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My Sunday Sermon Journal: Succeed Through Serving

My Sunday Sermon Journal

A collection of thoughts, ideas, and notes taken from a Sunday Worship Service.

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Going through Mark 10:32-45.

The obvious question we tend to ask ourselves is, “What about us? What’s in it for me?” How we measure success is directly linked to how we live our lives.

Human Nature says our success is getting what we want (Mark 10-32-37). People don’t know how to handle Jesus’ message sometimes when we realize that He wants us to assume a selfless role- a selfless position of servitude.

Human Nature also tells us that success is being elevated by others (Mark 10:43-45). We tend to feel successful when we compare ourselves (our job, money, house, etc.) to others. Or, we feel successful when we receive the verbal confirmation from others. Sometimes, we convince ourselves we’re better than other people.  It doesn’t help that our culture encourages and reinforces this way of thinking.  It shouldn’t be OUR Will but His Will which defines our success.

True Success is seeking what God has planned. God has a plan for you. We must understand our unique role on earth that our Father has laid out for us. Jesus is committed to change our thinking and it requires HUMILITY. We must obey God and HIS path, not our own. That takes a lot to put our faith into Him which ultimately means letting go of all control. Put yourself back in your place, no longer in God’s seat.

Are you ready to swallow your pride? ALL OF IT?

Another definition of True Success, which also requires Humility, is elevating others. Our purpose is not to serve ourselves but to serve others. Jesus demonstrated this on earth! Success is making others better, instead of constantly putting YOURSELF as the focus.

“I come as one who doesn’t know to the One who does.”

Watch the sermon Succeed Through Serving

Pastor: Doug Kyle
Sermon: Succeed Through Serving

Series: Reversed by the Resurrection

Aired 04/06/14

 

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My Sunday Sermon Journal: Restore System Defaults

My Sunday Sermon Journal

A collection of thoughts, ideas, and notes taken from a Sunday Worship Service.

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Going through Ephesians 4:17-24.

Allowing God to pour His light that it changes our thinking.

Negative Stereotypes about righteous living may include: That righteous living is prudish, ridiculous, “holier than thou”, antiquated, old-fashioned…

We’re called to unity with God’s people. Our calling is our gift- our unique role. We need to reboot, restore our systems to our ORIGINAL PURPOSE. The purpose for which we were born to do…our calling.

The reality is that our culture is apart from Christ, darkened with our understanding and ignorant. When nothing can satisfy us, we need to know that ONLY GOD CAN SATISFY.

“Break my heart for what breaks yours…Hosanna…”

~Hosanna, Hillsong United

How to Restore our system defaults: Put off the old self, the flesh, the man of the earth who has deceitful desires. Take off the cultural “clothing” and get to a place where you hate those “clothes”!

Next, embrace the truth!  Embrace a new attitude.  C.S. Lewis says that before we can be saved we must WANT to be cured.  Truth is connected to lifestyle.  The things we believe greatly affect the way we live.

Put on the New Self.  Embrace the person God intended you to be.

How we live=how we think.

Right thinking -> Biblical thinking=Right LIVING.

Prayer:

Lord, give me the courage to change my lifestyle, reboot my system, to the purpose I was created for.  Father, restore my life and give me back what I’ve robbed from myself by succumbing to worldly desires. Help me to seek only which is in You and help me to have the courage to be obedient when You call me to make those decisions. Thank you for Your mercy, Your grace and Your forgiveness. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

 

Watch the sermon Restore System Defaults

Pastor: Doug Kyle
Sermon: Restore System Defaults

Series: (Kal-eh-o) “Calling”

Aired 02/02/14

Sermon Outline: Follow Along!

 

My Sunday Sermon Journal: loveONEanother

My Sunday Sermon Journal

A collection of thoughts, ideas, and notes taken from a Sunday Worship Service.

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Starting the series called (Kal-eh-o) which means “Calling”, pastor Kyle opens up with some great points and brings us to Ephesians 4:1-3. 

4 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

  • Live a life WORTHY of the calling.

We have been called to KEEP the unity. We’re meant to have this unity- we’ve received it. It is our job to maintain it. To KEEP it.

The problem with the world is that we draw our family circle too small. -Mother Teresa

Meaning, our family only consists of our relatives NOT the church body. We need to become one body for Christ and unit believers as ONE FAMILY.

    • A calling we’ve received NOT achieved
    • Be humble, completely, and patient
    • Keep the Spiritual Unity HE created. Maintain it.

We are called to Keep the unity with maturity and extreme efforts. Make EVERY effort to keep the unity of the Spirit. Keep in place what HE created. [Ephesians 4:2-3]

Do this because it is who God is and what God does. [Ephesians 4:4-6]

Believers should not speak ill of one another. We must love each other as ONE BODY. One unified force. We will spend eternity with one another. We need to get along.

Live On Purpose!

Think to yourself these questions:
Do I love what Jesus loves?
Would an outsider see that?
Am I making every effort?

Watch the sermon loveONEanother

Pastor: Doug Kyle
Sermon: loveONEanotehr

Series: (Kal-eh-o) “Calling”

Aired 01/12/2014

Sermon Outline: Follow Along!

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My Sunday Sermon Journal: The End of it All

My Sunday Sermon Journal

A collection of thoughts, ideas, and notes taken from a Sunday Worship Service.

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This week was FULL of blessings! This sermon raised so much awareness within me. My notes were scribbled all over the page! The overall message is to not to take advantage of Christ. Sometimes we use Jesus and our relationship with Him to achieve our goals and to ultimately reach what we want…But Jesus should be the END GOAL. HE should be the goal.

We took a look at Johns disciples in John 3:22-31. They didn’t have a relationship with Jesus as almost viewed Him as “competition” when Jesus began baptizing. Now, Jesus sis personally affecting John. What we do is always compare ourselves to others. But God gives the orders and John’s response in John 3:27-30 is amazing!

“I can only be faithful with what I’ve been given.”
“I am not the Savior of the World.” He repeats this numerous times to people, to ensure they don’t follow HIM but Christ.
“My joy is to hear of Jesus’ success.” His goal was JESUS! He sought to please Jesus, bring people to Jesus, and put Jesus ahead of himself in everything he did.
“Jesus is greater than me.”

Whatever we have, we need to have a relationship with Christ. There are “side effects” to not seeking Him. He IS the Heights- Don’t use Him!

I love Johns response! He knew his role. He’s the VOICE from which Jesus can be heard. God used John to bring people to Jesus, not to John himself. The goal was always Jesus.

The speaker used a great analogy here. He said as though the church is the bride of God, John was the “best man”. He was about the “marriage” of us to Jesus.

All we can do is use the time He’s given us, and we should be asking Christ not “When?” but “How?”

The problem for Us is that we easily make Jesus the means to an end, instead of the end itself. Using Jesus to help us get what we want…instead of seeing Jesus as the goal. I realized I do this in my own life. It really provoked lots of self-evaluation as far as what I’m doing to put Christ as my goal, instead of my own goals in life. This message is so profound.

“The most humble person in the room is usually the most interesting.” Lift HIM up. Jesus should inspire you, He’s our safety net but He’s not simple any of these. He is everything.

Watch the sermon The End of it All

Pastor: Geoff Horn
Sermon: The End of it All

Aired 01/05/2014

Sermon Outline: Follow Along!

My Sunday Sermon Journal: Hark, Mary!

My Sunday Sermon Journal

A collection of thoughts, ideas, and notes taken from a Sunday Worship Service.

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Another great sermon by Pastor Kyle this Sunday. This time to highlight the significance of Mary’s obedience to God and when an angel came to visit her to tell her about her pregnancy…and the baby that would change the world.

I truly admire Marys’ obedience to God, and can you imagine the ridicule she must’ve received from skeptics of the town? And still, she remains faithful, OBEDIENT, and in Luke 1:28-30 the angel, Gabriel, says that Mary is “favored” by God. How amazing! To be FAVORED!

Please continue the “Hark” Series with Hark, Mary!

****Don’t forget to check out the rest of the series if you’ve missed anything!

Watch the sermon HARK, Mary!

Pastor: Doug Kyle
Sermon: Hark, Mary!

  Series: Hark! Angelic Instructions worth Heeding

Aired 12/22/2013

Follow along: Message Notes

My Sunday Sermon Journal: Hark, Zechariah!

My Sunday Sermon Journal

A collection of thoughts, ideas, and notes taken from a Sunday Worship Service.

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We’re truly blessed by this church! With every sermon we learn something new about the Bible and a great lesson to apply to our lives today.

It’s amazing how Zechariah and his wife endured years and years, into their 70s, anxiously praying for a child. Then one day, so much later in their lives than they had ever anticipated, God blessed them with a baby boy. This boy would become John the Baptist. What a significant person, “voice” of God, John would become, arriving all in perfect timing. Not OUR timing but His.

We learn here that patience is never easy and we may become frustrated not knowing Gods plan through everything we’re going through but…The thing God is doing in your life is always BIGGER than the thing God is doing in your life.

So pray over Gods will to be done, and await God’s timing.

Watch the sermon HARK, Zechariah!

Pastor: Doug Kyle
Sermon: Hark, Zechariah!

  Series: Hark! Angelic Instructions worth Heeding

Aired 12/15/2013

Sermon Outline: Follow Along!

Today’s Quote: “…it is always a thousand times less than we deserve…”

The Lord afflicts us at times; but it is always a thousand times less than we deserve, and much less than many of our fellow-creatures are suffering around us. Let us therefore pray for grace to be humble, thankful, and patient.

-John Newton (1725-1807)

Daily Prayer:

Today’s Prayer Topic: Time Management

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Father, I pray that You give me the tools to better manage my time. I know I’m equipped with the ability to be more efficient and productive, but I need Your guidance and self-discipline to utilize them. I feel as though the day slips away from me and I don’t have much to show for it. The ideal day for me would be one when I feel accomplished and satisfied at the end of the day. Lord, please guide me to doing everything according to Your Will, because I know You would leave not one minute wasted. Help me to be more conscious of time and allow me more opportunities to touch someone’s life in a positive way. Thank You for all of this, in Your name I pray, Amen.



The purpose of our Daily Prayer:
-For new believers coming to know Christ who are new to prayer.
-The daily topics can highlight on issues that you’re currently struggling with.
-While there is no “perfect way to pray”, these prayers are great to be added to your own prayers each day.

My Sunday Sermon Journal: Atonement & Grace

My Sunday Sermon Journal

A collection of thoughts, ideas, and notes taken from a Sunday Worship Service.

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Pastor: Dr. Rocky Ramsey
Sermon: Atonement & Grace
Aired: 6-2-13

Atonement & Grace

Atonement: n; the forgiving or pardoning of sin through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ

God created man to have a relationship with Him. Sin separates us from Him and damages the planet earth by natural disasters. We’re born with sin.

He is a JUST God. He sent His son and punished him so that He would forgive you. So we should give back to God.

There will always be needs for Him that no one and nothing can fill, but Him.

“The gospel is so simple that small children can understand it, and it is so profound that studies by the wisest theologians will never exhaust its riches.” -Charles Hodge.

Atonement and Grace.

Jesus did not die for just some. While some believe that He died for few, the Bible declares otherwise.

1.) Gods word doesn’t contradict itself. Ever.
2.) Anything which tells you to disregard scripture is bad.
3.) Even good, godly people disagree.
4.) Let’s be clear: Man does the sinning, God does the saving. Just because man says yes to God, does not mean it takes away from God in any way. Glory is given to God when we turn to Him.
5.) Your position should be biblical, not emotional. Don’t quote other people on scripture, quote scripture.
6.) Search scripture for all your answers. Do not “parent” other people and what they say.
7.) You can still know you’re a sinner and believe that Christ died for you, without having a position on this subject; regarding whether Christ died for some or all.

Many people love God well. But it’s important to be knowledgable and study the Bible.

Atonement and Grace:

Who can be saved? Are we predestined to be saved? Are their “chosen” people for salvation?

1.) We believe that Jesus died for UNLIMITED ATONEMENT for everyone.

He desires all man to be saved and come to knowledge of the truth.

This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:3, 4 NIV)

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9 NIV)

God doesn’t wish for anyone to perish. In this God shows His love for us. Hell was made for Satan and his demons, not for us.

John Calvan contradicts his beliefs in confirming what the bible says in John 3:16.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16, 17 NIV)

2.) The Bible teaches that Jesus died for the sins of the whole world. (John 1:9). Scripture says this repeatedly throughout. (John 4:42. ) (John 12:32). If there are men that cannot be saved why would God bother to draw them to Himself to find out that they can’t “cross the line” and be saved? Why would God draw in people who don’t have the option to be saved?

He gives every man knowledge of Him. (See 1 Timothy 5:6)

That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe. (1 Timothy 4:10 NIV)

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. (Titus 2:11 NIV)

He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. (1 John 2:2 NIV)

Also, 1 John 4:14.

God wants everyone to be saved. Scripture says that Jesus died for the whole world.

3.) Scripture about atonement is Christs blood covering our sin. Atonement covers our sin. Everyone that goes to heaven has their name in the book of life. You have one of two options to believe: 1. There is no “once saved always saved.” You can lose your salvation. 2. Everyone’s name is in the book! But those who do not follow have their names taken out.

Number 2 is mentioned as truth in Revelations and Psalms.

Erase their names from the Book of Life; don’t let them be counted among the righteous. (Psalms 69:28 NLT)

Sometimes scripture is specific; Mentioning names from the text or story.

He died for the many. John 10:11-15 Jesus died for the sheep. Scripture like this makes people think that Jesus died only for certain people. Other passages are similar.

(Romans 5:15)

Sometimes the Bible will say something specific; mentioning a city or group of people but it does not state that everything else is excluded. It simply talks to the particular story/event. Throughout scripture you will find passages which declare and affirm that Christ died for the entire world.

Why then can His Grace be resisted?

1.) All scripture calls us to change. Forever the Bible is a book about change. To repent means to change.

2.) We are all accountable to God to change. Admission to hell, in scripture, is always tied to behavior. See chapters Matthew 7:19-23, Revelations 20:11-15, Revelations 21:8, Revelations 22:15, 1 Corinthians 6, and Galatians 5. In these verses you’ll find lists of whose names are still in the Book of Life. It does not mention the good deeds they have done. And in other verses it’s outlined the deeds of the flesh which (without repentance) will send you to hell. Therefore, it is always tied to behavior.

Is it JUST to punish someone for something he is not able to change?

Some people believe that you can’t change and that it’s not because you don’t want to. “He’s too damaged.” We have to change or we will be judged for it. God has warned us many times throughout scripture, and what would be the point if we were unable to change in the first place?

If you believe in “reformed total depravity”, you believe that He can’t hear because he is unable to. But God says if you don’t listen, it’s because you don’t WANT to.

3.) God gives Grace to repent to those He draws to Himself. God grants repentance, it’s our choice in the end.
2 Timothy 2:25, Revelations 2:21 says He gives us a chance!
It says she doesn’t “want” to, she is “unwilling”. We’re all given a choice.

See John 21:11. It’s not about being unable, it’s about being unwilling. God has to open our eyes first. No one comes to Him through something else, or on their own.

The Spirit of God works within us. God opens the door and we choose to step in. This is Gods Grace.

Some people believe that Gods Grace is irresistible.

Highlights:
1.) God wants everyone to be saved. All people.
2.) Christ died for everyone.

Then why aren’t ALL people saved?

We have one of three options:
1.) If Grace is irresistible then all man will be saved. (Matthew 7:13-14 God doesn’t save everyone)
2.) God is unable to save some. Which means He is not omnipotent. (Jeremiah 32:17 says otherwise)
3.) God frees mans Will to choose but cannot violate their freedom to choose.

According to scripture, number 3 would be correct. God gives everyone an opportunity to turn to Him. He frees everyone so that they may have free will, and ultimately is it our choice to obey Him or turn away from Him. Therefore, Gods Grace is irresistible. If it weren’t, everyone wouldn’t be able to turn from Him, but we all know that happens far too often.

Note by Crossing Paths Daily: View the video of this sermon or more from Pastor Ramsey at www.corrytonchurch.com

My Sunday Sermon Journal: Listening to God

My Sunday Sermon Journal

A collection of thoughts, ideas, and notes taken from a Sunday Worship Service.

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Pastor: Charles Stanley
Sermon: To Whom Are You Listening
Aired 06/09/2013

Listening to God

Why do people choose to not listen to God?

They don’t understand why God allows things to happen, they don’t understand that God has a special plan. People who don’t listen to God do not accept the fact that Gods plan is unbeknownst to them and far better than they can imagine. They don’t forsee His plan, so they don’t listen to Him when He guides them to it. Some people have a rebellious spirit and as a result they don’t listen to God.

Why are people angry with God?

As has just been said: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.” Hebrews 3:15

Anger doesn’t upset God, He doesn’t get angry that you’re angry with Him. He has a reason for everything He does and doesn’t do in your life. Just because you don’t understand doesn’t mean you should be angry with Him. Anger only hurts yourself.

When you don’t listen to God, you’re too busy filling your mind with ungodly things.

You cannot live a godly life and ignore the Bible. Period.

If you’re going to listen to him you have to be sensitive to what the Bible says
-what He says. He speaks to us primarily (but not limited to) through His Word.

People who don’t listen to God are only interested in satisfying something within them that truly only God can satisfy. And they will never be satisfied until they let God into their life. People are deceived by the sounds of the world and its appeal.

The world will do and say anything to get your attention. What does a commercial
compare to the Almighty God? He is sovereign. If God can’t get our attention we
need to tune our minds to Him and not what the world has to say.

Why can’t I hear God?

When people harbor sin, unforgiveness, etc., they cannot hear God. Sin deafens the ears.
We’ve allowed the world to direct our lives. We’ve allowed the world to tell us many things about ourselves, which The Bible says is untrue. Such as, how we should dress, what we should look like and what we should believe. The world tells us what the perfect woman is to look like and the perfect man. But the world’s image is false. The world tells us many false things and leads us to believe things under false pretenses. Be careful to be right with God and there will nothing between you, keeping you from hearing Him.

How can I tell if it’s God talking?

How to identify the voice of God…
How to differentiate my voice from His.
Always, Gods voice will be consistent with the Word of God. It will never be inconsistent. He doesn’t contradict.

So one way to know is if the voice of God matches the Word of God.

The Bible is a guide book, an instruction book, and we should read it as such.

Often times what God says conflicts with human nature, with what we think. He may require you to do something that’s in conflict with our own thoughts. But He knows how He has equipped you. He knows the talents and skills you have to succeed at anything God will tell you to do. When God commands us, we may not understand but He doesn’t make mistakes. He will not set you up for failure. This is a great example of God’s love for us. He does not give empty promises. He is a man of His word.

His voice is always going to clash with our fleshly ideas. God is not going to allow you to remain in the same faith level. He wants you to grow. If you insist on not letting God tell you what to do, God will challenge your faith. By the will of God our faith grows, He lifts us up in ways we’ve never dreamt. This is another way to tell if you’re hearing Gods voice, and not your own.

1.) Is what He saying scriptural?
2.) Will what He commands ultimately bring you closer to Him? (Simply obeying Him will bring you closer!)

People who obey the Word of God keep the Bible in their life. They follow the Word of God and listen to Him. Often times His voice is in the silent moments. God will give you an answer and speak to your heart during silence. He works in different ways, all motivated by love. He’s not vague. He’s very specific. He’s always sure. We need to listen to Him because we all have needs in our life, everyday. He will supply our needs.

We need to know our need.

Sometimes we misidentify our needs. If we’re not listening to God, we try to
fill a need when it’s not what we truly need.
In all your life, the only decision you need to ever make is to obey God and listen to Him. You shouldn’t have any decision to leave God out of. He is the great encourager. He is the great comforter.

Some people live their life without the comfort of God. How do people live when they suffer a loss without the comfort of Him? Anything in life we can’t handle-we need strength- God can handle it. He is the great controller.

He is all knowing and all powerful. He gives strength, assurance, love. No one can do that like The Lord.

When you are in tribulation and all these things come upon you, in the latter days you will turn to the Lord your God and be obedient to His voice.
Deuteronomy 4: 30

How do I know His will? By talking and listening. Take time to pray and then
time to listen. God commands us to be still because He will talk to us.

God gives us His very best. He doesn’t operate on mediocrity.

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