This week's message
September 16, 2018                                                
Many thanks to Brother Cary Hayes for bringing God's word to Heartland this morning.
Cary spoke on “What Matters to God”
 Part 2 of the "You Were Created for Significance" sermon series.

What Matters to God

1. Sinners matter to God.
Luke 15 (CSB)
All the tax collectors and sinners were approaching to listen to him.
And the Pharisees and scribes were complaining,
“This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
2. God Cares About the Lost.
Luke 15(CSB)
So he told them this parable:
“What man among you, who has a hundred sheep and loses one of them,
does not leave the ninety-nine in the open field

and go after the lost one until he finds it?
When he has found it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders,
and coming home, he calls his friends and neighbors together,
saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found my lost sheep!
I tell you, in the same way,
there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents
than over ninety-nine righteous people who don’t need repentance.
3. God Cares About a Sinner Who Repents.
Luke 15 (CSB)
“Or what woman who has ten silver coins,
if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house,
and search carefully until she finds it?
When she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying,
‘Rejoice with me, because I have found the silver coin I lost!’

10 I tell you, in the same way,
there is joy in the presence of God’s angels
over one sinner who repents.”
What Matters to God
1. Sinners matter to God.
2. God Cares About the Lost.
3. God Cares About a Sinner Who Repents.
God protects those who are not lost
and keeps them safe when He searches.
God is seeking those who think they have themselves fixed,
so He can fix them.
What Does God Care About,
and Do You Care for It Too?


Part 1 (9/9/2018)
Many thanks to Pastor Scott Cushman for bringing God’s word

to Heartland this morning. Scott spoke on "Counting the Cost"
Counting the Cost of Discipleship
1. Takes, Heals, Sends, the sick
2. Rewards humility – humbles the exalted
3. Invites outsiders to the party
Luke 14 (ESV)
15 “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!”
A Little Dinnertime Entertainment
The joke is on you

Luke 14 (ESV)
11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled,
and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

12 He said also to the man who had invited him,
“When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends
or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors,
lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid.
13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,
14 and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you.

For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
15 When one of those who reclined at table with him heard these things,
he said to him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread
in the kingdom of God!”
16 But he said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many.
17 And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who
had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’

18 But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him,
‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.’

19 And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen,
and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.’
20 And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’
21 So the servant came and reported these things to his master.
Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant,

‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city,
and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’
22 And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’
23 And the master said to the servant,
‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.

24 For I tell you, none of those men who were invited
shall taste my banquet.
The Main Course
25 Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them,
26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and
wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life,
he cannot be my disciple.

27 Whoever does not bear his own cross
and come after me cannot be my disciple.
28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and
count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?

29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish,
all who see it begin to mock him,
30 saying,
‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’
31 Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war,
will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand
to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?
32 And if not, while the other is yet a great way off,
he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace.

33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has
cannot be my disciple.

34 “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste,
how shall its saltiness be restored?
35 It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away.
He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

The Dessert
Have you cleared your plate?

Revelation 19 (ESV)
Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude,
like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,
For the Lord our God
    the Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and exult
    and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
    and his Bride has made herself ready;
it was granted her to clothe herself
    with fine linen, bright and pure”—

for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.
And the angel said to me, “Write this:
Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.”
And he said to me,

“These are the true words of God.”
10 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him,
but he said to me, “You must not do that!
I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers
who hold to the testimony of Jesus.
Worship God.”