Sermon Notes October 24, 2021

Are you “Morphin?” Are You Being Transformed?

1. When people don’t transform, some of them just  __________________________ on ever changing.

2. When people don’t transform, some of them settle for a kind of pseudo — ________________________________.

3. A “Boundary Marker” is a relatively superficial, highly visible _________________ that serves to distinguish who is inside and who is _______________ the group.

4. Pharisees: “If we can’t be ________________ let’s be __________________.”

5. “Be transformed” — There is something we are suppose to do, but we don’t _____________________________. 


1 Corinthians 9:24-27, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” 

6. Fundamental principle — there is an enormous difference between ______________________ to do something versus __________________________ to do something. 

7. What does it mean to train? You arrange your life around those _________________ that will enable you to do what you cannot now do by direct effort. 

Luke 6:40, “The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.” 


Sermon Notes October 17, 2021

 This Means War                         
 “It’s a Bloody Mess”


Deuteronomy 20:10-18, “When you march up to attack a city, make its people an offer of peace. If they accept and open their gates, all the people in it shall be subject to forced labor and shall work for you.  If they refuse to make peace and they engage you in battle, lay siege to that city. When the Lord your God delivers it into your hand, put to the sword all the men in it. As for the women, the children, the livestock and everything else in the city, you may take these as plunder for yourselves. And you may use the plunder the Lord your God gives you from your enemies. This is how you are to treat all the cities that are at a distance from you and do not belong to the nations nearby. However, in the cities of the nations the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes. Completely destroy them—the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—as the Lord your God has commanded you. Otherwise, they will teach you to follow all the detestable things they do in worshiping their gods, and you will sin against the Lord your God.”

1. The slaughter of the Canaanite people was                     __________________________________________ of the people of Canaan for their ways.

2. Judgement is always God’s ______________________.

3. Israel did not have an inherent right to the __________.

Can War be Just?

Matthew 5:38-40, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth. But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.”

Matthew 5:41-42, “If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.” 

“While owning the fact that Jesus taught that it would be wrong for an individual Christian to take aggressive action on his own—in other words, there is no private right to kill or take matters into your own hands—it is the duty and responsibility of Christians who had public responsibility such as a magistrate, a soldier, a king or president, to use discriminate and proportionate force to defend and protect their fellow human beings.” 

Conditions for a “Just War”:

 1) There must be an urgent and imminent _____________. 
  2) It must be an act of _______________________against  
  3) It must be ordered by one who is in _______________   to do so.
  4) It must be for a ______________________________ and    must have the right _______________________.
5)  It should be the ______________________________.


Sermon Notes October 10, 2021


“It’s a Bloody Mess”

Genesis 22:1-2, Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

1. “Testing” is about giving someone the opportunity to _________________________________________________________.

2. We all _________________________________________________.   We were created by God — Isaac’s role on this planet was ____________________________________________________.

See Genesis 22:3-12.

3. First truth: Abraham had absolute _____________________   that Isaac would not die.

Genesis 22:5, He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”

4. Second truth: This was also Isaac’s ______________.

See Genesis 22:13-18

5. God did not want to ___________________________.

Luke 22:19-20, And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”  In the same way, after the supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

6. Jesus was the second ________________________.


Bible Study October 13 at 6:30 pm

The lesson is on the differences between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism. 


Sermon Notes October 3, 2021


“It’s a Bloody Mess”

Leviticus 20:9, “Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death. Because they have cursed their father or mother, their blood will be on their own head.”

See Leviticus 24:10-14; Numbers 15:32-36; and                 Deuteronomy 21:18-21

1. There are a lot of laws with punishments for the simple reason — God  was ___________________________.

2. You don’t punish for childish irresponsibility, but you do punish  for __________________________________.

3. All of the Old Testament ______________________ to us today, but none of it applies apart from it’s                _____________________________ in Christ.

Exodus 21:23-25, “But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.”

Matthew 5:38-39, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.”

See Exodus 21:28-30; 1Timothy 2:3-6; Hebrews 9:13-15; and, Mark 10:45

4. Throughout the Old Testament, there was the idea of _____________________________________________.

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


Sermon Notes September 26, 2021

The God of Two Parties                            

“It’s a Bloody Mess”

1.  A recent question: It’s not whether God exists but if He does, ________________________________________?

2. What is a “Testament?” It means _________________, ____________________, or _______________________.

Galatians 3:24, “So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith.”

Hebrews 9:15, “For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that He has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.”

3. Jesus and the New Testament didn’t _______________ the old covenant — it ________________________ them

4. Today’s Question: Do these _____________________ reveal two different pictures of God?

See John 1:18; John 5:19

Nahum 1:2-3, “The Lord is a jealous and avenging God; the Lord takes vengeance and is filled with wrath.  The Lord takes vengeance on His foes and vents His wrath against His enemies. The Lord is slow to anger but great in power; the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of His feet.

Isaiah 6:1-2, In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above Him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.” 

Isaiah 6:3-7, And they were calling to one another:

At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

5.  Holiness is not something that God puts on. Holiness is something __________________________________________________.


Book club October 31, 2021

Pilgrim’s Progress discussion after church.


You and communion

Daily rituals can make life easier. Having a routine for getting ready for work every morning, for instance, can help us start each day happier and more efficiently. But, we have to be careful that we don’t allow important matters, especially spiritual matters, to become ritualistic. This runs the risk of becoming mechanistic and robotic. Sometimes it’s extremely important that we be thoughtful and introspective. Taking communion is one such time.

Ask yourself what you are thinking about when you take communion. Are you simply consuming the emblems without thinking about what they represent? Are you taking communion in a way that respects the Bible’s instructions on how to do so?

Partaking of the Lord’s Supper is probably the most important part of our service. When done correctly, it can re-center us on Christ for the week ahead.

1 Corinthians 11:27-28 (NIV)

27 So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup.

Prior to taking communion, we are told to examine ourselves. It’s a time to reflect on our relationship with Christ. It’s a time to reflect on our sin and seek forgiveness. It’s a time to reflect on how we can improve our Christian walk.

Partaking of the Lord’s Supper is a serious matter. Were it not, there would be no instructions in the Bible on how to participate in this memorial. We should take care to not let it become “ordinary” or “robotic.” We should engage ourselves, heart, soul, mind and body every time we partake.


Do Not Lean on Your Own Understanding

Read part 1 first, Trust In The Lord.

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.


Don’t Lean on Your Understanding

The verse involves a positive–something you must do. But it also involves a negative–something you must not do. Don’t lean on your own understanding. Basically, the verse is telling us that we ought not to be self-reliant. We cannot pursue a course of action, a financial decision, a business move, a relationship, or an educational choice, simply based on our own understanding. It must be founded in our trust in God.

Self-reliance is such a deceptive trap. We begin to pride ourselves in something–our savvy, our looks, our intellect, our spirituality, our family, whatever. And when we do, it takes away our trust in the Lord. It has become trust in self. The result is a dangerous compromise that will lead to destruction.