Sermon Notes-"Blessings Realized" from Matthew 5:4-8

Introduction: #Blessed - Spend any time on social media and you will see this hashtag appear. It appears 137 Million times on Instagram (wedding, babies, relationships, vacations, new jobs). As we begin this morning, I want us to think about the pictures or events in our lives where we would use that hashtag. How many of the things you and I mention are listed in the beatitudes we are going to look at it today?  ·          Descriptive not Prescriptive-It’s describing how things are; not what you need to become ·          Beatitudes not Doatitudes-Things that Jesus wants us to be in power of Spirit not our own strength ·          “The beginning of the Sermon on the Mount is not a to-do list; it is a good news list.  Jesus is describing who has the most to gain by the arrival of His kingdom. He is not prescribing what you must do to enter it.” Skye Jethani pg. 18 ·          What does blessing mean? Happy or highly favored ·          Jesus is speaking (red letters) ·          Jesus is fli

Sermon Notes "Power Struggle" based on 1 Corinthians 15:56-58

Introduction: My sermon today is titled, “Power Struggle”. This title came from preparation that I did when I taught on Wednesday night at end of June on “Power”.  I asked those gathered this question and I’m asking you it today- Where do we see “power” in our culture? (money, status (get to the top), work hard, manipulation, etc.) How does that compare to power in the kingdom of God? (humility, dependance, less of me, abiding)  We will see these again in our verses this morning. Death (vs. 56) ·          The sting of death is sin . Notice the order.   I think it says, “The sting of sin is death.” Why did Paul say it this way? ·          This takes us back to the Garden of Eden.   Genesis 2:16-17 “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” ·          We know how the story goes.   Adam and Eve eat after

Sermon Notes "The Gospel A-Z" based on 1 Corinthians 15:1-4

Introduction: The Gospel is…. Spend 30 seconds finishing that sentence.  Tim Keller says, “The gospel is not just the ABC of the Christian life but the A to Z of the Christian life.” It helps to start with what the gospel is not.   o    It’s a philosophy. For example, the gospel according to JL. o    It’s a genre of music o    It’s evangelism-It’s door to door, shouting from street corners (Repent) o    It’s what you say or what is shared at end of sermon that gets people saved o    It’s what starts the Christian life, then we move on to something deeper o    It’s a lifestyle or how we live (be the gospel or live the gospel) You might be the only Jesus someone sees. o    It’s being good. It’s behavior. It’s religion o    It’s politics or culture What It Is (vs. 3-4) ·          Vs. 3-First Importance o    Paul’s recounting of the gospel message reflects the fact that it is first and foremost a message about Jesus Christ and what he has done for us, rather than be