every sunday i hear my pastor speak and i think, “i should share this with my readers!”  i am so excited about what i’m learning and i take really good notes.  really good.

but then the rest of the day happens.

we go to costco (standard).

we do lunch and naps.

we get stuff done. today it was cleaning out the garage and prepping for a yard sale.  i feel like i have a couple pounds of dust up my nose.

once the kids are in bed it’s time for me to write my monday post, totally forgetting about all the wonderful things i learned and wanted to share!

but not today.  i actually remembered!

so here’s most of my notes, as good as i could get them.  remember, these are not my words, and i did my best to get my notes accurate.  if you get a chance, you can listen to tim’s message online, for the full version.  it will be well worth your time.

we’re going through our church’s declaration of faith, right now focusing on the triune God, specifically the Holy Spirit today.

the main text we studied was john 3:1-8, and we spent the majority of our time on the first point, hence that’s where the majority of the notes are focused.


Just as the Father ARCHITECTS the Gospel and the Son ACCOMPLISHES the Gospel, the Holy Spirit APPLIES the Gospel to our lives 3 ways…


God the Spirit gives spiritual life that leads us to the Gospel.

we believe in the Holy Spirit. who convicts and gives spiritual life to sinners (regeneration) leading to belief in Jesus Christ. (from our statement of faith)

a.  regeneration = new birth, the giving of spiritual life by God the Spirit.

– we were born spiritually dead.  we must be born again in order to enter the Kingdom.

– just as we have nothing to do with our physical birth, so we have no hand in our spiritual birth (as much as we’d like to say we do!).

b.  regeneration precedes faith

– your faith did not cause you to be regenerated.  even faith and repentance are gifts from God.


why do we resist this doctrine? (it tends to be a pretty controversial doctrine)

1.  it is a crushing afront to our pride.  we want to believe we had something to do with it.  God wants to humble our pride.

2.  it seems unfair that He would regenerate some, and not others.

– romans 9:14-16 – what shall we say then?  there is no injustice with God, is there?  may it never be!  for He says to moses, “I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I WILL HAVE COMPASSION.”  so then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.

– He is not accountable to us – “depends on God who has mercy.


some of the many texts that teach this truth:

1.  john 1:12

2.  john 6:44, 65

3.  ephesians 2:4-9

4.  james 1:17-18

5.  2 corinthians 4:4-6

6.  1 peter 1:3

7.  acts 16:14-15


why is this doctrine important?

– because the bible teaches it.

– because it showcases the Gospel of Grace

– because it humbles humankind and gives the greatest Glory to God.


more application:

– if you are not yet a christian, deal with this and trust Christ.

– if you are a christian, wrestle with this doctrine, be humble, and give thanks.  God can handle your wrestling.  think of jacob and his wrestling that turned to humility.


2.  sanctification

God the Spirit changes us through the Gospel

the Holy Spirit continually indwells, empowers, instructs, and guides believers for Godly living and service.

3.  service

God the Spirit gifts us to live out the Gospel

the Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to all believers for the glorification of God, the building up of the local church, and the bearing of spiritual fruit.

a.  you have a spirit-given gift of God’s grace. (1 cor. 12:7+)

b.  those gifts are for serving God and others. (1 peter 4:10)


ok, there you have it!  i hope you can gleam a little from my notes because the message in whole was awesome!  remember to go listen to it if you have a chance.

happy sunday!



  1. 1

    …”changes us through the Gospel.” so true!

    ps. could you please tell me when that yard sale of yours is??? wink wink nod nod

  2. 2

    WONDERFUL! I’m so bummed we had to miss today; we will totally listen online. Thanks for sharing this Godly encouragement.

  3. 3

    Thank you so much for sharing that! Really awesome encouragement

  4. 4

    Thanks for sharing this, Lindsay. We had quite a lively discussion in our Growth Group tonight about this!

  5. 5

    amen. thanks for sharing this edifying truth!!

  6. 6

    AMEN! we’ll never ever understand the need for Grace {or truly appreciate it} so long as we think we had anything to do with our salvation! :)

  7. 7

    This was truly an awesome word! Thank you for taking the time to share your notes!
    I am still amazed at how God uses something like Etsy to bring this group of creative believers together for His Glory!

  8. 8

    Awsome! Ilove it. Thank you for sharing

  9. 9

    so so good, lindsey! you make me think i should take better notes in church :)

  10. 10

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I think it’s awesome that you can use your blog not only to share greaqt fashion tips and crafting ideas, but also to share your faith! And you weren’t lying, you really do take detailed notes :)

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    Thank you for sharing this! I know it is hard sometime to speak out on matters like this, especially if they are somewhat controversial. But, it is the truth, and all we can do is speak it and let God do the rest! I hope you and your family have a very blessed week!

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    Jessica Merrill says:

    Thank you for sharing!! refreshing!!!

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    Janet Lawson says:

    Awesome..What a wonderful post..I think you should post your pastor’s message every Monday..I know I would love to read it and I am sure others will too..Have a great week..

  15. 15

    Wow, I love this! Thanks so much for sharing! It’s always so nice to hear from other believers online! I will have to listen to the message as well. Are they available on iTunes as a podcast?

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    Jessica says:

    Thanks for sharing your notes!
    I highly recommend Francis Chan’s book The Forgotten God. Our church did a series loosely based on his book, and it was just so eye-opening for me…it’s a great resource for really understanding the Holy Spirit!

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    God’s been knocking my mother in law and I over the head with grace lately. Seriously, it’s everywhere we turn. Love the confirmation we’re getting from all around us. Thanks for sharing!

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    Lindsey, that was awesome to hear what you are learning at church! So glad that other people take detailed notes like me (my family thinks I’m a bit of a nerd). Keep up the good crafting, WIWWing (you get that, right?), and note taking at church – I love it all!

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    Amen! So, my husband and I just stalked your church’s website (we like to do that-it’s a weird past time)-um crazy, I know one of your pastor’s daughters-Jen. We weer thinking, “well, if we move to CA we can go here-sounds great! Then I realized nearly all your staff were involved in Campus Crusade, which we are on staff with (and how I know your pastor’s daughter). No wonder we liked it! Seriously, though-great church!

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    Wow – Seriously amazing recap, Lindsey! We’ve really been enjoying learning more and being challenged by Tim as well. Hope the rest of your readers take the time to read this and listen to Tim’s sermon.

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    Thank you for sharing this! My husband and I are leaving in July for an 11 month mission trip to 11 countries! We are quitting our jobs, selling our stuff and doing this mission trip! We are excited to serve those around the world and face the needs of others in very real ways.
    You can check out our own blog:
    We are also raising funds to do this- and are 56% funded!!! Praise God!

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    Lindsay. YOU ROCK! Being a fellow sister in Christ it is so encouraging to see others reach out and share the love that Gad has and the power that he can handle our wrestling him. No matter what we have done, God will stay by our side and this message shows that grace and love that is so evident throughout the scriptures. Thank you for sharing and being obedient even in our busy lives. Have a blessed week!

  23. 23

    Thank You. I also (not so regularly) type up sermon notes that i send to pen pals in prison.

  24. 24

    Love that you take notes. Love that you shared. Do you know what covers my “gospel note taking notebook?” Pleated Poppy. :) Love, it! And I love all the cute things you’ve been sharing — super cute.

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