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.

 

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God is capable of stopping his opponents

[1Samuel Chapter 19]

We live in a world saturated with spiritual influence, which we can only safely navigate with God’s assistance.

Opponents often emerge in unexpected places [1 – 17]

Mentors always encourage during perilous times [18 – 24] 

 

Applications and Next Steps

  • What spiritual strongholds are in your life & family?
  • To whom could you run if everything was falling apart?
  • Are you ready to start a relationship with God today?

 

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God is not impressed by our facades

[1Samuel Chapter 17]

God gives his people both the courage and the resources needed for victory when facing apparently impossible odds.

Some of life’s problems truly are monstrous [1 – 30]

Some of our solutions are truly ridiculous [31 – 40]

Many of God’s acts are truly miraculous   [41 – 58]

Applications and Next Steps

  • What is a situation you are facing in which you are having trouble finding your courage?
  • How has God over the years already prepared you for the circumstances you are facing?
  • Are you willing to trust God and find your courage in him?

 

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God is not impressed by our facades

[1Samuel Chapter 16]

God sees past all of our superficialities, and empowers with his Holy Spirit those whom he calls.

God is not fooled by the way things look [1 – 13] 

God is not hindered by way things change [14- 23]

Applications and Next Steps

  • What superficial criteria do you use to judge others?
  • How has the Holy Spirit gifted you to be a blessing to others?
  • As God looks through your masks today, what does he see?

 

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Obedience > Religion

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Obedience > Religion

[1Samuel Chapter 15]

God would rather have you obey him than offer him great gifts.

God blesses us to be engaged in his mission [1 – 11]

God expects us to be obedient to his instructions [12- 23]

God wants us to be responsible in our reactions [24 – 35]

 

Applications and Next Steps

  • How could you be an encouragement to a spiritual leader?
  • What sin is in your life of which you need to honestly repent?
  • Are you going to bow before Yahweh today?

 

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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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