If you came to my elective at CBT on 10/17, here are the session notes that I promised.
- If we are saved by believing in the promise of God and not by keeping the law, what’s the big deal about the law? Why do we even have it?
- Paul’s answer:
- It was added because of sin until Jesus would come to us to fulfill the promise that He made.
- In talking about angels, they had a role to play in God’s giving of the law.
- Most of the time a mediator mediates between two parties. God did not need someone else in mediating between us.
- Should we just do away with the law? Does it go against the promise that God made? No way! It just can’t do what faith in the promise of God can do, which is bring righteousness.
- When we read the Bible honestly, especially the law, we realize that we are sinners. We can not keep the law.
- Once we acknowledge that we are sinners, we can then acknowledge our need for the promise of God- righteousness by faith to those who believe.
- Before Christ came, people had to believe God and express their faith through obedience to the moral and ceremonial law that would point to what God was going to do. Their faith was still what saved them, they just couldn’t see all that Christ was going to do.
- In that way, the law was there to teach them- a “schoolmaster”- that pointed to Jesus. It pointed to our need for a Savior.
2. Set up the Organization
There are two main ways to organize notes in Evernote- Notebooks and Tags Here are some tips for organizing your sermon notes.A note can belong to one notebook but can have many tags. Using Tags instead of Notebooks lets you organize each message in multiple ways.
- Create a Notebook called “Sermon Reference” All of the sermons notes you create will go into this notebook.
- Create Tags for every books of the Bible.
3. Get the Tools
If you want to type the notes you’ll need a laptop, tablet or phone. I use an iPad mini with a Bluetooth keyboard running the Evernote app to take notes. I also use a Logitech Bluetooth Keyboard Case for my iPad to type notes. I find that I get more notes more quickly that way than with my thumbs. If you do better taking hand written notes you can scan your notes into Evernote and organize them as well.
- Audio Recording-If you’re using a mobile device like your phone or tablet you may be able to add an audio recording of the message as you take notes for review later.
- Camera– If there is an interesting slide or visual you can take pictures and add them to the note.
- Paper– If you’re not a fast typer you can also take a picture of your paper notes or scan the paper notes you take into evernote to organize them in the same way.
- Reminders– Do you need to review a sermon you heard during the week? Set a reminder for that note for the proper day and time. I’ve used this to help me apply the message in a more meaningful way during the week.
- Podcasts, emailed devotions, other sermons you get from friends, websites etc.
- Illustrations- Personal illustrations and stories that you may right down, as well as jokes, news articles, stories, ideas etc.
- Potential Sermon Graphics