Friday, October 12, 2018

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, because they carried into exile a whole people to deliver them up to Edom. 12 And Amaziah said to Amos, “O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, and eat bread there, and prophesy there, 13 but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king's sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom.” 14 Then Amos answered and said to Amaziah,“I was no prophet, nor a prophet's son, but I was a herdsman and a dresser of sycamore figs. 15 But the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ 16 Now therefore hear the word of the Lord. “You say, ‘Do not prophesy against Israel, and do not preach against the house of Isaac.’17 Therefore thus says the Lord: “Your wife shall be a prostitute in the city, and your sons and your daughters shall fall by the sword,   and your land shall be divided up with a measuring line; you yourself shall die in an unclean land, and Israel shall surely go into exile away from its land.’”
GREATER: “The Amos Effect”
Move 1: You speak up when everybody tells you to shut up. Vs 12-13 12 And Amaziah said to Amos, “O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, and eat bread there, and prophesy there, 13 but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king's sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom.”
Move 2: The Amos Effect is when you find yourself. Vs. 14 Then Amos answered and said to Amaziah, “I was no prophet, nor a prophet's son, but I was a herdsman and a dresser of sycamore figs.
a)  Genesis 1;27 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
b)  Genesis 2:7 7 then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
c)  Psalm 139:14 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
d)  Acts 17:28 28 for “‘In him we live and move and have our being… “‘For we are indeed his offspring.
e)  Romans 8:29 - For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers
Move 3: The Amos Effect is when God finds you when no one else is looking for you. Vs 15 But the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ 
Life Application: 
1.When others reject you God accepts you.
2. You may be a fruit picker but Gods is going to make you fruitful.
3. You are made in the image of God and Jesus is your selfie.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

GREATER: A Work in Progress


Sermon Text: Judges 7:16 16 And he divided the 300 men into three companies and put trumpets into the hands of all of them and empty jars, with torches inside the jars.
Sermon Title: GREATER: A Work in Progress

Point 1: Greatness is the process of eliminating your dependency on people. Judges 7:2 2 The Lord said to Gideon, “The people with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel boast over me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’

Point 2: Greatness is the process of elimination your dependency on things. Judges 7:16 And he divided the 300 men into three companies and put trumpets into the hands of all of them and empty jars, with torches inside the jars.
Empty jars and trumpets…
Point 3: Greatness is the process of the ordinary becoming extraordinary. Judges 7:22 When they blew the 300 trumpets, the Lord set every man's sword against his comrade and against all the army. And the army fled as far as Beth-shittah toward Zererah, as far as the border of Abel-meholah, by Tabbath.    

Life Application: 
1.  God will work with what you have and who you are.

2. God’s time is not our time.  

3. Greatness is a work in progress. Trust the process.


Sunday, October 7, 2018

GREATER: I Can Do This!


Sermon Text: Judges 6: 15 15 And he said to him, “Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.”
Sermon Title: GREATER; I CAN DO THIS!
Point 1: Greatness faces reality. Vs 3-6 3 For whenever the Israelites planted crops, the Midianites and the Amalekites and the people of the East would come up against them. 4 They would encamp against them and devour the produce of the land, as far as Gaza, and leave no sustenance in Israel and no sheep or ox or donkey. 5 For they would come up with their livestock and their tents; they would come like locusts in number—both they and their camels could not be counted—so that they laid waste the land as they came in. 6 And Israel was brought very low because of Midian. And the people of Israel cried out for help to the Lord.
11 Now the angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the winepress to hide it from the Midianites. 12 And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you,
 Vs. 12 12 And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you…
Point 2: Greatness looks within.  Vs 15 15 And he said to him, “Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.”
Point 3: Greatness looks at God. Vs 12 12 And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.”
3a: Look at what Gods says about Gideon. Vs 12 12 And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.”
3b: Look at how God said you will win.  Vs 16 16 And the Lord said to him, “But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man.”
3c: Look at how God will build your confidence.  God’s grace makes us great. Vs 40 40 And God did so that night; and it was dry on the fleece only, and on all the ground there was dew. Life Application:
1.  Stop doing start being the brand God called you to be
2.  Trust him he would never appoint you without anointing you
3.  Look at your reality…look at yourself…look at your God

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The Beginning of Greater


Sermon Text: Genesis 3:10 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”
Sermon Title: The Beginning of Greater
Point 1: Sin always requires cover. Adam tried to hide his sin. Genesis 3:6 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
        1a:  God was looking for Adam not fig leaves “Adam where are you”
Point 2: You can’t cover perfection. Garden Eden was perfect, Adam and Eve w/Out want. Genesis 3: 7 7Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.  
        2a: Adam sought refuge behind something lesser, dead, incapable Genesis 3: 7 7Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.
Point 3: God provided temporary and permanent cover. Animal skins then Jesus. Genesis 3:15 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”      
        3a: Fear turned into fig leaves
Conclusion:  You were made for greater stop covering it up.  Stop stitching it up. Start standing in your greatness. Stop looking for acceptance.  Stop trying to improve upon perfection.  Release the Greater in you through Jesus Christ.  I can do all things through Christ who Strengthens me. Phil 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Body Works


Sermon Text: 1 Cor 12: 27  “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.”

Sermon Title: Body Works
Point 1: The Body Work in Unison 
V. 13 says, “For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body Jews or Greeks, slaves or free and all were made to drink of one Spirit.”
Point 2: The Body Works when everyone Values their roles V. 14-16 14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 
Point 3: The Body Works in the Now       
v. 27 says, “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.”

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

What to Do when Worship Won't Work?


Pericope: Matt 15: 21-28 21 And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon.” 23 But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying out after us.” 24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” 26 And he answered, “It is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs.” 27 She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table.” 28 Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.
Sermon Text: Matt 15: 23 23 But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying out after us.”
Sermon Title: What Do You Do When Worship Won't Work?
BP: Move the hearers to worship God
Introduction: Turn down for what...stay lit
Point 1: Keep Crying out Vs 23 23 But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying out after us.”
Point 2: Consider your situation (get out your feelings) Vs 24 24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
Point 3: Change positions Vs 25 25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.”
Point 4: Be willing to take the crumbs Vs. 27 27 She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table.”
Point 5:  Couple your cry with faith Vs. 28 28 Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly

Sunday, September 23, 2018

The Power of True Worship


Pericope:  Acts 16: 16-25
Scriptural Text:  Acts 16:25
Sermon Title: The Power of True worship
Point 1. True Worship is not situational Vs. 25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them,

Point 2. True worship brings True Change Vs. 25-27 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, 26 … suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken… immediately all the doors were opened, … 27 When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open…about to kill himself…

Point 3.True worship stirs the hearts of others    vs. 29 And the jailer called for lights and rushed in…30”Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”




Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Worship: Lessons from the Tent


Sermon text: Exodus 33:7-11 Exodus 33:7-11 7 Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, far off from the camp, and he called it the tent of meeting. And everyone who sought the Lord would go out to the tent of meeting, which was outside the camp. 8 Whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people would rise up, and each would stand at his tent door, and watch Moses until he had gone into the tent. 9 When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent, and the Lord[a] would speak with Moses. 10 And when all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would rise up and worship, each at his tent door. 11 Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses turned again into the camp, his assistant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent.

Sermon pericope: Exodus 33:8-9 - 8 Whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people would rise up, and each would stand at his tent door, and watch Moses until he had gone into the tent. 9 When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent, and the Lord would speak with Moses.

Sermon Title: Worship: Lessons from the Tent

Point 1: Leave the camp

Exodus 32:7-8 7 And the Lord said to Moses, “Go down, for your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves. 8 They have turned aside quickly out of the way that I commanded them. They have made for themselves a golden calf and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it and said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!’”
Exodus 33:7-11 7 Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, far off from the camp, and he called it the tent of meeting. And everyone who sought the Lord would go out to the tent of meeting, which was outside the camp. 8 Whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people would rise up, and each would stand at his tent door, and watch Moses until he had gone into the tent. 9 When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent, and the Lord[a] would speak with Moses. 10 And when all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would rise up and worship, each at his tent door. 11 Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses turned again into the camp, his assistant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent.

Point 2: Be an example

Exodus 33:8-9 8 Whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people would rise up, and each would stand at his tent door, and watch Moses until he had gone into the tent. 9 When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent, and the Lord[a] would speak with Moses.
1 Kings 3:7 7And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in.
Exodus 33:9-10 9 When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent, and the Lord[a] would speak with Moses. 10 And when all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would rise up and worship, each at his tent door.

Point 3: Stay in the tent

Life Application

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Lessons at the Well, Pt. 2 - God's Presence


Pericope: Genesis 28:16-19 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.” 17 And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.” 18 So early in the morning Jacob took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. 19 He called the name of that place Bethel,[a] but the name of the city was Luz at the first..

Sermon Text: Genesis 28:16b… “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.”

Sermon Title: Life Lessons at the Well, Pt 2 God’s Presence

Five reasons why you don’t recognize the presence of God
Point 1: Pensive – vs. 17 He was afraid…  

Point 2: Pressure (self imposed pressure)

Point 3: Private Sins (thought he had done wrong by his twin brother)

Point 4: Place (not the right place – like the woman at the well)

Point 5:  Preoccupied (with the issues of life)

Conclusion:  We miss God when we come to church with the five P’s hanging over our heads…When you come to church, don’t miss his presence or you will miss power, provision and a word. 

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Life Lessons at the Well

Sermon Text: John 4: 4-15
Sermon Text: John 4:15 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”
Sermon TitleLife Lessons at the Well
BP: Move the hearers to drink from Jesus Well
Introduction: Life has a way of making you thirsty…You will visit many wells…
Point 1:  The Well Vs 5, 5 So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob's well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.
Wells are an essential part of biblical life. They were more than watering holes. We find them throughout the Bible. Isaac found his wife Rebecca at a well. Jacob met his wife Rachel at a well. Jethro, the priest of Midian, seven daughters found Moses at a well. Wells were used as deeds to property as Isaacs’s enemies tried to cover up his father's wells to take away his land rights and inheritance. He finally dug a new well and called it Rehoboth. God established that well as the place of his blessing. David wanted some water so bad from the well in Bethlehem his soldiers broke through enemy lines to get him that well water.
Wells were often under dispute because they sustain life. Wells were where oathswere taken to settle disputes. They were borders between enemies. Jeremiah talked about spiritual wells built by hand but were unable to sustain life because they were broken. Moses reminded the Israelites they would drink from wells they didn't dig.Proverbs says a man's mouth is like a well. 
So when we come to the well in our text,there is so much more than what it looks like…an accidental meeting at the well. No one should be under any illusions about what is going on at this well. The water at this well runs deeper than a drink.
Everybody has a well.  Everybody has a place they go to try to work things out in their lives. Some people wells are Starbucks, some folks
Point 2:  The Welcome Vs 7 A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” 8 (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.)
The exchange between Jesus and the woman at the well is unusual. John even points out the disciples have left to get something to eat to show why Jesus is alone. In other words, a woman would never be talking to a man not her husband in public. On top of this they are from two different ethnicities. In her conversation you can hear she didn't feel like she measured up to even talk to Jesus. “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan.”  
This text is replete with how welcoming Jesus is to this woman. John, who remained behind as the other disciples went to get foodtells us everything we need to know in the text. He says the woman came alone at 12 noon. No woman comes alone to get water unless there's a reason she is not a relationship with other women. Women always came together early in the morning to get water for their families.  What was she alone? John tells us Jesus was tired hungry and thirsty. The morays of that day prevented her from talking to a strange man in public let alone a Jewish man. 
So Jesus initiates the conversation. Jesus ensures she feels welcomed by asking her for something to drink. Jesus breaks the ice. “Give me a drink” In four words Jesus destroys all the barriers of that day. 
Point 3:  The Worship vs 23, 24 - 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seekingsuch people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Here is one of the major life lessons in this text. Worship. Jesus redefines worship in a way that transcends the issues thatpreoccupy the womanREPEAT she wants to know where to worship because she is genuinely confused. Now that she has confessed her sins, she wants to go give her sacrifice to complete what Jesus has started. In other words, Jesus welcomes her to a new life regardless of her past. Now she needs to go to worship as a result of her new life, but there are two places to worship. Mount Gerizim on is a quarter mile away where Samaritans are supposed to worship or Jerusalem where the Jewsworship. Jesus answer transcends culture, tradition, place and time. Jesus said, “worship the father in spirit and in the truthof who you are.
Worship in Spirit means anywhere because God is spirit and cannot be contained or restrained by a physical location. Truth means in the truth of who you are. The truth of who this woman was had kept her from worshiping but with Jesus the truth of who she is made her want to worship. REPEAT
Conclusion:  Life lessons at the well tell you everybody has a well. Everybody needs to feel welcome. And once you meet Jesus you will have to worship 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, ...