Parables | Week 5 | The Righteous Son

Posted on Oct 11 at 09:09am

October 11, 2015 | Sermon Notes

Luke 15:1-2; Luke 15:25-32

1. Older brothers work faithfully but are not close to the Father relationally.
2. Older brothers are angry when others who don’t resemble them are found.
3. Older brothers grumble when what they’re entitled to is threatened.
4. Older brothers compare others with their own religious standards.
5. The Father pursues elder brothers just as he does younger brothers.
6. The Father’s mission is steadfast: find the lost.
7. The Father’s mission includes finding elder brothers who are lost and then using them to find and serve others.

Final question: will we be the church of the elder brother or the church of the loving father?

Luke 18:14

Parables | Week 4 | The Rebellious Son

Posted on Oct 04 at 08:55am

October 4, 2015 | Sermon Scripture

Luke 15:11-24

Parables | Week 3 | The Unjust Steward

Posted on Sep 27 at 08:49am

September 27, 2015 | Sermon Notes

Luke 16:1-13

Illustration on wasteful spending

More than a quarter of Jesus’ parables deal with finances and money directly.

Luke 16:1-2

1. God gives us great authority over His money and possessions – with this freedom comes great opportunity.
2. Our authority ends then meets accountability.

This principle is critical. In the day the steward stands before his Master and Maker, it will not matter how many people on earth knew his name, how many called him great, and how many considered him a fool. It will not matter whether schools and hospitals were named after him, whether his estate was large or small, whether his funeral drew ten thousand or not a one. It will not matter what the newspapers or history books said or didn’t say. What will matter is one thing and one thing only—what his Master thinks of him. – Randy Alcorn

Luke 16:3-8.

The master commends him for his responsibility in business and his preparation for the future.

Luke 16:9

3. Jesus calls on followers to use money wisely with eternity in mind.

Luke 16:10-11

4. How does Jesus determine if we’re wasteful or wise?

a. It’s not a matter of how much we have, but what we do with what we have.

Taylors Giving, 2 years ago | 1/1/2013 – 9/30/2013

57% of giving units contributed.

43% gave nothing

Taylors Giving, today | 1/1/2015 – 9/20/2015

62% of giving units contributed.

37% gave nothing

Through last Sunday (Sept. 20) our undesignated giving was $225,677 or 5.4% under the same 38 week period of 2014.

Through August, we have a deficit of $107,195 in meaning our receipts are short of expenses by this amount.

b. Jesus sees money as a tool for people and eternal impact.

1) Provide for family.

2) Provide for your spiritual community.

3) Provide for those in need.

4) Provide for kingdom expansion.

c. There is no fence-sitting: you cannot serve God and yourself.

Parables | Week 2 | The Persistent Widow

Posted on Sep 20 at 10:36am

September 20, 2015 | Sermon Notes

Luke 18:1-8

Jesus speaks to his followers about the desperation we often face when waiting for God to move.  

1. Persistent prayers express a desperate need.
2. Persistent prayers declare our utter dependency on God.
3. Persistent prayers position us to be heard and to grow in faith.