Friday, July 21, 2017

Sermon Notes: Centerville UMC at 6:15 p.m.

Genesis 21:8-21...New Living Translation
8 When Isaac grew up and was about to be weaned, Abraham prepared a huge feast to celebrate the occasion. But Sarah saw Ishmael—the son of Abraham and her Egyptian servant Hagar—making fun of her son, Isaac. 10 So she turned to Abraham and demanded, “Get rid of that slave woman and her son. He is not going to share the inheritance with my son, Isaac. I won’t have it!”
11 This upset Abraham very much because Ishmael was his son. 12 But God told Abraham, “Do not be upset over the boy and your servant. Do whatever Sarah tells you, for Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted. 13 But I will also make a nation of the descendants of Hagar’s son because he is your son, too.” 14 So Abraham got up early the next morning, prepared food and a container of water, and strapped them on Hagar’s shoulders. Then he sent her away with their son, and she wandered aimlessly in the wilderness of Beersheba. 15 When the water was gone, she put the boy in the shade of a bush. 16 Then she went and sat down by herself about a hundred yards away. “I don’t want to watch the boy die,” she said, as she burst into tears. 17 But God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, “Hagar, what’s wrong? Do not be afraid! God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. 18 Go to him and comfort him, for I will make a great nation from his descendants.” 19 Then God opened Hagar’s eyes, and she saw a well full of water. She quickly filled her water container and gave the boy a drink. 20 And God was with the boy as he grew up in the wilderness. He became a skillful archer, 21 and he settled in the wilderness of Paran. His mother arranged for him to marry a woman from the land of Egypt.

Transition: Grace is an amazing gift, that’s completely unmerited and is given to the hopeless, helpless and homeless. The truth is that all of us fit these areas, because without God’s grace, our lives would be grey. So, grace is our blessing! Hagar in our text, proves that there’s grace (blessing) for those that are:

~In the middle of a mess (verses 8-10) 
  Marital Mess...Genesis 16
  Money Mess
~Counted out (verses 11-13)
  David...1 Samuel 16:1-13

~Stuck in desert places (verses 14-21)

Sunday, May 7, 2017

New Series Alert!!!

*Mother's Day lunch will be served by the men in May 14th, immediately after church. It's going to be fun and FREE!!!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Health Fair

This Saturday (March 4th) from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. a FREE Health Fair will be offered, featuring FREE HIV testing!

A FREE salad bar for lunch will be from 11:30 until 12:30.

Take advantage of this meaningful community event, that's the result of a partnership between Grace Corner and The Austin Center.

Meet us at 5511 Bloomfield Rd. (Parking and entrance in the rear)

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Wesleyan College Chapel Notes

Subject...(A topical message on life's purpose)
Discovering Who God Created You To Be

Springboard Statement: After your salvation has been possessed, it must be expressed as sign to the world that you're no longer the same.

Transition: The scriptures are clear on what our lives, as children of God should reflect...

Scriptural Meditation:
James 2:17 "So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless."

John 13:35 "Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples."

Matthew 5:16 "In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father."

Luke 6:44 "A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs are never gathered from thornbushes, and grapes are not picked from bramble bushes."

An Introspective Question: What are you known for? Based on the above verses, I believe that God's children should express the following characteristics...

-A proven faith...stable and strong

-An infectious love...unconditional and unbelievable

-A bright light...guiding and glorifying

-Good deeds/fruit...'the proof is in the pudding'

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sermon Notes...Step It Up! Affection (3 of 4)

Series... Step It Up!

Subject...Step Up Your Affection (3 of 4)

Scriptural Text (New Living Translation)... Deuteronomy 10:12 "And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the Lord your God, and live in a way that pleases him, and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul."

Introduction: God's love for you is insanely intense (verse 15 says we're the chosen objects of God's love) and he desperately wants for you to love him back (verse 16 says we shouldn't be stubborn about it), in a pure, passionate and personal way.

Transition: Since God's love for us is unchanged but we've ventured away from him, here's how our affection can Step It Up!

Exposition: God desires your affection to be expressed in at least these three ways...

1) Purely...our love for God shouldn't be contaminated by animalistic instincts, to get what we need without reciprocation. REFERENCE First John 4:19

2) makes no sense; it's indescribable. It will make you do things that no one else really understands. Affection is the root of action in a relationship. REFERENCE First John 5:3

3) Personally...your soul is to valuable to attempt to eternally secure it, through vicarious means. Give God quality time; intentional investment; not what's left of you. REFERENCE John 15:7

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Sermon Notes...Step It Up! Attitude (1 of 4)

Series... Step It Up!

Subject...Step Up Your Attitude     (1 of 4)

Scriptural Text (New Living Translation)... Deuteronomy 10:12 "And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the Lord your God, and live in a way that pleases him, and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul."

Introduction: In Genesis God made humanity and called mankind good. Of our own will and volition, good went bad, and the only way for man to be good again is if bad yields to God. God is calling us in this series to Step It Up! and return to good, by returning to God.

Transition: Covenant promises aren't received without a commitment to fulfilling our responsibilities as the people of God. That identity alone, bares the incredible weight to Step It Up!

Exposition: God requires for us to get a grip on our attitudes with ourselves, with God and with other people...

1) With Ourselves...At some point in our lives, it becomes urgent for us to accept responsibility for our own attitudes. If not, we become internally toxic, waiting to self-destruct. A high view of God, causes us to have a healthy view of ourselves.

2) With God...We aren't to be terrified of God, but we should reverence/honor God. Without question, God deserves our honor because of his track record. This is reason enough for us all to live for God with humility.

3) With Other People...The respect that we have for God, should be translated into progressive relationships with other people. If we truly love God, we would treat everyone (good or bad) in a respectful way.
Next Sunday, we'll explore how we can Step It Up! with our Actions