Book of Mystery [Hebrews 1:1-2]

October 25, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 10/25/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews, CoronaVirus

Key Text: Hebrews 1:1-2

Description:

Gameshow Host: And welcome everybody to Bible Questions! …Contestant, here’s your first question: Who wrote the book of Hebrews? …I need an answer.

Contestant: Um…We don’t know?

Gameshow Host: Correct! …Here’s your next question: Who were the first recipients?

Contestant: We don’t know.

Gameshow Host: You’re right!… Well, then when was the book written?

Contestant: We don’t know.

Gameshow Host: Where was the author when he sent it?

Contestant: We don’t know.

Gameshow Host: What city or region did he send it to?

Contestant: We don’t know.

Gameshow Host: Oh my look at the time! Well that will do it for the “We Don’t Know Show!”…

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Admittedly there are a lot of things we don’t know about the book of Hebrews.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao embarks on a new study in the book of Hebrews.

And while the background of the book may leave more questions than answers, the content does provide us an answer to the most important question arising from the Old Testament and from life itself.

…And that answer is Christ. 

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Catechism Reading — Lord’s Day 44

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Church Discipline — “I Object!” [1 Corinthians 4:1 — 5:13 and selected texts]

October 11, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 10/11/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church: Church Discipline, CoronaVirus

Key Text: 1 Corinthians 4-5; Revelation 2:18-23; Matthew 18

Description:

Bible Reader: “If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private—”

Christian Brother: I OBJECT, Your Honor!

[crowd rouses and is quickly tamped down by gavel banging]

Judge: Order! Order in the court!

To cover any topic completely, we must look at the objections that are raised against our position — objections raised by Christians who are looking at the situation from a different point of view and try to understand where they are coming from and what their concerns are. 

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues our deep dive on Church Discipline within our series on The Church and explains that even sincere Christians who love the Lord, often object to the practice of church discipline.

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What are these objections?

We’ll look at some and then examine two case studies from the Bible showcasing churches that did not practice church discipline…and their ensuing outcomes.

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Catechism Reading — Lord’s Day 42

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Love Covers a Multitude of Sins [Luke 9:23-26 and selected texts]

October 4, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 10/04/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church: Church Discipline, CoronaVirus

Key Text: Luke 9:23-26; John 13:34-35; 1 Cor 13:4-8; 1 Pe 4:8

Description: We know that sin — all sin — is bad, and that God hates all sin.  But is every possible sin under the sun grounds for formal church discipline? 

Today on Scandia Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues our miniseries on Church Discipline within our greater study on The Church and posses the question: “Where do we draw the line?”

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Is it possible to entirely miss the point of church discipline and have every member of a church calling out every other member for every little thing?

Or do we find that there are other factors to consider?… such as wisdom and love.

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Catechism Reading — Lord’s Day 41

Notes:

Formal Church Discipline instituted when the sin* is…

  1. observable
  2. significant
  3. unrepented
* All 3 must be present

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Clean Out the Old Leaven [1 Corinthians 5:1-13]

September 27, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 09/27/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church: Church Discipline, CoronaVirus

Key Text: 1 Corinthians 5

Description:

“Shouldn’t this person and his conduct be confronted and dealt with?…You pass it off as a small thing, but it’s anything but that. Yeast, too, is a ‘small thing,’ but it works its way through a whole batch of bread dough pretty fast. So get rid of this ‘yeast.’ ”

[1 Cor 5:2, 6-7 MSG]

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues our study on Church Discipline and notes that Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, seems to instruct a very different and — dare I say — more drastic method for church discipline than what we learned from Jesus in the book of Matthew. 

Why is this? …And why, in order to correctly view and apply church discipline, must the church exercise wisdom?

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Catechism Reading — Lord’s Day 39

Notes:

Biblical Church Discipline Principles (continued)

  1. Affects our witness
  2. Sin is a matter to be grieved over
  3. Compassionate Warning to the UnRepentant
  4. Aim is the Salvation of Sinners
  5. Protects the Church
  6. Carried out against the Characteristically UnRepentant
  7. For Church Members…not attenders

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Searching for Lost Sheep [Matthew 18:1-35]

September 20, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 09/20/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church: Church Discipline, CoronaVirus

Key Text: Matthew 18

Description:

“If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying?” [Matthew 18:12]

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues our series on the Church, and specifically church discipline, as we look at the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 18.

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And what we find is that this is not an isolated text, but a theological treatise that not only instructs in the HOW of church discipline but the WHY, as well — and roots discipline in the Gospel of grace.

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Catechism Reading — Lord’s Day 38

Notes:

Biblical Church Discipline Principles

  1. Humility is needed.
  2. Receive the humble.
  3. Take stumbling blocks seriously.
  4. Amputate sin from the body.
  5. Search after lost sheep.
  6. Involve as few people as possible.
  7. Christ our King is involved.
  8. Forgive the repentant…because there’s never an end to God’s grace.

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Smoked Out!… Service Canceled

September 13, 2020

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Due to the unhealthy air quality created by the smoke, we have decided to cancel service today. I encourage each household to conduct worship in your own homes. It needn't be elaborate, but a coming together to worship the Lord through the ordinary means of grace, glorifying Him through song, prayer, Bible reading, and discussion if there are others present. This is the perfect time to find a sermon on the website you may have missed or wish to revisit. Please lift up our church family in prayer, that the Lord would graciously unite us in Christ and that we may exhibit the love of Christ toward one another and grow together as we pursue the Lord. “O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.” (Psalm 34:3) — Pastor Monty

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Discipline’s a Good Thing [Hebrews 12:1-3; Matthew 18:15-17]

September 6, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 09/06/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church: Church Discipline, CoronaVirus

Key Text: Hebrews 12:1-3; Matthew 18:15-17

Description:

SBC Host: How does the word “discipline” strike you?

Avg Guy: Strike me? … Oh I get it! Striking happens with discipline. [laughs]… Hey you turned off my mic!

SBC Host: Yeah, I meant to do that.

When we hear the word discipline, most of us think of strikes from the rod, dunce hats while standing in the corner, public embarrassment, and frankly, nothing good.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues our series on The Church in which we learn that while the word discipline may conjure up negative images…it’s not negative at all.

In fact, it is actually something we need, ought to want, and is commanded — in the life of the church.

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Catechism Reading — Lord’s Day 37

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The Practice of Hope (Hope in a Prayer — part 2) [Matthew 6:9-13 and selected texts]

August 30, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 08/30/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church: The Lord’s Prayer, CoronaVirus

Key Text: Matthew 6:9-13; 1 Peter 3:15-22, Ephesians 1:18 – 2:7; Revelation 3:21; Acts 2:22-24; 1 Peter 1:6-7; 2 Corinthians 2:7-11, 16-18

Description: How do we as Christians practice hope in our lives? 

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao returns to deliver part 2 of his sermon on practicing hope, in which we find, not coincidentally, the framework for practicing hope wonderfully incorporated into the Lord’s Prayer.

…A framework that gives our trembling hearts an assurance —a hope — that goes beyond every circumstance of life, even the most severe of trials.

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Catechism Reading — Lord’s Day 36

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Hope in a Prayer (part 1) [Matthew 6:9-13 and selected texts]

August 9, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 08/09/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church: The Lord’s Prayer, CoronaVirus

Key Text: Matthew 6:9-13; 1 Peter 3:15-22, Ephesians 1:18 – 2:7; Revelation 3:21; Acts 2:22-24; 1 Peter 1:6-7; 2 Corinthians 2:7-11, 16-18

Description:

SBC Host: Hope. How do we, as Christians, practice hope in our lives?

Avg Guy: You can practice hope??

SBC Host: Yep.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao returns for one more sermon on the Lord’s Prayer to show us how it serves as a paradigm for us think through every aspect of life — even the most severe trials.

… And in doing so, it gives us hope that rises above each and every circumstance of life.

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Catechism Reading — Lord’s Day 33

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Lead Us Not into Temptation [Matthew 6:13]

August 2, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 08/02/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church: The Lord’s Prayer, CoronaVirus

Key Text: Matthew 6:13

Description: Temptation. The struggle is real.

Today on Scandia Bible Church, as the Pandemic of 2020 continues, Pastor Monty Simao continues our series on The Church, wrapping our study on The Lord’s Prayer, in which we consider temptation.

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We know what it is, for we fight against it everyday.

But if God, himself, does not tempt us, why in the world should we pray that He lead us not into temptation?

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Catechism Reading — Lord’s Day 32

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Forgive Us Our Debts [Matthew 6:12]

July 26, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 07/26/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church: The Lord’s Prayer, CoronaVirus

Key Text: Matthew 6:12

Description:

SBC Host: What is man’s greatest need?

Avg Guy: Oh, I know! Food, water, and shelter.

SBC Host: Not a bad answer, and certainly all necessary for life… but not the GREATEST NEED.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao presses on, preaching behind the “PlexiPulpit” as we congregate amidst COVID19, and continues our series on The Church, mining the depths of The Lord’s Prayer.

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And what we’ll find, is that our greatest need is not PHYSICAL but SPIRITUAL. 

In fact, if we are rich with physical needs, but lack this one spiritual need, we are, indeed, poor.

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Catechism Reading — Lord’s Day 31

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Our Daily Bread [Matthew 6:11]

July 19, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 07/19/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church: The Lord’s Prayer, CoronaVirus

Key Text: Matthew 6:11

Description:

It’s the fourth petition of The Lord’s Prayer… but it’s the first aimed at our needs.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao welcomes us back once again under our church’s steeple, amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020, to continue his series on The Church, walking us through The Lord’s Prayer — which lays out a petition that not only protects our hearts against covetousness and anxiety, but inward focus.

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Catechism Reading — Lord’s Day 30

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Thy Will Be Done [Matthew 6:10b]

July 12, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 07/12/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church: The Lord’s Prayer, CoronaVirus

Key Text: Matthew 6:10b

Description:

SBC Host: [narrating audio bible] …Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in ear—

Avg Guy: [knocking on booth glass] Excuse me.

SBC Host: I’m kind in the middle of recording here.

Avg Guy: My apologies. But I’ve always wondered, why should we pray to God that “His WILL be done”? I mean isn’t His will always done? He is God after all.

SBC Host: Good point…. Hang tight for just a second.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao welcomes our congregation back in-person after 17 weeks of Corona Captivity in this pandemic of 2020 and continues his series on The Church — specifically the Lord’s Prayer, in which we learn exactly why we are told pray that our sovereign God’s will be done.

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SBC Host: Sounds like this sermon was written just for you. Now if you’ll excuse ME.

Avg Guy: Okay… Bye.

SBC Host: [resumes narrating] …And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors….

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Catechism Reading — Lord’s Day 29

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Thy Kingdom Come [Matthew 6:10a]

July 5, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 07/05/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church: The Lord’s Prayer, CoronaVirus

Key Text: Matthew 6:10a

Description:

Group: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. THY KINGDOM COME, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven…

SBC Host: When we pray the Lord’s Prayer… what do we mean when we say “Thy Kingdom Come”?

Avg Guy: I have no idea.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, as our church family virtually gathers once again during the Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020, Pastor Monty Simao continues our series on The Church.

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Many have memorized the Lord’s Prayer and so repeat the words while having no idea what they mean.

With the second petition of “Thy Kingdom Come,” we see the present reality of being found in Christ grounded with the ultimate and final eschatological hope we have as believers.

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Catechism Reading — Lord’s Day 28

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The Nature of Prayer [Matthew 6:9]

June 28, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 06/28/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church: The Lord’s Prayer, CoronaVirus

Key Text: Matthew 6:9

Description: We do it in private. We do it with our families. And we do it with our church.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, as we move into the homestretch on our Pandemic Stay-Home Virtual Church Service Program, Pastor Monty Simao continues his series on The Church in which he talks about prayer.

Prayer is one of the most essential parts of the Christian life.  

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And while, Christians are commanded to pray and unbelievers pretend to pray, it is Jesus who taught us to pray. What better teacher could we have than God the Son teaching us how to address God the Father.

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Nature of Prayer

  • Christian
  • Corporate
  • Cosmic
  • Consecrated

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Let us go to the House of the Lord [Psalm 122:1-9]

June 21, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 06/21/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church, CoronaVirus

Key Text: Psalm 122

Description:

Group: Road Trip!!!

SBC Host: Ahh yes… who doesn’t enjoy a good road trip! And chances are you have favorite road trip music to sing to along the way.

Group: [singing “Over the river and through the woods…”]

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, as we continue to Church-at-Home, Pastor Monty Simao takes us on a “road trip” to the Psalms.

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As Israelites would travel to Jerusalem for the three Pilgrim Feasts, they would play their favorite music by lifting up their voices in song.

These songs are known as the “Psalms of Ascent.” There are 15 of them, and this morning we look at the third: Psalm 122 — a psalm which gives us an interesting view of Jerusalem with many lessons for the church.

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Farm to Table [selected texts]

June 14, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 06/14/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church, CoronaVirus

Key Text: Genesis 2:16-18; Malachi 3:13-15, 16-18; 1 Samuel 23:15-16; Galatians 6:1-2; Philippians 1:27; Deuteronomy 6:5-9; Lamentations 4:3; Job 39:13-16; 1 Peter 3:7; Ephesians 5:25-30

Description: Just as an athlete needs to train with physical discipline, the Christian needs to train with spiritual discipline.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues his series on The Church as we stay the course with the current stay-home measures and learn from Paul in 1 Timothy that we need to train ourselves for godliness.

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…Training that not only includes disciplines of Bible reading and prayer when we are alone, but also godly conversation when we are with others — communing with believers throughout the circumstances of life.

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  • Hot Mug of Grace
  • Table Grace
  • Intimate Grace

Questions to Ponder After the Sermon:

  1. What is God Communicating through His Word?
  2. Did this sermon reveal sin in my life that I need to repent of?
  3. Have I been encouraged by the sermon? If so, how?
  4. Did this sermon affect the way I think about God, and what are the ramifications of that change?
  5. Does this sermon bring up an emotional reaction in me such as anger or joy? Why do I feel this way?
  6. What does this text communicate about our church or about my family?
  7. If there are changes that I need to make in my life, whether thoughts or actions, what steps do I need to take to move in that direction?

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Euphemisms, Psychobabble, and a Word Fitly Spoken [selected texts]

June 7, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 06/07/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church: Christian Living, CoronaVirus

Key Text: Romans 1:18-23, 24-25, 26, 27; Colossians 3:1-2, 3-4, 5, 5-6, 7-10

Description:

Do words matter?

Of course they do. 

And yet, how often do we as Christians adjust our speech to coincide with the shifty, shady, ambiguous speech all around us? 

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, as Pastor Monty takes a break to marry off a daughter during the Pandemic of 2020, we pull a message he delivered at the NCFIC “Hope for the Family” conference in 2019.

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Words do matter.

For when we are not morally clear with our words, we no longer are speakers of prophetic truth.

…Because in our effort to not offend, we fail to preach the Rock of Offense.

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Hearing is Work! (part 2) [selected texts]

May 31, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 05/31/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church: Christian Living, CoronaVirus

Key Text: James 1:21; Jame 3:13-14; Mark 6:10-13,14-16, 17-20, 21-23, 24-26; Hebrews 3:12-15, 16-19, 4:1-3a, 4:2, 2:1; James 1:21-22; Ephesians 4:4-6

Description: 

SBC Host: Who would of thought that listening could be such hard work?

Avg Guy: What?

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues our study on The Church with part two of a message that should get you to listen up during this season of “Stay-Home-Services.”

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Last week we looked at three ways in which we can listen to sermons to obtain the most benefit from them, and this week we look at five.

Sure listening can be hard work. …But unlike some other endeavors in this life, God will bless our efforts so that our sweat will reap a harvest of good to our souls.

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How to Listen to a Sermon (continued)

  1. COME on Bended Knee
  2. HOLD your Cup Up!
  3. MAKEFAST! …to the Truth
  4. HEARING is as Hearing Does
  5. CHEWING the Cud

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Hearing is Work! (part 1) [selected texts]

May 24, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 05/24/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church: Christian Living, CoronaVirus

Key Text: Luke 8:16-21; 1 Peter 4:10-11; 2 Corinthians 2:17; Deuteronomy 32:45-47a; 1 Peter 2:2-3; 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Description: 

SBC Host: How should you listen to a sermon?

Avg Guy: From start to finish.

SBC Host: Okay. But is it something you passively receive?… or does it take a little more work on your part? And, ultimately, does it matter to God?

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao delivers a sermon during our Corona-Church-Stay-Home-Experience that digs in and gets us to think about these questions.

Because what we’ll find is that their answers determine the state of affairs in our Christian life.

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Notes:

How to Listen to a Sermon

  1. LISTEN like your life depends upon it.
  2. BETTER than IHOP: “Come hungry. Leave happy.”
  3. COME with sore feet.

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