Category: Sermon Notes

OUTSIDERS | Daniel 3

POWER AND EMPTINESS

From the beginning of time, Satan has been trying to tell a counterfeit gospel.  What God says is good… Satan says is false (Gen. 2:1-5).  This culminated in God’s wrath when mankind tried to build a tower to themselves, rather than God (Gen. 11:1-9).  The site of Nebuchadnezzar’s golden idol is the exact site of the Tower of Babel.  Once again, Satan influences man to think they are just as great as God.  However, God has strategically placed 3 Hebrew men to stand for Him amidst a pagan religion.  …

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OUTSIDERS | Daniel 2:1-49

CLASH OF TWO KINGDOMS

Our narrative begins with a pagan king being troubled by a dream.  He calls for all his “experts” who were trained to handle the problems of signs and omens.  To be sure of their counsel, the king demands that they tell him his dream first, and then they are to interpret it.  Evidently the king had ruled long enough to see the inconsistency of his counselors.  They exclaimed, “There is not a man on earth who could do such a thing”…

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OUTSIDERS | Daniel 1-21

Daniel 1:1-21

The Bible is clear that sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2).  However, God does not want us to be separate from Him. That’s why He continued to speak to His people over the course of time, telling them what to do and what not to do (Leviticus 26).  Just like in the garden with Adam and Eve, God wants a relationship.  He wants to share Himself and His love with us.  He also wants to enjoy us, the pinnacle of His creation.  …

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JESUS IS | The Best Way Forward

John 14:1-14

Jesus told Philip, “believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves” (vs. 11).  What works was Jesus speaking of?  It was the works that He had been doing since the disciples had begun following Him.  He walked on water, fed the multitudes, and even raised the dead.  His disciples had seen all these miracles.  So what was Jesus telling them when He said they would do “greater works than these”…

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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

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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