Posts Tagged ‘Luke’

Barking Up The Right Tree


Bulletin/Handout notes

 Original Message/Sermon:  Pastor Jeff Daws
From morning service at Stockbridge Community Church on 9/25/11.
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Today’s point: Unity makes Stockbridge Community
Jesus said “Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall”. Luke 11:17 NIV
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:3 NIV
How to keep the unity of Stockbridge Community.
1. FOCUS on what we have in common, not our differences.
So let’s agree to use all our energy in getting along with each other. Help others with encouraging words; don’t drag them down by finding fault. Romans 14:19 MSG
2. Be REALISTIC in your expectations.
Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Ephesians 4:2 NLT
3. Refuse to LISTEN to gossip.
Fire goes out for lack of fuel, and tensions disappear when gossip stops. Proverbs 26:20 LIVING
4. By stepping up as ONE through CONNECT GROUPS.
I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. John 17:22-23
When we step up as ONE through Connect Groups we….
Offer hope through friendship.
Nurture leaders through commitments.
Engage our campus through worshipping God together.
Your next steps today:
1. I will become one with my SCC family by joining a Connect Group (See
2. I have been away from Christ & am recommitting my life to Him today.
3. I have not accepting Christ in my life before today, but I now accept Him as Lord & Savior.
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A one person audience

Dispute of Jesus and the Pharisees over tribut...

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“On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah, but his mother spoke up and said, ‘No! He is to be called John.’ They said to her, ‘There is no one among your relatives who has that name.'” (Luke 1:59-61).

Ever had to go against the public opinion? What about those opinions of your family or friends?
Hebrew tradition clearly shows that people named their sons after their ancestor, in one way or another. The kids names were meant to honor their families. When Elizabeth said NO, they appealed to her husband Zechariah. Unfortunately for them, he agreed with his wife. The archangel Gabriel gave them the name John, and they did what the Lord said even though others disapproved.

Todays leaders are more concerned with public opinion that what the Lord wants. But if you will remember, the Pharisees wanted Jesus to conform to their laws and way of life. Jesus did not care about the public opinion, an audience of a million men could not have changed His mind. He simply cared about the opinion of His audience of ONE (God the father), who He lived to serve. When we are true to what God wants, the cost is irrelevant.

The question for you today is, who is truly the person you need approval from? An audience of mere mortals, or an audience of One True God?
Be blessed,

(Inspired by CGI & TGIF ministries)