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.

 

Seventh in the series “Hopeful Despair”

2 Kings 19:20-34

Main Point: When we hear from God in troubled circumstances, he assures us that help is on its way.

– God is already aware of the situations we face [20-27]
– Psalm 2:1-6
– Psalm 139:1-6
– God has good long-term plans for his people [29-31]
– Isaiah 9:6-7
– Romans 8:28
– God will act for the renown of his trustworthiness [32-34]
– Psalm 46:8-11
– Ephesians 2:6-7

– Application Questions:
– How does a person go about hearing God in their everyday situations?
– How should our trust in God and his plan effect our goals?
– How can we show we care about God’s renown?

Sixth in the series “Hopeful Despair”

2 Kings 19:8-19

Main Point:  When dealing with difficult circumstances, we can still communicate both gratefully and honestly with God.

  • God deserves for us to give absolute respect [15-16a, 19b]
    • Isaiah 6:1-4
    • Isaiah 37:16-20
  • God desires for us to keep it real [16b-19a]
    • Psalm 46:4-7
  • Application questions:
    • In your prayers do you take time to praise God for who He is and what He has done in the past?
    • Are you honest with God about the reality of your suffering, or do you try to downplay the situation?
    • What are the idols that you tend to turn to successfully navigate the world system?

Second in the series “Hopeful Despair”

2 Kings 18:9-12

Main Point:  There is wisdom for God’s people to learn by observing those who slide into His judgment.

  • The world system has been driven by evil forces since our fall [9, 11]
    • Matthew 4:8-11
  • The world system cannot be appeased permanently[10]
    • James 4:4-6
    • John 17:14-18
  • The world system is defeated by obeying God[12]
    • Exodus 24:7
  • Application Questions:
    • When are times that you faced suffering from this world?
    • What aspects of the world system are tempting for you to embrace and appease?
    • Have  you developed an obedient relationship with God?

First in the series “Hopeful Despair”

2 Kings 18:1-8

Main Point:  The character that develops in a relationship with God can help a person thrive even during difficult times.

  • King Hezekiah had a healthy relationship with God [5-6]
    • Deuteronomy 17:18-20
    • Proverbs 3:5-6
    • Hebrews 11:6
  • King Hezekiah made vital reforms to the community [1-4]
    • 2 Chronicles 29:3-4, 2 Chronicles 29:35-36, 2 Chronicles 30:22, 2 Chronicles 31:20-21
  • King Hezekiah enjoyed the active involvement of God [7-8]
    • Psalm 37:4
    • Matthew 6:33
    • Romans 8:28
  • Application and Next Steps
    • How can I go about building a more trusting relationship with God?
    • What changes need to be made in the way that I worship God?
    • How is God actively involved in the course of my life?

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?