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

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

Sunday 11.26.17 (love others)

This Sunday, we’ll take a look at 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 on the topic of loving others. We hope to see you there! As we wrap up the holiday weekend, there will be no study on Sunday night.

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering

Sermon Notes
Love Others ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12

  • Love is to be the centerpiece of the Christian life (4:9-10)
  • Loving others, we should grow to love others even more (4:10-12)
    • Spend time finding more ways to love others (4:10)
    • Seek to be a positive influence, not a negative nuisance (4:11)
    • Work hard, as able, to support yourself and not drain others (4:11-12)

1 thessalonians

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Sunday 11.12.17 (mutual encouragement)

This Sunday we’ll take a look at 1 Thessalonians 3:6-13 and how a church and its leaders are meant to mutually encourage one another in their faith. Then stick around and join us for our annual Thanksgiving dinner following morning worship. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@Noon Thanksgiving Dinner
@6pm Scripture and Authority video study

Sermon Notes
Mutual Encouragement ~ 1 Thessalonians 3:6-13

  • Encourage your church leaders by being a cause of joy for them (3:6-9)
    • Churches should bring joy to their leaders, and that is a great advantage for you (3:9)
    • Ways to cause joy include:
      • Be committed to your faith in Jesus (3:6-8)
      • Be devoted to loving others (3:6)
      • Be eager for fellowship—the sharing of your life with others (3:6)
  • Be encouraged by your leaders’ care for you (3:10-13)
    • Leaders show their care as they:
    • Pray for you (3:10-13)
    • Help you grow in your faith (3:10)
    • Fellowship with you (3:10-11)

1 thessalonians

Songs for Worship
This is the Day
Step by Step
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
In Christ Alone
Brethren, We Have Met to Worship

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Sunday 11.05.17 (faithful in suffering)

This Sunday, we’ll continue our journey through 1 Thessalonians, taking a look at 2:13-3:5 and seeing what it means to be faithful to Jesus even in the midst of suffering. Then on Sunday night, we’ll be in our video series: Scripture and Authority in the Age of Skepticism. Also remember to “fall back” by setting your clocks back one hour before bed! We hope to see you on Sunday!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm “Scripture and Authority” study

Sermon Notes
Faithful in Suffering ~ 1 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5

  • When we receive God’s word in faith, it changes us (2:13-14)
    • Faith receives God’s word as God’s word (2:13)
    • Receiving God’s word in faith leads us to imitate Jesus and imitate other faithful Christians (2:14, 1:6)
    • But this change can bring about suffering (2:14)
    • Therefore:
  • Be ready when suffering comes (2:14-20)
    • We all face various forms of suffering (James 1:2), including:
    • Persecution (2:14-16)
    • Separation from those we love and care about (2:17-20)
    • Satanic attacks (2:18)
    • Other forms such as health issues, depression and anxiety, issues with family, work, school, etc.
  • When suffering comes, face it with faith (3:1-5)
    • When faced with the darkness of suffering, we need to be reminded of the light of hope in the gospel (3:1-3)
    • When faced with the darkness of suffering, we need to remember that suffering is not out of the ordinary (3:3-4)
    • When faced with the darkness of suffering, we need to find encouragement through others (3:5, in light of 2:19-20 & 3:6)

1 thessalonians

Songs for Worship
He Leadeth Me (what a version on YouTube here)
We Are Called to be God’s People
Ancient Words (watch a version on YouTube here)
By Faith (watch a version on YouTube here)
In Times Like These

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Sunday 10.22.17 (a loving and faithful witness)

This Sunday we’ll take a look at 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 and how we as followers of Jesus are to have a faithful and loving witness to those around us. Then, on Sunday evening, we’ll watch the second half of the documentary on Martin Luther in honor of the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Luther documentary in church auditorium

Sermon Notes
A Faithful and Loving Witness ~ 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12

  • Our witness of words: Speak fearlessly of Jesus, no matter the consequences (2:1-4)
    • Be faithful, even if it brings suffering (2:1-2)
    • Remember that your first aim is to please God (2:3-4)
  • Our witness of love: Share with and invest in others like caring parents (2:5-8, 11-12)
    • We’re to be motivated by love, not pride or self-gain (2:5-6)
    • Provide in a gentle and caring way, be affectionate, and share your life (2:7-8)
    • Exhort and encourage, teaching others about righteousness and hope (2:11-12)
  • Our witness of character: Seek to be blameless in the way you live (2:9-10)
    • Put away that which offends and/or creates roadblocks to faith (2:9)
    • Put away sin and treat others in righteousness (2:10)

1 thessalonians

Songs for Worship
The Bond of Love
Here I Am to Worship
Meet with Me
Wonderful Words of life
Let Others See Jesus in You
I Surrender All

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