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John is the under-shepherd of Agape International Church & Ministries Inc, Antioch, California and the President of Agape International Ministries Foundation, Inc (www.agapebfm.net) John has been a Preacher, Bible Teacher, Counselor and a mission-minded servant of God from 1984 till the present time. Married to Alice since 1987, he enjoys being a father to 2 sons and 1 daughter. He is available to preach, participate in evangelistic crusades and revivals, lead or participate in a Marriage Enrichment program internationally. John preaches on a weekly radio broadcast called "KNOW THE TRUTH" (Based on John 8:32)and the broadcast is aired every Sunday at Radio KDIA 1640AM. The broadcast is also accessible through the website of the radio station: www.kdia.com. You can follow him on twitter @agapebfm

Monday, April 13, 2015

How To Give God Pleasure

What God Expects of You
How To Give God Pleasure

Revelation 4:11 (NKJV) — 11 “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.”

TEXT: John 4:1–38

INTRODUCTION: Colossians 1:16

 “Unless you assume a God, the question of life’s purpose is meaningless.”--Bertrand Russell

I.                   We can give God Pleasure through our Worship.
Psalm 147:11; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Genesis 4:21; Psalm 150:6

 “A dairymaid can milk cows to the glory of God.”—Martin Luther, Church father

 “Man's chief end is to glorify God (1 Cor. 10:31), and to enjoy him forever (Ps. 73:25-26)”. --Westminster Shorter Catechism

II.               We give God pleasure by doing things that gladdens God.
Ephesians 5:10; Genesis 6:8; Exodus 23:2; Romans 12:2; Genesis 6:9; Hebrews 11:7 ;Psalm 147:10–11; Hebrews 11:6-7 ;Genesis 6:22; Genesis 8:20;

 “God doesn’t owe you an explanation or reason for everything he asks you to do. Understanding can wait, but obedience can’t.”—Rick Warren

 “Obey first and then complain.”

III.            We give God pleasure through total surrender to God’s will.
Romans 12:1;

 “The reason why many are still troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress is because they haven't yet come to the end of themselves. We're still trying to give orders, and interfering with God's work within us. ”—A.W. Tozer

"Surrendering to God is not passive resignation, fatalism, or an excuse for laziness. It is not accepting the status quo. It may mean the exact opposite: sacrificing your life or suffering in order to change what needs to be changed. God often calls surrendered people to do battle on his behalf. Surrendering is not for cowards or doormats."—Rick Warren

IV.             We give God pleasure as we Worship Him in a way that is delights God.
John 4:23; Matthew 22:37;1 Corinthians 14:40;2 Samuel 24:24


Heart of Worship by Matt Redman

When the music fades
and all is stripped away
and I simply come.
Longing just to bring
something that's of worth
that will bless Your heart.

I'll bring You more than a song,
for a song in itself
is not what You have required.
You search much deeper within,
through the way things appear,
You're looking into my heart.

I'm coming back to the heart of worship
and it's all about You, it's all about You, Jesus.
I'm sorry, Lord, for the thing I've made it
when it's all about You, it's all about You, Jesus.