Be Ready for Divisiveness
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Be Ready for Divisiveness

Sermon Notes

  1. (49) Fire spreads, consumes, bringing light to the world and fundamentally transforms all of creation. This fire is an allegory for his desire to spread trust and restoration to all the world. 

  2. (50) We all feel the pressures and demands from an imperfect life. The question is: will you let that pressure be your excuse from God or will this be your reason to seek to be submerged in grace

  3. (51-53) Yes, talking about Jesus can be divisive. However, think about how hurtful and negligent it is to deny your faith. When you do this, are you not avoiding your salvation and theirs? 

  4. (54-56) How weird is it that our discussions seem to always include the forecast yet seldom include Jesus. Isn’t one more important than the other?

Luke 12:49-56


49 
“I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50 But I have a baptism to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed! 51 Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. 52 From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. 53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

54 He said to the crowd: “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and it does. 55 And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is. 56 Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time?

Ross Judy
The Heart of Anticipation
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The Heart of Anticipation

Sermon Notes

  1. (32-33) What one values reveals their heart; God has given you grace, access to eternity, the keys to the kingdom which you can build or neglect. It is now up to you: where will you offer your attention and care?

  2. (34-37) A heart that anticipates is a prepared heart; a heart that reacts is underprepared, which may cause undue harm as it struggles to meet the sudden demand, and even risks failure. 

  3. (38-40) True, whole faithfulness in our relationships, to God and one another, requires diligence. Otherwise, we neglect things now and risk more later.

  4. (41-44) God does not value procrastination, rather, God wants our treatment toward a broken world to be proactive. Seek first the kingdom of God.

Luke 12:32-44


32 
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

35 “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. 38 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak. 39 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

41 Peter asked, “Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?”

42 The Lord answered, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? 43 It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. 44 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.

Ross Judy
Worthwhile Fears and Holy Storage
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Worthwhile Fears and Holy Storage

Sermon Notes

  1. (13-15) This should be obvious but it bears repeating. Do not demand judgment from God.

  2. (16-17) Unfortunately, we are seldom aware of our abundance yet frequent lay aware of what we lack.

  3. (18-19) Most of us spend the majority of our lives navigating with self-guidance, and yet so little time discerning what may be required of us. Be careful; do not miss the discernment.

  4. (20-21) This text is not primarily concerned about your financial planning, rather, this text is primarily concerned about us capitalizing on our many opportunities. Make sure your life includes a purpose that is bigger than your own demands.

Luke 12:13-21


13 
Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

Ross Judy
What you can do: Serve
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What you can do: Serve

Sermon Notes

  1. (38) We all at some point struggle with the balance of demands between serving and being served. However, it helps to remember Jesus, who exemplifies this balance.

  2. (39) When you do find time to recuperate, seek that which revives your soul; this is more important than that which revives your body

  3. (40) Be careful when comparing your service with others: God’s plan is complex, and a worldwide reach requires different gifts.

  4. (41-42) Jesus points out that if you seek to serve then you need only bring one thing to bear: an empathetic focus.

Luke 10:38-42


38 
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a]Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Ross Judy