The Family Series | Week 3 | The Family and our Purpose

Posted on Apr 26 at 09:02am

April 26, 2015 | Sermon Notes

What happens in your house is more important than what happens in church. – Reggie Joiner and Carey Nieuwhof

Definition of Disciple: follower, learner, reproducer.

The Struggle to make disciples at home: Why do we struggle?

1. Regrets | I’ve failed in the past.
2. Distracted | Other things seem to crowd out God
3. Inconsistent | I stop and start and then I quit.
4. Excuses | That is what the church and ministers are for.

“One of the primary roles that God gave to Christian parents is to create adults who reflect His heart. A family is, without a doubt, the most effective and efficient vehicle to produce the kind of people who can move confidently into the adult world and have a redemptive impact on their culture – that’s what we’re supposed to be doing.” – Tim Kimmel

The reason many of this generation are walking away from Christ is they’re having a hard to reconciling what is preached at church and what is lived in the home.

God’s story must be rooted in our hearts

1. What is God’s story?

The character of God, what He’s done, and what He desires to do through His people in the world.

2. God has not abounded his story | Exodus 34:6
3. We are the keepers of God’s story | Deuteronomy 4:9
4. How do we keep our souls?

Confession, Connection, Community

Next Steps

1. Have one conversation this week about the story of God through you to the generation behind you.
2. Next week, we will talk about how you transfer this story from your lives  into your homes

April 26, 2015 | Worship Sets

Posted on Apr 26 at 08:54am

Traditional

Praise His Holy Name

Rejoice The Lord Is King

I Exalt Thee

I Go To The Rock

The Solid Rock

Living For Jesus

Contemporary

Bless His Name

Jesus Son Of God

Cornerstone

Tell Me The Story Of Jesus

Jesus At The Center

Modern

My Lighthouse

Lay Me Down

Glory To God Forever

You Never Let Go

This Grace


April 19, 2015 | Worship Sets

Posted on Apr 19 at 09:53am

Traditional

Jesus Christ Is Risen Today

To God Be The Glory

Lead Me To Calvary

Give Thanks

At Calvary

I Surrender All

Swing Low Sweet Chariot

Contemporary

All My Fountains

Excellent

Awesome

10,000 Reasons

I Surrender All

Modern

I Am

Shout Hosanna

O Worship The King

The Lost Are Found

Sinking Deep


The Family Series | Week 2 | The Family Idols: What do we worship?

Posted on Apr 19 at 09:42am

April 19, 2015 | Sermon Notes

Top Ten Tell-Tale Signs You’re too Busy – Joanne Kraft

10. You’ve become a marathon runner.

9. My kids thought all meals came with a side of fries.

8. My minivan was running on fumes.

7. Something unspeakable was growing in my shower.

6. Be afraid.  Be very afraid because when Momma was stressed, Momma was not nice all the time.

5. Chopsticks on my back desk was a romantic night out for us.

4. Parent-guilt: a wallet’s worst nightmare.

3. Chaos was my closest friend.

2. Humming Jesus, Take the Wheel, on the way to Girl Scout meeting, counted as my Bible time in the morning.

1. I blinked and my daughter was 17.  Our kids grow up.

The pattern of our lives and the pull of our hearts are indicators of what we value and worship.

Ephesians 5:15-17.

Socrates: An unexamined life is not worth living.

An idol is whatever you look at and say, in your heart of hearts, “If I have that, then I’ll feel my life has meaning, then I’ll know I have value, then I’ll feel significant and secure. – Tim Keller, Counterfeit Gods

Harriet Tubman: “I freed thousands of slaves. I could have freed thousands more, if they had known they were slaves.”

Our Idols

1. The idol of busyness. | Helpful resource: “Overscheduled Kids and Busy Families” by Kevin Lehman

2. The idol of appearances.

3. The idol of the next phase.

Jesus Frees us from our idols

1. The call to discipleship is costly in family life because Jesus sets Himself up as a higher priority that family ties. | Matthew 10:34-36

2. The call to discipleship is centered on our loyalty and allegiance to Jesus above all relationships. | Matthew 10:37-39

3. Our freedom is found when we realize that our identity is not based upon the family but upon the cross of Christ.

Application: Make time to identify the idols in your home and in your life.

What happens every day in your home defines what normal becomes for your family. Parents determine what’s normal by the rhythm they establish in their homes. So – and here’s the key question – how normal is God in your home? – Reggie Joiner and Carey Nieuwhof


April 12, 2015 | Worship Sets

Posted on Apr 12 at 10:51am

Traditional

All Hail The Power

Crown Him King Of Kings

Crown Him With Many Crowns

Be Thou My Vision

Open My Eyes That I May See

Lord Be Glorified

Have Thine Own Way

Contemporary

Let The Praises Ring

We Believe

You Are Holy Lord

We Will Remember

I Give You My Heart

Modern

From The Day

This Is Amazing Grace

The Stand

This I Believe

Broken Vessels


The Family Series | Week 1 | The Family and Culture

Posted on Apr 12 at 10:45am

April 12, 2015 – Sermon Notes

Snapshots of our culture

Same Sex Marriage 

  1. 27% – Americans who thought same-sex marriage should be legal in 1996.
  2. 55% – Americans who think it should be legal in 2014. (CNN)
  3. 35 States and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriage. Massachusetts was the first in 2004.
  4. Nearly 8 in 10 (78%) of adults between 18-29 support same-sex marriage. (Gallup)
  5. About 43% of white evangelical millennials support same-sex marriage, according to a 2014 Public Religion Research Institute poll.
  6. “Evangelicals step back from gay marriage fight,” (CNN)

Technology

  1. According to Nielsen, the average teenager now sends 3,339 texts per month. (Mashable)
  2. University of New Hampshire study since 2000 found that 42 percent of online users ages 10 to 17 had seen pornography, and that 66 percent of those had seen it unwittingly, often as display ads on file-sharing sites. (New York Times)
  3. Some researchers have stated that the average age of exposure to pornography is down to eight. (Focus on the Family)
  4. “There are two kinds of Christians in America — those who watch porn and those who lie about it. A new study by the Barna Group shows that 64 percent of Christian men and 15 percent of Christian women admitted to viewing pornography at least once a month, compared to 65 percent of men and 30 percent of women who identified as non-Christian and said they watched porn at the same rate. (Meredith Somers)
  5. “When meeting with a married couple, I no longer ask if it has played a role in the husband and wife’s life. Instead, I ask what role it has played in their lives. Even a man or woman who isn’t tempted by porn has seen it and has been impacted by it.” (Dr. Juli Slattery)

Generational Slide from Christ

More than two-thirds (70%) of churchgoing young adults (18-30) drop out of church between the ages of 18-22. – Essential Church

What’s at stake?

Our families’ spiritual survival and our gospel witness to the culture around us and generations behind us.

What do we do?

Renew grace in our hearts, exercise it in our homes, and see it engage the culture.

Walk in love – position of receiving and giving the grace of Jesus | Ephesians 5:1-2
Walk in light – practice of carrying out God’s design in a dark culture | Ephesians 5:3-14
Walk in alertness – perspective of recognizing the times and how God has designed the family | Ephesians 5:15-17
Walk in abandonment – provision of the Spirit to help families thrive in day-to-day life of the family | Ephesians 5:18-21

Easter 2015 | Standalone

Posted on Apr 05 at 09:33am

April 5, 2015 – Sermon Notes

John 20:19-20

1. Paralyzing fear is transformed into courageous living.

a. Shows them that death has been changed forever.

1 Corinthians 15:19-21

i. Death does not have the final say for the believer. It’s simply a step into eternal life.

ii. Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?   (I Cor. 15:5-57)

John 20:21-23

b. Sends them into the world with a new sense of purpose.

God takes the disasters in your life and makes them tools of redemption. He takes your failures and employs it as a tool of grace. He uses the “death” of the fallen world to motivate you to reach out for life. The hardest things in your life become the sweetest tools of grace in his wise and loving hands. Be careful how you make sense of your life. What looks like a disaster may in fact be grace. What looks like the end may be the beginning. What looks hopeless may be God’s instrument to give you real and lasting hope. Your Father is committed to taking what seems so bad and turning it into something that is very, very good. – Paul Tripp

John 20:24-25

2.  Wavering belief is transformed into a personal faith.

a. What is the “unless” in your life that keeps you from considering the claims of Jesus?

b. Jesus’ invitation: personal and full of love.

c. Thomas’ confession: recognizes Jesus as His master and God.

John 20:26-29


April 5, 2015 | Easter 2015 | Worship Sets

Posted on Apr 05 at 09:11am

Traditional

All Hail The Power

Were You There

Christ the Lord is Risen Today

Christ Arose

Because He Lives

Just As I Am

Contemporary

All Hail The Power

Forever

Alive Forever Amen

Grace Flows Down

At The Cross

Modern

Shout Hosanna

Beneath The Waters

King Of Heaven

In Christ Alone

I Surrender All