union park church of the nazarene newsletter april 8 - 14

Union Park Church of the Nazarene Volume 4 Newsletter Issue 249 April 8 - 14, 2018 1670 N. Chickasaw Trail Orlando, FL 32825 (407) 273-6300  April’s Theme: “Spring is in th
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    1670 N. Chickasaw Trail Orlando, FL 32825 (407) 273-6300   Mailing Address: P.O. Box 677953 Orlando, FL 32867   Senior Pastor Dennis Jones    Associate Pastor Minister Scheralda Small   Minister Cathy Setorie   Minister Theresa Underwood   Reverend Robert Hires     Union Park Nazarene Spanish Ministry Pastor  Angel Guzman (321) 439-4259 April’s Theme: “Spring is in the Air; God is Every Where.”   Union Park Church of the Nazarene  Volume 4   Newsletter   Issue 249    April 8 - 14, 2018    Vision Statement “Commitment to His Work and Will to Make Disciples”   Online Giving is so easy Wi-Fi available bm-548   Church Services   Sunday School (classes for all ages) (Sunday School Closing Exercise)   9:30 am  –  10:20 am 10:20 am  –  10:30 am Snack Shack / Meet & Greet 10:30 am  –  10:40 am Sunday Service 10:45 am  –  12:30 pm   Fellowship - Coffee Hour 12:30 pm  –  1:00 pm Wednesday Prayer Session 7:00 pm  –  8:00 pm   Youth Night (Every other Sunday) 6:30 pm  –  8:00 pm “That I may KNOW Him and the power of His resurrection, and may share in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death.” (Philippians 3:10)   SUNDAY, April 8, 2018 The Month Ahead    Outreach Workshop  —  Sunday, April 15, 6:00 pm    Men’s Breakfast —  Saturday, April 21, 7:30 am    Church Board Meeting  —  Saturday, April 14, 9:00 am    District Assembly  –   April 27 & 28 (Lakeland Highland)      Food Distribution Evangelism  —   Sunday, April 29, 6:00 pm Welcome Guests, please take a moment during service to fill out a visitor card with your name and contact information. Children can attend nursery ages 0- 5, or Children’s Church 6-10 years.    Sunday’s Messenger:   Sr. Pastor Dennis Jones  Message Text:   Exodus 34:5-6   Title:   How Well Do You Know God?   EXODUS 34:5-6 The LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. The LORD  passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow  to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness (Exodus 34:5-6 ESV). Philippians 3:10 That I may know Him and the power of His Resurrection, and may share His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death. INTRODUCTION : ’Knowing God’       We may know G od’s Will .      We may know God’s Word .      We may hear God’s Voice .      We may know and remember what God has done for us. THIS MORNING, GOD IS GOING TO INTRODUCE HIMSELF TO US AGAIN SO THAT WE MAY HAVE A MORE INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM. But why is it important to know God? When we are all sinful (Rom ans  3) .  But do we know God in an intimate way? It is possible that we can go through this life obeying God and His commandments, but yet not have an intimate relationship with Him. God wants us to discover Him, perceive Him, see Him, and experience Him through relationship with Him. He wants us to know that you can trust Him. His character is love, kindness, mercy, faithfulness; He only does what is right and just. Thus says the LORD: Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these  I delight, says the LORD. (Jeremiah 9:23-24 NKJV)  According to Benner, personal knowledge of God is never simply a matter of the head. It is rooted in experience! “I do not merely believe that my wife loves me. I know she loves me! I therefore can say that I do not merely  believe in God   —  I know God and I continue to know Him. ”    –   Pastor Dennis People who have never developed a deep personal knowing of God will be limited in the depth of their personal knowing of themselves. Listen to what Jesus said when He was speaking to His Father in John 17:3: “This is eternal life, that they may KNOW You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Y ou have sent.”      Transformational knowing of God comes from the intimate, personal knowing of Divine love. Because God is love, God can only be known through love. To know God is to love God. And to love God is to know God (1 John 4:7-8). Moses, in the beginning of his ministry, had this type of relationship with God. In (Exodus 33:12-13), Moses said to the LORD, “See, Y  ou say to m e, ‘Bring up this people,’ but You have not let me know whom You will send with me. Yet You have  said, ‘I know you by name, and Y  ou have also found favor in my sight.’ Now there  fore, if I have found favor in Your sight, please show me now Your ways, that I may know You in order to find favor in Your sight. Consider too that this nation is Y  our people.”   God had promised to send an angel to lead them into the land. This is not good enough for Moses. He demands that the Lord Himself accompany them (v. 15) “If Y our presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here.” God accepts his plea, and His presence is demonstrated personally to Moses (v.17 -34:28), and publicly by the construction of the tabernacle. A . At that point in Moses’ life, he had obeyed God’s instructions. For example: (1) He had delivered the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage. (2) He had helped the Israelites pass through the Red Sea. (3) He had led the Israelites to Mount Sinai where God gave them the Ten Commandments. B. Mos es had obeyed God’s instructions, but yet, he still did not know God in an intimate way. “Please show  me Your ways, that I may know You in order to find favor in Your sight ”  (verse 13). The sad truth to this story, is that some Christians today still follo w God’s commands and instructions, but yet do not know Him in a personal and intimate way. From the earlier passage, God reveals Himself to Moses in a  personal way. In this passage, three wonderful characteristics of God will help us better understand Him. It may help us to develop an intimate relationship with Him. I. FIRST, TO KNOW GOD IN AN INTIMATE WAY, WE MUST UNDERSTAND THAT GOD IS A COMPASSIONATE AND GRACIOUS GOD.     The Psalmist expressed it best in (Psalm 145:7-9). They shall pour forth the fame of Your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of Your righteousness. The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The LORD is good to all, and His mercy is over all that He has made. ILLUSTRATION: The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37).    God has the kind of compassion for us as the Good Samaritan in the parable. Our God looks down upon us with care, and concern, and He will do everything in His power to help us.    Our God is a compassionate and merciful God! He is so compassionate that when we sin and ask for forgiveness, He forgives us. He is so compassionate that He blesses us with food, shelter, and jobs.    Words cannot express how great our God is.    (James 5:11) The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. This week why d  on’t you focus on God’s compassion and mercy? Go to Him in prayer and thank Him for  being so wonderful to you. II.   SECOND, TO KNOW GOD IN AN INTIMATE WAY, WE MUST UNDERSTAND THAT GOD SLOW TO ANGER.    Some people think that God is quick to become angry with us when we make a mistake. However, the truth is that when we make a mistake, God is patient with us and slow to anger. The Bible says in (Psalm 103:8-11), The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide (scold), nor will He keep His anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him;    God is not like us. When we get angry our natural inclination is to get even and retaliate with vengeance. However, God is not that way at all. In fact, God is a loving God who is slow to anger who does not treat us as our sins deserve. III. THIRD, TO KNOW GOD IN AN INTIMATE WAY, WE MUST UNDERSTAND THAT GOD IS ABOUNDING IN LOVE.    The greatest act of love that God has shown us is when He sent His son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins.    (John 3:16-17) “Fo r God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through H im.”     No greater act of love has ever been demonstrated than when Jesus gave His life in order to save ours. It is through His blood that we have forgiveness of our sins which enables us to be reconciled to God and have a relationship with Him. If you want to know about love, then look to the cross.
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