Sermon Notes September 25, 2022

The Loss of Civility:

The Soil in which Racism Flourishes
“It’s a Race” 

Where We’ve Been:

  A. The Theology of Race. We’ve all been made…                      

        1.  By God                                                                           

        2.  In His image

        3.  With Diversity                                                                  

        4.  With the possibility of a relationship with God. 

  B. Racism is believing that race determines intellectual, cultural and moral capacities. It is ___________________. 

Proverbs 18:21 The tongue has the power of life and death,

and those who love it will eat its fruit.   

Proverbs 12:18 The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. 

Proverbs 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Proverbs 15:4 The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit. 

“No matter how mad or irate, irritated or frustrated, ask yourself what is the ________________ you want to be about?” 

Ephesians 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 

Civility Filters 

Is what I am going to say…
1. _________________________ 
2. _________________________ 
3.  __________________________ 
4.  __________________________

 


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Sermon Notes September 11, 2022

Shadow Racism

“It’s a Race” 

Romans 12:5, “So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” 

Galatians 3:26-28, “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” 

“Racism” is __________________ that race determines intellectual, cultural and moral capabilities. 

Galatians 5:14-15, “For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.” 

Ibram Kendi wrote: “Being a racist is not a fixed term. It’s not an identity, it’s not a tattoo — it is describing what a person is doing in the moment, and people change from moment to moment.” 

See Numbers 12:1-11 

So What Can We Do? 

1. _________________________. 

2 Chronicles 7:14  “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 

2. Hold each other _____________________________. 

3. Help _____________________________ each other. 

4. Intentionally build cross-cultural _____________________. 

      5.   ________________________________.


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Sermon Notes September 04, 2022

We’ve Been Made
It’s a Race 

Galatians 2:26-28, “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Genesis 1:26-27, “Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.”

                 The Three Amazing Creation Statements:

1. We were ________________ or _________________.              

      A. The real divide isn’t between creation and evolution, but between a ___________________view of the universe that sees ____________________ is all there is.                                                                  

      B. And a ___________________ view of the universe that remains very much open to the existence and activity of a ___________________. 

2.  We were made in the very ______________________. 
     This means that when God made us, He put ___________   ________________________________ in us.                                 

      A. Being made in the image of God means that we have a __________________________________.                                           

      B.  Because God is Himself a __________________ of oneness — the Trinity — He created us to be in ____________________ as well, with each other and most importantly, with Him. 

3.  We were made ______________________. When God created human beings, He  created__________________.                  

                                                                                                          Where Does Races Come From?

 

4. Point: The differing skin colors and ethnic distinctions in our world did ______________ begin as a result of certain people being punished or cursed.

Genesis 4:15b, “Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him.”

Genesis 9:24-25, “When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him, he said, ‘Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers.’”

Acts 17:26, “From one man He made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.”

Acts 10:34-35, “Then Peter began to speak: ‘I now realize how true… that God does not show favoritism….’”

Genesis 11:8-9, “So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city.  That is why it was called Babel —because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.”

5. What you look like and the skin you put on should be the likeness and color of __________________.

Revelation 7:9-10, “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: ‘Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.’”


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Sermon Notes August 28,2022

So I’m REALLY Guilty
  “Our Guilt Trip”

Roman 7:14-15, 18-19, “…I am unspiritual… I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do… For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.”

See Genesis 3:6-13

1We tend to _____________________________________.  
 Genesis 2:25, “Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.”

2. We tend to ________________________________ others.

How Should We Respond:

3. God wants us to ________________ and _______________. 
Psalm 32:2-5, “Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit. When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night  Your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.  Then I acknowledged my sin to You and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.’ And You forgave the guilt of my sin.”
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.”

What if I’m already a Jesus—Follower?

4. Christians have experienced God’s once-for-all forgiveness through the acceptance of Jesus’ work on the cross — this is called _____________________________________________.

5. However, there is a ____________________ that is called for as an ________________________ part of our new life in Christ.
Isaiah 59:2, “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.” 

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Sermon Notes August 21, 2022

How to Repair Your Conscience                                “Our Guilt Trip”

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: 20 If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and He knows everything.

Romans 9:1, “I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit.”

1. Guilt Diagnosis Question #1: _____________ are you feeling guilty? Are you really ________________________________?

2. Guilt Diagnosis Question #2: Is what you did wrong or sinful according to _______________________________________?

2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”

3. Guilt Diagnosis Question #3: Is what you did wrong or sinful according to ______________________________ for your life?

Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Some Examples:

1) Were you were abused as a child?  Question #1 — ________ are you feeling guilty? Are you _______________________.

2) Did your spouse have an affair? Do not pile ______________ on yourself for something your spouse did…

3) Are your living with someone? Question #2 — Is what you did or doing wrong or sinful according to _____________________?

4) Have your discipline techniques as a parent been excessive?

5) Have you ignored someone in your life? Question #3 — What is ______________________ for you as a father, mother, sibling, friend?


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Sermon Notes August 14, 2022

What Shapes Your Conscience
“Our Guilt Trip”  
Guilt is like a non-stop accusation, a screaming voice that tears us down, attacking us for our past mistakes, failures and sins, leading us into a downward spiral of self-destruction if it’s not handled appropriately. So this Sunday, we’re making sure we know how “guilt” operates.                 

 

1. Definition of guilt: An ______________ response to the perception that we have broken a rule or fallen short of a standard.

2. The problem for many of us is that your conscience isn’t always _______________________.

1John 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. Fact: Your ___________________ have played huge roles in shaping your conscience.

4. Fact: Your religious background – What you were told about ____________ and what you experienced about __________ also shapes your conscience.

5. Fact: The _____________________ into which you were born and/or raised shapes your conscience.

6. Fact: Certain _____________________________________ or decisions you’ve made shapes your conscience.

7. Fact: ________________________ affects your conscience.

Revelation 12:10, “Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: ‘Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.”

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.”


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Sermon Notes July 31, 2022

Don’t All Roads Lead to God?                               “A Faith for Following”

1. False Idea: All roads lead to God. All spiritual paths are equally _________________________________?                             

John 14:6  Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. 

Acts 4:10,12  Then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

2. Christianity is NOT saying every other religion is completely _________________________,

3. If all truth is God’s truth, then it remains truth wherever we ______________________________________.

4. If you say it doesn’t matter ______________________  as long as you are sincere, you might be sincerely wrong.

John 3:18-19  Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.

John 5:24  “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears My word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.

5. How can a loving God send someone to hell? He doesn’t. We _________________________.

6. Definition of Grace: Grace is that which is freely ___________  and totally ________________.

 

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:

John 1:14  The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. 

1 Timothy 2:5  For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 

Romans 6:23   For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.              


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Sermon Notes July 24, 2022

“My Turn-offs Are…”                                           “A Faith for Following”

1. Legalism… a religion of added rules and regulations contrived by someone to determine who is, and who is not, ___________.

2. The Jewish community calculated the Old Testament Law contained 248 commandments and ____________ prohibitions. 

      a) So they added more that 1,500 additions to help keep all             those laws. Called the _________________________.                        

      b) That wasn’t enough protection, they added more called the  _______________________________.                                        

      c) Together that is called the _______________________,

Luke 11:46, “Jesus replied, ‘And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them.’”

Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”     

3. Judgementalism… people who are prideful, who act morally superior and find ____________________ with everybody else.

Matthew 7:1-5, Do not judge, or you too will be judged.  For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?  You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” 

4. Sometimes when people say “Don’t judge me” it is a code for: “Don’t you dare say that ____________________ I do is wrong.”

 

5. Hypocrisy… Doesn’t have anything to do with ___________.  
                                                              See: Matthew 23

6. The Wrong Idea: Being Christian means being _________, and being a hypocrite means saying you’re a Christian and not being ____________________.

7. The opposite of hypocrisy is not ___________________, it is spiritual authenticity.

8. Three Kinds of Tolerance:   a) Legal: 1st amendment right to believe __________ you want. 
                                                b) Social: accepting someone else as a human being _________ what they believe.  
                                                c) Intellectual: accepting _________________ idea, choice, lifestyle as being equally valid, good, right and/or true.

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Men’s Group July 28, 2022

Men’s Group… We will be meeting on Thursday July 28th, at 6:30pm at the church. We look forward to seeing you then.  

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Sermon Notes July 17, 2022

Jesus – Who is He Really?                           “A Faith for Following”

1. Jesus is the most _________________________ in all of ancient history.

2. The number one question asked regarding Jesus —  What did He ___________________________________?

Isaiah 53:2, “He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire Him.”

3. What did Jesus say about Himself?  See John 8:48-59 concerning “________________.”

Exodus 3:14, “God said to Moses, ‘I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I am has sent me to you.’”

4. The sacred name of God is ______________________.

John 8:58, “’Very truly I tell you,’ Jesus answered, ‘before Abraham was born, I am!’”

Also check out: John 10:36; 14:6; 14:9; and, Mark 14:61-62

5. The “Trinity” is difficult to comprehend but shouldn’t there be difficult things to comprehend when it comes to ______?

6. At the heart of the concept of the Trinity is that God is ___________________________.                                                                         

7. The four options — Jesus was either a:                                  A) _______________         C) _________________ 
                                                                                                    B) _______________         D) _________________

8. How do we know anything about Jesus is true? Through the _________________________________.

See Jesus’ own words: Matthew 12:38-40; 16:1-4; and Luke 18:31-33 and Paul’s own words: 1 Cor. 15:13-15.

8. How do we know anything about Jesus is true? Through the _________________________________.

See Jesus’ own words: Matthew 12:38-40; 16:1-4; and Luke 18:31-33 and Paul’s own words: 1 Cor. 15:13-15.


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