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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

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 

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

Joy in the Midst of Pain

March 27, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

Joy in the Midst of Pain – 1 Peter 1:6-9

 

Reason #1 – The grounds for our joy is our ______________________.

 

Reason #2 – God has a __________________ for our temporary pain.

                Purpose #1 – Assuring us of our ______________ of our salvation/inheritance

                                                (proving the genuineness of our faith)

                Purpose #2 – Increasing our ________________ of our salvation.

                                                (purifying the quality of our faith)

Digging Deeper:

  • What is the danger of tying our joy to our circumstances?
  • Why is the joy of the Christian unshakable – even in the midst of pain?
  • How does God use trials in our lives?
  • Do you tend to grow closer to God in times of difficulty?  Why?
  • What (or better, who) is our ultimate inheritance?  (see Rom 8:17, Matt 5:8)

Other Passages to Consider:

Matt 5:10-12; John 16:33; 20:29; Rom 8:16-18; Phil 3:10-11; Jam 1:2-4; 1 Pet 4:12-13)

Joy and Peace, Even When Life is Hard

July 13, 2019
By Pastor Jathan

Joy and Peace, Even When Life is Hard – Psalm 27

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • How does David describe the dangers he is facing?  What emotions is David experiencing in the midst of this trouble?
  • What is David’s passion in life?  How does he pursue that passion?
  • Why should confidence in God lead to seeking the Lord all the more?

Other passages to consider: Ex 34:5-8; Ps 13; 17; 23; 42:1-2; Isa 40:28-31; Luke 10:38-42; Eph 6:10-20; Heb 1:1-3

Digging Deeper:

  • What is your #1 pursuit in life?  What should it be?
  • What does it look like for you to seek God’s face?  How can you grow in this?
  • Why can you have peace even in the midst of trials? 
  • What are you waiting on the Lord for right now?  How does this Psalm help you to wait?

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