Category: Sermon Notes

JESUS IS | Our Rescue

What did Jesus accomplish?

Have you ever wondered why Jesus had to come to earth and die in the brutal fashion that He did?  We can all sympathize with Jesus when we see re-enactments of the cross, in the movies, or passion plays.  The question though is why would God do this to Himself?  What was gained from the torturous death of Christ?

Leviticus 16 holds some answers.  It describes the sacrifices that were made on “yom kippur,”…

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JESUS IS | Prophet, Priest, & King

Jesus is Prophet

Acts 3:18-26 declares that Jesus is the prophet that Moses spoke of that would come after him.  The Old Testament prophet was the man who boldly declared “thus says the Lord.”  They spoke not in their own authority, but in the authority that God had given them.  Jesus our prophet is even more superior than the Old Testament prophets (Hebrews 1).  He didn’t say, “thus says the Lord,” but instead said, “I say to you”…

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JESUS IS | Who He Says He Is

Main Text:  Matthew 16:13-18


People are always talking about Jesus.  For two thousand years they have never stopped.  It is extraordinary that people today, some 2000 years removed from the days when Jesus actually lived, are still talking about the penniless preacher from Nazareth.  It seems that everyone has an opinion about Jesus.  The religions and cults of the world all speak of Him. Musicians as diverse as Pink Floyd, Kanye West, and Carrie Underwood sing songs about Him.  …

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JESUS IS | The Long Expected One

“Everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” – Jesus (Luke 24:44)

Everything about Jesus is unique.  There is simply no one else like Him who has ever lived.  Even atheist historians admit that Jesus was the first “most interesting man in the world.”  The highly influential H.G. Wells stated,

“I am an historian, I am not a believer, but I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very center of history.

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Whatever: To Live With Passion

This past week we looked at Philippians 2 as our central text.  The big idea we pulled out can be summed up by a prayer a member of our community recently prayed…

“Father, tighten our unity…and open our arms.”

You hear hints of Jesus’ high priestly prayer of John 17 as you read the Paul’s words.  It’s not surprising that Matt Chandler had this to say about the Philippians 2….

“The Idea present in chapter 2 is so ever-present in the scriptures, that I would say that if you try and wring the scriptures out, it’s what would come out.”

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Whatever: To Embrace the Beauty of the Gospel

…for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man. 2 Corinthians 8:21

We talked on Sunday about how the word honorable in the above passage comes from the Greek word “kalos” which can mean a kind of beauty that causes all those to see it to take notice.  It’s the same word Jesus uses in Matthew 5:16.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works (kalos) and give glory to your Father who is in heaven….

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Whatever: To Be Generous

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Colossians 3:18 – 4:6


Like last week, sometimes we read the Bible and realize that our lives do not properly reflect God’s perfect Word.  In these cases, our first thought is to try and justify our behaviors and talk ourselves out of the realities of God’s vision for His creation.  We say things like, “ahhh, that’s just an old idea for people living back then, or, that probably doesn’t mean what it says anyway.”  The correct response however is not to devalue God’s Word, but instead to take an honest look in the mirror and repent of our sins.  …

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Colossians 3:1-17


Since we have been raised with Christ and seated with Christ (Ephesians 2:5-6) we should set our minds on things above. Right thinking leads to right living.  Paul now introduces the practicalities of what a human life “in Christ” looks like.  He breaks this practical teaching into two groups… One negative (don’t do this), and one positive (do this).  He begins with the negative.  These are sins that should be put to death…

Sexual Immorality –…

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Colossians 2:1-23

Plausible Arguments

Paul begins chapter 2 by reaffirming that the depths of full assurance of knowledge, and all wisdom, are only found in Christ.  Then he tells the believers to not allow themselves to be deluded by plausible arguments.  The word “delude” means to “reckon falsely.”  Imagine a puzzle.  Paul doesn’t want you to listen to someone else tell you how to put the puzzle pieces together in the wrong way.  If you put them together wrongly then you will never see the intended picture….

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