Making Disciples Who Think and Act Like Jesus

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You have reached the online community for Grace Point at Eagle Heights (GPEH) Church, in Orange, TX. It is our goal to be a church where the Word of God is boldly proclaimed without compromise. We are here to make disciples who think and act like Jesus. It is our greatest desire that you know and love Jesus, for He alone is worthy of our wholehearted devotion. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

God has Unlimited Power

“Thine, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Thine is the dominion, O Lord, and Thou dost exalt Thyself as head over all.”

1 Chronicles 29:11

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God has unlimited power and ultimate control over everything.

There is no limit to God’s power. Revelation 19:6 says, “The Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.” In fact, one Hebrew name for God is El Shaddai (El means “God”; Shaddaimeans “almighty”). Another word for “almighty” is “omnipotent.”

God can do anything effortlessly. It is no more difficult for Him to create a universe than it is for Him to make a butterfly. We get tired when we work, but God’s infinite power never lessens: “The creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired” (Isa. 40:28).

Not only does God have unlimited power but also the authority to use it. “Our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases” (Ps. 115:3). But God’s power, authority, and will are in harmony with His nature. He cannot sin, neither can He accept impenitent sinners. Such actions would contradict His holiness.

People often question what God does because they don’t understand that He can do anything He wants. They ask, “Why did God do that?” I’ve often replied, “Because He wanted to.” He showed His sovereignty—His ultimate control of everything—in showing mercy to some like Isaac and Jacob, while hardening the hearts of others like Pharaoh (Rom. 9:6–21). To those who object to God’s right to control such things, Paul said, “Who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, ‘Why did you make me like this,’ will it? Or does not the potter have a right over the clay … ?” (vv. 20–21).

Never question God’s use of His power. He is in control, and “The Lord is righteous in all His ways, and kind in all His deeds” (Ps. 145:17). We can trust that whatever He does, it’s for the best.

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Suggestions for Prayer

: Praise God for His infinite power and sovereignty.

For Further Study: Read Isaiah 40:21–31. How has God demonstrated His power? ✧ How has He demonstrated His sovereignty? ✧ What comfort should that bring to you?[1]

 

[1] MacArthur, J. (1997). Strength for today

. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.
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The Incarnation: Did Jesus Give Up His Divine Attributes?

The Incarnation…

Did Jesus Give Up His Divine Attributes?

A casual reading of Philippians 2:6-8 may lead the reader to assume that Jesus gave up His divine attributes in the Incarnation. This is a complete misunderstanding. Upon closer examination we see that Jesus did not give up any of His divine attributes when He, the Word, “became flesh”. What then did Paul mean when he writes that Christ, “emptied Himself” or “made Himself nothing”?

First, Christ veiled the glory that was His from all eternity as God. This was necessary in order for Him to take the appearance of a man. Christ never surrendered His glory. Remember the transfiguration? On the Mount of Transfiguration the Glory of the Lord Jesus was on full, magnificent display (Matthew 17). Jesus had to veil His glory in order to dwell among mortal humanity (see Isaiah 6:5; John 12:41; revelation 1:17).

Second, Christ “emptied Himself”, or “made Himself nothing”, by voluntarily laying aside some of His divine attributes. Jesus willingly refrained from exercising His rightful, divine prerogatives. His chose to do this in order that He might accomplish His objectives. It is important to understand that Jesus could never have actually surrendered any of His attributes or else He would have ceased to be God. Can God cease to be God? Of course not! What we find in the Scripture is the voluntary laying aside of certain attributes during His tabernacle with us. A prime example of this can be seen in Matthew 24:36. Here, we see that Jesus, in His humanity, temporarily laid aside His omniscience. As Jesus dwelt with us in the Incarnation, He willingly set aside the knowledge of His second coming. It would be illogical to believe that Jesus, being God of very God, does not know have this knowledge.

Third, we see that Christ “emptied Himself”, or “made Himself nothing” by taking on the appearance of a man and the very nature of a bond-servant. Christ was thus truly human. This humanity then would have been subject to temptation, distress, weakness, pain, sorrow, and limitation. It is amazing to think that Jesus “made Himself nothing” as reported in Philippians 2:7. The greek word for this is “kenosis”. Kenosis is the doctrine of Christ’s self-emptying in His incarnation. MacArthur states, “This was a self-renunciation, not an emptying Himself of deity nor an exchange of deity for humanity.” 

He continues, “Jesus did, however, renounce or set aside His privileges in several areas: 

1) heavenly glory—while on earth He gave up the glory of a face-to-face relationship with God and the continuous outward display and personal enjoyment of that glory (cf. Jn 17:5); 

2) independent authority—during His incarnation Christ completely submitted Himself to the will of His Father (cf. Mt 26:39; Jn 5:30; Heb 5:8); 

3) divine prerogatives—He set aside the voluntary display of His divine attributes and submitted Himself to the Spirit’s direction (cf. Mt 24:36; Jn 1:45–49); 

4) eternal riches—while on earth Christ was poor and owned very little (cf. 2Co 8:9); and 

5) a favorable relationship with God—He felt the Father’s wrath for human sin while on the cross (cf. Mt 27:46;
2Co 5:21).1
 
What grace! From heaven to earth, from glory to shame, from Master to servant, from life to death, “even the death of the cross!”2 In the Old Testament Age, Christ had visited earth on occasion for some special ministry (Gen. 18 is a case in point), but these visits were temporary. When Christ was born at Bethlehem, He entered into a permanent union with humanity from which there could be no escape. He willingly humbled Himself that He might lift us up!

 

 

  1. J MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Php 2:7). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
  2. Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. 2, p. 75). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.



Sermons and Teachings

 

December 2016

Love Lost-Revelation 2:1-7

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Love Lost-Revelation 2:1-7

Pastor Kevin Inman

Sunday Morning Sermon, Grace Point at Eagle Heights Church, 12-4-16



November 2016

Ambassadors For Christ- 2 Corinthians 5v11-17

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Ambassadors For Christ-2 Corinthians 5v11-17

Pastor Kevin Inman

Sunday Morning Sermon, Grace Point at Eagle Heights Church, 11-13-16



Peace Love With Faith And Grace – Ephesians 6v23-24

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Peace Love With Faith And Grace – Ephesians 6v23-24

Pastor Kevin Inman, GPEHchurch.com

 


October 2016

Beloved and Faithful in the Lord-Ephesians 6:21-22

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Beloved and Faithful in the Lord-Ephesians 6:21-22

Pastor Kevin Inman, GPEHchurch.com
 
We are in a war against Satan and the spiritual forces of darkness. We need to be prepared for battle. Our strength is in the Lord, strong & mighty. Today we look at What it means to be found beloved and faithful in the Lord. 




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GOOD NEWS:

Jesus has done everything needed to secure our salvation.

Here is what we need to understand about our sinful condition, the salvation provided through Jesus, and our response:
Being a Christian is more than identifying yourself with a religion or affirming a certain value system. Being a Christian means you have embraced what the Bible says about God, mankind, and salvation. Consider the following truths found in Scripture.

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHRISTIAN

 

Being a Christian is more than identifying yourself with a religion or affirming a certain value system. Being a Christian means you have embraced what the Bible says about God, mankind, and salvation. Consider the following truths found in Scripture.

 

God Is Sovereign Creator.
Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him. The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore, He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.

 

God Is Holy.
God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3), therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13). God requires holiness of us as well. First Peter 1:16 says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

 

Mankind Is Sinful.
According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin: “There is no man who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46). That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human kindness. But we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own. (Romans 3:10-12).

 

Sin Demands a Penalty.
God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death: (Ezekiel 18:4). That’s why simply changing our patterns of behavior can’t solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences.16

 

Jesus Is Lord and Savior.
The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (Colossians 1:16). Therefore He owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship. Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Even though God’s justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior who paid the penalty and died for sinners (1 Peter 3:18). Christ’s death satisfied the demands of God’s justice and Christ’s perfect life satisfied the demands of God’s holiness (2 Corinthians 5:21), thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26).

 

The Character of Saving Faith.
True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin (Luke 13:3,5; 1 Thessalonians 1:9) and pursue Christ (Matthew 11:28-30; John 17:3) and obedience to Him (1 John 2:3). It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don’t love and obey Him. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).

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