Category: Sermon Notes

What about Searing Loss?

2020 THEME: TRUTH

SERIES: Q & A

TITLE:  What about Searing Loss?

Scripture: Job 1:20-22; 2:9-10

 

I.    THE TRUTH OF JOB

“God whispers to us in our pleasure, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain; it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”  C.S Lewis

What can we learn from Job’s experience?

1.     There is no way to prepare for (trials).

2.     Job is not a book about suffering-it’s a story of (triumphant faith) amid suffering.

3.     God does not exist to make us (healthy and happy). He exists to (glorify His name).

Turn to James 1:2-4.   Lesson to learn: Your trial can become your friend when it drives you closer to God.

 

II.   FOUR TRUTHS TO CLING TO

“God is too good to be unkind and He is too wise to be mistaken. And when we cannot trace His hand, we must trust His heart.”

Four truths in the midst of a storm (from Pastor Greg Laurie)

1)     #1- Life is full of trouble, just as (Jesus promised).   John 16:33

2)     #2- They knew (God loved them).

3)     #3- They knew Jesus (wept with them).

4)     #4- They knew God can be glorified, in some mysterious way, by (human suffering).

“The life of faith is not what you purchase or produce. Faith consists in knowing your heavenly Father is at work for His glory and for your good, to mold you into the image of His Son.” (From “What If…?” by Chuck Swindoll- p.40)

 

Next Week: Series: “Q & A”

What about Troublemakers?  3 John 9-10; Romans 16:17-20

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What about Worry?

2020 THEME: TRUTH

SERIES: Q & A

TITLE:  What about Worry?

Scripture: Luke 10:38-42; Matthew 6:23-34

 

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of sorrows; it empties today of its strength.”  Corrie Ten Boom

 

I.    WHAT DOES WORRY LOOK LIKE?

Worry means “to take a thought” or “to be careful.” Gk -> (to be divided)

Worry can be seen in various ways:

1.     It can be seen as (anger and impatience).

2.     It can be seen as (rush and hurry).

3.     It can be seen as (fear and panic).

4.     It can be seen in (pessimism and criticism).

 

II.   WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO WIN OVER WORRY?

What does Matthew 6: 25-34 tell us?

1.     Worry is (inconsistent).

2.     Worry is (irrational).

3.     Worry is (ineffective) and (illogical).

4.     Worry is (irreligious).

So what can we do to deal with stress?

1)     Don’t dwell on tomorrow’s (stress).

2)     Don’t dwell on yesterday’s (mess).

3)     Don’t dwell on yesterday’s (success).

4)     Do focus on (today).

 

Next Week: Series: “Q & A”

What about Searing Loss? Job 1:20-22; 2: 9-10; various Scripture

 

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What about OVCF?

2020 THEME: TRUTH

SERIES: Q & A

TITLE:  What about OVCF?

Scripture: Eph. 3:20-21

“IF YOU CAN EXPLAIN WHAT’S GOING ON, GOD DIDN’T DO IT”

 

Church Growth strategies that cost zero dollars (adapted from an article by Carey Nieuwhof)

    1. Exude more passion
    2. Embrace the mission.
    3. Express enthusiasm.
    4. End the fighting.
    5. Engage with guests.
    6. Extend an invitation to attend.

Next Week: Series: “Q & A”

What about Worry? Luke 10: 38-42; Matthew 6: 23-34

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What about Anger?

2020 THEME: TRUTH

SERIES: Q & A

TITLE:  What about Anger?

Scripture: Eph. 4:26-27

I.    BASIC TRUTHS ABOUT ANGER     

“What makes anger so elusive and so incredibly dangerous is that it flares suddenly, powerfully, and irrationally.” (David Jeremiah)

5 stages of anger:

1.     (Mild irritation)

2.     (Indignation)

3.     (Wrath)

4.     (Fury)

5.     (Rage)

A few observations from Eph. 4:26-27

1)     Anger is a (God-given) emotion.

2)     Anger is not necessarily (sinful).

3)     Anger must have (safeguards).

II.   BIBLICAL TRUTH ABOUT ANGER

When is anger justified?

1.     When God’s Word and God’s will are (knowingly disobeyed) by God’s people.

2.     When God’s enemies take over (jurisdiction) where they have no rights.

3.     When (children) are dealt with unfairly.

When is anger wrong?

1)     When it comes from (wrong motives).

2)     When things don’t (go your way).

3)     When we react too quickly without (investigating the facts).

 

Next Week: Series: “Q & A”

What about OVCF?

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What about Doubt?

2020 THEME: TRUTH

SERIES: Q & A

TITLE:  What about Doubt?

Scripture: Psalm 13; Mark 9:20-24; John 20:24-29

I.    THE PRESENCE OF DOUBT         

Two stories of doubt and faith:

1.     Mk. 9:20-24

-Sometimes what we have to do is take (what little faith we have) and (bring it to God).

2.     John 20:24-29

-Be like Thomas. Don’t take something at (face value). (Investigate it). Study it. Stew on it.

 

II.   THE ANSWER TO DOUBT             

An analysis of Psalm 13:

        • Verse 1: “forgotten” -> Verse 5: steadfast love
        • Verse 1: God hides face -> Verse 6: dealt bountifully with him
        • Verse 2: wrestled with thoughts -> Verse 6: “sing to the Lord”
        • Verse 2: enemy triumphing -> Verse 5: God delivering

 

There is often a difference between (how we feel) and (what is true).

Feelings are (unreliable) and can be (deceptive).

 

Next Week: Series: “Q & A”

What about Anger?  Eph.4: 26-27

 

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What about Storms?

2020 THEME: TRUTH

SERIES: Q & A

TITLE:  What about Storms?

Scripture: Psalm 18: 1-6

I.    THE STORMS CHASING DAVID

Setting #1- the deliverances of David from King Saul

Setting #2- the deliverances of David from his enemies

Setting #3- the deliverance from Absalom

 

II.   THE PROMISES OF THE STORM CHASER            

What can we find in this picture of God being our rock?

1.     He is our (protection and shade).

2.     He is our (refuge).

3.     He is our (sure foundation).

Breakdown of verses 1-2.

 

Next Week: Series: “Q & A”

What about Doubt?  Ps. 13:1-6; Mark 9: 20-24; Jn.20: 24-29

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What about Words?

2020 THEME: TRUTH

SERIES: Q & A

TITLE:  What about Words?

Scripture: Assorted Proverbs

 

I.   WHAT OUR WORDS DO SAY ABOUT US        

 

Main idea in Proverbs commentary and worth knowing: Harmful words damage (relationships) and reveal a (heart out of tune) with Jesus.

“The tongue holds the power of life and death.” Pr.18:21

II.  WHAT OUR WORDS SHOULD SAY ABOUT US           

“There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Pr.12:18

“Gentle words are a tree of life, a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.” Pr.15:4 (NLT)

“Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” Pr.16:24

“A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.” Ben Franklin

What should we realize about or words?

1. There is (emotional power) in them.   “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” Pr.12:25
2. There is (moral status) in them.  “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord.” Pr.12:22  Wrongdoers eagerly listen to gossip; liars play close attention to slander.” Pr.17:24
3. There are (limitations) to our words.  “Don’t excuse yourself by saying, ‘Look, we didn’t know.’ For God understands all hearts, and he sees you.”

Next Week: Series: “Q & A”

What about Storms?  Ps. 18:1-6

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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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