Sunday, March 20, 2016

My New Life Forward - The Road to Victory 830am Sermon - Palm Sunday

Sermon Text: Mark 11: 9 Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

Sermon Title: My New Life Forward: The Road to Victory  

Point 1: The people on The Road to victory – Some were followers vs. 8 Many people spread their cloaks on the road while others spread branches they had cut in the fields.

Point 2: The praise on The Road to Victory. Vs. 9 Those went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

Point 3: The prophesy on The Road to Victory vs. 2…”Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here.

Life Application:
1.  Plan your victory parade
2.  Praise Jesus for your victory

3.  Ignore the haters & disbelievers on your victory parade route

My New Life Forward - Plan D - 11am Sermon - Palm Sunday

11am
Sermon Text: Mark 11: 2…Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there…

Sermon Title: My New Life Forward: Plan D

Point 1: The Donkey is prepositioned vs. 2…just as you enter, you will find a colt tied there.

Point 2: The Donkey has a purpose vs. 7…Jesus sat on it [and rode it into Jerusalem]

Point 3: The Donkey was prophesied vs. 3 If anyone asks you, why are you doing this? Tell him, “The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.”

Life Application:
1.  Stop working your plan and start working God’s plan for your life
2.  Trust God’s plan

3.  Be confident in the prophesy to succeed that is over your life

Sunday, March 13, 2016

What do You do when Your Faith Don’t Measure Up 03.13.16

Sermon Text: Mark 9: Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

Sermon Title: What do You do when Your Faith Don’t Measure Up (What’s Wrong with My Faith?)

Point 1: Enough faith is not enough faith. Vs. 19c… [Jesus said] bring the boy to me.
Vs. 20, 21 So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” From childhood he answered. You have to love this about Jesus, because Jesus is so compassionate. Jesus wants to know how long has the man been dealing with this. It’s not just how long has the boy been possessed, it’s how long has this parent been dealing with his son. How long has this family been going throw? How long has their lives been turned upside down.

Point 2: Desperate faith is for desperate times vs. 22a “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill.

Point 3: Mismeasurement of your faith vs. 24b I believe; help me overcome my unbelief
Vs 22 says the man says …if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us. Notice in vs. 23 Jesus pushes back IF YOU CAN... EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE FOR HIM WHO BELIEVES. In other words, Jesus was saying this don’t make this a size of God problem.
When Keara believed Jesus did for her like he did for the man. Vs. 25 Jesus rebuked the evil spirit “You deaf and mute spirit, “ he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” Vs. 26 The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, He’s dead. Vs. 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up. Vs 28b …Why couldn’t we drive it out?” Vs. 29 …This kind can come out only prayer [and fasting]

Life Application:
1.  Fast and pray…LORD INCREASE MY FAITH & JOY UNTIL YOU TURN IT AROUND
2.  Don’t ever give up…don’t give in…don’t give out…
3.  Walk by faith and not by sight…what you see/feel will shake you faith will make you…



Small Group Questions:
1.  What other time in scripture when Jesus told the disciples why did they half believe? “oh ye of little faith” The Greek means why did you half believe Matt 6: 30, 8: 26, 14: 31, 16: 8. Have the group to look them up and discuss them
2.  Is there a time when you didn’t believe/have faith fully but then you gain faith and God turned things around? Please share.
3.  Is there anything that you don’t have enough faith for now and you want the group to pray with you and believe God?

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Brand Jesus 03.09.16

Pericope: Mark 8: 31 – 33
Sermon Text: Mark 8: 32b Peter took him aside and begin to rebuke
Sermon Title: Brand Jesus!
BP: Move the hearers to pick the right Jesus brand
Introduction: In the text Peter tried to control Jesus because Peter didn’t like what brand of Jesus he was getting. He tried to correct Jesus by telling him what brand he thought Jesus should be.
        So it is with many of us. We have such brand loyalty that has been formed over the years that when the brand change we are willing to take it back or switch all together. 
Point 1: Miracle Brand
·       Cast out evil spirit in the synagogue Mark 1: 21- 28
·       Heals Peter’s Mother in law Mark 1: 29
·       Healed leprosy Mark 1: 40
·       Healed the paralyzed man who was lowered through the roof Mark 2: 4
·        Healed the man with the shriveled up hand Mark 3: 5
·       Cast out the demon possessed man who lived in the graveyard in Decapolis Mark 5: 8
·       Healed the woman with the issue of blood Mark 5: 28 – 30
·       Raised the Jairus daughter from the dead Mark 5: 41 – 42
·       Fed the 5,000 Mark 6: 41 – 43
Point 2: Transfigured Brand
All of us want to be changed. No one wants to stay the same. Jesus is in the changing business. Six days after the rebuking incident Jesus took the very one on Mt Harmon and was transfigured before his very eyes. Then the same glory enveloped them.
·       Mark 9: 2c There he was transfigured before them.
Point 3: Crucified Brand
This is the brand of Christ we generally don’t pick. One it was hard for Peter and the disciples to believe the Messiah would be crucified. Second if he was crucified it was even harder to believe he would rise from the dead even though they had just seen him raise a girl from the dead.. We must embrace the crucified brand.
·       Mark 8: 31c that he must be killed and after three days’ rise again; Mark 9: 9 As they coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Many had risen from the dead.

Life Application:

Saturday, March 5, 2016

3.6.16 - 830am Sermon - Too Close For Comfort

830am
Sermon Text: Mark 8: 29 “But what you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Christ.”
Sermon Title: Too Close for Comfort
Point 1: vs 27b on the way he asked, “Who do people say I am?” How acquainted are you with Jesus?
Point 2: vs 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. Just because Peter said he knew who Jesus was then he tried to control Jesus. Peter tried to control Jesus.
Point 3: vs. 31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priest and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days’ rise again. Vs. 32a He spoke plainly
        [Peter didn’t have a clear understanding of who Jesus was and what he going to do.]
Point 4: vs. 33 But when Jesus turned and look at his disciple’s he rebuked Peter. Get behind me, Satan!” he said. You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”
        Peter tried to counter Jesus. Jesus countered Peter
Life Application:
1.  Don’t try to control Jesus
2.  Let Jesus be Jesus in your life you might be surprised
3.  Get out of Jesus way…let Jesus be Jesus
Small Group Questions:
1.  What does this scripture teach us about trying to control Jesus?
2.  According to the text what was Jesus mission?
3.  How have you tried to control Jesus in your life?
4.  What do you think Jesus could do in your life if you released your control of him?


11am Sermon - The Jesus Brand

11am
Sermon Text: Mark 8: 29 “But what you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Christ.”
Sermon Title: The Jesus Brand (What’s your Brand Jesus?)
Point 1: vs 27b on the way he asked, “Who do people say I am?” How acquainted are you with Jesus Brand?
Point 2: vs 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. Just because Peter said he knew who Jesus was then he tried to control Jesus. Peter tried to control Jesus brand.
Point 3: vs. 31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priest and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days’ rise again. Vs. 32a He spoke plainly
        [Peter didn’t have a clear understanding of who Jesus was and what he going to do…Brand loyalty was not going to happen…]
Point 4: vs. 33 But when Jesus turned and look at his disciple’s he rebuked Peter. Get behind me, Satan!” he said. You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”
        Peter tried to counter Jesus. Jesus countered Peter
Life Application:
1.  Don’t try to control Jesus
2.  Let Jesus be Jesus in your life you might be surprised
3.  Get out of Jesus way…let Jesus be Jesus
Small Group Questions:
1.  What does this scripture teach us about trying to control Jesus?
2.  According to the text what was Jesus mission?
3.  How have you tried to control Jesus in your life?

4.  What do you think Jesus could do in your life if you released your control of him?

GREATER - The Amos Effect

Sermon Text: Amos 1: 6, 7:12-17 6 Thus says the Lord: “For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment, ...