The King’s Heart (part 1) Sermon Questions, Audio & Video

On Sunday, November 7, 2021 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a sermon based on Matthew 11:28-30.  This message is part 1 in the “King’s Heart” series.  Below you will find questions related to the message for personal reflection or group discussion.  Additionally, you will find the sermon audio/video to listen to/watch, download or share.

NOTE:  This series is also impacted by the book “Gentle and Lowly” by Dane Ortlund.  You can find this book on Amazon by clicking here.

Sermon Questions:

  1. Pray
  2. Read Matthew 11:28-30
  3. Think of an example in your life where you hesitate to approach someone.  What about that person makes you hesitate to “come to them?”  What are some examples of people who you have no hesitation “coming to them”?  What is it about them that makes them so approachable?
  4. Jesus calls us to COME to Him and to TAKE HIS YOKE upon ourselves.  This is a call to rest in salvation AND direction in sanctification (spiritual growth).  Have you answered this “call” in the past?  How are you answering that call today?  What motivates you or demotivates you to take those steps?
  5. A.W. Tozer said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”  In what way do you think this statement is true?  What comes into YOUR mind when you think about God?
  6. Jesus reveals that the heart of God is GENTLE.  Based on our study of that concept this morning, what stands out to you most about the Gentle Heart of God toward you?
  7. Does the gentleness of God drive you to Him for forgiveness and provision?  Does the gentleness of God motivate you to be “yoked” together with Jesus in the direction of our lives?  What does that mean for you today?
  8. As a Christ follower, how does the gentleness of your Savior show up in the way you interact with those around you today?
  9. What stands out to you most from this message?  Any particular takeaway?

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The King’s Heart #1 11.7.21

 

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The King’s Heart (part 1) Preview

It is A.W. Tozer who famously said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”  This is true, not just because God created us, or even because God recreates us (and gives us new life in Christ).  This is true because our response to God determines our destiny … and how we respond to God is influenced heavily by WHO WE UNDERSTAND GOD TO BE.

So, who is God?  Who do YOU understand God to be?

Well, Jesus is fully God.  As John 1:18 tells us, Jesus has made God known to us.  As Hebrews 1:3 says, Jesus is “the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature.”  Therefore, if we want to know who God is, we need to come to Jesus and find out.  

Rather than just sitting in our own thoughts and imagining what we think God must be like, it is far better to turn to the person of Jesus as recorded for us on the pages of the New Testament, and get to know God as He truly is.

If we imagine God is cold and uncaring, then we will never come to Him in our most vulnerable moments.  However, if we know God to be compassionate and approachable, then there is no one we would rather turn to when the chips are down.  What we think God is like greatly influences how we approach Him.

Over the next 3 Sundays at Wildwood, we will be in a little series about who Jesus really is.  In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus tells us what is at His core … what is in His heart.  Jesus says that He is “gentle and lowly in heart.”  Is that how you imagine the Creator of the Universe, the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords?  Maybe not.  Which is why we need to allow this passage to recalibrate our hearts.  As author and Pastor Dane Ortlund describes, “This is why we need a Bible.  Our natural intuition can only give us a God like us.  The God revealed in the Scripture deconstructs our intuitive predilections and startles us with One whose infinitude of perfections is matched by His infinitude of gentleness.  Indeed, His perfections include His perfect gentleness.”

So, make plans to be with us this Sunday at Wildwood Community Church in our 8:30, 9:45, or 11:00 worship service as we worship our Savior whose heart is gentle and lowly.  We will sing, pray, read God’s Word, and have communion together.  Can’t wait to see you Sunday, and bring friends!

NOTE:  Livestream of the service is available beginning at 9:45 at this link.

Episode 29: This is Wildwood! For the Nations with Bill Jankowski and Operation Christmas Child

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Episode 29: This is Wildwood! For the Nations with Bill Jankowski and Operation Christmas Child
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Wildwood member Bill Jankowski helped our congregation connect with the Operation Christmas Child program this year.

At Wildwood we are “For the Nations” following Jesus together to the glory of God.  This value takes on many applications at Wildwood … one of which was our participation in the Operation Christmas Child program this year.  In all, Wildwood members contributed 283 shoeboxes full of gifts to be sent to children around the world.  Praise God!  In today’s episode, Wildwood member and volunteer Bill Jankowski tells us a bit more about this program.

To find out more about Wildwood’s Global Outreach, click here.

Grasping God’s Word (part 7)

On Wednesday night, November 3 at Wildwood Community Church as a part of our “Wednesdays at Wildwood” we hosted part 7 of our “Grasping God’s Word” Study.  This session focused on the second part of Application.  Below you will find the handouts and slides from our presentation, as well as the link to the video stream.

 

Handout for part 7:

Grasping God’s Word (part 7) Handout

 

Slides for part 7:

Grasping God’s Word (part 7) Slides

 

Video for part 7:

Sermon Questions: October 31, 2021

On Sunday, October 31, 2021 the sermon is based on 2 Thes. 3:1-2.  This message, “Winning Prayers,” by Kevin Bradford, is the conclusion to our “For the Nations” event from October 23-31 at Wildwood (find details here).  Below you will find questions related to this message for personal reflection or group discussion.

Sermon Questions:

  1. Pray
  2. Read 2 Thes. 3:1-2
  3. How would you rate your prayer life?  Do you feel that most of your prayer requests are answered with a “Yes”?
  4. What do you consider to be the keys to an effective prayer life? Have you ever tried praying the prayers of Scripture?
  5. This passage underscores the need to pray for the church’s outreach. What two facets are highlighted?
  6. Do you know any of Wildwood’s Global Outreach partners? In what ways could you personalize your prayers for those who present the Gospel to non-Christians?
  7. Although our “For the Nations” week is wrapping up, there are still many opportunities to connect with our partners, both locally and around the world. Contact the church office for more information.

For the Nations (part 2)

How many balls can you juggle at one time?  How many plates can you keep spinning?  For most of us, that answer is pretty small.  One, two, three … maybe?  Even the greatest performers in the circus struggle to do much more than that!  We all have our limits and our experience reminds us of this all the time.

And yet …

Our God is not limited by the things we are limited by.  He is aware of ALL situations … ALL people … ALL plans.  He is able to keep the whole world spinning, juggle all the components of the universe, and do so without even breaking a sweat.  Our God is an awesome God!

What a joy it is to know that our God is not confined by us … but He is committed to us … and He desires to use us to spin the Gospel to the nations.

During these few days at Wildwood, we are talking about how we can be “For the Nations” as a church.  This Sunday, October 31, we will conclude our “For the Nations” week with our Director of Global Outreach Kevin Bradford (a career missionary and seminary professor in Brazil) guiding us into God’s Word.  We will also hear from more of our missionary partners.  Hope you make plans to join us in our 8:30, 9:45, or 11:00 service, or online in the stream at 9:45 (or anytime after).

Grasping God’s Word (part 6)

On Wednesday night, October 27 at Wildwood Community Church as a part of our “Wednesdays at Wildwood” we hosted part 6 of our “Grasping God’s Word” Study.  This session (led by Mike Strauss) focused on the first part of Application.  Below you will find the handouts and slides from our presentation, as well as the link to the video stream.

PDF of the slidesGrasping God’s Word 6 Slides

 

PDF of the HandoutGrasping God’s Word 6 Handout

 

Stream of session (use YouTube online):

For the Nations Week 1 Weekend Preview

Which would you rather be a part of …

A meeting or a movement?

My guess is “movement.”  At least that is how I would answer that question.  I would far rather be a part of something that has a positive direction and that is making a meaningful difference instead of simply attending a meeting.  Most I know would echo that sentiment.

So, let me ask you … when it comes to your church involvement, would you rather be a part of a Sunday/Wednesday meeting, or would you rather be a part of a Spirit/Word movement of God?  Yeah … me too.

That is why it is with great enthusiasm that I invite you to join us at Wildwood over the next week as we will be aligning our meetings with a major movement of God in the world.  By His grace and in His mercy, Jesus is pursuing the nations of the world, offering them eternity and sharing with them His love.  How is Jesus doing this?  Through the mission of His church, of which Wildwood is a part.  

At Wildwood, we talk about being “For the Nations” following Jesus to the glory of God, and we partner with individuals and organizations all over the world to plant churches, preach the Gospel, train pastors and missionaries, and minister God’s love and grace.  

Make plans this weekend to join us Saturday night, October 23, 2021 at 6:30 in our worship center as we hear from one of the men God is using the most for Christ in the Middle East.  At this kickoff event, we will hear more about what God is doing in some of the hardest to reach places on earth.  

Then on Sunday morning, October 24 in our 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00 worship services, this same man will be guiding us into a study of Colossians 1:24-29.  We will also hear from other Wildwood missionary partners.  We can’t wait for Sunday!  Find out more about these events and the rest of the festivities in our “For the Nations” Week by visiting wildwoodchurch.org/nations2021.

Let’s be a part of this movement together to the glory of God.  See you Saturday and Sunday!

 

Grasping God’s Word (part 5)

On Wednesday night, October 20, 2021 at Wildwood Community Church, I taught the fifth session of the “Grasping God’s Word” study.  This lesson focused on Interpretation Skills, and was a part of the “Wednesday’s at Wildwood” program.  Below you can find a link to the video stream of the presentation, a pdf of the slides used, and a pdf of the notes page used for this study.  Additionally, you can find the Interpretation Resources mentioned in the study linked on this page (click here).

 

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Slides – Grasping God’s Word 5 slides

Notes – Grasping God’s Word 5 Notes

For the Nations (Preview Sermon) Questions, Audio & Video

On Sunday, October 17, 2021 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a sermon based on Acts 13:1-3.  This message was the “preview” to our “For the Nations” event that will occur from October 23-31 at Wildwood (find details here).  Below you will find questions related to this message for personal reflection or group discussion.  You will also find the audio and video of the sermon to listen to/watch, download, or share.

Sermon Questions:

  1. Pray
  2. Read Acts 13:1-3
  3. Have you ever been on a missions trip before?  What was the purpose of the trip and what are the strongest memories you have of the experience?
  4. In 13:1 we see a list of leaders from the church in Antioch.  This is a diverse group!  Have you ever been a part of a group of people with very diverse backgrounds that came together as one?  What created the unity?  How does Jesus make this kind of unity among diverse people possible inside the church today?
  5. When was the last time you prayed and fasted for the mission of Jesus in the world?  You can pray TODAY … but also you can join us as a church on October 28 as we pray for the mission of the church in the world at 6:30pm in our worship center.
  6. In what way are you personally participating in taking the Gospel to the world?  Giving, prayer, personally going, helping send others?  Join us throughout the “For the Nations Week” October 23-31 as we interact with many Wildwood has SENT to the world!
  7. What stands out to you most from this message?  Any particular takeaway?

 

To access these questions in pdf format, click here.

 

To listen to the sermon offline, click the link:

For The Nations Intro 10.17.21

 

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