Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 7/16/2017

Sunday’s message in our Real Answers about Heaven series was called Judgment and Eternal Rewards, taken from 2 Corinthians 5:10. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. What will happen on the Day of Judgment?
   A. Everyone will appear before the Lord for judgment
      – Romans 14:12; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 20:11-15
   B. God will judge your salvation according to your faith in Christ
      – Ephesians 2:8-10; Revelation 21:27
   C. God will judge your works according to what you have done
      – 2 Corinthians 5:10; Ephesians 6:8; Revelation 22:12

II. What kinds of rewards will God give his people?
   A. The difference between your inheritance and your rewards
      – Romans 8:16-17; Colossians 3:24; 1 Peter 1:3-5
   B. Your rewards in heaven will correspond to your deeds on earth
      – 1 Corinthians 3:10-14; Revelation 14:13
   C. Five different crowns mentioned in the Bible:
      1) the crown of victory – for those who practice self-discipline
         (1 Corinthians 9:25)
      2) the crown of rejoicing – for those who lead others to Christ
         (1 Thessalonians 2:19-20)
      3) the crown of righteousness – for those who long for Christ’s appearing
         (2 Timothy 4:8)
      4) the crown of life – for those who persevere through trials and persecution
         (Matt 5:11-12; James 1:12; Revelation 2:10)
      5) the crown of glory – for those who faithfully shepherd God’s people
         (1 Peter 5:4)

III. What will we do with our rewards?
   A. We will receive them with gladness (Matthew 25:23)
   B. There will be no jealousy or pride (Rom 12:10; 1 Cor 12:26)
   C. We will give all the glory to God (Revelation 4:10-11)

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 7/9/2017

Sunday’s message in our Real Answers about Heaven series was called Family Reunion, taken from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. We will be reunited when Christ returns
   A. The dead in Christ will rise first
      – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-16
   B. Then we who are still alive will be caught up with them
      – 1 Thessalonians 4:17-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52

II. We will join with the whole family of God
   A. We will know and recognize each other
      – Matthew 8:11, 17:3; Luke 10:20; Philippians 3:21 (see Ecclesiastes 1:11)
   B. We will be reunited with our family members
      – 2 Samuel 12:23; Zechariah 8:5; Matthew 22:30
   C. We will all live in perfect harmony
      – Colossians 3:10-11; Hebrews 12:22-23

III. Christ will still be the main attraction!
   – 1 Thessalonians 4:17

Three applications:
1) Reconcile with others now – don’t wait for heaven (Matthew 5:23-24)
2) Grieve – but not like those who have no hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13)
3) Pray for your unsaved loved ones to come to Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:14)

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 6/25/2017

Sunday’s message in our Real Answers about Heaven series was called New Body Anyone?, taken from 1 Corinthians 15:42-44. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. When will you get your new body?
   A. When Christ returns
      – John 5:28-29; 1 Thessalonians 4:14
   B. The dead in Christ will rise first, then we who are still alive
      – 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17
   C. We will all be changed “in an instant”
      – 1 Corinthians 15:51-52

II. What will your new body be like?
   A. It will be the same body but different
      – Job 19:25-27; 1 Corinthians 15:35-37,42
   B. There will be four major differences (1 Corinthians 15:42-44)
      1) perishable > imperishable (John 11:25-26)
      2) dishonorable > glorious (Matthew 13:43)
      3) weak > powerful (Isaiah 40:31)
      4) natural > spiritual (Romans 8:10-11)
   C. Your new body will be like Jesus’ resurrection body
      – Philippians 3:20-21; 1 John 3:2-3

III. Why will we get new bodies?
   A. Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God
      – John 3:5-6; 1 Corinthians 15:50
   B. Our physical bodies are part of God’s good creation
      – Genesis 1:31; Romans 8:20-21
   C. Sin and death must be completely defeated
      – Romans 8:22-24; 1 Corinthians 15:53-57

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 6/18/2017

Sunday’s message in our Real Answers about Heaven series was called Present with Christ, taken from Philippians 1:23. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Jesus is in heaven right now
   A. Jesus ascended to heaven and sits at the right hand of God
      – Luke 24:51; Colossians 3:1; 1 Peter 3:22
   B. Jesus goes before you to prepare a place for you
      – John 14:1-2
   C. Jesus will take you to be with him so you may be where he is
      – John 14:3

II. When we die we go to be with Jesus
   A. To be absent from the body is to be present with Christ
      – Luke 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:6-8
   B. Our bodies sleep but our spirits are alive with Christ
      – Matthew 27:52; John 11:11-13; Acts 7:59; Hebrews 12:23
   C. Being present with Christ is better by far!
      – Philippians 1:21-24; Revelation 14:13

III. We still await the resurrection
   A. This first stage of heaven is temporary (intermediate state)
      – Revelation 6:9-11
   B. When Christ returns he will raise our bodies and bring us with him
      – 1 Thessalonians 4:14,16
   C. We will live with Christ forever in the new heaven and earth
      – Psalm 23:6; John 14:2-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:17

Application:
   1) confidence (2 Corinthians 5:6-8)
   2) hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13)
   3) comfort (1 Thessalonians 4:18)

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 6/4/2017

Sunday’s message in our Real Answers about Heaven series was called Foretastes of Heaven on Earth, taken from Revelation 21:1. Here is a brief outline of the message:

1) The Garden of Eden – a foretaste of paradise
   – Genesis 2:9-10, 22; Luke 23:43; Revelation 21:9, 22:1-2

2) The temple or tabernacle – a foretaste of God living with us
   – Hebrews 8:5, 9:24; John 1:14; Revelation 21:3, 16, 22

3) The church – a foretaste of worship and fellowship in heaven
   – Matthew 26:29; 1 Timothy 3:15; Hebrews 12:22-23; Rev 19:9

4) The Holy Spirit – a foretaste of your promised inheritance
   – Romans 8:16-17, 23; Ephesians 1:13-14

5) Healings and miracles – a foretaste of God’s coming kingdom
   – Matthew 4:23, 6:10; Luke 11:20; Hebrews 6:4-5; Rev 21:4

6) The old earth – a foretaste of the new earth
   – Isaiah 65:17; Habakkuk 2:14; Revelation 21:1

7) Your salvation – a foretaste of eternal life to come
   – John 5:24, 17:3; 1 John 5:11-12

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 5/28/2017

Sunday’s message was the second in our new Real Answers about Heaven series. The message was called Heaven in Your Heart, taken from Ecclesiastes 3:11. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. All people have a general knowledge of God (Romans 1:19-20)
   A. God has made plain to us what may be known about God
      – Romans 1:19
   B. God’s eternal power and divine nature are seen through creation
      – Psalm 19:1; Romans 1:20

II. God has set eternity in the hearts of men (Ecclesiastes 3:10-11)
   A. We know this world is not as it should be
      – Ecclesiastes 3:10; Romans 8:20-21
   B. We know that there must be more to this life
      – Ecclesiastes 3:11

III. God puts a longing for heaven within every believer’s heart
   A. Heaven is our true home
      – Philippians 3:20; Hebrews 11:13-16
   B. We who have the Holy Spirit groan along with creation as we wait for our final redemption
      – Romans 8:22-23; 2 Corinthians 5:17
   C. We hope for what we do not yet have, and so we wait for it patiently
      – Romans 8:24-25

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 5/21/2017

Sunday’s message was the first in the new Real Answers about Heaven series. The message was called The Dwelling Place of God, taken from Psalm 33:13-14. Here is a brief outline of the message:

Introduction: Only the Bible gives us trustworthy answers about heaven.
   – Deuteronomy 29:29; John 3:13; Revelation 21:5

I. Heaven is God’s house (Genesis 28:17; Psalm 23:6; John 14:2)
   A. Heaven is where God lives.
      – 1 Kings 8:30; Matthew 6:9; Hebrews 12:22; Rev 21:3
   B. God’s home reflects God’s character.
      1) Heaven is a place of beauty.
         – Psalm 27:4; 1 Corinthians 2:9; Revelation 21:2
      2) Heaven is a place of holiness.
         – Deuteronomy 26:15; Isaiah 57:15; Revelation 21:27
      3) Heaven is a place of love.
         – Isaiah 57:15; 1 Corinthians 13:13; 1 John 4:15-16
   C. God is central to heaven.
      – Psalm 73:25; Isaiah 6:1; Ezekiel 48:35

II. Heaven is where God’s throne is located
   A. God is worshiped on his throne in heaven.
      – Isaiah 6:1-3; Revelation 5:13-14 (all of Revelation 4-5!)
   B. God watches and rules over all the earth.
      – Psalm 11:4, 33:13-15; Daniel 4:26

III. Heaven is Jesus’ home
   A. Jesus came from heaven, and he returned to heaven.
      – John 6:38, 16:28; Hebrews 9:24
   B. Jesus is the only way for us to go to heaven.
      – John 14:6; Acts 4:12

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 5/14/2017

Sunday’s message was a Mother’s Day sermon from the Famous Mothers in the Bible series. The message was called Hagar – The Crying Mother, taken from Genesis 16 and 21. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. God sees you in your pain (Genesis 16:1-16)
   A. When you feel like you have no control over your life (1-3)
   B. When others mistreat you (4-6)
   C. God sees your pain and intervenes (16:7-16)
      – Psalm 34:15,18

II. God hears you in your distress (Genesis 21:8-21)
   A. When your children cause you distress (8-13)
   B. When your distress brings you to tears (14-16)
   C. God hears your crying and intervenes (17-21)
      – Psalm 116:1-2

III. God loves you and has a plan for you (Jeremiah 29:11)
   A. God knows the plans he has for you
      – Proverbs 3:5-6
   B. God will give you hope and a future
      – Romans 8:28

“God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain.” (Revelation 21:3-4)

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Easter, Death and Taxes

Sunday’s Easter message was called Easter, Death and Taxes. Here is a brief outline of the message:

The inevitability of death –
   1) Death began with Adam and Eve’s sin in the garden
      – Genesis 2:15-17, 5:5
   2) We all sin without exception
      – Psalm 51:5; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:23
   3) We all die because we all sin (physical/spiritual/eternal death)
      – Isaiah 59:2; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-2; 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9

The inevitability of taxes –
   1) God tells you to pay what you owe
      – Matthew 17:27, 22:21; Romans 13:7
   2) When it comes to sin we owe a debt we cannot pay
      – Psalm 49:7-9; Romans 3:20, 6:23; Galatians 2:21
   3) The day of accounting comes for us all
      – John 5:28-29; Revelation 20:11-15

The good news of Easter –
   1) Christ is risen!
      – Matthew 28:1-10
   2) Death is defeated!
      – John 11:25-27; 1 Corinthians 15:54-56
   3) The debt has been paid!
      – Romans 4:4-8, 6:23

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Man of Sorrows – A Good Friday Message

Last night for Good Friday service I shared a message on Jesus as the Man of Sorrows from Isaiah 53:1-6. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Jesus became a man – Christ’s incarnation (verses 1-2)
   – John 1:10; Philippians 2:6-7

II. Jesus became a man of sorrows – Christ’s sufferings (verses 3-4)
   – Matthew 8:20, 26:68; Hebrews 4:15

III. Jesus was pierced for our transgressions – Christ’s sacrifice for our sins (verses 5-6)
   – Matthew 27:46; John 3:16

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The Psalms of Ascent – Stepping Stones to God’s Heart

During the fifteen weeks from January 1 through Palm Sunday we studied the fifteen Psalms of Ascent on Sunday mornings in preparation for Easter. Here are the links to the audio, outlines and manuscripts for the various messages in the series.

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The Psalms of Ascent | Stepping Stones to God’s Heart | Psalms 120-134
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Sermon Manuscripts:
Psalm 120 – Praying in Times of Trouble
Psalm 121 – Trusting in God’s Providential Care
Psalm 122 – Gathering with God’s People
Psalm 123 – Looking to the Lord for Mercy
Psalm 124 – Depending on God
Psalm 125 – Safe and Secure
Psalm 126 – From Tears to Joy
Psalm 127 – Resting in God’s Blessing
Psalm 128 – Fearing the Lord
Psalm 129 – Persevering through Pain
Psalm 130 – Waiting in Hope
Psalm 131 – Humbled and Content
Psalm 132 – Believing God’s Promise
Psalm 133 – Living Together in Unity
Psalm 134 – Blessing and Blessed (Palm Sunday)
 
          

Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 3/26/2017

Our current message series is The Psalms of Ascent: Stepping Stones to God’s Heart. Sunday’s message was called Believing God’s Promise, taken from Psalm 132. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. David’s promise to God (1-9)
   A. David’s hardships (1)
      – 2 Samuel 6:1-11; Hebrew 6:10
   B. David’s promise to find a dwelling place for the Lord (2-5)
      – Genesis 28:16-22; 2 Samuel 7:1-2
   C. David’s fulfillment of his promise to God – the temple! (6-9)
      – Numbers 10:35-36; 2 Chronicles 6:41-42

II. God’s promise to David (10-12)
   A. God’s promise of the Messiah (10)
      – 2 Chronicles 6:42
   B. God’s promise to establish David’s throne (11-12)
      – 2 Samuel 7:11-13
   C. God’s fulfillment of his promise to David – Jesus!
      – Ephesians 3:20

III. God’s promise to us (13-18)
   A. God’s promise to dwell with his people (13-14)
      – Isaiah 66:1; Matthew 1:22-23; John 1:14
   B. God’s promise to bless us with his salvation (15-16)
      – 1 Peter 2:9-10
   C. God’s fulfillment of his promise to us – Christ’s reign in heaven! (17-18)
      – Revelation 21:1-4, 22-27

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