Peak of the Week

Peak of the Week: Why Pray – To be like Jesus, Part 3

To be like Jesus God commands us to pray: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” – Romans 12:12 (NIV) “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” – Ephesians 6:18 (NIV) “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful, and thankful.” – Colossians 4:2 (NIV) “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for everyone …” – Timothy 2:1 (NIV) “Pray continually” – 1 Thessalonians…

Peak of the Week: Why Pray – Benefits of Prayer, Part 2

benefits of prayer Peter Kreeft, in his book, “Prayer for Beginners,” wrote the following: “Some say that prayer, and “the spiritual life,” or “the inner life,” or the soul’s private love affair with God, is an unaffordable luxury today, or an irresponsible withdrawal from the pressing public problems of our poor, hurting world. I say just the opposite: that nothing, nothing is more relevant and responsible…” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 – “pray without ceasing.” James 4:2 NKJV You lust and do…

Peak of the Week: Why Pray – How To Pray, Part 1

How To Pray Matthew 6:5-15 Prayer can be a difficult action to perform because we may not know how to pray to God. Luke 11:1– Prayer is offering our words to God. How Not To Pray, Matthew 6:5-8 Do not pray like the ____________ (vs. 5) To be seen by people Instead, pray in your private room (vs. 6) Jesus says to shut the door and pray in private to the Lord. 1 Timothy 2:8, 1 Thessalonians 5:17 So what…

Peak of the Week: Discipleship Requirements – Deny Your Self, Part 4

Deny Yourself Our last requirement, to many of us, is the hardest and the most controversial. Here’s what Jesus said in Luke 9:23, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” Compound this passage with a companion scripture a few chapters later in Luke. Here Jesus says, “Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: ‘If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and…

Peak of the Week: Discipleship Requirements – Bear Much Fruit, Part 3

Bear Much Fruit This is found in John 15:1-17, particularly verse 8: “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” A DISCIPLE UNDERSTANDS FRUITFULNESS Even from the first page or two in your Bible, God sets forth the principle of ____________________________. Fish reproduced fish. Birds reproduced birds. Cattle reproduced cattle. Apple trees produce seeds that will create more apple trees. And even humans, as God created us, were to reproduce other…

Peak of the Week: Discipleship Requirements – Love One Another, Part 2

LOVE ONE ANOTHER We are taking a closer look at four specific statements of Jesus as he called people into a life of discipleship. Today we give emphasis to Requirement #2, which is to “Love One Another.” This one is found in John 13:34-35: “A new command I give you. Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” LOVE…

Peak of the Week: Discipleship Requirements – Abide in My Word, Part 1

Abide In My Word In this series of four lessons, we are going to focus on the four times in the Gospels where Jesus explicitly set forth the what-we-are-calling “Jesus’ Discipleship Requirements.” Four times, he would state an expected response of faith & add words like these: “to show yourselves to be my disciples” or “if you want to be my disciple…” Now, the most basic requirement that sets the foundation for these four is the simple invitation & expectation…

Peak of the Week: Thrive, Part 4

Leaping, Not Limping Acts 3:3-6: “When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, ‘Look at us!’ So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. 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, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he…

Peak of the Week: Thrive, Part 3

God & His Blessings Ephesians 1:3, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing Christ.” Notice vs. 5 – our adoption into God’s family was “in accordance with his purpose and will.” Verse 7, our redemption through Christ’s blood is “in accordance with this the riches of God’s grace.” Verse 9, he revealed the mystery of the gospel with us, “according to his good pleasure.”…

Peak of the Week: Thrive, Part 2

Inheritance—What We Have To thrive and get out of the mode of barely surviving, we need to hear and take into each of our hearts powerful doses of truth about who we are and what’s possible! Ephesians 1:3-10 NKJV Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we…