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Sermon notes

One of my intentions had been to start a category on this blog whereby I make notes of the sermons of my church. We have a new Pastor at my church and I’ve heard several weeks of sermons now. I’ve made notes, asked questions, but hesitated to make any posts.

The reason is that I’ve found that the man who has been called to pastor our church is not qualified to preach the Scriptures. An example of this claim is as follows: upon asking him his position on women being pastors and teaching over men in the church, he stated that the scriptures that deal with that issue were about a cultural issue that the apostle Paul was addressing. He admitted that the qualifications for an elder do not permit a woman to lead as pastor but that the forbidding of teaching and speaking in church was a cultural problem and not a command for today.

There’s a problem with his interpretation of Scripture, however, as Paul mentions Adam and Eve following his admonition that A woman should learn in quietness and full submission.  I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. ” 1 Timothy 2:11-12 NIV

In mentioning Adam and Eve, we see that Paul is setting a precedent of God’s appointed order of how things should run, rather than addressing some local, cultural issue. The full passage is as follows:

A woman should learn in quietness and full submission.  I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve.  And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner.  [1 Timothy 2:11-14 NIV]

I am saddened that this is far from the only example I have of how the man has failed to properly teach the Scriptures.

So as not to cause disruption and agitation at my church, and to keep from the temptation to be a source of division in that church, I have prayerfully decided to start looking elsewhere for Sunday worship. I’ve found some churches in my area noted on the 9Marks website (church search section is here: 9Marks Church Search ) and, Lord willing, will be visiting those places in the coming Sundays.


patricia grace

Sermon Notes

Colossians 1:10-14

Sunday, May 10, 2015 P.M. Service – Blackrock Baptist Church

Sermon title was “Sight, Flight, and Might”

Colossians 1:10-14

10 …so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. 11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, 12 giving thanks[a] to the Father, who has qualified you[b]to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

We should be a “365 seeker”–seeking the Lord daily, not just on a Sunday morning at church. In Colossians 1:9, Paul prayed that the Colossian church would be filled with the knowledge of God’s will. We should pray the same–we don’t want to miss opportunities. How many opportunities do we miss? What if our thought life or our service (or lack thereof) was shown to everyone, as on a movie reel, for all our family, friends, and acquaintances to see?

In verse 9, we read about knowing God’s will so that (v.10) we’ll walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. Spend time with someone and you learn what he likes and dislikes; spend time with the Lord and know His will and walk in obedience to it.

See Psalm 1–Delight in the law of the Lord; meditate on it day and night (Ps. 1:2). Be a 365 seeker.

Walk (abide) in Christ daily, so that we won’t be ashamed when He returns — 1 John 2:28 says  “And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.”  All believers will all go through the  judgement seat of Christ. Be ready!

Col 1:10 also mentions “work”. We don’t work to be saved, but salvation and works go hand in hand. Works are the evidence of salvation. Matt 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Good works, good fruit only happens as we abide in the vine (Christ), see John 15.

Col 1:11 We need His power and might for endurance and patience with joy. Having joy in trial is a litmus test for the Christian. It’s easy to rejoice when times are good–the Christian has joy even in trial. We don’t just link “good events” to God’s goodness–God is good always, in all circumtances. All things aren’t necessarily good, but God can use all things for good. (See Romans 8:28)

Col 1:12 In Adam, we’re all disqualified. God qualifies us in Christ.

Col 1:13 God has delivered us in Christ

Col 1:14 We are redeemed and forgiven in Christ (see also Hebrews 10:1. Christ accomplished what the law could not do).


Sermon Notes

Proverbs 4:23-27 “The Sentinel of Our Sanity”

Sunday, May 3, 2015 A.M. Service – Blackrock Baptist Church

Proverbs 4:23-27 “The Sentinel of Our Sanity”


23 Keep your heart with all vigilance,

for from it flow the springs of life.

 24 Put away from you crooked speech,

and put devious talk far from you.

25 Let your eyes look directly forward,

and your gaze be straight before you.

 26 Ponder the path of your feet;

then all your ways will be sure.

 27 Do not swerve to the right or to the left;

turn your foot away from evil.  (ESV)

The battlefield of the believer is in the heart and mind; it’s not a geographical location, on the job, at school, etc. It’s not against other people either.

v23. The term “keep” used here is a military term. It has the idea of standing guard. We are to guard our hearts and minds and to “…take every thought captive to obey Christ…” (2 Cor 10:5)

We protect our material possessions–we should take even more care to protect our hearts and minds. WE ARE IN SPIRITUAL WARFARE: “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ…” (2 Cor 10:3-5)

Hide the Word of God in your heart to assist in guarding your heart. When a security alarm is breached, there’s a signal. Hiding the Word in our hearts helps make us sensitive when our thoughts wander where they shouldn’t.

Remember Eve and the serpent (Genesis ch. 3)– the enemy got her thoughts on to something that God had forbidden. He planted an idea of doubt about the goodness of God and an idea of something better outside of God’s will. “Did God actually say….?”– he planted doubt about the Word of God. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God…” –he tempted Eve to doubt God’s goodness and His good intentions for them.

There is a progression in the passage of Proverbs 4:23-27 — Heart, mouth, eyes, feet. A guarded heart and a guided heart leads to:

  • a moral mouth v.24
  • established eyes v.25
  • faithful feet v.26-27

Jesus tells us in Matthew ch. 15 “But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. ”  Evil comes out of our hearts.

First, we need a new heart. Educationinformation, and relocation can’t give us a new heart. Regeneration is necessary. Information without transformation will lead to frustration. Information with transformation leads to celebration.  It’s not just an informed mind that we must have; it’s a transformed mind we need. (Rom 12:2)