Sermon listening sheets

  • Conventional wisdom suggests that people should avoid discussing “religion and politics” since both topics can be so divisive.  Has there been a time in modern history where there is such a polarization of beliefs and attitudes as there is now in religion and politics?  Within Christianity there are people who champion love over all else and those who advocate truth above everything. This division DOES not exist in Scripture.  Christians are to maintain BOTH – we must always show love and we must always believe and practice the truth.  Click here for sheet.

  • Does the New Testament’s warning against idol worship apply only to cultures or religions with tangible idols?  Is it possible that modern day worshippers struggle with idol worship regardless of their religious preference?  Do you worship the one true God by loving and serving Him alone? Click here for sheet. 

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  • It is estimated that the average person makes 35,000 decisions every day.  Most decisions are ordinary but a few decisions have life-altering and eternity-impacting implications.  John’s final words to first Century Christians urged them to make decisions based on what they KNEW to be true.  We also need to KNOW and DO certain things.  Click her for sheet.

  • How often do we repeat matters or discuss things that do not concern us. Why is it easier to talk about people to other people rather than talking to God about people?  John urges Christians to pray for one another when we notice a problem.  Paul gives specific advice whenever we speak directly to a person that is struggling with sin.  Click here for sheet.  

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  • “God works in mysterious ways” is a familiar quotation that all of us would agree is true.  So often, we fail to understand what God is doing (or not doing) or we disagree with His actions or the timing of what He’s doing.  John encourages Christians to pray confidently in the will of God so that we will experience help in our need. Click here for sheet.

  • Things change so often that it seems like there’s nothing that is dependable.  The uncertainty of life can create fears that interfere with living.  Some people attempt to handle fears by ignoring them, by numbing themselves or by pursing mindless endeavors.  God alone offers certainties and the promise of eternal life with him.  Click here for sheet.

  •  Who or what can you believe?  The Bible establishes the need for witnesses to corroborate a person’s testimony which is also a common notion in our judicial system.  The Apostle John uses this precedent of testimony to illustrate that God Himself testifies that Jesus is His Son.  In other words, we can trust Jesus to care for us in this life and provide for us in eternity.    Click here for sheet.

  • The Word of God gives absolute truth that is reliable and dependable no matter what the prevailing culture says.  John explains that there are two groups of people in the world – those who are born of God and those who are not.  John characterizes those born of God with four verbs: believes, loves, obeys and overcomes.  It would benefit each of us to examine our faith through the filters that John uses in chapter 5. Click here for sheet. 

  • News stories today seem to be filled with a lot of speculation rather than reporting facts and details.   As believers in Jesus, we should base our confidence on the promises that God has made in the Bible.  Rather than wondering what happens to people who have never heard the gospel, we should seek to make Jesus known to those we meet.  The only assurance of forgiveness the Bible offers is for those who confess faith in God’s Son.  This confession brings confidence when we think about judgement because Christ has fully paid for and removed a believer’s sin completely, FOREVER. Click here for sheet.

  • One of the most frequent descriptions of God’s character comes from 1 John 4:8 where we are told that “God is love.”  The attribute of love must be balanced with God’s other traits like His holiness, faithfulness, righteousness, justice and mercy.  John clearly teaches that love is also an identifying mark that a person genuinely belongs to God through faith in Jesus.  Click her for sheet.

     

  • Who are you listening to and what sources do you rely on when making a decision?  The Apostle John challenged first century believers to carefully test (examine) what they were being taught and to evaluate everything through their faith in Jesus, God’s Son.  Those who teach should also live consistently with biblical truth.  Click here for sheet. Click here to watch YouTube video of worship.

  • It’s easy to talk about doing the right thing and helping others, but much more difficult to put words into action.  The Apostle John challenges believers who say they love others but who show anger, hatred or indifference to people.  John says that genuine love sacrifices and serves those in need as well as obeys God’s commands.  Click here for sheet.

  • Cheap grace is a phrase often applied to modern preaching and theology that downplays the need for repentance, right beliefs and moral living in the lives of those who profess to follow Jesus Christ.  The Apostle John faced a similar situation in the first century as people who claimed to believe in Jesus demonstrated no noticeable changes in their behavior and continued in their immoral lifestyle. Click here for sheet.

  • The early disciples were amazed by the things Jesus taught and the miracles he performed but it was God’s love for them and for an unbelieving and unrepentant world that became the theme of John’s Gospel and his short letters called epistles.  God’s love still gives hope to those who believe in Christ Jesus. Click here for sheet.

  • It’s normal to explain away things that we do not understand or do not want to believe.  The statement “Jesus died for our sins, was buried and rose to life again” is more than an article of faith, it is an historical fact.  Yet this fact is far different than other pieces of history because it represents a spiritual reality that can change a person’s eternal destiny depending on whether a person believes this truth and commits to follow after Jesus.  Easter 2021 culminates more than a year since the lock-down in the US, illnesses, deaths and significant changes. More than ever, may we realize the hope the Risen Jesus Christ gives us to live this life and the promise of life to come in heaven. Click here for sheet.

  •  Christians around the world are celebrating Palm Sunday when Jesus rode into Jerusalem and was welcomed by crowds shouting, “Hosanna”!! Yet most of the people who shouted praise on Sunday failed to grasp Jesus’ true identity as God’s Son or the real reason that he came into the world (i.e., to die for mankind’s sin and to provide the means of redemption for all who would repent and believe in Him).  People are still confused about Jesus.  The Apostle John urges Christians to know the truth about Jesus and to avoid those who distort the truth, who deny Jesus or who seek to deceive Christians. Click here for listening sheet.

     

  • It is exactly one year since we closed our church building due to the COVID-19 pandemic (third Sunday of 2020).  We faced an enemy that we could not see and found nearly impossible to guard against.  Long before 2020’s pandemic, we have faced an invisible, spiritual battle against the forces of darkness.  Believers should guard ourselves against allurements and distractions that will diminish our love for God or dampen our desire to do God’s will.  The Apostle John warned us to “stop loving the world.”  Click here for sheet.  To watch the worship service on our YouTube Channel, click here.

  • When we say that something is “either black or white,” we mean that there is a distinction between two things or  choices.  In a morally relativistic culture, there is no clear mark between right and wrong or between good and evil.  However, the Bible still gives us moral absolutes we can follow.  The Apostle John wrote that a genuine follower of Jesus Christ loves others.  Regardless of what a person says, John points out that “showing” love indicates whether a person genuinely knows God or not.  John also teaches that showing hatred reveals that the individual is still walking in darkness, i.e., the one who hates others is not a Christian. Click here for sheet.  To watch the worship service on our YouTube Channel, click here.

  • Our culture is in a moral free fall.  We have chosen to ignore or reject God’s Word and have redefined morality by individual standards and preferences rather than by timeless, eternal principles. When we deny sin, we are powerless to change.  John wrote to remind believers that Jesus dealt with our sinful past by becoming our atoning sacrifice.  Jesus deals with sin in the present by becoming our advocate (defense attorney).  Jesus helps us overcome sin by becoming our guide. Click here for sheet. To watch the worship service on our YouTube Channel, click here.  

  •  Fellowship is often viewed as an activity at church but the Bible teaches a sharing together in a ­­­­common life with other believers.  God made us for relationships – a reconciled relationship with Him through faith in the shed blood of Jesus and relationship with one another in the body of Christ.  John urged us to have fellowship with God and each other while avoiding barriers that hinder our fellowship. Click here for sheet. Here is the YouTube link to view worship: https://youtu.be/bbzXFpkFea4

  • What do you want more than anything else?  The Bible clarifies the huge difference between eternal and temporary values.  The goal of EVERY believer should be to mature in Christ.  Paul explained that there is a balance between our part and God’s part in our spiritual growth. Click here for sheet.  Here is the YouTube link to view worship service (message begins at 29:27):  https://youtu.be/IGK5xUW8VGQ


  • We do not like it when people tell us what to do.  We value our independence and proudly declare our “rights.”  The moment we receive God’s forgiveness, we become children of God.  We also become workers, vessels and servants of God.  There is no greater joy than knowing Jesus as Savior and no greater fulfillment than serving Him as our Lord.  Paul used seven different words to convey the essential purpose of EVERY believer after salvation - serving the Lord Jesus!  Click here for outline. Here is the YouTube livestream link: https://youtu.be/KWjWsU69LhM

  • Christianity has been infected by a consumer mentality that frequently asks, “What does the church have to offer me?” or “What am I going to get in return for my service?”  The New Testament records the sacrifices of believers who suffered because of their faith in Jesus Christ.  One of Paul’s final letters was to Timothy in which he used seven metaphors to describe the service which EVERY believers owes the Lord Jesus: steward, soldier, athlete, farmer, worker, vessel and servant. Click here for sheet

  • Trivial Pursuit is a board game that came out while I was in college (1981).  The game tests a person’s knowledge with “general and popular culture questions.”  The game’s title is an accurate description of how so many people live their lives – in pursuit of the trivial rather than in pursuit of the triune God.  God created every person with the capacity and need to worship.  If we choose not to worship God, we will worship something or someone. In today’s message, we will study Psalm 34 as David describes the value of worship that he discovered during a difficult time in his life. Click here for sheet.

  • We thank God for the peaceful transfer of power this past Wednesday when President Biden was inaugurated.  Yet our nation remains deeply divided.  Unless we intentionally refocus our attention and efforts on God’s purposes for us, we risk facing this division within the body of Christ locally and across this nation.  God’s purposes for his people remain the same: worshipping, witnessing, working, discipling and fellowshipping. Click here for sheet.

  • It seems unthinkable as we watch the news and hear reports of National Guard troops securing the US Capital prior to the inauguration of President-elect Biden.  Why is our nation facing so much anger, distrust and hate from within our borders as well as from enemies without?  Where do we look for answers during this difficult time of pandemic, racial and political unrest and division?  The psalmist counsels trust in God Almighty and urges us to seek refuge in God who is always present with us. Click here for sheet. 

  • Our nation is in a crisis of leadership. Each of us would rather place blame than accept responsibility for our actions.  The prophet Isaiah had a vision of God as holy during one of the dark periods in the nation’s history.  Isaiah saw God, himself and others for the first time. As a result, Isaiah was willing to let God use him to make a difference in his world.  Do you want to SEE God, yourself and others for the first time? Click here to view sheet.

  • We know so little about the life of Jesus prior to his call to ministry, but Matthew tells us how God providentially protected the infant by warning Joseph to leave Bethlehem and to flee to Egypt. It would seem that the arrival of Jesus was at the wrong time but Scripture teaches that God’s timing is always perfect, that God keeps his promises and that evil cannot thwart God’s plans. Click here for sheet.

  • Are you planning to celebrate Christmas this year? How has COVID changed the way you will get together with others or your plans to worship on Christmas Eve? Matthew’s account of the FIRST Christmas reveals how people missed Christmas due to fear, apathy and busyness. We can also learn from the Magi how to celebrate Christmas through worship and giving.  Click here for sheet.

  • The story of Christmas fails to amaze us like it should – the God of heaven came to earth in human flesh to redeem sinful people.  God’s love and grace are on full display as the angel tells Joseph that Mary is going to have a baby and to call his name, “Jesus.”  Love always gives . . . Grace always forgives. Click here for sheet.

  • Thanksgiving Day is not the only time that we should pause, look around us and acknowledge the good things that God has done for us and for others.  Instead, as believers in Jesus, we should develop the habit of giving thanks to God.  The Psalmist made it clear that expressing thanks and praise to God should be done out loud and often.  Luke tells the true story of Jesus healing ten lepers but only ONE healed man returned to give thanks.  Click here for sheet.

  • What do you say to someone who is going through a difficult, confusing, painful or tragic time in their life?  Most often the first words that come to mind, even if the words are true, are not always helpful in the moment.  Instead of focusing on what you might say to another person, what would you say to God in the middle of your own uncertainties?  The Apostle Paul concluded this letter with a benediction that we can pray in many different situations: Lord, give me Your peace, remind me of Your presence and give me Your grace. Click here to view the sheet.

  • Have you ever told anyone, “You just wear me out?” Maybe it was true or maybe they just happened to be around to get the brunt of your frustration.  Either way, all of us have reached the point at some time that we felt emotionally or spiritually drained by the stress of dealing with difficult people.  The Apostle Paul encouraged believers to remain faithful and to avoid giving up on people.  He also emphasized the need to lovingly confront problems rather to overlook them. Click here for sheet.

  • All of us who are parents have at some time told our children to do what we say not necessarily what we do.  Yet, combining words of instructions with a clear example is the most effective method of teaching.  The Apostle Paul had given clear directions (called “commands”) that the believers were having difficulty following even though the instructions carried the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ.  He then encouraged them to simply follow his example.  Click here for sheet.

  • Is there hope for our world?  Can change actually occur in a person’s life?  The Apostle Paul encouraged believers to trust God to use His Word of God and prayer to change people and to protect them from evil. Click here for sheet.

  • It’s difficult to know is true and what is fabricated, especially in the days leading up to the election.  The Bible contains clear direction for living daily and truths for putting our faith into practice. Paul’s words to these first Century believers stressed the importance of knowing and holding onto God’s Truth.  Click here to view.

  • Is the world really improving?  Or more to the point, are people getting better or worse? By working together, can we build a Utopia here on earth?  The Apostle assured believers that God would remove them from earth (“gathered together” is a reference to the Rapture) before the cataclysmic events of the great Rebellion on earth and the ascension of a man of lawlessness. Paul also explained that Jesus would defeat evil at the end of history when He returns. Click here to view.

  • An athlete represents his team on and off the field.  A police officer should obey the law whether he’s in uniform or not.  A naturalized citizen takes the Oath of Allegiance in which he renounces all allegiance to previous governments and pledges among other things to protect our country from foreign or domestic threats.  Should it surprise a Christian to learn that God expects his or her life to reflect faith at all times rather than occasionally? The Apostle Paul urged believers to live worthy of the name of Jesus and to let God empower them to do good. Click here to view.

  • It is easy to lose sight of what matters in life when you are going through unbearable pain.  What matters into eternity?  Paul assured believers that God would not ignore their present suffering and that God would give them eternal reward and relief in heaven.  He also clarified the impending judgment that awaits everyone who does not know God and who rejects the Gospel.  The lost will face God’s righteous judgment where He will repay with vengeance and destruction. Click here to download.

  • Many people think that troubles either make or break a person’s faith but the Bible teaches that when life presses in, what comes out has actually been there all along.  Paul wrote a follow up letter to the believers in Thessalonica to clear up confusion about the return of Christ.  He also encouraged them to continue growing in faith and love despite the intense sufferings they were experiencing.  Click here for sheet.

  • Does God care what you do with your life as long as you give a little money to charities, do a kind thing now and then and generally try to live by the Golden Rule? Is there any part of a person that lives on after death? If there is, then what should we be doing to live a healthy life free from regret in preparation for eternity? Paul concluded his letter to the Thessalonian believers by urging them to live without reproach and regret in spirit, soul and body. He also shared three things that only God can do in our lives.

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  • Today we take in more information than ever before but how much of what we see and hear can we really trust as reliable, accurate and helpful information? “Just Google it” or “Ask Siri” or “Hey Alexa” have become second-nature to many of us.  But what do we do with the information we receive? Are we constantly evaluating what we hear by what God tells us in the Bible is true?  The Apostle Paul told believers that they should test everything they believed and avoid wrong by following the Holy Spirit’s prompting and the God’s Word.  Click here for sheet.

  • How does God expect us to deal with all the negative news reports, negative commercials, negative political ads, how to handle fears about COVID-19, how to face uncertainties about school, work and finances? We wonder what God wants from us, how he wants us to live?  The Apostle Paul gives us three short, powerful pieces of advice on navigating difficult times – rejoice, pray, and give thanks.  We will study what it looks like when we do these things and when we choose the opposite. Click here for sheet.

  • The idea that “Revenge is sweet” has been popularized in literature for centuries but the Bible gives us the best remedy for dealing with hurt, disappointment, loss and tragedy: forgiveness.  Paul urges believers to resist the impulse to retaliate when wronged, and to seek to do good to others instead of harming them. We will study why God says that revenge doesn’t work and specific things we can do to work through our hurt. Click here for sheet.

  • All of us are accountable to someone – teacher, employer, government and God.  But is it really necessary to be spiritually accountable to others?  Paul closed his teaching to the Thessalonian believers by pointing out the mutual responsibilities to their leaders and to each other but he also stressed the leaders’ obligations to their people.  With many people unable to go to church in person, what does it look like to have mutual responsibility in an age of virtual worship services and Bible studies? Click here to view sheet.

  • If you knew your time on earth was limited, what changes would you make in your schedule, your priorities, your faith to maximize the time you had left?  Actually, LIFE HERE IS LIMITED.  The Apostle Paul reminds believers of God’s coming judgment and the cataclysmic end to history as a way of urging us to live out our faith by staying assured of His love, staying alert to Jesus’ return and by staying active in sharing hope with unbelievers. Click here to view sheet.

  • I have been asked numerous times since March variations of the same question: “Are we living in the last days?”  According to the New Testament, the short answer is “Yes!” What does it mean for you that Jesus is returning to earth?  How is your life different from an unbeliever since you profess to look forward to His return?  Does the Bible teach a “rapture” for Christians? What is the rapture? Paul addresses all these questions in today’s passage. Click here for the sheet.

  • Paul urges Christians to show God’s love to one each other and especially to non-Christians so that we earn the privilege of sharing the Good News of salvation with them.  As followers of Jesus, we should be characterized by God’s love which is sacrificial, merciful and forgiving.  We should also be diligent and hardworking which is another way we witness to lost people.  Click here for sheet.


  • Is it possible to live a dedicated life to God in a world that opposes His values at every turn? The Apostle Paul wrote that God expects His people to live holy lives and to avoid sexual sin.  There are many  reasons why obeying God is best for us and for others.  Let’s study God’s Word together to see what He says! Click here to view sheet.

  • Most of us view prayer as we view the 911 dispatcher.  We know we can call for help in an emergency but until then we are doing just fine.  How would our prayers change if we began to see prayer as a responsibility to help others and not simply a privilege for me to get things I want from God? Paul prayed for the Thessalonians believers to grow in their faith, to increase in their love and to be used by God until Jesus returned.  We should pray for others as Paul prayed for his friends! Click here to view sheet.

  • We have returned to chapter 2 in our series from 1 Thessalonians to study Paul’s words about his ministry.  Paul compared his relationship to fellow Christians to father’s relationship with his children emphasizing the importance of a man’s work, his witness and his words. Click here to view sheet.

  • First Century followers of Jesus faced tremendous opposition.  Although Paul was able to stay with them for only a short time, he and others shared the Gospel and taught timeless principles that still benefit Christians today through the Bible.  God desires His people to help one another face various struggles and to use His Word as the foundation for what we believe and live. Click here to view.

  • We are powerless to change the hearts and minds of people but we need not despair.  The Apostle Paul taught the transforming power of God’s Word to change hearts and lives.  We should let God’s Word work in us as we work with others to spread God’s message of forgiveness of sin, love and hope until Jesus returns.  It has been a difficult week for our nation.  There have been daily protests and nightly violence in many U.S. cities following the death of George Floyd.  All of us condemn the actions of the police officers that caused Floyd’s death and we want the mistreatment, injustice and racial prejudice in our nation to end.  Click here for sheet.


  • The Apostle Paul faced opposition wherever he preached the Good News about Jesus.  People criticized him from within and from outside the church.  More than anything else, he wanted to please God.  He set an example for others to follow.  As we look at our lives, what does God think about our priorities?  Do we want to please God more than anyone else? Click here to download listening sheet.

  • What difference does it make in your life that Jesus is coming back to earth?  The Apostle Paul wrote the Thessalonian Christians to encourage them to be prepared to meet Jesus in life or in death.  Paul describes how every believer can KNOW and LIVE prepared for the return of Jesus Christ: faith brings salvation, salvation gives conviction, conviction results in convincing testimony and a testimony declares a changed life. Click here to download listening sheet.

  • In his final words, Solomon sums up what truly matters in life: wisely applying what we learn from life and from God’s Word.  He had given his life in pursuit of truth but he had not always applied these truths to his own life.  Like a wise father, a trusted teacher or a good friend, he offers three simple warnings: 1) fear God, 2) keep God’s commandments and 3) prepare for the final judgment. Click here to download sheet.

  • Solomon urges us to seek God at the end of life.  It is normal for our physical body to weaken as we age, but that does not have to happen to us spiritually.  God wants us to grow spiritually and to grow gracefully at the same time that our physical strength is diminishing.  We will study why the Bible teaches that physical weakness is a natural part of earthly life and a necessary preparation for eternal life. Click here for sheet.

  • How content are you right now, right where you are? Regardless what a person’s age is, most people wish to be a different age. Younger people want to “grow up” so they can have more freedom and responsibility. Older people often wish they had their younger years back or that they had made different decisions earlier in life. In Ecclesiastes 11, Solomon urges each of us to rejoice in today, to remove anxieties and fears from our lives and to remember God in our daily decisions. Though Solomon addressed his words to the “youth,” Scripture applies to each of us, no matter our age. Click here for sheet

  • It is impossible to eliminate all risks from our lives.  King Solomon uses two examples from ordinary life to illustrate the common dangers we face and the necessity of making reasoned decisions. Despite our best efforts, we still need to trust God to direct and to help us.  This Bible passage gives us practical principles for reopening businesses and moving our lives forward after the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown. Click here for listening sheet.

  • April 19, 2020 "Avoid Foolish Living” Ecclesiastes 10:1-15

    King Solomon was known as the wisest man alive when he wrote the Old Testament Book of Ecclesiastes in which he described the “vanity” of a life lived “under the sun” or a life devoid of meaningful faith in God.  In Chapter 10, he contrasts the lifestyles and words of the wise and the foolish. God wants us to learn how to live wisely and to speak wisely.  In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we can apply these timeless principles to our lives and speech. Click here for sheet.

  • April 12, 2020 "Everything depends on Jesus' resurrection" (8 & 10:30 worship)

    Paul argued in 1 Corinthians 15 that belief in Jesus' resurrection formed the foundation for all that we believe.  The first disciples were eye witnesses to His majesty and power and you too can experience the certainty of faith that provides hope and purpose for this life and the guarantee of a future in heaven.  Click here for sheet.

  • April 12, 2020 Sunrise service-"What's All the fuss?" John 20:24-31

    Easter is vital to the Christian faith; in fact, the resurrection verifies everything Jesus claims to be and validates all the promises that Jesus makes. Thomas’ reluctance to believe in the risen Jesus in John 20 reminds all of us to take Jesus at His Word and to trust Him.  Click here for sheet

  • March 29, 2020 "Following Jesus" Matthew 26

    Jesus told His disciples that they would abandon Him very soon.  Peter spoke for the group when he pledged undying loyalty to Jesus.  Jesus then led His followers to Gethsemane for a time of prayer before His arrest.  Once again, the disciples' overconfidence blinded them to their need to depend upon God.  We can learn how to live our lives daily to follow Jesus. Click here for sheet.

  • March 22, 2020 "Don't Miss What Jesus Is Doing"

    Jesus gathered His disciples in the Upper Room for the Passover and surprised them by washing their feet.  He had so much to tell them before His death.  We can learn so much about facing life's uncertainties by listening to Jesus.  Click here for sheet.

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