Issues of the Heart

Sermon Notes


Scripture teaches that the heart is the wellspring of life. Just as your physical heart is essential for living, your spiritual heart is central to who you are and what you do. It is the seat of your emotions, affections, and desires. It reflects what’s really inside you. When circumstances or sin creates issues in the heart, they must be addressed. In this series, we’ll see how issues like brokenness, grief, bitterness, contentment, and the state of being overwhelmed can impact people to their core. God’s Word reveals the path to help and healing. When the heart changes, the person changes. Join us as we address the issues that weigh on the heart.

Message 01

October 16, 2022 PM
Paul Gotthardt
(#1 in series)

Issues of the Heart: Guard Your Heart

Proverbs 4:23

Big Truth: Your life becomes a __ of your heart. Changing the portrait requires changing the __.

The Hebrew word for “heart” (lêb) is used figuratively for the __, the will, the intellect, the seat of __ and feelings. It’s the center of __ and thought.

There are several truths that help us see the importance of guarding the heart.

1) Your heart has __.

2) Your heart is under __.

3) Your heart is the __ of life.

How do you know what’s in your heart right now?

Luke 6:45

How can we intentionally guard our hearts?

  • Be careful what we let in through our __, ears, and __ thoughts. (Proverbs 4:20-27)
  • Live in a state of submission to God’s __. (Exodus 7:22; 8:32; 9:34; Psalm 95:7-8)
  • Walk in a state of __ to God’s Word. (Psalm 119:9-11)
  • Ask God to show you what it looks like to __ Him completely. (Matthew 22:37)
  • Submit all relational __ to God. (Ephesians 4:31-32)
  • Submit areas of __ to God. (Hebrews 3:12)
  • __ about everything. (Philippians 4:6-7)

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Message 02

October 23, 2022 AM
Paul Gotthardt
(#2 in series)

Issues of the Heart: Brokenness 

Psalm 34:18

“Brokenness is God’s __ for maximum __.” – Charles Stanley

What are the major categories of brokenness found in Scripture?

  • There’s brokenness from __ problems.
  • There’s brokenness over personal __.
  • There’s brokenness when __ attack.

What’s the RIGHT next step?

“God, here’s my __. What’s Your __?”

If we’re not careful, our next step while broken may only lead to greater __ of brokenness.


“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” – Proverbs 4:23, NLT

“God is not __ among the __.” – Eric Liddell

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Message 03

October 30, 2022 AM
Paul Gotthardt
(#3 in series)

Issues of the Heart: Envy, Jealousy, and Covetousness 

Various Passages

The formula for “looking” like a good Christian:

Avoid huge public __ + do good __ things = looking like a good Christian

I’m burdened about “respectable sins” for many reasons…

  • The American church culture has made it __ for immature Christians to never grow up.
  • The American church culture is producing more “unintended __ ” than devoted disciples.
  • The American church culture has elevated “__” as “__ instead of pointing to Scripture as the standard.

Key Texts:

“For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.” – James 3:16

“Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.” – Romans 13:13-14

“Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these…” – Galatians 5:19-21a

What’s the difference between these words?

  • Covetousness speaks of __ after or longing for something with great desire.
  • Envy wants what __ to someone else.
  • Jealousy centers around a __ and unhealthy fear of losing what we have.

What are some biblical steps to freedom?

1) Recognize __ as sin.

2) __ of sin often and quickly.

3) __ to Jesus (put on Christ).

4) Remember to live with __ and gratitude.

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Message 04

November 06, 2022 AM
Paul Gotthardt
(#4 in series)

Issues of the Heart: Greed and Discontentment 

Proverbs 28:25; Philippians 4:11-13

“The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the Lord will prosper.” – Proverbs 28:25, NIV

“Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:11-13

Important Concept: The __ of our faith determines the __ of our life.

Definition: Greed is a strong and __ desire for more of something irrespective of need.

What is the biblical prescription for greed?

1) Trust God over __, work ethic, or worldly self-interest.

2) Trust and __ the promptings of the Holy Spirit in relation to giving.

3) Trust God to prompt you when biblical __ devolve into selfish and sinful desires.

Definition: Contentment refers to being happy or __ with what one has or the circumstances in which one exists.

Contentment is a __ virtue.

Contented people __ in the Lord and delight in His Word.

“You cannot find complete satisfaction in any temporal gift, because you were not created to find your delight in them. Even if you possessed all the good things God has created, you could not feel happy and glad; all your gladness and happiness rest in the God who created those things.” – Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ

What do you do if God prompts you about greed or discontentment?

1) Recognize __ as sin.

2) Repent of sin often and quickly.

3) __ to Jesus (put on Christ).

4) Remember to live with joy and gratitude.

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Message 05

November 13, 2022 AM
Paul Gotthardt
(#5 in series)

Issues of the Heart: Judgmentalism and a Critical Spirit 


John 7:19-24


Ask God, “Where in my life is judgmentalism or a critical spirit destroying relationships, distorting truth, fostering pride, and dishonoring God?”


Big Idea: Discern __, judge __!


What’s the difference between discernment and judgmentalism?

  • Discernment does not __ everything. (1 John 4:1)
  • Discernment approves what is excellent and leads to __ and righteousness. (Philippians 1:9-10)
  • Discernment is developed through constant __. (Hebrews 5:14)
  • Discernment __ everything and holds onto what is good. (1 Thessalonians 5:21)
  • Judgmentalism is birthed in __. (John 7:18-19)
  • Judgmentalism is ripe with __. (John 7:21-23; Matthew 7:1-5)
  • Judgmentalism looks on the __ (assesses without all the facts). (John 7:24)
  • Judgmentalism condemns __. (Romans 2:1)


Thoughts of Self-Reflection

  • How can I __ judgmentalism and a critical spirit?

What gets under my skin? Who do I not like, and what bothers me? Where can I recognize a pattern of repeated anger, frustration, and agitation? Where am I quickly forming opinions? Where am I so convinced that I’m right that I’m not willing to wait for the facts? Where does my anger rise when challenged? List what God shares.


  • How can I walk in truth and __?

Am I spending time with God in His Word—daily? Am I taking time to ask God to reveal any sin in my life? Am I living in a state of repentance? Have I taken the time to study both sides, learn key facts, and understand biblical truth in context? Do I have a heart to learn, or have I already made up my mind? If truth and the leading of the Holy Spirit revealed that I was wrong, would I repent of my wrongs and seek forgiveness from others?


  • How do I develop __ and search in humility?

Do I think I’ve figured it out (pride), or am I leaving room for God to correct me (humility)? Am I seeking a biblical understanding of a topic? When I enter a conversation, do I take the humble path of seeking to understand, giving the benefit of the doubt, or recognizing that I may be wrong? Instead of looking for everything that’s wrong, have I stopped and asked God to show me what’s right in my areas of frustration?


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Message 06

November 20, 2022 AM
Paul Gotthardt
(#6 in series)

Issues of the Heart: Bitterness and Unforgiveness 


Psalm 73:21-26; Matthew 5:23-24


Your life becomes a portrait of your heart; changing the portrait requires changing the heart.


Sins of unhealthy desire: covetousness, envy, jealousy, greed, and discontentment

Sins of unrighteous pride: judgmentalism and a critical spirit

Sins of __ tension: bitterness and unforgiveness


  • Anger in our heart removes __ in our worship.
  • Reconciliation takes __ over religious actions.


Big Truth: The path of reconciliation is paved through __ and humble acts of __.


Both parties must ask:

“What’s __, what’s right, what’s __, and what’s best?”


In humble acts of submission, you are submitting to whatever God wants to do in that situation.

  • It’s not my __ but His will.
  • It’s not my __ but His way.
  • It’s not what I __ but what He wants.
  • It’s not my __ but His words.


Solomon’s thoughts on speech:
Proverbs 15:1; 29:11; 10:19; 12:16; 12:18; 13:3; 17:27-28; 18:2; 18:6-7; 18:13


You could do everything you know to do, and it doesn’t guarantee the outcome. There are at least three possible outcomes:

  • Full forgiveness plus __ reconciliation
  • Full forgiveness plus __ reconciliation
  • Full forgiveness with __ reconciliation


How do you know if repentance has happened? Here are at least six indicators of true repentance:

  • The person accepts full __ for his or her actions.
  • The person is no longer defensive about being in the wrong.
  • The person welcomes __.
  • The person does not try to downplay the hurtful behavior.
  • The person does not __ in the hurtful behavior or want anything to do with it.
  • The person makes restitution where necessary.


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Message 07

December 04, 2022 AM
Paul Gotthardt
(#7 in series)

Issues of the Heart: Grief and Sadness 


1 Thessalonians 4:13


Let’s process grief and sadness by asking three important questions…


1) What does __ teach us about grief?


Grief is not limited to physical death. Grief is a natural response to __.


2) What does it look like to grieve __?

  • Grieving well begins __ loss.
  • Grieving well continues with __.
  • Grieving well happens in __, not isolation.
  • Grieving well takes steps __.


Learn to pray: “God, I’m __ today; what’s __ tomorrow?”


3) How can we lovingly __ others as they grieve?

  • __ grief and mourning in Scripture.
  • Submit to God and ask Him to __ you with next steps.
  • __ back-and-forth moments.
  • __ to say, “I’m praying for you. I’m here. I’m not going anywhere.”


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Message 08

December 11, 2022 AM
Paul Gotthardt
(#8 in series)

Issues of the Heart: Busyness and Rest 


Mark 1:35-39


Scripture mentions multiple types of “rest,” and most are connected to a rhythm of life.

  • __ Rest (Genesis 2:2-3)
  • Sabbath (work) Rest (Exodus 34:21; Mark 2:27)
  • __ Rest (Leviticus 25:4, 8-12)


Rest is generally defined as “peace, ease, or refreshment.”

  • __ Rest (Matthew 11:28; Hebrews 4:9-10)
  • Physical rest (Mark 6:31)
  • __ Rest (Mark 1:32-39; John 15:1-10; Joshua 1:13; Psalm 37:7)


Here are a few principles from this scene that help us achieve balance between busyness and rest.


I. Rest must be a priority __ when you’re busy. (vv. 32-35)


II. __ we rest determines __ we rest. (v. 35)

  • Jesus got away in the early morning, while it was still dark.
  • He went away to a secluded place.
  • And He was praying there.


For Christians who try to gain time by cutting corners devotionally, here are a few thoughts:

1) We never gain __ by losing __.
2) Gained leisure is a poor substitute for neglected __.
3) The Scriptural categories of rest are not __.


III. Our __ is often clarified through our rest. (vv. 37-38)


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Message 09

December 18, 2022 AM
Paul Gotthardt
(#9 in series)

Issues of the Heart: Doubt and Unbelief 


Mark 6:1-6


1) Unbelief begins in the __ of our questions.


Asking God questions is not the same as questioning God’s __.


A few misconceptions about asking God questions:

  • You don’t have to __ a question for God to know you have one.
  • Real relationships require real conversations.
  • The Bible is filled with __ of the faith who asked God questions.


2) Unbelief continues in the __ we take.


3) Unbelief shows in the __ we withhold.


4) Unbelief culminates in the __ we miss.


Faith is the vehicle of all spiritual growth.

  • Ephesians 2:8: “For by grace you have been saved through faith…”
  • Hebrews 10:38: “The just will live by faith.”
  • Galatians 2:20: “I am crucified with Christ…and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God.”
  • Romans 14:23: “Whatever is not of faith is sin.”
  • John 6:29: “This is the work of God: that you believe in Him whom He has sent.”


The Christian life __ in faith, is lived by faith, and even the __ itself is about faith.


If the enemy can __ our faith, he can __ our progress.


“I am teaching you today—yes, you—so you will trust in the Lord.” – Proverbs 22:19


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