What Pastors Want – September 3, 2017

September 3, 2017

WHAT PASTORS WANT

2 Thessalonians 3:1-5

  1. Paul Wants the Church to Pray (1-2)
  1. Reception of the Message (1)
  2. Protection of the Messengers (2)
  1. Paul Wants the Church to Persevere (3-4)
  1. The Lord’s Reliability (3)
  2. The Believer’s Responsibility (4)
  • Continue in the Work
  • Continue in the Word
  1. Paul Wants the Church to Progress (5)
  1. A Heart of Compassion (5a)
  2. A Heart of Commitment (5b)

*God Wants Pastor & People on Same Page!

THANKFUL FOR THEOLOGY- August 27, 2017

August 27, 2017

THANKFUL FOR THEOLOGY

2 Thessalonians 2:13-17

  1. Be Thankful for His Election (13)
  1. His Motive to Save Us (13a)
  2. His Means to Save Us (13b)
  3. His Method to Save Us (13c)
  1. Be Thankful for Our Glorification (14)
  1. You Can Have a Blessed Hope
  2. You Can Have a Beautiful Home
  1. Be Thankful for His Revelation (15)
  1. God’s Intentions for Us (15a)
  2. God’s Inspiration to Us (15b)
  1. Be Thankful for Our Sanctification (16-17)
  1. Our Covenant with God (16)
  2. Our Comfort from God (17a)
  3. Our Commission from God (17b)
  • Strength for Good Works
  • Strength for Gospel Words

*God is Sovereign and Believers are Secure

Press On! August 13, 2017

August 13, 2017

PRESS ON!

2 Thessalonians 1:3-12

  1. Press On toward Perfection (3-4)
  1. Evidence of Christian Growth (3)
  • Increasing Faith in the Savior (3a)
  • Increasing Love for the Saints (3b)
  1. Example of Christian Growth (4a)
  2. Endurance for Christian Growth (4b)
  1. Press On through Persecution (5-10)
  1. His Reason for Suffering (5)
  2. His Revelation and Suffering (7b)
  3. His Retribution for Suffering (6, 8-9)
  4. His Relief from Suffering (7a, 10)
  1. Press On by Petition (11-12)
  1. The Goal of Godliness (11a)
  2. The Goal of Goodness (11b)
  3. The Goal of Glory (12)
  • For Christ (12a)
  • For Christians (12b)

*Be Reenergized by His Return

Starting Points- August 6, 2017

August 6, 2017

STARTING POINTS
2 Thessalonians 1:1-2

1. The Author of the Letter (1a)
a. Paul’s Personal Compassion
b. Paul’s Pastoral Concern
c. Paul’s Practical Correction

2. The Audience of the Letter (1b)
a. Converted to the Faith
b. Committed to the Fellowship
c. Confused about the Future

3. The Agenda of the Letter (2)
a. Encourage the Church (1:3-12)
b. Educate the Church (2:1-17)
c. Exhort the Church (3:1-18)

*Start Strong and Stay Steadfast!

Let’s Get Ready To Rumble! May 7, 2017

May 7, 2017

LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE!

Genesis 32:22-32

  1. Jacob is Alone with God (22-23)
  1. His People are Gone (22-23a)
  2. His Possessions are Gone (23b)
  1. Jacob is Assaulted by God (24-29)
  1. Jacob’s Individuality (24a)
  2. Jacob’s Injury (24b-25)
  3. Jacob’s Intensity (26)
  4. Jacob’s Identity (27-28)
  5. Jacob’s Inquiry (29a)
  6. Jacob’s Intimacy (29b)
  1. Jacob is Affected by God (30-32)
  1. The Loving Mercy (30)
  2. The Limping Movement (31)
  3. The Lasting Memorial (32)

*Combat by Clinging to the Cross of Christ

Forward Progress- April 30, 2017

April 30, 2017

FORWARD PROGRESS

Genesis 32:1-21

  1. Move Forward in Faithfulness (1-2)
  1. Obedience to the Lord (1a)
  2. Assurance from the Lord (1b)
  3. Confidence in the Lord (2)
  1. Move Forward toward Forgiveness (3-8)
  1. A Strained Relation (3-5)
  2. A Suspected Retaliation (6)
  3. A Strategic Reaction (7-8)
  1. Move Forward despite Fearfulness (9-21)
  1. A Prayer to the Father (9-12)
  • Focus on His Providence (9)
  • Focus on His Provision (10)
  • Focus on His Protection (11)
  • Focus on His Promise (12)
  1. A Present for His Brother (13-21)

*His Mercy Maintains Our Momentum

The Great Escape

April 23, 2017

THE GREAT ESCAPE

Genesis 31:22-55

  1. The Accusation against Jacob (22-35)
  1. A Hurried Pursuit (22-23)
  2. A Holy Prohibition (24)
  3. A Heated Provocation (25-35)
  • The Charges (25-30)
  • The Challenge (31-32)
  • The Cheat (33-35)
  1. The Aggravation of Jacob (36-42)
  1. The Disruptive Present (36-37)
  2. The Dishonest Past (38-41)
  3. The Divine Protection (42)
  1. The Arrangement with Jacob (43-55)
  1. Symbolism of the Covenant (43-47)
  2. Statement of the Covenant (48-53)
  3. Sacrifice of the Covenant (54a)
  4. Success of the Covenant (54b-55)

*Our Rock Has Paid for Our Release

February 26, 2017: Twin Turbulence

February 26, 2017

TWIN TURBULENCE

Genesis 26:34-27:45

  1. A Brother’s Sinful Tendency (26:34-35)
  1. Constant Relational Trauma
  2. Consistent Spiritual Trouble
  1. A Brother’s Sinful Trickery (1-29)
  1. Isaac’s Intention (1-4)
  2. Rebekah’s Intervention (5-17)
  3. Jacob’s Imperfection (18-29)
  • Blasphemy is Committed (18-20)
  • Blessing is Conferred (21-29)
  1. A Brother’s Sinful Treachery (30-45)
  1. A Shameful Deception (30-38)
  2. A Scornful Declaration (39-42)
  3. A Sorrowful Decision (43-45)

*God’s Plan Triumphs Over Sinful Man

Febuary 18 – Homecourt Disadvantage

Homecourt Disadvantage

Mark 6:1-6a

His Preparation of His Followers (1-2a)
A Constant Mobility (1)
A Consistent Message (2a)

Their Preoccupation with Familiarity (2b-3)
Skeptical of His Authority (2b)
Denied the Words of Jesus
Doubted the Works of Jesus
Critical of His Ancestry (3)
No Formal Direction
No Familial Distinction

His Preclusion due to Faithlessness (4-6a)
Unbelief Hardens Our Will (4)
Unbelief Hinders His Work (5)
Unbelief Hastens His Wonder (6a)

*Realize that not everyone will understand or appreciate your faith in Jesus

*Don’t lose hope in Jesus!