Sermon Notes


27
Nov 2022

Miracle of the Word becoming Flesh Deuteronomy 29:29 and John 1:1-4; 14; John 14:27 John 3:16-17 Christmas began with the eternal decision of God to come to live in our broken world. A decision of God’s grace made before the creation. The Miracle of the Word becoming Flesh. The Word was Timeless. The Word Created and produces life and light and the Word of God Became flesh and blood. The Word. To the Hebrew was much more than a sound. The Word had an independent existence. The Word was creative, active and dynamic. The name of God was so Holy Hebrews substituted for the name “the Word of God”. Greek the word “Logos” meaning to both the mind of God and control of the world and every person. The Logos was already there before the creation. The Word is a part of eternity. God is before time pre-existence of Jesus. “The Word was with God” Jesus was intimately connected with God. Jesus has always been with God. Jesus is one person in all the universe who can reveal to people what God is like and how God feels about people. “The Word was God”Jesus is perfectly the same as God. Jesus was with God. “The Word was with God in the beginning” Jesus’ pre-existence before the creation of all we know.   The Word created all. Two basic Christian truths 1. All that was created was created out of nothing. Creation was not flawed. 2. World belongs to God. The Word produces life and light.1. Life: the opposite of destruction, condemnation and death. Eternal life (John 3:16) It’s the life God lives! Light: that pushes out the darkness. Light that reveals with no uncertainty in the moment. Light that guides us. Light that overcomes darkness which seeks to overwhelmunderstanding. Darkness...

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27
Nov 2022

Worship of Baptism and Communion November 30, 2022 Baptism Jesus told Pharisee Nicodemus about God’s love when he said, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” In Acts 2:37-38, Peter instructs following his sermon: “When the people heard this they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do? Peter replied, Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.” These waters do not remove sin. Jesus’ payment for our sins was completed on the cross. Baptism is a picture of Chelsie’s commitment to Jesus’ gift of forgiveness. A person enters the water and immersed symbolic of the old nature of sin being buried rising from the water to live in a renewed life in Jesus. Communion A command of our God not only to Israel but to New Testament believers: Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Hear, O Israel, The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts, Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” God as our creator has instructed us to love God and to give God the first place in our life. We are to impress our faith on our children. We are...

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14
Nov 2022

Lord, Help Me Get One More Galatians 6:1-10 An old hymn “Onward Christian Solders” with the line marching on to war with the cross of Jesus going on before. Christ the loyal master leans against the foe ….” Desmond Doss a Medal of Honor recipient followed his faith to never take a human life wounded by a sniper hit and shrapnel continued to race to the aid of wounded men uttering a prayer each time “Lord, help Lord get one more”! 75 men lived as he lowered them to help off “Hacksaw Ridge” in the Battle of Okinawa. Christian solders are in a war to point people to Jesus so they can begin an eternal relationship with God. Christian Soldier is gifted to complete that mission. Galatians 6:1-10 instructions us to use our gifts to complete this mission. Restore each other: Galatians 6:1 IF can be translated since a brother is caught in sin “to set the bone. Help bring back to a better place understanding that you could be you. Restore gently or meekness which is a gift of Holy Spirit. Bear one another’s burdens: Galatians 6:2-5 Burden is one which exceeds the strength of a person. Do this with compassion not as an obligation. Fulfilling the law of Christ which is LOVE. Beware and look out for self-conceit that will hinder compassion for others. Prove yourself able to carry your own burden without bragging. Awareness of our own sin will cause us to have compassion, Share the good things: Galatians 6:6 We carry our burdens by sharing what we have learned with those hurting. It can be physical, financial, and words of encouragement. We are in a mission together. We need each other every day. Examine our actions and motives: Galatian 6:7-8 “God is not mocked.” drawing up...

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14
Nov 2022

Parent-Child Dedication of Jeremiah Aiden Holt In the presence of God and the Fellowship of Montgomery Heights (The Heights) Baptist Church on October 30, 2022 Chelsie Sims, you have brought Jeremiah Aiden Holt into this place of worship for God’s anointment and the dedication of yourself to raise Jeremiah in a fellowship of Christians and teach him the Christian way of life. The dedication of a child has a scriptural precedent, Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the Temple, where the prophet Simeon, took him into his arms and offered a blessing as it was the custom of the day. Mary and Joseph were also dedicating themselves to the sacred responsibility of parenthood. This is a time of thanksgiving to God for the joy and hope that comes into your life by the presence of Jeremiah in your life. It is a recognition of God as the Giver of Life an affirmation that all children are held in God’s care. It is also a recommitment of your life to God`. It is the love found in the home that will help determine Jeremiah’s future understanding of God’s love as he observes how you practice your faith and engage in service to God. You should keep the doors of your own life open to God’s leadership. Prayer To the witnesses of this dedication in the Church family: Brothers and sisters in Christ, we have a Christian responsibility to come along side this family to encourage and assist them in raising Jeremiah. Our WOW workers, will take care, love and instruct in the days and years ahead. As grows some will teach Jeremiah, and all of us will encourage Jeremiah to follow Jesus. Prayer Closing Scriptural Blessing: The Lord bless you and keep you: the Lord make his face to shine upon...

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14
Nov 2022

Our World Mission Update: The Heights on Mission The Heights Church shares in reaching the world with the Gospel every Sunday through giving, going and serving. Jesus gave every church a clear inescapable commission in Acts 1:7-8 The Risen Lord Jesus was responding the question about when would the kingdom of Israel come. Jesus responded, “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Let’s unpack this: The future is in the heart and hands of our loving Heavenly Father don’t get overwhelmed but stay aware of all that is happening it points to the return of Jesus. How to spend our time: You will be given power or ability to be a witness. No option; you will be a witness good or bad! Then Jesus commissions all Christians to be involved in every place to all people. Here is how The Heights follows this command: Jerusalem: Our community: Our food pantry each week, Our help with supplying funds to people in and out of our fellowship for housing, food, utilities and emergency needs. !% of our giving funds these efforts. “Loving outside the Walls”. Judah: Our support of Sarepta Baptist Mission Network 4% of our giving funds these efforts. Sarepta met Tuesday Pastor James and Joan attended and received this update; Baptist Collegiate Ministry at UGA is reaching out to students at the University where more than 95% are unchurched. Students are being introduced to Jesus with some giving their lives to Jesus. International Friends is a mission to teach English to foreign students at UGA is...

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