Category: Sermon Notes

What about Stones?

2020 THEME: TRUTH

SERIES: Q & A

TITLE:  What about Stones?

Scripture: Eph. 4: 25-32

 

“Though boys throw stones at frogs for sport, the frogs do not die in sport, but in earnest.” Bion (a Greek philosopher)

 

I.   ANCIENT STORIES    

Story #1- 2 Samuel 16: 5-14

Story #2- 2 Kings 2

II.   CONTEMPORARY LESSONS          

What does Paul tell us?

1.     He tells us (to speak the truth).  (v.25)

2.     He tells us (to resolve anger). (vv.26-27)

3.     He tells us (to work hard). (v.28)

4.     He tells us (to speak constructively). (v.29)

He continues with a list to be tossed in the trash:

1)     (Bitterness)- Gk. word for long-standing resentment, brooding over past offenses, harboring grudges, and rehearsing insults.

2)     (Wrath)- wild rage, the passion of the moment.

3)     (Anger)- Internal smoldering (opposite of wrath)

4)     (Clamor)- shout and outcry of strife and public outburst.

5)     (Slander)- ongoing defamation of a person’s character.

6)     (Malice)- Wickedness or depravity.

How important is our speech? Check out Luke 6:45

The answer is in verse 32:

1.     We are to (be kind).

2.     We are to (be tenderhearted).

3.     We are to (be forgiving).

Next Week: Series: “Q & A”

What about Words?  Pr. 18:12;  James 3:1-12

 

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What about Work?

2020 THEME: TRUTH

SERIES: Q & A

TITLE:  What about Work

Scripture: Genesis 1: 26-27; 2:15

                        (and other Scriptures)

 

I.    FOUNDATION PRINCIPLES ABOUT WORK

“The church has lost its hold on reality by allowing work and religion to become separate departments.”  The late Dorothy Sayers

4 foundational principles: (Chuck Swindoll)

1.  Jesus Christ is Lord over (all of my life).
2.  Life is not divided between what is (secular and sacred).
3.  The nature of work is (good, not evil).
4.  The way you do your work reflects the One (who called you to it).

 

II.   HOW SHOULD WE VIEW WORK?

Read Eccl. 2: 11, 18, 24

“Whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” Col. 3:17

“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” Col.3:23

“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” I Cor.10:31

Turn to 2 Thess. 3:6-15

Important principle: there is a big difference between (will not) work and (cannot) work.

Next Week: Series: “Q & A”

What about Stones? Ephesians 4: 25-32

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Good News for a Sad World

2020 THEME: TRUTH

SERIES: Promises, Promises

TITLE:  Good News for a Sad World

Scripture: Romans 5:6-11

“Man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward.” Job 5:7

 

I.    THE VERY BAD NEWS       

Turn to Psalm 40: 1-3

 

Graphic language in Romans 5

1.     “For while we were still weak.” (v.6) The word weak can also be translated (helpless). The Greek word means without strength.

2.     “While we were still sinners.” (v.8)

3.     “While we were enemies.” (v.10)

 

Those three words-weak, sinners, and enemies tell a story of total (lostness). We are not just as bad as we can be, but as bad off as we can be.

 

II.   THE VERY, VERY GOOD NEWS    

How did God respond to us?  4 answers to this question.

1.     He (loved) us. (v.8)

2.     He (justified) us. (v.9a)

3.     He (saved) us from the wrath of God. (v.9b)

4.     He (reconciled) us. (v.10)

 

Next Week: A new series called “Q & A”

What about Work?- Genesis 1: 26-27; 2:15 (and others)

 

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Vision to See God’s Plan

2020 THEME: TRUTH

SERIES: Promises, Promises

TITLE:  Vision to See God’s Plan

Scripture: 

Gen. 50: 15-21;

Esther 4: 12 -17;

2 Tim. 4:1-8

 

I.    GOD HAS HIS PERFECT PLAN       

 

Two thoughts on Joseph:

1. God sovereignly works all things for (His glory) and (our good).
2. Joseph lived his life free of (bitterness) despite everything that happened to him.

II.   GOD HAS HIS PERFECT TIMING        

 

Mordecai’s words to Esther: “For such a time as this.”

Esther 4:14 is God’s (sovereignty) and (timing) in action.   Cross that with Eccl. 3:1.  Then 3:11: “He has made everything beautiful in its time.”

III.  GOD HAD HIS PERFECT ENDING 

 

Final words from Paul:

1) He is already being poured out as a (drink offering).
2) He talks about his (faithfulness).
3) He talks about his (future).

 

Next Week: Ryan Croft from Hilltop Christian Camp

 

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Grace for a Hassled Heart

2020 THEME: TRUTH

SERIES: Promises, Promises

TITLE:  Grace for a Hassled Heart

Scripture:  Ezekiel 34: 11-16

 

I.   WHERE FORGIVENESS STARTS       

Grace comes to us in two dimensions: (vertical) and (horizontal).

A concise history of Israel:

1. (Pre-exile)- kings, prophets & others
2. (Post-exile)- after fall then return to Jerusalem

 

II.  WHERE FORGIVENESS PERPETUATES       

Vertical forgiveness manifests itself in (horizontal forgiveness).

Please turn to Matthew 18:21-35.  (Vertical forgiveness) is seen in the first part; (horizontal) in the latter.

For the follower of Christ to refuse to forgive is (hypocritical) but it is also (damaging). If you refuse to forgive you become that person’s slave. They own you.”

Two things we need to do:

1) Fully focus on (God’s forgiveness) of us.
2) Deal directly with the (resentment we carry) against another.

“We are most like beasts when we kill. We are most like men when we judge. We are most like God when we forgive.”

Next Week: Theme: Truth! Series: Promises, Promises

Title:  Vision to See God’s Plan- Gen.50: 15-21; Esther 4: 12-17

 

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Satisfaction for an Empty Soul

2020 THEME: TRUTH

SERIES: Promises, Promises

TITLE:  Satisfaction for an Empty Soul

Scripture:  John 4

 

“It is impossible to overemphasize the immense need humans have to be really listened to, to be taken seriously, to be understood.” Dr. Paul Tournier

I.    THE OUT OF THE ORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES      

1. We see what precludes Jesus leaving the area. [1-2]
2. He passed through Samaria.
3. He engaged in a conversation with a (Samaritan woman).

II.   THE OUT OF THE ORDINARY CONVERSATON      

3 non-negotiable truth for salvation:

1) Salvation comes only to those who recognize their desperate need for a spiritual life (they do not have).
2) Salvation comes to those who recognize their need then (repent) and (desire forgiveness).
3) Salvation comes to (all) who embrace Jesus as their Messiah and (sin bearer).

Next Week: Theme: Truth! Series: Promises, Promises

Title:  Grace for a Hassled Heart- Ezekiel 34: 11-16

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Endurance for the Long Haul

2020 THEME: TRUTH

SERIES: Promises, Promises

TITLE:  Endurance for  the Long Haul

Scripture:  Jer. 2: 1-19; Heb. 12: 1-3

 

I.    THE PROBLEM WITH DEFECTION      

 

How God felt about their defection:

1. Remind the people of how things (used to be).
2. Focuses on Israel’s (present attitude).
3. Where their defection (can lead them).

Some thoughts about defection:

1) Defection does not occur (suddenly).
2) Defection most often occurs during (times of blessing).
3) Defection involves two specific sins: (Verse 13)
4) Defection has (consequences).

II.   THE PICTURE OF ENDURANCE     

 

3 word pictures from Hebrews 12

We have witnesses (cheering us on).
We are told to (ditch the extra weight).
We are encouraged by example (to endure).

When following Jesus, when enduring in your faith, you (keep your eyes on Jesus) and never look away.

Next Week: Theme: Truth! Series: Promises, Promises

Title:  Satisfaction for an Empty Soul- John 4

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Security for Unsure Times

2020 THEME: TRUTH

SERIES: Promises, Promises

TITLE:  Security for Unsure Times

Scripture:  Romans 8: 31-39

 

I.  GOD IS FOR US

 

“If God is for us” is actually “(Because) God is for us.”

“The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?” Ps.27:1

II.  GOD DEFENDS US

 

When the enemy of our souls takes shots at us, God defends us. He is the One who (justifies) us.

When people are condemning us, He is the One who is (interceding) for us.

III. GOD BATTLES FOR US

 

Tribulation- (Being squeezed) or under pressure

Distress- (Strict confinement), helplessly hemmed in

Persecution- (Affliction)

Famine- Result of persecution. (Denied food)

Nakedness- (Destitution)

Danger- (Peril), exposed to danger

Sword- (Death)

    In all of these, or in spite of these, Paul concludes two things:

1) We are (more than conquerors)
2) Nothing (will separate us).

Next Week: Theme: Truth! Series: Promises, Promises

Title:  Endurance for the Long Haul- Jer. 2:1-19; Heb. 12:1-3

 

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The Lord Refreshes His People

2020 THEME: TRUTH

SERIES: Promises, Promises

TITLE:  The Lord Refreshes His People

Scripture:  Ezekiel 36:22-36

 

Major Themes in Ezekiel:

1.) The (Sovereignty) and Glory of God

2.) Humans are not like God. They are utterly sinful.

3.) The Lord (judges) and disciplines…   (…to MAGNIFY Himself)

4.) The Lord (forgives) and restores…    (…to MAGNIFY Himself)

 

God’s own Glory is his primary purpose:

Whatever it is that is about to happen, it is about to happen (for the sake of the Lord’s Holy Name.) [For the sake of His GLORY, FAME, and RENOWN]

Kevin DeYoung: “God is so committed to the Glory of his Name that His Name will either be glorified with us or against us.”  —  Which are you? You either fall under the grace of God because of your faith in Christ and repentance, or you fall under the judgment of God for your unredeemed heart.

 

The Refreshment (v.24-30, 33-36):

The “I will”s… (What God will do)

    1. (Gather) you in your own land – (v24, 28)
    2. Resettle and (rebuild) your towns –(v33, 35)
    3. Prosper your farms and fields and make your harvests (plentiful) –(v29-30, 34-35)
    4. Spiritual cleansing/forgiveness/redemption –(v25, 33)
    5. Save you from your uncleanness –(v29)
    6. Make my (Covenant) with you and move you to obey me –(v27-28)
    7. (Give you a New Heart and a New Spirit) [my Spirit] –(v26-27)

 

The heart of flesh, the Spirit of the Lord in his people and a new Covenant with the Lord:

-(Old Heart) = STONE (Cold, Lifeless, Dead, Unfeeling, Insensitive to spiritual reality, Not able to be pricked)

-(New Heart) = FLESH (Soft, Alive, Easily pricked by the Spirit, Responsive, Receptive, It feels spiritual reality, It rejoices in Christ, It feels the worth of Jesus – Now he is EVERYTHING)

– After our heart transplant, (God will place his own Spirit in us!) We were unclean and unholy so unless we’ve been made new, how could God dwell in us? We’ve been made clean, holy and new in Christ! We have been welcomed into God’s presence!

-“You will be my people, and I will be your God.” (We are CLAIMED by God) -> He will keep you as his possession, and he will be ours as well. (See Hebrews chapters 8-10)

 

 

Next Week: Theme: Truth! Series: Promises, Promises

Title:  Security for Unsure Times

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Peace for a Worried World

2020 THEME: TRUTH

SERIES: Promises, Promises

TITLE:  Peace for a Worried World

Scripture:  John 14:27; Matthew 6:25-34

I.    THE ENEMY OF PEACE    

Job 5:7- “But man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward.”

Statistics to consider:

1 billion have died in wars. 60 million die/ year. 15 million from heart disease. 10 million from cancer. 15k children die each day. 4k by accidents on the highway. 15 million 1918 Spanish flu. 75 million from Black Death Plague (Source: John MacArthur sermon)

“Worry is an old man with bended head, carrying a load of feathers which he thinks are lead.” Corrie Ten Boom

II.   THE ENJOYMENT OF PEACE    

John 14:27 teaches us:

1. Who the (source) of peace is.
2. His peace is in (contrast) to what the world offers.
3. The pursuit of peace is a (vain one).

What does Matthew 6 tell us about worry?

1) Worry keeps us from enjoying (what we have).
2) Worry makes us (forget our worth).
3) Worry is completely (useless).
4) Worry replaces (God’s promises) with (man’s solutions).

How do we defeat worry?

1. Don’t dwell on (tomorrow’s stress).
2. Don’t dwell on (yesterday’s mess).
3. Give up (ownership).

Next Week: Theme: Truth! Series: Promises, Promises

Title:  Pastor Ryan East is preaching

 

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