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

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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