Learning to Pray

Prayer is a shared language among us. As we walk to the train, press send or pick up toys at the end of the day, prayers slip from our hearts. When there isn’t enough or a way out, we pray for more or for change. Prayers of thank you come with great sighs of relief.

We pray even when we aren’t sure that someone is listening. We pray when we aren’t sure it will make a difference. We pray when it’s the only thing we can think to do.

Sermon Notes: The Joys of Diversity

Sunday, July 12: The Joys of Diversity
Series: 55 Countries, 1 Church

  1. Diversity shows the power & love of Jesus (Revelation 5:6–10)

  2. Diversity is a foretaste of God’s ultimate plan (Ephesians 2:13–16, Revelation 7:9–10)

  3. Diversity deepens our knowledge of God (Revelation 21:24–26)

  4. Diversity grows our faith and discipleship (Romans 12:16, Colossians 3:16, 1 John 4:12)

  5. Diversity in the church is a light in the darkness (Matthew 5:16, John 17:20–23)

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Sermon Notes: Starved for Justice and Truth

Sunday, June 21: Starved for Justice and Truth
Series: Oceans of Justice, Rivers of Fairness
Text: Amos 7 & 8

This is a moral universe in which justice will be served
if the poor are oppressed
if the truth is suppressed

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Sermon Notes: Addicted to Feeling Good

Sunday, June 14: Addicted to Feeling Good
Series: Oceans of Justice and Rivers of Fairness

Excessive living
Excessive eating
Excessive playing
Excessive drinking
Excessive pampering

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Sermon Notes: God Has Left the Building

Sunday, June 7: God Has Left the Building
Series: Oceans of Justice, Rivers of Fairness
Text: Amos 5:21–24

God leaves the building when:
The service becomes perfunctory (v. 21)
The offering becomes manipulative (v. 22)
The music becomes self-centered (v. 23)
Injustice and unfairness become tolerated (v. 24)

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Oceans of Justice and Rivers of Fairness

Amos, whose prophecies are the earliest recorded in the Old Testament, answers the questions we frequently ask:
• Who cares that things are just not fair?
• How long will the Lord hide Himself (Psalms 89:46)?
• Are there any who still care for justice and truth?
• Is this a moral universe?
• Is there hope that a day of repair and restoration is coming?

Join us this Sunday as we begin our four-week series, Oceans of Justice and Rivers of Fairness. 9:30 and 11:30 in Evanston.

Sermon Notes: Making A Home For Children

Sunday, May 24: Making a home for children
Series: All God’s Children

The church is called to be a community of welcome and hospitality for vulnerable children.

  1. There are many children in need of a home and a family:
    • 1.6–2.8 million children run away every year
    • 400,000 placed in foster care every year (17,920 children in Illinois)
    • 116,000 waiting for adoption (2,719 of these in Illinois)

  2. God made us a part of his family and gives us a home (Ephesians 1:4–5)

  3. God calls us to care for children in need of a home (Psalm 82:3–4, James 1:27) (Watch Leah’s interview.)

  4. There are different needs requiring different responses (Watch Jim & Elizabeth’s interview.)

  5. Followers of Jesus are called to a different approach (1 John 3:16)

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Sermon Notes: Investing in All God's Children

Sunday, May 17: Investing in All God’s Children
Series: All God’s Children

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul that the way in which in treats its children” — Nelson Mandela

We should invest in children because:
1. God treats them as fully important (1 Samuel 3:1–4,19, Luke 1:11–15)
2. A little investment brings big rewards (Proverbs 22:6)
3. Investment sends a powerful message
4. Not all children have the same advantages
5. If we don’t, someone else will

To learn more about Books & Breakfast, text your name, contact information and the word Books to 847–920–8223.

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Sermon Notes: Speaking Life to All God’s Children

Sunday, May 10: Speaking Life to All God’s Children
Series: All God’s Children

  1. Our words have power to shape the spirit and future of a child (Proverbs 18:21)

  2. How to hurt a child with words (Proverbs 12:18, Proverbs 15:4):
    • Regular criticism
    • Devaluing comments
    • Name calling
    • Predicting a negative future
    • Wishing they were gone or did not exist
    • Negative comparisons to siblings or friends
    • Negative sarcasm/negative humor
    • Shaming words

  3. How to heal a child with words (Proverbs 16:24):
    • Speak value
    • Speak praise without flattery
    • Speak appreciation and thanks
    • Speak a positive future
    • Speak grace
    • Speak love and belonging

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Sermon Notes: The Battle for God's Children

Sunday, May 3: The Battle for God’s Children
Series: All God’s Children

• 5,400 daily suicide attempts
• 400,000 children in foster care
• 2.5 million homeless children
• Only 46% in married original family
• 41% born outside of marriage

We should fight for the children:
1. Because they are special to Jesus (Matthew 18:5–6)
2. Because they are our future
3. Because they are the easiest to impact
4. Because they are the primary victims of social breakdown
5. Because the are targeted by the evil one (Revelation 12:1–5)

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