Sermon Notes

Sunday, May 17, 2020

 

Welcome Back

 

The Apostle Paul was living in a very difficult time for believers.

 

Paul challenges us all to look at our troubles through a different and higher perspective.

 

Philippians 4:11b-13 NIV

“…for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

 

People matter – we matter

 

Albert Einstein said, “God did not create evil. Just as darkness is the absence of light, evil is the absence of God.”

 

Matthew 5:14-16 NLT

You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

 

Life doesn’t stop when everything else does.

 

But hear me church, we were born again for this!

We were made for this! We were redeemed for this! Like Esther, we have come into the kingdom for such a time as this!

 

Wear your heart for all to see. Be kind to one another.

Call and check on each other.

Pray one for another.

 

It’s why we are here! “Let this mind be in you and you and you and me that was in Christ Jesus who had it all but laid it down and served others!”

 

Let the world see God does have a people who are examples to all.

 

 

Worship Set

Do It Again

–  Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Matt Redman, and Steven Furtick

 

Verse 1

 

Walking around these walls

I thought by now they’d fall

But you have never failed me yet

Waiting for change to come

Knowing the battle’s won

For you have never failed me yet

 

Chorus

 

Your promise still stands

Great is your faithfulness

Faithfulness

I’m still in your hands

This is my confidence

You’ve never failed me yet

 

Verse 2

 

I know the night won’t last

Your word will come to pass

My heart will sing your praise again

Jesus you’re still enough

Keep me within your love

My heart will sing your praise again

 

I’ve seen you move

You move the mountains

And I believe

I’ll see you do it again

You made a way

Where there was no way

And I believe

I’ll see you do it again

 

You’ve never failed me yet

I never will forget

You’ve never failed me yet

I never will forget

 

Almost Home

– Barry Graul, Bart Millard, Ben Glover, Mike Scheuchzer, Nathan Cochran, and Robby Shaffer

 

Verse 1

 

Are you disappointed

Are you desperate for help

You know what it’s like to be tired

And only a shell of yourself

You start to believe

You don’t have what it takes

‘Cause it’s all you can do

Just to move much less finish the race

But don’t forget what lies ahead

 

Chorus

Almost home

Brother it won’t be long

Soon all your burdens will be gone

With all your strength

Sister run wild run free

Hold up your head

Keep pressing on

We are almost home

 

Verse 2

 

Well this road will be hard

But we win in the end

Simply because of Jesus in us

It’s not if but when

So take joy in the journey

Even when it feels long

Oh find strength in each step

Knowing heaven is cheering you on

 

Almost home

Almost home

 

I know that the cross has brought heaven to us

But make no mistake there’s still more to come

When our flesh and our bone are no longer between

Where we are right now and where we’re meant to be

When all that’s been lost has been made whole again

When these tears and this pain no longer exist

No more walking we’re running as fast as we can

Consider this our second wind

 

Almost home

Almost home

We are almost home

Almost home

Almost home

We are almost home

 

 

The Blessing

–  Chris Brown, Cody Carnes, Kari Jobe, and Steven Furtick

 

Verse 1

 

The Lord bless you and keep you

Make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you

The Lord turn His face toward you

And give you peace

 

Chorus

Amen, Amen, Amen

Amen, Amen, Amen

 

May His favor be upon you and a thousand generations

And your family and your children and

Their children and their children

 

May His presence go before you

And behind you and beside you

All around you and within you, He is with you

He is with you

 

In the morning, in the evening

In Your coming and your going

In your weeping and rejoicing, He is for you, He is for you

 

He is for you, He is for you, He is for you, He is for you

He is for you, He is for you, He is for you, He is for you