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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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

VOZ Background 2

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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Sunday 01.28.18 (the gospel and parenting)

This Sunday we’ll be in week 3 of our The Gospel and Home series, taking a look at Ephesians 6:4 and “The Gospel and Parenting.” Then on Sunday night, we’ll continue our video series by John Piper on fighting for joy. 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
The Gospel and Parenting ~ Ephesians 6:4

The sermon in one sentence: The home should provide the foundation for discipleship as we expose our children to the love and grace of God as much as we can.

  • Don’t provoke your children to anger
    • Children are to obey; parents should strive to make obedience easy (6:1, 4; Matthew 11:28-29)
    • Help them feel loved and cherished
  • Bring your children up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord
    • Be present
    • Be Gospel-instructive
    • Be encouraging
    • Be guiding

Songs for Worship
Love Lifted Me
Worthy of Worship
Would You Bless Our Homes and Families
Lord, Here Am I
Jesus Is Lord of All