Sermon Notes


17
Sep 2022

Coming Home: The Way Home Luke 15:1-2; Luke 15:13-20Hebrews 2:11; 12:13; Psalm 32:2-4; 2 Corinthians 7:9-10 Moving toward home, The Way Home. The Way Home begins with an acknowledgement of the problem. Admitting there is a better option and acting on a mental and heartfelt decision. Acknowledging there is a problem. Luke 15:15:13-14; Hebrews 12:11; Ecclesiastes 2:11; 12:13 Discipline comes through hardships becomes an opportunity for change. Discipline of God is impartial. Discipline is restorative. Hebrews 12:8. Discipline instructs When the young church heard about what happened to Ananias and Sapphira lying to God (Acts 5:11) “great fear came upon the whole church when they heard.” Wisdom of Solman in Ecclesiastes 2:11 “Yet When I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun. Concluding in 12:13Now all has been heard here is the conclusion of the matter fear God and keep his commandments for that is the whole duty of Man!”   Admit there is a better way of living and an there is another option. Luke 15:17 Repentance is not always an emotionally charged event with tears and public confession. Repentance means change of mind. Going in one direction then deciding to go in the opposite direction. The prodigal experienced a moment of realization by “coming to his senses. He chooses a new course a change in direction. “go back to my father” Repentance should not be confused with grief.Repentance is not grieving over being caught. Yes, there was grief and sadness for getting caught. King David felt grief in Psalm 32:2-4 “When I kept silent, m bones wasted away through my groaning all day. For day and night your hand was heavy up me; my strength was sapped...

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10
Sep 2022

Coming Home: The Evil Influencer Luke 15:10-16; Ezekiel 28:12-15;                I Peter 5:8; Ephesians 6:10-18 It’s a battle over the “influence” that believers have in our homes, community, work place and people we encounter in life. Satan and his minions rejoice when Christians “leave home” and wander, Let’s begin with Satan’s mission, Struggle Believers face with evil influences and suiting up for the challenge and battle. Satan’s Mission Ezekiel 28:12-15;              I Peter 5:8-11 Satan’s origin: Ezekiel 28:12-15 Satan’s Mission: I Peter 5:8-11 Seeks to devour. Spiritual enemy. Suffering that is time limited, but difficult. Help in Strength of self-control, alertness and awareness, a willingness to resisting, attempting to stand firm, finding restoration and strength from God. Satan’s Reality: Old and New Testament references Satan 30 times. Jesus mentions Satan 14 times. Struggle Christians face. Ephesians 6:12 Our struggle is not with people though we spend a lot of time debating each other. It’s between Rulers who are the beginning source of conflict. Authorities: those who do as they please by excising powers. Powers of this dark world: not earthly, but spiritual powers. Spiritual forces of evil in heavenly realms invisible angelic hosts. Wickedness in high places teaching and leading in depravity. Coming Home: The Evil Influencer Appeal to believers: (Ephesians 6:10-11) Be strong, be dressed up for the battle that awaits. Armor of God: (Ephesians 6:14) Belt of truth pulling the reality of God around you that supports everything. Breastplate of righteousness any righteousness we have is given to us by Jesus. It’s His righteousness we put on. Bind your feet in readiness grounded in peace that comes from the Gospel the Good news. Boldly hold up the shield of faith which will stop the arrows of attack...

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30
Aug 2022

Luke 15:11-13; I John 2:15-16; Romans 7:21-25; Galatians 5:13-26 Jesus used a teaching moment to relate the story of the Prodigal Son’s decision to leave home and eventually his return. The Prodigal’s story has been lived out in many lives since Jesus told the story. Everyone has the possibility of stumbling in our relationship with God. This sermon series hopefully will encourage believers to get back and engage in the three basic objectives of the Church. Worship, teaching and instructing Christian’s principles and evangelism sharing the love of God and forgiveness. The story of the Prodigal and Paul’s teaching concerns our proneness to wander. Here’s a glimpse at the prodigal, the Grind of our fallen nature and Gift of God’s call to involvement in our life. Glimpse at the prodigal Luke 15:11-13 Give me my share. 15:11-12 Prodigal had a sense of privilege. His wishes, plans and desire to plot his own course. Goes off to a distant land to express himself without restraints. Grind of our fallen nature. I John 2:15-16; Romans 7:21-25 Root of our wondering Lust of the flesh a desire for experiencing pleasure. Lust of the eyes accumulate everything the world has to offer. Third root is longing for importance: ambition. Maslow's pyramid. From the bottom are: physiological (food and clothing), safety (job security), love and belonging needs (friendship), esteem, and self-actualization The ambition to be all that you can be. Roughness of the struggle Romans 7:21-25 Good is challenged by evil.The tyranny of indwelling sin. Guilt produced by wandering. Grace found in Jesus. Gift of God’s Involvement in our personal life. Galatians 5:13-26 Called to freedom and service. (v13) Freedom no license to indulge in sin. Freedom to serve each other in love and avoid harming. (v14-15) Freedom to choose to live by the Spirit of...

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24
Aug 2022

  The Temple was a structure very visible so believer’s and non-believers can be aware God is always present. 2 Chronicles 22 preparation for the beautiful building. Acts 17:24-28 preparations for an eternal ultimate dwelling of God. Ephesians 2:17-22 Presents Christians as the spiritual home and hope of all people. King David reminds us of the reality of finding a “spiritual home”.   Preparation to build a “spiritual home” The Temple 2 Chronicles 22 Laborers and materials had to gathered  22:2-4 The building would not be constructed by wishful thinking it would take time, patience and hard work. Lack of experience. Christians often feel the lack of experience leads to doing nothing. Don’t forget we are empowered by Holy Spirit to do whatever God asks of us. 22:5 Leadership of the Lord is paramount. 22:6-19 Build a house for the Lord because I can’t by God’s instruction. Be a man of peace and rest. Be blessed as God gives you discretion and understanding meaning intelligence, success, happiness and wisdom. 22:11-13. Be a keeper of the Law of the Lord when you succeed. Be strong,courageous not afraid or discouraged. Be bold 22:15-19 It’s all about God. Be devoted with all your heart and soul in seeking the Lord. Preparing the ultimate spiritual home. Acts 17:24-28  God made everything that exists. God chose to live in people instead of buildings. God purposed this in order that all people would seek a lifelong, meaningful relationship with God our creator, redeemer and giver of eternal life. Prepare yourself as the spiritual home of God. Ephesians 2:19-22 Christians are God’s people not foreigners, aliens but members of the household of God! 2:19 Christians are built on a foundation of Jesus linked to all the living, preaching, teachings of those who have come before us. Jesus being the links all together as the cornerstone. 2:20. Christians are joined together in Jesus to...

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30
Jul 2022

2 Thessalonians Don’t Withdraw but…. Already in the Sequel that is 2 Thessalonians we have learned that we the soil of adversity gives growth to our faith, we can’t panic, but acknowledge evil will become rampant and our trust in God must increase. Today we are instructed “Don’t withdraw but pray for each other, participate in life and prosper in the peace, presence of God. Pray for each other 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5 Pray for me is Paul’s request. Paul’s need for individual support spiritually and to ensure that the Gospel would spread rapidly. Pray that the Gospel of grace and forgiveness be honored. Pray “evil” will not silence the preachers or damping the witness of Christians. Pray for the church folks. Prayer for strengthen the face not replacing affliction, but to overcome it. The divine work of God would happen in each individual. Participate in life, society because the world is watching. 2 Thessalonians 3:7-15 Withdrawal is NOT an option for Christians! Command is a solemn authority not a mere suggestion. Compare what they are doing with my example. He always earned his way even though he was entitled to be supported by the Church. I Corinthians 9:14 “The Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel”. Complete economic independence is honored and expected in Jewish thought. Create a policy in your fellowship concerning idleness. Warning (3:11-15)Christian witness is more than words. Christian witness is harmed because people are watching. James 2:26 “As the body with the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds are dead!” Command:(3:14-15) Refusing to work is an insult to the Jewish mind. Prosper in our faith in the Lord 2 Thessalonians 3:16-18 Peace of the Lord is the ultimate healer. The Lord is with us in each and every circumstance of life. Jesus said in John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not...

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