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Got to visit FCBCLA today, it’s my summer roommate’s church, a really encouraging brother whom God has placed in my life during my bouts with depression. Today was a bit special, so I will probably need to visit again to get a feel of the church. Also, God gave the courage and opened the door to spend time with my cousin in reading and studying His Word together! I ask for prayer, that God would continue to pique his interest in eternal things, revealing to us our sin and need for the Savior.

The sermon was only 15 minutes long, but really spoke to me as I am currently praying for which church to commit to and serve my coming senior year at UCLA. Also, today was their annual men’s ministry BBQ (awesome burgers!) and had a college event at a brother’s house, got to hear the testimonies of a brother and two sisters, one going through depression as I am, another sharing about her teaching english experience overseas (something I am planning to do after graduating!), and also a high school friend sharing about God’s sovereignty in bringing her to an unwanted choice for  college.

Sermon Notes:

Topic: If I want to be like Jesus…

1. Be a servant, not a consumer

– It’s not about what I get, but what am I giving?

“How am I being a servant” vs. “what am I getting out of this situation?”

2. Own your giftedness (1 Peter 4:10, as each received a special gift…)

– God has given each of us a gift, use it to edify His church (Music, encouragement, exercise, etc.)

– God will ask us “What did you do with the gift I gave you?

3. Pay it forward (Hebrews 5:12-14, every Christian ought to be a teacher/mentor to younger Christian at some point.)

– There is expectation for all of us to be teachers of God, not necessarily classroom teaching.

Invest in others

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Today’s sermon, though short, has changed my perspective in seeking out which church to attend this coming year. Instead of “What does this church offer me?” Jesus challenges me to instead ask “Where can I serve God best?” Really, it is more blessed to give than to receive. Will probably visit FCBCLA one more time, praying about it!

Churches to consider for senior year:

GCC:

– Has a on-campus ministry that I may serve at. Many opportunities, such as STM.

– Close by, may invite friends to, also fellowship during the week with believers.

FCBCLA:

– Would be one of the younger Christians, many older godly examples to learn the Christian life from.

– Would be able to continue serving at KCCC since they do not have an on campus fellowship.

– Also pretty close by, 30 minutes. A great network of (many!) older brothers and sisters to plug in seekers and young Christians.

EFCHH:

– Would be one of the older Christians, many people already to invest and love.

– Years of relationships, many people have invested in my life.

– Would be serving in the core group.

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Here are some of the main points from the notes I took during the congregation sermon of J Mac and guest speaker Steve Lawson for the college fellowship, powerful sermons from these men of faith!

Speaker: J Mac Date 8-17-14 Title “I and the Father are One” John 10:22-42

1. The words of John are given so that we would believe Jesus is the Christ – John 20:31.

2. John 6:37 Sinners can’t make a decision for Christ, Christ makes decisions for sinners.

– Sinners need to repent, but it is God who draws sinners.

3. “Every saved person is a love gift from God”

– None can effect the security of a believer. We are secure because chosen by God for His flock. To suggest God isn’t able to do that is to blaspheme the Good Shepherd.

4. Eternal life is GIVEN.

– If there is one room in heaven that is vacant, then God is not God.

5. John 17:10 We will share in the reality of Christ.

6. John 7:7 Why such hostility from the mob towards Christ? Because when sin is confronted (or a person confronted about their sins), there will be persecution from those who do not accept.

Speaker: Steve Lawson 8-17-14 Title: What is Truth? John 18:36-38

Context – Our Lord before Pilate, will endure a total of 4 trials before the crucifixion.

v 38 Pilate’s question of “What is truth?” to Jesus is filled with sarcasm, meant to bring Jesus down.

Main point: Make the truth your cornerstone (live by the Bible)

3 Settings for the sermon

I. Rejection of truth (v 38)

a. Sin begins with rejection of truth

– Satan in Genesis 3

b. the truth, not a truth (in the greek the definite article “the” is used to indicate that there is only one truth, God Himself)

II. Reality of Truth (v 37)

a. Jesus came to testify to the truth

b. Truth is reality, the way things are

c. Comes from God Himself, who is the author of all truth. Truth is what God says something of truth. God Himself is truth

8 Words to define truth.

1. Divine – Truth is from God.

2. Absolute – There is only what is true, everything else is a lie.

3. Objective – Clearly defined, not many different truths.

4. Singular – All truth fits together.

5. Immutable – Never changes as God ever changes. 

– It is timeless, eternal, transcendent.

– it is anything consistent with God.

Truth is whatever God says is true.

New truth is old heresy”

6. Authoritative – Truth is sovereign, has the right to rule my life, should rule my life.

7. Powerful – Truth convicts, converts, saves, damns.

8. Determinative – Truth is concerned first and foremost of God’s truth, all about truth.

III. Reception of Truth (37b)

We were enabled by God to hear the truth, see the truth, by the sovereign grace of God made to hear the voice of God. (John 10:27)

Conclusion

Truth remains, endures, moves forward, continues. Darkness cannot extinguish the light. Everyone today desperately needs the truth, it is the most precious commodity available.

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