Sermon notes from the Sunday, March 20th (Palm Sunday) 10:30 am service at the Kannapolis Church of God by Dr. Greg Sloop, Lead Pastor
John 12:12–13 (NKJV)
The Triumphal Entry
Matt. 21:1–9; Mark 11:1–10; Luke 19:29–38
12 The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out:
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’
The King of Israel!”
Psalm 22:3–5 (NKJV)
3 But You are holy,
Enthroned in the praises of Israel.
4 Our fathers trusted in You;
They trusted, and You delivered them.
5 They cried to You, and were delivered;
They trusted in You, and were not ashamed.
Praise is the entrance into the presence of the Lord.
While God may approach us anytime He pleases, His presence always recognizes and responds to praise.
Even when you cannot feel or see the presence of the Lord, He is there in the midst of praise.
The Scripture from Psalm 22 says He is enthroned in the praises of His people, but another translation says that He inhabits, or lives in, the presence of His people.
When you long for the presence of God, praise is the road to His presence.
The people in Jerusalem who welcomed Jesus into the city were praising God in advance of His redemptive presence on Calvary.
2 Corinthians 9 (NKJV)
The Commensurate Blessing
6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
9 As it is written:
“He has dispersed abroad,
He has given to the poor;
His righteousness endures forever.”
The Source of Generosity
10 Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, 11 while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.
The Results of Giving
12 For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God, 13 while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men,
Signs of Grace
14 and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding grace of God in you. 15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!