Category: Sermon Notes

Let’s Find Out the Truth

2021 THEME: Life on the Edge

Series: The Servant King

TITLE: Let’s Find Out the Truth

Scripture:   Mark 9: 2-13, 30-40

  I.        JESUS REVEALS WHO HE IS     

 

The word transfigured is word we use for (metamorphosis).

What did this event show?

1)     He was trying to (avoid the cross).

2)     He was putting Jesus on the same level as (Moses and Elijah).

3)     The Law and Prophets are signaled as being (fulfilled in the coming of the Messiah).

   II.        JESUS REVEALS WHO WE NEED TO BE     

 

1.      We need to be (learners)

2.      We need to be (like children).

 

Next Week:  Avoiding a Face Plant- Mark 10: 13-31, 35-52

 

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Sometimes We Get It/Sometimes We Don’t

2021 THEME: Life on the Edge

Series: The Servant King

TITLE: Sometimes We Get It/Sometimes We Don’t

Scripture:   Mark 8: 1-21, 27-30

 

I.        MISSING THE POINT          

#1: The past faithfulness of God is often forgotten with (present challenges).

          • God’s past expressions of faithfulness are the same as His present will be.

 

#2: Present focus often obliterates (seeing reality).

 

II.        STATING THE POINT    

#3: Present response should be determined by (divine truth) not (social opinion).

 

Everything we hear or say must not be based on the court of (public opinion) but must always be founded and based upon the (Word of God).

 

Next Week:  Special Guests: Mike, Trisha, and Ryan Laws

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The Deadly Lure of Legalism

2021 THEME: Life on the Edge

Series: The Servant King

TITLE: The Deadly Lure of Legalism

Scripture:   Mark 7: 1-23

 

Two ways to look at the Bible:

1.      Progressive Christianity- (liberalism)

2.      Legalism- (very closed approach)

  I.        THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A LEGALIST (1-13)         

#1- A legalist honors God with their (lips), resulting in (false worship).

#2- A legalist makes the Word of God (vid), resulting in (disobedience).

 

II.        THE CONFUSION OF A LEGALIST   

 

Every one of us has the (root of sin) inside us.

To the Pharisee, to the legalist, (outward is everything).

Corruption is not (external), but (internal). Impurity is not a matter of the stomach but of the (heart).  Defilement is not what goes in but what comes out.

The basic problem with humanity is not (what we do) but (who we are).

The point is clear: it is always (about the heart).

 

Next Week: Series: The Servant King

                      Title: Sometimes We Get It/Sometimes We Don’t- Mark 8:1-21, 27-30

 

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What Can I Expect?

2021 THEME: Life on the Edge

Series: The Servant King

TITLE: What Can I Expect?

Scripture:   Mark 6

I.    I CAN EXPECT REJECTION

Nazareth is an obscure town consisting of between (100-500) people.

How was their rejection manifested?

1. It came out as (unbelief).

2. It came out as Jesus being (dismissed).

3. It came out at (blindness).

Jesus could do no mighty works there. Why? Not because He could not or lacked the supernatural power to perform miracles. Rather, (there was no reason to).

 

II.   I CAN EXPECT CERTAIN REALITIES

Reality #1: We can expect to be used by Jesus (for His work).

Our ministry is a continuation of Jesus’ work here on earth.

 

Reality #2: Things may not (go as planned).

Following Jesus has its risk, but God will have the final word in our lives. His justice will prevail regardless of our predicament.

 

Reality #3: We will witness some (phenomenal events).

1. In Jesus, our deepest spiritual hunger is satisfied.

2. Old ways of thinking often cloud our vision.

3. We must present Jesus without baggage.

 

Next Week: Series: The Servant King

Title: The Deadly Lure of Legalism- Mark 7:1-23

 

 

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You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet!

2021 THEME: Life on the Edge

Series: The Servant King

TITLE: You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet!

Scripture:   Mark 4:35-5:20

 

 I.        THE POWER OF JESUS OVER STORMS

The Scriptures boldly declare the (deity of Jesus). “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Jn.1:1  See also Isaiah 9:6 and Isaiah 7:14/Mt.1:23

6 biblical truths revealed:

1)     God is working in the (circumstances) of our lives. [35-37]

2)     Jesus is human (aside from sin).  [38a]

3)     (Panic not faith) seems to be the norm for many of us. [38b]

4)     (Nature) is no match for the power of Jesus. [39]

5)     Faith grows with (trials and difficulties). [40]

6)     We all have to decide (who Jesus is). [41]

 

II.        THE POWER OF JESUS OVER EVIL

 

There is a difference between demon possession and demon oppression.

1)     Demon possession is for those who sell their soul to the devil.

2)     Demon oppression is real for the follower of Jesus.

Three truths stand out:

1.      Jesus (changes) people.

2.      Jesus (commissions) His people.

3.      There will always be (cantankerous) people.

 

Next Week: Series: The Servant King

Title: What Can I Expect?- Mark 6

 

 

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Listen First

2021 THEME: Life on the Edge

Series: The Servant King

TITLE: Listen First

Scripture:   Mark 4:1-34

 

I.        LISTEN FIRST        

 

Three important thoughts at the outset:

1.      Jesus taught (from a boat). (v.1)

2.      Jesus taught in (parables). (v.2)

3.      Jesus’ first words are important: (Listen to this!). (v.3)

A good listener allows the Word to (take root in his heart).

A good listener takes care what he/she (listens to).

A good listener (hears) the truth and (shares it).

A good listener learns to (wait dependently) on God.  See I Cor. 3:6

 

The drawback to not listening:

1)     They hear but never (hear).  (10-12)

2)     Their disbelief led Jesus to teach in (unexplained riddles). (33-34)

3)     Missing out on (peace and calm). (35-41)

 

Next Week: Series: The Servant King

Title: You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet!- Mark 4:1-35-20

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Staying in the Kitchen

2021 THEME: Life on the Edge

Series: The Servant King

TITLE: Staying in the Kitchen

Scripture:   Mark 3

 

    I.        THE INEVITABILITY OF PRESSURE        

The issue is not (what) Jesus did but (when) He did it.

Jesus experiences two emotions:

1)     (Anger)

2)     (Sadness)

 

   II.        THE SAVIOR’S HANDLING OF PRESSURE       

 

Expect to be pressured by those who (want something from you). (7-12)

1.      They will (impose) on you.

2.      They will seek to (hinder) you.

Expect to be pressured by those who (want to be with you). (13-19)

1.      Call out the ones you want to (spend time with).

2.      Recognize there will be those who will (disappoint) you.

Expect to be pressured by those who (misunderstand) you. (20-21)

1.      They may try to (control) you.

2.      They may try to (stop) you.

What does Jesus teach us about handling pressure?

1)     Know who you are and why you are here.

2)     Make time to get away.

3)     Remember not all will agree with you.

Next Week: Series: The Servant King

Title: Listen First. Talk Second- Mark 4:1-34

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Jesus Changes Everything

2021 THEME: Life on the Edge

Series: The Servant King

TITLE: Jesus Changes Everything

Scripture:   Mark 2: 1-22

 

 I.        HE CHANGES BROKEN LIVES       

The words are forgiven refers to the idea of (sending or driving away).

Early Judaism identified 3 levels of blasphemy:

1.      Spoke evil of the (law of God).

2.      Spoke evil of (God), like cursing His Name.

3.      Sinful human being claimed to possess (divine authority) and (equality) with God.

II.        HE CHANGES STUCK LIVES

When Jesus passes by expect your life (to change drastically).

First Up: Levi (Matthew) the (tax collector).

Second Up: (Socially undesirable).

Important lesson: Jesus’ mission.

Third Up: the need for (change) seen in the old and new wineskins.

Next Week: Series: The Servant King

Title: Staying in the Kitchen- Mark 3

 

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Best News Ever!

2021 THEME: Life on the Edge

Series: The Servant King

TITLE: Best News Ever!

Scripture:   Mark 1: 1-20

 

I.        NEWS OF A COMING KING      

Some preliminary thoughts about Mark:

1)     The author is Mark, the cousin of (Barnabas). He is known for (abandoning) Paul and Barnabas on the 1st missionary journey.

2)     Most scholars believe (Peter) was the real source of the book.

3)     Written with (Romans) in mind.  He uses the word “immediately” 42 times. He uses the present tense 150 times.

4)     Focuses on what Jesus (did) versus what He (said).

To Mark Jesus is:

1.      Christ- means (an anointed royal figure)

2.      Son of God- he is proclaiming Christ’s (divinity).

 

II.        THE WORDS OF JESUS     

What about Jesus’ baptism?

1.      It inaugurated His (public ministry).

2.      It identified Him with (sinful humanity).

3.      It demonstrated His (approval) by His Father.

4.      It set (an example) for us to follow.

Lessons to learn:

1)     If the Son of God came as a servant, then being a servant is the (highest of all callings).

2)     If you are going to be a servant, be sure you (have compassion).

 

Next Week: Series: The Servant King

Title: Jesus Changes Everything- Mark 2

 

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Eyes of Forgiveness

2021 THEME: Life on the Edge

Series: Eyes Wide Open

TITLE: Eyes of Forgiveness

Scripture:   John 8: 1-11

 

 I.         THE WISDOM OF JESUS

 

The scribes were (lawyers).  Four major groups:

1.     Pharisees- (legalists)

2.     Sadducees- (liberals)

3.     Zealots- (rebels)

4.     Essenes- (withdraw)

Several issues stand out with this scenario:

1)     Where is the man?

2)     Was this staged?

3)     Purpose behind this whole grand scheme?

 

II.   THE WORDS OF JESUS     

 

Jesus stands firm, refusing to compromise His principles.

1.     He speaks to the men.

“The hands of the witnesses shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterwards the hands of all the people.”  Deut.17:17 (NASB)

2.     He speaks to the woman.

“All truth and no grace breeds legalism; all grace and no truth breeds licentiousness; truth and grace breeds freedom and life.”

            Three tremendous lessons to learn:

1)     Her sin was not just set aside; it was (forgiven).

2)     Forgiveness rests upon (God’s grace).

3)     Forgiveness rests upon the Lord’s (forgiveness).

 

Next Week: Series: The Servant King

Title: Best News Ever!- Mark 1: 1-20

 

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