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.

 

Third in the series “Why Should I Even Care That Jesus Was Raised From The Dead?”

Matthew 28:16-20

Main Point:  Jesus will never abandon us on the assignment he gave us based upon his astounding authority.

  1. Whenever Jesus shows up, he is obviously in charge [16-18]
    1. Matthew 10:2-4
    2. 1 Corinthians 15:6
    3. James 4:7-8
    4. Daniel 7:13-14
    5. Ephesians 1:20-23
  2. However we spend our lives, we have a clear focus [19-20a]
    1. Matthew 10:5-7
  3. Whatever we face in this era, we are never alone [20b]
    1. John 14:16-18
  4. Application Questions:
    1. How can you overcome any residual hesitancy in your response to Jesus?
    2. What is an aspect of the Great Commission that you need to pay more attention towards obeying this week?
    3. How do you go about finding Jesus’ presence during times that are difficult?

Second in the series “Why should I Even Care That Jesus Was Raised From The Dead?”

Matthew 28:1-15

Main Point:  When encountering the resurrected Jesus, there really are only two sensible reactions.

  1. Joyfully sharing your experience with others [1-10]
    1. Hebrews 12:11-13
    2. Psalm 22:22-24
  2. Stubbornly resisting his mission through dishonesty [11-15]
    1. Psalm 14:1-3
    2. Psalm 53:1-3
  3. How will you respond:  Fear or Joy?

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First in the series “Why Should I Even Care That Jesus Was Raised From The Dead?”

Mark 16:1-8

Main Point:  The shock of truly encountering the reality of the resurrection will change the trajectory of your entire life.

  1. Compared to the resurrection, our best plans are feeble [1-5]
    1. Malachi 4: 1 – 3
  2. Despite our weakness, God’s amazing plan is enacted [6-8]
    1. Acts 2:22-24
  3. Application Questions:
    1. See – What steps could you take to more objectively observe the evidence for Christianity?
    2. Go – What would it look like for you to leave the tomb of your doubts?
    3. Tell – Who needs to be encouraged by hearing your story of encountering The Crucified One?

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

(partial recording only)

 

1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Main Point:  Paul sketches in this passage the case for the Good News, which is our only hope for rescue.

  1. Nothing provides purpose for life other than the Gospel [1-3a]
    1. Ephesians 6:13-14
  2. History provides evidence for the truth of the Gospel [3b-8]
    1. Isaiah 53:4-6
    2. Psalm 22:16-18
    3. Hosea 6:2
    4. Jonah 1:17
    5. Psalm 16:9-11
  3. Grace provides opportunity for the spread of the Gospel [9-11]
    1. “The Son Rises” – William Lane Craig
  4. Application Questions:
    1. What do you tend to consider as more important that the Gospel in your life?
    2. How could you best present today’s evidence to one of your friends this week?
    3. What is your response to this Gospel proclaimed to you today?

 

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

Mark 14:53-65

Main Point:  Jesus’ claims about himself are woven neatly together at the hearing he has the night before his execution.

  1. Jesus knows what it’s like to personally face injustice [53-59]
    1. Deuteronomy 17:6
    2. Ephesians 2:19-22
  2. Jesus stands for the truth even when it will be costly [60-62]
    1. Isaiah 53:7
    2. Psalm 2:7-9
    3. Daniel 7:13-14
    4. Psalm 110:1-2
  3. The leaders react to Jesus’ answer with ferocious cruelty [63-65]
    1. Leviticus 24:13-16
  4. Application Questions:
    1. How can we better navigate facing unjust suffering?
    2. How do we go about sharing the Good News with those who are openly hostile?
    3. What is going to be your response to Jesus today?

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

Mark 14:32-42

Main Point:   In Gethsemane, Jesus wins the spiritual aspect of the ultimate victory only He could achieve.

  1. Jesus Is honest with His dad about His emotional suffering.
    1. Psalm 42:5
    2. Psalm 116:3-4
    3. Hebrews 5:7
    4. Isaiah 51:17
    5. Jeremiah 49:12
  2. The disciples weren’t as ready as they thought they were [37-40]
    1. Mark 13:37
    2. Mark 14:29-31
    3. Psalm 51:12
    4. Mark 9:5-6
  3. Jesus is obedient to his Dad’s will even if tragically alone [41-42]
    1. Genesis 3:14-15
  4. Application Questions:
    1. What are the kinds of things that break your heart?
    2. What spiritual disciplines are you practicing to be ready for season of temptation?
    3. Who is someone who needs to here this story from you?
    4. Are you ready to embrace what Jesus did for you today?

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

Luke 22:24-38

Main Point:  Jesus alters what we should consider important in life based on the reality of his eventual rule.

  1. The leaders are to be servants in Jesus’ kingdom [24-30]
    1. Hebrews 13:7
    2. 1 Peter 5:1-4
  2. The accuser’s attack is weaker than Jesus’ prayers [31-34]
    1. 1 John 2:1-2
    2. John 17:11-12
    3. John 21:17-19
  3. The world is hostile to those embracing Jesus’ values [35-38]
    1. Isaiah 53:12
    2. 2 Timothy 3:12
    3. John 17:14-16
  4. Application Questions:
    1. What do you do to attempt to “lord over” other people?
    2. How could you go about serving others more intentionally this week?
    3. Who is someone going through a difficult time that needs you to be praying for them?
    4. For what is the enemy accusing you today?
    5. How have you faced persecution from the world system?

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?