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SERMON DATE AND TITLE: 20180722 MORE THAN CONQUERORS

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       Senior Pastor Phil Roland

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              Pastor Ray Scott

 

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MORE THAN CONQUORERS

SERMON STARTER

 

          This past week has been extremely stressful for Me. Monday evening at 6 pm 3 lightning strikes took out my DSL internet WiFi system. I attempted working with the company for days, finally giving up on Wednesday. I approached Verizon about converting my internet system to Verizon Wireless. It was more stress. I felt like a blind man in an unfamiliar room. Finally, yesterday we turned the equipment on and we are back on with a completely wireless land line, landline home office phones android telephone and WiFi system. I feel exhausted, but am an overcomer.

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          In 2014 NIKE had it's 50th Anniversary since its origin. Since that humble beginning in a small town in Oregon more than 50 years ago, Nike has taken the world by storm. Today, it is a 34 billion dollar revenue-producing, world-wide company. Nike produces more than 15 billion $$$$ just in North America. It has more than 1100 stores world-wide in more than 40 countries.

          This status symbol of footware is the special name-brand, high-top athletic shoe which often costs about $150 and has certain designs and colors incorporated into it. The popular brand has chosen the name "Nike" to represent its shoe and sports clothing lines.

          The word has an interesting history. "Nike" comes from the Greek word, "Nik-ah-o" which means literally, "Victory", or "He Conquers", or "He overcomes". This is a strong word of victory which implies that the victor wiped out his opponents. The company which selected this word knew of the strength of its meaning. This same word or derivatives of it appear often in the pages of the Bible. Especially in Revelation chapters 2 and 3. The words "he that overcomes" have their origin in the Greek word "Nike". Since the Bible speaks often about Overcomers we ought to pay attention to who these overcomers are and how we can recognize them and be like them.  

Pastor Phil  <><<

July 22, 2018 - Sheepfold Ministries

Pastor Phil Roland

 

MORE THAN CONQUORERS

1 John 5:1-5

"Our world can easily crash in on us and we become oppressed. Those who believe in and follow Jesus are not trapped by their circumstances.

Jesus has poured into our Spiritual DNA overcoming power."  Pastor Phil

 

34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written: "For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter." 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.    Romans 8:34-37

 

OVERCOMERS - NIKE - WORD STUDY

νικάω = nik-ah'-o, Accent on the last syllable

Subdue, Conquer, Conqueror, Overcome, Prevail, Victory, Victorious

 

In Jesus We are More Than Conquerors Because. . .

I.  WE BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS GOD'S SON - 1 John 5:1a

1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him.

          A. Believe and Receive Jesus into your heart

                    1. Open yourself up to the Jesus of the Bible

                    2. Allow Him to have control of you life

          B. Go Beyond a Head / Cognitive Belief in Him

                    1. Devils believe and tremble - James 2:19

                                        19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons

                           believe--and tremble!

                    2. Know about the Jesus of History

                    3. Know Him as the One who Saves you from Yourself

                    4. Know Him as your Personal Intimate Savior and Friend

 

In Jesus We are More Than Conquerors Because. . .

II.  WE LOVE GOD THE FATHER, LOVE JESUS AS WELL

1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. 1 Jn 5:1b
                             

          A. Love God, Then Love Jesus as well - John 14:8,9

                    8 Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us."
            9 Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been               among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the               Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'?

 

MORE THAN CONQUORERS, cont., p.2

 

In Jesus We are More Than Conquerors Because. . .

III.  WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER, LOVE GOD - 1 John 5:2

2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments.


A. We love what Jesus Loves - John 13:34

                    34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have

               loved you, that you also love one another.
                       
1. We love one another w/Jesus' love that we have received

                    2. Jesus loves us so we love each other

B. By this love all men with know we are His disciples - John 13:35

35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one                         another."

                    1. We abide in His love, He abides in us

                    2. Loving each other with His love is irresistible

C. We are commanded to Dwell in His Love - John 15:10

          10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have                       kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.

 

D. Jesus and the Father will dwell with us - John 14:23

                    23 Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My                         word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our      home with him.

 

In Jesus We are More Than Conquerors Because. . .

IV.  WE OVERCOME THE WORLD - 1 John 5:4

4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith.

A. Proof we are Born of God, the world's evil does not overwhelm

                    21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.   Romans 12:21
                    1. We might get down, but not for the count

                    2. Jesus has called us and made us Winners / Overcomers

B. Our circumstances may be like the Apostle Paul - 2 Cor. 4:8,9

                    8 We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but

              not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not

              destroyed--
                       
1. Paul was beaten for Preaching the Gospel more than once

                    2. He was shipwrecked

                    3. He was cursed, vilified, reviled, rejected

                    4. He was wrongly Incarcerated

                    5. He was an Overcomer

                    6. Wrote as much as 40% of his epistles from a jail cell

C. We Overcome the World because Jesus did - John 16:33

                    33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the

               world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the

               world."

MORE THAN CONQUORERS, cont., p.3

 

                    1. All the World can offer us is Affliction, Anguish, Distress

                    2. We will NOT be defeated by the World's Tribulation / Trouble

                    3. Jesus showed us the Way, He Conquered the World

                    4. He was an Overcomer and So will we be an Overcomer

 

 

 

  • We will not be defeated by Setbacks
  • We will not be defeated by Rejection
  • We will not be defeated by Pain and Suffering
  • We will not be defeated by Death
  • WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUORERS

 

 

 

 

 

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MORE THAN CONQUORERS

1 John 5:1-5

1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him.
2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments.
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.
4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith.
5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

 

 

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MORE THAN CONQUORERS

 

Johnny Fulton was run over by a car at the age of three. He suffered crushed hips, broken ribs, a fractured skull, and compound fractures in his legs. It did not look as if he would live. But he would not give up. In fact, he later ran the half- mile in less than two minutes. 

Walt Davis was totally paralyzed by polio when he was nine years old, but he did not give up. He became the Olympic high jump champion in 1952. 

Shelly Mann was paralyzed by polio when she was five years old, but she would not give up. She eventually claimed eight different swimming records for the U.S. and won a gold medal at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. 

In 1938, Karoly Takacs, a member of Hungary's world-champion pistol shooting team and sergeant in the army, lost his right hand when a grenade he was holding exploded. But Takacs did not give. up. He learned to shoot left-handed and won gold medals in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics. 

Lou Gehrig was such a clumsy ball player that the boys in his neighborhood would not let him play on their team. But he was committed. He did not give up. Eventually, his name was entered into baseball's Hall of Fame. 

Woodrow Wilson could not read until he was ten years old. But he was a committed person. He became the twenty-eighth President of the United States. 

 

At the age of seven, he had to go to work to help support his family. At nine, his mother died. At twenty-two, he lost his job as a store clerk. At twenty-three, he went into debt and became a partner in a small store. At twenty-six, his partner died leaving him a huge debt. By the age of thirty-five, he had been defeated twice when running for a seat in Congress. At the age of thirty-seven, he won the election. At thirty-nine, he lost his reelection bid. At forty- one, his four-year-old son died. At forty-two, he was rejected for a land officer role. At forty-five, he ran for the Senate and lost. At forty-seven, he was defeated for the nomination for Vice President. At forty-nine, he ran for Senate again and lost again. At the age of fifty-one, he was elected President of the United States. During his second term of office, he was assassinated. But his name lives on among the greats in U.S. history--Abraham Lincoln.

Heaven Bound Living,  Knofel Stanton, Standard, 1989, p. 43-44.

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James 1:12 (NKJV)
12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

 

2 Timothy 4:8 (NKJV)
8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.

 

Revelation 3:21 (NKJV)
21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

1 Timothy 9:25

 

2 Timothy 2:5

 

1 John 4:4

 

1 John 5:4

 

 

1 John 5:1-5 (NKJV)
1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him.
2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments.
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.
4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith.
5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

 

1 John 4:4-11 (NKJV)
4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them.
6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.
10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

 

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