Good Friday Service 2021: Seven Sayings from the Cross

April 2, 2021

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Date: 04/02/2021

Description: “Seven sayings from the cross.”

And welcome to a special Scandia Bible Church Podcast for Good Friday 2021.

Join us as our little country church gathers — both in person and virtually — to worship and contemplate the words of our Savior… as heard from the cross on this most solemn of days.

For even as He hung from the tree, bearing the weight of our sins, Jesus continued teaching us… with words of grace, love, hope, agony, suffering, finality, and rest.

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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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Our Great High Priest [Hebrews 5:1-6]

February 28, 2021

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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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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 of our Christmas Eve Past to jump back in time to reexperience THE story of stories that is timeless.

 

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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

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

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

September 6, 2020

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Date: 09/06/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church: Church Discipline

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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Christmas Eve Service 2019

December 24, 2019

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Date: 12/24/2019

Description: Grab a seat and join us. It’s Christmas Eve!

Merry Christmas and welcome to our special Scandia Bible Church Christmas Eve Service 2019, as we gather to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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This evening’s service — as is our tradition — is “family style”… (you’ll find an Order of Service in the Sermon Notes) in which you’ll see a mix of scripture readings, congregational hymns, and good ol’ fashioned church family music… to remind and retell the story of all stories that would forever change humanity.

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To the Thirsty, I Will Give [Revelation 21:5-8]

December 15, 2019

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Date: 12/15/2019

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Revelation

Key Text: Revelation 21:5-8

Description:

“Behold, I am making all things new.”

…says He who sits on the throne.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with the final parts of our study in the book of Revelation to show us that not only is God resurrecting His people with new resurrected and glorified bodies, but He is resurrecting the heavens and earth as well. SBC logo 204x204

As the Lord says, He is “making all things new” and creation will become the future and eternal dwelling place for all who love God…as they are found in Christ.

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Jesus, The Warrior King [Revelation 19:11-16]

October 27, 2019

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Date: 10/27/2019

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Revelation

Key Text: Revelation 19:11-16

Description: Everyone of us pictures Jesus in some way in our minds. Oftentimes, though, these pictures come more from pop culture than they do Scripture.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Revelation and shares that no matter what your picture of Jesus is, it likely falls short of the vision John received in chapter 19.

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You see, if your picture of Jesus is “Jesus meek and mild,” then you might do a double take when He — the mighty Warrior King — comes galloping into battle on His white horse with robe dipped in blood.

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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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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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The Lord Enters Jerusalem [2 Samuel 6-7; Matthew 21:1-11]

April 14, 2019

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Date: 04/14/2019, Palm Sunday

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Key Text: 2 Samuel 6-7 & Matthew 21:1-11

Description: The holiness of God has been described as the sun.

Like the sun, God gives beauty, life, and light… but venture too close and you will be consumed.  SBC logo 204x204

Today on this Palm Sunday Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao takes us to two separate passages: one from the Old Testament and one from the New — both demonstrating God’s holiness, seen as He enters the royal city of Jerusalem.

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Christmas Eve Service 2018

December 24, 2018

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Date: 12/24/2018

Description: Merry Christmas and welcome to our Scandia Bible Church Christmas Eve Service, in the year of our Lord, 2018.

We’d like to invite you to grab a virtual pew, and join us as we gather on the evening of 24th of December to celebrate the night before the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. SBC logo 204x204

As is our custom for special services such as this, our worship is “family style”… as we celebrate with a mixture of scripture readings, congregational hymns, and good ol’ fashioned church family music… to tell the GREATEST story ever told, a story that only God could have penned.

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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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Good Friday Service 2018

March 30, 2018

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Date: 03/30/2018

Description: Good Friday… arguably the most solemn day on the Christian calendar – a day that could hardly be classified as “good” just over 2000 years ago. …But from our vantage point – as we sit on this side of the Resurrection – there is no better way to describe it. 

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, we invite you to pull up a virtual pew, and join our little country church for our 2018 Good Friday worship service. May the mixture of scripture reading, congregational hymn singing, and church family instrumentals allow you to remember and rejoice in all that Christ has done on our behalf… and that it is indeed good.

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The King Has Come [Luke 19:28-42]

March 25, 2018

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Date: 03/25/2018, Palm Sunday

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Key Text: Luke 19:28-42

Description: Jesus had just raised Lazarus from the dead, and the crowds were following Him as He descended into the royal city of Jerusalem – the King had arrived!

Today on this Palm Sunday, Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao takes us to the book of Luke to show us that as Jesus entered the city, the crowds cheered and lined the road with their coats and branches as they waved palms in the air in celebration of His arrival.  SBC logo 204x204

…But soon the cheering would stop.  Soon the “hosannas” would be replaced with “Crucify him!” – and for this, while the crowds shouted, Jesus wept.

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How We Demonstrate Hope [1 Peter 1:13-16]

January 28, 2018

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Date: 01/28/2018

Preacher: Peter Montoro, guest pastor

Key Text: 1 Peter 1:13-16

Description: Holiness gets a bad rap in our society.

For some, it is one more difficulty in a life already filled with struggle. For others, it is a means of justifying their own sense of superiority to the rest of the world.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, we welcome back guest preacher Peter Montoro from Westside Baptist Church, pinch-hitting for Pastor Monty as he and his family take a much needed respite in the wake of his son, Isaiah’s, death.

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Take Heed! [1 Corinthians 10:12-13]

January 21, 2018

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Date: 01/21/2018

Preacher: Peter Montoro, guest pastor

Key Text: 1 Corinthians 10:12-13

Description: Temptation. We all know what it’s like to face it – and we all know what it’s like to give in to it.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, we’re pleased to welcome back to our pulpit guest preacher Peter Montoro from Westside Baptist Church, as Pastor Monty and his family take a much needed break to connect and mourn the loss of their child, Isaiah Gregory.

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In our message, Pastor Peter reminds us that when it comes to temptation, the Scriptures teach – though we will never be safe from falling – we are always enabled to stand when, instead of looking to ourselves, we look to Jesus.

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