Anchored: Your New Identity

Anchored: Your New Identity

Your decision for Christ may have been a private act where you raised your hand, with all eyes closed, and said a prayer accepting him but baptism is a public affair. It is an announcement of your new life and identity in Christ. You are immersed in water to confirm that your past and the old you is buried, your sins are forgotten. You emerge out of the water brand new.

What Are You Anchored In?

What Are You Anchored In?

It’s our faith in Christ Jesus, the Son of God, that gives us direct relationship with God, the Father.

Turn The Page

Turn The Page

The best advertisement of the gospel of grace is a changed life.

What Does It Mean To Be Anchored?

What Does It Mean To Be Anchored?

Hebrews 6:19-20
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.

Faith

Faith

Pastor Kent Munsey
November 5, 2017

Isaiah 28:16 (HCSB)
Therefore the Lord God said: “Look, I have laid a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; the one who believes will be unshakable.

Do you sometimes find yourself worrying about if and when God is going to come through? Our impatience and pride will cause us to believe: “God is slow, I need to help him, I need to take charge.”

Hebrews 10:36 tells us “For you have need of patience, that after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise.”

The secret to serving God faithfully is patience. It’s after the hard work that you need patience the most. As long as the earth remains, there will be seed, time and harvest. It’s in that time between the seed and the harvest that we tend to lose heart and lose confidence in God. While you’re waiting, be mindful of these three ways that God is working:

While We Are Waiting…

  • God is PURGING: God is constantly purging us from things that keep us from being useful to him. What is God trying to rid you of?

  • God is PREPARING: The preparing factors in the Christian life are trials and tribulations He is doing something in us so He can do greater things through us.

  • God is PERFECTING: The Word of God says we are to be perfect just as Christ is perfect. God wants us to get further and further away from the attitudes and systems of this world, so he requires us to trust him, to wait on him, and to depend on him.

This transformational process where God perfects and refines us will only take place if we have the patience to go through the dark seasons and trust in God’s plan. The Lord is trying to transform you and take you from glory to glory. If you can embrace the season with patience, if you will trust him, you will see the goodness of God and the glory of God in your life.

Additional Verses:
Psalm 27:14
Hebrews 10:36

Action Item: Ask yourself how God is preparing and perfecting you in this season. Look for opportunities to set aside your own timing and agenda, and choose to partner with God in the process.  

The Joy In God's Sovereignty

The Joy In God's Sovereignty

Pastor Kent Munsey
October 28, 2017

Philippians 4:4-7 (NKJV)
Rejoice in the Lord Always. Again I will say, Rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be Anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

In his letter to the church in Philippi, Apostle Paul encourages the church to “be anxious for nothing.” Anxiety is not the same thing as fear: Fear sees a threat; Anxiety imagines a threat. Anxiety is a meteor shower of What If’s. Anxiety is not so much a storm, as it is a certainty that a storm is coming. The presence of anxiety is unavoidable, but a prison of anxiety is optional.

Instead of worrying, we are instructed to worship. Rejoicing in the Lord is a decision based in a deeply rooted confidence that God is in control and that He is good. Anxiety is often the consequence of perceived chaos. Anxiety increases as perceived control diminishes.

Paul is saying rather than seeking total control, to relinquish it. Rather than rehearse the chaos of the world’s problems, rejoice in the sovereignty of the Lord. Your anxiety decreases as your understanding of your heavenly father increases.

Stabilize your soul with the sovereignty of God. He reigns supreme over the universe.

Genesis 50:20-21
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.

Joseph had been betrayed, beaten and abandoned, but he chose to view his sufferings through the lens of God’s divine providence.

Anxiety is robbing you of an accurate view of your Father. As you begin to understand who your Heavenly Father is, you will find that anxiety will leave your life.

 

Action Item: Next time you fear the future, rejoice in the Lord’s sovereignty.  Choose to worship instead of worry. Fill your mind with thoughts of God.

Additional Verses:
Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:19
My God shall supply all of my needs through his riches and glory in Christ Jesus.

Jeremiah 17:8 (NKJV)
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.

The Joy of Jesus

“The Joy of Jesus”
by Pastor Kent Munsey

October 22, 2017

Philippians 3:2-6, MSG
Steer clear of the barking dogs, those religious busybodies, all bark and no bite. All they’re interested in is appearances—knife-happy circumcisers, I call them. The real believers are the ones the Spirit of God leads to work away at this ministry, filling the air with Christ’s praise as we do it. We couldn’t carry this off by our own efforts, and we know it—even though we can list what many might think are impressive credentials.

Steer clear of the dogs. Apostle Paul describes the religious people in the New Testament as “barking dogs.” Like packs of wild dogs, they are all bark and in places they shouldn't be. These “barking dogs” will become joy stealers if you allow them to undermine your passion and efforts to serve God. Don't let someone bully their way into having a voice in your life.

Paul describes the “real believers,” in contrast, as those who serve God and praise him constantly. In the New Testament, joy was how Christians were identified, what marked them as unique.

How to be a Joy Keeper, not a Joy Stealer:
1. Joy Stealers are known for being critical; Joy Keepers are worshippers
2. Joy Stealers are fickle; Joy Keepers are faithful.
3. Joy Stealers are doubtful; Joy Keepers keep their eyes on Jesus
 

Psalm 16: 11
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. 

Romans 12:12
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Philippians 4:4
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

 

Action Item: What are you allowing to rob you of joy? Choose to hold onto your joy instead.

Joy In Unity

Joy In Unity

“Joy + Unity” by Pastor Kent Munsey
October 15, 2017

“The reason the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself.” - Emerson

Philippians 2:1-2 (NKJV)
Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

Are you in unity with the person that God designed you to be? We must desire unity in our lives and in  everything that we do. Apostle Paul writes letters to the church that is divided to help them re-discover their joy. He knew that God is greater than any circumstance that could rob us of our joy. We must complete our joy by living like Jesus. Our circumstances change constantly, but Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Philippians 2:3-4
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

To find a place of unity in your heart, develop focus, clarity and a positive attitude:

  1. Refuse to Compete. When you compare, you diminish the Blood of Jesus Christ.
  2. Recognize your pride. Do not let your actions be motivated by selfishness or pride.
  3. Be a Builder. Be someone who builds people up, not tears people down.
  4. Look out for the interest of others. Insensitivity brings disunity.
  5. Adopt the attitude of Jesus, who demonstrates perfect humility. (Philippians 2:5-10)

 

John 17:21 (the Message)
"I’m praying not only for them
But also for those who will believe in me
Because of them and their witness about me.
The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind—
Just as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
So they might be one heart and mind with us.
Then the world might believe that you, in fact, sent me.
The same glory you gave me, I gave them,
So they’ll be as unified and together as we are—
I in them and you in me.
Then they’ll be mature in this oneness,
And give the godless world evidence
That you’ve sent me and loved them
In the same way you’ve loved me."

Action Item: Seek unity in your heart, mind, and relationships.