Pastor Jimmy Proulx

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FaithPoint Week 7 Sermon Notes

Greetings FaithPoint,

Here are the notes from Sunday.

The text for this sermon comes from Proverbs 14:15. The title of this sermon is: Test Everything. This is week 7 in our Proverbs2 series.

The Bible makes it clear that the righteous person is one that is seeking wisdom. They are prudent. They fear God. The Bible also contrasts that with the fool. We are told that the fool constantly makes stupid decisions. The longer the person is in this foolish state, the harder it is to separate them from their stupidity. The fool is not only stupid, but they are simple minded.

Take for example the person who believes everything that they see, read, or hear.

Proverbs 14:15

We all at one time were foolish. We made foolish decisions or thought foolish things but by God’s grace, we grew up. We left foolishness behind in a quest to become more like Jesus.

What Proverbs is telling us is that there are people who never break out of their foolishness. This is sad but true. There is such a thing as a lifelong fool.

The simple believe everything.

The simple believe that everyone is inherently good. The simple believe that most people tell them the truth. The simple will believe anyone that says, God told me, or they hold a Bible when they talk. The simple do not believe that anyone would could possibly lie if they were talking about Jesus.

We are given the example of the Berean church in Acts. This is what Luke wrote about them in Acts 17:11 – Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

This is why there were men that died working to translate the Bible into the common languages that were spoken by the majority of the people. They wanted the people to see that a lot of what they were being told was not actually in the Bible.

Not everyone who dresses nice and holds up a Bible cares about your soul. They don’t care if you read the Bible or not in fact, they count on the fact that most people won’t read their Bible. That is how they can continue to spread their poison. They don’t give a crap if you ever grow as a disciple or progress in becoming more like Jesus. They won’t help you grow as a Christian but they sure will take your money.

If it smells like crap…

1 John 4:1-6

Study the Bible daily. Test everything.

Just because they wear a suit and carry a Bible does not mean they are telling you the truth. Just because they have a podcast, a website, a blog, or a TV show, or are on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube does not mean they are telling you the truth.

Just because LifeWay sells their books does not mean they are telling you the truth.

Test everything.

Just because it looks like a sheep and sounds like a sheep does not mean it is a sheep.

Just because it is a tree, does not mean that it bears fruit.

John 16:13-14

The Holy Spirit will work to help the word to stay rooted in us. He will affirm the truth. However, like a gardener, He also works to remove weeds that have taken root in us. The weeds have to be removed so that the truth can have something to hold on to.

Instead of just blindly trusting everyone you hear – test what you have heard, seen or read.

The more you find that someone’s words do not match up with Scripture, you know who not to trust. On the other hand, the more a person’s words do match up to Scripture, you have found someone that you can trust.

Build a foundation on Scripture.

The Bible is our highest authority.

I LOVE OUR CHURCH!

Pastor Jimmy

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Greetings FaithPoint,

Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 118:29

Tonight is our monthly Wednesday gathering. I look forward to seeing you there.

Pastor James will be leading the sermon recap discussion tonight.

Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:

The text for this sermon is from Proverbs 10:17. The title of this sermon is: Where Are You Going? This is week 5 in our Proverbs2 series.

The book of Proverbs is written from a dad to his son. It is packed with all kinds of useful things for immediate life application.

In Proverbs, we are encouraged to pursue both wisdom and knowledge. However, Solomon cautions us to be aware of the kind of knowledge that we are pursuing.

Proverbs 10:17

There is a kind of instruction that you have been taught was important but you never use it in your everyday life.

  • Whether or not two triangles are congruent
  • The Pythagorean theorem
  • The different types of clouds
  • How to dissect a starfish, a frog, or a worm
  • Protons and Electrons

There is a different kind of instruction that Solomon is talking about here in chapter 10. This is a kind of instruction that you are taught that is important not just for your daily life but your soul. It is up to you whether or not you apply it or refuse it altogether.

We saw in our Faith Works series that James told us to be doers of the word and not hearers only.

A doer of the word heeds instruction and is on the path to life.

A hearer of the word only rejects reproof and leads others astray.

At our core, rebellion is looking to get out. We are taught truth, we hear sound doctrine, we hear the instructions and then our first inclination is rebellion.

Why?

Because of what Adam did in the garden.

When you were a child, your parents would give you instruction. You had a choice. You could either follow the instruction that was given or you could rebel against it.

For example: Your parents tell you to clean your room. They may have even given you a systematic approach so that you could do the job easier and faster. They leave after telling you that when they come back, the room needs to be clean. They give you some time and then they return to find that not one toy has been put away. Why? Rebellion.

You know what to do but you don’t do it.

James calls that sin.

If you heed – pay careful attention to – the instructions given, you will walk the path of life. You will grow as a believer becoming more like Jesus and you will lead others to do the same.

If you fail to heed the instructions because you dislike reproof. You dislike a reprimand or correction, then your tendency is to run away instead of toward God.

The second half of this verse shows us a person who is basically a spiritual toddler. They are having a spiritual temper tantrum.

They are not going to run to God because they are afraid and feel guilty of the known sin in their life. They run to those people who are just as sick as they are. They feel guilty so they are not going to invite people to church. They are not going to share aspects of their story where God changed their life. They will not try to lead a person to Jesus because when a person tries to conceal their sin, they make stupid decisions.

Paul tells the Corinthian Church that he had to feed them with milk because they were not ready for solid food or what Peter calls the meat of the Scriptures. Paul and Peter both are letting us know that there should be a natural progression in sanctification. There should be a noticeable change as we become more and more like Jesus.

For example:

A baby is fed with a baby bottle. As the baby grows, they are fed with a spoon but they are not fed solid food just yet. Later, soft food and finally solid food is introduced. As the child gets older, they are taught how to eat with a spoon and no longer drink from a bottle because they drink from a sippy cup. As the child continues to grow, they drink from a straw and then a cup with no lid. When the child is older, the child begins to learn how to cook. By the time a child becomes an adult, the child should be able to cook not only for themselves, but also cook for others.

You can’t eat steak if you won’t put down the sippy cup.

You have to let the sippy cup go. It is time to move on.

We trust God and we believe His Word.

We believe that God honors His Word because God is not a liar and God will never lead us astray.

We trust God to lead us.

We know that with walking in obedience, there will be times we make mistakes. We trust that God will correct, convict, reprove, us in line with His Word.

Heeding instruction leads to obedience and all that comes with it.

Running from instruction leads to more and more disobedience and stupid spiritual decisions.

Ultimately when faced with this truth, a decision has to be made.

It is your choice.

Are you going to heed instruction and walk the path of life or run from instruction and correction and then drag others down with you?

I encourage you to heed instruction and walk the path of life.

I LOVE OUR CHURCH!

Pastor Jimmy

If you liked the notes from this sermon in Proverbs, please like and share. If you would like to share what God is doing in you and through you through this Proverbs series, I encourage you to head over to my Facebook page and continue the conversation.

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Greetings FaithPoint!

The Urgency of the Gospel Conference was a wonderful experience. The next evangelism conference will be next year about the same time. I encourage you to grow. You will be challenged and encouraged.

There are some things that I want to share with you that I got from the preachers at the conference. These things will be shared with you in videos in the coming days.

Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:

The text for this sermon is Proverbs 4:26. The title of this sermon is: Ponder Your Ways.

This is week 3 in our Proverbs2 series.

Krispy Kreme does not advertise on TV. They don’t put ads in movie theaters. You will not receive coupon flyers in the mail. They don’t need to.

Once you take a bite of a Krispy Kreme, you know what a Krispy Kreme tastes like. What is amazing, is you never forget what a Krispy Kreme doughnut tastes like. You can drive down the road and even if you don’t stop, just a glance of the sign, makes you think about doughnuts. Some people even crave doughnuts.

This might be a silly illustration but David says something similar in Psalm 34:8: “O! Taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man that takes refuge in him.”

Once God, has saved you by snatching you from the gateway of hell, you have tasted His goodness, His grace, and His mercy. Such an experience changes the course of your whole life. David says that those who have truly tasted and seen that God is good – run to Him. They can’t stay away.

Again, David says in Psalm 119:59, “When I think on my ways, I turn my feet to your testimonies.”

As a Christian, the way you live your life either points you towards obeying God’s word or running from God’s word. If you have truly tasted and seen God’s goodness, His grace and His mercy then you would run to His Word so that you can live your life in accordance with it.

You either live by guilt or conviction. Here is the difference. Conviction causes you to run to God because you know that He is the only One who can forgive you and restore you. Guilt causes you to think that your sin is so bad that God will never forgive you and so you run because you feel shame and condemnation.

Proverbs 4:26

How often do you think about your life? How often do you think whether or not your life is in accordance with the Scriptures?

How is it that a Christian can hear the truth preached and then confessionally live like it is not true?

You read and hear the truth but then live your life as if it is not true.

Living your life in that way is to declare war on the Word of God and call God a liar.

Ponder: an example of this would be the illustration of a cow chewing the cud. If you live in the south, you understand this.

A cow chews the cud, swallows some, brings it back up, and then chews on it some more and then the cow swallows it to be digested.

A Christian that ponders their life would do the same thing. You would process the thoughts about how you are living your life, file them in the cloud, pick them back up and continue processing them until your thoughts line up with Scripture and you have clarity in where your life is headed.

Are you headed in the direction that God wants you to go or the direction that you want to go?

Are you living your life in such a way that you are becoming more like Jesus or less like Jesus?

Ponder your ways.

I LOVE OUR CHURCH!

Pastor Jimmy

If you liked these sermon notes, please like and share. I encourage you to share what God is doing in you and through you during this Proverbs series. Head over to my Facebook page and continue the conversation. You never know who you may encourage.