Learning To SEEK God! (Sermon Audio)

Learning To SEEK God! (Sermon Audio)

 

This is the audio from the May 5, 2019 sermon, “Learning To SEEK God!”, shared by Tom Lemler at the North Wayne Mennonite Church.

Text: Isaiah 55:6

“Seek the LORD while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.”

Here are the main points from the sermon:

We SEEK God when we learn to  . . .

  • Serve God:
    • Joshua 24:14 — In a world filled with many voices claiming to be truth, we must choose to serve God in order to seek Him with a whole heart.
  • Expect God: 
    • Psalm 5:3 — Seeking God wholeheartedly requires that we learn to wait in expectation, trusting God to work in the time that is just right.
  • Engage God:
    • Deuteronomy 30:14 — As we grow in our desire and practice of seeking God, we must learn to engage every part of our being with Him.
  • Know God:
    • Psalm 46:10 — Perhaps the most difficult part of seeking God is the simplest part to say . . . be still and know.

Seeking God is not a “once and done” activity but rather a lifetime of learning.  When scripture teaches that we should “seek the Lord while He may be found”, it suggests that there could be a time when He can’t be found.  Our walk on this earth is the time given to us to seek God.  Once we are gone from the earth, whether through death or the Lord’s return, the time of seeking and finding will be over.

Seeking God: How Are You Seeking? (Session Three)

Seeking God: How Are You Seeking? (Session Three)

 

This is the audio of session three from the May 4, 2019 Seeking God Prayer Event held at Michiana Christian Camp.

This third session focused on the how of seeking God with an emphasis on the whole-hearted pursuit that God desires from us.   When you seek God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, you can be assured that you will find Him.  If you don’t really care if God is with you, you will likely not be aware of His presence.

Seeking God: Where Are You Seeking? (Session Two)

Seeking God: Where Are You Seeking? (Session Two)

 

This is the audio of session two from the May 4, 2019 Seeking God Prayer Event held at Michiana Christian Camp.

This second session focused on the where of seeking God . . . both where we seek from and where we seek at.  When you realize there is nowhere that you can hide from God, the possibilities of where to seek Him begin to expand exponentially.  If you’re not looking for God to be present where you are, you will likely not notice He is there.

Seeking God: What Are You Seeking? (Session One)

Seeking God: What Are You Seeking? (Session One)

 

This is the audio of session one from the May 4, 2019 Seeking God Prayer Event held at Michiana Christian Camp.

This first session focused on examining what or, more importantly, who are we seeking.  The value you place on what you seek will determine how much effort you put into seeking.  If you don’t know what you’re looking for, you will likely not know if you find it.

Mind the GAP! (Sermon Audio)

Mind the GAP! (Sermon Audio)

 

This is the audio from the April 7, 2019 sermon, “Mind the GAP!”, shared by Tom Lemler at the North Wayne Mennonite Church.
(I didn’t remember to turn the recorder on until after the sermon introduction, but this audio contains all three main points.)

Text: Ezekiel 22:30

“I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.”

Here are the main points from the sermon:

As you stand in the gap, you must pay close attention to mind the . . .

  • Goal:
    • Philippians 3:14 — In a world where long-term goals are often set aside in exchange for temporary pleasure, we must avoid falling into the gap that exists between where we are and the eternal goal for which we have been called heavenward.
  • Attitude: 
    • 1 Peter 4:1 — Some say that attitude is everything which makes it critical that we don’t get lost in the gap between a worldly attitude and the attitude of Christ that ought to be ours.
  • Promises:
    • 2 Peter 3:9 — When everything around us seems to demand instant results, we must pay close attention to no get caught up in the gap that exists between our timetable and God’s when it comes to His faithfulness in keeping His promises.

As children of God, we ought to be standing in the gap on behalf of the country we live in, our churches, and our friends and families.  Not only should we “mind the gap” in our own life, we ought to be helping our brothers and sisters avoid the many temptations that lurk in these gap areas.

SET Your Mind! (Sermon Audio)

SET Your Mind! (Sermon Audio)

 

This is the audio from the March 3, 2019 sermon, “SET Your Mind!”, shared by Tom Lemler at the North Wayne Mennonite Church.

Text: Colossians 3:1-17

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”

Here are the main points from the sermon:

To set your mind on things above, you must . . .

  • Secure your mind: 
    • Colossians 3:5-11 — We secure our mind when we not only take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ, but we put to death every thought and desire that would lead us in the ways of the world.
  • Equip your mind:  
    • Colossians 3:12-14 — We equip our mind when we fill it with the things of the Spirit.  God’s desire is that our thoughts would be filled with Him and His ways.  When the fruit of God’s Spirit fills our mind, it is then equipped to act in Christ-like ways..
  • Train your mind:
    • Colossians 3:15-17 — We train our mind when we take the tools we have been equipped with and learn to use them for God’s glory.  Our thoughts will eventually lead to action, so we will know our mind is set on things above when our actions reflect the training we have received from God’s Word and from those who have shared His Word with us through their lives.
Let GO! (Sermon Audio)

Let GO! (Sermon Audio)

 

This is the audio from the February 3, 2019 sermon, “Let GO!”, shared by Tom Lemler at the North Wayne Mennonite Church.

Text: Romans 12:1-2

Here are the main points from the sermon:

To let go and truly be a living sacrifice, we must Let . . .

  • God: 
    • Ephesians 4:11-13 — God has created each of us according to His great wisdom and design.  We need to let God be in charge and submit our life fully to Him so that His purposes can be completed both in and through us.
  • Others:  
    • Romans 12:6-8 — As we let God be in charge, we must also let others use the gifting God has placed within their life so that together we would glorify God.  Letting others must always been done in submission to them and us first letting God, otherwise others soon become our God.