Living with Eyes on the Finish Line [Philippians 1:9-11]

April 11, 2021

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Sermon Notes

Date: 04/11/2021

Preacher: Josh Peglow, guest preacher

Key Text: Philippians 1:9-11

Description:

The Bible says that no one — only God — knows when Christ will return. So, if that’s the case, what should we occupy ourselves with in the meantime?

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, brother in Christ, Josh Peglow fills in at the pulpit and shows that while the Bible doesn’t tell us when Christ will return… it does tell us what to do — what to do with excellence.

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Notes:

  1. Discerning Love (9)
  2. Righteous Character (10)
  3. Christ Empowered Fruitfulness (11)
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Joy Comes in the Morning [John 20:1-31]

April 4, 2021


Sermon Notes

Date: 04/04/2020, Easter Sunday

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Key Text: John 20

Description: What can bring joy from the seeds of pain and sorrow?

The immediate answer is The Resurrection, which means that the ultimate answer is Jesus Christ.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao explains that just as that first Easter morning brought joy to those who were crushed and dismayed in their spirit, so too does the Resurrection bring a guaranteed hope to all who trust in Christ today.

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Growing Older and Growing Up [Hebrews 5:11-14]

March 28, 2021

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Date: 03/28/2021, Palm Sunday

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 5:11-14

Description: If our physical bodies matched the maturity of our spiritual states, would church look more like a senior center or a day care?

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and make the argument that while we can all appreciate those who are mature beyond their years, there is nothing more pathetic than one who grows older… but never grows up.

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Murmuring [Numbers 12:1-16]

March 21, 2021

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Date: 03/21/2021

Preacher: Keith Barker, elder

Key Text: Numbers 12

Description:  Do you have a critical spirit?

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Elder Keith Barker pinch-hits for Pastor Monty and shares a message on murmuring from the book of Numbers that should give us all pause.

If we’re honest, our critical spirit nature does nothing but reveal our utter depravity and absolute need for Him.

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Jesus: The Source of Salvation [Hebrews 5:5-10]

March 14, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 03/14/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 5:5-10

Description:

Avg Guy: Okay… I just read Hebrews chapter 5, versus 5-10, and I have questions.

SBC Host: Let’s hear them.

Avg Guy: All right…

    1. If Jesus is God and knows all things then how can He learn obedience?
    2. What does God require by which men can be saved and have fellowship with Him?
    3. If Jesus is God and perfect, how can He be made perfect?
    4. And… What qualifies Jesus to be our Savior, anyway?

SBC Host: These are daunting questions, to be sure.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and reminds us that questions like these can leave our minds reeling if we have not acquired the theological framework to think through them.

How we answer these questions will say much about our understanding of Christ – the only Savior.

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The Priority of Forgiveness [Mark 2:1-12]

March 7, 2021

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Date: 03/07/2021

Preacher: Josh Peglow, guest preacher

Key Text: Mark 2:1-12

Description: Mankind’s greatest need is forgiveness — the forgiveness that is made possible only in Christ Jesus.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, brother in Christ Josh Peglow fills in at the pulpit to show us that forgiveness was Jesus’ message and mission — transcending even great physical need.

For only Christ has the authority to forgive… and when He does, it results in the praise of God.

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  1. FORGIVENESS Preached (1-2)
  2. FORGIVENESS Unexpected (3-5)
  3. FORGIVENESS Proved (6-11)
  4. FORGIVENESS Praised (12)
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Our Great High Priest [Hebrews 5:1-6]

February 28, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 02/28/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 5:1-6

Description: What does it mean that Christ is our Great High Priest? And how is His priesthood different from the priesthood of, say, Aaron?

These and other questions must be answered in order for believers to have assurance of their acceptance before God.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and reminds us that our assurance begins and ends in the person and work of Jesus Christ…

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…And that His priesthood means that His completed work is being applied by our great Mediator and Savior resulting in our perseverance despite our weakness.

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Draw Near to the Throne of Grace [Hebrews 4:14-16]

February 21, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 02/21/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 4:14-16

Description: We know that Jesus was tempted as we are tempted… and yet, He was without sin.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and points out that Jesus’s temptation, and corresponding sinlessness, is supposedly mentioned in the book to help us draw near to Him, for He sympathizes.

The problem is that Jesus’ sinlessness makes us think Him unapproachable.

The question before us is…what are we missing???

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Word of Promise or Word of Judgment [Hebrews 4:12-13]

February 7, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 02/07/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 4:12-13

Description: God’s word reflects God’s nature.  And because He is living and active, His word must also be.

…It is purposeful.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and shows that not only does God’s word reveal God to us, but it reveals us… the innermost secrets of our hearts — exposed.

Ultimately, for each one of us, God’s word will either be a word of PROMISE or a word of JUDGEMENT.

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Christ Our Sabbath Rest [Hebrews 4:1-11]

January 31, 2021

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Date: 01/31/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 4:1-11

Description: Their wandering the desert floor for forty years not only provides us with a great WARNING, but a great PROMISE: the promise of rest.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues our study in the book of Hebrews and reminds us that even Joshua and Caleb — the two faithful spies of the Wilderness Generation who were able to enter Canaan — did not receive this “promised rest.”

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For it would be the “Greater Joshua,” Jesus the Son of God, Who would be the Champion for His people and complete His work to enter into His rest; and we, if we are partakers of Him, of Christ — having received the Good News — enter, in faith, into this rest that only He alone deserves.

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The Sermon to the Hebrews: “a first century podcast” [Hebrews 1:1 — 13:25]

January 24, 2021

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Date: 01/24/2021

Preacher: Josh Peglow, guest preacher

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 1-13

Description: If podcasting is roughly defined as “time-shifted media,” and modern scholars believe that the book of Hebrews was actually a sermon instead of a text… then one could argue that the Bible’s “delivery” of the book of Hebrews is one of the earliest podcasts!! [spoof “Epistle Podcast”]

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, brother in Christ Josh Peglow answers the last minute call to stand behind the pulpit as Pastor Monty nurses a disabling case of lumbago and shares with us that the public reading of an entire text in this way was how it was done in the earliest days of the church.

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Actually, all the New Testament epistles were meant to be read aloud to the congregation and then passed on to neighboring churches… a practice that promoted a unity of understanding in that together everyone could receive the message, The Word of God.

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Don’t Harden Your Hearts [Hebrews 3:12-19]

January 17, 2021

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Date: 01/17/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 3:12-19

Description: If he was known for anything, the Pharaoh of the Exodus was known for his hardened heart that was calloused to hear the word of the Lord. This hardened heart cost him his kingdom and his son… and finally his life. 

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and tells the sad continuation of this story: even the entire Israelite generation — the Hebrews who witnessed Pharaoh’s demise — would not believe the word of the Lord either and hardened their hearts as well.

Pharaoh perished in the Red Sea, while they were buried in the wilderness… on the wrong side of Jordan.

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Wisdom in Action [James 3:13-18]

January 10, 2021

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Date: 01/10/2021

Preacher: Josh Peglow, guest preacher

Key Text: James 3:13-18

Description: 

Avg Guy: Oh to be wise. Wisdom is such a good thing!

SBC Host: It is… if the source is right.

Avg Guy: Huh?

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, brother in Christ, Josh Peglow, fills in at the pulpit and shows us that wisdom — as the book of James lays out — can come from above… or from below.

And therefore, the child of God must be on guard to desire and pursue true Christian wisdom which eschews prideful strife and promotes peace.

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Notes: 

  1. God Wants Us to Exemplify Peaceful Wisdom (13)
  2. Counterfeit Wisdom Produces Strife (14-16)
  3. Godly Wisdom Produces Peace (17-18)

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Don’t Return to Egypt [Hebrews 3:7-11]

January 3, 2021

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Date: 01/03/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 3:7-11; Psalm 95; Exodus 17:1-7; Num 13:32 – 14:38

Description:

The whole community was in an uproar, wailing all night long. All the People of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The entire community was in on it: “Why didn’t we die in Egypt? Or in this wilderness? Why has God brought us to this country to kill us? Our wives and children are about to become plunder. Why don’t we just head back to Egypt? And right now!”

Soon they were all saying it to one another: “Let’s pick a new leader; let’s head back to Egypt” (Num 14:1-4, MSG).

Why would the Israelites — in the middle of the Exodus, after having seen the Red Sea part and manna fall from heaven — want to return to Egypt?  

Why would they prefer slavery in the hands of cruel task masters, once again? 

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and states that when it comes to the Israelites wanting to return to Egypt, a more dramatic example of foolishness would be hard to find. 

But, incredibly, there is a greater example: those who turn back from Christ.

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Consider Jesus [Hebrews 3:1-6]

December 27, 2020

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Date: 12/27/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 3:1-6

Description: There is perhaps no one in the mind of the Jew who has as much distinction as Moses:

He was miraculously saved as an infant, raised with royalty, sent to liberate his people, and spoke with God face to face — not to mention that he was the writer of the Torah, as well as the mediator of the Old Covenant.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and concedes that it’s a pretty long resume that put Moses in this position of honor.

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But then in steps Christ who brings a better covenant …and in order to argue this position, the author of Hebrews demonstrates that Jesus is superior to even the great covenant mediator, himself, Moses.

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A Fitting Savior [Hebrews 2:9-18]

December 20, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 12/20/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews, Advent Season

Key Text: Hebrews 2:9-18

Description:

SBC Host: [Bible Reading, Hebrews 2:10] “For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the originator of their salvation through sufferings. For bot—”

Avg Guy: Wait!!! Hold up for a moment! You can’t just read that without prompting some questions: What does it mean that it was *fitting* for Christ to suffer? And what does it mean that Christ was being made *perfect*?? …Isn’t Christ *already* perfect? …And hasn’t He *always* been perfect?

SBC Host: Fair enough.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast —on the Sunday before Christmas — Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and shows us that, indeed, these and other questions arise from this Advent passage that we find in Hebrews chapter 2.

Avg Guy: Exactly.

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From Exaltation to Incarnation [Hebrews 2:5-9]

December 13, 2020

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Date: 12/13/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 2:5-9

Description: God created man in His image. He created him with an intent and purpose. But, was God’s intent thwarted by sin?

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and explains that some do say God’s initial intent was thwarted by sin, and yet God doesn’t throw man on the scrap pile of bad ideas.

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Rather, He sets about redeeming man and restoring mankind to His original intent… showing us that His plans are never thwarted.

…And that’s good news for rebels like us.

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The Warning You Cannot Ignore [Hebrews 2:1-4]

December 6, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 12/06/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 2:1-4

Description:

Avg Guy: Wow the book of Hebrews is amazing!

SBC Host: How so?

Avg Guy: Well for starters… the whole author and release details are shrouded in mystery. And then the book doesn’t waste any time and gets right to the good parts, talking about how God speaks and all! And then we learn how Jesus is the Heir of All Things, the Agent of Creation, the Hight Priest, and that He is infinitely superior to the angels! I can’t wait to read what’s next!!!

SBC Host: A Warning.

Today on Scanida Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and shows us how at the head of the second chapter, we encounter a warning — and it’s one that we cannot ignore.

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The warning, actually, is the peril that comes from ignoring:  Ignoring the Gospel. Ignoring the salvation provided for by God. Ignoring the Revelation from God, the apostles of Christ, and the testimony of God the Father.

To ignore these things is to put yourself in eternal peril from which no man escapes.

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Christ is Infinitely Superior to the Angels [Hebrews 1:4-14]

November 29, 2020

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Date: 11/29/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 1:4-14

Description: In the first section of the book of Hebrews the author labors a point:

Christ is infinitely superior to the angels.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues our study in the book of Hebrews and explains that it’s a point which may make us wonder, because our thoughts of angels are not the same as the first readers of this book.

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However, in a sense, their struggle is our struggle, not because we think too highly of angels… but, perhaps, too lowly of Christ.

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Christ: the Creator and High Priest [Hebrews 1:3]

November 22, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 11/22/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 1:3

Description: In the opening verses of Hebrews we read that Jesus Christ created the universe.  …A surprising statement, even for most Christians! After all, didn’t God the Father create everything? And to make matters more confusing, we read that Christ also upholds everything.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues taking us through our study in the book of Hebrews and shows us that this great truth of Christ creating and upholding everything — and, as we’ll learn, making purification for our sins —  not only gives us a clear picture of both Christ’s deity and humanity, but continues the author’s argument of presenting Christ as the Final and Perfect Revelation from God.

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