May 25, 2014 Sermon Notes

Posted on May 25 at 10:38am

Sacrificial Giving

2 Corinthians 9:6-10

1. Attitude toward sacrificial giving (2 Corinthians 9:6-10)

Ungodly attitude: look at it through the eyes of control

Godly attitude: look at through the eyes of contentment

2. Opportunity for sacrificial giving: 150th Anniversary Offering

Total Amount: $1.5 million

A. Renovations | 55%, $825,000 – an investment in people through the stewardship of our facilities

B. Debt | 30%, $450,000 – an investment in order to free up future ministry resources

C. Missions | 15%, $225,000 – an investment in getting the gospel to people beyond this campus

Timing – a several week period beginning in August leading to final pledge or giving day on October 5 / You can give through end of year

Step of Faith: meet budget and meeting offering goal.

3. Fruit of Sacrificial Giving (2 Corinthians 9:11-14)

A. Maturity as follower of Jesus.

B. Grace given to others.

4. Jesus is the model and source of sacrificial giving (2 Corinthians 9:15 and 2 Corinthians 8:9)

May 25, 2014 Worship Sets

Posted on May 25 at 09:40am

Traditional

America the Beautiful

Praise Him Praise Him

It Is Well With My Soul

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

There Is a Redeemer

Contemporary

We Will Remember

Jesus Messiah

At the Cross

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Nothing But The Blood


May 18, 2014 Sermon Notes

Posted on May 18 at 09:43am

Family Portrait | The Broken Portrait

Luke 15:11-32

Even though the photographer gets paid to get everyone to smile, everyone knows the smiling to often be a false sense of reality. There is no doubt about it; family is hard. While the family is intended to be a picture of our relationship to God, every since the fall families are broken and hurting, full of pain, regret, and torn by sin. The portrait is not beautiful – it is broken. We are all in need of help. The Father in heaven is the only redeemer of the family.

Where does the brokenness start? Why is the family so messy?

1. The Wicked, Sinful Heart (Luke 15:11-13)

Luke 15:12 is a picture of the root of all sin – pride, selfishness, and entitlement – “Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.” Selfishness and impatience have already corroded his heart.

The father graciously not only met his request, but let him go his own way.

Luke 15:13 is a picture of all of us. We often want to point the fingers here and think it is only referring to some wild college student. No, this is the rebellion of all!

2. Utter Desperation (Luke 15:14-20)

Luke 15:14 – He Lost Everything

Luke 15:15-16 – After going to look for a job and being placed on a pig farm, he became so hungry that he was willing to eat their pig food

3. The Turning Point

Luke 15:17 – He saw his true state

Luke 15:18 – He saw his sin

Luke 15:19 – He was humble

Luke 15:20 – He returned

4. Unbelievable response of the Father! (Luke 15:20-24)

Luke 15:20 – While returning home, the Father saw him with compassion and ran towards him

Luke 15:21 – Confession

The father interestingly does not question the son or bring up the sin

The father not only celebrates him, but honors him

What are they rejoicing in? His salvation!

5. The Sin of the Brother (Luke 15:25-30)

The older brother is actually just as guilty as the younger brother who took his early inheritance and left

The older brother is prideful, selfish, entitled, jealous, and envious. He becomes so angry that he refuses to go in and celebrate

The father again graciously responds to the sin of his son. He father left the party and “entreated him”

6. Redeemer God (Luke 15:31-32)

After the big brother dumps his complaint, the father again graciously reminds the son of his love and provision

The father tells his son why the celebration has occurred

The dead is now alive; the lost has now been found

 

 


May 18, 2014 Worship Sets

Posted on May 18 at 09:03am

Traditional

I Sing Praises

All Hail The Power

Crown Him King Of Kings

Praise The Name Of Jesus

As The Deer

I Will Praise Him

O For A Thousand Tongues

Just As I Am


May 11, 2014 Sermon Notes

Posted on May 11 at 09:37am

Family Portrait | A Mother’s Day Message

Matthew 15:21-28

1. Acknowledge His power over all circumstances (Matt. 15:21-23)
2. Move from a position of desperation to humble trust (Matt. 15:24-25)
3. Prioritize God’s purposes over human expectations (Matt. 15:26-28)

Motherhood must not be the resting place for women’s tender hopes for wholeness. – Jenell Paris


May 11, 2014 Worship Sets

Posted on May 11 at 09:24am

Traditional

Love Divine All Loves Excelling

How Great Thou Art

Me and My House

The Family Prayer Song

Standing On The Promises

Whiter Than Snow

Contemporary

Leaning On The Everlasting Arms

Glory To God Forever

Me and My House

Jesus You Are


May 4, 2014 Sermon Notes

Posted on May 04 at 09:48am

Family Portrait | Generations Behind, Generations Ahead

Review | What’s a Family For?

1) Saturate our homes with the Word of God, to know and love God and others.

2) Exercise what we know, to strengthen the community of faith.

3) Remember and respond to grace, to replenish it in the lives of the next generation.

Numerous external forces may shape us, but the family we have grown up in is the primary and, except in rare instances, the most powerful system that will shape and influence who we are

The Emotionally Healthy Church

Exodus 34:6-9

1. The sins of a previous generation shape the families of today and tomorrow

Human and cultural experiences bear this out

Scripture bears this out

Stories of families

Words from God himself

Generational sins are not: A voodoo curse handed down on the innocent because of previous sins

Generational sins are: The consequences and suffering of sin placed on sons and daughters, sins that will continue if the gospel is not applied

Results: A wet blanket is thrown over the grace of God in the home

Unbelievers see no difference between their home and those of believers

Why is it that most people in our churches seem to be radically different on one level from their neighbors — they pray, read the Bible, go to church, give money to church — but on another deeper level, they are similar. – The Emotionally Healthy Church

2. Our natural response is to hide sin and its effects

At stake is the control of our embarrassment, shame, and having to walk down the hard road of rooting out sin

A. If I don’t talk about it–it doesn’t exist

B.  It isn’t nice to bring up things in the past–you just deal with it and move on

C.  Dealing with sin and confessing sin are two different things

D.  My children don’t have to know about my sin or weaknesses because it doesn’t affect them

E.  Talking about sin and mistakes makes me vulnerable and threatens my ability to control and make decisions

F.  My family will use my sin against me

3. The gospel response is to apply grace to our own hearts and to those in the past

A. Identify what has been passed on to me that I am now passing on to others

B. Confess it to God and to others (I John 1:9)

C. Forgive others as we have been forgiven (Ephesians 4:32)

Jesus: Father, forgive them for they know not what they do. (Luke 23:34)

D. Engage in a path that leads to restoring relationships for the purposes of honoring God

Discipleship: break destructive patterns, pass on constructive legacies at home and in the church


May 4, 2014 Worship Sets

Posted on May 04 at 08:56am

Traditional

You Alone We Praise

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

We Have Come Into His House

Fairest Lord Jesus

Give Me Jesus

Glorify Thy Name

Have Thine Own Way