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

Description:

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

Description:

“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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When Faith Goes to Work [Hebrews 11:7]

November 28, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 11/28/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 11:7

Description:

[Telephone Vignette]

Store: Bob’s Lumber.

Customer: Yes. Hello. I need 3.1 million board feet of gopher wood delivered out to my place tomorrow morning please.

Store: Can I get a name on that order?

Customer: Noah.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews where we are learning a lot about faith right now. And Noah is yet another example of one that put action behind his belief.

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To the outsider, he would have looked crazy. Everything around Noah said that building a boat — a ship of such enormity — was a ridiculous endeavor. He didn’t even live near a boat launch!

…And yet without a cloud in the sky — BY FAITH — Noah knew that it was about to rain.

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Our Great Reward [Hebrews 11:5-6]

November 21, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 11/21/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 11:5-6

Description:

[Voice Compilation]

So all the days that Adam lived were…

So all the days of Seth were…

So all the days of Enosh were…

So all the days of Kenan were…

So all the days of Mahalalel were…

So all the days of Jared were…

So all the days of Methuselah were…

So all the days of Lamech were…

So all the days of Noah were…

…AND HE DIED.

They ALL died — except two: Elijah and Enoch… the two men in all of history who have not tasted the pains of death. Why?

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and explains that the Bible records much about Elijah; but about Enoch…not so much.

Consequently, throughout church history, Enoch’s sparse record has been a source of speculation.

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The author of Hebrews, however, helps us decipher what it was about the life of Enoch that was so pleasing to God — so pleasing that he spared him death.

…And the answer may not be what we think.

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Acceptable Through Faith [Hebrews 11:4]

November 14, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 11/14/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 11:4

Description:

Two brothers went before the Lord to offer a sacrifice. One was accepted…the other, rejected.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews in which we examine this perplexing situation.

After all, as brothers, Cain and Abel had the same parents and were likely raised the same way. They both believed in God. And they both offered sacrifices from their labor and toil.

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But the end of the story leaves one brother dead and the other exiled.

Why??

…The very question the author of Hebrews seeks to answer.

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Faith in Action [Hebrews 11:1-3]

November 7, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 11/07/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 11:1-3

Description:

SBC Host: To live by faith — what does it mean??

Avg Guy:It means, mustering the courage and taking a leaping step into the dark.

Avg Gal:It’s channeling the power that comes from positive thinking to bring about what you want.

SBC Host: These are NOT Biblical views of faith.

Avg Guy/Gal: Oh.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and shows how the author not only defines faith for us, but gives us example after example of those that went before, who knew what it meant to live by faith: the saints of the Old Testament.

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The Righteous Shall Live by Faith [Hebrews 10:35-39]

October 24, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 10/24/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 10:35-39

Description:

What does it mean that the righteous shall live by faith?

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and explains that we often hear this phrase and immediately think it’s about the doctrine of justification… because Paul uses that expression to teach that we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

But there is another part to it: Not only are we justified by faith, but we live and hope by faith as well.

In the darkest of days, the believer should live by faith, meaning that the people of God continue to trust in Him and cling to His promises even when distress and disaster have come to them.

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Knowing not only that God is faithful and will not let their soul come to destruction, but also that Christ is coming to bring an end to all calamity in a final judgment that is so complete, it will right every wrong.

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

August 23, 2020

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Sermon Notes

Date: 08/23/2020

Preacher: David Teves, guest preacher

Series: Five Solas

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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Let us go to the House of the Lord [Psalm 122:1-9]

June 21, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

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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When Good Things Come to an End [selected texts]

February 16, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 02/16/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Revelation

Key Text: Isaiah 2:2-4; 1 Corinthians 13:13,8; Ephesians 4:11-13

Description:

“All good things must come to an end.”

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monthy Simao preaches his final sermon for our study in the book of Revelation, in which he points out the many wonderful and good gifts the Lord has given to His church in this life. 

Many of His good gifts, however, will come to an end. They will come to an end when this present evil age is over, and they no longer are needed. 

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For unlike the idiom we all know, stated at the beginning, which conveys negative emotions of acceptance that all things are temporary… with God, these things come to an end because they must make way for the better things that have arrived.

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Fear God and Give Him Glory [Revelation 14:6-12]

July 14, 2019

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 07/14/2019

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Revelation

Key Text: Revelation 14:6-12

Description: The future of the non-believer unfolds in John’s vision.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Revelation in which three angels reveal to John the fate of the non-believer:

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The first angel presents the Gospel in a call to repent; 

The second, shows the Gospel’s rejection;

And the third, the outcome of judgment that comes to all who renounce the Gospel by refusing to repent and turn to Christ.

 

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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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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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When You Pray and God Tells You No! [Job 9:32-35]

January 14, 2018

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 01/14/2018

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Key Text: Job 9:32-35;Heb 4:14-16; Matt 26:36-40

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Average Guy:

If God can prevent our suffering then why doesn’t He?

Scandia Host: That’s a good question.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao steps to the pulpit once again following his son, Isaiah’s, tragic death… to wrestle with this. “How can we go to God for comfort when ultimately, God is the one who could have prevented it and has therefore ordained our pain?”

Average Guy: Exactly! That’s what I want to know.

Scandia Host: Well, you better pull up a pew and take a listen.

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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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  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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Sign of the Covenant [Genesis 17:9-27]

January 22, 2017

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 01/22/2017

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Genesis

Key Text: Genesis 17:9-27

SBC logo 204x204Description: God gave Abraham a sign of His covenant with him,

…and now Abraham was carving that sign into his flesh.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Genesis and explains that when Abraham was 99 years old, God commanded him and all his household to undergo circumcision. Abraham’s response:  immediate obedience – an obedience that didn’t make him acceptable before the Lord though, but one that sprang forth from God’s gracious dealings with him… gracious dealings that preceded Abraham’s response of faith.

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  1. God appoints covenant signs to confirm and strengthen the FAITH of His people.  [9-14]
  2. God ordains the impossible in spite of our DISBELIEF. [15-22]
  3. God’s grace leads the believer to respond in OBEDIENCE. [23-27]

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Abraham – Spiritual Giant or Faithless Coward? [Genesis 12:10-13:4]

November 13, 2016

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 11/13/2016

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Genesis

Key Text: Genesis 12:10-13:4

SBC logo 204x204Description: Spiritual Giant or Faithless Coward? What do you think of when you hear the name Abraham? 

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Genesis and shows us that

Abraham is often described as the “Father of the Faith”

…but as we will see in our message, Abraham is given that title not because of his mighty faith and obedience (because just like you and I, he falls short), but because he is the spiritual father of all who believe the promises of God. In other words, it’s not Abraham’s faith that earns him the epitaph… but rather our Almighty God who is proven faithful.

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  1. Have FAITH in God no matter your CIRCUMSTANCES
  2. Have FAITH in God no matter your FEELINGS
  3. Have FAITH in God because God is FAITHFUL

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How to Begin the New Year [Numbers 13]

January 17, 2016

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Keith Barker 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 01/17/2016

Preacher: Keith Barker, elder

Key Text: Numbers 13

SBC logo 204x204Description: To our amazement the year 2015 suddenly ended, and we are now knee deep into 2016. Perhaps this is a good time to plan a strategy for the coming months. God’s word has given us many examples of how to successfully transit into a new year. The story of the 12 spies exploring the Promised Land gives us some insights into how God would have us move into the coming year.

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Jephthah: Hero of Feeble Faith [Judges 12:1-7]

August 9, 2015

Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 08/09/2015

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Judges

Key Text: Judges 12:1-7 and Hebrews 11:32

Description:  After Jephthah’s defeat of the Ammonites and the wicked sacrifice of his own daughter, his troubles are not over.  He is rebuked by the Ephraimites and ends up fighting against them and over 40,000 Ephraimites die.  Israelite killing Israelite.

With all of the sinfulness and tragedy in the life of Jephthah, the book of Judges is not the only place we see mention of his name.  Jephthah surprisingly is listed in the “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews 11.  We explore how Jephthah might have “made the cut”.

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Why God Doesn’t Heal All Sick Saints [2 Corinthians 12:9]

July 19, 2015

Keith Barker 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 07/19/2015

Preacher: Keith Barker, elder

Key Text: 2 Corinthians 12:9

Description: On any Sunday morning in America you might hear a preacher proclaim that the only reason a person is sick is because they lack faith. Whoa be to the man who misrepresents the word of God. A proper search of the Scriptures will be offered today in response to that teaching.

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