Ambassadors of the Light [Ephesians 5:7-14]

February 13, 2022

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Date: 02/13/2022

Preacher: Josh Peglow, guest preacher

Key Text: Ephesians 5:7-14

Description:

Like one beggar showing another where to find bread, that is who we are as Christians.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, brother in Christ Josh Peglow fills in at the pulpit to preach on our call to be Ambassadors of the Light.

We’re not here to shame others for their wrongdoings — our list is just as long.

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But rather, we are called, in the way we act and the words we speak — though we may stumble (and even more so because we do) — to show others, as an act of love, the Bread that sustains and saves us.

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Notes:

  • REFLECTING who we are in CHRIST (7-8)
    • our PAST identity
    • our identity NOW
  • a POSITIVE response (9-10)
    • FOLLOWING the Truth
    • APPLYING the Truth
  • a NEGATIVE response (11-12)
    • Avoid EVIL
    • EXPOSE its Severity to Unbelievers
  • The Testimony of Christ in the CHILDREN OF LIGHT (13-14)
    • making All Things VISIBLE
    • AWAKENING the Sinner

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Gathered at the Lord’s Table [selected texts]

February 6, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 02/06/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church: Communion

Key Text: selected

Description:

BREAKING NEWS:  For the first time in its 93 year history, Scandia Bible Church will break with its long-standing tradition of observing communion on the first Sunday of each month… and instead, will celebrate communion each and every week.

Today on the Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao preaches a special sermon to unpack this major and historical decision.

Simao preaches that while coming to the Lord’s Table weekly is certainly not a command we find in Scripture, we do find it to be the normative practice of the early Church

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Simao clip: “It was such a central act that the Church could be said to gather for THAT purpose.”

— centering the service upon the finished work of Christ.

All fun aside… this is a BIG DEAL — one we should welcome, and not take lightly.

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The Test of Faith [Hebrews 11:17-19]

January 30, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 01/30/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 11:17-19

Description:

He was commanded to perform an impossible task: sacrifice his son.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrew’s Hall of Faith in which the spotlight is, once again, for Abraham.

But for us — we have questions:

How does faith overcome the natural objections that must arise from a such horrific command?

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How does faith pass a test, such as this, given by God?

And how does Abraham’s example of his undeniable willingness to sacrifice his son, Isaac, point to the promise of God for all believers?

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Faith Desires a Home [Hebrews 11:11-16]

January 23, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 01/23/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 11:11-16

Description:

It not only guides the way in which we live and walk in this life, but it also desires and searches for a home that this fallen world cannot provide — the heart of faith.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and explains that in God, we as Christians, are satisfied.

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…Which also means that we are dissatisfied with anything less.

Therefore, our hearts will only rest when we find the home that God has prepared for us, where we will dwell in His presence forever.

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Hearing from Christ [Luke 10:38-42]

January 16, 2022

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Sermon Notes

Date: 01/16/2022

Preacher: Josh Peglow, guest preacher

Key Text: Luke 10:38-42

Description:

[Cell phone ringing]

Avg Guy: I don’t have time to talk to anybody!… Quick! Answer this for me.

SBC Host: Hello. Average Guy’s phone.

[garbled phone voice]

SBC Host: It’s Jesus.

Avg Guy: Tell Him I’m too busy.

Are you too busy to hear from Christ?

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Josh Peglow fills in at the pulpit and preaches through the familiar account of Mary and Martha.

Recall that Mary was the attentive one — the one who set everything aside, and sat at her Lord’s feet, to hear from Him.

Martha was the busy one, filled with overwhelm and a touch of sister-directed resentment, scurrying about to serve Him.

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It’s easy for us to read this passage and assign misdirected priority and attention onto Martha. But this ultimately isn’t about what Martha should or shouldn’t have done: it’s about what you… and what you would do.

For there is no greater priority in the Christian life than hearing from Christ.

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Notes:

  • An Opportunity to Commune With Christ (38)
  • The Opportunity Accepted (39)
  • The Opportunity Neglected (40)
  • The Lesson Taught (41-42)

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Even Sarah [Hebrews 11:11-12]

January 9, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 01/09/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 11:11-12; Genesis 18:1-15

Description:

She’s wife to “The Father of all who believe,” but she doesn’t share the same stellar reputation. [sfx: laugh of unbelief]

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews where we are focusing on the heroes that adorn the “Hall of Faith”.

…And when we hear that Sarah made the cut, we too are tempted to laugh. For we remember in the book of Genesis that the aged Sarah laughed in unbelief when God told her husband, Abraham, that she would soon have a son.

And yet, the book of Hebrews remembers Sarah DIFFERENTLY — as one who believed God.

Certainly, this obvious contradiction must be due to some sort of oversight!

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For thanks be to God’s grace,

“even Sarah” has a place…

in the Epistle to the Hebrews’ Hall of Faith.

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Good Tidings of Great Joy! [Isaiah 9:1-7; Luke 1:26-38]

January 2, 2022

Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 01/02/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Advent

Key Text: Isaiah 9:1-7; Luke 1:26-38

Description:

The angel, Gabriel, was God’s messenger.

For God had a message that would not only break 400 years of His silence, but would announce the birth of two sons: John and Jesus — the Baptizer and the Christ.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues in his Advent series this season, further telling us about the greatest miracle of all: the birth of Jesus.

John the Baptist played a crucial part, though, for he was sent by God to prepare the way for Jesus. And while the story of Jesus’ birth is one that we are all familiar with, what we can often miss is that every aspect, of this story we know so well, is rooted in the prophesies of God concerning the Messiah.

And Jesus fulfilled them all.

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The Almighty God and Creator of the universe had veiled Himself in the flesh of a helpless infant.

This baby, had come through the most unexpected mother, in the most unexpected way, to be the long-awaited Savior of the world.

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Snowed In!!… Service Canceled!!!

December 26, 2021


Christmas Eve Service 2021

December 24, 2021

Sermon Notes

Date: 12/24/2021

 

 

Description: 

Pull up a virtual pew and join us. It’s Christmas Eve… and we’re together again!

Merry Christmas and welcome to our special Scandia Bible Church Christmas Eve Service for 2021, as we gather to celebrate a moment in history that would forever change the course of humanity — the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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As is our tradition, this evening’s service will be served up “family style” (you’ll find an Order of Service in the Sermon Notes) in which you’ll experience a mix of scripture readings, congregational hymns, and good ol’ fashioned church family music (plus Pastor Monty has a few words)… to remind and retell the story that everyone must know.

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To Prepare the Way [Luke 1:1-25]

December 19, 2021

Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 12/19/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Advent

Key Text: Luke 1:1-25

Description:

God had not spoken to His people for over 400 years.  It was a long time of silence and in that time, Israel had returned from exile, rebuilt the temple, survived Alexander the Great, and now was occupied by Rome.  Many were discouraged and there were a host of ways in which the people responded. It was rough.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao opens the Bible this advent season to tell us of a pivotal moment in all of time:

God was going to break His silence.

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And it wouldn’t be to a great prophet or the king, but He would send an angel to an obscure, middle-aged priest named Zecharias.

…For the most important time in history was about to begin.

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Affliction and The End of Ourselves [2 Corinthians 1:8-11]

December 12, 2021

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Date: 12/12/2021

Preacher: Josh Peglow, guest preacher

Key Text: 2 Corinthians 1:8-11

Description:

[Writing Vignette]

SBC Host: [writing] Dear family and friends. What a year it has been! Billy is growing up so fast. He started soccer and singing in the choir. Sally — not to be outdone — has taken up ballet, and found that she, too, enjoys singing. Of course, we all felt the bump in the road when our family suffered an affliction that was so great that it caused us the despair of life. We enjoyed our annual family vacation, though, down at the lake this summer….

Avg Guy: Whoah!! Wait! What happened!? “The despair of life”???

You can’t just gloss over something like that. You need to give us details! 

SBC Host: Why? In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul didn’t.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Josh Peglow fills in at the pulpit and preaches out of the book of 2 Corinthians to show us that God uses trials to cause his people to stop trusting in themselves and, instead, in Him alone.

It’s not that he doesn’t want us to communicate our needs with others — He does. After all, it’s part of His plan of how we support each other.

But the main thrust of what we’ll learn today is that while we can suffer for all sorts of different reasons — and we will — (even a great apostle, such as Paul, is not immune) it’s when the despair becomes so great, that we humbly face the reality that, in and of ourselves, we have nothing to give.

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Our burden is so excessive that we are beyond our strength.

While this can be a disconcerting place to be… It’s a good place to be.

Because as we put our trust and reliance in Him, we see God go to work… to establish His glory.

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Notes:

  • SEVERITY of Affliction (8)
  • PURPOSE of Affliction (9a)
  • DELIVERER of Affliction (9b-10)
  • BENEFIT of Corporate PRAYER in Affliction (11)

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Looking for a City [Hebrews 11:8-10]

December 5, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 12/05/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 11:8-10

Description:

“The Father of All of Who Believe” — an incredible epitaph for an incredible, faith-filled man.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and shows us that when it comes to faith, we can learn a lot from Abraham.

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But can we even relate to this stalwart of faith??

Ironically, while our daily struggles may make us feel far removed from what Father Abraham must have experienced, what we’re likely to find is that we share more in common with him, than not.

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When Faith Goes to Work [Hebrews 11:7]

November 28, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 11/28/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 11:7

Description:

[Telephone Vignette]

Store: Bob’s Lumber.

Customer: Yes. Hello. I need 3.1 million board feet of gopher wood delivered out to my place tomorrow morning please.

Store: Can I get a name on that order?

Customer: Noah.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews where we are learning a lot about faith right now. And Noah is yet another example of one that put action behind his belief.

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To the outsider, he would have looked crazy. Everything around Noah said that building a boat — a ship of such enormity — was a ridiculous endeavor. He didn’t even live near a boat launch!

…And yet without a cloud in the sky — BY FAITH — Noah knew that it was about to rain.

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Our Great Reward [Hebrews 11:5-6]

November 21, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 11/21/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 11:5-6

Description:

[Voice Compilation]

So all the days that Adam lived were…

So all the days of Seth were…

So all the days of Enosh were…

So all the days of Kenan were…

So all the days of Mahalalel were…

So all the days of Jared were…

So all the days of Methuselah were…

So all the days of Lamech were…

So all the days of Noah were…

…AND HE DIED.

They ALL died — except two: Elijah and Enoch… the two men in all of history who have not tasted the pains of death. Why?

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and explains that the Bible records much about Elijah; but about Enoch…not so much.

Consequently, throughout church history, Enoch’s sparse record has been a source of speculation.

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The author of Hebrews, however, helps us decipher what it was about the life of Enoch that was so pleasing to God — so pleasing that he spared him death.

…And the answer may not be what we think.

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Acceptable Through Faith [Hebrews 11:4]

November 14, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 11/14/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 11:4

Description:

Two brothers went before the Lord to offer a sacrifice. One was accepted…the other, rejected.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews in which we examine this perplexing situation.

After all, as brothers, Cain and Abel had the same parents and were likely raised the same way. They both believed in God. And they both offered sacrifices from their labor and toil.

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But the end of the story leaves one brother dead and the other exiled.

Why??

…The very question the author of Hebrews seeks to answer.

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Faith in Action [Hebrews 11:1-3]

November 7, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 11/07/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 11:1-3

Description:

SBC Host: To live by faith — what does it mean??

Avg Guy:It means, mustering the courage and taking a leaping step into the dark.

Avg Gal:It’s channeling the power that comes from positive thinking to bring about what you want.

SBC Host: These are NOT Biblical views of faith.

Avg Guy/Gal: Oh.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and shows how the author not only defines faith for us, but gives us example after example of those that went before, who knew what it meant to live by faith: the saints of the Old Testament.

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The Scope of Scripture [Luke 24:13-27; John 2:13-22, 5:39-47]

October 31, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 10/31/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Reformation Sunday

Key Text: Luke 24:13-27; John 2:13-22, 5:39-47

Description:

“Christ-Centered.”

It’s an adjective that has become more and more popular in recent years when describing any number of activities either in the church or in the lives of God’s people. And while this descriptor is helpful and often a necessary reminder, we usually don’t give credit where credit is due for this perspective in the Christian life.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, on this Reformation Sunday, Pastor Monty Simao takes some time to reflect on this term, because it’s one that involves the Reformers.

For as the Reformers returned to the authority of Scripture, they, also, began to see that Jesus, Himself, revealed Himself as the “scope” of all the Scriptures.

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What this means is that the credit goes to Christ: for all of Scripture is “Christ-Centered” — it all points to Him, and therefore, Jesus is the target and the end of all revelation from God.

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The Righteous Shall Live by Faith [Hebrews 10:35-39]

October 24, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 10/24/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 10:35-39

Description:

What does it mean that the righteous shall live by faith?

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and explains that we often hear this phrase and immediately think it’s about the doctrine of justification… because Paul uses that expression to teach that we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

But there is another part to it: Not only are we justified by faith, but we live and hope by faith as well.

In the darkest of days, the believer should live by faith, meaning that the people of God continue to trust in Him and cling to His promises even when distress and disaster have come to them.

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Knowing not only that God is faithful and will not let their soul come to destruction, but also that Christ is coming to bring an end to all calamity in a final judgment that is so complete, it will right every wrong.

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Remember the Former Days [Hebrews 10:32-35]

October 17, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 10/17/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 10:32-35

Description:

Remember the “Good Ol’ Days”?

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and explains that when we encounter difficult times, it’s natural for us to remind ourselves of former days that were better — probably because we feel that doing so will give us the needed courage to face our current challenge.

The writer of Hebrews takes the opposite approach, though.  Instead of recalling former times of ease, he tells his readers to recall former times of hardship! … times of affliction and persecution.

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Why?

Because when we remember God’s past faithfulness during trying times, we are encouraged to persevere…in the hope of our eternal reward.

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Classic Edition – Mark 16:14-18

October 13, 2021

Sermon Notes

Date: 01/14/2001

Preacher: James Allen, pastor

Series: Mark

Key Text: Mark 16:14-18

Description:

Join us as we turn the back the clock to 2001 to listen to a Scandia Bible Church “Classic.” In this Classic Sermon Pastor James Allen continues our study of the Gospel according to Mark.

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