Sermon Notes July 07, 2024

Fashion Statements for Christians                                   “Things That Go Bump in the Night” 

See: Ephesians 6:10-18 (Pew Bible, page 1,824) 

  1. The Belt of Truth — The Jesus Follower must at all costs be ___________________________________________.                         

Reference — 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 

  1. The Breast plate of Righteousness —                             
A. Positional Righteousness is gained when you come to God through Christ for salvation and _________________________.
B. Situational Righteousness is where we are with God

_______________________ as His children in light of our sin. 

“Habitual, unconfessed, unrepentant sin gives Satan a                            _______________ in your life that you do not want him to have.” 

  1. The Gospel Boots —                             
A. Allows for __________________ due to the presence of the gospel of Peace.                                                           
B. Also, there is a sense that wherever you go, you are                       ____________________________ with you.                                         

Reference: Romans 10:15 

  1. The Shield of Faith — when arrows come our way from the evil one, they are designed to __________________________. 
  2. The Helmet of Salvation — this is putting on the ___________ of your salvation, the _______________ of your place in Jesus.  

References: John 1:12; Galatians 3:26;                                         1 John 3:1; Romans 8: 14-15, 37-39 

  1. The Sword of the Spirit —                                                                    

References: Luke 4:1-13; Hebrews 4:12



Helping Those In Need

Helping All God’s People… The Inner Mission of the Gate Church in Hammond is needing lightly used clothes for their Food Pantry/Clothes give away. If you have Men’s, Women’s, or Children’s size 6 – 14 ( no winter clothes at this time) that you would like to donate to this worthy cause, please see Nancy Mantel for more information. You can bring the clothes every Sunday in July to church with you and Nancy will take it from there. Thanks


Sermon Notes June 30, 2024

The Marks of the Occult: Part II

   “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.” 

  1. First mark of the Occult: The disclosure or communication of information _____________ to humans through normal means. 
  2. Second mark of the Occult: The placing of persons in contact with supernatural powers, paranormal energies, or demonic forces. 
  3. Third mark of the Occult: Any attempt to gain and master    paranormal power in order to ____________________________   other people into certain actions. 


A. Among the _______________ growing religions in America. 
B. The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess by Starhawk (Miriam Simos, a California witch).  
C. Most Wiccans follow a _____________________ belief system that is polytheistic.  

References: Deuteronomy 18:10-12; Galatians 5:19-21;           Acts 19:11-20 

  1. What’s the real appeal to all of this? ___________________ 
  2. So, what about Harry Potter? Scary Movies? And Halloween?



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?”