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Sermon Notes

Here, you’ll find the sermon notes page and study questions for each week’s message.

 

Date: November 12, 2017
Series: Messy Church
Title: Marks of Spiritual Immaturity
Text: 1 Corinthians 3:1-9


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Big Idea: Every Christian wants to be spiritually mature, but some still act like infants in Christ. Paul helps us identify two marks of spiritual immaturity that every believer needs to grow beyond and leave behind.

 

Date: November 5, 2017
Title: What God Wants Us to Know
Text: Ephesians 1:18-20


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Date: October 29, 2017
Title: The Five Solas of the Reformation
Text: Selected Scriptures


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Big Idea: What are the ideas that fueled the Protestant Reformation and why do they still matter today?
 

Date: October 22, 2017
Series: Messy Church
Title: Wisdom through the Spirit
Text: 1 Corinthians 2:6-16


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Big Idea: Christianity isn't anti-intellectual, rather it's rational faith rooted in God's wisdom, given by God's Spirit, for God's people.
 

Date: October 15, 2017
Series: Messy Church
Title: Power in Preaching the Cross
Text: 1 Corinthians 2:1-5


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Big Idea: If we are going to have God's blessing as a church, then we must make sure we are preaching the right message, with the right method, for the right reason.
 

Date: October 8, 2017
Series: Messy Church
Title: Wisdom of Men, Wisdom of God
Text: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31


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Big Idea: Though the cross of Christ is foolishness to the world, it is the wisdom and power of God for salvation to all who believe.
 

Date: September 24, 2017
Series: Messy Church
Title: Fractured
Text: 1 Corinthians 1:10-17


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Big Idea: Fractures in church can have devastating effects on our unity in the faith.
 

Date: September 18, 2017
Series: Messy Church
Title: Called to Be Saints
Text: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9


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Big Idea: God is faithful to take messy people and turn them into his mighty saints.
 

Date: September 10, 2017
Series: Uncommon Community
Title: Pray for One Another
Text: James 5:13-18


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Big Idea: Prayer is the glue that holds all pieces of uncommon community together
 

Date: September 3, 2017
Series: Uncommon Community
Title: Bear One Another's Burdens
Text: Galatians 6:1-5


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Big Idea: We can't have victory over sin on our own, therefore God plans to use his people to restore us and bear our burdens.
 

Date: August 27, 2017
Series: Uncommon Community
Title: Encourage One Another
Text: Hebrews 10:19-25


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Big Idea: Because each day can be full of discouraging news and overwhelming circumstances, we need to encourage one another with truths that are greater than our troubles.
 

Date: August 13, 2017
Series: Uncommon Community
Title: Submit to One Another
Text: Ephesians 5:15-21; 1 Peter 5:1-7


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Big Idea: God calls us to submit to one another and mutual submission requires humility and trust.
 

Date: August 6, 2017
Series: Uncommon Community
Title: Serve One Another
Text: Galatians 5:13-15


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Big Idea: Serving is not easy, but when we remind ourselves of our identity in Jesus, serving becomes part of who we are.
 

Date: July 23, 2017
Series: Uncommon Community
Title: Forgive One Another
Text: Ephesians 4:31-32


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Big Idea: Sometimes forgiving someone can seem impossible, but when we see the sins of others in light of our own forgiveness in Christ, we can freely and joyfully forgive one another.

 

Date: July 16, 2017
Series: Uncommon Community
Title: Love One Another
Text: 1 John 4:7-12


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Big Idea: If we really know God, then we are compelled to love others the way he has loved us.

 

Date: July 9, 2017
Series: Uncommon Community
Title: The Unity of Uncommon Community
Text: 1 Corinthians 12:12-27


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Big Idea: Though we are many, we are each called into the unity of uncommon community known as the body of Christ. Each of us needs the community and the community needs each one of us.

 

Date: May 28, 2017
Series: My Circle
Title: Gospel Conversation
Text: Selected Scriptures


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Big Idea: What does a faithful gospel conversation look like?

 

Date: May 21, 2017
Series: My Circle
Title: Gospel Proclamation
Text: Selected Scriptures


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Big Idea: How do we go from building a relationship with people in our circles of influence to proclaiming the Gospel?

 

Date: May 14, 2017
Series: My Circle
Title: Meaningful Gospel Perspective
Text: Colossians 4:2-6


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Big Idea: Living missionally means cultivating a meaningful gospel presence in the lives of the people in our circles of influence.

 

Date: May 7, 2017
Series: My Circle
Title: Foundations for Missional Living
Text: John 4:1-38


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Big Idea: God has called every follower of Jesus to engage in sharing the Gospel with people who do not know him.

 

Date: April 30, 2017
Title: Water Baptism in Christian Discipleship
Text: Selected Scriptures


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Big Idea: Water baptism is an important symbol of a believer's union with Christ.

 

Date: April 23, 2017
Title: The Bible and Holiness
Text: Psalm 119:9-16


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Big Idea: God's word is the best safeguard against sin.

 

Date: April 16, 2017
Title: What If Jesus Didn't Rise
Text: 1 Corinthians 15:17


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Big Idea: If Jesus didn't rise our world would be a very different place than it is today.

 

Date: April 9, 2017
Title: Endless Praise
Text: Romans 16:24-27


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Big Idea: God is worthy of endless praise for his strengthening work and infinite wisdom.

 

Date: April 2, 2017
Title: Stronger Together
Text: Romans 16:1-23


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Big Idea: We can accomplish far more with the Lord together than we can individually, but we each must play our role.

 

Date: March 26, 2017
Title: Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing
Text: Romans 15:14-33


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Big Idea: If the church is going to be effective in accomplishing its evangelistic mission, we've got to maintain our priorities. 

 

Date: March 19, 2017
Series: New Attitudes
Title: A New Attitude Toward Pleasure
Text: Romans 15:1-13


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Big Idea: Life is not about pleasing yourself, but about serving others for the glory of God.

 

Date: March 12, 2017
Series: New Attitudes
Title: A New Attitude Toward Personal Freedoms (Part 2)
Text: Romans 14:13-23


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Big Idea: Be careful never to allow the exercise of your personal freedoms in Christ to cause another Christian to stumble.

 

Date: March 5, 2017
Series: New Attitudes
Title: A New Attitude Toward Personal Freedoms (Part 1)
Text: Romans 14:1-12


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Big Idea: The Gospel should affect the way we view our personal freedoms in Christ and keep us from being judgemental toward those who might have different convictions.

 

Date: February 26, 2017
Series: New Attitudes
Title: A New Attitude Toward Love and Law
Text: Romans 13:8-14


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Big Idea: Love is not just a warm feeling; it is doing what God requires, and he requires that we urgently keep his commands.

 

Date: February 12, 2017
Series: New Attitudes
Title: A New Attitude Toward Christian Conduct (Part 2)
Text: Romans 13:1-7


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Big Idea: The Gospel transforms the way we conduct ourselves toward believers in love toward both believers and the people of the world.

 

Date: February 5, 2017
Series: New Attitudes
Title: A New Attitude Toward Christian Conduct (Part 1)
Text: Romans 12:9-21


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Big Idea: The Gospel transforms the way we conduct ourselves toward believers in love and in peace toward the world.

 

Date: January 29, 2017
Series: New Attitudes
Title: A New Attitude Toward Ministry in the Church
Text: Romans 12:
3-8

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Big Idea: Effective ministry in and through the church is advanced when everyone humbly uses their God-given gifts to serve one another.

 

Date: January 22, 2017
Series: New Attitudes
Title: A New Attitude Toward God's Will
Text: Romans 12:1-2


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Big Idea: Discerning God's will doesn't have to be a mystery. He has provided a way for us to discern his good, acceptable, and perfect will.

 

Date: January 15, 2017
Series: New Attitudes
Title: New Attitude Toward Worship
Text: Romans 12:1


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Big Idea: The gospel challenges us to think differently about why we worship and how we worship.

 

Date: January 8, 2017
Title: Preparing for Spiritual Harvest
Text: Matthew 9:35-38


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Big Idea: We can and should expect fruitful gospel ministry in 2017, but it can't be taken for granted. We must do our part.

 

Date: November 20, 2016
Title: Theology to Doxology
Text: Romans 11:33-36


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Big Idea: Sound theology must always lead us to passionate doxology.

 

Date: November 13, 2016
Title: Not As Bad As It Seems
Text: Romans 11:1-32


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Big Idea: Life is not as bad as it seems because Got has a people he's chosen to save and a plan he's accomplishing in and through their lives.

 

Date: November 6, 2016
Title: The Ultimate Challenge
Text: Mark 8:27-38


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Big Idea: Jesus doesn't want to make your life miserable, but he does want to challenge your view of things that keep you from experiencing the abundant life he desires to give.

 

Date: October 30, 2016
Title: Reasons for Unbelief
Text: Romans 10:1-21


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Big Idea: Why do so many people live and die without ever coming to know Jesus as Savior and Lord?

 

Date: October 23, 2016
Title: The Riches of God's Glory (Part 3)
Text: Romans 9:30-33


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Big Idea: Paul draws his final conclusions about why the people of Israel hardened their hearts toward Christ while the Gentiles received the gospel eagerly.

 

Date: October 16, 2016
Title: The Riches of God's Glory (Part 2)
Text: Romans 9:19-29


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Big Idea: Paul explains Israel's rejection of Jesus in light of God's sovereignty. Salvation is by God's sovereign grace, not man's free choice.

 

Date: October 9, 2016
Title: The Riches of God's Glory (Part 1)
Text: Romans 9:6-18


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Big Idea: Paul explains Israel's rejection of Jesus in light of God's sovereignty. Salvation is by God's sovereign grace, not man's free choice.

 

Date: October 2, 2016
Title: The Heart of Evangelism
Text: Romans 9:1-5


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Big Idea: Paul shows us that the heart behind biblical evangelism is love for God and love for lost people.

 

Date: September 25, 2016
Title: Power Perfected in Weakness
Text: 2 Corinthians 12:9-10


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Big Idea: The world may not value weakness, but from God's perspective we can see that when we are weak, we are truly strong.

 

Date: September 18, 2016
Series: Life in the Spirit
Title: Nothing Can Separate Us
Text: Romans 8:
28-39

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Big Idea: No matter how we fail or what troubles come our way, nothing can separate us from the sovereign, loving, and saving purposes of God.

 

Date: September 11, 2016
Series: Life in the Spirit
Title: Foundations of Faith
Text: Romans 8:
29-30

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Big Idea: Believing that God will work all things together for the good of his people doesn't require a leap of faith. Rather, it's upheld by the reality of God's sovereignty in salvation.

 

Date: June 12, 2016
Series: Life in the Spirit
Title: Killing Sin
Text: Romans 8:
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Big Idea: You must be killing sin or it will be killing you

 

Date: May 29, 2016
Series: Life in the Spirit
Title: A Mindset for Godly Living
Text: Romans 8:
5-8

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Big Idea: Victory over sin is just as much about the way you think, as it is about the decisions you make.

 

Date: May 22, 2016
Series: Life in the Spirit
Title: Free at Last
Text: Romans 8:1-4


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Big Idea: How do you overcome indwelling sin? This message explores how the Spirit secures our position in Christ, which sets us free from the power of sin and death.

 


Date: May 15, 2016
Title: The War Within
Text: Romans 7:14-25


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Big Idea: True freedom from sin will never be found keeping the law (even though the law is good), because of the gigantic gap between the demands of the law and the sinfulness of the flesh. Only the cross of Christ can bridge that gap.

 



Date: May 8, 2016
Title: Heaven, My Home
Text: Psalm 23:6


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Big Idea: We can endure the difficulties of this life with joy because of the hope of heaven.



Date: April 24, 2016
Title: True Freedom
Text: Romans 7:1-13


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Big Idea: Being free from sin does not depend on keeping more rules, but on properly understanding the relationship between law and sin.



Date: April 17, 2016

Title: Walk In Newness of Life
Text: Romans 6:5-23


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Big Idea: Paul shows us what it practically means to find your identity in Christ and then to walk in newness of life.



Date: April 10, 2016

Title: You Must Die to Really Live
Text: Romans 6:1-4


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Big Idea: The Grace of God in Jesus Christ does provide freedom, but freedom from sin, not freedom to sin.




Date: April 3, 2016
Title: Ambushed
Text: Selected Scriptures


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Big Idea: The Devil will exploit every weakness you have in an attempt to devour you.



Date: March 20, 2016
Title: What Grieves God's Heart?
Text: Luke 19:41-44


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Big Idea: While the people of Jerusalem celebrated the arrival of Israel's long awaited king, the king wept over the people. This text shows us why Jesus cried and what grieves the heart of God.

 


Date: March 13, 2016
Title: Grace Overcame Where Death Once Reigned
Text: Romans 5:12-21


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Big Idea: Paul contrasts Adam with Christ. All that Adam brought into the world. Christ overcame.

 
 

Date: March 6, 2016
Title: Blessed Beyond Measure
Text: Romans 5:1-11


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Big Idea: Not only does God freely justify sinners by faith alone, he also pours out his blessings on those he graciously justifies.

 



Date: February 28, 2016
Title: Justification by Divine Accomplichment, Not Human Achievement
Text: Romans 4:18-25


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Big Idea: By following the footsteps of Abraham's faith we can discover how we can truly become righteous in God's sight.

 



Date: February 21, 2016
Title: Justification by Grace, Not Law
Text: Romans 4:9-17


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Big Idea: By following the footsteps of Abraham's faith we can discover how we can truly become righteous in God's sight.

 



Date: February 14, 2016
Title: Justification by Faith Not Works
Text: Romans 4:1-18


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Big Idea: By following the footsteps of Abraham's faith we can discover how we can truly become righteous in God's sight.

 



Date: February 7, 2016
Title: The Righteousness of God that Comes by Faith
Text: Romans 3:21-31


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Big Idea: The saving righteousness of God is available to everyone through faith in Jesus Christ.

 



Date: January 31, 2016
Title: Under the Power of Sin
Text: Romans 3:9-20


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Big Idea: The failure to honor God is a universal problem. Both Jews and Gentiles together are under the power of sin and have failed to keep God's law; consequently, no one is righteous.

 



Date: January 24, 2016
Title: I Object!
Text: Romans 3:1-8


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Big Idea: Paul anticipates and answers Jewish objections to his argument that both Jews and Gentiles will be equally condemned for unrepentant sin apart from faith in Jesus Christ.

 



Date: January 10, 2016
Title: God's Righteous Judgment (Part 2)
Text: Romans 2:1-16


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Big Idea: Before Judging others for their sins, we must understand that we need salvation just as much because God will equally and righteously judge us for our sins.

 



Date: January 3, 2016
Title: God's Righteous Judgment (Part 1)
Text: Romans 2:1-16


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Big Idea: Before Judging others for their sins, we must understand that we need salvation just as much because God will equally and righteously judge us for our sins.