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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 3/26/2017

Our current message series is The Psalms of Ascent: Stepping Stones to God’s Heart. Sunday’s message was called Believing God’s Promise, taken from Psalm 132. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. David’s promise to God (1-9)
   A. David’s hardships (1)
      – 2 Samuel 6:1-11; Hebrew 6:10
   B. David’s promise to find a dwelling place for the Lord (2-5)
      – Genesis 28:16-22; 2 Samuel 7:1-2
   C. David’s fulfillment of his promise to God – the temple! (6-9)
      – Numbers 10:35-36; 2 Chronicles 6:41-42

II. God’s promise to David (10-12)
   A. God’s promise of the Messiah (10)
      – 2 Chronicles 6:42
   B. God’s promise to establish David’s throne (11-12)
      – 2 Samuel 7:11-13
   C. God’s fulfillment of his promise to David – Jesus!
      – Ephesians 3:20

III. God’s promise to us (13-18)
   A. God’s promise to dwell with his people (13-14)
      – Isaiah 66:1; Matthew 1:22-23; John 1:14
   B. God’s promise to bless us with his salvation (15-16)
      – 1 Peter 2:9-10
   C. God’s fulfillment of his promise to us – Christ’s reign in heaven! (17-18)
      – Revelation 21:1-4, 22-27

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 2/19/2017

Our current message series is The Psalms of Ascent: Stepping Stones to God’s Heart. Sunday’s message was called Resting in God’s Blessing, taken from Psalm 127. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. God’s blessing and provision in your work (1-2)
   A. Without God your work is in vain
      – Psalm 90:17; Proverbs 16:3; John 15:5; Heb 3:4; James 4:13-17
   B. God grants sleep to those he loves
      – Psalm 3:5-6, 4:8, 104:19-23; Proverbs 10:22; Mark 4:38

II. God’s blessing and provision in your home (3-5)
   A. Children are a gift from the Lord
      – Genesis 33:5; 1 Samuel 1:27; James 1:17
   B. Children support and protect us in our old age
      – Deuteronomy 5:16; Proverbs 23:22; 1 Timothy 5:4,8
   C. God will provide for all your needs
      – Psalm 55:22; Matthew 6:33; Philippians 4:19

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 12/18/2016

Sunday’s message was on The Star of Bethlehem from Matthew 2:1-12. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Consider the heavens
   – Psalm 8:3-4; Genesis 1:14-15

II. Consider the Scriptures (Matthew 2:2)
   – Genesis 49:10; Numbers 24:17; Isaiah 60:1-3

III. Consider the miracle
   A. The timing of the star was miraculous (Matthew 2:7, 16)
   B. The movement of the star was miraculous (Matthew 2:9)
   C. Common explanations for the star:
      1) Comet
      2) Conjunction of planets
      3) Supernova
      4) Manifestation of God’s glory

IV. Consider the purpose (Matthew 2:3-6, 10; 28:19)
   – points us to Christ, the only Savior for the world
   – reminds us to share the good news of Jesus with others

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 12/4/2016

Sunday was the last message in our series on Living the Christ-Centered Life through the book of Colossians. The message was called We’re All in This Together, taken from Colossians 4:7-18. Here is a brief outline of the message:

1. Faithful messengers (7-9)
   – Tychicus > fellow worker; carried letter to Colossians
   – Onesimus > runaway slave; subject of letter to Philemon

2. Jewish co-workers and comforters (10-11)
   – Aristarchus > fellow prisoner; from Thessalonica
   – Mark > restored to ministry; wrote the gospel of Mark
   – Justus > fellow worker for the kingdom of God

3. Epaphras, the prayer warrior (12-13)
   – founder of the church at Colosse (Colossians 1:7)
   – always wrestling in prayer (Colossians 1:9, 28-29)
   – worked hard for the churches (Colossians 2:1)

4. Good friends and traveling companions (14)
   – Luke > Paul’s personal physician; wrote Luke and Acts
   – Demas > eventual deserter (2 Timothy 4:10-12; 1 John 2:15)

5. Valued recipients (15-17)
   – Nympha > church met at her house
   – the church at Laodicea > letter exchange (perhaps Ephesians?)
   – Archippus > told to complete his ministry (cf. 2 Timothy 4:5)

6. The apostle Paul (18)
   – personal greeting in his own handwriting
   – suffering for Christ and the gospel
   – letter begins and ends with grace (Colossians 1:1-2)

       You can’t live the Christ-centered life on your own;
                           we’re all in this together!

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 11/27/2016

Our message series is Living the Christ-Centered Life through the book of Colossians. Last Sunday’s message was called On Mission in the World, taken from Colossians 4:2-6. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Pray for opportunities to share the gospel (2-4)
   A. Devote yourselves to prayer (be persistent, watchful and thankful)
      – Acts 1:14; Ephesians 6:18
   B. Pray that God will open doors for the message of Christ
      – 1 Corinthians 16:9; 2 Timothy 2:9
   C. Pray for open mouths to proclaim the message clearly
      – Acts 28:30-31; Ephesians 6:19

II. Live your life in light of the gospel (5)
   A. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders
      – Ephesians 5:15; Colossians 1:9, 21; Titus 2:10
   B. Make the most of every opportunity
      – Psalm 90:12; Ephesians 5:16

III. Guard your speech for the sake of the gospel (6)
   A. Let your conversation be always full of grace
      – Psalm 141:3; Luke 4:22
   B. Let your words be seasoned with truth and love
      – Ephesians 4:29; Colossians 3:8
   C. Be prepared to share the gospel with anyone at any time
      – 1 Peter 3:15-16

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 11/20/2016

Our message series is Living the Christ-Centered Life through the book of Colossians. Last Sunday’s message was called Christ-Centered Relationships, taken from Colossians 3:18-4:1. Here is a brief outline of the message:

General principle: order, authority and submission (Romans 13:1-2)

I. Christ-centered marriage relationships (3:18-19)
   A. Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord
         – 1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 5:22-24
   B. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them
         – 1 Corinthians 7:33-34; Ephesians 5:25; 1 Peter 3:7

II. Christ-centered parenting relationships (3:20-21)
   A. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord
         – Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:1; 2 Timothy 3:1-2
   B. Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged
         – Psalm 103:13-14; Ephesians 6:4

III. Christ-centered work relationships (3:22-4:1)
   A. Workers, obey your bosses (3:22-25)
         – Ephesians 6:5-8; 1 Timothy 6:1-2
      1) in all things and at all times even when they’re not looking
      2) with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord
      3) work with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men
      4) know that there is no favoritism
   B. Bosses, take care of your workers (4:1)
         – Ephesians 6:9; 1 Timothy 5:18; James 5:4
      1) provide them with what is right and fair
      2) know that you also have a Master in heaven

Look at Christ for your example:
   1) Husband/wives – look at Christ and his relationship with the church
   2) Children – look at Jesus who obeyed his parents
   3) Parents – look at Christ and his compassion
   4) Masters/slaves – look at the Lord as the ultimate reward-giver and judge

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 11/6/2016

Our message series is Living the Christ-Centered Life through the book of Colossians. Last Sunday’s message was called On with the New, taken from Colossians 3:12-17. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Clothe yourselves with Christ-like qualities (12-14)
   A. Compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience (12)
      – Deuteronomy 7:6-8; Ephesians 1:4-5; Galatians 5:22-23
   B. Bear with and forgive each other (13)
      – Matthew 18:21-22; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 2:13
   C. Over all these put on love (14)
      – John 13:34; 1 Corinthians 13:13; Galatians 5:22

II. Live as members of one body of Christ (15-16)
   A. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts (15)
      – Ephesians 4:3-4
   B. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly (16)
      1) as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom
         – Colossians 1:28
      2) as you sing songs with gratitude in your hearts to God
         – Ephesians 5:18-20

III. Do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus (17)
   A. Whatever you do, whether in word or in deed (17a)
      – Colossians 2:6; 1 Corinthians 10:31
   B. Giving thanks to God the Father through Jesus (17b)
      – John 14:6; Colossians 1:3,12; 2:7; 3:15,16,17; 4:2

“Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 13:14)

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 10/30/2016

Our message series is Living the Christ-Centered Life through the book of Colossians. Sunday’s message was called Off with the Old, taken from Colossians 3:5-11. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Get rid of the sinful things in your life
   A. Put them to death (5)
      – Romans 8:13
   B. Remove them like clothing (8-9)
      – Colossians 2:11 (“put off”), 2:15 (“disarmed”)

II. Examples of sinful things we should get rid of
   A. Sexual sins (5) – sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil
      desires, greed/idolatry (Exodus 20:17; Romans 1:24-25)
   B. Interpersonal sins (8-9) – anger, rage, malice, slander, filthy
      language, lying (Matthew 12:36-37; Ephesians 4:29, 5:3-4)

III. Four reasons why we should get rid of these things
   A. God’s wrath is coming because of these things (6)
      – Ephesians 5:5-7
   B. These things belong to your old way of life (7)
      – Romans 6:21-23
   C. God is making you into someone new (9-10)
      – Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18, 5:17; Ephesians 4:22-24
   D. In Christ all the man-made barriers have been removed (11)
      – 1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:26-28 (racial, religious, cultural, social)

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 10/23/2016

Our message series is Living the Christ-Centered Life through the book of Colossians. Sunday’s message was called Raised with Christ, taken from Colossians 3:1-4. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Two commands for those who have been raised with Christ (1-2)
   A. Set your hearts on things above (a new direction or goal)
      – Matthew 6:19-21, 33; Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 2:12
   B. Set your minds on things above (a new focus)
      – 2 Cor. 5:15-16; Philippians 3:19-20, 4:8; 1 John 2:17

II. Three reasons why you should do these things (3-4)
   A. You died with Christ (past)
      – Galatians 2:20
   B. Your life is now hidden with Christ in God (present)
      – John 10:28-30, 17:20-21; Romans 8:39
   C. When Christ appears, you will appear with him in glory (future)
      – John 14:6,19; Philippians 1:21; 2 Thess. 1:10; 1 John 3:2

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 10/16/2016

Our message series is Living the Christ-Centered Life through the book of Colossians. Sunday’s message was called Poor Substitutes, taken from Colossians 2:16-23. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Fighting legalism – Don’t let anyone judge you (16-17)
   A. Relying on religious rules for acceptance by God
      – Leviticus 23; Mark 7:14-15; Romans 14:5,17
   B. The problem: only shadows of the things that were to come
      – Hebrews 9:10, 10:1
   C. The solution: Focus on the reality which is found in Christ.
      – John 6:41; 1 Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews 4:1-11

II. Fighting mysticism – Don’t let anyone disqualify you (18-19)
   A. Relying on religious experience for status within the church
      – 1 Timothy 2:5; Matthew 4:10; Revelation 19:10
   B. The problem: false humility (pride)
      – 2 Corinthians 12:1-10
   C. The solution: Stay connected with Christ.
      – John 15:4-5; Colossians 2:2, 3:14

III. Fighting asceticism – Don’t let anyone take away your freedom (20-23)
   A. Relying on religious acts of self-denial to grow in holiness
      – John 15:19; Galatians 4:9; 1 Timothy 4:1-5
   B. The problem: merely human commands and teachings
      – Isaiah 29:13; Colossians 2:3; 1 Timothy 6:17
   C. The solution: Remember that you already died with Christ.
      – Galatians 2:19; Colossians 2:20

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 10/9/2016

Our message series is Living the Christ-Centered Life through the book of Colossians. Sunday’s message was called The Power of the Cross, taken from Colossians 2:11-15. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Freed from sin (11-13a) – by receiving new life in Christ
   A. Symbolized by circumcision (11)
      – Deuteronomy 10:16, 30:6; Jeremiah 4:4; Romans 2:28-29
   B. Symbolized by baptism (12)
      – Romans 6:4-7
   C. Made alive with Christ (13a)
      – 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:1-5

II. Freed from the law (13b-14) – by the forgiveness of your sins
   A. Cancelled your debt (14a)
      – Psalm 32:1-2; Galatians 3:10
   B. Took away the law as a condemning force (14b)
      – Romans 6:14, 7:6, 8:1-2

III. Freed from Satan (15) – by Christ’s defeat of all the spiritual forces of evil
   A. Disarmed the spiritual forces (15a)
      – 1 Corinthians 2:8; Hebrews 2:14
   B. Triumphed over them by the cross (15b)
      – John 12:31

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 10/2/2016

Our message series is Living the Christ-Centered Life through the book of Colossians. Sunday’s message was called Living in Christ, taken from Colossians 2:6-10. Here is a brief outline of the message:

“Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him.

I. Faith in Christ (6-7)
   A. Rooted and built up in him
      – John 15:5
   B. Strengthened in the faith as you were taught
      – Acts 20:32
   C. Overflowing with thankfulness
      – Colossians 1:3,12, 2:7, 3:15,16,17, 4:2

II. Freedom in Christ (8)
   A. Watch out for hollow and deceptive philosophy
      – Acts 20:29; Colossians 1:13
   B. Do not look to human tradition or the basic principles of this world
      – Mark 7:8; Galatians 4:3, 8-9
   C. True freedom is found in Christ alone
      – Galatians 5:1

III. Fullness in Christ (9-10)
   A. All the fullness of God lives in Christ
      – Colossians 1:19
   B. Christ is the head over every power and authority
      – Matthew 28:16; Colossians 1:16, 18
   C. You have been given fullness in Christ
      – John 1:16, 10:10; Eph. 3:19; Col. 1:9, 19, 24-25, 2:2, 9-10

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