What Road Are You On? — Sermon Video

Acts 9 New International Version (NIV)

Saul’s Conversion

Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest 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. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.

“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.

10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”

“Yes, Lord,” he answered.

11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”

13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”

15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.

Saul in Damascus and Jerusalem

Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. 20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. 21 All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?” 22 Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah.

23 After many days had gone by, there was a conspiracy among the Jews to kill him, 24 but Saul learned of their plan. Day and night they kept close watch on the city gates in order to kill him. 25 But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall.

26 When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. 28 So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord. 29 He talked and debated with the Hellenistic Jews,[a] but they tried to kill him. 30 When the believers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.

31 Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.

Aeneas and Dorcas

32 As Peter traveled about the country, he went to visit the Lord’s people who lived in Lydda. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, who was paralyzed and had been bedridden for eight years. 34 “Aeneas,” Peter said to him, “Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and roll up your mat.” Immediately Aeneas got up. 35 All those who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.

36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. 37 About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 38 Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!”

39 Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.

40 Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. 41 He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive. 42 This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord. 43 Peter stayed in Joppa for some time with a tanner named Simon.

Footnotes:

  1. Acts 9:29 That is, Jews who had adopted the Greek language and culture
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The Good Life Part 1 #ThingsJesusSaid [Sermon on the Mount] — Sermon Video

#ThingsJesusSaid
1 – The Good Life Pt 1
Matthew 5:1-5

Key Idea: The good life starts with Jesus.

1. The good life is about needing Jesus. (Matt 5:3)

2. The good life is about dealing with sin. (Matt 5:4)

3) The good life is about giving Jesus the control. (Matt 5:5)

 

Matthew 5:1-5 New International Version (NIV)

Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.

The Beatitudes

He said:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.

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Why Pray? — Sermon Video

(September 9 Comprehensive Sermon Notes, Brian Austin)

Passages we will look at today: (Page numbers in your Pew Bibles)

738 Matthew 7:7-11 824
749 Matthew 18:19-20
823 John 14:12-13
824 John 15:4-8
825 John 16:23-24
825 John 16:26-27
862 Romans 8:26-27
476 Psalm 139:7-12

Why is it so easy to believe that God CAN do something we ask for, but so difficult to believe that He WILL do what we ask for?

Pg 749 Matthew 18:19-20 NIV — If this promise is true, a husband and wife team, two friends, two children – can tap into immense power. Why then are we so slow to come together to pray?

Pg 752 Matthew 21:21-22 NIV — If this promise is true, how do we get past doubt? And why do we dare so little and ask so small?

Pg 823 John 14:12-13 NIV — What does it mean to “Ask in His Name?” And how far should we take His promises?

Pg 862 Romans 8:26-27 & 34 NIV  — What is the significance of having both Jesus and the Holy Spirit interceding for us?

Pg 809 John 1: 1-5

Why does God DELIGHT IN US?

Prayer is time spent with THE MOST POWERFUL BEING IN EXISTENCE who DELIGHTS IN YOU! Who KNOWS YOU BY NAME! Who KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU, BUT STILL LOVES YOU!

Pg 824 John 15:4-8  —
Apart from me [Jesus] you can do NOTHING! Not a very flattering statement. How do we learn to live IN HIM?

Pg 476 Psalm 139: 7-12  —If you feel like God is distant, read that passage  over and over. Memorize it. If you wish God would keep His distance a bit more, read that passage and surrender to Him.

What changes when we pray for our Pastors?
What changes when we pray for our Ministry Council?
How far can you dare to trust God?

Jesus raised the dead. He healed lepers. He TOUCHED lepers, an absolute taboo of His day. He healed the deaf, the blind, the crippled. And He told us WE CAN DO GREATER THINGS! Are we supposed to believe that? Are we supposed to act on that?

Can we trust Him when we don’t understand?
Can we trust Him, when the hurt is deeper than we ever thought we could endure?

Are you praying for our kids?
Are you praying for their teachers?
What lifts you, fills you, but never leaves you feeling bloated?

Pg 932 – James 4:2-3 —
Why does He want us to ASK when He already knows what we need?
Why does He want us to ASK, when He already knows what we need?

Pastor Dave’s Challenge – 10 people coming to know God through the ministry of HMC this year. Too big or too small a goal?

If we truly believe what Jesus said, why do we ask so small, and dare so little?

Pg 951 Revelation 3:20 ESV — Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and eat with him, and he with me.

 

Additional Passages on Prayer (and Fasting) we won’t have time to look at today:
(Page numbers in your Pew Bibles)
338 2 Chronicles 7:14
345 2 Chronicles 20:2-4
368 Ezra 8:21-23
562 Isaiah 58:3-10
688 Joel 1:13-14
689 Joel 2:12-18
702 Jonah 3:5-10
735 Matthew 4:1-4
737 Matthew 6:9-12
737 Mathew 6:16-18
793 Luke 11:2-4
823 John 16:26-27

Take a Break — Sermon Video

Key Idea:

God says: have a break!

1) God designed having a break as part of creation.
Gen 2:1-3, Mark 2:27

2) God designed having a break as a way to find spiritual refreshment.
Lev 23:3, Ex 20:8-11

Qadash(Holy): to consecrate, sanctify, prepare, dedicate, be sanctified, be separate.

3) God designed having a break as a way to find physical, mental, and emotional refreshment.
Ex 31:17

Naphash(refreshed): to take breath, refresh oneself

Moving Forward 104: The Driving Force of Servanthood — Sermon Video

2 Corinthians 5:11-15 New International Version (NIV)

The Ministry of Reconciliation

11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. 13 If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

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Moving Forward 103: Serving in Humility Part 2 — Sermon Video

Luke 6:27-36 New International Version (NIV)

Love for Enemies

27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

 

Philippians 2:3-8 New International Version (NIV)

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature[a] God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!

Footnotes:

  1. Philippians 2:6 Or in the form of
  2. Philippians 2:7 Or the form
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Never Give Up On Anyone — Sermon Video

2 Corinthians 5:17 New International Version (NIV)

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here!

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Or Christ, that person is a new creation.

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Sent Out – ‘Luke: An Audience of One’ — Sermon Video

Luke 1:1-4 New International Version (NIV)

Introduction

Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled[a] among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 1:1 Or been surely believed

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Pastor Lyndsay – Sermon Video

John 21:1-17 New International Version (NIV)

Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish

21 Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee.[a] It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus[b]), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.

He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”

“No,” they answered.

He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards.[c] When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.

10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.

Jesus Reinstates Peter

15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.

Footnotes:

  1. John 21:1 Greek Tiberias
  2. John 21:2 Thomas (Aramaic) and Didymus (Greek) both mean twin.
  3. John 21:8 Or about 90 meters

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