May 20, 2018 – Matthew 20:1-16 – Jake Susek

Jake Susek, chaplain at Fellowship Community, joined us and spoke on Jesus’ parable of the laborers in the vineyard found in Matthew 20.

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Main Points & Outline

  1. The Concerns Over “Fairness”
    1. Equal pay for equal work
    2. The “fitness” of those hired last?
    3. The last first and the first last?
    4. The public pay-day was purposeful
  2. The Gospel Illustrated
    1. The character of God
      1. God does what is right
      2. God is good
      3. God is generous
    2. The character of Grace
      1. It is undeserved
      2. It is extended sovereignly
    3. The heart of the Gospel
    4. The conduct of His people

Scripture: Matthew 20:1-16

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’ And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. 10 Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. 11 And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, 12 saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ 13 But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. 15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ 16 So the last will be first, and the first last.” (ESV)

May 13, 2018 – Philippians 2:5-13 – Dean Stortz

Dean Stortz spoke on Philippians 2:5-13, focusing in on how we are to “work out our own salvation” (v. 12).

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Scripture: Philippians 2:5-13

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.

12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (ESV)

May 6, 2018 – Nahum 1:2-8

This message is given on Nahum 1:2-8 and the jealousy of God.

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Scripture: Nahum 1:2-8

The Lord is a jealous and avenging God;
    the Lord is avenging and wrathful;
the Lord takes vengeance on his adversaries
    and keeps wrath for his enemies.
The Lord is slow to anger and great in power,
    and the Lord will by no means clear the guilty.
His way is in whirlwind and storm,
    and the clouds are the dust of his feet.
He rebukes the sea and makes it dry;
    he dries up all the rivers;
Bashan and Carmel wither;
    the bloom of Lebanon withers.
The mountains quake before him;
    the hills melt;
the earth heaves before him,
    the world and all who dwell in it.

Who can stand before his indignation?
    Who can endure the heat of his anger?
His wrath is poured out like fire,
    and the rocks are broken into pieces by him.
The Lord is good,
    a stronghold in the day of trouble;
he knows those who take refuge in him.
    But with an overflowing flood
he will make a complete end of the adversaries,
    and will pursue his enemies into darkness. (ESV)

April 29, 2018 – Ephesians 2:1-10 – Carl Castle

Carl Castle, chaplain at Fellowship Community, joined us this week to speak on Ephesians 2.

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Scripture: Ephesians 2:1-10

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (ESV)

April 22, 2018 – 3 John – Pastor Zeke Mack

Yesterday, Pastor Zeke spoke on “Divinely Inspired Love Lessons” in the book of 3 John.

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Main Points & Outline

  1. Demonstrate Deep Love & Fellowship (v. 1-4)
    1. Love and truth are deeply connected. The concept of loving in truth implies a corrective standard by which to live. That means both individuals will be wrong! But the love we have in Christ will overcome those wrongdoings.
  2. Support Others in Gospel Ministry (v. 5-8)
    1. We are to love and support missionaries in all our efforts by financially supporting or serving them “in a manner worthy of God” in order to be “fellow workers” with them.
  3. Beware of Selfishness & Slander (v. 9-11)
    1. Case study of Diotrephes: 4 areas of warning
      1. Pride (“puts himself first”)
      2. Refuses to acknowledge authority of Elders/Apostles
      3. Slanderous/gossip: “talking wicked nonsense against us”
      4. Stopping gospel fellowship and work
  4. Testify to God’s Grace (v. 12-15)
    1. Demetrius’ example, in contrast to Diotrephes, shows us that a person affected by the gospel will be seen by all and consistent with Scripture.

Scripture: 3 John

The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers[a] came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God. For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.

I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority. 10 So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers, and also stops those who want to and puts them out of the church.

11 Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God. 12 Demetrius has received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself. We also add our testimony, and you know that our testimony is true.

13 I had much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink. 14 I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.

15 Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends, each by name. (ESV)