Sermon Notes for 5/5/2024

Colossians: He Is Enough
Growing in the Knowledge of God
Colossians 2:1-7
 
Chapter 2, verse 1:
 
I want you to know how hard I am contending for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally. 
 
Then, in beginning in verse 2 he states his purpose for writing to them: 
 
My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments.

5For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.

 

Five strategies for getting to know God better:
 
1. Decide to accept Christ’s priorities. vs. 6:
 
…just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord…
 
2. Depend on Christ’s power
 
Again, vs. 6:
 
…continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him…
 
Kenneth Wuest translates the word “rooted” like this:
 
having been rooted with the present result that you are firmly anchored

3. Dedicate myself to a continuous process vs. 6
 
…continue to live your lives in him…
 
4. Deepen my understanding of key principles (vs. 7)
 
… strengthened in the faith as you were taught…
 
5. Develop connections with other people.
 
In summation:
 
1. Decide to accept Christ’s priorities.
2. Depend on Christ’s power.
3. Dedicate myself to a continuous process.
4. Deepen my understanding of key principles.
5. Develop connections with other people.
 
Verses 6 and 7:
 
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
 
He Is Enough!


Bible Study Notes for 5/1/2024

 
Outline:
 
THE WALK OF LOVING
 
I. The Command of Love

A. Its Oldness, 2:7
B. Its Newness, 2:8a
 
II. The Cause of Love, 2:8b
 
III. The Contradiction, 2:9
 
IV. The Continuing Power of Love, 2:10
 
V. The Contrast, 2:11
 
Tonight:
 
I. The Command of Love, 2:7, 8a
 
A. Its Oldness (2:7)
 
1 John 2:7
 
Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one,
which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the
message you have heard.
 
 


Notes for 4/17/2024 Bible Study

B. Our Conduct, vs. 6-7
1. What it is not to be.
If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. (1:6).


2. What it is to be v. 7
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
 
John 14:9
Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
 
II. The Reality of Sin v. 8
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
 
III. The Remedy for Sin. 1:9–2:2
A. On earth 1:9-10
Verse 9:
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
 
Proverbs 28:13
Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper,
  but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
 
Hebrews 10:17 (quoting Jeremiah)
Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts
 I will remember no more.”
 
Verse 10:
If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
 
 


Notes for 4/10/2024 Bible Study

LIFE IN THE SON
Lesson One, continued (1:1-4)
 
Last week:
 
THE FOUNDATION AND CORNERSTONE OF THE LIFE
 
The Cornerstone = “That which was from the beginning…”
 
The Foundation of eyewitnesses = which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim…
 
I. The Person, v. 1
 
A. His Pre-existent Reality.
B. His Earthly Reality.
C. His Post-resurrection Reality.
 
II. The Proclaimers, v. 2
 
This week:
 
III. The Plan, v. 3
 
We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
 
Eph.1:9-10:
 
…he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

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Notes for 4/3/2024 Bible Study

Outline of John’s introductory remarks:

I. The Person, v. 1

A. His Pre-existent Reality.
B. His Earthly Reality.
C. His Post-resurrection Reality.

II. The Proclaimers, v. 2

III. The Plan, v. 3

IV. The Purpose, v. 4
 
ORIENTING DATA FOR I JOHN

From “How to Read the Bible Book by Book, Gordon D. Fee & Douglas Stuart, Zondervan, 2002
 
Content: A treatise that offers assurance to some specific believers, encouraging their loyalty to Christian faith and practice in response to some false prophets who have left the community ” Author: the same author who wrote 2 and 3 John, who there calls himself “the elder”; a solid historical tradition equated him with the apostle John.

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A (Mercifully) Short History of Lent

From The Good of Giving Up, by Aaron Damiani, 2017, Moody Publishers
 
Where did Lent come from? How did it become recognized as the forty-day period of prayer, fasting, and generosity leading up to Easter? And when we say, “Lent began as a practice of the ancient church,” what does that even mean?

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Notes for 2/24/2021 Bible Study

Below are there documents referenced in this Bible Study

 
The outline that we worked from for 2/24/21.
 

Parable Presentation Notes

A print out of the Powerpoint (Keynote) presentation concerning the interpretation of parables.
 

Parable Summary (DJG)

This is an academic paper I wrote some years ago as a synopsis of the article on parables in the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. It’s a bit technical in the first paragraphs, but the latter part offers some helpful information.
 
 


Notes for 6/24/2020 Bible Study

Letter to the Ephesians
Grace Chapel Bible Study
We Are the Body of Christ
June 24, 2020
Ephesians 1:22-23

Ephesians 1:22 and 23:

And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Paul has just said he prays for his readers that the eyes of their hearts would be enlightened, in order that they might come to comprehend the hope to which he has called them, the riches of God’s glorious inheritance in the Saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.

This power is the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, and we see it not only raised Jesus but exalted him, took him all the way to the right hand of the Father.

The same power that raised Jesus is for us, and now Christ is exalted. Vs. 21 says Jesus has been exalted:*

…far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.

We, you and me, that is to say the church, are central to God’s program in the world. vs. 23a (The Message):
The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. The church, the body of Christ, matters to God and should matter to us.

What becomes clear in vs. 23 is this:

The church is Christ’s complement. (With an “e.”)
Complement: Something that fills up, completes, or makes perfect.* John Calvin:

This is the highest honor of the church, that, until he is united to us, the Son of God reckons himself in some measure imperfect. What consolation it is for us to learn that, not until we are in his presence, does he possess all his parts, or does he wish to be regarded as complete.

William Hendriksen:

As to his divine essence Christ is in no sense whatever dependent on or capable of being completed by the church. But as bridegroom he is incomplete without the bride; as the vine he cannot be thought of without the branches; as shepherd he is not seen without his sheep; and so also as head he finds his full expression in his body, the church.

Colossians 1:24:

Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.

Here he notes that he church, in essence, completes Christ’s suffering.

vs. 23b (The Message):

The church is Christ’s body, in which he speaks and acts, by which he fills everything with his presence.

St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582):

Christ has no body now but yours.

No hands, no feet on earth but yours.

Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world.

Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good.

Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world.

Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.

Kenneth Wuest (in his exposition of Ephesians):

The relation between Christ and the Church, therefore, is not an external relation, or one simply of Superior and inferior, sovereign and subject, but one of life and incorporation. The Church is not merely and institution ruled by Him as President, a Kingdom in which He is the Supreme Authority, or a vast company of men in moral sympathy with Him, but a Society which is in vital connection with Him, having the source of its life in Him, sustained and directed by His power, the instrument also by which He works.

The Church is central to God’s plan, and we become the “crew” that makes the ship sail.
 
Pat Damiani:
 
• The church matters to God because it is made up of people that matter to God.
• The church matters to God because it is the earthly manifestation of His presence.
• The church matters to God because it is a crucial part of His plan for this world.
• The church matters to God because it is His place for us to grow and mature in our faith.
• The church matters to God because He has a passion for His church.

The church matters to God, and should matter to me as well!

 



The Prayer We Need Right Now

Here are the notes from the 6/14/20 sermon, “The Prayer We Need Right Now.”
 

The Prayer We Need Right Now (Notes)

Matthew 6:5-13

Verses 9-13

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”


Would you personally like to experience life change, both spiritually and physically?

Five key dimensions of learning to pray:
 

1. Worship and ADORATION of God. Vs 9-10

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.’”

True prayer starts with worshipping God.

Hebrews 12:28

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe…

Proper adoration and worship causes our attitudes to change.

Revelation 15:4 

Who will not fear you, Lord,

    and bring glory to your name?

For you alone are holy.

All nations will come

    and worship before you,

for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

Psalm 96:9 

Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth.

Someone wrote this:

When we rely upon organization, we get what organization can do; 

When we rely upon education, we get what education can do; 

When we rely upon eloquence, we get what eloquence can do, and so on. 

When we rely upon prayer, we get what God can do. 
 

2. A personal SUBMISSION. V 10

…your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Luke 18:14b 

all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

Isaiah 66:2b

“These are the ones I look on with favor:

    those who are humble and contrite in spirit,

    and who tremble at my word.”

Come before the Lord with worship and adoration, with humility and submission.
 

3. Honest REQUESTS in faith. V11

Give us today our daily bread.

Food, shelter, clothing, health and healing, wisdom, safety, understanding, praying God’s Word.

Mark 11:24

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

John 14:13-14

And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Come before God in worship and adoration, a personal humility and submission, and with honest requests.

What is your daily bread? Ask God to supply whatever it is you need.
 

4. Giving and seeking FORGIVENESS. V12

And forgive us our debts,

    as we also have forgiven our debtors.

This means forgiving others who have wronged we as you seek personal forgiveness of sin.

As we’re praying to God, we ask Him to search our hearts, and to reveal sin in our hearts.

Psalm 139:23-24

Search me, God, and know my heart;

    test me and know my anxious thoughts.

See if there is any offensive way in me,

    and lead me in the way everlasting.

1 John 1:9 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Psalm 66:18-20 

If I had cherished sin in my heart,

    the Lord would not have listened;

but God has surely listened

    and has heard my prayer.

Praise be to God,

    who has not rejected my prayer

    or withheld his love from me!

Prayer is a time for self-evaluation, an examination that uncovers the true condition of our hearts.
 

5. PROTECTION from ALL enemies. V 13a

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

Ephesians 6:1

“Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” 

Ephesians 6:12 

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Ephesians 6:18 

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. 

 

Conclusion

James 5:16

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

The prayer we need right now is powerful and effective.

The prayer we need right now is prayer in the manner Jesus teachers us to pray, characterized by these five dimensions:

  • Grounded in worship
  • Prayed in Submission
  • Consisting of honest Requests—asking for what you need
  • Accompanied by asking for and extending Forgiveness
  • Seeking God’s Protection from the evil one.

The prayer we need right now is that prayer that cries out to God in the day of trouble…

Psalm 86:7 In the day of my trouble I will call to you, for you will answer me.

The prayer we need right now is bold and confident.

Hebrews 4:16 

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. 

The prayer we need right now consists of these five dimensions:

Worship, Submission, Requests, Forgiveness, Protection …

1 John 5:14 

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 

Response to this message:

  1. To prioritize prayer. Look at your schedule, your use of your time, and make a place, carve out some time to spend talking to your heavenly Father.
  1. Along with prioritizing, practice prayer; once you’ve created the space, then make sure that you occupy that space with intentional practice…pull out your bible, follow along with Jesus in Matthew 6:5-13, and use that as a template. 


Awake, O Sleeper!

Looking forward to getting up early tomorrow morning for Sunrise Service. The sermon for that service will be entitled, “Wake Up Call,” and will, in addition to Mark’s resurrection narrative, include Ephesians 5:14. As a kind of addendum, I thought I’d share this video by The Brothers Bright. The lyrics are below.
 
 

https://youtu.be/F1xvoD-sP3k

 
“Oh Abraham would raise his hands;
and mourn this very day;
for his children left the promised land;
in search of their own way.
They kick and scream like wayward sons;
And always wanting to sleep;
and dream away these evil days;
in hopes that God can’t see.
 
There are chains upon your children Lord;
Chains upon your children.
There are chains upon your children;
We’re in chains.
 
Do you hear the lion roar?
(Awake O Sleeper)
Stand with me we’ll fight the war.
(Awake O Sleeper)
 
Your suffering will come again;
and never fall away.
For we trade our many comforts;
Like the one who bled for grace.
There will come a day my God will come;
and put me in my place.
My God I pray;
You’ll call my name;
instead of turn away.
 
There are chains upon your children Lord;
Chains upon your children.
There are chains upon your children;
We’re in chains.
 
Do you hear the lion roar?
(Awake O Sleeper)
Stand with me we’ll fight the war.
(Awake O Sleeper)
 
Let no man bring me harm;
I bear the marks of Jesus.
Let no man bring me harm;
I bear the marks of the Lord.
I said, Let no man bring me harm;
I bear the marks of Jesus.
Let no man bring me harm;
‘Cause I bear the marks of God.
 
Do you hear the lion roar?
(Awake O Sleeper)
Stand with me we’ll fight the war.
(Awake O Sleeper)
I said, Do you hear the lion roar?
(Awake O Sleeper)
Come on and stand with me we’ll fight the war.
(Awake O Sleeper)
 
(Let no man bring me harm;
I bear the marks of Jesus;
Let no man bring me harm;
I bear the marks of the Lord.)” 
 
 
 

 




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