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You are highly valued by Jesus

Sunday Sermon Notes from 4/11/2021

Have you ever been in a situation where you felt valued and respected? 

Have you ever been in a situation where you felt worthless and disrespected?

Read John 4: 1-42

  • Why did the Samaritans want Jesus to stay with them longer?
  • How do you think Jesus felt when they wanted him to stay with them longer?
    • Jesus demonstrated so much respect for this woman that the town reciprocated the action when she told them all about her interaction with Jesus
    • Jesus took time to speak to a woman which was frowned upon during this time
    • He also taught her as he would teach his disciples, which also was frowned upon during this time
    • They genuinely wanted to spend time with Jesus, not just to get food or miracles, but to hear what he had to say
    • They felt valued by Jesus and the valued him in return
  • Why was it necessary for Jesus to stay for 2 more days
    • They needed to come to their own faith by hearing his words personally
    • Spending time with Jesus personally, helps us to get to know him deeply
    • When we encounter God, we understand ourselves in relationship to God better
    • Jesus brings grace and truth to our lives, not condemnation
  • Why were the disciples questioning Jesus about talking to this woman?
    • Maybe they were surprised he was taking the time to talk to a female during this time period
    • No matter who you are or what troubled past you may have, Jesus died for you and you are highly valued because of this price he paid
    • Spend time with Jesus to remember your value

The Garden of Eden

Sunday Sermon Notes from 4/4/2021

The Garden of Eden held the doorway to life.

“EDEN” in Hebrew is made of three characters:

  • "Ayin"- means to look or to see
  • "Dalet"- means door that swings open
  • "Noon"- means life

EDEN- means "Look, the gateway to life". Jesus is the good shepherd and he shows us the way to life.

Read John 10:9 NIV

I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.

Read John 14:6 NIV

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Jesus is the one  and the only way to life.

Read Luke 5:17-27

  • Jesus forgives his sins right away
  • Notice his friends, we need relationships with friends that will bring us to Jesus when we need healing
  • Jesus will fix things in our lives when we go to him, no matter what he is doing
  • Everyone was focused on the paralytics disability, but Jesus was focused on what would take him away from God, his sins, and forgave them
  • Jesus is the gatekeeper and knows how to get us through the gate
  • Why did Jesus resurrect? To prove that he was different from anyone else and could do what he promised
  • We can trust Jesus’s words, he keeps his promises
  • He said he would die and return in 3 days and he did
  • When Jesus says your sins are forgiven, they are forgiven

Getting Closer to Jesus

Sunday Worship Notes from March 28, 2021

What are some things you do to remember Jesus throughout the week?

Here are some ideas we shared with each other during our time together:

Read Deuteronomy 8:17

  • Remembering the Lord and how he brought us out of Egypt to the Promised Land and gives us our abilities
  • Spending time in nature
  • Making crafts for others and praying about that person while making the craft
  • Reading the Scriptures out Loud

Read Isaiah 61:1-2

  • Reading the scriptures the way Jesus would have read it at the time
  • When Jesus quotes passages, return to what was said in the original contexts

Romans 5: 1-11

  • By persevering in life, we get to connect with Jesus
  • Singing spiritual songs
  • When reading scriptures try to see how God or Jesus would feel or think about the experience that is being described
  • Try to learn about the tradition, story or background of the text being read

1 Corinthians 6:19-22

  • Remembering we were bought at a price and Jesus paid that price with his own blood
  • This means we are valuable to God and therefore our actions need to be approved by Him

Other Ideas

  • Studying the bible with someone else helps me to remember who Jesus is
  • Memorizing scriptures to songs
  • Remembering Jesus’s love as we read scriptures, not just as rules to follow
  • Taking time to listen to God in silence 

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