Sermon Notes: “DNA: Pastor Phil’s heart for you”

Sermon Notes: “DNA: Pastor Phil’s heart for you”

DNA:  Pastor Phil’s heart for you  

1. BE FOCUSED 

– The most important thing in life is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.” (Luke 10:27) –
– Be focused on knowing God more (Philippians 3:10).  Good questions that help gauge this:

  1.  How much time in a week do you spend intentionally growing in your pursuit of Christ? 
  2. When was the last time you just sensed His favor on your life? 
  3.  In this past week, were you led by God to do or say something to someone? 
  4. What thoughts are you in the habit of thinking? How does your thought life shape who you are? 
  5.   How do you naturally enjoy God? 

– Being focused means creating a weekly church routine. Stay engaged otherwise you may drift.
– What’s  one  thing you can do to know Jesus more? 

2.  BE INTENTIONAL 

– Jesus’ last words to his disciples were to go and make disciples. Peter and John did just that. (Acts 4:20)
– The Christian faith was never meant to be individually contained.  It was meant to be told and spoken.
– We can be intentional in three ways: 

  1. We can love through our words
  2. We can love through our deeds
  3. We can love through our finances

What’s one thing you can do to love people more? 

3.  BE HOPEFUL 

– Christians don’t live as people without hope.  (Romans 5:3-5)
– Hope can’t thrive in the presence of a heavy heart. (John 14:1; Psalm 91:2)
– We bring hope by the way we speak. (Proverbs 18:21)
– What’s one way you can bring hope to someone today? 

4.  BE READY 

– Jesus is coming again. We are not on the planning committee we are on the welcoming committee.
– Keep watch and be ready. (Matthew 24:42)
– If anything is separating you and Jesus, deal with it and make yourself ready.  
– What is one thing you need to do to be ready? 

Sermon Notes: “The Weed of Addiction”

Sermon Notes: “The Weed of Addiction”

SERMON NOTES | Weeds: Addiction 

This is a series about things that can distract, hinder, and prevent us from fully thriving in our Christian life. Things that  can choke out the work of God in our life.  (Mark 4:1-20) 

Addictions are the things that control us even though we believe we can control them. Paul wrote, “For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.” (Romans 6:14). Your addiction should never master or rule over you. Paul said, “I have the right to do anything, but I will not be mastered by anything.” (1 Corinthians 6:12). 

6 Questions to see if you are mastered by something: 

  1. Do your friends and family say you have a problem? 
  2. Do you continue even though you are hurting people? 
  3. Do you arrange your schedule around it? 
  4. Can you go a week without it? 
  5. Is it leading you to isolation and damaging your relationships? 
  6. Are you trying to keep it a secret? 

Lies we tend to believe: 

1.  You are defined by your addiction.  
– Our adversary wants us to personalize and internalize our addiction.
– You are who God says you are. 

2.  You will always live with guilt and shame.
– Satan wants to convince you that you are not only defined by your addiction, but you are debilitated by your addiction.
– Guilt traps us, shame hinders us, but Jesus frees us. He says you can be justified. 

Good Advice: 

  1. No more excuses (Philippians 4:13) 
  2. Take drastic steps (1 Corinthians 15:33; James 4:7) 
  3. Fill the void (Ephesians 5:18) 

 God Advice: 

  1. His grace is sufficient for you (2 Corinthians 12:9).Don’t  allow a rerun to ruin your reset. 

If you are struggling with an addiction there is power in the name of Jesus to set  you free. 
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