Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 8/21/2016

Sunday was the second message in our Living the Christ-Centered Life series through the book of Colossians. The message was called Thank God for the Gospel, taken from Colossians 1:3-8. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Thank God for the work of the gospel in fellow believers (3-6a)
   A. Thank God for other believers when you pray for them.
   B. Faith and love spring from the hope of the gospel.
      – Galatians 5:6; 1 John 3:14; 1 Peter 1:3-5
   C. Note: The gospel comes first. It is the “word of truth.” We must compare all other teachings to the gospel.

II. Thank God for the work of the gospel around the world (6b)
   A. The gospel is bearing fruit and growing all over the world.
      – see parable of the sower (Mark 4:8)
   B. The gospel bears fruit when people hear and understand God’s grace in all its truth.

III. Thank God for those who shared the gospel with you (7-8)
   A. Everyone learns the gospel from someone.
   B. Who will learn the gospel from you?

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 8/14/2016

Sunday we began a new message series through the book of Colossians called Living the Christ-Centered Life. The first message presented an overview of the book and explored the opening verses (Dear Colossians, taken from Colossians 1:1-2). Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. The city of Colosse – a small town by the river
 

II. The church at Colosse – threatened by false teaching
   A. Three major themes in the false teaching:
      1) dualism (creation; incarnation; asceticism)
      2) legalism (circumcision; holy days; Jewish ceremonies)
      3) mysticism (visions; worship of angels; secret wisdom)

   B. Three major doctrinal errors:
      1) weak Christology – denial of Christ’s person
      2) works-righteousness – denial of Christ’s work
      3) spiritual elitism – denial of Christ’s body, the church
 

III. Paul’s letter to the Colossians – Christ is central
   A. Major themes
      1) the person and work of Christ:
         – creator and sustainer of all things (1:15-17)
         – head of the church (1:18-19)
         – reconciler of all things (1:20-23)
         – source of all wisdom and knowledge (2:2-3)
         – fully human and fully divine (2:9)
         – deliverer from sin and evil (2:13-15)
         – fulfillment of the Jewish law (2:16-23)
      2) the new life of the believer:
         – new relationship with Christ (3:1)
         – new desires (3:2-4)
         – new practices (3:5-10)
         – new relationships with other believers (3:11-17)
         – new relationships at home (3:18-4:1)
         – new mission in the world (4:2-6)

   B. Paul’s introductory remarks (1:1-2)
      1) Paul’s authority (an apostle by the will of God)
      2) the church’s identity
         – holy and faithful (believers)
         – brothers and sisters (family)
         – in Christ (Christ is central)
      3) “Grace and peace to you from God our Father.”

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Christian Home Fixer Upper Messages

Here are the links to all the messages and outlines for the Christian Home Fixer Upper series. I pray God will use these messages to help you better understand God’s purpose and design for Christian home and family.

Christian Home Fixer Upper Series
(Click here for a PDF of all the sermon outlines for the series.)

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A Mother’s Nurture and Care – 1 Thessalonians 2:6-9 (Mother’s Day)
Biblical Foundations of Marriage – Genesis 2:18-25
Biblical Roles in Marriage – Ephesians 5:22-33
Single-Minded for Christ – Matthew 6:31-34
What’s a Kid to Do? – Ephesians 6:1-3
A Father’s Motivation – 1 Thessalonians 2:10-12 (Father’s Day)
Spiritual Mismatch – 2 Corinthians 6:14-16; 1 Corinthians 7:12-16; 1 Peter 3:1-2
Open Hearts, Open Homes – Romans 12:9-13
 

Christian Home Fixer Upper

New sermon series: Christian Home Fixer Upper

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Press Release: Congratulations! You have been selected for the next edition of Christian Home Fixer Upper! We invite you to join us Sunday mornings at Plantation Community Church as we explore what God teaches us in the Bible about marriage and family, couples and singles, husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, children and parents. The message series begins on Mother’s Day and will continue through Father’s Day.

The family is the basic foundation of society and the first institution God put into place after creation. God designed the family as a place for love and laughter, closeness and intimacy, learning and growth, nurture and protection. When working as God intended, a loving, healthy family is one of the greatest blessings we can enjoy in life. However, when the family breaks down, the very thing God designed for our good can bring about great pain and frustration instead.

Sadly, many families are in trouble today. Spouses stop communicating; children rebel against their parents; singles struggle with loneliness and God’s will for their lives. Infidelity, abuse, separation and divorce only add to the heartbreak and fuel the cycle of broken families in society. Christian families are not exempt, and many families even within our churches are crying out for help.

The breakdown of the family is no fault of God’s design but is a result of our own wrong choices in many areas. We need to look at God’s plan for the family once again and ask God to help us regain what we have lost. Strong, healthy families are essential to strong, healthy communities and churches.

God knows best how the family is supposed to work. He designed it! And when we follow his instructions as laid out for us in the Word of God, we can begin to know the family as the blessing God intended for us and our children.

We encourage you to come and share in this special series of messages with us. We pray that these messages will help heal hurting homes, strengthen already healthy homes, and build a strong foundation for our children’s future homes.

“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing.” (Psalm 68:5-6)

Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 5/1/2016

Sunday’s message was on Christ’s Ascension, taken from Luke 24:50-53. Click here for sermon manuscript. Click here for sermon audio/podcast. Here is a brief outline:

Five reasons why Christ’s ascension matters to us today:

1) Jesus returned to the Father (John 16:28, 20:17)
 
2) Jesus took his place on the throne (Daniel 7:13-14; Rev 3:21)
 
3) Jesus poured out the Holy Spirit (John 14:16, 16:7; Acts 2:33)
 
4) Jesus prays for us (Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1)
 
5) Jesus will come again (John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11)
 
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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 3/27/2016

Sunday’s Easter message was called The Good News of Easter!, taken from Mark 16:1-7,14-16. Here is a brief outline of the message:

1) Good news – Jesus rose from the dead!

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” (Mark 16:15)

2) Better news – Jesus rose from the dead for you!

“He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.” (Romans 4:25)

3) Best news – You can conquer death, too!

“If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.” (Romans 6:5)

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 3/20/2016

Sunday’s Palm Sunday message was called The Way Up Is Down, taken from James 4:10. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. The Top of the Mountain
   A. Financial security is not the top of the mountain.
   B. Worldly success is not the top of the mountain.
   C. Human relationships are not the top of the mountain.

II. The World’s Way Up
   A. The way up is “up”; the path of self-exaltation
      – pride in yourself
   B. The way up is “over”; the path of self-promotion
      – pride in comparison to other people
   C. The way up is “through”; the path of self-effort
      – pride in your accomplishments and abilities
   D. The way up is “around”; the path of self-preservation
      – the pride of entitlement

III. God’s Way Up
   A. The way up is “down”; the path of self-denial
   B. Humble yourself “before the Lord.”
   C. God will lift you up:
      The top of the mountain is peace and contentment in God.

Applications: see Romans 12:3; Psalm 75:6-7; Ephesians 2:8-9; Matthew 16:25; Philippians 2:8-11; James 4:10

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 3/13/2016

Sunday was the last message in The Rise and Fall of Saul series. The message was called Disobedience, Pride, Self-Deception, Rejection, taken from 1 Samuel 15:1-35. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Partial obedience is still disobedience (1-9)
   A. God’s commands are not always easy to obey (1-6)
      – Matthew 16:24
   B. God’s commands are to be fully obeyed (7-9)
      – Psalm 119:4-5

II. Pride goes before a fall (10-12) – Proverbs 16:18
   A. You grieve God when you sin (10-11)
      – Ephesians 4:30
   B. Pride and sin always go together (12)
      – Proverbs 8:13

III. Sin is deceptive (13-19)
   A. Don’t try to justify your sin (13-16)
      – Proverbs 16:2
   B. God’s kindness should prompt you to obedience (17-19)
      – Romans 2:4

IV. To obey is better than sacrifice (20-35)
   A. Rejecting God’s word is rebellion against God (20-23)
      – 1 Thessalonians 4:8
   B. The consequences for disobedience can be lasting and painful (24-35)
      – Galatians 6:7-8

A verse about you: “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” (James 4:10)

A verse about Jesus: “He humbled himself and became obedient to death … Therefore God exalted him to the highest place.” (Philippians 2:8-9)

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New American Commentary Sale on Kindle

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I don’t know how long this sale will last, but right now most of the New American Commentary volumes for Kindle are on sale for $2.99 each. That’s a great sale as the print versions are usually in the $25-$30 range. I own the whole set, and these are great books for Bible study and teaching preparation. You can check out the various volumes for sale here: New American Commentary Volumes on Kindle.

Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 3/6/2016

Sunday’s message in The Rise and Fall of Saul series was called Inconsistency, taken from 1 Samuel 14:24-52. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Making foolish decisions (24-35)
   A. Foolish – following your own instincts (24-30)
      – Proverbs 28:26
   B. Wise – following God’s word (31-35)
      – Proverbs 3:5-6

II. Wavering back and forth on decisions (36-46)
   A. Don’t make promises you can’t keep (36-39)
      – Genesis 2:17; Ecclesiastes 5:2,5
   B. Be willing to admit when you’re wrong (40-44)
      – Proverbs 28:13
   C. Don’t lose your trust with people (45)
      – 1 Corinthians 4:2
   D. Don’t become weary and give up (46)
      – Galatians 6:9

III. Man’s estimate vs. God’s estimate (47-52)
   A. How will people measure your life?
      – Luke 9:25
   B. How will God measure your life?
      – 1 Corinthians 4:4-5

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 2/28/2016

Sunday’s message in The Rise and Fall of Saul series was called Jonathan: Acting Boldly in Faith, taken from 1 Samuel 13:16-14:23. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Do not fight like the world fights (13:16-22)
   A. We fight a spiritual enemy (16-18)
      – Ephesians 6:12; 1 Peter 5:8
   B. We fight with spiritual weapons (19-22)
      – 1 Samuel 17:47; 2 Corinthians 10:3-4

II. Move forward with faith (13:23-14:14)
   A. The church should be on the offensive (13:23-14:3)
      – Matthew 16:18
   B. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving (14:4-7)
      – Proverbs 21:30; Daniel 3:17-18; Romans 8:31
   C. True faith results in action (14:8-14)
      – James 2:18

III. Victory comes from the Lord (14:15-23)
   A. The battle is not yours, but God’s (15-19)
      – 2 Chronicles 20:15
   B. Your faith will encourage others to trust God too (20-23)
      – 1 Thessalonians 3:7; 1 Timothy 4:12

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 2/21/2016

Sunday’s message in The Rise and Fall of Saul series was called Saul: Acting Foolishly out of Fear, taken from 1 Samuel 13:1-15. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. You will experience times of testing (1-4)
   A. Prepare yourself for battle (1-2)
      – Ephesians 6:10-11
   B. When you fight the enemy, the enemy fights back (3-4)
      – Ephesians 6:12

II. You will be tempted at times to give in to fear (5-10)
   A. Your problems may seem overwhelming (5)
      – 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
   B. Everyone around you may be responding in fear (6-7)
      – Proverbs 28:1
   C. God may not deliver you right away (8)
      – Psalm 31:14-15
   D. Fear can lead you to do the wrong thing (9-10)
      – Proverbs 29:25

III. It is foolish to let go of God and his Word in your time of need (11-15)
   A. Don’t try to justify your wrong actions (11-12)
      – Proverbs 21:2; Luke 16:15
   B. There may be long-term consequences (13-14)
      – Galatians 6:8
   C. You may need to start all over again (15)
      – Proverbs 24:16; Luke 22:31-32

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