I am looking forward to meeting with you tonight as we have our Wednesday night gathering. I hope that your week is going well and that you are growing in your faith as you pursue to become more like Christ.
Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:
The Scripture for this sermon comes from Acts 16:33. The title of this sermon is: A Man After God’s Heart.
Manhood is such a hot topic right now. Movies, articles, and books have all dealt with this subject. The problem is for every thing on manhood out there, you will find one that says this and the next may be drastically different.
I have seen some pretty crazy stuff when it comes to trying to define manhood. Most of it revolves around: Guns, Girls and Gear.
Our society is divided.
Do you really want to be remembered for what kind of vehicle you drove? Do you want to be remembered for how you dressed or that you could kill and grill your own food? Is that the extent of your legacy?
I don’t care if you want to be like Bear Grylls or MacGyver. It doesn’t matter if you have a beard or if you are bald. It doesn’t matter if you like camouflage, jeans and t shirt or plaid.
The way that our society addresses the issue of manhood is in such a way that it sells an idea so that companies can make money.
Do you know what doesn’t make a lot of money?
- A man that makes his house a safe harbor for his wife and kids to be able to talk to him about anything. Nothing should be off limits. You should not pass judgment on your wife and kids when they need to talk to you.
- A man that wants to serve his family.
- A man that wants to show his boys what a godly man looks like and shows his daughter what kind of man she should look for.
- A man that loves Jesus.
- A man that loves and serves his church.
- A man that lives with gospel intention to share Jesus with as many people as possible.
Think about this:
- Enoch walked with God – Genesis 5:24
- Hebrews 11 describes men of whom the world was not worthy – Hebrews 11:38
- Joshua made a declaration – As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord – Joshua 24:15
- Isaiah in humble obedience – Here am I! Send me. – Isaiah 6:8
David – Acts 13:22
God said that David was a man after my heart who will do all my will.
How is that even possible?
David lusted after another man’s wife and then got her pregnant. Then he had her husband killed. Lust turned into adultery. Adultery led to murder. What is it about David that caused God to say that David was a man after his heart?
- David was repentant – Psalm 25:11 For your name’s sake, O Lord,
pardon my guilt, for it is great.
- David was obedient – Psalm 119:34 Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.
- David was faithful – Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
- David was in awe – Psalm 9:1 I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
- David was devoted – Psalm 4:7 You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.
- David trusted God – Psalm 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
God could have killed David but he forgave David. He did not define David by David’s mistakes. He restored his relationship with David.
It doesn’t matter what you did in your past or how old you are. It is never too late to start if you want to become a man after God’s heart.
You want to conform to the image of Jesus. Colossians 2:6, 1 Corinthians 11:1
God does not define you by your mistakes. God will restore relationship with you when you have failed.
You must lay down control of your life.
Stop acting like you are in control of your life and submit your life to God.
You must be a Man of the Word. Get in the Bible and let it get into you. Let it mold and shape and transform you.
Your Heavenly Father is sovereign and you need to submit to him in all area’s of your life.
He is love but he is also just, righteous and holy.
He is your provider – not your paycheck.
He is the Potter and you are the clay.
He is God and you are not.
You will never truly know how to love your wife, your kids or anyone else until you truly love Jesus and bow in submission to your Redeemer King.
Jesus is the Shepherd. You are the sheep.
He’s got this.
He will feed you, give you shelter, protect you, and give you rest.
Submission to Jesus comes with a blessing.
He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
You will be rooted and grounded. Your roots will run deep fed by life giving water. You will be strong. You will bear fruit and prosper.
What do you want to be remembered for?
Your legacy is a gift to those whom you leave behind after you are gone?
What kind of gift are you going to leave?
I LOVE OUR CHURCH!
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