Not an adjustment, a complete change.

Message: The gospel according to Luke

Text: Luke 8:4-15 (5, 11-12)

Parable of the Seed & Soils—

Unresponsive; Impulsive; Preoccupied; Responsive

Observations/notes: _____________

The wayside is a foot path thru the field; a road; a hardened path...so the seed does not sink in at all.

John 10:10, the thief exists to steal, to steal from you. How can a thief steal from you? Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)

How would you describe a hard heart?

How do you get one? How do you not get one?

Responding to what God has done for you.

Message: The gospel according to Luke

Text: Luke 8:1-3

~Preaching the glad tidings is proclaiming the good news (gospel) This is the point of everything. This is why FGBC is here.  Proclaiming is telling, not asking. In a way, faith is contagious.

~Ministry of presence. 12 apostles, 3 women, and many more.  Why did Mary Magdalene get to be the first person to see Jesus after His resurrection?

Note: there is no record in the gospels of any woman being opposed to Jesus. Women mentioned in the gospels are usually receiving or giving help.

~Jesus has done something great in the life of every person mentioned in this text. But they are not trying to pay Jesus back for what He has done, they are responding to what He has done for them.

Does God need help proclaiming the gospel? The best thing you can do for yourself is respond to what Jesus has done for you.

True Worship

Message: The gospel according to Luke

Text: Luke 7:36-50

Worship is seeing who Jesus is, seeing who you are, and seeing the difference

What we know from 37-38:

She knew she was a sinner; she knew where Simon’s house was, and she knew Jesus was there; she came    prepared with a flask of oil (1 year’s average wage); she stood for a while, weeping; then washed Jesus’ feet with her tears; then wiped His feet with her hair; kissed His feet; then anointed His feet with oil from her flask; no one    invited her; she took an extreme       initiative and overcame her shame, she knew they knew who she was.

So…

She knows who she is and what she’s done. She knows who Jesus is and what He’s done for her. She knows the other people in the room and what they’ve done. She worships only      Jesus. When you allow yourself to not worship Jesus, you are worshiping yourself. When you allow anyone else to stop you from worshiping Jesus, you are worshiping them.

The mistakes we make.

Message: The gospel according to Luke

Text: Luke 7:36-50

Simon the Pharisee, and a sinful woman

Simon’s mistakes:

1) Thinking Jesus is like Simon—that He thinks about and sees other people as Simon does. He was amazed that Jesus would let the woman approach Him, but should have been amazed that Jesus accepted the invitation to Simon’s house.

2) That Jesus didn’t notice his lack of worship. Simon didn’t even notice it himself.

3) That inviting Jesus into his home was going to go as planned. That Simon would be in charge and Jesus would  follow his lead.

4) That Jesus couldn’t know what Simon was thinking. That Jesus didn’t really know him. Simon is a hypocrite, a fake.

Discipleship Class

Message: The gospel according to Luke

Text: Luke 7:36-50

How to start a discipleship class?

Did Jesus ever not have a discipleship class?

Invitation and Opportunity

~Invitation is someone knocking on your door asking you to open it.

~Opportunity is you facing an open door.

Luke 7:  ~Centurion’s servant healed

~Widow of Nain’s son raised from the dead

~Answers John’s disciples then teaches the crowd

~The home of Simon the Pharisee

If following the will of God is   boring to you, you’re not doing it right!

Are you holding back?

Message: The gospel according to Luke

Text: Luke 7:29-35

 

The will of God as it is, not always as you wish it would be. Jesus as He is, not always as you wish He would be.

Water baptism and Spirit baptism.

Do you remember your baptism?

Rejecting: no hope

Neglecting: Jesus being Lord of your life is the Great Exchange — He gave His life for you, you give your life to Him.

Holding back, parceling out,   pacing yourself too much...all in

The doubt of John the Baptist.

Not so much what Jesus is doing, but what He’s not doing?

When the answer is NO, when the answer is not what you want to hear. When Jesus does not and will not act as you wish for Him to.

Doubt is accepted here.             

If faith were kept in a large room, the only way into the room is thru a door called doubt.

What is one way your faith is increased/strengthened? Thru testing. How is your faith tested? By working thru doubt. If you’re not having to work thru doubt, then this is not a real test of faith.

Thousands of years later we’re still talking about John the Baptist. No one can be a hero of faith if their faith has not been tested. The  greater the test, the greater the   hero.

Who is the most important person for you to reach?

Message: The gospel according to Luke

Text: Luke 7:18-28

Ministry to people the way Jesus did it and the doubt of John the Baptist.

This is not so much about what Jesus is doing as what He is not doing.

In the beginning of the General Baptist denomination, what made us distinctive? Heb 2:9

Two important parts of the ministry culture/personality of First General Baptist:

1) The posture of ministry

2) The vision of ministry

Who is the most important person for you to reach? ___________

In the story of the Good Samaritan, which character are you?

You Won't Believe What Happened At A Funeral Today!

Message: A widow’s only son meets God’s only Son...or...You won’t believe what happened at a funeral today!

Text: Luke 7:11-17

While on earth, Jesus will raise 3    people back to this life: the widow’s son, Jairus’ daughter, Lazarus.

Vs 11  The only son of a widow, which in that culture probably left her destitute beyond what we are used to.

Vs 13 So Jesus felt sorry for her, not her son. Every time Jesus raised someone back to this life, He did it for the family’s sake, not the person brought back.

Vs 14-15 When Jesus speaks to the person who has died, they hear Him immediately. (Jesus called Lazarus by name so the whole cemetery wouldn’t come to life!)

Vs 16 God truly has visited His   people, and still is.

Vs 17  So the report about Jesus is still being spread

Notes:

The dead are not further from Jesus, but closer. So the dead are not really dead as we tend to think, but are more alive than before!  Lk 20:37-38,

1 Thess 4:13-18, 1 Cor 15

Restored Part 3

Message: Restore my soul

Text: Psalm 23:3

“He makes me whole again; refreshes my soul; renews my strength.”

John Bunyan’s, “Pilgrim’s Progress”

Not a soul that’s lost, but a soul that’s tired.

G. Campbell Morgan, “It is an  unruffled song of rest.”

I’m tired of it:

Some things you may need to quit and give it to Jesus.

Some things you may want to quit but should keep going.  You may need to try a different        approach?

Matthew 11:28-29

Restored Part 2

Message: Restore my joy

Text: Psalm 51:10-12

Restore because it was taken back or stolen or given away.

Westminster Catechism

Q: What is the chief end of man?

A: Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.

Dennis Swanberg, “Choose Joy!”

Phil 4:4

Ps 51 is a psalm of repentance, a change of mind, a change of    attitude. This is not about    changing it or him or her or them...this is about changing you!

Is 26:3

When you concentrate on the problem you are giving away your joy. Concentrate on Jesus!

Restored Part 1

Message: Restore what I have wasted

Text: Joel 2:21-27

Restore because it was taken back or stolen. Ps 24:1

Parable of the talents-taken back Mt 25:14-28

This parable is about the end...but this isn’t the end yet. There’s still time...there’s still    today...right now is another chance.

Parable of the soils-stolen

Lk 8:11-12, Jn 10:10

Mother Teresa,  "God has blessed me with good health.  It was a sign that He wanted me to be of service to Him."

Where does true authority come from?

Message: The gospel according to Luke

Text: Luke 7:1-10

The center of this story is not the one needing healing, but the one interceding to Jesus for help for someone needing healing.

A life that changes other lives

3 opinions of this centurion:

1. 7:4 He is worthy

2. 7:6-7 I am not worthy

3. 7:9 Jesus marveled at him

(Mark 6)

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.”

7:7-8 The centurion had a clear/true understanding of who he was and who Jesus was.

Authority: under authority therefore having authority (under authority and in authority) Being led, therefore fit to lead.

Position/title is not the same as influence.

Your relationship with Jesus affects all other relationships...and everything else.

Do you truly see yourself?

Message: The gospel according to Luke

Text: Luke 7:1-10

The center of this story is not the one needing healing, but the one interceding to Jesus for help for someone needing healing.

A life that changes other lives

3 opinions of this centurion:

1. 7:4 He is worthy

2. 7:6-7 I am not worthy

3. 7:9 Jesus marveled at him

(Mark 6)

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.”

7:7-8 The centurion had a clear/true understanding of who he was and who Jesus was.

Authority: under authority therefore having authority (under authority and in authority) Being led, therefore fit to lead.

Position/title is not the same as influence.

Your relationship with Jesus affects all other relationships...and everything else.

Come, See, Do

Message: The gospel according to Luke

Text: Luke 6:46-49

Come: need, want, interest

Hear: deeper interest, will sit and listen, belief bordering on faith (wanting to believe)

Do: obedience, your belief/faith in action

1 — Recognize yourself in a   mirror, James 1:22-25

2 — Study God’s Word, don’t just read it

3 — Holy Spirit guidance. Self determination is not enough

4 — How do you eat an elephant? Stay focused

5 — 3 steps forward, 2 steps back

Fathers truly love your children.

Message: Terah, Abraham, Isaac

Text: Genesis 22:1-18

~Terah, Gen 11:31-12:4

Ur to Haran

~Abraham, Gen 18:17-19

Haran to Canaan

~Isaac, Gen 22:1-18

The test revolves around love

Theodore M. Hesburgh,  "The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother."

Dr. James Dobson,  "Is dad thought of as a hero or a bum in his home?  The answer probably depends on what mom thinks."

There is something wrong with all of us!

Message: The gospel according to Luke

Text: Luke 6:41-42

There’s something wrong with all of us; we’re all recovering from something...in varying stages of recovery. We should remind ourselves who we have been, who we are and what Jesus has done for us.

Pointing or taking (going with)?

Changing me to change you

Psalm 51:12-13

Elspeth Huxley,  "When other people commit sins, you are startled, but when you commit them yourself, they seem absolutely natural."

George MacDonald,  "It is strange that the man who most keenly feels that wrong done him should so often be the most insensible to the wrong he does."

When disciples meet with Jesus

Message: When disciples meet with Jesus

Text: Matthew 18:20

~”There” So it’s not the building that determines the meeting place, it’s the people who determine the meeting place.

~Receive. You have some truth but not all the truth; You have some spiritual gifts, but not all the gifts; You are a part of the body, but not the body alone.

~Giving. Someone else needs what you have been given. You have been blessed to be a blessing.

~When you feel the unction of the Holy Spirit to do something for someone else...do it.                 When someone wants to do something for you...receive it.