Joy in Sorrow (John 16:16-24)

Key idea: We find a persevering and powerful joy when we see life in light of Christ and his gospel Four aspects of true joy to encourage our faith and increase our joy True joy recognizes the world’s counterfeits True joy is rooted in the Gospel True joy sees the bigger story Believe that suffering and joy can coexist Let your suffering lead you to Christ See your suffering with expectant hope True joy aligns our will with Christ through prayer To pray in Jesus’ name recognizes our poverty To pray in Jesus’......

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I Love to Tell the Story (Ephesians 2:1-10)

1. Chapter 1 – The Real Problem: Spiritual Death a. Totally corrupted by sin b. Seduced by the world’s values c. Enslaved to the rule of Satan d. Destined for judgment 2. Chapter 2 – The Divine Solution: the Gospel a. We have a hero who loves us b. We have a hero who forgives us c. We have a hero who shows us grace d. We have a hero who gives us a purpose...

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Better With the Spirit (John 16:4b-15)

Key Idea: Three realities about the Holy Spirit for strength in gospel sharing and gospel life. Three realities about the Holy Spirit: I. The Comforting Presence of the Spirit (v.4b-7) Our Advantageous Position Our Advocate’s Permanence II. The Convicting Power of the Spirit (v.8-11) Convicts people of their unbelief in Jesus Convicts people of their need for Jesus Convicts people of unbelief’s judgment III. The Clarifying Position of the Spirit (v.12-15) Clarifies Truth Clarifies His relationship to Father and Son Clarifies Jesus...

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Walking Wisely: How Scripture Guides Our Thinking and Our Voting

Walking Wisely: How Scripture Guides Our Thinking and Our Voting Faithfulness During Political Divisiveness (Part 3) Selected Scriptures Recommended Resources How the Nations Rage, by Jonathan Leeman How Can I Love Church Members with Different Politics, by Jonathan Leeman Before You Vote, by David Platt One Nation Under God, by Ashford and Pappalardo God and Politics, by Mark Dever Key Idea: We must vote faithfully and wisely (or abstain from voting) according to our biblically informed conscience. I. Purpose: What is purpose of our government and the purpose of our vote? A. What......

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Faithfulness During Political Divisiveness (Matthew 22:14-22) - Part 2

Key idea – We live faithfully in politics by living faithfully for Christ I. Live in Truth II. Live out Love III. Live with a Message An ambassador is someone who lives in a foreign land but represents their own king. Three ways to live with a message: A. Gospel priority B. “Convictional kindness” C. Visible love We demonstrate love by living out the good we hope the government promotes. IV. Live by Faith The solution to our anger, frustration, worry, concern, judgementalism, fears, etc., is making sure we are not making politics about......

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Faithfulness During Political Divisiveness (Matthew 22:15-22) - Part 1

Key idea – We live faithfully in politics by living faithfully for Christ I. Live in Truth A. Recognize that the culture offers a faulty version of reality B. Recognize biases in the presentation of facts (both “liberal” and “conservative”) C. Recognize the complexity of the issues at stake D. Recognize the difference between “straight-line” and “jagged-line” issues II. Live out Love A. Think more highly of people, than your opinions B. See others as people to love, not political views to loathe C. See your judgmentalism as a greater sin than others’......

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Peace in a Pandemic (Psalm 131)

Key Idea: A peaceful heart comes from a humble heart that hopes in Christ. I. A Peaceful Heart Starts with Humility Humility (in Psalm 131) is living for God, by living dependent on God. Humility is living for God An anxious heart comes because we live for the wrong things. Humility is living dependent on God II. A Peaceful Heart Needs the Right Hope Hope offers a rested heart because it focuses on the right relationship, not the right circumstances. True hope only comes in Christ. Practical application: Seek to know Christ....

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Purposeful Suffering (John 15:1-11)

Key idea: We find joy in our sufferings when we embrace Christ’s loving purposes behind them. Four truths to inform and shape our theology of suffering: I. Suffering is not the whole story, but part of the greater story of redemption II. Suffering is not meaningless, but has greater purposes Applications: A. We embrace suffering by believing God’s purposes are greater than our own (James 1:2-4; 1 Peter 1:6-7). Suffering is not the greatest danger; sin and stagnancy are. B. We embrace suffering by redirecting our focus to faith in Christ. III. Suffering does......

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