Sermon Notes

Sermon Notes are free summaries designed to help you apply the truth of Scripture to your life as you watch or listen to Dr. Stanley’s messages.

God, the Holy Spirit – Our Helper Don't miss out on the greatest Helper God gave us—Himself, the Holy Spirit. Sermon Notes PDF
A Happy Thanksgiving Grateful hearts recognize God’s goodness, guidance, and provision. Sermon Notes PDF
A Call To Prayer Dr. Stanley shares how seeking God is the only way our land can be healed. Sermon Notes PDF
Following Jesus Dr. Stanley outlines how to walk in the footsteps of Jesus. Sermon Notes PDF
The Challenge of Wavering Faith Learn how to respond when God doesn't answer your prayers in your timing. Sermon Notes PDF
Satan's Strategy to Defeat Us Do you know your enemy has a plan to defeat you? Sermon Notes PDF
Facing a Satanic Attack You are a soldier in a spiritual war. Do you know your weak spots? Sermon Notes PDF
Requirements for Effective Meditation The world is loud, but God still speaks, listens, and loves us completely. Sermon Notes PDF
Guidance Through Godly Meditation God can lead you past indecision and away from costly mistakes. Sermon Notes PDF
Distracted From Godly Meditation God is genuinely interested in the things that interest you. And He’s more than willing to speak to your heart about them. He longs for your times of biblical meditation and for you to listen to His clear and righteous direction for your life. Sermon Notes PDF
Godly Meditation on Courage Biblical meditation is characterized by a thorough and thoughtful consideration of what God is saying to us. Our meditations with Him deepen our devotional life and our fellowship with Him. But sometimes He may call us to do more than listen and learn. It is then that we need His courage to act. Sermon Notes PDF
The Power of Godly Meditation How often do we read a Bible verse and just hours, or a day later, find that we can’t recall much about it? It happens to every one of us from time to time. We read God’s Word, but we don’t always think about the next steps to living it out in our lives. Sermon Notes PDF
How Should We Wait? Waiting tests our faith like nothing else. But trusting God always pays off in the end. In this message, Dr. Stanley takes a closer look at the right and wrong ways to wait. Learn how to let peace and confidence rule your heart while you let God work. Sermon Notes PDF
When God Says Wait Delays can feel agonizing, but God has a bird’s-eye view and His timing is perfect. In this practical message, Dr. Stanley talks about six things you need in order to receive God’s best in every situation. Sermon Notes PDF
Your Convictions About The Judgment Of The Believer Judgment—it’s a heavy word that inspires anxiety, dread, and possibly despair. But for the believer, it doesn't have to be that way. In this message, Dr. Stanley explains that judgment for Christians isn't something we have to be afraid of. Yes, we will be held accountable for our lives, but God’s desire is to reward His children, not punish them. Learn how to live in such a way that one day you'll hear the words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” Sermon Notes PDF
Your Convictions About Heaven God didn't put us on this earth to stay here forever. If this world is not our final destination, then what is? In this message, Dr. Stanley whets our appetite for the place we'll call our forever home: heaven. Find out what God has in store for those who trust in His Son Jesus Christ. Sermon Notes PDF
Your Convictions About the Holy Spirit Life can sometimes be difficult and draining, especially when you're trying to serve God. But that’s why Jesus promised us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not an impersonal force; He is the third Person of the trinity who empowers, convicts, guides, and comforts all believers. Sermon Notes PDF
Your Convictions About the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ As the most famous symbol of Christianity, the cross is everywhere—artwork, jewelry, logos, even advertisements. But the cross of Jesus is much more than a marketing gimmick or a symbol for a world religion; it is the clearest revelation of God’s love for the world. In this message, Dr. Stanley sheds light on the death of Jesus and how it affects all of us here and now. We may feel far removed from the events that happened at Calvary that day, but the crucifixion of Jesus still remains at the heart of the Christian life. Sermon Notes PDF
Your Convictions About Money The Bible talks more about money than heaven or hell. In an age where debt and greed are the norm, it’s essential that believers know what God says about finances. Reject the world’s selfish viewpoint on money and instead embrace God’s commands to tithe faithfully and live generously. Sermon Notes PDF
Your Convictions About God God is __________. How do you fill in that blank? Based on your experience or on the truth found in God’s Word? The Bible should be the source of our convictions about God. In this message, Dr. Stanley reveals the God of the Bible: omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient. Our image of God must be consistent with His Word. Sermon Notes PDF
Your Convictions About The Bible Of all the books ever written, there is only one that is utterly infallible, timeless, and completely trustworthy—the Bible. But is it merely a collection of ancient men’s words or is it the revelation of the living God? Your answer to that question is of the utmost importance. In this message, Dr. Stanley shares his personal conviction that the Bible is the very Word of God—inerrant and wholly reliable. What you believe about the Bible matters! Sermon Notes PDF
Your Personal Convictions What does it take to live a life of purpose? Of uncommon courage? What does it take to stand your ground in the face of criticism and rejection? The answer is conviction, being utterly convinced of the truth of God’s Word. In this message, Dr. Stanley explains the power of having convictions and the role they play in our lives. Sermon Notes PDF
Faith That Wavers Dr. Stanley looks at the common causes of weak faith and the mistakes that can damage it further. When the Israelites followed Moses out of Egypt, they needed to learn to trust the God who had delivered them—and so must we. Knowing how to protect your faith will help you grow strong and resilient in the face of every challenge. Sermon Notes PDF
The Consequences of a Faith Failure Dr. Stanley explores the consequences of failing to trust God. Avoid the sorrow and frustration of missing God’s plan by being diligent about growing your faith. Sermon Notes PDF
Experiencing A Faith Failure In this important message, Dr. Stanley shows us what a faith failure looks like. The Israelites paid a heavy price when they listened to the fearful report of their spies instead of believing God and following Joshua and Caleb into the land of Canaan. Learn five reasons why our trust in God wavers, and be encouraged to maintain your faith at every turn. Sermon Notes PDF
Escaping a Desperate Situation Listen as Dr. Stanley examines the story of the Red Sea parting and its meaning for us today. The same God who led His people out of slavery and into a new country will also deliver us from difficulty—and show His glory in the process. Sermon Notes PDF
Living by God's Guidance In this practical message, Dr. Stanley explains that we, too, should be following God as our guide every day. We don't have a pillar of cloud for a signpost, but as believers, we have the Holy Spirit indwelling us. He’s our leader, and He’s committed to showing us the correct path in every circumstance. Find out what you can do to gain discernment, recognize His voice, and follow Him in holiness through every challenge and uncertainty. Sermon Notes PDF
A Night to Remember In this message, Dr. Stanley examines the effects of sin and rebellion in the heart of man, and the extraordinary measures God uses to rescue His people and bring them out of bondage. In the Israelites’ day, the blood of a lamb saved them from the final plague. Today, it’s the blood of Jesus that sets us free. Sermon Notes PDF
The Battle for Self-Control Picture a tug-of-war contest. Two sides struggle against each other, straining to gain control. Can both sides win? Of course not—that’s the nature of the game. In this message, Dr. Stanley sheds light on the internal conflict each of us must face: the battle between obeying God or indulging our flesh. It’s a high-stakes struggle with only one winner. But as children of God we're not left on our own—with the Holy Spirit on our side, we’re each equipped with self-control. Learn how this fruit of the Spirit tips the scales in your favor. Sermon Notes PDF
The Reassuring Quality of Faithfulness Sooner or later, each of us must face the reality that in our own strength we don't measure up—we've all sinned and fallen short most every day of our lives. But the good news is God’s faithfulness to us has never depended on our perfection. In this message, Dr. Stanley explores four ways we experience God’s fidelity in keeping His promises to His children. Relax into the trustworthy character of our heavenly Father—He will never leave or forsake you. Sermon Notes PDF
The Attractive Quality of Kindness Think of someone with whom you love to spend your time. A certain warmth emanates from their core, inviting you to rest and be yourself, doesn't it? That soothing radiance has a name: kindness. In this message, Dr. Stanley teaches about the irresistible nature of tenderheartedness, both how God demonstrates such a quality toward us and how we should imitate Him in our earthly relationships. Lean into His unfailing kindness and watch how it multiplies in your own life, testifying to everyone around you of the goodness of God. Sermon Notes PDF
Patience - Essential To Experiencing God's Best Patience is a virtue we all respect—that is, until we have to exercise it in our own lives. In this message, Dr. Stanley lays out the truth plainly: Patience is indispensable to our ability to obey God and receive His best for us. It may feel excruciating to wait upon the Lord, but that’s exactly when He renews our strength (Isaiah 40:31). Discover why you can trust God’s perfect timing. Sermon Notes PDF
The Narrow Path To Personal Peace In this message, Dr. Stanley speaks of Jesus Christ as the Prince of Peace and explains how we can find inner contentment and true rest through a personal relationship with Him. Don't let things like anger, lust, or bitterness steal your peace. Learn how to trust God and let Him calm your soul with His soothing presence. Sermon Notes PDF
Triumphant Joy Imprisonment plus isolation plus a death sentence equals . . . joy? Wait, that can't be right, can it? In this message, Dr. Stanley examines the apostle Paul’s triumphant joy in the face of dire circumstances. It may seem absurd, but as Christians, we’re enabled by the Holy Spirit to experience overflowing joy even when our lives only seem to be adding up to despair. Explore what it means to trade in superficial happiness for steadfast joy. Sermon Notes PDF
Love Lessons With countless songs, books, and movies dedicated to love, you would think we actually understood what it means. But the world has warped our view of God’s most precious attribute, leaving humanity longing for the real thing. In this message, Dr. Stanley teaches us what love really is and how it affects our lives. Learn how your life can be transformed when you allow God’s love to wrap around you and flow through you to others. Sermon Notes PDF
The Mighty Hand of God Pharaoh was the leader of a nation, and his rebellion against God had far-reaching consequences for many people. Whether on a large scale or a smaller one, sin destroys. In this message, Dr. Stanley explores the Egyptian leader’s disobedience and talks about how important it is to identify our weaknesses and pursue genuine repentance—both as individuals and as a nation. Sermon Notes PDF
A God-Centered Message God equipped Moses to fulfill his purpose, and He can do the same for you. No matter what He calls you to do, He will provide, direct, strengthen, and empower you to handle every difficulty. Listen as Dr. Stanley talks about all that God will do when we're willing to obey Him. You can have the faith and confidence to say, “Here am I, send me” (Isa. 6:8). Sermon Notes PDF
The Promise and the Plan We don't always understand why God works the way He does. But we can be assured that He is always in control. At such times, it’s helpful to remember that God sees the big picture. He’s always working to accomplish His purposes. In this message, Dr. Stanley outlines seven truths from Scripture to remind us that no matter what we see, we can trust God to fulfill all His promises and complete His perfect plan. Sermon Notes PDF
Hearing God's Voice Take your Bible-reading to a deeper level as you learn to recognize what your loving and all-powerful Father is communicating to you personally. Dr. Stanley maps out sixteen specific characteristics of a word from the Lord that will help you understand His directions. This practical message will grow your faith, inspire your Bible study, and ready you for service. Sermon Notes PDF
Our Burning Bushes Listen as Dr. Stanley introduces this incredible account from the book of Exodus, and shares stories from his own life about moments when God spoke to him clearly and dramatically. These experiences may not be audible or visual, and they’ll be different for everyone, but God will speak to those who are willing to listen. Sermon Notes PDF
Staying in Step With God In this message, Dr. Stanley explores an early mistake in the life of Moses. Understanding what went wrong for the future leader of the Hebrews will prepare us to handle similar moments in our own lives wisely. The results will always be worth the effort. Sermon Notes PDF
Before You Step Out of the Will of God In this message, Dr. Stanley conveys an essential challenge from Scripture—will we choose our way, or God’s? A closer look at the lives of Old and New Testament saints reveals the painful consequences of choosing less than His best. Disobedience carries a high price, but the blessings of obedience are without number. Sermon Notes PDF
How to Be Sure of God's Will Each day is filled with decisions, and every choice is an opportunity to ask the Lord what He would have us do. In this message, Dr. Stanley shares principles from Scripture to help us evaluate our circumstances and decisions through the lens of God’s will. Sermon Notes PDF
The Rocky Road to the Will of God To successfully navigate God’s will, we need to recognize the obstacles that could trip us up. In this message, Dr. Stanley examines some of the things we allow (and even invite) to interfere with our progress on the path God has for us. The effects of pride and sin, ignorance and doubt, mistakes or deferred decisions, even our busyness will hinder what we accomplish and become for God in this life. Sermon Notes PDF
Looking Deeper Into The Will of God In this message, Dr. Stanley guides us through verses establishing God’s authority. The same influence over global matters also reaches down into our everyday lives, expressing itself through God’s predestined, moral, and desired will. Even when we struggle to work out His ways, we can learn to rest in the fact that He is God. Understanding His power and plan leads us to greater obedience and the trust due our faithful Father. Sermon Notes PDF
The Will of God in Your Life In this message, Dr. Stanley addresses the importance of looking to God for everyday guidance. No part of our lives is to be lived independently of our wise and loving Creator. When we learn to seek Him for every need and concern, we give Him rightful place as Lord of our lives. Sermon Notes PDF
Walking in the Favor of God — Part Three In a world that was sinful and wicked, what was it that set Noah apart? As he concludes his series on "Walking in the Favor of God," Dr. Stanley uses both the story of Noah’s obedience to God and examples from his own life to help us discover how we can listen to, trust, and obey the Lord. When we make wise decisions that honor and bring glory to God, we’ll find His favor in our own lives. Sermon Notes PDF
Walking In The Favor Of God - Part One The world was a sinful and wicked place, and it grieved God so much that He regretted ever creating mankind. Yet Noah found favor in the eyes of God (Genesis 6:5-7). In this three-part series, Dr. Stanley uses both the story of Noah’s obedience to God and examples from his own life to help us discover how we can listen, trust, and obey the Lord. God may not be calling you to build an Ark, but He is most certainly calling you to fulfill His will. When we make wise decisions that honor and bring glory to Him, we will find His favor in our own lives. Sermon Notes PDF
Victory Over Fear In a world of anxious circumstances, it’s no wonder many of us find ourselves dealing with fear. In this message, Dr. Stanley explains what causes us to be afraid, the consequences of living in fear, and how many of the negative emotions we experience in life are rooted in fear. Sermon Notes PDF
The Faith To Follow Everyone has the gift of faith. Whether you are lost or saved, you exercise belief by what you do. In the third part of his sermon series, "Steps to God’s Guidance," Dr. Stanley explains that following God is a conscious effort, because His ways are higher than ours. Though we are prone to subconsciously follow our own desires, we must make a choice to follow His. Sermon Notes PDF
Listening to God Listening to God requires making time for Him. In the second part of his sermon series, "Steps to God’s Guidance," Dr. Stanley assures us that, as believers, all we need to do is seek Him and He will answer. When we stop striving and dive into His Word, we open the door to experience His many blessings. Sermon Notes PDF
Guided by God An exciting adventure begins when we walk in step with Jesus. In the first part of his series, "Steps to God’s Guidance," Dr. Stanley explains what life entails when we choose to be guided by the Father. We must completely surrender to Him if our actions are to reflect His glory. Sermon Notes PDF