What We Believe – Part 1: God and the Trinity

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Sermon Notes
Scripture: John 14:9-14
“What We Believe
Part 1: God and the Trinity”
  1. God, the Holy Trinity; there is but one living and true God.
    • In unity of Godhead there are three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (John 15:26-27)
    • These three are in unity, eternity, deity and purpose with infinite power, wisdom and goodness. (Matthew 28:18-20)
  2. The Son – His Incarnation
    • God was Himself in Christ to reconcile people to God. (Luke 1:35)
    • He joined together God and the humanity of man. (Hebrews 2:14-18)
    • He came to save us by living a perfect human life and died to save us from our sins. (John 3:16)
    • He was a blameless, innocent sacrifice for us that we might be saved. (2 Corinthians 5:18-19)
  3. The Son – His Resurrection and Exaltation
    • Jesus Christ has risen victorious from the dead, thus conquering death. (Luke 24:5-8)
    • He ascended back to Heaven at the right hand of the Father, interceding for us. (Phillipians 2:9-11)
  4. The Holy Spirit – His Person
    • Is in unity with the Godhead equal in deity, majesty and power. (John 14:26)
    • Jesus’ Incarnation and ministry were accomplished by the Holy Spirit. (John 16:12-15)
  5. The Holy Spirit – His Work in Salvation
    • The effective agent in our conviction, regeneration, sanctification and glorification. (John 16:7-11)
    • He is our Lord, ever-present, self-guiding and directing God’s people. (Romans 8:9)
  6. The Holy Spirit – His Relation to the Church
    • Holy Spirit is the Church’s life and witnessing power. (Acts 5:3-4)
    • He bestows the love of God and makes real the Lordship of Jesus in believers. (1 Peter 1:21)
    • This Lordship directs the church in common good and to increase the church. (1 Corinthians 12:4-7)
    • He is the spirit of Truth and His instrument is God’s Word. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

God wants you to be in an eternal relationship with him while showing you the best way to live your earthly lives as well! God wants you to enjoy this life as you prepare for the next. God, in His power, strength, wisdom, knowledge, grace and mercy takes time to care and love His creation and that means you and me!

 

Forgiveness: Why Bother?

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Sermon Notes
Scripture: Ephesians 1:6-7
“Forgiveness: Why?”

True forgiveness is not:

  1. Forgiveness is not forgetting. (Colossians 2:13-14)
  2. Forgiveness is not condoning. (2 Corinthians 5:17-18)
  3. Forgiveness is not absolving those who hurt us. (1 John 2:1-2)
  4. Forgiveness is not self-sacrifice or being a martyr. (Hebrews 8:12)
  5. Forgiveness is not a one time decision; it is a process. (Mark 11:25)

What is forgiveness?

  1. It’s a discovery; the byproduct of ongoing healing; a process that heals so we can forgive. (Isaiah 55:7)
  2. Forgiveness is something that happens as a sign of positive self-esteem. (Isaiah 1:18)
  3. We recognize that we no longer need our hatred, no longer need to punish people. (Colossians 3:13)
  4. Forgiveness puts the energy of rage, anger and resentment back into healing. (Jeremiah 33:8)

The simple truth is we are to forgive in obedience to God forgiving us. In this obedience comes valuable lessons of healing, peace, glorifying God’s grace and mercy and never allowing our anger or resentment to guide our lives.

Evangelism and Second Chance Ministries

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Scripture:
“Evangelism and a Second Chance Church

How do we recognize those who need evangelism?

Who are the real addicts of the world in desperate need of a second chance ministry?

We can recognize them by:

  1. Those who won’t face the facts. (John 8:34)
  2. Doubt that healing is possible. (Romans 8:2)
  3. Sin is a chronic condition based upon conscious choice. (Romans 1:24-25)
  4. Have trouble with repentance and Biblical change. (Matthew 5:29)
  5. Difficulty in forgiving and obeying God. (Romans 6:12-14)
  6. Doubts, faith problems and issues. (James 5:19-20)

If the addicts of the world are to be evangelized, who then are the addicts of the world? We are addicts of the world! We are addicted to pride, stuff and put many things before God. As we evangelize others we need to first evangelize ourselves. Are we willing to repent, overcome our pride and become obedient to God’s callings and commands?

Until we totally align ourselves with God we remain the second chance people of this church and God’s family. We are no better or worse than any addict in the eyes of God because we are still living like one. We too are still sinners and need a second chance to stay aligned with God. We need God’s grace and mercy. We need second chance ministries. We need forgiveness.

Evangelism and forgiveness work together as part of God’s salvation plan so all may be saved. Evangelism is God’s method of growing His church, His people and the fellowship of believers in the community.

7 Questions Skeptics Ask

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Sermon Notes
Scripture: Mark  11:21-25

7 Questions Skeptics Ask:

  1. 1) Evil and suffering.
    • a) God has given us free will and we often make disobedient choices.
    • b) Disobedience comes from, and leads to, alienation from a good, Godly lifestyle.(Isaiah 53:10-11)
    • c) God always works for our good. (Romans 8:28)
  2. 2) Contradictions within the Bible.
    • a) Most contradictions are based upon historical ignorance, not actual facts!
    • b) Differing accounts are necessarily contradictory. Historical truth and common logic almost always disprove the apparent contradiction.
  3. 3) Will those who never hear about God’s word really go to Hell?
    • a) God’s perfect love far exceeds our understanding. (John 3:16)
    • b) What God decides will be loving, merciful and fair. (John 8:10-11)
  4. 4) How can Jesus be the only way to Heaven? Don’t all religions lead to heaven?
    • a) First the Skeptic must be shown that Jesus as the only way is at least a possibility.
    • b) Then, is Jesus a candidate for this possibility? Jesus Himself claimed so. (John 14:6-7)
    • c) Was this claim true? Jesus’ story, teachings, history, fulfilled prophecies and martyrs say, “Yes!”
  5. 5) Isn’t Christianity really just a crutch to get through life?
    • a) It is more than a crutch, it is a life fundamental belief system; a way of life.
    • b) Christianity answers major human needs: love, forgiveness, identity, meaning, purpose, value.
    • c) No other religion satisfies all these human needs; it is our foundation, our breath of life.
  6. 6) How can Christians just accept Christianity’s teachings?
    • a) There are many things we accept in this life by a leap of faith: electricity, airplanes, medicine, love.
    • b) If you need proof: empty tomb, martyrs, Bible, historical and archaeological facts.
  7. 7) Does what you believe matter as long as you’re good and sincere?
    • a) Truth is not relative, it is absolute. If it is negotiable or changing than it is not real truth.
    • b) Good people can still be sincerely wrong. (1 Peter 3:15) We must know the truth of God.
    • c) The truth will set us free, nothing else. (John 8:32)

Saving souls is hard work. Are we willing to do the hard work? Is evangelism a priority for us? Mark tells us we must have enough faith to move mountains. Can we have enough faith to move the mountains of disbelief and skepticism? Can we evangelize the lost and bring them home to Christ? Do we have a future together as God’s people and His Church? If we trust in Him, put our faith in Him, I believe the answer is a resounding YES!

Satan’s Strategy and Our Defense – Part 2

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Sermon Notes
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 3:1-2,5-7,10
“Satan’s
Strategy and our Defense”
Part 2

Living in Faith by God (4 Tests):

  1. Test 1: Am I doing this for the glory of God or just to please myself? (Romans 4:20)
  2. Test 2: Am I rushing around impetuously or am I willing to wait on God? (Isaiah 28:16)
  3. Test 3: Can I defend what I’m doing from the Word of God? (Romans 10:17)
  4. Test 4: As I contemplate this move, do I have joy and peace inside? (Romans 15:13)

What we are then called to do:

  1. Don’t give Satan a beachhead. (Ephesians 4:25-32)
  2. Satan also goes to Church. (1 Corinthians 14:33)
  3. What are we to wear to the war? (Ephesians 6:10-18)
  4. Identifying Satan’s Army. (James 2:18-19)
  5. Satan and our homes. (1 Timothy 4:1-2)

By controlling our “Toxic Emotions”, by being obedient to His callings and commands, by wearing His spiritual armor, by identifying Satan’s demons and by remaining in alignment with God we forge out a life and lifestyle that keeps us away from Satan’s temptations while continually growing closer in relationship to Christ.

We are clothed in God’s spiritual armor and now we know what to do. We cast Satan aside and continue to follow God’s Word, Will and Way.

Satan’s Strategy and Our Defense – Part 1

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Sermon Notes
Scripture: Revelation 12:11
Satan’s Strategy and Our Defense
Part I
Three reasons we can overcome Satan:

  1. The blood of the Lamb
  2. God’s Word.
  3. Because we do not love our lives.

Satan’s Plan of Attack:

  1. Satan, the Deceiver. Our Defense: God’s Word (2 Corinthians 11:3)
  2. Satan, the Destroyer. Our Defense: The imparted grace of God. (1 Peter 5:8, Matthew 12:22)
  3. Satan, the Ruler. Our Defense: Indwelling Spirit of God (1 Timothy 3:6-7)
  4. Satan, the Accuser. Our Defense: Jesus Christ, the son of God. (Revelation 12:10, 2 Corinthians 7:10)
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