Sermon Notes

Advent 2020

Advent – Week 4 – “Peace” 12/20/20

Intro: A recent story of a man finding a buried treasure of California gold-rush era coins on his property. It is an example of something very rare, valuable and worth protecting.

Today I want to consider:

The Treasure of Peace.

– Peace is actually mentioned more times than love in the Bible

– Integral word in Jewish culture (Shalom) with a historical meaning of “wholeness and completeness”

– Was a central message at the birth of Christ

         Luke 1:79 (Zacharias) 2:14 (Angels)

I. We Can Have Peace with God

– Romans 5:1

A. Justification brings a status of peace

         -the lie of the enemy is that this is not needed

B. Peace comes through faith alone (not works)

         “by faith” (v.1)

C. Peace is made through the blood of Christ

         – Colossians 1:20

II. We Can Have Peace Within Us

A. Jesus is the giver of the peace

         – John 14:27

         – Ephesians 2:14-15

B. The Holy Spirit is the cultivator of peace

         – Gal. 5:22 “working the soil, removing/adding”

C. The peace of God transcends understanding

         – Phil. 4:6-7

III. We Can Have Peace with Others

A. God calls us to peace

         – I Corinthians 7:15

B. Spiritually minded people desire peace

         – Romans 8:6

         – as opposed to one stirring up division, suspicion

C. We are to sow in peace for the fruit of righteousness

         – James 3:18 (the goal is the harvest)

IV. Conclusion

Question: Is your heart at peace and sowing peace?


Advent – Week 3 – “Joy” 12/13/20

Intro: Joy is a word often used simultaneously with happiness, or excitement, but Christian joy is something far more powerful and lasting.

Today I want to consider what God says to us about joy through His Word.

I. The Substance of Christian Joy

A. Christian joy is based on God’s truth

         – Nehemiah 8:10-12 (broader context)

B. Christian joy is focused beyond circumstances

C. Christian joy is connected to gratefulness

         (happiness is not, but joy is)

II. The Source of Christian Joy

A. Our joy is Christ Himself

         – John 15:11, 17:13

B. The Holy Spirit facilitates the joy

         – Romans 14:17, 15:13

C. Prayer is a key part of the process

         (asking for it alongside righteousness and peace)

III. The Difference Christian Joy Makes

A. A presence of life in a dead world

         – Galatians 5:22

B. A reward all its own to do what is right

         – Proverbs 21:15, Hebrews 12:2

C. A mark of what awaits us on the other side

         – Matthew 25:21, 23

IV. Conclusion

Question: Is there Christian joy is your life?


Week 2 – “Love” 12/6/20

Intro: Love is a common word often used to describe emotions and to explain actions. However, the use of the word in the Bible does not always match the common use in our culture. The passages can be comforting and encouraging, while also challenging and convicting.

Today I want to consider what God says to us about love through His Word.

I. The Nature of Love

A. Love is an attribute of God

         – 1 John 4:7-9

B. Love has selfless qualities (not selfish ones)

         – I Corinthians 13

C. Love is a fruit of the Spirit (produced in/through us)

         – Galatians 5:22

D. Love is a choice (decision of the will)

         – 1 John 4:10-11

E. Love should be the standard among the church

         – John 13:34-35 (gospel account of Jesus)

II. The Application of Love

A. God loves us

         – John 3:16

B. We are to love God

         – I John 4:19

C. We are to love those closest to us

         – Ephesians 5:25

D. We are to love those all around us

         – Leviticus 19:18 & 34 (even an OT standard)

III. The Misplacing of Love

A. Beware of loving self

         – II Timothy 3:2

B. Beware of loving money

         – I Timothy 6:10

C. Beware of loving the world

         – I John 2:15

IV. Conclusion


– What defines your love?

– How do you show it?


Week-1 “Hope” 11-29-20

Intro: People place hope in many different things, people, circumstances, and potential outcomes. (Examples: political leaders, family leaders, financial resources, career moves, stock market growth, etc.)

– As Christians, our hope is based solely on the Person, work and promises of Jesus.

– Consider what Paul wrote to the Colossian church:

– Read Col. 1:27-29

– “The riches of the mystery is Christ in us!”

Today, we’re looking at four characteristics of the hope we have in Christ:

– Read Psalm 16:7-9

I. Our Hope is Secure

The “therefore”

A. We must realize the unmovable nature of God

B. We must “set the Lord before us” as our focus

C. “Therefore” we find gladness in the surety of God

– Read Romans 5:1-5

II. Our Hope is Encouraging

A. There is peace with God over positional standing (v.1)

B. There is increasing confidence over time seeing His love day-to-day (v.5)

– Read Psalm 71:14-16

III. Our Hope is On-Going

A. Praise produces more praise (sometimes it’s a sacrifice – Heb.13:15)

B. We must decide to walk in that hope (v.16)

– Read Titus 2:11-15

III. Our Hope is Forward-Looking

A. Live soberly (see the world as it really is – v.12)

B. Look forward (to His glorious appearing – v.13)

C. Speak truth (even when it’s unpopular – v. 15)

IV. Conclusion


– Do you have hope?

– Where is it placed?



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