Month: August 2018

August 26, 2018: Matthew 16:13-20 “Confession and Kingdom Keys”

Big Idea:  The key to the Kingdom of God is knowing and confessing Christ.


Kids SS – Jesus Was Anointed

BIBLE PASSAGE: Matthew 26:6-13; John 12:1-8
MAIN POINT: Jesus said Mary anointed Him for burial.
KEY PASSAGE: Luke 4:18
BIG PICTURE QUESTION: Why do believers share the Lord’s Supper? Believers share the Lord’s Supper to remember Jesus’ life and death and to proclaim Him until He returns
Dear Parents,

Three decades had passed since Jesus arrived on earth as a helpless baby. He grew up and began His ministry. People wondered, Could this be the Messiah? From the time sin entered the world through Adam, God was working out His rescue plan. Finally, at just the right time, God sent His Son into the world.

John the Baptist announced Jesus’ purpose: “Here is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). Jesus called disciples to follow Him, and He spent three years teaching people about God and proclaiming the good news.

People began talking about the possible Messiah. If He really was the “Anointed One”—the promised Deliverer—when would He rise up against the Roman government? As Jesus’ ministry came to a close, He made His way toward Jerusalem. But Jesus wasn’t about to overthrow a government; He was about to die.

Jesus was eating supper at Simon’s house in Bethany when Mary (the sister of Lazarus) poured oil over Jesus. Her act angered the disciples, who thought the oil should have been sold and the money used to help people who were poor. But Jesus affirmed Mary for her actions.

Pouring the expensive oil on Jesus was not a waste, it was worship. By allowing Mary to anoint Him, Jesus showed that He is more valuable than anything. Jesus knew He would soon die for sinners, be buried, and rise from the dead on the third day.

Help your kids see the bigger picture here. What happened in the days leading to Jesus’ death was part of God’s plan. Jesus said that Mary had prepared Him for burial. (Matt. 26:12) Days later, Jesus died on the cross to rescue people from sin. On the third day, He rose from the dead. Jesus is alive!

Jesus is our Lord and Savior. God calls us to treasure Him more than anything or anyone else. We can show our love for Him through the ways we worship. He is worthy of all our praise.


Pastor Post: August 23, 2018

Dear Church Family,

The new ’18-19 ministry year is about to begin. Let me express some of my personal hopes and prayers…

#1: I pray our small groups truly become a family of disciples, serving together, and engaged on mission together. (If you are not in a group, click here Small Group_Info for a list of the various groups that are launching after Labor Day).

#2: I pray young and old would treasure the Scriptures together through our Sunday School curriculum, The Gospel Project. Every class will be studying the same passage during our 11AM Sunday School hour. Parents in particular, would you commit to studying the passages in your homes leading up to the class? Would we all pray for our Sunday School teachers and helpers?  Click here for the Sunday School schedule and the passages 2018_Fall_SundaySchool.

   If you need some encouragement regarding our need to have more “God Talk” in our homes, here is a great article from The Gospel Coalition: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/god-talk-family-life/

#3: I pray that the youth of our church would be 1 Timothy 4:12 people, setting an example to all in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Join me in praying for Michael Beigl

er and his team of volunteers who serve 7PM Wednesday nights, as well as Alex Steele, Lisa Weber, Rob Taylor, and Michael Biegler who invest in the lives of our students on Sunday mornings too!

I hope you can stay for our Potluck Meal this Sunday. There will be opportunities to sign up and get more information on our ministries and opportunities to serve.

All because of Jesus,

Matt


August 19, 2018: Proverbs 16:1-4 “Commit Your Work to the Lord”

Big Idea:  God is big and we are small.


August 12, 2018: Proverbs 10:19-21 “Words that Nourish or Destroy”

Big Idea:  The words of our lips are a helpful as the condition of our hearts.