I Believe in the Church – Live In The Tree of Life

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I Believe in the Church

Live In The Tree of Life

Pastor Elio's sermon notes for Sunday February 21st, 2021
Matthew 16:18 NLT

18 Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’),#16:18a Greek that you are Peter. and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell#16:18b Greek and the gates of Hades. will not conquer it.

Genesis 2:8-9 NLT

Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made. The Lord God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground—trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit. In the middle of the garden he placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

- Tree of life - The tree of the knowledge of good and evil

– Tree of life – The tree of the knowledge of good and evil

Genesis 2:16-17 NLT

16 But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— 17 except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.”

Genesis 3:1-7 NLT

The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’” “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.

WHEN I EAT FROM THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL I NEED TO DO MORE TO GET TO GOD

WHEN I EAT FROM THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL I NEED TO DO MORE TO GET TO GOD

WHEN I EAT FROM THE TREE OF LIFE I RECEIVE WHAT JESUS ALREADY DID

WHEN I EAT FROM THE TREE OF LIFE I RECEIVE WHAT JESUS ALREADY DID

John 5:39-40 NLT

39 “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! 40 Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life.

WHEN I EAT FROM THE TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL YOU TRY TO GET GOD’S APPROVAL

WHEN I EAT FROM THE TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL YOU TRY TO GET GOD’S APPROVAL

WHEN I EAT FROM THE TREE OF LIFE I FREELY RECEIVE GOD’S LOVE

WHEN I EAT FROM THE TREE OF LIFE I FREELY RECEIVE GOD’S LOVE

Ephesians 2:10 NLT

10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Romans 5:8 NLT

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

WHEN I EAT OF THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL I FOCUS ON THE EXTERNAL

WHEN I EAT OF THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL I FOCUS ON THE EXTERNAL

WHEN I EAT OF THE TREE OF LIFE I FOCUS ON THE INTERNAL

WHEN I EAT OF THE TREE OF LIFE I FOCUS ON THE INTERNAL

1 Samuel 16:7 NLT

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

WHEN I EAT FROM THE TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL I OBEY OUT OF DUTY

WHEN I EAT FROM THE TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL I OBEY OUT OF DUTY

WHEN I EAT FROM THE TREE OF LIFE I OBEY OUT OF DELIGHT

WHEN I EAT FROM THE TREE OF LIFE I OBEY OUT OF DELIGHT

1 John 5:3 NLT

Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome.

How do we eat from the tree of life every day?

How do we eat from the tree of life every day?

1. FALL IN LOVE WITH JESUS

1. FALL IN LOVE WITH JESUS

John 14:15 NLT

15 “If you love me, obey#14:15 Other manuscripts read you will obey; still others read you should obey. my commandments.

2 Corinthians 5:14 NLT

14 Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life.

2. RESPOND TO SIN WITH LIFE

2. RESPOND TO SIN WITH LIFE

John 3:17 MSG

17 “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.

3. GUARDING MY HEART FROM GOING BACK

3. GUARDING MY HEART FROM GOING BACK

1 John 5:12 NLT

12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life.

“Human history is the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.” CS Lewis

“Human history is the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.” CS Lewis


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