“The Prideful Heart” Sermon Outline

mainBelow is the outline for today’s message at Calvary.


The Prideful Heart

Daniel 4:4-37

Part 3 of the “Change of Heart” series

“Those who exalt themselves will be humbled, but those who humble themselves will be exalted.” –Jesus (Matthew 23:12)

Every day you have the choice to do nothing and exalt yourself or to follow Christ and humble yourself! 

Which are you doing?


If you want to exalt yourself… (Daniel 4:30)

  1. Believe Yourself     -Pride deceives
  1. Rely on Yourself     -Pride isolates
  1. Promote Yourself   -Pride compares

 Key #1: When you exalt yourself you leave God and others out.


If you want to humble yourself… (1 Peter 5:5-6; James 4:10)

  1. Let God be God (Jeremiah 9:23-24)
  2. Cultivate a heart of gratitude (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
  3. Be quick to forgive (Ephesians 4:32)
  4. Make serving others a daily habit (2 Corinthians 4:5; Romans 12:16)
  5. Give others permission to speak into your life (Galatians 6:2; James 5:16)

Key #2: When you humble yourself you put God and others first.


Are you exalting yourself or humbling yourself?

“Small Group of One” Funny Video

This Sunday (January 11, 2015) at Calvary Community Church, I will be speaking on “The Lonely Heart.” This is part two in our series entitled “Change of Heart.” Small groups are one way God helps us experience community in our spiritual journey, but if we are a “Small Group of One” that leads to loneliness.

This is a funny video that makes a great point about how isolating ourselves can make us lonely!

The Hungry Heart (Sermon Outline)












The Hungry Heart

Philippians 4:11-13

God wired us to hunger for more.

The pursuit of more brings God glory, others good, and me satisfaction only when it flows from my relationship with God and follows His design and plan for my life.


God created us… (Genesis 1:26-31, 2:7-25)

-to enjoy

-to have

-to achieve


Sin causes us… (1 John 2:15-17)

-to be lustful

-to be greedy

-to be proud


An Unhealthy Hunger: (Proverbs 6:16-19)

It’s about my pleasure, my stuff, my success

-To fill the void

-To dull the pain

-To get the high

-To beat the rest


A Healthy Hunger: (Philippians 4:11-13)

It’s about bringing God glory, others good, and me satisfaction

-Start with God (Matthew 22:37-38)

-Focus on serving others (Matthew 22:39-40)

-Embrace your reality

-Lean on Jesus


As you pursue more, are you satisfied in Christ no matter what you have or don’t have?


Here is the book I referenced in today’s message. Great read! CLICK HERE to go to the Amazon page for the book.

Rescuing Ambition by Dave Harvey











God Keeps His Promises

cross-and-manger[1]Today at Calvary I preached a message about how Bethlehem reminds us that our God is faithful and always keeps His promises. Over the last few weeks, I have been looking for the best online source regarding the promises of God and what they mean in the life of the believer. By far the most biblically sound and extensive look at God’s promises is on the website of Dr. Charles Stanley’s, In Touch Ministries.

Click Here to go there and find promises from God’s Word that relate to your life today!


Proactive Praise

Yesterday at Calvary I preached a message from 2 Chronicles 20. The story of Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah facing an overwhelming coalition of forces has always been one of my favorite stories in the Old Testament.

With the possibility that they are about to be wiped out, King Jehoshaphat leads his people in seeking God and praising God before they ever see one evidence that God will rescue them from complete annihilation. He praises God proactively not reactively. He praises God based on Who God is rather than what his circumstances are!

Engaging in proactive praise disciplines us to focus on our God rather than on our circumstances.

Psalm 150, the final Psalm of that great Old Testament book of worship, calls on everything that has breath to “Praise the Lord.” It repeats the call to praise over and over again. It calls us to proactive praise!

I suggested at the end of my message that we read Psalm 150 once a day this week. As you lift up God today for Who He is (no matter what your circumstances are), let Psalm 150 be a prompt to your praise!

Psalm 150
Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.