Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 1/14/2018

Sunday’s message from the Ten Miracles of Jesus series was called Calling Sinners, taken from Matthew 9:9-13. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Jesus calls sinners (9)
   A. Jesus calls you as you are
      – Romans 5:8
   B. Jesus calls you to follow him
      – Ephesians 4:22-24

II. Jesus associated with sinners (10-11)
   A. Don’t avoid those who need Christ
      – 1 Corinthians 5:9-10
   B. Be prepared to receive criticism
      – Galatians 1:10

III. Jesus came to help sinners (12-13)
   A. It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick
      – Ezekiel 34:15-16
   B. God desires mercy, not sacrifice
      – Hosea 6:6; Matthew 23:23; Ephesians 4:32
   C. Jesus did not come to call the righteous, but sinners
      – Romans 3:10,23; 1 Timothy 1:15

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 1/7/2018

Sunday’s message from the Ten Miracles of Jesus series was called Power over Sin, taken from Matthew 9:1-8. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Your greatest need is for forgiveness (1-2)
   A. Jesus provided forgiveness first rather than healing
      – Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:4-5
   B. We are powerless to save ourselves (as signified by the paralytic)
      – Romans 5:6; Ephesians 2:1
   C. We are saved by grace through faith alone
      – Ephesians 2:8-9

II. Jesus has the authority to forgive sin (3-7)
   A. Only God can forgive sin
      – Psalm 32:1-2, 51:4
   B. Jesus demonstrated his authority to forgive by healing the paralytic
      – Matthew 9:6

III. God’s forgiveness of our sins through Jesus should fill us with awe and praise (8)
   A. The crowd was filled with awe at the healing of the paralytic
   B. The crowd praised God for giving such authority to Jesus
   C. We should be filled with even greater awe and praise for Jesus’ authority to forgive sin – Psalm 130:4; Rom 3:25-26

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Five Candles at Christmas

Here are the links to all five messages in the Five Candles at Christmas series exploring the various themes of Christmas represented by the five candles of the Advent Wreath. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and may God bless you richly in the New Year.

Five Candles at Christmas (An Advent Wreath Sermon Series)
1. The Advent Candle of Hope – Matthew 1:22-23
2. The Advent Candle of Peace – Luke 2:13-14
3. The Advent Candle of Joy – Luke 2:8-12
4. The Advent Candle of Love – Matthew 1:18-21
5. The Christ Candle – Luke 2:1-7
 
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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 12/24/2017

Sunday was the fourth message in the Five Candles at Christmas series exploring the various themes of Christmas represented by the five candles of the Advent Wreath. The message was called The Advent Candle of Love, taken from Matthew 1:18-21. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Joseph’s love for Mary
   – Matthew 1:18-19
 
 
II. Mary’s love for Jesus
   – Luke 2:6-7, 19, 34-35
 
 
III. God’s love for sinners
   – Matthew 1:21; John 3:16-17; Romans 8:38-39
 
 
IV. Our love for one another
   – 1 John 4:10-11
 
 
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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 12/17/2017

Sunday was the third message in the Five Candles at Christmas series exploring the various themes of Christmas represented by the five candles of the Advent Wreath. The message was called The Advent Candle of Joy, taken from Luke 2:8-12. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Jesus brings the joy of salvation
   – Psalm 51:12; Isaiah 12:3; Matthew 2:9-10; Luke 1:39-45
 
 
II. Joy leads to proclamation
   – Luke 2:8-12, 15-18
 
 
III. Joy leads to praise
   – Luke 1:46-49, 2:20
 
 
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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 12/10/2017

Sunday was the second message in the Five Candles at Christmas series exploring the various themes of Christmas represented by the five candles of the Advent Wreath. The message was called The Advent Candle of Peace, taken from Luke 2:13-14. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Jesus brings peace with God
   – Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 1:21; Luke 1:26-30, 76-79; Romans 5:1
 
 
II. Jesus brings peace with self
   – Luke 2:28-31; John 14:27; Philippians 4:6-7
 
 
III. Jesus brings peace with others
   – Matthew 1:20; Ephesians 2:14; Colossians 3:15
 
 
IV. Jesus will bring peace on earth
   – Isaiah 2:4, 9:6-7, 11:6-9; Luke 2:13-14; Colossians 1:19-20
 
 
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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 12/3/2017

Sunday was the first message from the Five Candles at Christmas series exploring the various themes of Christmas represented by the five candles of the Advent Wreath. The message was called The Advent Candle of Hope, taken from Matthew 1:22-23. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Hope in Christ gets you through the waiting
  – Genesis 2:16,17, 3:15, 12:2-3; Isaiah 7:14
 
 
II. Hope in Christ helps you go the distance
  – Numbers 24:17; Isaiah 60:3; Matthew 2:1-2, 28:19; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
 
 
III. Hope in Christ does not disappoint
  – Matthew 1:22-23; Luke 2:5-7, 25-32, 36-38; Romans 5:5, 8:23-25, 10:11
 
 
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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 11/19/2017

Sunday was a message about thanksgiving called More Than a Thankful Heart, taken from Psalm 35:18. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. The presence of your testimony
   – Job 13:15; Matthew 12:34; Colossians 2:7; James 1:17

II. The purpose of your testimony
   A. Your testimony affirms the truth for yourself
      – Romans 10:9; Acts 16:31
   B. Your testimony encourages others
      – Romans 1:8, 12:15; 2 Corinthians 1:4; 3 John 4
   C. Your testimony brings glory to God
      – Psalm 35:18

III. The power of your testimony
   – Psalm 105:1-3; Romans 1:16; 1 Thessalonians 1:9; 2 Thessalonians 1:10; 2 Timothy 1:8

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 11/5/2017

Sunday’s message from the Ten Miracles of Jesus series was called Power over Satan, taken from Matthew 8:28-34. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Jesus confronts Satan (28-29)
   A. Satan comes to steal and destroy
      – John 10:10
   B. Satan knows Jesus is God
      – James 2:19
   C. Satan knows his time is short
      – 1 John 3:8; Jude 6; Revelation 12:12

II. Jesus overpowers Satan (30-32)
   A. Satan has no power over Christ
      – John 14:30-31
   B. Satan must obey Jesus’ commands
      – James 4:7-8
   C. Satan’s doom is sure
      – Colossians 2:15; Revelation 20:10

III. Satan still works to deceive (33-34)
   A. The whole world is under Satan’s control
      – 2 Corinthians 4:4; 1 John 5:19
   B. Jesus has come and has given us understanding
      – 1 John 5:20

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 10/29/2017

Sunday’s message from the Ten Miracles of Jesus series was called Power over Nature, taken from Matthew 8:23-27. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Jesus is completely unthreatened (23-25)
   A. Nothing catches him by surprise
   B. Nothing causes him worry or stress
   C. We may panic or fear, but Jesus remains unafraid
      – Psalm 91:1-2

II. Jesus will take care of you (26)
   A. Faith is incompatible with fear
      – Matthew 6:30, 8:10; 1 Peter 1:7
   B. Jesus can rescue you from the storm
      – Mark 4:39; Philippians 4:6-7

III. Jesus is fully God, fully man (27)
   A. Jesus is much more than a man
   B. Jesus has all authority in heaven and earth

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 10/22/2017

Sunday’s message from the Ten Miracles of Jesus series was called The Cost of Following Jesus, taken from Matthew 8:18-23. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. The cost of following Jesus’ commands (18)
   A. Do what Jesus tells you to do
   B. Go where Jesus tells you to go

II. The cost of putting Christ first
   A. Put Christ before personal comfort (19-20)
      – Daniel 7:13-14; Luke 22:33; John 19:30
   B. Put Christ before personal relationships (21-22)
      – Exodus 20:3; Leviticus 21:1-5; 1 Kings 19:20; Luke 9:60

III. The cost of following through on your commitment (23)
   A. The moment of truth
   B. Actions speak louder

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 10/15/2017

Sunday’s message from the Ten Miracles of Jesus series was called Carrying Our Diseases, taken from Matthew 8:14-17. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law (14-15)
   A. Jesus cares for the individual and the outsider
   B. Jesus saves so that we may serve (Ephesians 2:8-10)

II. Jesus heals many (16)
   A. Jesus is unlimited in his healing power
   B. Difference between illness and evil spirits

III. Jesus heals in fulfillment of prophecy (17)
   A. Healing is a sign of God’s kingdom
      – Matthew 4:23
   B. Jesus’ healing ministry was prophesied by Isaiah
      – Isaiah 53:4-6
   C. Difference between sickness and sin, between healing and forgiveness
      1) Jesus bore our sins on the cross, not our sicknesses
         – 1 Peter 2:24
      2) Healing is a result or benefit of the atonement
         – Psalm 103:2-3
      3) Forgiveness is guaranteed now; healing is guaranteed later
         – 1 John 1:9; Romans 8:18-24; 2 Corinthians 12:9; Revelation 21:4
   D. Two mistakes to avoid – 1) Jesus never heals; 2) Jesus always heals

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