Friday, June 6, 2008

Twsited: The Video

No, the video itself isn't twisted - its just the introduction played before each of the Twisted series of sermons.

Twisted: Love and Lust - 1 John 3:16-20

If there is one amazing gift that God has given us, it is love. But, not the idea of love that we have become so accustomed to. God's love is more than just romantic feelings or a strong desire or the devotion of Romeo and Juliet. God's love is sacrifice, it thinks of others before self in many ways it is contrary to what we know as love. Of course God's greatest gift is the adversary's greatest weapon.
  • Love means Sacrifice
    • v16 - This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers
  • Real Love is Physical
    • v18 - Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.
  • Real Love is not Risky - It Removes Risk
    • v20 - For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Twisted: Freedom and Slavery - John 8:31-36

What does it mean to be free? Sometimes we think it means we can do whatever we want - but that is way too selfish of an attitude. Freedom gives us the ability to do for others instead of simply looking out for ourselves. Self-Focus leads to sin and slavery, sacrifice leads to freedom.
  • Freedom Isn't Free
    • If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. - v36
  • Freedom is a Choice
    • Everyone who sins is a slave to sin. -v34
  • Freedom is a Lifestyle
    • Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free. -v32
    • If you hold to my teaching, you are truly my disciples. -v31

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Twisted: Money and Greed - Luke 16:1-13

Money itself isn't bad. It can do great things when used correctly. It is when money is used incorrectly that problems start. When we recognize where money comes from and how it should be used, it can be a wonderful tool. When we think only of ourselves money gets twisted into greed and we get twisted in the process.
  • Money is FROM God
  • Money is FOR God
    • Through Other People
    • Through the Church
  • Money becomes greed when we focus on US instead of GOD

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Twisted - Genesis 3:1-6

Why do bad things happen? Where does evil come from?
Only God has the power to create something completely new. (Everything man has "created" is actually just rearranging the stuff that was already there.) Everything God created was good. So, where does the bad stuff come from. We read in the Bible that Satan (the accuser, the tempter, the adversary) is a liar. Some of his greatest lies are taking the good things God has created and twisting them (or our understanding of them) into something they are not. This has happened since the very beginning and it still happens today. Genesis 3:1-6 tells the story of the first twist.
  • Doubt - "Did God Really Say?"
    • Question God's word and His will
  • Deceit - "You will not surely die."
    • Remove or reduce the consequences
  • Desire - "You will be like God."
    • Focus on you, not on God

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Fill 'er Up: The Solution - John 4:1-26

So, we've identified that we need to be filled only with Jesus and started to look at what it is that keeps each of us from being filled. Now, how do we bring all of this together? How do we keep from becoming like the Jerusalem crowds who welcomed Jesus into the city with palm branches and singing, then shouted for his crucifixion just a few days later? In order for this to happen, we have to take a good, solid look at ourselves and make some changes.
  • Stop the Routine
    • v9 "You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan Woman"
  • Yield to God's Way
    • v19 ""I can see that you are a prophet"
  • Go - Worship & Tell - v20 & 39
    • v20 "Our fathers worshiped on this mountain..."
    • v39 "Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Fill 'er Up: The Problem - John 4:1-26

Americans are switching religions and churches at record rates. We are used to being given choices in everything in life, why should church be any different? The only time we don't keep choosing is when we've found something that works. So, what is the church's purpose? What is it meant to do? The answer can be found in the interaction Jesus has with a Samaritan woman he meets at a well. Here we find what the church is supposed to do and what keeps us individually from achieving that goal.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

God's Goals: Mercy - Matthew 18:21-35

We all know we’re supposed to forgive, but why? And how much? And who? When Peter comes to Jesus with these questions, he responds with what can seem like a simple answer and with a parable. Together these answer the questions and show us that mercy is an attitude, not an account.
  • An Attitude - v21-22
  • We Give - v23-27
  • We Receive - v28-31
  • An Ultimatum - v32-35

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Audio - 19 Years of Balance

Video - 19 Years of Balance

The church exists for a number of reasons, but they all focus on relationships - the relationship between God and his people, the relationship that exists between those people and the relationship they have with those outside the church. Jesus confirmed this when he was asked about the greatest commandment. In order for a church to survive, it must find a balance between and within these relationships. Who better to ask about these relationships than those people who live them out on a daily basis?
  • Worship
    • Sing and Serve - Matthew 4:10
  • Edification
    • Know and Do - 1 Peter 2:5
  • Fellowship
    • Work and Play - 1 Thessalonians 5:11
  • Evangelism
    • Reaping and Sowing - Matthew 13:1-30