Sunday 04.08.18 (the passover)

Tomorrow, we get back into our Exodus series as we think about the Passover as God led his people out of Egypt (Exodus 11:1-13:16). After morning worship, we’ll have a fellowship meal followed by business meeting. Then in the evening we’ll continue our video series through Philippians. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@Noon Fellowship Lunch and Business Meeting
@6pm Philippians Study in youth room

Sermon Notes
The Passover ~ Exodus 11:1-13:16

  • We fear death because it is the ultimate judgment (11:1-10, 12:29-30)
  • We embrace death because it is the means to salvation (12:1-42)
  • We remember our salvation through the death of the Lamb by celebrating with a meal (12:7-27, 12:43-13:16)

Songs for Worship
We Will Worship the Lamb
Power in the Blood
My Worth Is Not in What I Own
Nothing but the Blood
The Wonderful Cross

Exodus

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April is for PIE

We’re declaring April to be PIE Month! In 2017, we talked about “gospel conversations” and how we can share Jesus in our day to day lives. PIE Month helps us keep those ideas forefront in our hearts and minds.

PIE stands for: Pray, Invite, and Explain. And I want to issue you three challenges for the month of April. First, pray each day for at least one person you know who does not know Jesus. If you want to pray for more than one person, that is great, too. But let’s each think of at least one name—one person we personally know who needs to experience the grace and love of God, and let’s commit to pray for them each day.

Second, invite at least one person or family to church each Sunday of the month. The vast majority of people get involved with a church because someone they know invited them. We all have friends, family members, neighbors, classmates, or coworkers who are not actively engaged in any church. Invite them to our church. The worst they can do is say no, the best thing that could happen is that they meet Jesus and develop a deep love for him. Easter is the perfect time to invite someone, too.

Third, explain the gospel and/or your testimony of following Jesus to at least one person during the month of April. Jesus is the only way anyone can be right with God (John 14:6), and the way that someone is going to hear about Jesus is if someone else tells them (Romans 10:13-15). We have different tools available at the church to help you share the gospel with others, including The Life Book, The Story, and Three Circles. Just ask if you’re not sure where to find these tools.

And then at 6pm on April 29th, we will celebrate PIE Month with a pie fellowship—we will eat pie and you will have an opportunity to share about your experiences praying, inviting, and explaining. As you think about these things, might I also suggest that you pray the following prayer from Alvin Reid’s book Sharing Jesus Without Freaking Out: “God, give me today an opportunity to speak to someone about Jesus, the wisdom to see it, and the courage to do it.”

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Sunday 04.01.18 (the resurrection)

Join us on Sunday as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with a special worship gathering featuring the Voices of Zambia from Ambassador International University in Kazemba, Zambia. We’ll kick off the celebration at 9:45 with our annual Easter Breakfast (men are invited to come at 8:30 to help Pastor Mike and the Deacons cook and set up). We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Easter Breakfast
@1045 Worship Gathering featuring the Voices of Zambia (check out the Facebook event page for more information)

Sermon Notes
This Jesus God Raised Up ~ Acts 2:22-40

The sermon in one sentence: Crucified for our sins, Jesus was raised to rule and bring us lasting happiness; we should embrace the hope of the resurrection and be forever changed.

  • Jesus was crucified for our sins (2:22-23)
  • Jesus was raised… (2:24-36)
    • To fulfill Scripture (2:25-32)
    • To defeat sin, death, hell, and Satan (2:24, 34-35; 1 Corinthians 15:25-26)
    • To take his place as King (2:30-36; Philippians 2:5-11)
    • To bring us true and eternal happiness (2:25-38)
  • Our response (2:37-40)
    • Repent—say “no more” to a life controlled by sin
    • Be baptized—identity with Jesus in his death and resurrection as a declaration of trust in him
    • Experience forgiveness—find freedom from the weight of sin and guilt
    • Receive the Holy Spirit—become a new person with a new destiny

Songs for Worship
Music by Voices of Zambia (check out their Facebook page)
Christ the Lord is Risen Today
Low in the Grave He Lay
Because He Lives

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Sunday 03.25.18 (idol smashing glory)

This Sunday, we’ll take a look at the first nine plagues in Exodus and consider how they reflect our heart-idols that God smashes with his great glory. Then on Sunday night, we’ll continue our video series through Philippians. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@Noon CPR Training in the Gym
@6pm Philippians Study in Youth Room

Sermon Note
Idol Smashing Glory ~ Exodus 7:1-10:29

The sermon in one sentence: Rescued from our sin by Jesus, we are to live each day for the glory of God not for the glory of our idols.

  • Live for the glory of God (7:1-13, 9:16)
    • God is glorified in our salvation
    • Will we honor God through our salvation?
  • …not for the glory of idols (7:14-10:29)
    • An idols is anything we value more than we value God
    • Four hard-hearted responses to God’s judgment against idols: denial, refusal, backtracking, and continued sin
    • The changed-heart response: Saying to God, “You’ve saved me, now show me how to order my life to glorify you”

Songs for Worship
To God Be the Glory
Hosanna, Loud Hosanna
King of Glory
You Alone
My Tribute

Sunday 03.18.18 (the great rescuer)

This Sunday we’ll continue our journey through Exodus and take a look at 4:18-6:30. We’ll see how as the better Moses, Jesus is the Great Rescuer, chosen by God to deliver us from our enslavement to sin and rebellion. Then on Sunday night, we’ll begin a new video series on Philippians.

We hope to see you there!

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

Sermon Notes
The Great Rescuer ~ Exodus 4:18-6:30

  • The Harsh Taskmaster: Sin seeks to keep us enslaved (5:1-23)
  • The Great Promise: God promises to free us through Jesus (4:21-23, 6:1-13)
  • The Chosen Rescuer: Jesus frees us and leads us to worship (4:18-31, 6:14-30)

Songs for Worship
Down at the Cross
Worthy of Worship
I Will Glory in My Redeemer
Satisfied
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Exodus

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Sunday 03.04.18 (the great I Am)

This Sunday we’ll continue our journey through Exodus with a look at Exodus 3 and how the most important thing in life is to live daily in the presence of God, the Great I Am. On Sunday evening, we’ll continue our video study on fighting for joy. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@230pm Worship at Adrian Manor Nursing Home
@6pm Video Study in youth room

Sermon Notes
The Great I Am ~ Exodus 3

The sermon in one sentence: What matters most in life is the presence of God; and in rescuing us from sin, our all-sufficient God grants us the blessing of his constant presence.

  • Know who you are: A slave to sin, in need of rescue
  • Know who God is: The all-sufficient One who rescues us in power
  • Know how to live daily in God’s presence
    • To experience God’s presence (Ephesians 5:18-21):
    • Be in God’s word, which is the Spirit-inspired voice of God to us (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 1 Peter 1:19-21)
    • Gather for corporate worship where we sing to God and of God to each other
    • Pray and pray thankfully
    • Serve others

Songs for Worship
Holy Ground
I Stand Amazed
10,000 Reasons
Breathe On Me

Sunday 02.25.18 (a time for disobedience)

This Sunday, we’ll continue our journey through Exodus by looking at the example of the Hebrew midwives as they disobeyed the command of Pharaoh in order to spare the lives of many children. We’ll consider how sometimes we must disobey earthly authorities because we refuse to disobey God, our greatest King. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@830 Deacons Meeting in conference room
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@Noon Youth Rally with Pleasant Ridge and Immanuel Butler, in our gym
@6pm Bible Study

Sermon Notes
A Time for Disobedience ~ Exodus 1:15-2:10

The sermon in one sentence: In a world that often pits man’s kingdoms against God’s, our allegiance is to God first.

  • What the Bible teaches about authority
    • We are to honor and obey various human authorities over us, including: paying taxes, obeying laws, respecting positions, praying for leaders
    • We are to exalt God as the ultimate authority–Jesus is the King of kings
  • What do we do when these kingdoms collide?
    • We still obey the earthly authorities where obedience does not cause us to disobey God
    • We seek to peaceably change our circumstances if we are able
    • We refuse to obey the authorities when obeying them would cause us to disobey God
      • We practice civil disobedience like the midwives
      • We disobey when we’re told to act against our Christian morals, compromising our love for God
      • We disobey when we’re told to act in a way that would unjustly harm others, compromising our love for others

Songs for Worship
O Worship the King
I’d Rather Have Jesus
Every Move I Make
All in All
You Are My King

Exodus

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