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.

 

Luke 4:31-37

Main Point: Jesus has the spiritual authority to bring us freedom even from religious spiritual darkness.

  • Jesus’ message is the expert opinion on living life [31 – 32]
    • Matthew 7:28-29
    • John 7:45-46
  • Jesus’ actions have the same authority as his words [33-37]
    • 1.  One of Jesus’ goals in rescuing us is destroying darkness
      • 1 John 3:7-8
    • 2.  Jesus has all the authority needed to accomplish this mission
      • Matthew 25:18-20
    • 3.  We have the authority we need when we remember we remember we are in Him.
      • Ephesians 1:20-23, Ephesians 1:26
  • Applications & Next Steps:
    • How does a person go about finding spiritual freedom if even being a part of a religious setting is not sufficient?
    • How can you share Jesus’ message with your friends and neighbors this year?

The Wonderful Kingdom

Twentieth in the series “Your Part In The Big Story”

Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 21:1-8

 

Main Point:  Because reality is truly about relationship withe God, all of life’s complexities simplify to one of two destinations.

  • Destination 1:  Eternity in separation from God [20:11-15; 21:8]
    • Luke 12:4-7
  • Destination 2:  Eternity in communion with God [21:1-7]
    • Isaiah 65:17-19
    • Hosea 2:3
  • Applications and Next Steps:
    • Based on this text what are you selecting for New Year’s Resolutions?
    • How should the reality of this coming Epiphany change what you value in 2018?
    • What are you waiting for in deciding to follow Jesus?

The Harvest Song

Seventeenth in the series “Your Part In The Big Story”

Revelation 15:1-4

Main Point:  Songs are more important to our spiritual journey than most of us realize.

  • Heart-felt music springs from our common identity [1-2]
    • Colossians 3:15-17
  • Life-changing music expresses something of God’s character [3-4
    • Exodus 15:1-3, 11
    • Deuteronomy 32:3-4
  • Applications and Next Steps:
    • How could you use music to encourage your relationship with God this advent season?
    • How could you use music to encourage others in their pursuit of God this advent season?
    • What is your favorite Christmas carol, and what does it teach you about God?

Facing The Monsters

Sixteenth in the series “Your Part In The Big Story”

Revelation 13:1-18

Main Point:  Jesus followers must be intentional in how we retort the political and ideological schemes of the enemy.

  • Politics that unjustly mechanizes power is dangerous[1-10a]
    • Daniel 7:24-25
    • 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4
  • Ideology that uncritically supports power is treacherous[11-18]
    • Matthew 7:15-16
    • Deuteronomy 13:1-3
  • Disciples who patiently trust God are victorious[10b]
  • Applications and Next Steps:
    • How frightened are you of the world’s power machine?
    • How much do your values align with the political powers?
    • Which worldly ideology is most attractive to you?
    • How do we build perseverance into our lives?

The Big Story

Fifteenth in the series “Your Part In The Big Story”

Revelation 12:1-18

Main Point:  We really are part of an epically mythological story of serious cosmic consequence and grave personal risk.

  • Jesus’ victory will result in the enemy being grounded[1-9]
    • Job 1:6-9
    • Isaiah 14:12-15
    • Luke 10:17-20
  • Jesus’ victory is applied in this age through our story[10-12]
    • Ephesians 2:1-2
    • Romans 8:33-34
  • Jesus’ victory does trigger in the enemy a vengeful desire[13-18]
    • Isaiah 40:28-31
    • Isaiah 43:1-2
  • Applications and Next Steps:
    • How should the cosmic reality described in this passage impact our perspective on our lives and priorities?
    • How can you increase your involvement in proclaiming Jesus message and the story of his work in your life?
    • How can we encourage our brothers and sisters who are going through persecution?

The Expert Witnesses

Fourteenth in the series “Your Part In The Big Story”

Revelation 11:1-14

 

Main Point:  When facing a bitter-sweet end, suffering Christian witnesses are to focus on God’s unstoppable goal.

  • One gigantic angel delivers one unusual booklet [Revelation 10]
    • Daniel 12:5-7
    • Ezekiel 2:8-10
  • The world celebrates the temporary silence of martyrs [1-14]
    • Zechariah 4:6-7
  • Heaven celebrates the eventual answer to all our prayers [15-19]
    • Matthew 6:10
    • Psalm 2
  • Applications and Next Steps:
    • How do you go about experiencing the sweetness of God’s Word? What is your response to the bitter aspects of the message?
    • How seriously do you take your role as a witness?
    • How are you going to express your Thanksgiving to Jesus this week? (More than Turkey & Football)

Trumpets Of Disaster

Thirteenth in the series “Your Part In The Big Story”

Revelation 8:1-9:21

Main Point:  A primary purpose in God’s judgment is to give every opportunity for people to change their minds.

  • God gradually graduates his application of wrath [8:1-9:19]
    • Exodus 7:20-21
  • People need to view their misplaced values differently [9:20]
    • 1 Corinthians 10: 19 – 22
    • Isaiah 37: 18 – 20
  • People need to reconsider their rebellious acts carefully [9:21]
    • Romans 1:21-25
  • Applications and Next Steps:
    • Behind what things do you place too much value?
    • What aspects of your lifestyle reflect idolatry?
    • How do we learn to see life from God’s perspective?

The Song of The Martyrs

Twelfth in the series “Your Part In The Big Story”

Revelation 7:1-17

Main Point:  Even when our world seems to be falling apart, God’s protection is real, and his presence is our hope.

 

  • God’s people face persecution, but not his wrath [1-8]
    • Ephesians 1:13-14
  • God’s people give praise, even when things were bad [9-14]
    • Zechariah 14:16
    • Psalm 118:14-16
  • God’s people embrace hope, for presence brings peace[15-17]
    • Ezekiel 37:25-28
  • Applications and Next Steps
    • What are ways that God has protected you from wrath?
    • What are ways that the world has persecuted you?
    • How is praising God included in your everyday life?
    • How could you express Thanksgiving to him this season?
    • What is it that you are truly hoping for, desiring in life?
    • How should the reality of God’s presence change the way that we look at our lives?
    • How should God’s example here change how we treat others?

The Seal Catastrophes

11th in the series “Your Part In The Big Story”

Revelation 6:1-17

Main Point:  The pressures of the end of the age will reveal the real the true state of people’s hearts.

  • 1.  How circumstances reveal the prelude is now afoot [1-8]
    • Matthew 24: 6 – 8
  • 2.  How God responds to the suffering of his people [9-11]
    • Genesis 4: 10 -11
    • Matthew 24: 9 -14
  • 3.  How the nations react to the end of the world [12 – 17]
    • Matthew 24: 29 – 31
    • Joel 2: 28 – 32
  • Applications and Next Steps
    • How does your perspective on history and current events need to change based on what you see in this passage?
    • What are some ways that you experience persecution for you faith in Jesus? How do you learn to suffer better? .
    • How might people change if they knew a day of reckoning is unavoidable?