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17 4 23 Remain - Karie Saunders & Sabina Persons

Highland United Methodist Church
Rev. Tom Anderson
April 21, 2017
Guest Speakers:
Karie Saunders and Sabina Persons
Remaining in Our Most
Important Connection
“I am the vine; you are the branches.
If you remain in me, and I in you, you will
bear much fruit; apart from me you can do
nothing.” John 15:5

17 4 16 Jesus is Alive

Jesus is Alive sermon notes

Highland United Methodist Church
Rev. Tom Anderson
April 16 2017 – EASTER
Jesus is Alive
John 20:1-18
Evidence for the Resurrection
Scene I: Mary at the Tomb
Scene II: Peter and John
Scene III: Appearance to Mary
Why wouldn't you want this hope?
Taking it home:
• When you bury someone you dearly
love, how does the fact of the
resurrection of Jesus from the dead
help you to deal with your own pain?
• What do you rely on for evidence that
Jesus is the Son of God and that he
rose from the dead?

17 4 13 Maundy Thursday

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Maundy Thursday sermon notes

Maundy Thursday
Matthew 26:26-27    Pastor Tom Anderson
On this night Jesus gave us two great gifts. The first was the new commandment that we should love one another as he has loved us. Jesus Christ makes himself the source and the measuring stick of our loving conduct toward others. He is the gauge of our lives and we constant look to him measuring and checking ourselves like a carpenter would constantly measure and double check his work. In fact the words “Maundy Thursday” is Latin for “New Commandment Thursday.” Welcome to “new commandment” Thursday!
The second gift Jesus gave us this night is Holy Communion. He intended it to be repeated by his followers until he comes again. It is a means of Grace. Here we not only remember who Jesus is and what he has done for us but here we experience the living presence of Jesus through the power of his Holy Spirit. Here we anticipate our future with him when we see him face-to-face in heaven and at his second coming. Let’s meditate together for a few moments on his words.
“Take eat; this is my body” What did he mean? The Old Testament book of Leviticus records the proper procedures for making animal sacrifices in the Temple. We must understand Jesus’ words against this background. Leviticus records 6 categories of sacrifices: Burnt offerings, Grain offerings, Peace offerings, Sin offerings, Guilt offerings and the granddaddy of them all: the Passover sacrifice. In each case the offering is bound and brought to the priest. The priest lays his hands on the animal and confesses the sins of the nation. The animal is then slaughtered and the body is separated from the blood. At the end the meat is consumed by the priest or the worshippers.
Jesus is telling us that he is our sacrifice. They bound him like an animal when they arrested him in the garden. They brought him to Caiaphas the high priest. Pilate confirmed that he was innocent and without blemish. He took our sins upon himself at the cross. And here he gives to us a way to symbolically eat his sacrifice. By eating the bread we are making a statement of faith. We are publically proclaiming our personal acceptance of Jesus’ death on our behalf. What happened to Jesus was not a murder, a suicide or an accident but it can only be understood as a sacrifice.
Jesus said, “The bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” (Jn 6:51) When we eat the bread we receive his life. His living presence is in the bread. We experience him here and now through the miraculous power of the Holy Spirit. And here our desire for explanations must stop and we must taste and see the goodness of the Lord and trust in the Holy Spirit’s power to make Christ present to us in the here and now.
“Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Note Jesus’ use of imperative commands: Take and eat. Drink.

These are not optional activities. If you don’t eat and drink you’re going to die. And if you don’t personally accept Jesus’ sacrifice and allow him to live in you, you are likewise going to die spiritually and eternally.
He says “all of you” meaning his disciples, his church. Holy Communion is a meal for the church. Jesus brooks no excuses like, “I don’t feel worthy” or “I don’t know enough” or “I don’t think it’s necessary”. What our excuses are really saying is this “I don’t have to eat with this family in order to be a part of this family.” That would not work with your mother and it won’t work for Jesus either. It’s all of you. If you consider yourself part of the family then eat with the family.
“Blood”. Before God expelled Adam and Eve from the Garden, he shed blood to provide garments for them as a sign of his care. When God made a covenant with Noah, it was over the shed blood of sacrifices made to him. When God made a covenant with Abraham, it was over sacrifices made to him. When God made a covenant with Moses and the people of Israel, they were sprinkled with the blood of the sacrifice to seal the covenant. The Bible says, “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.” (Hb 9:22)
The wine is the symbol of the blood shed to establish an unbreakable covenant with God that we are saved by grace through faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for our sins. Ours is a blood religion. We talk about the blood and we sing about the blood because it is a symbol of all that Christ accomplished for us on the Cross.
Would you be free from the burden of sin? There's power in the blood, power in the blood
Would you o'er evil a victory win? There's wonderful power in the blood
There is power, power, wonder-working power-In the blood of the Lamb
There is power, power, wonder-working power-In the precious blood of the Lamb.
“Poured out for you” the substitutionary nature of Jesus’ sacrifice is enshrined in these words. What Jesus did on the cross was in your stead. It was done for you. Like a rich uncle might pay off all your debts with his own money, Jesus pays off all your debts to God with his own blood. Colossians 2:13: “And you, who were dead in your trespasses…God made alive together with Christ, having forgiven us all our trespasses by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.”
This is not a ritual—just a performance of symbolic actions. This is a meal. We are sitting down at table with God! Come to this table to hear him say to you “I love you.” Come to this table because you want to say to him, “I love you.”

17 4 9 Prayer Made a Difference

Prayer Made a Difference sermon notes

Highland United Methodist Church
Rev. Tom Anderson
April 9, 2017
Prayer Made a Difference
1 Timothy 2:1-4
First of all…God’s desire (2:4)
First of all…prayer for all people (2:1)
Taking it home:
• What is your personal objective in
• What do you want people to
remember about you at your
• How does your purpose fit with
God’s purpose in verse 4?
• What one thing could you start
doing that you haven’t done before
that if you did it regularly would
make a positive difference in your
life and in this church?

17 4 2 The Lord's Prayer

The Lord's Prayer sermon notes

Highland United Methodist Church
Rev. Tom Anderson
April 2, 2017
The Lord's Prayer
Matthew 6:9-13
Why we call God “Father”
How to “hallow” his name
(Colossians 3:17)
Surrender to his will (Romans 12:1)
Taking it home:
• What does the opening phrase “our
Father” tell us about who can pray this
prayer and who can’t?
• What do the pronouns “our” and “us”
tell us about the scope God intends our
prayers to have?
• What are the Father’s three greatest
concerns that need to be addressed in
• What are the believer’s three greatest

17 3 26 Eight Ways to Pray for Family

Eight Ways to Pray for Family sermon notes

Highland United Methodist Church
Rev. Tom Anderson
March 26, 2017
Eight Ways to Pray for Family
Colossians 1:9-12
8 things to pray for:
1. __________ of God’s will.
(1:9, Romans 12:2)
2. A ___________ life. (1:10)
3. A life _________ to the Lord.
(1:10, 1 John 3:22-23)
4. ________ fruit. (1:10)
5. Growth in __________ of God.
6. Strengthened in all _________
(1:11, Proverbs 16:32)
7. Endurance and __________
(1:11, John 17:11)
8. Joy in giving ________ (1:12)
Taking it home:
• Which of the spiritual blessings in
Colossians 1:9-12 would you most
• Do you think it would make any
difference in the lives of persons you
know if you prayed this prayer regularly
for them? Why or why not?
• Memorize this passage so that you can
pray these blessings for others from


I challenge you today to pray for these 8 spiritual blessings for your friends and family. Start with just one person and insert their name into this scripture as a prayer.
“I pray that God would fill ______ with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And I pray this in order that _____ may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that ____ may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving
thanks to the Father, who has qualified ____ to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.

17 3 19 Prayer as a way of life

Prayer as a way of life sermon notes


Highland United Methodist Church
Rev. Tom Anderson
March 19, 2017
Ephesians 6:10-20
How to remove worry
Praying in the Spirit
• On all occasions
• All kinds of prayers
• Being alert
• Praying for the saints
Prayer is practical
Taking it home:
• Identify the 3 “alls” in verse 18 and a
fourth all that means “all the time”.
• Describe in your own words the
standard for prayer to which this
passage holds us.
• In light of verse 12, why is being alert
and praying for the saints so
• At the beginning of each day this
week, ask God to help you be
conscious of him again and again
throughout the day.

17 3 12 A Friend in the Middle

A Friend in the Middle sermon notes

Highland United Methodist Church
Rev. Tom Anderson
March 12, 2017
A Friend in the Middle
Luke 11:5-8
The story of 3 friends
1. The friend in ___________.
2. The friend with ___________.
3. The friend in the ____________.
Taking it home:
• Who are the “friends in need” around
• What might our heavenly Father have
for them?
• What does this passage say about
praying for the needs of others?

17 3 5 Getting What We Ask For in Prayer

Getting What We Ask For in Prayer sermon notes

Highland United Methodist Church
Rev. Tom Anderson
March 5, 2017
Getting What We Ask For in Prayer
1 John 5:14-15
All you have to do is ask!
John confronts New Age Spirituality
Key word of 5:14 _____________
Confidence in prayer (Romans 8:32)
Conditions placed on prayer
James 4:2
James 1:6
1 John 3:21-22
1 John 5:14
Jesus repeated it four times: John 14:13; 15:7,
15:16; 16:23
Certain confidence
Taking it home:
• Memorize today’s scripture with your
family. You might consider installing the
app “Remember Me” on your phone to
help you do this.
• Make a list of spiritual blessings that are
in line with God’s will and pray for them
• Thank God for the blessings you ask for
before you leave your prayer place,
knowing that you will receive them.

17 3 1 Repentant Prayer

Repentant Prayer sermon notes

Highland United Methodist Church
Rev. Tom Anderson
March 1, 2017
Repentant Prayer
2 Chronicles 7:13-16
Ezra’s words of encouragement
What Chronicles teaches about God
Good News from Chronicles
Recipe for Hope:
·__________ yourself (Psalm 36:2)
· __________ and seek God
· __________
What God wants for you.
Taking it home:
• In this passage what do we learn about believers?
• What do we learn about God?
• What does God require of believers?
• How might things change in the church if