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Who is your Daddy?

Sunday Sermon Notes 6/20/2021

Read Matthew 22: 34-46

  • Why did they ask Jesus this question about commandments?
    • Were they pure hearted or just trying to cause an argument?
    • Was this the hot button topic of the day?
    • The very question exposed their intentions to trap Jesus
  • Have you ever been asked a trick question?
  • How did Jesus answer them?
    • Jesus used scripture from the Old Testament to respond to their tricks, it can be found in Deuteronomy 6:5, so they should have already known this
    • He was even able to rebuke them because they were not being loving toward Him as they were trying to trap him
  • Why did the Pharisees have a hard time understanding this?
    • They had a lot of head knowledge, but their hearts really were not about following Jesus
    • Remember the Rich Young Ruler: it was not just about money, his heart was not about following Jesus totally
  • Why did Jesus ask them about who the Messiah is?
    • This forced them to really look at the scriptures to get the answer that was true
    • It was really clear that David called the Messiah his Lord
    • Jesus was able to help them through their own reasoning when they said the Messiah was the son of David, when in fact, the Messiah was really the Son of God
    • They got the idea that the Messiah would be the son of David from 2 Samuel 7, when God promised David he would always have a son on his throne
    • The Pharisees were so caught up in their own understanding that they even missed when David referred to the Messiah as the son of God.
    • They had the son of God right in their midst and reduced how important he was 
    • Isn’t it really important to have a correct understanding of scriptures? It is so easy to miss out when you do not have this understanding, right?
  • Read through Psalm 110
    • David is writing this Psalm and stating that God said to Jesus: sit at my right hand
    • There is “royal” language used here to show that there would be a conquering of enemies and ruling of an empire in the future
    • This is a reminder, when God is in charge and does the ruling, everything goes well!
    • When we insert ourselves and remove God from the throne of our lives and decide to manage things, they don’t go so well, right?
    • Even David, started to rely on his army and his army was not able to deliver, only God delivers
    • As you read through this Psalm think of Jesus, it is an uncovering of who Jesus is and describes his purpose on this earth
  • Study out the account of "David taking a census"
    • What does this passage say about David's troops being "willing"?
    • How do the troops of the Son of Man differ from David's?  (Answer : They are properly redeemed, clothed, and willing and David's are not)
    • If David calls Jesus "Lord" in a familiar way with his use of 'Adonai', then how much more is there for us to know of Christ ourselves? (John 10:14-15)
    • The Pharisees failed to embrace Jesus as the Son of God and love Him with all their heart, soul, mind and strength.  
    • Study the Psalm again and see what happens to the enemies of the Son of Man -now you know why nobody asked him any more questions.
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Sunday Sermon Notes 6/13/2021

Read Genesis 2:23-24, Colossians 1:18 and Ephesians 5:30

  • When a man and woman get married, they become one flesh, after the man leaves his parents
  • Jesus, who had ultimate supremacy, left his Father in Heaven, and came to earth to show us how to follow God and married the church, that is us
  • We are members of the church, the one body, the bride of Jesus
  • So now, when God looks at the church, he sees us because we have been reconciled to Him through Jesus’s sacrifice

Read Deuteronomy 22:13-21

  • In Jewish custom, the women had to prove virginity in order not to be stoned
  • Remember, Mary was pregnant with Jesus before marrying Joseph?
  • Jesus was willing to be born of an unmarried woman, which was a lowly stigma in that time
  • When we were still sinners, Jesus died for us anyway, this is outside of the culture of Jewish tradition

Read John 1:11 and Matthew 15:24

  • Jesus went to his own people, they rejected him
  • When we say “no” to Jesus, he keeps returning to help us reconcile back to him
  • He was willing to go against Jewish tradition and even helped a Canaanite woman, he makes exceptions to meet needs when necessary. 
  • He goes above and beyond laws to take care of people

Read Hosea 3:1-4 and 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 and Hebrews 5:7

  • Hosea had to buy back his wife
  • This is how God feels about “buying” adulteress people
  • Hosea had to love his wife the same way
  • We were bought at a price, so we should honor God with our bodies
  • Jesus paid for his “wife” the church, with his very life
  • Jesus was submissive to God’s plan of reconciliation for his people
  • What makes you drop to your knees and cry out to God like Jesus did?

Read John 10:16, Isaiah 53 and Ephesians 6:25

  • Jesus went against tradition again, and brought Jews and Gentiles together
  • He was willing to do anything to save us, like give up his life and come here to earth

What did Jesus teach us about Children?

Sunday Sermon Notes from June 6, 2021

Read Matthew 18: 1-4

  • Who is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven?
    • Children, why? They are humble, teachable, trusting, of low position in society
    • Adults are usually taking care of children and being responsible, but Jesus wants us to have the heart of children so that we can make it to Heaven

Read Matthew 18: 5-6

  • Jesus says when we receive children, we will also be receiving Him
  • We have to be careful not to lead others into sin, sin separates us from God

Read Matthew 18: 7-9

  • We need to take sin seriously, even temptations. The world is full of temptations
  • Better to get rid of something that tempts you to sin than to give in and miss out on Heaven

Read Matthew 18: 10-4

  • God wants to save the weakest among us
  • We have angels that take care of us, and they see God’s face. They talk to God about his children
  • God is willing to and does search for us when we are lost, even if all of his other children are safe

Read Matthew 23: 11-12

  • Humble in Hebrew means: to be brought low
  • The greatest is the best servant
  • When we humble ourselves, God exalts us

The Day of Pentecost

Sunday Sermon Notes from May 23, 2021

Read Acts Chapter 2

The Day of Pentecost

  • Also known as the Festival of Weeks or Feast of Wheat or Feast of First Fruits
  • It is mentioned in the Old Testament/Pentateuch
  • It occurred 50 days after the Passover ( 50 days is seven weeks plus one day, therefore it is also called "the week of weeks")

Why do they refer to it as the Feast of First Fruits?

  • Sign of giving your best to God, ie first portion of the harvest or first born from animal stock
  • 1Cor 15:20-23: Jesus represents the best of all mankind, we as disciples represent the harvest

What does the “violent rushing of wind” refer to?

  • The Holy Spirit in Hebrew
  • In Greek- Breath or Wind refers to the Holy Spirit
  • In John 3: Jesus talks about the wind and the Spirit, they eventually received it in Acts
  • They made the sound of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2 when they received the Spirit and were speaking in tongues
  • The people said they heard the wonders of God in their own language
  • The Spirit caused the believers to speak of God and it caused Peter to speak of Jesus
  • The Trinity of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit were being revealed

What is significant about Numbers 11?

  • There is prophesying and wind present. God granted the ability to prophesy to all
  • Paul talks about languages, which is a sign of judgement, God revealing secrets of our hearts that lead to convictions

How is Genesis 11:1-9 different than Acts 2

  • In Babel, they were self reliant and united in selfishness, so their language was confused to prevent further destruction
  • In Acts, speech is used to unify them and help them to rely on God
  • The Holy Spirit moves to place us into fellowship with each other and the Holy Spirit also moves to scatter us when sin is involved
  • The Holy Spirit gives us gifts to help us build each other up
  • Remember to keep speaking the message for Christ Jesus to others
  • This speaking and sharing of truth has been ongoing since the day of Pentecost

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