SERMON NOTES (Oct 16, 2016): Leaving with Grace - Gen 47:27-31

Leaving with Grace – Gen 47:27-31

There comes a time in everyone’s life (date – dash – date) where it is appointed unto man once to die. ILL. Marathon – finishing well.
     1.       God’s Provision - our Needs (vs 27-28)
Story: How Much Land Does a Man Need? Leo Tolstoy
3 things we really want the Lord to provide up to death:
·         Needs for Life vs. Wants in Life
Remember Jacob’s famine – moved to Egypt via Joseph’s blessing.

·         Length of Life – “147 Years” cf. Ps. 90:10; Ex 20:12
o    As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, Or if due to strength, eighty years,
Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; For soon it is gone and we fly away.
– Ps 90:10
o    “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.” – Ex 20:12
Remember Esau’s threats – Jacob could have been killed when he met up with his brother whom he had cheated.

·         Hope in Life through Family
Remember Joseph’s slavery- thought his favorite son was dead; found him.
God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. – Phil 4:19
App. What do you think you really need in life? What provision have you arranged for your family in your death? Financial? Relational? Daddy’s request: “always love each other”

Transition- Humility: Set in 1876, The Last Samurai “No, I will tell you how he lived.”

      2.       God’s Preparation - our Trust (vs 29-30)

·         Family Covenant – hand under thigh
Question:  What covenants have you made with your family beyond financial provision? Daddy’s request: “take care of your mama” “always love each other”
·         Final Arrangements – witness
Question:  What witness of the Gospel have you left for your children/grandchildren? Do they know your testimony? What arrangements have you made for your funeral?
App. Have you witnessed to your loved ones?

Transition: Graveyard. Don’t let your epitaph be only what’s written on your gravestone facing east. Let it be your spiritual covenant of trust with your family.
      3.       God’s Promise - our Legacy (vs 31)
·         Oath- Jacob made Joseph promise.

·         Worship- prayerful memorable worship together.

·         Place- at the head of the bed. Place my Daddy brought my brother and me often was into his study. It was a holy place, dedicated to serving God and making decisions…

Conclusion: Brooks & Dunn – struggle with death & dying: Believe.

SERMON NOTES (Oct 9, 2016): Being a Counter-Cultural Friend - Rom 12:2; Eph 4:17; James 4:4; 1 Jn 2:15

Being a Counter-Cultural Friend
Rom 12:2; Eph 4:17; James 4:4; 1 Jn 2:15

Intro: Living in a Post-Modern world – worldview that runs counter to Christianity – How to be in the world, not of it? How to be a witness to the hostile? How to not be a jerk?

“It is impossible to be a follower of Christ while denying, disregarding, discrediting, and disbelieving the words of Christ.”
― David Platt

“To be right with God has often meant to be in trouble with men.”

“We are a culture that relies on technology over community, a society in which spoken and written words are cheap, easy to come by, and excessive. Our culture says anything goes; fear of God is almost unheard of. We are slow to listen, quick to speak, and quick to become angry.” ― Francis Chan

“Grace does not make sin safe” ― Matt Chandler

“Christianity does not destroy earthly culture even when it is rightly being embedded in it. It transforms it.” – John Piper
Romans 12:2- “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.”

Ephesians 4:17- “You must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds.”
James 4:4- “Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”

1 John 2:15- “Do not love the world or the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

I.                    Counter-Identity: “Transformed”
·         Biblical Principle: Romans 12:2

·         Applied Living: Recognize that You ARE Different

II.                  Counter-Intelligence: “Mind”
·         Biblical Principle: Eph 4:17

·         Applied Living: Recognize that You THINK Differently

III.                Counter-Relational: “Friend of God”
·         Biblical Principle: James 4:4

·         Applied Living: Recognize that You RELATE Differently

IV.                Counter Emotional: “Love”
·         Biblical Principle: 1 Jn 2:15

·         Applied Living: Recognize that You FEEL Differently

SERMON NOTES (Oct 2, 2016): Signs of Misplaced Confidence - Phil 3:2-9

Signs of Misplaced Confidence
Phil 3:2-9
   (vs. 2-3)

    (vs. 4-6)

      (vs. 7-8)