Lighthouse Community Church
Downs, Kansas

"Living the New Testament in today's world"

Pastor George Henry's Sermon Outlines.

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“He Came to Save”

1 Timothy 1:12-17
November 19, 2017


Why are you here?    What is your mission to accomplish?


Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.


Paul’s salvation is an example that shows us who Jesus is and what Jesus does.


The grace of our Lord was poured out on Saul/Paul abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.


How did Jesus treat this man who rejected Him and intentionally harmed those who believed in and served Him?


The unlimited patience of Christ Jesus is displayed in His love for the worst of sinners.


Christ Jesus gives eternal life to those who believe on him.


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NOV 19, 2017




“Free to Enjoy God”

Isaiah 58

November 12, 2017


Giving the appearance that we are a nation of people who are law-abiding and God-honoring doesn’t get us anywhere with God.


Our idea of justice is a balancing act:            if the good that I do outweighs what I do wrong then I believe that I am okay.


God’s standard of justice is the elimination of corrupt and criminal behavior.


The more I sin the more that I want to sin.


My only hope is that someone will catch me and pull me back onto the ledge


I am walking on the ledge when I right injustice for others.


I am walking on the ledge when I cancel debts that others owe me.


I am walking on the ledge when I share what I have with those who don’t have.


I am walking on the ledge when I give myself to others.


I am walking on the ledge when I keep the Sabbath with joy and celebration.


When God spoke through Isaiah God was catching people who were falling to their deaths.


A few wanted to be caught and to learn not to fall again.


Many pretended they were not falling while dragging others with them.


Others didn’t care and weren’t concerned after all everyone is doing the same thing.


Which group do you want to be in?


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Nov 12




The Value of a Man”

Matthew 12:9-21
November 5, 2017


We like rules that favors us at the expense of someone else.  

We treat some people like they are less important than our possessions.  

We believe that some people deserve to suffer.  

We believe that some people deserve to die.  

The only people who have value are the ones like me…  

Jesus came to reveal a God and a kingdom that are not like this world.  

Jesus came to offer love and peace and blessing to all who will receive it.  

Invitation:         Do we live by rules that divide, exclude and destroy each other or by a love that heals, forgives and blesses everyone?


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Oct 05




Whatever We Do”

Colossians 3:12-17
October 29, 2017


What do people who have faith do that is different from the people who do not have faith?  

The world’s way is to use physical and/or economic and/or social power to impose my will upon you.  

Life becomes an endless cycle of grievances and retributions  

Jesus Christ came to break the cycle of grievances and retributions  

When the peace of Christ rules in our hearts the world sees an unbreakable bond of unity between us.  

There is a love that is greater than any wrong that may be done to us or by us.  

If the peace of Christ rules in my heart then everyone including my worst enemy benefits from it.  

Does the peace of Christ rule in your heart?


We were unable to record the sermon this week.
Oct 29




Testing the Teaching”

John 7:15-19
October 22, 2017


What has happened to truth in the past 70 years?  

Jesus lived in a world full of confusion, division, strife and violence  

The first act of testing someone’s teaching is to align my heart with the will of God  

When I choose to do something that is against the will of God I lose the ability to recognize the truth of the teaching that I hear.  

The second thing that I do to find the truth is to look for those who are working for the honor of the One who sent Jesus.  

Operating out of my vanity produces that which is false:  

The third thing that I do if I want to know the truth is to keep what I have already been given.  

When we lose the truth we become criminals by denying the truth about our actions.  

Invitation:      To test the truth:  

1. Do the will of God.  

2. Find those who work for the honor of God.  

3. Keep what you have already been given.


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Oct 22




The Word Made Certain”

2 Peter 1:16-2:3
October 15, 2017


Last night I went to the tall tales contest at the Lutheran Church: is there anything difference between what was told at the contest last night and what is being spoken in our church this morning?  

Peter teaches us that Christians avoid speaking in certain ways so that our message is always different from the messages we hear from others.  

The first thing that Christians avoid is the telling of cleverly invented stories.  

In Downs, Kansas we would call this teaching common sense.  

The second thing that we avoid is telling interpretations that are from the will of man.  

Interpretation by the will of man  is explaining scripture so that it pleases men without any concern for whether or not it pleases God  

The third thing that we avoid is telling destructive heresies.  

Introducing destructive heresies is offering opinions and choices that turn us off course and cause us to become lost and to perish.  

The fourth thing that we avoid is telling stories we have made up to exploit others.  

Exploitation the normal, everyday work of a salesman  

There is fruit that accompanies errant speaking.

We adopt shameful ways that bring the way of truth into disrepute.  

To adopt shameful ways is to act with the same respect and restraint as someone who is drunk.  

We deny the sovereign Lord who bought us.


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Oct 15




A Responsible Teacher”

James 3:1-8
October 8, 2017


Everyone who teaches another will be judged more strictly.  

The humbling fact is that everyone stumbles including teachers.  

When you fall because of my words or example I am liable for the harm I have done to you.  

The most common way that we stumble is by the sins of an unbridled tongue.  

Crickets have more sense to know when to shut up than we do.  

James’ instruction: v. 3:1A NIV is that “Not many of you should presume to be teachers”.  

If God would allow me to do something other than teach I would.  

As a teacher I am responsible for training disciples to represent and serve the kingdom of God just as Jesus trained His disciples in the Gospels.  

Disciples are people who have committed to changing self and who follow a teacher who nurtures the change.  

The test of a teacher is:          “Are the disciples like the teacher’s teacher?”  

My task as a teacher is to pass on the knowledge, discipline and skills that have been entrusted to me by my teacher.


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Oct 08




That We May See and Believe”

Mark 15:21-39
October 1, 2017


Once again we read a scripture passage that has a lot in common with our own lives.  

Mistreatment and death were justified by prejudice, intolerance and hatred.  

Mistreatment begins with the act of imposing my superiority upon your inferiority’.  

Once we start down the path of hatred and persecution no proof is enough to change our minds.  

Do you see and believe?  

Do you believe enough to follow Jesus who was the least, the despised, the rejected, the afflicted and the condemned?


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Oct 01




List of Upcoming Sermons 

Date, 2017 Scripture Reference  * Title
November 5, Communion Matthew 12:9-21  “The Value of a Man”
November 12,   Isaiah 58 The Message  “Free to Enjoy God”
November 19, 1 Timothy 1:12-17 “He Came to Save”
November 26, Philippians 2:1-11  “One in Spirit and Purpose”

*   Scripture is read from "The New International" verson of the Bible.