Sermon Notes


14
Nov 2022

Sindrone of Pride and Prejudice Acts 10 The misspelling of the word syndrome is intentional. It’s used to show the nature of pride and prejudice. Acts 10 is a mirror of self-reflection to help us examine the barriers which prevents us from sharing our faith. Barriers like economic, political differences and cultural barriers. We can learn there is Divine Interventions, Divine Destruction of barriers and Divine Appointments to test our understanding and maturity in our faith.Divine Intervention Acts 10:1-22 Cornelius Acts 10:1-8 Cornelius a military leader, respected, mature, battle tested and scared from battle. He’s a God-fearer. He’s attracted to the monotheistic values and the morality of accountability. He prays regularly. God sends vision and messenger who gave encouragement, recognized and instructions. He responded to God’s instruction. Peter a common fisherman called by Jesus. Acts 10:9-22 He carried loyalty to the Jewish covenant and moral law. He was a pillar of the new church and mission of God. He had pride, prejudice and legalism. He was on a mission for the new church. He was prompted by God to understand God’s message. Divine Destruction of Barriers. Acts 10:23-32a Accompanied by some brothers. Anticipated arrival Cornelius anticipated that whatever God was going to do was important enough to have family and close friends present. Admission by Peter of his pride and prejudice. First, Peter admitted he was nothing special “I am only a man myself.” Second, confessed prejudice in his life. “I should not call any man impure or unclean” Third, Peter asked what was needed. Fourth, Peter listened to Cornelius. Divine Appointments Acts 10:32-47 “We are here in the presence of God to listen to everything the Lord has commanded you to tell us” Revelation of God’s concern and love for Gentiles. 10: 30-33 Realization of God’s love reaches all...

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02
Oct 2022

Coming Home- Waiting Watching Father Luke 15:20-25; Isaiah 53:4-6; John 3:16-17; Colossians 2:13-14; Psalm 32:1-2 Why don’t people quickly return when they find themselves “away from home?” A person may want to return, but are reluctant? They are honest concerns. Will I face an angry or forgiving God? Will I spend the rest of my life suffering the consequences of my sin? Am I forever condemned to second -class-citizen status in God’s kingdom? Preacher of the past A. W. Tozer writes, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. We need to form in our hearts and minds that there is Father who is waiting, watching and welcoming. A Waiting Father Luke 15:20a Jesus gives a direct opposite picture of God’s love for sinners and tax collectors! With three parables Jesus is teaching and urging the Pharisee to acknowledge God’s love for the lost. The Lost Sheep: We embrace a lost animal. (15:5) The Lost Coin She takes the house apart .(15:9) “In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (15:10) The Lost son: Chose to leave. Chose a lifestyle. Crisis came. Chose to go home. Watching Father Luke 15:20b-21 The father’s choice as well he saw his son. Compassion for his son: gut reactionToday we would say we are moved in our innermost being.  Came running to the son: the son walked the father ran when he realized immediately it was his son! no “meeting half way.” Completely embraced the son: Covering him with kisses of acceptance! A Welcoming Father Luke 15:22-23 Cut off the son’s confession. Call forproper dress. Best robe means honor, signet ring means authority power of attorney and sandals freedom to...

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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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