Sermon Notes May 22, 2022


“Fix Me” 

1. “Guilt” is an emotional response to the perception that we have ________________________________, or fallen short of a standard. 

2. It means that you can be guilty, and not ___________     guilty. It also means that you can _____________ guilty, and not be guilty. 

1 John 3:19-20, “ This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in His presence:  If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and He knows everything. 

3. Ask yourself if what you did is truly wrong or sinful according to what ________________________ in the Bible. 

2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 

1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 

4. We have to __________________________. 

5. The confession is to be given to God because in the final analysis, it is a sin _______________________________. 

Isaiah 1:18 “’Come now, let us settle the matter,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.’” 

Psalm 103:12, “…As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”


Sermon Notes May 15, 2022

The 8th Deadly Sin

Fix Me” 

See 1 Kings 18, pew Bible page 556. 

1. The first thing God did was to care for Elijah at his most basic and foundational level – the____________________.

1 Kings 19:5-8, “All at once an angel touched him and said, ‘Get up and eat.’ He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again. The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.”  So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God.”

Dr. Martin Moore – Ede says: We are not built for the world we have made because it ignores the law of our ________.

1 Kings 19:11-12, “The Lord said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’ Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.”

2. Next, God addresses Elijah’s _____________ condition. God offers to Elijah ______________________________.

“Elijah learned as important as his activity for God was, it wasn’t as important as spending time ______________.”

1 Kings 1915-18, “The Lord said to him, ‘Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet.  Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu.  Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”


Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet.  Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu.  Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”

3. Finally, God told Elijah to bring some people into his ____________________________ — people who would join with him, help him, stand with him.

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Men’s Group May 21, 2022

Men’s Group… We will be at the Lincoln Center garage sale on Saturday May 21st from 9am-noon. We are asking for help from  the congregation to come with us and spend some time visiting with our local community and help advertise who we are.. We will be meeting at the church at 8:30am. Please join us at your convenience.  Contact Marc Skertic with any questions.


Sermon Notes May 08, 2022

My Burden is Too Heavy                                                                                                       “Fix Me” 

1. Track how many:  Yes _______ No _______ 

2. “Depression” is a _____________________ that can result in a depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration. 

Numbers 11:14-15, “I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me. 15 If this is how you are going to treat me, please go ahead and kill me—if I have found favor in your eyes—and do not let me face my own ruin.” 

1Kings 19:3-4, “Elijah was afraid and ran for his life… He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. ‘I have had enough, Lord,’ he said. ‘Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.’” 

Job 3:11, “Why did I not perish at birth, and die as I came from the womb?” 

Psalm 38:6-8, “I am bowed down and brought very low; all day long I go about mourning. My back is filled with searing pain; there is no health in my body. I am feeble and utterly crushed; I groan in anguish of heart.” 

Psalm 42:5-6, “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.  My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember You from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.” 

Jonah 4:1,8, But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry.When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, ‘It would be better for me to die than to live.’” 

2 Corinthians 1:8-9, “We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.”

3. So let’s get this idea of depression — when it’s truly there as a medical disability — as something __________, to be ashamed of , or embarrassed about, out of our heads.


Sermon Notes May 1, 2022

An Unsteady Truce: The Bible and Science

“How to Bible” 

Nature of Science

 1. Science is the attempt to ____________________ knowledge through empirical  verification. In other words, what science can know is primarily available to us through our ________   senses. 

2. The Bible does not pretend to position itself as a textbook on _____________________________. 

3. Three ways (in Western culture) of looking at reality:

      (a)  There is the ________________________ way, which is largely descriptive and explanatory. 

      (b)  There is the _________________way, which is primarily concerned with method. 

       (c)    There is the __________________ way, which is concerned with what a thing is for and does it work. 

About Creation, the Big Bang, and The Flood 

4. Genesis says two main things about creation. That God __________________ and it was ___________________. 

Genesis 1:1,31, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  31God saw all that He had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.” 

5. Do you take the Bible literally?  If so, that means you take the Bible the way it was _______________________. 

Genesis 1:27;2:7, “So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. 2:7Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into His nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”


6. The theory of evolution calls for mutations and leaps that almost require an intelligent Designer ____________________ the process. 

Genesis 6:19-20, “You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive.”   

7.  The real  conflict isn’t between a Scientist and a Christian. The conflict is between the Bible and the philosophy called _______________________, which says, “Nature is all there is.”


Sermon Notes April 24, 2022

The Bible as Literature                          “How to Bible”

Textual Credibility

1. Here’s the question: Isn’t it true (the thinking goes) that the Bible isn’t reliable because it’s so _____________ and has been __________________so many times.

2. The integrity of any ancient writing is determined by the _____________________ of documented manuscripts, or _____________________ of manuscripts that we can examine.

3. So, how does the Bible compare?

      (a) There are over __________________ handwritten                manuscripts in the Greek language in support of the New Testament alone.

       (b)  Many of the earliest copies are separated from the originals by only _________________________________.

       (c)    The Old Testament is richly supported by the discovery of the ______________________________in 1947.

Historical Accuracy

4. The Biblical text may have been preserved with integrity but that doesn’t mean what it says is _________________.    The original writers may have ___________________.                                      

5. Some examples:                                                              (a)  Sodom and Gomorrah, Genesis 18 and 19                 (b)  King David – like mythical King Arthur                           (c)   A Galilean fishing boat – seats _________

6.  What about all the contradictions?


Sermon Notes April 17, 2022

Easter – “Hope Renewed”                        Facts About Jesus’ Death:

1. When Jesus died no one believed He was the _______________________________________.

2. So after Jesus died there were no _________________.

3. If Jesus couldn’t keep Himself alive, what was the point of keeping this ______________________________ alive?

4. Why? Because Jesus clearly wasn’t _____________ He _________________________ to be.

Read John 6:1-71.

John 6:66-69, “From this time many of His disciples turned back and no longer followed Him. ‘You do not want to leave too, do you?’ Jesus asked the Twelve.  Simon Peter answered Him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that You are the Holy One of God.’”

5. The Apostles followed Jesus because of who He claimed to be and because of who they thought Jesus ____________________________________________.

1 Peter 1:3-6, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.  6In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.”

1 Peter 1:18-19, “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”


Sermon Notes April 10, 2022


John 11:55-57, “ When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, many went up from the country to Jerusalem for their ceremonial cleansing before the Passover. They kept looking for Jesus, and as they stood in the temple courts they asked one another, ‘What do you think? Isn’t He coming to the festival at all?’ But the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that anyone who found out where Jesus was should report it so that they might arrest Him.”

Luke 22:5-6, “ They were delighted and agreed to give him money. He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present.”

Luke 22:19-20, “And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is My body given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’ In the same way, after the supper He took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is poured out for you.’”

Jeremiah 31:31-33 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. 32 It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,” declares the Lord. “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

1. What is a “Covenant?”  It is an _______________ or relationship between two or more parties.

. The kinds of covenants in the Ancient World:

  A) Bilateral Parity Treaty  – between ________________.

  B) Bilateral Suseran  (or Kingly) Treaty – where the more powerful party______________ the terms to a lesser  party.

  C) Promissory Covenant (also called a Patron covenant) – one party binds itself to an obligation for the ____________ of the other party.

3.  In the ancient world, for the treaty to be ratified — Something had to ______________!        


Sermon Notes March 27, 2022

Application for Life                                  “How to Bible”

What about the Old Testament?                                          1. The “New Agreement” God made with you didn’t                     ___________ the Old Agreement (Testament). It fulfilled it. Some Examples:  a. The Passover,                                Luke 22:19-20, “And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is My body given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’  In the same way, after the supper He took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is poured out for you.’”

“The church is the new _________________________ and through Jesus, the Passover has reached its ultimate fulfillment and celebration.”

b. “Eye for an Eye,” (See Deuteronomy 21.) Matthew 5:  38-42, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth. But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.  And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.  If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.  Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.’”

“Eye for an Eye” was a principle meaning compensation and restitution was to be in direct ____________________  to the crime.

What about Culture?

2. The Problem with “cultural stuff,” you must make sure that you don’t take the culture of that day and let it get confused with the __________________________________. 

Example: Women’s Dress in the Church. 1 Timothy 2:9, I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes…” 


1Timothy 2:10…10 but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God. 

1John 2:4-6,  Whoever says, ‘I know Him,’ but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys His word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in Him: Whoever claims to live in Him must live as Jesus did. 

Hebrews 4:12-13, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” 

3. The Real Question… Is not ________ to apply the Bible; it’s whether or not you are ___________ to apply the Bible.



Sermon Notes March 20, 2022

Just Start

“How to Bible” 

1. First Step: You should ___________________.

Matthew 22:29, 31, “Jesus replied, ‘You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. 31 But about the resurrection of the dead—have you not read what God said to you.’”

2. Second Step: Get a contemporary __________ to read.

3. All ancient manuscripts are ________________.

4. Third Step: Start with _____________________.

Three Interpretation Principles

(1)  Always try and find out what was the _______________________________.

(2)  Always try and interpret the verse in light of its                 ______________________________.

(3)  Always let ___________ interpret __________.