FBC Williams Arizona
Monday, January 27, 2020
Changing Hearts, Changing Lives, One Soul at a Time

Pastor's Sermon Notes

 
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WHAT GETS GOD REALLY ANGRY (Saturday Jan 25th)
TEXT: Romans 1:18-32
1.  GOD GETS ANGRY WHEN WE ______________________THE TRUTH ABOUT HIM.
·       Romans 1:18-“The wrath(Greek-abhorrence& indignation) of God is revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness.”
·       The word suppress in Greek means to hold down or resist. Every person has a general knowledge about God through Creation and conscience, yet we all have resisted those truths with our sin. SeeRomans 3:10-12, 23
·       What truths are you suppressing? God is loving, gracious and patient with sinners, but He is also Holy and just and hates sin! There is a Heaven, but there is also a Hell. 
2.      GOD GETS ANGRY WHEN WE WORSHIP AND ______________________CREATED THINGS MORE THAN HIM.
·       Romans 1:25- “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator-who is forever praised. Amen.”
·       See Exodus 20:1-17, Jonah 2:8, I John 5:21 & Jeremiah 2:13.
·       What Idols do I need to cast down in my life?
·       Who or what am I putting before God? Do I see how futile it is to have idols in my life?
3.      GOD GETS ANGRY WHEN WE ___________________________SPIRAL AWAY FROM HIM LEADING TO SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES.
·       See Romans 1:26-32.
·       Sin perverts our relationship with God and others. It causes perversion in our sex life, it leads to dis-ease, destructive habits and eventually death.
·       Praise God that there is a remedy- It is J-E-S-U-S! 
·       See Romans 5:6-10, 20, 8:1-2.
ANSWERS:  SUPPRESS, SERVE, & STUBBORNLY. 
 
KEYS TO STUDYING GOD’S WORD (Sun Jan 26th) 
1.  STUDY WITH A SENSE OF _________________________________.
Psalm 119:18— “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.”
Psalm 119:8-24,105,165, I Thessalonians 2:13 & Hebrews 4:12
What do I expect when I study God’s Word? Do I realize the power God releases when we humbly seek Him and His truth with great expectation?
2.  STUDY WITH THE GOAL OF _________________________________.
Communion with God and spending time with Him is the highest goal of Bible study.
Psalm 119:57-72, Luke 10:38-42 & John 5:38-40.
Is my goal to know about Him or to really know Him in a close & personal way? Do I view the Bible as God’s love letter to me? We need to view the study of Scripture and prayer as tools to enhance our love relationship with our Father, friend, Shepherd and King! 
3. STUDY DEPENDING ON THE HOLY SPIRIT FOR_________________________________.
Psalm 119:25-40, Isaiah 55:8-10, I Corinthians 2:9-14 & John 16:13-15.
Who better than the Author of the Bible to help us understand it! Do we seek His help in a humble way? Do I realize how utterly dependent I am on Him to learn His high & holy ways?
4. STUDY USING THE METHODS OF _______________________________AND MEDITATION.
Psalm 119:97— “Oh how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long!”  Psalm 119:147-148, Joshua 1:8, Acts 17:11, & Timothy 3:15-17
Ask good investigative questions like: Who wrote this book? Who are the intended readers? Why was the letter originally written? What is the context & culture of the passage? What are the repeated words, themes or ideas in the book or passage of study?
    Thomas Watson said “The heart is hard & the memory slippery, & without meditation all is lost; meditation imprints & fashions a truth in the mind. Without meditation the truths we know will never affect our hearts.” 
5. THE MAIN GOAL OF BIBLE STUDY IS ______________________.
Psalm 119:161-176, John 8:31-32 & James 1:21-27
G– What do I learn about God and my relationship with Him?
O—What do I need to do in my relationships with others?
D– What sins to do I really need to deal with in my life?
Am I doer of the word or just a hearer only? There is great blessing in reading, remembering and reflecting on the Word of God, but the greatest blessings come into our lives when we allow its truth to set us free through our obedience!
ANSWERS:  ANTICIPATION, COMMUNICATION, ILLUMINATION, OBSERVATION, & APPLICATION. 
 
THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH (Saturday Jan 18)
1. FAITH IN CHRIST ALONE SAVES US & BRINGS US INTO RIGHT ________________________WITH GOD (See Rom 3:22-28, 4:5, & Eph 2:8-9)
Romans 5:2- “Because of our faith, Christ has brought into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.” (NLT)
It is not faith in what we do, but faith in Christ and His great work!  We now have peace with God and a place of privilege before God! 
2. FAITH STRENGTHENS & _______________________OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
(See Romans 4:18-22, 5:3-5, 8:28-39)
Romans 1:17b— “The righteous shall live by faith.”
I John 4:4- “This is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.”
Faith enables us to endure trials and to escape temptations!  What is sustaining you?  Someone said, “Little faith will bring your soul to heaven, but great faith will bring heaven to your soul.” 
3.   FAITH IS BUILT UPON THE _________________& THE HOLY
SCRIPTURES (See Romans 3:3, 4:21 & 10:11-13 & I Thessalonians 2:13)
Romans 10:17– “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (NKJV)
Our faith is only as good as the object of our faith. Are you trusting your feelings, friends or finances more than Christ and his unchanging Word? God’s Word fuels & feeds our faith!
4. FAITH IN CHRIST WILL NEVER LEAD TO _________________BUT WILL BRING GREAT GLORY TO HIS NAME. (See Hebrews 11:6, John 11:40, Ephesians 3:20-21)
Romans 10:11-12- “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame. For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him.”
George Mueller said “Faith does not operate in the real of the possible. There is no glory for God in that which is humanly possible. Faith begins where man’s power ends.” 
Answers: Standing, Sustains, Savior, Shame
 
THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND ACTIVE! (Sunday Jan 19th)
KEY VERSE:  Hebrews 4:12- “The Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow, it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
1.  THE INFALLIBILITY OF THE BIBLE
II Timothy 3:16-17- “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
The Bible’s ______________is divinely inspired and therefore it is trustworthy and infallible.
Charles Spurgeon said- “The Bible must have been written by our Creator, for nobody but the Lord who created men could know so much about them. This volume reveals the secrets of all hearts. It unveils our private thoughts. If I did not believe in the infallibility of Scripture-the absolute infallibility of it from cover to cover, I would never enter this pulpit again!”
Psalm 119:138,140- “Your decrees are perfect; they are entirely worthy of our trust. Your promises have been thoroughly tested; that is why I love them so much.”
The Bible’s _______________________________is backed up by history and human experience.
I Kings 8:56- “Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he has promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses.”
Matthew 5:18- Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” Look up Luke 24:25-27,44-47.
The unity of Scripture, fulfilled prophecies, archeological discoveries, many ancient manuscripts and innumerable testimonies of transformed lives all point to a Book that is infallible and indestructible!
W.F. Albright the great Archeologist concluded “The Bible towers in content above all earlier religious literature.”
2.  THE IMPORTANCE OF THE BIBLE
It is how God ______________________to us.
Hebrews 1:1-2- “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days has spoken to us by his Son.” Look up Psalm 19.
It is the chief tool God uses to _________________people to Christ.
II Timothy 3:15- “From infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.” See Colossians 1:3-6.
Its transforming power can change the ____________________of God’s children.
John 8:31-32- “If you continue in my word, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” See I Peter 2:1-2, Psalm 119:28-32
It is the only reliable chart to keep the church and the Christian on ________________.
Psalm 119:105- “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” See II Timothy 2:14-19, 3:16-17.
Abraham Lincoln said, “This great book is the best gift God ever gave to man. But for it we could not know right from wrong.” 
Answers:  Truth, Trustworthiness, Communicate, Convert, Character & Course
 
GLORIOUS GOOD NEWS WORTH SHARING
ROMANS 1:1-17 (Sat Jan 11th)
Romans 1:16- "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek."
WHO WE ARE IN CHRIST- Verses 1-7
1. Notice how the great apostle Paul described himself- as a bond-__________________of Christ! The Greek word here is "doulos" which means the lowest class of slave whose time, strength, time and commitment belong to another, in this case to Christ.
•         Do I realize I have been bought with a great price, the precious blood of Jesus Christ and that I am not my own? Am I daily devoted to serving God and others or am I merely living for myself?
See I Corinthians 6:19-20 & Philippians 2:3-11.
2. Next, Paul describes the believers in Rome as ________________!
•         Romans 1:7- "To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints."
Cf. Psalm 16:2-3, 85:8, I Corinthians 1:1-2

•         All genuine believers in Christ are dearly loved, belong to Him and are called to be saints in position and practice! How often do we remember who we really are in God's sight? This calls for great humility and gratefulness! Am I truly living as a saint in my daily life? Look up I Peter 1:15-16.

WHAT A GLORIOUS MESSAGE WE GET TO SHARE- Verses 8-17
1. Paul and the Roman believers were called, committed to and _________________ to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. See Romans 1:1, 8-9, 15. Cf. Matthew 28:18-20
•         Are we committed to the great commission of Christ and excited about the sharing the good news about Him and what He has done? If not, why not?
•         Read Matthew 4:19, 9:35-38 & II Timothy 1:7. Ask God to give a burden and compassion for the lost. Ask Him to daily fill you with His Holy Spirit and ask for open doors and open hearts!
2. The Gospel of Christ is _________________________ and dynamic in its effects on individuals and nations! Read our key verse again and compare with Acts 1:8, 2:41-47,17:1-6.
•         When people place their faith in Christ alone, He gives them spiritual life, light and love. He calls them out of an aimless way of living to a purposeful and fruitful life!
•         See Ephesians 2:1-10, I Peter 2:9-10 & Titus 3:3-8. Can others see Christ in my attitudes, speech and actions? Billy Graham said "The evangelist harvest is always urgent. The destiny of men of nations is always being decided. Every generation is strategic. We are not responsible for the past generation, and we cannot bear the full responsibility for the next one; but we do have our generation."
ANSWERS:  SERVANT, SAINTS, EAGER, EXPLOSIVE
 
 AM I DOZING OR DRIFTING?
HEBREWS CHAPTERS 2-3 (Sun Jan 12th)
1. AM I PAYING ________________________ TO GOD'S DIRECTION?
•         Hebrews 2:1- "We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift."
•         God is always speaking, the question is- Am I really listening? Am I too busy and burdened with life's problems that I can't hear His voice very well? See Heb 1:1, Luke 8:4-18, 10:38-42 & Psalm 46:10.
•         Have I fallen asleep spiritually? See Romans 13:8-14
2. AM I FALLING ____________________ FROM THE LORD?
•         Hebrews 3:12- "See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God." Cf. Hebrews 3:7-11 & I John 2:15-17
•         Have I allowed familiarity with the things of God to breed contempt & complacency? Have I grown cold and calloused to Him and others? See Revelation 2:1-4, 3:14-21
3. ARE WE ______________________ONE ANOTHER & HOLDING EACH OTHER ACCOUNTABLE?
•         Hebrews 3:13- "Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness." See Hebrews 10:24-25
•         We are our brother & sister's keeper! Do we care enough to confront & encourage others?
4. ARE WE ____________________THAT HE IS ALWAYS THERE?
•         Hebrews 12:2-"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus...
•         Genesis 28:16-"Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it."
•         Are we ignoring our great Savior and His amazing salvation? Are we pursuing and practicing His presence daily?
ANSWERS:  ATTENTION, AWAY, AFFIRMING, AWARE
 
THE BOOK OF ROMANS (Sat Jan 4th)
AUTHOR: The Apostle Paul, written around 57 AD
PURPOSE: To introduce himself to the Romans before coming there. He wanted to share the gospel and have a fruitful ministry among them. Romans 1:11-12, 15:23-24. None of the Apostles had made it that far yet.
WHO NEEDS ROMANS? Sinners, skeptics, and saints.
MAJOR THEMES:
•        SIN- All have sinned and are in dire need of saving. Chapters 1-3
•        SALVATION AND JUSTIFICATION- We are saved by faith in Jesus Christ alone. Only He can save us! Romans 3:21-5:21
•        SANCTIFICATION AND SPIRITUAL GROWTH-God causes us to grow in Christ-likeness as we daily die to self and allow the Holy Spirit to live His wonderful life through us! Chapters 6-8
•        SOVEREIGNTY- God is supremely in control of all things. He has specific plan for His people-especially the nation of Israel. Romans 9-11
•        SERVICE-We daily serve God by being a living sacrifice and using our spiritual gifts. Chpt 12-16
COOL QUOTES ON ROMANS:
•        John Chrysostrum called Romans the "Cathedral of the Christian faith."
•        Martin Luther called Romans "Daily food for my soul and the chief book of the New Testament."
•        William Tyndale in his prologue to the 1554 English Translation of the New Testament said "Romans is the principal and most excellent part of the New Testament. No person can verily read it too often or study it too well."
  
ANGELS ARE SWEET, BUT JESUS IS SUPREME! (Sun Jan 5th)
HEBREWS 1 
I. ANGELS ARE SPECIAL CREATED BEINGS, BUT JESUS IS THE SELF-EXISTENT ________________OF THE UNIVERSE.
•       Hebrews 1:1-2 & Colossians 1:15-18
•       John 1:1-3- “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made:”
•       We must not worship created things over our awesome Creator—Romans 1:25 & Colossians 2:18-19. Do I admire His handiwork and give Him glory for it? 
II. ANGELS ARE COOL, BUT CHRIST IS THE SAME IN_____________________AND    ESSENCE AS GOD.
•       Hebrews 1:3- “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word.” Hebrews 1:4-10 & 13:8
•       Jesus always has been and always will be God. He is always faithful and true, great, gracious and good in all he chooses to do! He is the only constant in this ever-changing world.
•       Jesus is the God-man, fully God and fully man in one person.
•       Many people acknowledge Jesus as a good teacher and prophet, but only true Christians acknowledge Him as Lord and God! 
III. ANGELS ARE A CENTRAL PART OF GOD’S PLAN AND PURPOSE, BUT CHRIST IS THE SOVEREIGN ________________________OF ALL THINGS.
•       Hebrews 1:13-14, & Ephesians 1:15-22
•       Matthew 28:18— “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”
•       Who is your commander in chief? Who is calling the shots in your daily life? What is hindering you from giving Christ the complete control of your life?
•       Is Jesus your life or just a part of your life?
•       Jim Elliot, a missionary who was martyred in his work with the fierce Waodoni Tribe in South America, said this "He is no fool, who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose."
•       Christ is so worth loving, following and serving! 

ANSWERS:  CREATOR, CHARACTER, CONTROLLER