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08.21.2016 – Ps. Duane White – For the Win Pt. 2

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This Sunday, August 21st, 2016 Pastor Duane White unpacked an amazing message in our new series For the Win at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.

#FortheWin:

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” (1 Corinthians 9, NIV)

The Apostle Paul was a winner who he knew how to train to win. He gives us a few keys to running like a winner in Acts 20.

“And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”(Acts 20:22–24, NKJV)

Here are the five key characteristics of someone who trains to win:

  1. Desire. You are never going to go for the win until you go! Desire is what gets you up in the morning. Nothing great happens in life without desire. What do you desire? God wants to give us good gifts that we desire, but He also knows what is best and wants to give us the right desires.
  2. Design. You must know today that we are all bound to something. God has a grand design for your life. He has a design, and a destiny. God designed it, but you must walk in it!
  3. Determination. You get to choose what moves you. Paul didn’t say that nothing moves him;  he said “none of these things move me!” If you are determined to only be moved by God’s purposes over your life, you won’t be moved by anything else.
  4. Dedication. Dedication is an act or rite of dedicating to a divine being or to a sacred use; a devoting or setting aside for a particular purpose. Dedication comes when you have the heart of a finisher. Anybody can start, but God is looking for finishers. 
  5. Delight. When you finish well, you finish with joy! God wants us to enjoy this journey. 

We have a race to run, so let’s run that race #forthewin!

There is no greater joy than running your race alongside others who are running their race. In this race our prize is linked with everyone else’s. Not only those running now, but all those who’ve run before us.

Life is not a sprint, but it’s not a marathon either; it’s a relay! Great men and women have gone before us, and they are waiting on us to run #forthewin.

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-2, NKJV)

They have run their race. It’s our turn now. Let’s run #forthewin!

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08.14.2016 – Ps. Kris White – For the Win

 

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This Sunday, August 14th, 2016, Pastor Kris White began our new series For the Win here at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.

 #FortheWin

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” (1 Corinthians 9, NIV)

Live it out, and run to win!

If you are going to run, you must be able to answer three questions:

  1. What’s a real Win?
    • real win is when God gets the glory by His grace. We also win when we grow and mature. We win when we make others win.
    • “People may spend their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only to find, once they reach the top, that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.” – Thomas Merton
  2. What is my win?
    • Your win isn’t my win. You must run your race, and stay in your lane.  It’s important to know your unique purpose.
    • “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, before you were born I set you apart. I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” – Jeremiah 1:5
    • God knows you, He set you apart, and He appointed you. Stop comparing other’s wins to yours, and run your race!
  3. What can steal my win?
    • There are many things that could steal or sabotage our win.
    • “No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” – 1 Corinthians 2:27
    • You have been qualified. God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called! Nothing can disqualify me, except for me.

So, what can steal my win?

  • Distraction, which is a thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else.
  • Discouragement, which soon leads to quitting.

Our energy is finite. Our distractions are infinite. You steer where you stare, so focus on your race.

“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.” (2 Corinthians 2:14)

Victory is in your veins! How do you plan to live out your victory?

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08.07.2016 – Ps. Duane White – Armor Up Pt. 6

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This Sunday, August 7th, 2016, Pastor Duane White concluded our series, Armor Up, at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.

Armor Up: The Sword of the Spirit

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:10-13, NKJV)

This week Pastor Duane spoke about the last piece to the Armor of God, the Sword of the Spirit. The first thing to note about the Roman soldier sword was that is hung on the belt. The word of God must hang on the truth, which is Jesus, and His written word.

Over time, there were many different types of swords used by the Romans for many different purposes:

  1. The  “Gladius” which was a massive two-handed sword that began with one-side sharp and the other dull, and then they became shorter and narrower.
  2. They also had swords used by infantry that were skinny and they were more like a fencing sword.
  3. There were also some that were shorter and narrower, and about seventeen to nineteen inches long.
  4.  The “Machaira” which was a short sword, or a dagger. This could be like the seventeen to nineteen inches long swords or a dagger.

Why is this important? There are two words for “word” in greek. There is logos, which pertains to the written word, and rhema, which is the spoken word. Logos is the totality of what God has said, and rhema is a specific word that was within the word.

What is a “two-edged” sword? The Greek word “distomos” means two-edged, or two-mouthed.

How is the word of God “two-mouthed?” The first mouth is when God speaks it, and the second mouth is when we speak it. John got a revelation of Jesus being our example; He put the word in His mouth and defeated the enemy.

“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”(Hebrews 4:12, NKJV)

God’s word in His mouth is like a one-edged sword, but His word in your mouth makes it a two-edged sword!
God’s word in your mouth is a dagger in the spirit. Speak the word and you are cutting the devil to pieces.

The final piece of armor for a Roman Soldier in not specifically mentioned in Ephesians. Most theologians acknowledge that there are seven pieces and Paul only specifically mentions six, so as you can imagine much debate has been made over this fact.

So what is the seventh piece of armor that appears to be left out? The lance or spear. The Roman soldier had more than one lance or spear at his disposal, and like the sword, it changed over the centuries.

So why didn’t he mention it? Well, Rick Renner, in his book Dressed To Kill states that he believes Paul did mention the spear. It is believed that Paul was thinking of the lance, or spear, when he said “praying always with all kinds of prayer and supplication” in Ephesians 6:18.

Prayer is vital to the spiritual life of any believer. Like the lance or spear, prayer is thrown out before you and hits the enemy before you even get close to him, and just as there are many types of spears, there are many types of prayers. There are individual prayers, and then there is corporate prayer, and you don’t pray the same way individually that you do corporately.

Here is a quick list of some different types or categories of prayers mentioned in the New Testament:

  1. Prayer of Consecration
  2. Prayer of Petition
  3. Prayer of Authority (Prayer of Faith)
  4. Prayer of Thanksgiving
  5. Prayer of Supplication
  6. Prayer of Intercession
  7. Praying in the Spirit

You have many weapons of prayer available to you, so let’s use them daily! It’s time to Armor Up and stay armored up! How many are ready to put on the whole Armor?

 

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07.31.2016 – Dr. Graham Catto – Armor Up Pt. 5

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This Sunday, July 31st, 2016, our guest speaker, Dr. Graham Catto, unpacked an amazing message continuing our series, Armor Up, at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.

Armor Up: The Helmet Of Salvation

In this week’s message, our guest speaker, Dr. Graham Catto from Navah Church in Kansas City, continued our series by sharing about the Helmet of Salvation.

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,” (Ephesians 6:10-17)

We are at war, and Lucifer is our opponent. God set the war in place and has made us victorious by providing us with the Armor of God. All we need to do is stand against Lucifer and declare that he has no hold on us any longer.

God provides us with the helmet to protect us. We must have the confidence and assurance that we are saved. God has fixed everything we’ve broken by allowing Jesus to die for our sins. Jesus died for the damage that has been done to us.

“The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, that is the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9).

There are many questions to ask when it comes to accusing others:

  • Did you do wrong? Yes.
  • Do you accept responsibility? Stop pointing fingers at others and blaming them.
  • Do I deserve to die for this? Yes.
  • Am I sorry enough to change how I live? In other words, true repentance.
  • Can I fix the damage I have caused? No, only Jesus can.
  • Will I accept that Jesus did it for me?

There are also many lies that the devil will try to throw at you when you choose not to wear the helmet of salvation:

  • I am not loved and enjoyed.
  • I am worthless.
  • I do not deserve anything.
  • I must prove that I am worth something.
  • Nobody cares.
  • My situation is hopeless.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16)

God provided us with the helmet of salvation to protect us from the lies that the devil whispers into our ears. When we choose to put on the helmet and wear what The Lord has provided us with, we are given God’s strength and provision to conquer and defeat anything the devil may throw our way.

 

Watch more on the helmet of salvation here: