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

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Sunday 08.19.18 (learning to fast)

This Sunday we’ll transition from prayer to fasting in our “The Art of Prayer and Fasting” sermon series; we’ll take a look at various scripture passages and see what they teach us about fasting. Then on Sunday night, we’ll continue our video study Follow Me. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@2pm Evangelism and Missions Team Meeting in gym
@6pm “Follow Me” video study

Sermon Notes
Learning to Fast ~ Various Scriptures

The sermon in one sentence: Fasting helps to deepen our dependence on God and opens opportunity for extended time in prayer, scripture, and helping others in their time of need.

  • We fast because we have been made righteous by God, not to be made righteous by God (Isaiah 58:1-5)
  • We fast to remind us that we are not yet physically present with Jesus (Mark 2:18-22)
  • We fast in order to spend extended time in prayer (Acts 13:1-3)
  • We fast in order to spend extended time in God’s word (Luke 4:4)
  • We fast in order to help care for the disadvantaged (Isaiah 58:6-10)

Songs for Worship
In Christ Alone
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Hungry
Beautiful One
Take My Life and Let it Be

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“Well Done” (The Last Days, part 6)

In this devotional series, we’re taking a look at Matthew 24 & 25 to see what Jesus teaches us about his return and the end of the current age of history. Today, we’ll consider Matthew 25:14-30.

Matthew 25 records Jesus telling three parables about his return. The first in 25:1-13 reiterates the truths at the end of chapter 24–we don’t know when Jesus is going to return, but we should live each day prepared, seeking to do his will while we still have breath on this earth.

Then in 25:14-30, we come across what is often called “the parable of the talents,” which tends to be quite familiar to followers of Jesus. Jesus told the story of a rich and powerful man who had three servants. To each he gave various talents, a measure of money in which one talent was worth about 20 years wages of the common laborer. The man then went on a journey to return at a later time.

Two servants took what they were given and earned more back for the master. The last servant, however, hid the talent in a hole in the ground and did nothing with it. When the master returned he called the servants to himself and found out what they had done.

The first two received high praise: “Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful over a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Share your master’s joy!” (25:21, 23).

The third servant did not fare well. He was called evil and lazy and he was stripped of all he had and tossed into the “outer darkness.”

The point of the story expands on the idea that Jesus will return and we won’t know when. The emphasis here, however, is the faithfulness we show in the meantime.

God gives a variety of “talents” to each of us. These may include our experiences, education, money, influence, time, etc. These are resources that God has given us to use in the world to love him supremely and love others deeply. The question is: What do we do with them?

A follower of Jesus will see his or her life and the things of life as an opportunity. This opportunity isn’t to make a name for ourselves but to magnify the fame of Jesus. It is an opportunity to tell the story of the great love he showed us in dying for our sins, and to tell the story of the great hope and joy we can have trusting in his return. It is also an opportunity to look around at the various needs others around us have and figure out ways to meet them as tangible demonstrations of God’s love.

Living our lives in such a way, trusting in Jesus and loving others as he has loved us, will lead us to hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

All scripture references taken from the Christian Standard Bible. For the previous part of this series, click here: https://fbcadrian.com/2018/07/26/no-one-knows-the-day-or-hour-the-last-days-part-5/

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Sunday 08.12.18 (the art of praying well)

This Sunday we’ll continue our Art of Prayer and Fasting series with our second look at prayer from Romans 8:18-30, and see how even though we’re weak in prayer, we can still pray well with a reliance on the Holy Spirit. Then on Sunday evening, we’ll continue our Follow Me video study. We hope to see you there!

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

Sermon Notes
The Art of Praying Well ~ Romans 8:18-30

  • To pray well, keep in mind the truth that through Jesus God has destined you for eternal glory (8:18-25)
  • To pray well, understand that you are weak in prayer and trust the Holy Spirit to shape your prayers before the Father (8:26-27)
  • To pray well, shape your prayers around the realities of eternal glory (8:28-30)

Songs for Worship
Open the Eyes of My Heart
Sweet Hour of Prayer
I Love You, Lord
I Need Thee Every Hour
Pass Me Not, Oh Gentle Savior

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Sunday 08.05.18 (learning to pray)

This morning, we start a new series, The Art of Prayer and Fasting, and we’ll take a look at Luke 11:1-13 and see how Jesus teaches us to pray. Then, tonight we’ll continue our video series Follow Me 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
Learning to Pray ~ Luke 11:1-13

  • Pray as worship (11:1-4)
    • Pray in praise to God, your Father
    • Pray for the Gospel to spread and Jesus to return
    • Pray for the daily needs of yourself and others
    • Pray for forgiveness and a forgiving heart
    • Pray for spiritual protection and strength
  • Pray with persistence (11:5-10)
  • Pray with trust (11:11-13)

Songs for Worship
Praise Him, Praise Him
Have Faith in God
10,000 Reasons
Take Time to be Holy

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Sunday 07.29.18 (Jesus and the tent)

This Sunday we’ll wrap up our series in Exodus by taking a look at the construction of the tabernacle in 40:1-38, and we’ll see how Jesus is the better Tabernacle that allows us to intimately experience God’s presence. Then on Sunday Night, we’ll begin a new video series–Follow Me by David Platt. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Video Study in Youth Room

Sermon Notes
Jesus and the Tent ~ Exodus 40:1-38

The sermon in one sentence: The Tabernacle was a large tent where people could experience God’s presence, but from a distance; Jesus is our better Tabernacle that allows us to experience God’s presence intimately.

  • The Old Testament Tabernacle
    • Its design displayed separation (40:1-8, 16-33)
    • Its funishings and workers displayed holiness (40:9-15)
    • Its existence displayed God’s presence (40:34-38)
  • Jesus as our better Tabernacle
    • Jesus ended the separation between us and God (Hebrews 10:19-22); therefore, draw near to God through the Bible, prayer, and worship
    • Jesus purifies us from sin and makes us holy (Hebrews 9:21-28); therefore, pursue practical holiness by repenting of sin and striving for godly virtue
    • Jesus ushers us into God’s presence (Hebrews 12:22-24); therefore, be thankful and exalt God as supremely worthy

Songs for Worship
Holy, Holy, Holy
Nothing But the Blood
King of Glory
Inside Out
Without Him

No One Knows the Day or Hour (The Last Days, part 5)

In this devotional series, we’re taking a look at Matthew 24 & 25 to see what Jesus teaches us about his return and the end of the current age of history. Today, we’ll consider Matthew 24:32-51.

Every year, it seems, someone comes out with a new prediction–a day and hour about when the world will end. Some base it on calculations they’ve done through supposed secret Bible codes, some base it on what they perceive as certain heavenly signs like eclipses, and some base it on things like the Mayan calendar.

Yet, when it comes to such predictions, Jesus says that making them is futile. Jesus said in Matthew 24:36, “Now concerning that day and hour no one knows–neither the angels of heaven nor the Son–except the Father alone.” So, at least during his time on earth, not even Jesus was told the day and hour by the Father. If Jesus didn’t know, then we can be sure that whatever new book predicting the end that hits the shelves isn’t worth reading.

But this mystery surrounding the time of Jesus’ return should not lead his faithful followers to spiritual apathy or laziness. Jesus does say that we can see by certain signs, presumably the increasing birth pangs from earlier in the chapter, that the end is getting closer. But apart from this, we don’t know if it will be in our lifetime or in a hundred lifetimes from now.

So, heeding Jesus’ words, what do we do while we wait?

First, we live life as normal. Jesus compares his return to the flood of Noah, where people continued on with life as usual until the flood unexpectedly hit (at least unexpectedly for those outside of Noah’s family). They ate, drank, and married “until the flood came and swept them all away” (24:37-39). Now, at first glance this might seem like a reason to not “live life as normal,” but we must consider what Jesus said next:

This is the way the coming of the Son of Man will be. Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. Two women will be grinding grain with a hand mill; one will be taken and one left. (24:39-41)

The “taken and left” indicates the difference between those going with Jesus into eternal joy and those without Jesus going into eternal judgment. But when one is taken and one is left, both are doing everyday things. So, we don’t live in fear or anxiety. We don’t separate ourselves from society to live in some compound. We go about life as normal. But…

Second, we live life as normal but expectant. Jesus next says to “stay alert” and “be ready.” He then gives the illustration of a servant put in charge of a house while the master is away. Jesus said, “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master has put in charge of his household, to give them food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom the master finds doing his job when he comes.” (24:45-46)

Jesus gave us a job in this life: We’re to use our talents, resources, and experiences to love God supremely, love others deeply, and seek to make more disciples of Jesus. So, as we go about our daily lives, we are also to be people who happily worship God and live blamelessly, strive to meet needs, tell others about Jesus, and help other followers of Jesus grow in their faith.

In this way, we make ourselves ready for the return of our Savior-King, no matter when the day and hour will be.

All scripture references taken from the Christian Standard Bible. For the previous part of this series, click here: https://fbcadrian.com/2018/07/23/the-world-will-know-the-last-days-part-4/

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