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!

@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!

@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!

@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!

@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.

@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)

Whatever You Did for the Least of These (The Last Days, part 7)

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 conclude with Matthew 25:31-46.

In Matthew 25, Jesus concluded his teaching about his return with a picture of final judgment. Final judgment is the last event of the current age of history, before eternity kicks off with the re-creation and perfection of the heavens and earth. Of this event, Jesus says,

“All the nations will be gathered before [the Son of Man], and he will separate them one from another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come you who are blessed by my Father; inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.'” (25:32-34)

Jesus’ mention of “all the nations” indicates that though he was a Jew and the expected Messiah of the Israelites, that neither the salvation he offers nor the judgment he carries out is exclusively for the Jews. In the Old Testament, God chose the Jews as his people to bring forth a King who would be King over all peoples. So, rightly, all will stand before Jesus at judgment.

During judgment there is a separation of people that Jesus compares to the separation of sheep and goats. Shepherding terminology is used much throughout the Bible, and sheep often stand as a metaphor for God’s people and goats as those who continue in their sin and rebellion against God. The sheep are blessed and welcomed into the joys of eternity; whereas later, the goats are cursed and sent “into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angles” (25:41). This showing the wrath of God that burns against sin.

So, what does Jesus say marks the difference between the sheep and goats? Of the sheep, he says, “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me; I was in prison and you visited me” (25:35-36).

This prompts the people to ask, “When did we do these things?” With the King replying, “Whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (25:37-40). The goats, however, are described as those who did not help take care of others.

Here we find an example of what James would label as faith and works. Faith without works is dead, James wrote. His point being that a true faith in God through Jesus, a faith that is trusting in him for the love of God and the forgiveness of sins, is a faith that also manifests itself in good works, specifically works that show a great love for others.

Love is at the heart of the Christian faith. We experience God’s love and that love compels us to love others. We still might do some socially good deeds like those described without faith, but the deeds themselves won’t save us. We need faith. (See: Isaiah 64:6 and Ephesians 2:8-10). But then, a person with faith will live out that faith in a way that makes a positive impact on others. Saving faith always leads to doing good. And as we do to others, it is as if we have done for Jesus.

So, as we long for Jesus’ return, let us live out our faith, seeking to meet people’s needs as we wait to enter the perfect joy of eternity.

All scripture references taken from the Christian Standard Bible. For the previous part of this series, click here:

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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!

@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

the art of prayer and fasting (sermon series)

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