Category: Sermon Notes

Saying Thanks

THEME: Unsinkable

SERIES: Servants

TITLE: Saying Thanks

Scripture: Luke 17:11-19

 

I.    THE STIGMA TO BE OVERCOME

The seed for what is happening can be seen in Matthew 4:23-24- “And he went throughout all Galilee…and healed them.”

The divine healings Jesus performed was never done for show or to get His name “out there.” They provided undeniable evidence of (His deity).  They gave evidence of His supernatural power supporting His claim to be (God Himself).

The two main problems leprosy caused:

1.     (Physical suffering)

2.     (Social stigma)

II.   THE STORY TO BE REVEALED

Take note of Leviticus 13:45-46

“Their disease was incurable; their situation hopeless; their lives miserable. Jesus offered their only chance for deliverance.” John MacArthur commentary

Several items stand out in this story:

1)     Jesus’ approach is (different).

2)     They asked for (mercy not healing).

3)     Their obedience was (tested).

4)     Only one returned to give thanks and he was a (foreigner).

5)     Giving thanks in not always (convenient).

“It’s not so much great faith in God that is required but faith in a great God.”

 

NEXT WEEK:   Theme: Unsinkable/ Series: Don’t Miss It!

Title: Don’t Miss the Essential Truth- John 1:1-14

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No Fence/No Limits

THEME: Unsinkable

SERIES: Servants

TITLE: No Fence/No Limits

Scripture: Luke 10:25-37

I.    THE PURPOSE OF THE PARABLE                

Of all the questions which could be asked, this is the most important: (What shall I do to inherit eternal life?)

Words in verse 25 seem to tell us this request was not sincere: (Put him to the test).

“What is written in the Law?” This refers to Deut.6. It is called the (Shema).

 

II.   THE PERSONALITIES OF THE PARABLE  

Several points of reference concerning this parable:

1.     The road from Jerusalem to Jericho.

·       For a hint: This was called (The Red, or Bloody Way)

2.     This man fell among robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and left him for dead.

3.     Three men walked by:

·       Priest.  A servant of God, who offered sacrifices for the (people’s sins).

·       Levite. Assisted the priests. In the days of the Tabernacle, their main responsibility was (carrying the Ark) by poles.

·       Samaritan. Seen as half-breeds by Jews. Mix of Assyrians and Jews.

The Lesson: Only by continuously, perfectly loving God and every neighbor on every occasion-even his worst enemies- could the scribe satisfy the first and second commandments and (obtain eternal life).  Since that is an impossibility for him and for us, the word (GRACE) becomes big.

 

NEXT WEEK:   Theme: Unsinkable/ Series: Servants

Title: Saying Thanks- Luke 17:11-19

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Intangible

THEME: Unsinkable

SERIES: Servants

TITLE: Intangible

Scripture: Matthew 24:45  – 25: 14:30

 

I.    TWO SERVANTS (Expectantly watching)

Two observations to make:

1.     While Jesus presents that two servants are involved, He is not at all interested in their (particular responsibility).  The point we need to remember is every follower of Christ is a (servant or slave).

2.     We are (one or the other).

 

II.   TEN VIRGINS (Patiently waiting)

Several thoughts come out of this parable:

1)     This is a (big wedding party)

2)     This is an unusually (large wedding party).

3)     The wedding night is filled with (problems not bride wants).

4)     Historically, this is (day one) of the wedding feast.

5)     The groom was (late-very late).

 

III.  THREE STEWARDS (Diligently working)

The three parables are braided together to give us an understanding of what it means to be (faithful) as we await the (return of Christ).

What does this parable teach us?

1.     The wealthy man clearly represents (Christ).

2.     The three servants represent (us).

 

NEXT WEEK:   Theme: Unsinkable/ Series: Servants

Title: No Fence/No Limit- Luke 10:25-37

 

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What A Servant Doesn’t Forget

THEME: Unsinkable

SERIES: Servants

TITLE: What a Servant Doesn’t Forget

Scripture: Micah 6:6-8

I.    LET ME INTRODUCE YOU            

Who in the world is Micah?

1.     His name means (Who is like Jehovah).

2.     He was a prophet of the (poor and downtrodden).

3.     He was (fearless).

4.     He saw the religious reform as (superficial).

What is a servant?

1)     The word used to describe them first was (Christian).

2)     But the word which changes everything is servant or (slave).

3)     The word is used (124) times in the NT.

II.   LET ME CHALLENGE YOU    

The context of Micah 6 shows God (is not happy) with them. God expresses (disappointment).

We can have all the (outward forms) correct, but God is more interested in our (hearts) and our (obedience).

Three desires for all of us;

1.     (To do justice). For more see Deut.10:12-13

2.     (To love kindness)

3.     (To walk humbly with God)

 

NEXT WEEK:   Theme: Unsinkable/ Series: Servants

Title: Intangible- Matthew 24:45-25:14-30

 

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To the Lukewarm Church

THEME: Unsinkable

SERIES: Postcards

TITLE: To the Lukewarm Church

Scripture: Revelation 3:14-22

 

I.   THE JUDGE’S INDICTMENT                                                                      
 

What we know about Laodicea (the city):

1.     It was a center of (trade).

2.     It was a center of (banking).

3.     It was a center of (fashion).

4.     It was a center of (medicine).

5.     It was a center of a large (Jewish population).

It had one serious flaw: its (water supply).

 

II.   THE JUDGE’S SOLUTION

What the church needed to do to escape their lukewarm label:

1)     They needed to buy (gold refined by fire).

2)     They needed to buy (white garments).

3)     They needed to buy (salve) so their eyes may see.

 

NEXT WEEK:   Theme: Unsinkable/ Series: Servants

Title: What a Servant Doesn’t Forget- Micah 6:6-8

 

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To the Faithful Church

THEME: Unsinkable

SERIES: Postcards

TITLE: To the Faithful Church

Scripture: Revelation 3:7-13

 

Blanket statement: There is no (perfect church).

 

I.    THE DESCRIPTION OF THE CORRESPONDENT         

How He is described:

1.     The (holy One).  To say this is to say He is (absolutely flawless) and (unblemished).

2.     The (true One).  Top say this is to say He is (genuine), credible, dependable, (and real).

3.     The (key of David).  To say this is to speak to His (absolute authority).  “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we can be saved.” Acts 4:12

 

II.   THE DESCRIPTION OF THE CHURCH  

Four qualities of a faithful church:

1.     You have but (little power).

2.     You have kept (my word).

3.     You have not (denied my name).

4.     You have (patient endurance).

They had unprecedented opportunities:

1)     Jesus would humble (their enemies).

2)     Jesus would keep them from (maximum affliction).

3)     Jesus would make them (strong and secure).   “And I, behold, I make you this day a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls, against the whole land…They will fight against you but not prevail against you.” Jer.1:18-19

4)     Jesus would give them a (new identity).

 

NEXT WEEK:   Theme: Unsinkable/ Series: Postcards

Title: To the Lukewarm Church- Rev.3: 14-22

 

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To the Dead Church

THEME: Unsinkable

SERIES: Postcards

TITLE: To the Dead Church

Scripture: Revelation 3:1-6

 

I.    THE PICTURE OF DEATH      

Sardis was known as the city of (two locations). One was at the top of Mount Tmolus and the other in the fertile Hermus River valley.

Three different spiritual strands thrived in Sardis:

1.     The (Caesar) cult or emperor worship.

2.     Temple of (Artemis/Diana)

3.     Worship of Cybele, a local (nature goddess)

When is a church dead?

1)     When it is content to (rest on its past laurels).

2)     When it is more concerned with (form) than (spiritual reality).

3)     When it focuses more on (social ills) and (politics) than changing people’s hearts and minds through the life-changing message of Jesus.

4)     When it is more concerned with (material things) than (spiritual things).

 

II.   THE POSSIBILITY OF LIFE

5 moves they must make:

1.     (Wake up). [V.2a]

2.     (Strengthen) the remnant. [V.2b]

3.     Remember your (purpose)! [V.3]

4.     (Keep it). [V.3b]

5.     (Repent!) [v.3c]

 

Three promises made to a faithful remnant:

1)     The promise of (eternal life).

2)     The promise of a (place in heaven).

3)     The promise of (Jesus Himself).

 

 

NEXT WEEK:   Theme: Unsinkable/ Series: Postcards

Title: To the Faithful Church- Rev.3: 7-13

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To the Tolerant Church

THEME: Unsinkable

SERIES: Postcards

TITLE: To the Tolerant Church

I.   THE COMMENDATION OF THE CHURCH

This is the only letter, and the only place in Revelation, that mentions the title of Jesus as (the Son of God). By using it Jesus immediately establishes His (authority).

The church was commended for three qualities:

1.     For their (works).

2.     For their (love, faith, service and patient endurance).

3.     For their (latter works) which exceeded the (first).

II.  THE CONDEMNATION OF THE CHURCH           

While He points out their love, faith, service and patient endurance there is no mention of (sound doctrine) here.

The church in Thyatira was an immoral cesspool. Their problem? They tolerated (Jezebel).

How did she seduce this church?

1)     One possibility is by using (Gnosticism). This taught that the physical universe was (evil) while the spiritual world was (good).

2)     Another possibility could be (antinomianism). This is a combination of two words: anti which means “no” and nomianism which mean “law.”

 

NEXT WEEK:   Theme: Unsinkable/ Series: Postcards

Title: To the Dead Church- Rev.3: 1-6

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The Letter to the Church at Pergamum

THEME: Unsinkable

SERIES: Postcards

TITLE: The Letter to the Church at Pergamum

Scripture: Revelation 2:12-17

In a word: COMPROMISE. The letter to the church at Pergamum is a call to repentance from the compromises that the church and believers in the church should never have made.

 

The Description of the Judge: The words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword – v 12

–        It is with this (sword) that Christ strikes down (compromise) within the church at Pergamum.

The Condition of the Church: Praiseworthy Actions

I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is…

–        “Satan’s throne” means (stronghold)! To be deserving of that title means it is a place that is more full of wickedness and idolatry than any other place.

Yet you hold fast my name and did not deny my faith even in the days of Antipas my faithful witness…

–        We know (nothing more) of Antipas. He is only mentioned in this verse.

–        GREEK: (martus) or in English “martyr” – ESV translation: “witness”

The Condition of the Church: Strong Criticism

You have some there who hold to the teaching of Balaam…So also you have some who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans.

–        Balaam, Balak, the Midianites and Israel: Numbers 25

–        Nicolaitans: profess Christian faith, but claim Christians can (do whatever they please) with their bodies and that it is of no consequence.

–        The Balaamites and Nicolaitans are linked together here in the passage as compromisers. They seem to be Christians by profession of faith but not by lifestyle. They’ve embraced sin.

Repentance and Reward

Hidden Manna: symbol of restored fellowship with God

–        Christ will feed them the TRUE BREAD of heaven: (Himself) – See John 6:35

White Stone with a New Name: you are a new creation in Christ

–        Legal Practice – Jurors would cast their vote to (acquit) someone by dropping a white stone into an urn

–        New Name – A name was your identity. It was the verbal birthmark of your character. As a result of our repentance and perseverance, Jesus promises us a new name, a new identity.

Closing Thoughts on Compromise

1.      Compromise (occurs slowly).

2.      Compromise (lowers the standard).

3.      Compromise (is seldom offensive).

4.      Compromise (is often the first step toward disobedience).

 

 

 

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To The Persecuted Church

THEME: Unsinkable

SERIES: Postcards

TITLE: To The Persecuted Church

Scripture: Revelation 2:8-11

 

I.    THE TRADITION OF PERSECUTION  

Persecution doesn’t (destroy) the church; it makes it (strong).

“In this world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

2 Corinthians 11:24-28 (Turn there)

The name Smyrna means (myrrh).

They are commended for several strengths they exhibit:

        1. For their (tribulation).
        2. For their (poverty).
        3. For their (steadfastness).

II.   THE TREASURE OF PERSEVERANCE          

 

Turn to 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

Two principles worth keeping in mind:

        • Remember that the Lord knows all about (your circumstances).
            • Remember if things worse or stay the same, Jesus is (always with us).

 

NEXT WEEK:   Theme: Unsinkable/ Series: Postcards

Title: To the Tolerant Church- Rev.2:18-29

 

 

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