Pastor Frank

FollowUp 8-15-17

Message Title: Rahab
Series: Heavenly Heroes

Key verses:
Hebrews 11:30-31

Sermon Notes:

1. She had a couple of things against her.
i). She was a gentile
ii). She was a pagan
2. She was a sinner saved by grace through faith
3. Her faith began in hearing God’s word
4. She confessed her faith to the spies
5. She demonstrated her faith by good works
6. She had a radical transformation
7. Her faith brought her great blessings

Follow up questions from Sunday:

1. Can you relate a time when something turned out different to what you expected?
2. What aspect or lesson from the sermon on Rahab most encouraged or challenged you?
3. Read Joshua 2: 9-13. What did Rahab know about the history of Israel?
4. What impressed you about Rahab’s faith?
5. What conclusions do you draw from Rahab’s inclusion in the genealogy of Jesus Christ?
6. Do you feel that some of your sins in the past or present are so terrible that they can’t be forgiven?
how does Rahab’s story encourage you?
7. Has your life changed substantially since you trusted Christ or do you have a foot in both worlds?

FollowUp 8-9-17

Message Title: David
Series: Heavenly Heroes

Key verses:
Hebrews 11:1-2, 6, 32-34

Sermon Notes:

1. People place a priority on the outward appearance, but God places a priority on the inward appearance.
2. David was a somebody that nobody really noticed except God!

The inner makings of a heavenly hero:

3. He is humble.
4. He is hard-working and faithful.
5. He is ok to work in solitude; He is comfortable with himself before God.
6. He is a courageous person that loves and defends the sheep at the risk of his own life.
7. He is a person of integrity Ps. 78:71-72
8. He is authentically spiritual.

Follow-up questions from Sunday:
1. Read 1 Sam. 16:7. Share typical situations when you find yourself judging people in terms of their outward appearance. Now read 2 Cor. 5:16. How are we to look at people? What would that look like, practically speaking?
2. The world values people who are physically or materially powerful, but these things mean nothing to God. God sometimes chooses people who are materially well-off (Moses and Abraham) and at other times chooses people that the world would typically disregard (Gideon and David). In all cases, though, God uses flawed people to achieve His plan. Read 2 Cor. 4:7-10. Why do you think He does it this way?
3. Read Ps. 27:1. David’s faith in God was one of the key elements of his life. Share something that you have entrusted to God in the past, or need to trust Him with in the present.
4. Read 1 Sam. 13:14. Why did God seek someone to replace Saul as King of Israel? What kind of a person was God looking for? What was Saul’s failure, according to this verse? Now Read Ps 119:33-37. What do you learn about David, in contrast to Saul? If you were going to be a man (or woman) after God’s own heart, what should the first steps be on your journey?

FollowUp 8-3-17

Message Title: Gideon
Series: Heavenly Heroes

Key verses: Heb 11:1-2, 6, 32-34

Sermon Notes:

1. God sees us as people of potential, people with a future, and people for who we are in Him!
Judges 6:12
2. Gideon was a heavenly hero who struggled with his identity before God.
3. Gideon was a heavenly hero that struggled between faith and fear. Judges 6:27,36-40, 7:10
4. To be a mighty worrier for God you have to stand for God. Judges 6-7
5. God is patient with our faith journeys. Judges 6:36-40

Follow-up questions from Sunday:

Icebreaker: When were you most afraid in following God but did it anyway?

1. Read Judges 6:11-12. Has God ever declared something true in your life that you struggle with like forgiveness, being a child of God, or His love for you? What is it and how have you dealt with it?
2. Read Judges 6:36-40 and Matt 4:6-8. Jesus instructs us not to put God to a test, but Gideon tested God several times to make sure he understood God’s message. How is the test that Jesus describes (to show how important he was to the Father) different from the tests that Gideon put God through?
2.       Read Judges 6:12-13. Have you ever wondered about God’s promises when things go wrong in your life? Read Judges 6:14-16. Does the Lord give an explanation to Gideon as to why things have gone so badly for Israel? What does He do instead? How can we apply this insight when we go through difficult times?
3.       Read Daniel 9:11-14. Daniel prays to ask God to keep his promise to end Israel’s 70 years of captivity. Who brought Israel into captivity? Whose fault was it, according to Daniel? Compare this to what Gideon says in Judges 6:13. Are there times when we blame God for the consequences of our sin? Why do we do that? Now read Daniel 9:17-19. What should our posture be before God in light of our mistakes?
4.       Read Judges 7:2 and 1 Cor. 1:26-31. Why does God work through weakness rather than worldly strength? What does He want everyone to know about Him? What does this tell us about our approach to ministry, if we seek to be people that are used powerfully in His service?
5. Read Heb 11:32-34. Has God turned some of your weaknesses to strengths in your life?
If so, which ones and how?
6. When you read the life of Gideon, how does he encourage you on your faith journey?

FollowUp 7-26-17

Message Title: Moses
Series: Heavenly Heroes

Key verses: Heb 11:1-2, 6, 23-29

Sermon Notes:

1. Moses became a great man of faith because his parents were great people of faith. Heb.11:23

Moses had unique choices for his life:
2. Moses could turn his back on his people and enjoy being a prince of Egypt and all the pleasures that would come with that. Heb: 24-25
3. Moses could take another path having faith that God had him in this position for a higher purpose and stand with his people!

4. When Moses chose to follow God, he knew that there was a cost to being a follower, and a cost to not being a follower. Heb 11:24-26

A Moses life lesson:
5. God does His will in His way and in His time!

FollowUp 7-19-17

Message Title: Abraham
Series: Heavenly Heroes

Key verses: Heb 11:1-2,6,8-12

Sermon Notes:

1. Abraham hears God’s voice and follows Him. Heb 11:8-12
2. Abraham and Sarah hear God’s voice and believe him for the impossible. Heb 11:11-12
3. Abraham hears God’s voice and trusts Him at any cost. Heb 11:17-19
4. Your faith in God is of great value to Him. 1 Peter 1:7

Follow up questions from Sunday:

Icebreaker: Who is your favorite super hero and why?

1. How do you define faith? Do you remember when you first trusted God? How old were you and do you remember what it was for?
2. Read Heb 11:6. Why do you think it is impossible to please God without faith?
3. When you reflect back on your faith journey, how has God rewarded your faith? How do you think He plans on rewarding your faith in the future?
4. Read Heb 11:17, Jn 6:1-6, 1 Peter 1:7, Why do you think God tests our faith?
5. When you reflect back on your faith journey, what was the greatest time of testing that you experienced from God in your life and how did it turn out?
6. What is your advice for a person experiencing God’s testing in their life?

FollowUp 7-12-17

Message Title: The Kingdom: Our Place in His Plan
Series: Tell Me a Story

Key verses: Matt 13:24-46

Sermon Notes:

We miss God’s plan because we are in pursuit of our own plan.

God’s kingdom is His plan for the world—His power and His rule—as it unfolds across human history and in our lives.

1. The Parable of the Weeds: God’s plan is opposed by an enemy who is at work in the world.
(Matt 13:24-29, 36-43)

a. The weeds are those who reject the words of Christ and accept Satan’s lies.

b. Evil will not be fully dealt with until the end of the age, when those who trust Christ can be separated from those who reject Him.

c. The man who sows the seeds is Jesus. The field is the world. The wheat, hidden among the weeds until the end of the age, is the children of the kingdom.

2. The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast: God’s plan begins small, but over the course of time, grows and turns into something greater than we can imagine. (Matt 13:31-35)

The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearls: God’s plan is not the plan you develop for your own life, but you are the reason behind his plan. (Matt 13:44-46)

FollowUp 6-21-17

Message Title: The Good, Good Father
Series: Tell Me a Story

Key verses: Luke 15:1-32

Sermon Notes:

I. The Context

A. Something of value winds up missing

B. That which was missing mattered a lot to somebody

C. There is tremendous celebration when that which waslost is found

II. The Story

A. The younger son was an extremely disrespectful son v.12

1. He was extremely selfish, foolish and immature vs.13-14, 30

2. He hit rock bottom vs.15-16

3. He had an “Aha” moment vs.17-19

B. The Father was an extremely gracious Father vs.20-24

FollowUp 6-14-17

Message Title: The Rich Man and Lazarus
Series: Tell Me a Story

Key verses: Luke 12:13-21

Key verses:
Luke 16:19-31

Sermon Notes:
1 Introduction:
1) Was this a parable or a record of a true event?
2) What subject is it that Jesus was intending to illustrate?

1. Contrast in Life
a) One man lived a bountiful life (v19)

The man lived a good life as far as material things were concerned, but it was a lost and meaningless life spiritually.
b) One man lived a burdened life (v20-21)
He lived a hard life in this world but found a real and meaningful life spiritually.

2. Contrast in Death
a.) One man died with attendants (v22a)
No one may have cared for him in this world, but God sent His angels to attend to him at his death.
b) One man died alone (v22b)
NO Angelic convoy to escort him.

3. Contrast in Eternity (v23-24)
a) One man is tormented (v23)
What is clear from our Lord’s description of the afterlife is that it is a state of conscious existence.
b) One man is Comforted (v25c)
A very interesting word “one who draws alongside, advocate, and comforter.” The same description given to the Holy Spirit.

4. The Conversation (v24-31)
Finally Jesus was killed but He rose again. With what result?
They tried to put to death all those who followed Him.

Jesus teaches here that what we experience in the afterlife is determined by what we do with Him in this life.
As we live we shall die.

FollowUp 6-07-17

Message Title: The Rich Fool
Series: Tell Me a Story

Key verses: Luke 12:13-21

Sermon Notes:

1. Greed is a selfish, consuming desire to have more than is needed.
According to Jesus, what makes the rich man a fool in the eyes of God?
2. The rich man is selfish.
3. The rich man is materialistic.
4. The rich man is all about pleasure.
5. A fool is a person who makes choices as if God doesn’t exist and who lives as if God hasn’t spoken.

FollowUp 5-31-17

Speaker: Mike Cranford
Series: Tell Me a Story

Key verses: Luke 10:25-37; Ezek. 36:26.

Sermon Notes:
1. The road to Jericho is not safe. Will you walk it?
2. The people on the road are hurting. Will you help them?
3. The help people need is inconvenient and costly.
(a) Will you slow your journey?
(b) Will you give up your wealth to ease another’s pain?