July 27, 2014 Sermon Notes

Posted on Jul 27 at 09:18am

Life Guards | Uphold Life

Exodus 20:13 & Matthew 5:21-26

1. The root of upholding life: the image of God.

Genesis 9:6-7

God has put his stamp on every one of us the way a great artist signs his name to a work of art. Therefore, to damage a life is to deface one of God’s masterpieces. – Philip Ryken

2. The root of destroying others: our anger.

A. Anger on the inside is equated with murder on the outside.

Anger has to do with brooding, simmering anger that is nurtured and not allowed to die. It is seen in the holding of a grudge, in the smoldering bitterness that refuses to forgive; it cherishes resentment and does not warrant reconciliation. – John MacArthur, Commentary on Matthew

1 John 3:14-15

B. Anger on the inside produces destructive words.

C. Antidote to anger – reconciliation.

1) Brings genuine worship to light in the body of Christ.

True worship is not enhanced by better music, better prayers, better architecture, or even better preaching. True worship is enhanced by better relationships between those who come to worship. – John MacArthur

Conduct is more important than formal worship. – R. V. G. Tasker

2) Immediate — should take place right away lest it get covered and buried and begins to grow a life of its own.

3) Costly — risk reputation and rejection.

4) Aim: forgiveness and peace, new understanding, where there was division.

Colossians 3:12-15


July 27, 2014 Worship Sets

Posted on Jul 27 at 09:08am

Traditional

Love Divine All Loves Excelling

How Great Thou Art

Draw Me Close

Awesome God / Shout to the Lord

The Solid Rock

Without Him

Take My Life Lead Me Lord

Contemporary

Holy Holy Holy

Great I Am

I Have A Hope

The Solid Rock

I Have Decided To Follow Jesus


July 20, 2014 Sermon Notes

Posted on Jul 20 at 10:18am

Life Guards | Give Honor

The first 4 commandments: our vertical relationship with God.

The last 6 commandments: our horizontal relationship with others.

Exodus 20:12

1. Honoring parents through broken and faithful generations.
2. Honoring parents through broken and unfaithful generations.

How do broken children honor broken parents?

1. Pray–to be forgiven AND to forgive them.

2. Speak truth and grace.

3. Walk down the road God opens–might not be the road you choose and you might not know where it goes.

4. Wait in grace.


July 20, 2014 Worship Sets

Posted on Jul 20 at 10:00am

Traditional

Come Thou Fount

Nothing But The Blood

In Christ Alone

I Need Thee Every Hour

 

Contemporary

Blessed Assurance

Your Great Name

Lord I Need You


July 13, 2014 Sermon Notes

Posted on Jul 13 at 11:37am

Life Guards | Embrace The Sabbath

Exodus 20:8-11

1. Stop working for a day in order to show your dependence upon God.

Reminder: God is in charge of my work.

Danger: work occupies my entire life and thus becomes my identity.

Genesis 2:1-3

Exodus 31:17

It can be costly – this is where obedience and faith meet.

2. Stop working for a day in order to create space for renewal.

Reminder: God is in charge of my calendar.

Abuse: no rest or no rhythm to be renewed.

Many of us are less busy than we think, but life feels overwhelming because our days and weeks and years have no rhythm… We have no routine, no order to our days… We’re not actually in danger of working too hard. We simply work at things in the wrong proportion. – Kevin DeYoung, Crazy Busy

3. Stop working for a day in order to set aside time to hear from God, to worship God, to love others.

Reminder: God desires to deepen my relationship with Him and to serve others regularly.

Abuse: legalism in worship or liberty in rest.

For the legalist, “we do not base our standing before God on what we do on Sunday.”– Philip Ryken

For the libertine, no desire to gather for worship and growth is an indication of a heart that is spiritually sick and in need of God’s grace.


July 13, 2014 Worship Sets

Posted on Jul 13 at 11:31am

Traditional

Blessed Assurance

Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee

Be Still And Know

Think About His Love

I Love You Lord

Oh How He Loves You And Me

Near To The Heart Of God


July 6, 2014 Sermon Notes

Posted on Jul 06 at 09:00am

Life Guards | Free Your Speech

Exodus 20:7

1. Why is God’s name to be valued?

Exodus 3:13-15

My name is growing all the time, and I’ve lived a very long, long time; so my name is like a story. Real names tell you the story of the things they belong to…” – Treebeard in The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

“YHWH is like an ample container into with the great truths revealed by Moses and through the exodus have been packed: the Holy One, the God of the covenant, the Redeemer, Deliverer, Judge, the caring God of daily providence, the God of reconciliation who brings his people to himself.” – J.A. Motyer, The Message of Exodus

To use the name in vain is to “lift it up to emptiness.”
2. How is God’s name misused?

A. Disrespectfully

Then: cursing God

Now: using the name of God in profane, thoughtless, trivial, and demeaning ways

B. Dishonestly.

1) For our own gain

Then: Magic and false prophets

Now: Attaching God’s name to our own designs and desires

“We become so certain that God is on our side that we refuse to listen to other believers or to submit to spiritual authority in the church… Sometimes we use God to endorse our political views, so that he becomes a sort of party mascot. Sometimes we use him to prop up our position so that other people will have to do what we say. Sometimes we fix his stamp of approval to our ministry or to our plans for the church. But whenever we confuse what we want with what God wants, we take his name in vain.” – Philip G. Ryken, Exodus: Saved for God’s Glory

2) For our own reputation.

Then: Oaths.

Now: attaching God and religion to our names when our lives don’t match.

Jesus: Let your life be lived with such integrity that what you say can be believed without an oath.


July 6, 2014 Worship Sets

Posted on Jul 06 at 08:45am

Traditional

All Hail King Jesus

O Worship The King

Thou Art Worthy

Make Me A Blessing

Praise You

Walk Worthy

Breathe On Me