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TRANSCRIBER NOTE: After superb Polka-type Worship song by choir, pastor Dan said, “Good job guys… that was a wonderful song, it made me want to just get up and start dancing (laughter)… but I don’t think that would be a good idea today [he just got a walking cast for a broken foot].
“Ya know, the last decade or so, the social media Facebook has sort of swept across our country and occupied a lot of people’s time, and connected many people to people they might normally been connected to, and for the first many, many years of Facebook’s existence I resisted it, I fought against it; I just thought as a pastor and having a wife and a few children that the last thing I needed was another hobby that was going to take up a bunch of my time… and stuff like that, and besides I was just kind of always the type of person I thought, “Do people really care what my new haircut looks like… or what I ate for breakfast this morning, you know and that type of thing… but eventually when we told this church back home in Minnesota that we were moving here, they convinced me that I needed to get a Facebook account so that we could stay in touch with each other a little bit easier long distance.
TEASER 1: “If you’re here today and you’re like, “What do we mean by God is Sovereign?”… well Psalm 115:3 gives us a pretty good definition:
Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him. … meaning He gets to do whatever He wants. Sovereign means that God is in control of all things… He is free to reign and to rule over all things without any outside influence. He’s not contingent upon ANY OTHER FACTOR of any kind. WHATEVER HE WANTS COMES TO PASS. Now you pair that with the idea that this God wants to have a PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP with you, and it’s a beautiful thing.
I mean you came here this morning, and some of you came here and you thought you were “hooked up” people–you thought you had connections… you know people in high places… right? Compare them to the idea of having a personal relationship with THIS GOD who is Sovereign over ALL things… that is the most beautiful offer you’ll ever be given.
TEASER 2: “If there is any area of your life that you have not surrendered to God… your dreams, your hopes, your marriage, your children, your money, your career, your health… whatever it might be, you’re leaving it in the hands of someone or something that doesn’t actually have control over it… for God is the ONLY one who is sovereign over all things.
One God, Eternally Existing in Three Persons
Sermon AUDIO (Listen along as you read TRANSCRIPT below)
TEASER 1: “What if decided while I was preaching to crack open a BEER and sip on it throughout the sermon. You know, the cool pastors are drinking coffee while they preach and that kind of thing; what if I just decided to ONE-UP them … right?”
TEASER 2: “What you believe about who should and who should not get MARRIED, what you think about POT, FREDDIE GRAY, ALCOHOL or POLITICS… and about the church and denominations and the end times, and baptism and confirmation… these are NOT ESSENTIALS to our faith and church attendance. What we mean is, what you believe about that subject does not threaten our UNITY with CHRIST… so it shouldn’t threaten our unity with one another…. YOUR OPINIONS MIGHT ACTUALLY BE THE RIGHT ONES IN GOD’S EYES… but that does not give you permission to communicate them or ACT in an unloving way. Some of you are RIGHT in your opinions, but you are WRONG in God’s eyes because of the way you are communicating them.”