The Sermon Series "Through Christ..."

This series explores how we can tap the Power of God through Christ

Through Christ: God Can Do Anything

July 24, 2016


Notes and Key points:

The Power and Nature of God

  1. The attributes of God’s power.
  2. The attributes of God’s nature.
  3. How we understand God’s plan.

Scripture References:

“Then the LORD said, ‘I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.’ Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. Abraham and Sarah were already old and well advanced in years, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, ‘After I am worn out and my master is old, will I now have this pleasure?’ Then the LORD said to Abraham, ‘Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son.” ~Genesis 18:10-14

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.  This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” ~1 John 4:7-12

‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” ~Jeremiah 29:11

“Ah Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You.” ~Jeremiah 32:17-18



Through Christ: Jesus Can Provide

July 31, 2016


Notes and Key points:

A life of answered prayer

  1. Anything you ask for, in His name.
  2. Asking according to His will.
  3. Changing our heart’s desire into His.

Scripture References:

“In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” ~John 16:23-24

“To pray ‘in Jesus’ name’ is to pray in union with Jesus’ person and purpose because the ‘name’ of a person symbolized his essence and destiny.”~Philip W. Comfort, Ph.D.

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him.” ~1 John 5:14-15

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.” ~Romans 12:2


Through Christ: Jesus Can Calm the Storm

August 07, 2016


Notes and Key points:

As brothers and sisters in Christ, we are invited, expected, challenged to trust fully in Christ Jesus and expect God to do great things in our midst.  Are you ready to let go of your fear?  Are you ready to let your life be transformed?  Ask Jesus to calm the storms that consume you.  Accept God’s saving grace and commit to allowing faith to grow strong in you—strong enough for all the world to see.  

Scripture References:

35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” ~Mark 4.35-41 

Through Christ: We Can have Healthy Marriages

August 14, 2016


Notes and Key points:

Jesus can still perform miracles at the weddings and even more marriages but for that to happen he must be invited into the relationship, right from the start if possible. Jesus performed his first miracle at a wedding, when he turned water into wine for the event when their supply of wine ran out.

What miracles  does Jesus do in our marriage?

  1. From me to we.  He breaks down our selfish spirit so we learn to live together.
  2. The power of grace (forgiveness)    As we experience this from Christ we can share it with each other in our marriage.
  3. Jesus helps us to mature.    So we can grow together. 

Scripture References:

 1On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.

Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. ~John 2:1-11

Through Christ: We Can Have Faithful Children

August 21, 2016


Notes and Key points:

Children need to make their own choices

  1. We must surround our children with scripture.
  2. When dealing with our children, we must be patient.
  3. Children may drift, but they tend to come back.

Scripture References:

“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” ~2 Timothy 3:14-15

“Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.  Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.” ~Colossians 3:20-21

“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” ~Ephesians 6:4

“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” ~Proverbs 22:6


Through Christ: We Can Have a Flood of Blessing

August 28, 2016


Notes and Key points:

Great blessing are still possible

  1. There are many different kinds of blessings.
  2. To be useful, God’s blessings must be received.
  3. How to live and life of total surrender.

Scripture References:

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight…” ~Ephesians 1:3-4

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” ~Romans 8:28

“‘Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.  I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty’” ~Malachi 3:10-12


Through Christ: We Can Have Thriving Churches

September 4, 2016


Notes and Key points:

Churches can still Thrive Today

  1. The example of a healthy thriving church.
  2. We must be focused on sharing the Gospel.
  3. Reaching the world require us to be selfless.

Scripture References:

“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” ~Acts 2:46

“He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.  Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.’” ~Mark 16:15-16

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” ~1 Corinthians 1:18

“Then he said to them all: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.” ~Luke 9:23-24