This is the perfect place to catch up on Pastor Jon’s previous messages, or to research more about what our message really is as a church. We also have provided you with the Scripture text, main point, and any sub-points for each message. We pray that the application of these messages are a profound blessing in your life, and please let us know if you have any questions.

 

Sixth in the series “Back On Track”

Genesis 41:1-36

Main Point:  Through suffering, God often places his people where they need to be to fulfill his good plans.

  1.  Beyond their capacity, nations face painful catastrophes [1-13]
    1. Luke 13:1-5
  2. Through His people, God is at work even during disasters [14-24]
    1. Daniel 2:20-23
  3. Behind the scenes, God ensures His plan is accomplished [25-36]
    1. Romans 8:28
    2. Proverbs 16:20-21
  4. Application Questions:
    1. When have you seen in hindsight how God used a time of suffering in your life to advance his plan?
    2. How do we go about being patient when we are facing a lengthy period of suffering?
    3. How can we become wiser in the advice we give to our coworkers or supervisors?

The Better Person

Third in the series “Back On Track”

Genesis 38:1-30

Main Point:  God actually cares about us treading other people with gentleness.

  • God’s people sometimes have highly dysfunctional families [1-23]
    • Deuteronomy 25:5-6
  • God’s concern with morality is primarily that we treat others justly [24-26]
    • Leviticus 20:12
  • God’s goals can be accomplished even through our mistakes
    • Matthew 1:2-3
  • Applications and Next Steps:
    • What is a form of immorality in your life about which you hold a double standard?
    • Who is a person, or a group of people, towards whom you are unjust or prejudicial?
    • How might God still be working out his plan in your life even right now?

Second in the series “Back On Track”

Genesis 37:12-36

Main Point:

Though Joseph could not see what was happening, God was already at work to save his life and his family.

  • Joseph receives assistance in his naive search [12-17]
    • Hebrews 13:1-2
  • His brothers debate their diabolical course of action [18-28]
    • Matthew 26:14-16
  • HIs father laments the apparent loss of his favorite [29-36]
    • Genesis 27:22-23
    • Galatians 6:7-8
    • John 16:20
    • Matthew 5:4
  • Applications and Next Steps:
    • How would it change the way you deal with difficult times if you could see that God was already at work?
    • When is a time in your life that God has used towards a good end your own mistakes or other people’s malice?
    • How might God be at work in this act of your life story?

Tenth in the series “Jesus Is For The Broken”

(partial recording only)

Luke 18:35-43

Main Point:  To experience everything Jesus has for us, we must have the maturity to admit our brokenness.

1.  Real faith is relentless in pursuing Jesus’ help.

2.  Real faith is candid in expressing your need.

 

Ninth in the series “Jesus Is For The Broken”

Luke 18:9-14

Main Point:  A relationship with God is developed through honest humility, not in prideful pretense.

  • The temple in ancient Israel is always “up” in relation to everywhere else
    • Psalm 130:1-8
  • 1.  Case Study 1:  Arguing everything is perfect [11-12]
    • Pharisees were middle-class, moral, pious, and had pretty good doctrine
      • believed in God’s existence, the prophets, the coming Messiah, and the resurrection
      • However, while their minds may be close to God, their hearts tended to be far away from Him
    • The pharisee in the parable was reading his “resume” before God
      • His pose is prideful; standing, hands raised up
      • He compares himself to others in order to make himself look good to God
      • He brags about his fasting, which isn’t a bad practice, but using it as a credential to earn God’s regard is bad
        • Leviticus 16:31
      • same with tithing, but remember, everything a Christian has belongs to Jesus
        • Deuteronomy 14:22
    • Trusting in deeds to improve our status with God is a problem
    • The pharisee cannot be honest with God about what’s in his heart
      • He is far from grace because he believes he “has it together”; he is not poor in spirit
  • 2.  Case Study 2:  Admitting everything is broken [13]
    • This man is a tax collector:  He is the front man of a massive extortion racket, backed by the Roman government
    • He realizes he has problems with sin he cannot fix
      • His pose is humble; eyes down, beating his chest
    • Only God can solve his problem with sin
      • For Christians, “sinner” is not our primary identity, it is “saint”
      • However, we must be honest with God about how we have “fallen short”
        • Hebrews 2:17-18
      • Sin is only ever dealt with when God acts; the cross of Christ is where forgiveness of sins is offered
    • The man goes away justified because he confessed his need of mercy from God
      • We receive spiritual blessing from God by recognizing our need of grace, and admitting it to God
  • Application Questions:
    • Have there been times when you have avoided facing shame by pretending to be better than you are?
    • What would need to change in your prayers for them to be more vulnerable and effective?

Eighth in the series “Jesus Is For The Broken”

– Partial recording only

Luke 17:11-19

Application Questions:

  • What is an area in your life in which you need to experience Jesus healing?
  • What is a healing that Jesus has brought to your life for which you have not yet expressed gratitude?
  • How does a person go about building a more grateful attitude in his or her life?

Seventh in the series “Jesus Is For The Broken”

Luke 8:40-56

Main Point:  No matter who you are, Jesus is weaving his mercy into the complex story of your life.

  • 1.  Jesus’ mission is never interrupted by our desperate need [40-47]
    • Jesus is concerned with meeting our needs
    • Jairus’ request conveys both trust in Jesus and urgency
    • The bleeding woman had been sick for the entirety of Jairus’ daughter’s life
      • Her bleeding made her ceremonially unclean
        • Could not go to the synagogue
        • Could not really participate in society
      • She went broke buying remedies for her illness, but to no avail
    • The woman was hoping to just touch Jesus’ garment, be healed, and never have to speak to Him directly
      • Jesus wanted to know who she was to meet her real need
      • Numbers 15: 37-39
  • 2.  Jesus’ power is always experienced through a trusting response [48-50]
    • Jesus can be trusted
    • Jairus’ outlook is hopeless
      • He showed faith by calling upon Jesus, but nothing resulted
      • How did Jairus feel in this moment?
    • When we have obsessive fear, we slip into idolatry
      • Obsessive, controlling fear is the opposite of faith
    • When we trust Jesus, we have peace
    • Luke 13:15-16
    • Ephesians 2:17
    • Psalm 22: 4-5
  • 3.  Jesus’ authority is even extended to our terminal problems [51-56]
    • There is no problem too big for Jesus to solve
      • Around Jesus, death is temporary
    • Jesus doesn’t want to attract “fans” with His miracles
  • Applications and Next Steps:
    • What is a desperate, seemingly impossible need that you need to bring before Jesus today?
    • How do we go about increasing our trust in Jesus?

Sixth in the series “Jesus Is For The Broken”

Luke 8:26-39

Main Point:  Jesus allows things in the spiritual battle that display the true values of our hearts.

  • Jesus can bring freedom to any level of spiritual bondage [26-31]
    • Demons do not rightfully own things; God does
    • The man’s demonization is a worst-case scenario
      • While the exact causes are unknown, the effects are dramatic
        • Mark 5:4
        • Isaiah 65:1-7
    • The man’s falling before Jesus is not worship, but rather unconditional surrender to a more powerful opponent
  • Jesus will not be present with those who fearfully reject Him [32-37]
    • The response of the townspeople to all that occurred was fear
      • If we are more frightened by what Jesus is going to take out of our lives than excited about what He will bring into them, we’re in a dangerous place
      • Isaiah 17:12-13
  • Jesus clearly wants us to share our story with our friends [38-39]
    • The healed man wants to be with Jesus
      • However Jesus has different expectations of different disciples
    • However, all disciples are called to evangelize
      • Psalm 65:5-8
  • Application Questions:
    • What are things in your life that you tend to value more than helping people in the way Jesus calls us to do so?
    • How does a person go about helping people who are trapped in catastrophic spiritual bondage?