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Some hurtful thing what Christianity is just a crutch, a crutch is what people need and in case you haven't thought about it, you have some areas where you are seriously crippled, have Nandu at your education has not to do with your upbringing, your ethnicity method body has limp if you want to walk with Jesus. You need someone to take you by the hand from time to time hello and welcome to this Thursday edition of Destin for victory with pastor Paul Shepherd, Senior Pastor destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont, California, believers in Christ are compared all sorts of things in Scripture flock body and Army today. Pastor Paul reminds us that were family to brothers and sisters in Christ to need to lift one another up every now stay with us now or stop by Pastor Paul.net anytime to hear today's message or any recent Destin for victory message on that's Pastor Paul.net you can also subscribe to or download the podcasting Google podcast or wherever you enjoy your point caps must join Pastor Paul. Now she shares today's message. We are a family. We are a family the power way is a biblical concept of one of the ways the Bible describes us is that we are people of God are in fact a family member just take you back to first Timothy chapter 3 verses 14 and 15 first Timothy chapter 3 verses 14 and 15. Here's what you'll find these things I write to you though. I hope to come to you shortly, this is Paul course talking to a spiritual son Timothy. He says, but if I am delayed I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, and I noted in the first part of this message that house.
There doesn't mean a building or a domicile house there means household.
The people that live in a family unit, both in immediate family and extended family of people and the Bible describes here Paul says I want you to know how you want to live in the family, not just the house hold, but the house of people.
The family of God. We are a family where you are believers, followers of Christ. We are a family and am currently pointing out some simple but very important things to keep in mind about a family we've established the fact that you get into a family by birth or by adoption, but naturally you get in a by birth and spiritually you get in by the new birth. I want to make sure you understand how I become part of God's family to be born again to be born again get saved is what becoming spiritually reborn is all about, because that is the way we go from darkness to light is by accepting the finished work of Jesus Christ realizing that when he hung on the cross he died for your sins and mine. And when I say yes to him and accept him. He causes me to be re-born born again.
I was born first, naturally, but what you need now is a second birth which is your spiritual birth and I'm born again by becoming a part of the family of God through trusting Jesus so you don't just say that you don't become a child of God by hanging around children of God, you get say and that makes you a part of the family. I talked in the first part of this message about the fact that my natural the family I was born into naturally. My parents have four children relatively close together, and then they waited to and came up with another, and we were so confused I was 14 we had this emergency family meeting and my mother said just want to let you all know the four children who at that time we were older brother was. I guess 17.
My older sister. 16 I was 14 and Glenn was was younger and and so she called us into this meeting said you have a new brother new sister. I was confused I talked about in the previous message in this part of the series about the fact that I looked at them and see what your PayPal is what I thought you and say that back in those days, but you thought it got because they were all in my mind. When you thought you passed all now look at you older than they were when you thought that will when I was sitting 14 year old so people. My dad was in his mid-40s and my mother was pregnant at 40 and I could not believe it. We taught you all here is my point. I was in the voting meeting that goal to give the boat see one of the brother sister that will let us know in a matter month you will have a brother or a sister that's how you get into the family of God through the new birth. We don't vote you and we don't approve you. You come in because Jesus shed his blood that you could come into the family of God and we are set by grace through faith. Now here's what I need to pick it up and help you discuss when you are born into a family you're in, you know why because you pick your friends but you stuck which a relative you are stuck with your relatives. Have you noticed that you got some relatives you actually like and you have this, that's right, all feeling me. You gotta help me all the way through this part of the series because that's the nature of a family you don't get to pick family in and what we have to learn to do is get a loan and the family of God. So I just want to talk you through the practical side of becoming a strong family unit because it we will become strong it we will become close-knit if we will really pull our resources together, the people of God and make a positive difference in each other's lives. We will see God bless and God use and God change not only for time, but for eternity. Solid talk you through this business on how to become a functional family. You do know that your family if it had this function I will have you raise your hand, but I'll bet they are a good number of people who if I were to call for a show of hands hands would go up if I would ask you do you come from a family which has a significant amount of dysfunction in it that would be some definite witnesses in the house are not going there was you or your kinfolk, but we know that – the truth. This function is nothing no I am the last message in this part of the series by said just look at your Bible and you don't have to go to the middle to the beginning Genesis chapter 4 you see dysfunction already came enable brothers blood brothers and one killed one when he killed what must've been some horrible. He killed them because God was happy with his offering and see the same please God that his brother had some people, not you, but people I know I want your favor. Just like my brother Abel had your favor instead of saying, Lord, teach me to have your favor. They just get mad, enable you to get mad at you go to bed right job get jealous of you because you're working well. Anybody who wants to get the promotion you got you wanted.
They didn't but they mad you got it. That's what you see in the Bible in family so your family isn't the first dysfunctional family and he runs all the way through.
Just keep reading your Bible stay in Genesis, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, every generation dysfunctional in some way or another Abraham and Sarah supposed to have the child of promise. First, they end up without without fleshly child first and end up years later getting it right by time they got a ride they were senior citizens for real. So your Bible is full of it. Isaac then Jacob. Jacob is a twin comes what his brother Esau tricks his brother Esau out of his blessing and birthright. This function throughout the Bible so yours isn't the first.
But now we need to talk about dysfunction in the church because the church is gotta learn to be functional. Why because it we will come together in agreement will see God work supernaturally whereas if we don't get in agreement. We will not miss a lot of miracles just because of dysfunctional mess so I need to make sure I'm jealous for you to experience miracles you all could really use a miracle in your life the way we got him is we learn to lock ourselves in agreement because one can chase a thousand, but to can put 10,000 to flight one person can can get great things done, but to get many more things done. Ecclesiastes chapter 4 has a birthday that says to you on because they have a good return for their work. You get more done when you get an agreement with other people talk about just some practical things to make sure we are functional as members of the kingdom of God. First of all functional families practice agreement they practice agreement what you mean by that. Go to first Corinthians chapter 1, and here's what you'll see you'll see a verse that says now I plead with you, go to verse 10. Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. Now what is Paul talking about their when he saying I want you to be perfectly joined together same thing.
Having no divisions among you, what is the issue he's addressing. When you keep reading. You see that he says I from calling the way I read it when I see it, Paul said from calling in them and then Paul's not able to be there in programs all the time he's traveling is an apostle, he said, but in them that you will have such division in the family. You're divided based on the leaders you like peace everything so we all say I am of Paul. Others say I am powerless. Others say I am of Cephas. He said men as a super spiritual bun say I am of Christ. The problem was the church was divided over which leaders would spiritual leaders they like and the one that they felt personally joined to, but they didn't want to have anything stay with us the second half of Pastor Paul Shepard's message is coming right up. We want to thank all of you who support destined for victory with your prayers and financial support, gifts that help Esther Paul share the joy of the gospel message with a growing audience destined for victory is supported entirely by friends like you in the summer when donations to the ministry often declined. Your support is very much needed. So please prayerfully consider making your best gift to destined for victory today. Give online safely and securely from our website. Pastor Paul.net or give us a call at 855-339-5500 again the number 855-339-5500. The Lord is your shepherd can lead you to green pastures and still waters unless you follow this Pastor Paul with the rest of today's destined for victory message. We are family something in the family of God. Body called of God has a play and you need to be open to letting them fulfill their calling in your life even if there are some things about their style that are not your favorite. So in my past. I have a certain way ministering the word I use my gifts, I use my abilities. I use my personality.
I use my experience, I bring all of that to the table when I preached you can like Pastor Paul, style of ministry. I just love the way he most of the work we like and he was a rebuke info for liking these rebuke you members and am Pastor Paul and if somebody else is up instead of Pastor Paul. I wish I had known before I got to church all I just hit something.
I did get some go, there are some people that the maximum on your world. You can find out what they are.
Some people here right now who said I'm so glad he's here this Sunday. I wanted to hear from him would enjoy, but you gotta be married to the true to the truth be more married to the one who brings the word yes I have my style forward.
It is what it is, God has used it in wonderful ways across the years I preached in places I would never imagine not been able to preach in because my style is good for everybody and some old law that he go up the clown and again you do not appreciate when I had a radio listener said you know what you really need to stop all that planning because the Bible says that you need to be serious as a man of God and rebuke me for having fun at church so God bless you. Thought is you really need to turn this plenty of folks on Christian radio and television. If you want to make sure to not even smile a whole lot of folk you can listen to the whole lot of people who sound like they got baptized in lemon juice and a justice as they know how to be and if you want stern and you want us there and you want people who make everything you know, just real tough and real.
You cannot just about I give you a list broadcast you can listen day and night. I guarantee that never smile a single smile, but I have a sense of humor.
God gave it to me and so I need to use it to help draw your attention in so I can feed your true lab just because I'm actually telling some important things while you laughing. This is not no show time at the hello I'm not just trying to make you laugh. I'm kind of Judah true just like you will remember. I don't know if it still happens, but I member back in the day. New parents would have a finicky kid sit in the middle, high chair, and I tried to feed himself to make sure they did all you so mom would do. They take the spoon play all go there and chided them and then you put it in so I came to tell you Pastor Paul got serious stuff.
I got a deal with but I don't have to be serious. Wow, I'm dealing with it all the time sometime to make sure you get one time a visitor church left there and what wow that's cool young guy like Chris rock but my style of sample.
That's why it is not just Paul is also powerless in Cephas, and though the people mentioned because no one person scratches everybody's image.
That's the major family.
Have you noticed in your family one person who everybody is just thrilled about everything that that family member. This couple and like I just really like I didn't really box that like my favorites is my my favorite brother and my my favorite cousin and you got some of the cousins you see them, using all low low.
I had a come why because not everybody suits you in the same way with liking Pastor Paul. Nothing wrong with liking every minister the gospel person who ministers to you, but you gotta make sure you know when the spiritual family. You will get the pick and choose whom God will use in your life when you look at the early church.
One of the miracles you see is how God took disciples of Jesus, who were very different in temperament very different in background but he made them all part of the original apostles. Have you ever read acts three which tells you about the healing of a man at the temple gate. The first miracle next three is not the healing of the man at the temple gate. The first miracle in next three years Peter and John were going together to the temple to pray, miracle is wise that America passed close Peter's temperament and John's temperament two different things. Peter is a rough call it like I see it, no holds barred kind of person like somebody all the way some people are disabled say they just say no, no nuncio for you all would just own the true pastor. Several people have told me I can have a little is on the way I say things that do thing and I put some people on the basis of on his hands. Okay handsome on his hands for some other folk pray for him because they know they live different permits have different rough side so that Peter was a straight shooting God. Peter was the kind of guy. Here is the one who Jesus had to say. Simon, Simon, calling twice Simon, Simon, Satan has asked for permission to shake you violently like wheat and wanted Jesus said to him because Peter was in the middle of Dragon about the fact that other folk believe Jesus see this is getting to the point which is about to be betrayed and they could see that things are oldest the devil to good and Peter wanted to assure Jesus not somebody's people. You picked.
You made a really big mistake somebody's wimps. You picked when this heat goes down. They are not going to be able to handle it because they not like me, they are not right had somebody people over wimps and then I call help you. His attitude was what you did one thing right. You picked me.
Satan else he would also be there right now you pick me and when it all goes down Jesus, be there. We just go back to back and we just find of all we got them all in the midst of Dragon. Jesus is Simon. Simon, Satan has asked for permission to leave like wheat Jesus there but I pray for you and the implied.
Pray that the violent shaking wouldn't happen because sometimes peters don't get better soon. I go through a violent shake somehow. But at the base came out better than you were when you win in. Thanks for being here with us for today's message.
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