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

Good Reads 05.24.17 (on: battling depression, spiritual gifts, and more!)

Here is a collection of good reads gathered from across the internet this past week. Enjoy!

On the Old Testament: Seven Ways the Old Testament Deepens Our Love for Jesus by David Murray

One of the ways that children sometimes try to deepen their relationship with their parents is to travel back to where their father or mother grew up. They might visit historical societies, read archives, and gather newspaper stories and artifacts from old friends. Doing so, they build a bigger and better picture of their father or mother and experience a deeper sense of connection with them and love for them.

In a similar way, Christians go back to the Old Testament to build a bigger and better picture of Jesus Christ. By connecting with his past, we connect better with him and deepen our love for him. The Old Testament connects us with Jesus’ past in the following ways: (click here to read more)

On dealing with personal darkness and depression: What Do You Do When You’re in the Pit? by Godwin Sathianathan

Well, that’s all very true.  But last I checked we are all still human!  The Bible never calls us to be anything other than human.  And in our humanity, we hurt. To express this hurt to God isn’t necessarily sinful communication; it can come from a very deep place of trust in our Father’s tender care.  Kids who scrape a knee and then bury their tearful faces in mamma’s lap communicate profound trust in mamma.  Likewise, God’s children run to their Father when they hurt too.  This is child-like trust, not godless defiance. (click here to read more)

On loving your church: Love the One You’re With by Jon Bloom

The earthly church has always been a motley crew. It’s never been ideal. The New Testament exists because churches, to differing degrees, have always been a mess — a glorious mess of saints still polluted by remaining sin, affected by defective genes, brains, and bodies, and influenced by life-shaping pasts.

This mess rarely looks glorious to us up close. It looks like a lot of sin and a lot of blood, sweat, and tears invested into a lot of futility. It often looks like something we’d rather escape than join.

But this is the way it’s supposed to be. Because the mess is what draws out the one thing that advances the church’s mission more than anything else. And this one thing is why we must not, for selfish reasons, leave the church. (click here to read more)

On Spiritual gifts: The Only Spiritual Gifts Test You’ll Ever Need by Stephen Altrogge

As I skimmed it, I thought, Is this spiritual gifts test really necessary? Is figuring out my God-given gifts really this complex? 

Thankfully, I don’t think things need to be so difficult. In fact, I think determining your spiritual gifts is incredibly simple.

God wants you to know your gifts. He’s not hiding them from you. You don’t have to embark on a lengthy, soul-searching journey culminating in transcendent mystical revelation.

Figuring out your spiritual gifts requires only two questions… (click here to read more)

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)


Sunday 05.07.17 (looking for joy)

This Sunday, we’ll continue our journey through Ecclesiastes and consider the right and wrong places to look for joy in life, as Solomon tested pleasure, wisdom, and work and found them each meaningless without God. Then on Sunday night, we’ll make up last week’s Attributes of God lesson with a look at God’s omnipotence. We hope to see you there!

@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Attributes of God study

Sermon Notes
Looking for Joy in All the Wrong Places ~ Ecclesiastes 2:1-26

Solomon tested the limits of pleasure, wisdom, and work to see if they would bring him joy and meaning in life, yet found each lacking. Instead, to find joy, we should:

  • Delight in God more than you delight in the pleasures of the world (2:1-11)
  • Seek to be wise in eternal ways and not merely temporary ways (2:12-17)
  • Work for the glory of God more than for personal gain (2:18-26)


Sunday 04.30.17 (a life that satisfies)

This Sunday we kick off a new sermon series on Ecclesiastes called Meaningless/Meaningful. We’ll begin by looking at 1:1-18 and a life that satisfies. Then on Sunday night, we’ll consider God’s omnipotence in our Attributes of God study. We hope to see you there!

@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Attributes of God study in church library

Sermon Notes
A Life that Satisfies ~ Ecclesiastes 1:1-18

  • Introduction (1:1, 12-18)
  • Learn to see and live for God’s glory, even in the mundane (1:1-6)
    • Life is filled with a lot of mundane repetition, of which we can ask:
      • “What’s the point?” and be dissatisfied
      • Or, “How can God use my normal day for his glory?” and find purpose (1 Cor 10:31)
    • God created the rhythms of our days/lives to see and seek him (Acts 17:24-28)
  • Treasure Jesus as supreme and marvel in awe at what he gives you (1:7-8)
    • Life is filled with things that cannot satisfy, so we consume and are left wanting more
    • Jesus offers himself as the greatest treasure and perfect satisfaction (Jn 6:26-27, 35; Mt 13:44-46)
  • Strive to leave a legacy that makes an eternal difference (1:4, 9-11)
    • Life is filled with things to be forgotten, including our life’s work
    • Things that will last include: God (Psm 90:1-2), the gospel (Rev 14:6), people—either in joy and satisfaction or in sorrow and loss (Mt 25:46), so who will you tell about Jesus?