Posts Tagged ‘sermon notes’

Go For Gold!

August 20, 2012

The Olympics have recently ended.  Anyone who was able to be a participant can rightfully be proud of the title “Olympic Athlete”.  It is even better to be one of the top-ten.  Still better is to have achieved a medal.  To be on the platform receiving a medal is every athlete’s dream…well of course, if you are going to dream, your dreams are probably of winning the gold.

I.  II Timothy 2: 14-22  Go for the Gold!

14 Remind them of these things, and solemnly charge them in the presence of God not to wrangle about words, which is useless and leads to the ruin of the hearers. 15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. 16 But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for [a]it will lead to further ungodliness, 17 and their [b]talk will spread like [c]gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 men who have gone astray from the truth saying that the resurrection has already taken place, and they upset the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, “ The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “ Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness.”

20 Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor. 21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. 22 Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

From these scriptures we are given the knowledge that there might be degrees of reward in heaven.  Don’t get me wrong, there is no bad place in heaven, it’s all good, but their does seem to be the implication that our rewards in heaven might not be equal.  Let us ‘go for the gold’ and be the very best Christian that we are capable of being, not to earn our salvation, but to be pleasing to our Father in heaven.

First, we should seek to know scripture.  There are people who teach all kinds of things and we need to regularly read and study the Word so that we are not mislead and so that we can help others in their Christian journey.

Second, we should depart from sin.  This entails that we be able to recognize sin, and choose to do what is right.  God will give us the necessary wisdom and strength to forsake sin and pursue righteousness.

Third, we should serve the Lord.  Our lives are not meant to be lived for our own pleasure but for the service of God.  Although in serving God, we will find true joy.

II.  II Timothy 3:1-5 Don’t be Mislead!

But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, [a] haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of [b] godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.

Many people call themselves Christian.  Not all follow Christ.  The power of Christ is able to change us.  We should not remain in our sins with the disclaimer ‘I’m only human’.  We have the Spirit of God dwelling in our hearts, we are able to live victoriously.  We are able to be the people who God calls us to be, not because we are good, but because God is good.  We should pursue holiness, godliness, and righteousness, in thought, word and deed.

III.  II Timothy 4:7-8  Finish Strong!

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.

Paul wrote this letter at the end of his life.  He looked back over his years of service to the Lord and could say with confidence that he had finished the course.  We too, should seek to finish the race that God has for us.   The Christian life is not about a single moment when we give our hearts to the Lord, but rather it is about the life that we live, after we have become believers.

Let’s go for the gold!

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Kingdom Work

May 1, 2012

I am still behind.  These are the notes from 4/22/12

1 Corinthians 3:5-17 (NKJV)

Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.

For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. 10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.  (biblegateway.com)

I.  Working For the Kingdom

We recognize that there are many people working for the kingdom of God in many different ways.  Each person contributing to God’s work in whatever way will receive a reward for their labor.  Even though we work, it is only God who gives the increase.  We should continue to be faithful in our labors, knowing that they are not in vain.

II.  What Are You Working On?

Most of us have jobs where we put in a lot of hours.  We have responsibilities with our family and homes.  We have some free time to relax and participate in hobbies and recreational activities.  In all of these endeavors, we continue to represent Christ.  Our Christian witness is not restricted to the church, or working with specific evangelism efforts.  Our whole life is a witness.  Are we seeking to let the light of Christ shine through our lives?

III.  Are You Tearing Down?

The people of God are called the temple of God.  Elsewhere in scripture, this refers to the individual believer, but in this context it is talking about the gathering of believers, or, the local church.  We must be careful how we speak about the various ministries that God is using to build His kingdom.  It is one thing to debate doctrinal issues.  It is another thing to speak badly about ministers, or ministries.  We need to be careful that we are building up, and not tearing down the kingdom of God.

What is the overall impact of  your life for the kingdom of God?

Be Strong and Courageous!

April 26, 2012

I am a little behind.  These are the sermon notes from 4/15/12.

Introduction:  Read Joshua 1:1-9

I.  Our Journey

A.  The children of Israel were delivered out of Egypt, led through the wilderness, and were headed into the promised land.

B.  We also have a journey.  We have left the past behind, are heading towards the future that God has for us, and we experience the leading, and presence of God, in the present moment.

II.  Our Directions

A.  We are to observe the law.

B.  We are to meditate on the law.

I wonder how much time we are spending in the Word of God?  I suspect that many people are not getting the spiritual food that the Word of God provides.  You could say that many are anorexic

C.  As we are obedient to God, and meditating on His word, we will prosper.  This is not limited to monetary blessings, but is spread throughout a wide variety of areas in our life.

III.  Our Strength

A.  Be courageous.  Do what God calls you to do.

B.  Be strong.  Do not quit.  Remember “…in due season, we will reap, if we faint not.”  (Galatians 6:9)

C.  Know that God is with you on your journey.  He is our strength and our shield.