May 28 – Philippians 1:3-8, Attributes of a Joyful Life, Part One

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In the first full paragraph of Philippians, Paul recounts his prayers regarding the Philippian church. Paul is a man who, though in prison, is filled with joy and who wants them to have the same joy. Thus, the first part of the prayer (3-8), Paul is explaining HIS joy, and the second part of the prayer (9-11) he explains his request for joy in their own lives. Based on that structure we will spend a few Sundays studying first, the Attributes of a Joyful Life, followed by a couple weeks looking at the Objectives of a Joyful Life. Take time to read the passage, meditate on it and if you have time take a look at the following sermon:

The Elements of Joy (Listen – 53min; Read 20min)

May 21 — Philippians 1:1-2, Finding Joy by Following Christ, Part 2

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Sunday, we return once again to wrap up our introduction to Philippians. I felt it was a necessary digression to spend a little extra time on the subject of elders and deacons, especially since, as promised last year, in the coming months we will be working on new church organizational documents. This coming week, it should not take us too long to wrap up the introduction to the letter and we will be on our way marching through this great book. For now, though, prepare your heart by looking again at some introductory material on the book.

Partners in the Gospel (Listen – 38min)

Book of Philippians Overview (Read – 5min)

May 14 — Philippians 1:1-2, Finding Joy by Following Christ

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Sunday, we are blessed to start studying Paul’s letter to the Philippians. This letter is packed with joyous truth — in fact, in this book of merely 4 chapters, Paul mentions the theme of joy at least 10 times! What is most surprising is that Paul wrote this joyous letter from a Roman prison! I suspect that many of us, though truly saved, have, perhaps, “lost” the joy of His salvation. So, we desperately need to have this glorious book injected into our hearts. I look forward to being with you on Sunday!  Check out the following resources to prepare your heart for Sunday.

The Epistle of Joy (Listen – 64min; Read – 25min)

The Book of Philippians (Read – 5min)

May 7 — 3 John 9-13, Gallery of God’s Church, Part 2

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This week we have the very special opportunity to ordain Ryan Edwards as one of our pastors. Providentially, we are studying a fellow, a godly man in 3 John, by the name of Demetrius. What a privilege it is to unite as a church to recognize and call men into the ministry. Check out the following sermon to help prepare your heart for Sunday.

Commendation of Demetrius (Listen/Watch – 41min)

April 30 — 3 John 1-8, Gallery of God’s Church, Part 1

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This week we come to a very personal letter written by the Apostle John to a man who is likely the pastor of another congregation. In this letter John talks to the recipient of the letter, Gaius, and commends him on several fronts. Then he condemns a man by the name of Diotrephes. And finally he closes by commending another fellow by the name of Demetrius. So in this letter we have depictions of three different men in one church — almost like we are getting a photo or painting of each man and his character. Take time to read the book, and check out the following resources to help you prepare for Sunday.

Walk in the Truth (Listen/Watch — 30min)

Walking in the Light (Read – 5min)

Here is a new song we will be singing this week:

April 23 — 2 John 7-13, Motivation for a Biblically Sound Church

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Sunday we finish our study of this little letter, 2 John. Last time, you may remember, we defined the kind of church that makes God happy. You could call this a “biblically sound” church since it seeks to follow the aspirations and prescriptions of Scripture. Ultimately, we discovered that the church that makes God happy is a church that is a discerning church, a loving church, and an obedient church. Now, aside from making God happy, (though this should be enough) what’s the motivation — why?  John lays this out as we look there at the remaining verses.

Discerning False Teachers (Read – 10min)

April 16 — Luke 24:13-35, Did Not our Hearts Burn?

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Sunday we will be studying the beautiful story of the Road to Emmaus. I’d encourage you to read the story, but I’d make sure to read chapter 23 of Luke as well. Also, below I have linked to a few articles from your favorite ministries regarding the resurrection. Take the time to read these and check out their other resources while you meditate on the truth of the resurrection.

Don’t Forget the Resurrection (John MacArthur)

A Matter of Death and Life (R.C. Sproul)

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ (Al Mohler)

Radical Effects of the Resurrection (John Piper)

 

April 9 — 2 John 4-6, The Church that Makes God Happy

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In 2 John 4, the Apostle says that he rejoiced about the news coming from them. If John, under the inspiration of the Spirit is happy, we can assume what he describes here makes God happy. So what kind of church makes God happy? In the end, the kind of church that is a church who focuses on truth and discernment, who seeks to obey all the commands of scripture, and who pays special attention to loving one another. Read the book, and check out the following resources.

What is Biblical Discernment? (Read – 10min)

Reading out of Love for Others (Read – 10min)

April 2 — 2 John 1-2, The Truth that Unites and Divides

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Sunday, we will begin our look at 2 John. In terms of word count (not verse count) 2 John is the second shortest book in the Bible (the shortest by this measure is 3 John). We will only be in it 2-3 weeks! Yet this magnificent book is loaded with wonderful truth. In fact, that’s the theme — loving in the truth. As he did in 1 John, the Apostle expertly weaves together both truth and love, showing us that true love is built on genuine truth. Take time to read the whole book, it should not take you long, and check out the following resources:

Book of 2 John (Read – 5min)

March 26 — Malachi, The Right Response to Revelation

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Sunday we are so privileged to complete our journey through the Old Testament. Malachi was the final divinely-ordained prophet to preach to the people before hundreds of years of silence and the Messiah. His message is essentially to reveal realities about God and call them to repent and respond, by looking to the Messiah. Take time to read the short book and check out the following resources for more study.

The Book of Malachi (Read – 5min)

Responding to God’s Word (Read – 20min; Listen – 51min)