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Sermon Quotes: "One Thing Is Necessary"
by Bethany Chesemore on January 3rd, 2024
“New Year’s finds me employed. I compare it to a hill on the road from the top of which I endeavor to look back on the way the Lord has led me thus far through the wilderness. I look around to contemplate the difference his goodness has made between my situation, and that of thousands of my fellow creatures. I then look forward and perceive that I am drawing apace to my journey’s end. I shall soon...  Read More
Sermon Quotes: "Love"
by Bethany Chesemore on December 26th, 2023
“In John’s vocabulary, world is primarily the moral order in willful and culpable rebellion against God. In John 3:16 God’s love in sending the Lord Jesus is to be admired not because it is extended to so big a thing as the world, but to so bad a thing; not to so many people, as to such wicked people.” - D.A. Carson“It is staggering that God should love sinners; yet it is true. God loves creatures...  Read More
Sermon Quotes: "The Giver of All Good Gifts"
by Bethany Chesemore on November 28th, 2023
“It is impossible to walk with God if we question his goodness.” - Kent Hughes“Since God controls all that happens in his world, every meal, every pleasure, every possession, every bit of sun, every night’s sleep, every moment of health and safety, everything else that sustains and enriches life, is a divine gift. And how abundant these gifts are! ‘Count your blessings, name them one by one,’ urge...  Read More
Sermon Quotes: "Delivered From Distress"
by Bethany Chesemore on November 6th, 2023
“In other words, the same event has earthly and heavenly counterparts. On earth the battle has to be planned and forces assembled, swords at the read, yet it is only the Lord who gives the victory, and to this cause he summons all the heavenly forces at his command.” - Alec Motyer“The note on which he ends the psalm is of God’s covenant commitment “to David and his offspring forever’ (Psalm 18:50)...  Read More
Sermon Quotes: "The Grace of Partnership"
by Bethany Chesemore on October 2nd, 2023
“Westerners (particularly North Americans) have a cultural bias toward promoting overindependency on the part of the churches they establish. Even when their churches actually belong to a larger fellowship of churches, the likelihood of those churches assuming an active role in the larger fellowship is not always great.” David Hesselgrave“Paul’s words stand as a rebuke to the Corinthians’ myopic i...  Read More
Sermon Quotes: "Taste and See"
by Bethany Chesemore on September 18th, 2023
“David turns to acting and proves convincing. He dabbles nonsense graffiti on the doors to the town gate (more maintenance for Gath’s Park and Recreation Department) and let his spit run down his beard. A little exposure to the constant scratching and soaking convinces Achish he’s got another crazy around him, as if, in his view, he doesn’t already have his quota of such folks. Apparently confinem...  Read More
Sermon Quotes: "Worth Dying For"
by Bethany Chesemore on June 13th, 2023
“The pulpit is the setting for drama. The gospel itself is dramatic. We are not speaking of the sense of drama as a contrived performance or as a make-believe world of play-acting…The preacher doesn’t make the gospel dramatic-it already is…I urge students, when they read a biblical text, to look for the drama.” R.C. Sproul“Keep in mind that the divide between Jews and Gentiles was not small or sim...  Read More
Sermon Overview & Discussion Questions: "The Gospel Goes Next Door"
by Amanda Spiro on April 25th, 2023
Summary:Acts 18 moves the gospel’s stage from global advancement to next door neighbors. While Actsdetails critical events in the life and development of the early church, those developmentsinvolve many individual lives changed through Jesus. We see the effects of the gospel in theselives as it moves forward one person at a time; the gospel does this by producing threequalities: community, hospita...  Read More
Sermon Quotes: "The Gospel Goes Next Door"
by Amanda Spiro on April 25th, 2023
“Christianity means community through Jesus Christ and in Jesus Christ. No Christian community is more or less than this… We belong to one another only through and in Jesus Christ. What does this mean? It means, first, that a Christian needs others because of Jesus Christ. It means, second, that a Christian comes to others only through Jesus Christ. It means, third, that in Jesus Christ we have be...  Read More
Sermon Quotes: "The Most Joyful Event"
by Phillip Morgun on April 13th, 2023
“Our faith is strengthened when we realize that the first disciples are skeptics too at first. They do not naively believe that Jesus has conquered death. When they first hear about the resurrection, they doubt it could be so. But Jesus gives them concrete evidence that he has truly risen.” -Thomas Schreiner “This is the great mystery of the gospel in the blood of Christ, that those who sin every ...  Read More
Sermon Quotes: "The Most Important Week In History"
by Phillip Morgun on April 9th, 2023
“Every schoolboy is supposed to know Julius Caesar’s famous words before he crossed the River Rubicon, ‘The die is cast.’ It means that a point of no return has been reached. This was true now for Jesus. There was no turning back. Now his last days had arrived; the climactic activity of his life was about to begin.” -Sinclair Ferguson “At this time it is apparent only Jesus knew the messianic sign...  Read More
Sermon Quotes: "Our Prowling Adversary"
by Phillip Morgun on April 2nd, 2023
“For a full understanding of the early church we need to read The Acts of the Apostles and The Book of Revelation side by side. Both tell much the same tale of the church and its experience of conflict, but from a different perspective. Luke in the Acts chronicles what unfolded on the stage of history before the eyes of observers; John in the Revelation enables us to see the hidden forces at work....  Read More
Sermon Overview & Discussion Questions: "The Pulpit and the Pew"
by Phillip Morgun on March 21st, 2023
Sermon Overview:In Acts 17:1-5, Luke uses two cities to display the relationship between the pulpit and the pew that God uses to advance his mission. In Thessalonica, Luke highlights Paul’s teaching and interpreting of the Scriptures that was met with a Jewish mob and false accusations. Paul explained and reasoned with the Jews in Thessalonica, and many Gentiles believed. The Jews in Berea receive...  Read More
Sermon Quotes: "The Pulpit and The Pew"
by Phillip Morgun on March 21st, 2023
“We never move on from the cross, only into a more profound understanding of the cross.” -David Prior“I’ve come a long way since I heard the gospel in a drug-induced high. I’ve traveled many miles in this journey of faith. But by His grace I’ve never moved on from the cross of Jesus Christ. And I never want to.” -CJ Mahaney“These accusations missed the mark, as Paul had ‘never aligned his messiani...  Read More
Sermon Quotes: "Open Doors and Open Hearts"
by Phillip Morgun on March 7th, 2023
“Authentic turning points in history are few. But surely among them that of the Macedonian vision ranks high. Because of Paul’s obedience at this point, the gospel went westward; and ultimately Europe and the Western world were evangelized. Christian response to the call of God is never a trivial thing. Indeed, as in this instance, great issues and untold blessings may depend upon it.” Richard Lon...  Read More
Sermon Overview & Discussion Questions: "No Turning Back"
by Phillip Morgun on March 1st, 2023
Sermon Overview:The new Gentile Christians in Antioch are troubled by men coming from Judea andteaching that Gentile Christians must follow the law of Moses in order to be fully accepted into the Christian faith. This leads to a debate in Jerusalem where Peter demonstrates that Gentile conversion is God’s work and choosing, and that cleansing was through faith and not the mosaic law for both Jew a...  Read More