Sermon Notes


10-15               Distractions

 

**Calls**

**Text**

**Toys**

**People**

**Building**

Luke 21:5-6 “Some of his disciples began talking about the majestic stonework of the Temple and the memorial decorations on the walls. But Jesus said,  “The time is coming when all these things will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!”

We tend to be a people of stuff.

We tend to be a people of pride.

We tend to be a people who are proud of our stuff.

 

“Oh, look at this new thing I got”

“Oh, see the pretty decorations?”

“Got me a new truck, jealous?”

 

We get so easily sidetracked by the stuff of the world; even the stuff at church.

I am not saying that we do not take care of God’s Stuff, or want God’s stuff to look its very best.

But sometimes we humans can go overboard and spend a lot of God’s money building huge, giant glass edifices or brick castles we forget that it is God’s money.

We forget it serves a purpose but is a tool; and not one that will last forever.

The disciples were even caught up in the glitz and glamour of the structure.

They were DISTRACTED by the shiny objects of the world

The Temple Elite were more proud of their beautiful structure than the God who allowed them to serve inside of it.

Jesus had been teaching them some very important lessons about faith, giving, the resurrection and who He really is; but they are distracted by the “majestic stonework” and “memorial decorations”

He is preparing to teach them eschatology, a very important issue for every Christian to understand.

ESCHATOLOGY:  [es cuh TOL ih gih] — a theological term that designates the study of what will happen at the end of history, particularly the event known as the SECOND COMING of Christ. The word comes from two Greek words, ‎eschatos ‎(last) and ‎logos ‎(study) – thus its definition as “the study of last things.” (Nelson’s)

We will dive off into that after our Revival services.

Right now, Jesus wants their attention; they needed to focus on Him and not the building and decorations.

How can we grow closer to God if we are not even paying attention to Him?

Telling them that everything they see will soon be completely destroyed seems like a great way to garner someone’s attention.

What in the World has captured your attention more than God?

What can so easily distract you from seeking God and listening to His Son Jesus Christ?

Sports?            Hobbies?         Facebook?       Games?           Self?                Gossip?           Backbiting?            Boasting?        Alcohol/Drugs

Stop It!

What shiny object does our eternal enemy use to pull you off a life focused on God?

STOP IT!

All of that “stuff” is so temporary and meaningless.

What are you looking at or thinking about during Sunday School, Church, Bible Study or your personal devotion time WHEN you should be completely focused on God?

Your phone?  The Clock?

Get your attention back on the King of kings and Lord of lords!

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10-8-2017                    Heart

Luke 21:1-5 “While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box.  Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins.  “I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them.  For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.”   NLT

I find it interesting that this text is recorded right after Jesus tells us to “Beware of these teachers of religious law!” and one of the reasons given was that they “shamelessly cheat widows out of their property…”

These Temple Elitists would shame the small givers while smothering the big givers with praise and thanks.

Jesus FLIPS THE SCRIPT on the temple thieves yet again!

Jesus speaks of the HEART of a FAITHFUL GIVER

Our true heart is a major issue in our life

We cannot Love God and Love Others without giving…and risking our heart.

Proverbs 4:23 “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”

Deuteronomy 11:16-17 “But be careful. Don’t let your heart be deceived so that you turn away from the Lord and serve and worship other gods. If you do, the Lord ‘s anger will burn against you.”

1 Samuel 12:20 “Don’t be afraid,” Samuel reassured them. “You have certainly done wrong, but make sure now that you worship the Lord with all your heart, and don’t turn your back on him.”

  1. e poor widow gave out of her heart
    1. Her two small coins represented all she had
      1. But she wanted to give her all to God
    2. The rich people gave out of their surplus
      1. Not out of their income
      2. Not out of their faith
      3. …and you can bet they did it with flourish and an expectation of recognition
      4. You could infer here that if they had not surplus they would be giving no money
    3. Is our giving (money, time, talents, etc.) a gift of the heart?
      1. Is it about us?
        1. Are we giving EXPECTING anything?
          1. Value
          2. Special notice
        2. Is it about God?
          1. Faith
          2. Love
  • Obedience
  1. What little piece of obedience are we giving God while expecting great accolades?
    1. What are we willing to surrender to God?
      1. Funds
      2. Time
  • Self
  1. What are we UNWILLING to surrender to God?
    1. The One who created and provided everything we have
    2. What are we holding on to tightly?
  2. The poor widow gave everything she had
    1. Time
    2. Energy
    3. Faith, Hope and Love
    4. She was not forced, coerced, lied to or stolen from by the Temple Elite
      1. She gave from her faith
      2. She gave from her HEART
    5. All of her was poured out
      1. This is what God wants from us
        1. Whatever we have
        2. Whatever we are
          1. Surrender it all to Him
            1. It will be enough
            2. Even if the world thinks it is small
  • God will see it as a great gift

9-24-2017        “Is Marriage Forever”             Luke 20:27-40

Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection – and that was SadUSee

They used the example of marriage to try to trick Him, that was the wrong thing to do FOR MANY REASONS!

  1. They should know by now that they cannot trick Jesus
    1. But, as the text says, They are posers…questioning
  2. If there is one group of people on earth that BELIEVE in the resurrection STRONGLY it is married folks!
    1. Do you remember the movie “Charlie and the chocolate factory?” The one with Gene Wilder?
      1. Every Day I feel like Charlie at the end of that movie!
        1. After some missteps on his part, Everything is falls into place
        2. His dreams have come true!
      2. I feel like that every day when I wake up and still can’t believe God blessed me with the GREATEST SPOUSE EVER!
  • Connie’s experience may differ!
  1. MYTHBUSTER: But I have news for y’all – SHOCKING
    1. I aint gonna be married to Connie forever!
    2. THAT’S RIGHT
      1. Good for me because I will be in GLORY
      2. Good for Connie because she will be in GLORY – PLUS get a break from me!!!
    3. KNOW THIS! Every boy or girl friend, every spouse, who ever looked deep into your eyes and said “I will be yours FOREVER!”  – LIED!
    4. The vows end “Till Death Do You Part” for a reason!
  2. Some, like me, don’t want to lose what we have here on earth in a Godly, loving, beautiful, intelligent, driven spouse!
    1. Some, like Co…..; well SOME – might be looking forward to a well deserved REPRIEVE!
    2. After 7 marriages I bet this poor lady in our TEXT was READY for the Resurrection!  FINALLY Indeed!
  3. Marriage is for those living in the FIRST LIFE!
    1. Life here on earth…NOW
    2. Love and be FAITHFUL to your spouse NOW!
    3. Be there for your spouse NOW!.
    4. Send her flowers NOW! Send him ammo NOW!
  4. You see, Jesus taught us that in heaven we will all be the Children of God
    1. And face it…it would be weird to be married to your sister or brother for all eternity!
  5. MYTHBUSTER: As for the resurrection IT IS REAL!
    1. Moses proved it
      1. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are all alive in eternity.
    2. Jesus let Peter, James and John see this on the Mount of Trasfiguration recorded in Matthew 17 when Moses and Elijah appeared to them.
      1. This also answers one of the Questions from our Wednesday Night survey “Will we recognize our family when we get to heaven?”
      2. Apparently so BUT they will not be our spouses, children, grandparents, parents, Uncles, etc – They will be our Brothers and Sisters.
    3. Jesus taught and modeled resurrection
      1. Matthew 28….. You will remember ‘Early Sunday Morning”….and…”He aint here!  He is RISEN!”
      2. Mark 16 – Jesus was “Taken Up Into Heaven”
    4. Take heart – SECOND LIFE…ETERNAL LIFE…THE RESURRECTED LIFE is coming
      1. Earthbound relationships are for here on earth
      2. Heaven Bound relationships are forever
      3. It is worth the wait (Marriage and Resurrection)
        1. No more death
        2. Live forever as Gods Children
      4. If you are worthy
    5. ARE YOU WORTHY
      1. John 1:10-13 “He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.”

9-10-2017        Patriot

September 11th Timeline

Review of the Victims

Prayer

Monday is Patriots Day

Not patriotic day

There is a difference

There is a different between being a patriot and being patriotic.

Both can love their country.

Both can bear the colors

Both can go to parades and wave the flag

But, it is the patriot that is willing to apply their blood, sweat and tears into the country they love.

John 15:12-13   “This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”   NLT

Patriotic Folk talk

True Patriots people put action to their words

More than 1.2 Million men and women have died in service to the United States

6915 USA military have died in the global war on terror

These are patriots

On September 11th, 2001 2,977 people were murdered by terrorist on our shores.

Some were true patriots

Some were patriotic Americans

Some were not.

Some were seeking to destroy our country.

Patriots Serve and Patriots Submit

Patriots do the hard and sometimes horrible work of their country

Patriots Bleed and Patriots sometimes die

Patriots do the work 99.4% will not do

  • Yes, only 0.4% of Americans are now serving in the uniform of the American Military
  • Yes, only 2% of those alive today are or have served under our American Flag

There is a difference between being a Christian and being  Religious

Both can go to church

Both can wear crosses and carry Bibles

Both can attend revivals and Covered Dish

But, it is the Christian that is willing to apply their blood, sweat and tears in faithFULL obedience to their Lord.

One loves their religion and may try hard to BE GOOD

The Christian loves their Lord and their neighbors.

The religious ones will seek to use their religion for their benefit

The Christian will seek to be used by God for His benefit

The religious talk

The real Christian SOLDIERS put ACTION to their WORDS

Real Christians Serve AND Submit

Real Christians do the hard work of a Faithful and obedient ministry

Real Christians get dirty

Real Christians sweat and bleed

Real Christians sometimes die.  We call the martyrs.

Real Christians do the vast majority of the Kingdom Work

A true percentage is not known

Is it the 0.4% like the military?   MAYBE

I prefer the 10/80/10 theory in most organizations

But others have told me I am too positive

What I do know is that every day we will come across:

A few TRUE Christians

Many Religious Folks – trying to be good/do their best but lost       Many folks who are lost and wandering with no idea

Many more who seek to tear down Christianity

Those who are a THREAT

This is why we are CALLED INTO SERVICE!

THERE IS SOME FIGHTING TO DO!

 2 Timothy 2:3-5 “Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.  Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them.”

1 Samuel 17:45 “David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord  of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”   NLT

Not against Flesh and Blood

Ephesians 6:11-12 “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”

We Fight AGAINST Evil

We fight FOR PEOPLE!

Love God more than they love the world

  • Seek ways to serve
  • Pray and GO!

Be a TRUE CHRISTIAN Patriot

Be an active, fervent, vital part of God’s Work

Seeking God and a Closer Walk of humble service CAN CHANGE OUR WORLD

2 Chronicles 7:13-16 “At times I might shut up the heavens so that no rain falls, or command grasshoppers to devour your crops, or send plagues among you. Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place. For I have chosen this Temple and set it apart to be holy—a place where my name will be honored forever. I will always watch over it, for it is dear to my heart.”

The TRUE Christian is called to be a TRUE patriot.

August 20        Luke 19:45-48             Purpose

This text speaks about the priority and purpose of the local church.

First Baptist has a purpose statement.  Anyone like to try to recite it from memory?

The Purpose of our church is to be the presence of Christ in our community and the World through Worship, Ministry, Evangelism, Fellowship and Discipleship.

We cannot properly and obediently fulfill our PURPOSE if we never seek our Kings instruction, guidance and correction!

We must become a house of prayer, preparation and listening intently.

  • Reality: To fulfill our purpose as a church we must gather as a church
    • The police “10 Codes” are fairly well known
      • 10-2 – Signal Good
      • 10-4 – OK
      • 10-25 – Meet in person (face to face)
    • Hebrews 10:23-25 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”  ESV
    • Reality: By this standard, Wednesday Nights SHOULD BE the biggest attendance night of the week!
      • It is not that we do not pray at our other services, we certainly do
      • Wednesday night is the time we set aside for the church family to gather together and join in one accord as we lift up prayer requests and praises to our King.
      • This is a time of seeking God and supporting each other THEN move into Bible Study.

If we truly were about seeking God

If we truly wanted to hear from Him

If we truly believed He hears our prayer

If we believe that He meant it when He told us to not neglect the gathering of ourselves together as His Children  (Hebrews 10:25)

If we believe that there is power in the gathering together of believers   (Acts:2:40 – 47)

  • Priority of prayer
    • The power of a church is not in the foolishness of preaching
    • The power of the church is not in a denomination or the paperwork
    • The full power of the church is not in the people
  • The power of the church resides in the Lord
    • who designed it,
    • called it,
    • empowers it and
    • uses it to build men and women of faith to serve Him through
  • Prayer is our communication “data port” with God
  • Priority of teaching and learning
    • We call this discipleship
    • We call this Spiritual growth
    • We call this spiritual formation
      • Corporately we do this on Sunday Mornings at 10 AM
      • Corporately we do this Sunday Morning at 11 AM
      • Corporately we do this Wednesday Evening at 6:30 PM
      • Corporately we do this at VBS
      • Corporately we do this at Revival Services
      • Individually we should be about this in our homes, at our workplaces and in our community.
    • Priority of focus/paying attention
    • For our praying and learning to be effective there is one more PRIORITY we can learn from this text:
      • The Priority of Listening INTENTLY
    • Church is participatory
    • Be there
    • Be involved
    • Be focused

Luke 19:11-27                         KINGDOM INVESTING

Parable: a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson, as told by Jesus in the Gospels.   It is easy to really dive off into the weeds of a parable and get lost.  Parables are not scripture accounts of an event; they are stories to convey or illustrate a spiritual truth.

This is a PARABLE.

Luke 19:11-27             “As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. He said therefore, “A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return. Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Engage in business until I come.’ But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.’ When he returned, having received the kingdom, he ordered these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by doing business. The first came before him, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made ten minas more.’ And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.’  And the second came, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made five minas.’  And he said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’  Then another came, saying, ‘Lord, here is your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief; for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man. You take what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ He said to him, ‘I will condemn you with your own words, you wicked servant! You knew that I was a severe man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow?  Why then did you not put my money in the bank, and at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’  And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’  And they said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten minas!’  ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.  But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me.’”   ESV

NOTE: A Mina is about 50 shekels or approximately a pound of money….in a time money was weighed in a balance.

The POINT:  The Kingdom of God is coming soon! 

The days we currently live in are numbered and counting down daily!  This world and this flesh were NOT designed to be eternal.

The second coming of Jesus Christ, our Savior and our Messiah, is just around the bend.

THE PLAN

God’s plan is for His people to be active in Worship, Ministry, Evangelism, Fellowship and Discipleship.

These 5 are the calling of each and every believer.

God gifts us the Spiritual gifts, talents, abilities, passions, time, funding, resources, location and more to GO and be HIS witnesses, spreading HIS light in a dark and stormy world.

God gives us the resources (Minas) and responsibility to multiply.

The PROBLEM

Christians do NOT act like Jesus is coming soon.

Believers do NOT act like our time to serve God here on the MISSION FIELD is limited and quickly ending.

The PROCRASTINATION

God gives us great treasure!

Health

Finances

Family

Country

We become complacent, happy to “SIT ON OUR LAURELS”

Forgetting that they are not even “OUR” laurels.

We think there is plenty of time

There may be eons of time remaining

There may not be any time remaining

We DO NOT KNOW

WE are to serve, obey and ACT like Christ’s return is imminent!

The PRODUCT

One was very faithful – great reward – well done good servant – BLESSED

One was a little faithful – little reward – but reward – BLESSED

One was Unfaithful – Conviction – What did you do with what I gave you!  Condemned by ow own words and INACTIONS.  BLESSING GIVEN AWAY

Faith Pleases God (Hebrews 11:6)

The PUNISHMENT

Reserved for those who reject the King of kings and Lord of lords.

These are LOST to destruction.  DAMNED

God’s Way                  July 16, 2017

Luke 19:1-10 “He entered Jericho and was passing through.  And there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich.  And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small of stature.  So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.”  So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully.  And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”  And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham.  For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”  

Many will remember this scripture by the little song that reminds us “Zacchaeus was a wee, little man,
And a wee, little man was he.
He climbed up in a sycamore tree,
For the Lord he wanted to see”

 We tend to lose sight of the reality that this text is not about Zacchaeus but instead about how God effected Zacchaeus’ life and family.

This scripture is about God and how God reaches us, the hurting people who need Him.

God’s Way, not our way.

  1. God’s Way is to be there
    1. Jesus was “passing through” Jericho
      1. He was not there by accident
      2. God knew there were lost and hurting people there who needed Him immensely
  • God knew Zacchaeus’ need long before Zacchaeus knew his need
  1. God is everywhere
    1. He is exactly where you need Him
    2. He is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. – Psalm 34:18
  • He is near everyone who calls on Him in truth – Psalm 145:18
  1. He is the God who is near – Jeremiah 23.23
  2. He is not far from each of us – Acts 17:27
  1. God’s Way is to know everything about us
    1. He knew who Zacchaeus was
    2. He knew him and his family
    3. He knew his sins and his need for salvation
    4. He knew Zacchaeus was ready for new life
    5. He knew Zacchaeus had to repent
  2. God’s way is to show us His Way.
    1. We need to Know that God’s Way is the BEST way
    2. He knew Zacchaeus was trying to see Him Zacchaeus’ own way
      1. He climbed up a tree
        1. Was not really thinking of a personal relationship
          1. God was
        2. Contrast with the Lady with the issue of blood who crawled on her belly though a crowd to reach Jesus and just touch the hem His robe. God had more for both of them!
        3. He made Zacchaeus come down from the tree he found himself up for all the wrong reasons
          1. Ever found yourself up a tree or out on a limb?
          2. He was about to begin a new personal relationship with Zacchaeus
  • But FIRST Zacchaeus had to come down from the tree…undo the WORKS he had done
  1. What barrier or DISTANCE have you put up to Jesus?
  2. Are you wanting to see who Jesus is but have no real interaction with Him?
  3. Maybe you think it is enough to get “in the same general area” as Jesus but not get to know Him?
  1. Zacchaeus repented – he changed his heart and promised to restore what he had stolen
    1. Even while the ones he would return the money to were grumbling and complaining that Jesus was going to his house
  2. God’s Way is to bring salvation
    1. Jesus came to seek and save the lost
    2. Jesus saves
    3. Even the worst of sinners with the worst reputations
    4. John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

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