Jesus Came to Serve * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 12/30/2018

Jesus Came To Serve!

John 13:1-17

December 30. 2018

  1. Jesus didn’t come to be SERVED; he came to SERVE.

    Matthew 20:28 - The baby born to the virgin Mary on Christmas day came into this world to serve you and me.

    He didn’t come as royalty to be waited on hand-and-foot. He didn’t come so that others could serve him. He didn’t come to lead a lavish lifestyle.

    He came to lead a humble life and pour out his life for many.

    Mark 10:45 - “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life for many.”

  2. Jesus came to teach us how to serve by SHOWING us how to SACRIFICE for others.

    John 13:1-17 - At the Last Supper, Jesus washes his disciples’ feet. He shows them how to serve with love and humility.

    Mark 9:35 - “Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, ‘Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.’”

    Matthew 23:11-12 - “The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

  3. Jesus is the perfect example of a SERVANT leader.

    1 Peter 5:2-3 - “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them…not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.”

    Luke 22:26 - “But not so with you. Rather let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves.”

    Acts 20:28 - “Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God which he bought with his own blood.”

    Psalm 78:72 - “And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.”

    1 Corinthians 9:19, 22 - “Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a servant to everyone, to win as many as possible…I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.”

For God so Loved the World! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 12/23/2018

For God so Loved the World!

Luke 1:26-35

December 23, 2018

  1. Jesus truly is the Messiah, the begotten SON of God.

    Mathew 1:18, 21 - “This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: his mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit…She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name, Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

    Luke 1:31-32 - “You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.”

  2. God so LOVED the world that he gave his one an only son, Jesus.

    John 3:16 - “ For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

    Galatians 2:20 - “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

    1 John 4:9-10 - “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only son into the world that we might live through him. This is love; not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice of our sins.”

  3. God sent JESUS to save the world by sacrificing his life for us!

    Ephesians 2:4-5 - “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in our transgressions. It is by grace you have been saved.”

    Romans 5:8 - “But God demonstrated his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

    Titus 3:4 - “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he save us not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.”

    John 15:13 - “Greater love has no man than this; to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

Joy To The World! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 12/16/2018

Joy To The World!

Luke 2:8-14

December 16, 2018

  1. The birth of Jesus Christ brought great JOY to the whole world.

    Isaiah 9:3 - “You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy!”

    Song lyrics - “Rejoice, Rejoice, Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.”

    Luke 2:10 - “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.”

    Song lyrics - “Joy to the world, the Lord has come! Let earth receive her king!”

    Matthew 2:10 - When the Magi saw the star, they were filled with joy!

    Song Lyrics - “Oh, star of wonder, star of night, star with royal beauty bright, Westward

    leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light.”

    Luke 1:46 - “And Mary said: ‘My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.’”

  2. It’s not our circumstances but CHRIST himself who is the source of true joy!

    Philippians 4:4 - “Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say, Rejoice!”

    1 Peter 1:8-9 - “You are extremely happy with joy and praise that can hardly be expressed…as you obtain the salvation that is the goal of your faith.”

    Psalm 16:11 - “You will fill me with joy when I am with You.”

    John 5:9-12 - “Just as the Father has loved me, I have loved you. Now remain in my love…I have told you this so that my joy will be in you. I also want your joy to be complete. Here is my command. Love each other, just as I have loved you.”

  3. Thanks to Jesus, we can REJOICE in Him in all things!

    1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 - “Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

    Psalm 47:1 - “Clap your hands and shout to God with cries of joy.”

    2 Corinthians 7:4 - “In all our affliction, I am overflowing with joy.”

    Romans 5:13 - “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

The Greatest Christmas Gift! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 12/2/2018

The Greatest Gift!

Isaiah 9:1-7

December 2, 2018

  1. The advent of Christ involved God’s perfect PLANNING and PREPARATION.

    1 Peter 1:20-21 - “He was chosen before the creation of the world but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.”

    Galatians 4:4 - “But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law.”

  2. The birth of Christ involved the miraculous fulfillment of numerous PROPHECIES.

    Micah 5:2 - “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are of old, from ancient times.”

    Isaiah 7:14 - “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”

    Isaiah 9:7 - “He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.”

    Daniel 9:25 - “Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks…”

  3. God provided us the greatest gift of CHRIST himself and through him salvation and the hope of ETERNAL LIFE.

    John 3:16 - “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

    Romans 3:23 - “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”

1 Peter 1:3-6 - “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

Who Is Like The Lord Our God * Guest Speaker Jesse Fenn * 11/25/2018

Who Is Like The Lord Our God

Psalm 113

November 25, 2018

  1. A God _______ of ________.

    Psalm 113:1 - “Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, you his servants; praise the name of the Lord.”

    Psalm 113:2 - “Let the name of the Lord be praised, both now and forevermore.”

    Psalm 113:3 - “From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.”

  2. A God _______ above ______.

    Psalm 113:4 - “The Lord is exalted over all the nations, his glory above the heavens.”

    Psalm 113:5 - “Who is like the Lord our God, the One who sits enthroned on high,”

    Psalm 113:6 - “who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth.”

  3. A God _______ to the _______ and ________.

    Psalm 113:7 - He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap;”

    Psalm 113:8 - “he seats them with princes, with the princes of his people.”

    Psalm 113:9 - “He settles the childless woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the Lord.”

Caleb - A Man Who Followed The Lord With All His Heart * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 11/18/2018

Caleb - A Man Who Followed The Lord With All His Heart

Numbers 13 & 14

November 18, 2018

  1. Caleb followed the Lord with his WHOLE HEART throughout his life.

    Numbers 14:24 - “But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.”

    Joshua 14:8 - “I, however, followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly.”

    Joshua 14:9 - “So on that day, Moses swore to me, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly.’”

    Joshua 14:14 - “So Hebron has belonged to Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite ever since, because he followed the Lord, the God of Israel, wholeheartedly.”

  2. As we step out in faith, God will help us to ANTICIPATE things that others can’t see.

    Numbers 13:30 - “Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, ‘We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.’”

    Numbers 14:6-9 - “Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes and said to the Israelite assembly, ‘The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us.’”

    2 Kings Chapter 6 & Chapter 7 - Elisha prays for the Lord to open the eyes of his servant so that he can see the heavenly host available to fight for them."

    Luke 4:31 - “Then their eyes were opened and they recognized (Jesus)…”

    Acts 26:18 - “I am sending you to the (Gentiles) to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light.”

  3. God gives us stark reminders in Scripture about the difference between following him with our FULL EFFORT or something less.

    Numbers 32:11-13 - “Because they have not followed me wholeheartedly, not one of the men twenty years old or more who came up out of Egypt will see the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; not one except Caleb…and Joshua…for they followed me wholeheartedly.

    Numbers 14:34-35 - “For forty years - one year for each of the forty days you explored the land - you will suffer for your sins and know what it is like to have me against you.”

    Deuteronomy 1:35-36 - “Not a man of this evil generation shall see the good land I swore to give your forefathers, except Caleb son of Jephunneh. He will see it, and I will give him and his descendants the land he set his feet on, because he followed the Lord wholeheartedly.”

The Lord Rewards Caleb For His Faithfulness * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 11/11/2018

The Lord Rewards Caleb For His Faithfulness

Joshua 14

November 11, 2018

  1. The Lord always stays true to His WORD.

    Joshua 14 - The Lord divides up the land west of the Jordan between the 9 1/2 tribes.

    Joshua 14:1 - “Now these are the areas the Israelites received as an inheritance in the land of Canaan, which Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun and the heads of the tribal clans of Israel allotted to them.”

    Joshua 14:10 - “Now then, just as the Lord promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the wilderness. So here I am today eighty-five years old.”

    Joshua 14:11- “I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then.” The Lord gave Caleb the strength in his senior years to fulfill the Lord’s promise.

    Joshua 14:12 - “Now give to me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day.”

    As with Caleb, sometimes we have to step up and claim what is rightfully ours.

  2. God always rewards us for our FAITHFULNESS.

    Joshua 14:7 - “I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to explore the land. And I brought him back a report according to my convictions, but my fellow Israelites who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt in fear. I, however, followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly.”

    Joshua 14:13 - “Then Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave him Hebron as his inheritance.”

    Joshua 14:14 - “So Hebron has belonged to Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite ever since, because he followed the Lord, the God of Israel, wholeheartedly.”

    James 1:12 - “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”

  3. God’s rewards often relate directly to our INTEGRITY.

    Joshua 14:9 - “The land on which you walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the Lord, my God, wholeheartedly.'‘

    Colossians 3:24-24 - “Whatever you do work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.”

    Matthew 25:21 - Parable of the Talents: “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’”

An Inheritance From The Lord * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 11/4/2018

An Inheritance From The Lord

Joshua 12 & 13

November 4, 2018

  1. The Lord is keeping TRACK of everyone and everything.

    The Lord keeps track of everything including victories and defeats.

    Joshua 12 - The Lord records the list of 31 defeated kings.

    Genesis 5 - “This is the written account of Adam’s family line.”

    1 Chronicles 9:1 - “All Israel was listed in the genealogies recorded in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah.”

    Revelation 20:12 - “And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.”

  2. The Lord ALLOCATES the land to the Israelites as their inheritance.

    Psalms 37:9 - “For evildoers will be cut-off. But those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land.”

    Joshua 13 - Lays out the specific allocations to the 12 tribes in accordance with prophesy and God’s promises.

    Joshua 13:6-7 - “…Be sure to allocate this land to Israel as an inheritance, as I have instructed you, and divide it as an inheritance among the nine tribes and half of the tribe of Manasseh.”

    Joshua 13:32 - “This is the inheritance Moses had given when he was in the plains of Moab across the Jordan east of Jericho.”

  3. The Lord has a wonderful INHERITANCE for each of us.

    Joshua 13:14 - “But to the tribe of Levi he gave no inheritance, since the food offerings presented to the Lord, the God of Israel, are their inheritance, as he promised them.”

    Joshua 13:33 - “But to the tribe of Levi, Moses, had given no inheritance; the Lord, the God of Israel, is their inheritance, as he promised them.”

    1 Peter 1:4 - “…in his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.”

    Ephesians 1:18 - “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.”

    Psalm 33:12 - “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.” God has chosen us as his great gift.

Joshua Fulfills His Mandate * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 10/28/2018

Joshua Fulfills His Mandate

Joshua 11

October 28, 2018

  1. No matter what lies behind, remember to PRESS FORWARD for the next victory!

    Joshua 11 - “After conquering the kingdoms in the south, Joshua and the Israelites press on to attack the kingdoms in the north.”

    Joshua 11:1-4 - “The word goes out to all the kings of the north who prepare to attack Israel. They came out with all their troops and a large number of chariots - a huge army, as numerous as the sand on the seashore,”

    Joshua 11:6 - “The Lord said to Joshua, ‘Do not be afraid of them, because by this time tomorrow I will hand all of them, slain, over to Israel.’”

    Philippians 3:13-14 - “…forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

  2. Don’t wait to be attacked; instead MOVE BOLDLY on the offensive to claim ground for Christ!

    Joshua 11:7-8 - “So Joshua and his whole army came against them suddenly at the Waters of Merom and attached them, and the Lord gave them into the hand of Israel.”

    Joshua 11:12 - “Joshua took all these royal cities and their kings and put them to the sword. He totally destroyed them, as Moses the servant of the Lord had commanded.”

  3. Don’t stop until the job is done and the victory is COMPLETE!

    Joshua 11:15 - “As the Lord commanded his servant Moses, so Moses commanded Joshua, and Joshua did it; he left nothing undone of all that the Lord commanded Moses.”

    Joshua 11:23 - “So Joshua took the entire land, just as the Lord had directed Moses, and he gave it as an inheritance to Israel according to their tribal divisions.”

    Joshua 11:23 - “Then the land had rest form war.”

    James 1:12 - “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who Love him.”

    2 Timothy 4:7 - “I have fought a good fight; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.”

    Matthew 25:23 - “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’”

Spiritual Victory: How The Battle Was Won! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 10/21/18

Spiritual Victory:

How The Battle Was Won!

Joshua 10:26-43

October 21, 2018

  1. In the battle between good and evil, Christ has already PREVAILED!

    John 16:33 - “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

    1 Corinthians 15:57 - “But thanks be to God. He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

    Romans 8:37 - “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

  2. Since Christ has overcome all manner of evil, we too can OVERCOME and and every challenge!

    Joshua 10:28-42 - After defeating the 5 Amorite Kings at Gibeon, Joshua and the Israelites move out to conquer Makkedah, Libnah, Lachish, Eglon, Hebron, and Debir.

    Joshua 10:40 - “So Joshua subdued the whole region, including the hill country, the Negev, the western foothills and the mountain slopes, together with all their kings.”

    Joshua 10:42 - “All these kings and their lands Joshua conquered in one campaign, because the Lord, the God of Israel, fought for Israel.”

    1 John 5:4 - “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”

    Revelation 3:21 - “He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on my throne, as I also overcame and sat down with my Father on His throne.”

  3. Once we realize that the Lord intends for us to be victorious, the we have to step out in faith to do our part and claim what is rightfully ours.

    Joshua 10:9 - “After an all-night march from Gilgal, Joshua took (the Amorites) by surprise. They marched for 20 miles and had to go up 3,300 feet of elevation. After this exhausting all night march, they had to fight 5 armies. God was fighting for them, but they also had to march and fight to claim the victory.”

    Joshua 10:28-42 - Joshua and the Israelites had to follow the Lord into battle against all the kings and armies in the southern Kingdom.

    James 2:17 - “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

    James 2;18 - “Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.”

Be On Top Of Circumstances * Associate Pastor Jordan Rodgers * 10/14/18

Be On Top Of Circumstances

Joshua 10:15-25

October 14, 2018

  1. Joshua 10:24b - “Come here and put your feet on the necks of these kings.”

  2. Romans 16:20 - “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.”

    Why were they at Gilgal?

    It was their first camp

    Circumcised all men under age 40

    Rolled the reproach of Egypt away

    Celebrated the Passover

    The days of manna came to an end

    Sanctified themselves unto God

    Crossed the Jordan

    In other words, they had plenty of memories there to recall, evidence that helped them trust God’s authority and act on it.

  3. Luke 10:19 — “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all powers of the enemy, nothing will harm you.”

    As regarding sin in our hearts: Admit it - Expose it - Recognize it and its traps - Hate it - Give it up - Step on its neck.

  4. Psalm 139:21-22 - “Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord, and abhor those who rise up against you? I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.”

    Our hearts need to align with what God loves. There’s no affinity between light and darkness.

The Day The Sun Stood Still * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 10/7/18

The Day The Sun Stood Still

Joshua 10:1-15

October 7, 2018

  1. Israel stays true to its promise and PROTECTS the Gibeonites.

    Joshua 9:15 - “Then Joshua made a treaty of peace (with the Gibeonites) to let them live, and the leaders of the assembly ratified it by oath.”

    Joshua 10:6 - “The Gibeonites then sent word to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal. ‘Do not abandon your servants. Come up to us quickly and save us!”

  2. When we are facing a huge battle, the Lord will SUPPORT us.

    Joshua 10:8 - “Do not be afraid of them, I have given them into your hand.”

    Joshua 6:2 - “Then the Lord said to Joshua, ‘See I have delivered Jericho into your hands…’”

    Joshua 8:1 - “Then the Lord said to Joshua, ‘Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Take the whole army with you, and go up and attack Ai.’”

  3. God intervenes SUPERNATURALLY through CONFUSION and NATURE to advance His purposes.

    Joshua 10:10 - “The Lord threw them into confusion before Israel, so Joshua and the Israelites defeated them completely at Gibeon.”

    Exodus 23:27 - “I will send my terror ahead of you and throw into confusion every nation you encounter. I will make all your enemies turn their backs and run.”

Joshua 10:11 - “as they fled before Israel on the road down from Beth Horen to Azekah, the Lord hurled large hailstones down on them…”

Mark 4:39 - “(Jesus) got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ Then the winds died down and it was completely calm.”

4. The Lord expects us to be BOLD and to step out in FAITH to accomplish His

purposes.

Joshua 10:12 - “Joshua said to the Lord in the presence of Israel, ‘Sun, stand still over Gibeon, and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon,’ So the sun stood still and the moon stopped, ‘til, the nation avenged itself on its enemies…”

Lamentations 3:37 - “Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it.”

Isaiah 38:5-6 - “Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘This is what the Lord says, I have heard your prayers and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city.’”

Isaiah 38:7-8 - “This is the Lord’s sign to you that the Lord will do what he has promised. I make the shadow cast by the sun go back the ten steps it has gone down on the stairway of Ahaz.”

Don't Be Deceived! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 9/30/18

Don’t Be Deceived!

Joshua 9:1-27

September 30, 2018

  1. We have to be on guard against DECEIT.

    Joshua 9:22 - “Then Joshua summoned the Gibeonites and said, ‘Why did you deceive us by saying, ‘We live a long way from you,’ while actually you live near us?’”

    Genesis 3:4 - “‘You will not certainly die’, the serpent said to the woman.”

    2 Corinthians 11:3 - “But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to God.”

    Revelation 12:9 - “The great dragon was hurled down - that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray.”

    Galatians 6:7 - ‘“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”

    Ephesians 5:6 - “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.”

  2. We should always INQUIRE of the Lord when undertaking important decisions.

    Joshua 9:14 - “The Israelites sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the Lord.”

    Proverbs 12:15 - “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes. But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.”

    Proverbs 3:5 - “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

    1 Chronicles 10:13-14 “Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord; he did not keep the word of the Lord and even consulted a medium for guidance and did not inquire of the Lord.”

  3. Even when we are deceived, we must honor our WORD.

    Joshua 9:18 - “But the Israelites did not attack them, because the leaders of the assembly had sworn an oath to them by the Lord, the God of Israel.”

    2 Samuel 21:1 - “During the reign of King David, there was a famine for three consecutive years; so David sought the face of the Lord. The Lord said, ‘It is on account of Saul and his blood-stained house; it is because he put the Gibeonites to death.’” Saul broke the word of the Israelites to protect the Gibeonites which caused Saul and the Israelites to suffer God’s wrath.

    Numbers 30:2 - “If a man makes a vow to the Lord, or takes an oath to bind himself with a binding obligation, he shall not violate his word, he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.”

Don't Be Discouraged! (Part 2) * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * September 23, 2018

Don’t Be Discouraged! (Part 2)

Pastor Jerry Ghirardo

September 23, 2018

  1. After important encounters with God, we should set aside a special time of WORSHIP.

    Joshua 8:30-31 - “Then Joshua built on Mount Ebal an altar to the Lord, the God of Israel, as Moses the servant of the Lord had commanded the Israelites.”

    Genesis 8:20 - “Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and, taking some of all of the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it.”

    Genesis 12:7 - “The LORD appeared to Abram and said, ‘To your offspring I will give this land.’ So he built an altar there to the LORD, who had appeared to him.”

    Genesis 35:7 - “There (Jacob) built and altar, and he called the place El Bethel, because it was there that God revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother.”

  2. The Lord gives us specific INSTRUCTION as to how to worship Him.

    John 4:24 - “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

    Hebrews 13:15 - “Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.”

    Psalm 29:2 - “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.”

    Deuteronomy 27:1-8 - Moses instructs Joshua and the Israelites where and how to build an altar and worship God in the Promised Land.

    Exodus 20:25 - God provides specific instructions on building an altar - “You will defile it if you use a tool on it.”

  3. Essential ELEMENTS of WORSHIP involve: praise, sacrifice, offerings, the Word of God, and the presence of the Lord.

    Joshua 8:31 - “On it they offered to the Lord burnt offerings and sacrificed fellowship offerings.”

    Joshua 8:32 - “There in the presence of the Israelites, Joshua wrote on stones a copy of the law of Moses.”

    Joshua 8:33 - “Alll the Israelites, with their elders, officials and judges, were standing on both sides of the ark of the covenant of the Lord, facing the Levitical priests who carried it.”

    Joshua 8:34 - “Afterward, Joshua read all the words of the law - the blessings and the curses - just as it is written in the Book of the Law.”

Don't Be Discouraged! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * September 16, 2018

Don’t Be Discouraged!

Pastor Jerry Ghirardo

September 16, 2018

  1. The Lord doesn’t want you to be DISCOURAGED.

    Joshua 8:1a - “Then the Lord said to Joshua, ‘Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Take the whole army with you, and go up and attack Ai.’”

    Joshua 1:9 - “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

    Deuteronomy 31:6 - “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you or forsake you.”

    2 Chronicles 20:15 - “This is what the Lord says to you; do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.

  2. Being DISCOURAGED is normal, but it’s not of the Lord.

    At times we are fearful, we can become discouraged. But these attitudes are not of the Lord. He has no fear of anything. He has absolute power over us all. He is never discouraged. Instead he is filled with courage and always imparts courage to those who follow him.

    When we become discouraged, we can rely on God because of His power, His authority, and His character. He is always with us.

    Isaiah 41:10 - “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

    Psalm 34:4 - “I sought the Lord and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.”

  3. God wants to help you turn DEFEAT into VICTORY. He wants you to have victory in the very place that you have suffered defeat.

    Joshua 8:1b - “For I have delivered into your hands the King of Ai, his people, his city and his land.” God sent the Israelites back to Ai, but this time He was with them.

    1 Samuel 17:47 - The Philistines had defeated the Israelites time and again. Then the Lord raised up David to defeat Goliath and the Philistines. “All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

    Judges 16:23-31 - Samson destroyed the Philistines after being deceived, blinded and enslaved by them.

    Don’t be surprised when the Lord brings you back to the same place you suffered defeat to test you again.

    He wants you to turn defeat into victory just as Christ did at the cross.'

Don't Hold Back * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * September 9, 2018

Don’t Hold Back

Joshua 7:1-2

September 9, 2018

  1. Going against GOD’S WAYS never works out well!

    Joshua 7:1 - “But the Israelites were unfaithful in regard to the devoted things.”

    Joshua 7:4 - “So about three thousand went up; but they were routed by the men of Ai, who killed about thirty-six of them. Disobedience to God always results in defeat.”

    Acts 5:1-11 - Judgment for Ananias and Sapphira for lying to the Holy Spirit.

    1 Peter 4:17 - “For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household…”

  2. Unless and until you address the sin in your life, you will continue to experience REPEATED FAILURE.

    Joshua 7:6 - “Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell face-down to the ground before the ark of the Lord, remaining there until evening. The elders of Israel did the same, and sprinkled dust on their heads.”

    Joshua 7:13 - “Go consecrate the people. Tell them, ‘Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow, for this is what the Lord, the God of Israel says": There are devoted things among you, Israel. You cannot stand against your enemies until you remove them.’”

    2 Chronicles 7:14 - “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.

    1 John 1:9 - “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

  3. In God’s time He will bring all things into the LIGHT.

    Joshua 7:10 - “Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant…They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied, they have put them with their possessions.”

    God knows the truth, so you might as well come clean with Him.

    Joshua 7:16-19 - Joshua had thee Israelites come forward by tribes, and then by clans, and then by family. Then Joshua said to Achan, “My son, give glory to the Lord, the God of Israel, and honor him. Tell me what you have done; do not hide it from me.”

    Ephesians 5:12-13, 15 - “It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible - and everything that is illuminated becomes a light…Be very careful, then, how you live - not as unwise, but as wise.”

    Proverbs 28:13 - “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”

  4. Don’t HOLD ONTO anything that the Lord requires for you to turn over to Him.

    Joshua 7:20 - Achan replied, “It is true! I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel…When I saw in the plunder a beautiful robe from Babylonia, two hundred shekels of silver and a bar of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them.”

    Genesis 22:1-9 - God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. Abraham obeyed God and turned over Isaac to Him.”

    1 John 2:15-17 - “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world - the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions - is not from the Father but is from the world.”

    James 4:7 - “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

    Hebrews 2:18 - “For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”

Judgment and Salvation * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * September 2, 2018

Judgment and Salvation

Joshua 6:21-27

September 2, 2018

  1. At the appointed time, God will bring JUDGMENT on those who oppose Him.

    Joshua 6:21 - “They devoted the city to the Lord and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it.”

    Genesis 6:5, 7 - In the time of Noah, “The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on earth…So the Lord said, ‘I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race.’”

    Genesis 18 and 19 - God’s judgment and the total destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.

    Hebrews 9:27 - “Just as people are destined to die once and after that to face judgment…”

    Revelation 20:11-15 - “Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it…And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened…And the dead were judged by what was written in the books.”

  2. God’s judgment is ABSOLUTE and his WRATH is devastating.

    Joshua 6:21 - “And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.”

    Romans 2:5 - “But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.”

    Nahum 1:2 - “The Lord is a jealous and avenging God, the Lord is avenging and wrathful, the Lord takes vengeance on his foes and vents his wrath against his enemies.”

    Isaiah 13:9 - “Behold the day of the Lord is coming, cruel with fury and burning anger, to make the land a desolation. And He will exterminate the sinners from it.”

    Revelation 14:9-11 - “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand, they too will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb.”

    Revelation 19:15 - “From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty.”

  3. Thanks to the sacrifice of Christ, God has SPARED us from judgment and eternal DAMNATION.

    Hebrews 9:28 - :So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many, and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”

    Joshua 6:25 - “But Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, with her family and all who belonged to her, because she hid the men Joshua had sent as spies to Jericho…”

    1 Thessalonians 5:9 - “For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

    Romans 5:8-9 - “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.”

Faith On Display! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 8/26/18

Faith On Display!

Joshua 6:1-20

August 26, 2018

1. God has an incredible VICTORIOUS PLAN for your life.

God's plan is full of twists, turns, challenges, setbacks and unusual tactics, and it requires great faith in Christ.

Joshua 6:2 - "Then the Lord said to Joshua, 'See, I have delivered Jericho in to your hands, along with its king and its fighting men."

Jeremiah 29:11 - "'For I know the plans I have for you' declared the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'"

2. In these plans, God will use some very unusual TACTICS.

In the battle of Jericho, the Lord directed Joshua and the Israelites to employ one of the most unusual tactics recorded in the Bible.

Joshua 6:3-5 - "March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of ram's horns n front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in."

Exodus 14 - God delivered the Israelites when they were backed up to the red Sea.

Judges 7 - God pares down Gideon's army to 300 men and leads them to victory over the Midianites.

Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, John 19 - God crucified his own Son to bring salvation to those who believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior.

3. The Lord wants to put our FAITH on DISPLAY.

Joshua 6:20 - "When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed so everyone charged straight in and took the city."

Hebrews 11:30 - "By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days."

Hebrews 11:1 - "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see,"

Hebrews 11:6 - "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him."

1 Samuel 17:45-47 - "David said to the Philistine, 'You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defiled. This day the Lord will deliver you into our hands...All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give all of you into our hands.'"

Our faith in Christ is on full display as we profess Jesus as Lord and Savior and as we walk in victory every day.

 

Is God oOn Our Side? * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 8/19/2018

Is God On Our Side?

Joshua 5:13-15

August 19, 2018

1. It would be nice if we knew that the Lord was on OUR SIDE.

Joshua 5:13 - "Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, 'Are you for us or for our enemies?'"

Psalm 108:13 - "With God on our side we will win; he will defeat our enemies."

2. But it is much more important to be on the LORD'S side.

Joshua 5:14 - "Neither, he replied, but as Commander of the Army of the Lord I have now come."

Abraham Lincoln's quote during the Civil War - "For my concern is not whether God is on our side, my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right."

Psalm 73:28 - "But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works."

3. When we are on God's side, he will FIGHT for us.

Deuteronomy 20:4 - "For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory."

Isaiah 49:25 - "For I will contend with him who contends with you."

Exodus 14:14 - "The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still."   

4. To be on  God's side we must demonstrate REVERENCE and HUMILITY.

Joshua 5:14 - "The Joshua fell face-down to the ground in reverence, and asked him, "What message does my Lord have for his servant?"

1 Kings 18:39 - "When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, 'The Lord, He is God.'"

Revelation 7:11 - "And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God."

5. God demands WORSHIP as our first act of service.

Joshua 5:15 - "The Commander of the Lord's Army replied, 'Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.' And Joshua did so,"

Exodus 3:5 - "'Do not come any closer,' God said, 'Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.'"

Revelation 22:8-9 - "I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, 'Don't do that! I am a fellow servant with you...Worship God!'"

Beyond Reproach! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 8/12/2018

Beyond Reproach!

Joshua 5:9-12

August 12, 2018

1. Whether we realize it or not, there are serious CONSEQUENCES for our sins.

Joshua 5:6 - "The Israelites had moved about in the wilderness forty years until all the men who were of military age when they had left Egypt had died, since they had not obeyed the Lord."

Galatians 6:7-8 - "Do not be deceived; God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whosoever sows to please their flesh, from their flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life."

Romans 6:23 - "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus."

2. God removes the REPROACH from our sins.

Joshua 5:9 - "Then the Lord said to Joshua, 'Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you. So the place has been called Gilgal to this day."

Psalm 119:22 - "Take away reproach and contempt from me for I observe your statutes."

Hebrews 11:26 - "(Moses) considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt."

Romans 15:3 - "For even Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, 'The reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me.'"

Micah 7:19 - "You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea."

Isaiah 1:18 - "...though your sins be as scarlet, they will be as white as snow..."

3. As Christ removes the reproach from our lives, He CIRCUMCISES our hearts and invites us to celebrate the PASSOVER.

Joshua 5:8 - "And after the whole nation had been circumcised they remained where they were in camp until they were healed."

Joshua 5:10 - "On the evening of the fourteenth day of the month, while camped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, the Israelites celebrated the Passover." This was the first time in 39 years that the Israelites were allowed to celebrate the Passover. Now that the Israelites were circumcised, they could once again partake in the Passover supper.

4. As Christ redeems us, He gives us supernatural nourishment.

Joshua 5:11 - "The day after the Passover, that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land; unleavened bread and roasted grain."

Joshua 5:12 - "The manna stopped the day after they ate this food from the land; there was no longer any manna for the Israelites, but that year they ate the produce of Canaan."

John 6:32 - "Jesus said to them, 'Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.'"

John 6:35 - "Then Jesus declared, 'I am the Bread of Life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.'"