Prophetic word with this message was that it is like a battle and after a battle if you surrender you wave a white flag and in a way to be victorious you have to surrender all and wave the white flag to Jesus!
Sermon Notes St Matt’s – Timothy West
Knowing Jesus and Loving God with all your Heart.
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and
with all your mind and with all your strength.’ (Mark 12:30 ESV)
My soul Lord to you surrendered All I am is yours.
1) What does it mean to “Know Jesus”?
2) What does it mean to “Love the Lord your God with ALL your Heart”?
Intro – personal testimony
I am here tonight to talk to you about my best friend – about my saviour – about my
about my King. Jesus Christ.
I grew up in a wonderful Christian family and my mum and dad are my heros
(missionaries in Africa)- I have been incredibly blessed by attending a wonderful school
here in Bath I’ve been to some great universities Bournemouth and Bath and now have
an exciting teaching Job at King Edwards Senior school. From a material point of view
Life hast not been tough.
Yet I count all but lost and worthless in comparison to knowing Jesus Christ as my
personal Lord and saviour.
In the last year of my life I have know pain and hardship that has cut deep and at times
absolutely torn me appart. I was engaged to a wonderful woman called who I respect
hugely. The engagement was broken January this year leaving me absolutely mortified
and broken. I am not here to talk to you about the ins and outs of this but to talk to
about my Journey with Christ over the last 8 months and how He has pulled me up out
of the Pitt and set my feet on solid ground.
I have learnt about the importance of being in the Will of God and not out of it and
being willing to let Jesus have absolutely everything and take everything.
So whilst I have known great blessing and Joy in my life I have also known Incredible
pain.I stand here today as a living testimony that God is good. That Jesus truly does care and
save and that the holy spirit is the only true comforter helper and advocate they we have
to live by. My prayer is that we together Journey with Jesus and begin to come to know
Practical Application From my testimony.
Knowing Jesus has Changed my life.
The three practical things that have totally changed my life in the last 8 months are:
1) Reading and meditating on the word of God.
How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.
2) Cultivating a Life of Prayer – speaking and listening to my best friend.
The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace
of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in
3) Wholehearted praise and worship to the King of kings even if I don’t feel like it.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known
By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit
of our lips giving thanks to his name
Main part of talk.
Read John 14
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God;[a] believe also in me.
1) Knowing Jesus is also knowing God the Father – the father son relationship is key
and important to grasp. In order to begin to know Jesus we need to also know the
father who sent him.
2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I
go to prepare a place for you?[b] 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come
again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know
the way to where I am going.”[c] 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where
you are going. How can we know the way?”
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the
Father except through me. 7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father
also.[d] From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
2) As believers we need to be certain and sure of our salvation and what salvation
really is. In order to know God the Father we need to know Jesus. To know Jesus We
need to have a good understanding of what savaltion is through the blessed Holy
Read Romans 3:22-26
This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.
There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are
justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. (Romans
Salvation in Christ is All about Grace.
8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9 Jesus said to
him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has
seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not
believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do
not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works.
11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account
of the works themselves.12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do;
and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever
you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
3) When we ask for things in the name of Jesus the Main objective is so that our father
in heaven may be glorified through the son Jesus Christ. The word of God says we can
ask in the Name of Jesus and he will do it. And greater things. Remember it needs to be
to the Glory of God. Go for it. Ask for things in the name of Jesus.
14 If you ask me[e] anything in my name, I will do it.
Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
4) We need to know the commandments that are laid out in the word of God – when we
know them we have a better chance to keep them and in keeping them we love Jesus.
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper,[f] to be with you
forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither
sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be[g] in you.
5) To know Jesus we need to know that the Holy Spirit is with us – as we are filled with
the Spirit we will Know Him -ask the holy spirit to be with you everyday. Claim this
promise – this truth daily – Holy Spirit I believe you are with me fill me up and help me
get through this day this trial this life. The Holy Spirit is the completion of the Holy
18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while and the
world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 In
that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
21 Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he
who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to
6) V21 what a beautiful truth – Once again in verse 21 it talks about keeping His
commandments. Whenever scripture says it twice to me it starts to ring alarm bells –
saying pay attention. Have you got His commandments?
The key point 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to
us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep
my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home
with him. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that
you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.
7) So how does Jesus meet with us. For the third time in John 14 it says “if you love me
KEEP MY WORD” and my father will love him and WE WILL COME TO HIM that is
me and you. Father son and Holy Spirit making their home in your heart. Let us also
not neglect and forget verse 24
Listen to the story of Bob with the big house.
Final Scriptures and Closing Thoughts
25 “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you.
Finishing prayer in the scriptures
26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach
you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. 27 Peace I
leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not
your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. 28 You heard me say to you, ‘I am
going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because
I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.
29 And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you
may believe. 30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is
coming. He has no claim on me, 31 but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that
the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.Key Scriptures and final notes.
Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is: Hear, O Israel, the Lord our
God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with
all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first
commandment. And the second, like it, is this: You shall love your neighbor as
yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.
Now when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, He said to him, You are not far from
the kingdom of God. But after that no one dared question Him. (Mark 12:29-31, 34
the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is
no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by
his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put
forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s
righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.
It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the
justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. (Romans 3:22-26 ESV)
Don’t compromise don’t hold back give him your whole heart. I Surendor all unto
Jesus. Give him full rein give him your whole heart.
Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them,
and we will come to them and make our home with them
He wants all of you.
I pray that you come to know Jesus intimately and give him your whole heart. I also
pray the Word of God grips your heart and you begin to keep and know His
commandments and precepts laid out in the Word of God!
All to Jesus We surrender!