July 26, 2015 – Bread & Boats

Scripture:

  • John 6:1-21

Key Points:

  • Fact Check: The miracle of the feeding of the 5000 is the only miracle of Jesus recorded in all 4 of the Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John.
  • Always ask the question, “Why do I follow Jesus?” (John 6:2)
  • Always look beyond yourself (John 6:5)
  • Don’t let the economy/budget dictate to ministry (John 6:6b-7)
  • Model after Andrew (John 6:8-9a)
  • Share your meager means (John 6:9)
  • Don’t be defined by the daunting task (John 6:10)
  • We must move beyond the mob mentality
    • Dr. Barclay:
    • John 6:11b-12a: Their physical needs were met.  As much as they wanted. When they had all had enough….
    • John 6:14: The people saw the miracle without seeing Jesus.  When the people saw the sign (miracle) that Jesus had performed, they began saying, Surely and beyond a doubt this is the Prophet Who is to come into the world!
    • John 6:15: The people wanted to elevate Jesus to celebrity status. Then Jesus, knowing that they meant to come and seize Him that they might make Him king, withdrew again to the hillside by Himself alone.
    • Point: The attitude of that mob disgusts us. But are we so very different? When we want comfort in sorrow, when we want strength in difficulty, when we want peace in turmoil, when we want help in face of depression, there is no one so wonderful as Jesus and we talk to him and walk with him and open our hearts to him.  But when he comes to us with some stern demand for sacrifice, with some challenge to effort, with the offer of some cross, we will have nothing to do with him. When we examine our hearts, it may be that we will find that we too love Jesus for what we can get out of him.
  • We must embrace Jesus as God (John 6:20)
  • We must receive Jesus (John 6:21)
  • Dr. Roger Hahn: It should be no surprise that when the disciples received Jesus into the boat it immediately reached its goal. For John and for us that is the goal – receiving Jesus. The Passover imagery is fulfilled in him. The Exodus which produced Israel has been surpassed and Christ calls to a new people, the church, “ego eimi, do not fear.”

July 26, 2015 – Worship

Songs:

  • Our God
  • Everlasting God
  • Prayer: Still
  • Communion: There is a Name I Love to Hear
  • Offering: O, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing
  • Benediction

July 19, 2015: Godfidence

Pastor Brent Kall, Olive Knolls Church, Bakersfield

Key Point

  • Testimonies
  • Stories – The Little Blue Engine: story about confidence – he had the confidence to get over the mountain
  • We have mountains facing us.  God’s Word – the greatest children’s book – the great “Think I Can” book.
  • With Christ as your source, you can overcome mountains.
  • The confidence we gain is Christ-centered, not self-generated (worldly version)
  • We recognize we can’t do things alone.  With God, nothing is impossible.  We have confidence in God, that he is all-powerful!  Confidence in God is “Godfidence.”
  • Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all this through him who gives me strength” – Paul’s statement of Godfidence, written from prison! He was in prison because he gave his life to God, and continued to look to Christ.  Godfidence allowed Paul to persevere through bad situations.  He was content in have Christ in his life, in him.
  • Be careful not to make your Godfidence be centered on rules/laws of church (not be religion-based).
  • Godfidence has to be of faith and trust in God with your life!
  • John 10:10   “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy….”  This is Satan’s statement to destroy our confidence.  Christ has “..come that [you] may have life, and have it to the full.”  Jesus is your defender.  Have faith in Christ: Godfidence!

 

July 19, 2015 – Worship

Songs:

    • VBS Theme: I Can Count on God
    • Sing Sing Sing
    • Holy Spirit (with Prayer)
    • Communion: Revelation Song
    • Offering:

July 12, 2015 – Worship

Songs:

  • Today is the Day
  • Stronger
  • Prayer: May the Words of My Mouth
  • Youth Mission Trip – Video and Testimony
  • Communion: Great is Thy Faithfulness
  • Offering: May the Words of My Mouth
  • Benediction

July 12, 2015 – Speaking the Truth in Love

Scripture:

  • Amos 7:7-17

Key Points:

  • Map of the divided kingdom (Amos 1:1)
  • We always measure our life in relation to God (Amos 7:8)
  • Speaking truth can be tough (Amos 7:9)
    • Criticism: criticism from the world is to be expected
      • Amos’ criticism
      • High Priest
      • High King
      • Affluence & Sins of Isreal
    • Daniel Clendenin:  Amos describes how the rich crushed the poor, of sexual debauchery, predatory lenders, and religious leaders who aided and abetted all of this.
    • We are called to be above this, stand up against this!
  • The will must be tough (Amos 7:10-11)
  • The availability is crucial
    • Amos 7:15a
    • Amos’ Resume
  • We must stand up to bullies
  • Daniel Clendenin: Amos would not be bullied. He spoke against those committing injustice.
  • Oscar Romero (Archbishop in El Salvador, elected 1979) – stories and quotes.  In face of government corruption, he chose to be “God’s microphone,” despite the risks which eventually to his life.

 

July 5, 2015 – Rejected

Scriptures:

  • Mark 6:1-13

Key Points:

  • Jesus experienced rejection in his own hometown
  • We tend to embrace all aspects of Christianity except rejection
  • Mark 6:1 – Jesus had just left raising Jairus’ daughter from the dead.
  • He went the synagogue began teaching and those in attendance were astounded (Mark 6:2).  (Emotions evoke.  We need to go beyond emotions, and take action.)
  • Then they began to rationalize who Jesus is – a carpenter, son of Mary, brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon.  They knew him personally and became offended by what Jesus was saying. (Mark 6:3-4)
  • In rationalizing who Jesus is (as they knew him) he was rejected. He was limited by the people. Jesus was amazed by their unbelief (Mark 6:5-6)
  • Jesus sends his disciples out to serve, teach, heal with nothing but their staffs – no food, money, additional clothes (Mark 6:7-8). Spread his message. If rejected, don’t debate it, but rather move on.  Embrace the rejected life.
  • They moved out and proclaimed all should repent, then served (Mark 6:11-13)
  • All are welcomed to embrace the one who is rejected – Jesus!

July 7, 2015 – Children’s Church

Janelle Stewart

What We Bring With Us / Being Prepared

  •  Jesus traveled village to village teaching, healing, and serving
  • Jesus sent his disciples to do the same – however only take a walking stick.  Take nothing else!  How will they live without money, food, clothes!  They went house to house and people would care for them.
  • Think about when Jesus calls us to serve.  We start to worry about the things we leave behind and things we need for our travel.  We need to be prepared to just go and have faith that things will be taken care of.