Sunday 6.16.19

This Sunday, JP Williams will be our guest speaker. Then on Sunday evening, we kickoff our 2019 Vacation Bible School, which will run Sunday through Thursday from 6:00-8:45pm, with dinner at 5:30. Then on Friday, we will have Family Night with a program at 6pm followed by dinner. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School
@1045 Worship Gathering
@530pm VBS Dinner
@6pm VBS Kickoff

Songs for Worship
Worthy of Worship
All in All
We Have Heard the Joyful Sound
Victory in Jesus
Have Thine Own Way

The Spirit-filled Life

This post is part of a devotional series based on our 2019 Bible Reading Calendar.

In Acts 2, after Jesus had ascended into heaven, he fulfilled his promise by sending the Holy Spirit to dwell within his followers. Everyone who turns to Jesus in faith, repenting from a life of sin, receives the Spirit–God himself dwelling within us.

The Holy Spirit, as God, shares every attribute of the Father and the Son. He is the God who was intimately involved in creation and redemption, and every miraculous act throughout history.

The all-powerful, all-wise God resides in every Christian. So, what does a life that is filled with the Spirit look like?

From Paul’s description, it’s actually quite ordinary but in an extraordinary way.

In Ephesians 5:18-21, Paul wrote not to be drunk on wine, but:

Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music with your heart to the lord, giving thanks always for everything to God the Father int he name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of Christ.

This is ordinary, because it defines everyday life and the regular rhythms of our weeks. We’re to gather to worship, encouraging one another and praising God with our songs. We’re to be people of thankfulness, all the more as we understand the depths of the grace of God. We’re to love and serve one another and seek each other’s best. This should be Christian normalcy.

Yet, this is ordinary in an extraordinary way, because we will fail to do it without the Spirit’s help.

We are all tempted to busyness and the “tyranny of the urgent” as it is sometimes called. We must be intentional in our increasingly busy world to set aside time to worship together as a church family. It is the Spirit who works in our hearts to long to make this a priority during our week.

We are prone to be thankful when things go well. But it’s much more difficult to give thanks “always and for everything.” The Spirit, however, illumines our hearts and minds through God’s word to be ever-thankful for our salvation and eternal hope during the difficult times in life. It’s the Spirit who reminds us that the glories to come through Christ far out weigh any momentary suffering and affliction in this life.

We are also tempted to pride and individualism. We don’t want to submit and at times we’d rather be served than serve. The Spirit, however, binds our hearts together in the love of Christ and heightens our compassion for those who hurt. He helps us to lay aside ourselves that we might lift up and build up those around us.

So, in a sense, Paul’s description is ordinary. Yet it is also far from it. The Spirit grows us to overcome the temptations of selfish pride and to live daily filled with his power.

All scripture quotations are taken from the Christian Standard Bible.

Sunday 6.9.19 (praying the Bible)

This Sunday, we’ll take a break from our series through Luke and take a look at John 15:7-8. We’ll see how scripture and prayer fit together in our lives as followers of Jesus and how this should then lead us to pray through verses or passages of the Bible. We hope to see you there!

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

Sermon Notes
Praying the Bible ~ John 15:7-8

The sermon in one sentence: Praying through passages of Scripture can help us connect more fully to the mind and will of God in our prayers.

  • The Christian life is about abiding (living) in Jesus (15:7-8)
    • We abide in him by faith, trusting that he is the source of forgiveness from sin and life eternal (14:6, 15:3-4)
    • Abiding in him, we’re to let his word abide in us
    • His word abiding in us should shape our prayers
    • As his word dwells in us and shapes our prayers, we “bear fruit”
  • What we gain from praying God’s word
    • Praying his word shapes our prayers to match his will (John 14:13; Romans 8:27)
    • Praying God’s word therefore fixes our prayers in the thoughts and power of the Spirit (Romans 8:26-27; 2 Peter 1:21)
    • Praying the Bible helps us meditate on Scripture (Psalm 1:1-2)
    • Praying through Scripture reminds our hearts of the gospel (Luke 24:27)
  • How to pray the Bible
    • Select a verse or passage of the Bible (the Psalms are great for this, as many of them already are prayers)
    • Either read the verse or passage and conclude by praying what comes to mind in response
    • Or read a phrase or sentence from the verse/passage, pray in response, and repeat with the next phrase or sentence

Songs for Worship
You Are so Good to Me
Holiness
Love Lifted Me
Sweet By and By
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Sunday 6.2.19 (when prophets doubt)

This Sunday we’ll take a look at Luke 7:1-35, and see how John the Baptist, while in prison, expressed a momentary sense of doubt in Jesus when he heard news about Jesus’ ministry. We’ll also see how Jesus responded, not by criticizing John, but by calling him to greater faith. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm “Why?” Video Study by Chip Ingram in the youth room

Sermon Notes
When Prophets Doubt ~ Luke 7:1-35

The sermon in one sentence: Questions and doubts can creep into our faith, but Jesus graciously answers and spurs us to greater faithfulness.

  • Why might we doubt, question, or reject Jesus? (7:18-35)
    • Life circumstances cause us to struggle in our faith
    • Jesus doesn’t match the expectations we place on him
    • Our sinful hearts remain stubbornly opposed to God
  • How do we stand firm in faith over doubt, questioning, and rejection?
    • Realize Jesus’ power and authority over life and death (7:1-17)
    • Go to Jesus with your questions (7:18-29)
    • Remember who you are in Jesus (7:24-28)

Songs for Worship
Let There Be Praise
The Solid Rock
Like a River Glorious
O Jesus, I Have Promised
I Know Whom I Have Believed
As the Deer

Luke

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Sunday 5.26.19 (words matter)

This Sunday, we’ll wrap up Luke’s account of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount with a look at 6:43-49. We’ll see how our words matter–both in what we say and what we hear. There will be no Bible study on Sunday evening this week. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@230pm Adrian Manor Nursing Home service

Sermon Notes
Words Matter ~ Luke 6:43-49

The sermon in one sentence: What we say exposes the depths of our hearts; we need to expose the depths of our hearts to hearing and obeying the word of Jesus.

  • žWhat you say matters; your words expose your heart (6:43-45)
  • What you hear matters; hearing and believing the gospel will change your heart forever (6:46-47)
  • žWhat you do with what you hear matters; a changed heart obeys King Jesus (6:46-49)

Songs for Worship
Give Us Clean Hands
Wonderful Words of Life
Change My Heart, O God
Trust and Obey
I Surrender All

Luke

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Sunday 5.5.19 (the happy life)

This Sunday we’ll take a look at Luke 6:17-26, where Jesus began the Sermon on the Mount, and we’ll see what it means to life a happy (blessed) life through Jesus. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Why? Video Study by Chip Ingram in the youth room

Sermon Notes
The Happy Life ~ Luke 6:17-26

The sermon in one sentence: True happiness flows from Christ, not the riches, pleasures, or acceptance of the world.

  • Jesus healed many in a large, diverse crowd and than began to teach on the subject of happiness (being “blessed”; 6:17-20)
  • Happiness comes from being rich in Christ, not from being rich in the world (6:20, 24)
  • Happiness comes from finding satisfaction in Christ, not from feasting on the banquets of kings (6:21, 25)
  • Happiness comes from finding pleasure in Christ, not from chasing lesser joys without Christ (6:21, 25)
  • Happiness comes from acceptance in Christ, not from the applause of the world (6:22-23, 26)

Songs for Worship
I Stand Amazed in the Presence
Give Thanks to God
Satisfied
My Worth Is Not in What I Own
I’d Rather Have Jesus

Luke

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Sunday 4.28.19 (Jesus is greater)

This morning we’ll think about the lives of the twelve apostles that Jesus chose in Luke 6:12-16, and we’ll see how if Jesus could use them in all their flaws and weaknesses to change the world, he can and will use us to do the same. Jesus, after all, is greater. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Why? by Chip Ingram, video study in youth room

Sermon Notes
Jesus Is Greater ~ Luke 6:12-16

The sermon in one sentence: When Jesus calls us to himself, he takes us as we are and transforms us by his grace and Spirit into people who can change the world, because Jesus is greater.

  • Jesus is greater than your doubts and fears
  • Jesus is greater than your attitude
  • Jesus is greater than your age
  • Jesus is greater than your education and occupation
  • Jesus is greater than your politics
  • Jesus is greater than your anonymity
  • Jesus is greater than your betrayal

Songs for Worship
Higher Ground
Let it Be Said of Us
Hark, the Voice of Jesus Calling
The Love of Christ Who Died for Me
My Faith Has Found a Resting Place

Luke

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