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2024 Theme: Living Life Aligned with the Divine Design Sermon Series: How to Build Generational Wealth, Part 3 John M. Wallace, Jr., PhD

February 25, 2024



Kingdom Key Words

Generational Wealth—assets accumulated and passed down from one generation of a family to another.

Bless—to place under God’s favor, care, and protection.

Laying the Foundation for Building True Generational Wealth: Insights from the Life of Abraham

Kingdom Principle (Sermon in the Sentence):

We are blessed to be the connector to the blesser!

Kingdom Truths (continued)

1. We are connected to the blesser (God) through His promise to Abraham

2. When we connect people to the blesser (God) they will want to be connected to us

3. When we connect people to the blesser, people will bless us

4. Don’t forget we are just the connector, God is the blesser

5. Our connection to the blesser can create haters

Genesis 26:12-16,26-29 12 Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the Lord blessed him. 13 The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy. 14 He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him. 15 So all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in the time of his father Abraham, the Philistines stopped up, filling them with earth. 16 Then Abimelek said to Isaac, “Move away from us; you have become too powerful for us.”

6. Lasting generational wealth only comes from our connection to the blesser Proverbs 13:22 A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.

Psalm 39:6 “Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom; in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth without knowing whose it will finally be.

Ecclesiastes 6:2 2 God gives some people wealth, possessions and honor, so that they lack nothing their hearts desire, but God does not grant them the ability to enjoy them, and strangers enjoy them instead. This is meaningless, a grievous evil.

Ecclesiastes 2:18-23 17 So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. 18 I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. 19 And who knows whether that person will be wise or foolish? Yet they will have control over all the fruit of my toil into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless. 20 So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun. 21

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For a person may labor with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then they must leave all they own to another who has not toiled for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune. 22 What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun? 23 All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless.

Ecclesiastes 2:24-26 24 A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, 25 for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? 26 To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

Genesis 24:34-35 34 So he said, “I am Abraham’s servant. 35 The Lord has blessed my master abundantly, and he has become wealthy. He has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold, male and female servants, and camels and donkeys.

Genesis 25:5 5 Abraham left everything he owned to Isaac.

Genesis 26:12-13 12 Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the Lord blessed him. 13 The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy.Genesis 35: 12 The land I gave to Abraham and Isaac I also give to you, and I will give this land to your descendants after you.





2024 Theme: Living Life Aligned with the Divine Design

Sermon Series: How to Build Generational Wealth, Part 2

John M. Wallace, Jr., PhD

February 18, 2024



Kingdom Key Words

Generational Wealth—assets accumulated and passed down from one generation of a family to another. 

Bless—to place under God’s favor, care, and protection.

 

Laying the Foundation for Building True Generational Wealth: Insights from the Life of Abraham

Kingdom Principle (Sermon in the Sentence): 

We are blessed to be the connector to the blesser!

 

Kingdom Truths

1. We are connected to the blesser (God) through His promise to Abraham

Genesis 12:1-3 1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

Genesis 18:18-19 18 Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. 19 For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”

Galatians 3:26-29 26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

2. When we connect people to the blesser (God) they will want to be connected to us 

Genesis 30:27-30 27 But Laban said to him [Jacob], “If I have found favor in your eyes, please stay. I have learned by divination that the Lord has blessed me because of you.” 28 He added, “Name your wages, and I will pay them.” 29 Jacob said to him, “You know how I have worked for you and how your livestock has fared under my care. 30 The little you had before I came has increased greatly, and the Lord has blessed you wherever I have been. But now, when may I do something for my own household?”

 

Zechariah 8:20-23 23 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “In those days ten people from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.’”

 

3. When we connect people to the blesser, people will bless us

Genesis 39:1-6a 39 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there. 2 The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. 3 When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, 4 Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. 5 From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned,the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. 6 So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate.

 

Genesis 39:19-23 19 When his master heard the story his wife told him, saying, “This is how your slave treated me,” he burned with anger. 20 Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined.But while Joseph was there in the prison, 21 the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. 22 So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. 23 The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.

 

Genesis 41:37-43 37 The plan seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his officials. 38 So Pharaoh asked them, “Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?”39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. 40 You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.” 41 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.” 42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. 43 He had him ride in a chariot as his second-in-command, and people shouted before him, “Make way!” Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt.

 

4. Don’t forget we are just the connector, God is the blesser

Genesis 41:14-16 So Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was quickly brought from the dungeon. When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came before Pharaoh. 15 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a dream, and no one can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.” 16 “I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.”







2024 Theme: Living Life Aligned with the Divine Design

Sermon Series: How to Build Generational Wealth

John M. Wallace, Jr., PhD

February 11, 2024


What is Generational Wealth?

Assets accumulated and passed down from one generation of a family to another. 

 

Sermon in a sentence: 

Lasting generational wealth comes from God

Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.

Psalm 25:12-13 12 Who, then, are those who fear the Lord? He will instruct them in the ways they should choose. 13 They will spend their days in prosperity, and their descendants will inherit the land.

Proverbs 13:22 A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.

 

Laying the Foundation for Building True Generational Wealth: Insights from the Life of Abraham

1. True generational wealth is intended to bless others

Genesis 12:1-3 1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

 

Genesis 26:3-5 3 [Isaac] Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham. 4 I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed,

 

Genesis 28:13-14 13 There above it stood the Lord, and he said [to Jacob]: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. 14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.

 

2. True generational wealth is built on parents’ obedience to God

Genesis 22:1-2 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”“Here I am,” he replied. 2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”15 The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”

 

Genesis 26:3-5 3 Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham. 4 I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, 5 because Abraham obeyed me and did everything I required of him, keeping my commands, my decrees and my instructions.”

 

3. True generational wealth begins by teaching our children to live life aligned with the divine design

Genesis 18:18-19 18 Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. 19 For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”

 

Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.

 

 


2024 Theme: Living Life Aligned with the Divine Design

Sermon Series: AI (Actual Intelligence), Week 5

EMBRACING THE SHEPHERD

(Psalm 23)

Minister Trashawnda Ward

 

 

Psalm 23: NEW LIVING TRANSLATION

“The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.”

 

Key Words:

·        Shepherd—a person who tends sheep; a guide or a guard

·        Sheep--a timid defenseless creature; any of various hollow-horned typically gregarious (tending to associate with others of one's kind) ruminant mammals

·        Embrace—to clasp in the arms, hug, cherish, encircle, enclose, to take up especially readily or gladly

 

Sermon in a Sentence: Embracing the Shepherd is embracing a life of peace.

Verse 1: The Lord is my Shepherd; I have all that I need.

1.     The Shepherd provides for us.

·        Matthew 6:31-32 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.

·        Psalm 37:25 “Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.”

·        Luke 12:24 Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds!”

·        Genesis 1:29 Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. 30 And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.” And that is what happened.”

·        Genesis 9: 1-4 “Then God blessed Noah and his sons and told them, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth. All the animals of the earth, all the birds of the sky, all the small animals that scurry along the ground, and all the fish in the sea will look on you with fear and terror. I have placed them in your power. I have given them to you for food, just as I have given you grain and vegetables.”

 

Verse 2: “He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.”

2.     The Shepherd pampers us.

·        Matthew 11:28 “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

·        John 14:27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

·        Isaiah 32:18 (A prophecy about a coming King) “My people will live in safety, quietly at home. They will be at rest.”

 


Verse 3: “He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.”

3.     The Shepherd pours into us.

·        John 16:13 “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.”

·        Proverbs 16:9 “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.”

·         John 8:12 “Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”

 


Verse 4: “Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.”

4.     The Shepherd protects us.

·        Psalm 91:3-4 “For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

·        Romans 8:31 ” What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?”

·        II Timothy 4:18 “Yes, and the Lord will deliver me from every evil attack and will bring me safely into his heavenly Kingdom. All glory to God forever and ever! Amen.”

·        Psalm 34:21-22 Calamity will surely destroy the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be punished. But the Lord will redeem those who serve him. No one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.


Verse 5:

5.     The Shepherd prepares us for success.

·        Proverbs 16:7, “When people’s lives please the Lord, even their enemies are at peace with them.”

·        Psalm 57:6 “My enemies have set a trap for me. I am weary from distress.

They have dug a deep pit in my path, but they themselves have fallen into it.

·        Romans 12:19 “Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, ‘I will take revenge; I will pay them back,’ says the Lord.”

·        II Corinthians 1: 21 “It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us, 22 and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us.”

 

Verse 6:

6.     The Shepherd pursues us.

·        I John 3:1a “See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!”

·        John 3:16, “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

·        If you do not have a relationship with Him, He is calling you today!

 

  




2024 Theme: Living Life Aligned with the Divine Design

Sermon Series: AI Actual Intelligence, Week 4

John M. Wallace, Jr., PhD



Sermon in a sentence: 

Life’s earthquakes will come, but with God we can be unshakeable.

 

How to be Unshakeable

1. Focus on who is beside me, not on what’s in front of me

Ps 16:8 I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

 

2. Live life righteously (aligned with God’s will and way in conduct and character)

Psalm 112:6-8 Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever.7 They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD. 8 Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.

 

Psalm 15:1-5 Psalm 15:1-5 Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? 2 The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart; 3 whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others; 4 who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the Lord; who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind; 5 who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never be shaken.

 

3. Have confidence in God’s love for me

Psalm 21:7 For the king trusts in the Lord; through the unfailing love of the Most High he will not be shaken.

Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.

Psalm 62:1 Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.2 Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

 

4. Remind myself what God has already done for me

Psalm 30:1-6 1 I will exalt you, Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. 2 Lord my God, I called to you for help,and you healed me. 3 You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead; you spared me from going down to the pit. 4 Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name.5 For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. 6 When I felt secure, I said, “I will never be shaken.

 

5. Apply what God has said to me

Matthew 7:21, 24-27 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

 

6. Believe on what Christ did for me

Acts 2:22-25 22 “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. 23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. 24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. 25 David said about him: “‘I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”


 



2024 Theme: Living Life Aligned with the Divine Design Sermon Series: AI Actual Intelligence

John M. Wallace, Jr., PhD


Actual Intelligence

Isaiah 55:8-9 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. 9 As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.


Sermon in a sentence:

When we bring our lives in alignment with the divine design, nothing will be impossible for us



How to Do It: Project Planning 101

1. Vision

2. Strategy 3. Execution

Genesis 11:1-9 1 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.

3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

8 So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.


How to Achieve the Impossible

1. Get a God given and driven vision and plan

Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.

Proverbs 16:3 Commit your works to the Lord [submit and trust them to Him], And your plans will succeed [if you respond to His will and guidance].

1 Samuel 12:15 But if you do not obey the LORD, and if you rebel against his commands, his hand will be against you, as it was against your ancestors.

2. Clearly communicate the vision and plan

Habbakuk 2:2 Then the Lord answered me and said, “Write down the vision and inscribe it clearly on tablets, so that one who reads it may run.

3. Apply your faith and work your plan

Matthew 17:20 He answered,

“Because of your little faith [your lack of trust and confidence in the power of God]; for I assure you and most solemnly say to you, if you have [living] faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and [if it is God’s will] it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.






2024 Theme: Living Life Aligned with the Divine Design

Sermon Series: AI Actual Intelligence

John M. Wallace, Jr., PhD



Actual Intelligence

Isaiah 55:8-9 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. 9 As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

 

Sermon in a sentence: 

Despite the price of our sin, through Christ, in the end we win!

 

Key Truths About Us and Actual Intelligence (God)

1. God created us and gave us our name and His image, and likeness (significance, value and worth)

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 1:26a,27 26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Psalm 8:3-4 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?5 You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.

2. God blessed us and gave us delegated dominion over the earth

Psalm 8:6-8 You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: 7 all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, 8 the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.

Genesis 1:26b,28 And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." 28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth."

Genesis 9:1-2 1 And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. 

Psalm 115:16 The heavens are the Lord's heavens, but the earth he has given to human beings.

3. Our disobedience to God damaged our relationships and disrupted our dominion

Genesis 3:6-13 6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and alsodesirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

 

Genesis 3:16-19,23 16 To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” 17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. 18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” 23 So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.

 

4. God sent Jesus to restore our relationships and recover our dominion

Colossians 1:13-14 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Hebrews 2:6-9,11, 14-15 14 6 But there is a place where someone has testified: “What is mankind that you are mindful of them, a son of man that you care for him? 7 You made them a little lower than the angels; you crowned them with glory and honor 8 and put everything under their feet.” In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them. 9 But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. 11 Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. 14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

Matthew 28:18-20 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Revelation 22:3-5 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.




2024 Theme: Living Life Aligned with the Divine Design

Sermon Series: AI Actual Intelligence


Kingdom Key Word

Divine design—life as God intended it to be lived (i.e., His will, His way), as described in the

Bible


Sermon in a sentence:

The key to a happy and prosperous life, is to live it aligned with the divine design.

Ps 1:1-3 Blessed [supremely happy, fulfilled] is the man who walks not in the counsel of the

wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;2 but whose delight is in

the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. 3 That person is like a tree

planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not

wither—whatever they do prospers.


AI: Actual Intelligence

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Kingdom Key Word

Lord—master, owner, sovereign ruler


Key Truths:

1. God intended for Adam and Eve (and Us) to live life aligned with the Divine design (Under

His Lordship)

Genesis 2:4,7,15-17,18,21-25 4This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they

were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens. 7 Then the Lord God

formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life,

and the man became a living being.15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the

Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man,

“You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of

the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” 18 The Lord

God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” 21

So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he

took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God

made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called

‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” 24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother

and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.25 Adam and his wife were both

naked, and they felt no shame.

John 10:10b I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

1 Timothy 6:17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to

put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly

provides us with everything for our enjoyment.


2. Satan tries to deceive us into living life misaligned with the divine design (5 ways)

1. He tries to get us to diminish/disrespect God

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD

God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any

tree in the garden’?”

Matthew 26: 20-22,25 20 When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the

Twelve. 21 And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray

me.” 22 They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely you

don’t mean me, Lord?”25 Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you

don’t mean me, Rabbi?”

1 Corinthians 12:3  Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the

Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the

Holy Spirit.


2. He tries to get us to debate (question) God

Genesis 3:1-3 1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD

God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any

tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees

in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the

middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ”


3. He tries to get us to doubt God

Genesis 3:4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman.


4. He tries to get us to distrust God—verse 5

Genesis 3:5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and

you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”


5. He tries to get us to disobey God

Genesis 3:6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and

pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She

also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

3. We have 3 sources of temptation to live life misaligned with the divine design

Genesis 3:6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing

to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave

some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

1 John 2:15-16 15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world,

love for the Father is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the

lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.


God offers us the opportunity to live life re-aligned with the divine design.

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your

offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.

Romans 10:9-10 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your

heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that

you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Disclaimer: Everyone is entitled to their opinion. We believe and teach that the Bible is God’s Word — His opinion — and provides His instruction for how to live life under His rule (i.e., the Kingdom of God).