The Holy Spirit and Fire May 24 Sermon Outline

 Holy Spirit and Fire

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Senior Pastor, Dr. Janet Cook

 

Holy Spirit and Fire

Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

 

The Spirit of God Came Upon Them

Act 2:1-4 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

  • The Spirit was given on the same day the Law was given in the Old Testament

 

Acts 2:41-44 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.

 

Miracle of the Lame Man – in Acts 3

Acts 3:6-10 Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.  So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God. Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

 

With All Boldness Speak The Word

Acts 4:29-30 Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”

 

Acts 4:31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. NIV

  • Greek Word 3954 – Boldly.παρρησίας (parrēsias)
    all out-spokenness, i.e. Frankness, bluntness, publicity; by implication, assurance.
  • Boldness is a divine enablement that comes to ordinary and unprofessional people.
  • Boldness is the Holy Spirit moving through someone with a divine surge of power and ability.
  • Boldness is the result of being filled with the Holy Spirit.

 



House of Prayer Sunday May 17

Soul Care Series

May 17, 2020

PPT “House of Prayer”

Senior Pastor, Dr. Janet Cook

 

Mark 11:17 My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.

 

Matthew 22:37-38 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.”

 

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

 

What is the purpose of the House of God?

Exodus 29:42-43 “This shall be a continual burnt offering throughout your generations at the door of the tabernacle of meeting before the LORD, where I will meet you to speak with you. And there I will meet with the children of Israel, and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by My glory.”

  • We communicate with God through prayer.
  • “I will meet you to speak with you.”

 

2 Chronicles 7:14-15 “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.”

  • God’s greatest desire is to forgive us and heal our land.
  • The power of God is released when the people of God humble themselves and pray.

 

My House shall be called a House of Prayer

Mark 11:17 – Then He taught, saying to them, “Is it not written, My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a den of thieves.’ ”

  • They had turned the House into something other than what it was intended to be.
  • Jesus was quoting Isaiah 56:7-8

 

The purpose of the church is to be a house of prayer, a meeting place for God to commune with His people both individually and corporately.

 

It is Time to Seek the Lord

Hosea 10:12  “Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy;

Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord,

Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.”

  • When we pray God promises to respond.

 

Psalm 105:4 “Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face evermore!”

  • God would not tell us to seek something if we were not able to find it.

 

Call to Me and I Will Answer YOU!

Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”

 

2 Corinthians 2:9-10 “But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,

Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.”

 

The book of Acts illustrates the power of God released through the lives of a praying church.

Acts 2:42-47 “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles…

 

When God’s people commit themselves to prayer….

Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

 

Lord Make Me a House of Prayer – by Eddie James

 

 

 



A Woman Who Fears the Lord, She Shall Be Praised

HAPPY Mother’s Day!!!
 
OUR MESSAGE TODAY IS FROM PROVERBS 31
 

 

PPT “A Woman Who Fears the Lord, She shall be Praised”

Mother’s Day Message

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Senior Pastor, Dr. Janet Cook

 

Happy Mother’s Day

 

The Words of King Lemuel’s Mother

1 The words of King Lemuel, the utterance which his mother taught him:

2 What, my son?

And what, son of my womb?

And what, son of my vows?

3 Do not give your strength to women,

Nor your ways to that which destroys kings.

 

4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel,

It is not for kings to drink wine,

Nor for princes intoxicating drink;

5 Lest they drink and forget the law,

And pervert the justice of all the afflicted.

 

6 Give strong drink to him who is perishing,

And wine to those who are bitter of heart.

7 Let him drink and forget his poverty,

And remember his misery no more.

 

8 Open your mouth for the speechless,

In the cause of all who are appointed to die.

9 Open your mouth, judge righteously,

And plead the cause of the poor and needy.

 

 

The Virtuous Wife

10 Who can find a virtuous wife?

For her worth is far above rubies.

 

11 The heart of her husband safely trusts her;

So he will have no lack of gain.

12 She does him good and not evil

All the days of her life.

 

13 She seeks wool and flax,

And willingly works with her hands.

 

14 She is like the merchant ships,

She brings her food from afar.

15 She also rises while it is yet night,

And provides food for her household,

And a portion for her maidservants.

 

16 She considers a field and buys it;

From her profits she plants a vineyard.

17 She girds herself with strength,

And strengthens her arms.

 

18 She perceives that her merchandise is good,

And her lamp does not go out by night.

19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff,

And her hand holds the spindle.

 

20 She extends her hand to the poor,

Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.

21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,

For all her household is clothed with scarlet.

22 She makes tapestry for herself;

Her clothing is fine linen and purple.

 

23 Her husband is known in the gates,

When he sits among the elders of the land.

24 She makes linen garments and sells them,

And supplies sashes for the merchants.

 

25 Strength and honor are her clothing;

She shall rejoice in time to come.

26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,

And on her tongue is the law of kindness.

27 She watches over the ways of her household,

And does not eat the bread of idleness.

 

28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;

Her husband also, and he praises her:

29 “Many daughters have done well,

But you excel them all.”

 

30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,

But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.

  • Fears – H3372 yare’= morally reverent

 

31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,

And let her own works praise her in the gates.

  • Hands – H3027 yad = power, means, direction

 

Proverbs 9:10-11 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For by me your days will be multiplied, And years of life will be added to you.

 

Proverbs 22:4 By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life.

 



Is Your Confidence Showing? Outline

PPT Is your confidence showing?

Soul Care Series

May 3, 2020

Senior Pastor, Dr. Janet Cook

 

What the enemy meant for evil God is working out for our good.

Genesis 50:20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.

 

Jesus Christ came into the world to destroy the works of the devil.

1 John 3:8b – For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

 

All Things Work Together for Good

Romans 8:27-28 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

 

Is your confidence showing?

Hebrews 4:16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. NIV

 

(Confidence = G3954 – par-rhay-see’-ah

The Greek word for Confidence – G3954 – it means – all outspokenness, frankness, bluntness, publicity, by implication, assurance, boldness of speech, confidence, freely, openly, plainly.

Root word – to say, command or speak

 

Hold Fast the Confidence

Hebrews 3:5-6- And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward, 6 but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.

 

Hebrews 3:7-11

Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says:

“Today, if you will hear His voice,

8 Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,

In the day of trial in the wilderness,

9 Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me,

And saw My works forty years.

10 Therefore I was angry with that generation,

And said, ‘They always go astray in their heart,

And they have not known My ways.’

11 So I swore in My wrath,

‘They shall not enter My rest.’ ”

 

Hold the Beginning of Our Confidence

12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; 13 but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, 15 while it is said:

“Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

 

Speak the Word of God Boldly

Acts 4:31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. NIV

  • Boldness is a divine enablement that comes to ordinary and unprofessional people.
  • Boldness is the Holy Spirit moving through someone with a divine surge of power and ability.
  • Boldness is the result of being filled with the Holy Spirit.
  • The purpose is to boldly proclaim the gospel.

 

Pentecost Sunday is on May 31st

We experienced a literal Passover in April. Will we experience a literal Pentecost in May?

 

Acts 2:1-4 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

 

Now this is the Confidence

1 John 5:14 -15 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

 

  1. If we ask anything according to His will

 

  1. Approach God in faith

 

  1. Pray in the name of Jesus – John 14:13-14 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

 

  1. Have Confidence in God to answer you.

 

 

 



Prayers and Declarations

GOD’S WORD IS MEDICINE AND A CREATIVE POWER
Isaiah 57:19 I create the fruit of the lips: Peace, peace Says the LORD, And I will heal him.
We need the Peace of God at this time. Exercise your faith today and speak His word over your life and your situation. Have faith in God’s eternal Word and open up your life to receive His peace and healing. Take a deep breath and thank Him for His peace. Pray and declare God’s Word today and everyday you are alive. Remember, that your words have power. “Speak peace” and receive God’s healing peace. We are praying for our River Family and Friends.
Shalom Dr. Janet Cook.


Prayer Focus – “Love God’s Law”

Love is in the air today. What we love, we love to think about and it is on everyones mind.

Psalm 119:97 – “Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.”

The theme in this verse is very clear. The psalmist is declaring his love for the law of God. He said it is the one thing that he thinks about all day long.

The word translated “law” could be translated doctrine. God’s law teaches us about His nature and His love for us. The law of God gives us guidance and direction concerning our lives. It converts our soul and it makes us wise.

Psalm 19:7 – “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.”

People will be making declarations of their love to others today. Maybe you bought someone some flowers or candy or a nice card. Did you write a special message in the card declaring your love for that special someone?

God declared His love for us by sending His only begotten son. He continues to declare His love to us through His Holy Scriptures. It is God’s love letter to us.

I encourage you to take some time today to read and meditate upon the verses found in Psalm 119:97-104.

The Law will make you wise and it will give you understanding. The Law will teach you and keep you from every evil way.
God has given us His word because He wants us to know him intimately. He wants what is best for us, just like we want the best for those we love.

The psalmist continues on in this passage and says, “How sweet are Your words to my taste. Sweeter than honey to my mouth!” We enjoy giving sweets to those we love. God has some sweets for you today. It is His Word!! It tastes better than the most expensive piece of candy! it is like honey to our souls!

Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love the Lord with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. (Mark 12:30)
Our greatest love and affection should be towards our Heavenly Father who loved us first. He sent Jesus to die for us. We were worth dying for!

John 15:13-14 – “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.”

Dr. Janet Cook



Day 40 – Prayer Focus – “God – The Eternal Word”

John 1:1 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

John 1:14 – “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

The most important question for us to be able to answer is “Who is Jesus Christ?” There is so much to say about these verses!! Read them and meditate on them today and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you who Jesus Christ is.

“When Jesus stepped out, the infinite God took on the form of a tiny unborn baby boy. The Son did not cease to be God when he became a man. He added humanity but he did not subtract deity. He was fully God and fully man-the God-man.
Ponder that for a moment. The Almightiness of God moved in a human arm. The love of God now beat in a human heart. The wisdom of God now spoke from human lips. The mercy of God reached forth from human hands. Jesus was God wrapped in human flesh.” Lifeway.com

Dr. Janet Cook



Day 39 – Prayer Focus – “Faith-Full”

Matthew 8:8-10 -“The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!”

The Centurion was a Roman soldier. He earned his ranking by being an expert in the brutal Roman battle techniques of his day. In our eyes, he would have been one of the most unlikely people to have faith in Jesus. He would not have looked like the “kind of person” who would trust in Jesus. But Jesus marveled at the Centurion’s faith.

The Centurion asked Jesus to just “speak a word and my servant will be healed.” This caused me to evaluate my faith in the Word of God.

John Piper once quoted Billy Graham, saying, “God will not reward fruitfulness, he will reward faithfulness.” The centurion was faith-full.

Our prayer focus today is to become more faith-full of the Word of God! Think about it…just “a word” was all that was needed to heal this person. If we have faith the size of a little mustard seed we can speak to the mountain and it will be removed and cast into the sea.

Dr. Janet Cook


Day 38 – Prayer Focus – “Jesus our Healer”

Exodus 15:26 – “If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.”

The name Jehovah means “Lord” or “The Existing One,” and is derived from the word “Havah,” which means “to exist.” Rapha is a Hebrew word meaning “to restore” or “to heal.” Therefore, the name Jehovah Rapha can be translated to mean “The Lord who heals.” This name reveals God’s aspect as a healer who heals people’s spiritual and physical needs.

Isaiah 53:5 – “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.”

Our prayer focus today is on Jesus our healer. He is able to heal our body, soul and spirit. We look to Jesus for the healing that we need in our own bodies, our families, our church family and friends. We ask in the mighty name of Jesus for healing from all of our diseases and the restoration of our souls! We worship Jesus our Healer!

The Holy Spirit has directed us to have a special healing service on Wednesday, February 15 from 6:30 – 8:00pm and Sunday morning February 19 beginning at 10:30am. Please pray and intercede with us as we worship Jesus our Healer!

Dr. Janet Cook


Day 37 – Prayer Focus – “Seek Things Above”

Colossians 3:1-3, “So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

This verse would be better translated “Since you have been raised with Christ.” Paul is pointing out to us that God has elevated us to a higher place. He has raised us up where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Paul is urging us to stop paying so much attention to the things of this world and start spending more time focused on heavenly things. We are to seek the things that are above where Christ is. The things that are above are eternal. The things in this world are temporal.

I like the way M.S.Lowndes explained the essence of this verse.

“We should be focused on, and tending to things of eternal value. Nothing else matters. We can’t take anything with us. To be pursuing things of earthly value and importance, robs us of what really matters. We still remain discontented because it will never satisfy. Only what has eternal value will ever satisfy.
Pursuing the riches of heaven above satisfies our souls like nothing else does.”
© By M.S.Lowndes

Dr. Janet Cook