We All Want To Be Loved
 
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Series: Set Free

Title: We All Want To Be Loved

Scripture: Galatians 2:11-21

Big Idea: We all want to be loved. And we are willing to go to great lengths sometimes to earn the approval of others. But more than anything else, we should be willing to compromise our need for the approval of others in pursuit of God’s approval.

Pete Kopplin
United In Difference
 
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Series: Set Free

Title: United In Difference

Scripture: Galatians 2:1-10

Big Idea: We are going to come across other people in the church who think or do things a little differently than we do. How do we respond as brothers and sisters in Christ to someone who has a different method or who has been called to a different purpose than we are?

Pete Kopplin
The Spirit Of The Law Is Freedom
 
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Series: Set Free

Title: The Spirit Of The Law Is Freedom

Scripture: Galatians 1

Big Idea: The Bible teaches us the importance of following the law. As Christians we need to be obedient to God; but our obedience can never be a replacement for the free gift of grace that God gave us when He sent Jesus to this world and to the cross. Let’s not let our opinions, our traditions, or even the rules that God once allowed to be the way that people interacted with Him to distract us from the entire message of His word: that He loves us so much that He sent Jesus as our redeemer, our restorer, our savior. The law condemns us, but Jesus sets us free.

Pete Kopplin
Uncertainty
 
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Series: Sweet Emotions

Title: Uncertainty

Scripture: Hebrews 11

Big Idea: We combat uncertainty by trusting in what we are certain of through our faith in Jesus. If we increase our faith in God, our emotional responses to feelings like anger, guilt, fear, and uncertainty will begin to be more aligned with His will for us, helping others to feel His presence.

Pete Kopplin
Anger
 
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Series: Sweet Emotions

Title: Anger

Scripture: Eph 4:26-27, James 1:19-20

Big Idea: We all get angry sometimes. Where we get into trouble is when our expression of anger doesn’t line up with God’s design for how we express our anger. It’s ok to be angry, but we need to be certain that we are angry about things falling short of God’s expectations, not our own expectations; otherwise we are sinning in our anger. We need to identify what angers God, and move quickly toward him and slowly toward expressions of anger; we need to be grieved before we respond, and seek God’s guidance every time our actions are due to anger. Only then will we be modeling the grace of God founded in an understanding of his righteous anger.

Pete Kopplin
When the Story Doesn’t Turn Out Like You Think
 
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Series: Sweet Emotions

Title: When the Story Doesn’t Turn Out Like You Think - Dealing with Pain, Suffering, and Loneliness 

Scripture: Psalm 23:1-4 (NKJV) 

Big Idea: Life doesn’t turn out like we thing it should sometimes, and the emotions of pain, loneliness, and suffering can enter in. But when Jesus enters the story, the emotions of pain, loneliness, and suffering can have meaning; and your story can end even better. 

Pete Kopplin
Exhaustion
 
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Series: Sweet Emotions

Title: Exhaustion

Scripture: Mt 11:28-30, 2 Thes 3:6-15

Big Idea: We all feel tired sometimes. But if we talked about how sometimes we feel angry or guilty or uncertain in the same way we talk about being tired, people close to us would probably show a lot more concern! We have normalized being busy; but our job as Christians is to make sure that the things we are doing are honoring God above all else. We need to be willing to take inventory of the things we are doing, stop doing the things we aren’t supposed to be doing, and make an investment into rest and refueling, and into identifying people who can help us be busy in the right ways–the ways that imitate Jesus.

Pete Kopplin
Love
 
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Series: Sweet Emotions

Title: Love

Scripture: Romans 12:9-10, John 3:16, 1 John 4:9-11, Rom 5:8, Mt 5:43-48, Mk 12:29-31

Big Idea: There are a lot of ways we can experience and demonstrate love–practical acts of love, physical acts of love, acts of love reserved for married people, and demonstrations of love that can only exist between a mother and her child. But all of these manifestations of love come second to the compelling, agape love that God demonstrated for us when he sent his son Jesus into the world. We love others because God first loved us.

Pete Kopplin
Fear
 
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Series: Sweet Emotions

Title: Fear

Scripture: Matthew 14:25-33

Big Idea: Our fear is about our focus. Whether we are afraid of something rational or irrational, our fear is always a direct result of what we focus on. When we focus on what we don’t know–what lurks in the dark, what the new boss will do when he takes over, what it will feel like when we die–it can make us afraid. But when we focus on what we know–that through God all things are possible–we have nothing at all to fear!

Pete Kopplin
Guilt
 
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Series: Sweet Emotions

Title: Guilt

Scripture: Rom 3:10-18, 20, Rom 8:1-4, Psalm 32:1-5

Big Idea: When we are guilty, it means we have done something wrong. When we feel guilty, it means we know we have done something wrong. Guilt can lead us toward conviction, where we choose to not do the wrong thing any longer, or toward shame, which is a lie that tells us that because of our guilt there’s nothing we can do to ever be good. The Bible tells us that through Jesus, not only does he take away the guilt that we feel, he takes away the verdict of our guilt! We are set free from our guilt because of God’s grace.

Pete Kopplin