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The battle is the Lord’s

perkins oceanAre you fighting something bigger than you are?  All the information lining up against you?  No one gives you a chance?  Each week it seems to get worse?

Dr. Byron Perkins’ Sunday in the Word teaching investigates the ways in which belonging to God makes the battles of our lives His battles.

No battle is a match for our Lord!

Prepare in advance, here.

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Posted on 5th August 2017 in Uncategorized  •  Comments are off for this post
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Godly Zeal

perkins africa hutThis weekend, Dr. Byron Perkins brings to life the zeal of Phinehas.  This priest was faithfully and energetically committed to God and holiness.

The class notes are available for your preparation here.  Good lessons, Good Examples 8

Posted on 22nd July 2017 in Weekend Talks  •  Comments are off for this post
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Peace with God and Peace of God

bigstock--173450150Following are the message notes for Peace with God and Peace of God.  This message is written for Pastor Alan Humphries’ Destiny Conference at Soldotna Church of God.

21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.

From my perspective, the Apostle Paul’s emphasis in Romans 3:21-25 is upon faith in the Person and work of Jesus Christ.

Vs. 22             The righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe.

Vs. 24, 25        through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus…to be received by faith.

You and I are justified, made righteous, considered just, by a believing faith relationship with Jesus Christ.

Our 2017 Destiny Conference Theme, “Justified” is a call to live a life of faith in Jesus Christ.

Paul further states, in Romans 5:1, Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Justification is always connected to faith in Jesus Christ.  Wisely so, because without faith it is impossible to please God.  Hebrews 11:6

Faith that doesn’t please God.

  1. Dead faith             James 2:26
  2. No faith Mark 4:40
  3. Little faith             Matthew 6:30
  4. Faith that drifts 1 Timothy 6:21
  5. Weak faith Romans 14:1
  6. Lacking faith 1 Thessalonians 3:10
  7. Failing faith Luke 22:32

Faith that pleases God.

  1. Great faith Matthew 8:10
  2. Saving faith Luke 5:20, 7:50
  3. Healing faith Luke 8:48
  4. Precious faith 2 Peter 1:1
  5. Increasing faith Luke 17:5
  6. Being full of faith Acts 6:8
  7. Footsteps of faith Romans 4:12
  8. Walking faith 2 Corinthians 5:7
  9. Living faith Hebrews 10:38
  10. Word of faith Romans 10:8
  11. Family of faith Galatians 6:10
  12. Joy in faith Philippians 1:25
  13. Established faith Colossians 1:23
  14. Firm faith Colossians 2:5
  15. Working faith 1 Thessalonians 1:3
  16. Patient faith James 1:3
  17. Encouraging faith 1 Thessalonians 3:7
  18. Growing faith 2 Thessalonians 1:3
  19. Sincere faith 2 Timothy 1:5
  20. Fighting faith 1 Timothy 6:12
  21. Kept faith 2 Timothy 4:7
  22. Sound faith Titus 1:13
  23. Assuring faith Hebrews 10:22
  24. Professed faith Hebrews 10:23
  25. Praying faith James 5:15
  26. Tried faith 1 Peter 1:7
  27. Victorious faith 1 John 5:4
  28. Overcoming faith 1 John 5:5

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith[b]into this grace in which we stand, and we[c] rejoice[d] in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

My battle against God is ended by faith in Jesus Christ.  Ephesians 2:14

This faith in Jesus Christ produces life’s most amazing and delightful experience, peace with God.

Peace with God

  • We now stand in grace. Romans 5:2
  • We now rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:2
  • We now rejoice in our sufferings. Romans 5:3

Peace with God leads to the peace of God!

  • John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
  • Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.

 

 

 

Posted on 17th July 2017 in Conferences  •  Comments are off for this post
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Wholehearted Devotion Pleases God

Today’s focus of Dr. Perkins’ lesson is “Wholehearted devotion pleases God.” Caleb’s singular devotion to God is a reminder that we too, even in a world clamoring for loyalty and devotion, can remain wholeheartedly devout to God.

Study along with us beginning in Numbers 25:1-13.  Dr. Perkins’ notes are posted here.  Good-lessons-Bad-Examples-7.pptx

Posted on 16th July 2017 in Weekend Talks  •  Comments are off for this post
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The Dangers of Pride

Sunday in the Word (10:30 AM MCA Live) this weekend is a study of Nebuchadnezzer and the dangers of pride.  With our discipleship measurements calibrated to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5, 6, 7), we know the kingdom of heaven is for those who are poor in spirit.

Join Dr. Byron Perkins as he investigates strategies for falling into the Nebuchadnezzer trap.

Study the lesson here. Good lessons, Bad Examples 6

Posted on 8th July 2017 in Weekend Talks  •  Comments are off for this post
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God’s Infinite Grace

God’s grace.  No human, in any language, has ever captured it’s grandness.  Since language can’t adequately describe this divine reality, God sent grace that we can see, and hear, and touch.  Grace with bones and heart and soul.  Jesus is the definition of grace.

Sunday, July 2nd, Byron Perkins presents “God’s Infinite Grace” at 10:30 AM at MCA Live.

For preparation, here are the notes. Good lessons, Bad Examples 5

 

 

Posted on 1st July 2017 in Weekend Talks  •  Comments are off for this post
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Good Lessons: Bad Examples

perkins oceanThe beauty of Alaska is on full display this weekend and so is the word of the Creator. Enjoy the wonder of creation and the wisdom of the Creator today.

Dr. Perkins has a wonderful lesson planned for you today at 10:30 AM.  Great teacher.  Tremendous subject.

Prepare in advance here.Good lessons, Bad Examples 4

Posted on 24th June 2017 in Discipleship, Uncategorized  •  Comments are off for this post
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Christianity as Craft

We are learning about the YES Journey.  Christianity is a road trip and the Holy Spirit is our Traveling Partner and Guide.

With situated learning, all of life is the classroom and everyone is learning from everyone.  I am no scholar on these things, but have found “Situated Learning: Legitimate Peripheral Participation” (Lave & Wenger 1991) insightful. Several of today’s ideas are found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_of_practice

Enjoy this week’s message outline.

“Situated Learning: Legitimate Peripheral Participation” (Lave & Wenger 1991)

As I go on the Y.E.S. Journey, I grow by Yielding, Engaging, and Sacrificing.  Going on the Y.E.S. Journey I am crafting my life into being and doing as Jesus is and does and in the process, I grow toward my full potential.

Craftsmen are uniquely prepared for their craftsmanship. For example, the emphasis is not upon cognitive processes, but on learning through interactions between individuals, cultural tools and social communities.

Concepts for Learning the Craft of Christianity

  1. Situated learning – At its simplest, situated learning is learning that takes place in the same context in which it is applied.
  2. Communities of practice – At its simplest, learning as social participation.
    1. Domain – the general domain of knowledge that creates common ground, inspires, gives meaning.
    2. Community –the social fabric for the domain of knowledge
    3. Practice – the specific focus around which the community develops, shares and maintains its core of knowledge.
  3. Master – a person who has mastered the craft
  4. Apprentice – a person who is learning in the community of practice
  5. Journeyman – a person now ready to journey with the craft

The craft of Christianity requires learning as a craftsman would.

1 Corinthians 3:10 shows the Apostle Paul’s understanding of Christianity as craft.

According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it.

The word Paul selected for “skilled master builder” (arxitéktōn) is a combination word.  The first word (arxi) has the meaning of firstTéktōn, the second word, has the meaning of craftsman.

Today, Pentecost Sunday, is the celebration of the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

He, the Spirit, is THE Chief Artisan and Master Craftsman. Genesis 1:2

The Spirit, having created situated learning, is the Master Craftsman in “Communities of Practice” for every domain.  John 14:26

The Chief Artisan and Master Craftsman (Spirit) travels the entire YES Journey with me. John 14:16

Pentecost Sunday Personal Downloads

  • Holy Spirit, may I be your apprentice?
  • What spiritual domain holds my current interest and need?
  • Am I in a Community of Practice for my interest and need?
  • Consider participating in an MCA Summer Connect Group as a Community of Practice.
Posted on 3rd June 2017 in Weekend Talks  •  Comments are off for this post
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We grow best as we go into all the world

Complete Christian Character is a series of messages investigating Jesus’ prolific Sermon on the Mount.  Matthew 5-7

Complete Christian Character is designed to assist us in bringing Jesus’ primary teaching, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect,” into daily living.  Matthew 5:48..”

The type of perfection to which Jesus refers includes having complete Christian character.

Complete Christian character is anchored and best reflected in being “poor in spirit.”  Mt. 5:3

The essence of being poor in spirit is total surrender; the yielding of everything to God.

MCA Church’s ministry strategy is W.I.N.S.

W             Win to Christ

I                Involve in relationship

N              Nurture in growth and development

S               Send into service

Our slogan for the Gray’s Matrix is, “I’m moving up and over, by faith.”

Truly, moving up and over requires moving up and out.  Mark 16:15

The pilgrimage to Complete Christian Character is a road trip.

Christian growth and development are nurtured best in me when I dance with an:

  • Upward experience with God          Isaiah 6:3
  • Inward experience with my self      Isaiah 6:5
  • Outward experience with others    Isaiah 6:8

 

Notice, in verse 9, the grand finale of the Isaiah 6:1-8 experience, “He said, “Go and tell this people.””

 

Posted on 28th May 2017 in Weekend Talks  •  Comments are off for this post