Sermon Notes February 05, 2023

But I Don’t Have the Money or Time 
                      “Get Off Your ’But’ “                        

1. What’s often overlooked is how Jesus’ life was marked by something few took note of — it was marked by ____________________.                                                                            

Mark 9:33-35, 43, 45, “They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the road?’ But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest. Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, ‘Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.’…’Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,  For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’”

Acts 4:32-37, “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need. Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.”                                                                                                

2. Joseph established a spirit for the entire community by                   ________________________________ some of what he owned and giving the money to what the church was trying to do and be.                                

Acts 11:22-26, “News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord. Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul,  and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.”                                                                                                 

3.  Barnabas knew firsthand what serving through giving had already done. It had __________________ his life and ________________ the lives of others.


Sermon Notes January 29, 2023

The Opposite of Cursing  
  “Sins of the Father” 

Exodus 34:7, “…Yet He does not leave the guilty unpunished; He punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.” 

1.  The opposite of cursing our children is __________________ them. 

Genesis 27:30-34, 38, “After Isaac finished blessing him, and Jacob had scarcely left his father’s presence, his brother Esau came in from hunting. He too prepared some tasty food and brought it to his father. Then he said to him, ‘My father, please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.’  His father Isaac asked him, ‘Who are you?’ ‘I am your son,’ he answered, ‘your firstborn, Esau.’ Isaac trembled violently and said, ‘Who was it, then, that hunted game and brought it to me? I ate it just before you came and I blessed him—and indeed he will be blessed!’  When Esau heard his father’s words, he burst out with a loud and bitter cry and said to his father, ‘Bless me—me too, my father!’  Esau said to his father, ‘Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father!’ … Then Esau wept aloud.”

2. The fundamental blessing — Children need to hear words of  _________________________________________ from their parents.

Matthew 17:5, “While He was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, ‘This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him!”

3. There are actually three blessings: 
    a. The Son ______________________________________; 
    b. The Son was _______________________________; and,   
    c. The Son was ___________________________________.

Thessalonians 2:11-12, “For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.”

4. From a father, a daughter learns what to look for in a man, and the expectation of __________________________________________.                                                                                          


Sermon Notes January 22, 2023

Turning the Corner 
 “Sins of the Father” 
Exodus 34:7, “…Yet He does not leave the guilty unpunished; He punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation” 
Genesis 41:51, “ Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh and said, ‘It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.’”  

Philippians 3:12-14, “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” 

1. ____________: the natural progression in life from childhood to adulthood and it involves ____________ your family of origin. 

Genesis 2:18, 21-24, “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. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib  he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man… The man said, That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.”                   


After leaving your family of origin, to move forward you need to _________ some things in relation to your family of origin. This is about ______________________________.

Proverbs 30:11-14, “There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers; those who are pure in their own eyes and yet are not cleansed of their filth; those whose eyes are ever so haughty, whose glances are so disdainful; those whose teeth are swords and whose jaws are set with knives to devour the poor from the earth and the needy from among mankind.”

3. HOWEVER, if the dysfunction ion your family involved sexual or physical abuse, what you need to ___________ is your need for helpIt may mean professional Christian counseling.

4. When you realize you need to let go of the past, you have to couple it with realizing you need to _____________ toward something else.

Philippians 3:14, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Psalm 68:6, “God sets the lonely in families, He leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.” 


Sermon Notes January 15, 2023


               “Sins of The Father”               


Exodus 34:7, “…Yet He does not leave the guilty unpunished; He punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”                  

Genesis 37:3-4, “Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.”

Dysfunction #1: Jacob loved Joseph _______________ than the other children.

Dysfunction #2: Jacob ______________________________ it.

Dysfunction #3: It made the other brothers _________________     Joseph, which led to verbal and emotional abuse.

Genesis 37:5-8,11, “Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. He said to them, ‘Listen to this dream I had: We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.’ His brothers said to him, ‘Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?’ And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said… His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.”

See Genesis 37:12-35; 41-29-36; and, 41:37-44

Fact: Joseph named his 1st son Manasseh. In Hebrew, “Manasseh” meant ______________________.

Genesis 41:51, “Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh and said, ‘It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.’”

See Philippians 3:12-14


Sermon Notes January 08, 2023

  “Sins of the Father” 

Exodus 34:7, “…Yet He does not leave the guilty unpunished; He punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”

1. When someone hurts you, you don’t think they                         _______________________________ forgiveness.

2. One of the things I’ve learned is that it’s fair to be                             ______________ about things that have happened to you, things you were subject to, things you were deprived of.

                                    How to Forgive

A. Restore the attitude of ______________. Remember, they _________________ to God.

1John 4:20-21, “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And He has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.”

B.  Release the ___________________________.                   

 Proverbs 19:11, “A person’s wisdom yields patience;
it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.”

C. Reconstruct the ______________________________.

Luke 17:3-4, So watch yourselves. ‘If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them.  Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying “I repent,” you must forgive them.’”


2 Timothy 3:3-5, “…without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.”

D. Reopen the  ___________________________.

E. Reaffirm the ___________________________.

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.”

3. Jesus taught that forgiveness is a ________________.

Matthew 18:21-22, “Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?’  Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.’”


Sermon Notes January 01, 2023

The Generational Curse” 

                                                                                                          Sins of the Father

Exodus 20:4-5 You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.  You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,

1. Why does God mention three or four generations? Because in the ancient near eastern culture of that day, that was _____________________________________.

Exodus 34:6-7  And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness,  maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet He does not leave the guilty unpunished; He punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”

Deuteronomy 5:9-10 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments.

2. It’s not about ________________________________    handed out generation after generation.

See Ezekiel 18:5-22

      3. It’s the idea that sin has a ______________________.  While only one person bears the guilt for doing something others around them can bear the __________ of what they’ve done.


Sermon Notes December 25, 2022

Christmas — Through the Eyes of…                      

“The Angels”

1 Timothy 3:16, “Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh,  was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.”

1. Angels are ______________________________ God.
   a. They do not ___________________________.             

1 Peter 1:12, “…Even angels long to look into these things.”

         b. They are not _____________________________.           

         c. They are not_____________________________.
      2. Angels saw _____________________________ in heaven.

Matthew 4:11, “Then the devil left Him, and angels came and attended Him.” 

Luke 22:43, An angel from heaven appeared to Him and strengthened Him.”

Matthew 26:53, “Do you think I cannot call on My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels?”                                                                                                   

Matthew 28:2-7, “There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.”                                                               

Revelation 5:11-12, “Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders.  In a loud voice they were saying: Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!’”


Sermon Notes December 18, 2022

Christmas — Through the Eyes of…                      

“The Magi” 

Matthew 2:1-3, After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem  and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw His star when it rose and have come to worship Him.’ When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.”

1. Tradition says that they were _____________________.

2. But the Magi ____________________ on the night of Jesus’ birth (when He was still in a manger).

3. Remember, there was a Jewish presence in Persia. A whole generation of Jews lived in ___________________                in Persian controlled land.

4. The Magi teach us: Wise people seek Him. And when              they do, they ____________________________.

Matthew 2:9-11, “After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the Child with His mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.”

Their Response:

5. The Magi _______________________________ Jesus.

6. The Magi gave Jesus __________________________.

What if this Christmas, we worshipped more and we gave our first and best gift to Jesus—like these Magi?



Sermon Notes December 11, 2022

Christmas — Through the Eyes of…  “His Birth” 

The Day of His Birth. See Luke 2:1-12

1. Jesus’ birth _____________________celebrated at first by the early church — only His resurrections was. 

2. So why December 25th?                                                                               

      a. _______________ going all the way back to the 4th century.                                                                                        

      b. Because it coincided with another festival of _________________already in place, called “Sol Invictus” 

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. 

The Year of His Birth. See Matthew 2:1-2,11.

3. Based on Herod the Great’s death in 4 B.C., the birth of Jesus took place sometime between _________________.

 The Circumstances of His Birth. See Luke 2:7.

4. Tradition, dating back to the 2nd century, says Jesus’ birth place in Bethlehem was probably some kind of _________________. 

5. A Wonderful Picture of God…                                               

     a. God is __________________________.  (Phil 2:6-8)                          

     b. God is __________________________.                             

     c. God is __________________________.

     d. God is __________________________. 

Romans 8:14-15  For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.”


Sermon Notes December 04, 2022

Christmas: Through the Eyes of…  
   “Joseph and Mary” 

Luke 1:26-27, In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.”

1. What do we know about Mary?

       a. She was a _____________________________.                                                                  

       b. She was engaged to be married; a 3 – stage event:                                                                         

           You were ___________________________.                       

           You were ___________________________.                          

           You were ___________________________.                            

       c.  She was young and Joseph was _______________.           

             So, by the time Jesus was an adult, she was probably a 


2. What do we know about Joseph?                                                   

      a. He was a carpenter but the word might mean that Joseph

           was simply a ___________ (And the most common               

           building material in Palestine is _________________.           

       b. He was _____________________. See Luke 2:22-24.    

       c. He was from ________________, which had a terrible    

            reputation. See John 1:43-46.

3. Defining Moments for Joseph and Mary.                                               

      a. The Greeks had 2 words for “time”…                                             

           “Chronos” for chronology. This referred to                            


           “Kairos” for time filled with ____________________.            

                  See Jeremiah 46:17; Luke 19:41-44;                                   

                                 Ephesians 5:15-16                                                                     

      b.  Mary’s defining moment was her reply…                                  

            Luke 1:38, “’I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered.                   

           May Your word to me be fulfilled. Then the angel left her.”

      c.  Joseph’s defining moment… after a visit from an angel,  

            Joseph accepted _______________with faith. And Mary

            traveled with him — Why?                                                          

             He wanted to be a part of the ________________.            

             He wanted to ____________________________.

Luke 2:4-6,  ”So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.