Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 9/23/2018

Sunday was the third message in the Challenge and Power of One series. The message was called Friendship for Christ, taken from 1 Thessalonians 2:8. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Develop a genuine friendship (1 Thessalonians 2:8)
   A. Two extremes to avoid
      – friendship with no evangelism
      – evangelism with no friendship
   B. The marks of genuine friendship
      – love, loyalty, sharing, fun, sacrifice, encouragement, stimulation, spiritual challenge
   C. People who come to faith gradually
      – 69% of respondents described their coming to faith as gradual rather than as the result of a sudden decision

II. Pray for your friend (Acts 16:14)
   A. Pray for the various needs in their life
   B. Pray for spiritual interest
   C. Pray for their salvation

III. Share Christ naturally as God gives you opportunity
   A. Be wise in looking for opportunities (Prov 11:30; Col 4:5)
   B. Be ready when God brings the opportunities along (1 Pet 3:15)
      – share what you know and keep on learning
      – share the gospel (Jesus; cross; death; resurrection; forgiveness)
      – share with gentleness and respect

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 9/16/2018

Sunday was the second message in the new Challenge and Power of One series. The message was called Service, taken from Ephesians 4:7-13. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Jesus came to serve, not to be served (Mark 10:45)
   A. He set aside his rights as God (Philippians 2:5-7)
   B. He set an example for us to follow (John 13:5-15)

II. God has given you gifts for service (Ephesians 4:7-13)
   A. God has given each one of us gifts for service (Eph 4:7)
   B. God gave pastors to prepare God’s people for works of service (Eph 4:12)

III. Everyone needs to do their part (Ephesians 4:16)
   A. So that the church can fulfill its potential
   B. So that people don’t get burned out

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 9/9/2018

Sunday was the first message in the new Challenge and Power of One series. The message was called Weekly Worship, taken from Ephesians 4:16. Here is a brief outline of the message:

“From Christ the whole body … grows and builds itself up in love as each part does its work.” (Ephesians 4:16)

I. You can and should worship God anywhere and everywhere
   A. God cannot be contained
      – 1 Kings 8:13,27
   B. We must worship God in spirit and in truth
      – John 4:19-24

II. You should also worship God together with your church family
   A. Jesus did not just die for people, but for “a people,” his church
      – Ephesians 5:25; Titus 2:13; Revelation 5:9
   B. The church is called to worship God together
      – Hebrews 10:25; 1 Peter 2:9-10; Revelation 7:9-12
      – Psalms 22:25, 26:12, 35:18, 107:32, 111:1; 149:1
   C. God calls you to a weekly rhythm of worship and rest
      – Genesis 2:2-3; Isaiah 40:28

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 9/2/2018

Sunday’s message was called Rest for Your Soul, taken from Psalm 62. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. God’s nature is such that we find rest in him (1-2, 11-12)
   A. Think worthy thoughts of God
      – Matthew 11:28-30; John 3:17
   B. Receive God’s salvation by faith
      – Ephesians 2:8-9
   C. Understand God’s power to protect and preserve
      – Psalm 38:16; Isaiah 40:20, 41:17

II. You cannot find true rest apart from God
   A. Repetition of the word “alone” (vv. 1,2,5,6)
   B. Three things that will not bring you rest for your soul
      1) Trusting in self (v. 3)
      2) Trusting in other people (vv. 4, 9)
      3) Trusting in power or wealth v. 10)
   C. The structure of the Psalm (“chiasm”)
      – God / man / God / man / God  (1-2 / 3-4 / 5-8 / 9-10 / 11-12)

III. Knowing these truths is not enough – you must continually apply yourself to finding your true rest in God alone (5-12)
   A. Claim God’s promises for yourself (5-6)
   B. Place your honor in God’s hands (7)
   C. Trust in God at all times (8a)
   D. Pour out your heart to the Lord (8b)
   E. Rely on God’s Word (11)
   F. Look forward to your eternal rest (12)

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 8/26/2018

Sunday’s message was called Encouraged by the Holy Spirit, taken from Acts 9:31. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. The Holy Spirit is a Person
   – examples of personal encouragement
      – Jonathan and David (1 Samuel 23:16)
      – Barnabas (Acts 4:36, 11:22-26)

II. What does it mean to be encouraged by the Holy Spirit?
   A. The Holy Spirit comes alongside you to help (John 14:16)
   B. The Holy Spirit dwells within you (John 14:17)
   C. The Holy Spirit will never leave you (John 14:16)

III. How does the Holy Spirit encourage you?
   A. He teaches you God’s truth (John 14:26)
   B. He gives you God’s peace (John 14:27)
   C. He fills you with God’s love (Romans 5:5)
   D. He assures you that God is your Father (Romans 8:15-17)
   E. He gives gifts of encouragement (Romans 12:8)

IV. What are the results? (Acts 9:31)
   A. We are strengthened in the Lord
   B. We draw closer to God
   C. We reach out to others

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 7/22/2018

Sunday was the last message in the Samson: Strong Man Gone Wrong series. The message was called God’s Purposes Fulfilled, taken from Judges 16:23-31. Here is a brief outline of the message:

1) God will not allow his name to be mocked (23-24)
  – Psalm 96:4-5; Isaiah 48:11

2) God will not allow his people to be mocked (25-27)
  – Exodus 3:7-8; Psalm 17:8-9, 89:50-51

3) God will fulfill his purposes despite our sin and the enemy’s attacks (28-30)
  – Psalm 33:10-11, 138:8; Proverbs 13:15, 19:21

4) We all leave a legacy in life. What will be yours? (31)
  – Psalm 112:1,6; 2 Timothy 2:13; Hebrews 11:32-33

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 7/15/2018

Sunday’s message in the Samson: Strong Man Gone Wrong series was called Love Gone Wrong, taken from Judges 16:1-22. Here is a brief outline of the message:

Five ways love can go wrong:

1) Choosing lust over love (1-3)
   – 1 Corinthians 6:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 4:4-6

2) Falling in love with the wrong person (4-6)
   – Proverbs 31:10-12; 2 Timothy 2:22

3) Not learning from your mistakes (6-14)
   – Proverbs 22:3, 26:11

4) Putting other people before God (15-19)
   – Exodus 20:3; Matthew 10:37-39

5) Thinking God will ignore your sin (20-22)
   – Proverbs 29:1; Galatians 6:7-8

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When I See Evil in the World

 
When I was young and saw evil in the world, I said, “Judge them, O Lord.”

As I grew older, I learned to say, “Forgive them, O Lord.”

Now when I see evil in the world, I say, “Forgive me, O Lord.”
 
 

Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 7/1/2018

Sunday’s message in the Samson: Strong Man Gone Wrong series was called Vengeance Gone Wrong, taken from Judges 15. Here is a brief outline of the message:

1) Take responsibility for your own actions (1-3)
   – Psalm 51:3-4; Matthew 7:3-5

2) Pour your energy into doing something good (4-5)
   – Proverbs 14:22; Micah 2:1; Galatians 6:9-10

3) Don’t let things escalate (6-8)
   – Proverbs 15:1; Romans 12:17-18

4) Realize that your actions affect other people (9-13)
   – Joshua 7:1-5; Matthew 7:12; Romans 14:13,19

5) Vengeance will take you farther than you imagined (14-17)
   – Proverbs 4:14-15, 5:11-14, 14:12

6) Seek the Lord and his mercy (18-20)
   – Isaiah 55:6-7; John 7:37-38

7) Instead of vengeance:
   – Love your enemies; pray for those who persecute you (Matt 5:44)
   – Walk the extra mile; turn the other cheek (Matthew 5:38-42)
   – Leave it up to God to handle (Romans 12:19,21)

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 6/24/2018

Sunday’s message in the Samson: Strong Man Gone Wrong series was called Marriage Gone Wrong, taken from Judges 14. Here is a brief outline of the message:

Biblical principles for those getting married:

1) Marry another Christian (1-2)
   – Deut 7:3-4; 1 Cor 7:39; 2 Cor 6:14

2) Seek your parents’ blessing (3-4)
   – Deut 5:16; Judges 17:6, 21:25; Proverbs 1:8-9

3) Pay attention to God (5-6)
   – Hebrews 12:10-11; 1 Peter 5:8

4) Do things God’s way (7-9)
   – Proverbs 3:5-6, 4:25-27

5) Beware of pride (10-14)
   – Proverbs 16:18; James 4:6

6) Practice unity, love and respect (15-18)
   – Genesis 2:24; Ephesians 5:33

7) Beware of anger (19-20)
   – Proverbs 22:24, 29:11; James 1:19-20

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New Sermon Series on Samson

On Sunday we started a new sermon series called Samson: Strong Man Gone Wrong. Here is a list of the five messages in the series:

A Promising Beginning – Judges 13:1-25 (Samson’s birth)
Marriage Gone Wrong – Judges 14:1-20 (Samson’s marriage)
Vengeance Gone Wrong – Judges 15:1-20 (Samson and the Philistines)
Love Gone Wrong – Judges 16:1-22 (Samson and Delilah)
God’s Purposes Fulfilled – Judges 16:23-31 (Samson’s death)

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 6/10/2018

Sunday’s message in the Hot Button Topics series was called Transgender: Caring for those who experience issues with gender identity, taken from Genesis 1:26-27. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Understanding transgenderism
   A. Understanding the terms
      – gender/sex; male/female; man/woman
      – gender identity; gender dysphoria
      – transgender; transsexual; intersex
   B. Understanding the issues
      – medical issues
      – cultural issues
      – political issues

II. What does the Bible say?
   A. God created us male and female
      – Genesis 1:26-27, 2:23; Deuteronomy 22:5; Matthew 19:4,11-12
   B. God’s created order is distorted by the fall
      – Romans 8:20-21
   C. One day God will restore creation
      – Romans 8:22-25; Philippians 3:20-21
   D. Jesus offers you abundant life now
      – John 10:10; Romans 8:1

III. How should we respond?
   A. Listen – listen to those who struggle with gender identity
      – James 1:19
   B. Learn – learn more about the issues involved
      – Proverbs 18:13
   C. Love – accept the person; speak the truth; share the gospel; seek their good (Matthew 18:6, 22:39; John 8:31-32; Ephesians 4:15)

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