Getting Unstuck (Sermon – April 17)

Getting Unstuck    (Judges)

Intro:

Two major mistakes took place after the death of Joshua.

1.  They didn’t finish the task (Judges 1:28)

2.  They didn’t teach the next generation (Judges 2:10).

The big idea of the Book of Judges is that there is a cycle that is going to be repeated over and over again.
The first step in the cycle is that the Israelites sin.
(repeated phrase: did evil in the eyes of the Lord.
That sin led to oppression.

Oppression

→ Mesopotamians – 8 yrs.
→ Moabites – 18 yrs.
→ Canaanites – 20 yrs.
→ Midianites – 7 yrs.
→ Ammonites – 18 yrs.
→ Philistines – 40 yrs.

And that oppression ultimately leads to repentance.
(Repeated phrase: cry out to the Lord.
And repentance leads to deliverance (the last part of the cycle).
6 of the main judges that led the children of Israel out of these six different oppressions:

Oppressors and Judge
→ Mesopotamians/ Othniel
→ Moabites / Ehud
→ Canaanites / Deborah
→ Midianites / Gideon
→ Ammonites / Jephthah
→ Philistines / Samson

Gideon’s Story – Judges 7
We today are affected by this same cycle.

      1.  We sin. Where might we be getting off track? Possibilities may include:

First: I am chasing the wrong thing.
Second: I have mixed-up priorities.
Third: I have an addiction or an addictive personality.
Fourth: I keep mistreating other people.

2. We experience oppression. I’m going to list some kinds of oppression, and I want you to choose one that you have experienced, are experiencing, or you believe is right around the corner if you don’t deal with the sin that you have a tendency toward.

First: My relationship with God has been affected.
Second: I’m destroying my relationships with others.
Third: It is or will eventually affect my physical or emotional health.

3. We repent.

What’s the place you’re in?
Number one: I am not ready to come clean with God.
Number two: I am ready to come clean with God.

4.  We find deliverance.

The Battle Begins (Sermon – April 10)

The Battle Begins (Joshua)

One of the central themes as we look in the Book of Joshua is this idea of courage.

Courage is a combination of two things:

  1. God’s _______________ to be with them.
  2. It’s a ________________ on their part.

Two things build courage in our lives:

  1. A proper ______________ of God.
  2. Difficult ___________________

Crossing into the Promised Land: Joshua 3-4

The people of Israel have to take the first _____________

Will you let God fight for you?

 

Our next step: What’s your Jordan River?

 

Choose Life (Sermon – April 10)

Choose Life   (Key Themes from the Book of Deuteronomy)

  1. C___________ (Dt. 29:1)
  2. G___________  (Dt. 4:35, 10:14, 17)
  3. R___________  (Dt. 1:30-31, 4:7)
  4. B___________  (Dt. 28:2-10)

~O___________ (Dt. 28:9)

~H___________ (Dt. 28:10)

   5.  S___________  (Dt. 8:19-20)

~P___________ (Dt. 8:12-17)

  1. R____________ (Dt. 5:6, Dt. 15)
  2. L____________ (Dt. 30:15, 19, 20, 32:47, Galatians 6:7-8)

See also Romans 6:23, John 1:4, John 10:10

 

Hope Is A Who (Sermon March 27)

Hope Is A Who (John 20:10-18)

If life has a way of killing dreams, Christ’s resurrection has a way of bringing them back to life.

  1. What does life look like without hope?   (Mary Magdalene’s story)

As she stands before the grave, her heart is saying, “They have taken my hope away, and I don’t know where they have put it.”

2.  What is hope?

Hope is “a desire with the expectation of fulfillment.”

3. Hope comes from evidence and experience

An empty tomb confirmed by biblical and secular history

The changing of the disciples from timid to courageous people who changed the world

The beginning of a brand new faith, called Christianity (over 2 billion)

The great divide in human history—BC/AD

The changed lives of people you know.

4. Hope is a “Who”   (Isaiah 61:1-4)

Hope does not mean that everything will necessarily be restored to how it used to be.

Hope is the confidence that God can and will do redemptive work (good)—in the midst of the uncertainty of this life, and the life to come.

God has the last word.

 

A Beautiful Life – Sermon (Mar. 20)

A Beautiful Life (Exodus 19-20)

God introduces Himself to the people of Israel at Mt. Sinai, and gives them their instructions for living a beautiful life.