February 8, 2015 | Sermon Notes

Posted on Feb 08 at 09:18am

Grace Greater | Week 5

Grace Greater Than Our Sin

Luke 7:36-50

1. When grace meets sin (Luke 7:36-38).

A. It leads to brokenness.

B. It leads to openness.

Galatians 6:1-3

2. When sin is hidden (Luke 7:39-40).

A. It remains undetected by most.

B. It manufactures private condemnation not public confession.

3. Responses to Jesus’ grace (Luke 7:41-50).

A. We express faith in Jesus’ power when we are helpless.

B.  We worship Jesus because of what he’s done.

C. We remain stuck and dependent upon our religion.

February 1, 2015 Sermon Notes

Posted on Feb 01 at 09:34am

Grace Greater | Week 4

Grace Greater Than Performance

Matthew 11:25-30

 1. Jesus reveals that his authority and our humility pave the way for a new identity (Matthew 11:25-27)
2. Jesus invites those who carry the heavy weight of performance to come to him (Matthew 11:28)

Characteristics of those Weighed Down

A. Pressure to perform shapes us into a image of an idol not Jesus.

It is possible [for the Christian] to avoid the pain and humiliation of repentance and renewal by maintaining an outward facade of spiritual commitment, moral impeccability, and orthodox behavior. In doing so, he can preserve a reputation for spiritual growth and maturity that is satisfying to the ego and seems to gain much in the way of opportunity for service and the commendation of the Christian community. – Ray Stedman

We live photo-shopped existences in order to maintain our image when our performance lets us down.

B. Pressure to perform enslaves us to the image and its demands.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ announces that because Jesus was strong for you, you’re free to be weak. Because Jesus won for you, you’re free to lose. Because Jesus was Someone, you’re free to be no one. Because Jesus was extraordinary, you’re free to be ordinary. Because Jesus succeeded for you, you’re free to fail…The gospel doesn’t just free you from what other people think about you, it frees you from what you think about yourself. – Tullian Tchividjian

C. Jesus performed the work of the cross that we could experience grace.

3. Jesus invites us to take on a new identity with him (Matthew 11:29-30)

Discipleship remains the only alternative that satisfies our deepest longings” because Jesus calls people not to the law but to himself. – Craig Blomberg

As complicated as life may become, discipleship is at heart simply walking with Jesus in the real world and having him teach us moment by moment how live life his way. – Michael Wilkins

Grace Greater Story | Piedmont Women’s Center

Posted on Jan 25 at 09:28am

Check out this story about Piedmont Women’s Center from our Grace Greater Series Sermon Grace Greater Than Our Culture

January 25, 2015 Sermon Notes

Posted on Jan 25 at 09:22am

Grace Greater | Week 3

Grace Greater Than Our Culture


1. We have the same sins, but they’re veiled behind religion.

2. Our religion is too familiar but our grace often is not.

John 1:14

1. Grace-filled people reach beyond themselves to enter the stories of those near them and not like them. (John 4:1-9).
2. Grace-filled people offer Jesus who quenches the inner thirst that is buried behind the exterior of sin and its consequences. (John 4:10-15)
3. Jesus confronts sin head-on, but for the purpose of transformation, not condemnation. (John 4:16-26)
4. Grace grips the giver first before it’s given away. (John 4:27-42)

Third Emphasis for 2015: Proclaim

1) Attend March 18 event where we continue to see ourselves as a untapped mission force.


2) Partner with the body of Christ – Example of Piedmont Women’s Center

3) Pray about the people you encounter daily.

Grace Greater Story | Verlon Baxley

Posted on Jan 18 at 11:46am

Verlon Baxley shares his story and talks about how Christ has moved him from just following rituals to a state of following Christ.

View the sermon notes this story was used in here.

January 18, 2015 Sermon Notes

Posted on Jan 18 at 09:12am

Grace Greater | Week 2

Grace Greater Than Religion

Matthew 12:1-14

1. Religious people take what is right and distort it with a heap of moralism.

​​Grace-filled people seek to follow the heart and simple meaning of God’s Word.

2. Religious people look to “catch those in the act” of not conforming to their beliefs and practices.

Grace-filled people seek to build up and meet the needs of others.

3. ​Religious people look to control because they are morally superior.

Grace-filled people look to confess their need of Jesus because they are spiritually needy | Matthew 15:1-9

4. Religious people are concerned with rituals about Jesus.

Grace-filled people find a living relationship with Jesus.

Verlon Baxley’s Story

​5. Religion confines church to a place, traditions, and its practices.

Grace looks at the church as a collection of people who by the power of the Holy Spirit make, mature and multiply disciples.

POUR into others so that the grace of God given to us is given to others.

January 11, 2015 Sermon Notes

Posted on Jan 11 at 09:47am

Grace Greater | Week 1

Grace Greater Than Our Past

Definition of grace: God’s powerful action in our lives based on His love and purpose, not our actions.

John Stott: Grace is God loving, God stooping, God coming to the rescue, God giving himself generously through Jesus Christ.

Philippians 3:12-14

He forgets – or doesn’t care for, tend to, dwell in, remain stuck in – the things in the past.

What does grace do to our past?
1. Grace brings to light the worthless things we pursue and transforms them for His glory.

Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter. – Francis Chan

2. Grace offers forgiveness of sin and redemption from its consequences.
3. Grace sees Jesus as our identity when we identify ourselves with failure.

Galatians 2:20

4. Grace uses our weakness as an opportunity for God to demonstrate His great power.

2 Corinthians 12:9

5. Grace awakens us from our contentment in past growth toward a greater pursuit of Jesus.

Major Church Emphases #1: Prayer

Prayer opens the doors of our hearts and the doors of our church to God’s grace.

Invitation to the person of the Holy Spirit to work and move.

Confession clears sin.

Submission yields to God’s word and work above ours.

Dependency waits for God’s direction and power and timing.

Casting our burdens casts out fear.

Attachment to Jesus brings fruit.