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)

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)