Sermon Notes

Sunday, March 15, 2020


Sowing and Reaping

 Part Two


Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23 (MSG)

1-3 At about that same time Jesus left the house and sat on the beach. In no time at all a crowd gathered along the shoreline, forcing him to get into a boat. Using the boat as a pulpit, he addressed his congregation, telling stories.

3-8 “What do you make of this? A farmer planted seed. As he scattered the seed, some of it fell on the road, and birds ate it. Some fell in the gravel; it sprouted quickly but didn’t put down roots, so when the sun came up it withered just as quickly. Some fell in the weeds; as it came up, it was strangled by the weeds. Some fell on good earth, and produced a harvest beyond his wildest dreams.

9 “Are you listening to this? Really listening?”

18-19 “Study this story of the farmer planting seed. When anyone hears news of the kingdom and doesn’t take it in, it just remains on the surface, and so the Evil One comes along and plucks it right out of that person’s heart. This is the seed the farmer scatters on the road.

20-21 “The seed cast in the gravel—this is the person who hears and instantly responds with enthusiasm. But there is no soil of character, and so when the emotions wear off and some difficulty arrives, there is nothing to show for it.

22 “The seed cast in the weeds is the person who hears the kingdom news, but weeds of worry and illusions about getting more and wanting everything under the sun strangle what was heard, and nothing comes of it.

23 “The seed cast on good earth is the person who hears and takes in the News, and then produces a harvest beyond his wildest dreams.”


“There’s no soil of character, so when the emotions wear off and some difficulty arrives, there’s nothing to show for it.”


Get anchored right.


4 Roots of Anchor


The Root of Purpose


Romans 8:35-39 NLT

Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”[a])

37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.


The Root of Courage


The Root of Worship


The Root of Church


But your connection with the church is directly proportionate to your stability in Christ.





Worship Set


You Cannot Be Stopped

– Chris Quilala, Hank Bentley, and Phil Wickham


Verse 1


The dark tried to hide You

And steal You away

Death tried to keep You

Inside of the grave

The enemy fought You

He tried but he lost

You cannot be stopped


Verse 2


When we cried for freedom

You tore down the walls

The weight of our burdens

You carried it all

Our fears and our failures

Hang dead on the cross

You cannot be stopped




Mover of mountains

Breaker of chains

Jesus has triumphed over the grave

Sing hallelujah

The battle is won

Nothing can stand against our God


Verse 3


We stand on Your victory

And shout out Your praise

Miracle maker

You’re mighty to save

Awesome in power

Relentless in love

You cannot be stopped


There’s nothing that can stop our God

There’s nothing that can stop our God

There’s nothing that can stop our God

There is nothing (there is nothing)


Sing hallelujah


The battle is won

Nothing can stand against our God



Forever Reign

– Reuben Morgan


Verse 1


You are good You are good

When there’s nothing good in me

You are love You are love

On display for all to see

You are light You are light

When the darkness closes in

You are hope You are hope

You have covered all my sin


Verse 2


You are peace You are peace

When my fear is crippling

You are true You are true

Even in my wandering

You are joy You are joy

You’re the reason that I sing

You are life You are life

In You death has lost its sting




(Oh) I’m running to Your arms

I’m running to Your arms

The riches of Your love will always be enough

Nothing compares to Your embrace

Light of the world forever reign


Verse 3


You are more You are more

Than my words will ever say

You are Lord You are Lord

All creation will proclaim

You are here You are here

In Your presence I’m made whole

You are God You are God

Of all else I’m letting go


My heart will sing no other Name

Jesus Jesus



Great I Am

 – Jared Anderson


Verse 1


I wanna be close close to Your side

So Heaven is real and death is a lie

I wanna hear voices of angels above

Singing as one




Hallelujah holy holy

God Almighty great I Am

Who is worthy none beside Thee

God Almighty great I Am


Verse 2


I wanna be near near to Your heart

Loving the world hating the dark

I wanna see dry bones living again

Singing as one


The mountains shake before You

The demons run and flee

At the mention of Your name King of majesty

There is no pow’r in hell or any who can stand

Before the power and the Presence of the great I Am

The great I Am