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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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 10/8/2017

Sunday’s message from the Ten Miracles of Jesus series was called Healing from a Distance, taken from Matthew 8:5-13. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. The centurion’s request (5-7)
   A. You can come to Jesus for help
   B. Jesus is willing and able to help you

II. The centurion’s authority (8-9)
   A. Know your place
      – Matthew 5:3
   B. Know Christ’s place
      – Matthew 28:18; Romans 13:1

III. The centurion’s faith (10-12)
   A. Faith pleases God
      – Hebrews 11:6
   B. Faith alone saves
      – Isaiah 49:12; Malachi 1:11; Romans 4:13-16; Ephesians 2:8-9

IV. The centurion’s reward (13)
   A. God works in response to faith
   B. Distance is no barrier with God
      – Matthew 15:21-28; Ephesians 2:13

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 10/1/2017

Sunday’s message was the first in the new Ten Miracles of Jesus series. The message was called Power to Make Clean, taken from Matthew 8:1-4. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Jesus has the power to make clean (Matthew 8:1-3)
   A. Large crowds follow Jesus down the mountain (1)
      – cf. Matthew 4:25, 5:1
   B. The leper submits himself to Jesus’ will (2)
      – Leviticus 13:45-46; Deuteronomy 24:8
   C. Jesus shows compassion and the ability to heal (3)

II. Jesus honored the law (Matthew 8:4)
   A. Jesus instructs the leper to go to the priest and offer a gift
      – Leviticus 14:1-32
   B. The ceremonial law had not yet been fulfilled (not until the cross)
   C. Jesus fulfilled the whole law of God (Matthew 5:17)

III. Jesus has the power to make us clean from sin
   A. Jesus gave himself up for the church to make her holy
      – Ephesians 5:25-27
   B. The blood of Jesus purifies us from all sin
      – 1 John 1:5-9
   C. Nothing impure will ever enter the gates of heaven
      – Revelation 21:27

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God and Natural Disasters (Hurricane Irma)

I preached yesterday on God and Natural Disasters following Hurricane Irma here in South Florida. You can click here to listen to the message: God and Natural Disasters (audio) or click here to read it: God and Natural Disasters (transcript). Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Natural disasters are not natural
   A. God created the world good
      – Genesis 1:31
   B. Sin affected the natural world around us
      – Genesis 3:17-19

II. Natural disasters are part of God’s judgment for sin
   A. They are part of God’s general judgment for sin
      – Psalm 148:8; Romans 8:20-22
   B. We should not presume to know whether they are God’s judgment for specific sin
      – Luke 13:1-5

III. Natural disasters are meant to turn you to God
   A. They are a reminder that this world is passing away
      – 1 John 2:15-17
   B. They are a warning of the judgment to come
      – Proverbs 10:25; Matthew 24:6-8
   C. They are an occasion to put your trust in God
      – Ezekiel 33:11; Nahum 1:7; Romans 8:37-39
   D. They are an opportunity to show God’s love to others
      – 1 John 3:16-18
   E. They help you remember what’s really important in life
      – Matthew 6:19-20, 33

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 9/3/2017

Sunday was the last message in our Real Answers about Heaven series. The message was called Living for Heaven Now, taken from 1 Corinthians 15:58. Here is a brief outline of the message:

What does the Bible mean by living for heaven now?

1) New affections (1 John 2:15-17)

2) New direction and focus (Colossians 3:1-2)

3) New priorities (Matthew 6:19-21)

4) New commitment to holiness (2 Peter 3:10-13)

5) New commitment to service and witness (1 Corinthians 15:58)

6) New perseverance through trials (Romans 8:18; 2 Cor 4:16-18)

7) New hope (Philippians 3:20; Titus 2:11-14)

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 8/27/2017

Sunday’s message in our Real Answers about Heaven series was called Your Eternal Home, taken from Revelation 21-22. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Location, location, location
   A. The earth will be renewed (2 Peter 3:10-13)
   B. Heaven will come down to earth (Revelation 3:12, 21:2)

II. A house, a city, a country, a world
   A. The Father’s house (John 14:2)
   B. The New Jerusalem (Hebrews 12:22; Revelation 21:2)
   C. A better country (Isaiah 65:21,25; Hebrews 11:13-16)
   D. New heavens and a new earth (Isaiah 65:17; Revelation 21:1)

III. A place of absolute beauty, safety and perfection (Revelation 21-22)
   A. Brilliant and shining (Revelation 21:9-11)
   B. Great wall with twelve gates (Revelation 21:12-14)
   C. Laid out like a large cube (Revelation 21:15-17)
   D. Made of precious jewels (Revelation 21:18-21)
   E. Filled with the glory and presence of God (Revelation 21:22-27)
   F. The river and tree of life (Revelation 22:1-2)
   G. You will see the face of God (Revelation 22:3-6)

IV. Your eternal home
   A. Never ending (Isaiah 66:22)
   B. Truly home at last (Psalm 23:6)

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 7/23/2017

Sunday’s message in our Real Answers about Heaven series was called What Will We Do in Heaven?, taken from Revelation 22:1-5. Here is a brief outline of the message:

1) We will worship (Revelation 5:11-14, 7:9-10)

2) We will fellowship (Hebrews 12:22-23)

3) We will serve (Ephesians 2:10; Revelation 7:15, 22:3)

4) We will work (Isaiah 65:21-23; Revelation 22:3)

5) We will rest (Isaiah 57:2; Revelation 14:13)

6) We will rule (Genesis 1:28; Matthew 25:21; Rev 3:21, 5:10, 22:4-5)

7) We will not …
   – We will not be bored (Psalm 16:11; Isaiah 65:17-18)
   – We will not hurt or be hurt (Isaiah 65:25; Revelation 21:4)
   – We will not hunger or thirst (Revelation 7:16-17)
   – We will not mourn or cry (Isaiah 65:19; Rev 7:17, 21:4)
   – We will not sin or die (Isaiah 65:20; Hebrews 12:23; Rev 21:4)

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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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