7 Prayer Requests for Unsaved Loved Ones

Sunday we held a prayer service at church for unsaved loved ones. At the beginning of the service I shared the following seven requests we can pray for our friends and loved ones who do not yet know Christ. Each request has an accompanying Scripture to read along as you pray. You will notice that most of the prayer requests revolve around the gospel, because it is only through the hearing and believing of the gospel that anyone can be saved. I hope you will find these requests and Scriptures helpful as you pray for your unsaved loved ones. (Note: Click here for a print-ready PDF handout.)

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Praying for Unsaved Loved Ones

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” (Romans 1:16)

1. Pray that God will draw them to himself.
“No one can come to me unless the Father … draws him.” (John 6:44)

2. Pray for the Holy Spirit to bring conviction of sin.
“The Holy Spirit … will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment.” (John 16:8)

3. Pray for opportunities to share the gospel.
“Pray for us that God may open a door for our message … Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.” (Colossians 4:3-4)

4. Pray that others will share the gospel with them as well.
“Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:37-38)

5. Pray that God will open their eyes to the truth of the gospel.
“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4)

6. Pray that God will open their hearts to respond to the gospel.
“The Lord opened her heart to respond to the message.” (Acts 16:14)

7. Pray that they will believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:31)
 

Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 10/16/2016

Our message series is Living the Christ-Centered Life through the book of Colossians. Sunday’s message was called Poor Substitutes, taken from Colossians 2:16-23. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Fighting legalism – Don’t let anyone judge you (16-17)
   A. Relying on religious rules for acceptance by God
      – Leviticus 23; Mark 7:14-15; Romans 14:5,17
   B. The problem: only shadows of the things that were to come
      – Hebrews 9:10, 10:1
   C. The solution: Focus on the reality which is found in Christ.
      – John 6:41; 1 Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews 4:1-11

II. Fighting mysticism – Don’t let anyone disqualify you (18-19)
   A. Relying on religious experience for status within the church
      – 1 Timothy 2:5; Matthew 4:10; Revelation 19:10
   B. The problem: false humility (pride)
      – 2 Corinthians 12:1-10
   C. The solution: Stay connected with Christ.
      – John 15:4-5; Colossians 2:2, 3:14

III. Fighting asceticism – Don’t let anyone take away your freedom (20-23)
   A. Relying on religious acts of self-denial to grow in holiness
      – John 15:19; Galatians 4:9; 1 Timothy 4:1-5
   B. The problem: merely human commands and teachings
      – Isaiah 29:13; Colossians 2:3; 1 Timothy 6:17
   C. The solution: Remember that you already died with Christ.
      – Galatians 2:19; Colossians 2:20

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 10/9/2016

Our message series is Living the Christ-Centered Life through the book of Colossians. Sunday’s message was called The Power of the Cross, taken from Colossians 2:11-15. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Freed from sin (11-13a) – by receiving new life in Christ
   A. Symbolized by circumcision (11)
      – Deuteronomy 10:16, 30:6; Jeremiah 4:4; Romans 2:28-29
   B. Symbolized by baptism (12)
      – Romans 6:4-7
   C. Made alive with Christ (13a)
      – 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:1-5

II. Freed from the law (13b-14) – by the forgiveness of your sins
   A. Cancelled your debt (14a)
      – Psalm 32:1-2; Galatians 3:10
   B. Took away the law as a condemning force (14b)
      – Romans 6:14, 7:6, 8:1-2

III. Freed from Satan (15) – by Christ’s defeat of all the spiritual forces of evil
   A. Disarmed the spiritual forces (15a)
      – 1 Corinthians 2:8; Hebrews 2:14
   B. Triumphed over them by the cross (15b)
      – John 12:31

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 10/2/2016

Our message series is Living the Christ-Centered Life through the book of Colossians. Sunday’s message was called Living in Christ, taken from Colossians 2:6-10. Here is a brief outline of the message:

“Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him.

I. Faith in Christ (6-7)
   A. Rooted and built up in him
      – John 15:5
   B. Strengthened in the faith as you were taught
      – Acts 20:32
   C. Overflowing with thankfulness
      – Colossians 1:3,12, 2:7, 3:15,16,17, 4:2

II. Freedom in Christ (8)
   A. Watch out for hollow and deceptive philosophy
      – Acts 20:29; Colossians 1:13
   B. Do not look to human tradition or the basic principles of this world
      – Mark 7:8; Galatians 4:3, 8-9
   C. True freedom is found in Christ alone
      – Galatians 5:1

III. Fullness in Christ (9-10)
   A. All the fullness of God lives in Christ
      – Colossians 1:19
   B. Christ is the head over every power and authority
      – Matthew 28:16; Colossians 1:16, 18
   C. You have been given fullness in Christ
      – John 1:16, 10:10; Eph. 3:19; Col. 1:9, 19, 24-25, 2:2, 9-10

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 9/25/2016

Our message series is Living the Christ-Centered Life through the book of Colossians. Sunday’s message was called Working Hard for the Gospel, taken from Colossians 1:24-2:5. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Presenting God’s word in its fullness (1:24-27)
   A. Willing to suffer for the body of Christ (24)
      – 2 Corinthians 11:23-28; Philippians 3:10; Hebrews 10:12-14
   B. Explaining God’s plan (25-26)
      – Acts 20:27; Ephesians 3:3
   C. Christ in you, the hope of glory (27)
      – Romans 8:10-11

II. Proclaiming Christ to each person (1:28-29)
   A. Admonishing and teaching with all wisdom (28a)
   B. No one left behind (28b)
   C. Relying on God’s power (29)
      – 2 Corinthians 4:7-9; Philippians 4:13

III. Protecting God’s people from false teachers (2:1-5)
   A. Promoting unity (1-2a)
   B. Keeping Christ at the center (2b-4)
   C. Staying spiritually connected (5)
      – cf. 1 Corinthians 5:3

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 9/18/2016

Our message series is Living the Christ-Centered Life through the book of Colossians. Sunday’s message was called This Is the Gospel, taken from Colossians 1:19-23. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. The gospel begins with the incarnation (19)
   A. Jesus became fully man (John 1:1,14)
   B. Jesus did not cease to be fully God (Jer. 23:24; John 10:30)

II. The gospel has universal implications (20)
   A. God will reconcile all things to himself through Jesus
      – Romans 8:20-21; Philippians 2: 10-11; Hebrews 9:23
   B. Reconciliation comes through Jesus’ blood shed on the cross
      – Ephesians 1:7; 1 Timothy 2:5-6

III. The gospel has personal application (21-23)
   A. God reconciled you when you put your faith in Jesus
      1) You were alienated from God and an enemy of God
         – John 3:19-20; Romans 8:7
      2) God reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death
         – Romans 5:10
      3) God will present you holy and free from accusation
         – 1 Corinthians 1:8-9; Ephesians 5:25-27; Philippians 1:6
   B. You know your faith is genuine if you continue in your faith
      1) Stand firm in the faith (cf. Matthew 7:24-27)
      2) Hold on to your hope (Colossians 1:5)
   C. The gospel is proclaimed to every creature under heaven
      1) The gospel is meant to be heard and then shared
      2) The gospel offer goes out to the whole world (Mark 16:15)
      3) Are you a servant of the gospel?

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 9/11/2016

Our message series is Living the Christ-Centered Life through the book of Colossians. Sunday’s message was called The Supremacy of Christ, taken from Colossians 1:15-18. Here is a brief outline of the message:

Who is Jesus in relation to God, creation and the church?

I. Jesus is the image of the invisible God (15a)
      – Genesis 1:26-27; John 14:8-9; 1 Timothy 6:16; Hebrews 1:3

II. Jesus is the firstborn over all creation (15b-17)
      – Psalm 89:27; Revelation 3:14 (“firstborn” = ruler/heir)
   A. Jesus created all things (16a)
      – Genesis 1:1; John 1:3; Hebrews 1:2
   B. Jesus inherits all things (16b)
      – Romans 11:36; Hebrews 1:2
   C. Jesus existed before all things (17a)
      – John 1:1-2, 8:58
   D. Jesus sustains all things (17b)
      – Hebrews 1:3

III. Jesus is the head of the body, the church (18)
   A. He is the beginning of the church
      – Matthew 16:16-18
   B. He is the firstborn from among the dead
      – 1 Corinthians 15:20-23

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 9/4/2016

Our message series is Living the Christ-Centered Life through the book of Colossians. Sunday’s message was called Praying for Spiritual Growth, taken from Colossians 1:9-14. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Pray for others to know God’s will (9)
   A. Never stop praying for each other.
      – 1 Thessalonians 5:17
   B. Pray that God will fill them with the knowledge of his will.
      – Hosea 4:6; Ephesians 4:13-14
   C. Pray for spiritual wisdom and understanding.
      – Proverbs 9:10

II. Pray that others may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way (10-12)
   A. Pray that they will bear fruit in every good work.
      – cf. Colossians 1:6
   B. Pray that they will grow in the knowledge of God.
      – Jeremiah 9:23-24
   C. Pray that God will give them strength and endurance.
      – Philippians 4:13; Hebrews 12:1
   D. Pray that they will joyfully give thanks for their salvation.
      – 1 John 1:5

III. Remember that we have been rescued by God (13-14)
   A. We have been rescued from darkness into light.
      – John 3:19-21
   B. We have been brought into the kingdom of his Son.
      – Mark 1:11; Luke 12:32
   C. In Jesus we have redemption, the forgiveness of our sins.
      – Acts 26:17-18; 1 Peter 1:18-19

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 8/21/2016

Sunday was the second message in our Living the Christ-Centered Life series through the book of Colossians. The message was called Thank God for the Gospel, taken from Colossians 1:3-8. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Thank God for the work of the gospel in fellow believers (3-6a)
   A. Thank God for other believers when you pray for them.
   B. Faith and love spring from the hope of the gospel.
      – Galatians 5:6; 1 John 3:14; 1 Peter 1:3-5
   C. Note: The gospel comes first. It is the “word of truth.” We must compare all other teachings to the gospel.

II. Thank God for the work of the gospel around the world (6b)
   A. The gospel is bearing fruit and growing all over the world.
      – see parable of the sower (Mark 4:8)
   B. The gospel bears fruit when people hear and understand God’s grace in all its truth.

III. Thank God for those who shared the gospel with you (7-8)
   A. Everyone learns the gospel from someone.
   B. Who will learn the gospel from you?

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 8/14/2016

Sunday we began a new message series through the book of Colossians called Living the Christ-Centered Life. The first message presented an overview of the book and explored the opening verses (Dear Colossians, taken from Colossians 1:1-2). Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. The city of Colosse – a small town by the river
 

II. The church at Colosse – threatened by false teaching
   A. Three major themes in the false teaching:
      1) dualism (creation; incarnation; asceticism)
      2) legalism (circumcision; holy days; Jewish ceremonies)
      3) mysticism (visions; worship of angels; secret wisdom)

   B. Three major doctrinal errors:
      1) weak Christology – denial of Christ’s person
      2) works-righteousness – denial of Christ’s work
      3) spiritual elitism – denial of Christ’s body, the church
 

III. Paul’s letter to the Colossians – Christ is central
   A. Major themes
      1) the person and work of Christ:
         – creator and sustainer of all things (1:15-17)
         – head of the church (1:18-19)
         – reconciler of all things (1:20-23)
         – source of all wisdom and knowledge (2:2-3)
         – fully human and fully divine (2:9)
         – deliverer from sin and evil (2:13-15)
         – fulfillment of the Jewish law (2:16-23)
      2) the new life of the believer:
         – new relationship with Christ (3:1)
         – new desires (3:2-4)
         – new practices (3:5-10)
         – new relationships with other believers (3:11-17)
         – new relationships at home (3:18-4:1)
         – new mission in the world (4:2-6)

   B. Paul’s introductory remarks (1:1-2)
      1) Paul’s authority (an apostle by the will of God)
      2) the church’s identity
         – holy and faithful (believers)
         – brothers and sisters (family)
         – in Christ (Christ is central)
      3) “Grace and peace to you from God our Father.”

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Christian Home Fixer Upper Messages

Here are the links to all the messages and outlines for the Christian Home Fixer Upper series. I pray God will use these messages to help you better understand God’s purpose and design for Christian home and family.

Christian Home Fixer Upper Series
(Click here for a PDF of all the sermon outlines for the series.)

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A Mother’s Nurture and Care – 1 Thessalonians 2:6-9 (Mother’s Day)
Biblical Foundations of Marriage – Genesis 2:18-25
Biblical Roles in Marriage – Ephesians 5:22-33
Single-Minded for Christ – Matthew 6:31-34
What’s a Kid to Do? – Ephesians 6:1-3
A Father’s Motivation – 1 Thessalonians 2:10-12 (Father’s Day)
Spiritual Mismatch – 2 Corinthians 6:14-16; 1 Corinthians 7:12-16; 1 Peter 3:1-2
Open Hearts, Open Homes – Romans 12:9-13
 

Christian Home Fixer Upper

New sermon series: Christian Home Fixer Upper

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Press Release: Congratulations! You have been selected for the next edition of Christian Home Fixer Upper! We invite you to join us Sunday mornings at Plantation Community Church as we explore what God teaches us in the Bible about marriage and family, couples and singles, husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, children and parents. The message series begins on Mother’s Day and will continue through Father’s Day.

The family is the basic foundation of society and the first institution God put into place after creation. God designed the family as a place for love and laughter, closeness and intimacy, learning and growth, nurture and protection. When working as God intended, a loving, healthy family is one of the greatest blessings we can enjoy in life. However, when the family breaks down, the very thing God designed for our good can bring about great pain and frustration instead.

Sadly, many families are in trouble today. Spouses stop communicating; children rebel against their parents; singles struggle with loneliness and God’s will for their lives. Infidelity, abuse, separation and divorce only add to the heartbreak and fuel the cycle of broken families in society. Christian families are not exempt, and many families even within our churches are crying out for help.

The breakdown of the family is no fault of God’s design but is a result of our own wrong choices in many areas. We need to look at God’s plan for the family once again and ask God to help us regain what we have lost. Strong, healthy families are essential to strong, healthy communities and churches.

God knows best how the family is supposed to work. He designed it! And when we follow his instructions as laid out for us in the Word of God, we can begin to know the family as the blessing God intended for us and our children.

We encourage you to come and share in this special series of messages with us. We pray that these messages will help heal hurting homes, strengthen already healthy homes, and build a strong foundation for our children’s future homes.

“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing.” (Psalm 68:5-6)