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, CoronaVirus

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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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 12/27/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews, CoronaVirus

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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Christmas Eve Past — 2020

December 24, 2020

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Date: 12/24/2020

Description: Merry Christmas!

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While we may not be able to gather in the traditional sense for this year’s Christmas Eve Service… we can gather with those in our homes to enjoy a service from our “Christmas Eve Past” — a small step, to help us celebrate this most joyous time of year:  the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Click on the masked wisemen (below) bearing the gifts our of Christmas Eve Past to jump back in time to reexperience THE story of stories that is timeless.

 

(Click here for Xmas Eve Past)

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A Fitting Savior [Hebrews 2:9-18]

December 20, 2020

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Date: 12/20/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews, CoronaVirus, 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, CoronaVirus

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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Date: 12/06/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews, CoronaVirus

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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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 11/29/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews, CoronaVirus

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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Date: 11/22/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews, CoronaVirus

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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Jesus Christ: The Agent of Creation [Hebrews 1:2-3]

November 15, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 11/15/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews, CoronaVirus

Key Text: Hebrews 1:2-3

Description:

Meet the Agent of Creation: Jesus Christ.

The Alpha and the Omega. The First and the Last. The Beginning and the End.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and gives us more insight into our Special Agent with a capital “S”.

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For not only is He the God-Man, Creator of the world, and the Word-Made-Flesh, but our Redeemer… our perfect Redeemer.

And the more we understand who He is, the more magnificent our redemption… in His eyes.

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The Heir of All Things [Hebrews 1:2]

November 8, 2020

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Date: 11/08/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews, CoronaVirus

Key Text: Hebrews 1:2

Description:

He’s the “Heir of all things.”

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and points out this unique description of Christ that appears in the second verse of the book.

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What does it mean that Christ is the “Heir of all things”? 

Since He’s God, aren’t all things HIS anyways? 

And what does His being heir mean for us who are named as joint heirs or co-heirs of Christ?

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The God Who Speaks [Hebrews 1:1-2]

November 1, 2020

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Date: 11/01/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews, CoronaVirus

Key Text: Hebrews 1:1-2

Description:"He is there and He is not silent."

…penned the great Christian apologist and philosopher, Francis Schaeffer, concerning God. 

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues our Hebrews study and shows us how in just the first paragraph, the book launches describing the fact that God speaks… and in different ways. 

And then culminates in the final and glorious revelation of Jesus Christ — to whom all other revelation pointed and finds there: “Yes and Amen.”

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Book of Mystery [Hebrews 1:1-2]

October 25, 2020

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Date: 10/25/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews, CoronaVirus

Key Text: Hebrews 1:1-2

Description:

Gameshow Host: And welcome everybody to Bible Questions! …Contestant, here’s your first question: Who wrote the book of Hebrews? …I need an answer.

Contestant: Um…We don’t know?

Gameshow Host: Correct! …Here’s your next question: Who were the first recipients?

Contestant: We don’t know.

Gameshow Host: You’re right!… Well, then when was the book written?

Contestant: We don’t know.

Gameshow Host: Where was the author when he sent it?

Contestant: We don’t know.

Gameshow Host: What city or region did he send it to?

Contestant: We don’t know.

Gameshow Host: Oh my look at the time! Well that will do it for the “We Don’t Know Show!”…

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Admittedly there are a lot of things we don’t know about the book of Hebrews.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao embarks on a new study in the book of Hebrews.

And while the background of the book may leave more questions than answers, the content does provide us an answer to the most important question arising from the Old Testament and from life itself.

…And that answer is Christ. 

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Catechism Reading — Lord’s Day 44

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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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Church Discipline — “I Object!” [1 Corinthians 4:1 — 5:13 and selected texts]

October 11, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 10/11/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church: Church Discipline, CoronaVirus

Key Text: 1 Corinthians 4-5; Revelation 2:18-23; Matthew 18

Description:

Bible Reader: “If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private—”

Christian Brother: I OBJECT, Your Honor!

[crowd rouses and is quickly tamped down by gavel banging]

Judge: Order! Order in the court!

To cover any topic completely, we must look at the objections that are raised against our position — objections raised by Christians who are looking at the situation from a different point of view and try to understand where they are coming from and what their concerns are. 

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues our deep dive on Church Discipline within our series on The Church and explains that even sincere Christians who love the Lord, often object to the practice of church discipline.

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What are these objections?

We’ll look at some and then examine two case studies from the Bible showcasing churches that did not practice church discipline…and their ensuing outcomes.

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Catechism Reading — Lord’s Day 42

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Love Covers a Multitude of Sins [Luke 9:23-26 and selected texts]

October 4, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 10/04/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church: Church Discipline, CoronaVirus

Key Text: Luke 9:23-26; John 13:34-35; 1 Cor 13:4-8; 1 Pe 4:8

Description: We know that sin — all sin — is bad, and that God hates all sin.  But is every possible sin under the sun grounds for formal church discipline? 

Today on Scandia Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues our miniseries on Church Discipline within our greater study on The Church and posses the question: “Where do we draw the line?”

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Is it possible to entirely miss the point of church discipline and have every member of a church calling out every other member for every little thing?

Or do we find that there are other factors to consider?… such as wisdom and love.

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Catechism Reading — Lord’s Day 41

Notes:

Formal Church Discipline instituted when the sin* is…

  1. observable
  2. significant
  3. unrepented
* All 3 must be present

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Clean Out the Old Leaven [1 Corinthians 5:1-13]

September 27, 2020

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Date: 09/27/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church: Church Discipline, CoronaVirus

Key Text: 1 Corinthians 5

Description:

“Shouldn’t this person and his conduct be confronted and dealt with?…You pass it off as a small thing, but it’s anything but that. Yeast, too, is a ‘small thing,’ but it works its way through a whole batch of bread dough pretty fast. So get rid of this ‘yeast.’ ”

[1 Cor 5:2, 6-7 MSG]

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues our study on Church Discipline and notes that Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, seems to instruct a very different and — dare I say — more drastic method for church discipline than what we learned from Jesus in the book of Matthew. 

Why is this? …And why, in order to correctly view and apply church discipline, must the church exercise wisdom?

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Catechism Reading — Lord’s Day 39

Notes:

Biblical Church Discipline Principles (continued)

  1. Affects our witness
  2. Sin is a matter to be grieved over
  3. Compassionate Warning to the UnRepentant
  4. Aim is the Salvation of Sinners
  5. Protects the Church
  6. Carried out against the Characteristically UnRepentant
  7. For Church Members…not attenders

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Searching for Lost Sheep [Matthew 18:1-35]

September 20, 2020

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Date: 09/20/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church: Church Discipline, CoronaVirus

Key Text: Matthew 18

Description:

“If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying?” [Matthew 18:12]

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues our series on the Church, and specifically church discipline, as we look at the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 18.

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And what we find is that this is not an isolated text, but a theological treatise that not only instructs in the HOW of church discipline but the WHY, as well — and roots discipline in the Gospel of grace.

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Catechism Reading — Lord’s Day 38

Notes:

Biblical Church Discipline Principles

  1. Humility is needed.
  2. Receive the humble.
  3. Take stumbling blocks seriously.
  4. Amputate sin from the body.
  5. Search after lost sheep.
  6. Involve as few people as possible.
  7. Christ our King is involved.
  8. Forgive the repentant…because there’s never an end to God’s grace.

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Smoked Out!… Service Canceled

September 13, 2020

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Due to the unhealthy air quality created by the smoke, we have decided to cancel service today. I encourage each household to conduct worship in your own homes. It needn't be elaborate, but a coming together to worship the Lord through the ordinary means of grace, glorifying Him through song, prayer, Bible reading, and discussion if there are others present. This is the perfect time to find a sermon on the website you may have missed or wish to revisit. Please lift up our church family in prayer, that the Lord would graciously unite us in Christ and that we may exhibit the love of Christ toward one another and grow together as we pursue the Lord. “O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.” (Psalm 34:3) — Pastor Monty

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Discipline’s a Good Thing [Hebrews 12:1-3; Matthew 18:15-17]

September 6, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 09/06/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church: Church Discipline, CoronaVirus

Key Text: Hebrews 12:1-3; Matthew 18:15-17

Description:

SBC Host: How does the word “discipline” strike you?

Avg Guy: Strike me? … Oh I get it! Striking happens with discipline. [laughs]… Hey you turned off my mic!

SBC Host: Yeah, I meant to do that.

When we hear the word discipline, most of us think of strikes from the rod, dunce hats while standing in the corner, public embarrassment, and frankly, nothing good.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues our series on The Church in which we learn that while the word discipline may conjure up negative images…it’s not negative at all.

In fact, it is actually something we need, ought to want, and is commanded — in the life of the church.

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Catechism Reading — Lord’s Day 37

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