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
(Click here for a PDF of all the sermon outlines for the series.)
(Click here for the audio of all the sermons.)

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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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 2/19/2017

Our current message series is The Psalms of Ascent: Stepping Stones to God’s Heart. Sunday’s message was called Resting in God’s Blessing, taken from Psalm 127. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. God’s blessing and provision in your work (1-2)
   A. Without God your work is in vain
      – Psalm 90:17; Proverbs 16:3; John 15:5; Heb 3:4; James 4:13-17
   B. God grants sleep to those he loves
      – Psalm 3:5-6, 4:8, 104:19-23; Proverbs 10:22; Mark 4:38

II. God’s blessing and provision in your home (3-5)
   A. Children are a gift from the Lord
      – Genesis 33:5; 1 Samuel 1:27; James 1:17
   B. Children support and protect us in our old age
      – Deuteronomy 5:16; Proverbs 23:22; 1 Timothy 5:4,8
   C. God will provide for all your needs
      – Psalm 55:22; Matthew 6:33; Philippians 4:19

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Don’t Let Politics Trump Prayer

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

As Christians we are called to pray for our leaders and all those in authority. I hope you prayed for President George W. Bush when he was president. I hope you prayed for President Barack Obama when he was president. And I hope you will pray for President Donald Trump now that he is president.

Why should you pray for your leaders and those in authority over you? One obvious reason is because they make decisions that have a huge impact on your life. But the Bible addresses a much more important issue here in these verses from 1 Timothy.

The Bible instructs us to pray for those in authority so that we may live out our Christian lives peacefully and share our faith with others. Never take for granted that you live in a land where you have the freedom to worship God. Never take for granted that you have the freedom to share the gospel with others without fear of persecution.

It is important to pray for our leaders. We are to pray for our president whether or not we like him as a person. We are to pray for him whether or not we agree with his policies. In fact the less you agree with him, the more important it becomes to pray for him! It’s easy to pray for a president with whom you agree on everything.

So I hope you have already begun praying for President Trump. I know I have. It’s been a rough political season, and not everyone is happy with the new president. But that just makes it all the more important to pray. Don’t let politics trump prayer!

Bible Reading Helps for 2017

Here are some links to help you with your Bible reading in the New Year. The first link points you to a variety of free Bible reading plans. The second link will direct you to some good book resources. And the third link provides recommendations for children’s story Bibles (for families that would like to read the Bible with their children this year). May God bless you richly as you spend time with Him in his Word this year!

Reading the Bible Through in a Year Series:

      1. Free Bible Reading Plans for the New Year
      2. Books to Help You Read through the Bible
      3. Recommended Children’s Story Bibles

Related post: 5 Reasons to Read God’s Word This Year

Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 12/18/2016

Sunday’s message was on The Star of Bethlehem from Matthew 2:1-12. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Consider the heavens
   – Psalm 8:3-4; Genesis 1:14-15

II. Consider the Scriptures (Matthew 2:2)
   – Genesis 49:10; Numbers 24:17; Isaiah 60:1-3

III. Consider the miracle
   A. The timing of the star was miraculous (Matthew 2:7, 16)
   B. The movement of the star was miraculous (Matthew 2:9)
   C. Common explanations for the star:
      1) Comet
      2) Conjunction of planets
      3) Supernova
      4) Manifestation of God’s glory

IV. Consider the purpose (Matthew 2:3-6, 10; 28:19)
   – points us to Christ, the only Savior for the world
   – reminds us to share the good news of Jesus with others

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 12/4/2016

Sunday was the last message in our series on Living the Christ-Centered Life through the book of Colossians. The message was called We’re All in This Together, taken from Colossians 4:7-18. Here is a brief outline of the message:

1. Faithful messengers (7-9)
   – Tychicus > fellow worker; carried letter to Colossians
   – Onesimus > runaway slave; subject of letter to Philemon

2. Jewish co-workers and comforters (10-11)
   – Aristarchus > fellow prisoner; from Thessalonica
   – Mark > restored to ministry; wrote the gospel of Mark
   – Justus > fellow worker for the kingdom of God

3. Epaphras, the prayer warrior (12-13)
   – founder of the church at Colosse (Colossians 1:7)
   – always wrestling in prayer (Colossians 1:9, 28-29)
   – worked hard for the churches (Colossians 2:1)

4. Good friends and traveling companions (14)
   – Luke > Paul’s personal physician; wrote Luke and Acts
   – Demas > eventual deserter (2 Timothy 4:10-12; 1 John 2:15)

5. Valued recipients (15-17)
   – Nympha > church met at her house
   – the church at Laodicea > letter exchange (perhaps Ephesians?)
   – Archippus > told to complete his ministry (cf. 2 Timothy 4:5)

6. The apostle Paul (18)
   – personal greeting in his own handwriting
   – suffering for Christ and the gospel
   – letter begins and ends with grace (Colossians 1:1-2)

       You can’t live the Christ-centered life on your own;
                           we’re all in this together!

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