November 24, 2013 Sermon Notes

Posted on Nov 24 at 06:48am

Marks of a Disciple // Marked by Renewal

John 21:1-8

Set scene – from Jerusalem to Galilee.

Seasons of a disciple when it comes to the call of Jesus: Abandoned, Uncertain, Necessities of life, Helpless on your own.

The story of the disciples does not “read like the lives of men on a Spirit-empowered mission. . . . There is neither the joy nor the assurance, not to mention the sense of mission and the spirit of unity, that characterize the church when freshly endowed with the promised Spirit.”

D.A. Carson, The Gospel According to John

1. By His power in our helplessness (John 21:1-14)

Original Call of the Disciples and the Miracle of catching fish: Luke 5:1-11

Luke 5:5: And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.”

Marks of a Disciple Series

Called – “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.”

Connected to Christ

Connected to the Holy Spirit

Connected in Community

Marked by Love

Marked by the Word

Marked by Obedience

Marked by Trust

Marked by Generosity

Marked by Rest

Marked by Faith

Marked by Forgiveness

Marked by Reaching Neighbors

Marked by Reaching Nations

Marked by Renewal

2. By His pursuit of our hearts (John 21:15-19)

November 17, 2013 Sermon Notes

Posted on Nov 18 at 05:49am


Revelation 7:9-12

Revelation 5:9

Romans 10: 14-15

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November 10, 2013 Sermon Notes

Posted on Nov 10 at 06:44am

Marks of a Disciple // Marked By Reaching Neighbors

Jesus’ Post-Resurrection Words on Reaching Others

1. Matthew 28:18-20

2. Mark 16:15-16

3. Luke 24:46-49

4. John 20:21-22

5. Acts 1:8

Main Text for Today: 2 Corinthians 4:3-7

1. Aware of the Reality (2 Corinthians 4:3-4)

A. Blinded to the Gospel

1) Hardness of their own hearts and minds

John 3:19-20 – love the darkness, run from the light

2) Blinded by the god of this world, Satan (2 Corinthians 4:4)

B. Perishing

Original thought: “to be ruined and you can no longer serve the use for which you were designed.”

Jesus expands on this: eternal ruin, separation from God, and punishment because of your rebellion

2. Awakened to the Solution (2 Corinthians 4:5-6)

A. Our motivation: the gospel has broken through in us and we desire for it to break through in others

B. Our message: the “good news” of Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, and reign

Definition: What is the gospel? Jesus died on the cross and was raised from the grave in order to rescue sinners from eternal judgment and to reconcile them to God. (I Corinthians 15:1-3)

Term gospel in Greco-Roman culture was a technical term for “news of victory.” Messenger raises his right hand and says, “rejoice, we are victorious.”

We’ve made the gospel something it’s not; therefore, we’ve presented it in terms that don’t accurately reflect the truth

1. The gospel is not attending church

2. The gospel is not cleaning up your life. It’s not about growing up, or being more responsible, or “acting right.”

3. The gospel is not choosing the right cultural worldview or political party

4. The gospel is not getting baptized

5. The gospel is not becoming a member of a church or a Baptist church

6. The gospel is not religious bloodlines

7. The gospel is not making a spiritual decision or having an emotional religious experience

8. The gospel is not helping the poor or fighting injustice

C. Our method: servanthood, like Jesus (4:5).

Video: Reach Our Community

3. Abandoned to God’s Use (2 Corinthians 4:7)

Unashamed, unafraid, wholly consumed by what you have inside, not what it looks like on the outside

Jars of Clay: common metaphor for human weakness (ESV Study Bible, 2228)

Common, fragile, broken, dirty, little value. Yet, we hold the greatest treasure imaginable – the Gospel

Video: Reach Your Neighbors

What do I do?

1. Pray

2. Be Intentional

3. Be Sensitive

4. Build relationships

5. Share how God is working in you

6. Share the gospel that changed you

November 3, 2013 Sermon Notes

Posted on Nov 03 at 08:22am

Marks of a Disciple // Marked by Forgiveness

Ephesians 4:30-32 and Matthew 18:21-22

1. Forgiveness doesn’t keep score (Matthew 18:21-22)

What keeps us from forgiving others?

A. Hurt – wound that never heals

1. Afraid to address it because its messy.

2. Anger.

3. Relive offense over and over.

4. No remorse or even sense of wrongdoing.

5. Time and distance.

B. Bitter – the hurt now becomes a change agent in our lives.

1.Outside: Our words and the tone of our words become hurtful. Our time is wasted. Our relationships start to drift as we isolate ourselves.

2. Inside: We become lethargic, discontent, disconnected from spiritual things, can fall into depression. We become self-absorbed.

2. Forgiveness releases a debt that cannot be paid (Matthew 18:24)

3. Forgiveness looks past what someone deserves (Matthew 18:25)
4. Forgiveness finds its power in the cross

Luke 23:34 – Father forgive them for they know not what they do.

5. Un-forgiveness puts ourselves in the Judge’s Seat (Matthew 18:28-34)

Romans 12:19 – Never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God. Vengeance is mine I will repay, says the Lord.

6. Un-forgiveness displays a heart that has not been changed (Matthew 18:35)

October 27, 2013 Sermon Notes

Posted on Oct 28 at 08:21am

Marks of a Disciple // Marked by Faith

Matthew 14:22-33

Faith: believing and acting on the truth in the face of fear and the unknown.

1. Faith is tested by Jesus’ agenda

Matthew 14:22-24

Testing often comes after triumphs.

Testing’s aim: our maturity.

James 1:2-4

2. Faith sees through the clouds of fear

Matthew 14:25-27

3. Faith acts on what it believes about Jesus and his power

Matthew 14:28-31

4. Faith grows in worship

Matthew 14:32-33

October 20, 2013 Sermon Notes

Posted on Oct 20 at 06:21am

Marks of a Disciple // Marked by Rest

Mark 1:35-39

Luke 5:16 – original language indicates that Jesus “was regularly withdrawing and praying.”

1. Prioritize regular time with God
2. Maximize regular time with God

A. The Results: confession, communion, and commission

Look no man in the face till you have seen the face of God. Speak with none until you have spoken with the Most High. Charles Spurgeon, 1884 sermon

B. The Means: Word, meditation and prayer

1) Take guilt to God.

2) Get to bed earlier.

3) Turn off your phone and connecting device.

4) Establish a regular time and place.

5) Build a routine.

6) Start reasonably.

7) Fight formality and self-righteousness.

8) Carry it into your day.

David Murray,

3. Recognize the purpose: renew your soul and reset your agenda

October 13, 2013 Sermon Notes

Posted on Oct 13 at 06:46am

Marks of a Disciple // Marked by Generosity

2 Corinthians 8:1-5

1. The model for generous giving.

A. Responsive – to human needs and work of the gospel (2 Corinthians 9:12-15)

B. Unconditional – through poverty and persecution (2 Corinthians 8:2)

C. Sacrificial – beyond what they could afford (2 Corinthians 8:3)

D. Willing – (2 Corinthians 8:4 and 2 Corinthians 9:7)

E. Submissive – to God and to the cause of the Gospel (2 Corinthians 8:5)

John Alexander’s Story


2. The method of generous giving.

A. Regular – on the first day of the week, Sunday, bring what you have set aside to give to the church so that the church can then give as God directs. (I Corinthians 16:2)

B. Local church (I Cor. 16:1) – Why the local church, first?

i. It’s leaders labor with the Word to shepherd souls (I Timothy 5:17-18, I Corinthians 9:3-12 and Hebrews 13:17)

ii. It’s resources meet needs and displays the Gospel

iii. It’s resources spread the gospel locally and globally: 18% of our 2014 budget is designated to spread the gospel locally and globally

C. All members (I Corinthians 16:2)

D. How much?

i. The tithe is not complying with a legalistic requirement, but honoring a principle established for the people of God

ii. In giving your “first-fruits,” demonstrate your response to God’s ownership and grace in you

September 22, 2013 Sermon Notes

Posted on Sep 22 at 06:20am


1. Jesus brings Supreme Authority as the Living & Perfect Word of God.

John 6:60

2.The Living Word of God & Written Word appeal to our spirit, not our flesh.

John 6:61-63

3.The Key to Discipleship is an active faith in Jesus as the Living Word that brings understanding to Written Word.

John 6:64-69

September 15, 2013 Sermon Notes

Posted on Sep 15 at 05:44am

Marks of a Disciple // Marked by Love

John 13:1-5, John 13:12-14, & John 13:34-35

Love like Jesus happens when we live in committed relationships.

1. New “Clothes”

Jesus is more than a courteous host. He becomes a gracious slave.

Philippians 2:5-8

Barriers to loving like Jesus: entitlement and expectations.

“The body of Christ is full of people who are standing on their dignity when they ought to be kneeling at the feet of their brother.” – John MacArthur (Sermon on John 13)

Colossians 3:12-15

2. A New Command

The old command never went away, it had just taken on new meaning through the cross.

“The gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.” –

Tim Keller, The Meaning of Marriage

The humility of the cross cleanses us from sin and then compels us to serve others.

3. A New Community

September 8, 2013

Posted on Sep 08 at 03:09am

MARKS OF A DISCIPLE // Connected in Community

I Corinthians 12:12-13, I Corinthians 12:24-27

1. God made us like him to live in relationships.

Genesis 1:26-27

Humanity expresses God’s image in relationship. Being made in the image of God allows man to establish “worthy relationships with God, with one another, and with the rest of the creation. – ESV Study Bible, p. 51.

2. God gave the church to express biblical community.

The Gospel places us into the community.

“The fellowship of the church is part of God’s good news to men. It imparts to the gospel one of its most thrilling notes—that when Christ saves a man he not only saves him from his sin, he saves him from his solitude.” – Total Christianity by Frank Colquhoun

The Aim of the community is to collectively imitate Jesus as we do so individually.

Acts 2:42-47 — what does this community look like?

1. Shared practices.

2. Shared heart and mind.

3. What are the barriers to biblical community?





“The gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.” – Timothy Keller, The Meaning of Marriage

4. What are the steps toward biblical community?

A. Commit to the body.


Dinner with the Staff


Life Group

B. Commit to deeper relationships within the body that will serve others.

Men’s and Women’s Studies available.

Journey classes on Wednesday evening.

C. Love One Another – the mark of a disciple that Jesus says is paramount.

Question: Are you in community? Are you in relationships with others that encourage and challenge, convict and build up around the Word of God?

September 1, 2013 Sermon Notes

Posted on Sep 01 at 06:24am

MARKS OF A DISCIPLE // Connected to the Holy Spirit

John 14:12-17

Jesus desired for his disciples to be connected to him and do greater things for him.

1. The Holy Spirit indwells every believer. (John 14:12-17)

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

The Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. – Romans 8:16

Presence of a person with immense power to transform us.


a. Wake up to the presence of God in you. (Psalms 139:7-11)

b. Give up control.

2. The Holy Spirit guides every believer toward Christ and making him known through us. (John 16:12-15)

Seven instances of guidance by the Spirit in the book of Acts:

1. Direct an individual to speak to someone about Jesus. – Acts 8:29

2. Express a warning to congregation. – Acts 11:27-30

3. Send out missionaries. – Acts 13:2-4

4. Settle a theological debate. – Acts 15:28

5. Close one door, reroute mission work. – Acts 16:6-7

6. Give broad picture of suffering to come. – Acts 20:22-23

7. Warn about danger ahead. – Acts 21:10-11


a. Be continually controlled by His power. (Ephesians 5:18)

Do not grieve him by remaining in sin. (Ephesians 4:30)

Do not quench him by retaining control of areas of your life. (I Thessalonians 5:19)

b. Listen and look for His direction.

Take a card and answer this question daily: Holy Spirit: What step do you want me to take today that will make me more like Jesus?

August 18, 2013 Sermon Notes

Posted on Aug 18 at 03:32am

Marks of a Disciple // Called


1. Gather – encounter God in worship and in community

2. Grow –engage with others around the Word

3. Go – extend the gospel locally and globally

Mark 1:14-20

1. Imitate — “Follow me.”

a. He sees what we can become.

Result: We become like the Master.

b. He sees what stands in the way.

Response: obedience was immediate, complete, and costly.

2. Invest — “I will make you become fishers of men.”

a. It begins with the growth of believers.

b. It extends to reaching the lost.

Next Step: What is your net? Leave it behind and become a disciple of Jesus.