Monday, August 23, 2021

The Tender Commandments Overview

This summer we preached through the Ten Commandments at Coastline. In my opinion it was the best sermon series we've ever done. I think the plurality of voices in the series was a huge win and the planning for this time was deep. 

One thing we do at Coastline is what I call: "Big picture sermon planning as a team." Let me explain this a touch more. We have about six different people who sit in the room for sermon planning. We use the white board to line out: sermon title, big idea, ideas, Scripture, songs, video clips, illustrations, books, and quotes for the sermon. 

I love the team dynamic that plays out in the room. We start each session in prayer and aim to line out four to five sermons. Sometimes we get more stalled and other times we are moving quickly. In every situation we trust that the Lord is leading the process. 

From there I take the white board notes and put them in a Google Doc that is shared with the team. Since we just finished the Ten Commandments I want to share all those notes with you! 

Here are the notes that came from our team planning. It's a way to show you what goes into the planning of a series:

June 20 | Exodus 20:1-3
Sermon Title- None Before Me

Big Idea- We put Him first because of who He is and what He’s done

Philippians 3:19
Isaiah 44
Mark 10:17-27
Teach about other gods that people worship 
Tie into previous sermon on how we can tell what matters in our lives 
Israel was called to be set apart (not set aside). Teach on Santification? 
God was concerned about getting the Egypt out of them. -Dave Roberts 
God’s brought us all out of something. We need to help fill in that blank. -Becky Shipe 
In the rich young ruler the commandment was put to the test 
God gave us the commandments in a desire to provide and protect us 
Illustration- What struggle do you put in front of God?
Core Value- We put God first 

I- Items
D- Duty
O- Others
L- Longings 

Your great name 

June 27 | Exodus 20:4-6
Sermon Title- Don’t Reduce God 

Big Idea- Out thoughts about God determines our worship of God 

Exodus 32- Aaron and the golden calf
Psalm 115
John 4- the Woman at the well 
“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. ... Worship is pure or base as the worshiper entertains high or low thoughts of God. - Tozer
Our image of God will have everything to do with our worship of God. -Dave Roberts 
Westminster Shorter Catechism- the chief goal of man is to worship God and enjoy Him forever 
The heart is an idol factory 
God is a jealous God. We have a negative connotation of jealousy in our culture 
Jealousy and love aren’t in opposition to each other
How does idol worship affect those around us: Family, spouse, kids, relatives, work?
Our concept of God determines our life before God 
Left to our own devices we will make anything into an idol. -Dave Roberts 
It’s so important we get our understanding of God correct 

Your great name 
The Blessing 

July 04 | Exodus 20:7 (Blaze McEntee)
Sermon Title- His Holy Name 

Big Idea- Reverence for God’s name will lead us to represent Him well 

Mark 5- Demons flee at the name of Jesus 
The tribe of Korah didn’t understand the power of God’s holy name 
When Israel moved the ark from the Philistines the man who reached out his hand to stabilize the ark lost his life. 
Stories of taking God’s name in vain 
“The name Austin was being misrepresented.” 
We don’t understand how different God really is 

Break every chain
Your great name
No other name 

July 11 | Exodus 20:8-11
Sermon Title- Living Rested 

Big Idea- God knows I need rest to be my best 

Deuteronomy 5:15
Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath Matthew 12:1–8, Mark 2:23–28 and Luke 6:1–5
When Israel were slaves they didn’t have days off, there was no rest for them 
Explain the Jewish perspective on time- a new day started when the sun set
We wear busy as a badge of honor in our culture 
Research on rest, naps, sleep, and neuroplasticity 
Animals at the zoo get days off where they are not on display 
CF takes Saturday off and still makes more than other restaurants 
The sabbath is a time for restoration and recreation
Michael Yankoski’s book on Sababth enjoyment 
Lance Witt’s story about waking up in the middle of the night 
God didn’t have to rest but modeled rest for us--we are not following Satan’s example 
We are creating a rhythm of rest as a church body (no events on Saturday) 
I take days off and am not available, I shut down email, I have a vacation coming up 
Pastor who received a call about a failing marriage on Saturday. He asked a few questions to learn that the marriage had been failing for five years. She waited to meet later that week 
We rest to follow God’s example of rest. God knew we needed to rest 

Your great name 
The Blessing

July 18 | Exodus 20:12
Sermon Title- Powerful Parents 

Big Idea- When you rightly honor your parents, all your relationships get better 

Colossians 3:20 
Luke 15
Ruth 1
John 19:25
Malachai 1:6

Honor parents who aren’t honorable 
Is it only to a set geographical location? 
What does it mean to prosper? 
People who have trouble of thinking of God as a Father 

The blessing 
Break Every Chain 
Make Room 

July 25 | Exodus 20:13
Mike Lovato

August 1 | Exodus 20:14
Bert Alcorn 

August 8 | Exodus 20:15
Sermon Title- Caught red handed 

Big Idea- Do not take what rightfully belongs to others 

Malachi 3:6-10 
Acts 5
1 Kings 21
Deuteronomy 24:7 
Micah 6:8 
Story of stealing when I was 5 years old 
Story on Twitter of woman who stole hand sanitizer from Bath and Body works 
$970 or more is stealing CA 
Moving boundary stones to gain more power 
Employer taking wages, an employee stealing hours 
Aladdin steals to eat 
Movie example- Liar Liar with Jim Carey 
We write it down because we need to remember it 

Clean Hands 
No longer slaves 

August 15 | Exodus 20:16
Sermon Title- Truth Teller 

Big Idea- The Bible teaches us how to tell the truth 

Acts 5
Matthew 26:57
Mark 14:53
Luke 10:36
Colossians 3:9-10
1 Kings 21
John 8:44
Matthew 5:33
Can’t be killed on the testimony of one witness 
US Judicial System- tell the whole truth, and nothing but the truth 
Examples of “white lies”- the check is in the mail 
Movies and TV shows that promote lying 
More than just morals 
We believe untruths and share them as truths 
Have so much integrity that people believe what you say 
Teach on how to apologize for lying 
Exaggeration- how to work on truth telling 
Making excuses
Using ‘Always’ and ‘Never’ statements  

The blessing 
Break Every Chain 
Make Room 

August 22 | Exodus 20:17
Sermon Title- Facing Covetousness 

Big Idea- Coveting is an expression of our distrust of Jesus 

Romans 7 
Joshua 7 
2 Samuel 11
Psalm 51
James 1:13
Ephesians 5:5
Colossians 3:5
Proverbs 4:23
Philippians 4:11-12
Coveting starts with the physician 
Story of Christopher Duntsch (wanting to be a doctor and rich) 
This i the internal one
Covetousness is the motivation for many of sins 
Covetousness is hidden 
We covet thinking it will make us complete 
“Trust the Lord who is provider” -Ryan LaFata 
Why do I covet knowing the greatness of the Lord? 
“Coveting is a sinful belief that things will make me happy.” -Dave Roberts 
Gratitude and thanksgiving combat covetousness 
“This isn’t a uniquely American problem but we’ve perfected it.” Dave Roberts 


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