April 27, 2014 | Sermon Notes

Posted on Apr 27 at 09:24am

Family Portrait | What’s a Family For?

Deuteronomy 6

What was God’s design from the start?

1. To find fulfillment in relationships.

2. To fill the earth with people.

3. To represent God’s authority and reflect God’s image on earth.

1. Saturate the home with what God says about himself (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)

Jesus says this is the first and greatest commandment: to love the Lord with all your heart, soul and might.

Example: phylactery 

Question: What saturates our homes? 

2. Exercise what God says in the community of the home so that it strengthens and advances the community of faith (Deuteronomy 6:1-3)

The home is the laboratory where we are made into the image of Jesus.

If God’s ways aren’t being worked out in the home, it’s not transferring to the church.

Of those 18-29 year-0lds who identify closely with faith and the church, 43% drop out of regular attendance. (Barna Group)

Of those who drop out, 70% drop out between the ages of 18 and 22. (Essential Church)

3. Remind us of God’s grace so that it is recognized by those around us

Deuteronomy 6:10-12 & Deuteronomy 6:20-21

The family is a place where God’s grace is received, exercised, and passed on so that the world recognizes the grace and greatness of God.


April 27, 2014 | Worship Sets

Posted on Apr 27 at 09:12am

Traditional

I Love You Lord

My Jesus I Love Thee

Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah

The Family Prayer Song

At The Name Of Jesus

Majesty

Change My Heart O God


April 20, 2014 | Sermon Notes

Posted on Apr 20 at 09:19am

Easter Sunday // Come And See

Matthew 28:1-10

1. Certainty that following Jesus is not in vain but worth it all.

Faithful and discouraged followers.

Fearful and doubting followers.

1 Corinthians 15:17-19

2. Confidence that Jesus is trustworthy.

He said he would rise again after dying.

He said he would die for the sins of you and me.

The cross stands as condemnation on all human attempts at self-righteousness, and the fallen world will do all within its power to hide the cross from sight. The empty tomb is the seal and confirmation of the cross, and the world will shield its eyes.   – Al Mohler

3. Courage that calls us to follow him without any reservation.

April 20, 2014 | Worship Sets

Posted on Apr 20 at 09:11am

Traditional

Christ Arose

Because He Lives

Christ the Lord is Risen Today

There Is a Redeemer

Alas And Did My Savior Bleed

Crown Him

Room At The Cross For You


April 13, 2014 | Sermon Notes

Posted on Apr 13 at 09:13am

Nehemiah | Another Jesus comes to Jerusalem

Nehemiah 13:4-11

1. Carelessness, in our spiritual lives, leads to callousness toward God’s heart.
2. Callousness toward God allows us to center all things on ourselves.
3. Centering all things on ourselves and being religious doesn’t mix in God’s eyes.

Matthew 21:12-13

4. The gospel keeps our hearts alert, sensitive, and full of grace.

April 13, 2014 | Worship Sets

Posted on Apr 13 at 08:58am

Traditional

In The Name Of The Lord

Hosanna Loud Hosanna

Come Christians Join To Sing

Jesus Paid It All

In Christ Alone

Living For Jesus


April 6, 2014 Sermon Notes

Posted on Apr 06 at 09:25am

Nehemiah // Confession

Nehemiah 9:1-3

Regular confession is a mark of a people who are being transformed by God’s grace

What does confession, that leads to transformation, look like?

1. Regularly open your heart through worship and the Word (Nehemiah 9:1-5)
2. Remember God’s character and ways in the world and with you (Nehemiah 9:6-37)

Nehemiah 9:16-21

Nehemiah 9:29-31

​God  is all-powerful and yet intimate enough to know what’s in our hearts (Nehemiah 9:6-8)

God hears the cries of those afflicted and burdened and delivers freedom as well as a new beginning (Nehemiah 9:9-15)

​God responds to our sins and rebellion against Him with mercy and patience. He doesn’t forsake us but continues to pour out grace upon us (Nehemiah 9:16-21)

God conquers our fears and enemies and brings us to new places of rest (Nehemiah 9:22-25)

​God corrects us when we sin and then delivers us when we cry out to Him. When we take advantage of His love, He still extends mercy and forgiveness. He does not forsake us (Nehemiah 9:26-31)

​​​3. Respond to God from His perspective, not yours (Nehemiah 9:32-37)

Nehemiah 9:32-33

​​4. Return to God through Christ.

Confession is the first step and repentance is the second. When joined together, they bring about transformation.

​​​​”When grace introduces us to repentance, the two of us become best friends. When anything else introduces us to repentance, it feels like the warden has come to lock us up.” – Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol, and John Lynch

​​​5. Reconcile to others if you have hurt them them.

​​​See Matthew 5:23-24

​​​​6. Reach out to others to help you grow through confession.

​​Confession is a difficult discipline for us because we all too often view the believing community as a fellowship of saints before we see it as a fellowship of sinners. We feel that everyone else has advanced so far into holiness that we are isolated and alone in our sin. We cannot bear to reveal our failures and shortcomings to others. We imagine that we are the only ones who have not stepped onto the high road of heaven. Therefore, we hide ourselves from one another and live in veiled lies and hypocrisy.

​​But if we know that the people of God are first a fellowship of sinners, we are freed to hear the unconditional call of God’s love and to confess our needs openly before our brothers and sisters. We know that we are not alone in our sin. The fear and pride that cling to us like barnacles cling to others also. We are sinners together. In acts of mutual confession we release the power that heals. Our humanity is no longer denied, but transformed.

Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline

​​​Who can help you grow through confession?

Ideally, ​​same gender, spiritually-mature, someone you can trust and will invest time in your development.


April 6, 2014 Worship Sets

Posted on Apr 06 at 09:03am

Traditional

O Happy Day

Amazing Grace

I Stand Amazed

I Love To Tell The Story

‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

My Faith Still Holds

Change My Heart O God

Contemporary

He Is

Holy Holy Holy

Great I Am

Amazing Grace

Revelation Song

Change My Heart O God