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Dr. Joel C. Hunter - August 19, 2018

Dr. Joel Hunter served as senior pastor of Northland Church in Longwood, Florida for 32 years. In 2017 he transitioned from that role on a mission to “go from my best interpretation of what the Bible says, to my best imitation of how Jesus lived.” Now, Dr. Hunter, a full-time volunteer, serves as the Chairman of the Community Resource Network, a non-profit organization he founded, that focuses on helping the marginalized - specifically homeless families. Additionally, Dr. Hunter serves as the Chairman of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, a Florida-based non-profit organization comprised of government officials, corporations, faith communities, and other non-profit organizations working together to end homelessness.


He also leads Simple Help, a growing movement of everyday helpers doing simple things to address complex issues. Each week social issue experts help to set the tone for delivering solutions through his interview program, Power Talks, on TV 45 Tuesdays and Fridays at 9:00pm, and a radio program he co-hosts with his son Dr. Joel D. Hunter, The Bright Side, on 102.5 WFLA on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 7:00pm. Additionally, Dr. Hunter can be heard daily giving the One Minute Daily Devotionals on Z 88.3 FM Radio.

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The meaning of life. The wasted years of life. The poor choices of life. God answers the mess of life with one word: ‘grace.’ - Max Lucado

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I. We are saved by faith, not by good works but for good works.

Ephesians 2:8-10

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Two judgements


Hebrews 9:27

Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment


1. Judgement of sins: we pass


Romans 8:1

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus

2. Judgement of works


Romans 2:6

God “will repay each person according to what they have done.”

The one we go through has the chance for eternal reward


1 Corinthians 3:14-15

If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.

II. Jesus commanded us to love our neighbor and store up treasures in heaven

Mark 12:30-31

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

Matthew 6:20-21

But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Neighbor is not just connected with a need but with the doer


Luke 10:36

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

How do you become rich in good works?

One by one make life better for others deeds.


Matthew 6:10

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

III. Let’s live a life of simple help and walk in a manner worthy of our calling

You will change the world


Luke 22:27

For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.


You will be transformed by the Spirit


2 Corinthians 3:18

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

IV. Simple Help

1 Timothy 6:18-19

Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.


Ephesians 2:8-10

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.


Hebrews 9:27

Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment


Romans 8:1

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus


Romans 2:6

God “will repay each person according to what they have done.”


1 Corinthians 3:14-15

If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.


Mark 12:30-31

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”


Matthew 6:20-21

But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.


Luke 10:36

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”


Matthew 6:10

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.tthew 6:10


Colossians 1:10

so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God


Luke 22:27

For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.


2 Corinthians 3:18

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.