Committed to the Church

Sermon Title – Committed To the Church

Sermon Text – Romans 12:3-7

Sermon Audio and Video

Speaker – Pastor Doug

Sermon Outline

Know Who You Are – Romans 12:3

You Are Part of a Collective – Romans 12:4-5

You Are Needed – Romans 12:6-7

Study Questions

  • Respond to this statement, “The commitment to  God is made manifest through to a commitment to the church.”
  • When you hear that you are a part of a people that have been gathering, worshiping, and serving the same God, well before the coming of Christ, how does that make you feel?
  • Why is the concept of community given so much attention in scripture, both old testament and new testament?
  • What do you expect out of your local church? Are you there for the church, or is the church there for you?
  • What are your spiritual gifts? Are you currently using them in your local church?
  • What is preventing you from using your gifts to serve in the church?
  • Are you truly a part of the local church if you are not serving in your gifts? Explain your answer.

Where do your loyalties lie?

My wife asked me last night, why has this latest shooting has impacted me more than the others.  I was not sure of the answer then. I told her that I cannot fathom the incompetency of all levels of government that took place. From the Sheriffs department not going in, to the FBI not taking care of this before it happened. We had an agreement between the school and the Sheriffs department so that the kids would not get arrested for things like assault, drugs among other things.

Since this has happened, we have had kids telling the adults how to handle the situation. We have had adults shouting them down that say they have a right to buy a gun. We also have adults cheering on their wisdom, while saying you’re not mature enough for a gun. I have seen people on both sides screaming and it is driving me crazy.

It has been easy for me to be caught up in the frenzy that is happening around our country. I have my opinions on gun control as well as a lot of other topics. But in praying about this this morning, or at least my reaction to it, I have a growing concern. I feel as believers, we have become way more loyal to a cause, a party and a nation than we are our Lord. We will watch the news, cheer on our political parties, post about them on social media everyday. How many of us can say we spend a tenth of the time in the word of God or in prayer speaking to him?

I have a solution, for the Christian and then for the rest of the nation. This is the opposite as you might think. I hear people always quoting 1 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face. Then I will hear from heaven, I will forgive their sins and I will heal their land.” Please do not begin screaming that at the people on the other side of the political isle than you. It is those who are called by his name. He is talking to us as believers. We must repent. Repent of our idol worship of nation and party. Is it wrong to love our nation? Absolutely not, but it cannot be our God.

We must repent, be about God and his will. We must disciple young believers into what it really means to be a follower of Jesus. We must be about more than church on Sunday morning and then whatever we want the rest of the week.

My solution for the rest of the country is actually an action for the believer as well. Go and make disciples. A biggest part of this problem we are facing is due to the lack of fathers in the homes of children. Christian men, you must stand in the gap. If you know children that are in need of a father, or a spiritual father, step up!

None of this is easy. None of this will happen by passing new laws, and none of this will happen quickly.

Committed Week 1

Sermon Title – Committed To God

Sermon Audio and Video (Sorry the video is sideways, but I cannot fire my son)

Sermon Text – Proverbs 16:2-3

Speaker – Pastor Doug

Sermon Outline

Comprehensive Devotion – Proverbs 16:2; Matthew 22:37

Unwavering Loyalty – Proverbs 16:3A; Joshua 24:15

Radical Abandon – Proverbs 16:3B

Supporting Scripture – 1 John 1:9; 1 Chronicles 7:14 We have forgiveness      for our lack of commitment.

Study Questions

  • What does somebody who is totally committed to God look like?
  • Would you consider yourself to be a truly committed to God? Explain.
  • What spiritual topics do you hear Christians in your circle debate as most important? Why are these topics often argued?
  • What are some spiritual practices done on a regular basis you do without thinking about it?
  • Describe a time you had the opportunity to take a stand for your faith and you faithfully took it.
  • Describe a time you had the opportunity to take a stand for your faith and you did not take it.
  • What are some of the cultural idols in your life that inhibit your total commitment to God?
  • How does the radical testimony of the first disciples differ from your understanding of what it means to follow Jesus?
  • What specific thing is most difficult for you to imagine “leaving behind” for sake of following Jesus?

Grow Up!

I am very tired… Tired of everyone acting like a child. We call names and point fingers when things go wrong just like when we were little. In fact, this has been happening ever since Eve ate the fruit. She gave it to Adam and he ate. When God came and asked Adam what he did, he pointed to Eve, that woman that you gave me. Eve blamed Satan. Here we are all these years later, still pointing fingers.

Their are people still grieving the death of seventeen people in Parkland, FL. It has been 10 days of so and all that I hear are excuses, some good one liners and a lot of finger pointing. So if I may, I am going to sit you down and give you a talking to. The way that my dad used to do when I was a child and misbehaved, as children often do. I feel I must do this because most everybody is acting like a child.

I have heard bashing of the NRA and now companies are separating themselves from them and people cheer. I have heard the AR15 blamed as if this magical machine is the most advanced weapon on the planet. I heard a news commentator even blame the AR15 as to why the four cops did not run in to save the kids. The shooter had this rifle, all the cops had was a handgun. All my friends that are on the right side of the political isle are cheering right now.  Getting excited that this may be a bashing on the more liberal part of the political spectrum. All I hear from the political right is it is never the gun, the FBI failed, the Sheriff failed. But very little of what I hear is how this guy is the one to actually blame. Regardless of what the authorities did or did not do, regardless of what weapon he used, this young man chose to kill these people, and desired to kill more. Saying that he has some mental problems is writing off the real problem as I see it.

The problem as I see it is not the weapon used, it is not the authorities, it is the decline of the family unit. I wrote a letter to the president this last week. I have never done that before. I do not know if he will ever actually see it, but I felt compelled to send it just the same. All of the so called solutions that we are coming up with right now will make no difference if we do not understand and fix the root problem of this evil that is living in our country. I read a study by Yale University that said in 1964 less than 10% of children were born into a fatherless home. In 2014, fifty years later, that number has risen to 40% and it continues to rise today. There is study after study that show the benefits of being raised in a two parent home.  I have heard things like white privilege, and male privilege, but I never hear anyone shouting two parent privilege.

While all my Christian brothers and sisters are shouting “AMEN!” let me remind you of something. We are the ones that are to stand in the gap. We are not to sit by and point our fingers telling them how sinful they are in their divorce, or having children out wedlock. Be the salt and light that Jesus called you to be. Take that giant plank out of your eye and get involved. I am really shouting this at the men of the church. You see these kids that do not have father, go to them, be a father figure to them. Show them what a true man of God looks like, how they act. Men it is time to step up and be the men that God has called you to be. Begin discipling these young men. Bring them into your home and let them experience that love of God.

Christians, it is time to grow up! Be the hands and feet of Jesus.


Puzzled Week 2

Sermon Title – Our Faith in Puzzling Times
Sermon Text – 1 Corinthians 13:12; Matthew 14:22-33; 1 Peter 1:6-7 Speaker – Pastor Doug
Sermon Outline

We Rejoice – 1 Peter 1:6a; 1 Peter 1:3-5
Necessary Trials – 1 Peter 1:6b; 1 Peter 4:19
Our Test and Reward – 1 Peter 1:7; 1 Peter 5:4; Revelation 4:10-11

Study Questions

  • –  How have you seen God use the storms in your life as a footpath toward Him?
  • –  Share a time when you felt abandoned by God in the midst of a storm. How did God ultimately show you that He was with you?
  • –  What storms are you rowing against right now? How will you keep your faith strong during these storms?
  • –  If needed, include one or more of these Scriptures and questions to extend your conversation.

    • Read and discuss Matthew 14:22-33.

  • –  Doug said “Sometimes God will calm the storm in your soul before He calms the storm of your circumstance.”

    • How have you experienced the truth of this statement?
    • What storms have you endured that God used to stretch the depths of your faith? • What things cause you to doubt and waver in your faith?
    • How would you rate the level of your faith in God currently?
    • Where is your faith strong and where might it be weak?

Puzzled Week 1

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Sermon Audio

Sermon Title – Puzzling Circumstances

Sermon Text – 1 Corinthians 13:12; Matthew 11:2-6

Speaker – Pastor Doug

Sermon Outline

Our Circumstances do Not Change His Sovereignty – Matt 11:2

In the Doubts of Today, We Trust in His Tomorrow – Matt 11:3-6

Supporting Scripture – Hebrews 12:1-2; Isaiah 35:4-6; Luke 3

Study Questions

  • What puzzle in your life are you trying to solve? Where do the pieces seem to not fit together?
  • Think of a painful experience from your past. Looking back, how did God use this pain for your benefit?
  • What steps will you take to focus less on the doubts of today and trust more in God’s tomorrows?
  • Read and discuss 1 Corinthians 13:12, Matthew 11:1-11, and Ecclesiastes 3:11.
  • What doubts do you struggle with most? How have these doubts affected you?
  • In what situations do you find it most difficult to fully trust God?
  • How have you seen God’s timing be different from your own?
  • How have you experienced God’s goodness during difficult situations?

Jesus Focused Life Week 4

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Sermon Audio

Sermon Title – The Jesus Focused Life in Action

Sermon Text – Colossians 1:28-29

Speaker – Pastor Doug

Sermon Outline

  • The Proclamation – Colossians 1:28a; Matthew 28:19-20 – To Proclaim Jesus is not simple evangelism, but discipleship
  • The Purpose – Colossians 1:28b; Ephesians 4:11-14 – The Purpose is to resent everyone mature in Christ. This is the responsibility of every believer.
  • The Breakdown – Colossians 1:29; Acts 1:8 – We do not disciple because we attempt the Christian life in our own power and strength and because we have not been discipled.

Study Questions

  • Take an honest look at your life. What is it that you are really proclaiming?
  • What in your life needs to change for Christ being the main thing that you proclaim?
  • What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?
  • Are you currently meeting with a more mature believer to further your walk with Christ?
    • Are you meeting with a new believer that you are helping to bring closer to the Lord?
    • If no to both or either of these, what is preventing you?
  • Pastor Doug said, “Discipleship is the biggest breakdown in the church today. It is the biggest breakdown in our church.”
    • What would cause this to be the case?
    • How do we reverse this?

Jesus Focused Life Week 3

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Sermon Title – The Boldness of the Way

Sermon Text – John 14:1-6

Speaker – Pastor Doug

Sermon Outline

  • The Boldness in Making the Statement – John 14:6; Isaiah 38:5 – He claims that He, and He alone, can link sinful man to a holy God
  • The Boldness in the Truth – Galatians 3:1; Matthew 16:18 – We can be bold, standing on the truth that Jesus is the messiah.
  • The Boldness in Life – Acts 4:19-20; 29 – This is our life, living and proclaiming the gospel.

Study Questions

  • Why would the disciples need this talk about trusting Jesus?
  • Why do we need that reminder?
  • Jesus calls for intimacy with him, what does that mean?
  • Are you intimate with Jesus?
  • What could you do to be closer to Jesus?
  • Jesus said, “I am the way.”
    • What danger did he face?
    • Does it require the same amount of boldness for us to proclaim that Jesus is the only way?
      • Why or Why not?
        • If not, why do we not proclaim this truth more?
        • If yes, how do we gain this boldness? Read Acts 4:13-31

Jesus Focused Life Week 2… Rediscover Jesus

Sermon Title – Rediscovering Jesus; Audio Version, Video Version

Sermon Text – Luke 10:38-42

Sermon Outline

  1. Our Religion – Luke 10:38-40a – Politeness with God, and no intimacy with God
  2. Our Question – Luke 10:40b – Do you care at all?
  3. Our Relationship – Luke 10:41-42 – Are you in love with Jesus? Supporting Scripture – Genesis 2:25 & Revelation 21:3

Study Questions

  • Consider Luke 10:38–42. The Bible emphasizes the importance of devotion and activity. Isaiah 40:31 suggests that waiting on God gives strength to act. In Luke 10:2 the active laborers were to pray for more people to join in the harvest. In Exodus 17:9–11, Moses prayed as Joshua fought. How can we achieve the right balance?*
  • ‘Lord, do you not care …?’ (v. 40). How often is this cry heard in Scripture? See, for instance, Psalm 10:1; and Mark 4:38. Do we say this today?*
  • Today, at meals and social gatherings, is it wrong to be discussing spiritual things when others are working hard to serve us? How does Mary’s example guide us?*
  • If you are like Martha, are you a victim of your circumstances?
  • Are you like Mary, excited to be sitting at the feet of our Lord? What is stopping you? Do you need to change habits? For example, if the house is to busy, do you need to wake up a half hour earlier to spend time with the Lord before the business of the day catches you?

*Study questions from “Opening Up the Book of Luke.”

Jesus Focused Life Week 1 Questions

Sermon Series – The Jesus Focused Life

Sermon Title – The Question

Speaker – Pastor Doug

Sermon Text – John 6:60-71

Sermon Outline –

    1. The Hard Teaching
      1. John 6:60-61
    2. Where He Was Before
      1. John 6:62-63
      2. John 1:1-3
      3. Philippians 2:5-6
      4. Colossians 1:17
    3. What About You
      1. John 6:66-69
      2. 1 Timothy 2:4
      3. Romans 5:6-8

Questions – Read John 6

  1. What blessings do I expect from Jesus this year?
    1. What blessings do I deserve?
    2. Why do I expect them?
  2. In John 6, why were the people chasing Jesus?
    1. Are you chasing Jesus? Why?
  3. Describe how big God is in you view.
  4. Where was Jesus prior to his birth?
  5. Where is Jesus now?
  6. What does it mean for you today, to know that Jesus is alive and on the throne?
  7. Will you leave Jesus also?
  8. Is Jesus everything to you?
  9. What does a life look like, that puts Jesus above everything else?
    1. Does your life look like this?
    2. What do you need to change for you life to look like that?