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The Light of Christ Dispels the Darkness

October 29, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

The Light of Christ Dispels the Darkness-Ephesians 4:18, 2 Corinthians 4:4-6

 

 

Notes:

1)      The Darkness of ____________________________________.

 

 

 

2)      The Light of the ____________________________________.

 

 

 

Digging Deeper:

  • 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?
  • How does a person go from darkness to light?  What does God do?  What is man’s response?
  • Who can you pray for that doesn’t know Christ?  How might God use you to shine the light of Christ into their lives?

Other verses to consider:

 Matt 4:16; Jn 1:1-14; 3:19; 8:12; 12:46; Acts 26:18; 2 Cor 4:6; Eph 5:8; Col 1:13-14; 1 Pet 2:9.

 

Sin's deceit & God's power

October 15, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

Sin’s deceit & God’s power – Joshua 9

 

Notes:
 

1)                                                                                                             -vv3-13

 

 

2)                                                                                                            -vv14-21

 

 

3)                                                                                                           -vv22-27

 

 

Digging Deeper:

  • How does Satan use deception to steal, kill, and destroy?
  • When are you most tempted to handle things yourself rather than seeking wisdom or prayer?
  • How do we see God’s purposes prevail even in the face of sin and opposition?

 

Other passages to consider:

Deut 7:1-4; 20:10-20; Ps 119:105; Prov 3:5-6; Acts 4:24-28; Rom 8:28-29;  2 Cor 11:3,14; Eph 6:10-18; Jam 1:5; 1 Pet 5:8.

God’s Sovereign Grace

March 11, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

 God’s Sovereign Grace – Matthew 20:1-16

 

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digging Deeper:

-What does the parable teach about the master of the house (God)?

-What is the definition of sovereign grace?  Why should God’s grace humble us?

-Why do many Christians react negatively to the doctrines of election and regeneration?

Other passages to consider:

Deut 24:14-15; Luke 15:20-32; Rom 9:10-18; 2 Cor 8:9; Eph 1:3-6; 1 Tim 1:14-17; Jam 4:6.

Responsible for One Another

February 11, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

Responsible for One Another-Matthew 18: 15-20

 

 

Notes:

1)                                                                                                            - v15a

 

 

2)                                                                                                         - vv15b-17

 

 

 

 

3)                                                                                                          - vv18-20

 

 

Digging Deeper:

  • Why is it important that unrepentant sin is dealt with in the church?
  • What do you notice about the process laid out in vv15-17?  Who is responsible for carrying out this process?
  • How does this passage point to the importance of church membership?
  • How am I to be responsible for, and accountable to, my fellow church members?

Other passages to consider:

Lev 19:17; Deut 19:15; Matt 12:49-50; 16:19; 28:20; John 8:17; 16:19; 1 Cor 5; 1 Tim 5:19.

God’s Loving Care for His People

January 29, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

God’s Loving Care for His People

-Matthew 18:10-14

 

Notes:

1)      He _____________ to minister to them – v10.

 

 

2)      He _______________ when they stray – vv12-13.

 

 

3)      He____________________________ - v14.

 

 

Digging Deeper:


-What examples of God’s loving care for His people do we see in this passage?

-In light of God’s loving care, what is the command Jesus gives His followers?  What is the connection between God’s care and Christ’s command?

-How does this passage encourage you regarding your own relationship with God?

 

Other Passages to Consider:

Ps 23; Isa 53:6; Jer 13:17; Ezek 34:11-24; Zech 10:3; 13:7; Jn 10:7-8; 1 Pet 5:2-4

Consider the Cost

December 17, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

Consider the Cost

Matthew 16:21-28

 

1) The Cost of Salvation – vv21-23.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) The Cost of Following Christ – vv24-28.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digging Deeper:

-As you consider what Jesus did for you, what is your response?

-Are the requirements to follow Christ a one-time decision or ongoing?  Or both?

-In what areas do you need God’s help to deny yourself and come under Christ’s authority?

 

Other Passages to Consider:

 

 Ps 2; Isa 53; Matt 4:1-11; 10:16-39; 26:30-28:7; Phil 2:5-11; 3:7-9.

Savior for All Nations

November 27, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

Savior for All Nations – Matthew 15:21-39

Notes:

1)                                                     -vv21-28

 

 

 

 

2)                                                     -vv29-31

 

 

3)                                                     -vv32-39

 

 

Take Aways:

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Digging Deeper:

-In v28, Jesus commended the Canaanite woman’s faith.  How did she demonstrate great faith?

-What do vv21-39 teach us about the mission of Jesus?

-How does being a Gentile Christian make us even more thankful for God’s grace and mercy?

 

Other passages to consider: 

Gen 17:1-8; Isa 35:5-6; 42:1-7; 49:6; 66:18-20; Acts 10; 13:46; Rom 1:16; Eph 2:11-22; Rev 7:9-12.

 

 

 

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.

 

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.

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.  

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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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 

Radically Different (Better) Physical Bodies

May 18, 2019
By Pastor Jathan

Radically Different (Better) Physical Bodies

1 Corinthians 15:35-44

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • What were the Corinthians asking?  What were they really doubting?
  • How does a seed growing into a plant/tree relate to bodily resurrection?
  • What do we learn about God’s creative power by observing the different earthly and heavenly bodies?

Other passages to consider: Gen 1; Ps 8; Rom 8:18-30; 1 Cor 1:18 -2:16; 2 Cor 4:16-5:10; Phil 3:21; Rev 21:1-6

Digging Deeper:

  • How do you envision your future resurrection body?  Do you grasp how different and awesome it will be?
  • In what areas are you tempted to doubt God’s power or wisdom?  What shall you do?
  • How does remembering our hope help us follow Christ now?
  • What will it be life to worship Christ with no weakness or sin?

Future Hope Should Affect Present Life

May 02, 2019
By Pastor Jathan

Future Hope Should Affect Present Life

1 Corinthians 15:29-34

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • How did Paul's life reflect his belief in the truth of the Gospel?
  • What is a Christian's hope?
  • How should Christians live differently from unbelievers?  Why?

Other passages to consider: Isa 22:13; Matt 5:13-16; Rom 6:3-13; 8:35; 1 Cor 15:1-28; 2 Cor 1:8-10; 4:7-12; 6:4-10; 11:23-29; Phil 1:21

Digging Deeper:

  • How can unbelievers have a negative influence on us?
  • What effect is my future hope having on my life now?
  • In what ways am I being influenced by the world?  What steps do I need to take?
  • How can my actions/commitments point others to faith in Christ?

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