Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sermon Recap from September 28

In all honesty, this past Sunday I did not communicate as clearly as I would have liked. I have identified at least one cause, in terms of focus, but part of why a church has a regular preaching ministry is because some sermons are not awesome. Some you get through and say, well, I think I was faithful to the message.

Then you do better the next week.

Sunday Morning: Malachi

Sept 28 AM Malachi from Doug Hibbard on Vimeo.

Sunday Evening: Luke Begins

Sept 28 PM from Doug Hibbard on Vimeo.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sermon Recap for September 21

Alright, we’re back to semi-normal around here, so that means two sermons per Sunday. That should hold true until the last Sunday in October.

Morning Sermon: Obedience in the Midst of Chaos: A Lesson from Esther 

Outline

Sept 21 AM Esther from Doug Hibbard on Vimeo.

 

Evening Sermon: The Mighty Acts of God Psalm 105

Outline

Psalm 105 from Doug Hibbard on Vimeo.

Morning Outline: Esther

We serve God in the chaos of life, even when we cannot see how He is working.

I. (3 minutes) Front Porch: We serve God in the chaos of life, even when we cannot see how He is working.

A. Today, we are looking at Esther--yes, the whole book. Rather than highlighting one particular passage, I want us to consider the entire story of Esther, Haman, and Purim

B. Delivery of sentence: How do we serve God in the chaos of life? How do we handle it when we cannot see how He is working?

     C. Transition

II. (3 minutes) Entryway:

     A. Do we really need to talk about chaos in life?

     B. Ok, let's talk: jobs--running to and fro, seeking to survive.

     C. This is life for far too many of us--

          1. How many nights are you home?

          2. For some of you, average that over the year--I know you're not home at harvest time

III. (2-3 minutes) Hallway:

A. Unknown authorship, post-exilic-

     B. Some of the Jews have returned

     C. Esther addresses the situation of those who remain in the Persian capital

IV. (3-5 minutes, only if necessary) Sitting Room:

     A. Historicity: there are some questions, however there are evidences that support the possibility

     B. Do not underestimate the whims of authoritarian kings--Vashti may have returned

     C. Ahasuerus=Xerxes I (most sources) 485-465 (time of construction of Parthenon

     D. Banquet was likely war planning/celebration: related to Thermopylae (SPARTA!!!)

V. (5-7 minutes) Kitchen:the book of Esther highlights these aspects of theology:

     A. God is sovereign even when anonymous

     B. God is capable of keeping His promises

     C. God's people always have enemies

VI. (7-9 Minutes) Dining Room (personal growth)/Living Room (immediate life application)

     A. Dining Room (personal growth): Our inability to see God at work does not mean He is not

     B. Living Room (immediate life application): What is one step of obedience to God in your work right now?

10:10 ->no plundering: remember that the goal is not to deprive others of what they have, nor is it truly revenge but it is to spread the Word of God

VII. (3-5 Minutes) The Door: wide world impact

     A. Do not lay down your rights--

     B. Also, do not sit idly by while others are deprived of theirs!

     C. Proclaim, boldly, who you are.

 

Evening Outline: Psalm 105

I. (3 minutes) Front Porch: God provides, disciplines, and empowers that we might obey Him and praise Him!

A. Psalm 105

II. (3 minutes) Entryway: Does it seem like the world does not reflect the work of God

III. (2-3 minutes) Hallway: A post-exilic Psalm

     A. Authorship is uncertain--

     B. Reflects Israel after the Exile


V. (5-7 minutes) Kitchen: God's glory is clear, even through judgment and salvation

VI. (7-9 Minutes) Dining Room (personal growth)/Living Room (immediate life application)

     A. Dining Room (personal growth): The value of knowing what God hath done

     B. Living Room (immediate life application): Implement efforts to learn more and teach more

VII. (3-5 Minutes) The Door: wide world impact: Our worship includes recounting and remembering what God has done. Do not be silent about all of His works

Monday, September 8, 2014

Sermon Wrap-Up for September 7

Good Monday to you! Yesterday saw our annual cookout for the first Sunday in September, so there is only a morning sermon for you. Next week we'll have a guest preacher in the morning service, so I cannot say if he'll allow being recorded or not, so there may just be an evening message.

Morning Sermon: Humiliation or Destruction? Daniel 4 & 5





Humiliation or Destruction? Daniel 4 and 5 from Doug Hibbard on Vimeo.

September 7 Daniel 4-5

DatePassageLocationTitleFront Porch
September 7 AMDaniel 4 & 5Almyra BaptistHumiliated or Destroyed?The question for us is this: will we be humiliated or destroyed?

I. (3 minutes) Front Porch: Today, we compare two kings who opposed God--and decide which king will be our example.
     A. We don't do kings in America--we all consider ourselves king of our own life
     B. We are going to look at Daniel 4 and 5 to consider a pair of kings, choosing which one will be our example to follow
     C. The question for us is this: will we be humiliated or destroyed?
II. (3 minutes) Entryway: We have choices to make:

     A. Most importantly: will we follow God's way?
     B. Typically, though, we face a crisis before we make that decision.
III. (2-3 minutes) Hallway: Babylon
     A. Daniel--although Ch. 4 is 1st person report from King of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar
     B. Ch. 5 occurs as the Medo-Persian Empire eliminates the Babylonian Empire (October 12, 539 BC)
     

IV. (3-5 minutes, only if necessary) Sitting Room: extended look at background
     A. Archaic name of "Belshazzar"
     B. Father/son=predecessor/successor in kingship matters: note Romans in 1st-3rd Century, Jordanians in 20th (HRH Abdullah I to HRH Hussein)
     C. Chapter 4: 570 BC (ish) Ch. 5: October 12, 539 BC (per Herodotus and Xenophon)
     
V. (5-7 minutes) Kitchen: God brings discipline into the lives of people
     A. God sends warnings about discipline
     B. God has foreknowledge of our responses
     C. We retain responsibility for our actions
     D. God demonstrates both justice and mercy
VI. (7-9 Minutes) Dining Room (personal growth)/Living Room (immediate life application)
     A. How this nourishes us as believers: There is grace on the other side of discipline
               1. Listen to the Word: notice the warning to Nebby K and what Belshazzar should have known
               2. Do not crave the validation of the world
     B. How we live it out in our families, lives, jobs, etc...
               1. Keep the Praise where it belongs: unto the LORD!
               2. Work well and do well, as unto Jesus: Colossians 3:23
               3. Pass on useful information: note the work of the Queen Mother
VII. (3-5 Minutes) The Door: wide world impact
     A. Be Daniel: we do not want the world's rewards, we want to be faithful
     B. Be repentant: better to be Nebby K than to be Belshazzar
     C. Be open: proclaim and stand forward
VIII. (1 minute) The Back Porch: repeat the point
     A. Take humility
     B. Avoid Destruction    
     C. Eschew Worldly Rewards and pursue the truth

Concluding Notes:
1. I do have the rough audio of Sunday Night’s Q&A session, but I’m not sure yet that it’s useful for posting.
2. I am not sure how to improve video quality with the current equipment.
3. If you want to subscribe, here’s a list:
A. iTunes for audio subscription link is here.
B. General Audio RSS feed for other programs is here.
C. If you’re a Stitcher User, the link is here
D. For Vimeo Video, subscribe to this channel: https://vimeo.com/channels/almyrafbc
E. For Youtube Video, subscribe here: https://www.youtube.com/user/dheagle93/

4. Yes, I think I’m not getting a lot of plays on each service or hits on each blog, but in total it’s a decent reach. A social media expert might suggest changes, but this is free-to-cheap, where I have to live right now.

5. Each blog has a “Follow” button and a “Subscribe via Email” option

6. Follow on Facebook: Doug’s Page or the First Baptist Almyra Page

Monday, September 1, 2014

Sermon Recap for August 31

Good Afternoon! Because of the VBS wrap-up (Good Job, Ryan!) Sunday evening, we have one sermon. Next week we’ll also have one sermon, because we’ll have hamburgers and fellowship Sunday night.

Also, I have switched organizational motifs for sermon preparation. I hope it makes for getting to application points clearer. You may not even notice in the listening, but it will be evident in the outlines that are posted here.

Aug 31: Dry Bones or Living Spirit? Ezekiel 37

 

Outline:

I.  Front Porch: God alone can bring life to the dead

A. Ezekiel 37

     B. Our situation, our need

II. Entryway: What is going on in this world?

     A. Division in the church

     B. Community angst

     C. Family concerns

     D. National problems


III.  Hallway: Ezekiel's prophetic years in the exile

     A. Ezekiel: early exile, probably prophesying after Jerusalem's fall though

     B. 575 BC...ish

     C.

 

V. Kitchen: The Word of the Lord brings the Spirit of the Lord who brings life

     A. Death is the natural result of life :)

     B. What we can do is proclaim the Word

     C. At this, we fall on God's mercy

     D. The Spirit of the Lord brings life

     E. The Spirit follows the Word

VI.  Dining Room (personal growth)/Living Room (immediate life application)

     A. DR: Humility, reliance on the Word

     B. LR: Grow through studying with others

     C. LR: be willing to share the Word with others--your life is a foundation, not a complete proclamation

VII. The Door: wide world impact

     A. All we can do is structure bones

     B. While there are bones to keep in order through the law, culture, our real goal is proclaim the Word

     C. That opens the door for the Spirit to work

     D. We cannot determine who the Spirit can and cannot work through

     E. We must stop trying to pick winners and especially decide who loses

VIII.  The Back Porch:

     A. As we go: carry the Word and proclaim it

     B. because God alone can bring life to the dead, through the Spirit who follows the Word

 

Concluding Notes:

1. I do have the rough audio of Sunday Night’s Q&A session, but I’m not sure yet that it’s useful for posting.

2. I am not sure how to improve video quality with the current equipment.

3. If you want to subscribe, here’s a list:

A. iTunes for audio subscription link is here.

B. General Audio RSS feed for other programs is here.

C. If you’re a Stitcher User, the link is here

D. For Vimeo Video, subscribe to this channel: https://vimeo.com/channels/almyrafbc

E. For Youtube Video, subscribe here: https://www.youtube.com/user/dheagle93/

4. Yes, I think I’m not getting a lot of plays on each service or hits on each blog, but in total it’s a decent reach. A social media expert might suggest changes, but this is free-to-cheap, where I have to live right now.


5. Each blog has a “Follow” button and a “Subscribe via Email” option


6. Follow on Facebook: Doug’s Page or the First Baptist Almyra Page