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Sunday Sermon Notes from March 21, 2021

Read 1 John 2:12

We looked at this letter from John during a previous midweek, it resonated with me because of the literal techniques used in his writing. Let’s explore further:

  • What are some reasons for John’s writing?
    • Because our sins are forgiven
    • Because we known him
    • Because we have overcome satan
    • Because we know Him who is from the beginning
    • John, the Elder, was using positive reinforcement to encourage the readers to continue in their faith
  • What are the three groupings of people addressed in this passage and why?
    • Fathers- leaders of families and raising up children
    • Children-integral parts of family, learning hearts
    • Young Men- carries on the faith and pass on beliefs
    • everyone/every age was included in this encouragement

Read 2 Peter 1:1-15

  • How did Peter see himself with regard to the church?
  • As a “slave” - the literal Hebrew translation is "Doulos", not just a servant, "Diakonos".
  • Jesus even referred to himself as a “slave” not just a servant
  • As disciples were are “slaves” of the Gospel
  • As disciples we will still have our evil desires but we need to allow ourselves to be lead by the spirit
  • God has given us everything we need to live righteously
  • What should we be adding to our faith?
    • Goodness, knowledge, self control, perseverance, godliness, mutual affection and love
    • When we desire to grow, God will add these things to our faith and work in us to produce these things

Read Galatians 5:13-25

  • We are instructed to walk by the spirit not  by the flesh
  • When we live by the flesh, we are prevented from inheriting God’s Kingdom
  • When we live by the spirit, we inherit God’s kingdom
  • What does your Spiritual Dashboard look like today?
    • Spiritual Dashboards:not just a list of things to do but having the right state of being
    • The Galatians church was struggling with “works of the Law”. They were trying to follow the Levitical Law, which is a huge burden. When we are lead by the spirit we are not under the Law
    • Gal 5:1- we were set free from the law by Jesus himself
    • We should use our freedom from the law not to indulge in our flesh but to serve each other

Read Revelation 3:14-22

  • Who is the Amen?   In  Hebrew-the letters that make up this word is related to Jesus.
  • Are you hot, cold or lukewarm?
  • Don’t be self deceived, look and examine yourself
  • Lukewarm people send mixed messages to others that are looking for God and misrepresent who God is
  • One recent study showed that humans need 7-8 hours of sleep each night to function properly. There was a group who got only 2 hours and the other got 6 hours. The group that got 6 hours did worse than the group with 2 hours because they were not aware they were sleep deprived. 
  • The way to fix "luke-warmness" is not to get busier but to sit and feast with Jesus on his words
  • Jesus took the opportunity to knock on our door and speak to us, we should, let Him in and feast with Him!