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Reference: Jeremiah 5:18-25  Date: 21 October 2012  NOTES: Download: The_Blunting_of_Blessing The Blunting of Blessing • Jeremiah 5:18-25 I. INTRODUCTION – Read vs. A. Love? Does God love us? Does He love YOU? 1. The message today is simple. 2. Sometimes, the passage we’re looking at is difficult to understand; the truth we’re wrestling w/more of a challenge. 3. Not today. This is pretty basic-because the things that are the most important God wants everyone to understand & enjoy. Does God love YOU? 4. Are you experiencing that love? a. Is God’s love merely a doctrine; b. Or is it a tangible blessing you actually enjoy? B. Today 1. That’s the question our text sets before us today. 2. God tells Jeremiah to announce to the people of Judah that the Babylonians are coming as the instrument of His righteous judgment. a. They will conquer Judah and carry them away captive. b. In the vs. just before this, Jeremiah describes what’s coming. 1) Their cities & homes will be destroyed. 2) Everything they’ve lived for & trusted in will be wiped out. 3) It will seem to be...

Reference: Jeremiah 3-4  Date: 14 October 2012 NOTES Download: A_Passion_for_the_Lost   A Passion for the Lost • Jer. 3-4 (various vs.) I. INTRODUCTION – Read Luke 15:1-7 A. Our Motto 1. CCO has a Vision & Mission. It shapes everything we do. 2. It directs everything we aspire to be as a local church in Oxnard & where ever we reach around the world. 3. We’ve distilled that Vision & Mission down to this: Becoming more like Jesus by learning & living God’s Word. 4. The Scriptural peg we hang that on is Romans 8:29 – Those God foreknew, He predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son,   that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 5. Our goal is to be LIKE JESUS. a. He came to reveal God, to disclose the Father’s heart. b. As Jesus told the disciples – to see Him, to hear Him, is to see & hear God. 6. So to become like Jesus is to become more like God. a. It’s to take on his character; to align our priorities...

 Reference: Jeremiah 2:33-37  Date: 07 October 2012   NOTES Download: Backed_into_a_Corner   Backed Into a Corner • Jeremiah 2:33-37 I. INTRODUCTION • Read vs. A. Remember? This Is It 1. Remember what I said last week: Jeremiah is a tough book—not to understand, but to hear. 2. We see that today. //  These are hard words. B. A Spiritual Harlot 1. Chs. 2-6 are the 16 yr old Jeremiah's inaugural message to the kingdom of Judah. 2. He rolls out a major theme in God's Word to them. 3. It is that they’ve broken their covenant w/God. They’d broken faith w/Him. 4. The image painted by the prophet is of marriage. a. God rescued Israel from the slave pits of Egypt, courted them in the Exodus, then propose to them at Mt Sinai. b. To God’s proposal, Israel said “Yes!” c. The next few decades was their honeymoon as they were wandered the wilderness, learning about Him, daily experiencing His love, protection, & provision. d. Then God carried them across the threshold into their new home in the Promised Land. e. But after the honeymoon...

Reference: Jeremiah 1:1-9  Date: 30 September 2012   NOTES Download: The_Calling   The Called • Jeremiah 1:1-9 I. INTRODUCTION A. Dirty Jobs 1. Have you ever seen that show on the Discovery Channel – Dirty Jobs w/Mike Rowe? 2. He goes to different places around the county looking for the groudiest jobs. a. He’s worked garbage disposal, sewer cleaning, all kinds of nasty agricultural jobs, worm-farming. b. If it stinks, is squishy, & requires gloves, Mike’s either done it or it’s an up-coming episode. 3. If they had the Dirty Jobs show in the 6th C. BC in Judah, they’d have covered the ministry of Jeremiah. 4. His was a tough, dirty job – exposing the sin & rebellion of an entire nation for 40 long years. a. They didn’t want to hear it, so they threw him in a pit very much like a sewer. B. Don’t Want to Teach 1.  I do not want to teach this book! 2. “Wait!” you say. “Did PL just say he didn’t want to teach the Bible?” 3. You know I love teaching...

Reference: Hebrews 13:1-6 Date: 23 September 2012   NOTES Download: The_Promise   The Promise • Hebrews 13:1-6 I. INTRO • Read vs. A. The Ship 1. The universal symbol for Christianity is the Cross. It has been for a long time. 2. So it’s surprising to hear it wasn’t a symbol for the first few hundred years. 3. The earliest symbol was mostly likely a ship, which represented the Church. a. Christians were shipmates. b. And the church sailed thru the stormy sea of a hostile world. 4. That was an image the original readers of Hebrews well understood. a. They were under great pressure to give up following Jesus & go back to their past in Judaism. b. That pressure was so great & had been on for so long, some of them had. c. So the writer penned this letter to show Jewish believers the superiority of Jesus & The Gospel. d. Jesus fulfilled what Judaism only pointed to. 5. Now-as the writer concludes the letter, he bullet-points several quick things the readers need to pay attention to. 6. Even though these things...

Reference: Romans 6:1-11 Date: 16 September 2012   NOTES Download: Be_Baptized   INTRODUCTION •  Read Matthew 28:18-20 1. Taking a quick break from our study in Hebrews to consider baptism. 2. ___ have signed up to be baptized this afternoon. 3. I thought it would be good to take some time this morning for all of us to consider what’s going to happen when we gather at 3 PM at the beach. Sacraments 1. CC church services are what’s called “primitive.” Doesn’t mean they’re ‘backward;’ means simple, organic. 2. As opposed to High Church or Liturgical where there’s much more ritual. a. A liturgical church service has a standard order of service where everyone sits. Stands, or kneels at the same time. b. There’s a highly structured order of service that rarely varies. c. All of the churches belonging to that denomination follow the same calendar & all read out of the same book. The prayers are written down and recited in every church on the same day and the message given in...

Reference: Hebrews 12:1 Date: 09 September 2012   NOTES Download: RUN   RUN! • Hebrews 12:1-2   I. INTRODUCTION – Read vs. A. “You Can’t Win Like That” 1. The Olympics recently ended & some of us watched hours’ of coverage. 2. It’s been interesting watching the evolution of sports since I began watching the Olympics in high school. 3. As the competition has become more intense, the athletes’ equipment & clothing has evolved. 4. In both swimming & track, the difference between a gold & silver medal is sometimes as short as a hundredth of a second. 5. So swimmers shave every inch of their bodies & wear super slick suits to reduce drag. 6. Runners wear super-tight, lightweight tracksuits. Their shoes are only 5 oz. Their goal is to reduce both friction & weight so they can turn in the best time. 7. So imagine at the games in London – it’s a qualifying heat for the mile. a. The runners line up at their starting places; 7 of them wearing the usual tracksuit & lightweight shoes. b. But...