The Christian Paradigm for All of Life [selected texts]

May 10, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 05/10/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Christian Living, CoronaVirus

Key Text: Proverbs 23:6-8; John 8:31-32; 1 Chronicles 29:11-13; Isaiah 45:6-7; Job 42:1-6; Romans 8:29-30, 28, 31-36, 37-39; 1 Peter 1:3-6, 2:1-3, 4-5, 2:12-25

Description: 

Avg Guy: The Corona Crisis is Careening out of Control!!! The Constraints are Crazy! Those in Command say we Can’t Congregate, have Crushed Commerce, and have Cut-off Camaraderie! They are Culpable and must be Charged!

SBC Host: Woah! That’s a lot of C’s. Here’s one more: How ought the Christian think about and react to the world around us?

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao preaches a message, as we continue to move through the Pandemic of 2020, that reminds us that what we believe — and the Bible makes this very clear — affects how we behave.

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And because of that, how someone reacts to the circumstances of life, gives us insight as to what hey believe about God.

Do they react in fear or in anger?… or is their reaction one of peace?

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3 Foundational Pillars of the Christian Worldview

  1. God is sovereign over all of His CREATION
  2. God is sovereign over our SALVATION.
  3. God is sovereign over the STRENGTHENING of our FAITH.

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Bullies, Freedom, and Worship [selected texts]

May 3, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 05/03/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church, CoronaVirus

Key Text: 2 Timothy 4:1-5; Romans 10:14-17; 1 Timothy 4:13, 2:1-3; Ephesians 5:18-21

Description: 

SBC Host: What do bullies, freedom, and worship have in common? 

Avg Guy: I have no idea.

SBC Host: Well, the first is something that we hate, the second something we love, and the third…

Avg Guy: Oh I got it!  …is something we NEED.

SBC Host: Exactly.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, as we continue to shelter in place, Pastor Monty Simao continues his series on The Church and asks what happens when all three (bullies, freedom, and worship) show up on Sunday morning? 

And how should we think about the binding of conscience and the tyranny of pastors who do things their way instead of God’s?

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  • PREACH and TEACH the Word of God
  • READ the Word of God
  • PRAY the Word of God
  • SING the Word of God
  • SEE the Word of God

Coronavirus and Christ by John Piper

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Running Red Lights and Other Worship Infractions [selected texts]

April 26, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 04/26/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church, CoronaVirus

Key Text: Genesis 2:1-3; Exodus 20:8-11, 3:1-5; Matthew 18:15-20; Deuteronomy 19:14-17; Acts 20:28; 1 Corinthians 5:1-5

Description: 

SBC Host: If Sunday worship were an intersection, would we be stopped at a red light waiting for a green?… Or would it be green lights all day long until we ran into a red?

Avg Guy: Hey, who’s driving this car anyway?

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, as we continue to church “corona-style,” Pastor Monty Simao continues our series on The Church and points out the fact that most of us prefer green lights over red — and we despise traffic cams.

But we need to ask ourselves: Is Sunday worship about what we prefer?… Or is it what God commands?

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What Do Jazz and the Church Have in Common? [selected texts]

April 19, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 04/19/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church, CoronaVirus

Key Text: Leviticus 9:22-24, 10:1-11; 1 Chronicles 13:1-13, 15:1-2, 11-15; Exodus 32:4, 39:1, 5, 7, 21, 26, 29, 39:31-32, 42-43, 40:23, 5; John 4:19-24; Deuteronomy 12:32

Description: Suppose you were planting a church:

√ How would the worship service be organized?

√ What would be the elements of worship?

√ What type of music would you have?

√ Would you have a choir?

√ Would you have a drama club?

There are a lot of things to think about, and there are a lot of churches that do things differently.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, as the coronavirus global lockdown continues, Pastor Monty Simao resumes our series on The Church and asks when it comes to how everyone does church:SBC logo 204x204

• Does God care that there are different ways?

• How much freedom does He give us — the gathering of the church — in how we worship Him?

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Redeeming the Ruthless [Isaiah 25:1-9; Ephesians 2:1-10]

April 12, 2020


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Date: 04/12/2020, Easter Sunday

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: CoronaVirus

Key Text: Isaiah 25:1-9; Ephesians 2:1-10

Description: The prophet Isaiah painted a picture of the rebellion in the nations: a place of idolatry, injustice, and insurrection; a place where God is ignored and His followers mocked, as man sits in his citadels of strength.

…That is, until God brings man’s city to ruin and his citadels to rubble.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao virtually delivers a Resurrection Sunday Service to our church body as we watch from the safety of our homes during the Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020 and reminds us that during these times when God brings people low, we rejoice.

We rejoice because God does it to rescue the afflicted and to vindicate His people. But there’s another reason we rejoice…a scandalous reason.  SBC logo 204x204

God brings people low to make the proud humble and remove the strength of the mighty and bring the ruthless to their knees.

And most shockingly, He redeems the ruthless so that they too worship Him.

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God, Our Refuge and Strength [Psalm 46:1-11]

April 5, 2020

Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 04/05/2020, Palm Sunday

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: CoronaVirus

Key Text: Psalm 46

Description: Imagine that The Plague has come to your city. People are sick and needing help… and yet, the only response from civil authorities is to tell everyone to run!

What would YOU do?

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues his virtual preaching to our church body as we “stay home and stay healthy” during the Coronavirus Pandemic and asks us to ponder the described scenario: What WOULD you do?

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Would you run? Would you stay to help?

Because, you see, how you answer these questions truly depends on WHAT, or WHO, you believe keeps you safe.

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Psalm 46 — an SBC corporate “virtual cell phone reading”

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STAY PUT and Walk in the Light [Romans 13:11-14]

March 29, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 03/29/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: CoronaVirus

Key Text: Romans 13:11-14

Description:

How are we to live during a crisis? 

How are we to walk when told to stay put? 

How are we to represent God’s kingdom — a kingdom of hope —when chaos is all around us?

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast as Pastor Monty Simao continues his virtual preaching to our church body while we obey stay-at-home governmental mandates during the COVID-19 Pandemic, he shows us that Romans 13 gives us the answers to these questions.

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Not only does it provide us the way to walk during crisis, but, perhaps more importantly, it provides us a way to live with the end in sight…and how, ultimately, the return of our Lord affects the way we live in the here and now.

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The CoronaVirus, the Gathering Ban, and the Introvert’s Dream Come True [Romans 13:1-10]

March 22, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 03/22/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: CoronaVirus

Key Text: Romans 13:1-10

Description: One of the most basic commands of the Christian life is the command to gather together with other believers… But how is this even possible in the midst of a global pandemic where civil authorities have mandated social distancing, gathering-caps, and quarantines?

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao makes a mark in our little country church’s 91 year history as he preaches an unprecedented, church-at-home, virtual sermon during an unprecedented time in our nation’s history.

But how are we as Christians are to respond to mandates of isolation during a crisis such as COVID-19?

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After all, the whole context of the New Testament is the assembly of the saints. The epistles were written to local bodies, the book of Acts was the preaching of the Gospel and the establishment of local assemblies.

But is there ever a time when the church simply cannot meet?  What circumstances would need to take place for such a time to present itself? And how would God want us to meet with Him during this time?

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The Foolishness of the Cross [1 Corinthians 1:18-25]

March 15, 2020

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Date: 03/15/2020

Preacher: Josh Peglow, guest preacher

Key Text: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

Description: 

Average Guy: The Cross? The Cross is a joke! It’s for fools. It lacks any intellectual fortitude or logical reasoning. If I’m going to believe in such a fairy tale, I need some solid proof.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, brother in Christ, Josh Peglow, fills in at the pulpit to share a concept in the the Bible that at first to the believer may seem incredulous (and wrong): the Cross as foolishness.

But that’s exactly how God wants it to be seen. His intent is to turn conventional wisdom on its head. For as we begin to understand why He wants it this way, we begin to see the depth and richness of His power through it.

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…And then we begin to realize where the foolishness really lies.

 

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The Mission of the Church [2 Timothy 1:8 – 2:2; Matthew 28:18-20]

March 8, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 03/08/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church

Key Text: 2 Timothy 1:8-2:2; Matthew 28:18-20

Description:

Church: Mission Control, this is Church. Do you copy?

Mission Control: This is Mission Control. We’re reading you loud and clear, Church. Continue with transmission.

Church: Yeah… what are we supposed to do again??

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study on The Church, looking this time at its mission… a topic which certainly opens up questions and, sometimes, confusion.

Questions like: Who defines the mission? Do churches come up with their own individual mission? Can the mission change to meet evolving cultural constructs from generation to generation?

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With so many questions about the mission — coupled with the numerous contexts in which we use the word — it’s no wonder that some may question whether the church has a mission at all?

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The Local Church [Ephesians 4:4-6]

March 1, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 03/01/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church

Key Text: Ephesians 4:4-6

Description:

“Here is the church. Here is the steeple. Open the doors and see all the people.”

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues our study on The Church, in which we take time consider how God has organized His great flock.

People all around the world congregate in small, local gatherings in their neighborhood churches to worship. But how does that reflect the nature of the grander-sized, universal Church — God’s people in all generations?

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And, perhaps more importantly, how do we as believers live in light of that great “oneness” we all share in Christ?

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Marks of the Local Church

  • Regularly Meets
  • Gathering of Believers
  • Assembly of Leadership
  • Gospel Teaching

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What is the Church? [selected texts]

February 23, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 02/23/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church

Key Text: Ephesians 5:22-30; Romans 9:1-9; Galatians 3:26-29

Description:

What is the church? 

Is the church somewhere you go? 

Is the church something you do? 

What makes you part of the church? 

 

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao embarks on a new study on The Church, and explains these are some of the questions we need to think about as we define it from a biblical standpoint.

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For we may find that the very way we have been thinking about the church… is not biblical at all. 

 

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When Good Things Come to an End [selected texts]

February 16, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 02/16/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Revelation

Key Text: Isaiah 2:2-4; 1 Corinthians 13:13,8; Ephesians 4:11-13

Description:

“All good things must come to an end.”

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monthy Simao preaches his final sermon for our study in the book of Revelation, in which he points out the many wonderful and good gifts the Lord has given to His church in this life. 

Many of His good gifts, however, will come to an end. They will come to an end when this present evil age is over, and they no longer are needed. 

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For unlike the idiom we all know, stated at the beginning, which conveys negative emotions of acceptance that all things are temporary… with God, these things come to an end because they must make way for the better things that have arrived.

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Come, Lord Jesus! [Revelation 22:18-21]

February 9, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 02/09/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Revelation

Key Text: Revelation 22:18-21

Description: All Christians believe in the return of Christ.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao comes to our final passage for our study in the book of Revelation and presents us with a challenge:

If we know our Lord is returning, how does that change us? Does it change the things we think, say, and do?

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The church’s response to Christ’s promise to come quickly is to say “Amen, Come Lord Jesus”.

But, is that your attitude? Are you looking forward to the blessed hope at the appearing of our Lord?

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The Spirit and the Bride Say, “Come!” [Revelation 22:16-17]

February 2, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 02/02/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Revelation

Key Text: Revelation 22:16-17

Description: In less than a seven-mile walk, He summed up the Old Testament.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao nears the end of our study in the book of Revelation in which we see, once again, Jesus’ ability to teach great and grand subjects in a concise manner. 

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We saw it on the road to Emmaus as he talked with the disciples, and we see it again in the last verses of the Bible.

In a single sentence in Revelation, Jesus shows that He is the fulfillment of every hope and promise of the Old Testament, as well as the coming Ruler and King who will bring about the new and final day.

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Christ’s Final Message [Revelation 22:10-16]

January 26, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 01/26/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Revelation

Key Text: Revelation 22:10-16

Description: Many look at the book of Revelation like a puzzle or an encrypted message. And, provided they have the correct decoder ring, they can unlock the vast spiritual truth found there.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao nears the end of our study in the book of Revelation and teaches that this book is not about “unlocking” anything, but rather is designed to unveil what was once hidden.

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This unveiling is actually what the word Apocalypse or Revelation means, and the final chapter makes this purpose clear.

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I am Coming Soon [Revelation 22:6-9]

January 19, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 01/19/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Revelation

Key Text: Revelation 22:6-9

Description: 

“Behold, I am coming soon.”

For generations of Christians, these are words that have brought comfort, but for some, confusion.

After all, it has been over 2000 years…what does soon mean?

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao nears the end of our study in the book of Revelation and shares that these words, when correctly understood, are neither discouraging nor confusing, but rather provide the church with an accurate view of the tension that exists between the expectation of Christ’s return and knowing He may yet tarry.

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Abundant Life of New Jerusalem [Revelation 22:1-5]

January 12, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 01/12/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Revelation

Key Text: Revelation 22:1-5

Description: The end of the curse, the healing of the nations, the restoration of the tree of life, the River of life, the presence of God, and light and life everlasting…and we find it all in the beginning of the last chapter of the Bible.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao reaches the final chapter in our study of the book of Revelation which brings to fruition of the themes of redemption that we saw back in Genesis…

…and the end is the glory of God and our complete enjoyment of Him.

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When a Bunch of Negatives Equal a Positive [Revelation 21:22-27]

January 5, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 01/05/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Revelation

Key Text: Revelation 21:22-27

Description: Okay stay with me here…

Have you ever tried to describe something, but had no words for what it was…only for what it wasn’t?

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Revelation and explains that describing the indescribable is what theologians are up against when attempting to describe God.

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And what we’ll find is that this is also the case with the church in Heaven, as seen in the symbol of the New Jerusalem.

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The Splendor of the Holy City [Revelation 21:15-21]

December 29, 2019

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 12/29/2019

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Revelation

Key Text: Revelation 21:15-21

Description: The size, brilliance, and purity of the New Jerusalem is beyond our imaginations. Any description we can possibly think of falls short. 

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Revelation and explains that with this unfathomable vision of the Holy City that John give us, we are brought face to face with the reality of the size, brilliance, and purity of the church…

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…God’s great work in redeeming a people to Himself, where all glory is given to Him and His glory is reflected throughout.

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