7-16-2017
"The Debt of Love I Owe"
Romans 13. 8-14


THE DEBT OF LOVE I OWE
ROMANS 13. 8-14

I.  LOVE IS THE APPROPRIATE _________ OF ONE WHO IS SAVED BY BLOOD OF JESUS:
A.  Romans 12. 9:  Love must be sincere…
B.  Love those who persecute you (v. 14), do not repay evil for evil 
II.  LET LOVE BE THE ONLY _______ WE OWE (v.8)
A.  Primarily refers to paying taxes, and respect, and honor…perhaps other debts? 
B.  We do owe a debt of love to ________
III.  AND DO THIS…(V.11) CONSIDER THE TIME:  (THE SEASON…)
A.  The hour has come to _____  ___- “salvation is nearer…”
B.  Paul says, “It’s time to put aside the darkness.”
C.   “Rather, _________ yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ.”
IV.  CHAPTER 12 BEGINS WITH “THEREFORE”
A.  “In view of God’s mercies…” – because of what Jesus has done…
B.  Because we are saved by His amazing love, therefore…love one another
V.  I CONTINUALLY DISCOVER THAT WITHOUT Jesus’ sacrifice and his grace I AM STILL ______!
       A.  I am still a sinner saved only by His ________…not by my works 
       B.  I want to…that’s my goal!  But no matter how         good I become at “trying to do the good and         Godly thing” I still fail, I still hurt others, and   my God, and myself.
VI.  I MUST NEVER FORGET THE FIRST PART OF ROMANS- ABOUT GOD’S GRACE. 
A.  Salvation will never be about how good I am, but about how good _____ is
B.  I will always owe a debt of love- to others, mostly to Jesus- because I will always need His grace, and His forgiveness. 
C.  AND HE IS ___________…I can trust God to do some “beautiful things”  

7-9-2017
"How to Be a Great American"
Romans 13. 1-7


HOW TO BE A GREAT AMERICAN
ROMANS 13.1-7


I.  ROMANS PART B- DEALS WITH PRACTICAL THINGS
A.  Only place in Paul’s epistles where subject of _______ is this detailed

B.  Paul realized that the way “Christians” act regarding government, politics, and authority can be attractive or ugly. 

II.  SEVERAL HOW TO’S MENTIONED AND IMPLIED HERE:
A.  _______TO GOVERNING AUTHORITIES:
B.  RECOGNIZE THE “_______ AUTHORITY”
C.  RESPECT HUMAN AUTHORITIES
D.  GIVE TO CAESAR WHAT IS _______ CAESAR
E.  GIVE TO _______WHAT IS DUE TO GOD.

III.  WE NEED TO LIVE _______ LIVES
A.  How we live-out our convictions, and how we act in the face of those in power and authority can prove, or disprove our claim to be “a follower of Jesus.”

B.  God calls us to represent Him with love, integrity, and with faith that He is at work in us and in our world.

7-2-2017
"Why We Celebrate the Lord's Supper"
1 Corinthians 11. 23-29


6-18-2017
"Love:  The Proof of Spiritual Transformation"
Romans 12:  9-13


LOVE: THE PROOF OF TRANSFORMATION
 Romans 12. 9-13

I.  LOVE: ONE OF THE MAIN PROOFS THAT WE ARE _____________ 
II.  LOVE MUST BE _____________:  IT MUST HATE THE WRONG, AND MUST CLING TIGHTLY TO THE GOOD. (V9)
A.  Real love (does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth- 1 Cor 13. 6)
B.  Sincere love has a moral quality- it cares about good, and desires to NOT participate in _____
III.  (v. 10) BE DEVOTED TO ONE ANOTHER IN LOVE. HONOR ONE ANOTHER ABOVE YOURSELVES
A.  Devoted- strong resolve to be with, and to support
B.  __________: Is seeking to affirm, or show respect to that other person.
C.  How can you show honor?
IV.  (V. 11)  NEVER BE LACKING IN ZEAL, BUT KEEP YOUR SPIRITUAL __________, SERVING THE LORD”
A.  Agape Love is about loving and serving ________, as well as others
B.  It is sacrificial…not lazy, not without some passion, not just going through the motions…
V.  (V.12) BE _____________ IN HOPE; PATIENT IN AFFLICTION; FAITHFUL IN PRAYER
A.  Difference between “joyful hope” and “worried/fearful hope…”
B.  Patient in affliction
C.  Faithful in _____________
VI.  (V. 13) BE OPEN-HANDED:  Not “empty handed”  
HELP other _________ who are in need
Practice Hospitality
VII.  A LIFE TRANSFORMED BY CHRIST REVEALS ITSELF IN  _____________ ACTIONS; AND A LOVING HEART. 
6-11-2017
"How Will They Ever Get Along Without Me?"
Romans 12. 3-8


HOW WILL THEY EVER GET ALONG WITHOUT ME?
Romans 12. 3-8
I.  OUR REASONABLE RESPONSE   IS TO “GIVE OUR BODIES & SELVES” AS LIVING SACRIFICE TO GOD.
II.  A _________________ MIND WILL LEAD TO SEVERAL THINGS:
* A TRANSFORMED MIND PRODUCES (LEADS TO) ___________
* A TRANSFORMED MIND PRODUCES (LEADS TO) UNITY
* A TRANSFORMED MIND PRODUCES (LEADS TO) MINISTRY & ____________

**What is a “spiritual gift?”  
**God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.
III.  SEVEN SPIRITUAL GIFTS LISTED:
1.  Not inclusive- there are other gifts mentioned in letter to Corinthians
2.  Every believer has a ______ – or gifts
3. The Gifts Listed:
* Prophecy- ability to know God’s message
* __________- preaching/missionary/nursery worker/kitchen
* Teaching- the Bible, and how to grow, and know Jesus better
* ___________- people need this. (Exhortation)- also need direction
* Contributing (________)- some are blessed, and desire to bless others
* Leading- (dual-meaning word=lead & care for) pastor, shepherd
* Showing mercy- needs to be done _________, joyfully, willingly or else the recipient is not encouraged, but feels like a burden, or despised
IV.  HOW WILL THEY EVER GET ALONG WITHOUT ME? 
* THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE TO ! 
* YOU ARE ____________ & YOU ARE NEEDED
V.  DOES YOUR CHURCH HAVE TO GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU?
* When believers “step up” and do
- People are blessed…
-There is unity…love shared…lives are touched.
6-4-2017
"Live Like a Believer"
Romans 12. 1-2


LIVE LIKE A BELIEVER
ROMANS 12. 1-2

I.  THEREFORE, BY THE __________  OF GOD…
A.  Rom. 12. 1-2 urges us to show in outward ways, that we belong to Christ.
B.  Five BE’s
II.  BE A ___________
A.  Previous chapters tell us to “confess and believe”
B.  To live like a believer- we need to “BE A BELIEVER.”  
III.  _____ SACRIFICED- “Offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God- this is your spiritual act of worship.” (v.1)
A.  A sacrifice was something given up or given _______
B.  Present your bodies
C.  Your “spiritual service of worship” 
IV.  BE _________________
A.  Don’t be conformed…to the patterns of this world
B.  Be transformed
           V.  BE RENEWED IN MIND
A.  Have you allowed _________ to change your thinking?
B.  One of the big threats to “life as a believer” is this _______
C.  Have you conformed? 
VI.  BE SURE/BE ____________– of GOD’S WILL
A.  then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is his good, pleasing, and perfect will

B.  A transformed mind leads to learning to know Jesus
C.  And, knowing Jesus allows us to know what He loves, and what pleases Him. 
5-28-2017
"God Ways Are Higher"
Romans 11. 25-36


GOD’S WAYS ARE HIGHER
Romans 11. 25-36


1. Do You Love Mysteries?  
a. Most people love the challenge of trying to figure things _____

b. Life is filled with mysteries


2. The Plan Of God For The Salvation Of Jews And Gentiles, Is The Mystery That Is So Intriguing To Paul

a. He has already explained that nobody can be saved without faith in _______   _______.

b. But, the Jews (who have been God’s Chosen People) are as a majority rejecting Jesus…

c. Somehow the non-Jews from nations all around are ________ to the Christian faith.   

3. When It Comes To Knowing & Understanding The Details Of God’s Plan: They Remain A Mystery.

a. Why- God’s ways are ___________

b. Question:  How do you _________ the mysteries of your life?


4. Paul Give Us A Great Example Of How To Handle Life’s Great Mysteries:  ________   ______!

a. Although we don’t understand God’s mystery we bow our allegiance to Him in faith, and worship Him with praise:  To Him be the _______  Forever!

b. Focus on God’s great riches, and His grace, and His glorious ________.  


5. When Life’s Mysteries Come, And You’re Not Sure What To Do:  Worship God.