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Preparing for Worship on Sunday, January 3, 2016

Sermon Title: The God Who Commands (Part 2) Preaching Passage: Exodus 20:12-20 This Sunday we will resume our sermon series in Exodus and look at the second table of the Ten Commandments, thinking about how the Lord in his wisdom calls us to holiness in our relationships with those around us. Songs we'll sing together include: "Come Thou Almighty King" by Wesley (You...

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Preparing for Worship on Sunday, December 27, 2015

Sermon Title: Jesus' Exodus Preaching Passage: Matthew 2:13-23 This Sunday we will look at Matthew 2:12-23 and Jesus' flight into and out of Egypt. Join us as we think about the merciful providence of God even in the midst of persecution. Songs we'll sing together include: "Joy to the World" by Handel Watts (YouTube) "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" byCoffin, Helmore, Ne...

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Jesus Came to Crush the Serpent's Head

Jesus came to crush the serpent's head. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel. Genesis 3:15 Genesis 3 is full of really bad news. The first two chapters of the Bible show just how good things were. A married couple enjoying total and unashamed intimacy. A garde...

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Jesus Came that the Spirit of God Might Dwell in Us

Jesus came that the Spirit of God might dwell in us. In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in Him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of His glory. Ephesians 1:13-14 Our Heavenly Father desires to be close to us. Our ...

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Jesus Came to Unite All Things in Himself

Jesus came to unite all things in Himself. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in ...

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Jesus Came to Establish the New Covenant

Jesus came to establish the New Covenant. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and ...

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Jesus Came to Make Peace by the Blood of His Cross

Jesus came to make peace by the blood of His cross. For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross. Colossians 1:19-20 Among our most beloved Christmas songs, "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" contains some of the most memorable lines. In the ...

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Jesus Came to Destroy the Power of the Devil

Jesus came to destroy the power of the devil. Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death He might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. Hebrews 2:14-15 What power do your fears have ov...

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Jesus Came to Shine Light into the Darkness

Jesus came to shine light into the darkness. But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time He brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time He has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those w...

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Preparing for Worship on Sunday, December 20, 2015

Sermon Title: Jesus' Kingship Preaching Passage: Matthew 2:1-12 This Sunday we will look at Matthew 2:1-12 and the visit of the wise men and spend time thinking about God's faithfulness to his promises and the King who was God with us. Songs we'll sing together include: "Joy to the World" by Handel Watts(YouTube) "Go Tell It on the Mountain" by Rettino (YouTube) "Th...

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Jesus Came to Proclaim Good News to the Poor

Jesus came to proclaim good news to the poor. And [Jesus] came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as was His custom, He went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and He stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has an...

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Jesus Came to Fulfill the Law, the Prophets, and the Psalms

Jesus came to fulfill the Law, the prophets, and the Psalms. Then He said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled." Luke 24:44 Charles Spurgeon tells of a Welsh minister who spoke to a younger minister about his sermon after hearin...

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Jesus Came to Bear Witness to the Truth

Jesus came to bear witness to the truth. So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to Him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" Jesus answered, "Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?" Pilate answered, "Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?" Jesus answer...

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Jesus Came to Proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom of God

Jesus came to proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God. And when it was day, He departed and went into a desolate place. And the people sought Him and came to Him, and would have kept Him from leaving them, but He said to them, "I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose." And He was preaching in the...

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Jesus Came to Call Sinners to Repentance

Jesus came to call sinners to repentance. After this [Jesus] went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And He said to him, "Follow me." And leaving everything, he rose and followed Him. And Levi made Him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. And the Pharisees and ...

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Jesus Came to Set Us Free

Jesus came to set us free. So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." They answered Him, "We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, 'You will become free'?" Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say t...

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Jesus Came to Bring Life to the Dead

Jesus came to bring life to the dead. Now when Jesus came, He found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met Him, but Mary remained seated in the house. Martha...

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Preparing for Worship on Sunday, December 13, 2015

Sermon Title: Jesus' Birth Preaching Passage: Matthew 1:18-25 This Sunday we will look at Matthew 1:18-25 and the birth of Jesus and why it is such good news to have Emmanuel, God with us. Songs we'll sing together include: "Come Thou Long Expected Jesus" by Hughes Wesley (YouTube) "O Holy Night" by Adam, Cappeau, Dwight (YouTube) "Amen, Amen" by Robins (YouTube)...

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Jesus Came to Give His Life as a Ransom for Many

Jesus came to give His life as a ransom for many. And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. And Jesus called them to Him and said to them, "You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among yo...

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Jesus Came to Seek and Save the Lost

Jesus came to seek and save the lost. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost." Luke 19:10 These stunning words roll off the lips of one who called Himself the "Son of Man". But they are spoken to those who would never want to admit they ever strayed. We refuse to consider ourselves lost, unable to find our way back to righteous places. Our fallen hearts b...

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Jesus Came as the Humble King

Jesus came as the humble King. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus ...

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Jesus Came in the Form of a Servant

Jesus came in the form of a servant. Let each of you not only look to his own interests, but also to the interest of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men....

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Jesus Came To Be The Good Shepherd

Jesus came to be the Good Shepherd. For thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness.... I will resc...

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Jesus Came To Glorify The Father

Jesus came to glorify the Father. "Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? 'Father, save me from this hour'? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name." Then a voice came from heaven: "I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again." John 12:27-28 As children, we are taught to obey, respect, and honor our parents. We know that ou...

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Jesus Came To Do The Will Of The Father

Jesus came to do the will of the Father. "For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of Him who sent me. And this is the will of Him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that He has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in Him should have eternal l...

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Preparing for Worship on Sunday, December 6, 2015

Sermon Title: Jesus' Family Tree Preaching Passage: Matthew 1:1-17 This Sunday we will take a short pause from Exodus and look at Matthew 1:1-17 and study the family tree of Jesus as we prepare our hearts for this Advent season. Songs we'll sing together include: "Joy to the World" by Handel Watts (YouTube) "O Come All Ye Faithful" by Oakley Wade (YouTube) "Behol...

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Jesus Came To Show God's Glory

Jesus came to show God's glory. And we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14b If you had been one of Jesus' disciples, how would you have described the glory of Jesus? Would you have talked about the healing of the leper, the restoration of the sight to the blind, the feeding of the hungry, the resurrection of...

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Jesus Came As God To Dwell With Us

Jesus Came as God to dwell among us. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. John 1:14a This idea of dwelling is not a new concept in the Bible. In fact, the "dwelling" that John speaks of in John 1:14 is tabernacle language just as God dwelled in the tent of meeting among Israel, so now the Word pitches His tent in the incarnation. Leviticus 26:11-12 gives a good ...

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Jesus Came to Dispel the Darkness

Jesus came to dispel the darkness. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:4-5 It was Christmas and the family was gathered around the tree, reading the Bible and rehearsing the truths of the greatest story ever told. Seeking more participation, the dad asked the kids if they kne...

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Jesus Came As God

Jesus came as God. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made.... No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, He has made Him known. John 1:1-3, 18 "I'm not a mind-reader!" "Why don't you...

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