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Praying Together | 3.31

Four Prayers for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication: Praise our sovereign God and King who is worthy of our worship and honor (Job 1:20-21). Confess our frailty and sin, and recognize our need for Christ our mediator to bridge the gap to our God (1 Timothy 2:5). In keeping with CJ's sermon on Habakkuk, thank God that our greatest joy is fo...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Boys in the Boat"

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"This book was born on a cold, drizzly, late spring day when I clambered over the split rail cedar fence that surrounds my pasture and made my way through wet woods to the modest frame house where Joe Rantz lay dying....I knew only two things about Joe when I knocked on his daughter Judy's door that day. I knew that in his mid-seventies he had single handedly hauled a numb...

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Thoughts from Isaiah | Jeff Purswell

This week during our livestream, Jeff encouraged us from Isaiah 26:3-4. Listen again and be encouraged by "the bedrock claim that God is a rockunmovable, unchanging, undaunted in His zeal to accomplish all His purposes." ...

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Sermon Summary: "The Boys in the Boat"

Overview of Sermon: This passage begins by showing Jesus' kindness and intention to never mislead the twelve regarding his true messianic mission, and so hurried them into the boat. While Jesus stayed behind to dismiss the crowd and spend time in prayer, the disciples hit a great headwind while rowing to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. As the gale began to cause the...

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Tears May Tarry for Now | Carolyn Mahaney

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Yesterday Desiring God posted an article by our dear pastors wife, Carolyn Mahaney. The post was titled "Tears May Tarry for Now: Trusting God in Times to Weep". In the midst of these unexpected times of trial, we trust that this article will encourage you to look to Christ. As Carolyn says, "When we turn to God in our tears, times of weeping will also become our times of ...

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Serving Our Community During Crisis

Dear Church Family, Many of you have asked how we might serve our community in this very trying pandemic. Such requests deeply encourage your pastors, as they reveal how the gospel has turned you outward in care for others. God has preserved a timely command at the end of Paul's letter to Titus, to guide us in the midst of our present circumstances. "And let our people l...

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Church Plant Highlight | Santa Ana, CA

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As we persevere by faith through this pandemic, let's be strengthened today by the promise of our Lord, "I will build my church." No uncertainty, or calamity or quarantine can call this into question. Sovereign Grace, our family and denomination of churches, exists to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ by planting and strengthening churches throughout the world for the ...

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Virtual Sunday Class | Commissioned Session 2

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As we adjust to life in the new normal under coronavirus restrictions, we're all cataloging the temporarily suspended activities we can't wait to return to. At the top of my list is our Sunday gathering and a big part of that is the opportunity to learn from our Sunday classes. When our Sunday gatherings were suspended, we had only just begun a Sunday class series entitled...

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Praying Together | 3.25

Prayer Points March 24, 2020 Praise God that through Christ he has saved us from death and that his kingdom is unshakeable and not of this earth (Heb. 12:28). Pray that God would work the message of Habakkuk into our hearts, and that Sunday's sermon would help us to further trust in God, wait on God, and rejoice in God. Praise God for his sovereign control over all thi...

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Sermon Summary: "A Prophet for a Prolonged Pandemic"

In the book of Habakkuk, the prophet cries out to God; lamenting the nation's apostasy and that the wicked were afflicting the righteous. Far from sitting idly by, God informs Habakkuk that He is aware and is using the Babylonias to punish Israel. The Lord assures him that the righteous will continue to live by faith, and the Babylonians will surely be judged for their own...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Prophet for a Prolonged Pandemic"

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"The Bible never says, 'God is wrath.' We must provoke him to wrath. But we need not provoke him to love, for that is his glorious name." Ray Ortlund Jr. "God is at work in the worst of times. He is at work doing a thousand things no one can see but him." John Piper "The most beautiful spirit of submission found anywhere in Scripture." O. Palmer Robertson "Habakkuk reso...

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Dwell Bible App

Dear Church Family, Numerous SGCL members have appreciated listening to the Dwell Bible app to take in more of God's Word during their commute or other daily routines. Dwell has generously offered free 60-day subscriptions to local churches and their members, via the church's accountno strings attachedas a way to experience the comfort of God's word in these uncertain da...

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Day of Prayer | COVID-19

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Today our family of churches is setting apart time for extended prayer related to COVID-19. We hope you'll join us. Allow these prayer points to assist you in going before our generous heavenly Father to pray. ...

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Sermon Summary: "Peace in a Pandemic"

Psalm 121 addresses how we can trust in God when what we take for granted is jeopardized. It also tackles our anxieties by asking where we are looking for help and comfort in the midst of our fear. This Psalm assures us that the Lord is our constant personal keeper who will be our help and protection. Rather than teaching that we will not face hardship and suffering, this ...

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Songs to Sing in a Pandemic | Bob Kauflin

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In his excellent article, "Anxiety, Waiting and the Coronavirus," Alasdair Groves reminds us of the unique kind of trial the current worldwide pandemic presents to us. We're tempted to experience a "particular strain of anxiety that comes when we are waiting for a threat that is gliding toward us, its fin visible above the surface." In other words, we know something bad i...

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Praying Together | 3.17

Sovereign Grace Church of LouisvillePrayer Points | March 17, 2020 Praise God that through Christ he has saved us from our sin and brought us to himself. Thank God that His kingdom is unshakeable and not of this earth (Heb. 12:28). Praise God for his sovereign control over all things and that not one bird on this earth can fall to the ground without him knowing it ...

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Sermon Quotes: "Peace in a Pandemic"

"The coronavirus provides us with an opportunity to think about how we respond to anxiety. Specifically, how can we handle the particular strain of anxiety that comes when you are waiting for a threat that is gliding toward us, its fin visible above the surface. Thankfully, Scripture knows the fear of impending danger intimately and speaks to it repeatedly. So let's seize ...

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Resources to Equip and Steady the Soul

No doubt you are trying to figure out how to faithfully and prayerfully respond to the coronavirus and its implications for daily life. Though we have decided to take the careful step of exchanging our Sunday meeting for a livestream, we will not diminish our pastoral care nor our encouragement for you to walk alongside one another. One way we want to express care is by o...

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Sunday Service Livestream

In God's kindness, through the gift of technology, we have an opportunity to meet tomorrow. Obviously our preferred context is to gather face-to-face, but it is nevertheless a gift to gather as a church via livestream to sing and enjoy the preaching of God's word. We will be using YouTube to livestream. Below are the details for how it will all work. If you have any quest...

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Coronavirus Update

Thank you for your ongoing prayers, thoughts, and support as we process the developments and local impact related to the coronavirus and as we prayerfully determine the most effective way to care for our dear church. We want to provide you with some information related to our upcoming schedule of meetings. We also have a special request for your help and prayers for our st...

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Sermon Quotes: "Simply Spectacular"

"Is there a grander and yet more overlooked biblical theme than the glory of God? God's glory appears in every major part of the Bible and affects every major doctrine. It is also notoriously hard to define. In general, God's glory is the magnificence, loveliness, beauty and grandeur of his perfections. Sometimes, the glory of God designates God himself. More often, glory ...

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Sermon Summary: "Simply Spectacular"

In Exodus 24:12-18, God's glory comes down and rests on Mount Sinai as a cloud and as a devouring fire. God summons Moses up into the cloud; a gracious invitation that Moses and the people did not deserve. However, even as God's appointed mediator, Moses spends six days preparing his heart for the imminent encounter. Through this meeting, God prepares his people for when h...

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Sermon Summary: "Solemn and Sublime"

Each text in the Bible has both a meaning and a tone and a sermon should capture both. Our passage begins with a solemn ceremony and ends with a sublime meeting with God. In verses 3 through 8, we see the people of Israel are bound by the book and the blood. It's a solemn moment. Then, in verses 9 through 11, we see an amazing scene where God appears to Moses and the elder...

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Sermon Quotes: "Solemn and Sublime"

"The ceremony itself was so vivid and extraordinary as to be memorable, and its memory was intended to keep in the consciousness of the people the fact that God had joined with the people of Israel in a formal, official covenant to which both he and they were bound by oath." Douglas Stuart "God is always busy handing out invitations to his feast. Every time the gospel is ...

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