SERMON NOTES (Feb 7, 2016): MISSION- Pt 3 of 3 Series- Transitions: Discovering the Generosity Factor

Lev 26:1-12; Ruth 1:16

Intro: What is a Legacy?

Webster:             1:  a gift by will especially of money or other personal property:  bequest
2:  something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past

“Sandwich Generation” (see slide issues)

Ruth between Naomi & Obed -> David “a man after God’s own heart”

Different Kind of Invitation: Call to Families (Individuals Accepted) But has HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT

I.                    Legacy of WORSHIP (26:1-2)
Ill. Last 17 years stats: CT article 1/6/2016- “Waning of the Worship Wars”-
Overall, organs, bulletins & choirs - -10%
Saying “amen” +6%
Hearing testimony from members +7%
Jumping and shouting +8%
Applause +10%
Raising hands & using drums +14%
Overhead projectors +23%
Churches w 100+ attendance – Choir -36%
90% larger congregations have multiple worship services  & less like to divide trad & contemp.
Denom unaffiliated congregations  +18% (mainly white evang)

A Testimony of Time & Space- “You shall keep MY SABBATHS and reverence MY SANCTUARY; I am the Lord.”
      A.      Sabbaths – Lord over the Calendar: Do you remember when Sunday used to be honored?
ILL. Chick Fil A-  Truett Cathy – “Closed on Sunday” Policy: 
From Chick Fil A Website: "Cathy answers challengers by saying closing on Sunday is one of the best business decisions he has ever made. Cathy’s practice of closing his restaurants on Sunday is unique to the restaurant business and a testament to his faith in God. Within the first week of business at his Dwarf Grill restaurant in Hapeville, Ga. more than 60 years ago, Cathy knew that he would not deal with money on the “Lord’s Day.” Today, the Closed-on-Sunday policy is reflected in the company’s Corporate Purpose:
To glorify God by being a faithful steward to all that is entrusted to us.
To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.
Cathy believes that being closed on Sunday says two important things to people: One, that there must be something special about the way Chick-fil-A people view their spiritual life; and, two, that there must be something special about how Chick-fil-A feels about its people."
      B.      Sanctuary – Lord over the Map : Do you remember when the gathering of the church used to be honored?
Tithing: CT Article: Larger the church, the less people give each.
100 members – avg $1750/yr
400 - $1480/yr
1000- $1140/yr

Ill. Why they Stay by Dr. Steve Parr & Dr. Tom Crites: Teenagers that don’t find a congregation to attend by Thanksgiving during their first year of college will most likely never return to church
-66% of the college students that grew up in church will disconnect by the time they finish college.
-80% of young adults that grew up in church will leave by the time they are 30.

Mission: Pass On- This is When & Where We Meet; How we Give, How we Worship God; It’s not about a legalistic empty ritual of meeting; it’s why we worship God, where and when.

II.                  Legacy of LIFESTYLE (26:3-10)
A Testimony of Human Behavior- “If you walk in MY STATUTES and keep MY COMMANDMENTS so as to carry them out,  then I shall give you…”
      A.      Lord over Culturality (STATUTES) – perverted sexual idolatry & lies about origins; media promotion of these views

      B.      Lord over Legality (COMMANDS)– perverted laws about life & liberty
Haggai 1:5 Now therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts, "Consider your ways! 6"You have sown much, but harvest little; you eat, but there is not enough to be satisfied; you drink, but there is not enough to become drunk; you put on clothing, but no one is warm enough; and he who earns, earns wages to put into a purse with holes." 7Thus says the LORD of hosts, "Consider your ways!
Deuteronomy 28:38 You will sow much seed in the field but you will harvest little, because locusts will devour it.
Isaiah 5:10 A ten-acre vineyard will produce only a bath of wine; a homer of seed will yield only an ephah of grain."
Jeremiah 12:13 They will sow wheat but reap thorns; they will wear themselves out but gain nothing. They will bear the shame of their harvest because of the LORD's fierce anger."
Hosea 8:7 "They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no head; it will produce no flour. Were it to yield grain, foreigners would swallow it up.
Amos 4:8 People staggered from town to town for water but did not get enough to drink, yet you have not returned to me," declares the LORD
Mission: Pass On This is What We Do- Why? We Follow God’s Ways

III.                Legacy – Results of Covenant (26:3-9)
Does God really make covenants? Promises? “I will confirm MY COVENANT with you” – Corporate Promise for His people:

rains in their season – Rightly Timed Revival
land will yield its produce – Successful Production
trees of the field will bear their fruit – Fruit
Threshing & gathering will last – Longevity
eat your food to the full – Satisfaction
live securely; grant peace; no fear – Security
eliminate harmful beasts and no sword – Peace 
your enemies will fall before you – Victory
fruitful and multiply – Family Reproduction

IV.                    Legacy of COMMUNITY (26:11-12)
A Testimony of Corporate Identification: Moreover, I will make MY DWELLING among you; and you shall be MY PEOPLE. 
      A.      Lord over His Shared Presence – His Dwelling among us. John 1:1-2 “word became flesh and dwelt among us”

      B.      Lord over Our Shared Identity – We are the People of God (at home, at school, at work) – laws won’t be able to deal with us when we identify who we really are.

Mission: Pass on- This is Who We Are; Doesn't negate individuality, but it gives a foundation of corporate identity that secures that arrow’s launch

Conclusion: Invitation that starts here & goes home with you

SERMON NOTES (Jan 31, 2016): REDEMPTION- Pt 2 of 3 Series- Transitions: Discovering the Generosity Factor

Lev. 25:47-49; Ruth 4:14-15

I.                    I was Sold into Spiritual Bondage (Lev 15:47)

EXP- “sold himself to a stranger”

It was a Legal Transaction

It was a Self-imposed Transaction

II.                  No Man (Not even I) Could Save Me (Lev 25:48-49)

A Family Member was ALLOWED to redeem him
A Distant Relative was ALLOWED to redeem him
A man was ALLOWED to redeem himself
Permissible if Perfect but not Adequate if there is sin.

III.                Only Jesus Can Redeem Me (Ruth 4:14)

EXP. The Lord who has not left you without a redeemer today
The Lord Provides
The Lord Redeems

The Lord Offers Today

Day 11 of Georgia House of Representatives - Devotion on Wisdom - January 27, 2016

Day 11: Chaplain of the Day, Rev. Buck Burch
Posted by Georgia House on Thursday, January 28, 2016