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

Luke

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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 11.04.18 (the life of Mary)

Join us this Sunday as we start a new series “The Life of…”; beginning with “The Life of Mary.” Also, don’t forget to set your clock back an hour as we “fall back.” We hope to see you there!

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Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
**No Evening Study This Week

Sermon Notes
The Life of Mary ~ Various Scriptures
Sermon by Ben Palmer (Pastor Mike on vacation)

Songs for Worship
Open the Eyes of My Heart
My Worth Is Not in What I Own
Take My Life and Let It Be
It Is Well
Lord, Here Am I

Sunday 07.22.18 (generosity)

This morning, we’ll take a look at Exodus 35:4-29 and reflect on the topic of generosity. Then this evening, we’ll wrap up our video study on Philippians. We hope to see you there!

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

Sermon Notes
Generosity ~ Exodus 35:4-29

The sermon in one sentence: God generously gives us all things through Jesus and he calls us to be generous toward others.

  • Defining Generosity: Generosity is freely and happily giving of our resources (money, time, possession) for the benefit of others
  • Generosity is a response to God’s grace (35:4-9, 20-29)
    • Recognize God’s great generosity toward you
    • Give to needs in response to God’s prompting
    • Position yourself to give more abundantly
  • Generosity helps meet the needs of the moment (35:5-19)
    • Generosity considers the need and gives accordingly (35:10-19)
    • Generosity gives from the resources on hand (35:5-9; 1 John 3:17-18)

Songs for Worship
Wonderful Words of Life
Freely, Freely
Peace Like a River
Glorify Thy Name
I Love You Lord
Take My Life and Let It Be

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 04.08.18 (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