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Stepping Out

SERIES:  Transformed By His Presence

TITLE:   Stepping Out

TEXT:  Luke 5:1-11(p.860)




What is faith?

An atheist: “Reason and faith are opposites, two mutually exclusive terms.”

A Christian response: “Faith is a rational response to the evidence of God’s self-revelation in nature, human history, the Scriptures, and His resurrected Son.”

What is faith?

“Faith isn’t really faith until it’s all you’re holding on to.” Tim Hansel

“Faith is not a wistful longing that something may come to pass in an uncertain tomorrow. True faith is an absolute certainty, often of things that the world considers unreal and impossible.” John MacArthur

“Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29

Turn to Hebrews 11:1 (p.1007)





1. Put out into the Deep Water. Luke 5:5

2. Let Down Your Nets. Luke 5:5

The Bible is littered with people who let down their nets: Noah, Abraham, Moses, Israelites, Man born blind, Peter, Paul, Jairus, Cornelius.

We will never (do anything);

never (go anywhere);

never (make a difference)

until we go out into the deep and let down our nets.


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Sermon: I’m Accepted- Luke 7:36-50


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Open and Shut Case

SERIES:  Transformed By His Presence

TITLE:   Open and Shut Case

TEXT:  Romans 14:13-19 (p.949)




The world will not be changed by (well-organized church programs), magnificent (church buildings), better functioning (church systems), more and longer (meetings), or even passing by-laws. The world will be changed by you and me each doing our part by being a (follower of Jesus Christ).




What are some stumblingblocks that people put up that hinder the message of “Come to Jesus?”

1. (Clothing). “Behold, those who are dressed in splendid clothing and live in luxury are in king’s courts.” Luke 7:25

2. (Church buildings) “Buildings are boxes. Boxes don’t move. Boxes don’t grow. Boxes don’t last. Boxes don’t care.”

3. (Judgmentalism)

4. (Apathy)


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Sermon: Stepping Out- Luke 5:1-11


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Let’s Get Personal

SERIES:  Transformed By His Presence

TITLE:   Let’s Get Personal

TEXT:  Matthew 4:18-22 (p.809); Romans 11:33 (p.947)




Authentic Christianity is composed of (non-negotiated) followers who are moving toward Christ and who understand that (all of life) encompasses what we call being a Christ-follower.

What is a follower?

  1. A follower is one who has a (growing and deepening) relationship to the one he was following.
  2. A true follower is in the process of (radical reformation) because of the influence of the leader on his life.

A follower develops an intimacy with the one they are following.

  1. That implies a (relationship) with that person,
  2. Implies the student (gets to know) the teacher.

Psalm 42:1-2  (p.469)   Psalm 63:1 (p.479)




[Romans 11:33]  How can I experience what Paul is talking about?

  1. Open the door (of your heart).
  2. (Pursue Him)
  3. Put Him in His Place.  Chuck Swindoll calls this (Reordering Your Life).
  4. Be where He is.  Requires two things: (Solitude) and (Silence).
  5. (Surrender).   Phil.3:7-11 (p.981)

“”Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”  Heb.12:1

6.   See Him in his (people).


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Sermon: Open and Shut Case- Rom.14:13-19



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Misplaced Anger

SERIES:  Transformed By Grace

TITLE:   Misplaced Anger

TEXT:  Jonah 4: 1 – 11 (p.775)




Jonah wasn’t afraid of failure. He feared (success).

This was deeper than “it displeased Jonah exceedingly. A more accurate translation would be “it was evil to Jonah.”

See description of God he gives in verse 2b. BUT THAT IS NOT WHAT JONAH WANTED.

Jonah can’t (manipulate) God.




Several observations:

(1) God did not respond to anger (with anger).

(2) Jonah did not stay (in the city).

(3) There is a contrast between Jonah’s behavior and the (king’s).


What are real issues in the exchange?

1. For Jonah, it is (recurring anger) and a death wish coming from his own twisted idea of (judgment).

2. For God, it involves traits like extending (pity), (compassion), and (mercy) to others.


This book forces us to see our own power struggles with God:

• What has God called us to do that puts us into a contest of wills with Him?

• What challenges has God placed before you that has you running away?

• Has your pride and ego gotten in the way?

• Are there people you resist loving and caring for?


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Sermon: Let’s Get Personal- Matt.4:18-22; Rom.11:33



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Second Chance

SERIES:  Transformed By Grace

TITLE:   Second Chance

TEXT:  Jonah 3: 1 – 10 (p.775)




“Faith and obedience are bound up in the same bundle. He who obeys God trusts God, and he who trusts God obeys God.” Spurgeon

Jonah is living proof of (amazing grace).

Two things stand out with God’s invitation:

1. God doesn’t hold (grudges).

2. God doesn’t (lighten the load) this time through.

God is far more interested in (the worker) than in the work the worker does.



Several lessons we can learn from this chapter:

1. God often uses the (defeated) to do great things.

2. Good news is for (losers). “He (Jesus) was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God.” 2 Cor.13:4

3. God often sends His servants into the (lion’s den).


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Misplaced Anger- Jonah 4


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Crawling Back

SERIES:  Transformed By Grace

TITLE:   Crawling Back

TEXT:  Jonah 1:17-2:10 (p.774)

“You can’t run, you can’t hide from the Hound of Heaven/You’re free to choose or refuse the seeker of souls.” Daniel Amos “Hound of Heaven”


Jonah is desperate. It led him to pray:

1. In desperation he prayed like (David) in Psalm 34:6: “This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.”

2. In desperation he prayed like (Hannah), who was childless. “She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly.” I Sam.1:10

3. In desperation he prayed like (Jeremiah). “Water closed over my head; I said, ‘I am lost.’” Lam.3:54

4. In desperation he prayed like (Jesus) in the garden.


Jonah experiencing in real life what many of us talk about. See Psalm 69:1-2,14-15.

“David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him…But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” I Sam.30:6

What can we learn from this scene in Jonah’s life?

1. We must learn to pray in the midst of our (failure).

2. We must learn to thank the Lord for confronting us with our (disobedience).

3. We must learn to (see ourselves) in Jonah’s life.

Close with Psalm 139:8-12

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Second Chance- Jonah 3

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Running Away

SERIES:  Transformed By Grace

TITLE:   Running Away

TEXT:  Jonah 1:1-16 (p.774)

Simple breakdown of the book of Jonah:

Chapter 1- Running from God

Chapter 2- Running to God

Chapter 3- Running with God

Chapter 4- Running ahead of God


“To know Jonah is to love him. And the reason we love him is because he is to much like us in our response to God’s guidance.”

Jonah first mentioned in 2 Kings 14:25 (p.321)

• Prophet during reign of Jeroboam II.

• Mortal enemies of Israelites were the (Assyrians).

• From Gath-hepher, town in Galilee, three miles from (Nazareth).

Called to go to Ninevah, the “great city” of the (Assyrians).


Several truths emerge from this chapter/story:

1. You cannot (outrun) God.

2. God’s (mercy) is massive.

3. The storm isn’t (punishment); it’s an (intervention).

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Crawling Back- Jonah 2


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Worn-Out Knees

SERIES:  Transformed By Prayer

TITLE:   Worn-Out Knees

TEXT:  Jer. 33: 1-3 (p. 662)

“Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees.”  William Cowper



The word LORD in Hebrew is all caps and stands for God’s (personal covenant name).  Used 6823 in the OT.  It is God’s invitation to know Him (personally).


The word used is (Yahweh).


Several Scriptures dovetail with this verse:

Is.49:22- “Behold, I will lift up my hand to the nations.”

Psalm 116:1- “I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy.”

Psalm 50:15- “And call upon me in the day of trouble.”



 1. First assurance: Titus 1:2 (p.988)

2. Second assurance: “I will answer you.”

  • “This is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.”

I John 5:14-15




(Insight/wisdom) come through prayer.

 There are enemies of prayer: (anger, fear, and doubt) to name a few.


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Running Away- Jonah 1


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God Has Answers

SERIES:  Transformed By Prayer

TITLE:   God Has Answers

TEXT:  Selected Scripture

QUESTION/STATEMENT #1: I am too insignificant for God to even spend his time listening to me.

  • Psalm 8:3-4  (p.450)
  • Psalm 139:13-18  (p.522)


QUESTION/STATEMENT #2: The answer will be something I don’t want to hear or am not prepared to hear.

  • Matthew 7:7 (p.812)
  • Romans 8:28-29 (p.944)
  • “He has made everything beautiful in its time.  Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done for the beginning to the end.”  Eccl.3:11


QUESTION/STATEMENT #3: I’ve prayed for this before I think God is tired of hearing about it, or He’ll be mad that I keep asking.”

  • Luke 11:5-13 (p.869)   See also Luke 18:1-8
  • Jesus taught two parables to teach men (not to be discouraged) in their prayer lives.


QUESTION/STATEMENT #4: I don’t pray because sometimes I don’t know the words to say.

  • Romans 8:26-27 (p.944)
  • “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  Not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”  John 14:26-27


QUESTION/STATEMENT #5: It is easy to pray when things seem to be beyond our control, an dyou need to look to God for help and guidance.  We sometimes forget to pray when everything appears to be going well.

  • Sometimes being a follower of Jesus puts us under greater trial so we can be a (tribute to Him), so we can bring (glory to His name).


QUESTION/STATEMENT #6: God already knows what I am going to say; He already knows my needs; why should I pray?

  • James 1:5-8 (p.1011)
  • God wants us to ask Him, not for Him, but for us!


QUESTION/STATEMENT #7: I am praying but it seems like either I am not getting an answer or God simply isn’t listening.

  • Are you listening to God?
  • Are you harboring anything against anyone?



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“Worn-out Knees” –Jeremiah 33:1-3


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Too Busy Not to Pray

SERIES:  Transformed By Prayer

TITLE:   Too Busy Not to Pray

TEXT:  Mark 1:35-39; Eph.3:14-21


“Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold of His willingness.” Luther

“I would rather teach one man to pray than ten men to preach.”  Spurgeon

“Our prayers lay the track down which God’s power can come.  Like a mighty locomotive, His power is irresistible, but it cannot reach us without rails.”  Nee

“There never has been a spiritual awakening in any country or locality that did not being in united prayer.”  Pierson



 “He who runs from God in the morning will scarcely find him the rest of the day.”  Bunyan

 First recorded prayer: Genesis 20

Last recorded prayer: Rev.22:20



 2 statements about prayer:  (Hybels)

  1. Prayer is an (unnatural activity).
  2. Prayer is alien to our proud (human nature).

“When we work, we work; but when we pray, God works.”

 3.  injunctions given about prayer by Jesus:  Matthew 6  (p.811)

1)      Don’t be (hypocritical).

2)      Don’t be (repetitious).

3)      Don’t harbor anything (against anyone).

 What is affected by this latter statement?

  1. Our relationship with (God).  “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would have listened.”  Ps.66:18 (NIV)   Turn to Ps.32:1-5  (p.462)
  2. Our relationship with (each other).   “Make allowances for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you.  Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.”  Col. 3:3

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            God Has Answers- Selected Scriptures

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