01.11.2009-Committed to Scripture

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  • 1. Prayer Items • Family of Ziang Ke • School • Safety while traveling • Economy • Somalia 1) Has been one of the most violent countries for the past 10 years 2) Effective ministry aid 3) Strong oppression against Christianity • Others? (Steph H. closing)
  • 2. Storage Piano Room Jan & Oct Feb & May Mar & Nov College April & Aug June & Sept Career July & Dec A/V Cart
  • 3. c mmitment photo by dave77459
  • 4. c mmitment jan 2008 photo by dave77459
  • 5. What does it to be committed to the Scriptures?
  • 6. Short Answer “And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.” -1 Thessalonians 2:13
  • 7. “What makes me sad about the article is not that it isn’t true or didn’t happen. What’s sad is that it really does give the impression that extra-biblical communication with God is surpassingly wonderful and faith-deepening. All the while, the supremely-glorious communication of the living God which personally and powerfully and transformingly explodes in the receptive heart through the Bible everyday is passed over in silence. . . .
  • 8. The great need of our time is for people to experience the living reality of God by hearing his word personally and transformingly in Scripture. Something is incredibly wrong when the words we hear outside Scripture are more powerful and more affecting to us than the inspired word of God.” -John Piper
  • 9. Long Answer Psalm 119
  • 10. Desires his mind to be saturated by the Scriptures.
  • 11. Praise be to you, O LORD; teach me your decrees. I recounted my ways and you answered me; teach me your decrees. Teach me, O LORD, to follow your decrees; then I will keep them to the end. Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart. The earth is filled with your love, O LORD; teach me your decrees.
  • 12. You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees. Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands. Accept, O LORD, the willing praise of my mouth, and teach me your laws. Deal with your servant according to your love and teach me your decrees.
  • 13. I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes. Make your face shine upon your servant and teach me your decrees. -Ps 119:12, 26, 33-34, 64, 68, 73, 108, 124-125, 135
  • 14. Meditate
  • 15. I lift up my hands to your commands, which I love, and I meditate on your decrees. May the arrogant be put to shame for wronging me without cause; but I will meditate on your precepts. Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes. My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises. -Ps 119:48, 78, 97, 99, 148
  • 16. Desires his heart to beat for the Scriptures.
  • 17. I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors. Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. . . . for I delight in your commands because I love them. Let your compassion come to me that I may live, for your law is my delight. I long for your salvation, O LORD, and your law is my delight. -Ps 119:14, 24, 35, 47, 77, 174
  • 18. Longs / Seeks
  • 19. How I long for your precepts! Preserve my life in your righteousness. I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts. Save me, for I am yours; I have sought out your precepts. I open my mouth and pant, longing for your commands. -Ps 119:40, 45, 94, 131
  • 20. More than treasure
  • 21. The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Because I love your commands more than gold, more than pure gold. -Ps 119:72, 103, 127
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  • 26. Lifts his hands to plead for the Scriptures.
  • 27. Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word. -Ps 119:18, 36-37
  • 28. Life-giving
  • 29. I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to your word. My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word. My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life. I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life. -Ps 119:25, 28, 37, 50, 93
  • 30. Context: Suffering
  • 31. Though rulers sit together and slander me, your servant will meditate on your decrees. My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life. Though the wicked bind me with ropes, I will not forget your law.
  • 32. Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word. I know, O LORD, that your laws are righteous, and in faithfulness you have afflicted me. If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.” -Ps 119:23, 50, 61, 67, 75, 92
  • 33. “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” - C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
  • 34. Application
  • 35. Private
  • 36. Bible Reading Plan
  • 37. Strategy
  • 38. Community
  • 39. The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Because I love your commands more than gold, more than pure gold. -Ps 119:72, 103, 127
  • 40. indychinesechurch.org/ScriptureMemory
  • 41. Public
  • 42. 100 75 50 25 0 Worship Prayer Sermon Small Groups
  • 43. Before the sermon
  • 44. Anticipate
  • 45. Deal with sin
  • 46. “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” -Eph 4:29-30
  • 47. “Do not put out the Spirit’s fire.” -1 Thess 5:19
  • 48. Pray for preacher
  • 49. “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.” -Eph 6:18-20
  • 50. During the sermon
  • 51. After the sermon
  • 52. Announcements
  • 53. indychinesechurch.org/YouPick
  • 54. January 18, 2009 [11:59 pm]
  • 55. Announcements
  • 56. Announcements • 30 Hour Famine
  • 57. Announcements • 30 Hour Famine • High School Seniors: Anchors Away
  • 58. Announcements • 30 Hour Famine • High School Seniors: Anchors Away • Saturday, January 17: Adult trip to Ohio (Creation Museum and Jungle Jim’s)
  • 59. Announcements • 30 Hour Famine • High School Seniors: Anchors Away • Saturday, January 17: Adult trip to Ohio (Creation Museum and Jungle Jim’s) • Saturday, January 24: Joint bowling with YG and adults
  • 60. Announcements • 30 Hour Famine • High School Seniors: Anchors Away • Saturday, January 17: Adult trip to Ohio (Creation Museum and Jungle Jim’s) • Saturday, January 24: Joint bowling with YG and adults • Sunday, February 1: Chinese New Year celebration and Superbowl Party
  • 61. Announcements • 30 Hour Famine • High School Seniors: Anchors Away • Saturday, January 17: Adult trip to Ohio (Creation Museum and Jungle Jim’s) • Saturday, January 24: Joint bowling with YG and adults • Sunday, February 1: Chinese New Year celebration and Superbowl Party • Spring Baptism
  • 62. Announcements • 30 Hour Famine • High School Seniors: Anchors Away • Saturday, January 17: Adult trip to Ohio (Creation Museum and Jungle Jim’s) • Saturday, January 24: Joint bowling with YG and adults • Sunday, February 1: Chinese New Year celebration and Superbowl Party • Spring Baptism • Happy Birthday to Michael P.!