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

Sermon Overview: In this sermon, Jeff unpacked the cosmic reality of Christ being Lord over all creation. He began by showing that Christ is the pre-existing Son and Lord of all creation. Jesus ranks highest above all creation, having created it all. Second, Christ Jesus is the incarnate Savior, Lord over all redemption. Jesus makes His glory manifest in the context of th...

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Sermon Overview & Discussion Questions: "A Divine Prison Break"

Sermon Overview: As the early church continues to grow, so too does persecution increase for these first Christians. King Herod kills James, the brother of John, and arrests Peter, intending the same punishment for him. However, as Peter awaits execution in his prison cell, the early church prays for his deliverance, and God acts. An angel, sent from the LORD, appears at ...

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Sermon Overview & Discussion Questions: "I Wist Tomorrow Were Sunday"

Sermon Overview: In ancient days, David wrote a song and a prayer, Psalm 122, for Israel's pilgrimage to the House of the Lord in Jerusalem. This psalm is filled with gladness as companions join together in anticipation of encountering the Lord, and in prayer for peace and prosperity. Jesus Christ would pilgrim generations later, as an answer to this prayer, yet would e...

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Sermon Overview & Discussion Questions: "God's Two Addresses"

Sermon Overview: God keeps two addresses: a high and lofty place and a lowly place. God is exalted, ruling over all things. He lives in a place so high and so holy that we cannot get to him. However, God has drawn near to us. God became lowly. He became a man and died for our sins. Because of the work of Christ, God comes to dwell in the hearts of the humble and contrit...

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Sermon Overview & Discussion Questions: "Great Praise for a God of Great Grace"

Sermon Overview: Psalm 145 commands us to glorify God as a means of enjoying him. This passage instructs the readers as to the characteristics of praising a great God of great grace. Praise should be personal, passionate, passed on, specific, and eternal. We praise God for his faithfulness, goodness, sovereignty, and for both common and covenant grace. Discussion Questio...

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