The Transformation of Grace [Titus 2:11-14]

October 18, 2020

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Date: 10/18/2020

Preacher: Josh Peglow, guest preacher

Key Text: Titus 2:11-14

Description: 

Driver: Hey Grace… How do I get to Christian Living?

Grace GPS: Getting directions to Christian Living. … Starting from Salvation, with the grace of God, drive straight and continue on the narrow path for a lifetime with sobriety, righteousness, and godliness. Along the way, avoid ungodliness and worldly lusts, as you look for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Driver: Thank you.

Grace GPS: Happy to help!

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, brother in Christ, Josh Peglow fills in at the pulpit and takes us to the book of Titus where we are reminded that when we need direction, “Grace” is there!… the grace of God… for it instructs us how to live, points us toward our coming hope, and grounds us in the work of Christ.

Ultimately, what we find is that the grace of God transforms us.

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Catechism Reading — Lord’s Day 43

Notes: 

  1. Foundation of Grace (11, 14)
  2. Instruction of Grace (12)
  3. Expectation of Grace (13)

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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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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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Justification by Faith Alone [Galatians 2:16-21]

August 23, 2020

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Date: 08/23/2020

Preacher: David Teves, guest preacher

Key Text: Galatians 2:16

Description:

Avg Guy: I’m confused. To be saved, Paul says I need faith…James says works. Who’s right??

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, brother in Christ, David Teves fills in at the pulpit to address this apparent contradiction surrounding the Biblical doctrine of justification as he continues his “5 Solas Series.”

And what we’ll find is that when it comes to reading scripture, “first glances,” as one blog author put it, “are not enough.”

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Catechism Reading — Lord’s Day 35

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Giving Christ His Due [John 3:22-36]

August 16, 2020

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Date: 08/16/2020

Preacher: Josh Peglow, guest preacher

Key Text: John 3:22-36

Description: 

“He who comes from above is above all…”

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, brother in Christ, Josh Peglow fills in at pulpit and reminds us that Christ must remain preeminent in our lives: He must increase, but [we] must decrease.

We all struggle with the inclination to exalt ourselves, but as believers, we must be willing to see ourselves abased to see Christ glorified.

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Catechism Reading — Lord’s Day 34

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The Reasons That Christ Must be Exalted (John 3:31-36)

  1. The Creator contrasted with His creatures (31).
  2. His message is from God and in the power of the Holy Spirit (32-34).
  3. God the Father loves and honors Him (35).
  4. Christ Himself is the object of faith and the hinge of men’s destiny (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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Decision-Making in Light of the Moral Law [Matthew 5:1-25]

May 17, 2020

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Date: 05/17/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church: Christian Living, CoronaVirus

Key Text: Matthew 5

Description: Do you ever think about the fullness of the Ten Commandments when making decisions in life? 

…Or do you fall into the trap like the rich young ruler who viewed the Commandments only in the letter of the law and justified himself as having kept them his whole life?

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, the corona confinement continues as Pastor Monty Simao preaches a message that reminds us that God’s Moral Law is not just words written on stone, but the means by which we learn what pleases Him.

The Decalogue is a guide to every decision we make and, often in confusing situations, is the very thing that brings clarity.

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The 3-Fold Use of the Law

  1. MIRROR — mirrors God’s righteousness and thereby our weakness
  2. CURB — commands and threatens; civil authority; fear of consequence
  3. GUIDE —tells of the things that please our Heavenly Father (Christian use only)

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The Christian Paradigm for All of Life [selected texts]

May 10, 2020

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Date: 05/10/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church: 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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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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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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