Costly Faith [Hebrews 11:23-26]

February 27, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 02/27/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 11:23-26

Description:

[Bible narration of John 15:18ff begins and then drops into the background]: If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you….

The Christian life is often a life of difficulty.  There is a costliness to faith as the world treats Christians harshly just as the world treated Christ.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews where we come across Moses in the Hall of Faith.

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For you see, faith looks at this life of difficulty and sees a greater reward in following Christ than the reward promised in a life of sin and ease. Faith also sees a loving Father in heaven who has secured a place with Him in eternal glory.

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When the Promises Collide with Death [Hebrews 11:20-22]

February 20, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 02/20/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 11:20-22

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What does faith look like when the promises of God collide with death?

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our Hall of Faith study in the book of Hebrews in which we examine the final moments of the patriarchs as they face death with their eyes toward the future…toward the horizon.

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They know that death will not hinder the promises of God in any way and that the future will continue to unveil God’s perfect plan — which will be moving forward until that great day of consummation and resurrection.

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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

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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

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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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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

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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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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

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“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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God’s Promise and Oath [Hebrews 6:13-16]

May 16, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 05/16/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 6:13-16; Genesis 12:1-3; 15; 22

Description:

Courtroom Vignette

Bailiff: Do You solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help You… YOU???

God: I DO

…It wasn’t quite like that.

But it was a promise, and it was sealed with an oath.

It’s something God gave Abraham… and it’s a fact that the author of Hebrews ties into his teaching.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and explains that in order for us to understand what the author is teaching in the New Testament, we must first understand the reference to which he teaches from the Old Testament.

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Israel’s Homecoming [Genesis 35:1-28]

February 4, 2018

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 02/04/2018

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Genesis

Key Text: Genesis 35

SBC logo 204x204Description: Have you ever been away a long time from home?  Perhaps a month, or even a year? Well, Jacob had been gone for 30 years, and his homecoming brought with it pleasure along with pain.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao returns to the pulpit – after having been away himself for a time to mourn the loss of his son, Isaiah.

He continues with our study in the book of Genesis and reminds us that when it comes to pleasure and pain, most things in life are a mixture of the two. But take note: God is not only with us in our pleasure, He too is with us in our pain… and He proves sufficient for all that He brings into our life.

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In Feast and Famine [Genesis 26:1-18]

June 25, 2017

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 06/25/2017

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Genesis

Key Text: Genesis 26:1-18

SBC logo 204x204Description: Are the sins of a father doomed to be repeated in the life of his child? Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Genesis where we watch Isaac follow in the sinfulness of his father, and yet, in spite of Isaac’s failings, God remains faithful.

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The Story of Two Nations [Genesis 25:19-34]

June 11, 2017

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 06/11/2017

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Genesis

Key Text: Genesis 25:19-34

SBC logo 204x204Description: The doctrine of Election… Perhaps no where in the Bible is it seen more clearly than in Genesis Chapter 25 and Apostle Paul’s explanation of it in Romans Chapter 9. Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the Book of Genesis and shares with us that the doctrine of Election is not some philosophical ethereal kind of “shelf doctrine,” but rather the picture of God’s sovereignty in the affairs of men and the way of salvation.

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A Wedding and Two Funerals [Genesis 25:1-18]

June 4, 2017

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 06/04/2017

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Genesis

Key Text: Genesis 25:1-18

SBC logo 204x204Description: One wedding and two funerals… It would seem, using simple math, that the bad would outweigh the good. But not in this case.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Genesis and shows us that in the first half of chapter 25 these very ceremonies are recorded. But instead of an overwhelm of despair, we see the baton of God’s promise pass to a new generation, and we see the hope of God’s people – which extends beyond the grave.

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The three wives of Abraham and his sons: Sarah and Isaac (center); Hagar and Ishmael (left); and Keturah and her children (right) – Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah.

 

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A Wife for Isaac [Genesis 24:28-67]

May 28, 2017

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 05/28/2017

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Genesis

Key Text: Genesis 24:28-67

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Why pray if God already knows what’s going to happen before it happens?

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Genesis and points out that most Christians will readily agree that God is sovereign… but how many have actually stopped to examine what that really means – and then to understand how God’s providence and decrees fit in within all that? Well Genesis 27, among other things, gives us a beautiful picture of the relationship between God’s eternal decrees and His providential means of carrying those decrees out. …And then you’ll know why you should pray.

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Wise and Faithful Servant [Genesis 24:10-27]

May 21, 2017

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 05/21/2017

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Genesis

Key Text: Genesis 24:10-27

SBC logo 204x204Description: When do you pray?  For most of us, we pray only when we are in trouble and desperate.  Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Genesis and explains that we do this because our “default setting” is self-reliance instead of trusting God.  In today’s passage we see a proper perspective of prayer:…  a perspective that shows us that we shouldn’t pray when we are desperate – rather we should realize just how desperate we always are.

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Abraham Seeks a Wife for his Son [Genesis 24:1-9]

May 14, 2017

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 05/14/2017

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Genesis

Key Text: Genesis 24:1-9

SBC logo 204x204Description: Chapter 24: it’s the longest chapter in the book of Genesis. But instead of it being a great theological treatise, what we find is a love story. Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Genesis and shows us that unlike the love stories we may be accustomed to, this one doesn’t start with “boy meets girl;” rather, this love story begins with faithful Abraham commanding his servant Eliezer to put his hand under his thigh… vowing before the Lord.

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Living and Dying in Faith [Genesis 23:1-20]

May 7, 2017

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 05/07/2017

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Genesis

Key Text: Genesis 23

SBC logo 204x204Description: Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Genesis and takes us to chapter 23 – a chapter which, admittedly, following Abraham binding his son Isaac to the alter as as a sacrificial offering to the Lord in the previous chapter…may seem a bit anti-climatic. In chapter 23, we see that Abraham’s wife, Sarah, has died… But instead of focusing on her death, Abraham enters into a land negotiation.

Why is this all here, and what is God showing us through it? …The answer may surprise you.

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Notes:

  1. Review of Genesis 22 and Covenant Promises
  2. Transition to Isaac
  3. Stranger and Sojourner
  4. Purchase of Cave of Machpelah
  5. Living and Dying in Faith

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The Lord will Provide [Genesis 22:1-24]

April 23, 2017

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 04/23/2017

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Genesis

Key Text: Genesis 22

SBC logo 204x204Description: It’s a living parable of substitutionary sacrifice with extraordinary theological and historical significance. Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Genesis, where we find ourselves starting in chapter 22 with a test of Abraham, but concluding in the pages of the New Testament with a picture of redemption… redemption found only in Jesus Christ.

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Treaty with Abimelech [Genesis 21:22-34]

April 2, 2017

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 04/02/2017

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Genesis

Key Text: Genesis 21:22-34

SBC logo 204x204Description: It’s a Bible passage that commentaries and sermon series often skip over. Today on Scandia Bible Church podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues our verse-by-verse preaching through the book of Genesis… and doesn’t skip any of them – including Genesis 21:22-34… a cluster of verses that may, at first, seem “mundane,” hidden between the birth of Isaac, sending Ishmael away, and God’s testing of Abraham to sacrifice Isaac on Mount Moriah. But what we’ll find is that this often skipped passage has much to teach us about God’s faithfulness to fulfill all His promises.

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The Son of Promise [Genesis 21:1-21]

March 19, 2017

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 03/19/2017

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Genesis

Key Text: Genesis 21:1-21

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A life of waiting.

…Such is much of the life of a Christian. Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Genesis in which he teaches that we can either wait in frustration for the passing – temporal – things, or we can wait in anticipation for God bringing about His purposes and how they will work themselves out in our lives. Either way, waiting teaches us life lessons that can’t be learned anywhere else … as we learn to endure with faith and patience.

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Déjà Vu [Genesis 20:1-18]

March 12, 2017

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 03/12/2017

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Genesis

Key Text: Genesis 20

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“The fairest marbles have their flaws, and, while there are spots in the sun, we must not expect anything spotless under it.” 

— the great Puritan Commentator, Matthew Henry, concerning Genesis Chapter 20.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Genesis and points out that no truer words than those penned by Henry were spoken about Abraham… or about us, for that matter. Because you see, Genesis Chapter 20 is not a chapter recorded to Abraham’s honor, but it is recorded to God’s grace.

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Notes:

  1. the Pathetic Repeat (1-2)
  2. the Pathetic Repeat (1-2)
  3. the Prophet Rescued (3-7)
  4. the Patriarch Rebuked (8-13)
  5. the Prayer Required (14-18)

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Friend of God [Genesis 18:16-33]

February 12, 2017

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 02/12/2017

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Genesis

Key Text: Genesis 18:16-33

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He was described as the “Friend of God.”

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Genesis and shows us that this “friend” was Abraham. And one of the ways this friendship was manifest was when God took him into intimate council before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah – an act in which we not only see God’s reassurance to Abraham of His justice, but we also see a glimpse into an intimacy that foreshadowed, if even in a small way, the intimacy that Christ purchased for us.

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Notes:

  1. The Perspective of GOD’S FRIENDSHIP
  2. The Perfection of GOD’S JUSTICE
  3. The Promise of GOD FULFILLED

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