Sunday 05.28.17 (better)

This Sunday we’ll take a look at Ecclesiastes 4:4-5:7 in our Meaningless/Meaningful series, and consider what it means to glorify God by seeking the “better” things in life. We hope to see you there! With the holiday weekend, we will not have our evening study.

@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
**No evening study

Sermon Notes
Better ~ Ecclesiastes 4:4-5:7

  • Seek contentment, for it is better than coveting (4:4-6)
    • Jesus is the source of our contentment, for in him we are God’s children
  • Seek companionship, for it is better than isolation (4:7-12)
    • Jesus gives us abundant companionship through our fellowship with God and with other followers of Jesus
  • Seek wisdom, for it is better than power (4:13-16)
    • Jesus is our great wisdom
  • Seek to hold your tongue, for it is better than speaking rashly (5:1-7)
    • Jesus redeems the tongue

Sunday 05.21.17 (living to die well)

This Sunday in our study through Ecclesiastes, we’ll take a look at 3:16-4:3 and how we learn to live well so one day we might die well. Then on Sunday evening, we’ll have a special “ask anything” session–come ready with questions about the Bible, theology, and faith and we will do our best to answer what we can. We hope to see you there!

@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm “Ask Anything” evening in church library

Sermon Notes
Living to Die Well ~ Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:3

  • The corruption of sin
    • Sin brings injustice (3:16)
    • Sin brings oppression (4:1)
    • Sin brings death (3:17-21)
    • Sin brings despair (4:2-3)
  • The universality of death (3:17-21)
  • The certainty of judgment (3:17)
  • The hope of life: Jesus enables us to live well to die well (John 11:25-26, Romans 6:23)
    • We live by faith (Ephesians 2:1-8, Colossians 2:13-14)
    • We face death with faith (2 Corinthians 5:1-10, 1 John 4:9-18)
    • We love others and honor their lives: acting in kindness and not oppression, with justice and not injustice (Isaiah 1:17, Matthew 25:34-40, James 1:27)
    • We live in joy throughout our days (Ecclesiastes 3:22)

Monday Update (05.15.17)

We had a busy week last week with not much time to keep the blog up to date. Tomorrow we’ll get back to it with the conclusion of our devotional series in Joshua and a new series to begin soon.

We’ve also completed some updates to the church website with this new look and the addition of a “recent sermons” page. We upload our sermons to SoundCloud. Typically, the four most recent sermons will be available. You can listen to them here: or here:

Sunday 05.14.17 (times and seasons)

This Sunday we want to wish all our mothers a Happy Mother’s Day. We have a special gift for all ladies in attendance. We’ll also be continuing our Meaningless/Meaningful series through Ecclesiastes with a look at 3:1-14, Times and Seasons. With the holiday, we will not be having evening service. We hope to see you there!

Sunday Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
**No evening services

Sermon Notes
Times and Seasons ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-14

In our search for meaning in life, we must be rooted in Christ. Our purpose is to delight in the Lord: to glorify God by enjoying him. We seek to know him and make him known. Life is filled with different seasons and change. How do we stay focused on our purpose during these times?

  • The rhythms (times and seasons) of life (3:1-8)
  • Five unchanging things that help us maximize our God-glorifying purpose and find meaning in our seasons:
    • Be in awe of God (3:11, 14-15)
    • Look for and develop the beauty around you (3:11)
    • Pursue joy (3:12)
    • Do good to others—develop goodness around you (3:12)
    • Work hard and rest well (3:13)


Ecclesiastes: Meaningless//Meaningful (new sermon series)

Ecclesiastes is probably my favorite book in the Old Testament. It’s a book that I love to turn to when life hits its speed bumps. It’s also a book that I have wanted to preach through for a while, but in sermon planning just never felt the time was right… until now.

Yesterday we wrapped our journey through John 13-21. This Sunday (4/30), I plan to start a 12-week (give or take, we’ll see how it shakes out) journey through Ecclesiastes. So, here is some information that might be helpful as we start:

Ecclesiastes was written by King Solomon (1:1, 12-18) to his son (12:12). It is a treasure trove of wisdom from an older man as he reflects back on his life. He had done what he wanted and denied himself no pleasure, and his conclusion: Life is meaningless without finding meaning through God. Thus, I have chosen to call this series: Meaningless//Meaningful.

Parts of Ecclesiastes, especially at the start, can be quite depressing. And that is part of the point. It attempts to create in us a crisis of faith when we try to center our happiness on ourselves and whatever gains we have in life. Solomon reminds us that our consumption of the things of this world never satisfy. So, if we’re going to find true satisfaction and a lasting purpose, we have to look to God (and through our New Testament lens–what the Father has given us in Jesus).

When I think of Ecclesiastes and how to summarize it, what comes to mind is this prayer of Augustine from his Confessions:

You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds rest in you.

This week, as we prepare for this series, I would suggest reading through Ecclesiastes and familiarizing yourself with Solomon’s work. At the very least, take time to read chapter one, maybe even more than once.


Revive! Night 4 @6pm

We invite you to join us tonight for the last in our 2017 Revive! series. Dinner in the gym at 5pm and service in the auditorium at 6pm. Tonight, Rick Thompson, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist – Nevada (MO), will be here to share on the topic of building community as followers of Jesus. We hope to see you there!


Sunday 03.26.17 (the prayer of Jesus)

This Sunday we’ll take a look at John 17 to see what Jesus prays for his followers and how that should impact our lives. Then on Sunday night we conclude our Revive! 2017 series with Rick Thompson of Cornerstone Baptist – Nevada speaking on the topic of “building community.” Hope to see you there!

@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@5pm Meal before Revive!
@6pm Revive! Night 4 – “Build Community”

Sermon Notes
The Prayer of Jesus ~ John 17:1-26

  • Jesus prayed for his glory so that the Father might be glorified (17:1-12)
    • Therefore, live your life to honor Jesus and make his name famous in all you do
  • Jesus prayed for the truth of his word to forever transform us (17:13-19)
    • Therefore, live out the truth by seeking God in his word and through prayer as he shapes your character
  • Jesus prayed for deep community to be built among us (17:20-23)
    • Therefore, live in community by seeking God together in fellowship, accountability, and worship
  • Jesus prayed for us to be on mission in the world (17:18)
    • Therefore, live on mission by giving, serving, and sharing with others
  • Jesus prayed for us to see his glory and know him fully (17:24-28)
    • Therefore, long for the day of unhindered sight–our eternity with Jesus