Judgement and Restoration?
John 8:1-11
Pastor Terry Wilcox


Background: All Jewish men were to be in Jerusalem for Passover; Pharisees were determined to hang on to their power; Jesus was a threat.

Why Jesus came: John 3:17; I Peter 2:24

The Story

  1. John 8:2 – The people wanted to be with Jesus.
  2. John 8:3 – Legalists tend to be selective. Where is the man.
  3. John 8:6 – This was a trap using the law of Moses and the law of Rome.
  4. John 8:6 – What Jesus wrote in the dirt = ? We don’t know.
  5. John 8:7 – “Without sin” is from the Greek word anamartetos which also means, “without a sinful desire.”
  6. John 8:9 – The more experienced realized their trap had failed. Jesus, the woman, and the people remained.
  7. John 8:11 – Two types of judgment:
    I. Condemnation
    II. Discernment
  8. John 8:11 – Grace makes restoration possible.
    James 2:12-13
    Grace does not ignore sin; it is the remedy.

The church is not called to condemn people, but to create an atmosphere where the grace of God can do the work of restoration.


Personal Notes

DO YOU THINK THIS WORKS TODAY?
Ephesians 5:21-33
Pastor Terry Wilcox


REASONS FOR DIFFICULTIES

  1. Society’s emphasis on self-fulfillment.
  2. The pace of our culture.
  3. Spirit of materialism. Things and experiences receive the highest priority.
  4. Lack of connection. Tweets can’t cut it.
  5. Culture can’t define wrong.

GOD HAS THE BETTER PLAN

  1. Highest form of love is the driver. Ephesians 5:25
    Lust asks, “How much can I get?
    Love asks, “How much can I give?
  2. purifying love. Ephesians 5:26-27
    What you say and how you say it changes everyone.
  3. Pamper your wife. Ephesians 5:28-29
  4. No one is between. Ephesians 5:31

HOW?
SOME PRACTICAL STEPS

  1. Remember how you
  2. Make time to express your 
  3. Surprise her!
  4. Be a good listener.
  5. Work. Ephesians 4:32
  6. Admit your own shortcomings
  7. Help her to 
  8. Make Joshua’s declaration yours. Joshua 24:15

PERSONAL NOTES

Am I Free To Do That?
Galatians 5:1-6
Pastor Terry Wilcox


All the great things are simple, and many can be expresesd in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.  -Winston Churchill

I believe that political freedom, civility, demonstrations without destruction, freedom to speak without violence, people being treated with respect, and the fair-handed administration of justice requires more than laws and law enforcement.

While we are contending for our own liberty, we should be very cautious not to violate the rights of conscience in others.  -George Washington

The heart of the issue is the condition of  .

Galatians 5:1
This text is about freedom, not political freedom.
Yes, the freedom that Jesus gives affects the way we live.

May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please but as the opportunity to do what is right.  -Peter Marshall

  1. Galatians 5-6 present practical application of our salvation by grace alone.
    Don’t turn back to self-!
    Galatians 5:9 warns that a small amount is .
  2. In Galatians 5:4 Paul warns that legalism is .
    Legalism-liberty-license –
    Scripture stands against two of these three.

    What keeps us centered?
    for God,  of God.

Freely we serve, because we freely love, as in our will to love or not; in this we stand or fall.  -John Milton, “Paradise Lost”

 

Winning When Tempted
Ephesians 6:10-18
Pastor Terry Wilcox


Two Factors in Battle

Three Areas We Are Attacked

  1. The  attacks our spirit.
  2. The  attacks our soul.
  3. The  attacks our body.

Winning Strategies

  1. For the Devil,  with .
  2. For the world, our  for .
  3. For the flesh,  from it.

 

Own Your Own Stuff
Luke 14:15-24
Pastor Terry Wilcox


The setting: Luke 14:1

What Jesus did is a reflection of who He is.  Hebrews 13:8
The parables of Jesus have been called, “The of God.” Luke 14:16 – “…a certain man” is .

Is the “Kingdom of God” something yet to come or something now?

  1. These people were not .
  2. They all offered lame .
    We do this to shield ourselves from the .
  3. The deadliest addiction is hiding from the truth about .
    It shuts out all .
  4. Understanding God’s   is the key to  and .
    This parable reveals both God’s grace and .

Today’s “love feast” is an opportunity to recognize our need and accept God’s .

 

What He Does For You
Zephaniah 3:17
Pastor Dan Bystrom


Repent means to                                   and                                     

He saves us His                                for His                                         .

As a Christian your life has                                                                               except what is done for                                            .

The door of Revelation is attached to what building? A                                          .

God is concerned about the                               of the person praying.

Men and women of heaven, you are                                           and                                     .

You are marked out for                                       .

Elect of God, we are the                                          

Changed By Grace
Titus 2:11-14
Pastor Jon Betz


Past – Thank God for Grace – Titus 2:11

Present – Holy Living – Titus 2:12

Future – Glorious Eternal Kingdom – Titus 2:14

 

Conclusion – Notice Titus 3:3-5 – What a change!

Consider the Uniqueness of Jesus
Luke 24:13-32
Pastor Terry Wilcox


Unique means one and , without .
A.D. = Latin Anno Domini = in the  of our Lord.
B.C. = before Christ.

Why is Jesus like no other?

  1. He is God’s .
    I John 4:9; I John 5:18
    No other religion makes the bold claim that God took on  .
    John 1:14; Philippians 2:5
  2. Jesus is unique because He didn’t  .
    Consider the cost to those who said He’s alive.
  3. Jesus is like no other because people  when they know Him.
    Know as by  or .
    A. The resurrected Jesus changes . Luke 24:17
        (No Jesus, no peace; know Jesus, know peace.)
    B. The resurrected Jesus changes your understanding of .
        There are  Old Testament prophecies fulfilled by Jesus.
        Two tests of conspiracy: (1) Number of those lying.
                                                      (2) Do they profit by the lie?
    C. The resurrected Jesus changes our .
         Luke 24:37-40
         People not likely to walk seven miles in the dark without strong .

What is your view of Jesus?

Know Him from history? Skeptical? Or know Him by .

 

You Can’t Surprise Jesus (He May Surprise You)
Mark 10:32-34, 46-52
Pastor Terry Wilcox


  1. Nothing about Jesus’ torture, death, and resurrection surprised Him. 
    Isaiah 52:13-53:12 – written  before His crucifixion.
      a. He knew the  and He had divine knowledge as .
      b. What may surprise us Him.
  2. Jesus was committed, the disciples were  and the others were . Mark 10:32
    Jesus is more committed to us than we are to .
      a. He continued to .  Mark 10:33-34
      b. He explained leadership.  Mark 10:40,45
      c. Mark 10:33 “Son of Man” is a messianic title. (See Daniel 7:13-14)
  3. Jesus knew He would suffer disloyalty, , injustice, ridicule, , and .
      a. God is more in  than people think.
      b. God knows your . Psalm 139:1-6
  4. With Calvary  miles and a week away, He stops for . Mark 10:49
  5. What is your takeaway?

Personal Notes

Why Keep Keeping On?
Acts 20:17-25
Pastor Terry Wilcox


We are all getting older and many of us are confronted with the health issues of aging.

Paul was on his third mission and was going to Jerusalem

  1. Paul wanted to go to Jerusalem.
    a. The passion of his heart was the message of saved   through   .
    b. He had companions and  for the people.
  2. Since his , Jerusalem had been  to him.
    a. On his first trip after conversion they  him.
    b. Second time was to settle the issue of .
    c. Next he confronted Peter for slipping toward .
    d. Yet he the Jewish people.
  3. He had been warned by others   .
    a. Were they to stop him or  him?
    b. Agabus’ warning caused Paul to clarify his purpose.
  4. Paul had a strong .
    a. Strengths can be a  and a .
    b. Without his  we probably would not know his name.
  5. Why did he stay his course?
    a. He counted his more valuable than   – Acts 20:22-24
    b. We may not be at risk of martyrdom, however.
    c. He was living in the light of  – Acts20:25
        II Timothy 4:6-8

George Washington Carver, like each of us, had to find  .


Personal Notes