WHAT OVERWHELMS YOU?

“WHAT OVERWHELMS YOU?” INTRO: What overwhelms you? Overwhelm – to overcome completely in mind or feeling. What do you do when you feel overwhelmed? PAUL’S EXPERIENCE WITH BEING OVERWHELMED 2Cor. 4:8-10 1. Paul’s persecution (see also 2Cor. 11:24-28). 2. Do you ever feel like this? Do you feel like this now? 3. Paul put things […]

BREAKING THROUGH THRESHOLDS

“BREAKING THROUGH THRESHOLDS” INTRO: Threshold – “the magnitude or intensity that must be exceeded for a certain reaction, phenomenon, result, or condition to occur or be manifested.” I. THE THRESHOLD PRINCIPLE. A. Often what happens in various areas of our life is that we come up against an invisible level of resistance. B. Typically we […]

ENDURING TO THE END

ENDURING TO THE END” INTRO: Only those who endure to the end will be saved (Matt. 10:22b; 24:13; Mk. 13:13b)! The Christian life is more like a marathon than a sprint (1Cor. 9:24-27; Heb. 12:1). Starting isn’t as significant as finishing! In the Parable of the Sower (Matt. 13:3-11, 18-23), only one who started the […]

THE POLARIZING PRESENCE OF JESUS

“THE POLARIZING PRESENCE OF JESUS” TEXT: Mark 5:1-20 INTRO: Many people want more of the presence of Jesus until it comes, and then when it comes they resist it because it wasn’t what they thought it would be. The presence of Jesus is often polarizing (to divide into sharply opposing factions,… ). The presence of […]

SPIRITUAL LASIK SURGERY

“SPIRITUAL LASIK SURGERY” TEXT: Matthew 20:29-34 INTRO: Many people have had Lasik surgery in order to restore their sight. Do you need spiritual Lasik surgery? I. THE CONDITION (v. 30) A. These two men were blind and desperate. B. They were willing to cry out for help. C. Are you blind? 1. Have you lost […]

“FINDING YOUR WAY BACK TO GOD – Pt. 5”

“FINDING YOUR WAY BACK TO GOD – Pt. 5” [Week 5 – Awakening to the Father’s Heart] (Luke 15:11-32) I. THE FATHER’S HEART. A. Celebrating from death to life (Lk. 15:24a). B. Celebrating from lost to found (Lk. 15:24b). C. The celebration was meant to include all who were connected to the father’s house (Lk. […]

“Finding Your Way Back To God” Pt. 4

“Finding Your Way Back To God” Pt. 4 [Week 4 – Awakening to Identity] (Luke 15:11-24) INTRO: Are you as connected to God as you’ve ever been? Let’s look at the 4th Awakening – an awakening to Identity. I. IDENTITY THEFT A. Identity theft is a major problem today. B. Has the devil stolen your […]

“FINDING YOUR WAY BACK TO GOD – Pt. 3

“FINDING YOUR WAY BACK TO GOD – Pt. 3” [Week 3 – Awakening to Help (Lk. 15:11-24] INTRO: Are you as connected to God as you’ve ever been? 1st Awakening: to longing – “there’s got to be more…” •A longing for love, purpose and meaning. •Apart from right connection to God, leads to emptiness and […]