Sunday, July 14, 2013

Lost & Found: Which Way Am I Going?

Sermon Text: Psalm 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord…
Sermon Title: Lost & Found: Which Way Am I Going?
Point 1: The Children of Israel Exodus 3: 18b Let us take a three day journey…; 13: 21 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 light, so they could travel by day or night; Numbers 14: 34 For forty years--one year for each of each day you explored the land…
The direction they took when they heard giants were on the Promised Land was the actual path they followed. Numbers 13: 33…we seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes Their intentions failed them. They also wanted water Exodus 17: 5…Strike the rock and water will come out… Exodus 16: 4…I will rain down bread from heaven (12) That evening quail came and covered the ground… [I don’t know how you get sick of a miracle but I digress] Point 2: Solomon 1 Kings 3: 9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people…I will give you a wise and discerning heart…moreover I will give you what you have not asked for--both riches and honor…
Point 3: Jonah Jonah 1: 2, 3 Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it…(3) But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish…
He became emotional about his direction in life. Jonah 4: 1 Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry  Jonah 1: 4, 5, 15 Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea…(5) All the sailors were afraid…(15) Then they cried to the Lord please don’t let us die [because of Jonah] Proverbs 16: 9 In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.
Point 4: Paul Acts 9: 1, 3, 18 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord's disciples…(3) As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. (18) Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he could see again, He got up and was baptized.
Life Application: After you discover you are traveling on life's map and you are not certain which way you are going then you need to do the following.
1.  Change directions by changing the choices you make Joshua 24: 15 choose you this day whom you will serve…
2.  Ask for directions when you are not sure James 1: 5 Anyone lacks wisdom he should ask God who gives it generously
3.  Turn around when Acts 3: 19 Repent [turn around] and be converted…
Decision for Christ: Check one
Today I decided to change my life's direction and ACCEPT Jesus Christ as my Savior
Today I decided to change my life's direction and RETURN to Jesus Christ
Today I decided to change my life's direction and become a LifeChanger
Today I want someone to pray with me about my direction in life
Today I decided to change a life by sharing my story with others

  


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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Lost & Found: Where is Jesus…He’s on Board! Pt. 2

Sermon Text:  Mark 4:35-41; Matthew 14:22
Sermon Title: Lost & Found: Where is Jesus…He’s on Board! Pt. 2

Context:  Jesus demands his disciples go to the other side of a “demon possessed” lake.
Point 1:  Storms are Certain  vs. 37 CEB  Gale-force winds arose, and waves crashed against the boat so that the boat was swamped.
(a) They…
(b) They…

Point 2:  Storms Reveal…  vs. 41 CEB Overcome with awe, they said to each other, “Who then is this? Even the wind and the sea obey him!”
Matthew 14:33 CEB Then those in the boat worshipped Jesus and said, “You must be God’s Son!”
(a) In…
(b) In… vs. 38 CEB But Jesus was in the rear of the boat, sleeping on a pillow. They woke him up and said, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re drowning?”
Matthew 14:26, 28 CEB-26When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified and said, “It’s a ghost!” They were so frightened they screamed. 28Peter replied, “Lord, if it’s you, order me to come to you on the water.”

Point 3: Storms Can Stop Progress 
(a) If there is a storm…
(b) If there is a storm… 1 Peter 1:6-7 CEB You now rejoice in this hope, even if it’s necessary for you to be distressed for a short time by various trials. 7This is necessary so that your faith may be found genuine.… Your genuine faith will result in praise, glory, and honor for you when Jesus Christ is revealed.


Conclusion:

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Lost & Found: Where is Jesus…On Board!

Sermon Text:  Mark 4:35-41
Sermon Title: Lost & Found: Where is Jesus…On Board!
Context Text: Jesus and his disciples are on their way to the other side of the lake. Jesus has just taught them a series of parables on the kingdom of God. Once he finished it's as if he is ready to put the lessons to the test. But the test results would come as they go to the other side of the lake.
Point 1:  It was Jesus idea to go into the storm!   vs. 35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.”
The text even says in Matt. 8: 24 Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lace… Point 2:  Jesus is on board.  vs. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
Well the text confirms the trouble…vs. 37 a furious squall came up and the waves broke over the boast, so it was nearly swamped. Matt 8: 24…the waves swept over the boat…Luke 8: 23 said they were in great danger… Point 3:  Jesus requires attention vs. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
Point 4:  Jesus demands we have faith   vs. 40  He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

Conclusion: If you are having a tough time believe Jesus is going to help you. 

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I'VE FALLEN AND I CAN'T GET UP

Sermon pericope: Mark 2:1-4,11-12 And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home.  2  And many we...