New Hope Church of Christ

New Hope Church of Christ
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11025 131st St
Largo, FL 33774
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Sermon Notes – by Wiley Coppinger – July 16, 2017 God’s Holy Spirit (A Distinction between God’s Word and God’s Spirit DISTINCTION BETWEEN GOD’S WORD AND GOD’S SPIRIT: God’s Spirit is a distinct personality and a member of the Godhead who dwells in the lives of faithful Christians. He is not an impersonal force or thing. God’s Spirit and God’s Word are not always apparent in the lives of believers. God’s Spirit interprets what we are feeling and thinking and presents those feelings and thoughts to God. God’s Word is His truth, revealed to mankind and is an instrument that the Holy Spirit employs. The instrument should not be mistaken for the agent. The Holy Spirit is the source of God’s Word. God’s Spirit uses the written Word to instruct and sanctify Christians and enable them to bear the fruit of the Spirit. At times they may seem inseparable. James 1:21 reminds us that the Word is important. There are many passages that support the idea of both the Spirit and the Word working in tandem. In Acts 17:11, we find an example for study in the lives of Berean Jews. When we follow God’s Word, we are being led by the Spirit (2 Tim. 3:16-17). WHEN ONE REJECTS THE WORD, THEY ARE ALSO REJECTING THE SPIRIT: When one chooses not to obey God’s Word, they are also refusing the guidance of God’s Spirit. The Bible is God’s guidebook given to us by the Spirit. Without both, we would not be able to live the Christian life or have any hope of life eternal. It is necessary for the believer to look to God’s Word and allow God’s Spirit to provide spiritual direction. The Holy Spirit also comforts and encourages believers. In Romans 15:4, Paul says, “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through encouragement of the Scriptures, we might have hope.” We grow spiritually through the intake of the Word of God. Because of that, we can be a source of encouragement to other people (2 Cor. 1:3-4). Passages that calm our anxieties are found in Rom. 8:28, Phil 4:4-7 and Heb. 13:5. God’s Holy Word and His Holy Spirit cannot be understated. How often do we genuinely seek God’s Spirit for direction in our lives? Too often we are too busy acting and therefore we are not listening to God’s Spirit. Even Paul had this problem (Romans 7:18b). What is impossible in Romans 7 is made possible in Romans 8. What makes the difference? THE HOLY SPIRIT! Rom. 7:2 says, “For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TRYING AND FAILING AND TRULY OBEYING GOD HAS EVERYTHING TO DO WITH FOLLOWING THE SPIRIT’S LEADING: Are we leading the Spirit in our lives, or are we truly being led by God’s Holy Spirit? Maybe you’ve ignored or given up on the Holy Spirit, thinking that He doesn’t work or have the power to bring freedom? The hopeful part in all of this is that even when we do ignore the Spirit and sin, the Holy Spirit convicts us of that sin. Believers who continue to sin are not allowing the Spirit to lead and work in their lives. Do you know God’s Holy Spirit? Is He working in you? Is the product of His ministry obvious and increasing? Jesus said His Holy Spirit is yours for the asking and submitting. “If you then, he said, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him.”

Sermon Notes – by Wiley Coppinger – July 9, 2017 God’s Holy Spirit (The Holy Spirit in the New Testament) 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 The Spirit can guide our thoughts and words and interpret things we cannot express to God. For individual Christians as well as churches, “human wisdom often fails us. We need to always have deference for and seek God’s Holy Spirit in our thoughts.” THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH: When it comes to the Holy Spirit, there are those who overemphasize and others who underemphasize the Holy Spirit, while others ignore the Holy Spirit altogether. Some people have fixated on the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost in Acts 2. However, like much of the Bible, a broader look is required. Before Pentecost, John the Baptist, in Matt. 3:11 promised that Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire.” This verse has caused some controversy, but again one must not isolate one verse. The next verse expands the thought that includes end-times judgement. “His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” In John 6:13, Jesus says, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth…” In verse 7, the concept of the counselor is presented to conjure up a courtroom and a legal image. The Holy Spirit is a believer’s defense Counselor. In preparing the apostles to become his ambassadors, Christ assured them in Luke 12:11-12, not to worry, “…for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” THEIR ASSURANCE IS OUR ASSURANCE TODAY: The apostle Paul stated that he spoke “not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.” For individual Christians and churches…human wisdom often fails us. We need always have deference for and seek God’s Holy Spirit in our thoughts and directions. Matthew, Mark and Luke mentioned that the baptism of Jesus would include God’s Holy Spirit. 1 Cor. Reads, “For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body – Jews or Greeks, slaves or free- and all were made to drink of one Spirit.” All believers have one thing in common, faith in Christ. Only in this truth the church finds unity. All believers are baptized by one Holy Spirit into one body of believers, the church. When a person becomes a Christian, the Holy Spirit takes up residence. In the early church, God gave various miraculous powers (1 Cor. 12:4-11). The gifts of the Spirit were to be used by those who possessed them for the general edification of the church and not individual glorification. The gifts were for the instruction of the church. God’s Holy Spirit was used to confirm God’s Word. The apostles were gifted with miraculous power through prayer and the Holy Spirit (Acts 6:6, Acts 8:12). In Titus 3:4-7, we see the power of the Holy Spirit in conversion. The washing, rebirth, and renewal emphasis falls on the Holy Spirit as the source of the new life God has made available to believers. How does God’s Spirit operate on the minds and hearts of people in order to bring them to Christ? Preaching was used in converting the world to Christ. God’s Word and God’s Holy Spirit work in tandem to convince, and convict men and women of sin. God’s Word can open hearts and minds to the tings of God, but it is the Holy Spirit that moves one to conversion and a life consecrated to Christ. The New Testament teaches that the Holy Spirit “dwells in” the faithful Christian and therefore collectively in the church. Do we feel the power and presence of God’s Spirit in our lives today? Does God’s Spirit dwell in our minds, hears, consciences? Do other people see the fruits of God’s Spirit in us? Is God’s Spirit strengthening our inner selves every day? Is He helping us in our weaknesses? Is He there relaying our prayer concerns and struggles to God? The same Holy Spirit that guided and mentored the early church is the same Holy Spirit we have today. Where is the evidence of the Spirit in the lives of Christians and churches today? For most, everything is predictable and routine. In most cases we have not allowed God’s Spirit to work in us. Too often we are looking at ourselves rather than seeking and relying on the Holy Spirit. What would the church look like today if we stopped taking control and truly allowed God’s Spirit to lead?

Elder’s Corner – Our Attitude Toward our Brothers and Sisters By David Himes - July 16, 2016 Have you ever said this: “I am the only sane one I know.”? Hopefully not, but we might know someone that seems to think that. We meet people like this from time to time; someone who is always criticizing others either in what they think or what they do. “No one seems to as well-adjusted as I am.” Self-help books, videos and even bumper stickers tell us that we need to have a good attitude, that we need to face the day with a smile and start the day with positive “can do” attitude, but a biblical attitude is more than that. A Godly attitude tells the world how we respond to what life gives us, and as we all know, life isn’t always easy. In Ecclesiastes, Solomon tells us that we can be “too righteous” and “too wise.” Are you more righteous than others? Are you wiser than everyone else? Are you perfect? If you cannot accept others with all their shortcomings – how can they accept you with all yours? We jokingly speak of people in need of an “attitude adjustment.” In reality, we need to be constantly adjusting our attitudes to conform to the standards of God. The most reliable way to study ourselves and objectively recognize our true attitudes is to compare ourselves with the word of God. God, as our Maker, knows His human product better than we know ourselves. He knows what makes us tick – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The Scriptures reveal our true inner self, even as a photograph depicts our outer qualities. As a community of believers, our job is to lift up our brothers and sisters. Not to dispose of them or avoid them when they displease us. You cannot continually dodge them because of what you perceive they done or said. Just imagine you might be “stuck” with them for eternity in heaven. Check your attitude. Maybe, just maybe, you are not the sane one! As the song says: “Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord!” No one is perfect – not even our Christian brothers and sisters. We should be humble toward them. We should be willing to accept them for what they are and stop being so critical of them. Otherwise not only are we going to lose our friends, but also, we are in danger of losing our souls. The apostle Paul wrote about the attitude a Christian should have: Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ (Philippians 1:27). He’s telling us that no matter what unexpected disruptions, %. Paul later writes, Your attitude should be the same as that of Jesus Christ (Philippians 2:5). He also encourages us in Ephesians 5:1 to be imitators of Christ as dearly beloved children. As children love to imitate what they see and repeat what they hear; we also are charged to imitate and model Christ’s behavior and to be clear reflections of the Lord (Matthew 5:16). Quit comparing others to what YOU think they should be. A Godly attitude doesn’t come because you decide to smile harder. A Godly attitude comes because you decided to follow Jesus, to love others more than yourself, and to be obedient to God.

Elder’s Corner – The Sabbath - Saturday or Sunday? By David Himes - July 9, 2017 Some religious organizations (Seventh-day Adventists, Seventh-Day Baptists, and others) claim that Christians must not worship on Sunday but on Saturday - the Jewish Sabbath. However, passages of Scripture such as Acts 20:7, 1 Corinthians 16:2, Colossians 2:16-17, and Revelation 1:10 indicate that, even during New Testament times, the Sabbath is no longer binding and that Christians are to worship on the Lord’s day, Sunday, instead. The commandment in Exodus 20:8-11 states that the seventh day of the week, Saturday, is the day which the Lord selected as the day of rest and worship. However, in the New Testament the Christian church began to worship and rest on the first day of the week - Sunday. Are most Christians violating the Sabbath commandment by worshipping on the first day of the week rather than the seventh day? I do not think so. Jesus said in correcting the distorted Sabbath view of the Pharisees, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.” —Mark 2:27 It must be remembered that, according to Colossians 2:17, the Sabbath was "These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ." The Sabbath observance was associated with redemption in Deuteronomy 5:15 where Moses stated, "Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and that the Lord your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day." The Sabbath was a shadow of the redemption that would be provided in Christ. It symbolized the rest from our works and an entrance into the rest provided by God. In Genesis 3:16-18, we are told that we will work all the days of our lives. After our work, if we are obedient to God, we will rest with our Lord in heaven. Today, we meet on the first day of the week because of the examples of the first century church as guided by the Holy Spirit: And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. —Acts 20:7 Now about the collection for God's people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made. —1 Corinthians 16:1-2 The New Testament makes it clear that the observance of a particular day was not imposed as a binding obligation for our salvation. Galatians 4:9-10 warns against going back under the OT Law by insisting on the legal requirement of special days. Scripture never mentions any Sabbath (Saturday) gatherings by believers for fellowship or worship. It is important to recognize that God has a claim to all of my time. When I give Him one day of the week, it reminds me that He owns all seven!

Sermon Notes By Wiley Coppinger – July 2, 2017 God’s Holy Spirit (The Gift of the Holy Spirit) Acts 2:1-13 Just about everyone knows just how important the signs are that are placed along our highways are. They give us direction and warn us of certain dangers. These signs are easily read in the daytime and also at night because they reflect headlamp light. God would like to guide us through the days and the nights of this life. What lights our way through the signs of this life; what is it that gives meaning, hope, comfort, and encouragement to us. The New Testament teaches the Holy Spirit does dwell in the faithful Christian, which is a tremendous blessing. Some have confused the gift of the Holy Spirit with Spiritual gifts. Spiritual gifts were given at a specific time, for a specific purpose in the early church. Peter’s call for repentance to his hearers in Acts 2:38. When asked what shall we do, Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” The word gift in this text is singular. When spiritual powers are mentioned later in Corinthians, gifts is in the plural. The gift of the Holy Spirit does not mean Spiritual gifts. The gift is the Spirit himself, who regenerates, indwells, unites, and transforms lives. All the fruit and gifts of the Spirit flow from this one great gift. In John 16:8-11, Jesus describes the effect that the Holy Spirit’s presence among the disciples will have on the world. They, through the power of the Spirit convicted the world of its sinful condition. The only other place besides Acts 2:38 where the gift of the Holy Spirit is used in Acts 10:45, when Cornelius and his household received the Holy Spirit. This was to convince Peter that God was no respecter of nationality as it opened the door for Gentiles to hear the good news. Although this gift preceded baptism, in this isolated case, it was for the purpose of making salvation available to all. Can you imagine the scene in Acts 2 on Pentecost? Suddenly, a sound fills the room, and what appears to be tongues of fire appear and rest on each person present, “and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.” Pentecost came 50 days after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Those gathered in that room received the blessing that Jesus had promised. The Word would be preached and the Holy Spirit would convince and convict people of their need of a Savior. Instantaneously, they were equipped to preach in languages they did not know, and with Peter’s powerful sermon, the church was born! The same Spirit that indwelt 3000 people on Pentecost indwells us today. The possession of the Holy Spirit is the distinguishing mark of a Christian (Rom. 8:9). How does the Holy Spirit pour God’s love into our hearts? He does so through the Good News of Christ’s atoning sacrifice for our sins. He does so at the moment of our salvation. He strengthens our inner conviction of the certainly of God’s love for us personally. Look at cases where the indwelling of the Spirit is separate from Spiritual gifts. The first is in Acts 6 where seven men are chosen to oversee distribution of food to widows in poverty. And in Acts 11:24, which describes Barnabas, “for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord.” In Acts 13:52, “And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.” In Ephesians 5:18, Paul exhorted the Ephesians to be filled with the Spirit. The infant church in Acts was unstoppable. Nothing could diminish what God was doing. The church grew and its borders grew like wildfire. How do we make the Spirit apparent in our lives? James 4:17 reminds us, “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” Francis Chan says that, “So much of what we see today is anything but unstoppable. Today, we need Christians who truly seek and listen to god’s Spirit. We need prayer, sacrifice, love, more prayer, more sacrifice and more love. The early disciples waited in anticipation at the command of Jesus and the Holy Spirit shook the room. We need to pray and wait on God’s Spirit to shake us. When we experience God, His Spirit fills us! Christians and churches today need to be filled with God’s Holy Spirit. We need His power to give us boldness. We need His love to give us peace and hope. We need His grace in order to show the grace of Jesus to others.