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Sermon Outline, March 30, 2014

Solomon’s Wisdom

I Kings 3

 A Wise Heart Yearns to Learn.

            A Foolish heart Refuses to Learn.

                        ~ Matthew 7:26; Matthew 7:24

             A Wise heart Desires to Learn.

  • A Wise heart learns from Books.

                  ~ John 6:68; James 1:22

  • A Wise heart learns from History.

                  ~ I Corinthians 10:6

  •  A Wise heart learns from People.

                  ~ Proverbs 11:14; Proverbs 24:6

 A Wise Heart Seeks God for Wisdom.

            Seek the Primary Source for Wisdom.

                        ~ Romans 11:33

             Seek the Primary Source for Wisdom with Faith.

                        ~ James 1:5 ~ 6

 A Wise Heart Walks in the Wisdom of the Lord.

            Walk in Purity.

                        ~ Matthew 5:8; I John 3:2 ~ 3; II Corinthians 7:1; I Corinthians 6:9 ~ 10

             Walk in Peace.

                        ~ Romans 12:18; Mark 9:50

             Walk in Goodness.

                        ~ Proverbs 22:1; Proverbs 10:7; Matthew 5:16

Learning from The Story

When speaking with parents that are bringing their young children to Tates Creek for the first time, or coming back after a long hiatus, I’ve heard the same phrase “we wanted to start coming back to church for the kids.” That is such an encouraging statement, and we work hard to make sure that those children learn as much as possible in Critterland (while still having lots of fun!) We had a visitor recently that was impressed with the older children in the nursery because they knew about the Bible!
Our main focus in Critterland is to always let the children know that God made them, God loves them, and that Jesus wants to be their friend forever. They have also learned during Act I and II in The Story that God will always be with them, He keeps his promises, and even if they don’t always do the right thing, God will still take care of them. I think these are important truths for adults to remember as well!

Lesley Tipton

Where is Your Focus?

Well as most of you know I am an Indiana boy through and through. I have a love, like many of you blue bleeders, for college basketball and just basketball in general! I always love this time of year as we approach the “Big Dance”, even though my beloved Hoosiers may not be “dancing” this year, it is still such an exciting time to watch basketball and see the young men from colleges all over the nation competing for a National Championship. And though it pains me to say it, I wish the Big Blue Nation good luck.
Another thing I have a deep love for is auto racing, especially NASCAR! Any other fans out there? If you are a NASCAR fan, you know that February means the Daytona 500! The beginning of what is, probably to most people, an entirely too lengthy racing season, haha. I can’t wait!
With both of these sports, teams and drivers face adversity. They go through slumps. They lose some. They win some. The season is like a marathon.
Our spiritual lives have many parallels to a race or a season of sports. There is a race that has been set before us. The race of life. We have been called to persevere with faith to the very end of the race. It is hard. The key to finishing strong is very simple, yet we often lose our focus. The key is to focus on Jesus!
Hebrews 12:1-3 says,
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

Fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith!

Mike Allen

Sermon Outline, March 23, 2014

David ~ God’s Discipline

II Samuel 11 & 12

 Take God’s Discipline Seriously.

            God’s Discipline brings Direct Consequences.

                        ~ Hebrews 12:5; Galatians 6:7; Hosea 8:6

             God’s Discipline brings Indirect Consequences.

                        ~ Luke 17:1 ~ 2

 Interpret God’s Discipline as God’s Love.

            God’s Discipline is an expression of His Grace.

                        ~ Hebrews 12:6; Romans 8:33 ~ 34

             God’s Discipline is an expression of His Faithfulness.

                        ~ Hebrews 12:6; Psalm 36:5; I John 1:9

 Respond Positively to God’s Discipline.

            Seek God through Prayer.

                        ~ I Thessalonians 5:17; Ephesians 6:18

             Seek God through Fasting.

                        ~ Matthew 6:16 ~ 17

             Seek God through Worship.

                        ~ Psalm 115:3; Revelation 19:6

             Seek God through the Spiritual Disciplines.

                        ~ Galatians 6:8

Spring is on the Way

Song of Solomon 2:11-12a declares,
“The winter is past, The rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; The time of singing has come.” NKJV

I viewed this winter as severe, as I only remember seeing snow one time as I grew up in Mississippi. We have pulled our heavy coats tight around us when we ventured out. Even in our “warm” homes we cannot get really toasty. Now it is official. By the calendar winter is over even if the elements do not get the message.

In the spring we see the crocuses poke up their heads. Birds begin to visit our yards serenading with their beautiful songs. The buds on our bushes come out. Everywhere we see signs of new life. Our spirits are lifted! We sing.

There is a winter in the spirit described by some as “the dark night of the soul.” Many of us have faced dark days in our lives or in the lives of our loved ones. We thought we would never feel the light of Jesus or feel like singing again. We may have felt buried in our afflictions and problems.

In addition, our country is a disaster to the naked eye. Many areas have suffered calamities of nature. We are aware of the increasing disorder in our society embracing standards that are in direct conflict to God’s Word. How can we believe the time of singing has come when all of the signs of our world are so dismal?

The answer for this is found in Hebrews 12:2 which tells us to look to Jesus. We remember He says He will never leave us. (Hebrews 13:5). That alone is reason to sing.

We stay faithful to prayer, scripture study, and our devotion time, we witness where there is opportunity, and reflect Jesus where ever we go. Remember, there is great glory that awaits us in the next world. The season of great singing is coming! We determine to be faithful to the end of our journey.

“With faith and patience we inherit the promises.”
(Hebrews 6:12b)

Peggy Park

Blessing Bag Mission

In a life of disappointments, the children living in Ukraine orphanages have learned to trust the Blessing Bags and the mission team to return faithfully each year. They eagerly await the arrival of the team, peering out the dirty windows for a glimpse of the bus pulling through the metal gates. At other orphanages they run out to meet us, escort us inside, strive to be helpful, and are anxious for Christmas to begin.
The Ukraine is like stepping back in history. After arriving in Kiev, we are taken by bus to the train station. Like a scene out of “Polar Express”, the smartly dressed ticket taker stands outside on the crowded platform checking the passengers in. We were ushered to our coupe’, which would become our home for the next 16 hours. The Crimean town of Simferopol is filled with graffiti, high density housing, and what you might call subdivisions with dirt roads and houses hidden behind concrete walls and steel gates. This is the outward evidence of a corrupt government and a lack of city infrastructure such as smooth roads and neighborhood sidewalks.
The Blessing Bag Ministry is much more than giving out Christmas bags to orphans. It is a sustainable ministry that helps support the orphanages by improving their living conditions. The yearly visits ensure the standards are being maintained. One teacher proudly showed off her classroom and how she had decorated it with her own money while teaching economic skills to help the orphans on the road to independence. At another orphanage we toured a room filled with rows of foot pedal powered sewing machines…from years ago.
The heart of the trip is sharing the moment with a child unpacking their gifts. Witnessing the quiet moment when they discover a photograph and letter from you. The joy we have in sharing the Christmas Story, presented in a beautifully illustrated book, in their native tongue.
It’s time to begin the journey again. Blessing Bags will be distributed March 23 and March 30.

Becky Child

Sermon Outline, March 16, 2014

David ~ The Heart of a Leader

I Samuel 16 & 17

 One Heart-Quality that attracts God is Spirituality.

            Spirituality has a Passion for God.

                        ~ Psalm 63:1; Psalm 42:1 ~ 2

             Spirituality is Sensitive to the Things of God.

                        ~ Psalm 19:1; Psalm 8:4; Psalm 24:3 ~ 4; Psalm 121:7; Psalm 55:22; Psalm 23:1

 A Second Heart-Quality that attracts God is Integrity.

            Integrity consists of a Process.

                        ~ Psalm 78:72

             Integrity deals with Reality.

                        ~ I John 1:8; I John 1:10

 A Third Heart-Quality that attracts God is Faith.

            Faith is Proactive.

                        ~ Hebrews 11:6

             Faith is Bold.

                        ~ I John 5:4 ~ 5

             Faith is Contagious.

                        ~ II Corinthians 5:7

Encouragement

As we moved into the second act of The Story we looked at Israel’s rebellion in the wilderness as they heard the report from the spies about the land of Canaan in Numbers 13 and 14. Maybe they could have been excused for being fearful and anxious about the upcoming battle, but their major sin was wanting to go back to Egypt. It was on this point that God’s anger burned.
The Israelites weren’t comfortable in Egypt, they were enslaved! When they cried out, God came down and rescued them with a mighty hand. This was going to be the new way that He related to the Israelites, even making it foremost in the 10 commandments.

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt”
(Exodus 20:2)

The Hebrews weren’t longing for better days under their Egyptian masters, they were rejecting God. How could they want to exchange God’s rule for the rule of those who held them in slavery? In the New Testament, Hebrews 3:12-13 picks up on this idea. We are warned to not be like that group of people. The root cause of the rebellion is an unfaithful heart, but the cure for it, in verse 13, is a constant encouragement.

“Encourage each other every day while it is ‘today.’”
(Hebrews 3:13)

Now, who better to encourage the faith of a growing child than their parents? It isn’t the minister, or the friends in the youth group who see them everyday. Parents can have the greatest positive influence on their children’s faith because they are the ones who can give daily encouragement, through word or deed. Let the story you tell to your kids everyday be one that encourages them to follow Jesus with everything they are!

Brad Haggard

The Goal of Discipleship

No, I’m not talking about the city in Nebraska. (Sorry Rich and Bev Cary!) Nor am I talking about Omaha Steaks. “Omaha! Omaha!” is the familiar “audible” that quarterback Peyton Manning calls at the line of scrimmage often during his NFL football games. A quarterback “audibles” when he decides he needs to change the plan to be effective. I am calling an audible.

This year, I had planned to use a collection of articles to give tips on leading an effective Bible study, and if you are still interested in that information, please let me know and I can get it to you. However, I believe that there are some broader, deeper, and more personal discussions that should take place in this space—and I want us to take advantage of that together to be most effective.
This month, I want to ask the question, “What is the ultimate goal of discipleship?” For some, discipleship is equated with classroom and book-learning. However, as I heard one person say recently, “Going to Sunday School doesn’t make us any more a disciple than being in a garage makes us a car.” In short, having the knowledge or just showing up on Sunday doesn’t make us a disciple. It is having the knowledge and living it out. It’s the tried and true message of Matthew 7:24-27, James 1:22-25, John 14:23, 1 Samuel 15:22, and many other passages. It is living in obedience to our Lord.
If we are following in obedience to our Lord, then we are not only concerned with being a disciple, but also intent on making more disciples. One of Jesus’ most
clear commands is the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19-20, instructing us in our responsibility to make disciples of all nations. Evangelism and Discipleship are not two separate issues. Evangelism is a natural outgrowth of lives lived in total obedience to the King.
So let’s challenge ourselves with this question today, “As a disciple, am I producing other disciples that produce disciples?” And leaders, “Are we equipping those in the groups we lead with the practical resources and opportunities to do so?” Or do we need to call an “audible”?

Nic Skinner

Sermon Outline, March 9, 2014

Saul’s Disobedience

I Samuel 15

God sends forth His Word Authoritatively.

            God’s Word is Authoritative because God’s Word is Divine.

                        ~ II Timothy 3:15, 17; II Peter 1:20-21

             God’s Word is Authoritative and is therefore, Clear.

                        ~ Psalm 119:105

 God sends forth His Word Expectantly.

            God expects His Word to be Heard.

                        ~ Matthew 11:15; James 1:19

             God expects Complete Obedience.

                        ~ James 4:17

             God expects Careful Obedience.

                        ~ Deuteronomy 6:3; 8:1; 11:32; 12:32; Joshua 1:8

 God sends forth His Word Responsibly.

            God will hold us Accountable.

                        ~ Romans 14:12; Hebrews 4:13

             God will render Judgment for each one.

                        ~ Ecclesiastes 12:14; Romans 14:10; II Corinthians 5:10

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