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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Ambassadors of the Light [Ephesians 5:7-14]

February 13, 2022

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Sermon Notes

Date: 02/13/2022

Preacher: Josh Peglow, guest preacher

Key Text: Ephesians 5:7-14

Description:

Like one beggar showing another where to find bread, that is who we are as Christians.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, brother in Christ Josh Peglow fills in at the pulpit to preach on our call to be Ambassadors of the Light.

We’re not here to shame others for their wrongdoings — our list is just as long.

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But rather, we are called, in the way we act and the words we speak — though we may stumble (and even more so because we do) — to show others, as an act of love, the Bread that sustains and saves us.

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Notes:

  • REFLECTING who we are in CHRIST (7-8)
    • our PAST identity
    • our identity NOW
  • a POSITIVE response (9-10)
    • FOLLOWING the Truth
    • APPLYING the Truth
  • a NEGATIVE response (11-12)
    • Avoid EVIL
    • EXPOSE its Severity to Unbelievers
  • The Testimony of Christ in the CHILDREN OF LIGHT (13-14)
    • making All Things VISIBLE
    • AWAKENING the Sinner

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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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Hearing from Christ [Luke 10:38-42]

January 16, 2022

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Sermon Notes

Date: 01/16/2022

Preacher: Josh Peglow, guest preacher

Key Text: Luke 10:38-42

Description:

[Cell phone ringing]

Avg Guy: I don’t have time to talk to anybody!… Quick! Answer this for me.

SBC Host: Hello. Average Guy’s phone.

[garbled phone voice]

SBC Host: It’s Jesus.

Avg Guy: Tell Him I’m too busy.

Are you too busy to hear from Christ?

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Josh Peglow fills in at the pulpit and preaches through the familiar account of Mary and Martha.

Recall that Mary was the attentive one — the one who set everything aside, and sat at her Lord’s feet, to hear from Him.

Martha was the busy one, filled with overwhelm and a touch of sister-directed resentment, scurrying about to serve Him.

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It’s easy for us to read this passage and assign misdirected priority and attention onto Martha. But this ultimately isn’t about what Martha should or shouldn’t have done: it’s about what you… and what you would do.

For there is no greater priority in the Christian life than hearing from Christ.

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Notes:

  • An Opportunity to Commune With Christ (38)
  • The Opportunity Accepted (39)
  • The Opportunity Neglected (40)
  • The Lesson Taught (41-42)

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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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Snowed In!!… Service Canceled!!!

December 26, 2021


To Prepare the Way [Luke 1:1-25]

December 19, 2021

Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 12/19/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Advent

Key Text: Luke 1:1-25

Description:

God had not spoken to His people for over 400 years.  It was a long time of silence and in that time, Israel had returned from exile, rebuilt the temple, survived Alexander the Great, and now was occupied by Rome.  Many were discouraged and there were a host of ways in which the people responded. It was rough.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao opens the Bible this advent season to tell us of a pivotal moment in all of time:

God was going to break His silence.

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And it wouldn’t be to a great prophet or the king, but He would send an angel to an obscure, middle-aged priest named Zecharias.

…For the most important time in history was about to begin.

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Affliction and The End of Ourselves [2 Corinthians 1:8-11]

December 12, 2021

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Date: 12/12/2021

Preacher: Josh Peglow, guest preacher

Key Text: 2 Corinthians 1:8-11

Description:

[Writing Vignette]

SBC Host: [writing] Dear family and friends. What a year it has been! Billy is growing up so fast. He started soccer and singing in the choir. Sally — not to be outdone — has taken up ballet, and found that she, too, enjoys singing. Of course, we all felt the bump in the road when our family suffered an affliction that was so great that it caused us the despair of life. We enjoyed our annual family vacation, though, down at the lake this summer….

Avg Guy: Whoah!! Wait! What happened!? “The despair of life”???

You can’t just gloss over something like that. You need to give us details! 

SBC Host: Why? In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul didn’t.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Josh Peglow fills in at the pulpit and preaches out of the book of 2 Corinthians to show us that God uses trials to cause his people to stop trusting in themselves and, instead, in Him alone.

It’s not that he doesn’t want us to communicate our needs with others — He does. After all, it’s part of His plan of how we support each other.

But the main thrust of what we’ll learn today is that while we can suffer for all sorts of different reasons — and we will — (even a great apostle, such as Paul, is not immune) it’s when the despair becomes so great, that we humbly face the reality that, in and of ourselves, we have nothing to give.

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Our burden is so excessive that we are beyond our strength.

While this can be a disconcerting place to be… It’s a good place to be.

Because as we put our trust and reliance in Him, we see God go to work… to establish His glory.

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Notes:

  • SEVERITY of Affliction (8)
  • PURPOSE of Affliction (9a)
  • DELIVERER of Affliction (9b-10)
  • BENEFIT of Corporate PRAYER in Affliction (11)

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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 Scope of Scripture [Luke 24:13-27; John 2:13-22, 5:39-47]

October 31, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 10/31/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Reformation Sunday

Key Text: Luke 24:13-27; John 2:13-22, 5:39-47

Description:

“Christ-Centered.”

It’s an adjective that has become more and more popular in recent years when describing any number of activities either in the church or in the lives of God’s people. And while this descriptor is helpful and often a necessary reminder, we usually don’t give credit where credit is due for this perspective in the Christian life.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, on this Reformation Sunday, Pastor Monty Simao takes some time to reflect on this term, because it’s one that involves the Reformers.

For as the Reformers returned to the authority of Scripture, they, also, began to see that Jesus, Himself, revealed Himself as the “scope” of all the Scriptures.

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What this means is that the credit goes to Christ: for all of Scripture is “Christ-Centered” — it all points to Him, and therefore, Jesus is the target and the end of all revelation from God.

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