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.

 

Eighth in the series “Why Should I Even Care?”

Luke 15:1-10

Main Point:  Jesus is more concerned about you than about the reputation He earns by spending time with you.

  1. Jesus’ compassion is not distracted by the majority [3-7]
    1. Ezekiel 34:11-12
    2. Psalm 23:1-3
    3. John 10:11-15
  2. Jesus’ compassion is relentless in looking for the missing [8-10]
    1. Hosea 14:1-2
    2. Malachi 3:7
    3. Romans 5:8
  3. Application Questions:
    1. How would it look for you to be more relentless in seeking the lost?
    2. How could we do a better job of celebrating conversion as a congregation?
    3. In what area of your life do you need a change of perspective? Are you ready to be found by Jesus today?

Seventh in the series “Why Should I Even Care?”

Luke 12:1-12

 

Main Point:  Go ahead and stop caring about what others think, because God’s opinion is worth far more than the sum of all the other opinions in the whole world.

  1. Wearing a mask is always only a temporary solution [1-3]
    1. Romans 2:15-16
    2. 1 Corinthians 4:5
  2. The only one to fear is the One we need not fear [4-7]
    1. John 15:13-14
    2. 1 John 4:17-19
    3. Isaiah 49:15-16
  3. God can navigate your problems better than you [9-12]
    1. 1 Peter 3:14-16
    2. Psalm 40:9-10
  4. Application Questions:
    1. In what circumstances do you try to act cooler than you actually are?
    2. How often do you leave Jesus out of a conversation because he might be embarrassing?
    3. Are you ready today to acknowledge Jesus?

Sixth in the series “Why Should I Even Care?”

Mark 8:34-9:1

Main Point:  The benefits of following Jesus are more valuable than even life itself.

  1. Those who follow Jesus must not maintain a selfish stance [34-37]
    1. “When Jesus calls a man, He bids him to come and die.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    2. John 12:20-33
    3. Psalm 49:5-9
  2. Those who follow Jesus will be tested by life’s challenges [38]
    1. Daniel 7:9-10
  3. Those who follow Jesus can expect His beautiful reign [1]
    1. Mark 9:2-4
    2. 2 Peter 1:16-17
    3. Revelation 19:11-16
  4. Jesus is worth whatever it costs you to follow him!
  5. Application questions:
    1. Are you ready to start actually following Jesus today?
    2. Onto what aspects of a selfish life are you still holding?
    3. How do we actually go about denying ourselves?

Fifth in the series “Why Should I Even Care?”

Mark 8:27-33

Main Point:  The expectations that we place upon Jesus are often entirely misguided by our own assumptions.

  1. Jesus does not deny being God’s special Chosen One [27-30]
    1. Deuteronomy 18:15-19
  2. The Chosen One does not always do what we anticipate [31-33]
    1. Daniel 7:13-14
    2. Isaiah 53:5-6
    3. Hosea 6:1-3
  3. Application Questions:
    1. Who do people in our culture say Jesus is?
    2. Who do you say Jesus actually is?
    3. What misconceptions or false expectations do you have?

Second in the series “Why Should I Even Care?”

Matthew 7:24-29

Main Point:  The content of Jesus’ teaching is absolutely vital to constructing a truly good life.

  1. Jesus’ teaching is the solid foundation for our lives [24-25]
    1. Deuteronomy 4:4-6
    2. 1 Corinthians 3:11
    3. Isaiah 28:16
  2. There is no other solid place to ground our lives [26-27]
    1. Ezekiel 33:31-32
    2. 2 Peter 1:5-7
  3. The brilliance of Jesus’ teaching is truly startling [28-29]
    1. Authority is:
      1. The ability to preform an action, or even a possibility of influence, without hindrance.
      2. A responsible autonomy that has the right, permission, freedom, enablement to act within an appropriate sphere of influence.
      3. Jurisdiction of an office bearer in the legal order of a government.
      4. Supernatural powers in the spiritual world.
      5. The absolute, deciding, creative power of God.
    2. Deuteronomy 18:17-19
  4. Applications and Next Steps:
    1. What content do you tend to pay more attention to in your life than Jesus’ teachings?
    2. What percentage of our life is founded upon his authoritative instructions?
    3. What is your response to Jesus’ authority today?

First in the series “Why Should I Even Care?”

Mark 2:1-12

Main Point:  Jesus is aware of the greatest need in our lives, and is the only one who is able to bring healing.

  1. If we care about our friends, we will bring them to Jesus [1-5]
    1. Psalm 103:3
    2. Exodus 15:26
    3. 2 Samuel 12:13
  2. If we care about our lives, we will entrust them to Jesus [6-11]
    1. Leviticus 24:15-16
    2. Psalm 7:9
    3. Daniel 7:13-14
  3. If we are healed by Jesus, we will celebrate with action [12]
    1. Isaiah 35:6
    2. 1 Corinthians 2:9
  4. Application Questions:
    1. What is an area of your life in which you have been paralyzed? What truly is the greatest need in your life?
    2. What assistance is Jesus offering to you right now today? How do you go about receiving that help?
    3. How could you increase the intensity of your Gospel witness to your friends?

God Is With You

Isaiah 7:7-17

Main Point:  No matter how messed up the drama of your life has become, God has not abandoned you.

  1. When our world is impossible to navigate… God is still there
    1. 2 Samuel 7:14-16
    2. Deuteronomy 6:16
  2. When our problems are impossible to calculate, God is still there
    1. Matthew 1:18-25
    2. Matthew 28:20
  3. Application Questions:
    1. Thinking back over this past year, when have been some times that it seemed God had checked out of your life?
    2. How could you go about experiencing God’s presence in your times of past suffering and loneliness?
    3. If you really knew God was always there, and that he really cares, would you not want to have a real relationship with him?