Sunday School Notes

Matthew 5:13-16

New International Version (NIV)

Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

phrase of salt

worth one’s salt

good or competent at the job or profession specified.

Salt is a compound because it is made of only NaCl, not because it has only Sodium and Chlorine, in which case it will be mixture of the two elements.

Compound – a thing that is composed of two or more separate elements; a mixture.

In chemistry, a salt is an ionic compound that results from the neutralization reaction of an acid and a base.[


Different salts can elicit all five basic tastes, e.g., salty (sodium chloride), sweet (lead diacetate, which will cause lead poisoning if ingested), sour (potassium bitartrate), bitter (magnesium sulfate), and umami or savory (monosodium glutamate).


Salts of strong acids and strong bases (“strong salts“) are non-volatile and odorless, whereas salts of either weak acids or weak bases (“weak salts“) may smell like the conjugate acid (e.g., acetates like acetic acid (vinegar) and cyanides like hydrogen cyanide (almonds)) or the conjugate base (e.g., ammonium salts like ammonia) of the component ions. That slow, partial decomposition is usually accelerated by the presence of water, since hydrolysis is the other half of the reversible reaction equation of formation of weak salts.

Bland Christians – Lukewarm Christians

1) You don’t seek God before making decisions.

2) Your friends don’t take your walk with Christ seriously.

3) You want to know how far you can push the limit with God.

Woman at the well

John 4

29Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?

30Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.

31In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.

32But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.

33Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?

34Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

Proverbs 3:5-6

New International Version (NIV)

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.

An open letter to Christians everywhere (including me)

I just watched America’s Got Talent and saw what I hope is a career rebirth of another sinner saved by grace: Nikki Leonti Edgar (Wikipedia). My heart was broken listening to her story and realizing that I listened to her singing Christian music as a kid then hearing that she was shunned by the Christian community.

I began doing my own research; I wanted to know for myself. Since Nikki was shunned from the church, did she turn her back on God? Or did she do as Jesus and turn the other cheek and move on down the road? I read stories and comments from many different people. Some couldn’t believe that Christians would turn their back on a pregnant teen mom who choose life versus death for her baby. Others believed there must be more to the story. It saddens me, but there isn’t more to this story. It’s a simple story that all of us share. See, Christians sin, some more frequently than others, but we are all sinners. It’s not the sin that defines us though, it’s how we deal (or don’t deal) with the sin. Sin is bad, really bad; it separates us from God. And when we don’t deal with that sin, the separation grows and extends the time. Before long we grow numb to the separation and we no longer miss God (our Father).

The thing is: the world knows what Jesus looks, sounds and acts like better than some Christians. And, they are tired of fake, two-faced Christians who aren’t real. The world can spot a Sunday-morning Christian a mile away. Because of this, the world is still searching for something to fill the spot in them that God created specifically for Himself (Psalms 63:1). The world knows they want/need something, but they see us Christians walking around and say, “surely that isn’t it,” because so many Christians are fake. So many Christians don’t walk like we talk. I mean, even the devil knows the bible (Matthew 4:1-11).

It’s time for all of us who profess to be Christians to walk the walk we’ve been talking. It’s time to recognize that we are all sinners saved by grace. It’s time for us to fall on our face and declare God as the King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 17:17).

Lord forgive us, for we know not what we do. Personally, I make mistakes daily, but my daily prayer is that the Lord makes me better today than I was yesterday. And I know if I lean on Him, then with His help, I can be made better, I can be restored, I can be redeemed, and I can be and do all things according to His riches in Glory (Philippians 4:13). I am praying for Nikki and her family, that in this new journey they are on, they lean on God, and show the world Jesus, a Jesus this world has been seeking and not finding in His people.

Love vs Work

Love = 442       Old Testament = 240  New Testament = 202

Work = 689     Old Testament = 477  New Testament = 212


noun:an intense feeling of deep affection.

“babies fill parents with intense feelings of love”

synonyms: deep affection, fondnesstendernesswarmthintimacyattachment,endearmentdevotionadorationdoting, idolization, worshippassion, ardordesirelustyearninginfatuation, besottedness


noun : activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result.

“he was tired after a day’s work in the fields”

synonyms: labortoilslogdrudgeryexertioneffortindustryservice; informalgrindsweatelbow greaseliterarytravail “a day’s work in the fields”

Philos – This is a unique kind of love like the one you have for a companion or pal. It refers to loving one another just like your brother or sister.

Eros – Eros is a Greek term which actually means desire and longing. And according to the Greek methodology, Eros is the name of the Greek god of love. Also referred to as erotic love, this is a selfish kind of love as it associated with sexual love.

Storge – This is family love, the bond among mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers

Agape – his is a special term which represents the divine-love of the Lord towards his Son Jesus Christ, the human beings and all believers. This is the best of the three types of love in the bible, in fact Jesus himself showed this type of divine love to his Dad in heaven and humanity. Agape love is the love that God commanded all believers to have for everyone whether he/she is a believer or not. Agape love should never be determined by our feelings; it is more of a set of behaviors or actions. With agape, you do not have to actually feel it for you to give it, which means that you can be able to show love without feeling anything at all. At times feelings can follow after showing this kind of love.

What is love – we are taught as Christians to love people to Christ.

The devil convinces us that if we love, love one another, have Christian love that we have done our job. We don’t need to do anything else.

On its own, love is a feeling.

God worked for 6 days and rested on the 7th.

God created man in His image, we were created to work with God on earth, to be His hands and feet.

Thief on the cross that said remember me – Luke 23:39-43

The sacrifice didn’t go away in the old testament.

Work requires motivation

Has God made an impression

For us to be in love again

Our life is not our own – 1 Corinthians 6:19

1 Corinthians 13:13Amplified Bible (AMP)

13 And now there remain: faith [abiding trust in God and His promises], hope

[confident expectation of eternal salvation]

, love [unselfish love for others growing out of God’s love for me], these three [the choicest graces]; but the greatest of these is love.

James 2:17Amplified Bible (AMP)

17 So too, faith, if it does not have works [to back it up], is by itself dead

[inoperative and ineffective]

Ephesians 5:1-2Amplified Bible (AMP)

Therefore become imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father]; and walk continually in love [that is, value one another—practice empathy and compassion, unselfishly seeking the best for others], just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and sacrifice to God [slain for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance.

Identity in Christ

Webster defines identity by:

the distinguishing character or personality of an individual

In the world today we have virtual identities all over the place. We have facebook, twitter, instagram, tumblr and linkedin just to name a few. Before we had that we had the start of social media before we even knew it had a name called MySpace. MySpace came around 2003, when you were 8. Google came around 1998 when you were 3.

You have grown up with social media in your face 24×7, and you probably couldn’t even imagine what the world was like before it.

On each of the websites we have an identity. It starts out as a profile pic, then we post what we like what we don’t like. And don’t forget about the games. Our virtual friends tell us what they like about our post and what we don’t like. For some people it’s a competition on who can get the most likes. For many we allow social media to shape our identity.

On this special day it seems appropriate to remind you of some important facts found in the bible.

First off, you were created in the image of God – Genesis 1:27

So as you leave today, accomplishing a major milestone in your life. I caution you not to let the world set your identity, because God has already done a great job of that. Instead open your bible daily, and let God point out to you, the identity he has already placed in you.

Mary’s Journey

December 18, 2011 – Eastside Christian Church – Michal Ferber

Luke 1:26-33

  1. The first thing I want to look at is God chose Mary.
    1. There wasn’t a search committee.
    1. It wasn’t anything that Mary volunteered for.
    1. It was unexpected.

38 Then Mary said, Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word. And the angel departed from her.

Mary was available.

  • But what were God’s criteria.

30 Then the angel said to her, Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.

As a Christian it is our job to work out our salvation. Each day trying to draw closer to God. To be in tune with the Holy Spirit. We see from verse 30 Mary met God’s criteria.

  • Patients were involved.
    • We can’t rush God.
    • We can’t drag things out.
    • God’s timing is perfect.
    • Mary had to be patient that God would change Joseph’s heart.

26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth

  • Mary had to look out for the signs.
    • Signs are reminders that we are on the right track.
    • Signs act as confirmation.

36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren.

41 And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

  • Others around Mary had to support her ministry.
    • Joseph, her fiancé.
    • Elizabeth her sister.
    • The shepherds.

8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.


Mary’s Journey is a blueprint for us today. Scriptures show us the process.

  1. Available
  2. In Tune to the Holy Spirit
  3. Patients
  4. Signs/Confirmations
  5. Others Support

Purposeful Serving

October 2, 2011 – Eastside Christian Church – Michal Ferber

Philippians 2:12-18

Matthew 1:18

Birth of Christ

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.

21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” 22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying:

23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” 24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 25 and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name jesus.

  1. The Holy Spirit did the work.
  2. The birth of Jesus required obedience, initially and ongoing.
  3. God had a plan. And he laid it out as needed.
  4. Mary and Joseph had to not only be obedient, but also faithful.
  5. God sent his Son Jesus to earth with a purpose.

Matthew 2:13

Flight into Egypt

13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.” 14 When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, 15 and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”

  1. The devil can’t create anything; so he will try to kill, steal and destroy. (John 10:10)
  2. God’s purpose requires on going obedience and faithfulness.

Acts 10:34

Preaching to Cornelius’ Household

34 Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. 35 But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him. 36 The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ— He is Lord of all— 37 that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. 39 And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem, whom they killed by hanging on a tree. 40 Him God raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly, 41 not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, even to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. 42 And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead.

43 To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.”

  1. As Jesus fulfilled his purpose here on earth; He was an example.
  2. God anointed Jesus; if we are saved by the grace of God; we have that same anointing.
  3. God’s purpose for Jesus on earth was fulfilled.
    1. You’re going to do the will of God whether you want to or not.
    1. God hand-picked witnesses.
  4. God’s purpose for Jesus isn’t over.

Revelation 4:11

11 “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.”

  1. God created all things.

Proverbs 16:1

1 The preparations of the heart belong to man, But the answer of the tongue is from the lord. 2 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, But the lord weighs the spirits. 3 Commit your works to the lord, And your thoughts will be established. 4 The lord has made all for Himself, Yes, even the wicked for the day of doom. 5 Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the lord; Though they join forces, none will go unpunished. 6 In mercy and truth Atonement is provided for iniquity; And by the fear of the lord one departs from evil. 7 When a man’s ways please the lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. 8 Better is a little with righteousness, Than vast revenues without justice. 9 A man’s heart plans his way, But the lord directs his steps.

  1. (1) Our motives belong to us.
  2. (2) The Lord judges the heart.
  3. (4) God has a purpose for our life.
  4. (5) God will judge everyone.
    1. Philippians 2:10-11 every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
  5. (7) When we obey; God works everything out.
  6. (9) The Lord directs our steps; requires obedience and faithfulness.

Philippians 2:12

Light Bearers

12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.

17 Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me.

  1. We don’t have to work for our salvation. That’s not the kind of work Paul is talking about here.
  2. We have to be obedient and faithful.
  3. Mine out what God has placed in you.
  4. Start digging like it’s a gold mine
    1. Not by works; but by Grace
    1. Born by a virgin
    1. By His stripes we are healed
    1. Gift of Giving
    1. Gift of Prophecy
    1. Gift of Encouragement
  5. It is God that works in us; not us.
  6. This world is going to get worse; it’s prophetic.
  7. Make sure your heart is right.

Acts 10:42

42 And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead.

The Bema Seat (The Great White Throne Judgment)

Jesus is going to tell us.

I’m going to take everything you tried to do for me. Its wood, hay and stubble.

Then, I’m going to take everything that you let me do through you. Its gold, silver and precious stones.

Are you in the Midst or in the Flood?

September 4, 2011 – Eastside Christian Church – Michal Ferber

Jesus in the midst. From creation to the cross, from the cross to now, from now through the rest of eternity. Jesus is in the midst of his people.

Jesus is God, and is eternal, and always has been. He is in the midst of all that God is.

John 1

The Deity of Christ

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2 He was in the beginning with God.

At creation, when there was not much more than “mist”, Jesus was in the midst of it all.

Exodus 8:22
…I am the Lord in the midst of the earth.

Deuteronomy 23:14
He was in the midst of the camp to deliver Israel
For the Lord thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee…

Jeremiah 14:9

…thou, O Lord, art in the midst of us.

Daniel 3:25

Jesus was in the midst of the fiery furnace with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

As a babe, Jesus was in the midst of the shepherds and the wise men.

As a boy, He was in the midst of the doctors of theology in the temple.

As God the Holy Spirit, Jesus is in the midst of His people.

Matthew 18:20
…for where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

John 19:18
At Calvary, Jesus was in the midst of sinners
…they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.

As a Lamb in Revelation, Jesus is in the midst of the throne of God.

As our resurrected Lord, Jesus is in the midst of the churches.

John 20:26

And on the evening of the first Easter Sunday, Jesus “stood in the midst” of His disciples.

Why is this theme repeated?
Because this is the key to the Christian life!

• This is the key to a great life.
• This is the key to the fellowship of the church.
• This is the key to our witnessing.

When we gather in the church; our deepest desire is that Jesus will be in our midst!

As a matter of fact, you can have Jesus in the midst of your life. There are some people who have no room for Christ. There are others who have some room for Christ. Jesus wants every room.

The word “midst” = comes from the word “middle”.

Illustration of a wheel with spokes…

He should be in the midst of our work life, in the midst of our hobbies, in the midst of our family, our ministry, etc.

No Christian can be spiritual, powerful, and growing unless Jesus is in the midst of all of their life.

So everyone now has a clear understanding that Jesus is in the Midst. He is in the midst of everything.

So are you in the midst or in the flood?

When troubles come your way, sickness, disease, issues on the job, at church with the family?

  • Does the devil sit on your shoulder and tell you how bad everything is.
    • How there is nothing you can do to change it. How the situation is hopeless.
  • Does he get in your ear and start telling you lies?
    • It’s okay to miss this Sunday, it’s okay not to pray today, everyone needs a day off and you’ve had a bad day.
  • Does he start with small lies and works up to big lies?
    • Using tools like manipulation.
    • Starts using others around you to twist the truth.
    • Like, did you hear what so and so is doing/saying?

I remind myself and others often that perception is reality and the devil uses that in a mighty way, this is one of his greatest assets in my opinion.

If you’re not sure if you’re in the midst or in the flood, what should you do?

  1. Praise God –
    1. Praise is an action. It isn’t something you can fake. God knows when you’re acting.
    1. Thank Him for everything. Start at birth and work your way forward in time if you have too. Everyone has something to be thankful to God for. As a Christian you are already on the victorious team.
    1. Restore the connection between God and yourself. Praise is the basis of this.
    1. Praise causes the devil to flee and he takes those lies (confusion) he has been telling you with him, it reminds him who is in control.
    1. Lucifer, the former chief musician. Use his former tools against him.
    1. If you’re not a Christian. You still have him to thank. For He loves you, and has a plan for your life. He died on a cross for you, to pay the price for your sins.
  2. Remember that if we can control the circumstances, God doesn’t get the Glory.
  3. Some have said that God isn’t in the details. He is long range planning kind of god.
    1. Truth is; God is in the details. He has numbered every one of your hairs on your head.
    1. He wants us to get out of the details and be obedient.

Let’s look at Noah.

Noah spent his entire life preaching the gospel. And the only people that listened to the words (the truth) he was telling was his family.

Genesis 7

The Great Flood

1 Then the Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation.2 You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his female;3 also seven each of birds of the air, male and female, to keep the species alive on the face of all the earth.4 For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.”5 And Noah did according to all that the Lord commanded him.

Storms in life come and go. But remember Who is in the midst.

Matthew 14:22-33

Jesus walks on the water…Peter sinks.

So when the storm comes up in your life, what should you do?

Praise Him through the Storm.

Praise God!

Power of Prayer

July 10, 2011 – Eastside Christian Church – Michal Ferber

Prayer is an untapped resource that we don’t use as often as we should.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-28

5:17 Pray without ceasing

5:16 Rejoice always

I don’t believe God meant for us to pray a prayer that never stops. But I do believe He expects us to always have Him in our thoughts and be actively thinking about Godly things. For in verse 16 it says rejoice always and then in 17 to pray without ceasing. I believe these two items are put together for a reason. We should be praising and rejoicing and worshiping and when we’re not doing that praying and meditating on Him.

James 5:13-20

Meeting Specific Needs

13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.

Bring Back the Erring One

19 Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.

Prayer has the power to change things. We have to have the kind of prayer life we were talking about in 1st Thessalonians in order to accomplish anything in our prayers like we read in James. What I mean by that is that we have to have a relationship with our daddy; with our Abba Father.  We can go to a stranger and ask for something but chances are he/she is going to just brush us off. That’s why we need a relationship with God our Father. So he knows who’s calling on the phone.

But prayer requires something important; faith.

Faith –noun

  1. confidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another’s ability.
  2. belief that is not based on proof: He had faith that the hypothesis would be substantiated by fact.
  3. the obligation of loyalty or fidelity to a person, promise, engagement, etc.: Failure  would be breaking faith.
  4. Christian Theology. The trust in God and in His promises as made through Christ and the Scriptures by which humans are justified or saved.

Faith requires believing. Believing in the perfect will of God, believing in the power of prayer, believing in the promises of God.

Mark 14:32-42

Jesus Prays in Gethsemane

32 Then they came to a place which was named Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 And He took Peter, James, and John with Him, and He began to be troubled and deeply distressed. 34 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch.”

35 He went a little farther, and fell on the ground, and prayed that if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him. 36 And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.

37 Then He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “Simon, are you sleeping? Could you not watch one hour? 38 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

39 Again He went away and prayed, and spoke the same words. 40 And when He returned, He found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy; and they did not know what to answer Him.

41 Then He came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough! The hour has come; behold, the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise, let us be going. See, My betrayer is at hand.”

We have needs in our life; we have sickness, strife, turmoil. We have things that have stretched us in every direction. We have been so hurt in relationships that now resentment is setting in. We have things in our life that have exhausted us so much that we are burnt out; we fell like we can’t give another ounce. Walls are being built around us; bridges are falling down around us.

We have all these problems and are walking around like we don’t have a clue of how to fix things. We know the answer the whole time though.

The answer is Jesus. Jesus Christ the god man that came to this earth and showed us who to live. Who died on the cross because he loved us so much. God had to make a way for us to be right with Him. So that we can have a relationship with Him that isn’t tainted, isn’t tarnished but is whole. That is what God desires, that’s why he created us.  He didn’t create us to have our own agenda but to have His agenda. God loves us and wants the best for us and it’s time that we as a church stand up and proclaim the Word of God, act like the Christ like Christians that God has called us to be.

The 5 W’s of worship.

June 12, 2011 – Eastside Christian Church – Michal Ferber

John 4:7-26

The who, what, where, when, and why of worship.

Psalms is full of worship; I believe David had a true heart of worship. The biggest book in the bible is David’s songs and prayers; where he is crying out to God; sometimes victorious other times defeated by his sin and others thankful for God’s abundant grace and mercy.

But true worship; true anything requires and understanding. Worship isn’t about simply singing a song, or worshiping in tithes and offerings. Instead it is a conscious act and commitment in our heart to purposefully honor God and give him the glory for what he is doing and has done.

Have you noticed that humans have an innate desire to worship? If a person is not worshiping a deity, they might worship music artists, political figures, family, money, or numerous other things.

Why did God give us this desire? God designed us like this so we would worship Him and only Him. Other items fail us, die, or rot. God is a constant; He will never fail us, He is always faithful.

Who should we worship?

Revelations 4:11

11  “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.”

We are to worship the one who created us.

  • The One who was and is and is to come.
  • The Alpha and the Omega.
  • God almighty.
  • The King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.

John 4:7-10 – Jesus answers the question of Who.

What is worship?

Romans 12:1-2

1       I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

2       And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. 

Worship isn’t about us. Worship is about Him.

Jesus set up the system of worship, so when we decide to enter into worship, we are no longer in control of ourselves, but we are entering His turf and submitting ourselves to the will of God. This is where humility kicks in.

Humility is the first key to any successful time of worship. Throughout the entire bible the primary Hebrew and Greek words for worship mean humility. Without humility you cannot truly worship. Humility means to lower yourself and submit yourself to the will of another. So when you worship, you are coming under submission of the Holy Spirit, and allowing Him to act, walk, and speak in and through you.

John 4:11-18 – Jesus gives the requirement of Humility.

  • How can we humble ourselves if we still have sin in our life?
  • How can we even ask God to entertain us with his presence when we aren’t willing to repent?
  • How can we ask our Father to be real with us, if we won’t be real with Him?
  • How can we worship Him, if we don’t know him.

Where and When do we worship?

Psalm 1:1-2

1       Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;

2       But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.

We are to worship God continually, not just on Sunday mornings, not just when we sing songs of praise and worship. We are to worship Him in all that we do.

John 4:19-24 – Jesus answers the question of Where and When.

Why do we worship?

Revelations 5:12

12  Saying with a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!”

We worship God because he is worthy.

John 4:25-26 – Jesus answers the question of Why.


Worship is a conscious act and commitment in our heart to purposefully honor God and give him the glory for what he is doing and has done.

Worship requires humility and to be real with God. It’s not about us; it’s about Him for He is worthy.

What is a vision?

May 1, 2011 – Eastside Christian Church – Michal Ferber

Proverbs 29:18

Proverbs 29:18 (MSG) If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.

I have often heard others and have also done myself read a chapter a day in Proverbs. These are great little nuggets of truth; facts if you will; guiding stones.

Where there is no vision the people will perish. Without a vision we are like a rock that has been skipped on the top of some lake somewhere and we and we have no way of guiding ourselves. We are at the lake’s mercy as to where we end up, as to how far we go, as to when we turn or stop. Often our Christian walk is like we are that skipping rock. We are just going with the flow, or with the current. We have no desire to adjust or change ourselves or anything around us because we see no need in it. We see no need because there is not a vision telling us we need to.

Helen Keller was asked once “What would be worse than being born blind?” to which she replied “Having sight without a vision.”

What a profound statement by a girl who was born into this world Deaf, Dumb and blind. Could not help how she came into this world but she sure could help how she left this world.

Let me tell you today we can’t help how we came into this world but WE CAN HELP HOW WE LEAVE IT. Without a vision the people perish.

The word vision means – sight, dream, revelation or enlightenment.
The word perish means – to die or to expire.


How is your vision? The sight I am talking about is beyond the natural.

Hebrews 11:23-29

What we are talking about here is that Moses wasn’t making a worldly decision here; instead a spiritual decision. Hebrews is full of people that had a hold of God’s vision for them and no one could tell them different. Their faith was solid.

Moses had never brought anyone else out of captivity. He had no clue what course was laid before him. He just knew that God was showing him a vision of something that was to come to pass in the future.

Worldly speaking, Moses blew it in verse 24 when he refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. But Moses’ vision enabled him to see into another world.

Mark 5:35-42

What was Jesus saying? He was saying don’t look with the physical but look with the spiritual. We also see that He dismissed the unbelievers; He got them out of the way.

To see the unseen you have to:
– Ignore what people say
– Disregard what the world says (disregard = turn a blind eye to)
– Don’t try to listen just for the audible; God speaks many ways
– Don’t be controlled by the logical, believe there is more to life than meets the eye. We are guilty of limiting God.

How we limit God?
– We don’t have the capability or manpower of doing something like this.

– Well we have to save this money in case someone dies.

– Well; this is the way we have always done it.
– We need to watch what we do here just in case we need it later.

It is absolutely frivolous to save or worry about tomorrow. Why? We don’t have a promise of tomorrow. The word tells us that we walk by faith not by sight.


How does someone get a vision? Take a good look at God!

· Once we understand how awesome God is, we will not hesitate to believe God for great things.

Bruce Lee had a fighting style unlike any other because he developed it himself. The main part of his fighting style was aim 6 inches beyond your target. WHAT A CONCEPT FOR CHRISITANS. Are we aiming at our target?
What if we could adopt this concept of aiming beyond?
What could we accomplish?



Romans 4:13-25

Mark 9:14:27

We forget that God will and does help us do everything and that includes helps our faith become stronger.

There are a lot of factors that influence our service for God which we have no control over — your background, your age, your giftedness, but there is one important factor that we do have control over. How much we choose to believe God.

God help us to have enough faith in You to believe.


In other words faith includes action.

Courage is going forward in spite of fear.
Was David afraid when he went up against Goliath? Yes, but there was a cause. His faith was bigger than his fear. Our problem is that too often we want to live in our comfort zone.

When God ask most of us to do something He takes it out of our hands.

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Matthew 18:19

Luke 22:39-42

If we will grab hold to God’s vision. And pair Matthew 18 with Luke 22 you get God’s promise.

We so often want to keep a hold onto the things we can physically change or alter. We want to never reach beyond that limit of our own scope. We have got to reach out and let God have his beautiful handy work involved or we will fail every time.

Look at what God asks most of our Bible Heroes to do. God ask them to attempt the impossible.

What if these so called Biblical heroes did not want to move beyond their comfort zones?

Noah would have said – Sorry God I don’t do boats
Moses – he would have said – I don’t like people
David – I don’t do giants or kingdoms God I am just a lowly shepherd
Mary – I don’t babies, the son of God – Jesus who?

The biggest Goliath in most of our lives is our self.

We wake up and look in the mirror every day and see the same person we saw yesterday. We don’t look beyond the reflection and see God’s handy work.

Why don’t we have more faith, courage, vision? It’s not God’s fault.

In fact, if we could kick the person responsible for our doubts, none of us would be sitting down.

God help us to be courageous in the task before us. Whatever it is.
There is an old saying that says “The road ahead is paved with good intentions”.



Vision is the Ability to see what others can’t. – Faith to believe what others will not. – Courage to do what others say can’t be done.

Christopher Columbus’ dairy at times seems to be very repetitive. Page after page simply says, “This day we sailed on!” What a great motto for a Christian. Today, we kept the faith.

Anybody can start the race, but they don’t give out the awards until you finish.
· Do you have a vision for your life?
· For your children?
· For this church?
· For the lost?