Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sermon Notes...Tales From The Hood (Part 2 of 3)

Scriptural Springboard...John 1:46a (New Living Translation) " “Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”

Subject...Something Good From The Hood (Player Hating)

Introduction: The hood is normally categorized by crime, corruption, drugs and prostitution. But many of us are products of the hood and we've got different stories to tell. It's a story of hope, hard work and people who never made it out of the hood but made sure that we did! What I'm suggesting today is boldly optimistic and is an aggressive truth, that something good can come from the hood! Bellevue, Unionville, Alphabet City, Pleasant Hill and Village Green! Philippians 1:6 says "And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns."

Transition: Nazareth, Israel and Macon, Georgia have some similarities: small, economic struggles, religious strengths and they both are familiar with having a bad rap...

Overwhelming Observations: Things that leaped out of the text and wouldn't leave me alone...

1) Sometimes your motives doesn't match what comes out of your mouth
     -Player Haters aren't necessarily bad people they just don't process feelings before they speak

2) A friendship brought Nathanael to Jesus
     -"Come see" is the invitation and the implication is that Nathanael wasn't doing anything

3) Don't allow apprehension to keep your stuck in the shade, instead of living in the SON
     -Being cool is of no comparison to being warmed by the love and grace of God

4) The hood is an incubator for innovation
     -Don't allow where you are to limit who you can become

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