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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 5/21/2017

Sunday’s message was the first in the new Real Answers about Heaven series. The message was called The Dwelling Place of God, taken from Psalm 33:13-14. Here is a brief outline of the message:

Introduction: Only the Bible gives us trustworthy answers about heaven.
   – Deuteronomy 29:29; John 3:13; Revelation 21:5

I. Heaven is God’s house (Genesis 28:17; Psalm 23:6; John 14:2)
   A. Heaven is where God lives.
      – 1 Kings 8:30; Matthew 6:9; Hebrews 12:22; Rev 21:3
   B. God’s home reflects God’s character.
      1) Heaven is a place of beauty.
         – Psalm 27:4; 1 Corinthians 2:9; Revelation 21:2
      2) Heaven is a place of holiness.
         – Deuteronomy 26:15; Isaiah 57:15; Revelation 21:27
      3) Heaven is a place of love.
         – Isaiah 57:15; 1 Corinthians 13:13; 1 John 4:15-16
   C. God is central to heaven.
      – Psalm 73:25; Isaiah 6:1; Ezekiel 48:35

II. Heaven is where God’s throne is located
   A. God is worshiped on his throne in heaven.
      – Isaiah 6:1-3; Revelation 5:13-14 (all of Revelation 4-5!)
   B. God watches and rules over all the earth.
      – Psalm 11:4, 33:13-15; Daniel 4:26

III. Heaven is Jesus’ home
   A. Jesus came from heaven, and he returned to heaven.
      – John 6:38, 16:28; Hebrews 9:24
   B. Jesus is the only way for us to go to heaven.
      – John 14:6; Acts 4:12

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 5/14/2017

Sunday’s message was a Mother’s Day sermon from the Famous Mothers in the Bible series. The message was called Hagar – The Crying Mother, taken from Genesis 16 and 21. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. God sees you in your pain (Genesis 16:1-16)
   A. When you feel like you have no control over your life (1-3)
   B. When others mistreat you (4-6)
   C. God sees your pain and intervenes (16:7-16)
      – Psalm 34:15,18

II. God hears you in your distress (Genesis 21:8-21)
   A. When your children cause you distress (8-13)
   B. When your distress brings you to tears (14-16)
   C. God hears your crying and intervenes (17-21)
      – Psalm 116:1-2

III. God loves you and has a plan for you (Jeremiah 29:11)
   A. God knows the plans he has for you
      – Proverbs 3:5-6
   B. God will give you hope and a future
      – Romans 8:28

“God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain.” (Revelation 21:3-4)

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Easter, Death and Taxes

Sunday’s Easter message was called Easter, Death and Taxes. Here is a brief outline of the message:

The inevitability of death –
   1) Death began with Adam and Eve’s sin in the garden
      – Genesis 2:15-17, 5:5
   2) We all sin without exception
      – Psalm 51:5; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:23
   3) We all die because we all sin (physical/spiritual/eternal death)
      – Isaiah 59:2; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-2; 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9

The inevitability of taxes –
   1) God tells you to pay what you owe
      – Matthew 17:27, 22:21; Romans 13:7
   2) When it comes to sin we owe a debt we cannot pay
      – Psalm 49:7-9; Romans 3:20, 6:23; Galatians 2:21
   3) The day of accounting comes for us all
      – John 5:28-29; Revelation 20:11-15

The good news of Easter –
   1) Christ is risen!
      – Matthew 28:1-10
   2) Death is defeated!
      – John 11:25-27; 1 Corinthians 15:54-56
   3) The debt has been paid!
      – Romans 4:4-8, 6:23

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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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