Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 2/7/2016

Sunday’s message in The Rise and Fall of Saul series was called Used by God, taken from 1 Samuel 11:1-15. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Spiritual leaders care about people’s problems (1-6)
   A. They recognize that people need help (1-3)
      – Job 5:7; John 16:33
   B. They are willing to get involved (4-5)
      – Philippians 1:23-24
   C. They rely on the Holy Spirit (6)
      – Zechariah 4:6

II. Spiritual leaders take action (7-11)
   A. They rally people to action (7-8)
      – Ephesians 4:11-12
   B. They choose faith over fear (9a)
      – Joshua 1:9; 2 Timothy 1:7
   C. They encourage people with God’s promises (9b-10)
      – Joshua 23:14; Romans 15:4
   D. They use wise planning and strategy (11)
      – Romans 12:8; 1 Corinthians 12:28

III. Spiritual leaders bring people together (12-15)
   A. They keep people’s focus on the Lord (12-13)
      – Hebrews 12:1-2
   B. They earn the respect and support of the people (14-15)
      – 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 1/31/2016

Sunday’s message in The Rise and Fall of Saul series was called Rising to Leadership, taken from 1 Samuel 10:9-27. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Begin with the Holy Spirit (9-13)
   A. The Holy Spirit changes your heart (9)
      – Titus 3:5-6
   B. The Holy Spirit brings visible change (10-12)
      – Matthew 13:55; Galatians 5:22-23
   C. The Holy Spirit leads you to worship (13)
      – John 4:23-24

II. Let God do the promoting (14-24)
   A. Wait for God’s timing (14-16)
      – 1 Peter 5:6
   B. Trust God to open the right doors (17-21a)
      – Joshua 7:16-18; Psalm 75:6-7; Proverbs 16:33
   C. Humble yourself and let God lift you up (21b-24)
      – Luke 14:7-11

III. Serve an audience of one (25-27)
   A. Honor God and his word (25)
      – Deuteronomy 17:18-19
   B. Know that you will have supporters and detractors (26-27)
      – John 6:41-42; Galatians 1:10

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 1/24/2016

Sunday’s message in The Rise and Fall of Saul series was called Anointed for Service, taken from 1 Samuel 9:25-10:8. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Preparation for service (9:25-27)
   A. God prepares you for works of service (25-26)
      – Ephesians 2:10
   B. God calls you to works of service (27)
      – 1 Peter 4:10

II. Anointing for service (10:1-7)
   A. We are not called to serve God in our own strength (1)
      – Zechariah 4:6
   B. When God calls, he confirms (2-5)
      – John 15:5
   C. When God calls, he equips (6-7)
      – Acts 1:4-8; 1 Peter 4:11

III. Waiting for God’s instructions (10:8)
   A. Wait on the Lord in prayer (Psalm 27:14)
   B. Remain in God’s word (John 15:7)

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 1/17/2016

Sunday we began a new series on The Rise and Fall of Saul from the book of 1 Samuel. The message was called Looking for Donkeys, taken from 1 Samuel 9:1-24. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. God’s guiding hand (1-14) – Acts 17:24-28
   A. God is at work in your family background (1-2)
   B. God is at work in interruptions and setbacks (3-4)
   C. God is at work in the people he has placed around you (5-10)
   D. God is at work in the timing of events (11-14)

II. A peek behind the scenes (15-17) – Proverbs 16:9, 20:24
   A. God’s plan precedes your present circumstances (15)
   B. God’s plan is bigger than you (16)
   C. God will tell you what you need to know when you need to know it (17)

III. A divine appointment (18-24) – Jeremiah 29:11
   A. God’s plan is often different from yours (18-21)
   B. God’s plan is always better than yours (22-24)

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A Christmas Message from Proverbs

Ever read a Christmas message from the book of Proverbs? Now you can! (It’s short.)

Hope Deferred … A Longing Fulfilled (Proverbs 13:12)

Merry Christmas!

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 12/20/2015

Sunday was the final message from The Spirit of Christmas series where we are studying the role of the Holy Spirit at Christmas. This message was called The Spirit of Christmas Future, taken from Romans 8:18-25. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. The Holy Spirit was active at creation and the incarnation
   A. The Holy Spirit hovered over the waters (Genesis 1:1-3)
   B. The Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary (Luke 1:35)
   C. The Holy Spirit gives life to all (Genesis 2:7; Psalm 104:30; Ezekiel 37:1-14)

II. The Holy Spirit is active in the new creation (2 Cor 5:17)
   A. The Holy Spirit gives us new birth (John 3:5-6)
   B. The Holy Spirit brings us renewal of life (Titus 3:5)
   C. The Holy Spirit indwells the church (Ephesians 2:22)

III. The Holy Spirit will be active in re-creation
   A. The present creation is in bondage to decay
      – Romans 8:20-21
   B. The Spirit in us is a sign of the renewal to come
      – Romans 8:22-23
   C. The same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead will raise you
      – Romans 8:11
   D. God will reconcile all things to himself through Christ
      – Colossians 1:19-20
   E. God will live with us in the new heaven and earth
      – Revelation 21:1-4 (the ultimate fulfillment of Immanuel!)

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 12/13/2015

Sunday was the third message from The Spirit of Christmas series where we are studying the role of the Holy Spirit at Christmas. This message was called The Spirit of Christmas Present (2), taken from John 14:15-18,27. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Jesus came so the Holy Spirit could come.
   A. Jesus = “God with us” in the flesh
      – Matthew 1:23; John 1:1,14
   B. The Holy Spirit = “God with us” through the Spirit
      – John 14:16-18,23 16:7,28

II. What does the Holy Spirit do for you when he comes?
   A. The Holy Spirit gives you new life in Christ.
      – John 1:12-13, 3:5-8
   B. The Holy Spirit makes you part of the body of Christ.
      – 1 Corinthians 12:13
   C. The Holy Spirit assures you that you are a child of God.
      – Romans 8:15-16; Galatians 4:6
   D. The Holy Spirit helps you grow in Christ.
      – Ezekiel 36:27; Romans 8:9; Galatians 4:19, 5:22-23
   E. The Holy Spirit gives you supernatural peace from Christ.
      – Luke 2:14; John 14:27
   F. The Holy Spirit empowers you for witness and service.
      – Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-5,11
   G. The Holy Spirit guarantees your place in heaven.
      – Ephesians 1:13-14

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 12/6/2015

Sunday was the second message from The Spirit of Christmas series where we are studying the role of the Holy Spirit at Christmas. This message was called The Spirit of Christmas Present (1), taken from Luke 1:26-38. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. The miracle of the virgin birth
   A. Mary was an unmarried virgin when she conceived
      – Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:26-27,34
   B. Jesus was conceived through the Holy Spirit
      – Matthew 1:18,20; Luke 1:34-35

II. The significance of the virgin birth
   A. The sinlessness of Jesus – Jesus is the holy one
      – Luke 1:35; Romans 8:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21
   B. The incarnation – Jesus is fully God and fully man
      – Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:35; John 1:1,14

III. The significance for us
   A. Jesus came to be our Savior
      – 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Hebrews 2:14
   B. Nothing is impossible with God
      – Zechariah 4:6; Luke 1:37

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 11/29/2015

Last week we started a new message series called the The Spirit of Christmas where we are studying the role of the Holy Spirit at Christmas. The first message was called The Spirit of Christmas Past, taken from 1 Peter 1:10-12. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. The Spirit’s role in Old Testament prophecy
   A. Prophets spoke from God by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21)
   B. All Scripture is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20)

II. Key prophecies relating to Christ’s birth
   A. The seed of the woman (Genesis 3:14-15 → Gal. 4:4-5)
   B. Born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14 → Matthew 1:22-23)
   C. Born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2 → Matthew 2:4-5)

III. The reason the Spirit gave us these prophecies
   A. Main focus: grace (1 Peter 1:10)
   B. Main content: Christ (1 Peter 1:11)
   C. Main audience: YOU! (1 Peter 1:12)
      – that you might hear the gospel and believe

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The Magnificent Word of God Series

We recently completed a six-part series on The Magnificent Word of God, from Psalm 19:7-14. You can click the various links below to read the messages from the series.

The Magnificent Word of God

The Magnificent Word of God Series
(Click here for a PDF of all the sermon outlines for the series.)

The Word of the Lord (Inspired) – Psalm 19:7-14
Trustworthy and True (Infallible) – Psalm 19:7
Radiant and Right (Authoritative) – Psalm 19:8
Sure and Pure (Everlasting) – Psalm 19:9
More Precious than Gold (Priceless) – Psalm 19:10-11
A Prayer to Be Pleasing to God (Sanctifying) – Psalm 19:12-14
 

Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 9/6/2015

Sunday’s final message from The Sermon on the Mount series was called Doing What You Hear, taken from Matthew 7:24-29. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. The similarities between the two builders and their houses
   A. Both heard Christ’s words (Romans 10:17)
   B. Both built houses (1 Corinthians 3:10)
   C. Both houses were tested (1 Peter 1:7)

II. The differences between the two builders and their houses
   A. One put Jesus’ words into practice / the other did not put them into practice
      – 1 John 2:3-4
   B. One was a wise man / the other was a foolish man
      – Proverbs 8:35-36
   C. One built his house on the rock / the other built his house on sand
      – 1 Corinthians 3:11
   D. One house did not fall / the other fell with a great crash
      – Proverbs 10:25; 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

III. The response to Jesus’ sermon (Matthew 7:28-29)
   A. The crowds were amazed at the content of his teaching
   B. The crowds were amazed at the manner of his teaching
      1) Jesus taught as one who had authority
      2) Jesus did not teach like their teachers of the law
   C. What will be your response to Jesus’ sermon?

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 8/30/2015

Sunday’s message from The Sermon on the Mount series was called Genuine Christianity, taken from Matthew 7:13-23. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Genuine Christianity begins with a true conversion (13-14)
      – two gates leading to two different roads
   A. “Enter through the narrow gate.” (John 10:9, 14:6)
   B. The wide road leads to destruction – many find it (Proverbs 14:12)
   C. The narrow road leads to life – few find it (Luke 13:23-24)

II. Genuine Christianity produces a fruitful life (15-20)
      – two trees producing two different kinds of fruit
   A. “Watch out for false prophets.” (Jeremiah 23:21-22)
      1) They are dangerous and deceptive
      2) You will recognize them by their fruit
   B. Every good tree bears good fruit:
      – obedience to Christ and his words
   C. A bad tree bears bad fruit:
      – cut down and thrown into the fire (cf. Matthew 3:10)

III. Genuine Christianity ends with a favorable judgment (21-23)
      – two professions resulting in two different destinies
   A. The person who professes faith in Christ and does the will of Jesus’ Father will enter the kingdom of heaven. (John 6:28-29)
   B. The person who professes faith but does not actually follow Christ will be turned away by Christ himself. (John 5:22)
      1) your words will not save you on that day (Romans 10:9)
      2) your deeds will not save you on that day (2 Thessalonians 2:9)
   C. “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” (John 10:14)
      – not genuine Christianity because no real relationship with Christ

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