How to Worship
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How to Worship

Sermon Notes

  1. (7-10) Seek first the kingdom of God; be sure, cover yourself, to live without a doubt. You can be certain when God has evidently moved your faith to action.   

  2. (11-12) The issue is not so much about your identity, but rather, it is how you relate to God and one another.

  3. (13-15) The good news is not a set of restrictions; it is deliverance to eternal freedom! It is something we can sample and see now in our recreation, re-creation, and rejoicing together!

  4. (16-17) We are called to live a life of worship: in every word and deed seek harmony. Every day, strive for peace; live united in Christ!

Colossians 3:7-17

You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do,whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Ross Judy
How to Pray with Purpose
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How to Pray with Purpose

Sermon Notes

  1. (5-6) To pray is to intentionally speak to our God who, through his gracious acts, is building his kingdom for our sake and full accommodation.

  2. (7-8) A ‘Good’ prayer does not require flowery language: rather, it is spoken from the heart; a ‘good’ prayer holds and transforms our focus.   

  3. (9-11) To pray is to also remember and uplift others whenever we seek God’s power to overcome.

  4. (12-15) The core elements of prayer: revering God, obeying God, recognizing needs, seeking redemption, offering and receiving forgiveness

Matthew 6:5-15

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from the evil one.’

14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Ross Judy
How to Approach and Apply Scripture
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How to approach and apply Scripture

Sermon Notes

  1. (15-18) Study scripture as a whole: nobody and no verse stands alone. Selective readings deny the unity of God’s word and this reveals how you only believe in yourself.

  2. (19) Don’t lose the forest among the trees: God’s word unfolds among many voices and cultures. Seek to understand his word with others.

  3. (20-22) Encountering God in his word is not a matter of our ability but rather our intentions. God’s revelations are for anyone who seeks righteousness.

  4. (23-26) Jesus has received our punishment so that we can focus on our recovery.  Therefore, be gentle: we are all trying to find our way to the truth. Bring light to their path.   

2 Timothy 2:15-26

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have departed from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”

20 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. 21 Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.

22 Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.25 Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.

Ross Judy
Stewardship of Self

Stewardship of Self

Sermon Notes

  1. (19-20) Do not spend your life building a deteriorating estate, instead seek the security of an eternal estate.

  2. (21-23) Securing your estate requires a change in what you value most: redirect your primary focus and the rest will follow.

  3. (24) God or material things: you can only place your trust into one of these. Which one has been more faithful to you?

  4. (25-27) Don’t spend your whole life concerned for yourself. Instead, have far greater concern for others

Matthew 6:19-27

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

Ross Judy