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SERMON NOTES (Oct 30, 2016): Until That Day - Matt 26:29

Until That Day- Matthew 26:29
Introduction: August 24, 1916 – Spurgeon preached.
I.                    A Promised Abstention
 “I will not drink of this fruit of the vine”

Cf. Matt 27:34 - they gave Him wine to drink mixed with gall; and after tasting it, He was unwilling to drink.

A.      Giving up comfort- what’s a little suffering for the sake of fellowship with Christ?  Phil 3:8 - More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ,

B.      Being Sober minded – 1 Peter 5:8-  Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

II.                  An Definitive Expectation
“from now on until that day”

This point…that day

What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see,
And I look upon His face,
The One who saved me by His grace;
When He takes me by the hand
And leads me through the Promised Land,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

III.                A Faith in Resurrection
“when I drink it new with you”

A.      Marriage Supper of the Lamb
Rev 19:6-9 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,
For the Lord our God
    the Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and exult
    and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
    and his Bride has made herself ready;
it was granted her to clothe herself
    with fine linen, bright and pure”—
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.
And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”

Heb 11:19 Abraham considered that God is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also received him back as a type.

B.      Paul said without resurrection our faith is meaningless and our preaching is in vain. I Cor 15.

C.      With you- Lo I am with you always- His desire to be w/ us.

IV.                An Eternal Dominion/Destination
“in My Father’s kingdom”

Spurgeon said, “Because He had more work to do”
We have more work to do in winning souls. Great Commission. As we remember, let’s not wait. As we celebrate, let’s not hesitate. As we honor this moment, let’s not make excuses to throw aside the high calling of the the Father’s Kingdom.

Matt 28: 18-20 All Authority… therefore Go.

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