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What God Looks For

SERIES:  Transformed By Passion

TITLE:  What God Looks For

TEXT:  I Samuel 13:13-14 & others (p.235) 

 

I.  MAN’S CHOICE NOT GOD’S               

Turn to I Samuel 8 for background.  Two things stand out:

  • Their displeasure with Samuel’s sons
  • They want a king just like the nations around them.

 

The choice was a man named (Saul).  Description is 9:2.  Two instances that show the problem:

1)      I Samuel 13

2)      I Samuel 15

 

II. GOD’S CHOICE NOT MAN’S                      

 

4 characteristics of God’s choice:

  1. A (Thirst for God).    Turn to Psalm 42:1-2 (p.469) and Psalm 63:1
  2. (Sensitivity).  “For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.”  2 Chron.16:9   “God is constantly on the lookout for people who are totally committed to Him.”  (MSG)
  3. (Integrity).  Psalm 78:71-72.  God is not looking for magnificent specimens of (humanity).  He is looking for deeply (spiritual), genuinely (humble), honest-to-the-core (servants)  who have integrity.
  4. A willingness to (admit sin).   “Search me, O God, and know my heart!  Try me and know my thoughts!  And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”  Ps.139:23-24

 

NEXT:  Series: David: Transformed by Passion

            Sermon:  Who Says You’re a Nobody?  I Samuel 15:24-16:13

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Love’s Permanence

SERIES:  Transformed By Love

TITLE:  Love’s Permanence

TEXT:  I Corinthians 13: 8-19 (p.959)

 

 

  1. GETTING FOCUSED              

 

“Love never ends.”

            “Love never fails.”

            “Love never dies.”

            “Love will last forever.”

 

Word for “fail” is used of a leaf that falls to the ground, withers, and decays.

Word for “never” refers to time.

 

Word used for both prophecy and knowledge is (reduced to inactivity, abolished). 

Word for cease is (to stop, to come to an end).

 

  1. GETTING STARTED                     

 

4 truths from I Corinthians 13 worth remembering:

#1: Love is of God, not man, so (get connected).    See I John 4:7-13 (p.1023)

#2: Love is an (act), not a (feeling), so just do it.   I John 4:18

#3: Love is a (gift), not a wage or a bribe, so give it (freely). 

#4: Love is an (obligation), not an option, so pay it.   I John 4:11- “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”

 

NEXT:  Series: Transformed by Passion (Study of David)

            Sermon:  What God Looks For- I Samuel 13:13-14 (and others)                   

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Love’s Profile – Part 2

SERIES:  Transformed By Love

TITLE:  Love’s Profile – Part 2

TEXT:  I Corinthians 13: 6-7

 

 

  1. WHEN LOVE IS CONFRONTATIONAL

 

Love never deals in (deception); it traffics in (truth).

Love finds no joy in (sin). 

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.”  Is.5:20

Love doesn’t pander in (wrong things).   Turn to Ephesians 4:25-32 (p.978)

See also Proverbs 12:17,19  (p.536)

 

  1. WHEN LOVE HITS THE WALL

 

What is love supposed to be like?

  1. Love bears all things.  Simply put: love (hangs tough).
  2. Love believes all things.    Love is not (suspicious) and (cynical).
  3. Love hopes all things.  Love is (optimistic) and smiles at the future.
  4. Love endures all things.  Love stands against (overwhelming opposition) and refuses to quit bearing, believing, and hoping.

NEXT:  Series: Transformed by Love

            Sermon: Love’s Permanence-  I Corinthians 13: 8-13



 

 

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Love’s Profile – Part 1

SERIES:  Transformed By Love

TITLE:  Love’s Profile – Part 1

TEXT:  I Corinthians 13: 4-5 (p.959)

 

  1. WHAT LOVE IS            

 

1.      Love is (Patient). 

 

Paul’s idea of patience is to (hang in, to persevere). 

 

2.      Love is (Kind). 

 

Patience will take anything from others, kindness will (give anything) to others, even to its enemies.

 

  1. WHAT LOVE IS NOT                 

 

1.   Love is NOT (Jealous).   “Jealousy is fierce as the grave.”  Song 8:6

 

      In Matthew 20:15 Jesus calls it “the evil eye.”  (NKJV)

 

2.   Love is NOT (boastful).  Jealousy puts others down; bragging (builds us up).

 

3.      Love is NOT (arrogant).   Pride and arrogance breed (contention).

 

4.      Love is NOT (rude). 

 

5.      Love is NOT (selfish).   “Here lies a miser who lived for himself, and cared for nothing but gathering wealth.  Now where he is or how he fares, nobody knows and nobody cares.”

 

6.      Love is NOT (irritable). 

 

7.      Love is NOT (resentful).  “Love does not keep score.”

 

NEXT:  Series: Transformed by Love

            Sermon: Love’s Profile- Part Two-  I Corinthians 13: 6-7                   

 

 

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Love’s Priority

SERIES:  Transformed By Love

TITLE:  Love’s Priority

TEXT:  I Corinthians 13: 1-3 (p.959)

 

 I.   UNRAVELING LOVE’S DEFINITION  

 Four different ways Greeks defined what we call “love.”

  1. Eros- (sexual) love
  2. Storge- (family)
  3. Philos- (friendship) love
  4. Agape- (unconditional) love

Eros- “I love you (if)”

Storge- gives a sense of (belonging)

Philos- “I love you (because)”

Agape- “I love you (in spite of)”

 II.    UNRAVELING LOVE’S PLACE                

    Some important truths to remember:

  1. Remember that you are (sinful and selfish) and bring that to table of any discussion.
  2. Realize your sinful and selfish nature needs to be (controlled).
  3. Remember feelings can be (deceptive).

 

Three principles we want to see in I Corinthians 13:

  1. Without love our personal communication is (ineffective).
  2. Without love our spiritual understanding is (incomplete).
  3. Without love our sacrificial giving is (insufficient).

 

NEXT:  Series: Transformed by Love

            Sermon: Love’s Profile- Part One-  I Corinthians 13: 4-5

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Urgent!

SERIES:  Transformed By His Presence

TITLE:   Urgent!

TEXT:  Matthew 9:35-38 (p.814)

  1. HEARING THE HEARTBEAT

 

(700,000) receive treatment for alcoholism

Nearly half (46%) of all (15-19 year olds) in the US have had sex at least once.

Estimated total # of people living in the US with an STD/STI is over (65 million).

(1500) children in the US die every day from child abuse and neglect.

Every second, ($3075.64) spent on pornography.  Every second, 28,258 internet users are viewing porn.  WWW visitors: 72 million annually.

Divorce rate for first marriages in (50%); second is 67%

Within 2 years after graduation, (96%) of high school students leave the church.

Each day 146,357 people die.  Each hour=6098. Each minute-102.

 

  1. PROVIDING THE CURE

 

  1. The “harvest is ready.”
  2. The “workers are few.”

 1)      He is looking for workers (who can pray).

2)      He is looking for workers (who will go).

 

NEXT:  Series: Transformed by Love

            Sermon: Love’s Priority- I Corinthians 13: 1-3

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Miraculous Turnaround

SERIES:  Transformed By His Presence

TITLE:   Miraculous Turnaround

TEXT:  John 4 (p. 888); Luke 8:26-39 (p.865)

 

 1. FROM THIRST TO SATISFACTION   

 

The cultural problem: Jews and (Samaritans) did not get along.

 

2 things stand out about His request:

  1. It was culturally incorrect for a man to (speak to any woman).
  2. Jews did not speak to Samaritans.

2. FROM BONDAGE TO FREEDOM           

“There are two views once can have toward Satan: to disbelieve he exists, or to have an unhealthy interest in him.”  C.S. Lewis

Several things come into play here:

  1. The entrenchment of evil was so tenacious that uprooting it took more than one command, even from Jesus.
  2. These demons knew their theology.  James 2:19 says, “Even the demons believe…and shudder.”

NEXT:  Series: Transformed by His Presence

Sermon: Urgent!  Matthew 9:35-38

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Aftershocks

SERIES:  Transformed By His Presence

TITLE:   Aftershocks

TEXT:  (Thomas) John 11:16; 14:5; 20:19-28; (Saul) Acts 7:61-8:4; 9:1-19

 

I. FROM FEAR TO FAITH

 “Peace be with you” (Shalom) refers to total well-being and happiness

 II. FROM BRUTALITY TO BLESSING

 Who is Saul?

1. From the city of (Tarsus).

2. Paul tells us his background in Phil.3:2-6

3. His passion for (religion) collided head on with the apostles’ passion for (Christ)

4. Read some other references- Acts 22:3-5 (p.931); Acts 26:9-11; Gal.1:12-14 (p.972)

Lessons we can learn:

1) No matter how we appear to others, everyone has a (dark side).

2) Regardless of what you have done, you are not beyond (hope).

3) Even though your past is soiled, you can find a (new beginning) with God.

 

NEXT: Series: Transformed by His Presence

Sermon: Miraculous Turnaround- John 4:30; Luke 8:26-39

 

  1. FROM FEAR TO FAITH        

“Peace be with you”  (Shalom) refers to total well-being and happiness

  1. FROM BRUTALITY TO BLESSING             

Who is Saul?

1.      From the city of (Tarsus). 

2.      Paul tells us his background in Phil.3:2-6

3.      His passion for (religion) collided head on with the apostles’ passion for (Christ) 

4.      Read some other references- Acts 22:3-5 (p.931); Acts 26:9-11; Gal.1:12-14 (p.972)

Lessons we can learn:

1)      No matter how we appear to others, everyone has a (dark side).

2)      Regardless of what you have done, you are not beyond (hope).

3)      Even though your past is soiled, you can find a (new beginning) with God.

NEXT:  Series: Transformed by His Presence

            Sermon: Miraculous Turnaround- John 4:30; Luke 8:26-39          

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Case Overturned

SERIES:  Transformed By His Presence

TITLE:   Case Overturned

TEXT:  John 20:1-18 (p.906)

 I. FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT        

Who is she?

  1. Some suggest anonymous woman in Luke 7.
  2. Woman caught in adultery in John 8.
  3. Wrote book on life of Christ.

 

What do know:

  1. She did have a dark past. 
  2. According to Luke 8 she was delivered from (demonic bondage).  She was (transformed). 
  3. She owed everything to (Jesus).  Luke 11:24-26 (p.870)

 

II. FROM EXTREMISM TO BALANCE 

Things we know about John:

  1. Younger of the two brothers
  2. Came from a fairly wealthy and influential family
  3. Given the nickname (Sons of Thunder)
  4. Had difficulty with (ambition) and (pride).   Matthew 20 (p.825)

 

Why run to the tomb?  Luke 24:11: “Their words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.”

 

John became known not as the “Son of Thunder” but the (Apostle of Love).

 

 

NEXT:  Series: Transformed by His Presence

            Sermon: Aftershocks- John 11:16; 14:5; 20:19-28 (Thomas); Acts 7:61-8:4; 9:1-19 (Saul)

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Two Sides of a Coin

SERIES:  Transformed By His Presence

TITLE:   Two Sides of a Coin

TEXT:  Matthew 27:3-10 (p.833); John 21: 15-19 (p.907)

 

  1. A LIFE OF TRAGEDY      

 

Form of Judah which means (Jehovah leads)

 

3 common answers to problem of Judas:

    1. Traditional answer is (Calvinist) doctrine.
    2. Good but eventually yielded to (greed).
    3. Judas was a (Zealot).

 

Turn to Matthew 23:3-10

 

  1. A LIFE OF TRIUMPH           

 

Quick introduction to Peter:

  1. His name- “Simon, who is called Peter.”  Jesus called him Peter. Greek word means (a piece of rock, a stone).
  2. His personal life- 

1)      He was a (fisherman).

2)      He was (married).

3)      He was the (leader) of the apostles.

4)      He was (raw material).

3.   His humanity. 

 

Turn to John 21: 15-19 

 

 

NEXT:  Series: Transformed by His Presence

            Sermon: Case Overturned- John 20:1-18

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