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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

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 

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

The Abounding Grace of Jesus

February 14, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

The Abounding Grace of Jesus – 1 Timothy 1:14-17

 

Digging Deeper:

  • What is Christ’s mission?  How does Paul underscore it in this text?
  • What does Christ’s mission tell us about God?
  • How did God’s sovereign grace overcome Paul’s unbelief?  What did God’s grace provide?
  • How did Paul’s testimony encourage others to believe in Christ?
  • Even though we are forgiven, why is it appropriate to remember our former life without Christ?

Other Passages to Consider:

Ps 86:12-13; Mark 10:45; Luke 5:31-32; Acts 9:1-19; 26:9-18; Eph 2:1-10; Titus 3:3-7; Luke 19:10

The Dawn of a Great Light

January 31, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

The Dawn of a Great Light – Matthew 4:12-17

 

Digging Deeper:

  • What was significant about the place where Jesus chose to minister?  What does this say about the Gospel?
  • Think about the Bible’s use of the term “darkness” to describe a person without Christ.  What all does this say about their condition?
  • Jesus is the Light of the World (John 8:12).  What does this tell us about His saving work? (Hint: What does light do to darkness?)
  • How does a person go from darkness to light?  What does God do?  What is man’s response?
  • Who can you pray for who is in darkness?  How might God use you to shine the light of Christ into their lives?

Other Verses to Consider:

Isa 9:1-2,6-7; Matt 5:14-16; 28:19; John 1:1-14; 3:19; 8:12; 12:46; 2 Cor 4:6; Eph 5:8; Col 1:13; 1 Pet 2:9

The Promised Son of Abraham

December 07, 2019
By Pastor Jathan

The Promised Son of Abraham – Matthew 1:1-17

 

Digging Deeper:

  • Why did Matthew highlight that Jesus is the son of Abraham?
  • What promises did God make to Abraham?
  • How are these promises ultimately fulfilled in Christ?
  • What is significant about the four women referenced in vv3-6?
  • How is God glorified by saving people from all nations?
  • Think about God’s grace in saving you and respond in praise.

Other Passages to Consider: 

Gen 12:1-3; 15:1-6; 17:1-8; 22:18; Ps 86:8-10; Matt 4:15 (from Isa 9:1); 12:15-21 (from Isa 42:1-4); 15:22; 28:18-20; Rom 4:13-25; 2 Cor 1:19-20; Gal 3:7-18

God Saved Me

August 02, 2019
By Pastor Jathan

God Saved Me - Titus 3:3-7
 

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

 

  • In v3, which verbs are active and which are passive?  What does this show?
  • What was not the grounds for our salvation?  On what basis does God save us?
  • What are we saved from?


Other passages to consider: Ezek 36:25-27; Luke 19:10; John 3:1-8; Rom 6:17-19; 2 Cor 4:4-6; Eph 2:1-10; Col 3:7; Titus 2:11-14; 1 John 4:14; 

 

Digging Deeper:

 

  • What were you like before God saved you?  How have you changed?
  • How does God save us?
  • What is true of you now that God has saved you?
  • How does this passage give you hope that God can save unbelievers around you?

 

God’s Amazing and Powerful Grace

March 28, 2019
By Pastor Jathan

God’s Amazing and Powerful Grace

1 Corinthians 15:8-11

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • What is an apostle?  What are the qualifications of an apostle?
  • Why does Paul call himself the least of the apostles? 
  • What is grace?  What role does grace play in our justification and sanctification?

Other passages to consider: Acts 7:54-8:3; 9:1-22; 22:3-16; 26:9-18; Rom 3:10-12, 21-26; 1 Cor 1:26-31; 6:9-11; Eph 2:1-10; Phil 2:12-13; 1 Tim 1:12-17; Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-8; 1 Pet 1:13-23; 2:9-12

Digging Deeper:

  • Why could Paul say God’s grace to him was not in vain?  How had Paul’s life changed?
  • What difference is God’s grace making in your life?
  • How is God’s grace evident in every person’s salvation no matter their background?
  • How can you speak of God’s grace in your testimony?  Pray for an opportunity to share that this week.

Amazed and Humbled by God's Grace

February 16, 2018
By Pastor Jathan

Sermon – Amazed and Humbled by God’s Grace - 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • What qualities does the world value?  How might these run counter to the Gospel and what God deems important?
  • What does unconditional election mean?  How does this truth humble us and highlight God’s grace?
  • In what other things/people am I tempted to boast rather than the Lord?

Other passages to consider: Deut 7:6-11; 10:12-22; 1 Sam 2:1-11; Jer 9:23-24; Matt 11:25-30; Eph 1:3-10; 4:1-7; James 3:13-4:10; 1 Pet 2:9-12 

Digging Deeper:

  • Why does God often save and work through the “nobodies” of this world?
  • How did you come to be saved?  Who should get all the credit for that?
  • What does v30 teach you about your salvation?
  • How can we boast in the Lord this coming week?

Grace Alone

October 05, 2017
By Pastor Jathan

Sermon – Grace Alone – Ephesians 1:3-2:10

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • What is the grace of God? What does it do?
  • How does the Bible describe man’s condition by nature?
  • Is God obligated to show grace? Why or why not?

Other passages to consider: Isa 6:1-7; 1 Pet 1:1-12; Titus 2:11-3:7; Rom 3:21-25; 5:1-21

Digging Deeper:

  • What would be true of you were it not for the grace of God?
  • What distortions or substitutes of grace should I guard against?
  • How has the grace of God been manifested in your life?
  • Why should grace humble us and also encourage us?
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