Revelation — Why is this book so different? [Revelation 1:1-3]

August 5, 2018

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 08/05/2018

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Revelation

Key Text: Revelation 1:1-3

Description: The book of Revelation is difficult to understand. Right? It’s cryptic and strange. Not so for the its first readers.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao takes us to the opening verses of the book of Revelation, as our study of this oft misunderstood last book of the Bible gets underway, and explains that to the first readers some 2000 years ago, this book was essentially what we would recognize today as a “New York Times Best Seller.”SBC logo 204x204

How we approach this book matters greatly. And just as we would immediately understand that “Once upon a time…” begins a fairy tale, the first readers of Revelation immediately understood that they were reading apocalyptic literature… and in order for us to understand it, we must too.

 

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Thy Kingdom Come! [Revelation — Introduction]

July 29, 2018

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 07/29/2018

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Revelation

Selected Text: Matthew 13

Description: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed….”

But the disciples – and everyone else in first century Palestine, for that matter – were expecting something quite different. In their minds it was to be a mustard tree…. big, not small…. conquering, war-like, not peaceful.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues the groundwork for our introduction to the book of Revelation and shares how Jesus revealed what the Kingdom of Heaven would be like through parables. And it was with these that He revealed there is a “now” part of the kingdom and a “not yet” part of the kingdom.

Yes, the kingdom will one day be like a mustard tree. It will one day bring forth a reward to the Lord’s faithful and a time of judgement to the Lord’s enemies… but not yet.

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For now it must start small and grow, as God continues to tarry in His grace and mercy, and His kingdom continues to expand through the preaching of the Gospel of grace.

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New Testament Eschatalogy: “This age and the age to come” (part 2) [Revelation — Introduction]

July 22, 2018

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Date: 07/22/2018

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Revelation

Selected Texts: Matt 28:20; Romans 12:2; Ephesians 2:2; 1 Tim 6:17; Titus 2:12

Description: How you interpret the Bible matters. It’s called hermeneutics.

In the New Testament, Jesus and the disciples give us what’s been called the “Two-age Model.”

Today on the Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues laying the foundation for the introduction to our new study in the book of Revelation and underscores that if we are to have a correct starting place with this study, we must have correct hermeneutics.

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Correctly, understanding the Two-Age Model will be like laying out rooms for us in a house… rooms in which as we can later place furniture – or details – we pick up along the way. Because, as we all know, if we start with the furniture, and later receive the layout, we may find – much to our frustration – that it simply does not fit.

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New Testament Eschatalogy: “This age and the age to come” (part 1) [Revelation — Introduction]

July 15, 2018

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 07/15/2018

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Revelation

Selected Texts: Matt 12:22-32; Mark 10:24-30; Ephesians 1:18-23; Luke 20:27-36; Gal 1:3-4; 1 Cor 1:18-20; 2:1-8; 2 Cor 4:1-6

Description: 

It may be the most controversial book in the church today…

…and for most, the most confusing (not to mention, most intimidating): the book of Revelation.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao embarks upon a new study in this last book of the Bible and shares with us that despite today’s tension surrounding the text, for most of church history, the book of Revelation was a book of encouragement — encouragement to a suffering church trying to remain faithful in a world that opposed both her and her Lord.

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The Death of the Patriarchs [Genesis 49:29 – 50:26]

July 8, 2018

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Date: 07/08/2018

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Genesis

Key Text: Genesis 49:29 – 50:26

Description: 

We’ve reached the end of the book of Genesis, and it ends with death…

…the death of Jacob and Joseph. It’s a stark reminder that the curse of Genesis chapter 3 is still upon mankind, even those called by God.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao concludes our study in the book of Genesis and shows us that though it ends with the reminder of the curse, it also ends, like Genesis 3, with hope as well…  Hope that the promises of God will one day be fulfilled, and that this dreadful curse will ultimately be destroyed at the consummation of Christ’s kingdom.

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Jacob’s Patriarchal Blessing [Genesis 49:1-28]

July 1, 2018

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Date: 07/01/2018

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Genesis

Key Text: Genesis 49:1-28

Description: As we come to the last pages of the book of Genesis, we see Jacob – the father of Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin – performing his last great act as Patriarch, blessing his sons.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao shows us how in this fatherly act of Jacob for all his sons, we also see a blessing for all mankind… a promise of a King who will one day come and vanquish all of our enemies and create a safe land of prosperity and godly rule.

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The Adoption of Joseph’s Sons [Genesis 48:1-22]

June 24, 2018

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Date: 06/24/2018

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Genesis

Key Text: Genesis 48

Description: The aged Jacob is near death and soon to join his fathers.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao nears the end of our study in the book of Genesis and shows us that though Jacob’s life has been marked by trials throughout and, at times, significant moral failings, he finishes strong.

Jacob fulfills his calling as patriarch and reminds Joseph and his sons of God’s goodness and promises. And then in a surprising turn of events, Jacob blesses Joseph by giving him a double portion and adopting his sons, making them chiefs among Israel.

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