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Sermon Notes
Sunday, August 2, 2020
Pastor Scott Borman

Week 1

Is God Really In Control?

4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Genesis 3:4-5

 

 

1. God is not controlling.

 

 

We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.
1 John 5:19

 

 

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9

 

 

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…
Romans 3:23

 

 

2. God wants a partner, not a puppet.

 

 

13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. 16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters.
James 1:13-16

 

 

But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua 24:15

 

 

3. God uses everything for his glory.

 

 

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28

 

 

 

Dealing With The Adversities Of Life

 

 

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1

 

 

1. Choose Christ.

 

 

Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Romans 10:9

 

 

2. Invite Christ into circumstances.

 

 

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
Hebrews 11:6

 

 

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
John 10:10

 

 

3. Realize your choices matter.

 

 

This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.
Deuteronomy 30:19

 

 

7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
Galatians 6:7-8

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Sermon Notes
Sunday, July 26, 2020
Pastor Josh Manning

Week 8

LETTERS

“The Lukewarm Church”

14 “Write to the angel of the church in Laodicea: “The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Originator of God’s creation says: 15 I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were cold or hot. 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I’m rich; I have become wealthy and need nothing,’ and you don’t know that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked, 18 I advise you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire so that you may be rich, white clothes so that you may be dressed and your shameful nakedness not be exposed, and ointment to spread on your eyes so that you may see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and discipline. So be committed and repent. 20 Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have dinner with him, and he with Me. 21 The victor: I will give him the right to sit with Me on My throne, just as I also won the victory and sat down with My Father on His throne. 22 “Anyone who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches.”
Revelation 3:14-22

 

 

 

Questions to Ask Yourself:

 

• Where are you in your relationship with Christ?

 

• Is our church cold, hot, or lukewarm?

 

• What things keep you ‘hot’ or ‘on fire’ for Christ?
Do you carve out intentional time for these things?

 

• What things keep you from being ‘hot’ for Christ?

Sermon Notes
Sunday, July 19, 2020
Pastor Scott Gossenberger

Week 7

LETTERS

“You Can Hold On!”

7 “To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.  8 I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.  9 I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.  10 Since you have kept My command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.  11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.  12 The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them my new name.  13 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
Revelation 3:7-13 

 

 

 

What is persuading you to give up?

 

  • When we reach a dead-end we want to give up. (Revelation 3:8)

 

  • When our inadequacies are spotlighted, we want to give up. (Revelation 3:8)

 

  • When we are criticized painfully, we want to give up. (Revelation 3:9)

 

 

 

What is the key to holding on and getting to the victory?

 

I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.
Isaiah 22:22 

 

  •  I commit myself daily to humble dependence on God.

 

  • I commit to following Jesus recklessly and not just being a fan.

 

  •  I commit to waiting hopefully on God’s timing.

 

 

 

There is a reward for holding on.

 

  • God will vindicate me.

 

  • God will protect my faith.

 

  • God will use me to strengthen His church.

Sermon Notes
Sunday, July 12, 2020
Pastor Sandy Brown

Week 6

LETTERS

“Sardis: Performance Review for the Church”

1 “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 2 Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. 3 Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you. 4 Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. 5 The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. 6 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”
Revelation 3:1-6

 

 

 

Performance Review for the Church | SWOT Analysis

 

 

Strengths: a good or beneficial quality or attribute of a person or thing

 

 

Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy.
Revelation 3:4

 

 

Weaknesses: a quality or feature regarded as a disadvantage or fault

 

 

1 …I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 2 Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.
Revelation 3:1-2

 

 

Opportunities: a chance for success or advancement occurs

 

 

The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels.
Revelation 3:5

 

 

Threats: a person or thing likely to cause damage or danger

 

 

Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.
Revelation 3:5

Strengths:

  • God is desperately trying to get our attention!
  • Are YOU listening, or do things that really don’t matter distract you?

 

Weaknesses:

  • Do we really understand the Gospel?
  • Are we consistently aware of our deficiencies?
  • Do we believe we NEED a Savior?
  • Are we relying on ourselves?

 

Opportunities:

  • All of our values include others.
  • They are NOT singular, but intentionally meant to involve more than just us.

 

Threats:

  • Are we alive in Christ and thriving, or just going through the motions?
  • Is there evidence of fruit in your walk with Christ?
  • Does HE know you?

Sermon Notes
Sunday, July 5, 2020
Pastor Mike Chastain

Week 5

LETTERS

“Thyatira: Staying Strong Under Pressure”

1. Commendation

 

 

• He praises them for their faith and hard work

 

 

18 To the angel of the church in Thyatira write:  These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze. 19 I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.
Revelation 2:18-19

 

 

• Jesus sees everything – He sees the good and the bad

 

 

1. The Concern

 

 

• They allowed false teaching to be accepted as truth – False teaching equals bad morality

 

 

Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.
Revelation 2:20

 

 

• Jezebel was teaching to know ultimate grace you need to experience ultimate sin

 

 

1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?
Romans 6:1-2

 

 

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh rather, serve one another humbly in love.
Galatians 5:13

 

 

3. The Solution

 

 

Repentance

 

 

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9

 

 

Stand firm in your faith in Christ

 

 

13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 14 Do everything in love.
1 Corinthians 16:13-14

 

 

Table Time:

  1. What does it look like for you to stand firm for the Lord? What does it look like to be strong and courageous for Him… At work? At home? At school? At the gym?
  2. Is there an area in your life where you’re compromising God’s truth for a lie?
  3. Is there something in your life that you need to repent from… An area that you need to give back to God?

Sermon Notes
Sunday, June 28, 2020
Pastor Chip Henderson

Week 4

LETTERS

“Pergamum: The Compromised Church”

12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: ‘The words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword. 13 I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. Yet you hold fast my name, and you did not deny my faith even in the days of Antipas my faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. 14 But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality. 15 So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16 Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth. 17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.”
Revelation 2:12-17

 

 

15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life —is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
1 John 2:15-17

 

 

In the world, but not of the world

 

 

1. You are not to love this world. (Matthew 6:24)

2. You do not belong to this world. (1 Peter 2:11)

 

• Being in this world should feel uncomfortable.

 

 

Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul. Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they’ll be won over to God’s side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives.
1 Peter 2:11 (MSG)

 

 

When we compromise our faith…

 

• It can pull us down and away from God

• We miss out on the blessings that God may have in store for us

• We hurt our ability to be the light in a dark world

 

 

 

Bottom Line:

As followers of Jesus Christ…
you are not called to be OF the world,
but to be sent INTO the world.

Sermon Notes
Sunday, June 22, 2020
Pastor Scott Gossenberger

Week 3

LETTERS

“Smyrna: The Persecuted Church”

Scripture:
Revelation 2:8-11

 

What does Jesus want us to know about suffering?

 

 

• (Revelation 2:8) The life of Jesus proclaims that suffering is certain but not terminal.

 

 

14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.
John 3:14-15 

 

 

• (Revelation 2:9) Jesus is not indifferent towards our pain. He is with us.
(“I know”)

 

 

He who watches over you will not slumber…
Psalm 121:3

 

The Lord watches over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
Psalm 121:8

 

 

• (Revelation 2:10) Don’t be afraid of what is fearsome.
(“Do not be afraid”)

 

 

• (Revelation 2:10) Hardships are meant to build my confidence.
(“To test”)

 

 

How does hardship test me?

 

 

• Hardship tests the goodness of the Father.

 

 

• Hardship tests my value.

 

 

How do we gain confidence in spite of the fearsome threats of hardship that shake our trust in God’s goodness and our worth?

 

 

Be faithful.

 

 

Faithfulness isn’t dependent on the object of love but on the character of the one possessing faithfulness.

 

 

• (Revelation 2:10,11) There is a reward for faithfulness in our suffering.

Sermon Notes
Sunday, June 14, 2020
Pastor Scott Borman

Week 2

LETTERS

“Ephesus: The Church That Grows Cold”

• It’s a message of encouragement

 

 

1 These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands.  2  I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have
tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. 3  You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.
Revelation 1: 1-3

 

 

What matters are the matters of the Heart?

• Serving
• Discernment
• Perseverance

 

 

• It’s a message of examination

 

 

Monitoring your behaviors is not enough

 

 

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.
Revelation 2:4

 

 

• It’s a message of restoration

 

 

Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.
Revelation 2:5

 

 

• Remember
• Repent
• Repeat

 

 

• It’s a message of hope

 

 

Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
Revelation 1:7

 

 

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Sermon Notes
Sunday, June 7, 2020
Pastor Scott Borman

Week 1

LETTERS

“Turning Up the Volume on God’s Word”

Respond to crisis without delay

 

 

I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.
Revelation 1:9

 

 

Reposition yourself to hear God’s Word

 

 

10 On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11 which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.” 12 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands
Rev 1:10-12

 

 

Revoke worldly noise and weigh in on God’s promises

 

 

17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
Rev. 1:17-18

Sermon Notes
Sunday, May 31, 2020
Pastor Scott Gossenberger

Week 4

TOGETHER AGAIN

“Let’s do Life Together”

46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,  47  praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
Acts 2:46-47

 

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Colossians 3:12-14  

 

 

Four reasons why we gather together…

 

 

• Together we experience the POWER of the Holy Spirit in a way we cannot experience His POWER alone.

 

 

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.
Acts 2:1

 

 

• We THRIVE in our faith when we gather together.

 

 

24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Hebrews 10:24-25 

 

 

• We gather together to get SMALLER.

 

 

Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke
bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts…
Acts 2:46

 

 

• Our faith is EXPRESSED most PROFOUNDLY when we gather together.

 

 

…praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added
to their number daily those who were being saved.
Acts 2:47

Sermon Notes
Sunday, May 24, 2020
Pastor Scott Gossenberger

Week 3

TOGETHER AGAIN

“Rebuilding Our Community”

44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.
Acts 2:44-45

 

 

What common commitments should we make to rebuild our community?
(Not as it was, but as it should be…)

 

 

• A community is built by building together

 

When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.”
Exodus 32:1

 

Moses assembled the whole Israelite community and said to them, “These are the things the Lord has commanded you to do…”
Exodus 35:1

 

“From what you have, take an offering for the Lord. Everyone who is willing is to bring to the Lord an offering of gold, silver and bronze…”
Exodus 35:5

 

 

• Communities build, crowds consume

 

 

• When we stop building, we stop becoming a community and are in danger of regressing into a crowd.

 

 

  • Commitment #1
    A common belief builds community.

 

  • Commitment #2
    A common concern builds community.

 

  • Commitment #3
    A common admission of need builds community.

 

 

Conclusion: Find something common and use it as a reminder to never settle for the crowd, but fight for community.

Sermon Notes
Sunday, May 17, 2020
Pastor Scott Borman

Week 2

TOGETHER AGAIN

“You Can’t Do Life Alone”

4 Key RelationSHIPS of the Church

 

 

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.
Acts 2:42-43

 

 

1. PastorSHIP

 

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching
Acts 2:42

 

 

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2. FellowSHIP

 

and to fellowship
Acts 2:42

 

 

APPLICATION:
Begin the conversation

 

 

3. FriendSHIP

 

to the breaking of bread
Acts 2:42

 

 

APPLICATION:
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4. AmbassadorSHIP

 

and to prayer
Acts 2:42

 

 

APPLICATION:
Be the hands and feet of Christ

Sermon Notes
Sunday, May 10, 2020
Pastor Scott Borman

Happy Mother’s Day

“Quiet Strength”

They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
Acts 1:14

 

 

Invites God into your impossibility

 

 

37 For nothing is impossible for God. 38 “ I am the Lord’s servant, “ Mary answered.
Luke1:37-38

 

 

Initiates God into your story

 

 

Dear woman, why do you involve me? Jesus replied. “ My time as not yet come.”
John 2:4

 

 

Inspires others to trust

 

 

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
John 2:5
(Mary’s last words)

Sermon Notes
Sunday, April 26, 2020
Pastor Scott Borman

Week 2

Now What?

“Taking A Look At Your Loss”

9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. 10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
Acts 1:9-11

 

 

Loss can be…

 

 

Loss can be paralyzing

 

 

17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” They stood still, their faces downcast.
Luke 24:17

 

 

Loss can make us skeptics

 

 

21 “but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus”.
Luke 24:21-24

 

 

Loss can make us feel uncertain

 

 

25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
Luke 24:25-27

 

 

Through loss know…

 

 

God is with us

 

 

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
Romans 8:31-32

 

 

God’s grace is with you

 

 

9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
2 Corinthians 12:9

 

 

God’s love wins

 

 

1 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Revelation 21:1-4

Sermon Notes
Sunday, April 19, 2020
Pastor Scott Borman

Week 1

Now What?

“Finding Peace In ALL Moments Of Life”

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
John 16:33

 

 

• Worldly peace is temporary and fragile

 

• God’s peace is enduring and strong

 

 

Wait for it

 

On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command, “ but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about”
Acts 1:4

 

 

Ask for it

 

So they met together, they asked him, “ Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom of Israel?”
Acts 1:6

 

 

Give up control

 

He said to them:” It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.
Acts 1:7

 

 

Living Out God’s Peace

 

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. 
Ephesians 2:10

 

 

 

Rest in His power

 

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all of Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Acts 1:8

 

 

Stay focused

 

The same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will be back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.
Acts 1:10

Sermon Notes
Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020
Pastor Scott Gossenberger

Happy Easter

Good News From The Graveyard

“The resurrection’s personal message to you”

2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
1 Corinthians 15:2-8

 

 

5 Personal Problems the Resurrection Resolves

 

 

19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. 21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
John 20:19-22

 

 

• Fear is real, but Jesus provides peace.

 

 

25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” 26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” 28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
John 20:25-28

 

 

• Doubt gives way to renewed faith.

 

 

1 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” 5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied.
Acts 9:1-5

 

 

• My choices, or the choices of others, which create brokenness in me and those I love are healed.

 

 

11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. 13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. 15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” 16 Jesus said to her, Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).
John 20:11-16

 

She could’ve snapped back, “I’m in a graveyard. Someone I loved
was murdered. I’m crying because that’s what you do in a graveyard.”

 

 

• My sorrow surrenders to comfort.

Sermon Notes
Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020
Pastor Scott Borman

Week 4

One Love

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
John 17:20-23

 

 

1. God is love. The greatest expression of God’s love is
this…

 

 

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
John 3:16-17

 

 

2. Jesus is love

 

 

1 Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.) 3 So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.4 When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” 5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
John 11:1-5

 

 

• We are all God’s favorites

 

 

3. You are loved

 

 

9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
1 John 4:9-10

 

 

• Let the love of Christ consume you

 

 

1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Colossians 3:1-2

 

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:13

Sermon Notes
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Pastor Sandy Brown

Week 3

One Source

Koinonia:
Christian fellowship or communion, with God or, more commonly, with fellow Christians.

 

 

• When we are bumped, we will spill whatever we are full of!

 

 

Jesus Prays for All Believers
20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
John 17:20-23

 

 

• How we respond through this speaks volumes about us as
Christians!

 

 

Da Truth:
If the bible were re-written and the writers put me in it, I wonder how my life would read?…

 

The Widow’s Gift
1 And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. 2 And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins. 3 And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; 4 for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.
Luke 21:1-4

 

The Believers Share Their Possessions
32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.
Acts 4: 32-35

 

34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
John 13: 34-35

Sermon Notes
Sunday, March 22, 2020
Pastor Scott Gossenberger

Week 2

One Witness

20 My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
John 17:20-23

 

 

• We are united by our common connection to the source of
everything good.

 

 

All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them.
John 17:10

 

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so, through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.
2 Corinthians 1:20

 

For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you.
Isaiah 41:13

 

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
Isaiah 43:2

 

Though the mountains be shaken, and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
Isaiah 54:10

 

9 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. 10 Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
Psalm 9:9-10

 

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
Psalm 34:17

 

And call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”
Psalm 50:15

 

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7

 

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28

 

31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Matthew 6:31-33

 

9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Matthew 7:9-11

 

 

• Our connection to the source (God our provider) allows us to be a source of tangible love and hope to others.

 

 

My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.
John 17:15

Our Assignment

 

  1. Review the promises each day to push back the fear that is coming from all the news we are receiving.
  2. Extend yourself to others. Fight the urge to give in to greed. If you need one gal. of milk don’t take two. If you need one package of whatever, leave the others on the shelf for our community.
  3. Find a need and fill it. You are God’s hands and feet…His source.

Sermon Notes
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Pastor Scott Borman

Week 1

The Power Of One Voice

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
John 17:20-23

 

 

• It’s not the numbers, it’s the unity

 

 

Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised men. Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few.”
1 Samuel 14:6

 

17 “Watch me,” he said, “and do the same. When I come to the outpost of the camp, do as I do. 18 When I and everyone with me blow our trumpets, you are also to blow your trumpets all around the camp. Then you will say, ‘For Yahweh and for Gideon!’”
Judges 7:17-18

 

 

• It’s not on our terms, it’s on God’s terms

 

 

23 And Jesus walked about in the temple area on the Portico of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you and you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify to me.  26 But you do not believe, because you are not among my sheep.”
John 10:23-26

 

 

• It’s not attending, it’s living transformed.

 

 

Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:2