BGMC Faith Sermon

This past Sunday our BGMC Director, Dana Van Noppen, taught on faith! To the left is a picture of her and her wonderful husband and below is her lesson. enjoy.





A. We should serve not out of a sense of obligation, but out of the love we have in our heart for JESUS.

  • Think of it like a family
  • do you do good things for your mom or dad b/c you HAVE to, or b/c you love them. We love them and therefore we serve them.


1. Just like a person’s life looks different when they decide to follow Jesus, our lives should look different as we GROW in serving Jesus.

2. Our faith can be seen Matthew 9:2

1 Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. 2 Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”


B. our faith shows in what we do

James 2:14-26

The Message (MSG)

Faith in Action
  •  14-17Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?

1. Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat.

  • These men showed their faith by bringing the man on the mat to Jesus
  • Luke 5:17

One day as he was teaching, Pharisees and religion teachers were sitting around. They had come from nearly every village in Galilee and Judea, even as far away as Jerusalem, to be there. The healing power of God was on him.

18-20Some men arrived carrying a paraplegic on a stretcher. They were looking for a way to get into the house and set him before Jesus. When they couldn’t find a way in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof, removed some tiles, and let him down in the middle of everyone, right in front of Jesus. Impressed by their bold belief, he said, “Friend, I forgive your sins.”


C. Faith does work

1. Service allows us to express our faith.

a. Galatians 5:6 faith working through love

    • 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
    • True faith is a working grace; it works by love to God, and to our church family.
    • 18-20Some men arrived carrying a paraplegic on a stretcher. They were looking for a way to get into the house and set him before Jesus. When they couldn’t find a way in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof, removed some tiles, and let him down in the middle of everyone, right in front of Jesus.
      • The men did the work.
    • It doesn’t matter if we love going to church or if we hate going to church. What matters the very most is our faith and our faith is shown by LOVE. To God, then to our church family, then to the world.

2. Faith must of course be sincere. We have to really mean it.

    • The way we show we mean it: WHAT WE DO! If faith lacks love it is not true faith. “Thus the Apostle bars the way of hypocrites to the kingdom of Christ on all sides.”
    • This makes it impossible for us to SAY we love God, then DO nothing or the wrong thing towards others
    • without fruits faith serves no purpose.

3. LAZY faith is not justifying faith/ qualifying faith/ faith that counts

    • “Inwardly it consists in faith towards God, outwardly in love towards our fellow-men.” -Martin Luther

We should serve not out of a sense of obligation, but out of the love we have in our heart for JESUS.

    • We show our love for Jesus and our faith in Him by the way that we live and act every day.
    • When we save our money or do extra chores for BGMC, it shows that we have faith that our change will be used to help someone in Cambodia.
    • When we give to BGMC, we have faith that kids across the world will be served lunch everyday.
    • We show our faith in through our love for God and people.
      • We serve our church family because of our love for Jesus

Night and Day Rice.

Here is Dana’s sermon from this month’s BGMC service! she did a great bang up job 🙂

Text: Isaiah 58:10
10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.
Central Idea of Text: “As sin and sorrow dry the bones and weaken the strongest human constitution; so the duties of kindness and charity strengthen and refresh both body and mind. Those who do justly and love mercy, shall have the comfort, even in this world. Good works will bring the blessing of God, provided they are done from love to God and man, and wrought in the soul by the Holy Spirit.”
Central Idea of the Sermon: our faith is justified in working through love
Major Objective: The congregation will learn that the things we do out of love for God and for people prove our faith.

Introduction:have you ever seen a new kid? They usually sit alone because they don’t know anyone. Everyone is a little afraid to be friends w/ them. Why?

-they might be weird, it might not be cool.
Maybe that kid is the richest in the world maybe he doesn’t know if he’ll have any food today.
There are people all over the world, some are rich, some are poor, some are sad, some sit alone

Transition Sentence: whatever kind of people they are and whatever their need is Isaiah 58:10 tells us to spend ourselves for them.

1. Spend

Example: spend- give out, give away, use up. To put so much care into something that you don’t care if it makes you look silly or makes other people think you’re weird.

Illustration: Spending yourselves has to do with sitting by the new kid whether he’s cool or not, just to show him that God loves Him.

-It might mean making friends with someone who feels lonely, no matter what people think, even if they make fun of you.

-Spending yourselves could mean giving money to missions or giving part of our lunch to a hungry friend.

Application: we trust God to take care of us enough to help God take care of other people. We can stop worrying about ourselves and start taking care of the people around us. Spend ourselves means being willing to give everything away to make sure that other people are taken care of. Even when its hard.

Ask who will be willing to sit by a new kid, no matter what people think?
Who would be willing to give their money to people they don’t know, if it meant that person could eat or be safe?
Who would be willing to share their lunch with a friend, even if they were a little hungry?

Give a piece of rice for their hard times.
TS: what are we giving out when you spend yourselves?

II. Yourselves

Exp: your life. You are giving away things that you may need, so that someone else can know that God loves them.
(reputation- sitting by the new kid,
money- what if a new video game comes out and you cant get it bc you gave your money to missions?
Food- sharing lunch.)

Ill: who would be willing to do those things? ^^ repeat the questions? Think of new questions.

App: open yourself up to people. Don’t be scared to really care about people. Give your whole heart away to caring about people. Think about other people before you think of yourself.
TS: you don’t give yourself away for nothing God will change your night

III. Your night

Exp: anybody scared of the dark? Why?

Ill: hard times are kind of like the night for us. We can’t tell what will happen. We don’t know when it will end. We feel like we are alone.

App: your hard times will be turned into good times. God always makes everything work together for the good of those who love Him. He always repays our hard times with good times. All the bad stuff that happens to us makes us realize the great things that God does for us. When we do things for others, God always repays our hard times for good times.
Your dark will be turned to light.


our love for God and our trust in Him proves our faith. If we say we believe in Jesus, but we never do good things for people, we should really look at whether we really love God or not. If we love God, then we will love His people and show them that God loves them. We can do that by just making sure that the people around us have enough to eat.
Or by giving to missions.
Or by just being nice to people.
Refusing to call bad names or ignore people who are different
Ask questions again.
Ask everyone to come put all their bad times rice into a pot.
Every body has bad times, but we can all help each other out. We can all come together as people who love god like we did just now with the rice and be willing to help each other. Because even though we’ve had hard times, God will pay us back with good times. God will make sure that we are all taken care of. God will make sure that we all have enough. All that we need to do is spend ourselves on other people and God will turn our night into day.

Any body want some night and day rice?

We are the weird ones

Welp this past Sunday Morning was our BGMC service so here’s the notes from Dana’s (our bgmc director/my assistant/one of the coolest people ever) sermon.

Title:  we are the weird ones

Text: Psalm 4:27

Central Idea of Text: Psalm 4:27

Central Idea of the Sermon: We are meant to minister to those people around us who just don’t fit in.

Specific Objective: The congregation should learn that people who don’t fit in are important to God.

Introduction: Let’s do a math Problem. 1 +1+1= 3?

1-      Parents’ culture, culture of the place you live, the culture you made to fit in..

Culture- background, traditions, way of life, the things you do.

-most of the people around you do the same things you do

-they are a part of your culture.

-most people around us go to school, go to work, go to church, eat a lot of the same foods, play most of the same games, we learn from each other and we all make up the culture of our area.

-louisiana culture- crawfish, mardi gras, hot,

(how many have a dog, how many have one brother/sister, live in a house, have a backyard, eat cereal) culture of the area.

Well, what if you and your family had to move away to place where everyone was different from you.


Transition Sentence: Just like TCK, we sometimes don’t fit in, but we are still important to God.

  1. God cares about the weird ones

Example: In luke 10:38-42 we see the example of Mary of Bethany and we’re going to follow what we know about her through the bible, today.

-Mary of Bethany knew about Jesus. Knew that he is the Messiah through John the Baptist and she had heard of Jesus’ fame.

every where that Jesus went, a huge crowd of people followed him to see the next miracle or just spend time with the messiah.

he was hugely famous and coming over to mary and martha’s house for dinner. Because Jesus was coming, huge crowds of people were coming, too. Martha cooking cleaning. So busy. Mary sitting at Jesus’ feet.

Mary really understood what David was Talking about in Psalm 4:27, When he said, “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after. That I may dwell in the house of the Lord forever to gaze upon the beauty of God and meditate in His temple.”

-Mary knew that Jesus was the Messiah and she wanted to hear his words and soak up everything she could from Him. She traded all the recognition and satisfaction she could have gotten to spend time with Jesus and get to know Him.

– Martha finally got fed up with doing all the work and said “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to get up and help me.” Martha was doing a lot of good things for Jesus and the other people, and she was frustrated or upset that Mary wasn’t helping at all, so she told Jesus about it.

– Jesus said, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good part, which will not be taken from her.

– the biggest goal, priority or most important thing in Mary’s life was Jesus.

– the bad thing about Martha wasn’t that she was doing bad things, but just that all the good things kept her from the doing the most important thing, which is spending time with Jesus.

Illustration: Third Culture kids are like Mary because they are very different from everyone else. They are the weird ones. Third Culture Kids give up being normal, so that people in other countries will know about Jesus. Its hard for the parents of Third Culture Kids to focus on the most important thing, when their kids are having trouble fitting in. Math Problem.

Application: As Christians, our main concern, our biggest goal is just to know Jesus! He’s the most important part of who we are and sometimes, like third culture kids and Mary, our love for Jesus can make us the weird one. Third culture kids have to learn to fit in in a new way every day because their parents culture is different from the one they live in. Mary was different because she was more concerned about focusing on Jesus than doing work. God loves the weird ones and he shows it to us when Jesus says, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good part, which will not be taken from her.” The way that we love Jesus should change us from who we used to be. It should change the way we think and act, so that we don’t do things for Jesus like come to church or read our bible because we have to do it to get to heaven. We do all those things because we love to spend time with Jesus and get to know Him like Mary.

“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after. That I may dwell in the house of the Lord forever to gaze upon the beauty of God and meditate in His temple.”

TS: Our deep love for Jesus should help us understand how God loves the weird ones and the way that

  1. We should care about the weird ones

Exp: In John 11:32, we find Mary of Bethany again and a terrible thing has happened to her family. Her brother Lazarus has died and the whole town is in mourning. They are all crying because they loved the man who died.

When Martha tells Mary that Jesus is coming, Mary jumps up and goes to find Jesus.

When she finds him she falls down at his feet and told him that if he had just been here, her brother would not have died. She was so sad, but she still believed that Jesus could have saved her brother from death.

Mary believes that Jesus could have helped and when Jesus sees how much Mary and the other Jews are hurt by Lazarus’ death, Jesus is very upset. The bible says his heart was troubled, he had a sinking feeling, and he asked, “Where did you lay him?”

Then He wept. He cried real tears, moaning and crying, and wailing. Jesus cried out loud with tears and snot and real hurt. Has your heart ever hurt so much that you can feel it hurting when you cry?

Ill: when these third culture kids don’t fit in, it hurts. They cry real tears and feel very sad, but God can give them joy or pleasure, happiness, and a smile again. Third culture kids know what it feels like to be the weird one for the sake of Jesus and they need our prayers and support so that they can get to know Jesus for themselves. Jesus can take all of that sadness away.

App: Jesus really cares about the weird ones, enough to cry and moan and weep when he sees that they are sad. Because we love Jesus so much, we should care about the weird ones. The weird ones are important to God because they are His children just like us.

TS: The weird ones are a part of our family and sometimes our love for Jesus will make us the weird ones.

  1. We are the weird ones.

Exp: Mark 14 A little later in Mary of Bethany’s life, as she lived with her sister, she did something that made her the weird one to everyone around except for Jesus. She was living with her older sister, Martha and her parents gave her a really good gift. They gave her a beautiful flask or bottle of special perfume. The perfume was so special that it cost over one year’s salary to buy. $45,000 In order to buy this oil, you would have to work for eight hours straight for 365 days.

Very expensive

One day Jesus came again to Mary and Martha’s house after the Pharisees threatened to kill him and right before Jesus goes to sell him out.

Jesus was sitting around with the disciples, Martha was serving, the leaders of the church were sitting at the table, people who wrote the bible and Jesus trusted to share the gospel with the world. REALLY IMPORTANT MEN.

suddenly Mary comes into the door holding the most expensive thing she owns and probably will ever own. Something that her parents gave to her, very expensive and very special. …? Bottle of Perfume. And breaks it. She breaks it open and pours it on Jesus.

Jesus gets covered with this oily sticky perfume and its dripping all over him and the smell is filling the house. The whole house smells overwhelmingly nice. Beautiful.

the people around the table start to criticize Mary and tell her she wasted the oil. They could sell it and give the money to the poor, right? What would have been better?

but Jesus said, this thing has touched my heart.

Ill: third culture kids move around a lot and they have to give up a lot of friendship. They have to start a new life every time they move away. Its hard to make friends and start a new life all the time. They have to give up everything so that their parents can tell people about Jesus. To the new people they look like the weird ones.

App: People at Mary’s table thought that she was the weird one, but she touched Jesus’ heart. Third culture kids look like the weird ones when they move to a new town, but Jesus still cares about them. We, as the family of God are the weird ones, but we are still important to God.

Conclusion: God really loves us, even though we are the weird ones. When we show God how much we love him, he hears us. Our love means something to God, no matter how weird we look when  we show it to him.

CRUSH- one look/glance makes your heart flutter.

God has a crush on you. He loves you, no matter how weird you are and we are meant to love the weird ones, too.

Ravished- ruined for anyone else. No one is cute anymore, no one is good enough anymore. Just you.

God wants just you. He loves you.

Hope for Everyman

This past Sunday was BGMC sunday so i had my assistant Dana teach. here’s the notes from her sermon 🙂

Text: Romans 8:1&2

Central Idea of Text: Paul wrote to the Romans in chapter eight verse one to tell them that Believers may be chastened of the Lord, but will not be condemned with the world. By their union with Christ through faith, they are thus secured. (matthew henry’s concise commentary)

Central Idea of the Sermon: There is hope and purpose for every person that God created.

Specific Objective: The congregation will find inspiration to tell others of the hope and purpose provided through Jesus Christ.

Introduction: Who is every man?

From Phonm Pen, Cambodia to Shreveport, La, everyman needs hope. Without hope, we look forward to nothing, but with hope, we can believe, desire, or trust that our lives mean something, or have purpose. The soul is destroyed w/out purpose, and a person with no hope can find no purpose in their life. Everybody needs a little hope. The fact that connects us to people around the world is that we all need hope.

Cambodia is a kingdom around the world from us. A citizen of Cambodia is called a Khmer and there about about 14 million of them. Most of the people in Cambodia rely on farming mostly rice. More than half of Cambodia’s people are younger than 22. That’s two years older than me! Cambodia is a very dangerous place to live, but it is getting safer. Cambodia is very small (about the size of Oklahoma) and most of the people living there are Buddhist. They don’t know Jesus.

In America we are called Americans and there are about 300,000,000 of us. Most people work in an office and are about 36 yrs old. America is mostly very safe and quite a large country. Lots of people go to church, but not as many know Jesus. They need hope, just like the Cambodians.

Transition Sentence: Everyman from Cambodia to Shreveport needs hope through Jesus.

1. The fact about everyman is that w/out Jesus there is no hope.

Example: Paul wrote to the Romans in chapter eight verse one to tell them that Believers may be disciplined by God, but will not be condemned with the world. By our union with Christ through faith, we are thus saved.

1Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,[a] 2because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.

Illustration: CON DEM NATION –hopelessness, nothing can save them. Because we are condemned w/out Jesus, WE NEED HOPE. OUR NEED FOR HOPE CONNECTS US WITH EVERYMAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD, EVEN IN CAMBODIA.

Application: without Jesus there we are condemned to hopelessness and no one can save us. But with Jesus we are set free from sin and death by the Spirit of Life!

TS: We are set free so that we can tell others about the hope that we have in Christ Jesus!

2. Everyman is waiting to be told about Jesus.

Exp: Jesus told us in the great commission to… Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Ill: All nations can mean our nation, or other nations. The way that we can reach other nations from right here at home is by praying and giving.

App: We can pray for the people in Cambodia to come to know Jesus, just like we pray for our friends at school and our family. We can give to missions so that people in Cambodia will hear that Jesus loves them and died for them.

TS: The great commission commands more than just telling people about the hope that we have in Jesus, but it also tells us to teach them to obey everything that Jesus has commanded us.

3. Everyman has more than hope, he also has purpose.

Exp: The soul is destroyed w/out purpose, and a person with no hope can find no purpose in their life. God promises us more than just salvation; he promises hope for a future and a purpose. 4Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his[b]faith. 7If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

Ill: body parts and purpose

App: there is no part of your body that serves no purpose. Every part has its own special role to work together with the other parts. There is no part that does nothing or is useless. Each part has a purpose, just like in the body of Christ. When we are saved, we become a part of the body of Christ (or the Church). Everybody can do something to help the body work better. EVERYBODY. EVEN PEOPLE WHO ARE NINE THOUSAND MILES AWAY IN CAMBODIA. everyman has a purpose and a hope in Jesus Christ and we are commissioned by God himself to tell them of that purpose and hope.

Conclusion: When we give to God through BGMC and pray for the people around the world, we are learning to do our part to help the body of Christ work better. We need the people in Cambodia to help us, just like we are helping them by praying for them and giving to them. We cannot survive outside the body of Christ and we need every part working the way it should.

This week pray for people in Cambodia to come to know Jesus, so that they can have hope and purpose. Without Jesus, we are not just condemned, but we are useless with no purpose. Today if you do not know Jesus and you want to have hope and purpose, Dallas and I want to pray with you.

If you do not know your purpose…

Pray for Cambodia


:Why should we give to missions?

It’s a form of worshiping God.

  • Honor the Lord with your wealth
    and with the first fruits of all your produce;
    Proverbs 3:9
  • When you honor someone you are lifting them up. Saying “you are the best you are the greatest. You’re giving recognition of who someone is

But why should we help people?

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry
and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and
show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least
of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

Matthew 25

  • When you give to others you are also giving to God.

How do we give?

  • Don’t be all flashy with it.

3 But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. 4 Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
Matthew 6:3-4

  • Practical ways to give
  1. If you have friends who are hungry and you have more than enough food for yourself give them some of your food.
  2. If you see someone who’s worn out and exhausted give them a cup of water
  3. Meet their needs where you can.
  4. Be nice and caring to people you don’t know.
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