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.

 

God Can Make Things Happen

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God Can Make Things Happen

[1Samuel Chapter 14]

God is not limited by our pragmatic calculations of what is realistic and practical.

One brave voice can defy the statistics [1 – 14]

One merciful God can determine the outcome  [15 – 23]

One foolish move can dilute the achievement [24 – 46]

Applications and Next Steps

  • How do we go about trusting God when facing the impossible?
  • How has God impacted your life beyond what you deserve?
  • How do we avoid derailing what God is doing in our lives?
  • Are you going to begin a relationship with God today?

 

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Mr. Impatient Quickly Ruins Everything

[1Samuel Chapter 13]

There are no circumstances you may face in life which adequately justify disobeying God in your situation.

Everyone faces impossible circumstances at times [1 – 7]

No one embraces great wisdom through disbelief [8 – 15] 

Anyone pays profound costs for disobedience [16 – 23]

 

Applications and Next Steps

  • What situations do you face in which you are impatient?
  • How have you been disobedient to Jesus’ clear commands?
  • Are you going to trust God today with your life?

 

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A Thundering Warning to Remember

[1Samuel Chapter 12]

God still desires relationship with his people even when they make serious mistakes.

Integrity helps biographies to end well [1 – 5]

History helps bring the present into focus [6 – 15]

Circumstance helps confirm God’s messages [16 – 19]

Gratitude helps grow a relationship with God [20 – 25]

  

Applications and Next Steps

  • How have you made mistakes in your relationship with God?
  • What are some great things God has done for you?
  • How are you going to respond to God’s love?

 

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How to rescue those facing violent opposition 

[1Samuel 10:17 – 11: 15]

God’s Spirit can even use someone who is hiding in other people’s luggage from his own calling.

A convention turns into a game of hide & seek [10: 17 – 27]

A humiliation turns into a tactic of seek & destroy [11: 1 – 11]

A trial turns into a celebration of grace & mercy [11: 12 – 15]

 

Applications and Next Steps

  • How are you hiding from what God is calling you to pursue?
  • What concern is God’s Spirit laying heavily upon your heart?
  • Are you ready to start a relationship with Jesus today?

 

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Receiving Exactly What You Ask For

 [1Samuel 9:1 – 10:16]

God’s Spirit can even use someone who is too ignorant to keep track of his own resources.

 

A man who is a very tall disappointment [9: 1 – 13]

A prophet who is a very thoughtful host [9: 14 – 27]

An Author who is an infinitely irresistible Spirit  [10: 1 – 16]

 

Applications and Next Steps

  • How can you become less oblivious to God’s work in your life?
  • How can you be gentler towards those downstream?
  • Are you ready to start a relationship with Jesus today?

 

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Avoiding insulting God in making plans

[1Samuel Chapters 8]

We frustratingly complicate the plot of our own stories when we insist that the Author must do things our way.

“I’d rather fight you for something I don’t really want, than take what you give and I need.”  – Rich Mullins

A defiant people usually desire what others have [1 – 5, 19 – 20] 

A loving God often allows what people want [7 – 9, 22] 

A faithful leader always seeks what God says [6, 10 – 18, 21]

 

Applications and Next Steps

Who is someone for whom you need to be praying this week?

What do you keep demanding of God because of others?

What is going to be your response to Jesus today?

 

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Memorializing What God Does In your Life

[1Samuel Chapters 7]

Always remember that God works on his people’s behalf when they are repentant before him.

God invites us to respond in humility to his grace [2 – 6] 

God bids us to rejoin in battle against his enemies [9 – 11]

God wants us to recall in community for our peace [12 – 17]

 

Applications and Next Steps

How could you demonstrate a heart of repentance this week?

What is a stronghold God is calling you to pull down?

How could you memorialize what God has done for you?

What is going to be your response to Jesus today?

 

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Raided by the Lost Ark

[1Samuel Chapters 5 – 6]

God is never limited in accomplishing his plan by the meager resources his people can muster.

There is no rival who can match God [5: 1 – 12]

There is no gift which can bribe God [6:1 – 12]

There are no people who may demean God [6:13 – 7:1]

 

Applications and Next Steps

What do you elevate in your life to a position rivaling God?

How are you disrespectful towards God in your words & deeds?

 

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God’s Voice in the Real World – [1Samuel Chapter 4]

Toppling Broken Leadership

God is more concerned about the holiness of his people and the example of their leaders than any than any social structure.

 

Symbols do not force miraculous action [1b – 11]

Disobedience does not produce healthy results [12 – 18]

Lineage does not bind divine glory [19 – 22]

 

Applications and Next Steps

How do you attempt to manipulate God into action?

What disobedience is there in your life that is hindering God’s glory?

What is going to be your response to Jesus today?

 

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God’s Voice in the Real World – [1Samuel Chapter 3]

How to Respond to God’s Voice

Young Samuel gives us a picture of how God’s people best respond to God’s call on their lives.

Realistically appraise the human condition [2: 12 – 36]

Intentionally pursue some healthy input [3: 1 – 10]

Honestly express this heavenly message [3:11 – 4:1]

 

Applications and Next Steps

  • How is God going about calling you into His Kingdom mission?
  • How can we learn to become more obedient to God’s call?
  • What is going to be your response to Jesus today?

 

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