Sunday 4.21.19 (Easter / Resurrection Sunday)

We’re excited to celebrate this morning the resurrection of Jesus, our Savior-King. In worship, we’ll be taking a look at 1 Corinthians 15:12-22 and see how the resurrection is at the core of Christianity. The Apostle Paul wrote that if the resurrection didn’t happen and is just a myth, then Christianity is meaningless; but since it did happen, it changes everything for our lives and world.

We hope you can join us. We’ll have breakfast in our gym at 9:45, followed by our worship gathering in our auditorium at 10:45.

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Sunday 4.14.19 (old wineskins)

This Sunday, we’ll continue our journey through the Gospel of Luke with a look at 5:33-6:11 where Jesus tells a parable about old and new wineskins in relation to traditions about fasting and the Sabbath. We’ll see how traditions can be valuable, but our love for Jesus must be greater. 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
Old Wineskins ~ Luke 5:33-6:11

The sermon in one sentence: Traditions can be valuable, but our love for Jesus and for others must be greater.

  • The value of traditions
    • Traditions can be good when they help us love and honor God and point others to Jesus
    • Traditions can be bad when we elevate personal preferences to the level of the Gospel or God’s Law
  • Love Jesus more than your traditions (5:33-39)
    • Fasting was important and appropriate, but while Jesus was with them, his disciples had a different focus
    • Like old wine in old wineskins, Jesus fulfills God’s ancient purposes and is better than our traditions; we must evaluate everything in light of him
  • Love others more than your traditions (6:1-11)
    • The Sabbath was important, but Jesus’ interpretation is greater than that of the Scribes and Pharisees
    • The Sabbath was meant for rest and refreshing, not to hinder and burden
    • Doing good to others helps fulfill the purposes of the Sabbath

Songs for Worship
Glorious Is Thy Name
My Chains Are Gone
Speak, O Lord
Hark, The Voice of Jesus Calling

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Sunday 4.07.19 (the healer)

This Sunday, we’ll continue our journey through Luke’s gospel by taking a look at 5:12-32 and seeing how Jesus is the great Healer who heals us physically and spiritually. Then on Sunday night, we’ll join at First Baptist Rich Hill for the Voices of Zambia concert. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School
@1045 Worship Gathering
@Noon Business Meeting and Spring Fellowship
@6pm Voices of Zambia at FBC Rich Hill

Sermon Notes
The Healer ~ Luke 5:12-32

The sermon in one sentence: Everyone is in need of healing; Jesus is the Great Physician who makes us whole.

  • Everyone is in need of healing
    • We are holistically (physically and spiritually) marred by sin (Genesis 3)
    • We need healing in both
  • Through Jesus, God will heal you physically (5:12-16)
    • Jesus came to reverse the effects of the fall
    • For followers of Jesus, healing is guaranteed, but it’s a matter of timing
      • God heals some temporarily; God heals all eternally
    • Temporary healing is a blessing, but there are things that matter more: Communion with God and forgiveness of sin
  • Through Jesus, God will heal you spiritually (5:17-32)
    • Jesus came to the sin-sick to be the Great Physician
    • As followers of Jesus, we are to bring the hope of healing to others

Songs for Worship
Nothing but the Blood
I Lay My Sins on Jesus
There Is a Balm in Gilead
What a Day That Will Be

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Follow the Leader

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

By nature, most people are followers. Even those in various leadership positions typically have someone else who they follow. As such, we tend to gravitate toward our favorite personalities–those men or women who have had a positive influence on our lives, who possess wisdom, and who shares that wisdom in a way that encourages us to follow.

The problem, however, is when we elevate one leader over another in order to elevate ourselves.

Paul wrote to the church at Corinth and chastised them for divisions that stemmed from preferences for different leaders. We read:

For it has been reported to me about you, my brothers and sisters, by members of Chloe’s people that there is rivalry among you. What I am saying is this: One of you says, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Cephas,” Or “I belong to Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in Paul’s name? – 1 Corinthians 1:11-13 (CSB)

Paul, Apollos, and Peter (Cephas) were all men who loved Jesus and had a great impact on the early church. Paul was a missionary who worked to found the church. Apollos was an excellent speaker who came later and edified the church. Peter was the original leader among the Apostles.

Each contributed much to the life of the early church (and through Scripture to our churches as well). Be it because of personality, tone, style, or location, different groups in Corinth began to elevate one leader over the other and used this as a source of pride against their fellow church members. Then some would respond by saying, “Those human leaders are good for you, but we follow Jesus.” Given the tone of Paul’s remarks, this wasn’t an act of humility encouraging others to grow deeper in Christ, but rather an act of self-righteousness and seeming spiritual superiority.

Paul rebuked the church by saying, “Enough!” Jesus is the true Leader, the rest are just servants who point to him. (Paul continued with and expanded on this thought in 3:5-9 where he calls Apollos and himself “servants”–one who planted and one who watered, while God gave growth.)

We need to remember this today. We might have our favorite pastors, authors, or mentors. We might belong to different church denominations.

But there is only one Jesus, the Leader of leaders, our King.

Sunday 3.24.19 (the authority of Jesus)

This morning, we’ll continue our journey through Luke’s gospel with a look at Luke 4:31-44. We’ll see how Jesus has authority over everything we face and how his greatest gift to us is his word and its impact in our lives. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Judges video study in Youth Room

Sermon Notes
The Authority of Jesus ~ Luke 4:31-44

The sermon in one sentence: Jesus has power and authority over everything that ails us, but his greatest gift to us is the gospel he preached, which eternally heals us.

  • Jesus has authority over every ailment you will face (4:31-41)
    • Over demons and unclean spirits (4:33-37, 41)
    • Over various illnesses and diseases (4:38-40)
    • These representing all ailments
    • His authority is shown through his words (4:31-32)
  • Jesus’ greatest work in your life is the gift of the gospel (4:42-44)
    • Jesus healed during his 3-year ministry; but he came primarily to preach
    • Momentary healing of something is good; eternal healing from sin is unending joy
    • The gospel gives the solution to everything that ails us, because it leads us to the One who died on the cross and rose from the dead to bring an end to our sin

Songs for Worship
I Sing the Mighty Power of God
Like a River Glorious
Cornerstone
All I Have Is Christ
Victory in Jesus

Sunday 3.10.19 (who’s your one?)

This Sunday, we’ll take a look at John 1:29-51 and see how, after encountering Jesus, Andrew and Philip went and found Peter and Nathanael and led them to Jesus. We’re taking a break from the Gospel of Luke to kick-off our 2019 Evangelism Challenge–Who’s Your One?, as issued by JD Greear (current president of the Southern Baptist Convention).

You can find out more information by visiting whosyourone.com.

We hope to see you there! And don’t forget to set your clocks forward an hour before you go to bed, as we spring forward.

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Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Judges video study in youth room

Sermon Notes
Who’s Your One? ~ John 1:29-51

The sermon in one sentence: Every follower of Jesus has at least one person in their life with whom they can share the love and grace of God in Jesus.

  • Hearing the gospel and trusting in Jesus will forever change your life (1:29-44)
  • Following Jesus, you should seek to lead others to follow Jesus (1:40-51)
  • The Who’s Your One? Challenge:
    • Think of at least one person in your life who is not a follower of Jesus
    • Commit to pray for your “one” for at least 30 days
    • Pray and look for opportunities to share the gospel with your one

Songs for Worship
10,000 Reasons
How Great Is Our God
Tell Me the Story of Jesus
Let Others See Jesus in You
Shout to the Lord

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Upcoming Events (Men’s Breakfast and Evangelism Training)

Coming soon…

2/9/19 – Men’s Breakfast at the pastor’s; 8:30am — men, join us for biscuits, gravy, bacon, and fellowship; fathers and grandfathers, feel free to bring sons and grandsons!

2/10/19 – Evangelism Training week 1 of 3; Noon, with lunch — after our morning worship gatherings during the last three Sundays of February, we’ll meet in the gym for lunch and then Life On Mission – 3 Circles evangelism training.

You can check out the event pages on our facebook page.

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