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.

 

Fourth in the series “Reaching Out”

2 Corinthians 4:1-6

Main Point: There are tactical and strategic spiritual warfare realities that must be considered when engaging in evangelistic missions work.

  • God cares deeply about our service methods. [1-2, 5b]
    • Mark 10:42-45
  • The enemy resists stubbornly our rescue mission. [3-4a]
    • “We fail to understand the battle in evangelism. Multiple times in the New Testament, Paul described lostness in terms of spiritual warfare …. The enemy will always fight to keep lost people in his kingdom, and we need to recognize that conflict.” – Chuck Lawless
    • 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
    • Romans 16:20
  • We share courageously our amazing message. [5a-6]
    • “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen not only because I see it but because by it I see everything else.” – C.S. Lewis
    • Genesis 1:26-27
    • Genesis 1:3-4
    • Isaiah 9:1-3
  • Applications and Next Steps
    • Take inventory of your methods of sharing the Good News. Are your methods acts of service or are the deceptive?
    • When you pray for our neighborhood what are you praying?
    • What is your attitude towards the Gospel message?

First in the series “Reaching Out”

Matthew 28:16-20

  • Main Point:  Those in a close relationship with Jesus should be concerned about communicating the Gospel clearly with their neighbors
    • Receiving our mission always is based on trusting Jesus [16-18]
      • Ephesians 1:20-23
    • Communicating His mission clearly goes beyond belief [19-20a]
      • Daniel 7:13-14
    • Connecting with the Master makes our mission possible [20b]
      • Acts 1:8
      • John 14:23-26

Eigth in the series “Alive”

1 John 5:1-12

Main Point:  All of the evidence points to the conclusion that in Jesus we can experience a truly victorious life.

  • What does God expect of His people? [1-5]
    • Matthew 11:28-30
  • What proof is there that God’s answer is Jesus? [6-10]
    • John 19:34-35
    • John 15:26
    • Deuteronomy 19:15
  • What are the practical results of trusting God? [11-12]
    • John 3:36
    • John 14:6
  • Application questions:
    • How has God demonstrated to you the truth of who Jesus is?
    • What are some ways that you find it difficult for your obedience to line up with your statement of faith?
    • Using this text as an example, how could we encourage one another to live a victorious life?

 

2 Corinthians 5:14 – 6:2

Main Point: Every part of our lives should be completely revolutionized by the wonderful story of what Jesus has done.

 

The facts of Jesus’ story change everything [14-16, 21]

We are called to receive and share reconciliation [17-20]

This is not an appropriate time to procrastinate [6:1-2]

Third in the series “Alive”

1 Corinthians 15:1-28

  • Main Point:  The hope confirmed by the reality of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead makes life’s challenges and suffering bearable.
    • There is clear evidence that Jesus was raised [1-11]
      • Hosea 6:1-3
    • Our lives are truly hopeless if Jesus was not raised [12-19]
      • “To preach Christianity meant primarily to preach the Resurrection…. The Resurrection, and its consequences, were the ‘gospel’ or good news which the Christians brought…” – C.S. Lewis
    • We need not be stuck in despair since Jesus was raised [20-28]
      • Leviticus 23:9-11
      • Psalm 8:3-6
  • Application questions:
    • How could we use a passage like 1 Corinthians 15:1-28 to develop an apologetic for the Christian faith to share with a skeptical friend?
    • How could we use this text to encourage a wavering Christian brother or sister?
    • How does Jesus’ resurrection provide you with encouragement in hopeless situations?

Second in the series “Alive”

Romans 6:1-14

  • Main Point:  Because by faith you are now a Jesus-follower you can and should consider yourself dead to your old lifestyle.
    • Jesus went through death and resurrection for us [9-10]
      • Hebrews 10:10-14
      • John 10:10
    • We have gone through death and resurrection with Him [1-8]
      • Genesis 4:6-7
    • We are to actually embrace this new perspective on life [11-14]
      • 1 Peter 2:24

First in the series “Alive”

John 5:19-30

  • Main Point:  We can see in Jesus the character and abilities of his Father clearly shown through his ability to bring life to hopeless circumstances.
    • Jesus and His Dad have a wonderfully close relationship [19-23]
      • Genesis 2:7
    • Jesus invites us into the life of relationship with His Dad [24]
      • Romans 8:12-17
    • Jesus’ Dad has appointed our defender to be our judge [25-30]
  • Applications and next steps
    • How healthy is your relationship with Jesus right now?
      • Ask the Holy Spirit to help with an inventory of my relationship with God.
      • Ask God to remind me of times I have been very close to Him.  Express your gratitude to Him for his graceful offer of relationship.
    • How does a person go about developing a more profound relationship with Jesus?
      • Surrender to Jesus as Savior and Lord.
      • Spend some time this week memorizing or meditating on the Scriptures.
    • How should Jesus’ role in resurrection and judgment change our perspective on Him in our every day lives?
      • Entrust something that seems like a hopeless situation or impossibility to Jesus.
      • Repent of deeds or attitudes that are not in alignment with God’s character.

The Tower

Ninth in the series “The Beginning”

Genesis 11:1-9

Main Point:  God’s plan of blessing people will happen in spite of a world system that is bent against His will.

  • The world uses its resources to resist God’s purposes. [11:1-4]
    • James 4:4-6
  • God is aware of the twistedness of the world system. [11:5]
    • Revelation 18:4-5
    • Psalm 50:7-14
  • Sometimes God’s good plans start with some demolition [11:6-10]
    • Zephanaiah 3:9
    • Acts 2:5-8; Acts 8:4
  • Application and next steps:
    • What are some ways in which you have used your assets and abilities to resist God’s calling in your life?
      • Repent of insisting on my plans rather than surrendering to God’s plans
      • Ask God to use my assets and abilities to advance His purposes
    • What aspects of the world system are particularly appealing to you?
      • Repent of my idolatry of things that never satisfy
      • Ask for God’s strength to resist temptations
    • What are some things in your life that God might need to prune to allow space for new growth?
      • Ask God to help me see my life from his perspective.
      • Seek God’s comfort and presence during times I face demolition
      • Entrust the course of my life to God rather than trying to force my own will.
      • Surrender to Jesus as Savior and Lord.

After The Flood

Genesis 9:18-29

Eighth in the series “The Beginning”

 

Sermon Notes

  • Main Point: The judgment and chaos of the flood may have changed many things, but it did not change human nature.
    • We tend to make bad decisions when impaired [9:18-21]
      • Psalm 104:14-15
      • Ephesians 5:15-18
    • We tend to dishonor those who are closest to us [9:22-23]
      • Exodus 20:12
      • Mark 7:8-11
      • Ephesians 6:1-4
    • We tend to have a negative impact on our descendants [9:24-29]
      • Exodus 20:4-6
  • Application Questions
    • In what ways do you allow your judgment to be impaired?  What have been some negative consequences derived from that?
    • What are some ways that you have dishonored those closest to you?  How could you honor your close relations more effectively?
    • What are some negative tendencies you have inherited from your ancestors?  What are some negative habits in your life you may be at risk of passing to future generations?

The Covenant

Genesis 8:15-9:17

Seventh in the series “The Beginning”

 

  • Main Point:  God’s wonderful promise to care for the world implies our care for each other and our thankfulness towards Him.
    • Our response to our rescue should be worship [8:20-22]
      • Leviticus 1:9
      • Isaiah 54:9-10
    • Our responsibility from our Rescuer involves one another [9:3-7]
      • Acts 15:29
      • Luke 5:6-7
    • God’s promise after our rescue is written across the sky [9:12-17]
      • Revelation 4:2-6
  • Application:
    • What are different kinds of offerings you could bring before God this week?
    • What is a way that you can demonstrate a greater value for human life from the womb to the grave?
    • How does it make you feel that God has promised to care for you and for His creation?