Sermon Notes February 25, 2024

Up There Is Coming Down Here                                

 

  Opening Question: What is the gospel that Jesus came to preach?

Mark 1:14-15   After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” He said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”  

Luke 8:1; 9:1-2, “After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God…. When Jesus had called the Twelve together, He gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.”                                                         Acts 1:3; 28:31,” After His suffering, He presented Himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that He was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God…. He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!” 

  1. What was the gospel of Jesus? ______________________

Matthew 6:32-33,” For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

  1. What does “righteousness” mean? It is what makes someone ________________________ from the inside.
  2. Your kingdom is where you are _________________. The technical language for this is: Your kingdom is the __________ of your effective will — it’s where you get to ________________.

Genesis 1:26, “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.’”

See Matthew 13:44 and Romans 14:17

 Matthew 6:9-10, “This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name, 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.’”                  

 


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Sermon Notes February 18, 2024

The Testimony of a Tower                                                          “In the Beginning”

Genesis 11:1-9, “Now the whole world had one language and a common speech.  As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. They said to each other, ‘Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.’ They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.’ But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, ‘If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let Us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.’ 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.”

  1. When we say, “the tower of Babel,” what are we talking about?  ______________________________________.
  2. This ancient tower wasn’t a place of ________________ but a            place where a god would ______________________.
  3. People would take care of the god, and the god would                    ______________________________________.

 

Genesis 1:26, “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’”… 3:22, “And the Lord God said, ‘The man has now become like one of Us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.’”
  1. There are not multiple __________________, just one — the _____________________.

 

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.”

 


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Sermon Notes February 11, 2024

What’s Love Look Like?                                                                      “What’s Love REALLY Got to Do With It?”

1 Corinthians 13:1-3, 13, “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing…  And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”                                                                                                       1 Corinthians 13:4-7, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

  1. Patience is the will, the choice, to wait or endure __________    _______________.
  2. If envy is left unchecked, the desire for the “thing” turns into a dislike for _______________________ who has the “thing”.
  3. In other words, love isn’t concerned with ________________, or self-assertion; it cares more about ___________________.

Calvin Coolidge, 30th President, delivered this on January 17th, 1925: “Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

How do you compare to this description?

Did you see Jesus in this description?

 


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Sermon Notes February 04, 2024

It Looked Like Rain                                                                    “In the Beginning” 

After The Fall: See Genesis 4:1-8 

Genesis 6:1-8  When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown. The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

  1. __________ was enough for God to not give up on the world.

                                                                                                                         

The Boat: See Genesis 6:14-22
 

 

The Flood: See Genesis 7:7-24

Genesis 9:12-17 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.  Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.  Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”

 
  1. In all the calamities of the end times outlined in the book of Revelation, what you won’t find in any mention of any kind of catastrophic __________________. 

 

See Matthew 24:37-39; 1Peter 3:20-22

 


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Sermon Notes January 28,2024

When All Hell Broke Loose                                                      “In the Beginning”                                      

The Garden of Eden  – – See Genesis 2:8-17,25

  1. Of all the things that could have been said to summarize life in the Garden of Eden, it was that it was ____________________.
  2. God created an opportunity — a choice — to make sure that the __________________________ between Him and human beings was really going to be a _________________________.
 

The Temptation—Genesis 3:1-6, Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,  but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will  die.’” “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

  1. 3. Who is Satan?   Jesus _____________________________.
 

The Fall – – Genesis 3:7-13, 14-19, 20-24  

 
  1. Result of the Fall, Eve turned from her dependence on God, so now she would depend ________________ — this allows    the husband, or man, to take _____________________ .

 

Romans 8:22, “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.”
 
  1. God let us ___________, and we did, and our ____________  have brought continual pain and heartache and destruction

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Sermon Notes January 21, 2024

The Birds and the Bees                                                            “In the Beginning”

Genesis 1:27, 2:7, 18, 21-24, So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them… Then 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…. 18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him….” 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, He took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib He had taken out of the man, and He brought her to the man.23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” 24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

  1. We were _______________…in________________________.   
  2. When God created us, He intentionally created ___________. He deliberately made us a ___________ of man and a ________  of woman.
Biology 101: What Makes us Male or Female?                                                                             
a) Internal reproductive organs. 
                                                                                                                                                    b) External sexual anatomy.   
                                                                                                                                                    c) Endocrine Systems that produce 2nd sex characteristics.                            
 
d) And the presence or absence of a Y chromosome.
 

“This means that _____________ isn’t just about what you do or how you feel. It is about who you are and who you were made and __________________________________.”

Two Different Categories: 

A. Gender Role — the social and cultural aspects of being male or female…  ___________________.                                                                                                                                         
B. Gender Identity — the psychological aspects associated with being male or female… _____________________.
 

Genesis 1:28, God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”  

 Deuteronomy 22:5  A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the Lord your God detests anyone who does this. 

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.    

 Romans 1:26-27 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. 

1 Corinthians 6:18-19  Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;

 


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Sermon Notes January 14, 2024

Adam and Eve and Charles                                              “In the Beginning”

Genesis 1:27, “So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.”

Genesis 2:7, 18, 21-24, “Then 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… The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.’ …So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, He took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib He had taken out of the man, and He brought her to the man.23 The man said, ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called “woman,” for she was taken out of man.’ 24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.”

  1. We were ________________________.      

Date: Summer of 1925; Location: Dayton, TN; Issue: Scopes Trial. Biology teacher John Scopes was charged with violating a law in Tennessee that said, you cannot teach evolution. Winner: __________________________________.

Here is the real issue: The real divide is between a ___________ view of the universe that sees nature as all that there is, and a _________________________ view of the universe that remains very much open to the existence and activity of a “God.”                          

The Problem Evolution Has…

A. The experts admit, there wasn’t enough ________________.   
B. Evolutionists admit that initially life may have been too  _____________________. 
C. How did a purely naturalistic evolutionary process create ever-increasing _____________________.  
D. How did _____________ come from _______________.
2.We were made in the very ___________________________.

#1: How does _________________________ evolve naturalistic out of a pool of primordial slime?     

#2: Why are we so incurably __________________________? 

#3: Where do we get our inner sense of _________________?

 


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Sermon Notes January 07, 2024

A Creative Perspective                                       “ In the Beginning” 

  1. In beginning a study, it’s good to remember these  3 things:                                                                        
A. It’s a ________________ book.                                                                        
B. It’s written in _______________________ observational (phenomenological) language.    
C. In the beginning, It’s written in __________ (specifically a combination of prose narrative and epic poem. 

Genesis 1:1-2, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty , darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 

  1. The opening headline says 2 things:
A. In the beginning ___________.      B. He ______________. 

Some Big Bang Facts

Dr. Edwin Hubble — it’s his theory. At one time — all matter was packed into a dense mass (at outrageous temperatures) and then about 13.8 billion years ago — explosion. On April 24, 1992, the Cosmic Background Explorer satellite (COBE), gave stunning confirmation of the universe’s “hot Big Bang creation event.” 

  1. Here are the problems:                     
A. We know that ______________________ cannot come

from nothing.                                                                                       

B. We also know that the universe isn’t ________________.           
C. Million dollar question:  Where did the stuff that got ________________ come from  and who ________________ it?                                        
4. About the word “Day”… how could God have wanted to inspire the writer of Genesis to convey scientific precision about literal, 24-hour solar days when, according to the text _____________     

____________________ weren’t even created until the 4th day.

See Genesis 1:3-31; 2:1-3.  (Pew Bible, page 1)

  1. As for the first week of creation, it can be divided into two parts: 3 days of _____________ and 3 days of _____________.

For Additional Biblical References — 2 Corinthians 4:5-7’ Job9:9; Deuteronomy 4:19; and, Isaiah 45:10-15.

 


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Sermon Notes December 31, 2023

Killing Giants                                                                     “No Different” 

1 Samuel 17:1-3 Now the Philistines gathered their forces for war and assembled at Sokoh in Judah. They pitched camp at Ephes Dammim, between Sokoh and Azekah. Saul and the Israelites assembled and camped in the Valley of Elah and drew up their battle line to meet the Philistines.  The Philistines occupied one hill and the Israelites another, with the valley between them. 

See 1 Samuel 17:4-31; pew Bible page  445 

  1. Two radically different reactions to Goliath:                      
  2. A) “Giant avoidance,” the minute the giant steps out,           

            ________________________________.                                    

  1. B) “Giant engagement,” like David, they choose to                   

           ______________________________. 

  1. What lessons does David teach us?                           
  2. A) He did the “math of __________________________.”  
  3. B) He saw Goliath as a challenge_________________  

          It meant Goliath was really calling out                                             

          _______________________________. 

1 Samuel 17:32-37 

  1. C) He remembered how _________________God had     

          been to him, time and again.                                                            

          God was bigger than Goliath!   

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Sermon Notes December 17, 2023

God’s Leadership in Your Life

“No Different”

Exodus 13:21-22, “By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.”  Numbers 14:14 and Nehemiah 9:12                                                        

Exodus 33:7-11, “Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the ‘tent of meeting.’ Anyone inquiring of the Lord would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp. And whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people rose and stood at the entrances to their tents, watching Moses until he entered the tent. As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the Lord spoke with Moses. Whenever the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance to the tent, they all stood and worshiped, each at the entrance to their tent.  The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend…”                  

  1. If you want to know what God says to you about something, go to where He has already ______________________; in other words, go to the _____________________.  Psalm 32:8,119: 24-32, 104-105                                                              
  2. Talking with God as if talking to a _____________; which means not only talking but ________________. This is Prayer. Psalm 46:10; 130:5                                  
  3. There are people who walk with God and have lived full enough to have knowledge and experience come together and form a very rare commodity: ________________________________.                           Proverbs 12:15; 15:22, 19:20; and 20:18                         

John 16:7, “But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.”

  1. The Holy Spirit takes up residence in your life and leads and guides and prompts from ___________________.
  2. How do I know if a prompting is from God or not?                          
A. Does it ______________ the truth of the Bible?                        
B. Does it ______________ love for God and people?                       
C. Does it ______________ a Godly conviction?
6. God can and does ________________________ and create opportunities for you. These are God-directed opportunities. Acts 16:6-8

 


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