Small steps in faith

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'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, 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 birthrights
Set free to be adopted
Ex sex trade...liberation and adoption

4. Freedom's Person
Jeus the son

5. Freedom's Price

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

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's against Rome
Don't kill's against the Sanhedrim
Their goal isn't'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"
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