seventh, sickness is a work of the kingdom of darkness; healing is a work of the Kingdom of light (9:5).
VIII Eighth, the how of healing is very important (9:6).
IX Ninth, sickness can be overcome by divine healing, but healing does not happen without some action on our part (9:7).
X Tenth, divine healing will always arouse doubt (9:8-9).
XI Eleventh, the response to the healing of sickness is often questions (9:10-12)
XII Twelfth, healing is not only a debated topic, it is also a very divisive issue.
XIII Thirteenth, people who are healed enter into some kind of relationship with the Healer.
XIV Fourteenth, both sickness and healing take place within the context of family.
XV Fifteenth, every testimony of the healing power of Jesus is unique.

XVI Sixteenth, the healing ministry of Jesus shows that he stands at the very _____________ of life.

A. First, Jesus stands at the center of life because he can do for us what no one ever thought _________________ (9:30-33).

1. First, he shows how r______________ was their claim that they didn’t know where Jesus was from.

2. Second, he says (9:31) “We know that God doesn’t listen to __________________.  He listens to the ____________ man that does his will.”

3. Third.  He reminds the Pharisees that this wasn’t just any miracle.  It was a miracle of the _______________ order.  (9:32) “____________ has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind.  If this man were not from God, he could do _________________.”

B. Second, Jesus stands at the center of life because only he can call people to a t____________________ life (9:34-38).

1.  Being born blind is not why the Pharisees call this man a sinner.  They call him a sinner because they are reasoning b__________________.

a. First, he dared to disagree with them, the r______________ l_____________ of Israel, and only a sinful man, they believed, would do that.

b. Second, they see that he f_____________ Jesus and they see Jesus as a sinner, so anyone who follows a sinner must be a sinner.

2. We would expect Jesus to say. “Here I am; I am Jesus who healed you,” but he d________________ himself from the healing and starts to talk about the Son of Man.

3. By saying, “Who is he?” the man makes it clear he wants a personal f________ to f_________ encounter with the Son of Man.

C. Lastly, Jesus stands at the center of life because only he determines whether people _________ or whether they are ______________ (9:39-41).

07-26-20 Kevin Goins - Church’s Ministry of Healing John 9:18-23

Posted in DefaultTag by facatl on July 26th, 2020

“Anatomy of an Illness: The Church’s Ministry of Healing” 
John 9:18-23

I First, sickness gets our attention and it gets the attention of Jesus (9:1).
II Second, sickness makes us uncomfortable (9:2).
III Third, sickness is caused by alienation (9:2).
IV Fourth, oftentimes our best theological or commonsense explanations for sickness are not good enough (9:3a).
V Fifth, sometimes sickness happens for a good reason, so that God can be glorified in our life (9:3b).
VI Sixth, all believers in Jesus are called to help sick people find health (9:4).
VII Seventh, sickness is a work of the kingdom of darkness; healing is a work of the Kingdom of light (9:5).
VIII Eighth, the how of healing is very important (9:6).
IX Ninth, sickness can be overcome by divine healing, but healing does not happen without some action on our part (9:7).
X Tenth, divine healing will always arouse doubt (9:8-9).
XI Eleventh, the response to the healing of sickness is often questions (9:10-12)
XII Twelfth, healing is not only a debated topic, it is also a very divisive issue.
XIII Thirteenth, people who are healed enter into some kind of relationship with the Healer.
XIV Fourteenth, both sickness and healing take place within the context of family.

XV Fifteen, every testimony of the healing power of Jesus is __________________.

 A. First, a healing testimony does not require any __________________ (9:24-25).

1. First, the Pharisees say, “Give glory to God.”  This was a Jewish idiom which means, “Praise God by admitting your _______.”

2. What sin are they asking the healed man to confess?  They think he ______________ by calling Jesus a “prophet” in verse 17.
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3. The Pharisees were claiming to know God better than the healed man, which means he would need b____________ e_____________ to defend himself.

4. This guy knows he can’t argue with the Pharisees, so he ignores the theology he d_____________ know and he turns his attention to the facts he __________ know.

B. Second, a healing testimony should ___________ for faith in Jesus (9:26-27).

1. The healed man sees their desire to hear the story again as a sign that they want to become ____________________ of Jesus.   

2. If what the Bible says about the healing ministry of Jesus is true, then anyone who knows about it should ___________ to be a disciple of Jesus.

3. What Jesus did for this man was so powerful and so merciful that this man no longer sees Jesus as only a p________________; now he sees him as L_________________.

C. Lastly, as powerful as it is, a healing testimony will not always __________ friends and ________________ people.  (9:28-29).

1. Notice the attitude of the Pharisees:  they are religious leaders but what we hear from them is s_________________, then a________________, and, finally, full-blown h_____________.

2. The Pharisee’s behavior disqualifies them as disciples of _____________ because Numbers 12:3 says Moses was ___________, not filled with hate.

3. And not only do they claim to be disciples of Moses, but they act as if being disciples of Moses separates them from ______________.

4. When we share our testimony, we will find that some will ___________ us, but some will be powerfully _______________ to Jesus.

 

 


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