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Man Overboard! – Jonah

December 10, 2017 – “A Question of Compassion”  In Jonah 4, we find the most successful preacher of his day angry enough to die after his greatest triumph, because God had done in Nineveh exactly what Jonah had suspected he would do.  In this final chapter, God presented two arguments to teach Jonah about compassion, the same two arguments that still hold for us who have received God’s compassion in Christ.

December 3, 2017 – “Second Chance”  In Jonah 3, we find that God did not give up on Jonah or on the people of Nineveh, which encourages us to believe that he has not given up on us either.  Upon hearing Jonah’s preaching of impending destruction, the Ninevites surprised everyone by believing God and turning from their sins to him.  According to Jesus, they became an example for later generations of what it means to repent.  God’s response to them is also an example of how he treats all who turn from sin to him with faith.

November 26 – “One Way Out”  In Jonah 2, we take a break from the narrative to read a poem of thanksgiving that Jonah prayed when he was detained for three days and three nights.  It turns out that the fish that swallowed Jonah was God’s appointed means not for Jonah’s destruction but for his rescue.  By surviving his brush with death, Jonah learned an important lesson that we all must learn.

November 19 – “I Won’t Go”  In Jonah 1, we meet the Israelite prophet who preferred to flee rather than obey the Lord’s call to do something new, surprising, and unpleasant, namely, go preach to the Ninevites, the mortal enemies of the Israelites.  However, God did not give up on Jonah, or, as we shall see, on the Ninevites, or on us.

 

Parents and Children

November 12 – “Priorities for Parents” from Ephesians 6:4 and Deuteronomy 6. All families develop customs that reflect their priorities. Today we look at three biblical priorities for parents to establish and maintain in their family customs so that it may go well for our children throughout their lives.

 

November 5, 2017 – “Three Stages of Parenting” from Ephesians 6:1-3, Proverbs 1:1-9, and Genesis 2:24, we put together an overall structure for parenting: the first stage of teaching first-time obedience, the second stage of teaching wisdom, and the third stage of independence. In every stage, both our children and we need to rely on God’s grace as the process exposes the bent of our hearts.

 

Reformation Anniversary – Essential Truths Rediscovered

October 29, 2017 – “Only God’s Glory” from Ephesians 2:1-14.  In the conclusion to our Reformation Anniversary series, we ask a practical question: What is the purpose of our existence?  It turns out that we must first understand the purpose of God’s existence to find our own, and when we do, it filters down into every aspect of our lives.

 

October 22, 2017 – “Only Christ” from I Timothy 2:1-7.  Last week we saw that we access God’s rescuing grace by faith alone, but faith in whom or what?  The fourth essential truth coming out of the Reformation is summarized in the motto, “Christ Alone.”

 

October 15, 2017 – “Only Faith” from Romans 4:1-8.  If God by his sheer grace intervened in history to rescue us from all that threatens us, how do we respond in order to receive his grace and enter into a right relationship with him?  The third essential truth that came out of the Reformation is “Sola Fide” or “Only Faith.”

 

October 8, 2017 – “Only Grace” from Ephesians 2:1-10. The second essential truth that came to the fore in the Reformation 500 years ago is “Sola Gracia” or “Only Grace.”  While “Only Scripture” answers the question of what is the infallible word of God for us, “Only Grace” answers the question of why God intervened on humanity’s behalf by sending his Son.  Ephesians 2.1-10 Family Sheet

 

October 1, 2017 – “God Has Spoken” from II Timothy 3:16-17 and II Peter 1:19-21.  In recognition of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, during October, we are doing a five-part series that covers the “solas” or the “onlys” that summarize five truths that came to the fore in the life of the church, thanks to the work of ministers who were studying the Bible anew.  We start with sola Scriptura or Scripture Alone to see what the Bible teaches about itself and how it functions in our lives.  Family Sheet – God Has Spoken

 

Relationships and Family
(Because of Hurricane Irma, this four-part series became a two-part series on Singleness and Marriage.  We’ll get back to the topic of family later.)

September 24, 2017 – “Getting and Staying Married” from Genesis 2:18-25 and Ephesians 5:22-22.  Together these texts teach us why to get married, how to get married, and how to stay married.  Family Sheet Genesis 2.18

 

September 3, 2017 – “Singleness and Single-mindedness” from I Corinthians 7:25-35.  With an increasing number of adults living alone and only about half of American adults being married, it is important to understand God’s purposes for singleness, which Paul said had distinct advantages over being married if we use it as God intended.  Family Sheet I Cor 7.25-35

 

The Greatest Songs of All Time – Studies in the Psalms

September 17, 2017 – “Making Our Lives Count” from Psalm 90.  Because of Hurricane Irma, we did not meet last Sunday.  Today we reflected on what is important in life and how to make our lives count.  Family Sheet Psalm 90

 

August 27, 2017 – “Good and Pleasant” from Psalm 133.  This short song describes the goodness and pleasantness of brothers and sisters living together.  Although modern life places obstacles in the path of spending time together, the development of Christian community is essential to our growth as Christians and our mission of making disciples by praising, learning, and loving.  The Jews probably sang this song as they went up to Jerusalem for the annual feasts, but the images of the psalm emphasize that the blessings of unity and eternal life flow down from God.  Family Sheet Psalm 133

 

August 20, 2017 – “Praising, Learning, Loving” from Psalm 95.  Our church’s motto is “Praising, Learning, Loving,” Psalm 95 focuses on the first two of these: praising and learning.  First we hear a threefold invitation to come before God in order to recognize his character and his works.  Although God does not need our praise, we need to praise him in order to have our lives in line with his purposes for us.  Then the psalm turns to the importance of hearing his voice and not hardening our hearts as the Israelites did in the desert.  The writer to the Hebrews picked up on this image, encouraging us to gather to hear God’s voice and encourage one another constantly in order to keep our hearts from growing hard.  Sermon Sheet Psalm 95

 

August 13, 2017 – “Let the Nations be Glad” from Psalm 67.  What is God’s purpose for the nations and for your life?  You might be surprised to find that it is that they and you be glad or joyful.  We all want to experience joy but find in elusive, often because we are looking for it in the wrong places.  This psalm points us to the source of our joy and tells us the purpose of all the good things that we experience in life.  Please have before you Psalm 67 as Chiasm as you listen to the sermon to appreciate its amazing structure.  Also, you may follow along with the Family Sheet Psalm 67.

 

August 6, 2017 – “We Will Not Fear” from Psalm 46.  We couldn’t survive long in our dangerous world without some fear.  However, fear can take control of our lives and govern us.  The author of Psalm 46 takes us through three terrifying scenarios but declares that we will not fear!  Rather than denying the dangers, he affirms a truth that is greater than the dangers – that God is with us.  Family Sheet Psalm 46

 

July 30, 2017 – “Getting Our Heads Above the Water” from Psalms 42 & 43.  While sadness is the proper response to loss, when it take over our lives, it can grow into depression, hopelessness, despair.  The author of these psalms takes us along on his three attempts to lift his head above the waters, two unsuccessful and one successful.  Unfortunately, this sermon did not get recorded, but you can read the sermon notes and follow along with the Family Sermon Sheet Psalms 42&43

Also, you can listen to Larry preaching on this text in 2011 with a bad case of laryngitis:

 

July 23, 2017 – “What a Relief!” from Psalm 32.  Psalm 1 told us how to be happy by following God’s ways, but is there a possibility of happiness after we have strayed from his ways?  According to Psalm 32, YES!  There is a happiness not only for the perfectly obedient but also for the disobedient whom God forgives.  Sermon Sheet Psalm 32

July 16, 2017 – “Two Witnesses” from Psalm 19.  If God exists, you would expect him to let us know, wouldn’t you?  According to Psalm 19, he has done so and does so constantly.  In this Psalm, we meet the two witnesses that tell us about God.  If we listen to both of them, we can know what God is like.  Moreover, God did something even better than send these two witnesses to tell us about himself – he came in person.  Sermon Sheet Psalm 19

 

July 9, 2017 – “How Long?” from Psalm 13.  The most common type of psalm is the complaint or the lament, which says much about the human condition, full of lamentable things.  When those lamentable things keep going, we may ask the question that the psalmist asked four times: “How long?”  While he never received an answer to his question, he received something even better, which enabled him to rejoice and sing.  Family Sheet Psalm 13

 

July 2, 2017 – “What are we?” from Psalm 8.  If you have ever seen the sky on a cloudless night without any ambient light to interfere, you have had the experience that the psalmist had every night.  As he contemplated the greatness of God evidenced in creation, he wondered who in the world are we humans, and why would God care about us?  His answer leads us toward the amazing fact that God became one of us and shared in our lowly condition in order to salvage us from the wreckage we have made of our lives.  Family Sheet Psalm 8

 

June 25, 2017 – “Get Some Rest” from Psalm 4.  Have trouble sleeping?  Maybe the events of the day are troubling you, or maybe what you have to face tomorrow.  Perhaps you have a relationship that is not right, or maybe some people are making life difficult for you, while others set out to discourage you.  You are in good company, because the author of this psalm had plenty of problems in his life, but he figured out how to get some sleep even in the midst of them.  Family sheet Psalm 4

 

June 18, 2017 – “Our God Reigns” from Psalm 2.  When this Psalm was written, the nations were in turmoil, just like today.  People’s lives were in turmoil too, just like today.  Far from being alarmed at the turmoil of the world, God took definitive action to deal with it by establishing his king, who also turns out to be his son.  This psalm goes in one direction but has a surprise conclusion that reveals the true way to happiness for the nations and for us.  Family Sheet Psalm 2

 

June 11, 2017 – “Two Ways to Live” from Psalm 1.  Set at the beginning of the Psalms, the first one has elements from the Law, the Wisdom  Literature, and the Prophets, summarizing the message of the Old Testament and laying out two distinct ways to live and their happy or miserable outcome.  Although the New Testament reaffirms this message, Jesus also enacted a dramatic reversal of it by following one way of living and receiving the outcome of the other.  Family Sheet Psalm 1

 

The Well-Dressed Christian – Ephesians 4:17 to 5:2

June 4, 2017 – Ephesians 5:1-2.  Summing up the entire section, Paul gave us two parallel instructions and the reason for each of those instructions: imitate God, because you are beloved children; walk in love, because Christ loved you.  Family Sermon Sheet Ephesians 5.1

 

May 28, 2017 – Ephesians 4:31-32.  Cycling back through the process of thinking, speaking, feeling, and doing for a second time in this section of Ephesians, Paul instructed us to put off all nastiness and to put on characteristics of God in their place, culminating in one of the the most God-like things we can do – forgive.  Family Sermon Sheet Ephesians 4.31

Unfortunately, the sermon did not get recorded, but you may read Larry’s sermon notes: 04-31Eng

May 21, 2017 – Ephesians 4:29-30.  One study estimated that we speak about 16,000 words each day.  What do we do with those words, and what do those words do to others?  In verse 25, Paul told us to put off lying and put on telling the truth.  In today’s verses, he expanded his focus to cover our speech in general, which tends to do one of two things: tear down or build up.  As those who have received grace, now we can give grace to others, especially through our speech.  Family Sermon Sheet Ephesians 4.29

 

May 14, 2017 – Ephesians 4:28.  What is the opposite of stealing?  It it not merely not stealing, although that’s a good start.  It includes working to provide for our needs, but that is not all.  The real opposite of stealing is working in order to give away to others who cannot provide for themselves.  When we put on generosity, we are reflecting our God, who gave his own Son, and the Son, who gave his own life for us.  Family Sermon Sheet – Ephesians 4.28

 

May 7, 2017 2017 – Ephesians 4:26-27.  We all get angry, right?  Well, yes, but there are two kinds of anger, one that we do not experience enough and another that we express all too frequently, damaging ourselves and damaging others in the process.  Self-centered anger was a part of the old life, but as we live the new life in Christ, we can put it off and put on something more powerful in its place, self-control. Also, we have a way to keep anger from destroying us and others, by dealing with it today.  Family Sermon Sheet – Ephesians 4.26

 

April 30, 2017 – Ephesians 4:25.  Some studies have shown that virtually everyone lies, in conversation and especially on social media.  Even though lying is so common, it belongs to the old self, not to the new self that has been recreated in Christ.  Therefore, the first piece of old clothing we need to discard is lying, and the new article that befits our new identity in Christ is speaking the truth in love.  Family Sermon Sheet – Eph 4.25

 

April 23, 2017 – Ephesians 4:17-24.  Even in casual South Florida, we all want to be appropriately dressed for our age, our station in life, and the occasion.  In Ephesians 4:17-32, Paul presents a portrait of the well-dressed Christian.  This first section lays down the general principle that a change in identity requires a change in clothing.  Since Christians have put off the old self and put on the new self, we need to learn to dress in accordance with our new identity.  This first sermon is foundation for the rest of the sermons in this brief series, the rest of which will cover specific areas of the new life.  Family Sermon Sheet Ephesians 4.17

 

Easter and Palm Sunday

April 16, 2017 – I Corinthians 15.  What difference does the resurrection of Jesus make?  In order to answer this question, Paul explained what implications it would have if he didn’t rise from the dead.  Then he spelled out the benefits for us of his resurrection.  It turns out that his resurrection makes all this difference in the world for our lives now and forever.  Family Sermon Sheet I Cor 15

 

April 9, 2017 – John 12:12-24.  All of the sudden, Jesus changed course, from avoiding crowds to stirring up the Passover crowd that was hailing him as king.  This change provoked the religious leaders to take drastic action, which led to Jesus being glorified as king, but not in the way anyone expected.  Family Sermon Sheet – John 12.12

 

Portrait of a Healthy Church – I Thessalonians

April 2, 2017 – I Thessalonians 5:16-28.  “The Christian Heart and Mind”  This concluding section contains habits of the heart, disciplines of the mind, and hope for the future.  The first habit is perhaps the most striking – to rejoice always – and all the other commands contribute to our constant joy.  Family Sermon Sheet – I Thessalonians 5.16

 

March 26, 2017 – I Thessalonians 5:12-15.  “How to Treat Each Other”  In this exceedingly practical section, the authors lay out how to treat others in the church and outside the church.  They not only tell us to live in peace with everyone but also give the key to doing so, which in turn points us back to what Christ did for us.   Family Sermon Sheet – I Thessalonians 5.12pdf

 

March 19, 2017 – I Thessalonians 4:13-5:11. “Either Way It Will Be Ok”  To clear up some misconceptions, the missionaries explained to the Thessalonians what would happen to those who were already dead and to those who were still alive when Christ returned.  Rather than fueling speculation, they offered great comfort for us in life and in death.  Family Sermon Sheet – I Thessalonians 4.13

 

March 12, 2017 – I Thessalonians 4:1-12  “Living to Please God”  Have you ever wondered what God’s will for your life is?  Wonder no longer!  In this part of their letter, the authors tell us clearly what God’s will for us is.  Family Sermon Sheet – I Thessalonians 4.1

 

March 5, 2017 – I Thessalonians 3:1-13 “Stand Firm” After receiving good news from Timothy’s visit to Thessalonica, the missionaries revealed what they had feared and how they had been comforted. It turns out that their fear is everyone’s, and that their comfort can also be ours. Family Sermon Sheet – I Thessalonians 3.1

 

February 26, 2017 – I Thessalonians 2:13-20 “Thanksgiving and Longing” In all of Paul’s letters except Galatians, there is a thanksgiving for the church. In I Thessalonians, there are two thanksgivings. This second one helps us understand how we can know that our faith is real. Family Sermon Sheet – I Thessalonians 2.13

 

February 19, 2017 – I Thessalonians 2:1-12  “Marks of a Faithful Ministry”  Because they had to leave town so abruptly, Paul and his companions may have been concerned that their ministry would be maligned by some, so they wrote this section to explain what faithful ministers do and how they do it. Family Sermon Sheet – I Thessalonians 2.1

 

February 12, 2017 – I Thessalonians 1:2-10  “Marks of the Chosen Ones”  What does it mean to be chosen by God? Family Sermon Sheet – I Thessalonians 1.2

 

February 5, 2017 – I Thessalonians 1:1  “Toehold in Europe”  An Introduction to I Thessalonians Family Sermon Sheet – I Thessalonians 1.1

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