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.

 

First in the series “Under The Sun”

Ecclesiastes 1:1-18

Main Point:  Recognizing that from a secular perspective there is no answer to the futility of life gives people a reasonable motivation to pursue something more.

  1. Hopeless despair can be found in the monotony of life’s cycles [1 – 11]
    1. Romans 8:18-23
  2. Secular research will never find the solution to life’s problems [12 – 18]
    1. 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

Application Questions

  1. What are times in your life that you are impacted by the empty futility of everyday life?
  2. How could you use a passage like this to encourage a cynical friend to consider following Jesus?
  3. Are you ready to start looking above the sun?
  4. Are you ready to gain a new perspective on world?

1 John 2:12-14

Main Point:  Jesus offers revolutionary transformation to every disciple, no matter where they are on the path to maturity.

  1. Children – Who all believers already are.
    1. John 20:30-31
    2. Jeremiah 31:33-34
    3. Romans 8:15-16
  2. Fathers – Who all believers aim to become.
    1. 1 John 1:1
    2. John 1:1-3
  3. Young Men – Who most believers have difficulty being.
    1. 1 John 4:4; 1 John 5:5
    2. Joshua 1:9
    3. John 15:4
    4. Psalm 119:9
  4. Application Questions:
    1. How are you going to go about deepening your relationship with God?
    2. How are you going to go about improving your engagement in spiritual warfare?
    3. Have you ever become a child of God?
    4. Have you ever experienced the forgiveness of sins?

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

Luke 24:13-35

Main Point:  Jesus is active in our lives even when we don’t immediately recognize him.

  1. Jesus meets us even when we’re going the wrong way [13-24]
    1. Deuteronomy 18:17-19
    2. “Hope” in the Scriptures = “Reasonable expectation”
  2. Jesus expects us to listen to what the Bible teaches [25-27]
    1. 1 Corinthians 15:3-8
    2. Genesis 3:15
  3. Jesus makes his presence known in Christian fellowship [28-35]
    1. 2 Kings 5:17
    2. Psalm 19:7-8
  4. Application Questions:
    1. How are you going to go about learning the meaning of the Scriptures better?
    2. How are you going to more intentionally engage with God’s people this month?
    3. How are you going to respond to Jesus today?

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

Luke 24:1-12

Main Point:  God desires for us to respond to His necessary and predicted acts with faith rather than suspicion.

  1. Sometimes God does things we would not guess [1-5a]
    1. Psalm 30:4-5
  2. Usually god has already hinted at His plan [5b-8]
    1. Luke 9:21-22
    2. Luke 9:43-45
    3. Luke 18:31-34
    4. Isaiah 53:7-10
  3. Often, God is met with unwarranted skepticism [9-12]

Application Questions:

  1. How can we respond better to the skepticism and apathy that our culture demonstrates towards the resurrection?
  2. What is going to be your response to the angel’s declaration today?