Sunday 05.13.18 (the two mountains)

This Sunday we’ll take a look at Exodus 19:9-20:26 and see how Jesus frees us from the Law and leads us from Sinai to Zion, the spiritual mountain of joy and salvation. We also want to wish all our moms a “happy Mother’s Day!” We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
**No evening activities at the church

Sermon Notes
The Two Mountains ~ Exodus 19:9-20:26

The sermon in one sentence: Israel in dread met with God at Sinai and received the Law; because of Jesus, we in joy meet with God at Zion and receive true freedom.

  • Israel’s experience with Sinai…
    • They faced repeated warnings and cautions to keep their distance and worship carefully (19:9-25, 20:22-26)
    • They faced darkness and noise that produced fear and caused them to draw back (19:16-20, 20:18-21)
    • They received the Law through ten initial commands
  • Our experience with Sinai…
    • Jesus leads us away from Sinai to Zion, a much better mountain (Hebrews 12:18-24
    • Jesus frees us from the burden of the Law (Galatians 4:21-5:1, 5:13)
    • Jesus redefines the Law positively in the terms of love (Matthew 22:36-40)
    • Jesus gives new purpose to the Law
  • Our response:
    • Realize your need for Jesus and seek the eternal joys of Zion through him
    • Having turned to Jesus, walk in the freedom to love and obey that God has given

Songs for Worship
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
Free From the Law
Take Time to Be Holy
O Church, Arise
Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)

Sunday 04.29.18 (better together)

This morning we’ll be looking at Exodus 17:8-18:21 and see how we make a greater impact for God’s Kingdom when we work together rather than when we go it alone. Then tonight, we’ll celebrate our PIE (Pray, Invite, Explain) month with a pie fellowship in the gym. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm PIE Fellowship

Sermon Notes
Better Together ~ Exodus 17:8-18:21

The Sermon in One Sentence: We make a greater impact for the Kingdom when we work in partnership with other followers of Jesus than when we try to go it alone.

  • When we partner together…
    • We hold each other up and help overcome weaknesses (17:8-13)
    • We help each other see the power of God (17:14-18:12)
    • We guard against burnout (18:13-18)
  • For good, Kingdom-focused cooperation, we must have…
    • A realization of our limitations (18:17-20, 24-27)
    • A foundation of godly character (18:21)
    • A willingness to let go and delegate (18:22-23)

Songs for Worship
Sing, Congregation, Sing
Be Strong in the Lord
Come, Ye Sinners Poor and Needy
The Servant Song
To God Be the Glory

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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