Sunday 05.28.17 (better)

This Sunday we’ll take a look at Ecclesiastes 4:4-5:7 in our Meaningless/Meaningful series, and consider what it means to glorify God by seeking the “better” things in life. We hope to see you there! With the holiday weekend, we will not have our evening study.

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
**No evening study

Sermon Notes
Better ~ Ecclesiastes 4:4-5:7

  • Seek contentment, for it is better than coveting (4:4-6)
    • Jesus is the source of our contentment, for in him we are God’s children
  • Seek companionship, for it is better than isolation (4:7-12)
    • Jesus gives us abundant companionship through our fellowship with God and with other followers of Jesus
  • Seek wisdom, for it is better than power (4:13-16)
    • Jesus is our great wisdom
  • Seek to hold your tongue, for it is better than speaking rashly (5:1-7)
    • Jesus redeems the tongue

Sunday 05.21.17 (living to die well)

This Sunday in our study through Ecclesiastes, we’ll take a look at 3:16-4:3 and how we learn to live well so one day we might die well. Then on Sunday evening, we’ll have a special “ask anything” session–come ready with questions about the Bible, theology, and faith and we will do our best to answer what we can. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm “Ask Anything” evening in church library

Sermon Notes
Living to Die Well ~ Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:3

  • The corruption of sin
    • Sin brings injustice (3:16)
    • Sin brings oppression (4:1)
    • Sin brings death (3:17-21)
    • Sin brings despair (4:2-3)
  • The universality of death (3:17-21)
  • The certainty of judgment (3:17)
  • The hope of life: Jesus enables us to live well to die well (John 11:25-26, Romans 6:23)
    • We live by faith (Ephesians 2:1-8, Colossians 2:13-14)
    • We face death with faith (2 Corinthians 5:1-10, 1 John 4:9-18)
    • We love others and honor their lives: acting in kindness and not oppression, with justice and not injustice (Isaiah 1:17, Matthew 25:34-40, James 1:27)
    • We live in joy throughout our days (Ecclesiastes 3:22)

Sunday 05.14.17 (times and seasons)

This Sunday we want to wish all our mothers a Happy Mother’s Day. We have a special gift for all ladies in attendance. We’ll also be continuing our Meaningless/Meaningful series through Ecclesiastes with a look at 3:1-14, Times and Seasons. With the holiday, we will not be having evening service. We hope to see you there!

Sunday Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
**No evening services

Sermon Notes
Times and Seasons ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-14

In our search for meaning in life, we must be rooted in Christ. Our purpose is to delight in the Lord: to glorify God by enjoying him. We seek to know him and make him known. Life is filled with different seasons and change. How do we stay focused on our purpose during these times?

  • The rhythms (times and seasons) of life (3:1-8)
  • Five unchanging things that help us maximize our God-glorifying purpose and find meaning in our seasons:
    • Be in awe of God (3:11, 14-15)
    • Look for and develop the beauty around you (3:11)
    • Pursue joy (3:12)
    • Do good to others—develop goodness around you (3:12)
    • Work hard and rest well (3:13)

 

Sunday 05.07.17 (looking for joy)

This Sunday, we’ll continue our journey through Ecclesiastes and consider the right and wrong places to look for joy in life, as Solomon tested pleasure, wisdom, and work and found them each meaningless without God. Then on Sunday night, we’ll make up last week’s Attributes of God lesson with a look at God’s omnipotence. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Attributes of God study

Sermon Notes
Looking for Joy in All the Wrong Places ~ Ecclesiastes 2:1-26

Solomon tested the limits of pleasure, wisdom, and work to see if they would bring him joy and meaning in life, yet found each lacking. Instead, to find joy, we should:

  • Delight in God more than you delight in the pleasures of the world (2:1-11)
  • Seek to be wise in eternal ways and not merely temporary ways (2:12-17)
  • Work for the glory of God more than for personal gain (2:18-26)

 

Sunday 04.23.17 (follow Jesus)

This Sunday we’ll finish our journey through John 13-21 by taking a look at John 21 and what it means for us to “follow Jesus.” Then on Sunday evening, we’ll consider the omniscience and omnipresence of God in our attributes of God study. We hope to see you there!

Sunday Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Attributes of God study

Sermon Notes
Follow Jesus ~ John 21

Embrace the call of Jesus in your life and follow him…

  • The setting (21:1-14)
  • Jesus speaks to our sins—hear his rebuke and follow Jesus in repentance (21:15-17)
  • Jesus calls us to our own ministry, our own way to serve—ponder your call & follow Jesus by serving others (15-17)
  • Jesus has planned your time and your days—commit to follow him faithfully through each one (21:18-25)

Sunday 04.16.17 (the resurrection)

This Sunday we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and the hope that gives us. We hope to see you there!

Sunday Schedule
@945 Easter Breakfast (in gym)
@1045 Worship Gathering
**No Evening Activities

Sermon Notes
The Resurrection ~ John 20

  • Jesus’ resurrection…
    • Answers our doubts (20:1-29)
    • Assures us a place in God’s family (20:17)
    • Grants us peace with God (20:19-21)
    • Propels us on mission (20:21-23)
  • The question we must answer: Do you believe? (20:30-31)

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Sunday 04.09.17 (finished!)

This Sunday, we come to the week before Easter and we come to John 19:17-42 in our sermon series, where we see Jesus’ death on the cross. Of all the things that Jesus accomplished and showed us through his death, the greatest are found in the words: “It is finished!” We will see how Jesus completed everything needed that we might be saved by faith in him. We hope to see you there!

Sunday Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Attributes of God Study on God’s transcendence and immanence

Sermon Notes
Finished! ~ John 19:17-42

  • The death of Jesus on the cross:
    • Fulfilled Scripture (19:18, 23-24, 31-33, 38-42)
    • Proclaimed his greatness (19:17-22)
    • Displayed his love and care (19:25-27)
    • Completed our salvation (19:30)
  • Therefore:
    • We have only to look to Jesus and must look to him alone for full forgiveness (Hebrews 10:14)
    • We no longer have to fear judgment or wrath (1 John 4:9, 15-18)
    • We are free to love and serve God and others (Hebrews 9:14, 1 John 4:7-12)