Relationships are the Priority
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Relationships are the Priority

Sermon Notes

  1. (1-2) Sooner or later we must give an account of what we did with everything in our care. This is Accountability, and it’s a good thing. Any issues we have with accountability are rooted in how we hold ourselves accountable. 

  2. (3-4) Ones future is not solely secured by maintaining what we own. That’s a mismanagement of resources and effort. Instead, help God with his networking efforts.

  3. 5-7) You don’t have a solo future; nobody does. Planning for what’s next, especially in God’s kingdom, always means a plan that in some way impacts others. 

  4. (8-9) You are blessed to be a blessing; use everything at your disposal to make an ideal setting in which others might encounter God. 

Luke 16:1-9


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Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’

“The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg— I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’

“So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’

“‘Nine hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied.

“The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’

“Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’

“‘A thousand bushels of wheat,’ he replied.

“He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’

“The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.

Ross Judy
Know the Personal Cost
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Know the Personal Cost

Sermon Notes

  1. 1.) (25-26) Jesus is NOT endorsing hate. However, Jesus does point out here how others may resent you because you have made faith in God your priority.

    2.) (27-28) To carry your cross means you have come to terms with the cost of acknowledging and admitting your faith publicly.

    3.) (29-30) To be committed means you hold enough knowledge for a comprehensive strategy and the ability to endure. These will emerge after thorough preparation and careful consideration.

    4.) (31-33) Choosing your battles means knowing when and what to surrender. Why fight to gain what you later lose forever? Instead, strengthen your faith. Then be the mediator for terms of peace between your neighbors and God.

Luke 14:25-33


25 
Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’

31 “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33 In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.

Ross Judy
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


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“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


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“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