Small steps in faith

Monday, November 28, 2011

Christ in you

My notes from the sermon by Rennes Bowers on 11/27

Nothing is coincidence
The Son can do nothing of his own accord.
How did Jesus live his life?
Need to look at the root not just his fruits
He lived as a man.he did these miracles as a man in dependence of his Father
John 20 Father sent Jesus and Jesus sends us with the indwelling presence of Him in us
He breathes into them the Holy Spirit.
Jesus teaches on:
1. Kingdom 2. Father 3. Life
Creation...author of life
Plan..eat from the tree of life
We ate from the wrong tree...the tree of knowledge of good and evil
The Christian life is not to pursue good and avoid evil
It's to live with God in us
Gospel of John is about life
bios=measurable life
psuche=soul life
zoe=God's eternal divine life
Passover..blood
lamb=they eat if for strength for the journey
blood=salvation
zoe=life
lamb(Christ) in you
Jesus is Zoe
Galations 2:20
You can't live robotically
We are the vessel He lives in
Broken vessels..God flows through you to others
God puts lambs in our lives

"John 9:1-17"

My notes from Jasons' sermon on 11/20

No reference to healing with blindness by God in the Old Testament
No reference to disciples healing blindness in the New Testament

In the gospels, there are many examples of Jesus healing the blind
Isaiah The Messiah gives sight to the blind
Jesus is showing He is the Messiah to the Jews

Observation #1
The blind man could not see Jesus but He could see him
Jesus stops and helps those who are blind..even spiritually blind. We don't seek God if left to ourselves
To be like Jesus....don't overlook the disabled

Assumption in that cultrure..specific suffering results in specific sins that caused it
God has a purpose for all of us...there is no accident or mistake
Look at the world through the lens of the WORD
Exodus 4:11

Observation #2
This man's blindness as purposed by God
Differently enabled..not disabled
Doesn't mean you can't pray for healing
Life with disability with Jesus is better than life without disability without Jesus

Observation #3
Jesus wants his disciples to co-labor with Him in the works of God
Ephesians 2:10

Observation #4
Jesus wants his disciples to do God's works with a sense of urgency
There is an enemy working in this world
Don't waste your life
Jesus got his hands dirty to heal a man
Pool of Siloan=sent
Jesus=sent

Observation #5
The pool of Siloan is a picture of Jesus
Need to be washed whiter than snow

Observation #6
The changes in the blind man's life caused the crowds to ask questions
Started off thinking of Jesus as a man then sees him as a prophet...later in John he sees him as the Messiah

John Newton
By the grace of God I am what I am..no longer a slave to satan and sin

Sunday, November 13, 2011

"John 8:48-58

My notes from Jason's sermon this am

V 48- Name calling from the Pharisees.
They dishonor Jesus by calling him a Samaritan and having a demon
When we stand for the things of God , we should expect some level of conflict

49-50 Dishonoring Jesus is the same as dishonoring God Opposing Jesus is opposing God
opposing Jesus..warning that God is a judge who will defend his glory
God sent Jesus to save us 3:17...not just to condemn
John 8:51 eternal life..if you keep his word...an offer of grace
John 11:35-26
We have physical death but our soul lives
John 5:24
Eternal life starts when we believe ...not when we die.
Death where is your victory

54-58 Jesus tells them who he is..even Abraham rejoiced who he is
Before Abraham..I AM...making a point about his preexistence and his presence now. I am God.
John 8:58 Jesus claims to be God. He understood his own divinity
When Jesus makes a promise, God makes a promise
Hebrews 2:14-15
Fear of death-enemy trying to keep you a slave to death

Friday, November 11, 2011

2 Samuel 9

These are my notes from Rob's sermon on 11/6
Orphan Sunday
We sang the beautiful song "Albertine" by Brooke Fraser
Videos of families who were involved with adoption

In the context of history of this chapter of the Bible
Saul is in the positon of leadership but has no heart for God
David..man after God's heart
He becomes a warrior
Saul becomes jealous of David
Saul's son, Jonathan, is David's best friend
Jonathan and Saul both die in battle
Mephibosheth is Jonathan's son
His nurse drops him and he is physically crippled

Mephibosheth was:

Fatherless
From a rival family
Damaged

David was:
Searches for him
Has kindness toward him
restores him
communes with him

Jesus goes to the morgue and puts his life on ours so that we may live
He restores our life

Look for ways God wants you to be involved with orphans

"Carried to the Table" by Leeland based on this story

Monday, October 31, 2011

John 8:37-47

My notes from Rob's sermon

"Your love never fails
It never gives up
It never runs out on me"

Spiritual paternity test
God or Satan

How does the Devil raise his children?

1. He wants to raise you to see God as your biological heritage
This isn't theological...it's about faith
The Jews felt entitled
For those raised in the church, this can be a vulnerability
"I'm good because I've been raised in the church"

2. He wants to raise you to do his work
Patterns of sinning

3. He wants to raise you in the belief that knowing God does not require you to love Jesus
He's not afraid of God talk but screams in fear of Jesus

4. He wants to raise you with his desires in order to overide the words of Jesus
ex. dating
theologically....read, listen to things that contradict scripture

5. He wants to raise you to see Jesus as the liar
ex. Genesis...the snake
Jesus has never uttered a lie

6. He wants to raise you to be spiritually deaf

We are not entitled to God's grace
Christ commissions us to good work
How are your affections for Jesus? you heart? your passion?
Are you operating in the power of the spirit?
Jesus is the truth in everything
Are you humble and teachable? or are you prideful?

Knowing God....J Packard

Do I understand my adoption?
Have I sought sure assurance
Do I think of Jesus as my brother? divine authority and divine sympathy
Have I learned to hate the things that displease my father
Do I look forward to that day in heaven?
Do I love my brothers and sisters?
Am I proud of my family?
Does family likeness appear in me?

"John 8:31-38

My notes from Jason's sermon

Jesus is talking to those who profess beliefs
Abide in his words
What does that mean?
Remain connected to them in such a way action happens Producing fruit
Many examples in scripture that tell us the importance of producing fruit
What are you living out?
If tomorrow you decided "I don't believe in Jesus" would your lifestyle change?

1. Freedom's Practice
Abiding in Jesus word Ex. a chair...actually sitting in it
free from sin to free to something
Wants can conflict
True freedom to do what we're made for
The more we abide and discipline ourselves the more free we are

2. Freedom's Prerequisite
Admitting you are a slave v33
Can't base on religious heritage

Freedom is the state of having the right master...Jesus

3. Freedom's Promise
Becoming a family memeber v35
Are you a slave or are you a son? v36
free= to be set free fro the trap of sin
one who is freeborn..new birthrights
Set free to be adopted
Ex sex trade...liberation and adoption

4. Freedom's Person
Jeus the son

5. Freedom's Price
death

Are you living in the truth that sets you free?

Sunday, October 23, 2011

"Holding On" by Jamie Caulk

Monday, October 17, 2011

"John 8:21-30

My notes from Jason's sermon 10/16

Warnings=grace
V21-24
If you don't believe, you will die in your sins
To die in your sins=to die in the state of being in your sin unforgiven
Still under wrath and condemnation
eternity will be in Hell separated from him
Jesus told this to "religious" people
You can be "religious" and still be in your sin


2 Warnings to Unbelievers


1. The opportunity to believe Him is temporary "You will seek me but not find me"

2. Unbelief results in permanent separation
Matthew 25...the door shuts
Unless you believe that "I AM"
Lift Him up(on the cross)
Supernatural things happen at Jesus death
Philippians 2:9 "Every knee will bow"

Will you believe before the day you die...or after you die when you are condemned

Romans 10:17 Faith comes by hearing

"John 8:12-20

My notes from Rob's sermon 10/9

Fear of the dark
We grow out of being afraid of the dark but not out of being in a dark place
What does Jesus say about the dark places?


The Blazing Light that is Jesus

I am the light of the world
In John there are 7 "I AM" statements


1 The blazing light is transcultural
It's light for all

2 The blazing light is life giving
Led out of Egypt by a pillar of fire
Psalm 78:14

A great tragedy is being near a blazing light but being blind to it
We are born in darkness

Walking in darkness is thinking and acting in any way that treats Jesus as anything less than God

Doing good in world standards but you are blind in God's view

How were the Pharisees and Scribes walking in darkness?
They believed Jesus acted independently from the Father
They were wrong on the origin and destination of Jesus

Gospel courage...understand where we've been and where we're going John 16:28

They knew God as a revelation but not as a Father 1Thessalonians 5:5

Monday, October 03, 2011

"John 8:1-11"

My notes from Rob's sermon on 10/2/11
In the ESV version, there are brackets around these verses. In some earlier translations, these verses were not included

1. A textual dilemma?
Textual criticism- finding out how we have gotten these documents to be in our Bible
We have no "autographs"...only manuscripts or copies
There is going to be variance
In the oldest copies, this story is not in there.
It doesn't appear for several hundred years
The vocabulary is different.
However, this doesn't mean it didn't happen.

2. Public shame
Jesus is teaching and they take the woman from the setting to this public place and announce her sin publicly
Pharisees and scribes scribes are lawyers

3. Demonic trap
Kill her...it's against Rome
Don't kill her...it's against the Sanhedrim
Their goal isn't pure..it's a trap
Deuteronomy 22:22
Leviticus 20:10
These are referring to the law
But where is the man?
One of the Pharisees? One of the scribes? Was it done to trap Jesus?

4. Dramatic Reversal
In a situation that looks like there is no hope
Jesus writes on the ground
What was he writing?
This woman was not the only adulteress in the story
CS Lewis "Mere Christianity" He talks about cold self righteousness
Jeremiah 17:13
He who is without sin cast the first stone....the oldest left first

5. An astonishing and life altering Freedom
Their greatest crime...they walked away...they didn't repent
Their self righteousness stayed
They see others sin as greater than their own
Jesus was the only one with no sin who could stone her but He lets her go "I don't condemn you"
but
sin no more...have a changed life
2 Corinthians 9:8
There are no "private sins" before God
Hebrews 4:18
Job 34:21
The adulterous woman is us
We need someone who is justified to kill us but by grace sets us free
There is punishment for the crime...but someone else pays for it...Jesus
Isaiah 55:5-6
Romans 8:1
Colossians 2:14-15