The Unchanging One [Hebrews 13:8]

June 19, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 06/19/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 13:8

Description:  

In the fifth century, the philosopher Heraclitus observed,

“There is nothing permanent except change.” 

To be clear, he wasn’t rejoicing in new things but pessimistically concluding that all good things come to an end.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and shows us how as Christians we can have an entirely different outlook on life because we know the unchanging One.

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While it is true that changes often happen for the worse, it is also true that the Lord Jesus never changes; and as He helped the saints of the past, He will also help us in the present, and even the future — for what is unknown to us is known to Him, and He will prepare our way.

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Pastoral and Congregational Charge [Hebrews 13:7, 17]

June 12, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 06/12/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 13:7, 17

Description:  

To be a pastor is, indeed, a high calling.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and shows us how the Bible clearly lays out the duties and responsibilities of a pastor to his flock, along with the duties and responsibilities of the congregation to their pastor.

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This morning Scandia Bible Church has the honor of ordaining Joshua Peglow to the office of pastor.

In light of this historic ordination for our church, today’s sermon serves as a charge: both pastorally and congregationaly… instructing all in the meeting of their duties before Christ.

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The Greatest Promise for Pilgrims on the Way [Hebrews 13:1-6]

June 5, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 06/05/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 13:1-6

Description:  

Have you ever considered how much of your future is unknown?

“What security do I have?”

“What promises can I bank on?”

“Which of my plans is foolproof?”

The more you dwell upon what is unknown, the greater the unknown becomes.  Eventually, you have to conclude that all of it is unknown.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and explains that contemplating the unknown can provide fodder for great anxiety.

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But the Bible gives us a promise that is greater than all of the unknown…. a promise so great that we can look upon those things that once caused us anxiety with confidence — even boasting:

“I will not be afraid.”

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The Unshakable Kingdom [Hebrews 12:25-29]

May 29, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 05/29/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 12:25-29

Description:  

Depending where you sit, it will either be the BEST NEWS Imaginable… or the worst news ever.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews in which we learn that Jesus’s return will “shake” the heavens and the earth.

And how you receive this news depends on whether you have been justified by His blood, adopted into God’s family, and thus are a citizen and heir of Christ’s kingdom.

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To receive the King is to receive His kingdom.

To refuse the King is to provoke God’s wrath and learn the fullness of what it means that our God is a consuming fire!

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Not Sinai but Zion [Hebrews 12:18-24]

May 15, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 05/15/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 12:18-24

Description:  

Superior.

The Bible presents a clear and superior contrast between Mount Sinai and, heavenly, Mount Zion… as well as between the “church in the wilderness” gathered under the mediator Moses and the “church of the firstborn” who are gathered under the mediatorial ministry of Jesus Christ.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and points us to this superiority, in that Jesus, who is the superior high priest, has brought the superior sacrifice into the superior sanctuary… and in His blood has brought us under a superior covenant.

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The Call to Holiness [Hebrews 12:12-17]

May 1, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 05/01/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 12:12-17

Description:  

God does not look at our holiness to determine if we are righteous enough for salvation. In fact, God does not even require holiness as a condition of our acceptance by Him.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and explains that holiness is the evidence of a living faith — it’s the visible fruit of Christ’s work in our lives.

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And though this fruit of holiness can be seen as works of righteousness we have accomplished, it is only according to His mercy and workmanship that we have even — and could have even — done them.

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Don’t Draw the Wrong Conclusion [Hebrews 12:4-11]

April 24, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 04/24/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 12:4-11

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“By affliction, He teaches us many precious lessons, which, without it we should never learn. By affliction, He shows us our emptiness and weakness, draws us to the throne of grace, purifies our affections, weans us from the world, and makes us long for heaven. In the resurrection morning, we shall all say, ‘It is good for me that I was afflicted.’ We shall thank God for every storm.”

— JC Ryle

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and shows us how our passage this morning is one of the Scriptural foundations for Ryle’s outlook on affliction…

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He understood what many of us miss when troubles come our way:

We see our troubles, and we sinfully draw the wrong conclusions.

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You Must Know God and the Power of the Resurrection [Philippians 3:4-11]

April 17, 2022


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Date: 04/04/2021, Easter Sunday

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Key Text: Philippians 3:4-11

Description:

Filth.

Garbage.

Pile of waste.

Dung.

That’s how Paul described all of his past accomplishments — his background, his accolades, even his religious fervor.

He counted it all rubbish.

Today on this Resurrection Sunday Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao opens the book of Philippians to show us how, when talking about himself, Paul now finds other things of surpassing value: namely, knowing Christ and the power of His resurrection. But…

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What does it mean to know Christ? 

What does it mean to know the power of His resurrection?

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For the Joy Set Before Him [Hebrews 12:1-3]

April 10, 2022

Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 04/10/2022, Palm Sunday

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 12:1-3

Description:

SBC Host: When you are suffering in the midst of life’s battles, where do you find your hope?

Avg Guy: Jesus.

SBC Host: Exactly. But what about when He was suffering?  Have you ever stopped to wonder what it was that Jesus considered?

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and shows us that we ought give thought to this, as Jesus is not only the premier example of godly living… but also of godly suffering.

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Fixing Our Eyes Upon Jesus [Hebrews 12:1-2a]

April 3, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 04/03/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 12:1-2a

Description:  Reading through chapter 11 of Hebrews — the Hall of Faith chapter — may seem like a history lesson, but that was not the intent of the writer.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews in which we begin chapter 12 — a chapter in which the true intent of the Hall of Faith chapter is revealed: encouragement… encouragement to the believer.

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The Christian life is like a race. And our encouragement in this race comes, not only from the throngs of witnesses who have gone before and who live in God’s presence, but most importantly, the greatest encouragement and strength comes from Jesus, Himself, who not only is the supreme example of faith… but faith’s object, author, and finisher.

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Faith and the Perfection of God’s People [Hebrews 11:39-40]

March 20, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 03/20/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 11:39-40

Description:  

Avg Guy Sportscaster: [sport theme music] Welcome everybody to the Big Game! We’re in the Hall of Faith where the Old Covenant Saints will face the New Covenant Saints… Who will win?… It’s anybody’s call… should be pretty close.

SBC Host: Hold on! [sport music stops]

Avg Guy Sportscaster: Oh, do you want to be my color commentator?

SBC Host: No! This isn’t a game!!

Avg Guy Sportscaster: Are you kidding me?? This is the game of games! It’s like the “Bible Pro Bowl!”

SBC Host: What?? [Pause. Has an idea.] Wait. Hold on a second…. Keep going and take my opening lines. I need to look up something.

Avg Guy Sportscaster: [sport music resumes] All right!… Today on the Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Game Official and Pastor, Monty Simao, is on the field to continue our study in the book of Hebrews and to oversee these final verses in the Hall of Faith. And like I said, it doesn’t appear that one side has an advantage over the other since both sides of believers — both Old Testament and New Testament — must still look to God in faith.

SBC Host: Okay I’ve got it! Stop the music. [sport music stops] …Ok. While I’m not technically betting here, I’m willing to give up my place in line for common meal and give the advantage to the New Covenant Saints.

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Avg Guy Sportscast: You seem pretty confident there. Do you have some inside information?

SBC Host: Let’s just say that got a tip from the author of Hebrews. And while the Old Covenant Saints are to be revered, [sport music fades back in] the New Covenant Saints have got “something better.”

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Faith That Triumphs [Hebrews 11:30-38]

March 13, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 03/13/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 11:30-38

Description:  

SBC Host: If you were going to put a list together of heroes of the faith —real examples of faith — would your list include Samson, Jephthah, and Rahab?

Avg Guy: Are you kidding me?? Samson’s a womanizer. Jephthah — “The King of Rash” — needs to slow down and think before he acts. And Rahab… [whispering] she’s a harlot!!

SBC Host: Yep.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao draws to the end of our Hall of Faith Deep Dive, as we move through the book of Hebrews, and points out that most of us wouldn’t compile a list with those names… and yet, God did.

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And to the degree that we are surprised… is the degree to which we still don’t understand faith.

Avg Guy: oh.

 

 

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Faith Passes Through the Waters [Hebrews 11:27-29]

March 6, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 03/06/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 11:27-29

Description:

Avg Guy: Faith prevents the difficulties of life, for a lack of it is sure to bring trials and tribulations. 

[sfx: buzzer]

SBC Host: That’s not what the Bible teaches.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and our focus on Moses in the Hall of Faith.

Faith looks to God. It doesn’t prevent the difficulties in life, but it does overcome them.

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Often, God uses difficulties to strip away our self-reliance and silence our prideful hearts, and it is in this silence that faith looks to God in trust — knowing that even when we can’t see His hand, we can trust His heart.

 

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Costly Faith [Hebrews 11:23-26]

February 27, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 02/27/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 11:23-26

Description:

[Bible narration of John 15:18ff begins and then drops into the background]: If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you….

The Christian life is often a life of difficulty.  There is a costliness to faith as the world treats Christians harshly just as the world treated Christ.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews where we come across Moses in the Hall of Faith.

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For you see, faith looks at this life of difficulty and sees a greater reward in following Christ than the reward promised in a life of sin and ease. Faith also sees a loving Father in heaven who has secured a place with Him in eternal glory.

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When the Promises Collide with Death [Hebrews 11:20-22]

February 20, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 02/20/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 11:20-22

Description:

What does faith look like when the promises of God collide with death?

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our Hall of Faith study in the book of Hebrews in which we examine the final moments of the patriarchs as they face death with their eyes toward the future…toward the horizon.

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They know that death will not hinder the promises of God in any way and that the future will continue to unveil God’s perfect plan — which will be moving forward until that great day of consummation and resurrection.

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Gathered at the Lord’s Table [selected texts]

February 6, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 02/06/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church: Communion

Key Text: selected

Description:

BREAKING NEWS:  For the first time in its 93 year history, Scandia Bible Church will break with its long-standing tradition of observing communion on the first Sunday of each month… and instead, will celebrate communion each and every week.

Today on the Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao preaches a special sermon to unpack this major and historical decision.

Simao preaches that while coming to the Lord’s Table weekly is certainly not a command we find in Scripture, we do find it to be the normative practice of the early Church

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Simao clip: “It was such a central act that the Church could be said to gather for THAT purpose.”

— centering the service upon the finished work of Christ.

All fun aside… this is a BIG DEAL — one we should welcome, and not take lightly.

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The Test of Faith [Hebrews 11:17-19]

January 30, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 01/30/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 11:17-19

Description:

He was commanded to perform an impossible task: sacrifice his son.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrew’s Hall of Faith in which the spotlight is, once again, for Abraham.

But for us — we have questions:

How does faith overcome the natural objections that must arise from a such horrific command?

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How does faith pass a test, such as this, given by God?

And how does Abraham’s example of his undeniable willingness to sacrifice his son, Isaac, point to the promise of God for all believers?

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Faith Desires a Home [Hebrews 11:11-16]

January 23, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 01/23/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 11:11-16

Description:

It not only guides the way in which we live and walk in this life, but it also desires and searches for a home that this fallen world cannot provide — the heart of faith.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and explains that in God, we as Christians, are satisfied.

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…Which also means that we are dissatisfied with anything less.

Therefore, our hearts will only rest when we find the home that God has prepared for us, where we will dwell in His presence forever.

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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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Good Tidings of Great Joy! [Isaiah 9:1-7; Luke 1:26-38]

January 2, 2022

Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 01/02/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Advent

Key Text: Isaiah 9:1-7; Luke 1:26-38

Description:

The angel, Gabriel, was God’s messenger.

For God had a message that would not only break 400 years of His silence, but would announce the birth of two sons: John and Jesus — the Baptizer and the Christ.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues in his Advent series this season, further telling us about the greatest miracle of all: the birth of Jesus.

John the Baptist played a crucial part, though, for he was sent by God to prepare the way for Jesus. And while the story of Jesus’ birth is one that we are all familiar with, what we can often miss is that every aspect, of this story we know so well, is rooted in the prophesies of God concerning the Messiah.

And Jesus fulfilled them all.

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The Almighty God and Creator of the universe had veiled Himself in the flesh of a helpless infant.

This baby, had come through the most unexpected mother, in the most unexpected way, to be the long-awaited Savior of the world.

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