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Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus
Seeing Jesus in the “Boring Books” of the Old Testament
- He Opened to Us the Scriptures – Luke 24.36-39
- I Will Give You Rest – Joshua 1.1-9 & 24.14-18
- He Has Given Him Authority to Judge – Judges 2.11-23; 21.25
- The Time for Restoring All Things – 1 Samuel 8.1-22
- A House for My Name – 2 Samuel 7.1-29
- And His Kingdom was Firmly Established – 1 Kings 1.28-37; 11.1-13
- You are the God of All the Kingdoms of the Earth – 2 Kings 17.1-18; 25.27-30
- Rebuilding the ‘House’ of God – Ezra 1.1-11
- The Good Hand of God at Work – Nehemiah 1.1-11
- Save Us, O God of Our Salvation – 1 Chronicles 17.1-27
2016: September 11 – November 20:
Individual Sermons (2016):
- February 21st 2016 – Praising Him Who is Behind the Scenes
– Esther 3.1-9; 8.11-17 (Don Parillon)
- July 3rd 2016 – Are We Ready?
– John 20.24-31 (Paul Kleinau)
- July 10th 2016 – Guest Speaker: Jason Casper
- July 31st 2016 – Stewart Weinisch (Jews for Jesus)
- August 7th 2016 – What God Says Will Happen in the End
– Luke 19.41-48 (Marv Robinson, Missions Door, NY)
- August 14th 2016 – The Lord is Our Refuge
– Psalm 91 (Anthony Barone)
- September 4th, 2016 – Work Heartily, As For the Lord
– Colossians 3.12 – 4.1 (Pastor Mark)
- October 9th, 2016 – Bear One Another’s Burdens
– Galatians 6.1-10 (Pastor Tom)
- November 26th, 2016 – ‘Tis the Season
– Matthew 4.12-17 (Pastor Nick Mustakas)
2016: April 3 – August 28:
- Members One of Another – Romans 12.1-8
- Let Love Be Genuine – Romans 12.9-21
- Love One Another with Brotherly Affection – Romans 12.9-21
- Overcome Evil with Good – Romans 12.17-21
- Be Subject to the Governing Authorities – Romans 13.1-7
- Owe No One Anything, Except to Love Each Other – Romans 13.8-14
- Who Are You to Judge? – Romans 14.1-15.7
- Let Us Pursue what Makes for Peace – Romans 14.1-15.7
- Welcome One Another as Christ has Welcomed You – Romans 15.1-7
- In Him Will the Gentiles Hope – Romans 15.1-13
- Fulfilling the Ministry of the Gospel of Christ – Romans 15.14-33
- Fellow Workers in Christ Jesus – Romans 16.1-16
- To the Only Wise God, Be Glory Forevermore – Romans 16.17-27
“Kingdom Life: The Parables of Jesus”
Dear Beloved of God,
As we enter a new calendar year, we look back to recall God’s faithfulness to us over the course of another year. We also look ahead with hope, trusting God for what he has in store for his people. To that end we are reminded of the priorities established for us by Jesus, who began his public ministry with the words: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1.15). A short time later, Jesus instructs his followers to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness” (Matthew 6.33).
But just what is the kingdom of God? And how are we to live in light of this glorious kingdom? How does this reality affect our everyday lives and relationships? In order to help us understand the Biblical answers to these life-altering questions, we will begin a new series called, Kingdom Life: The Parables of Jesus.
Focusing primarily on the gospel of Matthew, we will listen carefully in this new year to our Savior’s teaching, in order to grow in our understanding of life under the reign and rule of King Jesus.
Praying for and seeking first his kingdom with you,
2016: January 3 – March 27
- 2016 – Opening Prayer
- Why Do You Speak to Them in Parables? – Mark 4:1-20
- What Kind of Dirt are You? – Mark 4:1-20
- Who is My Neighbor? – Luke 10:25-37
- What’s It Worth to You? – Matthew 13:44-50
- What Do You Think…About the Lost? – Matthew 18.1-14
- How Often Will I Forgive? – Matthew 18.21-35
- Won’t Our Heavenly Father Give Us the Holy Spirit? – Luke 11.1-13
- Who’s On Our Guest List? – Luke 14.12-24
- Where Will We Sit? – Luke 14:7-11
- Which of the Two Did the Will of His Father? – Matthew 21.23-32
- In My Place Condemned He Stood – Matthew 27:32-66
- Are You Ready? – Matthew 28:1-20; Matthew 25:1-13
“By God’s Design”
- In the Beginning God – Genesis 1.1 – 2.3
- Male and Female He Created Them – Genesis 2:4-25
- Male and Female He Created Them (2) – Genesis 2:4-25
- There is No Authority Except from God – Romans 13:1-7
- Our Appointed Times and Boundaries – Acts 17:22-34
- The Spirit Distributes to Each One as He Will – 1 Corinthians 12:1-30
- In Love He Predestined Us for Adoption – Ephesians 1:3-14
Advent: “When the Fullness of Time Had Come”
- The Word Became Flesh and Dwelt Among Us – John 1:1-5, 14-18
- Of His Kingdom There Will Be No End – Luke 1:26-38
- All this Took Place to Fulfill what the Lord Had Spoken – Matthew 1:18-25
- The Kingdom of God is At Hand – John 1:1-20
- God Sent Forth His Son – Galatians 4:1-7 – Christmas Eve Eve 2015
2015: October 11 – December 23
Seeing His Hand in All Things
I don’t have to tell you that we live in a world marked by chaos, a world where at times it can be difficult to see the hand of God at work in “all things,” as the Bible proclaims (Romans 8.28). But as we have just seen in our summer series, God and His word are true and can be, indeed must be, trusted.
God willing, for the next 11 weeks, we will examine the word of God to see that despite the chaos around us God is at work for His glory and our good. His design for the world and for our lives cannot fail.
In this new series – By God’s Design: Seeing His Hand in All Things – my aim is to lead us through a number of Old and New Testament texts showing God’s design in human sexuality, in marriage, in government, in our salvation (and sin!), in our neighborhoods, and in the church.
Our series will conclude with a 4-week Advent focus (beginning November 29), displaying God’s most grand and glorious design – the sending of His Son to usher in the Kingdom of God, as planned from the beginning of time, “when the time was fulfilled” (Mark 1.15), “when the fullness of time had come” (Galatians 4.4).
Please ask God to show us His hand at work in the world, in the church, in our lives, that we would delight in His design for us and join Him in the renewal of all things through Jesus Christ for the joy of all peoples!
Eager to see and trust God’s hand in all things with you,
Individual Sermons (2015):
- January 18th, 2015 : All Lives Matter – Genesis 1:26-31 “Sanctity of Human Life” Sunday
- February 22nd, 2015 : Guarding Your Thoughts – Proverbs 4:20-27 (Bill Walsh)
- July 5th, 2015 : Who am I? – Romans 7 (Paul Kleinau)
- August 2nd, 2015 : Why Do We Mask Our Secret Lives – Matthew 5:13-16 (Don Parillon)
- August 9th 2015 – Thank God for the Blood of Jesus – Hebrews 9:1-15 (Anthony Baron)
“Your Word Is Truth”
As evangelical Christians we believe the Bible is the very word of God. And yet many Christians today – evangelical and otherwise – fail to appreciate this life-transforming gift given to us by our gracious God, to appreciate that we live “by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). Jesus prayed that the Father would “sanctify us in the truth; your word is truth” (John 17.17). Jesus also taught his followers that all the Scriptures ultimately point to him (Luke 24.27, 44).
We all know that our world is changing at staggering speed, a time when the word of God is increasingly marginalized, a time when truth is relativized and the final word in many matters is a fluctuating opinion poll.
My aim, then, for this summer series – Your Word is Truth: Reflections on Psalm 119 – is to display the glorious privilege and necessity of loving and cherishing this Spirit-inspired treasure entrusted to us (2 Peter 1.21), that we may be “equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3.16) and that God would revive us by his word (Psalm 119.107).
Learning to love and cherish God’s word with you,
1 : Your Word Is Truth – Psalm 119:1-16
2 : I Have Stored Up Your Word in My Heart – Psalm 119:1-16
3: Your Testimonies are My Delight – Psalm 119: 17-32
4: Teach Me, O Lord, the Way of Your Statutes – Psalm 119:33-48
5: Remember Your Word to Your Servant – Psalm 119:49-64
2015: June 7 – September 27
6: According to Your Word – Psalm 119:65-80
7: I Hope in Your Word – Psalm 119:81-96
8: Oh How I Love Your Law – Psalm 119:97-112
9: It is Time for the Lord to Act – Psalm 119:113-128
10: As is Your Way – Psalm 119:129-144
11: The Sum of Your Word is Truth – Psalm 119:145-160
12: My Heart Stands in Awe of Your Words – Psalm 119:161-176
“Rejoice in the Lord Always”
1 : Rejoice in the Lord Always – Philippians 1-4
2 : Partnership in the Gospel – Philippians 1:1-11
3 : Advancing the Gospel – Philippians 1: 12-18
4 : A Life Worthy of the Gospel – Philippians 1 : 27-30
5 : Having the Mind of Christ Jesus (1) – Philippians 2 : 1-11
6 : Having the Mind of Christ Jesus (2) – Philippians 2 : 5-11
7: For His Good Pleasure – Philippians 2 : 12-18
8: Self Denying, Other Edifying Role Models – Philippians 2 : 19-30
2015: January 4 – May 24
Dear Saints in Christ Jesus, Have you ever heard of anyone who was encouraged too much? Probably not. My desire in this new year sermon series – Rejoice in the Lord Always – is to explore the depths of the gospel together, such that God is glorified and you are freshly encouraged! In this encouraging letter to his friends, the imprisoned apostle Paul writes with overflowing joy. How can this be? His (and our) circumstances seem to give him (and us) more reason to grumble than to rejoice. What was Paul’s (and is our) secret to rejoicing in the Lord always? One commentator summarizes it this way for us:
- Put the gospel first – in our relationships, our prayers, our careers, indeed in all our choices.
- Allow our suffering, witnessing, and persevering be shaped by the cross of Jesus Christ.
- Follow Christian leaders who model compassion, faithfulness, confidence in Christ, and heavenly mindedness.
- Resolve to “press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3.12).
Pressing on and rejoicing together with you, Pastor Mark
9: Where Does Righteousness Come From? – Philippians 3 : 1-11
10: Pressing On – Philippians 3:12 – 4:1
11: The Gift of Homesickness – Philippians 3:12 – 4:1
12: Side by Side in the Gospel – Philippians 4:1-9
13: Anxious for Nothing – Philippians 4: 4-7
14: God Will Provide – Philippians 4:10-20
15: The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ Be With You – Philippians 1:3-11; 4:21-23
Palm Sunday: If These Were Silent, the Very Stones Would Cry Out – Luke 19:28-40
Easter Sunday: We Had Hoped That He Was The One – Luke 24:1-12
Devotional Readings for Holy Week
Love to the Uttermost by John Piper
“This Holy Week fix your gaze steadily on Christ as he loves you to the uttermost” (p. i).
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“Far as the Curse is Found”
Dear Beloved of God,
Believe it or not the Advent season is upon us. And though this time of year can be filled with stress, it is good that we slow down together and fix our thoughts on Jesus. I am excited and look forward to our new teaching series, entitled “Far as the Curse is Found”. This title is taken from the great Christmas hymn, “Joy to the World,” a hymn that reflects on the far-reaching implications of the redemptive work of Jesus Christ.
As we enter this holy season together, let us pray that “every heart will prepare Him room” as we delight in God’s good news of great joy in Jesus Christ!
Eager to welcome Jesus with you,
As a supplement to our Advent sermon series – “Far As the Curse Is Found” – and in order to help you grow in Christ this holy season we are again making available to you a resource of Advent devotional readings – The Dawning of Indestructible Joy by John Piper.
We live in trying times. Everywhere we turn there seems to be chaos. Yet God is at work among His people, renewing them and sending them to be agents of renewal in their homes, workplaces and neighbourhoods.
In light of this, we are excited and encouraged to introduce the preaching calendar for the remainder of the year. This week we begin a 5-week series on the theme of renewal, called simply, “Renew”. We will listen to 5 important New Testament passages that focus on the newness of life in Christ.
Following that, we will welcome in the new Christian year with “Far as the Curse is Found”, a 4-week advent series, focusing on the glorious redemption bought for us by our Savior and Lord.
As always we ask that you join us in praying for these upcoming series as we seek God’s renewal of all things through Jesus.
“Times of Refreshing”: Seeing Jesus in the Minor Prophets
2014: June 29 – October 5