Sermons & Notes
1. Gospel is conceptual, v. 11–15
b) concentric learning
c) competency based development
2. Gospel is directional, v. 16–18
3. Gospel is clarifying, v. 19–30
a) “you worship what you do not know”
b) “will worship the Father in spirit and truth”
c) “for the Father is seeking such people to worship him”
1. No one out grows the Gospel and no one out sins the Gospel.
2. God doesn’t take his cues on how to treat you from the way people treat you, v. 4
Two shaping questions to consider:
a) What do you know that God doesn’t know?
b) What does God know that you don’t know?
Here are a few things that God knows:
a) God cannot be surprised by anything about you.
b) Every sin you’ve ever committed and will commit were paid for on the Cross.
c) God’s heart towards you is unchangeable.
d) It’s never too late.
3. Knowing the right things changes every thing, v. 10
Two things Jesus points to:
a) the gift of God
b) who it is that asks you for a drink?
1. Identify yourself with Jesus, v. 22–24
2. Know yourself, v. 25–30
a) know your smallness
b) know your role
c) know your joy
3. Believe things that are consequential, v. 31–36
Two things for the believer:
a) a believer has a life that is ruled by eternity
b) belief manifests itself in obedience
Two things for the unbeliever:
a) you will never know life as it could be.
b) the wrath of God is still on you.
The wrath of God is a reference to the settled and active opposition of God’s holy nature to everything that is evil.
1. Leverage everything against the Gospel, v. 1–3
2. Be led by the Spirit, v.3
3. Think rightly about God, v. 6
• “over all”
• “through all”
• “in all”
-1 Corinthians 6:18–20
4. Exercise your gift, v. 7
5. High priority on Scripture, v. 8
-2 Timothy 3:16–17
6. Let’s grow, v. 11–15
• "unity of the faith"
• "knowledge of the Son of God"
7. Let’s each do our part, v. 16
• "every joint"
• "when each part is working properly"
• "makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love”
1 Peter 1:6–9
1. THERE IS REJOICING, v. 6
2. THERE IS SUFFERING, v. 6
The prepositions of suffering...
a) according to the foreknowledge of God the Father
b) in the sanctification of the Spirit
c) for obedience to Jesus Christ
3. THERE WILL BE A RECOGNITION, v. 7
“May be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
4. THERE IS SOMETHING TO DO IN THE MEANTIME, v. 8
a) you love him
b) you believe in him
c) rejoice with joy
1. Honesty: What lies am I telling and what lies am I believing?
2. Obedience: Am I consistently surrendering my life to the truths of the Gospel?
3. Service: Am I finding ways to serve others or am I serving myself?
4. Gratitude: Does my gratitude exceed my expectations?
5. Repentance: As an act of worship am I turning away from sin?
1 PETER 1:1–5
1. Because of the resurrection we have a hope that cannot die. | v. 3
a) Hope leans your life forward.
b) Hope reframes what is.
c) Hope prepares us for what will be.
d) Hope empowers us to live with the values of heaven while here on earth.
“Hope structures your life in anticipation of the future and influences how you feel in the present. Hope creates a positive mood about an expectation, a goal, or a future situation. Such mental time travel influences your state of mind and alters your behavior in the present. The positive feelings you experience as you look ahead, imagining hopefully what might happen, what you will attain, or who you are going to be, can alter how you currently view yourself.” -Mary Lamia
2. Because of our salvation we have an inheritance that is waiting for us. | v. 4
a) imperishable b) undefiled c) unfading
3. Because of God’s power we are being guarded. | v. 5
1. This is what God did, v. 16
“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person, though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die. But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, though whom we have now received reconciliation.” -Romans 5:6-11
2. This is what God didn’t do, v. 17
3. This is what we can now do, v. 18
Notice two things about this verse...
a) unbelievers do not have a positive or a neutral standing before God
b) this rules out the belief that a sincere person following any religion can have eternal life with God.
4. This is why some people don’t do it, v. 19-21
1. The life of Jesus validates the claims of Jesus, v. 1-2
2. Jesus is focused on what matters, v. 3
3. This is a supernatural process, v. 4-12
Three things to understand...
a) What does “born again” mean?
b) What does it mean to be “born of the water and the Spirit?”
“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statues and be careful to obey my rules.”
c) It is revealed by it’s effects.
Evidences of new birth:
-faith in Christ and in His gospel
-repentance from sin
-possession of new life
-love for His people
-joy in worship
-hunger for His word
4. Jesus is the only way, v. 13-15
1. Purposeful, v. 1-5
4:21 – “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.”
4:23 – “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him.”
5:25 – “Very truly, I tell you, the hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.”
5:28 – “Do not be astonished at this; for the hour is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice.”
7:6 – Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here.”
7:8 – “Go to the festival yourselves. I am not going to this festival, for my time has not yet fully come.”
7:30 – Then they tried to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him, because his hour had not yet come.
8:20 – He spoke these words while he was teaching in the treasury of the temple, but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.
12:23 – “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.”
12:27 – “Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour.”
2. Better, v. 6-10
“Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands properly, holding to the tradition of the elders, and when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other traditions that they observe, such as the washing of cups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches. And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, “This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.”
- Mark 7:1-8
3. Believe, v. 11
Believe refers to the conviction and trust to which a person is impelled by a certain inner and higher prerogative and law of soul.
4. Consequence, v. 12
“Then he began to denounce the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they didn’t repent. Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I tell you that it will be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you.” -Matthew 11:20-24
1. A picture of discipleship
2. People talking about Jesus
Three ways people talk about Jesus:
biblical proclamation- John the Baptist
personal testimony- Andrew
personal invitation- Jesus
3. Jesus is confrontational
“And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all. And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”
I would like to buy about three dollars worth of God please. Not too much—just enough to make me happy, but not so much that I become inconvenient to any of my friends. I don’t want so much God that I learn to really hate covetousness, lust and my addiction. I certainly don’t want so much that I start to love my enemies, cherish self-denial, and contemplate others before myself. I want ecstasy, not repentance; I want transcendence, not transformation. I prefer a warm womb to actually being born again. I would like to be cherished by some nice, forgiving, broad-minded people, but I myself prefer to be left alone. I want to be appreciated but not accountable, more socialization without transformation, please. I would like enough God to make my family secure and my children well behaved, but not so much that I find my ambitions redirected or my giving too greatly enlarged. I would like as much of this as I can have without my plans changing. I would like about three dollars worth of the God, please.”
-adapted from original by Wilbur Rees
4. The power of grace
Grace is the unconditional acceptance of God which brings us into relationship with and exposure to the capacity of God.
“For the grace of God has appeared (Jesus), bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness (NO) and world passions, and to live (YES) self-controlled, upright and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people of this own possession who are zealous for good works.”
“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Peter said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.”
1. Have I ever spent intentional time with a spiritually mature person for the purpose of becoming a disciple of Jesus?
2. How am I bearing witness to the reality of Christ right now?
3. Who or what am I avoiding that I should be confronting?
4. If God has the grace of acceptance and the power of transformation, what is keeping me from being changed?
1. God has done something about our sin, v. 29
“Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.”
“For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near. Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins? But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.”
What the law cannot do…
a) the law can never make perfect
b) under the law sacrifices never ceased to be offered
c) under the law people never felt cleansed
d) the law reminds people of their sins
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
What Jesus Christ makes possible…
a) in Christ I am perfect (complete, not lacking)
b) I don’t have to make sacrifices for my sin.
c) in Christ I am clean
d) sin is no longer necessary
2. God allows for progress, v. 31
3. Embrace the part you play
4. Learn to live in the reality, v. 31-33
“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. 26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.”