Season with Hope
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Season with Hope

Sermon Notes

  1. (verses 25-28)  Engage the world with both/and thinking more often than drawing either/or conclusions

  2. (verses 29-31) Jesus grants that we do have a limited ability to understand the signs around us, however, he warns us that even the signs we see are temporary

  3. (verses 32-34) Jesus says “Be careful,” and “Be always on the watch” because we too easily trap ourselves with our limited perspective and therefore struggle to see our hope!

  4. (verses 35-36) Jesus wants us to be prepared to both trust and obey.

Luke 21:25-36


25 
And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;

30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.

31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.

32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.

33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.

35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.

36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

Ross Judy
Consider your Audience

Consider your Audience

John 18:33-37

Sermon Notes

  1. Build Receptivity: strive to go beyond assumptions.

  2. Express Agreements: discover what you have in common.

  3. Close Humbly: protect the relationship you just built.

  4. Your testimony should “B.R.E.A.C.H.”: Build Receptivity, Express Agreements, and Close Humbly.

John 18:33-37

33 Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

34 “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?”

35 “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?”

36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”

37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate.

Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

Ross Judy
Consider the Speaker

Consider the Speaker

Mark 13:1-10

Sermon Notes

  1. Keep the long-term in view; keep your eyes on the horizon

  2. Our testimonies are shaped by the perseverance of God's love and the transformational power of God's grace. 

  3. A truthful faith is well informed and appropriately skeptical

  4. Our lives should speak and testify on God's behalf. 

Mark 13:1-10 

1 As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!”

“Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”

As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?”

Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many. When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.

“You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. 10 And the gospel must first be preached to all nations.

Ross Judy
Consider the Content

Consider the Content

Mark 12:28-34

Sermon Notes

  1. To love is to remain open and ready for questions.

  2. When we withhold, even just a little, we create lines of separation and tension.  

  3. Love is worth it all and is far more important than any sacrifice that may hold us back.

  4. When your motive is clearly love, then you need not fear the questions.

Mark 12:28-34

28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

32 “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. 33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

34 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.

Ross Judy