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God’s Grace to Us in Christ

October 22, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

God’s Grace to Us in Christ

 

Notes:

1)  Grace that __________________ – Romans 3:23-25

2)  Grace that ___________________ – Titus 2:11-14

3)  Grace that ______________________________ – 2 Cor 1:3-5

 

Digging Deeper:

*Does God love you more when you are doing well in the Christian life?  What is the basis for how God treats us?

*Why is training usually not easy or comfortable?  What all does God us to train us?

*What does it mean to preach the Gospel to Yourself?  Why is it important for Christians to do that often?

 

Other passages to consider:

Rom 3:21-26; 5:18-6:2; 8:1; Eph 1:3-14; Heb 9:14; 10:19-23; 12:6; 2 Tim 2:1.

 

Incomparable Value of Christ & His Kingdom

October 14, 2021
By Jathan Newton

The Incomparable Value of Christ & His Kingdom

- Matthew 13:44-53

Notes:

1)  Recognize the Value

 

 

 

 

2)  Respond to the Value

 

 

 

 

 Digging Deeper:

  • What do you delight in?  What is the relationship between joy and value?
  • Describe the value of Christ and His Kingdom.
  • How did you come to see the value of Jesus?  How can you explain His value to others?

Other passages to consider:

Matt 5:17-20; 6:19-21; 7:13-14; 10:27, 38-39; 25:31-46; Eph 1:3-23; Phil 3:7-21.

Expectations for the Kingdom of God

October 01, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

 Expectations for the Kingdom of God – Matthew 13:24-43

Notes:

Kingdom of God = God’s redemptive rule over His people.

The Kingdom of God has…

1) small                                                 , but experiences                                                                        !

 

 

2) unnoticeable                                    , but produces                                                                            !

 

 

3)                                                     now, but in the end all evil will be                                                  !

 

Digging Deeper:

  • What kind of Kingdom were the Jews expecting the Messiah to bring in?
  • How is the Kingdom of God…Already & Not Yet?
  • What do these parables teach about how God works through the Gospel?
  • How should the truth of the return of Christ encourage us?

 

Other passages to consider:

Ps 78:2; Isa 11:9; Ezek 17:22-24; Dan 7:13; 12:3; 1 Cor 15:25, 50-58;

1 Thess 5:1-11; 2 Thess 1:5-12; Rev 11:15-18; 21:3

Responses to the Word – Matthew 13:1-23

September 25, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

Responses to the Word – Matthew 13:1-23

 

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digging Deeper:

Why did Jesus speak in parables?

What do the different types of soils represent in this parable?

Why do some people profess faith, come to church, but then later fall away and quit following Christ?

How is anyone able to respond to the Word in persevering faith?

Other passages to consider:

 Isa 6:1-10; Matt 10:22; Jn 3:1-8; 6:25-71; 2 Cor 2:14-17; Eph 2:1-10; 1 Pet 1:3-12; 1 Jn 2:19.

Tell others the good news of Jesus Christ

September 16, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

Tell others the good news of Jesus Christ –

2 Corinthians 5:14-21

 

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digging Deeper:

  • What is the gospel?
  • Why should we evangelize?
  • What should our evangelism look like?

Other Passages to consider :

Matt 12:34; 28:18-20; Jn 13:34-35; Acts 8:1-4; 11:19-21; Rom 10:1-17; 1 Cor 15:3-5; 2 Cor 2:14-17; 5:10-21; Col 4:3-6; 1 Pet 3:15.

Grow in the grace and knowledge of Chris

September 11, 2021
By Pastor Jathan Newton

Grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ- 2 Peter 3:18

 

Sermon Notes:

  • What does it mean?
  1. Grow in your _____________ and _____________ of God’s favor toward you in Christ.


     
  2. Grow in your _____________ of and _____________ with Christ.

     
  • How do we do it?

 

Digging Deeper:

  • In order to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ, what must first be true in your life?
  • What is grace?  What does it mean to grow in grace?
  • How is knowing Christ experienced in your daily life?  What habits could you form to know Christ more intimately?

Other Passages to Consider:

1 Cor 3:1-3; Eph 2:4; Phil 3:7-16; Heb 5:12-14; 1 Pet 1:22-2:3; 2 Pet 1:2-11. 

Church Growth

September 03, 2021
By Pastor Jathan
Church Growth – Ephesians 4:11-16

Sermon Notes:

  1. Source – Our life & growth ____________________________________ - vv11,16.





     
  2. Goal – To grow up into ________________________________________ - vv13-14.






     
  3. Process
  • Pastors/teachers _____________________________________________ - vv11-12
     
  • Members _____________________________________________________ - vv15-16.

 

Digging Deeper:

  • What does growth in the church look like?  What is it contrasted with?
  • How does God use members to help the Body grow?
  • How can you encourage others with the truth?  Who can you invite into your life to encourage you?

Other Passages to Consider:

Matt 16:13-18; Jn 15:1-17; 1 Cor 12:12-13:7; Eph 3:14-4:7; Col 2:6-10; 1 Th 5:8-11; Heb 3:13; 10:24-25; 1 Pet 4:10

Gather to Worship the Triune God

August 28, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

Gather to Worship the Triune God – Hebrews 10:24-25; Ephesians 5:18-21

 

Sermon Notes:

1)      What is worship?

 

2)      Why is corporate worship important?

 

 

Digging  Deeper:

-What is worship?  How can we prepare our hearts for corporate worship?

-Why should you participate in corporate worship?  What do you miss if you don’t go?  What do others miss if you don’t go?

-What are some common misconceptions about worship?

 

Other Passages to Consider:

 1 Cor 3:9, 16-17; 14:24-25; Col 3:16; Eph 2:19-22; 5:18-19; Heb 10:24-25; 12:22-24; 13:14; 1 Pet 2:5-9

Seeking God Through His Word

January 01, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

Seeking God Through His Word – Psalm 119:1-16

Sermon Notes:

1)  The Blessing of Knowing & Obeying God

2)  The Factors of Knowing & Obeying God

Digging Deeper:

  • How has God made Himself known?  How can we grow to know God better?
  • Since salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, why is obedience to God important?
  • Describe the connection between desire and effort.  Give an example of something you wanted and worked hard to accomplish.
  • What steps can you take to seek God through His Word?

Other Passages to Consider:

Ps 19; 27:8; John 1:14,18; 6:68-69; 17:17; Phil 2:12-13; 2 Thess 1:11-12; 2 Tim 3:16-17; 1 Pet 2:2; 1 John 1:5-10.

Worth Waiting For

December 23, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

Worth Waiting For – Luke 2:22-38

Digging Deeper:

  • What similarities do you see between Simeon and Anna?
  • What did Simeon declare about Jesus?
  • What does it look like for a believer to be waiting for the second coming of Christ?
  • What about Jesus is worth waiting for?

Other Passages to Consider:

Ps 130; Rom 8:18-30; 1 Thess 1:9-10; Titus 2:11-14; Heb 9:27-28; 1 Pet 1:8-9; 2 Pet 3:11-14; Jude 20-21.

Precious Gift of Peace

December 18, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

Precious Gift of Peace – Luke 2:8-14

Sermon Notes:

1)  What you have been given –

2)  Why it could be given –

3)  Why it was given to you –

Digging Deeper:

  • By nature, why do we need peace with God?
  • How does Jesus Christ make peace between sinners and God?  How should this peace affect our lives?
  • Why do you have faith in Christ while others don’t?  What is your response to such grace?

Other Passages to Consider:

Isa 9:6; John 6:35-40,44,65; Acts 16:14; Rom 1:18; 5:1-10; Phil 1:29; Eph 2:4-9; Col 1:19-23. 

Magnify the Lord

December 05, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

Magnify the Lord – Luke 1:46-55

Sermon Notes:

1)  Magnify the Lord because He ______________!

2)  Magnify the Lord because He ______________!

Digging Deeper:

  • What is mercy?  How has God shown you mercy?
  • How does salvation demonstrate the power of God?
  • Why is it important that God is both merciful and mighty?
  • How can you magnify the Lord throughout this week?

Other Passages to Consider:

Ps 34; 103:1; Lam 3:22-24; 1 Sam 2:1-10; Luke 1:26-45; 5:27-32; Rom 12:1-2; 1 Cor 1:26-29; Titus 3:3-7; 1 Pet 1:3-7; 2:10

Trust in the Lord

June 20, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

Trust in the LORD - Proverbs 3:5-6

 

Sermon Notes:

How we are to trust God

Why we can trust God

Digging Deeper:

  • What about God makes Him absolutely trustworthy?
  • What happens when we don’t trust God?  What blessings come from trusting in the Lord?
  • What does it look like in your life to trust God on a daily basis?
  • In what situations do you find it difficult to trust God?  Admit that to God and ask for grace to trust Him more.

Other passages to consider:

Job 42:2; Ps 115:3; 147:5; Prov 21:1; Jer 17:5-8; Rom 8:28-39; 11:33-34; Phil 1:6; 4:4-9; 1 Jn 4:9-10

What Faith Is and Does

June 06, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

What Faith Is and Does – Hebrews 11:1-3

 

Sermon Notes:

Object of Faith –

Description of Faith – v1

                1a – Faith is the ________________ of things hoped for.

                1b – Faith __________________________________ of what God has promised.

                2a – Faith is the _______________ of things not seen.

                2b – Faith _______________ that what God promises will happen.

Result of Faith – _________________________ – v2

Outworking of Faith

Digging Deeper:

  • Is biblical faith a blind faith?  Explain your answer.
  • What is our faith based on?  How then can our faith be strengthened?
  • What is the connection between faith and what God has promised?
  • How does faith enable us to follow Christ in obedience?

Other Passages to Consider:

Gen 1-2; John 1:18; 14:1-3; Rom 1:16-20; 8:23-25; 2 Cor 5:1-7; Gal 2:20; Heb 1:1-3.  

Persevere for the Prize

May 30, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

Persevere for the Prize – Hebrews 10:32-39

 

Sermon Notes:

1)  Remember your ____________________ - vv32-34

2)  ______________to receive your ___________________ - vv35-39

Digging Deeper:

  • How does Hebrews 11:1-12:2 relate to what is being taught her in 10:32-39?
  • Share about times from your past when God gave you grace to endure difficulties.  What did God teach you through these trials?
  • How does thinking about our future inheritance help us persevere through trials?
  • How can you cultivate more of a longing for your future inheritance?

Other Passages to Consider:

Ps 9:1-10; Matt 10:22; Phil 1:6; Titus 2:11-13; Heb 12:1-4; 1 Pet 1:3-9; Rev 21:1-8

From Panic to Peace

May 22, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

From Panic to Peace – Psalm 4

 

Sermon Notes:

1)  Truths in the Midst of Turmoil

a.        

b.        

c.        

2)  Focus in the Midst of Turmoil

3)  Blessings in the Midst of Turmoil

Digging Deeper:

  • How has David changed during the writing of this psalm?  Why?  Have his circumstances changed?
  • What all should we do when we are anxious?
  • Why can we have joy and peace in the midst of trouble?
  • What can you do this week to pursue the presence of God?

Other Passages to Consider:

Num 6:22-26; Ps 16; 63:1-8; John 14:25-27; Rom 5:1-8; Gal 5:22-23; Eph 1:3-6; Phil 4:4-8

God’s Faithful Care for His People

May 15, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

God’s Faithful Care for His People - Psalm 23

 

Sermon Notes:

1)____________________- vv1-2a

2)____________________- vv2-3a

3)____________________- v3b-4

4)____________________- vv5-6

5)____________________- v6

Digging Deeper:

  • Why is sheep/shepherd a fitting metaphor for our relationship with God?
  • What emotions is David expressing in this psalm?  Why?
  • How does Jesus fulfill this psalm?  What claim is Jesus making by calling Himself the Good Shepherd in John 10?
  • How does this psalm help you in your current relationship with God?  In what ways is God calling you to respond to this sermon?

Other Passages to Consider:

Gen 48:15-16; Deut 2:7; Ps 26:8; 37:25; Ps 77:20; Ps 84:1-4; Ps 95:1-7; Isa 53:7; Isa 61:1-3; Ezek 34:11-16; Luke 15:1-7; John 10:7-18; 1 Pet 2:24-25; 5:1-4  

Staying Faithful to our God

May 08, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

Staying Faithful to our God - Psalm 115

 

Sermon Notes:

1)  Our Focus - _________________ - vv1-2

2)  Our Confidence - _________________ - vv3-8

3)  Our Charge - _________________ - vv9-11

4)  Our Assurance - _________________ - vv12-16

5)  Our Commitment - _________________ - vv17-18

Digging Deeper:

  • What attributes of God do you see in this psalm?  Praise Him for that!
  • How has God blessed us and remained faithful to us?  How does He promise to bless us in the future?
  • What does it look like to stay faithful to God?  What are signs/indicators that a person’s faithfulness is waning?
  • How does this psalm help you trust in the LORD?
  • In what areas are you especially needing to trust God now?  Take some time to express your trust in God and to ask for grace to trust Him more.

Other Passages to Consider:

Psalm 33:12-22; Isaiah 43:1-7; 44:9-20; 46:9-10; Hab 3:17-19; Eph 1:3-11; 1 John 4:8-10 

Testimony of God’s Comfort

May 03, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

Testimony of God’s Comfort - 2 Corinthians 1:8-11

 

Sermon Notes:

1)

2) 

3)

4)

Digging Deeper:

  • Why does Paul want the Corinthians to know that God delivered him from a severe affliction?
  • Why is it important that Christians learn to rely on God and not themselves?
  • What gave Paul confidence of God’s ongoing deliverance?
  • How can we pray for those going through trials?

Other Passages to Consider:

Ps 121:1-2; 2 Cor 4:7-12; 11:24-28; 12:7-10; Eph 6:18-20; 2 Tim 4:16-18; Jam 5:16; 2 Pet 2:9 

Strength to Endure

April 24, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

Strength to Endure – 2 Corinthians 1:3-7

 

Sermon Notes:

1)  _________ of Comfort – v3

 

2)  _________ of Comfort – v4,7

 

3)  _________ of Comfort – vv4-6

 

4)  _________ of Comfort – v7

Digging Deeper:

  • How does your soul respond to the titles for God in v3?
  • What does the word “comfort” describe in our text?
  • In what ways does God comfort His people in affliction?
  • How have others helped you in times of trial?
  • What have you learned during affliction that could help others?

Other Passages to Consider:

Ps 46:1-3; 103:6-14; 121:1-2; Isa 51:12-16; 66:13; Col 1:24

From Fear to Faith

April 18, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

From Fear to Faith — Psalm 56

 

Sermon Notes:

1)   Trials – vv1-2, 5-7

2)   Truth – vv8-9

3)   Trust – vv3-4, 10-13

Discussion Questions:

  • Will Christians ever become afraid?  What should we do when we are afraid?
  • How does the Bible help us to trust God?
  • What truths should I preach to myself when I am afraid?
  • What fruit is evident in the life of a person who is trusting God?

Other Passages to Consider:

1 Samuel 21; Ps 34; 138:2; Prov 3:5-6; Isa 49:14-16; John 16:33; Rom 8:31-39; Heb 13:5-6; Matt 6:25-34; 10:28-31

Psalm 131 - Peace in the Presence of God

March 01, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

Psalm 131 - Peace in the Presence of God

 

Digging Deeper:

  • How does a mother with her child picture God’s care for us? – Isa 66:12-13
  • What is the child experiencing in v2?
  • Why does the Bible teach that we must have a child-like faith?  What does that mean? - Matt 18:1-4; 19:13-15
  • Was David’s life free from trouble and pain?  How had he come to experience peace? – Ps 27:11; 23:1-4; 86:1-5
  • How do we enter into the presence of God?  What attitudes and actions are necessary for you to do that?

Other Passages to Consider:

Prov 3:5-6; Phil 4:6-13; Luke 10:38-47

The Baptism & Anointing of Jesus

January 17, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

The Baptism & Anointing of Jesus – Matthew 3:13-17

 

Digging Deeper:

  • Since He was without sin, why was Jesus baptized?
  • How does Jesus’s baptism point to His sacrifice on the cross?
  • What does the Spirit resting on Jesus signify?
  • Given the Father’s declaration, if a person opposes Jesus, who are they ultimately opposing?
  • What is the doctrine of the Trinity?  How is it seen in this passage?
  • Describe the Father’s relationship with His Son.  Now think about what happened at the cross.  Glory that now in Christ, we are loved by the Father with the same love! (John 17:23).

Other Passages to Consider:

Gen 1:2; 8:8-12; 22:2; Ps 2:7; Isa 11:1-5; 42:1; 53:11-12; 62:1-2; 64:1; John 1:32-34; 5:31-39; 8:17-18; Phil 2:5-11; 2 Cor 5:21; 8:9

Protection & Fulfillment

January 04, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

Protection & Fulfillment – Matthew 2:13-23

 

Digging Deeper:

  • How does this chapter demonstrate God’s sovereignty over evil?  In what areas of your life do you need to be reminded of this?
  • What did the exodus of God’s people from slavery in Egypt point to in the NT?
  • How does seeing God’s word fulfilled encourage you?
  • What truths about Jesus did this passage remind you of?  How can you respond?

Other Passages to Consider: 

Ex 1:1-2:10; Ps 22; 69; Isa 53; 51:9-11; Jer 16:14-15; 31:15-34 (Heb 8:8-13); Hos 11:1-11; Rom 6:1-14; 8:28-30; Col 1:13-14

Abide in My Love

November 02, 2019
By Pastor Newton

Abide in My Love - John 15:9-11  

 

Digging Deeper: 

  • To what does Jesus compare his love for us? 
  • How would you describe the Father’s love for Jesus? 
  • What does it look like to abide in Christ’s love?  Are you doing that? 
  • How does sin affect our enjoyment of Christ’s love and joy? 
  • How do we experience Christ’s joy? 
  • What is the relationship between our joy (v11) and God’s glory (v8)? 

Other passages to consider:

John 3:35; 4:34; 5:19-21; 8:29,55; 10:17-18; 12:27-28; 13:1; 14:31; 17:24-26; Eph 3:14-21; Gal 2:20; Heb 12:2; 1 John 1:4-2:6; Rom 8:31-39

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