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: 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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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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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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Keep Going. Stand Firm. [Philippians 3:12 – 4:1]

October 20, 2019

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Date: 10/20/2019

Preacher: Kris Baines, guest pastor

Key Text: Philippians 3:12 – 4:1

Description: There’s no doubt we’re living in challenging times — times in which there is an unprecedented effort to marginalize Christian values.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, we welcome back our Down Under pastor and pianist friend, Kris Baines, to share the encouraging message that though we face challenge, with Jesus, we can remain unshakable.

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For though the world — like never before in recent history — now celebrates and normalizes things the Bible condemns as wicked, sinful, and perverse, we as followers of Jesus Christ are called and empowered to “keep going and stand firm” in our Christian walk.

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And the Creeps Crept In [Jude 1:17-25]

September 22, 2019

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Date: 09/22/2019

Preacher: Josh Peglow, guest preacher

Key Text: Jude 17-25

Description: 

False Teacher: Hello everyone, my name is Bob.

Group: Hi Bob.

False Teacher: …And I’d like to convince you of my heresy and drag you all down to hell with me.

Group: (various responses of interest)

SBC Host: If it were only that obvious.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Brother in Christ, Josh Peglow fills in at the pulpit to bring us a timely message from the book of Jude:

We must be on guard and “contend earnestly for the faith” because “certain persons have crept in unnoticed.”

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He goes on to warn that they will draw many with their engaging personalities, slick style, and ability to turn a phrase… drawing them into a subtle trap of deception, with the sole purpose of leading you away from the pure Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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Coming into Contact with Christ [Luke 24:1-33]

August 11, 2019

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Date: 08/11/2019

Preacher: Anthony Mathenia, guest preacher

Key Text: Luke 24:1-33

Description: If you could experience just ONE event in Biblical history… what would it be?”

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, we welcome Guest Pastor Anthony Mathenia, from Christ Church in Radford, Virginia… who asks us this very question: What one event would you choose?

There are so many, to be sure — whether we choose to watch the Lord speak the Universe into existence or witness the miraculous birth of Christ; be there as God parts the Red Sea or marvel as Jesus prepares a meal for five thousand.

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The truth is, it would be hard to choose just one.

But as we contemplate the epic experiences we might choose, Pastor Mathenia asks us to consider an event that might not make our Top Ten:

What would happen if we took a walk with Jesus?

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Sola Scriptura / Scripture Alone [1 Timothy 3:14-17]

August 4, 2019

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Date: 08/04/2019

Preacher: David Teves, guest preacher

Key Text: 2 Timothy 3:14-17

Description: The Protestant Reformation — an event in church history we tend to associate with Martin Luther and other 16th Century reformers. We tend to forget, however, that Jesus Christ was the Original Reformer.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, brother in Christ, David Teves fills in at the pulpit and shares that Martin Luther and others were simply following Jesus’ example. For the Pharisees and scribes held that the traditions and laws of man were equal with Scripture — just as the Medieval Church and the Pope, 1500 years later in Luther’s day, said that Scripture AND tradition were the authority on truth.

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…And, the argument continues to this day: To find truth, are other influences required to come alongside the Holy Scriptures of the Bible… or is the Bible enough?

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The Doctrine of Spiritual Warfare [Ephesians 6:10-20]

June 30, 2019

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Date: 06/30/2019

Preacher: David Teves, guest preacher

Key Text: Ephesians 6:10-20

Description: Spiritual warfare. It’s a phrase we use. But what does it really mean?  …And what do we do about it?

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, brother in Christ, David Teves, fills in at the pulpit and digs into these questions by looking at a familiar text, but does so in a way that many churches fail to address — by looking at the context of the letter in which it was written.

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Jesus is Risen. Now What? [1 Corinthians 15:1-5]

April 28, 2019

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Date: 04/28/2019

Preacher: David Teves, guest preacher

Key Text: 1 Corinthians 15:1-5

Description: After the Resurrection, the disciples had no idea what to do… so they went fishing.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, brother in Christ, David Teves fills in at the pulpit and explains that even after 3 years of living with Him, eating with Him, and listening to Him, the disciples still did not understand what Jesus was talking about.

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In fact, it wasn’t until after His ascension that they finally knew what to do: Proclaim the gospel to all nations.

But has modern day Christianity faithfully followed suit? …Or has it fallen into a trap of deception — making the gospel into something it is not.

 

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From Empty Tomb to Living Hope [1 Peter 1:3-9]

April 21, 2019


Sermon Notes

Date: 04/21/2019, Easter Sunday

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Key Text: 1 Peter 1:3-9

Description: Have you ever lost hope?

Peter knew what it meant to lose hope.

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Paul’s Prayer for Understanding [Ephesians 1:15-23]

April 21, 2019

Easter Sunrise Service

Sermon Notes

Date: 04/21/2019, Easter Sunday

Preacher: Josh Peglow, brother in Christ

Key Text: Ephesians 1:15-23

Description: He is risen! … and indeed, He is risen!

Happy Resurrection Sunday from Scandia Bible Church, 2019, and we want to welcome you to our Sunrise Service Sermon, as our church gathers in its tradition for this special time at the lovely waterside home of Elder Keith Barker. Music this morning being provided by our church family.

And our Sunrise Service message… being delivered this time by Mr. Josh Peglow…. a member of our church body and brother in Christ.

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Notes: Understanding God…

  1. What is the HOPE of His calling?
  2. What are the RICHES of the glory of His inheritance in the saints?
  3. What is the surpassing greatness of His POWER toward us who believe?

Listen to the 2019 Easter Sermon — delivered by Pastor Monty Simao


Hero or Villain? [Galatians 3:10-14]

April 7, 2019

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Date: 04/07/2019

Preacher: Colton Bennett, guest preacher

Key Text: Galatians 3:10-14

Description: 

Average Guy: I’m a pretty good person. I’m not perfect, but I do my best. I’m sure once I die, God will see it that way and let me in. He’ll forgive me.

SBC Host: I hate to break it to you, but… God cannot “just” forgive you, because He is JUST. His bar is perfection, and He will not bend the rules or look the other way. There is a penalty. Your sinfulness is a curse, and it must fall upon somebody. It’s called penal substitutionary atonement. “Sorry,” alone, won’t cut it.

Average Guy: Oh.

SBC Host: Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, we welcome back to our pulpit, guest preacher and Kentucky pastor-to-be, Colton Bennett, who not only wrestles with us through the weighty theological subject of penal substitutionary atonement, but points us to the beauty that arose out of it: Christus Victor… Christ is Victorious.SBC logo 204x204

And then we realize that the Gospel is not a message only for the lost, but also the found.

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  1. The Law
  2. The Curse
  3. Christ and His work

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Lessons from a Thief [Luke 23:33-43]

February 17, 2019

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Date: 02/17/2019

Preacher: Josh Peglow, guest preacher

Key Text: Luke 23:33-43

Description: One on the right and one on the left. And in the middle… Jesus.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, brother in Christ, Josh Peglow, fills in at the pulpit to deliver a message about the two thieves that hung next to Jesus on the day of His crucifixion — two criminals nailed to their own crosses on either side, one hurling insults, the other ultimately calling Him Lord.

If you think about it, the scene — in many ways — depicts that of the world: you’re either with Him or against Him.

Which thief are you?

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Notes: What the Penitent Thief knew, that we too need to know…

  1. knew Jesus is God
  2. knew his own GUILT before God
  3. knew Christ was NOT guilty
  4. knew Christ has the POWER to SAVE
  5. knew Christ is KING

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Good Works [Ephesians 2:8-10]

February 3, 2019

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Date: 02/03/2019

Preacher: David Teves, guest preacher

Key Text: Ephesians 2:8-10

Description: 

Average Guy: If you want to get to heaven, you’d better have a good looking résumé, because the things you do while your here matter.

Average Gal: Total nonsense! Everyone knows that once you get a “Grace Card” from Jesus, works are meaningless.

[argument between the two]

Scandia Host: There is much confusion in the church today as to what good works are and why we need (or need not) do them.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, brother in Christ, David Teves, fills in at the pulpit to preach on a topic that greatly separates Christianity from other religions: GOOD WORKS.

Some say you need to do good works in order to get into heaven; others, we’re saved by grace and that good works don’t matter. …But what does the Bible say?

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GOOD WORKS

  1. What are they?
  2. Are they the same for everyone?
  3. Who needs them?
  4. Why do them?

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How to Listen to God [Psalm 46:1-10]

December 30, 2018

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Date: 12/30/2018

Preacher: Keith Barker, elder

Key Text: Psalm 46:1-10

Description: 

Average Guy: I’m trying to listen to God, but I just don’t hear Him.

Scandia Host: Shhhh…. In our busy lives it’s often a challenge to slow down enough to actually come to a full stop and listen. For what we’ll find is that our desire and ability to listen to God is in direct correlation with who we consider Him to be.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Elder Keith Barker shares that too often we as Christians neglect the wonderful access and fellowship opportunities we have with our and Lord and Savior, because we fail to follow the clear and simple instructions found in Psalm 46:10:

“Be still and know that I am God.”

 

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How to Listen to God

  1. Expectantly
  2. Quietly
  3. Patiently
  4. Actively
  5. Confidently


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The Holiness of God [Exodus 15:11]

November 11, 2018

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Keith Barker 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 11/11/2018

Preacher: Keith Barker, elder

Key Text: Exodus 15:11

Description: The cross: a Christian symbol evoking comfort and love for many, many people. But for some, it stands as a graphic warning sign declaring danger ahead.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church podcast, Elder Keith Barker exhorts that the cross is SHOUTING that God hates our sin — so much so that He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to pay the price for it by hanging on the cross. His blood was a ransom for us — freeing us from an eternity separated from Him, our loving Heavenly Father.

 

Yes, the cross serves as a merciful word of comfort to Christians of God’s finished work but, to the unsaved, a stark shout of danger.

 

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A Day in the Life of Jesus [Mark 1:29-39]

October 21, 2018

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Date: 10/21/2018

Preacher: Kris Baines, guest pastor

Key Text: Mark 1:29-39

Description: If a TV crew followed you around for 24 hours, would it be worth watching?

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, we welcome to our pulpit New Zealand Pastor, Kris Baines, who shows that we can learn a lot from reviewing the day in the life of someone… especially when that someone is Jesus Christ.

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For when we review a 24 hour period of Jesus’ ministry in the book of Mark, we find Him to be a man of compassion, a man of service, a man of prayer, and a man of purpose. And that, in turn, encourages us to be the same… in His strength, for His glory.

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The Insanity of Christ [Philippians 1:21-30]

August 19, 2018

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Date: 08/19/2018

Preacher: Colton Bennett, guest preacher

Key Text: Philippians 1:21-30

Description: 

“Now am I beginning to be a disciple. May it only be that I attain unto Jesus Christ, come fire and flood, grapplings with beasts, cuttings and manglings, wrenching of bones, hacking of limbs, crushing of my whole body…. The farthest bounds of the universe shall profit me nothing…. Him I seek, who died on our behalf; Him I desire, who rose again for our sake.”

— Ignatius of Antioch (35-107, earliest post-New Testament martyr)

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, we’re pleased to welcome to our pulpit, guest preacher from Kentucky, and up-and-coming pastor-to-be, Colton Bennett… who describes himself as “a follower of Jesus, lover of Liberty, and passionate voice when the world is silent.” And though he’s only 19 years-old, he has the wisdom-filled insight that though we may all WANT to be “all in” for Christ, the truth is that none of us are… and that is PRECISELY why we need Jesus.

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Holiness [1 Peter 1:13-16]

August 12, 2018

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Keith Barker 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 08/12/2018

Preacher: Keith Barker, elder

Key Text: 1 Peter 1:13-16

Description: 

Do you remember the Susan B. Anthony dollar? …You know the one that looked like a quarter.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Elder Keith Barker opens the Bible and draws our attention to a problem in America today: a lack of holiness.

Too often the church looks so much like the world, that those that are unsaved see no need to consider the claims of Jesus on their own lives. To them, they all look like quarters – but they’re really dollars. They don’t stand out because they’re lacking holiness.SBC logo 204x204

If by the saving grace of Jesus Christ you are now considered a “dollar”… act like one. Because as He clearly commands: “Be holy for I am holy.”

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Enjoying His Presence in the Morning [1 Peter 2-3]

June 10, 2018

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Keith Barker 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 06/10/2018

Preacher: Keith Barker, elder

Key Text: 1 Peter 2-3

Description: As the old saying goes, “If you are too busy for God, then you are too busy.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Elder Keith Barker takes us to the book of 1 Peter to show us that too often we start our day on a run and never quite get time to talk to our Lord and Savior – leaving us with the sad reality that God is more interested in talking with us, than we are with Him.SBC logo 204x204

Our lack of a dedicated, disciplined, devotional time is perhaps the greatest hindrance to our growth as Christians. But our message reminds us that if we meet God each and every morning, we will experience a deeper, closer, and more wonderful relationship with our Lord… Our Lord who loves us so much that He was willing to die in our place.

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