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Sermon Outline, February 1, 2015, “Jesus is God”

Jesus is God

John 5:17-57

 Jesus has Full Equality with God.

Because He is the Son of God.

~ Philippians 2:6; Hebrews 1:3

Because He works the Works of God.

~ John 11:25-26

Jesus has All Authority.

Jesus has authority over the Sabbath.

~ Colossians 2:16; Hebrews 10:25

Jesus has authority in Judgment.

~ Romans 2:16; II Corinthians 5:10; Luke 8:17

Jesus has Sufficient Credibility.

John the Baptist witnessed to the truth that Jesus is God.

~ John 1:34

Jesus’ Works witnessed to the truth that Jesus is God.

God the Father witnessed to the truth that Jesus is God.

Scripture witnesses to the truth that Jesus is God.

Philippians 2:6; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:3

God is True to Us!

There are a lot of things that are in the air for teenagers. School, work, family, friends, even the way they see themselves can change quickly. Teenagers can seem like social chameleons because they are constantly seeking something constant in their lives. Church should be that place for teenagers as they grow. That’s why being a part of a youth group is one of the most important factors in developing a lasting faith.

In the Old Testament Israel sought stability, too. International powers rose and fell around them, and each time Israel faced threats to their very existence. As God led them through these times they recognized that God was “true” in a powerful and practical sense. God was true to Israel by faithfully saving them in their distress.

“The maker of heaven and earth
the sea and all that is in it
the One who stays true forever.” ~ Psalm 146:6

Because God is true to us through Jesus, we need to be true to Him. Our commitment to God must come above all else. This also means being true to those in the church. If our teenagers see that we are faithful to God and to them, then they will be encouraged to do the same. That is the power of the Church, that we can encourage each other to stay true to God, the one who promised to be true to us forever in Jesus.

“Who is like our God,
bearing our guilt and passing over the
rebellion of the remnant of his inheritance?
He does not hold his anger forever
because He delights in being faithful.
Once again He will show mercy to us
and conquer our guilt.
You will throw all of our sins into the depths of the sea.
You will stay true to Jacob
and faithful to Abraham
just as you promised to our fathers from days of old.” ~Micah 7:18-20

Brad Haggard

Share the Truth

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

As Christians, we know that the very source of truth is God. And the way God chooses to communicate His truth is through His Word and through His Son Jesus Christ. Many of you had this truth shared with you at a very young age. By the time you were in 3rd or 4th grade, you knew all the major stories in the Bible, including the gospel message, the story of Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection. What a great blessing!

I was not introduced to the gospel of Jesus Christ until I was 13 years old. My wife Lauren was not introduced to the gospel until she was a teenager as well. We often share stories about what it was like when we first heard the gospel message. Lauren often describes it as blinders being removed from her eyes. She says that when she first heard the truth of the gospel that everything about life started to make sense. It answered the questions that she had been having about her purpose, the world around her, and what life was all about. She hasn’t looked back since. The truth of God convicted her heart and she accepted Him as her Lord and Savior.

I felt the same way when I first heard the truth about Jesus and what He had done for me. It was exactly what I needed and I knew it. I knew that Jesus was the only thing that could fill the hole in my heart that I had been trying to fill with so many other things. Ever since the day I responded to the gospel, gave my life to Christ, and was baptized at the age of 14, God has been revealing His truth to me day by day through His Word. His truth has motivated me to give my life to full time vocational ministry because I want to share His love and His truth with the world.

There are people that we pass on the street, in the hallway at school, or at work every single day that are trying to fill the holes in their hearts with so many things. They are looking for truth in places where they will never find it and will always come up short and feeling empty. Until we introduce them to the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ, they will never find what they are looking for. It reminds me of the song by U2 “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”. There are so many people in that boat, and it’s our responsibility to share the truth with them. Who will you share the truth with today?

Mike Allen

Jesus is God – John 5:17-47

As I begin the New Year, I face an old familiar foe. Getting those Christmas songs out of my head! For me however, there is one Christmas song that remains in my head throughout the year. Not because of a catchy tune or famous singer, but because of the words and message composed by the song’s writer, Mark Lowry.

In 1984, Mark Lowry was given the task of organizing the Christmas program for his church. As he began putting together a piece to use between songs, Mark decided to base this monologue on a series of questions that he would ask Mary, mother of Jesus, if she were alive today.

Years later, those questions became the lyrics for the popular Christmas song, “Mary, Did You Know?” But what excites me most about the song’s lyrics is its assertion to the deity of Christ!

“Mary did you know that your baby boy
Is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy
Will one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your Baby Boy
Is Heaven’s perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you’re holding
Is the great I Am”

Jesus Christ is the great I Am! We read of this in John 8:56-59.
56 Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.” 57 “You are not yet fifty years old,” they said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!” 58 “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”

By making this proclamation, Jesus revealed himself to both the Jews and the world. The Jews took what Jesus said as blasphemy and as a result, wanted to stone him. They neither understood nor knew who he was.

Mark Lowry wanted to ask Mary, “Did you know”? Someday he will get his answer. But for those who do not know, the question might come too late.
As I meditate upon the words recorded by John at the beginning of this new year, I want to ask Mark Lowry’s question to those who do not believe while there is still time. World…do you know?

David Martin

Sermon Outline, January 25, 2015, “Jesus is the Messiah”

Jesus is the Messiah

John 4:1-45

Consider the Messiah’s Mission.

The Messiah’s Mission was to give life.

~ John 6:68, John 5:24; I Peter 1:23, John 6:63

The Messiah’s Mission was to save lives.

~ Acts 4:12; Ephesians 1:7

Consider the Messiah’s Message.

Worship God in spirit.

~ Psalm 42:1-2

Worship God in truth.

~ I John 1:8; I John 2:2; Ephesians 4:25

Consider the Messiah’s Mandate.

Take the Message to everyone.

~ Acts 1:8

Take the Message immediately.

~ Matthew 28:19-20

What is Truth?

I am confident that most, if not all, of us remember being in trouble as children and our parents admonishing us, “tell me the truth”. We knew that we had better tell the truth or the consequences would be worse if they found out we lied.

Yet today, we ask for the truth from those we love, from those who advertise on TV or radio, from our politicians. We become discouraged or even angry when we find out that someone has lied to us.

Why do people have so much difficulty telling the truth? Sometimes, in our good intentions, we try to hide the truth so that we won’t hurt someone close to us. And yes, even as adults, sometimes we are afraid of the consequences.

Unfortunately, we find in our current culture many who do not hold anything to be absolutely true. That belief system is called relativism. Even worse is the concept of moral relativism. Space will not permit me to delve into these concepts in great detail, but they are dangerous and held by many, especially those who are of younger generations. It seems like those of us who are “older” do not struggle with truth as much as those who are “younger”, but this statement in itself is not absolutely true! Relativism crosses the generational lines.

AND, relativism is a problem in the Church today. That’s right, it is hard for us to imagine that there are some sitting in our pews on Sunday who struggle with the absolute truth of God’s Word and God’s Son, Jesus. Yet, we cannot cave to the lies of relativism. We must continue to take a stand. Some churches have given in to not preaching the truth in order to attract more attenders and members. This is a sad truth!

The Bible has many things to say about truth, but I especially like the words about truth found in Psalm 119:160:

“All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.”

We pray: Father, as we approach this new year, please give us the courage to stand for absolute truth, the truth we find in Your Word and in Your Son, Jesus Christ. May we continue to speak Your Truth boldly and with confidence. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Don Seevers

“I am Telling the Truth…”

I remember the first time I told my mom a lie as a child. I don’t remember what the lie was about, but I remember her response when she found out I had lied. She wasn’t angry, she was deeply hurt. She came to my room and asked if we could talk. Then, with tears in her eyes she told me that we needed to start our relationship over. She went on to explain that before then we had a bond that had not been broken, but this lie changed everything. Even after I apologized to her I knew she was still hurting. It took several years to rebuild the trust again in our relationship. I remember wanting to keep the relationship strong and making sure I always told the truth.

Now, nearly 25 years later, Terah and I are blessed to have four amazing children. Colten is 9, Onah and Marie are 6, and Izzy is 4. That means our house is always busy and never quiet. It also means there is typically someone getting mad at someone else over something silly. When Terah and I enter ourselves into the feud it is our goal to get to the truth… to find out what really happened. Sometimes we get more than we bargained for in truth and other times we have to prod, beg, and issue multiple disciplines to get to the bottom of the confrontation. Overall, though, I am very proud of each of our kids and their commitments to telling the truth. They really are amazing children (but I might be a little biased).

This month our focus on Jesus is the Truth makes me think of the phrase Jesus said more often than any other, “I tell you the truth…”. In fact, this phrase is recorded in the gospels more than 80 times. Every time this statement is made though, you know what is following is something profound. You know it is something you can count on happening. You don’t have to ask yourself if it is really true, because it comes from Jesus. You also know that when Jesus says this phrase you better pay attention to the next part.

Here’s my challenge for you… do a search on the phrase, “I tell you the truth…”. Then, write down the next thing Jesus says after it. So which one is my favorite?

“I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Mark 10:15)

Matt Lee

Jesus is the Messiah – John 4:1-38

For the Christian, the term Messiah refers to Jesus’ role as a spiritual deliverer, setting His people free from sin and death.

In the years between Eden and Calvary certain men and women lived in a manner pleasing to God, none of them though lived without sin. The Messiah was required. In Genesis 3:15 we read the first of all the great prophesies recorded in the Old Testament regarding the coming of the Messiah and the great work he was to accomplish on earth.

With the birth of Jesus still fresh in our minds, Luke 2:11 reminds us through the angel’s announcement, “For there is born to (YOU) this day in the city of David a savior who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 15:10 says the angels of God rejoice over one sinner who repents. The angels, and the Messiah, are all for the Christian. What a blessed people we are!

In John 4:7-42 we see Jesus and the Samaritan woman. When Jesus informs her that He is the Messiah, she leaves her pitcher, and goes to tell the good news to her town.

“39 many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified “he told me all that I ever did”.
41 and many more believed because of His own word.
42 Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the savior of the world.”

The Jews believed that one essential characteristic of the Messiah would be that he should be able to tell the secrets of all hearts, this they believed was predicted in Isaiah 11:2-3.

In Genesis 3:15 He is called the seed of woman (virgin). At His birth He is called a savior. The Samaritan woman said, “I know that Messiah is coming’’ (who is called Christ).

Today after Calvary, we Christians can say MY Messiah, MY Savior, MY Lord. Like the Samaritan woman we should say, “Come see MY Messiah, come and know MY Savior.” What a story we have to share!

Nathan Young

Sermon Outline, January 18, 2015, “Jesus is the Son of God.”

Jesus is the Son of God

John 3

Know His Person.

Jesus is the Begotten Son of God.

~ Matthew 1:20; Matthew 1:21

Jesus is the Acknowledged Son of God.

~ Matthew 16:16

Know His Heart.

The Heart of Jesus reflects the Priority of His Father.

~ Luke 19:10; I Corinthians 1:23; I Corinthians 2:2

The Heart of Jesus reflects the Love of His Father.

~ Romans 5:8; Romans 8:32

Know His Pleasure.

Obedience pleases Him.

~ Acts 2:38

Humility pleases Him.

~ John 12:32; Mark 16:16

The Truth Brings Peace

As I pen this article my thoughts go to the crisis we are confronted with in our country today. It is perhaps the most threatening crisis we have or possibly could face as a nation and as citizens living in it. Now I’m old enough to remember when the Soviet threat had my neighbor across the street digging a hole in his back yard so he could build a bomb shelter. I remember the Cuban missile crisis of the 1960’s. I remember the oil crisis of the 1970’s, the savings and loan crisis of the 1980’s, and the financial crisis of the 1990’s which followed. The Ebola crisis of recent months has frightened us all to our cores, yet this and all the rest pale in comparison to the real crisis facing us as a people today. What, then, is this crisis? It is, quite simply, a truth crisis. The recent happenings in Ferguson, Missouri, have vividly displayed what happens when people have no concern, respect, or trust for the truth. The most recent election displayed how truth suffers in the quest to paint one’s opponent in a negative light and one’s self in the positive. Our nation’s politics have caused us to become a jaded population as truth has been sacrificed for political gain, advancement, or survival. When we cannot trust that people are telling us the truth we simply cannot trust people. When we cannot trust people, division occurs. When division occurs peace is lost.

We just celebrated Christmas where we recognize that it was into just such a world that God sent His Son. It was a jaded, cynical, chaotic world which saw the birth of the Prince of Peace. It should not escape our notice that the source of that peace is bound up in truth. John 18:37 records Jesus telling us, “for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the word, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is on the side of truth listens to me.”

We should not be surprised that to the same degree that Christ is removed from our nation’s consciousness, truth suffers and chaos results. In the midst of that chaos, however, we should not despair or lose hope because we know that when Christ Jesus makes His next appearance every knee will bow and every tongue will confess the Truth. Until then we who have come to know the Truth need to introduce others to Him who said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” And in doing so, even in the midst of chaos, others will come to have the same peace within which comes from having the Truth living within our lives.

Kim Beckwith

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