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Sermon Outline, December 17, 2017, “Sources of Joy”

                                                           Sources of Joy

 Luke 1:57-80

Philippians 4:4             Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!


Rejoice in the Lord’s Goodness!

Acknowledge God’s Goodness.

~ James 1:17   Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.


Celebrate God’s Goodness!

~ Romans 12:15           Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.



Rejoice in the Lord’s Purpose.

The lack of Purpose leads to a lack of Joy.

~ Jeremiah 29:11        For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.


Having Purpose is a Source of Joy.

~ Jeremiah 29:11        For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.



Rejoice in the Lord’s Salvation.

Rejoice in His Fulfilled Promise of Salvation.

~ Genesis 22:18          In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”


~ Isaiah 53:4-6            Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him.


Rejoice in His Victorious Salvation.

~ Romans 8:1-4           Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.


~ Romans 8:35, 37-39            Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


~ Hebrews 2:14           Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,


~ I Corinthians 15:54-57         But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; 57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sermon Outline, December 10, 2017, “God Specializes in the Impossible”

                                             God Specializes in the Impossible

Luke 1:26-38

Genesis 18:14             Is anything too difficult for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.


Numbers 11:23           The Lord said to Moses, “Is the Lord’s power limited? Now you shall see whether My word will come true for you or not.”


Jeremiah 32:17             ‘Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You,


Matthew 19:26            And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”


God exalts the Humble.

God humbles the Proud.

~ Proverbs 16:18         Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling.


God exalts the Humble.

~ James 4:10   Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.


~ I Peter 5:6    Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time,



God extends grace to Sinners.

God extends grace to sinners Immeasurably.

~ Romans 5:20            The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,


God extends grace to sinners Unreservedly.

~ I John 4:10                In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.



God overcomes the Odds.

God overcomes the odds by His Purpose.

~ Matthew 1:21           She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.


~ Acts 4:12      And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.


~ I Timothy 2:5           For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,


~ Luke 19:10   For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.


~ John 3:17      For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.


God overcomes the odds by His Power.

~ Zechariah 4:6           Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.


~ Genesis 18:14          Is anything too difficult for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.


~ Jeremiah 32:17         ‘Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You,

Sermon Outline, December 3, 2017, “In the Sight of God”

                                                       In the Sight of God

Luke 1:5-25

I Peter 5:7; Psalm 42:5; Psalm 55:22


God knows our Person.

God knows our Name.

~ Isaiah 40:26 Lift up your eyes on high And see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, Not one of them is missing.


God knows our Character.

~ II Chronicles 16:9    For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. You have acted foolishly in this. Indeed, from now on you will surely have wars.”


God knows our Situation.

~ Psalm 33:13-15        The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men; 14 From His dwelling place He looks out On all the inhabitants of the earth, 15 He who fashions the hearts of them all, He who understands all their works.



God knows our Prayer.

God hears our Prayer.

~ Philippians 4:6          Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.


~ I Thessalonians 5:17            pray without ceasing;


~ I John 5:14-15          This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.


~ Matthew 7:7             Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.


God answers our Prayer.

~ I John 5:14-15          This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.


~ John 14:13-14          Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.


~ Mark 11:24   Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.



God knows our Purpose.

God has an overall plan.

~ John 3:16-17            For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.


~ I Timothy 2:3-4        This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.


~ Titus 2:11      For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,


~ II Peter 3:9   The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.


God has a specific plan for each one in His overall plan.

~ Jeremiah 29:11         For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.

Missions Moment

Greetings from the Syversons!

We have been serving in Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico for 16 years and are so excited for the next season of ministry in Mexico.  Currently we are based in Lexington and enjoying the wonderful blessing of the TCCC mission house.  We will be visiting partnering churches in Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Illinois over the next couple of months.  Although we are traveling quite a bit, we would love the opportunity to meet and fellowship with many of you during our time in Lexington.  Please email at GregSyverson@cmfi.org or call (voice calls only) at 217-718-4140.

Here is what is happening in Mexico…  Over the last few years we have been focusing much of our ministry efforts investing in the lives of young people.   The energy and faith of the children and youth is contagious and powerful!

A few years ago, God gave us a vision to see 100 churches planted in 10 years.  That number frightened us because we didn’t see it as “humanly possible” but we realized that God hasn’t called us to do what is “humanly possible” but rather He has called us to do “greater things”.   As we have prayed and strategized we have felt God leading us to train young people (and the young at heart) to be church planters using a rapidly multiplying church planting model.  In fall 2018, we will be opening a training center to train bi-vocational church planters that will work in all parts of Mexico and even in other parts of Latin America.  We are excited about this “God-sized” vision that will impact Mexico and beyond.  We already have young people from other parts of Mexico and other countries interested in coming to be trained and work with us in the ministry.  We are very excited about what God is doing!  We covet your prayers as we spend the next several months planning, promoting, and recruiting future church planters.

Along with this vision we know that God will also lead us into the most effective ways to partner in the relief efforts from the recent devastating earthquakes in Mexico.  Our desire is to be the “hands, feet, and heart of Jesus” to people who have lost so much.  Thank you for your prayers for Mexico.

Greg & Vicki Syverson

Psalm 82:3 Vision

Psalm 82:3 Mission was created with the vision of taking care of orphans in Monrovia, Liberia.  For the past few months, the Psalm 82:3 Mission team felt God pulling us in a new direction.  The moratorium on adoptions had been lifted, children at the AFAA house were being adopted, and we felt that God was telling us that we needed to help those beyond the capital city.

Matt Lee, Doug Lee, Elizabeth Anderson, and I were blessed to go on the Vision Trip for Psalm 82:3 Mission to seek out God’s plan for our organization. Once we arrived in Buchanan, Liberia, I was reminded how His plan is so much more than anything we could’ve imagined.  Before our team even left the United States, God started opening doors for the organization.  Our project manager in Liberia, Morris Freeman, made a connection with a land owner willing to sell fifty acres of land to Psalm 82:3 Mission for $30,000.  We were also able to connect with a local pastor, Eric Roberts, who was ready and willing to show us the city of Buchanan and was passionate about introducing us to the people there.  Through these connections and new relationships built with the individuals in Buchanan, God showed us what He has planned for Psalm 82:3 Mission.

Therefore, a new vision was created.  A self-sustaining community center dedicated to serving the least (healthy and special needs orphan children and widows).  This center will be complete with an orphan village, a church, a school, an old folks home, 25 acres of agriculture and farming potential, therapy clinic, and medical clinic.  With this land we will also employ and empower Christian Liberians to invest into the lives of their children.  We also plan to partner with a Christian adoption agency to place the orphan children in Christ-centered homes.  All of this also means that more lives will be impacted than just children when you consider a country with over 85% unemployment.  The most exciting part is that we don’t view this as a forever project.  Our goal is that in 7-10 years the entire project will be funded entirely by Liberians, as we continue to partner and help when needed!

Please find Psalm 82:3 Mission on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!  We also have a banquet coming up on December 9th and are looking for table hosts to join us!  If you’re interested, please use the contact information listed below.

Marlee Mirre

Faith in Prayer

“And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well: the Lord will raise them up.”  James 5:15
Every day we hear or read heartbreaking stories of tragic illness and breathtaking accounts of God’s incredible healing.  Even if we don’t have the medical degrees or training to fix people or provide answers, we do have God’s power to love people and pray with them in their time of need or time of praise.  The need for prayer is always there.  The opportunity for prayer is always there.  Intentional, thoughtful prayer from your heart for those who are sick or injured, struggling with depression, or trapped inside a body or mind that is broken.  Pray for the sick, pray for the families and friends of the sick, pray with faith that God will make the sick person well, and trust that God has a plan for every life.
Angela Powell

Sermon Outline, November 26, 2017, “On His Terms”

                                                             On His Terms

Leviticus 10:1-3


We must respond to the Lord the way he tells us to, not however we please.


Leviticus 10:1              Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it and laid incense on it and offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, which he had not commanded them.


God is the same today as he was back then. – Malachi 3:6   “For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.


God is patient and is holding back his wrath.



God supremely cares about the way people view him.


Leviticus 10:3  Then Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord has said: ‘Among those who are near me I will be sanctified, and before all the people I will be glorified.’” And Aaron held his peace.


We need the whole Bible to get an accurate picture of God.


We must allow God to tell us who he is, not form our own opinions of him.


God is set apart. He is not like us. He is in a category all his own.



We never have the right to accuse God of wrong-doing.


Leviticus 10:3 – Aaron held his peace.


Job 1:22           In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.

Job 2:10           But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.


If we have an issue with something God has said or done, the problem is not with God but with us.



How can sinful people stand in the presence of a holy God?


  1. We must come to him on his terms.


  1. We must have our sins atoned for.


The answer is Christ.


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.


2 Cor. 5:21       For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Thankfulness is Contagious

Thankfulness Broadens Our View of God’s Greatness!

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

I have shared before that I grew up on a farm.  On this farm we raised horses, and throughout the years we tried to train these horses to pull wagons.  In fact, for my sister’s wedding, my father had built his own buggy and trained a horse to pull the buggy.  We tried our best to train this young horse, but he simply became distracted too easily.  These distractions often led to him stopping in the middle of the trail until he could be refocused.     Along with the necessary equipment used for horse pulling there is one piece more vital than the others.  It is the blinders on the headstall.  These are located on each side of the horse’s face.  The role of the blinders is to keep the horse focused on the direct path ahead.    Have you ever noticed that when things start going wrong in our lives it feels like we have spiritual blinders on?  We start seeing the world around us in a closed off way.  We begin feeling like we are the only ones going through a difficult situation.  The more our blinders close in on our perspective, the further into a spiritual slump we feel.  This seems to be the devil’s system to lead us away from God’s greatness.    In the verse above, Paul offers a different option.  Instead of allowing the devil to close in our perspective he offers a remedy.  Rejoice, pray, and give thanks!  Immediately when our view changes so does our attitude.  We begin to open up our eyes to the power of God, the love of God, and the greatness of God.     It is amazing to me how this is the cultural norm of so many other cultures.  For example, anytime I interact with my friends in Liberia they often say the phrase, Thank God.  When they have done our team a huge favor, cooked a delicious meal, and fixed something we couldn’t figure out, we always tell them thank you.  This is when they reply- “Thank God.”  It’s as if they constantly speak to bring glory to God through their thankfulness.  Such a wonderful example of Christ-followers from one of the poorest places on the earth.

Matt Lee, Children’s Minister

Sermon Outline, November 19, 2017, “A Grateful Heart”

                                                             A Grateful Heart

 Luke 17:11-19


A Grateful Heart is Intentional.

Intentional Gratitude is Exceptional.

~ II Timothy 3:1-2      But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,


~II Timothy 3:5          holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.


Intentional Gratitude is Deliberate.

~ Colossians 3:17        Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.



A Grateful Heart is Expressive.

Gratitude expresses Sincerity.

~ Ephesians 5:20          always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;


Gratitude expresses Humility.

~ Psalm 100:4             Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.


Gratitude expresses Praise.

~ Hebrews 13:15         Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.



A Grateful Heart is Honorable.

Gratitude honors God’s Mercy.

~ II Corinthians 9:15    Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!


Gratitude honors God’s Power.

~ Philippians 4:6         Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Be Thankful

When I was growing up on the farm, the only benefit Thanksgiving provided my siblings and me was being out of school.  However, being out of school meant work on the farm.  Our family always worked on Thanksgiving Day.  Somehow, my Dad never received the memo about Thanksgiving Day being a labor free day.  Dad always saw that day as a great opportunity to get much needed work done in the crop.  So, the Thanksgiving holiday didn’t provide any real special break from the routine for our family.  My Mom fixed a special meal for dinner ~ on the farm dinner was at noon!

Thankfully, that all changed as the years unfolded.  Now, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays!  One of the reasons is that it provides a great opportunity for our family to be together.  Another reason is due to its simplicity!  There is a great absence of commercialism and busyness.  The third reason and the best reason for it being a favorite, speaks to the purpose for the holiday ~ to give thanks.  Hopefully, as Christians, our gratitude stretches far beyond the holiday of Thanksgiving!

For Christians, our spirit of gratitude should permeate our hearts!  In I Thessalonians 5:18, the Bible says, “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  Gratitude is the difference between someone who is a grumbler and someone who expresses great joy!  Is there anyone who likes to be around a grumbler; someone who complains and gripes, groans and moans?  Anyone?  Unless they are of similar nature!  But, we really like being around people who are joyful!  People who are joyful attract other people!

Grateful people acknowledge that everything they have comes from God!  Psalm 24:1 says, “The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it.”

Grateful people trust God’s providence that He will bring good out of everything, including the terrible things that happen in life.  (Romans 8:28).  All that farm work on Thanksgiving Day, and every other day, sure made for a close family; I am most thankful!

Grateful people visit with those who are less fortunate and minister to them.     Grateful people count their blessings regularly and thank God for those blessings!     Grateful people refuse, absolutely refuse, to complain, gripe, or grumble!   A grateful heart brings honor and glory to God!

As Zella & I count our blessings, serving here at Tates Creek with you all is right at the top.  Thank you so much for the opportunity and the privilege of allowing us to serve our Lord with each of you!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Tommy Simpson, Senior Minister

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