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Sermon Quotes: "A Masterclass in Evangelism"

"We have lost the art of Christian persuasion and we must recover it. Evangelism is alive and well in the rapidly growing churches of the Global South, where the challenge is to recover an ardor for discipleship and a discernment of the modern world to match the zeal for evangelism. But in the advanced modern world, which is both pluralistic and post-Christian, our urgent ...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Gospel That Divides"

"Although there have been several accounts of persecution so farin Luke's narrative, the pastoral application in these versesfunctions to challenge readers more directly about this issue thanever before." David Peterson "The cross is a sword because its message is not the messagethat insurrectionists want to hear. Who wants to hear that he issinful at the core of his bein...

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Sermon Overview & Discussion Questions: "A Gospel That Divides"

Sermon Overview: The gospel continues to spread to the nations in Acts 14, but not without opposition. Paul and Barnabas arrived in Iconium and began to teach about 'the word of [God's] grace' in the local synagogue. Many Jews and Greeks believed what they heard and began to experience transformation! Many others rejected this teaching and not only denied what they heard,...

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Sermon Overview & Discussion Questions: "Looking Back, Going Forward"

Sermon Overview: In Antioch, Paul is invited to speak in the synagogue and proclaims the unstoppablegospel. In his message, Paul looks back on God's redemptive power through Exodus and looks forward as the unstoppable gospel he introduces goes to the ends of the earth. Many believed and were pursued by God, while others fell to jealousy and persecuted Paul. He knew that t...

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Sermon Overview & Discussion Questions: "The Heartbeat of Mission"

Sermon Overview: While the church in Antioch was worshiping and fasting, Paul and Barnabas were called by the Holy Spirit, and sent out to proclaim the gospel. Paul and Barnabas went to Cyprus and faithfully preached the word of God throughout the whole island. Even though they encountered opposition, Paul and Barnabas brought the word of God to the leader of Cyprus who w...

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Studying Your Bible in 2023

On Sunday CJ reminded us that there is nothing more important for us in 2023 than to long for God's Word--reading our Bibles to awake and deepen our affections for Him. Below you'll find a list of CJ's recommended resources to help us do just that. Reading the Bible Supernaturally: Seeing and Savoring the Glory of God in Scripture by John Piper When I Don't Desire God:...

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Sermon Overview & Discussion Questions: "A Sweet and Surprising Command for 2023"

Sermon Overview: Christians are meant to long for the pure spiritual milk of God's Word. The same Word that saved us now sanctifies us. In the Word, we taste God's goodness, which will keep us coming back for more. To taste more of God's goodness, we should have a time, plan, and place to read the Word. We should also seek to read slowly, be alert to the overall storyline...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Sweet and Surprising Command for 2023"

"New Years 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 that 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 ...

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Sermon Quotes: "Bethlehem's Glory"

"It may be unpopular to trespass on popular images associated with Christ's birth and to debunk myths, but it is theologically dangerous to allow the account of his birth to be hijacked by fiction. Christmas fables lure us to seasonal sentimentalityThe sentimental Christmas may be popular as a religious holiday for some because it can come off as celebrating the birth of a...

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Sermon Overview & Discussion Questions: "Bethlehem's Promise"

Sermon Overview:Isaiah 42 is God's answer to the Israelites question of whether God cares for them. In thispassage, God announces the coming of the Servant that will save his people from their most serious captivity. God describes Jesus and his mission as one that embodies all that Israel failed to do and cares for those who are weak. God then addresses Jesus, promising th...

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