Sermon Notes June 23, 2024

The Marks of the Occult                                                   “Things That Go Bump in the Night”


Ephesians 6:12, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” 

References: Jude 1:6; 2 Corinthians 11:15; 1 John 4:1;                     Ephesians 5:11  and 2 Corinthians 2:11 

  1. The disclosure or communication of information _______________    to humans through normal means. 

Job 9:9, “He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.” 

Deuteronomy 4:19, “ And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars—all the heavenly array—do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshiping things the Lord your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven.” 

References: Isaiah 47:10-15; Zechariah 10:2; Isaiah 44:24-25;         Deuteronomy 18:10-12 

“ Remember — Just because the knowledge is accurate ___________   __________ you are dealing with something _______________.” 

  1. The placing of persons ____________________ with supernatural powers, paranormal energies, or demonic forces. 

Deuteronomy 18:10-12, “ Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you.” 

Isaiah 8:19, “ When someone tells you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?”


Jeremiah 27:9-10, 15, “So do not listen to your prophets, your diviners, your interpreters of dreams, your mediums or your sorcerers who tell you. ‘You will not serve the king of Babylon/ They prophesy lies to you that will only serve to remove you far from your lands. I will banish you and you will perish… ‘I have not sent them’ declare the Lord. ‘They are prophesying lies in my name. Therefore, I will banish you and you will perish, both you and the prophets who prophesy to you.”                                  

Check Out: 1Samuel 28:3-15 

  1. Why would Satan want to lead us into these things?                                                      
a. _______________________________________.                                    
b. It makes the world of the demonic and the occult ___________.              
c. Once you’ve embraced this distorted worldview, you _________   

          _________________________________ in to your life.                          



Sermon Notes June 16, 2024

The Big Picture                                                                            “Things That Go Bump in the Night”

Ephesians 6:10-13,  ”Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”

  1. What About Angels? 
      1. Angels are creatures _______________________________.             

Psalm 148:1-2,5      

      b. Angels are not __________________________.    

Hebrews 1:14       

       c. Angels are _______________________________________.  

2 Peter 2:11   

       d. There are ________________________________________.   

Hebrews 12:22: Revelation 5:11

        e. There are _________________________________ of angels.

 Jude 1:6; 2 Corinthians 11:15;  Galatians 1:8; 1 John 4:1 

  1. What about the Opposite Team?

  Isaiah 14:12-15  

      1. He’s a ____________________________.   
  John 8:44, “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
b. He’s a ________________________________.

John 8:44                                                                                                               

       (1) “Devil” means ______________________.                                           

       (2) “Satan” means ______________________.                                       

c. He’s a ________________________________. 

  Luke 8:4-8, 11-15 

d. He’s _____________________________.   

  John 12:31-33



Sermon Notes June 09, 2024

Okay, Then What’s Up With All the Rules?           Who’s Up for Heaven?”                       


Review: Two assumptions —                                 

(1) All good people go to heaven; and, (2) I’m good people.                                                 
These assumptions make sense: It sounds fair; and, it nurtures the idea, we have a good God. 

Unfortunately, problems arise with these assumptions  a) Good is a moving target. b) The Bible is the standard, however… c) God isn’t as good as we thought. d) and Jesus is mistaken.                                                                

 Real Question: Have you ever mistreated another person? Jesus said: “If you mistreat someone God loves, you’ve sinned against God!” 

Today’s Conversation: 

  1. If rule keeping _________________ get you into heaven, then why all the rules? 
  2. Remember, Israel had been a slave state for 400 years. They had no _____________________. 
  3. When it comes to the God we worship, ______________  always proceeds the rules. 

Exodus 20:1-2  And God spoke all these words: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.                 

                                                                                                                           See Exodus 20:3-17

  1. The People of God didn’t ___________ their way in and they couldn’t ______________________ their way out.

Romans 5:8,10, But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life!    

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12, 11 And to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.



Sermon Notes June 02, 2024

Who or What am I Trusting to Get Me There?                     “Who’s Up For Heaven”

  1. Jesus consistently rejected the religious notion that a person could be in ____________________ with God while mistreating people God _____________________.
  2. Remember, when you sin against someone that _________    ___________, you _______________ against God.
  3. “Good” sits uncomfortable still when it comes to what’s                    ___________________________________.
  4. Big Question: What does ______________________ require of me?

2 Corinthians 5:20-21 (NASV), ”Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin in our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

Luke 23:33-34, “When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified Him there, along with the criminals—one on His right, the other on His left. 34 Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’ And they divided up His clothes by casting lots.”

1 Corinthians 15:1,3-7,  “Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand…For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, He appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles.” 



Sermon Notes May 26, 2024

All Good People Go…?     Who’s Up for Heaven?

  1. Two different assumptions:   
      1. All ________________________ go to Heaven; and,     
      2. I’m _______________________.
  2. Advantage to these Difficult Assumptions: 
      1. It’s _______________________.  
      2. You made the ________________________.   
      3. Proves that God is ____________________.       
      4. The fear of not going to heaven should ______________ people to be good.
  3. The problems with these Difficult Assumptions:   
      1. The human race does NOT have a unified, agreed upon, indisputable divinely revealed ______________________.  
      2. The problem — _______________ is a moving target.     
      3. If the Bible is your standard… you won’t make ________.

Romans 3:10,20,23,  ”As it is written: ‘There is no one righteous, not even one;’ … 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin… 23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” 

      1. What ________________ of our actions have to be good to make the cut?
      2. At what ___________________ do our deeds start counting?
      3. Do _______________________ count against us?

John 11:25, “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies.’”

John 3:17, “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”



Sermon Notes May 19, 2024

Choosing Well for Life                                                                    “A Life on Fire”

  1. Math problem: Two horses can pull 9,000 pounds. Four horses can pull _____________ pounds.
  2. “Synergy” is the energy or force that is generated through the ____________________ of various parts or processes.
  3. Three kinds of People — —
      1.  VIP — Very _________________ People.                                   
      2.  VNP — Very ________________ People.
      3.  VDP — Very ________________ People.
      4. Questions: Is this person _____________________    to Jesus or taking me further away? Or ______________?

1Kings 19:19-21, “So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. 20 Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. ‘Let me kiss my father and mother goodbye,’ he said, ‘and then I will come with you.’ ‘Go back,’ Elijah replied. ‘What have I done to you?’ 21 So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his servant.”

See 2 Kings 2:1-14



Sermon Notes May 12, 2024

What Happens When We Burn Out?                                                 “A Life on Fire”

Life Change Index Scale

Event                                                             Impact Score

Death of Spouse                                                 200                                

Divorce                                                                  73    

Marital Separation                                                 65 

Death of Close Family Member                             63

Jail Term                                                                63

Personal Injury/Illness                                            53

Marriage                                                                 50

Retirement                                                              45  

1 Kings 19:3-8, “Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. 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.’ Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. 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.” 

  1. Physical — God fed Elijah and __________________. In other words, ____________________________

                                                                     See 1 Kings 19:11-13

  1. Spiritual — God is found in the __________________.

                                                                    See Exodus 20:8-10 & 1 Kings 19:15-16

  1. _______________ — God told Elijah that he needed people who would support, protect, and encourage him.

“Who are you letting into your life right now to help you do life?”                                                  



Sermon Notes May 05, 2024

When God Provides the Fire                                           “A Life on Fire”

1 Kings 18:1-2, 17-20, “After a long time, in the third year, the word of the Lord came to Elijah: ‘Go and present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the land.’ So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab….        17 When he saw Elijah, he said to him, ‘Is that you, you troubler of Israel?’18 ’I have not made trouble for Israel,’ Elijah replied. ‘But you and your father’s family have. You have abandoned the Lord’s commands and have followed the Baals. 19 Now summon the people from all over Israel to meet me on Mount Carmel. And bring the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.’”                                                                    

1Kings 18:21-24, “So Ahab sent word throughout all Israel and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel. 21 Elijah went before the people and said, ‘How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal is God, follow him.’ But the people said nothing.22 Then Elijah said to them, ‘I am the only one of the Lord’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets. 23 Get two bulls for us. Let Baal’s prophets choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. 24 Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by fire—he is God.’ Then all the people said, ‘What you say is good.’”

  1. Pagan sacrifices were offered to deities like Baal as a form of _______________. In essence, it was like ______________.
  2. In ancient times, the Bible teaches that God decreed that the ______________________________________ — for a sin — could be covered through the blood of an animal.

John 1:29, “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’”

See 1Kings 18:25-40 (pew Bible, page 557)

  1. Because no matter what you’ve heard, ________________      is always God’s last resort.



Sermon Notes April 28, 2024

Keys to the Heat                                                                “A Life on Fire”

1st Kings 17:1-3a, “Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead,  said to Ahab, ‘As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.’ Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: ‘Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine…’”

  1. “Elijah” means: ___________________________________.

1st Kings 16:29-33, “In the thirty-eighth year of Asa king of Judah, Ahab son of Omri became king of Israel, and he reigned in Samaria over Israel twenty-two years. 30 Ahab son of Omri did more evil in the eyes of the Lord than any of those before him. 31 He not only considered it trivial to commit the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, but he also married Jezebel daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and began to serve Baal and worship him. 32 He set up an altar for Baal in the temple of Baal that he built in Samaria. 33 Ahab also made an Asherah pole and did more to arouse the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel, than did all the kings of Israel before him.”

  1. How does a person “get on fire?”     
A.Unquestioning _______________________________.    
B.Absolute ___________________________________.

1st Kings 17:5-6, “So he did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.” 

See 1Kings 17:7-24                                                                  

C. Boundless _________________________________.

Hebrews 11:1    Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.                                      



Sermon Notes April 21, 2024

What’s in a Word?                                                             “What’s Love Really Got to Do With It?”

1. Storge  — Most commonly, the love between parents and children. It’s the love that is ____________________ to be there —      when there is an ___________________ for love to be there.

Romans 12:9-10, “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”

Also see Romans 1:28-31 and 2 Timothy 3:1-3

2. Phileo  — Brotherly Love; it’s the attraction of people to each other who are _______________________________________    through friendship and family.

2 Peter 1:5-7, ”For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.” 

3. Eros — Has to do with erotic, sexual love. It is about   ______________________________________________.

See Song of Songs

4. Agape — Meant _____________________________ love; the kind of love that is completely ______________, completely sacrificial.

Romans 5:7-8, “Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”