How to Follow a Moving God

How to Follow a Moving God

Sermon Notes

  1. (51-53) Adopt Jesus resolve: examine the mission field, test the soil, soften the hardened hearts, remove the barrier boulders, plant, nurture and protect the flock. In this way, we anticipate Jesus by going out to prepare a glorious reception

  2. (54-55) As disciples, our first impulse should not be reacting to the culture. Instead, focus on improving yourself so that your actions co-create with God a culture in which others reaction to Jesus is positive.

  3. (56-58) Full enthusiasm for Christ does not automatically carry over into a lifetime of commitment. To endure and remain faithful through life’s challenges we must change our priorities.  

  4. (59-62) Deciding to follow Christ requires that we understand, as best as we can, what it will cost, and know that the demands can easily increase.

Luke 9:51-62

As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; 53 but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. 54 When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?”55 But Jesus turned and rebuked them. 56 Then he and his disciples went to another village.

The Cost of Following Jesus

57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”

58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

59 He said to another man, “Follow me.”

But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”

61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”

62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

Ross Judy
God Among Every Outcast

God Among Every Outcast

Sermon Notes

  1. (26-28) For some, the presence of God can be quite painful. For these folks, their negative view of God is all too often because of God’s people.  

  2. (29-31) To love someone, we must fully understand them. Anything else risks further harm. How many neighbors have we served without knowing them?

  3. (32-35) A truly loving Christian works within their limitations. This means, to do no harm, to really doing all we can; this means we must always redirect every circumstance, every bit of recognition, every conversation, and person. Everything, to God be the glory, who is with us always.

  4. (36-39) Honor Christ’s crucifixion. God didn’t go out of his way so that you can remain stuck in your own ways. With insurmountable love, God endures all things so that you, yes you, can endure through the discomfort of fully knowing and loving your neighbor. 

Luke 8:26-39

They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. 27 When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!” 29 For Jesus had commanded the impure spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places.

30 Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”

“Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him. 31 And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss.

32 A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs, and he gave them permission.33 When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.

34 When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, 35 and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 36 Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured. 37 Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them,because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.

38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.

Ross Judy
God Among Everybody

God Among Everybody

Sermon Notes

  1. (16-21) When you un-apologetically serve God, then you serve alongside God’s transformational power and that power may be perceived, by some, as a threat to their power

  2. (22-25) No excuses; the time, the setting, the people, the weather, something will always be imperfect. But that is the point! Knowing imperfection is precisely why you must act. In all circumstances, keep up your faithful practices. 

  3. (26-30) Should you or another fail in their duty; in the presence of God cloak yourself with grace. Then start again, you’ve been renewed; live within his glory and give glory to God! 

  4. (31-34) Give glory to God in the highest for he is worthy. Our God of grace is the great equalizer. When he is proclaimed lord of all, then nobody else may lord over you. Only then will we have liberty and justice for all. 

Acts 16:16-34

Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. 17 She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” 18 She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.

19 When her owners realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities. 20 They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar 21 by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.”

22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. 23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24 When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.

25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”

29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. 34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.

Ross Judy
God in Every Nation

God in Every Nation

Sermon Notes

  1. (1-4) Pentecost shows us how our successful proclamations of faith can feel inexplicable to us and yet it be undeniable that God gives the words with which to explain. 

  2. (5-6) It is God who equips his people and it is God who enables the breakthroughs that lead to an understanding of faith.

  3. (7-10) God’s grace is irresistible; it can overcome any border. However, this does not mean that anything goes. Rather, the grace of God is held accountable by the presence of God.

  4. (11-13) God is available in all places, to all people. Some let god’s availability transform them, while some will explain away the phenomenon…Accepting God’s call is your call.

Acts 2:1-13

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”

Ross Judy