Sunday 10.07.18 (the greatest light)

This morning we start a new sermon series looking at the topic of finding hope in the midst of the darkness of depression and anxiety. We’ll take a look at Genesis 3 and John 1 and see how sin has broken the world but Jesus provides the solution as the Greatest Light. Then following morning worship, we’ll have our quarterly fellowship meal and business meeting. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@Noon Fellowship Meal followed by Business Meeting
@6pm Video study on the book of Judges

Sermon Notes
The Greatest Light ~ Genesis 3, John 1

The sermon in one sentence: The fall brought spiritual and mental darkness and despair into the world; Jesus is the greatest answer and our eternal hope.

  • žTwo realities about despair, hopelessness, and mental illness
    • Every instance of despair or mental illness is rooted in humanity’s fall into sin (Genesis 3)
    • Not every instance is tied to a specific sin (John 9)
  • žTwo pursuits in our quest for hope
    • Pursue Jesus as the greatest answer (John 1)
    • Pursue the help of other means you need in order to see Jesus clearly

finding light in the darkness (sermon series)

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Songs for Worship
I Am Resolved
Christ Receiveth Sinful Men
As the Deer
God Will Make a Way

Sunday 09.30.18 (God and Money: Give Generously)

This week we’ll finish our “God and Money” series by taking a look at 1 Timothy 6 and what it means to be generous in our world. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering

Sermon Notes
Give Generously ~ 1 Timothy 6:17-19

The sermon in one sentence: Having learned to stay focused, plan well, and live within your means, work to increase your generosity toward others.

  • The attitudes of generosity (6:17)
    • Be humble
    • Be wise
    • Be hopeful
    • Be joyful
  • The actions of generosity (6:18-19)
    • Do much good (6:18)
    • Share more freely (6:18-19)

God and Money (sermon series)

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Songs for Worship
The Solid Rock
I Exalt Thee
All in All
Simple Living
Because I Have Been Given Much
Let Your Heart Be Broken

Sunday 09.23.18 (God and Money: Live Within Your Means)

This morning we’ll be in week three of four of our God and Money series, as we seek to discover how to grow in generosity. We’ll talk about avoiding debt by living within your means and how this helps us to be good managers of what God has provided. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@2pm Missions and Evangelism Team Meeting
@6pm Bible Study

Sermon Notes
Live Within Your Means ~ Luke 12:42-48 & Various Scriptures

The sermon in one sentence: Avoid the stranglehold of debt by living within your means so you can maximize generosity.

  • We are “stewards” of God’s resources (Luke 12:42-48)
    • We keep watch over what he has given and we use it wisely
    • We remember that all our money and resources belong to God, not to us
    • We maximize our wise use of resources to fulfill God’s purposes with our wealth
    • We minimize debt that hinders our wise use and generosity
  • To minimize debt and maximize generosity:
    • Maintain an attitude that you will avoid debt (Romans 13:8)
    • Adjust your lifestyle to avoid debt as much as possible (Proverbs 21:5)
    • Make a plan to pay off your existing debts as soon as possible (Psalm 37:21, Ecclesiastes 5:5)
    • Give more generously (Psalm 37:21)

God and Money (sermon series)

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Songs for Worship
Seek Ye First
Come Thou Fount
Jesus Calls Us O’er the Tumult
Thou Art Worthy
Take My Life and Let It Be
Freely, Freely

Sunday 09.16.18 (God and Money: Plan Well)

This morning, we’ll continue our God and Money series by taking a look at what the Bible says about how we are to be wise and plan well when it comes to our finances. This evening, we’ll join with other Osage River Baptist churches at Kamp Keirsey for the annual camp picnic. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@230pm Adrian Manor nursing home service
@5pm Camp Picnic at Kamp Keirsey

Sermon Notes
Plan Well ~ Various Scriptures

The sermon in one sentence: Wisely consider your finances in order to maximize your involvement in God’s purposes, because you belong to Jesus and everything you have is his.

  • Those who are wise “will count the costs” (Luke 14:27-33)
    • Jesus uses realities of money to illustrate the point: He is worth following and everything we have belongs to him
    • Therefore we should use our wealth to honor God
  • Four main purposes of money to help us love others well according to God’s will:
    • To provide for you and your family (1 Timothy 5:8)
    • To give help to those in need (Matthew 6:2)
    • To support the spread of the gospel (Philippians 4:10-19)
    • To enjoy life with family and friends (Ecclesiastes 9:7-10)
  • Three aspects of planning well in order to maximize your involvement in God’s purposes:
    • Budget wisely (Proverbs 13:16)
    • Spend wisely (Proverbs 21:17, 20)
    • Save wisely (Proverbs 6:6-11)

God and Money (sermon series)

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Songs for Worship
Worthy of Worship
Lord, I Lift Your Name on High
All that Thrills My Soul
How Great Thou Art
My Tribute
I Surrender All

Sunday 09.09.18 (God and money: stay focused)

This morning we’ll kickoff our new Sunday School / Small Groups year with doughnuts and coffee in the gym at 930 before classes begin at 945. Then during our worship gathering, we’ll begin our God and Money series with a look at 1 Timothy 6:6-10, learning how to stay focused with a proper perspective on wealth. Then on Sunday evening, we’ll conclude our Follow Me video study. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@930 Sunday School Kickoff in gym
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Follow Me video study in youth room

Sermon Notes
Stay Focused ~ 1 Timothy 6:6-10

The sermon in one sentence: Stay focused by remembering that wealth is temporary but godliness brings eternal gain.

  • Godliness provides the best gain, so pursue godliness with more passion than you pursue wealth (6:6, 9-10)
  • There is only a small amount that you need for life, so enjoy what you have and be content with the basics (6:6, 8)
  • Wealth is only temporary, so be wise with your wealth and don’t waste it by hoarding it (6:7)

Note: Everyone in attendance will receive a free copy of the book The Money Challenge: 30 Days of Discovering God’s Design for You and Your Money by Art Rainer (one per household)

God and Money (sermon series)

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Songs for Worship
Better Is One Day
My Jesus, I Love Thee
Count Your Blessings
I’d Rather Have Jesus
Holy and Anointed One

Sunday 09.02.18 (the assurance of salvation)

This morning on this holiday weekend, we’ll take a look John 10 and the topic of the assurance of our salvation. Next week, we start a new 4-week series on personal finance called “God and Money.” We hope to see you there! There will be no evening activities at the church tonight with the holiday.

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

Sermon Notes
The Assurance of Salvation ~ John 10:1-30

The sermon in one sentence: Our salvation rests assured in Jesus; if we have a relationship with Jesus, then we can have assurance of salvation.

  • Our salvation is permanent
    • Jesus is the means and the keeper of our salvation
    • Our salvation rests assured in Jesus
  • How to know if you have salvation
    • You are trusting in Jesus as Savior and King
    • You have a relationship with Jesus
    • You are experiencing spiritual growth

Songs for Worship
I Know Whom I Have Believed
I Will Glory in My Redeemer
Now I Belong to Jesus
Higher Ground
Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)

Sunday 08.26.18 (the art of fasting well)

This Sunday we’ll conclude our The Art of Prayer and Fasting series by considering Matthew 6 and what it says about how we can fast in a God-honoring way. Then on Sunday Evening, we’ll continue our Follow Me video study by David Platt. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Follow Me study in youth room

Sermon Notes
The Art of Fasting Well ~ Matthew 6:1, 16-18

The sermon in one sentence: To fast well, maintain an attitude, reasons, and a method to achieve a spiritual end for the glory of God.

  • Attitude: Fast to Honor God, not to impress people
    • See fasting as a practice of righteousness (6:1)
    • Keep your fast mainly between you and God (6:16-18)
    • Fast as an act of joy (6:16-18)
  • Purpose: Fast to draw closer to God and/or to serve others in their time of need
    • Fasting in a time in which we become more aware of our dependence on God
    • Good reasons to fast: Focused time in prayer, focused time in the Word, spiritual growth, caring for the disadvantaged
  • Method: Fast with a plan to achieve your purpose
    • Fasting is an expectation of the Christian’s life, but particulars are not biblically mandated (Matthew 6:16)
    • Some helps to fast well:
      • Decide how long your fast will be
      • Decide what to fast from
      • Consider health concerns and speak with your doctor

Songs for Worship
Let There Be Praise
Rejoice in the Lord, Always
I Stand Amazed
As the Deer
Speak, O Lord
Satisfied

the art of prayer and fasting (sermon series)

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