Monday, September 29, 2014

How To Take the Next Step: Sermon Points from 9-28-2014

The sermon series is titled: Called Deeper Still - which has been a way of introducing the concepts of walking deeper in a relationship with Christ, and also moving further in our obedience.

The sermon Sunday was based on Peter's experience of stepping out of the boat (Matthew 14:21-36).

The theme is one we can all relate to: How to take the next step when the last step failed?

Here are the points from the sermon:

1. First, know that you will have to take the next step - you can't stand still. In essence don't let failure dictate your faithfulness!
2. Don't let failure define your future - or your present for that matter.
3. Learn from the past, but don't focus on the past.
4. Discern the right direction for the next step - which in our case is to follow the right Person (Christ).
5. Find someone further along than yourself - who can help you.
6. Believe in God's plan and purpose for your life.
7. Reach for the Master's hand.

For the full sermon:

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Sermon Notes from August 31, 2014

A quick blog to post the sermon bullet points from this last Sunday.

I. The Will of God for Us:  Knowing Christ and Developing the Mind of Christ

We first are called to know Christ in a personal relationship. Then His Holy Spirit begins to transform us as new creations who take on the attributes of Christ and develop the mind of Christ.

II. The Work of God Through Us: The Ministry of Christ Flows Through Us to the World

Christ is always at work in the world, and He desires to use us as vessels to communicate the gospel message.  2  Corinthians indicates that we are "ministers" and "messengers" of reconciliation.

III. The Love of Christ Compelling Us: The Nature of Christ

His love for us and then our growing love for Him and His kingdom compels us to engage the world with the gospel message.  One of the greatest expressions of believers is to demonstrate the love of Christ in tangible ways.