August 25, 2013 Sermon Notes

Posted on Aug 25 at 03:35am

Marks of a Disciple // Connected to Christ

Trellis and Vine

Trellis and the Vine, by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne // 9Marks Review

What is the state of the Trellis and the Vine at Taylors?

What is the state of the Trellis and the Vine of your life?

John 15:1-11

Jesus: the Vine. // The Father: the Gardener. // Believers: the branches.

New model for the disciples: Jesus, instead of Israel, is the means of bringing glory to God and blessing to all people.

Fruit: His life produced in us, and his life produced in others through us.

1. Recognize the work of the Father.

a. Takes away branches that are unproductive and lifeless. (John 15:2, John 15:6)

b. Prunes branches in order to bring about healthy growth and fruit. (John 15:2)

Pruning can be painful but is necessary if we desire to be like Jesus.

How do we respond to pruning?

1) anger – upset we don’t get our way;

2) pity – despair and overwhelmed when we don’t get our way.

2. Remain in Christ

John 15:4-5

Nothing of eternal significance happens without remaining in Christ.

a. Time

b. Transformation

Quote: “Worry is dealing with tomorrow’s problems on today’s pasture” – Jewish thought via Ray Vander-Laan.

c. Practice

The reason we obey is not because we desire to be good, but because we are moved by the love and obedience of Christ. (John 15:9-10)

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.

July 28, 2013 Sermon Notes

Posted on Jul 28 at 06:01am

psalms // psalm 27

July 28, 2013 SERMON NOTES

Psalm 27:1-14

Traditional: Chris Causey

1. The Black Box of Faith

a. Many of us are unaware of the inner workings of Holy Confidence so we are unable to effectively grow in difficult times

b. Psalm 27 gives a look into the inner workings of Holy Confidence regardless of our circumstances

2. Holy Confidence: Snapshot of a Duck Swimming

a. Holy Confidence up top is because of the persistence of two practices underneath

i. Remembering God’s faithfulness in the past (Verses 1-6)

ii. Faithfulness to God in the present in spite of circumstances and emotions

1. Faithfulness in prayer

2. Faithfulness in obedience

b. These two practices allow us to practice a Holy Confidence regardless of the circumstances

3. Waiting in Holy Confidence

a. Waiting strips our allusion of control we have in our life but is an excellent incubator of faith

b. Holy Confidence in waiting isn’t dependent on the circumstances but on the Character of God

Contemporary: Doug Mize

1. Our Stronghold is NOT our “Stronghold to Victory.” He is our “Stronghold of Victory.”

2. Our Stronghold has proven His Faithfulness in days past. So, bring it to remembrance.”

3. Our Stronghold Deserves our #1 Worship Position…does he have it?

4. Our Stronghold is a Rescuer, and relates to our fear through Christ the Rescuer.

Modern: Jason Hodges

1. They Trust in God

2. They Long for God

What David Longed For

1. To be in God’s presence

2. To see God’s beauty

3. To inquire of Him

3. They Seek God’s Face

4. They Wait For Him

“Wait at his door with prayer; wait at his foot with humility; wait at his table with service; wait at his window with expectancy.” – Spurgeon

Pray and wait for His answer. Humble yourself before Him and He will exalt you. Serve Him with great joy. Wait for His arrival.

Refusing to wait

1. Shows a lack of trust

2. Shows an attempt to deliver yourself


1. Says, “God, I trust you.”

2. Says, “God, you are my deliverer.”

July 21, 2013 Sermon Notes

Posted on Jul 21 at 03:10am

psalms // psalm 23

July 21, 2013 SERMON NOTES

Psalm 23:1-6

1. The Shepherd guides us toward contentment (Psalm 23:1-3).

Four requirements for rest for sheep. (via Phillip Keller, A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23)

1) Free from fear.

2) Free from conflict.

3) Free from pests like flies or parasites.

4) Free from hunger.

VIDEO: Ray VanderLaan, green pastures.

2. The Shepherd guards us through danger (Psalm 23:4).

PICTURES of Tightrope Walker

3. The Dinner Host pursues us with His great love (Psalm 23:5-6).

July 14, 2013 Sermon Notes

Posted on Jul 14 at 06:04am

psalms // psalm 2

July 14, 2013 SERMON NOTES

Psalm 2:1-12

1. While fears are real, they are no more than empty threats (Psalms 2:1-3).

Acts 4:24-31

2. God establishes the reign of His Son for his people (Psalms 2:4-6). 

3. The Son’s authority causes us to see our fears differently (Psalms 2:7-9).

4. Our fears are calmed through obedience to the Son (Psalms 2:10-12).

July 7, 2013 Sermon Notes

Posted on Jul 07 at 05:10am

psalms // psalm 1

July 7, 2013 SERMON NOTES

Introduction to the Book of Psalms

Aim of the book of Psalms: The psalms are no longer just songs to be sung in worship or even heartfelt prayers with which we resonate emotionally in our own heart. Even more, they are a source of God’s word to us — a word that must be considered carefully and incorporated daily into the very fabric of our lives.

Gerald Wilson, NIV Application Commentary, Psalms, Vol. 1., 2002

Psalm 1:1-6

1. Different Allegiances (Psalm 1:1-2)

A. The allegiance of the ungodly: themselves.

A Warning:

i. Realize our own sinfulness. Just how narrow is the line that separates us from immersing ourselves in sinfulness

ii. Remember our godliness is a display of God’s grace to us and good news to others.

B. The allegiance of the godly: God’s Word: Deuteronomy 6:6-9

2. Different Results (Psalm 1:3-4)

A. Fruitful: Jeremiah 17:7-8

Gerald Wilson writes that it’s this Word of God that invites “God’s healing, revealing, confronting, forgiving love to penetrate the darkest corners of our secret places …”

B. Worthless

3. Different Endings (Psalm 1:5-6)

A. Eternal Separation from God and his community.

B. The security, joy and intimacy of God forever.

June 30, 2013 Sermon Notes

Posted on Jun 30 at 06:14am



Interview with Travis Kerns // Send>North America: Salt Lake City City Coordinator 

Genesis 47:27-31

Principles of a godly legacy

1. Revisit God’s personal call to use you for His eternal purposes.

The voices that lie to us and destroy our legacy:

1. I’ve messed up, missed out and it’s too late.

2. The responsibility isn’t mine.

3. I’ve earned the right to enjoy life and its pleasures.

4. It’s no use with the problems in culture, my family.

5. I’m disappointed and angry and bitter.

Dennis Rainey, Stepping Up: A Call to Courageous Manhood (2011), 181.

2. Recognize that our legacy begins right behind us but extends well beyond us.

3. The greatest legacy: to reveal the name of God to those who don’t know it.

June 23, 2013 Sermon Notes

Posted on Jun 23 at 03:02am

Joseph: Dream to Destiny // Revealed

June 23, 2013 Sermon Notes

Genesis 45:1-5

1. God’s plans go beyond what we can see.

2. God’s provision is sufficient for his plans.

3. God’s presence is vital for our next steps.

June 16, 2013 Sermon Notes

Posted on Jun 16 at 06:26am

Joseph: Dream to Destiny // forgiven

June 16, 2013 Sermon Notes

Genesis 44:14-16

“That elephant is not chained to the stake; he’s chained to the idea that he can never get away. That’s a how a ten-pound stake can hold down a two-ton elephant.” – Steve Farrar, Finishing Strong

1. Grace is God’s response to our guilt.

2. Repentance is our response to God’s grace. Repentance: a change of heart, mind, behavior and actions.

What does repentance look like?

A. Sacrifice for others, not self-centeredness.

B. Honesty, not excuses.

C. Seize the second chance, no repeats.

D. The end result: healing and life-change.

June 2, 2013 Sermon Notes

Posted on Jun 03 at 12:00am

Joseph: Dream to Destiny // forgiver

June 2, 2013 Sermon Notes

1. Forgiveness is not always comfortable or convenient.

2. Forgiveness fights the natural impulse to make others pay a price.

3. Forgiveness extends grace as far as we can in order for others to encounter God.

4. Forgiveness heals and deepens relationships, it just doesn’t “bury the hatchet.”

5. Forgiveness views God’s will and design as the center of all things.

6. Forgiveness imitates for others what Christ has done for us. (Eph. 4:32)

May 26, 2013 Sermon Notes

Posted on May 28 at 07:08am

Joseph: Dream to Destiny // Raised

May 26, 2013 Sermon Notes

1. God works through people who are dependent upon Him alone. Genesis 41:15-36

2. God is recognized through dependent people. Genesis 41:37-39

3. God rescues others through dependent people. Genesis 41:40-57