Thoughts from the Pastor

Thoughts from the Pastor

June 2, 2019

In today’s sermon, Jesus focused on the immediate events surrounding His Second Coming. The primary event that He emphasized was the final judgment. Jesus is going to judge everyone who has ever lived that judgment will be ultimate.

At the judgment, you are in one of two groups. You are either called a sheep, and in that group because of the grace of God, or you are called a goat, and in that group because you are cursed for your rejection of God. The evidence that shows which group you are in is the way in which you treat others – your works.

It should be very obvious that we who claim the name of Christian should be marked by good works. We simply MUST have the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control) as an active part of our lives. If we do not have these marks of the Christian, then we had better examine ourselves to see whether we really are Christian. In John, Jesus says, “By this will all men know that you are my disciples: by your love for one another.”

As you think through the sermon this week, look for evidence of the Spirit’s work in your life in how you serve others.

May 26, 2019

In this week’s message, we looked at the parable from Matthew 25 about the master who went away and left some of his possessions with his servants to manage. The master represented Christ and the servants represented professed believers.

One of the lessons we drew from this parable was that we have each been given a variety of opportunities to serve God in His kingdom for the sake of His glory. The question we have to ask ourselves is, “what are we doing with what God has given us?” Are we investing in things that have eternal impact? Are we seeking to display our love for God by our sacrificial service of our fellow church members?

The challenge to us if we want to be “good and faithful servants” is to look outside of ourselves, consider others to be more important than us, and give of our time, abilities and possessions (all temporal things) in order to help others on their spiritual journey. What are you doing and how can we help?

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday Bulletin

On Sunday, as we gather, we sing God-honoring music, read Scripture and pray together before we take the Lord’s Supper and listen to our pastor bring the Word of God.  The bulletin guides us through the worship service and includes announcements of upcoming events.

Our bulletin for the worship service can be found here.

Application and Preparation Guide

Application and Preparation Guide

To help us all grow as we engage with the text of Scripture, we supply a study guide of what the pastor is going to be preaching on Sunday morning.  This includes a notes section for while he is preaching, a group of application questions to ponder after the sermon and preparation questions for the next week.  In addition we provide a Bible reading schedule to help you if you want to read the Bible in a year and a map of our local area to stir us up to pray for the lost.

If you wish to follow along during the message, you can download the guide here.

Midweek Study Sheet

Midweek Study Sheet

Each week on Tuesday nights, we prepare ourselves for the upcoming sermon by studying the passage with our pastor.  Using the inductive study method (observation, interpretation, application), we dive into the text and learn not just about that particular passage, but also how to study the Bible.

To download the study guide, click here.