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Discipleship


  • I Belong Because God Can Use Me

    I Belong Because God Can Use Me

    Sermon Notes Verses: Luke 2:1-20, John 4:39-41, 1 Cor. 1:26-31 Introduction: God has a way of using people that others would normally overlook. The fact that God chose shepherds to announce Jesus’ arrival was a foreshadowing of how God would continue to operate with other outsiders, misfits, and questionable characters. And if God can use […]

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  • No Thanks

    No Thanks

    Sermon Notes Luke 17:11-19 Remember the confusion everyone felt when COVID-19 was becoming well known? Today people know a lot more about the disease. When you remember the panic & confusion all of us felt not too long ago, you’ll have a bit of an idea of what it was like to have Leprosy in […]

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  • Make Every Effort

    Make Every Effort

    Sermon Notes Main Verses: John 17:20-23, Ephesians 4:1-6 Introduction: We all possess different motivations driving our decisions to come to church for the first time. For some, it’s to learn more about the Bible. For others, it is to make a public statement about their belief in God. And still for others, like church, because […]

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  • Living Generously – The Tyranny of Debt

    Living Generously – The Tyranny of Debt

    Sermon Notes Ecclesiastes 4:4, Proverbs 25:28, Deut. 28:12, Proverbs 22:7 Key Thought: There are basically two ways to raise your standard of living. One is to save your way to a better standard living. The second is to debt your way to a better standard of living. But only one of these helps us avoid […]

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  • Living Generously – The Objective

    Living Generously – The Objective

    Sermon Notes 1 Chronicles 29:1-14 Back Story King David is passionate about spending a lot of money to build a temple for God (1 Chr. 17:1). The Prophet Nathan initially affirmed his desire (1 Chr. 17:2). Then God spoke new guidance into this situation (1 Chr. 17:3-4, 11-15). Takeaway When there is a deep passion, […]

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  • Unordinary Generosity

    Unordinary Generosity

    Sermon Notes Main Verses: (1 Peter 2:11, 2 Cor 8:1-9) Key Term: παροικος (paroikos), sojourner – meaning a temporary settler or foreign visitor The Christ-following people have always been a community within a community. The name “sojourner”  given to us by Peter designated us as passing through a land heading to our place of permanent […]

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  • The Two Offices

    Sermon Notes Main Verses: (Acts 6:1-7 Acts 20:17-35) If we follow the Bible as we go to church, we should follow the Bible in organizing the church. And the Bible has two offices for the New Testament church; Deacons and Pastors. Let’s examine these terms and how they were understood in the early church. Key […]

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  • 7. Does being saved mean that living in sin is no big deal?

    7. Does being saved mean that living in sin is no big deal?

    Sermon Notes Main Verse: (Romans 6:1-14) Key Thought: Paul has explained how we are justified and that this justification happens apart from any form of righteousness. Yet, this situation does grant a motivation for sinful behavior. No. The payment for our sin (Jesus’ death on the cross) should lead us to consider the cost of […]

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  • 5. Why does doing good works not work when it comes to salvation

    5. Why does doing good works not work when it comes to salvation

    Sermon Notes Main Verse: (Romans 3:21-30) Key Thought: In order for salvation to take root each person needs to come to terms with their inability to save themselves. Paul has made clear that we are guilty under God’s holy standard (Romans 2-3).  But God cannot ignore his own standard of justice and perfection (which would […]

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  • 4. What does the Bible say about humans?

    4. What does the Bible say about humans?

    Sermon Notes Main Verse: (Romans 2:1-5, Romans 3:9-20) Key Thought: Key Thought: In this passage, we note that being a Jew (or any religious community, for that matter) does not mean you are guilt-free. In the previous lesson, Paul begins by condemning the sinful behaviors and attitudes of the Gentile world. And in this week’s […]

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  • 1. Can the Gospel change someone who hates Christianity?

    1. Can the Gospel change someone who hates Christianity?

    Sermon Notes Key Thought: Paul arrives onto the scene of history with a head full of Bible knowledge and a heart full of disdain for Christianity. But God has a way of calling people that we would overlook. Today we will see how God’s love can break into a person’s world, and thus reorient their […]

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  • Love God, Praise

    Love God, Praise

    Sermon Notes Main Idea: To be the greatest church, we must follow the greatest command from the greatest person. This begins with Loving God And loving God begins with repentance. Repentance flows into worship. Review  Loving God begins with repentance. When we examine Psalm 51 once more we see how repentance sets our heart in […]

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  • What’s Your View of Gratitude?

    What’s Your View of Gratitude?

    Sermon Notes Colossians 3:1-17 When counting your blessings, what is your primary view?   Two views of Gratitude – Earthly or Eternal An Earthy view of Gratitude Please & Thank You. Can serve an appropriate but limited purpose. Cautions about an earthly view of Gratitude:  1. Limited – Are your prayers dominated by a list […]

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  • The Parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector

    The Parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector

    Sermon Notes Bible References: (Luke 18:9-14, Proverbs 6:16-19) What are Parables? Parables are made-up stories that contain a spiritual truth that is often easily missed. Important Insight: The “comparison game” is the only game in which no one wins. If you are comparing your spiritual maturity to people who sin differently than you, then you […]

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  • The Parable of the Lost Sheep

    The Parable of the Lost Sheep

    Sermon Notes Key Question: How does God feel about people who are not religious? What are Parables? Parables are made-up stories that contain a spiritual truth that is often easily missed. The Set-Up (Luke 15:1-2) Jesus related to tax collectors and sinners (Matt. 11:19, Luke 5:31-32, 7:34)   Tax collector and sinners related to Jesus. The […]

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  • The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

    The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

    Sermon Notes Key Question: How seriously should I take forgiveness? What are Parables? Parables are made-up stories that contain a spiritual truth that is often easily missed. Context Matthew’s Gospel is arranged by themes (as opposed to chronology) Jesus’ use of hyperbole is always to make a point The First Century Jewish community operated on […]

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