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Sermon Outline, August 13, 2017, “God Adds the Broken”


Matthew 5:3-4

Luke 15:7         I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

Luke 15:10      In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.


Bless people with Love.

Bless people with Unconditional Love.

~ Romans 5:6   For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

~ Romans 5:8  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.


Bless people with Proactive Love.

~ I John 4:19   We love, because He first loved us.

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



Bless people with Grace.

Grace welcomes people.

~ Revelation 22:17      The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.


Grace accepts people.

~ Romans 15:7            Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.


Grace embraces people.

~ Matthew 11:28-29    “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.



Bless people with Truth.

Bless people with the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

~ I Corinthians 15:3-4              For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

~ Ephesians 1:7            In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace


Bless people with the Truth of the Forgiveness of Sins.

~ Psalm 103:12           As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.


Bless people with the Truth of Eternal Life.

~ John 17:3     This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

The Golden Bowl

Recently I was encouraged by Revelation 5:8a which reads, “there is a golden bowl in heaven full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.” We can get weary in praying over a situation if we do not see anything happening.

My husband and I experienced this in prayers for a family member which took 15-20 years to see what we prayed for answered in her life. I think the secret is to stop asking and start praising that the Lord has heard and is undertaking your petition. I know He was doing a work in us during this time that seemed interminable. In addition there is a perfect time when the person being prayed for can receive the answer. I encourage you to know that the petition you prayed for is in that golden bowl at the throne room. The answer will come in the right time.

Peggy Park

Daily Prayer Guide


Colossians 3:12-14

12 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. 14 Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.

Additions to the Family

A few weeks ago, Zella & I learned that our daughter, Elizabeth, and her husband, Josh, are expecting their third child. This child is due on my Dad’s birthday, January 26. We are very excited looking forward to another addition to our family. In addition to the expected arrival of this one, our family has been adding other members. One of my nephews married in April. Another nephew and his wife had a baby son in May. One of my nieces is getting married in August. We love additions to the family!
Just like Zella & I love additions to our earthly family, the Lord loves adding people to His heavenly family. From Luke 15 we learn that the angels rejoice when a sinner comes home to God. Acts 2:41 says, “So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and there were added that day about three thousand souls.” Acts 2:47 says, “And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.” The Lord loves adding people to His Family, His Kingdom, and His Church!
A few weeks ago, a fellow was baptized at the close of the worship service. Before he and his wife could descend the steps from the baptistery changing area, people were ascending the steps to congratulate him! Our church family was so excited for his addition to the Lord’s Church!
A couple weeks ago, a fellow came into my office and shared that he wanted to transfer his membership to Tates Creek. I asked him if he would like to do that the following Sunday. He replied, “I want to transfer my membership right now!” That was so exciting! I realize that this man is already a part of the family of God. But, it is so exciting that he wants to be a part of our Tates Creek Church Family. Whether by transfer or by baptism, it is always exciting to welcome people to the Tates Creek Church Family. And we give thanks and glory and honor to our Lord for every soul that He adds to His Church at Tates Creek!
Starting the first Sunday of August, we will launch a new sermon series entitled, “Multiplication through Addition.” As we examine the beatitudes of Matthew 5, we will learn that God adds people to His Church that are broken with sin. We are humbled and overwhelmed and deeply grateful that God added us to His Church by His immeasurable grace!
To our Lord be the glory!

~ Tommy Simpson

Daily Prayer Guide


Proverbs 14:4-6

Where no oxen are, the manger is clean,
But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox.
A trustworthy witness will not lie,
But a false witness utters lies.
A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none,
But knowledge is easy to one who has understanding.

Daily Prayer Guide


Proverbs 13:20

He who walks with wise men will be wise,
But the companion of fools will suffer harm.

The New Math

There’s been a lot of controversy in recent years due to what is supposed to be a better way to teach math to children. In this new method (if I understand it correctly) it supposes the process one uses to find the answer is as important as getting the answer correct. Now that simple analysis may or may not be correct and I’m not competent to comment on which way is better, the old way or the new way, but what I am certain about is that 2 plus 2 still equals four. Just try to go to any bank and draw out $5.00 when you’ve only made two deposits of $2.00 and you will find that no matter the process you use you’re not going to get the $5.00. It is essential we learn those mathematical truths or laws in order to be able to function successfully in society. In the very same way, there are spiritual truths, spiritual laws, which we must recognize if we are going to be successful in our Christian walk. Jesus spoke one of those truths when He said, “You are the light of the world.” We can easily understand that can’t we? How many of us have stubbed a toe at night in the darkness? It almost hurts to think about it, right? Well, there is a whole world out there walking in darkness. Is it any wonder there is hurt and brokenness all around? Jesus says the world needs us showing them where the dangers are, showing them a better way. But Jesus also clarifies what type of light we are to be in order to really show a better way. He says, “Let your light so shine among men that they might see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) The spiritual truth is we have to live a better way in order to show a better way to those who are walking in darkness. Even as 2 plus 2 will only equal 4, so also people will only see God when we add godliness to our lives. We can try other processes and techniques but it will still come back to this simple truth, if people are going to know it we have to show it. As the old song said, “You are the finger of God don’t you see? You know somebody who is in need. Point them to Calvary, show them the way. You are the finger of God today.”

~ Bro. Kim Beckwith

Daily Prayer Guide


Proverbs 22:24-25

24 Do not associate with a man given to anger;
Or go with a hot-tempered man,
25 Or you will learn his ways
And find a snare for yourself.

Gods Adds the Broken – Matthew 5:3-4

Matthew 5:3-4

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

“Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.” (NASB)

August brings an increase in crowds to Lexington.  Roadways, stores, campuses and stadiums will be filled with vehicles, parents, students and sports fans as they prepare and head out in search of the new.  New supplies, classrooms and teachers, new campuses and friends, and a new season.

The author of the above teaching was no stranger to crowds.  When Jesus spoke these words, He was surrounded by a multitude or mass of people.  He moved among them teaching them, touching them, healing them and showing mercy and love to them. He saw them and He knew them. He was looking into the eyes of people on whom He had great compassion.  He often saw them as sheep without a shepherd.  They did not understand it but I imagine they could feel it.  Jesus wanted them to know His voice and the depth of his teachings and trust His heart and mission, like sheep trust their shepherd.  He wanted them to understand that He was the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies about the promised Messiah. Prophecies like Isaiah 42:3, “A bruised reed He will not break, and a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice” and Isaiah 35:5, “Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.” Jesus wanted the broken and wounded to celebrate that He was bringing them something new.  Hope. Eternal Life. The way to God.  2,000 years later this truth and the desire of God’s heart remains the same.

“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and His rule. You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.” (The Message)

~ Phyllis Eversole

Daily Prayer Guide


Proverbs 24:5

A wise man is strong,
And a man of knowledge increases power.

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