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A Servant Heart – Howard Bean

Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA

A Servant Heart The Example of Dorcas Acts 9:36 Admit – acknowledge Believe – believe Confess – confess in Christ the Lord. Hebrews 12:28 Serve God Acceptable Jesus Christ came to serve Service should be a way of life. We reject man’s approaches and ways to living. By love serve one another. It can be a difficult service to approach a brother. We need to have an openness to be clean as well. As you go about correcting your brother or sister don’t make the water too hot. Don’t be angry, if you are washing their feed with water that is too hot that is your problem! Restore someone in meekness. Remember that at some point they may need to restore you… Attitudes and Actions that Reflect a Servants Heart Being a true servant will call for no selfishness. Servant hood considers the pain of others and acts accordingly. Actions that are characterized by humility. How would we react if God asked us to wash someones feet in a basement room, outside of the view of anyone else? We often ask what other people can do for us. We exploit people without even thinking about it. May we ask God to help us ask, “what can I do for someone else.” A servant heart will act faithfully. Whether that be teaching Sunday school, prayer warrior, whatever… do what you can do. Work together with others. Act cooperatively. Areas of Service A Sunday School teacher can help others learn. On a child’s level you may not get too much out of teaching. On a youth or adult level many of us will have opportunity to teach. Phrase questions clearly, invite discussion. Summer Bible School can be super difficult, but very worthwhile. Especially when children come from non-christian homes. We often have opportunity to touch our community through events, singing, etc. Song leaders are also servants. Give some thought to the songs you choose. Don’t make it about yourself. Service doesn’t depend on the weather. Car parkers must show up even in the rain, pain and snow. Everyone should be a servant. From the janitor to the deacon. Blessings of Serving with a Servant Heart It builds up the congregation and is edifying. Romans 16 It encourages leaders when they are supported by servants. They are servants who need servants. It is a privilege to be able to serve. When we serve others by trying to make their lives better, we energize ourselves as well. God did not save us to be some sort of sensation. He saved us to be servants. At the close of life the question will be how much have you given. Not how much have you gotten… God is not looking for stars on a world stage. He is looking for servants in the local congregation and wherever the Lord is calling you. This sermon – A Servant Heart  – was originally preached 2014.03.16 by Howard Bean. This sermon is also part of a series preached at the Bethel Mennonite 2014 Youth Rally. Here is a list of all sermons in this series. Ten Lessons from my Youth Encouraging Church Loyalty Choosing a Life Long Companion Failing Successfully A Servant Heart The post A Servant Heart – Howard Bean appeared first on Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA.

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16 Mar 2014

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Failing Successfully – Howard Bean

Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA

Failing Successfully Sometimes our mistakes are able to be overcome. Learning from the mistakes of others Romans 15:4 1 Corinthians 10:6-11 Avoid evil desires Do not be idolaters Don’t be overly confident Genesis 4:4 Cain and Able Joshua 7:1 The Mistake of Akin Sometimes we mistakenly assume things. Exodus 2:11 The Mistake of Moses – dealing out justice Sometimes our mistakes cause of more embarrassment than serious trouble. Sometimes we mistakes with words. Judges 11:30 Jeptha – rash words Judges 16:16 How to fail succesful Matthew 26:30 Peter – denying that he would deny Christ Individuals and business sometimes mistakes What we can learn from Peter Peter was sorry for his sin. We can see the danger of overconfidence – less confidence in himself and more confidence in the power of God. In just a few weeks he was preaching powerfully under the influence of the Hoy Spirit. (Examples from Acts) Peter didn’t give up In contrast Judas gave up. Peter didn’t excuse himself – he didn’t blame others for his wrong. What we can learn from Thomas John 20:25 Thomas – doubting that Jesus was raised again. What is outstanding about Thomas is that he came back from unbelief and started churches, we believe, in India. How can you and I fail successfully Admit your wrong Have less confidence in yourself Rely on God’s power on Don’t become embittered by the experience Don’t blame others Learn humility Learn to sympathize – help them back up Become profitable again If you’ve doubted, place full confidence in the LORD. In other words. If you learn from your mistakes and don’t repeat them -you have failed successfully. Our Savior is the lifter up of those who fall. Some Mistakes Have Permanent Consequences The example of the rich farmer who built more barns. The example of the five foolish Virginias. There is hope. Our mistake of rejecting the Savior does not have to be permanent. Let’s be ready to die. Let’s be ready for the Lord’s return.  This sermon – Failing Successfully  – was originally preached 2014.03.16 by Howard Bean. This sermon is also part of a series preached at the Bethel Mennonite 2014 Youth Rally. Here is a list of all sermons in this series. Ten Lessons from my Youth Encouraging Church Loyalty Choosing a Life Long Companion Failing Successfully A Servant Heart The post Failing Successfully – Howard Bean appeared first on Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA.

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16 Mar 2014

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Choosing a Life Long Companion – Howard Bean

Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA

Choosing a Life Long Companion Jesus says that he will never leave us nor forsake us. Proverbs 18:22 1 Thessalonians 4:1-18 Principles for Choosing We want to please God in all that we do. We definitely want to have God’s blessing on it. Purity is a principle for choosing. Many in the world live together before they get married. Biblically it isn’t a good idea. In fact it is a sin. There is often a desire to deceive or give a false impression to a possible partner. Don’t do it. God has called us to holiness. Love will endure if you keep it pure. Engage in courtship under the Holy Spirit. The world does it under the influence of hormones and lust. With Brotherly love. Sacrificial love, not lust. Honor your parents, your church and Jesus. How to actually do it We could ask our parents to do the job for us. Cultures where that is the norm have a lower divorce rate. While we generally don’t do that, we should ask and respect our parents. The initiative of the young person is the general way we do it. With the direction of the Holy Spirit and some sort of general blessing of the church. It is important to choose rightly. It depends largely on how you look. Look to the Lord. Look at yourself. Look at the character qualities of the potential mate. Look to the Lord God offers his guidance services. In Psalm we are told to “wait on the Lord,” seeking his wisdom. Don’t assume that you should get married. The desire for that companionship is normal, but delighting in the Lord should be something that we do firstly. Psalm 37:3-5 Christ will supply all of our needs. He wants to be our life companion first of all. Getting married will not fix your problems. In fact marriage very well may magnify our problems. Not only do we have our problems, when we get married we very well may be adding a whole bunch of other problems. “It is better to be single and wish to be married than it is to be married and wish we were single.” Choose God and His will. Choosing a life partner is secondary to choosing God and following His way completely. Look at Yourself “In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths… Lean not upon your own understanding…” It isn’t so much a matter of finding the right person as it is being the right person. Am I consecrated and victorious? Am I open to God’s leading, whether in marriage or singleness. Look at the Character of the Potential Mate Isaac and Sampson were on two opposite ends of the spectrum. Consider the fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:19-26 We are to marry only in the Lord. This restricts the field considerably as far as possibilities are concerned. If we see in the other person patterns of the works of the flesh be very cautious. Look for the fruits of the spirit. If they don’t exist, be very careful. Amos 3:3 Even if you are basically in agreement, if there are significant disagreements… proceed with caution. 1 Timothy 3:1-13 Men, be blameless. Live a life that is above reproach. Be serious about your approach to life. Live an orderly life, in appearance, courtesy, driving, etc. Bad habits? Let them not be. Patience, gentleness, not rash or impulsively foolish. All these things can cause huge problems in marriage if they are not there. Titus 1:7 So many people in marriages are in love with themselves. Look to character qualities. The ability to keep calm even in the middle of disagreements is super important. Is all sin under the blood? Is there loyalty to a spiritual church. If they are not loyal to a local church, what makes you think that he will be loyal to you? To marry a woman for beauty is like buying a house for the paint. It is just on the surface. Proverbs 31:10-31 Possible Marriage Don’t be in a rush. Don’t marry in haste. Be friends with everyone. Mingle well. Crushes come and crushes go. Don’t get caught in the cycle of a crush… The brother should take the initiative. Girls should avoid flirting. It doesn’t please the Lord. It will make you no true friends. With good guys, flirting will be a “repellant.” Don’t let your parents push you into a relationship. Parents, don’t push your children. Courtship Itself Use your time profitably. Don’t separate yourself from your youth group. Discuss openly beliefs and spiritual “stuff.” Set decent, high standards. Don’t let them slide. The devil wishes to be present on your dates. Draw near to God… he will draw near to you. This sermon – Choosing a Life Long Companion  – was originally preached 2014.03.15 by Howard Bean. This sermon is also part of a series preached at the Bethel Mennonite 2014 Youth Rally. Here is a list of all sermons in this series. Ten Lessons from my Youth Encouraging Church Loyalty Choosing a Life Long Companion Failing Successfully A Servant Heart The post Choosing a Life Long Companion – Howard Bean appeared first on Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA.

50mins

16 Mar 2014

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Encouraging Church Loyalty – Howard Bean

Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA

Encouraging Church Loyalty We are a lot of odd people. That is a good thing. More important than being in a Church physically is being in a church spiritually. The church is one body, many members working together as a unit. Jesus placed supreme value on the church. He purchased it with his own blood. If we are part of the church we have also been purchased with this blood. We can depend on the Lord. Can he depend on us? What is Church Loyalty By loyalty we mean, “a devoted attachment to something or someone.” There is a universal church, but there is also a local church. We should be a part of both of these. Loyalty can be shown by actions as well as by definition. Philippians 2:19-25 Wherever the Lord may call you to serve, your loyalty may be tested. Why Should we Have Church Loyalty We need the church and we should be loyal to the church for mutual stimulation to love and worship. Hebrews 10:24 Galatians 6:6 We need the truth to be taught. Acts 2:40-46 Hebrews 13:17-19 If we are in earnest spiritually we should be glad that we have people who care about us enough to ask us how we are doing. It is good to feel part of something, to have a sense of belonging. Mathew 16:18 The church needs each member. Loyalty is very important in the human body as well as the body of Christ. How do we Show Church Loyalty Loyalty to our churches is shown many different ways. Attendance is one way… Attendance is more than just warming a pew. Being committed is another way that we can show loyalty to the church. Do what you are asked to do. It is like a bank, the more we put into it the more interest will be accrued. Service is another way that we show loyalty to our church. We can get tired of teaching Sunday School or Bible School. If all we are worried about is being tied down we should consider that Jesus was “nailed down” because of his loyalty and commitment. Being ready to confront and be confronted is another way that we can show loyalty to our local body. There needs to be a loyalty to the church’s expectations for members. If we are willing to lay down our lives for others we should be willing to at times lay down our opinions for those of others. Faithfulness and cooperation show our loyalty to the local body. Help with church cleaning. Sing in community outreach. Cooperate with your leaders. Don’t be eager to hang out the dirty wash for other people. Support the decisions of the church. It is encouraging to see church loyalty. Let us encourage each other to greater loyalty to Christ and His church. This sermon – Encouraging Church Loyalty  – was originally preached 2014.03.15 by Howard Bean. This sermon is also part of a series preached at the Bethel Mennonite 2014 Youth Rally. Here is a list of all sermons in this series. Ten Lessons from my Youth Encouraging Church Loyalty Choosing a Life Long Companion Failing Successfully A Servant Heart The post Encouraging Church Loyalty – Howard Bean appeared first on Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA.

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16 Mar 2014

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Ten Lessons from my Youth – Howard Bean

Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA

Ten Lessons from my Youth Each of us walks a unique path. No matter where we come from, each of us is cared for by our savior. 1 Peter – He careth for you. In the Greek it would mean, “It matters to Him.” Sometimes we learn from experience and other times we learn from the experience of others. Genesis 30:27 Psalm 37:23-25 God Can Change my Position and Orientation Often the changes that happen in our lives are kind of gradual. Other times they happen suddenly and dramatically. The Lord must have a sense of humor because he often asks us to do the things that we don’t think we want to do. For Mr. Bean this meant that he became a teacher, preacher and a writer. Shyness Can be (at least partially) Overcome Through conversion and becoming more mature we can become less self conscious and more conscious of the needs of others. It is Dangerous to Procrastinate Receiving Christ As we say no to the call of the Holy Spirit we are slowly hardening our hearts. We can also become confused about exactly what we believe about Christ and His call. If we have a desire and a calling from the Holy Spirit we can come to the cross and receive salvation. Hebrews 4:7 2 Corinthians 6:2 The Influence of an Insincere (or sincere) Conversion The life of the one who becomes a Christian will change. If our lives don’t change that should cause red flags in our minds. God Responds to Earnest Prayers “Call unto me, and I will answer you.” – God Our Parents, Respecting them or Not Respecting our parents and their wishes is important. Let them know where you are going and when you will be coming home. Parents are crucial. Appreciate your parents. Appreciate Your Church Ministry It is important to appreciate the ministry and to align yourself with their wishes. Studying the Bible It is important to spend time with our Bibles, studying the word of God. We have lots of books. We have the Bible itself. Do we study them? Do we have a hunger for them? We may know lots of things about the Bible, but it needs to become an internal thing. Bible reading and prayer takes time and effort. God loves us very much and wants to meet with us daily. Wait on the Lord – Trust His Judgement It is important that we accept God’s will. That can only happen after we seek his will. Prepare for Service Serve the Lord as you have opportunity. Prepare yourself through prayer and study. The best preparation for tomorrow is the right use of today. This sermon – Ten Lessons from my Youth  – was originally preached 2014.03.15 by Howard Bean. This sermon is also part of a series preached at the Bethel Mennonite 2014 Youth Rally. Here is a list of all sermons in this series. Ten Lessons from my Youth Encouraging Church Loyalty Choosing a Life Long Companion Failing Successfully A Servant Heart The post Ten Lessons from my Youth – Howard Bean appeared first on Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA.

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16 Mar 2014