November 29, 2015 // The Holy Ghost and His Gifts

Title of Message: The Holy Ghost and His Gifts

(Series:  “Ghost Stories”)

This morning we will be continuing in the series called Ghost Stories as we look to the supernatural and the third person of the trinity. We will see that God doesn’t just dwell in you…but the third person of the trinity has gifts for you.

Verses used:  1 Corinthians 12:1-31, John 7:37-39, James 1:17, Romans 12:6-8, Ephesians 4:4-13, Revelation 22:18-19.

Key verse:  1 Corinthians 12:1-11

1 Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

Sermon Notes:
1.     A spiritual gift is a supernatural capacity given to every believer by the Holy Ghost, after salvation for Christian service.

2.     A spiritual gift is something a Christian did not possess before becoming a Christian.

3.     This is what distinguishes a spiritual gift from a natural talent.

4.     All spiritual gifts given to the church by the Holy Spirit are equal in value!  All are important!

Some questions for your group this week:

1.     What was something you learned or what stood out to you from the sermon on Sunday?

2.     Do you have a clear sense of the spiritual gifts God has given you?  If you're not sure, review the gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12.  Which do you believe you have you received?

3.     How have you used your gift(s) for the common good?  For the Lord's work?

4.     How do the scriptures, in describing the various spiritual gifts, help you understand your place in the body of Christ, as well as our need for others?

5.     Using Pastor Frank's illustration of the over-flowing water, how do you interpret the Spirit's work in the same way?  How about in your own life?

6.     How can we be “stirring in” these verses into our lives this week?

November 22, 2015 // The Holy Ghost and Power

Title of Message: The Holy Ghost and Power

(Series: “Ghost Stories”)

This morning we will be continuing in the series called Ghost Stories as we look to the supernatural and the third person of the trinity. We will see that when you walk with the Holy Spirit in your life, you walk with a being of great power, the power to transform a life!

Verses used: Acts 4:1-31, Ephesians 1:13, Acts 1:6-8, 2 Timothy 1:7, Philippians 2:25-27, 2 Timothy 4:20, John 5:19, 1 Corinthians 12.

Key verse: Acts 4:1-31

The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. They seized Peter and John and, because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day. But many who heard the message believed; so the number of men who believed grew to about five thousand. The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and others of the high priest’s family. They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. Jesus is “‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together. “What are we going to do with these men?” they asked. “Everyone living in Jerusalem knows they have performed a notable sign, and we cannot deny it. But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn them to speak no longer to anyone in this name.” Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened. For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old. On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said,“ you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David: “‘Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed one. Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

Sermon Notes:

  1. There is a permanence of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
  2. There is an available filling of the Holy Spirit when believers submit to Him.
  3. Believers may lose the filling but never the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
  4. Why did God do this?
  5. What did God want to communicate to the Carrs by doing this miracle?
  6. Why did God wait to answer their prayers until their pastor prayed for them?
  7. Would God have done this if I/Pastor hadn’t prayed for them?

Some questions for your group this week:

  1. What was something you learned or what stood out to you from the sermon on Sunday
  2. From the story in Acts 4, what about the Holy Spirit is most striking to you?
    • How personal the Spirit is – “They were filled with the Holy Spirit.”
    • How inspiring the Spirit is – they became bold and courageous.
    • How powerful the Spirit is – the place literally shook.
  3. When you look at the life that you lived before the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, where have you seen the greatest change?
  4. As you recognize the changes in your life, how have you felt the “power” of the Holy Spirit leading and supporting you?
  5. In reviewing the sermon notes of Sunday, why do you think God performed a miracle in the life of the Carrs?
  6. What do you think God was trying to communicate to them by this miracle?
  7. Why do you think God waited to answer the prayers of the Carrs until after Pastor Frank prayed for them?
  8. Do you think God would have performed this miracle if Pastor Frank had not prayed for them?
  9. How can we be “stirring in” these verses into our lives this week?

Something to consider this week:

Ask yourself, “In what way do I most need the power of the Holy Spirit?”

  • For boldness in witnessing
  • For heat I take as a Christian
  • To pray more effectively
  • To believe that I can change
  • To empower me to make a difference in the world
  • To face my fear of _________________
  • Other

November 15, 2015 // The Holy Ghost and the Journey of Life

Title of Message: The Holy Ghost and the Journey of Life

(Series:  “Ghost Stories”)

Today’s message by Mike Cranford is the third message in the series Ghost Stories, a look at the supernatural and the third person of the trinity

Verses Used: Psalm 39:4, Galatians 5:16-25, 1 John 2:17, John 14:27

Key Verses: Galatians 5:16-25


1. The Holy Spirit desires holiness in the center of our lives. He contradicts our learned habits of disobedience.

2. The Holy Spirit doesn’t just tell us what to do. He leads us away from our sinful tendencies to the fruit of a life that is controlled by him.

3. The world is controlled by the flesh, and the result is self-destructive behavior. The world and its desires are not part of the kingdom of God.

4. The life which is controlled by the Holy Spirit will result in an experience of true fulfillment and a lifestyle of love and self-control.

5. If we have new life in the Spirit, our old life is gone. We should keep in step with the Spirit as he leads us to the things that last forever.


1. What was something you learned or what stood out to you from the sermon on Sunday?

2. Have you ever gone for a walk and gotten lost? What were you doing (or not doing) that led you to the wrong place?

3. When you were younger, did you intentionally break the rules set by your parents? If so, what motivated you to disobey?

4. Was there a time when you felt strongly led to do the right thing, and later you realized it was the Holy Spirit? How did you know?

5. When you look at the world, how are its priorities typified in television and the movies? How does this differ from what you actually see in people’s lives that live that way?

6. When you read the fruit of the Spirit in Gal. 5:22, which of these traits do you especially need more of in your life? What would it look like, if you had more of that trait?

7. When Paul writes that we need to keep in step with the Spirit (Gal. 5:25), what are some ways that you can pick up the pace?

November 8. 2015// The Holy Ghost In You

Title of Message:  The Holy Ghost In You

(Series:  “Ghost Stories”)

This morning we will be continuing in the series called Ghost Stories as we look to the supernatural and the third person of the trinity.  The Holy Ghost resides in us when we accept Jesus Christ, and that is an unbreakable seal that cannot be taken away.


Verses used:  Romans 8:5-16, Genesis 2:7, Psalm 51, Joel 2:28-29, John 14:15-17, Romans 5:1-2,  2 Corinthians 5:21, John 16:7, Acts 1:6-8, Acts 2:36-41, Jude 1:17-19, Ephesians 1:13.

Key verse:  Romans 8:5-16

5For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, 7because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, 8and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

9However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. 10If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

12So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— 13for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” 16The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God.

Sermon Notes:

1.      At the fall mankind became spiritually detached from God.

2.      They have become spiritually dead, separated from God.

3.      In the Old Testament the Holy Spirit abided with mankind and His power fell on some but the Holy Spirit never abided in mankind.

4.      Because the Holy Spirit is Holy.

5.      Jesus paid it all for us on the cross and paved the way for the Holy Spirit to dwell inside us once again!

6.      The Holy Spirit comes in you by faith when you accepted Jesus!

Some questions for your group this week:

1.      What was something you learned or what stood out to you from the sermon on Sunday?

2.      Can you describe how it feels to you to have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit?

3.      How at home are the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in your life?  Are they more like owners or temporary guests?

4.      What should we do with the knowledge that at the time of believing, we were then sealed with the Holy Spirit?  Who do you know who might find faith in the understanding of the believer’s guarantee of his salvation?

5.      Something to think about – how do you need the Spirit to help you?

6.      How can we be “stirring in” these verses into our lives this week?

November 1, 2015 // Who Is The Holy Ghost?

Title of Message:  Who Is The Holy Ghost?

(Series:  “Ghost Stories”)

This morning, we will be starting a new series called Ghost Stories as we look to the supernatural and the third person of the trinity. Is the Holy Ghost an “it” or a He?

Verses used: Acts 8:9-24, Isaiah 1:18, John 14:15-17, John 14:26, John 15:26, John 16:7-15, 1 Corinthians 4:1, Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Genesis 1:26-27, Matthew 28:18-19, Isaiah 48:12-16, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, Zechariah 4:6, Luke 4:14, Acts 1:6-8, 2 Timothy 1:7, 2 Peter 1:21, Mark 12:35-37.

Key verses:

John 14:15-17, John 14:26, John 15:26, John 16:7-15,

John 14:15-17

“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.

John 14:26

"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.

John 15:26

"When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness of Me.

John 16:7-15

"But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper shall not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. "And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin, and righteousness, and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you no longer behold Me; and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged. "I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come." He shall glorify Me; for He shall take of Mine, and shall disclose it to you. "All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said, that He takes of Mine, and will disclose it to you.

Sermon Notes:

1. The Holy Spirit is not an IT but a HE.

2. 20 times Jesus calls Him a PERSON. 

3. The Holy Ghost is the third PERSON of the trinity.

4. The Holy Spirit is associated with POWER! 

The Power of the Holy Spirit was active in the Old Testament in:

5. CREATION of the universe. (Gen 1:2)

6. FALLING upon people to do miraculous things. (Judges 14:6) 

7. INSPIRATION of the written Scripture. (2 Pet 1:21)

Some questions for your group this week:

1. What was something you learned or what stood out to you from the sermon on Sunday?

2. What has been your journey in trying to understand the person and the nature of the Holy Spirit?

3. When we think of the supernatural, we often conger up images of darkness rather than the light of the Holy Ghost. Do you have any “ghost stories” in your life where you felt you encountered darkness?

4. Regarding Halloween, how do you feel about its influence of the spirit of darkness?

5. What are your “Holy Ghost” stories?

6. What is the relationship of the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit to the believer? To each other?

7. John 16:8-11 names the various roles of the Holy Spirit. How would you paraphrase the goals of the Spirit’s work?

8. How can we be “stirring in” these verses into our lives this week?

October 25, 2015 // A Changed Sight

Title of Message:  A Changed Sight

(Series:  “Changed”)


This morning, we will be finishing our series called “Changed.”   We have been studying the Gospel of John and looking primarily at the people whose lives were changed by meeting Jesus.  Today we will be visiting a man born blind and how his encounter with Jesus changed his physical and spiritual sight forever!

Verses used:  Isaiah 29:18-19, John 8:12, John 9.

Key verses:  Isaiah 29:18-19, John 8:12, John 9:1-7.

Isaiah 29:18-19

18On that day the deaf will hear words of a book, And out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see.  19The afflicted also will increase their gladness in the Lord, And the needy of mankind will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.

John 8:12

12Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

John 9:1-7

1As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”  3“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”  6After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. 7“Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

Sermon Notes:

Look at his progression of understanding Jesus.

1.     A man called Jesus healed me, John 9:11

2.     He is a Prophet, verse 17

3.     He is from GOD. Not a false prophet but the real deal!  verse 33

4.     He is the Son of Man,  verse 35 (messianic title, Daniel 7)

5.     He is the LORD and he worships Him! verse 38

6.     The blind man in many ways represents all of mankind in that we are all born spiritually blind.

7.     This man also shows the way to the light of salvation and healing of our blindness by faith in Jesus.

Some Questions for your Group This Week:

1.   What was something you learned or what stood out to you from the sermon on Sunday?

2.     Name a time in your life when you were in a physically dark place; where was it and how did that make you feel?  Then share a time when you were in a spiritually or emotionally dark place, and how Jesus brought light to that situation.

3.     When you hear about another person’s misfortune, do you have a tendency to react like the disciples or Jesus?

4.     What do you see differently now that Jesus is in your life?

5.     If you didn’t have the chance to write on cardboard, what words would describe who you were before you met Jesus and what words would you use to identify how He has changed you?

6.     As we wrap up the series and you have reflected on how Jesus has “changed” you, how do you see God “changing” you into the future?

7.     How can we be “stirring in” these verses into our lives this week?


October 18, 2015 // Drop Your Rocks!

Title of Message:  Drop your Rocks!

(Series:  “Changed”)


We are continuing the series called “Changed” as we study the Gospel of John and look primarily to the people whose lives were changed by meeting Jesus.  Today we will be studying how the Jewish Religion back then dealt with sinners and how Jesus dealt with sinners.

Verses used:  John 8:1-11, Leviticus 20:10, Deuteronomy 22:22, Deuteronomy 17:6-7, Matthew 7:1-3, John 3:16-17

Key verse:  John 8:10-11

10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

11 “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Sermon Notes:


1.     Setting: It is common for Rabbis to bring their disciples to the temple courts and teach from there

2.     A crime was committed. That was not the proper venue for a judicial hearing. Jesus was not a civil magistrate. He had no jurisdiction in legal matters. Clearly this was mob action, a public lynching with an agenda.

3.     The religious leaders were not concerned about justice or the law. They did not even follow the proper legal proceeding. The law required both man and woman caught in adultery to be punished, or else there is no case. Where was the man? This clearly had an agenda and Jesus knew it.

4.     The agenda was a trap for Jesus. If Jesus said stone her, he would be violating Roman Law which prohibits capital punishment without the Roman governor’s approval. If he said no to stoning, he would be going against the Torah. Deuteronomy 22:22, Lev 20:10.

5.     No respectable Rabbi would side with an adulterer, let alone defend her. And yet Jesus did. Why?

Who was on trial?

·      In the eyes of the man, the woman was on trial.

·      In the eyes of God, the crowd was on trial.


Problems presented in the story

·      The crowd. The problem with public lynching is it’s never fair. Why? It has no rules. And they thought they could intimidate Jesus by their sheer numbers.

·      The religious leaders. The problem with religion is its propensity for control by using the fear of God as a means to manipulate and control people. Stoning is about fear and control. Conformity is motivated by fear, which leads to abuse.

·      The woman. She already knew the harshness of the punishment for adultery. Why did she do it?

·      Jesus. What was their problem with Jesus? The power of Religion rests upon the people’s fear. If the people no longer believe the religious leaders, they lose their power. Jesus was challenging their authority. They considered him a threat to their very existence, so they wanted to eliminate him.

What is the wrong way to judge?

·      When you look down on another person and place yourself above that person, thinking that you are better and they are inferior.

What is the right way to judge?

·      Look at the person with compassion and a desire to help, not condemn.


·      1.Whenever we judge others, we are on trial.

·      2. We who experienced redemption are not in a position to judge or condemn the world. Rather we are in a position to save it. John 3:16-17 

Some Questions for Your Group This Week:

1.     What was something you learned or what stood out to you from the sermon on Sunday?

2.     The woman caught in adultery was clearly guilty of the crime. What was wrong with the way the religious leaders handled her case?

3.     Grace is defined as undeserved favor. How was grace demonstrated in this passage? (John 8L1-11)

4.     Why do you think the crowd didn’t stone the woman?

5.     The ultimate act of grace is forgiveness. How did Jesus forgive the woman?

6.     How do show love and grace to people who are difficult to love? (Hint: begin with your own heart’s attitude!)

October 11, 2015 // A Changed Perspective of Jesus

A Changed Perspective of Jesus

(Series:  “Changed”)

This morning, we will be continuing our series called “Changed” as we study the Gospel of John and look primarily to the people whose lives were changed by meeting Jesus.  Today we will be studying how Jesus fed the multitude and in the process how His disciples’ were also changed by a deeper understanding of who Jesus is.

Verses used:  John 6:1-15, Genesis 49:9-10, 2 Samuel 7:12-14, Isaiah 9:1-2, 6-7, Matthew 14:21-33, Isaiah 52:13-15, 53:1-12, 1 Peter 1:10-11, Matthew 16.

Supporting Media:

Key verse:  John 6:14-15

14Therefore when the people saw the sign which He had performed, they said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.”  15So Jesus, perceiving that they were intending to come and take Him by force to make Him king, withdrew again to the mountain by Himself alone.

Sermon Notes:

Do you know of a man who was:

1.     High and lifted up exalted?

2.    Marred more than any man?

3.    Forsaken by his people?

4.   Pierced through, scourged for sins of others?

5.   Silent before his accusers.  Didn’t defend himself to be saved?

6.   Assigned death with wicked men…yet he was put in a    rich    man’s tomb?

7.    Called the Righteous One?  No one in the Old Testament was called righteousness...sinners, but this person is a Special person…sinless.

8.    In His death bears the sins of many!

9.   John 6 is also about Jesus identity and people struggling with their personal perspective of who he is supposed to be.

Some questions for your group this week:

1.     What was something you learned or what stood out to you from the sermon on Sunday?

2.     Why do you think Jesus did the feeding of the 5,000 in John 6?

3.     Why did the crowd want to make Jesus king (v.14)?

4.     Who and what do you think Jesus was praying for as he sent away the people and the disciples after this miracle (Matthew 14:23)?

5.     What does the prophesy in Isaiah 53 mean to you?

6.     In your own spiritual journey, how has your understanding/perceptions of Jesus changed over      the years, both before you became a believer and after?

7.    When Jesus comes again as a political Messiah (Isaiah 9, 11, Psalm 2) what do you look forward to most in His rule as King over all the earth?

8.    His coming again is coming. Are you ready?

9.    How can we be "stirring in" these verses into our lives this week?





October 4, 2015 // A Changed Identity

A Changed Identity

Series: Changed

Verses used: John 5:1-18, John 1:12, 1 John 3:1, John 5:18-47, John chapters 1-5.

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Key verse: John 5:1-18

Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat." But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pickup your mat and walk.’ ” So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?” The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there. Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well. So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

Sermon Notes:

  1. This chapter is about identity.

  2. It is primarily about the identity of Jesus.

  3. A Christian is not simply a person who gets forgiveness ,

  4. ...who gets to go to heaven ; who gets the Holy Spirit.

  5. A Christian, in terms of their deepest identity, is a child of God!

  6. Being a Christian is not just getting something ; it is being someone!

  7. Being born again means becoming someone who is very different to what he/she was _ before.

Some questions for your group this week:

  1. What was something you learned or what stood out to you from the sermon on Sunday?

  2. Why do you think Jesus asked the lame man if he wanted to get well?

  3. From the lame man’s response, what did he not understand about Jesus?

  4. Why do you think Jesus chose this man to heal? Why did Jesus not heal the others there who were sick or crippled?

  5. The Jews sought to kill Jesus for 2 things that He did. What were they?

  6. What was your identity in your High school/college years? How did people see you?

  7. How do you think people see your identity now?

  8. When did you really begin to see yourself the way God sees you as his child? What has your journey in heavenly identity been like?

  9. Do you know of anyone who needs healing but is so discouraged they’ve given up hope? What could you do, as Jesus did, to help build their faith?

  10. How can we be “stirring in” these verses into our lives this week?

Something to ponder:

Jesus asked the lame man a fair question, “Do you want to be healed?” Today, we all have issues in our life that need healing. What areas of healing would you like to see Jesus to do in your life?

September 27, 2015// Ready for a Surprise


Ready for a Surprise

We are continuing our new series called “Changed” as we study the Gospel of John and look primarily to the people in the book whose life was changed by meeting Jesus.  We will be looking at a woman who was empty and hopeless because of her sin, but was changed by her meeting with Jesus.

Verses used:  John 4:1-42.

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Key verses:  John 4:1-26

1 Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3 So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee. 4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?” 13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” 17 “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” 21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” 26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

Sermon Notes:

1.     She was ready for a surprise (John 4:1-9)

She was not expecting who Jesus was, the gift he brought, or the future he had planned for her.

2.     She needed a new hope (John 4:10-18)

She was trapped in her sin and the disappointment of her failed dreams, and had no options left.

3.     She found a new purpose (John 4:19-26)

In place of her own plans she was free to worship in Spirit and in truth, to become the kind of person that the Father was seeking.

4.     God has a surprise for all of us, who are tired of our failure and disappointment, and thirst for a drink of the living water. (John 4:27-4) 

Some questions to ponder this week:

1.     What is the best surprise you’ve ever received? What made it a surprise?

2.     Do you picture the woman at the well as young or old? Why?

3.     Why do you think Jesus revealed that he is the Messiah to this woman when he keeps this hidden from most people?

4.     What things in this story surprise you about how Jesus speaks to this woman?

5.     What lesson do you think Jesus’ disciples learned from what happened with the Samaritans?

6.     In what ways has Jesus reached out to you like he did the woman at the well?

7.     What wells have you drunk from in life that promised you satisfaction but left you empty?

8.     What are some areas that you need more of the Holy Spirit to help guide you in your life? How would this change you?

9.     What are some ways God is calling you to worship him in Spirit and in truth?

September 20, 2015 // A Changed Intellectual


A Changed Intellectual

Verses used:  John 3:1-18, Acts 26:22-25, John 7:45-52, John 19:38-40, Ephesians 1:13.

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Key verses:  John 3:1-18

1Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”  3Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” 4How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked, “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!” 5Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 8The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” 9“How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.

John 3:1-18 continued:

10“You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11Very truly I tell you, we speak (John the Baptist) of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. 14Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

16For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

Some questions to ponder this week:

1.     What was something you learned or what stood out to you from the sermon on Sunday?

2.     What were you first told about where babies come from, and how old were you?

3.     Why do you think Nicodemus came to Jesus at night?  And why do you think Jesus was so direct with him?

4.     Nicodemus, as an intellectual, came to Jesus with questions.  What questions have you brought to Jesus in your life?

5.     Do you think Nicodemus’ encounter with Jesus affected him?  Changed him?  In what ways?

6.     We know from John 3 that we are born empty and separated from God.  Jesus says we need to be born again of the Spirit.  What does this mean to our lives?

7.     Where are you right now in the birthing process of spiritual life – Not yet conceived?  Kicking and screaming?  Walking in the flesh?  or Growing daily?

8.     How can we be “stirring in” these verses into our lives this week with the intellectual curiosity of Nicodemus?


September 13, 2015 // The Source of Change


Verses used: John 1:1-5, John 1:9-14, John 1:16-18, Psalm 139:13-14, John 8:56-58, Acts 17:28b.

When you read the Gospel of John you will read about the lives of people meeting Jesus and their lives changing. Join us as this series opens and together we explore how Jesus changes lives, then and now.

Key verses:

John 1:1-5 New International Version (NIV) 

(1) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.(2) He was with God in the beginning.(3) Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.(4) In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.(5) The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

John 1:9-14 New International Version (NIV)

(9) The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.(10) He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.(11) He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.(12) Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—(13) children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.(14) The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. 

John 1:16-18 New International Version (NIV)

(16) Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.(17) For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.(18) No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

1.The Word of God is Jesus .

2.Jesus Christ shares God the Father’s eternity .

3.There never was when He was not.

4.He is the Creator and Source of all life, physical, emotional, and especially spiritual! 

Some questions to ponder this week:

1.What was something you learned or what stood out to you from the sermon on Sunday?

2.Why do you think the Gospel of John begins with “in the beginning” instead of with the birth of Jesus?

3.Of these titles for Jesus (the Word, the Light, the Christ, the Son of God), which holds the most meaning for you? Which ones connect with you the most?

4.Through belief in Jesus and receiving Him into our lives we’ve been given the right to become children of God. How does this amazing relationship with your Creator influence the way you view yourself? How do you think it should?

5.Can you identify some of the most significant ways this “agent/source of Change” has impacted your life? Share one or two of these with your group.

6.Who has Jesus used to help affect this change in your life?

7.How can we be “stirring in” these verses into our lives this week?

August 31, 2015 // Missions For His Glory: When We Are Weak, He Is Strong

Woodbridge Community Church partners with churches in the Philippines. Each year we spend a few weeks visiting them. 

1) God desires a broken and a contrite heart - a humble heart. 

  • "My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart You, God, will not despise."  -Psalm 51:17 (NIV) 

2) Prayer is essential to Christian living

  • "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."

-Ephesians 6:13 (NIV) 

  • And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lords people.

-Ephesians 8:18 (NIV) 


August 23, 2015 // His Coming Is Coming: The Rapture

The Rapture

Our world today is looking more and more like the world the Scriptures said it’s supposed to look like before Jesus returns! This morning we will be looking into the mystery that surrounds His return and what is next on the prophetic calendar, the rapture of the church.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (NIV)
16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Some questions to ponder this week:

1.     What was something you learned or what particularly stood out to you from the sermon on Sunday?

2.     How does God’s patience benefit us?  What frustrations does God’s patience produce?

3.     Close your eyes and try to imagine being “caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”  Can you sense the joy, relief and love for what the Savior has done for us?

4.     How does it make you feel to think of being part of what happens when “the trumpet will sound?”  (1 Corinthians 15:52)   How does the hope of the Resurrection comfort you?

5.     When you think of the mystery of the 2nd coming of Jesus, why do you think he lets us to know somethings about His coming again but he leaves other questions unanswered?

6.     What motivates us to “stand firm” in these days?  Is it fear?  God’s anger?  Worry of being left out?  Love from God?  Love for God?

7.     What do you need to do in your life to be better prepared for Christ’s return?

August 16, 2015 // Christ for All Cultures

Christ for All Cultures

 Ephesians 2:11-22

11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

I.               Christ is the Redeemer of All Cultures vs.11-13

II.              Christ is the Reconciler of All Cultures vs.14-18

III.            Christ is the Ruler of All Cultures vs.19-22

IV.            As followers of Christ, what is our responsibility to the world?

August 9, 2015 // His Coming is Coming: More Signs of His Return

His Coming is Coming;

More Signs of His Return

Verses used:  Ezekiel 37:1-14, Matthew 24, Luke 21, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3, Revelation 11:17-18,  Daniel 12:1-4, 2 Peter 3:3-5a.

Brothers and sisters, again I remind you that we are living in amazing days; days where prophecies are being fulfilled at an alarming rate!  Today let’s look together at the Old and New Testament scriptures that point to the signs of the time; signs we see being played out right before us.  We are living in special days.  His coming is coming.

Key verse:  Ezekiel 37:1-14, New International Version (NIV)

The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2 He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. 3 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”  I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”

4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! 5 This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. 6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”

7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.

9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.

11 Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13 Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. 14 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.’”

1.     The bones are identified as the whole house of Israel.

2.     The bones being dry indicates that the nation had been dead for a long time.

3.     The bones coming back to life represents Israel who had been nonexistent as a people on their own land and scattered throughout the nations.

4.     The reborn bodies picture Israel’s ultimate National restoration in their land in

the end times.

5.     God doing this is a sign to the world that they should believe in Him!

6.     How about a cry for peace and safety in the land of Israel?

7.     That the Gospel will be preached to all the nations.

8.     Earth being destroyed

  1. Increase of information.
  2. An increase of atheism.

Some questions to ponder this week:

1.     Have you ever seen a skeleton?  Was it real or imitation?  How did it make you feel?

2.     Now imagine a valley full of dry bones.  What do you think is the significance of their dryness?

3.     Why do you think God used two steps in raising the dead bones?

4.     How do you think the Jewish nation feels about this scripture in Ezekiel?

5.     Understanding the fulfillment of these prophesies, can you truly sense that “His coming is coming?”  What do you want to re-think or do differently in light of this reality?

August 2, 2015 // His Coming is Coming: A Nation is Reborn

His Coming is Coming:

A Nation is Re-born

 Verses focused on: Matthew 24:1-14, New International Version (NIV)

Verses used:  Isaiah 11:11-12, Isaiah 43:5-6, Ezekiel 37:21, Amos 9:14-15, Jeremiah 16:14-15, Luke 21:20-24. 

Brothers and sisters we are living in amazing days; days where prophecies are being fulfilled at an alarming rate!  Let’s look together at a miracle of the Bible that is being played out in our time – involving the Jewish people, the re-birth of the Jewish nation and its relevance to the second coming of Christ!

Key verse:  Matthew 24:1-14, New International Version (NIV)

¹Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. 2“Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”

3As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

4Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8All these are the beginning of birth pains.

9“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. 15So when you see standing in the holy place the abomination that causes desolation, spoken of through the prophet Daniel, let the reader understand—

1.     Jesus said the world will be worse before His return, not better!

What did we read?

2.     The Jewish people will be forced out of their land twice.  Isaiah 11:11

3.     The second time they are deported they will be brought back from all the nations;

the four corners of the earth.  Isaiah 43:5-6

4.     They will once again live in their land of Israel.  Ezekiel 37:21

5.     They will rebuild their cities.  Amos 9:14

6.     They will not be taken out of it again!  Amos 9:15

7.     God will be praised and remembered more for this miracle than in the days of  Moses.  Jeremiah 16:14-15

8.     Jesus says temple will be gone and the people will be gone.  Matthew 24/Luke 21

9.     And the Temple will return and people will return before he comes again.  Matthew 24

Some questions to ponder this week:

1.     Hearing this sermon today, what does this mean to us as New Testament Christians?

2.     When you think of Christ’s return and the joy of Him coming again, are you also burdened for your friends and family who don’t yet know Him?  Let’s pray for their salvation and that God will give us opportunities to share the love of Jesus.

3.     What should we do to ensure our love does not grow cold during this described time of wickedness?

4.     If you could ask Jesus one question about the end of the world, what would you ask?

July 26, 2015 // His Coming Is Coming: Patience Running Thin

His Coming is Coming;

Patience Running Thin

 Verses focused on: 2 Peter 3:3-10, New International Version (NIV)

Verses used:  Matthew 23:13-15, Revelation 22:20, Acts 17:31, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Ezekiel 30:3,      Isaiah 13:6, Luke 4:14-21, Genesis 18:16-25, Matthew 24.

There is a balancing act going on in Heaven right now between 1) the patience of God and His desire for the redemption of humanity, and 2) His holiness and righteousness … and how one day He as a judge will have to act!

Key verse:

2 Peter 3:3-10, New International Version (NIV)

3Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” 5But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

8But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

10But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.


         1.    One verse in 25 deals with the Lord’s return. 

2.     The Lord’s coming is mentioned 318 times in 260 chapters.

3.     Of the    27    books of the New Testament, the coming of Jesus is mentioned in all but 4.

4.     The phrase ‘day of the Lord’ is found    14    times in the Old Testament and    5    times in the New Testament.

5.     The day of the Lord is an extended period of time of God’s judgment on the Earth beginning with the tribulation and including the events of the second coming of Jesus.

Some questions to ponder this week:

1.     If you were in charge of the world’s clock, would you slow it down or speed it up?  Why?

2.     How grateful are you for yourself, your family and the ones you love that God is patiently waiting, “not wanting anyone to perish?”

3.     Taking a step further to 2 Peter 3:11, God lets us know that everything will be destroyed and Peter asks, “what kind of people ought you to be?”  In light of that, how much passion should we invest in our need to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord?

4.     For next week look forward to Pastor Frank teaching on the amazing modern-day miracle that points to the Lord’s return!

July 19, 2015 // Jesus' Definition of Marriage

Jesus' Definition of Marriage

The reason we are here as a church is to help people, all people; people of every nation, tribe and language, to meet – know – and follow Jesus.  If He is the prophesied one; if he is the Messiah; if He is the fullness of deity dwelling in bodily form that died on the cross for our sins and arose from the grave, then we should receive Him into our lives and follow Him.  But how do we follow Jesus into this decision of the Supreme Court on gay marriage?

What would Jesus do?

What would Jesus say?

 Key verse:

Matthew 19:1-8, New International Version (NIV)

¹When Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went into the region of Judea to the other side of the Jordan. 2 Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.

3 Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?”

4 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

7 “Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?”

8 Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning.

1.     Jesus’ definition of marriage is that  marriage is a covenant relationship between one man and one woman.

2.     “Divorce is the  dissolution of a marriage."

3. A good definition of Sin is to miss the mark.

4.     Jesus felt sad about this decision.

5.    God's laws are not restrictive but protective.


What should we do as followers of Jesus about this decision?

1.     Be prepared to receive the expected refugees of this sexual revolution.

a.     Love the sinner hate the sin.

2.     Be sober minded that we are on the mission field and this world in not our home.

Some questions to ponder this week:

1.     Do you think God approves of gay marriage?

2.     Do the laws of God apply to non-believers?

3.     How does it make you feel reading God’s response in Romans 1:26, when it says, “God gave them over to shameful lusts”?

4.     What roles do God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit play in setting people free and how does the Spirit help us fight our battles?

5.     As Christians and believers in the authority of God’s Word, how can we show gay friends, neighbors, family and the community at large the love of Christ and still hold to the truth?