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)

March 11, 2018 – James 5:13-20 – Pastor Zeke Mack

Finishing off our series in the book of James, Pastor Zeke encouraged us that “As Christians we must always faithfully pray to God, acknowledging and expecting His great power.”

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Main Points & Outline

  1. Power of Prayer
    1. We are to pray in every situation (v. 13)
    2. Prayer is a corporate act (v. 14, 16)
    3. 3 attributes essential to prayer: faith (v. 14), righteousness (v. 16), fervency (v. 17). They are all God-given but we can grow in them.
  2. Accessibility of God
    1. Effective prayer is not limited to the superheroes of the faith!
    2. God has big plans for all of his followers (Ephesians 2:10)
  3. Hope for the Wanderer
    1. After addressing impossible feats only accomplish-able by God, James addresses bringing back wayward brother and sisters. Accident?
    2. No, prayer is a powerful act that brings hope! (v. 19-20)

Scripture: James 5:13-20

13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18 Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.

19 My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, 20 let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins. (ESV)

March 4, 2018 – James 5:12 – Pastor Zeke Mack

Calling us to be “People of our Word”, Pastor Zeke spoke this morning on how “We as Christians must be known for our integrity.”

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Main Points & Outline

  1. Warnings from Biblical History (Matthew 5:33)
    1. Numbers 30:2
    2. Case Studies
      1. Joshua 9
      2. Judges 11:29-40
      3. 1 Samuel: Saul’s frequent misuse of “As the Lord lives”
      4. Matthew 14:6-12
  2. Christ is the Source of our Integrity (Matthew 5:34-36, James 5:12)
    1. We can’t sweat by anything that God does not have authority over
  3. Practical Steps to Pursue Everyday Integrity (Matthew 5:37, James 5:12)
    1. Analyze what you say
      1. Do you intend to keep those things? (e.g. I’ll pray for you)
      2. Have you thought through the promise
    2. Realize God’s power
      1. Do you have the power to keep your promise?
      2. Have you asked God to help you keep your promise?
    3. Pursue humility and forgiveness
      1. We won’t be able to live perfectly, but we can ask God to forgive us and empower us to live more upright lives.

Scripture: James 5:12

12 But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation. (ESV)

February 25, 2018 – Philemon – Craig Miller

Craig & Karena Miller, missionaries with Crossworld, joined us this morning to speak about their ministry. Listen as Craig speaks on the book of Philemon and how it relates to global missions.

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Scripture: Philemon

Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother,

To Philemon our beloved fellow worker and Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church in your house:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ. For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.

Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required, yet for love’s sake I prefer to appeal to you—I, Paul, an old man and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus— 10 I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I became in my imprisonment.11 (Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.) 12 I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart. 13 I would have been glad to keep him with me, in order that he might serve me on your behalf during my imprisonment for the gospel, 14 but I preferred to do nothing without your consent in order that your goodness might not be by compulsion but of your own accord. 15 For this perhaps is why he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back forever, 16 no longer as a bondservant but more than a bondservant, as a beloved brother—especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.

17 So if you consider me your partner, receive him as you would receive me. 18 If he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. 19 I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it—to say nothing of your owing me even your own self. 20 Yes, brother, I want some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ.

21 Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say. 22 At the same time, prepare a guest room for me, for I am hoping that through your prayers I will be graciously given to you.

23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends greetings to you,24 and so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers.

25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. (ESV)