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Heart of the City Church

Church Notes from April 29, 2017
Living Life in the Light of Eternity: http://bible.com/events/210278
Guest speaker: Pastor Bob Johnson & his lovely wife, Cindy, with us this weekend from New City Church in Great Falls, Montana!
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Pastor J.O.


*These are my notes from church today using the YouVersion live app:

II Corinthians 4:5-16 NKJV For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So then death is working in us, but life in you. And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak, knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. http://bible.com/114/2co.4.5-16.NKJV

--------------------------- Although we may want to go home, we are renewed day by day in him and we have work to do here.

--------------------------- Philippians 3:20 NKJV For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, http://bible.com/114/php.3.20.NKJV

--------------------------- Envoke your Kingdom rights.

--------------------------- Attitude is the way we perceive life, the glasses through which we view the events and circumstances around us.

--------------------------- As glasses change your perspective, so a new way of thinking or viewing the world will change your way of being and acting.

--------------------------- Life viewed outside of eternity is out of focus

--------------------------- We were created for eternity. When you view this 70-100 years from the perspective of 1,000,000,000,000s of years... it's going to change what you do and want.

--------------------------- I Corinthians 15:19 NKJV If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. http://bible.com/114/1co.15.19.NKJV

We are to live life in light of Eternity Thoughts on Eternity 1. We were created for Eternity

--------------------------- Every desire is rooted in the desire for God. If you desire anything bad, go get it from good instead.

--------------------------- Ecclesiastes 3:11 NASB He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end. http://bible.com/100/ecc.3.11.NASB

Ecclesiastes 3:14 NASB I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him. http://bible.com/100/ecc.3.14.NASB

2. This life with all its stuff is temporary

--------------------------- Things that are not of God are evaporating mist but the things that are of God carry through each day off the future.

--------------------------- II Corinthians 4:18 NKJV while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. http://bible.com/114/2co.4.18.NKJV

II Peter 3:10 NKJV But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. http://bible.com/114/2pe.3.10.NKJV

3. Consider what we are heading toward -A new body -A new heavens and earth

--------------------------- Shalom: The way things are supposed to be. Nothing missing nothing broken everything while and complete.

--------------------------- II Peter 3:13 NKJV Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. http://bible.com/114/2pe.3.13.NKJV

The Judgement seat of Christ II Corinthians 5:10 NKJV For we must all appear before the judgment-seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. http://bible.com/114/2co.5.10.NKJV

4. Our view of Eternity is foundational to our life on this earth

It determines our choices Colossians 3:1-2 NKJV

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. http://bible.com/114/col.3.1-2.NKJV

 Matthew 6:19-21 NKJV “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. http://bible.com/114/mat.6.19-21.NKJV

It determines our response to trials II Corinthians 4:17-18 NKJV For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. http://bible.com/114/2co.4.17-18.NKJV

Romans 8:18 NKJV For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. http://bible.com/114/rom.8.18.NKJV

It determines the way we live life

--------------------------- We need to live and fulfil our purpose in light of eternity. How many of your pages will carry through to eternity.

--------------------------- Hebrews 11:13-14 NKJV These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. http://bible.com/114/heb.11.13-14.NKJV

Only one life, 'twill soon be past, Only what's done for Christ will last. "Some want to live within the sound of church or chapel bell; I want to run a rescue shop, within a yard of hell."

--------------------------- It's time to re assess what is most important. ---------------------------

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