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February 12, 2017

Sermon Notes for February 12, 2017          

+Today’s Sermon:        “Living Faith With A Pure Heart  

+ Introduction / Question:

                  “How am I living by faith with a pure heart for the Lord?”

 

       Memory Verse for the Epiphany Season:      

     “Every word of God proves true; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.”

(Proverbs 30:5)

+ Sermon points:

  1. Ask yourself: “Am I living each day by a pure heart (faith) devoted to the Lord?”

      “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore chose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying His voice, and holding fast to Him, for He is your life and length of days...”                            (Deuteronomy 30:19 - 20)       

 

  1. Ask yourself: “Am I living each day by a pure heart (faith) with my family, friends and others?”

     “But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the fire of hell.”                       (Matthew 5:22) 

 

  1. Ask yourself: “Am I living each day by a pure heart (faith) growing in the Lord so my family, friends and others come to saving faith in Jesus and grow in Him as well?”

“So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.”                                                                                 (1 Corinthians 3:7)

 

+Conclusion / Question:

“How am I living by faith with a pure heart for the Lord?”

      

   (Sermon Notes prepared by Pastor Warren A. Reichert for Grace Lutheran Church, Eaton, Ohio, February 12, 2017)

            How to pray? A plan to help you “follow”* God in prayer: 

(*Mark 1:17: ESV - “And Jesus said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.")

 

Set a time and place for your prayer time with God (Start slowly and add times until you pray each day.) 

Read the Gospel or another Scripture Lesson from today’s worship (see the Sermon Notes to direct your prayer time). Begin your prayer time asking yourself:

  1. What is one main thought, key insight or truth I gained from this passage?

 

 

 

  1. What does this thought, insight or truth say to you about living by a pure heart (faith) as Jesus’ disciple?

 

 

 

 

  1. Ask God to help you apply His Word to your life (Start your prayer: “Lord, I ask …” or “Lord, help me to…”).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Try writing your responses to the questions in a spiral notebook or composition notebook. Be gentle with yourself. Take your time with this new effort. Let the Word of God guide you following Christ. Look back over your first week, month, and so on, and see how the Lord is calling you to follow Him through His Word and with prayer.