Sermon Notes: Word and Spirit based on Luke 24:13-32

Introduction: Today’s message is titled, “Word AND Spirit”. The key word for us this morning is the word AND. For many, including myself and many churches, we see these words on a continuum and we move back and forth between the two. So, what does an individual and/or church look like that holds Word and Spirit up equally together? 

Let me tell you my story. I have attended church all of my life and learned a lot of stories from the Bible. Then at summer camp in Middle School, I realized I was a sinner who needed a Savior and his name was Jesus and I began my Christian journey then.But it wasn’t until college that I began to really see Jesus as an essential part of my life.That realization came about because there was a girl that I really liked and I wanted to impress but knew that she was looking for someone who was more serious about their faith.The Holy Spirit used this girl to create in me a hunger for more of Him. I began to study the Bible and grew a lot in my faith.During my col…

Sermon Notes: Pray BIG based on Philippians 4:6-7 and Luke 9:1-2

Review: Brad’s messages the last few weeks
Who is God? Where is God? What?7-11 Promise from Psalm 46:7,11-“The Lord of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”Know Fear (Transportation, Government, Education, Entertainment, Relationships, Finance, Nutrition, Health)Why? John 10:10-“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”Matthew 14:30-“But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, Lord, save me.”
Introduction: Mackenzie’s birth story (Yesterday was her 18th birthday)
Bethany placed on bedrest at 32 weeks while pregnant with MackenzieAt 35 weeks, she went into labor and doctors couldn’t stop it and because Mackenzie was breach, she was delivered via C-sectionI was able to carry Mackenzie to the NICU after birth where she spent the next 2 weeksDuring this time of uncertainty, there was a lot to be anxious about.However, Bethany and I had a peace that was without explanation.It wasn…

Sermon Notes: Living in the Kingdom based on 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Introduction: Today’s message is titled Living in the Kingdom.How would you explain the kingdom?Recently, we have heard a lot about Chiefs Kingdom.What does it mean to be part of Chiefs Kingdom? It seems to mean you have an allegiance to and you are a part of something with others. Another image for the kingdom comes from my favorite Children’s Bible “Jesus Storybook Bible” which explains the Kingdom like this, “One day Jesus was telling people about God’s kingdom. God’s kingdom is wherever God is King, Jesus told them. It’s wherever God is in charge. It’s where he fills your heart up with his Forever Happiness and you stop running away from him and you love him.”

What is the kingdom? The kingdom of God is the reign, rule and supremacy of Jesus Christ. The heart of God is to impart the reality of the Kingdom of God in the human heart so that it would be seen on earth as it is in heaven. Jesus often used parables to help people understand the kingdom (yeast, treasure, pearl, mustard see…