Category Archives: Message Notes
October 30th 2016
“But upon your Word …. I will let down the nets”
(Luke 5:4-6) When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” (5) Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” (6) When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.
(rhema – when the existing Bible comes alive to me right now)
(Luke 1:34-38) “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” (35) The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. (36) Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. (37) For no word from God will ever fail.” (38) “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
(Luke 2:19) But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
1.All Bible is God-Breathed
(2 Timothy 3:16) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness
2.Some parts come alive to us, specifically, here, now
(Isaiah 7:14) Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
(Isaiah 42:6-7) I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, (7) to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.
3.When you hear the Word of God, add faith
(Romans 10:17) Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
4.Obedience to the ‘now’ Word is the place of power
(Luke 5:8-11) When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” (9) For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, (10) and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” (11) So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
(Jeremiah 20:9) But if I say, “I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.
(Luke 24:30-32) When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. (31) Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. (32) They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
Lifegroup Questions and Prayer
1.Do you read and listen to the Word of God with anticipation?
2.Do you take note of God’s key points to you and put it into action?
3.Let’s pray to be more aware of God’s Word in our lives.
October 23rd 2016
(Acts 4:8-13) Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! (9) 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, (10) 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. (11) Jesus is“‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ (12) Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (13) 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.
1.Courage is a great word
-I see it all the time in church life.
-the word (Gr: parrysia) appears about 10 times.
-courage, confident, fearless, openly speaking and confident behaviour.
-confident before God
Access to God
(Ephesians 3:12) In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
-show we are in the household of God
(Hebrews 3:6) But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.
-Into the holy place
(Hebrews 10:19) Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus
-confidence before men
(Hebrews 10:35-36) So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. (36) You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
2.Courage can be observed
-though unschooled (inexperienced, untrained) people see
-though lacking in skill for a particular group, we believe. (job interview)
3.How did Peter and John get courage?
-been with Jesus
-came back from big mistake through God’s grace.
(Mark 16:7) But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’
-Holy Spirit filling (again and again).
(Acts 2:1-4, 4:8) When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. (2) Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. (3) They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. (4) All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. (4:8) Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people!
-Speak what you have seen and heard.
(Acts 4:18-20) Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. (19) But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! (20) As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
Lifegroup Questions and Prayer
1.Do you have courage to enter into the presence of God at all times?
2.Do you have increasing courage?
3.Let’s pray to be filled with the Spirit again.
October 16th 2016
The Heart of a Servant
12 This is what our Scriptures come to teach: in everything, in every circumstance, do to others as you would have them do to you.
1.Jesus Had The Heart of a Servant
42 but Jesus stopped them.
Jesus: You know that among the nations of the world the great ones lord it over the little people and act like tyrants. 43 But that is not the way it will be among you. Whoever would be great among you must serve and minister. 44 Whoever wants to be great among you must be slave of all. 45 Even the Son of Man came not to be served but to be a servant—to offer His life as a ransom for others.
2.Live In Freedom, But Choose To Serve
5 So stand strong for our freedom! The Anointed One freed us so we wouldn’t spend one more day under the yoke of slavery, trapped under the law.
13 Brothers and sisters, God has called you to freedom! Hear the call, and do not spoil this gift by using your liberty to engage in what your flesh desires; instead, use it to serve each other as Jesus taught through love.
3.Use Whatever Gifts You Have To Serve Others
1 Peter 4:10-11
10 Use whatever gift you’ve received for the good of one another so that you can show yourselves to be good stewards of God’s grace in all its varieties. 11 If you’re called upon to talk, speak as though God put the words in your mouth; if you’re called upon to serve others, serve as though you had the strength of God behind you. In these ways, God may be glorified in all you do through Jesus the Anointed, to whom belongs glory and power, now and forever. Amen.
October 2nd 2016
Grace Upon Grace
For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
1. We all need Grace!
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
2. God Pours Out Grace!
So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!…
2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
3. Grace Brings Us to Life!
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
…Even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved…
September 11th 2016
The Good Shepherd and the thief (Which one are you listening to?)
(John 10:10) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Question 1: Who is the thief and what does he do?
Question 2.Who is the good shepherd and what does he do?
Question 1: Who is the thief and what does he do?
Answer: Steal, kill and destroy.
What is his main tricks?
-1.lies and deception, negativity
-2.temptation and condemnation
(John 10:1) Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.
“A strangers’ voice”
(John 10:4-5) When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. (5) But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.
(Genesis 3:1-4) Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” (2) The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, (3) but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” (4) “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman.
# The main effect is to steal, kill and destroy.
What do we do?
a.Listen and know the good shepherds’ voice.
(John 10:3-5) The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. (4) When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. (5) But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”
b.Know the truth. Hold the truth.
(John 8:31-32) To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. (32) Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
c.Know God will help you win the victory
(1 Corinthians 10:13) No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
(Isaiah 54:17) no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord.
Question 2.Who is the good shepherd and what does he do?
Answer: Gives life and ‘life to the max!’
Life to the abundant level – meaning, – exceeding usual quantity and quality.
1.Not ordinarily encountered (extraordinary, remarkable, so great, advantage).
2.Extraordinary in ammount (superfluous, greater, more, even more, excess, overflow, beyond measure).
# What are his main ‘life-giving’ blessings?
salvation, forgiveness and righteousness.
love, joy, peace, inner-strength.
No condemnation (Rom 8:1)
= life, joy, lift, blessings.
# Main Lesson: Listen to the good shepherd, not the thief!
(John 10:14-15) I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— (15) just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.
Life Group Questions and Prayer
1.Do you listen to the good shepherd and his Word?
2.Are you able to discern and reject the thief’s voice?
3.Let’s pray for clarity and strength.
September 4th 2016
Let’s Celebrate in God’s House!
How lovely is your dwelling place,
O LORD of hosts!
My soul longs, yes, faints
for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and flesh sing for joy
to the living God…
For a day in your courts is better
than a thousand elsewhere…
1. It Starts with Humble Heart!
And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
2. God Restores Us!
But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate.
For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.
3. Let’s Celebrate in the Father’s House
And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!
Serve the LORD with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!…
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
August 28, 2016
Do you want to be healed?
Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?”
1. Don’t live like a sick man!
The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.”
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
2. Listen to Jesus!
Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
3. Give up your sins to Jesus
Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.”
Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!
August 21, 2016
Jesus: The Way, The Truth, The Life
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
1. The Way to Salvation through Christ
Whoever 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.
I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”
2. The Truth revealed by Jesus
But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
3. The Life made new in Christ
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it.
For 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.
August 14th 2016
The Peace Maker!
Luke 19:1-10 NLTJesus entered Jericho and made his way through the town. 2 There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector in the region, and he had become very rich.
Jesus entered Jericho and made his way through the town. 2 There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector in the region, and he had become very rich.3 He tried to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree beside the road, for Jesus was going to pass that way. 5 When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.”6 Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy. 7 But the people were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled.8 Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!”9 Jesus responded, “Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”
1. Jesus comes to your house!
John 15:16 NLT
You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.
2. We will become free
John 8:36 NLT
So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.
3. It’s your turn
1 John 4:11-12 NLT
Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. 12 No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.
Lifegroup questions and prayers
1. In what area did you become free?
2. What can you do to tell others about Jesus?
3. Let’s pray!