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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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 03.04.18 (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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Sunday 02.18.18 (the long, patient plan of God)

This Sunday we’ll begin our journey through the book of Exodus and see how in Exodus God began to fulfill promises he made over 400 years earlier to Abraham. This reminds us that God works his plan in his time and that is best. We will also be having Sunday School teacher training in the afternoon and our video study on fighting for joy in the evening. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@2pm Sunday School Teacher Training in the gym
@6pm Evening Study in the youth room

Sermon Notes
The Long, Patient Plan of God ~ Exodus 1:1-14, 2:11-25

The sermon in one sentence: God faithfully works his plan for the good of his people, but does so in his time and we must learn to be patient and to trust.

  • God fulfills all of his promises (Exodus 1:1-7)
    • Therefore, trust God to keep his word to us
  • God rights the wrongs that are done against his people (1:8-14, 2:11-25)
    • Therefore, cry out to him with your hurts and rest in his grace
  • God acts in his time, which is the best time
    • Therefore, be proactively patient–pursuing Jesus and righteousness, but understanding that the best is not always immediate

Songs for Worship
From the Rising of the Sun
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Standing on the Promises
Give Us Clean Hands
In His Time

Exodus

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Exodus: The Rescue

This Sunday (02.18), we’ll be starting a new sermon series through the book of Exodus, the second book of the Bible. So, why Exodus? Isn’t that one of those long Old Testament books about ancient history? Yes, but it’s also so much more.

As with every book of the Bible, it’s God’s very voice to us and profitable for our lives (2 Timothy 3:16-17). In 1 Corinthians 10:1-5, Paul even briefly mentioned some of the events in the book and then said in 10:6, “Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did” (ESV).

Old Testament or New, every page of Scripture is exceedingly relevant to our faith and lives today. And this is how:

It’s the story of God. Whether you’re thinking about how God hears the cries of his people, or the calling of Moses, or the plagues and crossing the Red Sea, or camping at Mt. Sinai, or the proper worship of God, every account recorded in Exodus tells us of God and his glory. He is the One who rescues and delivers his people. He is the One forever faithful. He is the One truly worthy of our reverence and awe. And all of this points forward to his greatest rescue plan of all–bringing us out of our enslavement of sin by giving us Jesus.

It’s the story of those who lived it. Moses. Aaron. Israel. The lives of many men and women, young and old are laid out for us. We read of their highs and lows, their acts of faithful obedience and their acts of faithless rebellion. We read of these, not simply as ancient figures, but as our ancestors in the faith. These are real men and women, just like us, who lived and experienced the events described. What they did well is an encouragement for us as we seek to follow faithfully after Jesus, and what they did poorly is a warning to us.

It’s our story. Just like ancient Israel, enslaved in Egypt, we need rescue. Each of live enslaved to sin, unable to rescue and free ourselves, and in need of someone to pull us out of our darkness. We need Jesus. And when we are rescued by him, his presence through the Holy Spirit dwells with us, guiding us through the ups and downs of the wilderness until we reach the Promised Land of eternity where true joys and unfading glories await. Reading Exodus in light of the New Testament reminds us of these things.

So, join us this Sunday as we begin our journey! And you can prepare by reading Exodus 1&2 this week…

Exodus

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Sunday 12.17.17 (a life of faith, love, and hope)

This week, we’ll finish up our Faith. Love. Hope. series through 1 Thessalonians by taking a look at 5:12-28 where we will see Paul’s summary of a life of faith, love, and hope. Then tonight we’ll continue our video study by David Platt on Scripture and Authority in an Age of Skepticism. 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
A Life of Faith, Love, and Hope ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28

  • Love and show care toward your spiritual leaders (5:12-13)
  • Love God and others with a vibrant faith (5:14-24)
  • Fellowship with your spiritual family (5:25-27)
  • You do this all because of grace (5:28)

1 thessalonians

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Songs for Worship
Angels from the Realms of Glory
Give Thanks to God
Emmanuel
Grace Alone
Speak, O Lord
Rejoice, the Lord is King