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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:

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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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