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Pleasureville UMC's mission: we exist to speak the truth in love, so that we may grow for God’s glory.

Pleasureville SermonCast Pastor Ross

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Pleasureville UMC's mission: we exist to speak the truth in love, so that we may grow for God’s glory.

    Devotions of Trust and Commitment

    Devotions of Trust and Commitment

    Sermon Notes
    1.) (1-4) Jesus knows and we would do well to observe: don’t simply maintain your life when you could enrich your life with God.

    2.) (5-7) We do not need to test God. However, we do need to take time to prepare; life will bring plenty of its own tests.

    3.) (8-10) Jesus was prepared: Jesus' power, ministry, and life are what God has bestowed so that he is equipped to serve. Consider how lent is a season of preparation for you.

    4.) (11) Evil retreats when it holds no power over you. During this Lenten season, seek to be empowered by God!

    • 26 min
    Know when to Retreat

    Know when to Retreat

    Sermon Notes

    (13-15) Servants in God’s ministry of care are those who can consider and anticipate potential harm. This is a major function for these servants: to care enough about raising disciples by raising the alarm as appropriate.

    (16-18) When offering support for another’s transformation, the role of the servant has only just begun. The untransformed, those who are peers of the one receiving care, may perceive such a transformation as bad and may challenge the change.   

    (19-20) A servant in caring ministries serve as a kind of channel between God’s grace and people. This also means that a person’s transformation toward accepting the role of a disciple is quite dependent upon your modeling of consistent obedience to God.

    (21-23) The servants of a caring ministry can retreat once their care recipients have become peers in discernment and can take faithful steps on their own.

    • 23 min
    The Need for Humility in Prayer

    The Need for Humility in Prayer

    1.) (9-12) We know our prayer is off base when we feel justified through our works instead of through grace.

    2.) (13) Our humility in prayer is evidenced by where we place our recognition and by whom we blame.

    3.) (14) Our progress after prayer is largely determined by our approach to prayer. Consider where are you in prayer. To what degree do you pray with self-confidence or humility? Which do you believe God prefers more?

    4.) (15-17) Consider what it looks like for a child to draw near to someone: they are quite vulnerable and yet fully trusting. How might this inform your prayer life as a child of God?

    • 20 min
    The Need for Humility in Prayer

    The Need for Humility in Prayer

    1.) (9-12) We know our prayer is off base when we feel justified through our works instead of through grace.

    2.) (13) Our humility in prayer is evidenced by where we place our recognition and by whom we blame.

    3.) (14) Our progress after prayer is largely determined by our approach to prayer. Consider where are you in prayer. To what degree do you pray with self-confidence or humility? Which do you believe God prefers more?

    4.) (15-17) Consider what it looks like for a child to draw near to someone: they are quite vulnerable and yet fully trusting. How might this inform your prayer life as a child of God?

    • 20 min
    More than a Service Provider

    More than a Service Provider

    1.) (11-13) Everyone holds a unique perspective about God which directly influence their prayers and approach to God. For some, they wish to remain close to the few people they trust with rare exceptions made for those whose revealed good character change their perspective.

    2.) (14) Examine God’s response here: to Go! Witness your restoration as you obey. When you are sent home then return to your community proclaiming God’s work in your life. This is the peculiar nature of prayer: God’s response to our requests come in and through our response to God’s requests.

    3.) (15-16) Have we been faithful in our relationships to God and one another? For how long should a relationship endure withdrawals when it’s seldom reinforced with open communication, time spent together, and recognizing each other’s ongoing efforts?

    4.) (17-19) Do you recognize what God has done?! If so, then rise and Go! Seek to be God’s uncommon example. Help others recognize how God has and is an answer to our prayers!

    • 29 min
    Know the Personal Cost

    Know the Personal Cost

    Sermon Notes
    1.) (25-26) Jesus is NOT endorsing hate. However, Jesus does point out here how others may resent you because you have made faith in God your priority.

    2.) (27-28) To carry your cross means you have come to terms with the cost of acknowledging and admitting your faith publicly.

    3.) (29-30) To be committed means you hold enough knowledge for a comprehensive strategy and the ability to endure. These will emerge after thorough preparation and careful consideration.

    4.) (31-33) Choosing your battles means knowing when and what to surrender. Why fight to gain what you later lose forever? Instead, strengthen your faith. Then be the mediator for terms of peace between your neighbors and God.

    • 23 min

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