"Engage The Mystery!" Trinity Sunday 2019

SERMON NOTES:  

“Engage the Mystery”
Trinity Sunday - 2019

The Trinity ….. So What?

Genesis 1 26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image …!

Deuteronomy 6 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

John 1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made… 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Matthew 28 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Ephesians 218 For through him (Jesus) we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

The doctrine of the Trinity reveals the nature of God as a singular unified whole (one) while also being three distinct persons. 
One God in three persons – co-equal, co-eternal, co-existent! 

Why?     …… for me!              

The mystery of the “Trinity” frees me to engage with the One who is for me!    (1n34me)

Father –

Son –

Holy Spirit-

 
Study Guide

Solitude, Scripture & Prayer 

Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.

Solitude – Spend TWO minutes quietly alone.  Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through Your Word!”

Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there!  (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)

Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying?  Why this word this day?

What are You asking me to believe about You and about me? 

How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?”

Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.

Finish - Spend TWO minutes again with God

The readings this week:

Monday – Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Tuesday – John 1:1-14

Wednesday – Ephesians 2:18-22

Thursday – John 3:1-18

Friday – Ephesians 3:14-21

Saturday – Psalm 103

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The Ascension of Jesus - A Story that Matters!

SERMON NOTES:  

What’s the Story?

Acts 1:1-14 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
Acts 2 32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. 33 Exalted to the right hand of God,

In the ascension Jesus is exalted to the “right hand of God”- a position of immense power and authority!  The other amazing thing is what the Ascension meant to Jesus followers and early Christianity!

Why does it matter?

·       Jesus is present in heaven with those already there while also interceding for us!

Romans 8 Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?

·       Jesus ascension made room for the Holy Spirit to come in fullness 10 days later - Pentecost!

·       Most importantly He now “reigns with power and authority” for us and through us who believe.

Ephesians 1:18-23 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Ephesians 2:4-7 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace,

Ascension Application

·       Surrender! “I now bring my whole self under the authority, rule, dominion of my Lord Jesus Christ!”

·       Advance!   “In Jesus name I now bring the authority, rule and dominion of the Lord Jesus Christ over myself, my family, my Kingdom and my domain specifically…….
and against Satan and every force of evil that is coming against me today! In Jesus Name!

“Surrender to Jesus - Advance in His Name!”


Study Guide

Solitude, Scripture & Prayer 

Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.

Solitude – Spend TWO minutes quietly alone.  Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through Your Word!”

Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there!  (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)

Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying?  Why this word this day?

What are You asking me to believe about You and about me? 

How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?”

Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.

Finish - Spend TWO minutes again with God

The readings this week will help us grasp the story and tremendous effect of the Ascension of Jesus!

Monday – Acts 1:1-4

Tuesday – Philippians 2:5-11

Wednesday – Ephesians 1:15-23

Thursday – Ephesians 2:1-10

Friday – Romans 8:31-39

Saturday – 1 Corinthians 15:20-28

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"LOVING WELL MATTERS" 6th Sunday of the Resurrection

SERMON NOTES:  

What day is today?        Resurrection Day
Which means?                 I get to fear less, hope more and love well!

Philippians 1:9-11 So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately.

1 Corinthians 13
Love is…
patient,
kind,

not jealous
not boastful,
not proud
not rude
not self-seeking
not irritable,
not keeping a list of wrongs,
not rejoicing in unrighteousness
but
rejoices together with the truth,
always protects,
always believes,
always hopes,
always endures.
Love never fails.

Love (rejoicing with the truth):

“protects” – covers the worst not pointing it out, giving a wide lane of grace without complaining nor being blindly naive.
“believes” – interpreting the situation and motives in the best possible way – puts the best construction on everything.
“hopes” – knowing no pessimism, hopeful for the best in people and situations.  Hope is visionary, seeing in someone what they cannot yet see in themselves, expecting grace to conquer and win its way.
“endures” – bravely perseveres, bearing up under the worst of situations and people.

“never fails” –never falls into disappearance

The repeated “always” or “all things” provides a critical key to practically “loving well”:

“Love’s quality is not controlled by its circumstances!”

We are set “free” to love well – to be who we really are and love well out of our true selves, our new selves, our “in Christ” selves. 

Study Guide

Solitude, Scripture & Prayer 

Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.

Solitude – Spend TWO minutes quietly alone.  Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through Your Word!”

Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there!  (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)

Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying?  Why this word this day?

What are You asking me to believe about You and about me? 

How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?”

Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.

Finish - Spend TWO minutes again with God

The readings this week will help us disconnect the quality of our loving with the circumstances at hand so we can truly love well.

Monday – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Tuesday – Philippians 4:4-10

Wednesday – 1 Peter 2:9-17

Thursday – John 8:31-36

Friday – Romans 12:9-21

Saturday – 1 John 4:1-21

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"LOVING WELL MATTERS" 5th Sunday of the Resurrection

SERMON NOTES:  

What day is today?        Resurrection Day
Which means?                 I get to fear less, hope more and love well!

Philippians 1:9-11 So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately.

1 Corinthians 13
Love is…
patient,
kind,

not jealous
not boastful,
not proud
not rude
not self-seeking
not irritable,
not keeping a list of wrongs,
not rejoicing in evil but
rejoicing in the truth,

always protects,
always believes,
always hopes,
always endures.
Love never fails.

The “nots” in Paul’s explanation of love directs us to:

·       turn away from what comes naturally to our “old self” with its impostor way of loving,

·       embrace our “new self” way of loving and living empowered by God.

Galatians 5 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.

Loving Well is a battle.  

Our Old Self (sinful nature, the flesh) is allied with the devil and the world forming an un-holy trinity. 

Our New Self, empowered by the Holy Trinity experiences victory in Loving Well!       What is today?

1 Peter 5   
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith,    
James 4  7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Study Guide

Solitude, Scripture & Prayer 

Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.

Solitude – Spend TWO minutes quietly alone.  Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through Your Word!”

Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there!  (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)

Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying?  Why this word this day?

What are You asking me to believe about You and about me? 

How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?”

Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.

Finish - Spend TWO minutes again with God

The readings this week take us deep into the source of power to love and win the battle of loving well.

Monday – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Tuesday – Galatians 5:13-18

Wednesday – Galatians 5:19-26

Thursday – Romans 6:8-14

Friday – Ephesians 6:10-18

Saturday – Psalm 51

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"LOVING WELL MATTERS" 4th Sunday of the Resurrection

SERMON NOTES:  

4th Sunday of the Resurrection

What day is today?        Resurrection Day
Which means?                 I get to fear less, hope more and love well!

Philippians 1:9-11 So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately.
Romans 12 9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

1 Corinthians 13
Love is…   
                     patient,
                     kind,

                     not jealous                                      ...to boil with e
nvy!      Why?
                     not boastful,
                     not proud                                        ... to puff up self through w
ords and actions,
                     not rude
                     not self-seeking                              ...  to subtly d
rain life from others for self’s sake
                    not irritable,                          
                    not keeping a list of wrongs,
                    not rejoicing in evil but
                          rejoicing in the truth,

                   always protects,
                   always believes,                               … these don’t drain life from others but p
our into them
                   always hopes,                        
                   always endures.                                                    
    Love       never fails.                   

When it comes to Loving Well the question is, “Where are we looking for LIFE”?

          The “old self” drains life from others and is never filled!
          The “new self” receives life from Jesus and overflows into others – that is Loving Well.

Notice the fruit!  Who is in charge?    

We get to say to the old self, “You’re Fired” and to the new self, “You Lead”!

Study Guide

Solitude, Scripture & Prayer 

Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.

Solitude – Spend TWO minutes quietly alone.  Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through Your Word!”

Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there!  (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)

Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying?  Why this word this day?

What are You asking me to believe about You and about me? 

How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?”

Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.

Finish - Spend TWO minutes again with God

The readings this week take us deep into the source of true love and the capacity to love well – Jesus!  Ruminating on these verses will help your receive the power of the love and life of Jesus who is Risen from the dead.

Monday – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Tuesday – Romans 12:1-2, 9-12

Wednesday – Romans 12:13-21

Thursday – John 15:1-8

Friday – John 15:9-17

Saturday – Psalm 42

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"LOVING WELL MATTERS" 3rd Sunday of the Resurrection

SERMON NOTES:  

3rd Sunday of the Resurrection

What day is today?        Resurrection Day
Which means?                 I get to fear less, hope more and love well!

1 John 4 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. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

2 Corinthians 5 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ. 

Philippians 1:9-11 So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately.

1 Corinthians 13 Love is…   
                     patient,
                     kind,

                     not jealous,
                     not boastful,
                     not proud
                     not rude
                     not self-seeking
                    not irritable,
                    not keeping a list of wrongs,
                    not rejoicing in evil but
                          rejoicing in the truth,

                   always protects,
                   always believes,
                   always hopes,
                   always endures.                                                    
    Love       never fails.                   

How do the 5 Love Languages help me love well?     

     Words of Affirmation -
     Quality Time -
  Receiving Gifts -
     Physical Touch-
     Acts of Service

How does my “old self” respond?    How does my “new self” respond?

Study Guide

Solitude, Scripture & Prayer 

Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.

Solitude – Spend TWO minutes quietly alone.  Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through Your Word!”

Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there!  (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)

Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying?  Why this word this day?

What are You asking me to believe about You and about me? 

How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?”

Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.

Finish - Spend TWO minutes again with God

The readings this week take us deep into the source of true love and the capacity to love well – Jesus!  Ruminating on these verses will help your receive the power of the love and life of Jesus who is Risen from the dead.

Monday – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Tuesday – 1 John 4:7-12

Wednesday – Ephesians 3:14-19

Thursday – Ephesians 4:29-5:2

Friday – Philippians 1:3-12

Saturday – 1 John 3:11-20

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'LOVING WELL MATTERS" 2nd Sunday of the Resurrection

SERMON NOTES:  

Loving Well Matters
       2nd Sunday of the Resurrection

What day is today?        Resurrection Day
Which means?                 I get to fear less, hope more and love well!

Philippians 1:9-11 So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, 

1 Corinthians 13 Love is…    

patient,
                     kind,

                     not jealous,
                     not boastful,
                     not proud
                     not rude
                     not self-seeking
                    not irritable,
                    not keeping a list of wrongs,
                    not rejoicing in evil but
                          rejoicing in the truth,

                   always protects,
                   always believes,
                   always hopes,
                   always endures.                                                    
    Love       never fails.                   

How?

2 Corinthians 5 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ.

I love well when my “old self” is starving and my “new self” is thriving!

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Study Guide

Solitude, Scripture & Prayer 

Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.

Solitude – Spend TWO minutes quietly alone.  Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through Your Word!”

Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there!  (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)

Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying?  Why this word this day?

What are You asking me to believe about You and about me? 

How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?”

Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.

Finish - Spend TWO minutes again with God

The readings this week take us deep into the source of true love and the capacity to love well – Jesus!  Ruminating on these verses will help you receive the power of the love and life of Jesus who is Risen from the dead.

Monday – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Tuesday – Philippians 1:3-11

Wednesday – 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

Thursday – Ephesians 4:17-24

Friday – Colossians 3:5-14

Saturday – Psalm 23

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"Fierce Love Rises" Easter Sunday - 2019

SERMON NOTES:  

Fierce Love Rises
Easter 2019

Why?

Matthew 28 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

The Resurrection means I get to:

·       Fear Less

·       Hope More

·       Love Well

What is today?  Resurrection Day

Why does it matter?  It means I get to fear less, hope more and love well!

Study Guide

Solitude, Scripture & Prayer 

Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.

Solitude – Spend TWO minutes quietly alone.  Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through Your Word!”

Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there!  (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)

Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying?  Why this word this day?

What are You asking me to believe about You and about me? 

How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?”

Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.

Finish - Spend TWO minutes again with God

The readings this week help flush out all the details of Jesus resurrection that are supplied in Scripture.  Enjoy gleaning unique details from the different account of that reality and impact of Jesus’ resurrection.

Monday – Matthew 28:1-10

Tuesday – Mark 14:1-11

Wednesday – Mark 14:12-26

Thursday – Mark 14:72

Friday – Mark 15:1-39

Saturday – Mark 15:40-47

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