Category Archives: The Desires of Our Heart

The Desire for Family

November 26, 2017   Sermon Notes 11262017 Ephesians 2 We share family life in the household of God. Family traits: In God’s house, we’re all connected in a caring community. In God’s house, we’re all different but we’re family sharing one name. Challenge: Live together in a way that shows God is in the house. …

Intimacy with the Almighty (Application Session)

November 12, 2017   Sermon Notes 11122017 How do we cultivate a growing love relationship with God? Essential Elements: Knowing and following Jesus Time: Practice the presence of God in shared experience Communication: Listen to God speak through His Word as a love letter Communication: Listen to and talk to God as the most intimate …

Intimacy with the Almighty

November 5, 2017   Sermon Notes 11052017 In your presence… fullness of joy… pleasures forever… Psalm 16:11 The restless desire of every human heart yearns for intimacy with God. …because we were created for an-other relationship. …because we are created for an-other world. Challenge: How do we find the love our heart is searching for? …

Getting Personal with God

October 29, 2017 Sermon Notes 10292017 In Your presence…fullness of joy…pleasures forever… Psalm 16:11 Sacred romance is our true heart’s desire. We are all seeking intimacy. God seeks to live intimately with us. Challenge: How do we find the love our heart is searching for?  

The Desire for Intimacy

October 22, 2017 Sermon Notes 10222017 O how desperately empty is the longing of your heart… – The Eternal Husband, Ezekiel 16 The desirous husband The lascivious wife The covenant community Challenge: Falling in love with Jesus for heart healing and filling! “The love of Christ controls me!” 2 Corinthians 5:14  

The Soul-thirst of Desire

October 15, 2017     Sermon Notes 10152017 …a well springing up eternally… John 4 The Pursuit of God is the well-spring of fulfilled desire. The pursuit of God begins with a thirsty heart. The pursuit of God leads to living (full-time) worship. Challenge: How is your God pursuing you this week?

Holy Passion

October 8, 2017   Sermon Notes 10082017 The love of Christ controls us! – 2 Corinthians 5:14 Passion: A compulsion of the soul resulting in decisive action. Why is an uncommon passion indispensable for life? Design: We are created as passionate beings! Function: We live most fully as passionate beings! Challenge: How can we cultivate …

Are You a Practicing Apatheist?

Jonathan Rauch wrote a religion column for The Atlantic Monthly. He once titled the column “LET IT BE.”  In the piece, he compared his own religion – or nonreligion – to the current state of religion in America. “I used to call myself an atheist, and I still don’t believe in God, but the larger …

In Defense of Desire

October 1st, 2017 Sermon Notes 10012017 He will give you the desires of your heart! Psalm 37:4 God created us to pursue a life of passionate desire! Supporting Evidence: God grants true desires. Empty longing is the result of refusing God’s desire. Our heart desires can only be filled in union with Christ! Discuss: Why …