Judges: A Story of Corruption and Hope

March 22, 2015

Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 03/22/2015

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Judges

Key Text: Judges 1:1

Description:  Israel fails to take the land and this sets off 350 years of rapid decline.  It’s a downward spiral of depravity as things go from bad to worse.  God hears the cries of His people and over and over He sends a judge to rescue them, but when the judge dies, the people fall back into idolatry and rebellion…and so the cycle continues.

The anticipation is for a judge that will rule righteously and not die, and whose righteous rule will bring a time of peace and possession of the land.  That anticipation has been met in Christ who is the only righteous King and who alone obeyed the covenant for the prospering of His people.

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Beyond Good Behavior: Parenting and the Gospel of Grace

March 15, 2015

Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 03/15/2015

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Key Text: Luke 15

Description:  Our children are much the same way.  We tend to have the Prodigals or the Pharisees.  We tend to think of the Prodigals as hard to parent and we are always telling them the rules and the things that God requires.  While the Pharisees actually seem to get either praised or largely ignored.  After all, since they follow the rules, they require so much less…don’t they?

The truth of the matter is that our children can fall into both categories on any given day.  Sometimes our rebellious children follow the rules for a while and it seems that we are making so much progress.  And sometimes our rule-following children go through seasons of rebellion.  The categories are not hard and fast but rather designed to be descriptive.

What we fail to remember is that the Gospel is not about following the rules to get saved.  The Gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ obeyed the law perfectly for us.  In other words, both our rebels and our rule-followers need the same thing.  They need a Savior who has pleased God in all things and who has purchased their forgiveness by His death on the cross.

The ironic thing is that we fail to give either child the Gospel.  The Prodigal just gets scolding and punishment.  We tell them over and over what is expected…we tell them the rules.  Our Pharisees get praised for doing the right thing.

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The Confident Conclusion

March 1, 2015

Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 03/01/2015

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Philemon

Key Text: Philemon 1:21-25

Description:  Paul concludes this epistle confident that it will fulfill his desired intent.  His confidence is based on the effects of the Gospel manifested in forgiveness and love.

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Notes:

  1. Paul is Confident Concerning his Request
  2. Paul is Confident Concerning his Release
  3. Paul is Confident Concerning his Witnesses

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Freedom not Compulsion

February 1, 2015

Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 02/01/2015

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Philemon

Key Text: Philemon 1:13-14

Description:  Paul is careful not to force Philemon to do anything, but rather he makes an appeal based on love and allows the Holy Spirit to lead Philemon in Christian freedom to serve God.

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Notes:

  1. Paul’s Initial Purpose
  2. Paul’s Self Denial
  3. Paul’s Sincere Compliment

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Know Thyself

January 4, 2015

Sermon Notes

Date: 01/04/2015

Preacher: David Hardin, missionary

Key Text: Romans 8:28

Description: Join us as we welcome back to our pulpit “the missionary who speaks from the heart,” David Hardin — a gentleman who, in his younger years, actually attended our small country church.  For the past dozen years he, along with his wife and growing young family, has ministered to the indigenous people of the Tarahumara Tribe in the mountains of Northern Mexico through Mexico Mission Aviation with emphasis on medical flights, literacy, and Biblical teaching and discipleship.

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Prisoner’s Appeal

December 14, 2014

Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 12/14/2014

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Philemon

Key Text: Philemon 1:1-3

Description:  Paul doesn’t command Philemon as an Apostle but rather appeals to him out of Christian love and the Gospel.  Paul’s greeting and salutation support his letter, confident of the outworking of the Gospel in the life of Philemon for the benefit of Onesimus and the church.

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