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Preparing to Hear

Message Notes

Proverbs 3:6 (MSG)
6 Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.

Luke 8:5-8 (NIV)
5 “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up.
6 Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture.
7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants.
8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”
When he said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

1. The “Tempted” Heart

Luke 8:12 (NIV)
12 Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.

1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)
13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

2. The “Distracted” Heart

Luke 8:13 (NIV)
13 Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.

Luke 10:39-40 (NIV)
39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he
said.
40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

3. The “Immature” Heart

Luke 8:14 (NIV)
14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.

Hebrews 6:1 (NIV)
1 Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity …

4. The “Prepared” Heart

Luke 8:15 (NIV)
15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.

How Can I Prepare My Heart To Hear God’s Voice Clearly?

1. Keep It Clean

Forgive, Forgive, Forgive

2. Remove Any Distractions

How’s Your “Screen Time” With Jesus?

3. Commit To Growth

Healthy Things Grow

Your Next Step

Message Notes

Ephesians 4:11-15 (NIV)
11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,
12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up
13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.
15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.
Next Steps Take You Towards Maturity

Hebrews 6:1-2 (NIV)
1 Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God,
2 instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.

Next Steps Wind Up Towards Jesus

Proverbs 15:24 (NKJV)
24 The way of life winds upward for the wise,
That he may turn away from hell below.

3 Barriers To Taking Next Steps

Our Past

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Our Old Way Of Thinking

Luke 5:37-39 (NKJV)
37 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined. 38 But new wine must be put into new wineskins, [a]and both are preserved. 39 And no one, having drunk old wine, [b]immediately desires new; for he says, ‘The old is [c]better.’ ”

Our Doubt

Jeremiah 1:5-7 (NIV)
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
6 “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”
7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.

What Is Your Next Step?

Getting Planted in a Local Church

Sunday Attendance

Declaring Your Faith Publicly

Baptism

Putting God First

Tithing

Getting Sharp

Connect Group

Discovering Your Gifts

Grow Course

Make a Difference

Dream Team

Reaching The Lost

Outreach and Invitation

Helping Others Grow

Leadership

The Big Catch

Message Notes

Psalm 77:14 (NIV)
14 You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.

Luke 5:5-11 (NIV)
5 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God.
2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets.
3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.
7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”
9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken,
10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.”
11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

DON’T MISS THE CATCH

Limiting Jesus To Sundays

-Our Everyday Life Can Be Part Of A Miracle (v3)

Rationalizing With Jesus

-Have an “If You Say So” faith (v4)

Doing Life Alone

-Friends part of a Miracle means greater blessing and Friends for Life (v9)

PETER’S BIG CATCH

Provision Follows Vision

Matthew 7:11 (NIV)
11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

Living In Grace

Romans 8:1-2 (NIV)
1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

Leaving the Past Behind

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Water to Wine

Message Notes

Psalm 77:14 (NIV)
14 You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.

John 2:1-10 (NIV)
1 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there,
2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.
3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
4 “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”
5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.
7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.
8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so,
9 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.”

RUNNING ON EMPTY

We try to fit the Jesus into our timeline

We get “religious” in our thinking or actions

We exaggerate the negative

READY FOR NEW WINE

When You Get Empty – Get To Jesus

Isaiah 55:1 (NIV)
55 “Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.

John 7:37 (NIV)
37 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.

Do What Jesus Says To Do

John 14:15 (NIV)
15 “If you love me, keep my commands.

Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV)
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Expect the Best – Even If It’s Last

James 1:17 (NIV)
17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

2 Corinthians 1:20 (NKJV)
20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.

Overflow With Peace

Message Notes

(John 7:37-39 CSB)
On the last and most important day of the festival, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. (38) The one who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him. (39) He said this about the Spirit. Those who believed in Jesus were going to receive the Spirit, for the Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus had not yet been glorified.

(John 14:27 NIV)
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

(Luke 8:48 NIV)
Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
(Luke 8:48 TLV)
He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in shalom.”

We hold and speak that peace

(Matthew 10:12-13 NIV)
As you enter the home, give it your greeting. (13) If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you.

1.What about ‘I’ve just lost my peace”

(Colossians 3:15 NIV)
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

(Philippians 4:7 NIV)
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

2.What about “I don’t feel God’s peace”

(Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV)
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

(Hebrews 13:5b CSB)
‘for he himself has said: “I will never leave you (loosen the grip on you) or abandon you”’

(Deuteronomy 31:6)
He will never leave you or abandon you

Miraculous Faith

Message Notes

Psalm 77:14 (NIV)
14 You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.

Mark 9:17-24 (NIV)
17 A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech.
18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.”
19 “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”
20 So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.
21 Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” “From childhood,” he answered.
22 “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”
23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

Faith Killers

-An Unbelieving Culture (v19)

-Disappointment from the Past (v18)

-Our Own Words (v24)

Miraculous Faith

Believes When It Cannot See

Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
11 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Faith “Hall of Fame”

-Abel

-Noah

-Abraham

-Sarah

-Joseph

-Moses

-Gideon

-Samson

-David

-Daniel

Persists through Prayer

Colossians 4:2 (GNT)
2 Be persistent in prayer, and keep alert as you pray, giving thanks to God.

Takes Action No Matter How We Feel

James 2:22 (NIV)
22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.

Death to Life

Message Notes

Psalm 77:14 (NIV)
14 You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.

John 11:1-4,6,11 (NIV)
1 Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
2 (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.)
3 So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”
4 When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”

6 So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days,

11 After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.”

You May Give Up on Jesus – But He Hasn’t Given Up On You

John 11:20,25-27 (NIV)
20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.
..
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;
26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God,who is to come into the world.”

Joshua 21:44-45 (NIV)
44 The Lord gave them rest on every side, just as he had sworn to their ancestors. Not one of their enemies withstood them; the Lord gave all their enemies into their hands.
45 Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.

Luke 1:37 (NIV)
37 For no word from God will ever fail.”

Move Faith From Your Head To Your Heart

John 11:38-40 (NIV)
38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance.
39 “Take away the stone,” he said.
“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”
40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

Romans 10:10 (NIV)
10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Don’t Believe What You See, Believe What Jesus Said

John 11:43-44 (NIV)
43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”
44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.
Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)
7 For we live by faith, not by sight.

Overflow-What Could Happen in a Powerful Worship Moment

Message Notes

(John 7:38 NIV)
Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.

(John 7:38 CSB)
The one who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him.

1.People are looking for freedom from sadness.

(1 Samuel 16:14-17 NIV)
Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him. (15) Saul’s attendants said to him, “See, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you. (16) Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the lyre. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes on you, and you will feel better.” (17) So Saul said to his attendants, “Find someone who plays well and bring him to me.”

2.Overflow – what could happen in a single powerful worship moment.

(1 Samuel 16:18 NIV)
One of the servants answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the lyre. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the Lord is with him.”

3.Let’s be hungry to overflow in any worship moment.

(1 Samuel 16:21-23 NIV)
David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers. (22) Then Saul sent word to Jesse, saying, “Allow David to remain in my service, for I am pleased with him.” (23) Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.

(Matthew 9:21-22 NIV)
She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” (22) Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.

7 Steps To Financial Freedom

Message Notes

“Live like no-one else now, so that later you can live, and give, like no-one else.” -Dave Ramsey

(1 Corinthians 4:2 NIV) Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

(Matthew 25:23 NIV) “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

STEP 1. Get A Plan For Your Money – Budget Each Month

“A budget is telling your money where to go, not wondering where it went!” -John Maxwell

“If you aim at nothing you will hit it every time” -Zig Ziglar

(Proverbs 21:5 NIV) The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.

(Luke 14:28 NIV) “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?

STEP 2. Save a Beginner Emergency Fund

(Proverbs 21:20) The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down.

STEP 3. Get Out of Debt – The Borrower Is Slave To The Lender

(Proverbs 22:7) The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.

(Proverbs 6:1–5) “My son, if you become surety for your friend, if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger, you are snared by the words of your mouth; you are taken by the words of your mouth. So do this, my son, and deliver yourself; for you have come into the hand of your friend: Go and humble yourself; plead with your friend. Give no sleep to your eyes, nor slumber to your eyelids. Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the han d of the hunter, and like a bird from the hand of the fowler.”

 
STEP 4. Save a Full 3-6 Month Emergency Fund

(Proverbs 6:6–8) “Go to the ant, O sluggard, observe her ways and be wise, which, having no chief, officer or ruler, prepares her food in the summer and gathers her provision in the harvest.”

STEP 5. Invest for the Future

(Matthew 25:19-21) “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’ 21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

STEP 6. Pay Off Your House Early

(Proverbs 24:27) Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.

STEP 7. Build Wealth, Be Incredibly Generous and Leave A Legacy

(2 Corinthians 9:7) Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
(Proverbs 13:22a NIV) A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.

Breaking Free – Flee!

Message Notes

2 Timothy 2:22 (NIV)
22 Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Joseph Flee’s From Temptation
Genesis 39:6-11 (NIV)
6 So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate.
Now Joseph was well-built and handsome,
7 and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!”
8 But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care.
9 No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?”
10 And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her.
11 One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside.

Genesis 41:41-43 (NIV)
41 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.”
42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck.
43 He had him ride in a chariot as his second-in-command,and people shouted before him, “Make way!” Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt.

When Temptation Comes, What Do We Do?
Stay Strong
1 Peter 5:8-9 (NIV)
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lionlooking for someone to devour.
9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

Look To God for the Way Out
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)
13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

The Truth Will Set You Free
John 8:32 (NIV)
32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”