April 15, 2018 – 2 John – Pastor Zeke Mack

Pastor Zeke spoke on the theme of the truth in love from 2 John, explaining that “We must love one another by walking in the truth of the gospel and watching out for counterfeits.”

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Main Points & Outline

  1. Love is Walking According to God’s Truth (v. 1-6, 12-13)
    1. 3 truths that will be with us from God and Jesus
      1. Grace – God’s unmerited favor for us
      2. Mercy – forgiveness for our guilt
      3. Peace – the result of grace and mercy
    2. Application: what truth do we struggle believing will be with us? What area do we struggle extending to our brothers and sisters?
    3. It is not enough to just know the truth but we must also act on it (love). It is a commandment (v. 4,6)
  2. Watch Out for Counterfeit Truth (v. 7-11)
    1. Counterfeits look like the real thing but are worthless in the end
    2. The cost of counterfeit truth is significant and eternal
    3. Practical ways to discern counterfeit truth:
      1. Know what the Scriptures say (v. 6)
      2. Increase the time around other truth-seekers (Christians) who will hold you accountable. Meet one-on-one with them. Ask questions and/or be ready to give answers.
      3. Invest in a Systematic Theology book (Wayne Grudem’s Introduction to Systematic Theology is a good start)

Scripture: 2 John

The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all who know the truth, because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever:

Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son, in truth and love.

I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another. And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it. For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward.Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting,11 for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.

12 Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete.

13 The children of your elect sister greet you. (ESV)

April 8, 2018 – Philippians 2:5-11 – Rev. Dean Stortz

During this morning’s worship service, Dean Stortz spoke on Philippians 2:5-11, focusing on the exaltation of Christ.

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Scripture: Philippians 2:5-11

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (ESV)

April 1, 2018 – Matthew 28 – Pastor Zeke Mack

On Easter Sunday, Pastor Zeke explains that “We must remember and respond to the testimony of the resurrection.”

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Main Points & Outline

  1. Reality of the Resurrection (v. 1-15)
    1. Everyone testified to the tomb being empty
    2. Critics often say the disciples made this story up
    3. Problems:
      1. Roman guards and rocks are hard to move
      2. Women’s testimonies were not accepted in court at the time and Roman soldiers were not known for their honesty
      3. All of the disciples were tortured and most of them killed
  2. Response: Worship (v. 9-10, 16-20)
    1. Jesus is God! (v. 9, John 1:1-14)
    2. He rose from the dead (v. 5-6)
    3. A few more reasons we worship Him:
      1. He is more powerful than nature and government (v. 2-3)
      2. He cares for the voiceless and makes them part of His great work (v. 5-7)
      3. He has all authority in both heaven and earth (v. 18)
      4. He has given us a mission and is always with us (v. 19-20)

Scripture: Matthew 28

Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men.But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

11 While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. 12 And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers 13 and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.”15 So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.

16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (ESV)

March 25, 2018 – Matthew 21:1-11 – Pastor Zeke Mack

In celebration of Palm Sunday, Pastor Zeke encourages us to “…put our trust in the Sovereign King of our salvation.”

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Main Points & Outline

S.E.E.ing 3 Aspects of His Kingship

  1. Sovereign (v. 1-5)
    1. Jesus is all knowing and all powerful.
    2. He is in control and He is good.
    3. Application: Are there areas of your life that you struggle to give to God?
  2. Exceeds our Expectations (v. 5-11)
    1. Zechariah 9:9
    2. As humans we often have a limited expectation of God’s plan.
    3. The salvation of our souls is more important than our earthly condition.
    4. How does this passage speak to difficult situations in our lives that we have trouble understanding?
  3. Eternal (Revelation 19:11-16)
    1. Jesus’ kingdom is going to last forever!
    2. Zechariah 9 is going to fully come to pass.

Scripture: Matthew 21:1-11

Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,

“Say to the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your king is coming to you,
    humble, and mounted on a donkey,
    on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.” (ESV)

March 18, 2017 – Philippians 2:5-11 – Rev. Dean Stortz

Dean Stortz encouraged us to practice humility by modeling the humility of Jesus, drawing on the words of Paul in Philippians 2.

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Scripture: Philippians 2:5-11

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father. (ESV)