Sermon Notes

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Vision matters. Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint.” God has created humanity with a need for purpose, meaning, and work that is greater than ourselves. Without a God-inspired vision, we focus on temporal things and miss key opportunities to invest in eternity.

We will explore God’s activity at Sherwood. God has done incredible things through Sherwood in the past 66 years, but the journey is not finished. God is always preparing us for what He has prepared for us. He blesses us to be a blessing. He positions us to make a difference. He calls us to be about His Kingdom.

Through this series, we’ll answer questions like: What has God done? Where is God leading? What is God’s heart? How can we join Him? What is Kingdom success?

Message 01

January 02, 2022 AM
Paul Gotthardt
(#1 in series)

VISION: Moving Together Toward God’s Preferred Future


Various passages

Remember the day you stood before the LORD your God at Horeb, when the LORD said to me, ‘Assemble the people to Me, that I may let them hear My words so they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth…’” – Deuteronomy 4:10

“You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out of there by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm.” – Deuteronomy 5:15

“You shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years…” – Deuteronomy 8:2

  • Remember His wonderful deeds which He has done, His marvels and the judgments from His mouth,” – 1 Chronicles 16:12

In Joshua 4, God commanded the people to leave two stacks of stones to remember what He did at the Jordan River.

In Luke 22, Jesus celebrated Passover with the disciples and said, “Do this in remembrance of Me.”

As you remember what God has done, think about:

1) God is __ you for what He has prepared for you.
The key concept is __.

2) “To whom much is given is much __.”
The key concept is __.
3) God directs those who __ and submit to Him.
The key concept is __.

How has God __ us?

What are we stewarding for His __?

Where is He __/leading us from here?

Reflection: Prayer __ God’s activity.

Message 02

January 09, 2022 AM
Paul Gotthardt
(#2 in series)

VISION: Moving Together Toward God’s Preferred Future


Matthew 9:35-38

Key Thought:
Current __ can be the enemy of future __.

A Dangerous Prayer:
“God, will You __ for me, __ in me, and __ through me?”

What did Jesus see?

  • He saw the __. 

Not only did He see the people, but…

  • He saw the __.
  • He saw the __.
  • He saw the __.

Conclusion: What are we asking of you?

  • Pray for the __ and laborers.
  • Pray for __ for Sherwood’s leadership.
  • Pray about personal __.
    How is God calling you and your family to be involved?
  • Pray for the __ and opportunity to invite others.
  • Pray, “God, will you see for me, move in me, and serve through me?”

Message 03

January 23, 2022 AM
Paul Gotthardt
(#3 in series)

Vision: Moving Together Towards God’s Preferred Future


Colossians 4:2-3

1 Corinthians 3:10-15; Matthew 7:22-23; Revelation 2:2-4 – Each passage carries a word of caution about work and ministry:

  • Be careful that the work has __ value.
  • Be careful that the workers __ Jesus.
  • Be careful that the work doesn’t take Jesus’ __.

Colossians 4:2-3 has a __ component,

a __ component, and

a __ ministry component.

Where is God leading at Sherwood?
God is leading us on a path to see people __ by the gospel to a life of __ Christ and making Him known.

Each part must be prayed over and submitted to God (trusting Him alone). By God’s grace…

  • Prayer
    We will __ deeper and further in prayer.
  • Discipleship
    We will train disciples to make disciples __ God places them.

  • Kingdom
    We will intentionally engage in and strategically __ in God’s Kingdom activity.

  • Leadership
    We will develop a leadership __ to help us train leaders IN the harvest FOR the harvest.

  • Worship
    We will invest in and help develop the next __ of worship leaders, musicians, and creatives.

  • Education
    We will prayerfully seek God’s heart in __ Christian education.

  • Outreach
    We will __ serve the community in strategic ways.

Message 04

January 30, 2022 AM
Paul Gotthardt
(#4 in series)

Vision: Moving Together Towards God’s Preferred Future

Mark 10:42-45

Many Christians live __ lives because God has poured far more into them than they’ve been willing to __ out into others.

Key Truth

Serving others is about faithfully __ out what God has poured in.

__ He came is __ He’s doing!

In the Book of Mark, Jesus shared three texts describing why He came:

  • In Mark 1:38, Jesus said, “Let us go somewhere else to the towns nearby, so that I may preach there also; for that is what I came for.”
  • In Mark 2:17, Jesus said, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
  • In Mark 10:45, Jesus said, “For even the Son of Many did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

“It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others.” – Ephesians 2:10, LB

“Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” – Philippians 2:4, NASB

“For you were called to freedom…only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” – Galatians 5:13, NASB

“God has shown you His grace in many different ways. So be good servants and use whatever gift He has given you in a way that will best serve each other.” – 1 Peter 4:10, NLT

How can we join God in what He’s doing?

1) __ God by spending time with God where the focus is on God.

2) Serve in areas that align with your passions and gifting.

3) __ faithfully, and prayerfully consider helping with the Meet the Need campaign.

4) Invite others to join in this faith journey.

5) __ social media and opportunities for the sake of the Kingdom.

Three statements of clarity:

1) __ does not determine call.

2) Everyone is not called to everything.

3) Serve according to the gifts and __ given to YOU.

Message 05

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

VISION: Moving Together Toward God’s Preferred Future


Mark 10:13-16

Kingdom Concept

Kingdom success happens when God redeems __ of faithfulness for the advancement of the __ and the expansion of His kingdom.

“The kingdom is the range of God’s __ will where what He wants done is done.” – Dallas Willard

When Christians understand the kingdom, two things happen:

1) It opens our eyes to countless kingdom __.

2) It drops the __ that divide us.

Our __ should not be determined by our circumstances.

Kingdom Principle

When you think “kingdom,” remember the __.

In chapter 10, Jesus shared five paradoxical concepts in order:

1) Two shall be one. (vv. 1-12)

2) Adults shall be as children. (vv. 13-16)

3) First shall be last. (vv. 17-31)

4) Servants shall become rulers. (vv. 32-45)

5) Poor shall become rich. (vv. 46-52)

What are the characteristics of kids that mark the kingdom?

  • Kids lack __.
  • Kids need __.