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Preparing for Worship: June 25, 2017

Text: Mark 6:14-29
Title: “The Haunting of Herod”

One of the things that will make hell a place of torment is the reality of memory. All of the memories of God’s grace rejected. All the memories of opportunities wasted. In our verses this Lord’s Day, we are given a narrative flashback. Mark tells us how Herod Antipas reacted to the news of Jesus, and that provided an opportunity to tell us of how Herod had treated John the Baptist. What becomes evident is that Herod was a conflicted man with a troubled conscience. The challenge for us will be to respond to Christ in a way that would never leave us with regret.

  1. A CONSCIENCE-DRIVEN CONCLUSION (vv. 14-16)
  2. A CONSCIENCE-TROUBLING RELATIONSHIP (vv. 17-20)
  3. A CONSCIENCE-TESTING REQUEST (vv. 21-26)
  4. A CONSCIENCE-IGNORING CHOICE (vv. 27-29)

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here:

  1. Come Thou Almighty King
  2. Only a Holy God
  3. How Sweet and Aweful is the Place

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Preparing for Worship: June 18, 2017

Text: Mark 6:7-13
Title: “Apprenticeship”

This Lord’s Day we witness a new stage in the training of the twelve apostles. Christ chose them to be with Him, and that He might send them out to preach and exercise His authority (Mark 3). In our passage we will see that it was now time for that hands-on experience. Christ was preparing His men for the task that would be theirs after His resurrection and ascension. As we examine the passage we will see six important lessons about ministry.

I. MINISTRY IS A SLAVE’S WORK
II. MINISTRY IS A SHARED WORK
III. MINISTRY IS A SURRENDERED WORK
IV. MINISTRY IS A SATISFIED WORK
V. MINISTRY IS A SOBERING WORK
VI. MINISTRY IS A SUPERNATURAL WORK

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Preparing for Worship: June 11, 2017

Sunday AM
Text: Mark 6:1-6
Title: “Morally Blind”

The previous section of Mark emphasized faith. When Jesus calmed the storm He exhorted His disciples to believe instead of fear. When Jesus delivered the demonized man from the legion of demons, that man’s faith was on display in his deliverance from evil, his desire to follow Jesus, and his bold testimony that followed the commission he received from Christ. When the woman who touched the hem of Christ’s garment was healed, Jesus told her that her faith had made her well. And when Jairus received news that his daughter had just died, Jesus told him not to fear but to believe.

The next section of Mark emphasizes just the opposite. In the text that we examine this Lord’s Day we see unbelief on display. It is an unbelief that dishonored Jesus, but it did more. The unbelief on display in Nazareth amazed Jesus. Only twice in the New Testament are we told that Jesus marveled. He marveled at the faith of a centurion (see Matthew 8:10; Luke 7:9), and He marveled at the wicked unbelief on display in Nazareth.

     I. THE PLACE WHERE UNBELIEF WAS MANIFESTED (vv. 1-2a)
     II. THE CHARACTERISTICS OF UNBELIEF THAT WERE MANIFESTED (vv. 2b-6)

On Sunday evening we will return to our study in 2 Corinthians: 

     Text: 2 Corinthians 5:14-21
     Title: “A New Creation Perspective”

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here:

  1. Jesus Paid it All
  2. His Mercy is More
  3. Raised to Life
  4. Jesus, Thank You
  5. All I Have is Christ 

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Preparing for Worship: June 4, 2017

What do you do when you’re facing a difficult temptation or trial? What is your response to the devil’s schemes? Matthew 4:1-11 recounts Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness by Satan. Jesus had been fasting for 40 days and 40 nights, he was alone, hungry, and exhausted—a perfect storm of physical and mental ailments that would make a normal Christian susceptible to failure. But as we look to Matthew 4 in the morning service, it is comforting to know that our Lord faced such temptation but overcame it. When the devil tempts believers, they can be encouraged by the fact that they know him who conquered the devil for them. 

Matthew 4:1-11 is easily divided into three scenes with three locations, three temptations, and three responses from Jesus:

     Scene 1—The Wilderness (Matt 4:1-4)
          Temptation: stones to bread
          Response: Deuteronomy 8:3 

     Scene 2—The Temple (Matt 4:5-7)
          Temptation: miracles and signs, definitive proof
          Response: Deuteronomy 6:16

     Scene 3—A High Mountain (Matt 4:8-11)
          Temptation: all kingdoms and their glory
          Response: Deuteronomy 6:13

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here

  1. Come Thou Fount
  2. It is Well with My Soul
  3. Man of Sorrows
  4. Only the Blood
  5. Trust You

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Preparing for Worship: May 28, 2017

For this week’s worship post there is something I would like to stress. Sunday is the Lord’s Day. We have two worship services. Both are vital. Both are included in our membership covenant when we all pledged to be faithful to the worship services of our church. Please don’t be a “oncer.” I know that Monday is Memorial Day. There is no better way to enter the week than with the sweetness of a Sunday evening time in corporate worship where the Word of God is preached.

Sunday AM: Mark 5:35-43 – “Christ’s Power Over Death”Sunday PM: 1 Corinthians 5:11-15 – “A Faithful Man’s Concern in Ministry”

Read both texts and come ready to give worship to our God, to exhort one another, and to hear from God’s Word!

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here:

  1. How Great Thou Art
  2. Jesus Lover of My Soul
  3. In the Name of God
  4. Trust You

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Preparing for Worship: May 14, 2017

Text: 1 Peter 3:1-7
Title: “The Real War on Women”

This Lord’s Day we will consider the war on women. I’m talking about the real war on women. It is the Satanic and worldly attack on God’s design for womanhood as revealed in Scripture. We will see that women who have placed their faith in Christ as Lord, and desire to live godly lives, are distinct from the unbelieving world around them:

  1. THE INFLUENCE OF A HOLY WOMAN (vv. 1-2)
  2. THE FOCUS OF A HOLY WOMAN (vv. 3-4)
  3. THE DISTINCTIVENESS OF A HOLY WOMAN (v. 5)
  4. THE FAITH OF A HOLY WOMAN (vv. 6-7)

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here

  1. A Mighty Fortress is Our God
  2. Only a Holy God
  3. Jesus is Better
  4. Not in Me

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Preparing for Worship: May 7, 2017

Text: Mark 5:21-43
Title: “Lord over Life and Death”

Look at Christ. Watch Him, and listen to Him. What we are meant to see answers a question we’ve heard more than once in our study of Mark: “Who is this man?”

He is the Lord, that’s the answer. We have seen His authority over nature (4:35-41). We have seen His authority over the powers of darkness (5:1-20). This Lord’s Day we are presented with a day in the life and ministry of Jesus that magnifies His lordship in two additional ways. Jesus has authority (1) over disease, and (2) over the last enemy—death.

We will watch and listen as the providence of God has Jesus meeting with two people who are very different, and yet very much the same. He meets with a poor woman who is motivated by 12 years of pain, and He meets with a man of reputation who is motivated by the life of a daughter who represents 12 years of joy.

We will examine the passage under three headings:

  1. A DESPERATE MAN AND A WILLING LORD (vv. 21-24)
  2. A DEPLETED WOMAN AND AN ALL-SUFFICIENT LORD (vv. 25-34)
  3. A DECEASED DAUGHTER AND A LIFE-GIVING LORD (vv. 35-43)

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here

  1. Solid Rock
  2. How Great Thou Art
  3. Psalm 126
  4. He Will hold Me Fast

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Preparing for Worship: April 30, 2017

Text: Mark 5:1-20

Titles:  AM – “No Power Too Strong” (vv. 1-13)
           PM – “Madness in the Face of Mercy” (vv. 14-20)

The Son of God came into the world to set the captives free. He came into the world to destroy the works of the devil. This Lord’s Day we will see that there is no one beyond the Redeemer’s liberating ability. We will also see the kind of madness that would turn away from such mercy.

  1. AN UNHOLY GREETING PARTY (vv. 1-8)
  2. A HOLY DELIVERING POWER (vv. 9-13)
  3. AN UNHOLY RESPONSE TO DELIVERANCE (vv. 14-17)
  4. A HOLY RESPONSE TO DELIVERANCE (vv. 18-20)

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here

  1. Come Thou Almighty King
  2. His Mercy is More
  3. In the Name of God
  4. Our Great God
  5. Only the Blood

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Preparing for Worship: April 23, 2017

Text: Mark 4:35-41
Title: “Faith Informed”

It is possible to have a faith that underestimates its object. The disciples believed enough in Jesus that they asked Him to save them in the midst of a great storm (Matt 8:25), yet are rebuked for a lack of faith that caused them to panic in that same storm (Mark 4:40). Are we not the same? This Lord’s Day we will see the authority and power of Jesus over nature. A great storm provides a great test and a great testimony at the same time. The test provides the platform for a great testimony of the nature and authority of Jesus, but at the same time testifies to the smallness and weakness of those whom He saves. It is a great opportunity for us to glory in our Savior, and to humbly learn why we don’t trust Him as we should.

  1. A TRIP ACROSS THE SEA (vv. 35-36)
  2. A TEST ARRIVING IN A GREAT STORM (vv. 37-38)
  3. A TESTIMONY OF CHRIST’S GREATNESS AND THE DISCIPLE’S SMALLNESS (vv. 39-40)
  4. A FEAR GREATER THAN THE FEAR OF THE STORM (v. 41)

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here. You can also download the music using the iTunes links below:

  1. New Again (iTunes)
  2. Chris is Risen (iTunes)
  3. Behold the Christ (iTunes)
  4. How Deep the Father’s Love for Us (iTunes)
  5. All Glory Be to Christ (iTunes)

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Preparing for Worship: April 16, 2017

Sermon Text: Revelation 1:4-6

4 John to the seven churches that are in Asia:

Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne,

5 and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood

6 and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here

1. Man of Sorrows
2. Only a Holy God
3. Grace So Glorious
4. Jesus Thank You
5. Raised to Life 

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